Hate to say it, but my ideological allies still don't get it.
There's an anti-Trump march coming up in Covington on Saturday. Earlier tonight, I went to a meeting where we were to make signs for this event. This meeting was in the meeting room at the public library there.
Remember the Trumpthug who shoved a man against a car at a Cincinnati march? He showed up right when the meeting was supposed to begin. I warned the legit attendees of the meeting that he had assaulted someone at a previous event. Instead of kicking him out of the meeting, they engaged him.
Sixth grade must have really been hard for these folks. They don't know how to react to a bully. They have no clue whatsoever. They should know by now, but they don't. They're so competent at everything else, but they've never learned how to deal with bullies.
After dawdling for a few minutes, I decided to leave. I wasn't going to be a part of them engaging a right-wing criminal. As I was leaving the library, I called 911.
The Covington Police never got back to me, so I didn't know for another few hours whether they showed up. In the meantime, I discovered that the man who openly carried a gun at the first anti-Trump event had joined this man at the meeting, and attendees engaged him too. Someone also said in a Facebook post that both men were armed with guns at the meeting.
From what I can gather, the police did arrive - but didn't do anything. It appears as if there was a cop stationed at the libe, who confronted the first armed man who showed up tonight, but no action was taken.
Surprised? Strange how I was arrested by the Covington Police for acting up at school, but they won't do a thing to right-wing criminals who intimidate meetings. Many states have a law on the books calling it menacing - but I don't know if Kentucky is one. There's no way in hell it doesn't fall under some criminal statute.
Engaging bullies. Now there's a surefire way to lose.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Hate to say it, but my ideological allies still don't get it.
Posted by Bandit at 11:50 PM
This, my friends, highlights one of the duties of the Electoral College. Even if Donald Trump got 100% of the popular vote, the Electoral College has a duty to reject him because of his poor character. If they don't, they're not doing their job.
Have you noticed that you personally know hardly anyone who supported Trump? That's because you live in the reality-based community, and you associate with people of high ethical standards.
Yet think about people who you've known who either have bad character or are just plain spoiled. Go find their Facebook page. Notice that most have one thing in common: They like pro-Trump pages on Facebook. They've supported Republicans in past elections, but with the growth of social media, it's easier to weed them out now.
Yes, I know the official exit poll shows Trump performed much better among men than women. But I'm as macho as any other guy out there, and that didn't induce me to vote for Trump. Most men who know how to act right didn't support him, so what about the guys who did? I have some theories. Maybe they're abusing steroids. Maybe they're compensating for some, uh, shortcomings. Maybe they've got other issues they haven't come to terms with. They seem to be preoccupied with certain topics, and that's always a sign of some serious self-hatred. I don't have any prejudices about this, but they do, and I think it's because they won't confront a part of their own lives. They obsess over things they feel threatened by because it reminds them of something within themselves.
Think back on the spoiled brat at school who put your calculator in the toilet, and find their Facepoo page. I dare you. If you want to see a showcase of Trumpist memes, you know where to look. This also shows why society has to keep a sharper eye on them.
Posted by Bandit at 11:32 AM
Saturday, November 26, 2016
If people want to talk about what a tyrannical dictator Fidel Castro was, in the wake of his death, they really need to clean up their own yard first.
It wasn't Castro who outlawed chewing gum. That was Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew - a darling of America's Far Right. (Gum is actually very popular in Cuba.)
It wasn't Castro who used psychiatric prisons to detain dissidents without a trial. That was the Bush crime family.
It wasn't Castro who started illegal wars with Iraq. Again, the Bush royal family.
It wasn't Castro who banned Fahrenheit 9/11. That was the Bushes' friends in Kuwait.
It wasn't Castro who forced me to wait years for adequate health care or a dental visit, or who sold drugs to a neighbor. It wasn't Castro who arrested me for "trespassing" for using a university library, or who blacklisted me from more lucrative employment. I'd appreciate it if I didn't need political connections just to be hired to clean a damn toilet at a store.
Look, if you're gonna criticize a country's leader as too authoritarian, at least be fair enough to criticize other leaders. The Bushes were not simply authoritarian. They were totalitarian. That's worse. It's like the difference between Guardian Angel and Brossart.
So cool it with the hypocrisy.
Ironically, the U.S. government squandered over $1 billion trying to assassinate or overthrow Castro - yet he managed to outlive most of the people behind these efforts.
Posted by Bandit at 11:26 AM
Friday, November 25, 2016
Remember those Tea Partyin' days of the early 2010s - before Occupy kablammoed what little mainstream interest there was in the Tea Party's fascism?
That was when one of the regular commenters on this blog found her Facebook account yanked for disagreeing with the Far Right about mandatory drug tests of welfare recipients. What did said right-wingers say about our friend? One had this to say...
"Of course she's for drugs. She's from Dayton, KY. The majority of that whole damn town is on assistance of some sort. Mostly welfare and SSI. They're generational too. The majority of the town is on drugs too. That's why I moved the fuck away from there. ..."
Hey asshole, I have family roots in Dayton, Kentucky. So I know the above statement is a lie.
He also said I was stirring up "the same shit as she." Yes, that's exactly what we were doing. The Tea Party was asking for it. It was obvious the Tea Party was full of burning fart gas, and they're damn lucky they weren't called out more.
Another idiot had this to say...
"ANN M----- IS A COMMUNIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Wow, that really elevated the tone of the discussion. They didn't even know what gum was, so I'm sure they didn't know what communism was.
Who else remembers them days?
Posted by Bandit at 11:36 PM
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The December ish of The Last Word - your road atlas to freedom - is pub early! That makes us coolsters even cooler than usual!
This ish is a beaut! In this edition, we talk about all the things people who wear glasses aren't allowed to do, how to troll right-wingers by mishandling your dental work or your glasses, a stupid drawing of a person blowing a bubble with bubble gum, an idiotic glasses ad in the phone book, and more!
You're gonna peep, weep, and oggle-beep, and you'll accomplish this trifecta by pointing your pooper here...
Posted by Bandit at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
As protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota continue, police violence is escalating. And make no mistake, it is police violence. There's no other term for it. This police violence is unjustified and unwarranted.
On Sunday, about 300 protesters on a bridge were injured by police. One of them was a 21-year-old woman who was hit by a police grenade. Now she might lose her entire arm. At minimum, she will only have 20% functionality in this arm for the rest of her life.
Twenty-one. Disabled for life. For no reason.
Afterward, the Morton County Sheriff's Department lied about the event by saying that no such grenades were used. Instead they accused protesters of making explosives that caused the injury - even though no explosives made by protesters were found.
If you have some Tea Party third cousin who defends the cops' actions when you see them on Thanksgiving, kindly put giraffe tranquilizers in your relative's Coke.
Posted by Bandit at 9:57 AM
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Why didn't the George W. Bush thugocracy elicit the same huge public protests that Donald Trump is getting?
Let's be honest here. Trump = Bush. Granted, Bush had experience in public office, but I don't see any ideological difference. A Ku Klux Klan chapter even endorsed Bush, but the right-wing media did of course sweep it under the rug. Bush was doing all the same things Trump is doing.
Looking on the bright side, the stronger pushback against Trump means people are smarter than they were in 2000. Back then, everyone's idea of thinking outside the box was growing their helmet hair an inch longer or suing Napster.
But if it takes this long for people to get it, people are not fast learners.
Posted by Bandit at 7:57 PM
With Trump-inspired thuggery on the rise, it's way past time to get serious on gun safety legislation.
I wanted to put forth this proposal months ago, but I knew there'd be a better time for it. This is that time. It will always be that time - from now until this idea is acted upon. Best all, my idea doesn't violate the Second Amendment (or the First) in any way, shape, or form.
For starts, let me be frank: It is time to outlaw hate groups. These organizations have recruited thugs to commit hate crimes. One may occasionally hear a news report about a "banned terrorist group" in another country. Even Britain has tough laws on this. The United States should enact a similar ban.
This would be entirely constitutional. There are precedents under American law. The Enforcement Act of 1870, for example, specifically banned the use of force to prevent people from voting because of their race. The state of New York later passed a law requiring the Ku Klux Klan to disclose membership lists. The Supreme Court upheld this law.
Gang membership is banned under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. So why not hate groups?
What about gun safety laws? Instead of an across-the-board beef-up of gun laws that will only hamstring innocent people, we should ban members of hate groups from having guns - or other weapons. It's that simple. There should also be stiff prison terms for sellers who knowingly supply weapons to hate group members.
Convicted felons already can't have guns. It's hard to see how anybody would oppose this restriction. So there clearly is a precedent for restricting gun ownership by hate groups.
You can't legislate all the hate away. But we must deny it public support. It's in society's interest to protect its citizenry. The violence of hate groups is detrimental to America's social fabric.
Posted by Bandit at 9:17 AM
My biggest regret about yesterday's anti-Trump march in Cincinnati was that I didn't catch the entire incident in which one of Donald Trump's thugs shoved a man against a car and knocked him over.
I've been reading about the incident a little more, and a witness says he didn't just shove the man. He "speared" him.
Then, after this incident, the assailant told a cop he wanted to kill "liberals." Then the cop shook his hand.
Posted by Bandit at 8:02 AM
Saturday, November 19, 2016
This isn't exactly a fashion blog - except when confronted with a proliferation of clothing items assailing right-wing politicians.
When we coolsters get our hands on anti-Trump shirts, this is how we rock 'em...
This is how we do - because we think it's circa 1999 when I got that jacket, which is the same one I was wearing when I got chased out of Villa Hills while I was at work. I call it the anarchist jacket - not because I think real anarchists would wear it, but because the Far Right thinks it makes me look like an anarchist. That jacket probably predates the Extremist, the George W. Bush regime, and the closure of Tantrum 95.7, so it's a durable one, and hopefully it won't get (keek!) ruined any time soon.
Posted by Bandit at 4:51 PM
I didn't think today's protest against Donald Trump in Cincinnati today would attract very many people, because of the biting wind and cold - but it did.
We again gathered on Fountain Square, and we marched to Washington Park. About 1,000 people showed up.
But that includes one of Donald Trump's goons who was there to start trouble. I saw him in the crowd at Fountain Square. When the march got under way, I walked past him, and he said, "Hey Tim." I don't know how he knew my name. I don't think I saw him last week, because all I remember is that last week's Trumpthugs were considerably shorter. I'm sure he doesn't read this blog, because it's mostly just cool people who read it. The fact that he knew who I was just shows he's been conspiring with the rest of Trump's criminal cult.
Later, as we were walking up Vine Street, he violently shoved a person into a car. Naturally, the police did not arrest him. In fact, when he was talking to the police, he pointed at me - as if I somehow had anything to do with that incident.
I'm pretty sure I got pictures of him, but just not this incident.
We need to protest the Trump regime until our bell bottoms bust in public.
Posted by Bandit at 4:15 PM
Friday, November 18, 2016
I've been getting gobs of requests for this, so hang on to your mittens!
I only have 27 teeth. The dentist ordered 4 teeth removed, but I have one other that's been broken off at the gum line since high school because some prep punched me in the jaw.
People ask me about it. I know I don't have the most socially acceptable teeth in the world, and that's fine. I think they look cool. Punk rocker teeth are one of my trademarks. I've actually gotten requests for a video about my missing tooth. A lot of requests.
I'm happy to oblige. It really is time for those of us with punk rocker teeth to take a stand on YouTube. I'm not embarrassed about it, but I'm tired of people being shamed on YouPube for missing or crooked teeth. I want to show people how to rock it!
Because you're cool, and most cool people have irregular gnashers like I do, you're gonna rock 'em once you see this widely requested clip I just made...
Posted by Bandit at 12:06 PM
Trump-inspired violence is out of control.
One of the worst Trump-related hate crimes so far just took place on a Houston area freeway. Syed Raza, a Muslim, was driving home when 2 men in a truck pulled up beside him. The pair threw a firebomb into Raza's car. The car was engulfed in fire, and Raza was severely burned.
As far as I know, no suspects have been identified yet.
This is one of many reasons we can't afford to give Trump a chance.
Posted by Bandit at 12:38 AM
Thursday, November 17, 2016
This is the sort of government that traitorous fucks like David Perdue support.
Chijioke Obioha, a Nigerian man, is about to be executed by the right-wing dictatorship in Singapore for alleged possession of a small amount of cannabis. It's unclear if the trial was even legit. That's because the law in the police state of Singapore says that in drug cases like this, one is considered guilty under proven innocent - not the other way around. The defense - not the prosecution - had the burden of proof. Plus, Obioha's family members have been unable to help him.
This case has drawn the attention of human rights groups like Amnesty International.
Posted by Bandit at 8:19 AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
More accurately, it continues! Isn't that right, George H.W. Bush?
Kevin Allred, an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, found himself face-deep in big league poo this week after he made a series of Twitter posts daring to criticize Donald Trump. After the posts, New York City police came to his home and forced him to go to a hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Docs at the hosp, however, thought the fuzz was full of WaftGas - and they let Allred go.
Apparently, authorities went after Allred because a right-wing student had their feelings hurt by Allred's criticism of Trump.
Allred later said on Twitter that the incident "is proof positive that Trump's crackdown on free speech has absolutely begun."
Is it fascismness yet?
Posted by Bandit at 6:18 PM
You wanna hear something uproarious?
Campbell County just ordered Thanksgiving bonfires banned because the county is in a "drought."
Seriously. They said that.
The order comes after the area received its rainiest single day in recorded history, which flooded homes on Covert Run Pike.
In commemoration of this diktat, here's some recent "drought" photos and videos for ya...
Nice to know Campbell County is promoting climate change denial - and my tax dollars are paying for it.
Posted by Bandit at 1:34 PM
Monday, November 14, 2016
Donald Trump's thugs have been laying on the stupid thick this evening, so let me give you the poop.
As you know, I got in a confrontation with a man carrying an assault rifle at the anti-Trump protest in Cincinnati this past Saturday. One of the Trumpers' main talking points is that it's not really an assault rifle since that's a just a term made up for political reasons. Even if it is, it's moot. I'm not the guy who took a gun to the event to intimidate people.
The man was quoted in the local media, but it turns out he gave an alias. I'm pretty sure I found his real name now, and he lives in Erlanger. Not like it matters much, but if he was so brave, why did he have to hide behind a fake name in the media?
Earlier this evening, he posted a video on Facebook of the confrontation with me. It was edited a bit, but I still think it casts me in a very positive light - even though he said in the caption that I'm a "crazy lunatic." His video was followed by a ream of alt-right backslapping about "crazy Mr. Brown" by his demented pals, and how they're gonna search for me and "find his no job ass with beaver teeth self."
YAY!!! A CROOKED TEETH JOKE!!! Now you know I made them mad!
I have a good sense of humor, but it's not funny when right-wing pieces of shit appear at protests and carry an assault rifle just to intimidate people. If it was a rally to support open carry, I'd expect people to walk around with guns in plain sight. That's not what this protest was. As I've stated before, even in an open carry state, police have a duty to disarm those who are unfit.
If you want to openly carry a gun like that, enlist. I generally don't support expanded gun control, but I don't carry any weapon stronger than a knife, because my ideas stand on their own merits. I didn't even bring my knife to Saturday's event, because several people on my side urged me not to. I shouldn't feel like I need a fucking WEAPON!
Posted by Bandit at 10:30 PM
Here's another reason to bring horror to Trumpists this holiday season. If you happen to see any relatives on Thanksgiving who still support the racist sexual predator, they're going to try to make sure you can't chew any stuffed celery, because that's their violent nature.
At Mountain View High School in Mountain View, California, a longtime history teacher and award-winning Holocaust expert has been suspended because he accurately compared the rise of Donald Trump to that of Adolf Hitler. The suspension came after some Nazi parent complained to the school.
I used to think we had free speech. Silly me.
Posted by Bandit at 11:11 AM
Nope, no violence from Trump supporters here. Except that there is...
Here's a synopsis of that video for those of you who are afraid a poisonous alligator might pop out of your screen if you click on it: An older man - a Trump supporter - walks through a crowd in Los Angeles, repeatedly yelling, "Asshole!" We soon see that the language was directed at a younger man - a Trump opponent. Then, with no provocation whatsoever, a woman - a Trump supporter - walks past and sprays mace in the young man's face before quickly walking away.
No provocation. At all. She just goes ahead and sprays it.
Workers at a food stand had to give the man some water to douse his eyes. (I have no idea why the Harlem Globetrotters music was playing in the background.)
Posted by Bandit at 10:39 AM
Who writes this shit?
The decidedly pro-Trump Associated Press put out an article about a wealthy business owner in Kentucky who thinks the poor have it too easy. A line in the article says the man "is not a Republican voter, although he votes for Republicans."
Look at that line again to see how idiotic that sounds.
Posted by Bandit at 9:42 AM
After Bowling Green got a series of anti-Trump protests, it was only a matter of days before Lexington got its share of action! (We're talking Kentucky here!) On Saturday, folks protested against the sexual predator in downtown Lexington - a city Trump lost by a surprising margin.
Naturally, Trump's thugs are commenting on websites about protesters being "overweight."
So which is it? Are we a bunch of granola-munching, smug hipsters, or are we a bunch of "overweight" oafs? It's impossible for a person to be both. Where does that leave me? Or does my crossed eye cover everything?
Posted by Bandit at 9:41 AM
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Now everyone can stop laughing at me when I talk about how violent Trumpthugs are.
Some of the best protests against Donald Trump have taken place in Portland, Oregon. But last night, one of the protesters was shot by a Trump supporter. The attacker shot the protester, jumped in a car, and fled.
Luckily, the wound isn't life-threatening.
Posted by Bandit at 10:20 PM
I went to the anti-Trump rally in Cincinnati today, and America is on the brink of danger.
I got to Fountain Square a half-hour early with my huge, bright green "FUCK TRUMP" sign. I knew it would be a big day, because when I was carrying it across the square, an older man eating inside Graeter's gave a thumbs-up. But trouble brewed before the event was even supposed to start. One of Trump's thugs showed up and started shit with the crowd that had gathered. After arguing for a bit, he walked away and uttered an anti-Jewish crack.
Around the time the protest was supposed to start, a Trump thug showed up carrying an assault rifle! No, I'm not making this up. I'm as pro-Second Amendment as anyone, but to sport a gun in this fashion is intimidation, and it's criminal. We immediately got in a confrontation, and I actually dared him to shoot me.
When this was going on, 3 or 4 police officers approached me and asked me to leave the event. I refused, because I was on public property and I was exercising free speech. I was fully prepared to sue if I was arrested. Then the cops took me aside and lectured me about it, and insisted the man was right to carry a gun. Actually, he was committing a crime. Even though carrying a gun is generally legal, one of the duties of police is to disarm people like him who are unfit to have one. I guarantee that if I had shown up with an assault rifle, I'd be in jail right now. Guaranteed!
The police told me that someone had complained about my presence at the event - even though I wasn't doing anything that other participants weren't doing. Translation: They knew about me already, so I was targeted.
Trump opponents own guns too, but notice how the only person to bring a gun to the event and threaten people with it was a Trump supporter.
After this lecture, I called some people for reinforcements, but then it appeared that the police were making everyone else leave Fountain Square. I saw a huge wall of people walk away towards 5th Street, but I didn't know where they went.
This was also the same day a mistrial was declared in the trial of the murderer Ray Tensing, so I knew there was a Black Lives Matter event in front of the courthouse. I zipped down to the courthouse and found this protest there, but I couldn't find any sign that the anti-Trump event had moved there. Before long, however, I saw the anti-Trump protesters walking down a side street and joining this protest!
With both protests merged, we marched all over the neighborhood, to Washington Park, and then back to Fountain Square! About 5,000 people showed up in total. And lots of participants liked my sign. Some said it was their favorite sign! And many bystanders gave me a thumbs-up! Best all, I didn't see any more Trumpers to gunk things up.
There's supposed to be another anti-Trump protest next Saturday - same time, same place, same channel!
Oh, and the guy with the assault rifle has now been identified.
Posted by Bandit at 8:32 PM
Every so often, I post a message on Facepoo soliciting employment at local businesses.
I made another such post this morning. I did warn potential employers in advance that I have strabismus and punk rocker teeth. (I didn't mention the Sesame Street sore.) If they were going to discriminate against me for appearance, I didn't want to waste time being interviewed. Plus, I won't do anything about my crooked teeth and crossed eye anyway, because they look cool. You have to admit, the Rock Pile is a lot more interesting than having perfectly straight teeth. Considering hardly anyone ever mentioned it until I was 24, why should I be embarrassed about it?
I also don't understand why I should be embarrassed about strabismus. I might not have fabulous eye contact, but I'm not a people person anyway.
After I posted my want ad, this is the lone reply I got...
"So you're in support of violent protests in Cincinnati, talked about bringing a switchblade to anti trump rallies. Your appearance would be the last reason to over look you as a candidate."
Genius, the only reason I planned on bringing a switchblade is because participants were being threatened with violence by Trump's thugs.
More importantly, this guy just admitted he wouldn't hire me because I oppose Trump. It's not like I was looking for a job as a dental hygienist or eye doctor, so there's no excuse. Everything I've said for the past 25 years about being passed over for jobs because of politics was just confirmed.
So you can sell your glasses and keep chompin' with that Rock Pile!
Posted by Bandit at 10:37 AM
Friday, November 11, 2016
I haven't seen any celebrity look-alikes lately, but peeps keep their peepers peeped for them.
I've just been told that a Larry David look-alike was spotted in a food court at the Atlanta airport. Plus, a Kathie Lee Gifford look-alike was seen on a flight.
Posted by Bandit at 7:45 PM
Remember a week ago when I was talking about the construction trucks barreling through the neighborhood and squeaking their brakes, and how I made phone calls to the construction company in which I made squeaking noises?
The phone calls worked. I haven't heard the brakes squealing in a week.
Maybe it'll start back up again, like what happened after the city sent them a Strongly Worded Letter. Also, I haven't been busted for "harassing" phone calls. If I get in trouble now, I know who'll be behind it. Here's a hint: It's not Jill Stein.
The saying goes, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." It means that those who protest the strongest have their grievances dealt with. Once again, the saying holds true. This ought to knock the wind out of the sails of anyone who says I should just hold my tongue.
Posted by Bandit at 6:00 PM
I'm not afraid of these assholes anymore.
The Daily Stormer - a neo-Nazi website - has published a list of over 50 Twitter users who oppose Donald Trump, and urged people to harass them until they commit suicide.
Pull that shit with me, and you'll be spitting teeth. End of story.
This story underscores how Trump's rise has actually encouraged violence by the Tea Party and other alt-right interests. It's not the first time an election outcome has emboldened right-wing violence. It's hard to argue that 1988 or 1994 didn't whip things up. It's not like the losers who make up the alt-right were just born 3 days ago. They were out there, but they soared under the radar.
The Daily Stormer has also encouraged followers to confront Muslim women and "yell at them, tell them to go home."
There's some examples of Trump-fueled violent crimes just since Tuesday. For instance, a student in San Diego was robbed in a hate crime.
Time for Second Amendment remedies against the alt-right.
Posted by Bandit at 10:13 AM
When a protest against a newly installed leader of the "free" world is termed a "riot" by the scuzzy right-wing media, odds are it'll be a rough 4 years for the new dictator.
And it looks like Portland, Oregon, is the place to be!
Portland might have the best anti-Trump protest in the country, and it doesn't look like it's letting up soon. But don't hold your breath, after Occupy wussed out.
Posted by Bandit at 1:18 AM
Thursday, November 10, 2016
With the anti-Trump protest in Cincinnati looming on Saturday, I've already made my sign for it...
If organizers tell me not to bring a sign with that sort of language, it won't matter, because I'm bringing it anyway. I'm going rogue.
Posted by Bandit at 3:41 PM
Since the "election", there have already been not just one but 2 protests against Donald Trump in Bowling Green, Kentucky - of all places.
Both events were countered by pro-Trump thugs. At the second, larger protest, Trump's criminals started fights, and there were 4 arrests - though details are unknown. At that event, people burned Trump banners, and the protest evolved into a dance party!
Yes, in Bowling Green. I repeat, Kentucky.
Posted by Bandit at 9:25 AM
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Not only did Trump get demolished by 10 points in Lexington, Kentucky, but his party's headquarters practically did too.
Someone threw a 10-pound dumbbell through the Republican HQ's glass door overnight - which shattered it.
Good for Lexington for not putting up with Republican bigotry in their city. That's why the cities are growing again, and the rural areas aren't.
The GOP wanted to play hardball with us.
Posted by Bandit at 6:04 PM
The word is getting around. Hopefully people won't forget about it a week from now like they always seem to do with stories like this.
In Des Moines, Iowa, students at several high schools walked out of class today to protest the Trump thugocracy. A school district official actually seemed sympathetic, citing the fact that Trump's violent incitements have created divisions in the community.
Trump lost the popular vote, by the way, so his cult of violent feudalists is outnumbered.
Posted by Bandit at 4:31 PM
I can't remember the last time the outcome of an American election was met with such disgust that it prompted a walkout by high school students.
At Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California, about 1,500 students - about half the student body - walked out of class today to protest Trump.
I wish I had the guts to do that in '88.
Posted by Bandit at 1:38 PM
Oh, by the way, Cincinnati voters voted 62% to 38% yesterday in favor of a tax levy to fund public schools. I don't happen to live in the Cincinnati school district, so it's not something that would have an immediate effect on me. Still, I'm glad it passed, and one of the main reasons is that I was sick of hearing COAST whine about it.
This outcome is more proof that America's urban areas are actually still habitable, since there aren't as many Donald Trump 1-percenters yapping constantly. (Incidentally, the exit polls show Trump did better among higher income groups. So I don't want to hear any more horseshit about how he appeals to the working class.)
Posted by Bandit at 12:05 PM
It's only Wednesday, but - because of yesterday's electoral Tumbling Loco wreck - I'm on strike for the rest of the week unless it's some damn fun work.
This installment of this madcap feature discusses something that would be absolutely uproarious if it ever appears on YouTube. But it's such an obscure piece that I wouldn't bet on it.
Some people blow bubbles with bubble gum when they get agitated or angry. At least that's the reason they give for bubbling. I think the real reason they bubble is just because they wanted to bubble. Anyway, back around 1987, the TV news in Cincinnati carried a segment on this very thing. I don't remember whether it was a nationally syndicated medical expert like Dr. Dean Edell or just a local story. According to this segment, you could puff away anger and anxiety just by bubbling. The clip showed several people bubbling in public. The clip implored viewers that if they got mad or agitated, "Pucker up and blow."
I don't know why I remember this after 30 years.
I don't understand why bubbling would do any good. I can understand chewing gum to cushion the teeth from grinding in anger, but the bubble bustin' seems like just a bonus that wouldn't add any protection for your marvelous chompers. More importantly, how does bubbling get rid of the problem that angers you? Even after you peel the burst beegee off your face, the source of the anger persists. And you need to take action. Not just bubble.
Somehow I don't think the Founding Fathers sat around and bubbled to get King George III off their backs. If you want to bubble, then bubble. Don't expect miracles. If I buyed gum following the "election", the real reason would be to hoard it in case Donald Trump outlawed it, since he admires oppressive overseas dictators so much.
Remember, if you do opt to bubble, I encourage you to make sure the discarded wad troubles the Far Right in the most deserving way possible.
Posted by Bandit at 11:20 AM
Remember when people actually used Democratic Underground, before it became obvious that it primarily served DLC hacks?
Even DU isn't safe from Trump thuggery. I just visited their website, and was confronted with this message...
"Around 4:30pm on Tuesday November 8, Democratic Underground was hacked, apparently by a supporter of Donald Trump. This person clearly knew what they were doing, and despite our best efforts we have not yet been able to resolve the issues caused by the hack.
"We do not believe that any member data has been compromised. And we are confident that donor data has not been compromised because that information is handled by PayPal and never passes through to our servers. But at this time we are unable to bring our discussion forum online.
"The hack was clearly aimed to cause maximum disruption on our busiest night of the year, and we deeply regret that we won't be able to spend election night with our great community of members. We ask for your patience while we continue to work to fix this problem, and while we do not have a time frame we will do our best to get DU back online as soon as possible.
"If anyone has any information about the hack, or has knowledge that might help us to fix it, please feel free to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org ..."
Knowledge that might help fix it? I have pretty good knowledge of how to fix the Trump cult. It might land me in prison, but I've got knowledge. They don't think the way the 99% does.
Next time someone tells you that you should bubble every time you get angry - like that's going to get rid of Trump - you have my permission to discard your chewed gum in a place to inflict maximum damage on the Trump machine. (I'll touch on an old TV segment about this later.)
Posted by Bandit at 10:23 AM
No wonder assholes like Trump win. His nosebleed-deserving Tea Party thugs rig elections.
Yesterday, students at Florida Atlantic University were turned away at the polls when election officials said their dorm is actually a hotel and doesn't count as a residence.
Even if it is a hotel, why shouldn't it count a residence? How would they handle folks who do indeed live in long-term hotels?
Posted by Bandit at 9:53 AM
Don't look now, but they just said something very promising on the Channel 5 news.
They said that cities including San Francisco and Portland are seeing major protests over the result of the "election", and fires have been set.
Good. I hope these protests continue, and that there's some in Cincinnati, because I'll participate.
This should have been done in 1980, but sometimes it takes a lot for people to get it.
Posted by Bandit at 6:43 AM
After the white supremacist mascot stole the "election", I'm bringing back my Freedom Toolkit.
I buyed this knife about 6 years ago to defend myself against Tea Party violence...
Starting now, I will be carrying it again. I am not going to forfeit my life or those of my friends to Trump's brand of fascism.
Just to prove I didn't get rid of this knife a long time ago, and that it really does belong to me, here's a new photo of it...
(And before anyone asks, the knife was not involved in the making of that tattoo.)
Posted by Bandit at 6:31 AM
I was a little distracted earlier this morning by some entertaining occurrences here, but we have to get serious about Donald Trump's threats against our friends.
The Trump organization has threatened violence against Hispanics, gays, "leftists", and others. In other words, Trump has threatened your friends and neighbors.
It is our duty to protect our friends.
