Monday Afternoon Dept of Failures & Such

Has Jim Ramsey’s Post-Felner PR Campaign resorted to lies? Haha, yup. Like we said. This is a good round-up of stories we’ve written about the snafu over the past year. [The Principal]

Stand up against Senate Hate Bill 68. Making it illegal to foster or adopt children if you’re gay? Really? Is that what we’re going to waste our time on? Thanks to Gary Tapp Tapp Tapp for bringing homophobia to the front of the discussion. [Page One]

Louisville Mayor McCheese Jerry Abramson’s approval rating has hit an all-time low. According to the latest Survey USA/WHAS11 poll, Abramson’s approval rating is at 54% while 43% of Jefferson Countians disapprove of him. 13% down from the last time SUSA polled in March 2006. The Mayor’s spokescritters blame the economy. But we think common sense is prevailing. Young people don’t like Abramson. Even the folks who support the same issues that Abramson supports are pulling away from him. It’s time for the guy to wake up and smell the poopy Cordish Companies roses that are gagging everyone to death. [Mark Hebert]

Why did we and everyone else in Kentucky think J. Marshall Hughes would come out on top of Mike Reynolds in the Special Election last week? Maybe because an internal Democratic poll found that Hughes had double the name I.D. and 75% of people had a favorable view of him. Fancy how Mark Riddle, an ally of the people he’s speaking out against, admits that the Kentucky Democratic Party and Governor stayed far, far away from the race. [Joe Gerth]

Daniel Solzman has done stand-up. Again. We are not kidding. Awwwwwkkkk-waaaard. [Solzy]

See this, also. [Kentucky Sports Radio]

What’s your take on Joey Pendleton’s Senate Bill 131, a law that would require hemp farmers to register with the Department of Agriculture? It’d give farmers the replacement crop they’ve been desperately seeking. And you could smoke an entire acre of it and never get high. We think it’s a good move. [SB 131]

If you missed it on Friday and still haven’t gotten a chance to see Diane Sawyer’s introductory piece on Appalachian poverty, check it out. It’ll slay you. [Page One]

Haha. John “Sexy Panties” Ziegler is at it again with Sarah Palin. Absolute hilarity. [OC Register]

I Love Mountains Day is tomorrow in Frankfort. Show up. Do your part. Shame Jim “Coconut Cake” Gooch. [Page One]

Are you a college-aged individual who loves to work with children? The Fresh Air Fund is now accepting applications for counselors for this coming summer. They hire staff members with a wide range in some pretty amazing fields. [Fresh Air Fund]

Why Do We Keep Electing Them?

Did you see Diane Sawyer’s “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains” on Friday night? What’d you think? It slayed us and has us in loving tears. And it din’t help that Patty Loveless’ “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” haunted the entire show.

Give Back!

See all six segments of the show by clicking here.

Really, why do we keep electing these do-nothings from eastern Kentucky? Why do we allow a large portion of our state to live in such shambles? Appalachian legislators talk about poverty to get more cash for their districts… but where does it go? More money has been pulled from the ground in that region than we’ll ever see in Louisville.

And WTF about children in Appalachia? Guess we can just be thankful that they’re not being raised by gay couples. Truly is much better to be parented by heterosexual drug addicts with dozens of children from multiple partners.

Just a Few More Things This Afternoon…

Interesting tidbit: Licensing & Occupations will hold a special meeting tomorrow morning to vote on Greg Stumbo’s video lottery gambling bill. We hear from committee members that they plan to push it out of committee just so House members are forced to vote on it. This could turn into a very interesting next few days.

Don’t forget to set your TiVo or DVR! Diane Sawyer’s special report on Appalachian Poverty will air Friday night at 10:00 P.M. Eastern on ABC. [Huffington Post]

Ugh, we don’t understand why these people wasted perfectly good bourbon. It just makes us sick to watch perfectly good fire water get poured out all over the Capitol steps! [C-J]

Listen to what Stephenie Steitzer has to say about all that craziness! We’re aghast! [Stephenie’s Podcast]

