All The UK News Is As Crazy As Rand Paul

An internal review of the University of Kentucky’s pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program does not address why the program was voluntarily shut down last fall, despite numerous calls for transparency from affected parents, some of whose children died. [H-L]

The last-minute bill to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. default and reopen the government came in at a relatively skimpy 35 pages, but lawmakers still managed to pack in some special favors. [Reuters]

Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, the Laramie, Wyo., college student whose 1998 murder inspired the federal hate-crime prevention act of 2009, will speak in Louisville for the first time at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown Theatre on Broadway. The event is free and open to the public. [C-J/AKN]

Elderly Americans are prescribed medications in inexplicably different ways depending on where they live, according to a new report from Dartmouth researchers. [ProPublica]

No matter what Jefferson County Public Schools’ spokesperson says, Louisville has a serious problem with school bus accidents. This crap happens on a daily basis and there are usually children involved. [WAVE3]

New research suggests that extreme weather events will keep people poor in many parts of the world. The authors argue that where disasters like drought are prevalent, they can be the most important cause of poverty. [BBC]

Laurel County is now deliberately trying to one-up itself with the craziness. A man is in jail after police in Laurel County say he exposed himself to a woman through her window. [WKYT]

If you hit the drive-through, chances are that the cashier who rings you up or the cook who prepared your food relies on public assistance to make ends meet. A new analysis finds that 52 percent of fast-food workers are enrolled in, or have their families enrolled in, one or more public assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). [NPR]

Drivers were wrecking in Laurel County Thursday almost faster than authorities could investigate the crashes. Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Thursday night that his office had investigated 29 traffic crashes in the county over the previous 16 hours. [H-L]

Paying for roads in the United States was once straightforward. Petrol (gasoline) taxes, easy to administer and collect, were directed into the federal Highway Trust Fund. [The Economist]

A broken website imperils the largest expansion of the American safety net since the Great Society. More than two weeks into the disastrous rollout of, the website created by President Barack Obama’s health care reform law still isn’t working right. [HuffPo]

These are the people backing Matt Bevin. Unlike the Fraternal Order of Police, they don’t provide feet on the ground, legit direct mail or actual action during a campaign. [TPM]

Bevin Becomes Fringier & Crazier By The Day

An Eastern Kentucky man has been sentenced to two years in jail for stealing from a grave. Floyd County Circuit Judge John David Caudill also scolded Randall Vickers for the theft, telling him there’s “no excuse for this.” [H-L]

Theater producer Darrell Issa has discovered some new masturbatory material. He is going to investigate how the eeeeeevil Obama administration allowed Republicans to shut down the government and force the closure of national parks and memorials. [Wonkette]

Looks like somebody watched Steve Beshear’s ten-minute press conference about how he needs to help his rich pals with their new nursing home contracts. And they read his press release. [WFPL]

Matt Bevin said Kentuckians were “sold out” by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for negotiating a debt ceiling increase deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Because the teatoots believe it is a good idea to starve a million Kentuckians. [TPM]

A small eastern Kentucky town that has no city commissioners, no volunteer fire department and two lawsuits on its hands is facing an uncertain future. [C-J/AKN]

The Senate has once again reached an 11th-hour deal to avert fiscal disaster. And once again, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was at the center of it. [WaPo]

The Urban County Council will continue its discussions about how to spend the remaining $4 million of a $12.5 million surplus on Tuesday. [H-L]

U.S. Senate leaders announced a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world’s biggest economy close to a debt default that economists said threatened financial calamity. [Reuters]

For the third time in as many weeks, the House select committee looking into sexual harassment allegations against former state Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, met Wednesday without much happening. [Richmond Register]

Conservative groups ripped into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of earmarking $2 billion for a famously troubled lock-and-dam project that would benefit his home state as part of the bill to reopen the government and avert a debt default. Note that President Obama apparently requested that earmark, so… [Politico]

Three Kentucky lawmakers were among the House and Senate Republicans who voted against a deal to re-open the federal government and avert a default. [WKYT]

A 41-YEAR-OLD native of Monaco increasingly looks to be to banking what Edward Snowden is to American surveillance. [The Economist]

Teabaggers Are Mad About Health Care, Dangit

The Central Kentucky Teabaggers are really mad that WHAS11 in Louisville created a call center to help answer questions about health care reform. They blasted out this email about it:

Per the following (in your own words as I get a tad passionate), please email Channel 11 in Louisville to get them to stop enabling this evil regime. Here is their email address: or their General Manager address:

—– Original Message —–
*From:* Rick Reuss
*Sent:* Sunday, October 13, 2013 12:23 PM
*Subject:* I’m appalled

Dear Channel 11, WHAS:

I noted with interest then with absolute horror your advertising (practically every 15 minutes during NASCAR last night) a daily call center to assist “me” with the absolute debacle of Obamacare. Since when does a “news channel” enable citizens to yet another Federal entitlement?

Please tell me what “public interest is served,” which is your task when you are given license in promoting what the current Regime wants you to promote. What other “big government” programs have you advanced in the past?

This is an appalling crossing of the lines between being a news organization and yet another vehicle for propaganda for what many of your listeners view to be a Statist Regime which is bent on controlling not only its citizens but also all news organs … kind of reminiscent of other Propaganda Ministries in the past.

I hope you will reconsider this God-awful provocation.


Rick Reuss, Madison, Indiana

This is a great idea since the media is pretty far up where the sun don’t shine. Let them know how you feel.

And you wonder why Matt Bevin’s campaign is so sad?

That’s why. Those are his supporters.

Just One Percent Of Folks Have Signed Up

Federal housing officials are investigating the city for possible fair housing violations after it revoked a permit for a homeless shelter on Winchester Road in 2012. [H-L]

Republicans in Congress changed the rules so a majority vote couldn’t stop the government shutdown. [HuffPo]

WKYT has obtained court documents that contain new information in the case against a man accused of killing three people inside a Danville thrift store. [WKYT]

Do you remember Evan Bayh, the guy in Indiana who ran from a potential challenge to avoid losing? He’s now playing the role of Captain Obvious in politics. [Politico]

Matt Bevin knows he’s going to have to convince a lot of Republicans it’s time for a change if he’s to unseat powerful five-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary. [Richmond Register]

Experiments on samples of iron and rock held at immense pressures have led to new ideas of how Earth’s core formed. [BBC]

Ellinger seems to be popular on the Republican side. As the ink dries on Judge Kathy Stein’s appointment to Fayette County Family Court judgeship, candidates are starting to emerge for their parties nomination to the 13th state Senate seat. [CN|2]

The president of the World Bank on Saturday warned the United States was just “days away” from causing a global economic disaster unless politicians come up with a plan to raise the nation’s debt limit and avoid default. [Reuters]

Turns out, fewer than 11,000 people out of 640,000 is not the rocket into space we were promised in the media. It has been two weeks since Kynect, Kentucky’s new health care exchange, opened. With about 640,000 Kentuckians uninsured, it was expected many of them would be enrolled by now, but the today’s statistics reveal a different story. [WBKO]

Two days of talks between U.S. and Afghan officials have yielded a partial security agreement between the two countries. [NPR]

Fayette Circuit Court is among those that have seen a statewide increase in the number of people representing themselves. The trend was cited recently by Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. in his state of the judiciary address to state lawmakers. [H-L]

These jacktards have no ability to comprehend that THEY are the reason the memorial is shut down. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) attended a rally protesting the closure of the World War II Memorial, according to reports. [The Hill]

A date has been set to fill the seat left open by the resignation of state Rep. John Arnold, who stepped down recently in the wake of sexual harassment accusations. [Henderson Gleaner]

Why Mitch McConnell is more than meets the eye. They did an interview with Al Cross. [WaPo]

How Many Pennies Did Mitch McConnell Raise?

The Courthouse Area Design Review Board on Wednesday gave approval yet again to a revamped design of the CentrePointe development. [H-L]

The shutdown has paralyzed many government functions over the last week and a half. One of them is the enforcement of standards designed to protect thousands of chemical facilities across the country from acts of terrorism. [HuffPo]

Because he may be the most insignificant person to ever run against Mitch McConnell – even worse than Lois. The Republican Party in Boone County stopped short Thursday of endorsing Louisville businessman Matt Bevin over incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell in a vote on Thursday night. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. air traffic control system is close to hitting a “yellow” alert level as people who keep radar and other equipment running remain out on furloughs due to the government shutdown, the head of the controllers union said on Thursday. [Reuters]

A dispute over a Facebook posting has left a Mason County woman in critical condition, the Mason County Sheriff said Thursday. [C-J/AKN]

The standoff over the debt ceiling and the government shutdown showed signs of softening Thursday. [NPR]

Don’t miss Comment on Kentucky tonight at 8:00 P.M. on KET. Scheduled guests: Ronnie Ellis, John Cheves, Joe Gerth. [KET]

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have met President Barack Obama amid renewed efforts to avert a looming debt crisis. [BBC]

The Kentucky Personnel Board has finished its review of hiring practices within the Kentucky Department of Agriculture during the terms of Commissioner Richie Farmer. Board members found that Jennifer Ledford had been improperly demoted from her past job as a special assistant to Farmer and ordered Friday that she be reinstated to that position or a similar one with back pay. [H-L]

The government shutdown is having a most troubling effect across the pond in London, where a lavish cocktail party on tap this week for new U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun has been postponed. [WaPo]

Congressman Thomas Massie said Thursday he felt a “sense of urgency” in the Capitol to resolve the ongoing government shut down that he didn’t have before last week. [Ashland Independent]

House Republicans appeared to be angling Friday to negotiate over reopening the government and easing budget sequestration, as well as making cuts to entitlement programs. [HuffPo]

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has banked nearly $2.3 million since July, pushing his overall fundraising total to $17.7 million for the election cycle. [WKYT]

Teatoots: Hell Will Freeze For Bevin Endorsement

Let’s beat a dead horse…

The teabagger war over Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin gets sweeter and sweeter.

Not only have they pulled their endorsement of McConnell (did it matter? no) and refused to endorse Bevin, they’ve taken it further:

This will shock you but there are people who are unaware of what happened.

As far as Bevin is concerned, hell will freeze before we endorse him.

Mmmmm hmmm.

P.S. All day yesterday folks like Joe Gerth were on Twitter suggesting that Bevin would receive an endorsement in Boone County. That obviously didn’t happen. But that’s not the sad part.

Here it is: Bevin has spent the past six weeks or so working all of those folks in Northern Kentucky. For the past few days, he made personal telephone calls to all of the delegates and power brokers. He was so out-of-touch with political reality that he called the family of former Rep. Geoff Davis and had the nerve to try to tell them they had no idea how Washington worked.

In inviting the press to NKY last night, Bevin’s crew all but assured them he would receive a major endorsement. Then splat, nothing.

It doesn’t help matters that Bevin’s fancy new press gal – with all that fancy D.C. experience – spent her day following Jesse Benton around with a camera like a lowly tracker (hello? Jesus, somebody send Bevin some help). We hear she allegedly lost her day job because her boss caught her staffing Bevin at a television network while wearing her congressional ID badge.

So, yes, the Bevin world is a little sad these days.