Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew's man in the Senate

Why does America's Far Right support anti-American foreign dictators?

Singapore's right-wing former dictator Lee Kuan Yew died Monday at the age of 91. He led one of the vilest regimes on the planet: The totalitarian Lee government flogged dissidents, censored newspapers, busted unions, and outlawed bubble gum (seriously).

When someone dies, most people don't say anything bad about them, and public figures across the political spectrum have in recent days offered praise for Lee. Even President Obama has gotten into the act. But one American politician constantly praised Lee Kuan Yew even when he was living: fascist Sen. David Perdue of Georgia.

Make no mistake, Perdue is a fascist. He was one of the first signatories to "Cotton Tom" Cotton's letter threatening Iran. And David Perdue has long been a diehard admirer of Lee Kuan Yew. Perdue had even defected to Singapore in the '90s, despite the Singaporean government's hostility to America. The future senator spoke of his admiration for dictator Lee in a 2007 speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an organization that itself is known for praising brutal foreign dictatorships including that in Singapore. Perdue's disloyalty was touched on only briefly during the 2014 campaign, after he bragged that he made his living shipping American jobs overseas.

Right-wing treachery in support of Singapore has gone on for decades now, as I've discussed before. The lunatic Right was fresh off screaming about Grenada being a threat to the United States' national security when they decided to cozy up to Lee Kuan Yew's cronies.

Here's a particular irony: American rightists claim to be Second Amendment champions, yet Singapore - whose government they praise - disallows almost all personal gun ownership. I know what the right-wingers' excuse is going to be, so I'll debunk it now. They will claim Singapore is so free of crime that nobody needs a gun to defend themselves. Neat story, except it isn't true, for Singapore has experienced its share of gang rape and mass murder in recent years. Plus, if the American right wing cares so much about the principle of the right to bear arms, why would it matter what the crime rate is? Should we repeal the First Amendment if there was nothing around for newspapers to rightly criticize?

David Perdue is the enemy within.

Kentucky GOPer busted for selling drugs

Let's play another action-packed game of "guess the party affiliation."

Suppose there's an elected politician in your state who gets busted for selling drugs out of his business. And suppose the blab runs an article about the case and doesn't specify his party. Can you guess what party he is?

He's a Republican.

Ricky Goodin is a newly elected GOP magistrate in Bell County, Kentucky. But now he's been busted for 17 drug-related charges and a charge of theft. Authorities say Goodin sold drugs - mostly crystal meth and prescription items - out of a business he owns.


The party that thinks it's entitled to control all of Kentucky government strikes again.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Tea Party loses library appeal!

If you're going to sue a public library, make sure there's a damn good reason. For instance, if the library censors websites at its public Internet terminals that are used primarily by adults, one is entitled - nay, obligated - to go after the libe with a flaming pitchfork.

But if you sue a library just because you hate libraries, you deserve to be laughed out of the courtroom. And that's exactly what happened to the Tea Party.

The local Tea Party sued libraries in Campbell and Kenton counties, claiming the libraries improperly levied taxes for decades. This claim was absurd, because if you're going to go after any institution on anti-tax grounds, there's plenty of better targets - for instance, endless wars and the expanding prison state. Two local Tea Party judges had initially ruled in favor of the Tea Party, but if Team Tyranny had ultimately prevailed, it would have forced at least some library branches to close - not just locally but all over Kentucky. That was the real aim of the lawsuit. The suit is the modern American equivalent of book burning.

But now the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled 3 to 0 in favor of the libraries. See, that's what happens when the Tea Party tries basing a lawsuit on a law that was repealed in 1979.

You can bet your bizcream that the Tea Party will appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court - squandering an untold amount of taxpayer money in the process. As the case progresses, all the Tea Party has accomplished is to highlight their own stupidity.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tea Party embarrasses itself in Campbell County

Lately, the local Tea Party has mostly been reposting Franklin Graham interviews and beating the drum for "right-to-work" - and public officials have been happy to help. But Team Tyranny remains unappreciative of government officials who aren't quick enough on the right-wing draw.

