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– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Trump’s new lawyer is a real scumbag and scam artist. In short, the protagonist of “Better Call Saul” in the flesh.

His Fraudulency Donald the Trump apparently throws a dart at the White House org chart to choose the new head of the Veterans’ Administration. The new head is White House physician Admiral Ronny Jackson, who, despite the misinformation in the referenced article, has been White House physician since 2012 (i.e., became such under Obama). The biggest thing that Dr. Jackson has ever managed is a surgical pod. Yeah, that’s great preparation for managing an agency with 360,000 employees…

In other news, triggered right wing snowflakes continue attacking children whose friends were murdered, mocking them and making up all sort of vile lies about them. Dudes. Being mean to children is not a good look. Ever. Agree or disagree with them, but being mean to them just makes you look like child-abusing shitbags. Laura Ingraham found out the hard way that nobody wants to associate with child-abusing shitbags, after losing half her advertisers. She then whined and issued an insincere apology. Sorry, Laura. Once you’ve already proven yourself to be a child-abusing shitbag, nobody wants to associate with you, no matter how many apologies you issue. Once a child-abusing shitbag, always a child-abusing shitbag.

And after all that nastiness, we need a cat picture:

The Mighty Fang admires himself in the mirror. He’s not vain, not at all!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Donations to the NRA tripled after the Parkland shooting.

I know someone who claims that the NRA deliberately obstructs any attempts to stop these school shootings and maybe even engineers them because each one results in a rush of donations to the NRA. That is, they profit over our dead childrens’ bodies.

I considered him to be just a flake because have trouble believing that even the NRA board is that cynically venal. But then I remember Woodward and Bernstein: Follow the money. Every one of these shootings results in a flood of donations to the NRA. Every single one. At some point the image of profiting from the dead bodies of our children becomes the reality of profiting from the dead bodies of our children. And the image of the NRA blocking efforts to stop piles of dead children becomes the reality of the NRA assisting the creation of piles of dead children.

Ghouls. That is the best I can say about the modern NRA.

– Badtux the Grim Penguin

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Republican lawmaker’s office and major Republican propaganda outlets claim that there was no school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and that all the kids being shown on TV are crisis actors.

Yeah, Anthony Borges sure is one helluva crisis actor. So much so that he got shot with 5 actual bullets.

“But these kids are too articulate!” shout the conspiracy theory pushers. Well duh. The TV folks naturally are going to focus on the articulate kids, not the average half-illiterate high school kid who would just stammer and stammer. These kids are no more articulate than the best kids were back in my day, which was admittedly before Raygun was president.

You can validate that these young people actually exist. You can go down to the high school in question, if you’re willing to leave your cloistered home, and validate that there’s a high school there, and there was really a school shooting there, you can stop high school students going in and out of the school and ask them “do you know so-and-so who was on the news the other day?” and they’ll say they’ve seen them in the hall…

Yet these Republican lawmakers and Republican propaganda tools would rather create ridiculous conspiracy theories than face up to the fact that, well, high school kids don’t like getting shot at in their own high school, and can be articulate in their distaste for being shot at in their own high school. What kind of MONSTER would do something like that, creating a conspiracy theory where it’s easy to check what actually happened?

Oh yeah, right. REPUBLICAN lawmakers and propaganda tools.

Finally, the governor of Florida called on the FBI director to resign for not doing anything about Nikolas Cruz. What, exactly, is the FBI supposed to have done? Until he shot up a high school (thus violating the federal Gun Free Schools Act), he hadn’t broken any Federal laws. Refer him to local law enforcement? Local law enforcement knew Cruz intimately already — the Sheriff’s office had already been called about Cruz’s behavior twenty times before the shooting — and other local law enforcement had already visited him another 19 times. What, exactly, was the FBI supposed to do when Florida law enforcement had already visited Cruz 39 times? Extradite him to Gitmo? Uhm, it doesn’t work like that, peeps. They couldn’t do anything about Cruz because he was angry, not crazy, and angry isn’t a mental illness (see prior post). They couldn’t do anything because he was exercising his 1st Amendment free speech rights and hadn’t stepped beyond free speech into the realm of terrorist threats (see prior post). So anyhow, apparently Florida law authorities during Governor Medicare Cheat’s term of office knew about Cruz, and did nothing. And so Scott’s flunkies are passing the buck to the FBI? For realz?

