Finally. Friday. It’s Over. The Weekend. Yay.

Goodness. We could go on for days about how strange this week has been. No power for 800 years. Then it kinda came back. Michael Willner gave us internets again. Then we lost electricity. Then it came back and now we don’t have water! And we hear LG&E could be jacking rates up to 65%.

We are now at a coffee shop we aren’t familiar with but everyone knows us or whatever. WEIRD. Maybe we’ll get some stalkers soon.

May we move in* with you?

Is anyone going to IdeaFestival? Check out the schedule. Let us know what we absolutely should not miss. Also, we may have an extra pass if anyone is interested. [Idea Festival, LEO’s Schedule of Events]

For real. This Mischler-Stumbo thing is getting out of hand. Could someone explain the law to this woman and maybe get her to stop with her fancy conspiracies? [More WTF]

Ronnie Ellis: Obama’s decision to abide by public financing was conditional. Please include all the facts when you’re telling a story. As a journalist, even when you’re tasked with editorializing, at least deal with the facts. Please. Selectively leaving them out when you’re a journalist serves no one. [News and Tribune]

Margaret Cho, known homosexual sympathizer and non-Republican, will be in Louisville or something. It’s all the gays can talk about. We’re indifferent or whatever. But here’s an interview LEO did with her a few days ago. [LEO]

Here ya go. Check it. Jim Bunning says the free market is dead. Dead dead dead. [Trey Pollard]

Some Republican hack (Alex Roarty?) for the right-wing Politicker is recycling the silly NRSC video of two rogue Lunsford supporters. It’s so awkward watching that company fall apart and lose credibility when they allow out-of-staters to write about Kentucky like they know something. They need to stick to allowing Trey Pollard to cover Kentucky politics. [Politicker]

Oh, in this fancy web poll from one of those terrorist foreigner newspapers, 100% of folks say the U.S. President should be able to run a company. That silly Carly Fiorina totally shot John McCain’s street cred wad. Heh. Poor Grampa. [The Guardian]

* – Only if you live in a trendy neighborhood.

TGIF! Fearmongering & Being Corrupt Are Lame

This is hands-down the scariest and most hilarious thing we’ve read in weeks. Let’s just say it involves virgins, the Chinese, Spring and a former governor. OH GOD THE HILARITY AND PAIN FROM LAUGHTER. [Wonkette]

Mark Hebert questions the similarities between Greg Stumbo’s investigation of Ernie Fletcher during the merit hiring scandal and that of the Alaskan legislature into Sarah Palin’s Troopergate. Both Fletcher and Palin eventually refused to cooperate. [Hebert’s Blog]

Mark Nickolas’ Kentucky Democratic Party-funded site is now officially dead in the water. The last update was on August 19, 2008. Exactly one month ago today. Just goes to show that you can’t be bought & paid-for and expect to be successful on any front. We may have an agenda against all stupid elected officials here at P1 but one thing we’re not is bought & paid-for. [BGR]

Jefferson Poole, who is on the McConnell/RPK payroll, is suggesting that the current credit crisis and financial disaster the United States faces is the fault of Democrats. Haha! And he uses Fox News and such as a source to back himself up. And then goes on to talk about how some “prominent” Democrat no one knows is endorsing John McCain. [BGRS 1, 2]

200,000 Louisvillians haven’t had electricity and other essential services for more than five days. But the city and state have certainly made sure the wealthy area surrounding the Valhalla golf course (where the Ryder Cup is taking place) is pristine and powered to the max. The mayor and governor are holding a press conference this morning to talk about how great their efforts are. Which is a waste of time. [C-J]

Marcus Carey is terrified that a scary black man will be President of the United States of America. So what’s he do? Continually regurgitate right-wing memes about how Barack Obama’s days as a community organizer were for some scary radical group that allegedly wants to kill capitalism (it’s ACORN– haha– hardly radical) that works in “urban areas.” Read his fearmongering and then ACORN’s actual About Us page. [Fear Mongering, ACORN]

Unelectrical Thursday Morning Dept of Blah

Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s private Yahoo e-mail account was hacked and some of its contents were posted on the internets yesterday. Screenshots of emails and pictures belonging to Palin were published all over the place. Their authenticity has been confirmed. [Wired Blog]

Been wondering why Barack Obama won’t be in Kentucky, ever, for any reason? It’s called 30% of Kentucky Democrats voting for John McCain. 61% of Independents, 63% of Men, 52% of Women, 55% of those aged 18 to 49 and 60% of those age 50 and older. [ARG Poll]

The Herald-Leader’s Art Jester wrote about Lee Todd saying UK had safeguards in place to prevent a Felner disaster. Then he credited the Courier-Journal with breaking a story that WHAS11’s Adam Walser actually is responsible for. Of course, timing isn’t everything, but credit where credit is due is appropriate at all times. [H-L]

