Wednesday Dept of Sinking Approval Ratings

That’s right. We’re not calling in gay today. Though, we have eleventy billion different meetings, so we’re gonna be slow. Does that count?

More people disapprove of Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning than approve. Imagine that. McConnell has a 47% approval rating, 49% disapproval. Bunning has a 43% approval rating, 44% disapproval. 4.1% MOE. Maybe Mitch’s would suck less if he actually showed leadership on this terrible bailout issue? [WLEX]

Because this isn’t really what we’d call leadership. [Wall Street Journal]

Oh, the magic. So effing magical. Go read all these fancy excerpts from the Blagojevich indictment. OMG. We are in heaven. A children’s treasury, indeed. [Wonkette]

Is T. Boone Pickens’ wind energy plan a ponzi scheme? [Alternet]

Has the state cut SAFE Patrol programs? According to the Beshear Administration, they can neither confirm nor deny.  Or refuse to, rather. WTF? What’s there to hide? [Republicans]

And three Health and Family Services ombudsmen have disappeared. No one is talking. [Bluegrass Politics]

We’re always going to wonder why the Commonwealth won’t make state workers who have take-home vehicles pay a monthly fee. But we’re even more puzzled about why the City of Louisville provides the director of the Louisville Zoo with a car. [Mark Hebert]

Really? He still doesn’t know if he’ll propose a raise in the state’s ridiculously low cigarette tax? And meeting with legislators (can’t quite call Larry Clark and Harry Moberly “leaders”) without discussing what he plans to do about the budget shortfall? Wow. It’s almost like Steve Beshear has absolutely no one on helping him on the public relations front. [Tom Loftus]

Just because, go read this story about AIG giving managers millions in bonuses. The bailout is awesome. [Bloomberg]

Phil Osborne Should Disclose His Bias & Ties

Really, Phil?

Is this the road you really want to go down?

In any case, this is what we’re up against in promoting coal usage in the country:

Scroll down to December 4 entry that has Al Gore’s name in the headline. Watch the spot and then click on the Web site link under the screen. We’re under siege.

There’s a power plant in Maysville that burns coal and its stack emissions are lower than burning natural gas. There’s another under construction in Winchester that will be even cleaner. The Center for Applied Energy Research is on the verge of cracking the carbon issue once and for all. But does anyone know that?

Under siege? Really?

I guess you’re still bitter over not being able to work for your friend, Steve Beshear, because it’s unethical.

Maybe it’s because your cohort Preston got the job in the administration that you wanted, while you have to do things unofficially and unpaid?

Or maybe you’re bitter because you receive millions and millions from the coal lobby and will do anything in your power to silence people who present coherent, logical arguments that totally rip your ridiculous spin apart?

But if this is the road you want to go down?  We’ll go down that road.

Oh Snap Monday! Everybody’s Broke & On Meth

Did you know that sagging pants promotes a lifestyle of gangs, drugs, crime and violence? Yeah, that’s the ticket, crazy Judy Green. Get kids to pull up their sagging pants and everything bad will just disappear! This is one of the most absurd things we’ve read in a few days. When will someone with common sense run against this woman so the West End of Louisville can truly see some progress? [C-J]

Wow. Former LEO editor Cary Stemle’s being quoted all over the place. [Clarion Ledger]

Why is Joe Gerth now writing about Christmas shopping? We’re not even kidding. Are budget cuts this severe? This is what happens when you kill off half your staff at a major paper. The political guy ends up writing about shopping. [C-J]

OH MY GOD. The cover of Today’s Woman? REALLY? Hahahahaha. Can’t breathe. Laughter. Ouch. [Today’s Woman]

Betty Butterfield on Election 2008. [YouTube]

Louisville and Lexington are broke. Broke like Gary Coleman broke. So what should they cut? Chime in. [The ‘Ville Voice & Bluegrass Politics]

All right for a ridiculous catfight over “clean coal.” Don’t you love how some people have to make it about “God” and whether or not someone loves Kentucky enough? [Barefoot & Progressive]

Friday Night Dept of Slow News Crap

Yeah, what a slow news day. Right? Right.

So. Read this really fast-like and then go watch Comment at 8:00, because you have nothing better to do.

