Your Evening Dept of Boogers & Crazy Geriatrics

HILARIOUS rumor: I hear the infamous Thom Karmik is headed back to Kentucky. Who will he be working for? Greg Fischer? [Hilarious Rumor]

UPDATE: The Fischer Campaign tells me Karmik would NEVER be hired by them. So, who is it? Mongiardo? He’s hopping his butt around Louisville talking to everybody.

FINAL UPDATE: Looks like he’s working for David Tandy. Hahahahaha.

Former Lt. Governor Steve Pence endorsed Republican Bruce Wicker for Congress in Kentucky’s 3rd District against John Yarmuth. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Now go to bed, you silly old fart! [Fat Lip]

Boogers, Lies and Videuhtape. [Barefoot & Progressive]

It’s time for some WHAS11-Kentucky Kingdom schadenfreude. [More VV]

What is it with Uncle Tom Riner putting his personal benefit ahead of all else? His lame measure wouldn’t stand a chance on its own in either house of the legislature. [Page One Gets Comments]

HAHAHAHA. [Wonkette]

Go watch Teabagger Chief Randy Rand Paul on CNN. He says he can win without the GOP’s help. [Bluegrass Politics]

Fancy payday loan shark rumor: I hear the House Democratic Caucus has a fancy slush fund with about $500K from three industries: payday loan sharks, king coal and the nursing home industry. Imagine that. [Fancy Frankfort Rumor Mill]

Tonight’s scheduled guests for Comment on Kentucky are: Linda Blackford (Herald-Leader), Ronnie Ellis (CNHI) and Stephenie Steitzer (Courier-Journal). Tune in to KET 1 at 8:00 P.M. Eastern! [Press Release]

Mitch McConnell should issue an official apology to federal law enforcement everywhere. [Think Progress]

Loren Carl Nominated for U.S. Marshal

Loren Carl, District Coordinator for Ben Chandler since 2004, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

From the press release:

He is also a Director of the Woodford County Kentucky Bank Board. Carl was the Chief of Police at the Woodford County, Kentucky, Police Department from December 2003 to April 2004, and a detective with that agency from 1980 to 1985.  From 1996 to 2003, he was the Director of the Financial Integrity Enforcement Division of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.  He served as Sheriff of Woodford County from 1986 to 1996 and was a deputy sheriff from 1978 to 1979.  Prior to his law enforcement experience, Carl was a manager with the Kentucky Finance Company from 1973 to 1977.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1971.  Carl received a general business certificate from Kentucky Business College in 1971.

Congrats to Squirrel!

Thursday Morning Dept of Failed Leadership

Kentuckians are evenly split in their opinion of whether or not Steve Beshear absolutely sucks you-know-whats as governor. Only 44% approve. And it’s not true that Beshear doesn’t pay attention to approval numbers [Joe Gerth]

Mitch McConnell raised big bucks from a foreign defense contractor probed for bribery. [Talking Points Memo]

The PSC demands answers from EKPC. Will it get them? [External PDF Link]

Steve Beshear praised Barack Obama’s “clean coal” proposals. Too bad clean coal isn’t happening. [Bluegrass Politics]

Will Barack Obama keep his campaign promise on national parks? Will he address the National Park Service’s funding shortfall? [NPCA]

A former FBI interrogator says Mitch McConnell doesn’t know what he’s talking about. [Washington Independent]

Just, yeah, no words but laughter on this line from the Bi-State Bridges Shizbucket Mess: “My favorite came from our Old Kentucky Papaw, Gov. Beshear: “We don’t want grass to grow under our feet.” [LEO’s FatLip]

Big drug news: 51 were targeted in a Winchester drug bust. More evidence that Kentucky has some of the best law enforcement professionals in the country. [H-L]

Greg Stumbo: Please don’t misspeak about merit and non-merit positions that are facing scrutiny. It’s a surefire way to get people so mad that they email me non-stop. [State Journal]

I think it’d be wise for the governor’s office to comment on something as important as a proposed budget. That’s what a governor is supposed to do. Oh, and it’d also help if he had bothered to present a budget that the legislature could use. [Stephenie Steitzer]

Tuesday Morning Dept of Enemies of Liberty!

WHAT? You mean to tell me there’s no “Enemy of Liberty” in Kentucky to face Rand Paul? [Gawker]

When will Gary Tapp come clean about why he isn’t running for re-election to the state senate? I hear it involves his cousin. [Page One Flashback]

The military is losing ground in the fight against suicides. Andrew Horne: Thoughts? [H-L]

John Yarmuth finally caved on health care reform. [WFPL]

A witness in the Nighbert-Lawson trial says Nighbert received more than $30,000 in error. [John Cheves]

An FBI agent testified in the case. Lots of deets about how the investigation got off the ground. [Tom Loftus]

Mitch McConnell will never, ever, propose an alternative to anything. He’ll just solidly obfuscate and oppose everything. [WaPo]

What does Republican Bill Farmer do when he doesn’t get his way? Work toward a compromise? Nope, he just cold quits like Sarah Palin. [Bluegrass Politics]

Rand Paul’s demand that Trey Grayson resign is a little bit out of this world. [Fat Lip]

