Oh Snap! Monday. Updates. Mexicans. Dougie.

Everyone is pissed that the Beshear Misadministration is acting all open and happy and such. But the crew is really more restrictive than Ernie Fletcher or whatever. At least everyone can spend all day every day reading Page One. [Ralph Long]

Are you black or female? Probably not if you’re an elected official in Kentucky. Apparently it takes Barack Obama for our state’s newspapers to realize we’re a little backwater in the Bluegrass. Woops. [H-L]

Bill Clinton in Morehead and such. Dozens and dozens of jokes commence. And no, we probably won’t be able to drive the six hundred hours back home to see him on Tuesday. Basically, eastern Kentucky is going to prematurely you-know-what all over the place because the savior is visiting. It’ll be worse than Jim Gooch at a Shoney’s buffet. Ugh. Unclean. [C-J, PolWatchers]

Lexington hates mexicans, Doug Hawkins (R-Collagen-Lipped Protector of our White Women) should move there. Long story short: some dudes rented to some mexicans and the courts went crazy, ACLU got involved. Moral of the story: renting to mexicans is bad for you if you’re a landlord in Lexington. [H-L]

The centralized pocket of freepers in Louisville still use the tired argument that only Democrats raise taxes and cost us money. (See the letter: “Taxes going up? Democrats must be in charge”) Some concern troll wrote a letter to the Courier-Journal proclaiming that the end is nigh because anyone would have the audacity to raise the cancer stick tax. [C-J]

Florida resident and Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield penned an op-ed for the Courier-Journal detailing the important (please, hold your laughter) work he’s done to stop doping in major league sports. Yeah, that’s what the residents of the first district are worried about. [C-J]

Mainstream Jumps on Blog Ban Story We Broke

PolWatchers, Mark Hebert, et al have jumped on the journo bandwagon about Governor Steve Beshear and the Commonwealth Office of Technology putting an end to BloggerGate, which we were the first to break news of yesterday.

From PolWatchers:

State ends block on blogs

Reversing a policy set by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, state-owned computers used by executive branch employees can now access blogs, said Jill Midkiff, spokeswoman for the Finance and Administration Cabinet.

From Hebert:

Welcome Back State Workers!!!!

State government employees will once again be able to read this political blog and others courtesy of the new governor.

Governor Steve Beshear has lifted the block on state computers’ access to political web sites.
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But Beshear spokesman Dick Brown says allowing access to the political sites is “the right thing to do.” Brown says the governor trusts state employees to know what’s an appropriate use of their state computer and keeping information from them was not the right thing to do.

Interesting to note that only one member of the mainstream media bothered to give credit to the outlet originally breaking the story:

Ban On Blogs Bombed By Beshear???

PageOneKentucky is reporting that Gov. Beshear is in the process of lifting the ban on access to political blogs from state government computers.

Of course we’re bitter. We have giant egos. Heck, even the Republicans know how to give proper credit.

Thursday Updates. Rain Has Stopped Edition!

Here’s why we didn’t know who Sheila Berman is: like zero lawyers in Louisville know who she is. 540 (72.6%) our of 744 total voted that they “Don’t Know” Berman. Hopefully she can change that with a little politicking. [Hebert]

David Adams of Kentucky Progress calls on the governor and COT to leave his site blocked by state computers. We think it’s silly because it’s not like state employees will ever get timely news from anyone in the media anywhere in the state. Blogs should be treated like any other website and if an employee abuses their internet privies, then they should be canned or whatever. And like Ralph Long says, commenting on our site shouldn’t be treated the same as watching porn on your office computer. [KY Progress, Ralph Long]

A letter writer to the Courier-Journal says Bruce Lunsford is ‘no friend of labor’ and attacks th AFL-CIO for endorsing him. Here’s part of what he had to say, “Bruce Lunsford is not a friend of working people — he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I’ll paraphrase what I wrote in this very forum during last year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. If you want to be sure we’ll have a Republican senator in Mitch McConnell’s seat next year, then vote for Bruce Lunsford in the Democratic primary. Then, you’ll have a choice of two Republicans to vote for in November.” [C-J]

Brett Hall, who usually just makes shit up, has discovered Google Alerts and now does a daily round-up of sorts. We don’t know anyone else who does that. [Brett Hall]

Unka Dick Cheney will be in Lexington on March 31 to raise money for second district congressional candidate Brett Guthrie. We’d be more excited if Karl Rove was coming back. Also, when is someone gonna use Ann Coulter as a fundraiser? Or maybe oil tanker Condi Rice? We’d be there in a heartbeat. [H-L]

Breaking: COT, Governor Lift Blog Ban

We hear through the upper-level grapevine that Governor Steve Beshear and COT are removing the block on blogs for state employees beginning this afternoon.

