Richard Simmons Goes to Congress & More

This is so good that we’re stealing it from Wonkette.

Richard Simmons (yes, THAT Richard Simmons) was spotted in public this week for the first time since the 1980s. And he didn’t disappoint.


OMG. This is so terribly hilarious and a waste of time to watch. So watch it. It’ll put the fear of, well, it’ll terrify you.

In other news, Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo (yeah, I know this doesn’t fit in this story) was selected to serve on the National Lieutenant Governors Association Executive Committee.

Elaine Chao Wants Workers to Die. Hard. Now.

What’s that noise? Why, it’s the sound of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao– wife of Mitch McConnell– trying to poison American workers. She and her cronies at the Department of Labor are working at lightning speed to push rules through the Bush Misadministration to make it tougher to regulate on-the-job exposure to deadly chemicals and toxins.

From the Washington Post:

Political appointees at the Department of Labor are moving with unusual speed to push through in the final months of the Bush administration a rule making it tougher to regulate workers’ on-the-job exposure to chemicals and toxins.

The agency did not disclose the proposal, as required, in public notices of regulatory plans that it filed in December and May. Instead, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao’s intention to push for the rule first surfaced on July 7, when the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) posted on its Web site that it was reviewing the proposal, identified only by its nine-word title.

The text of the proposed rule has not been made public, but according to sources briefed on the change and to an early draft obtained by The Washington Post, it would call for reexamining the methods used to measure risks posed by workplace exposure to toxins. The change would address long-standing complaints from businesses that the government overestimates the risk posed by job exposure to chemicals.

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Friday Afternoon Dept of It’s The Weekend!

It’s Friday. We’re ready to blow this you-know-what. So enjoy your weekend! Don’t do anything we would do.

First Lady Jane Beshear today announced ‘Horses and Hope’ – a program to fight breast cancer. Along with the Kentucky Cancer Program, the project will work with the horse industry to provide breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referrals and will raise funds to keep the program alive. [Press Release]

According to computer genius and lord of all things FEAR!, John McCain is now calling Barack Obama a socialist. PINKO COMMIE HOMO ELITIST ARUGULA FEEEEAR! [Barefoot & Progressive]

Even the heavily Republican Wall Street Journal says Mitch McConnell is facing a tough reelection bid. Thanks to his super-tight ties to Dubya, of course. [WSJ]

Interested in reading a super-fancy fluff fest of a butt licking given to UofL president Jim Ramsey by a major business publication? All because he refused to accept a $113,000 (!!) bonus on top of his already half-million dollar salary. Never mind that millions of dollars in grant dollars were squandered on his watch. [Business First]

Thankfully a judge killed a subpoena that would have killed the freedoms members of the press currently enjoy when it comes to protecting sources. Demanding a journalist to hand over sources. Riiight. The attorney on that case really must not enjoy his own personal freedoms. [C-J]

Dirty liberal and former sneaky political operative Robert Kahne has an interesting take on Bluegrass Report’s rebirth (?) and the Kentucky blogosphere in general. Seems to be the consensus among media types everywhere. [Documenting My Audacity]

And since it’s the weekend… INVISIBL OLIMPIKS!!! [I Can Has Cheezburger?]

Friday Friday Friday Week Is Over Yay

Fayette County Democrats selected Kathy Stein to run as Ernesto Scorsone’s replacement in the senate. Shocking, right? Also, Repubs say they’re working to field a candidate to face Stein. [PolWatchers]

God. Larry Craig is gayer than me. Way gayer. Jerk us around by the gas nozzle? I may throw up. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Holy Crap. Via Hebert, we learn that 400 people showed up to Steve Beshear’s Town Hall meeting in Pike County last night. 400! [Hebert, H-L]

Remember when John Yarmuth scored millions for a new VA hospital in Louisville? Mitch McConnell just did the same thing. Why isn’t Anne Northup yelling about these earmarks? Also, who said Yarmuth wasn’t a good representative? What was that about him not being bi-partisan? He praised McConnell, saying, “I thank the Senator for working with me to make sure that the veterans in our community get the care and treatment they deserve.” [C-J & Press Release]

We’re all going to hell in a handbasket! We’re all gonna die of the poverty! Seriously. [What’s Required]

KFC Served Urine-Contaminated Food to Cop

Louisville-based Yum! Brands could have a brand-damaging story on its hands. A KFC/Taco Bell combo restaurant had to pay a police officer and his family in Sydney, Nebraska $40,000 for serving urine-tainted food.

Coworkers saw one of their own at the KFC/Taco Bell contaminate the officer’s food with saliva and urine and promptly told management. Management, of course, did nothing to stop the family from consuming the food. The cop’s two sons got sick and one was hospitalized.

A jury found the restaurant negligent but the KFC franchise is “looking at their legal options.”

This is one of those instances where you, you know, pay the $40K and then some in order to make the story go away. Right? Right. We’re thoroughly sickened. Maybe Yum! should figure out a way to put this story to bed before it spreads any further.

Monday Evening Update Dept of Crazy is Real

Please accept our apologies for being slow today. Too much business to handle, not enough hours in the day. Also, who is buying a new laptop for us? And who is gifting us a new iPhone?

Lunsford’s second quarter numbers are out and the McConnell camp is huffy. [PolWatchers]

Bill Cox quit as the state’s Revenue Commissioner over an “honest difference of opinion” with Beshear administration officials. Cox told Mark Hebert that he was promised Revenue would be elevated to cabinet status but it never happened. And some other juicy business. [Mark Hebert]

Governor Steve Beshear says Barack Obama has all kinds of work to do in Kentucky. Before any Democrats get all huffy, it’s, you know, the truth. Beshear said he hopes to get Obama to Kentucky several times throughout the general election campaign. [PolitickerKY]

This afternoon Andrew Horne sent an email blast on behalf of Bruce Lunsford that attacked Mitch McConnell’s reprehensible actions re: veterans and health care for vets. In 2008 he voted against the G.I. Bill. Last year he voted against legislation to give soldiers longer breaks between deployment. And he repeatedly votes against veterans’ health care programs like treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. [E-mail Blast]

Ryan Alessi has a Q&A with new Beshear Chief of Staff Adam Edelen. [H-L]

Looks like the mainstream media is now trying to keep up with us. WHAS11 has produced a story about some of the documents (related to the Felner-UofL investigation) we published this morning (we got them way before the media did). It’s mostly a rehashing of what we’ve written about for weeks. But check it out. [WHAS11]

Don’t forget our earlier story about Robert Felner and the University of Louisville. We published all kinds of material that is forcing the university to open up and forcing the mainstream media to finally pay attention. [Page One]

TGIF. Everyone Pray for a Slow News Day.

Mitch McConnell raised $3 million in special interest funds during the second quarter and Bruce Lunsford can write a $300 million billion trillion check. [PolWatchers]

Poor Ed Whitfield’s wife got axed from the Equine Drug Research Council and was replaced with Dr. Jerry Yon of Lexington. [Business First]

Sonny Landham thinks he’s a climate scientist! He says global warming is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the world. Funny, we thought that title was held by the Holocaust? Cause, you know, people like Sonny are usually Holocaust deniers. Or they’re wife beaters. Oh, wait. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Was the anti-gay Alabama Attorney General caught being a huge homosexual with another huge homosexual– in his bed– by his wife? Probably. [Wonkette]

This is easily the saddest story we have read in weeks. Ugh. Don’t read it if you’re PMSing, prone to bouts of loud crying or are an unemotional, you know, poopy pants. [C-J]