Establishing new Interstate highways seems to have become the last resort by failing state governments to try to regain voters' support - and North Carolina is no exception.
Remember last year when I visited eastern North Carolina because? It was the trip where a person scowled. Now a new major Interstate is being designated in that area: Interstate 42! I-42 will follow US 70 from Raleigh to Morehead City.
Still no bus service to Pikeville.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Establishing new Interstate highways seems to have become the last resort by failing state governments to try to regain voters' support - and North Carolina is no exception.
Posted by Bandit at 9:43 PM
I buyed something big and important - like a big and important person might do.
If I buy something that costs more than a pack of Hubba Bubba, it's a major purchase, so you can imagine what big news it is to buy something that costs in the very low triple digits. Recently, I ordered a laptop. A tiny one, to be sure. I buyed the most inexpensive and basic model I could find - because that's what we coolsters do.
The reason I got it is in case I go out of town any time soon. It's highly conceivable that I'll go on a fact-finding mission in September - and it's even remotely possible that I'll go out of town before then, especially if I decide to go to a roadmeet. I figured I'd need a laptop to keep apprised of all the nifty poo that's going on out there.
Today, the delivery bloke brang this fine device.
I've hooked up my new laptop, and there's not really any good documentation on how to use it, but what's a mere mortal to do? Stink?
Also, while I was out on the front porch today waiting for the laptop to be delivered, some woman driving up the street bubbled.
Posted by Bandit at 3:53 PM
Perhaps legislators have finally moved on from obsessing over restrooms and tort "reform."
This is the type of story that a lot of you won't care about, but which I find to be strange and scenic: Lawmakers are preparing to approve an effort that would change the boundary between North and South Carolina. The move must be approved by the legislatures of both states in order to take effect.
If the plan is approved, dozens of South Carolina residents will soon find themselves as denizens of North Carolina. To ease the change, the law will allow children in the affected area to continue to attend school in the state where their home was already located, and in-state tuition to state colleges will still apply to them. But folks would have to get new driver's licenses. Plus, if the boundary is changed, it would run clean through some houses and commercial establishments, and inhabitants of these homes will be permitted to choose what state they will be regarded as residents of.
A gas station convenience store was worried that the remap will place them in a dry county, but this legislation assures that they may still sell alcohol - until the owner sells the business.
Some peeps say lawmakers are wasting their time on this, but the problem is that the existing boundary was established in the 18th century and is defined by features such as rocks and fenceposts that can no longer be located. I say let the legislature spend time on this issue, because it keeps them too busy to implement their social and economic engineering agenda that would do significant harm to millions.
Posted by Bandit at 10:25 AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
If the War on Drugs was so successful, why do areas that had the most militant implementation of the drug war now have some of the highest rates of drug abuse?
Covington Catholic High School is becoming the first high school in northern Kentucky to implement mandatory drug tests of all students. The drug tests at this all-boys school will begin when the new school year starts on August 10. (August 10??? What???) In past years, drug-sniffing dogs have roamed the school.
Covington Catholic is a private school, but that doesn't make drug testing any more effective or justifiable. In fact, drug testing of students should be illegal even in private schools. There is a precedent for this, as a handful of states have prohibited most workplace drug testing. Why should schools be any different from workplaces? The greater point is that drug tests infringe on the right to privacy. There are already laws on the books protecting student privacy - even in private schools.
One thing is for damn sure: This new drug testing program won't prevent drug abuse. I guarantee that. It's never worked anywhere else, so why would that unbroken streak of failure be spoiled now?
Posted by Bandit at 3:09 PM
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Peep what happend in the Repoo primary in Kentucky's 1st District.
Jamie Comer just won the primary for U.S. House there - defeating several others, including Mike Pape, who was known for his racist campaign ad. Comer - as many of you know - was the subject of a domestic violence scandal a while back.
Will Kentucky elect a domestic violence offender to Congress in November? You'd think it wouldn't, but after a criminal like George W. Bush won all those states, I guess anything is possible.
