This weekend, it's a special Thanksgiving edition of “Huckabee,” and not just because we’re all so thankful the election is over – at least, in the states where it is over. John McLemore of the Masterbilt smoker and cooker company will show us the right way to fry a turkey (and for fun and thrills, we’ll also take a look at some of the wrong ways.) A man who knows how it feels to be thankful for every day of life, Rep. Steve Scalise, will join me. Will Graham will tell us about his inspiring new book on faith and the life and legacy of his grandfather, the Rev. Billy Graham. I’ll talk turkey with bestselling author and theologian Nancy Pearcey, and country music superstar Billy Dean, “The American Troubadour,” has a special song for the occasion.
Sprinkle with my commentaries on current events, some crazy news “In Case You Missed It,” tasty holiday treats and my guests’ personal Thanksgiving stories, and that’s a recipe for a terrific, all-new holiday “Huckabee!” It’s tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and again at the same times on Sunday, only on TBN. To find the TBN outlet in your area, and to stream past shows, visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
The White House announced that it will comply with a federal judge’s temporary order to reinstate CNN “reporter” Jim Acosta’s press pass, despite the fact that instead of asking questions, he virtue-signals his opinions like a blinding lighthouse of liberalism. But based off the judge’s ruling that Acosta wasn’t fully informed of why he was losing his pass, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (my daughter) added that the White House will also “develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum at the White House.” In other words, there will now be a written code of conduct for “journalists” to tell them how to behave like adults. Acosta and some of the others should react to that the way vampires would to a cross made of garlic.
I have another suggestion that I think could vastly improve both the behavior of White House reporters and the quality of questions asked. Currently, the same Beltway insiders show up at every press conference. Many of them are liberal hothouse flowers, born and raised in an impenetrable bubble of PC groupthink, totally out of touch with Americans who aren’t DC or coastal elites. Or as they’re referred to on Instapundit, “Democratic operatives with bylines.” Why are they there? Because the White House Correspondents Association is allowed to recommend who gets a press pass. You remember the WHCA? They’re the people who put on the annual dinners where nasty, far-left comedians insult the President and his staffers, including my daughter, to their faces.
So why are they allowed to pick the reporters who question the President? Across America, at newspapers, TV and radio stations, websites and blogs, there are thousands of professional journalists working hard at their jobs who would love the chance to question the President. Why not scrap all the current press passes and set up a lottery system to give all of them a shot? It would hardly be “suppressing freedom of the press” to give even more journalists a chance to question the President. And before anyone whines that it would lower the quality of questioning, I would stack the professionalism of any reporter at the Peoria, Illinois, Journal-Star up against Jim Acosta any day – and that includes the obituary writers and the interns.
Concession whether she calls it that or not
Georgia Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams finally ended her campaign against Republican Brian Kemp, after more than a week of counting and recounting, and “finding” and scrounging for votes, and trying to force the state to count improperly-cast votes. As of Friday morning, the unofficial totals showed Kemp with 50.2%, Abrams with 48.8% and Libertarian Ted Metz with 0.9%. It was impossible for Abrams to surpass Kemp, but she had hoped that if they just kept counting, in that magical way that the Democrat always gains votes when they’re counted a second or third time, that Kemp would fall below 50%, necessitating a run-off. Even that was mathematically out of reach.
And so, Abrams gave up an recognized Kemp as the victor, but stressed that she was still not “conceding.” Instead, she railed that “In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections,” thus becoming the living embodiment of the old political axiom that “No Democrat ever lost a ‘fair’ election.” She joins Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown (obviously an expert on how Georgians vote), who declared “If Stacey Abrams doesn’t win in Georgia, they stole it.” Apparently, the Republicans stole it through the dirty, underhanded trick of getting an insurmountably larger number of legitimate votes.
For his part, Kemp (aka “the winner”) put aside political rancor, praised his opponent and encouraged Georgians to unite and work together for a brighter future. Man, how far behind the times is he?
Amusing side note: During the 2016 election, when Donald Trump suggested that she was trying to rig the election, Hillary Clinton lectured, “We are a country based on laws. And we’ve had hot, contested elections going back to the very beginning, but one of our hallmarks has always been that we accept the outcomes of our elections.” She said she was “appalled” that a major party candidate would question the results of a US election, calling that a “direct threat to our democracy.”
Since then, she’s spent two years questioning the legitimacy of President Trump’s election, and she said of Abrams, “If she had a fair election, she already would have won.” Hillary said that Tuesday night at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was accepting an award, I assume for hypocrisy.
And this is the same party that’s wasted millions of tax dollars, and is chomping at the bit to waste millions more, investigating Russian attempts to undermine faith in the American electoral system. With Democrats like this, the Russians don’t have to lift a finger.
After a lifetime of politics, I’m pretty much immune to politicians saying offensive, self-serving things to advance their agendas. But even I was disgusted at California Sen. Kamala Harris’ attempt to compare the men and women of ICE to the KKK. ICE agents risk their lives every day facing drug gangs, human traffickers and other illegal border crossers to keep Americans safe and enforce our immigration laws, which were passed and signed by members of both parties. They also risk their lives rounding up violent criminals who were released from custody in irresponsible “sanctuary cities” or “sanctuary states,” like the one represented by Kamala Harris.
During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Harris was questioning Trump's nominee to head ICE, Ronald Vitiello, about a 2015 tweet, for which he’s apologized, that likened Democratic tactics to the KKK. Harris asked if he was aware there was a perception that there are parallels between ICE and the KKK.
You can read the full outrageous exchange at the link. My response would have been something like, “I’m aware that stupid people can harbor ridiculous false perceptions, and that some unscrupulous politicians promote such false perceptions for their own benefit.”
I’m also aware that ICE was created in 2002, under President George W. Bush. Which means another big difference between ICE and the KKK is that ICE was founded by a Republican.
RIP Roy Clark
Our prayers and condolences to the family of Country Music Hall of Famer Roy Clark, who died at home in Tulsa on Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 85.
Those who worked with Roy Clark remembered him fondly as a kind, generous, friendly and humble man, always smiling and appreciative of others’ talents. That decency shone through to TV audiences, as well. Clark once said, "A TV camera goes right through your soul. If you're a bad person, people pick that up. I'm a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I've come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful."
He may be best remembered as the longtime host of the cornpone comedy series, “Hee-Haw,” but fellow musicians were in awe of his talent on multiple instruments, particularly banjo and guitar. He could play just about anything, as he proved on stages from Branson, Missouri, to the Grand Old Opry, to the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall and the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow, where he was one of the first American entertainers to perform in the Soviet Union.
At this link is an obituary with lots of information about Roy Clark’s life and career:
And here’s something unusual. It’s a video by a British guitarist who analyzes the styles of great players. In this one, he shows a clip of Roy Clark playing flamenco guitar on an old episode of “The Odd Couple.” You’ll think that guitar might burst into flames at any moment. I’m linking directly to the beginning of that scene if you just want to see and hear Roy’s mind-boggling performance. Or musicians might want to watch the whole thing, to get an appreciation for just how great his talent was and how much other musicians respected him.
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