Evening Edition - November 17

November 17, 2018

"Huckabee" Preview

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

 

 

 A suggestion

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. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/white-house-responds-court-order-reinstate-acostas-press-pass/

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? 

https://www.westernjournal.com/stacey-abrams-admits-kemp-will-next-governor-georgia-effectively-concedes-race/

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.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hillary-clinton-abrams-would-have-already-won-georgia-race-if-she-had-a-fair-election

 

 

 

 Ridiculous

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.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/kamala-harris-hammered-disgusting-remarks-comparing-ice-kkk/

 

 

 

 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:

 

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/roy-clark-country-music-legend-and-hee-haw-star-dead-at-85

 

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.

 

https://youtu.be/hPtyOeJTORg?t=40

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  • William Lane

    11/17/2018 11:39 PM

    Pastor Mike,
    I call you that in all reverence and admire you for your Christian approach to the nasty world of politics.
    It is obvious that the senator from my home state of California is the Biggest BIGOT that I have ever seen. In her view, unless you are a democrat, Hispanic, black, or any other ethnic group, you are bad, and equal to the KKK, Nazis, or any other bigoted group. She needs to be censured by the other members of the senate. Her statements make me ashamed to be identified as a fellow member of the State of California.
    I would like to see a study of the last three adjustments (Gerimandering) of our states voting districts, to make this a one party state.
    I would offer a suggestion, to make every County in our state it's own voting district and let's see how the make up of the state legislature changes.
    Just a thought.

  • Arthur E Carver, III

    11/17/2018 11:38 PM

    There is NO way that the judge looked at the facts and discovered any legal basis to promote Acosta and CNN's argument to allow Acosta to return to the White House ! I trust that the President has a plan to stop Acosta and friends for all time.
    Also, it ain't complicated, if you don't have good manners then leave or drag the s. o. b. out !! The Democrats' mob rule does not bother to assault us. It is doing us NO good to continue to back down while fearing the fake news' response.
    And, I am sick of seeing the Huckabee family insulted !!
    Please call me to help defend against the insults of the Democrats and their followers. I live in Virginia at the mouth of the Potomac. It would be an honor for me to escourt Mrs. Sanders to her press meetings and assist her in demonstrating the civil behavior and respect that will be required from now on.
    Sincerely,
    Arthur E. Carver III, an 11th Generation American

  • Tamara R. Kastanas

    11/17/2018 11:35 PM

    Just want to say that I look forward to reading your email every night! It is one of the very few new items that I read, it is so well written and informative. I truly love reading your take on the days events, I feel informed, hopeful and optimistic.
    Thank you!
    A very big fan of you and your beautiful, fearless and articulate daughter, Sarah!
    Tamara

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    11/17/2018 11:32 PM

    Regarding the issuance of White House press passes, how about letting the people choose. We could have a referendum at the beginning of each year (paid for by CNN, MSNBC/W PMS and any other "journalism" outfit that wants to send a reporter. Add to that an opportunity every month for the public to vote one reporter "off the island", pulling his/her credentials for one month. Much more fun than letting the White House leftwing Pundit association have the only say.

  • Linda Radosevich

    11/17/2018 11:14 PM

    Governor, I like your idea on the lottery system for press passes. It's too bad that 'journalists' have dropped so far in social graces that they actually need written instructions on how to be polite.

  • Ray Crews

    11/17/2018 11:07 PM

    Has ANY Republican who lost their race for an office this year cried, whined, and accused the Dem. of stealing the election? Just a question!

  • Steve Wirt

    11/17/2018 11:00 PM

    This is a War Between Good, and Evil. Pure & Simple. The Democrats are working for Evil. Or should I call them DEMONcrats?
    They stand for much Evil!

  • ELAINE

    11/17/2018 10:19 PM

    I would like the next election to have some focus on crime, Specifically human trafficking and child abuse. This problem is continuing to get worse.

  • Jarret Rush

    11/17/2018 09:59 PM

    Re "A Suggestion" ... Besides the concept of scrapping current press passes and setting up a lottery system to give all correspondents a chance at a White House press pass, also write the rules such that ALL press passes expire after some set period [1, 2 years?] and can't be renewed for at least 6-months [or longer] after expiring. After the 6-month period, renewal can be requested provided another correspondent hasn't already filled that position. Let's get some variability in the White House press herd vs. the same set of names / faces that we've seen for years.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    11/17/2018 09:59 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee, 10,000 illegal immigrants are at the wall between Mexico and San Diego. President Trump listens to you. Tell him to shut down the border and do NOT let any of these people in here. We have over 100,000 homeless Americans, families, Veterans and our elderly on the streets of California. These people cross the border and instantly become part of the protected class. They get welfare, food stamps, Section 8 housing, obamacare, tax refunds they never earned, a free education through college to some of the top universities ahead of our own kids. When do our people come first in California ahead of illegal immigrants or are they just giving California back to Mexico? I have lived here my whole life and this is just wrong. This is my country and my state and my city. They need to go home and go through the proper channels if they want to become American citizens.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    11/17/2018 09:33 PM

    The Democrats are so obnoxious, you would think people with a head on their shoulders would run the other way.
    Bless you and thanks!

  • Bobby Allred

    11/17/2018 09:32 PM

    What I don’t understand is why anyone in their right mind would have voted for that Stacey Abrams woman, much less so many people voting for her that a recount had to be done. This was Georgia, not New York.
    It’s obvious that a lot of people are not in their right mind.

  • Tom Davis

    11/17/2018 09:14 PM

    Perhaps the most perplexing characteristic of the Acosta situation is that it's been my (albeit extremely limited - I witnessed a crime once and was called to testify and of course, there's Law and Order on TV) experience that no judge would allow anyone in their courtroom to act out of the sorts that CNN's Acosta has gotten away with. With armed deputies standing by to enforce the judge's idea of decorum, financial penalties, and even jail time, all of which seems to work just fine, perhaps the WH press room need to be patrolled in a similar manner.

  • Daniel Brown

    11/17/2018 09:09 PM

    Please tell the new Att'y General he NEEDS to prosecute Hillary Clniton for all of her crimes NOW, as when the Democrats take over it will not happen.

  • Stephen Russell

    11/17/2018 09:02 PM

    WH press briefings: I agree take the WHCA out from selecting reporters., End this monopoly.
    Have media contact WHPO direct for reporters & letEH choose from thier " resume"?
    Or lottery.
    Rotate the reporters alone & dump these hotheads.
    No more
    Options:
    Lottery
    WHPO chooses.
    Rotate reporters, IE Acosta has had X years there, Move him out alone.
    Media selects?
    WH vets reporters

    More can be done & daughter can aid in selection process??
    Or streamline process alone.
    Now problems:
    Media "cries" Bias, rigged in process.

  • George Curl

    11/17/2018 08:57 PM

    I hope Abrams doesn't open a "Resist" Chapter in Georgia. I watched her statement and she seemed awfully angry

Evening Edition - November 17

November 17, 2018

"Huckabee" Preview

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

 

 

 A suggestion

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. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/white-house-responds-court-order-reinstate-acostas-press-pass/

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? 

https://www.westernjournal.com/stacey-abrams-admits-kemp-will-next-governor-georgia-effectively-concedes-race/

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.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hillary-clinton-abrams-would-have-already-won-georgia-race-if-she-had-a-fair-election

 

 

 

 Ridiculous

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.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/kamala-harris-hammered-disgusting-remarks-comparing-ice-kkk/

 

 

 

 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:

 

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/roy-clark-country-music-legend-and-hee-haw-star-dead-at-85

 

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.

 

https://youtu.be/hPtyOeJTORg?t=40

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  • William Lane

    11/17/2018 11:39 PM

    Pastor Mike,
    I call you that in all reverence and admire you for your Christian approach to the nasty world of politics.
    It is obvious that the senator from my home state of California is the Biggest BIGOT that I have ever seen. In her view, unless you are a democrat, Hispanic, black, or any other ethnic group, you are bad, and equal to the KKK, Nazis, or any other bigoted group. She needs to be censured by the other members of the senate. Her statements make me ashamed to be identified as a fellow member of the State of California.
    I would like to see a study of the last three adjustments (Gerimandering) of our states voting districts, to make this a one party state.
    I would offer a suggestion, to make every County in our state it's own voting district and let's see how the make up of the state legislature changes.
    Just a thought.

  • Arthur E Carver, III

    11/17/2018 11:38 PM

    There is NO way that the judge looked at the facts and discovered any legal basis to promote Acosta and CNN's argument to allow Acosta to return to the White House ! I trust that the President has a plan to stop Acosta and friends for all time.
    Also, it ain't complicated, if you don't have good manners then leave or drag the s. o. b. out !! The Democrats' mob rule does not bother to assault us. It is doing us NO good to continue to back down while fearing the fake news' response.
    And, I am sick of seeing the Huckabee family insulted !!
    Please call me to help defend against the insults of the Democrats and their followers. I live in Virginia at the mouth of the Potomac. It would be an honor for me to escourt Mrs. Sanders to her press meetings and assist her in demonstrating the civil behavior and respect that will be required from now on.
    Sincerely,
    Arthur E. Carver III, an 11th Generation American

  • Tamara R. Kastanas

    11/17/2018 11:35 PM

    Just want to say that I look forward to reading your email every night! It is one of the very few new items that I read, it is so well written and informative. I truly love reading your take on the days events, I feel informed, hopeful and optimistic.
    Thank you!
    A very big fan of you and your beautiful, fearless and articulate daughter, Sarah!
    Tamara

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    11/17/2018 11:32 PM

    Regarding the issuance of White House press passes, how about letting the people choose. We could have a referendum at the beginning of each year (paid for by CNN, MSNBC/W PMS and any other "journalism" outfit that wants to send a reporter. Add to that an opportunity every month for the public to vote one reporter "off the island", pulling his/her credentials for one month. Much more fun than letting the White House leftwing Pundit association have the only say.

  • Linda Radosevich

    11/17/2018 11:14 PM

    Governor, I like your idea on the lottery system for press passes. It's too bad that 'journalists' have dropped so far in social graces that they actually need written instructions on how to be polite.

  • Ray Crews

    11/17/2018 11:07 PM

    Has ANY Republican who lost their race for an office this year cried, whined, and accused the Dem. of stealing the election? Just a question!

  • Steve Wirt

    11/17/2018 11:00 PM

    This is a War Between Good, and Evil. Pure & Simple. The Democrats are working for Evil. Or should I call them DEMONcrats?
    They stand for much Evil!

  • ELAINE

    11/17/2018 10:19 PM

    I would like the next election to have some focus on crime, Specifically human trafficking and child abuse. This problem is continuing to get worse.

  • Jarret Rush

    11/17/2018 09:59 PM

    Re "A Suggestion" ... Besides the concept of scrapping current press passes and setting up a lottery system to give all correspondents a chance at a White House press pass, also write the rules such that ALL press passes expire after some set period [1, 2 years?] and can't be renewed for at least 6-months [or longer] after expiring. After the 6-month period, renewal can be requested provided another correspondent hasn't already filled that position. Let's get some variability in the White House press herd vs. the same set of names / faces that we've seen for years.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    11/17/2018 09:59 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee, 10,000 illegal immigrants are at the wall between Mexico and San Diego. President Trump listens to you. Tell him to shut down the border and do NOT let any of these people in here. We have over 100,000 homeless Americans, families, Veterans and our elderly on the streets of California. These people cross the border and instantly become part of the protected class. They get welfare, food stamps, Section 8 housing, obamacare, tax refunds they never earned, a free education through college to some of the top universities ahead of our own kids. When do our people come first in California ahead of illegal immigrants or are they just giving California back to Mexico? I have lived here my whole life and this is just wrong. This is my country and my state and my city. They need to go home and go through the proper channels if they want to become American citizens.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    11/17/2018 09:33 PM

    The Democrats are so obnoxious, you would think people with a head on their shoulders would run the other way.
    Bless you and thanks!

  • Bobby Allred

    11/17/2018 09:32 PM

    What I don’t understand is why anyone in their right mind would have voted for that Stacey Abrams woman, much less so many people voting for her that a recount had to be done. This was Georgia, not New York.
    It’s obvious that a lot of people are not in their right mind.

  • Tom Davis

    11/17/2018 09:14 PM

    Perhaps the most perplexing characteristic of the Acosta situation is that it's been my (albeit extremely limited - I witnessed a crime once and was called to testify and of course, there's Law and Order on TV) experience that no judge would allow anyone in their courtroom to act out of the sorts that CNN's Acosta has gotten away with. With armed deputies standing by to enforce the judge's idea of decorum, financial penalties, and even jail time, all of which seems to work just fine, perhaps the WH press room need to be patrolled in a similar manner.

  • Daniel Brown

    11/17/2018 09:09 PM

    Please tell the new Att'y General he NEEDS to prosecute Hillary Clniton for all of her crimes NOW, as when the Democrats take over it will not happen.

  • Stephen Russell

    11/17/2018 09:02 PM

    WH press briefings: I agree take the WHCA out from selecting reporters., End this monopoly.
    Have media contact WHPO direct for reporters & letEH choose from thier " resume"?
    Or lottery.
    Rotate the reporters alone & dump these hotheads.
    No more
    Options:
    Lottery
    WHPO chooses.
    Rotate reporters, IE Acosta has had X years there, Move him out alone.
    Media selects?
    WH vets reporters

    More can be done & daughter can aid in selection process??
    Or streamline process alone.
    Now problems:
    Media "cries" Bias, rigged in process.

  • George Curl

    11/17/2018 08:57 PM

    I hope Abrams doesn't open a "Resist" Chapter in Georgia. I watched her statement and she seemed awfully angry

Evening Edition - November 17

November 17, 2018

"Huckabee" Preview

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

 

 

 A suggestion

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. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/white-house-responds-court-order-reinstate-acostas-press-pass/

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? 

https://www.westernjournal.com/stacey-abrams-admits-kemp-will-next-governor-georgia-effectively-concedes-race/

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.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hillary-clinton-abrams-would-have-already-won-georgia-race-if-she-had-a-fair-election

 

 

 

 Ridiculous

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.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/kamala-harris-hammered-disgusting-remarks-comparing-ice-kkk/

 

 

 

 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:

 

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/roy-clark-country-music-legend-and-hee-haw-star-dead-at-85

 

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.

 

https://youtu.be/hPtyOeJTORg?t=40

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  • William Lane

    11/17/2018 11:39 PM

    Pastor Mike,
    I call you that in all reverence and admire you for your Christian approach to the nasty world of politics.
    It is obvious that the senator from my home state of California is the Biggest BIGOT that I have ever seen. In her view, unless you are a democrat, Hispanic, black, or any other ethnic group, you are bad, and equal to the KKK, Nazis, or any other bigoted group. She needs to be censured by the other members of the senate. Her statements make me ashamed to be identified as a fellow member of the State of California.
    I would like to see a study of the last three adjustments (Gerimandering) of our states voting districts, to make this a one party state.
    I would offer a suggestion, to make every County in our state it's own voting district and let's see how the make up of the state legislature changes.
    Just a thought.

  • Arthur E Carver, III

    11/17/2018 11:38 PM

    There is NO way that the judge looked at the facts and discovered any legal basis to promote Acosta and CNN's argument to allow Acosta to return to the White House ! I trust that the President has a plan to stop Acosta and friends for all time.
    Also, it ain't complicated, if you don't have good manners then leave or drag the s. o. b. out !! The Democrats' mob rule does not bother to assault us. It is doing us NO good to continue to back down while fearing the fake news' response.
    And, I am sick of seeing the Huckabee family insulted !!
    Please call me to help defend against the insults of the Democrats and their followers. I live in Virginia at the mouth of the Potomac. It would be an honor for me to escourt Mrs. Sanders to her press meetings and assist her in demonstrating the civil behavior and respect that will be required from now on.
    Sincerely,
    Arthur E. Carver III, an 11th Generation American

  • Tamara R. Kastanas

    11/17/2018 11:35 PM

    Just want to say that I look forward to reading your email every night! It is one of the very few new items that I read, it is so well written and informative. I truly love reading your take on the days events, I feel informed, hopeful and optimistic.
    Thank you!
    A very big fan of you and your beautiful, fearless and articulate daughter, Sarah!
    Tamara

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    11/17/2018 11:32 PM

    Regarding the issuance of White House press passes, how about letting the people choose. We could have a referendum at the beginning of each year (paid for by CNN, MSNBC/W PMS and any other "journalism" outfit that wants to send a reporter. Add to that an opportunity every month for the public to vote one reporter "off the island", pulling his/her credentials for one month. Much more fun than letting the White House leftwing Pundit association have the only say.

  • Linda Radosevich

    11/17/2018 11:14 PM

    Governor, I like your idea on the lottery system for press passes. It's too bad that 'journalists' have dropped so far in social graces that they actually need written instructions on how to be polite.

  • Ray Crews

    11/17/2018 11:07 PM

    Has ANY Republican who lost their race for an office this year cried, whined, and accused the Dem. of stealing the election? Just a question!

  • Steve Wirt

    11/17/2018 11:00 PM

    This is a War Between Good, and Evil. Pure & Simple. The Democrats are working for Evil. Or should I call them DEMONcrats?
    They stand for much Evil!

  • ELAINE

    11/17/2018 10:19 PM

    I would like the next election to have some focus on crime, Specifically human trafficking and child abuse. This problem is continuing to get worse.

  • Jarret Rush

    11/17/2018 09:59 PM

    Re "A Suggestion" ... Besides the concept of scrapping current press passes and setting up a lottery system to give all correspondents a chance at a White House press pass, also write the rules such that ALL press passes expire after some set period [1, 2 years?] and can't be renewed for at least 6-months [or longer] after expiring. After the 6-month period, renewal can be requested provided another correspondent hasn't already filled that position. Let's get some variability in the White House press herd vs. the same set of names / faces that we've seen for years.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    11/17/2018 09:59 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee, 10,000 illegal immigrants are at the wall between Mexico and San Diego. President Trump listens to you. Tell him to shut down the border and do NOT let any of these people in here. We have over 100,000 homeless Americans, families, Veterans and our elderly on the streets of California. These people cross the border and instantly become part of the protected class. They get welfare, food stamps, Section 8 housing, obamacare, tax refunds they never earned, a free education through college to some of the top universities ahead of our own kids. When do our people come first in California ahead of illegal immigrants or are they just giving California back to Mexico? I have lived here my whole life and this is just wrong. This is my country and my state and my city. They need to go home and go through the proper channels if they want to become American citizens.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    11/17/2018 09:33 PM

    The Democrats are so obnoxious, you would think people with a head on their shoulders would run the other way.
    Bless you and thanks!

  • Bobby Allred

    11/17/2018 09:32 PM

    What I don’t understand is why anyone in their right mind would have voted for that Stacey Abrams woman, much less so many people voting for her that a recount had to be done. This was Georgia, not New York.
    It’s obvious that a lot of people are not in their right mind.

  • Tom Davis

    11/17/2018 09:14 PM

    Perhaps the most perplexing characteristic of the Acosta situation is that it's been my (albeit extremely limited - I witnessed a crime once and was called to testify and of course, there's Law and Order on TV) experience that no judge would allow anyone in their courtroom to act out of the sorts that CNN's Acosta has gotten away with. With armed deputies standing by to enforce the judge's idea of decorum, financial penalties, and even jail time, all of which seems to work just fine, perhaps the WH press room need to be patrolled in a similar manner.

  • Daniel Brown

    11/17/2018 09:09 PM

    Please tell the new Att'y General he NEEDS to prosecute Hillary Clniton for all of her crimes NOW, as when the Democrats take over it will not happen.

  • Stephen Russell

    11/17/2018 09:02 PM

    WH press briefings: I agree take the WHCA out from selecting reporters., End this monopoly.
    Have media contact WHPO direct for reporters & letEH choose from thier " resume"?
    Or lottery.
    Rotate the reporters alone & dump these hotheads.
    No more
    Options:
    Lottery
    WHPO chooses.
    Rotate reporters, IE Acosta has had X years there, Move him out alone.
    Media selects?
    WH vets reporters

    More can be done & daughter can aid in selection process??
    Or streamline process alone.
    Now problems:
    Media "cries" Bias, rigged in process.

  • George Curl

    11/17/2018 08:57 PM

    I hope Abrams doesn't open a "Resist" Chapter in Georgia. I watched her statement and she seemed awfully angry