Casey Davis & The Extreme Gay Panic

Casey Davis is so gay-panicked he can barely breathe. [H-L]

Some of the dumbest people on earth work on Fox News. [HuffPo]

Mitch McConnell spoke for more than 40 minutes Monday in Shepherdsville and never once mentioned Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin. [C-J/AKN]

Of course it’s because some butthurt politician complained. [The Hill]

The Frack Free Foothills community group have created an online petition requesting a moratorium of high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state until the implementation of all safety recommendations of the Oil and Gas Working Group. [Richmond Register]

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would increase the incentives for corporate whistleblowers to come forward to report financial misconduct, she said on Monday. [Reuters]

A former Glasgow police sergeant who was arrested in May on a charge of alcohol intoxication was arrested again Sunday morning, this time on a charge of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, minor injury, according to a citation released Monday by the Glasgow Police Department. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Over eggs at a San Antonio café, a reporter listens as former law enforcement officials and one ex-drug cartel operative swap theories about El Chapo’s latest escape and what it says about the U.S. and Mexico. [ProPublica]

The Morehead Utility Plant Board (MUPB) has the green light to file loan applications for two significant sewer extension projects. [The Morehead News]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the newest entrant to the crowded Republican field for 2016, and his supporters are trying to steer the conversation towards his economic bona fides. But Kasich’s record on the economy has one major flaw. [ThinkProgress]

Mitch McConnell is voicing his support to get the ball rolling on tens of thousands of untested rape kits. [WHAS11]

Prof Stephen Hawking has launched a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space. [BBC]

The most ancient Hebrew scroll since the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered, thanks in part to students in the University of Kentucky computer science department, and its chairman, Brent Seales. [H-L]

Really, the dumbest people on earth. Fox News reporter John Roberts called host Greta van Susteren a conspiracy theorist for alleging that the family of the shooter who killed five soldiers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week may have concocted a story about his depression and substance abuse. [HuffPo]

Landfill Story Finally Gets Good News

Rand Paul was back in outreach mode Monday, joining six black teenagers in Louisville’s West End for a civics lesson. But it is Paul who seems to be getting the lesson these days. [H-L]

More states are considering restoring the right to vote to felons, with supporters saying that once their debt to society is paid they should be allowed to exercise a fundamental right. [HuffPo]

Remains unclear why a respectable news outlet would continue participating in this shit show. Attention-seeking or not, mainstream outlets are relishing in this man’s apparent difficulty. [C-J/AKN]

Multiple business groups have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in an attempt to strike down the federal government’s new water protection rule. [ThinkProgress]

Plans are under way to develop a new, state-of-the-art clean energy facility at Big Run Landfill that will convert gas produced at the landfill into renewable natural gas, EnviroSolutions (ESI), owner of Big Run, according to a press release.announced Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday disavowed a tough crime law that he signed in 1994, saying it made the problem of mass incarceration worse. [The Hill]

Here’s Stan Lee and his buddy, David Meade, working hard to discriminate against the gays. Because that’s the Frankfort way. [WKYT]

People who live in areas near hydraulic fracturing are more likely to be hospitalized for heart conditions, neurological illnesses and cancer, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. [Reuters]

Rand Paul ranked fifth among Republican candidates for president in fundraising efforts with nearly $7 million raised in the most recent reporting period. [BGDN]

The top electricity providers in the country are going renewable much more slowly than smaller companies, according to data reported Tuesday by sustainability group Ceres. [ThinkProgress]

The pool of Republican candidates vying for the White House keeps getting bigger—more than a dozen have announced their candidacies so far. [WFPL]

Confederate battle flags greeted President Barack Obama as he arrived here for an overnight stay on Wednesday. [Politico]

Spoiler alert: Kim Davis didn’t receive her summons because she intentionally avoided service. That’s what self-entitled jackasses like her do in attempt to spin and obfuscate. [H-L]

The first major quarterly presidential campaign fundraising disclosures came on Wednesday, but they showed barely half the money flooding into a race in which the campaigns have been overshadowed by the unlimited money super PACs supporting them. [HuffPo]

KDE Deserves A Top To Bottom Audit

Like we’ve been telling you for a long time. The Kentucky Board of Education will consider Friday whether to take over the Menifee County school district according to a news release. [H-L]

