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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 Even though NAFTA is still the law until officially repealed or renegotiated.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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Russia is fake news.

This (Trump) administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. (Ignore the flying machine parts!).

Nuclear holocaust would be like no other!

Shoot that Russian spy ship out of the water!

I’m not ranting and raving. (Said while he was ranting and raving).

And so on and so forth. The press conference was officially called to announce his new pick for Secretary of Labor, given that his previous pick turned out to be a wife beater and worse (maybe he needs to do more of that “extreme vetting” on his own people, six of’em got fired today for failing their FBI background test). It turned into a demented ranting and raving session.

Immediately after the press conference, Trump’s pick to succeed General Flynn as National Security Advisor, former Navy SEAL Vice Admiral Robert Harward, turned down the job. Not because of the press conference, but, rather, because Trump was going to saddle him with staffers not of his own choosing. Harward said “Fuck that shit,” and went home. It is becoming apparent even to people outside the administration such as Admiral Harward that the Trump White House is a toxic working environment where underlings are appointed under bosses with orders to backstab the bosses. Given that, nobody who’s even the least bit competent is going to want anything to do with the Trump White House. So, seems like Donald Trump is going to hire the best people he can get… but they’re all going to be losers, because winners like Admiral Harward want nothing to do with the toxic Trump brand or the toxic working environment he’s creating in the White House.

– Badtux the “We’re Fucked” Penguin

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Out like Flynn: Apparently the leaking especially from the intelligence agencies that General Flynn was a Russian asset who lied to Trump and Pence about what he’d discussed with the Russian ambassador got to be too much for everybody. He’s now “resigned to spend more time with his family” (SNRK!).

This is not normal. It isn’t. It really isn’t. Not even FIVE FUCKING WEEKS and already a senior official has had to resign due to misconduct?! Un-fucking believable! So now Trump needs to get himself a new National Security Advisor. I wonder who, exactly, he’s going to get? I dunno, but I can tell you what he’s going to get:


Remember, Donald Trump said that his Cabinet was going to be the best people he could get. So these… people… are the best people he can get.

We are so fucked.

– Badtux the Waddling Penguin

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As the Roman Empire wound down, it became more and more rigid. The forms of “this is how things shall be done” became fossilized and inflexible and incapable of adapting to changing conditions. People who had the courage to try to change the system were rare, and generally got either kicked out of the system to be ostracized and condemned, or were killed.

As a result, during the disastrous years when Visigoths were attacking Italy from the east and Vandals were attacking Gaul from across the Rhine, the Empire lacked the ability to adapt, and largely collapsed. They killed their best general for daring challenge their rigidity and inflexibility, and the Western Empire basically ceased to exist as a viable entity shortly afterwards. There had been 40,000 soldiers in the Roman legions only a few short years before, but most of those soldiers deserted after their leader was assassinated and when anti-immigrant activists threatened their families (most of these soldiers were immigrants) and they decided to protect their families rather than to protect Rome. As a result, the Visigoths walked right in, and the Western Roman Empire became basically a vassal of the Visigoth kingdom until the day that the Visigoths decided it was no longer worth the pretense. By that time Rome had declined from a city of over 1.5 million people to barely 100,000 huddled in the ruins of a city built for far more.

And so all Empires fall, from lack of courage and fossilization.

There’s a bunch of people protesting and mailing electoral college electors asking them not to install Donald Trump as President, citing the horrifying people he has announced as his new cabinet and Russian interference as reasons. They are wasting their breath. While it is legal under the Constitution for the electoral college to install anybody as President that they wish, regardless of who they were pledged to support at the time they were selected, it is not going to happen because it has never happened. It is not done. Anybody who would dare to buck this tradition would be ostracized and driven out of politics. To buck tradition would require courage, and courage is something that is sadly lacking in declining empires.

And so all Empires fall, from lack of courage and fossilization.

– Badtux the History Penguin

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An interesting outlook on urban planning in the SF Bay area:

“The people who bought their homes a long time ago lucked into a windfall and they resentfully lash out at anyone trying to cut in on that windfall. But notice how un-American these claims are. The current residents want to protect their gains by telling other people how they can use their property. When a new restaurant starts to take patrons from an old restaurant we generally don’t think that the old restaurant–the long-term resident–has the right to prevent the new restaurant from opening. The same is true, by and large, for new technologies and ways of doing business. Yet when it comes to residential land we give the old residents a veto on the new.

We have collectivized property in the United States (unlike in say laissez-faire Tokyo). Property is not fully collectivized, of course, but a person’s land is not their own–it’s subject to the dictates of the collective. Collectivization has been tried in many other times and places and the results are by now predictable. Collectivization in Palo Alto has produced inefficiency, high costs and a politicization of choice that makes for ill-will and endless conflict.”

I can vouch for the ill-will and endless conflict. Here in the City of Santa Clara, it’s coming to a head. The 45.1% of Santa Clara residents who are homeowners are adamant that the 54.9% of Santa Clara residents who are renters not be given the opportunity to own a home here, because building more housing would lower their property values. These people are a minority, but they are an affluent minority, and thus far have managed to enforce their edicts irregardless of the desires of the majority, who simply want more housing so they don’t have to double up with multiple families in overpriced rental housing. But oh, to hear the screeching of those who bought their homes in 1973 and now suddenly there is a major retail/residential development going 4 stories tall on the corner down the street from them! It’s as if they think they have a right to dictate to the majority that no, you cannot have a home.

In that respect, I believe that Alex Tabarrok is completely incorrect. We have not collectivized property in Santa Clara. Rather, we’ve Animal Farmed property in Santa Clara. In Santa Clara, all residents are created equal, but some are created more equal than others…

– Badtux the “Who appointed these people dictators of our city?” Penguin

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I’ve been watching the fuss around the so-called “Panama Papers”, which are leaked documents that detail the efforts of a Panamanian law firm to launder money into various offshore tax havens on behalf of wealthy and powerful people worldwide. It appears that there are some people in Russia who are going to be non-people now, the prime minister of Iceland has already had to resign, and the prime minister of Great Britain is under fire for close connections to some of the people hiding wealth offshore. China has banned any mention of the “Panama Papers” by their media because major figures in the Chinese regime are shown to have massive offshore assets.

One of the strange oddities is that there are few Americans mentioned in these papers, and most of those are criminals who are already in prison. But one of the commentators on one of Emptywheel’s posts about the leak has a theory: Mitt Romney.

Wait, what about Mitt Romney? Well, if you recall 2012 Presidential election, Mitt Romney was forced to reveal that his effective tax rate was 15%. Which occurred because he took advantage of all the tax breaks available to rich and wealthy people in the United States. George Soros verified that he himself also paid around 15%. I suspect if we asked most rich people in the US, they also pay around 15%. Most tax havens tax income at around 20%.

In short, the United States is already an offshore tax haven. There’s no reason for our rich people to send their money overseas — because they’ve already purchased so many tax breaks here in the United States that they’re already taxed less than they’d be in most of those so-called “tax havens”.

That, to me, is the real story of these “Panama Papers” — they reveal that the United States has gone so far down the road towards oligarchy that the US is basically Seychelles with an obesity problem. In more ways than one.

In other words, WASF.

– Badtux the Waddling Penguin

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