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    April 12, 2022

    Good evening!

    Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!

    Today's newsletter includes:

    • "I did that"
    • Biden announces new anti-gun rules
    • The Shanghai Lockdown
    • Biden's Economy: Inflation Rises, Americans feel pain
    • And more…


    Mike Huckabee


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    "I did that"

    Democrats seem to have figured out just how potent the grassroots “I did that” Biden stickers are that people are leaving on gas pumps all over America. Those little stickers are the public’s way of fighting back against political and media narratives blaming everything but Biden for the high prices of gas. So now, the Dems are trying to fight back against those stickers and co-opt the idea for their own.

    In Illinois, Democrats tucked a provision into a budget bill passed at 3 a.m. on Saturday to force gas stations to put stickers on their pumps to inform the public that the planned 2.2-cent gas tax increase that was set to begin on July 1st has been scrapped. I guess drivers are supposed to feel immense gratitude that they’re not going to add another 2.2 cents to the price of gas that’s already double what it was two years ago. Any station that doesn’t comply can be fined up to $500 a day, which I’m sure won’t raise the price of gas at all.

    Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, a man who was putting “I did that” stickers on gas pumps was arrested on several charges. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone commit vandalism, although if the Dems claim graffiti is “street art” and looting is “peaceful protest,” then those Biden stickers could certainly be called free speech. I would recommend, though, that if you are going to do it, don’t do it the way this guy did. Sounds like he’s taking it to extremes.

    Biden announces new anti-gun rules

    In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Sacramento, President Biden announced new anti-gun rules, including a rule making it illegal to manufacture so-called “ghost guns,” or guns without serial numbers. There are a lot more details at this link:

    The problem, as pointed out by several Republican legislators and various gun rights groups, is that private gunsmithing is an American tradition dating back over 200 years, and this rule is unconstitutional. It violates the Second Amendment and Biden does not have the power to create new gun laws via executive order.

    In defense of it, Biden pulled out one of his many repeatedly debunked claims, this time the one about how Americans weren’t allowed to own cannons when the Second Amendment was written. Even the Washington Post found that to be so incorrect that their fact checker gave him “Four Pinocchios” for it.

    Critics also pointed out that all this focus on the guns was just a McGuffin to distract attention away from the real cause of skyrocketing violent crime: leftist politicians and DA’s defunding the police, emptying the jails, refusing to enforce the laws, and releasing repeat offenders over and over without bail. This is why we stopped hearing much about that Sacramento mass shooting after word came that it actually appeared to be gang violence and at least one of the suspects was a repeat offender who was released early from jail, despite the DA pleading with the parole board not to let him out.

    Once again, it appears that Democrats are trying to fix a crime problem their policies created by focusing on the guns instead of the criminals, and creating new laws when the ones already on the books aren’t being enforced and they don’t even know anything about the guns they’re banning. The Babylon Bee did its usual expert job of skewering that reaction with its satirical article about how AOC would deal with “ghost guns.”

    The Shanghai Lockdown

    Last night, Tucker Carlson on Fox News covered one of the most horrifying and least reported stories of the day: the Chinese government’s brutal COVID lockdown in Shanghai.

    I have to warn you that this is genuinely disturbing: a report on people being locked into their homes with no way to get food, screaming in anguish that they’re starving, as government goons confiscate and slaughter their pets in the streets while dissenters are beaten and dragged off to “quarantine” centers. All the while, drones fly around, broadcasting the message that people must “resist their souls’ urge for freedom.” I’m sure that idea is very popular with a lot of people in Silicon Valley these days.

    All of this is to enforce draconian lockdown policies that experience has proven do not work. Here’s the latest evidence: a study by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity compared the results of COVID policies in all 50 states. They assessed the effects on disease mortality, the states’ economies and children’s education.

    The states that fared the best - Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota and Florida – all have Republican Governors, as do 13 of the top 15 states. The media and some public health officials savaged them for refusing to impose stringent lockdowns and relying on their citizens to act responsibly. They were accused of setting the stage for mass deaths. But the study found no correlation between stringent restrictions on travel, employment or dining and lower death rates. And "states with strict lockdowns had virtually no better performance in COVID death rates than states that remained mostly open for business."

    Meanwhile, the deep-blue states of New York, California, New Jersey and Illinois were ranked the worst on dealing with COVID, performing “poorly on every measure.” They had high death rates, high unemployment, significant GDP losses and their schools were shut down longer than almost all other states. A CUP spokesman said, "Shutting down their economies and schools was by far the biggest mistake Governors and state officials made during COVID, particularly in blue states."

