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June 5, 2021
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Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:

  • Daily Bible Verse
  • Banned for 2 Years
  • Obvious Flip-Flop of Standards
  • No Evidence?
  • Speaking of AOC
  • The Big Wheel Keeps On Turning
  • Covid Is Down
  • A Reader Writes...

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Mark 11:25 KJV

 

Banned for Two Years

By Mike Huckabee

In a move that should surprise nobody, Facebook announced that its, like, totally unbiased “Oversight Board” has determined that Donald Trump’s ban will remain in place for two years, at least through January 7, 2023. That’s two years after the violence at the Capitol that they blame Trump for, even though it was planned well before his speech in which he urged supporters to “peacefully and patriotically protest.” Facebook said that “Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available…”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-facebook-idUSKCN2DG23I

They are leaving open the possibility of extending it further if they determine he’s still a “danger” to public safety. They also announced new rules for dealing with all political leaders. At the link, you’ll find more details and Trump’s response.

As Matt Margolis at PJ Media points out, this timeline means they’re keeping Trump deplatformed until after the 2022 Congressional elections and after 2024 Presidential challengers start forming exploratory committees. Coincidental? It appears to be less a genuine concern about blocking dangerous speech than an attempt to undercut him politically. Big surprise there.

Please note that this is the same social media giant that also yielded to a radical Islamist propaganda campaign and shut down the page of Mike Evans’ Jerusalem Prayer Group that had 77 million followers. They reportedly flooded the pro-Israel charity’s page with anti-Semitic comments and Hitler quotes, then complained to Facebook that it was violating standards to get it taken down.

https://nypost.com/2021/05/19/facebook-shuts-down-popular-pro-israel-page/

Facebook may think that it’s making an argument for more control over speech, but all it’s really doing is making an argument for switching to MeWe or some alternative to Facebook (Trump is reportedly developing one.) Society managed to live without Mark Zuckerberg’s monitoring of our conversations for thousands of years, and we can certainly go back to doing without it.


Obvious Flip-Flop of Standards

By Mike Huckabee

Say, remember when we heard about how eeeevil President Trump was for allegedly having Attorney General Bill Barr order “peaceful protesters” to be tear-gassed to clear Lafayette Park just so Trump could have a photo-op? Now that he’s out of office, Democrats apparently feel it’s safe, or at least necessary, to admit that was all a lie and their outrage was phony.

https://www.westernjournal.com/dc-police-department-finally-admits-role-big-scandal-one-year-media-pinned-blame-trump/

At the time, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser furiously condemned Trump and even had “BLACK LIVES MATTER” painted on the street to spite him. But this week, in a lawsuit filed by the protesters, the city’s attorney admitted that the DC police used tear gas on them, but argued that because of “the curfew, violence of past nights, (and) chaos created by federal defendants, discharge of tear gas in that direction was not unreasonable.” And even though Joe Biden also joined in the piling on of Trump, his DOJ is now arguing that the lawsuit should be dismissed because Presidential security is a paramount government interest and it’s not a First Amendment violation to move protesters a few blocks away from the White House.

This obvious flip-flop of standards makes me want to take a tape measure to Washington and see if those violent protesters were actually closer to Trump than the Capitol protesters were to AOC when she claimed she felt traumatized by the warlike conditions half a block away.

No Evidence?

By Mike Huckabee

Rep. Alexandria “Don’t Call Me AOC” Ocasio-Cortez offered forth some more of her renowned wisdom this week, declaring that there’s no evidence that insane Democrat policies like doing away with bail or defunding the police have caused the skyrocketing crime waves in blue cities. No, she insists that if we want less crime, we need to build fewer jails.

This inspired a brilliant idea for me, too: if we don’t want any more pandemics, we need to build fewer hospitals. Think about it: what’s the #1 sign of a pandemic? Hospitals full of patients. No hospitals, no patients; and no patients, ipso facto, no pandemic!

Sorry, having to listen to nonsense like this got me thinking like a liberal for a minute.

AOC claims there’s no evidence that the rise in crime was caused by leftist policies, but that’s like saying you see no evidence that a flood was caused by a rainstorm, just because you slept through the rainstorm. At the risk of suggesting something that might be beyond her abilities, I’d suggest she try connecting the dots. Read this article from the Wall Street Journal about the horrific conditions being suffered by minorities in cities that defunded the police and allowed rioters and looters to run riot.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-year-after-george-floyds-murder-its-open-season-in-minneapolis-11621893383?mod=hp_opin_pos_2

It points out that in Minneapolis, between January 1st and last week, homicides were up 108% from the same period last year, shootings were up 153%, and carjackings up 222%. Similar crime spikes have been seen in other blue cities with similar policies, including New York, L.A. and Chicago. Perhaps most horrifying of all, shootings of children in Minneapolis are up 171%. The grandmother of a 10-year-old boy who’s fighting for his life asked why nobody is mad and protesting that; is it only because a cop didn’t shoot him?

In a darkly ironic twist, the area known as “George Floyd Square” is now described as a burned-out, desolate, isolated, police-free zone where residents live in fear and senior citizens sleep in their bathtubs to try to avoid being shot through their windows. The WSJ article notes that Democrats blame this crime wave on the pandemic, but it actually started after the George Floyd riots, which began two months after the pandemic shutdowns began.

To be fair, AOC does have a bit of a point buried under her usual illogical verbiage. If someone is genuinely mentally ill, they should be in a hospital or care facility rather than jail (of course, it was leftists who insisted that it was a violation of civil rights to involuntarily institutionalize people and gave us the epidemic of mentally ill homeless people.) It probably would help reduce some crimes if we focused more on root causes such as preventing drug abuse or street gangs. But without the threat of possible jail time, some would sincerely seek help while others would just play the system to see what they could get away with.

Ironically, the only reforms that would truly make a difference are things that AOC and her comrades would virulently oppose.

First, improve inner city schools. We all know how bad many urban public schools are, and Democrats have recently given us a perfect example of how they prioritize teachers’ unions over the students. With the endless lockdowns, poor minority students have suffered the most, since many can’t afford the Internet or tutors. Want to help them avoid falling into drugs and crime? Help them get better educations. And I mean real educations, not teaching them that they can never get ahead because America is racist.

Next, a reform I know AOC would hate: bring back traditional, Judeo-Christian values.

Leftists lament that in crime-ridden urban neighborhoods, many young people have no respect for life, but they want to put an abortion clinic on every corner. They want new government programs to deal with gangs of young males who grew up without fathers, while demonizing marriage, dismissing the importance of fathers and incentivizing having kids out of wedlock (the founders of Black Lives Matter have openly stated that one of their goals is the destruction of the nuclear family, which is the #1 culprit in the destruction of black lives over the past half-century.) AOC wants a slew of new government programs to provide every need even as leftists wage war on churches that used to provide such charitable assistance, along with the spiritual guidance to help people overcome their demons, understand that God loves them, and get on their own feet so they no longer need charity.

If AOC really wants to rebuild families, instill respect for life and help people overcome sin and temptation, I’m actually with her. I just seriously doubt that she’d approve of the only things that would actually accomplish those goals.

Speaking of AOC

By Mike Huckabee

She actually blamed the still-unrepaired damage to her grandmother’s home in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria on “systemic injustices” and Donald Trump. That led conservative commentator Matt Walsh to launch a GoFundMe account to raise money to pay for AOC’s grandmother’s home repairs, since AOC can afford a Tesla but can’t seem to cover her grandmother’s handyman bills. He suggested giving $499, the monthly cost of a Tesla lease.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-aocs-abuelas-ancestral-home?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

It was picked up by other conservatives eager to rub AOC’s nose in it (Ben Shapiro, for instance, pledged $499), and the fund rose to $104,153.

But someone in AOC’s family said her grandmother would not take the money, so it’s being refunded. Apparently, AOC won’t accept voluntary help from conservatives. She’ll only accept help in the form of taxes taken from them by force.

The Big Wheel Keeps On Turning

By Mike Huckabee

And today, in “Everything Is Racist” madness, the Big Wheel of Random Racism spins and comes to…a…stop…on…….”Bird names!” Yes, bird names are now racist!

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/06/05/racist-bird-names-are-next-on-the-chopping-block-n1452317

So is the name of the Audubon Society. No word yet on whether “Robin Red-Breast” is sexist, but I’ll be sure to let you know.


Covid Is Down

By Mike Huckabee

In a comment I’m sure the media will charitably ignore, President Biden declared that COVID cases may be down, but COVID deaths are up.

https://www.westernjournal.com/clueless-wrong-joe-biden-covid-cases-covid-deaths/

No, they’re not. COVID cases are down by 95% since January, while COVID deaths are down 87%. I think it might be safe to have that small July 4th get-together in your backyard, as long as you put a giant mask over the barbecue grill.


