Not Just A Homophobe But Also A Race-Baiter?

The latest from John David Dyche further illustrates why it was a good decision to cut him from the Courier-Journal. It’s as if he believes the entire city is the Pendennis Club and no non-WASPs are allowed.

Some excerpts:

While Louisvillians obsessed over two basketball teams made up mostly of African-American youths beating their opponents on the court, two other such groups were, in separate incidents, brutally beating innocent bystanders and an unruly man on a bus. March mob madness.


This bitterly ironic contrast and misplaced priorities bring to mind decadent Rome’s “bread and circuses.” Nielsen ratings may make Louisville the capital of the big time college basketball’s billion dollar empire, but its downtown parks and streets are unsafe as another generation of its citizens stares into an abyss already full of pointless deaths and wasted lives.


“It’s not the way we roll in the city,” the mayor said. His attempt to be “hip to the jive”…


The mayor could not have been clearer. If you just play by the rules your input is unwelcome. So either become a community activist or shut up.


Fischer would clearly prefer to keep his focus on bike lanes, Scandinavian-style long-range planning, and, of course, the local option sales tax. After this frightening outbreak of ugly mob violence, however, he is fortunate not to face credible Republican opposition for reelection.

Most media and government spokespeople simply referred to the marauding band as “teens” although videos showed the mob to be made up of African-American youths. Nobody seemed willing to say this in a public statement.


But when someone so adamantly insists on telling you, “This is not about race,” it is probably is about race, at least to some extent. And so it is here.


There is a lot of white crime in Louisville, and much of it is even more reprehensible than these incidents were. And the vast majority of African-Americans in Louisville are exemplary citizens and fine people. But there is simply no denying that the city has a huge crime problem in the African-American community.


The races also now largely share common, coarse, and degrading entertainments, too.


Black people = basketball? Check. Jive lingo? Check. Community activist (aka people like Barack Obama)? Check. Scandinavian (white people)? Check. “Urban” (black) terrorism? Check.

This city’s privileged white folks have been wringing their hands something fierce this week. It’s been surreal to watch.

So let’s get a couple things straight: Growing up in a single-parent household does not make you violent, a criminal or uncontrollable. Throwing out random statistics about black men being absent fathers accomplishes absolutely nothing. Give it a goddamn rest.

This generation of young people is economically and socially oppressed. The ridiculous mouth (finger?) diarrhea from scared, extremely privileged white people like John David Dyche is part of the problem. Instead of focusing on the reality of the racial divide in this city? It serves only to further the divide, the fear, the white flight racism of the 1950s.

Until people like John David check out of public life, this crap will continue. Until people like Greg Fischer realize their extreme wealth makes them 100% disconnected from real life, nothing will change. Until people like Jim King — who has absolutely forgotten his roots and made it very clear to the public that he’s not the same man he was three or four decades ago — stop sitting on their mountain of cash at the head of a government body while proclaiming that there aren’t homeless youth in their districts? Until then, this city gets more of the same. Unrest, fear, sadness, aching youth, bickering, backstabbing, bullshit.

You got what you voted for, Louisville.

Have Extra Cash? Consider Helping A Family Out

An Eastern Kentucky family is in need. Many of you have deep pockets, so please consider helping them. [Sad Situation]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s local-option sales tax proposal took legislative form Tuesday, but even the bill’s sponsor doubts its chances in the 2014 session of the General Assembly. [WDRB]

A Kentucky judge on Tuesday ordered Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville to undergo mediation to resolve their dispute over Kosair Children’s Hospital. [C-J/AKN]

It is a controversial bill and if it becomes a law those that have a concealed carry permit would be allowed to bring their guns into the bar. [WHAS11]

Comcast Corp. has agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $159 a share in an all-stock deal, combining the largest two U.S. cable companies, according to four people familiar with matter. Bend over, grab your ankles, get ready for data caps, increased prices, even worse customer service. [Bloomberg]

Federal regulators violated the law by not considering potential health dangers from a large surface mine near the Knott-Perry County line, an attorney for two environmental groups argued Tuesday. [H-L]

A witness in a high-profile murder case who is currently behind bars says his life is in danger. [WLKY]

