Courier-Journal legend David Hawpe has passed away at age 78. We had lots of laughs over the years talking media, politics, and all things Kentucky. We both served on advisory boards for the College of Communications and Information at the University of Kentucky. Hawpe, the editor of Kentucky's Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper, taught me a valuable lesson in January 2002 by ripping my ass on the editorial page of the Sunday morning Courier-Journal. I wrote a blog post mocking livid UK fans in eastern Kentucky who were heaping scorn on Rick Pitino for taking the Louisville head coach job. A few days after I posted the sketch, the Lexington Herald Leader wrote a scathing front page piece entitled "Web site parody
The University of Kentucky's football series with the University of Florida has taken on a peculiar twist. Last year in Gainesville, the Kentucky Wildcats snapped a 31 game losing streak to the Florida Gators. UK linebacker Kash Daniel celebrated on the visitors' field. AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE! @steveaustinBSR pic.twitter.com/eq3cfstfNZ— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) September 9, 2018 This year in Lexington, the Gators won a dramatic contest over UK and a Florida player returned the gesture. pic.twitter.com/l12LTtRb5M— Alex Huelsman (@alex_huelsman) September 15, 2019 Beyond Florida's victory came an outpouring of angry Gator fans who saw Kentucky's Kash Daniel twist the ankle of their quarterback Kyle Trask. Daniel denied any wrongdoing, but further video angles affirm Florida claims that the UK player
On a visit to Indianapolis, Peyton Manning explained how his famous Saturday Night Live kids football sketch almost never happened. "I want him to hit my kid in the face." ?Peyton Manning shares how that United Way SNL skit almost didn't happen: pic.twitter.com/gdI6SB6Ybw— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 30, 2018 Thank God for that one parent. Comedy gold was birthed. Kids and famous athletes. Always comedy gold. When in doubt, ask somebody.#TOURVault pic.twitter.com/RQ9IUbqhrf— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 30, 2018
NBC's Saturday Night Live skewered Kentuckians (clueless, inaccurate accents, Wal-Mart clothing) for supporting insincerely coal-conscious President Donald Trump. The positioning is that Kentuckians voted against their own interests by electing a leader who uses their lack of understanding to boost his own political scorecard. Of course Trump won in Democrat-heavy states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio but SNL gets better laughs torching Kentucky. If the Kentucky sketch was a misdirection that ignores heavy Trump resistance in Louisville, Lexington, and Northern Kentucky, the parody of a New York cable news host was on point. SNL offered a brilliant takedown of embattled Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. Saturday Night Live tossed Alec Baldwin n the dual role of both Trump and O'Reilly.
Comedian Tim Allen appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel and stirred up controversy by comparing Liberal Hollywood group think with '30s Germany oppression. Here comes the I'M OFFENDED parade. Liberals immediately made the leap that Allen was equating pressure to conform with, well, very brutal, murderous pressure to conform. For those of you who have forgotten...humor is exaggeration of real circumstances. As Bill Maher says, "This is PARODY...something that we in the comedy business call a JOKE." The most amazing part of this "news" is that the LGBT community didn't have a conniption fit over Allen's assertion that a Gay Pride Parade with trucks full of naked men is no place to take your 5-year-old. Isn't that micro aggressive, homophobic HATE SPEECH?
The cartoon below from Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald-Leader created quite an uproar over the reference to Governor-elect Matt Bevin's children, four of whom are adopted African Americans from Ethiopia. MY RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JOEL PETT HERE --- Mr. Pett said he has no preconceived agenda for drawing future cartoons about soon-to-be Governor Bevin. The governor-elect issued a strong response: Statement from Governor-Elect Matt Bevin Regarding the Lexington Herald-Leader Cartoon Frankfort, KY - The following is a statement from Governor-Elect Matt Bevin regarding the cartoon by Joel Pett published in today's Lexington Herald-Leader: "They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Indeed, today, the Lexington Herald-Leader chose to articulate with great clarity the deplorably racist ideology of "cartoonist", Joel
Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's best Christian, perfectly illustrates why religious people should not lose their minds over the Supreme Court decision to recognize gay marriages. Upshot: Americans enjoy democracy, not theocracy. More from Betty: Is America a Christian nation? Let's stop treating anyone as subhumans. Christian protesters in 1967 applied some of the same logic ("Race mixing is against God's natural order!") when the Supreme Court overturned Virginia law forbidding blacks to marry whites. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals are entitled to the same rights as everyone else. No person is a lesser cut of human being. It's all good. With equality, we are an improved America. Well played, Brentwood Photography studio owner
University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari does not take kindly to sports talk hosts questioning his coaching strategies. What started as a playful give-and-take with radio host Dan Patrick turned a bit awkward. It's all good. You people are crazy! It's all about these kids.
Hillary's email snafu is no big deal to her most ardent fans. They're seasoned women and they are ready to see a president who looks like them.
Those Nazi bastards were into both fascism and narcissism.