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Monday's HOT MIC

Here is you HOT MIC for today.

For those in need of a Monday evening laugh:

I can guarantee you that none of the seventeen remaining conservatives in Hawaii lost any faith whatsoever, because they never had any.

This has long been one of the biggest of the many disconnects on the liberal/progressive side of the aisle. Examples of government incompetence abound. "Bureaucratic competence" is an oxymoron's oxymoron. Yet the lefties are wrapped up in the idea that the government is a force for good and there to take care of us from cradle to grave.

I have written about this before, but it's a story that is worth repeating. During the "debate" leading up to the passage of Obamacare, I was interviewed by a progressive author. She asked me why I thought that the government shouldn't provide health care. I replied, "Even if I did, I don't think the government can provide health care." I then went into my patented diatribe about the inherent inefficiency of bureaucracy and she actually agreed with some of it.

But she was still a progressive when she left.

Gosh, if only there were some sort of, I don't know...vaccine...or something to get rid of this problem:

More from ABC News:

A spokesperson for the agency told ABC News that, "Those who were considered most at risk are being contacted directly by health officials."

In the statement, the agency said anyone else concerned about possible measles infection should "call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, anyone traveling internationally "is at risk of getting infected" and should make sure they are up-to-date with measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations to protect themselves and the larger community.

The agency added that the "majority of people who get the measles were unvaccinated."

Last year, 120 people from 15 states reported contracting measles, according to the CDC. The agency said that the majority of people who contract the disease are unvaccinated.

In 2014, a record 667 cases of measles were reported to the CDC -- the greatest number since measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000.

Thanks hippies, for bringing back an eradicated disease.

Building collapses in Antwerp following explosion:

A massive explosion rocked multiple buildings in the Belgium city of Antwerp on Monday, reports said.

The blast knocked down at least one building and multiple people were reported injured, according to the UK’s Metro newspaper.

Emergency vehicles could be seen racing to the scene in video posted on social media.

It was unclear what the cause of the blast was.

The buildings were about four stories high and one housed a pizzeria on the first floor.

Calling BS on this:

On the one hand, Manning is saying that what ails our country (the evil "them") can't be fixed. On the other, Manning wants to become one of "them" in order to fix it. War is peace or something.

“We live in trying times. Times of fear, of suppression, hate,” Manning says in the campaign video. “We don’t need more or better leaders, we need someone willing to fight."

Suppression? Give me a break. I don't want to hear about suppression from someone convicted of violating the Espionage Act. If you're a crypto-anarchist who doesn't respect the rule of law you have no business running for Senate or anything else in this country. Go find some Third World dictatorship to overthrow and leave the rest of us alone.

Global warming a civil rights issue? Yes, says the NAACP (with a straight face).

Daily Caller:

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the NAACP wants man-made global warming to be seen as a civil rights issue, arguing King’s vision of a society free of racial injustice can’t be achieved without addressing warming.

“We see climate change as a civil rights issue,” Jacqueline Patterson, head of the NAACP’s environmental and climate justice program, said in an online radio spotfor the Yale Center for Environmental Connection.

Environmental activists have been increasingly framing global warming as a matter of “environmental justice,” since “minority and low-income populations are disproportionately affected by global warming,” Patterson told Yale’s online radio Climate Connections.

Traditionally, such concerns focused on traditional pollutants from factories or vehicles, but the NAACP is expanding it to carbon dioxide, which scientists blame for warming the Earth in recent decades.

The environmental movement has fretted in recent years that it’s not diverse enough, and groups, like 350.org, have tried to draw parallels between global warming and alleged police brutality that sparked riots in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.

It is impossible to respond intelligently to this gibberish. But you are not supposed to respond to it -- intelligently or otherwise. You are supposed to sit down, shut up, and embrace the madness.

“Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice,” former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told activists in a teleconference call in 2014. “If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.”

I would ask what about protecting the rest of us too, but that would be racist and I won't do it.

"Environmental justice" is just another shake down operation, digging into the deep pockets of big corporations to fund useless schemes that don't alleviate racism or poverty. It has nothing to do with the environment and trying to make it a "justice" issue is a joke.