Tuesday, February 2, 2016

EVERYONE LOST IN IOWA



‘Cept maybe Cruz, but then he is now everyone’s target.

Trump didn’t make first.  Rubio did do well, but he is also a new target, and if he is the “establishment” candidate the GOP is still in trouble.

Bernie and HRC drew.  On to NH and South Carolina.

The polls got it wrong (again) even the “gold standard of polls.”

Some political reporters, whose short memory doesn’t go back to HRC and 2008, were still referring to her as “invincible," but good ole Bob Schieffer on CBS said “In no way is this a Clinton win.”  "Rat on!”

Rand didn’t get the message and drop out…but he still has time.

Now under the “friends and neighbors” theory of some reporters, Bernie will take NH…cause he lives next door. But then Romney from Mass. didn’t win NH, and Hubert from Minn. Lost Wisconsin in ’60 to JFK.

It’s still a long way to the conventions. Maybe, just maybe the media and the pollsters will get smarter…and the voters, too.

I'm just sayin'...

Sunday, January 3, 2016

UP YOUR CAUCUS

With each release of new details from state GOP headquarters about the Rand Paul caucus in March, the folly and stupidity of that decision becomes clearer and clearer.

Parties are supposed to be based on principles, which if not eternal are at least supposed to last a while...not a person, whose lifespan is finite. Yet the 2016 caucus is strictly and solely to help Sen. Paul’s flagging presidential campaign.

But now, it turns out, the party doesn’t even have enough caucus sites to let all party members vote in their home counties. (Another argument to consolidate our counties, but…) At last report, there are no sites in 9 counties. People, we are not electing a dogcatcher here, it’s eventually the President of the United States.  But the Kentucky GOP can’t find places for all its members to vote?  Meadow Muffins!

Were I the ACLU (or maybe even a former Kentucky Democrat who has changed registration) I’d sue. This is a denial of freedom, of the right to vote.

And in other counties, we have all of four caucus sites. Does anyone truly believe that’s enough for Fayette or Jefferson counties?  On election day, Fayette has about 200 precincts to elect constables, so four should do nicely---for President.

If Sen. Paul (and Kentucky Republicans) truly believe in  “one person, one vote” or the rule of law, they would end this farce.  Maybe it takes the good senator’s difficult but necessary decision  to drop out of the race...then we could go back to sanity...and he would have made a true contribution to American democracy.

Time flies, Sen. Paul..and History awaits.

I'm just sayin'...

Sunday, December 27, 2015

HERE WE GO…AGAIN

The more I learn, not that anyone has told us citizens much, about the new group taking over CentrePointe, the more unhappy I get.

The city granted the new group a 30 day extension NOT to fill in our most famous sinkhole downtown. Who knew such extensions were possible? I don’t remember that being in the first, euphoric announcement from city hall.

Or that the holdings group can get 3 more such extensions?

Meanwhile, the city says the new group is “making progress."  They are interviewing “construction managers” (didn’t Mr. Webb do a similar thing and aren’t his results available to us? Are we inventing the wheel again?) and “architects!” Meadow Muffins!  Another architect? Another plan for the hole?  (see comment earlier about what Mr. Webb did) —and the SEVERAL plans for the building.)

And, BTW, the new group hasn’t told the city (or us) about its financing! What banks are involved, if any? Doesn’t this sound all-too-familiar? Wasn’t this the festering stumbling block for Mr. Webb’s plans?

Are we being strung along and sold a bill of goods that just might come crashing down (again) IF the city decides NOT to include a new city hall as part of the CentrePointe plans, which is its right, but which might give these new people an excuse to wash their hands of the project entirely.

And, BTW, the city is spending $200,000 on a feasibility study...do we lease or build a new city hall? That report is not expected until after the first 30 day extension runs out. My first prediction for 2016:  LFUCG will grant a 2nd 30 day extension because the timetables for these two projects don’t coincide.

We are being kept in the dark entirely too much here...and I’m afraid everything points to a repeat of the problems we had with Mr. Webb.

And we were supposed to have learned from that experience.

I'm just sayin'...

Sunday, December 20, 2015

DEBATE, DEMOCRACY, AND DUMB

Saturday night’s debate among the 3 Democratic candidates for president was a far cry from similar GOP events. These 3 said things, substantial things, and while there is plenty of room to disagree, they didn’t demagogue—as several of their Republican counterparts have.

Local media screwed up...I saw several print and broadcast stories that did not mention at what time or channel the debate would air. TV Guide totally messed up...listing this as a Republican debate; sheesh!

And ABC opened with questions about the Sanders breach of voting data, a totally “inside the beltway” topic that doesn’t interest 90% of voters at all, and contributed to the lament that the “media doesn’t understand us” from citizens.  (Soon, however, the debate did get  into “real” issues.)

Congress passed a 2000 page spending and tax cutting program, amid cheers of a new “bi-partisan” atmosphere in Washington.

Meadow Muffins!

Lost in every news story I saw was that the legal deadline to pass these bills, and stop a government shutdown, was last October first—a deadline Congress under either party’s control, has missed for years.  And the “sequester”—that device held up a few months ago as the way to keep the government open—was reversed. Congress still doesn’t have its act together.  And just wait—there will be a slew of stories pointing out the hidden parts of these bills  (no one read them all before passage!) that will give the “special interests” what they wanted, whether the public approved or not.

Don’t get the idea that these people, for all their experience are “the smartest guys in the room.” Defense Secretary Ash Carter had to reveal that he used his private e-mail system for government business—the very thing HRC has been scorched for months for doing...and which may be illegal.

Dumb, Mr. Secretary, D-U-M, dumb!

Meanwhile a poll indicates perhaps we citizens DO get the government we deserve. 30% of Republicans supported bombing the kingdom of Agrabah. 13% said No. 19% of Democrats surveyed wanted to attack Agrabah, 39% opposed.

Agrabah doesn’t exist; it is fictional. As the USA Today report indicated, no one Googled it, which continued a trend of people being polled expressing firm opinions, 20 to 40% of the time, on fictional issues and legislation. The Margin of Error wasn’t given in the story I saw, but was probably very high, maybe 100%.

I'm just sayin'...

Monday, December 14, 2015

EXCERPTS FROM A CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S NEWS CONFERENCE

I know that not all these people are bad…but all the troubles we have had have stemmed from just this group.

They have beheaded our people.

They have killed innocent women and children in their offensive activities.

They have spread their diseases among us, resulting in many untimely deaths.

Some argue we should send all of them back to their homes…others that we should admit no more of them into our land.

I have decided to convene a conference of all our allies until we can figure out what- in -hell to do about these English.

SQUANTO,  Chief, Mass. Bay Tribal Council.

I'm just sayin'...

Sunday, December 6, 2015

A SHORTSIGHTED DECISION

The city, thru the Civic Center, is pulling the plug on the small, twin spires RR station RJ Corman built behind the Civic Center. Some legal dispute I don’t have details on is responsible, and has gone on for some time. When the lease ends, the end of this month, Corman will be out of the property and also end the dinner train that originates there.

This is a bad situation all the way around.

I don’t mean to take sides, since I am not privy to the legal arguments, but I can put forth two ideas why the city and the Corman firm should settle their difference. Surely reasonable people can find a way.

One, the dinner train is a tourist attraction...and as much push as Kentucky and Lexington are  putting behind tourism, we can ill afford to give up on such a unique  attraction.

Two, but permit me to suggest another reason. Such a train station could serve as downtown Lexington’s point of departure for a  regularly scheduled train to Frankfort—a service decided in large part to appeal to state workers, delivering them to the old downtown Frankfort station, by the History Center, and getting their cars off the interstate during morning & evening rush hours.

Single diesel passenger cars exist, often double deckers, to handle such traffic...and a schedule of morning departures from Lexington, and evening departures from the capital could be arranged. (It would also serve shoppers in both cities, and tourists because our capital city is such a draw.) Although they fluctuate, I’m betting such a train could operate more cheaply than gasoline prices would allow state employees to drive round trip. City buses meeting the trains could get state employees to their jobs, but a lot of them work within blocks of the Frankfort  station.

BUT, hold on a moment. IF this plan works (with lower rates for those buying five day tickets, etc), then a similar system could be set up between Louisville (which has been pondering light rail for a while) and the Frankfort station to get River City state employees off I-64 (in good weather and in bad!) which would certainly help that beleaguered road—tied up so very frequently with accidents.

So NOW we have a passenger train system  that runs between Lexington and Louisville, via the Frankfort connection. Am I the only one who sees all sorts of possibilities and advantages in this? 

But it needs a station, a departure point in our city. Why tear down the logical place for that point, the Corman station..and build another one later when city and state work out the details?

Our two mayors are supposed to be co-operating on projects for the good of both towns. Here’s one.

I'm just sayin'...

Monday, November 30, 2015

SOME KENTUCKY BROADCAST THOUGHTS



The Courier-Journal recently ran a story that its market had the 7th highest number of TV commercials for attorneys among top markets in the US.  When I mentioned this to a Lexington TV executive his answer was..."Only because Lexington wasn’t surveyed!”


My daughters tell me a local radio station, and one in Louisville, have  been playing nothing but Xmas music since the day after Halloween.  This is beyond stupid; it is UNAmerican. If true, (there is no way I will search the local dial to find out; sorry—maybe on 12/15…) I hope their staffs are getting hazard pay...and psychological counseling.


I was watching the PBS NewsHour tudder night when it was interrupted constantly by the loss of both video and audio.  I started counting the dropouts and when I got to 60 called KET. The receptionist said its picture was clear, so I called Time Warner cable, which I how I got the program.  A nice lady answered, in Florence, Ky., which means after business hours TWC appears to have NO ONE locally to answer our calls. She did NOT know of the problem, but checked and, in time reported “massive outages in N. Ky., S Indiana, Louisville and Lexington.” When I asked didn’t TWC monitor its channels for such problems the answer was “No, we depend on viewer calls to alert us.”

Which, IMHO, is a helluva way to run any business.

LFUCG, are you listening?


How many channels does the SEC Network have? I have seen references to: SEC, SEC overtime, SEC alternative, SEC secondary, and several more.  I THINK it only has two, but given the various references, by different names, on local TV and in print, I am not sure. Can our local media not get together (with the network) and agree on the same set of terms to avoid viewer confusion…and more watching for them?

I'm just sayin'...