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Pop star Taylor Swift disappointed conservatives Sunday by publicly endorsing Democrats and their #MeToo socialism. The right was already reeling from the loss of Willie Nelson (who they never actually had). This just might be too much to endure. Swift, who lives in Tennessee, announced on Instagram that she's voting in the upcoming midterms for Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and House candidate Jim Cooper.

In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love.

Wow, now I want to vote for Swift. Just run for something, Taylor, and I'll be there. This is such a moving statement, it'd make Beto O'Rourke jealous. Swift subtly alludes to the civil case she won last year against a creep who groped her in 2013. The jerk tried to sue Swift for defamation because he lost his job when she reported the assault. She then boldly countersued and beat down attempts by the defense to claim she "misidentified" her assailant: "I'm not going to allow you or your client to say I am to blame." Does this remind you of unpleasant current events? I think the timing isn't a coincidence.


Swift also calls out Donald Trump ("events ... in the world in the past two years") without actually saying his name. She makes it clear that like millions of Americans, she's been moved to activism. And Taylor Swift speaking directly about politics to her tens of millions of fans and risking the inevitable right-wing backlash is a form of activism. She's worth an estimated $320 million (only broke-ass folks like us have an exact figure for their bank balance) and was named one of the world's 10 most powerful women in 2015.

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Swift smoked then current first lady Michelle Obama and C-level executives from YouTube and Facebook. The president of Brazil was impeached and removed from office in 2016, so Swift edging her out for sixth place is reasonable in retrospect.

I appreciate how Swift doesn't align herself to a political party or claim she's now an "independent," which every former Republican dude feels it necessary to pronounce in a self-indulgent op-ed. She just simply and eloquently states the values she holds. She flatly rejects discrimination against gays, and even in 2018 Tennessee that's like Elvis Presley inviting Rosa Parks on stage to sing "Heartbreak Hotel" with him. She calls out "systemic racism" as "terrifying, sickening and prevalent." She builds her case before she even mentions the name Marsha Blackburn, which so close to Halloween could summon the dancing zombies from the Michael Jackson "Thriller" video.

As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.

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This is quite a blow to the folks who thought Swift was some sort of Aryan goddess. Deluded Nazis are especially bumming. Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk quickly jumped in to mansplain feminism to Swift, pointing out that actually Blackburn is totally a "strong woman." Of course, Swift never claimed Blackburn wasn't. Not surprisingly, Kirk doesn't get how feminism works. Strong women can work against the interests of less powerful women. (Damn right, your ears should be burning, Susan Collins.) Kirk also went on FOX to lament how Swift was no longer the politically silent woman he didn't actually know but totally loved. Here's the clip. He really said this out loud.

Yes, just last week, Kirk called Kanye West's barely coherent pro-Trump message on "Saturday Night Live" a "profound cultural moment." It's possible conservative views on celebrities "wading into politics" are not intellectually honest.

Swift also said mature, grown-up things about voting and political candidates that I hope her young fans pay attention to.

For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.

So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count.

This sentiment is probably what frightens conservatives the most. Republicans benefit when purity politics keep left-leaning voters, especially young people, at home. Now that Swift has spoken up, perhaps more of her fans will take her lead and make their voices heard on November 6.

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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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