Monday's HOT MIC

Here is today's Hot Mic.

This is refreshing:

If Weinstein were a famous Republican donor, the media would have already gone hoarse asking virtually every GOP politician past and present to disavow him. The silence from most prominent Dems has been deafening thus far. Dianne Feinstein offered a tepid promise to "look into" returning some of the money that Weinstein gave her over the years.

It kind of surprising that it's Erin Burnett who finally tries to call someone out. She's often painfully partisan, even by CNN standards.

On the comedy front, John Oliver became the first late-night comic to get around to bringing up the Weinstein scandal.

Mediaite has video of Burnett's interview.

Again, the four seasons in California are Winter, Spring, Summer and Fire. It's bad out there right now. This one up in wine country looks terrifying:

This one is about sixty miles away from me but I can smell and see the smoke up here in West LA:

Here's your feel-good item of the day.

Bitter Hillary Admits to Screaming into Pillow… A Lot.

Tammy Bruce contributor asks, "Is Hillary trying to tell us that she engaged in “primal scream therapy” to cope with the election loss? Or is she just admitting that she is not a very emotionally stable person?"

Only her doctor* knows for sure.

And the video.

*Team of doctors, actually. Kept on-call 24/7.

HAPPY DEAD CHE DAY. 

It was fifty years ago today that the mass murderer Che Guevara met the lead-filled end that every filthy communist should. The New York Times  has been doing a lot of PR work for communism lately, so it's not surprising that its account of this momentous occasion  isn't entirely negative.

The "so bad you have to laugh" lines involve the compulsion to praise Hugo Chavez before acknowledging that Venezuela is now in shambles, and blaming President Trump for Cuba's problems:

The Socialist-inspired movement of the late President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela led to gains in education and health care, but the country has sunk into hunger, unrest and dictatorship.

Even Cuba, which for years proudly lived under the revolutionary banner hung by Guevara, now faces an uncertain fate as a détente reached with the United States unravels under the Trump administration.

Rather than just being on the side of thinking that mass murderers are bad, the Times felt compelled to find someone with something nice to say about Guevara:

Jon Lee Anderson, who wrote a biography of Guevara and was key to discovering his remains — they were hidden by soldiers until the 1990s — says both Guevara and the left hit such low points before.

“But Che remains kind of pure,” he said. “An ever-present beacon, the icon. Where will it go in the future? I have this notion that Che comes and goes.”

I'm going to keep a screen shot of this post to provide to anyone on social media who wants to argue with me when I say that Trump's treatment of the thoroughly corrupt, and always far-left, media is enough for me to forgive the other stuff.

Antisocial media:

Twitter shuts down Blackburn campaign announcement video.

Can you guess why?

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement ad has been blocked by Twitter over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.

Blackburn, who is running for the seat being opened by the retirement of Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, boasts in the ad that she “stopped the sale of baby body parts.” A Twitter representative told the candidate’s vendors on Monday that the statement was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction:

Twitter said the Blackburn campaign would be allowed to run the rest of the video if the flagged statement is omitted. While the decision keeps Blackburn from paying to promote the video on Twitter, it doesn’t keep it from being linked from YouTube and other platforms.

Blackburn took to Twitter to urge supporters to re-post her video and join her in “standing up to Silicon Valley.”

You don't have to be pro-life to see that Twitter silences non-Progressive viewpoints.

Hill's gonna get right on that, just as soon as she's returned the money.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt told a cheering crowd in Kentucky that "the war on coal is over." Pruitt will be issuing new rules that will override President Obama's coal-killing "Clean Power Plan," which has already caused hundreds of coal-fired electrical plants to close and thrown tens of thousands of miners out of work.

AP:

It was not immediately clear if Pruitt would seek to issue a new rule without congressional approval, which Republicans had criticized the Obama administration for doing. Pruitt's rule wouldn't become final for months, and is then highly likely to face a raft of legal challenges.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was among those who said they will sue.

"The Trump Administration's persistent and indefensible denial of climate change — and their continued assault on actions essential to stemming its increasing devastation — is reprehensible, and I will use every available legal tool to fight their dangerous agenda," said Schneiderman, a Democrat.

For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt was among about two dozen attorney generals who sued to stop Obama's 2014 push to limit carbon emissions, stymieing the limits from ever taking effect.

Closely aligned with the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that man-made emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change.

President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation's struggling coal mines.

In his order Tuesday, Pruitt is expected to declare that the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.

While this is good news, the damage has already been done. Barack Obama wanted to destroy the coal industry and if it isn't dead, it is certainly on life support.

One factor working against coal that has nothing to do with policy has been the fracking revolution, which has released enormous quantities of natural gas on to the market. With the prospect of coal getting even more expensive, and additional costly EPA rules on emissions, many electric companies switched to cheaper, cleaner burning natural gas. That trend will probably not be reversed in time to save coal.

ESPN's no-talent political blowhard is suspended:

Here is ESPN's statement:

Were it not for sports broadcasters' fetish for getting more women on the air, Jemele Hill would be working retail in a Michigan mall. She has an abrasive on-air personality and isn't must-watch TV for any sports fan. She's risen to the top at ESPN only because the network is more about politics than sports these days. Honestly, it's surprising that they suspended her over this. Of course, if she were a conservative she would be fired.

She will no doubt continue doing stupid things like this after her suspension, and ESPN will always be afraid to fire her.

Please tell me we've reached Peak Weinstein and that this will all be over soon.

JUDI DENCH, WHO HAS HARVEY WEINSTEIN TATTOO ON HER BUTT, SAYS SEXUAL HARASSMENT REPORTS ARE 'HORRIFYING'

I might never be able to watch Chocolat again.

How pathetic is this?

That statue is located in downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park, in front of an entrance to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse off Hill Street. A white cover was placed over the sculpture of Christopher Columbus and the block it stands on, and a chain-link fence erected around it.

City officials did not say they were going to cover up the statue, but Christopher Columbus monuments in other cities like New York have been defaced.

The cover was removed later Monday morning, but the chain-link fence remained.

Police have had to guard a Christopher Columbus statue in New York "around the clock."