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Where’s That Promised Professionalism, Greg?

December 2nd, 2011 by jake · 11 Comments

What does Margaret Brosko, the overpaid communications director or whatever at Metro Animal Services do all day?

Why, she posts LOLcat pictures on the agency’s official Facebook profile:


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And you wonder why LMAS is screwed all to hell.

Jesus H it’s time to shut that place down. Because THIS is what our tax dollars are used for.

P.S. Guess what happened when I offered to pay for the adoption of every single black dog and cat on Black Friday. Absolutely nothing. They literally refused free money and free publicity.

→ 11 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Criticism · Dogs · Metro Government

Everybody Forgot About Promised Transparency

December 2nd, 2011 by jake · 3 Comments

Greg Fischer campaigned on transparency and has spent the past year claiming to be the most transparent mayor in the country. Reality? He and his staff are working like mad to hide public documents, to obfuscate, to play pat-a-cake and be all-around difficult butt cramps when it comes to releasing information about their level of mismanagement at certain agencies. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Ruh ro! Looks like the copy editors at A Kentucky Newspaper screwed up the Greenville paper by including the word “fuck” – which is awesome. Looks like they’re as adept at screwing up other papers as they are the AKN. [Jim Romenesko]

Some hoodlum has stolen the Scales of Justice from Metro Gubmint! [Click the Clicky]

Oh, get a grip, people. Maker’s Mark IS cheap. That’s a good terrific thing. Maybe the best you can buy for the money. $25 is cheap for magical bourbon like that. Don’t play. And Maker’s 46 is worth every penny of it’s $40-ish price tag. [H-L]

That fireworks ban was so stupid that Metro Council is going to consider lifting it. After it only passed, what, two weeks ago? [WFPL]

Oh, look, here’s a six-page glowing review of Robert White from the paper. Never could have expected that. You’d think an actual news outlet get a few interviews with some officers who actually work in the community to find out what the deal really is with LMPD. They’re glad the man is leaving. [C-J/AKN]

Heard of this RAMP thing? Rockin’ Appalachian Mom Project? There’s a benefit being held on December 10 at The Green Building and Claudia Coffey is involved. It’s a good thing! [CLICK HERE]

It’s so foreign to see actual progress in a Kentucky city. Nope, it’s not Louisville. It’s happening in Lexington and nobody is being corrupt and nasty about it, either. [H-L & More H-L]

Louisvillians are discussing what they want in a new chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department. [FOX41]

Metro United Way has raised $24.5 million for its annual fundraising campaign. [Business First]

The sister of Sexytime Herman Cain’s alleged mistress is talking to Louisville teevee stations. This is definitely worthy of a pee alert. [WAVE3]

We’re trying really hard not to laugh about the lady who drove her car into Longhorn Steakhouse in J-town. Yes, we realize it could have been much worse. [WHAS11]

→ 3 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Bourbon · Charity · Gannett · Greg Fischer · Jeffersontown · Lexington · LMPD · Metro Council · Oops · Politics · Scandal · Sex · Transparency

Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

December 1st, 2011 by jake · Comments Off

This week the Transportation Lady discusses winter weather:




In other words, make sure meemaw stays home when it snows. EVEN if it’s Senior Citizen Discount Day at Kroger.

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Is This Related To The UofL Hospital Merger?

December 1st, 2011 by jake · 1 Comment

Because, if so, this is a huge sign that Metro Government officials aren’t exactly being honest with the public (imagine that):

Louisville Metro Government – Division of Purchasing

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Invitation for Bids
Female Sterilization Services Outpatient Tubal Ligation
IFB -2580-0-2012/SF

One can’t help but assume this is related to the University of Louisville Hospital/CHI nightmare.

At least tubals may be offered to poorer women, right?

→ 1 CommentTags: Health Care · Metro Government · University of Louisville

Dear Greg Fischer On Metro Animal Services

December 1st, 2011 by jake · 13 Comments

Greg,

Your staff have once again decided to play pat-a-cake. Rather than address you privately, as that clearly isn’t working, this needs to be public.

All of the records requested from Louisville Metro Animal Services by No Kill Louisville are available in electronic form.

Every report can be exported to PDF format in Chameleon. If Gilles Meloche, Wayne Zelinsky (yes – the two worst directors in history) and everyone else could provide these same records to me without any hassle, there’s absolutely no reason current LMAS leadership cannot. The claim that it’s best to wait for Jessica to personally determine which records she wants in-person is a cop-out and slick maneuver/stall tactic to prevent all necessary documentation from being thoroughly examined.

I know you want to do your job well but this is taking weeks too long. There is no unnecessary burden, as this is – at most – a ten minute effort on the part of any LMAS employee to pull reports containing all data requested.

Please let me and the rest of the press know what you plan to do so we can determine whether or not I need to ask the Office of the Attorney General to intervene and/or take legal action myself.

Several government officials outside Louisville are closely watching this mess and I’m certain they don’t appreciate further alarming delays.

You need to take immediate action yourself. Release all the records today. Or do we need to call in Mrs. Brown – your real boss – to get the job done?

Jake

→ 13 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Greg Fischer · Metro Government

Today Is World AIDS Day – Educate Yourself

December 1st, 2011 by jake · Comments Off

Today, December 1, 2011, is World AIDS Day and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is doing its part to promote proper testing and education.

33% of Kentuckians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2009 had no clue about their health status. Primarily because they weren’t receiving regular health care. And during these economic times, that’s even more reason to be tested regularly.

