Thursday, January 23, 2020

Connecticut lawmakers propose unit to fight right-wing violence

Listen up, Kentucky, because this is how it's done.

In 2017, authorities in Connecticut and nationwide reported a spike in what they called "bias crimes" - hate crimes motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation, or certain other factors. New legislation in Connecticut broadened protections from hate crimes, but some state legislators there say more needs to be done.

Lawmakers now want to create a new unit within the state police designed to fight against hate crimes and other right-wing violence. They want to be more proactive at identifying and investigating the sources of such terrorism. A press release said the new unit would "specialize in investigating far right extremist groups and individuals." Just by releasing that statement, legislators have done more to identify the problem than most other states do.

In the meantime, what are Kentucky lawmakers doing? The Kentucky GOP is instead trying to pass bathroom bills, anti-immigrant laws, and voter suppression measures - like anyone still gives a shit about their right-wing agenda.


Saturday, January 18, 2020

January bunkeroo haul

Next time I go to an important family gathering, I'm bringing a gas mask!

Tonight, after a dinner with family members, we goed back to a family domicile to watch TV and be cool. While we were there, many silent but deadly bunker blasts were detected. I didn't notice most of them, but they reportedly went on all evening. The ones I did detect though were hilarious.

At first, it was agreed that these rock snakes had a canine source. But then the net was cast wider. Cries of accusation sprang up throughout the room. But no suspects were impeached for this high crime or misdemeanor.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

St. Henry student accused of social media threats

Many media outlets intentionally do not cover terroristic threats or even actual violence in private schools as readily as they do for public schools. That is a matter of policy. Covering it conflicts with their aim of portraying private schools as perfect.

But they couldn't hide the fact that today, a 15-year-old student at St. Henry District High School - a Catholic school in Boone County - was arrested and accused of terroristic threatening for reportedly making threats on Snapchat. The threats included images of a pistol and knife.

In fact, he told police he had carried a pocketknife to school, and cops found a pocketknife in his locker.

He told authorities he made the threats because other students were harassing his pals. One thing is clear: Whether it was him or someone else, somebody precipitated this situation. This torpedoes a Bazooka hole through the media's unceasing claims of private school perfection.

Back when I went to Brossart, I heard about a student bringing a gun to school, and people made terroristic threats in paper form all the time. It cane nowhere near the media's threshold for coverage though, because there were no charges, as the offenders had a lot of money and clout.

Ohio cuts healthcare to give handouts to 1%

The Cincinnati Enquirer isn't exactly a progressive organ, but it took only one glance at the headlines on its website today to see how the Ohio GOP is robbing workers to give free Toy Money to the 1%.

One of the top headlines is: "You may soon be paying for Wyoming, Indian Hill students to attend private schools. Here's why."

The headline of another article reads: "Health-care cuts coming for 500,000-plus retired Ohio public employees."

These stories side by side speak volumes about Republicans' thirst for giving handouts to the 1%. It's about all you need to know about their priorities and their intent to harm workers.

Campbell County adopts Second Amendment resolution

Yesterday, Campbell County joined many other counties across Kentucky and the nation in passing a resolution supporting the Second Amendment, which safeguards the right to bear arms.

Spectacular! Now that Campbell County has proven it understands the Second Amendment, hopefully it will start to understand the rest of the Constitution too.

Take the First Amendment, for example, which the county has violated by prosecuting people over adult movies that are constitutionally protected.

Or the Fifth Amendment, which the county violated at least once - many years ago - by prosecuting a defendant twice for the same crime because it didn't get the conviction it wanted the first time.

County officials also have a lot to learn about the constitutional responsibility to fully fund public education.

Why did officials express support for the Second Amendment but nothing else in the Constitution? The Second Amendment is the law of the land, and in no way should it be abridged. But the same is true of the rest of the Constitution. In this democratic republic, we don't get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution we want to obey - like it's a smorgasbord.

For a county that has historically been very weak on civil liberties and economic security, why pick just one part of the Constitution to support? What does it say about the county if it doesn't support the First Amendment or a number of other constitutional provisions that protect our liberty?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

West Virginia tries to annex Virginia county

It's nice to know West Virginia Republicans waste time on ridiculous campaigns like this.