Really, who is writing this tripe? “The governor garnered tons of media attention this week working to save the auto industry and the state’s economy.” Really? [Politicker]

Mitch McConnell went into debt for his U.S. Senate win. $1.2million loan from BB&T and a $600,000 loan at 4% interest. Guess that’s what happens when you spend $19.2 million on a campaign.  Oh, and he got sweet financial deals at a time when, like, no one else could get a loan for something as cheap as a candy bar. [Politico]

Latest budget cut woes? Eliminating garbage can liners/trash bags. Effective December 10th, Public Works and Assets Facilities Management in Louisville will be discontinuing the use of garbage can liners in idividual offices. All employees are being asked to dispose of food waste in specially designated receptacles. According to an email blast sent to Louisville Metro Government employees, this is being done as an effort to “green” Metro Government while only saving a tiny bit of money. [Email Blast]

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has invited the Prevention Partnership of the Warrenn County Sheriff’s Office to perform in the 56th inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. Members of the groups will join representatives from across the country and our armed forces in the historic Pennsylvania Avenue parade after Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. [Press Release]

Something about this advertisement from the “Possibility City” advertising campaign just doesn’t sit well with us. It’s titled “Louisville Celebrates 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition.” Not sure what it is. Does anyone else feel awkward about it? Surely we haven’t become prudes in our old age. [YouTube]

Going to Frankfort tomorrow? You won’t want to miss Governor Steve Beshear (D-Needs A Better PR Team Or Something) and First Lady Jane Beshear (D-Fine Just The Way She Is) in the 60th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony. Parade begins at 5:30 P.M. at Broadway and Ann Streets in Frankfort. The tree lighting begins at 6:45 P.M. at the State Capitol. There will be collection bins along the parade route for anyone who brings non-perishable canned goos to donate to need families, so, DO IT OR ELSE. Even if you’re starving and broke? You can afford to give away that $0.50 can of beans from the back of your pantry. [Press Release]

Hey Ladies! It’s Thursday Afternoon & Boring!

We know you have nothing better to do than read this fancy website while you listen to Ray LaMontagne croon out a song about Meg White. We know how it is. So don’t even act like you’re doing anything important.

Hot! Our childhood favorite, Fort Boonsborough State Park, now has an online store! All of our friends are going to hate us because you know we’re going to buy them all kinds of crap. [18th Century Store]

Mayor for Life and Steve Beshear are Captains Obvious. The two released a joint statement this afternoon saying that the automotive industry is vital to the economies of both Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. “We cannot let the automotive industry fail,” Beshear said. “It would be devastating to Kentucky’s economy – and to Louisville’s vitality.” … “Ford has a plan for its future, both nationally and in Louisville,” Abramson said. “It’s about making smaller, more fuel efficient cars – and it’s about making them in our hometown.” We’re not sure a press release was necessary? We already knew that the two of them were supporting the disastrous auto “bailout.” Yay for shooting blanks. [Press Release]

How does the Pickens Plan affect Kentucky? [Clicky Clicky]

Are you watching this hot mess of a fight going down between Jerry Abramson and Louisville’s Metro Council? Crooked Jim King is cooking up backroom deals while giving council Republicans the upper hand. Nice. [The ‘Ville Voice]

We love this fight between money bags Leonard Lawson and the feds. Cold cash on the cod? Give a man a fish? WHAT! We love this and think it should be a reality television series on KET. [Stephenie Steitzer]

Remember the Ann Gotlib case from 1983? Po-leece are gonna announce new developments this afternoon. [C-J]

Your Afternoon Dept of Faux MTR Experts

Jesus. In a guitar. What a miracle. [CNN Video]

Send holiday mail to soldiers abroad! Must be postmarked by December 10th. [Red Cross]

How sweet! Mitch McConnell and Steve Beshear had a fancy meeting today in Warshington. [Trey Pollard]

Al Franken is now ahead in Homosota. [TPM]

Now-disgraced chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party Jennifer Moore is better than Matt Stoller. What! [Barefoot & Progressive]

Must be a super-slow news day. Mainstreamers are jumping on the story of the Courier-Journal’s demise literally months after Rick jumped on it. [Joe Arnold]

Isn’t it great how idiots like Keith Hall think you can’t comment on something unless you live it 24/7? Interesting, since people like him always have something to say about how terrible the gays or or how terrible us big city folk are. [More Trey Pollard]

Millions of years later, General Romeo Dallaire is being taken seriously at the United Nations. 14 years too late. It’s almost as if UN Members finally read Dallaire’s book or something. We’ve spent time in Rwanda and are pleased that the world is finally talking about the genocide there. Watch Christiane Amanpour’s “Scream Bloody Murder” tomorrow at 9:00 P.M. on the CNN teevee. [CNN & More CNN]