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We should be grateful, I suppose. They could kill more, after all. It’s what cold-blooded lizard people from planet Sociopath do — come up with new and better ways to kill human beings, who they view as prey, not as fellow travelers in life.

So, the Congressional Budget Office has now scored the new Republican health care plan. Here’s what they conclude:

  1. Massive tax cuts for billionaires
  2. Massive tax hikes for non-billionaires (the “healthcare tax”, which may not be taken out of your paycheck by government, but it’s taken out of your paycheck nevertheless).
  3. 1/6th of the population uninsured as the individual health insurance marketplace goes into a *literal* death spiral and
    those on Medicaid lose their coverage.

    But hey, I’m sure all that money that the billionaires get as tax cuts will trickle down to the rest of us, just like it has during the past 30 years of stagnant or declining real salaries for white males… i.e., just like a two-story outhouse.

    Alrighty, then!

    – Badtux the Snarky 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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High Resistance, Medium Tolerance

That was the question asked by a right-winger who then went on to list all the good things that President Trump has supposedly done — some of which are things that liberals resist. But I figure I’ll answer his question, since it’s something we need to keep in mind:

We resist:

  1. The replacement of science with faith in our schools and in our government.
  2. The destruction of our public schools in favor of Bible schools.
  3. Removal of protections for endangered wildlife and attempts to exterminate gray wolves via removing them from the endangered species list.
  4. Removal of EPA funding for restoring endangered waterway like San Francisco Bay, the Great Lakes, and Cheseapeake Bay
  5. Attacks on women’s health and reproductive rights, such as removing funding from Planned Parenthood.
  6. Attacks on voting rights, especially attacks that target minorities, the elderly, and the poor such as voter ID laws that are proven to suppress the votes in those constituencies.
  7. Attacks on free speech rights by those who wish to outlaw protest and dissent.
  8. Attacks on Jews and Muslims such as the recent burnings of Muslim community centers and bomb threats against Jewish community centers.
  9. Removal of health care from millions of Americans including essentially ending Medicaid over time by capping how much money can be spent on it.
  10. We resist tax cuts for the rich and tax hikes for the poor.
  11. We resist increases in corporate welfare for defense companies at the same time as decreasing funding for food for the working poor including, well, a lot of those same soldiers that Trump says he cares about.
  12. We resist attempts to outlaw many contracts between worker-owned labor cooperatives (“unions”) and corporations via so-called “right to work” laws.
  13. We resist attempts by fucking Nazis to hijack the public discourse. And possibly worse, if we don’t stop them.
  14. And so on and so forth.

In short: Wherever there is a proposal by the Trump administration that hurts the poor, hurts working people, hurts the environment, hurts women’s rights, hurts the rights of minorities, hurts the rights of people of the rainbow (sorry, I don’t know all the letters in the latest acronym for all those of alternate sexualities), that furthers hate and bigotry against entire classes of people, we resist it. The above is just the first 6 weeks of what we’ve resisted. It looks like we have close to four more years of this shit. SIGH.

– Badtux the Resistance Penguin

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So the Republicans in Congress, as part of their 20 year War on the Poor, have managed to mostly accomplish their goal. The value of food stamps has been greatly decreased, cash welfare is pretty much at an end, and now teens are turning to selling their bodies to older men for food. Because they’re hungry. This isn’t like 30 years ago when a kid who was selling his or her body on the street likely was getting money for drugs. These kids are getting money for food.

Of course, to the perverts of the Grand Old Pervert party, this just makes their little soldier hard about all these hard working kids who are making a life for themselves yada yada… sigh.

– Badtux the “We are a disgusting nation” Penguin

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Okay, so we’re not perfect out here in California. The case of Sim Sangha, Aalocal Sikh woman questioned by the police after trying to buy AR-15 ammo, is a perfect case in point. But also note that she was only questioned. She wasn’t arrested. She wasn’t jailed on trumped up terrorism charges. The cops came, they asked her a couple of questions, the cops left.

The same ain’t true of Texass. There, a known class bully decided to report to the school authorities that a 12 year old kid had a bomb. The class bully did this because the kid had one of those cool solar battery charger backpacks like this one and he was jealous. The result? Armaan Singh Sarai, 12 years old, was arrested and kept in juvenile jail for three days before his parents could bail him out.

