TGIF! Cold Will Return Way Too Soon

The weekend is finally here and we couldn’t be happier. We’ll be in meetings for most of the morning, so enjoy the few posts we’ve got scheduled.

In other news, Jennifer Moore attacked poor old Jim Bunning for attending the very Bluegrass Ball she attended. Quite the hypocrisy, really, considering she told people she only wanted to stick around as the now-disgraced KDP chair long enough to attend the balls herself. It’s too bad the Beshear Administration can’t find anyone to wants to be the new, non-disgraced chair. Otherwise she’d already have moved back to full-time ambulance chasing.

Deep thoughts on gambling in the Commonwealth of Kentucky: Greg Stumbo spent his time before the Licensing & Occupations Committee talking about being a Southern Baptist and how all the Southern Baptists are saying his video slot machine/racino bill really isn’t expanding gambling. We’d sure like to hear what some actual Southern Baptists think about that. Maybe a seminary student or two? [Just Wondering]

John Mark Toby, president of the state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention, certainly objects to Stumbo’s false claim that Southern Baptists are standing up in support of expanded gambling. [C-J]

Mitch McConnell is still terrified of organized labor and now Code Pink. [Politico]

It’s time for you to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana to help them find mentors for kids in need. So bowl for kids’ sake February 11th or 25th. [Clicky Clicky]

Yesterday Daniel Mongiardo filmed a Public Service Announcement about his experience with colon cancer at the VA Hospital in Louisville. Mongiardo discussed the importance of early detection, risk assessment testing and the need for widespread attentiveness to this often overlooked disease. We can’t help but wonder if he discussed colorectal cancer with the Hooters gals from yesterday. [Colon Cancer Prevention]

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Thursday Afternoon Dept of Beshear Headaches

The Herald-Leader editorial board detailed Adam Edelen’s current situation this morning and we hope he takes our suggestion to do something, immediately. [Page One]

Because Francene ripped him a new one on 84WHAS radio this morning. Now the entire press corp is hot on the story, watching the Beshear Administration’s every move, anticipating every fault. [Loose Transcript]

Really? 18 complaints out of 300 million people + illegals? Yeah, SUCH a big deal. [LA Times]

CNN is afraid to tell America it has a giant gay on its prime time lineup. [Huffington Post]

Really, Hebert? Out of all the mainstream media outlets that have reported on Barack Obama’s decision to rescind the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, you choose to promote Fox News? [Mark Hebert]

Major News: In a sign of more strain in the economy, as the commercial real estate market shows distress that people hope won’t morph into another housing market, we learn that Springhurst Towne Center’s loan is one of the biggest commercial loans bundled into commercial mortgage-backed securities that are in trouble for whatever reason. $77 million. It’s one of the 10 largest specially serviced or delinquent loans. Pretty telling that businesses in the burbs/exurbs are struggling. [CoStar Group]

So, Solzman, how will you spin this one? Israeli military bombing U.N. facilities. Nice. [HuffPo]

A young couple from Morehead and Olive Hill were found dead at a Florida rest area on Interstate 95. This story is really screwed up and depressing. [H-L]

Governor Beshear told Stephenie Steitzer that his administration “made a mistake” when it wrongly assumed it had the authority to set Ralph Coldiron’s salary. And he said he has full confidence in Adam Edelen. Unfortunately, Edelen still hasn’t addressed this matter publicly. The longer questions linger, the more his political opposition ratchet things up. [Stephenie Steitzer]

Network Crap Sucks So Read This Stuff

Internets issues are rolling all over the Commonwealth so it’s tough to do much of anything. So. More reading to waste your time at work!

Rothenberg says Jim Bunning’s U.S. Senate seat is a toss-up in 2010. Really? [Rothenberg Political Report]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is finally over. [CNN]

Oh noes! Us Kentuckians are disappearing! [Wonkette]

Ben Chandler and Mitch McConnell are BFFs. Check out Chandler’s floor speech in honor of McConnell. [Page One]

Been watching this Speaker of the House mess in Tennessee? New Republican moderate won without the support of his fellow Republicans. Check the video. [YouTube]

A Gaza rally at the University of Louisville led to quite a clash. [LEO Weekly]

Told you earlier about WHAS11 missing the point in the story about the dad who can’t see his son. Here’s a photo of a billboard on Westport Road in St. Matthews advertising his case:

Rick has more on the story.

