Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ploptoberfest goes Krogering

I went to Ploptoberfest in Newport today, and it was pretty much completely dead.

I did notice a plopping though. I went into the portable restroom and noticed someone had put a plastic grocery bag in the toilet. I assume it was from Kroger, because it was beige.

People need to be more creative with ploppings like they used to be. On the other hand, we should be thankful for every plopping, since toilets aren't designed to accept plastic bags.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Enquirer says "farted"

It's always a barrel of baste when a regular newspaper like the Cincinnati Enquirer says "farted."

I read with interest an Enquirer piece about how a Cincinnati high school keeps suspending students for just about any minor infraction imaginable. I've covered the failures of "zero tolerance" and the school-to-prison pipeline for years. You already know America's schools have become a police state.

What caught my eye was this sentence in the article: "In another case, a senior at West was suspended for five days for overreacting when another student farted." The Enquirer didn't say the student "passed gas" or "broke wind." The newspaper said the student "farted."

Here's the article...

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/education/2017/09/19/why-does-west-high-kick-out-so-many-kids/676319001

Moe Howard goes Krogering

Today I saw one of the funniest celebrity look-alikes I've seen in a long time!

I went to Kroger in Bellevue, and I saw a Moe Howard look-alike! I was in the canned foods aisle and couldn't stop snickering as Moe pushed his cart up the back aisle!

Cute idea for a law protecting disability benefits

I just came up with a great idea for a law to protect Americans who need disability benefits.

Like Medicaid, disability programs like Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance are earned benefits - not welfare. Even if they were welfare, the government has no right to deny these benefits to those who qualify. Every so often, you'll read an article about how the government's backlog for approving disability claims keeps expanding. What used to take weeks can now take years. It's not because more people are applying. It's because Congress intentionally creates a logjam to try to deny people the benefits they've earned.

I can almost guarantee that one way to make sure this backlog is relieved is to pass a law that says if claims aren't approved within a certain amount of time, the claim is automatically approved. To ensure that no claims are rejected at the last minute, rejected claims would be automatically appealed.

If there's already a law like this, the government sure as hell isn't obeying it.

Such a policy would not only break the logjam but also make sure more people get the benefits they've worked for that they otherwise might not get.

I don't give a damn what the right-wing intelligentsia thinks. If you want to live in a society that won't take care of its most downtrodden people, m-o-v-e MOVE!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kojak look-alike buys Elvis calendar

As a pre-bubbling to Ploptoberfest, I helped my mom with her humongous yard sale both Friday and yesterday. There were actually a couple of celebrity look-alikes at the sale!

On Friday, a Telly Savalas look-alike buyed an antique Elvis calendar. And yesterday, some kid who resembled Barron Trump showed up.

There was a noteworthy mug-smashing incident too, but maybe I'll discuss that in further detail in the next ish.

Cheez-It box plopped at Ploptoberfest

Last night - after a Scholaring - I goed to Oktoberfest in Covington. As you should know by now, I stopped going to the one in Cincinnati because they moved the event and gave it a smaller space and lied about it being smaller.

I call it Ploptoberfest because it has a noble tradition of people putting things in the toilet. I noticed last night that somebody put an apparently empty Cheez-It box in the toilet at the event. As in past years when other relatively large items like phone books were plopped, it leads me to wonder how someone accomplished this, since it would seem suspicious for someone to walk around carrying a Cheez-It box all day before the ploppage occurred.

Other than that, the festival was boring, so I didn't stay very late.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Wisconsin TV station runs right-wing uniform story

Madison, Wisconsin, may be one of the most liberal major cities in America, but - like San Francisco or Portland - the media there sounds like they've just been copying the Tea Party propaganda playbook.

One of the worst offenders in Madison is WMTV-TV. It's bad enough that WMTV wasted time on an idiotic puff piece about cosmetic dentistry in which the most common word was um. Now WMTV has run a one-sided piece praising public school uniforms. The segment made no mention of the fact that it's unconstitutional for public schools to require uniforms.

Shame on you, WMTV.

Unfortunately, the FCC would rather shut down real stations like Tantrum 95.7 than go after propaganda outlets like WMTV.

