Evening Edition - April 4

April 4, 2020 |

OLD BUSINESS IS NOT BEING SWEPT UNDER THE RUG

Even as much of America remains closed for business, some business is still being carried on. And I’m glad to report that some old business is not being swept under the rug.

For those who despaired of anyone ever being held to account for the attempted coup against President Trump that hamstrung his Administration for over two years, divided the nation, poisoned public discourse and cost taxpayers dearly (the House Democrats should be forced to buy us all T-shirts saying, “I spent $30 million and all I got was a groundless impeachment and this T-shirt”), a lot of old business started getting conducted on Friday. I’ll write about this in more detail next week, but just to summarize:

Judge James E. Boasberg, president of the FISA court, ordered the FBI to turn over the names of the 29 cases Inspector General Michael Horowitz discovered were targeted for surveillance warrants with no documentation to support a warrant request. In four of those cases, the FBI couldn’t produce any documentation at all, even of the flimsiest kind. The judge said the IG report gives the FISA court less confidence in the FBI’s competence. That’s putting the best face on it. Some would argue that it shows a disturbingly high level of competence at skirting the law to enact partisan vendettas, which in a federal agency is worse than being incompetent.

President Trump fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, saying he no longer has confidence in him. Naturally, this set off a tsunami of outraged harrumphing from Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, liberal media outlets and all the other usual suspects, accusing Trump of political revenge and retribution against this honest and nonpartisan public servant. If he is an honest and nonpartisan public servant, then I guess it doesn’t take one to know one.

Just as a reminder: Atkinson is the IG who found the so-called “whistleblower’s” complaint about Trump’s phone call to Ukraine’s President to be “credible” and “urgent,” setting off the month’s-long House impeachment circus that not only cost the taxpayers a fortune, it also distracted both Congress and the President from matters that, in retrospect, seem a heck of a lot more important. Designating the anti-Trump mole who birthed this ridiculous charade as a “whistleblower” gave him a patina of respectability he in no way deserved, as well as a legally baseless claim to anonymity (but we all know who he is. Schiff’s staffers certainly do.)

All this because Atkinson decided that a complaint based on second- and third-hand office gossip was “credible” and “urgent” enough to impeach the President over. If he lost his job, I think you can make a solid case that it wasn’t just due to retribution. I can think of quite a few other people who deserve to lose their jobs over this fiasco, too, including Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi.

US Attorney John Durham’s investigation of the bogus “Russia Collusion” investigation is reportedly turning increasing scrutiny on former CIA Director John Brennan. I’d say that’s a very good rock to turn over.

Finally, investigative reporter John Solomon reveals that a Russian translator whose testimony was part of the investigation of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting at Trump Tower actually gave exculpatory testimony that backed up Don Jr.’s story, but Robert Mueller ignored and hid that evidence, allowing the media to run with a false narrative that Trump was lying.

That’s enough light reading for this weekend, but trust me, we’ll be back to all of this soon. In the meantime, remember: the wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.

"MONOLOGUE SHOW"

As long as you have to spend the weekend at home, enjoy another new episode of our comedian pal Chris Wineland's "Monologue Show," streamed online from his apartment. "Huckabee" writers Pat Reeder and Laura Ainsworth are helping out, as Chris tries to bring back the wacky one-liners of late night comedy monologues before they turned into boring leftist political lectures. (By comparison, Seth Meyers is also doing a show from his home, and he interviewed Bernie Sanders on how socialized medicine would help save coronavirus patients...Tell it to Italy! Chris Wineland is almost as funny on purpose as Seth Meyers is unintentionally.)

1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 4:00 PM): 301,902   DEATHS: 8,175  RECOVERIES: 14,505 (Reported recoveries)

Source:  Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

TESTS GIVEN:  1,438,455

Source: The Covid Tracking Project

2.  CDC RECOMMENDATIONS: How to protect yourself  |  What to do if you are sick

3.  DATA:  More of the "data" we need to decide how to fight this.

4. NEWS YOU CAN USE: Cleaners that kill coronavirus

“THE EXPERTS SPEAK!”

The media routinely attack President Trump for saying things that the “experts” disagree with. But when it comes to the current pandemic, the so-called experts remind me of the old line about economists: that if you laid them all end to end, they still wouldn’t point in the same direction. Since the beginning of this pandemic, various “experts” have told us things with absolute certainly that later turned out to be false, from massive death toll estimates to the effectiveness of certain drugs.

