It’s Tuesday. Everybody Has a New Job.

We still have ebola of the head or malaria or whatever. So it’s gonna be a slow day for us. In the meantime, just enjoy this random smattering of crap below. And done forget the Felner Scandal’s latest juicy details!

Just days after Ken Moellman said racist bigot Sonny Landham would run for the U.S. Senate on the Libertarian ticket, he announces that he’s out. Racist Landham says he plans on running as an independent. Oh, and he brings up Jews. How nice. We can’t wait for this circus. [Pat Crowley]

Republicans named Chuck Ellinger to face Kathy Stein. Shawn McPherson will face Wilson Stone. And former Beshear chief of staff Jim Cauley will helping those special elections. We also hear at least one prominent Lunsford staffer is leaving to work for the special elections. [PolWatchers]

Speaking of Lunsford staffers, Rick just reported that Cary Stemle, the former Editor of LEO, is now on board with the Lunsford campaign as Allison Haley’s replacement. The Lunsford camp should benefit greatly from Stemle’s extensive exerience in journalism. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The Republican Party wants you to freeze out and die. Did you know George W. Bush and his allies are compassionate? They care about you. And will make sure you all freeze to death because you can’t afford heat. [C-J]

Now that we’ve brought up Repubican allies of George W. Bush, Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao are hellbent on weakening mine health safety. Now miners can be exposed to toxic chemicals and black lung and mine operators get a free pass. [H-L]

In case you missed it, the Robert Felner scandal has exploded with information and evidence so juicy you won’t be able to stand it. From details that seem to point to Felner actually knowing what’s up and sharing details with a guy he called “honey” to some crazy emails between the two, it’s all there! [Page One]

Breaking: Felner and Schroeder More Than Friends? And Other Updates On the Scandal

Were Robert Felner and Tom Schroeder in a relationship? Email obtained by WHAS11’s Adam Walser seems to suggest so. And those emails suggest Felner and Schroeder were in collusion to swindle the University of Louisville out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Felner told Schroeder in an email that he was “terrified and nuts” about an IRS investigation. Some choice quotes from Felner: “the situation is getting real dicey,” “could lose my house and you too as your payments will be stopping.” According to what Felner said in emails to Schroeder, it appears that he knew his time was up at UofL.

Take a look at these excerpts from the WHAS11 piece at 5:30:




We’ll link you to the full story once it’s live on WHAS11’s website. In the meantime, here’s the print story. Update: Here’s the full story from WHAS11 – you’ll want to check it out.

Oh yeah– we told you Felner owned all kinds of expensive homes around the country. Who needs TWO houses in Florida? Who can afford them on a mere $250K/year salary from UofL? Does this mean Felner is a self-hating homosexual? Oh man, the questions this raises!

And I bet Anne Northup and Jim Ramsey wish to high heaven they hadn’t stepped into this stinky mess.

See the scandalous email exchanges between Robert Felner and Tom Schroeder after the jump… You won’t believe your eyes…

Read moreBreaking: Felner and Schroeder More Than Friends? And Other Updates On the Scandal

Monday Afternoon Update Slow Zzzz….

We have ebola of the head or whatever and are couch-ridden for the next million hours. Our hooker must not have been honest last night. Someone call us if there’s breaking news.

Don’t you love how the Kentucky Democratic Party behaves when it is caught red-handed slandering a Democrat? Full-on denial has begun. [Page One]

Is Scott Jennings a liability for Mitch McConnell? Jennings is “mentioned” in a report by the DOJ in the Karl Rove-U.S. Attorney Firings scandal. [The Arena]

Speaking of Mitch McConnell, he’s excited for Fancy Farm and wants everyone to cheer him on. Should be exciting, right? [Pat Crowley]

There’s going to be an interesting story on WLKY in Louisville tonight about a couple million dollars that have gone missing or something. Anne Northup scored the skrilla for a Louisville church and it looks like it’s all been squandered. We’ll all have the skinny tonight. [WLKY]