Posted by Bandit at 9:33 PM
The Hillary Clinton campaign lives to see another day by winning Kentucky by 0.4% - despite not being part of the miserable Super Tuesday that was designed for establishment candidates like Clinton.
To the shock and awe of many, Bernie Sanders was actually ahead in Campbell County for much of the evening.
On the other hand, this could turn out to be a good sign for Clinton in November, since she didn't lose the Kentucky coalfields by nearly the smashing margins as in West Virginia. What this could mean is that the idiotic meme about Clinton talking about coal miners being put out of business is backfiring right in the Republicans' stupid faces. Some predict it's a sign that Clinton will seriously contest Kentucky in the fall. After all, it doesn't make a shred of sense to automatically concede Kentucky to an incompetent New York billionaire like Donald Trump - especially since the Kentucky House is so important this year.
None of that changes the fact that Sanders would still do better than Clinton in November. Then again, Kentucky was so close that Clinton and Sanders may receive an equal number of delegates.
Posted by Bandit at 9:24 PM
Friday, May 13, 2016
This is one reason why the Democrats need to run a candidate in every partisan election. If this case had gone differently, the Republicans could have wound up with an easily beatable candidate for a local Kentucky House seat - but with no Democrat to beat him.
Daniel Seifried recently decided to challenge incumbent Adam Koenig in the Republican primary in a district that straddles Kenton and Boone counties. This was in essence a Tea Party primary. But a local resident discovered Seifried didn't live in the district long enough. State law requires candidates to live in the district for a full year before the general election, so Seifried got sued straight to court.
Seifried argued that the date of the election was the date it was to be certified - not the date it was to be held - which would have meant he moved to the district just before the 1-year deadline. This argument is preposterous on its face, since state law is unambiguous on this.
Today, Seifried lost the case. His name will still appear on the ballot - since it's too late to print new ballots - but votes for him won't count.
Tough toilets, Danny.
Posted by Bandit at 7:26 PM
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Heads up to readers: The primary election in Kentucky is coming up on Tuesday, May 17.
I know better than to officially endorse any candidate after past endorsees went on to do the opposite of what they pledged to do (even when they lost), but just so you know, I'm voting for Bernie Sanders for President. Longtime readers should know why, and much of it is thanks to Sanders's dedication to economic justice and civil liberties.
For Senate, I'm opting for Sellus Wilder, a former Frankfort city commissioner known for successfully fighting against the job-killing Bluegrass Pipeline that would have transported poisonous fracking waste through Kentucky. Much of the press favors the most established candidate, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, but Gray keeps running away from progressive stances - which has proven to be a recipe for electoral failure. Wilder would have a better chance at unseating the unpopular Rand Paul in November.
Notice I have not endorsed any candidate in a Republican primary in recent years, since the GOP isn't worth listening to.
Posted by Bandit at 11:18 PM
It just keeps getting worse for the Forehead.
According to a new Morning Consult survey, Matt Bevin is now ranked as the 9th-most unpopular governor of all 50 states. A mere 33% of Kentuckians approve of the Bevster's performance, while 48% disapprove. (Another 48 reference! The Sesame Street jokes just write themselves, don't they?)
Indeedity-doodledy, 8 of the 10 most hated governors are Republicans, with Kansas's Sam Brownback the worst of all.
Bevin is actually less popular among Kentuckians than President Obama is, despite Obama's failure to win the state.
Full rankings here...
Posted by Bandit at 1:25 PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The Last Word. It's American know-how in action! Yes we can.
Issue #499 of this fanzine of freedom is now pub, and talks about several exciting things. First, we expose the Kentucky court system's favoritism towards banks and other big corporations. We also talk about people wiping boogers in library books and putting trees in toilets. And we extol the secret love child of sunglasses and eyeglasses.
So point your pooper here...
Posted by Bandit at 10:40 PM
Don't look now, but the Mountain State may have just redeemed itself politically.
