Daily Scary Briefing Dept.

From the Everybody is Freaking Out About Gays in the Restroom Dept. Are you suffering from public-restroom closet-case gay-sex hysteria? Welcome to America’s newest freakout. ABC News can help! [ABC]

Rational thinking. Steve Beshear believes the decision of offering domestic partner benefits should be left up to universities. Who knew the gays shouldn’t be excluded from receiving health care benefits that they pay for? Or that we shouldn’t legislate discrimination? [WHAS11]

The story that won’t die. Everyone and their mother have to write about Attorney General Greg Stumbo opposing Fletcher’s illegal university appointees. This time it’s the Post. [CP]

Nickel and dimed. The US Dollar has fallen to another three-week low versus the Euro. Declined against all 16 major currencies. We have the amazing Bush housing plan to thank for it. That could never affect Kentucky, though, could it? [Bloomberg]

Making us proud. Former Court of Appeals Judge, now an attorney in Prestonsburg, David Barber tried to arrange a fight between his son and a boy who disagreed with him. Allegedly. [H-L]

Let’s play nice. And maybe tell the truth? The Glasgow Daily Times wonders why both sides of the aisle played nice for the special session. Then goes on to totally ignore the corruption that is the energy bill, praising the tons of jobs for our young people. Yeah, all 300 jobs for our young people! Yeah. That’s the issue we should be talking about when it comes to the special session all right. [GDT]

Southern circuit. Kentucky’s Hart-Lunsford Pictures is sponsoring a film series at the Kentucky Center. The Southern Tour of Independent Filmmakers kicks off the series with “Ritual Etchings” on Sept. 5th. If you’re near Louisville? You can’t beat $6.50. [Kentucky Center]

What? MORE Vets for Freedom Crap? Right here at home.

Page One has learned that AIPAC will host a fundraiser at tax-exempt, partially taxpayer-funded Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville on September 10. Its “honored” guest will be none other than Dan Senor, original architect and spokesperson for the Iraq debacle who disbanded the Iraqi army and “lost” $6 Billion. The same Dan Senor who was a part of the controversial Vets for Freedom and the Carlyle Group.

A reader questions whether or not a partisan, indicted (convicted?)-for-espionage political organization like AIPAC should be able to benefit from and have its fundraiser at Jewish Hospital. That’s a good question to ask and is worthy of further examination.

Why not avoid controversy and hold the event at a private location like a downtown hotel?

Introducing Jim Waters: Jay Walking

This week, Steve Beshear released his ideas for solving our educational woes. It’s not a problem that can be solved, but something politicians have to give regular and constant attention. Beshear’s got some good ideas, but no policy can ensure that high school graduates know the basics. Still, despite millions spent with the idea of improving the collective knowledge of our democracy, Jim Waters points out here that as a whole, we’ve got a long way to go.

Let’s face it – most Americans couldn’t get half the questions on the student version of Jeopardy right. That’s no reason to give up on education. Jim’s column is funny in an “oh, shit” way.

Jim WatersJim Waters is a well-known writer and current Director of Policy and Communications at the Bluegrass Institute. You’ve read him in LEO and other publications. Now you can read what he has to say without waiting for a newspaper to go to print.

This is Page One’s first foray into publishing a regular columnist. Please welcome Jim aboard. We plan to introduce content from readers and other contributors in the weeks ahead. Let us know what you think.

Should we laugh or cry when Leno goes ‘Jaywalking’?

By Jim Waters

America’s founders knew an uninformed citizenry presented a greater threat to freedom than military power.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

While Jefferson may be one of the most aggrieved victims of “revisionist history,” even the most “politically correct” clod would have to acquiesce to his assertion that citizens cannot be both ignorant and adequately preserve, much less defend, their freedoms.

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Jody Richards: Sellout

Jody RichardsWhy is it Stephen George is the only journalist to discuss Jody Richards‘ failure and public humiliation of the Commonwealth? Richards sold out to Peabody and, as George reports, called its energy incentive give-away an “environmental protection bill.”

How batshit crazy must one be in order to refer to the $300 million stash Peabody is getting as an environmental protection bill?

Why aren’t the mainstream press tearing this apart?

Further, why isn’t anyone in power standing up for Kentucky? Where is Anti-Mountaintop Removal Jonathan Miller on this issue? Why aren’t you standing up against the Bush Admnistration’s move to make mountaintop removal easier and more damaging, Jonathan? That was a forefront issue of your gubernatorial campaign.

Everyone should read Stephen George’s story this week. It’ll snap you back into the reality-based community wherein some of our legislators have never stepped foot.

As the dog days near an end

Surprised? Ethics complaint against Williams dropped. Think it could have something to do with two of those Ethics members being county contacts during the merit scandal? [PolWatchers, BGR] Update: As a reader pointed out, there’s no connection because we’ve confused the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the Legislative Branch. That may be why there’s no connection being pointed out. Thanks, David.

When students speak. The Kentucky Kernel thinks Stumbo is right, says Ernie should ask trustees to resign. [KY Kernel]

Larry Craig FAQ. For real. Put down all beverages before checking the link. [Slate]

They’re pissed. Anti-Mitch and Anti-War protesters hit the streets of Berea as McConnell visited the chamber of commerce. A similar demonstration took place in Bowling Green. Interesting to note the event’s organizer has a son who believes Saddam Hussein was funding al Qaeda. Go figure. [Richmond Register, BG Daily News]

Crops are screwed. Kentucky asks for disaster assistance as southern Kentucky farmers harvesting their corn crops report that their yield is as much as 40 percent below average. It’s so severe that Gov. Fletcher ordered the Office of Insurance to allow out-of-state adjusters to work in Kentucky. Yay global warming. [H-L]

Ernie 180? Alessi has the scoop on Bluegrass Freedom Fund’s first ad spot. He provides an in-depth analysis proving two points true, two points at least half-true. Check it out. [PolWatchers]

It’s Raining Men!

An intrepid reporter sent us an e-mail this morning with some very important questions about toilet cruising Senator Larry Craig and his wide stance. They suggested we ask them of various congress critters around Kentucky.

  • “Should a congressman have to resign over a game of footsie?”
  • “Have you been to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport recently? Do you know stall 4 in Terminal C?”
  • “When Sen. Craig resigns, do you think they should play ‘It’s raining men’?”
  • “Shouldn’t Sen. Craig resign just because he looks like a sex offender?”
  • “Do you think they know of homosexuals in Idaho?”
  • “If Senator Craig is gay, do you think a potato can be gay?”

We think these brilliant and pertinent questions should have been asked of Rep. Yarmuth when he appeared on WHAS11’s noon show yesterday. (Attention Renee Murphy: we were praying you’d ask if he had a wide stance!)

Page One is very interested in finding the answers to these questions. If you have answers to any of them, please let us know so that intrepid young reporter can get more of the story.

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UPDATE: Some people have no sense of humor.