High Hilarity Has Finally Come To 2016

Want a dose of extreme, far-right, neocon nonsense Republican political b.s.?

Here’s the latest insanity from Scott Jennings in A Kentucky Newspaper:

Gov. Matt Bevin (R) – Kentucky’s new chief magistrate has shaken up Frankfort and performed brilliantly in tackling the messes left behind by his predecessor, thrilling conservatives across the state. Bevin has banished a pervasive timidity that had taken hold on the first floor of the State Capitol and replaced it with a culture of fearlessness when it comes to using the full executive authority of his office. This has rankled Attorney General Andy Beshear and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who are desperately trying to stop Bevin via the courts. To move even faster on his policy goals, Bevin could use the help of a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, and the picnic provides a great forum to make his case.

Performed brilliantly. Thrilling conservatives. Banished timidity.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

This is Republican insecurity at its best. It’s fun to see that when Jennings isn’t defending and promoting racist bigot Donald Trump, he’s pushing delusions about Matt Bevin. Or complaining about having to be politically correct in front of liberal thought police. All while getting more extreme and emboldened by the day.

What Matt Bevin has done is target people based on political partisanship. He’s gone after Jane Beshear, his people pushing to remove her name from buildings, going after a cancer charity she’s tied to. Because she’s married to former Governor Steve Beshear. Gov. Beshear no doubt turns a blind eye to extreme corruption from the likes of people like Tim Longmeyer and W. Keith Hall but that doesn’t mean his wife is satan.

Bevin used his personnel secretary, through the Republican Party’s staffers, to beg me to help them identify potentially corrupt Democrats from the Beshear Misadministration. His personnel secretary has gone so far as to dig through personnel records on a fishing expedition but has turned up nothing. If they were so good at rooting out corruption, they most certainly wouldn’t need me to help. They would have coughed something up by now.

The Bevin Flustercluck team has even come to me in search of material to use against Jim Ramsey. They were that dumb. Dumb enough not to realize it’s all been out there in the public eye for nearly a decade.

Matt Bevin has gone after the gays and transgender youth, using state tax dollars to fight against them. Because how dare a trans kind want to pee in the school restroom without getting the living crap beat out of them. How dare us gays want to do something like get married, hold down a job, have a place to live or receive medical care without being called a faggot and kicked to the curb. Yes, it’s appropriate for me to use “faggot” because, last I checked, I’m gay and am proud to discuss equality openly.

Matt Bevin has consistently denied climate change, despite mountains of evidence stacking up before him. While bending over graciously for coal baron campaign cash.

Matt Bevin has maligned the characters of those involved in racial justice movements with snide remarks. He’s focused on the “blue lives matter” and “all lives matter” malarkey (glad Biden brought that back) while ignoring the plight, whether he wants to admit it or not, of the black community. I mean, the man has children of color and publicly supports and praises Donald Trump. Yes, it’s appropriate to mention his kids because he parades them around, posts photos of them on social media and talks about them.

Matt Bevin has deliberately worked to dismantle the expansion of Medicaid. There is no way to deny that. None. Hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians have been put at-risk because of the man. He is not entitled to his own made-up facts on that one.

Matt Bevin is such an ill-prepared blowhard that he’s been dragged into court twice. Once for potentially illegally dissolving the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and once for dicking around with the Kentucky Retirement Systems. You can bet this will become a common theme.

Yet Scott Jennings wants to suggest Bevin is some brave warrior for humanity.

Can you imagine how much fun it’ll be to watch him sweat-yell into the microphone at Fancy Fart this year? Here’s hoping he doesn’t forget about the liberal thought police coming for his politically incorrect speech. Hope he doesn’t slip up and actually spew out a racial epithet, something disgustingly homophobic or a bit about women having small brains. Because that’s what they’re hollering about when they get mad about political correctness.

Maybe he’ll slip up and mention Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. You know, so the media can dredge up his role in the George W. Bush White House-RNC email scandal. Remember when he pleaded the Fifth or whatever? Seems like that’s ripe for the picking by Democrats.

