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Let the Might Eagle Soar! Ashcroft playing L’ville on 9/15

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July 29, 2011
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Via Sonka: John Ashcroft is coming to Louisville in September with some new hits off his latest album.

Some people feel they can’t die without seeing Springsteen or Dylan live in concert. That’s sort of how many of you probably feel about John Ashcroft.

Kathy Stein dishes on the KY Governor race

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June 9, 2011
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Ryan Alessi sat down with our favoritest lady ever, Kathy Stein, to talk about the Kentucky gubernatorial race. Believe it or not, she’s not too fond of her ole pal David Williams:

As for good liberals promoting Steve Beshear besides saying “my God, look at Williams!”, yes, that is a tough job. Really, really tough.

No, but seriously, look at David Williams.

Goodnight, sweet prince

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May 20, 2011
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Longtime Lexington, KY native Randy “Macho Man” Savage died today at the age of 59. When I was 11-years old, he was one of the few people that could compete with the likes of Rex Chapman and Dale Murphy, as you can see:

The man was so full of The Awesome that he got a one day jump on the Rapture. We’ll see you soon, Macho (well, maybe not me).

Peabody threatens lawsuit, Coal Cares (Yes Men) respond

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May 14, 2011
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The lawyers at Peabody were outraged that the Yes Men tricksters behind the brilliant Coal Cares parody website would dare to suggest that Peabody Energy cares to help the chilren around their coal plants that they are poisoning and giving asthma. Naturally offended by such an outrageous claim, they have threatened to sue.

The Yes Men have responded:

Dear Andrew Baum, Foley Lardner LLP, and Peabody Energy,

Thank you for your thoughtful letter demanding that we remove Peabody’s name from www.coalcares.org and cease falsely suggesting that Peabody cares about kids made sick by coal.

Your threat, although entirely baseless (see this response, and the EFF’s blog post later today), did make us realize one thing: that Peabody, despite being our country’s largest coal producer, and one of the largest lobbyists against common-sense policy, accounts for a mere 17% of U.S. coal production. The remaining 83% comes from 28 other companies, who are, every bit as much as Peabody, giving kids asthma attacks and other illnesses.

As even you may agree, the root of the problem is not Peabody, but rather our system of subsidies, regulations, and lobbying that lets your whole industry continue its lethal work. To make this clear, we have changed every instance of the word “Peabody” on www.coalcares.org to a rotating selection of the names of other large U.S. coal producers who, like Peabody, also need to be stopped from killing kids.

Very truly yours,
Coal is Killing Kids and the Yes Lab
coalcares@yeslab.org

P.S. You suggest in your letter that “Peabody has a First Amendment right not to be involved with the dissemination of a message with which it does not agree,” a statement which, while completely untrue, does recall the World Resources Institute’s longstanding demand that you cease falsely attributing to them the nonsense statistic that “for every 10-fold increase in per-capita energy use, individuals live 10 years longer.” As the WRI notes:

First, WRI has never made such an assertion and has never done analysis to that effect. Second, this conclusion ignores critical factors related to energy production and human health. WRI’s longstanding support for a global transition to cleaner, low-carbon energy is well-documented.

We would be grateful if you would stop misquoting WRI and issue a corrective statement within the next 24 hours.

The ball is back in your court, Mr. Peabody!

This is why Linda Blackford is so great

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March 24, 2011
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The Herald Leader’s Linda Blackford did a write up of Flintstone Truther Ken Ham getting ejected from a Christian Homeschoolers Convention for being too flamboyant. It included this paragraph:

Ham is a founder of Answers in Genesis, which built the Creation Museum in Petersburg, an interactive series of exhibits on “young earth” beliefs, including ones that show humans interacting with dinosaurs. Ham is also spearheading attempts to build an amusement park with a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark, which will include dinosaurs on board. The project has won preliminary approval for up to $37 million in state tax incentives.

Any story about Ken Ham is absolutely required to use the word “dinosaur”. To not do so is like writing a story about a space alien starting a business in Lexington and failing to mention that it is a space alien. Yet time after time after time, hacks in the media like Mark Hansel and every local TV news station fail to mention the fact that this intellectual child abuser teaches children the humans rode on saddled dinosaurs.

But not Blackford and her two Rooties. Bravo.

Oh, but back to The Ham. What is his response to the homeschoolers who say that he is hateful, unloving and intolerant of anyone who believes differently than him, or allows the speech of those who disagree with him?

If I saw a child playing with something harmful (e.g., poison), but thought it would be unloving to stop the child from doing this and warn them, I would not be doing what a concerned Christian should.

Ah, so teaching children that humans never rode on saddled dinosaurs is just like giving them poison, i.e. murdering them?

Thank God Steve Beshear is proud to partner up with this man and give his new con business the Commonwealth’s seal of approval.

Yarmuth plans on running for re-election (as of now)

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March 23, 2011
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I would have preferred “Yes! Yes! 110%, yes!”, but this will have to do.

“At this point, I have no reason to believe that I wouldn’t seek re-election. I think its going to be a good year for Democrats, particularly in the 3rd district, whatever the 3rd district looks like, President Obama is still very popular in the 3rd district. I would hope that we have a chance to retake the majority in the House, then I could work on things like tax equity, and maybe public financing of campaigns, and some things that are very significant to me.”

Wendell Berry to receive National Humanities Medal from President Obama tomorrow

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March 2, 2011
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President Obama will award Kentucky treasure Wendell Berry the 2010 National Humanities Medal tomorrow at 1:45 in the White House. I’m pretty sure that Wendell won’t have to bring his pillow with him, fortunately.

You can watch it live here.

Wisconsin, fact and fiction

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February 19, 2011
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As Wisconsin Teabag Governor Scott Walker manufactures a phony budget crisis in order to bust unions, the predictable hackery and lies have emerged from the usual suspects in the media.

If you’re looking for a place to read up on how to rebut (refudiate) each of these lies about the workers demonstrating in Wisconsin, here you go.

And a tip of the hat to Republican ego. Who knows where they’d be without it. Word of advice: next time you decide to make a nationwide attack on unions, it’s probably not a great idea to start it in Wisconsin.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

STAY TUNED

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February 16, 2011
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Tuesday Afternoon Round-Up

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February 2, 2011
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  • Bill Goodman’s solemn opinion on Beshear’s Wildcats-interrupting speech last night: Optimistic (Ket.org)
  • Sure, this may not be the greatest thing for Mayor Gray out of the gate, but it’s still a pretty lame “scandal.” (Kentucky.com)
  • In national news, the White Stripes are calling it quits. This is le sad. (Some blog called Pitchfork)
  • People are harping on a proposed grocery sales tax in Kentucky just because David Williams and Bob Leeper apparently proposed it, but bills similar to this have been somewhat successful in other states in limiting the consumption of such lovely delights as Doughnut Pizza and Pop Tart Sushi. Let’s not get the vapors just yet. What is important is that they limit the tax to those things that people don’t need, like Chocolate Covered Bacon With Sprinkles. (Hillbilly Report and ThisIsWhyYou’reFat)

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