The Manliest Town in America

Apparently it’s Louisville. At least according to GQ, which may not be the most authoritative source on manliness.

Having spent a decade living in Louisville, ego prevents me from saying that it’s not a manly town.

What’s funny is that GQ recommends the following:

On the way out of town, hit one (or six) of the distilleries that flavor the countryside around Louisville. Our current favorite is Buffalo Trace, located in nearby Frankfort, Kentucky. If you road-tripped all the way to Louisville, as I did, now would be a good time to ask your girlfriend to take the wheel.

This seems to presume that you’re headed east out of town. I can say with some level of confidence that if I wanted advice on manliness, I would not travel east from Louisville. Still, Buffalo Trace is worth a stop.

A Gift to Myself

It’s my birthday, so why not spend it in the cafeteria of the Capitol Annex in Frankfort? After all, explaining to lawmakers why they’re sellouts and picking fights with protesters are two of my favorite activities! This lady is clever. She apparently wants to protect all state spending from cuts, so I wouldn’t know where to begin an argument with her.

No Cuts WE VOTEWell played, State Spending Advocate Lady.

Reading Kentucky’s Constitution

Joe Gerth believes that the Kentucky Senate is dithering while the Kentucky House is grappling with tough revenue and spending issues.

The House was sweating over falling revenue that could mean cuts of much-needed money for the state’s schools and universities.

The state Senate, meanwhile, was considering bills that were designed to do little more than force Senate Democrats into making votes the GOP will use against them in the 2010 elections.

Talk about fiddling while Rome burned.

He’s probably right on the House side. There are lots of tough decisions that need to be made to reduce wasteful spending in Frankfort. But Gerth shouldn’t blame the Kentucky Senate for requirements of Kentucky’s constitution:

Section 47: All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose amendments thereto: Provided, No new matter shall be introduced, under color of amendment, which does not relate to raising revenue.

It’s most certainly true that the Kentucky Senate should probably use its time more wisely than it does. But on this score, Kentucky Senators are scrupulously obeying the dictates of the document to which they swear an oath each term.