48 thoughts on “Swifted”

  1. David Horsey’s op ed MAGA, you need to calm down | The Seattle Times

    The denizens of MAGA world seem to have truly lost their minds over the possibility that global pop star Taylor Swift might endorse President Joe Biden, as she did in the 2020 presidential election.
    Ludicrous conspiracy theories connecting Swift, Biden and the Super Bowl are swirling through right-wing social media and are being amplified on conservative TV and radio outlets. The gist is that the Deep State rigged the NFL season so that the Kansas City Chiefs would be in the championship game, thereby giving Swift the opportunity be on hand to root for her boyfriend, Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce. This burst of publicity from the nation’s biggest sporting event, so the line of thinking goes, would so greatly enhance Swift’s celebrity that her endorsement of Biden would be incredibly potent.
    It is truly hard to imagine that Swift’s celebrity could be made any more huge than it already is — her concert tour has already raked in more than $1 billion and given a boost to the national economy — but people afflicted with MAGA minds have no trouble imagining all manner of wild absurdities. 
    Reportedly, folks in the Trump campaign are freaked out about Swift’s likely support of Biden and have vowed to conduct a “holy war” against the performer. Former President Donald Trump, himself, is said to be ranting about Swift, asserting that he is much more popular with the American people than she is. Actually, a poll last October found that 6 in 10 people consider themselves to be at least casual Swift fans, while Trump has fallen short of 50% of the popular vote in his two runs for president.
    Trump’s supporters are an intensely loyal horde, notable for their willingness to believe any scenario, most notably the bogus claim that the 2020 election was stolen from their dear leader. But Swift’s fans may be just as fervent and formidable. In an interview with Politico, University of Kansas Professor Brian Donovan, who teaches a course called “The Sociology of Taylor Swift,” cautions against messing with the megastar.
    “The Swiftie fan is arguably the most immersive and intense fandom in the U.S. right now,” Donovan said. “And to anger them is just political folly.”
    Trump should probably heed that warning. He has a real chance to beat Biden, but, if he tries running against Swift, he’ll be blown away.

  2. in ‘toons with swifties today like they were in tunes in 2020?

    published oct 30, 2020: 

    Taylor Swift Allows Her Song to Be Used in Joe Biden Campaign Ad | Entertainment Tonight (etonline.com)

    Taylor Swift is doing more than just publicly endorsing Joe Biden for president. The singer also gave permission for the Democratic presidential nominee to use her song, “Only the Young,” in one of his campaign ads.
    The fitting tune was featured in her Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, and includes the lyrics, “Only one thing can save us, only the young.”
    The ad was posted on Friday by California Rep. Eric Swalwell and shows footage from the last four years with President Donald Trump in office. It also features snippets of Biden and his vice presidential running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, as well as Swift’s pal, Selena Gomez.
    “Up there’s the finish line. Our future is worth our fight. Thank you, @taylorswift13 , for voicing what #OnlyTheYoung can do. Let’s run!” Swalwell tweeted along with the ad. 
    The campaign video comes just a few weeks after Swift shared her thoughts on the upcoming U.S. electionThe “Cardigan” singer announced on her Instagram that she is endorsing Biden for president and Harris for vice president.
    Swift posted her cover of V Magazine, noting that she spoke with the publication about “why I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for president.” The post also included a photo of herself with Biden/Harris 2020 cookies.
    “So apt that it’s come out on the night of the VP debate. Gonna be watching and supporting @kamalaharris by yelling at the tv a lot,” she added. “And I also have custom cookies 🍪💪😘 .”

  3. David Brooks: Taylor Swift & Travis Kelce Are As Americana As You Can Imagine, Trump Is An Abnormality | Video | RealClearPolitics

    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart join Geoff Bennett to discuss the week in politics, including Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce conspiracy theories and falsehoods that have spread online. Brooks shared he is a fan of Swift and was able to recall some of her lyrics.
    GEOFF BENNETT, PBS NEWSHOUR: Before we wrap up, I want to bring up the focus of Laura Barron-Lopez’s report tonight about Taylor Swift being targeted by right-wing talking heads suggesting that she’s part of this conspiracy to help President Biden get reelected.
    What is the political utility of targeting the most popular entertainment figure in the world?
    Why would Republicans even engage in that enterprise, David?
    DAVID BROOKS, NEW YORK TIMES: Yes, when Ronald Reagan was president, the Republican Party had three purposes, to feed communism, defend free market capitalism, and celebrate an America where a wholesome pop star fell in love with an attractive football player.
    Like, this is as Americana as you can imagine. And yet what’s happened under Trump is abnormality, like, a detachment from normal American life into conspiracy mongering. And then what’s also happened is, you have this entertainment complex of hucksters and showmen who want to generate buzz.
    And what’s a better way to generate buzz than attack the NFL and Taylor Swift?
    Brooks on his fandom:
    BENNETT: And not for nothing, David Brooks, I hear you’re a bit of a Taylor Swift fan.
    BROOKS: I like early Taylor better than late Taylor.
    Yes, no, sometimes…
    BENNETT: Favorite song and favorite lyric.
    BROOKS: Well, sometimes, she just touches me. She speaks for me. Like, she wears short skirts. I wear T-shirts.
    She’s the captain. I’m on the bleachers dreaming of a time when you will wake up and find that what you’re waiting for has been here the whole time, and story of my life.
    But I will say, my favorite lyric is — I’m getting carried away here.
    BENNETT: No, please continue. Continue. I feel like I know you better.
    BROOKS: On her last album, she’s got a lyric, my covert narcissism disguised as altruism, like some kind of congressman.That is a great lyric. It shows she’s been talking to Lisa Desjardins or something.
    She knows how — congressmen, how their narcissism displays itself.
    So I will vote for anybody Taylor tells me to. So…

  4. I’m gonna ask, again.   Funding aside, can POTUS Joe just EO the other points in the immigration bill written by the Senate, since MAGAt Mike Johnson is acting as tRUMPskt’s water boy in Hell? 

    Then, can POTUS Joe just point a finger at House Republicans for not signing onto the SB, either forcing them to play ball or campaign on Republicans being the obstacle to a secure border?

  5. Jay-Z was an ungrateful douche, channeling Ye, with his nepo-baby at his side,   bitching about his wife never winning album of the year.  She’s literally won more Grammy’s than anyone, but she just has great singles embedded in so-so albums.  

    Waiting for Orange Adolf to claim to be the real “mastermind.”

  6. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/jan/19/us-inflation-caused-by-corporate-profits
    “…corporate profits accounted for about 53% of inflation during last year’s second and third quarters.”
    So, it wasn’t  folks getting more than Federal minimum wage for the first time in their lives? ~Shocked~
    “Profits drove just 11% of price growth in the 40 years prior to the pandemic, according to the report.”
    “Prices for consumers rose by 3.4% over the past year, but input costs for producers increased by just 1%…”
    “Costs have come down substantially, and while corporations were quick to pass on their increased costs to consumers, they are surprisingly less quick to pass on their savings to consumers…”

    “Consumers are still paying about 25% more for groceries, the report notes as an example.”

    “Corporations maintain high prices by exploiting cost shocks caused by events such as the Ukraine war and coordinating price hikes.. “

    Price gouging? Collusion? Really, price controls should’ve been implemented two years ago. Too late, now. Now, it’s time for Congress to act.

  7. “…if they didn’t have this stuff to talk about, they’d have to make shit up.”

    They’re about to get a swift kick in the ass. 

  8. Ivy – Sometimes there are folks who are TikTok-famous and I feel the same way when someone starts talking about them.    They may or may not be around very long, but so many have access to these platforms, and they’ll never be Elvis or Prince.   It’s like TV, before cable, and everyone was watching the same three networks; there was more of a shared experience.   

    Lol – A “swift” kick, indeed.

  9. I’m gonna ask, again.   Funding aside, can POTUS Joe just EO the other points in the immigration bill written by the Senate

    That awful governor of yours will just undermine anything Biden tries

  10. i’m all for the GOP mobilizing an entire cohort of Americans that wouldn’t be even thinking about politics right now 👍 

  11. https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/04/politics/senate-border-bill-takeaways/index.html
    Why can’t POTUS Joe EO these things, and force the hand of House Republicans, making them responsible for border issues? 

    “Here are the key changes included in the bill:
    — New emergency authority to restrict border crossings if daily average migrant encounters reach 4,000 over a one-week span. If that metric is reached, the Homeland Security secretary could decide to largely bar migrants from seeking asylum if they crossed the border unlawfully.
    If migrant crossings increase above 5,000 on average per day on a given week, DHS is required to use the authority. If encounters reach 8,500 in one day, the department is required to trigger the authority. But the federal government is limited in how long it can use the authority.
    In the first year, the government can use it for 270 days, then 225 calendar days in the second year, and 180 days in the third year. The authority sunsets after three years.
    — Codifies a policy that requires the government to process at least 1,400 asylum applications at ports of entry when the emergency authority is triggered.
    Raises the legal standard of proof to pass the initial screening for asylum, making it potentially more difficult for asylum seekers to pass.
    — Expedites the asylum processing timeline from years to six months.
    — Introduces a new process in which US Citizenship and Immigration Services would decide an asylum claim without it going through the immigration court system. The process doesn’t apply to unaccompanied migrant children.
    — Preserves the president’s authority to designate humanitarian parole on a case-by-case basis. President Joe Biden has used the authority for Ukrainians, Afghans, Cubans, Venezuelans and Haitians, among other populations.
    — Includes limited changes that narrow the use of parole at land borders.
    — Authorizes 250,000 additional immigrant visas to spread out over five years for families and applies to employment-based immigrants.
    — Provides a pathway to citizenship for Afghans paroled into the United States after the US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan and extends the special immigrant visa program for Afghans who worked for the US government.”

  12. https://apnews.com/article/india-israel-hamas-war-recruitment-jobs-646b684c10a4384213b399fe6c221151
    “Thousands of Indians flocked to a recruitment center on Thursday for jobs that would take them to Israel despite the three-month Israeli-Hamas war that is devastating Gaza and threatening to ignite the wider Middle East.”
    “The men said they had heard media reports that Israel is facing a labor shortage after barring tens of thousands of Palestinian workers following Hamas’ deadly Oct. 7 attack on Israel that triggered the war.”
    “The recruitment drive for Israel has also cast a light on the chinks in India’s growth story, championed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has focused on investing in big-ticket infrastructure projects to woo businesses and foreign investors.”
    “The report says that while unemployment is falling, it is still high — above 15% for university graduates of all ages and around 42% for graduates under 25.”
    “New Delhi and Jerusalem last year inked an agreement that would allow 40,000 Indians to work in the fields of construction and nursing in Israel.”

  13. Bink – POTUS Joe needs to do something, though.  Letting the GQP stall so Orange Adolf can campaign on it isn’t the way to go.   Actually doing something and then, if they throw up more political razor wire to keep it from working,  seems a better way to force their hand. 

    Agreed. Abbott is awful, as is the Lt. Guuhv and all of the other white nationalists in Austin.

  14. Congrats to Taylor for breaking Frank Sinatra’s record on most winning albums. To be really effective for Biden I think she’s gonna need to do something major, like what Oprah did for Obama in the 2008 primaries — go on the road and headline several rallies with him. Not sure instagrams and song licensing will be enough.

  15. yeah people that criticize Biden admin governance never recognize he’s doing it amid a concerted effort by the opposition to collapse the entire government 
    😬 🇺🇸 ✌️ 

  16. Former gov Haley is looking like she decided to be an actual candidate for president.  I am sure that sfb is going to end up room temperature or shivering in a cell and not an actual candidate.  So she is going on that path and doing things to win. She does have nothing to lose.
    The Dems need to keep pounding on her being a female image of the orange moron. 

  17. I concur. 

    Although I lean to third option:

    Because the only way he can avoid being a Loser (in his own mind) is if …… “The Show Must Go On” …..and also the Russian will be happy with this option.

  18. These are not normal times (or normal people.)

    Normal day, let me be aware
    of the treasure that you are.
    let me learn from you, love you,
    bless you before we depart.
    Let me not pass you by in quest
    of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
    let me hold you while I may,
    for it may not be always so. One day
    I shall dig my nails into the earth,
    or bury my face in the pillow,
    or stretch myself tart,
    or raise my hands
    to the sky and want, more
    than all the world, your return. 
    — Mary Jean Irion

    Nikki Haley’s question of the day: “do you want temper tantrums or normalcy?”

  19. Haley set a bar of 40% or better in SC to keep going. Hope she makes it, I’d like to see her drive Pumpkin Head nuts all the way to the convention, which he’ll probably be watching from Mar-A-Lago in an ankle bracelet.

  20. There’s no bad publicity, but maybe there’s such a thing as being too on-brand. Atlanta rapper and activist Killer Mike won three Grammy Awards and got arrested after the ceremony, apparently for shoving a security guard who didn’t get out of his way. This is the song that won him two of the awards, for best rap song and best rap performance. The third was for the album it was released on, “Michael,” his first solo album in 10 years.


  21. Thank you, Pat. 

    Mr. Ivy joked we probably won’t know half of them but actually I think we knew two-thirds at least.

  22. Craig – Taylor Swift has 534 million followers across all platforms; granted, there are some duplicates.  Mother needs only signal what she is doing and why.   Remember, Roe has a big, political  footprint, too, for those outside of her scope of influence. Single, straight men should care about Roe, too, because child support.

  23. BB – The way to sink Nikki in the general would be to hammer her on Social Security and Medicare, or as she calls them, “entitlements.” But first, the fat fascist must be dispatched. 

    Just looking back at her appearance on SNL, it was really difficult to be on her side for the skit, until “tRUMP” really got going. She’s only acceptable when she’s standing next to someone more horrible.

  24. patd Ivy – one of the many things I miss about working is the kids and various fads, trends and music.  I was mostly like that cartoon, except there were a few artists I recognize.  And, a couple I have albums and CD’s, I count physical ownership different from casual download or file transfer. Kids are grandchild age types, late teens early twenties.

  25. https://time.com/6618350/meta-stock-shares-first-dividend-facebook-mark-zuckerberg/
    “…announced a $50 billion share buyback program that is also expected to benefit investors. Zuckerberg, who owns approximately $350 million in Meta shares, is expected to receive an additional $175 million in dividends this quarter thanks to the new policy. If Meta continues to pay quarterly dividends at the same rate, Zuckerberg could gain an additional $700 million per year.”

    “We invested heavily both in AI and the Metaverse for a long time, and will continue to do so,” said Zuckerberg. “I still expect this next generation of AR, VR and MR computing platforms to deliver a realistic sense of presence that will be the foundation of social experiences.”

  26. It’s scary, but he has the best care.  Even if he weren’t the King of England, he’d have national healthcare as a subject of the realm or citizen or whatever they call themselves. I hope it goes well for him.  

  27. https://www.thenation.com/article/activism/this-austrian-heiress-wants-to-redistribute-millions-of-dollars/
    “Marlene Engelhorn has committed to giving away 90 percent of her wealth. Will a council of citizens be able to decide how to spend it?”
    “…heiress had lost patience with the government for not taxing her wealth, and had decided to form an assembly of 50 everyday people to redistribute it for her instead.”
    ”Enclosed was a survey, mostly about demographics, but also the question: “Do you think the distribution of wealth in this country is fair?” Recipients who returned the survey became eligible to join the assembly, which would decide over the course of six weekends what to do with €25 million (about $27 million USD).”
    ”The heiress, who would have no say in any part of the process, was calling it the Guter Rat für Rückverteilung—the Good Council for Redistribution.”

