Overlord Obama Is Coming For White Women

Oh, wait, Gregory L. Wilson asked a judge to halt his September 16 execution. He’s apparently mentally retarded? [H-L]

Bill Johnson, like all people who turn into perennial candidates, says he’s going to run for Secretary of State or the State Senate. [Ryan Alessi]

Teabaggers in Louisville just can’t believe that the NAACP and African Americans would want to have their voices heard in the debate on busing. [The ‘Ville Voice]

This is a rather interesting piece about Mt. Rushmore being too close to hallowed ground. [Mother Jones]

Where are Rand Paul and Jack Conway? Who knows. They like hiding from the average voter and each other. [Ruh Ro]

This lady is Mica Sims in about ten years. Or a week. Whenever. [B&P]

Rather than give proper credit when he swiped my photograph, Bob Layton decided to delete his original story, like I told you yesterday. He’s since published screenshots of the PDF provided by Conway/KDP. Much better to do than simply give credit to someone who has dared (how dare me!) to criticize Jack Conway. [Here & Here]

Today the White House announced that more than 30% of those planned – some 5,200 – homes have been weatherized in Kentucky. [Press Release]

Phil Moffett says coal counties should get to keep all of the coal severance taxes collected. Does this mean Jefferson County gets to keep ALL of the tax dollars it sends to Frankfort? If so, then let us talk. Otherwise, Phil Moffett has zero idea how Kentucky works. [AP & Press Release]

The new anti-Jack Conway ad from Karl Rove and the turd blossoms is getting national attention. [Hotline]

Tomorrow at 1:00 P.M. Eastern, First Lady Jane Beshear will speak at a presser re: the importance of college and career readiness for high school grads. A declaration of September 2010 as College and Career Readiness Month will also be made. Watch live footage at the link tomorrow. [Press Release]

Why the belief that Barack Obama is a Muslim? Because people are effing stupid. [Newsweek]

ERRP Funds Hitting Kentucky Announced

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that tons of Kentucky businesses, unions and government organizations have been accepted into the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. The program helps maintain coverage for early retirees aged 55+ who aren’t yet eligible for Medicare. Those accepted receive reimbursement for medical claims.

“In these tough economic times, it is difficult for employers to keep up with skyrocketing health care costs for employees and retirees. Many Americans who retire before they are eligible for Medicare see their life savings disappear because of medical bills and exorbitant rates in the individual health insurance market,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The Affordable Care Act’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program will make it a little easier for employers to provide high-quality health benefits to their retirees as we work to put in place market reforms to lower costs for all.”

Those accepted during the first round in Kentucky:

  • AFL-CIO Health & Welfare Fund
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • EON U.S. LLC
  • Glass, Molders, Plastics International Union
  • Kentucky Education Association
  • Kentucky Laborers District Council Health & Welfare Fund
  • Lexmark International, Inc.
  • Lexmark International, Inc.
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 502 Health and Welfare Fund
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 248 Health & Welfare Fund
  • Uranium Disposition Services, LLC
  • YUM! Brands, Inc.
  • Zeon Chemicals L.P.

“There has been a tremendous amount of interest from businesses and organizations from across Kentucky since the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program was announced just a few months ago,” said Sebelius. “Nationally, we have received applications from more than 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies, all major unions, and government entities in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, and we are delighted to be able to notify our first round of successful applicants here today.”

The teabaggers will not like this. Republican mega-corps getting our tax dollars to pay their retirees? Surely not.

Latest Anti-Conway Attack Ad Goes Live

The latest from Karl Rove & Co tries to scare meemaw away from Jack Conway with health care reform. My favorite part is the claim that eleventy billion dollars is being cut from Medicare, when in reality it’s Medicare Advantage – a cut to corporations profiting from Medicare.

Like Joe says, hide your daughter before the black muslin comes to steal all of our white women.

2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

Kentucky Youth Advocates has released the 20th annual KIDS COUNT County Data Book.

Here’s what KYA had to say about it in a release:

This year’s book focuses on fifteen indicators of economic well-being and gives a glimpse into the effects of the national recession on children and families in the Commonwealth. A number of indicators measure the usage of work supports (publically funded assistance programs that either boost incomes or offset family expenses), which are vital to helping low-income families weather the economic downturn.

In the opening essay, the book examines the importance of work supports in helping families make ends meet and provide adequate and necessary care for their children. For example, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is responsible for pulling more children out of poverty than any other federal program by supplementing low wages and encouraging asset building. However, many Kentucky families miss out on work supports they are eligible for due to barriers such as lack of information and a confusing and laborious application process. The book recommends improving and expanding outreach efforts, implementing online applications, developing web-based tools, and aligning and simplifying policies to improve access and use of benefits.

Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) to view the 2010 Data Book. You should read it all. Particularly the bits about poverty and education.

Tom Eblen Hits The Nail On The Head

Tom Eblen, a known America-hater and guy who rides a bicycle around Lexington sometimes, has hit the nail on the head with his latest.

Steal $100,000 in a University of Kentucky ticket scam, as former UK basketball star Ed Davender did, and you could get eight years in prison.

Steal five times that much from Blue Grass Airport, as former Blue Grass Airport director Mike Gobb and three of his assistants did, and you could get no jail time at all.

Those recent cases left me scratching my head, and I wasn’t alone. No wonder people question the fairness of our judicial system and speculate that punishment is influenced by wealth, race, class, the skill of your attorney and the whims of your judge.

Click here to read the rest.

And then tell you that you haven’t been thinking that justice isn’t blind for quite a while.

KRS Placement Agent Living The High Life

Steve Schwarzman says taxes are killing him. He compared Barack Obama to Hitler.

And he threw himself a $3 million birthday party, according to CNN:

Steve Schwarzman threw himself a 60th birthday party few have forgotten. The $3 million soiree in Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory in February 2007 marked a peak to the modern gilded age. Rod Stewart was the main attraction. Patti LaBelle sang Happy Birthday. If anyone had any doubt about the private-equity leader’s love of lavish spectacles, five hundred guests dining on lobster and filet mignon sealed the deal.

Just who is Schwarzman? He’s the head of Blackstone, which owns Park Hill, the Number 2 placement agent for the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Prior to his massive birthday bash, KRS paid him $2.8 million. He got about another million after the party.

Let’s take a look at some of the cash the KRS paid out to him. Data goes like this: Fund – Inception – KRS Commitment – Placement Agent – Amount Paid to Placement Agent.

  • Wayzata I — 11/30/2005 — $75 million — Park Hill-Roberts, Prendergrast, Keene — $1,327,869
  • Blackstone V — 01/31/2006 — $125 million — Park Hill — $1,250,000
  • Wayzata II — 2007 — $75 million – Park Hill-Roberts, Prendergrast, Keene — $262,500
  • Blackstone VI — 07/31/2008 — $100 million — Park Hill-Thomas Roberts & Sean Keene — $1,000,000

So, who can set me up as a KRS placement agent? I’m ready and willing.