The Lexington city council officially passed their budget last night, though it actually had a few people voting against it (Gorton, Lawless, Crosbie and Martin). But it looks like Mayor Jim Gray is going to do some additional cutting:
Gray said late Thursday that starting “tonight” he was going to examine the 2012 budget “line item by line item with a focus on what’s right for the taxpayer, with a focus on fiscal responsibility.”
The mayor has authority to examine the budget over the next 10 days — starting Friday — to exercise his veto power. The council can override mayoral vetoes with nine votes.
Gray said he felt strongly about differences between the belt-tightening measures he proposed and the spending measures proposed by the council. He will look at the entire budget, “and I’m not going to speculate right now” on cuts.
However, he has already said he did not agree with taking on $400,000 more debt, especially for projects like Frisbee golf. “I don’t think this is the right time to spend taxpayer money on projects like Frisbee golf,” he said.
“What this is about is restoring our city to financial responsibility,” he said, calling the 2012 spending plan “the toughest budget in 37 years of merged government.”
As we’ve noted before, Rand Paul kept the money that he received from open white supremacists.
So white supremacist money is OK, but what about the money of a guy who curbstomps defenseless women? And if he gives the money back, does that mean that people who assault women are worse that white supremacists?
This piece in the Village Voice by Stephen Thrasher on the collectively descent into madness by white folks over the past two years is one of the best things I’ve read in a long, long time. Here’s the opening:
About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel.
It had been a pretty good run up to that point. The brains of white folks had been humming along cogently for near on 400 years on this continent, with little sign that any serious trouble was brewing. White people, after all, had managed to invent a spiffy new form of self-government so that all white men (and, eventually, women) could have a say in how white people were taxed and governed. White minds had also nearly universally occupied just about every branch of that government and, for more than two centuries, had kept sole possession of the leadership of its executive branch (whose parsonage, after all, is called the White House).
But when that streak was broken—and, for the first time, a non-white president accepted the oath of office—white America rapidly began to lose its grip.
As with other forms of dementia, the signs weren’t obvious at first. After the 2008 election, when former House majority leader Tom DeLay suggested that instead of a formal inauguration, Barack Obama should “have a nice little chicken dinner, and we’ll save the $125 million,” black folks didn’t miss the implication. References to chicken, particularly of the fried variety, have long served as a kind of code when white folks referred to black people and their gustatory preferences—and weren’t many of us already accustomed to older white politicians making such gaffes? But who among us sensed that it was a harbinger that an entire nation was plunging into madness?
It gets much better/worse from there. If you read anything today, read this.
“Dr. Paul condemns hatred and discrimination, and if the white separatists who donated to his campaign think he shares their views they are badly mistaken and would be in for a rude awakening when they see that 20% of his campaign staff is made up of African-Americans.”
Summing up: Dr. Paul hates discrimination, unless it’s against gays serving in the military or the right of privacy for a pregnant woman who’s been raped by her uncle to see her doctor without the government stepping in. But he doesn’t hate discrimination based on race enough to think that private businesses should be legally forced not to discriminate, or enough to not spend white supremacist money in order to get elected.
And to suggest anything else is just vile collectivist slander from the ACORN and NAACP crowd.
Do you really want this guy to be your senator until the year 2017, Kentucky?
Louisville was blessed yesterday with an visit from the angel of freedom sent down from heaven (Alaska) to save our lost country, Sarah Palin. She attended a big $$$$ fundraiser for Rand Paul at the Crown Plaza Hotel, then ventured down the road to Freedom Hall to speak to the National Quartet Convention in front of several thousand elderly white people about God and Trig Palin.
At the Crown Plaza Rand/Palin fundraiser, no media was allowed inside, so various Louisville media were milling around outside hoping to get a quote from anybody as they arrived or left. Andy Barr and Phil Moffett showed up, but the person most in style was David Williams, carrying a beautiful purse with him. It wasn’t even a murse, a real purse. After the event, Sarah Palin walked down the stairs directly into the gathering of librul gotcha media. And then this happened:
Abort, abort! The look on Joe Gerth’s face is rather priceless. Also, I didn’t recognize her at the time because she wasn’t buck ass nekid wrapped in a Gadsden flag, but that’s Rand Paul’s assistant campaign manager Nena Bartlett wondering why they wouldn’t let Sarah face the demon libruls.
Shortly before this, Andy Barr walked by me and I gave a friendly hello. About a minute later, Andy Barr came walking back directly towards me with a big smile on his face, saying “hey, are you Jake Payne from Page One?”. Alas, I should have said yes and had some fun with it, but I instead told him who I was. The smile instantly vanished from his face. I asked how he’s doing and he stood there silent. I then said that I asked him a question at Fancy Farm that he said he would answer later, and I asked if I can ask him that same question now. At this point he started backpedaling. “Andy?”. He turned around and started walking away. “Andy, are you sure? I won’t bite!”. He turned the corner and was gone. If only he knew how much we like him here. Oh well, Garland.
From there it was off to Freedom Hall and the big white God orgy for Sister Sarah at the Gospel Hootenanny. I had gone there to register that morning and hear some Joyful Noises, and I would guestimate that the median age was around 78. Everyone was white. Like, everyone.
Here’s a quick summary of Sarah Palin’s speech. God, Trig, God, God, Trig, lamestream media, Trig, God.
