For the first time in 15 years, backers of a bill that would extend statewide civil rights protection to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people won a legislative hearing Wednesday. [John Cheves]
Congress has finally broken its lengthy dry spell on granting wilderness protection to designated areas of the country. [HuffPo]
The state House rejected changes made by the Senate to a constitutional amendment to automatically restore the voting rights of many felons, moving the bill toward a conference committee. [C-J/AKN]
Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging on constitutional grounds Wyoming’s ban on gay marriage, a gay advocacy group said, following a recent string of court decisions striking down similar restrictions. [Reuters]
Hospice care is focused on giving support to people meeting the end of their lives; forming bonds and giving dignity to a patient’s last days. [Ashland Independent]
Mitch McConnell received a lukewarm reception from conservatives gathered for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, despite delivering a speech full of conservative red meat. [The Hill]
Judge Heyburn’s ruling will stand the test of time. There is no threat of “legal chaos.” The only possible chaos will come from Governor Beshear’s decision to appeal. Because of that decision, Kentucky same-sex spouses continue to be harmed by unconstitutional Kentucky laws for no reason but politics. [Joe Dunman]
Charter schools have long been loved by the private sector, and the rich. And for good reason. [David Sirota]
Adult baby Damon Thayer is back to trying to give Rand Paul a reach-around. Thankfully, Greg Stumbo likely has enough sense to stop him. [CN|2]
The US Department of Justice has launched an antitrust probe of Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. [BBC]
Government agencies could charge hundreds of dollars for public records that are currently free or cost little under a bill that would rewrite the Kentucky Open Records Act. [H-L]
A fossil bed in China that contains some of the world’s most exquisitely preserved feathered dinosaurs, early birds, reptiles and mammals may also be home to an equally rich set of older fossils from the Middle Jurassic, a new study finds. [HuffPo]
The state House of Representatives will apparently not vote on a bill to remove the requirement that public school construction projects pay the area’s prevailing wage. [Ronnie Ellis]
If you haven’t already heard it? Go listen to Mitch McConnell’s radio ad ripping Matt Bevin and the Senate Conservatives Fund apart. [YouTube]
Tags: Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Education · Environment · Giving Back · Mitch McConnell · Rand Paul · Takin yer guns! · The Gays
What was that, again, about the Bluegrass “Institute” charter schools folks not being a bunch of racist, religious dogma pushers, again?
GO BACK TO KENYA!!!!!! MUSLIN KENYAN!!!!!1!
Did you know? Mitch McConnell got really mad that a lawyer gave a client legal representation.
Can you believe it? A human being having a lawyer in court. The nerve! People in this country clearly don’t deserve legal representation or fair trials.
Tags: FEAR! · Mitch McConnell
The Bowling Green Daily News is known as a right-wing bullshiz machine. We’d never suggest otherwise.
But the level of fabrication and spin on the paper’s part has gotten more disgusting and offensive than usual.
Take a look:
In November 2004, Kentuckians overwhelmingly passed an amendment to Kentucky’s constitution that said marriage shall be between one man and one woman. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized, the constitution states.
That couldn’t be further from reality. Not anywhere near an overwhelming majority of Kentuckians supported it.
As we’ve said previously, there were roughly 4.15 million Kentuckians in 2004 and only 2.8 million registered voters. Just 1.2 million of those voters supported the anti-gay marriage ban. That means just 29% of Kentuckians – a far cry from a majority – voted in support of the discriminatory legislation.
The paper goes on:
It is a Kentucky law and should be respected, whether one agrees with it or not.
On Feb. 12, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued an opinion that Kentucky’s ban on recognizing out-of-state, same-sex marriages violated the Constitution’s equal-protection clause in the 14th Amendment because it treated “gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them.”
This was Heyburn’s opinion.
Should it be respected? Should something supported by only 29% of Kentuckians be respected? Should something other courts are striking down all over be respected?
Regardless of Conway’s personal opinions about gay marriage, he took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and the state’s constitution.
By failing to appeal this ruling, we believe Conway is not living up to that oath.
That’s a shame. As the highest-ranking law officer in this state. he has a duty and a responsibility to his constituents to stand up for a law that a large majority of our state supports.
Thankfully, Gov. Steve Beshear stepped in to appeal Heyburn’s ruling. Beshear announced the state will hire outside counsel for the appeal. It’s a shame outside counsel has to be brought in because we should be represented by our attorney general, but apparently he lacked the will to do so.
