Thorns & Roses: The Worst, Best & Most Absurd (7/3)

Gov. Selfie is projecting  |  Absurd

Gov. Matt “Elected on the Bell Curve” Bevin says cell phones are to blame for outbreaks of gun violence at schools. “This is a very, very, very dangerous tool in the hands of young people, and I don’t say that lightly or flippantly,” Bevin said, holding a phone in his hand, according to a Courier Journal story. His logic goes something like this: Cellphones make kids depressed, so they take psychotropic drugs, which make them suicidal and violent. This, from the man who takes more selfies than a tween at a P!nk concert, and wields his social media sword like Conan the Barbarian on meth.

And now… part of the story  |  Thorn

The report on the Louisville Metro Police Explorer Scout scandal is out, and, well… it isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, let alone its $142,000 price tag. It says the police erred in handling allegations of sexual abuse in the program. And that police Chief Steve Conrad allowed an accused cop to resign, rather than be fired, making it more likely he could get another police job. It found no evidence of a cover-up by police or the Mayor’s Office. But the investigator also told the council that the report is incomplete —  “some information was simply not available” that “might have changed our conclusions,” CJ reported. The lawyer for former Scouts said he hopes investigations by the FBI and others “fill those holes so that justice will be served.”

Confederate statues, bad  |  Rose and Thorn

The city panel deliberating on public art says in its final report that Confederate statues are bad. But it fails to recommend the fate of the bronze of Confederate John B. Castleman in Cherokee Triangle. We guess the mayor gets to decide. Hope it doesn’t take another year and another gallon of orange paint for him to figure out that Castleman has to go.

Take that, poor, sick people!  |  Thorn

Denied by the courts, Bevin has pulled dental and vision benefits for some 500,000 Medicaid users.

He retracts his head into his shell… that’s how  |  Thorn

Protesters shouted at U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and his wife Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao outside of Georgetown University. “How do you sleep at night?” one yelled repeatedly. Good question!