Miami threatens to institutionalize homeless

Because Florida has a history of giving Constitution-hating fucks free rein, officials in Miami are trying to use the unconstitutional Baker Act to illegally institutionalize an estimated 1,100 homeless.

As the hurricane threatens the state, residents are being ordered to leave - now. But most aren't being threatened with being institutionalized. Only the homeless are facing that amount of oppression, as the city is threatening to hold them against their will for a mental health evaluation.

Some nobody with the city boasted, "We're going out and every single homeless person who is unwilling to come off the street, we are likely going to involuntarily Baker Act them." At least 6 people have already been detained under this policy.

And people wonder why we say America has become a police state.

(Source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/storm/ap-exclusive-miami-homeless-removed-against-their-will)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Another successful Pepsi smuggling

I will smuggle soda into Riverfest because I'm an American.

We went down to see the Riverfest fireworks last night. As I do year after year, I smuggled a soft drink into the fest. I wore pants with big pockets so a Pepsi bottle would fit therein. This is a Really Big Deal because - since the stunning police state expansion of the mid-'90s - bringing beverages to the festival has been a no-no, because they want people to pay inflated prices to vendors there. Bringing in soft drinks used to be allowed. Not anymore.

I've never seen authorities hassle people as much about it as I did last night. We saw them stopping a young woman who tried bringing in a soda from Frisch's Big Boy. A greed-driven, nonsensical rule from over 20 years ago is being enforced with unprecedented gusto.

Is that ridiculous or what?

But nobody bubbled (unlike last year, when a person did a Wright brothers).

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Duke to increase rates by 17.4%

Duke Energy - the electric utility monopoly for most of the area - has asked Kentucky regulators for yet another rate increase. This one will increase rates for residential customers by a whopping 17.4%.

It's almost a foregone conclusion that the rate hike will be rubber-stamped. When are rate increases ever not rubber-stamped?

Duke itself is lying about the increase. The company claims this is the first rate hike in 11 years. Wrong. They raised rates after the Blackout of 2008 to cover lost revenues from people not having electricity for days. In other words, they forced customers to pay for a product they didn't receive. Duke also claims that even with the latest rate hike, Duke's rates are still cheaper than the national average. That's another outright lie. Duke is one of the most expensive electric providers in America.

Maybe if the power didn't mysteriously go out all the time even in fine weather, more folks might be willing to tolerate paying such exorbitant electric rates.

There ought to be a law. In addition to the usual regulatory process, there should be a law that requires two-thirds approval of each house of the state legislature before electric utilities may raise rates. This would be a good law, but an even better plan would be - because most electric providers are monopolies - making these utilities publicly owned entities, as they already are in some American communities.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Bevin wasted $1.2M on pension study

Wasted!

Matt Bevin and the rest of Kentucky's Republican town criers have been whining for years about pensions for public employees costing the taxpayers too much. Now that the right-wing plan to slash workers' pensions has been unveiled, it turns out this study cost taxpayers some $1.2 million.

The Bevin thugocracy hired an out-of-state firm to devise the plan. Originally, the company was to be paid $556,300 in taxpayer funds. Now the cost of the study has doubled in only 10 months. It may yet increase even more.

Now, Bevin is squandering taxpayer money hiring a law firm to develop tax "reform" plans.

This is supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility? Bevin has spent more of your money than he's saved. You don't get to complain that state workers make too much money and then spend many times as much trying to prevent it.

All that taxpayer money, wastage bastage! It's utterly wosted.

(Source: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article170419437.html)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Have no fear, the September ish is here!

Have no fear! The September issue of The Last Word is here!

It's the Back-to-School edition, folks! This ish talks about my Detroit trip, the perils of putting your dirty butt on the bed, bubble gum vodka, mailing food scraps to retaliate for junk mail, how Newt Gingrich ruined the honorable sport of bubble gum blowing, and more!

So point your pooper here...

https://www.scribd.com/document/357730536/The-Last-Word-9-2017

If Scribd doesn't work, you can find the latest ish here...

http://bunkerblast.info/lastword/lw1709.pdf

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

When voluntary drug-free clubs become mandatory

A new trend is sweeping public and private schools in northern Kentucky, and it was suspect almost from the giddy-up.

A growing list of local middle and high schools are starting their own Drug Free Clubs of America chapters. This alone might not sound suspicious. But a red flag came up when it was reported that one of the guidelines for students to join these clubs is that they must submit to occasional drug testing.