Posted by Bandit at 4:54 AM
Remember when I talked about Dan Johnson, a Republican candidate for Kentucky House who posted racist photos on his Facebook page about the Obama family?
He actually won.
No, I'm not making this up.
That guy actually won.
So did Wesley Morgan, who criticized age of consent laws.
Posted by Bandit at 4:27 AM
He did it now.
He really did it.
Man, the sexual predator is gonna crash and burn. Just you watch. Do you honestly expect him not to? This is gonna be like the episode of The Simpsons where Homer got elected trash commissioner.
Neither of the 2 other people I've talked to this morning are leaving the area over this - let alone the country. We're stronger than that, because we're moral and patriotic, and the other side is not. Just wait until more people get up out of bed later this morning and find out what happened.
We're in uncharted waters, folks. America is a failed state. Despite this, the predator actually lost the counties with Cincinnati and Louisville by 40,000 votes each, Columbus by 140,000, and even Lexington by 13,000. If you live near a big city, why leave?
If we were talking about a consistent nationwide trend to the alt-right, it would be much worse. Instead, what's going to happen here is that dissenters are going to double down and call the Right out on their flabbergasting doublespeak. I didn't watch much of the results alone, and I know what's coming. The alt-right is going to have to put on their training pants and explain themselves when they see it - if they ever do, considering that most of them no longer live anywhere near us.
Now we can go back to our all-night snacks to watch this right-wing civil war unfold in front of the entire nation.
Posted by Bandit at 2:34 AM
Monday, November 7, 2016
Election Day is tomorrow, and this may be my last post until at least Wednesday.
I'm confident Donald Trump will be defeated (Sam Wang says there's more than a 99% chance of it), but I have zero confidence in anything downballot. The Media is so dedicated to electing Republicans that they wouldn't link downballot Republicans with Trump after they knew his goose was cooked.
I haven't been in such imminent fear of personal violence in 15 years. I can't guarantee I won't face trouble at the polls tomorrow - although when I mentioned this on a local Facebook page, I was immediately accused of trying to gin up controversy, even though I didn't specify what party would be at fault. But I'm more worried about violence lingering for years after the election. I feel good about wearing my anti-Bevin shirt to Kroger lately, but I don't want alt-right violence to wipe my smile away.
I wouldn't be worried if I had any confidence that the upcoming Clinton administration will have enough political savvy to forestall the fascism that looms at the hands of the alt-right.
I plan on just watching the election results on network TV tomorrow and ignoring the Internet. I don't think I can keep food down if I watched anything more detailed. Maybe I'll watch the results alone, or maybe with a friend who can keep piling blankets on top of me to keep me at peace.
Posted by Bandit at 7:36 PM
Friday, November 4, 2016
I told you that if the noise from the construction trucks squealing their brakes continued, I'd call up the company's office in Ohio and imitate the noise of their brakes. You didn't believe me, did you?
The good news is that it may be working, since I've only had to call them 3 times in 4 days. Then again, they may have squoken their brakes more than thrice, but it's just that I didn't notice, because I was either wearing headphones while working at home, getting cavities filled, buying groceries, or visiting a friend. On 2 of these calls, I got a live person on the other end. On the other, I got a voicemail and left a message full of squeakage.
What's going to happen to me because of this? It's a death-defying life I lead, I'll take my chances. I don't expect to be arrested or charged for "harassment." I'm sure police and prosecutors know that all I need to do as a defense is point out how this company has been harassing the neighborhood by speeding, running red lights, and squeaking their brakes. So bust goes that bubble.
I was forced to tolerate phone harassment from schoolmates for 25 years. My complaints to Cincinnati Bell, the police, and the county went unheeded. I know much of it was an inside job involving the phone company, and I know the reason the harassers evaded criminal charges was because they came from rich families who had clout with authorities. Think how foolish the police would look if they arrested me because of my calls to this construction firm, after nothing was done about the real harassment I suffered for 25 years.
I also find it interesting how Fairfield Avenue used to be dotted with "NO LOUD MUSIC" signs, but those came down right when this construction project started. More special rights for the Evil Empire.
Posted by Bandit at 10:44 AM
During every election, Republican election fraud like this happens somewhere in America. Naturally, nothing is ever done about it.
In Georgia, voters trying to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in early voting are finding that the voting machines are flipping their votes to Donald Trump. The problem is afflicting counties all over the state.
The excuse for it is - you guessed it - that the machines aren't properly calibrated. This is the same excuse officials all over the country have been using for years.
Yes, it happened to me too in 2004, but I caught it before I ended up accidentally voting for Bush or for an antigay referendumb.
Posted by Bandit at 9:42 AM
Looks like the bubble gum doctor was right: Bubble gum appears to be a legitimate treatment for TMJ disorder - or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, as Wikipedia calls it.
Of course I have TMJ disorder, because everybody does. You have it too, because you exist. Honestly, do you know anyone who doesn't have it?
The Internet teems with articles about how you shouldn't chew bubble gum if you have TMJ disorder - like there's a law against it. Indeedity-doodledy, you're not supposed to eat anything. No bagels. No burgers. No pizza. All are considered too chewy. But everyone ignores this advice. Plus, after I consumed that entire pretzel at Ploptoberfest at the height of a flare-up, I think bubble gum is pretty safe.
