Friday, October 19, 2018

Paddling now banned in North Carolina public schools

Graham County was the last public school district in North Carolina that allowed corporal punishment. But now the county school board has voted unanimously to ban the practice - making North Carolina one of over 30 states to prohibit paddling in public schools.

Most of the states that ban it have a statewide law or regulation, so North Carolina is among the few where all local school districts eschew the practice in the absence of a statewide policy.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Media ignores Eastern Band Cherokee's positive statement on Warren

I understand that citizenship in Native American tribes is not automatically conferred by biological lineage. And I know that Elizabeth Warren took a DNA test so she could call Donald Trump's bluff - not to gain tribal citizenship.

We all know The Media wants 8 years of Trump, so they've been as rough on Warren for taking the DNA test as they would have been if she hadn't. But they've conveniently ignored a statement by the Eastern Band Cherokee supporting Warren. The statement says Warren "has not used her family story or evidence of Native ancestry to gain employment or other advantage" and that she "demonstrates respect for tribal sovereignty by acknowledging that tribes determine citizenship and respecting the difference between citizenship and ancestry."

This statement also listed bills that Warren has supported that would help Native Americans.

The New York Times mentioned this positive statement - but no other media outlet that I've seen has.

Now watch The Media carry on for the next 2 years.

Oregon towns laugh in the Tea Party's stupid faces by reopening libraries

Remember a couple years ago when the fascist Tea Party killed the entire public library system in Douglas County, Oregon?

This happened after many out-of-town Tea Party activists moved into this county of 100,000. They complain about immigrants, yet the Tea Party launched an outright invasion. Now many cities and towns in Douglas County have defied the Tea Party outright! These communities have voted to reopen their libraries - not as county libraries, but as municipal libraries. Recently, voters in the town of Drain even voted 76% for a tax hike to pay for it.

Tough toilets, Tea Party.

Of course, because of the Tea Party's fervor for gutting public institutions, not all county residents will have free access to the libraries. Roseburg's library will charge folks who live outside the city $60 a year for a library card. The libe argues that this is fair because the cities favored keeping the libraries open, while it was only the rural areas that supported closing the libraries.

So the Tea Party is reaping what they sow by having to pay more for services than the cities do.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tonsillitis probably fails to ruin Utah mish

I plan to be on a fact-finding mission to Zion National Park in Utah next week, but a sense of worry began to befall me a couple days ago.

In the past 4 months, I've pried out several hilarious tonsil stones from my left tonsil. When I start to feel something stuck in my throat, I just dislodge the stone, and it's gone! No muss, no fuss! I found another this past weekend, but this time, my left tonsil swelled along with it.

I thought the swelling would end when I pried out the stone, but it didn't. Instead, for days thereafter, the swelling made it very hard to swallow. This was nothing compared to the severe sore throat that would accompany a Ronald Reagan supercold, but it had to come to an end before I left. I decided if it wasn't better today, I'd visit the bubble gum doctor - and this ailment would go on my feared Illness Log.

According to the Internet, tonsillitis usually lasts about 4 days. True to form, most of the swelling seems to have gone away this morning.

Will it come back to spoil my mish? If poo.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Media still mad at Elizabeth Warren

Before October 15, 2018, The Media hated Elizabeth Warren because she hadn't taken a DNA test.

After October 15, 2018, The Media hates Elizabeth Warren because she has taken a DNA test.

Well, I think I know who I'm probably supporting for President - though I admit she may have tough competition from Bernie Sanders for my support.

Friday, October 12, 2018

A person bunkerooed at Big Lots

Today at Big Lots, I detected the hilarious bouquet of an SBD bunker blast.

Friday, October 5, 2018

When Joe Manchin fought against entitled brats

With Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) ahead by as much as 12% in his reelection bid, make no mistake: It would help him even more if he votes against the disgusting Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, which every other Senate Democrat has pledged to do. There's no denying that. Rejecting a spoiled bully like Kavanaugh would be the right thing to do, and it would be a political advantage.

Manchin fought against entitled brats once before. Even if it was just a few sentences in a speech, it was still more than what almost any other politician was willing to do. Some years back, when Manchin was Governor of West Virginia, he gave a speech in which he quite rightly endorsed revoking the driver's license of high school bullies.

If enacted, Manchin's proposal would have been the very epitome of justice. For years, legislators and agencies had been falling over themselves to find ways to take away licenses and other privileges from victims - never the perpetrators. They didn't come up with those laws because they had some compelling positive interest to do so. They did it because they were rotten people. Manchin's plan would have at least reduced some of the sting of giving special rights to rich bullies.

Sadly, I don't think Manchin's idea was ever enacted. If it ever is, I'm sure there's some right-wing legal foundation with an army of lawyers ready to pounce about how unfair the world is to entitled bullies. Hardly anybody went to bat for their victims. But with perpetrators, it's different. We live in a society where crime pays.

This is somewhat comparable to an earlier story when Congress voted on a commonsense bill to stop schools from overprescribing Ritalin. One of very few legislators to vote against the bill was one who was ostensibly more liberal than most others. But there's no way I'd endorse that lawmaker after that.

Of course, none of this would excuse voting to confirm Kavanaugh - who is the very personification of the rise of entitled brats being allowed to enjoy limitless privileges. So, if Manchin votes to confirm, feel free to support his opponents in the future. Just make sure it's somebody credible and not a joke like Patrick Morrisey.

Boone County candidate endorses property requirement for voting

Every time I think living in Campbell County means I live in America's most unlivable county, I lean back, read The Last Word, and remind myself that it could be Boone County.

Jesse Brewer is the Republican candidate for a commissioner seat in Boone County. The Democrats - in all their wisdom - refused to field a candidate even though it's an open seat, because they were afraid contesting it would increase Republican turnout for other offices. Seriously, that's their reasoning.

Brewer wrote an op-ed for the Northern Kentucky Tribune complaining about how rough life is for big landowners such as himself. I have to give him credit, because the Northern Kentucky Tribune runs a lot of nutty right-wing stuff, so I guess it's the right place for such an article. The Tribune makes the Cincinnati Enquirer look like a far-left rag in comparison.

Brewer complains because he has to pay taxes on property he owns in Kenton and Campbell counties. Well, yeah. Of course he has to pay taxes on it. He says this can be remedied by allowing people to vote in cities and counties where they don't live - as long as they own property there. He says that not allowing landowners to vote in every county where they own property is "taxation without representation."

No it isn't. Being left off the census is, which happened to me in 2000. But letting a big landowner vote only once just like everyone else isn't.

Brewer wants to give a literal meaning to "Vote early and vote often."

Of course, Brewer's proposal is unconstitutional. I shouldn't even need to be saying this in 2018.

Brewer groans, "Wouldn't it be fair to let people who have a vested equitable interest (real estate) in the community - taxpayers - have a right to vote on the local elected officials who can levy taxes and fees on them?" As if people who don't own real estate aren't paying taxes too? Renters indirectly pay property taxes. That is covered in the rent they pay. On average, they pay more in other taxes than landowners do. There is no legal theory that would allow anyone to cast more votes just because they own real property. In fact, it's a violation of federal statute to vote where you don't live.

As the United States expanded the right to vote, one of the first barriers to voting to be abolished was the property requirement. Boone County is about to get a commissioner who wants to set America back by 200 years!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

So I took it!

"So I Took It" is the name of a short 1975 anti-shoplifting scare film.

Parodies are protected as fair use under our copyright laws, so guess what I did to "So I Took It"? I took it!

A few years ago, someone purchased an erotic video and posted it to YouTube while adding their ridiculous commentary in a pitched-up voice. Now I've done the same thing to this anti-shoplifting film.

Prepare for some laughs...

North Dakota suppresses Native American vote

North Dakota is the site of one of the most competitive Senate races, in which Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp faces a challenge from fascist Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer. As Cramer stumbles - he even said Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed even if the sexual assault allegations against him are proven true - the North Dakota GOP still wants this seat.

And now they might not need Russian interference to get it like they otherwise would.

In a move unprecedented in modern America, a federal court is allowing North Dakota to enforce a clearly unconstitutional new requirement on voters - upending a lower court ruling. The new rule says voters must have a street address to vote. Voters may not use a post office box.

Most Native Americans who live on reservations in North Dakota have a post office box - but no street address. The law is intended to suppress the Native American vote.

This is also unprecedented in modern times because it would also deny the homeless their right to vote.

As a progressive consensus forms among the American public, the Republicans must cheat to win.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Have no fear, the October ish is here!

Did you know that the October issue of The Last Word is now published? Cool people know. But what about you?

This ish talks about lots of cool stuff! There's something for everyone, including...

• People losing brand new drones.

• A ruined Kentucky Derby poster.

• Janet Jackson talking about bubble gum constantly.

• The long-awaited reveal of an old music video featuring Big Bird.

• A now-obsolete TV as a cereal prize.

