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Nothing To See, Move Along, Name A Baby Hippo

October 21st, 2014 by admin · 1 Comment

Two years after the death of Bryan Lewis, his family says it will not give up on the search for his killer. [WDRB]

A deputy sheriff who was suspended for 15 days for reporting that Jefferson District Court Judge Gina Kay Calvert had talked about her campaign on the record in open court has sued Sheriff John Aubrey, saying he violated the state whistleblower act. The good old boy system is alive and well in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Former WHAS 11 reporter Chuck Olmstead was on the air for 30 years, but his life was cut short after a brain aneurysm. [WHAS11]

A beer giant’s application for a distribution license in a western Kentucky city has stirred complaints that the venture would upset the state’s long-held system for distribution of alcohol. [H-L]

A thing about a hippo at the zoo is apparently the biggest news in town. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama seems to have changed his tune on gay marriage, telling The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin he believes same-sex couples in all 50 states should be allowed to marry under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. [HuffPo]

The application period to register students in Jefferson County middle and high schools for the 2015-2016 school year is now open. [WAVE3]

When the Bush administration revealed in 2005 that it was secretly interpreting a treaty ban on “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” as not applying to C.I.A. and military prisons overseas, Barack Obama, then a newly elected Democratic senator from Illinois, joined in a bipartisan protest. [NY Times]

The shock of the recession still lingers in public schools across Kentucky. [WFPL]

Jeff Leen, the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, begins his renewed attack on the late Gary Webb’s Contra-cocaine reporting with a falsehood. [Click the Clicky]

Of course the airport is suing a neighborhood. Of course it is. Because that’s how things work in Louisville. [Business First]

Clark County Republican Party Chairman Jamey Noel said Tuesday in an email to the News and Tribune that political events were held in 2013 at a building owned by the ambulance company he runs, and promised to have the party pay for the times it was used. [News & Tribune]

With economic recession further receding, Louisville Water Co. has resumed a performance-based bonus system for top employees – one that rewards its executives, managers and supervisors if they meet team goals. [More C-J/AKN]

→ 1 CommentTags: Alcohol · Death · Discrimination · Education · Gays · Health Care · Indiana · JCPS · Judges · Legal · Neighborhoods · Police · Republican Party · Water

Governor Bigot’s Weekly Video Update Fun Stuff

October 20th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Late last week Papaw Bigot discussed anti-bullying efforts in Kentucky:




Unfortunately for Beshear, we all know this is just a sad charade. To be taken seriously, he’d need to actually step in and stop people like Joshua Powell in Montgomery County.

→ No CommentsTags: Hype · State Government · Steve Beshear · Video

Rep. John Yarmuth On The Ebola Teevee Circuit

October 20th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Did you miss Congressman John Yarmuth on the teevee talking about Ebola?

Here he is during the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations:




On MSNBC:




And on MSNBC again:




EEEEEBOLAAAAAA!!!1!

→ No CommentsTags: Health Care · Hype · John Yarmuth

President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

October 20th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama tried to calm all the mouth-breathers down by reassuring them about Ebola:




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Some Links To Make You Angry This Morning

October 20th, 2014 by admin · 3 Comments

The bourbon boom was on display Saturday as people gathered in Louisville to taste and learn about different bourbons. [WDRB]

This is what the local “news”paper calls a profile of Greg Fischer. [C-J/AKN]

Your local newspaper doesn’t have the guts to stand up to its dull golden boy. [C-J/AKN]

One hundred years old and still going strong, the Belle of Louisville marked her official 100th birthday Saturday with a packed cruise and fireworks. [WHAS11]

Wait for it, wait for it… Six Flags Over Jesus is hosting an Ebola freakout. Dr. Kent Brantly, the physician who contracted Ebola in June while working in Liberia, is scheduled to speak at a missions health conference Nov. 6 to 8 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Friday, October 24th you can show your inner monster at an event benefiting an organization dedicated to helping abused animals. [WLKY]

