Page One & The ‘Ville Voice on TeeVee!

Oh noes! They let us on the tubes again and this week we had a lot to say.

From Big Oil hypocrisy and press-tackling cops at the NRA convention to the mainstream media picking up stories without giving credit where credit is due and the 21% of Kentucky Democrats who voted on the basis of race… Rick discussed it all.

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Friday Updates. Everyone is Bitter Edition.

It’s official. Some (SOME! Not all) Hillary Clinton supporters are batshit insane-o crazy. The failed campaign’s latest ploy is to push supporters to mail a pair of shoes to the DNC to tell Howard Dean to “walk a mile in their shoes.” I’m not kidding. Check out the “independent” organization the campaign is pushing. [Ugh]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford, in response to Mitch McConnell’s attempt to focus attention away from his 24 years of being in lock-step with all that’s wrong in America and the world, took the opportunity to put McConnell on notice. “I’m not running from either Barack or John McCain,” Lunsford said. “It would be hard for me to see a Barack Obama supporter supporting Mitch McConnell, but it would not be hard to see a John McCain supporter supporting me.” [H-L]

The mainstream media picks up on the CNN story that painted Clay County, Kentucky in a negative light. A story, of course, that this website first brought to the political discussion in Kentucky after feeling complete and total outrage at the ignorance of the national and mainstream media when it comes to Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia. [PolWatchers, Our Original Story]

If you’re not aware, Mitch McConnell yet again voted against veterans and the 21st Century G.I. Bill for troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. And Americans United for Change is taking him to task. This isn’t going to be a pretty campaign season. [Hebert]

We grew up in the beautiful mountains of Eastern Kentucky and our favorite story as a kid was that of John Swift and his famous stash of silver hidden somewhere in the mountains. Reading the Herald-Leader this morning brought those memories back and can’t wait to get back home. The paper has a story about a man who has been searching for Swift’s silver cacher for 35 years. “He has Polaroids of carvings that bear witness to “JS’s” presence in 1754. And amazing Indian markings, wonderful maps etched on rocks, Masonic symbols carved into beech trees as Swift so indicated.” [H-L]

A group of credentialed media folks questioning Oliver North, of Iran Contra infamy, during the NRA’s national convention last weekend were tackled by police/security and forced to give up video footage and had their equipment confiscated. Rick was the first to report the story on The ‘Ville Voice and now the Courier-Journal has picked the story up. [Rick’s Original Story, C-J]

A final heads-up to haters: If you have an issue with us testifying against you or your husband? Or an issue with us airing the facts when everyone else is afraid to do so? Don’t try to bring our political friends into your mess as they’re entering the stage to speak at a very public event. That’s low-class, trashy and unacceptable. Any future attempts to silence us will result in a very public airing of a cache of damning evidence that the mainstream media is salivating over. The truth really can set a person free and we don’t have to wait until we’re in a courtroom to reveal everything. So far we’ve given you the courtesy of keeping our mouths shut. Remember that.

Election Fraud in Kentucky? Not Much

Attorney General Jack Conway’s office just released election fraud hotline results from yesterday. The OAG received 60 calls from 28 counties (27 calls were received during the 2007 primary and 86 during the general election), the majority of which came from county officials and voters with procedural questions. Electioneering was the common complaint and get this– THERE WERE NO COMPLAINTS OF VOTE-BUYING! Can you believe it?

Election Fraud Hotline Calls

  • 19 Miscellaneous Election Calls
  • 13 Election Official Complaints
  • 8 Procedural or Legal Questions
  • 5 Electioneering Complaints
  • 4 Disrupting the Polls Allegations
  • 3 Voting Machine Complaints
  • 2 Residency Questions
  • 2 Exit Polling Complaints
  • 1 Voter Identification Complaint
  • 1 Special or Absentee Ballot Question
  • 1 Media Call
  • 1 Campaign Violation Allegation

It’s Saturday. Political Robocalls Suck Edition.

I know it’s a big deal and all that that Ted Kennedy is in the hospital or whatever. But does anyone else want to effing choke these douches on CNN for saying “Liberal Lion” like SEVEN HUNDRED TIMES IN A ROW? Repeating any nickname over and over is awful. It’s like saying “Turd Blossom” 100 times in a row when discussing Karl Rove or “Known Homosexual” 100 times in a row when discussing Ralph Reed.

Steve Henry claims he knows how to organize politically. AKA ask for $2,000 checks that he then does who knows what with. Something about him working to get Hillary Clinton elected. [Newsweek]

Speaking of Henry, he and his wife campaigned on behalf of Bruce Lunsford in Bowling Green, once again thinking he’s politically relevant. Call us crazy, but we’re pretty certain Bruce will be ditching Henry’s support in the general election. What, with all of the troubles the man (Henry) faces. Probably a decent move to accept Heather’s support because of her faux ties with veterans groups but not so wise to let Steve Henry do much for you. [Daily News, WBKO]

Christie Brown, former fundraising big dog for both George W. Bush and Mitch McConnell to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars has compared Greg Fischer to John F. Kennedy. She also said Fischer wasn’t deceptive, but isn’t it deceptive to claim your opponent is a mud slinger when you’ve been the only person throwing mud for nearly four weeks? [C-J]

More proof KDP Vice Chair Nathan Smith is a Clinton supporter: his wife will hold a fundraiser for Senator Clinton tomorrow night at their Northern Kentucky home. All right for remaining neutral, kids. Nathan says this doesn’t mean he’s picked a side but let’s get real. [PolWatchers]

Former Chief Justice Joe Lambert is effing things up with crazy pay raises and all that shiz. Huge cat fight on the way. Get ready for it. [H-L]

Tuesday is Election Day in Kentucky and– since this is Kentucky– we’re sure to have some election fraud here or there. So be on the lookout. If you encounter election fraud? Call the hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683). It’s open year-round during normal business hours but on May 20 calls will be taken from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Eastern. [Press Release]

It’s Finally Friday Update Edition!

