Wednesday's HOT MIC
Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president receives his daily intelligence briefing
- President Trump delivers remarks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit
- The president arrives at his private residence to attend dinner
Trump DOJ sues California
This is fantastic. The lawsuit targets three California laws that specifically interfere with the federal responsibility to deal with immigration. The laws prevent corporations and prisons from cooperating with federal authorities. Another law allows the state to monitor federal DHS facilities. California is protecting criminals, some violent, at the expense of public safety. How can any resident of the state support this?
"The Department of Justice and the Trump Administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies," Attorney General Jeff Sessions was expected to tell California law enforcement officers on Wednesday. "We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America."
California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra had this to say: “We’ve seen this B-rated movie before. So we’re not totally surprised.” Governor Jerry Brown tweeted, “At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further divide and polarize America. Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!”
California will ultimately lose this battle. It may take awhile to wind its way through the court, but the federal government will win in the end.
Gowdy, Goodlatte want special counsel
Fox News is reporting that Reps Gowdy and Goodlatte want a special counsel to investigate:
“conflicts of interest” and decisions “made and not made” by current and former Justice Department officials in 2016 and 2017, noting that “the public interest requires” the action.
“Matters have arisen—both recently and otherwise—which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel. We do not make this observation and attendant request lightly,” Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote in a letter to the DOJ.
“What changed for me was the knowledge that there are two dozen witnesses that Michael Horowitz, the [DOJ] Inspector General, would not have access to,” Gowdy said on FNC. “When I counted up 24 witnesses that he would not be able to access were he to investigate it, yeah only one conclusion, that’s special counsel.”
2018 Election update
Texas held it's primary elections yesterday and one closely-watched race, the Senate, will see incumbent Ted Cruz face Democrat Rep. Beto O'Rourke in the general election. There are a few runoffs to be had in some of the House races. Democrat turnout was the highest seen in 16 years.
Vermont also had an election yesterday. Former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders' step-daughter lost her bid for mayor of Burlington, Vermont.
We're still talking about gun control
Get ready for the March for Your Life, a progressive political event that will use children as front-men to empower the progressive fight against the Second Amendment. The "March" will happen next week on March 14 all over the country.
Who is paying for this? Oprah, the Clooneys, Katzenberg, Spielberg, Everytown (Bloomberg), the usual suspects. Also Aetna, in case you want to stop patronizing companies trying to disarm you.
I'm not interested in hearing about firearm policy from kids who don't know anything about firearms (and according to their own age-restriction policy recommendation, are not capable of even owning a gun) and I'm not interested in hearing from Hollywood perverts/rapists/degenerates with armed guards about how I should disarm. Law abiding citizens don't need more hurdles to purchase a firearm. Criminals already ignore the law. These "feel good" policies are merely cosmetic and designed to hurt the gun culture, not stop gun violence.
Meanwhile, at least some folks know where the blame ought to be assigned. Two Parkland shooting survivors announce intent to sue sheriff’s office, school system. Isn't it amazing that the media/left isn't covering the actual delinquents that allowed the Florida school shooter to remain free in society despite numerous instances of violent and troubling behavior? Or the police force that hung around outside the school while children were shot?
Your daily WTF:
Historical picture of the day:
FIGHT FOR 15! Burger-flipping robot debuts at restaurant
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
Hey, Alexa... knock it off.
I'm having a hard time believing this story is real, but then again I have labored hard to have zero interaction with any Bezos Spybots.
One user reportedly tried to turn the lights off in their home but Alexa repeatedly turned the lights back on, eventually uttering an 'evil laugh,' according to BuzzFeed.
Another Echo Dot owner said they told Alexa to turn off their alarm in the morning and she responded by letting out a 'witch-like' laugh.
Alexa is programmed in many voice-activated devices with a preset laugh, which can be prompted by asking: 'Alexa, how do you laugh?'
But so far, it's unclear why Alexa is laughing even when users don't ask her to.
It's my understanding that users can reboot this behavior by unplugging the device, and then plugging it back in never.
Florida considering guns in schools.
The Tampa Bay Times argued against armed teachers and school staff, pointing out 19 times that school employees have harmed or threatened students.
Supporters say the measure would make schools safer in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. That includes President Donald Trump, who has said armed school employees would be a “very inexpensive deterrent” to shooters.
“Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them,” he Tweeted last month.
But the state’s own records show that isn’t always true.
At least 19 times, employees working in the “school support” roles that would make them eligible to carry a gun have been disciplined by the Florida Department of Education for threatening students or colleagues, hurting kids or using firearms illegally.
Yes, some teachers and workers abuse and threaten kids. This is why proposals to arm teachers and school workers should include a vital vetting to make sure these employees wouldn't abuse this power. No vetting is perfect, but Trump's proposal specifically mentioned vetting and only arming gun-adept teachers and workers who would not turn the weapons on students.
What do you think?
Spencer is an aberration on the Right, often ridiculed but mostly ignored. Nevertheless, the press portrays him as somehow symbolic of conservatism.
Farrakhan is beloved by many on the Left, despite (or because of?) his open bigotry and racism. Nevertheless, the press portrays him -- when it can be bothered to -- as no big deal, and not at all symbolic of progressivism.