Tuesday's HOT MIC

Tuesday's HOT MIC

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.