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"Never before have so few with so much promised to take away so much from so many and then laugh their asses off as the so many with so little vote for the so few with so much."
A Jim Pence Quote
"American Politics, a sport for the rich and enslavement for the rest of us."
A Jim Pence Quote

'Vote, Baby, Vote!'

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 11:47:12 AM EDT

My union buddy W.C. Young would be proud to see the budding voter registration drive in Ferguson, Mo.

I treasure one of his “Vote Baby Vote!” buttons. He had them made as a takeoff on “Burn Baby Burn!” from the Watts riot of 1965.

An African American from Paducah, Ky., Young was a national AFL-CIO and civil rights leader.

Voter participation in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, was just 12 percent in the most recent election, MSNBC’s Steve Benen recently wrote.  “We’re trying to make young people understand that [voting]…is how to change things,’” he quoted a voter drive volunteer.

Ferguson is 67 percent African American. The mayor and five of the community’s half dozen city council members are white. The police department is 94 percent white.       

Benen also quoted the Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s “Politics Nation With Al Sharpton,” who urged the crowd at a Sunday church service, “You all have got to start voting and showing up. 12% turnout is an insult to your children.”

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Razed Mayfield, Kentucky Tire Plant Is A Metaphor For Mitch McConnell's America

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 10:48:56 AM EDT

Sen. Mitch McConnell knows he probably won’t get a lot of union votes on Nov. 4.

Oh, he’ll keep trying to grab as many as he can by pandering to so-called “social issues” like guns.  Neal Knox, a former NRA head, once bragged that the gun issue “is the one thing that will spin the blue-collar union member away from his union." (See “The Right Wing Attack on the American Labor Movement” by Joanne Ricca, who is retired from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

The NRA, which is cozy with anti-union groups like the National Right to Work Committee, has endorsed McConnell. (The NRTWC is in the senator’s corner, too.)

The unions of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, many of whose members are hunters, have endorsed Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who wants McConnell’s job. Meanwhile, McConnell, the supposed gun guy, has yet to accept Grimes’ challenge to meet her on a shooting range.

Anyway, everybody knows that voter turnout almost always goes down for mid-term congressional elections, compared to presidential elections. McConnell hopes a host of Kentuckians who pack union cards will be among those who won’t bother to go to the polls or who haven’t even bestirred themselves to register.

Team Mitch knows the odds: a union member who votes will likely go for Grimes. Thus, McConnell (and other like-minded anti-union candidates) nearly always benefit when union members don’t vote or don’t register to vote.
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Sunday Train: Yet Another Airport Terminal Station Opens on Dallas's Orange Line

by: BruceMcF

Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 21:38:29 PM EDT

YAATS (Yet Another Airport Terminal Station) has opened in Dallas for the "orange line" in the Dallas Area Regional Transit light rail system. This is not at the regional airport Love Field, even though the Orange Line runs directly past Love Field, but at the Dallas / Fort Worth International airport, following completion of a five-mile extension to the western end of the Orange line.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

"Strategically, this is a major accomplishment," said Mayor Mike Rawlings.

It is undoubtedly DART's biggest accomplishment in its 31-year history. The way officials and regional leaders see it, the airport-rail link brims with promise. They say it will dramatically bolster North Texas transit options, attract more conventions and provide a smooth welcome to international visitors.

So lets take the Sunday Train to the airport, below the fold.

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CEO Forks Out Big Bucks After Breakfast With Mitch McConnell In The Capitol Senate Dining Room

by: Hillbilly

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 18:12:16 PM EDT

National Journal
August 20, 2014 Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell's political operation. Read more.
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Mitch McConnell's Public Town Hall Meeting Turns Out To Be A Private Town Hall Meeting!

by: Hillbilly

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 19:49:44 PM EDT

When a Mitch McConnell public town hall meeting, in Leitchfield, KY. August 21, 2014, was advertised on the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce website as being a town hall meeting for the public I didn’t believe it. So I called the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce and they told me it was open to the public and there would be room for about 200 people.