TGIF! Still in a Holiday Sugar Coma

Do you Twitter? If not, it’s like CB radio for nerds. You should get all up on it.

Hope you’re enjoying the final few days of your winter holiday. We’ll be back in full force on Monday.

Oh, look, our very own Billy Reed won an important award! [H-L]

Mountaintop Removal open mic night on Wednesday, January 7. Heine Bros in Louisville, Gardiner Lane location. Will feature Erik Reece, author of Lost Mountain, Ron Whitehead, KFTC members and their fancy slide show, music from Appalatin and the KFTC-produced film What We Do To The Land, We Do To The People about mountaintop removal that contains a virtual flyover of active mine sites. 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. [Email Blast]

NASA finally knows what killed those aboard Columbia. A 400-page report, considered graphic, was released between Christmas and the new year. It’s available in four huge PDFs that are filled with photographs, illustrations and video stills from the flight deck. [CNN]

Our new favorite thing: the corrupt Lake Cumberland District Health Department. Voted down a non-smoking measure and then approved a motion to to limit the ability to bring it up again. A health department supporting second-hand smoke. You know, Kentucky really impresses us sometimes. The schadenfreude is priceless. [H-L]

Grampa Steve Beshear’s plan to use coal-tax money for whatever has been burned to the ground by Rocky Adkins. [C-J]

Blue Grass Airport director Michael Gobb has resigned. He resigned this morning in a letter which he read to the airport board.  Maybe the next guy won’t flush money down the toilet? [H-L & His Resignation Letter (PDF Link)]

Ruh ro: Erin Brockovich is headed to Tennessee to rip some new ones over the coal ash spill. [Huffington Post]

Undergarment Alert: Is anyone else itching to see this hot mess called Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America For The Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable In The Presence Of A Gay Foreigner In A Mesh T-Shirt? Cause we are. [More from HuffPo]

Smithsonian Magazine: Mining the Mountains

Yeah, we’re constantly yammering on about how Smithsonian is our favorite magazine. This month’s issue is filled with all kinds of great stories. The article that really caught our attention is about mountaintop removal, what, with the increased focus an all.

So give it a read:

Now coal is back, with a different approach: demolishing mountains instead of drilling into them, a method known as mountaintop coal removal. One project is dismantling the backside of Gauley Mountain, the town’s signature topographical feature, methodically blasting it apart layer by layer and trucking off the coal to generate electricity and forge steel. Gauley is fast becoming a kind of Potemkin peak—whole on one side, hollowed out on the other. Some Ansted residents support the project, but in a twist of local history, many people, former miners included, oppose it, making the town an improbable battleground in the struggle to meet the nation’s rising energy needs.

Since the mid-1990s, coal companies have pulverized Appalachian mountaintops in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. Peaks formed hundreds of millions of years ago are obliterated in months. Forests that survived the last ice age are chopped down and burned. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that by 2012, two decades of mountaintop removal will have destroyed or degraded 11.5 percent of the forests in those four states, an area larger than Delaware. Rubble and waste will have buried more than 1,000 miles of streams.


“There is not a legal mountaintop mining operation in Appalachia … There literally is not one in full compliance with the law.”


In 2002, the Bush administration rewrote the rule defining mountaintop mining waste in an attempt to work around the legal ban on valley fills. This past October, the Interior Department, pending EPA approval, did away with regulations that ban dumping mine waste within 100 feet of a stream—a rule that’s already routinely ignored (though the EPA recently fined Massey Energy $20 million for violations of the Clean Water Act).

