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November 20, 2013

What a Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar

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Last week, the Sierra Club and KFTC mocked the empty “War on Coal” rhetoric of Kentucky politicians, saying the coal industry’s future is bleak and eastern Kentucky must look beyond coal to develop a new economy for their future. No, wait, Kentucky commissioner of agriculture and future 2015 Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer said that! Let’s see if Comer’s refreshing honesty rubs off on McConnell, Paul, Grimes and Rogers … but don’t hold your breath.

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Continuing his shocking second term of making bold, progressive statements and actions, Gov. Steve Beshear announced he will allow spouses of LGBT National Guard members to apply for federal marriage benefits. State representative and professional homophobe Stan Lee, R-Lexington, decried Beshear’s move as an unconstitutional act of Satan, because, as we all know, God blesses the troops who put their lives on the line for our country, except for the icky gay ones.

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More working-age adults in Louisville — about 41.3 percent — have college degrees than ever before, according to a progress report released by 55,000 Degrees this week. That’s good news, even if the rate of growth isn’t on pace to meet the goals set by the initiative. The bad news is too many of those degree-earners are leaving the city, likely drawn away either by the sweet stench of more competitive wages or forced to because their degree doesn’t match the city’s employment needs.

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Dozens of tornadoes touched down in the Midwest over the weekend, causing millions of dollars in damage, killing at least eight people and scaring the bejeebers out of countless others. It’s too early to be hiding in our basements out of fear of weather monsters. It’s also too early for Christmas music and decorations. Bah humbug!

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