Coming back from its Independence Day vacation, Congress appeared no closer Tuesday to finding a way to avoid yet another government shutdown showdown in the fall. [HuffPo]

Coal production mountaintop removal mining has fallen 62 percent since 2008, dropping at a faster rate that overall coal production during a period of industry decline. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky is terrible on the fiscal health front. Absolutely terrible. [Click the Clicky]

Our thoughts are with Sharon Smith-Breiner of the Montgomery County Board of Education. This is her father. Tragic situation. [WDRB]

States are mounting an uneven fiscal recovery from the Great Recession, with energy-rich states leading and Northeastern states with big pension obligations lagging, a new study shows. [USA Today]

Despite the news business becoming an evolutionary field, it seems the Daily News can’t evolve from days of the past. [WKU Herald]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid passed the blame on Wednesday over the Senate’s inability to overhaul the Bush-era No Child Left Behind bill. [The Hill]

The Native American mounds constructed in the Ohio River Valley are regarded as a feat of ancient construction. [Ashland Independent]

A federal appeals court said Louisiana is not required to install air conditioning on death row in its main state prison, but violated three death row inmates’ constitutional rights by subjecting them to extreme heat that regularly topped 100 degrees (38 Celsius) in the summer. [Reuters]

“We Will Hold”. Those immortal words from the history of the U.S. Marine Corps are now the title of the life-sized bronze statue of Col. William E. Barber that was dedicated July 4 in West Liberty. [The Morehead News]

Many students across the US must undergo security screening before entering their schools each day – including placing their bags in x-ray machines and walking through metal detectors. [BBC]

It’s cut and dry and there’s no need for a wasteful special session. The clerks either need to issue licenses or resign. We can’t say it enough. [H-L]

Say hello to one of Triceratops’ oldest relatives. Scientists recently discovered the fossilized bones of a striking new species of horned dinosaur in southern Alberta, Canada. [HuffPo]

Bowling Green Daily News Publicly Opposes The Gays, Announces It

Steve Gaines, the editor of the Bowling Green Daily News, is not happy with the gays and he’s making sure everyone knows about it.

In an announcement published over the weekend, Gaines made it a point to let the gays know he and the paper still think they’re second-class citizens but will begrudgingly begin allowing their filthy kind to be recognized.

His words:

This newspaper has always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. We are still of that opinion, and we will continue to stand by that opinion moving forward.

However, we are a nation of laws. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages shall be legal in all 50 states. Accordingly, this newspaper will follow the law of the land, and we will be publishing same-sex engagements and same-sex marriage announcements.

We know that this will be disappointing to some of our readers. We empathize with their thoughts on this controversial matter and hope through time they will support our decision and understand that we must follow the law of the land.

Steve Gaines, Editor

“Don’t worry, folks, we hate ’em too! We’re being forced to recognize them! Just hold your noses and squint your eyes.”


STEVE GAINES, EDITOR

Here’s the deal, Gaines: No gay people are trying to gay marry you. No gay people are scrambling to be a part of your paper that works to ignore big scandals in your own city, your paper that thinks it’s 1963, your paper that just publicly declared — as Bowling Green, Kentucky’s paper of record — that gay people are less than, second-class, an abomination.

Thanks for letting us know where you stand so the rest of the world can consider literally any other outlet in the state before turning to the BGDN.

And you wonder why Kentucky can’t have nice things?

The Morehead Jail Mess Rages On

There could be very little money to help Fayette County’s low-performing schools in the tentative 2015-16 budget set for approval by the school board on Tuesday. [H-L]

The U.S. has spent an unprecedented amount on incarceration and rehabilitative programs over the past decade, yet the rate of prisoners returning to jail has largely gone unchanged. But curbing those figures may have little to do with additional funding, and more so with tweaking reentry logistics. [HuffPo]

A Kentucky appeals court has upheld a ruling that prevents the developers of the Bluegrass Pipeline from using the power of eminent domain to purchase property easements. [C-J/AKN]

Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind’s long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought. [Reuters]

Maybe they shouldn’t be building a monster of a new jail that costs umpteen million dollars? Rowan County Fiscal Court Tuesday authorized County Attorney Cecil Watkins to file suit against the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC). [The Morehead News]

