Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse of the Day - Jeremiah 29:12
- Comments on Biden's "townhall"
- America the Beautiful - Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
- CYBER NINJAS: Maricopa County misrepresents audit findings
- Garland grilled by the House Judiciary Committee
- Worried about the economy
- Hymnal - Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Comments on Biden's "townhall"
By Mike Huckabee
Thursday, President Biden took questions in a CNN “townhall.”
I use the quotation marks because CNN always seems to find a “town” that’s at least 90% Democrats. In this case, of the 12 people allowed to ask questions, only two were Republicans, and the first one didn’t get to speak until 20 minutes before it ended. Even one of the questioners identified as an “Independent” attacked Republicans and “rogue moderates” and asked why Biden didn’t just force through the Democrat agenda. Sounds like that person is an “Independent” like “Democratic socialists” are “Democrats.”
The biggest news points to come out of the evening were:
* Biden admitted he didn’t have the votes to pass his $3.5 trillion spending bill if it retained his hike in the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%.
* He said he was considering doing away with the Senate filibuster to pass the Democrats “voting rights” (i.e., “legalize vote fraud”) bill, but not for all bills, because that would lose him three votes for his $3.5 trillion spending bill. (Note: I don’t think “doing away with the filibuster” works that way. You’d think that someone who spent 370 years in the Senate would know that.)
* He said he was considering sending in the National Guard to ease the supply chain crisis. I guess that’s easier than reversing the liberal policies that are causing it, like the AB-5 law in California that banned independent contractor truckers. A national version of that is in his $3.5 trillion bill, if you want to know how serious he really is about fixing the supply chain crisis.
By the way, over 100 House Republicans signed a letter explaining why Biden’s $3.5 trillion porkulus bill would be a death blow to the supply chain.
* He said the US would defend Taiwan if China attacked it. China seemed really intimidated by that threat.
And why should they be, since they now seem to be outstripping us in military weapons development?
* And the quote that made the biggest news: Biden doubled down on threatening police officers and other emergency workers and first responders, saying that if they refuse to comply with his COVID vaccine mandate, they should stay home or be fired (the fact that this received “thunderous applause” from the audience should tell you the kind of audiences CNN assembles for these dog-and-pony shows.) He then ridiculed the very idea of Americans having the freedom of autonomy over their own bodies, mocking them by saying, “I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID. Come on.” (Still unanswered: the question of how unvaccinated people endanger vaccinated people if the vaccines work.) This also overlooks the fact that many of those people worked through the pandemic at great personal risk, and were likely already exposed to and recovered from COVID so they have natural immunity.
I have a feeling that Biden dismissing cops and first responders and mocking freedom will be a recurring theme in many 2022 campaign ads.
I couldn’t help wondering what people might be thinking who actually voted for Biden because he was sold to them as a moderate centrist who would return compromise and respect for other people’s views to the White House. Also, he hailed first responders as the heroes of the pandemic, vowed not to impose a government vaccine mandate, and even expressed reluctance himself to take any vaccine that was rushed to market under Donald Trump. Now, those first responder bums' lives can just be ruined if they’re skeptical of vaccines he sowed distrust in, and they resist the mandate he promised never to impose.
I’m leaving out the biggest news of the night: he got through it without dissolving into gibberish or wandering off stage. But it might have been better if he’d done either one of those things rather than say what he did about first responders. He might want to consider that if he plans to brutally enforce a vaccine mandate, it might be good not to alienate the police. The Democrats have done enough of that already by defunding police departments and legalizing crime.
For more on that, check out this story about how an iconic Target store is the latest to close in San Francisco because the same people come back every day and rob them blind, and the liberal leaders who refuse to make them pay any consequences for theft are denying that’s the real reason. This account comes directly from some fed-up cops speaking anonymously, so you can imagine how much loyalty they still have to liberal Democrats.
Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit has a good op-ed on police pushback against vaccine mandates, and how forcing officers to quit will result in them becoming private security so the wealthy will be safe while poor and minority neighborhoods will suffer (thanks again, Democrats!) One silver lining: the Democrats seem to want to impose a police state, but that’s going to be hard if the police are so furious they’d rather quit than obey Democrat policies.
Finally, it wasn’t as if the Biden Townhall didn’t have a healthy scoop of false claims and incoherence, which Nick Arama at Redstate.com chronicled:
America the Beautiful
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CYBER NINJAS: Maricopa County misrepresents audit findings
By Mike Huckabee
The Cyber Ninjas have released a response to Maricopa County’s review of their 2020 forensic audit, and it’s scathing.
“Maricopa County continues to purposely mislead Arizonans and the American public about the nature of audit findings,” they said Wednesday, “and the impact they had on the 2020 General Election. Their response renames and redefines audit findings so the claim can be made that the findings are false, including logical sounding arguments that simply don’t add up, and is completely devoid of any supporting evidence.” The Ninjas go on to “refute their baseless claims with evidence and citations.”
They accuse Maricopa County of relying on “bogus fact checks on their website and from the fake news media to ‘debunk’ many but not all claims by the Arizona Senate auditors.”
A link within the above link was supposed to take the reader to the full response from the Cyber Ninjas at SCRIBD, but when we tried it, that post had been removed. Still, one can still see a lot of excerpts at the link we’ve included. Rather than simply summarizing them here, I’m hoping you’ll go and read them all. The auditors are standing behind their work and will not accept Maricopa County’s response. They are not going quietly now that the audit is complete --- or as complete as it can be with the amount of information that was withheld from them.
“All evidence has been turned over to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich,” they wrote, “and it now lies on him to investigate these crimes and save our Republic.” They also included a link to Brnovich’s office so that readers can get in touch and “demand a full criminal investigation with immediate arrests.”
Just to cite one huge problem that the Board of Supervisors has still failed to address: According to Cyber Ninjas, on March 3 –- just days before the voting machines were scheduled to be turned over to auditors –- someone with an administrative access password overwrote more than 37,000 entries, and “the act of executing these scripts had the effect of...ensuring that the Windows security logs covering the dates of the general election would not be available for review.”
Those files were not backed up, so legally they were supposed to have been “maintained intact” for a minimum of 22 months. As alleged in BLUE STATE CONSERVATIVE, “These deletions indicate deliberate destruction of evidence and violation of election law while the machines were in possession and control of the county supervisors.”
On Thursday, in a bulletin from his SAVE AMERICA PAC, former President Trump responded to the Ninjas' report, saying, “Look at what just happened in Arizona last night for the people that really won the Election, by a lot, us. The FORENSIC AUDITORS released a report that discredits all of the disinformation put out by the RINO Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.” Trump went on to detail some of the findings and also called for the state attorney general to investigate.
Trump said, “Maricopa County officials lied, and then tried to cover it up. Now they are facing criminal liability since defying a subpoena and deleting election records are serious crimes. Hopefully Attorney General Mark Brnovich will do something about it. Regardless, based on these findings, and many others, Arizona should decertify their Fake Election results immediately!”
Of course, most media outlets aren’t touching this. Liz Harrington, President Trump’s spokesperson, uses tweets to document the problems uncovered by Cyber Ninjas, and THE GATEWAY PUNDIT passed them along.
Attorney General Brnovich is currently running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, so politics will almost surely play a role in his decision on how to proceed. One would think he’d be partial to a company with “ninjas” in their name, considering his own fighting skill with “nunchucks.”
But I digress. Trump will, of course, get a lot of grief for calling for the decertification of Arizona’s 2020 election results. As we have learned, it’s only wrong to cast doubt on an election when you’re a conservative Republican. If you’re, say, Stacey Abrams or Hillary Clinton, you can go on forever claiming you won. Stacey lost her race for Georgia governor in 2018 and has never conceded. Hillary lost her race for President of the United States ini 2016 and appeared to concede at first, but it didn't last long.
Because Hillary has a new book out –- purported (I am not joking) to be her “first work of fiction” –- she appeared with Abrams Wednesday evening in a promotional Zoom call and actually said she felt strongly that Abrams had “actually won” the 2018 race. My goodness, did Hillary just undermine the trust in “our democracy”?
Of course, with the Durham investigation gaining steam, we’re also learning more and more about how Hillary and her minions worked to establish and maintain the lie that Trump “colluded” with Russia to beat her in 2016. And during the vote tally in 2020, she advised Joe Biden not to concede UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Look at what she claimed about her own Presidential race in October of last year, right before the Trump-Biden election. “There was a widespread understanding that this election [in 2016] was not on the level,” she said.
But I don’t have to tell you that Republicans and Democrats are held to different standards and are expected to play by different rules. (Actually, Democrats don’t seem to have any rules at all.) The opening to Mollie Heminway’s new book about the 2020 election, RIGGED, looks at the way Democrats complained after Hillary’s loss (“The election was stolen from her!”) and how that all changed after Trump’s loss (“What a sore loser –- Biden really won!”) Suddenly it became horribly unpatriotic to point out very legitimate problems with the vote, the crazy statistical anomalies in battleground areas and all the easy-easy ways to cheat undetectably, thanks in large part to DNC attorney Marc Elias.
RIGGED is turning out to be every bit as good as expected. Highly recommended reading.
It’ll sure be interesting to see if Mark Brnovich looks further into the allegations made by the Cyber Ninjas. Good for them for not rolling over but responding like, well, ninjas –- in that they fight by using their intellect and intelligence-gathering ability. That’s just what we try to do here!
Garland grilled by the House Judiciary Committee
By Mike Huckabee
Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland was grilled by the House Judiciary Committee. Here’s a pretty dispassionate recounting of who said what.
And here are a few more conservative-oriented assessments:
The major points we learned from this are that Garland denies ever referring to angry parents at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists” (to be a stickler for accuracy, that’s just how someone else described it, based on the way he proposes treating them.) He claimed only to have learned from the media about that letter from the National School Board Association that was the alleged catalyst for him calling for federal action against parents.
If so, then he’s not very well-connected at the White House, since they apparently knew about it before it was even sent.
I noticed something interesting about the questions: Republicans focused on current issues and things Garland might do in the future, like the school board memo and parental rights, Garland’s potential conflict of interest with his son-in-law making millions selling Critical Race Theory materials to schools (he insists there is no conflict of interest, so that’s that), and whether there will be an investigation of Hunter Biden’s art sales.
Democrats’ questions were mostly attempts to keep past issues on life support, like whether Trump will be indicted for paying hush money to Stormy Daniels (Google it.) One actually complained that the DOJ was going too easy on Trump supporters arrested back on January 6th. You know, those people who were held for months, some in solitary, or under abusive conditions such as delayed medical care, before they were even charged. If that’s “going easy,” what do you call letting people go free after they loot cities, attack police and try to burn down a federal courthouse with people inside it?
And if the January 6th arrestees are ever charged with anything, what will it be? One thing we learned yesterday is that it probably won’t be “insurrection.”
Worried about the economy
By Mike Huckabee
A new Fox News poll finds an overwhelming percentage of Americans are worried about the economy, and the negative ratings for President Biden’s handling of it are rising even among Democrats (an 11% drop in approval in just one month.) Almost nine in 10 voters are worried about inflation, and a staggering 84% say rising gas prices are a problem for their families.
And no wonder: as of today, the average cost of a gallon of regular gas according to Triple A is just under $3.38. In California, land of liberal “governance,” it’s $4.53. And in the remote small town of Gorda, California, a gallon of regular unleaded is $7.59 and premium is nearly $8.50.
If you’re hoping for relief soon, dream on. The Biden Administration has backtracked and decided not to challenge a court ruling blocking the Willow Project, an oil and gas drilling project in Alaska that would have generated 100,000 barrels of oil a day and created 2,000 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs and which had already passed an extensive review for environmental impact.
President Biden admitted that gas prices are up and said they likely won’t go down until 2022. I’d say 2024 is more like it, when we can get a President back into office who hasn’t declared war on our domestic fossil fuel industry that was thriving as recently as last year.
Just as a reminder of how your vote has consequences: In February of 2020, when Trump was still in office, one of my writers snapped a photo of the sign at his local gas station in suburban Dallas as he filled up his tank. A gallon of regular was $1.89.
And Biden told you he wasn’t going to tax the poor and middle class!
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
To Listen: https://youtu.be/cErtpg5hBSw
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" is a Christian hymn mostly written by Charles Wesley that is usually associated with the Easter holiday. It has been considered by many Christian hymnologists as being the most definitive church anthem for Easter. Each verse of "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" features a focus on the Resurrection of Jesus. Learn more from the lyrics and story below!
1 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
2 Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
3 Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
4 Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
5 Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
6 King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!
By Charles Wesley