Heads-Up to Questionable Rights Organization

Stop the petty bickering.

A week or so ago the questionable gay rights organization calling itself the Kentucky Equality Federation blasted the Kentucky Fairness Alliance and its leader, Christina Gilgor, for allegedly alienating members of the KEF. Jordan Palmer, KEF’s self-appointed leader, has made it a point over the years to feature himself prominently in everything his group does. Totally undermining its alleged mission.

Figured we should chime in to add that Palmer and his Republican self (part of the reason he’s clashing with the legit Fairness Alliance, otherwise party affiliation wouldn’t matter) need to stop with fracturing the equality movement in Kentucky. For over a year he’s attempted to demonize the Fairness Campaign and Kentucky Fairness Alliance. Instead of attempting to work together as Palmer alleges, his organization hasn’t done anything but try to promote itself while diminishing the potential impact of the Fairness Alliance.

It’s great that Palmer wants to help the gays or whatever. But the Fairness Alliance actually has a staff of people who aren’t just a group of friends in real life. They’re affiliated with the Fairness Campaign. And they’re well-connected, active individuals who have strong roots in Frankfort and have fought the war to bring equality to Kentucky. The Kentucky Equality Federation is a new little start-up that should try to play well with others instead of getting envious and upset when the legitimate equality organization receives the full backing of those who strive for equal rights.

We’re not suggesting the Equality Federation shouldn’t exist. But come on. This is ridiculous. You can’t trash an organization just because they won’t put you on a pedestal and cater to your every whim.

BREAKING: Video of McConnell-Ryan Encounter

Earlier today Heather Ryan was fired from her job as Executive Director of the Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah.

Why was she fired?

Her superiors (McConnell supporters) allege Ryan and her daughter, 12-year-old Heaven, stalked, harassed, disturbed and inconvenienced Senator Mitch McConnell after filming a commercial at the theater.

According to Ryan’s bosses merely questioning the senator about the war in Iraq is inappropriate behavior. McConnell and his people made it a point to trash Ryan across the state and lobbied to have her terminated.

Unfortunately for Ryan, the McConnell clan was successful in their endeavor.

Unfortunately for McConnell and the jokers in Paducah who tried their level best to tarnish Ryan for exercising her first amendment rights, we have videographic evidence of the encounter:

Kentucky’s mainstream media remains missing in action. Where are they?

Fired for Questioning McConnell

We have just been alerted that Heather Ryan has just been fired from her job at the Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah for daring to question Senator Mitch McConnell and catching it on video. (More info on the background of the situation here.)

Here’s an excerpt from Heather’s message:

It is with complete shock and utter dismay that I come to you this afternoon of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2008. As you may have guessed, a dramatic turn of events happened less than an hour ago while I was at my office in Downtown Paducah, KY. I was fired from my position as the Executive Director of the Maiden Alley Cinema for the incident in which Heaven and I asked Mitch McConnell about the war in Iraq.

It is absolutely unbelievable to me that such a powerful Senator would target a low income family simply to flex his political muscle. But believe it folks, I am now jobless, on the day in which we use to remember the great Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., because I dared to speak out.

If you’re not pissed off you’re not paying attention.

We encourage you to contact the Maiden Alley Cinema to express your dismay. If you live in Paducah? Maybe you should stop by the theater to ask them what the hell is going on. 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah. Or just give them a call at (270) 442-7723.

Once Heather makes the video of the incident available, we’ll have it for you. It’s not looking pretty for Mitch at the moment.

Isn’t this despicable? Mitch McConnell. The man who professes such a love for freedom of speech and the First Amendment. The lone Republican standing for the right the right to burn the flag.  Cowering like a scared puppy. Getting a woman fired for merely exercising her rights. This attitude of ‘how dare you question my authority!’ has got to stop.  For McConnell and his people to exert influence like this is outrageous.

Where’s the mainstream press on this one? (HELLO, BIG STORY HERE!) Time to wake up.

