The weird wedding of politics and wrasslin’ in East Kentucky.

If you needed further proof that we’ve crossed over into a bizarro world, an alternate reality where U.S. politics has devolved into pop tribalism and the line between entertainment and governance has been severely blurred, behold The Progressive Liberal.

 

No, not the millennial grad student. The wrestler. He parts the black curtains and the crowd goes ballistic inside the Leatherwood Elementary gymnasium in Perry County, Kentucky. They see the Democratic donkeys on his kneepads and Hillary Clinton’s face repeated into a psychedelic pattern on his signature T-shirt and they start foaming at the mouth.
 
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Author Jarrett Van Meter’s new book captures the emotion, talent and dedicated fans that make High School basketball a Kentucky phenomenon.

How Sweet It Is chronicles the season-long quest of three geographically, socio-economically, and culturally diverse teams — Clay County Tigers, Covington Catholic Colonels, and Taylor County Cardinals — to reach the storied “Sweet Sixteen,” played in Rupp Arena. The colorful, first-hand description of the players, coaches, and supporters of these teams is interlaced with stories from the rich history of Kentucky high school basketball.
 
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Remembering Ali and his legacy as an ambassador for universal love and peace.

Cassius Clay, a.k.a. Muhammad Ali, is perhaps the most famed black celebrity in the state. He was born January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, and departed this world on June 3, 2016 after an extended battle with Parkinson ’s disease. At an early age this young man learned to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, becoming the most renowned boxing champion in the world. He won a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics as the light heavyweight competition and was deemed an Olympic hero. When he retired from the boxing world, he retired a champion on all fronts.
 
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Kentucky-born inventor Garrett Morgan created not one but two life-saving devices over the course of his prolific career.

Drivers proceed with caution daily because of Garrett Morgan, and most of them are unaware that he’s the person we have to thank.

 

Morgan was born in Claysville, Kentucky, in 1877, the son of two former slaves. His mother was half Native American. He grew up during a time of overriding prejudice and segregation. Despite racial challenges, he eventually became a member of a predominantly black Freemason organization called Prince Hall Freemason fraternal organization. He also became a very successful inventor and is responsible for saving countless lives.

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