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Are these, or are these not cops?

Skin heads. Dark sunglasses. Dark clothing. Yelling. Pointing. These guys look like almost every cop that I’ve seen in the past few years who is involved in any officer-involved shooting or incident of police brutality. Even the shoulder patches — many big city SWAT teams, for example, now have shoulder patches. Such as here:

In short, these look exactly like cops. Well, except for the lack of a badge.

What they are, actually, is neo-Nazis. As the full picture makes clear. Which makes me wonder the same thing as the FBI: How many white supremacist neo-Nazis have infiltrated law enforcement?

If you are expecting rule of law to prevent a neo-Nazi takeover by the neo-Nazis who are the power behind His Fraudulency Donald the Trump, think about this: How many police officers will obey when ordered by a fellow skinhead Homeland Security agent to brutalize dissidents? I’m getting a suspicion it will be far too many…

– Badtux the “Are we alarmed yet?” Penguin

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In the city of angels
There’s no mercy
And there’s no tomorrow
For Maria Navarro

In 1989, Maria Navarro and several of her friends were murdered after the police refused to send a cop car over after she called 911 saying that her ex-husband was coming over to kill her.

Fast forward to 2016. At least they arrested him after he broke into his ex-wife’s home and assaulted her. Progress! But then they let him go. And he broke into her home *again* and killed her.

But hey, at least the cops are keeping us safe from Ph.D. students who are guilty of driving their own car while black. Priorities!

Oh, for those who say “she should have gotten a gun”: Probably. Thing is, if you are a victim of domestic violence here in California, you *will* go to prison for 20 to life if you kill your abuser. That is fact. Even when every bit of evidence is that you were in fear of your life, a patriarchal system will make sure that you spend the rest of your life as a criminal. Still, better a criminal than dead, I say. But then, I’m not the one who would be in prison for the next 20 years… men who murder their wife during a domestic violence incident usually get half the prison time of a woman who kills her abuser in self defense.

– Badtux the Sickened Penguin

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Stormtrumper cap

Stormtrumper cap

A neighborhood is terrorized by stormtrumpers, courtesy of a conspiracy theory spread by Trump’s very own national security advisor.

The Cheeto Mussolini has his own fascist stormtroopers to go out and punish his critics. All he has to do is tweet against someone, and his red caps go into action with a campaign of electronic attacks on a business or individual’s web presence, harassing phone calls, vandalism, and sometimes even worse. Luckily that dude with the assault rifle gave himself up before killing someone, that might not be the case at some time in the future. And the police, infiltrated by neo-Nazis and hamstrung by Supreme Court decisions that require a specific spoken threat in order to charge someone with incitement to violence, do nothing. The FBI even less. And when the tweeter doing the incitement is the President of the United States of America… what are they supposed to do, anyhow?

Red caps are the new brown shirts. The only question is when they will graduate from mere violence to actual murder of opponents of their Orange Racist Pussy Grabber — not if. We are in for a rocky time these next few years….

– Badtux the Apocalyptic Penguin

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Under Biblical law, Alex Jones and pretty much half the right wing would be stoned to death for violating the 9th Commandment. What is the 9th Commandment? Simple:

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”

There’s a reason for such a commandment: lies have consequences. And those consequences, sometimes, can be dangerous.

There’s a pizza place called Comet Ping Pong in Washington D.C. that was a favorite of the Clinton campaign staff. It seemed like half the emails in the hacked John Podesta emails were about ordering pizza from this pizza place. This presented a challenge to the pranksters at 4Chan — what kind of conspiracy could they build around his orders of pizza from this pizza place? And how silly could they make it before even Trumpsters said “Naw, that can’t be true”?

Answer: Pretty damned silly. They came up with a hashtag — #Pizzagate — and one of the most bizarre conspiracy theories to ever waft up from that sewer. It said that a pizza joint that a bunch of the Clinton staff ordered pizza from on a regular basis was actually part of a child sex abuse ring that had a torture dungeon under underneath (the pizza joint doesn’t even *have* a basement, it’s built on a slab). And that half the words in the pizza emails are actually code words arranging pedophile liaisons in that torture dungeon. Podesta orders pepperoni with black olives? That’s code for ordering up a black teenager for sex duty in the torture dungeon underneath this pizza place! (Which, remember, is built on a slab — it doesn’t have a basement, nevermind one outfitted as a torture dungeon).

Who would believe such a silly conspiracy? Well…. uhm…. seems like most of the Trump supporters, actually, including Alex Jones. And this dude, Edgar Welch. Who went into the restaurant with an AR-15 that he fired multiple shots from while inside the restaurant, demanding to be taken to the torture dungeon under the restaurant, and refusing to believe there wasn’t one even after he was taken to every single door and opening in the restaurant and shown there was no basement.

Gah, the stupid, it burns, it burns! And it has guns. We are so frickin’ screwed…

In this case, the consequences of violating the 9th Amendment is one very confused moron who will be spending a few months in jail. But there’s a reason why that Commandment is written into the Bible, and into pretty much every other holy book that’s ever been written. Lies have consequences. In this case, the consequences didn’t result in the loss of human life. But that’s this time What about next time?