I was happy to hear that because I wanted to attend, with my camera/camcorder, and ask some questions. I arrived there early, after driving 40 miles. I waked in the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce office and asked the lady working there if the event was open to the public and she told me it was. I asked her if I would be allowed to shoot photos and video at the event and she told me she didn’t know.

The town hall meeting was going to be held at the Centre on Main directly behind the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce. It’s actually part of the same building and some folks were already going in. I noticed a young man going in with a tripod and camcorder and within a few minutes he came back out. I asked him if he was going to shoot video of the town hall meeting and he told me Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason told him it was a private meeting. I noticed other people leaving and they were saying the same thing, that Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason had told them that this was a private meeting.

Now I’m getting confused and a little frustrated. So I walk back to the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce office, that’s now full of folks waiting for Senator Mitch McConnell, to try and find out what’s going on and they told me that it is a private event sponsored by the mayor. Really, I thought Senator Mitch McConnell was sponsoring this. In any event see the uncut and unedited video below of us tracking down Mayor William H. Thomason. The video is unedited except for a screenshot of the public invitation.

After talking with Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason I decided to try and capture (see the video below) Senator Mitch McConnell arriving at the public/private (snark) town hall meeting he is hosting, and Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason is sponsoring and all the time I’m thinking no wonder Washington, D.C. is screwed up.

Senator Mitch McConnell arriving at the public/private town hall meeting.

To be honest the day wasn’t a total waste, because there were folks outside protesting Mitch McConnell and Mitch saw them when he pulled in. Click here to view photos of the protesters

 

Video of the protesters.

 

 

 

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Mitch McConnell Town Hall Protest Leitchfield, KY August 21, 2014. Photos And Video.

by: Hillbilly

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 16:27:29 PM EDT

Protesters at a Senator Mitch McConnell's public town hall meeting that turned out to be a private town hall meeting when we tried to get in. Click here to view the photos.

Stay tuned we’ll have more on how Senator Mitch McConnell’s public town hall meeting turned out to be a private town hall meeting.

 

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Congressman Brett Guthrie Announces Seven More KY-2 Town Hall Meetings.

by: Hillbilly

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 03:00:08 AM EDT

Congressman Brett Guthrie is posting his town hall events a few at a time on his Congressional website. Here’s the latest.

September 3, 2014
Bullitt County Town Hall – 6pm EST
Shepherdsville City Hall
634 Conestoga Parkway
Shepherdsville, KY

September 4, 2014
Mercer County Town Hall – 4:30pm EST
Mercer Co. UK Ext Office
1007 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY

Boyle County Town Hall – 6:30pm EST
Danville City Hall
445 West Main Street
Danville, KY

September 22, 2014
Hardin County Town Hall – 5:30pm EST
Hardin County Extension Office
201 Peterson Drive
Elizabethtown, KY

September 23, 2014
Daviess County Town Hall – 5:30pm CST
Owensboro Health’s Café – Meeting Room A
1201 Pleasant Valley Road
Owensboro, KY

September 24, 2014
Warren County Town Hall – 4:30pm CST
Carroll Knicely Conference Center
654 Campbell Lane
Bowling Green, KY

October 7, 2014
Edmonson County Town Hall – 4:00pm CST
Edmonson County Courtroom
110 E. Main Street
Brownsville, KY

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Mitch McConnell To Speak At Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Wednesday August 27th

by: Hillbilly

Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 01:19:55 AM EDT

The Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce will host a Special Chamber Luncheon, Sponsored by CARTOWN KIA, on Wednesday August 27th at the RJ Corman Hanger. The featured speaker is Senator Mitch McConnell.
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Congressman Brett Guthrie Announces Six More KY-2 Town Hall Meetings.

by: Hillbilly

Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 13:11:05 PM EDT

Congressman Brett Guthrie is posting his town hall events a few at a time on his Congressional website. Here’s the latest.

