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Beshear lays out his re-election strategy in State of the Commonwealth address

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February 2, 2011
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Governor Steve Beshear gave his State of the Commonwealth address last night, outlining his bold vision to create jobs in Kentucky. Unfortunately, he did not mention his Giant Dineysore Boat, but he did go out on a limb to say that jobs are good and we should have more of them.

But it wasn’t all about jobs. No, Steve Beshear was sure to wag his finger at the federal government for printing and spending all of that money, while the governor has been pinching his pennies and keeping Kentucky’s financial house in order.

Kentuckians are rightly disgusted by a federal government that defines fiscal management as the speed at which you can print money. In Kentucky, our families respond to economic pressures differently. They work harder and spend less. And for three years I’ve run Frankfort just like our families run their budgets. Talking about shrinking government is easy. Actually doing it requires courage and commitment. Faced with crushing shortfalls, we have balanced Kentucky’s budget eight times in three years, slashing over a billion dollars in spending.

Bravo on that, Steve. But I suppose we shouldn’t mention that the only reason he was able to do that was because of the many many billions of dollars that Kentucky received from the federal stimulus bill. Details, details.

But Beshear wasn’t done calling out Obama and his crew of reckless meddling federal bureaucrats. Here was the cherry on top of his speech, that easily received the biggest applause of the night from his fellow Frankfort public servants:


Coal provides 90 percent of our electricity and – because our rates are low – has helped us build a robust manufacturing industry. But all that is in jeopardy because Washington bureaucrats continue to try to impose arbitrary and unreasonable regulations on the mining of coal.

To them I say “Get off our backs! Get of our backs!”

I will fight you for the right to cleanly and safely mine coal.

It was only slightly more tasteful that pulling a Joe Manchin, picking up a rifle and shooting an EPA agent dummy in the gallery.

So this is what Kentucky Democrats have to look forward to over the next year (or five). Our governor rubbing himself with coal and grabbing his shotgun to fend off EPA agents and Big Brother, all while we flatten our mountains and pollute our water, teaching children that humans herded saddled dinosaurs onto boats a few thousand years ago. But it’s all about job creation. Sounds like a plan.

I wish you the best of luck, Steve.

Kentucky’s new state logo (UPDATE)

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December 4, 2010
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It used to be this:

Thanks to Steve Beshear and his Flintstone Truther buddies, it’s now this:

(big thanks to Strangeite for the pic)

UPDATE: The Gunti pitches another:

Ken Ham stares into your eyes and tells you about Flintstone Truth

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December 2, 2010
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I TOO am very sad that Ken Ham couldn’t be there yesterday to stand side by side with Steve Beshear.

Steve Beshear to flaunt new Creation Museum theme park tomorrow

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November 30, 2010
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You know about that new amusement park that the Creation Museum folks are building on I-75, with the saddled dinosaur rides and all?

Well, look at what just showed up in my inbox:

Gov. Beshear to hold press conference

WHO:

Gov. Steve Beshear
Cary Summers, consultant to Ark Encounter LLC
Mike Zovath, senior vice president of Answers in Genesis and head of the Creation Museum project

Grant County Judge/Executive Darrell Link

WHAT:

New northern Kentucky tourism and economic development project announcement

WHEN:

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time

WHERE:

State Capitol
Room 110
Frankfort, Ky.

I’m currently speechless… but hopefully I can form some words beyond grunts in a short while.

UPDATE:

The Enquirer says that KEN HAM himself will be there with Beshear. Wowzers.

More MTR flooding blues

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August 12, 2010
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Remember the area of Pike County that was hit the worst by flooding last month? Harless Creek, which looks like this:

And what happens when it gets even modest rain like yesterday? Yeah.

Then again, it could be

State Rep. W. Keith Hall, D-Phelps, said Harless Creek is partly a victim of “urban sprawl.” About 150 houses line the three-mile hollow.

Gosh, it could be urban sprawl. Or…

The company and its operator, Apex Energy Inc., are still mining adjacent sites. The heads of creeks that were among the hardest hit by the floods are below wide swaths of surface coal mines stripped bare of absorbent vegetation and topsoil.

Apex declined comment.

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Spadaro said that after walking through the area he thinks about 75 percent of the Harless Creek watershed is disturbed by mining. He said he saw seven or eight landslides and crumbling valley fills from the mountaintop removal and contour mines above the creek.

Most if not all of the mining has been done within the past six to eight years, residents said.

Oh, I don’t know about all that. After all, King Coal cares about nothing but what is best for the residents of Eastern Kentucky. People above profits, and such. Ask Keith Hall.

(The entire article on the aftermath of Pike County flooding is a must read, btw. It sums up a good deal of what is wrong with this state.)

In KY, it’s only a hate crime if they live

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July 20, 2010
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What Twain said:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s hate crime law may be the only one in the country to exclude homicide, manslaughter and reckless homicide from crimes qualifying for enhanced penalties.

The exclusion surfaced in the case of a white man convicted of stabbing and killing a black 17-year-old in 2004. Senior Judge Geoffrey Morris on Friday ruled that Michael Stone could not be convicted of a hate crime in the death of Lamartez Griffin because of the way Kentucky’s law is written.

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Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Van De Rostyne told Morris in June that Stone, who had a shaved head and tattoos of a Confederate flag and a white-power symbol, and four other white men had used racial slurs while attacking Griffin, and he should be convicted of a hate crime.

But since Kentucky’s hate-crimes law does not include homicide as a qualifying offense, Stone’s actions could only be considered a hate crime if his victim had lived.

So let it be known, Kentucky bigots: you better not half ass it.

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