Friday News Fun

Oh, we know you love the drama. And the best drama of all is Ernie Fletcher starting a cat fight with Vicki Glass. Oh snap. Fletcher quipped at Glass for holding a recording device close to him and pushed her arm away. Glass, rightfully so, snapped back telling the man not to push her. We’re no experts here, but, uh, we’re pretty sure no man wants to mess with a woman on a mission. [C-J]

Matthew Shepard Act passed, tacked onto defense spending bill. No worries, haters! Dubya promises a veto. McConnell and Bunning both voted against the measure. They love them some gay-hatin. [AP]

Some day they’ll stop bitching and moaning about gambling. Some day they’ll focus on real issues. Right? Doesn’t look too promising now as not even Steve Beshear will take an opportunity to clear things up. [H-L, PoLWachers]

Poo hits the Lex fan. Lexington’s transportation system (LexTran) union had $49,000 stolen, mostly by its secretary and president. More are expected to be named culprits. What the heck is going on? First Louisville’s Metro Animal Services, now LexTran. [H-L]

Children first. Senate passes SCHIP/children’s health insurance bill with 67 votes– more than the majority needed to overturn a threatened veto by Dubya. McConnell and Bunning voted against it. Big shocker there. [CBS]

No sunshine here. More on Bunning’s mess of trying to cover Dubya’s incompetence up. He put a secret hold on the Presidential Records Amendment. [TP]

Hendrickson or Grayson? The Rural Democrat chimes in in the Secretary of State debate. Did anyone watch it? What about the debate for Secretary of Agriculture? [Rural Democrat]

Standing up. The Courier-Journal covered the Bristol protest. A zillion photos were snapped of folks entering and leaving the eatery but they didn’t make the C-J’s cut. The restaurant’s owner, Pete Peters, is unable to offer any semblance of an apology. Said the Bristol’s policy is to serve all fairly but, uh, policy isn’t the problem. We hope Pete finally gets it. [C-J]

The Bristol: 100 Strong Against Discrimination

While Louisville’s popular restaurant the Bristol celebrated its 30th Anniversary– nearly 100 people turned out to speak up against the Bristol’s blatant discrimination against Corey Nett. Please click here for the details of that discrimination.

This is democracy in action. When you allow an employee to engage in discrimination against a young man with Cerebral Palsy and never apologize, what happens? What happens when you attempt to sweep discrimination under the rug?

Citizens exercise their rights and stand up for what they believe. In this case citizens stood up with compassion for the Americans with Disabilities Act and in support of all that’s right with the United States.

We stopped by the peaceful demonstration this evening to snap some photos. Click here to view them.

Photos of note:

The hostess at the Bristol wasn’t too happy:


Some hateful guy cursed everyone and threatened us (so we snapped his photo):


Scenes from the demonstration:




Press showed up:


Here’s what WHAS11 had to say:




and Fox 41:




Thank you to Louisville’s media – both WHAS11 and WDRB/Fox 41 for giving this matter the attention it deserves. And the Courier-Journal for sending a photographer who gleefully photographed everyone who entered the restaurant.

Kudos to all who showed up to support Corey and for doing so with love and appreciation. Those of us against the war could have learned a thing or two tonight.

Breaking: Fletcher Up Campaign Finance Crap Creek

The Kentucky Democratic Party today filed a complaint with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance against the Republican Governors Association & Ernie Fletcher.

In the complaint KDP alleges the RGA violated campaign finance law by exceeding the $1,000 limit placed on in-kind contributions by operating a website that actively pushes for the election of Fletcher and by running commercials that advocate the defeat of Steve Beshear. All while in collusion with Fletcher, of course.

While some of the other charges possibly won’t stick, Fletcher and the RGA are likely to be cited by the KREF for violating the in-kind contribution limit. Doesn’t seem too likely any of these acts could be considered independent expenditures since the violations are outlined so clearly. As Pol Watchers reports, $5,000 fines could be doled out for violations. Anything willful could be referred to the AG.

Not a great week for the Gubnuh.

Jim Waters: Let’s bag Big Brother

Before you read Jim Waters’ latest, please Google around for statistics about second-hand smoke.

We’ll spare the commentary this week in exchange for reader analysis.


Let’s bag Big Brother, smoke out rights stealers and stay fat and happy

By Jim Waters

I wonder what some local politicians have put in their pipes and smoked.

I nearly drove off the road the other day when I heard Brian Nash, Bowling Green city commissioner, say during a radio newscast that the health benefits reaped by citizens from a proposed smoking ban in his city “outweigh” the Constitution’s personal-property rights.

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