"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Friday, April 11, 2014

Evidence of Why Candidate Bentley Rayburn is Untrustworthy


The honor code at the U.S. Air Force Academy is "We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does."  Bentley Rayburn is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  I, for one, "will not tolerate anyone who does" - and I certainly won't send them to Washington to spend my money.  Hopefully, Academy graduates and other men and women of honor and integrity will step forward.

Here is the evidence that Bentley Rayburn, candidate for U.S. Congress, has committed plagiarism and violated an agreement he signed:

Bentley Rayburn's Plagiarism: 
http://www.jeffcrank.com/2014/04/colorado-springs-gazette-story-on.html

Bentley Rayburn's decision to sign an agreement, then break his word:
http://www.coloradostatesman.com/content/rayburn-loses-gop-gamble

Here is a copy of the signed agreement that Rayburn violated:


Rayburn is welcome on the show anytime to explain his actions.

Colorado Springs Gazette Story on Bentley Rayburn Plagiarism

NOREEN: Stop the general before he steals again
BARRY NOREEN • Colorado Springs Gazette Updated: December 1, 2009 at 12:00 am • Published: December 1, 2009
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Patterning one’s work after someone else’s is one thing and plagiarism is another.
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize is
• To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
• To use (another’s production) without crediting the source
• To commit literary theft
• To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
Notice the attribution there? That’s how authors give credit to other sources. If they don’t provide the attribution they could be accused of plagiarism.
Theft is a violation of Commandment No. 8.
Which brings us to Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn, the retired Air Force general who twice ran unsuccessfully for the Fifth Congressional District seat and who failed in his quest to be hired as Falcon School District 49 superintendent.
In November, Rayburn was on a slate of speakers for Newsapalooza, a collection of conservative pundits put together by KVOR radio. About 300 people paid  $10 apiece to hear, presumably, the speakers’ original thoughts.
Rayburn critiqued President Obama’s foreign policy performance. Rayburn discussed Iraq, Afghanistan, American “exceptionalism,” North Korea and Pakistan. The speech presented a neo-conservative’s view, and considering the audience, that was appropriate.
Except for the fact that Rayburn largely stole the speech (including that line about "exceptionalism"). It was given originally by John Bolton, who served as United Nations ambassador in the George. W. Bush administration. Bolton’s speech was delivered in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, then adapted for the Hillsdale College web site.
There are many remarkable  similarities between Bolton’s speech and Rayburn’s. You can judge for yourself by perusing a line-by-line comparison on my blog today, but here is a small taste.
From Bolton: “the Obama administration is pursuing a policy that can accurately be described as neo-isolationist — a policy characterized by an unwillingness to be assertive in the world. ... This policy traces back in the Democratic party to George McGovern.”
From Rayburn: That leads to an unwillingness perhaps to be assertive in the world...You could draw parallels to the McGovern time.”
Here's another one. From Bolton: "More broadly, the Obama administration believes that its predecessor didn’t negotiate enough on issues like the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The president has said repeatedly—starting with his
Inaugural Address—that the United States must hold out its hand to countries like North Korea..."
And again, Rayburn: "In his inaugural address Obama expressed a wiliingness to hold his hand out to North Korea."
In a dramatic understatement Monday, Rayburn acknowledged: “I took something from a number of speeches I had read.” He acknowledged that Bolton “had some good things to say.”
Asked if he ever credited Bolton, Rayburn replied: “I don’t believe I did.”
You didn’t, Gen. Rayburn. We have the audio.
In his campaigns Rayburn has touted his leadership. With such a casual attitude about someone else’s intellectual property, imagine the leadership Rayburn could have provided for students as the superintendent in D-49.
General, consider yourself dismissed.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Crank Family Safari in South Africa

My family had a wonderful opportunity to go on an African safari in late March 2014.  It was an awe-inspiring trip that I am so fortunate to be able to share with my family - and through some photos - with some of my listeners.  We had such gracious hosts in Chris Cawood and Mel from Southern Cross Safaris right outside of Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa.  You can visit them at www.southerncrosshunting.net.

Just a quick note for those who might criticize a hunt such as this.  These animals are all wild and hunted in a fair chase hunt.  All of the meat is eaten either by locals or sold at the market.  The skins are sold at the market as well.  The animals are put to a better use than the cattle that are eaten daily in the United States.

If you ever have a chance to go on a hunt like this in Africa, it is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  I put these pictures on this site so that people can choose to see them.  I don't post them on Facebook or other social media outlets as people may be browsing and come across them.  I respect that not everyone would want to see these photos.  Surely, you can also respect those who do.



Jeff's Blue Wildebeest
Joel's Warthog

Jeff's Kudu
Jeff's Black Wildebeest







Jessica having some fun
Joel having his kind of fun
My "girls" at the top of the bottom of the world
Joel's Impala