More on the UofL/Felner Investigation

It just gets crazier and crazier.  Mainstream is using his photo, so we guess we’ll start doing the same.

The C-J reports (See that? We talk about where we get our stories from) that there’s an allegation that roughly $500,000 of federal grant money was mishandled by Felner. After speaking with our sources, we believe that’s $500,000 in question from more than one grant.  E.g., could be funds from a total of the $17million figure we gave you earlier.

Naturally, Felner’s attorney (Scott Cox, probably the best around and easily as powerful as Ann Oldfather) says he hasn’t mishandled anything.

Turns out the investigation is being conducted by The United States Postal Service, the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Which meshes with what we’ve heard from UofL officials.

What exactly would the USPS and Secret Service investigate? What sort of crimes do they usually handle? We know the USPS investigates everything from identity theft to child porn and money laundering when it involves the postal system. But we are not alleging anything. Repeat, that’s not an allegation. Just saying we know those are three areas of crimes usually investigated by the USPS.

So, folks, let’s discuss. What could Felner have (allegedly) done with UofL money that would involve the mail? I know, it’s any number of things. But would any number of things also require that the Secret Service get involved? Law enforcement readers: care to chime in?

UPDATE @ 10:47: According to the Kenosha News, Felner resigned his new position as University of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor.

Hope to have more on this story tomorrow. Also, thanks for all of the comments, folks. And thanks for pointing out that the SS & USPS could be involved for any number of reasons. Some of which we hadn’t even thought of.

Mainstream Media Dead Silent on UofL Investigation

Our sources on the University of Louisville scandal tell us today that the amount of funds in question has climbed to $17 million. In our story on Page One yesterday, we were able to identify the individual at the center of the investigation, describe the tense situation within the College of Education on Friday, and even give some details about Mr. Felner’s past and future plans.

We published our story at about 3:00 P.M., giving TV news staffs time to put together updated stories on the crisis, and identifying the U of L professor who was being questioned. But the TV stations instead chose to run brief updates of the story, citing a Wisconsin paper as its only source. With even more time to get an accurate and informative story, newspapers did even less.

By now, we’ve accepted the mainstream media paranoia about mentioning us as a source. We don’t understand it, but suppose that since we don’t carry the weight of the Associated Press, whom they cite incessantly for doing their research for them. But in this case, there’s a story of major impact on the University of Louisville, and the mainstream media forces seem content to pick up an AP article from Wisconsin as a way to advance the story. All when they could cite us for a bunch more info on the whole situation.

Read the rest of the juicy, juicy after the jump…

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Scott Ritter in Louisville This Thursday

Former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter will be at the Clifton Center (our neighborhood!) in Louisville this Thursday to discuss, well, everything that’s effed up.

Ritter was one of the most senior weapons inspectors in Iraq between 1991 and 1998. To call him the most informed person in the world about the faux weapons crisis in Iraq would be the understatement of a century. He understands American shortcomings in the Persian Gulf and has been screaming from the rooftop for about a decade about our blunders there. He went back to Iraq in 2000 to film the documentary In Shifting Sands: The Truth of UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq that offered an unfiltered view of the U.S. from the international community’s perspective while focusing on international justice and global security.

He was the lone guy to launch a series of additional Iraqi weapons inspections before the U.S. invaded. The U.N. and U.S. both promised to support Ritter’s effort but behind closed doors they decided to invade no matter the circumstance. He resigned in protest proclaiming, the “illusion of arms control is more dangerous than no arms control at all.”

Here’s the skinny:

Real Intelligence with Scott Ritter plus Lizzie West & Baba Buffalo
Thursday, June 26
7:30 P.M.
The Eifler Theatre at Clifton Center
2117 Payne Street
Louisville, KY 40206
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Federal Investigation at UofL – What’s Going On?

Remember that mysterious investigation at the University of Louisville that popped up last week? The one where TV crews flooded UofL’s campus only to report that they didn’t know anything? The investigation that the U.S. Attorney’s office admits is taking place?

Who could forget? Some dudes with guns loading dozens of boxes into black SUVs aren’t easily overlooked. Since UofL isn’t talking and everyone is batshiz nervous, we figured we’d raise some questions about what we’ve heard.

We know the offices that investigators were in were those of College of Education officials. Specifically, the office of Robert Felner, Dean of the school. (view Felner’s massive curriculum vitae here.) Felner, whose last day coincided with the arrival of investigators (conveniently after all of his boxes were packed and he was ready to jet), controls a massive No Child Left Behind grant worth about $12.5 million.

