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Props to some “Kentuckians Who Kick A**” @ Kentucky for Kentucky

If you are like me, and some new friends of mine over at Kentucky for Kentucky, you love your home town/state. We truly have birthed some pretty cool stuff (you included) and we are unique that people think we still don’t wear shoes ( shhh…don’t tell them – they might want to move here and mess it all up). I stayed here because of my Kentucky roots, and I was lucky enough to travel a lot in high school and college, thus confirming that we have it pretty darn good right here in the Bluegrass. In my mind, Kentucky is…


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Judy Green…and her “Help” in Louisville

 Did I just fall back into the 1960’s in Louisville, KY? Was there a busing riot in front of Seneca High School…I’m confused. You fellow readers might have to help me out on this one. Judy Green now has a group of supporters. Well, that’s not out of the ordinary, even with the stain on the dress, Bill Clinton had his. What is odd to me is that Gracie Lewis, a Green Supporter, just waltzed out of a Book I finished reading the other day called The Help. Gracie knows what happened to Judy Green and her fall from office…and I quote “To…


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How Could the State Hire Clay Foreman?

Question: Do the people who do the hiring in state government not conduct background checks on their potential new hires? The question begs to be asked after State Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer announced (actually, he kind of just put him in and hoped no one would notice) that he’d hired former Jeffersontown Mayor Clay Foreman as the new Parks Director for Tom Sawyer Park in eastern Jefferson County. It’s a puzzling hire. You can read some of the logic at  Insider Louisville (thanks for the plug, Terry!). But there’s absolutely no logical way for the Parks Department to…


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Bad Bet at Churchill

More on the evil huge corporation front — In its attempt to squeeze more cash from its remaining fans, Churchill Downs has devised a way to extort $50 from folks who apply for Kentucky Derby tickets, even if the application is denied. Apparently the Churchill folks are so desperate for cash, they’re going to charge you $50 just for the privilege of applying for their overpriced product. And by the way, they’re going to hold on to your money for you for a few months, just to piss you off a little bit more. Then there’s that “In response fo…


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U of L Finds a Religion It Can Live With

Looks like the University of Louisville Hospital solution to its merger issues was to find a new religion. It announced a deal today to send women who need tubal ligations and other services prohibited by the Catholics to Baptist East. That’s right. Catholic Health Initiatives, which wants to merge with University Hospital and provide much-needed capital for research and the hiring of doctors, won’t allow the procedures done inside its doors, based on religious principles. So U of L says it’s worked out a deal with Baptist, which has a more liberal stance on providing women the care they need….


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Bad Day in J-town for 214 VMS Staffers

Imagine coming to work and learning that your New York-based parent company had decided to shut down, putting you and more than 200 co-workers out of work — immediately. That’s what happened Friday at Video Monitoring Services of America offices in Jeffersontown. The company notified managers Thursday night and levied the bad news the next day. Here’s what the company did: “…provides news media monitoring, advertising monitoring and analysis, and integrated media solutions. The company offers media monitoring services and Web-based media management solutions for news coverage in media, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.” Al Mayo, sales…


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Pigs, Donkeys, Elephants – All’s Fair in Pork and Politics

    A good, salty time was had by all at the 48th Country Ham Breakfast held at the Kentucky State Fair on August 25.  The two-pronged agenda, to raise funds and cholesterol, is put together by Kentucky Farm Bureau and a slew of farmers, with the finale belonging to only one little pig. What is the criteria for those Commonwealth Farms, you may ask? The annual event has been feeding politicians and regular folks  since 1964, raising more than $5.6 million dollars for charity. This year, the 16-pounder was auctioned off for the second year in a row to Republic Bank. They took the little…


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Stealing, Lying, Riding, Biking and Singing

Happy Friday! Yesterday was my Mom’s 85th birthday, so I went over and saw all the birthday cards she got in the mail yesterday. There’s a lot going on around here this weekend, and of course Sunday’s a really big day. No Sympathy for Judy: I’m so glad the Metro Council hasn’t been taken in by Judy Green’s latest antic. She’s produced a note from her doctor saying that undue stress would be unhealthy for her. No shit.  Here’s an idea for Green — Resign and save yourself, and the government,  the stress. The Council voted 17-0 to reject her…


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Yarmuth to Run Again, Hoping Mitch and Rand Walk

On Wednesday evening, August 24, the reception hall  of 147 patient Metro DEMS waited an extra 20 minutes to hear the annual late summer delivery from 3rd District John Yarmuth–and oh, it was so worth it. Entering the Metro Democratic Club gathering  from  the 95 degree heat in rolled up sleeves and a grin – the classic Yarmuth portrait – he was running at his heavily-booked  Louisville pace yet took an hour and a half to deliver both praise and punch for both the Commonwealth and the status quo for Washington DC, then entered a round of Q&A from club…


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Dr. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of National Institutes of Health in Louisville to Talk Negotiating Federal Grants for Research & Development

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. The Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, MD, PhD, was in town on Thursday, August 25 to empower the University of Louisville (U of L) Medical School Faculty and Staff since the Medical School is getting $48 million of new federal grants from NIH for research and development.  According to the National Science Foundation figures which are published in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education, U of L’s funding increased to the fourth fastest rate among 100 universities nationwide between 1999 and 2009. U of L was awarded $20,041,440 in 1999…