Thursday, October 17, 2019

It was a December to dismember in Newport!

Yesterday, I released the photos from last year's Illinois trip. Now I have a batch of 9 new Scholaring photos from a Roads Scholaring in Newport from last December!

Peep, weep. and oggle-beep...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

It's already getting worse for Moscow Mike

As Michael G. Adams, the embattled Republican nominee for Kentucky Secretary of State, reels after the discovery that he worked for Eric Greitens and organized his bogus dark money "nonprofit", it's already getting worse for him. That is, if the Kentucky media picks up this story (which it probably won't, preferring instead to sweep it under the rug).

Way back last year, Missouri media reported that Adams evaded the rules governing lawyers in the Show Me State. He never paid the fees required to practice law in that state.

Missouri required attorneys from outside the state to pay a $410 fee. Records revealed that he had not paid the fee while he worked on a Greitens ethics case, and that he had not named an associate counsel as required under the rules.


Kentucky GOPer was Greitens attorney

Moscow Matt at least has a slim chance of winning. I'm not so sure about Moscow Mike.

If you thought Matt Bevin was bad, Republican Secretary of State nominee Michael G. Adams - replete with his '90s helmet hair - is a complete joke. Early last year, far-right Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was forced to resign because of a scandal and felony charges. One lawmaker even called the Greitens campaign "a criminal enterprise from its inception." It turns out that Adams was Greitens's attorney throughout this humiliating scandal. Adams's law firm is still being paid by the Greitens campaign.

In fact, Adams is still secretary and treasurer of A New Missouri Inc. - a dark money corporation founded by Greitens poobahs in 2017. Legislators accused A New Missouri Inc. of being created to illegally evade donation limits and hide the identities of donors who were not allowed to contribute to campaigns.

Adams was also involved in a settlement between the Greitens campaign and the Missouri Ethics Commission over the misuse of a veterans' charity donor list for fundraising. Officials for this charity testified that Greitens illegally took this list.

This man wants to be in charge of Kentucky elections? And you know what? The media will let him. That's the worst part of it. I wouldn't trust Michael Adams with an election for kindergarten class president - let alone any Kentucky election.


It was a November to dismember in Springfield!

You may recall that last November, I went on a fact-finding mission to Springfield, Illinois. Now I have 88 Roads Scholaring photos up, and you're gonna peep 'em until your face flies off in public...

How the nation's most unpopular governor can still win

Guess what, Moscow Matt, you're still in it. Barely. We cannot protect Kentucky election integrity when money is allowed to rule.

So-called Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky has been consistently ranked as the most unpopular governor in America by Morning Consult and other pollsters.

Moscow Matt has gutted teachers' pensions, abused state planes, repeatedly lied about the state's economic standing, raised taxes to give handouts to the 1%, tried to slash Medicaid (only to be rebuffed by courts), dumped his own lieutenant governor, put out a report demanding cutting Social Security, politicized Kentucky's higher education system and various state boards, and turned the state into a nationwide laughfest. In even his best poll - which is only a tie - he loses independent voters by 8%. That's not his worst poll, which has him losing by 15% overall.

Don't count Moscow Matt out. The embattled Republican has a better chance of winning than the Bengals do of making the playoffs. As Bevin himself might say: No question about it.

It isn't just because Kentucky is a state with a history of Republican election fraud and Russian electoral interference. It isn't just because each right-wing fake news item becomes a "mainstream" media talking point within minutes. It's because Bevin has money.

The most recent campaign finance report shows Democrat Andy Beshear actually outraised Bevin - $771,000 to $673,000. But that's only from people other than the candidates themselves. Bevin plunked down $900,000 of his own money. This gives him a smashing advantage of $1.58 million to $628,000 in cash on hand. There isn't any doubt that Beshear will win more votes per dollar. When do the Democrats not win more votes per dollar? If elections only counted votes per dollar, the Republicans wouldn't even be a serious party.

I know Trump's looming impeachment is hurting Bevin. The idea that it's helping him is laughable. It might not hurt him enough, because our media is a joke, and not just regarding this election. There have been several recent incidents where right-wing fake news sites have made up items out of thin air, and the "mainstream" media ran with them. It's as if the media is just throwing up its hands and saying, "Alright, we're not going to argue with these fake news sites anymore."

However, for Bevin to win, he'd have to outperform every poll. In 2015, Kentucky media outlets banded together to permanently blacklist pollsters that showed him losing. In most countries, polling is used to ensure the election results are accurate. Republican thugocracies get it backwards. If the media blackballs all the pollsters that have him losing now, there won't be any left except a few partisan outfits.

Google funds climate crisis deniers

Google has made what is described as "substantial" donations to at least a dozen national think tanks that deny the climate crisis and are campaigning against stronger climate policies.

This includes far-right groups like the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the American Conservative Union. The CEI has not only said the climate crisis is a myth but has also opposed antitrust enforcement.

The donations are reportedly an effort to get legislators to keep part of the far-right 1996 Telecommunications Act that shields companies like Google from being held responsible for the content posted on their systems.

Who's surprised, after Google yanked our AdSense account because of our politics?


Monday, October 14, 2019

I got hit by a car but do you expect anyone to do anything about it?

Stories like this are why The Last Word was started in the first place, so I should wait until the next issue before writing about it. But I won't, because the Nazis don't deserve another break - because everyone else gives them a break anyway.

Today, after I scouted out sites for next May's Cincinnati roadmeet, I parked a Red Bike at the stand on Ward in Bellevue and walked across the street. Right when I got to the other side of the street, a black car coming down the street ran me off the road, and I flew onto the sidewalk, scattering groceries everywhere. Then the car turned onto Fairfield towards Dayton.

There were witnesses. Several people saw me with the bags of groceries all around.

It was deliberate. Nobody in the car said anything, but I know it was intentional, because there's a history of it. But they made a dumb mistake by leaving visible injuries. I thought they learned a long time ago not to leave any visible injuries. That way, they can claim every assault is a "hoax" - and the media is always happy to help. I guess they're even dumber than I thought. Either that or they know that under Trump they'll get away with it no matter how much evidence there is (as if they've ever been punished before).

I posted photos of all the bruises and cuts on Facebook and Twitter. That's kind of a smoking gun. What's their defense now? Mark my words, it'll probably be one or more of the following:

1) It's a "hoax" and all the witnesses are lying (despite the photos of the injuries).

2) It's not all that serious.

3) "Kids will be kids" (even though they're almost 50).

4) I did something to deserve it.

5) I didn't look where I was walking (even though pedestrians have the right of way).

6) It wasn't them.

7) "Their poo also voted."

What's the excuse this time? I'm waiting.

All of this obscures the fact that even if I wasn't specifically targeted, they still committed a hit-and-run.

I didn't report it to the police, because whenever I did, I was always the one to be treated like a criminal. Someone on Facebook said there must be a business or home nearby that had a video camera that caught the entire incident. Do you seriously think even that would be enough?

Wouldn't it be terrible if I posted the names and addresses of people who have done this before?

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Queens KKK members cheer homeless shelter arson

The Far Right's long-running demonization of those less fortunate can be deadly. Why society tolerates it is a mystery.

This week, there was a public hearing in Queens about plans for a new homeless shelter. The Ku Klux Klan flooded the hearing and shouted down local residents and public officials who favored the shelter. When a woman said she supported burning down the shelter, KKK members cheered.

This hearing came only a few days after 4 homeless men were bludgeoned to death in Manhattan.

The vitriol was initially cheered on by right-wing City Council member Robert Holden. Later, he said he was "disappointed with how this meeting is being portrayed" because of it - but it was partly his fault for having encouraged it. The meeting deteriorated so much that members of a tenants' union who supported the shelter had to be escorted out by police for their own safety.

On the other hand, if you want to fight homelessness, shelters aren't as effective as affordable housing. But everyone knows damn well that those who oppose the shelter would be the first to oppose affordable housing too.


Trumpthug points gun at Warren supporter over bumper sticker

With new polls suggesting Elizabeth Warren is now the frontrunner for President, and with a scandal-tarred Donald Trump's impeachment lurking on the horizon, Trump cultists are doubling down.

In Moorhead, Minnesota, a man aimed a loaded handgun at a young woman after seeing her Warren bumper sticker. The man pulled up alongside her vehicle while driving down the street, began yelling, and brandished the weapon. Joseph Schumacher, 27, of West Fargo, North Dakota, was then arrested on suspicion of felony terroristic threats while he was eating at a nearby shopping center.

The only thing missing is chiming in 2 days later and claiming Schumacher is some big progressive.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Marianne condo plan dead

Good news, good news, Boss!

