If you're a journalist in Tennessee, be sure you never report things in a manner that right-wing public officials don't approve of. They'll get you.
After North Carolina passed its hated "bathroom bill", Tennessee is considering similar legislation. Jacqui Helbert - a reporter for WUTC-FM, owned by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - reported on the bill and met with a group of high school students as they met with legislators about it.
After the story aired, right-wing State Sen. Mike Bell and State Rep. Kevin Brooks complained about the story. They claimed Helbert didn't identify herself as a reporter - even though she clearly was a reporter, because she was lugging around recording equipment. Later, when university officials met with other Republican lawmakers, State Sen. Todd Gardenhire complained about the story and demanded Helbert's firing.
After Todd Garbagefire's complaint, the university promptly fired Helbert and removed her report from the station's website.
What's the point of even having news media if all they do is cave to public officials?
Sunday, March 26, 2017
If you're a journalist in Tennessee, be sure you never report things in a manner that right-wing public officials don't approve of. They'll get you.
Posted by Bandit at 6:17 PM
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Last night, I got home from the human rights conference in Washington, D.C.! The big success story is that we met with congressional staffers from multiple states and both major parties about our legislative agenda to halt abuse of youth in confinement programs.
On a lighter note, this trip featured loads of celebrity look-alikes too. Yesterday, during my layover at JFK Airport in New York, I saw a man who strongly resembled Luis of Sesame Street.
Also at this airport, some old man bubbled. It was an elderbubbling!
Posted by Bandit at 10:26 AM
Monday, March 20, 2017
My trip to Washington, D.C., is strictly business - not vacation - but on Saturday, I kept seeing people who were in such a festive mood that they bubbled.
On the National Mall, down by the Washington Monument, a person bubbled. Later, a person bubbled at a Safeway on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest D.C. Not long after, a person bubbled at a bookstore down the street.
On Friday, when we visited various U.S. House members' offices to talk to them about our legislative agenda, one of the younger staffers resembled Lisa Whelchel, the right-wing has-been who played Blair on The Facts Of Life and later wrote a book advocating child abuse.
Long story short: For the past few days, I've been in Washington, D.C., for a human rights conference I was invited to. I was invited because of my activism in fighting against abuse of young people in residential "treatment" facilities.
This trip has been very productive. We've met with numerous congressional staffers to present our legislative agenda.
I know I have a sense of humor, but this is very serious business, folks.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
If you've followed my Twitter feed, you know that I had to fly out of town for a very serious event. I can't reveal the details until next week. But I can't help but laugh at some of the things that have happened today.
My only confirmed kidney stone was in 1999, but I strongly suspected one yesterday (the day before leaving) because I had a weak pee stream. Then I peed out a small speck of something, and the symptoms went away. The exact same thing happened the day before the big St. Louis roadmeet of 2014.
Today was marred by a series of fuck-ups by Delta Airlines. I plan to publish more details in the next ish. On the bright side, I did detect a silent-but-deadly bunker blast on the first flight, and another at the layover airport. I also saw my share of celebrity look-alikes. A Larry David look-alike was seen at the TSA checkpoint at the Cincinnati airport. A James Watt look-alike was on my first flight. An uproarious Judge Mills Lane look-alike was seen at my layover airport.
Also, I saw 3 people at 2 different airports who bubbled. This includes a woman who was about 30 who took selfies of herself bubbling with orange bubble gum and laughed maniacally about it. She Chewed Gum And Thought It Was Funny.
Best all - and get this - somebody stuck a wad of bubble gum that they had blown into a bubble on a urinal flushing mechanism at the layover airport.
Posted by Bandit at 11:52 PM
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Today, we goed to Target in Newport. What should have been a quick trip to buy about 5 small items turned into an hour-long ordeal. I thought we'd never get out of there.
Anyway, I was in the school supplies aisle looking for tape, when I detected the unmistakable audio of a loud-and-proud bunker blast.