A few days ago, the Tea Party sent out an e-mail newsletter boasting that Campbell County Fiscal Court would have its first reading of a local right-to-scab bill at yesterday's meeting. "It is time for the first reading," the Tea Party gloated.

I saw this and alerted several Facebook groups frequented by Campbell County labor activists. It turned out the Tea Party was being even dumber than it first appeared. Funnier perhaps. But dumber. Later, someone replied that they had contacted county officials, and they said the Tea Party was full of shit. They said right-to-scab was nowhere on yesterday's agenda. I believe this, and there's no evidence that right-to-scab was introduced yesterday. It's possible that it was, but if so, the Tea Party would probably be bragging about it now.

So I have to assume the Tea Party e-mail was just an attempt to commandeer Fiscal Court. Read it again: "It is time for the first reading." By order of who? Did Fiscal Court say it was time, or was the Tea Party trying to decide for them?

"It is time for the first reading." How arrogant. The Tea Party doesn't get to decide these things. We didn't vote for the Tea Party.

This e-mail suggests that the second reading and possible passage of right-to-scab in Kenton County will be at that county's Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday, March 24. Is this another attempt to commandeer the court? Every other source says Kenton County has already tabled the proposal, and court officials said today that it probably won't be on the agenda that day.

After learning about the reaction against Boone County's work-for-less law, I doubt a similar law would go over very well in more urban counties. Oh, you know the Tea Party is trying. They want a right-to-scab law in the worst way. But the Tea Party's 3 members are dwarfed by the countless local residents like me whose lives were literally saved by organized labor.

The Tea Party is nothing if not persistent, but maybe sometime they'll move on to obsess over another issue to be on the wrong side of. If they do, I'll still be on the forefront of the fight against them.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Boone County passes right-to-scab law; all hell breaks loose

The Constitution doesn't apply in Boone County. You may have already known that, after the time the county shut down Halloween festivities because they fell on a Sunday.

True to form, the all-Republican Boone County Fiscal Court unanimously passed a countywide "right-to-work" law this evening. To fight this unconstitutional political payback, about 250 opponents of this law packed the courthouse. There were so many that they spilled into the lobby.

When the Fiscal Court assholes approved the law, folks in the room yelled that they were going to move to Kenton County - where right-to-scab has reportedly been tabled.

Certainly, the government of Boone County should be overthrown. I won't apologize for saying so. Plus, today's development is also a clarion call for the return of militant labor unionism.

Monday, March 16, 2015

SurveyUSA doubles down on GOP stupid

SurveyUSA should never be forgiven for publishing a press release before the 2003 Kentucky gubernatorial election saying Ernie Fletcher had already won, but their latest act is really a special kind of dumb.

Without exception, every pollster in last year's election cycle showed the Republicans significantly trailing their performance in the final "election" results. Not just in Kentucky, but all over the country. In any democracy, this would be seen as a sign that the election was rigged, and it would trigger an official investigation of the results. But in the United States, the opposite happens: Pollsters instead tailor their methodology to reflect the rigged election. They do it after each election, in fact, so last year's polls had several cycles of election fraud already built in.

Now SurveyUSA - long worshipped by Kentucky media - is boasting of recalibrating its methodology yet again after last year's polling discrepancy...

You read that right. Instead of challenging the results, SurveyUSA admits that they've begun weighting their polls to account for Republicans rigging the 2014 election. SurveyUSA says their past polls oversampled liberal voters and cell phone users - even though their press releases show that these groups were actually undersampled.

The good news is that even after all of this right-wing number crunching, SurveyUSA's latest poll says all of the Republican candidates for this year's governor election would still trail Democrat Jack Conway by 2 to 10 percentage points. Last year, SurveyUSA's final Senate poll was 10 points off despite being weighted for previous GOP fraud, so if they used last year's methodology, Conway would be ahead by 12 to 20.

If general elections weren't rigged by Republicans, most elections would be just a formality. God only knows what the margin would be. Think of the thumping Teresa Cunningham got in that Supreme Court race. It would be twice as big - maybe more. How much Republican support do you still see on the ground? Make no mistake, GOP support used to be very real. But in 2015???

