Another Day, Another Greg Fischer Flip-Flop

Yeah, Jefferson County Public Schools needs some other solution to its busing problem that’s ticked so many people off. But isn’t it going a little far when you say David Williams is race-baiting and embracing Jim Crow? Dan Seum’s an asshole, for sure, but isn’t that kind of extreme? Don’t hold your breathe for honesty – this is the guy who pirated content and instead of giving proper attribution, he just deleted his story and tried to ignore it. [Bob Layton]

Since the Kentucky Democratic Party was seemingly unable to criticize Williams yesterday, they’re pushing nasty stories through their mouthpieces. Unfortunately, these folks only get read when we link to them. So there’s the rub. [Page One]

Yet another Greg Fischer flip-flop. This time on privatizing city services.  You’ll never read about these things in A Kentucky Newspaper unless it’s super-positive. [WFPL]

Stoll Keenon Ogden and the Fund for the Arts will present the first annual James S. Welch, Sr. Leadership Award in the Arts at the Louisville Orchestra’s Fanfara performance on September 3. 9:15 P.M. during intermission. Whitney Hall. [Press Release]

Louisville’s oldest pottery business was discovered beneath the old D&W Silks property across from Slugger Field. [Broken Sidewalk]

Haven’t said much about this American Printing House for the Blind mess because it was too disgusting. But check it out. [WHAS11]

Metro Councilman Jim King may sponsor an anti-tolling resolution. [Fat Lip]

Louisville is just one of the centers of urban renaissance in the United States. You should be proud! Especially when it comes to the city’s forward movement with architecture, parks and preserving history. [HuffPo]

Beer genius Roger Baylor isn’t sitting idly by as the Ohio River Bridges Debacle ruins the metro area. He’s attempting to communicate with both sides of the mess, but Indiana’s elected officials are running quickly away from him. [News & Tribune]

Marilyn Parker A Fool? Nah, Try Idiot

Woman is crazy. Certifiable. Can’t believe people trust her with their health.

Look what LEO dug up:

Failed 3rd congressional district candidate/Louisville Tea Party board member Marilyn Parker has a Facebook page and, wouldn’t you know it, she’s using it to berate Muslims at the expense of Hurricane Katrina victims.

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Of course, we are LEO Weekly, and to someone like Parker, we’re just not to be trusted with information or sexy ads or empirical reality. In a hideously formatted and largely incoherent screed aimed at Kentucky 3rd district Congressman (and LEO founder) John Yarmuth, Parker calls our publication “a voice box for liberal socialists, whose classified advertises every kind of sex advertisement known to man.” [sic]

Sorry to disappoint. But I guess when you partake in the pleasures of the secular flesh, things like “knowing what in the fuck you’re talking about” come a little easier.

Someone should ask Genius Parker about how she believes most black parents are unmarried. Maybe ask her about how she believes kids automatically segregate themselves (that wouldn’t at all have anything to do with racist parents, nah).

Greg Fischer Got The Larry Clark Lot Today

Greg Fischer rolled out endorsements from a bunch of unions today, all part of the Larry Clark folks.

Here they are, according to his press release:

  • United Auto Workers
  • Boilermakers Local 40
  • Laborers Local 576
  • International Union of Operating Engineers #181
  • Kentucky Laborers’ District Council
  • International Association of Machinists and
  • National Conference of Firemen and Oilers
  • Aerospace Workers AFL-CIO Lodge #681 32BJ/SEIU
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • General Drivers, Warehousemen & Helpers
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVAC Service Local #89
  • Technicians Local 502
  • AFSCME
  • International Union of Electrical Workers
  • Painters and Allied Trades District Council 91, Local 761
  • IUE-CWA Local 118
  • Louisville Professional Firefighters Local 345
  • Greater L’ville Central Labor Council
  • AFL-CIO
  • Louisville Federation of Retired Firefighters
  • Communications Workers of America
  • United Steel Workers
  • Bricklayers Local #4
  • Greater Louisville AFL-CIO Retirees Council
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local #110
  • Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
  • Retired Police & Firefighters Advocates Inc.
  • Amalgamated Transit United Local 1447
  • National Association of Government Employees
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters 783
  • Iron Workers Local 70
  • Building Trades

UPDATE – Here’s what Hal Heiner’s campaign manager had to say:

“It’s no surprise that a group of union heads would endorse Greg considering he’s spent the summer telling unions one thing and business leaders another. Just two months ago Greg told a crowd at Bellarmine College he wouldn’t rule out the privatization of Metro jobs and then today held a press conference railing against privatization. In 2008 he stated in an AFL-CIO questionnaire that he supported card check, but last week told a group of attorneys at Middleton & Reutlinger that he didn’t support card check. Finally, in an August interview with the Voice Tribune Greg was asked if he would have supported the Project Labor Agreement for the arena. His answer: “The mayor has to consider all sides – and then make the best decision for the city.” While Greg Fischer is busy trying to figure out what position he’ll take today, Hal Heiner will be talking straight and honest to the people of Louisville.” -Joe Burgan

David & Reeeechie For Governator Next Year

Looooooord, get ready. Everybody is going to lose their shiz over David Williams and Richie Farmer. The mouth breathers who think Farmer is still at the University of Kentucky playing basketball (all the corn syrup and bacon grease they consume makes it impossible to leave the 70s and 80s) and the Democrats who will suddenly pretend to love Steve Beshear. We’d discuss the teabaggers, but they’re all former strippers who hit their head on the pole one too many times or they’re hiding in meemaw’s basement with a Buddha bong.

