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So I took my Arthur Brown Edition Jeep Wrangler to the dealership today for the heated mirror recall, where corrosion could cause the Jeep to catch on fire. I got a call at around 3:30PM. They’re keeping the Jeep at the dealership overnight because they discovered a transmission fluid leak that could have… uhm… caught it on fire.

BWAHAHAHA! Hey, if any of you do any offroading and camping and need someone to light your campfire, just give me a call. I’ll bring my Jeep. :).

One thing I do have to say is that Fiat-Chrysler appears to be standing behind the vehicle. Thus far the only money I’ve had to pay out is for oil changes, and shit that I broke offroading it.

– Badtux the Busy Penguin

What a sound track!

Lera Lynn, “A Church In Ruins”, from the sound track to the HBO Series True Detective.

Apparently someone is being murdered while she sings this…

– Badtux the Music Penguin

Chris Christie is in. That makes it twenty-eight declared Republican candidates as of today. And while the record for stuffing clowns into a Mini Cooper is twenty-eight, none of them were Chris Christie.

Yeah, a bigger clown car. Maybe a Chrysler Town & Country minivan, heh.

Let me be blunt: Chris Christie is a bully and a liar. He belongs in an episode of The Sopranos as one of the bad guys, not in the White House. Between that and the fact that the teabaggers hate him for sucking up to President Obama in order to get disaster recovery money for New Jersey, he has all the chance of a cockroach in a teakettle. Still, with all the other clowns running, anything could happen…

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

There’s always a cold front coming in when James McMurtry is singing. This is “Rachel’s Song” off his 1995 album Where’d you hide the body.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

Is, apparently a gay boyfriend. At least, that’s what Garfunkel and Oates claim in their snarky song “Gay Boyfriend”. Another version of which is on their 2011 album All Over Your Face.

— Badtux the Snarky Music Penguin

Angry Johnny & The Killbillies, “All American Girl” off their 1998 album High Noon in Killville.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

So, democracy is tyranny.

That is the refrain I often hear from the Libertarian types, whose disgust for democracy is well known. They claim that in a democracy, the majority will always oppress the minority. Always.

Yet reality on the ground seems to contradict that claim. The latest gay marriage polls and legalization thereof are an interesting test case of the “tyranny of the majority” silliness. Consider: Gay people are 2% to 4% of the population (there are higher numbers mentioned, but they aren’t credible — sexual attraction is a spectrum so those higher numbers are including people whose main attraction is to people of the opposite sex, but who have some attraction to the same sex). In short, gay people are a distinct minority of the world’s population. A distinct minority whose principal sexual practices are, let us say, squicky to the majority.

Yet equal rights for gay people is controversial in America only with a small subset of right wing neanderthals. And the right to gay marriage is supported by the majority of Americans, as well as by the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Equal rights. For a minority. In a democracy. According to the Libertarian zealots, it couldn’t happen. Yet it did. Multiple times. Sometimes by vote, sometimes by court ruling, but always with the support of the majority of the people.

The Libertarians insist that humans are evil and want to oppress their fellow man, and thus rule by the majority will always result in oppression of the minority. But really, what the majority wants is to live their lives in peace. Oppression is expensive and causes social disorder, while living your life in peace by giving minorities equal rights isn’t. Why in the world do the Libertarians insist that oppression is inevitable in a democracy, despite the evidence right there before their own two eyes?

– Badtux the Baffled Penguin

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