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I wonder how many people who are out tonight, protesting the end of Roe, couldn’t bring themselves to vote for “the lesser of two evils” and rationalized their insane purity test by saying ”Roe is settled law”?

Now that Roe is gone, Clarence Thomas has his eye on Obergefell (same-sex marriage) and Griswold (access to contraceptives. Alito wants to revist Loving (interracial marriage) and Kelo (government seizing property through eminent domain to give to another for private development.

Several want to “modify” (in other words, overturn) Miranda, Escobedo, and Gideon, which provide safeguards for those accused of crimes.

SCOTUS also overturned New York’s concealed carry weapons law, effectively mandating that the whole country is a “must-issue” jurisdiction.

Women can say goodbye to what few rights they have remaining: FMLA, equal pay (such as it is), protection from domestic violence, obtaining credit without a male co-signer, etc.
Racial and ethnic minorities can say goodbye to all of their rights as well.

Jews, Muslims, and other non-“christians” will once again be targeted by vengeful Talibangelicals.
Fundamentalist voodoo will replace science and drive our children’s education.

All those pesky environmental and occupational safety regulations standing in the way of increased corporate profits will be swept away.

A free press, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly will be eliminated in the name of “national security.”

Health care will be available only to the wealthy, after Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are abolished as “wasteful entitlements.”

And this will be the status quo for the rest of our lives, because SCOTUS is a guaranteed lifetime job . Barrett and Kavanaugh are in their fifties: they’ll be there for the next 30 years.

Make no mistake about it: the GQP is bringing us to a theocracy that makes Iran under the Ayatollahs look benign.

Still think they were “both the same”?

Was it worth it? Was your demand for political perfection worth losing America as we knew her? Is your conscience still clear, now that your refusal to vote for the lesser of two evils brought us the far greater evil? An evil that will last for decades, if not longer?

I hope you “conscience voters” are satisfied.

This is on you. You did this. Your arrogant naïveté, your refusal to “compromise” your “principles,” your abject failure to see the world as it was, elected trump, even moreso than the racists and misguided idiots who voted for him.

I hope you’re really some Goddamned proud of yourselves tonight.

Go out and hold your candlelight vigials, sing “We Shall Overcome,” and… BASK IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THIS IS ** YOUR** FAULT.

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This one just completely bumfuddles me:

Many girls were not molested by Roy Moore, so that makes Roy Moore innocent.

That is… wow.

Many people were not murdered by Charles Manson, so we shouldn’t have put Charles Manson in prison.

Many people were not eaten by Jeffery Dahmer, so we shouldn’t have put him in prison for life.

Many girls were not raped by the Swimmer Who Rapes, so we shouldn’t have put him in jail for three months and forced him to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.

Many people were not blown to smithereens by Timothy McVeigh, so we shouldn’t have sent him to the execution chamber.

Many people were not killed by the collapse of the WTC, so we shouldn’t have capped Osama bin Laden’s ass and dropped it out of an airplane in mid-ocean with weights on it.

And many underage girls were not sexually molested by Roy Moore, so we should elect his pedophile ass.

What the serious fuck is wrong with these people? Really?!

– Badtux the Head-shaking Penguin

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Yeppers, Brock Turner, the rapist who swims, who got a slap-on-the-wrist sentence of 3 months in county jail for raping a girl and has already served that sentence and been released, is now appealing his sentence. It appears that he doesn’t want to have to mark the “Are you a felon?” box on employment applications every time he wants to get a job and register as a sex offender with the local Sheriff every time he moves.

Y’know, he shoulda thought about that before he got all rape-y. I mean, I made mistakes when I was young. There were things I did that I shouldn’t have done, things I should have done that I didn’t do. But rape? Uhm, no. See, I already knew, even back then, that there was a simple way to avoid ruining my life with a rape conviction: Don’t rape.

Don’t rape.

I mean, this isn’t brain surgery. If you don’t want to ruin your life with a felony rape conviction, don’t rape people!

Sheesh, what a giant fucking douchebag.

— Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

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The latest? Judge Roy Moore. Yeah, that Judge Roy Moore, the one with the 10 Commandments statue, the one who ordered county clerks to disobey the U.S. Supreme Court? Dude obsessed with gay sex, even more than most gay people I know?

