Peter Paul & Mary, “Greenwood”, off their 1986 reunion album No Easy Walk to Freedom.

This was written by Peter Yarrow in 1971 for his solo album Peter released in 1972. It has to be one of the least optimistic songs ever recorded by Peter Paul & Mary.

— Badtux the Music Penguin
Note — I am beyond cell phone and Internet access for most of this week. So if things are quiet here, it’s not because my rotund carcass is rotting in my computer chair, it’s because it’s rotting somewhere in the middle of the desert.


Charles Manson has died. The Barker Ranch where he and his cult were living when they embarked upon the gruesome murders that made him a household name burned down a few years ago. His followers will all be dead within the next decade or so. The universe is conspiring to rid itself of any evidence that this evil SOB ever lived.

The truth about what he did will likely never be known. Vincent Bugliosi’s book was tarted up and embellished in order to make Bugliosi look good, and all the other books suffer by being reliant either upon Bugliosi or upon Manson himself, who was the very definition of “unreliable narrator”. Everybody else who might know something either is staying silent in order to not incriminate themselves, or is dead.

There are some people who need to die in prison, and Manson was one of those. The question of *why* he was one of those is a question that’s never asked. If you read about how he was routinely abused as a child, including ten years in the kind embrace of the Indiana juvenile system (ten years that included routine sexual abuse of the children by the staff), you realize that Manson was in the end a product of the failure of our society. If he’d been born a Bush, he would have become a politician and died of old age in his own bed. If he’d been born a Trump, he would have become a real estate developer and died of old age in his own bed. If he’d been born a Graham, he would have become a megachurch pastor and died of old age in his own bed. Instead he was born in the gutter, and never strayed from there.

If Charles Manson was a symptom of our collective failure as a society, that failure has become even worse over the years. There is less money for foster homes, less money for drug and alcohol treatment, fewer people caring. I don’t know who the next Charles Manson will be. But I do know he’s out there, in some dank foster home where he’s being sexually abused, or a child in some juvenile jail that is like the worst levels of Hell. He’s out there. And he will kill, soon enough. He always does.

– Badtux the Obituaries Penguin

Благодарю вас за распространение нашего агитпропа, товарищ.
  — Федеральная служба безопасности Российской Федерации

I mean, seriously. These people are going at it tooth and nail in my Facebook timeline. The Republicans are having a fucking meltdown as individual GOP members waver over whether to support a pedophile or not, and this is the bridge Democrats going to die over — whether Bernie or Hillary is the “most corrupt”? For realz?

Sheesh. What is wrong with these people? Can’t Democrats ever just sit back and eat their popcorn while the Republicans are having one of their meltdowns? Man. These folks need to mellow out and look at the big picture, where Comrade Vlad is laughing at their asses for spreading his agitprop so widely. Maybe this is why Republicans are against medical marijuana… it’d make Democrats too chill to engage in the periodic circular firing squads that they’re so prone to.

– Badtux the Sovok Penguin

“Bill Clinton was a sexual predator!”

That was proven in 1999, after he’d won election twice. And your point is? Bill Clinton isn’t running for office, and if he were, I wouldn’t vote for him.

Meanwhile, a pedophile is running for office in Alabama against an experienced prosecutor who put two KKK leaders in prison for executing four little girls. That sounds like a no-brainer to me, but there’s still people who say it’s okay to vote for a known pedophile because Bill Clinton? In fact, the deplorables in Alabama seem likely to elect the pedophile. WTF?!

Look, I’ll admit that all these accusers against Roy Moore seem to have a common look: They’re all women. Which is surprising, because usually your anti-gay tighty righties are closeted gays who are gayer than the gay mayor of Gaytown, but ole’ Roy cruised the mall and restaurants looking for high school girls. But never fear, he never dated girls without their mother’s permission.

Which is creepy as fuck. A thirty-something-year-old man dating girls so young that they need their mother’s permission in order to date? SQUICK!

Well, for most of us. For Alabama, that’s apparently what passes as normal.

– Badtux the Squicked-out Penguin

Oh wait….

From the Library of Congress:

“According to the Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference, 2002, page 860, approximately 70,000 books have been published on the Civil War over the years up to that date. The Library of Congress, though not owning every one of these books, most likely owns copies of a great majority of them. The shelf space taken up by the Civil War books just in the E call number classification in the closed book stacks is considerable. This does not include those books which cover Civil War related information and may be cataloged primarily under other subjects. One should also consider that the Library owns many thousands of photographs and illustrations, maps, and manuscript materials on the Civil War.
I hope this information proves to be of help to you. Thank you.
W. Elsbury
Reference Specialist
Main Reading Room
Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540-4660


It’s interesting that the same people who keep telling blacks to get over that whole slavery thing, already, seem to be the same people who want to keep all those statues of slave-owners on every street corner in the South because they’re still not over the Civil War.

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

So a (predictably white) talking head claims that “liberal elites” are clueless about the white working class.

Why are these (always white) talking heads never talking about the *black* or *Hispanic* or *Asian* working class, all of whom the Democratic Party and “liberal elites” reach quite well, thank you very much?

Hint: The white working class hasn’t been in play for Democrats since 1964. No Democrat has won with a majority of the white vote in any election since then. Not Jimmie Carter. Not Bill Clinton. Not Barack Obama. None.

Hint: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed in 1964. The Civil Rights Act of 1965 was passed in 1965.

But I’m sure that has *nothing* to do with why the *white* working class (but no other working class voters) deserted the Democratic Parties and decided that liberals (the people who got those civil rights acts passed) are icky. Nope, racism has *nothing* to do with it. SNRK!

Hint: Many of us “liberal elites” are from a working class background and understand the working class plenty well, thank you very much. Which is why we know that worrying about getting white working class votes for the Democratic Party is an exercise in futility. As far as the majority of the white working class is concerned, the Democratic Party is the “nigger party”. Their word, not mine, I’ve heard my working class relatives say it often enough. Short of throwing our black and Hispanic and Asian working-class voters under the bus, there isn’t a goddamn thing we can do to get their votes. And that ain’t happening — the liberal coalition got two Presidents elected in the past 25 years without the white working class, so fuck’em.

– Badtux the Former Working Class Penguin

A security firm founded by Vladimir Putin’s former commanding officer in the KGB is now in charge of security for the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Russia. Part of their job is to make sure that Russian spies don’t sneak in and plant bugs. Russian. Spies. Charged with preventing Russian spies from planting bugs.

Wow. Just wow.

Trying to put The Onion out of business, folks. I mean, I had to do a double-take to make sure that I was reading the BBC and not The Onion when I read this article!

— Badtux the Flabbergasted Penguin