Republicans in the West Virginia Senate have approved a resolution urging the annexation of Frederick County, Virginia. Apparently, this would leave the city of Winchester - an independent city that is not officially part of Frederick County - as a part of Virginia completely surrounded by West Virginia.

This effort sounds like a cash grab to finance Republican mismanagement. Frederick County actually has a higher average income than most West Virginia counties, and with 90,000 people, it would be a cash cow. The West Virginia GOP has managed the state so incompetently that they think they need to annex new territory to recoup the economic losses.

But Frederick County doesn't want to join West Virginia - precisely because of Republicans' fiscal mismanagement.

Delta flight dumps fuel on playground

Here's more of the news the right-wing media seems to lose.

Today, a Delta Airlines flight that had just taken off from Los Angeles dumped jet fuel on an elementary school playground - as children were present. Thirty children had to be treated or hospitalized.

Will the media cover it? Of course not.

The airlines received a taxpayer-funded bailout just to do shit like this.

Warplanes bomb people around the world. But Delta wages a war of its own against America's children.


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

NKU residence halls close because of structural problems

Looks like the 2020s are gonna be another decade of stupid at Northern Kentucky University! Super!

Students who live on campus at 2 residence halls are being forced to move right away because the buildings have deteriorated so much that they must be closed. A third building must close in June.

These buildings are less than 30 years old, and they've already gotten so bad that they must be demolished.

NKU squandered an untold amount of money moving its sports program to Division I and buying a bulk subscription to a far-right newspaper, but it wouldn't even properly maintain its residence halls? For years, the school has been poormouthing about how we couldn't have this or couldn't have that because there was no money, yet it wastes money on ideological projects or other stuff it doesn't need.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A person bunkerooed on Christmas Eve

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas, and it wouldn't be Christmas without a big ol' nasty bunker blast.

Yesterday, I went to an important family gathering. Guess what was detected? An air biscuit. A trouser sneeze. A rock snake. A backdoor breeze.

The scent of a silent-but-deadly briefly loomed. It was initially believed that it had a canine source, but this theory was quickly discarded.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Have no fear, the January ish is here!

Put your rear in gear and drink some beer, for the January ish is already here!

The January edition of The Last Word talks about all sorts of splendid topics, among them...

• Dump trucks throwing fast food litter around.

• Candy that tastes like borax.

• Wine getting knocked over at Meijer.

• Weird Dungeons & Dragons rules.

• People carving up tables in 6th grade.

• A dumb GeoCities website about bubble gum.

• My high school thinking Wonder Woman was porn.

• A lost Peanuts comic.

• Ridiculous mail order commercials.

So point your pooper here...

If that doesn't work, you can find it here...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Trump impeached

Another historic day falls on the 18th of its respective month - just like the Plop Lecture and my birthday.

Donald Trump got impeached this evening - widening smiles all across the country. You may know this is only the third time in America's history a President has been impeached. In fact, Trump is the first to be seeking reelection at the time of impeachment. I have a feeling that won't end well for him.

Trump's impeachment blasts a Bazooka hole through the Facebook meme that says he can't be impeached because he "won landed holdings" or some bullshit reason like that. Property requirements for voting are unconstitutional. Plus, even if Trump won all 50 states and D.C., winning shouldn't make any difference as long as he committed impeachable offenses.

It's a certainty that Mitch McConnell will intentionally botch Trump's Senate trial. McConnell is an obstructionist.

Presidential impeachments are historically rare, but this is actually the second impeachment during the time I've lived in my current apartment. Some would argue it's because there's been a lot of lousy Presidents in modern times. But Bill Clinton wasn't the worst. Several Presidents committed impeachable offenses but were never even close to being impeached. Articles of impeachment have been introduced against 5 of the last 6 Republican Presidents, but for some of the worst offenders, the effort made it no further.

Some who support impeaching Trump say this is a sad, solemn day. But I'm happy. Trump earned impeachment. During much of this process, Adam Schiff had a look on his face like he was enjoying it. I don't blame him one bit. Trump might not be removed before the election, but impeaching him sure feels great!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Beshear ends Bevin's Medicaid limits

Moscow Matt Bevin had a pretty stupid idea of what Medicaid is supposed to be about. Although Medicaid is not welfare, Bevin tried to institute a work requirement to receive this benefit. Courts laughed in his face repeatedly - because the requirement was illegal.

