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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 Even though NAFTA is still the law until officially repealed or renegotiated.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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Cop starts walloping the hell out of a drug-crazed loonie who was shouting “I’m God, I’m God!”.

A few things to come to mind watching this video:

1) Dude ran from a cop. Cops *hate* chasing people. So I’m not surprised the dude got a bit of a licking after he forgot he was running, sat down, and the cop caught him. Disappointed, but not surprised.

2) Since when did cops have obvious and blatant tattoos? And shaved side haircuts? I remember when cops were required to be professionals. They were required to dress professionally, have professional haircuts that a banker would find appropriate, and of course no frickin’ tattoos. Now too many of them look like they’re modeling for Neo-Nazi Quarterly. Once upon a time, the difference between a banker and a cop was that a banker wore a fedora and a cop wore one of those flat cop hats. They both wore ties, dress shirts, dress pants, black shiny shoes. Over the years, things got more casual for both professions (and losing the tie and the black shiny shoes was definitely a plus for cops, those weren’t too useful if they got into a scuffle with a drug dealer), but cops should still present a professional appearance in public. Visible tattoos and a shaved-side haircut don’t scream “professional” by any definition of the word.

3) The moment when the cop started pulling his gun and yelled at the cameraman who was recording this, “Get back!”, was primo. Later on the news we find that the person doing the recording is a very dark-skinned African-American. This white neo-nazi-looking cop appears to be operating under the belief that all African-Americans are a threat — even those armed with nothing more than a video camera. Wow.

All in all, I didn’t find anything very surprising or shocking about this video. I doubt there will be any prosecution or lawsuit regarding this cop’s behavior, it does not rise anywhere near the level of criminality — appallingly unprofessional, yes, criminal, that’d be damn hard to prove. What it does do, however, is show the mentality that has swept across police departments lately, where professionalism has up and gone and been replaced with a look and attitude that might be at home in a neo-Nazi encampment.

— Badtux the Observant 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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… quit proposing Nazi policies like genocide. Yeah, some fine MAGAts in Maricopa County (Arizona) proposed liberal genocide and deportation of the Jews to save America for white people. Thereby proving that Maricopa County is one of the Orange Racist Pussy Grabber’s strongholds. Yay, Arizona.

Meanwhile, Paul Ryan literally flunks the answer to the question, “what is insurance?”. The answer to that question, of course, is that insurance is risk pooling. Let’s take leukemia. Leukemia is pretty rare, but when it happens, it costs $1,000,000 to cure it. So if leukemia strikes one in 10,000 people in a given year, then 10,000 people can each put $100 into the pot, and the lucky individual who comes down with leukemia gets his leukemia treatment.

Here’s the point: Yes, the healthy people are paying for the healthcare of the sick person with leukemia, but that’s because they didn’t know at the beginning of the year whether they would be the one person in the pool who came down with leukemia. So they pooled the risk — they put $100 into the pot so that if they did turn out to be the one person who came down with leukemia, they would get the health care they needed instead of dying. The whole point of a risk pool is that the people who don’t “win” the leukemia lottery end up paying most of the costs of the person who does “win” the leukemia lottery, so that if next year *they* are the one who “wins” the leukemia lottery, their leukemia treatment will be paid for too. It’s basically gambling, but gambling with the purpose of reducing overall risk rather than increasing it. The fact that 9,999 people don’t “win” the leukemia lottery doesn’t make it theft, no more than with any other lottery. It just means that if they play that game again next year and they *do* “win” the leukemia lottery, their health care is paid for.

What happens if you *don’t* have risk pooling? Lots of dead bodies. Because the vast majority of the people who do “win” the leukemia lottery every year are not millionaires like Paul Ryan and thus don’t have the personal resources to pay $1,000,000 for treatment. That’s why they joined a risk pool — to pool their money with other people so that if they *do* “win” the leukemia lottery, there’s enough money in the pot to pay the bill. That is why both the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association are both against any plan that reduces the number of insured people — uninsured people generally die when they don’t have the $1M to pay to cure an expensive illness. But the thought of dead bodies apparently gives Paul Ryan a woodie…

Yeah, if you don’t want to be called a Nazi, quit proposing policies that end up with dead bodies. Just sayin’.

– Badtux the Bodycounting Penguin

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An unprecedented number of mosques have burned in the past seven weeks.

Gay-bashing attack in Key West.

Middle school kids are doing Nazi salutes un-ironically.

Nazis still recruiting at the University of Wisconsin.

Neo-nazi threatens to kill Jews, shoot up an elementary school.

Jews and Muslims are having to crowdfund for each other a little too often lately. (Fine snark on the above by Wonkette).

Yeah, the MAGAts are working overtime.

– Badtux the MAGAt-scryin’ Penguin

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