What A Week
Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar
Occupiers are determined to keep pitching tents in public (not like that, you sick freak): With Occupy Louisville’s special event permit now expired, the city refuses to issue a new one allowing overnight camping in downtown Founder’s Square Park. For hardcore demonstrators this begs the question: What’s the point of Occupy if you can’t do just that? Attorneys for protestors have filed an injunction against the city and will be in court this week. Taking on the establishment? Fighting for free speech? We like this rabble-rousing turn of events.
In a shocking surprise to those who are used to being underwhelmed by him, Gov. Steve Beshear came out forcefully against the University Hospital/Jewish Hospital/St. Mary’s Healthcare merger, actually citing the “reproductive issues” that the religious entity would have on the public institution and its care for patients. When Americans United for Separation of Church and State high-fives Gov. Ark Park, you just have to savor that moment.
Minutes after being sworn into office as Kentucky’s new secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes compared herself to the most accomplished political figure in Kentucky’s history, Alben Barkley. Grimes — who said she would follow in the footsteps of former Gov. Martha Lane Collins after her primary victory — is talented and has the potential to do great things. But that kind of ego-trip should probably wait until you’ve held public office for at least a few days.
For Cards basketball fans, 2011 ended not with a bang, but a whimper: On New Year’s Eve, UK defeated U of L at Rupp Arena, 69-62. And it was ugly, even from the vantage point of Wildcat Country (or so we hear). All told, the teams turned the ball over a combined 35 times, committed 52 fouls, and hit a sorry 37 of 119 field goals. The Cards drop to No. 11 in the AP poll; Cats climb one spot to No. 2.