Remember that ridiculous plan to turn the Marianne Theater in Bellevue into luxury condos? It's dead. Deader than a dinosaur. After a firestorm of criticism by local residents, the developer has withdrawn the proposal.

With the glut of luxury housing all over greater Cincinnati, the last thing we needed was more high-end condos to artificially inflate housing costs.


Supreme Court case may force states to fund religious education

Taxpayer funding of religious schools is banned under the Constitution's safeguard of separation of church and state. This little factoid is often overlooked by our scuzz-a-luzz gaslighting media and right-wing jurists.

Taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend religious schools? The Constitution says they're illegal. Period. End of story. It shouldn't even be subject to debate, because the Constitution means what it says.

But now the Far Right wants the Supreme Court to give free Toy Money to private religious schools even if the state and its voters don't want to. Not long ago - in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue - the Montana Supreme Court ruled that it violates the Montana Constitution to underwrite religious education with taxpayer funds. That was Montana's decision.

Petitioners laughably argue that the U.S. Constitution not only permits the government to fund religious schools but also requires it. They say they're being "discriminated" against because Montana won't give religious schools money.

Don't laugh too hard. This is a serious matter. The Supremes rightly ruled over a decade ago that states were allowed to limit funding religious schools in programs like this. But the Supreme Court has shown growing disregard for constitutional law in the years since. That's why petitioners are instead citing the court's outrageous 2017 ruling in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer - in which the state of Missouri was forced to buy a playground surface for a church. Even then, the petitioners don't seem to have a case - unless of course a rogue Supreme Court once again makes up its own laws.

Another example of "sates'' rights for me, not for thee."


Saturday, September 28, 2019

A person wore a Trump cap to Kroger

After Donald Trump's awful, no-good, horrid week, who would want to humiliate themselves by wearing anything Trump-related in public? I don't think I've seen anyone wearing Trump gear in 2 years, but now that he's been disgraced worse than ever, I guess his cultists are doubling down.

Today, I goed to the friendly commune Krogie-Wogie, and there was a man wearing a red Trump cap shopping in there. When I walked past him, I made a funny noise that sounded like a gag mixed with a belch. He got really mad and scowled!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Have no fear, the October ish is here!

The coming of October means the October issue of The Last Word is pub, and it's a big one!

This ish talks about a looming gentrification disaster, a trip to Shenandoah National Park and the accompanying bonfire, a person spitting out gum at Oktoberfest, wastage and filth at Chick-fil-A, a dine-and-dash at Big Boy, the cable company blaming sunspots for its own incompetence, a photo album ruining baseball cards, a person running records through a dishwasher, antique Christmas ornaments and wedding china being destroyed, the Franklin Mint's bad instructions for its coin sets, and more!

So point your pooper here...

If that doesn't work, bubble over here...

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Impeachment inquiry makes right-wing media look dumber than ever

A few weeks ago, when the latest allegations against dictator Trump were coming out, analysts said that if they appeared to be true, Congress would jump right into impeachment - and Trump would be removed. But this talk was quickly swatted down - supposedly because too few people were making the allegations - and any journalist who dared to report on them was forced by their bosses to get down on their knees and retract them.

Those were the days, huh?

Because of this groveling, impeachment may be less likely than it would have been, but at least an impeachment inquiry was finally announced yesterday. If Congress follows this process to its condign end, it will be yet more egg on the face of the media, which has cheered right-wing public figures and causes for at least as long as I've been old enough to care.

Monday, September 23, 2019

People bunkerooed at Kroger

Today at the friendly commune Krogie-Wogie, I detected the hilarious audio of 2 - count 'em, 2 - LAP bunker blasts.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Water bottles, beer cans, Pepsi, oh my!

Folks, it's finally happened...

Today, I went to Oktoberfest in Cincinnati, and - in response to years of people putting things in toilets - that sign had been posted in at least one of the portable restrooms.

Not like it stopped the fun! In fact, Ploptoberfest was a total bore except for the fact that the sign was ignored.

The first restroom I used didn't have this sign, but I noticed 5 - count 'em, 5 - ploppings in the same toilet bowl. The toilet contained a water bottle, a Pepsi bottle, 2 beer bottles, and a beer can. When I used a different portable outhouse later, it did have the sign - but somebody had plopped a big plastic bag.

