Friday's HOT MIC
Here's what is on the president's agenda today:
- The president will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
- Next, the president will depart the White House for the Department of the Treasury to sign financial services executive orders and meet with Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin.
- Later in the afternoon, the president will meet with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney.
Terror attack in France
Yesterday, a gun-wielding maniac killed a police officer on the Champs-Elysees in Paris and wounded two others before he was shot dead as he attempted to flee the scene. The dead terrorist was identified as "Abu Yusuf," a Belgian fighting for ISIS. Is that so?
Near midnight, President François Hollande said in an address to the nation that the attack appeared to be an act of terrorism. The Islamic State claimed responsibility in a message posted on a jihadi channel, and the Paris prosecutor said he had opened a terrorism investigation.
As usual, PJ Media's national security expert, Pat Poole, called this.
The attack comes as France is about to elect a new president in a hotly contested election.
One place less likely to tell you this was a terrorist attack was the cesspool of MSNBC.
“President Trump said right off the bat to a question looks like another terrorist attack in France—that we have not been comfortable to call it that or report that, but we'll have more reporting upcoming,” fabulist Brian Williams complained. Chuck Todd also chastised Trump for "getting ahead of the facts."
Their guest, former Ambassador Nicholas Burns, agreed: “We just don't have enough facts to go on to call, as you say, to call it a terrorist attack at this point.”
Maybe it's not a terrorist attack in the pretend world the progressives have created for themselves, but everyone else knows what this attack was about. And President Trump's remarks were qualified, as news of the terrorist attack was just breaking when his press conference began. Said Trump:
Our condolences from our country to the people of France. Again, it’s happening, it seems. I just saw it as I was walking in, so that’s a terrible thing and it’s a very, very terrible thing that's going on in the word today but it looks like another terrorist attack and what can you say? It just never ends.
Yes, that's what it looked like. Anyone paying attention thought so too.
The Dean Scream
Howard Dean, former governor, former presidential candidate, and former chair of the DNC, is misinformed on the First Amendment.
In fact, "hate speech" is protected by the First Amendment. That's exactly the speech that is protected because people like Dean and his progressive friends dish out the "hate speech" label to enforce conformity with their authoritarian ideal and punish transgressors with legal restraint.
I remind you that this man is a high-ranking Democratic official.
Dean's tweet referred to the censorship of Ann Coulter at Berkeley.
Coulter... is scheduled to speak at the University of California-Berkeley — where left-wing students and agitators are particularly hostile to free speech — early next month. The university briefly rescinded her invitation to speak due to safety concerns about violent liberal mobs which have wreaked havoc at Berkeley in recent months.
Dean was responding to a tweet from a former New York Times reporter who insinuated free speech defenders shouldn’t defend Coulter’s right to speak.
Coulter has the right to speak and if you don't like what she says, don't listen, don't watch her, don't attend her lectures or turn off the radio. It's so simple.
Caitlyn Jenner to pose nude to showcase her new body
Caitlyn Jenner is planning to take it all off for a nude photo shoot, DailyMail.com can disclose.
Jenner, 67, completed gender reassignment surgery in January, according to her new memoir, ‘The Secrets of My Life’. The photo shoot promises to be Caitlyn's finest hour since she first announced her transition in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer in April 2015 and revealed her new look in a Vanity Fair spread the following July.
The Onion gets it
Legal victory for baby Allah
Georgia has issued a birth certificate for a child named "Allah."
Georgia has issued a birth certificate for a toddler with the last name “Allah” after initially declining to do so because that doesn’t match either of the parents’ last names, a civil rights group that sued on behalf of the parents said Thursday.
The parents, Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, had chosen the name ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah.
“This is an important vindication of parental rights and a long overdue victory for Elizabeth and Bilal,” ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Andrea Young said. “No one wants to live in a world where the government can dictate what you can and cannot name your child. It goes against our values, the legislature’s intent, and the plain language of the law.”
The child is now 23 months old and the state had previously issued birth certificates for the couple's two older sons with the last name of "Allah."
And that's all, folks. Have a wonderful Friday and a wonderful weekend. Catch you next week when Congress is back in session.