Friday, March 16, 2018

Another Kentucky GOPer accused of sexual harassment

The sexual harassment scandal that plagues the Republican Party of Kentucky grows.

State Rep. Jim Stewart III (R-Flat Lick) was accused of sexually harassing a legislative staffer back in 2015. The Legislative Research Commission has covered it up until now.

This came to light after Stewart denied knowing anything about such a complaint. The complaint accuses Stewart of making advances towards a staffer over an extended period of time. Stewart was also accused of calling her at all hours of the day.

Such is the current state of what has been America's ruling party for most of the past 40 years.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I'd like to say...We'll do OK...Forever in Kroger...

Today, after my dentist appointment, I saw a Neil Diamond look-alike at Kroger.

The funny thing is that I was just thinking about "Forever In Blue Jeans" last night!

GOP loses House election in Pennsylvania in upset

In one of the biggest electoral upsets against the Republicans since Donald Trump seized power, the Democrats picked up a U.S. House seat in Pennsylvania by 0.3% in a special election yesterday. This seat went vacant when Republican Rep. Tim Murphy resigned in disgrace. Of course, Murphy hadn't been truly elected to his last 2 terms, because - in Soviet fashion - he was unopposed.

On the other hand, the Democrat elected to that seat yesterday was described as a "moderate" in media reports - which means he's more conservative than at least 80% of people, with the exception of the malcontents who constantly post right-wing memes on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

When did Kentucky ban strikes?

With the possibility of a teachers' strike looming in Kentucky, several media sources have said that strikes are illegal in this state.

When did this happen? Evidently, this provision is included in the unconstitutional "right-to-work" law that passed last year. Why was this swept under the rug?

It should be a moot point, since the right to strike is of course constitutionally protected. The U.S. Constitution outweighs some Matt Bevin diktat any day.

Monday, March 12, 2018

So Trump said he wants to grab guns

Here's what Donald Trump said recently about confiscating guns from people: "I like taking the guns early. ... Go through due process second."

Imagine if you can what the reaction would be if Barack Obama had said that. But Trump said it, and the response has been total silence from the right-wing media.

There's a reason I said that even if an assault weapon ban was enacted, it would be hard to seize guns from law-abiding people who already have them. It's because we're supposed to have a system built on due process.

A federal court recently ruled that assault weapons are not protected as arms under the Second Amendment, because they are strictly instruments of war. Nowhere did the ruling say that due process didn't apply. The whole point of due process is that it applies. Due process wouldn't be due process if it didn't.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Have no fear, the March ish is here!

The March ish of The Last Word has now appeared as if it was magically placed at your doorstep by the Bee Gees, and it discusses all sorts of nifty things...

• Ridiculous commercials for pizza insurance, tissues, and other items.

• Pink throwing bubble gum onto the field at the Super Bowl.

• A hilarious prank involving a scarecrow coated with whipped cream.

• Economic class pride!

• Inspector 12 is gonna be mad!

• An idea for a brand new kind of bubble gum.

• Struggles with finding a turntable stylus.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Washington to become first state to restore 'Net neutrality

The state of Washington is poised to become the first state to restore 'Net neutrality since the scuzzo Trump regime unconstitutionally gutted it.

State lawmakers have approved a 'Net neutrality bill that would apply to all ISP's - not just those with a state contract. Gov. Jay Inslee - who has promised to continue to enforce 'Net neutrality despite Trump's idiotic babblings - is expected to sign the bill into law. The Washington House approved it 93 to 5, and the Senate approved it 35 to 14.

The state may face lawsuits by telcom monopolies, who cry that state law is preempted by the FCC. Wrong. The Tenth Amendment gives this power to the states.

If the FCC does try to enforce its will in Washington state, its agents should be arrested and detained.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

GOP bill would raise Kentucky sales tax to 8%

The "low tax" Republicans strike again!

A bill in Kentucky by right-wing State Rep. Jason Petrie would increase the sales tax to 8% - one of the highest in the nation. The same bill would slash the corporate income tax. Thus, the bill overall is a tax increase that would give a handout to corporations.

But they're the "low tax" party. Just ask them.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Newport approves needle exchange

It was almost 2 years ago that Campbell County Fiscal Court unexpectedly defied the Tea Party by voting 3 to 1 to approve a needle exchange program to fight the heroin pandemic. But it couldn't be put into place until a city approved it, and now Newport City Commission has voted 5 to 0 to authorize it.

