Vultures = Metaphor For New Republicans

The idea of black vultures turning predatory might sound like the plot of a low-budget horror film, but to Kentucky farmers trying to protect calving cows, that horror has become all too real in recent years. Now it appears farmers are fighting back against the federally protected migratory birds in a big way. [H-L]

The anti-Muslim white supremacist charged with murdering two men in Portland, Oregon, when they intervened in his bigoted tirade at two teenagers is the kind of extremist that former Department of Homeland Security official Daryl Johnson worried about. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville’s endowment — managed by the beleaguered U of L Foundation — lost about 6 percent of its value last year. [C-J/AKN]

Germany’s largest bank has failed to respond to a request from Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel for details about U.S. President Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia, a Democratic staffer said on Sunday. [Reuters]

You can thank bigots like Matt Bevin and other twits in the Republican Party of Kentucky (we’re looking at you, self-hating Julie Raque Adams) for Kentucky’s disastrous economy. While state officials are touting 2017 as a record-breaking year for business investments, a new study ranked Kentucky the third worst state for jobs. [Richmond Register]

Lee Francis Cissna, President Trump’s nominee to head the federal agency that handles applications for visas, refugee status and citizenship, has put little on the public record in his 20 years as a lawyer, government employee, diplomat and Capitol Hill aide. [ProPublica]

A plan to build a pavilion, or another multiuse structure, in downtown Ashland that would shelter local farmers and artisans and be used for special events is “in the works,” according to Mayor Steve Gilmore. [Ashland Independent]

As the country — and Washington in particular — borders on near-obsession over whether affiliates of Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Kremlin to swing the 2016 presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials say Moscow’s espionage ground game is growing stronger and more brazen than ever. [Politico]

Only one person spoke during a public hearing Thursday morning regarding the financing of the new Metcalfe County Government Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the June 7, 1942, edition of the Chicago Sunday Tribune trumpeted news of a stunning American victory over a Japanese armada at the Battle of Midway. [WaPo]

Last week, church leaders from West Louisville and beyond packed into a public school auditorium to hear Gov. Matt Bevin’s ideas for how to stop a surge of violent crime in the neighborhood. [WFPL]

What will end racism in the United States? Certainly not modern/New Republicans. [BBC]

Frustrated by complaints of shoddy customer service and the recent layoffs of 56 employees, Lexington city officials want Spectrum executives to come to city hall to discuss the city’s mounting concerns about the cable company. [H-L]

Over 63 years after Brown v. Board of Education made state-sanctioned school segregation illegal and set off a wave of controversial efforts to diversify districts, many schools have settled back into old patterns. Although the law no longer endorses it, schools are still divided along fault lines of race and class. [HuffPo]

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Watching The Planet Burn Is Fun Stuff

“Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord makes clear that the United States is not only abdicating its role as a world leader but is staking a claim as one of the great threats to global progress. Last year, the world’s nations came together out of urgent necessity and agreed with near unanimity to work together in combating the most pressing crisis of our time. The President’s decision to now reverse course betrays our allies, undermines our credibility, and exacerbates a global catastrophe. There are no winners in this decision. America’s influence will now dwindle, the climate will continue to wreak havoc, and — despite the myths perpetuated by the President and his anti-science allies — our economy will suffer tremendously. Doubling down on denial will not bring back coal jobs, and the bliss of this ignorant misstep will be short-lived once the dire consequences begin to take their toll.” [Congressman John Yarmuth]

Last week, Russ Whitney’s electricity meter in Scott County started running backwards. The Newtown Pike homeowner completed construction of a solar array that converts sunlight into electric current — enough to power his 2 1/2 -story, 3,190-square-foot home. [H-L]

Quitting the Paris Agreement will have steep political and economic costs. But for an embattled president, it does do one thing: It fulfills a campaign promise popular with his base, and appeases the members of his administration who are ideologically opposed to anything that smacks of globalism or environmentalism. [HuffPo]

The findings, published in Nature Climate Change, detail how every state and several hundred cities or metro areas could be affected, including Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Nashville. [C-J/AKN]

Shifting from his previous blanket denials, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Thursday that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyberattacks last year to help the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. [NY Times]

When it comes to health care, Americans may be having buyer’s remorse. More people approve of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, than the alternative health bill passed this month by House Republicans, according to a poll published Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. [WFPL]