Don't count your chickens before they hatch. There's 7 months for The Media to hand this one to the GOP like they often do. And there'll be future years for pollsters to double down some more. I warned you.

Photos of the city where a person bunkerooed at the Gerald Ford Museum

Time once again for you to peep, weep, and maybe even oggle-beep!

A couple weekends ago, we goed to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and back all within a day! An LAP bunker blast was detected at the amazing Gerald Ford Museum, and I amassed 30 Roads Scholarin' photos!

I divided this photo set into 2 parts, so peep 'em now before it's too late...

Friday, March 13, 2015

U of L announces right-wing grant

We all remember when I was expelled from NKU because of my political views. NKU's action seems even sillier in hindsight, for now it's obvious just how little it took for me to be expelled.

The Far Right's consolidation of power at Kentucky's public universities continues. The University of Louisville has just announced a multimillion-dollar grant from John Schnatter - the right-wing founder of Papa John's pizza. This grant bankrolls the brand new John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise - which will "engage in teaching and research that explores the role of free enterprise and entrepreneurship in advancing society."

The extreme-right Charles Koch Foundation is supplementing this grant with $1.66 million that will fund professors, classes, "research", speakers, and more. The Koch Foundation will exercise authority over who the university hires to teach and what it includes in its coursework. Following this, faculty "must have demonstrated a track record that is supportive of the center's mission or show promise of developing such a record."

The Kochs are not "libertarian" like much of the media claims. They're the right-wing statists who helped bring us the Tea Party. I have a stronger libertarian streak than they have - easily.

Kentucky's universities might as well just be referred to as "right-wing indoctrination centers." Imagine if you can what the reaction would be if a university established something called, say, an Institute of Advanced Liberal Studies.

Legislation or an executive order from the governor should be enacted to combat this ongoing ideological stampede in our education system.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Have no fear, ish #486 is here!

The Last Word - your fanzine of freedom - celebrates 22 years with its 486th issue!

This edition talks about my uproarious plans for a Wisconsin trip, people watching 'Sesame Street' when they're too old for it, vandalism of Wikipedia entries for 1960s TV actors, and more!

So read this ish before it reads you...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A person bunkerooed at the Gerald Ford Museum

Yesterday, we went to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and back all in one day.

I detected the unmistakable audio of an LAP bunker blast at the Gerald Ford Museum, of all places.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Local Tea Party candidate sues after losing election

Suppose you're a Tea Party candidate for public office. (You might just be! The Tea Party does monitor my Internet posts.) And suppose (shudder!) you lose the election by almost 20 percentage points. What ever shall you do?

No bother! Just sue!

This past November, northern Kentucky's Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller handily defeated Tea Party challenger Teresa Cunningham. But that wasn't the end of it! Later, Cunningham filed a lawsuit demanding that the election results be overturned. Just because. I can't really figure out why. Because it bips, you might say.

Last month, Kenton County Circuit Judge Kathleen Lape dismissed Cunningham's frivolous suit. Lape wrote, "The factual allegations pled by Plaintiff are absurd, not meeting the threshold of fraud, intimidation, bribery or violence required by [state law]."

This effort may have blown up right in Teresa Cunningham's stupid face. Keller wants to be reimbursed by Cunningham for the legal fees she spent defending herself from this ridiculous lawsuit.

See, the Tea Party can be defeated when we really try.

No, Mr. Strain. People dying is not OK.

The Far Right isn't even trying anymore.

A few weeks ago, Michael Strain of the extreme right-wing American Enterprise Institute penned an op-ed for the Washington Post arguing that it's perfectly dandy if people die if the Affordable Care Act is gutted. (I didn't find this piece until today. Maybe the Far Right realized they crossed a line and didn't want it getting any more play.)

The editorial is headlined, "End Obamacare, and people could die. That's okay." Strain argues that it's moral to abolish Obamacare and let people die. He says a "slightly higher mortality rate" is a good trade-off to preserve "individual liberty."

