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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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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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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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Y’know, we don’t hear Jared Kushner say anything in public. He holds no press conferences. He doesn’t talk to the press. He doesn’t tweet. He doesn’t issue statements. Unlike Donald and the rest of the Trumps, he is… silent. To the point where it’s parodied on Saturday Night Live:

But maybe that makes him the smart one in the family. Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought stupid, than to open your mouth and prove it beyond a doubt.

The look on the Italian prime minister’s face today, as Donald Trump says that Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who has been dead for ten years, “is a great friend of mine“…

– Badtux the Face-palming Penguin

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Trump: “Hey, North Korea! We’re sending an aircraft carrier group to watch your missile launch so if you get up to something, we’ll smack you good!”

NK: “Ha ha ha. You no smack us with silly aircraft carrier, we sink it!”

Australia: “Hey wait, isn’t that aircraft carrier supposed to be holding exercises with our navy in the Indian Ocean?”

Mad Dog: (double face palm). “Yeah. It’s still on its way.” Huge sigh.

Navy: “U.S.S. Carl Vinson steams its way south through the Sundra Strait on way to joint exercises with Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean.”

Whole world: “Say wha?!”

Trump: “Well, we sent submarines instead. Very powerful, we have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you.

Whole world: “Say wha?!”

Cue double face palm.

– Badtux the Sadly Laughing Penguin

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So, Jim Wright over at Stonekettle Station says we need to be willing to compromise with moderate Republican congressmen in order to prevent the worst from happening. There’s just one problem with that: It assumes there are moderate Republican congressmen. I haven’t seen any evidence of such.

Look: while Donald Trump’s approval ratings are dismal (though better this week than last), 87% of Republicans still approve of him. Despite all his fuckups. Despite him trying to take their health insurance away. Despite everything. And those 87% are the ones who elected the Republican Congress. A Republican Congress that’s so radical, so far to the right, that they defeated the recent health care bill because it wasn’t mean *enough*.

I see no evidence of any moderates there. Or if there are any, they’re laying low in fear of the 87% of their constituency that still adores His Fraudulency Donald the Trump. They’re not going to step out of line. They’re not going to cross their party leaders and compromise. Democrats would need to have something to give them in exchange that’s more valuable to them than the shitstorm they’ll get from their leaders and constituents if they cross Deadbeat Donnie, and I don’t see anything the Democrats have that could possibly be so valuable. During the Obama Administration they could promise Obama’s signature on a Republican’s pet bill (or could have, if Obama had been willing to get down in the trenches like LBJ, but Obama was too fucking cool for that, dammit). But Democrats have nothing — zero — to use as leverage right now. Nada.

At a certain point, compromise becomes simply impossible. It takes two parties willing to compromise to reach a compromise. And right now, the Republicans ain’t willing.

In other words, we are so fucked. But you already knew that.

– Badtux the Fucked Penguin

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If Donald Trump’s tweets and speeches were re-written as a early 2000’s emo song. ROFL.

– Badtux the Easily Amused Penguin

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