Sunday, December 31, 2017

Bronchitis detritus

My bizbud says it's bronchitis, so it's bronchitis.

December 26 to 30 was dashed to smithereens by another case of bronchitis. Will this bout with bronchitis worsen today or in the future? If poo. And if it does, I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Most think Franken shouldn't resign

Even after Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) announced he'd resign following sexual harassment allegations (that he denies), most folks in his home state still approve of his job as senator and don't want him to resign.

A new PPP poll says 50% think he should not resign - compared to 42% who think he should. Franken still has a 53% approval rating in his state - which means he's still one of the most popular senators. His approval numbers beat those of Donald Trump hands-down.

Sounds like Trump is the one who should resign.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Campbell County sues Big Pharma over opioid pandemic

WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reports that there are now at least 65 counties in Kentucky and Ohio suing big drug companies for their role in the local pandemic of opioid overdoses. Campbell County is now among those in Kentucky joining the effort. The city of Cincinnati is suing too.

The lawsuits target 3 major drug makers and demand reimbursement for the costs incurred in curbing this crisis.

I hope the judge throws the book at Big Pharma.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

AT&T to lay off over 1,000

Remember about a week ago when the right-wing media was crediting Trump's new tax law with AT&T giving some of its employees a pay bonus? Notice how they shut up about that right quick. Here's why.

In a true holiday spirit, the monopolistic telcom giant has also announced it's going to fire over 1,000 workers next year. AT&T tried justifying it by putting out a statement full of corporate mumbo-jumbo.

All this while AT&T plans to take over Time Warner.


Monday, December 25, 2017

Have no fear, the January ish is here!

The first issue of The Last Word dated 2018 was published early, and you're gonna bip until your face falls off!

This ish talks about Donald Trump's possible gum chewage, a ruined Jimmy the Greek cutout, people blaming bubble gum for crooked teeth, broken disco-era eyeglasses, an egg fart in church, an old video about the consequences of a bad conduct discharge, and more!

So point your pooper here...

If you can't read it on Scribd, read it here...

Saturday, December 23, 2017

People keep bunkerooing

Christmastime flatulence is always a storyline rife with laughter!

Thursday was a big day! But before the fun could begin, I had to walk down the street to run some errands. While I was doing so, a UPS delivery man who was bringing a package to a nearby house cracked an LAP bunker blast!

Yesterday, I left for a Christmas family gathering in Port Huron, Michigan, and got home today. I'm quite certain that last night, I detected the audio of another LAP.

Also, during this family event, I must have heard bubble gum mentioned at least 500 times.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Identify a lost '90s hit!


Occasionally, someone will comment here that they want to identify a lost song that used to be played on the radio, and sometimes I identify it right away (like the Peach Union song).

Now I've thought of a lost hit I need to identify. The song was a Smithereens sound-alike that was all over the radio at the end of 1999 and the start of 2000. It was a rock song but was played by pop stations. I'd forgotten about this song for years until tonight.

I'm not in the mood to buy a download of every song in the Hot 100 from New Year's 2000 just to find it. Odds are it was on the chart at the time though.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Right-wing federal judge resigns over sexual misconduct

Alex Kozinski is the far, far right-wing chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He was appointed to that court by Reagan and elevated to chief judge by the thug George W. Bush. Kozinski was one of few judges to side with schools that performed illegal strip searches. Kozinski has also claimed that he was once a staunch communist but chewing bubble gum caused him to abandon communism. I swear I'm not making this up.

In 2008, Kozinski was involved in a bit of a scandal when it was revealed that he posted scat porn on his personal website.

Now Kozinski is resigning in disgrace because of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. He was already facing a probe over claims that he subjected 15 women to improper sexual behavior. Four of the women say he touched them inappropriately.

What a disgrace.

Kentucky's fight against corporate dope pushers hamstrung by Bevin

The Republican Right doesn't care that people are dying from opioids. They never did care.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, says Republican so-called Gov. Matt Bevin has been gunking up Kentucky's efforts to sue big companies that make addictive painkillers. Beshear's office has awarded a contract to 4 law firms to help file the suits, but the Bevin administration still hasn't approved the contract 3 months later.

Beshear has already sued Endo Pharmaceuticals, claiming the company has helped cause over 190 overdose deaths statewide.

Meanwhile, Beshear has also sued the embattled and unpopular Bevin 4 times because of his illegal abuse of executive orders.


Friday, December 15, 2017

'Net vandal throws pee on people in dream

I had another weird dream last night.

I dreamed that some guy who kept harassing people on the Internet years ago showed up at a party and kept throwing urine at people. Police were called but failed to show up.

Even though he lived hundreds of miles away, the party in this dream took place in Highland Heights.

Kentucky to join suit to save 'Net neutrality

After the FCC's unconstitutional gutting of 'Net neutrality protections, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says the state will join a host of other states in a lawsuit challenging this move.

Beshear was also among 18 attorneys general who sent a letter to the FCC asking for a delay in its 'Net neutrality vote - based on the fact that most of the Internet comments favoring the gutting of 'Net neutrality were from fake accounts using real people's names.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dan Johnson commits suicide

Embattled Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson - who made racist Facebook posts and has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl - has committed suicide by shooting himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

No more Moore

Democrat Doug Jones has just won the Senate election in Alabama.

You blew this one, Repubs. Blew it in a big way.

The fact that something like this just happened in Alabama - of all places - is truly a sight to behold. Today is the first time in 25 years that the GOP has lost a Senate election in Alabama.

Regardless of who had won, it's mind-blowing that the Republican National Committee actually gave money to Roy Moore. We need to remind people of this from tonight until the end of time.

Looks like the mall won't be unbanning you anytime soon, Roy.

School uniforms ruled unconstitutional again!

I have a vague memory of this case, which has been bouncing through the courts since 2011, but I had no recollection of what became of it. But now it's finally been decided in favor of the forces of good!

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that requiring students in public schools to wear uniforms is unconstitutional. The case arose from a right-wing uniform policy at Roy Gomm Elementary School in Reno, Nevada.

So there's that.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Racist lawmaker exposed in scathing report

We've talked about Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson before. The Tea Party legislator from Bullitt County made explicitly racist Facebook posts and was a sponsor of fascist legislation such as the unconstitutional "right-to-work" law. The Republicans chose him as their candidate in 2016 despite knowing about his racist posts.

For years, Johnson has also been a pastor of a right-wing Louisville church, where he has declared himself pope. Now the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has produced a detailed report on the sordid history of this preacher-turned-lawmaker...

Here's some key information in the report: Johnson lies about having a divinity degree from an Iowa seminary. He claims to have served as White House chaplain - though no such office exists. He says he set up the morgue for 9/11 victims - though people who were at 9/11 say that's also a lie. Johnson even falsely claimed during his political campaign to have been an ambassador to the UN.

Johnson's church has violated laws prohibiting tax-exempt nonprofits from endorsing candidates. A former member of Johnson's church, who tried to run for what is now Johnson's House seat, accuses him of delivering racist sermons.

Johnson was once indicted for setting his Cadillac on fire to collect the insurance money. Later, he was a suspect in a fire that destroyed his own church.

A young woman reported feeling uncomfortable when a drunken Johnson allegedly kissed her at a church party. The pastor has even been accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl. Through it all, the Louisville media has been engaged in a cover-up of Johnson's activities.

Why do we put up with clowns like Dan Johnson in public office?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trump regime ends housing program for homeless vets

The Trump thugocracy has just hit a new low - and not just in its approval numbers.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is slashing funding for a program that helps provide housing for homeless veterans. In fact, the VA says the program will end.

Veterans' advocates and state and city officials are livid.

If Trump treats homeless veterans this way, nobody is safe.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Former Colorado GOP head charged with election fraud

Steve Curtis is a former head of the Republican Party of Colorado who also ran a right-wing talk show on Denver radio.

Shortly before last year's "election", he said on his show, "Virtually every case of voter fraud that I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats or do I not have the facts?" But now he's the one being charged with election fraud and forgery. Curtis stands accused of forging his former wife Kelly Curtis's signature on her mail-in ballot after they divorced. Kelly Curtis discovered the fraud when she called the county clerk's office to see how to cast her ballot and was told she had already voted.

Do you really expect anything less from the party of fraud?


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Motortrike assailant praises Trump on Facebook

Every community has its own cast of characters, and our part of town is no exception. We're a regular Sesame Street!

Several months ago, a man driving a motortrike on the sidewalk was charged with assault for shooting pepper spray at people gathering outside a Newport social services agency. The Dayton, Kentucky, resident had also been accused of scratching cars in his own city about a year earlier. Folks also say he would ride around in a convertible and randomly shoot pepper spray. He was also accused of a stabbing a few years ago.

When I saw his mugshot, I noticed he strongly resembled a man I'd seen at a local Subway restaurant who gave a brief speech praising Donald Trump and spread a shredded newspaper around the eating area. I concluded it was probably the same guy.

Until recently, I couldn't find any political material on the motortrike assailant's several Facebook pages, but now he's changed his cover photo to a picture of Trump smiling his ass off. He also changed his intro text to: "President Donald J. Trump is #1 & he rules."

It gets weirder. On his timeline, he posted a copy of the Channel 19 report of the motortrike incident. Below it, he bragged about spraying one of the victims. He's also started a YouTube channel where he boasts about the episode. He's even taken to calling himself "The Dayton, KY Mace Clown."

What a beezweezer.

Trump admits to obstruction of justice

Look at what Donald Trump just said on his idiot-like Twitter feed...

"I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!"

In other words, Trump just admitted he knew Flynn lied to the FBI before he asked James Comey to get off Flynn's case. Trump kept Flynn on knowing full well he had lied. That's obstruction of justice. That's all you need to charge Trump.

It may seem like Robert Mueller's job just got a lot easier, but there's a good chance he already had Trump but we just don't know it yet.

Passing illegible tax bill proves Republicans have lost their minds

How many decades have I been warning people that the Republicans would someday do something like this that proves they've lost their damn minds?

The GOP-led Senate has just passed an overwhelmingly unpopular tax bill that not only gives free money to corporations and the 1%, but isn't even legible. The 497-page bill is made up largely of scribbled handwritten notes in the margin of the pages that nobody can read. It's like when you give a Magic Slate to a child who isn't old enough to read and tell them to write a story.

Imagine handing in a term paper full of scribbled additions in the margins. I knew by 5th grade that this would never be accepted in school.

The more economists and congressional budget accountants said the bill would add to the deficit, the more the Republicans doubled down in supporting the bill!

Inevitably, the GOP will try to use the budget shortfalls caused by this bill as an excuse to slash Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other programs. They've even admitted as much. This despite the fact that Social Security doesn't add to the national debt. It's paid for from separate trust funds. Then again, the bill is such a political liability for Republicans that by the time many of these cuts would take effect, adults may be in charge of the government again, and they'll reverse them. That of course assumes The Media doesn't let the GOP get away with all of this - like they usually do. (Remember the 2013 government shutdown?)

In addition to that, the bill raises taxes on America's poorest. One writer called it "nothing short of a hate crime against the economically disadvantaged" that aims to strip everyone except the 1% of the rights of citizenship.

One thing is for sure: As the Obama economic recovery is already being snuffed out, this bill will hasten the process. This is a guarantee.