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Pretty shitty, Tennessee.


Hey, here's a new and different kind of gay-hatin' law that just got signed in Tennessee! All over the country, we're getting used to laws barring transgenders from pee-pee time (for Jesus, and to protect YOUR WIVES AND DAUGHTERS) and laws allowing cake bakers with Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs refuse to bake cakes for cake-hungry homosexuals (for Jesus, and because CAKE IS ART).

[wonkbar]<a href="http://wonkette.com/600807/loser-tennessee-cant-even-manage-to-pass-anti-gay-law"></a>[/wonkbar]Tennessee bigots can take heart, even though their own "religious freedom" bill has been murdered for now, because therapists in the state are now legally allowed to give gay patients the old heave-ho, because they have "sincerely held principles" (Jesus) that say gays are gross:

Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday signed into law a controversial bill that says no licensed counselor or therapist must serve a client whose "goals, outcomes or behaviors” conflict with the counselor’s “sincerely held principles” — a measure the American Counseling Association had denounced as a “hate bill” against gay and transgender people.

Bill Haslam is an incompetent pussy. First of all, he says he signed the bill because it does include provisions requiring gay-hatin' counselors to refer gays to gay-lovin' counselors. He also felt comfortable signing it because the law specifically doesn't apply if patients are "in imminent danger of harming themselves or others." So, hooray! If a gay or a BLT comes in for therapy feeling all murder-suicidey that day, they can get some counseling, even if it's from a fucking homophobe who probably shouldn't have a counseling license in the first place.

Now, some liberal agenda people like the American Counseling Association (ACA) had condemned this bill as discriminatory, and also unnecessary, because therapists were already allowed to tell any patient, "Hey, I don't think we're the best fit, let me send you to this other lady who would be better for you." But pffffffft, what fun is it if the gay-hatin' therapists can't call their patients dirty faggots in the process?

But you see, this was very, very important for homophobes like this guy, James T. "Dale" Berry, who runs one of those Jesus-tastic fake-ass counseling centers in Knoxville, and who is apparently not aware that "Dale" is not short for "James" or "T." Listen to how 'scited he is:

Berry, who is a Presbyterian, said he and other therapists at Ebenezer Counseling Services don’t see a conflict when serving gay clients suffering from depression, but providing sex therapy to an unmarried couple or premarital and sex therapy to a same-sex couple would conflict with his core values, which he derives from his religious beliefs.

Awwwww, go to hell, asshole. Now to be fair, no self-respecting LGBT person should ever want therapy from a cockmuffin like "Dale," as he would harm their mental health and would definitely be bad at helping gay couples spice it up in the bedroom, since he probably believes the best way to do sex therapy to gay dudes would be to tell them to divorce their husbands, marry chattel wives and fuck 'em dutifully and rapidly with all the lights out while reciting Psalms.

[wonkbar]<a href="http://wonkette.com/582714/walmart-withholds-medicine-from-lady-who-miscarried-because-shes-probably-a-sinner"></a>[/wonkbar]But the thing about certain professions is that they have fucking standards, for Christ's sake. Just like pharmacists shouldn't be able to practice pharmacy if they're not fucking willing to dispense legal drugs (LIKE SLUT PILLS), and just like dick doctors shouldn't be able to practice dick-doctoring if they believe Jesus condemns what their patients do with their doctored dicks, counselors are supposed to uphold the standards of their goddamned professions, and state governments shouldn't be writing them free hall passes to refuse to do work that makes them feel EW ICKY.

And if "Dale" doesn't like it, maybe he shouldn't be a therapist. Maybe he should do something he's better qualified for, like be a tour guide for Ken Ham's dumbass creationist Noah's Ark theme park.

[The Tennessean]

 

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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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