Monday, January 21, 2019

Nazi apologist strings words together on Facebook

I received this classic earlier on Facebook...

"Tim Brown and more stupidity from your mouth"


That's not even a complete sentence, idiot.

Nazi threatens violence against Antifa

Carter Braxton is on Facebook threatening to beat up Antifa supporters at an upcoming event in my area. Chris Levi is encouraging him.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

CovCath students taunt Indigenous Peoples March

I guess this means Brossart isn't the only racist high school in the Diocese of Covington.

New videos have surfaced showing students from Covington Catholic High School - wearing pro-Trump hats - taunting a drummer at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. The videos have already created a nationwide outcry - and yet another black eye for local Catholic schools.

But hey, let's pretend we're surprised, since it's only about the millionth time something like this has happened in this diocese.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

West Virginia GOP wants to waste state money on Trump's wall

It doesn't take a genius to see how impractical Donald Trump's border wall is, but modern Republicans' penchant for wastage bastage isn't limited to the national party.

Republicans in West Virginia are proposing spending $10 million of state money on this border wall. Three lawmakers will be introducing this bill in the West Virginia legislature in the coming days.

What does the border wall have to do with West Virginia - a state that is hundreds of miles from the border?

(Source: https://www.wdtv.com/content/news/WV-delegates-introducing-bill-to-donate-state-funds-to-border-wall-504376101.html)

Friday, January 11, 2019

Massie opposes back pay for workers during shutdown

How useless is our congressmoron Thomas Massie?

The House just voted 411 to 7 to make sure federal employees receive back pay for work that the Trump shutdown forced them to miss. Guess who one of the 7 who voted against it was?

What a big tyrant.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ba-de-ya!

September! Or as I call it...ba-de-ya!

I performed 2 - count 'em, 2 - Roads Scholarings in September involving the Peace Bike! They yielded a few photos, and they must be pept with extreme dispatch!

The first was in Dayton, Kentucky, where I investigated the KY 8 rerouting...

http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/dayky18.html

The second was in Covington, where I took a look at Pershing Avenue, which is threatened by gentrification...

http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/newcov18.html

Peep these photos now before they peep you!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

As de Blasio enacts healthcare plan, media silence stuns

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the city is enacting a new program to guarantee healthcare to every resident. This is the first program of its kind anywhere in America.

So New York finally has a mayor with a major positive accomplishment - and the media falls silent. New York of 20 years ago was saddled by right-wing Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who racked up one negative achievement after another - and the media constantly fell over itself to praise him.

Let's sum this up. Giuliani was known for growing law enforcement misconduct and other tyranny, and the media made him a national star. But de Blasio is known for making sure people get healthcare, and the media largely ignores him. How often do you hear about de Blasio compared to Giuliani?

Meanwhile, I posted a link to an article from another website about New York's healthcare upgrades on Facebook, and some right-wingers complained about it until it was taken down. I didn't even add any of my own commentary to it. But at the same time, Facebook has made it harder to report posts that actually violate its stated policies.

A person bubbled at Kroger

Today at Kroger, some woman bubbled repeatedly.

Right-wing amendment would make Kentucky judicial elections partisan

Very few states have partisan judicial elections. But right-wing Kentucky State Rep. Myron Dossett wants to gut Kentucky's tradition of an impartial and independent judiciary. He has proposed an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution that would eliminate nonpartisan judicial elections and have candidates for judgeships run on a partisan ballot.

All this after the Republicans kept complaining that "liberal" judges were "politicizing" Kentucky's judiciary.

This would seem to violate judicial codes relating to impartiality. The real purpose of the proposed amendment is to expand Republicans' power over Kentucky politics by letting judicial candidates appeal to right-wing activists' partisanship and rake in money from partisan special interest groups.

Alexander Hamilton opposed selecting judges based on partisan labels, because partisanship worsened cronyism. In fact, the long-term trend in other states has been towards nonpartisan judicial elections - for precisely that reason. But don't tell that to the Kentucky GOP - for they support cronyism. The amendment is a naked power grab.

If this amendment passes, can it backfire right in the Republicans' faces? If poo. GOP voters are aging, and the youngest voters are overpoweringly Democratic. But by the time this trend sways more rural counties, it may be too late.

Like all right-wing power grabs, this proposal must be fought with gusto.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Covington! Piner! Independence! It's a great place to start!

Countin' down the 40 hottest Roads Scholaring photos!

