Wow, Environmental Hypocrisy Gets Even Crazier!

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What a major cop-out for Jim Gray and Greg Fischer. It’s a shame that Jim would stoop to Greg’s level. It’s easy to call for “reform” without being extremely specific when it comes to pensions. Neither of these men will ever get specific, apparently, because their personal friends are responsible for the Kentucky Retirement Systems debacle(s). Until there is absolute pension transparency and CERS pulls out of KRS, there will be no “reform.” [C-J/AKN]

It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. [Rolling Stone]

Lawmakers tried to abate Kentucky’s prescription drug abuse problem last year with House Bill 1, the so-called “pill mill bill.” Now they’re coming back for clean-up work. [H-L]

When Rudy Giuliani ran for mayor of New York City in 1993, he campaigned on a platform of bringing down crime and making the city safe again. [Mother Jones]

Kentucky leaders need to change the tax code to grow with the economy and make sure state government has the money it needs to fund programs — before it falls $1 billion off the pace by 2020, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson told Pure Politics. [CN|2]

Retired Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy is taking aim at what he sees as knee-jerk support for marijuana legalization among his fellow liberals, in a project that carries special meaning for the self-confessed former Oxycontin addict. [Reuters]

Waaaaaait for it… Rand Paul’s son was drunk at 10:49 A.M. No one can blame him – just look at the stressful (we’re being kind) family he comes from. Here’s hoping he gets the non-Paul support he needs. His dad spends way too much time telling the rest of the world how to live and now wants everyone to think he’s got his own house in order. [Wonkette]

The Cabinet for Energy and Environment is touting the “outstanding mining and reclamation activity” by a coal company that it fined $11,000 for pollution discharges in July and which it continues to investigate for potential pollution at another site in a nearby county. [Ronnie Ellis]

The number of members of Congress who don’t identify with any particular religion is on the rise, according to an analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. [Politico]

For only the second time since the city and county governments merged in 1974, the 15-member Urban County Council will have six female members when it returns from winter break next week. [H-L]

Here’s a look at how some snooty foreigners look at the United States of America. [BBC]