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Happy Monday!

Notable:

  • Today Neil Gorsuch will be sworn in to the Supreme Court.
  • Congress is on vacation.

In case you missed it

Over the weekend, murder cult ISIS claimed responsibility for the two bombings of Egypt's Coptic Churches on Palm Sunday. At least 44 people were killed and 126 were injured. PJ Media's Pat Poole covered the story.

The bombings in Tanta and Alexandria were claimed by ISIS and followed warnings by the extremist group that it would be stepping up attacks against Egypt's Christians.

The first blast occurred in the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in Tanta, and the second several hours later in Saint Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria.

The bombings followed a similar recent blast in Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral in December that killed at least 25 and wounded dozens more, many of them women and children.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called a three-month state of emergency.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself...if you are a right-winger

A Wisconsin man is accused of robbing a gun store after he mailed a "manifesto" to President Donald Trump full of anti-government grievances.

"A large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen and the suspect fled the scene," authorities said in a statement.

About 30 minutes after the burglary, police found Jakubowski's car ablaze on a nearby street along with evidence of arson, according to Cmdr. Troy Knudson.

The suspect was nowhere to be found.

Some 150 local, state and federal law enforcement officers were actively searching for Jakubowski on Sunday, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said.

The manifesto, 161 pages long, "includes grievances against government and personal angst toward anyone or anything other than natural law or rule," according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Will we be hearing how the anti-Trump rhetoric needs to be toned down so we don't set off (alleged) lunatics like this? Those of us on the right are constantly asked to curtail our freedom of speech lest our rhetoric cause aggrieved parties to take up violence, so does that hold for the media's constant ginning up of anti-Trump sentiment?

Politically correct Homeland (SPOILERS)

Last night was the season finale of Homeland. Newsbusters writes about why this season may have felt a bit different than the others.

In a panel discussion at NeueHouse in Hollywood after the show’s official Television Academy Emmy screening, “Homeland” actors and creators commented on the reasons why season six has taken a different turn and tune, mainly due to “fake news,” the election, and trying to right the self-perceived “wrongs” of what they felt was the promotion of Islamophobia in the first five seasons.

The timing seems a bit off on this. Last week we had ISIS wreaking terror in both Stockholm, Sweden, and in Egypt, so maybe it's not a great time to try and convince people we don't have a serious danger on our hands with these extreme Islamists running around the planet? The villains of Homeland this season were a bunch of white, deep-state, rogue intelligence agents and special forces who, among other things, set up a politically "woke" Muslim boy for a terror bombing. They also tried to kill the president-elect.

This season also dealt with the fake news phenomenon, portraying a nutty right-wing character and his war room full of right-wing sock puppets infecting social media. "Fake news" started as a term for the mainstream media's selective and manipulative reporting, but somehow Homeland has flipped that on its head.

Explains Patinkin:

Well the sock puppets and bots, in terms of the dark web, was already on the slate to happen. Certainly the writers went back to the drawing board when the election happened. Everyone was expecting a female president, but the fake news and also the Russian intervention into the election — which is on everyone's front page — that fed our storyline perfectly. So the writers began improvising, and I feel that the, without any disparaging to any of the brilliant actors that we have in our company, or writers or anything, that the two most interesting characters of the season for me have become fake news and the truth.

Said showrunner Alex Gansa:

One of the things that we learned was that, according to our intelligence experts, there are no coordinated ISIS or al-Qaida cells in the United States like there are in Europe…we have these lone actors, yes we have these people who self-radicalize, but there are no terror cells here. So when we sat down to talk about this season, we didn’t want to dramatize any threat to the United States that doesn’t actually exist. We didn’t want to pile on. If you listen to Hillary [Clinton] talk, if you listen to Donald Trump talk during the election, there’s this sense that ISIS is this existential threat to the United States, but everything we have heard from people we have come to trust in the intelligence community tells us that actually isn’t true.

Tell that to Pulse night club victims, tell that to the San Bernardino victims, tell that to the Ohio State stabbing victims, and tell that to the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

She works hard for (less) money

Google, America's politically correct panopticon, is in the middle of an investigation by the Department of Labor for “systemic compensation disparities against women.”

Google denies they pay women workers less than their male counterparts.

“Every year, we do a comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders and we have found no gender pay gap,” Google said in an emailed statement Sunday. “Other than making an unfounded statement which we heard for the first time in court, the DoL hasn’t provided any data, or shared its methodology.”

Regional director Janette Wipper testified on Friday that the wage gap was found “pretty much across the entire workforce.”

Is "Bat" a carb?

A bat was found in a package of Fresh Express salad mix, the Center for Disease Control reported on Saturday.

The bat was sent to the CDC after it was found in a bag of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix. "The deteriorated condition of the bat did not allow for CDC to definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies," the Atlanta-based agency said.

"Upon receiving notification, both Walmart and Fresh Express food safety and rapid response teams, in close coordination with regulatory authorities, acted immediately to review all relevant records, launch an intensive investigation and initiate product removal and recall procedures," Fresh Express said.

That is one hell of an oversight.

Stick around with Hot Mic as we write truth to power about the news of the day.