This treasonous pigfucker and his supporters (like Scott Jennings) are more dumb than you thought. The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, from which its officials were ejected in late December as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Then-President Barack Obama said Dec. 29 that the compounds were being “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes,” and gave Russia 24 hours to vacate them. Separately, Obama expelled from the United States what he said were 35 Russian “intelligence operatives.” [WaPo]

The Madison County School Board voted unanimously to an across-the-board 1.5 percent salary raise for its employees last week. [Richmond Register]

Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian has been told. [The Guardian]

Unemployment rates rose in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2016 and April 2017, fell in 28 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, [Ashland Independent]

Remember THIS when the New Naz… Republican Party of Kentucky, headed by flesh blob bigot Mac Brown, praises Donald Trump’s decision to abandon efforts to combat climate change. They’re enabling civil war around the globe and empowering terrorists. [MMFA]

Morehead officially has its newest city planner and building inspector. On Monday, Morehead City Council unanimously confirmed Mayor Jim Tom Trent’s request to hire Rodney Fouch, 50, of Morehead, to fill the vacancy surrendered by Beth Day earlier this month. [The Morehead News]

When the city of Toledo temporarily lost access to clean drinking water several years ago after a bloom of toxic algae, the Environmental Protection Agency sent scientists from its Office of Research and Development to study health effects and formulate solutions. [ProPublica]

When Bill Hughes went to fight in Iraq in 2003, members of his Army unit lined their vehicles with scrap metal, sandbags and bulletproof vests to protect themselves from roadside bombs. By the time his younger brother Ryan Young was in Iraq in 2008, the vehicles were made of a high-purity aluminum alloy that was much more effective at absorbing the blast. [H-L]

Donald Trump has granted ethics waivers to at least 17 of his top White House aides, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, in addition to four former lobbyists. The waivers, released by the White House late Wednesday but granted on various dates, undermine Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington. [HuffPo]

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Bevin & His New Republican Party Are Bad News For Jobs In Kentucky

Matt Bevin and his fellow New Republican con-artists are so incompetent that unemployment is rising again. Unemployment rates rose in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2016 and April 2017, fell in 28 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. [H-L]

Former President Barack Obama subtly knocked his successor, Donald Trump on Thursday, while explaining the importance of taking in refugees and immigrants in need. “In the eyes of God, a child on the other side of the border is no less worthy of love and compassion than my own child,” he said in Berlin during a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear is a lying motherfucker trying to claim he supported gay marriage. He not only fought against gay marriage with your taxpayer dollars, he refused to say the word “gay” during his two terms as governor. Steve Beshear fought against gay marriage so hard that JACK CONWAY had to stand up against him. Beshear fought gay marriage so hard that Dan Canon and crew took the issue to the Supreme Court. Sure, his position may have changed but he partook in extreme homophobic acts. Of course Yetter is giving him cover as he attempts to whitewash history. She’ll likely whine for being called out about it. And a handful of heterosexual white males will defend the bullshit. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. Tell us more, shitty, racist, bigoted, backward Republican Party of Kentucky, how great this anti-health care mentality is going to save us all. [ProPublica]

This reeks of being unethical and potentially illegal. It’s only a matter of time until Bevin’s hit with another massive lawsuit. [Ronnie Ellis]

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited President Donald Trump at the White House in March, she brought a visual aid to help Trump understand the menace posed by his would-be friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Merkel brought a 1980s map of the former Soviet Union and noted the way its borders stretched for hundreds of miles to the west of Russia’s current boundary, according to a source who was briefed on the meeting. [Politico]

The fat white guys (I said it, you bigots. Leave McDonald’s once in a while.) of the Morehead Police Department think they need Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Just in case you needed yet more evidence that some of these small town folks live in a delusional, paranoid Faux News world. [The Morehead News]

Trump’s 2018 budget request to Congress seeks massive cuts in spending on health programs, including medical research, disease prevention programs and health insurance for children of the working poor. It’s the New Republican way. [WaPo]

A bomb threat that included a demand for $25,000 to prevent blowing up a newspaper printing plant in this southern Kentucky city Saturday evening turned out to be false, company officials said. [Richmond Register]

Of course, your shitsack president and most Kentucky Republicans can’t be bothered to honor these dead heroes. [Reuters]

