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Bunning Headed to the Showers?

[ 0 ] January 22, 2009 |

Looks like Jim Bunning may be getting the hook:

Some Republicans are privately urging Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) to step down at the end of his term amid growing concerns that he can’t win reelection in 2010.

According to two GOP sources, leading Republican fundraisers in Kentucky are hesitant to raise money for Bunning and have told him he should not seek a third term.

“They want him to realize he’s had a good run but that it’s time to move on. These people want to win, and they realize he could easily lose this seat,” said one leading Kentucky Republican operative who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

Not terribly shocking, given that I’ve lived in Kentucky for almost four years and have never heard anyone (even Republicans) say anything nice about the august Senator. Indeed, the only thing I find surprising is that Bunning apparently still has fans…


"Trust me. It was an important game."

[ 0 ] January 10, 2009 |

This is funny. However, I feel confident in asserting that the AutoZone Liberty Bowl was substantially superior in this respect to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, where UK played in 2006 and 2007.

Ht Evan.

Go Cats!

[ 0 ] January 3, 2009 |

Hostility to the SEC aside, I am obligated to cheer for the Wildcats. Go Cats! Beat the Pirates! Or at least escort them to a suitable third country for prosecution!

Shifting the Boundaries of the Acceptable

[ 0 ] December 4, 2008 |

Loomis, in reference to a post at the NYT’s green blog:

After taking Bank of American executives on a helicopter tour of mountaintop removal sites, the NRDC convinced the bank to stop funding such projects. In an atmosphere where Bush is implementing all sorts of new rules allowing for mountaintop removal to expand and dump its soils into rivers and creeks around southern Appalachia, new, aggressive strategies are necessary. This is such a reprehensible practice and the only way it survives is because nobody sees the incredible damage to the landscape it causes. If you can take away the funding for these projects by exposing people in power to these hellish operations, you can go a long ways toward putting a stop to it.

On a slightly different topic, it’s nice to see that the anti-transit ideologues in the Bush administration can no longer strike fear into the hearts of men, thus allowing the Silver Line to go forward:

State and airport officials have been careful to temper their enthusiasm about the project’s chances for approval because it came so close to extinction early in the year. Their caution also reflects the widely held view that politics and ideology played a role in the project’s problems within the Federal Transit Administration and the Department of Transportation. Leaders in Virginia have sought to avoid alienating administration officials who didn’t believe in the value of such an enormous public investment in transit… Moran said the national credit crisis probably helped the project’s chances, because it “dried up” interest among private purchasers who had been eyeing the toll road. “But more importantly,” he said, “the ideologues in the administration have given up.”


[ 0 ] November 15, 2008 |

This is pathetic. Next year, I expect UK will schedule several high school teams to open the season. That said, they did rebound from a similarly embarrassing loss last year.

KY Race Tied in Internal DemCherry Picked Poll

[ 0 ] November 3, 2008 |

Yeah, yeah, I know; probably about as reliable as the “tie” that Rick Davis sees in Iowa. Nevertheless…

Word from the Lunsford campaign is that someone is robocalling in the late hours pretending to be from the Dems. Hardly surprising or unexpected, but still slimy.

…adjusted; the numbers cited weren’t internal, but rather were the most optimistic of recent polling.

Somebody Went There…

[ 48 ] October 31, 2008 |

Ahem. And ahem.

To my understanding, Mitch McConnell’s sexual orientation has been rather an open secret in the Kentucky political establishment. I tend to think that if gay Republicans maintain what amounts to a civilized stance on gay issues, then they deserve their privacy. If they dedicate their careers to making things really difficult for other gays and lesbians, then I don’t have a lot of sympathy. McConnell’s position on these questions isn’t as bad as some (he’s never, as far as I know, demagogued the issue), but it’s not good, either.

All that said, the ads linked above are pretty goddamn ugly. They do not in any manner or fashion put the drive for GLBT civil rights in a good light; in fact, just the opposite. While pointing out hypocrisy on this issue is always rather awkward, it can be done in a way that doesn’t rely on homophobia to make the point. I certainly hope that Bruce Lunsford had nothing to do with the ads. There’s no immediate reason to think that he did; AFSCME sponsored the radio version.

Bad Day at the UK

[ 0 ] October 29, 2008 |


University of Kentucky police are investigating who hung an effigy of Democrat Sen. Barack Obama from a tree on the Lexington campus Wednesday morning.

UK President Lee Todd said that UK police have notified federal authorities of the incident. Todd said a professor saw the effigy on the tree near the Rose Street parking garage across from the Mining and Mineral Resources building this morning and called police. The professor then sent Todd an email notifying him of the incident.

UK police took down the effigy and have it as evidence, Todd said. He called the act “deplorable” and says that type of behavior is not tolerated on UK’s campus.

The effigy apparently had a mask of Obama on it and there was reportedly a noose around the effigy’s neck, Todd said.

President Todd and the administration have been very open about the incident, and seem to be handling it as well as could be hoped.

Lunsford Remains Within Striking Distance

[ 3 ] October 20, 2008 |

Bruce Lunsford stays close to McConnell.

This Would Be Nice…

[ 12 ] September 23, 2008 |

We can always hope:

Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford has closed to within a statistical tie with Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell in their U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll by SurveyUSA released Tuesday.

With six weeks remaining until election day, McConnell, the Senate minority leader, now holds a 49%-46% lead over Lunsford, which is within the poll’s 3.9% margin of error. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released six weeks ago, Lunsford is up six points, McConnell is down three.

I’m tentatively scheduled to have a conversation on foreign and security policy with Bruce Lunsford for LGM in a couple weeks; will keep you updated.

Appalachia on Al-Jazeera

[ 0 ] May 22, 2008 |

Check out especially the interview with a coal miner about 2:15 in:

The white people has put the negroes in the back of the bus for years, and if we’re not careful we’re gonna be in the back of the bus and they’re gonna be in the front.

That’s interesting, and suggests an answer to why whites in Appalachia are so much more resistant to voting for Obama than anywhere else; it’s driven by economic insecurity, and by what amounts to perceived competition between two economic underclasses. That’s really not such a shocking interpretation, but it is one, I think, that you’re less likely to see from an American news source than from Al-Jazeera.

Via Barefoot and Progressive.

Where are the Degenerate Gamblers?

[ 12 ] May 2, 2008 |

Not at the track, according to Tim McClelland. From my accumulated experience at Keeneland this sounds about right; betting on the horses is wholly incidental to the Keeneland experience. It helps, I think, that Keeneland is only open for six weeks a year, which tends to give it event status. The main attraction is simply to see and be seen; if you happen to drop $2 on a 30-1 glue factory candidate, all the better.

Also, I’m still bitter that the 11-1 that I bet on last Thursday lost by a nose…

…Oh, and as for the Derby tomorrow; hell, I have no idea. How about this:

1. Colonel John
2. Z Fortune
3. Tale of Ekati

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