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Sad Moment! Long Live The Transportation Lady!

September 19th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

It’s official. The Transportation Cabinet has finally run out of Transportation Lady videos (since she left her position) and has entered a boring new world.

The latest? A focus on the Kentucky Engineering Exposure Network, a program dedicated to teaching Kentuckians about engineering.




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The Greg Fischer Whitewash Circus Continues

September 19th, 2014 by jake · 4 Comments

You’re about to see Greg Fischer’s folks and Metro Council spar.

Here’s why:

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against the former spokeswoman for Louisville Metro Animal Services Margaret Brosko, who has since joined the office of Mayor Greg Fischer, on Thursday.

The commission, after returning from an executive session, voted unanimously that there was no probable cause that Brosko committed the alleged ethics violations, which stem from her duties at Animal Services during a period in which a pit bull named Sadie was euthanized after not receiving a needed amputation.

Can you believe the local newspaper ran that story without any actual reporting? Of course you can — since the paper hasn’t bothered to report much else that doesn’t come directly from Chris Poynter.

Anyone who has paid a tiny bit of attention to the ad-hoc committee hearings know the ethics committee’s findings aren’t from this universe. Because it’s clear the Fischer Administration is hiding records and has not turned everything over.

Here’s the other bit the paper released yesterday:

A Louisville Metro Council committee investigating a series of events surrounding the euthanasia of a dog in city custody has hired an outside attorney.

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Several council members have expressed concerns about whether there was retaliation against a whistleblower and about how Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration has handled open records issues in the case.

Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Fischer, said Thursday that he was uncertain why the council would hire outside attorneys when the council has attorneys and spend taxpayer money, but wanted to otherwise defer comment until he knows more about why the council hired counsel.

-SNIP-

Fischer said he had a team review the allegations surrounding Sadie’s death when they surfaced during the summer and found no wrongdoing by employees, but asked the police department’s Public Integrity Unit to investigate the case in August after the council began its inquiry.

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Key members of Fischer’s staff have pointed blame at Adkins. Sadiqa Reynolds, chief of community building, and Poynter have also questioned whether Adkins had Sadie in a cone around her neck meant to keep her from getting at the paw at the time of the last incident.

That’s right. The council hired an unbiased attorney because something serious went down. But Fischer’s people still found no wrongdoing (because they aren’t investigating).

See why we have zero faith in the paper? Too lazy to bother actual reporting. Literally taking talking points from Fischer’s folks without any second-guessing or inquiry.

If you’ve ever visited this site or bothered to pay attention to the ad-hoc mess, you know Sadiqa Reynolds was that “team” that did the review. The review that, you know, wasn’t recorded, wasn’t documented and didn’t involve anyone but Margaret Brosko.

The best part is that Chris Poynter is now out on a spree to attack the whistleblower. Glass houses, Poynter. Glass houses.

Or maybe the best part is that the average person can read all the emails and documents themselves and easily discern that something unethical, immoral, corrupt and potentially criminal occurred.

Ah, Possibility City. Where Greg Fischer now goes so far out of his way to cover up snafus like this that even the Democrats on Metro Council are rightfully out for blood.

UPDATE: For those wondering? This is the Ethics Commission. As you know, it’s got a history of being spineless. Just google it for details. The Commission can’t even compel witnesses to testify.

It’s also fully appointed by Greg Fischer:

  • Thelma Clemons
  • Terry Conway
  • Gus G. “Skip” Daleure, Jr.
  • Susan Rhodes
  • Jonathan Ricketts
  • Vicki Tabler
  • Enid Frances Trucios-Haynes

According to everyone we’ve spoken with, the Commission only reviewed material provided by the Fischer “team.” So… Yeah.

Just some hype.

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Some Warm & Sunshine-y Stories For You This A.M.

September 19th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Here’s a lesson in how local media continues to scare the bejeebers out of people. [WDRB]

This cannibal murder mess in Jeffersonville gets more horrific and screwed up by the minute. [C-J/AKN]

Just a reminder: the Water Company CEO got to keep his job after a nightmare of a DUI. Compare that to an LG&E spokesman getting a DUI for doing much less (at night, not during the day) and he got the boot within hours. [WHAS11]

Don’t worry, Louisville, because Lexington also loves it some crazy shootings. [H-L]

Is it just us or does it seem like area workers fall into equipment on a regular basis? [WLKY]

Despite a brief, small rise in America’s trust in the media in 2013, the US has returned to hating the press more than ever, a new Gallup poll found. [HuffPo]

Another day, another local school bus accident. [WAVE3]

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August 2014 dropped to 7.1 percent from a revised 7.4 percent in July 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. [Press Release]

Louisville Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer sparred with Democratic challenger Larry Hujo at a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday evening. [WFPL]

This situation probably isn’t making Papa John’s very happy. [Consumerist]

The University of Louisville has been in a pit of horrible news lately. What to do? Get Steve Beshear to help hype up some things to distract people. [Business First]

The sun that shines from the Starlight sky provides enough energy to keep David Ross Stevens’ home warm even on a bitter cold winter night. [News & Tribune]

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It’s A Shame Videos Like This Are Necessary Here

September 18th, 2014 by jake · 2 Comments

Ignore the product promotion in this video and give it a watch:




Can you imagine what would happen if people like Margaret Brosko and Sadiqa Reynolds actually worked to get all the animals at Louisville Metro Animal Services adopted?

Note: No, they don’t. If they did? Websites like this one would have been permitted long ago to receive information about adoptable animals so they could be promoted FOR FREE. Countless volunteers would not have been banished from LMAS for asking questions or offering suggestions. Dozens of rescue organizations would not have been turned away merely because they are disliked by someone in Fischer’s circle.

Back to the point: if those folks actually worked to get animals adopted? If it were possible to easily find out what’s available at LMAS? Videos like the one above wouldn’t be necessary locally.

Meanwhile, Greg Fischer and his staffers are working to cover problems up, make excuses, attack the messenger when anything is questioned. They’re using their Public Integrity Unit, which is — like it or not — loyal to and controlled by Fischer, to whitewash a serious problem. In covering their own rear ends, they’re forgetting what they’ve been elected and hired to do.

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The Tolling Situation: Still Puppies & Rainbows

September 18th, 2014 by admin · 1 Comment

What? The new tolling operator has never actually operated a tolling system? Surely not! That’s surely not the case for Possibility City, is it? [WDRB]

The board of Louisville Water Company set parameters for CEO Jim Brammell Tuesday about his recent DUI and speeding arrest and established requirements for him to meet in coming weeks. Really? No mention of his past careless traffic-related incidents? No mention of the ongoing dramas inside LWC involving Brammell? Wow. Fischer’s office has received complaints but he’s once again sweeping something under the rug. [C-J/AKN]

Hundreds of people showed up to help a Trinity High School student battle leukemia. [WHAS11]

Of course she was arrested. You expected something different in Jessamine County? Just days after being convicted of careless driving, a Central Kentucky bicyclist was arrested. [WKYT]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO RUINS THIS STORY! Police continue to investigate the motive behind a shooting that took the life of 16-month-old Ne’Riah Miller last month. [WLKY]

Despite five years of economic recovery, poverty is still stubbornly high in America. More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans, lived below the poverty line last year, the Census Bureau reported. [HuffPo]

A resident long attentive to Jeffersonville politics is suing the city’s redevelopment commission over what he claims is a violation of state law in selling a 10-acre property at 10th and Spring streets. [WAVE3]

If you want to know why Mitch McConnell has begun to pull away from Alison Grimes in all of the recent polling, look no further than Grimes’ TV ad from earlier this week. Oh snap. It gets worse: McConnell’s campaign has decided what this campaign is about. And Grimes’ team has let him do it. McConnell’s team deserves a lot of credit, but it doesn’t even appear Grimes has even tried to make McConnell OWN Washington’s dysfunction. [NBC News]

Louisville Metro Housing Authority is one of 11 recipients nationally of a grant to pursue green building certification for an entire neighborhood. [WFPL]

Remember Robert Felner’s man, John Deasy? Look at the ridiculous mess he’s still up to in Los Angeles. [LA Times]

The public will see a brand develop, a public outreach effort start and an advertising campaign, all to inform them about tolls, according to a presentation at the Ohio River Bridges Project Joint Board meeting Monday. [Business First]

David White said he would push to unify city-county government, expand the downtown business district to the riverfront and develop public-private partnerships if elected as mayor of New Albany. [News & Tribune]

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Everyone Getting Murder-Suicided At Gas Stations

September 17th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

When will this murder-suicide crap at gas stations end? A double shooting Monday night leaves a woman in critical condition and a man dead. [WDRB]

Using giant stencils and a whole lot of yellow, white and black paint, a quartet of artists created whimsical Creative Crosswalks designs at four intersections in downtown Jeffersonville on Sunday. [C-J/AKN]

We hear those holes have been a concern and the source of complaints for years. The city and MSD did nothing, just swept it under the rug. [WHAS11]

Does Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes really have to tell voters who she is? Yes, because no one has a clue who she is. [Sam Youngman]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Less than 25 miles from Louisville, there’s an exit ramp that looks like any other, but if you turn in the right direction you’ll stumble on a historic city with an unusual feature. [WLKY]

Senate Republicans voted unanimously last week for elections that are competitions of cash, with candidates who amass the most money empowered to shout down opponents. [HuffPo]

The horrific details surrounding the death of Tammy Jo Blanton at the hands of her ex-boyfriend have left her loved ones numb. [WAVE3]

Federal researchers reported on Tuesday that the number of Americans without health insurance had declined substantially in the first quarter of this year, the first federal measure of the number of uninsured Americans since the Affordable Care Act extended coverage to millions of people in January. [NY Times]

Congressman John Yarmuth said the high-profile domestic violence case involving NFL player Ray Rice demonstrates the need for legislation empowering abused women. [WFPL]

Remember the landmark Big Tobacco settlement in 1998 that awarded state and local governments billions of dollars a year to reimburse them for the health-care costs of smoking? [ProPublica]

The River Ridge Development Authority is set to enter talks for another large-scale industrial building. [Business First]

With the Floyd County budget facing a projected $400,000 deficit with more than three months left in the year, Jim Wathen said it’s time to look elsewhere for income or savings. [News & Tribune]

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This Kid Needs Your Help. Consider Stepping Up.

