Saturday Update For Lazy Bums Everywhere

Another Knott County Judge-Executive could be going to prison for vote buying! Second in a row! The best part is the dude could actually remain Judge-Executive WHILE IN PRISON so long as he is appealing. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell cast the deciding vote against legislation that would have prevented major Medicare cuts and reimbursement rates to physicians. Now everyone is going to die and it’s all McConnell’s fault. Not surprising, really, since he’s voted against Medicare funding at least 16 times and has taken more than $800,000 in contributions from the mega-insurance industry. So much for that $190 million Kentucky will lose in the first year alone. [DSCC]

The pig pit is stinky. And you know how Republicans love love love love pork. Mitch McConnell and Hal Rogers are all up on it and will never give pork up. So it looks like Boss Hog is going to be at odds with McCain for a while. Since it’s the weekend and you obviously have nothing better to do, you can search through the 2008 McConnell-Rogers earmarks database. [PolWatchers, Earmarks Database]

In case you missed it, Rasmussen says McConnell is ahead of Lunsford by 7 points. With a margin of error of 4.5 percent, we’re pretty sure it’s saying the same thing all the other polls are showing– this is a real race. And McConnell is STILL under 50. [The Arena]

Morgan Wilkins was at one point Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person in the World for her racist and bigoted behavior at the University of Michigan. That was while she was leaving her kid behind, of course. Now she says she’s using her military sign-on bonus to start a satirical newspaper or whatever instead of taking care of her kid with it. Anyway, we’ll never forget the photo of Morgan holding a sign that reads, “Isn’t the front of the front of the bus enough??” [Racist Photo]

Thursday Afternoon Update Dept of Humidity

The Millionaires’ Amendment (for the U.S. House, really) was just struck down by the Supreme Court. Only a couple steps to go before the ruling can be applied to United States Senate races. There’s going to be some terrible shouting from the rafters, so get ready for it. Hoo boy, it’s gonna rain Democratic dollars in Kentucky this year. [The Arena]

Uncle Hal signed a petition to repeal the ban on coal-to-liquids. Currently federal agencies are restricted from contracting for or using coal-to-liquid fuels. This WKYT/WYMT story reads like a press release from Rogers, so. enjoy. [WYMT]

The SCOTUS also ruled today that Americans can own guns for self-defense, hunting and all that fancy stuff. Basically, this means folks in Washington, D.C. can now possess firearms. [Pat Crowley]

This is how we feel about conference calls. [I Can Has Cheezburger]

The Bush Legacy Tour was in Louisville and we had a fancy pants Page One operative working the crowd like a McConnell tracker… which we actually got a photo of in the process of filming. Labor leaders, activists and everyday folks showed up for a trip down memory lane and a look at the history Bush would like to, you know, revise.

Former Perry County Sheriff Effed Up and Tax Account Audits Reveal More Than $573,000 Missing

Basically, everyone in Kentucky is corrupt and will waste your money forever. Including us and your mother. At least that’s what we’re beginning to think.

Check this release (PDF Link) from Auditor Crit Luallen’s office:

State Auditor Crit Luallen today released former Perry County Sheriff Dennis Pat Wooton’s 2005 and 2006 tax settlement audits, which led auditors to discover $573,025 in missing funds dating back to the 2002 tax settlement account of the previous sheriff.

The audits have been referred to the FBI for further action.

The deficit in Wooton’s official bank account “appears to be the result of a scheme to manipulate the accounting records by a former employee of the (former) sheriff’s office,” according to the audit.

How crazy is that? $573,000! In Perry County.

Luallen said in the release, “This alleged theft is one of the largest in the history of the State Auditor’s Office. We are appalled at the magnitude of this apparent theft of local tax dollars.”  We’re pretty sure what Luallen meant to say (if she had our lack of manners and sophistication) was that somebody needs to be beaten in a way only their momma could get away with. This is way more than appalling.

