On Tuesday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent the letter Trump had promised to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democratic committee chairs Adam Schiff (Intelligence), Eliot Engel (Foreign Affairs) and Elijah Cummings (Oversight) informing them that the administration will not cooperate with the illegitimate and constitutionally invalid “impeachment inquiry” going on right now. There will be no compliance, the letter said, unless the House makes it official by holding a full floor vote to approve such an inquiry and unless basic principles of due process and separation of powers are followed. The letter states that “this is “an unauthorized impeachment inquiry that conflicts with all historical precedent...”
“Consistent with the duties of the President of the United States, and in particular his obligation to preserve the rights of future occupants of his office, President Trump cannot permit his Administration to participate in this partisan inquiry under these circumstances.” The White House will be providing no witnesses, no documents, no kidding.
The letter reads in part: “The invalid ‘impeachment inquiry’ plainly seeks to reverse the election of 2016 and to influence the election of 2020.” It calls the impeachment effort “a naked political strategy that began the day he [Trump] was inaugurated, and perhaps even before.”
Inconvenient Truths Dept
The poor Democrats can barely finishing building a narrative out of sand before the big bully of truth comes along and kicks it over. Latest example:
Actual journalist John Solomon has uncovered evidence that Ukrainian anti-corruption authorities requested that the investigation into the energy firm with Joe Biden’s son Hunter on its board be reopened last February. That’s not only five months before President Trump called President Zelensky, it was before Zelensky even became President. So how could Ukraine reopening the investigation be the result of Trump demanding a “quid pro quo” from Zelensky if they were already planning to do it five months before the phone call?
Is there such a thing as a “quo pro quid?”
By Mike Huckabee
If the NFL moved its goalposts as often and as far as the Democrats do, we’d be playing the Super Bowl in Ukraine by now.
After Democrats claimed President Trump must’ve misleadingly edited the transcript of his phone call with Ukraine’s President and he must release it unredacted, he said, okay, he will do that today. Now they’re saying, “Not good enough! He must release the full whistleblower complaint!” Yes, we can learn so much more from a complaint based on second- and third-hand gossip about a phone call than we can from the complete, unredacted transcript of the phone call.
I think the problem here is that they’ve made the fatal mistake of believing their own propaganda. Trump has been incredibly transparent – answering Mueller’s questions, instructing his staff to give testimony, rejecting executive privilege, releasing thousands of documents, etc. But through all that, the Democrats have consistently accused him of lying, hiding and obstructing. They stupidly keep expecting him to do it and make demands that he release things he shouldn’t even have to release so that they can accuse him of hiding something…and then, they’re caught with their pants down when he surprises them by releasing it, so they quickly have to accuse him of something else.
If I were a betting man, I’d be laying odds on what they’ll say when he eventually does comply with their demand to release the “whistleblower” report. I'd guess it’s even money they’ll accuse him of only doing it give away the person’s identity so they can be attacked by evil men in MAGA caps who carry around ropes at all hours for no apparent reason.
Final Respects to Three Longtime Stars
By Pat Reeder
By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture historian Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook )
People always say that celebrity deaths come in threes. I think that’s just a self-fulfilling prophecy: when one big star dies, people notice the next two deaths more closely so they see the pattern. But in this case, it’s true: we have lost three longtime celebrities, all within a few days of each other.
The first was the beautiful Diahann Carroll, who died Friday of cancer at 84. She was a TV pioneer, playing the first major black character (Dominique Deveraux) on a primetime soap on “Dynasty” in the ‘80s. Before that, she had starred as a widowed single mom and nurse on NBC’s “Julia” in 1968. That’s often inaccurately called the first network sitcom with an African-American female lead, but this obituary gets it right, describing it as the first “non-stereotypical role.”
The first black actress to star in a network sitcom was Ethel Waters in “Beulah” from 1950-’51, with the role later taken over by Louise Beavers and Hattie McDaniel. And Ernestine Wade played Sapphire Stevens, one of the four main characters on “Amos ‘N’ Andy,” as early as 1951. But of course, neither of those shows was considered a breaker of racial stereotypes like “Julia.”
Something you might not about Diahann Carroll (and of particular interest to me as the co-author of “Hollywood Hi-Fi,” the book on recordings by celebrities) is that she was first known as a singer. Her big break came at 18 when she won the TV talent show “Chance of a Lifetime” singing “Why Was I Born,” which led to nightclub gigs, roles in musical films such as “Carmen Jones” and “Porgy & Bess” (although she was dubbed by opera singer Loulie Jean Norman in that one), and the post-Hammerstein Richard Rodgers Broadway musical, “No Strings,” for which she became the first black actress to win the Tony Award for best musical performance. Over the years, she recorded a number of excellent albums with such accompanists as Andre Previn and Duke Ellington. Here’s a list if you’d like to explore:
And because “celebrities always go in threes…”
Legendary rock/jazz drummer Ginger Baker has died at 80 after a long battle with a number of health issues. Baker was best known as one-third of the first rock supergroup, Cream, with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton. He was almost as famous for his ego, prickly personality and fights with bandmates as he was for his brilliant, idiosyncratic percussion work. When John Bonham of Led Zeppelin once suggested that he and Ginger Baker were the two greatest British drummers, Baker shot back a sarcastic and profane comment about how cheeky Bonham was to put himself in the same league as Ginger Baker.
And filling out the tragic trio, flamboyant comic “Rip” Taylor died Sunday in Beverly Hills at 84. Boomers will remember his big mustache and deliberately fake toupee from such TV staples as “Hollywood Squares,” “The Gong Show” and various talk and variety shows, where he would storm on to “Happy Days Are Here Again” and bark corny one-liners while alternately flinging confetti at the audience and mock-crying. Trivia: the confetti started when he appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” and his jokes were dying, so he grabbed Merv’s note cards, ripped them up, threw them like confetti and knocked over Merv’s desk. He figured he’d ended his career. Instead, TV viewers wrote in for more of that “crazy” comedian and his Wildman act was born.
A comedy writer who knew Taylor said he loved showbiz, was a very nice man in private, generous to his friends and appreciative of his fans, but when he wasn’t “on,” he could seem unusually quiet and withdrawn, even depressed. Maybe he was just tired. That act had to be exhausting.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
I doubt it was likely that any PETA chapters would be holding meetings (or “anti-meatings”) at Arby’s, but if so, they will definitely be canceling those plans during “Meatober,” when Arby’s is unveiling its own line of “Meatober” merchandise, including such clothing items as “Beefvarian” hats and “Meaterhosen” (for those who always dreamed of wearing shorts made of bacon.)
Incidentally, if you do have dreams about wearing shorts made of bacon, go see a psychiatrist. You can stop off at Arby’s along the way.
President Trump’s planned rally in Minneapolis tomorrow will go on as scheduled after a day of angry tweeting at Mayor Jacob Frey, who demanded that Trump's campaign pay $530,000 in additional security costs upfront.
AEG, the company that runs Target Center, backed down on a threat to cancel the rally if the campaign didn’t pay up after being reminded that Trump had a signed contract for the facility. The mayor claimed that the city deserved to be compensated for security expenses, but Trump described it as an attempt to prevent him from speaking, the way some college campuses have tried to silence conservative student groups by demanding outrageous fees to cover the need for extra security. In this case, “outrageous” could be defined as “26 times the cost of security for a 2009 Obama rally.”
Considering conservative rallies are almost always peaceful, and leave venues cleaner than they found them, why do they need so much extra expensive security? Well, because of the danger that the kind of leftist hotheads who elected their liberal governments might show up in black hoods and start attacking people. After all, if you want to make sure the left doesn’t attack you, you have to pay the left for the extra security that their own supporters’ violent intolerance of free speech forces you to hire, right? Seems only fair.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
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