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A mentally ill man, Kori Ali Muhammad, kills four white men in Fresno.

This is not about terrorism, this is about mental illness. The shooter here, Kori Ali Muhammad, has been in and out of mental institutions for the past decade, released once he’s stabilized so he’s pretty much sane, then he gets back out on the streets, goes off his meds, and goes crazy again.

Both loony lefties and loony righties said that this man had the right to not take his meds after being released from a mental institution, the lefties because they consider mental illness to be merely “mentally different” and we shouldn’t take away their right to choose to be “different”, the righties because they consider mental illness to be a “moral failing” and that people have a right to choose such a thing.

The reality is that this man’s mental illness made these choices for him, not he himself. His brain was literally not working right and was incapable of making sane rational choices regardless of how much he desired to do so. And now four people are dead. Because some abstract “right to be crazy” is more important than both the welfare of the mentally ill, and the welfare of those around them.

– Badtux the Sad Penguin

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So various leakers in the military are trying to blame Donald Trump for the fucked-up raid in Yemen that killed a kid (an American citizen kid no less) as well as getting one of Seal Team 6 killed.

People: That’s not how it works. It’s not. You bring a plan to your boss, you say you believe the plan will work, your boss maybe asks someone else if it works and approves it when he gets the okay from that other person that it’ll work, then once your boss approves it that’s it. You own it. It’s your job to execute what you promised you could execute.

Basically, what people demanding of Trump when they whine that he went to bed that night after approving the raid is that he be that boss from hell that everybody hates, always micromanaging everybody. Look. I’m a professional. I’m paid damn well to do what I do for a living. I don’t need someone who isn’t even a talented *amateur* in what I do telling me how to configure a router, or second-guessing me about how many VLAN’s to segment our network into. If my boss doesn’t trust me, he needs to fire me and hire someone he can trust. If he does trust me, then once I get his OK to go ahead with the deployment plan, he needs to step back and just damn well let me do my job, because distracting me in any way is going to make things go slower and might distract me enough to make a bad mistake.

I neither need, nor want, my boss second-guessing me or micromanaging me, and would get mightily pissed if he did. I want my boss sleeping at night because he knows I got this. His job is to get me the shit I need to get my job done, then get out of the way and let me do it. And if I fuck up, well, then, and only then, do I get on the horn with my boss and we figure out how to handle the aftermath. Until then, I prefer he be getting a good night’s sleep. Because I’m a professional, and I don’t need hand-holding.

And Seal Team 6 is certainly professionals too. They made a plan. They got it approved. The plan went sideways. It happens. They were the ones on the ground. They were the ones who had all the information to make decisions. There was no military decision that Donald Trump could have made after things started going sideways that would have been better than what the people actually on the ground made, because those were some of the best people we have, certainly far better at doing their job than Donald Trump would be. Once the raid was launched there’s no amount of micromanagement from the top that could have improved the situation, all it could have done was make it worse. Period.

– Badtux the Professional Penguin

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There is nothing normal about the election of His Fraudulency Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. He was elected courtesy of the active intervention of two intelligence agencies, Russia’s FSB and the US FBI, and massive voter suppression operations that left hundreds of thousands of ballots uncounted in critical states. He is as legitimate as his spiritual predecessor Rutherford B. Hayes was, who obtained office via a corrupt deal with the KKK, and should receive the same treatment.

Yet here I see all these Democratic politicians trying to treat this situation as if it were… normal. All the way up to attending the Inauguration and treating it like it was any other Inauguration.

I understand their motivation. They hope that if they treat this as if it were just a normal Presidential transition rather than something unusual and almost unprecedented (we’ve never before had an intelligence agency coup in the United States, after all), then maybe a Mussolini sound-alike will act like a normal President rather than like, well, a fascist. But that’s not what they’re accomplishing. What they’re accomplishing is making fascism seem normal.

This is not a normal situation. Pretending that it is, does nobody a favor. Democrats should be responding the way they responded in 1876, where they hounded Rutherford B. Hayes so badly about the fraudulent way he obtained office that he refused to run for a second term. They did their best to make “Rutherfraud”‘s life so miserable that he didn’t even *think* about abusing the power that he had with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. That’s how you do it. Not this “oh dear, you just said a racist thing but I’ll just pretend you didn’t say it” bullshit. All that does is encourage assholes to be bigger assholes. If you don’t make it loud and clear that an asshole is an asshole and is behaving unacceptably, then assholery becomes normal and usual behavior. Pretending that it’s fine and dandy to have a President selected by intelligence agencies and via disenfranchising voters doesn’t do Democrats, nor the country, one lick of good, and is just another example of the unilateral disarmament of today’s Democrats, who refuse to get down and dirty in the trenches out of some deranged notion that “we’re better than that”. Yeah, you know what they call a pacifist on a battlefield? A dead pacificist, that’s what. If someone is shooting at you, singing “Kumbayah” doesn’t get you anything except killed.