    And yet, every time we hear of a new variant, they fire up the talk about more lockdowns, restrictions and mandates. They claim to be on the side of science, yet they keep doing the same thing that doesn’t work and expecting a different result. That’s what a real scientist, Albert Einstein, called the definition of insanity.

    Reporter Mike Isikoff: Biden knew

    Another day, another piece of “Russian disinformation” about Hunter Biden’s laptop is belatedly confirmed to be true by the media. Monday, Yahoo News issued a report by Michael Isikoff and Zach Dorfman confirming that Biden knew he was working with people who were high up in Chinese intelligence circles.

    Hunter and James Biden (the President’s brother) formed a business partnership with Ye Jianming, an energy tycoon who had past links to China’s People’s Liberation Army, and Patrick Ho, who was arrested by the FBI in 2017 over “an audacious plot to dole out millions of dollars in bribes to African leaders in exchange for major energy contracts that appeared to advance Chinese government interests.” Yahoo reports that Ho’s first call after being arrested was to James Biden to ask him to get him a lawyer.

    The report also says that Hunter’s notorious laptop contained a recording of a conversation in which Hunter described Ho as “literally the (bleeping) spy chief of China.”

    There’s much more at the link, and it may have many Biden voters channeling Adam Sandler and saying, "Once again, things that could've been brought to my attention YESTERDAY!!!” Or in this case, before Election Day 2020.

    A lot more Biden-China connections are also coming out, like this report from the Blaze:

    And Miranda Divine, who wrote the book “Laptop From Hell,” has more about how alarm bells are starting to ring in top Democrat circles as they realize that the story they thought was buried is rising from the grave and may devour Joe Biden and them all.

    We’ll have some more commentary on this later in the week, but a normal human with a moral compass and a non-cast iron stomach can only deal with so much Hunter Biden in any one day.

    Biden’s Economy: Inflation rises, Americans feel the pain

    Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its March update to the Consumer Price Index, the rate of inflation for a group of goods and services most Americans buy, from eggs and milk to cell phones and gasoline. And from the Democrats’ and the media’s (same thing) desperate attempts to pre-spin the number, you could tell they knew it would be mind-boggling.

    And it was: inflation rose to 8.5% in March, up from 7.9% in February, marking the biggest year-to-year inflation rise in 40 years.

    Deanna Fisher at the Victory Girls blog shows how the push is already on to spin the blame away from Biden/Democrat policies and onto Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, even though prices have been rising since the moment Biden took office.

    Maybe they have no faith in the intelligence of the American voters (they did get into office, after all), but nobody is buying that fish tale. Anyone over the age of five can remember when gas was less than $2 a gallon, and we all remember that Biden’s very first action in office was a series of executive orders shutting down the Keystone XL Pipeline project and targeting both the fossil fuel industry and border security for destruction. And nobody with a brain larger than a salamander’s believes Jen Psaki’s claims that they want Republicans’ suggestions on how to solve high gas prices and the immigration crisis. We all know the solutions are simple: "Reverse the things you did to deliberately cause those crises."

    The public’s resistance to being gaslighted is clear in two new polls by ABC and CBS News. The ABC poll found Biden’s approval rating farther underwater than the Titanic on every issue except handling COVID (on inflation, it’s 29% approval to 69% disapproval.) And 55% of Republicans are “very enthusiastic” about voting in November, compared to 35% of Democrats.

    The CBS poll showed that Americans rank the economy, inflation, crime and immigration among their top concerns, and Biden’s approval ratings on all of those issues are under 40% (on inflation, it’s a pathetic 31%.) That poll also found that only 8% said higher prices have had no effect on their families. 26% say they’re an inconvenience, and 66% say rising prices are difficult or a hardship.

    Ronald Reagan won a massive, 44-state victory over Jimmy Carter in 1980 (Reagan even won Massachusetts) by asking voters a simple question: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” In today’s fast-paced world, everything has speeded up. It’s taken Joe Biden and a Democrat Congress less than 16 months to rev the Misery Index up higher than Carter could in four years. Americans don’t even have to ask themselves if they’re better off now than they were 16 months ago. The answer to that slaps them in the face every time they go to the grocery store or the gas station.

    So is it any wonder that the Democrats are trying to find something, anything, else to blame for the predictably dismal results of their own policies?

    Russia-Ukraine Update

    Here’s today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated bulletins on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    The latest headlines: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said, "Our armed forces are beating the occupiers with wisdom and well-thought-out tactics," but he warned that they’re still not getting the military equipment they need from allies and that they’re running out of time and lives. This has yet to be confirmed, but Ukrainian officials say they believe Russia used a chemical weapon on civilians in Mariupol, possibly a phosphorus munition. Great Britain’s Foreign Secretary said, "Any use of such weapons would be a callous escalation in this conflict, and we will hold Putin and his regime to account."

    Putin now appears to be fighting a battle on two fronts: one against Ukraine and one against the elements of his own government that he thinks were either incompetent yes men who fed him incorrect information before the invasion or who are working against him. He reportedly purged more than 100 agents from the FSB (Federal Security Bureau) and sent the head of the department responsible for Ukraine to prison.

    People are still talking about the interview Zelenskyy gave to CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

    One powerful moment came when reporter Scott Pelley asked him about the undiplomatic way he’s criticized NATO and the UN Security Council for not doing enough to help Ukraine fight back. He called NATO “weak” and told the UN Security Council, “Where’s the security?” and “If you can’t help, you shouldn’t exist.” He made it clear that he considers “diplomacy” to mean people sitting around talking and doing nothing, and he doesn’t have time for that when his people are being slaughtered.

    He said, “When you are [working] at diplomacy, there are no results. All of this is very bureaucratic. That’s why the way I’m talking to them is absolutely justifiable. I don’t have any more lives [to give], I don’t have any more emotions. I’m no longer interested in their diplomacy that leads to the destruction of my country.”

    I don’t remember ever hearing a better description of how the UN “works.” He also said this, which should be taught to American school kids instead of the anti-American garbage they’re being force-fed:

    Zelenskyy said Ukrainians were defending the right to live. He said, "I never thought this right was so costly. These are human values. So that Russia doesn't choose what we should do and how I'm exercising my rights. That right was given to me by God and my parents."

    It sounds as if he understands more about God-given rights than our new Supreme Court Justice does.

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    Comments 11-19 of 19

    • James Drury Jr.

      04/13/2022 06:33 AM

      Thanks Mike & Staff!

    • Gary Stilwell

      04/12/2022 10:51 PM

      RE: Zelenskyy--
      Just curious, but what if this guy were to become a citizen of the US and ran for president???????----He does have one of the necessary qualities---he has a SPINE!!!

    • Floyd A Unger

      04/12/2022 10:13 PM

      Thank you

    • James Evart

      04/12/2022 09:04 PM

      "..., Biden pulled out one of his many repeatedly debunked claims,..." = LIES, just like, "Psaki’s claims".

    • Judy McGlothlin

      04/12/2022 08:57 PM

      In California people should put stickers on gas pumps saying "I did that with the help of Gavin Newsom.

    • David Berry

      04/12/2022 08:57 PM

      Can we trade Zelenskyy for Biden? And have him get rid of 100 of our FBI agents and jail the one in charge?
      Also, how many executive orders has Biden signed so far? Is anyone counting?

    • Anne Turner

      04/12/2022 08:50 PM

      It seems to me that if you start teaching young children about boy and girl body parts complete with illustrations. You must want them to see what they can do with them. That’s what children do. The take plastic hammers and pound pegs, then they ask Dad for a board, a hammer and some nails. They try things. So I guess if some predator comes along and says to a little boy girl, let me show you what you can do with your parts the children will be primed to think this is quite natural. Are these people crazy? Or are they simply immoral? Whoever thought sex education was necessary until near the onset of puberty? This is so frustrating because I simply do not understand the mindsets that turn the world upside down for small minorities with results hurting the majority. Certainly we should protect minorities but we do not need to celebrate every deviation from majority behavior as some heroic thing. If one attempts to change one’s gender, why is that cause for lauding them as if they saved the country. Seems to me that is private business. Why would I want everyone to know that I had my breasts removed and now sport a manufactured penis, or had breast implants and my penis cut of, as the case may be.

    • Lawrence E Foster

      04/12/2022 06:55 PM

      Ukrainian President Zelensky gave a powerful speech. One has to admire the Ukrainian people for their choice of a leader, and wonder at the foolishness of those who allowed the democrat party to foist Sleazy Joe on us.

    • Sharon Faulkner

      04/12/2022 03:22 PM

      any more reported and supposed crap concerning the nonsense between Russia and the Ukraine (which I couldn't care less about )and I am going to dump your website and your newsletter. And as for Z-slinky
      He is nothing but a corrupt fake who is deep in kickbacks to the Clinton's, Bidens Pelosis and Kerry's and has let Nazis run the Ukraine for years.

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    And here’s a surprise: Robert Kennedy Jr. suggested that McConnell be replaced by Sen. Rand Paul. RFK Jr. tweeted, “It’s time to promote leaders in Washington, DC, who won’t kowtow to the military contractors or push us deeper into foreign conflicts. We need representation who will prioritize American wellness over all else. I believe Rand Paul would be an incredible successor. He’s shown great judgment and has the grit to put hardworking Americans first.”

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    “Get out of New York, if you can.” And if you can’t leave now, “Develop an exit plan before you need it.

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