Happy Early Valentine’s Day Updates N Such

Tomorrow is the most commercial of faux “holidays,” so, enjoy! Eat lots of bad candy, get drunk, have all kinds of babies. It’s the American way.

And on that note, we’re over and out for a couple days.

Here’s some stuff:

The University of Kentucky is doing a great job at poorly educating this mining engineering major. [KY Kernel]

The Herald-Leader editorial board’s piece calling Greg Stumbo out for his pure stupidity about pregnancy has gone national. Greg doesn’t realize that pregnancy is not a disability. [H-L]

Chris Cillizza now ranks the 2010 U.S. Senate race against Jim Bunning as #4 for the second week in a row. It is, indeed, a golden opportunity for Democrats. [Washington Post – The Fix]

Two great pieces of hilarity that are neither political nor appropriate for work. [Toothpaste For Dinner & Natalie Dee]

Oh, that $15,000 credit for homebuyers? Yeah, AXED from the “stimulus” bill. Thank you, Mitch McConnell, for screwing America again. [Consumer Reports]

In honor of next Tuesday, a federal appeals court overturned new mountaintop mining rules. [MSN’s Money Central]

Looks like Binack Ruhbama made a joke about Judd Gregg:




We’re pretty much stoked that Barry is cool with making fun of himself.

Darlene Fitzgerald Has Some Real Characters

In case you needed proof that Darlene Fitzgerald is a whacko fringe candidate who should be wholly ignored:

On a December story about Daniel Mongiardo, some random guy calling himself Larry Kenter left a comment praising fringe candidate Darlene Fitzgerald:

Larry Kenter // Dec 18, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Hey guys, there’s a woman named Darlene Price that has already announced that she is a democrat candidate against Jim Bunning. She’s already gotten alot of support from veterans, cops, unions and women’s organizations. She’s a former federal investigator and government corruption whistle blower. Check out her web site, it’s very impressive: www.Darlene4Senate.com

We all thought it was majorly hilarious. Major.

Then well-known political activist Mike Bailey left a comment, which was spot-on:

Mike Bailey // Dec 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm

I spoke with Darlene, and I think she is very sharp. Unfortunately her wardrobe and website are not sharp, and her campaign staff and volunteers are not interested in feedback to correct those image problems. The atrocious website and dated outfits distract us from Darlene’s message. She can’t compete with Mongiardo or Conway or Crit in any case, but if she cut a more modern figure and had a decent site and some good staff, she could get her whistle-blower issues out into the public eye and maybe get the eventual nominee to adopt those issues. If something does not change in her campaign, she will end up fading into the background – which would be a shame.

Fine and dandy. Then yesterday, nearly a month-and-a-half later, this guy named Austin Price, who is affiliated with Fitzgerald’s “campaign” as her Campaign Chairman left a comment attacking Bailey:

Austin Price // Jan 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Mr. Bailey you have never spoken to Darlene. It was I who responded to your email request to be a paid consultant on Darlene’s campaign. I agree with your comment that Darlene is very sharp, and that is why she is needed in Washington. The rest of your comment seems disingenuous when compared with the overwhelmingly positive feed back regarding Darlene, her website and campaign in general. Don’t lose sight of what is really important: to send qualified people to Washington who will vote our interest.

Unfortunately for Mr. Price, Bailey sent me those emails a week earlier after my original story about Darlene and her awful website. And we decided to publish the email exchange between Bailey/Fitzgerald/Price. When you read them, you’ll see that Price is not only lying about what Bailey said but that Fitzgerald is apparently endorsing such a bad deed.

Here’s our original comment containing the messages.

UPDATE: HAHAHA! As a commenter has pointed out, Austin is Darlene’s HUSBAND. That information makes it even worse.

Mike Bailey did not request to be a paid consultant– or even to be a consultant– on Fitzgerald’s campaign. Bailey and former U.S. Congressional candidate Dr. Michael Kelley encountered Fitzgerald at an event. Bailey sent an email to Fitzgerald telling her how nice it was to meet her and offered some positive feedback. This guy Austin Price, an attorney, responded like an ignorant buffoon.

Let’s take a look at those emails.

Darlene,

Dr. Kelley and I greatly enjoyed meeting you, and were very impressed with you in person. We love the way you fight corruption and the “pay to play” system. We think you are tough and principled. Jack Conway and Dan Mongiardo will likely enter this primary. (By the way, when they get in, are you planning on sticking it out? )

I have some questions about issues that are not on your website. I’m not really looking for yes or no answers, but reasoned opinions on how you will deal with the wedge issues such as abortion, separation of church and state, gays, and guns. … I’d like to hear how you feel about those cultural hot-button issues, and how you will deal with them.