Now, it’s time for the experts to backtrack again. Remember when they told us that wearing facemasks in public did no good, and people who wore them were just fooling themselves? Well, scratch that: time to start wearing facemasks when you go out in public.

BILL WITHERS RIP

By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture guru Pat Reeder 

It’s just been reported that Rock Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Bill Withers has died of heart complications last Monday at 81.

Even though his entire recording career spanned only about 15 years, from the early ‘70s to the mid-‘80s, his music seems as fresh and omnipresent now as ever. While he retired 35 years ago, he’s better remembered than many of his contemporaries who kept on much longer. Maybe it’s because his life did not revolve around pursuing stardom that his songs are relatable to so many people in all walks of life.

Withers joined the Navy at 17 and spent eight years as an aviation mechanic (the Navy announced that he will posthumously receive their Lone Sailor Award.) He didn’t get a guitar and start teaching himself to play it until he was in his 20s. The cover of his first album was a photo taken on his lunch break at the factory where he made toilets for 747s. The first single from the album was “Harlem,” but radio DJs preferred the B-side, “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which went on to win the Grammy for Best R&B Song (his first of nine nominations and three wins) and become a soul standard covered by countless artists.

Withers continued his string of classics (“Lean On Me,” “Use Me,” “Lovely Day,” “Just The Two of Us”) until the mid-‘80s, when he got tired of label executives trying to tell him what to do. He walked away with no regrets to spend time with his family, saying that not having become a star until he was 32, he felt like a “regular guy” who didn’t need to be in showbiz to be content. He humbly insisted, “I'm not a virtuoso, but I was able to write songs that people could identify with. I don't think I've done bad for a guy from Slab Fork, West Virginia."

If you’d like to learn more about this remarkable musical icon, check out the 2009 documentary, “Still Bill.” In his review, the late Roger Ebert wrote, “Withers seems as close to everyday Zen as I can imagine. He talks a great deal about his philosophy, to be sure, but it's direct and manifestly true: Make the most of your chances, do the best you can, stop when you're finished, love your family, enjoy life."

Good advice, indeed. And so is this: if you are locked down at home with your family, introduce your kids to the music of Bill Withers. It will make the time pass much more pleasantly, and someday, they'll thank you for it.

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  • Catherine Haenze

    04/06/2020 10:59 AM

    If not the first commentary I read each time, it's close. Thank you for the work you are doing in trying to keep things straight, or basically unravelling the false look at too many things.

  • Billy Miller

    04/06/2020 01:19 AM

    NOW WE KNOW The coronavirus traveled all over the world from Wuhan China, but ...............it did not reach Beijing or Shanghai or other major cities in China. Can anyone explain how is that possible?
    There are so many questions, after all, where it all started, in China, the Chinese stock market did not collapse, but .................the American and European markets did, and when those markets collapsed, the Chinese bought a lot.
    All roads lead back to China
    1. They created a virus for which they already had an antidote.
    2. They purposely spread the virus for financial gain.
    3. There is a clear demonstration of efficiency to such an extent that they built hospitals in a few days. To build so many hospitals they had to be prepared with organized projects, for example, with the ordering of equipment, the hiring of labor, the water and sewerage network, the prefabricated building materials and the storage in an impressive volume. Everything happened so fast that everyone was speechless.
    4. They caused chaos in the world, beginning with Europe and the rest of the western worlds.
    5. Quickly decimating the economies of dozens of countries.
    6. Stop production and manufacturing lines in factories and primary production in dozens of countries.
    7. Causing the stock markets to crash and then they bought stocks, bonds and companies at bargain prices.
    8. They then quickly gained control of the epidemic in their country. After all, they were ready and he was never really out of control.
    9. In all this, they managed to lower the price of basic products, including the price of oil.
    10. Now they are going back to mass production while the rest of the world is stopped.
    Also note how quickly Chinese unions activated to "hoard" purchases of bus cargo to regional shopping centers across Australia, stripping our shelves of toilet paper and staple foods.
    It happened before most of us knew what was happening, even before we knew what the Coronavirus was.

  • Glenn T Hyatt (Tommy)

    04/05/2020 03:31 PM

    Mr. Huckabee! I thank God for you and others like you. You do a remarkable job informing the public of the truth behind the issues. I am a retired law enforcement officer and from the beginning I was well aware of the implications of the FISA issue if any of what I heard was true. I am saddened by what I read today. But...this story needs to be told publicly. One of the most terrible things that could happen to this country is to conceal information surrounding these events from the public. The public can handle the truth and they need to know the truth so they can start trusting their leaders again.

