The Family Foundation Is The Real Victim, WASPs Are So Persecuted

Who knew? Apparently the Family Foundation of Kentucky and its handful of self-hating closet cases and handful of scared, hate-filled heterosexuals (?) has decided to go full-tilt by playing the victim card.

Check out this release from this morning:

“We cannot sit around any longer waiting to see if the Governor will do his job on behalf of the County Clerks,” said Kent Ostrander, executive director of The Family Foundation. “Their rights and the First Amendment are too important to sit back and only hope.”

Ostrander said that the “First Amendment/Religious Freedom Rally” is set for Saturday, August 22 at noon on the Capitol Steps. He also said that he is working in concert with other leaders across the state.

“We’re inviting everyone who will stand with the County Clerks and for the First Amendment to come to the Capitol and deliver their message in person,” said Ostrander. “And our message is that the Supreme Court decision on marriage, now final, should not be used to erode any of the cornerstone birthright of every American – religious liberty.”

Referencing First Amendment freedoms, the Kentucky Constitution, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, and the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2013, Ostrander maintains that the head of Kentucky government – Gov. Beshear – has not done enough to protect the religious liberties of the state’s County Clerks.

Ostrander pointed particularly to the Kentucky law passed in 2013 that outlines protections and the government’s duty to accommodate citizens when it has a compelling interest that conflicts with sincerely-held religious beliefs. In this case, the compelling interest is issuing marriage licenses to heterosexual and same-sex couples alike, but there has been no accommodation for the clerks.

“The Governor is not above the law,” said Ostrander. “He must act in a way that protects the County Clerks as well as oversee the issuing of licenses. To date, all he has done is press for the issuance of the licenses and then sit back and let the ACLU sue the Rowan County Clerk for her personal assets.”

Aren’t you glad to see them deliberately misleading the public (many small town newspapers will fall for it) by telling folks that government (county clerks) needs to be protected from itself (First Amendment) in serving the public?

Especially fun to see Ostrander (R-Grindr) suggest Kentucky’s backwater legislation trumps the U.S. Constitution and its interpretation by the Supreme Court.

Rally’s gonna be tons of fun. We’ll be there with our Grindr and our Scruff turned on to see who is trolling for the D.

Those folks choose to be that way. Their religious “beliefs” (they’re only used to spread their fear or as an excuse for terrible behavior) can be changed — otherwise people wouldn’t be able to convert to Judaism and such for marriage. Right?

If they don’t want to choose to stop hating, shouldn’t they just move to another country? Maybe one of the nations without gay people (yes, it’s a joke) like Iran? Or one of the third-world countries in Africa where it’s still cool to slaughter gay people and excuse it by screaming “Jesus” at the top of your lungs?

The KFB Thing Was As Sad As Always

A recently settled sexual harassment lawsuit, involving a state legislator and workers at Kentucky’s capitol, will pay $400,000, according to attorney Thomas Clay. Way to go, Democrats, costing taxpayers mountains of cash. [WDRB]

In a preview of what promises to be a bitter fall campaign, Kentucky’s two major party candidates for governor traded verbal blows as they faced off Thursday at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum. [H-L]

It’s a whole new day for Republican presidential contenders making their second bid for the White House. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is making serious efforts to woo black voters, and is becoming one of the fiercest critics of real estate mogul Donald Trump. Meanwhile former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, known for his stringent opposition to same-sex marriage, is softening his rhetoric about gay people. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky State Fair Board voted Thursday to “strongly discourage” the sale or giveaway of any product bearing the image of the Confederate battle flag at the 2015 Kentucky State Fair in August. [C-J/AKN]

Just not Kentucky Democrats. Democrats are coalescing around a new proposal to rewrite the Civil Rights Act to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, abandoning a piecemeal strategy that won enough bipartisan support to pass the Senate in 2013. [Politico]

Barren County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday opposing proposed changes to the 27 miles of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that runs through the county. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A year and a half after the Affordable Care Act brought widespread reforms to the U.S. healthcare system, Chicago’s Cook County Health & Hospitals System has made its first profit in 180 years. [Reuters]

An environmental advocacy group has asked a federal court to order River Cities Disposal to cease alleged violations of state emissions standards at its Big Run Landfill. [Ashland Independent]

The main federal fund for roads and bridges runs at a deep deficit. If even red states can raise the gas tax, why can’t Congress? [ProPublica]

