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Are we tired of winning yet? A year ago, Donald Trump visited Ohio to promise that ALL the manufacturing jobs were coming back. The Columbus Dispatch reports,

"I said, those jobs have left Ohio. They're all coming back. They're all coming back. Don't move, don't sell your house," the president told the cheering audience.

"We're going to fill up those factories or rip them down and build new ones," Trump said, adding later, "After years and years of sending our jobs and wealth to other countries, we are finally standing up for our workers and for our companies. ... We never again will sacrifice Ohio jobs and those in other states to enrich other countries."

Today, General Motors announced it's shuttering factories in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, and Ontario, and cutting 15 percent of its salaried workforce in North America. That's a loss of 14,700 GM jobs alone, not to mention the avalanche of supply chain and service industry jobs that will be affected by the plant closures. Ohio's Mahoning Valley where the Lordstown Plant will close in March will be devastated by the loss of about 4,000 jobs.

GM just pocketed half a billion dollars from the GOP corporate tax giveaway and declared a billion dollars of profit in the third quarter. But apparently executives are very sad the stock price isn't higher. See, GM CEO Mary Barra only makes $22 million a year, and how will she even eat if her stock options are flat?

Luckily, after GM announced the factory closures, its shares jumped 7 percent this morning. HOORAY! Trickle down economics works! Unless you're an auto worker, in which case, not so much.


Maybe Trump's hamhanded attempts to bully American companies by shouting about Mexicans stealing our jobs and crashing us out of NAFTA wasn't the #BeBest move it looked like at the time. Ditto those steel and aluminum tariffs, which cost GM $300 million dollars in the second quarter of 2018 alone. NYT reports,

The [auto] companies have also paid a price for the tariff battle that President Trump set in motion. In June G.M. slashed its profit outlook for the year because tariffs on steel were driving up its costs. The company does not import a great deal of steel into the United States, but the increased demand for domestic steel has raised prices.

Well-played, Mister President. No doubt America's forgotten men and women salute you.

But if there's one thing Tump does deserve some credit for, it's his dogged signaling to the markets that he gives absolutely zero shits if Planet Earth turns into a desiccated hellscape unfit for human habitation. Let the ocean rise, the polar bears drown, and the journalists get dismembered. It's all worth it if we can just keep that cheap oil flowing.

The Fed may be tuning him out, but the car companies are not. With oil at $60 per barrel and most Americans paying less than $3 per gallon at the pump, we're all driving giant-ass pollution machines. And that's what really killed these auto plants. Just as Ford axed the Fiesta, Fusion, and Taurus and Chrysler axed the 200 and the Viper, now GM is axing the Volt, Impala and Cruze lines. If we don't buy sedans, then we can't manufacture them.

Interesting timing on this announcement, though. Almost like the car companies were waiting until after the midterms to dump bad news in states with hotly contested Senate and gubernatorial races! Hey, remember that fun time in 2011 when Congressional Republicans launched an inquiry into whether the Obama White House had pressured Solyndra to delay announcing layoffs until after the 2010 midterms? LOL, funny story! And we can't help but notice that Commander Dumptweet hasn't made a toot about these disastrous layoffs since the story broke five hours ago. Hmmmmmmm....

Anyway, thank you President T.! Truly, your blessings are manifold.

[The Columbus Dispatch / NYT / Cheat Sheet]

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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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