Back in August, I embarked (arf-arf!) on a small automotive Scholaring to southern Kenton County. This event yielded 40 Scholaring photos, and you're gonna peep 'em until a giant robot arm comes down from the sky and pulverizes us all...

http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/ken18a.html
http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/ken18b.html

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bellevue! Wilder! Newport! It's a great place to start!

My proud tradition of Roads Scholaring continued throughout 2018, and my July expedition - the one in which the Road Ruiner's motor blew - yielded several photos and videos. As an added bonus, this photo shoot contains a couple miscellaneous items from May!

So point your pooper here...

http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/wilnew18.html

Monday, December 31, 2018

Trump regime guts vets' PTSD treatment

If you're a chickenhawk like Donald Trump, you're to shut your mouth about this topic, because you don't know a fucking thing about it.

Under Trump, the Department of Veterans Affairs is gutting group therapy programs for combat vets who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Trump's VA is closing these programs or ordering them to move to bad locations where participants receive no privacy.

The VA is also retaliating against employees who criticize these changes by demoting them.

The department is also trying to replace these treatments with medications that participants find ineffective.

Robert Wilkie - the Jesse Helms and Trent Lott protege who Trump appointed to head the VA - lied and said the group therapy sessions were ineffective. Its participants say that's nonsense. Wilkie had also helped cover up the Bush regime's lies that led to the Iraq War - and he has praised the Confederate cause as "honorable" and has said abolitionists were "enemies of liberty."

This comes at the same time that the VA is privatizing some of its mental health services. Knowing the atrocious record of America's private healthcare industry, that's like turning over our school system to Brossart.

The Trump thugocracy certainly is not patriotic, as it does not care about veterans.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Have no fear, the January ish is here!

The January issue of The Last Word is pub-a-dub-dub, and it talks about all sorts of nifty things!

This edition talks about discarding a broken radio, the 1980s computer game Eastern Front, the POP command in Atari BASIC, my desire to become a pirate, a person breaking an antique beer bottle, and other cool topics!

So point your pooper here...

https://www.scribd.com/document/396459293/The-Last-Word-1-2019

If that doesn't work, point it here...

http://bunkerblast.info/lastword/lw1901.pdf

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

Yesterday, I went to an important Christmas Day family gathering. Predictably, a bunkeroo wafted.

We detected the unmistakable audio of a loud-and-proud bunker blast. It was universally agreed that this air biscuit had a canine source.

People waved their hands to dissipate the inevitable aroma.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Government shuts down. Again.

In case you haven't heard, the federal government has shut down. Again.

Now let's spend the duration of this shutdown arguing about which party is to blame - even though only one party has controlled the government for the past 2 years.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A person bunkerooed in front of Charlie Luken

Today, I goed to Kroger and something funny happened. (Imagine that!)

As I was standing in the checkout lane, I detected the unmistakable bouquet of a silent-but-deadly bunker blast. It was as hilarious as you might imagine.

At the same time, I noticed Charlie Luken was buying groceries just a couple lanes away! That means a person released an air biscuit in the presence of a former Cincinnati mayor and congresscritter!

Mr. Luken pretended not to notice the hovering wafto.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Bevin trails badly in new poll

A quick note before I get on with my day.

A new poll by Mason-Dixon - a pollster that usually leans Republican - says Republican so-called Gov. Matt Bevin is badly trailing Kentucky's Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in a head-to-head match-up for next year's gubernatorial race. Bevin is behind by a stunning 48% to 40%. Beshear is one of at least 2 Democrats vying for the governorship.

Only 40% for an incumbent governor? Oof!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Trump is called "speed freak" who invited teen beauty queens to suite

Stand-up comic Noel Casler once worked with Donald Trump on his idiotic "reality" show The Apprentice and on some of Trump's beauty pageants. Now Casler says Trump was a "speed freak" who crushed up Adderall and snorted it because he was illiterate and unable to read cue cards.

Remember those debates with Hillary Clinton where Trump kept making a snorting sound the whole time?

Casler also says Trump invited teenage beauty pageant contestants to his penthouse suite. Casler says Trump stuck his fingers in contestants' mouths to inspect their teeth before inviting them.

You built that, Repubs.

(Source: https://www.mediaite.com/donald-trump/former-apprentice-staffer-claims-trump-was-speed-freak-invited-teen-beauty-queens-to-his-suite)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Far Right arguing with Kiplinger's now?

