February 17, 2014

Kentucky Snake-Handling "Pastor" Dies from Bite

Jamie Coots Handling Snake
Gaining celebrity after being arrested for illegally transporting snakes into Tennessee, so-called
Pastor Jamie Coots gained even more notoriety after being featured on the National Geographic reality TV show "Snake Salvation," which highlighted the practice.

Coots was bitten by a snake over the weekend at a Kentucky church service. As has been his usual practice through the years after being bitten, he refused medical treatment. He had been bitten 8 times in the past, according to his son Cody Coots.

A little over a year ago in January 2013, Coots was arrested in Tennessee for transporting two copperhead snakes and three rattlesnakes. The snakes were taken away by Wildlife officials and Coots was given a sentence of one year of unsupervised probation.

At the time of the snake bite, Coots was holding the rattlesnake at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro, which he pastored.

An ambulance was called to the facility, but Coots had already went home. When he was contacted at home to see if he wanted to be treated for the snake bite, he refused the offer.

About an hour after the ambulance left, emergency workers were called to the home, only to find Coots had died from the snake bite.

The reasoning behind the practice is a literal interpretation of this place in Mark:

"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

National Geographic released this statement:

"Those risks were always worth it to him and his congregants as a means to demonstrate their unwavering faith. We were honored to be allowed such unique access to pastor Jamie and his congregation during the course of our show, and give context to his method of worship."

February 12, 2014

Sinkhole Destroys 8 Corvettes at National Corvette Museum in Kentucky

A huge sinkhole in Kentucky, measuring approximately 40 feet wide and up to 30 feet deep, resulted in eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky being destroyed.

The museum said this in a press release:

"We received a call at 5:44 am from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of the Museum. Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time. The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area."

Of the damaged eight cars, six of them were owned by the museum outright.

According to National Geographic Society (KGS), sinkholes are common to Kentucky. "Dissolution sinkholes form over long periods of time, with occasional episodes of more rapid subsidence or collapse. It is the collapse of the loose cover over the bedrock or soil that causes the problem. Sometimes the collapse will occur in an area with no indication of previous subsidence," said KGS.

What's unusual about this sinkhole is it occurred inside the facility, which couldn't have been effected by the elements such as snow, ice, or rain.

February 8, 2014

Kentucky Democratic-Controlled House Plays Politics with Minimum Wage Bill

source: creamcityradio
The usual politics surrounding the minimum wage increases was played by Kentucky Democrats in the House, which passed an outrageous bill that would boost the minimum wage in the state from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers rightly blasted the bill for focusing on the low end of an approach to helping the state create jobs. The idea that increasing the minimum wage would help is a fallacy that Federal increases prove have resulted in the loss of jobs.

"Our goal is ... how we create good-paying jobs," Stivers told reporters. "And if they want to keep a very narrow approach of how are we just going to keep minimum-wage jobs around there, that's their prerogative. We want to look at a much broader, more optimistic picture."

The fact is minimum wage jobs are entry level positions, and are there for the purpose of helping people learn to work while preparing for higher level opportunities. To think raising the minimum wage in Kentucky would help lower income earnings is dishonest, as it would only raise the cost of doing business, as well as increase the costs associated with government jobs.

Democrat House Speaker Greg Stumbo is only playing politics before the elections later this year in order to make it look like the Republican Party opposes helping the poor. It's the usual thuggish politics and tactics of the Democratic Party.

There is no doubt it's an attempt to increase the chances of Alison Lundergan Grimes in her race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Grimes is also calling for a increase of the minimum wage at the federal level, even though it hurts the changes of young people to get hired.

Kentucky Republicans and Democrats with integrity and understanding need to totally reject this bill. What we need is less taxes and state employees starting to pay more into their own pension plans, which is what is causing the state to operate with budget shortfalls.

February 6, 2014

Kentucky First Federal Bancorp Earnings Results

Kentucky First Federal Bancorp (KFFB), the holding company for First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hazard and First Federal Savings Bank of Frankfort, Kentucky, announced net earnings of $598,000 or $0.07 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended December 31, 2013, compared to net earnings of $927,000 or $0.12 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended December 31, 2012, a decrease of $329,000 or 35.5%. Net earnings were $1.0 million or $0.12 diluted earnings per share for the six months ended December 31, 2013, compared to net earnings of $1.4 million or $0.19 diluted earnings per share for the six months ended December 31, 2012, a decrease of $428,000 or 29.5%.

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