Here’s a list of events taking place across Kentucky in honor of World AIDS Day:

  • An AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed Nov. 14-Dec. 8 at the University of Kentucky (UK) Student Center’s Rasdall Gallery in Lexington. A free reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1.
  • Free condoms and red ribbons will be given out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the UK Student Center Starbucks in Lexington.
  • HIV/AIDS panel discussion at 5 p.m. today at the UK Student Center Theater in Lexington.
  • Free rapid (oral) HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at the UK Commons, rooms 306A and 308A and B in Lexington.
  • Town Hall Symposium and Neighborhood Testing Event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the NIA Center in Louisville.
  • Free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
  • Free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Salvation Army in Hopkinsville.
  • Free ribbons and information at noon Dec. 1 at the St. Paul AME Church in Lexington.
  • Free rapid (oral) HIV testing from 3 to 5 p.m. at the UK Student Center, rooms 359 and 363 in Lexington.
  • Community Commemoration of World AIDS Days from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville.
  • Free HIV testing from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Housing Authority in Bowling Green.
  • Free ribbons and information at noon Dec. 4 at the St. Paul AME Church in Lexington.
  • Rap session and free HIV testing at noon Dec. 10 at the St. Paul AME Church in Lexington.

Educate yourself.

Get tested.

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There’s No Way Louisville’s THAT Fat And Sad

December 1st, 2011 by jake · 11 Comments

Metro Council is putting tighter control on constables like that crazy guy who shot a lady in the face. Now it’s time for the state legislature to give cities and counties the ability to nix the office if they so desire. [WFPL]

If you haven’t paid attention to Steve Beshear’s latest stunt, it’s time to wake up. Firing a guy because some coal types pushed for it after making mega contributions. [Page One]

Of course Greg Fischer thinks his new job is just one big party. He’s throwing a “farewell reception” for Robert White in conjunction with LMPD. Only… Greg will be the only person there sad to see White leave. LMPD is throwing the reception because they’re glad he’s leaving. [WHAS11]

How excited are you that Louisville is both one of the most artery-clogging cities in the country and one of the most depressed? [WKYT]

Several groups are framing climate change as a moral cause. You know this is going to make teabagger Mandy Connell’s head explode. [WaPo]

Is there some kind of crazy force field at area Walmart stores that causes people to go insane? First they’re shooting people in the face. Now they’re fighting with clerks? [WAVE3]

Of course Metro Council should better define when spending is for a public purpose. It’s a disgusting shame that taxpayer dollars had to be spent to pay a consultant to tell us that. [C-J/AKN]

All you need to do in order to find a mayor who isn’t completely embarrassing is look toward Lexington. [H-L]

If there’s been no increase in crime at/near Cordish Co’s cash-sucking development, then why the heck has, you know, the general public noticed an increase? These violent attacks have not been going on for months and months. This crap is new. [FOX41]

More than 10,000 Louisville homes have negative equity. But don’t worry! Everything is puppies and rainbows economically. [Business First]

Don’t act like you’re not highly entertained watching Stephen Daeschner get his rear end handed to him in Southern Indiana. [WLKY]

→ 11 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Cordish · Economy · Greg Fischer · Housing · Indiana · Lexington · LMPD · Metro Council · Possibility City · Steve Beshear

Rep. John Yarmuth On Republicans & Tax Cuts

November 30th, 2011 by jake · Comments Off

John Yarmuth is none too happy about the way Republicans are handling the tax cut situation:




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This Wasn’t In Your Morning Newspaper, Louisville

November 30th, 2011 by jake · Comments Off

You know what wasn’t mentioned in the morning paper?

First-quarter furloughs. And the fact that this is the fifth round since 2009.

Ruh ro:

This will be the fourth consecutive time they’ve fallen in the first quarter, suggesting the company is now locked in a cycle of early-year furloughs as it struggles to deal with continued revenue declines.

The move was disclosed by the chief executives of the U.S. Community Publishing newspaper division and the recently created Gannett Publishing Services, which handles printing and distribution. “The furloughs will impact most USCP and GPS employees. However there is a minimum salary level set for implementation,” Bob Dickey and Evan Ray said in a memo to employees.

The two divisions are believed to employ more than 20,000 of GCI’s more than 30,000 global workers.

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But the latest round is certain to renew anger over multimillion-dollar bonuses to Dickey and other top executives in recent years, awards that have eaten into the furlough savings and drawn sharp criticism in the national press.

Dickey, for example, got paid $3.4 million last year, including a $600,000 cash bonus. His total compensation jumped from $1.9 million in 2009.

Just another move – like the latest with Facebook – to make it seem like they’re not hemorrhaging cash.

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Some Filmmakers Making Louisville Proud Again

November 30th, 2011 by jake · 3 Comments

Check this out!

Jerome Hiler and Owsley Brown III are making Louisville proud again, as their film – Music Makes a City – gets some big attention from the BBC:

In 1948, a small, semi-professional orchestra in Louisville, Kentucky began a project to commission new works from contemporary composers. The architect of this venture was visionary civic leader Mayor Charles Farnsley who saw the orchestra as a chance to put Louisville on the map. In 1953 following its success, the orchestra received an unprecedented $400,000 Rockefeller Foundation grant to commission 52 compositions a year for three years – Elliott Carter, Virgil Thomson, Paul Hindemith, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Darius Milhaud were just some of those who took part. Later the new music concerts were broadcast around the world by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

Film directors Jerome Hiler and Owsley Brown III who have made a documentary about the project called Music Makes A City, talk to Tom about Louisville’s unique contribution to contemporary musical culture – in stark contrast to today as the orchestra is in the midst of industrial action.

We think that’s kind of a big deal.

And it’s why Louisville can have nice things.

Pro-tip: You should probably buy the DVD if you’re a lover of Louisville history. Or just check it out on KET, as it’s been airing lately.

→ 3 CommentsTags: Movies · Music · Possibility City

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