Selective Parent Outrage Makes For Eye Rolls

Louisville entrepreneur Kent Oyler has been named the next president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce. [WDRB]

When it comes to fitness, Louisville is huffing and puffing far behind its peers. The American College of Sports Medicine ranked the area a lowly 49th for fitness among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas in its just-released 2014 American Fitness Index, which combines health behaviors, rates of chronic health problems, and community indicators such as recreational facilities and farmers’ markets. [C-J/AKN]

The Jefferson County Public Schools board approved a $1.3 billion budget for the 2014-2015 school year late Tuesday night and the district said the focus is to shift spending from administration to schools and classrooms. [WHAS11]

Darell Hammond of “KaBoom!” is partnering with the Humana Foundation to develop a national movement called Playful City USA, which honors communities that give kids easy access to play. [NPR]

Metro Animal Services continues to refuse to provide us with information so we may promote events like this. Because Margaret Brosko may just be the laziest (more on her in the coming days) Metro Government employee on the taxpayer dime. [WLKY]

The Danville City Commission on Tuesday created an exemption for a social services organization that said it would sue if the city passes an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations. Because some backwater yokel rednecks can’t imagine living in a world where it’s illegal to discriminate against others based on your own ignorant fears. [H-L]

Dozens of parents are angry after they were told they would not be allowed at their children’s school during field day. But the principal of the school said it’s some of the parents that are to blame for the ban. Really, taking your kid to Kentucky Kingdom instead of sending them to school? Great parenting. [WAVE3]

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis released its quarterly banking performance for Louisville banks last week. [Business First]

A months-long look at the obstacles facing Louisville’s most vulnerable students. [WFPL]

Workers continue to make progress on New Albany’s East Main Street improvement project. [News & Tribune]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

Do You Feel Safe At The University of Louisville?

The widow of the former president of Holiday World will still be in control of the amusement park. [WDRB]

Sitting at the corner of South 18th Street and West Broadway with barely enough money in his pocket for the bus, Earlvin Pilgrim perked up at the thought of a Walmart in the empty lot across the street. [C-J/AKN]

A warning for University of Louisville students after two robberies were reported in less than two days. [WHAS11]

Nothing to see here, move along, puppies and rainbows… KentuckyOne Health has begun cutting staff to make up the $218 million over the next 17 months its chief executive says is needed to make up a budget deficit. [WFPL]

This is an understatement and a half. The guy and his cohorts has been “counseling” people who have ended up killing themselves. A controversial billboard at the intersection of Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive is upsetting some members of the community. [WLKY]

When shortsightedness leads to stifling progress. Or how regular people can force change when even their allies stand against them. [Page One]

Subtle changes could equal a major makeover for traffic in one neighborhood. Soon it could spread across Metro Louisville. [WAVE3]

A Western Kentucky woman has filed a lawsuit in Lexington, alleging that negligence by multiple defendants led to her husband’s death during an extreme sports event in March 2013. [H-L]

The Congressional Budget Office released a report Tuesday concluding that the Democrats’ proposal to raise the minimum wage would reduce poverty but also cost the economy jobs, providing fodder to both sides of the aisle. [HuffPo]

Floating in 34-degree water and surrounded by 8-inch-thick ice, Indiana State Police diver Sgt. Manville Nagle lifted his hand out of Deam Lake. [News & Tribune]

Across the board, statistics from different analytic sectors and data sites are showing a drop in the number of home foreclosures nationally. [Business First]

We’ll Make Your Friday A Little More Black

Feeding Louisville’s homeless, shelters in our area are usually flooded with volunteers on Thanksgiving and around the holidays but what about the rest of the year? Our Hidden Hero this month serves up compassion and friendship, along with warm clothes and hot food, every week of the year. [WDRB]

The 2014 U.S. Senate race for the seat now held by Republican Mitch McConnell may be the most important in the nation, but it might be the second-most important election inside the state. [Ronnie Ellis]

An outreach program based in the West end of Louisville aims at providing free meals to people in need, on a daily basis. [WHAS11]

