Monday, June 04, 2007

A question of color

One of the interesting things about being a Linux penguin is that Linux penguins have multi-colored plumage -- black, white, yellow, and maybe even a little green or red for the head fringe. So when this penguin hears about people being discriminated against because of their color, this penguin is confused. I've noticed people with a wide variety of plumage in positions of power, black plumage, red plumage, blonde plumage, grey plumage, what does a person's plumage have to do with it?

So I searched high and low and lo and behold, I have now found a case where a family is discriminated against because of their red plumage. While this penguin is not quite sure why red plumage would be an issue, at least it makes more sense than using the color of the skin underneath the plumage to judge the character of the person. I mean, c'mon. Even a fine-feathered waddling waterfowl knows that it's the color of the plumage, not the color of the skin under the plumage, that counts!

Sheesh. Monkeys. For you bald ones out there, how do you tell the difference between each other anyhow? Bald monkeys all look the same to me, whether we're talking Michael Jordan or Yul Brynner. Without plumage, how can you tell the difference?

-- Badtux the Well-plumed Penguin

How can you tell the difference, this penguin asks? They just look like monkeys to me!


  1. I see. I'm still not a bloody monkey tho.

  2. Dear child, you share 99.4% of your genes with chimpanzees.

    You're a monkey. A monkey with delusions of grandeur and really bad fur (I mean, what's with this notion of bare skin being visible? Everybody knows that skin is supposed to be covered by your own fur or feathers, only animals with mange or other bad skin diseases have bare skin!). Your first cousin is a chimpanzee. Deal with it, okay?

    - Badtux the Snarky Penguin

  3. You make it sound like a soap ad, "99.4% pure!" That extra .6% is all it takes to make the difference between the fine scientific minds of Dr. Zira and the waste of space that is your president. When the human race evolved into apes, that is when intelligence truly showed up on this planet.

    And it is actually very easy to the two humans apart in the two photos. Yul Bryner is the one that overacts.

  4. Evil Spock is more closely related to bears. Evil Spock likes honey.

  5. GODFUCKINGDAMNIT! Is that why I like to eat ants?! I thought I just had anemia...And yes, my cousin Dominic is as fuzzy, and does at times act like a gorilla, so you must be right. Daaaaaamn.

  6. Balds Rule!

    And don't anybody forget it!

    Really, bald is sexxxxxxxy! ;-)

  7. BTW,

    I don't date hairy men.. ;-)

  8. Dr. Zaius, obviously you never watched the Chicago Bulls during Michael Jordan's heyday. I mean, just a *tap* from some dude accidentally bumping his hip, and Michael was flyin' across the court like he'd just been body-slammed by Shakeel O'Neal. Dude is a ham big time. As is Yul, of course.

    - Badtux the Basketball Penguin

  9. Nancy, if I happened to be gay, both Yul (back in his prime) and Mike would be on the top of my list of yummy hunks.

    - Badtux the Not-gay Penguin

  10. Of course Angry is a monkey, I'm a monkey, an omnipresent one in evolution.

    As for the color comments, I'm colorblind.

  11. PS... In reference to your other post. You don't want the boots plump, it stretches the rubber, especially when turning. If the factory wanted them plump they would have filled then that full with grease.

    If you feel you must add so just do one squirt of the grease gun.

    If there are no signs of leaks a manual trans isn't going to be using any fluid so why bother to check it? At least until it gets over 50 K on it.

    In years past automatics had vacuum modulators on them. A pin hole leak in one would suck up trans fluid.

    But that was seldom discovered on checkups anyway, usually when the tranny stopped working.

    I'm not saying don't check levels, just that you don't have to be religious about it.

  12. In the context of this post, BBC, your comment is oddly kinky, with its talk of "fluid levels" and such. (And no, I did not pull the plug on the rear differential, the transfer case, or the transmission... the Jeep dealer was supposed to check them before delivery and then at 3,000 miles, and they don't burn fluid, and I checked and there's no sign of any leakage, so I didn't bother).

  13. Cool Yul...I had such a crush on him! His part in Westworld was most excellent.

    As for telling the difference, there's no way you'd see Michael Jordan and Yul Brynner in the same room, together. Perhaps, they are one and the same? After all, Yul Brynner isn't making movies anymore. Hmmmmm...

  14. I've never seen Yul Brynner and Mr. Clean in the same room together...


  15. Yul is no longer a ham...he is a dead ham. Beauty such as his is wasted in the dirt nap. Would that I could bring his beauteous self back for just another look. Did you ever notice the unique walk that he had...or stride or whatever it was? like a penguin's stride.

  16. I wish I was a monkey. Then people wouldn't look at me funny when I threw poop at them.

  17. you have to most outrageous comments on this blog my feathered friend

    now down to the current post...about color...

    i'd say let's poke out everyone's eyes and that'll show'um....

    but wait, don't you think we'd just find something else to be racist about? like 'i don't like the tone of you voice penguin, you had better change it RIGHT NOW!!'

    sure would make blogging interesting...

  18. Historically speaking, redheads have been treated with suspicion and discrimination. It's purely religious BS that was very prevalent in Britain. People with red hair are at best associated with Judas and at worst thought to possibly be the devil's minion (red=fire). I can't imagine that this is the only reason that this family is being targeted. Kind of makes me wonder what else is going on. There's a lot that story doesn't say. Could be Hatfields v. McCoys kind of thing.

  19. Indeed, o Celtic one. The primary point, I suppose, is that monkeys seem to never have any trouble finding ways to divide "us" (their troop of hairless apes) from "them" (some other group of hairless apes), at which point they begin to hoot and howl and fling feces at "them" just like their semian relatives do. As AZGoddess points out, if all our eyes were poked out by God for our sins, we'd just divide the world into "us" and "them" based upon the sound of people's voices, or maybe the shape of their nose as felt by hands, or whatever....

    - Badtux the Discrimination Penguin


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