Other than people putting things in toilets, the festival was dead. Crowded (because they packed it into a smaller space), but dead. Ploptoberfest was killed off when the city moved it away from 5th Street to appease 3CDC's incessant crying.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

When you return, it's the same old place...

Today, I returned home from a brief fact-finding mission to Shenandoah National Park. After reading that the Bevin dictatorship has appointed Tea Party favorite Charlie Coleman to the board of directors of Gateway Community & Technical College, now I know I shouldn't have returned.

This proves once again that the whole Kentucky higher education system isn't worth shit.

If you want to read about all the celebrity look-alikes and instances of flatulence I detected on my Shenandoah trip, the next issue of The Last Word isn't far off. Wilford Brimley, Jim Hightower, Don Imus, Paula Abdul, and Terry Bradshaw look-alikes were seen.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Elizabeth Warren wants bold plan for expanded Social Security

Of the entire field of Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are wiping the floor with the others in terms of policy and effectiveness. I know the right-wing media will cry and whine if they form the national ticket, because they think the President and Vice-President can't be from adjacent states (even though they were just fine with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney both residing in the same state). As far as I'm concerned, that's too damn bad.

Notice that the Republicans' response to every situation is always the same: cut Social Security. A gnat gets in your house? Cut Social Security. Your TV acts up during your favorite show? Cut Social Security.

For years and years, it's always been cut, cut, cut Social Security. They've done it too, and it's still not enough for them. It sure would be nice to have legislators who do their fucking jobs. Plus, many recipients rely on Social Security as their only source of retirement income, and the situation is only going to get worse because of stagnating wages for today's workforce.

But polls show a vast majority of Americans support increasing Social Security. This includes not just for retired seniors but also disability payments like SSI and SSDI. Now Elizabeth Warren wants to expand Social Security payments to fight rising costs of basics like healthcare, food, and housing.

Warren's plan would immediately increase Social Security benefits by $200 a month. It would allow even more increases for low-income workers and the disabled. It would have a fairer method of computing cost-of-living increases. It would ease the backlog that prevents applicants from receiving the benefits they've paid for. And it would reverse Trump's illegal order that turns administrative law judges into political appointees. It would accomplish the increased payments by making the richest 2% pay their fair share into the program.

In the long term, Warren's plan would reduce the federal budget deficit by over $1 trillion in 10 years.

With a media and ruling party that have done nothing but cut this vital program for 30 years, it would be mighty refreshing if a plan like Warren's was enacted. Hopefully, whoever defeats Trump next year will enact something like it.

Comcast files frivolous suit over Maine cable law

Comcast - the hated cable TV giant that has a monopoly on service in many regions - has teamed up with network muckety-mucks to file a federal lawsuit against the state of Maine because of a new state law regulating cable.

This law requires cable companies to offer a la carte access to channels. This saves viewers from having to pay for garbage like Fox News Channel. When a cable company claims you get 500 channels when all but 10 of them are home shopping and right-wing propaganda channels, it's price-gouging.

Comcast and the cable industry are laughably arguing that the law violates the First Amendment. That's like saying newsstands have a First Amendment right to collude and not let you buy the New York Times unless you buy the Washington Times too. The suit also argues that federal law preempts state laws like this. No, it cannot, as that would be unconstitutional under the Tenth Amendment.

It's not surprising that Comcast would cry that the law violates the First Amendment. Any time the Far Right can't cause as much grief as possible, they always claim it's a First Amendment issue.

Comcast thinks Baskin-Robbins should be required to sell Neapolitan ice cream to customers who only want strawberry and force them to throw away the chocolate and vanilla layers they're allergic to.

The FCC appears to be on Maine's side. The FCC once issued a statement that says there's no federal law prohibiting a la carte cable pricing. That doesn't mean some right-wing activist judge won't make up their own law and gut Maine's regulations. The Supreme Court makes up its own laws all the time.


New York City caves to right-wing hate group

The Alliance Defending Freedom is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. That didn't stop the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod from teaming up with it to write a legal guide for its congregations. But a right-wing hate group the ADF is.

Now City Council in New York City plans to repeal its ban on harmful conversion therapy - all because the ADF told it to. The ADF is suing the city over the ban - though the ADF has no case.

By repealing the ban, New York City Council is now officially on record as being antigay. If City Council had any guts, they'd tell the ADF to fuck off. Would they cave to the Ku Klux Klan too? New York has a state law against conversion therapy - but it's not as broad as city law.