A survey by the city showed that 80% of city residents would support the program.

The program will be administered by the Northern Kentucky Health Department at St. Elizabeth Hospital. (The fact that Newport has the power to approve it there also settles the decades-old question of whether the hospital is in Newport or Fort Thomas.)

Meanwhile, the Trump regime has done nothing.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Missouri governor arrested

Even before this scandal broke, it's hard to believe the Republicans were touting fascist Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens as a future presidential candidate. Then again, they thought Phil Gramm would be pretty damn swell too.

Today, a grand jury indicted Greitens for first-degree felony invasion of privacy - a charge that stems from an extramarital affair in which he reportedly blackmailed a woman by taking a nude photo of her. Greitens was arrested but then released on a personal recognizance bond so he could attend the National Governors Association meeting.

After his arrest, Greitens accused the prosecutor of being "a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points."

Now the Missouri legislature is launching its own investigation of Greitens - which may be a pre-bubbling to impeachment. Also, the FBI is investigating the right-wing governor for a separate campaign finance scandal.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kentucky House gets a little less Republican

There was a special election for a Kentucky House seat in Bullitt County today to fill the vacancy caused by the suicide of far-right Rep. Dan Johnson. Shortly before his death, Johnson was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. This prompted former Gov. Steve Beshear to later write, "Racists, sexual predators, liars and criminals have no place serving in public office." The Republicans - in all their finite wisdom - picked Johnson's widow Rebecca Johnson to run for the special election. The Democrats selected former Rep. Linda Belcher, who Dan Johnson defeated in 2016.

Belcher was actually a very, very conservative Democrat during her time in the legislature. Then again, Donald Trump won the district 72% to 23%.

Today, Linda Belcher defeated Rebecca Johnson by a smashing 68% to 32% - chipping away at the Republican edge in the Kentucky House. This is a swing of 85 percentage points towards the Democrats - perhaps the biggest in a major election since Trump seized power.

Rebecca Johnson was tied to the legal woes of Dan Johnson's church and - like her late husband - made extremist Facebook posts. Already, Rebecca Johnson is crying "voter fraud!"

If the Republicans not only lose that seat but lose it by a 2-to-1 margin, how can they be expected to survive as a party?

It's a little too little, a little too late for this Pat Benatar cassette

Today I went Roads Scholaring up around Avondale and Golf Manor. On the way up there, at the Reading Road split just north of downtown, I found part of a smashed, destructoed Pat Benatar cassette laying on the sidewalk.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Basic gun regulation not too much to ask

I've given several recommendations on how to fight America's pandemic of mass shootings. My ideas include confiscating guns from hate groups as well as fighting against creeping suburbanism that isolates our young people and promotes violent behavior.

America is now in an era where this is no longer enough.

When innocent young people can't exercise their right to attend school in peace, stronger regulation of assault rifles is clearly justified. As long as our state won't even legalize electric bicycles, why is it legal to have assault rifles with no regulation whatsoever?

Why not at least require assault rifles to be registered and tracked very closely? Most countries allow some form of private gun ownership. But in some countries, even handgun owners are legally obligated to keep track of the exact whereabouts of their gun. If other places can regulate handguns like this, why can't the United States similarly regulate assault rifles that are much more powerful?

I know the government can't seize guns that are already in the hands of law-abiding people. But America has reached a point where I and millions of others wouldn't shed a tear if future sales of assault rifles are halted. If I felt I truly needed a weapon like that, America would already be beyond hope.

It's not a stretch to say our legislators have a constitutional obligation to produce basic gun safety regulations. People have a constitutional and natural right to peaceably assemble and be free of unreasonable searches. Mass shootings infringe on the first right, and using shootings as an excuse to invade basic privacy infringes on the other. It's hard to see how the freedom of millions to gather and move about is outweighed by the freedom of a few to use the deadliest weapons they can find. The Second Amendment should not be a cudgel to trample the rest of the Bill of Rights. A smart lawyer may be able to file a lawsuit to compel lawmakers to act.

Regulation is not prohibition. If my proposals are too much to ask, tough luck. If the NRA thinks bicycles are more of a threat to public safety than guns that kill dozens in only a few seconds, that should be the NRA's problem and nobody else's.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pro-Trump student pulls knife on BAMN

On Tuesday, Wayne State University in Detroit was the site of a right-wing meltdown.

