Slow News Update Dept Of Dead Economies

First Lady Jane Beshear today recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At an event in the Rose Garden at the State Capitol, no less. Is it just us or is Jane Beshear becoming a First Lady that everyone likes? [Press Release]

That librul Lexington Herald-Leader is so mean to poor Bill Nighbert. Calling him out for not disclosing his interest in property near a construction project on I-75. [H-L]

Hey, ladies, what was that about the fancy bailout saving everyone? Oh, right, yeah, didn’t happen. The global financial markets have all gone to pot and everyone is destitute. The end. Game over. WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!! [WaPo]

Mitch McConnell Is A Fraidy Cat. It’s official. Though everyone is a wuss and afraid to go on record to discuss it, Centre College just confirmed that Mitch McConnell pulled out of a scheduled debate at the school with Bruce Lunsford. [Sources at Centre College]

Anti-union bullshit artists, Republicans and Brett Hall afficianodos are STILL trying to slime Bruce Lunsford. They’ll never learn to give it up and will never realize that Kentucky is a state filled with labor supporters. Without labor, those fat hacks will would have sunk this abysmal economy even deeper into the hole. [B.S. Artists]

Mitch McConnell didn’t fight for Whitley County. Even though the county is eligible to receive federal funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Mitch stood in the way and blocked 31 bills, including the bill that would have funded economic in southeastern Kentucky. [Times Tribune]

TGIF! Tell John Yarmuth To Stand His Ground

We never link to Faux News, but this is jacked up. And kind of hilarious. WASHINGTON: Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney claims the Department of Defense executed 5,000 prisoners with one bullet to the head and then dumped their bodies in a Louisiana swamp during Hurricane Katrina. [Faux News]

The University of Louisville is creating an Ombuds Office to handle complaints and resolve disputes. This, in addition to the grievance officer, should be a permanent fixture at the University. The reigns of Robert Felner, Jim Ramsey and Shirley Willihnganz prove it is absolutely necessary. And it can’t come quickly enough. [C-J]

Thanks to John Cheves for pointing out this story from the Economist about how people in rural eastern Kentucky don’t like black people. Kentucky Democrats need to read this story and stop being so complacent. It’s all about Whitesburg and the area is not unique when it comes to its political views this year in Appalachia. “I don’t sugarcoat things. I don’t like black people.” However, Mrs Smith says she gets on well with her niece, who is half-black. [The Economist via PolWatchers]

It was interesting watching our friend Brad Cummings spin out of control about how Democrats are responsible for the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He liveblogged the Vice Presidential debate last night along with Nicole Candler. You should check the transcripts out. Nicole’s on the left, Brad’s on the right. [C-J]

And if you missed it, we liveblogged the debate last night. All aboard the failboat! It was a disaster to watch because Sarah Palin didn’t answer a single question, said she wouldn’t answer them, and then just made up her own. Joe Sonka also documented the evening. [Page One, Barefoot & Progressive]

Talking Points Memo has a great mashup of Sarah Palin’s greatest hits. Embarrassing and hilarious. FEAR IT. [YouTube]

John Yarmuth is about to make a grave mistake. He’s going to vote for the U.S. Senate’s version of the bailout bill. The bill that does nothing to help those suffering during this economic crisis and everything to help the people and corporations responsible. And giving so much future power to the Secretary of the Treasury? Haha, riiiight. Everyone call John Yarmuth to tell him to stand his ground by voting against the bill. [Mark Hebert & Call Yarmuth’s Office]

Wednesday Update Dept of Man, What a Week!

What happens when you live in Pineville and you and your dad get charged with buying votes in an election? You testify against your pops, of course. Meanwhile, this happens every day in all 120 counties in Kentucky. It’s what we call political reality here in the beautiful Commonwealth. [H-L]

Governor Steve Beshear’s E-Transparency Task Force will meet tomorrow, October 2 at 10:00 A.M. Members of the public are encouraged to attend for the public unveiling of Kentucky’s Open Door website, which will be officially launched in January 2009. The task force’s preliminary results will be unveiled on the state’s website on October 6. [Press Release]

Fancy pants Don McNay was featured in Editor & Publisher! Check it out. Dave Astor wrote a column about the financial meltdown and Don was the big dog in the story. Nice shout-out for Don. [Editor & Publisher]

In the spirit of all this crap that’s going down with the University of Louisville. Take a look at this story of a public employee protected by the First Amendment for speaking out against what they perceived to be wrongdoing. UofL should take notice. [Law Professors]

Also, have you seen the cover of the latest New Yorker? Haha, we almost peed. It’s a watercolor of Sarah Palin, America’s most esteemed and fancy governor, lookin out her winder with some binoculars at the foreign land of USSR Russia or whatever. Aww, poor Sarah. [The New Yorker]

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Thursday. Economy Dead. Money’s In The Mattress.

