Patently false?

McConnell’s camp says attack ads being run in primetime slots are full of it. (Please watch the ad and read this article so you know what we’re talking about.)

Mitchypoo’s camp neglects to mention that Hunter Bates was McConnell’s COS, left to become a lobbyist using his Mitch connection (see John Cheves’ mind-blowing series from last fall), got a $200K contract to promote an earmark to send Chinese-made iPod-like devices to Afghanistan. McConnell delivered and Bates went to work raising $120K for his campaign.

While we hate what’s happened and the way Senator McConnell is trying to cover it up? We won’t swallow talking points hook, line and sinker, we’re not going to attack the following factual statement from Ryan Alessi:

While the ad doesn’t cite any source for the claim that McConnell voted against providing funding for body armor, an independent political watchdog group Factcheck.org declared a similar accusation against other Republican senators last fall as false.

The ad does not cite a source for the claim that McConnell voted against providing funding for body armor. To parse words and get semantic? On October 2, 2003 McConnell voted to table an ammendment that was to be attached to an $87 billion emergency supplemental bill. (Reference: Vote 376, S.Amdt. 1817 to S. 1689) While despicable, obscene, hate-filled, possibly murderous and typically McConnell, let’s be accurate here. McConnell voted to table an amendment (like he did in April 2003). He didn’t vote for or against something that was up for a vote to become law.

That said, McConnell’s lackeys are full of shit. They’re parsing words to obscure facts. They’re challenging the semantics about what the devices were called. E.G., Public Campaign Action Fund called them “music players” in order to describe what they are, not just what they do. They could have called them iPod-like devices or MP3 players, but McConnell probably would have found fault in any of those descriptions as well. They’re attempting to obscure the fact that he lined up a contract to send $8.3million worth of Chinese-made players to Afghanistan (to spread right-wing talking points) and got $120,000 from the lobbyist’s clients.

Breaking: AIPAC Fundraiser Moved

LEO‘s Managing Editor Stephen George just confirmed that Jewish Hospital has decided not to host the September 10th AIPAC fundraiser featuring controversial figure Dan Senor. Senor is affiliated with Fox News and the group Vets for Freedom.

A source with Jewish Hospital revealed to Page One earlier today that many physicians were upset about being invited to the event and expressed concern about its location. Though not confirmed, one surgical group allegedly threatened to cancel surgeries in protest.

Barbara Mackovich, spokesperson for Jewish Hospital, told George the event will instead be hosted at the Louisville home of Bill Yarmuth.

Yarmuth is the brother of U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3) and is CEO & President of the health care company Almost Family.

AIPAC Update

LEO (yes, we’re on a LEO kick today) published a story we initially broke about a Jewish Hospital-approved & hosted AIPAC fundraiser.

The final graph of the story is most interesting:

Barbara Mackovich, spokeswoman for Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare, said the nonprofit hospital has no political agenda, has never hosted a political event*, and is renting the group space to conduct its fundraiser**. She said the conference center is used for a variety of gatherings.

* Never hosted a political event? Hrm. Guess that explains away the multitude of political events we’ve been to that were hosted by, you guessed it, Jewish Hospital and the Jewish Hospital Foundation.

** Renting the space to AIPAC? Must be a huge, huge coincidence that the only invitees to the event happen to be physicians and moneyed individuals at Jewish Hospital.

Take a look at the invite here:

AIPAC Invite 1 AIPAC Invite 2 AIPAC Invite 3

Absurdity: Visionary framework for energy policy?

Wearing your bullshit goggles? Get ready. The stink is big.

The following Democratic sell-outs and mouthpieces for big coal penned a letter to LEO: Rep. Jody Richards, Speaker of the House; Rep. Larry Clark, Speaker Pro Tem; Rep. Rocky Adkins, Majority Floor Leader; Rep. Charlie Hoffman, Majority Caucus Chair; and Rep. Rob Wilkey, Majority Whip. We won’t get into who works for which company. *Cough* Rocky Adkins *Cough*…

After spending four paragraphs telling us that House Bill 1 was signed, they get down to the business of explaining just how visionary and remarkable the state’s new energy policy is.

Here’s a peek:

Our energy policy also encourages the hiring of Kentucky residents; forgives student loans of young people who obtain science and engineering degrees necessary to fill the jobs; advances research and development at our universities; and promotes the protection of our environment in the process. And it does so in a manner that protects Kentucky’s investment. House Bill 1 looks to the future of the energy industry by enabling cutting-edge research. It sets aside $7 million to the Kentucky Geological Survey and the Center for Applied Energy Research to perfect carbon dioxide capture management.

Contrary to some news reports, this bill is not about attracting one project or one company. It’s about attracting a new industry to Kentucky by providing a framework that can be tailored to different types of investments. Tax incentives must be approved by the Economic Development Cabinet and KEDFA (Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority). Any incentives received up front will be tied to hiring Kentucky workers, and funds will be recouped once the plant is operating.

What they don’t mention is that the few jobs created (about 300 projected) will cost roughly a million dollars each. Spending $7million to perfect carbon capture techniques? $7million surely can’t perfect clean coal technology that barely exists. What’s with this drop in the bucket compared to the $300million being floated to Peabody? And no mention of the untold millions given to Peabody just to consider building in Kentucky?

Oh, it’s not about attracting one company, kids. Even though Jody and Ernie made the entire special session about Peabody.

Here’s more:

In addition to providing $5 million for research and requiring carbon-capture readiness of any new alternative fuel facility seeking incentives, the legislation creates the Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship. This collaborative effort will bring together various public and private interests to promote energy efficiency and protection of our most hallowed resource — our planet.

That’s right. Just $5million will solve all problems and make life grand by protecting our planet. Big coal and the House members responsible for killing eastern Kentucky via mountaintop removal and illegal faux-reclamation will protect our planet and they’ve put it in writing.

It’s a good time to discuss the mind blowing sludge disaster of October 11, 2000. Remember it? More than 300 million gallons of coal sludge killed Martin County. Millions of fish and other animals wiped out. Homes ruined. Property devastated.

The individuals who let that sort of disaster slide are the individuals selling us a bill of coal goods. We hope voters are paying attention.

Sen. Mitch McConnell Racist?

Senator Mitch McConnell, wholly loved and supported by liberals with a tinge of awe, opposes Senate Bill 1257. The legislation was developed with bipartisan support and would provide Washington, D.C. a voting seat in the House of Representatives.

Sources say McConnell wants to filibuster in order to block passage.

Race is the only reason D.C. has been denied congressional representation for 175 years. We wonder if the 650,000+ African Americans inside the capital have anything to do with Mitch’s opposition.

Is this 1910? What the flip century is this?

Welcome to Autumn. AKA Slow news day.

Who knew? Hal Rogers drops $400k on Lake Cumberland for tourism advertising. [H-L]

Too little too late? Gubernatorial candidates finally discuss public health and its problems. [H-L]

The Courier-Journal rightly questions both gubernatorial candidates’ health care agendas. Surprisingly, they hit on the scare tactics used to freak your shit out about socialized medicine. And they criticize both for being afraid to discuss a cigarette tax. What isn’t discussed is why neither candidate wants to provide health care for all Kentuckians– instead of just children or the elderly. [C-J]

Five of the six regional university boards have been stacked by Fletcher. Some day we’ll get little things like following the law right. Right? [C-J]

While Kentucky soldiers die left and right, things are just peachy in Iraq. We might not even need to stay there that much longer! [WP]

BREAKING – Steve Henry’s at it again

Hebert has the full story. Check it out for more details and choice quotes.

Seems our old friend Steve Henry isn’t just calling a few people volunteers and data entry guys, he’s now alleging Brian Wright (a consultant who wrote position papers for his campaign) was a volunteer. That’s an about face from a few weeks ago when Henry said he didn’t know if he had been paid.

Now Henry is being called out by Articulated Man, the Chicago-based web development company that produced his website. This makes three web development firms in a row he hasn’t paid or has had difficulty paying. The first, operated by a guy named Eric, developed a site for Henry prior to his filing for office (click here for a screenshot of that site— note the logo on that site was designed by yet another firm left unpaid). The second was a company operated by Lucy Steilberg (the former Mrs. John Schumaker). Now this.

Henry says he doesn’t know what’s been paid or what he owes– but he’s his own campaign treasurer. No one to blame but himself. Another notch on the log.

Here’s the story as it appeared a few moments ago: