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To be honest, musically speaking, i couldn't pick Taylor Swift out from anyone else in a a sackful of young blondes, but i've read enough about her musical business sense and values to regard her as a remarkably capable woman. IIMHO, she has only touched a finger to the potential political influence she could wield in the future. That's probably enough right there to set the MAGAites hair on fire. I really don't care how many times the camera moves to Ms Swift in an NFL game, i don't watch or follow football, but it's probably a welcome relief from the field. What REALLY surprised me was that Patrick Ruffini posted something useful. The NFL should have locked her tour down for a SuperBowl half-time show, and would be fools to NOT do so soon.

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Interesting that the Taylor Swift poll was taken in July of last year. What was bubbling at the time?

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I love "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" so much. Thanks for the reference to it, Sonny. I forgot about that part of the "Day Man" episode. Now I'm also going to constantly be thinking "who versus?!" all the time. Thanks for that brain worm. Here's one for you: "because of the implication". I think the darkness and misogyny of this scene, combined with the naive pushback makes perfect comedy, and is a perfect encapsulation of this show, and what makes it so genius-ly written. If cancel culture was as bad as it's supposed to be this show wouldn't exist, let alone be so popular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgUvwcU6P7I

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David Brooks has always been of the idea that we just need to try and see the Republicans point of view, understand and maybe be more like them. Never does he ask the Republicans to try to understand Democrats or why they may think they’re racists. His position that both sides are at fault would also conclude that Trump as president would be the same as Biden as president.

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Too many people get stuck in their own “Bubble.” It’s not comfortable to read articles or see media from a different position. However, this is needed to get an idea of reality. I was a competitive figure skater eons ago when all scores were up to the individual judges. Many people whined because the reigning champion always got much higher scores. The reality was the judges were used to being told that that skater was the best. To be the champion one had to be 25% better. Facing reality, makes one work that much harder or decide to do something different. That’s life.

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Great perspective on the “doom culture” and its “warring” factions. The fallacy behind all this “culture war” nonsense is the idea that politics is war. Politics is the alternative to war. No one who truly knows war wants war, except the cynical and the criminally insane.

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Republican culture cranks have always been unhappy that the majority is not weird like them. And they're jealous.

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Sorry I have to do this, because it's not about movies, but as to the left's "unfounded belief that racism and sexism is worse than ever," I'm not sure what you're talking about. Surely you don't mean that believing that (1) the GOP getting ready to nominate an open racist for President, (2) who'll appoint racists to serve in his administration, (3) a non-racist contender for the nomination afraid to say slavery caused the Civil War, (3) open racists serving in Congress and state legislators, and (4) hosting opinion shows on TV and radio is "unfounded." The political contributors to the Bulwark seem to think GOP racism is a problem worth taking seriously.

Honestly, I think it's wrong to "both sides" Trump and his opponents because Trump's and the GOP's faults outweigh the lefts' by a huge margin, unless you limit "the left" to a pretty small subset of Democrats, in which case, why bother.

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