We see what this is all about. These homophobic folks are upset that Jack Conway refused to waste millions upon millions of tax dollars defending hatred. Hatred that the Department of Justice says Conway need not defend. Hatred that higher courts are already striking down. Hatred that a minority of Kentuckians – even in 2004 – voted to support.
No wonder so many people often remain in the dark.
Tags: Discrimination · Jack Conway · Mainstream Mistake · Steve Beshear · The Gays
Just who is that radio lady Matt Bevin is promoting?
Take a look at our farewell to her last August:
Many of us didn’t like her when she got here, though we gave her several chances. And many of us are glad she’s leaving.
Why? Let’s take a stroll down racist lady memory lane:
- Just Who Is This Fancy New WHAS Radio Lady? [March 5, 2010]
- Thanks to Mandy Connell & 84WHAS [April 26, 2010]
- Thanks to Mandy Connell & 84WHAS [May 17, 2010]
- When Good People Say Horribly Stupid Things [August 5, 2010]
- Ruh Ro: Mandy Connell On The Tweetvestigation [August 11, 2010]
- Sorry, You Can’t Have Your Dead Chicken Statue [August 19, 2010]
- We Often Get Terrific, Racist Comments [September 3, 2010]
- Ugh, Mandy, Really? Why Do This? [November 1, 2010]
- Francene’s Common Sense Is Still Being Missed [November 29, 2011]
- It’s Major War On Christmas Pee Alert Time [November 14, 2012]
- Francene Cucinello Really Is Rolling In Her Grave [January 11, 2013]
- While Mandy Connell Peddles Racist B.S… [January 11, 2013]
- Mandy Connell’s “Apology” Just Aired On 84WHAS [January 15, 2013]
As you can see, we welcomed her initially. We defended her for a while. Then she continued to step in the crazy, the hateful, the ridiculous. The worst? She embraced racism, embraced her own anti-semitic comments (and continued to attack John Yarmuth after the whole snafu), played the victim all along.
We knew you were a hot mess when you first told the story about how you were defending your friend, Mark Foley, as he was admitting to that congressional page incident. Don’t let the door hit you on your purposefully ignorant, racist-baiting, anti-semitic ass, Mandy.
That’s who she is. At least, it’s what she did while she was in Kentucky.
And Matt Bevin loved it enough to spend campaign contributions to advertise it.
Tags: Flashback · Senate
This week the Transportation Lady focuses on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:
Tags: Health Care · Spotted
Ah, Republicans (update: no, not all Repubs are homophobes) stuck in the 1950s, what will move you forward? A swift kick in your tiny nuts? Your family turning upside down?
Maybe your spouse stuck in a hospital near the edge of death but you’re denied access to tell them goodbye?
Wait – maybe you just need to be fired from your job? Denied service at a restaurant? Maybe you need to have a tow company refuse to move your car from the interstate? MAYBE you need to be evicted from your apartment because you’re gay?
Perhaps you’d like to build a life with someone only to have your partner die in an unexpected accident. You wake up a couple days later to find that your deceased partner’s homophobic family is suing you for half of everything you thought you jointly owned with your partner?
Maybe your cop partner gets gunned down in the line of duty protecting homophobes and you aren’t eligible to receive their pension or death benefit because your government allowed just 29% of people to alter the state constitution for the other 71%?
What will it take?
Because we’d sure like to know.
Let’s take a look at John David Douche’s (I said it) homophobic rant for a look at why he’s been cast aside by a rapidly declining newspaper:
Jack wept. Kentucky’s sensitive Attorney General Jack Conway cried upon having to make a hard political decision before running for governor. Great Edmund Muskie’s ghost!
Conway took the Obama administration’s advice, put political correctness ahead of the rule of law, and declined to appeal U. S. District Judge John Heyburn’s recent ruling that Kentucky must recognize other states’ gay marriages.
Whether Conway’s were real or Clintonesque crocodile tears only he knows. Some observers swooned. To others Conway’s touchy-feely performance reinforced his reputation as a calculating phony.
Get it? Only girly men cry. Girly, swishy gay men are sensitive. CLINTON’S COCK! Jack’s a fraud. Big gay, girly, swishy, sex-making fraud.
After spending several paragraphs complaining that Jack Conway didn’t take action, he goes on to complain that Andy Beshear and Alison Grimes should do the opposite:
Caught in political cross-currents swirling within their Democratic Party, at least Conway and the elder Beshear took positions. The younger Beshear and Democratic U. S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes came off as craven weasels rather than profiles in courage.
Instead of telling citizens what he would have done as attorney general, Andy Beshear dodged the question. He claimed it would be inappropriate for him to comment because he might have to render an opinion on the issue if he becomes attorney general. If this is his standard he will not say anything about anything between now and next year’s election.
