It never ends with these right-wing fucks, does it?
County employees in Hamilton County were supposed to get a pay raise this year. Democratic Commissioner Todd Portune has championed this raise, pointing out that the county budget can easily cover it. But the raise was blocked by Republican commissioners Chris Monzel and Greg Hartmann - who demanded that the money for the pay raise instead go into the fund to pay for the Reds and Bengals stadiums.
All this after the Bengals and Reds have spent the past 19 years fleecing the taxpayers to pay for their stadiums? All this after the Bengals decided they weren't even going to use their stadium for all their "home" games, preferring instead to play in England of all places? All this after county workers have already suffered a 10-year-long wage freeze to pay for the recession the Republicans caused?
Hartmann and Monzel say the money should go into the stadium fund in case the sales tax doesn't bring in enough revenue. If the sales tax isn't enough, TOO FUCKING BAD!!! Let the zillionaire sports team owners pay for it themselves. Maybe they need to get a real job like everyone else.
Monday, November 30, 2015
It never ends with these right-wing fucks, does it?
Posted by Bandit at 6:32 PM
A government jurisdiction is depending on a right-wing think tank for legal advice. Doesn't this sound familiar?
It's all going down in Lincolnshire, Illinois - a Chicago suburb. Lincolnshire is on the verge of becoming what is likely the only place in Illinois to enact its own misnamed "right-to-work" ordinance. Town trustees have already officially endorsed right-wing Gov. Bruce Rauner's economic platform.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a ruling saying it's illegal for towns to pass their own right-to-scab laws. Court decisions say the same thing. But - instead of listening to courts and state officials - Lincolnshire is relying on the far-right Illinois Policy Institute for legal advice.
Maybe we really shouldn't be surprised, because this is the town with the much-ridiculed Par King, after all. But it's ironic that such an anti-worker law would pass in a town that was named for Abraham Lincoln, who would certainly oppose this law. It's kind of like how the Northern Kentucky Tea Party gathered in a park named for a Kentucky governor who had much more in common with Occupy than with the Tea Party.
Posted by Bandit at 4:02 PM
There is no hope - at least not for the media.
Robert Dear's rampage that killed 3 people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was domestic terrorism. There's no other phrase for it.
But I haven't seen any major media outlet call it that.
When ISIS attacked Paris, it was rightly called terrorism. I don't know anyone who would deny that it was terrorism. But why is it so easy to see international terrorism but not domestic terrorism?
And make no mistake: Dear's attack was inspired by the misnamed Center for Medical Progress's fraudulent editing of its Planned Parenthood videos. The CMP was also cheered on by Republican politicians - which is hardly surprising, because the GOP long ago abandoned pursuit of facts.
From the standpoint of electoral politics, this is a big deal, because - decade after decade - the media has doubled down on its efforts to install Republicans in public office. The GOP wasn't always this extreme. I can't imagine, say, Gerald Ford throwing bombs at Occupy marchers. But the GOP of 2015 is a different matter. Likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been described as being to the right of even the heroin-dealing Tea Party - because some in the Tea Party at least were smart enough to sanitize their fascism before broadcasting it. The more extreme the party gets, the more the press seems to support it.
The party that encourages domestic terrorism is the party that the media thinks is entitled to win votes without having to earn them. That's the state of American politics in the 2010s.
Posted by Bandit at 10:28 AM
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
I thought the Republican Party couldn't stoop any lower, but just in the past couple weeks, they have.
Republican leaders in Pennsylvania are teaming up with outright neo-Nazis to organize rallies against Syrian refugees. Leading GOP activists Mary Ann Benitez and John Rentschler - along with the Tea Party - are joining forces with the neo-Nazi group Keystone United to put together the protests.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Keystone United a "racist skinhead extremist group." Its members have been in trouble for a long series of crimes, including murder, racketeering, and vandalizing a Vietnam War memorial.