Yeah, that Roy Moore, who apparently abused his position as an assistant district attorney to get close to a 14 year old girl and, eventually, boff her.

Not the only underage girl he had inappropriate contact (snrk) with either. So, how are Republicans reacting to finding out that their guy is a pervert?

Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler, a Moore backer: “Even if you accept the Washington Post’s report as being completely true, it’s much ado about very little. ”

So, uhm, how many parents of 14 year old girls are okay with a 32 year old adult man hitting on her? Hello? Helloooo?!

So how’s this playing out with the base? I asked my local Trumpanzee, who is the father of a little girl, and he was, like, “where were the parents?” And I replied “Her mother was in a courtroom. Moore was a district attorney and offered to watch the girl while her mother was in court.”

At which point he blew a fuse, sputtering “That’s abuse of power! That’s just wrong! He ought to be flayed alive in the public square! And kept alive and revived and flayed some more for years and years and years!” Uhm, yeah. Judge Roy’s base doesn’t seem to agree that a grown man is supposed to be hitting on 14 year old girls…

But never fear, Judge Moore will appear on live television, in tears, saying how he’d been a bad awful man when he was young but then he’d accepted Jesus Christ as his Personal Lord and Savior and had his sins Washed away in the Blood of the Lamb glory Hallelujah and was saved, saved I say, by the Blood of the Lamb. And the illiterate hicks and inbred cousin-fuckers of Alabama will elect him as their next senator, glory Hallelujah, AMEN.

So it goes.

– Badtux the Cynical Penguin

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Sexual harassment.

There’s a lot of women tweeting “#MeToo” to signify that they’ve been victims of sexual harassment. Much fewer men, and for most of them, it was when they were young and not full grown. Women report sexual harassment at all ages.

There are men who are regularly harassed but these are men who are gay or trans for the most part and don’t “look” right to those who have a certain image of masculinity. I’m not sure whether to call this sexual harassment or not. The main difference as compared with the sexual harassment that women endure is that the goal of the harasser is not to have sex with the person being harassed, but, rather, the goal of the harasser may be to submerge or deny his own desires to have sex with the person being harassed. That is, the harasser is trying to *avoid* sex with the person being harassed despite an obvious attraction (because I mean, who obsesses about gay sex except gay people? Closets, folks).

But the one commonality here is men. Too many men are dicks. Pure and simple. Just sayin’.

– Badtux the Harassment Penguin

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Google engineer fired for denigrating 20% of Google’s workforce to their face now trying to paint himself as a “hero of free speech”.

Dear James Damore:

Frankly, Google doesn’t care about your opinions. You’re free to have any opinions you want. You’re even free to spew them on a blog of your choosing, as long as you don’t present any association between yourself and Google. Google doesn’t care. Google doesn’t have to.

But when you bring your assholery onto the Google campus and insult 20% of your co-workers? Then your co-workers aren’t the problem. You are the problem.

See, here’s the thing. The Silicon Valley operates on a system of consensus. We need people who are capable of working together with other people in order to arrive at a consensus as to how to solve problems. You deliberately insulted and pissed off 20% of your co-workers. It doesn’t matter what you said to do that, Google doesn’t care, Google doesn’t have to. What matters is that you proved you’re a fucking asshole, and you’re not brilliant enough to be a coddled fucking asshole. You’re not “Googly”. You’re not a cultural fit. So Google fired your precious white male snowflake ass, and bid you good riddance.

So now you’re talking about suing Google for “discrimination”? Child. “Asshole” isn’t a protected class under California or US law, and California is an “at-will” state, meaning that barring some union contract of some kind (and you’re not a union member, you sneer at unions) Google can fire your ass for basically any reason other than membership in a protected class. Firing you for being a fucking asshole is well within their rights under both California law and U.S. labor law.

So good luck finding a lawyer willing to sue Google on your behalf. Here’s a hint, James: If the lawyer you talk to wants money up front rather than being willing to work on contingency, he’s scamming you. He thinks you have no case, and is just going to go through the motions doing the minimal amount of work not to be hauled before the ethics committee. I’m sure you can find some such shyster, and probably raise enough money from other asshole precious white male snowflakes to hire him. But you’ll still stay fired. You’ll just be a fired dude who is blackballed as an asshole by most Silicon Valley companies because you’ve made yourself infamous amongst them.

But hey, maybe Uber has an opening….

– Badtux the “Fucking Assholes” Penguin
* I do not speak for Google.
** Fuck, I don’t even *work* for Google.

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“Toxic masculinity” is one of those buzzwords that feminists bander about and many men ignore. They shouldn’t. I’ve seen that death cult of machismo ruin a lot of lives. It doesn’t make you less of a man to listen to a woman. It doesn’t make you less of a man to have a woman earning more money than you are. It doesn’t make you less of a man to discuss household decisions rather than dictate household decisions. It doesn’t mean you’re “weak” to listen to your spouse’s objections and say “huh, y’know, you’re right.” Yet every day, in homes across the nation, there are angry men who think listening is weak, not earning as much as a woman is emasculating, discussing decisions rather than dictating is something that girly-men do. And they hit. And they beat. And they rape. And they kill.

And they kill.

Half of all female murder victims are killed by their spouse or boyfriend.

I knew it was a big number, but didn’t really expect it to be *this* big. One problem is how deeply the cult of toxic masculinity is embedded in our culture. A real man is supposed to be a certain way. In charge. On top. A real he-man. And when he isn’t, when he feels disrespected or “emasculated”, he lashes out with violence.

The sad thing is that there are large numbers of women attracted to this kind of man. They want a “real” man. A dominating man. Someone who is part of the death cult of toxic masculinity. That death cult would die out quickly if women ostracized them. But women don’t.

Half. Half of all the women murdered, murdered because of this death cult. Yet women still marry into it, still date men who are part of it. That is just how deeply this death cult is embedded into our culture — it has convinced even its primary victims that it is the only “right” way to be.

To quote our President: “Sad.”

– Badtux the Death Cult Penguin

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Outrage in Saudi Arabia as a video shows a woman dressed in normal Western clothing walking in a Saudi heritage site.

Because she’s wearing a short skirt and heels and no head covering, and there’s no obvious male relative with her as is required of women in Saudi Arabia who are outside their home.

I swear, these medieval asswipes are a pestilence. Someone needs to go in there and clean house and bring them into the modern era. Not the United States, though. We’ve already proven that we’re dumbasses who just break things, we don’t fix things. And this medieval dunghole needs a fucking lot of fixing.

– Badtux the “These are our ALLIES?!” Penguin

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It got up to 94 degrees today. Pretty darn hot for no air conditioning. The good news is that it’s supposed to cool down tomorrow. Phew!

So, I got an alert that one of my drives in my RAID array failed, and when I got in I found that three of the drive bays in my 12-bay NAS unit had died, degrading my ZPOOL too. Well, three drives don’t die at one time, so I rebooted the server, went into the LSI BIOS, and swapped three known good drives into those bays. Still nada, they wouldn’t even blink red. So I did what everybody would do in that situation — I grabbed a backplane off the pile of backplanes behind me that I’d scored off of eBay, and swapped it into the system. The “bad” drives then came back online, added themselves back into the appropriate arrays (with a bit of prompting from me), voila. Hoarders for the win!

So, what’s happening in the world today?

Well, yesterday in 1945 the Red Army hoisted the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, which many historians consider the symbolic end of the Third Reich or, as Steve Bannon calls it, “a temporary setback.”

Jeff Sessions doesn’t like being laughed at. So he prosecuted a woman who laughed when someone said “Jeff Sessions has a well-documented record of treating all people equally under the law” (his actual record is that he’s a raging bigot), and successfully convicted her of disrupting Congress, a crime which carries up to 1 year in Club Fed. Just by comparison: Brock Turner spent 3 months in county jail for raping an unconscious girl. But laughing at a white racist is a more serious crime than raping an unconscious girl, right? Right?!

Talking about rape, Donald Trump just hired yet another person accused of sexual assault by multiple women, Steven Munoz. Because birds of a feather and all that, I guess.

Finally, the Dutch have a good precedent for what to do with a failed leader. Unfortunately applying their lesson to a certain orange racist pussy grabber would result in a lot of heart attacks from eating so much fat…

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Who is Nathan Damigo? He is a neo-Nazi. He is a twice-convicted criminal who spent 5 years imprisoned for armed robbery. As a result of his armed robbery conviction, he was expelled from the Marines with a dishonorable discharge, though activism from his mother got that reversed to a less-than-honorable discharge so that he could access VA mental health benefits for his PTSD. He wears a “fashi” haircut — long on top, short on sides. He participated in a pro-Trump rally in Berkeley on April 15th along with a bunch of his homeboys dressed in SS-like uniforms with black helmets, and they broke through police lines and attacked anti-fascism protestors who cat-called them and maybe threw bottles at them.

Oh, and he hits women:

Oh, here is what she looks like afterwards, as she demonstrates what she saw as Damigo charged at her:

I watched the video. The girl is standing looking around. She sees a pile-on where a bunch of fascists are kicking and punching one of her group. She takes a tentative step in that direction. Nathan Damigo comes flying in from the right, arm cocked back, and she puts her hands up (empty hands, as you can see from the photos, one of which is from a different viewpoint than the video). She takes a half step towards Damigo to turn square to Damigo, perhaps setting herself to take the punch. He punches her. The punch slides across her face as she ducks back, pushing off against Damigo with her hands. She goes flying backwards, and falls backwards with her shoulder sliding down a wall. Damigo keeps charging, but then sees she’s down, and then Damigo turns and joins the pile-up kicking another protester.

So, how do the Nazis justify one of their leaders punching a woman? 1) She was charging him. (The video shows that she took a half step in his direction as she turned to square up to him after spotting her, but he was charging her, not the other way around, should I believe the Nazis, or my lying eyes?). 2) She was attacking him with a bottle. (You have two very good photos above. Do you see a bottle in her hands?). 3) She was asking for it.

Of course, #3, “she was asking for it”, the favorite of wife-beaters everywhere, is the most popular. Read the comments on the video. Make sure you have a bucket nearby first, the misogyny as all these Nazis justify a grown man hitting a 90 pound girl will make you puke.

Look: I’m old fashioned. I admit it. I grew up in a time and place where we were taught that a man who hit a woman was lower than a dung beetle’s knees. When I was a young man, a friend of mine punched his wife in the nose. Now, his soon-to-be-ex wife wasn’t a nice person, frankly she was a conniving bitch who’d basically cornered him into marriage in the first place, but that’s just wrong, smacking a woman around, regardless of the reason. I haven’t spoken to him for 30 years, and I never will. Because someone who would smack a woman around is lower than dirt and more worthless than the crap that comes out of the butthole of my cat, and I ain’t gonna associate with people like that. It doesn’t matter what the woman did. Hitting a woman ain’t something a man does, it’s something that a piece of walking shit does. That’s how I was raised, and I ain’t ashamed of it.

I got the same to say about anybody else excusing violence towards women. Regardless of whatever excuses you come up with, it’s just plain wrong for a man to smack around a woman. And if you are that kind of person that comes up with excuses for violence against women, you’re lower than dirt and more worthless than the crap that comes out of the butthole of my cat, and I’ll damn well tell you that before cutting you out of my life forever, because. You. Are. Scum. If you do crap like that.

I’m chugging through a bunch of Facebook profiles right now, blocking Nazis who advocate or excuse hitting women. What’s interesting is how many of these profiles have American flags waving in them, as if it’s ultra-American to hit women. Then there’s the ones with lots of guns and dead animals, sometimes dead animals being cradled by their grinning progeny. I guess hitting women and glorifying killing animals for any reason other than meat go hand in hand too. Then there’s the ones whose “Friends” list is all police officer badges. Yeah, police officers are well known to be overrepresented in the wife beater ranks, so no surprise there. And finally, the manly men posing with military gear. I guess beating a woman makes you a real man where being a soldier wasn’t enough to do so. Huh. How does that work, anyhow?

Nazis. Wife beaters. Probably child abusers, if they use this same “logic” about their children. Bah. Scum, all of them.

– Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

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