With the completion of the trial portion of the Porteous impeachment, the parties are required to submit the proposed findings of fact as established in testimony. Below are the material facts in the trial in a filing that we submitted to the Senate.

The findings are divided by Articles of Impeachment and may help explain why particular witnesses were called as well as lines of questioning.
Porteous Proposed Findings of Fact


  1. We “old-school” Italians sip Fernet-Branca Liquer or Romana Sambvca Liqueur: some sip Toschi Nocello Walnut liqueur; newer tastes: Frangelico liqueur and the classic Disaronno; lighter tastes: Caravella orangecello or Lemoncello Italian Lemon Liquerur. The newest entry: Dumante Verdenouce from pistachios.
    Salute to all my brother and sister bloggers. Frank

  2. LK,

    I have thought often of the health situation and add my best wishes to Buddha’s

  3. LK,

    I like the straight Frangelico and coffee myself. Even more so than Irish Coffee. I know, I know, a blasphemy to my heritage, but I’m a sucker for hazelnuts. I’m glad you mentioned that though. It’s been awhile since I’ve had that. I see a stop at the liquor store in my near future.

    I also hope everyone is well at your home. Last I recall, there had been some health scares there. I wish you both health and happiness.

  4. AY: “Drink Coffee with Irish Creme and Franjelica…”

    I have had that at home. In a BIG cup with a huge mound of whipped cream. Good stuff, very good stuff.

  5. Blouise, I’ve missed you too. You’ve been messin’ ’round on other “threads” [ you silly bloggers and your expressions]. Judge Porteous has missed you too. Frank

  6. My dad was known as a “black” Scot and as such was much in demand every New Years Eve/Day as it was consider good luck in Scot households if the 1st man over the threshold was a “black” Scot.

  7. Got you all beat … best combo in the world is a shot of Irish Mist with an ale chaser … honest to god, pure heaven!

  8. Lotta,

    Wanna do some one eyed driving…..Drink Coffee with Irish Creme and Franjelica…about 7 of them….they give you the strength to get home….not safely…but home if you are driving a straight line….

  9. Frank,

    In my younger days, I was a whiskey and bourbon man, but in my late 20’s a developed an allergy for lack of a better word to the fusel oils in higher concentrations found in distilled beverages. I can’t drink more than a single shot of whiskey now or it’s break out the Tums (no matter how quality the drink). Instant indigestion. Fortunately, even though ales have a high concentration of them, there’s something about brewed forms of the oils that doesn’t bother me at all. I say fortunately because I love a good ale. Or good vodka. No fusel oil at all in good vodka (or lagers for that matter).

    And thanks for the video!

    That was hilarious!

    (Gyges, if you read this thread, be sure to check it out.)

  10. “Baileys over vanilla bean ice cream.”



    Also Baileys malted milks, heavy on the malt and Baileys.

  11. Buddha: BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY, THE WORLD’S OLDEST WHISKEY DISTILLERY (1608),COUNTY ANTRIM vs. BAILEYS, THE ORIGINAL IRISH CREAM. When I was younger, “whiskey in a dirty glass” vs. now, Baileys over vanilla bean ice cream.

  12. Buddha, since you described yourself as ” Black Irish”, maybe this band bearing your self-description will lighten up your day[ or some tried and true Irish whiskey]:

  13. Hi Frank,

    I’ve been around the last two days on other threads, but I took a week off from the world last week. No news, no e-mail, just blessed silence. My brain has now had the reset button pushed and I’m back in the saddle.

    Now I’m playing catch up. 🙂

  14. Buddha, As Paul Harvey was fond of saying ” NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.” We need just a little info/ticklers where you’ve been, what ya’ doin’, who ya doin’, etc. Blouise and I have been concerned. Frank


    Columbus Day: Does it matter?

    The Courier-Journal • October 8, 2010

    By Matt Frassica
    Who knows that, in Genoese, it’s Christoffa Corombo

    Where I went to high school, in Worcester, Mass., there’s a park dedicated to Christopher Columbus. It’s located in an Italian neighborhood, so it’s actually called “Cristoforo Colombo Park,” using the Italian spelling for the name of the Genoese sailor who took a somewhat famous boat trip in 1492.

    Cristoforo Colombo Park is where Worcester holds its Fourth of July fireworks. Teenagers lie on blankets on the park’s steep hill and fight off mosquitoes, waiting for night to fall. On the hill’s upper reaches, there are some semi-private weeds and shrubs that provide cover from other revelers.

    So I come to any question about Christopher Columbus with this hazily positive, vaguely prurient association coloring my response. Caveat lector.

    All right, so Christopher Columbus didn’t “discover” America. There were lots of people here before him, living perfectly pleasant lives. Columbus — or, more precisely, the tidal wave of European migration that followed him — was bad news for these indigenous peoples.

    The great explorer got things off to a rocky start by calling them Indians, thinking he had landed in Asia. Matters only got worse from there, what with the slavery, smallpox and genocide that the Europeans’ arrival unleashed on the natives.

    And, while we’re being pedantic, Columbus wasn’t even the first European to wash up on the far side of the Atlantic — that distinction goes to Leif Ericson, who beat Columbus by about 500 years.

    All that notwithstanding, Christopher Columbus was a remarkable guy. He made not one but four voyages to the West Indies, and enjoyed a brief reign as governor of the Spanish colonies.

    But as the figure we traditionally associate with the European arrival in the Americas, Columbus fully deserves his own day. There are plenty of grand American traditions with tenuous claims to historical accuracy and moral rectitude (Thanksgiving, anyone?). There’s no reason to make an example of poor Columbus.

    By Tamara Ikenberg
    Who is devising a recipe for Columbus Day Stuffin’

    I know Silvio Dante of “The Sopranos” will never forgive me for this, but I kind of forget that Columbus Day (Oct. 11) is even a holiday since I don’t get the day off.

    So how important could it be?

    And the fact that banks and post offices get Columbus Day off makes it even worse, because I have to work, yet I am deprived of these services. Also, schoolchildren are running amok. It is just an all-around bad idea.

    So Christopher Columbus took a really long boat ride and landed somewhere in the Bahamas where people already lived and he thought it was India. And his arrival eventually only brought a lot of unwelcome violence, pestilence and stuff.

    Should we give a holiday to everyone who goes somewhere where people already live and thinks it’s India or Indiana or some other place that it isn’t? ‘Cause I’m sure that happens at least a thousand times a day. And, Matt, thanks for pointing out that Leif Ericson beat Columbus to what we know as America anyway, and we already have Leif Ericson Day on Oct. 9, which I, incidentally, don’t get a holiday for either.

    And, Matt, I do agree that we have other questionable holidays, like Thanksgiving, but at least Thanksgiving has food. If Columbus Day included a carbalicious feast, I might reconsider.

    Also, Columbus should definitely be posthumously reprimanded for starting the ridiculous practice of calling Native Americans “Indians.” I say taking away his holiday is the first step, unless it ever becomes a vacation day for newspaper reporters and/or includes hot, heartwarming stuffing.

  16. Since this is Jonathan’s blog and out of respect for his Sicilian heritage, I’ll just choose to honor this American holiday. The federal courts are closed (Kentucky state courts are open). Judge Porteous, if he was not suspended, would not be at work today anyway. All the best to those who celebrate and to those who protest.

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