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The New York Times is at it again. The paper ran an article the other day that was almost indistinguishable from a GOP press release.

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Those claims aren't just "grisly." They are also bald-faced, bare-assed lies. Democrats probably didn't expect Republicans to shamelessly accuse them of murdering children. If it's always too soon to discuss gun violence, there's apparently never a bad time to "politicize" abortion and claim your opponents are soulless monsters.

But why is the Times burying the lede? The GOP's slander -- not just of Democrats but of American women -- is the actual story here, not that Democrats are unprepared to cope with it.


The Times later deleted this tweet and replaced it with one that is not substantively better.

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We're still treated to the appalling photo of a mother and her newborn child with the hashtag #EndInfanticide. (That's actually easier than #FreeTibet because there is no infanticide to end.) The story is still presented as one of Republican strength and Democratic weakness. There is also a larger problem with the Times's political reporting: Their stories detail the Republicans' vicious attacks against elected Democrats or liberal activists specifically but not the "civilians" who conservatives viciously malign. This is a distinct and consistent contrast with how Republicans are covered.

When Donald Trump is president, you wouldn't think the major news story would be the rising tide of liberal infanticide. White nationalists are emboldened. Migrant children are in cages. The president himself has arguably obstructed justice. But the Times struggles with accurately identifying racists.

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The Times recently published a story with an actual real-live human woman who had an abortion. We personally love the actor Busy Phillips, but she is not a Waffle House waitress in rural Alabama. Nor should she be for us to empathize with her. However, Republicans want their supporters to view everyone who thinks and lives differently from them as elitist or "others" -- not someone like them in any way. So the relentless stories about racist Trump supporters in Broke Ass, West Virginia, or wherever humanize people who believe awful things. They further the narrative that Trump is a "man of the people," while Democrats are the party of celebrity high rollers who don't "get" America. Worse, they separate people who voted for Trump from the damage Trump has inflicted on marginalized communities. We must appreciate the "anger" of Trump supporters but we must never get angry ourselves or dare call them "racists." No, we need to "understand" them -- maybe take them out for drinks and a mani/pedi.

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It's apparently wrong to call someone racist who literally has a Confederate flag in their yard. But it's effective politics to claim people who support abortion rights are A-OK with infanticide. Consider also how screwed up our gun debate is. Our schools are littered with the bodies of murdered children, but David Brooks argued that gun owners should take the lead in any gun control discussion. (They'll get around to that any day now, we're sure.) Meanwhile, people who will never get pregnant are all up in the wombs of people who do.

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Where's the call for "respect" for women who have abortions? According to the Times, accusing women of Hitler-style brutality is apparently working. Brooks wrote an op-ed last year where he pretended he was a Democratic consultant wondering if rigid support for abortion rights came at too high a political cost. Even after Sandy Hook, Parkland, and now Denver, there's no implication that the GOP's unyielding opposition to even sensible gun control costs them anything or is an obstacle to wooing moderates.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a Disney villain (and not one of the cool ones), so it wasn't surprising that a restaurant owner would want her off the premises. Actual citizens rejecting Trump's cronies should be compelling evidence that the public's turned against his administration. Yet this wasn't covered as a slam-dunk for Democrats and liberals.

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How can you screw up this story? But somehow Democrats were accused of a lack of civility because we weren't polite enough to terrible human beings.

Older and more establishment-aligned party officials fear the attempts at public humiliation are a political gift to Republicans eager to portray the opposition as inflaming rather than cooling passions in the nation's capital.

Heckling Kirstjen Nielsen and Stephen Miller was a political disaster for Democrats. We were gift-wrapping political power to Republicans -- except we didn't. Now, however, the Times thinks that Republicans have us on the ropes because they're cruelly accusing one in four women of cold-blooded murder.

What is new about Republican attacks is that they have presented the extremely rare circumstance of ending a far-along pregnancy — terminations after 24 weeks make up less than 1 percent of all abortions — in a way that abortion rights groups say leaves a false but evocative impression: that women who are about to deliver a healthy baby are asking for and receiving abortions, and that Democrats support that.

"False but evocative"? Are they describing a new perfume? The Times advises Democrats to remain ever cautious, which will likely influence the outcome of our their presidential primary. But Republicans can go full "Breaking Bad" for all the glory.

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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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