September 16th, 2014 by admin · 1 Comment

Indiana and Kentucky have selected a Virginia-based company to oversee the toll system for the Ohio River Bridges Project. The contract, estimated at $39.9 million, includes installing, operating and maintaining the toll equipment for seven years, said Kendra York, Indiana’s public finance director. [WDRB]

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Churchill Downs, its namesake racetrack, and Yum! Brands, Inc., have signed a five-year agreement that extends Yum!’s role as the presenting sponsor of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby, one of America’s most legendary sports and entertainment events. [Press Release]

Local police amass millions in military surplus. Jeffersontown Police Officer Tommy McCann popped the trunk of his cruiser to reveal thousands of dollars worth of military-grade equipment. [C-J/AKN]

WTF? Is there a war coming to Clarksville? [More C-J/AKN]

There was a ribbon cutting Monday afternoon for the new visitor center at the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Shively. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association says Stitzel-Weller will be the newest stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. [WHAS11]

Police in Pulaski County recently worked two incidents in a week’s time involving alleged drunk drivers on riding lawn mowers, including one arrested after he ​drove to the drive-through window at a fast-food restaurant, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. [H-L]

The affidavit said after Oberhansley killed Blanton, he removed parts of her skull and brain, heart and part of a lung. The document said Oberhansley told detectives he cooked and ate the organs. [WLKY]

An astounding 72% percent of Americans say they are unhappy with Republicans in Congress. [HuffPo]

It could be the most important thing you do this week. A Louisville high school sophomore desperately needs a bone marrow match to win the fight he’s battled for three years. [WAVE3]

Was it really only a year ago that we were gearing up for the big unveil of Healthcare.gov where the uninsured could seamlessly go online and shop for health care as they would their vacation travel? [WaPo]

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District has reached an agreement with the union that represents several of its employees. [WFPL]

Public schools throughout the nation continue to contend with budget shortfalls and insufficient classroom resources, while U.S. test scores remain far behind those of many other developed nations. Here are measures that can be taken to fix America’s troubled education system. [The Onion]

You guessed it — more of the same for the arena shenanigans. [Business First]

Complaints about the termination of a recycling program in Clark County’s unincorporated areas may prompt the county commissioners to bring it back — if the price is right. [News & Tribune]

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Gov. Steve Beshear’s Weekly Video Address

September 15th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Late last week Steve Beshear released his video focusing on the decline in teen smoking:




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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

September 15th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama discussed ISIS/ISIL/Whatever it is they’re calling it these days:




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Is Everything In Clark County, Ind. Crazy Corrupt?

September 15th, 2014 by admin · 9 Comments

Does this stink of unnecessary fearmongering? On Wednesday morning, police say a student at Hite Elementary was approached by a stranger in the neighborhood behind her school. [WDRB]

It’s fine and dandy to profess your extreme level of transparency. That is — if you’re actually transparent and not cherry picking what gets released. Like with Metro Animal Services. Greg Fischer, like Jerry Abramson, is all talk and the entire community has finally realized it. [C-J/AKN]

One of the worst work place shootings ever took place in Louisville 25 years ago. On the morning of September 14, 1989, 47-year-old Joseph Wesbecker walked in to the Standard Gravure Plant on 6th and Broadway Streets. [WHAS11]

Leave it to some shyster judge in Jessamine County to fine a cyclist for riding responsibly and within the law. And you wonder why outsiders think Kentucky is still in the dark ages. [H-L]

It was perfect weather Saturday for one of the larger fall festivals in the Louisville area. [WLKY]

While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. [HuffPo]

Supporters of Alison Lundergan Grimes gathered in the west end of Louisville as the Democratic candidate for Senate opened a new campaign office with less than two months to go before the election. [WAVE3]

Why do Democrats keep trying to ban guns that look scary, not the guns that kill the most people? On the twentieth anniversary of the assault weapons ban, a look at why politicians and the public support a policy that showed no evidence of saving lives. [ProPublica]

The process of selecting a contractor to install the tolling system for the Ohio River Bridges Project takes another step Monday. The joint board for the bridges project will identify a potential toll systems provider, said Chuck Wolfe, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. [WFPL]

How superbugs hitch a ride from hog farms into your community. [Mother Jones]

University of Louisville President James Ramsey called the strategic goals he outlined Thursday to the board of trustees could be viewed as “crazy.” [Business First]

An inmate of the Clark County jail was removed from the facility last week to move furniture from a rental property that belongs to Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 Judge Jerry Jacobi. [News & Tribune]

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