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.”
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.
All of the executions which have taken place since the 1936 hanging of Bethea in Owensboro have been conducted within a wall or enclosure.
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.


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


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?


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]

It’s Tuesday. Everybody Has a New Job.

We still have ebola of the head or malaria or whatever. So it’s gonna be a slow day for us. In the meantime, just enjoy this random smattering of crap below. And done forget the Felner Scandal’s latest juicy details!

Just days after Ken Moellman said racist bigot Sonny Landham would run for the U.S. Senate on the Libertarian ticket, he announces that he’s out. Racist Landham says he plans on running as an independent. Oh, and he brings up Jews. How nice. We can’t wait for this circus. [Pat Crowley]

Republicans named Chuck Ellinger to face Kathy Stein. Shawn McPherson will face Wilson Stone. And former Beshear chief of staff Jim Cauley will helping those special elections. We also hear at least one prominent Lunsford staffer is leaving to work for the special elections. [PolWatchers]

Speaking of Lunsford staffers, Rick just reported that Cary Stemle, the former Editor of LEO, is now on board with the Lunsford campaign as Allison Haley’s replacement. The Lunsford camp should benefit greatly from Stemle’s extensive exerience in journalism. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The Republican Party wants you to freeze out and die. Did you know George W. Bush and his allies are compassionate? They care about you. And will make sure you all freeze to death because you can’t afford heat. [C-J]

Now that we’ve brought up Repubican allies of George W. Bush, Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao are hellbent on weakening mine health safety. Now miners can be exposed to toxic chemicals and black lung and mine operators get a free pass. [H-L]

In case you missed it, the Robert Felner scandal has exploded with information and evidence so juicy you won’t be able to stand it. From details that seem to point to Felner actually knowing what’s up and sharing details with a guy he called “honey” to some crazy emails between the two, it’s all there! [Page One]

Oh Snap Monday! Everyone Is Uptight Today

Which state lawmakers are the most greedy and decide to switch jobs so they can rape the state over and over again? Glad you asked. Jon Draud, Steve Nunn, Dan Mongiardo, J.R. Gray, Greg Stumbo, Frank Rasche, Carolyn Belcher, Tim Feeley, Fred Cowan, Kelsey Friend, Jr., Martin Sheehan. [H-L]

The Courier-Journal did its best to rehash the Robert Felner story but doesn’t bother mentioning its information is from a paper in Wisconsin. Nor did the C-J bother to mention that its story only scratches the surface in the juicy details we already know department. [C-J]

Haha, so, funny story. Racist hack Sonny Landham is in trouble for his sickening comments about Arabs last week. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Libtard Party chairman Ken Moellman is afraid to axe Landham from the Libertarian ballot. If they’re not ready to take action now, when will they be? We’re basically going to assume their all racist bigots for the rest of time. End of story. Yay. Also, remember when Ken Moellman said on this very website that Landham would be on the ballot? Ha. [H-L]

Democrats in Allen County nominated Wilson Stone to run for Rob Wilkey’s seat. Stone is apparenly a farmer (what does that even mean anymore?) who lives in the 22nd District. He lost an election for judge-executive in 2006. [PolWatchers]

Joe Gerth quoted Harry Johnson, a West End Louisville Clarence Yancy wannabe, in a story about the U.S. Senate race. Johnson campaigned against Lunsford in the primary because Greg Fischer bought him out. He’s the kind of guy who can “sell” you the black vote. Asking that dude for his political opinion is like asking Jake about sex with women. [C-J]

Lexington weatherman Brad James is retiring from television. If you’re from central or eastern Kentucky, James has been a part of your life for decades and decades. And he’s probaby the guy you most remember for pulling all kinds of hilarious pranks. He’ll definitely be missed. [H-L]

If you missed it yesterday, David Hawpe chapped Jim Ramsey’s rear end over his mishandling of the Robert Felner scandal. We watched Ramsey’s remarks again and can see the giant globs of egg dripping off his face. [C-J]