Wednesday Morning Dept of Bunning Is Magic

Wonkette is psychic and predicts an hilarious outcome between Jim Bunning and Rand Paul. [Wonkette]

What was that about Mormons not being crazy? Not even the Scientologists or snake handlers would pull something this sick. [AmericaBlog]

Daniel Solzman says he will not be involved in a fancy comedy battle. And we’re left to shed a lonely tear. [Solzy]

Dudley Webb and alleged Mayor Jim Newberry (of Lexington) have proved to be the saviors of all that is holy. Or something like that. Right? They got a nice dose of reality yesterday when future Mayor of Lexington Jim Gray unleashed. [B&P here & here]

Don’t miss video footage of the whole CentrePointe showdown. [WKYT]

Ouch, indeed. Jim Bunning’s comments attacking Mitch McConnell spread like wildfire yesterday. [Jim Carroll]

Hero of Brad Cummings and Louisville Republicans, Mike Pence, descends into gibberish after Chris Matthews questions him about evolution. Absolutely priceless. Hopefully the local GOP will continue to bring in headliners like Pence who do awesome things like this on a regular basis. [Huffington Post]

The Fraternal Order of Police is not happy with Jerry Abramson. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Coal-ash waste could be re-classified as hazardous waste. And the sound you hear is Jim Gooch rapidly sharting and gasping as he tries to wrap his mind around it all. [James Bruggers]

Tuesday Afternoon Dept of Loving Jim Bunning

What an interesting day.

Got a big question: instead of focusing so much energy on preventing homosexual urination, why not focus on preventing teen pregnancy?

HAHAHA! Jim Bunning is coming unhinged at Mitch McConnell. Bunning said in a press call today that McConnell is responsible for the GOP’s losses. God, we love Jim Bunning more and more every day for his hilarity. [Jim Carroll & Joe Gerth]

The Supreme Court is just a series of tubes! [Media Bistro]

Sorry, if Jim Bunning is really against wasteful spending, where’s he been on the matter the past however many years he’s been in office? He’s only just started speaking out against it in an attempt to capitalize upon waste politically. [Marcus Carey]

Really, what’s wrong with Steven Megerle? What does this guy have to hide? What emotional issue is he battling as he continues to throw under the bus a man he was convicted of trying to screw over? Goodness gracious. [Kentucky Women]

Remember the discrimination mess involving the East Market Street McDonald’s in downtown Louisville? The Fairness Campaign says there’ll be an important announcement there, at the McDonald’s, at 10:30 A.M. tomorrow morning. 420 East Market Street. [Flashback]

Lexington embarrassment and alleged Mayor Jim Newberry gets reamed with the facts over CentrePointe yet again. [Barefoot & Progressive]

David Williams is laying down the law to say tax increases and casino gambling will not pass in the State Senate. Will this special session be a bust or an epic battle? Hoo boy. [Tom Loftus]

Need to treat your mom to something nice on Mother’s Day? Kentucky State Parks will offer a Mother’s Day Buffet at all 17 resort park restaurants on May 10th. $16.95 for adults and $7.95 for children ages 6-12. Menu will include soup and salad bar, fresh fruit, a cheese bar, beef carved on the line, roast pork with apple dressing, old fashioned chicken and dumplings, fried catfish and hush puppies, garden vegetables and desserts. So hit up your local park! [Kentucky State Parks]

Check out this FOX41 story about investing in solar power systems for your home or business. Our pals at RegenEn are profiled. You’ll also get a peek at Gill Holland’s famous Green Building. I mean, if we can have solar at home? So can you. [FOX41]

Oh Snap Monday! It’s Hebert’s First Day at UofL

We hope Mark Hebert is enjoying his first day in his new role of Spinster in Chief at the University of Louisville. Happy Monday!