People wonder why I get upset about lies and liars. This situation is a perfect example why. Lies have consequences — and in the worst case, those consequences are dead bodies. Somewhere else in the Bible, Jesus notes “the truth shall make you free.” Sometimes the truth isn’t what people want… but in the end, the truth is the only thing that can move you and humanity forward towards freedom and dignity. The truth is worth fighting for — even in these days, when nobody wants to know it.

– Badtux the Truth-seeking Penguin

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Air Force colonel to get 6 months in jail for raping a teenage girl. The girl was fifteen years old. He was fifty. Yeah, it wasn’t forcible rape, “just” statutory rape where he used his position and his power to have sex with her, but six months? Really?! And to compound the injury, they’re going to wait to “officially” sentence him until he retires from the Air Force, so that he doesn’t get a dishonorable discharge and thus can keep his pension!

Feminists talk about “rape culture”. It looks like rape culture says that rape is just a little trivial thing, something to punish with a few months of jail and maybe probation for a few years after that. After all, that seems to be what our male judges think. Along with the rapist who swims. And the rapist who cheer leads. And the rapist who throws a football. Rape, apparently, is just something boys do, just boys being boys, nothing to get upset about. That’s what rape culture says, anyhow.

It seems to me that I need to update my Rules for Men:

  • If you’re walking alone at night and you see a woman walking alone, DON’T RAPE HER
  • If you come across a girl who is too drunk to consent, the safest course of action is to NOT RAPE HER
  • If you see a woman in a short, tight skirt – even if she’s not wearing underwear – DON’T RAPE HER
  • Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks. And if you do – DON’T RAPE HER.
  • If you pull over to help a woman who’s car is broken down, try to remember to NOT RAPE HER.
  • Carry a rape whistle, so that if you feel as though you are about to rape, you can blow it and call for someone to come stop you.
  • Use the buddy system! If you’re unsure you’ll be able to keep yourself from raping, go with a friend who can step in and stop you from assaulting women!
  • Just to be safe, never climb through a woman’s bedroom window, jump out at her from an alley, or stalk her on a dark street with the intention of raping her.
  • If a woman yells STOP, DON’T, or RAPE, take this as a cue to STOP RAPING HER.
  • (Alabama extension) If your cousin or your sister suddenly starts looking alluring to you… DON’T. Just don’t.

But most importantly:

  • If you’re a judge and a rapist comes before you, give him a penalty that’s within the recommended range for his crime. Don’t just give him a slap on the hand and give him a boy howdy ya had a good time, right? He’s a fucking rapist, not a buddy or pal. And if he didn’t want the consequences you’re about to give him, HE SHOULDN’T HAVE RAPED THAT GIRL.

I mean, Jesus fucking Christ on a goddamn Stick, this ain’t fucking brain surgery, judges. You got a RAPIST appearing before you, this wasn’t “boys being boys” or bullshit like that. The sonofabitch made a choice to fucking RAPE someone. It’s your job to punish him, not to feel sorry for him. If he didn’t want the punishment you’re about to give him, he shouldn’t have raped.

Sheesh. Some people.

– Badtux the Irate Penguin

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Trumpistas talking about revolution if Trump loses.

Look: Revolutions don’t happen because someone loses an election. Revolutions happen when people have nothing to lose. The Trumpistas still have lots to lose. They’re still housed and clothed and well fed (maybe too well fed, if you look at the obesity numbers for states where Trumpistas are the majority). Oh sure, a few young bucks will toss a molotov cocktail through the front window of a Democratic Party office or fire a few bullets through the front window of their local Democratic organizer, but that’s all that’s going to happen, and the local cops are going to handle that, or if not, the FBI will move in as they did with the Bundy clan. They aren’t going to organize, the macho young turks who do stuff like that aren’t into organizing anything more sophisticated than a beer bash in the woods with their best buddies from high school. They aren’t going to arm themselves with military weapons (not military-STYLE weapons, but actual military weapons), a) they wouldn’t know where to get their hands on actual military weapons, and b) they wouldn’t spend the money on such a thing anyhow, that would buy a lot of beer.

So the Trumpistas are going to grumble and complain and make a nuisance of themselves, but revolution? Puh-LEEZE. It ain’t happening. There just isn’t any “there” there.

– Badtux the History Penguin

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The Arizona Republic and its staff have received death threats and threats of violence after their rejection of Donald Trump as worthy of being President.

Go read it. It’s pretty sickening. This is how un-American the Trumpistas really are. They have no — zero — respect for the 1st Amendment right of freedom of the press. They issue threats of violence whenever anybody uses the right of freedom of the press to contradict their cherished beliefs. They threaten to blow up Arizona Republic reporters and assassinate its editor and publisher.

These Trumpistas are fundamentally deplorable.

deplorables

That is all.

– Badtux the Deplorables-spottin’ Penguin

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