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Wednesday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

Good Wednesday morning.

Here's what is on the president's agenda today:

  • President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • The president participates in the arrival of the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • President Trump participates in an expanded bilateral working lunch with the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • The president participates in a photo opportunity with the White House News Photographers Association award recipients
  • President Trump hosts the California Sanctuary State Roundtable

Pink Tsunami: Nikki Haley sets UN straight on Hamas/Palestinian violence

I hate using gender they way the left does in their juvenile sloganeering but since only some women are worthy of being celebrated, why not? No YAS QUEENS for Haley from the p*ssy hat brigade?

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday defended Israel's use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza and walked out of a UN Security Council session as Palestine's envoy, Riyad Mansour, began to speak.

"Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?" Haley said, referring to some protestors attempting to storm Israel's border. "No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has."

The Jew-hating UN had some harsh words...for Israel. "We condemn the appalling, deadly violence in Gaza yesterday," [Rupert] Colville [spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights] said, adding that attempts to cross or damage a border fence "are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunition."

Really? So INVADERS throwing explosives and Molotov cocktails at Israelis and trying to breach the border to kill Jews shouldn't be met with "live ammunition"??? Gimme a break.

NorKs threaten to pull out of negotiations

This isn't much of a surprise.

North Korea is threatening to cancel its upcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump over South Korea-U.S.military drills.

North Korea has also canceled high-level talks with South Korea that were scheduled for Wednesday local time over those same drills.

"If the U.S. and the South Korean government thinks that the improvement of North-South relationship and the U.S. talk made possible by our leading and generous efforts and actions as a pardon to open play-with-fire fuss like this war drill anytime, there is no greater misjudgment than that," North Korean state media agency KCNA said in a dispatch.

"We have no choice but to stop the North-South high-level talk scheduled for the 16th under the ugly circumstances where there is indiscreet North-invading war fuss and fight rampage," KCNA said. "... The U.S. must contemplate on the fate of the scheduled Korea-U.S. head meeting with the provocative military situation created with the South Korean government.

"We will keep sharp eyes on the U.S. and the South Korean government's future attitude."

A summit was scheduled for June 12 in Singapore between the U.S. and North Korea. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert made the following statement: "What we have to go on is what Kim Jong-un has said before, that he understands and appreciates the importance to the United States of having these joint exercises, the Republic of Korea has as well," Nauert said. "We've received no formal or even informal notification of anything."

Developing...

Cohen fights Avenatti disclosure of financial records

President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen is fighting Michael Avenatti, the "lawyer" representing porn star Stormy Daniels, who released what appear to be Cohen's bank records. How did he get these bank records?? The media is uninterested.

Cohen asked a New York federal judge to shut Avenatti out of his court case because of the publication. On Tuesday, Avenatti shot back that he had a First Amendment right to publish information “of the utmost public concern,” according to court filings.

In a letter to Judge Kimba Wood on May 9, Cohen’s attorney Stephen Ryan asked Wood to deny Avenatti’s application for pro hac vice admission -- which is a request for a lawyer to appear in court despite being licensed in a different state -- because “Avenatti is apparently in possession of and has published information from some of Mr. Cohen’s actual bank records” that he has “no lawful basis to possess.”

Additionally, Cohen argues that Avenatti “has made numerous incorrect statements to the public in an apparent attempt to prejudice and discredit Mr. Cohen.” Cohen's lawyer wants Avenatti to tell the court where he got the bank records.

The latest RED SCARE developments

Robert Mueller scores a victory as federal judge allows criminal case against Paul Manafort to move forward

Former Trump Campaign Advisor Claims The FBI Detained Him And Took His Phone During Interrogation

This Maltese Professor May Hold The Key To When The FBI Really Began Surveilling The Trump Campaign

Yesterday's election results:

Women sweep to victory in House primaries

Ya' think? Democrat senator says voters don’t care about Russian bots – and warns Democrats

Pennsylvania's primary offers smart lessons for Democrats on way to November midterms

Rick Saccone loses again

Barletta, Trump backer, wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey

Your daily WTF:

'Crimi-clown': Belgian clown accused of killing ex, tying up kids with aid of yodeling sidekick

Historical picture of the day:

A Japanese suicide bomber goes down next to a U.S. Navy destroyer, during the Battle of Okinawa, on May 16, 1945. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Hamas wants Palestinians killed to score propaganda points against Israel

Gina Haspel secures crucial Democratic votes, paving way to confirmation

Rand Paul asks Haspel if she knows of any CIA surveillance of Trump

Twitter announces more shadow banning for those having a ‘negative impact’

Clinton Campaign Funneled $150,000 To Hillary Clinton’s Personal Company

IMPORTANT Freedom Caucus debates killing farm bill over immigration

Vikings to become first NFL team to host summit on LGBTQ inclusion

Hawaii volcano eruption intensifies, triggering 'red' warning

At least 2 dead, hundreds of thousands without power after violent storms slam Northeast

Campaign fundraising site suspends Republican accounts in effort to reject 'Trumpism'

Millions of dollars in welfare fraud from Minnesota could have been funneled to fund terrorism

Trump Just Notched Another Four Judicial Confirmations

California Sees 45-Percent Increase In STDs Over 5 Years

Nielsen: ‘I didn’t threaten to resign’

Waffle House shooting victim’s family sues suspect’s father

Suspect Named in Leak of ‘Vault 7’ and Top-Secret CIA Hacking Tools

American Airlines bans insects, hedgehogs, goats, ferrets as in-flight service animals

Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue to block Iowa fetal heartbeat abortion law

Scot Peterson, disgraced Parkland school cop, starts getting $8,702-a-month pension

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

This will not be the last we hear of this talented kid:

Wow.

A backstabber 'til the end:

Flake is not a principled or honorable man. He's bitter. He turned on his constituents, then they (now we since I moved back to AZ) turned on him. His poll numbers were so bad that it was clear that not only wasn't he going to win re-election, he wasn't even going to emerge victorious from the Republican primary. The only people who like him now are Democrats and the most frothing among the #NeverTrump crowd. He's awful and I have yet to meet a Republican in Arizona who believes otherwise.

This is a fascinating study on the "drunkest" and the "driest" cities in America.

Who's the drunkest? According to the website 24/7 Wall Street -- cheeseheads. Ten of the top 20 cities that have the highest number of problem drinkers are in Wisconsin. In fact, all but one city in the top 20 is located in the midwest.

Green Bay gets the booby prize as the drunkest city in America.

The driest city is Provo, Utah.

USA Today:

Across broad populations, excessive alcohol consumption rates appear associated with some economic factors. Alcohol is expensive, and an individual’s ability to drink to excess can be limited by their income. Partially as a result, the cities with the lowest excessive drinking rates tend to have lower incomes, and vice-versa.

Of the 20 metro areas with the lowest excessive drinking rates, 18 have a lower median household income than the national annual median of $57,617. Meanwhile, median household incomes in 11 of the metro areas with the highest excessive drinking rates exceed the national median.

Social factors also play a role. In Wisconsin, alcohol consumption is, for many, an integral part of the state’s culture. Half of the heaviest drinking cities are in Wisconsin. On the other end of the spectrum, large segments of the population in Utah are teetotalers. Over 60% of the state’s population identify as Mormon, a religion that teaches its followers to avoid alcohol consumption. Four of Utah's five metro areas rank among the cities with the lowest excessive drinking rates.

While the health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption are well established, a large share of excessive drinkers often does not translate to poor health outcomes across a population. Alcohol consumption is just one of a multitude of factors that can affect personal well-being. In fact, because cities with higher excessive drinking rates also tend to have higher incomes, residents can afford healthier diets and lifestyles than lower-income residents in many cities with low excessive drinking rates.

Here's the profile of Green Bay:

  • Pct. adults drinking to excess: 26.5%
  • Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 50.5%
  • Est. number of restaurants and bars: 652 (204.9 per 100,000)
  • Median household income: $58,011

The heaviest drinking metro area in the heaviest drinking state, Green Bay, Wis., has the highest excessive drinking rate of any U.S. metro area. Some 26.5% of adults in Green Bay drink excessively, making it the only metro area in Wisconsin with a higher excessive drinking rate than the statewide average of 26.2%. For comparison, 18.0% of American adults drink excessively.

A high excessive drinking rate does not necessarily increase the likelihood of alcohol-related car accidents. However, the Green Bay metro area is one of only five nationwide where alcohol was a factor in over half of all driving deaths.

For contrast, here's Provo's profile:

  • Pct. adults drinking to excess: 8.5%
  • Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 14.3%
  • Est. number of restaurants and bars: 712 (118.2 per 100,000)
  • Median household income: $69,288

Provo-Orem, Utah, is by far the driest metro area in the United States. Just 8.5% of area adults report drinking excessively, well below anywhere else in the country and nearly half the nationwide excessive drinking rate of 18.0%. Provo is the home of Brigham Young University. Towns with large colleges will often have high drinking rates because college students tend to drink excessively. However, BYU’s honor code prohibits students from drinking alcohol because of its close association with the Mormon church.

That relationship with Mormonism extends to the rest of the community as well. As of 2017, Utah County, which contains the Provo area, was 84.7% Mormon. The religious group encourages followers to abstain from drinking.

Most of the 20 driest cities in America are in the South.

It's no accident that almost all of the drunkest cities in America are college towns where binge drinking is a way of life and bars proliferate. And as far as almost all the drunkest cities being in the Midwest, all I can say is that as a proud Midwesterner, I challenge the CDC definition of "heavy drinker."

Excessive drinking, according to the CDC, includes binge drinking — which is defined as four or more drinks on a single occasion for women and five or more for men — and heavy drinking, or eight or more drinks per week for women and 15 or more for men.

Two beers a night is "heavy"? Those CDC guys don't get out too much, do they?

 

 

The only thing Twitter is letting me do today is copy link to tweets.

I didn't get around to listening to the Serial podcast until the end of last year. I had been avoiding it because the hype surrounding it seemed too good to be true. The first season was amazing though. Not only is the case fascinating, but the way they went about exploring it on the podcast was interesting. I'm looking forward to this.

The second season was about Bowe Bergdahl.

I passed.