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Still feel the pain

Anathema, “One Last Goodbye”, off their 1999 album Judgement. This version, however, has been re-arranged to be more of a prog-metal composition rather than alterna-metal.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

So I guess I’m a bit late on Huckleberry saying he’d use the Army and FBI to stop abortions if he’s elected President. Now, clearly this would be quite illegal — the Supreme Court has ruled that abortion is lawful, and the Constitution says that the Supreme Court, not the President, holds the judicial (judging) power in our system as to what is Constitutional or not — but really, this is just another case of theocrats not caring about the Constitution. They want to impose their religion upon other Americans at gunpoint. And Mike Huckabee is no different from any of the rest of his theocratic ilk.

Look: The Constitution is clear. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” It’s right there in the Constitution, folks. Congress (and, via the 14th Amendment, any other level of government) isn’t allowed to make any law about religion. Period. Government can’t ban religion, and government can’t allocate money to put religions icons in public buildings, and government can’t say that the official religion of the USA is Christianity or make any law that even implies such. It’s right there in black and white in the Constitution: Congress *shall make no law*.

If government decides to impose its religious beliefs upon others via law, the Supreme Court is well within its judicial rights to say “No, that law is not Constitutional and the courts will not enforce it and will rule against you if you try.” Because that’s in the Constitution too. The judicial power — the power to judge whether a law is valid under the Constitution — is given to the Supreme Court. Not to the President. Not to the President. To the Supreme Court. Article III Section 1. The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.

That’s what the Constitution actually says — not whatever Huckleberry *thinks* it says. Which is why people like Huckleberry need to be kept a long, long ways away from the levers of national power. Their notion that they should override the Supreme Court at gunpoint is toxic to the entire notion of constitutional government — and to any notions of freedom and liberty, for that matter, since if they can override the Supreme Court at gunpoint, they can do the same to Congress. And we have a word for a system of government where a supreme ruler rules at gunpoint with no legislative or judicial recourse. It’s called “tyranny”. Just sayin’.

– Badtux the “No Tyrants” Penguin

Amusing soon

Throwing Muses, “Not Too Soon”, off their 1991 album The Real Ramona.

From back when girls rocked instead of whatever that crap is that Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus do.

— Badtux the Music Penguin

President Jimmy Carter sez the U.S. has been subverted into an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery.

At which point the right wingers then step up and say, “the United States is a *republic*, not a *democracy*!” Uhm, excuse me? A republic is a representative democracy, where the people choose representatives from amongst themselves to rule themselves. All republics are, therefore, also democracies. There’s other kinds of democracies — one being the direct democracy that these right wingers appear to believe is the only kind of democracy — but all of them are democracy, including the constitutional monarchy of Australia or Canada.

One wonders at these people who cannot conceive that a republic is a form of democracy. What is it, exactly, that they believe they are accomplishing by making such a distinction? The only reason our founding fathers used the word “republic” at all was in order to clarify that the United States would have no kings — the Roman Republic was a republic because it had no kings. That’s pretty much all they meant by use of the word “republic”. Not that the United States was anything other than a representative democracy — or at least, a representative democracy for *some* people.

– Badtux the Baffled Penguin

Woodie Guthrie, “Jesus Christ”.

Just decided we needed to remember a classic.

Also, U2’s cover rocked:

– Badtux the Music Penguin

Yay racist Australia

Australian footballer is under fire after calling out racism. Because he’s aboriginal. Which is Australian for “nigger”. There have even been calls to deport him back to… uhm… Australia?

The core issue appears to be that Adam Goodes didn’t act like a good li’l Step’n’Fetchit when peppered with racist abuse. Lord forbid that people of color be offended and respond when they are peppered with racist abuse! Why can’t “those” people just be good little servants and respond the way we white people want them to respond? The *nerve* of them, not behaving the way we white people want them to behave when they’re subject to racist abuse!

Racism is the thorny underbelly of Australia. Australia had an official government policy of “White Australia” until the mid 1970’s, and white racists in the southern United States talked incessantly of emigrating to Australia or South Africa during the 1950’s and 1960’s when they were being forced to dismantle their own apartheid system. As in the American South, official apartheid in Australia has been dismantled, but casual racism remains the rule, not the exception.

– Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

Portishead, “Glory Box”, off their first album, 1994’s Dummy. Hard to believe that was over 20 years ago….

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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