BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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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
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Updated news on the war in Israel
Here’s today’s link to continuously updated news on the war in Israel from Fox News:
Over the past 24 hours, Israel has continued its air strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza, but the expected ground invasion has yet to begin. There have been conflicting reports about whether the Biden White House was pressuring Israel to hold off or declare a ceasefire, but the Administration denies that.
Monday, Hamas released two elderly Israeli women who were being held hostage.
The Associated Press ordered its reporters not to refer to Hamas terrorists as “terrorists,” but to call them “militants, fighters, attackers or combatants.” Coincidentally, we will no longer call the Associated Press a “news outlet” but a “terrorist sympathizer mouthpiece.”
Israeli students at MIT say they are terrified to be on campus after some students held a pro-Hamas rally and chanted "one solution, intifada, revolution!" One Israeli student explained, "Intifada is not a call for resistance. Intifada is the name of acts of bombing and killing civilians in Israel in the Israel-Palestine conflict. It's the name of taking civilian lives in terrorist attacks in Israel. That is what intifada means.” It’s remarkable how quickly our universities switched from “conservative speech is violence” to “open threats against Jews are free speech.”
Alison Leigh Cowan, a former longtime reporter and editor at the New York Times, wrote a scathing editorial in Commentary magazine, blasting the Times for its “modern-day blood libel” of credulously taking the word of Hamas that Israel was responsible for attacking a hospital in Gaza and killing hundreds of people. She accuses the paper of "brazen self-assuredness and moral blindness” that “is breaking my heart."
Meanwhile, possibly the most anti-Semitic member of the Squad (and that’s really saying something), Rashiida Tlaib, is doubling down on blaming Israel for the now-debunked hospital attack story and demanding an independent investigation. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene plans to introduce a resolution today to censure Tlaib. She says the Democratic Party is doing nothing about her “anti-Semitic activity” and “sympathizing with terrorist organizations,” and it’s not even something new: “This is exactly who she is.”
But while this might literally be a case of acting as devil’s advocate, the writer Duke at Redstate.com argues that Tlaib should be allowed to speak freely and the solution isn’t to try to silence or censure her but to work to get her unelected from Congress. That might have been impossible before, given her district, but who knows? Maybe this horror has actually convinced even some of her constituents to stop supporting terrorist supporters.
But I find that unlikely: here’s a story about a pro-Palestinian protest in Ilhan Omar’s district in Minneapolis where people were opening waving the flag of Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization.
Besides, Tlaib and Omar are, sadly, only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to terrorist sympathizers infiltrating the US government. This story shows that. It’s about a Department of Homeland Security official who was finally put on administrative leave due to complaints that she was a former spokesperson for the PLO.
How This Happened
Ever since World War II, the world has asked, “How could the rise of Hitler and the Nazis have happened? Why did good Germans who opposed the Nazis not see it coming and do something to stop it?” Well, it might be time to stop asking that question of Germany, and for other so-called enlightened liberal nations around the world to start asking it of themselves.
For the past decade or so, these nations have allowed unfettered immigration of people with known violent, anti-Semitic values, while they allowed radical left professors who hate Israel, America and freedom to take over our universities and shut down any opposing views, in the name of “diversity,” of course. Now, they see their own children rallying in the streets in support of the slaughter of Israeli innocents and are stunned as they wonder, “When did this happen?” Well, some of us have been sounding alarm bells about it for years as they refused to listen. And we’ve been telling them the answer to that question: “It happened when you weren’t paying attention!”
We’ve also heard for years about the phenomenon of Holocaust-deniers, conspiracy theorists who refuse to believe the concentration camps were real. At least they have the feeble excuse of it all happening in the past, before they were born. But what to make of our new wave of Holocaust deniers, who refuse to believe the mass slaughter of innocent Jewish civilians by Hamas that happened just two weeks ago?
Israel didn’t want to have to show the world the horrific evidence, but the nouveau Holocaust deniers left them no choice. On Monday, they allowed reporters to view uncensored footage of the murders, rapes, beheadings and other unspeakable carnage that was shared live on the Telegram app among the Hamas monsters even as they were committing it. As this report notes, it left even seasoned war reporters visibly shaken by its unthinkable brutality. (Warning: contains disturbing images that still don’t even begin to convey the full horror.)
It also includes a statement from a Hamas terrorist (sorry, deniers at the A.P., but that’s what they are) who was captured. He admitted that they were told by their leaders that they were on a suicide mission and they were “to step on the heads of civilians, to behead them and do whatever they felt like.” When asked about how Hamas is being compared to ISIS, he agreed, saying, “We burned, we slaughtered, and beheaded people” and “We became animals — [we did] things humans do not do.”
