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.

Afternoon Dept of Bailing Out & Crazy Drama

Thank goodness the day is nearly over and we can prepare for our weekly LOST party. There’s nothing like getting a dozen or so geeks together once a week as we all attempt to forget about life for a couple hours. And, of course, pig out on tasty treats.

Hope you’re enjoying your week as much as we are.

Is this Kentucky Speedway bailout/tax break/whatever a good idea? [Paulick Report]

You won’t want to miss our exposé on the Kentucky Equality Federation. It’s sure to drum up nasty responses like our previous stories have done. You simply will not believe the things revealed in emails leaked to us by former board members and key players from the organization. [Page One]

We agree with Meador. This David Williams-Larry Dale Keeling-Greg Stumbo stuff should be a reality television series. [LEO’s Fat Lip]

Martin Cothran still denies that he suggested gays were pedophiles in the mainstream print media. [Delusions of Homophobic Grandeur]

Herald-Leader journalists are scheduled to discuss the Blue Grass Airport scandal next Monday at 7:00 P.M. in the Buckner Room at the Herald-Leader. They’ll lead the discussion and you’ll get to hear how they reported the whole shebang. The event is free, open to the public and is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Bluegrass Pro Chapter. [H-L]

Some crazy drama involving the Courier-Journal’s Angie Fenton, harassment, juicy juicy. And the C-J covered it. Rick has all the details. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Really, the racist nuts are coming out of the wood work. Jiving? Really? Hahaha. [Wonkette]

Steve Nunn admits to slapping his former girlfriend during a 20-minute struggle. Sad. We hope he gets the help he needs to heal because even a slap is ridiculous. [Bluegrass Politics]

It’s time to represent women in your community. If you’re in Louisville, here’s your chance. Tuesday, March 10, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the University of Louisville’s Red Barn. [Consuming Louisville]

You should watch Jim Ramsey and Shirley Willihnganz discuss the University of Louisville’s economic impact. Rather interesting. [UofL Video]

Oh Snap Monday! Crazy Action in Frankfort

Can you believe it? Paul Harvey finally died. [Ken Layne]

Self-loather Martin Cothran tries to spin again. Now he’s saying that we are obsessed with “gay pedophilia” – despite the statements he’s made to the press where he is obsessed with said issue. Nice. Oh, Marty, who has the bigger audience? The known, not-afraid-to-admit-it homosexual wins this battle, sweet cheeks. [Very Interesting]

Greg Stumbo is still touting his super-secret-CIA-legislative-hot-mess and poffers some mysterious “changes” to alleviate concerns of a lack of transparency. Guess he doesn’t see the irony in refusing to detail those changes in the interests of transparency. [Tom Loftus]

Woops. Asking questions gets mainstreamers to pay attention. [Mark Hebert]

The Chicago Tribune names Jim Bunning the GOP’s Roland Burris. Only Jim Bunning is way more hilarious and awesome. [Chicago Tribune]

Heather French Henry’s alleged veterans “foundation” finally does something. It’s donating 55 boxes (yes, boxes, not cases) of Girl Scout cookies to soldiers. That’s good news. [C-J]

Red State citizens consume the most online porn in the USA. Come on! You know you do your part. [Jezebel]

Are we the only ones living in the reality-based community? Losing race after race, special election after special election, shutting people out of the Party, hemorrhaging money, never really raising anything, never paying staff members the thousands upon thousands that they’re owed. Hrm. Yeah, articulate and classy. That’s how WE’D choose to describe her. She totally rebuilt the Party and did her best. Ahh, revisionist history. [Delusions of Grandeur]

Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s Twitter feed got picked up by the New York Times. “Maybe AJ Stewart should consider quitting again if he is going to leave his man wide open for a game winning shot.”> We love it. [NY Times]

Your gas tax is scheduled to drop four cents. Republican heads are spinning. [WHAS11]

A Look Back At Our Favorite Stories of 2008

Earlier we shared a list of the ten most popular stories of 2008.

But what were our favorites? We couldn’t come up with a list of just ten. So you’re gonna have to take a look at our favorite eleventy billion.

From the Jennifer Moore-Jeff Noble nightmare to a particular state legislator’s penchant for fancy red shoes, it’s all here.

Let’s take a stroll down the memory hole…

The nightmare of the Robert Felner debacle consumed the University of Louisville and the entire world of higher education

  • Federal Investigation at UofL – What’s Going On? [Link]
  • A Much-Awaited Inside Look at the Communication of Robert Felner, Jim Ramsey and Shirley Willihnganz – Or How to Make the University of Louisville Look As Bad As Possible [Link]
  • The Felner Story: Proof of No Confidence Vote [Link]
  • Robert Felner: Serious Problems & Serious $$$ [Link]

The Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party’s annual Wendell Ford dinner. Photographs, drama and personal stories.

  • Finally – Wendell Ford Dinner Drama, Photos, Gossip [Link]

The mess that was the Louisville campaign to be district court judge consumed as all

  • Ready For This? Katie King Is In Trouble [Link]

Live blogging the KDP’s eulogy for Hillary Clinton was one of the most fun evenings of the year. It turned into a nightmare of hilarity.

  • KDP Live: Hillary Still Losing Edition [Link]
  • Live Blogging the KDP’s Eulogy for Hillary Clinton Last Night: In Photos [Link]

The depressing downfall of the Kentucky Democratic Party as chairwoman Jennifer Moore threatened longtime Party loyalist Jeff Noble (and attempted to pressure us into silence) was an eye-opener for Kentuckians everywhere. The mess caused by Miss Moore led to an evening at a Democratic club where her boyfriend threatened us and our livelihood.

  • Dirty Politics Can Be Quite a Bitch [Link]
  • An Open Letter to the Chairwoman Of the Kentucky Democratic Party [Link]
  • Almost-Livebloggy: Hebert & Edelen at Metro Dems [Link]

Read the rest of this long list after the jump…

Read moreA Look Back At Our Favorite Stories of 2008

Don McNay in Editor & Publisher Again

For the second time in a week Don McNay is in Editor & Publisher.

Here’s an excerpt:

NEW YORK – Syndicated financial columnist Don McNay is continuing to write and comment about America’s financial crisis.

Yesterday, for instance, he taped a segment with WTVQ-TV in Lexington, Ky. And this morning, McNay was scheduled to appear on 1190 KEX News Radio in Portland, Ore.

In his most recent column on the financial crisis, McNay wrote: “The leadership styles of President Bush and Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson have contributed to the problem. Great presidents reassure the country in times of crisis. Look at Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington.

Nice.

Don is becoming a regular financial expert out there in the real world. Pretty fancy for a Kentuckian.