The press obsession with President Trump's dietary habits is just...weird.
Friday's HOT MIC
Here is your HOT MIC for today.
The GOP should never lose another election:
Stop the world...
Ever the optimist when it comes to the greatness of America, I like to believe that liberalism can't destroy this country. Then I read something like this. Principled conservatives can't get speaking gigs at universities but this traitor will be talking about ethics to a bunch of impressionable kids.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is in hot water after tipping off illegal aliens last weekend in advance of an ICE raid in Northern California. Thanks to Schaaf's efforts, than 850 illegal immigrants reportedly were able to elude deportation officers.
Now the Justice Department is reviewing her tip-off of the immigration raids, which led to 232 arrests.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Schaaf's actions are under "review."
"I think it's outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that," Sanders told reporters on Thursday.
"The Oakland mayor's decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens — making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold," ICE's acting director, Thomas D. Homan, said in a statement Tuesday.
Speaking on "Fox and Friends," Homan added that the mayor's warning helped an estimated 800 "criminal aliens" avoid capture. He also said federal authorities were examining her actions.
"What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community. This is beyond the pale," he said.
Back in January, Schaaf boldly declared that she would be willing to go to jail to protect her city's Sanctuary City status.
She may just get her wish.
Update on that horrendous case of animal abuse I covered here.
The creep who did it has been charged with a felony.
A Farmington man accused of shooting a dog and hitting him over the head with a hammer is now facing a felony charge.
Jason Hampton, 57, was charged yesterday with "Animal Abuse - 2nd/Subsequent Offense Or By Torture And/Or Mutilation While Animal Was Alive" in St. Francois County. He was booked into jail and released on a $10,000 bond.
This wasn't a slam-dunk, apparently, because in Farmington, it's legal "to shoot animals that are, or seem to be, destroying private property."
Hampton allegedly said he believed Trooper was after his female dog and shot at his feet to scare him. However, he missed and shot him in the neck.
He then allegedly hit him with a hammer — the act that apparently led to the felony charge by St. Francois County prosecutors.
Trooper will reportedly remain in the animal hospital for a few more weeks, where docs only give him a five percent chance of walking again.
Looking for a good movie to watch this weekend? You could do worse than Death Wish with Bruce Willis.
The critics absolutely HATE it -- which means it's not politically correct. Yesssss.
Look at all these terrible reviews:
And here's the tell of all tells. At Rotten Tomatoes only 14% of the critics like it but 80% of the audience likes it.
Move over Black Panther.
24/7 rabid Trump hate doesn't fare well in a free market throw down:
At the American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord says "talk is surfacing" of a potential Ivanka run for the governorship of New York.
Yes, indeed, there are those New Yorkers who think that as the Andrew Cuomo-era sputters to its end — that Ivanka Trump is exactly the person who could rejuvenate the State GOP and win the New York Governorship. Criticism of nepotism would be rendered useless in a race to succeed the governor who was the son of a governor. In a state that elected the non-New Yorker wife of a President to the U.S. Senate. Democrats recently answered President Trump’s State of the Union Address with a speech by Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, the grand-nephew of a president, the grandson and grandnephew of United States Senators, and the son of a Congressman. Not to mention Trump critics would get what they want — Jared Kushner would move out of the White House. To the Governor’s Mansion as First Husband.
Then there's this:
It's totally unverified but seems to corroborate what Lord's been hearing.
In the first broad demographic study of trends in gender-affirming surgeries in the United States, researchers found that the number of operations increased fourfold from 2000 to 2014. Some of the significant rise, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Surgery, may be related to an increase in insurance coverage for the procedures.
“Early on we recognized there’s been a lot of work on health disparities having to do with age, race and so on that get collected in health-care settings,” said Brandyn Lau, an assistant professor of surgery and health sciences informatics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “One of the things we need to know is whether [lesbian, gay and transgender] patients are getting the same care.”
Lau and other researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Harvard University analyzed 15 years of data from the National Inpatient Sample, a collection of hospital inpatient information from across the country, and found a total of 4,118 gender-affirming surgeries.
"Gender-affirming." And people say cultural Marxism doesn't exist. In just a few short decades, we've gone from "sex change" to "sex reassignment" to "gender affirming." What's next?
Virtually every major medical association in the United States has described transition-related surgeries as “medically necessary” for both the physical and mental health of transgender people. They also have stipulated that health insurance coverage for such operations should be no less available than it is for other types of surgery.
“These changes are driven by a growing expert consensus on the medical necessity of gender transition, new legal interpretations prohibiting insurance discrimination against transgender people, and mounting evidence that transgender-inclusive coverage is cost-effective,” Kellan Baker of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine last year.
On Fox and Friends this morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed reports that the White House is "in chaos" by citing all of Trump's successes, including the tax cuts, decimating ISIS, and rebuilding the military and judiciary.
"If they want to call it chaos, fine," Sanders said. "But we call it success."
She added that the Trump administration is going to keep "chugging along."
A sheriff’s office captain told deputies to form a perimeter instead of confronting the gunman at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting, according to documents obtained by the Miami Herald. The newspaper reported late Thursday that it had obtained a partial Broward Sheriff’s Office dispatch log, which showed that Capt. Jan Jordan gave the order for deputies to establish a perimeter.
An earlier report on the call logs published by Fox News showed that the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have been over by the time Jordan gave her order. However, the log may raise fresh questions about the department’s handling of the mass shooting on Feb. 14, including whether police could have gone in sooner to help the wounded.
“If detectives had answers to all of the questions, then there would be no need for an investigation,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright wrote in an email to the Herald late Thursday.
Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong in Florida. So naturally the opportunistic Left jumped at the chance to demonize the NRA, which had nothing whatsoever to do with the institutional failure at every level in Parkland and Washington.
For those of us who have funny bones (which, as Paula rightly noted, seems not to include Snopes or Facebook), Sen. Dianne Feinstein tweeted something rather — explicit? — on gun control.
This is not fake news:
(Don't worry, I've grabbed the screenshot just in case she removes it.)
Is the California senator trying to make a mockery of herself and her cause?
Stephen's Vodka-charged response is gold.
Did DiFi really tweet that, Stephen? Did she delete it later? The tweet she still has is just as bad.
(Some slight photoshopping may have occurred in the retransmission of Senator Feinstein's tweet.)
President Trump seems to thrive on chaos. The rest of the White House, maybe not so much.
Three headlines to three different stories -- all telling pretty much the same tale.
The first one comes from the New York Times, which is always eager to show the downside of any Republican administration. With that in mind, I've selected a part of the story which is "Just the facts, ma'am" stuff from the public record.
The dysfunction was on vivid display on Thursday in the president’s introduction of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The previous day, Mr. Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary D. Cohn, warned the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, that he might resign if the president went ahead with the plan, according to people briefed on the discussion. Mr. Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs president, had lobbied fiercely against the measures.
His threat to leave came during a tumultuous week in which Mr. Trump suffered the departure of his closest aide, Hope Hicks, and the effective demotion of his senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was stripped of his top-secret security clearance. Mr. Trump was forced to deny, through an aide, that he was about to fire his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster.
Mr. Kelly summed up the prevailing mood in the West Wing. “God punished me,” he joked of his move from the Department of Homeland Security to the White House during a discussion to mark the department’s 15th anniversary.
When White House aides arrived at work on Thursday, they had no clear idea of what Mr. Trump would say about trade.
Call it dysfunction, call it Trump's management style, but it's usually worked for him. But that's in the comparatively slow-moving and low-stress worlds of TV production and real estate development. The White House operates at an entirely different level, and even smooth-running administrations chew people up and spit them out at an unsettling pace.
Maybe Trump can keep operating like this for another three or seven years -- he really does seem to thrive on it. But today's stories are almost enough to make you wonder if he's going to end up having to run the whole operation by himself.
Plus, it's just stupid to try to argue with Sam Elliot.
Read the whole thing, but the TL;dr version is that left-leaning Snopes, working in partnership with Facebook, flagged a Babylon Bee SATIRE article about CNN buying a washing machine to "spin" the news—because readers thought it literally happened or something. (I'm not buying that.) As a result, anyone who sees Babylon Bee's post on Facebook gets a warning saying the story might be fake news. Facebook is threatening to demonetize the site and to deprioritize their content. Meanwhile, the inventor of SATIRE is spinning in his grave.
Good Friday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president and first lady attend the funeral service of Rev. Billy Graham
- The president and first lady depart for Mar-a-Lago
- President Trump hosts a roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters
- The President delivers remarks at the Republican National Committee Spring Donor Retreat Dinner
Trump, Pence meet with NRA
Last night, the President and Mike Pence had a "Good (great)" meeting in the Oval Office with NRA officials. I hope they kicked his ass after that televised dumpster fire meeting earlier this week.
The NRA tweeted about the meeting.
According to an NRA official, Trump and Pence “don’t want gun control."
Fox News host Tucker Carlson ripped Trump for his remarks at the bipartisan gun control meeting.
"Trump met w/ lawmakers on gun control where he bullied GOP who defend the 2S and said govt should 'take guns first, go through due process second,'" Carlson said Thursday night.
"Imagine Obama saying something similar? He'd been denounced as a dictator. Congress would talk impeachment. Some would mutter secession," Carlson said.
Let's hope Trump got set straight last night.
"Andy's office" McCabe target of DOJ IG
Former FBI employee and host to "meetings" in his "office" Andy McCabe is one of the targets of the DOJ Inspector General's report to be released within the next few months.
The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog will criticize former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for authorizing leaks to the media and giving misleading statements to investigators about doing so, according to two new reports.
McCabe, 49, authorized FBI officials to speak to the media for articles prior to the 2016 election, including one about an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to a report being prepared by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
The FBI No. 2 also misled watchdog investigators when they initially asked about the media disclosures, according to The Washington Post.
McCabe will censured, according to the report.
According to the Times, which cited four people familiar with the investigation into the department's handling of the Clinton probe, McCabe will be censured for disclosing the investigation's existence to the Journal.
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!