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  • Timothy Morrison

    06/08/2021 03:25 PM

    This is unrelated (at least directly) to any of your recent articles. As I was reading a devotional this morning, the author made reference to a 1960's Monkees song, "Shades of Grey". He then expounded on relativism (something I have previously been guilty of propounding), leaving me to ponder on the concept of compromise. I was taught in my various government and history classes through school that compromise is necessary to successful government. Being from Kentucky, of course, that was usually proudly accompanied reference to Sen. Henry Clay. I also recognize that the Declaration of Independence was needfully a compromised document in regard to the practice of slavery, and that our Constitution also involved compromises of what we now view as obvious shortfalls concerning the same issue of slavery. These compromises were necessary to accomplish the greater good which followed them and has allowed us to enjoy greater freedoms than any peoples of the world have previously known. But as I ponder the compromises some of our founders determined to be necessary to move an agenda forward, I must shudder to think (assuming their convictions were as deeply seated as many of mine are) of the agony they may have felt as they betrayed one conviction in order to advance another. And thinking of that, I continue to ponder our current state of impasse and "gridlock" we face as a nation and too many of our states - how do we move forward? What compromises are there that we may find distasteful, but not completely unacceptable? As a Christian, I feel there are multiple issues today (Marxism, socialism, critical race theory, education in general, gun control, executive overstep, judicial activism, to name a very few) which have no single point which would allow for a compromise, based on my convictions. I assume that those whose opinions are opposite mine may feel just as strongly. I suppose that this comment is really a question, Governor. I'm not asking you to choose positions you feel compromise could be considered, but how might you identify areas where compromises would be possible and still maintain a degree of integrity.

    Love the newsletter & TV show. God bless!

  • Carl T Smith

    06/06/2021 06:41 PM

    You just confirmed what I have thought all along! Progressive Leftist Liberals all suffer Brain Damage- SELF INFLICTED!

  • Vernon Thompson

    06/06/2021 06:13 PM

    LOL
    If it weren't for Racism and Climate Change who could we find to blame for all our problems??????

  • Robin Rebhan

    06/06/2021 06:07 PM

    I banned Facebook and Twitter from my computer and home forever! I do not miss them one bit.

  • Renee Kendrick

    06/06/2021 04:32 PM

    As I have said for months, AOC needs Jesus! May HE save her soul quickly!

    To have her on the Lord's side would be a devastating blow to the devil and his "plot" (for lack of a better word) on America!

  • Floyd A Unger

    06/06/2021 03:50 PM

    Thank you

  • Jane Catherine Casey

    06/06/2021 12:45 PM

    I listen to Fox News.......sometimes MSNBC
    It appears hopeless that our country will ever get
    united. Can someone think of our kids and grandkids!!!!

  • Judy Radley

    06/06/2021 11:28 AM

    I deleted my Facebook account yesterday, mostly because I don't use it and I just see Facebook as a giant gossip platform that is full of misinformation and is all paid for ads to continue on the misinformation road. I mainly just use phone calls, texts, and my own private email to communicate with those I want to most often. So fine if Facebook likes to ban people for using their freedom of speech rights, who needs Facebook anyway? Same with Twitter and You Tube, and hopefully these so-called social media platforms, which are more like unsocial behavior anyway, will go the way of My Space, which is debunked now and good riddance to it. Same with Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and all those other biased junkets, good riddance to them when they will be gone too, sooner than later.

  • PAUL Schaber

    06/06/2021 10:32 AM

    What is happening is that the Social Media and Main Street Media has been caught
    in their own lies and they are hoping they will stop the movement knowing already
    that several Democrats can already hear the drums and can see their political
    careers are coming to a drastic end by January 2023. the reason is the TRUMP
    and his followers have learned from 2020. AOC is already fearing she out of
    Congressional District due her district is one of the District
    being eliminated due to her the people in her district have left. The only hope she has
    to campaign against SENATOR SCHUMER in 2022. So as a wise man once said:
    WHAT IS GOOD OF THE GOOSE IS ALSO GOOD FOR THE GANDER ONLY THE
    GANDER IS SMARTER IN ALL ASPECTS.

  • Stephen Russell

    06/06/2021 08:34 AM

    Big Tech & Wuhan Virus: actions by Big Tech to censor got US into the virus mess day 1
    o Deny Medical types from speaking out
    o Deny information on virus
    o Keep US " In the dark".
    o Lie, deciet
    o Cover up
    & they want US to respect Big Tech