I knew it would be a moot point the next time an adult became either governor or President. The Trump regime issued an illegal waiver to permit Bevin's work rule, but a real President was sure to revoke the waiver someday.

Now, newly elected Gov. Andy Beshear has revoked Bevin's order. This restores access to Medicaid that the courts hadn't already restored. Not only did Bevin institute work rules, but he also began charging Medicaid patients significant fees for treatment. Bevin even took away dental and vision coverage from many adult patients. Those changes are gone now.

Beshear said at a news conference, "I believe healthcare is a basic human right." This fact never used to be in doubt before the hard freeze of rightism suppressed this view.

Ending Moscow Matt's Medicaid limits is both good politics and good policy.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Nazism against Social Security continues

Social Security's benefits for disabled workers - SSI and SSDI - are always the target for cuts by right-wing politicians. Always. It's been that way for years. I have Google set up so news articles are automatically e-mailed to me every time certain topics are mentioned. One of them is SSDI. In all the time SSDI has been on this list, I don't think there's been any good news at all about it.

Like retirement benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare, SSI and SSDI are earned benefits - which is different from welfare. Even if it was welfare, it would be a moot point for this story. SSDI, however, requires a longer work history. It got even longer when Republicans - out of malice - instituted a rule allowing work credits to expire. Plus, Republicans - again out of malice - have made it harder and harder to qualify for these programs.

Now the Trump regime wants to make it even worse. Fascist members of Congress have introduced bills year after year to cut disability benefits by removing certain criteria and requiring cases to be reviewed more frequently. Because Congress has failed to pass these bills, the Trump thugocracy has now taken it upon itself to try to enact changes like this without even passing a law that allows it.

The proposal would establish a new category for disability beneficiaries called "medical improvement likely." For some of these conditions, however, improvement is not likely. If a person's case is moved to this category, their case will be reviewed much more often. One of the main goals is to make it harder for claimants to complete the huge volume of paperwork, so their benefits are revoked altogether.

Another change would remove factors like age from determining whether a person qualifies. It's as if the government thinks a person is less likely to be disabled as they get older.

These changes wouldn't save money, because more would be spent doing the reviews. It's about meanness. Simply put, those who proposed these changes are bad people. They enjoy harming others. They don't want a system that works effectively or lets people receive the benefits they've paid for. Besides, if they're such budget hawks, why do they squander so much taxpayer money on illegal wars and handouts to big corporations and the 1%?

These changes to disability benefits would in fact be illegal. But Trump does a lot of things that are illegal. With so few resources to fight these new rules, don't count on much being done about it.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Beshear restores voting rights to 140,000

Today, newly elected Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear restored voting rights to about 140,000 people convicted of nonviolent felonies who have served their sentences. The Democratic governor issued this directive 4 years after Matt Bevin violated a campaign pledge by revoking this right.

Beshear's directive doesn't apply to serial murderers and rapists who have forfeited their right to live freely. It only applies to those convicted of nonviolent crimes who are presumed to have paid their debt to society. In my America, we give second chances to those who are capable of living freely.

The far right is already screaming that Beshear is being soft on crime. That's a mighty thin argument, because it was Bevin who gave full pardons to violent thugs who hadn't completed their sentences. Bevin screwed up a couple times and pardoned a few people who actually deserve it, but many of his pardons are for ruthless criminals with political connections. Bevin's allies have refused to even prosecute serious crimes that were staring them in the face.

Which position shows more leadership and compassion: restoring rights to those who have earned it, or excusing those who won't learn from punishment and can just coast through life on political connections? One of the most basic principles of criminal justice is proportionality - which means the punishment should fit the crime. Why should someone who wrote a bad check to a grocery store 20 years ago be punished more severely than a serial rapist?

Beshear restoring voting rights to those who have paid their debt to society isn't his only act that has angered the extreme right. When Beshear took office this week, one of the first things he did was reorganize Kentucky's board of education, which Bevin had stacked with right-wing hacks who wanted to dismantle public schooling. After this reorganization, Bevin's appointees sued to block Beshear, but the Kentucky Supreme Court promptly laughed them right out of the courtroom.

