Oh Snap. It’s Monday again.

Readying money. The frequently discussed 527 Bluegrass Freedom Fund has launched its website. Alessi has the story and discusses the $86K it had raised by the end of June. Bruce Lunsford’s former campaign manager, Achim Bergmann, is the organization’s strategic consultant. [H-L]

Faith in humanity restored. Lexington and Kentucky really pulled together during and after the tragedy of Comair flight 5191. An open letter from the NTSB’s Debbie Hersman to Kentucky hits it home. [H-L]

The Boston Globe makes the case that casinos and gambling are part of the American way. [Boston Globe]

From the Steve Henry Dept of Playing Fast & Loose with Other Peoples’ Money. One-time Bush Labor Secretary nominee and just one of many of the nation’s employers of illegal immigrants raises gajillions of dollars through her PACs and keeps the money for herself, which should surprise exactly no one. Is this even news? [WP]

Fancy lettuce talking “Barry Hussein Obama” (heh) made a campaign stop in Lexington last night. If you were there and have photos or stories to share, get in touch. [H-L]

Tug-o-War with himself. Larry Dale Keeling says political ineptitude and inconsistency are Fletcher trademarks. He offers a litany of examples. [KY Kurmudgeon]

Army possibly nearing equality?

Zahora - NPR - IraqMilitary policies don’t keep women off the front lines anymore. NPR’s Jack Zahora for All Things Considered reports that sixty-one women have been killed by hostile fire in Iraq and discusses important new roles women are more often beginning to play in combat zones– despite Pentagon policies.

Go Listen!

Zahora is a rising star at NPR and has covered Iraq quite a bit. Give more of his work a listen while you’re at it. More Kentuckians should familiarize themselves with his reporting as 2008 draws near.

Killing Kentucky’s Gem

Mountaintop Removal

The Bush administration is showing its corrupt love of big coal. The big business cabal has created energy policy that not only protects but promotes mountaintop removal.

We’re flushing eastern Kentucky down the drain. Literally killing it. And we hear nothing about it from either gubernatorial campaign. They sit idly by instead of using their unique platform to discuss the real problems facing the Bluegrass State.

Update: And the donors are…

An update to the Freedom’s Watch story.

The financiers of the crazed group are a Who’s Who of former Bush ambassadors.

Check it:

  • Anthony Gioia, former ambassador to Malta
  • Kevin Moley, U.S. Permanent Rep to the UN, former VP of PCS Health Systems
  • Mel Sembler, former ambassador to Italy
  • Howard Leach, former ambassador to France, original Bush Pioneer
  • Dr. John Templeton
  • Edward Snider
  • Sheldon Adelson, 3rd-richest American, casino mogul
  • Richard Fox
  • Ari Fleischer, former Bush mouthpiece
  • Gary Erlbaum
  • Matt Brooks

These guys really have the nation’s best interests at heart!

Don’t blink! It’s Friday

Making a difference at home. Battling drug abuse just got a little easier in Pike County. Following on the heels of Hal Rogers’ Operation UNITE, the Office of Drug Control Policy has been established and it’s the first in the state. Communities are waking up to reality. [News-Express]

Sickening. From the WTF Dept. Modern-day slavery right at home. Human trafficking in Kentucky? Yeah. For real. [C-J]

Our thoughts are with Justice Mac. Kentucky’s first African American supreme court justice succumbs to cancer. [C-J]

Throwing jobs away. Kentucky’s jobless rate in July rose quite a bit. According to statistics, 1,200 jobs alone were lost in the educational and health services sector. Yeah, the economy’s golden! [C-J]

Fabricated Support of Hypocrites

By now you’ve all see the Freedom’s Watch ads which use fear in an attempt to drum up support for the death trap that is Iraq. At the end of the 30-second spot you’re urged to call your elected officials in Washington with a number provided on the screen. It turns out that number rings at a call center (contracted by Freedom’s Watch) which exists to transfer your calls to Congress. The catch? They only transfer callers who support the war.

Americans United for Change recorded one of the calls and is sharing it with the world. See for yourself.

If the ads themselves weren’t filled with enough hypocrisy for you, this should break the bank.

Credit to Open KY