Monday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for today.

Happy President's Day!

Here's what is on the president's agenda today:

  • In the afternoon, President Trump and the first lady return to Washington D.C. from Florida.

DAY 10: The nation waits for the Schiff memo to be released

Anti-gun industry flexes its control over sympathetic media, traumatized children

The media immediately mobilized into an anti-gun frenzy following the tragic massacre at a Florida school. Numerous outlets interviewed the child survivors and witnesses of the slaughter shortly after, as they are useful props to push the leftist anti-gun agenda. Now these children, who are too young to own a gun but are apparently wise enough to solve complicated public policy issues, will hold a march on Washington D.C. and in cities across America. Isn't it amazing how a mere 48 hours after this horrific event, a group of kids is able to organize marches all around the U.S. and in Washington D.C.? It's almost like they have help from people who have a political interest in such an event...

Sadly, there were red flags all over the maniac responsible for the massacre. He left a YouTube comment on a video saying he wanted to be a professional school shooter. The YouTube comment section is a possibly a bigger cyber toilet than Twitter and it is highly, highly trafficked. Even so, a netizen saw the comment and reported it to the FBI. The best and brightest at the FBI hit a dead end on their "search" for the commenter, even though he made the comment under his legal name and only a handful of people share that name. Next we learned that someone who knew the maniac called the Washington D.C. office and gave them a blueprint of what the shooter was going to do and the FBI dropped that ball too. Maybe the D.C. agents need to spend less time in "Andy's office" or texting and more time, you know, doing their job. The shooter was kicked out of school, posted disturbing things on his Snapchat, had almost 30 visits to his house from police, abused/killed animals and abused his mother.

The New York Post reports:

...the deranged teen promised to “shoot [him] dead” and “watch [him] bleed” in graphic threats sent over social media.

Cruz made the grim proclamations to 17-year-old Enea Sabadini beginning in 2016 and may have been kicked out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year for brawling with Sabadini.

“You f—–g c–t stole my ex you c–t,” Cruz rages in one message, according to Buzzfeed. “You c–t. I am going to enjoy seeing you down on the grass. I am going to choke you.”

Florida's social services investigated the shooter and his family two years ago, "identifying him as a 'vulnerable adult due to mental illness' including depression, autism, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, which he was medicated for."

But, the real problems are the guns and not the government's multiple failures to pick up on this dangerous madman mingling freely among vulnerable members of society. Some GOPers want to talk about "strengthening" the background check system. (Legislation passed the House in December, it's sitting in the Senate right now.) Trump met with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at Mar-a-Lago this weekend to discuss the issue. This teacher of the year has some non-gun banning thoughts but her ideas don't jive with the media's preferred gun-banning narrative so it's gone viral in a limited sphere of influence.

Related:

Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks

Developing...

RUSSIAN info op revealed in FBI report

Shortly after telling the public that it had ignored a very specific tip about a maniac who would go on to shoot up his Florida school and murder 17 children and teachers, the DOJ decided to release a report on RUSSIA collusion so as to divert attention from its epic incompetence. Basically a bunch of RUSSIANS tried to influence the 2016 election by buying Facebook ads and setting up political rallies to inflame political differences. The report also said that the Trump campaign was unaware of this effort and they were duped in a few instances by the RUSSIANS, who set up fake IDs and back accounts to appear credible. All of this was happening under Obama's watch but Obama didn't want to acknowledge the RUSSIAN efforts because he thought Hillary Clinton would win and didn't want to cast doubt on her victory. So instead, they've decided to let their incompetence work in their favor by casting doubt on President Trump's victory with the help of their media allies.

Yesterday, President Trump tweeted this particularly astute observation:

The left was out and about on SPIN CITY SUNDAY, also known as the Sunday talk show circuit to wishcast about gun confiscation and beat the RUSSIAN collusion story using the approved talking points.

John Podesta, failed campaign manager for Hillary Clinton's presidential efforts, took some heavy damage on "Face the Nation" from host Nancy Cordes.

“How is it that these Russian operatives knew to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin and your campaign didn’t?” Nancy Cordes, the host of “Face the Nation,” asked Podesta.

“Of course we spent a lot of time and energy and effort in all those states,” Podesta insisted.

Former Director of National Intelligence and notorious liar Jake Clapper (typo and it stays) was on CNN trying to keep the RUSSIA collusion story moving forward. "I do think there are other shoes to drop here besides this indictment," Clapper told Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I think another thing that we haven't seen much of is financial entanglements between the Trump Organization before the election and then during it."

So not many specifics about the "other shoes" but remember, Clapper has an interest in keeping this story from focusing on him.

