A Spade’s a Spade

Why is it no one officially involved with the Kentucky Democratic Party will criticize one of their own? Why are elected Democrats afraid to call a phobe a phobe? What’s the deal with being absolutely petrified of discussing Todd Hollenbach’s insane and public approval of bigot Frank Simon?

Who knows. But it cracks us up to watch those in the minority nervously change the subject when they’re asked to comment on something as serious as Hollenbach’s actions or lack thereof. While admirable that Sen. Ernesto Scorsone has overcome great adversity and stands proudly with his Party, it boggles the mind to think he’d be apologetic for the treasurer-elect’s decision to support ignorance.

I also asked him … why no one in the KDP criticized Todd Hollenbach for not publicly renouncing the endorsement of homophobe hate-monger Frank Simon. He gave the expected criticism of Simon, but unfortunately fell back on the same defense of Hollenbach and refusal to criticize him for not renouncing the endorsement. I’m just baffled by this response that I get from everyone in the KDP. If you’re not willing to criticize one of your own members for associating with Frank Simon, when on earth would you? Baffling.

And before anyone gets all up in a huff by e-mailing us, calling family and all-around freaking out? Todd was afraid to publicly denounce his endorsement from Frank Simon and sent letters to media big dogs making that quite clear.

Will we ever see the day when Democrats in Kentucky aren’t afraid to speak openly and honestly? Let’s hope so.

Creation Museum: Not Safe for Children

James Willmot, a writer on the right side of science (aka not ignorant) penned a lengthy op-ed for the Courier-Journal today about the Creation Museum in Boone County and the damage being done to school-age children everywhere. Not to mention the damage being done to Kentucky’s already waning reputation as a shoe-free society.

And we’re not talking about injuries on the saddle-clad dinosaurs. Or even the trauma caused upon learning the museum’s model for “Adam” is a gay porn star.

All right for killing test scores and common sense!

There is a great educational injustice being inflicted upon thousands of children in this country, a large percentage of whom come from the Kentucky, Ohio and, Indiana areas. The source of this injustice is a sophisticated Christian ministry that uses the hook of dinosaurs, the guarantee of an afterlife, and the horrors of hell to convince children and their families to believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible. The tax-exempt ministry, Answers in Genesis, and its new $28 million creation museum in Boone County has become the de facto source of science information to thousands of Christians who are throwing away reason and 500 years of scientific inquiry and replacing it with ignorant dogma.

These kids are learning that despite a fossil record that clearly shows a progression of simple life forms becoming more complex life forms over billions of years (the first bacteria are believed to have established themselves approximately 3.8 billion years ago), they are taught that the first man was made from clay and that the first woman was made from the man’s rib. Instead of learning that the process of natural selection, over 3,800 millions of years, has changed populations of organisms into the approximately 10 million species (conservative estimate) that inhabit the Earth today, they are taught the “poof” theory of creationism.

Don’t forget to check out Joe Sonka’s photographic tour of the “museum” from June.

You know the C-J has struck a chord when the nuts come out on their forum. This article has definitely struck a chord. Go read all the crazy messages.

Political Future? What? How bout the political past

Joe Biesk had a great story yesterday about Ernie Fletcher’s political future. The real meat of the story, though, is Ernie’s legacy. Rather, the events forever burned into memory that either cracked us up or horrified the world.

The “merit fiasco,” Hunter Bates inability to run for office because he wasn’t a Kentuckian, the U.S. Capitol airplane scare during Saint Ronnie’s funeral, the state health insurance disaster that nearly led to a massive strike, and his desire to bust up every union in the state with anti-union legislation. My, what an interesting legacy Ernest Lee leaves. He’ll never be forgotten.

Check it all out here.

Allison Patrick: Used Car Saleswoman

Reading conservative blogs pays off. For real.

From Brett Hall:

Allie Patrick, the 22 year-old fiancée of Lieutenant Governor-elect Dan Mongiardo, is running in an online contest for a job selling used automobiles on Lexington TV. In her show audition today, Patrick appeared on Courtesy Pontiac-Acura’s Courtesy on Wheels show on WDKY TV, Lexington’s FOX affiliate. The show features host Dan Glass, along with a female hostess, hawking used cars that roll by in front of viewers. The auto dealership is conducting an online poll for a new show hostess in conjunction with audition appearances by several contestants.

Got that? This is what we have to look forward to. Four years (or until Dan Mongiardo runs for the U.S. Senate in 2010) of Allison Patrick selling using cars on television. Is she an HFH in the making? If Patrick and Mongiardo eventually get married… will she be allowed to remain on the tube? Will she do voice-overs for Insight? Maybe pose with a milk jug or two?

There’s no way this one can stay out of the news for long.

Peep the goods for yourself:

An OMG Moment: David L. Williams for U.S. Senate

Mark Hebert reports that David L. Williams is running for the United States Senate (see filing here) against Mitch McConnell. Williams just lost to Richie Farmer by a billion points in the race for Agriculture Commissioner.

His candidacy was such an embarrassment for the Kentucky Democratic Party that it refused to include him in literature and avoided mentioning his name at public events. What on earth could possibly make Williams think anyone could take him politically seriously?

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.