James Miller is giving Bill Lamb’s extremism more attention than it deserves. This is what he does – yell about liberals in the media in order to focus attention on his own bottom line: viewership. It is not surprising and is not worthy of being called anything other than complete B.S. [WFPL]

WAVE has conducted another “investigation” into police officers, apparently. [WAVE3]

The United States plunged 14 places in the annual Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday. The group said it was “one of the most significant declines” in press freedom it had tracked during 2013. [HuffPo]

Last month, the Department of Local Government Finance did something it was not expected to do — certify Floyd County’s 2014 budget. The budget was projected to be $2.9 million short when it was sent to the state late last year. [News & Tribune]

With less than two months to go until Thunder Over Louisville, the Kentucky Derby Festival Inc. announced six financial sponsors for this year’s fireworks event. [Business First]

Watching Matt Bevin attempt to redefine himself this week has been painful. Not because anyone cares about him or because flat-out misleading Kentucky voters is what’s been wrong with the Commonwealth for ages. But because he appears to have publicly admitted to potentially serious financial crimes. [Page One]

JCTA Finally Noticed The Big Pension Mess

Bill Lamb may just be one of the most self-entitled people in all of Louisville media. Interesting to see him continue pushing the myth of entitled welfare queens. [WDRB]

Jeffersontown officials hope a revised tax break proposal will attract new businesses to the city as well as encourage existing ones to expand. The City Council introduced it last week after it had undergone several changes since being voted down in December. [C-J/AKN]

No matter how the Louisville Water Company attempts to spin this, it’s not making anyone comfortable. Especially not after all the times algae blooms have caused their tap water to stink. [WHAS11]

Democrat Bill Hollander is officially announcing his candidacy for Tina Ward-Pugh’s 9th District Metro Council Seat. Hollander is a former managing partner of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, former president of the Crescent Hill Community Council and the immediate past chair of Leadership Louisville. [Press Release]

Police released surveillance pictures from two different Chase Bank robberies. [WLKY]

Kentucky State Police have launched a poster contest that targets missing children. [Press Release]

Detectives running an investigation in Valley Station late Tuesday morning called in a SWAT team after something suspicious caught their eye, but their suspicion did not pan out, according to a Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman. [WAVE3]

Teeing off on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opposition to extending unemployment insurance benefits, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign accused McConnell Tuesday of “laughing” at Kentucky’s unemployed. [Sam Youngman]

Thang Lian is a resettled Burmese refugee student who attends Jefferson County Public Schools’ Newcomer Academy. In March, he turns 21, which means the district can no longer financially support his education. [WFPL]

Clark County’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative may be in line for some grant funds from the Indiana Department of Correction, but conflicting information caused the Clark County Council to decline taking action at its meeting Monday. [News & Tribune]

Guessing the Jefferson County Teachers Association has finally started paying attention to the pension disaster in Frankfort. []

The business world was buzzing on the news that Osaka, Japan-based Suntory Holdings Ltd. would purchase Beam Inc., the parent of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark. [Business First]

Yes, Racism Alive And Well In Possibility City

After Louisville’s media outlets revealed that a suspect had been arrested in the St. Matthews Kroger murder case, something happened that won’t surprise anyone reading this. But that something is what a ton of people don’t want to talk about. Whenever we bring it up, we’re accused of causing drama and promoting unrest.

Here’s the deal: racism continues to be a real problem in Possibility City and it’s not taken seriously by this town we call home.

Here’s the mugshot that was released (we’re only using WDRB as an example):


What happened next involves all local television and print outlets. WDRB, WHAS, WLKY, WAVE, C-J/AKN, et al. It’s disgusting. Not that the comments were allowed to remain but that people harbor such unbelievably awful feelings toward non-whites.

Let’s take a look at a bunch of screenshots from various outlets:

And there was this gem:

What the hell is wrong with people?

Yes, racism is a problem everywhere. It’s not unique to Louisville. But until civic, government, media and educational leaders take this more seriously? Nothing will change in Louisville. Media outlets have a responsibility to better cover this issue – if that’s possible. Elected officials have a responsibility to discuss these issues. Schools have a responsibility. You have a responsibility.

