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March 27, 2013

What A Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar

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The long era of oppression for Kentucky Christians has finally ended thanks to the General Assembly overriding Gov. Beshear’s veto of HB 279, known as the “religious freedom” bill. Thousands of political prisoners — convicted on charges ranging from praying in public to wearing crucifixes — were released from jail last night. In addition, Larry Forgy — the Baptist leader exiled to Ohio following his 1999 gubernatorial “defeat” — has returned to Frankfort to assume power. Under the new law, Catholics will no longer be legally forced to wear condoms or wear the ceremonial “feedbag of ground beef” on Fridays during lent.

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In a Politico story this week, several Democratic strategists trashed the viability of an Ashley Judd Senate candidacy and pushed a potential new challenger to face Mitch McConnell: a 17-pound chunk of coal. Strategist Dale Emmons claimed that unlike Judd, the chunk of coal has lived in Kentucky approximately 250 million years, is not a Hollywood elitist, and “is not just a friend of coal, but family.”

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Frankfort’s General Assembly ended this week with typical bipartisan spirit in order to meet the pressing needs of Kentucky, nearly unanimously passing a fair redistricting map, fully funded pension reform, tax reform that creates new revenue streams to restore needed services, and the legalization of hemp. These folks are certainly earning their paychecks!

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Sen. Rand Paul ended a 20-hour “filibuster” of sorts on Tuesday, occupying the toilet in the Senate chamber’s men’s room to protest the new energy efficient commode that was about to be installed. The toilet protest sparked a firestorm of support on social media, with the hashtag #PoopWithRand trending worldwide.

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