Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Murray State Athletics News Web Site

In my quest to provide more information and stories about Western Kentucky I'm pleased to report that Murray resident David Ramey is writing again about Murray State Athletics. Ramey is writing for Examiner.com with a column/blog exclusively on MSU Athletics.

David backgrounds includes having served as the Sports Information Director at MSU, a former Sports Editor for the Murray Ledger and Times, and also a reporter at The Shelbyville News. I met David a couple of years ago after he commented on the Rooster or as he refers to it as the Underground Chicken. I'm still laughing. Ramey served at the Chairman of the Calloway County Democrat Party from 2004-08.

David is a Iroquois High School and Murray State graduate. David resides in Murray with his wife and children and is the Allstate Agent. I have enjoyed reading his articles to date and I think you will also. I have provided a permanent link on this site for those who wish to keep up with MSU sports happenings. David can be reached at:


Anna Garrott- A West Kentucky Connection

Country Music singer Anna Garrott grew up in Troy, Alabama but she is not far removed from her family's roots in Western Kentucky. M.C. Garrott, Anna's Grandfather, served many years in public relations at Murray State University. Anna's Father, Dr. Steve Garrott is a native of Mayfield and earned his Master's Degree at Murray State. Dr. Garrott presently serves as a Professor of Marketing at Troy University in Alabama.

Anna was discovered a few years ago by Rick Holt of Bluesteel Records and that began her career. "What A Way To Go" is Anna's new single which is starting to attract some attention from the country music industry.

Check out Anna & her music at:


Backporch State of Mind

This past weekend a friend 0f mine, Steve Hamrick, shared with me a new album which a mutual friend of ours had help record. The album is entitled "Backporch State of Mind". I knew our friend Ronnie Jackson could sing and play guitar but I was a little surprised about him being involved with an album. The music was good but the story behind the album was even better, so I called Ronnie to get the whole story.

The story goes that for years David Celaya of Mayfield would gather his friends and family on the back porch to share their musical talents. Good friends, good drink, good music. A 1972 Mayfield graduate, David Celaya was a known photographer in the area. Having worked for the Mayfield Messenger, the Murray Ledger & Times as well as a couple of photography studios. David had also served on the Mayfield City Council and founded the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter.

David Celaya passed away at the age of 53 on July 5, 2007. Leaving behind not just a wife and two daughters but a music venue and lot's memories for his friends and family. A backporch- a place gather, to play, to fellowship and now also a place to remember.

"I would have quit playing guitar a long time ago if it had not been for David providing me a venue to play," said Jackson. I asked Ronnie how the album came about and he explained that they wanted to do something to honor David's memory and so the idea came about to produce an album to raise money for two art scholarships in David's name. The hope is to raise enough money to provide two $500 scholarships for a student at both Mayfield HS and Graves County HS.

As the process evolved Jackson said that a member of the group had Polycystic Disease. David Passmore of Bentonville, Arkansas and a native of Union City, TN was able to receive a kidney transplant just a few short weeks ago.

So with the passing of David Celaya and another member of the group fighting Polycystic Disease they had plenty of incentives to try to produce and distribute an album. "Everything that went into producing this album was donated", said Jackson.

Steve Holshouser who owns McIntosh Road Studio in Boaz, Ky. produced the album. Jackson stated that Holshouser was even able to retain the assistance of Grammy Award winning producer David R. Lehman. When Lehman heard the story and that David Celaya had played harmonica that was enough for Lehman who also plays harmonica.

Everyone who sat and continues to sit on that back porch helped in some manner to produce this album. There are 12 songs from the cover song "Backporch State of Mind" by Rachel Holshouser & Leandra Celaya to songs like "California Dreamin'." I have to admit that I really liked the Songs Ronnie Jackson did which include singing Dylan's "Wagon Wheel".
Other than Ronnie Jackson I don't know any of these folks but I liked the music and their cause. I guess having a father and grandfather who were professional photographers and a Grandfather who was a city councilman I can relate a little bit.

The proceeds all go to help two worthy causes, The David Celaya Art Scholarship & The Polycystic Disease Foundation. If you would like to know more or purchase the album I have attempted to provide some links and information. Many of the songs and live recordings are on U-tube. The album was just released about a week ago.

Better Together, Inc.

101 Arbor Crest Dr.

Mayfield, KY 42066

Friday, October 23, 2009

West Kentucky Political Update

Well, there has not been much to say that everyone else has not already brought you. I do plan to bring everyone up to date on a few happenings in Western Kentucky. I will bring some thoughts regarding the Senate race on all sides. No one is very interested in the Senate race right now and they are especially not interested in hearing from the Democrats. I have some thoughts about how local folks are lining up. I have a number of interviews and profiles just about ready for print.

Some thoughts on Madisonville Mayor Will Cox choosing to seek re-election as opposed to running for Eddie Ballard' seat. Teams making a run for a State Championship in Football. It also seems that the Governor is putting a Liberal Team together to sell education as a way to get expanded gaming in Kentucky. I will argue for more cuts and eliminating the Kentucky Income Tax as opposed to spending any money.

Also some of the latest gossip in the KACo mess. I think things are being brought to light that will hurt many local officials in Western Kentucky next year.

Today I'm blogging from Kokomo, Indiana. Heading Saturday for South Bend to watch Notre Dame play Boston College. Time to visit Ben the Steer and Walmart.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wet Forces Win in Trigg County

WKDZ is reporting that the Wet/Dry Election has been won by the Wet forces. Of the 10, 339 registered voters 5,294 showed up to vote. The results: 2,665 for & 2,629 against. Most people think that since Trigg County has the 3rd highest unemployment rate in Kentucky at over 16% this played a large factor in the results. Trigg County is home to Lake Barkley State Resort Park and has a large tourism base whereas it borders Lake Barkley. I thought it would be close but I was not sure how the chips would fall. I will be honest and must admit that I was not sure that this would be a good thing for them. I don't know. I do know you can't stop progress and one can only help shape it so it does some good. Legal Liquor in Trigg County-who would of thunk it!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Safety Grants Awarded to West Kentucky by KOHS

Chuck Geveden, Director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, is pictured above presenting two grant checks to Rep. John Tilley along with representatives of the Trigg County Sheriff's Dept. & Cadiz Police Dept.
The two agencies received a total of $16,200 to help curb impaired driving, speeding and other dangerous driving practices. The grant is to be used also to help educate the public regarding child safety seats and seat belt usage.
Over $124,000 in checks were presented to West Kentucky communities to help improve safety in the region. The federally funded grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are administered by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.
Geveden's press release stated that 17 more lives have been lost so far in 2009 on Kentucky highways, compared to the same time period in 2008. There were 826 fatalities on Kentucky roadways in 2008, including 649 people in motor vehicles. Of those, 70% were not buckled up and over 20% involved alcohol.
This brings to mind the issue of the large number of deaths on Kentucky waterways. I believe I am correct in stating that we have already set a record for deaths on our waterways. Rep. Tilley and I discussed the need to also address this issue.
Those receiving grants yesterday were:
Ballard Co. Sherriff Dept. $9000
Princeton Police Dept. $9,650
McCracken Co. Sheriff Dept. $10,000
Marshall Co. Health Dept. $10,250
Eddyville Police Dept. $12,192
Graves Co. Sheriff Dept. $12,390
Benton Police Dept. $15,800
Marshall Co. Sheriff Dept. $20,000
Paducah Police Dept. $25,000
Oak Grove Police Dept. $18,250
For more information visit KOHS at http://highwaysafety.ky.gov/.
*Picture provided courtesy of Ryan Watts, KOHS

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dave Stengel Will Cost Jefferson Co. Millions

In a correct and just decision a Louisville-Jefferson County Jury found former Pleasure Ridge Park football coach Jason Stinson not guilty of charges. Stinson had been charged with reckless homicide and wanton endangerment involving the on the field death of Max Gilpin.

A case where everyone jumped to conclusions- Jefferson County School System, the Commonwealth Attorney's Office and the Media led to an unfounded witch hunt, of the likes that no one has seen before. It took the Louisville Courier Journal weeks if not months to start providing the facts instead of capitalizing on the tragedy it self. We don't expect much more from such a rag as the CJ. At least I am thankful they were smart enough to point & shoot a camera so the public could watch much of the trial.

Unfortunately this case is not over and for the family of Max Gilpin they like Coach Stinson have been put through hell all for some headlines. So whats left to be done? Coach Stinson will sue and rightfully so for the malicious prosecution of this case. He should hold the Jefferson County School System and the KHSAA accountable for if nothing else their cowardice. I'm betting that Stengel and their insurer will settle out of court for millions. I hope KACO does not insure them they don't need another hit right now. You can bet that the insurer who ever they may be will demand a confidential agreement to settle so the tax payers will never get to know.

I heard and I am proud that football coaches around Kentucky and the South raised $70,000 for Coach Stinson's defense. I bet they are motivated now to raise twice that to help someone run against Dave Stengel. Did anyone else find it surprising that Stengel dumped this case off on a couple of assistants? Well, that's normal for most elected prosecutors-they take the credit when its all good and send in the assistants when its time to get eaten by the lions.

I have a campaign slogan for Stengel- "Politics before Justice". I bet Stengel throws a few back tonight. At the Commonwealth Attorney's website it boldly proclaims:

"Aggressive, competent & ethical prosecution of criminal cases.."

Well Dave- 1 out of 3 ain't real good in my book. You now might consider the importance of stamina and getting in shape because I bet if your going to stay in politics your going to really need to prepare for your next race. Thanks Dave for ruining people's lives and costing the taxpayers millions.

Sorry Dave we don't give helmet stickers out for performances like yours which may lead you to consider-as coaches like to say-"Taking it to the house".

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Conway Responds to Purdue Pharma Article

I appreciate Attorney General Jack Conway giving me a few minutes and responding to the story I wrote concerning Purdue Pharma. Marianne Skolek who is an advocate bringing to light the actions of companies like Purdue Pharma had questioned a grant excepted by the Kentucky Attorney Generals Office.

Skolek was very concerned that the Grant provided by NADDI was being funded by Purdue Pharma and other drug companies. In response, Attorney General Conway said that he was well informed regarding the funding issue. Conway said many of these grants are funded in part by the pharmaceutical industry. Conway responded emphatically, "The only issue is the budget". With the budget cuts we have and continue to face I'm not concerned that a part of the grant money comes from the industry said Conway. Conway continued on saying that when I can take this money and put it to good use to help in the fight against drugs and crime then I'm going to continue to do so.

St. John Picnic Reveals Mood of West Kentucky

It's probably been over 20 years since I attended the St. John Picnic and my what a change. I worked the crowd speaking to folks for about an hour and I was very surprised at the comments that I received. Usually attitudes I find reserved in my backyard along the Hwy 68 corridor were alive and well in the Purchase.

It has been my experience that the men are usually the most outspoken at these events but not yesterday. I spoke with ladies from 15 to 70 years old and they were all in agreement in their dislike, disgust and opposition to the the National Democratic Party agenda. Obama, Pelosi and so on. I predicted to most over a year ago that I was afraid that next year would turn into another 1994 in Rural Kentucky and if yesterday was any indication- I may be right.

After reflecting a while last night I thought maybe I was interjecting some of my own personal frustration into my thoughts until I read Bill Bartleman's article this afternoon. We saw and heard the same things. The hit speech of the day came from Republican candidate Bill Johnson of Todd County. Johnson who is a Gulf War Veteran brought a roar from the crowd when he said that the solution to America's problems was returning the Nation to the values of the Ronald Reagan Era. Much to my surprise, folks when asked were not as concerned with the economy as they were moral issues, big government, abortion, gun control. In short- most responded that regardless of the problems that faced Kentucky and the Nation they did not want government being any part of the debate or the solution.

There were no bus loads of people brought in to support any one candidate. No, these were average, educated, middle-class people. From public school teachers to Union members-no one was happy with the Democrats.

I was surprised at Jack Conway's speech and I suppose one can look at it two different ways. Personally I like Jack Conway but I don't line up very well with him on many issues. In one respect I can admire the nads it took to step up and say the things he said but I don't think he gained any votes and probably lost some. Jack emphasized that the most important reason for voting for him was that the National Democrat Party was in a battle for control of the U.S. Senate. I don't think anyone told Jack that West Kentucky Democrats have no interest in a Democrat Controlled Senate run by Liberals. Jack's remarks drew a long quiet response from the crowd.

Conway also bragged that one of the crowning achievements of the Democrats in Kentucky was (KERA) the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Not a smart political move down here.You have heard me say many times, KERA in my opinion was probably the worst piece of legislation in Kentucky History. So all in all probably not a good day for Conway. My sources tell me that the Conway fundraiser at Barkley Lodge was only attended by 25 people at best. I don't know how much he raised from the event.

It was obvious that the majority of Democrats at St. John and the Hickman County Democratic Dinner were for Monjiardo. But neither Monjiardo nor Conway were the crowd pleasers among the Democrat Candidates. Darlene Price, a veteran who has testified before Congress and appeared on numerous national talk shows, gave a passionate speech about the need for campaign finance reform.

Rand Paul gave a very articulate speech which was well received by the crowd. I was party to conversation Paul was having and he said that his campaign was on track to have more than enough money to run head to head with Trey Grayson who was not in attendance.

Gatewood was entertaining as always and folks seem to appreciate State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach making the drive to be a part of the event.

Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham was the Master of Ceremonies. Appellate Court Judge Shea Nickel sang along with newly appointed Circuit Judge Tim Kaltenbach. Many local dignitaries on stage spoke or were recognized including State Rep. Fred Nesler and former Congressman Carroll Hubbard.

I met Glenda Ransom who was appointed McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk upon the retirement of Mike Lawrence. Lawrence was the Democrat nominee against Steve Rudy. I spent a few minutes talking politics with Mark Riddle who is running Jack Conway's Campaign. As always it was good to see Jimmy Morphew who is a First District Representative on the State Democratic Executive Committee.

So what's my take on the present mood of Democrats and Republicans in Western Kentucky right now? They are not going to vote for a Liberal or Progressive candidate and they probably are not going to vote for any Democrat in November 2010.

Local Democrats in Western Kentucky are going to have to walk a fine line because defending a National Democrat Party agenda may spell doom for some. Right now people are mad as hell at the Democrats and the Government at every level.

I will be posting interviews with Bill Johnson and Darlene Price. Both candidates are long shots and have very little money but both offer something different that everyone including myself found interesting

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hollenbach Doing What Others Won't

I understand that it is hard for elected officials to balance their positions with family and political life. But when your elected you assume a certain amount responsibility and sacrifice that comes with the job.

In 2007 I traveled to the Purchase to Columbus-Belmont State Park for this event. I reported what a great event it was. Yes, it was election year. Yes there were hundreds of people there. The Democrat nominee Steve Beshear was supposed to have been there but was a no-show. I had decided to go on behalf of Todd Hollenbach Jr. because he had a conflict but had not committed to be there.Coach Joe B. Hall was recruited within a couple of hours to come save the day.

Fast Forward to this year for the Hickman County Democratic Fish Fry. We have two big name candidates seeking the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate. Both are going to be at the St. John's Picnic in McCracken County so why not make it a point to attend the functions of smaller, Rural Counties especially when your in the area.

In the case of Hickman County, Lt. Governor Dan Mongiardo committed to coming and Conway did not. I really think both candidates ought to make every attempt to be at County Party functions. Fundraisers and events should take a back seat in the schedule.

The State Party Chairman and the Governor should be strongly urging our Democrat State Office holders to divide up the Party functions to at least insure that one official will be in attendance at each event instead everyone showing up to speak at the big ticket events. This would also not too much burden on any one State Office holder.

I was speaking with State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach regarding this issue and we both agreed on how hard it is sometimes to juggle everything but Todd did agree that Rural Kentucky was probably getting the short end of the stick and being ignored.

Regarding the Hickman Co. Dinner, Todd Hollenbach agreed that more attention should be paid to our Rural Counties and said that he was going to do his best to attend the Hickman County Democratic Fish Fry on Saturday Evening.

Hollenbach who has never taken Rural Kentucky or West Kentucky for granted saw the fruits of his labor in 2007. I can't remember the last time a successful candidate from Jefferson County posted his 4 best county results in Western Kentucky. Hollenbach carried the Democratic Ticket in Christian & Trigg County as well as racking up in Marshall and Calloway.

I appreciate Todd Hollenbach making the effort to come all the way down to far West Kentucky and I know the Democrats of Hickman County and the Purchase Area will to.

Conway's Office Threatens National Activist

While scanning the blog world this morning I found an interesting link offered up by Page One www.pageonekentucky.com

My curiosity led me to follow it to an article in the Salem-News www.salem-news.com . After reading the article I decided to investigate and hear for myself the details regarding this situation.

I don't think Marianne Skolek ever expected to become one the Nations high profile activist/advocates pursuing the pharmaceutical industry and companies like Purdue Pharma. I don't think Marianne Skolek ever expected her daughter Jill Carol to die as a victim of Oxy Contin in 2002.

Skolek has helped the FDA and States hold Purdue Pharma accountable. When she heard that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway accepted a $50,000 grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), she could not believe it. Skolek claims that NADDI is indirectly funded by none other than Purdue Pharma.

When Skolek called Jack Conway's office to inform them and discuss what she considers a very poor decision on Conway's part what did she get. Well- she got threatened to be charged with Jury Tampering by an Assistant Attorney General. Wow!! I don't think Marianne was shaking in her boots then or now. Apparently at the end of the conversation the Assistant Attorney General decided to retract his threat says Skolek. Apparently Kentucky is involved in litigation in, I think she said, New York. A case that has not even come to trial yet.

Marianne Skolek continues to pursue this cause through public awareness. She continues to write on this issue for the Salem-News and also has a book coming out soon.

Skolek seemed surprised when I told her that Jack Conway was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky. We both wondered out loud if Conway has excepted and if so, how much from the pharmaceutical industry. "Having worked long and hard on this issue for seven and half years and then have your Attorney General shake hands with an organization connected with Purdue is a slap in the face", said Skolek.

"Companies like Purdue have no conscience, this is a full time job and what I find everyday never ceases to amaze me."

After talking with Marianne about the severity of the drug problem and prescription drug problems that plague Kentucky I kinda felt like I should apologize but I didn't. I think Attorney General Conway needs to look into this matter and and apologize himself. As far as the $50,000 grant goes, maybe Conway needs to investigate this himself. If any of this money has come directly or indirectly from Purdue Pharma then we probably need to give it back. In fairness to Conway's office I really don't think that they would have knowingly accepted this money if it has the ties as claimed by Marianne Skolek.

With a little homework Jack Conway should be able to put this issue to bed but his office I think, owes Marianne Skolek an apology for being a tad bit over zealous and maybe a little too defensive. Make lemonade out of lemon's Jack-invite Marianne Skolek to Kentucky to help you in this fight against prescription drug addiction.

As far as Marianne Skolek is concerned she said, "I will continue to be the voice of my daughter and fighting the greedy pharmaceutical companies."

Marianne Skolek can be reached at mskolek@aol.com

West KY Fire Fighters Respond to Greenville Fire

Fire Fighters from surrounding cities responded to Greenville's call for help late last night. A fire that could have swept through much of Greenville's Downtown area was contained thanks to the response of fire departments in Western Kentucky.
My media contact at the Leader-News in Central City confirmed that the fire started at Lynn's Diner. The Fire was contained to the Diner and another adjacent structure. The call for help went out sometime after 11:00 pm for more fire fighters and equipment.
Madisonville Mayor Will Cox authorized his fire chief and a Ladder Truck to assist the City of Greenville in their efforts to save the downtown. While all the details are not available, it is my understanding that the City of Owensboro along with a number of other communities answered the call.
Apparently it took all night to contain the fire to make sure it did not spread to other buildings. Mayor Cox reported to me that his firemen did not return to Madisonville until 8:00 am this morning.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hickman County Democratic Fish Fry

The West Kentucky Journal Politics and Issues reports that the Hickman County Democratic Fish Fry will be held this Saturday September 12th at Oak Hill Country Club. Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo will be the guest speaker.
5:30 Doors open
6:00 Dinner served
6:30 Program begins
Event is free. Contributions excepted.
I will note that it concerns me that candidates for all offices should be speaking at these local events instead of having fundraisers at the same time. I'm sure that both candidates are guilty of this. I realize that money is important but if you want Rural folks to be a part of the party then there needs to be opportunities for folks to get to hear and know the candidates without paying much or traveling far. I thought that's why we have all these local events?
** Update. I have been informed by someone involved with the Hickman Co. Event that Jack Conway was also invited to speak and was sent an invite but chose not to respond.

Conway Hosting Fundraiser at Barkley Lodge

The Conway Campaign has informed me that they will be hosting a fundraiser at Barkley Lake State Resort Park this Saturday. Details below.
Conway for U.S. Senate
Saturday September 12th
Barkley Lake-Main Lodge
$250.00 suggested minimum contribution

Friday, September 4, 2009

Libertarian to oppose Rep. Nesler

Libertarian candidate Jeff King has announced his intentions to seek the 2nd District House seat now held by Rep. Fred Nesler of Mayfield. The District includes Graves and part of McCracken Counties. King is a resident of Graves County.

I asked Mr. King some questions and he provided lengthy answers. I could not provide the entire answer to each question but provided enough I think for one to understand Mr. King's positions.

I also spoke with Rep. Nesler who stated that he was not aware of Mr. King's candidacy but said, " For 17 years I have done my best to be the voice of my constituency and to represent them in a fair way. I have tried to be responsive to my constituents concerns and have always tried to work with the elected officials in my district."

Representative Nesler is listed as serving as a Vice Chair of Appropriations and Revenue as well as Economic Development; Military Affairs, Seniors & Public Safety and the Rules Committee.

When the General Assembly meets in January they will again be faced with tough decision regarding KY's revenue shortfall. If elected where and how would you decide what programs to cut?

"I think everyone agrees that spending in Frankfort is out of control. This is because we continue to elect politicians instead of regular people. A regular person, like you or I, can look at a project, look at the projected cost, surmise that the projected cost will rise significantly before the project even gets started, and then decide whether it’s good for the state, or not. Our Representatives currently are concerned with one thing, and one thing only; the next election. Should I be elected I would not go to the Capitol and wonder what grand project I can put my name on, or what state money I can scoop up for my district. I know that bringing home the “pork,” like Representative Nesler has done, would endear me to certain demographics and industries, especially area construction firms, but we have to look at our state government as a whole. It’s almost like there’s a culture among our elected officials to go to Frankfort, hold out their hands, and rake in as much cash as possible, when they’re actually supposed to be acting on behalf of their constituents, not just out-spend other districts.. I’m quite sure that the 2nd district doesn’t want higher taxes, they want accountability, fiscal responsibility, and reform."

If elected, what committees would you ask to serve on? and why?

"If elected I would ask first and foremost for the Rules Committee. I think that the people want a genuine reform of the way our government works, and that has to start with how the House works. Beyond that I would ask for the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, as my district needs and deserves a voice there."

Would you caucus with the Democrat's, Republicans, or neither side?

If I were a Republican or Democrat I would be running as one. I am a Libertarian, but I’m also a political realist. My views are much more in line with the Republicans, and I would consider caucusing with them if asked, but I would hardly be a vote to be coerced, or bought.

The Speaker of the House directs leadership ie..Committee Chairs and all committee assignments as well as all legislation, if you chose not to caucus with either side-Do you think you could still be affective for your District?

"As I said, I’m more in line with the Republicans, but I am a Libertarian. If I didn’t caucus with either I would imagine I’d be left out in the cold, such is the political reality of modern times. Government is always resistant to change, and a change from the two-party domination of the General Assembly would surely anger many in both parties. Could I be effective though? Certainly so. If they think I will just show up and take my seat and keep my mouth shut like a good little boy then they have another thing coming. I’m running for more than just my district here, I’m running for all Kentuckians who feel forgotten, ignored by, and are just generally sick of the broken, corrupt, two-party system we’ve been stuck with."

If elected as a Libertarian do you think you could represent your district well considering House Rules? Leadership decides what Bills go to the different Committees. You only get to speak in Committee if the Chairman calls upon you. Only the Chairman can call a Bill before his/her Committee.
You’ve just illustrated, quite well actually, what’s wrong with the status-quo. If the second district wants a Legislator who knows the right people, can maneuver themselves onto the most powerful committees, and can get into those smoke-filled backrooms to pat the most corrupt, and well-off members on the back, then they will re-elect Fred Nesler. It’s important to note, however, that such a member that’s “in” with the right circles is, and forever will be, a hostage to his party’s agenda. In Frankfort we see the Democratic Party spending us deeper into the red than Texas on an electoral college map, pushing for state-sponsored casino gaming, marred in scandals across the state, and they’ve managed to also find time to raise cigarette taxes to astronomical levels, hurting one of Kentucky’s most important industries. That’s not an agenda that I can support, and I don’t hear any 2nd district voters saying that they do. I think when they finally do get a real choice they will decide to let an outsider have a shot. One thing is clear, though, if we DON’T want reform we’ll send Fred Nesler back to Frankfort.

You mention the alcohol and tobacco tax along with expanded gambling. What other issues separate you from Rep. Nesler and do you have an alternative plan for raising revenue?

Fred Nesler and I are different sorts of people, first and foremost. He’s nearly forty years older than me, and was a successful realtor before becoming a legislator. I’m young, couldn‘t afford college, wasn‘t handed a successful career, and don’t have the long record of supporting tax hikes, corrupt politicians, and government waste. Fred Nesler is a career politician who’s held the 2nd district seat since 1993. I was 12 years old in 1993. Our area needs a new voice in Frankfort, someone who is dedicated to giving voice to those that Fred Nesler would be ashamed to be seen with. Whether you’re unemployed, on food stamps, work fast food, work in the hot sun, or drive a tractor for a living, everyone is in agreement that we need change in Kentucky. Fred Nesler is not change, he’s a part of the tax-raising, pork addicted, “good ol’ boy” Democratic establishment that rode their party’s former glory to the position of power. If we want real change in Kentucky we will have to vote these guys out, and that’s where I come in. I represent the new generation of Kentuckian.

Mr. King invites anyone wishing to learn more about him or his campaign to check out his website at http://www.JeffreyKing4Ky.com

As a footnote- Again I had to shorten some of the questions and answers to fit it all in. As always I try to be fair and provide information about candidates across Kentucky and Party Line if they are willing to answer my questions.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Judiciary Committee In Hopkinsville

Press Release from House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley.

Rep. Tilley to welcome state lawmakers to Hopkinsville
Panels co-chaired by Tilley will hold Friday meetings at Justice Center

FRANKFORT – Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, is bringing legislators from across the state to Hopkinsville on Friday, September 4, for legislative committee meetings on criminal justice policy and other issues.

“It’s good for legislative panels to occasionally get outside of Frankfort to make sure we’re hearing a wide variety of voices on the issues of the day,” said Tilley. “This will be a good opportunity for officials and citizens in our area to have input on some of the issues lawmakers will be making decisions on when the 2010 legislative sessions starts in four months.”

The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in District Courtroom #1 at the Justice Center, 100 Justice Way, in Hopkinsville. The Subcommittee on Penal Code and Controlled Substance Act will meet at the same place at 1 p.m.

Both panels are co-chaired by Tilley.

The Judiciary Committee meeting will focus on issues ranging from efforts to curb drunken driving offenses to the Justice Cabinet’s legislative proposals for the 2010 legislative session. Members will also receive an update from state officials on Northpoint Training Center, the medium-security prison in Boyle County where prisoners rioted and started fires that caused extensive damage to the facilities last month.

Members of the Subcommittee on Penal Code and Controlled Substance Act will hear testimony on possible code reforms and other issues from University of Kentucky Law Professor Robert Lawson, as well as district and circuit judges and other local justice officials.

Both meetings are open to the public.


Sen. Pendleton Fundraiser

State Senator Joey Pendleton has announced that his Fundraiser Golf Outing will be held September 23rd at the Links at Novadell in Hopkinsville. Lunch will be served at 12 noon with a shotgun start a 1pm.

Pendleton represent the 3rd District which includes Christian, Todd & Logan Counties.

Hole Sponsorship is $100.00
Entry Fee Ticket is $125.00 per person
Team Entry is $500.00
Prizes and more!!

Those interested in sponsoring a hole or wishing to make a contribution can do so by forwarding to:

Pendleton for Senate- P. O. Box 1016, Hopkinsville, KY 42241-1016

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Democrat Activist Convicted in Trigg Co. "Scopes Trial"

In Kentucky's version of a modern day "Monkey Trial", a Marshall County resident and Democrat activist was convicted Friday in Trigg County District Court.

Let me set the scene for you: 79 year old Clarence J. Latham Jr. is the defendant charged with disorderly conduct. Mr. Latham's attorney is prominent Labor attorney Buddy Culter of the Louisville firm Priddy, Cutler, Miller & Meade. Cutler is a graduate of Yale and Cornell Law. The presiding Judge is James R. "Jamus" Redd III who is a graduate of Harvard. The prosecuting attorney is Duncan Cavanah who is an assistant County Attorney for Trigg and Christian Counties. Cavanah is a Transylvania Grad and UK Law Grad.

In 2008 Mr. Latham was granted a permit to have his "float", in this case a little wagon with Democrat signs and stickers with a spinner, in the Trigg County Ham Festival Parade. Keep in mind this same float with the same slogans have appeared before in the Trigg County parade as well many others around West Kentucky for years.

Parade organizers had been concerned about a sticker the year before that included a word that was printed as "Bullsh-t" on it. Out of respect Mr. Latham had covered it up. in 2008, one of the parade organizers approached Mr. Latham saying " I see your here again and have that "Nigger" shirt on," referring to his Obama T-shirt he was wearing. The Organizer told Mr. Latham" Your out of here". Mr. Latham stated that he asked if the "Bullsh-t" sticker was the problem. The reply he received was that police were being called to remove him from the parade.

The parade organizer in question is Craig Fowler. In fairness to all, my sources tell me that Mr. Fowler is a Democrat and that they believe it would have been really out of character for Mr. Fowler to have used the word "Nigger". There appears to be no witnesses so it is matter of whose story you choose to believe.

I spoke with Mr. Latham and he states that police showed up and basically told him he was under arrest. Mr. Latham said, " They would not even tell me what I was being charged with." The 79 year old Mr. Latham was taken downtown in handcuffs and If that was not bad enough, Mr. Latham said that the Cadiz police even used ankle chains on him.