• The theft of bubble gum from SupeRx.

• People making idiotic excuses for airline incompetence.

• And more! It's not sold in any store!

So point your pooper here...

If that doesn't work, point it here...

Saturday, September 29, 2018

New California law lets utilities pass costs for their mistakes onto customers

A new law in California lets utility monopolies bill customers to cover legal settlements resulting from last year's disastrous wildfires.

The supposed purpose of this law is to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric from having to file for bankruptcy when it's found that its faulty equipment caused the deadly fires. In other words, PG&E will be able to evade being held accountable for its irresponsible behavior.

Courts have rightly ruled that utilities are responsible for wildfires caused by their equipment. This ought to be considered one of the most basic theories of law. It ought to mean the utilities - not their customers - pay. But this law will let PG&E add a surcharge to customers' bills for the next 20 years.

The era of easy money for monopolistic corporations must end.


White supremacists attack Democratic Socialists at Louisville restaurant

The Trump regime sure does bring the stormtroopers out of the woodwork.

On Thursday, the Louisville chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America held a meeting at a bar and restaurant. As they gathered at the restaurant's patio, a white supremacist gang began yelling at them from the sidewalk.

The gang had lingered around the restaurant waiting for the Democratic Socialists and had ordered some drinks beforehand. During the confrontation, some of the Democratic Socialists were attacked with pepper spray or a similar chemical. One of the right-wingers ordered, "Take your socialist commie bullshit and get the fuck out of here!"

This is another example of how the rise of Trump has emboldened fascist groups to confront and even attack dissidents. Of course, it's not the first period in modern American history that right-wing extremists in public office have encouraged fascist violence. I've seen it since the Reagan years. The escalating far-right violence is a clarion call for strong legislative and law enforcement action against hate groups.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Texas AG uses idiotic argument against teen expelled for sitting during Pledge

If football players want to kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and police killings, let them kneel. If you think it's so bad to kneel during the anthem, then you should stand when you're watching it on TV. And if students want to sit instead of stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, let them sit. That's what freedom means.

Freedom isn't supposed to be about corporations' so-called "right" to pollute our rivers or overcharge patients for preexisting conditions. Sitting for the Pledge is a matter of personal choice.

Last year, a student at Windfern High School in Houston was expelled because she refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. She had sat for the Pledge about 200 times before under 6 different teachers - but the principal expelled her.

After being expelled, she sued the principal, school staffers, and the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. But now, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has intervened on behalf of the school system - and Paxton's argument is jaw-droppingly dumb.

"The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents have a fundamental interest in guiding the education and upbringing of their children, which is a critical aspect of liberty guaranteed by the Constitution," a statement by Paxton reads. "The Texas Legislature protected that interest by giving the choice of whether an individual student will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the student's parent or guardian. School children cannot unilaterally refuse to participate in the pledge."

Ah yes, it's the tired old dominionist argument that parents own their kids. Paxton's statement says in effect that students may not exercise their constitutional rights unless they get parental permission. Is that a stupid argument or what?

In this case, however, it's a moot point, because the student already had her mother's permission. So bust goes that bubble.

While Paxton's argument is laughable, it's really no laughing matter, as bizarre legal theories like this have taken hold all over this once-great land.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Climate change bankrupts Ploptoberfest organizer

The nonprofit group that puts together festivals like Covington's Oktoberfest is being forced to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy - and it's because of all the little liars out there denying climate change.

MainStrasse Village Association - which organizes Covington events like Oktoberfest, Maifest, and Goettafest - says all 3 events this year were beset by bad weather, which in turn resulted in substantial losses of revenue for the organization. Losses at Oktoberfest alone were over $100,000. These losses have forced the nonprofit into bankruptcy - and puts the future of these festivals in doubt.

The organization had been solvent for 30 years - before climate change killed festival attendance. The owner of one shop said, "When it's cold and rainy, no one wants to walk around with a cold beer in their hand."

I think Fox News, ExxonMobil, and the rest of the climate change denial racket should be required to reimburse MainStrasse Village Association for the lost revenues.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Another day means another Kentucky GOP scandal

Because today is a day when you didn't eat caviar, the escargot and Grey Poupon party is having yet another scandal in my home state of Kentucky.

Former Estill County Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor has just been indicted for allegedly stealing over $38,000 in state and federal grants that belong to the county.

This charge of abuse of public trust over $10,000 is a felony that carries 5 to 10 years in the slammer.

Naturally, the Herald-Leader fails to mention the fact that Taylor is a Republican.


Friday, September 21, 2018

Trump full of shit as usual

As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault claim threatens to derail Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, Republicans keep doubling down on their outrageous defense of Kavanaugh.

Donald Trump of course is one of the leaders of the smear campaign against Ford. Trump wrote on Twitter...

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

Donald, you idiot, there's reasons why victims don't always report violent crimes - and it can be true of not only sex crimes but also other violent offenses. Much of this is because the victim is afraid of retaliation or having their personal lives pawed through. Or it's because they know that people - even the entire community - will rally around the perpetrator. Some victims report a crime only to see themselves punished and the perpetrators rewarded - so they quickly learn not to report future crimes.

Victims learn the hard way never to complain. Ever.

There's no doubt that many crime victims carry secrets to their grave. The crime doesn't get reported within a day, or even a year. Not even 10 years. Or 20.

Or 30.

If the victim ever comes forward, the smear machine against them revs into high gear.

I don't see how in the hell anyone doesn't know all this by now - but Trump is a moron.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Deleted anti-cycling group returns

Well, Facebook's foray into responsible behavior lasted all of about 5 seconds.

The anti-bicycling group that has stunk up the social networking site - though, admittedly, it fits in with the rest of Facebook, given Facebook's history of tolerating hate groups - had apparently been deleted, but now it's back under a different name.

If Congress can investigate fabricated crises like "violence" in video games or "dirty" rock lyrics, it can investigate hate speech on Facebook.

Facebook deletes anti-cycling group (finally!)

After days of encouraging violence against local bicyclists, the Facebook page "NKY Hates Bicyclists" has finally been deleted. But not before Facebook allowed it to accumulate reams of posts encouraging more and more violence.

Meanwhile, I went Roads Scholaring today on the old KY 8 just out of spite, but nobody ran me off the road - though the Facebook group specifically targeted that road. Better luck next time, assholes.

I guess Republicans just don't know how to act right

I can't believe that one of America's major political parties is trying to normalize the inability to control one's own behavior.

I got my first job in 1991, and I knew how to behave in the workplace. This was just before my senior year of high school, and I knew the right way to act around people I knew from school or in the community. Society had standards that governed proper behavior.

Let that sink in for a moment. That was 27 years ago - which is a long time - in what was then one of the least liberated places in America. Yet our community standards at the time were still more enlightened than what the Republicans try to foist on America today.

This is an area where those who stepped out of line became the target of harassment and threats. This is an area where the President would have been fully justified in deploying the Army to keep order against right-wing terrorism. Yet the area was still ahead of where the GOP is today.

This is an area that allows a violent anti-bicycling group that endorses running cyclists off the road. Of course, nearly all its members are alumni of one right-wing private high school, but the point stands: The Republican Party lags behind where my area was in 1991!

The GOP stands behind those who do things that I've known my whole life not to do. Some of the acts they stand behind were recognized as crimes even in some of the world's earliest criminal codes. The Republicans lag behind by more than just 27 years. They lag by thousands of years!

Well, Brossart, you blew it

Today, I noticed that the new anti-bicycling group on Facebook that endorses throwing lit cigarettes at cyclists has 646 members. But here's the best part: "139 members said they went to Bishop Brossart High School."

I wasn't going to mention Brossart by name in my next for-pay project except in a map of local neighborhoods in which schools would be marked regardless. But they just blew it. Because of this, I'm mentioning the school by name.

Leave it to Brossart to raise such violent idiots. Brossart isn't just a sleeper cell. They sound more like an active terrorist group.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bill would give tax relief to renters

There's a bill in Congress that would give tax relief to millions of Americans. Sadly, I don't expect the Republicans to support it, despite the GOP's bogus claim to support lower taxes.

As gentrification artificially jacks up housing costs, many politicians refuse to act. In fact, they try to make it worse. But the Rent Relief Act - introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) - would reduce the burden of housing costs by giving a tax credit to renters who spend more than 30% of their income on rent and utilities. It would apply to renters who make less than $100,000 a year - or $125,000 in some areas - and it wouldn't apply to luxury rentals.

If this bill passes, it would be the first federal action in modern times to fight America's growing housing crisis. It would also give renters tax benefits that homeowners - especially the richest - already receive.

There aren't many reasons why anyone would oppose this bill - except for the tyrants who yell out, "LET THE MARKET DECIDE!!!" when confronting any situation. Unfortunately, market fascism is the dogma that guides the current Congress.

Pershing project will proceed after all

The rubber stamps never run out of ink, do they?

