Bluegrass Racism Resurfaces in Washington Post

Yeah, that’s right. This issue refuses to die.

Richard Cohen penned an Op-Ed for the paper today discussing what he has grown to hate about the Democratic Presidential Primary. Can’t say we disagree with him too much.

I loathe above all the resurgence of racism — or maybe it is merely my appreciation of the fact that it is wider and deeper than I thought. I am stunned by the numbers of people who have come out to vote against Barack Obama because he is black. I am even more stunned that many of these people have no compunction about telling a pollster they voted on account of race — one in five whites in Kentucky, for instance. Those voters didn’t even know enough to lie, which is what, if you look at the numbers, others probably did in other states. Such honesty ought to be commendable. It is, instead, frightening.

This is getting old. Or maybe it’s just another sign that ending racism and racial discrimination really could start within the ranks of the Kentucky Democratic Party?

The KDP needs to work on things. And no, Jennifer, you can’t explain this one away. We have to accept it so we can then deal with it. No more sitting in denial. That’s what has kept Kentucky in the dark.

And speaking of racism, how do you feel about condoning this crazy woman’s remarks? I wouldn’t call her a “brave Democrat” or insinuate that her language is okay because it’s “what a lot of Americans are thinking.”

Brave Nation of Half-Literate Blog Commenters!

Ken Layne is the most awesomester blogger on the internets ever. He is the head honcho of Wonkette and such and he’s more smrter than all Hilltards, Paultards, Obamatards and McCaintards combined.

So anyway, Ken wrote this hilariously scary column yesterday about how awesome internet commenters are and how we’ll all be viewed far, far in the future as a result of their idiocy.

So spot-on.

At this point, it’s incredible to consider that some people haven’t made up their minds. It’s incredible that Hillary is still drunkenly running for president of Earth, that Smooth Barry Obama has won the nomination but has to continue campaigning for it, that a senile old fraud like John McCain is the nominee of any major party, that delusional attention whore Ralph Nader is running again, that an anti-libertarian hack like Bob Barr is the libertarian nominee, and that the libertarian candidate (Ron Paul) is sitting out the race despite amassing a fortune in campaign contributions and a delirious following.

But what’s most incredible, to me, as a person who writes about this garbage for a living, is that it doesn’t matter at all what I write about, because the comments will be an insane half-literate string of racist nonsense and startling ignorance that has nothing to do with the subject of this post.


When space-monster archaeologists visit the ruins of Earth, they’ll find a very detailed record of the 2008 campaign, preserved in the browser cache files on millions of computer hard drives. They will marvel at three-paragraph AP stories posted on CNN that somehow elicit 500 comments that have nothing to do with the story. They will wonder why so many people who can’t type, spell or put together a coherent sentence nonetheless composed thousand-word freakouts about things they don’t understand. But mostly, the aliens will laugh at the outrageous idiocy that defined America’s voters just before the world ended…

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Oh Snap Monday! Cicadas Are Maneaters Edition

Campaign signs are really upsetting some folks in Bowling Green. Primarily those of Greg Fischer. We’re not harping, just sharing this link. But it’s interesting that Warren County is considering an ordinance to tightly restrict campaign signs after the recent primary because of illegally placed signs from a few candidates: Brett Guthrie and Greg Fischer. Most of Boswell’s signs quickly disappeared after the primary, but Fischer’s are still up, Gaines said. “He’s all over the county,” he said. [Bowling Green Daily News]

Theeeeeeey’re back! The cicadas! We’ve all gotta move far, far away for several months or our nerves will be entirely shot. The 17-year buggers are popping up everywhere and we just know we’re all going to go crazy. The streets and sidewalks are sure to be crunchy in no time. Please do not eat these creatures of the devil like the article suggests or you will be cast into hell where you will rot forever. [C-J]

According to Brett Hall, the economy is getting greener and it only helps Republicans like John McCain. Unemployment rates are fine (even though everyone has six jobs at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart), inflation has only flared up a bit (even though everything has doubled in price) and we’re not in a recession because we aren’t experiencing fuel shortages. Also, be sure to check out the story he’s just now jumping on about Michelle Obama screaming “whitey” or something. Makes perfect sense that a candidate for governor in AL would want to hire him up, doesn’t it? [Brett Hall]

Guess it’s just coincidental propaganda that the Herald-Leader a top story headlined “Food and gasoline: Soaring prices hit the poor hardest.” on the same day, right? The consumer price index for food that rose five percent last year has nothing to do with it, of course. Nothing to do gas prices. Nothing to do with wages not keeping up with inflation. [H-L]

Did you know? Republicans are calling universal health care an “insurance scheme.” Because, you know, the free market always and totally takes care of the problems we encounter. Especially when it comes to health care. Maybe outsourcing health care to India and China will solve all of our problems. [KY Progress]

We’re puzzled by Jim Carroll’s latest piece about Barack Obama’s friendship and working relationship with Dick Lugar. Nothing negative, just puzzled. Something about politics by association? Also, air traffic controllers are still being overworked and will kill us all. John McCain will lose in November because Dubya’s approval rating is non-existent, economic growth is negative or whatever and because Newt Gingrich took over the world like 15 years ago. Also, what’s with republishing material from a blog as part of a newspaper column? [C-J]

The Uprising is Nigh! You’re Doomed, Kids

UPDATE @ 11AM: David will be on The Colbert Report tonight. Watch it.