Seriously, he said that.

I would think that not dying would be one of the most important individual liberties of all. What ever happened to the sanctity of life? You can't claim to support life while cheering death in the name of "individual liberty", especially because the Affordable Care Act is far from being the worst affront to personal freedom out there.

We give up some freedoms to protect greater freedoms all the time. For example, we agree to pay taxes to preserve the liberty that comes with keeping our society functioning. Plus, while the country doesn't have the resources to place a paramedic on every corner to prevent every traffic death, it does have the resources for a national health care program that would save some lives.

The lunatic Right would be the first to have me strung up if I was physically threatened and I killed the assailant in self-defense. If the choice is either my life or that of someone who attacks me, would the Evil Empire be so keen on my right to defend myself? They bluster a lot publicly, but from what they've said privately, my rights mean nothing to them. To them, some lives are worth more than others.

The American Enterprise Institute wants to be a right-wing death panel. They want to decide that some must die in order to feed their perverted political goals. They would play God to serve their own ideology.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Don't get sad. Get Mad! Madison, that is!

Each year around this time, there's always a big Midwest roadmeet, and this time, it's going to be in (drum roll, please) Madison, Wisconsin!

Unless a Cincinnati meet takes place late in the year, Madison will probably be the closest roadmeet to Cincinnati the entire Roads Scholaring season. A roadmeet is not a political event, but Madison suits my progressive populism well, as this city has been the site of repeated protests against Scott Walker's raging stupidity.

The Madison meet shall occur on Saturday, April 18. I have already purchased a Megabus ticket to leave early Friday morning. It's a done deal. The ticket is nonrefundable - I repeat, NONREFUNDABLE! I shouldn't have to give you the usual speech about how there will be a strict quarantine in the days before the meet, but some people never listen. If I miss this meet, angry will not begin to describe my feelings.

And that's why I buyed a nonrefundable ticket. Cheap, perhaps, but nonrefundable. Tough toilets, Cousin Filbert.

I went on an unrelated trip to Milwaukee 2 years ago, so hopefully the bus to Madison will skip greater Milwaukee and grace me with a different route instead. But I am a simple man - a lowly, unlearned peasant - and any trip to Madison is a good trip to Madison.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Right-to-scab fascism update

"Right-to-work" is like what school uniforms were 15 years ago: The Far Right insists on swiftly enacting it in as many places as possible, with no public input, despite being both unpopular and unconstitutional, and in complete denial of all evidence proving it to be harmful.

This week, Wisconsin's fascist Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign a right-to-scab bill into law. That little punk has never worked a day in his life, and CPAC just gave him a forum to shoot his mouth off about the labor movement. Thousands have been protesting against the bill at the State Capitol.

It's impressive that so many people would brave rough winter weather to protest against it, because you'd think the new would have worn off of Walker's antiworker crusades after 2011. But when was the last time you saw a rally of any size supporting right-to-scab laws? There's no public demand whatsoever for these laws.

But "right-to-work" supporters are throwing a temper tantrum in Kentucky after state lawmakers rejected such a bill. Two local counties - Kenton and Boone - are expected to pass their own "right-to-work" ordinances on March 10 and March 17, respectively. The worse sneak attack against workers has been in Kenton County, and the Fiscal Court there is even moving its March 10 meeting to Independence to avoid the big, scary labor people in Covington.

There's already a lawsuit pending against the Kentucky ordinances, and one wonders if they're even enforceable currently. If the laws stick, why would anyone move here? Imagine moving somewhere that has a foot of ice on the ground 5 months a year only to discover your union contract is no good. At least Wisconsin has Madison.

Northern Kentucky needs its own Madison. Imagine if you can the waves of freedom that would flow if any local city had the guts to opt out of "right-to-work"! What may be just as good though is if a local community passed its own version of the Employee Free Choice Act.

Don't bet on it happening when appeasing the Tri-ED trolls is more important.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Climate change denial costing Cincinnati millions

The gutter cult of climate change denial strikes again.

