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I’ve been working 16 hour days the past few days fixing some stuff that needed fixing ASAP. Not going to talk more about that, other than to mention that Amazon has killed the performance of their platform with fixes intended to improve security, and move on.

So anyhow, we learned this week that Cheeto Mussolini doesn’t know the definition of the word “treason”. In case you’re wondering, it’s the one and only crime defined in the Constitution:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

So basically: If you’re giving aid and comfort to our nation’s enemies in some overt act, then it’s treason. So, let’s see what Cheeto Mussolini thinks is treason:

Not clapping along with the Republicans during the State of the Union address.

Err…. looking for that in the Constitution… not finding it….

But hey, the Constitution is just a piece of paper anyhow, right? Right?!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Well, everybody knows that Republicans hate unions, right?

I didn’t watch the State of the Uniom(sic) address tonight, or its followups (though I accidentally caught a bit of Bernie Sanders sounding like Grampa Simpson yelling at clouds while flipping around). I presume I didn’t miss anything?

– Badtux the Not-watching Penguin

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Trump and his cronies are freaking out about a tabloid book about a tabloid president, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. And incidentally have turned what would likely have been yet another ignored book on Trump into a best seller.

Cheetoh Mussolini’s lawyer threatened to sue the publisher. In response, the publisher released the book four days early and the publisher’s lawyer eviscerates the President’s lawyer in a public letter. BRUTAL.
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Trump surrogate Miller had to be escorted off of CNN property by security after he started ranting at Jake Tapper.

Cheeto Mussolini whines that he can’t sue author of tabloid book for libel, claims new libel laws would make that possible. Except he’ll need a new Supreme Court too, to overturn the actual malice standard set for public figures by the 1st Amendment freedom of press right to cover news.

Steve Bannon fired from Breitbart by the Koch brothers because they’re upset that Bannon said of the Trump kids’ meeting with Russian spies in Trump Tower that it was “treasonous”.

Herr Twitler himself calls Wolff a “loser” and his book “boring”. And boasts about how he fired Steve Bannon, the man who made him President, for being “sloppy”.

All this fire and fury because the book tells us something we already knew: Trump is an unstable and incompetent president who has no business holding the office he didn’t really want all that much anyway. Duh. It’s not like the book tells us anything we didn’t already know. It just slings tabloid sleaze upon a tabloid President. And thus is perfect for this era: a tabloid book, for a tabloid president.

– Badtux the Amused Penguin

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So I’m down in Louisiana handling family business that involves lawyers, land, and money, and sitting in the hotel lobby drinking some coffee and I tell the lady responsible for the coffee, “hey, I just got the last coffee out.” And she says “What? I just made a full pot!” and I shrug and say “Hey, this is Louisiana, Louisianians do like their coffee!” and she gets busy getting another pot out for the circling sharks.

From there the conversation moved on and a bubba who looks like your stereotypical Trump supporter asks “so where you from?” and I say “Louisiana originally, but living in California now.” And he says, “Why does everybody there hate Trump?”

“Mostly they don’t, they mostly just want to make money and he’s interfering with that.”

“People keep saying mean things about him though, like all those Hollywood movie stars.”

“I don’t know anything about movie stars, I’m up in the Silicon Valley. What we don’t like up there is that Trump wants to come into our state and tell us how to run it. He wants to deport a bunch of our workers, raise our taxes, and otherwise cost us a lot of money.”

“Well that’s just Trump getting even with people who don’t support him.”

“Maybe so, but it’s costing us money, so we don’t like Trump. Plus, he wants to take away our legal marijuana, and Californians do like their marijuana.”

“What? What do you mean?”

“Do you like bluegrass?”

“Sure!”

So I recount the story of the bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, with the cops bopping at the back of the audience and utterly ignoring the vendors of marijuana brownies and other goodies openly walking around with hand-drawn signs advertising their wares for sale, complete with hand-drawn marijuana leaves. And end up with, “so California has been pretty cool with marijuana sales for a while, and now they’re going to make lots of money by legalizing the sales and taxing it, but Attorney General Sessions, the evil Keebler elf, says he’s going to dispatch the DEA to shut down all the legal marijuana sales in states like California.”

“Well, that’s just wrong. Marijuana ought to be legal everywhere!”

For a few moments, a die-hard Trump supporter and a die-hard liberal agreed on something: that marijuana should be legal, and Jeff Sessions was out of order sending the DEA to crush legal marijuana.

And that, my friends, is why Attorney General Jeff Session’s recent announcement that he’s going to dispatch the DEA to shut down legal marijuana sales in the states that have legalized marijuana is the most bone-headed political move since Sarah Palin announced she was a Russia expert because she could see Russia from her back yard. Even Trump’s *supporters* don’t back it. Hell, one of Trump’s biggest fans, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, came out and blasted it.

Not that the Trumpistas give a shit about public opinion, but this is going to put a lot of Republican Congressmen on the hot seat in the coming election. And like it or not, the Trump administration does need Congress in order to do much of what it wants to do. Jeffy’s little stunt ain’t making that easier. Just sayin’.

– Badtux the Drug War Penguin

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I mean, this isn’t even controversial. It’s a warning right there when you log into a government computer that anything you do there is a public record. Note that confidential information has to go onto a separate confidential network that has different protections, but if it’s not confidential information, it’s a public record, and can be retrieved via FOIA request by *anyone*.

Let’s not forget how Wikileaks got Hillary Clinton’s emails: A FOIA request by a VICE reporter. Not by hacking her server. Nope. Just by scraping the emails off the State Department’s servers as they publically released them in response to Jason Leopold’s FOIA request. Jason Leopold isn’t law enforcement. Jason Leopold is just an ordinary citizen who files requests for public documents. And gets them, albeit sometimes having to sue to get them.

