Monday Afternoon Dept of Blizzard Eve Fear!

First, how hilarious is it that Daniel Mongiardo announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate today but wouldn’t make himself available for television interviews?

The Hill thinks Crit Luallen is a man. It’s almost like they don’t know how to use the Google machine. And they obviously don’t know how to check their own archives for interviews that clearly state she’s a female. Nice job. [The Hill]

The Kentucky Folklife Program is collecting documentation of inaugural celebrations. It, along with the American Folklife Center, would like to receive a copy of recordings made between January 16 and January 25 to include in their collection of President Barack Obama’s inauguration records. Visit this site for required forms and mailing regulations to be submitted by February 26. Or for further assistance, contact KHS folklife program director Bob Gates at 502-564-1792 x 4481 or by email at [Press Release]

Governor Beshear is asking all state agencies for a 6.7% budget cut. This is getting nightmarish. [Mark Hebert]

The Kentucky Club for Growth links to our story about J. Marshall Hughes and says he’ll hold the line on taxes. Unfortunately, KCG neglects to mention that Hughes has a major problem paying his own taxes and has had several government liens placed against him.  Isn’t it boldly hypocritical to link to the story and avoid mentioning the content of the story itself? [KCG]

Joe Sonka was able to sum up Daniel Mongiardo’s campaign of homophobia and love of mountaintop removal in under 100 words. And it is, indeed, great news that Kim Geveden is running the show. [Barefoot & Progressive]

And the dirty librul media barons at LEO are reminding readers of Daniel Mongiardo and his past foibles. [LEO’s FatLip]

Can we put this rumor to rest? Andrew Horne is not running for the U.S. Senate. [BlueGrassRoots]

Governor Steve Beshear and the University of Louisville today announced a gift to create a renewable energy research center at the University. $20 million from Henry and Rebecca Conn. Henry Conn is a “senior executive advisor for corporations” and previously worked with A.T. Kearney, Tarkenton Conn & Co and TRW, Inc. [Stephenie Steitzer & C-J]

It’s ten years later and the first hand transplant still works. Rick has all the details from today’s press conference at Jewish Hospital. [The ‘Ville Voice]

OMG. Watch the Blagojevich clip from The View today if you get a chance. Joy Behar roughed him up and then messed up his hair! She tried to get him to do an impression of Richard Nixon. “I am not a crook!”  I knew I watched these hateful ladies for a reason.  That reason is today. [Huffington Post]

A large group of citizens in Lexington are urging Lexington Vice Mayor to run for Mayor in 2010. Join the Facebook group. [Jim Gray in 2010]

TGIF! Cold Will Return Way Too Soon

The weekend is finally here and we couldn’t be happier. We’ll be in meetings for most of the morning, so enjoy the few posts we’ve got scheduled.

In other news, Jennifer Moore attacked poor old Jim Bunning for attending the very Bluegrass Ball she attended. Quite the hypocrisy, really, considering she told people she only wanted to stick around as the now-disgraced KDP chair long enough to attend the balls herself. It’s too bad the Beshear Administration can’t find anyone to wants to be the new, non-disgraced chair. Otherwise she’d already have moved back to full-time ambulance chasing.

Deep thoughts on gambling in the Commonwealth of Kentucky: Greg Stumbo spent his time before the Licensing & Occupations Committee talking about being a Southern Baptist and how all the Southern Baptists are saying his video slot machine/racino bill really isn’t expanding gambling. We’d sure like to hear what some actual Southern Baptists think about that. Maybe a seminary student or two? [Just Wondering]

John Mark Toby, president of the state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention, certainly objects to Stumbo’s false claim that Southern Baptists are standing up in support of expanded gambling. [C-J]

Mitch McConnell is still terrified of organized labor and now Code Pink. [Politico]

It’s time for you to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana to help them find mentors for kids in need. So bowl for kids’ sake February 11th or 25th. [Clicky Clicky]

Yesterday Daniel Mongiardo filmed a Public Service Announcement about his experience with colon cancer at the VA Hospital in Louisville. Mongiardo discussed the importance of early detection, risk assessment testing and the need for widespread attentiveness to this often overlooked disease. We can’t help but wonder if he discussed colorectal cancer with the Hooters gals from yesterday. [Colon Cancer Prevention]

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Inaugural Celebration Giveaway Thanks

We owe a special debt of gratitude to the great folks at Sustain for their generosity. The green lifestyle store (3724 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville) provided us with awesome t-shirts and water bottles as a giveaway for our readership that couldn’t make it to Tuesday night’s celebration.

We stopped by the store recently and want to share some pictures we snapped in anticipation of their grand reopening planned for late February. The store is open right now, but will be stocking thousands of great new products over the next few weeks. So stay tuned for that.

Without further ado, take a look and stop by their store sometime.

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Wednesday Dept of New Presidenting

Thanks to all who attended the inaugural luncheon yesterday and to those who came out to the party last evening. Was definitely a success and tons of fun.

We’re getting a late start this morning, thanks to meetings, so we’ll share this gem of a comment left earlier: “Last night, Lewis Black, show 2, Wet Willie’s downtown Louisville…. (After much maligning of the term ‘Kentuckiana’)… “So what’s with Mitch McConnell anyway? He’s yours, right? What’s he storing in those cheeks?? Enough nuts for nuclear winter?” HAHAHA.