In some areas, residents worry about violent crime – in others, property crime. Could more neighborhood watches be the answer? [WFPL]

One aspect of national security would be shortchanged in the president’s budget proposal: protecting against deadly pathogens, man-made or natural. [NY Times]

Here’s the Jack Brammer participation in the whitewashing of Steve Beshear’s history. He’s the older male version of Yetter. [H-L]

Angered that U.S. intelligence officials appeared to be leaking information about the Manchester terror attack, British authorities have stopped sharing details about the case, the BBC reports. Sources confirmed the report to the Associated Press. [HuffPo]

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Jamie Comer Is Officially Just Scum

A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. [WaPo]

More of that hard-hitting educational reporting from Valarie Honeycutt Spears, the woman who bungled coverage of the Montgomery County Schools scandal. She still hasn’t put in any effort to report on the hundreds of thousands of dollars the district has had to pay out in monstrous settlements. And it’s 15 minutes from her. [H-L]

It’s official! Jamie Comer is a national embarrassment! Not only did he go after a woman who accused him of assault and had others to back her up. Not only did he go after Holly Harris for being honest about his bullshit. Not only did he go after others for attempting to hold his shady ass accountable. But now he’s defending Donald Trump’s treasonous acts and obstruction of justice. Jamie Comer truly is scum and is not deserving of respect. Full stop. [HuffPo]

State government has hired a longtime friend of Gov. Matt Bevin to fill a new $250,000-per-year job dedicated to bolstering the commonwealth’s workforce development efforts. [C-J/AKN]

One afternoon this fall, I knocked on the door of a redbrick apartment building in Akron, Ohio, looking for a Bhutanese refugee who’d lost the tips of his fingers at a Case Farms chicken plant in a vacuum-pressure machine known as a “fat sucker.” [ProPublica]

For the first time since 2009, Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. customers will see a rate increase. The Kentucky Public Service Commission, or PSC, OK’d a 4.2 percent increase Friday. According to the PSC, the average RECC customer will see their bill increase from $106.46 to $110.95. The new rate structure is expected to go into effect July 1. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Few industries have enjoyed the kind of presidential attention that has been lavished on the coal industry in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. [ThinkProgress]

There was contentious discussion during Thursday’s work session of the Morehead State University Board of Regents. The first item on the agenda was the discussion of academic personnel policies. [The Morehead News]

The episode illustrates the impossible mission of managing a White House led by an impetuous president who has resisted structure and strictures his entire adult life. [Politico]

Two local [in Morehead] television station operators are under fire from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for allegedly operating without a license for nearly 20 years. The commission has proposed the maximum fine of $144,344 against the two for continuing operations. [Ashland Independent]

What other White House would schedule a visit by the Russian foreign minister and ambassador on the day after Mr. Trump fired the man in charge of investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia? What other White House would bar the American media while admitting a Russian state photographer? What other White House would be astonished that the Russians would then distribute photos of their officials backslapping the grinning Mr. Trump inside the Oval Office? [NY Times]

Watching a piece of paper burn Saturday morning, Rossetta Trammel’s eyes beamed with joy. The paper, a mortgage on her Douglas Court home, was no longer needed. After nearly 20 years, the final payment was made. The home was hers, free and clear. [Richmond Register]

Violating the oath of office does not require violating a criminal statute. If the President decided to write the nuclear codes on a sticky note on his desk and then took a photo of it and tweeted it, he would not technically have violated any criminal law–just as he hasn’t here. He has the constitutional authority to dictate that the safeguarding of nuclear materials shall be done through sticky notes in plain sight and tweeted, even the authority to declassify the codes outright. Yet, we would all understand this degree of negligence to be a gross violation of his oath of office. [Lawfare]

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, May 16, 2017, that it will ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to review last week’s appeals court decision that supported Hands On Originals’ right to refuse to print gay pride T-shirts in 2012. ;[John Cheves]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued a rare rebuke of Donald Trump’s administration Monday evening, telling reporters the White House must find a way to reverse its “downward spiral.” [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Republicans Embarrassing Us Nationally. Again.