Posted by Bandit at 5:14 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
I finally found it!
This is a Snuffleupagus moment - even though it doesn't involve Mr. Snuffleupagus at all! For years - I'm talking decades upon decades - I've insisted there was a Sesame Street segment around 1978 in which they imagine what some of the characters would look like if they were bald. It showed Maria and Oscar the Grouch bald!
Everyone said I was just making it up. But now - for about the zillionth time - YouTube has saved the day...
I don't think this was a regular segment. I think it was just part of the storyline for a single episode, and that's why I saw it only once. It starts out with the characters lamenting how Gordon keeps shaving his head instead of letting his hair grow. Then they show Gordon with various hairstyles, before the other characters are seen bald.
Are people going to keep insisting I made it up?
Posted by Bandit at 12:01 AM
Sunday, March 5, 2017
The party of "local control" and "school choice" is about neither!
Louisville has one of the strongest school desegregation plans in the nation. As part of this program, parents of elementary school students can actually choose from several public schools. Wow! Choice!
But a Republican bill in the Kentucky legislature would gut this program by forcing children to attend a specific school. Not only does it erase real choice, but it would also pulverize local control.
The bill has already passed the fascist-dominated Kentucky House. Every Democrat opposed it, but almost every Republican supported it.
That's "choice" and "local control", GOP-style.
Posted by Bandit at 10:07 PM
A phony Internet identity that's used to deceive is called a sockpuppet. We've all seen them, but we might not always detect them. They praise or criticize other Internetters - perhaps other people or organizations - while they pose under a false identity. I've never seen a sockpuppet last long before they disappear or are caught - but they succeed at stage-managing public opinion.
Here's a secret: A significant number of right-wing comments on news websites are from sockpuppets. It's been like this for years. But I've overheard things that are even more disturbing, and I'm pretty sure a local church is paying congregants to create right-wing sockpuppets to flood website comment pages with extremist vitriol and shout down dissenters.
I'm not 100% sure - and that's why I'm not naming the church - but I'm maybe 95% sure. I didn't hear anyone specifically state this, but I've put two and two together. I'm not stupid.
I can understand why someone might be eager to earn a little extra dough this way, but odds are, they'll get caught eventually. If the church keeps this up, it too will be caught - and it could get in some real trouble with the IRS. If the Trump regime refuses to enforce the IRS regulation on this, I will expose the church.
Why am I posting about this here? I just thought you might like to know what some of our checkbook clergy have been up to. And make no mistake, they are checkbook clergy. I don't care what anyone else says.
Posted by Bandit at 10:23 AM
Friday, March 3, 2017
Despite Democrats in the Kentucky House raising constitutional, fiscal, and practical objections against a Republican bill that would require high school students to take a drug test to graduate, the House just voted 72 to 21 to pass the bill.
How long will it be before there's a lawsuit?
Posted by Bandit at 9:46 AM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
So AnnRK blogs...
This is for real, my friends. Facebook has been censoring people for their political views, and it's gotten much worse lately.
Posted by Bandit at 7:43 PM
Wesley Morgan again.
If America still had a Bill of Rights that it felt like enforcing, this proposed legislation would be dead in the toilet. But we know we can't count on that.
A Republican bill in Kentucky would require high school students to submit to "regular, random drug tests" in order to graduate. Unconstitutional. End of story.
That's not the only bad thing in this bill. It would also require students to perform unpaid labor - though Kentucky wouldn't be the first state to do this. This has been an evergreen of America's corporatist educational establishment for a long time. The bill would also require a student's employer to verify "a work-based learning experience" - which means the student's diploma is based on how well they cater to their corporate masters.
But the drug-testing requirement stands alone in fascism.
Posted by Bandit at 4:40 PM
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
A regular commenter on The Online Lunchpail who I know personally has just had 2 Facebook accounts taken away in the past 2 days because she disagreed with someone.
The first recent revocation was because she criticized the Newport school system. The second occurred this morning because she posted a message on a local political forum detailing how the Republican Party of Kentucky had blacklisted her from appearing in a medical information video because of her politics. (People who weren't qualified to appear have been hired instead because of their political connections.)
She's right: They're out for blood. It's been years since I've seen it this bad. Accordingly, the Fascism Advisory System is being "upgraded" to severe (Elmo).
I've been apprised of the situation in greater detail this afternoon.
She also says her Outlook account was apparently hacked, for it had been disabled because someone sent spam from it. But this account has been restored.
Posted by Bandit at 1:18 PM
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Folks, Donald Trump could really be in trouble this time. This is worse than Watergate, by far.
It seems the Trump regime wanted the FBI to lie about communications between Trump associates and Russian officials. During the election campaign, Trump aides were in touch with Russia.
But the FBI refused Trump's request to suppress the stories.
How does Trump escape real trouble for this? I just don't understand how he can.
Posted by Bandit at 9:09 PM
If you happen to make YouTube videos, and if you happen to rock a visible overbite, count on getting requests like this from friends and fam. You probably wouldn't oblige, but I will, because I'm just so cool.
People want me to make a video in which I open the pull-tab on a can with my teeth - and use my peculiar chompers to lift the can. That I can do. And I can do it without spilling the contents of the can everywhere like a slob - at least if I lift it before I open it.
Oh, and these are friends asking me to do this. They're political allies, and they appreciate my sense of humor.
In this video, I use that handsome overbite to open a can of Cincinnati-style chili. I didn't spill a drop or slosh the stuff everywhere. Ninety-five percent of people wouldn't be able to do any of the things I do in this video. But I can. Brings a whole new meaning to "can-do" spirit...
Posted by Bandit at 7:40 PM
Fascism is on the march in Kentucky, courtesy of alt-right State Sen. Chris McDaniel.
McDaniel's Senate Bill 237 would legalize wage theft and run afoul of a gamut of federal labor laws. Among other things, it would:
• Let employers take money from employees' paychecks to pay for workplace thefts allegedly committed by other workers. That's like if you go out and rob a bank because your boss doesn't pay you.
• It would repeal the minimum wage for many workers, especially those in the amusement industry.
• It would rob tipped workers of their tip money.
• It would state that lunch breaks and rest periods would no longer be required.
• It would exempt a host of industries from federal overtime rules.
Who voted for this clown? It doesn't matter, because McDaniel was allowed to run unopposed last time - just because.
Posted by Bandit at 4:09 PM
Did you know that I went Roads Scholaring in Southgate yesterday? Sure. Sure you did.
This outing yielded 8 utterly pibtastic photos and videos, and you're gonna peep 'em until your ears digest themselves..
Posted by Bandit at 1:20 PM
You gotta hand it to the city of Richmond, California.
With Donald Trump's thugocracy in power for only a month, Richmond City Council has already voted to urge Congress to impeach him. Council cited his business holdings as the reason. Council's vote was unanimous.
A Trumper disrupted the council meeting by gloating, "You don't have a voice because the GOP controls Congress and you people are stupid enough to think Congress will impeach Trump." How many city councils in urban areas do the Republicans control, brainiac? That's where the real power is going to be - if the cities have the guts to use it.
Posted by Bandit at 10:03 AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I shouldn't even have to tell people this, but I must.
Tomorrow isn't guaranteed to anyone. So this is something else I've discussed with a friend - lest the need arises. If I die, my cellphone is to be turned off. Calls are not to be answered. The phone is not to be rummaged through for photos or anything else. My contact list is not to be viewed or used. Odds are that any individuals on my contact list will know I'm dead shortly after it happens anyway. They don't need to be called.
It's a shame I have to tell people this, but I don't trust anyone. People going through my mail or my cellphone scares the living dickens out of me, because some things are simply private. They're not intended for public consumption.
