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March 31, 2010

There is a better way.

March 30, 2010

FINALLY. SOMEONE. SAID. IT.

The Ville Voice has finally called out Louisville mayoral candidate Greg Fischer on an issue everyone seemed to know about already. Now he's been formally called out on it, how's he going to handle it? Maybe a student at tonight's mayoral forum at U of L (starts at 7 pm in Chou Auditorium) could ask him? Please.
"Since Fischer is an open book… maybe he’d care to admit he isn’t the inventor, but the guy who bought it?" - Ville Voice

Go to here: LINK to see the whole mess.

March 29, 2010

Topping Off Ceremony for Louisville Arena


Somehow I got an invite to the "Topping Off Ceremony" for the Louisville Arena. Don't make fun of me, I didn't name the event. But yes, I did sign the beam. :-P

I tweeted some highlights of the event before Mayor Jerry Abramson started talking then I bailed. I trust they figured out how to get that beam-thing up in the building where it belongs. (Shout out to the iron-workers, btw. My dad was one.) Here's my tweet log, which you can also find on twitter.com/curtster:
Funny to hear "Topping Ceremony" over and over. Who named this anyway? #louisvillearena about 1 hours ago via txt

Jerry Abramson now crediting all downtown development on this location of Louisville Arena. Jesus. about 2 hours ago via txt

Jim Host "has worn out 3 vehicles comin down to the site"-Steve Beshear. Um-Maybe he should ride TARC? about 2 hours ago via txt

"Wow. Whadya think? Itn'd it sumpthin?" - Steve Beshear, at Louisville Arena beam-signing about 2 hours ago via txt

we would not be on this site today w/out E-ON "- Jim Host, at Louisville Arena beam-signing about 2 hours ago via txt

"Tyler 4 Mayor" is now on the beam. I sure hope this ark is done on time. about 2 hours ago via txt

"No parking on site." -on ticket to the Louisville Arena "Topping Off Ceremony. Um, no shit. What should I write on this beam, btw? about 3 hours ago via web

Headed to topping off ceremony for arena. Look for me on tv! about 3 hours ago via txt





March 28, 2010

A Play called the Bi-State Tolling Authority

You won't be seeing this one at Actor's. Unfortunately, with the CJ making content unavailable, and the metro gov website archives being about impossible to view videos, it's a very difficult show to view. I've broken down a quick review as follows:

ACT 1: Frankfort passes HB3
Bridge's Coalition Chairperson C. Edward Glasscock here is actually testifying before KY Senate A&R on June 19, 2009 to amend HB3 to remove language requiring a resolution of Metro Council to authorize a Bi-State Tolling Authority.



Did you notice unpaid citizen-activist and now mayoral candidate, Tyler Allen in the background? You see him there because he was in Frankfort lobbying for our local citizens to have a voice in the bridges project, for FOUR sessions of the General Assembly. Fortunately, Senator Shaughnessy stepped up to the fight in Frankfort, and gave Louisville Metro Council a voice on the authority:



ACT 2: Louisville Metro Council passes R-127-07-09
This was a resolution requesting that the Metro Council not be a part of the process. They basically abdicated their responsibility promised to Louisville voters to an unaccountable "Authority." This resolution was even sponsored by TWO of the current mayoral candidates, David Tandy and Hal Heiner. You can listen to the interesting Transportation committee meeting on the louisville.ky.gov website: LINK.
(CW Ward-Pugh)"...had requested both Resolutions be tabled for two weeks and also have a five-minute video clip "(SEE ABOVE)" be reviewed showing Senator Shaughnessy’s testimony before the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee on June 19, 2009."
(While they let Ward-Pugh show the video, the Committee did not allow the resolution to be tabled)
"Stuart Benson Called the Question, Objection was voiced. Roll Call was requested. To Call the Question:
VOTE RESULTS - For: 4; Against: 2; Abstain: 0; Absent: 1
For: Judy Green, Kenneth C. Fleming, Robin Engel, Stuart Benson
Against: Tom Owen, Tina Ward-Pugh
Absent: Dan Johnson"
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh made a passionate plea for building a public consensus first, yet four councilpersons: Judy Green, Kenneth C. Fleming, Robin Engel, and Stuart Benson took the public voice out of the discussion. And voluntarily surrendered the Metro Council's power.

