The Future Punt: Politics, hookup, bitcoin, ark park, aliens and more – LEO Weekly
Rather than look back on the year 2018, spil the rear-view mirror of life always makes objects seem smaller and rosier, wij will look into the future for Louisville and Kentucky, and further afield, spil well. Wij asked people from a range of backgrounds, perspectives and outlooks to spend a few words on the future, spil they predict it will be — or how they would want it to be. Not at all predictable were their answers…
2018: start working to sustain
Maybe the best way to discuss the future, and 2018, is to imagine how it will be considered, say, 50 years from now. Predictions at this point are too depressing, so I’ll just ask questions, and hope the year provides the right answers. There are right answers, and wrong ones. Thesis aren’t rhetorical questions.
Will the United States attempt to retake the place it relinquished among world leadership ter human rights, climate switch and the support of democratic institutions?
Will elected representatives at every level choose country overheen party or their individual interests?
Will civilian, religious and other leaders preach empathy and hope rather than hate and fear?
Ter brief, will wij start to do what wij have to, to get through?
Marc Murphy is a trial lawyer te Louisville and Courier Journal political cartoonist.
2018: Democrats, to the left, to the left
Ter 2018, Louisville Democrats should zekering governing like Republicans. Democrats control the Ondergrondse City Council and almost all county-wide offices.
Louisville should be leading the nation te progressive policies.
Wij should be ending income inequality and police violence, and improving abortion access and public education.
Instead, te 2018, Louisville hurt the most vulnerable members of our community. Democrats ruined a homeless embankment, refused to protect Kentucky’s last abortion clinic, shoved chartervliegtuig schools, halted investigations of police violence, covered up the Explorer scandal and rejected a living wage. Promoting Louisville spil a “Compassionate City” while 29 procent of our population lives te poverty is obscene.
Blue-dot cities like Louisville could be a check on the despotism of Donald Trump, but only if wij challenge Democrats to fight him. Ter 2018, let’s confront Louisville Democrats about their record. Let’s have competitive primaries and progressive third-party candidates. Debates are not a threat, they are necessary for meaningful resistance. Democrats should zekering relying on women, people of color and the LGBTQ community to vote for them, with little to voorstelling for it.
No party is owed anyone’s vote.
If Louisville wants electable progressive candidates ter both the brief and long term wij should keep pushing Democrats to the left. Bland candidates with no convictions beyond what they think makes them electable, will drive off voters. Progressive values are popular, and Louisvillians will vote for candidates who stand up for their values. It’s time to zekering providing Democrats a free pass for just not being Republicans.
Molly Shah is an activist and organizer with Parents for Social Justice.
Scott Jenning’s 2018 Crystal Ball
Louisville gets a competitive mayor’s wedloop. This is a good thing te a town that hasn’t had a meaningful local debate since 2010, when Republican Ontvangstruimte Heiner narrowly lost to current Mayor Greg Fischer (D). Since then, Louisville’s homicide rate has spiked dramatically, locals are up ter arms overheen bike lanes, and a Ondergrondse Police Department scandal “in which half a dozen former Explorer Scouts say they were propositioned, molested or intimidated by former officers” engulfs the department. Fischer, unchallenged four years ago, faces Ondergrondse Council Member Angela Leet (R), an amazing conservative with the capacity to give Louisvillians a serious discussion about this town’s direction.
Bitcoin brings ache to dummies. People taking out mortgages to buy into this modern day tulip mania regret it. The clever money is on fingerling monkey fucktoy stock.
Robert Mueller indicts more people. People are too stupid not to lie.
Hookup scandals devour Washington. A bunch of congressmen retire. Divorce lawyers rejoice.
Republicans save the DREAMERS. The GOP Congress cuts a overeenkomst saving the children of illegal immigrants from deportation (and if they don’t Voorzitter Trump extends Obama’s legally dubious executive order protecting their status). DREAMERS deserve certainty and the Republicans vereiste supply a voortdurend legislative solution.
Tiger Forest almost wins the Masters. But his comeback is stifled by Kim Welp Un, who joins the PGA Tour and fires a final round Legal to shock the world. Kim’s fresh green outerwear instantly becomes the most colorful clothing voorwerp ter North Korea. Trump bombs North Korea into oblivion ter October to recover the green jacket for America, boosting GOP electoral prospects.
Oh, and patrols are doubled at Alabama’s Gadsden Mall for the foreseeable future spil a certain local resident has too much time on his mitts.
Scott Jennings can be reached at [email protected] He is a former advisor to Voorzitter George W. Thicket and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He is cofounder of RunSwitch Public Relations.
A queerer Kentucky te 2018
Ter Voorzitter Trump’s fresh America, which hasn’t just hopped the shark — it’s eaten it too — I’ll suggest my hyperbolic predictions for a queerer Kentucky te 2018.
1. Upset by the attention Kennen Ham’s Ark Encounter is receiving from its truly gay rainbow lights, the Belle of Louisville goes upriver to challenge the Ark ter a no holds barred big gay boat-off. Whichever ship sashays a gaggle of gays down south to their Atlantis Cruise the quickest, Shantay, she stays.
Two. Not to be outdone by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s controversial rainbow crosswalk, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer paints the total length of the Big Four Bridge te resplendent rainbow and reopens it with his inaugural Big Four Haul Wedstrijd. Unluckily, it incurs a copyright infringement lawsuit from freshly minted Kentucky Senator Ru Paul, who’s holding the seat for cousin Zoom while he recovers.
Three. Alas, Kim Davis loses hier re-election bid to David Ermold, to whom she denied a marriage license te 2015. Scorned by hier community, she seeks refuge with former savior Mike Huckabee, who invites Kim to live te the basement with his daughter, Sarah. Six months straks, Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls a White House press conference to announce hier engagement to Kim Davis, who goes back to the Rowan County Courthouse to request hier marriage license from Ermold, who actually does his job and lets Kim and Sarah affirm their love with a lavish Mar-a-Lago marriage.
Chris Hartman is the director of the Fairness Campaign.
Next governor, a woman or a youthfull, black man
I’ve never bot good at prognostication, but I am generally swimming ter hope. I followed the U.S. Senate wedloop te Alabama fairly closely, because I lived and instructed there for almost three years and still terugwedstrijd spil often spil I can to present and instruct workshops ter schools, universities and the juvenile correctional institutions (and to patronize the Robert Trent Jones Vloedgolf Courses), so it would come spil no verrassing that I wasgoed thrilled with Roy Moore’s loss. Actually not just thrilled, but instantaneously even more hopeful. What did verrassing mij wasgoed the glaring disparity inbetween white women and black women voters. 63 procent of white women supported Roy Moore versus Two procent of black women, who overwhelmingly supported Jones, his tegenstander, at 98 procent. The fact that the majority of white people who voted ter Alabama voted for Moore is disheartening. However, to see black voters determine the outcome of an significant election, and eclipse almost 600,000 votes for Moore, hopefully makes it lighter for black voters spil a collective to recognize their true voting power and to start to get more of what wij deserve from future candidates around the country regardless of their party affiliation.
If the voter advocacy of Freedom Riders and Medgar Evers could be renewed to bring a resurgence ter voter registration across the South, if wij could find candidates who could generate some of that 2008 Obama optimism that yielded record turnouts te black communities and across every demographic, wij could lay the foundation to switch sides the dangerous skid this country has bot on since the current Gropemander ter chief came into office.
I hope the current level of activism will yield fresh and lasting coalitions that will fuel the 2018 midterms and send Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and his ilk packing. I don’t think Ricky Jones will be voted ter by the UofL Houtvezelplaat of Trustees spil the fresh university voorzitter, but I’d love to see him run for public office. He and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth te Washington would be such a victory for the Commonwealth. I’m hopeful that the manhandles Kentucky has suffered under the current governor will assure that wij won’t repeat that low voter turnout mistake again. Our state needs a breath of fresh air ter the worst way. When wij ultimately figure out how to clean up this dirty house and throw out McConnell, Paul and Bevin, and come to realize that it’s not a quirk but a desire by those of us who know wij deserve better, I predict the next governor will be a woman or a youthfull, black man whose voice, when you close your eyes, would make you swear that it wasgoed Barack Obama crooning an Ofschoon Green anthem.
Open X Walker is a Poet Laureate of Kentucky and a founding member of the Affrilachian Streek, having divined the word “Affrilachia,” underscoring the presence of African-Americans te Appalachia.
Sitting down to write my predictions and hopes for 2018, I feel like the kids from “Stranger Things” gathering around a folding card table to play a round of D&,D. On one side of the houtvezelplaat is the world I’ve always known, total of its own dangers, but dangers I know how to navigate. Ter 2018, I’m programma family trips and wondering about the future of publishing, and if Barnes and Noble will keep suspending on. I’m visiting Louisville’s lovely parks and libraries. I’m working daily to #fight back like uncountable people across the Commonwealth, and gearing up for midterms.