Hispanic judge rules tough Texas voter ID law discriminates against Hispanics:

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the voter identification law the Texas Legislature passed in 2011 was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters, raising the possibility that the state’s election procedures could be put back under federal oversight.

In a long-running case over the legality of one of the toughest voter ID laws in the country, the judge found that the law violated the federal Voting Rights Act. The judge, Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, had made a similar ruling in 2014, but after Texas appealed her decision, a federal appellate court instructed her to review the issue once more.

The appeals court — the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans — found that Judge Ramos had relied too heavily on Texas’ history of discriminatory voting measures and other evidence it labeled “infirm” and asked her to reweigh the question of discriminatory intent. In her ruling on Monday, Judge Ramos wrote that the evidence cited by the Fifth Circuit “did not tip the scales” in favor of the state.

Of course not. Because a single federal judge, anywhere, has the power to overrule the laws of a sovereign state, or even a presidential order. Because: because.

 

What a world.

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The Fat Midget is now threatening war against these United States. He might want to be careful what he wishes for:

North Korea has vowed to defend itself using a “powerful force of arms” — should the US keep sending ships toward the Korean Peninsula, reports say.

The Hermit Kingdom’s foreign ministry warned early Tuesday local time that it was ready for “war” in the event of further military moves like the one seen Sunday, when a US Navy strike group was sent to the region as a show of force against the communist nation.

North Korean officials, who were quoted by state news agency KCNA, said the act displayed “reckless moves for invading” and was ultimately proof that tensions between President Trump and leader Kim Jong Un had “reached a serious phase,” according to the Agence France-Presse.

“The DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US,” a spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said.

And if that mode of war is a sudden, annihilating strike on L'il Kim --possibly including tactical nukes to eradicate their nuclear program that was a gift from the Clinton administration -- so be it.  The North Koreans have this coming since 1950, and now they're going to get it, good and hard.

With the Norks off the table, watch for an instant attitude adjustment in Damascus and Tehran, among other places...

Follow me on Twitter @dkahanerules. Mícheál Breathnach, by the way, is the Irish version of my name. 

The judicial filibuster may now be history -- at least until the Democrats, in the wake of Paul Ryan's titanic cock-up with health care and, soon enough, his bollixing up of tax reform, recapture both the House in 2018 and the Senate in 2020 -- but another completely unconstitutional barnacle (this one on the presidency) lives on in the form of releasing personal income tax returns as a precondition for a Chief Executive run. Why this should be so -- the "tradition" basically extends all the way back to the Nixon administration -- is a mystery, since in all other spheres of our lives as peasant farmers we pay lip service to the sacred "privacy" of the baleful excrescences of the 16th Amendment.

But the Left has its little fixations, so come tax day this week, expect to to enjoy this spectacle in a city near you:

Okay, maybe "enjoy" is not exactly the right word.

In my battle against my fear of heights, I've taken walks on the roof of our three-story house, slid down every slide-friendly banister I came across, and even jumped out of a couple of airplanes.

But there's no way I'd dip a toe into that swimming pool Deb found.

Aw, hell no.

I'm getting butterflies just looking at it.

 

 

While we're on the subject of drugs today, the Daily Record (my local paper), reported that a 30-year-old man, in court for drug possession, overdosed in November twice in the same day.

Wayne County is not the kind of community where you would expect to see a heroin epidemic. The unemployment rate is low (3.5 percent), two-parent homes are common, the schools are decent, and violent crime is generally low. Yet drug-related overdose deaths were up 40 percent in 2016 (32) over 2015, attributed mainly to men in their 40s. And according to Wayne County Prosecutor Dan Lutz, around 75 percent of cases that make it to the grand jury are drug-related.

Gov. Kasich, seeking to address the problem of drug overdoses in Ohio, got out his pen and his phone this month and ordered the Ohio State Medical Board to enact limits on prescription opioids. Cleveland.com:

Ohio doctors, dentists and other health professionals will be able to prescribe only up to seven days of painkillers for adults and five days for kids and teens under new rules announced Thursday.

The limits apply to acute pain patients, with exceptions for cancer, hospice or medication-assisted addiction patients. Prescribers can override the limits if they provide a specific reason in the patient's medical record.

The vast majority of doctors and patients handle prescription pain medications responsibly. But because a small majority don't, the rest of us must now be treated like children—or worse, like criminals—in order to save people who abuse opioids from themselves. All this will do is make it more difficult for people who suffer from severe pain to get the relief they need, while driving drug abusers to find new ways to get high without having to jump through government hoops. As is almost always the case with this kind of effort, law-abiding citizens are the ones who end up paying the price for something that ends up having a minimal effect on the problem it was intended to solve.

Charlie, Oh for crying out loud, now the government nannies want to come after my Imodium? It's bad enough being treated like a criminal every time I need to stock up on Sudafed for the family. Now you're telling me I'm going to have to explain my IBS to my privacy-averse local pharmacist and provide him with...what...a fecal sample in addition to a lock of my hair and fingerprints? Utterly ridiculous. How about this? Word on the street is that people are getting high on kale and soy milk. Go focus on that shiny thing for a while and leave my Imodium alone.