Oh, the outrage! We can’t be letting Barack Obama call our white women “sweetie” these days! We need to stand up and protect our white women, just as Doug Hawkins does. How terrible. [Moonie Times, WXYZ Video]

Musical geniuses are rare and need to be appreciated. You know, Mozart, Chopin, the dude who remixed Bill O’Reilly’s classic Eff It rant into the beautiful remix “F*ck It.” We can’t stop laughing. Listen to his other hits, like “Taze me bro,” “STFU,” and the much tamer “STFU for kids.” [RevoLucian]

The Herald-Leader endorsed Barack Obama for president over Hillary Clinton. Anyone wanna bet Jerry Lundergan is pooping himself right now? Or does the H-L’s endorsement even matter? Will it affect anything? Consider us skeptical. Especially since Kentucky’s vote doesn’t matter. [H-L]

If you’ve been following all the craziness in Louisville’s Metro Council District 18 race, you’re familiar with how heated things are going to get. So we thought we’d take a look at the favorite on the Democratic side, Kungu Njuguna. Turns out he is against things like studying the 8664 plan and is “undecided” on the smoking ban. Judging things purely on the answers he gave the Courier-Journal, he doesn’t seem to really have an opinion on anything. And that’s not good in a Metro Council race. Njuguna was billed as a rising star at this year’s Wendell Ford dinner but we get the feeling his political career will be over in 2008. Look for the Republican to win that race in the fall. [C-J, C-J Questionnaire]

The Ashland Daily Independent wrote a story about Bruce Lunsford speaking in that neck of the woods that reads like a tacit endorsement. Despite the writer’s terrible grasp of the english language (“Democrat candidate?”), it was all about Bruce taking on McConnell. Zero mention of Greg Fischer. Woops. [daily Independent]

In quite possibly one of the most stupid moves we’ve heard of this year, six state employees based in Louisville have resigned or been fired– with three others disciplined– for being part of a food stamp fraud ring. Over $40,000 in waste, fraud and abuse from ONE EMPLOYEE!! Make it stop. [Hebert]

Frank Simon Rears His Hateful Head Again

Crazy/bigoted/racist/sexist/homophobic/anti-semitic hack Frank Simon is back in action. No, he’s not blaming the Holocaust on us gays again. This time he’s endorsing Democratic candidates who not only don’t want his endorsement but never asked for his endorsement. We received reports of Simon’s activities and immediately started digging. One endorsee’s name stuck out at us. Turns out Simon chose to endorse Brent Ackerson, a Democrat running for Louisville’s Metro Council in the 26th District.

I gave Brent a call at his home last evening to get to the bottom of things. He told me– emphatically– that he never sought Simon’s endorsement, doesn’t want his endorsement and wholly denounces his endorsement. So that should set the record straight in the ongoing saga of Simon craziness.

This isn’t the first time Frank Simon has pulled this trick. He did the same thing in 2006 when he endorsed Charlie Cunningham, who was running for judge at the time. Charlie never sought nor wanted Simon’s endorsement. It’s just a tactic he uses to harm people he doesn’t like, has a grudge against or wants to lose in the general election. It’s time local media woke up to Simon’s shenanigans and put an end to them once and for all. And the Republican Party should denounce his offensive activity.

Thursday. Presidential Update Dept. Almost Over.

Bill Clinton is in Louisville (Butler High School @3:30), Bardstown and John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown today. [Press Release]

Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, State Rep. Dennis Keene and unknown Owen County Administrator Bill O’Bannon will hold a conference call to discuss Barack Obama’s rural leadership plan for Kentucky. [Press Release]

And in Bowling Green, Admiral John B. Nathan and Brigadier General James Smith will hold a discussion with veterans and military families at the Shake Rag Restaurant at 12:30 Central Time. [Press Release]

From the Captain Obvious Department of Duh we learn that Kentuckians favor higher cigarette taxes. Actually, 55% favor taxes of $0.70 to $1.00 per pack. Only 34% oppose. Imagine that. Both the governor and the retarded ass legislature out-of-touch. Can you imagine? [PolWatchers]

Mitch McConnell caused a Senate meltdown yesterday by dumping the Republican version of a G.I. bill into an unrelated floor debate on union rights of firefighters and police officers. Thankfully, the Senate voted 55-42 to table the Republican amendment and the Democratic bill will be attached to the Iraq bill next week. [Politico]

Speaking of McConnell, he has an opponent in the Republican primary named Daniel Essek, a Whitley County truck driver who couldn’t get off work in order to attend the KET debate on Monday. He’d only spent $824 in the first month of his campaign. Is anyone holding their breath on this? Not even sarcastically? [C-J]

In case you were wondering why Kentucky has been flushed down the toilet for, like, ever? The state spends over $400,000 (OF TAX DOLLARS!) a year to promote the coal industry. We just give coal companies this cash to promote their industry. Choice quote, “The environmentalists throw out a lot of negative stuff, like kids who are suffering from asthma because they breathe particulate matter from living near a coal-fired power plant, or deaths caused on the roads by big coal trucks,” Caylor said. “We’re trying to counteract that.” [H-L]