Covington City Commission had smartly rejected a proposal by a developer to demolish historic houses on Pershing Street and replace them with luxury townhouses. This came after the developer arrogantly boasted that he wanted to tear down everything on the street. The developer's statement reminded me of the nasty presentation by the Monty Burns look-alike at the Highland Heights meeting back in 1996.

But now the city's urban design review board has green-lighted the proposal. In fact, they're letting the developer defy the zoning code by making the new buildings taller than the code allows.

All that in what's supposed to be a historic preservation zone.

I think I know where my next Roads Scholaring needs to be - so I can photograph Pershing Street before its imminent ruin.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Google now stovepiping NRA propaganda

I receive daily e-mail updates from Google News, but now Google is treating the National Rifle Association's propaganda website as a "news" site.

Yesterday, the NRA put out an article in which they claim to debunk the statement that it's harder to buy over-the-counter allergy medicine than a gun. Well, guess what? The NRA is downright wrong - and they know it. It is harder to buy allergy drugs than a gun. That's a fact.

Back in 2015, then-President Barack Obama correctly observed that "you can go into some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book" and that "there are neighborhoods where it's easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable." Obama's statement was true, thanks to the scarcity of grocery stores and bookstores in many American neighborhoods. But it's even harder to buy allergy drugs - because of a law the Bush regime passed in 2005 that forces buyers to present an ID and submit their name and address. You can't even buy more than 9 grams of it in a month.

Predictably, laws like this have been ineffective at their stated purpose of fighting drug abuse. In fact, they made drug abuse worse. This is more blood on Bush's hands.

Make no mistake, it's much easier to buy a gun - even an assault rifle - than it is to buy a box of Claritin. We can disagree on what to do about it, but that is a factual statement. Personally, I think we should repeal Bush-era laws that prevent allergy sufferers from getting their medicine, but we live under a right-wing Congress that harbors many delusions - like their lie about people abusing SSDI - so don't hold your breath.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Celebrity look-alikes keep being seen on airplanes

After the discomfort that befell me when I flew to Washington, D.C., for a human rights conference, I don't plan on ever flying on a commercial airliner ever again. Once is enough. But I've just received an e-mail reporting that celebrity look-alikes keep being seen on flights.

A Billy Joel look-alike was seen on a flight to Seattle.

A Hillary Clinton look-alike was seen on a flight to Sacramento.

Best all, someone ruined an airline wi-fi information card with a big green wad of bubble gum.

Bevin refuses to support local GOPer

The Republicans are so busy with their own civil war that a Democrat might actually pick up a Kentucky House seat in Boone County.

Republican so-called Gov. Matt Bevin is refusing to support his own party's nominee for that district: ultraconservative Ed Massey. Bevin says Massey isn't right-wing enough.


Instead, Bevin is supporting an independent, Stacie Earl, who calls herself the "true conservative" in this contest. Earl argues that Republican officials conspired against her to keep her from being the party's candidate.

In almost any other district, Stacie Earl would just be background noise. But that district has a big enough right-wing base for Earl to drain enough votes from Massey to elect Democrat Roberto Henriquez instead - though I'm not expecting Libertarian Lex Hannan to prevail. Plus, Earl is actually supported by some Republican leaders besides Bevin.

Carry on, Repubbies. Keep trying in vain to reassemble the miserable shards of a political party that was once noble but probably collapsed to the point of no return 30 years ago. You reap what you sow.

(Stacie Earl is not to be confused with singer Stacy Earl. I kept trying to think of what song Stacy Earl had, but I keep confusing her with Elisa Fiorillo and Nia Peeples. I'm old.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bevin praises indentured servitude

The New Hampshire Forehead strikes again!

In a speech to business leaders, so-called Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky romanticized indentured servitude - a practice that forces workers to perform unpaid labor for a fixed period of time. While indentured servitude is not chattel slavery, it is banned under international law as a kind of slavery.

Bevin said indentured servitude was just dandy because it's no different from modern apprenticeships.

What an idiot.

The Courier-Journal looks stupider every day for promoting Bevin as a presidential candidate.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Kentucky GOPer appeared on white supremacist show

Because this is a day when the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the Republican Party of Kentucky is mired in yet another humiliating scandal.

Everett Corley is the Republican candidate for a Kentucky House seat in Louisville. Back in 2014, he appeared on The Ethno State, a white supremacist YouTube show. Corley expressed a litany of racist grievances.

Corley complained that whites in one Louisville neighborhood are "completely surrounded" because of a political plot. He said, "It's a bunch of white liberals and minorities who've conspired together to cut the white working class out of power."

This is a bullshit meme that needs to be laid to rest. Even in 2016, exit polls proved that right-wing candidates performed better among the rich than among the working class. Most working-class Americans - regardless of race - don't give a shit what the Far Right thinks.

When confronted about appearing on this show, Corley sputtered and drooled. But he denied any of his comments were racist - though some clearly echoed tired racist complaints.

All this from a leading Kentucky Republican. Everett Corley isn't running for some minor office, but a powerful state legislative seat. He was even pictured on the state party's website. State GOPers say they didn't know of Corley's racism, but he already had a history of racial controversies. He had even called a local professor "a damn dirty black bastard."

Here's the most interesting part: Corley's district is majority African-American.

The Republicans don't like being labeled as a racist party? You picked the weirdo, Repubs. I didn't.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Booker threatened with expulsion over Kavanaugh e-mail

I'm not a Cory Booker diehard. But the New Jersey senator has just hit it out of the park.

The Democrat plans to release a "confidential" e-mail about fascist Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and racial profiling. In doing so, Booker is actually taking a big risk: Republicans are now threatening Booker with expulsion from the Senate if he releases the e-mail.

I dare ya, Repubs. Republicans didn't follow proper procedures in withholding Kavanaugh e-mails, so they can be released at any damn time. Best all, leading Senate Democrats have Booker's back on this - which, you have to admit, is quite an improvement over the days of the Strongly Worded Letter.

How will it look if the Republicans expel a senator who was elected handily by the people of his state and who did nothing illegal?

Some have actually touted Booker as a presidential candidate, but if he gets expelled, it will boost his chances exponentially. It's like what being expelled from Brossart would be like if the Really Serious People hadn't gummed things up.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Student arrested for disagreeing with dress code

Because this is a day ending in y, the right-wing thought police that runs Kentucky schools is out of control.

Recently, a student at Hopkinsville High School in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was arrested and sent to juvenile detention because the school started an altercation with her over the idiotic dress code. The student was confronted over her t-shirt, which itself protested the dress code. On the front, the blue shirt read, "Do my shoulders turn you on?" The back of the shirt read, "If so, return to the 1920s."

Upon seeing the shirt, the school promptly caused a ruckus, and a school resource officer violently manhandled the student. The student was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

Um, no. The officer assaulted the student - not the other way around.

The student was then transported to juvenile detention.

Her mom later tried to take her out of that school system but was told she couldn't do it until a court hearing weeks from now.

If I was in that situation, I'd worry that I'd have to flee the state altogether, because I know how school records tend to follow you around in Kentucky. A person shouldn't have to flee, but considering the thugocracy that runs this state, it would be tempting.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Mello Yello successfully smuggled

Tonight, I once again goed to Riverfest - or as I call it, Rip-off-fest. What brand of soda did I smuggle down to the riverfront this year? Might it be Dr Pepper? Big K Cola? Grape Crush? Did I save a can of Teem from 1977 just for this moment?

Why, it was Mello Yello! Smuggled it right through in defiance of the right-wing Allowed Cloud against bringing beverages to this annual festival. It's a shame they worry so much about people having soft drinks at a festival but not real crimes like the home invasions I suffered, but that's conservaworld for ya.

Best all, a person threw up. Because that's what cool people do. Plus, a person was in such a festive mood that they bubbled. Because that's what cool people do.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Have no fear, the September ish is here!

The September issue of The Last Word is now pub-a-roo, and guess what? It's our Back-to-School edition, people! Doesn't that make you just want to watch 'Sesame Street' until your face flies off in public?

This ish talks about many pibtacular things, including these and more...

• My electric bicycle and class consciousness.

• A burning toilet.

• More eyeglasses found in the street.

• People trying to chew gum with dentures. (Imagine that!)

• Donald Trump's idiotic board game.

• A right-wing politician's bubble gum blowing caper

• Rats getting into cereal boxes at the supermarket.

• Bubble paste.

• The outcome of the lawsuit against AdSense.

So point your pooper here...

If that doesn't work, bubble your way here...

National service should be mandatory for undeserving rich

In almost all cases, I'm staunchly against obligatory service. It violates the fundamental value of freedom, and it extracts a price just for being.

But we should make an exception. As we put more and more demands on the poor and working class, shouldn't the rich face these same demands? America's richest young people receive money from their parents and grandparents starting at birth - often adding up to millions by the age of 21. And what did they ever do to earn it?

I think that before they receive any amount over $1 million, they should be required to perform 2 years of national service. Nobody gets more handouts than the 1%, and the era of easy money has to come to an end. Those who receive stocks and bonds from their parents don't even have to pay gift taxes on them. That's a handout.

Some years back, the Supreme Court let stand a public high school's requirement that students perform unpaid community service. If that's legal, how is my proposal not also legal?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Jimmy Carter look-alike sighted at Bob Evans

I've just been informed that a Jimmy Carter look-alike was seen devouring lunch at a Bob Evans restaurant yesterday.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Right-wing activists circulate uniform petition, get laughed at

In Meriden, Connecticut, a small group of right-wing parents is circulating a petition to require students in the city's public schools to wear uniforms.

And the superintendent practically laughed right in their ridiculous faces. He cited the fact that students strongly oppose uniforms.

Shouldn't that kind of like settle it?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Author wanted by Singapore for draft-dodging

Kevin Kwan is an author originally from Singapore, but he's lived in the U.S. since about 1990. He wrote the novel Crazy Rich Asians, which is the basis for the now-popular movie of the same name.

Now the government of Singapore - a dictatorship so extreme that it outlawed chewing gum - is accusing Kwan of dodging the draft, an offense that carries up to 3 years in prison and a fine of thousands.

In Soviet fashion, the totalitarian Singaporean government is also accusing Kwan of staying out of the country without permission. Seriously. This is just like how the Soviet Union wouldn't let its citizens emigrate. Also, in 1994, Singapore rejected Kwan's bid to renounce his Singaporean citizenship.

It's unknown how Kwan is responding to Singapore's plan to reach into the U.S. to punish him for what he allegedly did 30 years ago. Considering perennial U.S. support for right-wing foreign dictatorships, I wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. agrees to extradite him - which would be yet another smudge on America's increasingly sad human rights record.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Bevin loses his own frivolous Medicaid lawsuit

Not only has Matt Bevin lost a federal lawsuit that sought to overturn his illegal Medicaid requirements. Now he's also lost a separate federal suit he filed against the 16 Medicaid beneficiaries who had sued him.

This ruling was issued by a different judge from the one who ruled against him the first time. Bevin lost the suit he filed because he couldn't even show what injustice against him it was supposed to redress.

Bevin is still threatening to end Medicaid expansion altogether in Kentucky if he keeps losing in court - a move that would be illegal under state law.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Another fascist bill to gut Social Security Disability

The Far Right loves to pick on the disabled, and that's why programs like SSI and SSDI are constantly under legislative attack. It hasn't let up in a quarter-century.

A new bill by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) - a known racist who also tried to unconstitutionally ban unionization of federal employees - would gut Social Security Disability Insurance. Cosponsored with Rep. "Taliban Dan" Webster (R-Florida), the bill would punish administrative law judges who award benefits more often than other judges. It would bar recipients from receiving unemployment insurance. It would require recipients to undergo many more continuing disability reviews - which are already very frequent. And it would slash retroactive benefit payments.

I know, man, life is just so easy for disabled workers.

Don't like disabled workers receiving benefits? Well, you can always move to a fascist country.

A person bubbled at Kroger (imagine that!)

Today at Kroger, a store employee bubbled repeatedly. But it didn't burst on her glasses.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hitler apologist runs on "school choice"

"School choice" is a handout to private schools that don't need any handouts - and don't pay taxes to begin with.

Now its rotten core is laid bare as a politician who declares that "Hitler was right" is running on this issue.

Steve West is the Republican candidate for a Missouri House seat. He's known for his racist, anti-Jewish radio show on KCXL in Kansas City, and he resoundingly won the Republican primary while running on an antigay, anti-Muslim platform. West - a Tea Party favorite - has also failed to pay child support.

Now "school choice" is at the top of his agenda. He's also campaigning against pornography, and whining about welfare recipients visiting casinos. I don't know anyone on welfare who regularly gambles, so that issue is just more right-wing fake news.

But something something free market.

Dumbest headline ever

"Wages drop despite economic boom."

Seriously, that's a headline from The Hill.

Uh, if wages drop, it's not an economic boom. Idiots.

And what economic boom is there anyway??? There is none. Where's all the "HELP WANTED" signs? Is this more fake news like the made-up boom of the late '90s?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Northern Kentucky city passes antidiscrimination law

Yes, I know, we're primarily an economic populist blog, and we don't cover social issues as much. But make no mistake, discrimination must be challenged at every chance.

Maysville has just passed its own Fairness Ordinance - a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment, and public accommodations. This makes 10 cities in Kentucky with such a law - but only 2 in northern Kentucky, with Covington being the other.

"We are pleased that Maysville has joined with other progressive cities around the Commonwealth by adopting a Fairness Ordinance," said a statement released by Mayor David Cartmell. "I wish to commend the Human Rights Commission for the dedication and diligence in crafting this legislation."

But other places won't pass such a law, because the Tea Party won't let them.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A person bunkerooed at a restaurant and everyone thought it was funny

I was informed earlier this evening that a person ripped a hilarious LAP bunker blast at a local restaurant.

According to legend, a family of 5 was sitting at a table, and a loud clap of flatulence was released. The culprit was some girl who was about 14. This momentous occasion was followed by unrelenting laughter from the whole damn fam.

Tim takes the Junior Bottle Cap Challenge!

Pzt! Papp! Challenge!

Sometimes, having crooked teeth just isn't enough. It's hard to believe, but even we teeth punkers fail sometimes. I know I've spoiled your day with that shocking revelation.

I was asked to take the Bottle Cap Challenge. This perilous game involves opening an unopened plastic soft drink bottle - which still has the plastic ring attached to the cap - with your teeth, and chewing the cap.

Alas, I failed like a boss.

So instead, I took the Junior Bottle Cap Challenge! The only difference is that it involves opening a soda bottle that's already been opened and has the ring broken...

A toast to success! Blublublublublub!

"Right-to-work" does best in George Wallace territory

Back in 1968, race-baiting demagogue George Wallace won only one county in Missouri in his ill-fated presidential run: Pemiscot County.

In yesterday's referendum, guess what county the right-to-scab law did best in?

Here's a hint: It's Pemiscot County.

Gee. What a shock. After all, this law has racist origins.

Out of curiosity, I wanted to see what counties the work-for-less law performed most poorly in, and it appears as if the independent city of St. Louis comes through in that regard, followed by more rural Ste. Genevieve County. In any event, yesterday's nearly 70% vote against "right-to-work" is seismic, and should be receiving much more attention.

Kobach wins primary

This is shaping up to be a humiliating election season for the Republicans.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach - who helped lead Donald Trump's idiotic voter fraud committee and has demanded that Muslims register with the government - has won the Republican primary for governor of the Sunflower State. Kobach prevailed with all of 40.6% of the vote, defeating incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Kobach is so extreme that his primary win might cost the GOP the governorship.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Missouri voters repeal right-to-scab law!

Congratulations, Missouri, on becoming America's newest free-bargaining state! And the vote margin isn't even close!

Missouri was a newcomer to so-called "right-to-work" laws, which unconstitutionally infringe on the right of workers to freely bargain. The Show Me State just passed this law last year.

Today, there was a referendum that would have green-lighted the new law. It had been scheduled for the November election, but right-wing lawmakers moved it up to today in an effort to suppress turnout for both this referendum and the regular election.

That didn't work this time. Even on a day when the laughable Kris Kobach has a very real shot of winning the Republican primary for governor of neighboring Kansas, Missouri voters voted resoundingly today to repeal the right-to-scab law. Currently, the vote stands at a smashing 65% to 35%.

Trump regime brings back asbestos

Over 30 years ago, schools and other buildings made a special effort to remove asbestos - a cancer-causing chemical. Well, some schools at least. My high school didn't yet, and forced me to spend each day in the library surrounded by asbestos. But other than that, asbestos was taken seriously back then.

George W. Bush once gave a speech whining about people who were sickened by asbestos daring to file lawsuits over it. But now Trump's EPA is taking it a step further and is now allowing companies to use asbestos again.

The new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency says one of the most dangerous carcinogens ever used in constriction is now permitted back in the manufacturing business. The rule says companies may use asbestos without considering its harmful effects - even though asbestos has been banned in most countries since the 1970s.

The world's largest asbestos exporter is the Russian firm Uralasbest, which has support from the Putin regime even though it has a mine in Russia that endangers the health of nearby residents. Uralasbest has used Donald Trump's face on the seal for its asbestos shipping pallets. Trump himself has denied that asbestos is harmful, despite proof that it is.


While luxury housing is rubber-stamped, Ludlow rejects low-income units

Everybody knows that in northern Kentucky, each new housing development is rubber-stamped by elected officials or zoning boards - without exception.

The only exception of course is low-income housing.

Whenever some developer proposes luxury housing - from urban lofts to rural subdivisions - our public officials can't break ground fast enough to please themselves. But this story out of Ludlow proves that the rules are different if there's any sign that this housing might serve residents of normal economic means.

Recently, a mixed-use building was proposed for Ludlow. Reportedly, about 70% of its apartments would be reserved for people of limited income. I was skeptical that this pledge was for real, but I'll give it the benefit of a doubt for now. Even so, this regulation was slated to last for only a limited time.

But even this modest proposal has just been shot down by Ludlow City Council.

One council member inquired, "Do we need a 72-unit affordable housing project at the gateway to the city?" Actually, yes. America is suffering its worst housing crisis ever - largely because of the unchecked rubber-stamping of luxury projects.

Nobody in the media asked Ludlow officials why they have this double standard. The press seems to just assume that the policy of rejecting low-income residents should stand on its own.


This is contrary to the values our parents and grandparents taught us in our day. And it's not a problem we can just bubble away.

This double standard isn't limited to Ludlow. Not long ago, a developer announced its plan to convert a Bellevue industrial building into apartments. The Tea Party reportedly circulated flyers urging folks to fight it on the grounds that it would be a low-income development. When it was revealed that it would be luxury apartments instead, the right-wing protests suddenly halted, and the city rubber-stamped the plan.


All my life, I've lived reasonably close to homes for both the rich and the poor. It's not the poor areas that have been responsible for most of the crime.

We shouldn't be afraid to say public officials' double standard is classist. It's a shame the media never seems to acknowledge such classism. The real mystery is why this inconsistency seemed to gain so much mainstream acceptance. Not only is it an injustice, but I've never been able to figure out the logic behind it.


John McCain look-alike sighted at McDonald's

Earlier, I was informed that a John McCain look-alike was sighted at a McDonald's.

Best all, the men's room at this Ron McDon was in a state of bottomless ruin. Numerous large wads of toilet paper peopled the floor. A customer of this restaurant was heard declaring, "As is typical for a McDonald's bathroom, it's filthy."

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Yes, you do need an ID to buy stuff...but Trump is still an idiot

Ever since America's mania for carding purchasers of just about anything gained height during the rise of the police state in the '90s, I've rallied against this right-wing trend.

And Donald Trump still managed to make himself look stupid.

In some jurisdictions, you need an ID to buy markers. Yes, markers.

And Donald Trump still managed to make himself look stupid.

The so-called President said at a rally in Tampa that shoppers need an ID to buy groceries. And make no mistake, it's true. Maybe not for bread and orange juice - yet - but for some items that didn't require an ID 25 years ago. Naturally, Trump took the wrong lesson from this trend and used this as an excuse for endorsing expanded voter suppression laws - which are unconstitutional.

Instead of using the rise of carding as an excuse to deny Americans their constitutional right to vote, carding should instead be halted for purchases like markers.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Number of Americans living in cars soars under Trump

In America, housing costs have skyrocketed for decades - even as real wages have declined. And politicians won't do a damn thing about it. They'd rather build luxury lofts and fall-apart subdivisions, driving up housing costs.

Now, new information reveals that since Donald Trump seized power, the number of Americans forced to live in their cars has soared. A recent count in Seattle's King County says that in the past year alone, the number of people living in campers, cars, and other vehicles has risen a staggering 46%. It's just as bad in other major cities.

In California's Silicon Valley, most of these homeless work at jobs that pay well above minimum wage but still can't find affordable housing.

But it's also a problem in very rural states - especially in areas where the only new housing allowed is vacation rentals. Ironically, this leaves no housing for low-paid workers who do the jobs that serve rich tourists.

Despite all this, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty reports that the number of ordinances against people living in cars has doubled just in the past decade. That's called "limited government" these days.

"Butbutbut nobody warned us this would happen!" Wait, I did. For 25 years. Kind of like how I warned people about Nazis in the White House and they said it would never happen.

Monday, July 30, 2018

GOP bill would establish 10% bike tire tax

Shame on us bicycle commuters. We act like we own the road or something.

A new right-wing bill in Congress would impose a heavy federal tax on some bicycling items. This legislation by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) would slap a 10% federal tax on bike tires and electric bike batteries.

Why? No particular reason. Just because.

The bill would also end the long-running fuel tax exemption that public transit agencies enjoy.

This tax-raising bill is courtesy of the self-proclaimed party of lower taxes.


Have no fear, the August ish is here!

Good afternoon, comrades!

The August edition of The Last Word is now pub, and - not unlike usual - it talks about some important things. This ish discusses an exciting neighborhood dumpster fire, bubble gum in a tube, the continuing decline of Honeycomb, Strawberry Shortcake cereal tasting funny, YouTube flagging a video because a person chewed bubble gum, and more!

So point your pooper here like the superhero you aspire to be...

If that doesn't work, go here...

Saturday, July 28, 2018

New York revokes Charter merger

If you live anywhere other than the state of New York, don't uncork the celebratory vodka, since this latest development applies only to the Empire State. Still, it should set an example for other states.

Like other states, New York rubber-stamped Charter's 2016 takeover of Time Warner. The company provides Internet under the Spectrum brand, and quality of service has declined since the merger while the price has soared. I recently caught them illegally throttling my Internet traffic. But now, the New York State Public Service Commission has revoked its approval of this merger, because the company didn't live up to its agreement to expand service to rural areas.

After the company also broke its pledge not to raise rates, Kentucky needs to follow New York's lead.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Right-wing treason not new

So Donald Trump committed treason in Helsinki, and the Republican establishment supports it. And we all act shocked.

But in fact, treason is not new among America's Far Right - and much of it is motivated by their greed and meanness. Despite their bogus claims to be superpatriots, these extremists don't love America.

I remember when they bragged that they wouldn't build their factories in America, claiming Americans were "lazy."

I remember when they let foreign dictatorships police the private behavior of America's fighting men and women.

I remember when they let foreign dictatorships censor American news organizations.

I remember when they sent mail to news outlets praising foreign dictatorships' draconian criminal laws that would be unconstitutional in the U.S. - and were ineffective at fighting crime.

I remember when they let other countries defy American laws by letting them overfish in American waters.

I remember when they backed a bill to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for food - laughably claiming these requirements "discriminated" against other countries.

I remember when they let foreign dictatorships build farms in America to drain our groundwater so they could support their own agribusiness operations back home - polluting local water and leaving some folks with no water at all.

I remember when they sold missiles to Khomeini.

And nobody dared to call these acts what they were: treason. But treasonous they were.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Even Richard Marx thinks Trump is an idiot

Remember singer, songwriter, and musician Richard Marx? In the late '80s, he was known for a string of hits including "Don't Mean Nothing" and "Right Here Waiting."

A few days ago, Donald Trump conceded that he "misspoke" about something. Nobody gave a shit about what, because everyone knew all along Trump had been lying about whatever it was.

So yesterday, Marx posted this on his own Twitter feed...

"I misspoke. I meant to say I 'wouldn't' be right here waiting for you."

What's next for the poor ol' Donald? Hate mail from Mr. Big?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

April's Scholaring photos are finally up!

The Roads Scholaring photos have been stacking up like logs for a while now, and now we have April's batch up!

This set covers northern Campbell County and consists of 12 photos and 3 videos! So read 'em and peep...

Covington rejects luxury development, but appeal to county looms

Covington City Commission came to its senses this week when it voted unanimously to reject a luxury townhouse project on Pershing Avenue. The development would have demolished historic buildings and artificially driven up housing costs.

This came after the city's urban design review board also rejected the proposal. Local residents also staunchly opposed the plan - especially after the developer told a local media outlet, "If I had my way, I would tear down the whole street."

But don't uncork the celebratory beer just yet. The developer may appeal to the county - as if the city shouldn't be allowed to govern what happens within its own boundaries. (Time for Kentucky to have independent cities?)


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Right-wing think tank whimpers and cries

Stop complaining, you big crybabies.

A new study by the far-right American Enterprise Institute says that the share of low-income students at America's top 200 colleges has actually increased a bit since the 1999-2000 school year.

And the AEI can't stand it.

They can't stand it that more low-income students seem to be able to go to college now. I've heard elsewhere that this isn't really true, but if it is true, shouldn't it be considered a good thing? But, even so - at 15.1% - low-income students would still be underrepresented at these schools. If anyone should be complaining, it should be the poor, not the royalists at the AEI.

The AEI's Jason Delisle sniffed, "It will be interesting to see if people keep pumping out stories and articles saying low-income students are being crowded out. I hope this report gives them some pause before they do that."

One, two, three. Aaaaawwwwwwwwww!

If being rich is so rough, you can always try being poor, you know.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

13 more Scholaring photos to terrify the Far Right!

March wouldn't have been March if I didn't do a Roads Scholaring like I do every month. And March's Scholaring was the last before the big April blizzard (which occurred on the same day someone mentioned Dubble Bubble at Kroger).

March's Scholaring took me as far as West Covington, and it yielded 13 bippus-bustin' new photos. You're gonna peep 'em all, so point your pooper here...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Trump pardons serial arsonists

Remember the Hammonds? The Hammonds are a ranching family in Oregon that became heroes to the Far Right after family members were convicted of intentionally starting wildfires. The Hammonds were supported by extremists who launched a 5-week-long standoff at Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016.

Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond had been convicted of arson back in 2012 and sentenced to 5 years in federal prison and $400,000 in restitution in 2015. One of the fires they started almost killed Bureau of Land Management firefighters.

Now Donald Trump has given each of them a full pardon. Trump's White House issued a statement saying the arsonists are "respected in the community." The statement goes on to whine about how unfair the world has been to the Hammonds.

What message does this send? It shows Trump has the backs of right-wing extremists who might get violent when he faces criminal charges himself.

Once again, in the upside-down world of the Tea Party, crime pays.

Kind of like when the Tea Party sells heroin.

Monday, July 2, 2018

People used to wipe boogers on stuff

It's always a barrel of guffaws when a person wipes mucus on stuff or when a column of snot dangles out of their nose.

To salute the time-honored sport of booging, we've made a little video. I couldn't just write it down or draw a picture. I had to parlay it into a comedy routine to give you the full effect...

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Alvarado verdict tossed!

Far-right Kentucky State Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) was first "elected" concurrently with the Moscow midterm of 2014. And he sues anyone who disagrees with him.

He even sued his Democratic predecessor over a campaign ad - and won $200,000 just for the asking.

But now the Kentucky Court of Appeals has thrown out the verdict - as there was no defamation involved. The court said the ad "is an accurate representation" of the facts.

Naturally, Alvarado plans to waste taxpayer money by appealing this decision to the Kentucky Supreme Court.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Idiot pulls gun on protester

I went to the Families Belong Together rally in Cincinnati today, and it drew thousands of people. There were similar rallies all over the country today, even in much smaller cities and towns.

A few drew counterprotesters. A group of 3 thugs in Trump hats shoved participants at the rally in Petoskey, Michigan. And in Huntsville, Alabama, a counterprotester started a fight with a demonstrator. As the confrontation escalated, he pulled a gun.

He was then arrested for menacing and reckless endangerment.

What a beezweezer.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Have no fear, the July ish is here!

No July would be complete without the July issue of The Last Word, your road atlas to freedom!

This ish talks about tonsil stones, psychiatry protecting dominionism, putting pepper in Super Bubble to thwart gum thieves, watching TV shows just for the poo humor, people fighting over Bubble Tape, an art pen offer in a cereal box, and more!

So I beseech thee, point your pooper here...

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Court blocks Bevin's gutting of Medicaid!

Not all of the federal judiciary has been swallowed by Tea Party extremism. Today, a federal judge blocked Matt Bevin from instituting a work requirement to receive Medicaid.

The reason for the ruling seems pretty simple: It's because such a requirement doesn't advance Medicaid's legally stated objectives. Plus, Medicaid is not welfare.

There's no doubt that Bevin will appeal this ruling as far as he dares. But as far as I'm concerned, this ruling is and will always be binding law, for the statute itself is very clear.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Maryland newspaper gunman is Tea Party activist

So tired of this.

The man who gunned down 5 people at a Maryland newspaper today is a Tea Party activist who once sent out a Twitter message criticizing the paper because of what he saw as negative coverage of Donald Trump.

In 2015, he posted that referring to Trump as "unqualified" is something that "could end badly" for the newspaper.

Not for the first time, a mass shooter has been found to be a right-wing activist.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fascism on the march in the Supreme Court

In a blow to organized labor, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that unions representing public employees must subsidize nonunion workers.

But in a blow to the Supreme Court, the Constitution says otherwise. The Abood ruling of 1977 was settled law. Period. That's it. If you get union benefits, you pay the fees.

So, next time we get adults in the presidency and Congress - and given the Republicans' approval numbers, it won't be long - expect them to remedy today's ruling.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

15 more Scholaring photos!

I just posted 15 more Roads Scholaring photos, this time from the bubble gum bustin' month of February!

Ahoy and enjoy...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Kentucky pension law thrown out!

Not many details yet, but a judge has just ruled that Kentucky's recent far-right law to gut pensions is invalid under the Kentucky Constitution.

Apparently, lawmakers didn't give the bill 3 separate readings on 3 separate days in each house of the legislature. Plus, since it's an appropriations bill, the bill fell short of the margin it needed to pass.

Trump regime forcibly drugs immigrant children

Is it fascism yet? Yes. America has been face-deep in fascism for 30 years, and Donald Trump's scandal involving abuse of immigrant children makes it even clearer.

Now a lawsuit says undocumented immigrant children held at Shiloh Treatment Center, a government contractor in Texas, are being violently held down and forcibly injected with psychiatric drugs.

The children were told they wouldn't be released to relatives unless they submitted. The children were also lied to about the contents of the drugs. Effects of the drugs included rendering the children unable to walk.

The practice is being compared to that found in the former Soviet Union. Or northern Kentucky in 1990.


Godwin repeals Godwin's Law

Anyone familiar with the broken, heavily censored Usenet knows that Godwin's Law is about the only thing Usenetters care about. Anyone who accurately compares modern right-wing policies with those of Nazi Germany is shouted down by 100 posts bellowing, "G0DW1N'S LAW!!!!!!!!!!"

Godwin's Law was devised in 1990 by one Mike Godwin, and it seems to have been originally designed as sort of a meme - not a rigid fiat. The adage claims that as an Internet discussion grows, the probability of a comparison to Hitler or Nazis approaches 100%. It was only later that Usenet began using harassment to enforce it as a policy.

Of course, Godwin's Law wasn't invoked when Jim Bunning laughably compared a political opponent to Hitler, but that's another story entirely.

Now, the bottomless extremism of the Trump regime and the alt-right have resulted in Godwin's Law being officially repealed by none other than Mike Godwin himself. Godwin reportedly said on Twitter: "By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I'm with you."

Interestingly, Godwin - an attorney from Texas - helped challenge the far-right Communications Decency Act, which was part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The reactionary Telecommunications Act helped enable those who invoked Godwin's Law to censor everyone else. The legislation itself was full of provisions borrowed from Nazi Germany.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

GOP plan would raise Medicare age, gut Medicaid, and slash Social Security and vets' benefits

How reactionary is the Republicans' new budget?

Some details of the budget were released today, and it's everything you've dreamed of - if you like punishment.

The budget would raise the Medicare age to 67. It would cap Medicaid spending - and institute an illegal work requirement for Medicaid beneficiaries. It would also prohibit those who get Social Security disability from collecting unemployment insurance.

The budget would even slash veterans' benefits and student loans.

At the same time, the budget would of course increase already-bloated defense spending.

The budget is so extreme that it might not pass. Republicans would have to be mighty stupid to cut Social Security right before a midterm. Maybe congressional Republicans got tired of Donald Trump ruining their party's brand, so they decided to do it themselves. But there were no negative consequences for them in 2010, when they endorsed raising the retirement age to 70, so why do they think anyone will stop them now?


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Drugstores grandstanded while America burned

Remember a few years ago when major pharmacy chains stopped selling over-the-counter allergy drugs because the drug warriors told them to stop?

While these stores ceased selling products that were effective, they also took actions that contributed to the ballooning pandemic of opioid abuse - proving once again the rank hypocrisy of the failed War on Drugs.

I don't recall if Walgreens was one of the stores that dropped allergy drugs, but the drugstore chain is now being sued by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear for its contributions to the opioid crisis. The lawsuit alleges Walgreens engaged in deceptive business practices by not reporting suspiciously large orders the store received for prescription opioids. Delaware has sued both Walgreens and CVS, and Walgreens has already agreed to a settlement in Massachusetts.

In short, pharmacies denied legitimate product sales to innocent customers, while they allowed Big Pharma drug pushers to get an untold number of people hooked on opioids.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

I dismembered January too

My Roads Scholaring photos have been piling up like logs all year long, and now a batch of 13 photos and videos from January is ready.

So peep, weep, and oggle-beep...

Bo Duke got mad because he spent 5 hours in jail

I've always enjoyed The Dukes Of Hazzard, but John Schneider - who played Bo Duke - thinks spending 5 hours in jail is the biggest injustice in the history of the universe.

Recently, Schneider was taken to court for not paying alimony - because that's just a little bit more than the law will allow. He was ordered to spend 3 days in jail because he couldn't come up with $150,000 he owed. Apparently, Schneider has very little money because he spent a lot rebuilding his Louisiana movie studio after it flooded. It's a shame he was jailed for a debt he couldn't pay - it sounds like something that would happen to the Dukes - but the punishment was nothing compared to what most folks would face.

After being released, Schneider told the media he didn't receive any preferential treatment - then proceeded to list the ways in which he did receive it. Key among them is that he only had to serve 5 hours of a 3-day sentence.

