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Taylor Swift just gave Marsha Blackburn the fundraising boost she needed

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Taylor Swift just gave Marsha Blackburn the fundraising boost she needed to win in Tennessee

When Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn needs a boost, leftists tend to deliver. The first was a year ago when Twitter tried to quash her candidacy announcement video. The effort gave her more views then she ever could have purchased. Now singer Taylor Swift has weighed in and handed Blackburn the topic of her next fundraising mailer.

Swift, usually silent when it comes to anything political, couldn’t help herself. Things that have happened across the country and in her personal life over the past two years prompted her to speak out and throw support to Democrat Phil Bredesen. She also declared she’d be voting for Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives.

Her post came on Instagram Sunday night.

Taylor Swift Criticizes Republican Marsha Blackburn, Endorses Democrats in Rare Political Post

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/politics/8478591/taylor-swift-marsha-blackburn-midterm-election-politics-instagram?utm_source=twitter“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee,” Swift began in her letter. “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,” she continued. “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.”

My Take

This can actually go either way. Yes, Blackburn will certainly get a boost to her fundraising, but such a high-profile endorsement for her competitor will draw attention to a race in which she is already slightly behind. The question is whether or not Swift will draw voters to follow her lead.

I sincerely hope Blackburn wins now more than ever. Democrats have a stranglehold over stars from the entertainment industries. This gives them an advantage on fundraising and exposure. Every time celebrities venture out of their protective bubbles and get political, my instant reaction is to hope their candidates lose. It’s not just because they’re usually Democrats.

I may not agree with leftist political scholars, but I’d rather hear their arguments over those of people who have sway because of their ability to entertain instead an ability to assess governmental situations. The noise they create drowns out relevant voices on both sides.

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

Rachel McKinnon. a transgender woman who was born male and possesses all the physical advantages of a man, won the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. It’s the latest event that draws questions about the fairness of biological males competing in female events.

Despite outcry by biological females and men alike, it is being billed by some as a victory for the LGBTQ community and transgender men or women around the world. Critics point out that biological males have an unfair advantage over biological females when it comes to activities that require physical strength, speed, or endurance. That doesn’t seem to deter those competing in these events.

Biological Male Wins World Championship Event in Women’s Cycling

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/14/biological-male-wins-world-championship-event-in-womens-cycling/McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion … ever.” Later, the professor responded to criticism from “transphobic bigots” by tweeting:

Allowing biological males who identify as transgender women to compete in women’s athletic events has been a controversial subject, as critics argue that it puts female competitors at an inherent disadvantage.

My Take

Unlike some of my colleagues, I have no problem with transgenderism. What I have a problem with is the unfairness of women’s competitive sports being infiltrated by those who have clear and scientifically demonstrable biological advantages over their competitors.

If performance enhancing drugs are frowned upon in sports, what could be more performance-enhancing than growing up with the musculature and hormone advantage of a man, then competing in women’s sports?

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The moon landing was an American achievement despite movie’s depiction

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The moon landing was an American achievement despite movies depiction

Any achievement by a human is a human achievement. Common sense tells us this, but that didn’t stop actors and the director for First Man from using this as the excuse for not showing one of the most iconic moments in world history, the planting of the American flag on the moon.

I won’t be seeing this movie because of its clear political motivations (contrary to their denials) and attempt to downplay America’s solitary role in this wonderful achievement. Apparently, I’m not alone.

Weekend Box Office: ‘First Man’ Losing Badly to ‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8479810/weekend-box-office-first-man-star-is-born-venom-lady-gaga-bradley-cooperUnless Saturday (Oct. 13) brings a course change, Universal’s critically acclaimed astronaut drama First Man is headed for a muted domestic debut of $16.8 million after earning $5.9 million on Friday from 3,640 theaters. The hope is that the adult-skewing film will be buoyed by a long run throughout awards season.

It’s not clear so far whether a dust-up over Chazelle’s decision not to show the famous image of Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon is impacting the film, whose theater count includes Imax runs.

No matter how much Hollywood hates America and does everything it can to downplay our accomplishments while highlighting our mistakes, many Americans are unwilling to reward them for their hatred. This was a conscious decision to spite the United States. It’s plain and simple.

It isn’t just an insult to Americans. It wasn’t received very well by some who participated in the event.

Buzz Aldrin slams ‘First Man’ for not showing US flag during moon landing

https://nypost.com/2018/09/03/buzz-aldrin-slams-first-man-for-not-showing-us-flag-during-moon-landing/Legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took a swipe at the upcoming movie “First Man” late Sunday for its director’s decision not to show the planting of the American flag on the moon during the historic 1969 mission.

Aldrin, 88, who was the second man to step on the moon, behind crewmate Neil Armstrong, posted historical photos of the flag-planting and added the hashtag “Proud to be an American.”

“Patriotism” may be a dirty word in Hollywood, but there are still millions of Americans who take pride in our achievements. To those Americans, I ask this: Please do not reward anti-American political statements by going to see First Man.

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Don Lemon invokes Kanye West’s mother to insult him after Oval Office meeting

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Don Lemon invokes Kanye Wests mother to insult him after Oval Office meeting

It wasn’t just Don Lemon. There was a universal hatred from mainstream media and the entertainment world towards Kanye West’s appearance at Oval Office yesterday. They were acting embarrassed for him, ridiculing him, and saying nothing of the relevance of his visit.

West is much, much more than a rapper. If he were just an entertainer like Taylor Swift or Robert De Niro, I’d be a lot less interested in what he has to say. But he proved yesterday and with his actions before that he’s more than an entertainer. He’s a business leader, an activist for Chicago, and an icon for millions. I don’t agree with some, perhaps most of his perspectives and solutions, but his credentials make him a better choice for a White House visit than many who have sat in the Oval Office in the past.

They say when Republicans go low, they’ll go high. Well, Lemon went as low as he possibly could by declaring West’s deceased mother would be ashamed of her son for his visit. It doesn’t get much lower than that. Shame on you, Don.

Watch the video from The Five.

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