Two anti-refugee rallies in Pennsylvania were attended by Republican leaders, the Tea Party, and Keystone United. During a rally at the State Capitol, Rentschler gave a speech where he was backed by Keystone United's Ian McCorts. A highway overpass rally in Scranton was organized by Keystone United members and joined by local Republican committee members and leaders. One GOP committee member, Steve Smith, was busted for ethnic intimidation and assault in the early 2000s. Smith is closely allied with the Tea Party, which has joined protests with him many times before. He is also a former Aryan Nations member.
Such is the current state of the party The Media wants running the country.
Posted by Bandit at 10:43 PM
Amazing! Kentucky is obeying the Constitution!
Today, outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order restoring voting rights to most people convicted of nonviolent felonies. This brings the Bluegrass State in line with most other states and with constitutional protections of the right to vote. About 180,000 Kentuckians will be able to vote thanks to this order.
Lawmakers had tried to pass a bill to do this, but Republicans in the Kentucky Senate had blocked the measure.
Posted by Bandit at 1:29 PM
Violence against Occupy was endemic during that movement's heyday (before Occupy surrendered). Now that the political world's talking heads are ramping up the rhetoric, the Black Lives Matter movement is being targeted too, and lives are on the line.
Last night, 5 people participating in a Black Lives Matter event in Minneapolis were shot when a gang of 3 masked white supremacists opened fire on their encampment. The attackers had previously been harassing the activists and had been asked to leave.
The shooting victims are expected to survive, but many fear that the next victims might not be so lucky. The Far Right's lie-fi town criers will inevitably gin up more violence like this - because that's all they ever do lately.
Posted by Bandit at 11:40 AM
Monday, November 23, 2015
The outcry over the Matt Bevin campaign stealing the Kentucky election has expanded to Ohio.
This month, there was a referendum in Ohio called Issue 3 - which would have legalized marijuana but would have also subjected it to a rigid monopoly that would have limited production to only a few sites. Many folks who support legalization didn't support this measure, because it would have protected monopolies.
So when the referendum was defeated by 2 to 1 on Election Day, I thought it had just plain old lost. You can argue that it was so poorly written that it deserved to lose. On the other hand, I know voting wasn't completely on the level, considering America's recent history of rigged elections - and the fact that Republican "poll watchers" had threatened voters in Cincinnati neighborhoods. But 2 to 1 seems like it would have been a wide enough margin that it would have lost regardless.
But not so!
Benedictine University's Ron Baiman says the results of that referendum "are not only impossible but unfathomable." Polls actually did show the measure passing. Baiman - who teaches statistics - says that the odds for it to lose by 2 to 1 are "one in a trillion." That's million with a T. Even if every undecided voter went on to vote against the measure, it still shouldn't have lost by 2 to 1.
If the result of a referendum with no party labels can be off by that much compared to pre-election polls, you can only guess how badly partisan elections are rigged, considering party labels are programmed into the machines. It's much worse than it appears, because pollsters weight their polls to account for past rigged elections.
Posted by Bandit at 2:14 PM
Here's a sample of how extreme David Vitter is.
Diaper Dave says he will not seek another Senate term next year, but the Louisiana senator has already disgraced himself enough. In 2007, he tried to earmark $100,000 in federal taxpayer money to a Religious Right group called the Louisiana Family Forum. Then, in 2009, he introduced a resolution that would have designated April 15 of each year as National Tea Party Day. He even proposed a bill that would have gutted 'Net neutrality.
I guess we can expect this from the guy who used to represent David Duke's old district in the Louisiana House. But he's Louisiana's fascist, not Kentucky's.
Posted by Bandit at 1:39 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2015
You wouldn't expect Louisiana to provide the highlight of an election season, but I guess having Diaper Dave around changes things a bit.
Louisiana's gubernatorial runoff was today, and fascist Sen. David Vitter - the Republican candidate - has gone down in defeat to Democrat John Bel Edwards.
Surprised? Actually, there's a history in Louisiana of Republicans underperforming in runoffs just after the party trumpeted its victories elsewhere. My theory is that it's a voter backlash. On the other hand, if Louisiana uses the same voting machines that Kentucky has that are easily tampered with, we'd expect the GOP to do much better.
Unfortunately, folks in Louisiana still have to deal with the diaper fetishist embarrassing their state in the Senate. And it's not as if today's runoffs are completely on the level, since - as in Soviet Russia - the only 2 Attorney General candidates are Republican.