This indicated that the purpose of the club is to make pariahs out of students who don't want to take a drug test and therefore won't join.

My suspicion has now been confirmed. The superintendent of Dayton schools has now told the press that colleges and employers will someday ask today's students if they were members of this club.

Busted!

In other words, membership in an ostensibly voluntary club that requires drug testing is in fact mandatory if you want to get into a better college or find a better job. This is just another way the system has of persecuting dissidents.

What we may need to do is pass a law making it illegal for prospective employers to discriminate against those who did not join this club.

Bevin whimpers and cries

The Forehead is mad!

Matt Bevin made a video in which he complains about an e-mail he received. Evidently, Bevin spammed state employees with some self-serving hogwash. One of the workers reportedly replied, "Do not ever fucking email me again."

Bevin goes on and on about it here...



As Bevin reads the e-mail, his voice trails, reminding me of Casey Kasem's reluctance to announce the title of a "dirty" George Michael song.

Also, notice how Bevin has been trimming his eyebrows to avoid the comparisons with Bert of 'Sesame Street' that have plagued him.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CBS exec sends threatening e-mail to Kathy Griffin

Remember a few months ago when the lunatic Right tried to destroy comedian Kathy Griffin's career because she dared to criticize Donald Trump?

CBS has become a carbon copy of Fox News, and it's because of right-wingers like filmmaker Arnold Kopelson who sit on CBS's board. CBS has been blacklisted as a source by this blog for years - probably since even before the CBS-owned TV station in Pittsburgh falsified footage to attack Occupy. The right-wing bias of CBS continued with its one-sided 60 Minutes story attacking the Social Security disability program.

Turns out Kopelson sent Griffin a threatening e-mail in the wake of the recent controversy. Kopelson told the comic she has "one chance left" to send a tearful apology letter to Trump and release it to Fox but no other media outlets. Kopelson's e-mail told Griffin, "IF YOU DON'T DO EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN, YOUR CAREER IS OVER."

CBS should lose all of its broadcasting licenses over this. But after the way the FCC rubber-stamped the sale of WNKU to a right-wing ministry, it's clear we can't trust the FCC.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Bevin plans to rob workers of their pensions

It's been obvious for a long time now that Kentucky's pension "crisis" is a hoax whipped up by the Far Right as an excuse to rob state workers of their pension money.

Now an "independent" firm hired by the scandal-tainted Matt Bevin administration has recommended broad changes to Kentucky's pension system to do just that. The PFM Group recommends that pensions be abolished for future government workers and be replaced with a 401(k) plan that lets investors gamble with their money. PFM also recommended increasing the retirement age for state employees and taking back all cost-of-living increases from 1996 to 2012 for retired workers. Even retired teachers would see all cost-of-living raises frozen.

This is commonly known as theft.

In Bevin's America, a promise made is a promise broken.

(Source: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article169821392.html)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Lexington still fighting back!

We're talking Kentucky here, folks!

As the Republican Party gets more violent and extreme, the people of Lexington continue to fight back! You may recall that someone threw a dumbbell through the window of the headquarters of the Republican Party of Fayette County back in November after Donald Trump stole the "election." Now someone has painted the words "NAZI SCUM" on the building.

No truer words were ever painted. If the jackboot fits, wear it - and if it feels good, put it on. (Now that's a lost '80s hit!)

Don't like the vandalism, Repubs? Tough toilets. The GOP has earned it. It's not the Green Party that's been trying to kill America's neediest people. It's not the Libertarians who have started pointless wars just for the hell of it. Look at the evil, hateful things the Republicans have done lately. This is not Gerald Ford's GOP anymore. We are at war.

For the record, Trump lost Lexington 51% to 42%.

(Source: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article169594292.html)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time for an amendment to limit pardons?

Nobody abused their presidential pardon powers quite like the Bushes. George H.W. Bush pardoned traitors involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, and his son pardoned political cronies.

Donald Trump continued this Republican tradition yesterday - Fascism Friday - by pardoning Joe Arpaio after the disgraced Arizona sheriff was busted for illegal racial profiling.

