Late Friday in the Commonwealth of No Electricity

WHY do people run generators INSIDE THEIR EFFING HOMES? We can’t even deal.

Don’t forget Comment on Kentucky tonight! 8:00 P.M. Eastern. Scheduled guests: Stephenie Steitzer of the Courier-Journal, Tom Eblen of the Herald-Leader and Greg Stotelmyer from WTVQ in Lexington. Discussion about the budget, Obama’s stimulus package, gifting at UofL and the fancy weather. [KET]

That recession David Adams loved telling us that we’re not in? Yeah, something about picking up major steam? What was that, again? [MSNBC]

The Fairness Campaign is launching its 2009 strategy to achieve a statewide Fairness law with “Tell Your Story—Learn to Lobby,” a free introductory lobby training session held on the convening day of the Kentucky General Assembly’s Regular Session, Tuesday, February 3, 7:30-9:30pm, in the Student Activities Center, Room 303A at University of Louisville. [Fairness]

Why is Dan Mongiardo ashamed of his virulent homophobia? That’s the question everyone is asking. [Barefoot & Progressive]

The Young Professional Association of Louisville is in favor of an increase in the state’s cigarette tax. YPAL is launching a campaign on Tuesday, February 3 to meet with state leadership, write letters to local legislators, press releases, letters to the editor and more. Want to get involved? Young professionals around the state are encouraged to attend the YP Day at the Capitol and join YPAL at Serafini’s Bourbon Room from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. in Frankfort on 02/03. [Young Professional Association of Louisville]

Governor Steve Beshear today launched a campaign to “Restock the Pantries” in conjunction with universities and community organizations in an effort to collect canned goods during weekend sporting events. Supplies are dwindling at Kentucky’s food banks so we’re pleased to see the Governor doing his part. You should do you part, as well. If you have a dollar, you can help. Tomorrow, volunteers will be on-hand at at several Kentucky universities to encourage those attending basketball games to make both food item and financial contributions to individuals in need.

  • In Lexington, God’s Pantry Food Bank and UK have organized drop-off locations on High Street and Vine Street outside of Rupp Arena beginning at 12:30 P.M. and continuing until 3:30 P.M.
  • In Louisville, the Dare to Care Food Drive and the University of Louisville will have volunteers collecting food donations at all entrances to Freedom Hall, beginning at noon EST and continuing throughout the basketball game.
  • At Western Kentucky University, food and donations will be collected beginning at the 7:00 CST tip-off of the men’s basketball game. These goods will be donated to the Elizabethtown Food Bank for distribution throughout the Western Kentucky region.
  • Eastern Kentucky University has partnered with the Richmond Salvation Army in order to collect food items and additional supplies at drop-off bins locate around Alumni Coliseum, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.

So do your part!

Monday Afternoon Dept of Freezing to Death

You’ve read about Dave’s Towing and the illegal shenanigans going down in Louisville over the past few weeks so we won’t bore you to death with that mess. Other than to tell you that property manager/owner Dahlem is having tons of fun belittling us and attempting to spread misinformation. Does this mean they’re in cahoots with the towing company for kickbacks?

The village idiot is still killing Kentucky’s environment. Little by little, Greg Stumbo and Jim Gooch will continue to make us the laughing stock of the nation. [Page One]

Oh, did you know? We’re in all kinds of “trouble” because probable latent homosexual (alleged) Marty Cockring says so. He makes it so easy. Being obsessed and all, I mean. [Self-Haters]

Stories like this one involving a Tennessee man who was fired for being gay (the boss admitted it) make Marty squeal with glee. [PageOneQ]

St. Xavier High School in Louisville will hold a panel discussion on mountaintop removal this Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The school’s Environmental Club is the sponsor of the free event. St. X is located at 1609 Poplar Level Road. For more information, contact Michael Grantz at 502.552.0768 or email him at [Email]

A complete, categorized list of the George W. Bush failures. [Public Integrity]

Here’s another reminder: Don’t forget to watch Kentucky Tonight on KET tonight at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. Host Bill Goodman will discuss the state budget with Governor Steve Beshear, Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo. Viewers with questions may contact Will there be fireworks? We hope so! P.S. We hear the Governor wanted the broadcast to come from the Executive Mansion but David Williams rightfully put a stop to that mess. [Kentucky Tonight]

Oh, and Marty Cockring is probably right. This gambling/racino thing Stumbo is pushing is bound to fail. And it’s likely just a tax on the poor. Though, you’d never know for sure… because the Say No To Casinos release today provides zero facts and no sources, which would help them push their agenda a great deal. [Bluegrass Politics & SNTC]

Three student groups from Madison County are traveling to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of Barack Obama. [Richmond Register]

Thursday Dept of Airport Hacks Flushing Money Away

On Facebook? Consider joining the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty group. Good way to stay abreast of developments and what you might do to persuade the governor and others to declare a moratorium until we can determine whether capital punishment deters crime and is applied fairly. [Clicky Clicky]

That silly Mitch McConnell. Get a load of his idea of the middle class. Otherwise known as the uber-wealthy. [Tax Policy Center by way of Think Progress]

Barry’s “Hope” portrait will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery on inauguration day. [MSNBC]

So much for Greg Stumbo’s miracle gambling cure. He and David Williams are at odds, to say the least. David Williams has basically promised that no gambling legislation will be passed, ever, as long as he’s in charge. So what was that about working together again? [Jack Brammer]

David Lovelace of Frankfort was named deputy secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet yesterday. Lovelace currently serves as the cabinet’s executive director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He replaces Jamie Link, who was named CEO of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. [Press Release]

Barry Obama is getting a fancy new presidential limo. Being the geeks that we are, we salivate over this kind of article. [CNN]

Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln HistoryMobile will visit Frankfort and Danville along with CBS Sunday Morning. Mo Rocca (!!) will join the Mobile on Wednesday, January 14 from 1:00 – 4:30 P.M. at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort and will travel to Constitution Square in Danville on Thursday, January 15. You may visit in Danville from 10:30 to 2:00 P.M. The CBS crew will gather footage for Sunday Morning’s tribute to Lincoln and the bicentennial commemorative period. [Press Release]

Here’s more on that University of the Cumberlands case we revisited a few weeks ago. Mainstreamers all over are beginning to pick it up and now the right-winger gay-haters are all up on it. Check out what these windbags have to say about the scary homosexuals! [Townhall]

Launch of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Prioritizing the movement over the party. You ready for this common sense approach? Simply shilling for any and all Democrats will no longer cut it. Movement and party are NOT always coupled. [David Sirota]

If you thought this Blue Grass Airport thing would get less dramatic? Haha, boy, you were wrong. Bernie Lovely is ignoring the Lexington Urban County Council’s unanimous request that he immediately resign as chairman and remove himself from airport activity. All right for $4,500 strip club trips. Wasted money, indeed, and Lovely should be ashamed. [H-L]

Tuesday. 20 More Days of Dubya Remain.

In case you missed it: Kelly Flood is apparently the biggest hypocrite we’ve ever elected. From being a pro-equality woman who thinks for herself to bigot-supporting woman who takes Bob Damron’s lead in under a month. So much for her political career. Or her constituency in the 75th. Or her campaign promises. Or the people she’s lied to, misled and thrown under the bus. Fairness leaders we’ve spoken with around the state are in shock and Ernesto Scorsone is beside himself. Guess there’s something to be said for being in over your head. [Page One]

Newsflash: I haven’t worked on a campaign since 2007 and don’t plan on working in politics again. Who in their right mind thinks Trey Grayson would run against Jack Conway, whom he could not beat? And in other news, I’m pretty sure I never suggested anyone should leave the Democratic Party. Though I, myself, contemplated leaving (publicly) several months ago. Isn’t it interesting how some people always resort to personal attacks when their message isn’t getting them anywhere? [Interesting]

Even The Senate Guru took notice. [SG]

Known chickenhawk Mitch McConnell had no problem giving his wealthy banking buddies billions of dollars in annual bonuses. But he’s got a real problem saving the rest of the country from the biggest economic collapse in American history. Imagine that. [Politico]

