Oh Snap Monday! Obama’s in Kentucky Edition

One in five Kentuckians are insane and should be committed. According to the Herald-Leader/WKYT poll, one in five say, essentially, they won’t vote for Obama because he’s black. But 56% interviewed said race wasn’t a factor. Thank goodness the entire state isn’t beaten regularly with the stupid stick. Except this idiot, Bill Donovan of Inez, who thinks Obama is a Muslim. Why even do a poll in KENTUCKY about race and gender? The H-L also told us at 11PM that Hillary is leading the presidential primary in Kentucky. Wasted money much? [PolWatchers]

In case you’ve forgotten, general Barack Obama will be in Kentucky this evening so people like Olivia Morris Fuchs can protest outside of the Kentucky International Convention Center! Errr, actually it’s so Obama’s camp can rally the troops for his eventual loss in Kentucky on May 20 and the eventual national nomination when Hillary finally gives up. 7:00 P.M. tonight. Thousands expected, he’ll be McCain-focused and will mostly ignore Clinton. [Page One]

Danny Briscoe says Greg Fischer’s ads have been so bad that he should sue the people who made them. Oh, and that they have no effect because no one knows who Greg Fischer is. We’re talking Danny Briscoe, a man aligned with every Lunsford-hating entity on the east coast. [The Morehead News]

Many Republican bloggers are trying to ignore this. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission reprimanded Robert H. Wilson, Jr., a former Fletcher personnel official, for taking part in hirings and firings based on politics instead of merit. The Ethics Commission has five more related cases to handle: Dan Druen, Darrell Brock, Basil Turbyfill, James Adams and Dick Murgatroyd. [C-J]

Speaking of Republicans, some enjoy obfuscation so much that they refuse to admit that Great Britain has been as racist as could be for a loooong time. Oh, no, gotta blame liberals for racism. Because “liberal” is a dirty word. FYI: “liberal” doesn’t mean the same thing every where you go unless you’re a Republican. [BGRS]

How does poverty affect health care in Kentucky? Here’s your chance to examine it on a county-by-county level. [Stephen Shepard]

In an interview with the Herald-Leader, Michael Cassaro still thought he could win the senate primary. And he said he had no political baggage. We guess that means he’s paid his campaign staff, didn’t try to cover up harrassment allegations and didn’t have his attorney try to keep former staffers quiet. [H-L]

In addition to what’s in the Cassaro story above, here’s some info on the also-rans in the U.S. Senate race. [C-J]

Medicaid Cuts Save the World

Compassionate Conservativism saves Medicaid and prevents Kentucky from receiving $1 billion in federal Medicaid funds. Kentuckians everywhere are obviously cheering because the pretzeldent has decided to balance the budget with flipping Medicaid.

Screw the already bankrupted state Medicaid program! Who cares about those 722,000 people, anyway?!

Kentucky would face more than $1 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next five years under new federal rules restricting how states can use money from the federal-state health plan for the poor and disabled, a new report says.

The report, released by a congressional committee this week, said the rules cut spending on such services as school programs that assist poor children with medical needs, public universities that train physicians and help for abused and neglected children in foster care.

Yay! We’re saved! Who cares if, oh, everyone who doesn’t make $100k/year dies? And who wants to be around poor people when you go to the emergency room? Ugh.

Slow Friday Press Release Time

Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03) just announced $452,746 in federal funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to fund support services for Louisville’s hungry and homeless.

“This will provide a major boost to the people in our community who need it most,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “The funding will go help people get off the streets and back on their feet.”

“The emergency food and shelter program is a fantastic partnership between the federal government and local homeless service providers throughout the United States,” said Greg Hudleson, Community Coordinator at Metro United Way. “It’s a tremendously efficient operation, and this funding will immediately benefit the most vulnerable citizens of our community.”

Since Dubya’s done his level best to kill funding for food banks and programs to help those who can’t help themselves, this is positive news. Organizations like Louisville’s Dare to Care are the silent backbone of our entire community. We see it day in and day out. Can’t even begin to count the number of lives that have been saved just because a foodbank was able to get a jar of peanut butter into the hands of a child of a crackhead. They’re able to open the jar themselves and get necessary protein. You’d be surprised how serious I am and how often this takes place.

