THE EVENING EDITION
BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
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With each new revelation of how the tragic Uvalde school shooting was handled, the local police response has looked worse and worse. Now, in testimony to the Texas Senate, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McGraw blasted the local police response as “an abject failure, and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the past two decades since the Columbine massacre.”
McGraw said standard policy is to engage and neutralize school shooters as quickly as possible. But in Uvalde, he said within three minutes of the shooter entering the school, police had enough armed officers in body armor on the scene to move in. But the on-sight commander, school district police Chief Pete Arredondo, ordered them to stand by and wait for backup. He said the children and teachers were begging for help and being murdered for “one hour, fourteen minutes and eight seconds” before two Border Patrol agents arrived and took out the shooter. McGraw blasted Arredondo for putting the lives of officers ahead of the lives of the children.
In response, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin slammed the hearing as biased and a “clown show,” and said McGraw failed to mention that 14 DPS officers were in the building at the time as well. Arredondo was recently elected to the city council, but he hasn’t shown up for several meetings.
In the long run, no amount of finger-pointing will bring back the children and teachers whose lives were needlessly lost. But refusing to own up to the catastrophic security failures or hold anyone accountable is a surefire way to ensure that more lives will be needlessly lost. We need less talk about blame and more about responsibility.
Steven Colbert’s smug dismissal of the seriousness of his staffers’ illegal incursion into a Congressional office building is getting scrutinized by conservative pundits and legal scholars. I’m sure you’ll be terribly surprised to learn that he left some things out and wasn’t completely honest.
He doesn't seem to understand how hypocritical it is for him to say his people weren't doing anything wrong, they were shooting some video in a House office building after being ordered by police to leave, when he's been one of the top cheerleaders for Democrats who've treated grannies who walked through an open Capitol door and took selfies as if they were terrorists.
At long last, a GOP debate is finally going to be moderated by a conservative media figure. Talk show host and legal scholar Mark Levin has agreed to moderate two debates among Florida Republican Congressional candidates at next month’s Sunshine Summit.
Let’s hope the RNC watches this with an eye to it being an audition. If they’re finally going to demand some balance in the moderation of Presidential debates, they’ll need a list of names ready to go, and Mark Levin sounds like a great possibility. He will ask brilliant questions from a conservative perspective, he’ll keep to the point and the facts, and just his being there will make liberal talking heads explode. So, a win-win-win!
Megan Rapinoe: a font of wisdom
I’ll bet the executives at Subway who signed soccer player/LGBTQ activist Megan Rapinoe to an endorsement deal are wishing they could put that contract on a wheat roll and eat it. I’m also sure many of their stockholders would like to force them to do that.
Here’s the latest declaration from that endless font of wisdom who was supposed to be an inspiration to young female athletes: Just get over having “trans” males take your trophies and scholarships away because sports aren’t that important anyway.
Thoughts on DeSantis
Kyle Smith of National Review reports that the New Yorker tried mightily to write a hit piece on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and despite all their negativity and snark, he still came off sounding so good that I’ll bet at least 75% of even the New Yorkers' readers wish they could replace Biden with him right now.
Fighting back against woke censorship
Interesting article from John Stossel about the dawning rebellion against woke censorship in the comedy world, led by the Babylon Bee and a few brave stand-ups and YouTubers who are willing to endure the cancel culture mob rage in defense of free speech and the right to ridicule things that richly deserve it.
In a related story, Dave Chappelle has raised a lot of money for his alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. So much that a theater was going to be named for him until a few extremely ungrateful students raised a stink because he dared to make jokes about radical trans activists. Chappelle said he’s taken a lot of cold shots in show business, but having students from his own school turn on him “sincerely hurt.” He also noted that students who confronted him about his Netflix special talked only about gender and said nothing about art. But appropriately enough, Chappelle had the last laugh in a move that was both gracious and savage.
First, to help raise money for the theater, he asked people to donate either for or against him, with whichever side gave the most getting naming rights. Not surprisingly, his fans gave far more money (leftists are only generous with other people’s money.)
But instead of taking the honor, Chappelle said he didn’t want his name on the theater to make any students uncomfortable. So instead of naming it after himself, it will instead be named “The Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression.” That might rankle the woke mobs even worse!
He said, "The more you say I can't say something, the more urgent it is for me to say it. It has nothing to do with what you are saying I can't say. It has everything to do with my freedom of artistic expression."
His name might not be on the theater, but they should paint that quote on the lobby wall. Maybe some of those “art” students who think they know everything already will read it and actually learn something.
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