"There's a retired businessman named Red,
cast down from heaven and he's out of his head.
He feeds off of everyone that he can touch,
He said he only deals in cash,
or sells tickets to a plane crash ... "
– Bob Dylan
"Foot of Pride"
The Kentucky Derby fix was certainly one for the books ...
Some of the most important leads in the 5191 mystery are found in the closed loop of Lexington's corporate and equine aristocracy – the same "prominent" rich folk who ran the 2005 Kentucky Derby – and even an answer or two.
Former Governor Brown was a focal Mafia frontman in Denton's Bluegrass Conspiracy, and 20 years later Brown's circle of political and corporate connections surfaced collectively in the Kentucky Derby fix – these, you find on the financial trail, lead to a ratted nest of intrigues in a dimension of the Flight 5191 story that has only been glimpsed so far, particularly relating to the proverbial "events of 9/11."
Brown was married to the former Eleanor Bennett Durall for 17 years (1960-77), before his two-year courtship of Miss America. He had three children by his first wife, including John Y. III, Kentucky secretary of state (1996-2004) under Governors Paul Patton and Ernie Fletcher.
John Y. Brown III
Before entering politics, John Y. III was director of franchising at Roasters Corp. [his father's chain] and summer associate for the law firms of Brown, Todd & Heyburn and Stoll, Keenon & Park – a Lexington law firm that lost a senior partner in the Comair crash, Leslie W. Morris, Jr. and his wife Kaye.
Although he never actually sought public office, Leslie Morris was deeply involved in the Lexington political scene, an advisor and consultant to a number of elected officials, including former mayor James Amato. He also served as trial commissioner in the Lexington Police Court, a predecessor of the current Fayette District Court.
Small town ... William M. Lear, Jr. – Flight 5191 casualty MARCIE THOMASON'S UNCLE – also a board member of the Kentucky World Trade Center and former chairman of the state House of Representatives – is the managing founder of the Lexington office of the Stoll, Keenan & Park law firm, currently Stoll Keenon Ogden.302
John Y. Brown III is vice president of special projects at ResCare, a
The for-profit ResCare is a diamond in the Lexington Sopranos' corporate bauble case. Long-time CEO and president of ResCare until his retirement in June was Ronald G. Geary, a graduate of Cincinnati Bible College and Seminar, current chairman of Ellis Park under Churchill Downs (William Farish was chairman until he left to take the UK ambassadorial post under GW Bush in 2001) – also a cabinet appointee in Governor Brown's administration.
In a recent interview, Geary discussed his recruitment by ResCare:
"At the time, Geary, a former secretary of revenue in Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown's administration, did not know much about ResCare and the services it provided, primarily as an operator of Job Corps centers for the U.S. Department of Labor. But he saw an opportunity, he said, to turn around the business and grow it into a publicly traded company. ... [Governon] Brown had advised Geary that if he ever had a chance to take a company public -- as Brown did with Kentucky Fried Chicken Co., now part of Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc. – he should follow that opportunity. So Geary joined ResCare in 1990 as president and took the job as CEO in 1993."304
ResCare's business largely depends upon federal largesse through SAMHSA – Steve McElravy's office interacted directly with Geary's company, which offers alcohol and drug rehabilitation and counseling services – Medicare, Medicaid and state disability programs.
It could be argued that some good, at least, has come of the symbiosis: it has expanded the job market for headline-writers ...
State recovers $2.15M in Medicaid fraud case
Dallas Business Journal
June 14, 2005
"The state of Texas has recovered $2.15 million from ResCare Inc. in connection with a Medicaid fraud case at ResCare's Fort Worth subsidiary, Attorney General Greg Abbott said Tuesday. The recovery reflects false billing and backdating of documents over two years at The Citadel Group Inc. in Fort Worth, a subsidiary of Louisville-Ky.-based ResCare, Abbott said. Former Citadel employee Jennifer Hudnall filed the federal whistleblower case in 2001, alleging that progress reports on patients were being backdated to avoid revealing that little progress was being made in the patients' rehabilitation.
