Fresh off the New York Times reporting the thing that's kinda been staring us all in the face if we've been paying attention, that the FBI started an investigation into whether Donald Trump is a literal actual Russian intelligence asset just after he fired James Comey and days before Robert Mueller was appointed, the Washington Post adds another detail to the story, that Trump does everything he can to hide his conversations with Vladimir Putin, on the rare occasions they get to have a conjugal visit. We've always assumed that was the case, because when Trump isn't sneaking under the table to chit-chat with Vladimir at one summit, he's behind closed doors with Vladimir with nobody else present but the translator at another, but it's still jarring when the reporting bears out exactly what we've suspected.

President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

You'd think "current and former U.S. officials" might have mentioned this before, right? Oh well, they're saying it now, we guess.

So this is all fine and normal, and it's not just that Trump doesn't want the American people to know what he's doing with Putin, he doesn't want members of his own administration to know. Clearly the kind of behavior we expect from leaders of the free world who aren't incognito (or completely cognito) Russian intelligence assets.

As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.

In other words, it'd be weird if Trump was doing this with the king of Spain, but it's super weird when it's a hostile foreign leader who literally ratfucked the American election in favor of the guy who's only president because of that ratfucking. (Yeah, yeah, and because Hillary Clinton can't find her ass with both hands and a map of the Rust Belt states, we get it Glenn Greenwald.)

The Washington Post quotes officials and Trump allies who say it's not as bad as it sounds, because Trump has had a super sore ass about all the times his calls and meetings with foreign officials have leaked and shown up in the newspaper. Like, for instance, one time he told Russian officials in the Oval Office how awesome it was that he had just fired the "nutjob" FBI director, because now maybe they'll cool their jets with this whole Trump-Russia shit! And then he gave them some super secret classified information procured by Israel. And GOSHDARNIT, somebody leaked it!

Trump says this is all fake news, because he always says that when people report things he and Putin don't want anybody to know. He also says he's VERY INSULTED that the New York Times reported that the FBI has investigated whether he is a literal actual Russian intelligence asset. Indeed, he's insulted that people are even asking the question! (A simple "yes" or "no" would have sufficed, Mister "President.")

But like we said, we kinda knew about Trump concealing his Putin love notes already! Last year, after Trump got Kinky In Helsinki with Putin, meeting with the Russian president behind closed doors for TWO HOURS with nobody but an interpreter present, Democrats in Congress tried to call the interpreter in for questioning, but obviously #TeamTreason in the GOP wouldn't sign off on it. Now that Democrats have power ...

The interpreter for that meeting was a woman named Marina Gross. Apparently she came out of the meeting with "pages of notes." We don't know who the interpreter was when Trump met with Putin in Hamburg at the G-20, but that person's only statement about what they heard in that meeting was that Trump said "I believe you" when Putin said he hadn't ratfucked the election for Trump in 2016. Rex Tillerson was there for that one, though. Maybe subpoena him, Adam Schiff?

So here we are! Folks, this is the worst case scenario. We now know the FBI was just as concerned as we were that the president of the United States is hopelessly compromised by a hostile foreign power, and that our lying eyes haven't actually been lying to us. We now know the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and into collusion/conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia and into Trump's obstruction of justice are all the same investigation. The Times played cute in its story the other day, saying they're just not sure if the inquiry into whether Trump is actually working for the Russians is still ongoing, but unless we are crazy (possible), it seems that OF COURSE it's ongoing. It's called the Robert Mueller investigation. We can't be sure, but we wouldn't be surprised if the existence of an investigation into Trump as a literal Russian agent might have been a significant part of the impetus for Rod Rosenstein appointing Mueller in the first place.

Examples of Trump bending over backward for Russian interests are absolutely everywhere. Now the Post is adding one more to the pile, reporting that when Trump talks to Putin -- whom we've jokingly referred to as Trump's "handler," LOL we weren't actually kidding -- he does everything he can to make sure we don't know what they talked about.

This is reality. And every second that motherfucker is still in office, that reality gets worse. God bless America, indeed.

[Washington Post]

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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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