The Senate snow job on Iraq

Stephen George penned a great analysis of the McConnell effort to slaughter Democrats on Iraq. George is consistently proving his journalistic prowess these days on matters across the board. Hope the rest of the state is paying attention to him.

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Senators hide behind MoveOn.org in an outrageous attempt to deflect the debate

By Stephen George

It is beyond troubling that a well-paid body of representatives tasked with doing the essential business of the American people would instead waste taxpayer time and money on such a childish, inappropriate act as publicly denouncing a citizen advocacy group for exercising its right to free speech.

The group, MoveOn.org, took out a paid advertisement (albeit underpaid, though it has since paid full price) in The New York Times. We will reserve judgment as to how appropriate it is to call Gen. David Petraeus a name — Betray Us — at a time when a serious discourse on Iraq and the efficacy of the Bush/Petraeus “plan” to keep our soldiers mired in a civil war is necessary. It goes without saying that the MoveOn ad, though it attempted to stoke serious questions about what the general was expected to tell Congress, has instead served Republicans well, drawing attention away from the actual debate and allowing quislings like Kentucky Sens.

Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning to hide behind some emotional, nostalgic defense of Petraeus as the ultimate American solider when, in fact, he has appeared to be something of a White House lackey.

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Important: Matthew Shepard Act Vote Tomorrow

We never discuss hate or discrimination in Kentucky politics and that’s a shame. We’ll never hear a gubernatorial candidate or or state officer (save a few) speak out in support of ending crazy discrimination. That may change some day but we’re not holding our breath.

It’s finally here. Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will vote on the Matthew Shepard Act (S. 1105), a force to end hate crimes in America. Unfortunately, hate-mongers are out in full force trying to spin this into a frenzy.

Contrary to popular belief among self-hating gays and Log Cabin Republicans this bill does not threaten free speech or weaken the Constitution. It won’t put preachers in jail for speaking out at the pulpit. It only applies to violent attacks based on a victim’s gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. The bill also provides funding to help law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute violent hate crimes. It does not make hate crimes more serious than other crimes, only pushes toward eliminating discrimination.

Without this legislation hate crimes will continue to be glossed over, ignored, covered up. Most will continue to remain unprosecuted. It’s time to move into the 21st century (like the rest of the world) by telling all Americans they’ll be protected under the law. Call Sen. Jim Bunning at (202) 224-4343 and Sen. Mitch McConnell at (202) 224-2541 today. Let them know supporting S. 1105 is the right thing to do.

Rumors on the Internets: The News

She’s just a working girl. Heh. Julie McPeak, a Democrat and Fletcher panderer, is looking for a job. And is apparently afraid of Steve Beshear. [H-L]

Nothing slips by David Hawpe– unless it bores him. Fortunately, Mitch McConnell’s tripe about the MoveOn ad isn’t something that got by. He reminds us that Mitch’s poop actually stinks. Should also point out that McConnell’s disapproval rating is at an all-time high among Democrats in Kentucky. [C-J, DMKY]

The Hispanic business community catches on to Bunning’s ignorance, recognizes the importance of not giving any president unlimited power in preventing the truth to come out. [HB]

Evil liberals are evil for wanting evil health care for those who need it most. Apparently, providing care 99% of the free world provides is the downfall of society and the reason our country is going bankrupt. It has nothing to do, of course, with the trillions of dollars of debt the Bush administration has racked up. [KY Progress]

Polar ice caps aren’t melting– it’s made-up! At least that’s what a strong majority (62%) of those who approve of McConnell believe. Can’t let science get in the way of ignorance and hating the gays. When we grow up we want to base our political ideology on a knee-jerk reaction to a single issue, too! [SUSA]

Filtering the News So You Don’t Have To

Suffering from the Steve Henry Syndrome. Sam Beverage didn’t show for ethics hearing. Said he had jury duty, the court said there was no trial. Woops. [PolWatchers]

Selective memory runs rampant. Hey, Cyberhillbilly, Mitch McConnell’s ties to China aren’t just alleged. They’re real. Read Cheves’ series in the Herald-Leader from last year for a refresher. Your boy does some shady stuff. [CH, H-L]

Jim Bunning (R-skeert of Fancy Farm) sells out. Blocks effort to prevent Bush from sealing records indefinitely. He knows where his Osama bread is buttered. And has no idea what the hell he’s doing. [Dallas News]

The state’s health is improving? What? Kentucky has the 7th highest obesity rate in the nation for adults and our children are the third-fattest. Wait. Ernest Lee, who was it that said we should walk more often and then secretly rode in a Towncar to his office– all of 500 feet away? Oh, right. [C-J]

Billion point lead? Jack Conway still leads the man with Breck girl hair by 8390283908238. Stan Lee will lose by millions of points. [C-J]

Denial maven on the loose! Some guy in Radcliff lives in the past. Believes Democratic corruption trumps that of Republicans and Ernie Fletcher. For real. Someone actually believes this. [News-Enterprise]

Healthcare not Warfare. A vigil for healthcare will be held in Louisville this Friday, September 28 from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. 2240 Frankfort Avenue.

Monday’s Obfuscation Report

Will Kentucky’s senators support the HIV Prevention Act? [FGA]

Jim Bunning (R-Afraid of Fancy Farm and Osama) freaks out over former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan’s new book. The book is critical of Bush economic policies and Bunning just can’t handle a financial big dog telling the truth about, well, the economy. Says he’ll be thumbing through it while on the throne. [Enquirer, Jim Welp]

From the Dept of Senatorial Foot Tapping. Mitch McConnell is afraid of Larry Craig. He “stood still as a statue” when Craig approached him. Jim Bunning, on the other hand, patted him on the back. Does this mean one senator approves of foot tapping and one senator doesn’t? [C-J]

Head of the Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested on DUI charges. Chris Lilly, the ABC’s executive director, plans to be an a adult and resign. Imagine that– someone in the Fletcher administration doing the right thing. [WLEX]

Delaying what everyone wants to see so the story will die. Thomas Wingate, Franklin Circuit Judge, has postponed the release of a report of the secret ethics investigation into Kentucky Central and Steve Beshear’s law firm. Looks like we’ll all eventually be able to pour over the details. Won’t be the case for Ernie’s secret defense fund donors, though. [PolWatchers]