If you are a law enforcement officer, getting access to public documents is even easier. You show up with your badge and say you need them for law enforcement purposes. They hand you what you ask for. That’s it. Because they’re public documents. There isn’t a need to get a warrant to get access to information already owned by the public, especially information that could be FOIA’ed. About the only thing that requires additional paperwork is if there are privacy rights involved — e.g., if you’re requesting records that have been deemed “private” under various privacy acts, you’ll need to file paperwork saying that you need the information for law enforcement purposes. You still don’t need a warrant, because it’s still information the government already has — you only need a warrant for information the government *doesn’t* have. None of that privacy stuff even applies to emails sent to or from government computers. You explicitly waive all privacy rights when you log on to a government computer. It’s right there in the notice that you’re forced to sit through. Anybody can file a FOIA request and get those emails. Anybody. Doesn’t require a badge, or anything, just two working brain cells and a fax machine (yeah, most departments require FOIA requests to be faxed. Hilarious, huh?).

None of which is brain surgery, and anybody who has ever been a government employee knows all of this. Well, except the Trump administration. Which claims that Mueller’s request of emails sent by Trump administration officials on government computers was “improper”. Because they’re fucking morons. Duh. Look, it’s been over twenty years since I was last a government employee, and even *I* remember that anything I generate using government equipment is a public record! Fuck, now that Mueller has these emails, it’s time to get Jason Leopold on the case again, because I’m curious to see what’s in them. The only real question is whether Wikileaks (which appears to be an arm of the Russian government) will throw off their reputation as Russian stooges and publish the emails…

– Badtux the Not-moron Penguin

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What. The. Literal. Fuck? These people are demented.

Okay, first of all: Unless you’re going to St. Louis, Chicago, or Baltimore, the typical large city today is less dangerous than the USA as a whole. We pretty much get along as multi-racial cities because we have to. Nobody here is a KKKlansman out to kill black people. Nobody here is some sort of Black Militia out to kill white people. We just couldn’t live together if we were like that. There are neighborhoods in some cities that are dangerous, but as long as you stay outside of those neighborhoods, you’re safer than in any of the podunk towns where drunk rednecks regularly shoot each other and random passers-by. So advising people to get out of big cities for safety? That’s nuttier than a fucking fruitcake. Just sayin’.

Secondly, let me get this straight. All the privileged anarchist white Antifa kids are conspiring with New Black Panthers (who are, duh, BLACK) and MS13 (who are, duh, HISPANIC) in order to kill white people? Uhm. First of all, the black and Hispanic gangs hate each other. The notion of them cooperating is like the notion of wolves and lambs cooperating — it doesn’t pass the scratch’n’sniff test. Anybody who thinks MS13 would cooperate with the New Black Panthers is nuttier than a bag of peanuts. Just sayin’. And the fucking anarchists don’t even cooperate with *themselves*, nevermind with Black Panthers and MS13. Yeesh.

And, uhm, those *numbers*. So President Trump is supposedly mobilizing millions of soldiers? From *where*? The entire active duty contingent of the U.S. Army is under 420,000 soldiers, and only 110,000 of those are combat soldiers, the rest are support! The Army National Guard adds only 342,000 more soldiers while the U.S. Army Reserve only adds an addition 204,000 soldiers, and again, only 1/4th of those soldiers are actual combat soldiers, the rest are truck drivers and mechanics and cooks and so on and so forth. We don’t *have* millions of soldiers! And the recruiting to get millions of soldiers could not be kept secret. Where are the classified ads? Where are the sudden orders for millions of guns to equip these millions of soldiers? Anybody who thinks the U.S. is going to mobilize millions of soldiers in secret is crazier than a one legged cat in a fire ant pile.

And liberals are buying 1000 times more firearms? Firearms sales have dropped 40%! I mean, look. The majority of Americans voted for Hillary Clinton, so I’d say there’s more liberals than conservatives in America (just not in the right states to win the electoral college). You’d think that if suddenly liberals were running out and buying guns, gun sales would be rising, not falling?!

Of course, this is all a crazy-ass crock of bull put out by the 3% of American adults who own half of America’s gun, possibly with prompting from gun manufacturers or gun manufacturers’ propaganda arm (the NRA) in the background. But what does it say that there’s a significant percentage of Americans who actually believe this kinda shit and share it around on Fascistbook oops Facebook?

Just another reason why we are so fucked — a significant portion of Americans are out of their fucking minds, crazier than a lunatic barking at the moon.

– Badtux the WASF Penguin

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What a sexy stud of a man!

Oh wait, no, that was Steve Bannon. Who got fired today, probably because of the gonzo interview he gave to American Prospect, which was a blatant violation of message discipline. My guess is that General Kelly used this as his ammunition to finally shitcan the asswipe. It’s been well known that General Kelly was no fan of Bannon (and vice vice versa). But you can’t just fire one of Cheeto Mussolini’s friends without having some hefty ammo to bring to the battle… and Bannon gave Kelly a fucking dumptruck of ammo.

So now Steve’s shitcanned. Which, given that a) he was probably the smartest dude in the Trump White House, and b) he is totally devoid of any redeeming moral or ethical values, probably is a good thing for America. Evil smart people ought to be kept as far away from the levers of power as possible. Trump’s loss is our gain.

But never fear, Steve always has his good looks to fall back upon! What a genetically superior specimen he is!

Or, plan B, he can go back to work for Breitbart.com again. Gosh, supermodel or Breitbart.com? I wonder which one it will be? 🙂

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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