Pee Alert: Teabaggers Defecting From The NRA

HAHAHA. The Central Kentucky Teabaggers are defecting from the National Rifle Association. Because the NRA sees fit to endorse Mitch McConnell over an extremist named Matt Bevin.

Take a look:

Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:29:01 -0500
Subject: Fwd: Fw: NRA plans to play big for McConnell
From: Central KY Tea Party Patriots [cktpp1@gmail.com]
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Bobby Alexnader [ret_sgm@yahoo.com]
Date: Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Subject: Fw: NRA plans to play big for McConnell
To: CKTPP [CKTPP1@gmail.com]

As a life member and former recruiter for the NRA I am now appalled at
their support for McConnell. I shall mail back to them my membership card
and a clear explanation as to why I will no longer support their
organization. While in the past NRA has given a grade score to candidates
it wasn’t policy to endorse. I guess their leadership has changed their
values.
I am now a proud member of the “Gun Owners of America Inc.” Please join me.

Have a great day,
Bobby

Their sad email went on to include posts from Free Republic, a wingnut forum that’s nearly as bizarre as Greg Stumbo’s obsession with being taller.

But really. That group of teabaggers pretending to know the first thing about guns. Hahaha. You’re welcome.

Alison Still Won’t Take A Real Health Care Stance

Calling the nation’s new health care law “a monstrosity,” U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes will follow other “red state” Democrats in trying to distance themselves from the law. [H-L]

The Supreme Court will hear a case on Wednesday that could have a major impact on the U.S. labor movement as it questions whether agreements often made between unions and private-sector employers over unionization campaigns violate an anti-corruption law. [Reuters]

A legislative committee on Tuesday approved spending up to $115,000 to the law firm defending the Legislative Research Commission against sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuits by three legislative staffers. [C-J/AKN]

Dante Chinni, the journalist and author of Patchwork Nation, has divided the country into 15 types of counties, from the Big Cities to the African American South and the LDS Enclaves in the west. Go play with the map! [WaPo]

While U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has faced criticism from the right for not doing enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he clearly is using “Obamacare” to put pressure on his chief Democratic rival, Alison Lundergan Grimes. [Ryan Alessi]

Media reports about the Affordable Care Act have been dominated by two themes lately: The ongoing glitches with Healthcare.gov and the “rate shock” that some consumers now face after insurance companies canceled their policies. But come January, a second rate shock may hit and could produce more bad news for Obamacare. [ProPublica]

Surprise! Larry Forgy is still alive and dumber than you remembered. (Really, he’s still alive and Phillip Bailey wrote a story about him.) [WFPL]

Last week, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, who is paid to have opinions ‘n’ things, finally realized that slavery was really, really bad y’all, like even worse than taxes and stuff. [Wonkette]

The election for senator is several months away, but the republican primary is getting a lot of attention. [WBKO]

A third of all adult Americans should consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, according to the first such new guidelines in a decade. [BBC]

Kentucky’s colleges and universities will ask the General Assembly to increase their budgets by almost 8 percent over the next two years, in part to offset having lost nearly a third of state funding since 2008. [H-L]

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. That’s the message from the White House on Tuesday, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asking more than 275,000 people who tried and failed to sign up for health plans on the stalled HealthCare.gov website to give it another shot. [NPR]

Mitch McConell is still pretending that Republicans have an alternative to ACA and Alison Grimes is still too cowardly to take an actual position. Hate Ashley Judd all you want but she had courage of conviction and was never, ever afraid to take a stand on anything. That’s what Kentuckians believe in and support. [BGDN]

People Should Avoid Politicizing Veterans Issues

One by one, Republicans and Democrats stood in front of veterans and farmers Monday and lauded the work of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. [H-L]

Woah, who can believe MoveOn.org released a poll that shows Grimes ahead of McConnell?! [HuffPo]

Kentucky’s bumper corn and soybean crops appear headed toward record heights for production, a dramatic turnaround from last year’s struggles for grain farmers plagued by a combination of drought and extreme heat. [C-J/AKN]

The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. [AP]

In October researchers in Dallas released new information from the Sasquatch Genome Project claiming there is now DNA evidence proving Bigfoot is indeed no longer a myth, but rather a human hybrid living among us. During that announcement video of what researchers believe is a female sleeping near Crittenden, Ky was also released. [WKYT]

Remember when we first brought you the story of Rand Paul’s fake board of ophthalmology? The folks in D.C. are making that story a thing again. Without providing proper credit, of course. [WaPo]

Sorry to call you out, Keith Kappes, but you know this current batch of politicians will do nothing for Eastern Kentucky. For proof, see: the past eight or so years. They feign interest in what common folks think and then waltz back into delusion land (tax reform + Jerry Abramson, to be specific). [The Morehead News]

For hundreds of years, this nation has been known as the United States of America. But according to author and journalist Colin Woodard, the country is neither united, nor made up of 50 states. [NPR]

Reading these columns written by Hal Rogers’ staffers is always an exercise in what we imagine snorting aspirin mixed with pig poop to be like. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

To watch Matt Lauer and Sarah Palin try to discuss health care on Monday’s “Today” was to watch two entirely separate conversations awkwardly meet in the middle. [HuffPo]

Of course Steve Beshear is spending your tax dollars to go to a country that still jails women for reporting rape. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will lead a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce trade mission to Dubai later this week in the hopes of strengthening ties to the Middle Eastern country. [Business First]

A new push to sign up Americans for insurance under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law will begin in December, when the government’s faulty enrollment website is expected to work better, an advocacy group leading the campaign said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin was in Bowling Green Sunday to give a Veterans Day tribute at the Sloan Convention Center. [WBKO]

How The Heck Do People Steal From Children?!