Analysts, commentators and politicians are increasingly viewing President Barack Obama’s strategy on Iraq as one step forward and two steps back – or worse. [BBC]

Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty announced Thursday that the field of candidates for the city’s chief of police position was whittled to six from nearly 20 this week by members of a focus group Doty appointed. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The New York Times put a 1,700-word piece on its front page Tuesday that accuses the EPA of violating federal laws on grassroots campaigning. The paper ran the story despite knowing the accusation is not true, a fact that is buried deep in the article. [Think Progress]

The “wow” is back at Eastern Kentucky University’s Hummel Planetarium. Recent equipment upgrades have made the 27-year-old facility an even more attractive option for campus uses, for school groups from around the region, and to the public, officials said Thursday. [Richmond Register]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… A scientific discovery in Kenya, first reported in April, challenges conventional wisdom about human history, say the scientists who made the discovery and are now releasing the details. [NPR]

So, what happened? Saturday is the deadline set by the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection for the landfill to come into compliance with an agreed order issued in January of 2014 regarding odor problems. [Ashland Independent]

Charter Communications announced early Tuesday that it will acquire Time Warner Cable — a little over a month after a proposed deal between Comcast and Time Warner was killed by regulators. [The Hill]

How to fail: Matt Bevin edition. Bevin, as he has since last November, blamed the media for creating a perception that he didn’t support U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after losing to him in the primary last year. [H-L]

The Illinois Senate approved a bill Thursday that would remove criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. [HuffPo]

On Failing An Entire Community…

What the hell?

Just read these bits from the Mt. Sterling Advocate:


FROM THIS WEEK’S ADVOCATE

Big time impact as board of education abolishes positions

-SNIP-

Last week, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to abolish more than 20 positions.

Among those is Phil Rison’s position as director of student services/assistant superintendent.

Most board members are saying little. Two claim they simply followed the recommendations of Acting Superintendent Donald Pace.

-SNIP-

Whatever the case, there doesn’t seem to be a straight answer. While the board says many of the positions were unfilled, a number were filled.

And no board member, or Pace, for that matter, will directly answer why Rison’s position was eliminated.

-SNIP-

Now, the story is that Rison never actually had the role of superintendent, that he wasn’t even listed under that title on the district’s website. The Advocate, however, always referred to Rison in stories as “assistant superintendent,” and not once were we corrected.

-SNIP-

Regardless, Rison is a long-term educator. He’s dedicated his life and career to students and staff in our schools. He deserves better.

Or at least a real explanation, as does the rest of this community. This is not the first instance in which our board has made a bold move and then offers no or few comments about its decision. These elected officials should never in the practice of not directly answering/addressing the public — the very people who put them in their positions — when decisions such as this are made. We encourage the board to be more open in the future!

And:

Confusion reigns over Phil Rison’s position

-SNIP-

He was visibly shaken when the board announced its decision at the May 11 meeting. At the time, he said “the decision speaks for itself.” He has declined further comment.

In addition to his duties at Central Office, Rison has also served as athletics director for the school district and is currently slated to become a member of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association Board of Control. He frequently speaks on subjects related to school athletics at conferences across the U.S.

“Frustratingly bad,” is how one concerned teacher in Montgomery County introduced the latest nonsense to us. We couldn’t agree more.

This is yet another instance of that small town newspaper deliberately misleading its readership and providing a massive disservice to the community. It’s possibly the most dishonest move we’ve yet seen from the paper. From providing Joshua Powell a platform to spin and lie to ignoring major scandals and government records, it’s been bad in Montgomery County. But this is probably the worst.

Why it’s bad: anyone who has half paid attention to Montgomery County the past two years knows why Phil Rison’s position was abolished. So let’s highlight a few of those reasons:

  • Bid rigging
  • The iPad scandal
  • Title IX scandals (plural)
  • Misappropriation/use of funds without approval on multiple occasions
  • Special Education testing scandals
  • Anna Powell
  • Getting his entire family hired
  • EPSB investigations

To name a few. All backed up with government documentation, video, email, police reports, audio.

To suggest the man is a saint with the best interests of the school district at heart is not only disingenuous, it’s disgusting.

