A Few Things This Late Tuesday Afternoon

Uh, what was that about Toby Keith not being a racist again? Now the dude is claiming that Barack Obama acting white in an attempt to win the presidential race against John McCain. “I think the black people would say he [Obama] don’t talk, act or carry himself as a black person.” Yeah, WOW is all we have to say. [The Nation]

Woah. Anne Northup let her campaign manager go. Is the failed Republican and former Congresswoman axing Scott Will in an attempt to right her campaign ship? Or is he just the man taking the fall because Anne Northup is running a terrible campaign that every Republican on earth is ashamed of? [PolWatchers]

Why would the Kentucky Democratic Party spend $7,495 for admission to the Kentucky Derby just so Jennifer Moore and Nathan Smith could schmooze with Chelsea Clinton? And if this was just to be with Chelsea Clinton, why isn’t the Clinton campaign reimbursing the state party for campaigning on Hillary’s behalf? [FEC Reports]

Churchill Downs
03/07/2008
Derby Admissions 7495.00

And why would the KDP spend an additional $7,708 on tickets at Churchill Downs?

Churchill Downs
04/28/2008
Ticket Purchase 508.00

Churchill Downs
06/20/2008
Ticket Purchase 7200.00

Were these expenditures totaling more than $15,000 worth it for the Kentucky Democratic Party?

We figured Jennifer Moore could afford her own Derby tickets because she’s been paying herself $3,000 per month. Nothing unheard of or questionable, just interesting since the party chair has traditionally been unpaid.

Jennifer Moore
02/04/2008
Management Consulting 3000.00

Jennifer Moore
03/03/2008
Management Consulting 3000.00

Jennifer Moore
05/21/2008
Management Consulting 3000.00

Jennifer Moore
06/30/2008
Management Consulting 3000.00

Fun times at the Kentucky Democratic Party!

Sonny Landham Out Again, No Racists for LP

Sonny Landham was once again rejected by the Libertarian Party. He will not be their candidate for the U.S. Senate.

From Politicker’s Trey Pollard:

An effort to re-nominate former actor Sonny Landham as the Libertarian Party of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidate was rejected by a vote of the party’s executive committee, chairman Ken Moellman told PolitickerKY.com today.

“The motion to put Sonny back on failed,” said Moellman. “At this point, it appears he will not be our candidate.”

After a month as the prospective Libertarian candidate, Landham was stripped of the party’s support after he made a string of anti-Arab comments topped by what could be interpretted as advocacy for a potential Arab genocide.

What’s most interesting, however, is that Ken Moellman said 40% of people contacting the Libertarian Party about Sonny Landham’s racism were supportive of him.

Updating Yesterday’s Toby Keith Story

We mentioned Toby Keith yesterday when we examined his fancy public relations tour for his song (and movie) Beer For My Horses that is perceived to be pro-lynching.

Well, the irony of all ironies has struck. Turns out Keith has purchased a 50% interest in the Heartland Shopping Center development in Owensboro.

From the Messenger-Inquirer (subscription only):

Phil Riney, spokesman for 54 Property Management, which owns the rest of the 65-acre tract that borders the U.S. 60/U.S. 231 bypass, said Keith flew into Owensboro “under the radar” back in February to look at the property.

Keith, who spent the day in town, liked the project, Riney said, and decided to buy half of the development.

“He’s a very nice guy,” Riney said. “He talked about performing at the Executive Inn years ago. He likes Owensboro.”
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He performed at the Executive Inn and signed autographs at the old Disc Jockey store in Towne Square Mall in July 1994. Keith returned to the Big E for performances in 1995 and 2001.

Keith’s investments include a chain of restaurants — Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill.

But Riney said there are no plans for one of the restaurants here.

“He’s not going to be involved with the project a whole lot,” Riney said. “But he might come in for the grand opening.”

What we find most interesting, though, is that Owensboro was home to the last public hanging or lynching in the United States:

The last public execution in America was that of Rainey Bethea in Owensboro, Kentucky, on August 14, 1936, because it was the last death sentence in the nation at which the general public was permitted to attend without any legally-imposed restrictions.
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All of the executions which have taken place since the 1936 hanging of Bethea in Owensboro have been conducted within a wall or enclosure.
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For these reasons, Owensboro was the site of the last public execution in America, and some 20,000 men, women, and children witnessed it without restriction– no enclosures, no walls, and no sheriffs’ passes. Any other conclusion would necessarily ignore the legal definition of “public execution.”

Additional links here, here and here.

Oh, the irony.

(We’ll wait patiently while everyone freaks out by commenting that they know a black person or someone who knows what real racism is. You’ll then promptly tell us how mean it is to bring this up. Especially the “compassionate” types who like asking whether or not Obama promotes “black power.” Just like always.)

Thursday Afternoon Update Dept of Craziness

Did you know? Martin Cothran says a story about gay-hating really had nothing to do with gay-hating. How quaint. Also, Jake thinks he’s “big stuff” these days. And yeah, those who do nothing but complain about the gays all the time are probably closet queens, Marty. For example: Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Glenn Murphy, Jr. Huge, huge closet homos. Huge. [Martin Cothran]

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled that the road bill Steve Beshear vetoed is invalid because it wasn’t given to the governor until after the close of the session. [PolWatchers]

We’re not sure how Republicans can not expect us to lose respect for them when he continues to post racist tripe over and over and over again. This time MC publishes a photo of prominent African Americans praying with Barack Obama with the headline, “Be afraid, Be VERY, VERY Afraid!!!!!!!” You may not be a racist, but repeatedly publishing crap like this will continue to drive people away. [Marc Carey]