August 26, 2014
Green County Town Hall – 4:30pm CST
Green County Extension Office
298 Happyville Road
Greensburg, KY

Barren County Town Hall – 7pm CST
Community Room at TJ Samson Pavilion
310 N. L Rogers Wells Boulevard
Glasgow, KY

August 27, 2014
Washington County Town Hall – 4:30pm EST
St. Catharine College – the Hamilton Building
2735 Bardstown Road
St. Catharine, KY

Nelson County Town Hall – 6:30pm EST
Civic Center
317 S 3rd Street
Bardstown, KY

August 28, 2014
Hancock County Town Hall – 6:30pm CST
Lewisport Volunteer Department
590 Old Mill Road
Lewisport, KY

August 29, 2014
Spencer County Town Hall – 4pm EST
Spencer County Fiscal Court Building
18 East Main Street
Taylorsville, KY

 

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Gene Nettles Letter To The Editor: Of Donkeys, Jennys And Jacks

by: Hillbilly

Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 07:00:00 AM EDT

Letter To The Editor
By Gene Nettles Hickman, Ky.

Of Donkeys, Jennys And Jacks

A major change occurred in Kentucky just a few years ago. For 350 years  the population had been rural, the change came when city and environs populations out numbered others. Often we long for a return to simpler times, times when neighbors were neighborly and all were alike in eking a living from farming. Forgotten are the callouses, sweat and blisters. Farm folks knew animals quite well, even the smallest tyke knew the difference between a donkey and a jack. Girls knew from experience that an old jack  was likely to bite or kick them. They little understood the vendetta the jack showed in singling them out. Times change but old jacks, such as the one we send to Washington,continue to bite and kick females. Just ask Ms. Ashley.

The old jack has an affinity for coal, we have his word on that. Unfortunately he does not share this affinity equally with miners and mine owners. He cozies up to the Kentucky Coal Association—a group of twenty two coal mine owner members such as Peabody Energy, Alliance, and Patriot---it is not surprising that there are no coal miners in their list of members as annual dues are as much as $12,000. This is the bunch who has foisted on Kentuckians the impression that they somehow represent miners. The results are 50,000 license plates with the motto “FRIENDS of COAL” when it should read “FRIENDS OF COAL BIG MONEY.” We have really been snookered. Miners deserve better.

The old jack has been a denier or negligent or an idiot to have sat on his rump in D.C. eating carrots fed to him by big money. Two decades of forecasts for diminished coal use, mining and burning with an attendant residual effects that are clearly harmful to children and other living things are not state secrets. A powerful jack could have used his influence to legislate retraining, education, and job opportunities for displaced miners. A diligent jack would have made an all out push to make “clean coal” clean. The exact opposite of concern for miners has been reported by Kentucky.com in pointing out the “tag team” nature  seemingly existed between the old jack and his jenny. Any undesired coal action that got by the jenny could be buttonholed by the jack or simply kicked clean out of the pasture.

As chief overseer of for mine safety and health the jenny took a “relaxed” attitude in regulating coal mines according to reports per Kentucky.com. The old jack denied any interface with the jenny concerning mine oversight---what a horrible admission for an imitation champion of coal miners to make. Why did he not get out the buggy whip and get after the jenny to do the utmost to protect miners?

The old jack is now like all old jacks, crafty, sly, self aggrandizing, and  often  will bite and kick without purpose. He should be harnessed to a farm wagon, replete with a license plate reading”BIG COAL MONEY'S BEST FRIEND”, and confined to roam around the pasture, not needing to be “fixed” because he has done this to himself as reparation for his misdeeds  to Kentuckians and especially miners.  Unfortunately he will not be around to witness the misery, mayhem, and suffering that will come, the fruit of the seeds sown by  a jack who once wore the chief obstructionist crown.

Gene Nettles
Hickman, Ky
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