What A Week
Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar
Following up on his blank, pissy stare when asked about his three votes against the Violence Against Women Act, Sen. Mitch McConnell finally was able to blurt out some words last week. Unfortunately, those words were a blatant lie, as he claimed to support a “stronger” version of VAWA. That sounds better than his explanation in February, that it “could strip people of their constitutional rights.” Dangerous, violent men, we’re guessing?
In the wake of news that his co-author and Senate staffer is a neo-Confederate John Wilkes Booth fanboy, Sen. Rand Paul said that he has “zero tolerance” for anyone who discriminates, including based on sexual orientation. Those words might have come across as more genuine if he hadn’t also voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — outlawing just that — on the very same day. Is he being sarcastic again, or does he think you’re stupid?
Kentucky Shakespeare abruptly cancelled its run of “Twelfth Night” last week after producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway’s wife, an actor in the production, received an emergency protective order against her husband following alleged threats and harassment. Dunaway has rightly resigned from his post, effective immediately. The ordeal is a tragedy for the family involved and an unfortunate incident for the nonprofit theater company whose free productions in Old Louisville are a summertime staple.
Steven Pettaway was sentenced to 55 years in prison for murdering Troya Sheckles to prevent her from testifying in another trial. According to The Courier-Journal, Judge Angela McCormick Bisig denied his attorneys’ pleas for leniency, saying that murdering a trial witness was one of the most serious crimes. The hefty sentence is just for the 21-year-old, who, in an act that could be straight out of “The Wire,” gunned down Sheckles in broad daylight at Shelby Park four years ago.