Take a look at the 2005 and 2006 audits from Perry County:

2005 Audit and 2006 Audit (PDFs)

Thursday Update Dept of Fancy Ostrich Racing

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is launching a program at Morehead State University as part of its mission to train and retain physicians in rural Kentucky. Ten students will be selected for the program and will work in partnershiph with St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead for hands-on training. [Business First]

OMG. The right wing gay-haters are foaming at the mouth over Steve Beshear’s decision to prevent gay hate from persisting throughout state government. They’re screaming, “SPECIAL RIGHTS! SPECIAL RIGHTS!” instead of, you know, equality. Equal isn’t special, closet cases. We’re especially excited by the fact that these nutbags think “Christians” are being persecuted by the gays. Love it. [Nut Cases]

Louisville’s Metro Government has failed to spend about $20 million in federal grants that could have been used to aid people who are seriously suffering during this budget crunch and economic crisis. Everybody and their mom is outraged and metro gubmint is doing jack to reassure that they have any clue how to sail the ship. Gags all around. [C-J]

An Eastern Kentucky veterans cemetery has been announced. It’ll be located in Greenup County near I-64 on property owned by Addington Land Company. The first phase of development is set to include 25,000 grave sites for veterans and their eligible family members. [Heber]

Mitch McConnell suggests that Bruce Lunsford should race ostriches instead of horses in more retarded and hypocritical campaign material. The McConnell camp continues to pretend that Lunsford is already an elected U.S. Senator by claiming he should have to answer for the damages for which Mitch McConnell is responsible. We aren’t sure where the campaign gets that Bruce Lunsford refuses to support expanded oil production in the U.S. but we’re pretty sure they’re making shit up as they go along, pretending to be the savior of Kentuckians. [Team Mitch]

The American Family Fauxsociation says the gays are coming to get you! This time they’re so serious that they’ve produced a DVD to scare the bejeezus out of every yokel with a DVD player. Ho-mo-sexual-controlled city councils all over the country are going to ruin your lives by allowing homo gift registries and by offering up ways to hate Jesus. Our former homophobic Foods Editor at ‘Ville Voice Eats is probably cowering in fear as we speak. Someone PLEASE give us a copy. [AFA Online]

Greg Stumbo – More on the Speaker Pro-Tem Race

It was just a couple weeks ago when Jerry Lundergan told dozens upon dozens of people that Greg Stumbo would soon be sending out a letter stating that he is absolutely not getting into the Speaker Pro-Tem’s race and would be supporting Joni Jenkins. That’s Jerry Lundergan– Greg Stumbo’s #1 guy. He always knows what Greg is up to. Always. So keep that in mind.

We hate to make enemies but we’ve gotta point out an area where we think Greg is being at least partially dishonest.

Stumbo told the Herald-Leader that he had spoken to Joni Jenkins, whom we support for Speaker Pro-Tem, and told her that he wouldn’t be supporting her.

Check it:

Stumbo said he has received calls from both Clark and Jenkins.

“I told Joni, when she called me, I love you but I just can’t commit to you. That may be something I still choose run for,” he said.

Was Jerry Lundergan lying to the dozens of people we’ve spoken to or is Greg Stumbo fudging the facts now that he realizes Rocky Adkins and Jody Richards aren’t going anywhere? We are inclined to believe Jerry and that says to us what Greg told to Joni was quite a bit different than what he told Ryan Alessi.

We all know Greg wants a leadership post to use for an upcoming run for governor. So wouldn’t it be interesting if Joni trounced him for Speaker Pro-Tem? And wouldn’t it be wise not to let conflicting stories out of the bag?

Also, three dudes from eastern Kentucky on the leadership team at the same time? Not gonna happen. It’d be a miracle if both Rocky and John Will could make it at the same time.

Morehead Man Says Relative First in Flight

Could history be changing? Did a Carter County man really take flight before the famous Wright brothers?

This might be the most interesting story ever printed in The Morehead News.

Could it be true that Matthew Bacon Sellers of Grahn was actually first in flight and not the Wright Brothers?

Lloyd Dean of Rowan County and other interested parties say they believe it could be factual and hope to find the answers that would certainly change history.

Dean is the great-great nephew to Lincoln Binion who was part of aviation history as Sellers’ assistant and possibly the first person to die while working in the aviation field.

“I’ve always thought that it could be true that the Wright Brothers made their flight several years after Sellers,” Dean said. “My cousin Mary Lee Dean Mauk spent a lot of time at the Blakemore Mansion that was located in Grahn and the place where Sellers grew up. She was about 16 years old when Linc was killed when the plane’s propeller fell off and then fell to the ground striking Linc in the head. She said Sellers’ plane flew twice before the accident that killed Linc.

Go read the rest!

While you’re busy reading that… Everyone in Richmond is going to die of the cicada wrath!