Surprising everybody including everybody, Bernie Sanders has just won the Democratic primary in all 55 counties in West Virginia - of all places.
This underscores just how vital it is for the Democrats to nominate Sanders this summer. The road to growing the progressive movement goes through rural America - and Sanders has emerged as a candidate who will bring voters back into the Democratic fold who have sat out elections for 20 years.
Just think what ol' Bernie would do to the Donald in November - especially considering the Republicans' war on Appalachia.
Posted by Bandit at 1:59 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
If you're a true believer in any right-wing cause, you can always count on Facebook to promote it. For years, Facebook has hosted a page that endorses assassinating President Obama. Conversely, Facebook actively suppresses progressive causes. After Occupy started, Facebook drastically changed the format of its pages as an attempt to put a crimp in Occupy pages.
Now a former contractor for Facebook claims the social networking site ordered contractors to suppress news items from conservative sources. This allegation was debunked almost instantly. But that doesn't stop fascist Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) - the piece of shit who heads the Senate Commerce Committee - from investigating Facebook over the accusation.
Thune has sent a letter to Facebook chairman Mark Zuckerberg demanding - demanding, I tell you! - that he answer numerous questions about the website's operation and policies for handling news stories. Among other things, Thune wants Zuckerberg to hand over a copy of Facebook's supposed guidelines and all changes since 2014. Thune wants all of the letter's questions answered by May 24 - or else something.
This ranks right up there with the spittle crowd's now-discredited claim that the IRS was targeting the Tea Party.
If I was Mark Zuckerberg, I'd tell John Thune to shove his letter right up his ass.
Posted by Bandit at 6:11 PM
Friday, May 6, 2016
I'm a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter, and I'm not one to defend the Clintons. The fact is that civil liberties and economic equality were utterly pulped in the Bill Clinton years. My longtime readers know that, because I made sure they knew.
But when Clinton was being impeached for a sex scandal, 3 different Republicans served as Speaker of the House or as an official designee for that post - and now all 3 of them have been embroiled in sex scandals themselves.
The impeachment effort started under Newt Gingrich, who had an affair with a congressional aide. When Gingrich quit Congress like the sore loser he is, he was supposed to be replaced by Bob Livingston. However, Livingston never got to be Speaker because of his own series of extramarital affairs. Gingrich was instead replaced by Dennis Hastert, who was recently sent to prison because of a scandal in which he concealed his sexual abuse of teenage boys.
Gingrich, Livingston, Hastert - all disgraced for life. Three disgraced politicians, a disgraced party, a disgraced ideology.
Posted by Bandit at 12:18 PM
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Another major scandal involving the Republican Party of Kentucky has hit poodirt.
Jesse Benton was the campaign manager for Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and he also chaired Ron Paul's ill-fated 2012 presidential bid. Now he's been convicted of 4 serious federal charges involving his role in the Ron Paul campaign.
Benton - along with 2 others - has been convicted of bribing former Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson, who had already been convicted of receiving payments to switch his support in the 2012 Republican primary.
Currently, Benton is a senior adviser for a Donald Trump superPAC.
Trying to lose every state, Repubs?
Posted by Bandit at 2:36 PM
WKRC radio in Cincinnati was a lot better back when they did "Forever In Beer Cans."
WKRC - now owned by the right-wing iHeartMedia syndicate, the former Clumpy Channel - has been on a crusade of late against the proposal in Campbell County to enact a syringe exchange program. The once-popular AM has characterized the effort as a "heroin starter kit." That is an outright lie. Nobody is going to start shooting up heroin because of this program. Absolutely nobody.
The FCC used to take a very dim view of radio and TV stations distorting the news. It may be a moot point today, since WKRC has approximately 3 remaining listeners.
WKRC's Tea Party-inspired campaign was all for naught, as the county approved the syringe exchange yesterday evening. Tough toilets, WKRC.
Posted by Bandit at 1:17 PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Ladies and gentlemen, something has just happened that has never happened before. For the first time in the history of ever, Campbell County Fiscal Court has told the Tea Party to pound sand.
