Rumors on the Internets: The budget & stuff

Kentucky’s Al Mohler wants to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mohler, head of the Souther Baptist Seminary in Louisville is behind the Christian “exit” from public schools and has speculated for a while– publicly– about “fixing” the gays. [H-L]

Boptrot is back. Bob Foster, an FBI investigator from the O.B. days has been hired by Jack Conway to head the Attorney General’s investigations unit in Frankfort. He’s a former head of the FBI’s Eastern District Office and was most recently head of the Transportation Security Administration in Louisville. [Hebert]

The state senate is trying yet again to improve math and science. Along with providing incentive pay for teachers to work in those fields. Ken Winters is pushing for it. Even though the KEA says pay increases are whack. Looks like more counting on their fingers ahead. [H-L]

Andy Alcock had an exclusive story last night about a middle school boy who wanted to join East Hardin Middle School’s cheerleading squad. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, responding to a lawsuit, ordered the school to pay the parents $3,000. The settlement includes an order for the school to undergo training sessions and produce reports on its progress. The coach who cut the kid from the team is no longer there. Maybe she should have found a spot for him. [WLKY]

Bucks for Brains is screwed until the budget ordeal is over. King David Williams says so. Maybe Steve Henry could donate his salary to the program for a while like… oh, right, turns out that never happened. [C-J]

Steve Beshear still afraid to raise the cigarette tax to be in line with other states. Even though Ernie Fletcher said the current tax rate has worked well for reducing teen smoking. And even after the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids announced an increase would provide Kentucky with over $300 million per year in additional revenue. [PolWatchers]

Wrong Place, Wrong Time Arrests Not Rare

Cross-posted at The ‘Ville Voice

Turns out that the case of Paul Schum, the Bardstown school principal who lost his job after being arrested on Halloween night in a shady section of downtown, is not so unique. As WLKY’s Mike Petchenik reported last night, police have made hundreds of arrests for “loitering for the purposes of prostitution.”

In Schum’s case, prosecutors dropped their case because they had no evidence of a crime. Because of Schum’s job and costume — he said he was dressed in drag for a Halloween party, and had property in the area — the case got thorough media attention. But nearly the same thing happened to a guy driving home from work – at an odd hour — in 1999. Darrell Leonard told Petchenik police told him he was “the wrong color, in the wrong neighborhood, in the wrong time of the morning…” and so arrested him. Leonard’s case was later dropped, and the city paid him $1,800 to cover his legal expenses and lost wages.

That was eight years ago, and Leonard was working a low-wages late shift job, and apparently was able to keep it. Schum, on the other hand, had his career ruined by the false arrest experience. Doesn’t it make you wonder what kind of settlement Schum might be in line for?

Petchenik found that in five years, police made more than 1,700 similar arrests, but nearly 2/3 were thrown out by judges. Leonard said he was told he got his citation for being in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time. You do the math, but it seems that means police are making nearly 600 arrests a year on charges that don’t stick. That’s about 10 a week.

It may not a good idea to be hanging out in certain neighborhoods in the middle of the night, but who knew one of the biggest risks would be an arrest for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Hospital Visitation Should Be a Right

The dirty liberal at BlueGrassRoots has the right idea with talk of BR 489 (the Hospital Visitation Bill) and the need for its passage. The legislation would allow hospitalized adults to designate a non-related adult the same visitation rights as a family member. Something many adults in committed relationships have been denied purely because they’re not married to their partner or are one of those scary ho-mo-sex-u-als (oh, the horror).

From BGR:

Seriously… how insecure must you be in your own sexuality to vote against such a bill? Does voting against this bill allow the Stan Lee’s of our state to repress those icky gay fantasies about men back down into their subconscious? Is it just a cover so that other people don’t catch on to you?

Or maybe they’re just so filled with hate that they really do want to determine who is “worthy” of visiting you in the hospital.

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville), who is unfortunately not my representative, is the sponsor of the bill, pre-filed on November 11, 2007 for the 2008 legislative session. Hopefully the rest of the state House and Senate will come to their senses and make visitation rights a reality in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Reasons to Elect Overly or Why Beauman Isn’t Worth Your Time

As everyone knows (those who aren’t living under a bridge), we’re pretty excited about Sannie Overly becoming the next representative from state house district 72. She’s simply the best candidate and is poised to become a powerful leader in Kentucky. Not because of who she knows but because she’s that good.

We digress. And we’ll get off our “Sannie is great” soapbox.

But on to her opponent, Bryan Beauma, one of the few people working hard to keep Kentucky in the 1900s. He’s worked hard to keep the “homosexuals” at bay and went to bat against the scary gays and liberals in 2004.

Bryan Beauman is so fixated on the gays that he’s allowed and promoted a letter mailed by the alleged “Values Voters of Kentucky” over the past couple weeks.

The letter, from Hugh Gabbard, LTC US Army Ret., claims Beauman will “champion Glodly moral values” and “when homosexuals filed a court challenge to the 2004 Marriage Amendment” he stood up against them. We, the gays, are obviously the most important issue facing Kentucky’s 72nd District.

Peep the letter and hilarious envelope for yourself after the jump. Along with information that may prove Beauman has been dishonest about his wife.

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2 Republicans Introduce Domestic Partner Bill

Two Republican senators– Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Joe Lieberman (Loopy-really an R) have introduced legislation in the senate that will provide domestic partner benefits to federal employees.

“The federal government should be leading the way rather than following when it comes to providing benefits,” Sen. Smith said. “Rights and benefits must be afforded to all employees equally. This bill corrects the current inequity.”

The act, titled the Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations Act of 2007, would allow an employee and his or her domestic partner to be eligible for federal health benefits, the Family and Medical Leave program, long-term care, insurance and retirement benefits.

Sure, Unka Mitch will squish this bill for the gays faster than Jim Gooch could scarf down a coal crusted Derby Pie. But it should send a message to hater Kentuckians like Richard Henderson and Ancel Smith— both worthless Democrats who piss themselves at the thought of talking to a known homosexual– that ignorance and inequality are over.

War on Christmas a Hot Mess

From the Intrepid Reporter Dept of Dumb Shiz

We received a disturbing story from a friend last week: Apparently he was at a hardware story in Louisville and a clerk commented on how more people were saying ‘Merry Christmas’ this year than the last few seasons.

The friend was ready to endure the whole “War on Christmas” idiocy when the clerk floored him, saying, “The problem is we have SO many Jews in the area.” Mistake: Friend was Jewish. (Say it with us, “OH SNAP!”)

Good news: Our friend was smart enough to walk away without starting a fight with such an ignorant person. Bad news? Well, bad news for the woman at the hardware store, because… Our friends at The Meaningful Collateral have found the Jew that will take this clerk down. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Yeah, that Ray Lewis.

Richard Henderson & Ancel Smith: Terrified of the Gays

The two Democratic State Representatives pre-filed legislation yesterday to ban universities from offering domestic partner benefits. Two Democrats.

Ancel Smith & Richard Henderson

19 other WORTHLESS DEMOCRATS have signed on in support of the proposed legislation, which Steve Beshear has repeatedly said he’d veto. Peep their names and contact information after the jump.

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