Damon Thayer’s campaign finance legislation received Senate approval for the third time today. The bill calls for a number of recommendations from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance Task Force which issued a report to the General Assembly nearly two years ago. The bi-partisan group recommends increased reporting and more electronic filing of campaign finance reports. “Transparency in government is not something on which we will give up,” noted Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “It is past time for the General Assembly to act on this legislation which represents the most comprehensive and significant proposal in years to increase the transparency of the elections process in our Commonwealth. … There is a cooperative spirit in Frankfort, and I am optimistic that we can get an agreement on this legislation in 2009,” said Senator Thayer. “Kentuckians deserve a campaign finance system where transparency and access to financial information allow citizens to keep candidates and elected officials accountable for their campaign fundraising. This legislation not only strengthens transparency and access, but also emphatically states that they are priorities of Kentucky.” [Press Release]

Former State Representative Paul Bather died of pancreatic cancer. Check out all the memories Rick’s posted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Dick Cheney was totally hot in high school. And Rudy 9iu11iani was a total queen. [Pure Hilarity]

Who knew that Denise Harper Angel did anything other than: barely live in her district, drink wine at events and trash people in the Courier-Journal? Wow. Call us crazy, but isn’t it a bit much to expect electronics manufacturers that sell their products in Kentucky to pay a $5,000 fee each year? [Bluegrass Politics]

We love this video Eric Cantor is peddling around the internets that’s filled with awesome profanity and fanciness. You’ll love it. Don’t watch it at work! [Huffington Post]

Since we’re on a HuffPo kick, isn’t it awesome that they made history for having a reporter– the first who writes only for a web outlet– get to question President Barack Obama? Time Magazine thinks so. [Time]

Oh, and this is why you’re fat. Fatty. [Secret Internet Fatties]

Cafe Lou Lou’s Magical Coconut Bundt Cake! Oh God, Jim Gooch would die over this. [‘Ville Voice Eats]

Late Friday in the Commonwealth of No Electricity

WHY do people run generators INSIDE THEIR EFFING HOMES? We can’t even deal.

Don’t forget Comment on Kentucky tonight! 8:00 P.M. Eastern. Scheduled guests: Stephenie Steitzer of the Courier-Journal, Tom Eblen of the Herald-Leader and Greg Stotelmyer from WTVQ in Lexington. Discussion about the budget, Obama’s stimulus package, gifting at UofL and the fancy weather. [KET]

That recession David Adams loved telling us that we’re not in? Yeah, something about picking up major steam? What was that, again? [MSNBC]

The Fairness Campaign is launching its 2009 strategy to achieve a statewide Fairness law with “Tell Your Story—Learn to Lobby,” a free introductory lobby training session held on the convening day of the Kentucky General Assembly’s Regular Session, Tuesday, February 3, 7:30-9:30pm, in the Student Activities Center, Room 303A at University of Louisville. [Fairness]

Why is Dan Mongiardo ashamed of his virulent homophobia? That’s the question everyone is asking. [Barefoot & Progressive]

The Young Professional Association of Louisville is in favor of an increase in the state’s cigarette tax. YPAL is launching a campaign on Tuesday, February 3 to meet with state leadership, write letters to local legislators, press releases, letters to the editor and more. Want to get involved? Young professionals around the state are encouraged to attend the YP Day at the Capitol and join YPAL at Serafini’s Bourbon Room from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. in Frankfort on 02/03. [Young Professional Association of Louisville]

Governor Steve Beshear today launched a campaign to “Restock the Pantries” in conjunction with universities and community organizations in an effort to collect canned goods during weekend sporting events. Supplies are dwindling at Kentucky’s food banks so we’re pleased to see the Governor doing his part. You should do you part, as well. If you have a dollar, you can help. Tomorrow, volunteers will be on-hand at at several Kentucky universities to encourage those attending basketball games to make both food item and financial contributions to individuals in need.

  • In Lexington, God’s Pantry Food Bank and UK have organized drop-off locations on High Street and Vine Street outside of Rupp Arena beginning at 12:30 P.M. and continuing until 3:30 P.M.
  • In Louisville, the Dare to Care Food Drive and the University of Louisville will have volunteers collecting food donations at all entrances to Freedom Hall, beginning at noon EST and continuing throughout the basketball game.
  • At Western Kentucky University, food and donations will be collected beginning at the 7:00 CST tip-off of the men’s basketball game. These goods will be donated to the Elizabethtown Food Bank for distribution throughout the Western Kentucky region.
  • Eastern Kentucky University has partnered with the Richmond Salvation Army in order to collect food items and additional supplies at drop-off bins locate around Alumni Coliseum, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.

So do your part!