So now, the world has been allowed to see the unedited footage that nobody should ever have had to see, and heard the confession of one of the perpetrators in his own words. Will that fill the deniers with shame and make them come to their senses?
I pray that it will, but I’m not hopeful. I’ve stood in the gas chambers at Auschwitz, and yet some people continue to deny they exist. Some people just have an infinite capacity for denying reality until reality refuses to be denied any longer.
Not running for Senate in 2024
Laphonza Butler, who was appointed to the Senate by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the late Diane Feinstein’s term, announced that she will not run for a full term in 2024.
Being a black, LGBTQ, radically pro-abortion woman, she ticked off all of Newsom’s qualification boxes for the Senate, so I guess actually being from California wasn’t important. But she decided this isn’t what she wants to do with her life (I commend her on that), plus there’s already a crowded field of well-funded Democrats vying for the job. They include Adam Schiff, who has a $32 million war chest donated to him by suckers and influence-seekers, which could put him in the Senate rather than where he belongs, which is in jail for falsifying evidence.
That story also mentions that Dodgers legend Steve Garvey is running on the Republican side. That could keep Democrats from grabbing the top two positions in California’s jungle primary, which was instituted specifically to prevent the Democrats from having to face a Republican challenger. California actually electing a Republican Senator again? That would be a bigger miracle than the Cubs winning the World Series...but it happened.
Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has a reputation for being one of the hardest Congress members to work for (in a yearly survey of Congressional staffers by Washingtonian magazine, she’s routinely voted the meanest boss), as well as saying some of the dumbest and most outrageous things ever to come out of the mouth of anyone with an allegedly responsible government job. But this latest story may outdo them all.
Someone leaked an (alleged) audio clip of Lee berating her office staff in vicious, incredibly foul-mouthed and profane fashion (warning: do NOT play the uncensored audio unless you are alone and not easily offended.)
Remember, this is the political party that gave us the concept of firing people for “microagressions.”
While the audio has not been verified, you can draw your own implications from the fact that Lee’s office reacted by blaming her leading Democratic opponent in the Houston mayor’s race for trying to distract from her front-running campaign rather than denying that it’s her voice. A spokesperson for her opponent, state Sen. John Whitmire, denied any involvement and said Lee “is just trying to take attention away from what is in the recording.”
Personally, I can’t believe she’s the frontrunner for mayor of Houston. I’ve long assumed that the only reason she kept getting reelected to Congress was because Texans in her district wanted to keep her as far away from them as possible. Do they really want this crazy person running the city they actually have to live in?
A hallmark of Joe Biden's re-election campaign
Making a mockery of the truth having become a hallmark of the Joe Biden reelection campaign, his organization opened an account on Donald Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social. They claimed they thought it would be “very funny” to go on there to point out the hypocrisy of Republicans.
I don’t think they were prepared for the welcome they got, with numerous users taking the opportunity to point out Biden’s countless lies, hypocrisies and acts of incompetence. But at least they did get a personal welcome to the platform from Trump himself.
This isn’t working out to be as funny as they thought it would be. To quote Jack Nicholson, “They can’t handle the truth.”
Maybe we are waking up
Maybe the horrifying Hamas attack on Israel and the threats from Iran have finally awakened some Americans to the danger of having a wide-open border and millions of unvetted illegal entrants swarming into the US. But just in case the scope of the invasion hasn’t yet hit home, check out this report from Breitbart.com:
Just during the last October to September fiscal year, more than 4 million people crossed our Southern border. During the same time period, 3.67 million babies were born in America, and that number includes 400,000 born to illegal immigrants. There were also only 3 million American high school graduates who now have to compete for jobs with 4 million illegal immigrants.
So if you’re wondering why the streets are filled with homeless people, many of them Americans evicted due to housing shortages, and why the social services net has been stretched beyond its limits, it’s because, thanks entirely to Joe Biden, illegal alien arrivals now outnumber the arrival rate of natural-born Americans.
Proud Dad News:
Here’s the latest executive order from the Governor of Arkansas, banning idiotic “woke,” anti-woman and anti-science terms like “pregnant person,” “chestfeeding” and “birthing person” from official government business.
Yes, it’s even happening in Texas:
Accuracy in Media gave Fox News hidden camera video of a Texas Association of School Boards conference in Dallas at which a law firm gave them tips on how to get around the state’s ban on pushing Critical Race Theory onto students.
