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Good Tuesday Morning!

What's on Trump's agenda today?

  • The President will lead a strategic and policy CEO discussion this morning.
  • In the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.
  • Next, he will meet with National Security Advisor LTG H.R. McMaster and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.
  • He will conclude the day with a working dinner with senior military leaders.

I believe I can fly

By now everyone has seen or heard about the horrific footage of a United Airlines passenger getting forcibly removed from an airplane by the airline police. United has, rightfully, come under fire all over social media and on the news shows. If you immersed yourself in a cone of silence yesterday, here's the short version: United oversold its Sunday night flight from Chicago to Louisville and offered its passengers some incentives to give up their seats. The airline was flying a four-person crew to Louisville for a flight the next day and those folks had to get on the plane. United was unable to get enough volunteers so they pulled a Logan's Run ("renew through carousel!!") and randomly picked four people to lose the seats they legally purchased. One of the unlucky passengers refused to leave the plane and the airline called in some muscle to remove him. The videos makings the rounds show the passenger bloodied and dragged screaming off the plane.

So what's next? The government is reviewing the incident.

The Department of Transportation is "reviewing" the United Airlines incident involving a man being forcibly removed from a plane, a Department of Transportation spokesperson told Business Insider.

Why didn't the airlines just keep upping the financial incentive to get off the plane until they had their volunteers? I'd get off the plane for $2k, wouldn't you?

The Chicago police are reporting that one of the officers involved in dragging the man off the plane has been placed on leave. In some unconventional "damage control," Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United, called the passenger "disruptive and belligerent" in a letter and stated his support for his employees.

“Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this,” wrote Munoz. “While I deeply regret this situation arose, I also emphatically stand behind all of you, and I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure we fly right.”

“Treating our customers and each other with respect and dignity is at the core of who we are, and we must always remember this no matter how challenging the situation.”

Nailed it.

Anti-gun posse on San Bernardino school shooting: ready, fire, aim

Yesterday, a maniac walked into an elementary school in San Bernardino, shot and killed his estranged wife and an 8-year-old child and killed himself. As soon as the story was breaking, the gun control ghouls were out in force, screaming for more "sensible" gun laws. They did not have any information about the shooter, how the shooter came to have his firearm or anything else.

But it's not possible to have any more gun laws in California. There's nothing left to regulate aside from banning firearms outright, which is the secret wish of the gun controllers couched in rhetoric about "sensible" laws.

Now we know a little more about the shooter. ABC News 10 in San Diego reports:

Anderson has a past criminal history involving domestic violence and weapons charges, police said.

Is that so? A domestic violence charge? A weapons charge? Sounds like it was illegal for this man to own a firearm. What extra laws would have stopped this freak from breaking the laws that already exist? This is the problem with the gun control argument and those who argue for anti-Second Amendment restrictions: they don't know the laws already on the books and they refuse to admit that criminals will disregard those laws and any other future laws.  What a tragedy all around.

"Huge foaming event"

Is this something you should be drinking?

Some 7,200 gallons of concentrated Mountain Dew syrup created a "huge foaming event" and generated environmental concerns after it went down the drain, literally, at the Pepsi bottling plant in Livingston last month.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was at the plant on several occasions after a tank ruptured and sent the syrup through a floor drain and into the plant's internal sewer system on March 10, said DEQ Senior Environmental Quality Analyst Carla Davidson.

The Mountain Dew syrup "can have a toxic effect on aquatic life if it ends up in rivers, lakes or streams." Again, should you be drinking this?

Davidson said plant management attempted to treat the problem without outside intervention for two days, until the system became overwhelmed. The DEQ received a call to its Pollution Emergency Alert System line just before midnight on March 12, when the syrup, mixed with a large amount of waste water already in the system, created a “a huge foaming event” and sent an estimated 56,000 gallons of sugary sewage flowing out of the system.

Pepsi released a statement about the foaming event: “Being good stewards of the environment and the communities in which we operate is one of our highest priorities. When this event occurred we immediately took action to mitigate the impact, and we continue to work collaboratively with our neighbors and local agencies to ensure that our clean-up efforts are in compliance with all applicable regulations and meet our company’s high environmental standards.”

Suddenly, the left worries about how taxpayer dollars are spent

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has a security detail and the left is concerned about the cost of that arrangement. CNN mentions that her security costs $1M+ a month.

The agreement has the Education Department reimbursing the marshals $7.78 million this fiscal year, which works out to nearly $34,000 per day. It covers from February 13, when marshals began providing her security, and extends through September 30, the end of the government's fiscal year, Lynzey Donahue, a spokeswoman for the marshals, told CNN on Friday.

DeVos's protection is "commensurate with the existing threat and based on USMS protective service requirements, experience and methodology," Donahue said.

Now why is DeVos threatened? CNN reports, "The marshals began protecting DeVos days after protesters blocked a doorway and prevented her from entering a middle school near her office in Washington."