Did you know? Barack Obama is a racist who stokes racism. Rush “Pill Head” Limbaugh is the Jesus of everything, just like Mitch McConnell. Rush sure hates those Mexicans. But not as much as he hates Barack Obama for being black AND a Muslim! [Politico]

Is Jim Bunning the only crazy old man on earth with big enough balls to blast this fed rescue of AIG? What the hell is with this corporate welfare scheme? I thought the free market could handle anything? And what about this “slow” economic time? Feeling the recession yet, Davd Adams, or are you still in denial? [PolWatchers]

A newspaper in Gaithersburg, Maryland says Robert Felner’s attorney, Scott Cox, is out in the public defending John Deasy. He’s saying Felner had nothing to do with Deasy’s doctorate. And, uh, common sense and evidence tell us otherwise. Also– when will newspapers start at least getting the amount of the NCLB grant correct? [Gazette]

More On Ralph Nader Taking Over The World

LEO Editor and beardy monster Stephen George interviewed Ralph Nader on Monday.
While Stephen didn’t ask any of Jim Welp’s awesome questions (we’re wholly disappointed):

Have you ever shot a moose?

It’s well established that anyone who doesn’t vote for Barack Obama is racist. Why are you so racist?

If you won the election, would you, like, totally shit your pants or what?

Is there a teensy part of you that wants to nail Sarah Palin?

The interview was still pretty interesting. Check it:

LEO: Do you think government intervention is—

RN: Yeah, there’s got to be regulation. All this comes from taking the federal cop off the corporate-fraud-and-crime beat. That’s what happened with this deregulatory mania that swept Washington in the last 25, 30 years. That’s what led to these guys on Wall Street going crazy with speculation and risk-taking and excessive compensation for executives and lack of disclosure. Now look at the mess the country’s in. And the guys who profited most got away with it.

LEO: You called it, right?

RN: Yeah, I called the banking crisis, I called the S&L (securities and loans) crisis.

LEO: Why aren’t people listening?

RN: You don’t get credit in this kind of media society for being right. Being able to predict Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the fact that FDIC is running out of money — we kept telling them 10 years ago, you’ve got to assess the banks when times are good because when times are bad you’re going to run out.

LEO: In 2000 when you were running for president, you had a movement. With what happened with Bush v. Gore and everything, the media scapegoated you and you were kind of caricatured. Where do you find the inspiration to keep running for office, and why do you keep running for this office?

RN: Well, because I screen that out and strive to advance justice as I see it, with people who are hurting — being underpaid, overcharged, disrespected, excluded, harmed in their workplace, denied healthcare. When your charge comes from those millions of people out there, and there are millions of them, you’re not bothered by this.

Now, it does obstruct you and you can’t get on the national media. The three networks have given us 10 seconds (since the announcement of Nader’s campaign Feb. 24).

Click here to read the rest…

Don’t forget: Nader will be in Louisville for a rally this Friday.

Wednesday. Intermittent Power. Making it Work

The insufferably fat and embarrassing Jim “Walrus” Gooch strikes again! This time he is proposing ‘In God We Trust’ license plates for Kentucky. “It’s time we take this step and recognize what has long been our country’s and our commonwealth’s guiding principle,” Rep. Gooch said. “Kentuckians should not have to wait any longer.” Yeah, Jim, that’s TOTALLY what Kentuckians are waiting for. Idiot. [Mark Hebert]

Republicans are getting scared and can barely function. Now they’re pulling random stuff out of their hat to throw at Bruce Lunsford. Totally exciting. Because Mitch McConnell is the Jesus of everything. [KY Progress]

The Office of the Attorney General has this to say regarding the Steve Henry investigation: “There is a pending request for additional prosecutorial assistance. The request is outstanding to another Commonwealth’s attorney and we have not received a response yet. We’re doing everything we can to provide all of the assistance necessary for the appointed special prosecutor.” Thought you folks may like an update. [OAG Statement]

Barack Obama released a campaign ad attacking John McCain’s out of touch assertion that the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.” Because, you know, our economy is clearly strong. This is just a burp. It’s an economic slow down. Because centuries-old banks close during slow downs. You know how it is. [YouTube]

John McCain the flip-flopper. After a decade of supporting banking deregulation, he’s now trying to recast himself as someone who opposes it. I guess he really thinks no one lives in the reality-based community. [Washington Post]

Are you an Insight Communications customer? Then read this. It’s CEO Michael Willner’s blog. He’s being remarkably open and honest in detailing the aftermath of the hurricane force winds that rolled through Insight-served areas. And he’s discussing his company’s response. Now, if we could get government to practice the same sort of transparency. [Michael’s Insight]

TGIF! The Rains Have Come & We’re Awake

Remember that retarded web ad the NRSC pushed where a couple Lunsford supporters offended a McConnell Youth’s delicate ears and feelings? Haha, yeah, so CBS Evening News made it a national deal. How retarded and embarrassing for the NRSC. [CBS News]

