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Oh Snap Monday! Flushing Money Down The Drain

February 28th, 2011 · 12 Comments

I’m baaaaaack. What kind of debauchery is in store this week?

Julie Denton isn’t afraid to tell people to stick their corrupt campaign contributions where the sun doesn’t shine. Should be a lesson to everyone in Frankfort. Too bad that’ll never happen. [Ralph Long]

Gay marriage has waned as a mouth-breather wedge issue, kinda. Maybe it’s because even Republicans (outside Kentucky) recognize that the gays should be allowed to legally torture themselves and lose everything to a vindictive c-word, too. [NY Times]

The federal government is prepared for a complete shutdown. But none of the rest of us are. Because, well, uh, that’s going to be a nightmare. [NPR]

First the gays took over Lexington. Now they’re just cold gonna redecorate the White House. [WaPo]

A Morehead State University professor took part in the sit-in at the Capitol over mountaintop removal. Here’s the local paper’s story about it. [The Morehead News]

Dunno about y’all, but I’m never voting for Steve Beshear. He doesn’t want anybody’s vote. I will vote for his opponent – no matter who it is – just because. Tons of people are following suit. And then some will vote for Gatewood, who could really shake this election up. [B&P]

For a while, Al Mohler wasn’t an anti-gay bigot. But he’s back to his old ways of gay-panicking and foaming at the mouth. It’s a real shame because a lot of folks at his seminary aren’t bigots and recognize that homosexuality isn’t a choice. He gives them all a bad name. [FatLip]

The state spent a million bucks to move a road at the request of James River Coal Company. Repeat, the state spent a million of YOUR tax dollars to move a road because a coal company said to do so. Both Fletcher and Beshear officials are culpable. [John Cheves]

The Obama Administration needs to decide whether it hates the gays or loves them. No one is this indecisive. [HuffPo]

Alison Grimes went to Bowling Green last week and apparently cleaned up. We’ve heard from all kinds of now-former Walker supporters who are suddenly on her team. [BGDN & WBKO]

Of course administrative positions at the University of Kentucky grow faster than faculty. Would you expect anything less in Kentucky? [Linda Blackford]

Really? We can waste tons of time and money debating whether or not to repeal a ban on fireworks? But we can’t do crap to protect the elderly or remotely consider comprehensive tax reform? This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things. [WKYT]

Tags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · Campaign Finance · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Education · Election 2011 · Environment · Steve Beshear · The Gays · Wasted Money

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 George Washington // Feb 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

    If candidate quality makes a difference, it should be Grimes v. Legg in the general for SOS. Walker seems to think that the governor is going to be able to carry her to victory.

  • 2 Novena // Feb 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

    “Lexington Looney Tunes”

    UK prof: “Are we in the business of education or administration, Mr. President?”

    UK honcho: “We are just keeping up with the academic Joneses, especially UofL.”

    UK prof: “But there is no shared governance any longer. Academic Senate is a joke.”

    UK honcho: “Right–and that gives you more time to do the requisite PR and raise money for things like more associate deans to coordinate classroom space. Get off your damn duff.”

  • 3 wondering // Feb 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    What John Cheves did not report in his story is the fact that the state was going to have to spend that much or more to repave that road and repair a bunch of breaks where the road was falling over the hillside. For the same amount of money, or less, the state got a straighter, safer, less steep road across that mountain. That deal was really a good deal for the state, despite what Cheves or Luallen would have anyone believe.

  • 4 Noah // Feb 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

    part of the reason the gays aren’t the issue they once were, is that protection of marriage didn’t just drive up the vote for conservatives in 04, but it defined marriage in the constitutions of many states (exactly where it should be defined, not as a federal issue). So until there is a threat to state constitutions from DC or movements within each state to amend, it’s an issue that has been solved.

  • 5 jake // Feb 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

    wondering: uh, or you could actually read the story before commenting and see that those claims were included?

  • 6 jake // Feb 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Aww, just like clockwork, Noah foams at the mouth with his anti-gay rhetoric.

    Because we all know it could never be because even the mouth-breathers are waking up to the reality that the gays aren’t coming for their children and their white women.

  • 7 noah // Feb 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    not foaming at all and i don’t see any anti-gay statements or rhetoric, just observations. Unless you count my parenthetical comment that marriage is not a federal issue.

  • 8 jake // Feb 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    If it’s not a federal issue – why does the Defense Of Marriage Act exist?

    Why are there federal tax advantages for married couples?

  • 9 wondering // Feb 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I missed that, then. I read the story in print on Saturday. And I was mistaken. The cost of the new road was a little more than the maintenance was going to be, but given the location of that road, there probably would have been several more breaks requiring expensive repair later that year (2006).

  • 10 jake // Feb 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    My point: for these folks – both the Fletcherites and Beshear folks – who profess(ed) to be the kings of transparency? This stinks to high heavens.

    I don’t care if the project is good. I don’t care if it saves money in the long run. If they’re doing it behind closed doors because a company told them/asked them to do so – and then try to hide it for a long ass time – I’m not okay with that.

  • 11 Saran Wrap // Feb 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I wouldn’t exactly say it wasn’t done behind closed doors.

    Following is a link to a press release Transportation put out when the project got started.

  • 12 jake // Mar 1, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Where’s the transparency?

    Folks can read the release for themselves to determine next to no details were included.