Steve Beshear: Hilljack Yokel Spreading Ignorance

Because you know that’s how he appears to the rest of the world.

Two top officials in McCracken County have declined to take plea offers and plan to go to trial on charges of tampering with public records. [H-L]

This is potentially one of the funniest moments of the week. Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney (R) is accusing liberals, such as former Vice President Al Gore, of advancing “the greatest deception in the history of mankind” — man-made climate change — in a scheme to empower the executive branch and increase taxes. [HuffPo]

Do you want to watch a boring interview with Rand Paul in Iowa? Here you go. [C-J/AKN]

DNA evidence overturned the conviction of a Florida man who spent 28 years on death row. [Think Progress]

Lexington city leaders are calling it an alarming level of violence. In the last ten days, three people have been murdered in the city and many others have been injured in shootings. [WKYT]

Recent events in Iraq could vindicate an idea advanced by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2006: to split the country into three largely autonomous regions. [NY Times]

Passing time always brings with it new technologies, and emergency procedures are no exception. Cell phone technology is giving rise to the idea of text messaging to 911 in case of emergency. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

April fell first. It lasted through May. Now June will be the third month in a row with average carbon dioxide levels above 400 parts per million. Atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas, which helps drive global warming, haven’t been this high in somewhere between 800,000 and 15 million years. [Climate Central]

Local reaction was mixed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Monday that gives closely held corporations the right to deny contraceptive coverage based on religious beliefs. [BGDN]

Steve Beshear is once again embarrassing Kentucky on the national stage. And Phillip Bailey really isn’t as spot-on as he should be in this instance. Beshear? Masterful? Please. He’s just a bigot. The tide is turning in Kentucky when even Republican legislators want to support a statewide fairness amendment. Social issues are beginning to die. Phillip is just a few years behind. [CNN]

Some of the same issues from the previous year appeared to be repeated during a state auditor review of Barren County Fiscal Court’s financial reports for fiscal year 2013. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The day after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people. [TPM]

We can’t stop linking to these stories because we love watching Papaw Bigot waste taxpayer dollars spreading his hatred and hilljack yokel ignorance. Steve Beshear defended his role Wednesday in arguing that a ban on same-sex marriages is needed in Kentucky because only opposite-sex couples can procreate, thus ensuring a stable birth rate and the state’s long-term economic stability. [H-L]

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities. Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism. [HuffPo]