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.

Tina Conner Back in Court

Can’t believe Hebert isn’t all over this.

Brandon Ortiz reports that Governor Paul Patton’s former mistress, Tina Conner, is attempting to reinstate her second lawsuit against Patton.

Conner’s attorney, Bill Jacobs, asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to reconsider during a hearing earlier today. Neither Conner nor Patton were in attendance.

There’s a joke in this somewhere…

A Jim Gooch Funny

Ryan Alessi cracks us up again with his story about the opening of the 2008 General Assembly in Frankfort today.

With 60 degree temperatures in Frankfort, the biggest difference between the 2008 General Assembly in its infancy and past sessions is the weather.

“I think you would all agree that global warming has hit inside this room,” Richards quipped.

Rep. Jim Gooch, the House natural resources and environment committee chairman, who held a controversial hearing on that subject last fall didn’t look up from his paperwork to acknowledge Richards’ remark.

The denial of something so major and obvious has undoubtedly made it difficult for Jim Gooch to know when people are poking fun at his embarrassing presence in the state house.

Dumbing Things Down for the Lazy

As much as we question the mission and credibility of the Bluegrass Institute, this can’t be overlooked.

Kentucky’s neighboring states are in the process of lowering standards for college freshmen so they may continue to receive lottery merit scholarships. And many in Kentucky are considering similar measures because some forty percent of freshmen in the Bluegrass are losing their state lottery scholarships because they can’t maintain a lowly and embarrassing 2.5 GPA.

Yay! Maintaining our reputation for being dumb and toothless/shoeless.

Louisville Ready to Blow It?

After a judge’s ruling last Friday threw out Louisville’s smoking ban, local government officials seemed to make all the right moves. Mayor Jerry Abramson (who can’t decide if he supports a ban or not) immediately called for passing a new ban, minus a Churchill Downs exemption that created the legal loophole Judge Stephen Ryan cited for overturning the ordinance. Members of the Metro Council all seemed to be in agreement.

Most businesses, though there are exceptions, didn’t react to Friday’s news by putting out ash trays.

Then all hell broke loose.

Changes requested by the Health Department and the county attorney’s office may complicate the ban’s smooth path to passage. The Health Department wants to raise fines for those caught defying the ban, and the county attorney’s office wants to put more responsibility on the backs of building owners.

Those changes brought plenty of confusion into what should be a simple task — passing the original ban without the Churchill Downs exemption.

The law goes to the Health and Human Services Committee. Let’s hope that group does the right thing and drops the changes and brings forth the original wording. That’s the smoothest path to passage.

Louisville Lights Up… For Now

The city of Louisville took a step backward today when Judge Stephen Ryan threw out the city’s smoking ban. It’s a victory for the Metro Louisville Hospitality Coalition, which wasted no time in advising its members to begin encouraging guests to light up. Here’s an early story from the C-J.

Here’s a copy of the order, released this morning.

Without doubt, this story will dominate local headlines throughout the Christmas season. It should. And this is a case in which the city should take immediate action. It appears to be doing so.

Local government officials, operating on Holiday mode after a lengthy Metro Council meeting last night, have not been able to assemble for an emergency meeting. In order to pass the ban again, without the Churchill Downs exemption that provided a loophole for ban opponents, it must have 18 members present and 18 votes. Some Council members have left town, some are leaving today.

More after the jump…

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