I'm sick of hearing the Far Right whine about disabled workers receiving government benefits that these workers paid for. If the right-wingers think it's so easy being disabled, why don't they try it themselves?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit for workers who are disabled or suffer a chronic medical condition. It's an earned benefit - not welfare. In all cases, these workers paid into the system to receive this benefit. I'm not criticizing welfare, because welfare does serve a need for Americans who qualify. But SSDI is not welfare.

Despite this, Republicans in Congress have introduced bill after bill to slash SSDI or kick people off the rolls. One bill would cut SSDI payments down to poverty levels. Its supporters argue that this is because SSDI is intended to be just a subsistence program - not income replacement insurance. But if that's the case, why do workers pay into it? Why don't they instead just get SSI, which pays far less?

Now a new article about SSDI for part-time workers should kablammo the Far Right's mating call plumb-bob into the troposphere. And it's in Kiplinger's Personal Finance, of all places. The piece says, "SSDI is an income replacement insurance for former workers with disabilities, provided through the Social Security Administration."

Well, how ya like that, right-wingers? Gonna argue with Kiplinger's about SSDI?

I repeat, Kiplinger's says it's "income replacement insurance." That's a direct quote.

Then again, by attempting to slash SSDI payments to the poverty level, the GOP has accidentally admitted that SSI doesn't pay enough - for SSI pays even less than the poverty level. Instead of reducing SSDI to a poverty sum, they should raise SSI to that level. Like SSDI, SSI is an earned benefit.

It's also fair to say that the government defines the poverty level as much lower than it should be. While the official poverty line may be almost enough for an individual who lives in a medium-sized, slow-growing city, what about families who live in one of America's huge, booming cities, where housing costs are soaring faster than anywhere? Instead of tax cuts for the 1% and big corporations, why not stronger benefits for the 99%?

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Independence! Florence! Big Bone! It's a great place to start!

Back in June, I had an automotive Roads Scholaring that surrounded a trip to Big Bone Lick State Park. The event yielded 26 Scholaring photos.

Know what you're gonna do? Peep 'em...

http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/kenboo18a.html
http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/kenboo18b.html

Monday, December 3, 2018

Vincennes! Columbus! Madison! It's a great place to start!

Back in May, I went Roads Scholaring in Indiana, paying special attention to Vincennes and other cities and towns. I also examined the new stretch of I-69. And guess how many photos this outing yielded? That's right, 69!

So point your pooper here...

http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/in18a.html
http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/in18b.html
http://bunkerblast.info/roadpics/in18c.html

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Have no fear, the December ish is here!

This is a December to dismember, as yet another issue of The Last Word is published, thus making your face fly off in public!

This ish talks about all sorts of cool things, among them...

• A kid throwing a tantrum at Kroger.

• My new money-making e-book.

• A person chewing gum at an Abraham Lincoln historic site.

• Shipping companies losing beer shipments.

• A feather fetishist who shoplifted.

• Mister Rogers displaying his middle finger.

• Bad reviews for a My Little Pony toy.

• Cassette singles!

So point your pooper here...

https://www.scribd.com/document/394628924/The-Last-Word-12-2018

Lest you can't read it on Scribd, you can find the latest ish here...

http://bunkerblast.info/lastword/lw1812.pdf

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Kentucky GOPer wants do-over because he lost

The grapes, they are sour.

In last month's election, Kentucky State Rep. DJ Johnson, a Republican, was defeated by one vote by Democratic former State Rep. Jim Glenn.

County officials conducted a recount and confirmed the margin was one vote. Kentucky's Board of Elections later certified the results. Now - like the sore loser he is - Johnson is contesting the results by taking it to the Kentucky House, which is still controlled by Republicans despite their rather unmistakable net loss. Plus, Johnson apparently expects the Democrats to pay for it.

Of course, there's no basis for contesting it, because it's been shown multiple times now that Johnson lost. But don't expect that to stop the Kentucky GOP. Some years back, Republican Dana Seum Stephenson was elected to the Kentucky Senate, but a court disqualified her because she didn't meet the residency requirement. Then the Republican-led Kentucky Senate defied the judge's ruling and seated her anyway. Later, however, the Kentucky Supreme Court finally forced her to resign.

You lost, DJ, you big crybaby. Last month confirmed that America has a permanent mandate to reject Republican extremism, and the GOP can count on us to enforce this mandate.

