Monday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

The Babylon Bee nails it again.

The Atlantic has a more serious take:

“That’s what this show will be: a joyous celebration of chauvinism!”

That was Jimmy Kimmel, in 1999, announcing the guiding ethic of the new Comedy Central series he and Adam Carolla debuted that year. The Man Show, they declared, would be a show by men, for men, about men. It would be an exploration of Manliness itself, as an aspiration and an archetype: beer-chugging, boob-ogling, a little bit schlubby, a little bit sleepy, a little bit Bundyan. And the cartoonishly narrow definition of what it meant to be Manly would ultimately be unified, in the show’s conception, by an overarching resentment of feminism and its encroachments: “NO MA’AM,” for the basic-cable audience. “After all, what do guys want to see on TV?” Kimmel asked The Man Show’s studio audience, during its premiere.

Carolla answered for them. “We want girls!” he said. “Girls jumping on trampolines! And monkeys! And midgets!”

The Man Show propelled Kimmel, formerly a radio host of shock-jocky strain, to national fame: an everyman for The End of Men. And since he left the series in 2003—to become the host of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a role he has occupied ever since—Kimmel has been engaged in a particularly slow-moving project of redemption.

Rank hypocrites, all of them.



Thad Cochran out.

Four years after Tea Party activists nearly unseated Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the establishment senator is stepping down due to health problems. The Associated Press' Emily Wagster Pettus has the story:

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Republican Thad Cochran of Mississippi, tells The Associated Press he will resign April 1 because of health problems.

The 80-year-old Cochran stayed home for a month last fall with urinary tract infections, returning to Washington in October to give Republicans the majority they needed to pass a budget plan.

Cochran says in a statement Monday that he will fulfill his responsibilities to Mississippi and the Senate "through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle."

Cochran was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978 after six years in the House of Representatives. Republican Governor Phil Bryant will appoint a temporary replacement before a special election will be held to fill the rest of the term, through January 2021.




Some days it's impossible not to love Twitter again.

Apparently these billboards are popping up around the country.

I'm pretty sure the NRA's fundraising will benefit much more from this type of advertising than MAD Dog PAC's.

DACA supporters are marching in DC today to mark President Trump's March 5 DACA deadline -- which is passing with no action from Congress to help recipients facing deportation.

CAIR has apparently joined the fray:

Capitol Police are reportedly making arrests: