Sorry, You Can’t Pray Kentucky’s Problems Away

Don’t worry! Nothing to see here! Just ignoring the burning drinking water well that’s impacted from mining. [Ronnie Ellis]

This is the 114th day Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson questioned Jack Conway: “Voters in this state are sick of politicians who simply refuse to answer important questions,” said Robertson. “Jack Conway is going to be in for a rude awakening on November 8th when the voters finally get their chance to retire him for good.” [Press Release]

The aliens are all coming to get you. Are you packed? Ready to take a trip? [HuffPo]

Really, who the flip cares about public prayer? It’s ridiculous. Get over it. If you wanna pray? Do it where you’re not using my tax dollars – like at public school athletic events. The fact that anybody would politicize this is absurd. This is just as dumb as the Ark Park. Clutch those pearls! [AP]

As the United States pushes immigrants away, the East snatches them up. Putting ourselves at a competitive disadvantage. [The Economist]

David Williams offered an educational alternative. The Democrats ran from it, essentially, and offered no other ideas. [CN|2]

The economy only grew one percent this spring and that means we’re all gonna die of the poverty again. [WaPo]

John Yarmuth is none too happy with Barack Obama on the jobs front and he is making sure everybody hears about it. [The Hill]

Crazy old John McCain and some other poop leaches tried to give Qadhafi/Gaddafi all kinds of arms. [Politico]

People are literally freaking out over the labor board’s new poster rule. [HuffPo]

Water balloon fighting can be fun. But can you imagine the amount of time, energy, effort and resources wasted on this? [H-L]

There are all kinds of new numbers and geography for the gays. They are coming to recruit your children. [NY Times]

Taking a page out of the Carter County playbook. An Ohio Congresscritter had police seize cameras at a town hall meeting. [Poynter]

Central Kentucky Must’ve Been Alien-Invaded

David & Reeechie’s campaign manager is moving along, apparently. Here’s what MG (Ret.) Donald Storm had to say about Luke Marchant: “Luke had some professional opportunities he wanted to pursue and we wish him all the best. Although he is no longer the day-to-day manager he will continue to be available to the campaign for consultation. There are no other staffing changes, and David and Richie continue with an excellent team of people who are executing an aggressive grassroots and fundraising operation that will carry them to victory come November. Sen. Williams is looking forward to next week’s forum in Louisville where he will discuss his positive ideas for the future, and where Steve Beshear is apparently going to be a no-show.” [Press Release]

If Little Todd Hollenbach’s financial literacy program had worked, do you think John Calipari would be launching a joint effort with some banks in order to teach kids financial literacy? [H-L]

The U.S. Postal Service wants to cut 120,000 jobs and pull out of federal benefits plans. Let’s see how long it takes half that workforce to, uh, go postal. [HuffPo]

There are some crazy things going down in Richmond these days. It’s gotta be something in the water in Central Kentucky. [Richmond Register]

What was that, again, about religious hospital systems being a-okay safe? We have a system right here in Kentucky that cheated the government out of $9 million. [C-J/AKN]

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided a Mexican restaurant in Harlan. So you know meemaw and poppop are going to be even more askeerd of the foreigns. [WYMT]

Here’s a weird story about Bruce Lunsford living in a condo in Saratoga during the summer. [The Business Review]

Just in case you were wondering why Perry Clark has gone full-on teabagger using the Hitler-Obama bits lately? It’s rampant with all the teabaggers and the Rascal crowd. [Wonkette]

Remember that psych job pastor who wanted to burn the Koran? He’s planning a 9/11 Ground Zero visit. [HuffPo]

Remember when everybody freaked out over criticism of Kentucky Farm Bureau? Remember when that organization admitted to discriminating against people who didn’t hate the gays enough? Here’s Farm Bureau receiving and doling out tons of government cash. [Ashland Independent]

Want to win copies of The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book? I’ve got ten copies of each to give away. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Smokers are apparently avoiding the cancer stick tax by using self-rolled cigarettes and buying small cigars. [H-L]

Dewayne Bunch, a legislator injured breaking up a school fight, is continuing to recover. [WLEX18]

Louisville Metro Government Doesn’t Hate The Gays

This marks the 73rd day in a row Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson has questioned Jack Conway over his involvement in his brother’s drug scandal: “Jack Conway cannot play hide and seek much longer,” said Robertson. “He will eventually have to answer for his political and professional bad judgment. And when voters are reminded of who this man actually is…we will see another crippling Conway defeat.” [Press Release]

The editorial board is on the money about David Williams’ crazy ass proposal for Jefferson County Public Schools. But Sheldon Berman and the JCTA? Give us a goddamn break. There’s a reason Berman got kicked to the curb. That man took JCPS to the bank and the JCTA does nothing but waste mountains of cash that would be better spent on the teachers who depend on the organization. [What A Farce]

Beginning July 1, 2012, employees of Louisville Metro Government will be eligible for domestic partner benefits. It’s a shame the rest of the state doesn’t follow suit. [The ‘Ville Voice]

No one is shocked that the Republican “budget” guts economic data. Naturally, they want to kill anything and everything unless it makes them money. [HuffPo]

So Gatewood Galbraith is forever going to be known as a kooky, fringe candidate. Way to go, folks, way to go. [CN|2]

If Gatewood is able to make his candidacy official on Thursday? It will likely mean a whole lot less without Ralph Long on board. [H-L]

A fisherman found a body on a log in the Cumberland River in Whitley County. [WKYT]

See? It’s not just about getting a pill or visiting an emergency room. Patients need treatment from actual people. [Reuters]

Westerners could be programmed for fatty foods and alcohol. If, by westerners, they mean everyone on earth. [BBC]

A judge says the federal government has misled the public on a controversial immigration program. [Pro Publica]

Standard & Poor’s is the second credit agency to warn the United States of a downgrade if debt talks fail. [Slate]

Gene Robinson, a Lexington native and the country’s first openly gay Episcopal bishop, says he relied on his faith to weather the storm. [H-L]

Remember that girl who got nude and draped herself in a flag? The one Rand Paul hired? She should probably enter this contest. [Wonkette]

Ben Chandler has more campaign cash in the bank than Candy Barr. He’s also probably more of a Republican. [WLEX18]

President Barack Obama is now backing means-testing for Medicare in an attempt to cut a deal for raising the debt ceiling. [HuffPo]

2011 Immigrants’ List Hall Of Shame Announced

Immigrants’ List just announced its 2011 Hall Of Shame and no one from Kentucky made the list!


Here it is, anyway:

Hall of Shame – April 2011 Inductees

1. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) — A man who cites the Bible in his opposition to immigration reform, King favors an electrified wire border fence, arguing “we do that with livestock all the time.” King believes that undocumented immigrants can be detected from their clothing and “the type of grooming they might have,” and labeled the DREAM Act “amnesty.” Alarmingly, King vice chairs the House Immigration Subcommittee – the first stop for every immigration bill.

2. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) — According to Lamar Smith, the guaranteed 14th Amendment right to birthright citizenship is a “misinterpretation,” which Smith plans to remedy with a ban on that right that can “get five votes” on the Supreme Court. Such a posture would be troubling enough from any member of Congress, but coming from the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, it’s downright dangerous.

Peep the other eight inductees after the jump…

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Gatewood’s About To Steal Tons Of Beshear Votes

Should the State House and State Senate forget about their approaches to immigration and take a new path? Of course they should. Father Pat knows they should. He also knows they won’t and knows what a farce it is that they’re just cold focused on executing people. [Ryan Alessi]

Ralph Long is gonna manage the campaign of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley. That has to sting for Steve Beshear and the good old boy Democrats in Frankfort. Lots of Democratic votes will roll Gatewood’s way in the general, for sure. Lots. [Bluegrass Politics & Ralph Long]

A federal investigation couldn’t find a single homeowner wrongfully foreclosed upon. Our heads are about to spin. [HuffPo]

Portraits Of The Poor: Dignity In Times Of Despair. This is right up our alley. Maybe it’s right up yours. [NPR]

Ben Chandler is co-sponsoring oil price gouging legislation. Seems a little too common sense for him. What gives? [WLEX18]

If you missed it earlier today, Jonathan Miller quit his job in state government. [Page One]

A former Kentucky teacher who was fired for her past in pornographic films has been fired in St. Louis. For the same thing. Who cares? Jesus H. [H-L]

The AARP is suing the United States over effects of reverse mortgages. Guess Fred Thompson’s career as a reverse mortgage spokeshack is gonna be short-lived. [NY Times]

Three Kentuckians are prominently involved in the Yale Environmental Film Festival. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A study says melting ice sheets are now the largest contributor to rising sea levels. But global warming isn’t happening, right? Just a hoax. [HuffPo]

Remember the attempted MLK bombing in Spokane? The nutbag arrested for it yesterday apparently left a trail of hate on the internet. [TPM]

Republicans love free speech when it comes to pocketing millions in campaign cash but they hate it when it comes to the internet and free flow of information. [Engadget]

Rand Really Is Flip-Flopping On The Fence

You know how Rand Paul is telling about 8,000 different stories about using an underground electric fence for immigration control?

See what he said on his own website on May 5, 2010:

Millions of illegals crossing our border without our knowledge constitutes a clear threat to our nation’s security. I will work to secure our borders immediately. Congress and the federal government have clearly failed at this mission. It is intellectually dishonest to want to fight terrorism, and then not do the most basic things like securing the border.

Right now, our nation is at risk. We must get serious about our border security, and I have a concrete plan to do so: My plan includes an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border. I would include satellite and increased aerial surveillance, and a boost of funds and training to the border agents. Finally, instead of closing military bases at home and renting space in Europe, I would advocate for more strategic location and construction of some of these bases to protect our border.

What was that, again, Rand, about not saying it on video and not saying it on your campaign website? (Don’t worry – I archived the screenshot in case you decide to go scrubbing again.)

Rand Paul Wants Underground Border Fence

Haha, so, funny story…

Rand Paul says we should build an underground electric border fence to keep the Mexicans out.

Republican Senatorial candidate Rand Paul wants to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a rather ho-hum proposition in the larger context of conservative ideas — except that Paul wants that fence to be electric and he wants it built underground.


“I have not heard that,” the Texas Republican said. “Underground? What would happen? How would that work?”

That’s actually a good question and one that Paul’s campaign won’t answer. His website says only the following: “My plans include an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border.” The details of how it would be built, what it would take to make it work and how much it would cost are left unanswered.

Moreover, aides to the Kentucky Republican have refused repeated attempts to explain the idea to the Huffington Post. On June 14, Paul’s former spokesman and current campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said he would call the following day to provide further details. He never did.

Click here to read more.

Or watch this fancy video:

Isn’t it interesting that Rand opposes a physical border fence because it reminds him of the Berlin Wall? Disagreeing with nearly all conservatives, believing their solution is similar to the Soviet Union’s solution.