We've been meaning to write about this little baddy for some time, but faced with such blatant perfidy what could we even say beyond "man, that is some perfidious shit!" Well, now we have a new thing to say, and it is BOTH SIDES ARGLEBARGLE GURGLE HORP!

In Orange County, California, where we spent a decade flirting with prisonbound sheriffs and watching Dana Rohrabacher fall down a lot, a Democrat, Josh Newman, won a state Senate seat! This is not totally unknown in Orange County, where there were actually two Democratic state senators when we were there, plus whatever Loretta Sanchez was.

But Newman gave the California Senate a supermajority, which means California Democrats can do TERRIBLE things like "raise taxes to pay for things the state needs," instead of GOOD things like "cut taxes and then wonder why there's a $15 billion deficit."

So the Republicans launched a recall. Are recalls supposed to be for things like "assaulted a reporter after most of the votes were already in" and things such as that? Presumably! But in California, they do indeed recall people for things like "voted with Democrats to make herself Speaker" (it was kind of a Lady Jane Grey type of thing) and "let Republicans do Enron to him" and "didn't do Death Penalty."

So here we are, and a Democrat is being recalled for the reason of "voted for taxes" (won an election), and do you know who is to blame for this scurrilous anti-democratic nonsense? Would you guess it is BOTH SIDES? Oh, probably, because we said that in the lede.

Anyway, Dan Walters spends the first half of his column yelling, rightfully, at Republicans for pulling this nonsense recall shit, and then he remembers he is a political pundit and puts his pox on the Democrats' house:

Newman’s fellow Democrats, however, are contributing their share of overreach to the situation. Last week, they inserted into a budget “trailer bill” some changes in the law governing recall elections that would allow recall petition signers to recant and force an election on Newman to be consolidated with the November 2018 statewide election, rather than be a special election.

The low voter turnout of a special election would likely make the recall more likely, while the higher turnout of regular statewide election would help him retain his seat.

The measure, Senate Bill 96, was passed on party-line votes in both houses last Thursday with Democrats trying to portray it as a good government reform and Republicans complaining that it was making a last-minute change in election law to help one politician keep his seat.

Oh man, Democrats couldn't get any Republican votes when they were fighting back against Republicans' illegitimate attempts to steal a Senate seat via a poorly attended special recall election? A special recall election that is happening for literally no other reason than that a Democrat won? SHAAAA-DY, Democrats! You go to your room without any of these delicious and "ironically, unpopular but necessary" taxes "to fix [your] dilapidated roadways."

Man, those powerhungry fighting Dems, doing democracy wrong by by not letting Republicans steal democracy. When will you learn, all your Senate seats belong to Republicans, just like all your Supreme Court seats belong to Mitch McConnell? Just close your eyes, and think of England, and it will all be over soon enough.

[CalMatters / Newman for Senate]

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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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