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Today's Commentary --- "Huckabee" preview -- The Shutdown -- The Chipmunk Song turns 60 -- Ainsworth: a different way to look at veterans -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Starting tomorrow -- Roberts sides with liberals on Court -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
There are only two shopping days left until Christmas, but take a break from shopping for an hour and relax with tonight’s new, Christmas episode of “Huckabee” on TBN, stuffed full of goodies for you! We’ll start off on a serious note, with “The Coddling of the American Mind” author Greg Lukianoff telling us how America’s universities have turned into kindergartens. You’ll also meet a truly inspiring Huck’s Hero. Then we'll hit the holiday road to a Christmas-themed “Our Kind of Town” and an amazing theater that presents the story that is the reason for the season. To get you “ho-ho-ho’ing,” I’ll have some crazy news “In Case You Missed It” and my staff’s most “memorable” Christmas gifts. Finally, what’s Christmas without great music? We sure have that: Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will drop by to share their family Christmas memories and harmonies. And we’ll send you off with a classic holiday tune by the brilliant Irish tenor, Anthony Kearns.
All that and more is headed down your chimney tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, only on TBN. To find the TBN channel in your local area and to stream previous episodes of “Huckabee,” visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
By Mike Huckabee
Well, the government (or certain non-essential parts of it) is shut down after Senate Democrats refused to pass a temporary funding bill because it included $5.7 billion to build a security wall on our Southern border. If you needed any explanation to make it clear why the government is shut down, here is a direct quote from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:
"It will never pass the Senate, not today, not next week, not next year. So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple."
So in short, the government is shut down because Democrats absolutely, positively refuse to fund a border wall – something that Presidents and Congress members of both parties have repeatedly claimed to back for about 30 years, up until Trump actually wanted to keep their promise and now they’re outraged (it’s the “move our Embassy to Jerusalem” story all over again.)
The Chipmunk Song turns 60
By Pat Reeder
From "Huckabee" writer and pop culture expert, Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)...
It's that special time of year when you are either delighted or annoyed (or maybe delighted at first, and then quickly annoyed) at hearing "The Chipmunk Song" everywhere you go ("Christmas, Christmas time is here...") The helium-voiced trio, Alvin, Simon & Theodore, were all voiced by Ross Bagdasarian, the musical impresario whose tinkering with tape speeds had previously given us the novelty hit, "The Witch Doctor." In his regular voice, he played the group's human manager, "David Seville."
"The Chipmunk Song" was released (or unleashed) upon the world in 1958 and quickly went to #1 on the Billboard charts. It won three awards at the very first Grammys and sold 25 million copies by the mid-'60s. It also spawned a Chipmunks industry of albums, TV cartoons, toys and more that thrives to this day. But while most people believe the voices were all recorded in painstaking tape-speed-alerted style by Bagdasarian, in fact, the demand became too great for one man to keep up with.
Now, here as your gift for Christmas and the 60th anniversary of "The Chipmunk Song," the Hollywood Reporter finally pulls back the curtain to reveal the secret history of the Chipmunks, show you how their records were created, and reveal the names and faces of the uncredited "ghost singers" behind the harmonious rodents.
Ainsworth: a different way to look at veterans
By Laura Ainsworth
How do you feel when you visit the hospital and walk down those long corridors crowded with people --- doctors, hospital staffers, patients who are mostly elderly? Do you see the patients as they are today, fighting the ravages of age, injury or poor health, or do you sometimes imagine them as they might have been at an earlier time in their lives?
If you’re my friend Bill Sanner, a submariner and veteran of the U.S. Navy, this is the VA hospital, and for some reason your mind has decided to play that trick on you. You suddenly find yourself in a time machine of sorts.
Bill tells me that walking down one of those long halls during a recent hospital visit, he suddenly saw the older vets in a different time, when they were very young, in their late teens or early twenties, all looking sharp and crisp in their uniforms or jungle fatigues. (As he relates it, it sounds to me like an episode of the old Rod Serling TWILIGHT ZONE.) The soldiers and sailors were walking briskly, not needing wheelchairs and canes at that young age, unless, of course, they’d been wounded in service to their country and were perhaps facing months or years of recovery.
Going back in time like that and seeing those who served as they were during their years of service gave Bill a different perspective on the lives of his fellow veterans. They were in their youth, with their whole adult lives ahead of them, yet they were risking their entire future to serve their country. They had no idea what their fate would be, but they gave it up to God or destiny. Bill saw their lives as reflecting a true patriotism and a sense of honor that are very much diminished in the present day.
What do younger folks who have never served their country see when they walk down a busy hospital corridor among veterans like these? Are they touched by the lingering sense of honor and patriotism and willing sacrifice, or do they just see sick old people whose care costs a lot of money?
Bill points out that those younger individuals who don’t appreciate such attributes are themselves advancing towards the same ultimate fate as their elders, though they no doubt manage to keep from thinking about it very much. But Bill himself is very much aware of being on the same path, and he feels great pride as he travels down that same long corridor with his fellow vets.
Bill Sanner and I co-wrote a book about his experiences as a U.S. Navy submariner during the 1970s; it’s called THE SUB-PAR ADVENTURES OF SNAKEBITE & STONEFINGER. (Bill’s nickname was “Snakebite”; "Stonefinger" was his best friend. Through working on this book, I have been “adopted” by the submariners and now go by “Songbird.”) Our book tells of the dual existence a sailor has, first while on patrol and then while at home with his family. It manages to be informative and funny at the same time and even won an award, so if you’d like to check it out, you can find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sub-Par-Adventures-Snakebite-Stonefinger/dp/1517655420
The Baltic Experience 2019
By Mike Huckabee
I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.
See you on the boat,
By Mike Huckabee
Starting tomorrow, my staff and I are taking a break to enjoy Christmas and New Years with our families. But never fear, you will continue to receive our daily newsletter. Last year, I shared some wonderful family Christmas stories sent to me by listeners of my former radio show, “The Huckabee Report,” and inspired by my book, “A Simple Christmas.” Response was so positive that this year, I will be sharing more great tales from the treasure trove of true holiday memories sent in by our extended family of Huckabee listeners. Some stories are hilarious, some heartbreaking and some miraculous, but all will fill you with the true spirit of Christmas. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them, and you’ll receive twice daily installments of them all next week.
Incidentally, if they inspire you to want to share your own favorite family Christmas stories with the world, and make sure they are preserved and passed on, please feel free to write them in the comments section. I’d love to read them, and I’m sure others would, too! But be aware that by doing so, you grant me permission to share your story in perpetuity in all forms of media, just as these stories shared by my radio listeners several years ago are now bringing laughter, tears and inspiration to my newsletter and website readers.
Of course, if anything really major happens in the news that I feel I simply have to explain or comment on, I’ll add that to the newsletters as well. But it would have to be real news, and not what passes for news on some 24/7 cable news outlets. For instance, if there’s nothing to talk about but horrible disasters that might happen but actually haven’t yet, or a devastating government shutdown that hardly anyone notices (shouldn’t most government offices be shut down over Christmas anyway?) or that President Trump said something everyone knows to be true but people are outraged because he wasn’t supposed to say it…Well, I will not set down a plate of Christmas ham or stop wrapping gifts for my grandkids to deal with that.
I wish you all a joyous, safe and blessed holiday season! Merry Christmas!
Roberts sides with liberals on Court
By Mike Huckabee
The Supreme Court voted to keep a lower court’s ban in place, preventing the Trump Administration from barring asylum for people who enter the US illegally. The ban arose from a lawsuit by the ACLU that won’t be decided for months. The plaintiffs argue that the law says immigrants can apply for asylum no matter how they enter the US. But the Administration contends that the law is being exploited by people who don’t qualify for asylum but claim it as an easy escape route when they’re caught trying to sneak in illegally, and that it’s led to a crisis in the form of massive caravans of people trying to cross our border.
The Court vote didn’t include any explanations, but Chief Justice Roberts crossed over to vote with the liberals in keeping the ban on Trump’s changes in place, with the more conservative Justices voting to lift it. Considering this ban was by the same Obama-appointed judge Roberts appeared to be defending against Trump when he recently made the hilarious claim that there are no politically partisan judges, one might think he would recuse himself from this particular decision, although that would have resulted in a tie vote so the ban would’ve stayed anyway.
The lesson for conservatives is that if they don’t want our immigration laws exploited, they need to change the law – which is not likely, with Democrats taking over the House – or they need to appoint and confirm a lot more conservative judges, which thankfully is still possible for at least the next two years.
Evening Edition - December 21
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;
for in thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto thee."
- Psalm 143:8
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