Tonight, the fiscal court voted 3 to 1 to approve a syringe access exchange program to give heroin users access to clean needles. This program has been successful in other communities at preventing the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, and it also offers counseling. The lone vote to obstruct the program was from embattled Commissioner Charlie Coleman, a Tea Party favorite.
The Tea Party is about the only remaining constituency that opposes it. Campbell County's vote makes Boone County the only county in the area to reject this program.
When the Tea Party has lost Campbell County Fiscal Court, they've lost, period. When the Tea Party loses, the people win.
Posted by Bandit at 11:33 PM
Well, the Republican Party has finally pulled the trigger.
With reports emerging that John Kasich is quitting his laughable presidential bid - leaving him more time to mismanaging Ohio - this leaves Donald Trump as the only nationally known Republican candidate remaining.
The party of Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and Teddy Roosevelt is now led by a right-wing billionaire demagogue who insults coal miners and wets his pants during debates.
For the first time in modern history, we might see a major party presidential candidate lose every state.
Posted by Bandit at 12:41 PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The right-wing media was fond of touting piece after piece pointing to a Hillary Clinton victory in the Democratic primary in Indiana. But once again, Bernie Sanders has defied the odds: Sanders is winning the Hoosier State by almost 7% with over 60% of the votes counted.
Let that sink in for a moment: A self-described democratic socialist just won Indiana.
Meanwhile, in Indiana's Republican primary, Donald Trump - pissed pants and all - has just sailed to a smashing victory. Ted Cruz has reportedly quit the race as a result - giving Carly Fiorina one of the shortest-lived vice-presidential candidacies in history.
Posted by Bandit at 8:58 PM
Monday, May 2, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
How deep is the selective austerity regime of Matt Bevin and the Tea Party in Kentucky?
It's so bad that the Dayton, Kentucky, school district has been forced to eliminate all bus service other than special education. Children in some neighborhoods will be left with no way to get to school - period. As a result, some students will end up transferring to other districts.
This has led some to suggest that the school district should instead cut expenses by having high school students work without pay as bus monitors, but that's another terrifying issue altogether.
Why do we call it selective austerity? Because Matt Bevin has found plenty of taxpayer money to give to a creationist theme park - $18 million, in fact. Campbell County is also one of many counties in Kentucky that gives taxpayer money to private schools for transportation - even though these schools can already afford it, and they don't pay any taxes anyway. These expenses are unconstitutional, of course, but the austerity droids have never let the Constitution stand in the way of their pet projects.
While private schools that pay no taxes get their transportation needs paid for from public coffers, public school students in Dayton get zero. A big, fat goose egg. The state and county take money from Dayton taxpayers and spend it elsewhere - in ways that aren't even constitutional!
Wasn't there a lawsuit in Kentucky about this a long time ago? There was, but officials were so busy rereading Reagan's "Nation At Risk" propaganda report and seeing who could implement "no pass, no drive" the fastest that progress was doomed from the get-go. Hope they're happy now that ideology was given priority over progress.
Posted by Bandit at 1:21 PM
Thursday, April 28, 2016
When I attended Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria, Kentucky, during the 1988 election season, a Brossart diehard punched me in the spleen with all his might and declared, "Only stupid hillbillies are Democrats." (That was years before I switched to the Greens, only to return to the Democrats.)
The Republican 1% today tries to portray themselves as "aw, shucks" populists, but they still let the mask slip occasionally.
Bernie Sanders just made a campaign stop in West Virginia that drew thousands. This prompted the usual Republican plen-T-plaints on news websites. One right-wing comment reads...
"Free Free Free everything free. Free food stamps, free welfare, free tuition, free healthcare, free gas, free dental, free jobs, free phones and free POONTANG. ... No wonder hillbillies loved him in W.Va. They only have three million people and two last names. All you out of work democratic miners be sure to run out and vote for Bernie or Hillary...I figure most of you are that stupid anyway. ..."
Does that tirade sound like working-class populism to you? It doesn't sound like it to me.
Posted by Bandit at 12:50 PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Republican former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has just been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for paying hush money to cover up his acts of child molestation.
Though the prison term exceeds what Hastert appeared likely to receive, he could have gotten 5 years.
Posted by Bandit at 1:09 PM
It's hard to believe that the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history being a child molester isn't a bigger story, but then again this is an election year.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert - who helped build the GOP's infamous culture of corruption - has finally admitted that he sexually abused boys while he was a high school wrestling coach.
One of Hastert's victims testified that the future congressman rubbed his penis at a wrestling camp.
Despite all this, sentencing guidelines say Hastert may face at most 6 months in jail. People serve years in prison for possession of marijuana, but Hastert probably won't get more than 6 months for something far worse.
Posted by Bandit at 12:29 PM
It takes a lot for the FBI to investigate a Republican.
But - according to former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat - federal authorities may be ready to drop the hammer on the Kentucky GOP.
Today, Beshear gave a press conference where he said the FBI may be investigating Republican autocrat Matt Bevin for threatening lawmakers by telling them he'd cancel road projects in their districts if they didn't switch parties.
But we can't impeach Bevin, because Bill Clinton said "poop" 30 years ago.
Posted by Bandit at 12:02 PM
"Butbutbutbut! The Republicans aren't selling drugs! Stop being paranoid!"
How do you think the Republicans pay for all their campaign ads? Where do you think the Tea Party and FairTax thoughtcops get the money to bus people around the country for their rallies?
Emily Pitha is a high-powered GOP consultant and fundraiser who has worked for Arizona Republicans ranging from John McCain to Tea Party fave Jon Kyl. Yesterday, Pitha was arrested for running a huge drug operation from her Phoenix home. Authorities found enormous quantities of heroin and cocaine, a meth lab, bomb-making materials, and counterfeit cash.
Pitha faces child endangerment charges too because 2 children at the home had easy access to the drugs and the bomb materials.
Unfortunately, we can't count on the media to delve any further into right-wing drug dealing.
Posted by Bandit at 11:36 AM
Matt Bevin didn't learn shit from the tribulations of Ernie "Hey Bert" Fletcher.
Every voter in Kentucky in the past 30 years who registers as anything other than a Republican faces limited employment prospects - for party registration is public record - but that doesn't make it right for Bevin to continue this bottomless cronyism. Now Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has directed the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to investigate Bevin for firing state employees on the basis of their political contributions.
If this probe goes anywhere, Bevin may be headed straight to jail where he belongs.
Posted by Bandit at 12:14 AM
Friday, April 22, 2016
The Media just whipped its knives out for ol' Bernie again because he refuses to do things their way.
Officials in Philadelphia have proposed a special tax on soft drinks - but of course they're exempting diet beverages, even though diet drinks contain cancer-causing chemicals. Bernie Sanders has come out against the tax.
You know, more people might support this tax if it didn't exempt diet drinks almost everywhere it's been proposed. To exempt diet soda is nothing but a bailout for makers of these chemicals and their synthetic subversion.
I'm waiting for some smart lawyer to file a lawsuit over these taxes on the grounds that it unfairly favors certain companies. Either that, or people need to start dumping out diet sodas at supermarkets. Seems like there was a similar tax protest in Boston in 1773.
Posted by Bandit at 11:16 PM
The way things are going, the Republican National Convention might end up looking like a ghost town.
The Republicans wanted Cheap Trick to play at the party's upcoming cavalcade of embarrassment. But the legendary rock band wanted nothing of it. Cheap Trick issued a statement saying...
"The Republican National Committee called our office and offered us $100,000 to play at their convention in Cleveland. We turned it down. Then we had second thoughts. Maybe we should have accepted it - but we would all have got swastika guitars made."
The GOP is really up the creek!
Posted by Bandit at 10:50 PM