I don’t in any stretch of the imagination believe racism can fully be eradicated but come on. The least this city should do is work hard when it comes to having a conversation about equality and ignorance like this.

It’s 2014 and idiots are making ridiculously racist remarks – publicly – using their names and photographs. Unreal.

Why Louisville Remains In The Dark: Its Media

(And some of its elected officials – but we’re focused on media today.)

The State Auditor of Public Accounts released a report on Kentucky Retirement Systems this week. While lacking and elementary as far as audits go, it was still a decent beginning. A nice start at examining the reason (KRS) the state’s finances are in shambles.

The previous auditor refused to do it and whitewashed most things. The current auditor? He’s trying to muster the courage to do important work. Emphasis on trying.

You can read all about it on Page One by clicking here. 19 serious findings of fiscal mismanagement and general corruption. It’s a report that barely scratches the surface but it’s a report nonetheless. Your local tax dollars keep KRS afloat, so it’s something you should take to heart.

Where’s your local media? Spoiler alert: absent.

  • Nothing from the Courier-Journal
  • Nothing from Business First
  • Nothing from WHAS11
  • Nothing from WLKY
  • Nothing from WDRB
  • Nothing from WAVE3

Why? Why no coverage of one of the most important audits in five or six years? Likely because most in the local media don’t understand it. Instead of attempting to digest everything in the report (mind you, it’s tiny compared to previous airport board audits and the doozy that took down the Kentucky League of Cities) and instead of doing their homework, everyone has chosen to ignore it.

Nothing to see here, move along, puppies and rainbows.

We realize that it’s mostly up to managers and news directors. They prefer to focus on blood and hype. But come on. This is a serious disservice to the entire area. Truly unbelievable.

If WHAS can cover an indictment of a county clerk 200+ miles away in Southeastern Kentucky (how many times did the previous news editor claim West Liberty was barely covered because it wasn’t in the viewing area?), there’s just no excuse.

Watch, though, when the audit of Jefferson County Public Schools is released, it’ll be all you hear about for days and days. The paper will have an early copy with three or four stories pre-prepped, Joe Arnold will be live at the central office enraged with a visible forehead vein, Connie Leonard will be mad but won’t understand why she’s upset, the kids at WLKY will foam at the mouth and will be outraged at the salaries some people receive. The report probably won’t be too deep, likely won’t uncover much that isn’t already known (we have to base this on the way the auditor has handled other school districts) and will still be treated like it’s the beginning of the end by local media.

This is why Louisville can’t have nice things.

Will Every Other Station Follow WDRB’s Lead?

Isn’t it time for night club owners to start using metal detectors? May not stop all shootings – especially ones that occur outside, as guns can be stored in a vehicle – but let’s not pretend this hasn’t happened several times in recent years. [WDRB]

When you think summer, you might think of cold beer at a barbecue, maybe a bottle of wine with a Sunday picnic. A lot of people take it for granted that they can just go to the store and pick up alcohol. Not in Indiana. [NPR]

Someone needs to be duct taped to a fence over this. People can be so disgusting. [WHAS11]

Construction of a new bridge next to the Kennedy Bridge is forcing dozens of homeless people to flee their makeshift camps near Jeffersonville, Ind. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville police officer was involved in a shooting at the KFC in the 6600 block of Bardstown Road on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. [WLKY]

Will Democrats rally around Alison Lundergan Grimes? Probably. If she ditches the corrupt good old boy network. Spoiler alert: she won’t abandon the good old boy network, making it more difficult to win. [Ronnie Ellis]

More than 124,000 Medicaid patients have a new managed care provider after Kentucky Spirit quit serving its patients Saturday, state officials said. [H-L]

After admitting to killing her live-in boyfriend, an Oldham County woman is behind bars. 51-year-old Gail Kelley was taken into custody Saturday and is now being charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. [WAVE3]

Kentucky child care subsidy cuts will cost jobs and options in Louisville. But Rand Paul continues to claim there’s nothing to see here, move along. [WFPL]

The rest of the teevee “news” folks in Louisville should follow WDRB’s lead. [Business First]

Jeffersonville’s sewer billing office is trying to collect more than $800,000 in overdue bills for sewer service. [News & Tribune]