Evening Edition - August 16

August 16, 2018 |

RIP Aretha

Very sad to report that the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, passed away today at home in Detroit at 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  While she sang in genres from soul to rock, blues to disco to jazz, her voice always conveyed the power, emotion and authenticity that she developed growing up singing gospel in church as the daughter of a Baptist minister.  Her first album, at age 14, was called “Songs of Faith.”

Her many hits “(R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” “Chain of Fools,” “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “Freeway of Love” and so many more) earned her 18 Grammy Awards from 1968 to 2008. She landed 112 singles on the Billboard charts, with 77 reaching the Hot 100.  And did you know she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year before the Beatles were?  Aretha Franklin lived a long and amazing life, but not nearly long enough.  My deepest condolences to her family.  For the rest of us, what better way to memorialize her than by playing some of her music?

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/08/16/aretha-franklin-queen-soul-dead-at-76.html

Colorado in the news

Did you really think that when the Supreme Court slapped down the liberal Colorado officials who tried to destroy Christian cake designer Jack Phillips for declining to create a same-sex wedding cake, that those officials would actually obey the Court and stop their attempts to force him to violate his Constitutional right to religious freedom? 

Well, of course, they didn’t.  The Alliance Defending Freedom that represented Baker is once again suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for attempting to discriminate against him by targeting his business because he asserts his First Amendment right to freedom of religion.  This latest case is déjà vu all over again: a liberal lawyer lodged a complaint when Davis declined to create a cake celebrating the attorney’s gender reassignment (there were other complaints about him refusing to make a marijuana leaf cake and cakes with Satanic symbols and explicit messages, which the ADF attorneys believe were also concocted by the same attorney.)

Instead of rejecting this obvious attempt at religious harassment, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found “probable cause” to believe that Phillips must bake the gender transition cake, starting the whole expensive, time-wasting, business-threatening process of investigations and hearings all over again.  Phillips’ attorneys say it’s clear that because leftist officials despise Phillips' religious beliefs, they’re going to keep misusing government authority to allow leftist activists to target him every time he opens his business, despite the Supreme Court ruling.  They’re asking the courts to put a stop to it.  Funny, I thought the highest court of all already did.

Unfortunately, as I warned at the time, the SCOTUS tried to thread the needle by not issuing a definitive ruling but finding for Phillips only on narrow grounds specific to that case.  When the Court yanked a right to same-sex marriage out of the air, the dissenting judges warned that it would create clashes between a newly-invented “right” and an enumerated First Amendment right.  The majority tried to finesse that by papering over it with vague words, but now, it’s obvious they opened a Pandora’s box and they don’t want to deal with the consequences of their actions. 

It’s long past time for the Supreme Court to face up to its duty and clean up the mess it created by issuing a definitive ruling that First Amendment rights are paramount.  The Founders listed them first for a reason.  If they’d wanted the right to harass people for not approving of same-sex marriage or gender reassignment surgery to take precedence over religious freedom, then they would have listed that first…or even mentioned those subjects AT ALL.

https://www.westernjournal.com/colorado-ignores-supreme-court-puts-christian-baker-in-crosshairs-again/



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Media bias

Today’s the day when more than 200 newspapers will attempt to prove that President Trump is a paranoid nutjob for thinking a coordinated liberal media are colluding against him by colluding to run 200 coordinated editorials against Trump at once.  That’ll show him! 

https://www.westernjournal.com/200-newspapers-colluding-coordinated-action-trump-august-16th/

Actually, it’ll just show us all that Trump’s right, but only if anyone bothers to read these editorials.  It’s like the old question, “If a dead tree paper falls on its sword for the Democrats and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?” At the link, a terrific article by Andrew Malcolm on what he calls the “briar-patch level genius” of the media in colluding to attack Trump for accusing them of colluding to attack him. 

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/08/15/coordinated-newspaper-editorial-campaign-against-trump/

Malcolm spent 40 years in newspaper journalism, and wrote quite a few editorials himself, but he explains why most Americans have grown to viscerally distrust these pompous elitists lecturing to them from the editorial page, and it began long before Trump entered politics.  They didn’t listen when all those newspapers endorsed Hillary Clinton, and they’re certainly not listening now. That’s why, for all of the power these editors think they’re mustering by attacking Trump collectively, most Americans won’t even read the editorials, and even those who still subscribe will likely send them unread to the bottoms of their bird cages the next day. 

Another interesting take: this anti-Trump editorial blitz was organized by the Boston Globe.  They have accused Trump of launching a “dirty war on the free press.”  But as the Boston Herald reminds us, Trump has yet to shut down a single media outlet (he hasn’t even put any reporters under surveillance and spied on their phone and email records, the way Obama did, and they worshiped Obama.) 

But do you know who has abused its political power to kill a newspaper?  The Boston Globe!  The Globe used its connections to destroy one of its competitors.  In terms of success at killing outlets of the free press, the current score is Boston Globe 1, Trump 0.  Here are the details:

http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/op_ed/2018/08/lucas_the_globe_conducted_own_dirty_war_on_free_press

The idea that the low approval of the news media is the result of Trump accusing them of bias and fake news is like blaming your venereal disease on the doctor who told you have it.  Public distrust and distaste for the liberal media had been building for decades before Trump came along.  It stretches back to the 1930s, when Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Walter Duranty was whitewashing Stalin’s atrocities.  Flash forward to the ‘60s, when Walter Cronkite and CBS demoralized Americans by reporting that North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive was a terrible defeat for America when it was actually the opposite.  

I’m also old enough to recall Ronald Reagan being characterized as a dumb, belligerent Hollywood cowboy who was going to get us into a nuclear World War III.  George Bush was too nice to assail, so they attacked Vice President Dan Quayle every day for four years.  The bias picked up steam when they ignored Bill and Hillary Clinton's scandals I knew only too well, instead marveling at how “power crackles from Bill's jeans!”  Then we saw the vicious treatment George W. Bush got (the first example of the media sowing distrust in a presidential election came with the “selected, not elected” narrative, even though the media’s own Florida recounts showed that Bush would’ve won a recount.)  

With Obama, the bias became so fawning, it was almost embarrassing, like watching your kid sister throw herself at the varsity quarterback.  But the 2016 campaign was the first time the news media jettisoned even the pretense of feigning to claim impartiality and declared themselves to be “with her,” which is why Republicans keep rewatching their stunned Election Night tears on YouTube over and over while munching popcorn and laughing hysterically.  After going from watchdogs to lapdogs overnight for Obama, the media’s instant self-righteous transformation into attack dogs the second Trump was elected seemed even more preposterous.

And that only takes us up to the night Trump won.  You see, the media had squandered its journalistic integrity and reputation for fairness and accuracy long before Trump came on the scene.  I spent a year or so writing a book about their arrogant disconnection from most Americans outside the NYC/L.A./D.C. bubble, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” and it was published six months before Trump even announced his candidacy.

https://www.amazon.com/God-Guns-Grits-Gravy-Dad-Gummed/dp/1250060990



Do you know how I knew that many Americans held the media and political establishment in contempt?  Because I live and travel in “flyover country,” and I heard it everywhere: from cab drivers, factory workers, hotel desk clerks, small business owners and all sorts of other “deplorables.”  I wrote the book to try to warn them that if they didn’t come down off their high horse, the people were going to do something drastic and knock them off it.  Well, they did. If the only solution the media can come up with is trying to climb back up on the same horse, then they shouldn’t blame Trump when they end up on landing in the manure again.

   

Cuomo shoots himself in his foot

Republicans should chip in and send a gift basket to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for giving them the perfect video clip for the November and 2020 elections.  In a speech that drew an audible gasp even from his partisan Democratic crowd, Cuomo tried to attack President Trump by declaring, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.”

Cuomo accomplished the neat trick of making his dad, famous liberal Mario Cuomo, sound like Donald Trump in comparison (see the link for what his dad said on this subject that apparently didn’t get handed down to his arrogant and ungrateful son.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/gov-andrew-cuomo-declares-america-was-never-that-great-but-he-forgot-what-his-daddy-said/

Cuomo’s aides desperately tried to extract his foot from his mouth, quickly issuing this “clarification”: 

“Governor Cuomo disagrees with the President. The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential."

Except that’s not what he said…at all.  He didn’t say America is great but could be even greater.  He said, “America was never that great.”  And I think he meant it, because that’s what most people on the left think these days: that America is and has always been a racist, sexist, oppressive, imperialist force of evil in the world that needs to be cut down to size.  I would invite these people to go forth into the world and find a better place to live.  I’m sure they won’t want to return here from whatever socialist paradise they find, but they can send us an email telling us about it 

Personally, I believe that America has always been great (although it’s sometimes been harder when people like Andrew Cuomo were in charge), but one of the greatest things about it is that its people have the freedom to constantly be working to make it even greater.  Because of that, America will never reach its “maximum potential,” because there are no limits on America’s potential.  Just as there are no limits on Andrew Cuomo’s ability to screw up anything he runs, even his mouth. 

 

 

 Looking for bad news

I wrote yesterday about the Washington Post awarding Rep. Nancy Pelosi “Four Pinocchios” for her resurrection of a false quote attributed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that she must've known had been debunked.  It was the claim that he said Republicans’ top goal was to make sure Obama’s Presidency failed.  He actually said, “I don’t want the President to fail, I want him to change.”  He was talking about opposing Obama’s liberal agenda, but being willing to work with him if he would compromise in ways Republicans think would help Americans.  Pelosi not only falsely accused McConnell of wishing Obama to fail, but also painted that as “unthinkable” and even “racist.” 

One thing I didn’t go into earlier was the whiplash-inducing hypocrisy of a top Democrat going into a huff (po) over the shamefulness of hoping for a President to fail.  These days, you can’t turn on any liberal media source without encountering some anti-Trump partisan talking about the chances of the economy crashing or the North Korea nuclear talks breaking down, or some calamitous failure that would harm most Americans but hurt Trump and Republicans politically.  Bill Maher openly wished for a recession.  Currently, liberal media outlets are seemingly trying to tank the stock market by trotting out one gloom-and-doom prognosticator after another to warn that the bull market is almost sure crash any day now (“And please, God, please let it be before the election,” they would say, if they believed in prayer.) 

None of these self-centered elites seem to care about the hardships such a crisis would inflict on everyday Americans, who are only now finally starting to recover from the jobless, low-growth Obama years.  I think the most outrageous example of liberals grasping at straws (not plastic straws, of course) was an article I read that attempted to gin up fear of the terrible consequences of potential rising inflation because of numbers showing that real wages were finally starting to edge up after years of stagnation.  Workers couldn’t even enjoy having a few extra bucks in their paychecks before liberals started wailing that it will lead to the “end of the world!”  Because…”TRUUUUUUUUUMP!!!!”  This is why so few workers are spending those extra bucks on newspaper subscriptions. 

At the link, Jeffrey Folks of the American Thinker chronicles some of the left’s recent attempts to find bad news amid the historic low unemployment rates and GDP growth that’s twice what they condescendingly assured us was no longer possible (to be fair, it wasn’t when they were in charge) and their selfish wishes for any disaster that will help their political fortunes, even if it harms America’s.  The article is called, “Let the Bad Times Roll.”  Nancy Pelosi is right about one thing: this kind of selfish doom-spreading at the expense of your countrymen is unthinkable.  So do us all a favor, Democrats, and stop thinking it.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/08/let_the_bad_times_roll.html

 

 

 Congrats!

Congratulations to FoxNews.com, which has surpassed CNN.com in total page views for the first time ever (I like to think that’s because I link to FoxNews.com.)  Fox’s website has also beaten the CNN, New York Times and Washington Post websites in terms of engagement and time spent by individual readers.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/fox-news-breaks-new-viewer-record-swamps-cnns-entire-brand/

This is a real coup for Fox, which had to come from behind and catch up on the web, even though it’s long been the dominant cable TV news channel in the ratings.  I have a feeling they hate to brag too much about beating CNN, though, since the latest Neilsen ratings show that CNN’s primetime lineup was even beaten by the History Channel, whose shows that outdrew CNN include “Ancient Aliens,” a pseudo-science wackfest about how space aliens in flying saucers built the Pyramids.  I guess viewers just found it more credible than CNN. 

https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/08/14/history-channels-ancient-aliens-outperforms-cnn-primetime/

 

 

 John Brennan and a tale of two security clearances

 You’d think nobody had ever lost a security clearance before.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who served under President Obama and is now the darling of the anti-Trump media as a contributor on MSNBC, can’t stop fuming publicly about what he perceives as punishment for disagreeing with President Trump:  losing his top-secret clearance.  He says Trump is trying to intimidate him and interfere with his freedom of speech, and he says it, and says it, and says it some more, whenever  he wants, with no threat of repercussion, because nobody is interfering with his freedom of speech.

No one has the right to a security clearance.  CIA directors have traditionally been allowed to keep theirs after they leave; it’s renewed every five years as a courtesy and also in case current staff wish to rely on their expertise in a given situation.  There’s a condition, however:  that former CIA directors “behave like current CIA employees.”  Brennan has failed spectacularly to fulfill that requirement.

He’s also shown himself to be so heatedly partisan and deranged that he simply can’t be trusted on national security issues.  And after he went so far as accusing the President of committing treason (a death penalty offense) simply for holding a press conference with Vladimir Putin, it’s hard to imagine a situation in which the current administration would wish to call upon him for anything, except maybe to do the opposite of what he says.

But if for some unfathomable reason they did need him, his security clearance could be reinstated.  Peter Strzok’s was reinstated before his recent testimony before congressional oversight committees.  (I assume it was yanked again right afterwards but don’t know for sure.)  So, hypothetically, if the next administration were a bunch of “progressive” Democrats who were so “inclusive” they’d want to give a security clearance to a mouthy ex-spook who admitted during a polygraph when he joined the CIA in 1980 that he'd voted for the Communist Party in the ‘70s --- how did this man get to be in the CIA at all, let alone end up running it? --- they could always (shudder) give it back to him.

The anti-Trump media have gone wild, nonstop, over this.  It was “authoritarianism in its purest form” (that from Ben Rhodes on MSNBC), “a brazen act of intimidation,” and "something you might see out of a dictatorship or authoritarian regime."


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The intelligence community has been ridiculously free with security clearances, seemingly handing them out like candy.  An estimated 4 million Americans have them, including an unbelievable 1 million with top-secret clearance.  (I think about half of those people are now contributors on CNN and MSNBC.  No wonder there are so many leaks.)  And is it any wonder we’re uncovering so much inappropriate –- and illegal –- political activity going on in our intelligence community when John Brennan has shown himself to be “Exhibit A”?  All of those involved need to lose their clearances.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino pointed out on “Tucker Carlson” Wednesday that Brennan was the one who, on August 25, 2016, briefed Sen. Harry Reid about elements in the Christopher Steele “dossier” that were then put in an open letter to James Comey at the FBI, providing a pretense for the FBI investigation into then-candidate Trump.  He’s bound to have been up to his eyeballs in the attempt to take down Trump, and it’s easy to agree with Bongino that he’s “a disgrace and a stain on the United States whose legacy will only be as a cautionary tale told to future CIA leaders about how not to act.”

But back to my original point.  This certainly isn’t the first time a security clearance has been revoked, and Rowan Scarborough writing in the WASHINGTON TIMES has come across an interesting and very timely one.  This is the story of Adam Lovinger, a 12-year strategist in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment who complained to his superiors in the fall of 2016 about “sweetheart” contracts given to Stefan Halper, whom we now know was an FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign.  (Lovinger blew the whistle on some other contracts, too, given to a close friend of Chelsea Clinton).  On May 1, 2017, his security clearance was revoked and he was relegated to clerical duties.

 According to Lovinger’s complaint, Halper had been contracted by James Baker, who ran the Office of Net Assessment, to conduct “foreign relations” when that task was supposed to be confined to government officials.  Halper had also been awarded contracts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Pentagon support agency called the Washington Headquarters Service and, according to Lovinger’s attorney, was being paid “astronomically more than others similarly situated.”

As the attorney tells it, the people around the office had no idea what he was doing.  The work they knew about seemed to be subcontracted; he was just acting as the middle man.

Halper’s name should ring a bell; he’s the “confidential human source” (SPY) who approached George Papadopoulos and also contacted Carter Page.  For daring to speak up about the odd arrangement his bosses had with this man and other examples of what he saw as cronyism, Lovinger lost his security clearance.  Ironically, he seems like just the sort of person who should have one.

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/15/adam-lovinger-pentagon-analyst-lost-security-clear/

   

 

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  • Colleen Ryan

    08/16/2018 07:56 PM

    You crack me up! You have a great sense of humor, which we need these days considering our current society. :)
    Thanks for your great reporting!

  • Thomas W Needham

    08/16/2018 07:49 PM

    I totally agree with everything you said. It is all absolutely true and it comes from a very honest man.

  • Sam McConnell

    08/16/2018 07:44 PM

    A group of retired Sub Sailors need help to recover from one of a unpatriotic and disgusting act of vandalism. The Subvets news release is below:
    NEWS-01: A SAD DAY FOR THE WWII LOST SUBMARINE MEMORIAL USS LING AND THE NJ
    NAVAL MUSEUM Submitted by: William C. Andrea on 8/15/2018
    ------------------------------ ------------------------

    Shipmates,

    This is a sad day for us in Hackensack. Over this past weekend our USS
    Gudgeon WWII Submarine Memorial was vandalized and the four bronze plaques
    for the 52 Lost Boats and the names of all of the USS Gudgeon sailors that
    we lost when the Gudgeon was sunk in WWII for stolen.
    However the vandalism didn't stop there. A person or persons unknown boarded
    the USS Ling opened all of the hatches and somehow (unknown at this time)
    was able to flood out the whole submarine. All of the watertight doors that
    were previously shut were also open and we estimate about 10 feet of water
    in every compartment. Until the water is pumped out the authorities are
    unable to go below into the sub.

    And if that wasn't enough, today was the last day the NJ Naval Museum had to
    vacate the property to make way for luxury condos and a hotel to be built on
    the site where the museum has been since 1972. As of today we have moved
    everything from the museum and other trailers to one 40' and 2 20'
    containers. We still don't know where we will be able to store those
    container until a new home can be found for the museum.

    We still have a few torpedoes, a WWII torpedo mover, an Army missile and a
    few other large items that need a home ASAP before the property owner
    "Disposes" of them.

    If you are interested in any of the items and are able to move them please
    contact me via email or call NE Region Director, Les Altschuler at
    917-748-2275.

  • Christine Hankins

    08/16/2018 06:39 PM

    I am a Trump supporter who was born at the end of the Great Depression and can remember World War II. The character formed in the generation of people who brought America through those things--yes, depending on God and their own hard work and integrity--was created in the crucible of crisis. If any of the dire predictions of those left-wing know-nothings was to actually put America in serious crisis, it wouldn't really hurt Trump. But, assuming the younger generation isn't beyond bending over to find their own bootstraps, it might really help the crisis of character (caused by too much affluence and easy living) that I believe hinders entire culture! It could possibly render a dose of reality to the "bubble" crowd. But only if they have not already overpowered the ability of real Americans to respond appropriately!

  • Carla Isselmann

    08/16/2018 06:21 PM

    Thank you, Mr.Huckabee, for an excellent column and encourage President Trump to fire ALL Deep State members and hire Larry Klayman to help him!
    Thank you, Carla

  • Pat Gordon

    08/16/2018 06:18 PM

    enjoyed your reporting, thanks for clearing up some issues.

  • Livio O Montero

    08/16/2018 06:18 PM

    Mr. Mike Huckabee. Please look at this:
    WAKE UP AMERICA, THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW the signs that paraded in Washington D.C. yesterday 8/14. People Marching with a Rusian Flags, and another with a sign that said: America was never great, we need to overthrow this system, and chanting No Borders, No Wall, No USA at all (sorry the pictures did not come out). God bless the USA, Livio Oscar Montero


    * Be fully aware of what these forces are proposing.

    * The overthrow of the U.S. Constitution and the establishment of communism.

    * Elections will take place in Nov. Be informed when you vote!

    Watch – Antifa Chants Death to America: ‘No Borders! No Wall! No USA at All!’

    PHOTOS: Antifa Call for Removal of President, Overthrow U.S. Government

  • Alan C. Fitzgerald

    08/16/2018 05:54 PM

    Mike,
    I would suggest that there are very few genuine "journalists" left in our world today! Even our local newspaper here can't seem to locate one that has not succumbed to the lure of "fake" news! And those on the television "evening news" are simply too far out of touch to even bother with! When will we ever see a return to honest reporting?
    Alan

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    08/16/2018 05:31 PM

    I recently retired from my job at Kaiser Permanente and as I left on the last day my security badge was taken and all access to the buildings and computer system were taken away. Why should it be any different for ANY of the former high level officials? Just sayin

  • Stephen Russell

    08/16/2018 05:28 PM

    Security clearances:
    Make Uniform
    Redouble background checks
    Boost vetting
    EZier to apply on forms
    More Real Time issues to target on
    End acess when Job, over.
    Reduce clearance IF req.
    Update Security Clearances in DoD.
    Remove clearances from Rice, Macabe, others, Storzk, Paige etc. Take em all down.

  • Hake Charles A.

    08/16/2018 05:24 PM

    Your commentaries were informative and very engagingly written!

  • Stephen Russell

    08/16/2018 05:22 PM

    Honoring Aretha:
    Music Hall
    Music School.
    Hwy, Blvd, St, Rd, Ave.
    Fine Arts Center
    Summerstock called now Soulstock.
    Music group? Aretha Soul.
    Soul Food diner?
    Events Center
    in her hometown, state?
    Memorial area.
    & use for new musical talent for Todays generation.

  • Omer Causey

    08/16/2018 05:20 PM

    My thought is that all security clearances should be granted with the included condition that they automatically terminate when the grantee leaves the position for which the clearance is being granted. A new clearance could be granted if the agency deemed it necessary for good cause.

  • Art Gunderman

    08/16/2018 05:07 PM

    I'm shocked that Mr. Phillips is facing another court battle over his refusal to bake a cake for a customer. When I was growing up, back in Michigan and more years ago than I like to think about, nearly every business had a sign near the cash register that said "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone". Good practice. Wonder what happened to that concept that gave a business owner or manager control over his own business entity?

Evening Edition - August 16

August 16, 2018 |

RIP Aretha

Very sad to report that the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, passed away today at home in Detroit at 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  While she sang in genres from soul to rock, blues to disco to jazz, her voice always conveyed the power, emotion and authenticity that she developed growing up singing gospel in church as the daughter of a Baptist minister.  Her first album, at age 14, was called “Songs of Faith.”

Her many hits “(R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” “Chain of Fools,” “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “Freeway of Love” and so many more) earned her 18 Grammy Awards from 1968 to 2008. She landed 112 singles on the Billboard charts, with 77 reaching the Hot 100.  And did you know she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year before the Beatles were?  Aretha Franklin lived a long and amazing life, but not nearly long enough.  My deepest condolences to her family.  For the rest of us, what better way to memorialize her than by playing some of her music?

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/08/16/aretha-franklin-queen-soul-dead-at-76.html

Colorado in the news

Did you really think that when the Supreme Court slapped down the liberal Colorado officials who tried to destroy Christian cake designer Jack Phillips for declining to create a same-sex wedding cake, that those officials would actually obey the Court and stop their attempts to force him to violate his Constitutional right to religious freedom? 

Well, of course, they didn’t.  The Alliance Defending Freedom that represented Baker is once again suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for attempting to discriminate against him by targeting his business because he asserts his First Amendment right to freedom of religion.  This latest case is déjà vu all over again: a liberal lawyer lodged a complaint when Davis declined to create a cake celebrating the attorney’s gender reassignment (there were other complaints about him refusing to make a marijuana leaf cake and cakes with Satanic symbols and explicit messages, which the ADF attorneys believe were also concocted by the same attorney.)

Instead of rejecting this obvious attempt at religious harassment, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found “probable cause” to believe that Phillips must bake the gender transition cake, starting the whole expensive, time-wasting, business-threatening process of investigations and hearings all over again.  Phillips’ attorneys say it’s clear that because leftist officials despise Phillips' religious beliefs, they’re going to keep misusing government authority to allow leftist activists to target him every time he opens his business, despite the Supreme Court ruling.  They’re asking the courts to put a stop to it.  Funny, I thought the highest court of all already did.

Unfortunately, as I warned at the time, the SCOTUS tried to thread the needle by not issuing a definitive ruling but finding for Phillips only on narrow grounds specific to that case.  When the Court yanked a right to same-sex marriage out of the air, the dissenting judges warned that it would create clashes between a newly-invented “right” and an enumerated First Amendment right.  The majority tried to finesse that by papering over it with vague words, but now, it’s obvious they opened a Pandora’s box and they don’t want to deal with the consequences of their actions. 

It’s long past time for the Supreme Court to face up to its duty and clean up the mess it created by issuing a definitive ruling that First Amendment rights are paramount.  The Founders listed them first for a reason.  If they’d wanted the right to harass people for not approving of same-sex marriage or gender reassignment surgery to take precedence over religious freedom, then they would have listed that first…or even mentioned those subjects AT ALL.

https://www.westernjournal.com/colorado-ignores-supreme-court-puts-christian-baker-in-crosshairs-again/



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Media bias

Today’s the day when more than 200 newspapers will attempt to prove that President Trump is a paranoid nutjob for thinking a coordinated liberal media are colluding against him by colluding to run 200 coordinated editorials against Trump at once.  That’ll show him! 

https://www.westernjournal.com/200-newspapers-colluding-coordinated-action-trump-august-16th/

Actually, it’ll just show us all that Trump’s right, but only if anyone bothers to read these editorials.  It’s like the old question, “If a dead tree paper falls on its sword for the Democrats and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?” At the link, a terrific article by Andrew Malcolm on what he calls the “briar-patch level genius” of the media in colluding to attack Trump for accusing them of colluding to attack him. 

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/08/15/coordinated-newspaper-editorial-campaign-against-trump/

Malcolm spent 40 years in newspaper journalism, and wrote quite a few editorials himself, but he explains why most Americans have grown to viscerally distrust these pompous elitists lecturing to them from the editorial page, and it began long before Trump entered politics.  They didn’t listen when all those newspapers endorsed Hillary Clinton, and they’re certainly not listening now. That’s why, for all of the power these editors think they’re mustering by attacking Trump collectively, most Americans won’t even read the editorials, and even those who still subscribe will likely send them unread to the bottoms of their bird cages the next day. 

Another interesting take: this anti-Trump editorial blitz was organized by the Boston Globe.  They have accused Trump of launching a “dirty war on the free press.”  But as the Boston Herald reminds us, Trump has yet to shut down a single media outlet (he hasn’t even put any reporters under surveillance and spied on their phone and email records, the way Obama did, and they worshiped Obama.) 

But do you know who has abused its political power to kill a newspaper?  The Boston Globe!  The Globe used its connections to destroy one of its competitors.  In terms of success at killing outlets of the free press, the current score is Boston Globe 1, Trump 0.  Here are the details:

http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/op_ed/2018/08/lucas_the_globe_conducted_own_dirty_war_on_free_press

The idea that the low approval of the news media is the result of Trump accusing them of bias and fake news is like blaming your venereal disease on the doctor who told you have it.  Public distrust and distaste for the liberal media had been building for decades before Trump came along.  It stretches back to the 1930s, when Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Walter Duranty was whitewashing Stalin’s atrocities.  Flash forward to the ‘60s, when Walter Cronkite and CBS demoralized Americans by reporting that North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive was a terrible defeat for America when it was actually the opposite.  

I’m also old enough to recall Ronald Reagan being characterized as a dumb, belligerent Hollywood cowboy who was going to get us into a nuclear World War III.  George Bush was too nice to assail, so they attacked Vice President Dan Quayle every day for four years.  The bias picked up steam when they ignored Bill and Hillary Clinton's scandals I knew only too well, instead marveling at how “power crackles from Bill's jeans!”  Then we saw the vicious treatment George W. Bush got (the first example of the media sowing distrust in a presidential election came with the “selected, not elected” narrative, even though the media’s own Florida recounts showed that Bush would’ve won a recount.)  

With Obama, the bias became so fawning, it was almost embarrassing, like watching your kid sister throw herself at the varsity quarterback.  But the 2016 campaign was the first time the news media jettisoned even the pretense of feigning to claim impartiality and declared themselves to be “with her,” which is why Republicans keep rewatching their stunned Election Night tears on YouTube over and over while munching popcorn and laughing hysterically.  After going from watchdogs to lapdogs overnight for Obama, the media’s instant self-righteous transformation into attack dogs the second Trump was elected seemed even more preposterous.

And that only takes us up to the night Trump won.  You see, the media had squandered its journalistic integrity and reputation for fairness and accuracy long before Trump came on the scene.  I spent a year or so writing a book about their arrogant disconnection from most Americans outside the NYC/L.A./D.C. bubble, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” and it was published six months before Trump even announced his candidacy.

https://www.amazon.com/God-Guns-Grits-Gravy-Dad-Gummed/dp/1250060990



Do you know how I knew that many Americans held the media and political establishment in contempt?  Because I live and travel in “flyover country,” and I heard it everywhere: from cab drivers, factory workers, hotel desk clerks, small business owners and all sorts of other “deplorables.”  I wrote the book to try to warn them that if they didn’t come down off their high horse, the people were going to do something drastic and knock them off it.  Well, they did. If the only solution the media can come up with is trying to climb back up on the same horse, then they shouldn’t blame Trump when they end up on landing in the manure again.

   

Cuomo shoots himself in his foot

Republicans should chip in and send a gift basket to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for giving them the perfect video clip for the November and 2020 elections.  In a speech that drew an audible gasp even from his partisan Democratic crowd, Cuomo tried to attack President Trump by declaring, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.”

Cuomo accomplished the neat trick of making his dad, famous liberal Mario Cuomo, sound like Donald Trump in comparison (see the link for what his dad said on this subject that apparently didn’t get handed down to his arrogant and ungrateful son.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/gov-andrew-cuomo-declares-america-was-never-that-great-but-he-forgot-what-his-daddy-said/

Cuomo’s aides desperately tried to extract his foot from his mouth, quickly issuing this “clarification”: 

“Governor Cuomo disagrees with the President. The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential."

Except that’s not what he said…at all.  He didn’t say America is great but could be even greater.  He said, “America was never that great.”  And I think he meant it, because that’s what most people on the left think these days: that America is and has always been a racist, sexist, oppressive, imperialist force of evil in the world that needs to be cut down to size.  I would invite these people to go forth into the world and find a better place to live.  I’m sure they won’t want to return here from whatever socialist paradise they find, but they can send us an email telling us about it 

Personally, I believe that America has always been great (although it’s sometimes been harder when people like Andrew Cuomo were in charge), but one of the greatest things about it is that its people have the freedom to constantly be working to make it even greater.  Because of that, America will never reach its “maximum potential,” because there are no limits on America’s potential.  Just as there are no limits on Andrew Cuomo’s ability to screw up anything he runs, even his mouth. 

 

 

 Looking for bad news

I wrote yesterday about the Washington Post awarding Rep. Nancy Pelosi “Four Pinocchios” for her resurrection of a false quote attributed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that she must've known had been debunked.  It was the claim that he said Republicans’ top goal was to make sure Obama’s Presidency failed.  He actually said, “I don’t want the President to fail, I want him to change.”  He was talking about opposing Obama’s liberal agenda, but being willing to work with him if he would compromise in ways Republicans think would help Americans.  Pelosi not only falsely accused McConnell of wishing Obama to fail, but also painted that as “unthinkable” and even “racist.” 

One thing I didn’t go into earlier was the whiplash-inducing hypocrisy of a top Democrat going into a huff (po) over the shamefulness of hoping for a President to fail.  These days, you can’t turn on any liberal media source without encountering some anti-Trump partisan talking about the chances of the economy crashing or the North Korea nuclear talks breaking down, or some calamitous failure that would harm most Americans but hurt Trump and Republicans politically.  Bill Maher openly wished for a recession.  Currently, liberal media outlets are seemingly trying to tank the stock market by trotting out one gloom-and-doom prognosticator after another to warn that the bull market is almost sure crash any day now (“And please, God, please let it be before the election,” they would say, if they believed in prayer.) 

None of these self-centered elites seem to care about the hardships such a crisis would inflict on everyday Americans, who are only now finally starting to recover from the jobless, low-growth Obama years.  I think the most outrageous example of liberals grasping at straws (not plastic straws, of course) was an article I read that attempted to gin up fear of the terrible consequences of potential rising inflation because of numbers showing that real wages were finally starting to edge up after years of stagnation.  Workers couldn’t even enjoy having a few extra bucks in their paychecks before liberals started wailing that it will lead to the “end of the world!”  Because…”TRUUUUUUUUUMP!!!!”  This is why so few workers are spending those extra bucks on newspaper subscriptions. 

At the link, Jeffrey Folks of the American Thinker chronicles some of the left’s recent attempts to find bad news amid the historic low unemployment rates and GDP growth that’s twice what they condescendingly assured us was no longer possible (to be fair, it wasn’t when they were in charge) and their selfish wishes for any disaster that will help their political fortunes, even if it harms America’s.  The article is called, “Let the Bad Times Roll.”  Nancy Pelosi is right about one thing: this kind of selfish doom-spreading at the expense of your countrymen is unthinkable.  So do us all a favor, Democrats, and stop thinking it.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/08/let_the_bad_times_roll.html

 

 

 Congrats!

Congratulations to FoxNews.com, which has surpassed CNN.com in total page views for the first time ever (I like to think that’s because I link to FoxNews.com.)  Fox’s website has also beaten the CNN, New York Times and Washington Post websites in terms of engagement and time spent by individual readers.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/fox-news-breaks-new-viewer-record-swamps-cnns-entire-brand/

This is a real coup for Fox, which had to come from behind and catch up on the web, even though it’s long been the dominant cable TV news channel in the ratings.  I have a feeling they hate to brag too much about beating CNN, though, since the latest Neilsen ratings show that CNN’s primetime lineup was even beaten by the History Channel, whose shows that outdrew CNN include “Ancient Aliens,” a pseudo-science wackfest about how space aliens in flying saucers built the Pyramids.  I guess viewers just found it more credible than CNN. 

https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/08/14/history-channels-ancient-aliens-outperforms-cnn-primetime/

 

 

 John Brennan and a tale of two security clearances

 You’d think nobody had ever lost a security clearance before.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who served under President Obama and is now the darling of the anti-Trump media as a contributor on MSNBC, can’t stop fuming publicly about what he perceives as punishment for disagreeing with President Trump:  losing his top-secret clearance.  He says Trump is trying to intimidate him and interfere with his freedom of speech, and he says it, and says it, and says it some more, whenever  he wants, with no threat of repercussion, because nobody is interfering with his freedom of speech.

No one has the right to a security clearance.  CIA directors have traditionally been allowed to keep theirs after they leave; it’s renewed every five years as a courtesy and also in case current staff wish to rely on their expertise in a given situation.  There’s a condition, however:  that former CIA directors “behave like current CIA employees.”  Brennan has failed spectacularly to fulfill that requirement.

He’s also shown himself to be so heatedly partisan and deranged that he simply can’t be trusted on national security issues.  And after he went so far as accusing the President of committing treason (a death penalty offense) simply for holding a press conference with Vladimir Putin, it’s hard to imagine a situation in which the current administration would wish to call upon him for anything, except maybe to do the opposite of what he says.

But if for some unfathomable reason they did need him, his security clearance could be reinstated.  Peter Strzok’s was reinstated before his recent testimony before congressional oversight committees.  (I assume it was yanked again right afterwards but don’t know for sure.)  So, hypothetically, if the next administration were a bunch of “progressive” Democrats who were so “inclusive” they’d want to give a security clearance to a mouthy ex-spook who admitted during a polygraph when he joined the CIA in 1980 that he'd voted for the Communist Party in the ‘70s --- how did this man get to be in the CIA at all, let alone end up running it? --- they could always (shudder) give it back to him.

The anti-Trump media have gone wild, nonstop, over this.  It was “authoritarianism in its purest form” (that from Ben Rhodes on MSNBC), “a brazen act of intimidation,” and "something you might see out of a dictatorship or authoritarian regime."


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The intelligence community has been ridiculously free with security clearances, seemingly handing them out like candy.  An estimated 4 million Americans have them, including an unbelievable 1 million with top-secret clearance.  (I think about half of those people are now contributors on CNN and MSNBC.  No wonder there are so many leaks.)  And is it any wonder we’re uncovering so much inappropriate –- and illegal –- political activity going on in our intelligence community when John Brennan has shown himself to be “Exhibit A”?  All of those involved need to lose their clearances.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino pointed out on “Tucker Carlson” Wednesday that Brennan was the one who, on August 25, 2016, briefed Sen. Harry Reid about elements in the Christopher Steele “dossier” that were then put in an open letter to James Comey at the FBI, providing a pretense for the FBI investigation into then-candidate Trump.  He’s bound to have been up to his eyeballs in the attempt to take down Trump, and it’s easy to agree with Bongino that he’s “a disgrace and a stain on the United States whose legacy will only be as a cautionary tale told to future CIA leaders about how not to act.”

But back to my original point.  This certainly isn’t the first time a security clearance has been revoked, and Rowan Scarborough writing in the WASHINGTON TIMES has come across an interesting and very timely one.  This is the story of Adam Lovinger, a 12-year strategist in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment who complained to his superiors in the fall of 2016 about “sweetheart” contracts given to Stefan Halper, whom we now know was an FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign.  (Lovinger blew the whistle on some other contracts, too, given to a close friend of Chelsea Clinton).  On May 1, 2017, his security clearance was revoked and he was relegated to clerical duties.

 According to Lovinger’s complaint, Halper had been contracted by James Baker, who ran the Office of Net Assessment, to conduct “foreign relations” when that task was supposed to be confined to government officials.  Halper had also been awarded contracts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Pentagon support agency called the Washington Headquarters Service and, according to Lovinger’s attorney, was being paid “astronomically more than others similarly situated.”

As the attorney tells it, the people around the office had no idea what he was doing.  The work they knew about seemed to be subcontracted; he was just acting as the middle man.

Halper’s name should ring a bell; he’s the “confidential human source” (SPY) who approached George Papadopoulos and also contacted Carter Page.  For daring to speak up about the odd arrangement his bosses had with this man and other examples of what he saw as cronyism, Lovinger lost his security clearance.  Ironically, he seems like just the sort of person who should have one.

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/15/adam-lovinger-pentagon-analyst-lost-security-clear/

   

 

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  • Colleen Ryan

    08/16/2018 07:56 PM

    You crack me up! You have a great sense of humor, which we need these days considering our current society. :)
    Thanks for your great reporting!

  • Thomas W Needham

    08/16/2018 07:49 PM

    I totally agree with everything you said. It is all absolutely true and it comes from a very honest man.

  • Sam McConnell

    08/16/2018 07:44 PM

    A group of retired Sub Sailors need help to recover from one of a unpatriotic and disgusting act of vandalism. The Subvets news release is below:
    NEWS-01: A SAD DAY FOR THE WWII LOST SUBMARINE MEMORIAL USS LING AND THE NJ
    NAVAL MUSEUM Submitted by: William C. Andrea on 8/15/2018
    ------------------------------ ------------------------

    Shipmates,

    This is a sad day for us in Hackensack. Over this past weekend our USS
    Gudgeon WWII Submarine Memorial was vandalized and the four bronze plaques
    for the 52 Lost Boats and the names of all of the USS Gudgeon sailors that
    we lost when the Gudgeon was sunk in WWII for stolen.
    However the vandalism didn't stop there. A person or persons unknown boarded
    the USS Ling opened all of the hatches and somehow (unknown at this time)
    was able to flood out the whole submarine. All of the watertight doors that
    were previously shut were also open and we estimate about 10 feet of water
    in every compartment. Until the water is pumped out the authorities are
    unable to go below into the sub.

    And if that wasn't enough, today was the last day the NJ Naval Museum had to
    vacate the property to make way for luxury condos and a hotel to be built on
    the site where the museum has been since 1972. As of today we have moved
    everything from the museum and other trailers to one 40' and 2 20'
    containers. We still don't know where we will be able to store those
    container until a new home can be found for the museum.

    We still have a few torpedoes, a WWII torpedo mover, an Army missile and a
    few other large items that need a home ASAP before the property owner
    "Disposes" of them.

    If you are interested in any of the items and are able to move them please
    contact me via email or call NE Region Director, Les Altschuler at
    917-748-2275.

  • Christine Hankins

    08/16/2018 06:39 PM

    I am a Trump supporter who was born at the end of the Great Depression and can remember World War II. The character formed in the generation of people who brought America through those things--yes, depending on God and their own hard work and integrity--was created in the crucible of crisis. If any of the dire predictions of those left-wing know-nothings was to actually put America in serious crisis, it wouldn't really hurt Trump. But, assuming the younger generation isn't beyond bending over to find their own bootstraps, it might really help the crisis of character (caused by too much affluence and easy living) that I believe hinders entire culture! It could possibly render a dose of reality to the "bubble" crowd. But only if they have not already overpowered the ability of real Americans to respond appropriately!

  • Carla Isselmann

    08/16/2018 06:21 PM

    Thank you, Mr.Huckabee, for an excellent column and encourage President Trump to fire ALL Deep State members and hire Larry Klayman to help him!
    Thank you, Carla

  • Pat Gordon

    08/16/2018 06:18 PM

    enjoyed your reporting, thanks for clearing up some issues.

  • Livio O Montero

    08/16/2018 06:18 PM

    Mr. Mike Huckabee. Please look at this:
    WAKE UP AMERICA, THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW the signs that paraded in Washington D.C. yesterday 8/14. People Marching with a Rusian Flags, and another with a sign that said: America was never great, we need to overthrow this system, and chanting No Borders, No Wall, No USA at all (sorry the pictures did not come out). God bless the USA, Livio Oscar Montero


    * Be fully aware of what these forces are proposing.

    * The overthrow of the U.S. Constitution and the establishment of communism.

    * Elections will take place in Nov. Be informed when you vote!

    Watch – Antifa Chants Death to America: ‘No Borders! No Wall! No USA at All!’

    PHOTOS: Antifa Call for Removal of President, Overthrow U.S. Government

  • Alan C. Fitzgerald

    08/16/2018 05:54 PM

    Mike,
    I would suggest that there are very few genuine "journalists" left in our world today! Even our local newspaper here can't seem to locate one that has not succumbed to the lure of "fake" news! And those on the television "evening news" are simply too far out of touch to even bother with! When will we ever see a return to honest reporting?
    Alan

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    08/16/2018 05:31 PM

    I recently retired from my job at Kaiser Permanente and as I left on the last day my security badge was taken and all access to the buildings and computer system were taken away. Why should it be any different for ANY of the former high level officials? Just sayin

  • Stephen Russell

    08/16/2018 05:28 PM

    Security clearances:
    Make Uniform
    Redouble background checks
    Boost vetting
    EZier to apply on forms
    More Real Time issues to target on
    End acess when Job, over.
    Reduce clearance IF req.
    Update Security Clearances in DoD.
    Remove clearances from Rice, Macabe, others, Storzk, Paige etc. Take em all down.

  • Hake Charles A.

    08/16/2018 05:24 PM

    Your commentaries were informative and very engagingly written!

  • Stephen Russell

    08/16/2018 05:22 PM

    Honoring Aretha:
    Music Hall
    Music School.
    Hwy, Blvd, St, Rd, Ave.
    Fine Arts Center
    Summerstock called now Soulstock.
    Music group? Aretha Soul.
    Soul Food diner?
    Events Center
    in her hometown, state?
    Memorial area.
    & use for new musical talent for Todays generation.

  • Omer Causey

    08/16/2018 05:20 PM

    My thought is that all security clearances should be granted with the included condition that they automatically terminate when the grantee leaves the position for which the clearance is being granted. A new clearance could be granted if the agency deemed it necessary for good cause.

  • Art Gunderman

    08/16/2018 05:07 PM

    I'm shocked that Mr. Phillips is facing another court battle over his refusal to bake a cake for a customer. When I was growing up, back in Michigan and more years ago than I like to think about, nearly every business had a sign near the cash register that said "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone". Good practice. Wonder what happened to that concept that gave a business owner or manager control over his own business entity?

Evening Edition - August 16

August 16, 2018 |

RIP Aretha

Very sad to report that the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, passed away today at home in Detroit at 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  While she sang in genres from soul to rock, blues to disco to jazz, her voice always conveyed the power, emotion and authenticity that she developed growing up singing gospel in church as the daughter of a Baptist minister.  Her first album, at age 14, was called “Songs of Faith.”

Her many hits “(R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” “Chain of Fools,” “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “Freeway of Love” and so many more) earned her 18 Grammy Awards from 1968 to 2008. She landed 112 singles on the Billboard charts, with 77 reaching the Hot 100.  And did you know she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year before the Beatles were?  Aretha Franklin lived a long and amazing life, but not nearly long enough.  My deepest condolences to her family.  For the rest of us, what better way to memorialize her than by playing some of her music?

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/08/16/aretha-franklin-queen-soul-dead-at-76.html

Colorado in the news

Did you really think that when the Supreme Court slapped down the liberal Colorado officials who tried to destroy Christian cake designer Jack Phillips for declining to create a same-sex wedding cake, that those officials would actually obey the Court and stop their attempts to force him to violate his Constitutional right to religious freedom? 

Well, of course, they didn’t.  The Alliance Defending Freedom that represented Baker is once again suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for attempting to discriminate against him by targeting his business because he asserts his First Amendment right to freedom of religion.  This latest case is déjà vu all over again: a liberal lawyer lodged a complaint when Davis declined to create a cake celebrating the attorney’s gender reassignment (there were other complaints about him refusing to make a marijuana leaf cake and cakes with Satanic symbols and explicit messages, which the ADF attorneys believe were also concocted by the same attorney.)

Instead of rejecting this obvious attempt at religious harassment, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found “probable cause” to believe that Phillips must bake the gender transition cake, starting the whole expensive, time-wasting, business-threatening process of investigations and hearings all over again.  Phillips’ attorneys say it’s clear that because leftist officials despise Phillips' religious beliefs, they’re going to keep misusing government authority to allow leftist activists to target him every time he opens his business, despite the Supreme Court ruling.  They’re asking the courts to put a stop to it.  Funny, I thought the highest court of all already did.

Unfortunately, as I warned at the time, the SCOTUS tried to thread the needle by not issuing a definitive ruling but finding for Phillips only on narrow grounds specific to that case.  When the Court yanked a right to same-sex marriage out of the air, the dissenting judges warned that it would create clashes between a newly-invented “right” and an enumerated First Amendment right.  The majority tried to finesse that by papering over it with vague words, but now, it’s obvious they opened a Pandora’s box and they don’t want to deal with the consequences of their actions. 

It’s long past time for the Supreme Court to face up to its duty and clean up the mess it created by issuing a definitive ruling that First Amendment rights are paramount.  The Founders listed them first for a reason.  If they’d wanted the right to harass people for not approving of same-sex marriage or gender reassignment surgery to take precedence over religious freedom, then they would have listed that first…or even mentioned those subjects AT ALL.

https://www.westernjournal.com/colorado-ignores-supreme-court-puts-christian-baker-in-crosshairs-again/



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Media bias

Today’s the day when more than 200 newspapers will attempt to prove that President Trump is a paranoid nutjob for thinking a coordinated liberal media are colluding against him by colluding to run 200 coordinated editorials against Trump at once.  That’ll show him! 

https://www.westernjournal.com/200-newspapers-colluding-coordinated-action-trump-august-16th/

Actually, it’ll just show us all that Trump’s right, but only if anyone bothers to read these editorials.  It’s like the old question, “If a dead tree paper falls on its sword for the Democrats and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?” At the link, a terrific article by Andrew Malcolm on what he calls the “briar-patch level genius” of the media in colluding to attack Trump for accusing them of colluding to attack him. 

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/08/15/coordinated-newspaper-editorial-campaign-against-trump/

Malcolm spent 40 years in newspaper journalism, and wrote quite a few editorials himself, but he explains why most Americans have grown to viscerally distrust these pompous elitists lecturing to them from the editorial page, and it began long before Trump entered politics.  They didn’t listen when all those newspapers endorsed Hillary Clinton, and they’re certainly not listening now. That’s why, for all of the power these editors think they’re mustering by attacking Trump collectively, most Americans won’t even read the editorials, and even those who still subscribe will likely send them unread to the bottoms of their bird cages the next day. 

Another interesting take: this anti-Trump editorial blitz was organized by the Boston Globe.  They have accused Trump of launching a “dirty war on the free press.”  But as the Boston Herald reminds us, Trump has yet to shut down a single media outlet (he hasn’t even put any reporters under surveillance and spied on their phone and email records, the way Obama did, and they worshiped Obama.) 

But do you know who has abused its political power to kill a newspaper?  The Boston Globe!  The Globe used its connections to destroy one of its competitors.  In terms of success at killing outlets of the free press, the current score is Boston Globe 1, Trump 0.  Here are the details:

http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/op_ed/2018/08/lucas_the_globe_conducted_own_dirty_war_on_free_press

The idea that the low approval of the news media is the result of Trump accusing them of bias and fake news is like blaming your venereal disease on the doctor who told you have it.  Public distrust and distaste for the liberal media had been building for decades before Trump came along.  It stretches back to the 1930s, when Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Walter Duranty was whitewashing Stalin’s atrocities.  Flash forward to the ‘60s, when Walter Cronkite and CBS demoralized Americans by reporting that North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive was a terrible defeat for America when it was actually the opposite.  

I’m also old enough to recall Ronald Reagan being characterized as a dumb, belligerent Hollywood cowboy who was going to get us into a nuclear World War III.  George Bush was too nice to assail, so they attacked Vice President Dan Quayle every day for four years.  The bias picked up steam when they ignored Bill and Hillary Clinton's scandals I knew only too well, instead marveling at how “power crackles from Bill's jeans!”  Then we saw the vicious treatment George W. Bush got (the first example of the media sowing distrust in a presidential election came with the “selected, not elected” narrative, even though the media’s own Florida recounts showed that Bush would’ve won a recount.)  

With Obama, the bias became so fawning, it was almost embarrassing, like watching your kid sister throw herself at the varsity quarterback.  But the 2016 campaign was the first time the news media jettisoned even the pretense of feigning to claim impartiality and declared themselves to be “with her,” which is why Republicans keep rewatching their stunned Election Night tears on YouTube over and over while munching popcorn and laughing hysterically.  After going from watchdogs to lapdogs overnight for Obama, the media’s instant self-righteous transformation into attack dogs the second Trump was elected seemed even more preposterous.

And that only takes us up to the night Trump won.  You see, the media had squandered its journalistic integrity and reputation for fairness and accuracy long before Trump came on the scene.  I spent a year or so writing a book about their arrogant disconnection from most Americans outside the NYC/L.A./D.C. bubble, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” and it was published six months before Trump even announced his candidacy.

https://www.amazon.com/God-Guns-Grits-Gravy-Dad-Gummed/dp/1250060990



Do you know how I knew that many Americans held the media and political establishment in contempt?  Because I live and travel in “flyover country,” and I heard it everywhere: from cab drivers, factory workers, hotel desk clerks, small business owners and all sorts of other “deplorables.”  I wrote the book to try to warn them that if they didn’t come down off their high horse, the people were going to do something drastic and knock them off it.  Well, they did. If the only solution the media can come up with is trying to climb back up on the same horse, then they shouldn’t blame Trump when they end up on landing in the manure again.

   

Cuomo shoots himself in his foot

Republicans should chip in and send a gift basket to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for giving them the perfect video clip for the November and 2020 elections.  In a speech that drew an audible gasp even from his partisan Democratic crowd, Cuomo tried to attack President Trump by declaring, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.”

Cuomo accomplished the neat trick of making his dad, famous liberal Mario Cuomo, sound like Donald Trump in comparison (see the link for what his dad said on this subject that apparently didn’t get handed down to his arrogant and ungrateful son.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/gov-andrew-cuomo-declares-america-was-never-that-great-but-he-forgot-what-his-daddy-said/

Cuomo’s aides desperately tried to extract his foot from his mouth, quickly issuing this “clarification”: 

“Governor Cuomo disagrees with the President. The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential."

Except that’s not what he said…at all.  He didn’t say America is great but could be even greater.  He said, “America was never that great.”  And I think he meant it, because that’s what most people on the left think these days: that America is and has always been a racist, sexist, oppressive, imperialist force of evil in the world that needs to be cut down to size.  I would invite these people to go forth into the world and find a better place to live.  I’m sure they won’t want to return here from whatever socialist paradise they find, but they can send us an email telling us about it 

Personally, I believe that America has always been great (although it’s sometimes been harder when people like Andrew Cuomo were in charge), but one of the greatest things about it is that its people have the freedom to constantly be working to make it even greater.  Because of that, America will never reach its “maximum potential,” because there are no limits on America’s potential.  Just as there are no limits on Andrew Cuomo’s ability to screw up anything he runs, even his mouth. 

 

 

 Looking for bad news

I wrote yesterday about the Washington Post awarding Rep. Nancy Pelosi “Four Pinocchios” for her resurrection of a false quote attributed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that she must've known had been debunked.  It was the claim that he said Republicans’ top goal was to make sure Obama’s Presidency failed.  He actually said, “I don’t want the President to fail, I want him to change.”  He was talking about opposing Obama’s liberal agenda, but being willing to work with him if he would compromise in ways Republicans think would help Americans.  Pelosi not only falsely accused McConnell of wishing Obama to fail, but also painted that as “unthinkable” and even “racist.” 

One thing I didn’t go into earlier was the whiplash-inducing hypocrisy of a top Democrat going into a huff (po) over the shamefulness of hoping for a President to fail.  These days, you can’t turn on any liberal media source without encountering some anti-Trump partisan talking about the chances of the economy crashing or the North Korea nuclear talks breaking down, or some calamitous failure that would harm most Americans but hurt Trump and Republicans politically.  Bill Maher openly wished for a recession.  Currently, liberal media outlets are seemingly trying to tank the stock market by trotting out one gloom-and-doom prognosticator after another to warn that the bull market is almost sure crash any day now (“And please, God, please let it be before the election,” they would say, if they believed in prayer.) 

None of these self-centered elites seem to care about the hardships such a crisis would inflict on everyday Americans, who are only now finally starting to recover from the jobless, low-growth Obama years.  I think the most outrageous example of liberals grasping at straws (not plastic straws, of course) was an article I read that attempted to gin up fear of the terrible consequences of potential rising inflation because of numbers showing that real wages were finally starting to edge up after years of stagnation.  Workers couldn’t even enjoy having a few extra bucks in their paychecks before liberals started wailing that it will lead to the “end of the world!”  Because…”TRUUUUUUUUUMP!!!!”  This is why so few workers are spending those extra bucks on newspaper subscriptions. 

At the link, Jeffrey Folks of the American Thinker chronicles some of the left’s recent attempts to find bad news amid the historic low unemployment rates and GDP growth that’s twice what they condescendingly assured us was no longer possible (to be fair, it wasn’t when they were in charge) and their selfish wishes for any disaster that will help their political fortunes, even if it harms America’s.  The article is called, “Let the Bad Times Roll.”  Nancy Pelosi is right about one thing: this kind of selfish doom-spreading at the expense of your countrymen is unthinkable.  So do us all a favor, Democrats, and stop thinking it.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/08/let_the_bad_times_roll.html

 

 

 Congrats!

Congratulations to FoxNews.com, which has surpassed CNN.com in total page views for the first time ever (I like to think that’s because I link to FoxNews.com.)  Fox’s website has also beaten the CNN, New York Times and Washington Post websites in terms of engagement and time spent by individual readers.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/fox-news-breaks-new-viewer-record-swamps-cnns-entire-brand/

This is a real coup for Fox, which had to come from behind and catch up on the web, even though it’s long been the dominant cable TV news channel in the ratings.  I have a feeling they hate to brag too much about beating CNN, though, since the latest Neilsen ratings show that CNN’s primetime lineup was even beaten by the History Channel, whose shows that outdrew CNN include “Ancient Aliens,” a pseudo-science wackfest about how space aliens in flying saucers built the Pyramids.  I guess viewers just found it more credible than CNN. 

https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/08/14/history-channels-ancient-aliens-outperforms-cnn-primetime/

 

 

 John Brennan and a tale of two security clearances

 You’d think nobody had ever lost a security clearance before.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who served under President Obama and is now the darling of the anti-Trump media as a contributor on MSNBC, can’t stop fuming publicly about what he perceives as punishment for disagreeing with President Trump:  losing his top-secret clearance.  He says Trump is trying to intimidate him and interfere with his freedom of speech, and he says it, and says it, and says it some more, whenever  he wants, with no threat of repercussion, because nobody is interfering with his freedom of speech.

No one has the right to a security clearance.  CIA directors have traditionally been allowed to keep theirs after they leave; it’s renewed every five years as a courtesy and also in case current staff wish to rely on their expertise in a given situation.  There’s a condition, however:  that former CIA directors “behave like current CIA employees.”  Brennan has failed spectacularly to fulfill that requirement.

He’s also shown himself to be so heatedly partisan and deranged that he simply can’t be trusted on national security issues.  And after he went so far as accusing the President of committing treason (a death penalty offense) simply for holding a press conference with Vladimir Putin, it’s hard to imagine a situation in which the current administration would wish to call upon him for anything, except maybe to do the opposite of what he says.

But if for some unfathomable reason they did need him, his security clearance could be reinstated.  Peter Strzok’s was reinstated before his recent testimony before congressional oversight committees.  (I assume it was yanked again right afterwards but don’t know for sure.)  So, hypothetically, if the next administration were a bunch of “progressive” Democrats who were so “inclusive” they’d want to give a security clearance to a mouthy ex-spook who admitted during a polygraph when he joined the CIA in 1980 that he'd voted for the Communist Party in the ‘70s --- how did this man get to be in the CIA at all, let alone end up running it? --- they could always (shudder) give it back to him.

The anti-Trump media have gone wild, nonstop, over this.  It was “authoritarianism in its purest form” (that from Ben Rhodes on MSNBC), “a brazen act of intimidation,” and "something you might see out of a dictatorship or authoritarian regime."


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The intelligence community has been ridiculously free with security clearances, seemingly handing them out like candy.  An estimated 4 million Americans have them, including an unbelievable 1 million with top-secret clearance.  (I think about half of those people are now contributors on CNN and MSNBC.  No wonder there are so many leaks.)  And is it any wonder we’re uncovering so much inappropriate –- and illegal –- political activity going on in our intelligence community when John Brennan has shown himself to be “Exhibit A”?  All of those involved need to lose their clearances.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino pointed out on “Tucker Carlson” Wednesday that Brennan was the one who, on August 25, 2016, briefed Sen. Harry Reid about elements in the Christopher Steele “dossier” that were then put in an open letter to James Comey at the FBI, providing a pretense for the FBI investigation into then-candidate Trump.  He’s bound to have been up to his eyeballs in the attempt to take down Trump, and it’s easy to agree with Bongino that he’s “a disgrace and a stain on the United States whose legacy will only be as a cautionary tale told to future CIA leaders about how not to act.”

But back to my original point.  This certainly isn’t the first time a security clearance has been revoked, and Rowan Scarborough writing in the WASHINGTON TIMES has come across an interesting and very timely one.  This is the story of Adam Lovinger, a 12-year strategist in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment who complained to his superiors in the fall of 2016 about “sweetheart” contracts given to Stefan Halper, whom we now know was an FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign.  (Lovinger blew the whistle on some other contracts, too, given to a close friend of Chelsea Clinton).  On May 1, 2017, his security clearance was revoked and he was relegated to clerical duties.

 According to Lovinger’s complaint, Halper had been contracted by James Baker, who ran the Office of Net Assessment, to conduct “foreign relations” when that task was supposed to be confined to government officials.  Halper had also been awarded contracts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Pentagon support agency called the Washington Headquarters Service and, according to Lovinger’s attorney, was being paid “astronomically more than others similarly situated.”

As the attorney tells it, the people around the office had no idea what he was doing.  The work they knew about seemed to be subcontracted; he was just acting as the middle man.

Halper’s name should ring a bell; he’s the “confidential human source” (SPY) who approached George Papadopoulos and also contacted Carter Page.  For daring to speak up about the odd arrangement his bosses had with this man and other examples of what he saw as cronyism, Lovinger lost his security clearance.  Ironically, he seems like just the sort of person who should have one.

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/15/adam-lovinger-pentagon-analyst-lost-security-clear/

   

 

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  • Colleen Ryan

    08/16/2018 07:56 PM

    You crack me up! You have a great sense of humor, which we need these days considering our current society. :)
    Thanks for your great reporting!

  • Thomas W Needham

    08/16/2018 07:49 PM

    I totally agree with everything you said. It is all absolutely true and it comes from a very honest man.

  • Sam McConnell

    08/16/2018 07:44 PM

    A group of retired Sub Sailors need help to recover from one of a unpatriotic and disgusting act of vandalism. The Subvets news release is below:
    NEWS-01: A SAD DAY FOR THE WWII LOST SUBMARINE MEMORIAL USS LING AND THE NJ
    NAVAL MUSEUM Submitted by: William C. Andrea on 8/15/2018
    ------------------------------ ------------------------

    Shipmates,

    This is a sad day for us in Hackensack. Over this past weekend our USS
    Gudgeon WWII Submarine Memorial was vandalized and the four bronze plaques
    for the 52 Lost Boats and the names of all of the USS Gudgeon sailors that
    we lost when the Gudgeon was sunk in WWII for stolen.
    However the vandalism didn't stop there. A person or persons unknown boarded
    the USS Ling opened all of the hatches and somehow (unknown at this time)
    was able to flood out the whole submarine. All of the watertight doors that
    were previously shut were also open and we estimate about 10 feet of water
    in every compartment. Until the water is pumped out the authorities are
    unable to go below into the sub.

    And if that wasn't enough, today was the last day the NJ Naval Museum had to
    vacate the property to make way for luxury condos and a hotel to be built on
    the site where the museum has been since 1972. As of today we have moved
    everything from the museum and other trailers to one 40' and 2 20'
    containers. We still don't know where we will be able to store those
    container until a new home can be found for the museum.

    We still have a few torpedoes, a WWII torpedo mover, an Army missile and a
    few other large items that need a home ASAP before the property owner
    "Disposes" of them.

    If you are interested in any of the items and are able to move them please
    contact me via email or call NE Region Director, Les Altschuler at
    917-748-2275.

  • Christine Hankins

    08/16/2018 06:39 PM

    I am a Trump supporter who was born at the end of the Great Depression and can remember World War II. The character formed in the generation of people who brought America through those things--yes, depending on God and their own hard work and integrity--was created in the crucible of crisis. If any of the dire predictions of those left-wing know-nothings was to actually put America in serious crisis, it wouldn't really hurt Trump. But, assuming the younger generation isn't beyond bending over to find their own bootstraps, it might really help the crisis of character (caused by too much affluence and easy living) that I believe hinders entire culture! It could possibly render a dose of reality to the "bubble" crowd. But only if they have not already overpowered the ability of real Americans to respond appropriately!

  • Carla Isselmann

    08/16/2018 06:21 PM

    Thank you, Mr.Huckabee, for an excellent column and encourage President Trump to fire ALL Deep State members and hire Larry Klayman to help him!
    Thank you, Carla

  • Pat Gordon

    08/16/2018 06:18 PM

    enjoyed your reporting, thanks for clearing up some issues.

  • Livio O Montero

    08/16/2018 06:18 PM

    Mr. Mike Huckabee. Please look at this:
    WAKE UP AMERICA, THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW the signs that paraded in Washington D.C. yesterday 8/14. People Marching with a Rusian Flags, and another with a sign that said: America was never great, we need to overthrow this system, and chanting No Borders, No Wall, No USA at all (sorry the pictures did not come out). God bless the USA, Livio Oscar Montero


    * Be fully aware of what these forces are proposing.

    * The overthrow of the U.S. Constitution and the establishment of communism.

    * Elections will take place in Nov. Be informed when you vote!

    Watch – Antifa Chants Death to America: ‘No Borders! No Wall! No USA at All!’

    PHOTOS: Antifa Call for Removal of President, Overthrow U.S. Government

  • Alan C. Fitzgerald

    08/16/2018 05:54 PM

    Mike,
    I would suggest that there are very few genuine "journalists" left in our world today! Even our local newspaper here can't seem to locate one that has not succumbed to the lure of "fake" news! And those on the television "evening news" are simply too far out of touch to even bother with! When will we ever see a return to honest reporting?
    Alan

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    08/16/2018 05:31 PM

    I recently retired from my job at Kaiser Permanente and as I left on the last day my security badge was taken and all access to the buildings and computer system were taken away. Why should it be any different for ANY of the former high level officials? Just sayin

  • Stephen Russell

    08/16/2018 05:28 PM

    Security clearances:
    Make Uniform
    Redouble background checks
    Boost vetting
    EZier to apply on forms
    More Real Time issues to target on
    End acess when Job, over.
    Reduce clearance IF req.
    Update Security Clearances in DoD.
    Remove clearances from Rice, Macabe, others, Storzk, Paige etc. Take em all down.

  • Hake Charles A.

    08/16/2018 05:24 PM

    Your commentaries were informative and very engagingly written!

  • Stephen Russell

    08/16/2018 05:22 PM

    Honoring Aretha:
    Music Hall
    Music School.
    Hwy, Blvd, St, Rd, Ave.
    Fine Arts Center
    Summerstock called now Soulstock.
    Music group? Aretha Soul.
    Soul Food diner?
    Events Center
    in her hometown, state?
    Memorial area.
    & use for new musical talent for Todays generation.

  • Omer Causey

    08/16/2018 05:20 PM

    My thought is that all security clearances should be granted with the included condition that they automatically terminate when the grantee leaves the position for which the clearance is being granted. A new clearance could be granted if the agency deemed it necessary for good cause.

  • Art Gunderman

    08/16/2018 05:07 PM

    I'm shocked that Mr. Phillips is facing another court battle over his refusal to bake a cake for a customer. When I was growing up, back in Michigan and more years ago than I like to think about, nearly every business had a sign near the cash register that said "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone". Good practice. Wonder what happened to that concept that gave a business owner or manager control over his own business entity?