Wednesday. Right-Wing Looking Desperate & Scared.

The McConnell campaign spins, lies and just all-around makes crap up. All in the name of keeping Mitch in office. His latest Valor ad has been debunked by us and now the Courier-Journal. [C-J]

Even the Herald-Leader’s Ryan Alessi tore the ad apart. “[T]he central charge of the ad is not backed up on-screen or off with any official documentation.” Mitch McConnell should be asahamed. [H-L]

Seriously? This is reason not to support Heather Ryan? Her quote about our economy being jacked and us being stuck in Iraq? Ha. You make so much sense. Overstating the current risk to our economy? You could be living on the streets and your lying Republican butt would say there’s nothing wrong with the economy. [David Adams]

Marcus Carey got his panties in a twist when we called him out for racist language. But he’s kept it up. With headlines like Why Do Black Voters Like Obama? This is a HOOT! and Did William Ayers, The Unrepentant Terrorist, Ghost Write Obama’s Book? And he wonders why he isn’t taken seriously outside of a few Republicans. [Marcus Carey Part 1 & Part 2]

Haha. Aww. The Republican National Committee may get a $5 million loan in order to help save Mitch McConnell. You know how it is. Win at all costs, no matter what, even if you have to borrow the money. It’s that important for the corrupt to stay in power. [Politico via Hebert]

David Boswell is a terrible candidate for U.S. Congress. But Brett Guthrie still resorts to making shiz up and spinning out of control. These are the same people preaching for truth and honesty in the streets while condeming people in their churches. [Guthrie’s Latest Ad]

What will YOU do after election day when it’s all over? Will you continue your mouth-breather ways of sitting on the couch complaining or will you flee to your underground shelter that protects you from the gays and the foreigners? [Political Machine]

Shouldn’t you have to make sense and maybe, you know, not contradict every sentence you write before you’re permitted to write for a newspaper? Just wondering. [Georgetown News-Graphic]

Haha. Corrupt Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, wife of Mitch Chickenhawk McConnell, is complaining about how the Courier-Journal is unfair to her Chickenhawk husband when it tells the truth. Sure, the paper may be worthless. But let’s get real, lady. [Trey Pollard]

What was that about Barry being a terraist lover? John McCain’s transition chief aided Saddam Hussein in a fancy lobbying effort. What was that, again? Hypocrisy much? [Huffington Post]

Oh, and here’s a video of Grampa John McCain speaking to ACORN. More hypocrisy. [McCain Video]

McDonald’s Protest Update – Photos & Such

Fairness and other groups staged a large protest this afternoon outside of McDonald’s on East Market Street in Louisville.

We stopped by for a moment to snap some photos but got there late. BUT– the Fairness Campaign snapped several photos and was kind enough to send them along to us with their post-event press release. So many thanks.

Here’s the release:

LOUISVILLE, KY – Representatives of a variety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups as well as other civil rights organizations protested in downtown Louisville this afternoon in response to an anti-gay incident at a McDonald’s restaurant. The protestors called for an end to anti-gay discrimination and an official response to the incident by the fast food mega-corporation. They were reacting to an incident in which a McDonald’s employee referred to a group of gay customers as “faggots” and other anti-gay slurs, and then a supervisor said she didn’t see what the “big deal” was and refused to refund the customers’ payment.

“For any business to treat its gay customers this way is beyond the pale,” said Becca O’Neill with UofL’s Lambda Law Caucus, one of the groups that organized the demonstration. Other groups involved in organizing the protest included ACLU of Kentucky, Fairness Campaign, and UofL’s commonGround. “All we want is for all customers, gay or straight, to be treated with decency and respect. Nobody should fork over their hard-earned money for a meal and be treated this way.”

Read the rest of the release, see the Fairness photos and our own after the jump…

Read moreMcDonald’s Protest Update – Photos & Such

Fairness & Other Groups Protesting McDonald’s

The Fairness campaign, ACLU of Kentucky, University of Louisville’s commonGround, Lambda Law Caucus and dozens of community members are gathering at noon today to protest anti-gay discrimination by employees of a downtown Louisville McDonald’s. Read our original stories here and here.

Brief synopsis: In July, five visitors were waiting for their food to be prepared at McDonald’s when an employee behind the counter referred to them as “faggots” to another employee. The visitors asked to speak with a manager. As they waited for the supervisor on duty, the employee who had called them “faggots” started arguing with them, repeatedly calling them “faggots” in front of other customers and calling one of them a “cocksucker” and “bitch.” The supervisor on duty refused to refund the group’s purchase, and all attempts to solve the issue with McDonald’s managers and corporate offices have been ignored. A complaint has been filed with the Louisville Human Relations Commission.

  • Who: Ryan Marlatt and Teddy Eggers, two Indianapolis residents who were called “faggots” and other anti-gay slurs by a McDonald’s employee; Becca O’Neill, Lambda Law Caucus; Michael Aldridge, Executive Director, ACLU of Kentucky; Jeff Rodgers, Co-coordinator, Fairness Campaign; and other members of the LGBT community.
  • Where: McDonald’s, 420 E. Market St., downtown Louisville between Preston & Jackson Streets
  • When: 12 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2008

We’ll unfortunately be at lunch, so someone please snap pictures and send them our way.

Mayor Abramson: Infringing on Rights of Others

Finally, the news is coming out that Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson tried to prevent employees of a non-governmental agency from running for public office.