The resolution went to the Metro Council and they approved it on a voice vote. Did Jim King vote for it? I don't know, it was a voice vote. Why would they do a voice vote on this, btw?

ACT 3. 2010 Louisville Mayoral Election
TBD.
But I'm voting for Tyler Allen. You want to know where he stands on the Bi-State Authority, check out his Courier-Journal editorial interview: LINK Not only is he standing up today for the public will over elitist-interest, he's been involved in doing this for years. Tyler committed to a different kind of decision-making process that is starkly unfamiliar to what we see now. Because an essential element of that process is what YOU have to say.

Disclosure: I work for Tyler Allen for Mayor Campaign.

March 27, 2010

Waterfront Parkway- It's possible.

I heard J.C. Stites present 8664 to a group gathered at the N.P.P. meeting this morning at Joseph's Catholic Church in Butchertown. After his short presentation, it hit me. The only reason more people aren't sold on such a basically simple and beautiful plan, is they haven't been exposed to it.

So below you'll find the videos that illustrate what Louisville will be like with a REAL "Waterfront Parkway." Take 10 minutes out of your day, and check them out, you'll have warm fuzzies for it:



And the best quote I heard today:
"we need to elect people that listen to us."- J.C. Stites,

March 24, 2010

Is this audit going to overshadow my birthday!


Unbelievable audit hit the news today on Jerry Abramson's reign as mayor:
Courier-Journal

But it's my birthday and I'm 41. Does this stress me out? No. Sting is 59 this year and he's still sexy so I'm still cool. However, That I've been counted on 5 U.S. Census reports is a little disturbing.

March 23, 2010

The buck stops with Tyler Allen.

Early this morning Crit Luallen released an audit of the city of Louisville that reveals some disturbing problems. Candidate Tyler Allen held a press conference today at 11 am, and here's a snippet of what he had to say:
..."On my watch this won't be the way things work. We won't be lead by unelected committees designed to shield our elected leaders from responsibility. As your Mayor, I will step up and lead. I will put forth a vision and build a consensus to get things done. The buck will stop with me."

For more info, go to here: LINK

Again, disclosure, I'm on Tyler Allen's Campaign staff as the volunteer coordinator, btw. Which reminds me, if you support Tyler for Mayor, I could use your help at the following events:

Team Tyler Project St. Matthews

Team Tyler F.A.T. Friday
Team Tyler Project Crescent Hill
Team Tyler Easter Parade

Clarke and Loomis

Clarke and Loomis – a Landmark Partnership in Louisville
Lecture by Steve Wiser, AIA and William Scott.
March 24th 5pm.
Admission is $10.00 – includes wine, appetizers and a tour of The Conrad Caldwell House.

Tickets may be purchased at www.conradcaldwell.org or by telephone at (502) 636-5023

See the invite here: LINK

March 21, 2010

FIRE!

While hanging out at Day's Coffee this afternoon working on stuff for school, there was a series of lightening like electrical flashes with noises that were really scary. That resulted in this electrical thing being on fire in the sky. In the rain. It was scary for a moment, then we all went back to normal. I took video of them putting it out, but it is kind of boring. They spray something on it, and it goes out. So instead, here's an image showing you what it was all about:


Also, response time from Louisville Metro Fire and Rescue was lickity-split. Like 3 minutes, tops! Kudo's to you guys! Also, not bad considering I called 311 (out of habit) instead of 911, lol.

March 18, 2010

Tyler Allen & Chris Thieneman

Allen & Thieneman were on myviewmatters talk show this week. Take them and put them in a room with Ed Martin & Ed Springston- I don't have to tell you it was fun. I wrote coverage on it on Tyler Allen Campaign Blog: tylerallenformayor.blogspot.com

BTW- IN THE INTEREST OF TRANSPARENCY AND DISCLOSURE:
I have joined the staff of the TYLER ALLEN FOR MAYOR CAMPAIGN. As I said first last August, Tyler has the passion and vision we need in a mayor and he's proven that he can organize people around his passion and vision. That's why he's my candidate. If you're feelin' froggish, and want to join me in supporting him, here's a place to leap. Join his facebook fanpage:

Tyler Allen on Facebook

March 16, 2010

SPRINGSTON ENDORSED BY TEAMSTERS

Ed Springston, candidate for Kentucky House of Representatives, and co-host of myveiwmatters radio show (that is on Wednesday nights at 1080AM) was endorsed by the Teamsters. Here's a copy of the entire press release...

