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Sultan Erdogan wins a mandate to eliminate democracy in Turkey.

Together with Erdogan cozying up with Russia, this doesn’t bode well for Turkey’s continued membership in NATO. Basically the main reason why NATO wants Turkey is their control of the Bosporus, the only outlet for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. But if Turkey is cozying up to Russia so they would not even do that in the event of a war between NATO and Russia, what use is it to have them in NATO?

Note that them being an authoritarian dictatorship is not a disqualification for NATO membership. Portugal was a founding member of NATO, and was an authoritarian dictatorship until 1974. But cozying up to Russia? Yeah, that’s sorta not going to go over well with the other NATO members…

-Badtux the Geopolitics 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 Even though NAFTA is still the law until officially repealed or renegotiated.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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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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High Resistance, Medium Tolerance

That was the question asked by a right-winger who then went on to list all the good things that President Trump has supposedly done — some of which are things that liberals resist. But I figure I’ll answer his question, since it’s something we need to keep in mind:

We resist:

  1. The replacement of science with faith in our schools and in our government.
  2. The destruction of our public schools in favor of Bible schools.
  3. Removal of protections for endangered wildlife and attempts to exterminate gray wolves via removing them from the endangered species list.
  4. Removal of EPA funding for restoring endangered waterway like San Francisco Bay, the Great Lakes, and Cheseapeake Bay
  5. Attacks on women’s health and reproductive rights, such as removing funding from Planned Parenthood.
  6. Attacks on voting rights, especially attacks that target minorities, the elderly, and the poor such as voter ID laws that are proven to suppress the votes in those constituencies.
  7. Attacks on free speech rights by those who wish to outlaw protest and dissent.
  8. Attacks on Jews and Muslims such as the recent burnings of Muslim community centers and bomb threats against Jewish community centers.
  9. Removal of health care from millions of Americans including essentially ending Medicaid over time by capping how much money can be spent on it.
  10. We resist tax cuts for the rich and tax hikes for the poor.
  11. We resist increases in corporate welfare for defense companies at the same time as decreasing funding for food for the working poor including, well, a lot of those same soldiers that Trump says he cares about.
  12. We resist attempts to outlaw many contracts between worker-owned labor cooperatives (“unions”) and corporations via so-called “right to work” laws.
  13. We resist attempts by fucking Nazis to hijack the public discourse. And possibly worse, if we don’t stop them.
  14. And so on and so forth.

In short: Wherever there is a proposal by the Trump administration that hurts the poor, hurts working people, hurts the environment, hurts women’s rights, hurts the rights of minorities, hurts the rights of people of the rainbow (sorry, I don’t know all the letters in the latest acronym for all those of alternate sexualities), that furthers hate and bigotry against entire classes of people, we resist it. The above is just the first 6 weeks of what we’ve resisted. It looks like we have close to four more years of this shit. SIGH.

– Badtux the Resistance Penguin

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I guess this can be added to my list entitled “How do you know that someone is a Nazi and thus worth punching?” :

If the person is handing out Nazi fliers with swastikas and stuff on it, that person is a Nazi. Don’t feel bad about someone punching him.

Y’know, I don’t suggest or condone punching Nazis. But I’m not going to feel bad about it when it happens. Nazis lost any right to whine about being “oppressed” when they marched millions of human beings into the gas chambers.

– Badtux the “When is it okay to punch a Nazi?” Penguin

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When it comes time to punch Nazis, it’s critical to know the exact answer to this question: Is that person a Nazi?.

So let’s take a little quiz here:

“He disagrees with me!”
Nope, not a Nazi.

“He wants to send blacks, Jews, gypsies, and other undesirables to gas chambers!”
Yep, that’s a Nazi.

“He’s a socialist!”
Nope, not a Nazi.

“He believes white people are the superior race and all others are undesirables who are a drag on the economy.”
Yep, that’s a Nazi.

“He’s a Democrat!”
Nope, not a Nazi.

“He’s a Republican!”
Uhm… well, *maybe* not a Nazi, *maybe* a Nazi. See tests above.

“He’s a Republican who ran an online magazine that catered to Nazis and who has expressed the opinion that white people are the superior race!”
Yep, now *that* is a Nazi. Hi, Mr. Senior Advisor Bannon!

Point being, be precise. When you punch a Nazi, you don’t want to punch one who is not, in fact, a genuine white-glorifying other-people-wanna-be-genocidin’ Nazi. Going around just punching random people ’cause you don’t like their politics? That’s just plain un-American!

Nope. Keep the Nazi-punchin’ to actual genuine bona fide Nazis. If they’re ranting about how white people are best and other people are shit, you got yourself a genuine bona fide Nazi. If they’re ranting about how Obamacare is vile and evil ’cause it causes them to have to pay too much for health insurance, you don’t have a Nazi. You have just a garden variety idiot. Don’t punch idiots. Please. Nazis are evil and there’s not much you can do with Nazis except punch them. Idiots, on the other hand… well, either they’re genetically stupid, or they’re ignorant. In the former case it’d be wrong to punch them, in the latter case, the proper thing to do is educate them, not punch them.

I mean, it isn’t as if we don’t have bona fide genuine Nazis running around nowadays if you just gotta go around punch Nazis. At least one of them even in the White House, whispering into the President’s ear as his evil consigliere. With the current administration in the White House, Nazis are popping out of the woodworks thinkin’ they can just do that whole Nazi thing without repercussions. So you want to hit a Nazi, you ain’t gonna have to wait long until one of those white supremacist minority bashing Nazis comes along. Just a little bit of patience. Just sayin’.

– Badtux the “Be careful who you punch!” Penguin

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Stephen Miller, a Putin wanna-be who is a senior aide to His Fraudulency Donald the Trump, came out and said this on Face The Nation today:

…the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.

Will not be questioned.

That’s jackboots on the streets kinda talk. Chilling.

In a democracy, everything said by any politician should always be questioned. Telling the press and the judiciary that they’re not allowed to question whether a politician is exercising his powers in a prudent and constitutional fashion is not the act of someone who believes in democracy. It is the act of someone who believes in tyranny.

– Badtux the “Can’t they even pretend?” Penguin

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