The Constitution's provision that grants the President unlimited pardon privileges was modeled after the British monarch's power to do the same. But ongoing abuses of this power means it should be reined in.

In 1974, in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Democratic Sen. Walter Mondale introduced a constitutional amendment that said pardons could be overturned within 180 days if two-thirds of each house of Congress agrees. In 2001, after Bill Clinton issued a pardon that Republicans didn't like, Republicans revived the idea. But today...crickets.

On most things, Congress has too much power. I'd rather see an amendment that puts the power to overturn pardons in the hands of the judicial branch. But sometimes Presidents abuse their privileges too.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A person bubbled at Kroger

Today, I went to Kroger, and some woman bubbled.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A person bunkerooed in Michigan

Some of you may know that I've been on a fact-finding mission in Detroit for the past couple days. This evening, an LAP bunker blast was detected at a park in a nearby town.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Latest celebrity look-alike news

I've just been informed that a Katy Perry look-alike was sighted at a brewery in Louisville yesterday.

Charlottesville terrorist has local connection

This is another example of the minds full of shit that the Republican Party in northern Kentucky is raising.

The white supremacist who plowed his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, yesterday - killing one person and injuring 19 - has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio. It turns out that Fields went to high school in Union, Kentucky - before his family moved out of town.

Of course, Fields is a registered Republican and Donald Trump supporter.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Butbutbutbut both sides do it!

...says Nazi apologists everywhere.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Armed men distribute anti-worker propaganda

America is sliding harum-scarum into becoming the command state the Far Right has always dreamed of.

In St. Joseph, Missouri, a group of 4 men armed with guns have been confronting folks outside the Buchanan County Courthouse and shoving anti-worker propaganda brochures in their faces. The leaflets support Missouri's hated "right-to-work" law that infringes on the right of workers to enter into a union security agreement. A referendum may be coming soon to repeal the law. In fact, Missourians voted this law down at least once before.

One of the armed men purported to be a notary.

The right-to-scab thought police doesn't have facts on their side, so they have to resort to marching around the courthouse with guns.

It's no wonder the NAACP recently issued a travel advisory for the Show Me State - the only time the NAACP has ever issued such an advisory for any state.

(Source: http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/armed-men-at-courthouse/article_0af8390c-f329-54ee-9403-4e88d08f3c77.html)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Right-wing church parks in Park Hills

This is breathtakingly bad news for the people of Park Hills.

The government of this Kenton County suburb is being taken over by what's described as a "traditional Catholic" church. It's not a mainstream Catholic congregation, and this flock doesn't seem satisfied with minding their own business.

My business partner blogged about it this morning with more details...

http://annbugz1.blogspot.com/2017/08/republican-jesus-church-taking-over.html

My jaw hit the floor when I read that entry.

This church preaches against Neopagans, and its congregants have sported antigay bumper stickers. There's already a lot of intolerant churches like that all over America, but this one seems joined at the face with some Park Hills city officials - who apparently don't understand separation of church and state.

Then - of course - congregants had the nerve to complain that they were the ones being persecuted.

It reminds me of a line in a Stevie Wonder song: "You cry, 'Why am I the victim?'...When the culprit's Y-O-U."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Surprise! ('Sesame Street' Wednesday)

Although Snuffy is absent from this innovative classic 'Sesame Street' sketch, this is a Snuffleupagus moment! That's what I call it when I'm proven right about something after everyone insisted for years I was wrong - like when Big Bird finally introduced Snuffy to the rest of the 'Sesame Street' kick-ass crew, who had long denied his existence.

For decades, I've insisted there was a 'Sesame Street' segment in which the main premise was "surprise!" This cry was accompanied by the human cast members having pies smashed in their faces.

People didn't believe me that 'Sesame Street' characters would dare throw pies at each other. But pie they did, and now YouTube has once again saved the day...



According to the YouPube page, that segment dates from 1975, though some argue it was slightly later. The sound effect of the pie splat was the same one regularly used on 'The Electric Company'. We all know people who mimic this sound regarding occurrences that have absolutely nothing to do with pies.

While "surprise!" is the main idea of this segment, imagine my surprise when I finally found it on YouTube!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

More Scholaring photos to terrify the Far Right

It was a rough week for the forces of evil, as the Road Ruiner and I went Roads Scholaring in Cincinnati again!

