August 31, 2012

Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson's daughter being kind of ridiculous at Republican National Convention



Dear Republican Party,
Awkward questions. Why are your owners afraid of transparency?
Love, Me

August 24, 2012

Frank Campisano earns award as Louisville's 'Asshole of the Day'

The C-J has a fascinating interview with the courageous Savannah Dietrich: Savannah Dietrich 'offended' and 'infuriated' by statements from defendant's attorney  My hat's off to C-J & Jason Riley on this. The community, the country, good people far and wild, are behind you, Ms. Dietrich. Make no mistake.



But not everyone is. The C-J story gave an opportunity for yet another Louisville attorney, Frank Campisano, to show his ass by being the next old White guy to "blame the victim." I understand from a mutual friend that Campisano is generally a nice guy, but that's not going to excuse his misstep being used to demonstrate what not to do:

LMPD Sergeant Chad M. Cunningham blames racial profiling on kids doing vandalism

Louisville's Sergeant Chad M. Cunningham has offered his insights on why the LMPD still makes unapologetic routine traffic stops based on racial profiling:
"...If they (the LMPD) try to do the right thing and at least check thing out, then they are doing it to mess with people. The kids vandalizing downtown are causing 1,000's of dollars worth of damage."

August 13, 2012

Louisville's 2012 Camping Ban


The recent 2012 Camping Ban against Louisvillians, passed unanimously by Louisville Metro City Council (23-0; 3 were absent) on July 26, 2012, was really just a fig leaf, designed to criminalize being homeless, and a declaration of war against Occupy Louisville. The Camping Ban was initiated out of Greg Fischer's office... 

August 11, 2012

LOUISVILLE BILKED IN BID-RIGGING SETTLEMENT

AG CONWAY - ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL or IN BED WITH THE BANKS?
    In recent months, hundreds of American municipalities have been receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement funds from many of the world's largest investment banks. The guilty institutions, which include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase, among many more, admit  that between 1998 and 2008 they were conspiring to defraud millions of United States taxpayers through their rigging of public auctions,which sell municipal financial derivatives products. Instead of banks making their best offer and having to compete for these lucrative contracts, they were carving up the market, and sticking cities with whatever terms they pleased.

August 9, 2012

HIV is Not a Crime

I had the good fortune to watch HIV is Not a Crime at community forum tonight that included Sean Strub, the maker of the documentary. Strub told me he has a Kentucky connection, some of you may remember him from the early '80's when he was with the Kentucky Democratic Party? Now he lives in New York, but he's from Iowa. His video is only 8 minutes. Watch it now.


Nick Rhoades, from the film,  was on the panel, too.  Had the good fortune of sitting by him at pizza afterward. I won't lie, he's dreamy. Other great people on the panel: Randy Mayer & Tami Haught. Tami was also at dinner. Meeting so many amazing people in Iowa.

 I might stay here. Hmmm. Louisville, sans Curt? Can you handle it?


August 8, 2012

Fairness Campaign updates on Chick-fil-A and Ky Farm Bureau


Chick-fil-A & KY Farm Bureau Flock Together

Dear Curtis,

If you didn't already know, Kentucky Farm Bureau is the largest Kentucky company actively advocating for discrimination. Much like Chick-fil-A, which has donated millions to anti-LGBT causes, Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation lobbies against Fairness issues in the Kentucky and federal legislatures on behalf of the 500,000 families who have purchased their insurance. Most of those families have no idea their dollars go to oppose lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens, unionized labor, a woman's right to choose, comprehensive sex education in our schools, and more.

You may download a petition for you and your friends that includes a list of Kentucky Farm Bureau's discriminatory policies by clicking here. Then, join us at the Kentucky State Fair by volunteering at our Fairness booth or attending one of our Kentucky Farm Bureau actions listed below to call out their discriminatory policies!

Criminal Conspiracy Exposes Louisville To Massive Wall Street Fraud

(8/9/12 10:30 am Editor's note: The author of this piece, Jesse Garrido, will be speaking about this issue at tonight's Metro Council meeting.)

    It's no secret that Louisville's Metropolitan Sewer District has been plagued in recent years by a series of corruption scandals. Thankfully, Mayor Greg Fischer has already taken all of the bold steps necessary to "clean up" MSD, right?

Marty Meyer calls those opposing landmarks revision term coined by Ayn Rand

Marty Meyer, Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates legislative aide,  is not happy about the editorial in today's Courier-Journal regarding the efforts of the Metro Council to overturn Mayor Greg Fischer's veto of landmarks amendment. How unhappy is he?

He's letting his Ayn Rand show through. Yeah, when Democrats do that, it's rare and embarrassing. Meyer pleas with council members not to be swayed by what Ayn Rand coined a "well organized minority." Of course, Rand was referring to Nazis and Communists.

From Ayn Rand's 1941 open letter called To All Fifth Columnists:

August 7, 2012

August 5, 2012

Greetings from Iowa

Hey Louisville peeps. I really am gone. Thank you for all the outpouring of love (and money for my stuff) on my way out of town. I've landed in Ames, Iowa. A mostly-quiet, extremely quaint, college town north of Des Moines, and on the southeast corner of Iowa's new 4th Congressional District. Btw, look how neat and square counties in Iowa are.

So thoughts on Louisville thoughts I need to get out now I've been gone a week: