Is the Gooch Idiocy Contagious?

Rep. Jim GoochWe hope not! Because Jimmyboy is proving he is uneducated and an embarrassment to every citizen in the Bluegrass State.

Kentucky’s elected officials have once again put their stupidity on display for the entire world to see. Rep. Jim Gooch brought in two hand-selected idiots to deny global warming. We fully expect this man to tell us the world is flat in the coming days.

What’s that, Jim Gooch? You’re a DINO? What? You want to publicly be called a fool?

Okay. Jim Gooch is a DINO fool and everyone in Kentucky should be ashamed that this idiot is a Democratically elected state representative.

Please put us out of our misery.

UPDATE: John Cheves has a detailed story on the idiot Gooch and his little circus.

FRANKFORT — Global warming is a myth concocted by former Vice President Al Gore, the United Nations, Hollywood and the news media, Kentucky lawmakers were told yesterday.

Chairman Jim Gooch, D-Providence, a longtime ally of the coal industry, said he purposefully did not invite anyone who believes in global warming to testify.

“You can only hear that the sky is falling so many times,” said Gooch, whose post makes him the House Democrats’ chief environmental strategist. “We hear it every day from the news media, from the colleges, from Hollywood.”

Neither of Gooch’s invited panelists was a scientist.

No scientists. Why? Gooch says Kentucky has none and there’s no way we’d be able to get a big, scary scientist to come to Kentucky. To think this man is a member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

What on earth! Is this the best Western Kentucky has to offer? Someone needs to run against this man as soon as humanly possible. COME ON!

We encourage you to call and e-mail Gooch HERE to let him know how much of an embarrassment he is. Maybe provide him with a fact or two.

The War on Reality Update Dept

Mongiardo isn’t stupid, won’t resign from the Senate. Nice try, David Williams. Who in their right mind thought he’d resign before the December inauguration and swearing in, anyway? Williams came up with quite possibly the dumbest demand yet. [PolWatchers]

Ruining lives one by one. The Kentucky Board of Education has picked a finalist to become Commissioner of Education but won’t name them. No one on the board realizes it’s juvenile to tease the public. Not to mention– no one on the board realizes their “finalists” are complete and utter failures with no relevant experience. What a disappointment. [Mark Hebert]

Jody Richards wastes time and money. Again. He’s appointing a dozen state reps to be part of a work group to study the possibility of allowing casinos to set up shop in Kentucky. Don’t we already know the outcome? Why are we wasting time on this? Could Jody Richards be any more ineffective? We can’t openly and honestly resolve the Peabody issue but we can devote man hours and dollars to studying what’s already been studied. Great. [PolWatchers]

Corruption in Lexington schools. Superintendent Stu Silberman ran a high-performance principal off, lied about it, tried to cover up his tracks and then made up a secret “investigation” that no one knows about. What the heck is going on in Lex Vegas these days? First the jail and now the schools? Seriously, people. Em-bar-ass-ing. [Bluegrass Institute]

Moving in. Ernie gives Beshear’s transition team Steve Pence’s old office suite in the Capitol. Nice place to work, isn’t it? Team members are slowly moving in and are beginning to stake their claim on state government. No better place to be when moving a new regime into Frankfort. [C-J]

Mitch: The New Earle Clements

While examining Mitch McConnell’s first television commercials for the 2008 election cycle David Hawpe brings up the absurdity of McConnell’s self-comparison to former Sen. Alben Barkley.

Turns out Mitch isn’t keen on playing with facts and likes to ignore information that could make him look like the Red Chinese Money Broker that he is. And he’s not the second Kentuckian in history to lead his party in the Senate. The second would be Earle Clements in the 1950s. But who cares about facts? Definitely not the Dear bowtie-wearing Senator.

McConnell wants to draw a connection between himself and Barkley because the latter was not only powerful but also a popular, avuncular figure in Kentucky politics, especially in Western Kentucky, which has been a key to McConnell’s success. The truth is that one can draw more and better parallels between McConnell and Clements.

Both qualify as cool, crafty and reserved figures. Both built the state machinery that has dominated their respective parties for significant periods of the modern era. And both were county judges.

…Clements, unlike fellow Western Kentucky Democrat Barkley, was not widely loved. McConnell, unlike his Republican predecessor John Sherman Cooper, also isn’t widely loved.

And let’s not forget that Alben Barkley II– who is prominently featured in the new McConnell ads– has some major experience in the sexual harassment department. He was found guilty by the state Personnel Board of trying to make a sexytime or two with a secretary in his office.