More evidence Jim Bunning is dropping out. Trey Grayson lays it all out. [Mark Hebert]

Bunning’s approval rating has also taken a nosedive. It’s just 34% while McConnell’s is at 43%. [More Hebert]

Jim Bunning told Trey Grayson to explore the U.S. Senate race. So get ready. You know the old man will definitely drop out. [Bluegrass Politics]

Steve Beshear charged too much for food at the annual Derby Breakfast so nobody showed up or whatever. [Tom Loftus]

Daniel Mongiardo campaigned in the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. It was so embarrassing that First Lady Jane Beshear appeared mortified. [Page One]

Mitch McConnell acts as if the Arlen Specter deflection isn’t a big deal. Unfortunately, those of us in the reality-based community see the defection as a major setback. And so do many Republicans. [Jim Carroll]

Nearly everyone sees the defection as weakening Mitch’s position. [C-J]

Read the rest of your morning junk after the jump…

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Oh Snap Monday! Big Conway News Today

Have you heard the spin from the homophobic campaign of Daniel Mongiardo? Kim Geveden and his cohorts are labeling Jack Conway as the anti-christ for refusing to discriminate against anybody. They’re saying he’s too much of a city boy. Too inexperienced (despite his decade and a half in public service). The spin is just hilarious at this point. It’ll get even louder from at least one bigoted redneck later this evening– shortly after Conway’s 4:30 P.M. press conference at the Ali Center. So stay tuned.

And on a related note to all of the Paultards: You can’t vote in a Democratic primary, so stop foaming at the mouth. Rand Paul– if he officially enters the race– won’t be on the ballot until November 2010. And then? Get real. He’s considered a moonbat in Kentucky. Nice try, though.

Wow. People really do believe everything Rush Limbaugh spews at them. [Bowling Green Daily News]

It’s hilarious that media outlets are still alleging there were long, drawn-out talks between Jack Conway, Crit Luallen and Ben Chandler about who would run for U.S. Senate. The only discussion was about when Jack would enter the race. Everyone (every single one of you reading these words) knew Jack would enter the race. [The Hill]

War expert (that’s what draft-dodgers call themselves) Mitch McConnell visited Iraq and says everything is puppies and rainbows. So now we can pull out because the Republicans aren’t in control? [C-J]

Ugh. Somebody fix taxes. The estate tax and everything else. And somebody make Governor Steve Beshear realize that extreme tax reform is a major priority. Just not in the Republican sense of the rich paying less taxes. Eff that. [NY Times]

Really, when will we begin to examine real tax reform? [Ronnie Ellis]

Congressional Quarterly noticed that Jack Conway entered the race for U.S. Senate. [CQ Politics]

Are you ready for this? Kim Geveden and the Mongiardo Campaign are working to demonize Louisvillians. Al Cross has details on the pro-gun (so now liberals can’t own guns? interesting news to me), pro-homophobia campaign Geveden has planned. His words, not ours. So it’s on. The homophobes vs. everyone else. [Al Cross]

Today at 10:00 A.M. Congressman John Yarmuth will present $150,000 to Volunteers of America for its Incarcerated Veterans Transitional Program. IVTP pairs formerly incarcerated veterans, who have served their time, with other veterans to help ease their transition back into society. Since 2004, the program has cut recidivism by 90% among participants, saving Kentucky taxpayers $1.6 million each year. [Press Release]

Down With Tyranny is spot-on with its Kentucky Senate analysis. [DWT]

Cold Afternoon of State Parks & Press Releases

Man, what a slow news day. Let’s just go over some random stories for a little bit.

Much to the chagrin of of known self-important individual Anne Northup, the Louisville GOP is bringing crazed moonbat John Ziegler (Darcy Davita’s you-know-what!) back to town for a screening of his film Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin was Targeted. Thursday, April 16th, Grand Convention Center in New Albany, Indiana (because no Kentuckian worth their weight would show that mess), 138 E. Market in Nawbny. 7:00 P.M. After the event ($20 advance, $25 at the door), Ziegler will be present for a wingnut reception. Get tickets by calling 502.584.7111 or emailing Wade Hurt at wade@louisvillegop.com or DeAnna Brangers at d4gop@aol.com. Thanks to Brad Cummings, a known terrorist and America-hater, for bringing Johnboy back to town. [Press Release]