Read the rest of the juicy, juicy hilarity with which we prove Fitzgerland’s campaign is libeling Mike Bailey after the jump…

Read moreDarlene Fitzgerald Has Some Real Characters

Abominable Invisible Toilet Paper Seam Update

Okay, ladies and dudes, are Tom Jurich and Rod Blagojevich separated at birth or what? Similar hair, similar wardrobe, similar swagger. They both love having a huge ego. Both love playing dirty. Both get people fired if they don’t like what they have to say. Creeped out?

We hear through the terrible, America-hating rumor circuit here in Kentucky that DSCC folks are heavily researching Jack Conway (and everyone else) for 2010. Call us crazy, but we’re pretty sure no Democrat will be able to beat Trey Grayson. What a race this is shaping up to be.

Best line all day: No wonder we rely on touch rather than vision when confronted by a new roll of toilet paper and its Abominable Invisible Seam. [NYT]

You mean Ben Chandler is going to give up his cushy, easy job in order to run against Trey Grayson for the U.S. Senate? [Some Dude]

Poor Jesse Jackson, Jr. trying to buy a U.S. Senate seat. The crazy apple apparently doesn’t fall too far from the crazy tree. [ABC News]

If Ford didn’t need the money from the auto bailout, why’d it ask for it? [Huffington Post]

Got money burning a hole in your pocket? You’ll probably want to snatch up one of these Barry books. [Page One]

Oh, guess what, everyone has their panties in a twist because we’re bothered by the auto bailout and have the audacity to crack a joke or two. [The Bitters]

Jim King and David Tandy are going to fight each other until the bloody end. The King Mafia will probably try to print “Dr. King” signs for the west end again, he’ll figure out a way to get his daughter to, oh, who knows?, he’ll take all of your money and starve you to death and David will continue not being corrupt. And in other news, both want to be mayor. One will use the office for personal gain and for getting revenge. One won’t. [LEO Weekly]

Wednesday Dept of Tropical 53 Degrees

UPDATE: Haha. Awesome. We are awesome. Because it is TUESDAY, not Wednesday. This generic Nyquil isn’t to blame, though, but all the excitement of… oh, haha, whatever. We haven’t had espresso yet. And it’s after 11:00 A.M.

Gosh. It’s so fancy how the Mormon Church is now playing the role of victim. Never mind that this was the same church that conducted a national broadcast to every temple, calling on members to organize and write checks to the Proposition 8 campaign. The same church whose members donated more than half of the $40 million behind the discriminatory measure. Awww. Poor Mormons. [HRC]

Paul Patton says the Council on Postsecondary Education will name its new president at today’s meeting. Could it be Richard King or Robert Clarke? The Beshear Administration is happy with an out-of-state selection. But lots of Kentuckians are not. [Ryan Alessi]

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has named Mitch McConnell as one of the most embarrassing members of congress. All because Hunter Bates made millions from grants for companies he represents as a lobbyist. And McConnell’s secret fundraising for the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. [C-J’s Political Blog]

Don’t want to flood you with stuff from the Courier-Journal, but you’ve gotta read this story from Andy Wolfson about Louisville attorney Bill Ayers (for real). Allegedly acted as a bail bondsman and all kinds of, well, interesting shenanigans. Of course, this guy gets prosecuted for providing a service that people want while the years-long Steve Henry case sits, lingering, nothing happening. [C-J]

We mentioned this a couple weeks ago because it seems ridiculous and risky in most states. Will you be calling in gay tomorrow in order to protest by doing some sort of community service? Probably not, since you could be fired. Really great idea, right? Especially as we enter the The Great Depression Part 2. [Huffington Post]

What’s your take on the Teamsters in Louisville? Should they vote to accept no pay raises? Would ANYONE approve of no pay raises? [The ‘Ville Voice]

It’s Thursday. Let’s Waste The Entire Day.

Barry Osama is a Mac user! HOLLA. [Wired Magazine]

Calling in gay on December 10th. Is Day Without A Gay a good idea? Thoughts? [Day Without A Gay & Facebook]

Need something ridiculous and time waste-y to watch for a minute or so? Check this out! [Funny Waste of Time]

Jamie Palumbo clarified to say that he did not vote for Mitch McConnell. According to him, he told several people that he did not like Bruce Lunsford but never said he would vote for McConnell. Jury’s still out on Jane Jensen and Jennifer Miller– who once said that Bruce was trying to assassinate her. [Reports]

We told you how embarrassing and sad this was yesterday. Well, now it’s gone national. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Al Franken is up and down and this is the most terrifying photo of Al Franken ever. The end. Terrifying. [Wonkette]

Don’t you love how Rick knows, well, about zero about why it’s a bad idea to suddenly allow grocery stores to sell wine? Not only does it cheapen the experience, but, uh, it puts all of our local wine stores out of business lickity split. Especially in our fancy economy. (He probably drinks “Zinfandel” or “Franzia”…) [The ‘Ville Voice]