Mayor for Life Jerry has been working overtime to keep Ken Herndon out of office. The Mayor’s office got Jim King to write a nasty letter to Herndon’s employer, the Louisville Downtown Management District. And all kinds of other crazy crap.

You’ve gotta read LEO’s take on it all:

In June, LEO Weekly reported that three weeks before Election Day, Metro Council President Jim King, D-10, sent a letter to Dan Kelleher, president of LDMD, raising a question about the legitimacy of Herndon’s candidacy. After reminding Kelleher that the agency’s budget required Metro Council approval, King — who donated $2,000 to the campaign of Herndon’s primary opponent, Councilman George Unseld — stated in the letter that he’d “received several inquiries” about Herndon, “an active employee … participating in a primary election as an opponent of an incumbent Metro Councilman.”

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Since then, LDMD has launched a review of its policies, focusing heavily on the right of employees to run for public office. Bruce Traughber, the city’s director of economic development, who sits on the LDMD Board of Directors as proxy for Mayor Abramson, is spearheading the review.

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“Anybody ought to be able to run for the Metro Council,” Downard says. “If not, what we’re doing is telling anybody who’s here who might know anything about city government, ‘You can’t run against us.’”

Click here to read the rest…

TGIF! Tell John Yarmuth To Stand His Ground

We never link to Faux News, but this is jacked up. And kind of hilarious. WASHINGTON: Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney claims the Department of Defense executed 5,000 prisoners with one bullet to the head and then dumped their bodies in a Louisiana swamp during Hurricane Katrina. [Faux News]

The University of Louisville is creating an Ombuds Office to handle complaints and resolve disputes. This, in addition to the grievance officer, should be a permanent fixture at the University. The reigns of Robert Felner, Jim Ramsey and Shirley Willihnganz prove it is absolutely necessary. And it can’t come quickly enough. [C-J]

Thanks to John Cheves for pointing out this story from the Economist about how people in rural eastern Kentucky don’t like black people. Kentucky Democrats need to read this story and stop being so complacent. It’s all about Whitesburg and the area is not unique when it comes to its political views this year in Appalachia. “I don’t sugarcoat things. I don’t like black people.” However, Mrs Smith says she gets on well with her niece, who is half-black. [The Economist via PolWatchers]

It was interesting watching our friend Brad Cummings spin out of control about how Democrats are responsible for the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He liveblogged the Vice Presidential debate last night along with Nicole Candler. You should check the transcripts out. Nicole’s on the left, Brad’s on the right. [C-J]

And if you missed it, we liveblogged the debate last night. All aboard the failboat! It was a disaster to watch because Sarah Palin didn’t answer a single question, said she wouldn’t answer them, and then just made up her own. Joe Sonka also documented the evening. [Page One, Barefoot & Progressive]

Talking Points Memo has a great mashup of Sarah Palin’s greatest hits. Embarrassing and hilarious. FEAR IT. [YouTube]

John Yarmuth is about to make a grave mistake. He’s going to vote for the U.S. Senate’s version of the bailout bill. The bill that does nothing to help those suffering during this economic crisis and everything to help the people and corporations responsible. And giving so much future power to the Secretary of the Treasury? Haha, riiiight. Everyone call John Yarmuth to tell him to stand his ground by voting against the bill. [Mark Hebert & Call Yarmuth’s Office]

Tuesday. Economy Dead. UofL Still In Turmoil.

Why did Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Not getting drunk at the neighborhood restaurant or country club and driving his car home every evening) vote the way he did on the financial bailout package? Find out here. He explains it all. From Henry Paulson sucking really hard to government needing to act. [C-J]

McConnell is the political arsonist who has set the U.S. ablaze; now let’s watch him burn in his own inferno. Matt Gunterman always knows how to mop the floor with Mitch McConnell when he’s feeling down and out. SNAP! [Ditch Mitch]

In Memory of Heidi Caravan. We’re pretty depressed over the news that Heidi Caravan lost her battle with cancer yesterday. Hits really close to home. We all loved Heidi a great deal. Bless her. [The ‘Ville Voice ]

Hahaha. Put your beverage down. Sarah Palin, during her interview with Katie Couric, was asked about supreme court cases. The only case she could name was Roe v. Wade. Then she went silent. Didn’t even try to spin. How hilarious is this? God. We can’t wait for her to debate Joe Biden. [Huffington Post via Joe]

Another way to curb state vehicle abuse. About half of state government vehicles in Kentucky will now have “How’s My Driving?” bumper stickers. In addition to installing GPS equipment on many vehicles, this is a great move. Holding drivers of state vehicles accountable is the right thing to do. [Mark Hebert]

Leland Conway: Get your facts straight, buddy. Lying doesn’t cut it. And you’re definitely lying. Fact of the matter is we know Kentucky Democrats ARE racist because THEY ADMITTED THEY VOTED ON THE BASIS OF RACE. 21% of those who agreed to be exit-polled during the May primary admitted it. Don’t lie and say there’s no proof. You’re not Brett Hall, so don’t act like it. [F-Bomb’s B.S. Site]

Meanwhile, Republicans paid for by the Republican Party of Kentucky are spinning out of control. Trying to blame the financial crisis on everyone from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi. Some day reality will hit pretty hard for these folks when everything they’ve got disappears and they realize they’ve been supporting a sham. [This, This, This, This, This and This]