On Monday, it will be time for the Dainty Contest in Schnitzelburg. As it has for the last 30 to 40 years, Hauck's Market, at Hoertz (Hauck's Way) and Goss avenues will be host to the Dainty Contest, derived from an old alley/street game whereby a player using something akin to a broom handle attempts to hit a 6 to 8 inch stick whittled off at each end. Whoever hits it the furthest wins a trophy. The longest hit on record is that of Gene Klein, father to my friend Christopher Klein, an attorney here in Louisville. Mr. Klein has a shirt proclaiming his feat and proudly wears it at least on this one day of the year, maybe more. The defending champion from last year is our congressman, John Yarmuth, one of 2006's Majority Makers and known more for his golf swing than his dainty swing. Chances are he'll be tied up in Washington D.C. as the Congress heads into the week with a few votes scheduled ahead of their month long August holiday, an idea borrowed from the French, but one we are taking issue with when it comes to the Iraqi legislature in Baghdad doing the same. Here and there, the congresses come home while the women and men of the United States Armed Forces continue to fight George W. Bush's War in Iraq. Of these women and men the president has sent into war, 3646 Americans have given the ultimate sacrifice - May their Souls and the Souls of all who have passed on from this life Rest In Peace.
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