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Kentucky Forced Birthers’ Ultrasound Bill Clears Senate

vaginaKentucky Republicans are keeping the faith when it comes to passing forced ultrasound laws. They’ve been unsuccessful thus far, but if at first you don’t succeed, try try blah blah blah:

Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, would require doctors to conduct an ultrasound and present the resulting image to a woman before performing an abortion. The penalty for not performing an ultrasound would be a $100,000 fine for a first offense and up to $250,000 for additional violations.

[Democratic Senator Kathy] Stein said the bill is “a further attempt to restrict a legal medical procedure.” She also noted that it did not exempt women in cases of rape or incest.

Apparently, Forced Birthers in Kentucky have been trying for ten years because they’re nothing if not persistent in their zeal to control women’s lady-zones:

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Kentucky Man Claims Watermelon-Clutching Obama Mannequin Isn’t Racist

Kentucky resident and mannequin enthusiast Danny Hafley has come under fire for his interesting choice in lawn ornaments. Not content with the traditional pink flamingo or garden gnome, Hafley chose a life-size mannequin of the Kenyan-in-Chief holding a watermelon slice. Obama! Bomaye!

Hafley, of course, is pleased as punch about his mannequin, but not so pleased that he’s willing to own the racism of it all. The mannequin, you see, is his buddy. “He don’t talk and he don’t make no smart comments,” Hafley said of his mannequin buddy. (How nice for Hafley to have found a mannequin that doesn’t back talk and act all uppity like other black mannequins are wont to do.)

But racist? It’s not racist. It’s just freedom of speech.

Except it’s totally not “freedom of speech” and it totally is racist:

A Casey County man says the life-sized mannequin in his front yard of President Obama holding a slice of watermelon was meant as a joke and not a racist display.

“The way I look at it, it’s freedom of speech,” said Danny Hafley. “I don’t know how other people will take it.”

Hafley bought the Obama mask on sale after Halloween and put up the display around the time of November’s presidential election.

The mannequin, dressed in a grey suit, clip-on tie and blue-collared shirt, was originally standing in Hafley’s yard but the homeowner decided it would look better near the road.

“That’s my buddy,” Hafley said. “He don’t talk. Don’t make no smart comments. If I had a dollar for everyone who stopped and took a picture of it I’d be a millionaire.”

When asked the reason behind the watermelon, Hafley responded that he thought the figure “might get hungry standing out here.”

While several neighbors didn’t find anything wrong with the life-sized doll and said Hafley had the right to display it, one anonymous neighbor felt others would find it racist.

“If he wants to place it someplace else that would be fine,” said the neighbor. “We don’t have black people in this community but I’m sure they travel this road like everybody else does. They could be offended. I don’t agree with it.”

The neighbor added that the figure originally had a sign asking people to pray that Obama won’t destroy America.

Look — If you’re going to put an Obama mannequin on your lawn, and then if you’re going to go through the additional trouble of adding watermelon, for fuck’s sake man — own your racism! Wear it with pride! Don’t play the “freedom of speech” card or the lesser-known “my mannequin is hungry” card. What are you afraid of? Some bad press? This is your moment! Shine brightly!

This nonsense is making me miss the days of the KKK. Ah, the KKK. Now there was a group of people unafraid to drape their racism across their head and shoulders and poke holes in it (you know… so they could see.)

The KKK weren’t afraid of a little press. They weren’t afraid to step into the spotlight and shine brightly. Hell, they lit ginormous crosses on people’s lawn. Nothing shines more brightly than a 12-foot raging fire on the lawn of some hapless Negroes who didn’t have the sense to be born white.

Alas, those were the old days. These days, people cry “freedom of speech” when they get called out for their racist nonsense. (Even though freedom of speech has exactly nothing to do with it, which they would know if they knew what “freedom of speech” means, which they don’t (as I explained here) because they’re stupid.)

Now you’ve got asshats posting clearly racist crap right on their lawn, but then running scared when called out about it.

The way I see it, dude had an Obama mannequin on his lawn before the election. A non-racist one. Then after Obama won (crushing the hopes and dreams of Romney voters everywhere), he decided to add a skosh of racism. “A watermelon slice!” he thought. “That’ll do it.”