Politically connected killer pardoned by Bevin

After George H.W. Bush pardoned all those Iran-Contra traitors, we shouldn't be surprised that Matt Bevin has also pardoned so many politically connected criminals.

Bevin, who left the governorship this week after losing re-election in November, made yet another in a series of controversial pardons as one of his last acts in office. Bevin pardoned Patrick Baker, who had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for reckless homicide and other major charges stemming from a Knox County home invasion. Thanks to this pardon, Baker served only 2 years.

It turns out that Baker's brother had hosted a huge campaign fundraiser for Bevin. The event raised over $20,000. Baker's family also gave another $4,000 to the Bevin campaign.

The prosecutor who put Baker on trial said he believes he was pardoned because of his political connections. The case was tried by Judge David Williams, the Republican candidate for governor in 2011. Even he said of the case, "The evidence was just overwhelming." This shows even some Republicans have grown tired of Bevin's antics.

But not the party's leaders - who have a history of being soft on crime.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bevin pardons Tea Party activist for drug trafficking

Those who deny that people who have a lot of political clout get let off easy can shut their damn noisemaker now.

Remember John Roth, the Tea Party activist from Campbell County who was convicted of 2 felony counts of drug trafficking?

As one of his final acts in office, Matt Bevin granted Roth a full, unconditional pardon. Roth had been sentenced to 15 years in prison. But - thanks to Bevin's pardon - he served 3.

Let me repeat: He was sentenced to 15. He did 3.

In the pardon statement, Bevin said Roth "made a foolish decision a few years ago and broke the law." Well, yeah. That's why he went to prison. If anyone else had committed a crime like this, do you think they'd be out in only 3 years? If Roth had been a model prisoner, he would have been eligible for parole after 20% of his sentence, so he'd be out now without his cronies having to pardon him. Instead, he has friends like Bevin who thumb their nose at the justice system.

In Kentucky, the revolving door of corruption never runs out of energy.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Lawmaker creates idiotic conspiracy theory about sonogram photo

Where do people come up with nonsense like this?

Far-right Kentucky State Rep. Savannah Maddox "represents" a rural area of northern Kentucky. Over the past couple days, she's come up with a bizarre conspiracy theory.

WLKY-TV in Louisville ran a story about a Kentucky anti-abortion law that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court despite being unconstitutional. Maddox promptly claimed the story includes a sonogram of a gorilla at the Louisville Zoo. Maddox said this is part of a "Pro-Abortion message" of WLKY.

WLKY is owned by Hearst Television, so it's pretty conservative. But more importantly, I watched the clip on WLKY's site. The gorilla sonogram does not appear anywhere in it.

Nowhere. It simply isn't there. It's that simple. I don't know what else to say about it.

What the hell is Savannah Maddox talking about? Nobody else is claiming that WLKY included this picture in the clip - except the right-wing droids on Facebook who replied to Maddox's post.

This is a conspiracy theory based on something that didn't even happen!

It's hard to see which part of this story is the silliest. Is it Maddox's claim that the clip includes an image that it clearly doesn't include? Is it her claim that WLKY has a "Pro-Abortion message"? Is it her followers picking up her claims and talking to themselves about it? This has got to be one of the dumbest things to happen in northern Kentucky politics since Lloyd Rogers walked around town brandishing his gun because his campaign sign got damaged. And that says a lot.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Faircloth Amendment: the most fascist law you've never heard of

If you really needed any more proof that congressional Republicans have deliberately tried to harm the public, now you've got it.

In 1998, far-right Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R-North Carolina) wrote a law that capped the amount of public housing available nationwide. This law - called the Faircloth Amendment - says the government cannot fund construction or operation of new public housing units if it would result in a net increase in the amount of public housing.

This law is pure evil. Who is it designed to serve?

The country's population has increased by 50 million since then - and right-wing policies have only made poverty worse. Yet the Unfaircloth Amendment remains on the books.

Very few Americans have even heard of this law, and there hasn't been much movement to repeal it. It's shocking that a law that was enacted with such evil intent remains on the books without a prominent effort to repeal it.