And WHAS11 News at 5:30 will reveal its investigation into former University of Louisville Dean Robert Felner’s email. Discussion among Felner and Schroeder up until the investigation broke. We hear it is absolutely scandalous! We’ll have highlights later. [WHAS11]

In other news, this probably made us sick. [FEAR]

Oh Snap Monday! Everyone Is Uptight Today

Which state lawmakers are the most greedy and decide to switch jobs so they can rape the state over and over again? Glad you asked. Jon Draud, Steve Nunn, Dan Mongiardo, J.R. Gray, Greg Stumbo, Frank Rasche, Carolyn Belcher, Tim Feeley, Fred Cowan, Kelsey Friend, Jr., Martin Sheehan. [H-L]

The Courier-Journal did its best to rehash the Robert Felner story but doesn’t bother mentioning its information is from a paper in Wisconsin. Nor did the C-J bother to mention that its story only scratches the surface in the juicy details we already know department. [C-J]

Haha, so, funny story. Racist hack Sonny Landham is in trouble for his sickening comments about Arabs last week. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Libtard Party chairman Ken Moellman is afraid to axe Landham from the Libertarian ballot. If they’re not ready to take action now, when will they be? We’re basically going to assume their all racist bigots for the rest of time. End of story. Yay. Also, remember when Ken Moellman said on this very website that Landham would be on the ballot? Ha. [H-L]

Democrats in Allen County nominated Wilson Stone to run for Rob Wilkey’s seat. Stone is apparenly a farmer (what does that even mean anymore?) who lives in the 22nd District. He lost an election for judge-executive in 2006. [PolWatchers]

Joe Gerth quoted Harry Johnson, a West End Louisville Clarence Yancy wannabe, in a story about the U.S. Senate race. Johnson campaigned against Lunsford in the primary because Greg Fischer bought him out. He’s the kind of guy who can “sell” you the black vote. Asking that dude for his political opinion is like asking Jake about sex with women. [C-J]

Lexington weatherman Brad James is retiring from television. If you’re from central or eastern Kentucky, James has been a part of your life for decades and decades. And he’s probaby the guy you most remember for pulling all kinds of hilarious pranks. He’ll definitely be missed. [H-L]

If you missed it yesterday, David Hawpe chapped Jim Ramsey’s rear end over his mishandling of the Robert Felner scandal. We watched Ramsey’s remarks again and can see the giant globs of egg dripping off his face. [C-J]

Huge Robert Felner Update – Holy Crap

We all know that Tom Schroeder in Rock Island, IL got a visit from the feds to talk about Robert Felner. And by now we all know that Robert Felner probably isn’t innocent of wrongdoing. But we’ve just scratched the surface.

Til now.

This is getting juicy:

Mr. Schroeder said that in 2007 the center received a contract for the project, which he signed and returned to Mr. Felner. It later received two payments, one for $200,000 and another for $50,000. Both checks were returned uncashed, he said, at Mr. Felner’s direction.

He said he is unaware of any other payments, specifically $200,000, made to the center.

His organization performed no work in connection with the project, and that was the last he heard about the project until two Secret Service agents knocked on his door last month, he said.

“I found out this was being investigated when two federal agents came to my home. There were some forged addendum to this contract and forged signatures of mine. This had been going on all along. Where the money is and what was done with the money we had nothing to do with,” Mr. Schroeder said.
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Mr. Felner even named the nonprofit, Mr. Schroeder said. “It all sounds a little funny now, but he didn’t want his name as a member of the board or staff member,” he said.
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Mr. Schroeder became the executive director and fiscal manager. His job was to sign contracts, receive checks, take care of legal issues, get paid and send the rest of the money to Mr. Felner.
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In late 2006 or early 2007, Mr. Felner told Mr. Schroeder about a contract with the University of Louisville to do work with Louisville schools on a No Child Left Behind project.

Mr. Schroeder signed the contract and returned it to Mr. Felner.

