A moment of clarity.

It is a day in America, which means it's time to tell you about some new bullshit anti-LGBT legislation. Republican state Senator Lee Bright of South Carolina has introduced a bill (S. 1203) to make sure none of those big scary transgender monster demons are allowed to make potty in the correct bathrooms, because many Republicans are pussies who are scared that big men in dresses are going to sneak into the bathroom to molest THEIR WIVES AND DAUGHTERS. Boring! Heard all about these bills!

But there is a Good News in this story! South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is a wingnut but is not always DSM-V level insane, is not quite sure what's up Sen. Bright's ass, but she knows it's not transgender people, as she splained to reporters:

I don't believe it's necessary, because I think if you look at everything that we've had happen, I mean, there's not one instance that I'm aware of. I look at South Carolina and we are ... a state where we don't have to mandate respect and kindness. [...] We're not hearing any news of religious liberty violations or anything else so I think we're in good standing there.

A reporter asked her to clarify, is she talking about religious liberty violations or problems with transgenders doing dastardly dookies? Haley replied:

Either. There are not instances, y'all haven't reported on anything, I haven't heard anything that's come to my office. So when I look at South Carolina ... we're not hearing of anybody's religious liberties that have been violated, and we're again not hearing of any citizens that feel like they're being violated in terms of freedoms. And so ... like it or not, South Carolina is doing really well when it comes to respect and when it comes to kindness and when it comes to acceptance. And for people who imply that it's not, I beg to differ. I think 2015 was a great example.

Haley is obviously talking about how South Carolina led the nation and she ended racism forever when she called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol after the Charleston murders. SUCH RESPECT, MANY KINDNESS!

And Gov. Haley is correct in saying that there are literally no real problems with people's religious freedoms being violated, or transgenders doing the dirty naughties to people in public restrooms. (For more on that, check out Jessica Williams's muy excellent report from "The Daily Show.")

But why is Gov. Haley being so goddamned normal and human about this, when so many other Republican governors are not? The answer ($$$$) might ($$$$) surprise you ($$$$).

No, we are not saying that the Transgender Brigade (probably a thing) is paying Haley bribe money to let them continue with their nefarious plans to destroy America, one bathroom stall at a time. (UNLESS THEY ARE.) We are saying that a solid handful of Republican governors have shown that they are not complete morons, and that they actually value the businesses that allow their states to have nice things like tax revenue.

[wonkbar]<a href=""></a>[/wonkbar]Republican South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a trans-hating bathroom bill recently. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal did the same thing, when a bullshit "religious liberty" bill came to his desk. When Walmart balked, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson demanded that his state's new religious freedom law be amended to MAKE SURE it doesn't allow discrimination.

[wonkbar]<a href=""></a>[/wonkbar]On the other hand, some Republican governors really ARE that dumb. Hi, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant! Hey gurl, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory! And as always, we reserve a special place in our hearts for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who proudly proclaimed that he signed an antigay religious freedom bill he didn't even fucking understand. Mike Pence is a very stupid man.

But credit where credit is due: Not all Republicans are chickenfucking stupidheads, at least on this issue! And the cherry on top is watching religious right heads explode because they're being BETRAYED!!1!!!111! by people they thought were their friends.

AWWWWW. Fuck' em.

[The State via Freedom For All Americans]

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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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