Time for a “What Were They Thinking” Update

Bulleit In Court: WLKY’s Jim Bulleit was in court yesterday. According to a court document, he pled guilty to the shoplifting and criminal trespassing charges and was placed in a diversion program — sort of a traffic school for shoplifters. And a condition of the deal was that Danger Boy can’t step foot in any Kroger. No word on whether he’ll be stepping foot in the WLKY studios anytime soon.

Lies at PRP: The principal at PRP thought so much of Coach Jason Stinson that he deleted e-mails complaining about Stinson’s practices. Then he told people he’d conducted a thorough investigation. David Johnson gave a four-hour deposition last week in which he said he didn’t even ask Stinson about the controversial practice for two days. And yes, Johnson, like Stinson, is still being paid by JCPS. [C-J]

Penetrating Read: Those potty-minded folks at LEO are having some fun with their new logo’s phallic possibilities. [FatLip]

Vroom Vroom: Gov. Beshear is holding a press conference at Kentucky Speedway to talk about the future of NASCAR here. Maybe it’s a new revenue plan to combine gambling, drinking, smoking and driving. [Press Release]

Taxing Phones: The smarties over at the Public Service Commission figured out that their revenue from a tax on landline phones was eventually going to disappear, so they ordered that everyone with a mobile phone now has to pay into a fund that provides devices for the deaf and hard of hearing. Kentucky has 2.4 million mobile numbers in use, while the number of landline phones has dropped by half since 2006. [PSC release]

Flooding the Troops: Okolona Metro Council member Madonna Flood has been collecting goodies for the troops in Iran and Afghanistan since 2007, and just launched a new drive. Called “Doing Our part from the Heart,” she’s collecting basic items to send overseas. [Metro Council release]

Lobbying Logic Lesson: Lobbyists spent $15.7 million on the General Assembly, led by the tobacco and casino industries. The tobacco tax increase was a fraction of what it should have been. Figure it out. [Page One]

Hump Day: Watch for news about I Love Mountains Day. Festivities start at 11 in Frankfort. [Page One]

Since it’s Tuesday: It must be time to watch the CW Louisville Live at 10. See you then.

Tomorrow is I Love Mountains Day

That’s right, ladies and Jim Gooch haters, I Love Mountains day is Tuesday, February 17th.

Here’s the schedule for the day as it’s currently planned:

11:00 A.M. – Kentuckians For The Commonwealth members and supporters gather at the Kentucky River in Frankfort where Capitol Avenue crosses the the river and intersects with Route 60.

  • 11:15 A.M. – Speaking begins at the Kentucky River
  • 11:30 A.M. – March begins up Capitol Avenue
  • 12:00 Noon – 1:00 P.M. – Gathering on the front steps of the Capitol for the rally

Speakers include:

  • Coalfield residents Randy Wilson, Willa Johnson and Silas House
  • Ashley Judd
  • Student Representative Emily Gillespie
  • Music provided by the Reel World String Band, Public Outcry, Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee

So, if you’re a citizen who stands against mountaintop removal or a member of the media looking for a hot story? Head to Frankfort early Tuesday morning. The legislature won’t be in session but that won’t stop an amazing demonstration.

Inaugural Celebration Giveaway Thanks

We owe a special debt of gratitude to the great folks at Sustain for their generosity. The green lifestyle store (3724 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville) provided us with awesome t-shirts and water bottles as a giveaway for our readership that couldn’t make it to Tuesday night’s celebration.

We stopped by the store recently and want to share some pictures we snapped in anticipation of their grand reopening planned for late February. The store is open right now, but will be stocking thousands of great new products over the next few weeks. So stay tuned for that.

Without further ado, take a look and stop by their store sometime.

Click here to peep the rest…

Yarmuth Amendment Requires Global Warming Info

Rep. John Yarmuth will offer an amendment this afternoon to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008 that will require NASA to make critical information and scientific research available to the public.

This is in response to a series of Oversight & Government reform hearings last year where House members uncovered evidence that information was suppressed in order to hide the causes and effects of global warming. My, how very Jim Gooch of NASA and the Bush Misadministration.

The amendment will make sure that NASA takes into consideration recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office and National Academy of Sciences to help prevent future manipulation of science.

The GAO and NAS recommend:

  • Information supporting major published results should be made available to other researchers.
  • An infrastructure must be put in place to make data accessible through unrestricted archives.
  • Data should be made available without delay to allow for analysis and publication of results.
  • Prices of accessing date should not exceed the marginal cost of reproduction and distribution.

All right for Yarmie standing up in the name of government transparency.