Tuesday, September 15, 2009

In Memoriam: Patrick Swayze

Actor Patrick Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer yesterday. He was only 57. Among his films: Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and Next of Kin, which was filmed in part in Eastern Kentucky. Pray for his family during this sad time. Post your thoughts in the comments section.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

NFL Kickoff Open Thread

The NFL season begins tonight. The big stories this year: Brett Favre to the Minnesota Vikings, several new coaches, and the potential for more TV blackouts. Post your thoughts on the new season. Keep it civil and clean.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Report: Billy Gillispie Checks Into Rehab Facility

Shocked, but not surprised that Billy G would check into rehab. Your thoughts?

WKYT: Billy Gillispie Checks Into Rehab Facility

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Open Thread

What are your plans for Labor Day Weekend? Discuss them here in this open thread.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tropical Storm Claudette

Tropical Storm Claudette has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. As of 2pm ET, the winds were at 50 mph. Warnings have been issued from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River on the Florida Panhandle. While winds are a big threat, the biggest threat appears to be flooding rains.

Latest models seem to indicate that the remnants of Claudette will affect Kentucky on Tuesday and Wednesday, which could raise the potential for flash flooding. I will post updates if needed.

UPDATE on Monday at 5:55am ET: Claudette made lanfall overnight near Fort Walton Beach. It is barely a storm with winds of 40 mph. Claudette's remnants will affect Kentucky beginning tomorrow (Tuesday). Combined with a cold front, there is potential for flooding and heavy rain later this week.

UPDATE at 9:46am ET: Claudette has been downgraded to a tropical depression with winds of 35 mph. One person in Florida has been reported dead with one other person missing.

Friday, July 17, 2009

In Memoriam: Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite, former anchor of the CBS Evening News and the most trusted man in America, died tonight at the age of 92. To remember his legacy and the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, here are two clips of Cronkite's coverage of the historic day on July 20, 1969:

Evening Trio--7/17/09

Courier-Journal: N.C. superintendent named new Ky. education czar

Wall Street Journal: Yahoo Shares Rise On Fresh 'Microhoo' Deal Reports

Canadian Press: Singer-songwriter Diana Jones finds her family and her calling in Appalachians

Morning Trio--7/17/09

Bloomberg: Ritz, Marriott Hotels in Jakarta Hit by Bombings

BBC: The Pope breaks his wrist in fall

Albert Mohler: The Bishop Discovers Heresy?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Evening Trio--7/14/09

Wall Street Journal: Hatch Questions Sotomayor on Gun Rights

Bloomberg News: Madoff Sent to N.C. Prison to Begin 150-Year Sentence

Broadcasting & Cable: Sinclair Eyes Chapter 11 (Sinclair Broadcast Group is the parent of Central Kentucky Fox affiliate WDKY.)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Evening Trio--7/4/09

BBC: Calm urged after N Korea missiles

L.A. Times: Statue of Liberty crown reopens for Fourth of July

Fox News: Author Aims to Solve 1969 Kentucky Murder Mystery, Wants Body Exhumed for DNA

Text of the Declaration of Independence

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A Declaration By the Representatives of the United states of America, In general Congress assembled.

When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the Present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People; unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.

He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.

He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.

He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislature.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:

For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule in these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Powers to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.

He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic Insurrections among us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress,
John Hancock, President.

Charles Thomson, Secretary.

Morning Trio--7/4/09

BBC: North Korea missile tests defy UN

Fox News: Palin's Resignation Has Many Asking, What Next?

Courier-Journal: Kentucky school chief finalists named

Monday, June 29, 2009

Exposing the Lies of Westboro

"Price is Right" host and comedian Drew Carey exposes the lies and heresy of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church at his new blog. Drew mentions a video that features the church choir singing "God Hates the World."

