Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! Tonight's stories include:
- Bible Verse of the Day - Micah 6:8
- BREAKING NEWS: SCOTUS blocks Biden's business vaccine mandate
- "Domestic Terrorist"
- Just for Fun
- Democrat Disasters
- SCOTUS Vaccine Mandate update
- Major J6 participants let off the hook --- WHY?
- RIP Ronnie Spector
1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJV
Today's Bible verse was recommended by Lloyd C.
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BREAKING NEWS: SCOTUS blocks Biden's business vaccine mandate
It took them a few days, but the Supreme Court finally ruled 6-3 to block Biden's attempted vaccine mandate, the one he tried to impose through the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) on businesses with 100-plus employees. The decision was a mixed bag, however, as they let stand a separate regulation for health care workers.
This is "no everyday exercise of federal power," they wrote. Instead, it's "a significant encroachment into the lives --- and health --- of a vast number of employees." Indeed.
Biden's mandate will remain blocked while it goes back to the 6th Circuit Court Of Appeals. The Epoch Times story has more details.
Dissenters, predictably, were Justices Breyer, Kagan, and noted COVID expert Sonia Sotomayor.
2. "Domestic Terrorist":
It appears that our “Justice” Department needs some sort of remedial instruction in what the term “domestic terrorist” means. They seem to believe that if you throw a Molotov cocktail at an occupied federal building, you’re a peaceful protester; but if you complain at a school board meeting about your kid being indoctrinated with leftist, racist, anti-American propaganda, you’re a domestic terrorist. In fact, the threat is so dire that the DOJ just announced the creation of a new “domestic terrorism” unit. That would be okay if I believed they had a realistic definition of domestic terrorists. But I think this article makes it pretty clear who they’re really planning to target.
If you remember, this all started with a letter to Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland from the National School Board Association, a letter they later apologized for and Garland tried to downplay. But it’s obvious that it served its intended purpose, as grounds to politicize and weaponize the DOJ against justifiably angry parents.
There were previous reports that the NSBA had colluded with the White House to craft the letter. But the latest twist came Tuesday when the group Parents Defending Education released an email they'd obtained through the Freedom of Information (remember that?) Act that revealed that NSBA interim CEO Chip Slaven "told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by (Education) Secretary Miguel Cardona."
Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted, "Stunning. The original source of the letter lobbying the Biden admin to use the Patriot Act to target parents as domestic terrorists? THE BIDEN ADMIN ITSELF. Biden Education Secretary: in effect, ‘Please ask us to treat Moms & Dads as terrorists.’"
Cardona’s office denied that he solicited the letter, but it hasn’t stopped calls for him to resign. Sadly, another way the Biden Administration is like Obama’s is that there is zero accountability for its appointees. Still, top Congressional Republicans are demanding that Cardona turn over his correspondence with teachers’ unions so we can all see whether he really was the source for this outrageous attack on concerned parents.
It will be interesting to see if he complies with that request or if he tries to cite “executive privilege,” a right his boss recently undermined because he thought it would hurt Trump. Again, thinking ahead to consider the consequences of their partisan actions is not these people’s strong suit.
3. Just for Fun:
Matt Margolis of PJ Media lists five Babylon Bee headlines that were surprisingly believable, considering how much the actual news these days sounds like satire.
4. Democrat Disasters:
I miss the days when Democrats used to ruin things slowly, through corruption, graft, incompetence and a misguided belief in failed ideology. That long lead time at least made the eventual disasters look almost inadvertent. These days, the minute they take office, they leap straight to openly destroying systems that are working, without even bothering to try to appear rational or reasonable.
For instance, if you ran a state like California, which so many residents are fleeing that U-Haul can’t keep vans in stock, would you think it’s a good idea to double the already crippling taxes to pay for a state-run socialized health care program, the type that a couple of states tried then quickly abandoned after demand and costs spiraled “beyond expectations?” Well, of course, that’s exactly what some Democrats in California want to do.
And take President Biden (please!) He inherited a domestic energy industry that thanks to Trump’s policies had brought down gas prices and made the US energy independent. Through a flurry of executive orders, he immediately strangled it, creating shortages and skyrocketing prices, which he blamed on oil company price gouging. Of course, he had to do this to force us to switch to unready and unreliable “green energy” alternatives, like sunshine, windmills and unicorn flatulence. When the people began to revolt, his solution was to beg OPEC to pump more oil (ironically, they told him to go pound sand.)
So how does he react to the inevitable disaster caused by his own policies? By doubling down on stupid. His Bureau of Land Management just killed a deal that’s been in the works for years to develop resources in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. This blindsided and infuriated Alaskans and their elected representatives, since Biden didn’t even bother consulting with them before throwing his policy grenade.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the plan had been carefully crafted over years to protect sensitive areas of the Reserve. Fellow Sen. Dan Sullivan called Biden’s action “not only arbitrary and contrary to good science” and a sop to placate “radical extreme environmental groups who care nothing about Alaskans,” but also harmful to the very indigenous communities his Administration claims to care about.
