I was asked recently why anyone would read blogs when they can get all the news from the mainstream media. My answer was that the blogs sometimes beat the mainstream media to the story.
Here’s an example from today’s Herald Leader.
FRANKFORT — A workers' compensation agency paid about $510,000 to a private financial adviser rather than using state-employed advisers, as the law requires, state Auditor Crit Luallen said Friday.
This looks a lot like what we published last Tuesday.
The Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Funding Commission spent over a half a million dollars in violation of Kentucky law and they sort of promise not to do it again
As a matter of fact we published it three days before the Auditor made the announcement.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Funniest thing I read in the paper today:
Frank Rich in his column in the New York Times, comments on Mitt Romney:
“his public image as an otherworldly visitor from an Aqua Velva commercial circa 1985.”
Most disturbing thing I read in the paper today:
For the second year in a row, the House has overwhelmingly approved expanding the protective order law.
HB 35 was approved 93-3 on Feb. 8. (Lexington voters, take note. Rep. Stan Lee cast one of the three House votes against protecting single women.)
Stan Lee is my State Representative. Stan has regularly won office with substantial majorities; it chills me to think that most of my neighbors agree with him.
I'm at a loss understanding how a father with a young daughter could vote against this bill, what the hell was he thinking?
For my “How Clueless Can You Get Moment”, while reading the paper today:
I’m not big on political correctness, and I had ancestors that were horse thieves on both sides of the Civil War. I know the marchers in Alabama like to romanticize the “War of Northern Aggression”. But what were these people thinking? Are they really this tone deaf? This is not a reenactment this is political commentary.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Confederate descendants and re-enactors dressed in soldiers' uniforms and hoop skirts marched down the main avenue in Montgomery on Saturday to mark the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
They started at a fountain where slaves were once sold, past the church that Martin Luther King Jr. led during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and ended at the Capitol steps, where Alabama's old and modern history often collide.
Here is the really disturbing part:
SCV member Randy Beeler said he drove from Paducah, Ky., to "send a message the war was fought over states' rights. Slavery was an issue, but it was not the main issue."
Just like today, there are just issues like how to pollute the environment, deny health care, and bust unions and it is all really about states’ rights.
Sometimes states’ rights aren’t such a good idea.