I’ve got my popcorn ready.

Another Frustrating Eastern Kentucky Pipe Dream

We love Eastern Kentucky more than anything but it’s never going to be like Gatlinburg. Eastern Kentucky has the potential to develop into a bigger regional tourism destination, helping boost an economy sapped by the loss of coal jobs, according to a study commissioned by an arm of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. [H-L]

Frustrated at the lack of enthusiasm for his vice presidential pick Mike Pence, Donald Trump is now telling those close to him that he wants a do-over of sorts, which he aims to get by rolling out the names of potential cabinet members. [HuffPo]

Despite his pledge to immediately offer his resignation to University of Louisville’s new Board of Trustees once it was legally constituted, President James Ramsey declined to do so at its first meeting Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump’s family members, close political associates and several celebrities will be among those speaking at next week’s GOP convention in Cleveland. [The Hill]

The Carter County Public Library Board of Trustees officially withdrew its tax proposal at Monday night’s meeting of Carter Fiscal Court. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. missile defense system to counter attacks from rogue states like North Korea has no proven capability to protect the United States and is not on a credible path to achieve that goal, a science advocacy group said on Thursday. [Reuters]

How a man with children of color – immigrants – could support a bigot like this is beyond telling. People can get upset all they want for mentioning Matt Bevin’s children but it’s alarming that this man doesn’t have his shit together enough to speak out against Trump’s extreme racism. [Ronnie Ellis]

In 2009, Abu Zubaydah’s lawyers interviewed their client and prepared a handwritten, first-person account of the torture their client suffered at the hands of the U.S. government. [ProPublica]

Kentuckians with certain Class D felony convictions are now eligible to apply to clear their criminal records as long as they have stayed out of trouble for five years. [WFPL]

A federal judge dismissed evidence gathered by a warrantless cellphone-tracking device that locks onto a phone’s location by pretending to be a cell tower for the first time Tuesday. [ThinkProgress]

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Department is at it again. This time, they’ve arrested five they believe have been trafficking heroin throughout the county. [The Morehead News]

Last month, in a California speech advertised as a major foreign policy address, Hillary Clinton zeroed in on an enemy at home — Donald Trump, whom she described as “temperamentally unfit” to lead the most powerful nation in the world. [WaPo]

The tallest building in Frankfort is for sale. The Bevin administration has labeled the 25-story Capital Plaza Tower as surplus property and put it on the auction block. [H-L]

Donald Trump introduced Mike Pence as his running mate at a rambling press conference on Saturday that seemed to focus more on Trump himself than his vice-presidential nominee. [HuffPo]

No One Believes Bevin Was Unaware

Kinda like that time he claimed he didn’t attend a cockfighting rally and then video footage of him speaking at the rally emerged. Matt Bevin distanced himself Wednesday from the removal of former first lady Jane Beshear’s name from the Capitol Education Center on the grounds of the Capitol. [H-L]

Former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) returned to the spotlight this week with an unusual definition of “religious liberty.” Apparently, it’s a land where people of all faiths can come together and say “Merry Christmas.” [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin said Wednesday that Donald Trump is “absolutely” qualified to serve as president of the United States. [C-J/AKN]

Republicans crafting a party platform in Cleveland quietly voted Monday in favor of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, ratifying one of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most controversial proposals. [The Hill]

Saying Kentucky badly needs a well-trained work force, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday the state is accepting applications from educational institutions, businesses and industry and community leaders for innovative work force development projects. [Ronnie Ellis]

CIA Director John Brennan said on Wednesday he would resign if the next president ordered his agency to resume waterboarding suspected militants, an apparent reference to comments by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embracing the banned interrogation method. [Reuters]

Recent intense rain storms and flooding events — like the deadly flooding last month that killed more than 20 in West Virginia and left hundreds more homeless — may not have a direct link to climate change, but the heating of the planet’s surface and ocean temperatures is a factor, according to Dr. Eungul Lee, assistant professor of geography at West Virginia University. [Richmond Register]

