Will David Williams Save JCPS & Win City Votes?

Like I said in a comment here yesterday, it’s time for a super-major-huge audit of Jefferson County Public Schools. The time is now.  [Sometimes I Leave Comments]

Two interesting A Kentucky Newspaper issues. A headline today: “Woman May Be Mother Of Child” and yesterday’s paper got delivered today for a lot of people. Really great stuff. [Bird Cage Liner]

Greg Fischer reduced his media buy by $10,000 yesterday. Maybe things aren’t as rosy as Greg makes them appear? [Fancy Tips]

Good on Preston Bates for resigning his position with the Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party as a Legislative District chair. He saved his Party a lot of headaches that would have come during any formal discussion. [Flashback & More Flashback]

How does health care reform impact Kentucky? How about Indiana? A new fact sheet has been released by the White House. [Click the Clicky]

WFPL’s Laura Ellis wondered what the mayoral cocktails of choice happened to be. So I gave her the answer! Fischer: bud light with ice cubes. Heiner: Diet Mt. Dew and cheap vodka. [Twitter]

The most racist sheriff in America was all up in Southern Indiana. [LEO Weekly]

Tonight Greg Fischer will appear at a fundraiser at the palatial home of the Hockers on Overbrook Road. Good people, but that joint is maybe not a good way to say Greg’s a man of the people.  Just a thought. [Not In The South End]

Rand Paul says he will go to Washington to fight socialized medicine. We can only assume that means he wants to get rid of Medicare and Medicaid, the two socialist programs that pay him a large portion of his salary. [Fakebook]

Haha, the guy who challenged Ed Martin’s bona fide status has dropped off the case as a plaintiff. Hahahaha. [Press Release]

Take a look at these photos of the Sunnyhill Pavilion renovation at Iroquois Park. [Broken Sidewalk]

Will the David Williams-Dan Seum pre-filed legislation get anywhere? Will it solve the busing drama in Jefferson County? [FOX 41]

It’s Dirty Stank Dog Water Time, Everybody!

Can’t tell you how many dozens of emails I’ve received about bad-tasting and smelling water over the past several days.

From WHAS:

Louisville Water says the recent dry weather is to blame. The lack of rain is allowing sunlight to penetrate into the Ohio River and promote algae blooms. It’s an aesthetic issue and the water is safe to drink.

From the LWC:

The lack of rain allows sunlight to penetrate into the Ohio River and promote algae blooms, which can give the finished drinking water a slight musty/earth taste. Not everyone will notice the taste; really depends on your sensitivity!

The Louisville Water Company is blowing this off as a minor issue. But. Uh. The LWC’s biggest claim to fame is taste, right?

Might be minor in the grand scheme of things, but quadruple-filtering your water for cooking, drinking, coffee-making, etc can be expensive and unnerving.

Maybe I’m just an elitist living in my ivory tower within Castle Gayskull. Just strongly dislike buying bottled water.

Jerry Abramson Accidentally Told The Truth

Did you see that quote from Jerry Abramson about the World Equestrian Games?

He told A Kentucky Newspaper that early predictions of the number of folks coming to Louisville during the games may be “inflated.”

Heh. You get that?

INFLATED. And he acknowledges it.

Woopsiedaisy. Looks like the WEG, which no one can afford to attend, aren’t panning out as nicely as the PR machine would like.

Tolling Debacle Is Heating Up In Indiana

Michael Dalby, a member of Southern Indiana’s chamber of commerce, is supporting tolls. Shocking, I know, that a chamber of commerce would back such an effort and trash any alternative.

That’s all fine and dandy.

The real story, here, is the reader comments left at the News & Tribune.

Here’s a taste:

If you really did your research you would find that when the interstate system was built that the east end bridge was in the design. not a second downtown bridge.

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The American cities witnessing the highest economic growth rates abandoned these types of massive infrastructure projects a long time ago so that they can focus on solutions that really work in a 21st century economy.

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But please, Mr. Dalby, don’t let the facts get in the way of your chance of raining money down on your economic policy group! Don’t let the issue of families who depend on getting to work in Louisville wondering how they’ll be able to afford the tolls you love so much.

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So it’s Dalby using outdated knowledge, or just something more to his liking. How surprising.

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To understand how Dalby and company are using ‘data’ to manipulate rather than reveal the truth, one must understand that the American Transportation Research Institute is the ‘research’ arm of the American Trucking Associations, a trucking specific, big business lobbying group. Their mission includes ‘an emphasis on the trucking industry’s essential role in a safe, efficient, and viable transportation system’ even though other independent research regularly shows that trucking is a comparatively inefficient and less safe transportation mode.

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Does Mr. Dalby know more about transporation issues than the Transportation Department? Why does Mr. Dalby think he has the right to make this decision instead of our elected leaders?

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Baltimore’s light rail system cost less than $20 million per mile. If we build one bridge instead of two, we easily could afford over 100 miles of light rail throughout the region.

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Is Dalby trying to make it sound like Louisville voters want two bridges?

What then does Dalby say about the recent poll that showed a mere 14.5% of lively Louisville voters supporting two bridges?

