December 5, 2012

What A Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar

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Sen. Rand Paul made his usual lap around Fox News programs last week, declaring his square GOP colleagues are close to turning his party into a dinosaur with their stodgy white orthodoxy. While we’ll tip our cap to Paul’s call for liberalizing drug laws, we can’t take such words seriously from a man who wants to criminalize abortion on the federal level, even in cases of rape, not to mention that whole Civil Rights Act thing.

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What would it take for Charlie Strong to piss off his devoted flock of Cards football faithful? Answer: insulting fans, lauding Big Blue Nation, and refusing to say whether he plans to remain at U of L. But given Strong’s press conference train wreck came on the heels of wrapping up a 10-2 season that ended with a spot in the Sugar Bowl, fans will likely forgive and forget.

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It seems city lawmakers from both parties find Mayor Fischer’s plan to hire a new director for violence prevention wasteful, unnecessary, and a bureaucratic response to a complex problem. Councilman Kelly Downard (R-16) told WFPL: “The whole job description sounds like it was written by somebody who just wanted to use adjectives, but not any concrete experience.” Meanwhile, Attica Scott (D-1) believes more street-level outreach must occur. Bickering over violence prevention. Oh, the irony …

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Telenut Pat Robertson took a week off from blaming gay people for hurricanes and tornado victims for not praying hard enough to say something considerably less insane: The earth is much more than 6,000 years old, and “The Flintstones” wasn’t a documentary. Fortunately, this means Robertson isn’t crazy enough for Gov. Beshear to give him $43 million in tax breaks to build an ark.

World-classness: -6