Thursday, August 18, 2005

First, the news...

On August 15th, the Kentucky Veterans for Progress announced their formation at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Frankfort.
A group of Kentucky veterans is forming a new statewide grassroots organization with a primary goal of promoting "much-needed" improved care and consideration of veterans, active duty military personnel, and reservists and National Guard personnel.

A second main goal, according to organizers Of Kentucky Veterans for Progress, is promoting state and national policies, legislation, and candidates for office that it feels are good for "all Americans, not just an influential few."[...]

"We will also be recruiting members and selling KVP shirts and caps at a booth in the east wing of Freedom Hall during the Kentucky State Fair," Russ said. The fair runs from Aug. 18 through Aug. 28 in Louisville.

Veterans who are interested in joining the grassroots group or getting more information about it can send a postcard to Kentucky Veterans for Progress, Post Office Box 1671, Frankfort, KY 40602-1671 or send an e-mail to The organization is planning a website. has also started up. They do a nationwide scan of progressive blogs. You can find the Kentucky page here.

In other news, but serious news, Governor Bob Taft, a descendent of the late President William Howard Taft, has found himself facing a few charges of misdemeanors for not reporting a few gifts he recieved. Ernie Fletcher better watch out if he wants to keep his job, otherwise, Fletcher may be impeached or will only see one term. It is my opinion that should Fletcher take the 5th amendment when he faces the grand jury during testimony that he is indeed guilty and should be indicted and/or impeached from office. Gov. Fletcher needs to be straight-forward with those of us living in the Commonwealth and start telling the truth. He can't run from the press. I'm prouder than ever to say I voted for Ben Chandler in 2003. If Richie Farmer didn't play basketball at UK, Alice Baesler would be the Agricultural Commissioner right now.

In sports news, congrats to Chris Carpenter and his wife on the birth of their second child on Monday. Since the start of the 2003 season, Edmonds (102) and Pujols (122) have slugged 224 home runs with a combined 606 runs batted in. While Davey Johnson was named the coach for 2005 World Cup team, it was announced the Rick Eckstein will be a bench coach. Tony LaRussa is five back of Sparky now. Jason Marquis would become the 5th Cardinal starter to pick up 10 wins with a win tonight.

Since the start of 2003, Manny Ramirez (112) and David Ortiz (101) have slugged 213 home runs with a combined 683 runs batted in. On Ben Affleck's birthday this past Monday, the Sox lossed again, making them winless on August 15th the last eight years.

Sad news via JTA: "Hamas said the Gaza Strip withdrawal was the 'beginning of the end' of Israel." That's another reason this disengagement was bad from the start. It's ploy to get Israel to give up land. Why can't Sharon see that? I was at a speech a few years ago at Bradley University when a guy from the Aliyah (sp?) Center came in (or was it the consulate) and he said that many Jews move to Israel because it is the homeland and they move wherever in the land they want. One thing for sure, during the next Israeli elections, don't count on me endorsing Ariel Sharon.

The Who will go on tour next year. A little known fact: Their drummer, Zak Starkey, is the son of Ringo Starr.

C-J Link to the Military Bill of Rights proposed by Jonathan Miller. WISH TV link.

Senator Bayh to headline the South Carolina Democratic Party's "annual reception honoring present and past Democratic members of South Carolina's Federal Delegation."
"Evan Bayh is a true leader in the United States Senate. He's one of the Democratic Party's rising stars and has a very exciting future ahead. We are thrilled to welcome him to South Carolina and look forward to hearing his vision for America," said South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Joe Erwin.
I do not endorse Christopher "I've got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell" Walken for president in 2008.

Danielle Panabaker has had, indeed, a busy year. She is a great and talented actress.

Google chose today to send me my news alerts so that's what is taking so long.

Will it play in St. Louis? I don't think they'd ever secede from Missouri.

The KYD's held their elections last week. Jack Walker was re-elected president.
Walker said, “Two keys for the Kentucky Young Democrats are recruitment and fundraising. We are going to make this group strong to help elect our Democratic Candidates in the next years.” Other officers elected were Vice-President, Terrell Renfro, Lexington; Executive Director, Chad Aull, Philpot; Treasurer, Kyle Gott, Bowling Green; Secretary, Laura Turner, Providence; National Committeeman, Marcus Little, Madisonville; and National Committeewoman, Courtney French, Warsaw.
Oh crap! Ashlee Simpson will be on SNL in October!

Interesting article about Cindy Sheehan up at Israpundit. I'm sorry her son died but it's comments like those below that make you wonder why he refuses to meet with her.
Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a U.S. soldier who was killed in Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004, expressed her distress and frustration... "Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel. Am I stupid? No, I know full-well that my son, my family, this nation, and this world were betrayed by George [W.] Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agenda after 9/11."
Israel had absolutely nothing to with America going to Iraq. Also, Israelis did not get her son killed as Israpundit states. She's being funded by the Crawford Peace House, a group that advocates the destruction of Eretz Yisrael.

My Bayh report will be up after 10:30. Right now, it's 10 AM.

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