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden was in Jeffersonville, Indiana yesterday. What’d he do when referencing Kentucky, which is just like half an inch away from Jeff? He talked about golf. Golf. Some golfers. That’s what he talked about. Okay, and the economy. [PolWatchers]

This is hands-down the worst thing ever. EVER. We are not okay with crap like this being on the internets. Gag. [Perez Hilton]

Oh snap! The Courier-Journal editorial board invokes Homer Simpson (we almost peed) in a story about the U.S. Senate race. Maybe Mitch McConnell really should remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. And maybe he should remember that Homer once said, “Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.” [C-]

The foreigns are paying close attention to our failure of an economy. Their newspapers have put together a fancy question and answer list for other foreigns to read over. Talking points, you know. Those foreigns are interesting like that. [The Guardian]

Yeah, the Sarah Palin effect is being overplayed by Republicans. And Jim Gooch being quoted in a story about the House leadership races is hilarious. We’re disappointed Ryan didn’t ask him about coconut cake. [H-L]

Three mine foremen from Harlan county were indicted. Over a little thing called being corrupt, stupid and, oh, turning off a mine fan while workers were still inside a mine. Who wants to take bets that the Mine Safety & Health Administration will figure a way out of this one? [C-J]

Speaking of indictments… Owen County Judge-Executive Bill O’Banion and his deputy Renaee Gaines were indicted on charges of theft and misspending of public money. This all stems from an audit performed by Crit Luallen’s office earlier this year. [C-J]

Oh Snap Monday! Everyone Have Power Now?

Like we reported many days ago, Joe Biden will be in Louisville on Wednesday. You can go see him if you have $1,000 to spare. So, Kentuckians, don’t get your hopes up. You’re not likely to ever see Barack Obama or John McCain in the Commonwealth again. Probably ever. [Mark Hebert]

More from Hebert: “McConnell has received $3,679,725 in political contributions from the banking, insurance and financial services industries since 1989. Part of that sum includes $691,880 from commercial banks, $1,112,732 from the insurance industry and $1,484,912 from the securities and investments industry.” [Mark Hebert]

Pray for Sarah Palin. HAHAHAHA. This is pretty dang funny. For serious. [Barefoot & Progressive]

As apparently whack as the Shark Lady is, this is pretty serious. Employees and volunteers for health care entities could be allowed to refuse to aid in providing any treatment they object to. That includes abortion, providing HIV tests, providing emergency treatment to someone who is non-white or maybe perceived to be gay. Total Bush Misadministration terror. [BGR]

Mitch McConnell is beginning to queen out over Bruce Lunsford everywhere he goes. Check this: “He is desperate and he is nasty. Anybody that has the kind of unseemingly business background he does to be calling other people names requires a lot of brass frankly,” says Senator McConnell. How hilarious is THAT? Almost as hilarious as some random hillbilly suggesting McConnell has “a lot of family values.” We’re wondering why he doesn’t have all of those alleged family values. Is it because he married a foreign or whatever? [WYMT]

Are people voting for Bruce Lunsford or against Mitch McConnell? Does it really matter either way? Both achieve the same goal and the media probably shouldn’t care either way. Because everyone wants to get rid of Mitch McConnell. [PolWatchers]

Organized labor is coming out big for Bruce Lunsford. The worker-to-worker leafletting program is set to organize some 300,000 voters who will turn out against Mitch McConnell, a man who wants to make it impossible for workers to unionize. Because everyone knows Mitch McConnell is such a hard worker and has always had to worry about putting food on his family’s table. Such a family man with real-world experience. [C-J]

Sorry, Barack Obama is just not going to do well in eastern Kentucky. No way, no way, not gonna happen. There are still thousands of people in Appalachia who have never met a non-white in their entire lives. [Ronnie Ellis]

What were several Lexington and Frankfort reporters doing for the extra hour they waited for the Lunsford-Clinton event to start (when they weren’t complaining about being given a free story)? They sat around reading books and killing time. Instead of working the crowd for a good story. If Ryan Alessi can do it, everyone else should be out working to get a great story. Jesus. [Photograph]

Happy Wednesday Morning! Palin Speaks Tonight

Corruption in Corbin? Turns out the folks put in charge of Corbin’s first Native American Pow Wow may have blown the event and squandered $15,000. Those folks recently lost a suit in circuit court for more than $50,000. All kinds of drama. You’ve gotta check it out. [The Rural Democrat]

Mitch McConnell, the Jesus of everything, joined his peeps in Minneapolis for a fancy lunch yesterday. We hear, but have not confirmed, that our lady friends who love the KitKats were there. No word on whether or not the Senator provided attendees with KitKats or other forms of lady treats. [Trey Pollard]

100% of foreigners think Grampa John McCain selected GILF Sarah Palin too quickly. 100%. You read that correctly. The foreigners. [Guardian]

From the land of fancy Democratic deals, economic development secretary John Hindman resigned. He’ll still make his $250,000 salary for a year as a consultant. And Larry Hays, a man in the governor’s office whom is as hated as Jim Cauley and Joe Meyer, will serve as acting secretary. [H-L]

Mark Hebert wants to know if John Hindman was pressured to quit his job as Secretary of the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet. Because ousting a Fletcher appointee only to install a Beshear political hand makes so much sense, you know. [Mark Hebert]

Two University of Kentucky student journalists and their advisor were arrested at the RNC. For taking pictures and documenting protesters. Check the images of them being blasted with pepper spray by police. [Kentucky Kernel]