Mohler and his Media Powerhouse

If you think about it, no Louisville resident gets more national publicity, or generates more media himself, than Southern Baptist Seminary president Dr. Albert Mohler. He was in the news again this week, after announcing he won’t be a candidate for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention due to a health issue — he’s got to have surgery for a precancerous tumor in his colon.

It’s been a decade since I wrote a profile of Mohler in Business First, which at the time was a pretty big deal. Then, he’d been in place over at Southern about five years, and had shaken things up quite a bit – initiating a near complete turnover of the Seminary faculty. He was the target of a lot of criticism, but what impressed me about him in our interview was his unwavering conviction in everything he said. Nothing I asked him brought about any pauses for contemplation. He was on a mission, and for those who opposed him, well, his message was not to let the door hit you on the way out.

There were always issues, he told me, on which “no diversity of opinions can be tolerated.”

In the decade since, Mohler has continued to be featured in our national press, and he’s been interviewed on a wide range of issues as the go-to guy for the Conservative Right. Just last March, Mohler found himself in the middle of a firestorm after writing that gays may be proven to be born gay, a position that goes against most conservative thinking.

Read the rest along with the 1998 Business First profile of Dr. Mohler after the jump…

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Oh Snap Monday! Perverts, Jane Fonda, Misery

Basically, perverts are everywhere. Everyone is a flipping child predator these days. Priests, GOP leaders, clowns, R. Kelly, teachers. Seriously. Bob McKee, a Republican leader in Maryland who this year sponsored legislation protecting children from perverts like him, was arrested and canned for being a pervert. Ugh. Can you imagine such a thing? Another Republican arrested for perversion. [Washington Post]

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has confirmed their fear and hatred of the gays. The Louisville-based organization ruled last week that foot tappers and pantsuit wearers everywhere are forever banned from leadership positions. There’s an exception, though, for those homos living in chastity and those living in sham marriages. [H-L]

Vice presidentin’, Jane Fonda, Stumbo showing leadership, and miserable experiences after the jump…

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Heads-Up to the Haters

It’s a stupid idea to threaten us from your state email address and state computer.

Stupid.

You’re lucky we don’t publish your rant.

Consider this a warning. Don’t send threatening messages. Being nasty is one thing, but threats? Come on.

And to non-overweight, non-hate-filled legislators: Jake isn’t the only writer here. Tell your hefty, hate-spewing buddy that some “swishy” guys don’t back down easily. Also tell him we got a huge laugh out of his email.

Spotted: Various Degrees of Famous

This week our readers only encountered one legit semi-celebrity. And he’s a celeb only the fruity amongst us could appreciate.

From a reader at the University of Kentucky about their recent Queer Eye encounter: “Carson Kressley was speaking in the Grand Ballroom in the UK Student Center on Thursday. UK’s college dems had a meeting right across the way from the Grand Ballroom. He came over to say hello to us and Upon his entrance, he said “I Love Democrats!” and literally had the limp wristed it up. He asked us if we liked Hillary. Most people booed, as we are an Obama-heavy group, but Carson said “Oh well, I like them all.” So we took a picture, and that’s that.”

We love how the gays are hurriedly corrupting and recruiting young folks everywhere these days. Beware, Democrats! They’ll get you.

And not necessarily someone famous, but funny stuff: Overheard a lady on her cell phone in the Walgreen’s pharmacy waiting area saying the following, “I’m desperate, not easy. There is a difference.” Can you say new catch phrase?

See someone famous-ish out and about? An elected official? Candidate? Maybe a prominent Kentuckian engaging in hilarious behavior? Let us know!

