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...

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

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.


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.


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%.


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.


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...

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...

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.