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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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Trump pulls U.S. government out of planned human rights hearings conducted by the Organization of American States.

The OAS was formed during the Cold War by the United States as a way of organizing the non-Communist nations of the Americas. It has no formal powers and no ability to enforce any human rights findings that its committee on human rights makes. As such, the United States has in the past viewed it as useful kabuki theater even when various states were vehemently objecting to U.S. policies. Better to have these things aired in public in a useless forum, the thought went, than to have these various nations conspiring in secret to enforce real consequences.

But apparently God-Emperor Donald the Trump feels that we no longer need to worry about diplomacy and the tender fee-fees of the states south of our border. Who, I might point out, have a combined population that is more than twice our size, and a combined economy that is equal to that of China. We need them more than they need us — they can sell their oil, for example, to any place on the planet, they don’t have to sell it to us, we’re just convenient. And combined they are our largest export target, again, they don’t *have* to import from us, we’re just conveniently close to them.

In other words, this is stupid. But unsurprising. After all, it’s not as if our cold-blooded sociopathic lizard people overlords think we have any kind of human rights. Well, other than the right to die from lack of food, health care, and housing once we’re no longer capable of being useful to our lizard overlords, anyhow.

– Badtux the “Gah, the stupid, it burns, it burns!” Penguin

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Every morning, I open up my web browser wondering if today is going to be the day I don’t say “What the fuck?” about something that His Fraudulency Donald the Trump or one of his lizard people officials said or did. Today, once again, was not that day. Because a) the Orange Racist Pussy Grabber released his proposed budget for next year, a budget that predominantly eliminates programs that help Trump voters such as Meals for Wheels and the Appalachian Regional Commission (and what kind of heartless sociopath could ever advocate zeroing out the budget for Meals for Wheels and Sesame Street, for crying out loud!), but he also proposed spending $4.1 billion on his wall next year. Because people might die due to eliminating the Chemical Safety Board, but by god it won’t be done by one of them Messicans!

Talking about which, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court has demanded that ICE stop stalking California courts, claiming that ICE is intimidating Hispanic witnesses in ongoing criminal trials and causing a public safety hazard. ICE of course says basically “up yours, Ms. Judge, you’re not the boss of me!”. Just as Customs and Border Protection says to they don’t have to obey the NAFTA treaty that says registered nurses qualify for a TN visa and thus can keep out much-needed Canadian nurses because, well, they can. Even though NAFTA is still the law until officially repealed or renegotiated. But God-Emperor Donald the Trump’s administration doesn’t care about no steenkin’ law, it’s all defiant juvenile “you’re not the boss of me! I don’t have to follow your rules!”. Because Cheeto Mussolini says they can. So they do it.

Then there is the ongoing Nazi saga of Sebastian Gorka, who has been dodging allegations that he is a Nazi for weeks now. Well, today a Jewish news magazine published what they purport is evidence that he really is a genuine bona fide Nazi, forcing him to explicitly deny that he’s a Nazi. Except that if he was ever a member of that Hungarian Nazi Party, he is ineligible for immigration to the United States, and could be stripped of his citizenship and deported, just like that sad sack Nazi who’s about to be deported to Poland. Oops!

And on to the Russia front. No wonder Michael Flynn resigned — he was up to his ears in Russian dough.

Finally, I think we’ve found Donald Trump’s next Peace Corps head — a Mormon missionary who beat the crap out of two people who tried to hold him up in Brazil. Because Trump is defunding the Institute for Peace while giving the military more money because the only peace he believes in is the peace of the grave, and this is exactly the right man to enforce that peace.

And that’s this day’s dispatch from the Imperial States of America, where God-Emperor Donald the Trump’s regime of lawlessness and incompetence continues as it has for the past 56 days.

– Badtux the News Penguin

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I’d like to wake up just one day without opening the Google News web page and exclaiming, “that fuckhead Trump did WHAT today?!”. Today, alas, was such a day.

Canada’s Girl Scouts refuse to come to America. They’re afraid that CBP will keep some of their girls from crossing the border due to national origin or race, and additionally are concerned that their girls might be subjected to searches that would constitute sexual misconduct and result in prosecution in Canada. Yay, the Orange Racist Pussy Grabber’s policies helping the US economy, woot!

Muslim Ban II has been stayed by a court in Hawaii. There is essentially only one way to get in and out of Hawaii, and that is by aircraft. The state apparently argued that the ban was going to harm their tourism industry while providing no additional security. Well, yeah, that it will, just as it encouraged the Girl Guides to avoid the US.

So I understand that His Fraudulency Donald the Trump held a rally in Nashville today where he repeated his usual lies, where his acolytes saluted their God-Emperor with the salute with which he is most familiar, thanks to his neo-Nazi advisor. I have selected the best of the photographs of this event:

Trump Rally in Nashville

Horse soring was banned by law in 1970. That’s a cruel practice where horses are tortured in order to make them high-step. Regulations to enforce the ban have never been adequate though. That was fixed in the last few months of the Obama Administration but for some reason the final rule never got published in the Federal Register. The Trump Administration has now kept that regulation off the books for 55 days, refusing to enforce the law prohibiting soring. So let me get this state. When Obama refused to enforce the immigration law for young people who’d been brought here before 10 years of age and were law abiding, that was bad, according to the Republicans. But it’s okay if Trump does the same thing about animal cruelty? Well, at least some Republicans are calling BS on that too…

But of course it might not be malice, it might be simple incompetence. A friend of mine has recently received multiple inquiries to be hired by a federal agency that shall not be named at various of their locations as a seasonal worker. Apparently seasonal workers aren’t covered by the hiring ban, as long as it’s no more seasonal workers than were hired the previous year. He notes that the place he’d prefer to work isn’t hiring seasonal workers because, despite the hiring ban, somehow they’d managed to hire ten full-time workers. All we could do was shake our heads. None of the Trump appointees at the top in that department has the slightest idea what they’re doing, so all the underlings are running wild and doing whatever they want to do. The children shall play while the adults are away, and all that. Nobody gives a shit anymore, everybody figures they’re fucked anyhow so just do what they want. Apparently Bannon’s oft-stated goal of destroying the Federal government is well underway…

Trump advisor who contacted Russian hacker at least 16 times during 2016 campaign now claims that the CIA tried to kill him in a fake auto accident. Uhm, no. A typical Mafia ploy is the fake auto accident — hit the guy you want to off, get out and pretend you’re going to exchange insurance cards, but instead put a bullet between his eyes. If the CIA wanted Roger Stone dead, he would be dead. But hey, Alex Jones says it was an attempted assassination, so whatevs…

And finally, pointing out that our President is orange isn’t racist. Racism is where you are attacking someone for something they were born with, i.e., skin color, ethnicity, hair color, whatevs. As far as I know, the only thing ever born with orange skin grows on a tree and is used to make a tasty breakfast juice. Trump chose to be orange, he wasn’t born that way. And making fun of people’s stupid choices… isn’t that the American way? FREE-dum and all that?

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Heil Trump!, go the Nazis, as they celebrate their God-Emperor Donald the Trump at the Minneapolis Art Museum. If Deadbeat Donnie cared, he could have a Fourth Reich without a problem. Luckily that’d be too much work for him. He’s too busy making word salad about how health care is hard. (Really? You mean you’re just finding that out? You could have asked Obama and Hillary, y’know, both of whom would have told you the same thing!).

Talking about which, we got a visit from the Shrubbery today, who, like a woodchuck, stuck his head out of hole in the ground and declared at least three years, 11 months more bigotry were incoming. Seriously, former President George W. Bush blasted His Fraudulency’s travel ban, which is unsurprising since GWB is not a bigot. GWB was careful, in the aftermath of 9/11, to state to the American people that it was terrorists that attacked America, not the Muslim faith. He appeared at Islamic community centers, he posed in the White House with Muslim leaders, and otherwise said to America and Americans that Muslim-Americans were Americans and attacking them for their faith was wrong and un-American. Seeing Trump unraveling one of the few things that he did right in his tenure in office has to rankle.

More surprising, Bush criticized the Orange Racist Russian Stooge’s attacks on the free press. Quote:

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,” Bush said. “We need an independent media to hold people like me to account.

“Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse power, whether it be here or elsewhere,” he added.

Bush noted that during his presidency, he sought to persuade people like Russian President Vladimir Putin to respect a free press.

“It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves,” Bush said.

Which is a serious “what the fuck?” of major proportions. The Shrubbery? Sounding like a statesman, without a speechwriter in sight? And he actually sounded smart! S-M-R-T smart! The thing about the Shrubbery is that he was lazy and intellectually incurious, but he wasn’t actively evil. The other thing about the Shrubbery is that he seemed to have an intellectual suck field around him. People who’d been in government for decades and done a competent job, like Former Secretary of Defense Cheney and Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (his stint under the Shrubbery was his *second* stint as SecDef), suddenly lost 50 IQ points when they joined the Shrubbery’s administration and then advocated doing stupid things where, at least initially, the Shrubbery went along with them because he was, well, too lazy to object. It was one of the most “WTF?” things I ever encountered. Where was this smart George W. Bush when we needed him? And what does it say about the current resident of the office, when the worst President of the past forty years sounds more Presidential than him?

– Badtux the WTF Penguin

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So, Donald Trump has basically said everybody is deportable. Well, not those of us who are US citizens. But if you aren’t? Well.

There’s a problem with that, though: California farmers are going to lose their work force. At which point defenders of their God-Emperor Donald the Trump whine, “there’s a farmworker visa they can use to get the labor they need!”

Really? Let’s go look at that visa, the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers visa:

The current H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers visa works fine for states like North Carolina that have an actual growing season and a specific set of crops requiring a specific set of skills. Their association of North Carolina agricultural producers named as a joint employer can hire H-2A workers then allocate them to farmers on an as-needed basis during the growing season, then send them home at the end of the growing season. But that doesn’t work at all for states like California that have a year round growing season with wildly varying labor requirements based on what’s happening at any given moment of time. H-2A basically allows an agricultural worker to be here in the US for, practically speaking, 9 months out of every year. California has a year-round growing season. H-2A also requires the worker to be employed in agriculture for a single employer for the entire time. But California agriculture is “bursty” — a farmer will need a hundred workers to pick the lemons over a two week period of time, then a dozen workers to prune the lemon trees afterwards. During the time that California agriculture doesn’t need workers, workers travel to other Western states to commit random acts of agriculture there, too, or work construction or other jobs while waiting for the next burst of labor to be needed, or simply sit unemployed for a few weeks between agricultural jobs. This would not be permitted under the H-2A visa.

The reality is that California agriculture is reliant upon Mexican migrant workers. We don’t have another workforce available with the level of flexibility of the current workforce, which is constantly shifting around or periodically unemployed as the farmers hire the workers they need when they need them then let them go at the end of the need. Americans today seem to lack the intestinal fortitude to give up their stable comfortable life and live the migrant life. Heck, they lack the intestinal fortitude to deal with change at all, see, e.g., the resistance to the fact that the city of Santa Clara is changing as migrant technology workers move here. Does anybody really think that a people that throws a hissy fit over a four-story apartment building changing their city’s skyscape is going to be able to deal with the change needed to follow crops around the state of California picking, pruning, and weeding? Yeah. We’re fat, comfortable, and self-entitled. Not happening. Not even if the Mexicans all get deported. How many readers of this post are going to move out to the Central Valley and start picking lemons and strawberries once the Mexicans are deported, then move northwards as the growing season moves northward, then back south as the growing season ends in the north? SNORK! Yeah right. That’s for *other* people to do. And I’ll add myself to that number saying “that’s for other people to do”, because I’ve done hard physical work outdoors in 100 degree summer heat before, and at my age have no intention of doing it again.

So yeah, Trump’s about to fuck all of us. Because California grows most of the nation’s fruits and vegetables. Hope you like potatoes, Kansas, ’cause you ain’t gonna see any fruits or vegetables for a *long* time if the Orange Racist Pussy Grabber gets his way.

– Badtux the Former Farmer Penguin

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I love all the MAGAts comparing the Orange Racist Pussy Grabber and Reagan. Yeah, let’s look at that comparison.

I lived through Reagan. Both Reagan and His Fraudulency Donald the Trump share the similarity of being delusional liars leading an administration comprised of crony criminals. And being washed up actors. And bigots who accused entire minority races of being criminals and rapists. And hatred of the press. Oooh, how Reagan hated the press. As his administration officials went to jail by the dozen (138 in all), Reagan fumed as the press covered each and every one being convicted. He held fewer press conferences than any other modern President, considering the press the enemy and unworthy of his time and attention. (Well, the fact that he was going dotty by his second term was probably part of that too). And hey, Reagan was into crony capitalism too. That’s why so many of his administration officials went to jail, they were using government for their own profit, just like Trump is doing with his many decisions that just *happen* to enrich Trump-owned businesses like Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida.

Of course, there’s also big differences between Reagan and SCROTUS. Reagan cloaked his bigotry and his hatred of the press behind a shield of geniality. Cheeto Mussolini is just an ass. Reagan faced a real, if declining, existential threat in the form of the Soviet Union. The Orange Racist Russian Stooge faces a bunch of illiterate goat rapists in the Middle East, a China that is more interested in buying America than in fighting America, and a Russia armed with rusty leftover Soviet gear that is a threat to former Soviet states but no threat to Western Europe or the United States. And, for all his senility towards the end of his term, Reagan actually had governing experience and his White House ran like a well oiled machine. SCROTUS’s White House by contrast is a disaster where people wander around not knowing what they’re supposed to do and nobody even knows how to turn on the lights because they fired all the people who knew how to do that.

So yeah, compare Reagan and Tump all you want, MAGAts. That comparison doesn’t make your God-Emperor Donald the Trump look good at all. Just sayin’.

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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