Posted by Bandit at 10:05 PM
Friday, November 20, 2015
Even the ultraconservative Cincinnati Enquirer has had its fill of the corruption and political favoritism that defines the Republican machine in Grant County, Kentucky. I'll take the rare step of letting you read about it from the Enquirer first...
Among other things, county officials - including Republican Judge-Executive Stephen Wood, who is Grant County's top elected official - are seen discussing firing a payroll clerk who supported Democrats. They also suggest replacing the clerk with someone younger who has "big tits."
As a result of this firing, the payroll clerk has asked for lost wages from the county, and may file a lawsuit.
This follows a separate scandal in Grant County government that involved now-defeated Jailer Terry Peeples. Peeples, who called himself the conservative candidate in his 2010 campaign, went on to be sued by several employees who alleged he had ordered deputies to lie under oath, committed sexual harassment, and forced employees to engage in sexual activity. Peeples had also been accused of child molestation in Oklahoma.
Posted by Bandit at 11:52 AM
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Now the Far Right has really done it.
Kentucky has been able to accept Syrian refugees before Matt Bevin could seize power and force them out. But Bevin's extremist rhetoric has already incited violence against them.
Refugees who have been resettled in Louisville already report being the victims of hate crimes - incited by the likes of Bevin. A refugee was attacked on a bus by someone yelling, "I'm going to fucking kill you!"
To be sure, there are many folks in Kentucky and elsewhere who welcome Syrian refugee families. But there's lots of folks in lots of places who think lots of things - and don't always prevail, no matter how right they are. For instance, Congress had only a 5% approval rating, but most of Congress was re-elected anyway.
Meanwhile, agencies in Kentucky say they will continue to settle refugees in the Bluegrass State - until someone orders them to stop. But Matt Bevin telling them to stop might not be the only worry. Now these newcomers to America's shores are forced to contend with violent hate crimes - all because of Bevin and other right-wing robots.
Posted by Bandit at 11:44 PM
Don't look now, but Lexington just raised the minimum wage to $10.10/hour - joining Louisville as the second place in Kentucky to approve a minimum wage higher than the federal level.
The Tea Party is pooping a hole in its diaper as we speak.
Posted by Bandit at 9:13 PM
If this is done properly, the wheels will fall off the Republicans' Radio Flyer much quicker than we'd ever expect.
Today, the Kentucky Attorney General's office announced 6 counties chosen at random - Bullitt, McCreary, Clark, Hardin, Morgan, and Harrison - to undergo independent audits for irregularities in the recent "election."
This itself wouldn't be unusual, because state law requires random audits after each election. The difference this time is that the pre-election polls provide a clearer smoking gun than ever before. If voting machines in these counties are like those in some states, any political operative can just park outside the polling place on Election Day and doctor the results by remote control.
Maybe you never heard the outcome of past audits because this election fraud technology is relatively new. If they had this technology 35 years ago, we would have seen it on The Dukes Of Hazzard sooner or later.
It isn't just the pre-election surveys that were off by 14 points. An exit poll in Boyle County was off by about the same margin - so you can't attribute it entirely to a turnout gap. (The Media promised statewide exit poll results, but those never materialized. This is the same stunt they pulled nationwide in 2002.)
How many indictments will result from the audits? There's no guarantee the audits will nab any individuals for election fraud. But one thing is certain: The audits will prove that fraud occurred. And it's not the Green Party that committed it.
Posted by Bandit at 4:53 PM
Does Campbell County Fiscal Court always kowtow to the white supremacist Tea Party, or is that only on days ending in y?
Recently, commissioners presented a resolution listing guidelines for public use of county administrative buildings. The document said you can't use these government facilities for political fundraising. But then the Tea Party told commissioners to change the resolution so they could continue using the buildings for its fundraising activities.
The resolution now says that any money raised must go to a "charity" - which would be fine if they actually meant real charities. But the county attorney says that means any organization that files as a nonprofit - including the Tea Party, which abuses its nonprofit status.
So there ya have it! Campbell County has just officially declared the Tea Party a "charity."
Posted by Bandit at 12:25 PM
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Most of the nation's Republican governors are announcing they will refuse to accept refugees escaping Syria's civil war - and Indiana proves this isn't an empty threat. It appeared to be merely chest-pounding at first, but now the threat is real.
Fascist Gov. Mike Pence - fresh off his antigay campaign - has made Indiana probably the first state to carry out its warning against refugees. An article at Daily Kos says Pence "has won the prize for biggest piece of shit in America." Two Syrian refugee families who had been cleared by the federal government to resettle in the United States had been scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis - but now Pence has forced them to cancel their plans. A state agency sent letters to the organizations resettling the refugees that the resettlement program had been placed on hold. One of the families had been waiting 3 years to come to the United States.
Aren't the Republicans supposed to be the "family values" party?
Incidentally, Pence is violating federal law - namely the United States Refugee Act of 1980. This is an impeachable offense. Also, one of the families is being resettled in Connecticut instead. Once they settle there, will Pence stop them from moving to Indiana afterward?
When was the last time America had a coordinated persecution campaign like this by public officials? Why are we letting our country and our states be defined by the bigotry of the white supremacist Republican Party?
Posted by Bandit at 3:57 PM
Some of you know that I've had 2 books published through Lulu.com - The Fight That Never Ends (2005) and A Mind's Smithereens (2010). These books were ostensibly released to mainstream bookstores - in addition to being sold online.
The 2005 title was a generally serious work about my struggles with being harassed at school. The abuse I suffered from ages 11 to 16 was so bad I couldn't encapsulate it in any format other than a book. It's just not possible. It may well be the absolute worst series of school assaults ever - in any society.
I'm serious. It was that bad.
Unlike works by other local writers, the local media never promoted my book. They wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot-tall Sesame Street sign. Despite this cover-up - and the fact that the attackers paid off authorities to not be punished - the book probably led to the "retirement" of 2 school administrators.
Unlike that book, my second book was intended to be uproarious. This "book about nothing" consisted largely of humorous anecdotes about a Michael Jackson-themed high school art project angering my teacher, a neighborhood kid stealing candy from Walgreen's, my newsletter scaring the DLC, and more.
People buyed these books. But not nearly enough.
So what I plan to do soon is offer a PDF of the books on Scribd at a discount. In other words, they will be available as an e-book. Nobody ever heard of Scribd back when the volumes were first published, but now it's used extensively.
Of course, you'll still be able to buy the books in convenient book form (as Metro Graphic Arts would say).
You're gonna peep, weep, and oggle-beep 'em until your face flies off in public.
Posted by Bandit at 12:43 PM
Even on the moon, you're not safe from the hug-a-thug Tea Party - which thinks it owns everything.
The House has just approved a Republican bill called the SPACE Act of 2015. If it becomes law, this bill will give private corporations the "right" to open up the moon, asteroids, and other celestial bodies for mining.
The problem with that is that it's not theirs to mine. There are no property rights in outer space. The United States is a signatory to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which declares celestial bodies are an international zone not open to ownership by private companies or even an individual country. It's much like international waters being free from private ownership.
The SPACE Act also attempts to give itself the power to trump challenges from other countries. If a country tries to challenge a corporation's "right" to mine the moon, the SPACE Act tries declaring itself Judge Judy and executioner.
Gives a whole new meaning to "Oh no, R2!"
Posted by Bandit at 10:27 AM
Monday, November 16, 2015
I absolutely, positively cannot believe a bill like this was recently introduced in Congress.
In July, a pro-rape bill called the Safe Campus Act was introduced by several Republicans in the House: Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Arizona), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), and Rep. Kay Granger (also R-Texas). This bill would prohibit colleges and universities from investigating cases of rape and sexual assault on campus - unless the victim reports the crime to outside law enforcement. In some cases, colleges would even be forbidden from expelling offenders.
Why shouldn't the victim be allowed to report the crime to whatever agency is willing and able to investigate it? It shouldn't matter whether it's the local police or some school agency that's set up to investigate such crimes.
