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Mysterious Glowy Ball stroked by Trump

Summoning the Hellmouth

In Florida today, a Hellmouth opened at Mar A Lago, leading to a leak of petulant orange demons in the past. Because time works in strange ways near Hellmouths.

Before that, the Orange Racist Pussy Grabber was stroking a mysterous glowing orb in Saudi Arabia as his daughter Ivanka grifted $100M from the Saudies for her charity. Rumors that Trump was summoning the armies of Sauron to emerge from a Hellmouth and conquer Earth thus far have proven unfounded. So far. But he made his supporters mad anyhow, because he gave a speech that was, like, sensible and stuff, and didn’t call Muslims demons from hell even once before he finished off the day by eating a well-done Trump Steak slathered in ketchup.

The next day, in Israel, the Orange Racist Russian Stooge accidentally confirmed that he leaked Israeli secrets to Russia. Oops! But he had fun in Israel anyhow. He got to see a wall. It was a YUUUUGE wall. He got to wear a little beanie hat and stroke the wall. He liked that. Rumors that he asked the Israelis how much it cost to build that wall thus far have not been confirmed.

After this, Deadbeat Donnie was beat, and had to go to sleep. But never fear, there’s always tomorrow!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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So yesterday it turns out that Comey took dated notes in his conversations with Trump, like all FBI agents do. And the notes say that Trump asked him, on February 14, to stop the Russia investigation. Comey didn’t. Then Trump fired him. By his own admission, in his tweets, because of the Russia investigation.

Yeah, obstruction of justice. That and $2 will get you a cup of bad coffee at Starducks.

So now the Justice Department — with Jeff Sessions abstaining because he *isn’t* immune to obstruction of justice charges — has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special council to oversee the investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Mueller is a Republican who was appointed as FBI director by George W. Bush. On the other hand, he has a reputation as a straight arrow. He refused, for example, to allow the FBI to participate in the CIA / Pentagon torture campaign. So… cue the popcorn.

So now to more randomness…

Russia to America: Don’t read newspapers. Really? Dude. The day that I let a foreign government tell me what to do is the day I renounce my American citizenship and swear allegiance to Hydra. Sheesh.

Trump, speaking to graduating Coasties, spent time whining about how mean the press has been to him. “No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly.” Dude. They shot Abraham Lincoln in the head. And he has the fucking nerve to say this after eight years of bigoted racist attacks against President Obama. Whether it was photoshops of Obama’s head on a witch doctor, the current Racist In Chief’s constant insistence that Obama couldn’t possibly be an American and his birth certificate must be fraudulent because, well, he’s *black*, the continual assertions that Obama was a dictator who was gonna take their guns because he’s a big scary black man, the constant racist photoshopping of his head and his wife’s head onto monkeys, etc., frankly I don’t know how the man didn’t snap and start having bigots strung up on the White House lawn. I guess Obama just has thicker skin than the current precious delicate snowflake-in-chief.

Finally: Any half-decent hacker could break into Mar-a-Lago’s poorly secured networks and spy on everything happening there. Including the doings of the Orange Racist Russian Stooge.

But… her emails!

– Badtux the Head-shakin’ Penguin

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Trump claimed that Comey had lost the support of the field agents inside the FBI. Acting Director Andrew McCabe says that is not true.

Soon to be former acting director McCabe, methinks.

Meanwhile it has cooled down nicely here in the Silly Cone Valley, and The Mighty Fang is taking advantage of multimedia Cat TV, sitting in front of the patio sliding door’s screen door (said sliding door is open, of course, to allow cool air into the house) watching — and smelling, and hearing — the world go by. His nose is twitching left and right, his ears are twitching left and right, his head is twitching left and right, watching birds and rodents and things I can’t see flutter about outside. Ah, to be a cat, and so easily entertained… at least he’s given me my chair back. That was a thing for a while!

Meanwhile, in New Orleans, precious white snowflakes protested the removal of yet another participation trophy for losing a war. It appears that most of the pro-participation-trophy protestors are from out of town.

A reminder: Jefferson Davis was probably the most hated man in the South in 1865, widely derided as out-of-touch, as being incompetent and the cause of the Confederate loss, and as having caused undue amounts of suffering by drafting farmers who were trying to put food on their families’ tables and by not forcing the plantation owners to have their slaves grow food for those whose men had been drafted. The fact that he later became a hero of the “Lost Cause” was an after-war fabrication, a propaganda success that Fox News likely views with envy.

But none of that really matters, because it’s not about Jefferson Davis, it’s about butt-hurt Klansmen and neo-Nazis upset that their participation trophies for losing a war are being taken away from them. Oh wah! Hey, dudes, if you want a trophy, win next time! (Cue massive eye-roll!).

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Sean Spicer gave a press conference about the firing of James Comey while hiding in the bushes.

No, I’m not joking.