TGIF! Fancy Road Corruption, Meth & Dinosaurs

Bill Nighbert told Joe Prather to stay close to Leonard Lawson. Lawson wanted Prather to take care of three people: Jim Rummage, Ellen Briscoe (Danny’s wife) and another person Prather said he couldn’t recall. [Tom Loftus]

Steve Beshear testified for 90 minutes at the Lawson-Nighbert trial and it wasn’t all puppies and rainbows for him. Turns out he hasn’t cleaned up Frankfort and it’s interesting to see the defense pointing all of his messes out. [John Cheves]

Cindy McCain (yes, Cougar) posed for the No Hate Campaign in California. [MSNBC]

Fairdale Bigfoot is still running for mayor and he’s got a new advice column this week! Relationship advice time! [Consuming Louisville]

Apparently the Associated Press thinks being a lesbian is a one-time thing. [H-L]

That Jesus Museum in Northern Kentucky is going to be pissed that the Louisville Zoo is about to play host to some robodinos. [WHAS11]

Everybody in Kentucky loves their meth. According to the KSP, 716 labs were discovered in 2009. [WFPL]

So what’s the real story behind Harry Moberly’s departure? [Ronnie Ellis]

Jack Conway says he just doesn’t care for war. Strange for a Democrat to say something Democratic in Kentucky. [WBKO]

Republicans keep saying they have a plan for health care. But it’s been months and they’re still unable to hand it over. Because it doesn’t exist. [NY Times]

How is it we can afford to spend $173 million on roads in Lexington while we’ve got a $1.5 billion budget shortfall or whatever? [H-L]

Wednesday Morning Dept of Fauxficiency Measures

Today Steve Beshear, Jonathan Miller, Mary Lassiter and Daniel Mongiardo are holding a press conference to make an announcement regarding “new state government efficiency measures.” Guess they won’t start talking about “efficiency” by explaining why Lt. Dan hasn’t had to take a 10% salary cut like everyone else or why he receives a housing allowance for living out-of-county with his in-laws. [Press Release]

78 guns unaccounted for by Whitley County Sheriff. [AP via H-L]

Monsanto’s genetically modified corn has been linked to organ failure. Imagine that. Thank goodness we (not me, but all Kentuckians) have some great practices in Kentucky that involve growing our own fruits and vegetables – organically, from non-Monsanto horse shiz – just like our ancestors have done for centuries. [HuffPo]

Kentucky can’t afford these King Coal tax breaks – especially on coal that’s not even from Kentucky. [H-L]

Gay teen in Louisville worried he might be Christian. [The Onion]

What? Ben Chandler gets ANOTHER Republican opponent? [Click the Clicky]

Mitch McConnell is once again complaining about our economic situation. As he usually does, he backs away from everything at the last minute, refuses to make a comment until he complains and never offers an alternative solution. [Politico]

Democrats spent $890,000 on the special election Jodie Haydon lost. The winner, Jimmie Jimmy (don’t read hilarious shiz about Jimmie Lee before writing at 5:00 A.M.) Higdon, spent $328,000. Republic… er, Democrat Ed Worley points out just how inept the Democratic operation was. [Joe Gerth]

You following this Lawson-Nighbert trial? It’s turning into a hot mess. Just wait til Papaw and Ernest Lee have to testify. [John Cheves]

Friday Early Evening Snowed In Time Wasters

30+ people had a flashmob of a SnowBalle Fighte at CentrePointe in Lexington today. Jim Newberry & crew wet themselves repeatedly and are currently working furiously to find a way to jail everybody who was there, forever, the end, amen. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Greeeaaaat. Let’s privatize our public schools. That makes sense. [H-L]

Listen to Jack Conway discuss health care in the United States. [Terry Meiners]

Kentucky’s new education commissioner really likes the architecture in Frankfort. [Check It]

Sarah Palin is coming to Louisville in April to talk about Jesus and ladies or something. [WFPL]

Gambling isn’t going to happen in Kentucky. KEEP is still largely silent and the Governor is half-assing everything. [Bluegrass Politics]

Speaking of Jack Conway, he’s eleven million points stronger than Lt. Dan when put up against Randy Ayn Rand Paul in the general. [Page One]

Don’t forget to watch Comment on Kentucky this evening. Scheduled guests: Stephenie Steitzer of the C-J, John Stamper of the H-L and Steve York from WAVE3. [Press Release]

Ronnie Ellis gets it right again. Voter anger is a major issue in 2010. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Barack Obama awarded $2.3 billion for new clean-tech manufacturing jobs today. These Recovery Act Tax Credits will enable more than $7 billion in new manufacturing projects and allegedly create tens of thousands of jobs. [Selected Projects – Excel File]

Jerry Abramson loves ripping the Louisville Metro Police Department off 24/7. Sad that the Chief of Police and the rest of Metro Government aren’t pressing harder for these funds to be returned to our under-paid, over-worked officers on the streets. Here’s hoping this gets used against McCheese in the gubernatorial election. [C-J]

All female inmates currently at the Otter Creek Correctional Complex will be transferred to a state-run facility. They’ll all be moved to the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex and men currently housed there will be transferred to other state facilities. [Press Release]

That mean Trey Grayson is going to some debates this year. [Bluegrass Politics]