"SPRINGSTON ENDORSED BY TEAMSTERS

It is with great pleasure that I announce that I have officially been endorsed by Teamsters local #783 for State House of Representatives.

As a member of local unions for most of my life, former Teamster local 89, UAW local 862, and current member of the UFCW, I am uniquely qualified today in understanding the needs of the working families in our community. It has been an honor meeting so many and listening to the concerns that affect us all throughout the community.

As such it is an honor to accept this endorsement on behalf of the working men and women of Teamsters local 783 and the people of District 28.

There is no greater issue before us than the task at hand of helping create jobs that will benefit the working families of District 28, Louisville, and Kentucky as well. I am committed to improving the quality of life for our working families by helping create jobs that pay a fair days wage for a fair days work.

Too many opportunities have been lost in our Louisville and our Commonwealth due to lack of leadership, or lack of will, on behalf of our current elected leaders. While they have sat idly by the working families of Kentucky have paid the price and suffered for the abysmal failures of their "leadership."

I offer my sincerest thanks to the Teamsters for looking forward to the future that is before us and endorsing my candidacy to help change the direction of the substandard leadership that has left the working men and women of our communities behind.

With the problems that we face with low wage, temporary or non existent jobs, healthcare, growth and development, it is time to roll the sleeves up and get to work. It is time to work for the people and not against them.

The challenges are great but they can be overcome. Many thanks to the Teamsters for endorsing my candidacy so I can lead the way.

I look forward to the opportunity to earn your vote and serve you all.

Ed Springston"

March 11, 2010

In the news...

Tyler Allen is having a press conference today where he unveils his strategy for high quality education and workforce development: (LINK)

Broken Sidewalk has done a good job bringing everyone up to date on the Ohio River Bridges Project (NAMBLA). Enjoy the spirited discussion in comments. Someone referred to my facebook campaign to limit tolls as "moral midgetry." FUN. FUN. (LINK)

Curtis Morrison (yes that's me and using 3rd person to talk about myself is kinda of weird and wrong) was a featured in an interview on unitedwestandky.com. Some of his(my?) answers are sure to get me (us?) in trouble. (LINK)

Finally, will someone reveal this mystery to me. Sunday afternoon, I passed a group of people on the corner of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway with signs that said "Free Bunny Hugs!" What's this about anyway, and how come I'm not involved?

March 9, 2010

Oh, my goodness- Americana wins!

The CJ chose to cover the Mayor forum hosted by the Americana Community Center over David Tandy's conflicting event. So should have Tandy because the answers to these questions were really hilarious. The candidates just were not on their game. Dan Klepal wins for covering: LINK TO CJ STORY

I think Shannon White's answer to this one takes the cake though:


"The first question to Democrat Shannon White asked how she would work with the Muslim community to open an Islamic cemetery.
'Oh, my goodness,' White said. 'I think this is the first time I've been stumped.'"

I hardly believe that.

JUST SAY NO to TARC CUTS!

TARC has scheduled a series of public meetings this week. They are scheduled during workdays, presumably to limit attendance.

If there's anyway you can make it down, come say JUST SAY NO to TARC cuts! I'm going to personally try to make the first one at !!AM Tuesday. Here's from the news link on their website:

"TARC is soliciting public comment on the proposals through March 11. Feedback can be sent to TARC by clicking “Contact Us” on the website, or by calling 561-5112. The mailing address is TARC, Union Station, 1000 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40203.

Those wishing to discuss the changes and get more information about how they will be affected are invited to attend public hearings. The days and dates are as follows:

Tuesday, March 9
11 a.m to 1 p.m.
TARC Union Station
1000 W. Broadway

5- 7 p.m.

Americana Community Center
4801 Southside Dr


Wednesday March 10
11 a.m. to 1 p.m
Bon Air Library
2816 Del Rio Place

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Albany - Floyd County Public Library
180 West Spring St
New Albany, IN

5-7 p.m.
East End Government Center
200 Juneau Dr


Thursday March 11

5-7 p.m.
TARC
Union Station
1000 W. Broadway

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations, including the provision of information in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Language translators will also be provided upon request. Please call 561-5112 or 561-5115 with specific information on your needs."

March 8, 2010

Americana or Tandyana?


Tonight will be a test of traditional media outlets in Louisville.

We all know the Americana Community Center is hosting a multilingual mayoral forum tonight in the south end. The CJ’s Dan Klepal even reported it saturday’s paper: LINK.

But also tonight, candidate David Tandy is releasing his education plan: thevillevoice.com Why on earth would he schedule that for the same time? Doesn't he not have a blackberry, or is he just being insensitive? But I digress...

The REAL QUESTION is which event will be covered. Where will the Courier-Journal, WAVE, WLKY, WHAS, LEO Weekly, and WFPL send their folks tonight?:
a) To cover the American event.
b) To cover the Tandyana event.
c) To cover both events.
d) To cover neither event.

Given Tandy's connection to the Abramson-Yarmuth-Courier-Journal-machine, my money is on answer "b" but maybe they'll surprise me!

March 6, 2010

Happy Weekend!

And it sure is beautiful so far! Is your schedule clear? Here's a few ideas:

Saturday: Anne Braden celebration is from 1-4PM! LINK

Sunday:Celebrate International Women's Day at the Americana Community Center. Join Kentucky Health Justice Network for a captivating photography exhibit and a dynamic cross-cultural conversation on reproductive justice. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare is available with advance notice. Please call 544-5396 to reserve childcare.: facebook event link

Oh, and for Monday:
Another Louisville mayor candidate forum! This one at the Americana Community Center:

March 4, 2010

On Kaven Rumpel

Background: Kaven Rumpel is one of four candidates that have filed to run for Louisville's 19th District Metro Council Seat. (That's the seat being abdicated by Hal Heiner so he can focus on losing the Mayor race by doing macho things like not showing up for the People's Forum.) I'm intrigued by Rumpel, because he's a private detective! Yet the question has been brought to my attention on whether he actually lives in District 19? Personally, I don't know why anyone would live that far away from the downtown (District 19 is way over in Eastern Louisville), but I'm feeling kinda Magnum P.I tonight. So let's see what facts we can dig up. Okay, Higgins, we're going to use a time line on this one...

1) 12/03/07 Rumpel donated $500 to the Republican Party of Kentucky, and listed his residence as Mount Washington, KY, a city in Northeast Bullitt County.(OPENSECRETS.ORG)

2) 12/30/09 The address Rumpel gave the County Clerk when he filed was 14505 Fawn Hill Place, Louisville which is a lovely home in Lake Forest that does not belong to him. (Not that I'm judging, I don't own the home I live in either.)(Jefferson Candidate Registry), (PVA)

3) 01/13/10
My friend, Ed Springston vouched that Rumpel was a "retired police detective, Small Business Alliance Vice President, Charitable Gaming spokesman, and lifelong resident of our area."(MYVIEWMATTERS)

4) 02/18/10 WFPL's Gabe Bullard,reported that Rumpel was "a businessman and retired police detective who moved to the district last April." (WFPL)

Long story short-I don't have a reason to believe he didn't move in April. But there's other stuff that concerns me, Higgins...


New Problem #1: Unrelated to Rumpel's residency, his business, Advantage Associates, Inc., with it's 14 "assumed names" is registered as having it's principal office located at 7211 Fegenbush Lane, Louisville. (Secretary of State) Through his ownership of Advantage Associates, Rumpel is President/Owner of K & N Checks Services.(Secretary of State) Now, I've never heard of K & N Checks Services, but they are listed in these directories:
cashadvanceinternet.com, paydayloansfinance.com, and (YIKES!)#56 on payday lending listing directory on courierjournal.com.