In a 7-1 vote, the Berea City Council passed a resolution to apply for a $500,000 grant for new police and fire department facilities. The project would be one element of a $9.7 million project to build a new Berea municipal building on Chestnut. [Richmond Register]

After Dylann Roof opened fire on worshippers gathered inside the historically black Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston, South Carolina last month, allegedly killing nine congregants and claiming that they “rape our women” and “are taking over our country,” a disturbing image circulated online. [ThinkProgress]

If you want to waste a few minutes of your time, here’s a look at Jack Conway and Matt Bevin playing pat-a-cake at Kentucky Farm Bureau. Because that’s what you do at a homophobic organization like that. You play pat-a-cake. [WKYT]

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is very wealthy. And now, thanks to his recently released Federal Election Commission financial disclosure forms covering the past 18 months, we have some new information about the man and the breadth of his financial domain. [BBC]

A federal judge has ruled there is evidence that officers at the Fayette County jail used excessive force on an inmate who died when he was being held in 2012. [H-L]

Same-sex couples can finally get married everywhere in the country, thanks to the Supreme Court’s long-awaited ruling last month. A couple can exchange rings, dance the night away and then post pictures of the event on Facebook. Just like any other couple. [HuffPo]

Thursday Evening Dept Of Awful

Democrats are pulling out the long knives, questioning Bevin’s commitment to agriculture and pressing the theme that Bevin “can’t be trusted.” During a conference call Wednesday morning organized by the Kentucky Democratic Party, one Kentucky farmer even made note of Bevin’s New Hampshire upbringing. [H-L]

Veterans were exposed to toxic chemicals and they’re accusing the VA of dragging its feet. [HuffPo]

West Virginia coal operator Jim Justice, who invited Gov. Steve Beshear to play a round of golf with the great Tiger Woods at Justice’s Greenbrier resort early this month, was the biggest contributor to the Kentucky Democratic Party last month. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in matchups in three key swing states — Iowa, Colorado and Virginia — a new Quinnipiac poll finds. [The Hill]

Rowan County resident Serena Smith has supported Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her decision not to issue marriage licenses since the day protests began in late June. [Ashland Independent]

Michigan’s Wayne County, home to Detroit, is in a financial emergency due to chronic budget deficits and a big unfunded healthcare liability, a state-appointed review team announced on Tuesday. [Reuters]

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, met Monday with constituents at a Glasgow restaurant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Missouri cattle farmer Greg Fleshman became so concerned about keeping his local hospital open that in 2011 he joined its governing board. “I mean they’ve saved my dad’s life twice,” Fleshman says. “He had a heart attack and a stroke and they life-flighted him out of here both times.” Keeping the doors open at Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville, Mo., seemed crucial to the community — but maybe an impossible task. [NPR]

Turns out Greg Fischer has another director-level hire with a drinking and driving in their city vehicle problem. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Though most states are slowing their emissions, the report shows eight states moving in the opposite direction, each seeing an increase in its emissions rate between 2008 and 2015. They include Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska, Utah, Idaho and Alaska. [Climate Central]

The Casey County Fiscal Court says homophobic County Clerk Casey Davis is wrong. May be behind a paywall but the headline and sub-head will tell you everything you need to know. [Casey County News]

Logically, Iraqi refugees shouldn’t exist, according to Sen. Rand Paul, because the United States already “won” the Iraq War. In an interview with Boston Herald Radio this week, Paul attempted to justify why he wanted to restrict the number of refugees the United States takes in, particularly from certain areas of the world like the Middle East. [ThinkProgress]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court unanimously voted Tuesday to seek closure of Big Run Landfill. [More Ashland Independent]

With a little over one week left before funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure dries up, the Senate has reached a deal on a multiyear bill, parting ways with the House. However, the bill immediately hit some bumps. [HuffPo]

Please accept my apologies for the caching issue that made the site appear to have stopped publication on July 16. Everything should be getting back to normal. If not, clear your browser’s cache and you should be good to go. [Jake]

Casey Davis & The Extreme Gay Panic

Casey Davis is so gay-panicked he can barely breathe. [H-L]

Some of the dumbest people on earth work on Fox News. [HuffPo]

Mitch McConnell spoke for more than 40 minutes Monday in Shepherdsville and never once mentioned Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin. [C-J/AKN]

Of course it’s because some butthurt politician complained. [The Hill]