And more from PolWatchers… The Republican Party of Kentucky is now going after Bruce Lunsford by blaming him for high gas prices. How much lower can the RPK sink? This ridiculous claim is getting embarrassing. [PolWatchers]

David Adams continues to repeat the Republican meme that the economy is peachy keen! No recession here! Carry on about your business, kids. Nothing to see. All you have to do is think positive thoughts. [KY Progress]

The McCain campaign is accusing Barack Obama of playing the race card. Heads up to McCain: If you’re really worried about Obama’s actions and aren’t just trying to fabricate a racially-charged snafu? You wouldn’t wait a day-and-a-half to respond. [Huffington Post]

“The left’s reign is over in Congress. Praise Jesus!” Proclaims someone named “K. Smith” in a letter to the Courier-Journal. Never mind that the “left” hasn’t been in control of congress since, oh, before Newt Gingrich. Make sure you check out the other hilarious letters to the editor that spew the exact same talking points from the McConnell campaign. We love it. [C-J]

To end on a positive note, here’s a message from a prominent McCain supporter to you. These are my testing supplies! [The YouTubez]

Most Sickening Story of the Week: Toby Keith is a Racist Hack, Just Like Sonny Landham

You’ve gotta read this story:

Toby Keith’s Pro-Lynching Publicity Tour Hits Colbert, CBS and More

While Keith belted out “Beer For My Horses,” Colbert’s studio audience clapped to the beat, blithely unaware that they were swaying to a racially tinged, explicitly pro-lynching anthem that calls for the vigilante-style hanging of car thieves, “gangsters doing dirty deeds…crime in the streets,” and other assorted evildoers.

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Grandpappy told my pappy back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he’d done
Take all the rope in Texas
Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
Hang them high in the street
For all the people to see

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During the days when Toby Keith’s “Grandpappy” stalked the Jim Crow South, lynching was an institutional method of terror employed against blacks to maintain white supremacy. According to the Tuskegee Institute, between the years 1882 and 1951, 3,437 African-Americans were lynched in the United States, mostly in the heart of Dixie. Felonious assault and rape (read: corrupting “the flower of white womanhood”) were the two most frequent justifications for lynch mob actions.

This is sure to make Toby Keith even more popular in parts of Kentucky, right?

Sickening.

Thursday. Day Before The Dead Pig Picnic.

Be glad you’re not Chris Koster, a party-switcher running for attorney general in Missouri. His ex-wife bought nearly $200,000 in airtime ti take down his campaign. How insane is this? WE LOVE IT! [KC Star]

Jim Bunning is suddenly all upset over China’s spying and poor treatment of, you know, everyone. He apparently isn’t familiar with his buddy Mitch McConnell’s super-tight ties to Red China. Maybe he could open his eyes. [UPI]

The U.S. House voted to regulate tobacco. Geoff Davis voted no. We’re talking about a bill that both John McCain and Barack Obama support. Isn’t that nice? We’re finally going to regulate one of the biggest killers on earth and people like Geoff Davis don’t see fit to care. Ed Whitfield, Ron Lewis and Hal Rogers also voted no. [H-L]

Wait wait. Steve Beshear has replaced Jim Sullivan on the lottery board with Larry O’Bryan, the political media consultant in Louisville. Does this mean anyone can get appointed to anything and get paid while doing it? If so, someone needs to tell the governor we need some appointments. [Mark Hebert]

David Williams will chair John McCain’s presidential campaign in Kentucky. What’s most interesting, though, is that Williams said “McCain is a leader Kentuckians can believe in.” After, of course, McCain himself lies every day by saying he didn’t say something controversial the day prior– and then the press digs it up on video. [PolWatchers]

Of course gay-hater Martin Cothran couldn’t go five minutes without dreaming up some sort of ho-mo-sexual conspiracy at the Courier-Journal. Did you know The C-J and UofL are “running interference for the gay community” ?? Because we certainly didn’t. [Martin Cothran]

Wednesday. Only Two Days Til Fancy Farm.

Okay, seriously. We were the first to say many months ago that Greg Stumbo should be speaker of the house. But who on earth really thinks it’s gonna happen at this point? Jody Richards has way too much support. Also, we hear that Joni Jenkins will beat Larry Clark to be speaker pro-tem. [KY Kurmudgeon]

Governor Steve Beshear gave eight murderers and fourteen rapists partial pardons. There’s going to be a major backlash over this. It makes sense to pardon some felons. But murderers and felons? Hoo boy, it’s gotta suck working for the governor these days. Get ready for it to hit the fan. [H-L, C-J]

What’s that? Yeah, it’s the sound of Barack Obama ignoring Fancy Farm. He’ll be speaking to the National Urban League instead. You can call us bitter, but ignoring Kentucky isn’t going to fly. [The Arena]

Oh, we broke this story on The ‘Ville Voice. You might wanna add it to your regular list of daily reads. [Pat Crowley]

Wait. So no Mitch McConnell may not make it to Fancy Farm because of a possible Saturday session in the senate? [WKYX]

Is anyone excited that the Courier-Journal regurgitated what WHAS11 and this website reported? Nancy Rodriguez does on vacation for two weeks, the new reporter assigned to the story never sits down with us to get up to speed and now a new writer is pretending to have broken the latest details on the story. [C-J]

And in Sonny Landham news, it looks like Ken Moellman is backtracking and may allow Landham to run for the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian. And Sonny refuses to back down from his racist statements. This circus is amazing. [Pat Crowley]

Is there a cover-up afoot? Joe Sonka seems to think so. Mostly because our KDP slanderer’s comments have disappeared from Bluegrass Report. Totally deleted. Interesting. We’d hoped they would have remained forever. If anyone has screenshots beyond what Joe has uncovered, please send them our way. We can’t wait til we see Jennifer in-person. [Barefoot & Progressive]