Greg Stumbo really is playing a game of chicken. Not only has he lying about his level of support in the race for Speaker of the House, but he’s cut deals with Republicans. Rumor has it that Greg’s “slate” will include Damrom as Caucus Chair, Thompson as Whip and Hoover as Floor Leader. Evn though the entire House votes on Speaker & Pro-Tem and the two caucuses vote on floor leader, caucus chair and whip. Greg: getting someone’s support is a lot different than just asking them for their opinion on the race. [RPK/F-bomb]

Greg Stumbo shows how disconnected he is from Kentucky politics. Suggesting that Kentuckians voted pro-Clinton in May instead of anti-Obama? There’s NO WAY the presidential race is close in Kentucky. Let us remind you that 21% of Kentucky Democrats say they voted on the basis of race during the May primary. That’s hardly pro-Clinton. [PolWatchers]

David Adams may pretend that the Bluegrass Institute is an honest think tank. But it’s obviously a right-wing agenda pusher that not only hates public education and stops at nothing to complain about it 24/7. [KY Progress]

Speaking of Republicans, they can’t figure out why nearly everyone outside the United States has difficulty trusting the US when it comes to remember 9/11 and blaming al Qaeda. Anyone want to explain it to them? [Cyberhillbilly]

Remember the McConnell clan at Elephants in the Bluegrass? You know, the folks who live in Louisville’s east end, send their kids to private school and do nothing but complain about “libruls” all day long? They’re back to complaining about how the lefty pinko commie media doesn’t cover Republicans. At least they know not to waste perfectly good cosmetics. [EITB]

Wait, wait – it gets even better. Marcus Carey, notorious for his racist Obama crap, is touting Sarah Palin for being a “smart candidate” and for giving ABC’s Charlie Gibson a run for his money during her interview yesterday. Last we checked, when you don’t have a clue what the interviewer is asking? You’re not a “smart candidate.” [Marcus Carey]

The Mine Safety and Health Administration fined the operator of the Darby coal mine in Harlan County just $342,000 for the May 2006 explosion. The operator was cited for disregard of basic safety practices that led to five deaths. [C-J]

Why, yes, Grampa John McCain really is an out-of-touch old man who is computer illiterate and knows nothing about the economy. He as admitted such himself. But let’s wait for the spin machine and McCain himself to deny both while using his running mate– who probably has a tweety bird or taz tattoo– to distract us. [H-L]

Big Oil, Sex, Drugs, Gifts & The Gubmint

Couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.

What do you get when you mix 13 Interior Department employees, corrupt hacks from big oil, sex, cocaine, gifts and zero oversight? Why, a giant orgy of corruption! This time we’re not even joking about the orgy OR the corruption.

You’ve just gotta read about it for yourselves.

From The Denver Channel:

DENVER — Federal investigators say government officials in Denver and Washington, handling billions of dollars in oil royalties, engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies, and received improper gifts.

The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants and having sexual relationships with — and accepting golf, ski trips and dinners from — oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department’s Inspector General.

The investigations reveal a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” by a small group of individuals “wholly lacking in acceptance of or adherence to government ethical standards,” wrote Inspector General Earl E. Devaney.

The Associated Press via Yahoo! News:

Between 2002 and 2006, 19 oil marketers — nearly a third of the Denver office staff — received gifts and gratuities from oil and gas companies, including Chevron Corp., Shell, Hess Corp. and Denver-based Gary-Williams Energy Corp., the investigators found.

“Employees frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and natural gas company representatives” who referred to some of the government workers as the “MMS Chicks.”

The director of the royalty program had a consulting job on the side for a company that paid him $30,000 for marketing its services to various oil and gas companies, the report said.


Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, said the report proves true the accusation that the Bush administration has allowed oil companies to become too cozy with government officials.

“Democrats have been saying it for some time, but this proves it,” Slaughter said in a statement provided to KTVU. “This Administration is literally in bed with Big Oil. Little did we know they were such a cheap date.”


House Natural Resources Chairman Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said “this whole IG report reads like a script from a television miniseries and one that cannot air during family viewing time. It is no wonder that the office was doing such a lousy job of overseeing the RIK program; clearly the employees had ‘other’ priorities in that office.”

One of the employees named in the investigation, Jimmy Mayberry, has already pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington to violations of conflict-of-interest laws. The Justice Department declined to prosecute Smith and former Associate Director of the Minerals Revenue Management program Lucy Querques Denett, who the report says manipulated contracts to ensure they were awarded to former Interior employees.

The findings are the latest sign of trouble at the Minerals Management Service, which has already been accused of mismanaging the collection of fees from oil companies and writing faulty contracts for drilling on government land and offshore. The charges also come as lawmakers and both presidential candidates weigh giving oil companies more access to federal lands, which would bring in more money to the federal government.