The Frack Free Foothills community group have created an online petition requesting a moratorium of high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state until the implementation of all safety recommendations of the Oil and Gas Working Group. [Richmond Register]

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would increase the incentives for corporate whistleblowers to come forward to report financial misconduct, she said on Monday. [Reuters]

A former Glasgow police sergeant who was arrested in May on a charge of alcohol intoxication was arrested again Sunday morning, this time on a charge of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, minor injury, according to a citation released Monday by the Glasgow Police Department. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Over eggs at a San Antonio café, a reporter listens as former law enforcement officials and one ex-drug cartel operative swap theories about El Chapo’s latest escape and what it says about the U.S. and Mexico. [ProPublica]

The Morehead Utility Plant Board (MUPB) has the green light to file loan applications for two significant sewer extension projects. [The Morehead News]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the newest entrant to the crowded Republican field for 2016, and his supporters are trying to steer the conversation towards his economic bona fides. But Kasich’s record on the economy has one major flaw. [ThinkProgress]

Mitch McConnell is voicing his support to get the ball rolling on tens of thousands of untested rape kits. [WHAS11]

Prof Stephen Hawking has launched a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space. [BBC]

The most ancient Hebrew scroll since the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered, thanks in part to students in the University of Kentucky computer science department, and its chairman, Brent Seales. [H-L]

Really, the dumbest people on earth. Fox News reporter John Roberts called host Greta van Susteren a conspiracy theorist for alleging that the family of the shooter who killed five soldiers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week may have concocted a story about his depression and substance abuse. [HuffPo]

A Gun Nut Extremist Fears The Gays

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? A dog’s collar and chain leash were found on the passenger side of a vehicle allegedly used to drag a dog to its death, a Lexington police officer testified Tuesday. [H-L]

An evangelical Christian suggested in a video posted to Facebook that Christians should fight against gay rights with firearms. [HuffPo]

State audits of companies that provide Medicaid-funded homes and services for adults with disabilities are sending shock waves through the businesses, which say the state is demanding repayment of millions of dollars for what amounts to minor paperwork errors. [C-J/AKN]

The Des Moines Register editorial board is blasting businessman Donald Trump, saying he should drop out of the 2016 Republican presidential race. [The Hill & DMR]

Hal Rogers, a staunch supporter of Kentucky’s coal industry, said last week that the state must consider other manners of employment for the Appalachian region besides coal. [WFPL]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and liberal stalwart Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have reached a deal on a six-year highway funding bill. [The Hill]

Steve Beshear is placing $82.5 million of surplus funds into the state’s reserve fund, bringing the “rainy day” fund to $209.4 million, the highest amount in almost a decade. [Business First]

Less than 15 percent of U.S. adults eat enough fruits daily to meet federal recommendations, but the numbers are even worse in some states, dipping as low as 7.5 percent in Tennessee, according to a new study. [Reuters]

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet will take comments about oil and gas development from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in a “listening session” at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. [Richmond Register]

Meagan Taylor, a 22-year-old transgender woman of color, has been sitting in an isolated Iowa jail since last Monday simply because she was profiled for her identity. [ThinkProgress]

Truckloads of cleaning supplies, food, water and other provisions are continuing to be distributed to Johnson Countians whose lives were devastated by recent flash flooding and other weather-related problems. [Ashland Independent]

If this isn’t an honest-to-goodness crystal ball, it’s close. Neurobiologist Nina Kraus believes she and her team at Northwestern University have found a way — a half-hour test — to predict kids’ literacy skill long before they’re old enough to begin reading. [NPR]

After much criticism and refusing to utter Bevin’s name, Mitch McConnell is stepping slightly forward. Then he’ll very quickly step back into the shadows, allowing Bevin to dig his own political grave. [H-L]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday listed Americans held in Iraq by name and said the United States will not give up until they are returned. [HuffPo]

Haven’t Fire Ants Been Here A While?