Hopes for a quick rebound in coal jobs with an industry friend in the White House didn’t pan out in Kentucky in the first three months of the year. [H-L]

Major networks including CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC are refusing to air a Donald Trump 2020 campaign ad that attacks mainstream media. [HuffPo]

So many ratchet things to say about the three people taking part in this interview. This involves Rick Pitino, so you can assume some of the ratchet things are highly inappropriate. Be sure to wear rubber gloves while check this story out. [C-J/AKN]

Just in case you thought Matt Bevin and the New Naz… Republican Party of Kentucky couldn’t embarrass you nationally on the health care front again? For nearly three years, Democrats and former President Barack Obama pointed to Kentucky as one of the Affordable Care Act’s biggest success stories. [Reuters]

Ashland is getting too big for its britches, acting as if it’s Louisville or Lexington implementing TIFs that will ultimately fail. The City of Ashland plans to create a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district in downtown Ashland to help two investors turn the Ashland Plaza Hotel into a Marriott-brand hotel, and to fund major public projects downtown, including a new convention center and parking garage. [Ashland Independent]

Mike Roman, a longtime Republican opposition researcher who worked for billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch before joining the Trump campaign, is now the White House’s director of special projects and research. He is one of a half-dozen unannounced hires the White House has made since President Trump took office. [ProPublica]

The $1 trillion spending bill signed by Donald Trump on Friday not only keeps the federal government open through September, it also includes additional money to pay for the destruction of chemical agents stored at Bluegrass Army Depot. [Richmond Register]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s response to the Trump administration pulling down its website detailing information about climate change: putting up his own. [Politico]

BobbiSue Holmes, current dean of students at Cumberland Trace Elementary in Warren County, was named the new principal of South Green Elementary on Thursday in the SGE library. [Glasgow Daily Times]

For local officials here, it was one thing to spar with Donald J. Trump, the developer, over the height of his ficus hedges, the crowds at his Elton John concerts and the roar of jet engines over his private club, Mar-a-Lago. Mr. Trump would often threaten or cajole. The government would often push back, impose fines or endure lawsuits. But dealing with Donald J. Trump, the president, is another matter entirely. [NY Times]

With public interest in horse racing declining, the parent company of the Kentucky Derby has evolved into an entertainment enterprise built on gambling and social gaming platforms. [WFPL]

Not only did the Trump transition team and campaign know about Flynn and Russia, they warned Flynn. [WaPo]

The parents of an autistic third-grader who was dragged down sets of stairs and a hallway have filed suit against a former Scott County teacher, principal, the superintendent and the school district. [H-L]

Twenty-seven of America’s national monuments spanning over more than 11 million acres of land and about 760 million acres of ocean are threatened by a pair of executive orders signed by Donald Trump last week. [HuffPo]

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Horsey Set Had Gambling Fun Saturday

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Coal jobs prove lucrative. But not for those actually in the minds. Which comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention. [H-L]

Democratic activists, revamping fundraising to support congressional candidates in the Trump era, said Friday they received a flood of grassroots donations in the 24 hours after House Republicans passed legislation to repeal huge parts of Obamacare. [HuffPo]

Always Dreaming continued a long run of favorites winning the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs, but the upset came in the aftermath. [C-J/AKN]

In late November, a member of Donald Trump’s transition team approached national security officials in the Obama White House with a curious request: Could the incoming team get a copy of the classified CIA profile on Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States? The outgoing White House also became concerned about the Trump team’s handling of classified information. After learning that highly sensitive documents from a secure room at the transition’s Washington headquarters were being copied and removed from the facility, Obama’s national security team decided to only allow the transition officials to view some information at the White House, including documents on the government’s contingency plans for crises. [AP]

These buttcramps in Trashland (I fucking said it – what a garbage place, thanks to its elected officials and political leaders and you know it’s true) don’t understand that the First Amendment protects people from government, not the other way around. So of course the new CNHI guy is reporting on defamation by using Wikipedia, apparently. [Ashland Independent]

Always Dreaming won the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs over a sloppy track in Louisville on Saturday, giving jockey John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher their second career wins in the ‘Run for the Roses’. [Reuters]

A new state law allowing state parks and fair boards to be sponsored by private entities interested in helping to grow tourism was recently adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Badussy. [Richmond Register]

Tipped off by her Washington sources that an executive order blocking refugees was coming, Becca Heller fired off messages to her vast network of law students and pro bono lawyers: Tell any clients who already have visas to board a plane for the United States. Get ready for the possibility that they will be detained upon landing. [NY Times]

