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Longtime liberal internet subscribers know who Marcy Wheeler AKA "Emptywheel" is. Back in the day, when FireDogLake was a website that existed, Wheeler held court, writing about warrantless wiretaps and Gitmo and all other manner of big gub'mint abusing its power. Her sources are excellent, and her depth of knowledge in her fields of expertise is immense. She's GOOD AT SHIT, is what we mean to say.

Wheeler has a long history with somebody else who has long been concerned about civil liberties violations, fella by the name of Glenn Greenwald, from years back when he still had a shred of credibility (though his true colors were already shining through like a rainbow if you cared to pay close attention). She worked at The Intercept for a time, until disagreements over a story she was working -- and The Intercept's refusal to pay her for the work she was doing -- led her to leave. Wheeler is different from Greenwald in one important way, though: Because she is willing to do the rigorous journalism required to find out, she is now a firm believer in Russia's attacks on the 2016 election, after a lot of skepticism and after finding a shitload of receipts proving it. Greenwald, as we all know, would love nothing more than to be a freckle on Vladimir Putin's inner thigh, so he's pretty sure the whole Trump-Russia story is bullshit.


Wheeler published a post Tuesday morning called "Putting A Face (Mine) To The Risks Posed By GOP Games On Mueller Investigation." CLICK! She explains that sometime last year, she told the FBI about somebody she knew, somebody she had been "friendly with," whom she "had come to believe had played a significant role in the Russian election attack on the US." She believes even more strongly now that she is correct in her assessment. She notes that she would never ever EVER usually go to the FBI about a source, but that this was a special case, not least because she "believed he was doing serious harm to innocent people," she "had reason to believe he was testing ways to tamper with my website," and oh yeah, on top of other reasons, she knew he was lying to her and other journalists.

We don't know who this person is, because Wheeler's not saying it out loud, and she's also not saying exactly what she believes this person did. But we have a couple of guesses as to who it is. (Exactly two of them, and you can probably guess them too. And we may all be wrong! Time will tell.)

Wheeler says she's telling her story -- with special counsel Robert Mueller's tacit blessing, it seems -- because of news that's happening RIGHT NOW, of a grand plan that seems to be in the works for America to roll over and give Russia whatever it wants in Syria, which is keeping Bashar al-Assad in power, despite how America has been fighting on the other side in that war. (Donald Trump might also tell Putin it was TOTALLY FINE when Russia invaded and stole Crimea from Ukraine. Whatever Putin wants from Trump, Putin gets! Wonder why. It's almost as if Trump's ass is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kremlin or something.)

It seems Wheeler's source texted her with inside information on what's going down right now way back on November 9, 2016, the day after the election:

Wheeler goes through some other things that happened around that time that seem to back up what her source was saying, like for instance, remember how the Trump transition was meeting with Russians to try to get back channels to talk about Syria? Was it weird that they were trying to hide the fact that they were trying to get Michael Flynn on a secret shoe phone with Putin, to talk about Syria? IT WAS!

Wheeler continues:

[T]he text doesn't come from anyone, like Kushner or Flynn, inside the Trump team. It comes from someone who, I believe, had already done real damage to the United States as part of the Russian attack. That person understood the cooperation with Syria in terms of the US backing Bashar al-Assad, not in terms of fighting ISIS.

Riiiiiiiiiight. Which is Russia's foreign policy goal, as opposed to the United States's foreign policy goal. NO COLLUSION, NO COLLUSION, YOU ARE THE ... oh fuck it.

Weird, right?

Wheeler says that's part of why she's talking now, as opposed to waiting until Robert Mueller makes this person famous. She says she's also doing it because now that she's had sharing time with the FBI, she has been personally threatened. No, not by Putin's thugs in Russia, but by Putin's thugs in the GOP caucus in the House of Representatives, who won't stop trying to out all the whistleblowers:

I'm a public figure. If something happens to me — if someone releases stolen information about me or knocks me off tomorrow — everyone will now know why and who likely did it. That affords me a small bit of protection.

There are undoubtedly numerous other witnesses who have taken similar risks to share information with the government who aren't public figures. The Republicans' ceaseless effort to find out more details about people who've shared information with the government puts those people in serious jeopardy.

I'm speaking out because they can't — and shouldn't have to.

Indeed, the threats to Wheeler have been so severe that she says she's even let the FBI "enter my house without a warrant, without me being present." Probably just to check for "wire tapps." OR BOMBS. Regardless, we're taking that as code for SHIT WAS GOING DOWN.

Think about Fox News over the past year. Think about the president's Twitter feed full of insinuations and outright lies about FBI agents and DOJ officials like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe and James Comey (AKA witnesses in the Mueller investigation). Think about GOP representatives like Jim Jordan and Louie Gohmert, screaming out names on the House floor of people who they somehow, in their compromised shit-brains, believe are part of a gigantic Deep State conspiracy to destroy Donald Trump's presidency. Think about Motherfucking Devin Nunes and his demands for classified intel to leak to Fox News, even if that puts FBI sources' lives in danger. And, to Wheeler's point, think about what they're doing to those people whose names we don't even know.

Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, it'd be really fucking cool if Trump's GOP would stop being the KGB and the Gestapo and Hee Haw all at the same fucking time, in Jesus's name, amen, KTHXBYE.

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OOH BOY HOWDY, The Federalist is on fire this week! Just this morning we told you about the hilarious Federalist column where one neo-Nazi's mom and dad are Democrats, ipso facto QED NEO-NAZIS ARE THE REAL LIBERALS, FUCKERS! Is America's dumbest woman whose name doesn't rhyme with Cara Snailin' over there being a total fuckin' Mollie Hemingway right now? Sadly, she blocked us on Twitter, so how could we possibly know? The answer is WE DON'T CARE.