Mr. Latham said he was willing to resolve the matter if all parties offered an apology and apparently my sources tell me that the Commonwealth was more than willing to dismiss the charges but with prejudice. As this matter progressed everyone offered up an apology Mr. Latham said, except the City of Cadiz who he states even opposed having the charges dismissed.

True to his word, Mr. Latham decided that if the City would not apologize then he wanted his day in court. Mr. Latham got his day in court but to no avail. Mallory Lawrence who is very respected in the Trigg County business and political community along with former Congressman Carroll Hubbard testified for Mr. Latham.

Mr. Latham was convicted of disorderly conduct and was only ordered to pay the $250 fine. Judge Redd waived the court cost and fees.

I know Judge Redd personally and the prosecutor Duncan Cavanah. Duncan is a fair & mild mannered person who unlike many prosecutors does not make his job personal. Duncan is someone who does his job and goes home at the end of the day. I'm sure he probably had better things to do than waste a day prosecuting this.

On Friday it was announced that the Ham Festival would no longer have a parade. UMMMh. Interesting timing don't you think.

Defense attorney Buddy Cutler told me today that he was very disappointed in the verdict. " I believe this case is about exercising the right of free speech". "Mr. Latham just wanted to have his float in the parade. We're disappointed," said Cutler. Mr. Cuttler said he did not know at this point if there would be an appeal or further legal action in this matter.

Mr. Latham in our interview said that " had I been given the chance I would have just loaded up and gone home." Someone said, stated Latham " Get the fucking thing on the trailer and get out", but the next thing I knew I was being arrested.

Mr. Latham will undergo open heart surgery on Tuesday at Lourdes hospital in Paducah. He told me that he is glad this is over and stated," I don't have to live with the lies like Cadiz does."

So where does this leave us? What does all this have to say?

First of all even though I'm pretty conservative on certain issues I defend the right of free speech just like I do the right to bear arms. God does not give a tinker's damn about bumper stickers, signs or T-Shirts. Besides the word "Bullsh-t" is not going to offend anyone old enough to know what it means. I feel pretty certain I have heard worse in Trigg County before.

Anyway you cut it this is a black eye on the City of Cadiz and the Trigg County Ham Festival. A 79 year old man in ankle chains-give me a break. Cancelling the parade using the excuse of liability insurance. Maybe, maybe not. Sounds like Trigg County folks may be fearing who might want to be in the parade after this embarrassing episode.

It appears that everyone involved picked their poison. Mr. Latham got his trial and the City of Cadiz and the Ham Festival got rid of activist they don't agree with.Maybe

The Ham Festival will go on and I am going out on a limb and predict that there will be hundreds of people wearing T-Shirts with a lot more the "Bullsh-t" on it this year.

As one friend suggested to me today that Mr. Latham's only problem was bringing bull into a Ham Festival and maybe I ought to get him a sign that says,

" I Got Porked in Cadiz, KY"

Oh, Trigg County. You have the highest unemployment rate in West Kentucky & one of the highest in Kentucky. Your Churches are threatening to throw people out of their congregations for signing an alcohol sales election petition. Sounds like you need to work on repairing your image and reputation. If you truly believe what you say then you best be apologizing to God. Don't worry about Mr. Latham, I think a bunch Democrat activist will be paying you a visit in October to make the Trigg County Ham Festival one to remember so make lots of bar-b-que.

** Thanks to West Kentucky Journal of Politics for bringing this to my attention from their site. Thanks to my sources and Mr. Latham & Mr. Cutler for their interview.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy has Died

It's 1:08 am in Western Kentucky and National news has reported the death of 77 year old Senator Edward Kennedy. Known as the "Liberal Lion" and later the "Lion of the Senate", his death marks a generational end of an era.

I will never be accused of being a Ted Kennedy fan due to many of his positions but I can however speak with respect and a certain amount of awe and reverence to his life and career. Issues aside I have always cut Senator Kennedy a great deal of slack because of the things he lived through. He was a survivor. To lose so many family members to such sense less tragedy- I feel like I can relate sometimes. Kennedy filled a void when few dared and whether you agreed with him or not you have to respect the convictions he held.

I probably made my old friend Jeff Noble mad by waking him up at 2 am Louisville time but I thought he would want to know. For the record he was gracious as always.

As an older generation passes on I can't help but dwell on the future of the Democrat Party in Kentucky. For now, I will remain- always looking to the promise of a new generation that can represent all of Kentucky not just a part of it. I'm thankful tonight for folks like Robin Webb, Will Cox, John Tilley, Todd Hollenbach and John Lindsey Adams- people who understand and can help unify Rural Kentucky with the Golden Triangle.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Robin Webb Wins Senate Seat

Bluegrass Politics is reporting that Rep. Robin Webb has defeated Jack Ditty in the Special Election for State Senate. You may link to Bluegrass Politics for all the details.

My congrats to Robin on her victory. Robin and I were in Northern Kentucky at the same time many years ago. Robin was Presdent of the Chase Law School YD's while I was President of the Northern Kentucky University YD's.

She will make a fine Senator.

West Kentucky Football: Week One

Football is finally here. Thank God. Anyone who knows me understands just how much I dislike baseball and Soccer. A few surprises as teams got their first game under their belt.

Keeping in mind it is hard and probably not smart to judge a team by their first game but I do think it is a pretty good indicator of how some teams may stack up.

Fort Campbell has reloaded. They defeated CPA out of TN by a score of 55-6. Mayfield surprised a lot of folks by defeating Marshall County 43-14. Some other surprises were Trigg County losing to Union City, TN 45-6, Caldwell County defeating Calloway Co. 34-7. Russellville battled Franklin-Simpson to the end but fell 28-27.

Bobby Redman's Louisville Male routed E-Town 66-14. Bobby got the engine going early. Former Hopkinsville mentor Craig Clayton led his Franklin, TN Rebels to a victory over Battle Ground Academy (BGA) 14-10. This was the first ever meeting between the two schools surprising since only a few hundred yards separates the two.

Murray dropped Madisonville 21-6. Hopkinsville defeated Paducah 17-14 at Paducah. Christian County fell to Bowling Green 22-3.

It would appear that Fort Campbell, Mayfield and Bowling Green are the teams to watch early in West Kentucky. Christian County who was State Runner-up must survive a tough schedule which includes Franklin, TN and PRP, Hopkinsville and Owensboro.

Hopkinsville will face Fort Campbell in their last season game as Fort Campbell looks to claim another State Championship.

Rep.Eddie Ballard to Retire

Representative Eddie Ballard who has served the Kentucky House of Representatives for 24 years has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2010. Representative Ballard who will turn 80 this year stated in his press release that he wanted to travel and spend time with his wife and family. Ballard is best known for his efforts and support of Veterans.

Most expect Madisonville Mayor William "Will" Cox Jr, to seek the seat. Will Cox is the son of William "Bill" Cox and the Grandson of former State Representative John Henry Cox.

Will Cox who is serving his first term as Mayor of Madisonville is expected to make a decision by the end of the year as to a possible run for the seat.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

West Kentucky Political Stories In Progress

I have been working on a number of stories some regarding Kentucky Politics and West Kentucky happenings. I hope to have then up in the next day or so. A little taste of what's in the pot:

KACo: The other side of the coin.

A West Kentucky Appellate Court Judge may be forced to Resign.

Kentucky Governor's Race and possible running mates and scenarios.

Murray State President Randy Dunn has a disturbing Past.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Will Cox Honored in Washington Tonight

Madisonville Mayor Will Cox Jr. will be honored this evening in Washington D.C. by the Wireless Foundation. Cox has been chosen as a 2009 recipient of the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award. Tonight's 15th Annual Achievement Awards Dinner which is being held at Union Station will honor 8 individuals for their efforts providing help in a crisis situation.

