Cold Afternoon of State Parks & Press Releases

Man, what a slow news day. Let’s just go over some random stories for a little bit.

Much to the chagrin of of known self-important individual Anne Northup, the Louisville GOP is bringing crazed moonbat John Ziegler (Darcy Davita’s you-know-what!) back to town for a screening of his film Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin was Targeted. Thursday, April 16th, Grand Convention Center in New Albany, Indiana (because no Kentuckian worth their weight would show that mess), 138 E. Market in Nawbny. 7:00 P.M. After the event ($20 advance, $25 at the door), Ziegler will be present for a wingnut reception. Get tickets by calling 502.584.7111 or emailing Wade Hurt at wade@louisvillegop.com or DeAnna Brangers at d4gop@aol.com. Thanks to Brad Cummings, a known terrorist and America-hater, for bringing Johnboy back to town. [Press Release]

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that the Department of Criminal Investigations secured the indictment of William John Miller of Bullitt County. Miller was indicted on five counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, all class D felony charges. From January 2008 through March 5, 2009, Miller allegedly committed the offense of Possession of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor for receiving a number of pictures and videos containing kids performing sexually explicit acts. He’s also alleged, by means of a computer, to have intended to distribute the pictures. If he’s guilty, hopefully he gets the help he needs. [Attorney General]

You’ve gotta read this story about Dubai. It’s all about Dubai’s dark side – a reality we never really hear about outside of the middle east. [Johann Hari]

Congressman John Yarmuth is getting in on the stupid UConn-UofL wagering bandwagon. He and Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut announced a “friendly wager” on tonight’s NCAA Championship game between the UConn Huskies and the University of Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball teams. If Louisville wins, Courtney will send a gift basket of salami from Rein’s Deli in Vernon, lemonade from Farmer’s Cow, wine from a Colchester Vineyard, maple syrup from Hebron, Munson’s Chocolate UConn Husky chocolate bars, locally farmed honey and cigars from Jarmoc Farms in Enfield. If UConn wins, Yarmuth will send a gift basket of Louisville treasure complete with a Louisville slugger, a bottle of Woodford Reserve and a bucket (VOMIT) of KFC. [Just Plain Weeeeird and Embarrassing]

Punch-Out 2010!!! Hahaha. “The Courier-Journal reports that Lt. Gov/noted homophobe/FEC-violating Daniel Mongiardo has successfully bested incumbent Jim Bunning(!) in the first preliminary game of Money-Tag…” [LEO’s Fat Lip]

Fort Boonesborough State Park (our personal favorite) will launch its “Boone at Noon” program this Saturday, April 11th to commemorate the 275th anniversary of explorer Daniel Boone’s birth. Once a month through September, there’ll be a 45-minute presentation on Boone or a topic related to his family and the exploration of our great Commonwealth of Kentucky. Programs are included in the fort admission price. April 11: Jerry Raisor, park curator, will discuss “Daniel Boone and Land Acquisition”; May 2: Pam Eddy, park ranger-historian from Cumberland Gap National Park, “Daniel Boone and the Cumberland Gap”; June 27: Jim Caudill, historian, “A Boone Related Flintlock Rifle”; July 11: Paul Tierney, park naturalist at Blue Licks Battlefield, “Daniel Boone at Blue Licks”; August 8: Bill Farmer, Fort Manager, “Boone – The Natural Man”; September 5: Jessie Mains, 18th Century longhunter re-enactor, “Daniel Boone and the Longhunters.” Make sure you go! [Kentucky State Parks]

Vermont has legalized gay marriage, overriding the governor’s veto. Hide the children and never go to pinko commie hippy Vermont– which will leave more room for us. VT is the first state to allow the gays to marry without judicial action. Yay progress. [Huffington Post]

Record set on the first day of the Keeneland April sale. [Business First]

Beshear & Connecticut Governor Place Bets

Governor Steve Beshear and Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell are making a “friendly wager” on the outcome of Tuesday’s final game between the University of Louisville and the University of Connecticut in the NCAA women’s college basketball championship tournament.

Governor Beshear is betting a Kentucky country ham and Governor Rell is offering up a lobster dinner for two, which includes two live lobsters, steamers, red potatoes and clam chowder.

“As a great seafood lover, I gladly welcome Gov. Rell’s lobster dinner wager,” said Gov. Beshear said. “The First Lady and I will savor this lobster just as we will savor the NCAA victory of our University of Louisville Lady Cardinals.”

“What better way to cap off a perfect UConn season than with a perfectly cooked, smoky-sweet, delicious ham,” Gov. Rell said. “We are so proud of what the University of Connecticut has accomplished on the basketball court this year, and we can’t wait to cheer them on to a history-making victory.”

TGIW – Hitting The Road For A While Today

That’s right. We’re rolling out of the Commonwealth for a week or so and will be crossing the country. We’ll be in various towns and cities across the southwest over the next several days while working on a project. But we’ll still be writing on a regular basis. And maybe Rick will pick up the slack a bit?

This is our first workcation in two years. So. Everyone needs to email us sights to see in the southwest.

What was that, Lee Murphy, about accusing me of running the anti-Mongiardo group on Facebook? Maybe you should read this constituent letter to Daniel Mongiard for an eye-opening experience. [Barefoot &Progressive]

Louisville is wasting thousands and thousands of dollars are ridiculous advertising campaigns that don’t do much to promote the city outside of Louisville. This is probably the worst waste in a few months. Worse than when “Possibility City” advertised with us but didn’t want to reach outside the metro area– which is fairly lame, as the people you should be reaching out to live outside of Louisville. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The Food and Drug Administration could be responsible for regulating tobacco if legislation being considered today is passed in Washington. [Jim Carroll]

LEO Weekly finally got the Mayor’s Office to hand over documents that are public record. The paper has summarily dropped its complaint with the Office of the Attorney General. Read all about it. We smell Abramson Corruption. [LEO Weekly]

Bank of Louisville, now BB&T/Branch Banking & Trust, was found liable for fraud and a Louisville couple was awarded $10.6 million in damages. The bank used false information in 2002 to persuade customers to consolidate loans to one mortgage with the bank. After pushing Larry & Linda Thompson into a bogus lending relationship, the bank dried up the Thompson’s business and refused to let them buy real estate. All right for fraud. [C-J]

The Lexington Herald-Leader is not happy with the rushed hiring decision at the University of Kentucky. Ruh ro. [H-L]

Frankfort is abuzz this week with rumors that Attorney General Jack Conway plans to announce his candidacy for the United States Senate tomorrow or Friday. Everyone knows he’s going to announce so it’s a bit surprising to us that everyone would be giddy like school girls, gossiping in excitement that the date of announcement could be near. [Frankfort Rumors]

Friday Afternoon Is Filled With… Rain? Nice.

Happy weekend! It’s cool, rainy and Frankfort is eerily quiet.

Oh, we hear LEO is finally getting those documents from the Mayor’s office. Funny what shining a bit of light on corrupt practice will do, isn’t it?

Mark Hebert just chased Billy Gillispie down a hallway. Absolutely priceless. Anyone else see it?

WHAS11’s Mark Hebert points out that everything we’ve printed about Kelly Flood’s illegal alcohol party at the capitol was true. Though some legislators tell Hebert there were only a few bottles of wine, and that’s not accurate. We spoke with several legislators in attendance who independently confirm there were bottles of bourbon, gin, vodka and several cases of beer. It’s not a big deal in everyday life but it’s still illegal at the capitol. And Hebert is right, it’s not the first or last time our state legislators will break the law or waste our tax dollars. [Mark Hebert]

Never thought we’d see Martin Cothran condoning men and women who aren’t married to each other having alcohol– illegally– together. At least Cockring is reading us. Guess Marty hasn’t been reading for long, though, or he’d know we always point out hypocrisy– even among our friends. [PURE HILARITY]

Human remains were discovered at the Kentucky Horse Park while digging with a backhoe at the location for a new outdoor stadium. We must’ve missed this story, but 35 skeletons were discovered in November. Turns out it’s an old cemetery that’s been around since the mid 1800s. The horse park plans to release further details as they’re discovered and warranted. [Press Release]

What the heck is up with this Maricle guy who was indicted this month? Murder charges dropped against him on New Year’s Day when the courts were closed? What? [U.S. Justice Watch]

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