We Thought The Earth Was Just 6K-Years-Old???

A panel charged with reviewing Kentucky’s child-protection system needs funding, staff and specific recommendations if it hopes to prevent deaths from abuse and neglect, a national expert told the group Monday. [H-L]

The flat earthers at the Ark Park won’t like this at all. Archaeologists have dated bones found in the 1990s as the earliest known human remains from northern Britain. Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Nottingham analysed a leg bone found in Cumbria and found it to be more than 10,000 years old. [BBC]

This poor woman claims A Kentucky Newspaper misrepresented Mitch McConnell’s record on woman. But, uh, no, that couldn’t be further from reality. [C-J/AKN]

Isn’t it funny watching outsiders act as if they’re breaking news when they run stories revealing that Mitch McConnell and David Jones are friends? Folks in Kentucky have known that for ages and ages. [Politico]

The real story isn’t that Bob Damron has decided not to run for re-election in order to run for Judge-Executive to beef up his monstrous retirement fund. It’s the person who wants to run against him in that race, the people supporting that person and how they could finally take bigot Damron out of the political game. [Ryan Alessi]

Matt Bevin says he’s going to raise enough money to beat Mitch McConnell. Will anyone tell him how funny that sounds? [Roll Call]

The government has fired the latest salvo in a war of words between attorneys in a federal court case involving an interstate motorcycle theft ring. [Ashland Independent]

Unions, after a contentious and difficult process, are on the cusp of issuing formal criticism of ObamaCare at the AFL-CIO convention. [The Hill]

Whoopsiedaisy, the architectural firm involved in PeckerPointe’s design has pulled out. [WKYT]

A University of Kentucky committee voted to extend President Eli Capilouto’s contract by two years and to give him a 5 percent raise and a $50,000 performance bonus. [H-L]

When you read this story about a New York drug clinic, you’ll feel like it’s taking place in Kentucky. [ProPublica]

An audit of the Bell County clerk’s office has been referred to a regional ethics commission due to a claim of nepotism. [H-L]

Of all the world’s birds, perhaps none are more mystical than cranes. From Asia to North America, these tall birds with haunting cries have been woven into paintings, literature and folk tales. But today, 10 of the world’s 15 crane species are threatened, and some are on the brink of extinction. [NPR]

Teabagger Delusion Can Be Highly Entertaining

Teabagger David Adams’ new scheme sent out an urgent email blast yesterday:

My good friend Richard Lewis asks why editorial boards of commercial newspapers don’t have to follow campaign finance laws but ordinary citizens do. It’s a good question with no answer in Kentucky statute and clear prohibitions of same in Kentucky’s Constitution.

I thought about that this morning when I saw the Louisville Courier Journal declaring falsely victory for ObamaCare in Kentucky after a Circuit Court judge ruled against our two ObamaCare lawsuits on Tuesday.

Not so fast.

The Kentucky Constitution guarantees us an appeal and we are going to take it. In fact, we knew we were going to come to this moment eventually, we have been preparing for this for a long time and we’re ready. The Kentucky Supreme Court is accountable to the voters of all of Kentucky, not just Franklin County. Ignoring the law to promote ObamaCare, you may have noticed, is not very much appreciated outside of Frankfort and Louisville. I like our chances on appeal, a lot.

Meanwhile, I will be back in Franklin Circuit Court on Monday September 9 at 9:00 am ET arguing a new healthcare case. This one challenges the Kentucky Department of Insurance directly for abusing Christians in defiance of a 2010 Kentucky Supreme Court ruling in which case the Department was making exactly the opposite argument they will be making on Monday. Calling them out on it in public will be fun, productive and will open the door to getting Kentucky’s insurance bureaucrats out of the way as their grand schemes fail.

Remember, this is a long-term proposition. Diligence combined with patience will not be defeated.

So allow us to explain to the teabagger a tiny bit of campaign finance law: Editorial boards are permitted to share their opinion. Citizens are permitted to share their opinion. Sharing an opinion doesn’t constitute a campaign contribution.

And, uh, discussing health care reform has jack shiz to do with campaign finance.

Jesus H, the stupid is ripe lately. No wonder Matt Bevin has attempted to distance himself.

Democrats Supporting Matt Bevin Like Loyal Dogs

Yesterday the DSCC blasted out an email about the Senate Conservatives Fund attacking Mitch McConnell. The reason? He hasn’t fought hard enough to kill health care reform – because the wingnuts don’t realize that they’ve lost the battle. In effect, the DSCC was promoting a pro-Matt Bevin effort.