Rison’s job description was altered by Joshua Powell and Jacqui Johnston, approved by the previous school board. You’d think actual journalists could spend fifteen seconds searching the school district’s website to determine that.

Suggesting that no one from the district ever complained to the paper about the way it identified Phil Rison? Perhaps because the previous school board, run by Joshua Powell, Kenney Gulley and Kelly Murphy was a documented hot mess. Or perhaps because the paper ignored anyone but those three, including current board members. Maybe they could have filed an open records request every once in a while or reviewed a personnel file or two.

Shysters like these are the reason we provide mountains of documentation. So there’s no room to claim a lack of objectivity. Because Montgomery County deserves better than a handful of corrupt good old boys manipulating everything that goes on in local government and the school district.

And Rison becoming a member of the KHSAA Board after getting caught deliberately misleading and misreporting Title IX spending information to that very organization? After repeatedly getting caught spending thousands upon thousands of dollars without authorization or any sort of approval? Hahahaha.

Still wondering why Montgomery County can’t have nice things?

It’s because of the good old boy network, which includes the Mt. Sterling Advocate.

P.S. Alice Anderson and the rest of that school board do need to get a grip and start putting that shitty paper in its place. In addition to being more transparent and less paranoid. They can start with ending their effort to have lawsuits filed by people like Michelle Henry dropped. Anderson, Smith-Breiner and Morgan are all on record supporting Henry, so they ought to back their hypocrisy up a taste.

P.P.S. Lindsay Rison Maples, Phil Rison’s daughter, is one of the people losing a job in the district. She currently serves under Anna Powell as an occupational therapist. Several teachers and an administrator have contacted us to say Lindsay’s been holding Admissions and Release Committee meetings with teachers, instructing them to contact the school board to press for bringing occupational therapy positions back. That should end really well for her. Since that’s not only unethical but potentially illegal.

Jack Went To Western Kentucky

A Kentucky Court of Appeals panel heard arguments Tuesday on whether a circuit court judge was correct when he ruled last year that Bluegrass Pipeline cannot use eminent domain to take private property for construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline. [H-L]

“Why does it take a catastrophe like this in order for America to hear our cry?” she continued. “I mean, enough is enough. We’ve had too many lives lost at the hands of police officers. Enough is enough.” [HuffPo]

If you haven’t been following the Cordish-4th Street nightmare in Louisville, you’re really missing out. This is easily the millionth racial discrimination suit against the joint. Greg Fischer just keeps throwing millions and millions at the developer for nothing. Gets worse by the minute. [C-J/AKN]

Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have reached a deal on a long-awaited draft of legislation to speed up the approval of new drugs and treatments. [The Hill]

The Grayson city council called a special meeting Tuesday to finalize its contribution to a $75,000 matching grant to benefit its future downtown park. [Ashland Independent]

A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that states can limit judicial candidates’ ability to personally appeal for donations, a rare victory for supporters of campaign finance limits. [Politico]

The Barren County Schools Local Planning Committee heard from district department directors Monday at Red Cross Elementary School. [Glasgow Daily Times]

During Tuesday’s marriage equality arguments in the Supreme Court, several of the Court’s conservative members suggested that same-sex couples should not be given equal marriage rights because these couples have not enjoyed those rights for most of the past. [ThinkProgress]

Looks like Walter Blevins is off to a horrible start in Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

Administration officials—often unnamed—frequently seem to celebrate drone strikes that kill suspected militants. But the administration has also worked against disclosures of less positive aspects of the CIA’s program, including how many civilians have been killed. [ProPublica]

With less than three weeks to Kentucky’s primary election, democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway is talking about several issues. [WPSD]

The US economy “all but stagnated” in the first three months of the year, growing at an annual rate of just 0.2%, official figures show. [BBC]

Minority employees are being retaliated against and threatened with the loss of their jobs because of the pending Human Rights Commission complaint against Fayette County Public Schools, William Saunders, president of the Lexington chapter of the NAACP, told the school board at a Monday meeting. [H-L]

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality in June, many advocates believe it will be in large part because the court of public opinion has already decided that it’s time. Support for same-sex marriage is at a record high and continues to grow as social conservatives fight to push back the tide. [HuffPo]

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Lawn Darts of Fate! Contest runs through the end of the week. [Page One & The ‘Ville Voice]