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Trump pulls U.S. government out of planned human rights hearings conducted by the Organization of American States.

The OAS was formed during the Cold War by the United States as a way of organizing the non-Communist nations of the Americas. It has no formal powers and no ability to enforce any human rights findings that its committee on human rights makes. As such, the United States has in the past viewed it as useful kabuki theater even when various states were vehemently objecting to U.S. policies. Better to have these things aired in public in a useless forum, the thought went, than to have these various nations conspiring in secret to enforce real consequences.

But apparently God-Emperor Donald the Trump feels that we no longer need to worry about diplomacy and the tender fee-fees of the states south of our border. Who, I might point out, have a combined population that is more than twice our size, and a combined economy that is equal to that of China. We need them more than they need us — they can sell their oil, for example, to any place on the planet, they don’t have to sell it to us, we’re just convenient. And combined they are our largest export target, again, they don’t *have* to import from us, we’re just conveniently close to them.

In other words, this is stupid. But unsurprising. After all, it’s not as if our cold-blooded sociopathic lizard people overlords think we have any kind of human rights. Well, other than the right to die from lack of food, health care, and housing once we’re no longer capable of being useful to our lizard overlords, anyhow.

– Badtux the “Gah, the stupid, it burns, it burns!” Penguin

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Trump claims it’s about security, but it’s actually about punishing these airlines for undercutting the price of American airlines.

This doesn’t affect just flights originating in those specific countries. Those are hubs for entire region, so it affects flights from much of Africa and South Asia too.

This is going to wreck havoc on business travel. I might need to go to Dubai in order to seal a deal that is worth a lot of money to us, and not having a laptop on my long flight there and back is going to be a serious time waste on my part where I can’t do work I need to do. It might even piss off the Dubai government so much that the deal is cancelled, which would cost us a shit-ton of money (these fuckers are rich, and the amount of money they’re willing to shell out for what we have to offer could run our company for a year).

Yay, way to be business-friendly, Deadbeat Donnie. I really appreciate it. So much that I’m giving you the fucking two fisted Bronx salute as we speak.

– Badtux the Pissed 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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AARP comes out against health care bill. Their takeaway: shortening the life of Medicare, hiking costs for those who can least afford higher insurance premiums, risking seniors’ ability to live independently, increasing insurance premiums for older Americans and not doing anything to lower drug costs, and giving tax breaks to big drug companies and health insurance companies.

In other words: A real shit sandwich.

And in the news yesterday, overshadowed by the health care shit bill, it’s Muslim Ban II. Whiter, cleaner, less offensive constitutionally, doesn’t violate due process rights of visa holders so the White House figures the courts are going to okay it. We’ll see.

So anyhow, Trump accused President Obama of releasing hundreds of Al Qaeda terrorists from Gitmo who went back to their old ways again. Only problem: Most of those were released by George W. Bush. Man, that Barack Obama and his magic negro ray of time travel mojo. He traveled back into time, all the way into the Bush Administration, and using his magic negro ray of mind control, forced President Bush to release 113 prisoners who later went on to join Al Qaeda! Wow, now if Obama could only use that time travel ray to go back in time and get us a better President…

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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When you’re a white person picking out a costume for Halloween, there’s one kind of costume that’s never acceptable. That’s when your costume is to dress up as… her.
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A candidate in the race for Louisiana House of Representatives from Bossier City apparently did not get the memo, because here he is in his Halloween costume:
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Uhm, yeah. Robbie Gatti. Dude. Look. That’s racist as fuck, okay? I mean, c’mon. Quit whining about how we’re trying to dig up “negative mud”. This isn’t a “witch hunt”. This is an intervention. That shit’s embarrassing to anybody from Louisiana. Even to people like me from Louisiana, the kind of dude who says “fuck Louisiana” on a regular basis. I mean, I grew up under the runway there at Barksdale AFB. This is just fucking embarrassing. I mean, sure, you’ve always said you’re against Muslims and, implicitly, other unseemly mud people. But you don’t have to get embarrassing about it, dude!

But: Bossier City, Louisiana. Probably just got himself 4,000 more votes and a win. Bossier is where the racist white people from Shreveport, on the other side of the Red River, fled in order to get away from integrated schools back in the 1970’s. This fine outstanding event was sponsored by a Baptist Church. Apparently none of the fine people at that Baptist Church remarked to this dude, “dude. You know, that costume is racist as fuck.” Because Bossier. Duh.

Things be changing in a lot of places. North Louisiana ain’t one of them.

– Badtux the “Dude, that’s racist!” Penguin

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Russia is fake news.

This (Trump) administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. (Ignore the flying machine parts!).

Nuclear holocaust would be like no other!

Shoot that Russian spy ship out of the water!

I’m not ranting and raving. (Said while he was ranting and raving).

And so on and so forth. The press conference was officially called to announce his new pick for Secretary of Labor, given that his previous pick turned out to be a wife beater and worse (maybe he needs to do more of that “extreme vetting” on his own people, six of’em got fired today for failing their FBI background test). It turned into a demented ranting and raving session.

Immediately after the press conference, Trump’s pick to succeed General Flynn as National Security Advisor, former Navy SEAL Vice Admiral Robert Harward, turned down the job. Not because of the press conference, but, rather, because Trump was going to saddle him with staffers not of his own choosing. Harward said “Fuck that shit,” and went home. It is becoming apparent even to people outside the administration such as Admiral Harward that the Trump White House is a toxic working environment where underlings are appointed under bosses with orders to backstab the bosses. Given that, nobody who’s even the least bit competent is going to want anything to do with the Trump White House. So, seems like Donald Trump is going to hire the best people he can get… but they’re all going to be losers, because winners like Admiral Harward want nothing to do with the toxic Trump brand or the toxic working environment he’s creating in the White House.

– Badtux the “We’re Fucked” Penguin

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Flynn’s gone, but top Republicans are apparently planning to investigate his ties to Russia and what he told them. At the same time, our very own allies are conducting intelligence operations against us because they can’t figure out what His Fraudulency Donald the Trump is up to. I think they will be disappointed. I don’t think even Cheeto Mussolini knows what he’s up to.

Meanwhile, Andrew Puzder is out as Labor secretary. Puzder racked up a litany of sins. He employed an illegal housekeeper for years and failed to pay taxes. He apparently abused his wife, complete with a video of his ex-wife on Oprah explaining what he did to her. It came out that he liked illegal immigration because it gave him cheaper labor for his stores. MoJo came up with dozens of labor law violations in his restaurants. And so forth. About the only thing people didn’t accuse him of was talking to the Russians. Must have been the only appointee of the Orange Racist Russian Stooge who wasn’t.

I can’t remember any administration that had so much turmoil in its first four weeks. This isn’t normal, folks. It isn’t. It really isn’t.

Time to pray to the Great Penguin to save America… not that She will. She’s much too fat and lazy for that. Sigh.

– Badtux the Frazzled Penguin

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