The FBI has filed a criminal complaint against another person in a 2009 scheme to embezzle more than $432,000 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. [H-L]

How long will it take us to understand that the entire neoliberal project – the puritanical mania for cutting taxes, cutting social services and cutting budget deficits that has dominated the Western world’s economy for more than 30 years – has been a disaster? [Salon]

Jack Conway is askeerd a court ruling is going to cripple his powers. Because that would be a terrible thing for Jack Conway, of course. [C-J/AKN]

Alison Grimes is apparently such a letdown among D.C. liberals that her U.S. Senate campaign against Mitch McConnell is just the 7th big race in the country in 2014. [WaPo]

Really? No one wants to speculate about why Joe Palumbo dropped out of the sixth district race? [Hahaha]

Just keeps getting worse and worse for the Miniature Texan. Another section of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 2012 book Government Bullies appears to be plagiarized from an article by a think tank scholar, as well as a section of a speech copied from a conservative chain email. [BuzzFeed]

While Kentuckians need to give the Affordable Care Act a chance to work, Kentucky health officials shouldn’t be nearly as patient with the rate of those who are signing up for health insurance through the health exchange, a key lawmaker said. [Ryan Alessi]

For many, a $10 or $20 cut in the monthly food budget would be absorbed with little notice. But for millions of poor Americans who rely on food stamps, reductions that began this month present awful choices. [NY Times]

About 60 state workers gathered in front of the Capitol early Saturday morning to try to “wake up the governor and legislators” about their financial plights. [H-L]

A Texas elementary school threw out a 6th-grader’s reduced-price breakfast Wednesday when the child — a future thug, because he qualifies for reduced-price meals — was unable to pay the required 30 cents, even though his mother called the school and offered to bring three dimes. [Wonkette]

For the second time in two months a court has taken the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to task for failing to follow legal procedures and refused to set aside contempt orders against the agency. [More C-J/AKN]

These folks say “prominent” conservatives are working against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. But the tea party isn’t really a thing in Kentucky, outside of David Adams, and Wendy Caswell is a Democrat. So… yeah. [The Hill]

Lexington Police say Tom Rogers, 74, was stabbed at his home on Tishoff Drive on Friday. Police have now released a sketch of a possible suspect in the case. [WKYT]

The Louisville School Bus Mess Is Terrifying

Steve Beshear’s tax reform plan is gathering dust alongside eight previous proposals. Yet another we-told-you-so moment, Kentucky. All Jerry Abramson and Steve Beshear did was waste taxpayer dollars traveling the state to do absolutely nothing. [John Cheves]

October’s jobs report was sorta confusing, wasn’t it? We had a big jump in jobs, but unemployment rose, too. The Labor Department declared the government shutdown meant federal workers were employed, but also not employed, like Schrödinger’s Cat. [HuffPo]

As of Friday: 33,561 new Medicaid enrollments in KY, just 7,011 in qualified health plans. 16K+ eligible for subsidies. 41% under 35 years, 32% are 18-35. [Press Release]

UNESCO has suspended the voting rights of the United States and Israel, two years after both countries stopped paying dues to the U.N.’s cultural arm in protest over its granting full membership to the Palestinians. [Reuters]

At the DHL Global Mail plant in Hebron, Kentucky, 24 Muslim workers took a break to pray. They say it cost them their jobs. The company denies any wrongdoing. [WAVE3]

When major figures in the education world debate policy, they usually start out with a gauzy declaration that it’s all about the children. Then they begin hurling insults. [Politico]

You read Joe Arnold’s version of the story and were horrified. Now read the paper’s version and get horrified again. The bus that crashed June 11, injuring Waggener High School students returning from a college scouting trip, had tires taken from a scrap bin, had not undergone required inspections and its maintenance and inspection records had been burned, according to portions of a federal safety report. [C-J/AKN]

The Medicaid expansion field is tentatively set for 2014, and the nation is split down the middle: 25 states (plus D.C.) are expanding, and 25 states are not, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. [TPM]

Apparently, the College Republicrats endorsed Mitch McConnell over Matt Bevin. It’s cute watching children pretend to know what “conservative principles” are. [News-Enterprise]

The Obama administration announced new rules on Friday that will require insurers to cover the treatment of mental health and substance abuse in the same manner they would physical maladies. [HuffPo]

It’s entertaining watching Alison Grimes try to tiptoe her way back into the good graces of Kentucky journalists. [H-L]

Here is how little the Republicans care about the increasingly harrowing situation of the poor: they can’t even be roused to blame President Obama for it—because to do so they’d have to acknowledge that it matters. [The Nation]

