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Today's Commentary: Former sailor calls for Hillary prosecution -- Five things you need to know about the Iranian protests -- FEMA changes policy -- Bernie praises Iceland -- An earful for liberal politicians -- Congratulations Hoda -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries
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The U.S. Navy considers all photographs taken on board our submarines to be confidential and has a strict policy forbidding sailors from taking pictures, even just as personal memorabilia. The only sailor allowed to take pictures on board the sub is the official ship’s photographer, who takes photographs strictly as ordered. So when a sailor used his cellphone to take six pictures on board the USS Alexandria, he ended up being convicted of mishandling classified information and sentenced to a year in federal prison plus six months of house arrest followed by three years of federal probation. He was dishonorably discharged and lost all benefits, even his veteran status. His home is in foreclosure and he now works as a trash collector. He and his family have essentially lost everything.
Five things you need to know about the Iranian protests
By Mike Huckabee
The massive public protests against the oppressive government of Iran arose swiftly and almost went unnoticed by the US media, which, as we’ve recently learned, has few sources inside Iran other than government sources that some are far too cozy with. But after the last Administration locked the US into a deadly stupid nuclear deal that flooded Iran’s terrorist-supporting mullahs with cash, a democratic uprising that might overthrow them would be a surprising and much welcome “deus ex machina” that could turn the whole Iran situation away from its seemingly hopeless path.
To get you up to speed quickly on what’s happening in Iran, why it’s happening, and how governments are reacting to it, here’s a quick list of five things you need to know.
FEMA changes policy
By Mike Huckabee
Hope and change has finally arrived for real! FEMA changed its policy and will now allow damaged churches and faith-based charities to apply for federal aid to rebuild after natural disasters. The agency previously offered aid to everyone but religious organizations in a misguided attempt at “separation of church and state,” even though churches are among the leading local organizations opening their facilities to help communities in times of disaster. In other words, the people offering the most help to disaster victims were specifically discriminated against and blocked from getting help to rebuild after those very same disasters.
I’m sure the former policy pleased some atheists and people lacking in any sense of fairness, but the Supreme Court already sided with a church in Missouri in a similar case, and FEMA was facing a federal lawsuit by three flood-damaged churches and two synagogues in Texas and could read the handwriting on the water-logged wall. The Trump Administration called it a win for religious freedom. It’s also a rare win on the federal level for common sense.
Bernie praises Iceland
By Mike Huckabee
According to this story’s headline, Iceland just became the “first country to outlaw pay disparities between men and women.” Which isn’t true at all: America has long had laws banning unequal pay for equal work. What Iceland has added to the equation is a requirement that private businesses have their payrolls approved by the government and face hefty fines if the bureaucrats who’ve never run a business disapprove. This move, not surprisingly, was praised by Bernie Sanders, who really wants to see it imposed here (can you imagine how many bureaucrats we’d have to hire and how big the government would have to grow for it to micromanage the pay checks of every business in America with more than 25 employees?)
This explosion of federal control of private businesses is predicated on the long-debunked notion that women are paid only 70 cents for every dollar made by men, which would be both discriminatory and illegal if it were true. But it isn’t. That number comes from comparing all the pay made by women with all the pay made by men, regardless of the jobs, the amount of training, seniority, hours worked, etc. When you filter it down to men and women with equal education and seniority in the same jobs, the gap nearly disappears. When you compare young, single, professional people with no children, women actually make more than men in the same jobs.
I’m curious whether the giant paycheck fairness vetting bureaucracy envisioned by Bernie would force employers to pay those young single men more or the young single women less? Because "fairness!"
An earful for liberal politicians
By Mike Huckabee
If you look at the county-by-county breakdown of the 2016 election, you see that there really are very few actual “blue states.” There are heavy concentrations of liberal voters in urban areas of states, surrounded by red counties that are outvoted by the densely-packed city dwellers. Especially in the large western states, this has led to a widening split between conservative rural residents who are sick of being bullied, micromanaged and driven into bankruptcy or jail and radical leftist state politicians who have no knowledge, understanding or concern for the beliefs, lifestyles or livelihoods of the rural citizens. It’s fueling a growing movement for states to split apart into urban liberal states and productive rural conservative farming and ranching states.
Liberals like to delude themselves into thinking that Republicans have hoodwinked rural voters into voting “against their own interests” (which they somehow imagine align precisely with the interests of latte-sipping liberal city dwellers). But Michael J. Totten of City Journal did something few other journalists have dared to do: he ventured out of his far-left hometown of Portland into rural Oregon and asked those people why they’re fed up with blue state governance. He came back with an earful that it would be wise for smug liberal politicians to read, before we have to figure out how to add six or seven more stars to the American flag.
By Mike Huckabee
Congratulations to Hoda Kotb for being named as the new host of NBC’s “Today” show, replacing the disgraced Matt Lauer. One problem: Lauer was making $25 million a year, but NBC will pay Kotb only $7 million for the same job. Of course, NBC would argue that Lauer was paid more because he had been on the job for years, and Kotb can work her way up to that level in time (you know, the same reasoning liberals on NBC news outlets denounce as bogus sexist excuses when any other business uses them to explain why women are paid less than men). Plus, NBC just signed Megyn Kelly last year, and she reportedly makes up to $20 million for hosting just the last hour of the show, while Kotb’s work hours are longer and harder.
What happened to “equal pay for equal work”? If NBC/MSNBC brass don’t want to come across as complete hypocrites, they need to up Kotb’s salary by anywhere from $13-$18 million right away. You're welcome, Hoda!