THE MORNING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good morning! Here are some stories I think you will want to read.
- Morning News Briefs
- Top News: Merrick Garland's "Jan. 6" speech: predictable, yet HILARIOUS!
- Prayer Tree
- And Much More
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
This verse was recommended by Velma C.
"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV
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MORNING NEWS BRIEFS
2. Good news to start:
It’s always nice to be able to report some good news about a Hollywood celebrity. So here’s a tip of the hat to Keanu Reeves, who not only put his career on hold, sold his house and moved to take care of his sister after she was diagnosed with leukemia, he also donated 70% of his salary from the new “Matrix” movie to leukemia research. And he founded a charity to help people living with cancer. Most amazing of all: he made sure his name wasn’t on that charity because he didn’t want it to appear to be promoting him.
That link also lists some of the many other quiet acts of kindness and generosity he’s performed. I apologize for sharing it because he apparently didn’t want anyone to know. But the rule in news is that if something is really unusual, it’s newsworthy.
3. Vacation days:
There seems to be some disagreement as to exactly how many days of his first year in office that President Biden has spent on vacation. But ballpark, it’s been over 25% of the year.
Personally, I’m not going to join the pile-on. In fact, if he wants to spend 100% of the rest of his term on vacation, that’s fine with me.
4. Furious, Bipartisan reaction to Chicago Teachers' Union:
The reaction to the Chicago teachers’ union shutting down schools again has been furious and bipartisan.
But to be fair, it should be noted that they’re not only at odds with scientists, many political leaders, parents and even Dr. Fauci, but many teachers are also opposed to their own union leaders on this.
5. Biden takes heat:
President Biden is taking heat for fumble-tonguing through a COVID address, then ending it by saying, “There is a lot of reason to be hopeful in 2020.”
I don’t think that’s fair. He’s absolutely right; there was a lot of reason to be hopeful in 2020. Then November arrived, and it all went south.
6. January 6th Anniversary News:
Before the Potomac River overflows with crocodile tears, Jennifer Van Laar of Redstate.com has a guide to all the festivities that Democrats have planned for today to try to convince us that everyone who doesn’t vote for them is an insurrectionist, along with some issues related to this date that do deserve attention but aren’t likely to get it from the Dems’ trained poodles in the mainstream media.
For anyone else actually following all this bad political theater, the three legs of the three-legged dog in the Democrat’s January 6th dog-and-pony show are as follows:
1. Republicans are a threat to democracy because they refuse to accept the results of elections.
2. Republicans are uniquely prone to violence and insurrection.
3. The January 6th Capitol violence was a worse attack on America than the Civil War, Pearl Harbor and 9/11 combined.
Anyone with functioning eyes, ears or brain should immediately suspect those claims to be a load of doggy droppings, but for those who always rush to Twitter to demand “Show your sources!”, here ya go:
Realclearinvestigations.com compiled a database comparing the January 6th riot to the summer of 2020 BLM/Anfifa riots that the Democrats defended, excused and encouraged (some even helped pay the rioters’ bail so they could get out and go right back to rioting.) For good measure, they threw in the riots in DC to try to stop Trump’s Inaugural in 2017. The Democrats and the media would like you to forget about that, the way they’d also like you to forget how Democrats challenged the electoral vote certifications of Bush and Trump in 2005 and 2017 and tried to convince electors to betray their states’ voters and vote for Hillary instead of Trump in 2016. Or as some might call that, a refusal to accept election results and a clear attempt to subvert democracy.
You can dive deep into the details at the link, but here are the comparisons in a nutshell:
* The summer 2020 riots resulted in 15 times more injured cops, 23 times more arrests and estimated damages of about 1300 times more than those of January 6th.
* Authorities have much more vigorously pursued the Capitol rioters than the summer 2020 rioters. Dozens of accused Capitol rioters have been held in pretrial detention for months, many allegedly suffering mistreatment, while the vast majority of summer 2020 rioters were released with charges dismissed. Prosecutors have dropped only one Capitol case.
* Both prosecutors and judges have weighed the political views of the Capitol defendants in adjudicating their cases, which I assume most fair-minded Americans would consider to be blatantly unconstitutional.
