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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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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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The bill has been released for public viewing, after being kept secret in the House basement for several days. Read it here.

I haven’t read the full bill yet, that’ll take a day or two and a lot of drinks, but what I’ve seen so far looks like it’s a real shit sandwich. Instead of the mandate, they’re going to let insurers charge you extra if you have lapsed health insurance coverage. That isn’t going to work. The individual insurance market is going to death spiral because of the other half of the equation — health insurance subsidies are no longer going to be tied to income and the actual cost of healthcare, they’re going to be a fixed amount based on age, and the fixed amount is stupidly small. The average family plan on the current Obamacare exchanges is over $12,000 per year and the average individual plan is over $4700 per year. The fixed amount that is proposed is is $2,000 for a 27 year old and $4,000 for a 60 year old. I.e., well below the premiums, placing health insurance well out of reach for poorer people.

Add in the Medicaid expansion repeal, and you have the Republican health plan for everybody who isn’t part of the top 15%: Don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly. Note: My income places me in the top 15%, but if I get sick and can’t work, the Medicaid expansion keeps me alive. Otherwise I die. And I don’t much like dying. :(.

– Badtux the Healthcare Penguin

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A chilling story about how the Reagan Revolution unleashing vulture capitalism and destroyed Lancastor, Ohio, and its principal employer, Anchor Hocking.

There’s been plenty of people who claim that the goal of the 1% is serfdom for the 99%. But what they’re doing has nothing in common with serfdom. What our 1% lords have instituted is not a feudal system, unlike what their critics often claim. Under the feudal system, the lords of the realm looked after the serfs on their land, for if the serfs starved or became unable to work, their own fortunes dwindled. But our new lords of the realm say “there’s no shortage of serfs, I’m going to use up these serfs then move somewhere else where there’s more serfs.” They are burn and slash agriculturalists, burning down a forest to bring in a few crops, then once the soil is exhausted, moving on to another forest to burn down. And the people and animals who once lived in that now-forever-gone forest starve. But the 1% don’t care, because there’s always more serfs, another forest, another place to go.

And, sadly, the people who live in the destroyed landscape once our slash-and-burn capitalists move on still worship Ronald Reagan, who made the destruction they live in possible.

— Badtux the Baffled Penguin

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