Cox used his wireless device to operate and coordinate the City of Madisonville's efforts to help it's citizens survive the ice storm in Western Kentucky. Cox made national news for using his wireless device and facebook to communicate with first responders and the citizens of Madisonville.

While providing updates as much as every 10-15 minutes and around the clock, Cox was able to keep citizens up to date and provide vital information.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rocky Adkins: His Fight Against Cancer

When we think of Rocky Adkins in Western Kentucky most probably know his name or have seen it in a local newspaper. Many know him as the Majority Leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives or maybe if you watch KET you know him as "The Gentleman from Elliott 99."

Besides being a legislator, a father, a husband and a pretty good basketball player in his day; there is another side to Rocky Adkins you might not know about- Rocky is a 14 year survivor of cancer.

For 14 years Rocky has continued his battle to help find a cure for cancer and help families that are being treated for cancer. Raising money for this cause has been one of the big ways in which Rocky Adkins has continued to help.

The 14th Annual Rocky Adkins Golf Tournament will be held Friday May 22nd at the Eagle Trace Golf Course in Morehead, KY. Last year this event eclipsed the fundraising mark of having raised over a million dollars in 13 years. "We hold this event on the Friday before Memorial Day each year to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer and also to celebrate life," said Adkins. This year's event is already booked up with 34 teams playing in the morning and 36 teams in the afternoon.

This event has raised money for the American Cancer Society, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and has also provided a "hospitality house" in Ashland, KY for families receiving treatment. Adkins commented that families from 35 different states have used the hospitality house.

In regard to the people who play in the event Rocky Adkins said,"It's very personal to me and to the people who play in the tournament because they have been affected one way or the other by cancer." Adkins when on to say that each year he ask the participants to raise their hand if they, a family member or someone they are close to has had cancer and Adkins commented that every hand is usually raised.

I asked the Majority Leader how being a cancer survivor effected his role as a legislator and he replied, " The legislature provides a place to talk about cancer and help find a cure." Adkins noted that one of the good things the legislature had accomplished concerning the fight to find a cure is a program that has provided over 8,000 computers to schools in the coal counties of East and West Kentucky.

This computer program provides an interlocking "computer grid" to help with cancer research. This information is used in conjunction with the James Graham Brown Cancer Research Center. Adkins commented that one of the researchers at the University of Louisville had said that because of this "computer grid" they are able to do 300 years of research in a month.

This program provides 2.5 million dollars a year of coal severance money to buy computers. "This also improves the educational opportunities for these kids in the coal counties." said Adkins.

Rocky Adkins lives in Sandy Hook, KY and represents Boyd, Elliot, Lawrence and Rowan counties in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
(Note: I want to thank the Majority Leader for taking time out of his day to do this interview.)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

East Kentucky Man Missing

ATTENTION WEST KENTUCKY. As requested I have posted this from one of our fellow blogger/ friends in East Kentucky.

UPDATE: Mr. Rogers has turned up and is OK. He took a little trip and did not tell anybody.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

IRS: Ministers & Churches are Free to Campaign

An important decision has been made by the IRS concerning ministers and churches regarding political activity. I have posted this story by Ralph Hallow of the Washington Times.

Note: This article has been posted with permission granted by Ralph Z. Hallow & Chris Dolan, Asst. Managing Editor for Politics at the Washington Times.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Moral-values groups hail tax ruling
Ralph Z. Hallow (Contact)

In a move cheered by conservatives, the Internal Revenue Service has ruled that ministers and pastors do not risk losing their tax-exempt status for engaging in political acts on behalf of issues such as traditional-values advocacy

The IRS said in a letter to the Niemoller Foundation that the Houston-based nonprofit organization did not violate its tax-exempt status when it brought together pastors and politicians to champion moral issues during Republican Gov Rick Perry's 2006 re-election campaign.

Short of endorsing a particular candidate or spending substantial portions of their nonprofit budgets on legislative lobbying, ministers and their churches are free to engage in political acts on behalf of moral values, the IRS said. Clergy are also free to encourage their congregations' members to get out the vote based on those issues and values.
The long-awaited IRS decision benefits Republicans, since religious conservatives constitute a large and influential bloc in the party's electoral coalition

"It's sort of ironical that it would be the Obama administration that would reach this conclusion, but I must say it would be a stretch to reach any other conclusion," said David Norcross, a lawyer and a member of the Republican National Committee.
The liberal Texas Freedom Network filed a complaint with the IRS saying a 2006 Niemoller-sponsored event encouraged pastors and congregations to get out the vote as well as to mount efforts on behalf of Mr Perry's campaign.

The IRS decision, conveyed only to the Niemoller Foundation, also applied to Niemoller-sponsored gatherings in Texas and Florida to support state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
Liberal groups cautioned against interpreting the decision as a political carte blanche for churches and clergy on the right

"Regardless, this ruling is disappointing because it will embolden wealthy special interests who want to funnel money into nonprofits as a backdoor way to drag churches into partisan campaigns," said Dan Quinn, spokesman for the Texas Freedom Network "We continue to think that using faith as a political weapon is sleazy, regardless of whether the IRS agrees that Niemoller violated its tax-exempt status."

Mr. Quinn said the Free Market Foundation - the parent organization of the Liberty Legal Institute - "got $100,000 from the Niemoller Foundation in 2005 for its help in organizing the 'Pastors' Policy Briefings' at the heart of our IRS complaint against Niemoller. I think that's important to note."
Many political analysts in both parties have maintained that but for the active support of Christian ministers who spoke out for the same moral values that the Republican presidential candidate espoused, George W Bush would not have won Ohio and, therefore, would not have been re-elected in 2004.

Mr. Quinn's group's argued to the IRS that the Niemoller Foundation was out of bounds because it "encouraged pastors at the gatherings to mount voter-registration drives and turn congregants out at the polls."
Evangelicals hailed the IRS decision as a major victory

"It's more than just a win because, thanks to the IRS letter, pastors now know they have the freedom to act as we always believed they had," said Kelly J Shackelford, an attorney who represents Niemoller.

"It's the liberals' nightmare - they accidentally caused the IRS to put it in writing," said Mr Shackelford, who is chief counsel for the Liberty Legal Institute, a First Amendment and religious-liberties group headquartered in Plano, Texas.

Mr. Shackelford said the foundation retained the Liberty Legal Institute, which then gathered a team of legal experts to defend the foundation. In an unusual move, Liberty Legal attorneys not only sought a win, but also an IRS guidance letter making clear such pastors' events are approved and valid. The IRS letter approving the events is just what they hoped for.
Lutheran pastor Lawrence White, director of the Niemoller Foundation, said: "The IRS has unequivocally affirmed the right of pastors nationwide to come together as spokesmen for the Word of God, to interact with political leaders, historians and scholars in discussing the moral issues under debate within our culture, to assert their Biblical responsibility, to address such issues from their pulpits"

The IRS ruling is expected to help Mr. Perry in his expected primary face-off with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison next year. Conservatives, who generally speak highly of Mr. Perry, nonetheless are carefully eyeing both Mr. Perry and Mrs. Hutchison, and religious voters probably will be the bloc that tips the primary toward one or the other.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bill Cox Hammers Republicans at Dinner

Former State Legislator and Federal Highway Administrator Bill Cox wasted no time Friday night going after the Republicans. Using humor and statistics, Cox dressed down McConnell, Bunning and Trey Grayson.

Cox started with Bunning referring to his Senate career as an embarrassment to the people of Kentucky. Daring the audience to name one single thing the Republican Party had done for the people of Kentucky, Cox went through a litany of accomplishments the Democrats had provided the folks of Kentucky. From TVA to the State Parks System, from the Parkways to running water, Cox proclaimed the accomplishments of the Democrats.