Almost Ready to See Our Shadow Update

Millionaires who hate Democrats and the Democrats who love them. Imagine that. A non-Page One blogger dishing the dirt. They’re moments away from receiving the wrath of those opposed to the truth. Beware. [Yellow Dog via BGR]

Scrapping the run-off? The house has joined the senate with a bill to get rid of the headache Kentucky almost faced in 2007. Almost no one believes a run-off is necessary. Insane that we had the provision in the first place. [PolWatchers]

Ben Chandler and Ernesto Scorsone hate America. The two opposites of Jim Gooch were part of a forum on global warming held at the University of Kentucky yesterday. [H-L]

Pay for play politics? Surely you jest! Beshear appointed John Paul Chappell to a district judgeship just days after he gave Scott Alexander $200 for the 30th district senate race. Just a coincidence? No clue. You decide. We just hope a judgeship would sell for a lot more than $200 if that’s what’s going on. [PolWatchers]

70-cent cigarette tax proposed (instead of 30-cents that’s hot discussion these days) to ease budget constraints. Kudos to the legislature for this move! Not only would Kentucky benefit financially, but overall health would improve tremendously as Ernie Fletcher has repeatedly said. Goodbye, teen smoking! [Courier-Journal]

Delving into the political nightmares of both the Democratic and Republican parties of recent days.  Both Ron Lewis and Steve Beshear are causing drama. [Hebert]

And in case you missed our fuming a couple days ago, get up-to-date on the state domestic partner benefits ban. Welcome to the 19th century, Kentucky! [H-L]

Oh Snap. Almost Groundhog Day Update.

Mike Weaver, failed candidate for congress and state treasurer, has filed for his old State House seat. Mark Hebert reports that Weaver says he’s running for state office again because he’s too old to serve in the military. If Weaver has a gay campaign manager this time, will he allow him to produce weird gay-baiting/gay-hating campaign commercials at the last minute and then refuse to return contributions to pissed off people in Louisville? [Hebert]

Even more on the decision by the Most Reverend Ron Lewis to drop out of KY-02’s House race so he could coronate his chief of staff. But the NRSC will have none of that business, boys and girls. No sir. Reverend Ron is a bad, bad boy.[H-L]

Bruce Lunsford is still saying he’s afraid of the millionaires’ amendment and won’t contribute more than $560,000 of his own money toward the senate race. Isn’t that something we brought up a few weeks ago with Fischer? And you wonder why we say these rich guys are ineffective. [C-J]

Greg Fischer attacks Bruce Lunsford in an email “interview” with the AIPAC blogger. Check it out: “One thing is for sure, you’ll never see me on YouTube with Mitch McConnell and Ernie Fletcher :)” [Solzman]

And in case you weren’t paying attention, the state house passed an ethics bill. David Williams says the senate will make the bill stronger. So. We’re waiting to see if public trust is ever restored in gubmint. Are you holding your breath? [C-J]

Oh, and the bully bill passed. No one paid attention. It requires all schools to develop reporting and punishment programs for bullying in school. Hebert reminds readers that the bill was a failure in 2006 because everyone was afraid the gays would use provisions to punish some fringe Christian students who believe we should burn in hell for our sins, etc. [Hebert]

Mitch McConnell is screwing up the FEC. After weeks of bitching and moaning he’s obstructing up/down votes on potential nominees. Isn’t this what we’ve come to expect from Kentucky’s senator? He wouldn’t be so hated if he didn’t pull idiotic crap like this all the time. [NYT]

Andrew Horne’s campaign releases limited information about his stances on issues including gun ownership, jobs, social security and the economy. It seems only a fringe candidate on the Democratic side seems to understand the importance of making positions public. [Horne Camp]

Kentucky Legislature: Backward and Ignorant

Another scary gay post! Jake is spreading the gay all over the place. Please send all death threats directly to him. Clutter in the tips@ address inbox is no good.

In one of the most stupid moves by the Kentucky legislature in our lifetimes, the Senate voted in favor (30-5) of SB 112 that bans state universities and all government agencies from offering domestic partner benefits.

Sen. Ernesto Scorsone has it right when he says this kind of measure brings out the worst in all of us. It brings the biggest tools out of the shed. Tools led by Republican Senator Vernie McGaha (unfortunate name) of Russell Springs. McGaha says he is “quite proud” of his bill and stands strong for his convictions. So we hope for his sake he’s not one of the several rumored closeted Republicans in the state senate. We hope the same for his 30 friends who voted for the ban.

The bill is now on its way to the House where it’s expected to pass comfortably.

Next on their agenda? Making it illegal for businesses of any type to receive tax breaks or incentives from the state if they offer domestic partner benefits.

Every single elected official in Frankfort should feel completely ashamed.

Disgusting.

Will Governor Beshear make good on his promise to use the veto pen?