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Dear white people: The police are not your personal racism valet to be used to ask questions that you’re too scared to ask yourself because you’re terrified of black people. Quit using them like that. Signed, another white person.

I got into an argument on Facebook today when I mentioned that every single person of color that I knew had had the cops called on them for things that were none-criminal, and that this had *never* happened to any of the white people I knew. He whined that they were just looking for racism so that’s why they saw it. Uhm, no. POC got cops called on them, us white people didn’t.

He kept going back to “but that wasn’t racism, everybody had a good reason to call the cops!” of the three examples I listed, three black women having the cops called on them for having suitcases while black, a former White House staffer having the police called on him *twice* for moving into his apartment while black, and police called on two men at a LA Fitness for playing basketball while black. Yeah, that reason being that they were too scared of people of color to just ask them what was going on, instead calling the cops as their personal racism valets to ask in their stead.

I eventually ended up having to block him because he just kept whining “but that’s not racism!” even though I kept pointing out that cops weren’t called on my white acquaintances, only on my black ones. But none are so blind as those who refuse to admit their white privilege. Sheesh.

A final thought: Maybe The Negro Motorist Green Book is needed again. I mean, when segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever has apparently become public policy again… hey, let’s just set the Wayback Machine to 1948 again, already. SIGH.

– Badtux the “Nope, racism ain’t dead, and police are the new racism valets” Penguin

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Cops fired over 20 shots at a car filled with people where a possibly wanted man was driving. The other people in the car were guilty of nothing other than getting a ride to Walmart. But they were guilty of being black, so the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, one of the most brutal in California according to statistics, just poured bullets into the car. ‘Cause nobody was gonna get hurt except black people, right? And black lives, everybody knows they don’t matter, right?

Do you seriously think this would have happened if the other people in the car had been white people? Nope. The cops would have been leery of lawsuits and being fired if they shot at innocent white people. But they were pissed ’cause this here n-word didn’t stop for them when they bleeped their siren at him. so they was gonna pour bullets into his car until he stopped, regardless of the possibility of hitting innocent people.

Service and protect, my ass.

– Badtux the Law And Order Penguin
(Who dislikes gang bangers in blue just as much as he dislikes gang bangers in any other color).

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Where white folk celebrate the kindly Uncle Tom caricature that they’ve made of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was a nice negro (in their caricature version of him, not in real life, where he was righteous and fiery and said tons of things that white people wouldn’t like to be reminded of today).

So fuck that. I’m more sad about the death of Dolores O’Riordan, whose Irish lilt and clear enunciation made for a distinctive and refreshing voice on a radio filled with sloppy slurred drugged-out singers in the early 90’s. She was only 46, and still in fine voice just a few months ago…

Fuck reality. Donald fucking Trump is still alive despite consuming more Big Macs than the entire city of Detroit, and someone who actually contributed beauty to this world dies young? That’s why I know if there is a God, he’s a vicious and vindictive son of a bitch and I want nothing to do with him. Besides, Hell would have better company.

– Badtux the Sad Penguin

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Yeah, the sun rose in the east, like usual, and Donald Trump said something stupid and racist today, as usual. And water is wet, too.

I swear, all I have to do is copy and paste this post, with a different link, and I have half of everything I’m going to post for the next three years. The other half, of course, will be cat pictures.

– Badtux the Head-shakin’ Penguin

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And why did he leave so many of the vicious crackers that ended up forming the KKK alive rather than swinging from the gallows for treason?

Grant had two problems. The first was that Jefferson Davis had ordered the Confederate armies to disappear into the woods and hills and operate as guerillas. The Confederate generals disobeyed his direct order and surrendered instead, but if Grant had been more punitive than he was, they might have changed their mind, and the punitiveness might also have changed the mind of enough of the highly trained Confederate soldiers that they would have joined the Confederate generals in waging concerted guerilla warfare. People in the North were tired of war. He risked unrest and political repercussions in the North if war broke out again due to his actions.

