Archive for September, 2013

Kentucky governor Steve Beshear wrote a wildly popular op-ed in the NYT…. well it was wildly popular with liberals who don’t live in Kentucky. Beshear, who’s a former businessman, is obviously shoring up his resume for a job in the Obama administration or Clinton Global Initiative or some such Democratic entity when his term ends. He’s way above the problems of his Kentucky Democratic Party, which is taking on a new layer in its widening sexual harassment scandal.

Long-time Democratic Rep John Arnold resigned a couple of weeks ago after charges of repeated groping and such by 3 female employees of the LRC [Legislative Research Commission]. Their former boss, director Bobby Sherman  resigned September 20 amid claims he pretty much told the women to lie there and think of the KY Democratic Party. After he resigned, Sherman came into the building on a Sunday and shredded documents for two hours but hey, that was nothing. Old personal junk mail, unimportant official documents. Nothing much. Just stuff that required him to reenter his former workday on a deserted Sunday – he says he was accompanied by a couple of administrators – and destroy a bunch of nothing much. [See my multiple earlier posts for more info]

Now one of the women has fingered another Democrat and accused him of harassment and retaliation when she complained. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130925/NEWS01/309250120/2nd-Kentucky-legislator-accused-sexual-harassment  The new accusation  made against Rep Will Coursey [D-Symsonia] also claims he hit on multiple interns. He denies the charges,

A new little tidbit emerged in this article:

Sherman also was the subject of an anonymous complaint to legislative leaders in 2007 that accused him of having an affair with a woman on his staff.

Ugh. If these women are telling the truth, it must have been awful in Frankfort, what with Democratic legislators treating female employees as a sexist happy hunting ground and punishing anyone who dared to complain. We know this would be a national scandal all over NBC if the accused were GOP legislators but this goes beyond politics. No one should have to work under these circumstances, if true.

And Steve, you might want to look out your window and try to help your KY Dem Party before this KY Dem Sex Abuse Scandal eats up your nice little lucrative future.

[Update: I was trying so hard to make sure I got the latest and best news on the sex harassment scandal that I carelessly misspelled Gov Steve Beshear’s name. I know how it’s spelled, but I wasn’t paying attention to that.]

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In August two women employees of the Kentucky LRC [Legislative Research Commission] went to the Legislative Ethics Commission and accused long-time state Rep John Arnold [D-Sturgis] of repeated sexual harassment. They also claimed  they had been told to cover it up rather than hurt the Kentucky Democratic Party.  Recognizing the potential of a full-blown political and legal scandal, some members of the party jumped in front of the media and expressed outrage, in addition to ignorance of any harassment. A third woman then came forward with similar claims and Arnold resigned September 13, still claiming his innocence but lamenting that his political career was ruined by the publicity.

The woman claimed they had tried to resolve the problem by going through the proper channels at LRC but their complaints were hushed-up by LRC head RobertBobby” Sherman.  An internal review reported the LRC supervisors acted properly, which provided political and possible legal cover but  didn’t do much to resolve the issue. A week ago on Friday, September 20th,  Sherman resigned. Now we find out that he went into the LRC building last Sunday, when no one was working, and shredded numerous documents. He and the KY Democratic Party are in active offense by claiming he only destroyed private papers and old, unimportant documents that had nothing to do with the scandal. The latest story is that he was accompanied by a couple of other administrative employees.

A number of obvious questions: After resigning, how did he get into the LRC? Did the other employees allow him to enter the building? [Man, if my boss quit, then called me to let him into his old office so he could shred documents on a Sunday, I would hang up on him]. If he no longer worked there, wasn’t that trespassing? He worked there a number of years and couldn’t destroy private and unimportant documents while he worked there but felt the urgency to to do that after he resigned? The biggest question, if he had a right to be there and he was innocently shredding private and outdated papers, why did he do so in a deserted building? Why didn’t he come in Monday morning and do that in full view of other employees on a work day?

A Republican lawmaker has asked the Kentucky State Police to launch an investigation into the shredding. Here’s the story from my local Ashland newspaper: http://dailyindependent.com/local/x703123010/Lawmaker-calls-for-KSP-probe-into-shredding  Too bad Sherman and his ex-underlings didn’t call the KSP to watch him shred the documents, eh?

How will this affect the women’s case? They’re not too happy.  The lawyer for the original two women rightly notes that the KSP has a close working relationship with the state legislature and they can’t reproduce the shredded documents. Personal junk mail? Secret memos of the women complaining of repeated abuse and the LRC response? Who knows? http://www.state-journal.com/latest%20headlines/2013/09/26/kentucky-state-police-open-investigation-into-records-shredding-by-former-legislative


According to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, officials are allowed to destroy records so long as they meet retention requirements, such as the rule to maintain recordings of special committee meetings for eight years. State statute also says a person who intentionally destroys records without proper authority can be charged with a Class D felony.

          Deputy LRC Director Robert Jenkins said he was not sure if Sherman used a records destruction certificate — a filing process encouraged by Libraries and Archives to help track records.

          Barbara Teague, the state archivist, noted that the matter could be referred to the Kentucky attorney general if officials suspect wrongdoing, but said she didn’t want to make a “snap judgment” and that the department would need more information to determine if rules were broken


How will this affect the Kentucky Democratic Party and their decades-old stranglehold of Frankfort and state politics? How will this affect Clinton candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes #WarOnWomen against Mitch McConnell next year and its seed corn of Hillary’s presidential run using that same theme? The War looks different when it’s used against Democrats, doesn’t it?

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And it’s a Monday, too

PDS 18 (5)

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This Sunday In My Church

September 29, 2013

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude: Antiphon III [Marcel Dupre]

Call to Worship

Opening Hymn: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise [St Denio]

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Response of Thanksgiving: Gloria Patri

Sharing the Peace

Children’s Sermon

Anthem: Cantate Domino [Giuseppe Pitoni]

Old Testament Lesson: Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15

Sung Psalm 91: Within Your Shelter, Loving God  [St Flavian]

Gospel Lesson: Luke 16:19-31

Sermon: The Great Chasm

Sermon Hymn: Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life [Germany]

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed

Offering Invitation

Offertory: If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee [Elias Oechsler]

The Doxology

Prayer of Dedication

Closing Hymn: Come, Labor On [Ora Labora]

Charge and Benediction

Benedictory Response: Duke Street

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All day I thought this was a joke but…


You just can’t believe the office of the President of the United States of America would send support or send such dopey stuff. No one is clearly taking credit for them, but the tweets clearly state White House. Sadly, others have noted that much of the Obama base seems to respond to such dopey tweets and emails, including some past very creepy stuff that raised Obama lots of money.

The government is set to take over control of one-fifth of our nation’s economy in an experiment that will “radically transform” our country and the president’s administration sends out silly fluff like this. The Adorable Care Act?


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Let’s face it, we’ll get plenty of use for it in the next few years.

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