Oh Snap Monday! How Was Your Weekend?

Does Jim Bunning already have a challenger for the upcoming U.S. Senate race in 2010? [Roll Call]

You like crazy? You like trying to figure out what crazy is trying to say? Crazy once accused us of being apologists for the Kentucky Democratic Party. Crazy now accuses us of having anger and self-esteem issues. OMG. Can’t breathe. Hilarity. All we asked him to do was elaborate on a rant, provide some facts and such. Goodness. [Hilarity]

More detail on Steve Beshear’s visit to Virgie in Pike County last week. Way more detail. [News-Express]

We’re not apologizing for the governor here, but, has anyone bothered to do the math to find out what it would have cost to reimburse all the cabinet members who made the 400 mile roundtrip to Pike County for fuel and such? That’s on top of the lost hours of work time needed to make the trip. Is it possible that it’s more efficient to use three planes than to use a dozen cars? We’re honestly wondering. [H-L]

It’s tons of fun watching Mitch McConnell’s campaign spin in the mud as they try to refute everything from every direction. [McConnell’s Website]

Charlie Cook has changed his rating of the Kentucky U.S. Senate race from “solid Republican” to “likely Republican.” Thanks to campaign finance and all that jazz. So now the entire country thinks this is a real race, not just us yokels in Kentucky. [C-J]

Tom Eblen takes a great walk down memory lane in his story about the closing of Dawahare’s. It’s something nearly every single one of us can appreciate. [H-L]

$350,000 in affordable-housing grant money in Louisville has been taken back by the federal government because it wasn’t put to use. It could have been used to help the homeless, mentally ill and everything else under the sun. The mayor’s office says it’s not unusual for money to be reclaimed. Housing and Urban Development folks say it is unusual. [C-J]

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Fayette County Democrats selected Kathy Stein to run as Ernesto Scorsone’s replacement in the senate. Shocking, right? Also, Repubs say they’re working to field a candidate to face Stein. [PolWatchers]

God. Larry Craig is gayer than me. Way gayer. Jerk us around by the gas nozzle? I may throw up. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Holy Crap. Via Hebert, we learn that 400 people showed up to Steve Beshear’s Town Hall meeting in Pike County last night. 400! [Hebert, H-L]

Remember when John Yarmuth scored millions for a new VA hospital in Louisville? Mitch McConnell just did the same thing. Why isn’t Anne Northup yelling about these earmarks? Also, who said Yarmuth wasn’t a good representative? What was that about him not being bi-partisan? He praised McConnell, saying, “I thank the Senator for working with me to make sure that the veterans in our community get the care and treatment they deserve.” [C-J & Press Release]

We’re all going to hell in a handbasket! We’re all gonna die of the poverty! Seriously. [What’s Required]

Oh Snap Monday! We’re All Gonna Go Broke

George W. Bush has something wrong with him. Is the man retarded? Republicans, please teach him how to save face. [Ditch Mitch]

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission is proceeding with the investigation of four Fletcher administration folks. Jim Adams, Basil Turbyfill, Dan Druen and Darrell Brock. [C-J]

It’s always interesting to read AP stories about things like the Felner investigation. Especially when the stories are hacked together with information that sometimes isn’t even fit for publication on a blog. [The Journal Times]

A Wisconsin paper really gets it. Most of a grant has been spent on Felner’s friends, $70K+ for himself and travel. All kinds of other money. Yadda yadda. It’s everything you’ve already read. But it’s better than the AP piece. [Journal Sentinel]

While Mitch McConnell raises all kinds of skrilla from special interests, Bruce Lunsford is walking a day in your shoes. I mean, for real. [Pat Crowley]

Was a mountaintop removal trip sabotaged? Ben Chandler and Norm Dicks were scheduled to tour eastern Kentucky on Saturday but never made it out of Washington. [News & Tribune]

Former White House Press Secretary and Fox Noise personality Tony Snow died at age 53. [WaPo]

Awesome Aerial Photography of Kentucky

Speaking of Mongiardo, he announced during the 15th Annual Kentucky Geographic Information Systems Conference that that Kentucky has acquired full-color aerial photography of the entire state. The purchase was made in part with through grants from the United States Geological Survey.

Beyond aiding the adventure tourism industry, this is a great thing for Kentucky.

Images from all 120 counties in Kentucky have been made available online HERE. The data consists of nearly 12,000 separate images that can be downloaded for personal or business purposes. Kentucky’s other mapping sites are accessible via the Kentucky Geography Network.

