Tuesday's HOT MIC
NEWS: National Security Council officials just held a background briefing with reporters on the declassified intel assessment of last week's chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun, Syria. Full story coming soon, but a few takeaways:
- Sarin confirmed as the nerve agent used via testing on victims as well as symptoms. Secondary responders also suffered exposure symptoms.
- Su-22s from Shayrat airfield dropped the sarin on Khan Shaykhun; conventional weapons were dropped about six hours later on hospital treating sarin victims - "no comment" from officials on if Russia did latter.
- No ISIS or other terrorists in area have sarin (just mustard gas) - attack was "not a terrorist holding of sarin or a terrorist use of sarin"
- WH official on if Russia, present at airfield, knew of sarin attack: "We don't have information on that per se... still looking into that." Adding: "We do think that it is a question worth asking" Russians how they were with Syrian forces at airfield "and did not have knowledge" of the attack in planning/prep stages.
- "Leakage inconsistent" with Russians saying sarin came from opposition stocks on ground - "we don't see a building with that chemical residue"
- On Syria hoax conspiracy theories: Body of evidence "too massive" for anyone to fabricate. Official added that videos released of attack did correspond with that date, time, location.
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!
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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.