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Oh Snap Monday! Crazy Heat Wave Is Over

Google Maps Oddity? Isn’t it just plain odd that West Liberty would be photographed in higher detail than Morehead on the Google maps machine? Check it out for yourself. [Google Maps]

Does Denise Harper Angel, the Democrat from librul Cherokee Triangle in Louisville who wants to “put you in your place” has sent out a very important email blast detailing her legislative agenda. Let’s take a look to see if it makes sense for her particular constituency: “While the budget shortfall will be our number one priority, I also will be sponsoring new legislation that will: Implement an enhanced Kentucky Quit Line for pregnant smokers; Establish a state wide E-Waste (electronic) Recycling Program; Create a task force for the development of a Senior Worker Retraining Program; Meal Act (Menu Education & Labeling) would require caloric information be listed on menus and menu boards of fast food restaurants, Create a Bronze and Silver Star license plate for veterans” [Email Blast]

Oh, lookit, the LA Times linked to us. Let us gloat a bit. [LA Times]

God. Does Republican (and Democratic, in Kentucky) ignorance ever end? RNC candidate Chip Saltsman’s Christmas greeting to committee members includes a music CD with lyrics from a song called “Barack the Magic Negro,” first played on Rush Limbaugh’s popular radio show. [The Hill]

Thanks to Wonkette, you can listen to that shiz on the tubes! [Wonkette]

Looks like Miller Transportation’s weird power grab at TARC was a massive failure. And in the process, Miller has royally effed hundreds of low-income folks around Louisville who will no longer benefit from TARC’s service, which the organization lost lost money on. [C-J]

RNC Chair Mike Duncan is the only one who sounds remotely sane in all of this “Barack the Magic Negro” mess. And, really, flipping out over sickening racism and stupidity is merely “hypersensitivity”?? Heh. Right. [Huffington Post]

Haha, that silly Frank Rich, trying to be all funny and likable. He hits Barry on the homo front and rightly so. Indeed, fighting AIDS is not a “get-out-of-homophobia-free card.” Barack Obama has little in common with George W. Bush, thank God, his obsessive workouts and message control notwithstanding. At a time when very few Americans feel very good about very much, Obama is generating huge hopes even before he takes office. So much so that his name and face, affixed to any product, may be the last commodity left in the marketplace that can still move Americans to shop. [NY Times]

Lincoln as Commander in Chief. A self-taught strategist with no combat experience, Abraham Lincoln saw the path to victory more clearly than his generals. Really great and really long article in our favorite magazine. [Smithsonian]

Crit Luallen told the Associated Press that she’s considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2010. But. We all know that’s not going to happen. [WAVE3]

Haha. That Pat Crowley, calling Jeremy Horton the Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party. Hahaha. Oh, we thought Horton was working at Arby’s these days? Darn. It’s funny how Horton suggests the KDP has increased its ability to reach voters. No mention of his attempts to suppress data collection during the 2007 general election. Oh, the hilarity. In other news: Jeremy Horton has yet to apologize to the young woman he berated and threatened, merely because she’s friends with us. [Enquirer]

It’s the Weekend Before a Dead News Week

Man, we thought the weekend before the holidays would be boring. Definitely not the case!

Something to keep under your hat for a while: There’s a state legislator (a Democrat) that often embarrasses Kentucky. They’ve kept a pretty major scandal under wraps the past few years. We’re gonna figure out a way to tell that story shortly after the holidays. It won’t surprise any Frankfort regulars, who already know the story, but it may surprise a few readers. It’s by no means an exclusive, but it’s definitely time we start talking about it. Because it’s a story of nasty, nasty hypocrisy.

Really, has Tom Burch gone crazy the past few years or what? A lady he dated has been given a $63,000 job in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Burch is chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, and he recommended her for the job. It’s beginning to get as crazy as can be. If all of these messes allegedly involving Burch turn out to be true, he needs to step aside for new political blood to take over. [Bluegrass Politics]

Ten Reasons For National Health Care. [Daily Puke]

More from the H-L folks: Who really thinks this slots at racetracks bill of of Greg Stumbo’s will actually get anywhere? We definitely enjoy the thought of eliminating vehicle property taxes. But let’s get real– that’ll never happen in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [Bluegrass Politics]

Whattya know? Ben Carter is passing the reigns of the website he stole from Joe Sonka. Louisvillians will probably get familiar with him the poorer they become, as he’s an attorney at Legal Aid. Unfortunately, though, he still owes Joe Sonka a good deal of money and we won’t be forgetting that any time soon. [BlueGrassRoots]

Could someone please (seriously) point us in the direction of finding out exactly what Hal Rogers has done for eastern Kentuckians lately? We’re not being jerks, here, just legitimately asking. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]