A Marthy & Ralphie Caption Contest

It’s Martha Jane King and Ralph Alvarado caption contest time!

Here they are at the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue meeting:


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Here she is making a face at Danny Carroll, who also makes a face, while Ron Crimm and Rick Rand sing showtunes in the foreground:



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You know what to do!

Make it funny or else.

Whitesburg: The Worst Place On Earth?

Way to go, Whitesburg! Now everyone thinks you’re a bunch of dumb effing rednecks. It’s like you’ve escaped from a television sitcom version of a Nathan Smith-owned trailer park and you’re spewing your stupid everywhere. Perfect stereotype: fat, white lady who sells guns is spewing fear and hatred while a confederate flag and anti-Muslim sign hang in the windows. [WKYT]

Rhyan Moseley, a rising eighth-grader at Lexington’s Carter G. Woodson Academy, has spent his summer in a program at Kentucky State University focused on topics including computer coding and programming, mathematics and game design. [H-L]

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived unannounced in Baghdad on Thursday to assess the government’s progress in healing the country’s sectarian divisions and hear the latest on support for the Iraqi army’s coming attempt to recapture the key city of Ramadi from the Islamic State. [HuffPo]

The big city folks finally started paying attention to what’s going on in Boyd County. Willing to reject more than $1 million a year in revenues, elected officials in Boyd County have called on Kentucky regulators to close a stinky, mega dump that’s fed by daily East Coast trash trains. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season. [The Hill]

Glasgow firefighters sometimes re-enter a burning house to rescue a family pet that did not make it out with its owners. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Even as immigration remains a hot topic in the U.S. presidential campaign, the number of people emigrating from Mexico to the United States, legally and illegally, has dropped sharply in recent years, research published Wednesday shows. [Reuters]

Just before the Greenup Meals on Wheels program went under, two groups stepped up to keep it afloat. [Ashland Independent]

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggested that the United States should figure out a way to “phase out” Medicare, the federal program that provides insurance to more than 50 million elderly and disabled people, at a political event on Wednesday night. [ThinkProgress]

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 91 arts organizations across the Commonwealth including two in Madison County for the 2016 fiscal year. [Richmond Register]

It’s illegal to hire immigrants without legal status. Yet the federal government employs thousands of undocumented workers. [NPR]

This is apparently a sports thing that happened. Rap star Drake has received a cease-and-desist letter from the University of Kentucky. [WKYT]

The documents also raise questions about the accuracy of the Red Cross’ count of how many Haitians it helped, concluding the figures on one project were “fairly meaningless.” [ProPublica]

Nathan Smith’s trailer park business just paid an $11,000 fine for sewage that’s been discharging into waterways for ages and ages. Yep, the big dogs behind Jack Conway and their spokespeople (KATHY FUCKING GROOB) are still all up in some literal shit. [WFPL]

Casey Davis & The Extreme Gay Panic

Casey Davis is so gay-panicked he can barely breathe. [H-L]

Some of the dumbest people on earth work on Fox News. [HuffPo]

Mitch McConnell spoke for more than 40 minutes Monday in Shepherdsville and never once mentioned Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin. [C-J/AKN]

Of course it’s because some butthurt politician complained. [The Hill]

The Frack Free Foothills community group have created an online petition requesting a moratorium of high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state until the implementation of all safety recommendations of the Oil and Gas Working Group. [Richmond Register]

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would increase the incentives for corporate whistleblowers to come forward to report financial misconduct, she said on Monday. [Reuters]

A former Glasgow police sergeant who was arrested in May on a charge of alcohol intoxication was arrested again Sunday morning, this time on a charge of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, minor injury, according to a citation released Monday by the Glasgow Police Department. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Over eggs at a San Antonio café, a reporter listens as former law enforcement officials and one ex-drug cartel operative swap theories about El Chapo’s latest escape and what it says about the U.S. and Mexico. [ProPublica]

The Morehead Utility Plant Board (MUPB) has the green light to file loan applications for two significant sewer extension projects. [The Morehead News]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the newest entrant to the crowded Republican field for 2016, and his supporters are trying to steer the conversation towards his economic bona fides. But Kasich’s record on the economy has one major flaw. [ThinkProgress]

Mitch McConnell is voicing his support to get the ball rolling on tens of thousands of untested rape kits. [WHAS11]

Prof Stephen Hawking has launched a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space. [BBC]

The most ancient Hebrew scroll since the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered, thanks in part to students in the University of Kentucky computer science department, and its chairman, Brent Seales. [H-L]

Really, the dumbest people on earth. Fox News reporter John Roberts called host Greta van Susteren a conspiracy theorist for alleging that the family of the shooter who killed five soldiers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week may have concocted a story about his depression and substance abuse. [HuffPo]

Highlights From The Powell Hearing

Fired former Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell’s due process/employment hearing started this morning.

At his side instead of an attorney? Richard Hughes, of deceiving the public infamy.


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Who is Richard Hughes?

