Friday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.



Are you wondering why'd they'd shoot themselves in the foot like this? A marketing whiz kid explains (as PJM's Megan Fox reported this morning):

But as Contently’s director of strategy Joe Lazauskas wrote after the 2016 presidential election, the benefits outweigh the potential downside: Even if publicizing your beliefs may ostracize some potential customers, it also builds deep loyalty for those who share your values—particularly values like celebrating equality and inclusion, which many people support, regardless of political affiliation. The same goes for expressing concern and support for the diverse people who work for you. Loyalty isn’t just a marketing metric; it’s also critical for measuring the internal health of your company.

And who exactly are they talking about here?

Millennials want to buy products from brands that uphold their own ideal self-image, and this often means aligning oneself with issues and causes that matter to them. This goes from proudly posting a selfie while wearing Patagonia outerwear to carrying The New Yorker totes that are taking over NYC streets and subway platforms. Millennials want people to see them and immediately know what they care about.

They don't care about what a bunch of 60-year-old NRA members think, they want the Millennials. Remember a dozen or so years ago when every last company in America (including the mom and pop shop down the street from you) got on the "sustainability" bandwagon. I dare you to find a company whose website doesn't include some boilerplate statement about their environmental policy. Same with "inclusive" hiring practices. Next, it will be guns. Look for companies to start featuring their restrictive gun policies on their home pages. The groupthink runs deep in corporate American, and it trickles down to small businesses in your hometown. Everyone thinks everyone else is doing it so they have to follow suit to stay competitive.

And this, dear readers, is how we are losing America—one crisis at a time.

Let us wrap up the week with a little Bee:

My friend Jon Gabriel deftly using his sarcasm words...

CNN needs to be excoriated for giving that idiot sheriff a platform for deflecting blame the other night.

They aren't making the point they want to with this...

Of course, the NRA wants every law-abiding citizen who wants a firearm for recreation and/or protection to have one if he or she chooses. The gist of the article mentioned in the tweet is that the idea of everyone arming themselves to be safer is ludicrous. What's really weird is that the list in the tweet ends with women. Why should it seem odd that gun owners think women should own guns? We're in the midst of ongoing revelations about women being preyed upon and a media company that has been part of those revelations doesn't think women should be able to protect themselves?

Do they have any supervising editors there?


This story just keeps getting worse and worse.


Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

With direction from the Broward deputies who were outside, Coral Springs police soon entered the building where the shooter was. New Broward County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene, and two of those deputies and an officer from Sunrise, Florida, joined the Coral Springs police as they went into the building.

Some Coral Springs police were stunned and upset that the four original Broward County Sheriff's deputies who were first on the scene did not appear to join them as they entered the school, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. It's unclear whether the shooter was still in the building when they arrived.

By all means, gun grabbers, keep telling us the police and criminals are the only ones should have guns.