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Hello Wonks! We begin today's cavalcade of xenophobic morons with White House Senior Policy Advisor and Santa Monica Goebbels Stephen Miller. After being summoned by saying his name three times into a mirror, he appeared on "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the national emergency declaration made by his short fingered overlord. Chris Wallace, however, and as occasionally happens, was having none of Miller's bullshit:


WALLACE: But let's talk about national emergencies. National emergencies have been declared 59 times since 1976 when the law was passed, The National Emergencies Act. Can you point to a single incident, even one, where the president asked Congress for money, Congress refused to give him that money, and the president then evokes national emergency powers to get the money?

MILLER: First of all --

WALLACE:
Can you find one case?

MILLER:
What you're missing, Chris, is that national emergencies don't have all the same authorities and the same justification.

WALLACE:
I assume that, but there have been 59. Can you find one case like that?

MILLER
: This authority specifically refers to using military construction funds. Other emergencies, for example, were to --

WALLACE
: If you want to talk about military constructions, do you know how many times military construction has been invoked as a national emergency? That would be only be twice.

MILLER
: Right.

WALLACE
: Twice. Once by George H. W. Bush during the middle of the Gulf War and the second time by George W. Bush right after 9/11.

But when Miller wasn't done being embarrassed, as he normally is on his news show appearances, Miller turned to his favorite tactic: filibustering.

MILLER: Chris, can you name -- can you name one foreign threat in the world today, outside the country's borders that currently kills more Americans than the threats crossing our southern border?

WALLACE
: You know the joy of this is I get to ask you questions and --

MILLER
: The answer is no.

WALLACE
: Answer my question, can you name one case where a president has asked Congress for money, Congress has refused and the president has then evoked national policy to get the money anyway?

MILLER
: Well, this current situation --

WALLACE
: Just yes or no, sir.

MILLER
: The current situation pertains specifically to the Military Construction Authority.

WALLACE
: I'm just asking --

WALLACE
: When Congress asked for money for military construction, Congress said no and he's then --

MILLER
: The meaning of the statute, Chris, is clear on its own terms. If you don't like the statute or members of Congress don't like the statute --

WALLACE
: But you agree the answer is no that --

MILLER
: But the premise of your question is also false because Congress has appropriated money for construction of border barriers consistently. This is part of the national security --

WALLACE
: But they've never done this under a national emergency where the president --

MILLER: Who declared national emergency to promote democracy in Belarus, to promote democracy in Zimbabwe?

WALLACE: But it didn't involve taking money that Congress refused to appropriate.

See for yourself the whole excruciating interview.

Wallace was correct: Trump is raiding other tranches of money for his idiotic vanity project. The breakdown of where the $8 billion is coming from is illustrated by this graphic:

NBC's Meet The Press

The two most egregious on this list are also where most of the money is being raided, the Department of Defense (DOD) drug interdiction program and DOD military construction.

The first is the $2.5 billion DOD drug interdiction program, which is focused on interrupting illegal drugs smuggled by air, sea, or land and consists of several phases like detection, sorting, monitoring, interception, handover, disruption, endgame, and apprehension (most of which occur simultaneously). So they are taking money that is being used to successfully capture and slow the flow of drugs to build an ineffective wall. It's the patented GOP "if it ain't broke, 'fix it' until it is because government is broken, so elect us to prove it further."

The second is the $3.6 billion for military construction. Now if you want to see where the money is being stolen for military construction, look no further than improvements to the toxic condition of military base housing. On February 13, two days before Trump decided to raid these funds, the Senate held a hearing in which military families described living in decrepit, dangerous homes as lawmakers expressed shock over the allegations of slum-like conditions of privately managed housing. The hearing coincided with a survey that described the horrifying living conditions at US bases for thousands of families, including black mold, lead, infestations of vermin, flooding, radon and faulty wiring.

So Trump and his GOP enablers/defenders are doing worse than nothing for our military. Here's South Carolina senator and Trump sock puppet Lindsey Graham to exemplify the problem on CBS's "Face The Nation":

MARGARET BRENNAN: In terms of getting those funds though through this emergency action there's about 3.6 billion of it that could come from military construction efforts, including construction of a middle school in Kentucky, housing for military families, improvements for bases like Camp Pendleton and Hanscom Air Force Base. Aren't you concerned that some of these projects that were part of legislation that you helped approve in Congress are now going to possibly be cut out?

GRAHAM: Well, the President will have to make a decision where to get the money. […] But, let's just say for a moment that he took some money out of the military construction budget. I would say it's better for the middle-school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border.

Don't ever let them fool you about them caring for the troops or the drug crisis. If it's not an election year or the troops aren't in their shiny uniforms or medals, the GOP does not care about robbing them ... or us.

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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