Friday's HOT MIC
Somewhere my seventh-grade English teacher is weeping.
Because who hasn't dreamed of delivering a roundhouse kick to an airliner?
David French has an excellent piece at National Review on what he calls the "toxic conservative-celebrity culture." He writes:
[T]he fastest way to become the next conservative star is to “destroy” the Left, feeding the same kind of instinct that causes leftists to lap up content from John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and Stephen Colbert. Liberals use condescending mockery. Conservatives use righteous indignation. That’s not much of a difference. The cost has been a loss of integrity and, crucially, a loss of emphasis on ideas and, more important, ideals. There exists in some quarters an assumption that if you’re truly going to “fight,” then you have to be ready to get your hands dirty. You can’t be squeamish about details like truth or civility or decency. When searching for ideological gladiators, we emphasize their knifework, not their character or integrity.
O’Reilly’s fall can be an important act of public hygiene, but only if it represents the beginning of the end of a conservative culture that makes us behave like the cultural enemies we purport to despise. Otherwise conservatives will hand the Left more scalps, forfeit more public trust, and ultimately lose because of their single-minded quest to wins.
One of the most discouraging things for me over the course of this past election cycle was seeing friends who had spent most of the last decade denouncing the left's despicable Alinskyite tactics suddenly adopting them because...well...winning. They became what they said they hated. And even now, post-election, they're still on the #WARpath. Sure, this sort of victory will result in short-term electoral and policy wins. But if we adopt the left's values and become increasingly indistinguishable from them, who's really winning the war for the soul of our country? And what kind of moral legacy will we have bequeathed to our children?
The headline of the day goes to -- of all places! -- Vanity Fair for:
PLEASE, GOD, STOP CHELSEA CLINTON FROM WHATEVER SHE IS DOING
Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods. In The New York Times alone, Chelsea has starred in multiple features over the past few months: for her tweeting (it’s become “feisty”), for her upcoming book (to be titled She Persisted), and her reading habits (she says she has an “embarrassingly large” collection of books on her Kindle). With Chelsea’s 2015 book, It’s Your World, now out in paperback, the puff pieces in other outlets—Elle, People, etc.—are too numerous to count.
One wishes to calm these publications: You can stop this now. Haven’t you heard that the great Kong is no more? Nevertheless, they’ve persisted.
Tired of reading about terror attacks, the situation in North Korea, and endless dysfunction in the GOP House? Well, then have I got a story for you.
So we've got that going for us. Which is nice.
Patricia Brennan, a visiting lecturer at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, worked on the duck penis study that received $384,949 from the National Science Foundation, a grant that was funded through the 2009 stimulus package. The study looked at the differences in the corkscrew-shaped penises of ducks.
A recent interview with New England Public Radio revealed that Brennan is still fascinated by genitalia of various marine animals, this time one from an orca whale that was just delivered from Sea World to her lab.
"Holy cow," Brennan said when the penis first arrived. "Oh wow. Oh my goodness. It's enormous!"
The story doesn't say exactly how many tax dollars were required to help Brennan determine that whale penises are indeed enormous, but I'm sure the sum was yuge.
Earlier this week the horrific "Facebook" murder of a Cleveland grandfather made national headlines, as did the multi-state manhunt for his killer, Steve Stephens. What didn't get a lot of coverage was the bravery of the Erie, Penn., McDonald's employees. From CBS Pittsburgh:
When Stephens went through the drive-thru, the employee at the first window recognized him. As he pulled up to the second window, the employee told her supervisor and restaurant owner.
The employee called state police as the manager and owner went to the window to give Stephens his chicken nuggets, but said his fries were going to be another minute. The stall tactic worked.
“Basically just told him it was gonna be a minute for his fries, which it wasn’t, really. We were just trying to make sure she could get in contact with state police,” restaurant owner Tom Ducharme said.
Responding troopers spotted Stephens leaving the restaurant in Erie and went after him, bumping his car to try to get it to stop, authorities said. He shot himself in the head after the car spun and came to a stop, police said.
The chase ended about 2 miles away.
Remember, Stephens had just two days earlier murdered a random victim on the street in cold blood and then posted the video on Facebook. The McDonald's employees likely had no way to protect themselves, but they made the courageous decision to delay his order while they waited for police to arrive. I hope McDonald's corporate does something extra special for these employees.
Jon Ossoff, Democrat golden boy and frontrunner in the Georgia 06 special election — who couldn't vote for himself because he's living with his girlfriend outside the district — didn't vote in the 2012 presidential election.
A review of Ossoff's voter file shows he voted in in the presidential primary and general elections in 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2016, but did note vote in the 2012 presidential election.
Ossoff commented on the 2012 election frequently, a review of his past tweets shows.
Ossoff could have voted by absentee ballot, as he did in 2016.
"Jon was working on his Master's degree at the London School of Economics during the 2012 election and as a result did not vote," a spokesperson for Ossoff said.
Ossoff left for London in September of 2012, his campaign said. Prior to that, he had been working as an aide to Rep. Hank Johnson.
Why didn't he vote in 2012? CNN reported that he voted by absentee ballot in 2016, and could have done so four years earlier.
Take that, California.
We lead in fracking, too -- which doesn't require a bunch of subsidies from Washington.
Gotta love this epic tweet from the president touting his administration's success at securing the release of Egyptian prisoner Aya Hijazi:
A brilliant way to cap off the week. Well done, Mr. President.
This is why leftists can't be trusted with power.
Alex Griswold has the story:
The Huffington Post recently deleted a blog post in which the author fantasized about the deaths of Donald Trump supporters.
"Trump Supporters Deserve to Die More Than I Do," wrote Chris Cali, an artist and musician who has contributed to the Huffington Post since 2014. The post has since been taken down, but survives in archive form.
Cali complained after Trump dropped the country's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan, insisting the president was about to throw the world into nuclear war. That was bad, Cali explained, because the nuclear bombs would target major cities instead of the American heartland.
"San Francisco might not be at the top of the target list, but I'm betting it's higher up than some shithole town in Nebraska," he wrote. "In fact, the majority of states where Trump supporters continue to wear their red ‘MAGA' caps and give a solid thumbs up to the putrid dumpster fire of an administration he's been running so far don't contain a single town where a ‘radical Islamic terrorist' would even stop to take a shit in a Walmart bathroom, let alone one that a crazed N. Korean leader would want to nuke into oblivion."
Cali's musical performances must be a real delight.