Oh Snap Monday! It’s Colder Than Denise H.A.

Hey, Marcus Green, still complaining about how biased and pay-for-play (total bunk) we are? Just because we point out how biased your rag is when it comes to 8664? Here’s a good example about how your employer, the Courier-Journal, is as biased as all get out. For those not in the know: Marcus has taken it upon himself to trash us 24/7 to everyone he comes in contact with. Guess the layoffs are getting to him. And on that same line, it’s hilarious how the Beshear Administration appears clueless that people have caught on to its 8664 shenanigans. [C-J & More C-J]

George W. Bush’s philosophy stoked the mortgage bonfire. All right for the reckoning. [NY TImes]

This is the kind of crap we read to entertain us all day long. Cats keep lost boy warm. I bet they were just trying to smother him. Go read it. [UPI]

What’s that? You mean $1.6 BILLION in bailout funds went directly to corrupt bank executives? $1.6 billion! In the form of salaries, bonuses and other perks like cash, stock options, jet usage, chauffuers, home security, country club memberships and professional money management. The total amount given to nearly 600 execs? It’d cover bailout costs for many of the 116 banks that have accepted the funds. It’s enough to make you hope these people get screwed over by Madoff. [NY Times]

Why does the U.S. and A. hate the rest of the world? Why would we be the only U.N. member nation to vote against the right to food? This person is spot-on. Calling the “right to food” a human right in a diplomatic resolution costs nothing and requires no further action. But leave it to these Bush whackjobs to continue starving the world to death. It’s pretty awesome. [Daily Puke]

Americans were promised change, not a shill for Monsanto. [Christian Science Monitor]

Newsflash: Don’t try to screw over Ann Oldfather. She will win. She doesn’t just jump on things to jump on them. Also, if you’re getting a divorce, use her. Because she’s the most powerful woman on earth. Oldfather says Maggie Keane, a candidate for vice president of the Kentucky Bar Association, denied having documents that she actually received– via a FedEx shipment. There’s no reason that Ann Oldfather (of all people! she doesn’t pull ridiculous crap, at all, ever) would push an ethics complaint unless there was serious, legitimate reason to push it. [C-J]

Gov. Beshear & Julianne Moore Visit Whitley Co

Governor Steve Beshear, actress Julianne Moore and Advocate Mark Shriver participated in a Save the Children event at Whitley Central Primary School. Save the Children’s programs for rural communities provide literacy, physical activity, nutrition and early childhood support to children in need.

From a press release:

“It is essential that we provide children in our state with the vital skills to become successful professionals,” said Gov. Beshear. “One of my top priorities for the commonwealth has been quality education. It is critical for our state to continue programs such as Save the Children to be competitive in the global market.”

Moore, a supporter of this program, was inspired by her recent visit to Save the Children’s early childhood development, literacy and fitness programs in Tennessee. She created the Save the Children Valentine’s Day Campaign, which aims to give families a way to make a difference for children in need in the U.S.

“We’re a country where every child should have an equal opportunity yet one in six children live in poverty,” said Moore. “The only way to give these children opportunity is through education and Save the Children is helping us reach that goal. The phenomenal 90 percent success rate at the Whitley program sets a powerful example for our leaders in Washington, D.C.”

Save The Children Federation, Inc. received an Appalachian Regional Commission grant for $500,000 to continue a literacy program in 14 southeastern Kentucky schools. The federal grant was matched by the Commonwealth in the amount of $500,000.

Tuesday Update Dept Of Random Crap

Meanwhile, at the retirement reception for Senator Larry Craig. [Pundit Kitchen]

Seriously. Holy crap. Are people starving or what? [WJLA]

So when we are gonna start talking about the divorce rate in this country? [WaPo]

More bull from these folks who have no idea what it’s like on the ground in Kentucky. Now it’s “corrupt, wealthy Lunsford.” [Keep Dreaming]

What would you do if your husband was the focus of one of the largest political investigations in Kentucky history and you were being sued for allegedly defrauding your publishing company? Why, you’d go on Don’t Forget The Lyrics, of course. [Monsters & Critics]

Haha. Top ten Sarah Palin excuses for that hilarious turkey slaughter interview. [David Letterman]

The Courier-Journal is apparently running this story about Robert Felner’s trial being delayed every day, forever. [C-J]

The infamous Versailles Road castle is now open as an inn. For real. Check out the photos. [H-L]