THE MORNING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good morning! Here are some stories from me that I think you will want to read. Topics include:
- Oral Arguments Begin
- Chris Cuomo Suspension
- Cuomo Scandal
- Vaccine Mandate
- Prayer Tree
- And Much More
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Today's Bible Verse was recommended by Rosanne G.
“Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.”
Job 37:13 NASB
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THE LATEST NEWS
1. ORAL ARGUMENTS
Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which could be the most serious challenge yet to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision in which the SCOTUS yanked a right to abortion out of thin air and claimed they found it in the Constitution. Mississippi is defending its law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Here are the details and background:
As expected, protesters from both sides are gathering outside the Supreme Court, and Democrats are falling back on their favorite tactics when they don’t have the facts on their side in a case: threatening the judges and predicting the end of the world if they lose.
Reality check: even if the Court sides 100% with Mississippi, that would still not ban abortion, but just allow states to place certain limits on it. And even if the SCOTUS recognized Roe for the tragic, badly-decided junk decision that it clearly was and threw it out entirely, that would not ban abortion, as pro-abortion advocates imply. It would simply return decisions over that issue to the individual states, where they belong. Some might ban abortion, others would impose no limits, and others would fall in the middle.
For further background, read this excellent article by Rita Joseph, author of “Human Rights and the Unborn Child,” about four important things the Justices should consider lest they be misled by popular but fatuous arguments.
Incidentally, I wonder how many very liberal Roe supporters realize how much that decision owed to the precedent of the Dred Scott decision, one of the Court’s most shameful moments, when it reinforced slavery by finding that some human beings can be the property of others because it would inconvenience society too much to grant them human rights? Some fine company you’re keeping there, abortion rights advocates.
2. CHRIS CUOMO IS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY:
Under intense pressure from all sides, CNN finally announced that anchor Chris Cuomo would be “suspended indefinitely” after it came to light that he was more heavily involved in protecting his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from sexual harassment charges than he’d admitted. That includes allegedly lying about using his journalistic sources to share intel on the women with his brother’s aides.
Pardon me if I find CNN's action underwhelming. Even liberals at outlets like Rolling Stone and MSNBC said this was such a shocking breach of professional ethics and the public trust that he should be fired and banned from journalism. CNN’s response: he’s “suspended”…”indefinitely.”
“Suspended” ain’t “fired.” And “indefinitely” literally means for no particular set length of time. CNN fired Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself during a Zoom call. He was back on the air eight months later. If they’re okay with showing viewers that, I guess it won’t be nearly as long before they’ll be showing us Chris Cuomo again.
3. CHECK OUT THIS STORY:
Check out this heartwarming story of how a college student and competitive swimmer was only doing so-so for three years until, in his final year, he began notching up first place trophies and setting new records. What was the secret that finally allowed him to surge into the top levels of the sport? He came out as “trans,” changed his name from Will to “Lia,” and began competing in women's events.
You’ll surely be moved by his (sorry, “her”...or is it "xir?") story about how hard it’s been, but fortunately, “Being trans has not affected my ability to do this sport, and being able to continue is very rewarding.”
Yes, extremely rewarding! Not so much for all the girls who are literally being left in “Lia’s” wake, and who might also have dreamed of winning those titles, only to have their dreams crushed by their new large, muscular competitor. But then, the media can’t defend their right to compete and win in women’s sports. The preferred narrative is almost as important to them as preferred pronouns.
4. VACCINE MANDATE CONTINUES ITS LOSING STREAK:
President Biden’s vaccine mandate is continuing its losing streak. He’s already backed down from imposing it on federal workers (the group over which he arguably has the strongest claim to power), and on Tuesday, his claim to having power to impose it on the private sector suffered a double header loss in courts.
A federal judge in Kentucky blocked the mandate from taking effect against federal contractors and subcontractors in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. He said this case isn’t about whether vaccines are effective (he believes they are) or whether the government can impose vaccine mandates in certain circumstances, which it can. This is about whether Biden has the constitutional authority to impose this particular mandate, and it’s likely he does not.
And a federal judge in Louisiana extended to a nationwide injunction a Missouri federal judge’s block on the mandate for health care workers in 10 states, halting it in all 50 states. In his ruling, Judge Terry Doughty gave the clearest explanation yet for why Biden does not have the power to impose a sweeping mandate that should have been passed by Congress:
“If the separation of powers meant anything to the Constitutional framers, it meant that the three necessary ingredients to deprive a person of liberty or property – the power to make rules, to enforce them, and to judge their violations – could never fall into the same hands…If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands. If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency.”
Boy, can he say that again!
Needless to say, the Biden Administration is ignoring these court rulings and telling employers to continue with the mandate anyway, which means he’s also now usurping the authority of the third branch of government. Or as Democrats would call that if Trump had ever done it: “FASCISM!!”
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5. A CLEAR VIOLATION:
Speaking of indefinite states of emergency being used to grab unconstitutional powers, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked if Biden would ban unvaccinated people from domestic airline flights. She replied that he “wasn’t taking any options off the table, but he’s going to rely on the advice of his health and medical experts.” And his #1 health “expert” is Dr. Fauci, who said in September that he would support that idea, and “If you want to get on a plane and travel, then you should be vaccinated.”
Obviously, none of these people are constitutional experts (not a surprise), since as Matt Margolis at PJ Media notes, this would be a clear violation of the 14th Amendment. That states that all Americans are citizens of both their states and the USA; they enjoy equal protection under the law; and they can’t be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. That includes the liberty to freely travel from state to state.
Also worth throwing in: this President seems fine with unvaccinated illegal immigrants pouring across the border from Mexico to Texas, but he would ban unvaccinated American citizens from flying from Texas to Florida. I guess he’s afraid they’d get COVID from the viruses left in the plane by all the illegal immigrants he’s flying from Texas to Florida.
6. HIGH PROFILE COURT TRIALS:
Seems as if we’re suddenly in the middle of a blizzard of high profile court trials. The latest that both started on Monday are the New York trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, accused of procuring underage girls for the late wealthy pedophile Jeffrey Epstein; and the Chicago trial of actor Jussie Smollett for “allegedly” arranging a fake hate crime against himself and for lying to police and wasting police resources.
I’m not going to cover these trials every day in detail, since they’re already getting so much media coverage that by the time you get my newsletter, you’ll probably be sick of hearing about them. But if anything really interesting comes out, I’ll pass it along. So here are today’s two big stories, one of which isn’t even a story, really:
In the Smollett case, his attorney made it clear that they plan to pin the entire ridiculous plot on the two Nigerian brothers who say Smollett paid them to help stage the phony racist, homophobic attack on him and blame it on white Trump supporters. He called the brothers “sophisticated, highly intelligent criminals,” as if anyone involved in this farce were sophisticated or highly intelligent. He’d better hope the jurors aren’t.
As Victoria Taft at PJ Media notes, after all his accusations about other people being racist, when it’s time to save himself, Smollett went straight to blaming the black guys.
Meanwhile, the big bombshell non-story in the Maxwell case was Epstein’s former pilot testifying that he saw Donald Trump on Epstein’s private jet one time.
This was treated in some media outlets as a huge “A-HA!” moment, tying Trump to Epstein’s perverted crimes. But all it did was confirm a story that’s been public knowledge for years: Trump used to know Epstein and one time in 1997, he and some other people accepted a ride on Epstein’s jet from Florida to New York when Trump’s plane was undergoing repairs. There are no records of Trump ever flying on it again, much less to Epstein’s private so-called “Pedophile Island.” Trump later cut all contact after Epstein was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort, and Trump had him thrown out and banned from the premises.
I’ll let you know if the media get equally hysterical over the 26 trips Bill Clinton took on Epstein’s plane.
7. I JUST WANTED TO SAY:
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O HOLY NIGHT
Today's Christmas carol is recommended by many readers.
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from the Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
Written by: Placide Cappeau, Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight
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