Perhaps Westboro's members should read their Bibles more often, especially John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV; emphasis mine)

Evening Trio--6/29/09

Voice of America: Iran Confirms Ahmadinejad Win After Partial Vote Recount

Bloomberg News: Madoff Shows No Emotion as Judge Orders 150-Year Sentence

Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Rules For White Firefighters

Morning Trio--6/29/09

BBC: Iran frees five from UK embassy

AP via Washington Post: Honduran military ousts president ahead of vote

Fox News: 'Infomercial King' Billy Mays Found Dead in Home

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Red Alert: Iran's Election Results

From www.stratfor.com:

The Iranian election is currently in turmoil. Both Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi are claiming to be ahead in the vote. Preliminary results from the presidential vote show Ahmadinejad leading; Iranian Election Commission chief Kamran Danesho held a press conference at 11:45 p.m. local time and announced that with some 20 percent of the votes counted, the president was leading with 3,462,548 votes (69.04 percent), while his main challenger, Mousavi, had 1, 425,678 (28.42 percent). Sources tell STRATFOR that these preliminary numbers pertain to the votes from the smaller towns and villages, where the president has considerable influence, as he has distributed a lot of cash to the poor.

However, Iran’s state-run Press TV is saying that only 10 million of 24 million votes, or around 42 percent of the vote, have been counted. At the same time, they are also claiming that 69 percent of the vote has been counted. Obviously the numbers are not adding up, and the agencies themselves appear to be in chaos.

Prior to the announcement of the results, Mousavi held a press conference in which he said he was the winner of the election. The opposition camp is greatly concerned about fraud, and STRATFOR has been told that Mousavi has vowed to resist any fraud, even if it entails taking to the streets. This means there is considerable risk of unrest should Ahmadinejad emerge as the winner. But so far there is no evidence that the government is mobilizing security forces to deal with any such eventuality.

The situation is being monitored carefully, as it is potentially explosive.

Evening Trio--6/12/09

L.A. Times: U.N. Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Washington Post: Congress Sends Obama Bill to Regulate Tobacco

WYMT: Flooding in Pike County

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Big Blow for Brown and the European Left

British PM Gordon Brown's Labour Party, already reeling from the MPs' expenses scandal, suffered major losses in the European Parliament elections. Other leftists suffered in this weekend's elections. Europeans disillusioned by the recession flocked to the right. While legit law-and-order mainstream conservatives prevailed, the whites-only, anti-immigrant British National Party won two seats. People who voted for those two seats voted for hatred and false conservatism.

Wiki Wars

The New York Times describes the Wikipedia Arbitration Committee, the "court of last resort" for the user-edited encyclopedia, which I have edited over 23,000 times:

Link By Link - The Wars of Words on Wikipedia’s Outskirts - NYTimes.com

Evening Trio--6/7/09

Voice of America: More Bodies Recovered From Air France Crash in Atlantic

Courier-Journal: Public corruption has found a home in Clay County

NY Times: Federer Completes Career Grand Slam, Winning Elusive French Title

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Evening Trio--5/27/09

Christian Science Monitor: Can Moscow stop North Korea’s nuclear march?

AP via Fox News: Kentucky's Fort Campbell Stands Down to Combat High Suicide Rate

Lexington Herald-Leader: Leaks detected at Blue Grass Army Depot


PRAY for my dad, who is in the Whitesburg hospital with pneumonia. I will update when necessary.

UPDATE at 4:44pm: Update on Dad: He is still in ER on oxygen. Doctors now saying that they are not sure if it is really pneumonia. More updates as soon as I can receive them.

UPDATE at 9:51pm: Dad has pneumonia and will remain in the hospital through the weekend. Continue to PRAY for him.

UPDATE on Sunday at 11:44am: Just came back from seeing Dad. He will remain in hospital until Tuesday or Wednesday. Lungs are better, but there are kidney issues. PRAY.

UPDATE on Wednesday at 8:11am: Praise God...Dad is coming home from the hospital. More details soon.

UPDATE on Wednesday at 1:04pm: Dad is finally home...still having some stomach issues, but is well enough to be out of the hospital. Continue to PRAY for his recovery.

Morning Trio--5/27/09

NY Daily News: Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, made her mark in baseball

L.A. Times: China debates its bond with North Korea

Boston Herald: Star power aplenty in Champions League showdown