  • The Montgomery County Circus Is Still Clowning [December 12, 2014]
  • Montgomery County Schools Corruption Uncovered: A Multi-Part Look At Collusion, Spin And Coordinated Attacks On Investigators [December 15, 2014]
  • Joshua Powell Helped Devise A Public Disinformation Ad Campaign After Multiple Investigations Launched [December 16, 2014]
  • The Extent Of Joshua Powell’s Disinformation Campaign Will Surprise Even His Harshest Critics [December 17, 2014]
  • Powell Uses Middle Man To Intimidate Relatives Of Board Members And Decision Makers [December 29, 2014]
  • Montgomery Co. Superintendent’s Intimidation Mess Continues, Now Involves Entire School Board [January 5, 2015]
  • More On Montgomery Co. Intimidation Shenanigans [January 5, 2015]
  • Cherry On Top Of The Montgomery Co. Intimidation [January 5, 2015]
  • Holliday Was More Deeply Involved In Powell’s World Than Previously Thought [April 16, 2015]
  • Unbelievably Unethical: Terry Holliday, et al, Still Serve As References For Powell [April 30, 2015]

HOW GREAT IS THAT?

It’s rare that I share personal opinion but come on. Fully-formed adults can’t seriously be this disconnected from reality. No one can tell me it’s mere ignorance.

The hearing broke for lunch because Powell needed to run home to obtain his exhibits. When things started back up, he was nowhere to be found. Steps had to be taken to locate him.

Didn’t remember his exhibits for deposition, didn’t remember his exhibits for a hearing he requested, totally prepared and all that.

First witness was Tiffany Welch, from the office of Auditor of Public Accounts, discussing the illegal hiring of Anna Powell, Joshua’s wife. There’s no need to rehash it because we’ve spent two years covering it.

Powell told the hearing that Anna plans to sue the school district. Because that couple doesn’t know when to quit, apparently. Because they believe a judge is going to come up with a different take than other judges, the school board, the State Auditor of Public Accounts, the OEA, the EPSB, the entirety of the Kentucky Department of Education, the Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday, who has served as a professional reference for Powell.

Couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.

UPDATE — Here’s a photo of Powell passing out his exhibits:


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He attempted to spin other superintendents hiring their spouses in his favor. The same stunts he tried with the auditor.

Spoiler alert: those other supes weren’t changing job descriptions and such.

Lots of eye-rolling in the room today.

Come On, Matt Bevin, Quit The Schadenfreude (Just Kidding. Don’t.)

The Council on Postsecondary Education is holding a series of public meetings around the state to get input on a new five-year plan to guide Kentucky’s higher education and adult education systems. Don’t worry, this won’t matter. Don’t get too excited about it. [H-L]

A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served at the Auschwitz death camp has been convicted on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. [HuffPo]

Since Bevin accused the newspaper of continually trying to perpetuate lies about what he said, I went back and found every reference to him and early childhood education and every reference to him and Head Start after that. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama challenged Republicans to back the nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing it would allow a future GOP president to keep a stronger check on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama conceded few, if any, GOP elected officials will back the deal. But he called out Sen. Rand Paul by name, asking whether the 2016 presidential hopeful would support the agreement. [The Hill]

State government faces an unexpected $5 million to $6 million increase in personnel costs in a couple of years but the impact of an Internal Revenue Service ruling could have an even bigger impact on budgets of local governments and school districts. State officials have been informed by the IRS they must start withholding Social Security and Medicare taxes from employees’ contributions to their pension plans and the state — or local government employer — will have to match those contributions. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday inadvertently tweeted a promotional photo featuring what appeared to be Nazi German soldiers superimposed on the U.S. flag alongside the controversial real estate magnate’s face. [Reuters]

People in Cave City don’t know how to parallel park and old ladies are losing their minds. Two downtown business owners approached the city council Monday night, complaining about the parallel parking along Broadway Street. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Why choosing the right surgeon matters even more than you know. In February 2012, LaVerne Stiles went to Citrus Memorial Hospital near her home in central Florida for what should have been a routine surgery. [ProPublica]

Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed, family gardens were leveled, and dozens of vehicles were submerged by rushing floodwaters after a flash flood ripped through parts of eastern Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

In three sentences laying out his overarching theory of government, Walker appears to align himself with political theorists, some of whom died more than a century ago, who would radically dismantle the American system of government. He also appears to align himself with more modern constitutional theorists who wish to reinstate long-discredited Supreme Court cases that would eliminate much of the legal framework protecting workers from exploitation. [ThinkProgress]

Tuesday evening’s storms dumped heavy rain on much eastern Kentucky. Many people had to be rescued from their homes because of the high water. [WKYT]

Climate change risks should be assessed in the same way as threats to national security or public health according to a new report. [BBC]

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ efforts to allow online voter registration in Kentucky kept moving through the legislative process Tuesday, though one lawmaker tried to derail it. [H-L]

The New Horizons mission to Pluto has been a dream come true for scientists, who’ve waited years to get their first close-up glimpse of the distant dwarf planet. But some of the informal names they’re giving its distinctive features are straight out of nightmares. [HuffPo]