These people have no shame.

But they’re Republicans. So I guess we already knew that.

– Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

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Trump lied about a border agent’s death. So Trump invented an imaginary attack upon border patrol agents. It turns out that it was a simple auto accident — the driver ran off the road and slammed into a culvert, maybe after being sideswiped by a big rig.

But Trump used his trumped-up lie to tar a whole group of people as being evil criminals and as an excuse to instate brutal policies that tear families apart. And the MAGAts don’t seem to care that it’s all based on a lie. Because for a large subset of Americans, any chance to demonize brown people is fine, whether it’s true or a lie makes no difference to them.

If you wonder why I despise Trump, it’s not because he’s a Republican. It’s because he’s a liar, and I despise liars. They’re the 10 Commandments, not the 10 Suggestions, and one of those Commandments is “Thou shalt not bear false witness”. Add in the blatant bigotry, and, well.

— Badtux the Annoyed Penguin

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Yes, the above quotes are accurate. John Wayne (real name: Marion Robert Morrison) really did say those things.

My father detested John Wayne. But not because of the above quotes in support of white supremacy, which my father likely agree with until the last decade of his life when my father realized he’d been wrong. Instead, he had a more personal beef with John Wayne: “He’s a goddamn coward”, my dad always said, and also regularly referred to him as “Marion”, implying that he was womanly.

Thinking more about it, I think it was the fact that John Wayne was this pro-war icon that most people thought was a war hero (though he never served) that chaffed my father most. My father volunteered and served during the Korean War, like his older brothers had volunteered and served during WW2. But my father never pretended to be something he wasn’t because of that. My father never pretended to be a war hero, he was quite clear that the reasons he joined the Navy were a) to avoid being drafted into the Army and sent to charge up Hamburger Hill, and b) to learn a skill for civilian life. He did his duty, he learned a skill, he got out at the end of his enlistment (and the papers I found say that they wanted to retain him and even offered him a sizable retention bonus for the time but he wouldn’t re-enlist), he even reported back for duty when called up as a reservist during the Gary Powers U2 war scare, but he never claimed to be a war hero.

Then there was this total *fraud*, John Wayne, who never outright stated he was a war hero but implied he was one without having ever served… my father wasn’t a fan of fakes and frauds. My father was a deeply flawed man, but that wasn’t one of his flaws.

So anyhow, basically the only time we ever saw John Wayne movies was when we went to other people’s houses. When a family friend bought the first color TV in our circle of friends, we all went over there to watch a movie, and it was a John Wayne movie. My father enjoyed chortling at the color on Marion’s face. “Look at that nose! What a drunkard!” he said. “And those rosy cheeks? What a little girl!” I have a suspicion that this family friend didn’t appreciate the color commentary (pun intended).

But anyhow, that’s my story of why I grew up not being an admirer of John Wayne. What I’ve learned since then has made me detest the man even more. Just out of curiosity… what was your impression of John Wayne when you were young? Just curious.

– Badtux the Curious Penguin

Added: An appropriate song by the Drive-by Truckers, Patterson Hood singing about his great-uncle George and the sands of Iwo Jima.

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Sounds like good company anyhow. Rebellious women? Sounds fun. Lewd women? Okay, I can deal. Atheists? Well, never knew an atheist who beheaded someone in the name of their god or declared crusade/jihad. Homosexuals? Well, at least Hell will be well decorated and well landscaped. So yeah, I’d be packing my bags. Except for the Mormons. Gotta think about that one.

— Badtux the Easily Amused Penguin

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