The charge? Apparently one of making a “terrorist threat”. Because everybody knows that Sikhs are always bombing American schools because Sikhs are brown, like them aye-rabs. Despite Sikhs being from fucking India and basically been at war with Muslims for longer than the United States has existed. But he’s brown, and so he’s a terrorist. Because another student said he had a bomb. The PD is, of course, doubling down, claiming that it was Sarai, not the un-named bully, who said he had a bomb, and all the bully did was report Sarai’s words to the office. Of course that’s what happened. Because everybody knows that Sikhs regularly bomb things. Uhm, yeah. Right. Pull me another one.

Congratulations, Arlington, Texas. You have now reset the “Days Since” on the Texass “Days Since Texans Behaved Like Bigoted Assholes” sign.

– Badtux the “Well, at least they didn’t lynch him” Penguin
(* Which counts as progress for Texass).

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Rape culture is a world-wide problem. India has apparently decided that the solution to the problem is to ban a documentary on rape culture in India. This documentary being a BBC documentary entitled “India’s Daughter”. So. A conservative male-dominated government. Wanting to cover up rape culture in India. Why am I not surprised?

Talking about coverups, Britain’s “Iron Lady” had the back of a ring of VIP pedophiles. Top officials helped cover up the molestation of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of children by prominent Tory politicians who were supporters of Margaret Thatcher. A former cop I know says he never trusts fundamentalists around pets or small children, he doesn’t trust the glazed look in their eyes. Thatcher’s goons worshipped money, not God, but they were fundamentalists all the same.

Now on to the good ole’ U S of A. In Philadelphia, cops tortured a young black man into signing a false confession. A decade later, DNA evidence has exonerated him. He’s still in jail. This is the same city, remember, where the mayor bombed his own city because them darkies was gettin’ uppity. Gotta keep the niggers in their place. And all that.

Which was very true of the Ferguson Police Department, the Department of Justice found. In response, two police officers and a city clerk was fired. Because it was all just a case of a few bad apples, y’know. The Mayor of Ferguson is shocked, shocked I say. Not that people under him did bad things. But, rather, that the Department of Justice singled out Ferguson as being racist. Because, y’know, it’s no more racist than any other town in the South, right?

And finally, the number of homeless students in America reaches a new high. Because Jesus said the children should suffer. Or something like that. It’s the kids’ fault anyhow, they should have chosen better parents.

– Badtux the Bitterly snarky Penguin

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Some dudes in Toronto took the term “man-cave” a bit too literally and, uhm, dug a man-cave. As in, a cave. In dirt. Which caused no amount of havoc because the location they chose was close to a major tennis venue scheduled to hold the Pan-Am Games, and the initial thought was terrorists were going to fill it up with explosives.

Nope. It was a couple of dudes. Digging a man cave. That was an actual cave. Dude.

Next up: Middle school students are a pain in the ass to teach. I know. Been there, done that. They have elementary school minds in teenager-size hormone-filled bodies and are placed in an environment way too unstructured for their mentality. I did it one year, told my principal “I’ll drive a taxi before I come back to your school”, and walked out at the end of the year when my contract was out. (That was the crazy principal who later got put out to pasture for multiple violations of state law, but that’s another issue). At the end of the year I didn’t give a damn, I was just there to fulfill my contract and not one bit more. But I never engaged in profanity-filled tirades. And while there’s a lot of principals who are just waiting for retirement and don’t want to do anything that might involve work or controversy, I can’t think of any principal I served under who was so out of it that he (or she) would not have taken immediate action upon receiving a report (with audio!) of a teacher talking about his penis in a classroom.

In case you’re wondering about the real state of Iran’s nuclear missile program, rather than Bibi’s expansive fantasies, here’s a link. Basically, their most modern and longest-range missile will hit Egypt, and there’s no hope of them having an ICBM before 2020. And even if they have one, it’ll take a few years after that to actually get the thing working right and build enough of them to make any difference, meaning plenty of time to take any action. There’s no rush here. There’s time to get it right. Unless you’re Bibi and behind in the polls and want to scare up some more Israeli votes, that is.

Finally: I had students in two different states who had social workers. What I found was that in general they were well meaning, but were undertrained and overwhelmed and out of their depth. Often they gave advice that was contradictory or wrong, and often they had no idea themselves what to do with the children they were supposed to be supervising. The foster care system in those states, as in California, was in a constant state of collapse caused by too many children thrown away by their parents, too few social workers, too many regulations, too few foster homes, and too many lies told to potential foster parents that ended up with those foster parents leaving the system in disgust within a year, leaving children who were no longer cute and cuddly to be sent to bleak group homes every bit as disgusting as the orphanages of yore.

“To serve children” is a cookbook.

– Badtux the Downer Penguin

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