Monday's HOT MIC

Here is today's HOT MIC.

Oh...more of this nonsense:

David Harsanyi has a great post at The Federalist today about this wearisome tactic of the Democrats'.

Whenever the rare threat of a passable Republican bill emerges, we learn from Democrats that thousands, or perhaps millions, of lives are at stake. Once it passes, we learn that America is over. Taxes? Health care? Bogus international treaties? Internet regulations that were only instituted last year? It really doesn’t matter. These days, the rhetoric is always apocalyptic and always bellicose.

How did so many liberals convince themselves that tax reform (a rare cut that is, according to sometime-reliable Washington Post factcheckers, only the eighth largest in history) signals the implosion of American life? Everyone tends to dramatize the consequences of policy for effect, of course, but a Democratic Party drifting towards Bernie-ism is far more likely to perceive cuts in taxation as limiting state control and thus an attack on all decency and morality. Taxation is the finest tool of redistribution, so it’s understandable.

One could maybe even argue that the party is firmly in the throes of Bernie-ism rather than merely drifting towards it. It's a great point though.

The state is sacred to progressives. When one advocates for reducing its near-omnipotence, one is assaulting the religion of progressives. They go from zero-to-hyperbole really fast after that.

More from Harsanyi:

There is a parallel explanation for the hysterics. With failure comes frustration, and frustration ratchets up the panic-stricken rhetoric. It’s no longer enough to hang nefarious personal motivations on your political opponents — although it certainly can’t hurt! — you have to corrupt language and ideas to imbue your ham-fisted arguments with some kind of basic plausibility.

Liberal columnists, for example, will earnestly argue that Republicans, who at this moment control the Senate, the House of Representatives, and White House thanks to our free and fair elections, are acting undemocratically when passing bills. As you know, democracy means raising taxes on the rich. Just ask all the folks who told us democracy died over the weekend.

The "Republicans are going to kill children and/or old people!" counter attack is by no means something new for the Democrats. They've been doing this with frequency for decades. They just used to employ it a bit more judiciously.

The real problem isn't that they keep doing it, it's that so few Republicans are adept at pointing out that they were wrong after the fact. Collegial back-patting after a legislative victory is all well and good, but making sure your enemy stays down after the defeat is better.

Lavar Ball, the overbearing, ignorant father of LiAngelo Ball, the young UCLA basketball player caught shoplifting in China, has forced his child to drop out of college.

You are not going to believe why.

USA Today:

"I'm not sitting back and waiting," LaVar Ball told ESPN. "He wasn't punished this bad in China. ... We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they're in jail here."

The eldest Ball brother, Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo, played for the Bruins last season and the youngest Ball offspring, high school junior LaMelo, committed to UCLA.

LaVar pulled LaMelo out of Chino Hills High School in early October, saying in part at the time: "I'm not dealing with the coach over there. ... So therefore I'm going to home school him and make him the best basketball player ever."

LaVar Ball said there's no plans for LiAngelo to play college basketball anywhere else.

"I'm going to make him way better for the draft that UCLA ever could have," Ball told ESPN.

LiAngelo Ball’s college career – at least for the 2017 school year – would have been on hold anyway. He’d be unable to enroll and play immediately for any NCAA Division I program, although there would have been at least the possibility he could catch on at a lower-level program, like an NAIA school.

Young Mr. Ball only spent a few days in Chinese custody and was allowed to endure his "incarceration" in a luxury hotel.

If he had been treated like a normal tourist, the Chinese would not have been so kind. In fact, the Chinese prison system is a living hell and if Ball and been tried and convicted in a Chinese court, that's where he would have ended up.

The elder Ball should be hitting his knees every night thanking Trump for saving his kid from the tender mercies of the Chinese communists. But then, judging by his father's irrational, overbearing behavior, maybe he would have been better off in a Chinese prison.

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And just where has this little mischief-maker been since setting the Muellerian fox among the hens?