According to the Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending (KCRL), "the economic impact of payday lenders is costly in both rural and urban communities. Louisville Metro was home to 132 lenders who collected nearly $27 million in predatory fees in 2008."(KCRL)

New Problem #2: On January 8, 2010, Neil J. Alioto and Mary Jane Alioto, who are now in Maryland, filed suit against Rumpel, Advantage Associates, Inc., and Highview Manor Associates, LLC. I don't know why yet, but according to the Better Business Bureau, Neil Alioto was once secretary/treasurer of Rumpel's Advantage Associates, Inc. (BBB)

Things to give Rumpel Kudo's for:

Rumpel was an Associate Producer of the 2003 film Fake ID, that was made in Louisville. It's sort of edgy that Rumpel, a Republican, was involved in it's production because it's a campy gay film that was designed to parody the stereotypes faced by gays, by portraying a guy in a gay micro-culture coming out of closet as straight. I'm impressed he was involved in this project, btw. The film can be rented at Blockbuster on Bardstown Rd. (I'll return it by Saturday.)

Rumpel is Vice-President of Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome of Kentuckiana, Inc. (Secretary of State)

Rand Paul folks gonna get a Grammy!

The Rand Paul Campaign is releasing more friggin' music videos than Lady Gaga. If Conway is to win this, he is going to need to see if Brittany can get out of her Sony contract,

WAIT! I just remembered. Conway is running for the U.S. Senate. He's not trying to get a Grammy. Calm down, Curtis. Everyone is going to get what they want.

Paul is against a woman's right to make medical decisions concerning her own uterus. Paul is against federally-backed student loans. Where are those lyrics?



Oh, and on the Bunning fiasco, since you guys have your wagon hitched to his now, I had to screen shot this message that says it all from the "Senator Bunning is Right!"-facebook group, a pet project of mine. (Don't judge. It's not any different than having a goldfish pond):

Jimmy John's FAIL

Just happened upon these three postings for delivery drivers at the New Albany, IN Jimmy John's:

Feb 18 - FREAKY FAST Delivery Driver - (New Albany, IN) customer service


Feb 18 - FREAKY FAST Delivery Driver - (New Albany, IN) food/beverage/hospitality

Feb 18 - FREAKY FAST Delivery Driver - (New Albany, IN) transportation


Why do these postings upset me? Well, almost 20 years ago, I was a manager of a little pizza place in New Albany, called Papa John's Pizza. One of our delivery drivers was FREAKY FAST. One afternoon she was so FREAKY FAST that she ran a stop sign on County Line, crossing over Charlestown Road without even slowing down. (Where the light is now at the Walgreens).

When she hit the mini-van, the seat belt could not restrain her. She was thrown from the car and died instantly. She had just graduated from high school. She was only 18 years old. Her name was Jennifer Leep.

It's only food, people. There's no reason to speed.

March 3, 2010

Bowling Green Police Fail


I didn't expect to rant on Bowling Green Police tonight. But then again, I didn't expect one to try to run me down when I was crossing Eastern Parkway with my dog either. Didn't see me? Well, Boomer is 100lbs and a red golden retriever. So not sure how you missed us, but I suspect you weren't paying attention to what you were doing. I know, the city is exciting! But the next time you're on one of these Louisville pleasure trips with taxpayer money, maybe that would be a good idea to pay attention?

Here's the rule, in case anyone is confused. When making a right-hand turn at an intersection, in the United States of America, it's the law to yield to friggin' pedestrians. Not speed up and try to dodge around them. Dumbass.

SPOT-ON-NESS of Conway's first commercial

Jack Conway's first commercial of the 2010 Kentucky Senate race is SPOT-ON:


"We need to cut spending, but not on the backs of the unemployed..."-Conway

March 2, 2010

I'm not your fearless leader, teabagger

Maybe I was nursed on lead-based paint. I confess, I have a history with libertarian behaviors: I read a lot of Ayn Rand in high school, but I never inhaled. Anyway, for a multitude of reasons I won't mention here, I was part of the majority of Americans opposed to the bank bailouts proposed by Paulson, Bush, & McConnell that went through during the '08 election.