Posted by Bandit at 8:15 PM
After I participated in a series of protests that successfully shut down a chain of confirmedly abusive teen residential programs in the late 2000s, the fight continues.
It continues against phony "rehabs", "therapeutic boarding schools", and psychiatric "hospitals" - programs based on a failed model.
I'm humbled to learn that I'm one of America's leaders in fighting against this abuse. I've been held back by health conditions, and I'm not any more powerful than a small-town mayor. I can't afford to hire my own ambassadors. But this is one issue where I lead - because most of our public officials do not. The crisis of institutional abuse has been catatonically swept under the rug.
This blog continues to attempt to be a referral-free zone. I will not refer anyone to a residential program.
What some people still don't seem to know is that I'm a regional coordinator for HEAL...
Somehow, my close family members didn't know this, even though I told them ages ago. They now think I retconned HEAL into existence going back 5 years or so to when I was appointed as a coordinator.
Remember, it was also HEAL that busted NorthKey for its unsafe food handling practices.
Posted by Bandit at 4:00 PM
Monday, February 20, 2017
This is the bullshit I've had to worry about for the past 30 years every night when I go to bed.
I had a nightmare that I was working or volunteering at some large medical facility or hospital. One of my old schoolmates - the same Enemies List inductee who threw a piece of wood at me in shop class and later knocked my tooth out on the school bus - showed up for some psychological test. I was assigned to escort him down to a special waiting room in the back.
When we got there, he started harassing me. In response, one of the other hospital staffers asked me to leave the hospital. I was fired.
A family member showed up and drove me home, and I had to explain the experience to them.
But the Evil Empire normalizes all the violence that happened to me in school - even if I still have nightmares about it 30 years later.
So when does the punishment phase finally begin?
Posted by Bandit at 11:22 AM
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Wow, this is a good ish!
The March edition of The Last Word is now pub-a-roo, and it's gonna cause your butt to fly off in public!
This is of course yet another month in which people chomped beegee and thought it was uproarious, because that's what people do. They even ruined their gum with peanut butter! But there's other interesting stuff too, like...
• Amazon and EBay scammers.
• Adults doing donuts at their high school stadium.
• AN AMATEUR TATTOO!!!!!!!!!!
• The hypocrisy of "school choice" and Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
• People farting and making it stink.
• Kids making hilarious paper airplanes out of an idiotic school assignment.
• Vacationers writing Janet Jackson lyrics on a hotel wall.
• Dogs chewing up dentures.
• And more!
So squander your bandwidth by reading the latest ish on Scribd...
If that doesn't work, squander my bandwidth by reading it here...
Posted by Bandit at 12:46 PM
Saturday, February 18, 2017
The campaign of religious persecution going on in Kentucky of late is unprecedented in modern America.
If you look northeast at 5th & Saratoga in Newport, you'll see a billboard for what's called Ark Encounter. A strange thing that Ark Encounter is. It's a dominionist theme park 30 miles south run by the Answers in Genesis cult.
You may argue Ark Encounter is strictly a ministry. Ministries wouldn't be expected to hire anyone who doesn't follow the ministry's beliefs. But Ark Encounter has received millions of dollars in handouts funded by Kentucky taxpayers. This is unconstitutional, of course, yet it occurs anyway. Plus, once you accept taxpayer dollars, you're no longer just a ministry. Entities that receive taxpayer money are not allowed to hire people based on their religious beliefs. Yet the taxpayer-funded Ark Encounter requires employees to sign a statement of faith affirming that they follow Answers in Genesis.
It is state-sponsored discrimination. There's no other word for it.
This obligates the city of Newport to remove the billboard. If it does not do so, Newport itself is practicing illegal discrimination. Newspapers can't run classified ads for apartments that practice housing discrimination. Why should a city allow discriminatory businesses to advertise on its billboards?
In Kentucky in 2017, anyone who is not a dominionist is suffering the most extreme religious persecution seen in America in modern times. Anyone who believes in truth and love will find themselves a target.
