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Fischer’s New LMAS People Are Out-Of-Towners

October 22nd, 2014 by jake · 3 Comments

Greg Fischer finally announced his new Metro Animal Services team. They’re all from out-of-town.

Director: Jessica Montgomery – spent time with Army Veterinary Command


This is her experience.

Animal Care: Stephanie Moore — we told you about her nearly two months ago. She was both FIRED and ARRESTED as a result of working at an animal shelter.


Enforcement: Daisy Blakeman


Any predictions on how big of a disaster LMAS remains? History is the best predictor of what’s to come and history is not on Greg Fischer’s side, sadly. But retaliation, fabricated “live release” numbers and complete bullshit are on his side. So… Possibility City!

No, there’s no sense in withholding judgment. Every other hire he’s made has been a disaster for LMAS.

UPDATE — Here’s a copy of Fischer’s release.

Warning: you may throw up a little in your mouth.

Mayor Greg Fischer today named a new three-person leadership team for Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS), including a director who has spent much of her career in veterinary medicine for the United States Army Veterinary Command, caring for wounded military working dogs.

Jessica Jo Montgomery has 15 years of animal welfare and leadership experience and begins her new role as LMAS director this week, Fischer said at a news conference announcing her hiring.

Montgomery spent ten years with the US Army Veterinary Command, including service in Iraq where she managed a team of veterinary soldiers dispersed in base camps throughout the country. She cared for over 40 wounded military working dogs including combat stress dogs and thousands of personal pets for military families.

She was a champion of responsible pet ownership and animal welfare during her service in Guam, the United Kingdom and the states.

Montgomery advocated for opportunities for veterinary soldiers to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination.

She is a decorated veteran with numerous achievement medals and ribbons including 2 Army Commendation Medals, 3 Army Achievement Medals and 3 Good Conduct Medals.

Montgomery continues to serve as a non-commissioned officer in veterinary support with the Army Reserves Civil Affairs Division.

“Jessica is the right leader to further strengthen our national animal welfare partnerships, increase our live release rate and encourage responsible pet ownership in our community,” Fischer said. “She brings a depth of experience and compassion for animals.”

The Mayor today also introduced two other members of the LMAS team. Stephanie Moore is serving as Assistant Director of Operations and Daisey Blakeman is Executive Administrator, overseeing animal control and enforcement, respectfully.

“This new team will build upon the remarkable progress that has occurred the last four years at LMAS, where a dedicated team of employees has increased the live release rate from 38 percent to 74 percent in four years,” Fischer said.

Montgomery began her career in 2000 with the St. Francis de Assisi Veterinary Clinic in San Antonio. From 2003-2013, she served a variety of roles in the Army, including Hospital Administrator and Lead Veterinary Technician on a military base in Balad, Iraq.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology from St. Petersburg College in Florida and is pursuing a master’s degree from Texas A&M in business administration.

“The hard-working team at LMAS has made so many improvements and I look forward to taking those achievements to an even higher level,” Montgomery said.

Assistant Director Moore has more than 10 years of experience in animal care and most recently served as Executive Director of the Medina County, Ohio chapter of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She was also a program coordinator for Humane Society of the United States and Executive Director of Jefferson (Ohio) Humane Society, an open admission shelter serving approximately 8,000 animals per year. As a team member with the ASPCA, Moore was involved in the 2nd largest dog fighting case in United States history involving approximately 400 pit bulls and the largest cockfighting case with over 4,000 birds affected.

Executive Administrator Blakeman most recently served as a supervisor at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. Blakeman brings a great deal of dispatch management, emergency response management and animal ordinance enforcement experience to LMAS. As Disaster Response Team Leader, she had oversight of the Palm Beach County pet friendly shelter which houses 600 animals and 300 people during hurricanes or other disasters.

Fischer noted that in 2010, just before he became Mayor, Animal Services was a department in crisis, with a vacuum in leadership and a live animal release rate of 38 percent. In less than four years, the agency has been transformed with a live release rate of 74 percent while creating strategic partnerships with local and national animal agencies, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Best Friends Animal Society.

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John Yarmuth Got In On The Ebola Fun On TV

October 22nd, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Not even John Yarmuth could avoid getting in on the teevee Ebola fun:

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Is Soccer Really Going To Be A Thing Now?

October 22nd, 2014 by admin · 1 Comment

Louisville City FC is now offering a special incentive to be a part of the club from the beginning. [WDRB]

In just over the two-year minimum it takes to age straight bourbon, the number of Kentucky distilleries has tripled, according to a economic impact survey released Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another fun murder in Possibility City. [WHAS11]

Louisville police say a man claimed to be Jesus Christ and attacked a woman he called the devil. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville International Airport has unveiled its latest construction project, which airport officials hope will bring added jobs and more money into the local economy. [WLKY]

As the saying goes, it’s all in the name. Obamacare is no exception. [HuffPo]

Basically, you should never let your kids go anywhere or do anything. A high school soccer coach with Hardin County Schools has been suspended for the rest of the 2014 season because of “unacceptable behavior,” according to a statement from the district. [WAVE3]

If you’re a 12th-grader right now in the Los Angeles schools, that means you probably started kindergarten back in 2001. It also means that, as of this week, you’ve seen four superintendents come and go. [NPR]

More problems surface for Nathan Smith and the Democratic good old boy network. Sixteen current and former residents of mobile home parks owned by SSK Communities in Kentucky have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing SSK of a self-enrichment scheme of evicting residents, seizing their trailers and renting them to new tenants. [WFPL]

From every angle, campaigns for Democratic and Republican candidates are targeting voters concerned about energy and climate change. [NY Times]

Military veterans often face challenges when leaving the military and transitioning back into civilian life. Finding jobs and accessing housing and health care are areas that frequently are difficult for veterans. [Business First]

Candidates for Clark County recorder — Republican Zach Payne and Democrat Lincoln Crum — are seeking the recorder’s office for the first time. The recorder is responsible for handling public records and documents in the county, particularly records relating to real estate. [News & Tribune]

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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.

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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:


And on MSNBC again:


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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. []

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]

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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:

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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]

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