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President Barack Obama spoke for nearly an hour Wednesday in Flint, Michigan, on the city's water crisis, reassuring residents that filtered water is safe to drink, encouraging them to get their children tested for lead, and promising that the state and federal government would provide help in replacing the city's water lines. Before Obama took the stage in front of a crowd of about 1,100 at Northwestern High School, Gov. Snyder attempted to speak, only to be met with sustained boos and shouts of "Go home!":


The crowd wasn't in a mood for conciliation, if you can imagine that. They yelled angrily when Snyder referred to the situation in Flint as a "short-term water crisis," and when Snyder said, "You didn't create this problem. Government failed you," many shouted back "You failed!" It was the first time since the water crisis began that Snyder had apologized to a public meeting in Flint. Maybe he should have tried that earlier on.

In his speech, Obama offered the astonishing thought that the purpose of government isn't merely to get out of the way of private industry getting rich, but to provide basic services to people. He praised eight-year-old Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny, who's come to be known as "little Miss Flint," for writing to him to ask if she could meet him during March's congressional hearings on Flint, since she was taking a bus with her family to attend the hearings. Instead, Obama said Wednesday,

I would've been happy to meet her in Washington, but when something like this happens, a young girl should not have to go to Washington to be heard. I thought her president should come to Flint to meet with her.

Went over a lot better than Snyder did. After praising all the volunteer efforts to help the people of Flint, including union plumbers who came to install filters on faucets and a Virginia second-grader named Isiah Britt, who set up a website to buy hand sanitizers for Flint elementary schools -- his goal was to raise $500, but people donated over $15,000 -- Obama pivoted to his real point: The Flint crisis never should have happened if government had been working the way it should have, and while volunteers are wonderful, it shouldn't be up to volunteers to make a community work right:

This myth, that government is always the enemy, forgets that our government is us ... That attitude is as corrosive to our democracy as the stuff that results in lead in your water, because it leads to systemic neglect. It leads to carelessness and callousness [... ]

It doesn't matter how hard you work, how responsible you are, how well you raise your kids; you cannot set up a whole water system for a city. That is not something you do by yourself, you do it with other people.

Thankfully, there was nobody from Fox News to jump up and shout "You didn't build that!"

After coughing a little and asking for a glass of water -- which got big laughs and applause -- Obama continued with his crazy socialist notions about how government should work, again thanking volunteers for proving that when times are tough, Americans step up to help each other out.

But volunteers don't build county water systems, and keep lead from leaching into our drinking glasses. We cannot rely on faith groups to reinforce bridges and repave runways at the airport. We can't ask second graders -- even ones as patriotic as Isaiah Britt who raise all that money -- to raise enough money to keep our kids healthy. You hear a lot about government overreach ... Listen, it's not government overreach to say our government is responsible to make sure you can wash your hands in your own sink, or shower in your own home, or cook for your family. These are the most basic services. There is no more basic element to sustaining human life than water. It's not too much to expect for all Americans that their water's gonna be safe.

Obama finally got his glass of filtered Flint tapwater, and he assured them it wasn't a stunt. He went on to vouch for the safety of filtered Flint tap water (as long as you're not in one of the lucky houses still testing at toxic waste levels of lead), then pledged that Flint's corroded pipes would be replaced, although it may take as long as two years or more.

If only the same could be said about getting a replacement for the governor who caused this mess.

Also, for some reason, ever since watching Barry's speech Wednesday afternoon, we've had this song running through our head, so we figured it was only fair to share it:

[Detroit News / The White House / Detroit News again]

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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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