Insane zen

Zen Mother, Mantra, available from their Bandcamp page.

These guys are from Seattle. I only know this because of intense Googling. Otherwise they have no biographical information on any of their pages, nothing to say who they are, where they are, what they do… it’s as if they want you to listen to the music, rather than obsess about their personal details. That’s heresy, isn’t it?!

– Badtux the Snarky Music Penguin

Outreach to who, already?

So the criticism is that the Democratic Party hasn’t done proper outreach to: racists, xenophobes, Christian Dominionists who want to impose Biblical law upon non-Christians, bigots who want to stone gays and trans-people to death, and other such deplorables of that sort. At which point I say: Wha?! Frankly, if the Democratic Party had embraced bigots, I would have voted Green Party because I can’t support a party that embraces bigots.

Not to mention that it would have been futile in the first place. Even if the Democrats had reached out to bigots, the Republican Party appears to have a lock on the bigot vote at present, having elected a President who actually was *convicted*, in a court of law, of being a bigot (he was fined major dollars multiple times for refusing to rent his apartments to black couples).

No, what the Democratic Party needs to do outreach to is, well, Democrats. If the same number of Democrats had voted in this election as had voted in 2012, we wouldn’t be talking about President Donald Trump, because the race would not have even been close. Not that it actually was close — Hillary Clinton won by 2.5 million votes, after all, the largest margin of victory-that-is-not-victory ever in American history, giving the lie to the notion that the United States is a democracy because in a democracy the person with the greatest number of votes wins. But the fact that 5 million Democrats stayed home means that what would have been a 7.5 million vote blowout instead turned into a 2.5 million vote win that was a defeat.

So: Democrats need to reach out to Democrats. Leave the racists, xenophobes, Christian Dominionists, bigots, neo-Nazis, and other such deplorables to the Republicans. The notion that Democrats need to reach out to deplorable people is contradicted by the electoral victories of Barack Obama. None of the deplorables voted for Obama, yet he won. Why? He reached out to Democrats. That’s why.

And the Democratic Party, going forward, needs to do the same.

– Badtux the “Fuck the deplorables” Penguin

Angry Johnny and The Killbillies, “Before the Darkness”, off their 2014 album The Hanging of Hattie Ledoux, available from iTunes and other sources.

In this one, the perpetrator of the murder has a good reason, but he ain’t survivin’ himself…

— Badtux the Music Penguin

At least, that’s what she tweeted.

What she was shouting “Hoohah!” about was the suggestion of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Trump’s new Secretary of Defense. General Mattis is, of course, a Marine. And Marines shout “ooooRAH!”, not “hoohah!”. ‘Cause Marines like pussy just fine, but they don’t shout about it, heh.

So what do I think about the appointment of General Mattis to be Secretary of Defense? Well… ordinarily, I’d say “what a disaster.” Generals generally aren’t good politicians. Eisenhower was probably the exception to that, but Eisenhower was pretty much a political general to begin with, while Mattis was a Marine. Marines generally aren’t political generals, and Mattis wasn’t — he spent most of his career in field assignments, his last one being Afghanistan. He was basically forced out by the Obama Administration when he got a bit too blunt and in their face for their comfort, which probably is what recommended him to Trump. But not everybody forced out by the Obama Administration was a right wing zealot. Mattis was quite aware of the duty of a Marine — to go places, meet people, and, if necessary, kill them — but his lack of political skill, rather than his ideology, was the main reason the Obama Administration put him out to pasture. And that’s exactly what you don’t want to see in a Secretary of Defense, who has to be adept at politics as well as at military leadership.

Still: Compared to anybody else that Trump would likely have nominated? A well-read military historian with a reputation for bluntness might be just what the doctor ordered. If Trump suggests doing something insane, Mattis will be able to cite him chapter and verse and page number of exactly why that’s a dim-bulb idea in no uncertain terms, and Trump is pussy enough that Mattis can probably get away with it. And if Cheetoh Mussolini decides to go all God Emperor Trump and orders the military to do something blatantly illegal and in violation of the Constitution like, say, arrest and execute Congress… well. Mattis has read that history too. Including the history of the German generals who enabled Hitler.

I don’t think that one would end well. Probably not for Mattis either, who would likely immediately turn himself over to be charged with treason if it reached that extreme because he’s read his history and he knows what happens when the military regularly starts overthrowing civilian governments. But I somehow doubt that he would be a subservient servant like the German generals who did Hitler’s will if he sees signs that Herr Drumpf is in fact channeling Hitler’s ghost…

Of course, Mattis is going to do a really sucky job as Secretary of Defense. He doesn’t have the political chops for the job. But if it’s a choice between being fucked, and being completely, totally destroyed… I’ll take fucked. That’s just how sad our choices are right now.

– Badtux the “We’re fucked” Penguin

Brian Jonestown Massacre, “Wisdom”, off their 1998 album Strung Out In Heaven.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

Oh joy.

My Jeep is throwing a P0304 Check Engine code, making a clattering noise from the driver’s side cylinder head, and is idling rough.

Yeppers, burnt exhaust valve on the #4 cylinder, a common problem with the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Luckily Fiat-Chrysler extended the warranty to 10 years and 150,000 miles on that cylinder head.

So now you know what I’ve been busy with tonight — rounding up paperwork and making sure my Jeep is in order to take it in to the dealership tomorrow.

– Badtux the Busy Penguin

A dirty little secret

Samantha Fish, “Go To Hell”, off her 2013 album Black Wind Howlin. Okay, so it’s Thursday, not Friday. But I got a feeling Samantha Fish ain’t Catholic enough to care that we got Fish for Thursday rather than for Friday.

– Badtux the Music Penguin