Abstinence-Only Programs Failing in Kentucky?

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) recently released a report about abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Kentucky and it’s a doozy.

25 other states have rejected Title V abstinence-only funds– but not Kentucky. The Commonwealth received more than $3 million last year alone, the majority of funds going to crisis pregnancy centers.

This sort of thing is obviously not working, since the teen birth rate in Kentucky rose 6.6% from 2005-2006 while the national rate only rose 3%.

Check the report out here and then get an eye-opening look at how health indicators are failing in Kentucky here.

Statewide media: Where are you on this issue? It’s time for you to wake up.

Richard Simmons Goes to Congress & More

This is so good that we’re stealing it from Wonkette.

Richard Simmons (yes, THAT Richard Simmons) was spotted in public this week for the first time since the 1980s. And he didn’t disappoint.


OMG. This is so terribly hilarious and a waste of time to watch. So watch it. It’ll put the fear of, well, it’ll terrify you.

In other news, Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo (yeah, I know this doesn’t fit in this story) was selected to serve on the National Lieutenant Governors Association Executive Committee.

Give Back Saturday if You’re in Louisville

We may seem like heartless critics of politicians and media types, but we do like to contribute something of value to our world. So we’re jumping at the chance to promote something that does some good.

Especially when the beneficiary is a cancer research organization, given that our families have been touched in many ways by cancer. So tomorrow, May 10, the good folks at Java Brewing Company on Frankfort Avenue (where many Page One/Ville Voice rants originate) in Louisville will host a yard sale, with the proceeds to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer – Pediatric Cancer Research. Java will also donate 10% of its sales to the foundation.

You might remember the horse Afleet Alex, who finished third in the 2005 Derby before winning the Preakness and Belmont, and the news that was generated when its owners donated a portion of the horse’s winnings to the cause. The organization was even allowed to set up a stand at Churchill Downs.

Other businesses on Frankfort Avenue are encouraged to participate by donating a portion of their proceeds on Saturday to the foundation, which has raised more than $18 million.

Come by to help out a good cause.

It Only Took a Day, Kids

One day. That’s how long it took for someone to put out another MySpace/Facebook pervert press release.  This is the sixth one since January.

Our blood pressure rises a little bit each time we read one of these damn things. When will something substantive be tackled? I mean, if you don’t want your kids talking to perverts? Don’t let them on the internet by themselves! Damn.


Frankfort, Ky. (May 8, 2008) – Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia have reached an agreement with Facebook to better protect children from predators and inappropriate content.

“I have been encouraging Facebook to get on board and follow MySpace’s lead in protecting children who visit these sites from adults who are trying to prey on their vulnerability and innocence,” General Conway said. “I am gratified that we’re moving forward with this agreement in an effort to protect Kentucky kids.”

The agreement is similar to the one that MySpace reached in January with 49 states and the District of Columbia. MySpace agreed to head a task force, which Facebook has joined, to explore and develop age and identity-identification tools for social-networking sites.

Don’t get us wrong– everyone appreciates keeping our kids safe. But it’s been five months. We’re tired of hearing about MySpace perverts or whatever. Legislators, former attorneys general, Democratic leaders and the everyday rank and file voters are beginning to complain to us– a lot. Can we cool it for a while? Maybe sue an oil company or whatever for a few minutes?

For the record: everyone else is afraid to offer constructive criticism and we’ve gotten a lot of push-back about mentioning this. But come on! We can’t be the only ones rolling our eyes at wasted potential. Especially if someone wants to run for governor/senate in a couple years.

Notice for Young(er?) Democrats in Louisville

This evening the University of Louisville College Democrats will host Rep. John Yarmuth as their guest speaker. 8:30 in Davidson Hall, room 103.

If you’re under the age of 40, a Democrat and aren’t a member of Young Dems, here’s your chance. Tomorrow night from 6:00 – 9:00 Louisville Young Democrats invite you to join them at Ice Breakers, 252 E. Market St. (map)

Should be a good chance to meet some elected officials and candidates. You’ll also be able to learn about opportunities to go to the Democratic National Convention. Cheap drinks, too.

Youth: Finally Players with Democrats

Some like to promulgate terribly irregular mock election results as a harbinger of doom for Democrats come Tuesday. While admirable (kinda) that people can still be in denial this late in the game, we’re firmly planted in the reality-based community.

High School and College Republicans (many of whom can’t even vote) may come out in larger numbers than their Democratic counterparts to participate in mock elections. That may very well be the case. We won’t even begin to examine the whys and hows. But do they come out in huge numbers to work throughout an election? And by the hundreds at the close of getting out the vote to ensure a high turn-out? That’s what’s happening in Louisville (across the state, really) with the College Democrats of Kentucky.

Beginning this afternoon College Dems are taking over Frankfort. Early tomorrow morning the group begins what it’s calling ‘Campaign Invasion 2007’ across the city of Louisville. According to a press release Saturday is filled with phone banking, canvassing, rallying and awareness with a full day of GOTV action on Sunday.

This may be a turning point for the Kentucky Democratic Party. This marks the first time in recent elections that College Democrats (and young people in general) have been allowed– no, not invited, but ALLOWED– to take part in the campaign/election process. ‘Youth’ has been foreign language to Democrats in the past and we’re proud to see things changing. The Dems are finally catching up with Repubs on the matter of youth. This is a good thing.