Both Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Mitch McConnell are lying about health care. Because that’s what you do when you’re a first-rate shyster. [HuffPo]

Why the hell is this Tumbleweed situation being fought out on teevee? There are actual, real things happening in Louisville and this is the hype “news” folks are focused on? [WAVE3]

This is what happens when Democrats try to out-Republican the Republicans. Democratic strength in Kentucky is ebbing fast, according to a new Gallup poll, and that could mean more trouble for Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. [McClatchy & Gallup]

Eddie Moore Jr. knows it takes more than talk to influence young people into making decisions that set them up for success. [WFPL]

If these buttcramps were serious, they’d be funding a needle exchange. With Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers in Northern Kentucky, Republican senate leaders gathered Thursday morning to slam House Democrats and drum up support for a bill to curb heroin abuse. [Cincinnasti.com]

Spoiler Alert: Jim King isn’t looking for a compromise, he’s looking to make himself appear to have leadership qualities. [Business First]

Independent candidate for Clark County sheriff Mac Spainhour will appear before the county board of elections next week to answer a complaint that he violated statutory reporting requirements and failed to include required disclaimers in advertisements. [News & Tribune]

→ 3 CommentsTags: Bourbon · Charity · Dogs · Economy · Greg Fischer · Health Care · Hype · Indiana · Jim King · Metro Council · Newspaper · Oops · Politics · Polls · Religion · Senate Race · Youth

Your Weekly Not Transportation Lady Video Update

October 17th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Without the Transportation Lady on staff, the folks at KYTC are slower than the day is long. So they were late getting their weekly video out. (We’re being mean because it features Steve Beshear. Also, meanness makes you more likely to click things.)

Steve Beshear can’t tease his hair out or use Aquanet or whatever, which is not fun. Bring the Transportation Lady back!

This one is about the Mountain Parkway Expansion Project:




→ No CommentsTags: State Government · Steve Beshear · Travel · Video

Sadly, Education In Kentucky Continues To Suffer

October 17th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Elderly and low income neighbors in Jeffersonville are caught in the middle of a zoning fight that could force them out of their home. [WDRB]

Your dying local newspaper got at least a few school board endorsements right, it seems. Not endorsing people like Horne was a wise move. [C-J/AKN]

Prosecutors said they plan to ask for the death penalty in the case of a Louisville man charged with killing his neighbor while her three children were sleeping in the home. [WHAS11]

Janice Duncan, a fifth-grade teacher at Lexington’s Southern Elementary, shares the opinion of other educators who are concerned about the lack of specifics in the proposed new Kentucky Core Academic Social Studies Standards. [H-L]

Jeffersonville leaders disagree on a major project that has already hit residents in the pocketbook. [WLKY]

You can thank Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Mitch McConnell for the national embarrassment. [HuffPo]

Just what Louisville needs! Another downtown hotel. [WAVE3]

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research. [BBC]

Louisville Metro has reached an agreement with the J.B. Swift plant in Butchertown over some administrative violations, but the plant’s issues with alleged odor violations remain unresolved. [WFPL]

Kentucky ranks 11th worst in the country in depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession, according to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. Kentucky has cut per-student investment in K-12 schools by 11.4 percent between 2008 and 2015 once inflation is taken into account. [KYCEP & CBPP]

The Ohio River Bridges Project is showcased in a Bloomberg report about the nation’s infrastructure. [Business First]

The Jeffersonville Sanitary Sewer Board and members of the city council were updated on the city’s ability to pay for an EPA-mandated project — and were told one of the last things they wanted to hear. [News & Tribune]

→ No CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Butchertown · Downtown · Education · Hype · Indiana · JCPS · Metro Government · Ohio River Bridges · Politics · Zoning

Another Robert Felner Lackey Bites The Dust

October 16th, 2014 by jake · 5 Comments

Do you remember this guy?