The second problem he faced was that the majority of the electorate in the North wanted their boys back home. They didn’t want to continue funding a huge army of occupation in the South. Oh, they gave lip service towards the notion of equal rights for black people in the South, but they weren’t willing to put blood and money behind it to maintain a large army of occupation. So Grant tried to arm black people in the South and get them organized as an organized militia. Unfortunately most blacks were illiterate (a deliberate plan by slave owners) and had little knowledge of even the basics of being a soldier nevermind how to organize effectively and conduct tactical maneuvers efficiently, and they were faced with former Confederate soldiers who were highly trained in the only way that people knew to train soldiers back in those days — i.e., they’d actually fought in real battles, which the former slaves had not. It was a process similar to what we’ve recently undergone in Afghanistan, where we tried to train the locals to be effective soldiers, but the results have been … underwhelming. Well, the results of attempting to train the black militias were pretty underwhelming too. The few times the black militias got into a pitched battle with former Confederates, they got wiped off the field.

In short, Grant had some harsh political realities to deal with. I might wish he had at least hanged a few of the worst of the Confederate leaders as traitors — Jefferson Davis deserved to hang if only for that order he’d issued to conduct guerilla warfare, Jubal Early needed to hang because he was the only Confederate general literate enough to invent the “Lost Cause” myths that later replaced real history in the South, and certainly mean crackers like Nathan Bedford Forrest (founder of the KKK) needed to hang if only for the fact that they had executed surrendered black soldiers in violation of the laws of war. But Grant decided that executing these people would create too much unrest — unrest that the Northern population wasn’t willing to pay the price to put down. In retrospect it seems to me that he made a mistake. The rot spread from the South in the past 150 years, and now afflicts a large amount of middle America. But it was a mistake that was fundamentally based in the realities that he faced, not something that arose out of stupidity or drunkenness.

– Badtux the History Penguin

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So, Prince Harry of Wales, army veteran of the Afghanistan war and one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, and also currently 5th in line for the British crown, is getting married. He’s engaged to marry a beautiful actress, Meghan Markle. And racists are having a hissy fit.

Why?

Well, that’s simple: Meghan is mixed-race, with a white dad and an African-American mom. And that makes racists start frothing at the mouth and spitting out ridiculous names as they stomp up and down spewing spittle and bile and their blood pressure goes out the roof.

But the marriage is on anyhow. Because these racists and bigots are on the wrong side of history. These deplorables having a white hot emotional meltdown and crying bitter tears is how they should spend their pathetic despicable lives, and it looks like they’re going to be crying bitter tears for many years to come, because Prince Harry ain’t going away, and neither is Meghan Markle.

– Badtux the “Darn, aren’t those despicables so CUTE!” Penguin

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Something to think about *before* you become a Nazi: Most people really don’t like Nazis, and they don’t react well when they find out that you are one. Gosh, amazing how sending millions of Jews to death camps and invading random countries and killing millions of people will make people dislike you! So Tony Hovater, his wife, and his brother-in-law were all fired when their boss found out that they were Nazis? Gosh darn it, I’m so sad to hear that. That’s not chuckling you hear, that’s… alt-crying. Yeah. LOL.

Meanwhile, back to personal business. Had a lot of carnage out on my Thanksgiving camping trip, more than usual. My Jeep lost a bolt holding on the hi-lift jack, a weld cracked on my gas can mount and I had to put the gas can *inside* the Jeep (eep!), and the door strap snapped when my door was caught in a 50mph wind, in turn putting a big dent in my cowl as the mirror slammed into it. Meanwhile, on a personal basis, I tore the scar tissue on my left foot (the scar tissue from the motorcycle accident when I was 19 that covers the missing chunk of my foot), and while in camp in sandals managed to whack my big toe on my right foot so it’s a nice rainbow blue and purple now, and somewhere in all this I also managed to wrench my back so it spasms if I move wrong. Man, the desert has decided it doesn’t like me!

Back to Washington D.C. stupdity, the AARP notes that the Republican tax “reform” bill will cut BILLIONS from Medicare. If you’re in a state with Republican Senators, call them *now*.

Finally, Florida Man, the world’s stupidest supervillain, strikes again. In the first incident, Florida Man accidentally shoots himself during a road rage incident. In the other incident, Florida Man tried to break into a car filled with cops. The only thing that could have made that last one funnier would have been if he’d tried to hold up a donut shop. A donut shop across from the police station. Now *that* would have been funny :).

– Badtux the Aching Penguin

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