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Who is John Huber?
U.S. Attorney John Huber of Utah is the latest to be brought in to “investigate the investigators” at the FBI and Justice Department, in lieu of what many had concluded was the only way to get to the bottom of misconduct there: a special counsel.
Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions has been under fire for some time from congressional Republicans and also from President Trump (and also from me and, I’ll bet, you) for not appointing a second special counsel. Obviously, the conflicts of interest at the Justice Department are so thickly layered and involve so many current and former employees that it can’t possibly be trusted to investigate itself. Sessions has announced in a letter to congressional leaders that he’s decided, at least for now, not to appoint a special counsel, but he assures us that Huber is already digging.
Not a children's crusade
By Mike Huckabee
There’s a great debate going on in America now between the anti-gun groups who organized the recent “March For Our Lives” rally and Second Amendment defenders. The former claim that older people have failed to do what is necessary (defined as “what they want,” which is to ban and confiscated privately-owned guns and repeal the Second Amendment), so we must all, to quote an old Monkees song that only us fogies would know, “yield before the wisdom of a child.”
The other side questions the sanity of thinking that teenagers, who are too young to vote and have never even taken a class in Constitutional law or, apparently, American history – and who, according to their own arguments, are too irrational and immature to be trusted with a gun – are somehow magically blessed with a special knowledge of how to write laws and edit the Bill of Rights. They also note that even many teenagers disagree with radical anti-gun views, but they aren’t welcome by the march organizers and media because they don’t parrot the party line.
Well, it turns out that there is actually a third angle to this debate that is only now coming to light: that so-called “children’s crusade” wasn’t just organized by adults, it was also largely attended by adults.
"The fruits of his reconstruction"
By Mike Huckabee
I’d like to take a break from the news to wish you and your family a happy and blessed Good Friday, Passover and Easter. In fact, I’d love to take a break from the news to do that, but the “news” just keeps intruding on religious faith.
The latest firestorm is over a claim in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that Pope Francis told the atheist semi-retired publisher of the paper, who is a friend, that there is no Hell. As if to disprove the premise, the paper now has Hell to pay for running that dubious story.
According to the newspaper, the Pope told the publisher that “good souls are admitted to the contemplation of God,” but bad souls “are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven, disappear. There is no Hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.” Of course, this directly contradicts 2,000 years of Christian and Catholic doctrine, previous quotes from the Pope warning sinners how to avoid Hell, and multiple quotes in the Bible, including quotes from Jesus Himself (see the linked story).
Frankly, I trust the accuracy of the quotes in the Book of Matthew more than those in La Repubblica. Particularly since the Vatican strongly denied the story, noting that while the Pope had a private meeting with the publisher, there was no interview. The Pope just wanted to wish him a happy Easter (which, if he didn’t believe in the fate that Christ died to save us from, would be pointless.) The publisher, who is 93, took no notes and later wrote the story from memory (the Vatican called it “the fruits of his reconstruction”) without any direct quotes from the Pope.
It’s sad that such a story should arise during the most joyous week of the Christian calendar, celebrating the Resurrection of Christ and the fulfillment of His promise to die for our sins and assure those who accept Him of everlasting life. On the other hand, after years of attempts to secularize and commercialize Easter, to make it about nothing but bunnies and candy eggs, somehow the fuzzy memory of an atheist publisher and the shocking claims that the Pope doesn’t believe in Hell have converged to result in reporters being forced to scour the Bible for quotes warning us of the reality of Hell and to distribute them far and wide as part of their coverage. And just in time for Good Friday.
Here’s another quote for you that I guarantee is accurate: “God works in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.” – William Cowpers
Good Friday in Gaza
By Mike Huckabee
Today is Good Friday, but sadly, there’s not much good or peaceful happening on the Gaza Strip. Up to 20,000 Palestinians, fired up for a Passover “March of Return” demonstration, are holding violent mass protests along the security fence protecting Israel. They’re throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks while Israeli troops hold them back with rubber bullets and tear gas. Some of the rioters are suspected of trying to plant IEDs along the fence.
There are reports of six Gazan deaths and 500 injuries, although those figures came from Hamas and are not confirmed. Israeli officials said Hamas is using civilians as human shields, and they tried to draw Israeli fire by sending a seven-year-old girl to the fence. But the Israelis realized what was going on and made sure she was safe. The Palestinians are reportedly planning to keep this up for six weeks.
Now, imagine what would be happening without the security fence. Still think open borders are a marvelous idea?
"De Facto Bad"
By Mike Huckabee
The happy face put on Facebook is looking noticeably uglier these days. First, there were the accusations of censorship of conservative political views and news. Then privacy violations and misuse of personal data (aka, the “business model.”)
Now, a 2016 internal memo has surfaced from Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth. Even as the company was publicly downplaying the idea of negative consequences from its service, Bosworth was saying they believe so deeply in connecting people that “anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good,” even if it “costs a life by exposing someone to bullies” or “someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”
I’m not a PR professional, but I’d say that quote is “de facto bad.”