And here’s the full breakdown:
Here’s Sarah talking about how she’s not an extremist, her foreign policy doctrine of “we win, you lose”, and “takin’ back our country!”:
Sarah Palin then would on to praise the stark-raving psychopath Christine O’Donnell and get more digs in on Karl Rove (not by name, but obvious):
Sarah Palin then went on to tell a personally story about how she seriously considered murdering a kid once, but God convinced her not to, thank God:
When she says “between myself, Todd, my doctor and God” above, she so totally wishes she was forced to put “law enforcement officials” in there too, but we’ll have to wait until President Palin and her Republican Congress do that in 2013.
Palin then went on to say that what America needs now more than anything is the clear vision and optimism of her son Trig:
Sarah Palin then explained that she is an ordinary America that loves peace, just like us, also complementing the diversity of the all white crowd (technically, it wasn’t all white. I looked really hard and right before I left I finally saw a Filipino woman. So technically, fine, it was diverse):
Also, the renovation of the Burlington Coat Factory in Manhattan into a community center with a prayer room goes against the Golden Rule, which them Muslins refuse to believe in:
Suddenly, a Muslin collectivist stood up in the 5th row and pulled out a Truth Ray Gun, firing at Sarah before security had time to savagely beat him to a pulp. It hit Sarah in the face, after which she went on this rant about the Tea Party and Glen Beck’s rally:
After the Truth Ray wore off, Palin got back into her groove, explaining that God is like Santa Claus, and all America has to do to thrive is send him your wishes, which He will grant:
Here’s Sarah giving us an awesome string of political cliches to end her speech, which gets rapturous applause from thousands of elderly white people:
Then it was “question and answer time”. Before doing so, the moderator had to tell everyone how amazing it is that Palin actually prays:
Sarah was asked who she would stand in line for hours to meet. She says Herschel Walker and Toby Keith.
Palin closes out the appearance by calling out those “feminists” and “women’s groups” who dare to say that women who advocate for the federal criminalization of abortion even in cases of rape and incest can’t be called feminists. I know, right! Nothing says Female Power like giving up ownership of your uterus to Uncle Sam, or else face a murder charge. Forced birth = Feministy Freedom!
And that was that. Can’t wait to have her swear in on the Bible (not Quran!) in 2013, can you? In the meantime, at least we’ll have her good buddy Rand Paul holding down the fort in DC for us.
Rand Paul held a press conference today in Lexington at a local business, Thiel Audio Products. I’d tell you what he talked about, but right before he spoke I was asked to leave the property. Apparently I wasn’t on the Paul campaign’s pre-approved list of people who could sit in the back of the room and scribble notes on a pad of paper.
I’m very, very dangerous, you see, what with my note-taking and all. So they’re scared of me bringing down their campaign with one stroke of my gotcha librul media pen? I guess so. Go figure.
But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any fun to be had. Why does Thiel Audio Products sound familiar to you? Remember, this is what the company’s president wrote about the Civil Rights Act after Rand Paul’s appearance on the Rachel Maddow show where he passionately defended for 18 minutes the right of racist business owners to refuse service to people based on the color of their skin:
I was also pleased that Walter Williams took his three hours on the Rush Limbaugh show the other day to defend Rand’s position on the Civil Rights act hat breaches our Constitutional right for freedom of association. Thanks to Rand for sticking up for businesses and the private sphere of our lives. This is the kind of courage I know will resonate with the revolution sweeping the country. I maintain that his Rachael Maddow interview will serve him well rather than hurt him despite what the pundits and political insiders say, and I for one am greatly appreciative to him.
Rand will win in November, not in spite of such events as the Rachael Maddow interview, but because of them.
Vile, racist crap spewed from a vile racist person. But apparently this is just the kind of white racist business owner that gets along with a candidate who passionately defends the rights of vile racist business owners.
… of every white collar criminal on earth. After letting white collar felon John Rhodes walk out of jail without serving a single day of his 21 1/2 year sentence (because she said he was a “good Christian” and didn’t want to embarrass him), today she strikes again:
Two former top executives of Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport will avoid jail time for theft charges stemming from thousands of dollars in expenses that were billed to the airport.
John Coon, the airport’s former director of operations, and John P. Slone, who was director of planning and development, stood before Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine on Friday morning to receive their sentences.
The judge sentenced Coon and Slone to 12 months in jail; however, she conditionally discharged them for two years. If they get into trouble with the law in the next two years, they might have to serve out their sentences.
Coon, 48, and Slone, 52, initially were charged with one count each of felony theft by deception, which carries a penalty of one to five years in prison and could mean a fine of $1,000 to $10,000 or double the gain from a theft.
They each accepted a plea deal in April that amended the felony theft charge to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit theft by deception, which carries maximum penalties of 12 months in jail and a $500 fine. Prosecutors had recommended a 12-month jail sentence but no fine.
Goodwine, in granting conditional discharges to Slone and Coon, said that they did not need the supervision that comes with probation. She told the men they were each responsible for paying $155 in court costs.
So let it be known from this day forward, defense attorneys in Lexington representing old rich white men wearing ties who stole a lot of shit: try your hardest to get Judge Goodwine to try your case.
And Michael Gobb is doing backflips right now, as she has his case too.