Thorns & Roses: The Best & Worst (6/22)

Jun 22, 2016 at 11:07 am
Thorns & Roses: The Best & Worst (6/22)

The exodus of Pharaoh Ramsey and the trustees

We are not sure whether this is good. Gov. Matt “Twitter-clown” Bevin said UofL President James Ramsey will offer his resignation, and he is appointing 10 members of a 13-member Board of Trustees. Given Bevin’s continued push to use of his executive powers to stack state boards, we are suspicious, to say the least. To say the most: Sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.


A state appeals court has ordered a Lexington clinic to halt abortions, at least temporarily, leaving only one in the state. Bevin says the clinic needs a license, but the clinic says it doesn’t because it is a physician’s office. “This case is not about a woman’s right to an abortion,” Judge Allison Jones wrote for the court, adding that Bevin is “not seeking to prevent women from obtaining abortions,” but rather is seeking “its rights to regulate the manner in which abortions are performed in this Commonwealth.” And they say justice is blind. Here’s your proof.

CJ finds a standard

Speaking of Bevin, we mused, and were amused, recently on this page about The Courier-Journal’s use of the word asshole in a story. Last week, the paper published an unrelated clarification, saying that an “editor’s misjudgment” led to the use of “language that is not acceptable” in the Rants and Raves column. The best we can tell is that a reader had called Bevin a “constant fellator of corporate donors.” Well, isn’t he?

“Though bladed corn be lodged and trees blown down ...”

As Louisville plants more trees to keep the city from melting into the Ohio River, from on high came a thundering message: Plant more! One of the recent storms blew down a tree in the Central Park, crushing benches used by Kentucky Shakespeare-goers. To help the Bard get back on his seat, visit

We’re No. 14!

Another list that we are racing to the top of, when we want to be on the bottom: Louisville metro is the 30th most-populous in the nation, but a new report says it ranked No. 14 for percentage change in homicides from 2014-2015. (Nashville was No. 3!)