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Every happy family is unhappy in its own way -- although the families of Stephen Miller and Bob Goodlatte have a bit in common on that front this week!


Bobby Goodlatte, the son of retiring Republican Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte -- seen most recently on Wonkette making an absolute ass of himself during the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee's joint interrogations of just-now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok -- announced yesterday on Twitter that he donated the maximum amount to the Jennifer Lewis, the Democrat running for his father's seat. Though he didn't outright say anything negative about his father, the fact that he is giving money to a Democrat running for his father's soon-to-be-vacated seat -- and one who supports a $15 minimum wage and Medicare For All at that -- is pretty freaking badass.

Coming in a hell of a lot harsher than Bobby Better-latte is David Glosser, the uncle of White House senior advisor and all around horrible person Stephen Miller, who wrote a searing essay for Politico on his nephew's hypocrisy on immigration. Telling the story of how his own family came to America as refugees, Glosser explains how they benefited from the "chain migration" Trump and Miller so loathe:

I shudder at the thought of what would have become of the Glossers had the same policies Stephen so coolly espouses—the travel ban, the radical decrease in refugees, the separation of children from their parents, and even talk of limiting citizenship for legal immigrants—been in effect when Wolf-Leib made his desperate bid for freedom. The Glossers came to the U.S. just a few years before the fear and prejudice of the "America First" nativists of the day closed U.S. borders to Jewish refugees. Had Wolf-Leib waited, his family would likely have been murdered by the Nazis along with all but seven of the 2,000 Jews who remained in Antopol. I would encourage Stephen to ask himself if the chanting, torch-bearing Nazis of Charlottesville, whose support his boss seems to court so cavalierly, do not envision a similar fate for him.

The sickest burn, however, comes in Glosser's description of the hardships faced by a young man he met while volunteering as a neuropsychologist for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the same organization that had helped his own family when they came over here. "Joseph" (not his real name) was a Eritrean refugee who was conscripted into the military at 14, and later brutally tortured and imprisoned before finally escaping.

Before Donald Trump had started his political ascent promulgating the false story that Barack Obama was a foreign-born Muslim, while my nephew, Stephen, was famously recovering from the hardships of his high school cafeteria in Santa Monica, Joseph was a child on his own in Sudan in fear of being deported back to Eritrea to face execution for desertion.

This is a reference to the fact that Young Master Miller, while running for president of his high school, was booed off the stage for bitching about having to clean up his own trash in the cafeteria when he would far prefer that the janitors clean up after him instead.


"I will say and I will do things, that no one else in their right mind would do," he says later in the speech.

Still later, Miller announced to the crowd, his voice rising, "Am I the only one who is sick and tired of being told to pick up my trash when we have plenty of janitors who are paid to do it for us?!"

Eventually, Miller can be seen on the video laughing as he is pushed off the stage, as his classmates continued to boo.

What a charming person.

Clearly, it is especially painful for Dr. Glosser to know what his own family went through and to then see his nephew trying to hurt people who are just like them. How could it not be? Stephen Miller would not even exist today if the statutes he would like to see enacted had been enacted at the time his family came over here. Shit, I wouldn't exist either. Pretty much none of us would. It's hard to understand how anyone could know their own history and yet lack any empathy at all for immigrants and refugees coming over here today. Then again, if people like Stephen Miller weren't hypocrites, or had a shred of empathy in their shriveled little hearts, we wouldn't have this problem to begin with, because Donald Trump wouldn't even be president.

We all have repulsive relatives. There's one in every family, and if you don't think so, it's you. Even still, it takes a lot of guts to stand up to your family members in such a public fashion, and both Bobby Better-latte and David Glosser should be applauded for doing the right thing.

[Politico / Twitter]

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Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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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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