Kentucky Recognized for Military Elections Access

The Pew Center on the States rated Kentucky as one of the 25 states where overseas military voters have sufficient time to cast absentee ballots in state elections. This all comes just a year after Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the State Board of Elections expanded outreach to active duty Kentuckians abroad.

“The right of Kentucky military men and women overseas to have their vote counted is a top priority for me and the State Board of Elections,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “We have worked diligently over the last several years to expand access to our overseas voters. While we appreciate the recognition from Pew, we knew that our efforts were worthwhile after hearing personal testimonies from our soldiers who had the opportunity to cast their votes in this year’s presidential election.”

From a press release:

Prior to the 2008 election, several new services were introduced for Kentucky voters living overseas including a new, easy-to-understand website dedicated solely to overseas voters as well as an automated ballot delivery program. The site, developed by the Overseas Vote Foundation, helped shorten the transit time to get ballots back to Kentucky in time to be counted on Election Day, which was a primary focus of the Pew Center on States Research. The site received nearly 2,000 unique visitors from over 76 countries during the 2008 election cycle.

In addition, Kentucky participated in the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) Automated Ballot Delivery Program, providing voters with greater access to timely and accurate absentee voting information. An electronic alternative to the by-mail process, the program is designed to expedite the absentee voting process and facilitate communication between local election offices and voters overseas.

Through the FVAP Program, Kentucky had over 300 election forms completed by voters. In addition, Kentucky represented nearly 50% of all ballots downloaded by voters across the country utilizing the FVAP Program.

Click here for more information on the program and other successes we’ve had here in the Commonwealth.

RUH RO: Known Homosexual for Navy Secretary

Wouldn’t that be terrifying? A gay, with a job. Oh noes.

Some top retired military leaders and some Democrats in Congress are backing William White, chief operating officer of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, to be the next secretary of the Navy – a move that would put the first openly gay person at the top of one of the services.

The secretary’s job is a civilian position, so it would not run afoul of the ban on gays serving in the military, but it would renew focus on the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office.

“He would be phenomenal,” said retired Gen. Hugh Shelton, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001, pointing to Mr. White’s extensive background as a fundraiser for veterans’ and military causes.

Retired members of the Joint Chiefs have contacted Barry Obama to urge the selection.

Beware, mouth breathers! The homosexuals are coming to homosexualize you, in the Navy, for fun.

Your Afternoon Dept of Faux MTR Experts

Jesus. In a guitar. What a miracle. [CNN Video]

Send holiday mail to soldiers abroad! Must be postmarked by December 10th. [Red Cross]

How sweet! Mitch McConnell and Steve Beshear had a fancy meeting today in Warshington. [Trey Pollard]

Al Franken is now ahead in Homosota. [TPM]

Now-disgraced chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party Jennifer Moore is better than Matt Stoller. What! [Barefoot & Progressive]

Must be a super-slow news day. Mainstreamers are jumping on the story of the Courier-Journal’s demise literally months after Rick jumped on it. [Joe Arnold]

Isn’t it great how idiots like Keith Hall think you can’t comment on something unless you live it 24/7? Interesting, since people like him always have something to say about how terrible the gays or or how terrible us big city folk are. [More Trey Pollard]

Millions of years later, General Romeo Dallaire is being taken seriously at the United Nations. 14 years too late. It’s almost as if UN Members finally read Dallaire’s book or something. We’ve spent time in Rwanda and are pleased that the world is finally talking about the genocide there. Watch Christiane Amanpour’s “Scream Bloody Murder” tomorrow at 9:00 P.M. on the CNN teevee. [CNN & More CNN]

Today Is Slower Than That Slow-Motion Nightmare We Have Where Jim Gooch Is Trampling Us As He Chases Ruth Ann Palumbo Down As She Runs Away With His Coconut Cake

Our old school 19″ teevee died today. Guess this means someone needs to buy us a fancy LCD of some sort ASAP! You’ve been notified.

We just spent eleventy hundred thousand hours prepping for taxes and it is official: we hate them. Ugh. Thank goodness NOTHING is happening in the news today.

We also spent most of the day listening to this new song on repeat. Apparently we have been suckered into liking a “pop” song by some gentleman’s group called “The Fray.” Is that bad? Does this mean we’ve sold out and become a follower (like having an iPhone and new MBP don’t already prove we’re elitists or something)?

Ran into our buddy William today – I forgot to ask him which episodes of Lost he’ll be in this season. Needless to say, we’ll remember next time.

In other news, we hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving or al Qaeda turkeys or whatever it is you do on Thursday. If you have the time, go work in your local shelter while you’re off work. We’re fans of Wayside Christian Mission. Not familiar with shelters around the state, so, post links and junk in the comments if you wish.

Guess it’s time for us to get back to watching this video of a cat chasing its leash over and over as we count our millions of dollars from Bruce Lunsford while writing poetry about the awesome sounds of partial-birth abortions.

Dubya came to Ft. Campbell. The American people are safer but broke. The end. [C-J Political Blog]

In case you were wondering? This is what’s wrong with America. [Wonkette & AIG]

Known urine-injecter Ann Coulter has had her mouth wired shut. For reals. [Huffington Post]

ALERT! Humana is GAY! Humana has become a sponsor of DOLLYWOOD. Dollywood, people. Dollywood! [Business First]

Last night, the nation’s fifth hand transplant took place at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. The patient, Jan “Erik” Hondusky, is in stable condition. The surgery took nine hours (the amount of time it takes us to count our millions funneled in from Trey Grayson and Jonathan Hurst). Hondusky is a 43-year-old production worker who injured his right hand in a furnace accident in 2006. Kind of exciting for this to happen in our beautiful Commonwealth. [Press Release]

Old Fat Naked Women For Peace. The jury is out on whether or not we’re supposed to be afraid of this. [Righteous Mothers Video]

Since it’s the holidays and all that, this is for all the homosexuals, latent homosexuals and ladies. [Clicky Clicky]

Ruh Ro: Some Big VA Money Scandal

Oh snap. There’s a big ass V.A. scandal going down. Here’s Hebert’s teaser.

And here’s the C-J story:

Fourteen people were indicted yesterday in Louisville for conspiring to defraud the Veterans Administration out of $1.9 million by fabricating phony claims for disabilities.

The indictment alleges that the ringleaders were Daniel Ryan Parker, 37, a supervisor at Disabled American Veterans in Louisville, and Jeffrey Allan McGill, also 37, who worked at the VA regional office in Louisville and whose job was reviewing claims.

The indictment also alleges that 11 veterans falsely claimed to suffer from bipolar disorder, hearing loss, frostbite, back injuries and other ailments and disabilities.

The veterans allegedly received lump-sum payments for back pay and then kick backed as much as two-thirds of it to Parker and McGill, according to the indictment.

This is the lowest of the low. Lower than anything Robert Felner ever did. Dishonoring and taking advantage of the one segment of society who TRULY deserves to be put on a pedestal and taken care of forever? Scum of the earth.

Meanwhile, hundreds of veterans are homeless and dying in Kentucky thanks to inadequate care and support from these douche nozzles.

Keep checking the C-J story for updates from Andy Wolfson, one of the best reporters on-staff at the Courier-Journal.

And be thankful for David Huber and the rest of his crew in the U.S. Attorney’s office. Here’s hoping the Obama Administration keeps him around.

Thursday Morning Roundup of Crazy Sorts

Ashley Judd will be at a KDP GOTV rally on November 1. Iroquois Park Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, Lousville. Doors open at 3:00 P.M., program begins at 4:30 P.M. Other guests: Dan Mongiardo, John Yarmuth, Mayor for Life, Bruce Lunsford, Crit Luallen, Jack Conway, fake Democrat Todd Hollenbach and other electeds and candidates. [Email Blast]

More on the investigation into Sen. Joey Pendleton. Multiple sources confirm to Page One that there is, indeed, an ongoing investigation. [WHAS11]

Republicans have begun to eulogize what could be Mitch McConnell’s final term in the U.S. Senate. [Still Acting Racist]

Mitch McConnell received an honorable discharge from the military after he had a U.S. Senator get him out of service. It was all due to an “eye condition.”  More questions are left unanswered than before. [PolWatchers]

Speaking of Mitch McConnell’s military records, Michael Rogers is digging in hardcore. And he claims to have possess documents that he cannot talk about. “McConnell’s discharge was expedited by Cooper’s claim that the enlistee needed to be released quickly to attend New York University. NYU records, however, indicate that McConnell never applied to the school, and at the time of his discharge he had already earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky. Why exactly would a United States Senator write to the Commanding General of one of the nation’s most important military instillations with false information about a member of the US armed forces?” … “No matter how you slice it, McConnell’s story just doesn’t add up. That’s why I’ve encouraged him to consider the facts and truth his allies, not a problem. He should come clean with the American people. A speedy release of his records and openness with the public is the only thing that will help clear this matter up once and for all.” You definitely want to read this. [BlogActive]

Michael Rogers Questions McConnell Military Record

Michael Rogers, the guy notorious for his role in the Mark Foley and Larry Craig stories has written a letter to Mitch McConnell’s chief of staff. We got wind of it from a tipster in Washington and finally have our hands on a copy. We haven’t contacted Rogers for comment, but plan to do so in a bit.

Here’s the letter:

September 19, 2008

Mr. Billy Piper
Chief of Staff
Senator Mitch McConnell
361-A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Via: Hand Delivery

Dear Mr. Piper:

I am a reporter in Washington, DC writing stories on a number of candidates for election and reelection to the Senate and House of Representatives.

I am currently looking into writing a story about Senator McConnell’s service to our country as a member of the United States Army from mid-March
through mid-August of 1967.

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