    I only wish I could do something that would have just a portion of the impact that you and other respectable journalist are having on our society. Please continue reporting as you do.

    I will continue to pray for you!!

    Thanks,
    Tommy Hyatt

  • Joanne Melton

    04/05/2020 12:31 PM

    I watch your show every week and thoroughly agree with everything you say. The only recommendation that I can make about this article is your list of people that should resign or be fired is not long enough. How about Schumer, Nagler, THE SQUAD, basically any Democrat that is trying to get rid of President. There seem to be a lot of people in the White House working against him, too. Then there's the news media: topping the list there is Brennan and Clapper. Keep up the good work getting the truth out there. I also loved listening to Sarah when she was press secretary. Don't know how she put up with those idiots as long as she did. I do believe she baked those pecan pies and if she runs out of people to eat them, she can send me one. Lol

  • Ed Williar

    04/05/2020 12:20 PM

    Governor:
    Love the T-shirt idea!
    Praying for our country!

  • Zelda Gish

    04/05/2020 10:42 AM

    news from you 4/4/2020 morning and evening you gave these counts
    1,438,455 tested no change from morning to evening
    morning 278,537 evening 301,902 cases reported
    morning 7163 evening 8175 deaths
    morning 9920 evening 14505 reported recovered
    where are the others its seems to me someone should be reporting at what level the others are in ICU, actually have the virus and recovering at home, middle of the road in hospitals?

    I agree with the other comments I read we need people back to work, seems testing people in general needs to be done now, not later. This way businesses could at least bring back some of their employees. The senate needs to get back in session and keep their eyes open to what the other side will try to do to us, before we do become a socialist country, we can not let our guard down.


  • Vernon Thompson

    04/05/2020 10:37 AM

    Of the 18 "witnesses" who testified in Captain Kangaroo Schiff's "Star Chamber" only the testimony of IG Atkinson has never been released. Is that because it did not support his impeachment narrative or that it showed how incompetent the IG was? When does that testimony see the light of day? Maybe the reason that Trump fired the IG will be abundantly clear?
    Over the past 3+ years we have witnessed one of the largest conspiracies' ever seen. Just how do you convince so many people (Democrats and MSM) that the quest for power and control justifies any means possible to remove President Trump? When do we finally see justice?

  • Robert Warakomsky

    04/05/2020 10:29 AM

    I just read a scathing report in the Washington Post titled, "The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged." It is an investigative report. What is your take on this? Even if only half true, it indicts the current administration's efforts to combat CODIV-19.

  • Randall Harris

    04/05/2020 10:26 AM

    Governor Huckabee,
    During this time of increasing National debt and a surpplus of crude oil, could the surplus crude oil be used to pay on the National debt ?

    Respectfully,

    Randall Harris

  • Anne Turner

    04/05/2020 10:18 AM

    Don’t forget Communist China who by virtue of being socialist has medicine for all and is egalitarian. Riiiggghttt! When I took a fairly recent tour of China, our guide, a very well educated young woman who supported her family, said she did not have health insurance because she could not afford the premiums. Talk about a have and have not society. In the big cities wealth abounds, luxury cars all over the place. Visit the homes in the countryside and find no runnin water in homes, no kitchens except for a refrigerator and propane burners, and out houses. People shower in communal places and get water from a communal pump. This is most of the country. What a fraud this government perpetuates. But under the warlords, the average life span was 38, so people think they are better off. They have electricity with wires strung around the walls of their ancestral homes. Many still rely on folk medicine.

  • John Courter

    04/05/2020 07:41 AM

    The Democrats are increasingly being thought of as a less desirable choice. However, the Republicans are the least of two evils. Both parties need to evaluate their actions or inactions and start looking out for our country not so much what is in it for their self-gratification.
    If not for Trump we would be in a real mess. God bless him and his.

  • Kitty Lowe

    04/05/2020 07:12 AM

    I read this & it was so enlightening that I went and watched “Still Bill” immediately. That was a very inspirational documentary! A whole new appreciation for this song writer and his lifestyle. Made me do quite a bit of reflection especially in these times we are in. He was a beautiful soul and so was his wife and their family. His legacy is one to be proud of! Thank You for highlighting this true man & Patriot!!