Posted by Bandit at 4:50 PM
Friday, February 17, 2017
This is a day ending in y, which means Matt Bevin lied.
During Bevin's much-laughed-at State of the Commonwealth speech, he said the Swedish ambassador told him that Volvo refused to place a factory in Kentucky because the state had no right-to-scab law then.
But the ambassador - Björn Lyrvall - says that's a lie. Lyrvall told Bevin no such thing.
In addition, Volvo officials say that so-called "right-to-work" laws were not a factor in deciding where to build a factory.
Just impeach the little liar already.
Posted by Bandit at 7:41 PM
This looks like something from The Onion. But no. It's real.
You've got to see how crazy our congressman has become...
Here's a summary of that interview: Our already-unpopular right-wing congressmoron - Thomas Massie - gave an interview with CNN in which he said several bizarre things.
He said the military and intelligence officials are trying to draw Donald Trump into a war with Russia. Later, he said Barack Obama tried to cover up Saudi Arabian involvement in 9/11 - even though 9/11 happened years before anyone ever heard of Obama.
This ranks up there with the time Mitch McConnell thought Israel was covered by a dome.
Posted by Bandit at 5:48 PM
I don't want to hear another word about how Kentucky universities can't have all the programs and facilities they want because of "budget cuts." Ever.
As Northern Kentucky University sells its radio station, and as the asswipe Matt Bevin slashes university budgets across the state, the University of Kentucky is planning to throw away $4 million renovating the locker room for its men's basketball team. The Republican legislature had actually approved $5 million - while other university programs have been cut for decades.
Also, even though Title IX requires parity of athletic programs, there are no similar plans to renovate the locker room for the women's basketball team.
Congratulations, Repubs, you fucked up at least 2 things today: You squandered millions of dollars and you violated Title IX. What is it with Republicans and failure?
The university also wants millions to replace the ceiling tiles in the arena - and a $21 million dining facility for athletes.
Posted by Bandit at 3:11 PM
It's spearmint gum!
It's spearmint bubble gum! Thus its mere existence is funny.
Remember when the Bubble Yum wrapper used big, bubbly lettering? Remember when they had a spearmint flavor? Remember when people bubbled big, green bubbles with it?
Back around 1978, Bubble Yum aired a memorable commercial for its spearmint flavor. People in the commersh bubbled and laughed uncontrollably about it...
A brief synopsis in case you're afraid the bubbles in the ad will expand out of your screen and engulf you: The ad included a group of adults at a boring party. A woman sticks toothpicks into pieces of spearmint Bubble Yum and arranges them on a plate - like they're hors d'oeuvres. The woman's husband laments, "The party's dying and you're playing with Bubble Yum."
But all is well, because partygoers grab up all the beegee and blow bubbles that pop all over their faces.
Because I'm sure that's all you do when you go to parties with other mature, intelligent people.
Posted by Bandit at 12:02 AM
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tuesday's Roads Scholaring with the Road Ruiner was like an electric bunker blast wisping up US 22!
It yielded 20 photos, and you're gonna peep 'em until your peepers are all peeped out...
Posted by Bandit at 8:22 PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Gosh, who voted for this clown?
Ohio's Tea Party Gov. John Kasich has just emitted what may be the worst idea yet of his reign. Under his budget plan, Kasich would require teachers to complete an "externship" at a business in order to renew their teaching license. This means teachers would have do extra work at a business or chamber of commerce. The reason for this is because Kasich wants Big Business to be involved more in education.
As if Big Business doesn't commandeer our schools enough?
Kasich also wants to pack each school board with 3 businesspeople. I'm not saying that being a businessperson should automatically disqualify someone from being on a school board. But if there are school board seats reserved for businesspeople, why not some reserved for labor reps too?
All the Far Right cares about is molding our young people into cheap, docile labor to be exploited as cogs in the wicked capitalist system.
Posted by Bandit at 12:17 PM