Indeed, all these actions that drive up the cost of energy are most harmful to the poor and middle class. But they’re popular with wealthy green activists who want to force everyone to buy an electric car without thinking far enough ahead to figure out what we’re going to plug them all into. They can't all be powered by Greta Thunberg's electrifying smile.
The only rational explanation I can see for this latest action is that Biden must figure if nobody can afford to buy gas, we can’t drive to the polls and vote these maniacs out. I have news for him: at this point, a lot of us would walk a mile over hot coals to do that.
5. SCOTUS Vaccine Mandate update (written before today's breaking news):
This is why it’s not enough for conservatives to rely on the Supreme Court to stop unconstitutional laws and executive orders. It’s not just that we can’t depend even on “conservative” Justices to defend the Constitution, but they also turn away cases and delay so long that the horse is out of the barn before they even bother putting their boots on.
And so it is with Biden’s unconstitutional OSHA vaccine mandate. The SCOTUS is supposed to rule on that, but because they’re taking so long, the Monday deadline already passed. That means they've let it go into effect via inertia.
Businesses that are facing massive fines for refusing to comply can’t count on it being overturned, so they’re already enforcing it; and it’s causing the predicted disruptions to businesses, lives, families and careers.
PJ Media’s Paula Bolyard aptly describes the Court’s delay that allowed this likely unconstitutional mandate to go into effect as “unconscionable” and “negligent.” They have one job: to protect the Constitution. Since these appointed lawyers refuse to do that job, we have to start electing people who will.
6. Major J6 participants let off the hook --- WHY?:
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Perhaps Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was feeling the need to redeem himself after referring to January 6 protesters at the Capitol Hill riot as “terrorists.” But on Tuesday, for whatever reason, he was in top form during questioning of Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director for the FBI’s national security branch. He zeroed in on whether the FBI had played a role in the day’s events –- specifically, whether they had coordinated in any way with a mysterious man named Ray Epps. A strong, flat-out denial of Epps’ involvement would have gone a long way towards mitigating any suspicion held against the FBI, but Sanborn wouldn’t answer any questions about him. Let’s talk about why that might be.
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7. RIP Ronnie Spector:
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)
As the pop culture icons of the ‘50s and ‘60s enter their 70s and 80s, it’s inevitable that we’ve started losing them. I’ve had to write a number of obituaries recently, and here’s another particularly tough one: Rock Hall of Famer and one of the great voices of girl group pop/rock, Ronnie Spector, has died after a battle with cancer at 78.
Her family issued a statement reading, “Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.” Tributes are flooding Twitter from countless musicians, from Joan Jett to Brian Wilson (who actually wrote the Beach Boys classic “Don’t Worry Baby” for her) to La La Brooks of the Crystals, who remembered her as “so sweet…a hoot, like a firecracker” who had “the most unique voice” and was at her happiest on stage.
Born Veronica Bennett, she was performing with her sister (she said they purposely played up their flirty sex appeal, getting longer eyelashes every time it worked) when they auditioned for megaproducer/homicidal nutjob Phil Spector, who immediately shouted, “That’s the voice I’ve been looking for!” He created the Ronettes to showcase her, and they quickly scored a string of hits that are still heard today on radio, TV and films, including “Be My Baby,” “Walking in the Rain” and “Baby I Love You.”
Ronnie had much in common with Tina Turner: a powerful, sexy voice that could cut through Spector’s Wall of Sound, an overtly sexy image, an ‘80s career revival and a marriage to an abusive, manipulative husband. Ronnie married Spector, and he kept her a virtual prisoner in his house, driving her to alcoholism before her mother forcibly rescued her from his home, a harrowing experience she described in her 1990 memoir, “Be My Baby.”
Sadly, unlike Tina, Ronnie’s ‘80s revival was mostly limited to guest appearances on her admirer’s records like the Eddie Money classic, “Take Me Home Tonight,” since radio wouldn’t play her solo releases. The only silver lining is that that means there are a lot of great records that most people have yet to hear. Many involve big name stars who greatly admired her, like the 1980s LPs “Siren” (with its great cover) and “Unfinished Business;” the 1990 EP co-produced by Joey Ramone, “She Talks to Rainbows;” the 2006 EP of Marshall Crenshaw songs, “Something’s Gonna Happen;” and the 2016 album of British Invasion hits, “English Heart.”
Rolling Stone compiled a good playlist of 15 essential tracks, ranging from the biggest hits to terrific lesser-known titles, like her 1977 single of Billy Joel’s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” (which was inspired by “Be My Baby”) with the E Street Band.
And my favorite must-hear ‘80s song is her duet on “You Mean So Much To Me, Baby” with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. If you love great ‘60s-style, horn-drenched, soulful Jersey rock songs like those that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band cover, only with better vocals and no political lectures, this is a slice of musical Heaven.
Finally, someone put together a compilation of her interviews and performances on David Letterman’s show from the 1980s through 2010. Great quote: in a joint appearance, Eddie Money said he wanted her for “Take Me Home Tonight,” but figured she was unavailable (Ronnie snorts at that!). But he called her and asked, “What are you doing?” She replied, “The dishes.”
Watch and be reminded of what great pop singing with no need for AutoTune sounds like. RIP, Ronnie.
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