A press conference.

While hiding in the dark in the bushes.

Then Donald Trump said that what happened yesterday was nothing like the 1970’s. While holding a meeting in the Oval Office. With Henry Kissinger.

I don’t recall whether that was before, or after, he met with the Russian Foreign Minister. That was the meeting where Trump banned American — but not Russian — journalists from the meeting.

But the firing of Comey had nothing, nothing I say, to do with the Russia investigation. All coincidental, yessiree! And getting advice from that old war criminal Henry Kissinger about how to shut down that pesky investigation? Priceless!

Oh, why do I say “Monty Python as if written by George R.R. Martin”? Well, it’s because in Game of Thrones, pretty much everybody dies.

Trump’s getting a good start on that one, kicking 24 million people off their health insurance, which is going to result in thousands of dead people. But hey, Valar Morghulis. All he’s doing is speeding up how quickly those people get to heaven. Right? Right?!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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James Comey fired. He found out about it from the television while addressing agents at the FBI field office in Los Angeles. Even some Republican Senators and Congressmen think this was unprofessional.

This makes the third person in a row who was investigating Trump Administration connections to Russia who was fired. To count them up for you:

1) Sally Yates. Investigating Trump administration officials’ Russian connections. Fired.
2) Preet Bharara. Investigating corrupt Russian businessmen in New York City who had offices in Trump Tower. Fired.
3) James Comey. Investigating links between Trump campaign and Russian intelligence. Fired.

The troops in Congress are starting to get nervous. Their muttering is even happening out loud now. Is this Trump’s “Saturday Night Massacre”? I guess we’ll see…

– Badtux the Popcorn-munchin’ Penguin

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It got up to 94 degrees today. Pretty darn hot for no air conditioning. The good news is that it’s supposed to cool down tomorrow. Phew!

So, I got an alert that one of my drives in my RAID array failed, and when I got in I found that three of the drive bays in my 12-bay NAS unit had died, degrading my ZPOOL too. Well, three drives don’t die at one time, so I rebooted the server, went into the LSI BIOS, and swapped three known good drives into those bays. Still nada, they wouldn’t even blink red. So I did what everybody would do in that situation — I grabbed a backplane off the pile of backplanes behind me that I’d scored off of eBay, and swapped it into the system. The “bad” drives then came back online, added themselves back into the appropriate arrays (with a bit of prompting from me), voila. Hoarders for the win!

So, what’s happening in the world today?

Well, yesterday in 1945 the Red Army hoisted the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, which many historians consider the symbolic end of the Third Reich or, as Steve Bannon calls it, “a temporary setback.”

Jeff Sessions doesn’t like being laughed at. So he prosecuted a woman who laughed when someone said “Jeff Sessions has a well-documented record of treating all people equally under the law” (his actual record is that he’s a raging bigot), and successfully convicted her of disrupting Congress, a crime which carries up to 1 year in Club Fed. Just by comparison: Brock Turner spent 3 months in county jail for raping an unconscious girl. But laughing at a white racist is a more serious crime than raping an unconscious girl, right? Right?!

Talking about rape, Donald Trump just hired yet another person accused of sexual assault by multiple women, Steven Munoz. Because birds of a feather and all that, I guess.

Finally, the Dutch have a good precedent for what to do with a failed leader. Unfortunately applying their lesson to a certain orange racist pussy grabber would result in a lot of heart attacks from eating so much fat…

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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A federal judge halts Trump’s executive order punishing sanctuary cities because it violates the 10th Amendment.

The hilarious part: Do you know where that Supreme Court ruling came from that says that the Federal government can’t force cities to do stuff they don’t want to do? Guess what: It was a right wing lawsuit that did this. Specifically, Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997). This lawsuit was filed by a couple of right-wing gun nut sheriffs who didn’t want to do the firearms background checks called for by the Brady Bill. The final decision held that, under the 10th Amendment, the Federal government could not force local sheriffs to perform firearms background checks on behalf of the Federal government. To quote the decision: “… the Federal Government may not compel the States to enact or administer a federal regulatory program”. And immigration is decidedly a federal regulatory program, as pointed out in the Supreme Court ruling on another right-wing lawsuit, Arizona v. United States 641 F. 3d 339 (2012), which held that immigration was a Federal responsibility and states could not enact their own laws regulating or restricting immigration.

So. Any Federal judge worth their salt looks at Printz, looks at Arizona, and rules on the merits that the Federal government cannot force states to enforce Federal immigration law. If Trump really wants to argue this, he’ll be going all the way to the Supreme Court, and it’s doubtful that he’d win — even the right-wing judges on the court aren’t going to overturn their very own decision made in 1997, a decision that, by and large, is good for right wingers.

But of course he probably knew all that when he scrawled out that executive order in crayon and tossed it over the transom, he’s just doing it for political reasons, so …

– Badtux the Law Penguin

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