Last week's record-shattering snowfall and cold in greater Cincinnati is the region's costliest winter weather event in years. In one week alone, Hamilton County had to spend $900,000 to clear its roads. The city of Cincinnati spent $1.2 million. Covington spent $100,000. Even West Chester Township spent $150,000.

Who pays for it? U! That's who!

These expenses deplete local municipalities' budgets for other projects - including clearing away next year's snow that'll probably start 6 months from now. These costs deplete money for schools, libraries, housing, sanitation, and other necessities.

But according to Fox News and the rest of the right-wing noise machine, it's all a hoax. That snowstorm, all those impassable roads, and all that money spent cleaning it up? All a hoax - according to the climate change denial industry.

Because there aren't enough lite rock stations, I guess...

The American radio biz wonders why nobody listens to radio anymore. Hint: it's not just because of YouTube and digital downloads "stealing" their business. The radio industry's gaping wounds are self-inflicted.

Take WGTZ-FM in Dayton, Ohio, for instance. This used to be a very popular station in that city. I could pick them up at home, but they battled futilely with a Lexington station on the same frequency. In my day, they would have been useful here for hearing an unbutchered American Top 40, except the interference made this impractical.

A few years ago, this station switched to a so-called "variety hits" format, but now they're doomed to obscurity as they've switched to an "adult contemporary" format.

Another AC???

There has always been a glut of AC in almost every American market. I remember Cincinnati having 7 AC's.

Oh well. It's radio. Nobody will notice anymore.

Repealing the far-right 1996 Telecommunications Act could have helped save radio from itself, but it's a little late for that.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FCC breaks state-backed Internet monopolies!

Home rule? You got it!

In a handful of states, the "home rule for me, not for thee" crowd has passed right-wing laws to prohibit cities from establishing their own municipal Internet providers. These laws stifle competition and mollycoddle Internet monopolies.

But the cities fought back. The cities of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina, petitioned the FCC for relief from this greed and tyranny.

Today, the FCC voted to overturn the state laws and give power back to the cities by letting them establish their own Internet services. Following this decision, right-wingers whimpered and cried. That's too bad.

The cities. Now more than ever.


FCC restores 'Net neutrality!

This is an issue where people fought back instead of sitting on their asses - and won! Neat how that works, huh?

The Internet depends on 'Net neutrality - the idea that Internet providers can't gunk up your access to websites they don't like (like Zoomtown did). The Bush regime tried rending apart this principle - but President Obama's FCC passed new rules to protect 'Net neutrality. Not long ago, however, right-wing federal judges gutted these rules. The states were as wussified as ever and did absolutely zero - zip, nada, nothing - to shore up this loss.

Now the FCC has issued brand spanking new rules to restore 'Net neutrality by treating the Internet as the public utility it is! People fought the cable industry and won!

As Homer Simpson would say, it's like David and Goliath, only this time David won!

You know blasted well Congress is trying to think of ways to dash it all to hell again. If they ever try it, let's ruin their day again like we did today.

Local city bans medical marijuana

The "home rule for me, not for thee" politburo is ramping up the stupid - and not just in regard to much-ridiculed "right-to-work" laws.

The city of Hamilton!, Ohio, has just outlawed medical marijuana - even if a proposed referendum passes to legalize it statewide.

You can bet your bizcream that those who support Hamilton's marijuana ban are the same ones who'd scream to holy high hell if a city legalized medical marijuana in a state where it was otherwise illegal. Kind of like how they cite home rule to justify counties in Kentucky passing "right-to-work", even as they sue Louisville for raising the minimum wage.

Maybe you deserve to be a victim of selective home rule as long as you don't fight back.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bomb threat at Kenton County courthouse

Around 2:30 PM today, there was a bomb threat phoned in to a Kenton County government building in Covington. The building houses some county offices, some court functions, and the Justice Center.

The structure was evacuated for about 45 minutes, until about 3:15.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill!


Under the Obama administration's environmental policy, each win for environmentalists has usually been paired with a win for the fossil fuel industry - as if there's some sort of equivalence between the two. But this story is a victory not just for the environment but also for separation of powers.

