LEO: Daniel Mongiardo Is Intellectually Lazy

Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo’s ridiculous comments last week about the horrific practice of mountaintop removal caused Kentucky Democrats to shake in their boots with disgust. All of Frankfort has been in an uproar over his ignorance.

And LEO’s Stephen George isn’t about to let you forget about it:

We’re at a real holy-shit moment in American history, and it seems singular, if only because we can no longer comprehend the future in a coherent — let alone optimistic — way.

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Just last week, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo was in Pikeville, which calls itself “a city that moves mountains,” an Orwellian reference to the machine-driven operation called mountaintop removal that has helped take jobs, water, unique ecosystems and a certain quality of life out of the Appalachian mountains while lining the pockets of Big Coal, an industry that then lines the pockets of public officeholders — to the tune of $20.2 million in federal elections since 1990.

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Mongiardo, holder of the second-highest office in Kentucky, ignores data suggesting that his rhetoric is utterly untrue, and that’s likely because he perceives his constituency to be adopters of the same company-line myths about coal that he clearly is. And while it should be his job to cut through that and try to provide truth to Kentuckians, he’s instead intellectually lazy and unrepentantly positive about one of the most crippling industries in our state.

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A Few Things For Your Monday Afternoon

Are you a woman in Kentucky? You’ll want to pay attention to this. Because nothing positive has happened for women and their families in Kentucky since Mitch McConnell took office in 1984. [KY Women]

Newsweek chimes in on Mitch McConnell’s ridiculous gas tax ads in which he wrongly blames Bruce Lunsford for high gas prices. You know, the ads which have brainwashed dozens of young Republicans across the Bluegrass. [Newsweek]

Do you love mountains? Or are you the kind of person who believes Daniel Mongiardo’s ridiculous spin that mountaintop removal is great solely because it can create flat land in Appalachia? [Barefoot & Progressive]

Watch this video of Heather Ryan speaking at Fancy Farm:




Oh Snap Monday! Fancy Farm Is Recent History

Some dude tried to give Mitch McConnell a banana and a State Trooper wrestled him to the ground. [Ronnie Ellis]

Fancy Farm was boring and the speeches sucked. Young Republicans are brainwashed into believing something McConnell made up. Young Democrats were unimpressive– like the person in the Dalmatian costume (wearing a McConnell mask) who pretended to fellate a “Texas Oil Man.” Totally unclassy. [H-L]

Even Larry Dale Keeling made everything sound kind of boring.  Because it obviously was.  Maybe next year when nothing is going on it’ll be more exciting? [KY Kurmudgeon]

Dirty blogger Ben Ray got into a story about Fancy Farm in the State Journal and DIDN’T EVEN MENTION HIS WEBSITE! What! Why on earth would you talk about something serious when you have a website to promote? [State Journal]

Goodness! How many stories are going to be written about Wes and his Trey Grayson t-shirt? Is this all somebody has to do to get free press? [Daily Independent]

Jack Brammer has a decent round-up of the best parts of Fancy Farm. [H-L]

Jefferson Poole has some great photos from the event. Mostly of Republicans. [BGRS]

Mark Hebert’s details of this year’s picnic are pretty interesting. McConnell didn’t impress, Steve Beshear gave a fancy speech, McConnell campaign video guy outsmarted, old dude with a banana, most boring Fancy Farm ever. [Hebert]

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Daniel Mongiardo Touts Mountaintop Removal

And he doesn’t mention any sort of “clean” coal extraction that doesn’t kill the environment.

Take a look:

The Appalachian News-Express reported on Thursday that Mongiardo told a group at a local hotel that mountaintop removal creates flat land that could be used for building businesses, hospitals and airports.

“A lot of people look at mountaintop removal as a negative, but I see it as a positive,” Mongiardo said.

The lieutenant governor went on to say that he wants to promote mountaintop removal.

Thoughts on Mongiardo’s absolutely embarrassing comments?

Chandler & Others Explore Mountaintop Removal

It’s a slow news day for sure, but this is an important read.

HAZARD — Two congressmen flew over dozens of mountaintop mining sites Friday and spoke with residents living deep in the central Appalachian coalfields, in what community activists said was a first for Eastern Kentucky

U.S. representatives Ben Chandler of Kentucky and Norm Dicks, of Washington, flew from Washington, D.C. to the Wendell H. Ford Airport in Hazard. They flew over several mining sites in West Virginia and Kentucky before landing at the airport about 10:30 a.m.

After a brief meeting with Appalachian residents and members of the media who had gathered at the airport, the congressmen boarded the plane at about 11:20 a.m. to fly over about a dozen more mining sites in Eastern Kentucky.

On board with them were representatives from the Office of Surface Mining, as well as from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a group that opposes mountaintop removal.

Tuesday Update Dept of It’s iTunes Freebie Day

The Rural Democrat’s William Shackleford is calling it quits. [TRD]

Steve Beshear says his entire cabinet will continue making appearances with him across the state. The H-L can suck it, says the gubnuh. [PolWatchers]

Bill Nighbert resigned from his senate leadership job a couple weeks ago. He’s moved on to work for a company in eastern Kentucky. [C-J]

Why won’t anyone run for office in Kentucky? What’s with the apathy? No wonder our state is a failure in the eyes of most. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell says Bruce Lunsford should have to answer hypothetical questions. So why can’t McConnell answer hypotheticals himself? Hypocrite. [Politico]

Rocky “King Coal” Adkins is keynoting the Kentucky Conservation Committee’s annual meeting this September. He’ll be giving a talk called “Energy Efficiency, Energy Independence and Kentucky’s Environment.” Interesting, isn’t it? It’s almost like inviting Jim Gooch to keynote an event for KFTC. [KCC]

That Bunning challenger we teased yesterday? It’s customs agent Darlene Fitzgerad Price. So now we can all go back to wondering who will actually be challenging Jim Bunning. [Rothenberg Report]

Ronnie Ellis Rakes Gov. Beshear Over Hot Coals

Wow is all we have to say. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.

From the Glasgow Daily Times:

Some call it an “image tour,” designed to portray Gov. Steve Beshear as a vigorous leader and increase his favorability ratings. Beshear calls it a “listening tour.”

He started Thursday in Pikeville, telling about 400 people he doesn’t think expanded gambling is dead. There are 12 more scheduled “Beshear About Kentucky Tour” stops. He will visit Somerset on Monday, Winchester (July 24), Ashland (July 28), Madisonville (July 31), Shepherdsville (Aug. 5), Bowling Green (Aug. 6), Owensboro (Aug. 11), Hazard (Aug. 12), Northern Kentucky (Aug. 13), Henderson (Aug. 18), Murray (Aug. 19) and Paducah (Aug. 20).

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So, Governor, how do you propose to deal with Kentucky’s fiscal problems?

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Governor, do you have a plan to stem the increase?

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Governor, what grade do you give yourself for your first eight months in office?

Ouch.

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