A student by the name of Corbin Steele - who was wearing a Trump/Pence 2020 shirt - approached a table where the civil rights group BAMN was handing out flyers about immigrant rights. He then pulled a switchblade and threatened the BAMN folks. Steele declared, "I think we should deport or kill all illegals that don't belong in our country."

Steele said his name is Earl Johnson and proceeded to argue with BAMN before stomping off with his Bert-like unibrow.

Much of the incident was caught on video.

As a result of the episode, Steele was suspended from school pending an investigation. Of course, we all know folks who have been expelled from college for much less - don't we?

This was the third time BAMN had an altercation with Steele.


Florida school shooter had right-wing links

This story should surprise absolutely no one - except those who insist on listening to the right-wing talk radio droids who deny it and laugh about it.

According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was a fan of right-wing websites. Cruz also posted racist messages and threatened to kill antifascist activists.

A white supremacist organization called the Republic of Florida even admits that Cruz trained with them!

But we can't ban hate groups from having guns because it might hurt their feelings.

Mass shooting survivors should receive benefits

Since lawmakers aren't doing a damn thing about the fact that the United States is one of very few countries that gives guns to members of hate groups, here's an idea to support those who are harmed by mass shootings.

I'm as antiwar as anyone, but I realize America's military personnel make grave sacrifices. Wounded soldiers and the families of those killed in war receive benefits - as they should. I believe they deserve these benefits because of their sacrifices. I also think similar benefits should be awarded to survivors of mass shootings and the families of those killed in such shootings.

Perpetrators of these mass killings are almost always found to have links to right-wing hate groups. If their victims must sacrifice their lives and well-being for the "freedom" for hate groups to carry guns, they and their families should be properly honored.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Another funny dream

I had a hilarious dream last night that Donald Trump shaved his head completely bald. I swear I'm not making this up.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Tim Nolan gets 20 years for human trafficking

Former Judge Tim Nolan - who in recent years has become a leader in the hated Campbell County Tea Party - has pleaded guilty to 21 charges dating back to 2004, including human trafficking. As a result, he will be sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine - but he'll be eligible for parole after 4 years.

As the trial concluded, Judge Kathleen Lape read the charges to the 71-year-old Nolan. The list of charges was so long that it took 10 minutes to read them. According to the charges, some of the victims lived on Nolan's property, and Nolan threatened to evict them unless they performed sex acts. Some victims were addicted to heroin, and Nolan paid for it. Nolan also threatened to have one victim arrested by the FBI. The charges also say Nolan asked a minor to engage in sexual activity for money.

I woke up to another government shutdown

This morning, the federal government experienced its second shutdown in only a month.

Once again, it was the fault of the Republicans. It was Rand Paul himself who held up an important Senate vote. But (thanks to the right-wing media) there were no political consequences for the other shutdowns the GOP caused, so do you really think this time will be any different?

Monday, February 5, 2018

Charlton Heston look-alike sighted again

Last night, I received another e-mail about the Charlton Heston look-alike. He was seen again at Kroger. He blocked access to merchandise in the freezer aisle as he argued with his wife on his cellphone about what to buy. A line formed as other shoppers tried accessing the product.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cincinnati now has nation's second-highest housing costs

For decades, greater Cincinnati has had some of America's highest food prices, but at least we had cheaper housing than many larger cities.

Well, that's gone now too, and it's all because of developments full of expensive homes being rubber-stamped without requiring affordable housing to be included. This has driven up housing costs exponentially. I've warned people about this problem for 25 years and the crisis that would inevitably result. Did they listen? Haha, no. It's just like all the people who'd rather scream out "GODWIN'S LAW!!!" than find solutions to hate groups spreading on the Internet.

The real estate investment firm HomeUnion has a new study that ranks Cincinnati as America's second-most expensive rental market - behind only Oakland. Interestingly, Chicago was the least expensive.

This is a clarion call for local zoning authorities to make sure some housing space is set aside strictly for affordable housing.


Haley Barbour tried bringing a gun on a plane and The Media tried covering it up

Remember Haley Barbour? He was the ugly cretin who used to be Republican National Committee chairman and Governor of Mississippi.

