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It’s the United States, of course.

This matches what I’m told by many expatriates — that the United States is the most brutal place to live in the civilized world by far. Every part of American society is designed in the most brutal way possible. Our police officers are trained to brutally tase, beat, and shoot suspects. Our jail guards are trained to brutalize and encourage rape of suspects. Our healthcare system is designed to extract every dime you ever earned in your entire life for the benefit of an elite class of wealthy people, and then throw you out on the streets to die. Our employment system is designed to extract every last bit of value out of you, work you as many hours as physically possible and then more until your health breaks down from all the overwork and stress, then when you’re no longer valuable to employers, throw you out onto the streets to die. Our system of higher education is designed to put you into permanent servitude with debt that can never be discharged no matter how long you live.

Other nations don’t work this way. Other nations don’t build in brutality as a feature of their system. Their system is set up to improve their lives, not to brutalize them. The United States is unique amongst advanced countries in that our system is set up to brutalize our citizens, not help them.

Of course, expatriates do have some self-justification reasons to hype how great their overseas homes are as versus the United States. After all, they regularly have to justify their decision to live in Singapore or Australia or France or Ireland or etc. to relatives who are still in the States. Still, the uniformity of what I’m told by expatriates about there versus here is pretty darn damning. It doesn’t matter where in the civilized world they live — life is better there. Maybe people there are not as wealthy, but they don’t have to worry about being reduced to poverty and indentured servitude by debt for health care and education. They don’t have to worry about being fired from their jobs just because their immediate supervisor doesn’t like them (did you know that a job is a right in most of the civilized world, and you cannot be fired without due process and a reasonable cause?), they don’t have to worry about being put out on the streets to die if they do lose their job or become unable to work, and they get plenty of vacation time to use to recharge and de-stress. It’s only here that none of that is true.

– Badtux the Brutalized Penguin

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Wesa just be slaves on da massa’s plantation, dependent upon them for the very food we eat, which is provided by giant corporate entities owned by our feudal overlords. But there’s always the worry of slave uprisings. Especially in those places where that nasty “democracy” stuff has taken hold.

Thus why our massas be doing their best to subvert or eliminate democracy via, e.g., laws that restrict voting rights, un-auditable electronic machines that can be easily rigged, threats of violence if the “wrong” people show up to vote, etc. Because if democracy would outlaw feudalism, then obviously it is democracy that is the problem, not feudalism. Right?

– Badtux the “Serfin’ USA” Penguin

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Alex Jones’s most demented statements, set to music as an indie folk song. Talking about people running giant death factories keeping babies alive and selling their body parts. They literally crawl out from under rocks. They have green-looking skin. And run around screaming “We love Satan and we want to eat babies.” And he has video to prove it. And Hillary and Obama stink like brimstone. Literal vampire potbelly goblins are hobbling around coming after us.

And this man advises our President.

We are so fucked.

– Badtux the Fucked Penguin

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“Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?”

That’s a Republican congressman on the oversight committee for NASA, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Ca). There was stunned silence from the NASA spokesperson of which this question was asked.

Then there’s the Department of Agriculture’s new chief scientist, who is a talk show host with no scientific degrees and no college-level science courses. And the EPA’s new head of chemical safety is a DuPont shill who spent the last twenty years as an expert-for-hire claiming that Dupont’s toxic waste wasn’t bad for the people who were imbibing it.

And of course, Trump’s new Communications Director, Scaramucci (Scaramucci will you do the fandango?) who is oh so very very frightening. At least to his staff. He threatened to fire every single one of them. Because he’s just a poor boy from a poor family so mamma mia let them go (because they leaked, doh).

Maybe he’s the right man for Donald “You’re fired!” Trump after all. Though he has walked it back for now Huh.

And over at the Department of Justice, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is starting to look like the lamest of lame ducks. He recused himself on all that Russia stuff for lying under oath about his own Russia contacts to Congress, which has pissed off Trump greatly, because Trump wants all that Russia stuff to go away, already.

And over at the Department of State, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is pissed at Trump for making the Secretary of State’s job basically a living nightmare with Trump’s tweets that set a new policy for the US every fifteen minutes without giving Tillerson a chance to add his own input and without giving Tillerson the least bit of heads-up so he can rally his troops behind the new policy. Tillerson is talking about quitting maybe as early as August. Because he ran Exxon. He’s fucking goddamn rich as fuck. He doesn’t need some fucking orange Mussolini wanna-be making his life misery.

Yeah, things are just going swimmingly….

– Badtux the “We are so, so fucked” Penguin

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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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