There’s A Lot Of Horsey Excitement This Week

Today is the 119th day Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson has questioned Jack Conway: “This would be laughable if it weren’t so serious,” said Robertson. “When Jack Conway tells reporters he had no involvement in this case, they simply take him at his word instead of confronting him with the facts. Until he’s forced to address this issue, it will not go away.” [Press Release]

Your (least) favorite folks deserve to win the Golden Poo Award. Take part in this year’s nomination process. [Page One]

Just in case you needed another reason to go to the Bluegrass Festival? Tony’s BBQ Barn will serve burgoo. [Anderson News]

Does this case against a payroll tax cut make sense to you? [NY Times]

Google’s chief executive knew the company was accepting illegal foreign pharmacy advertisement dollars and just rolled its eyes. One of the many reasons we’ve ditched the company’s services. [BBC]

Consumer fears are just cold putting the economy on the brink and you’re all gonna die of the poverty. [WaPo]

Kentucky will host the 2011 Appalachian Regional Commission Conference in September. [Click the Clicky]

The last thing Steve Beshear wants is a special legislative session to handle the $28 million payment he apparently cannot figure out. [State Journal]

Jack Westwood was finally talked out of running for re-election. Alecia Webb-Edgington is going to replace him. [Northern Kentucky Stuff]

We’re repeating this. Nevada is suing Bank of America for screwing around. Jack Conway would never do something like that. [Pro Publica]

Louisville Metro Animal Services just makes everybody want to bang their heads against a wall. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Really, someone needs to explain the Everglades to Michele Bachmann ASAP. [Wonkette]

Bill Nighbert’s son was finally sentenced for burglarizing a pharmacy. [H-L]

Rachel Maddow’s got a new documentary and she’s all kinds of worried about post-9/11 life. [HuffPo]

If you like the horsies, go read this interview with Patrick Neely of the Kentucky Equine Education Project. [Paulick Report]

Woah, Is Jack Conway As Elitist As Jake?

Jake isn’t here, so let’s take a moment to compare his elitism (we will be shot, FYI) to Jack Conway… because Jack sent out this email blast today:

Supporter:

I just talked with Melissa and heard we are already $2734 on our way to the $10,000 goal for online contributions by Sept. 15.

Please help us get there with a $10 contribution TODAY!

I had a busy last few days at the Kentucky State Fair and traveling across the Commonwealth, and will be in touch with another update soon.

Thanks,

Jack

Sent from my iPad

You catch that last line? Fake, for sure, as it wasn’t sent from an iPad.

But what the hell kind of disconnect is that? How many regular folks have iPads or even know what they are?

That’s sure to raise tons of money from the low dollar folks.

Day 7: Let’s Talk About Great Public Meltdowns

The Third Annual Golden Poo Awards kicked off last week, so be sure to make nominations for the other categories.

It’s your chance to give back to the folks who “run” this state. You’ve thought long and hard about rewarding them and you know giving them a golden pile of poo is the perfect payback.

Get in on the previous categories here:

  • Most Constipated Politician – For the Candidate Who Campaigned for Something and Was Counted On to Bring It…. But Couldn’t Produce Shit When the Pressure Was On [Day 1]
  • Worst Example Of Total Incompetence From A Local Or State Official In An Appointed Post [Day 2]
  • Most Insincere Moment Of Public Pearl-Clutching [Day 3]
  • Individual In Politics Or Media With The Worst Diarrhea Of The Mouth [Day 4]
  • Positively Vomitous Case Of Of Do As I Say, Not As I Do [Day 5]
  • Politician Most Likely To Be Investigated Or Indicted In The Next 12 Months [Day 6]

Here’s today’s category, so have at it:

Most Entertaining Public Meltdown By A Journalist Or Politician

Where do we even begin?

To nominate someone, please leave a comment on this post. Be sure to detail exactly why they deserve the award. If you can make it funny? Please do so.

Make it happen!

What’s Covington Got To Show For All That Cash?

Covington keeps trying to raise taxes to keep up with administrative salaries.

So how are Covington’s administrators spending money?

Let’s take a look at just hotel costs:

