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You have to admire the intrepid investigative reporters at the Washington Post for their willingness to keep digging into Scott Pruitt's Bag of Infinite Grift, which we're fairly certain has been proven to be bottomless


-- especially since Pruitt appears to be so beloved by Donald Trump that as long as he keeps making America safe for polluters, he's got a guaranteed job. Today's fresh example is WaPo's story on Pruitt's frantic mission to find his wife a job with a nice rightwing thinktank of some kind, because what good is being a cabinet secretary if the whole family isn't making bank?

The new reporting goes well beyond that earlier story about Scott Pruitt having an aide harangue Chick-fil-A's CEO about a "business opportunity" -- a job for Marlyn Pruitt -- which we already learned about. Turns out that was only one instance of the Pruitt Family Job Search subsidized by taxpayers. Today's story explains how now-resigned EPA staffer Samantha Dravis, who had a hand in the Cone of Silence, the sekrit pay raises, and the Luxury Trip to Italy scandals, among others, (as well as, near the end of her tenure, allegedly getting paid for not coming to work), was Marlyn Pruitt's personal job-finding concierge. Dravis was assigned by Scott Pruitt to contact big GOP donors to see if they could find Ms. Pruitt a job.

Eventually, those efforts led to at least some short term work; Marlyn Pruitt managed to hire on with the "Judicial Crisis Network," which has "financial ties" with the rightwing Federalist Society, and whose offices are conveniently located in the Federalist Society's headquarters building. A spokesperson for the organization said Ms. Pruitt had worked there

"temporarily as an independent contractor," but it did not disclose via email how long she worked there or what she was paid. The spokesman said the position came about after the group received her résumé from Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society.

Hey! By pure coincidence, Leonard Leo helped to arrange Scott Pruitt's great big vacation working trip to Italy, which Samantha Dravis tagged along for. It's nice to have friends! About $100,000 in taxpayer funds of nice.

The spokesperson said that Ms. Pruitt had finished her work at JCN earlier this year. It sounds like a really important place, and she had some really important work to do there, and boy, was JCN a big fan of Scott Pruitt, too:

The Judicial Crisis Network, which historically has pushed for the appointment of conservative judges, has given millions of dollars in recent years to groups associated with Pruitt, according to IRS filings. [...]

Its spokesman said Marlyn Pruitt's work was related to setting up new offices. "She has great organizational skills, and she was retained by JCN at a time when the organization needed those skills," he said.

As it happens, the JCN seems to have contributed millions of dollars to a constellation of PACs and other organizations Scott Pruitt ran. The spokesman explained that was because JCN is "among the most active defenders of the rule of law and limited constitutional government" and "Pruitt was among the AGs who shared those principles and beliefs." Nothing more than that. Pure coincidence they hired Marlyn Pruitt, who had some really awesome organizational skills the group needed for make-work projects.

Also fun: Whatever Marlyn Pruitt got paid for her important work, Scott Pruitt didn't include it on his financial disclosure form, which listed "none" for his spouse's income. Maybe it will show up in this year's disclosure, which is late -- it was due in May, but Pruitt requested an extension. With a big check from a coal CEO stapled to the form, we bet. WaPo also details Pruitt's many close connections with the Federalist Society, which is perfectly normal of course.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! Pruitt had Dravis pester another big donor, Doug Deason, whose family business has all kinds of neat investments in oil and gas. While Deason said he couldn't hire Marlyn Pruitt because of some quaint old worries about conflict of interest, what with his having a financial stake in how EPA regulates the energy bidniss, he sure did try:

"I couldn't find anything that made sense, that wasn't some kind of conflict," he said. "I'd get a list of names, and say, 'Here are some people, here's what they do,' and it didn't take long before it was pretty obvious that I was not going to be able to help."

And even though Dreason wasn't able to get Marlyn Pruitt a job, he stayed in close touch with Scott Pruitt, and arranged for him to give the keynote speech to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the climate-denying and industry-loving think-tank, when the group had a big confab in DC. He says he'll never stop loving Scott Pruitt and his beautiful freedom-loving deregulatory agenda, which he's "100 percent convinced" will keep Pruitt in his job at the EPA.

It's unclear whether Marlyn Pruitt, entrepreneur, has yet found a grift job in Washington, which is probably a concern for the family, which somehow has to maintain homes in DC and Oklahoma on a simple cabinet member's salary. We can see why they'd want to economize by buying a used Trump Hotel jizz-mattress.

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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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