That's nothing. What about my bogus "trespassing" arrest at NKU that kicked off a months-long legal battle? What about the false imprisonment at CPH? What about all the unarmed people killed by police?

John Schneider thinks he's fightin' the system like a modern-day Robin Hood, but all he's doing is grumbling about a punishment that's milder than what most people would suffer.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bernie Sanders look-alike sighted at Kroger

Bernie Sanders is cool.

But today at Kroger, I saw a Bernie Sanders look-alike! I couldn't help but snicker after I walked past him, and I'm pretty sure the guy working at the store knew that's what I was laughing about.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

So what bad things are happening this week?

• The Kenton County Planning Commission rubber-stamped yet another luxury housing development, because of course it did. The massively unpopular subdivision must now be approved by Covington and Park Hills, and is expected to drive up housing costs further and worsen water runoff that has already flooded Covington residents' homes.

• The Tea Party is backing a right-wing campaign against a popular new tax in Seattle that would charge big corporations making at least $20 million in gross revenue about $275 per full-time employee per year. This tax was supposed to help fund affordable housing programs. The Tea Party joins Amazon and Starbucks to be among the few to oppose the measure. Despite overwhelming public support for the tax, City Council plans to appease its corporate masters by repealing the tax.

• The Trump/Kim summit in Singapore (which was held there probably because Singapore outlaws chewing gum, and Trump probably doesn't know how to blow a bubble) was a disaster. What a surprise!

• Fascism is on the march in the Trump regime. When was the last time there was a Republican administration when it wasn't? Trump's Justice Department is arguing in a court case that the University of Michigan's policy against harassment is unconstitutional. The Trump regime's stance is that people have a First Amendment right to commit harassment on a university campus. Yep, that's been the cry of fascists everywhere for decades. Welcome to 1986, Donald.

Monday, June 11, 2018

A December to dismember in the Wolverine State!

An important Christmas family gathering in Port Huron, Michigan, doubled as a Roads Scholaring, and it yielded many a roadly exhibit.

This outing predated my whooping cough battle and broken finger, and you're gonna peep the whole thing until your face flies off in public...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Yep, you guessed it! Another Kentucky GOP scandal!

The party that The Media considers constitutionally entitled to hold every public office in the state strikes again!

The latest scandal in the Republican Party of Kentucky involves longtime Scott County Coroner John Goble. Together with some state police officials, Goble was indicted today on charges surrounding the alleged theft of $40,000 worth of weapons and ammo. The indictment for receiving stolen property accuses Goble of acquiring stolen police ammo.

Authorities say the ammunition was stolen from a Kentucky State Police facility and delivered to Goble. Goble also allegedly received numerous guns stolen from state police.

Goble was also indicted for allegedly authorizing payments to a deputy coroner who did not perform any services. Other counts accuse Goble of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and transporting moonshine.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A person has an Oscar the Grouch tattoo

I've just been informed that a guy with an Oscar the Grouch tattoo on his arm was sighted at Donatos today.

The man must be a real Sesamoid!

"That's a pee stain!"

I had another funny dream last night.

In this dream, I was at a "discount" store like a Kmart or a Target. Some woman raised a stink about some service she received at the store. She then placed the invoice for the service on the floor.

Apparently, when nobody was looking, someone urinated all over the invoice. Later, the woman picked the invoice up off the floor and talked to the manager about the service she got, not knowing the invoice had been peed on. As the woman was showing the manager the invoice, drops of urine dripped off of it.

"That's a pee stain!" the woman exclaimed in surprise.

No truer words were ever spoken.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Trump appoints Gary Bauer to religious freedom commission

How stupid is this?

Gary Bauer is a longtime right-wing activist from Newport, Kentucky, who made a brief presidential run some years back. The Newport school system required students to attend one of his rallies.

Bauer has a history of saying bigoted things - particularly about gays, Muslims, and the poor.

Guess what? Dictator Trump has just appointed Bauer to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Let this sink in for a moment. A man who wants to deny religious freedom has just been appointed to a religious freedom committee.

This is like appointing a member of the Campbell County Tea Party as drug czar.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Baste of Newport isn't all that interesting

Today, I goed to Taste of Newport - or as I call it, Baste of Newport. I'd forgotten just how dead the event usually is.

I remember going to Taste of Cincinnati once growing up back around 1983. It was a very uninteresting affair, and I think it poured down rain. I didn't go back for decades.

Taste of Newport is no better. If the region wasn't such a recreational black hole, nobody would even notice it.

Despite this, I saw a young woman today who was in a festive enough mood that she bubbled. Because that's what cool people do. They bubble. You do it every day, because you're a cool person.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

A November to dismember!

To fight the forces of loom and doom, I've finally posted my Roads Scholaring photos from this past November.

Peep, weep, and oggle-beep...

Friday, June 1, 2018

Another study ranks Kentucky last in economics

A new ranking is at least the second in recent months that places Kentucky dead last among all 50 states in economic development.

A new WalletHub study says Kentucky under Matt Bevin is the third-worst state to find a job - even as the national unemployment rate soars too. This study compares the states on 29 key economic indicators.

Reading the study further, we see that Kentucky ranks last in economic environment on the basis of average income, starting salaries, poverty rate, and other factors. Kentucky was also among the 10 worst states in unemployment and job opportunities.

Is the Courier-Journal still gonna say Matt Bevin should run for President?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sandy Hook suit should send chills through right-wing media empire

Families of victims of the 2012 school shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School are suing Alex Jones - and I hope the suit succeeds.

In a ghoulish attempt to discredit the families, Jones - a radio host known for his right-wing conspiracy theories - has claimed that the shooting was a hoax. Now the families are suing Jones for defamation in Connecticut and in Texas, where Jones's media machine is based.

Jones's attack has been sustained and malicious, and he has incited followers to harass the families.

I hope the lawsuit succeeds because that would send a strong signal that the Far Right's fake news machine must be reined in. I'd go a step further and support new legislation to punish what can be termed gross defamation. When people are shouted down based on fake news, it has a chilling effect on society and the public's general welfare. For right-wing media figures to be punished for their lies would be only fair.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Have no fear, the June ish is here!

June wouldn't be June if it didn't have the June issue of The Last Word to fart in your face throughout the totality of that month.

This ish is a beaut as usual, and it talks about numerous nifty things like these...

• Right-wingers' made-up complaints about everyone else buying big-screen TV's.

• A certain high school wasting over $5 million on a stadium.

• Sesame Place getting bad reviews.

• Gentrification greed.

• A funny body art question.

• The misery of Pac-Man cereal.

• And a whole lot more!

So point your pooper here...

If that doesn't work, point it here...

Tea Party misses parade

This is the first time in years that the Northern Kentucky Tea Party didn't show up in the Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade in an attempt to ruin it.

There were political parties and candidates, but the Tea Party itself was nowhere in sight - unless its float was so quiet that I missed it, which it never is. Last year, the Tea Party's presence received such an overwhelmingly negative reception that they probably realized they should lay low.

Also, I saw 2 - count 'em, 2 - people who bubbled.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Andy Barr trails by 15%

Andy Barr is the longtime far-right congressman in Kentucky's 6th District - who never should have won in the first place, because of his actions when he was in the administration of Gov. Ernie "Hey Bert" Fletcher.

Now - in the wake of Amy McGrath's stunning win in yesterday's Democratic primary - a new DCCC poll has McGrath demolishing Barr 52% to 37%.

I'll remember this when I'm watching the general election returns in November.

Wesley Morgan loses primary in upset

The Republicans actually lucked out yesterday in Kentucky.

Embattled far-right State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan - an ally of the late Dan Johnson - was defeated in the Republican primary for his Richmond-area seat. This at least gives the GOP a fighting chance in November - but not much.

At the same time, House Republican Leader Jonathan Shell - considered a rising GOP star - lost his primary to a high school teacher, after Shell helped pushed through legislation to rob teachers of their pensions.

Oh, and Lloyd Rogers lost his primary too.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bubbling season is upon us!

Bubbling season coincides with Scholaring season. With the warmer weather, a wad of bubble gum becomes more pliable and easier to blow bubbles with.

Today, when I was on the way to Kroger, some woman walking down the street bubbled. I saw her tilting her head backwards, and I knew just what was next!

At Kroger, I saw 2 - count 'em, 2 - customers who were in such a Krogery mood that they also bubbled.

Monday, May 14, 2018

196 photos from my Big Bend trip!

In America, you visit national parks. In Soviet Russia, national parks visit you!

Back in October, I visited Big Bend National Park, because it's a park that belongs to the people, and I have every right to do so. This trip yielded 196 Roads Scholaring photos, and you're gonna peep 'em all...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Everyday I write the book...about celebrity look-alikes!

Earlier, an Elvis Costello look-alike breezed through the alley next to my apartment on a bicycle.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Yep, the GOP is screwed

Tough toilets, Repubs.