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that the Department of Criminal Investigations secured the indictment of William John Miller of Bullitt County. Miller was indicted on five counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, all class D felony charges. From January 2008 through March 5, 2009, Miller allegedly committed the offense of Possession of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor for receiving a number of pictures and videos containing kids performing sexually explicit acts. He’s also alleged, by means of a computer, to have intended to distribute the pictures. If he’s guilty, hopefully he gets the help he needs. [Attorney General]

You’ve gotta read this story about Dubai. It’s all about Dubai’s dark side – a reality we never really hear about outside of the middle east. [Johann Hari]

Congressman John Yarmuth is getting in on the stupid UConn-UofL wagering bandwagon. He and Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut announced a “friendly wager” on tonight’s NCAA Championship game between the UConn Huskies and the University of Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball teams. If Louisville wins, Courtney will send a gift basket of salami from Rein’s Deli in Vernon, lemonade from Farmer’s Cow, wine from a Colchester Vineyard, maple syrup from Hebron, Munson’s Chocolate UConn Husky chocolate bars, locally farmed honey and cigars from Jarmoc Farms in Enfield. If UConn wins, Yarmuth will send a gift basket of Louisville treasure complete with a Louisville slugger, a bottle of Woodford Reserve and a bucket (VOMIT) of KFC. [Just Plain Weeeeird and Embarrassing]

Punch-Out 2010!!! Hahaha. “The Courier-Journal reports that Lt. Gov/noted homophobe/FEC-violating Daniel Mongiardo has successfully bested incumbent Jim Bunning(!) in the first preliminary game of Money-Tag…” [LEO’s Fat Lip]

Fort Boonesborough State Park (our personal favorite) will launch its “Boone at Noon” program this Saturday, April 11th to commemorate the 275th anniversary of explorer Daniel Boone’s birth. Once a month through September, there’ll be a 45-minute presentation on Boone or a topic related to his family and the exploration of our great Commonwealth of Kentucky. Programs are included in the fort admission price. April 11: Jerry Raisor, park curator, will discuss “Daniel Boone and Land Acquisition”; May 2: Pam Eddy, park ranger-historian from Cumberland Gap National Park, “Daniel Boone and the Cumberland Gap”; June 27: Jim Caudill, historian, “A Boone Related Flintlock Rifle”; July 11: Paul Tierney, park naturalist at Blue Licks Battlefield, “Daniel Boone at Blue Licks”; August 8: Bill Farmer, Fort Manager, “Boone – The Natural Man”; September 5: Jessie Mains, 18th Century longhunter re-enactor, “Daniel Boone and the Longhunters.” Make sure you go! [Kentucky State Parks]

Vermont has legalized gay marriage, overriding the governor’s veto. Hide the children and never go to pinko commie hippy Vermont– which will leave more room for us. VT is the first state to allow the gays to marry without judicial action. Yay progress. [Huffington Post]

Record set on the first day of the Keeneland April sale. [Business First]

Ah, the Tasty Smell of Sweet Kentucky Corruption

Planting pansies at the sites of homophobic abuse is a good idea. [The Pansy Project]

Reminder for the weekend: Sustain his hosting its grand re-opening this Saturday. All day. Tons of free seminars and educational sessions. A happy hour with tasty treats and booze. Free screening of Gill Holland’s excellent film Flow. Activities for kids. And contests for thousands of dollars worth of awesome merchandise. [Details – Page One]

The death of Martin Cothran’s imaginary playmate. Here’s a hint: It’s the imaginary KERA-dragon. [Prichard Blog]

Governor Steve Beshear will kick off “Cover the Uninsured Week” at the University of Louisville on Monday. 2:30 P.M. with Dr. Adewale Troutman, Metro Health Dept director, Dr. Larry Cook, EVP for health affairs at UofL, Rep. Darryl Owens, JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman and William Wagner, ED of Family Health Centers. The event is a project with Passport Health Plan. Anyone plan to attend? [Press Release]