“Shortly after that, a check arrived in Rock Island for $200,000. I called Dr. Felner at the university and asked, ‘What is this? What are we to do with this? He said the check was a mistake, it shouldn’t have been written and to send it back,” Mr. Schroeder said.

Mr. Schroeder said Mr. Felner seemed livid that the check had been sent. It was sent back to Mr. Felner.

Then about Christmas 2007, a $50,000 check arrived in Rock Island. Mr. Schroeder said he called Mr. Felner, who again said to send the check back. It was a mistake.

To recap, Robert Felner is alleged to have used Schroeder and the now-dissolved organization in IL as a front to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Maybe this sort of behavior explains why Robert Felner owns so many expensive homes around the country?

Wonder when Jim Ramsey will eat crow?

Stay tuned.

It’s a Slow News Day, Right?

So we’re gonna waste some time with another update. We’re also stuck in meetings, preventing us from paying attention to what’s going on.

The Felner story? Yeah, the C-J’s put a new guy on it. And, despite what we saw as promising last week, are wholly disappointed. Come on, C-J. Get it together. Stop printing crap just because UofL freaks its shiz out over a story. [C-J]

It’s not about John McCain being old. It’s about him being senile. [Politico]

Bruce Lunsford appeared on Leland Conway’s show in Lexington today. [Leland Conway]

That dern librul media is lyin’ to you again! The libruls will lie to you about Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy! Don’t believe it! [EITB]

75% of Americans say known homosexuals should be allowed to serve in the military, up from 62% in 2001 and 44% in 1993. Somebody should ask Anne Northup how she feels about it. Basically, it’s the end of the world and the institution of marriage will crumble. Also, we lost Eye-rack because of the gays. I saw it on HBO. I know. [WaPo]

Another Week, Another Robert Felner Update

The Providence Journal published a story today about the Robert Felner investigation that provides confirmation for information we have already published and (aside from playing loose with dollar amounts, just like the C-J) makes a couple new revelations.

U.S. Attorney David Huber says the investigation will be over in a couple months, will be a “short one.”

“We typically don’t comment on criminal investigation, but since the University of Louisville already released a statement, we can confirm that there is an investigation,” said U.S. Attorney David L. Huber by phone last week. “It is still ongoing, but we expect the matter will probably come to a head in the next month or so.” Huber said fraud investigations typically take longer, “but this will be a short one,” he said.

Sources at the University of Rhode Island went on-the-record to reveal what the Secret Service was looking for. URI officials also spoke a bit about contracts with UofL and Felner’s past work.

A team of Secret Service agents came to South Kingstown late last month and again earlier this month, Saccoccio said, and asked about contracts URI had with the research foundation at the University of Louisville, specifically with Felner. Saccoccio said the agents did not remove any files or computers.

“There have been two visits by the Secret Service — there may have been one other one, I’m not sure — and they were interested in any contracts we had with the research foundation at the University of Louisville,” Saccoccio said. “We did have two subcontracts for $60,000 each, to collect and prepare data for research, similar to the SALT survey.”

While in Rhode Island, Felner developed the SALT survey, known nationally as the High Performance Learning Communities Assessment, which has been used for several years in the state’s public schools to improve school culture.

And the paper reiterates what we’ve been saying for a while now: the $694,000 figure is being pushed by the Courier-Journal because the University of Louisville wants the paper to push that amount.

University officials in Louisville were concerned about a $694,000 federal grant Felner received that apparently never went toward its intended purpose –– to establish a No Child Left Behind center in collaboration with the Kentucky Education Department, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal.

And on a somewhat related note – we filed a records request with the University of Louisville last week to determine whether or not the University is paying for crisis management and public relations to help deal with the Felner scandal. As you can see by checking out the list of personal service contracts (PDF Link), there doesn’t appear to be anything Felner-related. So we don’t have to be up in arms over Jim Ramsey’s performance and commentary about Felner here, here, here and here. Maybe it’s time Ramsey hired some professionals. His email sent to those affiliated with UofL earlier this morning is evidence alone that he needs some serious assistance digging the university out of this hole.