Saturday, August 31, 2019

Have no fear, the September ish is here!

Ba-de-ya! The Septermber issue of The Last Word is now pub, and it's pooping a hole plumb through your panatloons!

This ish talks about my public takedown of a local right-wing politician, airlines thinking they own everything, Mister Rogers swearing, Wikipedia fake news, people intentionally ruining comic books and baseball cards, prank 911 calls, bubble gum ruining a pair of mittens, and more!

So point your pooper here...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A person bubbled at the bike shop

Today at the bike shop, some man bubbled.

Friday, August 16, 2019

A bunch of people bubbled in a commersh (Bubble Gum Weekend)

There is hope for the world yet!

You never see commercials for gum anymore, but Bazooka - which never advertised in my day - actually has a new ad. Best all, it has a slogan that uses "bubble" as a verb...

That new commersh features a catchy jingle and evokes the feel of an '80s advertising campaign. It touts the size of bubbles you can blow with this brand of bubble gum - much like the gum ads of old. And people bubble in the ad to demonstrate Bazooka's bubble kerpowin' capabilities. Several teenagers take selfies of themselves bubbling and send them to their friends.

Most noteworthy though is the slogan: "Share, bubble, have fun!" Sort of like, "Think. Do. Be." At least that's better than, "Hoard, don't bubble, be miserable!"

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Bevin now trails by 15%

"Asked if the election were held today, 51% said they would vote for Beshear and 36% for Bevin."

Bye, Matt.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sean Hannity runs his big Nazi mouth

The "right" of a very few people to openly carry a military-style assault rifle and fire it indiscriminately isn't supposed to outweigh the rights of millions to gather peacefully and be free of warrantless searches.

But far-right commentator Sean Hannity thinks it is. And he wants a fascist police state to remind us of it.

The Second Amendment is the law of the land, and Americans have a right to own and possess weapons of defense. But nobody has a right to hoard weapons of offense and use them in an unreasonable way. However, the Bill of Rights does protect the right to peaceful assembly and freedom from unreasonable searches. Now Hannity wants to gut those rights just to please the few who worry about their assault rifles being taken away.

Hannity proposes filling America's schools and shopping malls with armed guards - as in a police state. The perimeter of each school would be surrounded by guards, and each school would be full of metal detectors.

Does this also mean guards would also be posted outside all food festivals and places of worship? These venues have also seen recent mass shootings. Then there's the important issue of how zealous guards might react to situations that pose no threat at all. Someone pointed out that they might mistake a balloon popping for gunfire and start shooting.

I don't want to live in a police state. If we must restrict high-powered assault rifles from the very few people who want one, that's the price of protecting the right of all to move about freely and be secure from warrantless searches and heavy-handed policing. In no way, shape, or form am I advocating taking defensive weapons from those who have them to protect themselves and their families.

Much more helpful than an assault weapon ban though would be using the anti-gang laws to go after hate groups, and banning hate group members from having any kind of gun.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Dayton passes anti-discrimination law

Until tonight, there were only 11 cities in Kentucky that had their own fairness ordinance - a law specifically prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for things like employment and housing. Covington and Maysville were the only cities in northern Kentucky with such a law.

But now Dayton has rightly joined these other cities. Tonight, city council members in this working-class Campbell County city voted 5 to 0 to enact this ordinance.

Unlike when Sarah Palin claimed to be able to see Russia out the window of her home, it's actually true that I can see Dayton out my window. I'm right next to the window of my home office and can see houses in Dayton just hundreds of feet away. The more important point is that - once again - a working-class city like Dayton is more forward-thinking than rich suburbs that refuse to pass progressive laws like this. It isn't only on economic issues, but also social issues like this.

Wealthy suburbs need to get with the program and learn something from the working-class cities and towns that have approved progressive ordinances.

CNN lies about Antifa and Ohio massacre

CNN has become the latest fake news outlet to be blackballed as a source by this blog.

Dayton, Ohio, gunman Connor Betts not only made pro-Trump Twitter posts, but some of his former high school classmates said he had extreme right-wing views. After this was revealed, - a so-called news aggregator that accepts submissions from unvetted sources - claimed Betts had actually supported progressive causes and candidates on his Twitter feed. But there is no real evidence of it. All provided was what it claimed were screenshots of the feed. is not a reliable source. Think of what one of those checkout lane tabloids would be like if it didn't have its own writers practicing yellow journalism and blindly accepted items from outside writers instead.

Later, the website of a certain cable channel had an article with a headline blaring, "The Dayton shooter had an extreme left Twitter feed." The article also referred to what it called "the violent protest group Antifa." It cited the debunked piece as its only source.