– Badtux the Blood’n’Guts Penguin

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So, I’ve had liberals helpfully lecture me that I should not demean or mock Trump or his supporters. We should call him “President Trump”, regardless. At which point I roll my eyes, because this is exactly the kinda shit that liberals do that loses them elections.

I’m sorry, but I’m not going to refer to him as President Trump. He is forever His Fraudulency to me, just as his spiritual predecessor Rutherford B. Hayes was referred to in 1877 by being elected under similar circumstances. Anybody who was “elected” with the minority of votes courtesy of assistance from the KGB and the FBI (much as Hayes was “elected” courtesy of a back room deal with the KKK) has no legitimacy in my eyes, and never will. Rutherford B. Hayes spent his entire time in office being referred to as “His Fraudulency” and “Rutherfraud” by Democrats who obstructed him at every opportunity, served one term, and slunk out of Washington in disgrace at the end of that term, hated not only by Democrats but by his own party. I will be doing my best to ensure that His Fraudulency Donald Trump suffers a similar fate.

One thing that annoys me about many liberals is their unilateral disarmament in the face of enemy action. And His Fraudulency and his core supporters, the neo-Nazi white supremacist “basket of deplorables”, *are* the enemy of all that is good. We don’t have to lie like they do because we have truth on our side. But we have to take that truth to them, good and hard, with all the weapons at our disposal. Unilaterally disarming by removing ridicule and disgust from the list of weapons we allow us to use is as ridiculous as saying that we should have just wagged our fingers at Hitler for being a bad boy. No. That’s not how you fight. That’s how you lose. As this past election with all that “when they take the low road, we take the high road” bullshit that lost it should have proven.

The orange racist pedophile pussy grabber is inherently mockable. That’s a weapon. We should use it.

– Badtux the “Unilateral disarmament is for pussies” Penguin

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There seems to be a lot of lefties harshing on Ivanka Trump, whether it’s the cheaply made Chinese clothing that she hawks for big bucks using the Trump name, or the way she serves as her father’s translator from Trumpese to English and will have an office at the White House for doing exactly that. Yet I haven’t said anything about her. Why?

Well, basically because a) she hasn’t done anything illegal or immoral as far as I know, unlike her deadbeat race-baiting daddy, and b) because I feel sorry for her.

Look. She’s been groomed by a pedophile for her entire life, and she has really no context to know what is right and what is not right. From listening to her talk, she clearly is intelligent and has the potential to be a good person, but having been raised by a sexual predator, it’s all been warped and corrupted. To her credit she hasn’t done anything that seems to be too outlandishly corrupt, unlike her brothers. They tried to auction off a coffee with her, for example, but she put an end to that when it became clear that people were viewing it as a way of bribing the Trump Administration. She’s not an angel by any means. But she’s probably about as good as someone raised by a pedophile and still under the influence of that pedophile can be.

Note that this doesn’t mean I excuse anything evil that she might do in the future, or think she should escape consequences for illegal activities if she ever does anything. If on a jury I’d vote Guilty (if she was). I’d just feel sad for her while doing so. Raised by a sexual predator the way she was, isolated from anything good or holy, the wonder is that she isn’t an axe killer, much less the woman she appears to be — an intelligent and self-assured woman who seems to want to do good, but not quite sure what that means.

– Badtux the Family Penguin

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Do-gooders are upset that students have been restrained in Kentucky schools and have gotten the Education Commissioner to outlaw one technique.

It’s not going to stop at that. According to the do-gooders, students never need to be restrained or physically touched in any way.

Never.

Ever.

Not even the 45,000 severely mentally ill students in the Kentucky schools, those who are psychotic and subject to psychotic breaks at any time, with disjointed thinking and reactions that don’t resemble those of normal children in any way. Note that these kids are in regular public schools — we no longer institutionalize severely mentally ill students. And that’s for the better. Most of the time, they’re in regular education classrooms, learning, whereas back in the institutionalization days they were basically stuck in a strait jacket and tied to a chair for their “education”.

The question is this: The vast majority of these students are on psychotropic drugs that make it possible for them to function most of the time in regular classrooms. The problem is, they’re children. Some drugs can’t be used with children, and children are growing, so their meds slip out of whack on a regular basis, at which point their thinking starts sliding sideways. We teachers used a highly technical term when we noticed this happening to our mentally ill students — “that student’s talking crazy, time to call the special education supervisor so she can call the parents and psychiatrist.” Because classroom teachers are *never* trusted to talk to parents when it is about medications, medications are not something they’re trained on and they can’t give any kind of informed opinion about the subject. And the wheels of bureaucracy grind on, an appointment is made at some point in the future, but what if the student decides in the meantime that he can fly, and tries to jump out the classroom window of a third floor classroom? What if the student decides to play tag with the busses in the bus yard? Are teachers just supposed to let the kid die just to make do-gooders feel good about banning restraint in the schools?

