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Speaking of Guam...

The Pentagon has prepared a specific plan for a preemptive strike on North Korea's missile sites should President Trump order such an attack.

Two senior military officials — and two senior retired officers — told NBC News that the key to the plan would be a B-1B heavy bomber attack originating from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

Pairs of B-1s have conducted 11 practice runs of a similar mission since the end of May, the last taking place on Monday. The training has accelerated since May, according to officials. In an actual mission, the non-nuclear bombers would be supported by satellites and drones and surrounded by fighter jets as well as aerial refueling and electronic warfare planes.

They're there, and they're spectacular:

Six B-1B "Lancer" bombers are currently positioned in Guam, 2,100 miles by air to North Korea. Military sources point out that the battle tested B-1, a workhorse for the past 16 years in both Afghanistan and Iraq, has been modernized and updated — "doubled in capability," according to the Air Force.

If the NoKo nutjob dictator does decide to try something, I will no more believe it is Trump's fault than I believe that a suicide bomber jihadist wants to kill Americans because we provoked him with rhetoric or Iraq or pepperoni pizza or whatever.

Unhinged is unhinged and provides its own motivation for doing bad things.

We really don't need to resurrect Jung to understand that to be true.

"Impaired," you say?

Driver of car with ax in roof charged with impaired driving.

Is everything fun against the law these days?

A 21-year-old man faces numerous charges after being stopped driving a car with no doors, no windshield and an ax embedded in the roof as if it were a tree stump.

The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office in western New York says Jared Price of Java was stopped in the town of Wethersfield Monday after a report of a suspicious vehicle. Deputies say he was arrested after failing sobriety tests.

Price was arraigned on various charges including driving while impaired by multiple drugs and driving an unregistered vehicle with no insurance, safety glass or license plates. He was jailed on $10,000 bail. The sheriff's office gave no explanation for the ax.

Ax me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.

The next HUGE generational issue...

According to Bloomberg, millennials aren't entirely to blame in their hesitance to buy a house...

FiveThirtyEight screen shot.

Read this whole terrifying thread:

I hope the Sessions Justice Department has some kind of plan to deal with the growing problem of malicious left-wing brown shirts launching intimidation campaigns against conservatives -- because it has gotten out of control.

As Paula is fond of personal sports posts here, I couldn't resist adding one of my own. I grew up a Dodgers fan when they were in the World Series a lot. They didn't always win, but they were there.

Silly me, I thought that would go on forever.

Yes, this whole season will be a bitter disappointment if they don't advance to the Series, but I am trying to not let that interfere with the unbridled sports fan's joy that their mesmerizing run has brought me so far.

One last Paula/Cleveland note: I missed Gibson's historic home run in the 1988 World Series because I was on stage guessed it.

As we keep yelling here: Let's go Dodgers.

The Russians are trying to kill us!

Not really:

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines — adopted by multiple states, including Iowa — prohibit copper from coming into direct contact with foods like vinegar, fruit juice or wine that have a pH below 6.0.

“The pH of a traditional Moscow Mule is well below 6.0,” the ABD said of the drink typically made with lime juice, vodka and ginger beer.

“This means that copper mugs that have a copper interior may not be used with this beverage," according to the ABD.

But if the inside of the copper mug is lined with another metal, like nickel or stainless steel, ABD says that’s fine.

“High concentrations of copper are poisonous and have caused foodborne illness,” the official bulletin said. “When copper and copper alloy surfaces contact acidic foods, copper may be leached into the food.”

I'm not sure how many Moscow Mules you'd have to drink until you reach a "high concentration" of copper, but I'm pretty sure that before you reached that level, you'd be in the hospital (or worse) with alcohol poisoning.

Mules have been the hot new cold drink for a while now, and if there were any real danger, you'd see dead hipsters piled up like cordwood in front of every bar in Brooklyn -- the last words on their lips, "I knew I should have ordered that I.P.A.!"

Stay thirsty, my friends.

I really do hope this ridiculous woman runs for president in 2020. People are so sick of this B.S. ...

Harris is in good company, though.

Jim Chambers, the charming and personable Atlanta gym owner who put up a "no f*cking cops" sign in front of his establishment, also posted a tribute to Michael Brown on his Facebook page today.

Oddly enough, both Harris and Chambers are being swamped with negative responses in their timelines.

If Harris really has 2020 in mind, she needs to keep yammering on about transgender rights, too. The voters love that.

Oh, look!


During a meeting of JFK national security team at the height of the the Cuban missile crisis, UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson made the stunning suggestion that perhaps the US could defuse the crisis by offering to remove its aging Jupiter missiles from Turkey in exchange for the Soviets removing theirs from Cuba.

Stevenson reflected on the moment:

"I know that most of those fellows will consider me a coward for the rest of my life for what I said today, but perhaps we need a coward in the room when we are talking about nuclear war."

Of course, the US made a deal with the Russians exactly as Stevenson proposed, although our removal of the Jupiter missiles didn't happen for 6 months and it was only recently revealed that it was part of the deal to remove missiles from Cuba.

I sincerely hope that there's a coward in the White House these days.

Steve, I think we should be terrified about what's going on with North Korea. Both Kim and Trump - Trump, inexplicably - are jointly climbing out on a limb. The president's incendiary, bombastic comments about nuking the NoKos only made Kim reply in  kind. How does Kim climb down from his threat to nuke Guam? How can Trump climb down from his threat to unleash an attack on North Korea "like the world has never seen"?

Today, the Secretary of Defense said that North Korea should "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people" - another explicit threat to use nuclear weapons. And Secretary of State Tillerson made the chilling observation that Trump was only talking in language that Kim would understand.

Is he nuts? The North Korean regime may be backward, secretive, and paranoid but at the very least, they understand perfectly when they see 2 US aircraft carriers off their coast - the most lethal killing machines ever dreamed up by man - and hundreds of planes all ready to deal death and destruction to the North Korean military. Do Tillerson and Trump really believe that nonsense about Kim not getting the message? Lordy.

Trump's nuclear threat is almost unprecedented. Kennedy's threat to the Soviets in 1962 that the US would regard any attack from Cuba as an attack on America "requiring a full retaliatory response on the Soviet Union" was the last time an American president used explicit language to communicate with another leader.

Only luck and a "coward" saved us from annihilation then. Who will save us this time?

The "anti-diversity screed" that wasn't.

Stephen, that's quite illuminating. Perhaps James Damore has a legal case. He has gone to the NLRB already...

Speaking of the Google manifesto, various news outlets — including Fox News — called it an "anti-diversity screed," despite Damore's clear preference for diversity (both intellectual and sexual) throughout the memo. To read more, check out these 5 things.

Stephen, someone already imagined a "world without prisons" and it ain't pretty: