Thursday Afternoon Dept of Mourning Booze

Kentucky Republicans seem to be revolting against an anti-gambling mentality. [Paulick Report]

You know they’re not gonna be happy with the proposed legislative session in December. [Page One]

Poor women have no health care rights. Not before reform. Not after reform. Mitch McConnell’s worst nightmare totally gets it. [Marc Murphy Cartoon]

Sorry, L.K. Williamson, but Ben Chandler didn’t bother reading the health care bill. His office staff tell me he didn’t bother. But nice spin. [They Get Letters]

So, basically, he wants a Republican candidate pretending to be an independent. [John David Dyche]

Dudley Webb of PeenerPointe fame must have a turtle head poking out or he just does not like those silly facts used against him. [Business Lexington]

The national press is noticing Trey Grayson’s strange move to the right. [Wall Street Journal]

Lt. Dan is once again using his official office to send out an alert to the media that he’ll be speaking at a private health care meeting. Friday at 8:45 A.M., Four Points Sheraton in Lexington. (His staff included a PDF for 20 words, of course.) Will he actually allow the press in or will his campaign staff – while he’s working on the official state dime – force everybody out into the cold? [Media Advisory]

Oh, wait. Got ANOTHER advisory, another PDF, announcing yet another appearance. Friday. 1:30. Rose Mary C. Brooks Place, Winchester. [Another Advisory]

The church responsible for hundreds of pedophile priests says it’s gonna stop helping the needy in Washington, D.C. if a gay marriage bill passes. Because that’s what Jesus would do, right? Right. Allow fat old dudes to molest little girls and little boys, cover it up, and then flee a city because it’s not closed-minded enough. [Washington Post]

It is a sad day when a tanker trunk spills something as important as whiskey. [AP via C-J]

Lt. Dan lost his BlackBerry and said health care should change but doesn’t know how. [Times Tribune]

Maybe the family of Amanda Ross should consider suing Astrida Lemkins for her disgusting remarks. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Churchill Downs has hired a gambling lobbyist. Former Whitfield staffer. [C-J]

Just Another Tuesday Morning Dept of Woah

First Lady Jane Beshear spoke last night at a national summit to end domestic violence in Louisville. Her efforts to put a public face on the epidemic are to be commended. It’s a shame she doesn’t want to hold elected office herself. She and Crit Luallen would make quite a team. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Here are details of her announcement of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Kentucky. [Press Release]

Dear Barack Obama and the Democrats: the gays are mad at you and you better sack up soon and do what all y’all promised. You know the gays control all the money, so, just saying. [AMERICAblog]

Sarah Palin really is dumb as a rock. Criticizing Barack Obama for something George W. Bush did. Seriously. Freaking out about coinage. You know what they say about coinage, right? Doncha touch where they pee without coinage. [HuffPo]

Don’t forget to take Jim Newberry a retirement gift during Mayor’s Night In this Thursday. [ACE Weekly]

Jimmy Higdon is raising bank for his special election against Jodie Haydon. Who thinks the Democrats will win this one? [Bluegrass Politics]

Applications are being accepted for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority Board of Directors. Wanna take part? Here’s your chance. Applications are due by November 30, 2009 at 12:00 Noon Eastern Time. If you’ve got questions, give the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions a call at (502) 564-2611. (Don’t worry, though, the Governor’s already got his people picked.) [Get the Application Here]

This could be the most inappropriately hilarious Kroger sighting ever. [Click the Clicky]

I think skoalrebel (remember him?) was flashing his junk at people on the University of Kentucky campus. [H-L]

Rand Paul’s supporters once again violating campaign finance law? It’s a shame Trey Grayson’s campaign doesn’t have the guts to do anything about it. Really, folks, when you’re operating a fundraising website for a candidate that accepts actual fundraising pledges? You may want to consider, you know, disclaiming that the site isn’t paid for by the candidate. [Teabagging for Something]

The Courier-Journal editorial board nailed it this morning: House leaders implored their members to vote for historic reform. Mr. Chandler, handed an opportunity to show political courage, instead stared at history and blinked. [C-J]

Whattya mean Kentucky’s pro-lifers in Washington have taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from baby-killing insurance companies? [Blue in the Bluegrass]

Tuesday Morning Dept of Taxes? What Taxes?

When will Governor Steve Beshear and the rest of Kentucky take tax reform seriously? The entirety of Frankfort – taking its lead from the Governor – is ignoring reality. [H-L]

Profits lead to Humana’s opposition to health care reform. Harry Reid is not happy about it. [Bloomberg]

Bill Johnson says he’s in the U.S. Senate race to win it. Except, you know, he won’t/can’t/whatever. [WMYT]

Kentucky is finally not on a terrible list! Thank Jeebus! [HuffPo]

Whattya mean some Republicans are passing around misleading cost-per-job stimulus math? Surely you jest! [Media Matters]

A Lexington company received $2 million in stimulus funding to develop a marijuana-withdrawal patch. [C-J]

KACo’s gonna stop using insurance fees to pay for meals and gifts. Too little, too late? [Ryan Alessi]

Louisville Metro Animal Services and corrupt sexual harasser Gilles Meloche still make me want to puke. [WLKY]

Is Cathy Bailey getting in the U.S. Senate race? [Marcus Carey]

Jim Bunning threw out the first pitch for game five of the World Series. It was a strike. [New Jersey Star-Ledger]

Like I said yesterday, the Kentucky Democratic Party has begun recycling people from the period of Methuselah. [Bluegrass Politics]


We’re gonna hear that asked over and over and over throughout the gubernatorial election in 2011. Get ready, ladies.

Okay, children, what the crap was that Christmas Tree fight David Williams and Papaw Beshear got into last week? Jeeez. [Still Wondering]

Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Kentucky Association of Counties board members were allegedly in the dark about $3 million in out-of-control spending? Can’t wait to read the Sylvia Lovely audit. You know that’s gonna be a hot mess. [Ryan Alessi]

Hal Rogers pushed $2 million to coal research at the University of Kentucky. [H-L]

Teresa Isaac needs to watch this video in the worst way. [Ill Will Press]

Kentucky has the longest waiting list in the nation for low-cost medication for AIDS patients. This is a must-read. [John Cheves]

The Courier-Journal editorial board has officially become a waste of space. Now they’re defending and supporting the practice of allowing sex offenders to live near schools and day care centers. That makes tons and tons of sense. About as much sense as calling Gilles Meloche a change agent. Or sending out Courier-Journal employees as attack dogs when the paper gets rightfully criticized. [C-J]

The Herald-Leader editorial board did the exact same thing. [H-L]

WYMT is once again allowing Daniel Mongiardo to weasel his way out of taking responsibility for the sickening things he’s said about Governor Steve Beshear, the U.S. Senate and employees of the Commonwealth. [WYMT]

Jodie Haydon gets the Democratic nod. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell apparently wants everyone in the country to die so he can make a few more million. [The Hill]

The poorer we get, the fatter we get. Yay America. Fat fat fat. [Wall Street Journal]

The University of Kentucky crowned homecoming royalty over the weekend and gave everybody a lump of coal. [H-L]

Poverty, ignorance and that scary Barack Obama are fueling a resurgence of militias in Kentucky. [C-J]

Could a coal industry lobbying chief be probed for perjury? It’s a possibility, according to congressional investigators. [Talking Points Memo]

I’m just not sure how to feel about this photograph of Kathy Groob as a dominatrix. I am not kidding. It is the most hilarious or most terrifying thing I have ever seen. Ever. Massive pee alert. Go to the restroom before clicking the clicky. Seriously. [Clicky Clicky]

Thursday Early Evening Time Wasters

The House released its health care bill today that includes a public option. [Bill Summary & Full Bill (Warning: PDF Link)]

King Coal’s PR strategy is to scream, “We’re under attack!” loudly and often. [Business Lexington]

LEO Weekly has had the absolute best Meloche coverage. Check their latest roundup for links to those stories. Disappointing that LEO didn’t feel the need to quote “gay love” in the summary. Such a money shot should never be ignored. [Fat Lip]

Yes, the GOP is wearing public option blinders. [The Fix]

No one has been able to determine just how much Steve Beshear hates Christmas. [State-Journal]

Attorney General Jack Conway announced he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review Kentucky’s sex offender registry case. Trying to protect us from the perverts.  How mean of him. [Press Release]

Louisville’s UAW endorsed Greg Fischer. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The Food Stamp Program, renamed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, announced that Kentucky’s participation in the program continued an upward trend in September, an increase of 1,144 people. There were 739,307 in August 2009, 740,451 in September 2009. Since September 2008, 84,452 additional individuals have joined the ranks, a 13% increase since last year. [Kentucky Youth Advocates]

A judge says there’ll be no mental evaluation in the Pitino-Sypher case. [AP via Google]

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is calling on the Public Service Commission to stop an unnecessary coal-burning power plant. [KFTC]

It’s Not Just the Rain That’s Messy Today

Worst kept secret ever? Richie Farmer says he’s considering a run for governor. If he runs? Steve Beshear is finished. [Bluegrass Politics]

Heh. Going Rouge goes live on the teevee. This book mocking Sarah Palin is sure to be a hit and will confuse mouthbreathers. [The Nation]

Want some surplus gubmint property? Hit up the state site. [Clicky Clicky]

Jerry Abramson has a disgusting mess on his hands in Louisville these days. He knew his pick to head Metro Animal Services has a corrupt and sickening past and he still appointed him. And he’s stood by as more and more corruption has surfaced over the years. Read it all. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Oh, wait, the guy was finally forced to resign. [More ‘Ville Voice]

Despite student protests and national media embarrassment, trustees approved the silly Wildcat Coal Lodge on the University of Kentucky campus. [H-L]

The U.S. Census Bureau released poverty data on Kentucky counties with populations of 20,000+. Of those 55 counties, 41 have higher rates of poverty than the national average of 13.2%. 27 have rates higher than the state average of 17.3%. Of the 44 counties with child populations 20K+, three have child poverty rates higher than 40%: Floyd, Harlan and Perry. [Kentucky Youth Advocates Press Release]

If you can’t beat em, appoint em. That appears to be Governor Steve Beshear’s new credo as he uses his appointment powers to try to reduce the number of Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate. It’s the governor’s latest tactic in his bid to bring casino gambling to the state. [Tony McVeigh]

Mitch RED CHINA McConnell says a vote for cloture is a vote for Democratic health care reform. Duh. [The Hill]

Frankfort is abuzz with talk about Helen Mountjoy. Dozens of questions are flying about. Many folks want to know why the KCTCS is suing the Messenger Inquirer to keep the former President’s (of OCTCS) evaluation secret. Especially in light of the recent Jefferson County ruling from the Office of the Attorney General. [Frankfort Rumor Mill]

Louisville Public Media’s fall membership campaign raised more than $400,000 and generated 1,133 new members. [Business First]

Oh Snap Mon… Tuesday! Long Weekend’s Over

Former Governor Ernie Fletcher has started a health care consulting firm in Ohio. No, not Covington– Ohio. [Business First]

Somebody needs to get us one of these things, pronto. The cutest things. Ever. [Telegraph]

Remember when 10,000 people applied for 90 GE factory jobs in Louisville? Well, it’s so insane that the story has gone national. [HuffPo]

What? Kentucky has major budget problems? Who knew? The legislature still isn’t taking real tax reform seriously. And probably never will. [H-L]

The crazy Paultard van from Kentucky was spotted in Michigan. All right for the pro-smoking nutball. [People of Walmart]

The mainstream media and politicos everywhere see the problems within the Beshear-Mongiardo Administration. When will the governor admit that there are major problems? [Ronnie Ellis]

Barack Obama gave a speech to the gays Saturday night and said absolutely nothing new. [AMERICAblog]

Here’s footage of the speech if you want to watch it. [HuffPo]

Check out these videos and photos from the crew who went to Warshington. [Curt Morrison]

Mitch McConnell asked Bob Dole not to issue his health care reform statement. Imagine that. Mitch. Obstructing progress yet again. [Jim Carroll]

The real faces of coal. Death, poverty, pollution, low taxes and ruined roads. [H-L]