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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin explained on a radio talk show that he loves his kids so much he deliberately exposed them all to chickenpox, which has potentially deadly side effects. But hey, they lived, so he's the freakin' parent of the century. Bevin said that he'd taken all his kids to the home of a neighbor whose child had chickenpox so they'd all get the disease, instead of getting them vaccinated, and by golly, he's proud of his medically risky decision. And if his kids get shingles later in life, he may not be around to blame anymore, so it's all good!

"Every single one of my kids had the chickenpox," Bevin said in an interview with WKCT, a Bowling Green talk radio station. "They got the chickenpox on purpose because we found a neighbor that had it and I went and made sure every one of my kids was exposed to it, and they got it. They had it as children. They were miserable for a few days, and they all turned out fine."

A chickenpox vaccine has been available since 1995, but nah, why do that when you can just expose your kids to the live virus and run the risk of complications and death? Bevin's comments drew criticism from egghead doctors like pediatrician Robert Jacobson, an "expert" in childhood diseases and vaccinations at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who told the Louisville Courier Journal, "I would never recommend or advise it [...] It's just dangerous."

"We're no longer living in the 17th century," he said. "I really recommend to my parents that they vaccinate their children, that they do it in a timely manner, and they recognize they are doing the right thing for their children."

That's all fine and well Mr. Doctor, but in case you've forgotten, the 17th century had a lot of good things too, like freedom from oppressive government regulations and no busybody doctors telling people to wash their hands. Plus if you wanted to own human slaves or wipe out entire settlements of Native Americans, the government wouldn't get in your way, and might even help. It truly was a libertarian paradise if you were white and rich and lived long enough to enjoy it!

The Courier Journal also notes that the US Centers for Disease Control

urges against deliberately exposing kids to chicken pox, including the past practice of "chicken pox parties" held by some parents.

"Chickenpox can be serious and can lead to severe complications and death, even in healthy children," according to the CDC website.

Then again, what do doctors and public health bureaucrats know about LIBERTY? Matt Bevin knows way more than stupid doctors, which is why he is governor of his state and they are not.

"And I think, why are we forcing kids to get it?" Bevin said in the radio interview, speaking about the chickenpox vaccine. "If you are worried about your child getting chickenpox or whatever else, vaccinate your child. ... But for some people, and for some parents, for some reason they choose otherwise. This is America. The federal government should not be forcing this upon people. They just shouldn't."

Kentucky is among the 36 states that mandate children receive the chickenpox vaccine before they enter kindergarten, although it allows exemptions for religion or if they show proof the kids have already had the disease. That law, of course, was signed by previous governors who clearly hated freedom.

Bevin's encouragement of the anti-vaxxer/pro-disease movement comes as Kentucky is dealing with a chickenpox outbreak at Assumption Academy, a Catholic school in Northern Kentucky, where at least one student proudly went unvaccinated for "religious" reasons. Thirty-two students were infected, and the the Northern Kentucky Health Department told any students who hadn't been vaccinated or had the illness as a child to stay out of school, to "prevent further spread of this illness."

The Washington Post reports one brave student is suing over that public health decree. He's sure the state is doing tyranny to his religious liberty because, as his lawsuit claims, no good Christian can use a vaccine that was "derived from aborted fetal cells."

Now, if you want to get all technical about it, the vaccine was originally developed in the 1960s using a cell line that originally came from two fetuses -- which were aborted in the 1960s. But no aborted fetuses are used in making the vaccine, and no, despite the more fevered ragings of antivax and anti-abortion people, nobody is being injected with abortions. And for that matter, millions of copies of Henrietta Lacks are not being stored in medical schools all over the world. At least not the person, the book is another matter.

As for the Catholic Church, WaPo points out, it "ruled nearly 15 years ago that Catholics are morally free to use those vaccines when there's a threat to public health." Not that the boy or his family are impressed, since Assumption Academy is run by a super-conservative crowd that rejects the whole modern Catholic hierarchy anyway, so the hell with those post-Vatican II apostates.

Abortion, even at a multi-step remove, is an abomination, and so clearly it's an infringement of this kid's sacred right to infect others by taking his unvaccinated ass to school. Maybe Jebus will keep everyone else from him. That's a hell of an Assumption, huh?

In completely unrelated news, a leader of an Italian far-right party who has, like Bevin, railed against his country's mandatory vaccination policy, has been hospitalized with chickenpox himself. Needless to say, he is perfectly fine with that.

In conclusion, we should be talking about building WALL around Kentucky, and maybe all anti-vaxxers, the end.

[Louisville Courier Journal / Mayo Clinic / WaPo / Independent]

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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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