It's mind-boggling that hate groups are allowed to commandeer public policy. It's as mind-boggling as hate groups teaming up with churches to write legal guides - though given the growing hatred by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's leaders, I'm not surprised by that. The ADF commits legal terrorism. The group has also been responsible for legal cases forcing public tax dollars to fund religious activities and gutting Obamacare's birth control coverage. The ADF even sued Arnold Schwarzenegger!

A leading ADF attorney in New Hampshire was convicted of federal charges for talking her own 14-year-old daughter to Canada to have sex with an adult man.

It's time to say, "Hasta la vista, baby," to the ADF's hate.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Theater may be ruined by luxury condos

There goes the neighborhood!

The Marianne Theater is an old movie theater that has served as a Bellevue landmark for almost 80 years. As recently as the late '90s, it was still showing movies, though by that time it was mostly just Spice World and the like. It certainly did not show first-run movies by then.

The city purchased the building some years back and solicited proposals from developers for a new use for it. Now a developer has stepped forward and is threatening to fill it with - are you ready for it? - yet more luxury condos.

City officials are expressing disappointment, because they wanted the Marianne used as a public space. Then don't approve the condos. It's that simple.

But do you really expect the city to not rubber-stamp this project? Nah, Bellevue would never rubber-stamp a useless development that serves only developers and the 1%. That's just a myth. Just joking! They would.

Why is this plan so bad? There's several reasons. This plan is yet another element of gentrification - a process that not only directly steals affordable housing but drives up housing costs. The condos would also generate traffic on already strained roads. And, by changing the city's character, it would weaken the political voice of the poorest residents. That's not to mention the fact that there's not even an actual need for more luxury housing. There is however a need for more public space.

Bellevue needs to welcome the 99% - not continue to roll out the red carpet for developers.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Someone put a Kroger bag in the toilet

We don't call it Ploptoberfest for nothing!

Today, I went to the Covington Oktoberfest. We call it Ploptoberfest, because of the long-running tradition of people clogging toilets in the portable outhouses with various household items. I don't think it'll ever match the greatness of Cincinnati's Ploptoberfest of perhaps a decade ago, when people used to put pants and phone books in the toilets. But I did notice today that someone put a plastic grocery bag from Kroger and a Reese cup wrapper in the toilet. The Kroger logo bobbed up and down in the abysmal depths of the dumper.

That plastic bag is gonna do a number (like 5) on the toilet cleaning equipment. Toilets are designed to accept pee and poo - not plastic bags. It's no different for a portable outhouse than it is for a latrine at a fixed location.

I left Ploptoberfest early because it was boring. But some woman was in a festive enough mood that she bubbled. Also, A Person Chewed Gum And Thought It Was Funny. But that's Last Word material, not really 'Pail material.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Dayton approves climate crisis resolution

Dayton, Kentucky, is utterly thumping other local communities lately - but it's not much more than empty words unless the city truly clamps down on the long-running Manhattan Harbour disaster.

In a 5 to 1 vote, Dayton City Council has just approved a resolution supporting policies to fight the deadly climate crisis. The resolution noted that Dayton was at special risk from climate change because of its proximity to the Ohio River.

During discussion of the measure, it was noted that Manhattan Fubar's construction trucks continue to drag mud and dust through the city and damage its streets. This comes after the discovery that the construction was polluting the city's water.

But this resolution doesn't do much good unless Dayton holds the developers and contractors accountable for the project's ongoing environmental damage. If that means canceling the rest of the project, so be it.


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Pepsi smuggling, blocked cellphone networks, fights, oh my!

For years, Riverfest has had a rule prohibiting people from bringing beverages (no matter how G-rated) into this outdoor street festival. A few years ago, I saw them hassling someone about it. This is a stupid rule, so I violate it year after year. This year, I smuggled in Pepsi.

I've been breaking this rule for years, but as late as last year, everyone acted shocked that I'd do this. I think now it's finally sunken in that I'm serious about it.

This year's Rip-off-fest had other notable events too! Once when I was growing up, around 1980, we went to see the fireworks, and there was a group of teenagers or young adults right behind us arguing the whole time. It was hilarious! This year, something just like that happened. But instead of arguing about the blankets and pillows like the other time, they argued about what appeared to be a broken smartphone - for hours on end! Best all, unlike the incident some 40 years ago, there was a lot of cussing!