This event yielded bunches of new photos and videos, and you're gonna peep 'em all...

http://www.bunkerblast.info/roadpics/cinwcen17.html

Professor fired for criticizing Bevin for ruining Medicaid

The suppression of dissent in Kentucky's universities continues.

You may know that so-called Gov. Matt Bevin has a proposal to gut Medicaid - especially for those who were newly qualified under the Affordable Care Act. This despite the fact that a state law requires Kentucky to accept all Medicaid that the feds offer. Bevin's proposal might not immediately affect most who would have received Medicaid even without the ACA, but the Forehead's ultimate goal is to eliminate Medicaid altogether.

Now a faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry has filed a federal lawsuit because he was fired for criticizing Bevin's plan. Dr. Raynor Mullins was let go after officials in the Bevin regime pressured the university into firing him. The suit names university officials Mark Birdwhistell and Stephanos Kyrkanides and a "John Doe" in Bevin's corrupt administration.

There are witnesses to Mullins's claims.

Surprised? Right-wing political retaliation has been ongoing in the Bevin administration - and in Kentucky's education system and business establishment for decades prior. Remember what happened to me at NKU?

Amanda Stamper - some nobody in the Bevin thugocracy - accused the professor of playing politics. Stamper first said that nobody in Bevin's office knows who Mullins is - then she immediately contradicted herself by saying they know Mullins has supported Democratic politicians.

That highlights how Kentucky Republicans not only have a history of political retaliation but also of childish lying.

(Source: http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article164966162.html)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Have no fear, the August ish is here!

Have no fear. The beer is here. And so is the August edition of The Last Word, that fanzine of freedom!

This ish talks about all sorts of poopheaded things! We discuss how a right-wing rally was canceled because they were outnumbered by counterprotesters. We also discuss how a broken TV was returned to Sears, and a company picnic at Coney Island that went awry. We talk about the difficulty in finding antique gum and how you blow better bubbles with crooked teeth. Plus, we introduce you to Dorito Woman!

So point your pooper here...

https://www.scribd.com/document/355197009/The-Last-Word-8-2017

If that doesn't work, peep this page...

http://bunkerblast.info/lastword/lw1708.pdf

Friday, July 28, 2017

Did Subway Trumper shoot pepper spray into crowd?

Because you love me so much, you may remember back in May when I blogged here about a drunken Donald Trump supporter at the Subway restaurant in Bellevue. He littered the place with a shredded newspaper as he spewed some vague pro-Trump hogwash.

Well, a day or two ago, there were reports of a man on a red motortrike shooting pepper spray into a crowd that was gathering outside a Newport social services agency. A local Facebook page identified the man by name. They said he lives in Dayton, Kentucky, and he's known in Dayton for his creepy behavior. It didn't appear to be a bias crime, because he seems to attack at random. People say he used to drive around in a convertible and shoot pepper spray at victims indiscriminately - and that he bragged that his pepper spray was the same kind police use. He was also caught randomly scratching up more than 30 cars about a year ago. They also say his creepy behavior has caused neighbors to move away. Plus, they say he once locked a woman in a shed for days and once stabbed a man.

They posted an old mugshot too, in which the man is smiling his ass off. When I saw the photo, I knew I'd seen him somewhere, but I just couldn't figure out where.

Today, it hit me. I'm pretty sure he's the same guy I saw drunkenly praising Trump at Subway. I'm not 100% sure, but it looks like him. Balding on top, and longer hair in the back. Same mullet, but I don't remember if the guy in Subway wore glasses like the man in the mugshot did. Still, I think it's the same guy.

As for the man in the mugshot, I haven't found anything political on his several Facebook pages. He seems to be obsessed with Paul McCartney and often uses his photo as his profile picture - though one of his Facebook pages says Justin Bieber is among his favorite singers. He claims on Facebook that he is married, but the Facebook page of his supposed wife appears to be one of those phony accounts that falsely purports to be for an attractive young woman.

Even if this man isn't the same dude I saw at Subway, northern Campbell County is being terrorized by a random troublemaker, yet a few people still insist the biggest problem in our community is that the poor don't pay enough taxes. Then again, the man who says that is from Indiana, so I don't know why he keeps inserting himself into northern Kentucky's business.