REALLY GOTTA GO — Bar Bathrooms: Loving and loathing Louisville loos

If you think about it, given any one night at a bar, you can spend a good deal of the time in the bathroom — waiting in line, doing your business, gossiping, re-applying lipstick or, for those with weak livers, white-knuckling the rim.

MySpace or yours? Social networking sites can give a false sense of security

As his boyfriend Zac Dreyer wrote in a blog on his page, April 6 wasn’t a typical Thursday for Jason Johnson, for several reasons. Dreyer was in town — Williamsburg, Ky., at the University of Cumberlands — visiting. The 18-year-old Eastern Kentucky University student and his 20-year-old boyfriend had come from EKU earlier in the day, and Johnson was on his way to a music class, running a little late. Dreyer just figured to sit in on the class, after which the two would go on about their day.

What a Week

Diversity celebratedProving he can be just as ironic (notice the similarity to the word “moronic”) as the next guy, Gov. Ernie Fletcher celebrated Diversity Day by cutting anti-discrimination protection for gay state workers. The move was largely seen as a suck-up to the Republican base, which likes to spend its waking hours desperately trying not to think about hot man-on-man action.

Prescience is as prescience does: Kevin Phillips has been right for a long time now

In 1969, Kevin Phillips, then a political analyst working for President Richard Nixon, wrote “The Emerging Republican Majority,” a book predicting that the political and racial strife of the 1960s would culminate in a national political reversal that would transform the American political landscape, lead to an upsurge of Southern power, and result in Republican control of the U.S. government.

The ghouls of downtown: Mr. Ghost Walker introduces spectators to specters at his weekly storytelling walks

Four years ago, when Robert Parker began leading his walking ghost tours of downtown Louisville as “Mr. Ghost Walker,” the experience took on an eerie ambiance not only because of his creepy stories and useful hand gestures, but also because Fourth Street — the corridor where the walk begins and ends — was a ghost town itself.

Single in an unfamiliar city: Can you really bond over a Hot Brown?

I’m not overly materialistic, but I will admit that a diamond can make you do crazy things

Does Ernie Fletcher hate gay people?

Last week the governor issued an executive order removing gays from the state’s anti-discrimination policy. Smells like bigotry to us.

Short News: In the shadow of the shoes

Of every regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly I’ve covered since 1996, the 2006 session — which adjourned last Wednesday — was among the better ones.Kentucky Resources Council Director Tom FitzGerald, by contrast, called it “a half-shoe session.” This comes from an environmentalist, lawyer and lobbyist who’s known for his distressed shoes.

Video to go is here to stay. What are your preferences?

BY CHAD THOMASPortable music players are so passé. These days, devices that merely play music represent the low end of the digital media market. Most portable music players have expanded into the world of video, and here’s a look at three different devices that each tackle the concept of mobile video in their own unique way.

And they’re off: There are four Democratic ponies in the race to see who takes on Northup. Three look good.

Somewhere in the distance during last Thursday’s Democratic Primary debate for the Third District Congressional seat could be heard a bugle sounding the iconic notes of the “Call to the Post.”