Saturday, March 17, 2018

Dirty Energy Fighting Dirty to Kill Solar in Kentucky

Jim Gooch has been the stupidest and most corrupt member of a stupid and corrupt General Assembly for decades.  His name on legislation guarantees the bill will severely harm the poorest and most defenseless Kentuckians.  Compared to the Gooch, Jim Inhofe is a tree-hugger.

Of course Gooch is getting rich by doing utilities' dirty work to kill renewable energy.

Tom Eblen at the Herald:

The anti-solar energy bill that was narrowly passed by the House and is awaiting action in the Senate illustrates two weaknesses in Kentucky’s civic character: We try to cling to the past, and we tolerate dirty politics.

House Bill 227 was written by electric utilities to protect their monopolies by discouraging Kentuckians from installing solar panels on their homes.

Under current law, homeowners with solar panels get full credit for excess power they feed into the utility grid on sunny days for when they need to draw it out at night or on cloudy days. This bill would significantly cut that credit, while making them pay full price for power they draw out.

Solar panel installers — mostly small businesses scattered around the state — say drastically cutting the so-called net metering rate would all but put them out of business, costing Kentucky hundreds of jobs. Fewer homeowners will install solar panels if low credit rates make it harder for them to recoup their investment. 

What this bill is really about is protecting the utilities’ traditional business model and protecting their monopolies on generating electricity. It’s as if carriage makers a century ago had tried to ban automobiles from the road, claiming they were unfair to horses.


 he story of how this bill even made it to the House floor is a case study in dirty politics. 

It was the work of Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence, a Democrat-turned-Republican and longtime chairman of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. Gooch, the coal industry’s best friend in Frankfort, is most famous for a 2007 legislative hearing he organized on the science of climate change that included no scientists, only climate-change deniers.
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pro-Choice Means Anti-Abortion

He holds the Tim Kaine position on abortion: He doesn’t personally support abortion but believes it should be legally available—a position known as being “pro-choice.”
And that's exactly the problem. If you don't "personally support" abortion, then you don't "personally support" a woman's bodily autonomy.  You don't "personally support" a woman's human rights.  You don't "personally support" the reproductive freedom that is the sole foundation of women's civil rights.

Not "personally supporting" abortion on demand is buying into the misogynistic position that abortion is something bad that people should not "personally support."

Not "personally supporting" abortion on demand is buying into the freakazoid position that imaginary invisible sky wizards give men the right to control what women do with their own bodies.

Not "personally supporting" abortion on demand is buying into the patriarchal, MRA position that women are mere appendages to men, just wombs at their service, not really human.

I am proudly Pro Abortion.  Any candidate who does not full-throatedly support free, no-restrictions, on-demand abortion clinics on every fucking corner in the land is anti-woman, no Democrat and undeserving of my vote.

Fuck you, Conor Lamb.  I hope a real Democratic candidate, preferably a woman, beats your ass in the primary this year.
Safe Legal and Rare, my ass.  Safe, Legal, Frequent and Nobody's Fucking Business.

Bevin Shits Himself in Public, Throws Poop, Loses Re-election

Is there no one on his staff who knows that the overwhelming majority of voters in Kentucky are public employees and teachers?  Legislators understand that, which is why the pension bill fucking over teachers is going nowhere in the General Assembly.

When Kentucky teachers chant "Vote. Them. Out. Vote. Them. Out." that's a death knell for any politician stupid enough to not do what the teachers tell her to do.

Jack Brammer in the Herald:
Gov. Matt Bevin ignited fresh outrage among Kentucky teachers Wednesday after he delivered a tongue-lashing to them for opposing Republican efforts to cut their retirement benefits, stupefying some of his GOP colleagues who called the remarks “inappropriate.”

During an interview Tuesday on WVLC radio in Campbellsville, Bevin called teachers who oppose Senate Bill 1 “selfish” and “ignorant,” comparing them to disloyal Americans who hoarded rationed goods during World War II.

“This would be like people having mass demonstrations about, ‘No I want my butter, I want my sugar, I’m going to keep all my steel and my rubber and my copper, and to heck with the rest of you people, you better keep giving me mine,’” Bevin said.

“That’s what it is, it’s the most remarkable commentary about who we are in modern times,” Bevin said. “It’s just straight up about wanting more than your fair share.”
Wednesday afternoon, Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim fired back: “We were shocked today by the disrespectful verbal attacks leveled at the teachers of Kentucky by Governor Bevin.”

“It’s true that countless teachers have had the audacity to stand up to our governor and the state legislature to demand the funding our students deserve and the retirement benefits we were promised,” McKim said on Facebook. “We ask our governor to remember he is a role model for Kentucky students too, so he should not be modeling name-calling or the disparaging of any group of our commonwealth’s citizens.”

Bevin’s remarks also were condemned by House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, R-Prospect.