I’d also point out the difference in severity of violence, with the Capitol rioters accused of swinging bats and poles, pushing and trampling people, and spraying chemical irritants; while the BLM/Antifa rioters were accused of shooting at officers, throwing Molotov cocktails, trying to trap cops between protesters and fires, throwing dangerous objects from elevated positions, doxing officers and their families and aiming lasers at their eyes.
And the carnage rolls on every day in blue cities across America, as liberal leaders who caved in to those rioters by cutting back on policing opened the floodgates to a tsunami of violent crime, including homicides, that continues to this day. And by the way, the vast majority of the homicide victims are black.
So pardon me if I don’t shed a tear for the trauma suffered by our brave Democrat Congress members. From day one, I've condemned anyone who broke the law in the Capitol that day. But my deeper sympathies are reserved for those Americans who lost their homes and businesses, who were physically assaulted and even lost loved ones to the dangerous, radical BLM/Antifa rioters that those very same Democrats defended as “peaceful protesters.”
7. TOP NEWS: Merrick Garland's "Jan. 6" speech: predictable, yet HILARIOUS!
On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland gave his promised speech about the "Justice" Department’s investigation into the Capitol Hill riot, and it was just what we expected from such a partisan shill. (Yes, those are harsh words, but we’ve seen this man in action.) I’d like to examine just the latter part of his speech, starting with these words: “The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last. The 'Justice' Department remains committed to holding all January 6 perpetrators, AT ANY LEVEL [emphasis mine], accountable under law, whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy.”
Wednesday on MSNBC, former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill made it clear who he means. President Trump has been demonized so frantically by the left, they are set on prosecuting him for treason. The dangerous fictional Trump she describes bears no resemblance to the Trump we know. But make no mistake –- when they say “at any level,” they mean Trump, along with any Republican members of Congress they can possibly unseat.
Merrick clearly will never stop: “Because January 6 was an unprecedented attack on the seat of our democracy, we understand that there is broad public interest in our investigation. We understand that there are questions about how long the investigation will take and about what, exactly, we are doing. Our answer is, and will continue to be, the same answer we would give with respect to any ongoing investigation: as long as it takes, and whatever it takes, for justice to be done, consistent with the facts and the law.”
Later: “Investigating the more overt crimes generates linkages to less overt ones. Overt actors and the evidence they provide can lead us to others who may also have been involved. And that evidence can serve as a foundation for further investigative leads and techniques.”
He insists they are “not following an agenda or an assumption,” but the facts. This is where the speech starts to become amusing.
It goes from amusing to screamingly funny as he builds on that theme: “[Our] central norm in our criminal investigations: there cannot be different rules depending on one’s political party or affiliation. There cannot be different rules for friends and foes. And there cannot be different rules for the powerful and the powerless. There is only one rule. We follow the facts, and enforce the law in a way that respects the Constitution and protects civil liberties.”
I’ll pause while you pick yourself up off the floor after rolling around laughing.
Garland goes on to cite numerous egregious examples of hateful letters and actions taken against people for political reasons. Certainly, these are NOT funny, and I condemn them just as forcefully as he did and hope you do as well, but his "Justice" Department ignores the multitudinous examples of vicious hate and violence coming from the left.
Garland says this: “These acts and threats of violence are not associated with any one set of partisan or ideological views. But they are permeating so many parts of our national life that they risk becoming normalized and routine if we do not stop them.” Congratulations to the AG for saying something I agree with 100 percent. How I wish I thought he meant the first part.
He goes on: “The Department has been clear that expressing a political belief or ideology, no matter how vociferously, is not a crime. We do not investigate or prosecute people because of their views." What Mr. Selective Prosecution fails to mention is the extremely violent behavior of those on the left who, month after month, trash cities, loot businesses, burn buildings and commit violent assault and go unpunished. What about the civil liberties of their victims? And what about the civil liberties of those Trump supporters charged but not convicted of any crime, detained without bail while awaiting trial for over a year? For him to talk about civil liberties and equal justice is a joke.