    “Either the assembly comes to an agreement in June on a directive for her bank to carry out, or they cannot agree and the money reverts to her. At that point, she’d have to try something else.”

    “An heir to one of Europe’s largest chemical and pharmaceutical fortunes, she has spent the last three years campaigning for European governments to tax the rich as part of a global movement of wealthy young people seeking to undo the systems that allowed their wealth to accumulate.”

    “I have always said that I don’t want this wealth, that it’s a systemic failure for me to have it to begin with, and since I won’t be taxed quickly, I will have to redistribute it,” she told me. “I want to prove that people will make good decisions if you trust them and give them the power to do it.”

    “She has restricted where the money can go, or rather, where it can’t: The Guter Rat cannot donate to organizations that promote racism, xenophobia, or other forms of hate. It cannot fund organizations that deny climate change or campaign against higher taxes. Nor can it fund religious groups, start its own political party, invest in a profit-making business, or pay its own members or people they know personally. Any other outcome that the assembly can reasonably argue addresses wealth inequality is fair game, including giving money to individual people, UBI-style.”

    “Every aspect of the Guter Rat, from its budget to the expert presentations, will be available online for anyone to watch, read, and learn from, creating a repository of information for people interested in the issues it’s addressing.”

  28. “You don’t mean Zuckerberg, right?”

    No, BID, your post button superseded mine. 😀

  29. “As to the self-checkout, theft may have put an end to that.”

    BID, your above prescience is duly noted. Got to our local Walmart to discover all self-checkout has been suspended for the foreseeable future. Some mumbo about management wanting customers to receive the benefits of more personal interaction. From the glum faces in the long lines, methinks that might end up a bust. 

  30. She sang “Both Sides Now,” the classic final track from her 1969 album, Clouds.The song considers how time and experience shift one’s perspective—heavy themes to visit decades after the song was written. The genius of “Both Sides Now” lies partly in its winding cadence, its sensation of tacking to and fro, as Mitchell confronts the most vexing aspects of human existence as dialectical. Last night she delivered the song in a manner so calm that she dipped, sometimes, closer to speech than to singing. She gestured with her hands in the manner of someone explaining something—which she was, except what she was explaining was her own ignorance. When she sang “I really don’t know life at all,” she appeared genuinely at a loss.


  31. Well it seems Ms Nikki is upping the visuals.  She is requesting Secret Service protection to be increased.  I do understand that.  But, by asking on Monday, not Friday at 4pm, I instantly think, ‘yeah’.
    There is a lot going on in Ukraine that is a pain because the U.S. is the BIG supplier of military stuff, and the magats have decided to cut it off.  There is so much pointing to the magats as ruzzia collaborators. At some point there will be a major news release about this.  Right now minor things, but mainly in EU.

  32. Hope it’s just for visuals and not because lunkhead’s followers are up to their evil shenanigans. 

  33. The track list is out for Taylor Swift’s next album.  Post Malone and Florence & The Machibe are on it, too.
    In conspiracy news, the refs have making bad calls all season, in order to get the Chiefs to the Super Bowl, so Kelse’s girlfriend can help Biden win a second term.   Stupidity should be painful.

  34. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/why-is-nevada-holding-both-a-caucus-and-a-primary

    “A Nevada GOP rule states that any candidate who participates in the state-run primary may not run in the caucuses. But Republican voters may participate in both contests. In another twist, primary voters will have the option to choose “None of these candidates.” So it’s possible Haley will receive fewer votes than the “none of these” option.

    So, Nikki is on the NV primary ballot, but no delegates will be awarded.  

    Trump is the only one that the GOP will caucus for and that’s  where all of the delegates will be awarded.

  35. https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/robert-f-kennedy-jr-i-think-i-can-win-the-white-house-203665477737

    “Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: ‘I think I can win the White House’
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says he is close to picking a candidate for vice president. A new NBC News poll finds a significant number of voters who say they could see themselves supporting him.”

    For heaven’s sake, make this roided-up loon go away. Seriously, he’s afraid of vaccines but he looks like he’s on steroids, and those things will make a fella wacky.

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