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Rand Paul vs. Women

Gotta give it up for Rand Paul — especially if you hate women who have abortions. In an AP story, Paul called Roe v Wade “one of the most horrific judicial travesties in the history of our nation.” Paul’s on board supporting a “Life at Conception Act” making the rounds in Washington. All these new members of Congress seem to be competing to show the world that they are more against abortion than each other. No, Paul missed the memo on civil public discourse at U of L yesterday. The act purports to make it a law that “all unborn…


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What might the Merger 2.0 task force mean for the Bon Air Neighborhood?

On January 6, 2011, Mayor Fischer created by executive order the “Merger 2.0 task force.” This diverse, bipartisan group of individuals will study the various issues and will make comments. This measure appears to be more of an impact than outcome evaluation of merger. In line with my focus on the Bon Air Neighborhood, I wonder what could it mean for my neighborhood and for Louisville? In reality, I can only make a number of educated guesses, but then I have other thoughts that the other blogs don’t. For me, evaluating how merger has done in Louisville means reviewing what…


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UPDATED: Pay for Play in O’Connell’s Office?

UPDATED JAN. 25: The meeting referred to below was attended only by attorneys, not staff. O’Connell also responded to the accusation that he was withholding raises from personnel: “Our employees are funded by Metro Government and by the state of Kentucky. Believing it inequitable to give only Metro-funded employees raises, I am working on a strategy to give raises to my staff regardless of funding source. Metro still has the allocation.” Here’s the original post: There’s some trouble stirring in the County Attorney’s office, thanks to some accusations made by our pal Ed Springston on his blog. Springston wrote the…


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U of L forum pricks writer’s conscience

I first heard about the University of Louisville‘s community forum on public discourse through a news update on my iphone. I thought that might be interesting to see but I have way to much to do at home after an unexpected three-day weekend. Oh well. Then I read on Facebook where U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Greyson and UofL political science professor Jasmine Farrier would be holding the forum at noon and it would streamed live through UofL’s homepage. Hmmm. Maybe I could catch it. Then I forgot about it while switching out a load of…


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No Name-Calling Week Pushes For More Than Civility

This week at UofL is “No Name-Calling Week.” It may sound trite, the phrase “name-calling” bringing to mind a childish squabble. But as recent events have reminded us, name-calling can, and does have a negative and perhaps deadly impact on the targets. As children, we’re admonished to ignore those who called us names, that it reflects more on the name-caller than it does the one the jeers are directed toward, and anyone who says otherwise is labeled too sensitive, among other things. It is interesting that we admonish the one targeted by the name-caller just as much as the name-callers…


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Politics and Footballs, and Political Football

Yes, there was a “light dusting” of snow. And JCPS didn’t call off classes. Packers-Steelers: Count me among those disappointed in the outcome of yesterday’s games, as I was hoping for a Bears-Jets SB XLV. The big game is two weeks away in Dallas. No local angle, really,  unless you count ex-Cards Jason Spitz of Green Bay and William Gay for Pittsburgh. Both teams, though, have huge local fan bases. I’ll be surprised if any local reporters cover it. I’m looking forward to the commercials. Speaking of which, how about those NFL TV ratings, which all may be ending after…


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K.O. Says Goobye-For Now

To my surprise Keith Olbermann has taken his leave from MSNBC. I imagine many others who religiously watched him five nights a week felt shocked and dismayed at his sudden, and somewhat mysterious farewell, but I can’t stop thinking that it was a self- immolation of sorts by Olbermann.  I was an avid watcher of Olbermann when he first came back to MSNBC eight years ago, but as time went on, his somewhat self-indulgent indignation began to rub me wrong, and I drifted away. Olbermann has made no secret that he is a great admirer of the late CBS legend…


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Conway Is In

Looks like we’ll have Jack Conway to kick around for another election cycle. With the filing deadline looming next week, Conway announced today in Frankfort that he will run for re-election as Kentucky’s attorney general.  Last fall, he lost his race for the U.S. Senate to Rand Paul. According to a cn/2 story, Conway “has been trying to retire more than $770,000 in debt from last year’s U.S. Senate race, including more than $630,000 of his personal funds that he pumped into the campaign.” Earlier this week, the C-J’s Joe Gerth speculated that Conway might not run, citing the grueling…


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Oops! WHAS-TV Texts: Fail

Oopsie: Since I’m signed up for text alerts from all the stations, my phone tends to go crazy during weather events. But this one from WHAS-TV was pretty unusual: We regret WHAS11 is suspending snow closing texts due to technical problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. Go to whas11.com for complete closings. I got it Thursday night. It’s not just an inconvenience, though, as the station had sold an ad sponsorship to Big O Tires for its snow closing alerts, as evidenced by the one I got Thursday at 10:30 a.m. announcing JCPS’ early school closings.  Obviously, it’s not a…


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Jumping on the Louisville-Frankfort Train Idea

If you bring up the future of transportation around here, most people focus on the silly Ohio River Bridges project. Wanna-be visionaries will tell you that light rail is a must-do for the city. But no one in recent times has talked about train travel within the state. Until now. A story in the Frankfort paper details plans for a $75 million project that would make it possible to ride a train from here to Frankfort and Lexington for $6 or less.  Ralph Tharp is Frankfort’s “industrial recruiter” and believes the project, using existing rail lines, could be completed by…