Kentucky taxpayers should learn by Wednesday what they will pay to settle two lawsuits filed against House Democrats over sexual harassment and hostile-workplace claims. [John Cheves]

The transition to a renewable economy may be a painful one, particularly in this era of aversion to active government. [HuffPo]

Nearly a century after arriving in the United States, fire ants have made it to Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Though previous research has suggested high blood pressure may be more dangerous for thinner people, a new study finds the cardiovascular disease risks are similar – and high – for the lean, overweight and the obese. [Reuters]

Garrett Fowles, the city of Richmond’s legal counsel for nearly 15 years, was hired on a full-time basis at Tuesday’s city commission meeting. He will earn $80,000 annually and may do private legal work that doesn’t conflict with his city work, according to his contract. Fowles previously worked also as an assistant county attorney. [Richmond Register]

Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies. [ProPublica]

Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers joined public health and university officials [yesterday] to announce a new dentist recruitment program aimed at promoting sustained oral health and well-being in eastern Kentucky. The new loan forgiveness program is supported by $500,000 in state funds and is available for dental students who practice in the region. The dental schools at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville will administer the program, providing two to five awardees $100,000 each for a two-year commitment. [Press Release]

The American space agency’s New Horizons probe has returned further images of Pluto that include a view of the dwarf planet’s strange icy plains. [BBC]

You can’t even go to Kroger these days without getting run over and killed in the parking lot. [WKYT]

Japan’s Mitsubishi corporation is making a big apology. It’s not for any recall or defect in its products, which include automobiles, but for its use of American prisoners of war as forced labor during World War II. [NPR]

Mitch McConnell said he’ll attend the Fancy Farm picnic next month to help support a one-time rival. [WFPL]

It’s fitting that a southern white racist advocates hanging. They’re always the first to throw out hanging for punishment. Because that’s what’s always on their mind. See: any comment section on any story in Kentucky featuring an African American. [The Hill]

Kentucky’s new law that raises the school dropout age from 16 to 18 could be in for both a legal challenge and revision from the 2016 General Assembly. [H-L]

As American evangelicals lose traction at home, they are increasingly finding receptive audiences abroad. [HuffPo]

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Undereducated, Bigoted & Just Hateful

That’s what they are. Period.

In case you missed all the anti-gay fun yesterday?

During testimony on the witness stand, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told the court she has been considering how her office would handle marriage licenses since she took her oath in January.

Rowan County Judge-Executive Walter “Doc” Blevins, Jr., said during his testimony Monday before U.S. District Judge David Bunning that he and Davis had “talked for a while” about her potential conflict with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would uphold the constitutionality of gay marriage.

“She’s very religious and she said she would not be issuing licenses to anyone because she didn’t want to only do for one group,” Blevins said, adding Davis later voiced concern of the narrow 5-4 margin of the Supreme Court decision and possibility that the decision could be changed within 30 days.

Blevins said, despite his personal religious objection, he would issue a license based on the law.

-SNIP-

Davis said she and other county clerks wrote to as many state legislators as they could find addresses for in January, asking for a bill to be drafted in order to protect clerks from issuing licenses that conflicted with their religious convictions.

“It was not a spur-of-the-moment thing for me,” she said in court. “I prayed and fasted weekly before the (Supreme Court) decision.”

-SNIP-

Davis said six full-time clerks and another employee operating on alternative hours work in her office.

She testified that four of these clerks told her they had religious objections to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, one person was “ambiguous” with their views, and one was willing to issue licenses.

Bunning asked Davis if she would fire, or otherwise discipline, a clerk who issued a license. She said the license would still have her name on it. The judge repeated his question and then she answered, “They would not be able to without my authority.”

Bunning repeated his question to Davis a third time, but she then refused to answer because she said the question was based off speculation and she was unsure of how to appropriately respond.

-SNIP-

When ACLU Cooperating Attorney Dan Canon asked Davis if she made a conscious decision not to follow the U.S. Constitution in not issuing licenses, she paused, then said no.

Near the end of the hearing, Canon asked Davis who she believed had the “final say” in interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

To this, Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who has also halted the issuance of marriage licenses in the county her serves, whispered from his front row seat in the gallery, “God.”

“I don’t know,” Davis answered.

Click here to read the rest from Lana Bellamy. You should be reading Bellamy on a daily basis, by the way. Make it a habit. She’s one of the few in Eastern Kentucky consistently churning out terrific stories.

Spoiler alert: Blevins has no religious objection. Much like the times he covered up and called in favors for everything his ex-wife did, he’s spinning now. He’s got a close relative who is gay and has told me since I was probably 18 that he has no objections. His entire family (including Walter Jr!) accepts the individual with open arms, not anti-gay nonsense like that.

Now he wants to play the religion card to score political points. Such cowardly dishonesty from that man.

Come on, Morehead, get it together. You’re not all backwater bigots. Quit acting like it.