Wide Stance Wednesday

When reality gets too boring, just watch this. [Funny]

Kentucky: ten years behind the game. Pol Watchers has the goods on a recent letter from Attorney General Greg Stumbo to Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Stumbo says an investigation of the state’s electronic voting equipment turned up the “alarming discovery” that the optical scanning units used in Louisville’s electronic voting system were not certified by the state. Finally, the black box voting movement has come to Kentucky. [PolWatchers]

From beans to fuel. The Owensboro Grain Company becomes a bio-diesel refinery and will start production on October 1. Today the plant will be dedicated at a ceremoney attended by Ernie Fletcher, Jim Bunning and Ron Lewis. [WFIE]

From the Heckuva Job Brownie Dept. Hundreds turned out to “greet” Mitch McConnell and thank him for the thousands upon thousands killed in Iraq. Tens of bikers showed up in support of the mass murder in Iraq. Joe Sonka was there and live blogged the event with photos. [C-J, DM]

Burnside Stays Moist

The small Kentucky tourist city on Lake Cumberland will remain moist. During today’s special election the citizens of Burnside voted to maintain their liquor sales status. Restaurants that seat at least 100 people and derive 70% of their sales from food may legally continue to serve alcoholic beverages.

This could be considered a victory for taxpayers. Nearly $400,000 from taxes on alcohol sales have gone to hire police officers, buy fire equipment and make all around community improvements.

Further evidence that allowing democracy to play out is the best route to take.

Emmons & Company successfully led the fight for Burnside.

In case you need a break from Senators and their bathroom sex…

Good entertainment. If you haven’t had a chance, listen to the radio “debate” between Fletcher and Beshear. If we’re basing things on courtesy and manners displayed in this radio show alone? Neither of these gentleman have any. Endless blabbering after repeated requests to stop were ignored. And ignored. And ignored. [WKYX]

When giants attack. Attorney General Greg Stumbo is on the right side of the nightmarish Monsanto-Delta & Pine merger. Monstanto, the world’s largest producer of pesticides and genetically engineered seed, is best known for using their GRE plants to obliterate the crops of legitimate farmers– permanently infecting the food chain. Oh– and they tried to patent the pig. [Legal Newsline]

Gaming the System. Humana breaks the law, pays $500,000 fine for misleading customers, using unlicensed agents. Imagine it– a health insurance giant skirting the law and paying a fine. Just the cost of doing business, right? [Business First]

Meanwhile, the number of individuals without health insurance nationwide is skyrocketing. (14% of Kentuckians lack coverage) The Census Bureau released figures showing the number of those without insurance rose from 44.8 million in 2005 to 47 million in 2006. That means– based on numbers two years old– nearly 16% of the population doesn’t have health coverage. People covered by employer-based health insurance fell 1.5% and the number of uninsured children rose 700,000 to 8.7 million in the same 2005-2006 period of time. [Business First, H-L]

We didn’t know Seattle had Republicans! A waitress (server, to be politically correct) helped anonymously pen a facetious blog complaint against Stefan Sharkansky. Apparently, he lets his kids run rampant and is a horrible tipper. Sounds like a familiar former Democratic Lt. Governor of Kentucky, if you ask us! [Consumerist]

Taking it to their doorsteps. War protesters rally against Sen. Mitch McConnell tonight. Thousands in Kentucky are expected to take part in National Take a Stand Day, holding a rally and a march to McConnell’s home in Louisville. [WLKY]

Gallatin County repeals Sunday liquor sales, joins the middle ages

Very rarely (okay, we’re being kind) does something this absurd come down the pike. You read the headline correctly. Gallatin Co has repealed a two-year-old law allowing liquor sales on Sunday.

That’s right. Gallatin Co. In tourism-heavy Northern Kentucky. Has gone crazy.

We, like Tricia Houston, are blown away that people’s religious preferences are not just inhibiting progress in Kentucky but are pushing us back in time by a minimum of six decades.

Next week we’ll be discussing the merits of allowing women to show their faces in public.

Welcome to the stone age. Or Kabul. Or anywhere else where community leaders have stopped taking their meds.

Don’t blink! It’s Friday

Making a difference at home. Battling drug abuse just got a little easier in Pike County. Following on the heels of Hal Rogers’ Operation UNITE, the Office of Drug Control Policy has been established and it’s the first in the state. Communities are waking up to reality. [News-Express]

Sickening. From the WTF Dept. Modern-day slavery right at home. Human trafficking in Kentucky? Yeah. For real. [C-J]

Our thoughts are with Justice Mac. Kentucky’s first African American supreme court justice succumbs to cancer. [C-J]

Throwing jobs away. Kentucky’s jobless rate in July rose quite a bit. According to statistics, 1,200 jobs alone were lost in the educational and health services sector. Yeah, the economy’s golden! [C-J]

Pardon Us…

While we whore ourselves out for some friends for a moment. Don’t worry. It’s worth it.

Dedication flyerKentucky’s Hart-Lunsford Pictures has a classic on its hands. The movie Dedication opens tomorrow in New York and Los Angeles. It was one of two official H-L entries at Sundance this year and stars Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup. More importantly, especially for the crowd perpetually looking for another glimpse of its favorite cult classic funny ladies, Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy, author brother David Sedaris) and Dianne Wiest (of Parenthood— you know you remember the flashlight scene!) are also part of the cast.

Click here to peek a clip and trailer from the film. If you’re in NYC or LA? GO SEE IT.

We’ll fill you in when the release spreads in September. We’ll also let you know if we’re ever able to convince our good, dear, important, visionary friends (heh. shameless enough?) at HLP to let us screen their work for some free Kentucky publicity.

Missing Free Media: Beshear? Fletcher?

FACT: A key plank of the Beshear-Mongiardo campaign is to quit the economic incentive giveaway game (aka corporate welfare) for out-of-state business. From Beshear’s Web site:

“It is time we shift our economic development approach away from luring out-of-state businesses and industries that don’t need help with the promise of tax reductions, abatements and direct grants, and instead grow our economy from within, putting Kentucky businesses first.”

So why is Beshear staying silent while the Special Session plays out in Frankfort, while Fletcher dominates the free media with his economic incentive plan for Peabody Coal? Why isn’t Beshear cozying up to the environmentalists and the few legislators who oppose the incentives?

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