The Houston cases shed light on a disturbing possibility: that wrongful convictions are most often not isolated acts of misconduct by the authorities but systemic breakdowns — among judges and prosecutors, defense lawyers and crime labs. [ProPublica]

After 26 years of service in law enforcement, Morehead Police Chief Dave Sexton is hanging up his hat and badge at the end of this month. [The Morehead News]

U.S. coal production is expected to take a major hit through 2040. This will happen whether the court-embattled Clean Power Plan — which would reduce carbon emissions from energy plants — is implemented or not, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky law says that for the Glasgow Electric Plant Board to be sold, that board of directors would have to initiate the process and send a resolution to the city council. If the council then approved it, it would be posed as a specific question on the ballot in the next general election for voters to decide. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Alton Sterling, the black man whose point-blank shooting by white police set off a fresh round of national protest against police aggression against black people, was born and raised in this impoverished and racially divided Louisiana state capital and barely knew a life without police in it. [WaPo]

“Defies reason” is how a circuit judge described the Bevin administration’s claim that Planned Parenthood was illegally providing abortions in Louisville. [H-L]

A man in a full-body mosquito costume trolled Senate Republicans on Wednesday by distributing insect repellent outside of their hearing on the Zika virus. [HuffPo]

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The Bevin Crew: Worse Than Fletcherites

Just a reminder that it was MATT BEVIN who decided to take no criminal action in the radioactive waste scandal in Estill County. [H-L]

As he heads for the Republican convention in Cleveland next week, Donald Trump’s campaign infrastructure remains severely underdeveloped. In some places it appears to be non-existent. [HuffPo]

At a recent fundraiser for a Republican candidate, Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Dan Seum was speaking and went to turn over the microphone to state Rep. Phil Moffett, of Louisville. In his introductory remarks, Seum called Moffett Kentucky’s “next speaker of the House.” [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump says he could have made a deal to stop the Civil War. This is guy is an Amway salesman in the worst way. [Time]

Matt Bevin on Wednesday vigorously denied allegations by a Democratic lawmaker that Bevin tried to bully him after the lawmaker refused to switch parties at Bevin’s request last December. In fairness, Sinnette IS a hillbilly. That’s not a negative thing and pent up white guys need to own it. But no one believes Bevin. [Ronnie Ellis]

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released 28 previously classified pages from a 2002 congressional investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. [The Hill]

Liberty Counsel is announcing that the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Clerk Kim Davis’ motion to vacate a federal district court’s injunctions against her and dismiss her pending appeals. [The Morehead News]

President Barack Obama on Wednesday said more must be done to build trust that police violence against blacks and Hispanics will be properly investigated. [Reuters]

After an election was held Tuesday evening in the Glasgow High School library, Glasgow Independent Schools will add Justin Kirkpatrick to the superintendent screening committee as a minority parent representative. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Cleveland jails are being emptied and its courts are staying open until 1 a.m. in case of mass arrests. Riot gear, handcuffs, body cameras — police equipment that cost tens of millions of dollars — are ready, and more than 70 law enforcement and government agencies are on alert. [WaPo]

Breathitt County is going wet. Voters Tuesday chose to allow alcohol sales in the county, 58 percent to 42 percent. [WYMT]

During a CNN town hall last night, a student named Zachary Marcone asked House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) how he can morally justify his support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. [ThinkProgress]

How to know the RNC is a train wreck and desperate for speakers… Ralph Alvarado got a primetime spot for Wednesday. He’ll sound a little slick to outsiders but once they poke around his voting history, his hemp fun and general backwardness, he’ll end up being yet another person of color the Republican Party is so fond of objectifying and he’ll be too thick to realize it. [H-L]

In a rare instance of bipartisanship and compromise in Congress, the Senate on Wednesday passed legislation by a 92-2 vote that addresses the opioid epidemic. [HuffPo]