Thorns & Roses: The Worst & Best (7/20)

Jul 20, 2016 at 11:15 am
Thorns & Roses: The Worst & Best (7/20)

Did Trump lay a Quayle egg? (Thorn)

Republican presidential perspirant Donald Trump has chosen ultra-conservative, gay-attacking, immigrant-hating Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. We are not sure what to think. While we are glad to see Pence go (he cannot run for governor and vice president simultaneously), we worry that his Midwestern appeal, actual experience in government and meted, sober, adult demeanor on the hustings may help Trump. On the other hand, Indiana did produce Dan Quayle.

UofL’s ‘fresh start’ smells (Thorn)

The new UofL Board of Trustees may have met in closed session illegally while discussing President James “Pharaoh” Ramsey, according to The Courier-Journal, which deserves plaudits for challenging the legality of the meeting. The Kentucky Open Meetings Act allows closed meetings for discussions of the hiring, firing or disciplining. Board Chairman Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman said none applied. So much for the “fresh start” touted by Gov. Matt “I do what I do, not what I say” Bevin.

all stories matter (Thorn)

We were shocked to see the The Courier-Journal front page Monday: “Rally for police draws nearly 100.”  The CJ made no mention of the rally held by supporters of Black Lives Matter and Stand Up for Racial Justice, which also drew roughly 100 people Sunday. From a purely-journalistic standpoint, both were worth covering. But how could The CJ have not been aware of the BLM-SURJ rally, or decide to not cover or mention it?

Bread and Pokémon (Thorn)

We are poised on the precipice of a democratic disaster of yuge proportions, mass violence is rocking the world and climate change is provoking worldwide agricultural collapse — while you are stumbling around town looking for ... Pokémon.

for Forecastle (Rose)

Lineup, schmin-up. Forecastle 2016 was great, and attendance was up from last year, even with the heat, which means better things for us at next year’s festival. So shut up, you righteous, self-entitled hipsters, and go drink some more kombucha. Now, back to our Pokémon...