P.S. Don’t forget the Wendell Ford Dinner tonight. Come hang out with us. We love attention and gossip.  But if you can’t, look out for photographs and mean stories tonight/tomorrow.

Almost Friday Update Edition

The state Senate approved an HIV/AIDS testing bill for inmates of the Kentucky Department of Corrections which would require tests for inmates 30 days before their release. Jack Brammer called Dan Seum a Democrat. And Ernesto Scorsone wants to protect peoples’ privacy. [PolWatchers]

The Protector of Our White Women is woah out of control. Poor Doug Hawkins has gone batshit yet again. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Everyone is peeing on themselves a little now that they’ve found a piece of paper on which Bruce Lunsford admits to having a residence in Chicago. Like he does in like 483920 other cities. [Rural Democrat]

A glimpse at life in a trailer park and what down when those in poverty are trampled over. [H-L]

Crappy Gannett faux weekly Velocity made a silly attempt to call LEO out as “corporate.” HAHAHA. Further proving why Democrats and Republicans alike hate the Courier-Journal and any other by-product they peddle as news or journalism. [General Sense of Outrage]

Could Budget Cuts Result in Deaths?

In a flash of reality, the Herald-Leader’s Sarah Vos has begun to wake Kentuckians up to the nightmare they face. While most are aware of looming educational budget cuts and the inevitable degradation of services we have come to expect, things like health care and assistance for those less fortunate take position on the back burner. It’s those very things that are on their way to hell here in the Bluegrass.

Cabinet officials painted a bleak picture of the Health and Human Services budget Wednesday, telling lawmakers that cuts proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear would lead to fewer Meals on Wheels and elimination of programs at the state’s 14 community mental health centers.

The cuts discussed Wednesday will destroy some programs and leave people without places to go, Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, said after the hearing.

“We can’t take these individuals and put them in storage,” he said. “If they don’t receive these services, some of them will actually die.”

Meals on Wheels is screwed, mental health centers are suffering and people could literally die. Gloom and doom, sure, but it’s a reality we all need to face. Instead of screwing around in Frankfort all session long, maybe our legislators could try to, you know, do something other than argue about gambling. And maybe Governor Steve Beshear could show some leadership in solving the budget crisis by working with said legislature to avoid serious cuts. But we’re not holding our breath.

What’s Your Rank? Health of Kentucky Counties

It’s no surprise that smoking, poor nutrition and lack of insurance put Kentuckians at risk. There’s a whole host of other issues to tackle, though, and for the first time ever all 120 Kentucky counties have been ranked from most healthy to least healthy.

Maybe health care is more important than gambling? Maybe health care should be taken more seriously? Wait, wait– we apologize. Gambling and alleged accountability are the most pressing issues facing Kentuckians.


120 County Ranking - Health



Oldham County leads the pack as the state’s healthiest. Wolfe County is at the bottom. No surprise, as Oldham is also one of Kentucky’s wealthiest. Wolfe is among the state’s poorest, as are the other ten counties ranked as Kentucky’s least healthy. All ten lowest-ranked counties are in Appalachia. Further evidence that our gubernatorial candidates should be focusing on the eastern part of the state.

While not the most important, we found it notable that Kentucky leads the nation in work-related injuries. Nonfatal injuries are 28% higher and fatal injuries are 75% higher than the national rate. Mostly thanks to our high concentration of workers in risky industries like mining and manufacturing.

Notable statistics: % of high school graduates: Oldham 87, Wolfe 54; % of uninsured: Oldham 8, Wolfe 21; number of drug arrests per 100k: Oldham 37, Wolfe 2,128.

Jim waters: Stomach grumbling? It’s time for a change, not a pill


Stomach grumbling? It’s time for a change, not a pill

By Jim Waters

Dissatisfaction serves as a necessary component of change. Most find change hard and dissatisfaction uncomfortable.

So procrastination usually trumps dissatisfaction. We often simply adapt to avoid the usually messy process of change.

Sometimes it’s necessary to do so – at least temporarily. We have to know for sure that we simply cannot accept the status quo. We count the cost before we pay the price of change.

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