The Elephant in the Room: Todd Hollenbach

This is painful to write. Please stick with me through another rant.

Voters should not cast their ballot on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 for Democrat Todd Hollenbach for Treasurer. Not suggesting anyone should vote for Melinda Wheeler, the Administrative Office of the Courts hack who wants to abolish an entire constitutional office, but you absolutely should not vote for Hollenbach.

From day one I went to bat for Todd as he appeared to be an intelligent, progressive guy with a great heart. He served on the Kentucky Human Rights Commission. He pledged a financial literacy program the entire country could envy. He possessed an amazing comprehension of facts and an even better understanding of the office for which he is running.

Unfortunately, Todd has joined the ranks of bigoted haters and refuses to disavow. He has publicly, privately, loudly, quietly and every way in between praised his recent endorsement (PDF Link) by crazy Frank Simon and the Freedom’s Heritage Forum. And he has given those nutsos cash contributions.

Common sense would seem to dictate that Todd would denounce this horrible endorsement in the same manner in which Jonathan Miller has done. Would seem even more of a reasonable situation upon learning that Todd has many gay loved ones in his family. But that’s not the case. He’s ignorantly standing up in support of hate with the likes of Ernie Fletcher and Stan Lee. Todd may not personally be a bigot but his actions are impossible to ignore. To think I raised money for this guy!

I have absolutely grown to love and adore members of Todd’s extended family over the past two years. They’re wonderful people who contribute to society in ways you could never imagine without knowing them personally. So my decision to denounce Todd’s behavior should have no bearing on the way his family is viewed. It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do.

Just needs to be said that Todd Hollenbach does not deserve your vote. Not even if he decides to publicly denounce the Simon endorsement. It’s a shame and an absolute embarrassment that the Kentucky Democratic Party and organized labor across the Commonwealth are blindly supporting hatred by advocating the election of Todd.

Saddened,

Jacob Payne

Idiots Invade, Grayson Attacked

Last night PolWatchers was the victim of an idiot invasion. Commenters on Pat Crowley’s blog have the story and seem to pretty much be spot-on.

Bigots came out of the blue to ignorantly attack Trey Grayson for having a *gasp* known homosexual on his staff. Oh, the horrors! Oh noes! The gays are among us, Pam! Went so far as grossly attacking said staffer. Thankfully, the H-L folks deleted the commentary but the issue is still hot.

Who gives a flying fuck (yes, I used it– don’t let your kids read this one) about the sexual orientation of anyone’s staff? What bearing does an individual’s sexual orientation have on their ability to do great work? And where do bigots get off attacking someone who is not in the public eye? This isn’t 1920s Mobile, Alabama. We aren’t burning crosses in Ernesto Scorsone’s front yard. Dan Mongiardo is no longer leading the anti-gay hate march like he did in 2004. This is modern America and we’re in the year 2007. Homophobia and other prejudices should be over and done.

No one is certain where the attacks originated. Could be individuals affiliated with the Hendrickson campaign. Could be the Fletcher camp. Or it could be Grayson’s former campaign manager who was let go. Regardless, this is sickening. Not to mention bad for Democrats if it’s coming from that direction. Would only serve to push more Democratic voters toward Grayson if they knew he didn’t hate the gays, right?

This is not an endorsement of Trey Grayson in any way, shape or form. But let’s get one thing clear: Trey Grayson is not a bigot. He’s not sexist. He’s not a homophobe. And he certainly doesn’t make crass judgments as many in his gay-hating party do. Trey’s not the devil on social issues so Democrats and Republicans need to get over it.

WHAS11 Fair Use Update: Day 7

We were informed last evening, October 31 at 6:31 P.M., that our counter-notification to WHAS11’s wrongful copyright infringement claim has been forwarded to the station.

Oct 31, 2007 6:31 PM
Dear Jacob,

Thank you for your counter-notification. It has been forwarded to the
party that sent the takedown notification. If we receive no response, your
material will be restored between 10 and 14 days from today.

Sincerely,

Harry
The YouTube Team

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Strange Behavior Daily Briefing Dept

Kentucky businesses suck. Or they’re dumb. Right? Putting super-personal records in the hands of thieves seems like the coolest thing 121 Kentucky businesses could think of doing. We love it. Thanks for screwing the folks of the Commonwealth. [H-L]

Not surprising. The White House is withholding hundreds of Abramoff documents from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Could Geoff Davis be mentioned in those hundreds of pages? We hear that’s a distinct possibility. [Gubmint]

Still gunning for McConnell. Schumer has his sights set on Mitch. [TPM]

Nationals taking notice. A Rarity: All Major Newspapers in Kentucky Back Democrat for Governor. No one endorses poor Ernest Lee. [Editor & Publisher]

Beverage alert. The male Principal of Bethlehem (Catholic) High School in Bardstown was cited on prostitution charges in Louisville’s West End. You read it right. Prostitution. The catch? He was dressed as a woman wearing black leather, fishnet stockings and faux breasts. Life doesn’t get any better than this, folks. [WAVE3, C-J]

Halloween Briefing Dept

Revisionist History. Larry Dale Keeling takes offense at Ernie Fletcher’s claim that his illegal merit firing hit list was a “promotions list.” Ernest Lee would never let little things like facts get in the way of telling a remarkable, lie-filled story or two. [KyKurmudgeon]

More Anti-Mitch Fever. Chris Cillizza of The Fix gets it right and wrong on Mitch McConnell. Wrong: most Kentuckians are not ideologically in tune with McConnell. Right: he’s a fundraising giant who plays dirty. And there a lot of people waiting in the wings to take him on. [The Fix]

We’re still talking about casinos? What? Casinos aren’t the scary devil Ernie Fletcher says they are? Someone must be on crack to suggest such a thing. Crime rates that fell after casinos came to town? What? [C-J]

Ernie lied again. He takes credit for staffing and care improvements in nursing homes. But John Cheves calls him out, Nobody, including Fletcher, knows whether staffing and care have improved in the state’s roughly 300 nursing homes, or whether they have gotten worse or stayed the same.” Ruh ro. [H-L]

Paying Attention. Ashley Cecil paints a picture of fair trade most of us ignore throughout our daily lives. And she examines realities which keep people poor and unable to participate in the “free” market. More importantly, this painting activist donates a good deal of profit from her artwork to charitable causes. [Painting Activist]

When it rains. Steve Henry’s hack ignorantly rails against libraries in Louisville. Reading her rant not only made our eyes bug out but left us feeling like we were listening to Henry himself blabber on. While reading and re-reading her letter to the editor we were only able to wonder if this woman– the person who has served as treasurer of Henry’s illegally-used senate campaign account– couldn’t make a better use of her time. The C-J must have printed this letter for the sheer humor. P.S. Evy: no-call lists don’t apply to politics. [C-J]