A state audit of ResCare, a privatized approach to treating Kentucky's developmentally disabled, a few years ago found that
Theresa Rodriguez, a ResCare patient, filed suit after she was nearly killed in a ResCare nursing home, according to her attorneys: "Theresa Rodriguez, a conservatee of the San Mateo County Public Guardian, currently is in an acute care unit at a hospital. She cannot communicate nor eat and is being kept alive on a feeding tube. ... Ms. Rodriguez suffered second and third degree burns on her genitals, thighs, stomach and lower back when she was put in a shower for 20 minutes with scalding, 130 to 135-degree temperature water on May 5, 2004 at the ResCare California Inc. facility on McGarvey Avenue in Redwood City. The injuries were compounded by staff who put her in a bed and left her alone for three and one-half hours before calling 911, the suit said. Following the 911 call, she was airlifted to a hospital burn unit where she was on a life support system for two months. The suit, filed in San Mateo County Superior Court in January 2006, also alleges a new water heater had been installed at the facility only days before the incident, that employees knew it was malfunctioning – producing 130 to 135-degree hot water -- and did nothing to remedy the problem. The suit said the staffer who put Ms. Rodriguez into the shower "was untrained and unqualified to work" with the victim.
ResCare would give privatization of government a bad name ... if it had a good one.
Geary retired as CEO from management of ResCare on June 22, 2006 but stayed on as non-executive board chairman. Two years ago, Geary steered the company into a fascinating – in context of the Comair crash – contract – a $50.5 million deal with the Canada equity firm Onex Partners LP. On March 10, 2004, the business trades reported that ResCare, Inc. entered into a transaction with Onex to purchase $50.5 million of the company stock. Onex
This was a very significant development for several reasons. In September, 1995, Onex Food Services bought Caterair from the Carlyle Group for $500 million – roughly $150 million less than Carlyle paid for it. Michael Moore's 9/11 timeline summed up the Caterair scandal:
January 1989—Six days after his term as secretary of defense ended, Frank Carlucci joins the Carlyle Group.
July 1989—Marriott Corp. [owned by Fred Malek] sells its In-Flite Services catering business to Marriott’s upper management. Carlyle invests in the deal, renames the company Caterair, and loses millions when the airline catering business evaporates in the early 1990s.
February 1990—George W. Bush joins Caterair board at the behest of Fred Malek, a good friend of his father’s. Bush would later drop his disastrous experience with Caterair from his resume when he runs for governor of Texas in 1994.
GlobalResearch's Martin J. Rivers writes that Carlyle's Sami Baarma
Onex is also significant for its purchase, in collaboration with Goldman Sachs, of Raytheon Aircraft Company, formerly Beech Aircraft, in December 2006.
Raytheon's nearest competitor is Bombardier, manufacturer of the CJR-100 that crashed in Lexington ...
Raytheon is based in Wichita, Kansas – the home of Bill Giltner, Jr. Remember him – the horse-tender who took a job at Bentley Farms a few days before the crash and quit the day after (NOT the 9/11 researcher of the same name, who lives in Austin) – the sole witness to the Comair crash?
News reports published within a few days of the disaster mentioned,
Quite a concidence. Raytheon Aircraft Corp. IS Beech Aircraft since it was bought out. In fact, Identification of the two is so commonplace that Onex filed the investment papers under the name of Hawker Beechcraft Corp.310
Raytheon placed its aircraft division on the block in July – one month before the Lexington crash. Was Giltner recruited by a white-collar intelligence operator at Raytheon – with a board of directors heavily represented by former Beech execs – to "witness" the "accidental" crash of Flight 5191?
NEXT: The appearance of Onex (by way of ResCare) and the connection to Raytheon opens another dimension in this story, a link in the conspiracy chain that may rankle in with other nagging mysteries encountered along the way, and could even reveal a key perp of 9/11 AND the Comair crash...
302.) Brett Barrouquere, "A wife, teacher, an attorney among those killed in crash," AP, Aug 28, 2006.
304.) Ed Green, Geary reflects on his years at ResCare, Business First, June 16, 2006.
304.) See http://www.contac.org/contaclibrary/research8.htm.
305.) Anon., "State recovers $2.15M in Medicaid fraud case," Dallas Business Journal, June 14, 2005.
306.) Jane Birnbaum,
307.) Rodriguez case history, "Crochett, Pitre, Simon & McCarthy" (law firm) web site.
308.) Anon., "ResCare gets $50.5 million investment from Onex Partners," Business first, March 10, 2004.
309.) Martin J. Rivers,
Also see, Maggie Mulvihill, Jonathan Wells and Jack Meyers,
310.) Ken Vandruff, "Analyst: Raytheon sale good news for Wichita," Wichita BizJournals web site, December 18, 2006.