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In addition to all of Kansas's other teensy little roadblocks to voting -- like the bizarre two-tier registration system where it's possible for some voters to be registered to vote in federal elections but ineligible to vote in state and local races -- yet another little problem has recently been discovered: online Voter guides in Spanish contained outdated information about registration deadlines and the types of identification allowed at the polls. Needless to say, the office of Secretary of State Kris Kobach insists it was all just an innocent mistake that it's already in the process of correcting, and they sure are sorry if anyone was inconvenienced.

The errors were reported at the Daily Kos last week by Chris Reeves, a Democratic consultant in Overland Park, who was alerted to the problem after a Spanish-speaking voter noticed the discrepancies. Tell us more, Kansas City Star!

The Spanish version of the guide said, in two places, that voters could register up to 15 days before an election. The actual deadline, 21 days before the election, was correct in the English guide.

The English guide noted that prospective voters could use a passport as evidence of citizenship to register to vote. Passports, likely to be held by Hispanic naturalized citizens, were left off the list of acceptable ID in the Spanish-language guide.

Kansas changed its voting laws to require the longer cut-off period for registration in 2014, because Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a vote-suppressing asshole who's made a career out of stirring up fears of voter fraud. Kansas is currently facing a lawsuit over the terrible voting laws Kobach pushed through the legislature. Kobach spokesman Craig McCullah said the differences between the voter guides were the result of a clerical error as the guides were updated for the 2016 elections. Happily, says McCullah, the errors have already been fixed in the online version of the voter guides, and will be fixed soon in print versions, well before the November elections. Nothing to see here, folks, please move along. Definitely no ratfucking, heavens no. Please ignore the copulating rodents and the uncomfortable similarity to 2012, when the wrong election date got printed on Arizona's Spanish-language voter cards. Stuff happens, OK?

[wonkbar]a href="http://wonkette.com/599340/is-cruzmentum-breaking-out-your-super-sexxy-saturday-election-open-thread"[/wonkbar]Except, didn't Kansas already do its presidential caucus thing this year, back in March, right after Ted Cruz Eated A Booger, which gave him the protein he needed to win in Kansas? (Bernie Sanders won the Democratic caucuses, minus the booger-eating.) All McCullah could say Monday was that

he was unsure whether printed copies of the guide had been distributed by the secretary of state’s office or downloaded and copied by residents for use in their registration drives.

So we simply don't know. Still, if the inaccurate guides were in place for the caucuses, wouldn't that mean some voters in those caucuses might have been misled about registration and ID? Hahaha, not like it matters that much, since caucuses are already undemocratic and insane, and it's unlikely that any such disenfranchisement would have been widespread enough to affect the outcome ... but isn't the idea supposed to be that the right to vote is a sacred part of democracy, and states shouldn't be casually pissing on that right, and if they do, somebody needs to be held responsible?

Oh, sorry, got a little carried away there. Problem's being fixed, everything's fine, it was an innocent mistake that only affected people who should goddamned well learn English anyway. Besides, it's not like somebody was denied the right to buy a gun.

[DailyKos via TPM / Kansas City Star]

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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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