Today, President Obama vetoed a right-wing bill passed by a rogue Congress that would have authorized construction of the unpopular, job-killing Keystone XL oil pipeline. This is Obama's first veto since 2010.

This veto doesn't mean the project is dead for good. But even if the pipeline itself is perfectly justifiable (which it isn't), Obama is right to veto the bill - because it's not Congress's job to approve the pipeline. The bill was a power grab by Congress trying to claim executive authority.

The real winner today is our constitutional republic.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Marshall County blocks "right-to-work" fascism!

Marshall County, Kentucky, has proven it can think for itself.

Several Kentucky counties have passed an unconstitutional "right-to-work" law lately, but Marshall County seems to be the first to effectively stall this effort. Yesterday, Marshall County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a measure to oppose right-to-scab.

Neat how that home rule thing works, isn't it?


Monday, February 16, 2015

Creationist cult serves on Chamber of Commerce board

Is the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hell-bent on ruin for the region's working people?

This secret society has endorsed a KKK-backed plan for local counties to enact their own misnamed "right-to-work" laws. In doing so, they've declared war on the people. Support for "right-to-work" is an act of war.

I went to the Chamber of Commerce's website in the hopes of gathering some insight on their fascism. It's bad enough that they have a birther conspiracy theorist on their executive committee. The list of organizations that serves as the Chamber's board of advisors is just as interesting.

The list reads almost like a Who's Who of big corporations, some of them national in scope, and some of them explicitly linked to right-wing causes, bottomless greed, wiretapping, or phone harassment. Other corporations on this list haven't been specifically noted for their extremism or other unfortunate characteristics, but I always keep a watchful eye out. That's part of my job. But one entry did catch my eye: the Creation Museum, a project of the Answers in Genesis cult.

Answers in Genesis claims to be a nonprofit ministry. So why are they part of a business group? When I saw that, I almost expected to find Brossart on the list too.

The Chamber of Commerce represents a right-wing web of organizations that has it in for working people like you and me. They are interlocked. Not surprisingly, another member of their board of advisors is NorthKey Community Care - which gave us the brutal CPH concentration camp.

This web of greed and extremism does of course receive taxpayer support. This is also no surprise, for the taxpayers are always on the hook for everything the Far Right does. The fiscal courts of Kenton and Boone counties are listed as members of the Chamber's board. Taxpayer money is being squandered on manifestly ideological pursuits.

Any corporation, school, nonprofit agency, or government body on the board of advisors needs to take a hard look at who they're cavorting with. Do they really want to prop up the antiworker violence of "right-to-work"? Do they really want to join forces with antiscience cults like Answers in Genesis? Do they really want to associate with the antigay hatred displayed by Chick-fil-A? I'll have to assume the answer is yes - unless they either provide a sensible answer or leave the Chamber of Commerce.

And is it fair that the taxpayers are being forced to fund antigay and classist activity?

It looks as if there's already enough justification for people to file a formal complaint with the UN Human Rights Council over the long-running situation surrounding the local business and political elite - and "right-to-work" would only create more reasons.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

When Kasich thought he was a Deadhead

It's hard to imagine a whiny right-winger like Ohio Gov. John Kasich having anything to do with a psychedelic jam band like the Grateful Dead, but I guess he thinks he's cool because he tried crashing one of their concerts - then threatened the band when they wouldn't let him onstage.

Back in 1991 - when he was a congressman known for waving a hatchet around at meetings to protest spending programs he didn't like - Kasich went to a Grateful Dead show in Washington, D.C., and inexplicably tried jumping onto the stage. When the band wouldn't let him onstage, Kasich reportedly whined, "Hey, why won't you let me on? I can't understand why you're not letting me on." Maybe it's because it was a Grateful Dead concert and not a Tea Party rally? Witnesses said Kasich was "obnoxious" and "disruptive."

As the Republican politician was being ushered off the stage, he threatened to keep the band from ever playing in D.C. again. A Grateful Dead spokesperson said of Kasich, "This guy really had some problem."