JOHN DEASY

That’s John Deasy. A centerpiece of the Robert Felner scandal.

Here’s a bit of a refresher:

Well…

After years and years of nonsense in Los Angeles, he’s running for the hills:

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy, under fire recently for his handling of an iPad program and whose hard-charging leadership style has alienated many in the school district during his nearly four-year term, is expected to announce Thursday morning that he is stepping down, according to L.A.-area media reports.

Literally years. Folks on the LAUSD board have gone so far as to visit me on several occasions to review our Felner research file. It’s been a real effort. A real effort that’s finally paid off.

Another Felner lackey bites the dust.

→ 5 CommentsTags: Scandal · University of Louisville

If Louisville’s PubTrans Is Good, What’s Bad?

October 16th, 2014 by admin · 1 Comment

For decades, it’s been an oasis of agricultural land at the intersection of Interstate 64 and the Watterson Expressway. But the family trusts that control Oxmoor Farm appear to be reviving long-delayed plans to develop what is perhaps the most desirable acreage in Louisville. [WDRB]

Didn’t we ridicule this back before it kicked off? Over pounding music, the local reality TV show “Deadbeat” promises that “those who don’t pay up will be locked up.” [C-J/AKN]

If you don’t hate the gays, the close cases at the Southern Baptist Compound don’t want to play Barbies with you. [WHAS11]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes declined Wednesday to say whether she will pull a television ad that three left-leaning, pro-immigration reform groups condemned Tuesday as “offensive” and “hurtful.” [Sam Youngman]

This riverboat thing is apparently a big deal. So say all the teevee people. [WLKY]

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They’re calling it the Anthropocene — the age of humans. [HuffPo]

Grimes implies that she’s barred from saying who she voted for, and the Constitution includes no prohibition on that. [WAVE3]

Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. [Reuters]

Louisville workers using public transit have “better than average” accessibility to their jobs compared to other large metropolitan areas, according to a researcher involved in a recent study. [WFPL]

Louisville’s disaster of a mayor spends his days lying on the radio. The man will be called on something, his claims will be debunked and then he’ll show up on the radio the next day spewing what he knows is false. [The 'Ville Voice]

A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has ordered Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs to hold mediated discussions in their dispute over September racing dates for next year. [Business First]

Basically, everybody in Southern Indiana thinks they’re gonna get the Ebola. Two patients in the United States with confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever were both hundreds of miles away from the region, but health officials in Clark and Floyd counties said they’re still taking measures to prepare locally. [News & Tribune]

→ 1 CommentTags: Churchill Downs · Construction · Economy · Gays · Greg Fischer · Health Care · Horse Industry · Housing · Hype · Immigration · Indiana · Judges · Politics · Religion · Senate Race

Greg Fischer Lied On The Joe Elliott Show

October 15th, 2014 by jake · 9 Comments

Just a bit ago Greg Fischer appeared on the Joe Elliott show. You’ll be able to listen to the archive here a bit later.

Here’s what essentially happened:

  • Fischer said he’s in the final stages of hiring a director for Louisville Metro Animal Services
  • Criticism of being without a director for more than a year is unfounded
  • Lied about the live release rate improving
  • “They’ve done a heck of a job out there”
  • The average person believes time is being wasted by Metro Council with the ad-hoc committee, says it’s just about one dog
  • If not for LMAS, sadie would have been euthanized
  • Said Sadie didn’t get surgery because of the cost involved and because “someone took her home”
  • Claimed LMAS was the biggest turnaround of any division in Metro Government

Yeah.

Joe didn’t really press him on anything but did set him up to lie.

As an added bonus, Fischer said there were no homeless people living in Metro Parks.

Will update if callers chime in questioning Fischer.

UPDATE: The archive of Fischer’s appearance is now available.

→ 9 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Dogs · Greg Fischer · Hype · Metro Council · Metro Government · Scandal

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