Prior to that, the only person touting Bevin was Wendy Caswell, a Democrat in Louisville. You already know how that went down.

So… who is actually behind Matt Bevin? He now says publicly that he is not and never has been affiliated with the Tea Party. And the only folks promoting him are Democrats.

Is there any evidence that he’s backed by actual Republicans in Kentucky who aren’t part of an extremely tiny fringe? Because we can’t find any.

Pipeline Folks Will Cold Eminent Domain You

A spokesman for a company building a pipeline through Kentucky says the proposed route would avoid land owned by a group of Roman Catholic nuns who have been outspoken opponents of the underground line. [H-L]

That’s right – teabagger Matt Bevin is now saying he is not and has never been a part of the Tea Party. [The Hill]

The children excitedly lined up in front of the exam table Wednesday morning as one-by-one the Daniel Boone Elementary School second-graders said “ahhhh” to the dentist and got checked out for tooth decay. [Richmond Register]

The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents. [NY Times]

Your tax dollars paid for this guy to be arrested for having four marijuana plants in his possession. [Hazard Herald]

US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden. [The Guardian]

Richie Farmer, once a basketball hero and rising political star, has agreed to a plea deal on federal and state charges of misappropriation of public funds which will likely send him to prison for up to two years. [Ronnie Ellis]

We have to agree with the right wing on this one: Alison Grimes doesn’t make much sense when talking about Syria. [Weekly Standard]

Kentucky officials are taking issue with misleading letters from both Humana and Anthem regarding insurance renewal. Pushing people to select an insurance policy prior to knowing what’s available on the open exchange may not have been a smart idea. [C-J/AKN]

We keep hearing that Allison Jones is now trying to buy her judgeship. Love watching that flip-flop behavior in the judicial world. Oh, the stories we’re hearing. [Fun Judgey Rumors]

You’ll pee your pants over this one: Mother Jones is taking the Central Kentucky Teabaggers seriously. And that’s why everyone rolls their eyes at people stuck inside the beltway pretending that they have a clue what’s going on in Kentucky. [Mother Jones]

With its executive director banned from his office and a $11.7 federal grant in limbo, the board of HealthFirst Bluegrass, which provides health care to thousands in Fayette County, cancelled a special meeting scheduled for Thursday. [H-L]

Sexual Harassment & Financial Corruption Messes

The good old boy culture of corruption – looking the other way when sexual harassment goes down – is similar to those folks ignoring financial corruption in Frankfort. Everyone is hot and bothered by sexual harassment these days, so it’s a good idea to relate the similarities of the two hot messes.

Chris Tobe’s book, Kentucky Friend Pensions, does a pretty good job of that. It names staffers at the Ethics Commissions, Bar Association, Legislative Research Commission, office of the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Attorney General’s office. They all looked the other way. So why could you expect them to do any different now?

KFP also names members of the pension oversight boards of Governors Fletcher and Beshear and groups like the Long-Term Policy Research Commission. Bodies of people who should have been all over the pension disaster(s) but couldn’t be bothered to scratch the surface.

Tons of officials who try to drown accountability in a bucket and completely ignore transparency.

Let’s go through some of those names in the book…

KRS trustees: Walter Pagain, Brian Crall, Bobby Henson, Susan Horne, Vince Lang, Patricial Ballenger, Larry Conner, Lynn Harpring, Robert Wilcher, Gail McGrath, Henry Owen, Nikki Jackson, Lewis Reynolds, Tommy Elliott, Daniel Bauer, Jennifer Elliott, Susan Smith, Tim Longmeyer, Randy Overstreet.

KRS staffers: Don Mullis, John Krimmel, Kenton Bottoms, Mike Burnside, Bill Hanes, Eric Wampler, Sarah Webb, Suzanne HOwe, Lela Hatter, Rick Schultz, Todd Coleman, T.J. Carlson, Chris Schelling, David Peden, Ann Case, Connie Davis, Jennifer Jones, Shawn Sparks, Joe Morris, Pam Gibbs, James Dodrill, Lauren Stewart, Glenn Valley, Cherri Curtsinger, Robert Sircy.