Now for the juicy rumor portion of the story. After the jump.

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Trouble in Homotopia? You Bet Your Booties

We’ve been incensed over the hateful anti-gay mailer attacking Ken Herndon during the May primary for several weeks now. So what you’re about to read is probably not too surprising. But it’s come to our attention that C-FAIR, the Louisville Fairness organization, is attempting to paint Ken Herndon as something he’s clearly not: a racist bigot.

What complete horse shiz.

Important: Read about and see the mailer HERE. Read the interesting story surrounding the mailer HERE.

Fairness is up in arms that George Unseld is connected to the mail piece (via his buddy Denise Bentley). And because there’s evidence that potentially connects Unseld to the piece either directly or indirectly, they feel the need to cry racism. Sorry, but that doesn’t fly in this instance. C-FAIR can get over it.

Carla Wallace, the woman who co-founded Fairness with Ken Herndon (and whose father gave $1 million in the form of an endowment), has made it no secret that she opposed Herndon’s candidacy in favor of Unseld because Unseld was an original fairness supporter. That’s all fine and dandy. But now she and others at Fairness/C-FAIR are taking things a step further by reaching out to members of the media and prominent gay folks in the community in an attempt to demonize Ken Herndon. Classic move of character assassination.

Read the rest of this big, hot mess after the jump…

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Homophobic Mailer Update: Denise Bentley Blamed

Remember the homophobic mailer in Louisville that trashed Ken Herndon, the Jefferson County Judge-Executive and candidate for Metro Council?

Here’s a link to our original story. And here are the sickening images of the mailer to refresh your memory:


Infuriated? Good.

We now learn that former Metro Councilwoman Denise Bentley is likely behind the mailer.

From LEO:

Herndon said he suspects Unseld’s campaign manager, former councilwoman and political operator Denise Bentley, played some role, mostly because of what he called a history of using controversial campaign ads.

“We had nothing to do with it,” Bentley said Monday in a phone interview. She told LEO that Unseld was appalled by the mailer, which he — along with the rest of his district, which includes Old Louisville, California and South Central neighborhoods — received at his home. In a press conference a day before the election, Unseld denounced it and denied any connection.

Bentley has been a consultant on several area campaigns that used negative ads. In 2006, she was an unofficial advisor to the campaign of Sharon Dummitt, a white woman who was running against current 3rd District Councilwoman Mary Woolridge. During that campaign, an ad surfaced showing a pair of African-American hands clutching cash — an insinuation that Woolridge, who is black, shouldn’t be trusted with district dollars.

It should be noted that George Unseld didn’t decide to denounce the mailer until several days later, after receiving complaints from his supporters. He said as much during his press conference, indicating that he was speaking out because people had complained to him. Nothing about him being personally offended or outraged.

Read the rest of the juicy, juicy about Denise Bentley and the drama involving Jim King after the jump…

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Powell County Fiscal Court: Ruh Ro

Auditor Crit Luallen just released her report on the financial statements of the Powell County Fiscal Court and it isn’t pretty.

According to the report, the county had a deficit of more than $1 million in its general, jail and disaster emergency funds! A million dollars. In Powell County. Yeah, we’re wowed.

Take a look at part of the release:

Auditors found that the Powell County Fiscal Court transferred restricted money from the road fund, the Local Government Economic Assistance (LGEA) Fund, the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) Fund and the ambulance fund to the general, jail, and Disaster Emergency Services (D.E.S) funds.

The county has repaid a portion of the money; however, additional money was borrowed or transferred during the current fiscal year, according to the audit.

-SNIP-

Kentucky law specifically prohibits the expenditure of LGEA funds for administration of the government and also states coal impact counties must expend 100 percent of funds in transportation. Fiscal court used a portion of the coal impact funds for expenditures other than transportation. These non-allowable expenditures are due back to the LGEA Fund to be expended for transportation, according to the audit.

Additionally, the county’s road fund expenditures exceeded the budgeted amount that could be used for purposes other than transportation during the fiscal year…

Glad you don’t run a county government? Ha.

Beyond all that shiz, the audit revealed that county 911 supervisors didn’t maintain timesheets nor review and sign employee timesheets. And the jailer didn’t submit an annual financial report to the county treasurer as required by state law.

We imagine it’s tough to operate in the black with the current economy. But. Ugh.