“Adam Schiff is basically the Jussie Smollett of Congress, on steroids.”
So said Donald Trump, Jr., on Wednesday’s HANNITY, and he nailed it. Overall, Wednesday was an especially contentious day in the news. Admittedly, it can sometimes be hard to take, but keep in mind, this is because a few (not enough) brave Republicans --- most notably the President himself --- are refusing to roll over. Obviously, the gloves are off.
First of all, we now know that California Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and also head of the impeachment inquiry, has lied repeatedly about the so-called “whistleblower” complaint against the President. Even The New York Times had a story on it, written in NYT style, but you can still tell from this that Schiff lied…
Classic Western Star Needs Some Help
I’m sure many of you are fans of “The Rifleman,” one of the greatest shows of TV’s golden age of Westerns. It ran from 1958 to 1963. Generations of us grew up watching it in after-school reruns, and it’s still popular today. It featured Chuck Connors as widowed rancher Lucas McCain, who protected his frontier town of North Fork with his toxic masculinity and his Winchester rifle with lever-action repeat that would've traumatized Beto O'Rourke. Johnny Crawford played his son, Mark. The show was filled with action, great drama and wholesome family life lessons.
We’re all saddened to report that while Johnny will forever be young Mark McCain in reruns, the real life Johnny Crawford is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s advanced so much that his wife had to move him to a facility for 24-hour care last winter, and the bills are a severe strain on his family (Most TV shows from that era only paid residuals for six reruns.) His friend since “Mickey Mouse Club” days, Paul Peterson of “The Donna Reed Show,” set up a GoFundMe account to help. If everyone who’s enjoyed “The Rifleman” over the past six decades gave just a few bucks, his care would be covered and the financial burden lifted from his family. The initial goal is almost met. If you’d like to say “thanks for all the entertainment” by kicking in a few bucks, here’s the link:
Okay, that's the important part. Now, if you’d like to know a little more about why you might want to help, read on…
Johnny Crawford was not one of those child stars who got a big head and went off the rails. Chuck Connors recalled that throughout the run of the show, even with all his success as an actor and singer (an Emmy nomination, teen idol hits like “Cindy’s Birthday”), Johnny remained humble and professional. He always called all the adults on set “sir” and “ma’am,” and on the last day of filming, he went around and thanked each of them personally. He remained friends with Connors for his entire life and gave a eulogy at his memorial service in 1992.
Throughout his life, he was known for being nice, humble and helping others. For instance, when he was starring in “Meet Me In St. Louis” in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1980, he noticed a chorus girl who was hilarious, did amazing backflips and had a unique voice. Convinced she could be a star, he gave her a one-way ticket to L.A. and encouraged her to pursue her dreams. He even hired her for his nightclub act while she established herself. She credits him with changing her life. You know her as one of the few outspoken Tea Party conservatives in show business, former “SNL” star Victoria Jackson. She pays tribute to him here:
During a time when many young people were protesting and dodging the draft, Crawford served in the Army and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1967. He also stayed single for years, but when he finally married, it was to his high school sweetheart, who is still his wife today.
One of the donors to the GoFundMe account recalled that he hired Johnny’s band to play for a fundraiser for an animal charity and Johnny gave them a huge discount because he loves dogs.
A few years ago, Laura and I saw him perform in “The Foreigner” in our Dallas suburb, a gig he took because he’d worked with the head of our local arts board years ago and never refused a favor to a friend. After the show, he came out to greet the audience, pose for photos and sign autographs. He seemed very nice, down-to-earth, and genuinely grateful to every fan for remembering him.
Finally, because one of my fields of expertise is celebrity recordings, I’ll point you beyond his teen pop hits to his 1920s vintage dance orchestra that was popular in L.A. You can hear samples of their CD, “Sweepin’ The Clouds Away,” and get it here:
“Stop trying to help me!!”
By Mike Huckabee
It’s been said by many (me, for instance) that if it weren’t for double standards, today’s leftists would have no standards at all. By the same token, their policies seem to have no intended results, only unintended results.
I told you yesterday about the California criminal reform bill that’s resulted in a huge wave of theft and shoplifting. Now, on the opposite coast, the New York Post reports that New York City’s much-ballyhooed new $15-an-hour minimum wage law that was supposed to help low-skilled workers is backfiring bigly.
All over town, even well-established restaurants that have been in business for years are slashing staffs, cutting hours, and going out of business, unable to deal with the huge increase in labor costs. Workers who still have jobs are having to work harder to take care of more customers, who are getting worse service and not coming back, which leads to more job and hour cuts, and it spirals down, down, down. As of August, the New York restaurant industry had lost 4,000 jobs. Why, it’s almost as if there were some invisible connection between what a job is worth and what it pays that the government can’t eliminate just by passing a law.
AOC was a big booster of the “Fight for 15” movement. She should go back to the bar where she used to work and ask her former co-workers how much they appreciate her helping them. Except it might be hard to find them, since that place closed after 28 years in business, partly because of the high cost of the new minimum wage she championed. When it closed, she tweeted that this is why she ran for Congress; to help working people have a better future. I can imagine her former co-workers (now just former workers) had the same response that Oliver Hardy used to say to Stan Laurel:
“Stop trying to help me!!”
California tries to waste even more taxpayers' money
By Mike Huckabee
Speaking of leftists who simply refuse to learn, California officials intend to waste even more of their taxpayers’ money by appealing a judge's ruling that threw out the state’s law requiring all Presidential candidates to release five years’ worth of personal tax forms before their names could be on the state ballot.
While California legislators claimed the law wasn’t aimed at President Trump but was just for financial transparency, it was clearly an attempt to keep Trump off the 2020 ballot, which would have depressed Republican turnout and harmed the Party in all down-ballot races. US District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. saw through the California leftists’ vegan baloney and issued a 24-page ruling, finding the law violated the First Amendment freedom of association and attempted to add extra requirements for the Presidency, which are set solely by the Constitution (natural-born citizen 35 or older and a resident for at least 14 years, period.)
If you let states add their own requirements, Texas might declare that each candidate must be able stay on a bucking bronco for at least eight seconds, while Minnesota might require that they be able to finish an entire serving of lutefisk. The possibilities are endless, and endlessly ridiculous, which is why the Judge was absolutely right to throw California’s law in the garbage where it belongs.
If the officials in Sacramento seriously think this Supreme Court is going to side with them, then California needs to add a requirement that anyone running for statewide office be forced to pass a mental health evaluation. Come to think of it, they should do that anyway. It would get rid of most of the legislature and governor, so they could start over from scratch.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
If you’re still wondering why there are so many empty seats at NFL games these days, maybe it’s because players who show disrespect for the flag and the National Anthem get defended by the league and get fat contracts from Nike, while players who show their religious beliefs get fined thousands of dollars for displaying “personal messages” during the game (is taking a knee during the National Anthem not "displaying a personal message"?) Also worth noting: the team he plays for is called “the Saints.” Someone in the NFL front office should look up what that word means.
Brave Social Justice Warriors in Action Dept. At the link, see video of some black-masked Antifa thugs trying to prevent people from attending a conservative event at Mohawk College in Ontario. That involved blocking an elderly couple (the woman with a walker) from crossing the street while cursing and screaming in their faces, “Nazi scum, off our streets!” I didn’t know Antifa owned the streets of Ontario, but I do know who the real Nazi scum are in this video.
Our Daily Verse (KJV)
"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love."
- Ephesians 4:2
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