  • CAPITAL PLAZA HOTEL 823.82
  • COMFORT INN WHITE HOUSE 1,830.08
  • CONCOURSE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER 1,135.20
  • COURTYARD BOSTON CAMBRIDGE 3,742.51
  • CROWN PLAZA HOTEL 349.64
  • CROWNE PLAZA AIRPORT 236.54
  • DENVER MARRIOTT CITY CENTER 684.51
  • EMBASSY SUITES TRAVEL 1,703.24
  • GALT HOUSE 16,240.95
  • HAMPTON INN 2,293.55
  • HILTON GARDEN INN 1,697.23
  • HILTON LEXINGTON DOWNTOWN 94.00
  • HILTON LEXINGTON DOWNTOWN 1,262.38
  • HOLIDAY INN 1,111.00
  • HOLIDAY INN LAKEVIEW-LOUISVILLE NORTH TRAVEL 532.50
  • HOLIDAY INN NORTH 284.67
  • HOLIDAY INN UNIVERSITY PLAZA 220.42
  • HYATT LEXINGTON 389.48
  • HYATT PLACE LEXINGTON TRAVEL 2,195.70
  • HYATT REGENCY 1,106.00
  • HYATT REGENCY HOTEL 1,096.00
  • HYATT REGENCY LEXINGTON 352.35
  • INTERCONTINENTAL BUCKHEAD ATLANTA 2,398.90
  • INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS 589.68
  • JAMESON INN 112
  • JORDON MOTEL 543.79
  • MARRIOT HOTEL SAN ANTONIO 3,245.82
  • NORMANDY HOTEL, THE 517.54
  • PERFECT NORTH SKI RESORT 860.00
  • RAMADA INN 64.45
  • RIVIERA HOTEL & CASINO 459.20
  • UNIVERSITY PLACE HOTEL TRAVEL 1,971.45
  • W. ATLANTA MIDTOWN HOTEL 7,679.70

That’s right — $56,728.30 on administrative travel. And what’d all that travel do to improve the education system in Covington? (Yeah, that’s rhetorical)

If that’s not enough to wake people up to the insane amounts of cash wasted by school districts? Take a look at what Covington spent in 2010 at the National School Board Conference:

  • KENTUCKY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSN. GENERAL SUPPLIES 2,480.00
  • KENTUCKY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSN. OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 7,401.34
  • KENTUCKY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSN. REGISTRATION FEES 10,939.13
  • KENTUCKY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSN. TRAVEL – OUT OF DISTRICT 250.00
  • KENTUCKY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSN. TRAVEL -OUT OF DISTRICT 20.00
  • TOTAL VENDOR PURCHASES: KENTUCKY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSN. 21,090.47

$21,000. Not including airfare. For five Board of Education employees. $4,218.09 per person (sans airfare). For continued educational stagnation and some of the lowest performing schools in the state.

Easy to spend cash like that when the Secretary of Education and his wife are making money off it all.

Carter County Fiscal Court Gets Even More Crazy

The mess with the Carter County Fiscal Court is never-ending.

Just get a load of this Ashland Independent editorial about a special meeting put together by the Judge-Executive to oust federal prisoners from Carter County.

The efforts of some members of the Carter County Fiscal Court — led by Clifford “Sodbuster” Roe — to cease housing federal prisoners in the Carter County Detention Center boggle the mind. Talk about kicking a gift horse in the mouth. Instead of solving the jail’s money woes, eliminating federal prisoners from the lockup would increase the county’s cost of operating the jail — and not just by a little bit.

The detention center receives $42 a day for housing federal prisoners. That’s more than what it should cost to feed a federal prisoner at least three nutritious meals and to provide them with a secure place to sleep.

That’s why most counties are eager to house both state and federal prisoners. The money they receive from Uncle Sam and from Frankfort to house those inmates helps cover the cost of operating the jail.

Be sure to read it all. Apparently, the Judge is keen on the financial destruction of his community.

When a citizen tried to discuss actual numbers? The Judge freaked out and nearly had her arrested.

Here’s a video of it:




Way to go, Carter County, for making Eastern Kentucky look more backwater than it actually is.

Sports Beat Education And Student Journalism

The White House has issued guidelines for September 11 observances, which seems weird. [NY Times]

Muslim Americans say life is way more difficult in the post-9/11 world. [WaPo]

But most Muslim Americans are satisfied with President Barack Obama. [Reuters]

Jump into the Third Annual Golden Poo Awards nomination posts. There are six categories of fun so far. [Page One]

The Department of Education is backing away from a fix to help disabled student borrowers. [Pro Publica]

The Associated Press Managing Editors called the University of Kentucky’s action against the Kernel reprehensible. [H-L]

Here’s the student paper’s take on the whole thing. [Kernel]

President Barack Obama nominated Alan Krueger to be his new chief economist. [BBC]

The hospital merger? It’s going to happen. Steve Beshear and Jack Conway will make certain. [C-J/AKN]

In his new “memoir,” Unka Dick Cheney is attempting to rewrite history. [TIME]

By now, you already know that Michele Bachmann is crazier than a shithouse rat. She makes Sarah The Quitter Palin seem brilliant. So it’s no surprises he is incapable of grasping the importance of the Everglades. [The Hill]

Mouth-breathing Republicans are still complaining about the United Nations. When will they stop fearmongering? [Politico]

Redevelopment of the Red Mile race track might include instant racing. [H-L]

Yep, there are still mouth-breathing bithers out there screaming about Barack Obama. [Wonkette]

Sure, teabaggers tend to be racist lunatics but it’s a bit extreme to suggest that Tea Partiers want to see black people “hanging on a tree.” [HuffPo]

A marijuana bust in Laurel County turned into a bomb scare yesterday for Kentucky State Police troopers. [WLEX18]