This is the most awesome thing to ever happen to Kentucky. Maybe. At least in the past few days. Come on, you KNEW I was a huge geek. Now you know how we’ll be spending our weekends and 100% of our free time.

We’re officially breaking up with Google Earth and are now exclusively dating The Commonwealth Map.

The image at the top of the story is just something funny we spotted while digging for aerials “back home.” Below are just a few screengrabs of important locations in our personal lives. Don’t stalk us. We pack heat.

Rural Health Care Is Suffering Hardcore

The Office of Kentucky Homeplace is being closed in Morgan County.

We’re wholly infuriated and can’t do much more than post a letter to the editor published in The Morehead News:

On July 1 the Morgan County Office of Kentucky Homeplace is scheduled to be closed in our region. This important program works together with Christian Social Services in Morehead and our outreach center in Elliott County by providing long-term medicine and health supplies (eye glasses, etc.) for our clients. Like CSS, they serve families on fixed incomes that rely on this long-term service to balance their monthly budgets.

I cannot stress enough what closing this office will do. Their staff has been our partner for several years. They make home visits to families in our county and professionally and compassionately care for them.

Our families and friends will suffer during this financial crisis without this valuable service.

Way to screw eastern Kentucky! Let Lee Todd and other over-paid folks on the state teat keep their bonuses while jobs are lost, services are cut and communities suffer.

Great job.

This is what’s wrong with Kentucky. Everybody reading this should be ashamed.

Bruce Lunsford Connects While McConnell Whines

While Mitch McConnell is busy making up stories about Bruce Lunsford flying off to Chicago on the 4th of July, Bruce Lunsford is busy attacking Mitch McConnell where it really hurts: with honesty and with the people.

Lunsford spent yesterday in Grayson (Carter County in northeastern Kentucky) pumping gas at Randy’s Roadside Market and talking to everyday people.

“He has been in there 24 years and on the government payroll for 40 years. He is not in touch with the men and women of this state,” he said. “Because I’ve been a job producer, I think I understand what it takes to get people re-employed.”

Lunsford said he sees several avenues for improving the state’s economic situation and scolded that McConnell “has not done a lot for the transportation system of eastern Kentucky.” He also criticized McConnell for serving the interests of oil companies when he should have been touting coal as a “savior” for the nation’s energy needs.

It would probably do Mitch McConnell well to stop complaining about Bruce Lunsford owning real estate in major metropolitan areas. Because there are easily a hundred (okay, we’re being kind with that estimate) issues Mitch McConnell would be terrified to discuss. The least of which would be his support of racist hatemonger Jesse Helms.

Tuesday Update Dept of Buy Us a MacBook Pro, 15″, Glossy, 4gigs of RAM OR ELSE!!!

David Boswell and Brett Guthrie are in a virtual dead heat according to the latest SurveyUSA polling data. Boswell leads Guthrie 47-44 with a 4.3% margin of error. Only 9% of likely voters say they’re undecided. The two are tied among males but females prefer Boswell, the Democrat, 48-42. [Mark Hebert]

A British invasion? The Jakals (from southern England) will be performing tonight in Louisville at the Rudyard Kipling at 8:00 P.M. Their first appearance was in our fancy pants hometown in middle of nowhere West Liberty, deep in the hills of eastern Kentucky. Turns out they’re actually using a company in West Liberty (!!) to distribute their CD here in the U.S. and A. [Jakals, Rudyard Kipling]

There’s still no word on whether or not Mitch McConnell plans to hire anyone from Kentucky to work on his campaign. If you missed it, his treasurer lives in Indiana, none of the contacts on his campaign’s Statement of Organization are in Kentucky and only one of the three banks his campaign uses is located in the Bluegrass State. [Page One]

Do you have AB positive or AB negative blood? Get your ass to the Chestnut Street Red Cross in Louisville ASAP. There is an emergency need for that particular type of plasma. Please specify that your donation is for C. Thomas Bennett at Baptist East. [Just Do It]

Editors at Bloomberg noted on Friday that U.S. stock declines were the worst since June… of 1930! The Great Depression! Yeah, little economic mix-up, my formerly fat ass! Basically, the world is effed and we’re all gonna die of the poverty. [Bloomberg]

Thanks to rising gas prices, the Kentucky State Police is cutting back on patrols. So this basically means you’re less safe as a direct result of the economy. But the free market will fix that, right? I can’t remember which right-wing spin is appropriate in this instance. And this isn’t just happening with the KSP. It’s across the board. [C-J]