But now we have a gem of the Federalist genre, an article written by a whiny-ass gay quisling conservative, who would like to chew on his blankie and whine about how much harder it is out there for a conservative than it is for a gay person. This is a subject we happen to have some knowledge about, because we are super gay! And we know a lot about conservatives, both firsthand -- being subjected to them every single one of our almost four decades of life -- and also from covering extremist right-wing Christians for a very long time. Particularly the kind that tell young, impressionable, vulnerable gay kids that they need to pray away the gay if they want Jesus to exercise some self control and refrain from sending them to a fiery hell for all eternity.

We clicked on the article with high hopes. See if you can spot why:

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pic via Glamour Shots, we mean this dude's old website

The House Education and Workforce Committee was all set to have a hearing today all about the horrors that a higher minimum wage would wreak on the economy. Horrors like rich people being slightly less rich. Horrors like business owners claiming they will have to fire people and charge $15 for a McChicken if forced to pay workers a living wage, which they won't actually do because no one will buy a $15 McChicken and they would go out of business if they tried that, and they already don't hire more people than the bare minimum they can get away with. Horrors like poor people not being "motivated" to work harder and get better jobs that do not pay them an amount no human being could possibly live on.

Alas, as Politico reports, it was not to be, as committee members discovered their big witness for the hearing, San Diego State University economist Joseph Sabia (pictured above in a Glamour Shot from his archived website), was kind of a wacko.

Sabia, as it turns out, once had a blog called "No Shades Of Gray," in which he wrote many columns of an extremely homophobic and sexist persuasion. In one of these columns, in 2002, Sabia was very mad about one man's lawsuit against several fast food giants for contributing to his health and obesity problems by failing to disclose the nutritional information of the food they sold. In retrospect, I think most people are now on board with these chains being required to post calorie counts and other nutritional information, but in 2002, Sabia was convinced that requiring them to do this would be an assault on freedom for all Americans everywhere. His response to this was to try and attempt a Jonathan Swift posture and suggest taxing gay sex, which he claimed leads to "disastrous health consequences."

Because sure, that's the same thing, basically.


In gay sex, we have an activity that is clearly leading to disastrous health consequences. What rational person would engage in this sort of activity? There is only one solution - let's tax it.

"Come on, Sabia," you say, "how are you going to enforce these taxes? Are you going to send government officials to peep into everyone's bedroom?"

Eventually. But first we have to mount the assault on Big Gay (no, I am not talking about Rosie O'Donnell). We can tax gay nightclubs, websites, personal ads, sexual paraphernalia, and so forth. Talk about a sin tax!!! We can cripple gay-related industries and get them right where we want them. All gay clubs will have to feature huge, flashing warning signs like "CAUTION: Entering this nightclub may increase your chance of contracting STDs and dying."

Big Gay clearly lures people into trying their "product" without discussing the risks to mind, body, and soul. The average Joe on the street does not understand all of the possible bad outcomes. I can almost hear him now:

"They said '100 percent hotties.' I thought that meant it was fun. I thought gay sex was OK…Now I have all these diseases. Big Gay has wrecked my life."

In the immoral words of Warren G, "Regulators!! Mount up!"

EXTREME SHUDDER.

In another 2002 article, classily titled "College Girls: Unpaid Whores," Sabia laments that feminists have led college girls to stop trying to be like the Holy Virgin Mary and instead to aspire to be more like that hussy Ally McBeal.

No, really.

As women have strayed from the church, they have replaced what is holy with what is temporally pleasing. For Catholics, the model woman is Mary, the virgin Mother of God. She is beloved by the faithful for her unflappable devotion to and trust in God, her nurturing of the Son of Man, and her deep love for all humanity.

Today's college girl looks to Ally McBeal, the trollops of Sex in the City, and the floozies on Friends to set their moral compasses.

The sad truth is that college girls are so desperate to find love that they are willing to degrade themselves to get it. But true love can only be understood in the context of the Word of God. Any other notion of "love" is secular and, by definition, limited and finite.

Not only that, but instead of going to college to find a husband, they have boyfriends. Boyfriends they have S-E-X with. And sometimes, not even that. Sometimes they have sex with people just because they want to have sex with people, and not even in exchange for Valentine's Day cards or money!


Additionally, other sex-based relationships have become commonplace. In recent years, a new and disturbing arrangement known as "friends with benefits" has emerged. In this arrangement, men are not even forced to perform the normal duties of boyfriends, i.e. flowers, Valentine's Day cards, rides to the abortion clinic, etc. Instead, girls consider these guys "just friends" whom they happen to screw every now and again. No strings, no attachments, no dinners. Just sex when they feel like it.

This type of arrangement is the next logical step in the direction that young women have drifted in the last few decades. These women have become unpaid whores. At least prostitutes made a buck off of their trade. These women just give it away.

How cute! He was like the ur-incel, basically.

Anyway, following the discovery of the posts, the House Education and Workforce Committee's GOP communications director Kelley McNabb told Politico that "members were uncomfortable moving forward on the hearing." A more optimistic person might think this was a step forward, that maybe those committee members actually thought it was bad to suggest that being gay means being a disease-ridden monster or that college girls are whores, but it's probably more to avoid embarrassment than anything else. Guess they'll have to start from scratch and find a crappy economist who will tell them what they want to hear about the minimum wage but who doesn't have an embarrassing Geocities blog in their past. Good luck with that!

[Politico]

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