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June 5, 2013

What A Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar

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The ACLU published another white privilege update in a new report this week, showing that despite comparable usage rates with whites, African-Americans are almost four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, and six times more likely in Kentucky. Meanwhile, we’ll continue wasting billions throwing people in jail instead of taxing and regulating it.

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Last week, Sen. Mitch McConnell released his newest Hollywood campaign video, which paints himself as a Guy Fawkes-esque Liberty hero battling Obama’s bloodthirsty effort to repress his political enemies, directly comparing the president to Richard Nixon. Nevermind that McConnell is merely championing the ability of groups to spend unlimited amounts of secret money in campaigns, has no evidence linking Obama to the IRS controversy, and is a doppelganger for Tricky Dick.

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The Arena Authority recently boasted about how much money is now pouring into the Yum! Center since they ditched the dead weight of the Kentucky State Fair Board, but their newly released 2012 financial statements aren’t as rosy. Event revenue dropped by 43 percent last year, and net assets dwindled 42 percent over two years. If TIF revenue doesn’t pick up and the city’s $10 million annual payment isn’t enough to make debt payments, hold onto your wallet.

Sen. Mike Wilson, Republican chair of the state Senate’s Education Committee, wrote an op-ed denouncing the new science standards of the National Research Council because they dared to recommend teaching students the evils of evolution and climate change. The Kentucky Board of Education will vote on whether to adopt the standards this week, and we can only hope they give the creationist evangelists of the Louisville Area Christian Educator Support more to scream about.

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