Maybe a newspaper will order Kasich to resign.

Friday, February 13, 2015

DLC-ordered march to Siberia continues in Oregon

If you thought the rise of the 99% had crushed the DLC Coke can, think again.

The resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber may be the first time in the history of the known universe that a popular politician who hadn't been charged with any ethical or legal violations resigned all because a newspaper instructed him to. It's a disappointing end to an administration that has been a national leader in health care reform.

This elevates Secretary of State Kate Brown to the position of governor. Brown - who, like Kitzhaber, is a Democrat - cast a few good votes as a legislator. But this is offset by her support for the rubber-stamped Comcast/Time Warner merger. She even sent a letter to the FCC endorsing the merger. The problem isn't that the letter was literally ghostwritten by Comcast - but that Brown supported the takeover at all. Support for this amalgamation comes straight out of the pages of the misnamed Democratic Leadership Council - the Tea Party wing of the Democrats.

There's no doubt that Kitzhaber's resignation was encouraged by DLC forces continuing their power grab within the Democratic Party. Every time I consider rejoining the party I once had so much faith in, they run me off again.

But The Media says what goes, so they stay.

Right-to-scab defeat narrows after arm-twisting

Yesterday, I reported that a Kentucky House committee had defeated a Tea Party-backed "right-to-work" bill by 16 to 2. But - according to press reports - the final margin turned out to be 16 to 3. Apparently, a Republican legislator who had abstained had their arm twisted by fellow Republicans into supporting the unconstitutional bill.

Oh happy day for the "right-to-work" thinkpol. They have 16% support instead of 11%. At this rate, they might get to 17% by the time the next census costs them more seats. But their defeat was still wider than last year's 15 to 4.

It's no wonder the GOP couldn't even win the Kentucky House in an otherwise Republican year.

Oregon governor expected to resign

This is how low the political media has stoopen.

Oregon's popular Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber - who designed the state's bold health care reforms in the '90s and was handily reelected recently - is expected to resign today, just because the right-wing Portland Oregonian told him to. Kitzhaber and his fiancee Cylvia Hayes have been the subjects of an ongoing political controversy - but the governor hasn't been charged in any ethical or legal wrongdoing, and the public doesn't even want him to resign.

In other words, Kitzhaber is resigning just because. Because it bips, you might say.

Maybe Kitzhaber should resign when scandal-tainted Republicans like John Kasich, Mike Pence, Bruce Rauner, Rick Snyder, Scott Walker, Bill Haslam, Sam Brownback, Chris Christie, Rick Scott, Nathan Deal, and Nikki Haley resign. An election had to intervene for us to get rid of the indicted Ernie Fletcher. But the Oregonian spouts off, and it's enough to force a Democrat like Kitzhaber into retirement.

Never has America's media been in such dire shape.

(And yes, Kitzhaber's resemblance to Alex Trebek has been noted.)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kentucky defeats "right-to-work" bill...again!

Unconstitutional "right-to-work" laws have been a high priority for the Far Right all over this fine land lately, but Kentucky has once again proven it has no appetite for a statewide law.

Last year, a Kentucky House committee defeated "right-to-work" by 15 to 4. Today, the committee killed the bill by an even wider proportion - 16 to 2.

Smell reality: Right-to-scab laws are unpopular in Kentucky.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Have no fear, the February ish is here!

The Last Word bips along after many a decade and in spite of health woes! Issue #485 is brief, but has insightful pieces about these phenomena:

• My former high school squandering an untold amount of money on t-shirts they can't use.

• A hilarious public temper tantrum by a local racist.

• Strange Cincinnati area people and places, such as the Kroger house and the angry state trooper at Big Bone.

• The continuing struggle against an abusive "treatment" center.

So point your pooper here...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

More reports of celebrity look-alikes

Today, I heard a report of 3 - count 'em, 3 - uproarious celebrity look-alikes.

I was told that a Harrison Ford look-alike was seen at church. According to this report, a Drew Carey look-alike was seen later. Also according to this narrative, an Adam Sandler look-alike was seen at a Great Clips.