What right-wing cable channel ran this discredited garbage? Fox News? CNBC? Nope! It was CNN. CNN actually ran a made-up story that not only claimed that a right-wing mass shooter was actually a leftist but also that Antifa is a "violent protest group." This despite the fact that Antifa has never initiated any violent confrontations. They ran this story even after people who knew the shooter provided information that completely contradicted it.

However, CNN's article goes on to say of Betts's Twitter feed, "The account is no longer active." Gee, ya think? Weird how nobody can verify what's on an account that no longer exists.

CNN used to have much higher standards than this, but I never placed all my faith in CNN anyway. Even in the 1991 Gulf War, when CNN was widely praised for its coverage, the channel scrutinized its coverage to appease political leaders who bullied the media into suppressing negative information about the war. Hiding negative stories isn't what journalism is supposed to stand for, but a lot of media outlets were guilty of it.

Plus, I don't know any leftists who make lists of classmates they want to rape, or kill family members because they associate with people of another race.

This is like how the media claimed the Unabomber was a progressive activist - even though his rambling manifesto repeatedly attacked "liberals."

The media lying about Antifa and various news events shouldn't be a big focus of this blog - but it is, because the media keeps lying. Nobody else calls them out, because they're the media, dammit. Yep, the same media that claims Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in 2003 and that we have the best economy in 50 years. That media.

Now other media outlets are actually claiming that El Paso shooter Patrick Crusius is a leftist. This claim is even easier to debunk than the media's idiotic claims about Betts, because it can be verified that Crusius posted a manifesto expressing white supremacist views and echoing Donald Trump's stances against immigration. Plus, it turns out that the gunman in the recent shooting in Gilroy, California, promoted a favorite far-right book - a fact that has been almost completely ignored by the media.

Mass shootings are a right-wing phenomenon. End of story.

Fuck off, CNN.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Ohio gunman made right-wing Twitter posts

There's been some coverage of the El Paso shooter's right-wing motives, but Connor Betts - the gunman responsible for the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio - appears to have had similar motives.

It's been revealed that Betts was an admirer of Donald Trump who made right-wing Twitter posts.

Meanwhile - because some of the El Paso victims were Mexican citizens - the Mexican government is quite rightly proposing that the El Paso gunman should be extradited to Mexico to face terrorism charges. This is certainly fair, because the U.S. refuses to charge him with terrorism.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Trumpthug throws punches outside Cincinnati rally

Donald Trump held one of his KKK rallies in Cincinnati last night, and - to the surprise of nobody - one of his thugs started a fight with a counterprotester. This is even less surprising than the fact that Trump made a racist comment at the rally.

Dallas Frazier, 29, of Georgetown, Kentucky, is being charged with assault after he jumped out of his pickup truck and repeatedly punched a 61-year-old man who was protesting against Trump. The incident was caught on video. The victim of the assault had to be taken to the hospital.

Trumpthugs reportedly started another fight inside the coliseum where Trump was speaking.

According to witnesses, Frazier drove around the block about 5 times in about 20 minutes and kept yelling at the protesters before he got out of his truck and punched the man.


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Have no fear, the August ish is here!

August! It turns me upside-down! And we all know that August wouldn't be August if the August ish of The Last Word didn't fall from the sky and slime you!

This issue discusses a contractor being let off easy for violating local ordinances, the return of bubble gum to Kroger, a Magic: The Gathering card getting ruined, the wastage of bananas and milk, lost hits, credit score fail, and more! It's not sold in any store!

So point your pooper here...

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LG&E launches illegal land grab in Bullitt County

Get off our land, LG&E!

Only in a corporatist police state can a big corporation seize private individuals' land to be used for their own projects. Sadly, these days, that's become the norm. Louisville Gas & Electric - which has a monopoly on electric and gas service in the Louisville area - is suing folks in Bullitt County, Kentucky, to take their land to build a natural gas pipeline.

It's not only individuals who are being targeted. Bernheim Forest is being sued too, threatening a conservation project there. The utility recently filed at least 9 condemnation suits in Bullitt County. LG&E is going ahead with the project even though it hasn't even secured an important permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Meanwhile, a natural gas pipeline owned by energy giant Enbridge in Lincoln County has exploded - killing one person and seriously injuring at least 5 others. Flames shot 300 feet into the sky and could be seen all over the county and even showed up on weather radar.

There is no legal basis to allow utilities or any other private corporation to condemn land. People across the political spectrum should be able to agree that this is one of the most basic facts of a free society. The Constitution requires just compensation if public entities take land. Where does it permit private companies to take land at all?