The comments go on and on. Meanwhile, our business and elected “leaders” continue to ignore the will of the people.

Libertarian & His Party Are Speaking Out

Last night I told you that Todd Lally and his Republican pals were challenging Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress Ed Martin as a bona fide Libertarian. Granted, they’re challenging other candidates that cost Lally votes, but Martin’s the focus.

Here’s what Martin had to say in a release:

“At this point, no cause of action or claim is stated in the complaint,” he said. “I’m at a loss right now as to what their claim is.”

Martin is registered as a Libertarian and filed for the 3rd District race as the Libertarian candidate. The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is not recognized as a “party” but as a political group.

Martin collected more than the required 400 petition signatures to get his name on the November ballot.

A supporter of Republican candidate Todd Lally filed the suit. Recent talk of Martin pulling votes away from Lally in the media apparently spooked the GOP candidate. Martin Campaign Chair Ron Seiter said the move shows the desperation of the Lally campaign, noting that the new Republican strategy apparently consists of suing the competition off the ballot.

“The GOP of this city has sunk to a new low,” Seiter said. “For them to be wasting their time suing my candidate off the ballot is laughable. Shouldn’t they be focusing on getting more of their own people to come out to their events and actually campaigning, instead of using underhanded tactics to attack a volunteer grassroots campaign with virtually no budget?”

This from a Lally campaign that initially welcomed Martin to the race.

Ed Martin will appear in court re: the matter on Monday morning.

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky also released a statement:

“This tired motif rears its head again,” said Ken Moellman, Chairman of the LPKY. “Apparently, Republicans are so insecure about their lack of a substantive platform that they are trying to steal half of the options the voters have. Ed Martin’s pragmatic message of true fiscal responsibility, individual freedom, and prosperity offers real-world solutions to modern problems. They are obviously desperate, scared, or both.”

This cheap political ploy comes in the wake of the Republican Party in Kentucky recently taking criticism for hijacking Kentucky affiliates of the Tea Party movement for its own political ends.

“I hope Tea Partiers take note of this manipulation,” said Joshua Koch, LPKY Vice-Chair. “The GOP is using the Tea Party’s righteous indignation, and now it is trying to prevent these concerned citizens from having any real choices other than the two old parties that share equal responsibility in bringing this country to the brink of economic catastrophe.”

You may remember what went down in 2008 when the Libertarian chair accused me of ignorance on the issues. Because Republicans filed an appeal and won. (What was that about ignorance, again?)

Unfortunately for Republicans this go round, Martin’s apparently done things the right way and is a registered member of the Libertarian Party.

It’s a shame Lally is running so scared. But it’s humorous to watch.

UPDATE – Here’s the filing (Warning: PDF Link):

9. The Secretary of State and County Clerk are charged with certifying that the submissions are “regular on its face”. When an error becomes apparently, those officials are required to notify the candidate and prohibited from allowing the candidate on the ballot.

10. The Respondent officials have failed and refused to observe the defects in the filing and the wrongfully refused to acknowledge that the filing do not satisfy the requirements for ballot access as mandated by the statute cited.

11. As a result of the breach of said duty, Respondent Secretary of State and County Clerk have or will have wrongfully caused the name of Respondent Martin to be placed on the official ballot of the 2010 Kentucky General Election for the 3rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives.

12. Respondent Martin is ineligible to be on the ballot.

13. Respondent Martin’s filing is defective in that more than 115 of the names are not proper for several reasons including that many were not registered voters in the 3rd Congressional District, numerous persons listed were not registered to vote at the addresses claimed; several of the persons listed were not the actual signature of the individual voters as claimed.

So their contention is 115 names. The Martin camp tells me there are still 470+ proper names on the petition after those are removed. The legal requirement, provided by the Kentucky Revised Statutes, is 400.

It’s A Morning Filled With Higher Education Scandal

Metro Councilcritters Kevin Kramer, Stuart Benson and Robin Engel – along with the Metro Health Department, the Partnership for Cancer Control and the Kentucky Cancer Program – will host a mobile mammography clinic for underserved women aged 40+. It’ll take place at the Glenridge Health Campus (6415 Calm River Way) between 8:30 – 3:30 on Wednesday, September 1. Need more info or wish to schedule an appointment? Call Angela in Councilcritter Benson’s office at 574-3465. [Press Release]

No matter how you cut the cake, our area police officers aren’t backing Greg Fischer as he hopes to make the public believe. [LMPD dot com]

How many people at Jefferson County Public Schools make more than $100,000 per year? 308. An additional 128 make between $90,000 and $100,000. Meanwhile, teachers make, what, $40,000? $45,000? No wonder JCPS is jacked up. [Public Records]

Remember Jack Richardson and his sour grapes? Sure you do – he’s Frank Simon’s pal. He’s foaming at the mouth about Barack Obama being a Muslim and who is/isn’t a Christian. [Puke Alert]

A judge as ruled against Cumberland River Coal for disciplining a miner who shot video of leaking seals. [H-L]

Jewish Hospital will “live tweet” the region’s first double hand transplant today. [Twitter]

Will the November election change the make up of the Board of Education? [WAVE3]

It’s a shame people are so stupid that they’d leave a baby by a dumpster. Why not at least take it to a police station or fire station? Jesus H. [FOX 41]

The only member of the Board of Education to vote against the tax hike is speaking out. [WHAS11]

The University of Louisville isn’t the only state school with problems. The KCTCS and Owensboro Community & Technical College just lost a lawsuit over something that’s beginning to look like a nightmare. [Page One]

Gathering for the River: Clean Water For All

Next Tuesday, August 31, State Rep. Joni Jenkins (D-Shivley) will help host a program called “Gathering for the River: Clean Water for All God’s Children.”

The event will take place at Shively Community Center (1902 Park Road) and begins at 7:00 P.M.

Anyone who wishes to protect clean water for our community and for future generations is encouraged to attend. (They’ll have snacks and such after the program.)

The Bridges Authority Will Examine 8664

Just read the release from 8664 co-founder JC Stites:

At last Thursday’s Bridges Authority meeting, the Authority Secretary Sandra Frazier of Tandem Public Relations announced that the Bridges Authority would be discussing the 8664 alternative and a bridge project in St. Louis that was scaled down to avoid tolls at their next meeting. Clearly there are new reasons for reconsidering the $4.1 Billion Ohio River Bridges Project.

With last week’s poll showing only 15% of Louisvillians support building two bridges, coupled with the overwhelmingly negative reaction to tolling Spaghetti Junction, it’s clearly time to look for better options,” said JC Stites, 8664 Co-Founder. According to Insight Communications’ recent poll, while only 14.5% supports building both bridges, a combined total of 64.6% support building the East End Bridge.

Building the East End Bridge has been the primary focus of 8664 for the past five years because it is the first vital phase of a three phase project that would reconnect downtown Louisville to the Ohio River.

8664 is making arrangements of Mr. Walter Kulash P.E., the engineer that conducted the 8664 Feasibility Study in 2007 to attend the next Bridges Authority meeting. Mr. Kulash described the 8664 alternative as “a simple, common-sense plan that meets the purpose of the Bridges project, at a fraction of the Bridges cost, while delivering vastly more civic quality of life benefits.”

Correcting False Statements

“In addition to reviewing the engineering side of our alternative, we want to correct the misinformation being promoted by the Build the Bridges Coalition,” said Mr. Stites. The Build the Bridges Coalition is a political and business coalition promoting the Ohio River Bridges Project regardless of its cost or impact. Mr. Stites continued, “Their messaging is a clear attempt to mislead the public and they need to stop.”

Below are the statements Stites says are false:

  • “Spaghetti Junction is the 11th worst bottlenecks in the country” — Spaghetti Junction isn’t even in the Top 100 Worst Bottlenecks. The 11th worst bottleneck in the country is in Los Angeles and averages 15 MPH while congested, compared to congested Spaghetti Junction which averages 37 MPH.
  • “The ORBP will create 54,000 jobs” — The project would actually create less than one tenth of that amount
  • “45 acres will be added to Waterfront Park when Spaghetti Junction is moved south” — Only 15 acres will be accessible to the public, the other parcel will be restricted due to the CSX railroad
  • “Spaghetti Junction is a very dangerous and deadly interchange” — Statistics show that Spaghetti Junction has a very low fatality rate
  • “Adding more lanes to the I-65 Bridge will address downtown’s traffic problem.” — Adding 50,000 more cars and trucks between Hospital Curve and the Cochran Tunnel will create more traffic congestion, not less.
  • “8664 is using outdated and inaccurate renderings of the ORBP” — There are no accurate renderings. An ORBP project manager has acknowledged that their current rendering does not accurately reflect the scale of the project.

A taste of things to come? I have a feeling it’s going to get a lot more interesting in the months to come.

This Is Too Good Not To Share Here

Okay, this is too good not to share here. Originally posted on Page One earlier today.

Regular readers are no longer alarmed at the insane and terrific hate mail and comments we receive on a daily basis.

If you’re new to our unique brand of crazy, you’ll probably appreciate the latest:

freeman // Aug 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm

jake,let me guess.your a queer,that lives with his mom and owns two copys of the movie free willy.You really are scared now,I know.P.S.Sounds like to me your being racist against the south.What you need to do is when you are driving down the road and see a confederate flag,go right up there and just rip it down or else I will think your just a big shit talking pussy.

Isn’t that cute? On a post about making cockfighting illegal, no less. Beautiful grammar and spelling.

But it gets better. Did a little search for the email address used with the comment. Look what popped up. A comment on a game rooster/cockfighting forum:


For those unable to load the image, here’s the comment:

Im glad to find this site.I have been out of gamefowl for about 7 years,but starting back this year.You have some nice birds and a nice place.It is a joy just to look at your gallery.I hope we get to keep our love alive,and I hope people stick together to prove what kind of people we really are.

So, if we’re to compare the two comments from T.J. Moore, what kind of people do you think they are?