Organizers of a baseball-themed bubble gum blowing contest seem to think so too...
This contest had a special category for TMJers who could blow the biggest bubble. Contestants agreed to waive legal action against sponsors if all this beegee bustin' tore up their jaw. However, it's unclear how organizers knew whether someone had TMJ disorder. Did they require a doctor's note? Or did they just wait for them to make that kick-ass clicking sound with their jaw?
The woman who won the TMJ category is pictured in several photos on that website, but she's not wearing her glasses in the pictures that show her bubbling. This is unfortunate indeed, because the prospect of a person blowing a bubble that bursts and covers the lens of their specs is uproarious. But at least she won a prize!
We TMJers can work that gum like a gummer (as an intelligent person would say).
Posted by Bandit at 9:02 AM
Thursday, November 3, 2016
The right-wing media ignores the fact that a woman is suing Donald Trump for allegedly raping her when she was only 13. Just like how they ignored the rape allegations against George W. Bush.
The woman planned on giving a press conference at her attorney's Los Angeles office yesterday. Yet she was forced to cancel this event because of death threats by Trump supporters. Her lawyer said other Trump accusers have also received death threats.
If the jackboot fits, wear it, Repubs.
Posted by Bandit at 8:51 AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Two police officers in central Iowa were ambushed and gunned down overnight. Vile but predictable Internet comments pointed fingers at the Black Lives Matter movement. But now an arrest has been made, and I think it's safe to say the suspect isn't a BLM supporter.
The suspect - Scott Michael Greene - has a history of right-wing activity. Greene is known for waving a Confederate flag at blacks at a high school football game. This blog isn't really the right forum for debating the Confederate flag, and I understand that the banner might be viewed differently today from 30 years ago. Greene's actions though were clearly wrong. He clearly flew the flag just to cause a disturbance.
It turns out that Greene also recently posted a Trump/Pence campaign sign in his front yard. That figures. And to think the Kentucky GOP is trying to raise money off its Trump support.
If Greene killed those cops, he's a right-wing domestic terrorist. Others have pointed out though that once a dyed-in-the-wool right-winger became a suspect, the entire story disappeared from the news cycle.
The upcoming Clinton administration really needs to make it a priority to crack down on right-wing terrorists.
Posted by Bandit at 4:43 PM
I have some bad news.
I'm voting for Jill Stein, but I graciously accept the fact that the people want Hillary Clinton. With a certain Clinton victory looming, it is Donald Trump's crazed followers who cannot cope. The bad news is that these violent criminals will live on after the Donald loses.
These thugs will live on in state legislatures, governor's mansions, and county offices. And they will live on in everyday life. Trump supporters have threatened to harass voters at the polls in every state (even Oregon that doesn't have in-person voting) and drug voters so they forget to vote - and they have threatened violence for after the election. They've threatened to beat "leftists" and "liberals" during common errands like grocery shopping and doctor visits. (I've been told that if someone marches towards you with their fists balled up, you should clench your teeth to minimize tooth loss if they take a swing. I'm seriously considering buying a boxing mouthguard to avoid injury.) They've even openly warned of an outright civil war.
Do you think I'm gonna put up with this shit? I softball some things, like if it's just a dispute over money against someone who has some pretty serious medical and economic issues. But I've learned not to softball the right-wing thuggery by the Donald Trump 1%. The 1% doesn't have an excuse for doing what they do.
That goes for not just the everyday Donaldist but Republican public officials too. They are now on notice. Anyone who threatens me will be sorry. I'll really put a damper on their day.
Unfortunately, I don't expect Clinton to effectively drop the hammer on the violent alt-right like she should. If she did, we'd have a lot less to worry about. A few good executive orders can go a long way.
I'm confident enough now to be on guard and fight the authoritarian 1% to the very end. If I'm at Kroger and someone takes a swing, they're going down. End of story.
Posted by Bandit at 2:59 PM
A 111-year-old church in Greenville, Mississippi, has been the target of arson and vandalism - and now authorities are investigating the event as a hate crime and an act of voter intimidation.
The vandalism included the words "VOTE TRUMP" spraypainted on the building.
It's your party, Repubs. Do you honestly expect me to follow the law if a party like this wins the Kentucky House? The GOP has effectively surrendered their authority. I do what I want, when I want.
Posted by Bandit at 1:20 PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
It's no use complaining to the city of Bellevue about the construction firm whose trucks run red lights and squeal their brakes at 6:30 AM. Periodically, the city sends them a Strongly Worded Letter - which works for a few weeks, but then the trucking company forgets about it again.
This same firm - based in Newtonsville, Ohio - has been the subject of complaints on Facebook about other reckless driving incidents all over Cincinnati. These posts mysteriously disappeared right when I discovered them.
In the meantime, I'm giving this company bad reviews on review websites. One other reviewer said this company's trucks "were blocking the entrance to a public parking lot for a business and ignored requests to move, then did so in an offensive fashion."
Best all, I was able to find the company's phone number. I'm adding it to the favorites in my cellphone (right next to The Amazing AM), so from now on, when I hear the brakes squeaking, I'm going to call this number and mimic the noise.
Posted by Bandit at 12:19 PM