Thorns & Roses: The Worst, Best & Most Absurd

Thorn  |  GOP = More Shootings

Pssst… Want to know a secret? If you want more, better gun control, vote Democratic, because the GOP will continue to blame mass shootings on everything but guns. Take Gov. Matt “Oblivious” Bevin, who said video games are the cause: “There is zero upside to any of this being in the public domain, let alone in the minds and hands and homes of our young people.” It took our dear LEO founder, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, to put such nonsense to rest. “Everyone in the world has video games, but nobody has the kind of gun violence we have,” Yarmuth told Courier Journal. “To deny the obvious, that guns are what separate the United States’ situation from every other industrialized nation, to me is just a lack of leadership on all their parts.”

Absurd  |  Courier Journal Shoots Itself In Front Page

Just days and weeks after two school shootings in Florida and Kentucky, half of Courier Journal’s front page Sunday featured an ad for all manner of guns. The backlash for such tone deafness was immediate. Editor Joel Christopher got stuck with explaining the ad’s placement and timing (why not the publisher?). His unapologetic response was complete with the magic HR sentences:  “We recognize and appreciate the concerns,” and “We hear you and, as always, value your feedback.” He said the ad was “placed weeks ago by a longtime advertiser” before the recent shootings. He did not explain why the ad had to run and was not pulled by either refunding the money or letting the gun shop know that now is a bad time to advertise.

Thorn  |  Where The Sun Don’t Shine

Again failing to recognize his base (read: liberal Democrats), Mayor Greg Fischer has not taken a position on House Bill 227, which some say pits solar energy users against LG&E and coal. The mayor’s office was still “discussing the legislation with all sides to better understand the issues and concerns,” Fischer’s spokeswoman told CJ. The bill was filed nearly a month ago! Where have you been living, Mr. Mayor?

Absurd  |  Very Puny

Even as Republicans screw up the state, at least someone in the legislature is having fun. A release from the Legislative Research Commission noted that “Eye bill clears House, rolls to Senate.” (The bill seeks rules for online eye exams and prescriptions.)