Here’s the latest thing from Greg Fischer that won’t matter. Louisville officials are planning a January summit to promote Mayor Greg Fischer’s environmental agenda and his Sustain Louisville plan. Spoiler alert: “Sustain Louisville” was a failed enviro-friendly retail store backed by the people who came up with the current… whatever it is. [C-J/AKN]

A southern Indiana mayor is extending the deadline for several houseboat owners to move from the Ohio River marina as work continues on a plan to overhaul the docks. [WLKY]

Some Jefferson County school board members say they’ve received more calls this year than in the past regarding disruptive classroom behavior—and board members are concerned the district’s discipline policy is being interpreted differently by principals. [WFPL]

Rand Paul will put all of you crazy ladies in your place. [Page One]

The Stevensons have a lot to be thankful for. “He’s a blessing, a blessing,” Clinney Stevenson said of his 1-month-old son. This Thanksgiving marked the first the new parents ate at the Wayside Christian Mission. [WAVE3]

Richmond resident and EKU student Jessica Turner approached the commission during the public comments portion of the meeting and asked for advice on how to make a “fairness ordinance” prohibiting discrimination against people based on gender identity or sexual orientation, a reality. When none of the commissioners said anything, Barnes said, “No comment, thank you.” [Richmond Register]

The Frankfort-based Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is presenting a seminar aimed at helping members form and maintain working relationships with state officials. [Business First]

Convicted murderer William Clyde Gibson on Tuesday was given his execution date: Nov. 26, 2014. Between now and then, appeals and two more murder trials involving Gibson are expected to take place, and two more families will relive the pain of losing loved ones. [News & Tribune]

Fairness Campaign Hypes Up Alleged “Hate Crime”

Upset over vehicle damage is understandable.

But filing a hate crime report because bumper stickers were defaced? Uh, not so much. What a waste of energy. (Don’t get us wrong – it’s TERRIBLE that someone would deface anything with such a hateful Nazi symbol.)

Read about it here where Chris Hartman claims… well… you’ll roll your eyes.

Here’s the press release Hartman put out hyping it up:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, March 24, 2013

CALL-IN:
REDACTED
Chris Hartman, Director
(502) 6REDACTED

5:30 p.m. ET Media Call to Discuss Hate Crime/Vandalism at ACLU/Fairness Dinner Saturday Night

WHAT: A media conference call will be held to discuss a hate crime/vandalism–involving Nazi symbolism–at Saturday evening’s ACLU-KY/Fairness Campaign Dinner held at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. ET

All that hype over a “hate crime” – and it was a damn bumper sticker hit with a Sharpie. And a car scratched on its side because someone either hit him or because he doesn’t know how to park. (Unless he provides evidence to the contrary, you know how this ends.)

This is not a hate crime. Being beaten to death like Matthew Shephard? That’s a hate crime.

This was an abuse of power when Hartman notified the press of a news conference on a Sunday evening. No one in their right mind would do such a thing unless it was of earth shattering importance.

It’s demeaning. It’s petty. It makes it more difficult for actual hate crimes to be taken seriously.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Still Pushes Discrimination

Remember all those years Kentucky Farm Bureau was spreading hatred without anyone speaking up? When the Fairness Campaign just kind of played pat-a-cake with Todd Eklof?

Today at 10:30, Fairness, well, here:

Fairness volunteers will deliver more than 1,000 petitions from Kentuckians opposing Kentucky Farm Bureau’s discriminatory policies to the company’s booth at the Kentucky State Fair on opening day, Thursday, August 16, 10:30 a.m. Volunteers will depart from the Fairness Campaign and Kentucky Fairness Alliance booths in South Wing C, Row X, Spots 165 & 166.

The petitions–co-sponsored by more than a dozen local organizations–oppose many of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s discriminatory policies (listed below), ranging from a denial of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights, strict opposition to unionized labor and a woman’s right to choose, support of the death penalty, and more. Many of the signed petitions are from current Kentucky Farm Bureau customers.

The discriminatory policies are printed annually in the “Kentucky Farm Bureau Policies” manual, which is distributed to legislators in the Commonwealth but not to the 500,000-plus families it claims to represent.

KFB is still hating on the gays but Fairness finally decided it’s time to… do whatever it is they’re doing and did last year. After being prodded for three years to take action. Which is a good thing, as these are the KFB policies:

  • We are opposed to any state-supported agency providing benefits to “domestic” partners.
  • The institution of marriage should only be recognized as the legal union of a man and a woman.
  • We strongly oppose teacher strikes. We oppose legislation that mandates collective bargaining for public school employees.
  • Alternative lifestyles should not be taught in public schools.
  • We support the enactment of right-to-work legislation.
  • We recommend the federal prevailing wage law be repealed when dealing with government contracts.
  • We oppose an increase in the minimum hourly wage.
  • We strongly oppose any mandate that would require any government entities to recognize and collectively bargain with employee unions.
  • Furthermore, we oppose public employees being permitted to strike, organize work stoppage or slow-downs.
  • We oppose unionization of farmers and farm laborers.
  • We strongly believe in the value of all individuals both born and unborn.
  • We support capital punishment.

They’re taking a few stacks of their petition to KFB this morning. Here’s what they look like:


CLICK TO ENLARGE

Maybe some day Kentucky Farm Bureau will realize it’s 2012 and not 1950. And maybe some day a certain organization will realize it’s going to take real legal and legislative action in order to shove the hatred down the throats of a handful of paranoid white men.

Here’s Why The Gays Can’t Win In Kentucky

The gays can’t win in Kentucky these days.

Rather than having Fairness leaders working on legislators 24/7 (going to Frankfort once a year to have meetings with Mary Lou Marzian and Joni Jenkins doesn’t count), here’s what energy is being focused on:

Faith Leaders for Fairness will host “Witness of Love: A Pray-In” on the public property in front of the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 5001 Shelbyville Road (across from Mall St. Matthews) at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 11th. The “Pray-In” is a peaceful gathering of LGBTQ-affirmative faith leaders and people of faith from across the community who will offer a symbolic prayer in support of civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Following a prayer of affirmation and inclusion, spiritual hymns will be sung by people of faith as they stand before the restaurant holding signs that share positive, faith-based support for LGBTQ love and Fairness. Recently-ordained openly gay Baptist minister Rev. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard will join other local pastors in leading the action.

WHAT: “Witness of Love: A Pray-In”

WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Chick-fil-A, 5001 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY

WHO: Faith Leaders for Fairness
Fairness Supporters of Faith

Sure, Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-a have a right to be hateful and ignorant. Yes, it’s crazy that the man has spent millions pushing hatred with groups like Exodus International and the Family Research Council while the right-wing makes the whole mess out to be an issue of free speech.

But beating a dead horse with this issue involving one hater and his corporation (and non-profit organization) accomplishes next to nothing in Kentucky. It’s a publicity stunt. A bad publicity stunt at best. It does nothing to educate the average person passing by about Dan Cathy’s hatred and how it has nothing to do with the freedom of speech and everything to do with using his millions to further ignorance and hatred. It doesn’t remedy the fact that thousands of people will flock to the diabetes drive-through purely because the man hates the gays.

We get the need for counter-protests and the hope for civility and prayer and equality. We get it. We work for a gay guy who isn’t afraid to speak out about gay rights and discrimination on the state level. We get it. We really do get it.

It’s just that until that same amount of energy is focused on educating every small town in the Commonwealth, nothing will change. Until that same amount of energy is focused on every legislator in Frankfort – including those on the far right, nothing will change. Until that same amount of energy is focused on educating school districts in small towns about the importance of ending bullying and anti-gay pestering to stop the dramatic gay youth suicide rate, nothing will change. It’s just beating a dead dead dead horse that the already anti-gay thrive on.

No, we wouldn’t be opening our mouths if there was actual work beyond a whisper being done to change things in Frankfort. So save it.