Attorney General Jack Conway said this morning that… “[t]here’s a good chance I’ll run for the Senate. I’ve been saying all along I owe Kentucky voters my best effort at attorney general … so I’m going to get through the (legislative) session. And I’ll say something in the coming weeks.” He goes on to say that he speaks regularly to strategize with both Crit Luallen and Ben Chandler. Guess the Crit and Ben rumors are official dead. [Pat Crowley]

Four of the eight Clay Countians charged for all kinds of election-related shenanigans have been arraigned. Douglas C. Adams, Freddy W. Thompson, Paul E. Bishop and William B. Morris pleaded not guilty and were released on bond. Judge Robert Wier set a trial date of May 19th. [Bluegrass Politics]

Joe the Plumber wants to make love to Washington? Uh, AWKWARD. [Washington Post]

Who’s taking us to see Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum which opens this Sunday at The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky? Runs March 22 through June 14, 2009. Admission is $10 for the general public ($8 for senior citizens). All students and UK faculty/staff/alum get in for free. The exhibit is open for free on Friday nights from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. [H-L, More H-L & Art Museum]

Update on Yesterday’s Clay County Indictment

Yesterday the news broke of major indictments in Clay County over an alleged massive vote-buying scheme.

Russell Cletus Maricle, Douglas C. Adams, Charles Wayne Jones, William E. Stivers (aka Al Man), Freddy W. Thompson, Paul E. Bishop, William B. Morris (aka Bart) and Debra L. Morris (aka Debbie) were all indicted in various counts of vote buying, vote fraud, suborning perjury, racketeering, mail fraud, extortion and much, much more.

So, we thought it’d be fun for you to take a look at the 23-page indictment:


CLICK FOR INDICTMENT (PDF)

Totally delicious reading. It’s why we both love and feel shame for Kentucky all at the same time.

Highlights:

1. As part of the scheme to defraud, the defendants participated with others in the May 2004 primary election in pooling funds for the purpose of buying votes.

2. As part of the scheme to defraud, the defendants instructed election officers to buy votes and to mark voters or present tickets to voters for purposes of identifying voters who had sold their votes.

3. As part of the scheme to defraud, the defendants instructed election officers to assist the voters who sold their votes and to destroy voter assistance forms which may have resulted so as to not report the number of people they assisted at the voting polls as required by law.

4. As part of the scheme to defraud the defendants assisted in the preparation of an election report that falsely reported as valid fraudulent vote totals in the county to the Kentucky Secretary of State and the Kentucky Board of Elections.

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On or about a date in September 2004, in Clay County, in the Eastern District of Kentucky, and elsewhere, Charles Wayne Jones and William E. Stivers did knowingly affect interstate commerce by extortion, that is, the defendants attempted to obtain money not due them or their office, in the amount of $1,000 from CWL, a candidate for city council, induced by wrongful use and threat of use of fear and economic harm, and under color of official right.

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On or about May 2, 2007, continuing through on or about May 17, 2007, in Clay County, in the Eastern District of Kentucky, Russell Cletus Maricle and William E. Stivers, aka Al Man, aided and abetted by each other, did corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct, and impede the due administration of justice by communicating and instructing a witness, WW, to testify falsely before a federal grand jury in Lexington, Kentucky, while a grand jury investigation in the Eastern District of Kentucky was pending, all in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1503 and 2.

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4. It was part of the conspiracy that WW serve as the Democrat election judge in the Manchester Precinct. It was further part of the conspiracy that CW serve as the Republican election judge in the Manchester Precinct. Both WW and CW were instructed by Defendants Freddy W. Thompson and Charles Wayne Jones to tell voters that when they had pushed a button labeled “Vote” that their votes had been cast, when, in fact, that function merely provided a review screen of the voter’s selections in each race, and that the further step of pushing the “Cast Ballot” button was required. This review screen gave the voter the opportunity to change any candidate selections prior to casting the ballot.

5. It was part of the conspiracy that when the misled voters left the voting booth after pushing the “Vote” button, WW and/or CW entered the booth, changed their votes to candidates selected in part by Defendant Russell Cletus Maricle and cast the ballot by pushing the “Cast Ballot” button.

Now, to stop this mess in every Kentucky county in which it occurs.