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Today's Commentary --- SPLC problems -- The Mueller Report -- 300 million stories --- "We're the boss" -- Winning -- Laura Ainsworth: The FBI's long, proud history of political spying -- Mueller admits lack of evidence, but leaves gift for impeachment crowd -- Avenatti crashes and burns -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
And another shoe drops: nine days after the Southern Poverty Law Center shockingly fired its founder, Morris Dees, SPLC president Richard Cohen has tendered his resignation. Cohen said, “Whatever problems exist at the SPLC happened on my watch, so I take responsibility for them.” That sounds noble and admirable, unless you understand just how awful those problems are and how long they’ve been going on and how scandalous the cover-up of them has been.
I’ve been talking about the descent of the SPLC from genuine civic rights champion to hypocritical, slanderous fundraising machine for several years now in various media, but the issues actually stretch back decades. The use of hysterical emails to panic donors into sending money to fight a nonexistent rising tide of “hate groups,” the vast amounts of money stockpiled (including in foreign accounts), and the false labeling of innocent, traditional faith-based groups as anti-gay “hate groups” to justify the fundraising are just the parts that were easy to see.
What’s been hidden all this time by the SPLC’s leadership, its compliant staffers and a sycophantic media is the shocking (and ironic) amount of racial discrimination and sexual harassment taking place behind the walls of its expensive, gleaming headquarters, dubbed by insiders as “The Poverty Palace.” The SPLC still refuses to specify the “conduct issues” behind Dees’ firing and Cohen’s resignation, dodging questions they would never allow conservative nonprofits to dodge and issuing fuzzy statements about moving on and “healing.” Sorry, but before you can heal and move on, you need to expose the rotten heels to daylight.
The curtain was finally ripped off this week when The New Yorker (surprisingly) published a mea culpa article by former SPLC employee Bob Moser.
The Mueller Report
By Mike Huckabee
Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr. After more than 600 days, $20 million in taxpayer money and countless hours of conspiracy mongering on cable “news” channels, the Democrats’ dreams of impeachment, imprisonment, even execution for President Trump seem to be ending not with a bang but with a whimper. Plus a fair amount of guffawing from the right and bitter, angry tears from the left.
I can’t comment in detail about what's in it because the full report has yet to be released. Barr has to go over it to insure there is no classified information or anything protected by executive privilege before sharing it with Congress members so they can immediately leak it to the press.
That well-known legal fact hasn’t stopped Democrats from demanding that Barr hand it over immediately, but hey, they desperately need something to get on their high horse and distract our attention with because they can feel their world imploding underneath them. They must’ve suspected the jig was up when the report was released after 5 p.m. on a Friday, the traditional time for dumping news stories that you hope will fall into a black hole and draw no attention (but that’s not going to happen with this one.)
300 million stories
By Mike Huckabee
Now that the Mueller investigation is over, and (despite increasingly frantic claims to the contrary) no evidence was found of collusion between President Trump and his associates and Russia, it might seem as if a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, particularly if you’ve spent the past year following the hysterical “news” coverage. I’ll bet you feel as if you suffered through a million stories about this mother of all “fake news” stories.
Well, here’s a reassuring statistic: it wasn’t a million stories. It was only 530,000. Of course, those were just the stories on Internet news sites. That doesn’t count the 245 million social media interactions based on the stories, such as comments on Facebook and Twitter; or the stories on radio and TV; or countless smug jokes about them from Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, etc.
If you added them all up, I’d guess it would total at least 300 million stories, opinion pieces, snarky jokes and Internet comments based on this one fake narrative spawned as a feeble excuse for voters not wanting to make Hillary Clinton President.
“Huckabee” staff writer Pat Reeder said this story reminded him of a moment from his teenage years, when he was sitting on a couch with his cousin Robby, gazing in awe at his aunt’s collection of paperback romance novels. She read them constantly and never threw one away, which had resulted in two shelves packed with them, both running the length of her living room, at least 20 feet long. He and Robby began idly wondering how many pages that represented. Pulling out a scratch pad, they multiplied 200 pages a book by two books per inch by 12 books per foot by 40 feet of shelves. Pat said, “That’s 192,000 pages.”
Robby replied, “And not a single one worth reading.”
"We're the boss"
By Mike Huckabee
Anyone who thinks Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not the voice of the modern Democratic Party should note how her high-handed “we’re the boss” attitude is now infecting the entire House majority. At the link, a description of how Democrats are shutting out Republicans and refusing to work in a bipartisan fashion, even on bills that were previously created across party lines. Yep, that’s what Americans want to see: more pointless, partisan investigations and an arrogant refusal to advance bipartisan bills.
Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania declared, “Now we’re in charge, and maybe some of them don’t understand that yet.”
Hate to break this to you, Mike, but Republicans are in charge of the Senate, where any nakedly partisan Democratic legislation you force down the other side’s throats in the House will go to die. Maybe you don’t understand that yet. If not, then maybe you need to retake “Introduction to Civics 101.”
By Mike Huckabee
I know President Trump’s critics are desperate for something negative about him to take the spotlight off their own well-deserved lies, partisanship and incompetence. So I’m going to take pity on them and help them out by offering a negative comment about Trump.
First, I have to note that in just the past week or so, we’ve seen virtually everyone who has been relentlessly attacking Trump and Republicans take a face plant: the SPLC, the Mueller “Russian collusion” probe, “elite” universities and Hollywood liberals, “Beto” O’Rourke and the Green New Deal, CNN and Michael Avenatti and the list goes on and on.
But even I have to admit that President Trump was dead wrong about something. Even with all of that news above…I’m still not tired of winning yet.
Laura Ainsworth: The FBI's long, proud history of political spying
By Laura Ainsworth
Even when I was a kid, I knew the FBI had done some bad things. My parents told me.
We lived in Texas, in an area that was then bright blue, although I think that was before “blue” and “red” were even used to designate Democrats and Republicans. Mine was one of the few Republican families in our school district, and my parents were very well-informed. (Even though my dad was a cool jazz musician, the first date he ever took my mom on was to a meeting of the Young Republicans. Isn’t that just the best?) Thanks to my dad, I got to read a lot about government and politics at an early age, and my favorite book was George Orwell’s masterpiece “1984.” I still think it is genius –- and when I see where technology is going and how easy it is to control minds, it scares the hell out of me.
Mueller admits lack of evidence, but leaves gift for impeachment crowd
By Mike Huckabee
“That’s the classic prosecutor’s cheap shot.”
So says Gregg Jarrett (who wrote the appropriately titled THE RUSSIA HOAX) of special counsel Robert Mueller’s decision to include the “we-didn’t-exonerate-Trump-on-obstruction” language in his report, which was finally released to the attorney general on Sunday. When a prosecutor loses a case, Jarrett explains, he sometimes just can’t resist adding that, well, even though they didn’t find sufficient evidence of any crime, that doesn’t mean the subject is innocent. So when Mueller found no basis to recommend any further indictments –- on “collusion” (conspiracy), obstruction, anything having to do with the Russia case –- he added that language on obstruction to muddy the waters.
Avenatti crashes and burns
By Mike Huckabee
Sleazy lawyer Michael Avenatti (if he takes offense, I apologize, but I believe that is his official title) was arrested Monday on federal charges for allegedly trying to extort over $20 million from Nike. Federal prosecutors in New York say he threatened to hold a press conference and tank Nike's stock value by implicating the company in a student athlete scandal if they didn’t give his client a $1.5 million payoff and pay his firm millions more for a private, internal review.
You’d think that would be sleazy enough, but you don’t earn the official title of “sleazy lawyer” by being satisfied with the low-hanging fruit. On the same day, Avenatti was also charged by federal prosecutors in California with felony wire and bank fraud. They say he defrauded a bank in Mississippi by using false tax returns to obtain $4.1 million in loans (to be fair, he couldn’t provide real tax returns because he allegedly didn’t file any for those years and owes the IRS $850,000 in taxes, penalties and interest.) He’s also accused of lying to a client about the date when he would receive a $1.6 million settlement, when in actuality, Avenatti had already received it and spent it on his own personal and business expenses.
A Justice Department spokesman said, “A lawyer has a basic duty not to steal from his client.” Avenatti should try the George Costanza defense: “Oh, was I NOT supposed to do that?” I’m sure it would be easy to convince a jury that he never even considered that stealing from his clients might be wrong.
Avenatti and his reported unnamed co-conspirator Mark Geragos (the celebrity lawyer who has represented such pillars of the community as R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Colin Kaepernick and Jussie Smollett) have both been dropped as commentators by CNN. Naturally, Avenetti reverted to force of habit and blamed Trump for his woes, claiming the indictments are politically motivated (only Republicans are opposed to extortion?)
The California charges alone could bring him up to 50 years in prison, where I’m sure he’d meet some colorful characters. But despite Avenetti’s hyperbolic predictions, Donald Trump Jr. probably won’t be one of them.
This also will likely dash his hopes of becoming the Democratic Presidential nominee, even though his alleged willingness to squander other people’s money that was entrusted to him for safekeeping shows that he’d have a knack for running the Social Security "trust fund."
Evening Edition - March 25
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."
– 1 Corinthians 13:2
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