Barring another Moscow midterm like 2014, the Republicans are utterly out of luck this November, and even West Virginia is an indicator of that.

If we were talking about the West Virginia of 20 years ago, it would be different, but today's GOP is a rural rump party, so West Virginia is their best bet now - and still they're coming up short. In Tuesday's primary, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin faced a longshot challenge from Paula Jean Swearengin - who is described as well to Manchin's left. But both Democrats got more votes in their primary than far-right Republican nominee Patrick Morrisey got in his.

Yes, even a Democrat who lost her primary got more votes than the Republican who won his! Many more voters voted in the Democratic primary than in the Republican primary - even though the GOP side was much more competitive and widely publicized. There's now real speculation that all 3 of West Virginia's U.S. House seats - currently held by Republicans - will flip to the Democrats in November.

It's not just West Virginia. It's Cincinnati too! Although Hamilton County now votes Democratic at the presidential level, Tuesday's primary in Ohio was the first time in decades that the Democrats got more votes than the Republicans in Hamilton County. This is especially stunning because GOP turnout is usually much higher in midterms.

When we're this late in the election cycle, and we're seeing results like this, you can safely say the Republicans have to cheat to win. Don't worry. They'll cheat. They've got Putin to help them.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trump regime wants to end cost-of-living increases for federal retirees

The Far Right's bottomless war on workers continues.

Officials in the Trump thugocracy are urging Congress to slash retirement benefits for federal workers.

Among the changes would be eliminating the cost-of-living increase for both future and current retirees. This comes as Donald Trump is demanding a pay freeze for current workers - despite inflation.

Supporters of the changes say it would "bring federal benefits more in line with the private sector." Are we talking about the same Big Business sector that's fueled America's chronic recession? Instead of this, how about if we bring benefits for private sector workers in line with those in the public sector? The Far Right boasts that their plan reflects the move in the private sector from pensions to programs like a 401(k) that lets rich investors gamble with workers' hard-earned money.

This evil proposal has already been blasted by the American Federation of Government Employees.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

People got mad because churches aren't right-wing enough

Don't be fooled by the proliferation of right-wing checkbook clergy. America still does have some cool churches.

I can't link to the article, because I saw it on an MSN page, but the Wall Street Journal just ran a piece about how people are losing their cool at mainline Protestant churches whose leaders are supporting more liberal causes. They say the churches are becoming less interested in spiritual renewal and too concerned with activism.

If they're so angry at churches engaging in liberal activism, why isn't a similar amount of ire being directed at churches that engage in conservative activism and even endorse right-wing candidates? Whether Protestant, Catholic, or anything else, America is littered with checkbook clergy who preach right-wing garbledygoop. Rather than offering spiritual renewal, these right-wing churches control people's lives, shame the poor, and honor only wealth as proof of God's favor.

Some churches strongly disfavor people of different backgrounds - whether it's on economics, sexuality, or some other reason. They idolize the rich and preach that those of less favorable economic circumstances must not have been worthy of salvation. According to these churches, if you're rich, you must have been good. It's only fair that we get to have cool churches to balance out this nonsense.

At least the Wall Street Journal was the right place for right-wingers to complain to about churches being too liberal. Everyone else is sick of their babblings.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Another Kroger bubbling

Today at Kroger, some guy bubbled.

GOP lawmakers leaked intelligence to Trump

Department of Justice officials now say that Republican members of Congress have leaked intelligence about Robert Mueller's investigation to so-called President Trump.

This explains why Trump seems to know so much about the probe. But it should have been obvious all along that lawmakers were feeding him intelligence.

This is obstruction of justice. A wimpy voice off in the distance says, "No, it isn't," because comgressmorons have "congressional immunity." Wrong again! They don't have immunity, because leaking intelligence like this isn't part of their job.

This isn't a problem we can just bubble away (try as though you might). There needs to be some prosecutions. But don't count on that happening, after the Republican wire fraud scandal during the Moscow midterm of 2014 was swept under the rug by the right-wing media.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Far Right politicizes Alfie Evans case

Some of the most hateful, arrogant people around are those who politicize the Alfie Evans case by citing it as a failure of public healthcare.

Nobody can possibly be dumb enough to think public healthcare killed Alfie Evans. So when they politicize it, it's malice - not ignorance that they can't help.

The right-wing thought police says the boy died because he was being treated by a hospital governed by Britain's National Health Service. They say his parents should have been allowed to take him to Italy, and that he wouldn't have been taken off life support there.

However, Italy - like Britain - also has national healthcare. If he had been taken there and not taken off life support, would they say this was a sign of public healthcare's success? Plus, it was British courts - not just the hospital - that ordered him off life support.

The Terri Schiavo case occurred in the United States at a time when corporate health care was at its nadir. Why isn't this case being used as a basis for criticizing capitalist healthcare, since public healthcare is criticized for the same thing?

National healthcare didn't kill Alfie Evans. He already had a fatal neurodegenerative disorder, and could not recover.

The Far Right doesn't care at all about him. All they care about is exploiting his death for political gain. It's just like how they swoop into every American city or town that suffers a major tragedy - and exploit it.

More folks would catch on to this right-wing demagoguery if the media would engage in more journalism and less preening hackery. The Republican Party is sinking into the peat bog - but our political media has been dragged along with it.

Pence attends racist fundraiser

Mike Pence is attending a fundraiser today for a pro-Trump "nonprofit" called America First Policies. As it turns out, the director of advocacy of this organization is one Carl Higbie, who has a rather, uh, interesting history himself.

Higbie - a Republican former congressional candidate in Connecticut - hosts a radio show with a history of bigoted remarks. He once claimed on his show that black women "think that breeding is a form of employment." Higbie has also claimed that PTSD was made up by veterans as a way to collect benefits.

Pence can't claim he doesn't know about Higbie's views - because Higbie had already been forced to resign a government post because of these revelations. Yet the Trump regime continues to embrace him.

Because, after all, this is the Republican Party we're talking about.


Illinois school district abolishes uniforms

A victory for the forces of good!

The Proviso Township school district in Illinois is abolishing its right-wing mandatory uniform policy. Students complained that the uniforms promoted "racism, classism, and sexism." Because of the community's almost universal opposition to uniforms, the school board unanimously voted to do away with the requirement.

The right-wing website comments supporting uniforms are already approaching a howl.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Have no fear, the May ish is here!

Aw, how cute! Scribd thinks The Last Word is a Republican zine!

The Last Word is the epitome of coolness, and thus cannot be a Republican zine - even though Scribd keeps classifying it as one. The May ish is now pub, and it talks about an assortment of interesting things. In this edition, a person chewed gum and Bob Barker thought it was funny, someone called me a communist, people got kicked out of amusement parks, a quest for a forgotten cereal commercial was launched, and a congressman chewed bubble gum off the floor.

So point your pooper here...

If you can't access it on Scribd, you can find it here...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fast food restaurant unionizes

It took this long for America to get its first unionized fast food restaurant?

If I was forced to work at a fast food place - like the Tea Party wants everyone to do (when the Tea Party won't work there themselves) - the first thing I'd do is join the union. But it took until now - probably 60 years after fast food became a major industry - before any such establishment in the United States unionized!

Burgerville is a fast food chain in the Northwest. This week, workers at a Burgerville location in Portland, Oregon, voted overwhelmingly to unionize. The vote was a smashing 18 to 4. This makes this location the first fast food restaurant in America with a federally recognized labor union.

The Burgerville Workers Union is part of the Portland chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World, but the unionization effort was led entirely by the restaurant's employees. The Burgerville union already had members at other locations, but this is the first time the union was officially recognized.

We can hear society's self-anointed economic whizzes whining, "Butbutbutbut fast food isn't supposed to be union! Talk to the hand, junior! <g>"

Hopefully, Burgerville's unionization will inspire efforts elsewhere - even in states with an unconstitutional right-to-scab law.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Quebec mosque killer a Ben Shapiro fan

Right-wing terrorism isn't limited to the U.S. Our Canadian friends are forced to deal with it sometimes too.

Last year, Alexandre Bissonnette shot up a mosque in Quebec City - killing 6 worshipers and wounding 19 more. Though this was in Canada, Bissonnette often espoused support for Donald Trump.

It turns out Bissonnette is a fan of - and may have been inspired by - far-right commentator Ben Shapiro, one of the most hateful assholes of all. Shapiro has never held a real job in his whole life and was given his own column when he was only 17. At Bissonnette's trial, it was revealed that Shapiro is Bissonnette's favorite commentator.

Shapiro is a serial liar who has claimed falsely that there are 500,000 "radical Muslims" in the U.S. - a claim that likely inspired Bissonnette.

This goes to show the dangers of the right-wing propaganda that defines much of our media. And the next time someone repeats Ben Shapiro's lies, I'm going to be in their face about it.