So many shared interests -- like shouting.

You might recall that really nice favor that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi did for Donald Trump a few years back. She was considering an investigation into whether the Florida operations of Trump's grifty little "University" were fraud, but then Trump made a $25,000 donation to a group connected with her campaign and Bondi decided -- completely independently of course -- Trump University was perfectly legitimate. And don't you go thinking that was a bribe either, because Bondi had asked Trump for a donation before she even made the decision not to investigate. No proof at all that anyone quidded on anybody else's pro quo, no sir.

Ah, but there was one tiny wrinkle in the deal (which was definitely not a deal, no, it was not!): Instead of giving Bondi's group the money himself, Trump's donation came from the Trump Foundation. Turns out that's illegal, since charitable foundations aren't supposed to be making political contributions, as if that's fair. But since it was only a violation of tax law, everything's fine now: Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 fine and reimbursed his foundation for the $25,000, and now there's nothing to see, move along please.

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who's done some incredible reporting this year on Donald Trump's rather flexible relationship with the concept of "charity," broke the story Thursday:

Earlier this year, The Washington Post and a liberal watchdog group raised new questions about the three-year-old gift. The watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a complaint with the IRS — noting that, as a registered nonprofit, the Trump Foundation was not allowed to make political donations.

Oh, but there's more! Not only did the Trump Foundation fail to notify the IRS of the donation, it also listed a nonexistent donation for $25,000 to a Kansas City group with a name similar to Bondi's outfit, which "had the effect of obscuring the political gift from the IRS." Imagine that! Mind you, once the Trump Organization found out about all this -- courtesy of the Washington Post -- they got everything in order, which was awfully nice of them, now wasn't it?

On Thursday, Jeffrey McConney -- senior vice president and controller at the Trump Organization -- said that after being notified, Trump filed paperwork informing the IRS of the political gift and paid an excise tax equal to 10 percent of its value.

McConney said that Trump had also personally reimbursed the Trump Foundation for $25,000, covering the full value of the improper gift. McConney blamed a series of mistakes, all of them unintentional. McConney said there had been no attempt to deceive.

Look, these things happen when you're a busy man trying to juggle a lot of payoffs gifts to political figures who share your views. McConney explained the iffy donation was "just an honest mistake," and that "It wasn’t done intentionally to hide a political donation, it was just an error." Fahrenthold didn't note whether anyone was standing next to McConney poking him in the ribs and whispering "that's enough!"

Fahrenthold notes that, unlike lots of rich people's foundations which give lots and lots of money to charities, the Trump Foundation doesn't see much action, giving most of its gifts to "people whom Trump knows, or charities that hold their galas at his properties in New York and Florida."

That's probably a good thing, since as we all know, foundations are nothing but trouble, especially if they have the name "Clinton" on them, which you will note the Trump Foundation does not. In this case, it really does look like the foundation's gift to Bondi's political group resulted from a series of mostly innocent screwups, maybe. As we already knew, back in 2013 when she was considering investigating Trump University's Florida operations for fraud, Pam Bondi asked Trump for a donation, because that's just how politics works. Trump thought that was a terrific idea, because he loves to help like-minded attorneys general, even though he didn't donate to any other state attorney general campaigns that year. And that's where the sad-trombone mistakes started piling up.

The name of Pam Bondi's group was "And Justice for All," which led to a little confusion in the mighty financial machinery at Trump HQ. The clerk who handles all the checks for payments from Trump's personal account and from the Trump Foundation dun goofed; the clerk knew political donations should be paid out of Trump's own funds, and charitable payments from the foundation. Turns out Bondi's group had chosen way too generic a name, and high jinks ensued!

In March, Trump's chief financial officer told The Post that a mistake occurred when an accounting clerk — following office protocol — looked in a book that contained a list of all official charities. The clerk's standing order from Trump was that, if the payee was listed in this book of charities, the check should be paid from the Trump Foundation, not from Trump's own account.

The clerk found a group called "And Justice for All" listed in the book.

The clerk cut the check from the Trump Foundation [...]

Trump's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, told The Post that the charity in the book was actually from Utah, and unconnected to Bondi. If the clerk had known that the check was meant for a political group, Weisselberg said, “we would have taken it out of [Trump’s] own personal account.”

After that, a check from the foundation went out. It did not go to Utah but to Bondi's group in Florida, and was deposited.

Huh. So the clerk was confused enough by the name to cut the check to the wrong organization, but clearheaded enough to send it to the right state? We guess that could happen, like if the address was listed on the instructions to send $25,000. Sure.

Oh, but this next part really doesn't sound like much of an accident, kids. In its tax filings, the Trump Foundation checked off "no" in a box asking if it had made any political donations. It also told the IRS it had made a charitable donation that never actually happened, if you can imagine that:

The foundation told the IRS that it had given $25,000 to a third group, a charity in Kansas with a similar name, "Justice for All." In fact, the Trump Foundation had not actually sent the Kansas group any money.

This new, incorrect listing had the effect of camouflaging the prohibited gift. Trump's CFO said that the listing of the Kansas group was another mistake, made by the foundation's accountants.

Oopsie! We suppose it's possible, with all those "Justice for All" groups floating around out there, it could be a simple error that happened to make a political donation look like a charitable donation to a completely different group (that never happened) sure. We also imagine the accounting in the White House is a lot more careful than that, maybe.

No, "Julie's Jungle" in the line above "Justice for All" is not a strip club; it's a nonprofit what has playgrounds for disabled kids, you sickos.

So now, everything's copacetic and that little error has all been taken care of, right? Almost, kind of -- except for how those meddling liberals at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington say it's not good enough that Trump reimbursed the Trump Foundation for the $25,000. To really conform with IRS regulations, they say, the Foundation needs to take back the donation to Bondi's group altogether. Funny thing there, too: Nancy Watkins, the treasurer of Bondi's iteration of "Justice For All," said after she learned the foundation's donation was improper, she tried to FedEx a check back to the Trump Foundation. But the foundation called her and declined to take the refund.

Watkins said she was told, "Mr. Trump had reimbursed the foundation with a personal check. And that was the end of it."

Look, Donald Trump is the one who decides when he's in compliance with the law, not some charity. He's taken care of it, now stop making a fuss.

Let us close with a hat tip to Guy Cecil, the co-chair of pro-Clinton super-PAC Priorities USA, for his tweet that alerted us to this latest wrinkle in the story of Donald Trump's very well-timed donation that had nothing at all to do with Bondi's decision not to investigate Trump University, for fraud:

Wall to wall coverage? Seems like that would only be justice, for all.

[WaPo via Guy Cecil on Twitter]

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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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