Thorns & Roses: The Worst & Best (11/16)

Vandalism trumps thinking  |  Thorn

“Trump Build That Wall” was written on the base of the “The Thinker” statue outside of UofL’s Grawemeyer Hall. The statue, which is the first large-scale bronze casting of Auguste Rodin’s sculpture, is said to have been intended to depict “The Inferno” poet Dante looking down on Hell. Yes, we are.

Put passion in compassion  |  Rose

Hoping to soften the surge in threats that refugees and immigrants are enduring, the Americana Community Center has asked for letters of support from the community. Write to: Americana, 4801 Southside Drive, Louisville, KY 40214.

Vape-orize, please  |  Rose

Fifty-eight percent of local residents say the city should expand its smoking ban to include e-cigarettes and hookahs, a health department survey says. It comes after, and in support of, Mayor Greg Fischer’s push to ban vaping in indoor public areas. Now, if only such a ban applied to the scourge of vape shops and hookah lounges littering the city.

Elected royals — get to work!  |  Thorn

Presumptive state House Speaker Jeff Hoover says the GOP will work with Democrats. Blah, blah and blah. But his remarks to The Courier-Journal gave us a clue as as to why so little gets done. “If we’re supposed to start at 2, we’re going to start at 2. We’re not going to start at 2:20 or 2:30,” he said. Oh, and no more 90 minutes introducing guests, he said.

Put that in your stack and smoke it  |  Thorn

While Donald Trump and Gov. Matt “Oblivious” Bevin work to end the non-existant war on coal, the results of such nonsense are apparent right here in the River City. New UofL research finds it is getting warmer earlier here and for longer, possibly extending smog seasons and encouraging more insects, according to a CJ story. So Mssrs. Trump and Bevin, deny the science at y(our) own peril.

Now for something not new  |  Thorn

Hey guys! Another craft-beer bar and restaurant is opening! It reportedly will have 24 beer taps, “American fare” and some kind of signature dish. Finally, a place to drink beer and eat food!