May 12, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
NEWLY RELEASED TRANSCRIPTS SHOW THE DEPTH OF THE LIES
Monday, I told you about what we discovered deep within the 88-page transcript of a House Intel Committee interview with CrowdStrike cybersecurity expert Shawn Henry. As it turns out, others such as Dan Bongino and Tucker Carlson picked up on that same piece of news and did commentaries as well. It’s a huge story that, sadly, most of the media will bury under a pile of Barr-bashing and scary coronavirus stories. Really, though, this story is arguably the scariest one of all, because it shows our country has spent the past several years in the grip of a different kind of contagion: mass hysteria.
Mr. Henry’s testimony, hidden for three years, reveals that the lie Democrats have told since 2016 goes beyond the phony assertion that there is evidence Trump was in cahoots with Vladimir Putin while running for President. They also lied when they said there was evidence of the Russian government trying to hurt Hillary by hacking DNC emails. According to Henry, the one in charge of CrowdStrike’s investigation, they found no direct evidence, only “indications” and assumptions. (I mentioned in my earlier commentary that they are known to have made mistakes before when attributing computer hacks to Russia.) But a Russian hack fits the narrative. When Henry was brought in by Clinton lawyer and helpful dirt-disher Michael Sussmann to handle the “remediation," it was Sussmann who told him the FBI had already found “indications” that caused them to suspect the Russian government, essentially handing Henry the client’s preferred narrative on a silver platter.
President Trump hasn’t been holding his daily COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus briefings for a while, but he did hold a briefing Monday to tout the significant rise in testing. You can find the entire briefing here.
You can safely tune out once the reporters start asking questions. They could be eliciting important information that Americans need to know, like the latest findings on the coronavirus or plans to get the economy back on track. Instead, they are, as they have been for three years now, consumed with overheated “gotcha” questions. For instance, after hectoring Trump about how he and his staff weren’t getting tested every day, he started getting tested every day, and now they hector him about “wasting” tests and why he can get tested every day when all other Americans can’t (yes, that’s the obvious solution to this crisis: administering nearly 330 million tests every day.)
Trump is taking a lot of flak for abruptly ending the briefing and walking out, but why sit through the same stupid show when you’ve already had to sit through it countless times before?
Here’s my modest proposal: let the White House Press Corps, which has proven it is incapable of acting like professionals and showing respect for the man or the office, cool their heels for a while. Instead, take questions via Skype from local reporters all over America, who will ask about topics that Americans are genuinely concerned about, like their health, jobs, families, and Constitutional rights. That would not only be much better for informing Americans but maybe it would give the DC “Democratic mouthpieces with bylines” a remedial lesson in how real reporters do their job.
DEFYING THE SHUTDOWNS
A number of states are relaxing their “stay at home” orders. For the latest on what’s happening in your state, check out this regularly updated list.
The natives are definitely getting restless, especially in Democrat-controlled states where the rules often seem to be arbitrary, have little to do with actually preventing the spread of the virus, and are enforced in total disregard of individual rights. In Michigan, where Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just defied the public and the legislature by extending her “stay at home” order until May 28 (!), 77-year-old barber Karl Manke is taking a stand behind his barber chair.
Manke said the endless shutdown is killing him financially, he cannot go on with no income, and “I don’t need the governor to be my mother.” He said he’s opening his shop, and “I’ll be open until Jesus walks in or until they arrest me.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if they do try to arrest him, but after seeing what happened when they jailed Dallas hair salon owner Shelley Luther (they made her the Rosa Parks of hairstyling), the state authorities might want to think twice before putting a 77-year-old barber into the jail they just let a real criminal out of, just for the crime of cutting hair to make a living.
And it’s not just everyday Americans defying the endless shutdowns that are dragging out long past the initial goal of “flattening the curve.” Now, a very wealthy tech celebrity has joined the insurrection. Tesla founder Elon Musk has already demanded that the government “give Americans their freedom back” and threatened to move his car factory out of California over the ever-expanding shutdown.
Now, he’s announced that he is reopening his factory (under strict safety standards), and he intends to be on the line himself. He asks that if anyone is arrested for that, that it be him only. This should be interesting because he’s not only an influential business leader, he can also afford some really great lawyers whom I’ll bet know a lot more about Constitutional rights than the leaders of California do.
AINSWORTH: AN ILLUMINATING LOOK AT JAMES COMEY...IN 2003
By Laura Ainsworth
While looking for some background information on former FBI Director James Comey, I happened to click on a link that took me to a 2003 profile of him in NEW YORK magazine. How interesting –- I love to look back at contemporaneous observations, in this case from the days following 9/11 and the introduction of the Patriot Act.
The thrust of the piece seems to be that Comey is just a “good guy” who can’t really be pigeonholed politically, and in 2003, that uncomplicated picture might have been adequate to describe him. There was a lot I learned about him, though, including events surrounding the deeply tragic loss of his 9-day-old son from an infection that could easily have been treated at the hospital.
Comey always seems to have been obsessed with moral introspection –- not sure when he picked up the nickname “Cardinal Comey” –- but the impression given in the article is also that of someone who didn’t want to be too public about it, or about his work in general. The future FBI director made it clear to the interviewer that he thought Rudy Giuliani, for example, was too much of an attention-seeker for his taste, much more of a show-boater than he himself could ever be. In that respect, the James Comey we see now appears to have changed a great deal from the man being profiled in 2003, in that today he has no problem with being bathed in the glow of worshipful anti-Trump media attention, which can always be counted on to provide a forum for all his self-indulgent lecturing and posturing and criticizing and condescending and tweeting and famously bragging about going around established procedures because, hey, he thought he could get away with it.
THESE POLITICIANS ARE GETTING RICH DOING NOTHING
Most people have tried to follow the guidelines to stay home and be cautious, but as the forecasts for the impact have proven to be grossly over-estimated, the only people who seem to want this to continue are certain elected officials who like telling people what to do.
I’ve been to some countries with authoritarian governments that govern with a brutal iron hand. I’ve always appreciated that as a citizen of the United States of America, I had guaranteed civil liberties and clearly defined rights that would be protected. Even if I actually committed a crime and the entire thing was captured from 6 angles on video, I was still presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty by a jury of my peers and I would be entitled to legal representation and due process. We’ve all been rankled by criminals who did horrible things, but who were protected by the very law that we hoped would put them in prison and away from our communities where they did real damage to the innocent. Then came the pandemic, and with it forced the closure of businesses, events, and public places, and even forced demands to wear masks and refrain from even visiting our own relatives. Suddenly, for the first time in my life, my beloved America is starting to look like some of the truly horrible and abusive places I have visited and couldn’t wait to get out of.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:22 (KJV)