Related:

Richard Gates Is Willing to Testify Against Manafort, Report Says

Trump to McMaster: Election wasn’t impacted by Russians

Sessions: FBI’s Handling Of The Dossier ‘Will Be Investigated’

Historical picture of the day:

U.S. Marines invade the Japanese stronghold at Iwo Jima, Volcanic Island, on Feb. 19, 1945. The fourth division Marines dig foxholes, center, uncovering dead bodies, and await further orders. The Japanese pillbox-blockhouse, which was considered unconquerable, can be seen at center in the background. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)

Other morsels:

Even Justice Ginsburg Thinks Colleges Handle Misconduct Allegations Unfairly

Adam Rippon decides not to do TV for NBC at 2018 Winter Olympics

Saudi Arabia allows first woman to star in theatrical play

A Secret Service agent tackled a Chinese security official over the nuclear football when Trump visited China

Iran will ‘respond seriously’ if US gives up nuclear deal

New Winter Olympic sport: American 'fans' hating on American athletes who speak their mind

Bill Gates: I need to be paying higher taxes

Orrin Hatch apologizes to Rob Porter's ex-wives

It's looking more and more like 'everyman' Joe Biden will run for president in 2020 — but he insists he hasn't made a decision yet

The creators of a new TV series about 'Waco' say the media didn't tell the full story of the infamous siege

And that's all I have now go beat back the angry mob!

 

This is delicious in so many ways:

Some workers at J.M. Smucker Co. are the latest to reap the benefits of bonuses stemming from federal tax cuts, as the Orrville-based food giant announced payouts Friday morning, Feb. 16, as part of its third-quarter earnings report.

The company said that "with the benefit resulting from U.S. income tax reform," it's giving a one-time bonus of $1,000 to nearly 5,000 employees. Smucker also announced it will make an additional $20 million contribution to its employee pension plan and will increase its charitable contributions by $1 million as a result of lower tax rates bolstering its earnings significantly.

Smucker also raised its full-year guidance; the company said it expects an adjusted profit of $8.20 to $8.30 a share for its upcoming fiscal year, up from its previous guidance of $7.75 to $7.90 a share.

Smucker's is in my backyard, so I'm elated to see my friends and neighbors benefitting from the GOP tax cut.

I'm not done with John Kasich yet. I had completely forgotten about his 1994 vote for the so-called "assault weapon" ban.

Here's Kasich in all his (in)glory:

Downthread I had a bit of a brain cramp and said that Rep. Jim Renacci was running against DeWine in the GOP primary for Ohio governor. For some reason (I blame lack of coffee) it completely slipped my mind that Renacci jumped to the Senate race last month, hoping to take out Sherrod-Brown-Let-Us-Down.* I apologize for the error. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is opposing DeWine in the primary. She's desperately trying to rid herself of Kasich's stain, but it probably won't work (for a variety of reasons) so we'll be stuck with DeWine.

*Renacci would be an idiot not to resurrect this circa 2006 Mike DeWine for Senate campaign ad against Sherrod Brown. More than a decade later I still think "Sherrod Brown let us down" every time I hear his name.

 

The UK Sun:

For North Korean athletes, the prospect of failure on the big stage carries a punishment far worse than a damaged ego.

Having failed to land a single medal in South Korea so far, its Winter Olympic team could suffer the same fate as previous underperforming athletes - imprisonment in one of the country's sick gulags.

[...]

Similar treatment awaited Olympic team who travelled to Rio 2016 and came back with just two gold medals.

"Those who won medals will be rewarded with better housing allocations, better rations... and maybe other gifts from the regime," North Korea expert Toshimitsu Shigemura told the Telegraph.

He said athletes who "disappointed" the leader would likely be punished with a downgrade in housing, reduced rations and even "being sent to the coal mines".

The damned may have included weightlifter Hyo Sim-Choe, a gold medal favourite who walked away with a mere silver.

A friend said he would love to see the entire N. Korean team collectively defect, but fat chance of that. The athletes are under constant surveillance. Business Insider:

  • North Korean athletes are subject to round-the-clock security at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
  • Each athlete has a "minder" who will even follow them into the toilet so their whereabouts can be guaranteed at all times.
  • Athletes from North Korea are "separated" from athletes from other nations.

Bethany Mandel is raising money to rescue N. Korean refugees:

You can donate here.

George the yellow lab has no boundaries:

This is literally every yellow lab ever. They're notorious for eating anything that's not nailed down (and even some things that are). Toby, my yellow lab, has a bad habit of taking unsecured food off the counter when we're not looking. He's eaten whole loaves of bread, bags of bagels, and an entire apple pie. He also nabbed a glass pan of brownies off the counter. Unfotunately for my always-starving boy, the pan landed face-down. When we got home we found it in the foyer, 20 feet from the kitchen counter where he found it.  Another time I caught him eating a dollar bill and he's also recently developed a taste for dog poop. I am not kidding when I say they will eat anything (except orange peels for some odd reason).