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Jared Kushner admitted in a statement not under oath that he met with Russians, but stated, “I did not collude.”

I suppose that, as with sex, it depends on your definition of the word.

Bill Clinton of course was impeached for saying “I did not have sex with that woman.” Ivanka’s little Kush-Kush doesn’t have to worry about that. All he has to worry about is being prosecuted under the Espionage Act for lying on his security clearance form, but Daddy-in-law will make sure that doesn’t happen. Unless he annoys Ivanka. In which case Ivanka might tell her daddy, “Daddy, I don’t like my Kush-Kush anymore, put him in jail!” and well.

So did he have sex with that Russian err sorry, collude with that Russian? Well. My guess is he’s telling the truth the exact same as Bill Clinton did — i.e., not much. And that it will mean about the same long-term.

– Badtux the Sex Penguin

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No, I’m not joking. A guest on Alex Jones’s show claims that NASA has a slave colony on Mars populated with kidnapped children.

Kidnapped children.

Sent to Mars.

A planet that we still haven’t sent people to, because it will require an effort bigger and more expensive than Apollo to send humans there, and Apollo consumed 5% of the nation’s budget at its peak. NASA’s budget has been infinitesimal ever since. Where did they get the money to send these child slaves to Mars? Apparently from thin air, I guess.

And Alex Jones did no pushback at all at this batshit insanity. He is one of our President’s most trusted news sources. As is the National Enquirer. Whose current owner is friends with Donald Trump, and Donald Trump has threatened reporters with hit pieces in the Enquirer if they report things he doesn’t want reported. Frankly, we haven’t seen anything this bizarre since it was revealed that Nancy Reagan used astrologers to make big decisions for the Reagan White House. But Nancy was just the First Lady. Not the President.

We are so, so fucked.

– Badtux the Waddling Penguin

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I’ve been baking the past few days because we *finally* got summer here in the SF Bay area — and boy howdy, we got it with a vengeance. Broke records all around the Bay area on Sunday, and Saturday wasn’t much cooler.

So anyhow, in the aftermath of a lesbian black woman saving the life of an anti-gay David Duke supporting bigot who was attacked by what appears to have been a lone wolf white Bernie Bro, the tighty righties have their panties in a bunch about how those mean lefties are coarsening the public discourse. Like this leftie threatening violence:

Err, yeah.

Or this liberal threatening violence:

Err, ah. Okay. Well, I’m sure this guy has to be a liberal:

No? Okay, so how about this guy who shot someone outside a Milo Yiannopoulos speech? He was clearly a liberal, right.

Uhm, no. He was wearing a Trump hat and had told his wife he was carrying his gun with him to the event so he could kill some liberals.

Okay, so let’s get this straight. You have some liberals saying that we should impeach Trump, one of whom, out of all the millions saying that, decided to start taking potshots at Republicans. Then you got right wingers saying that killing liberals is a great idea, *lots* of right wingers saying that, you can’t throw a rock at Stormfront or Brietbart or the Fox News comment section without hitting one of the right wingers saying that, and that means that liberals are the ones advocating violence.

Yeah, global warming is real, and it’s apparently baked the fucking brains out of half of America. Just sayin’.

– Badtux the Too-warm Penguin

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His jobs program apparently is… lawyers.

Yep, Donald Trump’s lawyer has hired a defense lawyer to defend him (the lawyer) against charges of colluding with Russia. Everybody in Trump’s family has hired a lawyer to defend them against charges of colluding with Russia. Donald Trump hired a different lawyer (other than the lawyer who hired the lawyer) to defend him against the charges of colluding with Russia, and it appears that Trump’s Russia lawyer (Kasowitz) is going to have to hire his own lawyer given his own history of collaborating with the Russians. Mike Pence has hired a personal lawyer too to deal with Russia inquiries, and Stephen M. Ryan, the lawyer for Trump’s original lawyer that needed a lawyer to defend him against Russia collusion charges, apparently is also going to need a lawyer because he, too, has been called to testify about Russia collusion. So the lawyer for the lawyer needs a lawyer.

Dear Appalachia: if you guys need jobs, Donald Trump has the jobs program for you! Just go to law school as a defense attorney, move to Washington D.C., and bingo, you’ll be hired immediately by the lawyer of a lawyer of a lawyer who needs to defend another lawyer against charges of colluding with Russia. It’s lawyers all the way down!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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I am perhaps tardy in talking about the death of Roger Ailes. They say don’t speak ill of the dead. Yet what can I say that’s good about a man who had no redeeming qualities? Other than, “He’s dead. Good.”

It is perhaps appropriate that Roger Ailes’s introduction to politics was via Richard Nixon in 1967. Richard Nixon was a twisted man who required a corkscrew to put his boots on in the morning, and Ailes and Nixon got along with each other like macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, slime and slugs. Nixon was evil in the way of insecure men with a desire for power and no moral scruples, but Ailes was evil just because. Ailes was a master of the Big Lie, never letting the truth out of its barn if a lie would do, because he didn’t care about polluting the body politic with fake news to keep people confused and uncertain — all he cared about was corrupting the public discourse so that evil could win. As such, he led the media propaganda efforts of Nixon and Reagan and Bush 1, then met, finally, someone who was both evil and rich enough to make his ultimate dream come true. I am talking, of course, about Rupert Murdoch, who sadly still walks this earth despite making Richard Nixon look like an honest man.

Ailes was a creep, a serial molester of women, a serial molester of the truth. When he convinced Murdoch to fund his Fox News Network, he un-ironically proclaimed it to be “Fair and Balanced” at every point in time, where “fair” meant both falsehood and truth was given equal crdibility, and “balanced” meant that both good and evil were given moral equivalence. He polluted the public discourse to the point where frothing white snowflake MAGAts truly believed that there were evil Communist Liberals out there whose sole goal was to exterminate the white race, something which any reasonable person would simply laugh at, but after two decades of concerted propaganda there were few reasonable people on that side of the bench, only true believers who believed every lie that Ailes had his network present. Every morning, every single person at Fox News Network got the day’s talking points from Ailes. Their job was to reiterate those talking points, over and over again, repeating the Big Lie over and over until it became not something incredibly racist and venal and evil but, rather, became normal. Normalizing evil was the thing that Ailes loved to do, and the results can be seen on every Youtube video that attracts attention from the rightward side of the political spectrum, and every newspaper comments section, where people spew evil as if it were simply common wisdom, and it’s the people *not* spewing evil who are attacked and marginalized.

It is too bad there is not a Hell, for if there was, Ailes would certainly be condemned to inhabit it for the rest of eternity for his work in the service of evil. But there is not a Hell, and so all we can do is talk about the evil that Ailes did — an evil that will far outlast his worm-eaten body, alas, an evil that has the potential, in all likelihood, to destroy the nation and the world itself.

That is Roger Ailes. He was a creep. And evil. Let us never forget that.

– Badtux the Obituaries Penguin

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I’ve never been a fan of tribalism. Most of the world’s problems are because people put tribe above truth, tribe above morality, tribe above wisdom. They pretend their tribe is the sole possessor of truth, their tribe holds the only moral way, their tribe has all the wisdom. Too often what they serve up instead are self-serving lies posing as truth, excuses for atrocity posing as morality, and facile trite platitudes posing as wisdom.

Watching Republicans trying to put a gloss on the shit sandwich that was Donald Trump’s first week in office is a perfect example of watching tribalism in action. About the only thing Trump did that was reasonable in any sane world was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which had a lot of evil shit in it that had nothing to do with a trade agreement and everything to do with imposing a particular neoliberal order upon the world. Watching the MAGA red-caps reflexively defending a shit sandwich immigration order that resulted in people who’d been living in the US for literally a decade left outside the borders or stranded in airports has been instructive. Count up the excuses for atrocity posing as morality that you encounter in their statements, the self-serving lies posing as truth, the facile trite platitudes posing as wisdom. They fall from the lips of red-caps like water from Niagara Falls.

Hurting people is wrong. Handcuffing a 5 year old child is wrong. Splitting up families is wrong. Keeping out dedicated doctors and nurses and other professionals who’ve been here for years contributing to our country is wrong. Anybody who says different is putting tribalism above truth, tribalism above morality, tribalism above wisdom. They have demonstrated with their own lips that tribe is more important to them than truth, morality, wisdom.

So be it.

– Badtux the Truth-tribe Penguin

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Ignore the media lies!

Ignore the media lies!

Baghdad Bob apparently has undergone a name change and has a new job as White House Press Secretary. Today he came out and said that the crowds at His Fraudulency Donald the Trump’s inauguration, variously reported as sparse, were YUUUGE, tremendous I say!. The biggest ever! Bigly! Amazing! As evidenced by this comparison of Trump’s inauguration crowd with Obama’s inauguration crowd, where Trump’s crowd is on the left:

Oh wait. No, Trump’s crowd is on the right.

Eight years ago, 1.8 million people gathered in the National Mall to watch Barack Obama take office. It’s estimated, based on transit numbers, less than half that number gathered yesterday to watch His Fraudulency’s coronation.

Compare / contrast with the crowd for today’s Women’s March On Washington. It appears that more women showed up today to protest His Fraudulency’s administration, than people total showed up yesterday to celebrate His Fraudulency’s coronation. Which pretty much matches the polls that say that Trump is about as popular as genital warts. He got into office through chicanery and through having an opponent even less popular than him, not because people like him.

So what do Trump’s supporters have to say about this?

“The inauguration was on a Friday. We had to work.”

Yeah, those fry cookers don’t fill themselves, y’all.

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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