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Sean Spicer gave a press conference about the firing of James Comey while hiding in the bushes.

No, I’m not joking.

A press conference.

While hiding in the dark in the bushes.

Then Donald Trump said that what happened yesterday was nothing like the 1970’s. While holding a meeting in the Oval Office. With Henry Kissinger.

I don’t recall whether that was before, or after, he met with the Russian Foreign Minister. That was the meeting where Trump banned American — but not Russian — journalists from the meeting.

But the firing of Comey had nothing, nothing I say, to do with the Russia investigation. All coincidental, yessiree! And getting advice from that old war criminal Henry Kissinger about how to shut down that pesky investigation? Priceless!

Oh, why do I say “Monty Python as if written by George R.R. Martin”? Well, it’s because in Game of Thrones, pretty much everybody dies.

Trump’s getting a good start on that one, kicking 24 million people off their health insurance, which is going to result in thousands of dead people. But hey, Valar Morghulis. All he’s doing is speeding up how quickly those people get to heaven. Right? Right?!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Remember this asshole?

Thumbs up, y’all!

What an asshole. Hundreds of thousands died because of this asshole and his posturing. Now, let’s look at another group of assholes:

House Republican sociopaths on parade

They were high-fiving each other and shouting “Mission Accomplished!” because they, too, have condemned hundreds of thousands to die by depriving them of healthcare. More particularly: By removing the requirement that insurers offer insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.

Who has a pre-existing condition? Pretty damn well all of us who are past age 40, people. It’s called “living life”. Everybody gets there eventually. I know I’m personally uninsurable if insurers are allowed to deny coverage. Too much wear and tear over the years, plus chronic allergies, genetic in nature, not because I lived wrong. Thing is, anybody who is of a certain age has this wear and tear. It’s just how human bodies age. And there’s millions of people in my boat, any of whom will die if they have a heart attack or get cancer and they don’t have health insurance.

Sociopaths. We are ruled by sociopaths. By cold-blooded lizard people who view human beings as prey, not as fellow travellers in the human race. And people will die if this bill makes it through the Senate, guaranteed.

– Badtux the Healthcare Penguin

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It got up to 94 degrees today. Pretty darn hot for no air conditioning. The good news is that it’s supposed to cool down tomorrow. Phew!

So, I got an alert that one of my drives in my RAID array failed, and when I got in I found that three of the drive bays in my 12-bay NAS unit had died, degrading my ZPOOL too. Well, three drives don’t die at one time, so I rebooted the server, went into the LSI BIOS, and swapped three known good drives into those bays. Still nada, they wouldn’t even blink red. So I did what everybody would do in that situation — I grabbed a backplane off the pile of backplanes behind me that I’d scored off of eBay, and swapped it into the system. The “bad” drives then came back online, added themselves back into the appropriate arrays (with a bit of prompting from me), voila. Hoarders for the win!

So, what’s happening in the world today?

Well, yesterday in 1945 the Red Army hoisted the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, which many historians consider the symbolic end of the Third Reich or, as Steve Bannon calls it, “a temporary setback.”

Jeff Sessions doesn’t like being laughed at. So he prosecuted a woman who laughed when someone said “Jeff Sessions has a well-documented record of treating all people equally under the law” (his actual record is that he’s a raging bigot), and successfully convicted her of disrupting Congress, a crime which carries up to 1 year in Club Fed. Just by comparison: Brock Turner spent 3 months in county jail for raping an unconscious girl. But laughing at a white racist is a more serious crime than raping an unconscious girl, right? Right?!

Talking about rape, Donald Trump just hired yet another person accused of sexual assault by multiple women, Steven Munoz. Because birds of a feather and all that, I guess.

Finally, the Dutch have a good precedent for what to do with a failed leader. Unfortunately applying their lesson to a certain orange racist pussy grabber would result in a lot of heart attacks from eating so much fat…

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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So the United States government is whining about Assad killing some of his own citizens. The same United States government that has killed probably a million Iraq civilians over the course of its twenty-five-year long war against Iraq’s civilian population, and furthermore, has completely written its own genocides against its own peoples out of its history books. But wait, that’s right, the Native Americans that we committed atrocities against — killing thousands of women and children — weren’t really people. Because they weren’t white. Alrighty, then!

So anyhow, White House spokesperson Nazi Spice went on to say that Assad was worse than Hitler, because at least Hitler didn’t gas his own citizens. Then a reporter asked, “What about the Holocaust?” and Nazi Spaie went on to explain, “but that was against people gathered into Holocaust Centers.” Which, I guess, are like daycare centers. Except more Holocaust-y.