Predictably, Garland moves to the need for “election integrity” reform. “In recent years,” he says, “...the protections of the Voting Rights Act have been drastically weakened...[since certain court decisions] there has been a dramatic increase in legislative enactments that make it harder for millions of eligible voters to vote and elect representatives of their own choosing.” In true Marc Elias style, Garland cites voting rules, redistricting plans, and “abnormal post-election audits that put the integrity of the voting process at risk.”
I beg to differ; audits PRESERVE the integrity of the voting process at a time when over half the country has doubts.
“Some have even suggested permitting state legislatures to set aside the choice of the voters themselves,” Garland says. “...Many of those enactments have been justified by unfounded claims of material vote fraud in the 2020 election. Those claims, which have corroded people’s faith in the legitimacy of our elections, have been repeatedly refuted by the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of both the last administration and this one, as well as by every court, federal and state, that has considered them.”
True, the courts refused to examine the evidence. But THAT has corroded people’s faith in elections. And the evidence continues to grow.
Garland then moves to election “reform” legislation: “It is essential that Congress act to give the Department the powers we need to ensure that every eligible voter can cast a vote that counts.”
So, what’s in this bill, the one we like to call the “Voter Fraud Legalization Bill”? In a must-see segment with Tucker Carlson, Victor Davis Hanson explains very simply what it does and why it’s blatantly unconstitutional.
Legal analyst Andrew McCarthy, speaking with Martha McCallum after Garland’s speech, noticed how coordinated it seemed to be with the administration’s legislative agenda: “...the Justice Department is very much in synch with the administration and the congressional Democrats, who seem to be turning the page...on to voting rights...And they are going to try to inject January 6 into every item of their agenda.” He doubts they’ll be successful with this; maybe the strategy is just too obvious.
Former acting AG Matt Whitaker said, “This speech was below the office of attorney general. I was not impressed with his update. I think it’s inconsistent with the Department of Justice’s position of not speaking about evidence and not speaking about cases and letting the filings and the trials speak for themselves.” Whitaker also made this important point: “I would have liked to have him also have named the 59 other officers that nationwide have given their lives in the line of duty.”
But our current AG isn’t thinking about those officers. I would imagine, though, that Garland –- as the partisan ideologue he so clearly has shown himself to be –-truly believes it when he says he and the Department are committed to “equal justice.” It’s just that with the pretzel logic they use, they don’t know what equal justice is. Thankfully, this is becoming obvious to more and more Americans who are treated as second-class citizens when it comes to their own civil rights. Garland is in such a leftist bubble, he would never understand why over half half the people watching his speech were, if not throwing things at the screen, at least looking around for something to throw.
Nick Arama at RedState.com had a similar take on Garland's speech.
8. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Images of America's cities, landscapes and people.
9. Prayer Tree:
We are stronger together.
HEALTH AND HEALING
"Please pray for a woman in Texas who is very ill with mold related allergies. Pray for encouragement and complete healing. Thank you so much"
"My Son, Mike, is very ill with Diabetes and other illnesses. He is only 40 and needs The Lord!!"
"Let us pray for those affected by the fires in Colorado that has devastated Louisville and Superior and surrounding areas. Please keep those responders who are assisting in combating this horrible tragedy. In the name of our Lord Amen."
"2021 has been a year of many health issues and on Nov 22 had a brain bleed to end the year. Have a lot to be thankful for but am experiencing a terrible depression that I cannot seem to shake. Please pray that I will continue to try to look on the thankful side of all this. I am finding it almost impossible. Without the grace of God I am doomed."
"Pray for spiritual revival in the hearts of my daughters and SIL… may Truth prevail by the power of the Spirit who draws all to repentance. Lord, have mercy!"
"I'm Jean Shepard and have covid. My blood pressure keeps dropping really low. Please pray that it will level out and not cause a stroke or anything. We have several people in our small church that has it and some are very ill... please pray for healing. Thank you."
"Shannon, Raegan and Tish need Your healing touch."
10. Hymnal: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Today's hymn is recommended by Steve M.
1 What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!
2 Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer!
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