And what if the kid gets upset at a bad test score and starts throwing desks around the classroom? Someone could get hurt.

Right now what schools are doing is sending a “Here” squad of teachers, aides, and administrators to receive training in crisis intervention including safe restraint of students. They also encourage teachers who have mentally ill students in their classrooms to take the training. But what happens if schools are legally no longer able to safely restrain students who are out of control and presenting a danger to themselves and others?

Well, we know what happens then. If schools aren’t allowed to touch the students, they simply will call the police. And the police will handle the situation in a far more humane and safe manner. That sad laughing you hear is me laughing at my sick joke… police… humane when dealing with mentally ill people… the same police who shot and killed hundreds if not thousands of mentally ill people nationwide last year. The police officers who regularly light up mentally ill people with tasers and handcuff them and haul them off to the police station to be booked for disorderly conduct for the crime of being mentally ill. Those police.

But hey, the do-gooders will get their wish, those mean teachers and administrators won’t be touching those poor innocent little children anymore. Said children will be in the school-to-prison pipeline instead, but hey, that’s not the do-gooder’s fault, it’s all about an oppressive society blah blah blah. Even when we’re dealing with severely behavior disordered children who just don’t (and can’t) think straight and act out in ways dangerous to themselves and others. That kid would not really have jumped out the window, right?

Uhm, it sure the hell looked like he was going to jump when I pulled him back in, took him down to the carpet, and sent one of my students down to my supervisor’s office and another student to the next-door classroom (where the teacher had an aide) to get assistance. But what the hell did I know. I was just his teacher.

– Badtux the (Thankfully Former) Teacher Penguin

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So, Donald Trump was asked “how are you going to reduce the public debt?” and he replied something along the lines of “when interest rates go up, I’m going to negotiate the repurchase of government debt at below face value.” Cue freakout. Especially cue freakout the next day, when Donald Trump in frustration at people who misunderstood what he was saying, when asked “doesn’t that basically mean we’re defaulting on the debt?” replied that it was impossible to default on the debt, the U.S. could always print money to repurchase the debt if necessary. Cue the commentariate on both the Left and the Right screaming and running in circles and tearing their hair out.

The thing is, Donald Trump was right. There’s a lot of things that Donald Trump doesn’t understand. Bonds ain’t one of them. What Trump suggested was taking advantage of a core attribute of tradable bonds: When interest rates rise above what they pay, the resale price of the bond goes down.

This applies to government bonds just as much as it applies to corporate bonds. We are currently issuing bonds at barely above 0% interest. So, let’s say that interest rates rise to, say, 5%. And you have a $100 bond at 0% that matures in 10 years. Do you: a) Sell the bond for $80 and reinvest the money in a bond that pays 5%? Or b) stubbornly say “I’m going to hold on to this debt for 20 years even though I’m losing 5% per year on it!”? Thing is, after 5 years of 5% interest you’ll be ahead by selling the bond for $80 and reinvesting the money, thanks to the miracle of compound interest. After 5 years a $80 bond at 5% interest will be worth $102.10. After 10 years, the bond at 5% will be worth $130.31. As versus $100 if you hung on to the 0% interest bond.

So if Donald Trump came to you and said, “I’m going to buy that 0% bond from you for $80 so you can buy a new bond at 5%, what do you say?”, well, what you say is “Hell yeah!” And then comes the next thing: In order to keep the cost of government borrowing down, Trump basically proposed printing money by selling bonds to the Federal Reserve at 0% interest, rather than to the general public. Voila. With one fell swoop, 20% chopped off the publicly-held Federal debt. Yeah, the Federal Reserve ends up with these bonds on its books. But the Federal Reserve can repurchase them forever with freshly printed money as they expire, basically paying itself to keep a book-keeping entry on the books.

Now, would it work? Well, within reason it would. There are many economists today who say that inflation and interest rates are way too low right now for a capitalist system to work properly. Inflation encourages people to drag money out from under mattresses and put it to work in the economy because it loses value under mattresses. Higher interest rates encourage people to put that money to work in the banking system, where it can be used to fund current capital equipment paid for by the future income generated by that current capital equipment and thus make capitalism more agile at meeting consumer needs.

But of course the key words are “within reason”. There’s no indication that Donald Trump knows the meaning of the word “moderation”. Still: What he proposed was not as utterly lunatic as what the commentariate suggests. In fact, there are many left-wing economists who’ve proposed much the same thing. Within reason — that word again — it actually would work.

But of course because it was Donald Trump who proposed it, now it’s the worst idea on the whole entire planet. SIGH.

– Badtux the Economics Penguin

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