Our source tells us a strict policy will be implemented to keep state employees from wasting time during working hours. We’ll keep track of traffic over the coming weeks to determine if there’s a huge flood of state worker readership.

The big thing here is that the administration finally realizes a lot of people need access to blogs like this one to get news they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

Pork Barrel McConnell Still Pushes Immunity

What the hell is with Mitch McConnell STILL pushing for telecom immunity in the wake of the ILLEGAL wiretapping the Bush Administration pushed after the terra-ist attacks of September 11, 2001?

Why can’t these major corporations defend themselves? Why do they get to hide behind George Dubya’s crew and people like Senator McConnell? Why shouldn’t the entire country get to find out what sixteen telecom providers did that may or may not have been illegal and in violation of the very freedoms that make this country a country?

From the CNN Money feed:

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. House of Representatives approved with a 213-to-197 vote Friday legislation that would allow telephone companies to use secret court proceedings to defend themselves from civil lawsuits for their alleged participation in the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.
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The administration has confirmed the existence of a warrantless wiretapping program in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, but has never confirmed the participation of phone companies such as AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ).
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the bill “irresponsible, ” saying it had no chance of being signed into law.

“This bill…has set back every effort the Senate made on a bipartisan basis to enact responsible national security legislation this year,” McConnell said.

The House-passed bill differs from the blanket immunity that would be granted telephone companies in a Senate version of the bill and being demanded by the White House.

Pop Quiz: Guess Who

Kentucky Democrats never cease to amaze us. And embarrass us. And tick us off. And cause us to almost start flame wars. And incite laugh riots with our beautiful and perfect Republican trophy wives.

So, the juicy juicy… Which prominent state representative from Louisville along with a well-known confidant (who can’t stand personal criticism) of the most ineffective Speaker in state house history literally FREAKED OUT (queened out?) at a Louisville television station over a story they did about this? We love love love Joni, but come on.

We’re talking threats of retribution, lawsuits, potential complaints with the FCC, investigations digging into advertiser-influenced journalism (hello, Courier-Journal anyone?). All because the station reported the facts in a way that raised eyebrows and caused people to ask uncomfortable questions. Heck, it even pissed us off.  But come on.

Hint: The confidant got super-upset when we loosely mentioned his name a few weeks ago and had no fewer than four influential friends call us up to make us feel uncomfortable. In addition to having his old ladies accost us at the Ford Dinner.

We wish Democrats would learn to keep their petty bickering and threatening within their own circle of friends. Taking frustrations out on a news organization (or handsome and intelligent young blogger) for reporting something you disagree with or just plain don’t like is childish and embarrassing. It’s something we would totally do and there’s no reason to stoop to our level. Get off ya hissy hump, gurls. Stop making threats and go out on a date or whatever. It’s just politics and news that maybe fifteen people pay attention to.

Okay. Begin wildly speculating in the comments, kids. It’s an evening for drama.

Another Idiot Wants to Ban Free Speech

Seriously, how goddamn stupid are our legislators? No, I’m not apologizing for the language.

Idiot Rep. Tim Couch (R-Jim Gooch Wannabe) wants to require anyone who posts comments on a website to register their real name. Would also require folks like us who operate websites to disclose personal information about our readers/commenters or face fines from $500 to $1,000.

If filing the legislation wasn’t bad enough, Couch readily admits to wasting time, something Frankfort seems to be good at these days:

Couch on Wednesday readily acknowledged that his bill raises First Amendment issues regarding free speech, so he won’t be pushing it. But he wanted to call attention to the phenomenon of unkind and often untrue comments about people being posted online by Kentuckians hiding behind the cloak of anonymity.

Words of advice: If you can’t take the heat? DO NOT ENTER POLITICS. Period. End of story.