The lawmakers' whiny excuse for this bill is that they want to make sure rape defendants are tried fairly. If that's the case, why doesn't it also protect those accused of less serious crimes on campus?
As it turns out, the misnamed Safe Campus Act was lobbied for by fraternities and similar organizations. They spent $200,000 this year lobbying for the bill. However, many student government bodies have passed resolutions opposing the bill, and rape victims' advocacy groups oppose it too. Some officials point out that the bill conflicts with Title IX.
You know what really would reduce rape investigations by college authorities? If people didn't commit rape. I guess all this free-floating "less government" business spewed by the Tea Party means people can commit violent crimes with impunity.
My friends, this bill is nutty.
Posted by Bandit at 9:15 PM
Much to the chagrin of the Evil Empire, I've finally gotten September's Roads Scholaring photos posted! It was a minor event in Dayton, Kentucky, involving the Peace Bike and you. Some of you will peep, some of you will weep, but all of you will oggle-beep, as you point your pooper here...
Posted by Bandit at 10:52 AM
Friday, November 13, 2015
As I make plans for my move to Detroit, it's not too late to cancel if some progress is made towards meeting the guidelines I put forth for me to stay in this area. It's only in recent days that America is discovering a movement that may help satisfy some of these demands. I only learned about it because of right-wing websites bellyaching about it.
I'm talking about the safe space trend.
The aim of a safe space is to provide safety to people who might be persecuted or marginalized. In modern America, few groups have suffered more persecution than the political left. Thus, we on the left should create a safe space locally that protects us on the left.
As things stand now, safe spaces are found primarily on college campuses to protect students from spoiled, entitled troublemakers who attack them. Safe spaces aren't intended to turn people into hermits. The idea is largely a response to right-wing violence that has been perpetrated against students. The shrillest critics of safe spaces are the very people who'd make safe spaces unsafe!
But safe spaces shouldn't be limited just to campuses. There should be a safe space strictly for the left in this area. Fact is, most of the United States is a safe space of sorts for the violent right. It is more than safe for the right, in fact, for dissent is not tolerated, period. These right-wing safe spaces also impose views on an unwilling public. Being subjected to it is like being forced to stick your head in the toilet in a public restroom and leave it there indefinitely.
I propose acquiring either a building or a vacant lot to serve as a progressive safe space. No amenities are required. I also think it's fair that government should fund it - just as government subsidizes what are effectively right-wing safe spaces. I also believe government should set aside perhaps a city block or neighborhood for use as a safe space for the left - but a single lot would be preferable to nothing at all.
Government pays for everything the Far Right does. The Bush regime looted Social Security to fund an illegal war. Local government continues to finance pet projects like luxury housing and a new clubhouse at the golf course - despite officials' claims to be taxpayer watchdogs. So it's only fair that they fund our safe space too. The lunatic right complains that those of us on the left have everything handed to us, but that's a lie. I've never had anything handed to me - ever. But the right has. Entitlement is central to the right wing in modern America.
A safe space would likely pay for itself many times over. Yet it doesn't audit rigged elections. That too was a requirement for me to stay in the area. It gets done, or I leave.
Posted by Bandit at 4:28 PM
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
What does Mother Nature say about the gutter cult of worshiping random rich guys? Nothing positive.
A new study published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journal says it's only natural to feel less empathy for people who have a higher status in life. Researchers asked 22 people to undergo a sensory test to see how they'd react to the idea of people of various social statuses appearing to be poked with needles. The results were not favorable to the elite.
This study backs up past research that also showed people are less empathic to those of a higher status.
The Far Right cries that we want to "punish success", but - in a society like ours that is not a meritocracy - it's only natural. Those among the Far Right who want to make us revere people just for having more money are fighting nature.
Posted by Bandit at 9:06 PM
Anyone who denies that folks in Kentucky are being blacklisted from employment over their political views can slam their yip tight now.
Matt Bevin's website has added an application for state jobs. But the site says Bevin "desires to attract and select" applicants who "share his conservative values." The form also asks applicants their party affiliation.
This is the exact same thing Ernie "Hey Bert" Fletcher got in trouble for. (Not like this matters, because Fletcher ultimately got out of having to serve any prison time.)
