Patronage Alive and Well?

Look, we don’t often try to legitimize Brett Hall, but this is something worthy of discussion.

The man to see is Larry Hayes, the new secretary of the governor’s executive cabinet. That’s according to the executive order #2008-011 issued last Friday by Governor Steve Beshear.

Is it such a terrible thing that all personnel actions be approved by the Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet? Or is this budget “crisis” just a convenient tool for a newly reborn Democratic patronage system? No less than a dozen Democratic legislators have written us in outrage about the matter today.

Seriously, we want your opinion.

Tina Conner Back in Court

Can’t believe Hebert isn’t all over this.

Brandon Ortiz reports that Governor Paul Patton’s former mistress, Tina Conner, is attempting to reinstate her second lawsuit against Patton.

Conner’s attorney, Bill Jacobs, asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to reconsider during a hearing earlier today. Neither Conner nor Patton were in attendance.

There’s a joke in this somewhere…

Butcher Burbridge: Your Chance to Win

You’ve seen the ad on our site for weeks. History and Political Buffs: now’s your chance. Full Signal Media Group, LLC (the parent company of Page One) and the author of Butcher Burbridge, Bryan S. Bush, are giving away an autographed copy of the book to readers of our site.

Here’s how it works:

  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or have parental permission)
  • Leave a comment on this page with a valid email address at which we may contact you. You may use any screenname you like but a valid email address is required.
  • On Thursday, January 31, 2008 we’ll randomly select a commenter as winner of the book.
  • No strings attached. But it’d be nice if the winner could write a review for the author.

About the book:

Butcher Burbridge: Union General Stephen Burbridge and His Reign of Terror Over Kentucky

One of the most vilified and hated men during the Civil War in Kentucky had to be Kentucky born Union (brevet) Major General Stephen Gano Burbridge, but why have Kentuckian historians continued to cast him negatively?

More after the jump…

Read moreButcher Burbridge: Your Chance to Win

Pressure on the Gooch

We’re hearing through the grapevine (okay, a telephone call from D.C.) that Rep. Jim Gooch (D-Idiot) will be on the receiving end of national pressure to remove him from office.

Translation: You can expect lots of money if you run against Gooch in a primary. And that doesn’t include the massive fundraising drive we’d push.

So. Are you a resident of House District 12 (part of Hopkins, part of Daviess, McLean, Webster) who can read and/or write? Send us a message. You could replace Gooch in the state house.

Update: Frank Simon & Illegal Robocalls

Wow. The flood of information we have received since November 5 is overwhelming. Dozens of you wrote in to complain about the disgusting and homophobic robocalls falsely claiming to be from the Fairness Campaign. Most speculate that the calls have Frank Simon’s fingerprints all over them, as they use language Simon utilized in radio ads that scared Louisville’s West End.

Mark Hebert reports (via AP) that Rep. Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) proposes legislation to ban robocalls during elections. Hebert says, “I’m not sure banning the phone calls would stand up to a legal challenge but requiring the callers to identify themselves and disclose their organization would certainly be a step in the right direction.”

Well, kids, calls without disclaimers are already illegal:

While the homophobic calls attacking Steve Beshear were non-commercial, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 requires that all automated or prerecorded calls and messages comply with the following:

  1. All calls must at the beginning state the identity of the business, individual or other entity responsible for the call.
  2. At some point during or after the message the caller must provide the telephone number of the business, individual or other entity responsible for the call so you may contact them during normal business hours to be removed from their contact list.

The calls violated both of the above requirements. Click here for more information on the TCPA from the FCC.

It is also worth noting that in 2006 the TCPA was enforced against a company placing calls against Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin.

When AT&T gets their butt in gear by revealing the party responsible for the robocalls, we’ll report it so proper legal action may be taken. We’re sure the newly elected Attorney General would love to get his hands on the information.

Good Wishes, Good Food and Such

Perched high in our ivory tower of dirty liberal heathenism we send you warm wishes this Thanksgiving.

We’re thankful for the CD we won from Consuming Louisville. We *heart* Jose Gonzalez. Don’t let the darkness eat you up. And everyone add CL to your list of daily reads.

We’re thankful for being cancer-free another day.

We’re thankful for mountains of vegetarian food on this particular day.

We’re thankful for dogs who tear up our crap.

We’re thankful that everything in Iraq is puppies & rainbows.

We’re thankful for icanhascheezburger.com and toothpastefordinner.com. And this.

We’re thankful for dirty political scandals and wish there were more of them.

Oh– and we’re thankful for that time last year when a super-drunk Peppy Martin kept forgetting our name and spilled her Four Roses all over our new Ferragamos that probably cost more than her brightly-colored “dress.”

What are you thankful for?

Gallatin County repeals Sunday liquor sales, joins the middle ages

Very rarely (okay, we’re being kind) does something this absurd come down the pike. You read the headline correctly. Gallatin Co has repealed a two-year-old law allowing liquor sales on Sunday.

That’s right. Gallatin Co. In tourism-heavy Northern Kentucky. Has gone crazy.

We, like Tricia Houston, are blown away that people’s religious preferences are not just inhibiting progress in Kentucky but are pushing us back in time by a minimum of six decades.

Next week we’ll be discussing the merits of allowing women to show their faces in public.

Welcome to the stone age. Or Kabul. Or anywhere else where community leaders have stopped taking their meds.