Is Poverty Just A Big Joke To These People?

An internal audit of the city’s recycling center shows widespread problems with management and accounting — including excessive overtime, over payments to a private contractor and safety and security concerns. [H-L]

The National Security Agency monitored the communications of other governments ahead of and during the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to the latest document from whistleblower Edward Snowden. [HuffPo]

One can only hope that some day Scott Jennings stops playing pat-a-cake and leaves delusion land when it comes to poverty in Kentucky. And not just him – all Republicans who rarely venture outside the comfy confines of the Golden Triangle. [C-J/AKN]

State police are investigating the cause of a house fire in rural western Kentucky that killed nine people early on Thursday and left two others in critical condition, local officials said. [Reuters]

Hal Heiner, a likely Republican candidate for governor in 2015, is behind an independent expenditure political committee formed to help Republican state House candidates and to perhaps along the way pick up some political IOUs for 2015. [Ronnie Ellis]

The US economy grew at a 3.2% annual rate for the final quarter of 2013, according to the country’s Commerce Department. [BBC]

A bill that would allow a person’s felony record to be erased has passed a Kentucky House committee. [WDRB]

Data brokers have been around forever, selling mailing lists to companies that send junk mail. But in today’s data-saturated economy, data brokers know more information than ever about us, with sometimes disturbing results. [ProPublica]

What the hell is wrong with people in Jessamine County?! Killing a dog an taping it to the ice? Yet another sign that the sheriff has lost sight of his responsibilities. [WKYT]

As President Obama traveled the country Wednesday promoting a new and more populist economic agenda, Republicans were racing to prove that they, too, have a plan to alleviate ­middle-class anxiety. [WaPo]

Princes Damon Thayer has his royal panties in a twist again. Steve Beshear hurt his delicate feelings so he’s acting out – with you taxpayer dollars. [H-L]

House Republican leaders will discuss their set of “principles” for immigration reform with members on Thursday afternoon at their annual retreat, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said. [TPM]

Jim Beam is quickly trying to ruin everything it’s got going for it. The least they could do is hire a Kentuckian to be a celebrity face. Instead, they hired a Russian immigrant who has been around bourbon less than Greg Fischer’s ever had to think about not having money. [Business First]

The coal-hungry world is bringing tough choices for Native Americans. [HuffPo]

Go read this thing about quilts and have nice, warm flashbacks to your childhood with your grandparents in rural Kentucky. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

1 thought on “Is Poverty Just A Big Joke To These People?

  1. Mr. Scott Jennings idea on how to entice the poor to save money is an interesting idea at first glance.
    But his formula is missing a key component.., money!
    Mr. Jennings should do a basic budget of living at or below the poverty line and show us how much money is left for saving.
    Asking the poor to save money is like asking Senator Rand Paul to have empathy and understanding towards the poor.

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