Two Quick Things This Afternoon

OH NOES! You’re Gonna Die of the Poverty. Because even Wachovia is about to go belly-up or whatever. [Washington Post]

And… we hear that Commonwealth Attorney Dave Stengel in Louisville will be “looking into” the hate mail piece against Ken Herndon. More Here and Here and Here and Here and Here.

It’s not a formal investigation or manhunt, so to speak, but Stengel plans to have his staff do some research.

We’ll bring you more info as soon as we have it.

Is Jim Bunning Right or Wrong on the Fed?

You tell us if he’s right or wrong.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning is vowing to do everything in his power to block a proposal to give the Federal Reserve sweeping new powers aimed at protecting the nation’s wobbly financial system.

The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday the Fed can’t be trusted with the considerable power it already wields.

Bunning says the Fed’s policies in recent years have contributed to a myriad of economic woes – including surging inflation, a declining dollar and the housing bust.

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]

U.S. House Passes AMT Relief Act

The House just passed the Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 that will provide $50 billion in middle class tax relief.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-No Backbone on FISA) supported the bill’s passage. Here’s what he had to say, “This bill will prevent 43,000 Louisvillians from being unfairly taxed at a higher rate. It’s one more way that we can ease the burden on our hard-working families, and I will continue to fight for policies that help people with the skyrocketing cost of gasoline, food, health care, and education.”