Posted by Bandit at 2:39 PM
This story is a perfect example of right-wing county officials running roughshod over cities' local control.
Despite Tea Party complaints, Kentucky recently authorized needle exchange programs for heroin addicts. This is one of the most effective measures for reducing health threats posed by heroin abuse.
The town of Williamstown in Grant County was prepared to open a needle exchange. But so far, Grant County Fiscal Court has refused to approve the exchange.
How many people will die before the county lifts its thumb? This is also an illustration of why cities need to be given more autonomy from the counties' misrule. That's kind of the whole point of having cities.
Posted by Bandit at 9:56 AM
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The Ohio Republican Party claims to support fiscal responsibility, but that's another lie, because they can't even get their own stupid checkbooks in order.
The Federal Election Commission has been repeatedly sending letters to the Ohio GOP asking them to explain theirselves and their shoddy accounting practices. The numbers on the party's accounting reports don't add up, and keep mysteriously changing.
Earlier this year, the party's federal campaign account experienced a suspicious $40,000 increase in receipts - and nobody could explain why. On another occasion, the Ohio GOP had a discrepancy of thousands of dollars between the amount on hand at the end of one month and the beginning of the next month - as if there's some gap between that's not part of any month. The FEC also found another month containing over $70,000 in undisclosed donations.
This isn't new in the Ohio GOP. During the previous 2 years, similar problems were found, and the party blamed its computer and staff turnover.
The FEC has repeatedly warned the party that if they don't turn over a new leaf, they may face "audit or enforcement action." This is always followed by more reporting discrepancies by the party.
Of course the Republicans don't report their finances properly. Most criminal gangs don't.
Posted by Bandit at 1:43 PM
Monday, November 9, 2015
I decided Tuesday I was moving out of town - most likely to Detroit. I even changed the current city on my Facebook profile to Detroit.
Then people suddenly decided they didn't want me to move. Who can blame them? If I move, there won't be anyone left to do all the work they talk about doing but won't do. They're like the kid in school who was really smart but had to be coached by the teacher to do their coursework.
So I'm coming up with some very simple demands.
Demand #1: More stable employment, because I'm not making enough money from my blogs, book projects, and other websites to justify staying in this area. I went on 4 different Facepoo pages to ask if any small businesses here were hiring for maintenance jobs, and almost all the replies I got were people criticizing my "scary" Facebook profile photo. Leftists with knives frighten the Establishment. Tough toilets. What you see is what you get.
I don't want to accept handouts to do nothing. I was brung up with the belief that almost any task is worth doing right. If anyone supports handouts and sloth, it's the fascist fucks in the Tea Party.
Demand #2: Additional pay to stay in the area. Just living here actually is work. Just living in most places in America actually is work. I mean that literally. We live in the Golden Age of Treason, and it takes actual work to clean up the Tea Party's heroin dealing and other messes. I calculate that if I'm hired for conventional employment again, my going rate for extra pay should be another $694.08 a week (negotiable). Ideally, the Tea Party would pay it, but the money has to come from somewhere.
Not being paid to stay in the area is actually worse - economically and morally - than the cancer scam that I sued over. By far. A few weeks of living here is valued at more than the amount I lost to that swindle. You can reasonably argue that the cancer scammer has a very real medical condition - drug addiction - and that there's no evidence they wouldn't pay me back in full if they cleaned up. (Not like I expect them to clean up.)
Demand #3: An official audit or legal action against recent election results in Kentucky. In anything resembling a democracy, this is how we do.
These are binding guidelines for me to stay in the area. Comply or don't whine.
Posted by Bandit at 2:54 PM
Unlike the Louisville Courier-Journal, which doesn't have the guts to stand by its own polls that showed Matt Bevin losing handily, some websites fight back.
Here's the latest of many...
Meanwhile, the exit polls we were promised are missing in action.
Posted by Bandit at 1:47 PM
Friday, November 6, 2015
Daily Kos and several other leading websites have picked up the story, but no official action has been taken (big surprise)...
Posted by Bandit at 3:22 PM