  • Brian Kelley

    04/05/2020 04:23 AM

    thank you

  • Linda Olds

    04/05/2020 02:15 AM

    It would have to be a lot of very fine grinding for many of us to be satisfied that justice is being done.
    And what about the "journalists" who are still knowingly spouting lies that damage and divide America? They may be causing deaths, by telling the public that President Trump was lying when he talked about the positive effects of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin.
    Their 24/7 spouting of bad news about the coronavirus is causing a lot of mental health problems, including suicide. I heard on Fox that large numbers of people are worried about getting the virus...not surprising, considering the media.
    I'm not worried about getting the virus. I'm worried about America getting back to normal.

  • Donna Palermo Guido

    04/05/2020 12:42 AM

    Mike,
    How come there has never been any mention of the 60,000-80,000 homeless people on the streets of NY City. Where are they? Still out there, under bridges or in hospitals? This an be a part of the NY City situation.

  • Billie Vardiman

    04/05/2020 12:39 AM

    I have not heard any mention about keeping safe from the Corona Virus 19 being transferred from person to person by all of the packages we are getting delivered to our homes and how to not get the virus transferred from whomever into our homes, where we are staying at home to be safe!!
    This seems strange to me. Is our very online shopping, spreading the virus all over the country?

  • MARY LOU FEBER

    04/05/2020 12:18 AM

    YOU WOULD HAVE MADE A GREAT PRESIDENT!! BUT YOU ARE JUST TOO DARNED HONEST!!! YOU HAVE MADE YOUR MARK, RAISED A GREAT FAMILY, AND I HAVE A HUNCH YOUR DAUGHTER WILL MAKE HER MARK IN POLITICS IN DUE TIME.

    I'VE ALWAYS SAID ABOUT YOU THAT I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU EVER SURVIVED THIS LONG WITH ALL THAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT THE CLINTONS FROM EARLY TO NOW!!!

  • Betty Gayheart

    04/05/2020 12:16 AM

    Is anything EVER going to come out of Barr and Durham’s investigations? We’re all getting tired of this.

  • Phyllis Walker

    04/05/2020 12:08 AM

    I appreciate your news reports. HOW DO I KNOW WHO TO BELIEVE?!? The president says one thing and then so many people say just the opposite. Have you personally seen overflowing hospitals and lack of supplies? I know people are dying but thousands die from the flu every year and we don’t shut down the country.

  • Robert E Wellston

    04/04/2020 11:57 PM

    Ellis Marsalis also died this past week. He was a great Jazz musician and teacher. His sons are extraordinary, well-repected musicians in more than just the Jazz World. He was also the teacher of Herry Connick Jr. I hope he will be remembered by one and all as a giant in the world of Music.

  • Cheryl Strait

    04/04/2020 11:54 PM

    I recieved this from a friend and wanted to pass it on. Let's cover our nation in prayer.


    Earlier this month, I received a prayer request from afriends to pray. I have used the first 5 requests and added a 6th. Please join me in this prayer as we head into the season of Passover and EASTER!


    Praying for: 1. The stop of the spread of the virus. 2. The recovery of those already infected. 3. Peace and provision for families who have already lost loved ones. 4. Restoration of the economies of the world. 5. Wisdom for governments who have to manage the outbreak. 6. For Holy Spirit to give President Trump and all those standing with him who are draining the swamp and rescuing those in captivity, a supernatural strategy against the wiles of the devil, and His supernatural wisdom, knowledge, discernment and understanding in this fight against an “invisible” enemy!!!
    —- Never before has there been a need to call ALL Christians around the world to a global day of prayer against a threat that affects the entire world. Please let everyone know. Let’s blanket the world in prayer.

  • James Evart

    04/04/2020 11:50 PM

    Would it be worthwhile to study what all the other nations are doung with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), what their resulte are and ask ourselves why we are not making it available to everyone in this country?

  • Pam Bowersox

    04/04/2020 11:43 PM

    I wondered if you think government has become too big during this crisis. I am a little worried about that and a lot worried about our economy. I will say this I am a Trump lover. Kinda like you, too. Trust you to tell the truth. Tell me what you think. Too much government and will our economy recover?
    Thanks for all you do??????

  • Linda Y DuBois

    04/04/2020 11:31 PM

    Just thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bob Cooper

    04/04/2020 11:28 PM

    Mike, the steps being taken to fight the pandemic should give us all a glimpse of what it will be like during the tribulation period. While the reasons will be very different and the consequences more severe. Just like now, we'll be told where and when we can go places, who can work and who can't, and what we can and cannot buy.