Grimes again proved herself a pusillanimous political coward. Instead of taking a stand she issued a characteristically incoherent statement seeming to say that she feels very strongly both ways. Courageous female politicians everywhere surely winced at her waffling weakness.
Sure, they should take positions but Douche, here, has never met hypocrisy he didn’t immediately fall in love with. Also, women are weak vermin.
Conservatives realize that Heyburn did not have to rule as he did. Yes, the judge followed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s tortured “reasoning” in U.S. v. Windsor, but even Kennedy’s fatuous rationale stopped short of forcing gay marriage on unwilling states.
Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissent emphasized how and why Windsor did not compel such a conclusion. Moreover, Kennedy’s “logic” really does lead to legalized plural marriage and the parade of other horribles that gay marriage foes fear.
Is it fair for Bevin to tag McConnell with responsibility for Heyburn’s “liberal” ruling? Maybe, but Bevin must also indict conservative icon Ronald Reagan for elevating Kennedy to the highest court.
Yeah, they just cold want to force the gays onto you. All down your throat.
Slippery slope, slippery slope, plural marriage FEAR!!1!
The dangers to our constitutional democratic republic from imposing such controversial innovations by judicial diktat far outweigh any positives. Kentucky supporters of gay marriage should have worked to enact it via the political process.
That is what marriage equality backers in other states did. It presumably would not take long if public opinion is shifting as fast as polling and gay marriage proponents say it is.
How would we enact it politically? People like Douche in Frankfort won’t even vote on stopping discrimination. What bullshit.
And other states? They’re doing it exactly like Bourke v. Beshear.
Liberals now lauding the Kennedy, Heyburn, and Conway decisions may someday find the legal shoe on the other foot. History shows that conservative judges are equally capable of issuing similarly activist decisions fashioning new economic, property, or other “rights” from constitutional whole cloth.
But weep no more, Jack Conway, please. There’s no crying in baseball or politics.
Get it? Gays and girly men don’t play baseball and aren’t involved in politics. Also, more slippery slope nonsense.
Let’s get one thing straight (no pun intended – even if our voices and our muscles larger than 99% of these screaming homophobes like Douche, Lee, Moore, et al): there are four plus years of evidence here that Jack Conway isn’t exactly at the top of any list we could create. In fact, I (Jake) would love to castrate the man politically. So when I say his emotional press conference was genuine and coming from a serious point of understanding? It’s not an easy thing to admit publicly.
Jack was honest on a personal and political level. It’s clear that he knew he legally, personally, politically could no longer be involved in perpetuating flat-out hatred and discrimination. Because, much like Jim Crow/segregation? Being legal doesn’t make government-sanctioned homophobia right.
People like John David are the reason so many gay kids kill themselves. People like John David are the reason equality is not a thing in Kentucky today. People like John David are the reason it’s now legal to discriminate on the basis of religious belief. People like John David are the reason this Commonwealth is spending millions of dollars clinging to the fearful past, preventing economic development and job creation, stifling investment, furthering brain drain.
Let’s hope John David’s veiled rant doesn’t lead to more pain and suffering for innocent people just trying to do the right thing in life.
Shame on Bill Lamb and WDRB for publishing such nonsense. Television stations like that – which are given access to public airwaves in exchange for serving the public with news – have no place in furthering discrimination like this in 2014. Absurd.
Why “douche”? When you use veiled homophobic language like that? You’re vile. In the bro dude frat boy sense, not so much the sexist sense (save it, feminists, can’t be P.C. at this point). When you mix in a bunch of intellectual dishonesty and flat-out nonsense? You show your true colors like John David has done.