Your thoughts, ladies, on this fancy mess in Israel-Gaza right now? [Huffington Post & CQ]

Hahaha – wait. “Senator McConnell — Idiot of the Highest Order.” This is getting fierce. [More HuffPo]

More haha. This time it’s in the form of an editorial cartoon. Williams & Kelly. [C-J]

Have you met the Turtle Man? We posted his video a long time ago, but it’s always nice to watch this mess. [B&P]

Finally, here’s the video address Governor Steve Beshear sent out to state emplaw-ees:

Kelly Flood: A Profile in Hypocrisy and Hate

Who knew Kelly Flood, a self-proclaimed “Liberal Democrat” would turn out to be a lying hypocrite who is filled to the brim with political ineptitude?

That’s right, Kelly Flood.

She campaigned on the coattails of Senator-elect Kathy Stein and Judge Ernesto Scorsone. She had a campaign staff filled with openly gay individuals. She had the support of labor. She proclaimed to stand for a woman’s right to choose. She is/was head of a “gay” church. And she had the gall to stand before JustFundKY only months ago.

That same Kelly Flood is currently in the midst of a major flip-flop. She made telephone calls today saying that she’s changed her mind and has decided to support the three largest bigots and woman-haters in the Commonwealth: Greg Stumbo, Larry Clark, Bob Damron and Tommy Thompson.

Isn’t that cute? The woman from Lexington’s most gay and most liberal district supporting the idiot (Damron) who pushed legislation that would have made it legal to shoot a gay man if he made an advance toward you. The woman who, all across the campaign trail, told the story of being the neighbor and best friend of Travis Fritsch, the woman who mothered Greg Stumbo’s illegitimate child for which he famously refused to pay child support and how terribly she (Kelly) hated Greg. That woman.

She’s decided to alienate her support base of gays and women (who make up like 99% of her district) and is aligning herself with sickening bigotry and immorality.

Her reasoning? She says Greg Stumbo will “work with” David Williams and that Greg needs her as part of his team. Seriously. That’s her reasoning. The other guys? She has none.

Guess she can say goodbye to her political career. Since everyone now knows she can’t be trusted on any front.

Kelly Flood obviously doesn’t stand for anything but her own selfish wants. Wonder what she was offered as a consolation prize?

Oh Snap Monday! Crazy Heat Wave Is Over

Google Maps Oddity? Isn’t it just plain odd that West Liberty would be photographed in higher detail than Morehead on the Google maps machine? Check it out for yourself. [Google Maps]

Does Denise Harper Angel, the Democrat from librul Cherokee Triangle in Louisville who wants to “put you in your place” has sent out a very important email blast detailing her legislative agenda. Let’s take a look to see if it makes sense for her particular constituency: “While the budget shortfall will be our number one priority, I also will be sponsoring new legislation that will: Implement an enhanced Kentucky Quit Line for pregnant smokers; Establish a state wide E-Waste (electronic) Recycling Program; Create a task force for the development of a Senior Worker Retraining Program; Meal Act (Menu Education & Labeling) would require caloric information be listed on menus and menu boards of fast food restaurants, Create a Bronze and Silver Star license plate for veterans” [Email Blast]

Oh, lookit, the LA Times linked to us. Let us gloat a bit. [LA Times]

God. Does Republican (and Democratic, in Kentucky) ignorance ever end? RNC candidate Chip Saltsman’s Christmas greeting to committee members includes a music CD with lyrics from a song called “Barack the Magic Negro,” first played on Rush Limbaugh’s popular radio show. [The Hill]

Thanks to Wonkette, you can listen to that shiz on the tubes! [Wonkette]

Looks like Miller Transportation’s weird power grab at TARC was a massive failure. And in the process, Miller has royally effed hundreds of low-income folks around Louisville who will no longer benefit from TARC’s service, which the organization lost lost money on. [C-J]