Cox held up and read press releases from the OMB coming from the end of the Clinton and Bush Administrations comparing the differences. Clinton left office with the largest surplus in history while paying down the Nation's debt. Bush on the other hand left the Nation with no surplus and a huge deficit.

Cox said that regardless of who the nominees for U.S. Senate were this year the Democrats would win. Replacing Bunning with Trey Grayson would not help the Republican cause proclaimed Cox. "Now let's talk about Trey Grayson, "Little Lord Fauntleroy," said Cox.

Grayson- "Little Lord Fauntleroy"

Cox inferred that Grayson might provide a new face for the Republicans but had nothing new to offer the people of Kentucky. "The Democrat Party is the Party of family values", said Cox, referring to the Democrat beliefs of helping people. Cox reminded the crowd that Social Security, Education and Health Care are all rooted in family values.

The Breathitt Dinner had a pretty good attendance for an off year. Senator Joey Pendleton spoke also regarding the state of the Commonwealth. Pendleton also presented the Breathitt Award to Circuit Clerk Gary Haddock and Barbara Morris. Christian County Party Chairman Lindsey Adams served as MC. I gave the invocation and prayed for all the Libbbbbberal souls. House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley was not able to come whereas he and Chief Justice Minton were attending a National Judicial Conference in North Carolina.

Beshear, Dr. Dan and Conway did not come. Conway did send a letter that was read. and provided some campaign materials. No one represented Dr. Dan or the Governor.

Folks from Todd County, Hopkins County, Calloway County and Lyon County were also in attendance.

Bill Cox also served as a special assistant to Governor Julian Carroll, Mayor of Madisonville and most recently served as State Revenue Commissioner in the Beshear Administration where he set a record for the amount of tax revenue collected for the Commonwealth.

Bill Cox resides in Louisville and as most know his son Will Cox Jr. is presently the Mayor of Madisonville.

Coach Giordano: A Legend is Gone

A two time college football All American and former Caldwell County Football Coach Al Giordano passed away at Vanderbilt on Friday. Coach "G" will be laid to rest this evening with a funeral mass to be held at 4pm at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Princeton, KY.
Coach "G" was at the top of that Caldwell County mafia and coaching tree I have often written about on the Underground Rooster. If you had coached or played a sport in West Kentucky in the last 50 years it's probably a good guess that you had known or heard of Al Giordano.
For all the things that could be said about our end of the state, of which many would be true, here is a good example of a guy who came from New York and found success in the Rural South. As a product of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization, Coach "G" traveled the country playing baseball with the Dodgers farm team. You can go to the Times Leader link below for further details regarding Coach "G"s time with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
As fate would have it Fred Clayton would offer an assistant football position to Coach "G" at Caldwell County and thus began a coaching career there that lasted 45 years.
Twice an All American in Football at Murray State University, Al Giordano had been inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame, the Murray State Hall of Fame, the KHSAA Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Softball Hall of Fame and the Caldwell County Hall of Fame. Not to mention a veteran of the Korean War.
Coach "G" had served as the Head Football Coach at Caldwell County from 1972-85, had been the Head Baseball Coach, the Golf Coach for which he won a State Championship, an assistant Basketball Coach, and also the Girls Softball Coach for which he led them to 3 State Tournaments in a 5 year span.
Coach "G" was always a very gracious friend to me. I remember asking an receiving his help for Judge Hollenbach. Coach "G" liked people who liked athletics and Judge Hollenbach also being of the same faith did not hurt any. His daughter Jill Giordano is an attorney in Princeton and served as Democrat Party Chair. On more than one occasion I would drive Coach Fred Clayton and his wife up to Princeton so they could have dinner and hang out with the Giordano's at the Elks Club. Coach "G" always bought my dinner and sent me into the next room to play like a little kid. If you have ever been to the Elks in Princeton then you know what I'm talking about.
For all the success and fun I enjoyed coaching with Craig Clayton at Hopkinsville I believe the thing I have appreciated the most was the opportunity to have gotten to know the coaches who dominated the Grid Iron for so long in West Kentucky. Fred Clayton, Fleming Thornton, Al Giordano, Ken Barrett, Ty Holland, Jack Morris.
They are all just about gone now but what a group of coaches from a great era of football. Coach "G" always treated me like a son and while that doesn't make me special because I'm sure there are hundreds of if not thousands who would make the same claim. I will say that Coach "G" and I had a special relationship and those things that could be said are now gone with him and will die with me.
Al Giordano is survived by a wife and three daughters.
(Note: Permission was granted and my thanks to John Brush and the Murray State University Meida Relations office for their help and use of thier picture)
Links on the life, death and career of Al Giordano

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rep. Tilley Attends National Judicial Conference

Rep. Tilley named to multi-state legal panel; also invited to summit on fair courts

Frankfort – Recognizing his work as chairman of the Kentucky House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Chief Justice John Minton have both recommended state Rep. John Tilley to play a role in two select groups that are focusing on legal matters.

Recently, Speaker Stumbo appointed Rep. Tilley to serve this year and next on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Law and Criminal Justice Committee.

Chief Justice Minton, meanwhile, has joined with the American Bar Association in selecting Rep. Tilley to take part in an invitation-only conference the association is hosting this week. The conference, which is being held in Charlotte, NC, will host representatives from each branch of government from every state, with a focus on helping the judicial branch have the resources they need to keep courts strong, efficient and responsive to those they serve.

“I am proud to be able to take part in both of these,” Rep. Tilley said. “They each offer many opportunities to learn how we can improve our court system here in Kentucky. I think we have one of the best in the nation, but there are always areas where we can do more.”
Rep. Tilley began his tenure as House Judiciary Chairman in January, and has been serving Christian and Trigg counties in the House since 2007.

Purchase Area Jefferson Jackson Dinner

The Purchase Area Jefferson Jackson Dinner sponsored by the Calloway County Democrats will be held June 19th in the Curris Center Ballroom at Murray State University. A Social Hour will begin at 6pm CST and the Dinner at 7pm.

Governor Steve Beshear is scheduled to be the keynote Speaker. Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo & State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach are also scheduled to attend.

Tickets are $27.00 per person if paid by June 15th. ($35.00 per person after June 15th). A table may be sponsored for $25.00. Sponsors and donors to the Silent Aution will be recongnized in the program.

For reservations or further information.

Kathy Jo Stuffblefield, 3100 Scott Fitts Road, Murray, KY 42071
270-753-3187 or cell 270-559-3625

Dottie Lyons, 1401 Johnson Blvd.,Murray, KY 42071
270-753-6351 or cell 270-832-1677

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Obama Goes after Ammo, Gun Owners

From the Shootist at www.theshootist.net

Obama has decided to attack gun owners as expected by limiting ammunition. Now as the article shows, DoD is now going to take away jobs and profit from American Companies so we can sell the brass to China for a lesser amount of money. Gun owners and sportsmen must be sure not only to contact their Congressman and Senators but we at home need to make sure where folks like Jack Conway and Dan Monjairdo stand. And I voted for Obama, God forgive me.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

DOD Ends Sale of Expended Military Brass to Remanufacturers

AND SO IT BEGINS...We all wondered when it was going to start--when the new administration would make their move against us as gun owners. Oh, everyone got upset about HR45--I'll bet I got over 100 e-mails warning me about this draconian gun registration bill that had been introduced in Congress.I was really glad to see Tom Gresham, host of "Gun Talk Radio," an editor, writer, television host on "Self-Defense TV," and one of the foremost gun spokespersons, come out and tell everyone to stop worrying about legislation so absolutely over-the-top--it would never get out of committee.Tom said save your energy for when we really need it--don't expend it trying to warn everyone in your e-mail list about legislation that would go nowhere.Now, Tom just interviewed me, and Larry Haynie, owner of Georgia Arms (http://www.georgia-arms.com/), on Gun Talk (http://www.guntalk.com/)--and Tom agrees, now is the time to "...unleash the hounds..." by which he means start e-mailing and writing your senators and congressmen.Now it has come clear...now we know what they intend to do.It is an end-run around Congress. They don't need to try to ban guns--they don't need to fight a massive battle to attempt gun registration, or limit "assault" weapon sales.Nope. All they have to do is limit the amount of ammunition available to the civilian market, and when bullets dry up, guns will be useless.Think we jest?Here are copies of two letters sent to Georgia Arms just Thursday evening--effectively cancelling a contract he had to purchase 30,000 pounds of expended military brass in .223, 7.62mm, and .50 caliber:

Dear Valued Customer:

Please take a moment to note important changes set forth by the Defense Logistics Agency:Recently it has been determined that fired munitions of all calibers, shapes and sizes have been designated to be Demil code B. As a result and in conjunction with DLA's current Demil code B policy, this notice will serve as official notification which requires Scrap Venture (SV) to implement mutilation as a condition of sale for all sales of fired munitions effective immediately. This notice also requires SV to immediately cease delivery of any fired munitions that have been recently sold or on active term contracts, unless the material has been mutilated prior to sale or SV personnel can attest to the mutilation after delivery. A certificate of destruction is required in either case.
Thank you,DOD Surplus
15051 N Kierland Blvd # 300Scottsdale, AZ 85254March 12, 2009

Larry HaynieGeorgia Arms
PO Box 238Villa Rica, GA 30180Re: Event 7084-6200:

Dear Larry Haynie,

Effective immediately DOD Surplus, LLC, will be implementing new requirements for mutilation of fired shell casings. The new DRMS requirement calls for DOD Surplus personnel to witness the mutilation of the property and sign the Certificate of Destruction. Mutilation of the property can be done at the DRMO, if permitted by the Government, or it may be mutilated at a site chosen by the buyer. Mutilation means that the property will be destroyed to the extent prevents its reuse or reconstruction. DOD Surplus personnel will determine when property has been sufficiently mutilated to meet the requirements of the Government.If you do not agree with the new conditions of your spot sale, please sign the appropriate box provided below stating that you do not agree to the new terms and would like to cancel your purchase effective immediately. If you do agree to the new terms please sign in the appropriate box provided below to acknowledge your understanding and agreement with the new requirements relating to your purchase. Fax the signed document back to (480) 367-1450, emailed responses are not acceptable.Please respond to this request no later than close of business Monday, March 16th, 2009.Sincerely,Government Liquidation.

Got that? From now on, remanufacturers of military brass will not be able to buy surplus brass from DOD--actually from Government Liquidators, llc.--the corporation that sells surplus materials for the U.S. government. At least, not in any form recognizable as once-fired brass ammunition.Now all brass ammunition will have to be shredded, and sold as scrap.Georgia Arms, who brought this to our attention, is the 5th largest ammunition manufacturer of centerfire pistol and rifle ammunition in the U.S."We're right up there behind Hornady," Larry Haynie told me.He also told me with the cancellation of his contract to purchase this brass, and the ending of his ability to purchase any more expended military ammunition, he will have to severely curtail his operation--laying off approximately half his 60-person work force.Haynie further pointed out this move is a stupendous waste of taxpayer money--reducing the worth of the brass some 80%--from casings, to shredded bulk brass.He stated most of this will now go to foundries where it will be melted down, cast in shippable forms, and likely be sold to China, one of the largest purchasers of U.S. metals on the open market.Haynie was manufacturing over 1 million rounds of .223 ammunition every month, which he sold on the civilian market to resellers, and to law enforcement agencies across the country.He will start tomorrow sending cancellations of orders for .223 to law enforcement agencies all over the country.You can expect this to affect every bullet you purchase in the future--with no reloaded ammunition available, the already strained new manufacturers will be unable to meet demand. They are already turning out everything they can build for the military market. The civilian market is stressed to the point even reloading components have become hard to find.Now, with this hit, ammunition prices will go through the roof in the next year.Your quality piece, sitting in your gun rack, will become a very expensive wood and steel, or plastic and steel club.

What can you do?Google "contact members of Congress" or simply type in http://www.congress.org/.When you reach that site, type in your zip code--it will give you all your representatives, senators, and their web pages.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Former U.K. Quarterback Indicted

Friday a Christian County Grand Jury indicted former U of K Quarterback Curits Pulley for Flagrant Non Support( Child Support). Pulley who is now considered a fugitive from justice faces arrest on this felony count.

As a Senior Quarterback at Hopkinsville High School, Pulley was named 2004 Kentucky Mr. Football. Pulley has shown great promise but has been dogged by his off the field problems. Pulley was forced to leave Kentucky and transfer to Florida A & M. This past season proved to be a banner year for Pulley who racked up record numbers for the Florida Rattlers.

Having served as one of Curtis Pulley's high school coaches I can say that Curtis has proven time and again do be a personal disappointment. Coaches don't believe kids are bad but sometimes do bad things. Curtis has failed to live up to any commitments he has made to the court system regarding this issue.

The court system has time and again taken into consideration Pulley's situation: A young man with serious talent who is also trying to get a college degree. The court system has tried for the last couple years to allow Pulley to live up to his responsibility as a father, pursue his education and sports. My sources tell me that Pulley failed at every level to show up to court, communicate with his attorney and or the Judge.

Some think that I have been too hard on Curtis since "Day One". I have always liked Curtis and been amazed by his talent and his stupidity. I received a great deal of criticism last year from fans, alumni and fellow coaches when I took it upon myself to rip down his "Mr. Football" banner/sign in the Hopkinsville High Athletic Facility or as we call it the "Block House".

Since Pulley left for Florida he has apparently just ignored his parental obligations totally. Curtis Pulley is somebody who can play on Sunday but he is like a cat with nine lives-I'm just not sure how many more lives he has?

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I don't usually respond to comments but I think I need to here. First of all the facts surrounding Curtis Pulley speak for them self. As far as being a horrible coach, well it was this horrible coach who acted on Curtis' behalf as an intermediary to help him. Don't recall any of his so called family offering to step up to the plate and help. Actually it's the friends and family that have been Curtis' problems.-his gangster friends and the ghetto mentality that he has always surrounded himself with.

It was this horrible coach that helped find him an attorney. It was this horrible coach that went pleading to the prosecutors to ask the Judge to withdraw bench warrants when Curtis failed every single time to show up for court. It was this horrible coach that Joke Phillips called to find out what was going on with his situation and probably not you. It was this horrible coach that worked with his attorney and the prosecutors to help secure a bare minimum Child Support allocation of a $100 a month so Curtis could continue his education, football and lived up to some parental responsibility.

I think that is great that Curtis visits his son. What he should have done was visit his attorney and the Judge which he failed to do in every single instance. In fact, his attorney had to show up in court and withdraw his representation as Curtis' attorney because Curtis would not even bother to return his phone calls or letters. In fact, Curtis would not bother to return phone calls of this horrible coach or other coaches who were trying to help him through his mess.

Other than one of his former coaches Steve Lovelace, Joker Phillips, the prosecutor, and Curtis' former attorney there is no one out there besides us that know all the facts. I assure you it ain't Curtis' family or so called friends. You may also want to check the court records to brush up on the facts.

In conclusion people who comment and don't leave their name have no credibility anyway. I have been more than fair regarding Curtis' situation note that I have not listed in detail his transgressions at the University of Kentucky or his other legal woes he encountered. Yes, I do believe I know all the circumstances regarding Curtis Pulley. Curtis would be the starting Quarterback at UK if he would have listened and taken the advice of horrible coaches like me instead of his friends. No, I am not God but I will go visit Curtis in the Christian County Jail and bring him a Bible because I think he should be ready for a "come to Jesus" talk.