Wanna roll your eyes a little bit this morning? In his Lexington office, surrounded by the memories of his previous life, former Congressman Ben Chandler, isn’t missing the nine years he spent in Washington. [WKYT]

If you’re wondering why Sen. Rand Paul is doing Democrats’ dirty work for them, attacking Gov. Chris Christie’s self-promoting $25 million post-Sandy advertising campaign, it’s simple. He’s hoping he can get reporters to cover the intra-party feud as an early sign of GOP titans warming up for 2016, so they stop Googling his old speeches and columns and books for more evidence of plagiarism. [Salon]

Woah, U.S. Senate Candidate Has A Novel Idea

Ed Marksberry has a novel idea:

Here is my challenge to both Alison, Mitch and Matt; let’s meet at a soup kitchen, we all go around the room and get to know those that are receiving the meal. I want each of us to ask three questions and listen intently to the response – how are you doing, how did this happen to you and what could we do to help you? And one more thing, while your asking these question, remind yourself that we are the worlds richest nation.

Just pick the date and I’ll happily abide.

Such a shame that it’ll never happen.

Here’s why:

Alison grew up wealthy, flying on private jets, hanging out with presidents and governors. She has no idea what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. She’s never been in a position where she’s had to give part of her meager earnings to a disabled veteran neighbor so he won’t starve. Because she’s never lived in a neighborhood with people who make less than a million dollars per month. She can’t even empathize – it’s not entirely her fault (it doesn’t make her a bad person) but she can’t.

Mitch McConnell believes poor people should be hung out to dry, they shouldn’t have access to health care, there should be no safety net for the elderly who can’t afford to eat. He’s never stood in line behind an elderly woman at Kroger who can only afford to buy a couple cans of preserved salmon and a bag of flour. He has never – in his entire life – had to contemplate what will happen if his paycheck is a day late.

And Matt Bevin lives in the Rand Paul world of delusion, bootstraps, yadda yadda. He has no idea there are children living in cars just a few miles from his home(s) with drug-addled parents. No clue some of those kids are only alive because they know how to open a jar of peanut butter donated by Dare to Care. No, being able to afford to adopt a dozen children like Angelina Jolie does not give him a free pass. Doesn’t mean he’s not a great guy but let’s get real for a moment.

Sadly, or perhaps expected, none of these candidates have the guts to admit they have no idea how to relate to the way the average Kentuckian lives. They are not and have never been representative of the average Kentuckian.

Hal Heiner Can Win Louisville But Not Statewide

Stanford banker Jess Correll said he’s urging former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner to enter the race as Republicans look to wrest the governorship from Democrats in 2015. [H-L]

There’s been a lot of excitement over the Senate’s likely passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) since the bill cleared its first hurdle, with 61 votes for cloture, on Monday. [HuffPo]

Fifty years ago last week, President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act. The law signaled a shift in thinking about how we care for the mentally ill: instead of confining them into institutions, the act was supposed to create community mental health centers to provide support. [ProPublica]

Papaw Beshear and Granny Hal Rogers are absolutely freaking out over coal layoffs in Eastern Kentucky. [WYMT]

The FCC is putting its foot down in response to what it says is an increase in the use of false emergency alert system tones used on air. Yesterday, the commission announced it took action against both Turner Broadcasting and Bowling Green, KY, NBC and CBS duopoly WNKY “for apparent misuse of the actual Emergency Alert System (EAS) tones or close simulations of those sounds.” [Media Bistro]

On the same day Gov. Steve Beshear touted the Commonwealth’s rank as ninth best economic climate in the country as being “proof that Kentucky’s economy is heading in the right direction,” according to The Lane Report, the Eastern Kentucky coalfields felt the pain of yet another round of job cuts in the region. [Hazard Herald]

Watching Sannie Overly try to sweep things under the rug should alarm you. Legislative leaders heard proposals from two groups Wednesday for conducting a performance audit of the legislative staff but deferred selecting either group until next month. [C-J/AKN]

The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records, which includes Americans’ international calls, according to government officials. [NY Times]

A Halloween day argument between Mayor Brenda Powers and City Clerk Shari Lane has resulted in the clerk filing an ethics complaint. [H-L]

More than a million Americans will lose unemployment insurance at the end of the year unless Congress takes action, according to a worker advocacy group. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin knows he’s considered an underdog to win the Republican nomination for United States Senate against incumbent Mitch McConnell, but the perception doesn’t bother him. [McCreary County Record]

U.S. economic growth is likely languishing in the second half of 2013, held back by federal policies and a slowdown in hiring that has kept consumers from stepping up spending. [AP]

Ashland finally has its next city manager. After meeting in executive session for 90 minutes on Wednesday, the Board of City Commissioners voted 4-1 to hire Benjamin Bitter, a senior management analyst with the city of Casa Grande, Ariz., to the $110,00-a-year position. [Ashland Independent]

The HHS has awarded $2,500,001 in Affordable Care Act funds to Kentucky health centers to expand access to care. In Burkesville, Beattyville, Gray, Hopkinsville and Providence. [Press Release]