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What a sexy stud of a man!

Oh wait, no, that was Steve Bannon. Who got fired today, probably because of the gonzo interview he gave to American Prospect, which was a blatant violation of message discipline. My guess is that General Kelly used this as his ammunition to finally shitcan the asswipe. It’s been well known that General Kelly was no fan of Bannon (and vice vice versa). But you can’t just fire one of Cheeto Mussolini’s friends without having some hefty ammo to bring to the battle… and Bannon gave Kelly a fucking dumptruck of ammo.

So now Steve’s shitcanned. Which, given that a) he was probably the smartest dude in the Trump White House, and b) he is totally devoid of any redeeming moral or ethical values, probably is a good thing for America. Evil smart people ought to be kept as far away from the levers of power as possible. Trump’s loss is our gain.

But never fear, Steve always has his good looks to fall back upon! What a genetically superior specimen he is!

Or, plan B, he can go back to work for Breitbart.com again. Gosh, supermodel or Breitbart.com? I wonder which one it will be? 🙂

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Every Southern town, it seems has its memorial featuring a statue of some Confederate general or another. And whenever you point out that these were evil motherfuckers who fought a war to defend keeping human beings as livestock, I get the invariable whines of “but what if it was *your* ancestor there in the public square?”

Yeah? What if? I’d say the same goddamn thing: Tear the evil sonofabitch’s statue down. These evil motherfuckers killed more Americans than Hitler. You don’t see statues glorifying Hitler in every public square of America, do you? No?

And in fact, one of my ancestors did fight (and die) for the Confederacy. I tracked the family tree back to some dude who moved from North Carolina to the Cajun prairie of Southwest Louisiana in order to breed human beings as livestock. Yep, he had himself a regular business there, he had a big honkin’ stud, a fine collection of brood mares, and made his living renting his stud out to all the plantations in the area when he wasn’t selling the kiddos who popped outta his brood mares. Except these were human beings that he was breeding like livestock.

In short, he was one evil motherfucker. And for his sins, he condemned the next three generations of his family to bone-crushing poverty when he went out to fight to defend his right to own human beings as livestock and promptly got his ass capped by a Union bullet. (Or maybe he just died of dysentery in one of the unsanitary military camps of the area, whatever, all I know is that he never came back). He’d married a Cajun wife, who had been happy to marry this wealthy Anglo and escape her life of poverty. Guess what. She ended up back in the swamps with her relatives again, raising her kiddos, Anglo last name and all, as Cajuns. It always baffled me how my father’s side of the family for three generations back had spoken Cajun French at home as their native language and been raised in the Cajun culture despite their Anglo last name. Now I know. It was the family punishment for my great-great grandpappy’s sin.

Now, if I found out that my great-great grandpappy had been a high muckety muck in the Confederate army, would I want a statue in some public park commemorating his bravery? Fuck no. He was an evil motherfucker who went out to kill Americans in order to maintain the right to treat human beings as livestock. He no more deserves a statue in a public square than Adolph fucking Hitler does. Both wanted to kill Americans in defense of their right to do some evil, evil shit. If my ancestor had a statue on some public square, I’d fucking spit on the goddamn thing. Then pee on it for good measure. Because he was evil, evil, EVIL, and that evil does not need to be glorified in public, it needs to be documented in history books and in museums where that evil can be presented in its proper context.

Fuck these evil American-killing bastards. Melt down their statues for scrap. They were fucking evil, through and through, and deserve no statue, only disdain.

– Badtux the Southern Penguin

Google engineer fired for denigrating 20% of Google’s workforce to their face now trying to paint himself as a “hero of free speech”.

Dear James Damore:

Frankly, Google doesn’t care about your opinions. You’re free to have any opinions you want. You’re even free to spew them on a blog of your choosing, as long as you don’t present any association between yourself and Google. Google doesn’t care. Google doesn’t have to.

But when you bring your assholery onto the Google campus and insult 20% of your co-workers? Then your co-workers aren’t the problem. You are the problem.

See, here’s the thing. The Silicon Valley operates on a system of consensus. We need people who are capable of working together with other people in order to arrive at a consensus as to how to solve problems. You deliberately insulted and pissed off 20% of your co-workers. It doesn’t matter what you said to do that, Google doesn’t care, Google doesn’t have to. What matters is that you proved you’re a fucking asshole, and you’re not brilliant enough to be a coddled fucking asshole. You’re not “Googly”. You’re not a cultural fit. So Google fired your precious white male snowflake ass, and bid you good riddance.

So now you’re talking about suing Google for “discrimination”? Child. “Asshole” isn’t a protected class under California or US law, and California is an “at-will” state, meaning that barring some union contract of some kind (and you’re not a union member, you sneer at unions) Google can fire your ass for basically any reason other than membership in a protected class. Firing you for being a fucking asshole is well within their rights under both California law and U.S. labor law.

So good luck finding a lawyer willing to sue Google on your behalf. Here’s a hint, James: If the lawyer you talk to wants money up front rather than being willing to work on contingency, he’s scamming you. He thinks you have no case, and is just going to go through the motions doing the minimal amount of work not to be hauled before the ethics committee. I’m sure you can find some such shyster, and probably raise enough money from other asshole precious white male snowflakes to hire him. But you’ll still stay fired. You’ll just be a fired dude who is blackballed as an asshole by most Silicon Valley companies because you’ve made yourself infamous amongst them.

But hey, maybe Uber has an opening….

– Badtux the “Fucking Assholes” Penguin
* I do not speak for Google.
** Fuck, I don’t even *work* for Google.

Charlottesville VA police department refuses to provide protection for Jewish synagogue and Jewish worshipers targeted by Nazis.

This is part of a pattern of behavior on the part of the Charlottesville police department. They target left-wing protesters and gas or arrest them upon the least provocation, but coddle right wing protesters and Nazis and allow Nazis free rein to do whatever they want to do — something which, BTW, the police in Wiemar-era Germany did too, thus allowing Hitler to come to power on the back of his brownshirts.

At some point we have to say that this pattern of behavior is not coincidence. At some point we have to ask, “which of the people leading the Charlottesville, VA police department are closet Nazis?” In my opinion, that point is now, because this has become too blatant to be a coincidence.

– Badtux the “Nazis. Goddamn fucking Nazis.” Penguin

The rats are surely deserting the ship.

Of course Trump has Mafia connections. He’s a real estate developer in NYC and New Jersey. He couldn’t do that if he didn’t have Mafia connections. All the real estate developers there are mobbed up, it’s how things are done.

The real story isn’t Trump’s Mafia connections. It’s about how voices on the right are now feeling their way towards directly criticizing Trump, rather than the sort of lukewarm faint praise that they previously gave him out of fear of Trump’s MAGAts. Apparently despite Charlottesville, the sharks are smelling blood in the water coming from the direction of the Trump administration. And where there’s blood, eventually there will be a feeding frenzy….

– Badtux the Swimming Penguin

SNORK!. Turned out that one of the councils, the Manufacturing Council, voted to officially disband before Trump’s tweet saying he was disbanding them. And then Trump said “you can’t quit, I’m firing you!”. ROFL.

This White House has become so toxic that even right wing business leaders don’t want to associate with it. And we have 3 1/2 more years of this — maybe 7 1/2 more years, depending on whether Trump manages to get us into a war.

We are so fucked….

– Badtux the Waddling Penguin

Steve Bannon just gave an interview with the liberal magazine American Prospect where he sounds downright reasonable compared to most of the Trumpistas.

Steve. Fucking. Bannon. Well, I gotta hand it to him, he might be a vile repulsive human being, but he’s also not an idiot. He called out the Nazis and Klansmen in Virginia as “losers” — remember, Bannon is one of the guys who designed the alt-right’s de-Nazification program (where they deliberately dump all racist and Nazi symbols), which was intended to make the alt-right “family friendly” even though its core believes are still pure white supremacist. Having all these losers running around waving Nazi flags and giving Nazi salutes must irk the shit out of him, even if his boss doesn’t seem to care.

So anyhow, on North Korea: “There is no military solution.” He points out that Seoul is within artillery distance of a huge mass of North Korean conventional artillery and there’s no effective military action that could be taken without 10 million dead South Koreans (and, incidentally, a huge chunk of our economy going up in smoke — we literally can’t make cell phones without South Korea anymore).

On China: he repeats the protectionist rhetoric that got Trump elected and that a wide swathe on both the left and the right agree with.

And he claims that he’s not getting shoved out of the Trump administration, that in fact he’s marginalizing or bypassing most of his critics there.

What to think about this? I don’t know. But I can come to two conclusions: 1) whatever happens with Steve Bannon, he’s probably the most dangerous man on the far right today, because he’s probably the smartest. And 2) he enjoys burning shit down. He’s damn the torpedoes full speed ahead.

Of course, if he ends up running aground on his own torpedoes, that might be an end that he didn’t foresee….

– Badtux the Waddling Penguin