McConnell Calls Himself “Grim Reaper”

Mitch McConnell gave an address to the Federalist Society at its National Lawyers Convention on November 16. It was a typical McConnell speech about interpreting law, not making law… about doing everything to keep the Democratic legislature down and the rest of the country from edging toward progress.

As reported last week by BlueGrassRoots, McConnell generated a spectacular soundbite by referring to himself as the “grim reaper.” Just couldn’t get any better.

Here’s the full audio:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/mcconnellfederalistsoc.mp3]

And here’s the clip of Mitch calling himself the grim reaper:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/mcconnellgrimreaper.mp3]

Video soon to come.

The campaign material just writes itself.

Tuesday Propaganda: Dept of the GOP Is Always Hunting Hillary

Don’t waste your time. Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and his former Miss America wife, Heather French Henry, will be guests on Kentucky Life “Christmas 2007” on KET December 22. They’ll be giving a tour of the Rosemary Clooney House… we mean the house filled with all of Heather’s crap in Augusta (not Maysville as the KET link suggests). The Henrys, you’ll recall, are embroiled in some serious legal disputes. Not to mention they’ve had some difficulty with the IRS (check with the IRS if you want proof) in maintaining 501(c)3 status for their “museum” because they use it as a residence. Par for the course. P.S. If you’ve ever visited the museum your contact information is now part of a political database. Just an FYI. [KET]

All birds leave the nest at some point. Mark Birdwhistell finally jumps ship as secretary of the Health and Family Services cabinet. According to Birdwhistell he’ll be returning to work at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center as an administrator. He’ll also work to kill the rest of health care by serving as a consultant for Medicaid contractor Amerigroup. [C-J]

Purse much? Mitch McConnell loses his lips over Trent Lott during CNN’s footage of a press conference. Inappropriate, yes, but absolutely hilarious. Check the video at the link. [CNN]

Complete and utter crap. That Zogby poll released two days ago showing Hillary getting trampled by everyone and their mother? It’s complete crap. We won’t say we told you so. [Carpet Bagger]

Ernest Lee had horrible advisers. Steve Pence confirms the problems within the Fletcher misadministration and provides a peek into his own credibility by discussing his reasons for refusing to resign as Lt. Gov. Pence may have done some crazy shiz in 2003 but not caving to Fletcher’s obscure desires proves he’s a man of character. We’re sure his new practice as an attorney will be fruitful. [H-L]

Native American outrage. Ernie Fletcher appointed Bruce Brading as chairman of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission (KNAHC) and it turns out he’s quite the shady character. Indictments, fraud, illegal transportation of human remains. Talk about some scandalous hoo-ha. [Rural Democrat]

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?

Loosen Your Belt in Preparation for Tomorrow Update Dept

Happy early Thanksgiving, readers. We appreciate you. That’s why we’ll always make it clear when we have biases and will never sell out. Now’s a good time to remind everyone that our editorial team is not influenced by advertisers. The two are separate like church and state and we feel it’s absolutely essential for maintaining integrity. So if you ever see an ad for 9udy 11iuliani? Don’t get any hare-brained ideas.

We’re here to be critical of Republicans and Democrats alike. That seems to be paying off. So far we have received more than 200 tips via confidential e-mail and we’re thankful for that. Keep sending the dirt!

To our blogger friend recycling our story ideas every few days without attribution: Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Imitation is flattering.

Shortsighted corruption and updates after the jump!

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Rumors on the Internets: Cold Again Version

Light posting today. Chasing a story.

Doing the right thing can be inconvenient. Ashley Cecil (the Painting Activist) battles her conscience as she explores the implications of her actions in today’s world. From dining out on sushi that isn’t factory farmed to avoiding waste at the grocery store, it can be a tough mindset to adopt. But it’s a mindset worth considering and as we edge closer and closer to reality it’s nearly become a necessary fact of life. Check Ashley’s site out– it’s one of our favorite reads. [Ashley Cecil]

Strange bedfellows: egotist and governor-elect. Heather French Henry will serve as part of Steve Beshear’s Governor’s Office Transition Team. Excuse us, but, what on earth does she know about government and the governor’s office? Thought she was off somewhere making dresses and defrauding publishing companies while her husband breaks every law known to man. We predict lots of drama. What’s this appointment payback for? [PolWatchers]

McConnell plays disruptor on Iraq. Mitch, as usual, has to try to make the rules up as he goes along. Always offering his own versions of bills. Almost always uniquely pork-laden. Democrats cave and will continue to be ineffective. Eye-rack forever! [Guardian – UK]

End of an era. Tonight is the Al Smith’s final appearance as host of Comment on Kentucky. KET @ 8:00 P.M. Eastern. 1 hour. Watch it. Al Smith knows everything about everything. We’ll miss this hilarious old codger and look forward to his memoirs. [H-L]

Ashland: chock full o’ nuts. First it was the duct tape bandit. Now it’s the dude who robbed an ice cream parlor with a stapler. For real. A chrome-plated stapler. Hoo boy. Can’t get any better than that. [Daily Independent]

Hebert has the tape. The Sam Beverage tape. Highlights include alleged Stumbo road work scandals, Ernie ordered all highway dollars to be spent in counties of his supporters, discretionary funds are like candy and there’s corruption in government. Surprised? Of course not. [Mark Hebert]

Humorous Bits from Election Day

(Not Sam) Beverage alert!

An editorial appearing in the Courier-Journal about outgoing Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Ten Commandments in the capitol rotunda has us in stitches. It is highly inappropriate on a day when we should all be reaching out with conciliatory arms. But it sure is hilarious!

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself” to graven images, one of the commandments insists, but maybe nobody on high is watching when rotunda visitors regularly come forward, rub the Great Emancipator’s shoe and expect him to grant a wish.

What better place than the state Capitol to post a reminder that “Thou shalt not steal?”

And any place is a good place to caution folks that they aren’t supposed to covet their neighbor’s ox, or his ass. A “values candidate” would know if there’s a lot of ox- and ass-coveting going on.

OMG! We can’t catch our breath from laughing!