Cope.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Church closed over financial irregularities

What? Financial irregularities at a church? Color me shocked!

The Diocese of Covington has temporarily closed Sts. Boniface & James Catholic Church in Ludlow because of a probe into the parish's finances. Parish activities including mass have been suspended.

It may seem surprising for a church to be involved in any financial impropriety whatsoever. But I know better. I attended Catholic schools more than long enough to know about the financial irregularities that sometimes occur in church-run organizations. It's disappointing - but true.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

My latest money-making project!

Yesterday, I released a brand bippus-bustin' new project for me to Make Money from!

Remember LeftMaps? LeftMaps was a set of detailed local maps showing streets, terrain contours, and more. The maps were intended for bicyclists - and other cool people! Now, LeftMaps covers all of Campbell County in convenient e-book form!

And it's yours for only $2.15!

Best all, the maps are accompanied by left-leaning commentary that incisively details right-wing extremism, corruption, meanness, and incompetence that has plagued many local communities!

So point your pooper here...

http://www.lulu.com/shop/tim-brown/leftmaps-campbell-county-ky/ebook/product-23883476.html

Friday, November 23, 2018

Dogs bunkerooed on Thanksgiving

Yesterday, I goed to an important Thanksgiving family gathering. SBD bunker blasts were detected. It's generally agreed that these rock snakes had a canine source.

DHS wants immigrants' credit scores

It's wrong for the financial racket to keep credit scores on people.

It's wrong to cut off welfare for people who paid taxes and rightly qualify for welfare.

It's wrong to deny a green card to immigrants who have committed no crime and meet all the legal requirements for immigration.

So leave it to the Department of Homeland Stupidity to use credit scores to determine if someone is likely to go on welfare. Trump's Department of Homeland Security wants to do just that.

The DHS was founded as Bush's personal plaything, and the department has never let up since. Now the DHS wants to force immigrants to provide their credit scores to determine whether they're likely to go on welfare later - as a requirement for receiving their green card.

Credit scores themselves should not be used for anything - ever. They are an illegal title of nobility. Plus, if we're so worried that someone will become dependent on government assistance, why don't we do anything about the 1% and big corporations that receive more handouts than anyone?

The American Immigration Council reported in 2010 that while immigrants paid about $90 billion a year in taxes, they got just $5 billion in public benefits. It's hard for American-born citizens to qualify for any benefit - but much harder for immigrants.

How about no more handouts for corporations - many of whom are responsible for compiling credit scores?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Matthew McConaughey look-alike sighted

I've just been informed that a Matthew McConaughey look-alike was sighted today.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bevin bars state from doing business with firms that boycott Israel

The New Hampshire Forehead is at it yet again!

A new executive order by so-called Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky bars state agencies from doing business with companies that boycott Israel because of its apartheid regime.

The signing ceremony included Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the United States. Dermer attacked the movement to boycott Israel as anti-Semitic. But that is a lie. Bevin said the boycotters were being "discriminatory" by shunning Israel's apartheid government. That too is a lie.

Bevin's supporters made anti-Jewish comments on YouTube during the 2015 campaign. The Kentucky GOP even used an anti-Jewish dog whistle in one of its 2011 campaign commercials. That's not to mention other forms of bigotry that have run rampant in the Kentucky GOP's campaign mailings in recent years.

And the current administration in Israel certainly does practice apartheid. There's no denying it. A 2017 United Nations report even said so. Among other things, the report cited a "dual legal system" that is unfair to Palestinians. Some Israeli politicians and newspapers also call it apartheid.

This blog stands firmly for human rights and against discrimination, and I'm not going to allow election-stealing liars like Matt Bevin - who have supported discrimination themselves - to falsely claim to be champions of tolerance and go unchallenged.

(Source: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/15/governor-matt-bevin-bars-business-israel-boycotters)

Judge rules neo-Nazi harassment not protected speech

I can't believe there's any serious debate whatsoever about this. But this time, the court got it right.

A federal judge has ruled in a Montana case that a lawsuit accusing neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer of coordinating an anti-Jewish harassment campaign against a real estate agent can't be dismissed on First Amendment grounds. The judge is right. There is no real legal theory that would protect the level of harassment carried out by the website.

The judge observed that the site's publisher incited followers to harass the real estate agent. The site published her personal information and that of her family members, leading to over 700 harassing messages, including death threats and voicemails consisting of gunshots. The civil case will now go to trial.

This harassment is not free speech. No way, no how.