Remember about a year ago when some kid threw a profanity-filled tantrum at Kroger? Think what that kid will be like when he's 20, and that's what this argument was like.

It turns out though that the smartphone wasn't broken. The entire cellphone network had been shut down for the event. Cellphone networks were never shut down back when the only people with cellphones were yuppies who used them to show off, but now that normal people have cellphones, they shut down the network. Because it was shut down, an important text blast I sent out was delayed.

When I was walking home, a fistfight ensued! A luxury SUV almost hit a group of people, and the people in the SUV jumped out and began fighting them. It was brutal!

Also, during the fireworks, some woman was in such a festive mood that she bubbled.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Have no fear, the September ish is here!

Ba-de-ya! The Septermber issue of The Last Word is now pub, and it's pooping a hole plumb through your panatloons!

This ish talks about my public takedown of a local right-wing politician, airlines thinking they own everything, Mister Rogers swearing, Wikipedia fake news, people intentionally ruining comic books and baseball cards, prank 911 calls, bubble gum ruining a pair of mittens, and more!

So point your pooper here...

If that doesn't work, bip your way over here...

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A person bubbled at the bike shop

Today at the bike shop, some man bubbled.

Friday, August 16, 2019

A bunch of people bubbled in a commersh (Bubble Gum Weekend)

There is hope for the world yet!

You never see commercials for gum anymore, but Bazooka - which never advertised in my day - actually has a new ad. Best all, it has a slogan that uses "bubble" as a verb...

That new commersh features a catchy jingle and evokes the feel of an '80s advertising campaign. It touts the size of bubbles you can blow with this brand of bubble gum - much like the gum ads of old. And people bubble in the ad to demonstrate Bazooka's bubble kerpowin' capabilities. Several teenagers take selfies of themselves bubbling and send them to their friends.

Most noteworthy though is the slogan: "Share, bubble, have fun!" Sort of like, "Think. Do. Be." At least that's better than, "Hoard, don't bubble, be miserable!"

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Bevin now trails by 15%

"Asked if the election were held today, 51% said they would vote for Beshear and 36% for Bevin."

Bye, Matt.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sean Hannity runs his big Nazi mouth

The "right" of a very few people to openly carry a military-style assault rifle and fire it indiscriminately isn't supposed to outweigh the rights of millions to gather peacefully and be free of warrantless searches.

But far-right commentator Sean Hannity thinks it is. And he wants a fascist police state to remind us of it.

The Second Amendment is the law of the land, and Americans have a right to own and possess weapons of defense. But nobody has a right to hoard weapons of offense and use them in an unreasonable way. However, the Bill of Rights does protect the right to peaceful assembly and freedom from unreasonable searches. Now Hannity wants to gut those rights just to please the few who worry about their assault rifles being taken away.

Hannity proposes filling America's schools and shopping malls with armed guards - as in a police state. The perimeter of each school would be surrounded by guards, and each school would be full of metal detectors.

Does this also mean guards would also be posted outside all food festivals and places of worship? These venues have also seen recent mass shootings. Then there's the important issue of how zealous guards might react to situations that pose no threat at all. Someone pointed out that they might mistake a balloon popping for gunfire and start shooting.

I don't want to live in a police state. If we must restrict high-powered assault rifles from the very few people who want one, that's the price of protecting the right of all to move about freely and be secure from warrantless searches and heavy-handed policing. In no way, shape, or form am I advocating taking defensive weapons from those who have them to protect themselves and their families.

Much more helpful than an assault weapon ban though would be using the anti-gang laws to go after hate groups, and banning hate group members from having any kind of gun.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Dayton passes anti-discrimination law

Until tonight, there were only 11 cities in Kentucky that had their own fairness ordinance - a law specifically prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for things like employment and housing. Covington and Maysville were the only cities in northern Kentucky with such a law.

But now Dayton has rightly joined these other cities. Tonight, city council members in this working-class Campbell County city voted 5 to 0 to enact this ordinance.

Unlike when Sarah Palin claimed to be able to see Russia out the window of her home, it's actually true that I can see Dayton out my window. I'm right next to the window of my home office and can see houses in Dayton just hundreds of feet away. The more important point is that - once again - a working-class city like Dayton is more forward-thinking than rich suburbs that refuse to pass progressive laws like this. It isn't only on economic issues, but also social issues like this.

Wealthy suburbs need to get with the program and learn something from the working-class cities and towns that have approved progressive ordinances.