Thursday, July 31, 2014

Of Course You Knew This

Juanita Jean:

My friend Jim found some very interesting research done at Harvard University called The Grant Study.

Among its many cool findings:
Political mindedness correlates with intimacy: Ageing liberals have way more sex. 
The most-conservative men ceased sexual relations at an average age of 68. 
The most-liberal men had active sex lives into their 80s.
And that’s why old conservative men are so damn cranky and want you to get the hell off their lawn.

Kentucky Native Hemp Thriving Without Chemicals

Of course it is. Native plants* in strong soil don't need fucking chemicals. Only weak-ass foreigners, GMOs and hybrids like modern tobacco need to be drenched in toxic additives to survive.

Janet Patton at the Herald:

Hemp's comeback in Kentucky is going strong, tall and green.

A patch of hemp seeded at the University of Kentucky's Spindletop research farm in Lexington in late May has climbed well over 6 feet in some places and is still going, without neither fertilizer nor pesticides.

"It's doing just fine so far," said Dave Williams, a UK agronomist who, with Rich Mundell, is in charge of the test plots.

"We've had enough rain to keep it growing and enough heat to make it grow." 
 The first legal hemp planted in Central Kentucky appears to be off to a good start despite being planted later than originally hoped.
*Although the seeds of the current crop were imported from Italy, hemp originated in North America and still grows wild all over Kentucky.

What's Wrong

ummagumma.co:

Kentucky House Speaker Defies Freakazoids

Holy crap. Greg Stumbo is either launching his gubernatorial campaign or announcing his retirement from politics.

Jack Brammer at the Herald:

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Wednesday that it's not appropriate for the state to provide tax incentives for a Noah's Ark theme park in Grant County.

He said he expects that the practice will be challenged in court and that the state will lose because it violates the U.S. Constitution's mandate for separation of church and state.
Is this the same Greg Stumbo who shepherded the Freakazoids Don't Have to Obey the Law "religious freedom" law through the House?

Somebody check his basement for pods.

In Kentucky, Obamacare Saving More People and Money

Yeah, to the extent Kentucky is not - yet - fucking Kansas, you can thank Obamacare.

Joe Sonka at Fat Lip:

Larry Kissner, the commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services, told a legislative committee in Frankfort last week that Kentucky’s decision to expand Medicaid not only dramatically increased the number of insured Kentuckians taking advantage of preventative screenings, but also the amount of Medicaid reimbursements received by health care providers, particularly hospitals.

One piece of new information revealed was the number of people who signed up for Medicaid through Kynect by the April deadline who are part of the state’s new Medicaid expansion: 290,000, which makes up 88 percent of the 330,000 total, meaning only roughly 40,000 were previously eligible for Medicaid and signed up through the so-called “woodwork effect.” Even though these 40,000 signed up through Kynect, this has not produced a boom in the number of Kentuckians signed up through traditional Medicaid, whom the state has to pay for 30 percent of their costs, as opposed to zero for those under the expansion. As you can see in the numbers provided below, the amount of people signing up for traditional Medicaid actually went down compared to last year: 
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While rural hospitals in Kentucky still face unique challenges that must be addressed, including how well Medicaid managed care is able to meet the increased demand for providers, the rosy estimates given by Gov. Beshear last year on the effects of embracing the Affordable Care Act appear to be coming to fruition. The question still remains whether Kentucky’s legislature will decide to continue these efforts next year, or whether a possible new Republican majority in the state House will decide to roll back the clock.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kentucky Doubles Down on Freakazoid Graft

Kentucky just can't gobble enough of that creationist con game cock. Fuck the taxpayers, let's buy some more intellectual child abuse.

Jack Brammer at the Herald:

A group that wants to build a Noah's Ark theme park in Grant County won preliminary approval Tuesday of state tax incentives of as much as $18.25 million to keep the controversial project afloat. 
The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority voted unanimously to give preliminary approval of the incentives for the $73 million first phase of the biblical theme park.

An independent consultant for the state will take six to eight weeks to review the project. It then will come back to the state panel for final consideration of tax incentives.
 Three years ago, the group, Ark Encounter, won approval of incentives for its entire $172.5 million project. Because of funding problems, it withdrew that application and now is seeking approval for $73 million.
A $909 million hole in the state budget, child care and mental health centers going begging for crumbs, but the god-fuckers get a blank check.

Seeking Answers

ummagumma.co:

Marriage Equality Opposition in Kentucky Falling Toward Minority

Down five points in six months, barely clinging to 50 percent.

If Steve Cowardly Worm Beshear had not appealed a federal court decision striking down Kentucky's constitutional homophobia, marriage equality would have a majority.

John Cheves at the Herald:

Half of Kentucky voters oppose gays and lesbians being allowed to marry in Kentucky, but opposition has softened since February when a federal judge began striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, according to a new Bluegrass Poll.

Fifty percent of respondents told pollsters this month they oppose same-sex marriage in Kentucky, with 37 percent favoring it and 12 percent not sure.

A Bluegrass Poll in February showed 55 percent opposed, 35 percent in favor and 10 percent not sure. 
 In 2004, nearly 75 percent of Kentucky voters amended the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman and to prohibit recognition of valid same-sex marriages or civil unions from outside the state.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Is Terry McAuliffe Light-Years Smarter Than Steve Beshear?

If he follows the lead of his state Attorney General and bows to the inevitable on gay marriage, he is. 

From TPM:

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said on Monday that his office would stop defending the state's gay marriage ban in court after an appeals court struck down a similar ban on same sex marriage in Virginia.

"Our attorneys have vigorously defended North Carolina's marriage law, which is their job," Cooper, a Democrat, told reporters. "Today we know our law almost surely will be overturned as well. Simply put, it's time to stop making arguments we will lose, and instead move forward knowing that the ultimate resolution will likely come from the United States Supreme Court."
Meanwhile, Bad Steve is still wasting hundreds of thousands of state tax dollars paying the world's stupidest private lawyers to make the galaxy's stupidest arguments in the Sixth Circuit Court next week.*

Kentucky AG Jack Conway refused to use his office's resources to fight a losing case, so Beshear used tax dollars he doesn't have - the state has a $909 million budget shortfall - to pay some Northern Kentucky shysters to humiliate the Commonwealth by telling an incredulous federal judge "icky gays can't marry because babbies."

McAuliffe may not be able to get Obamacare for his constituents the way Beshear did, but if he drops the gay marriage appeal, unlike Beshear he's not a freakazoid moron.

*If Beshear is trying to throw the case, that maneuver will probably blow up in his face, as the Sixth Circuit panel chosen to hear the appeal is strongly conservative, and will swallow the "icky gays can't marry because babbies" idiocy hook, line and sinker.

Half of All Voters Scorned

From Rumproast:

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The Big Dog Will Land: Alison's Only Hope of Inspiring Democratic Voters Coming to Kentuc ky

This is the only real reason she's running: her daddy knows Bill Clinton, and Kentucky Democrats think Bill Clinton walked on water.

If the Big Dog says vote for her, they will.

Sam Youngman at the Herald:

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend campaign events with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Aug. 6 in Lexington and Hazard.

The 42nd president is making his second trip to the Bluegrass for Grimes, who is Kentucky's secretary of state. He attended a fundraiser in Louisville for the challenger to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in February. 
 While in Lexington, Clinton will appear with Grimes at an event at the Carrick House. They'll campaign together in Hazard at the Hal Rogers Center.
Yes, she'll probably take the Golden Triangle and Eastern Kentucky. But most Democratic candidates in statewide races do. 

It's Western Kentucky where Democratic Senate campaigns die, and only a Clinton swing through there - in, say, October - can prevent Alison from following Dan Mongiardo (2004), Bruce Lunsford (2008) and Jack Conway (2010) into that grave.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Separating Freakazoids From the Ranks of Teachers

ummagumma.co:

All Five KY House Repugs Voted Against Fixing the VA

Mitchei-poo and the Tribble-Toupeed One both voted for the bill in the Senate, but Ed Whitfield (R-KY1), Brett Guthrie (R-KY2), Thomas Massie (R-KY4), Hal Rogers (R-KY6) and Andy Barr (R-KY6)* voted against it.

John Yarmuth (D-KY3) of course voted in favor of fixing the VA so Kentucky's 339,000 veterans can get timely healthcare.

When campaign season ramps back up after Labor Day, don't let Whitfield, Guthrie, Massie, Rogers or Barr get away with claiming they give a flying fuck about helping veterans, because that vote proves they don't.

Down with Tyranny:

Almost every Senate Republican-- even extremist obstructionists like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and Richard Burr-- followed Bernie Sanders' lead last month to pass a bill to address the sordid situation at the V.A. It passed 93-3 with the only dissections (sic) from mentally unstable right-wingers Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-KKK) and Bob Corker (R-TN).

The House Republicans can't quite get their shit together on the whole V.A. mess they've been desperately trying to turn into a talking point. Talking points are a lot easier for them than actually doing anything. So, Thursday evening they failed to pass a motion to instruct their conferees to agree to the original, bipartisan Senate-passed V.A. overhaul. It failed by 2 votes, 207-205, only 13 Republicans with the guts to stand up to the Tea party sociopaths and obstructionists. Every Democrat voted "yes" and the 13 Republicans were a gaggle of relatively mainstream conservatives (or Members in fear of losing in November) 
* On the second vote on Friday, Barr switched his vote to yes.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

QOTD

Steve M:

Inequality will increase until ordinary people find a way to break the embargo against liberalism and seize some power from the rich and the politicians the rich employ to enforce the embargo. I just wonder if any of us will live to see that happen.
Read the whole thing.

Weird

Divine Irony:


Oppression

ummagumma.co:

Something is Wrong

Divine Irony:

anonymousatheist420:

Via planetatheism.com

Saturday, July 26, 2014

AynRandy Filibusters Bill to Bring American Jobs Home

Guess the Tribble-Toupeed One doesn't think it's his job to bring jobs to Kentucky any more than Mitchie-poo does.

Down with Tyranny:

When the worst of the Republican crackpot extremists in the Senate tried to filibuster John Walsh's Bring Jobs Home Act (S.2569) even Ted Cruz looked at them like they were crazy. The bill "amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) grant business taxpayers a tax credit for up to 20% of insourcing expenses incurred for eliminating a business located outside the United States and relocating it within the United States, and (2) deny a tax deduction for outsourcing expenses incurred in relocating a U.S. business outside the United States. Requires an increase in the taxpayer's employment of full-time employees in the United States in order to claim the tax credit for insourcing expenses." In other words this bill-- which was cosponsored by two dozen Democrats, from progressives like Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkely, Brian Schatz and Tammy Baldwin to conservatives like Joe Manchin, Chris Coons, Claire McCaskill and Mark Pryor-- does just what the titles implies, incentivizes businesses to bring jobs back to America. Who wouldn't want that?

Glad you asked. Every single senator was there and cloture passed 93-7. The 7 filibustering extremists and obstructionists:
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Lindsay Graham (R-SC)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)

HT Get One Up on Everybody

Divine Irony:


 

"a small but growing group of big corporations are fleeing the country to get out of paying taxes"

Yes, those companies are scum and should be stopped, Mr. President, but the damage thjey do to the economy is nothing compared to the damage that continues to be done by the big Wall Street banks your administration still refuses to punish. And lowering corporate taxes - already the lowest in the world - is stupid bordering on criminal.



Full transcript here.

Only Bad Guys Demand to See Your Papers

It's in all the movies. Nazis, Commies, dictators of all stripes. The defining characteristic of a totalitarian hellhole is the demand that innocent citizens present proof of submission to authority at any time, any place.

And yes, it's us.

So we now have "interior checkpoints" in America where they demand your papers? Who knew? Ryan Grim has the story:  
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Evidently, the Border Patrol has set up "interior checkpoints all over the Southwest sometimes a hundred miles from the border where they can search anyone without probably cause and demand your papers. And it is obviously at this American airport examining papers and ID --- for people on flights within the country. The Border Patrol. WTH?

Such checkpoints are located throughout the Southwestern U.S. border, comprising of a 100-mile wide, Bill-of-Rights-free strip where authorities have claimed the privilege to do things they would not be permitted to do anywhere else in the country, such as executing a “routine search" without a warrant or probable cause, or asking American citizens for papers.

I had family living in Mexico for many years and went over the California border literally hundreds of times and never faced anything like this. The border was murder and I've had my car thoroughly searched and been heavily questioned many times, but once in the US you're in. I've flown out of airports all over the US and have never encountered border patrol. TSA, yes. But this wasn't TSA.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Question

Divine Irony:

The truth has nothing to fear from inquiry. Be wary of anyone who would discourage questions.

Kentucky Accepts Refugee Children - Because That's What Human Americans Do

I don't want to hear one fucking word against this.  Not. One. Word.

These are children. Running from war and crime and terror none of us can imagine.

Are we the kind of country that rescues and welcomes and embraces refugees?  Or are we the kind of hate-filled, racist country that creates such refugees?

From the AP:

Kentucky has received less than 1 percent of the unaccompanied children crossing into the United States.

New federal data published Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families showed Kentucky received 237 of the more than 30,000 children who have been released to sponsors this year through July 7.
Again, unless you are a 100 percent, full-blooded Native American, shut the fuck up.