Wednesday Reads: Made in tRump ‘Mercia


Harley-Davidson made in Thailand?

Tax cuts aren’t saving jobs at Harley-Davidson – Vox

In September 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan traveled to a Harley-Davidson plant in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, to tout the Republican tax bill, which President Trump would sign later that year. “Tax reform can put American manufacturers and American companies like Harley-Davidson on a much better footing to compete in the global economy and keep jobs here in America,” Ryan told workers and company leaders.

Four months later and 500 miles away in Kansas City, Missouri, 800 workers at a Harley-Davidson factory were told they would lose their jobs when the plant closed its doors and shifted operations to a facility in York, Pennsylvania — a net loss of 350 jobs. Workers and union representatives say they didn’t see it coming.

Just days later, the company announced a dividend increase and a stock buyback plan to repurchase 15 million of its shares, valued at about $696 million.

It’s a pattern that’s played out over and over since the tax cuts passed — companies profit, shareholders reap the benefits, and workers get left out. Corporate stock buybacks hit a record $178 billion in the first three months of 2018; average hourly earnings for American workers are up 67 cents over the past year. Harley-Davidson is an American symbol, and President Trump has trotted it out as an example of business success. But as it’s getting its tax cut, it’s outsourcing jobs and paying shareholders.

What will those tough tRump bikers drive now?

Harley Davidson is shutting down a US factory and moving jobs to Bangkok after cashing in on Trump’s tax cut

Adding insult to injury, the company announced plans to open a production facility in Thailand later in 2018, explaining it has nothing to do with jobs, but to get around tariffs President Trump has called for on steel from overseas and avoid a possible $30 million increase in costs.

Workers in Kansas City aren’t buying it.

“Part of my job is being moved to York, but the other part is going to Bangkok,” claimed Richard Pence, a Harley machinist working at the Kansas City plant, in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, adding the company is already packing up the plant and that he suspects some of the machinery is heading overseas.

“These companies are taking tax breaks with one hand and handing out pink slips with the other,” said International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Bob Martinez Jr in a statement. “I’m going to call it like I see it … this is a corporate ambush on working people.”

“I think there’s going to be a big layoff in August and an even bigger one in October. After that, we will basically have a few hundred people left to finish out the Sportster line through the next model-year next spring. Then, that will be it for us,” Pence — an employee of Harley Davidson for over 21 years — added, before stating, “It’s sort of like the horse is out of the barn now.”

That’s it…horses…those tRump bikers can ride horses!

Because this horse’s ass:

tRump just does’t give a shit about the employees of Harley-Davidson…


Stacy Abrams won the Democratic Primary for Governor of Georgia last night…by a whopping 74%!

No American State Has Ever Had a Black Female Governor — But Stacey Abrams Is Now in Position to Be the First | Alternet

Stacey Abrams won the Democratic primary for the governor’s race in Georgia Tuesday night, putting her in position to be the first black woman to become governor in the history of the United States. No major party has ever nominated a black woman to be governor before, and only a handful of black men have ever been elected as state governors.

The former state legislator won with overwhelming support in the primary. She defeated Stacey Evans, also a former state legislator, and early indications suggest that her Republican opponent will have to be decided after the primary election goes to a runoff.

Abrams won support and praise from many corners. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called her “one of the most charismatic politicians of her generation.”

Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor, Making History – The New York Times

Georgia Democrats selected the first black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States on Tuesday, choosing Stacey Abrams, a liberal former State House leader, who will test just how much the state’s traditionally conservative politics are shifting.

By defeating Stacey Evans, also a former state legislator, Ms. Abrams also became Georgia’s first black nominee for governor, a prize that has eluded earlier generations of African-American candidates in the state. The general election is sure to draw intense national attention as Georgia voters determine whether a black woman can win in the Deep South, a region that has not had an African-American governor since Reconstruction.

She will face either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the top Republican vote getter Tuesday, or Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Mr. Cagle and Mr. Kemp will vie for their party’s nomination in a July runoff.

Listen to her speech from last night…you will see how powerful she is, I am so happy she has won. Yeah, I voted for her too.

Watch Stacey Abrams’ victory speech – CNN Video

Video at that link.

Here is a review of the election results:

Republicans played it safe, Democrats picked fresh faces – Axios

One more thing…

Now some cartoons:

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 05/22/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon


My cousin Santana graduated on Monday…I told her the same thing.

Graduation: 05/20/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Graduation

05/23/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson -

05/23/2018 Cartoon by Kevin Siers

Cartoon by Kevin Siers -

turned tables: 05/23/2018 Cartoon by Peter Dunlap-Shohl

Cartoon by Peter Dunlap-Shohl - turned tables

Ballcap semiotics: 05/23/2018 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Ballcap semiotics

05/23 Mike Luckovich: That’s gotta hurt. | Mike Luckovich


N. Korea Summit: 05/23/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell

Cartoon by Paul Fell - N. Korea Summit

Mo “Box of Rocks” Brooks: 05/20/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Mo

05/22/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller

Cartoon by Joe Heller -

Justice Department Tampering: 05/22/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Justice Department Tampering

Nick Anderson cartoon: 05/22/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

School Shooting Survivor: 05/22/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - School Shooting Survivor

The King’s speech: 05/22/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - The King's speech


This next couple of cartoons are from 2016:

And on that note, I’ll end it there. This is an open thread.