And in other news, a serious recession now appears all but assured. WE ARE ALL DYING OF THE POVERTY AND STARVATION! [Washington Post]

Barack Obama’s use of complete sentences is stirring controversy. His decision to use complete sentences in public carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring. It’s so alienating to have a president who speaks English as if it were his native language! [Huffington Post]

Despite what bitter Clinton supporters tell you, Barack Obama isn’t afraid of the ho-mo-sexuals. He’s officially laid out his commitment to the gays in an eight-point homo plan. Calls for: passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, a gender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, opposition to any attempt to reintroduce an amendment to the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, support for inclusive adoption rights, and an expanded war on HIV/AIDS. [365]

Press Conference Update: KDP Mostly Blew It

The presser, as we have been corrected, was not part of the Lunsford camp. The Kentucky Democratic Party put it on. And boy, was it a total waste of time.

The Lunsford camp should be ashamed that KDP Communications Director Thom Karmik was permitted to run the show. What an embarrassment. You’ll recall that Karmik, under the moniker “Dillweed Detector,” attacked Bruce Lunsford and other Democrats on the Bluegrass Report. And the Party allowed him to stick around.

How semi-worthless is it to hold a press conference attacking Mitch McConnell’s military voting record when McConnell’s opponent isn’t even present for the cameras? The KDP couldn’t even get that right.

Mike Weaver was there, which was good, even though he only plays well in the 2nd District– which will never even hear about this press conference. Harold & Carol Trainer, two honorable veterans whom we will forgive for openly trashing Bruce Lunsford for months and months (search this site for reference). Abe Piña and another veteran were also present. We have no idea what the other guy’s name is because KDP did a shitty job preparing press.

The only press who showed up? Joe Gerth from the C-J and Andy Alcock (he has a Bush sticker on his car– but we still like him) from WLKY. And a McConnell tracker. Which was probably a waste of time– since Mitch was barely attacked.

Granted, having a veteran and American hero say he took a bullet for his country while McConnell wouldn’t even take a meeting with him is a powerful statement. But this should have been heavily hyped.

KDP blew a great opportunity to talk about McConnell’s history of harming veterans with his terrible voting record. And for being a chickenhawk. Total blown opportunity.

Here are some photos from the poorly-lit City Hall Rotunda (great place, go check it out sometime).

Here’s Thom trying desperately to avoid us:


Some shots of Mike Weaver, Harold Trainer and the others:


And here’s the almost non-existent group of press, made up of Andy, Joe, a McConnell tracker and a KDP camera:


P.S. This isn’t an attack on the media, but an attack on the embarrassing Kentucky Democratic Party. Thom didn’t even have the wherewithal to send a press release to any media outlets other than the C-J and a couple TV folks.

Felner-Deasy Update – Petrosko Off & More

We hear through the grapevine that Joseph Petrosko, chair of the Department of Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education at the University of Louisville, has decided to step down from the committee to review John Deasy’s doctorate.

Petrosko originally served on Deasy’s dissertation committee. Stepping down is a great move on his part and removes any conflict of interest.

Just unfortunate that Jim Ramsey didn’t have the sense about him to avoid a conflict of interest to begin with.

In related news, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met yesterday and decided to back Jim Ramsey and Shirley Willihnganz in their “investigation” 100%.

The review was requested by the faculty senate in the wake of the ongoing federal investigation of former education dean Robert Felner, who is accused of misappropriating grant money.

The investigation, which became public in June, also has resulted in allegations involving Felner’s management of the college, including hiring and promotion practices and the awarding of at least one doctorate.

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The review, which the trustees discussed during a closed-door meeting before voting on it in open session, is scheduled to be completed in November.

The board asked that its staff, faculty and student members work with Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz to determine how the review will be conducted.

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“The board of trustees has the fullest faith in Jim and Shirley,” Porter said. “I’ve known these people now for several years, and they have the very best intent for this university.”

The letter sent by members of both senates agreed with Porter’s “assertion that the President and Provost care deeply about the welfare of the university’s faculty, staff and students.”

“Both the Faculty and Staff Senates have worked collegially and collaboratively with Jim and Shirley over the past five years, and we know that they are responsive to faculty and staff concerns,” it said.

We’ll leave it to you to point out the ironies here. Err… Okay, maybe we’ll point out one. If Jim and Shirley were worried about or the least bit responsive to faculty and staff concerns, then why on earth has this situation turned into a national embarrassment and all-around clusterfuck of epic proportions? It is absolutely ludicrous to suggest such a thing.

Want more proof that it’s crazy to think Jim Ramsey or Shirley Willihnganz give two flips about what really happens to people at the University of Louisville?

Read about it in our next story coming up in a little more than an hour.

And in other news, the University of Louisville could be in trouble with its accrediting agencies, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. (Kudos to Andy Wolfson for giving credit where it was due to WHAS11!)