It’s Wednesday. Nice Weather Is Here To Stay.

According to a press release from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Kentucky’s jobless rate rose to 6.8% in August, from 6.7% in July. It was 5.5% in August 2007. But that’s not to say that thousands of jobs haven’t been created in Kentucky. [Press Release]

Kentucky State Parks have tons of fun planned for Halloween. Costume contests, haunted trails, hayrides, storytelling, games and campground decorating. If you’re feeling the crunch of our souring economy, hit up your local state park. It’s worth it. They’re Kentucky’s hidden gems. Barren River, Big Bone Lick, Blue Licks, Carter Caves, Dale Hollow, Jenny Wiley, et al. [State Parks]

John Yarmuth’s ElderServe Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s part of the Elder Abuse Victims Act and will expand Louisville’s ElderServe program on a nationwide basis to protect seniors who have been subjected to physical or psychological abuse and neglect. [Press Release]

Politicker’s fake political guru “Wally Edge” is lame. He’s in the business of reprinting – verbatim – the McConnell campaign’s spin-filled posts. It’s getting more and more obvious each day that this organization is not a legitimate source for journalism but a regurgitation machine parading as mainstream.  Trey Pollard’s the only person worth reading. [Politicker]

The scary Carlyle Group that owns everything on earth may become a mortgage buyer. They literally own everything. Cable, military, yadda yadda. It’s that fancy group the Bush family is a part of and the same group the bin Laden family was involved in. [Washington Business Journal]

Former President Bill Clinton addressed a group of bloggers in New York City yesterday. In discussion about the United States’ insufficient crisis proposal, Clinton shared a story from Hillary’s visit to Kentucky last weekend, Clinton also relayed a story from his wife’s recent trip campaigning on behalf of Mitch McConnell challenger Bruce Lunsford: Hillary reported that in Kentucky, people “don’t yet see it as a big crisis requiring an urgent response, because they’ve been in trouble for years.” [Huffington Post]

When will Markos Moulitsas give it up? He’s so out of touch with Kentucky politics it’s sickening. He’s still touting Ben Chandler as a senate candidate in 2010. Yeah, uh, not gonna happen. [The Hill]

Don McNay chimes in on the economic meltdown. His column is all about what it’d be like if Jim Bunning were President. Scary, we know. But Bunning really did have better instincts about America’s economic problems than many other politicians. [Don McNay]

Worried about judicial races in Jefferson County? Among members of the Louisville Bar Association, Katie King is toast when put up against Judge David Holton. It may have something to do with the fact that she has zero experience and has never even tried a case. [LBA Judicial Poll (PDF Link)]

OMG. Did you know you? You can Cheezburger Steve Beshear! Everyone go create some masterpieces and send them our way, stat! [Cheezburger]

Some Important Stuff About Ham Or Whatever

Did you know some old dudes in politics ate some ham this morning? Ryan Alessi and Jack Brammer also ate some ham.

Bruce Lunsford said Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden would be all up in the Bluegrass campaigning for him. That’s kind of fancy.

Joni Jenkins used her red shoes to beat people about the head and to “breeze” by Mitch McConnell.

And then everyone went home to take a nap after eating all kinds of salty pig.

The end.

Going to the State Fair This Year?

Okay, once you get over your fear of seeing giant Freddy, we’ll move on.

The Kentucky State Fair opened yesterday and will run through Sunday, August 24. So go pick up your free stress relievers and all kinds of free ink pens! Click here for daily event schedules.

Musical guests this year include: Boyz II Men (tonight), Brad Paisley, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Travis Tritt and the Village People. And no, we didn’t laugh one time while typing that last line.

We can’t wait to get there so we can smell all the pig poop and eat elephant ears.

So, folks, since we don’t have time to write a real story about the state fair… tell us what we need to check out this year!

Monday Afternoon Update Dept of Kittehs and Other Matters Of Extreme Importance

ALERT! Famous racist and hardcore porn star Sonny Landham will be in Louisville this Saturday for a fancy scary movie festival! Everyone go tell him how excited you are about his unique brand of racism. [C-J]

Uh, homie, it’s only an exclusive if no one else knows about it. When the entire Commonwealth knows about something and the traditional media world has already covered something… that’s, you know, not exactly an exclusive. But it really is good that someone is focusing on King David these days. [BGR]

Tonight’s episode of Kentucky Tonight on KET will be all about taxes, the economy and the presidential election. Tonight’s guests are David Tandy, a Louisville Metro Councilcritter/lawyer/KDP Treasurer; Gail Russel, Louisville lawyer and RPKer; Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky AFL-CIO; Angela Leet, chair of Kentucky Women for McCain, meaning she’s president and sole member of that club. Send comments and questions to kytonight@ket.org. It airs at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. [Kentucky Tonight]

Joe has a very important video of a very important and exciting place right here in Bluegrass USA. Quite possibly the greatest and funniest place on earth. Contains monkeys. Go lookit. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Dee Dee Myers and Karl Rove are the big dog speakers at Northern Kentucky University’s Alumni Lecture Series. Their discussion will take place on October 9 at 6:00 P.M. Eastern in the ballroom of NKU’s Student Union. $40 admission for the general public, which is a little high-dollar for spinsters of their ilk. [Pat Crowley]

Grampa John McCain duz not undrstd techanogoly. Look! It’s John McCain kitteh! In other news, this cool person who once called me from an establishment resembling a steakhouse says Ceiling Cat approves. [Yes We Can]

Fancy Farm 2008 – Should We Go?

Well, should we? Will it be worth our time?

A campaign or two needs to drop us a confidential note letting us know what will go down. We can guarantee confidentiality. But we’re not gonna suffer through a lack of healthy vegetarian options for two sweat-filled days unless we know it’s worth our time.

Will there be wi-fi? Any kind of internets? Electricity? Does Sprint even have towers out there? Will we die of the starvation and lack of connectivity?

Also, who will be driving us from Louisville?

Lt. Governor Visiting Western Kentucky

Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo will spend this Wednesday and Thursday in western Kentucky getting to know the community. He’ll be talking with local media and will give the general public the opportunity to get to know him. So, if you’ve been looking for the time to interview him or speak to him one-on-one, here’s your chance.

Before you take a look at Mongiardo’s schedule, don’t forget this fancy aerial image system he helped launch last week! We can’t stop wasting time with it. It may not be the best thing to happen to Kentucky, but try telling that to our crew of geeks.

Schedule after the jump…

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