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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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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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