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Meanwhile, The Rude Pundit explains why Obama was ultimately a failure as President. Basically, he believed that it was possible to compromise with people who want to gut and filet you. It is not. When a violent person is coming at you in order to hurt you as much as possible, the time for talk is over, and the time to start whipping ass has started. Obama never realized this. He should have read a few of Rory Miller‘s books. He wasn’t dealing with normal civilized human beings. He was dealing with amoral thugs. He never understood that, which is why, like most nice guys, he ended up gutted and the steaming entrails of everything he hoped to accomplish will be devoured by the buzzards by the time a year is finished.

– Badtux the Disappointed Penguin

Shakey got a band

Shakey Graves, “Family and Genus”, off his 2014 album And the War Came. Guess he got tired of being a one-man band.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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From a Facebook discussion:

MV: Some even call that being Christian.

Me: Oh puh-leeze. Everybody knows that when people came to Jesus to be healed, Jesus asked them, “how much money do you make?” and if they replied “I’m poor, Jesus,” said “get out of here, I don’t heal poor people.” It’s right there in the Bible, in Republican 5:13.

DA: It’s not in any Bible I have so I had to go online to Liberty University…This is the new King Donald version…. Book of the Republicans

Chap. 5 cont. 9And lo, did Jesus greet the masses to heal the sick and injured. 10“Verily, come forth and receive the healing grace of our Father’s love. Bring thine purse and gift your coin to my apostles.” 11“But, my Lord, there are many that do not have coin nor jewels to give.” said John, the Apostle. 12And Jesus did say “Do they not know that the Lord, thy God has expenses? Do they not know the cost of travel from Nazareth or of lodging for all the Apostles?” 13“Send them away. If thine wishes to receive the healing and grace of our Father, only gold will provide the means.”

Yep, that seems to pretty much be our nation’s conception of healthcare…

– Badtux the Healthcare Penguin

Music for the apocolypse

Sixteen Horsepower, “Brimstone Rock”, off their 1998 album Low Estate.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

Back on July 15, 2016, Fiat-Chrysler announced a plan to spend over $1B on its North American assembly lines related to building the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. $350M would be spent moving the Jeep Cherokee assembly line from Toledo Ohio to their assembly plant in Belvidere Illinois, where it would supplant production of the disappointing (and disappearing) Chrysler 200. The remaining $700B would be spent retooling Toledo North (the plant where the Cherokee was being built) to produce the new 2018 Wrangler.

This was a deal that had been underway for a long time. The new Jeep Wrangler was always going to be built in one of FCA’s US assembly plants — back in 2012 Fiat-Chrysler’s CEO said that the Wrangler was “uniquely American” and part of its brand was to be built in America — but the question was, which one? The logical thing to do was to discontinue the disappointing Chrysler 200 and build the new line in the empty spaces at the underutilized Belvidere IL plant. Toledo and the state of Ohio pulled out the stops to make it happen in Toledo Ohio, the original home of Jeep. They came up with a package of additional land (to be leased to FCA for $1 per year) for the new buildings, temporary cash assistance for the temporarily idled workers paid as if it were unemployment compensation but without the requirement that they apply for new jobs each week, an agreement with the UAW to allow shifting some workers around to Toledo South (producing the current 2017 Wrangler) and temporarily reducing hours of workers at Toledo South so some Toledo North workers could work there too so that as many workers as possible could be kept on the payroll while the Toledo North plant was retooled for the new Wrangler, and various other concessions and incentives. After Toledo North started producing the new Wrangler, Toledo South would then stop producing the old Wrangler and be re-tooled for the new Wrangler pickup truck and various specialty models of Wrangler.

In the end it was a joint venture of Fiat-Chrysler, the city of Toledo, the state of Ohio, and the UAW that made it possible to keep Jeep Wrangler production in Toledo Ohio and expand it. The new Toledo North plant is expected to be capable of making over 450,000 Wranglers per year, of which at least 40% will be exported to other nations (by comparison the current Toledo South plant was designed to make 150,000 Wranglers per year and currently is maxed at around 225,000 Wranglers per year), while Toledo South’s production of the Wrangler Pickup is unknown but the plant was designed for 150,000 vehicles per year and likely they can sell’em if they make’em.

So who is taking credit for all of this? Guess who:

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GRRR! What a fucking asshole! All of this was worked out over a year before Donald Trump got his first vote in the primaries! Not only is he taking credit for other people’s hard work, but he even got the states wrong. Yeah, Toledo is in Ohio, but Belvidere is in ILLINOIS, not MICHIGAN! Sheesh. What a maroon.

If I were in Toledo or Ohio government or UAW leadership I’d be pissed right now at Trump taking credit for my hard work. I’m not, but I’m pissed anyhow, because I’ve been following this saga for the past three years (I’m a Jeep enthusiast, doh) and know just how hard so many people have been working to make all of this happen. Having some orange racist pedophile pussy grabber swoop in at the last moment and claim credit for these people’s hard work irks me on so many levels…

– Badtux the Annoyed Penguin

Brushy One String, “No Man Stop Me”, off his 2016 album by that name. He sing the blues ’cause he’s lived the blues.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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Yes, today is when we celebrate the life of a happy token negro who never said anything threatening and was like all peace and love and all that. Kinda this kindly uncle (tom) figure who just magically made civil rights (sort of) happen for black people by being nice.

Of course, the real Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a fireball. He didn’t encourage violence because a minority attempting to gain equal rights via violence is a minority asking to be exterminated, but he had no problem inconveniencing racists in every way possible while pandering to the tv news crews and to politicians like LBJ all the way. He also knew that poverty and ignorance had to be eliminated. Every conversation with LBJ where I’ve read the transcript, he’s pushing for anti-poverty programs and education programs. For everybody, not just for black people, because he knew that poverty and ignorance fed racism the way that june bugs feed ducks.

Then he was killed and became a martyr, kindly uncle (tom) who was all peace and love and all that and polite, like, and certainly not threatening to us white folk. SIGH. History re-written. So it goes.

– Badtux the History Penguin