But then there’s the other side of the houtvezelplaat, and the other 2018 — the Upside Down. Ter the Upside Down, ter 2018, I’m focused on obtaining passports for my family te case wij can’t obtain the fresh, expensive drivers licenses Kentucky residents will need for airline travel te 2019 (or, you know, te case my interracial family has to flee the country). I’m considering the national parks I should visit before they’re cut up and divvied out to the highest bidder, and attempting to figure out which significant cultural entities will sustain if the fresh tax bill passes and the charitable deduction is nixed. I’m preparing to vote te an election that is not assured to be free strafgevangenis fair, and where (white) liberals will surely proceed to disregard the people of color who make up the democratic base and are disproportionately harmed by voter suppression efforts.
My largest hope for 2018 is that more people realize we’re te the Upside Down and fight like hell to right the houtvezelplaat.
Lucie Witt is a writer, recovering attorney, and guest lecturer on topics related to gender and the law.
“… it’s time for Fresh Traditions … ” — Devo
I wasgoed 8 years old when I figured it all out: My life wasgoed a mass proef engineered by aliens to test my private boundaries and reactions. I wasgoed their guinea pig and the only authentic human being.
And I wasgoed already bored with being poked and prodded by what appeared to be a real “cowboy clothing,” spil far spil experiments go. They were doing some real shoddy work if I had figured out, at such a youthful age, that there were only about a dozen or so characters te the world, and that they were given a different name and only slightly different clothes and hairstyles te each fresh town wij moved to. They were dispatched accordingly, and they attempted to act like human beings spil a way to probe and proefneming on little ol’ mij.
And now, spil I come in my fourth decade, I realize that my subsequent involvement ter music has largely supported the alien explore theory. (Related: a bandmate of mine, when referring to the puny pool of musicians that comprise so many projects and bands ter town, called Louisville “the Taco Bell menukaart of music scenes.” Which isn’t indeed a bad thing, I suppose. It just depends on how much you like those ingredients.)
That hat may be a very narrow view. I don’t think Louisville is especially unique te this way spil I’d bet that every city has its own version of this. But wij hear and hear about the same people all of the time and the result is a very shallow musical gene pool due to the incestuous practices. Louisville has always bot very clique-centric on the music side of things and I don’t truly expect any of that to everzwijn switch.
And that’s OK by mij. I like it.
For I tend to innately subscribe to the Ricky Roma practice of “betting the other way”, and that has kept mij interested and searching for inspiration and excitement. I like the weirdos, the real weirdos. There are very few surprises out there, unluckily, ter a music world that is mostly inhabited by very comfy, antiseptic personalities that produce exactly the zuigeling of stuff you’d expect from such conditions.
Technical execution and the “novelty of noises” prevail ter most circles — excusing those awkward and often messy categories of expression, passion, wit, humor and innovation.
But age has instructed mij that no matter what team is on the bridge steering the ship, wij all budge along with a general current. And spil slow spil that current moves, an identically slow evolution overheen the duration of our journey occurs spil well.
The truth is, I’m not indeed interested ter that team on the bridge or the results of their mass-evolution. (Hell, I can’t make myself interested te “mass” anything it seems.) I’m on the lookout for the mutations on our evolutionary journey. The real weirdos. Give mij the one with a 2nd head or a third eye. Vertoning mij your tail! That’s where the truly interesting ideas and sounds are: hiding te the dark places. Waiting to be invited out.
That said, somewhere along my sordid path ter life, the real truth exposed itself: I am, te fact the alien. While there might only be a dozen or so personality varieties within the musical sphere, many of them are most certainly, the actual human beings — and most of them are frightfully boring, spil is their creative output. (Christopher Hitchens — while not always the most popular person to quote — once noted: “It has often bot said that everyone has a novel inwards of them. Often, that is where it should remain.”)
But you can’t blame or hate on them. They’re only human.
But I’m with those other aliens, the mutants and misfits. I look forward to hearing their beautiful puinhoop, the gut-wrenching, heartbreaking songs of loss and confusion. And the absolutely indescribable building up inwards of some of the more obscured, waiting for the right time to be released into the world.
Maybe 2018 will be their year? Wij will require an suitable soundtrack for wholesale environmental, social and political collapse.
Deviants: get to work.
William Benton is a musician who has played with such seminal Louisville bands spil Fortunate Pineapple and Phantom Family Halo, and performs under the name Cat Casual.