One of the solutions to America's housing crisis has to be building more and better public housing. But the Faircloth Amendment prevents it. Congress has thus far failed to repeal it, so how can our leaders fight it?

Hopefully, as soon as we get an adult as President, they will use their executive power to render the Faircloth Amendment unenforceable - as it seems to be an illegal limit on the government's interest in ensuring the public's well-being.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Right-winger who wanted to ban feeding homeless about to lead homeless agency

The Trump regime has an EPA that wants to destroy the environment, a Department of Education that wants to wreck our schools, and now this.

After the Trump thugocracy ousted Obama appointee Matthew Doherty from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the White House has tapped Robert Marbut to replace him. Marbut has a long history of regressive policies towards the homeless. He is a "consultant" who has encouraged cities to prohibit charities from feeding the homeless. He has also criticized housing programs that fight homelessness.

A right-wing activist since the age of 11, Marbut likes to brag of his experience at working with our cities. But he hasn't learned shit in all these years. In recent years, he got the city of Clearwater, Florida, to ban charities from donating food to the homeless, and he urged that city to get police to crack down on minor offenses instead of real crimes. He also worked with the sheriff's department to create a "shelter" that actually kicked people out instead of bringing them in.

Cruelty is a hallmark of the Trump regime and the rest of the Far Right. A lot of our public officials cause homelessness and poverty on purpose. We have public figures who enjoy causing harm to people. If you suspect that some public policies might have been designed to inflict maximum harm, then guess what? You're right.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Highland Heights enacts fairness ordinance

My hometown is finally in the news for something positive!

Last night, Highland Heights became only the 16th city in Kentucky to enact a fairness ordinance - which forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity for employment, housing, and public accommodations. City Council's vote in favor of this ordinance was unanimous.

This should be the law nationwide. I said Highland Heights should adopt this law over 25 years ago. That was even before any other city in Kentucky did. It was only fair. To treat everyone equally is a basic value. At the time, however, things were going in the opposite direction thanks to America's hard freeze of rightism - which hit northern Kentucky and Cincinnati particularly hard.

Fact is, years before then, some federal agencies took a dim view of unfair discrimination. It used to be that people could complain to the Federal Housing Authority or the National Labor Relations Board. The Reagan regime dashed all of that.

It's taking a long time to rebuild what the authoritarian Right has torn down, but who would have ever thought Highland Heights would be at the forefront of progress?


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Facebook censors news because Singapore told it to

Fake news is a threat to democracy. But it's no more so than right-wing regimes that define what fake news is as an excuse to censor media outlets that accurately report news.

Singapore has one of the most vile dictatorships on the globe. Recently, it passed a law titled the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation law. Its stated intent was to combat fake news, but everyone knew that was a mound of shit. The law empowers the government to force online platforms to remove news items. It imposes prison sentences of up to 5 years on those who don't comply. It also imposes a heavy fine and 10 years in prison for those found guilty of using false accounts to spread what is deemed fake news.

If fake news was the real target, the first parties busted under this law would be right-wing fake news mills that hoard sockpuppet accounts and post reams of bogus stories as often as they dare. Instead, Singapore went after a news site that reported on the bottomless right-wing corruption that plagues the Singaporean government.

Under the new law, Singapore told Facebook to label posts from that site with a "correction notice." Naturally, Facebook went right ahead and did it. Of course it did.

Singapore had accused the censored site of making "scurrilous accusations" about the city-state's election process.

Singapore has also ordered an opposition politician to correct a Facebook post that questions the independence of state investment funds.

That's because Singapore is a police state. It's a police state that has been supported by Republican regimes in the U.S.

America needs to pass a law to punish sites like Facebook that comply with censorious diktats of authoritarian governments like that of Singapore.


Friday, November 29, 2019

A person bunkerooed on Thanksgiving

Yesterday, at an important Thanksgiving family gathering, the hilarious bouquet of an SBD bunker blast briefly wafted. Cries of accusation sprang up throughout the room, but there were insufficient votes for an impeachment inquiry.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

When the Georgia GOP unleashed a child molester in Fort Thomas

Why do child molesters support Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia (who won because of voter suppression and Russian interference in the 2018 election)?