But rather than admit to his racism, this sad sack is running and hiding from it.

I guess they don’t make stand-up racists like they used to. Boy howdy.

[Lex18 via Wonkette]

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Exile on Fourth Street: Louisville restaurant bars black party from entry

Louisville’s 4th Street Live! area is operated by Cordish Operating Ventures of Baltimore, Md.

The Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge in Louisville’s “4th Street Live!” district is in the hot seat following the publication of the details of a lawsuit filed alleging its management barred a black party from making reservations.

The suit, filed in Jefferson County court by Andre Mulligan, alleges that he and his brother approached the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge management in August this year to secure reservations for an event scheduled for Aug. 18. According to Mulligan’s suit, the restaurant management “demanded to know the ratio of ‘black people’ to ‘white people’” in the party, and then refused to grant a reservation when Mulligan explained that everyone attending the party would be black.

When the Mulligans and their party showed up anyway on Aug. 18, the complaint says the 4th Street Live security personnel barred them from entry into the downtown area, which covers about two city blocks (the Baltimore-based Cordish Operating Ventures, which runs 4th Street Live, is also named in the complaint).

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Zandar’s Morning Read: Will The Tea Party Ditch Mitch?

Mitch isn’t worried about the left, he’s worried about his right flank.

As a Kentucky Democrat, I’d love nothing more than to see Mitch McConnell go down in flames in 2014 and booted out of the Senate.   But Old-Age Mutant Nimrod Turtle didn’t get to be the leader of the GOP Senate Filibuster All-Stars by being a political meathead.  He knows that with no challenger on the D side willing to even commit to a primary at this point, the only thing Mitch really has to worry about is a Tea Party retributive strike, especially if Romney crashes and burns (and this seems more and more likely).  Mitch can read the weather in Frankfort, and as such he’s loading up his campaign with Tea Party “revolutionaries”.

McConnell announced Thursday that he hired Jesse Benton — the tea party political operative who headed Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential primary race — to oversee a campaign that’s still two years away and still lacking an opponent.

“We’re committed to running a presidential-level campaign in Kentucky, and that starts with a presidential campaign manager,” McConnell said in a statement. “Jesse is literally the best in the business at building and organizing conservative grassroots movements, and I’m thrilled he’s chosen to return to Kentucky to lead my campaign.”

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Zandar’s Morning Read: Great Vengeance And Furious Anger

Earlier this week, Bon talked about the story of Lexington teenager Savannah Dietrich, the 17-year-old sexual assault victim who faced a six month jail sentence for contempt of court for tweeting the names of her attackers after the pair of young men who assaulted her (and circulated pictures of that, by the way) cut a plea deal in juvenile court.

Yet now it’s Dietrich who is in hot water. She was angry at the order stating she couldn’t speak of the juvenile hearing. Her attackers were given protection because they are minors, despite the fact that she is one as well and they attacked her, not the other way around. She unleashed her feelings on Twitter, which led to the defendant’s attorney calling her out on violating the order.

Dietrich admitted freely that she was violating the court order, but faces up to six months of jail time and a fine of up to $500. The remarkable thing is that the defendants in her case admitted guilt and took a plea bargain that got them a sweet deal. Now she may be the only one who does jail time over her own assault.

Well, it turns out the outcry here in Kentucky and across the country was so raucous that the contempt motion has been dropped.

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Not Too Proud Of My Old Kentucky Home Right Now

It’s 2011, almost 2012, and we have nonsense like this going on in the Bluegrass State where I live.

A small church in Pike County, Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from most church activities “to promote greater unity among the church body.”

Melvin Thompson, former pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist church, proposed the ban after Stella Harville brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, to services in June. Harville, who goes by the name Suzie, played the piano while Chikuni sang.

Before stepping down as pastor in August, Thompson told Harville that her fiance could not sing at the church again. Harville is white and Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe, is black.

Last Sunday, church members voted 9-6 in favor of Thompson’s proposed ban. Others attending the church business meeting declined to take a stand on the issue.

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Rand Paul: "People Who Believe in Universal Healthcare Believe in Slavery"

Libertarians? No, thank you. I’m full.

