Don’t Worry, Damon Thayer Will Save You (HAHA)

Wondering why Kentucky is screwed? It’s because Damon Thayer is co-chairing the Kentucky Public Pensions Task Force. [Twitter]

Who will be the greatest hero in the struggle against the tyranny that is having medical care like every other Western nation? Will it be Scott Walker? Will it be Bobby Jindal? Will they throw on tights and capes and be a dynamic duo for freedom? [Wonkette]

You can’t even walk around Frankfort these days without getting attacked by a Pitt Bull. [H-L]

This lady in Lexington has set up a watering station in her front yard. That’s how hot it is. [WKYT]

After only two hours of deliberation, a federal jury Thursday convicted Billi-Jo Smallwood of setting fire to a government-owned apartment complex at Fort Campbell, killing two of her children. [C-J/AKN]

The Jefferson County Board of Education has a new leader. Diane Porter is the first African American female to chair the board. But for her, it’s not about history but the future of the schools and students. [FOX41]

Consumer spending stalled in May as purchases of autos flagged while confidence dropped to a six-month low in June, the latest signs of trouble for the economy. [Reuters]

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts joked that he’ll spend some time on an “impregnable island fortress” now that the court has ended a session that featured him casting the decisive vote to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care law. [HuffPo]

No wonder all those A Kentucky Newspaper reporters are always so stressed out. Get a load of this mess. [The ‘Ville Voice]

America can now borrow from the bond markets at a cheaper rate than at any time in the history of the republic. [The Economist]

Here’s John Yarmuth’s statement on the bill to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling: “After months of unnecessary delays and obstruction by Republican leadership, Congress approved legislation today that prevents student loan interest rates from doubling,” Yarmuth said. “For more than 124,000 Kentucky students, this means an average savings of $1,000 in interest payments. And for future students, it underscores our commitment to broadening access to education for all Americans. Education is the best investment we can make in the future of our country, and with the passage of this legislation we are helping ensure that we maintain the highest-skilled workforce in the world.” [Press Release]

Jane Beshear’s Summer 2012 Reading List

First Lady Jane Beshear released her summer reading list yesterday.

“Educators have long known that reading over summer vacation leads to improved performance when school resumes, and fosters a lifelong love of reading,” said Mrs. Beshear. “My books for this list include some summer-themed selections and many tales of friendship, mystery, adventure and self-discovery.”

Here it is:

  • “The Relatives Came” by Cynthia Rylant (Ages 3-6) – “This story echoes themes of family and togetherness for young readers by simply describing a summer that the relative came to stay. All summer the relatives hugged, played music, laughed, danced, tended the garden and ate up all the strawberries. The ending is bittersweet but true to life, in that when summer ends the relatives must leave—but it is okay, because the family knows that the relatives will return next summer.”
  • “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle (Ages 9-12) – “This Newberry Award winning novel tells the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe. Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers in their search for Meg’s father, who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Follow the group on their adventurous travels and uncover the mysteries along with them.”
  • “Friends” by Helme Heine (Ages 4-8) – “This work is a tale of true friendship between a distinctive group of animals Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the Pig do everything together; they ride bikes together, play games together and even do their chores together. When night falls, they learn they must part ways, but discover they can still be together in their dreams.”
  • “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky (Ages 14 & up) – “This novel follows 15-year-old Charlie and the challenges that face many teenagers as they go through high school. Composed only of letters Charlie has written, this book depicts his struggle with trying to fit in and wanting to run away from it all. The dilemma of passion versus passivity is notion many young adults face and this read will be relatable to teenage readers.”
  • “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving (Ages 14 & up) – “A contemporary classic, this novel is centered around the friendship between two young boys – John Wainwright (the narrator) and Owen Meany – and the toll an accidental death takes on their lives. During a little league baseball game, Owen hits a foul ball that kills John’s mother. Concepts of faith, friendship and fate are explored through the novel as the boys grow up and Owen develops a particularly unique take on life.”

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It’s Only About Politics & Cash For Mitch McConnell

For Mitch McConnell, health care reform isn’t about health care, helping those who need it or even helping those he believes who are in need – the mythical “job creators.”

No, for him, it’s about raking in all the campaign cash possible.

Here’s the fundraising email blast McConnell sent out a few minutes after the Supreme Court news yesterday:

It’s official, the only way to fix Obamacare is for Congress to repeal it. Today’s Supreme Court decision doesn’t mark the end of a debate. It marks a fresh start on the road to repeal.

Today’s decision does not change the fact that Obamacare limits choice, increases health care costs, and makes it harder for businesses to hire. It does not change the fact that Obamacare’s mandates, tax hikes, and Medicare cuts are deeply damaging to our health care system and our economy.

We have put a lot into this fight over the past three years. Although we may be disappointed by today’s decision, the fight must go on.

We need a strong conservative majority in the Senate in order to completely repeal and replace Obamacare with commonsense reforms. And we need your help to build that majority.

Please make a contribution today, and show Obama that the fight is not over.

It’s been a couple years since health care reform started and Mitch McConnell still has no alternative to offer.

With this latest email, it’s clear that it’s just about politics and lining his own pockets.

UPDATE: He sent out another email blast today begging for campaign contributions:

Since yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, I’ve been busily at work identifying all of our options to repeal Obamacare. As my staff and I work, one thing is clear: we need the Majority in the Senate. Every path to repeal depends on it.

When Obamacare passed the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009, it did so without a single Repubican. When we voted to repeal it in 2011, we did so without the help of a single Democrat. We know one thing: if we’re going to be successful we need a conservative Republican majority in the Senate.

As the Leader of the Senate GOP, I am committed to doing everything in my power to repeal this horrendous law. And that means working around the clock to elect principled conservatives to serve beside me in the Senate. But I can’t do it without your help.

Can you contribute $10, $25, or even $100 in the next 24 hours to help repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all?

Tomorrow night marks the end of the fundraising quarter, and what we raise in the next 24 hours will determine our efforts to elect conservatives all over the country in the coming months. Make your contribution now and be a part of our effort to take back the Senate.

The road to repeal runs through the US Senate. Please contribute $10, $25, or $100 today.

Nothing to see here, move along.