I'm, like. A real. Smart dog. And a goodboy!

Nice story in the Washington Post today that just confirms what we already knew, only in a bit more detail of the sort designed to leave your jaw dropped and your mind reeling: Donald Trump doesn't read his Presidential Daily Breifings (PDB), the digest of top-secret stuff the intelligence community prepares for every president to inform them of what's up in the world's hot spots, with the aim of making sure that in a crisis, the president has accumulated some knowledge of stuff that might be useful. Hey, not his style. Donald Trump doesn't read, and if Michael Wolff's book Pants on Fire: Like, Not Regular Fire But White Phosphorus Flares Type Fire has it right, it's entirely possible he can't read more than a paragraph or so before his brain is full. As the Post notes, Trump's not the first president to eschew written briefings; Nixon reportedly preferred oral too, especially from Henry Kissinger.

Still, the WaPo story often sounds like an intelligence-world version of a parent-teacher conference where the parent is threatening to strangle the teacher if there's any suggestion that little Donnie is, well, an incurious dullard who refuses to take any interest in anything that isn't about him. And they've already tried printing the PDB with glitter headings. Sample:

Reading the traditionally dense intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred “style of learning,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The arrangement underscores Trump’s impatience with exhaustive classified documents that go to the commander in chief — material that he has said he prefers condensed as much as possible. But by not reading the daily briefing, the president could hamper his ability to respond to crises in the most effective manner, intelligence experts warned.

Translation: The president can't/wont read, and you should be scared.

The story notes that after a few months in office, Trump stopped even pretending to review the written version of the PDB. Instead, the briefers did what they could to catch his eye with "photos, videos and graphics." Attempts to simplify things to a form that would keep him engaged, however, would often be met with Trumpian anger, because then he thought the briefers were “talking down to him,” when in fact he is, like, a really smart person.

But just listen to the glowing assessments of his intelligence people, who don't at all sound like they're complimenting a flabby naked Trump on his fine suit of clothes:

Michael Anton, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said Trump “is an avid consumer of intelligence, appreciates the hard work of his briefers and of the entire intelligence community and looks forward every day to the give and take of his intelligence briefings.”

Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, said in a statement that “any notion that President Trump is not fully engaged in the PDB or does not read the briefing materials is pure fiction and is clearly not based on firsthand knowledge of the process.”

Indeed, said Coats, Donald Trump "engages for significantly longer periods than I understand many previous presidents have done." What's more, he had the biggest inauguration crowd in history, period. And his beautiful magic clothes are surely the finest in the kingdom.

There's a lot of condescending observations from former officials from other administrations, like Leon Panetta, who thought Barack Obama was all hot shit because he went to Harvard Law and never had to work for a living, him with his briefings delivered on a secure iPad like a stinking effete yuppie. Panetta said oral briefings just can't give the depth of knowledge a president may need in a crisis:

Something will be missed,” Panetta said. “If for some reason his instincts on what should be done are not backed up by the intelligence because he hasn’t taken the time to read that intel, it increases the risk that he will make a mistake.”

Trump's defenders, however, point to his willingness to call the status quo into question, to shake things up:

Trump’s admirers say he has a unique ability to cut through conventional foreign policy wisdom and ask questions that others have long taken for granted. “Why are we even in Somalia?” or “Why can’t I just pull out of Afghanistan?” he will ask, according to officials.

Why is there air? Who put the moon there? Why is Kim Jong Un? Where was that stooped and mealy-colored old man I used to call Poppa when the merry-go-round broke down?

Another "senior administration official" said Trump

asks “edge” questions [...] meaning that he pushes his staff to question long-held assumptions about U.S. interests in the world.

Like, why don't Australians just fall off? Tell me that, smart guy. That kind of edge.

Give the whole thing a read, if only to get yet another appreciation of just how abnormal this president is. We especially liked the parts where the White House staffers explained Trump had bright eyes and seemed almost to know exactly what you're saying when you talk to him. He thinks he's people!

Update: Darn it, I went and forgot a thing again, so here is this inevitable thing:

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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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