“I have not seen the exact comments of what was said today, I’ve only heard bits and pieces of them, but if they are as I’ve been told, I think they’re inappropriate and I think that they show a lack of understanding of the people who are impacting the lives of our young people in this state,” Osborne said. “He’s not talking about many of the teachers that I know, many of the teachers I still consider friends and many of the people who are still active participants in the education community.”

“For us to lose focus on the fact that we’ve got to do something about this problem is inappropriate, but it is made exponentially more difficult when people make indefensible statements,” he said.

Meanwhile, Senate President Robert Stivers expressed doubt Wednesday that lawmakers will approve controversial changes to the public pension systems during the legislative session that ends April 13, possibly setting up a special legislative session later in the year.
Dead. Governor. Walking.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

KY Students: "We Stand With Florida"

Unfortunately, planned walkouts in Lexington and most other Central and Eastern Kentucky counties were mooted by school closings in the wake of two heavy snowstorms and associated flooding.

But Louisville students made the point: these kids are going to turn 18 before November, if they haven't already, and they're chomping at the bit to vote the NRA motherfuckers OUT.

Students at duPont Manual High School participated in the National School Walkout that happened across the country to protest gun violence.

Students from almost 3,000 schools were marking National Walkout Day, most by leaving their classrooms at 10 a.m. local times to show solidarity for the 17 killed in the Valentine's Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, according to USA TODAY.

At duPont Manual students held a sign that said, "We Stand with Florida."

The walkouts were scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The walkouts were supposed to last 17 minutes to represent the victims of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting.

SKY11 also flew over Atherton High School on Wednesday. Multiple students participated there as well.
Some school districts in Kentuckiana did not allow students to take part in the National School Walkout but they were going to allow their students to voice their opinions in other ways.

Bullitt County Public Schools didn't feel it was safe for students to just walk out of the school, according to a letter the superintendent posted to Facebook on March 12. So principals were tasked with working with student leaders and advocates to find other means of protest like the following: writing letters, public service announcements, a moment of silence for those affected by violence, and random acts of kindness toward others.
Bullitt students surely already know their superintendent is a cowardly, lying motherfucker who doesn't give a shit about their safety but is terrified of losing his job.
WHAS11's Robert Bradfield will have a full report on the walkout during the evening newscasts. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, March 12, 2018

GOP Tax Cuts Are Worse Than We Thought

Yep, the repugs just snatched the wallets of every working person in the country and handed them directly to corporate shareholders.  Do not invest in new factories, do not create jobs, do not pass go.  Just steal the savings of everyone who's not obscenely rich.

Political Animal

Corporations aren’t just spending their tax cuts on stock buybacks. They’re investing at almost record levels on mergers and acquisitions, which increases what they’re making on buybacks. Isn’t that special?

Let’s take all this one step further though. Mergers and acquisitions are the building blocks of monopolies, something the Washington Monthly has been warning about for years as perhaps the single biggest contributor to stagnant wages and income inequality.

We can all complain that Democrats didn’t do enough to tackle the monopolization of our economy when they had majorities in Congress and a president in the White House. But now we see what the Republican position is. They aren’t just ignoring the issue, they’re feeding it with their corporate tax cuts and expect the rest of us to be happy with an extra buck fifty a week.
Noah at Down with Tyranny has it in meme form:
Take a look at that $6 Billion for workers. Chances are that is you, the reader of this post. If you are one of the approximately 300 Million Americans (I'm rounding it off just in the interest of simplicity), your average share of that $6 Billion would be $20.00. How's that $20.00 changing your life? Oh, you say your share is well above the average? OK. Great for you! You say your share is what $100? $1,000? $1,500? Wow! I bet that's life changing for you! That money can buy you a lot of healthcare, no?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Nothing to do with gun ubiquity, no, not at all

He had a gun. So he used it to kill people he didn't like. That's what guns are for. He used it exactly as it was designed and built to be used.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, a student shoots himself with a gun he brought to school in his pocket, and the response of school officials is to install a metal detector.  And expel the student. Missing the point completely.

Pride of the NRA, all of them.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Not Even Raising Taxes Will Save KY Repugs

As Molly Ivins wrote about Ross Perot when he declared that the problem with Texas schools was too much football, KY House repugs have gone crazier than a peach orchard boar.

They wrote a budget that not only reverses the governor's spending cuts, but does so by - wait for it - raising taxes.

Or maybe they are not so crazy as they are fucking terrified of their pissed-off voters replacing them with Dems in November.

But don't worry: the taxes they propose are all on working people. They completely ignore the giant hordes of cash stolen by corporations and the already filthy rich.

Good job, House repugs.  Keep making it easier for Democratic candidates to turn out our voters.

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From the Herald:
In a budget plan unveiled Wednesday, House Republicans proposed three tax increases they said would raise about $500 million over the next two years, which they would largely use to reverse spending cuts to education programs proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin. 

The Republican’s plan raises the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 50 cents, eliminates a $10 individual income tax credit and levies a 25 cent tax on prescription opioids each time a dosage is sold by a distributor to a pharmacy, the first such tax in the country, according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Steven Rudy, R-Paducah.