We were at our fancy party last night and couldn’t participate in John Yarmuth’s conference call. So we have to rely on a common reporter (hehe, we kid) to reveal that Yarmuth sais he believes we should investigate George W. Bush for war crimes. And for unauthorized eavesdropping and torture. He says Bush overstepped his power and should have sought congressional approval. Snap. [Mark Hebert]

Court of Appeals rules that Kentucky can’t shut out internet gambling sites. Maybe now the Beshear Administration will realize you can’t pull ignorant crap like this without knowing what you’re talking about? [The ‘Ville Voice]

This is what happens when a city government offers one cable provider a monopoly. [Fat Lip]

This opener from Halimah Abdullah is priceless: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans received a reception Tuesday that rivaled the frigid winter weather as thousands of inauguration attendees greeted GOP officials with boos, chants, hisses and — in some cases — stony silence. [Bluegrass Politics]

Human-induced global warming is real, according to a survey of 3,146 scientists. What nutbag will Jim Gooch drag out of a cave to deny it this time? [CNN]

This is either terrifying or hilarious. Barack Obama Chia Pets? Really? [AmericaBlog]

Some Letters to the Editor several mouth-breathers sent to LEO last week didn’t play so well to its readership. Check out all the reaction letters in this week’s edition. [LEO Weekly]

A Green Team Film For Kentucky

You may remember that the state is sponsoring a Green Team Film Festival, a project that will promote green living and film making in Kentucky.

There’s an impressive panel of judges (Ashley Judd, Gill Holland, Bob Edwards, Nappy Roots) and $1,000 prizes in each of three categories, the idea being that the films encourage energy savings and green living.Winners will be announced March 16.

That led to the creation of “The Collaborative” a group of five Louisville filmmakers who share an interest in film and share equipment to complete various projects.

One member of The Collaborative, Brennan Clark, entered and won a national contest to produce an Aquafresh toothpaste commercial, and was part of a team that won the local 48-Hour Film Festival. I met him at Monday’s Ville Voice Breakfast of Champions, where he agreed to film the event (we’ll have that for you soon!).

The Collaborative produced this PSA as its entry in the Kentucky Green Team Film Festival, and it’s pretty cool. Take a look:

Tuesday. More Trouble For the Governor’s Office.

Stay tuned for details about the inauguration party in Louisville. We’ll have more information later today. (It’s not our event, we’re just bringing it to your attention.)

Flashback: The governor sent his holiday cards out and they were paid for by his gubernatorial campaign. $458.80. [Bluegrass Politics]

In other news… peep this interesting internets machine picture of John McCain. [Wonkette]

More on lobbyists and the easy access they enjoy at the capitol. This time Cheves has emails from Adam Edelen and others, which are pretty fancy. But the fanciest? The ones from Ralph Coldiron. [John Cheves]

On Kentucky Tonight last evening, Senate President David Williams proposed a statewide smoking ban modeled after those in Louisville and Lexington. He urged the governor to push it. And now Republican heads are spinning like mad. [Page One]

King of the Tan in a Can and failed State Senate Candidate Doug Hawkins is still trying to scare people and get attention over a munitions storage facility near Cardinal Hill. [The ‘Ville Voice]

What? Jerry Abramson hasn’t made homelessness an issue? Imagine that. Everything is puppies and rainbows with him, obviously, and he’s never mentioned the epidemic in public. [C-J]

Operation Gooch is back in action. Everyone hide your coconut cakes and start complaining about the embarrassment that is Jim Gooch. Find out where your state representative stands on killing the environment by allowing this guy to remain in his committee chair. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Monday Afternoon Dept of Freezing to Death

You’ve read about Dave’s Towing and the illegal shenanigans going down in Louisville over the past few weeks so we won’t bore you to death with that mess. Other than to tell you that property manager/owner Dahlem is having tons of fun belittling us and attempting to spread misinformation. Does this mean they’re in cahoots with the towing company for kickbacks?

The village idiot is still killing Kentucky’s environment. Little by little, Greg Stumbo and Jim Gooch will continue to make us the laughing stock of the nation. [Page One]

Oh, did you know? We’re in all kinds of “trouble” because probable latent homosexual (alleged) Marty Cockring says so. He makes it so easy. Being obsessed and all, I mean. [Self-Haters]

Stories like this one involving a Tennessee man who was fired for being gay (the boss admitted it) make Marty squeal with glee. [PageOneQ]

St. Xavier High School in Louisville will hold a panel discussion on mountaintop removal this Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The school’s Environmental Club is the sponsor of the free event. St. X is located at 1609 Poplar Level Road. For more information, contact Michael Grantz at 502.552.0768 or email him at [Email]

A complete, categorized list of the George W. Bush failures. [Public Integrity]

Here’s another reminder: Don’t forget to watch Kentucky Tonight on KET tonight at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. Host Bill Goodman will discuss the state budget with Governor Steve Beshear, Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo. Viewers with questions may contact Will there be fireworks? We hope so! P.S. We hear the Governor wanted the broadcast to come from the Executive Mansion but David Williams rightfully put a stop to that mess. [Kentucky Tonight]

Oh, and Marty Cockring is probably right. This gambling/racino thing Stumbo is pushing is bound to fail. And it’s likely just a tax on the poor. Though, you’d never know for sure… because the Say No To Casinos release today provides zero facts and no sources, which would help them push their agenda a great deal. [Bluegrass Politics & SNTC]

Three student groups from Madison County are traveling to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of Barack Obama. [Richmond Register]