Most ridiculous of all is the notion that Assad has any real control over things in the first place. He’s basically a figurehead, an English-educated eye doctor who is head of the Alawite sect. The Alawite sect wants to be on top in Syria because the last time they weren’t, the Sunni majority tried to genocide them, a genocide that failed only because French troops marched in after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and started shooting people. The Alawites then flocked to the French side and ended up dominating the Syria Corps that was comprised of Syrian natives who’d volunteered for the French Army. This Syria Corps became the Syrian Army in 1946 upon Syrian independence from France, with a primarily Alawite officer corps, and then the Army staged a coup in 1949 that put the Army — and thus the Alawites — in charge. There’s been multiple governments in Syria since then, but since 1970 when Poppa Assad took over in yet another military coup, Syria’s government as well as its army has been dominated by the Alawites.

So, what happens if Assad gets killed? Well, another Alawite takes over. They aren’t going to stop fighting. They view this as a war of survival. The Alawi feel that if the Sunni Islamists take over, they’re going to exterminate every single Alawi as a heretic and just on general principle. We’re talking hundred-year-old grudges here, people — long predating the involvement of the United States in the region.

So: nothing the United States does there is going to make the Alawi stop fighting. We can kill Assad. We can kill whatever #2 steps up in place of Assad. It won’t matter. The Alawi view it as a war of survival — if they lose, they’re likely to be exterminated to the last man, woman, and child. Nothing the United States does there is going to make the Alawi “fight fair”. The Alawi aren’t interested in how many Sunni women and children end up dead, they’re interested in winning the war so that they don’t get exterminated, in their view it’s either “them” or “us” and the Alawi are more interested in their own survival than in the survival of some Sunni Arabs in a world overrun with Sunni Arabs.

In short, this is the sort of conflict that the United States has no business being in. The Sunni view themselves as getting vengeance for a hundred years of Alawite offenses against their community, and the Alawi view it as a matter of simple survival. Nothing we do short of spending a trillion dollars invading Syria with hundreds of thousands of troops is going to stop all this slaughter, and even then, all we would be able to do would be to reduce it to the slow murmur that we brought it to in Iraq, a slow murmur that went back to full scale sectarian war once we pulled out. And do the American people have the stomach for a *third* war in the Middle East? More importantly, does the United States military even have the resources anymore for such a war? We wore out a shit-ton of equipment in Iraq-nam and Afghanis-nam, and we haven’t made a whole lot of equipment to replace it. The factory that built the M-2 Bradley troop carrier is now a soccer stadium. The factory that made engines for the M1 Abrams has been dismantled, and its worn-out tooling is now at an army depot but not being used to make new engines. And so forth. The U.S. military is worn out, and U.S. industry appears to be incapable of fixing the problem given that we, well, just don’t have much industry left here other than the auto industry.

My guess: We aren’t going to invade Syria.

My guess, plus $3, will get you a crappy cup of coffee at Starbucks.

– Badtux the Geopolitics 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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A writer for the New York Times tries to figure out how her loving grandmother could have been a Nazi.

Her only conclusion: It required selective vision, a willingness to be blind, a willingness to ignore the evil stuff that was being said and listen only to the good stuff, the stuff you wanted to hear. “My grandmother heard what she wanted from a leader who promised simple answers to complicated questions. She chose not to hear and see the monstrous sum those answers added up to.”

When we have a Russian stooge in office, engaged in regular racist rhetoric, when we have Trump supporters claiming that a dystopian novel written thirty years ago is “a pure propaganda assault on those who are politically to the right and attack against Christianity as well which is typical of the left” (huh, the fact that Trump supporters can connect a story about a fundamentalist totalitarian society to Trump says a lot more about him than it does about us), when we have an administration that, like the Nazis, publishes a list of untermenschen in Der Stormer in order to tar a hated minority as criminals and decided to let a woman die of a brain tumor while refusing to allow her to see her lawyers until Amnesty International raised enough of a fuss that they allowed her release on bond… well, the lesson of Jessica Shattuck’s essay is far too appropriate to these times.

— Badtux the “Nazis again, dammit?” Penguin

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And the third cat is named “Good Intentions”.

What hungry, sick, or homeless people want is not thoughts and prayers. What they want is food, health care, or a home. But good intentions is apparently all that our sociopathic lizard person rulers intend to give. You know, cutting Meals for Wheels and children’s nutritional programs while spending millions on golf trips is one of those Marie Antoinette moments that you’d think would give our lizard overlords pause. But that would assume they were human.

– Badtux the “Yeah, my cat is useless, other than as a bed warmer” Penguin

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