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]

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]