Happy Sunday, You People Surfing the Tubes

Left-wing Forces are Raging! HAHAHA. That’s the latest fear/smear Mitch McConnell pedaled at the Warren County Lincoln Day dinner. “Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the forces of left-wing Americans are raging and the challenge is enormous.” Oh man, we love the craptastic job Natalie Jordan is doing at The Daily News these days. [BG Daily News]

Did you know? The legislative session was tough for the governor. And Rep. Tim Firkins (D-Louisville) is a copy cat who decided to use Trey Grayson’s report card language to describe Steve Beshear. He gave Beshear a gentleman’s ‘C’ for trying to push forth an agenda in a positive way. You’ll also love Greg Stumbo’s hilarious attack on the governor. [C-J]

Michael Cassaro’s Communications Director has a blog. Yesterday that blog published Bruce Lunsford’s remarks on the war in Iraq almost verbatim in a move that seems almost like praise. Things that make you go hmm. [The Bridge]

See several Democratic candidates speak at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville this weekend. Don’t bother reading Angela Sparkman’s awful story with embarrassing grammar, just watch the video. OMG, people, don’t go into journalism if you can’t flipping speak English. [WYMT]

Researchers know absolutely nothing about the earthquake that occurred the other day. So the Associated Press wrote a story that goes on and on for like a year telling us that researchers know nothing about the quake. Some folks believe one thing, some other folks believe another and we’ve no idea why after reading the article. [Yahoo! AP]

More from the Did You Know? Department. The entire state legislature is worthless. Every member of the House and Senate vote to benefit themselves and it’s wholly legal. Welcome to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where people like Jim Gooch and Reginald Meeks keep getting re-elected. The state where conflicts of interest just don’t matter. [H-L]

Party for Seven? That’ll be $50K

A quick and final update on the story we’ve been following with the Thunder party for legislators. Looks like those lobbyists who picked up the tab for the party paid around $50K and entertained seven, yes, seven, legislators.

Sounds like the attendance at a Doug Hawkins informational meeting on Dixie Highway in Louisville.

Great work by the C-J’s Joe Gerth in actually calling all the legislators and getting their takes on attending the party, including Louisville’s Gerald Neal, who passed on going after learning it was paid for by lobbyists, according to Gerth’s story.

Much more, including names of the two Democrats who ignorantly attended the soirée after the jump…

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Clinton Confirms Henry Building is HQ

On March 28th we reported that Steve Henry had potentially involved Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in an FEC nightmare by allowing the campaign to use a building owned by non-profit The Future Fund Endowment, Inc.

Well, whattya know? The Clinton campaign just sent out an email blast announcing the official grand opening of its headquarters in Louisville. The location? None other than the controversial property located at 1357 Bardstown Road in Louisville.

Take a look:


Henry, Clinton and the folks affiliated with the Future Fund better hope to high hell there is evidence of rent being paid by the Clinton campaign to the Future Fund, which is the owner of the building. Based on Henry’s significant history of campaign finance blunders, we have significant reason to believe no lease or agreement for use of the property by the Clinton campaign exists and that no rent has been paid. Here we go again.

Make Them Pay a Political Price for Free Thunder Party

There was plenty of outrage around here last week when we learned that Senate President David Williams and many of the state’s legislators would be living large at the Ali Center at a Thunder party paid for by lobbyists. We all wanted to know how many politicians would risk rage from the voting public for a few hours of free grub and a nice view of the air show and fireworks.

We were glad to see state Sen. Tim Shaugnessy publicly pass on the party, and would like to know if anyone else who participated in the failed session would do the right thing and say no to a PDA. (Public Display of Arrogance)

Well, we’re not surprised that Williams is playing a little political dodgeball about releasing the names of the politicians who accepted an invitation to the party. I walked by the Ali Center during the day, but it was impossible to see how many folks were inside.

But thanks to Joe Gerth of the C-J for following the story. In his Monday column, Gerth explains how Williams said no to his request to attend the shindig, then said he will, eventually, comply with the paper’s open records request for a list of those who RSVP’d for the party. Still, that won’t tell us who actually showed up, but I’m hoping Gerth will eventually be able to tell us.

And since the party created some buzz in the media late last week, it will be interesting to find out if some of those who RSVP’d thought better of it after the media picked up the story and decided not to come. For those who did go, let’s hope they have political opposition at the polls, since Williams arrogantly told WHAS Radio last week that if voters don’t like it, they could “have the opportunity at the polls to take some action.”

Meanwhile, the C-J provided a nice list of the problems caused by their failures with the budget on Saturday, and listed some of those responsible.

Lundergan, Stumbo Must Hate Rural America

In a comment on Pat Crowley’s blog, Bill Adkins makes the perfect argument for why it’s effing ridiculous for Jerry Lundergan and Greg Stumbo to attack Barack Obama over telling the truth about rural America.

Sadly, Greg Stumbo seems to be forgetting that he’s a product of rural America and has abandoned his usual solid position on Appalachian/rural issues in order to push the tired candidacy of Hillary Clinton. We like Greg, don’t get me wrong, but this is just embarrassing and out-of-touch.

Like Bill Adkins says, Americans need to figure out if they want someone who will speak the truth or someone who’ll blow smoke up their ass.

Take a look at Obama’s remarks and see if you disagree, Kentuckians:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Mr. Obama responded, according to a transcript of the fund-raiser published on Friday on The Huffington Post. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not…”

Obama also said:

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

To echo Bill, please tell us where/how Obama is incorrect. We’re borne of the mountains of eastern Kentucky and think it would be difficult to find anyone from rural America who would disagree with Obama’s remarks.

The reality is that rural America has been forgotten, cast aside and crapped on.

Read the rest of this rant after the jump…

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Spotted: Who’d you see being various degrees of famous all across the land?

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY03) came up to say hello to us at our neighborhood coffee shop haunt. The mean Republican internets gods had cursed his office so everyone had to book it to Frankfort Avenue to get work done. Really, we had no idea he would actually do work upon getting to D.C. But, love him or hate him, that’s apparently all he does. Except when playing golf, which is excusable. (Kinda like when we accidentally watch four hours of Dead Like Me when we should’ve been

Ladies’ Man-in-Chief Bill Clinton, looking down over our table with Richard Nixon at his side while we attempted to enjoy our high-class (ha) lunch at TGI Friday’s at Louisville’s Fourth Street Live.

Former Miss America and more lame crap after the jump…

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