It's because his administration released a convicted rapist and child molester from prison not long ago. A few weeks ago, the child molester was released from Rogers State Prison while serving a life sentence.

Guess where he promptly ended up? Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

Why? Let's be clear here. His release was no accident. I don't give a shit what the Kemp administration claims, given its history of lying. It's hard to see how anyone could make a mistake that stupid. And why was the child molester sent to Kentucky? Well, this was only a week before a pivotal election. Republican officials released him just so they could blame "liberals" when he ended up in another state.

They deliberately released a child molester so they could make it an election issue.

And trust me, some did blame "liberals" - even though it was the Kemp administration that released him.

The child molester was recaptured in Fort Thomas, and Matt Bevin was defeated. But other Republicans may have won because of this incident. Anyone who lived in 1988 knows you can't trust the media to tell the truth when something like this happens. That was when the right-wing media blamed Michael Dukakis for William Horton escaping on furlough - even though the furlough program was instituted by a Republican predecessor and was abolished by Dukakis.

Republicans have a history of being soft on crime - unless it's a minor crime that offends them personally. They've become the party of violent criminals.

Meanwhile, as one of his final acts in office, Bevin himself has just pardoned an inmate who was serving life in prison after being convicted of molesting his own 6-year-old stepdaughter.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Have no fear, the December ish is here!

About the December ish of The Last Word: It's pub!

This ish talks about Kentucky's Far Right having a no-good horrible month, people stealing gum from a store they worked at, another old scare film featuring records getting ruined, people ruining rare stamps by writing on them, more Domino Rally foibles, and more! It's not sold in any store!

So point your pooper here...

If Scribd doesn't work for you (because it's poopy), you can find the latest Last Word here...

Saturday, November 23, 2019

An observation about right-wing extremism in America

On average, every 7.2 years since 1980, America has experienced a surge of right-wing extremism. It's almost like clockwork. It can be as little as 6 years or as much as 8, but it's usually very close to 7.

Each time, the Far Right gets more shrill and more violent than before.

Don't believe me? Do the math.

Friday, November 22, 2019

A person bubbled at Kroger

Today at Kroger, some woman bubbled.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

8 photos from a June Scholaring!

As we gear up for next May's Cincinnati roadmeet, I've posted 8 Scholaring photos from this past June! So point your pooper here...

GOP jailer accused of "sexually hostile" behavior

Another scandal in the Republican Party of Kentucky? You gotta be kidding me!

Lincoln County Jailer Robert Wilson is being accused of "sexually hostile" behavior towards employees of the jail. The 8 workers - 7 women and one man - are suing Wilson, saying he committed sexual harassment and requested sexual favors. The suit says Wilson's conduct has worsened in recent months.

The plaintiffs have also asked for a restraining order against Wilson because of the fear of "physical battery and potential physical harm." The alleged harassment dates all the way back to 2015.

Among other creepy behavior, the suit accuses Wilson of basing promotions on sexual favors.

Media reports do of course fail to mention that Wilson is a Republican - leading readers to play another enthralling game of Guess the Party Affiliation.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Bellevue unanimously enacts fairness ordinance

With Matt Bevin's defeat, this has been a rough month for the Far Right in Kentucky. And it just got even worse for these bigots.

Tonight, Bellevue became the 15th city in Kentucky to enact a fairness ordinance - protecting residents from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Best all - as in neighboring Dayton - it passed unanimously.

With this bold step towards progress, hopefully the trend continues. The next steps for Bellevue should be to become a sanctuary city and to increase the minimum wage.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bevin lost younger voters nearly 2 to 1

This entry uses the words gloat and fusty, so don't skip over it!

This story has got to hurt the Kentucky GOP. But instead of mourning the downfall of a major political party, we should be sticking out our tongues as if to gloat - because after all, it's the Republicans, who haven't contributed a damn thing positive in years.

An exit poll by Centre College and other institutions says voters under 40 voted against Moscow Matt by a much larger spread than his losing margin. Andy Beshear carried this group 62% to 34%.

That group goes all the way up to age 40 - so it's not just the very youngest, who are even more opposed to the Republicans.

The GOP is in a mind-blowing death spiral. The Republicans are seen as so extreme that most of its remaining support is from fusty talk radio listeners.