Those of you familiar with the internets and reality know all about David Sirota and his liberal left ways with the truth. He’s renowned as a journalist and has led the fight to bring the reality-based community into the mainstream. And he has a great new book that’s hitting shelves across the country.

THE UPRISING: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street & Washington is what could only be called a masterful look at the force shaping American politics today. David spent a year traveling the country documenting the new populist revolt on the Right and Left and this book is his powerful examination of what’s taking place.

A bit of what David digs up in the book:

  • Where superdelegates come from: Sirota traces the history of superdelegates, showing how they were originally created by the Democratic Party’s entrenched establishment to thwart inconvenient challenges from outsiders and how they could now play a pivotal role in the upcoming election—crushing today’s populist uprising.
  • Conflicts of interest at the heart of the antiwar movement: Sirota reveals that the antiwar movement, which enjoys widespread public support, has cynically hired the same Democratic Party operatives who also have been employed to protect pro-war Democratic politicians.
  • Stealth efforts to unionize the white-collar world: Embedding himself with a scrappy union trying to organize workers at some of the biggest tech companies in the world, Sirota shows how these white-collar companies, while fronting a progressive image, are actually among the most harshly antilabor employers in America.
  • America’s most powerful third party: Most people think third parties are gadflies, but in New York—one of the biggest states in the nation—a third party is changing the political topography in unexpected ways, pushing around the legislature and upending the status quo, and making real gains for its populist agenda.

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone writes, “The Uprising should be read by anyone who wants to understand exactly how the ordinary person has been sold out by the political system.” and Publishers Weekly says, “Sirota chronicles how ordinary citizens on the right and the left are marshaling their frustrations with the government into uprisings across the country and analyzes the effectiveness and longevity of their efforts.”

He’ll be in Kentucky in June for readings and public appearances and you need to make sure you show up. Make plans today.


  • Cincinnati on June 24 – 7:00 P.M. @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers
  • Louisville on June 25 – 7:00 P.M. @ Carmichael’s on Frankfort Ave

The Louisville event is a Q&A/book signing sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Professional Journalists and Change for Kentucky. 2720 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville. Be there.

Read a great question and answer session with David after the jump…

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Karl Rove’s 500 Fancy Deleted Emails Surface

With all the buzz surrounding HBO’s Recount, we thought it’d be a good idea take a look at video from the BBC in September 2007. It’s from Greg Palast, Mr. Muckraker himself, and is all about Karl Rove sending more than 500 emails from GOP and RNC servers that were later deleted to throw a wrench in a DOJ investigation.

BBC and Palast uncovered the preliminary plan in those deleted emails to silence black voters during the 2008 election. Many were soldiers, no less. Woops.

Peep the video after the jump…

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Good Guys Win One on Arena

This isn’t the only piece of the downtown Louisville Arena puzzle that Jim Host has tried to ramrod down our (citizens) throats, but it’s maybe the first time anyone has stood up to the powerful arena czar and won.

As we reported in February, Host’s arena committee awarded a demolition contract to O’Rourke Wrecking for $2.8 million, even though the Cincinnati company’s bid exceeded that of local CRS Demolition by $1.2 million. CRS filed a protest with the state, but it appeared the state was ready to roll over and let Host get his way. Turns out Host had written the bid specs in a way that favored O’Rourke, and Host claimed the CRS bid was not written correctly.

Today’s news is that the state Finance and Administration Cabinet, based on the CRS complaint, has ordered the Arena Authority to issue new bid specs and allow five companies to compete for the business. Those companies will have less than a week to submit new proposals. O’Rourke, which has had personnel on the site preparing for the demolition, will be allowed to continue working through that date.

Let’s give some credit here. Kentucky Finance Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller, though not named in the Courier-Journal’s story, is standing up to Host. He found it was a bit unreasonable for the Arena Committee power brokers to award a bid that was $1.2 million more than a competitor. It must have found that the bid writing engaged in by Host’s folks was suspect.

The result: at worst, O’Rourke may come in with a lower bid and still win the business. Or another of the four companies will be fairly awarded the contract.

Scott McClellan Spills the Beans, Perino Spins

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has written a tell-all book about everything wrong with the Bush Administration, Karl Rove, et al.

Ruh ro!

Via Joe we learn:

  • McClellan charges that Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell the war.
  • He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.
  • He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be “badly misguided.”
  • The longtime Bush loyalist also suggests that two top aides held a secret West Wing meeting to get their story straight about the CIA leak case at a time when federal prosecutors were after them — and McClellan was continuing to defend them despite mounting evidence they had not given him all the facts.
  • McClellan asserts that the aides — Karl Rove, the president’s senior adviser, and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff — “had at best misled” him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

This is going to be a crazy good read. CNN has more, which you can read after the jump…

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