Enjoy Yourselves Today/Send Us Stuff Or Else

While the rest of the state is hurriedly scarfing down proposed gambling legislation (we’re not opposed to it, obviously, just wish we’d all get on with it) and viciously trying to figure out how Kentucky can reap $9,000,000,000,000,000,000 in new revenues, we thought you might enjoy a little, uh, non-political stuff.

Also, we have very important stuff to do for most of the afternoon that will prevent us from keeping up on all the fancy happenings in Frankfort. Meetings and stuff. AKA we need to catch up on a month of I Can Has Cheezburger, Toothpaste For Dinner and Married to the Sea.

So. Here’s some not political stuff to keep you occupied in addition to the junk above.

All the fun’s after the jump, of course…

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In Lexington Tonight? Go See This.

We’ve got something for you political types to do.

The Writing Program Film Series at the University of Kentucky will host filmmaker Frank Popper and Missouri Senator Jeff Smith for a screening of the award-winning movie- Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?– about Jeff’s run in the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary to take retiring Majority Leader Dick Gephardt’s seat. We have gotten to know Senator Smith a bit over the past year and feel his story will be especially powerful for Kentuckians.

More about the movie here and here.

Don’t miss it if you can get to Lexington. Go rent/buy a copy if you can’t. With recent strongarming of the KDP/DSCC/Governor to oust grassroots favorite Andrew Horne from the U.S. Senate race fresh on your mind, Jeff’s movie will hit home. It’s a story about the tremendous power of the grassroots and the amazing ability of the everyday man. It’s also a story that proves the candidate with the most access to power and money has all the advantages– regardless of their abilities and shortcomings. (Sound familiar?)

Jeff, who uses his movie to add a layer of transparency to the political process, will be available for discussion after the screening.

Details:

  • Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
  • Tonight, Thursday, February 14, 2008
  • Doors Open at 7:00 P.M. / Screening Begins at 7:30 P.M.
  • William T. Young Library Auditorium (Room 1-62)
  • 401 Hilltop Avenue, Lexington, KY 40506 (Map)

Yes, we’ll try to host the film in Louisville soon.

Illegal Firings & Skrilla Update Dept

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter and his wife are giving $1 million to the Louisville Zoo to fund the zoo’s Glacier Run project that will feature polar bears and other arctic critters. All right for doling out the skrilla when the state can’t afford it. We’re sure it’s a drop in the bucket because the guy has a $2 million bronze and gold statue of two bald eagles fighting in his foyer. It’s two stories tall and rotates on a base of marble. You reading this, other rich folk? Pony up for your community like John Schnatter routinely does. Build your legacy. [Business First]

We’ve long been a fan of Cincinnati’s City Beat, but this makes us love it even more: The Kentucky Enquirer reported today that local rich man Bill Yung has purchased the Jillian’s entertainment complex in Covington for $7 million and has hopes of transforming it into Northern Kentucky’s first casino. The purchase — which is well in advance of potential legislation that would allow gaming in the state — is one in a long line of moves that Yung has made that coincides with the state’s “F Ohio in the B” revenue plan. Last year Yung contributed $1 million to an independent campaign called “F Fletcher in the B” to help defeat incumbent governor and anti-casino guy Ernie Fletcher. Yung is now preparing for a backlash from Indiana’s long-running “F Kentucky and Ohio in the B at the Same Time” campaign, which he expects will try to derail Kentucky gaming legislation. [City Beat]

Firings, Laura the Librarian and more after the jump…

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Reminder: Contest Ending Soon!

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.

It’s your chance to own a piece of scandalous history. The winner will be selected on Thursday, January 31, 2008.

CLICK HERE for more and to enter the drawing.

Roaring & Shameless

We’re stoked.

A couple weeks ago the infamous “Yellow Dog” threw an award our way. The
Roar for Powerful Words from the Shameless Lions Writing Circle. Check it out here.

And take a look at the awesome (and very, very homo-centric in a fiery magenta) award:


Among the other winners:

Envy our big, magenta lion! He bites!

Weekend Update… on Monday

Greg Stumbo has no regrets as he leaves office. Has a lot to say about Ernie Fletcher’s indictment, his campaign with Bruce Lunsford, the seat he’s taking from Brandon Spencer. Says it’d be “premature” to speculate on a House leadership position. We’re speculating, so, guess we’re premature speculators. [H-L]

Greg Stumbo’s also the Democratic nominee for the 95th district house seat to replace Spencer. 19,474 weighted votes for Stumbo compared to Chuck Meade’s 1,107. Republicans still have no viable candidate. Look for Stumbo to walk handily to victory. [H-L]

Ralph Long on Steve Beshear and the budget crunch: In other words we have the standard, predictable entrance of a new administration cooking the books on the backs of state employees. [Ralph Long]

John Yarmuth (D-KY3) donates his entire congressional salary to charity in Louisville. PolWatchers does a story on it. Commenters go crazy calling him a silver spoon liberal and a left-wing lunatic. We’d like to see Mitch McConnell or Ron Lewis donate their salaries to charity but we know that’s not going to happen. [PolWatchers]

Brian Smith penned a great good-bye about the Iraq Summer campaign and its successes. The group, as many haters of perceived libruls will recall, heightened awareness of Mitch McConnell’s role in the never-ending Iraqi quagmire. [BGR]

Getting upset that the Courier-Journal’s parent company, Gannett Co. Inc., is worth billions of dollars? Upset because they call McConnell out? What? This doesn’t even make sense. When will people stop with the “librul” crap? Interesting that so many people dismiss the truth as “dirty librulism” when it doesn’t mesh with their views. [Heffalumps]