It’s almost embarrassing that every small town in East and West Bumblefart have renamed parks “Freedom” post-9/11, as if it means something. But people always get uncomfortable when you bring up how ridiculous it is. A ceremony was held at Freedom Park on Thursday recognizing the National Day of Prayer. [The Morehead News]

What was that, again about the New Republicans not being literal racists? [Politico]

Bright-colored outfits are the norm at the Kentucky Derby. Women, men and even children arrive with hopes of attracting attention. Derric Chumney does the same thing, but for a different reason. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Their racist flags are still flying and they don’t even realize it. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Hypocrite) suggested on Wednesday that former President Barack Obama’s planned $400,000 speech to a Wall Street firm is the driving force behind a coming measure to cap presidential pensions. [The Hill]

Just a reminder that Matt Bevin’s leadership sucks so badly that Kentucky’s experiencing a $113 million budget shortfall. Not only is New Republicanism (AKA The Dumb, Overtly Racist Republicans Have Taken Over) dangerous, it’s economically inept. Kentucky’s state government could face more budget cuts this summer because its $10.6 billion General Fund, which pays for most state services, is expected to fall $113.2 million short when fiscal year 2017 ends June 30. [John Cheves]

Grifters gonna grift. For a fee of $500,000 made out to the Kushner family, wealthy Chinese could secure a top spot in America. [HuffPo]

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RPK Denies Trying To Take Louisville Over, Egg Still Visible On Its Face

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Kentucky Retirement Systems, the state pension agency that officially faces an $18.1 billion unfunded liability, might be in far worse financial shape than previously thought. That means taxpayers could be on the hook for much more money to honor pension commitments to about 365,000 public employees. [John Cheves]

Donald Trump’s administration labeled The Associated Press’s reporting on a leak “100 percent false” on Friday morning, only to acknowledge less than an hour later that the story was based on a real document. [HuffPo]

If you think this isn’t a Republican attempt to take over in Louisville, you’re probably someone who believes the moon landing was faked. [C-J/AKN]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham and Scott Jennings wouldn’t understand… Zircons are an ordinary gemstone found in granites from continental crust and are an incredibly accurate way to measure ages on the order of hundreds of millions to billions of years old. [Forbes]

Remember a decade or so ago when we started uncovering and reporting on corruption involving Jim Ramsey and the University of Louisville? And when Ramsey, et al (mostly Democrats tied to Jack Conway), started coming for us? Funny how that works. Turns out we were right all along. [WFPL]

Twice as many people now work in solar than in the coal industry, according to a new survey from the nonprofit Solar Foundation. [Fast Company]

If you happen to be on the campus of Harvard University this spring and you run into former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, don’t be surprised. Beshear will be on campus as part of the Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. [Business First]

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing at least three separate probes relating to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections, according to five current and former government officials with direct knowledge of the situation. [Reuters]

After the ease with which it passed out of committee on Thursday — with no nay votes — there wasn’t much surprise Friday when the full Senate unanimously passed the latest Kentucky education reform bill. [Ronnie Ellis]

In light of the stunning events of the past week, the question is not whether the Trump administration’s ties to the Russian government need to be investigated immediately and fully — clearly they do. It’s who will be in charge of that investigation? The Republicans in Congress can’t decide whether they would rather act like a responsible, independent branch or just the friendly legislative arm of the White House. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House oversight committee, would sooner investigate a cartoon character named Sid the Science Kid than any allegations relating to President Trump. [NY Times]

From the Department of Things That Make You Go Hmm… Ashland is ranked eighth as one of the top places to retire in Kentucky, according to a SmartAsset study. [Ashland Independent]

Betsy DeVos criticized teachers at a D.C. school she visited and they took her ass to school. This is the backward, bigoted, out-of-touch woman Scott Jennings and the Republican Party of Kentucky are continually praising. [WaPo]

Tim Conley is a con artist who just won’t quit. He and his family hid behind Jesus – as if that’s okay – while he robbed Morgan County blind as people were suffering and mourning deaths after a tornado that wiped out West Liberty. He deserves to remain in prison until 2021. And honestly, deserves to be shunned for the rest of his time on earth. [H-L]

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a staunch defense of the free press Saturday, noting that attacks on the media are “how dictators get started.” [HuffPo]

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