RNC Chair Mike Duncan is the only one who sounds remotely sane in all of this “Barack the Magic Negro” mess. And, really, flipping out over sickening racism and stupidity is merely “hypersensitivity”?? Heh. Right. [Huffington Post]

Haha, that silly Frank Rich, trying to be all funny and likable. He hits Barry on the homo front and rightly so. Indeed, fighting AIDS is not a “get-out-of-homophobia-free card.” Barack Obama has little in common with George W. Bush, thank God, his obsessive workouts and message control notwithstanding. At a time when very few Americans feel very good about very much, Obama is generating huge hopes even before he takes office. So much so that his name and face, affixed to any product, may be the last commodity left in the marketplace that can still move Americans to shop. [NY Times]

Lincoln as Commander in Chief. A self-taught strategist with no combat experience, Abraham Lincoln saw the path to victory more clearly than his generals. Really great and really long article in our favorite magazine. [Smithsonian]

Crit Luallen told the Associated Press that she’s considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2010. But. We all know that’s not going to happen. [WAVE3]

Haha. That Pat Crowley, calling Jeremy Horton the Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party. Hahaha. Oh, we thought Horton was working at Arby’s these days? Darn. It’s funny how Horton suggests the KDP has increased its ability to reach voters. No mention of his attempts to suppress data collection during the 2007 general election. Oh, the hilarity. In other news: Jeremy Horton has yet to apologize to the young woman he berated and threatened, merely because she’s friends with us. [Enquirer]

Tuesday Evening Stuff to End the Day

It’s not like you were working, anyway. And since it’s one of the slowest news days on earth and we’re taking it easy, we figured it’d be best to just cold share the links we’re readin’ today. Just because.

Oh, we ate half of a Blue Monday earlier and are about to pass out into a sugar coma. How many carbs are in that mess? UGH! I bet it’s at least 10. Happy holidays or whatever, all.

Let’s forget about Rick Warren being a bigoted homophobic gasbag like the rotting-in-hell (not that we believe in hell) Jerry Falwell or Frank Simon. Let’s talk about the bigger “sin” here: gluttony. Rickyboy could stand to lose a hundred or so pounds, don’t ya think? I’m saying this as a former fatty. But. Let’s get real here. Gluttony is like the worst “sin” on earth. [Wonkette]

Our Lincoln is heading to Washington, D.C. [Our Lincoln]

After Dubya said he wouldn’t pardon a ton of people, he issued 19 of them. Check the PDF list out. [USA Today]

This is why we’re fans of Francene. Not just because she’s loud and unafraid to trudge ahead, but because she’s brutally honest. [The ‘Ville Voice]

While we’re linky linky with Rick, what is it with these old codgers in the media who continue to capitalize “Internet” and “Web”? It’s getting old, people. It’s fine to use “website” instead of “Web site” and “internet” instead of “Internet.” Heck, use “internets” and “Google machine.” [More VV]

Fancy photo essay of the space shuttle. Prepping for launch, out there in space and once it’s back home. All on the internets for you to lookit. [Boston Globe]

You could use the Google Earth machine to find previously undiscovered forests, too. [Telegraph]

This is so mean and hilarious: Yesterday morning, like clockwork, the Duggar family — Jim Bob, Michelle, her clown car vagina, and the 18 kids whose names all inexplicably begin with the letter “J” — made their traditional appearance on NBC’s Today to show off the latest addition to their constantly expanding litter. It’s almost like the guy is writing about the Riner family. [Huffington Post]

We admit to secretly waking up to watch this every morning. [WaPo]

The Office of the Attorney General today announced it’s issuing refund checks to Kentuckians misled by a faux veterans charity called “American Veterans Coalition.” The total is nearly $10,000 and the checks are being disbursed to 558 Kentuckians who made donations to the organization. It allegedly raised funds to help pay veterans’ expenses but ultimately gave less than 1% of the money raised to veterans. Hrm. Sound familiar? We’d love for Heather French Henry to finally prove what her non-profit does to help veterans. The same goes for several other “charities” in Kentucky. [Press Release]

And this, ladies (which means the gents, too), is why we are so successful. We watch things like this during the work day: