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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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After the White House bans cameras and audio recorders, CNN sends a criminal sketch artist to sketch the White House press gaggle. Great troll, CNN! Send a criminal sketch artist to sketch criminals! LOL. One thing that the Trump Administration’s continuous attacks on the press has managed to do — journalists are suddenly discovering the power of trolling.

So, how fucked are we? Well, this is how fucked we are:

Yeah, things are going to keep getting worse, so gonna have to find my old polyester leisure suit to prepare for the second coming of disco! But seriously, we were so cute back then….

Uhm, yeah, that’s an old family photo from the disco era, a bunch of cousins…

So anyhow, why do I say things aren’t going to get better?

  1. Democrats are *not* going to take back the House next year. Not unless a lot of gerrymandering lawsuits suddenly pay off and get those districts un-gerrymandered.
  2. Even at that, in many states Democrats are going to have hard time winning. The majority of states have Republican governors. In fact, 33 states out of 50 have Republican governors. And that is not a result of gerrymandering — governors are elected at-large by the majority of voters in a state.
  3. Democrats are *not* going to take back the Senate next year. There simply aren’t many Republicans whose terms expire next year, and they’re in generally safe states. In fact, I suspect Republicans are going to gain seats in the Senate next year.
  4. Republicans are not going to impeach Donald Trump, Mike Pence, or anybody else. Why should they? Congress has the power of the purse, and can keep Trump/Pence from doing anything that’s too out of line with the desires of the Republican king-makers on Wall Street. And Trump makes a fine distraction from the evil shit that Congress is doing. About the only way that Trump is going to get impeached is if he decides to defy Congress on a continual basis and do shit that Wall Street hates. Uhm, his two top advisors are Wall Street tycoons, as is half his White House cabinet. Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen.
  5. Americans here in the Land of the Coward and Home of the Slave aren’t going to suddenly rise up and overthrow their government. Look, if you don’t believe me, go read the newspaper comments section for one of those newspapers in flyover land. Half of them are about how all their problems are the fault of “libtards”. And her emails! It turns out that you *can* fool the majority of people all the time. P.T. Barnum’s ghost must be weeping in envy somewhere.
  6. So: conclusion: Things are going to get worse for the majority of Americans. Americans are going to lose their health care, they’re going to lose their houses maybe, their jobs maybe, their lives are going to keep getting harder and harder ever year. And they won’t do a thing to change it, because they’ll blame it all on handy skapegoats.

So yeah, dust off those old disco duds, folks, cause we gonna be dancin’ this next 3 1/2 years — dancin’ all the way to hell. Crap, there’s a fucking good chance that Donald Trump will serve as President for eight years. 38 governors, remember. And the electoral college, which means that states whose governors mostly govern over cows get disproportionately more power to select the President than the prosperous Democratic states get…

– Badtux the Dancing Penguin

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And nothing is going to happen, folks. Not until after mid-terms.

So yeah, Trump tried to shut down the Russia investigation. Yeah, that was obstruction of justice. Yeah, that’s illegal. No, nobody’s going to impeach Trump over it. Not yet, anyhow.

Here’s the deal: The Republicans in Congress are scared of the MAGAts, the hard-core red-MAGA-cap wearing Trump partisans. They’re scared for their physical safety, and they’re scared that the MAGAts will primary them if they oppose the MAGAts’ Great Orange Savior. The only thing — the *only* thing — that could make them ever go against the MAGAts would be if they felt their entire career was on the line if they didn’t. As in, fear of getting voted out of office.

And the only way *that* fear is happening is if the Republicans lose a lot of seats in 2018, especially if the seats lost are in supposedly “safe” Republican districts. At that point they’ll impeach Trump, using the ammunition that Comey gave them, and put Pence into office. Pence is an evil theocrat, far more evil than Trump in the big picture of things, but Pence is Republican-friendly. He doesn’t make blustering bumbling blundering statements in inappropriate venues. He is careful to observe the proprieties. He simply doesn’t cause the kinds of issues that Trump causes for Republicans. He does his evil quietly, behind closed doors, and throws bones to the pro-business wing of the Republican Party in the process.

And the reason for the timing? There has to be sufficient time for Pence to put together his campaign for 2020. So figure that, if Trump is going to be impeached, it is going to happen no earlier than January 2019 and no later than June 2019.

But my prediction? Trump isn’t going to be impeached. The reason? It’s because his blustering bumbling has, thus far, had no real impact on the political fortunes or prosperity of Republicans. Having Trump in office is like life insurance for Republican officials, they can blame Trump, not the Republican orthodoxy, for anything bad that happens, while all the while getting their own agenda through Congress and signed by a surprisingly pliant Trump, who seems to sign everything that is plopped in front of him regardless of how ill-considered. It’s “hold my beer and watch *this*!” taken to YUUGE proportions. And the result, as I’m sure you know, is usually a crash… but as long as the crash can be blamed on anybody-but-orthodox-Republicans, they don’t seem to care.

– Badtux the Car Crash Penguin

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Remember this asshole?

Thumbs up, y’all!


What an asshole. Hundreds of thousands died because of this asshole and his posturing. Now, let’s look at another group of assholes:

House Republican sociopaths on parade


They were high-fiving each other and shouting “Mission Accomplished!” because they, too, have condemned hundreds of thousands to die by depriving them of healthcare. More particularly: By removing the requirement that insurers offer insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.

Who has a pre-existing condition? Pretty damn well all of us who are past age 40, people. It’s called “living life”. Everybody gets there eventually. I know I’m personally uninsurable if insurers are allowed to deny coverage. Too much wear and tear over the years, plus chronic allergies, genetic in nature, not because I lived wrong. Thing is, anybody who is of a certain age has this wear and tear. It’s just how human bodies age. And there’s millions of people in my boat, any of whom will die if they have a heart attack or get cancer and they don’t have health insurance.

Sociopaths. We are ruled by sociopaths. By cold-blooded lizard people who view human beings as prey, not as fellow travellers in the human race. And people will die if this bill makes it through the Senate, guaranteed.

– Badtux the Healthcare Penguin

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So, Jim Wright over at Stonekettle Station says we need to be willing to compromise with moderate Republican congressmen in order to prevent the worst from happening. There’s just one problem with that: It assumes there are moderate Republican congressmen. I haven’t seen any evidence of such.

Look: while Donald Trump’s approval ratings are dismal (though better this week than last), 87% of Republicans still approve of him. Despite all his fuckups. Despite him trying to take their health insurance away. Despite everything. And those 87% are the ones who elected the Republican Congress. A Republican Congress that’s so radical, so far to the right, that they defeated the recent health care bill because it wasn’t mean *enough*.

I see no evidence of any moderates there. Or if there are any, they’re laying low in fear of the 87% of their constituency that still adores His Fraudulency Donald the Trump. They’re not going to step out of line. They’re not going to cross their party leaders and compromise. Democrats would need to have something to give them in exchange that’s more valuable to them than the shitstorm they’ll get from their leaders and constituents if they cross Deadbeat Donnie, and I don’t see anything the Democrats have that could possibly be so valuable. During the Obama Administration they could promise Obama’s signature on a Republican’s pet bill (or could have, if Obama had been willing to get down in the trenches like LBJ, but Obama was too fucking cool for that, dammit). But Democrats have nothing — zero — to use as leverage right now. Nada.

At a certain point, compromise becomes simply impossible. It takes two parties willing to compromise to reach a compromise. And right now, the Republicans ain’t willing.

In other words, we are so fucked. But you already knew that.

– Badtux the Fucked Penguin

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And the third cat is named “Good Intentions”.

What hungry, sick, or homeless people want is not thoughts and prayers. What they want is food, health care, or a home. But good intentions is apparently all that our sociopathic lizard person rulers intend to give. You know, cutting Meals for Wheels and children’s nutritional programs while spending millions on golf trips is one of those Marie Antoinette moments that you’d think would give our lizard overlords pause. But that would assume they were human.

– Badtux the “Yeah, my cat is useless, other than as a bed warmer” 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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