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Uh-oh.  Here I go again with all my blackity black talk. I will endeavor to keep a cool head.  I do not want to offend anyone’s sensibilities, nor would I like to be seen as one of “those people” who takes the bait when “scooby snacks” are dangled in front of them by “the white wing.”

::ahem::

Apparently, Rand Paul, a Senator from the state of Kentucky (and also a physician), believes that those of us who believe in universal healthcare believe in slavery.

What I have just relayed is true information, as evidenced by the sources cited below.

During a Senate hearing, Rand Paul had this to say:

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Meanwhile in Kentucky.

A quick antidote to yesterday’s dose of awful:

Apparently some church folk in Kentucky have decided that they will not be signing state marriage licenses unless and until Kentucky recognizes same-sex marriage, a decision that’s particularly significant (and, frankly, touching) as Kentucky is one of eleven states that voted to actually change their constitution in order to avoid giving civil rights to teh geyz.

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Take a Lesson From the Rand Paul Campaign: If You Stomp On Someone's Head, Complain that the Stompee's Head Was in the Way and Demand an Apology!

Tina Turner was right: All we need is life beyond the Thunderdome.

So, you know how some asshat who worked for the Rand Paul campaign straight up stomped on MoveOn activist Lauren Valle’s head?  According to Valle, Rand’s limousine pulled up; she walked up to the car to hand him a card; Rand’s security team ran around the car; they tackled her to the ground so that her head was on the curb with her harms behind her back; and, Tim Profitt stomped on her head.   HE STOMPED ON HER HEAD.

Valle says that she heard one of Paul’s security team say something about “taking someone out.” [Olbermann interview with Valle after the jump]

Of course the Asshats on the Right are trying to make light of the incident. Rand Paul went on to Fox News (because of course he did) and tried to downplay what had happened. When asked “What was your reaction that folks who were wearing Rand Paul tee shirts [I think you mean Rand Paul campaign volunteers, not random people off the street sporting shirts] and hats treated this woman this way [treated this way?! I think you mean STOMPED ON HER HEAD!]” Paul responded:

“We want everybody to be civil. We want this campaign to be about issues. I will tell you that when we arrived, there was enormous passion on both sides. It really was something where you walk into a daze of lights flashing, people yelling and screaming, bumping up. And there was a bit of a crowd control problem. And I don’t want anybody, though, to be involved in things that aren’t civil. I think this should always be about the issues and is an unusual situation that so many people, so passionate on both sides jockeying back and forth and it wasn’t something that I liked or anybody liked about that situation. So I hope in the future it’s gonna be better.

Enormous passion!? What the fuck? What, was it a reenactment of some Telemundo soap opera?!   Where you acting out a chapter from a Harlequin romance novel?!

THE DUDE STOMPED ON A WOMAN’S HEAD.  He didn’t rip off the bodice of her dress, murmur “My sweet Liberal Lady of Lust… mi amor!”  and then throw her down for some rousing lovemaking by the fire.   HE STOMPED ON HER DING DANG HEAD!!!

Jesus H. Bieber.  What is wrong with people?!

And, of course, leave it to Tea Party/Republican asshats to argue that the video was taken out of context, and is being used by crazy libruls to reinforce some off-the-wall notion that the Tea Party is full of jobs, both nut and whack.  I mean, duh. If you look at the video upside down, it looks like Profitt is actually putting a pillow under her head and giving her an ice cream cone:

[To read the rest, won't you join me as I try not to accidentally set stuff on fire over at John Cole's place of residence?  Click here to be magically transported to Balloon Juice!]

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Rand Paul Supporter Stomps on Female MoveOn.Org Activist's Neck; Claims She "Fell Down."

Idiocracy: It’s Not Just a Movie.

I’m really slammed this week.  I’ve got a ton to do before I peace out to D.C. to hang out with the non-crazyfaces at the Rally to Restore Sanity.  Wooooo!!

This week, I’m going to be posting mostly videos and short profane-laced blurbs.  I’m sure you will find it a welcome respite from my usual eleventy-four thousand word rants.

So, I’mma shut up now and let you watch these shenannies [yes, it's a dude stomping on a woman's neck... the dude later claimed that the woman fell. It's like these people haven't yet beheld the power of video or something]:

GO AWAY! ‘BATIN’!

[via Talking Points Memo]

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