Monday's HOT MIC
Cue the world's smallest violin.
After raising Sen. Robert Menendez’s hopes last week, a federal judge crushed them on Monday morning.
Save your schadenboner for the (inevitable?) conviction-plus-jail-time, but this will do nicely for now:
U.S. District Court Judge William Walls refused to toss any of the 18 charges in the corruption case against Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, despite last week casting doubt on a legal theory that’s at the heart of the prosecution’s case.
Walls last week cast doubt on the “stream of benefits” theory — in which a public official's actions can be defined as bribery if those actions can be linked to gifts received over a lengthy period of time. Much of the prosecution’s case against Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen relies on the theory. Melgen, prosecutors argue, gave Menendez private jet flights, hotel stays and about $750,000 in political contributions in exchange for official favors “as opportunities arose.”
The defense had argued that the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision overturning the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell invalidated the theory, even though the Supreme Court didn’t explicitly say so.
Walls didn’t agree.
“I see nothing in McDonnell that attacks the stream of benefits theory,” Walls said.
In other words, nobody seems to be arguing whether Menendez took all the goodies -- which alone might be almost enough to put him away.
And now for your Daily Facepalm.
It was so nice he hardly ever left his room.
Somewhere in the wings, NBC has to be ready to give her the hook:
A big get with Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan wasn’t big enough to pull Megyn Kelly out of her ratings slump. Her “Megyn Kelly Today” viewership slipped from 0.77 ratings points on Monday to 0.54 ratings points on Tuesday of last week.
“It’s a possible all-time low for ‘Today.’ It may even be lower than her [Fox] cable show. [NBC News president] Noah [Oppenheim] and [NBC News and MSNBC chairman] Andy [Lack] are in big trouble,” a source told us. Another source added, “That’s a big drop. They have to turn this around.”
Kelly’s lackluster ratings are also dragging down “Kathie Lee & Hoda,” Page Six reported after Kelly’s hour of “Today” was down 32 percent as compared to a year ago, while “Kathie Lee & Hoda” fell 26 percent, and insiders are blaming that on Kelly’s “weak lead-in.”
Can a fish be depressed? This question has been floating around my head ever since I spent a night in a hotel across from an excruciatingly sad-looking Siamese fighting fish. His name was Bruce Lee, according to a sign beneath his little bowl.
There we were trying to enjoy a complimentary bloody mary on the last day of our honeymoon and there was Bruce Lee, totally still, his lower fin grazing the clear faux rocks on the bottom of his home. When he did finally move, just slightly, I got the sense that he would prefer to be dead.
The pleasant woman at the front desk assured me that he was well taken care of. Was I simply anthropomorphizing Bruce Lee, incorrectly assuming his lethargy was a sign of mental distress?
When I sought answers from scientists, I assumed that they would find the question preposterous. But they did not. Not at all.
Really, these people are insane.
Oh no, alas and woe -- Hillary Clinton broke her toe!
Running to and fro before a show her gait did slow
As soon as Mrs. Clinton broke her toe!
The racial nose-counting at the New York Times is now completely out of hand.
Earlier this year, after having seen books like “Heroine Complex,” “Trade Me” and “Forbidden” fly off shelves at the Ripped Bodice, their Culver City, Calif., bookstore that specializes in romance fiction, Bea and Leah Koch got curious.
Seven of the 10 best-selling novels from the time of the store’s opening in March 2016 through the end of that year were written by nonwhite women. So why was the overall percentage of books that were written by nonwhite women and released by the major romance publishing imprints, like Avon Romance, at HarperCollins, and Berkley, at Penguin Random House, so low?
Leah and Bea, 25 and 27, decided to compile some data.
The result, released last week by the Ripped Bodice, is “The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing.” It reports that of the romance novels published in 2016 by the 20 largest imprints in the romance genre, 7.8 percent were written by nonwhite authors.
Beverly Jenkins, a prolific author of historical and contemporary romantic suspense, is not surprised. “It’s indicative of every major industry, regardless of whether it’s publishing, academics, finance or government,” said Ms. Jenkins, who is black, in an interview earlier this week. “It’s a sign of how America treats people of color.”
Note that part of the premise of the story is completely contradicted by the illustration.
Entitlement spending skyrocketed under Obama with vast quantities lost to waste, fraud and abuse. In fact, Obama was the first president to spend more on welfare than national defense.
President Trump has set his sights on curtailing this unacceptable state of affairs, which is great news:
Lord, please, please, please let this woman be a Democrat. Amen.
Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, is currently trailing in a crowded race in Florida to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
The aliens weren’t green little men with antennas and buggy eyes. She told two TV hosts -- both female journalists with long, lustrous blond hair -- that the aliens “looked just like you.”
Aguilera -- the mother of Bettina Inclan Agen, former Republican National Committee Hispanic outreach director, and mother-in-law of Jarrod Agen, Vice President Pence’s deputy chief of staff -- said the ET visits began when she was 7 years old.
The aliens appeared before her and “telepathically” told her to walk outside. Then they took her into their spaceship and spoke to her about events that would happen, she says. They supposedly told her about ISIS – though she wouldn’t give specific details – and that the world’s energy is in Africa and that God is a universal energy.
She said that "the aliens were dressed in party outfits."
Pursuant to my piece yesterday about the alleged discovery of the word "Allah" in a Viking tomb, Stephanie Mulder annihilates the New York Times piece I made fun of. It's a 60-tweet tweetstorm, so fasten your seat belts:
This is what happens you have a one-source story, based on pure speculation and designed to further a political subtext, which in this case is the Times's obsession with normalizing and mainstreaming cultural and political Islam. And to bash conservatives, of course.