Playing in Poop: Boy it got ugly in Southwest Louisville last night. Nearly 200 residents came out to give MSD executive director Bud Schardein an earful. The issue is the new drainage system in Metro Louisville, which many in the southwest believe sewage from the East End will be dumped in their part of the city. The sewer district officials say nothing is final and it’s propaganda being spread by the usual suspects (Chris Thienemen, Councilman Doug Hawkins, etc.), which makes for entertaining local television.
Remember Them: It’s Veterans Day, a holiday without presents but no less important. It’s a time we should at least remember the men and women who sacrificed everything whether we agreed with the wars they fought or not. It has been easy to forget, especially since only 28% of adults are able to name how many (approximately 4,000) Americans have died in the Iraq war. According to the Pew Research Center, we in the media have done a terrible job. They report that news stories devoted to the war dropped from an average of 15% in July 2007 to 3% in February 2008. Let’s remember that 18 veterans commit suicide daily and 200,000 are homeless and 1/5 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffer PTSD or major depression.
Keys to the City: In Louisville, did you know Nov. 11 is also Christopher 2X Day?
Meet the Bushes: The big story yesterday was President Bush and President-elect Obama meeting and chatting at the White House. The historic transition of power between Bush and Obama is going well, we’re told, and received the usual body language punditry and guessing game over what exactly they talked about. I’m guessing it wasn’t their matching ties. For a number of reasons this is important: first presidential transition during wartime since 1968 and first since 9/11. It also gives a window into Obama’s political style. While gracious to the president and his wife, the Obama team says the president-elect is reviewing his predecessor’s executive orders and will quickly reverse many Bush actions, such as the ban on stem-cell research and torture policy. Velvet meet Hammer.
Prop 8: Buried beneath everything Obama, the ban on gay marriage that passed in California on Election Day has raised a shit storm. Democratic legislators are planning to take the vote to the state Supreme Court. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opposed it but no Republican in Cali’s state legislature has stepped up. The vote has been a troubling development for the left, especially since the exit polls showed 70 percent of African-Americans backed Prop 8, proving civil rights doesn’t equal liberal values. Also, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann made an impassioned special comment last night. Watch. Will Mr. Hope eventually chime in? Doubtful.
What the fuck?: “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough let the f-word slip out live on television yesterday morning. After he said it the world was still at peace. Imagine that. I could care less and actually like Scarborough, but remember his “outrage” over Janet Jackson’s nipple?