Monday: 36 days til the ads stop

Unlikely pair? Kentucky should pay attention. The Herald-Leader delves into the business partnership of Bruce Lunsford and Ed Hart and their movie making successes. From the Sundance Film Festival to Kentucky, these guys are creating an empire. Politics aside? We should be proud. These guys smell an opportunity to change perceptions of the Bluegrass state. [H-L]

Oh man, the differences. Lee is a radical in every sense of the word and Conway is a reasonable man who actually believes in the law. Not surprising only 60 people showed up to their forum. Attorney General? What’s that? [KY Post]

Singing the praises, calling a spade a spade. Talking Points Memo notices Ernie’s latest commercial and sings the praises of Alessi for pointing out the ad’s distortions and inaccuracies. [TPM]

Controversial Micro-City Government rears its ugly head again in Lexington. This time with the sale of its property without documentation of proceeds or anything else required of non-profits. Ron Berry, founder of the organization, was convicted on 12 counts of third-degree sodomy (of participants in the organization’s youth programs) in 2000. [H-L]

Five Days of Non-Answers. CNHI started its five-day series of citizen questions with Steve Beshear and Ernie Fletcher. Looks like a worthy mix of questioners and may be worth checking out. [Daily Independent]

Still not talking about the senate? Owsley Brown II was profiled and only discussed philanthropy. No mention of senate hopes at all. But with more than $600 million in stocks alone– who’d need to raise cash? We hope he stays out of the race so he can focus his attention full-time on worthy causes around the Commonwealth. [C-J]

CATS testing scores ‘hard to explain’? Hello, understatement. Not only have we slipped into a backward mindset of teaching only toward a test, we’ve now made it impossible to understand what the heck those test results mean. Yay educational failures! [H-L]

Do they always have to do this? Appalachian Regional Healthcare is once again suffering from a massive strike of nurses. When will this hospital group learn to negotiate? Public perception matters, people. You’ll win in the court of public opinion. [H-L]

Iran So Far. This has absolutely nothing to do with Kentucky but is the funniest thing to happen in months. SNL’s Andy Samberg takes on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a funny digital short. Give it a watch and laugh your guts out. We can’t stop watching it. [SNL via YouTube]

Yeah, sometimes we read more than the C-J and H-L. Sometimes.

Labor Backs Beshear, Troglodytes Freak Out

How long have we known this? Since June?

The mainstream finally catches onto the bit about labor backing Steve Beshear. Then crazies in the C-J’s comments section try to paint labor unions as evil and Steve Beshear as an immoral freedom hater.

“9/11! 9/11! TERRA! NEVER FORGET! FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!”

What the heck are these people smoking?

Here’s the hilarious comment:

I will not vote for a man who believes that killing a human being is ok if that person is a burden or just unwanted, who support immorality and attacks our freedoms. So I will not vote for Beshear. The kind of world he and his ilk are trying to form is not the kind of world I want my children or grandchildren to live in.

I believe strongly that it is unions’ support of evil that is causing their decline. They always seem to support the wrong things: murder of the weak and helpless, immorality and anti-Christianity. All this for their idea of what is best for their wallets. Despicable! Too bad because unions have done so much good in the past, but now they are just rotten.

Guess these people really do exist.

Rumors in the Political World

To follow up on an earlier post…

We hear that the UAW and UMWA endorsed all Democratic candidates last week. Beshear-Mongiardo for Governor/Lt. Gov., Bruce Hendrickson for Secretary of State, Jack Conway for Attorney General, Todd Hollenbach for Treasurer, Crit Luallen for Auditor.

This hasn’t been officially released but is confirmed by one campaign and two union officials.

Note: We’ll ignore David L. Williams, candidate for Agricultural Commissioner, just as the KDP has. Can’t put a crazy guy’s name in large print. Especially not after they’re arrested for threatening their own niece.

The Union Vote

Recall Fletcher’s Right to Work snafu. Here’s the official release about it.

Remember how many this union-busting attempt riled up? Just something to keep in mind because it’s on the minds of every union family in Kentucky.

A minimum of 1.2 to 1.3 million voters are expected at the polls on November 6, 2007. 354,000 (26% of the vote) of those voters will be union members.

354,000.

If the union vote doesn’t seal the deal? We don’t know what does.

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]

Slipping by the Wayside

Is anyone following this? Attorneys for the fen-phen case in Kentucky stole $46million from their clients. Now they’re whining about being in jail. Maybe we could give this money to Peabody. [C-J]

No friend of the working man? Organized labor takes a jab at Fletcher. [AFL-CIO]

Blue dog or Bush dog? Ben Chandler gets added to the list after voting in favor of warrantless wiretapping. [DemocratsDotCom]

From the Wasted Opportunity Dept. Gallup Poll shows that for the first time since 1974, the Congressional approval rating has hit rock bottom. Only 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. Staggering 76% disapprove. And Nancy Pelosi eats babies. [Gallup]

Doling out dollars. Fletcher spends nearly $2million in Perry County for road paving (they call it asphalt rehabilitation). Which stretch of road, you wonder? Why, the Hal Rogers Parkway. Project is scheduled for completion on October 15. [KY]

Keeping them poor and sick. In case you didn’t know: Kentucky children who already don’t have health care will never get it. [WaPo]

Absolute Power?

CBS affiliate KXMC in North Dakota begins to talk about John Cheves’ in-depth analysis of McConnell and his Labor Secretary wife.

The tragedy at the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah, where six men are currently trapped underground, has brought to light the partnership between Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and how they are aligned against the interests of working people.

Speaking of the couple, they were both at today’s national meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police held in Louisville (along with Rep. John Yarmuth). Watch the video below to hear what they had to say.

You’ll remember that Democrats caved in a vote on August 4 approving the “Protect America Act”, thereby authorizing warrantless wiretapping. No more FISA court requirement. No more privacy. If you need a refresher or want a more complete understanding of the wiretap situation, check out Robert Parry’s latest.

Senator McConnell spoke about this very issue today. (See video) Did he get it wrong by incorrectly characterizing the wiretapping issue? He said, “To me, the idea that we were supposed to extend the Bill of Rights to a bunch of non-citizens overseas, let alone terrorists, wasn’t only dangerous, it was the height of stupidity.”

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Note that there was no mention of rights as they relate to U.S. citizens. No mention that your communication with a friend in Chile will be tapped without a court order, either. Bruce Schreiner has more on today’s events.