Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell

Ladies’ Man: CNN, The Washington Times and The Hill say Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has a new ad out this week:

This time, it’s a question for Sen. McConnell from Ilene Woods, the spot entitled appropriately enough, “Question from Ilene.” In it, Ilene asks Sen. McConnell why he hates women. That’s summing up, mind you. That claim is based on McConnell’s votes against the Violence Against Women Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

So just like I did last time around, I popped over to, to find out if that claim is true, and as it turns out, it is, though they say it’s more complicated than it would seem at first blush.

That’s too bad. I was hoping this would be cut and dry so we could cheer on one person and decry the other in one fell swoop without the need to suffer any nuance.

Meanwhile—and predictably—while Grimes is making the race about gender issues, McConnell is making the race about energy, specifically coal. The Hill and The Washington Times say the senator has vowed to keep fighting back against President Obama’s policies on coal. He poses the issue to the president, in this case, because his opponent doesn’t have much in the way of a record to vote against, but we tie her to the president, and we run against that.

While we’re at it, McConnell also wants the president to deal with immigrants at the borders. Here’s what he had to say on the floor yesterday:

“It just boggles the mind that the President of the United States would rather fundraise in Hollywood than work with the members of his own party to forge a legislative response to this tragic situation — and to do something to prevent more young people from making the perilous and potentially life-threatening journey across the desert.”

In other words, they’re both still playing out the same team strategies we talked about a few months ago. Looks like, though the political theatre of the race would prefer we didn’t, we’re just going to have to think for ourselves.

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: There’s nothing your University of Louisville battling basketball Cardinals super-all-all-star Montrezl Harrell hates more than a good backboard, and this week, he continued his assault on glass rectangles.

According to Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, the giganto monster Harrell busted his second backboard of the summer last Sunday during a summer league game at Woodward High School in Cincinnati.

Harrell Backboard

Yahoo! says it’s possible he’s broken a third, but if a backboard shatters and no one’s there to photograph it, did it really shatter?

USA Today says Harrell would welcome doing double duty for your University of Louisville fighting football Cardinals, and at 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds, Cardinals football coach Bobby Petrino could probably use him. He’d prefer to play defense.

Back in May, USA Today named Harrell one of the “Returners with weightiest expectations in 2014-2015.” Listed him at No. 1 in fact.

Cream of the Crop: BuzzFeed Food gives us “27 Ice Cream Shops You Need To Visit Before You Die” this week.

The Comfy Cow is not only on the list, but all the way up at No. 2.

Why we’re screaming: Where do we even begin? Maybe with the mouth-watering signature flavors, like Bourbon Ball, which features candy treats in a bourbon-infused ice cream? Or maybe with the INSANE ice cream pies? You can’t go wrong either way. Bonus: The Comfy Cow has an Indiana location in addition to its four Louisville storefronts.

The Indiana store is an odd bonus as bonuses go. That’s like saying the great news about the Subway you’re in is that there’s another one in Nashville.

Radio Killed the Radio Star: The Wall Street Journal looks at the harsh makeover of big college radio: from indie and underground to corporate and national. The piece profiles Georgia State’s WRAS and Vanderbilt’s WRVU amongst others, former home to Louisville’s ARTxFM chief Sharon Scott, founder of Friends and Family of WRVU, a group trying to block the corporate sale of that station.

Stations are making the move in order to be economically viable; opponents say these deals are antithetical to innovation and discovery.

Which seems like the argument against most of this sort of thing always.

But if we look at WRAS alone, they put the likes of R.E.M., Outkast, Radiohead and The Indigo Girls on the map.

Naughty word warning for the squeamish on any given one of these:

That wasn’t an excuse to post a bunch of music, was it? I would not do that. I would not.

You know who else appears on ARTxFM every Friday, somewhere between 10 a.m. and noon? Why, I might even suggest tuning in this morning. I might suggest that, were it me.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Last week we ended our streak of 495 consecutive weeks of Jennifer Lawrence news, and this week, Jennifer Lawrence ends a streak of her own. Or if the tabloids are to be believed—and why wouldn’t they be—had a streak ended for her, as boyfriend Nicholas Hoult is now allegedly ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult.

At least that’s what they’re saying over at TheFIX, Glamour UK, Hollywood Life, Design & Trend, UPROXX, and International Business Times.

The reason cited: an “exploded ego” and “obsession” with Hollywood. This, of course, according to a “source.”

Source also says he’s now with model/actress Riley Keough. I had no idea who Riley Keough was until I learned she was the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and the ex-girlfriend of Twilight’s pale, sparkly vampire Robert Pattinson. And then I still didn’t know who she was.

IMDb says she’s in the upcoming Mad Max movie. The trailer for that just came out and everyone’s excited about that, so here you go:

She also played Marie Currie in The Runaways movie, the story of a group of young women scientists who must hit the road after their experiments with radioactivity turn them into giant rage monsters.

I’m thinking of Marie Curie, with one “r.” She was the radioactive rage monster.

Anna K. of Louisville writes:

You always say you get odd reader mail. I think it would be a lot of fun to see that and have you respond to it.


You want I should do it again?

Anyway. Here are my most recent:

Stacy T. of Fairdale writes:

I saw you at the park this summer! Great job!

Thank you. I try to get out when I can.

Now I think of you naked late at night writing your article. What do you think of that?

I think it’s grammatically unclear which of us is naked. But I will confess, I frequently write in some state of undress. Which is why I’m not allowed in the Heine Bros. anymore.

David R. of Parts Unknown writes:

You make fun of Rand Paul all the time…

I don’t mention him at all today, though I did it just to spite you.

…but I think he has a real shot at being president. In your mind, what’s the best thing that would likely come from a Rand Paul presidency?

Job security for comedy writers.

Those are pretty tame this week, all things considered.

That was not a challenge, friends. I get plenty of weird. But keep the letters and questions coming. Always great to hear from you. Most of you.

And it’s your boy’s birthday this weekend. I’m far too humble to solicit cards or gifts, but it is absolutely appropriate for you to send them anyway.

See you next week.