At war

Haley Bonar, “Last War”, from her 2014 album by that name. She has a new album out as of a couple of months ago, Impossible Dream, but she has a *lot* of music that pretty much nobody has heard.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

NRA through the years

2008 : “Obama is coming for your guns!”
2009 : “Obama is coming for your guns!”
2010 : “Obama is coming for your guns!”
2011 : “Obama is coming for your guns!”
2012 : “Obama is coming for your guns!”
2013 : “Obama is coming for your guns!”
2014 : “Obama is coming for your guns!”
2015 : “Obama is coming for your guns!”
2016 : “Hillary is coming for your guns!”

Gotta give’em credit for consistency.

Meanwhile, here in the real world, Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, any chance of gun control was off the table. Nevermind gun confiscation, which ain’t even in the same fucking house as that table, nevermind on it.

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Offline for next few days

At least, if I can get The Mighty Fang off my sleeping bag, where he is, err, sleeping:

I’ll be back posting again on Monday. Or maybe Sunday night. Depends on how much cool stuff happened while I was gone, and how tired I am when I get in.

– Badtux the Going-offline Penguin

Trumpistas talking about revolution if Trump loses.

Look: Revolutions don’t happen because someone loses an election. Revolutions happen when people have nothing to lose. The Trumpistas still have lots to lose. They’re still housed and clothed and well fed (maybe too well fed, if you look at the obesity numbers for states where Trumpistas are the majority). Oh sure, a few young bucks will toss a molotov cocktail through the front window of a Democratic Party office or fire a few bullets through the front window of their local Democratic organizer, but that’s all that’s going to happen, and the local cops are going to handle that, or if not, the FBI will move in as they did with the Bundy clan. They aren’t going to organize, the macho young turks who do stuff like that aren’t into organizing anything more sophisticated than a beer bash in the woods with their best buddies from high school. They aren’t going to arm themselves with military weapons (not military-STYLE weapons, but actual military weapons), a) they wouldn’t know where to get their hands on actual military weapons, and b) they wouldn’t spend the money on such a thing anyhow, that would buy a lot of beer.

So the Trumpistas are going to grumble and complain and make a nuisance of themselves, but revolution? Puh-LEEZE. It ain’t happening. There just isn’t any “there” there.

– Badtux the History Penguin

Joan Baez is 75 years old. She performed with her friend Judy Collins (77 years old) on her birthday. “Diamonds and Rust” was of course the top of the playlist.

— Badtux the Music Penguin

Fifteen of the people involved with the Malheur situation were FBI informants. LOL. Do you really think, after these militias showed up at the Bundy Ranch and pointed guns at Federal employees, that the FBI was just going to ignore them? No. They immediately started investigating, infiltrating, putting people into place, turning people who had things in their past that the FBI could use against them. And remember, only *three* of the informants testified at the Bundy trial. The other twelve are still out there. In these “militias”. Where everybody is now looking at each other, wondering, “which one of us is an FBI informant?”.

My kudos to the FBI. They saw a real threat, and they acted to contain it. These militias aren’t going to be up to anything nasty and violent anytime soon. They’re all too scared that anybody who suggests doing something nasty and violent might just be one of the FBI informants. This is how it’s done, people. This is why there will be no armed revolt that overthrows the U.S. government. To be militarily effective, you have to *organize* — disorganized people aren’t a revolt, they’re scattered criminals, easily rounded up and imprisoned. And organizing when you don’t know which of your group are Federal informants and which ones are real… that’s pretty damn much impossible.

— Badtux the Rule Of Law Penguin

“Look into my crystal ball and see America’s future,” the ‘All Seeing Trump’ declares. “I see a huge investment into a modern, high speed rail system. Very advanced, very fast. And we’re going to use it to deport 11 million illegal Mexicans. And by the way, I love the Mexican people. I love their spirit! I love their spirit. And I love packing them onto trains like cattle. And I build the best deportation trains, believe me. My trains are so much better…”


– Badtux the Easily Amused Penguin