It was bad enough when Dan Quayle joked about bombs when boarding a plane, but now Barbour has been arrested for trying to bring a loaded revolver on a plane in his briefcase.

The arrest happened a month ago when Barbour tried to fly from Jackson to Washington, D.C. The right-wing media tried sweeping the incident under the rug, but now that Barbour has been fined thousands of dollars, bust goes that bubble.

Barbour led the party that treats everyone else like terrorists when they try to fly, but he tried bringing a gun on board.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Have no fear, the February ish is here!

The February issue of The Last Word is pub-a-roo, and man, it's a beaut!

This fanzine of freedom always regales you with the latest doings of the Bandit, and this ish is no exception! In this edition, you shall read about...

• My recent battles with whooping cough and a broken finger.

• The untimely destruction of a toy record player.

• When local high schools won free Richard Marx and Escape Club concerts.

• The historic stupidity of VH1.

• People not knowing what Bubble Tape is.

• The 'American Top 40' bubble gum blowing contest.

• More about Sea-Monkeys.

• And more!

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Democrats have a candidate in every local seat

Maybe - just maybe - I actually misunderestimated (sic) the Democrats for once.

I just read that for the first time since 1994, the Democrats are running a candidate in every state legislative election in northern Kentucky.

Every. Single. One. Even 7-Cent Joe doesn't get a free pass this time.

Trump regime wants to monitor students' expenses

The Republicans are such champions of limited government whenever - well, never. They never are.

Trump's incompetent and unqualified Education Secretary Betsy DeVos - in addition to supporting withholding education funds from states that refuse to privatize their school systems - is planning a new pilot program that would effectively gut college loans and spy on students' expenses.

Student loan money is intended to cover all expenses related to a student's higher education. Now DeVos wants to put this money onto prepaid debit cards so the government can monitor all their expenses. Concerns have already been raised that the government may disapprove books purchased by students.

In addition, these prepaid cards may have fees to be paid to the bank. So this is yet another means of transferring tax money from the 99% to big corporations.

Nobody supports the nanny state quite like the modern-day Republican Party.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Woman fired by Bevin administration for reporting sexual harassment

Yet another scandal in the corrupt Matt Bevin autocracy.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet fired a woman because she reported sexual harassment by a Bevin appointee. After the firing, she sent an e-mail to state officials accusing the agency of firing her "for doing what we could to protect ourselves and other co-workers from this harassment."

A male supervisor was also fired for reporting the allegations to his own supervisors.

This scandal torpedoes a bazooka hole through Bevin's claim that he won't tolerate sexual harassment in state government. The New Hampshire Forehead's grandstanding has fueled a civil war within the Kentucky GOP, and now it's all for naught.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

All the right farts in all the right faces...

People have denied reality once too much!

For years, I've recalled that in my day, NAPA auto parts stores used a jingle that went, "All the right parts in all the right places...NAPA's puttin' smiles on American faces." This was memorable because every time I heard it, I'd sing, "All the right farts in all the right faces..."

Everybody said I was just making that up because NAPA couldn't possibly be dumb enough to use a jingle that had such an obvious parody.

But not for the first time, YouTube saves the day...

Yes, friends, it's a Snuffleupagus moment.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Republicans cause government shutdown

It's happened again: another federal government shutdown.

Every shutdown in modern times has been 100% the fault of the Republicans. No exceptions. This one is different from the most recent ones though in that they can't try to pin it on a Democrat in the White House. The Republicans control both the presidency and Congress, so they have nobody to blame but themselves. Then again, they had no one else to blame anyway, since it was their incompetence that also caused it the other times.

How can a party be incompetent enough to shut down the government when they control not just Congress but the White House too?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kentucky bill would ban firearms for hate criminals

It's about time!

A new bill by Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott (D-Louisville) titled H.B. 209 would make it a class D felony for those convicted of hate crimes to possess a firearm.

It's the sort of bill you can't imagine anyone possibly opposing - which is why the Republicans oppose it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bevin threatens to end Medicaid expansion if courts strike down changes

Because it's illegal to enact a work requirement for Medicaid, health advocates plan to sue Kentucky over the requirements implemented by Matt Bevin.

But now Bevin has issued an executive order saying that if courts block the work requirements, Kentucky's Medicaid expansion will end altogether. This would strip health care coverage from as much as 20% of the state's population.

This is called fascism.