It’s True: Crazy Doug Hawkins Plans House Run

Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins says he’s running for the State Senate Seat in District 37, which comprises much of south Louisville. Hawkins made his announcement this afternoon in Frankfort, saying he’s got the support of Republican State Senate leadership.

He’s likely to face Perry Clark, the Democratic incumbent who won a special election for the seat in 2006.

Hawkins’ fans in the South End must go for the rebellious attitude that led him to be one of only two members of the Metro Council that last week who voted against the city’s smoking ban, saying citizens are overtaxed and over-regulated.

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More of Fischer Breaking the Rules?

Yes. We’re beating a dead horse again but this is worth talking about. Like we reported on January 3rd, Greg Fischer really enjoys raising suspicion around potential FEC violations.

This time he is registering domain names via his LLC, Iceberg Ventures, while using an employee of his corporation, Dant Clayton, as the administrative contact for his websites. Utilizing his LLC to do work for his campaign is fine, as long as it is reported to the FEC as an in-kind contribution that does not exceed $1,000. But using an employee of his corporation as an administrative contact for a campaign site? That’s an illegal corporate contribution. The only way to get around it is for his campaign to pay the corporation for its services and to reimburse the employee’s wages. But there’s a problem with that– Greg Fischer hasn’t officially announced his candidacy, so paying for services or receiving contributions at this point doesn’t jive with FEC regulations and campaign finance laws.

Those websites include:

Is this what the Democratic Party really wants as a Senate candidate? Someone who skirts the law, no matter how insignificant?

See screenshots of the registrations after the jump…

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Charlie Hoffman Really Does Eat Boogers

This man. The one pictured right here. He is a known booger eater. Because of him we’re inciting a riot, encouraging annoyance and alarm. Get to it! Go start fights in Hoffman’s name.

As David Adams reports, Rep. Charlie Hoffman (D-Waste of Time) is pushing worthless legislation that would prohibit online communication that causes “annoyance or alarm” and serves no legitimate purpose.

Like David says, telling the peeps on that scary internets about Charlie Hoffman and his booger eating ways could land a blogger in jail for up to 90 days. A second offense carries up to a year in jail as punishment.

Yeah, that’s the ticket. Let’s stifle free speech because a few booger eaters in Frankfort can’t handle criticism. We’re not suggesting that people go crazy by publishing defaming and false material, but come on. What century is this?

Charlie Hoffman. Time and money waster. Another Democrat deserving of a primary opponent.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time Arrests Not Rare

Cross-posted at The ‘Ville Voice

Turns out that the case of Paul Schum, the Bardstown school principal who lost his job after being arrested on Halloween night in a shady section of downtown, is not so unique. As WLKY’s Mike Petchenik reported last night, police have made hundreds of arrests for “loitering for the purposes of prostitution.”

In Schum’s case, prosecutors dropped their case because they had no evidence of a crime. Because of Schum’s job and costume — he said he was dressed in drag for a Halloween party, and had property in the area — the case got thorough media attention. But nearly the same thing happened to a guy driving home from work – at an odd hour — in 1999. Darrell Leonard told Petchenik police told him he was “the wrong color, in the wrong neighborhood, in the wrong time of the morning…” and so arrested him. Leonard’s case was later dropped, and the city paid him $1,800 to cover his legal expenses and lost wages.

That was eight years ago, and Leonard was working a low-wages late shift job, and apparently was able to keep it. Schum, on the other hand, had his career ruined by the false arrest experience. Doesn’t it make you wonder what kind of settlement Schum might be in line for?

Petchenik found that in five years, police made more than 1,700 similar arrests, but nearly 2/3 were thrown out by judges. Leonard said he was told he got his citation for being in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time. You do the math, but it seems that means police are making nearly 600 arrests a year on charges that don’t stick. That’s about 10 a week.

It may not a good idea to be hanging out in certain neighborhoods in the middle of the night, but who knew one of the biggest risks would be an arrest for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.