Stuff For Your Sweaty Wednesday Afternoon

Hey ladies! What’s going on this beautiful Wednesday afternoon? Anything exciting? Anyone watching re-runs of Roseanne? Are you wasting your day away on the Facebook internets website like a bum?

Sweetie, you weren’t called a cheerleading mouthpiece merely because you think Steve Beshear is a good governor. Those words were bestowed upon you because you have acted as a cheerleading mouthpiece and have allowed your rhetoric to overpower fact and and reality. But we echo your sentiments about Carroll Hubbard. Preach on. [Bluegrass Report]

In other news, Lexington is still absolutely effed. Many thanks to the wonderful Webb family! [Barefoot & Progressive]

Republican Mike Farmer dropped out of the 79th district state house race on Wednesday. [PolWatchers]

Steve Beshear, Trey Grayson, transparency, meetings, yadda yadda. [Mark Hebert]

Goodness! John Edwards and that love child are super-fancy these days. Yay National Enquirer spy photos! [Wonkette]

Don’t forget! A court order was released in Todd Eklof’s case against Kentucky Farm Bureau for violating the Fairness Ordinance. Pressure the media to talk about it. [Page One]

KAARPR, et al Protesting LEO For Honest Reporting

The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and the Justice Resource Center are planning a boycott and protest of LEO because journalist Phillip Bailey wrote factual stories detailing events that took place involving Gracie Lewis. Lewis is a prominent figure in Kentucky and long-time civil rights activist.

We don’t want to tarnish the story, so go read it for yourself.

But first, some choice excerpts:

The letter is referring to an irate message left on Scott’s office answering machine the day after Lewis reportedly screamed at her son. The recorded message says: “This is Gracie Lewis you black bitch. You better not never bring your skinny, narrow ass and get in my face again because I will kick your black ass. Peace.”

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Although Lewis did not return calls seeking comment for this story, she did call LEO Weekly on Monday, demanding that the newspaper stop printing stories about the incident and accusing it of being racist for publishing a story containing a negative portrayal of an African American.

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“It’s some stupid young folks trying to take over the Kentucky Alliance,” says Mattie Jones, interim director of the Justice Resource Center. “It’s a group of untrained, unskilled, arrogant and disrespectful young folks.”

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Not only is Jones frustrated with the Kentucky Alliance, it turns out she also is upset with LEO Weekly. In fact, because the newspaper is publishing this story, she plans on using her new position to call for a boycott, saying, “We want this to stop.”

Since when is it racist to report the facts? Especially when the person reporting those facts is black? And throwing young activists under the bus by calling them “stupid young folks” ??? Way to go! Way to save society. Way to piss off every young person within a 100-mile radius.

Read the letter to the Kentucky Alliance Board of Directors that initially sparked this ordeal after the jump…

Read moreKAARPR, et al Protesting LEO For Honest Reporting

Court Order Released in Case Against Kentucky Farm Bureau For Violating Fairness Ordinance

Rev. Todd Eklof, minister of Clifton Unitarian Church in Louisville, was fired in 2004 by Kentucky Farm Bureau for speaking out in support of gay marriage. Eklof, a heterosexual, vowed to stop performing marriage and commitment ceremonies for all couples until the anti-gay marriage amendment of 2004 is overturned.

In September 2007 we published a deposition of former KFB president Sam Moore in which he admitted under oath that Eklof was fired for being supportive of gay marriage. Read all about that by clicking here.

As a result of our coverage, WHAS11’s Mark Hebert interviewed Todd Eklof about his case and the rest of the mainstream media sat on its hands.

That brings us to today…

In what could be considered one of the biggest stories ever about the historic Fairness Ordinance that protects individuals from discrimination on several fronts, the 8th District Circuit Court in Jefferson County has ruled that Todd Eklof can sue Kentucky Farm Bureau for violating the ordinance.

See the court opinion and read the rest after the jump…

Read moreCourt Order Released in Case Against Kentucky Farm Bureau For Violating Fairness Ordinance

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]