One legislator that stood up against those bailouts, was Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning. I've never agreed with him on anything else before, but I did on that decision, that day. Lots of Americans needed bailed out, not banks and certainly not the executives of those banks. Anyway, I thought Bunning was right about that decision, and I'm in Kentucky, so what the hell, I started the facebook group. What harm could come, am I right?:
LINK to facebook group: Senator Bunning is Right!

It mustered up to 60 members right quick, mostly acquaintances of mine, and some libertarians with nothing else to do. (This was before now-candidate Rand Paul hired David Adams to convert libertarians into indentured servants charged only with harassing the Democrats they know.)

Then Bunning does this obstructionist crap last week, where he's going to bat against people that are out of work. Well, hell no, I don't support that decision! I'm not an ass, I care about people.


As Tea-party enthusiasts like Paul and Adams go to rally their minions to support Bunning (pageonekentucky), that has created a bit of a problem for me.

See their minions are going to the new facebook machine to do a search and what do they find, but my old 2008 group, which now has 290, wait now 295, members (most of them from the last 24 hours). See, Bunning's facebook fanpage only has 199 members. He never really hired a techie, I guess. They see "Senator Bunning is Right!" and that's all they need to see. They don't know if he's right about global warming, or where he last left his dentures. And they research no further. Ugh."My" facebook group appears like the legitimate tent for where Bunning-supporters (& Rand-supporters, apparently) can go vent about nasty liberals like myself trying to get something for nothing. Yes, thanks to technology and a contextual misunderstanding, it appears that I have become: a Teabagger Leader.

They are but a flock of clowns that can't seem to find their circus. And I'm not their ringleader. In fact, I'm not only pretty damn liberal, I'm gay. I just hate to burst their little bubbles. They look to be having so much fun on the wall. :/
Suggestions? HELP!

March 1, 2010

We Didn't Mourn, We Organized!


"We Didn't Mourn, We Organized!" is an event planned for this Saturday, March 6, from 1PM-4PM at the NIA Center, 2900 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40211.

From the event's facebook page,

"During her years of anti-racist activism Anne Braden drew upon the strength of a community of women who mentored and inspired her throughout her years of struggle in the justice movement.

These women included Ella Baker, one of the most influential African-American leaders of the Twentieth Century and perhaps the most influential woman in the whole civil rights movement. They also included Esther Cooper Axson, an activist in the 1930s and 40s in Alabama but whom Anne met in later years. And in Louisville she was mentored by Mary Agnes Barnett who was a key leader in the interracial hospital movement and the Progressive Party in the early 1950s.

On March 6, 2010, the anniversary of Anne’s death, the Carl Braden Memorial Center and our community allies will commemorate the life and work of Anne Braden while celebrating Women’s History Month in this intergenerational event. Through storytelling, crafts, and a walk followed by a shared potluck meal we will raise up the connections between each of us, the important women in our lives and the movement we're committed to. These women could include Anne, our mothers, a co-worker, another justice activist or friend.

There are threads that tie us together throughout our history and on this day we will lift up those threads woven by women. We invite you to join us as we creatively celebrate those ties and learn who has inspired and sustained us as we gather strength to continue the struggle against women’s oppression.

(IN THE PHOTOS SECTION BELOW CONSIDER UPLOADING AND SHARING PICTURES OR IMAGES OF WOMEN IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE, THOSE WHO DREW YOU INTO THE STRUGGLE, WHO INSPIRED YOUR PASSION AND COMMITMENT, WHO WERE COURAGEOUS OR WHO SIMPLY LIVED THEIR LIFE WITH DIGNITY AGAINST THE ODDS. ON THE WALL, CONSIDER POSTING COMMENTS ABOUT THOSE OR OTHER WOMEN. )"

Louisville Mayoral Poll!

I'm really eager for some entity to complete a mayoral race poll? TV Station, maybe? I saw one online at historyandissues that hasn't caught on yet, but maybe my gentle readers could change that:

http://www.historyandissues.org/louisville/viewtopic.php?t=1936&postdays=0&postorder=asc&vote=viewresult#topicstart