Staffers are organizations that are supposed to be watchdog agencies in Kentucky are named: Robert Jones, Greg Stumbo, Amye Bensenhaver, Jettie Sparks, Julie Skeeters, Brian Lykins, Dana Nickles, John Steffen (ha), Tony Wilhoit, Donnita Crittenden, Rick Graycarek, Colleen Kennedy, Katie Kirkland, Sarah Coker, James Herrick, Sean Riley.

And board members of some of those watchdog agencies: Ronald Green, Angela Edwards, David Denton, Bill Francis, Bill Knopf, George Troutman, Rebecca Tomlinson, Pat Freibert, Bob Fulkerson, Paul Gudgel, Ann Henn, Ray White, Norma Scott, Deborah Jo Durr, Adam Koenig, Alayne White, Alice Forgy Kerr, Andy Hightower, Andrew McNeill, Bernie Lovely, Bob Jackson, Brent Legg, Carl Rollins, Charlie Beach, Charlie Borders, Dale Shrout, Daniel Hall, Delquan Dorsey, Diane Hancock, Donna Maloney, B.K. Parekh, Betty Griffin, FOrrest Calico, Jim Ramsey, Paul Cook, Penny Miller, Bob Sexton, Drew Graham, Ed Ford, Ed Holmes, Ernesto Scorsone, Evelyn Boon, Gippy Graham, Janie Douglass, Jeff Jobe, Jennifer Headdy, Joan Riehm, Joe Meyer, John Adams, John Bowling, John Will Stacy, Jon Draud, Judy Lyne, Kathleen Marshall, Kenny Rapier, Linda Waggener, Lindy Casebier, Marshall Slagle, Mary Lassiter, Mary Miller, Matthew Barzun, Max Ladt, Nick Kafoglis, Regie Meeks, John Chowning, Ric Ladt, Bob McCowan, Ron Carson, Shawn Crouch, Sheila Kruzner, Steve Nunn, Tim Shaughnessy, Tom Buford, Vic Hellard, Walter Blevins, William Hintze, Yvette Smith.

The Fletcher and Beshear pension commissions included people like: John Farris, Brian Crall, Brad Cowgill, Shawn Ridley, Dorsey Ridley, Richie Farmer, Jon Henrikson, Chris Posey, Mona Ball, Leon Mooneyhan.

Even Frankfort KRS vendors and payees like: Caroline Bevins-Taylor, Bob Kellerman, Bill Crumbaugh, Pat Layton, Charlie Jones.

Those are just, you know, a few of the names listed in the book. A few of the names of people who share responsibility for the disaster(s) in Frankfort.

But we’re still supposed to trust that these very same people can solve the sexual harassment mess.


At Least Frankfort Took A Tiny Step Forward

The Fayette County Board of Health on Wednesday fired HealthFirst Bluegrass executive director William North from his job with the health department. [H-L]

Former President Clinton on Wednesday railed against political gridlock and bickering, saying that Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy demanded that Americans come together to confront the challenges of the times. [The Hill]

The CEO of a Madison County manufacturer told members of Congress on Tuesday he feared the Affordable Care Act would lead to a deterioration of benefits for his employees as well as workers at for other small businesses. [Richmond Register]

Federal authorities are struggling to explain why 600 people in 22 states have fallen ill from a foodborne parasite rarely seen in the United States. [Politico]

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is involved in another skirmish with the district court, accusing a judge of summarily “cutting loose” two accused drug traffickers a few hours after another judge had set cash bonds for them. [C-J/AKN]

Do you think Rand Paul would approve of drone usage in this case? Archaeologists use drones in Peru to map and protect sites. [Reuters]

Even student newspapers are feeling the brunt of change in the media world. [The Morehead News]

A clue to why memory deteriorates with age has been found by US researchers. Experiments on mice suggested low levels of a protein in the brain may be responsible for memory loss. [BBC]

The Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated a $42 million judgment awarded to a group of 431 people sickened by the diet-drug fen-phen after a settlement was pillaged by their now-disbarred attorneys. [H-L]

Restaurant workers struggle to put food on the table If you don’t think this story matters, something is wrong with you. [NPR]

The Frankfort City Commission Thursday morning finally passed an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. Don’t worry, though, small employers (translation: most) can still discriminate. [State Journal]

The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. [WaPo]

Did you read all about the hilarity of Matt Bevin promoting an “endorsement” from a Progress Kentucky-aligned Democrat/teabagger/confused girl? [Page One]