That wasn't all they did. CNN is misrepresenting what actually happened. The "protestors" followed her, yelled at her and "almost knocked her down" and CNN reported at the time that "the protesters stood in front of her." This is not protesting, this is intimidation.

So, to all the newly minted fiscal hawks on the left: keep your protests peaceful and the cabinet secretary won't need to have protection.

That's your morning round-up! See ya on the interwebz.

Naturally, this is the best/worst way to #OffendEveryoneInFour Words. Well done (?) Mr. Spicer (whom Melissa McCarthy plays excellently well, by the way).

Spent some time this afternoon speaking with David Sussman of Ricochet for an interview for Whiskey Politics. Our topics ranged from Russia to Trump to the Deep State to the ongoing propaganda war being waged by the Democrats, the media, and the raggle-taggle rump crew of #neverTrumpumpkins. Some harsh characterizations may have been made and a few uncharitable thoughts might have taken wing.

And, of course, we discussed my most recent book, The Devil's Pleasure Palace, arriving in a new paperback edition next month. Enjoy!

Follow me on Twitter @dkahanerules

So I clicked on that link -- for purely scientific purposes, of course -- because I had this witty Instapundit headline pop immediately into my brain.

You can imagine my disappointment then when the actual headline over at Slate turned out to be "Should You Be Able to Patent an Organism?"

That's almost totally different.

JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy is headed to theaters. Imagine Entertainment recently purchased the rights to Vance's book and Ron Howard has agreed to direct the film version with partner Brian Grazer. Vance recently moved back to Ohio, where his Hillbilly Elegy memoir is set. He said in a recent interview with WOSU:

Well I think what very often happens is that people leave the communities that they came from and they never come back, right? They never come back geographically, they never come back culturally, and you know, even if they sort of settle and permanently find themselves in a new community, I think we have an increasing problem of, even in that community, people aren't super engaged in new communities that they find themselves in.

But I do think that we should have some sense of responsibility when we find ourselves in the community, wherever that is. And for me that's always been attached to a sense of place, a sense of where I came from, and so that's one of the things that brought me back to Ohio. I mean, for me, you know, looking at the state, obviously there are a lot of exciting things happening, there a lot of exciting things happening in Columbus above all, but we also have this really significant opioid crisis here in the state.

And it's something that's touched me very personally, and I've just felt this really burning desire to try to do something about it, and frankly, I don't even know what that something is. But certainly, I felt compelled to try.

Charlie: That's where a healthy dose of self-control comes in. It's what separates us from the savages.

Paula, I'd never call you an insensitive bully. That's too easy.

But in any case, as I said in my Thought the first, "It's entirely possible that legally Dao should have gotten up from his seat and left the plane."

On the other hand, I've had rough days on a plane where I would have been pretty cranky about it. I'm guessing that it escalated via a cranky pissed-off passenger and a "respect my authoritah" mall cop, and now no one is happy.

I still think that if I questioned your identities, and how truthful they are, you'd feel bullied. But, Paula-- sorry if I don't feel a lot of sympathy for Christians (who are still the normative majority). I'm not one to talk about privilege, but come on. Are you actually suggesting that the pain of being counter-PC is the same as feeling like you must transition your gender and everything about the life you've known? I think that the very fact that Caitlyn Jenner underwent surgery means that she felt incredibly strongly about this. Not a lot of cisgender men are lining up to have that procedure on a whim. Also, this sounds like the harms of not being considerate, rather than the harms of being considerate. Correctly identifying others, and making them feel just a little better for not having gone through their day without being confronted, didn't cause any harm for you.

And Tyler, citing the exceptions is not proof that the rule doesn't work. Again, not a lot of people are choosing to undergo such extreme measures without being pretty sure it's what they want. You mentioned that you're planning on having kids-- what if I told you that you had to be 100 percent confident in that decision before doing it? I think every parent will tell you that you can never be that confident. And yet you're talking about bringing a life into this world. Can there be any bigger decision? So a few people regret their decision or identity, does that mean you should prevent the vast majority who feel good about their decisions from making them too? Sounds a little like you're saying you know best how to handle other people's lives...

Charlie: At the risk of being called an insensitive bully twice in one day ... am I the only one who thinks that most normal people would have just gotten off the plane? If security comes and tells me to get off the plane, I'm getting off the plane (and sorting it out later). I might grumble about it, but I'm not going to have a kicking-and-screaming tantrum causing all hell to break loose. Most reasonable people are able to think through the consequences of such behavior: "If I do A, B will happen and it's gonna suck—and I'm still not getting to my destination." Yes, United handled it poorly—they should never have let him board the plane in the first place—but the passenger's behavior wasn't exactly exemplary.

In less politically explosive news, people are tweeting about #TacoTVShows, and this one is pretty clever.