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Fletcher switching gears? Ronnie Ellis suggests Ernest Lee could be moving on to social issues like Jesus, abortion, guns and THE GAYS. OMG!!11! The gays are coming! The gubnuh will save us! [Richmond Register]

Performance and transparency are a bitch. Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen released a– get this– an audit (of all things) of the High-Tech Construction Pool and High-Tech Investment Pool. While the groups are allegedly funding quality projects? A commission established to monitor the effectiveness of new economic programs has not met since 2003. [Auditor]

Not surprising. The C-J reports home foreclosures in Kentucky will hit record highs. Jefferson County is projected to have 3,125 foreclosure auctions ordered by judges this year, up from last year’s record of 2,710. Bush’s economy is just wonderful. [C-J]

McConnell screws college kids again. The senator was one of just 11 Republicans voting against bringing down college costs. The College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 is the largest student aid investment since the GI Bill. The bill, which McConnell opposed, offers a debt forgiveness program that benefits nurses, teachers and law enforcement. [DSCC]

Almost got the story correct. Joe Gerth reports on the Insight-McConnell matter. He missed that Insight has contributed more than $17,000 to McConnell (far greater than the $10K he quotes). McConnell’s staff still insists that it matters that the iPod-like audio devices shipped to Afghanistan used encrypted audio files. It may come as a surprise to some non-geeks, but, uh, nearly all portable audio players– especially the iPod– use encrypted audio and it has no bearing on what the devices were used for. [C-J]

Update: And the donors are…

An update to the Freedom’s Watch story.

The financiers of the crazed group are a Who’s Who of former Bush ambassadors.

Check it:

  • Anthony Gioia, former ambassador to Malta
  • Kevin Moley, U.S. Permanent Rep to the UN, former VP of PCS Health Systems
  • Mel Sembler, former ambassador to Italy
  • Howard Leach, former ambassador to France, original Bush Pioneer
  • Dr. John Templeton
  • Edward Snider
  • Sheldon Adelson, 3rd-richest American, casino mogul
  • Richard Fox
  • Ari Fleischer, former Bush mouthpiece
  • Gary Erlbaum
  • Matt Brooks

These guys really have the nation’s best interests at heart!

Fabricated Support of Hypocrites

By now you’ve all see the Freedom’s Watch ads which use fear in an attempt to drum up support for the death trap that is Iraq. At the end of the 30-second spot you’re urged to call your elected officials in Washington with a number provided on the screen. It turns out that number rings at a call center (contracted by Freedom’s Watch) which exists to transfer your calls to Congress. The catch? They only transfer callers who support the war.

Americans United for Change recorded one of the calls and is sharing it with the world. See for yourself.

If the ads themselves weren’t filled with enough hypocrisy for you, this should break the bank.

Credit to Open KY

New Ad: Instilling Fear in Kentuckians

Conservative group Freedom’s Watch today launched ads in Kentucky in support of the Iraq War.

In the ad, the group uses the mother of a solider killed in Iraq to tell viewers another 9/11 attack will occur if we change course.

See the ad for yourself:


The organization’s website says they’ll be spending $15 million through mid-September.

Call us crazy, but apparently some have forgotten that Iraq wasn’t responsible for what occured on September 11, 2001.

UPDATE: Ari Fleischer is heading the group. Here you may examine a chart of the ad buy. They’re spending over $260,000 in Louisville and Lexington alone.

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