Stupidity: Conquering Louisville Today, Tomorrow the World!

Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw’s office has known for three years that social security numbers and other sensitive information is readily available via her website. Ready for the picking by everyone (okay, by every thief) on these internets. And she’s done nothing about it.

That’s kind of a big deal.

LEO’s Stephen George takes Holsclaw, a Republican, to task for doing little to remedy the security nightmare on her hands. And we hear from our own sources that Holsclaw has repeatedly said that it’s not a big deal, that it’s already been hashed out, it’s old news, etc. Hoo boy. Wonder if she smells like turnips since she obviously just fell off the truck.

Anyway. Have a read of Stephen’s story this week.

It is at least curious, if not downright alarming, that there are thousands upon thousands of Social Security numbers available for free, through the unsecured Web site of the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office. They are there among scads of notarized documents viewable in handy PDF format, things you’d probably be surprised to learn are actually public record: Your will might be there, for instance, or a mortgage agreement or the deed to your house. Your signature could appear in multiple formats.

Perhaps even more disconcerting, however, is the fact that thousands of perfectly valid Social Security numbers currently being used by actual people show up on pages of search results — there is no need to download an actual document. The numbers are right there, along with names and addresses. They show up only when certain search criteria are selected; however, it is not difficult to imagine a would-be identity thief with a few drops of Internet savvy figuring out how to piece together a name, date of birth, Social Security number, home address and signature.

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Jim Gooch: Embarrassment, Should be Ousted

Rep. Jim Gooch needs to resign immediately. If he doesn’t, we’ll spend our own money fielding a primary challenger for the Western Kentucky democrat. Gooch is an example of House Speaker Jody Richards’ failed leadership. He should never have been appointed.

He got his ass handed to him on Good Morning America this weekend. What an embarrassment.

Here are some highlights. Try not to laugh when the host makes him look like an absolute fool. We especially love when he’s called out for personally benefiting from his votes as a coal industry hack.




Don’t forget: You can call Gooch to express your outrage at his stupidity.Who wants to run against him in the primary? Anyone from Hopkins, McLean, Webster or Daviess counties want to step up to the plate? We’ll help you raise money. Shoot me an e-mail if you’re interested.

Finger Pointing on Medco

Let’s point some fingers:

Louisville and the rest of Kentucky lost out on a major new employer because the Kentucky Pharmacy Board flat out failed to move on a regulation that would have made it possible for Medco Health Solutions Inc. to bring 1,300 jobs to the city. Instead, those jobs are going to Indiana, despite the fact that Kentucky’s incentive package was better ($30 million vs. $18.5 million). Pharmacy Board Executive Director Mike Burleson, according to the C-J, “didn’t realize how fast Medco needed the board to act.”

Burleson, appointed to his position in 2004 by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, told the C-J he wanted to protect the safety of patients. That was an extremely weak excuse, in the face of evidence to the contrary, for Kentucky’s slow pace in changing regulations that would have permitted Medco to operate here. Indiana’s board made the changes quickly without controversy.

Fletcher deserves some blame here, too. While Indiana’s Mitch Daniels was personally involved in negotiating with the company, Fletcher never talked with company officials. Expect more evidence of Fletcher gubernatorial incompetence to be made public, given that Fletcher spent the last year of his term fighting for his political life.

The Medco efforts by Kentucky economic development officials, it seems, were exemplary. It was an opportunity that doesn’t come along often, and Kentucky blew it, after a year’s effort, because of the incompetent actions of the Pharmacy Board.

Steve Beshear’s economic development message, during the campaign, was that too many incentives were being given to out-of-state companies, that the state needs to develop more in-state companies. That’s not the right solution, either. Beshear needs to make sure that this kind of mistake doesn’t happen during his watch. It’s a leadership issue. Daniels is a better leader than Fletcher. Indiana won. Kentucky lost. The contest was more important than any college rivalry.

Let’s hope Beshear replaces Burleson as E.D. of the Pharmacy Board, and insists that state government agencies get with the economic development program. When mistakes of this magnitude occur, heads must roll.

Jim Gooch: The Nut that Keeps On Giving

Democratic Rep. Jim Gooch brought his weird in-denial-about-global-warming circus to Frankfort last week. And we’ve all thrown up a little in our mouths as a result. But who thought he was crazier than he seemed a few days ago?

We didn’t talk much about one of Gooch’s “experts” last week, Lord Christopher Monckton, a guy who calls himself a journalist. Monckton has an interesting past and an obscure world view on things like holding insane beliefs about HIV/AIDS. In John Cheves’ Herald-Leader story about Gooch (Nov 15th) we learn a bit about Monckton’s stance:

Lord Christopher Monckton, the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is a British journalist and onetime adviser to then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Monckton generated controversy during the 1980s with his recommendation — which he repeated for lawmakers yesterday — that people diagnosed with HIV or AIDS be locked up for life.

“Twenty years ago we could have stopped this disease from spreading worldwide by treating it just like any other fatal, infectious disease, by making it notifiable, so people who got it were isolated — and in the kindest and nicest way — but isolated so they couldn’t spread it to everybody else,” he said.

Eyes bulging out of their sockets? How does one begin to break down the serious holes in that logic?

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Governors Take the Lead on Climate Change

As a refreshing contrast to the lunacy of Democratic Rep. Jim Gooch, take a look at this ad featuring three prominent governors:

Arnold Schwarzenegger- California – Republican
Brian Schweitzer – Montana – Democrat
Joe Huntsman, Jr. – Utah – Republican

That’s right. Two Republican governors speaking out about global warming and greenhouse gases. Literally urging Congress to curb pollution. While here in Kentucky we have ignorant tools parading around like it’s the year 1950.

Leaves you wondering what cave Gooch has been hiding in.

Here’s the spot:




(thanks to Jim Welp)

Is the Gooch Idiocy Contagious?

Rep. Jim GoochWe hope not! Because Jimmyboy is proving he is uneducated and an embarrassment to every citizen in the Bluegrass State.

Kentucky’s elected officials have once again put their stupidity on display for the entire world to see. Rep. Jim Gooch brought in two hand-selected idiots to deny global warming. We fully expect this man to tell us the world is flat in the coming days.

What’s that, Jim Gooch? You’re a DINO? What? You want to publicly be called a fool?

Okay. Jim Gooch is a DINO fool and everyone in Kentucky should be ashamed that this idiot is a Democratically elected state representative.

Please put us out of our misery.

UPDATE: John Cheves has a detailed story on the idiot Gooch and his little circus.

FRANKFORT — Global warming is a myth concocted by former Vice President Al Gore, the United Nations, Hollywood and the news media, Kentucky lawmakers were told yesterday.

Chairman Jim Gooch, D-Providence, a longtime ally of the coal industry, said he purposefully did not invite anyone who believes in global warming to testify.

“You can only hear that the sky is falling so many times,” said Gooch, whose post makes him the House Democrats’ chief environmental strategist. “We hear it every day from the news media, from the colleges, from Hollywood.”

Neither of Gooch’s invited panelists was a scientist.

No scientists. Why? Gooch says Kentucky has none and there’s no way we’d be able to get a big, scary scientist to come to Kentucky. To think this man is a member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

What on earth! Is this the best Western Kentucky has to offer? Someone needs to run against this man as soon as humanly possible. COME ON!

We encourage you to call and e-mail Gooch HERE to let him know how much of an embarrassment he is. Maybe provide him with a fact or two.