At least, that appears to be the NRA meme of the day in response to the killing of two WDBJ reporters as they did a live on-the-air piece.

See, it wasn’t the bullets from the gun carried by the disgruntled former co-worker that killed them. Nor the gun itself. Nor, for that matter, the disgruntled former co-worker. No no. According to the ever-so-tactful Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com, it was the rainbow flag that the disgruntled coworker had in his apartment, combined with the disgruntled coworker’s black skin. It was all part of the vast Negro-gay conspiracy to kill us all, OMG! And that makes the rainbow flag no different from the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of hate crimes that should be banned!

Except, uhm… nobody has banned the Confederate battle flag, they’ve just banned flying it at state buildings. And there aren’t any state buildings flying the rainbow flag. Banning flags that are flying at buildings *other* than State buildings would be, well, an infringement upon people’s free speech. Not to mention that claiming the rainbow flag — the flag of a movement that wants equal rights for a historically oppressed minority — is *exactly* like the Confederate battle flag — the flag of a movement that enslaved a historically oppressed minority — is kinda like comparing, well, slaves to slave-owners. It’s a “what the fuck?” kinda moment. Just sayin’.

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Deadly light

La Luz, “Sleep Till They Die”, off their brand new album Weirdo Shrine. Not quite as good as their previous album, but still better than 95% of what’s out there.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

Lost their heads

Chelsea Wolfe, “Kings”, off her 2013 album Pain is Beauty. She has a new album out as of a couple of weeks ago, I’ll have to check it out and see if it’s worth buying. Meanwhile this album is on rotation on my iTunes right now…

– Badtux the Music Penguin


The Chinese granny next door in the other half of this duplex apparently keeps flushing greasy Chinese food down her sink, and guess what? We share a downpipe!

I found that out the hard way. I was standing in my sink drinking freshly-poured coffee, when suddenly up from the sink came a’bubblin’ crude…. rotten greasy Chinese crude, that is. Unfortunately unlike Jethro Clampett, this is the kinda crude that *costs* money, not *makes* money!


Uhm, this is after sucking one wet-dry vac worth of water out of the sink.

Yeah, called the landlady and talked to the neighbors next door and the plumbers came and cleared the plumbing and it’s all sorted out now. But man. I’m *still* getting that smell out of the house!

– Badtux the “Life, eh?” Penguin

Nine Inch Nails, “The Beginning Of The End”, off their brilliant 2007 album Year Zero. NiN quit being a bunch of whiny emos and did a hard-edged and brutal concept album.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

Anchor Babies Away!

So what was the immigration law when Frederich Drumpf, Donald Trump’s grandfather, landed on our shores from Germany in 1885 as an 18 year old with no education and no skills?

First of all, there was no restriction on immigration for white Europeans in 1885 other than that they not be “classes of persons who will be a burden upon society”, which was interpreted as people who were sick, elderly with no people to support them, or otherwise incapable of supporting themselves. You landed, you were given a cursory medical exam and a piece of paper stating when you landed, then you went your way.

Secondly, citizenship was rather easy. Wherever you ended up settling, you notified the district court there after you’d been on U.S. soil for two years that you intended to become a citizen. Then after you’d been on US soil for five years, you appeared before the court again with your landing papers and your notification papers, handed them over, they validated the papers, and then they issued the oath of citizenship, which also required you to renounce your former citizenship (dual citizenship wasn’t allowed).

There wasn’t such a thing as “green cards” or “quotas”. If you were white and you weren’t infirm, you were admitted. There was no such thing as being deported back to your home country because you hadn’t come in the right way. As long as you were willing to work hard and stay on the right side of the law, America was happy to have you, even if you never did apply for citizenship.

The world is different now, and so is US immigration law. Now it is very difficult for manual laborers like Frederich Drumpf to legally migrate to the United States. There are millions of Mexicans doing manual labor who have migrated to the US, for example, but the yearly quota for Mexico for manual laborers is 5,000 immigrants — i.e, if all the illegal migrants had tried to do it legally, *maybe* their great-great grandchildren would have waited in line long enough to make it over the border.

It is likely that Frederich Drumpf, as an 18 year old with no education and no skills, would have never been able to get an immigration visa to enter the United States today. It’s ironic that Donald Trump champions laws today that would kept his own grandfather from landing on US soil. But unsurprising. Hypocrisy is a Republican family value, after all. Otherwise why would Bobby Jindal be urging the deportation of “anchor babies”? Hey Bobby, your jet to India is awaiting… what, you mean you meant deport all the “anchor babies” *other* than yourself? Sheesh, hypocrisy, much?

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Slow drug

Codeine, “Washed up”, off their 1994 album The White Birch.

– Badtux the Music Penguin


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