Does McConnell think everybody has forgotten that Barkley II, as state secretary of agriculture, was involved in a sensational sexual harassment incident? A secretary in the ag commissioner’s office, Ann Hester, told the Personnel Board that Barkley once asked her to be his “lover,” that he asked to look down her blouse, that he put his arm around her waist and hugged her, and that he often told her she looked “sexy.”

Birds of a feather, boys and girls.  Birds of a feather.

Definitely Not a Gambling Mandate or How Not to Govern Before Sworn In

Was Steve Beshear’s win a mandate for a casino vote? Obviously not. Democrats won because of Ernie Fletcher’s incompetence and voters’ absolute disappointment in corruption.

Beshear has been more than hinting that he believes the vote was a gambling mandate. Larry Dale Keeling takes issue with that and tries to bring all the casino talk back down to reality.

Steve Beshear didn’t stress expanded gambling nearly as much in the fall campaign as he did in winning last May’s crowded Democratic primary.

But after last week’s election, he was quick to say his landslide victory over Gov. Ernie Fletcher sent a “clear message” that Kentuckians want to vote on the gambling issue.

But it was Fletcher, not Beshear, who tried to turn the fall race into a referendum on gambling. And he failed.

Polls indicate Kentuckians are evenly divided on expanded gambling, and Fletcher made “Not in my Kentucky home” the dominant theme of his campaign. But he couldn’t move his numbers enough to make this a close race even by appealing to the 50 percent of Kentuckians who oppose more gambling, which suggests that the message voters sent last week had far less to do with gambling than it did with the incumbent’s record.

Getting into the mandate mindset over gambling is silly and counter-productive. The governor-elect should be working toward change and consensus not spending a majority of time on expanding gambling. There may, you know, be a few more pressing obstacles facing Kentucky. Gambling is fine. We’re indifferent and aren’t taking issue with pro-gaming stances. Just hoping an entire administration isn’t wasted on luring in Harrah’s.

That said, it’s great to finally have a governor who is capable of avoiding scandal. Maybe the Commonwealth of Kentucky will finally grow into its semi-southern big kid shoes it’s so sorely been trying to keep on its feet for the past couple decades.

LEO Updates Copyright Story, Kinda Gets it Wrong

We have to take issue with with Jennifer Oladipo’s follow-up story in LEO this week.

Pimentel said the two sides had reached an agreement about the station’s expectations for how its content would be used, but declined to give specifics. He said WHAS would look at how user-friendly locating (and therefore linking to) video content is on its own site, once its Web content manager position is filled. In the meantime, he said the station doesn’t consider use of entire news segments as protected under Fair Use, nor is content that is posted unaccompanied by comment — links or no links. But yeah, there should be links.
No one will discuss any quid pro quo, but evidence suggests that WHAS has agreed to play fair as long as The Ville Voice and Page One agree to play a little fairer.

We linked to WHAS all the time– when we could, as their site is nearly impossible to navigate and uniquely devoid of content. We most frequently link to Mark Hebert’s blog because he’s quick with breaking political news.

We’ll assume she doesn’t completely understand the case as it was explained to her and is referring to a lack of links to WHAS on YouTube itself– the only area where we’ve not provided links to WHAS in the past. In our YouTube video descriptions we’ll be adding a link to WHAS11.com. As noted in the story, our critiques and discussion hit the web within minutes of broadcast– often hours (or days) before the information is available on the WHAS website. So a generic link may be all we can provide. At least for the time being and until content is provided more regularly by the station. We certainly will be making a concerted effort to link back to original stories when they become available. But as we pointed out yesterday, our audience isn’t WHAS’s core and we shouldn’t be considered competition. (Side note: We’re hopeful that WHAS11’s soon-to-be-hired web content manager begins to make video available for embedding on other sites. The station can still make money by including advertisements in the clips. Linking back to an occasionally available Windows Media file just isn’t viable.)

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More Corruption: McConnell Aide Becomes Tax Lobbyist

McConnell in a BowtieLesley Elliott, a former legislative aide to Mitch McConnell, has been hired by travel conglomerate Expedia. Why? To lobby Washington for “tax issues.”

It’s nothing new for McConnell staffers to get paid millions for knowing Mitch (remember Hunter Bates?) but is it really a good idea for his former employees to be out and about lobbying like this at a time when he’s done nothing but scream about taxation? At a time when he’s about to have the campaign battle of his lifetime?

Mitch’s bowtie must be on a little tight these days. Jeez.