43 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Made in tRump ‘Mercia”

  1. Jslat says:

    Another great post JJ! As always, thanks for the cartoons.

  2. Enheduanna says:

    Sharing your excitement for Stacy Abrams JJ. I voted for her too!

    • RonStill4Hills says:

      I was super excited to get to vote for Stacy Abrams. I had said in the past that I would never give the Dems another dime until they either repudiated Bernie Sanders or at least slapped the shit out of Susan Sarandon. But I am going to have to back track on that. I am going to try to help Stacy Abrams.

      Hills would want me to do it. 🤔

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        That is exactly how I feel about it as well Ron.

      • dakinikat says:

        I’m so excited for her! I’m going to work on her campaign. The DNC has a call system so you can phonebank for candidates from where ever you live. She is exactly what the country needs. Every time I’ve seen her on TV speaking about anything you can tell she is knowledgeable and no nonsense. That’s exactly how I like my elected officials!!

  3. dakinikat says:

    Hey JJ! Thanks for the smiles and dash of hope! Let’s get out and vote these ladies in!!!!

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    Woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor, bombed clinics in 1990s released from prison

    News of Shannon’s release has put abortion-rights advocates on high alert. They say Shannon has shown no signs of remorse for her actions and has been visited in prison by several well-known activists who believe killing abortion doctors is an act of justifiable homicide. They also note that Tiller, one of a handful of doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions, was shot to death in 2009 by an anti-abortion extremist who had admired Shannon and visited her many times in prison.

    “The conditions of her probation must be the most stringent possible,” said Katherine Spillar, executive director of the Feminist Majority Foundation. “This is a woman who inspired three murders. And she has never renounced murder as a legitimate strategy. Never.

    “So to have her out and having ongoing communications with extremists from across the country who promote the use of violence, this is a dangerous situation waiting to explode again.”

    Spillar said clinics across the country are being warned about Shannon’s release.

    • NW Luna says:

      Uh-oh. Not good. I’m worried she’ll murder again. The “pro-life” party — murdering adults is OK.

      • dakinikat says:

        She wasn’t the one that actually killed Dr. Tiller which is why she’s out. She shot him in both arms. I met him at a PP fundraiser not long after it happened in Omaha.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    I want to go back to the days when I could laugh at editorial cartoons!

  8. dakinikat says:

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    • NW Luna says:

      “at least” There must be billions that we don’t know about between all the corruption.

  10. dakinikat says:

    Prepare to lose lunch

  11. NW Luna says:

    No such thing as a “mild” traumatic brain injury.

    BEIJING — The U.S. State Department is warning U.S. citizens in China that a government employee reported unusual “sensations of sound and pressure” and was later diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury — a case that recalls a wave of so-called “sonic attacks” on U.S. diplomats in Cuba.

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  13. NW Luna says:

    Well, here’s some better news, though I’m sure Drumpf will contest it:

    Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules

    President Trump’s decision to block his Twitter followers for their political views is a violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying that Trump’s effort to silence his critics is not permissible under the U.S. Constitution because the digital space in which he engages with constituents is a public forum.

    The ruling rejects administration arguments that the First Amendment does not apply to Trump in this case because he was acting as a private individual. In a 75-page decision, Judge Naomi Buchwald said Trump, as a federal official, is not exempt from constitutional obligations to refrain from “viewpoint discrimination.”

    “No government official — including the President — is above the law,” wrote Buchwald for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Under the ruling, Buchwald did not order Trump to unblock his followers, saying that a finding that clarifies the law is sufficient to resolve the dispute. Should Trump ignore the ruling, analysts say, future litigation could force Twitter to unblock Trump’s followers unilaterally.

  14. dakinikat says:

    This guy is worse than the lowest life form

  15. NW Luna says:

    He keeps being an absolute idiot! (I know; quelle’ surprise.)

    This is going to make cars more expensive, but hey, the rich people will be OK. National security my ass! Note the lengthy eighteen minutes required for a “formal investigation.”

    Trump officials weigh 25 percent tax on imported cars to force concessions in NAFTA talks

    Officials may cite national security grounds to justify a 25 percent tariff on imported vehicles, a senior administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. President Trump used the same provision of U.S. trade law in March when he called for tariffs on ­foreign-made steel and aluminum.

    Wednesday evening, the White House announced that Trump had directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider launching a formal investigation of the possible need for such industrial protection. Eighteen minutes later, Ross said he had done so. “Core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a Nation,” the president said.

  16. NW Luna says:

    Trump cancels summit with N Korea.

    In reaction to the canceled summit, Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), the top Democrat on the committee, admonished the Trump administration for a “lack of deep preparation.”

    “It’s pretty amazing that the administration might be shocked that North Korea is acting as North Korea might normally act,” he said.