Tags: FEAR! · Jack Conway · The Gays
A House bill filed Tuesday would enact several reforms on the state’s pension systems and possibly reshape them. [John Cheves]
Early last year, Kentucky coal miner Reuben Shemwell was sued by his own employer for filing a safety discrimination complaint with federal regulators. After settling two lawsuits and getting reinstated at work, Shemwell says the company is now making his job miserable because he continues to raise health and safety concerns at the mine. [HuffPo]
Although it got negative reviews from Kentucky’s top Republican lawmakers, President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for next year contains hundreds of millions of dollars for projects and programs for the state. [C-J/AKN]
For years, environmentalists and the gas drilling industry have been in a pitched battle over the possible health implications of hydro fracking. But to a great extent, the debate — as well as the emerging lawsuits and the various proposed regulations in numerous states — has been hampered by a shortage of science. [ProPublica]
This time the welcome was warmer; still cold, but the sun shone; and 50 years of progress was marked. [Ronnie Ellis]
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected and hit a three-month low last week, a sign of strength in a labor market that has been hobbled by severe weather. [Reuters]
Most Kentuckians are thinking of the 2014 Senate race, but a Louisville businessman is thinking ahead to next year’s governor’s race. [Heh]
A “live fast, die young” life history strategy could have been a key factor behind today’s high tree diversity in the Amazon, scientists have suggested. [BBC]
Northern Kentucky University is raising tuition because of rising KERS pension costs. [The Northerner]
Jack Conway criticized the Food and Drug Administration’s cozy relationship with pharmaceutical companies, saying that the agency has at times allowed its drug approval process to be “hijacked.” [HuffPo]
A southwestern Kentucky police department is giving free drug testing kits to parents who suspect their children may be using illegal drugs. [H-L]
The air suddenly feels different. Dogs begin to howl, and the horses become restless. A burst of bright light, and seconds later, the ground starts to rumble and shake. [WaPo]
Berea’s City Council and Mayor Steve Connelly met for two hours Tuesday afternoon to discuss proposed changes to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance. [Richmond Register]
Tags: Barack Obama · Budget · Corruption · Discrimination · Economy · Education · Election 2015 · Environment · Flashback · Jack Conway · Law Enforcement · The Gays · Wasted Money
A Bowling Green man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he illegally shipped guns and gun parts out of the country. [H-L]
With the number of people living with dementia expected to double to 65.7 million by 2030, no one doubts the seriousness of Alzheimer’s. And now a new study hones this message even more by suggesting that the mind-destroying disease may contribute to almost as many deaths in the United States as heart disease or cancer. [HuffPo]
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, who ruled last week that Kentucky must recognize gay marriages performed in other jurisdictions, is taking senior status beginning April 1, according to U.S. District Court Clerk Vanessa L. Armstrong. [C-J/AKN]
Some of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies have slashed payments to health professionals for promotional speeches amid heightened public scrutiny of such spending, a new ProPublica analysis shows. [ProPublica]
Hundreds of former patients of King’s Daughters Medical Center on Tuesday filed malpractice lawsuits against the hospital, a recently retired heart surgeon who practiced there and other parties. [Ashland Independent]
Having a hot temper may increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, according to researchers. Rage often precedes an attack and may be the trigger, say the US researchers who trawled medical literature. [BBC]
For the first time, a House panel heard Wednesday from supporters for a statewide fairness ordinance that would prevent Kentuckians from being turned away from businesses, housing or jobs on the basis of their sexual orientation. [CN|2]
Republicans from Western states on Tuesday urged a U.S. appeals court to rule state bans on gay marriage unconstitutional, an aide said, citing shifts in the cultural standpoints of some conservatives in a broad national debate. [Reuters]
Dr. Noelle Hunter of Morehead provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday on her personal experience with international child abductions. [The Morehead News]
How NPR is promoting right-wing bias on the issue o social safety nets. [AlterNet]
Things you can immediately (usually) assume about a candidate when they claim race isn’t an issue in America. [Page One]
Without a presidential contest or a gubernatorial race on the ballot in 2014 in Kentucky, the fight over the state’s Senate seat will become a de facto presidential contest in terms of the suffocating media attention it will receive. [Roll Call]
Getting and keeping blacks engaged in the political process was the topic of a forum Wednesday at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. [H-L]
What Steve Beshear and a Syrian general have in common will surprise no one. [HuffPo]
Tags: Alison Grimes · Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Health Care · Mainstream Mistake · Mitch McConnell · Senate · Steve Beshear · Takin yer guns! · The Gays
Leave it to Reggie Meeks to tell the truth about the domestic violence-conceal carry mess in Frankfort:
I was on the slow bus, too, on HB 351 which provides that anyone with a protective court order for domestic violence would have the right to carry concealed weapons for 45 days in order to “level the ground” between themselves and anyone intent on doing harm to them. Individuals with an EPO, and following a background check, will be allowed to legally carry a firearm. Sound intent; poor implementation. The facts bear out that one is far more likely to injure or kill either themselves or someone in the household where a firearm is present in the home without the owner having been properly trained on its operation, maintenance, and storage. The professional organizations in the domestic violence field did not support this bill. The NRA puts proper firearms training and safety as an organizational priority. In my opinion, despite these obvious warning signs and facts, the NRA wants this bill and members to believe they must have that support in order to win elections back home.
Guns! Guns! Guns!
Tags: FEAR! · Takin yer guns!