Long story short, David and Richie will announce their candidacy in about 20 minutes and we will likely never have a moment of non-campaign peace.

In the meantime, I stumbled upon parts of the Williams-Farmer campaign website that they were silly enough not to hide. Let’s take a peek.

From the “Vision” portion of the site, about David:

David Williams is Kentucky’s “man in the arena,” fighting to make our Commonwealth a better place.

David Williams has been a reformer and a tireless fighter for conservative values in Frankfort. In 2011, he will bring his passion for public service to the Governor’s office.

As Senate President, he has worked with other conservatives to stand firm against higher taxes and more debt. In 2010, David helped block more than $1 billion in new debt from being added to the state budget.

Under David’s leadership, Senate Republicans have stopped $1 billion in higher taxes since 2000. Some in Frankfort tried to raise taxes on everything from small businesses to gasoline, but David Williams held them off.

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In politics, David has been a leader and tireless advocate for conservative candidates. He served as the McCain/Palin Presidential Campaign State Chairman in 2008, and even traveled to more than 60 events at the end of October making speeches for McCain/Palin, Senator McConnell, Congressman Brett Guthrie and other Republican candidates. For many years David has volunteered his time campaigning for conservative candidates at every level of government, and he looks forward to ensuring conservatives win races in November 2010.

CLICK HERE to read the rest and see a video from the campaign…

Latin Jazz Festival Brings Tito Puente, Jr

The 5th Annual 5th District Community Celebration will take place in Shawnee Park on Saturday, September 11. And 5th District Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is bringing Tito Puente, Jr. in for the fun.

Puente, a well-known latin jazz artist, will close out the day’s events with a concert that starts at 7:00 P.M.

Salsa lessons, food vendors, games, photography exhibition, face painting, youth extravaganza, spelling bee, art, music, awards, a poetry slam, youth performing artists.

From the 5th District newsletter:

Latin Jazz recording artist Tito Puente, Jr. and The Orchestra will con- clude the days entertainment at 7pm. Even salsa lessons will be offered to those willing to learn. The days event will open with a Youth Extravaganza! There will be a spelling bee for the middle school students and performances including art- ist Desiree Wilson and Dre Dason. All throughout the day will be games for chil- dren, face-paint, step teams, and Poetry Slam hosted by Mike B. Gospel music will inspire from 2-5pm followed by the presentation of the Molly Leonard awards to local photographers and videographers who have captured Louisville’s social, cultural and civic history for many years. There will also be a display of some of their favorite photographs during the day long photo exhibition at Shawnee Park.

Among those to be recognized are Bud Dorsey, Eddie Davis, Keith Williams James Ben- nett, Clinton Bennet, Akram Burton, William Hamilton, Sheri H. Carbone, Jack Norris, Bill Luster, Sam Upshaw Jr., Joe Goodwin, George Williams, Willie Baylor, Craig Olmstead, Brittany Penny, James Penny, Leonard Boulware, Mikal Forbush, Ron Burgis and in memoriam Jay Thomas and Tim Crabtree will also be recognized.

Heaven and Earth 360 and the ever-popular The Unlimited Band will also perform. Ven- dors will have information to share and food and other wares for sell. This is a time for the entire community to come west and enjoy a day full of fun and fellowship. Shawnee Park is a great place to spend a Saturday in late summer. So bring a lawn chair, relax and spend the day with us!

Here’s the main schedule:

  • 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. — Youth Extravaganza
  • 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. — Gospel Explosion
  • 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. — Molly Leonard Awards
  • 6:00 P.M. — The Unlimited Band
  • 7:00 P.M. — Tito Puente, Jr. & The Orchestra

Folks going should enter the park on West Broadway.

You should probably go.

Greg Fischer Re-Invention Tour Is Under Way

David Williams and Richie Farmer will announce their candidacy at 11:00 A.M. today. [Page One]

Are you a fan of bracelets? Beads? Crafty things? How bout all of those things from Kentucky? Then you should maybe check this Etsy shop out ASAP. [Bluegrass Bead]

PAULA DEEN Y’ALL!!!1! Get ready, meemaw, with yer Rascal Scooter and maternity pants. Paula Deen will be on-hand for the opening of her buffet at the casino. [Business First]

Anyone else enjoying the fact that Sheldon Berman has been in a mad dash to meet with state legislators for the past several days? [Deep Thoughts]

This morning at 10:30 Greg Fischer will announce “multiple endorsements” at 4315 Preston Highway. That’s the electrical workers, right? [Press Release]

MLK Park is run down but Jerry Abramson says rehabbing it is not a priority. [WAVE3]

What? You thought you couldn’t afford to attend the World Equestrian Games? Don’t worry. You still can’t, not even after this Kroger deal. [H-L]

Greg Fischer is waffling on the Ohio River Bridges Debacle. It’s the only thing he can do, though. It’s the only thing he ever does (like when he flip-flopped on card check and the mainstream ignored it). Other than make shiz up in primaries. The latest SurveyUSA data this evening on the mayoral race should be interesting. [Fat Lip]

The Bridges Debacle Authority will meet tomorrow morning at 9:00 A.M. at Kye’s II in Jeffersonville. I look forward to lots of disruption and fancy tweets. [Press Release]

Phil Moffett says coal counties should get to keep all of the coal severance taxes collected. Does this mean Jefferson County gets to keep ALL of the tax dollars it sends to Frankfort? If so, then let us talk. Otherwise, Phil Moffett has zero idea how Kentucky works. [AP & Press Release]