Sad to report
I’m sad to have to report that Bobi, the holder of the Guinness World Record for the Oldest Dog, has passed away in Portugal at the age of 31 years and five months. Our condolences to Bobi’s master, and I hope that all our dogs someday manage to break his record.
The rattiest cities
Orkin exterminators released its annual list of America’s 50 cities with the worst rat infestations, and take a wild guess what the rattiest cities all have in common.
Thanks to President Biden, more Americans than ever, in both parties, now favor setting a maximum retirement age for politicians (although to be fair, Joe’s retirement age from politics should have been 30.) But there are certain advantages to getting older. For instance, those of us of a certain age have learned that leftists can’t point to any successes of their policies, so they can only win debates by constantly changing the terms. When you get to my age, you’ve lived through enough of their terminology switcheroos to recognize them and remember only too well what they’re really talking about.
For instance, liberals used to be proud to call themselves “liberals.” They even used those exact words: “I’m a proud liberal!” But somewhere around the time when Jimmy Carter and the Iran hostages and gas lines were replaced by Ronald Reagan, the world “liberal” became so toxic that they simply stopped using it.
Whenever this happens (and it happens pretty often), the media try to blame it on conservatives for tarnishing “liberalism” or whatever term by saying bad things about it. But they say much worse things about us, and we still call ourselves conservatives. The truth is, we didn’t give them a bad name. We don’t hold enough sway over the media to poison someone’s name the way they have with Trump. Liberalism gained its toxic reputation through their lousy policies that create division and hardship for everyone they touch. We couldn’t have convinced Americans to start using “liberal” as a curse word; they had to earn it, and they did.
And that’s how “liberals” suddenly became “progressives!” It sounds so much more positive. Everyone likes progress. But don’t be fooled: “progress” is another term that’s been redefined by the left. The late comedian Gallagher once said, “If pro is the opposite of con, then the opposite of progress must be Congress.” That’s true, but it could also be said that progressivism is the opposite of progress. If you think about it, what do they stand for that could actually be considered progress? Everything they promote is a retread of old, failed policies of bygone days that they keep trotting out again and again. I guess they never heard Einstein’s definition of “insanity” as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
They want our economy to consist of an elite ruling class and a large underclass denied opportunities for advancement and wealth creation. That’s similar to the old feudal system, and certainly not progress.
The founding documents represented a revolution for human rights by asserting a right to life, while “progressives” demand a barbaric right to kill innocent babies in the womb up to the moment of birth. That’s not progress.
While conservatives believe in free markets that create tech breakthroughs like clean nuclear energy and hydrogen fuel cells, “progressives” want to ground planes, rely on windmills for power and make people shiver at home in the dark. How is any of that “progress?”
Having the government decide what everyone will be paid regardless of skills, seniority, education level or work ethic used to be called communism. The new “progressive” term: “Equity.”
Did you know that electric cars were tried in the 1890s, but rejected in favor of gas-powered cars because of their short battery ranges and high cost, among other problems? All those things are still true, but “progressives” want to bring them back anyway and force us to buy them.
“Progressives” believe that the failed economic system known as socialism that imposed oppression, starvation and misery on countless people can work, if you just fumigate it by renaming it “Democratic Socialism.” Some of them even dress in dark clothes and physically assault those who disagree with them politically, while others join in rallies celebrating the murder of Jews. These “progressives” ironically call themselves “Anti-fascists.”
By the same token, working to keep candidates they hate but that people might want to vote for off the ballot is called “protecting democracy.” So is fighting laws that make our elections trustworthy, because those laws are now called “racist,” despite large majorities of all races supporting them.
Old school liberals fought for a colorblind society where people were judged by their character, not their skin color. Today’s “progressives” want to divide people by race and judge everyone on nothing but their skin color. They’re even bringing back segregated campuses and white- and black- only graduation ceremonies. That’s not progress; it’s a throwback to the abhorrent racism of the days of Jim Crow, only “progressives” have a new term for it: “anti-racism.” Similarly, “anti-Semitic” is now called “pro-Palestinian.” And Jim Crow laws, invented by Democrats, have somehow been redefined as Republican inventions.
Even the term “progressive” itself was plucked out of the early 20th century, when it was a movement of people who foolishly believed big government could change basic human nature by the “enlightened application” of regulations, incentives, and punishments. It also came with a heaping side order of racism, xenophobia and eugenics, particularly from the founder of Planned Parenthood. The left had to wait decades for the stench from the term “progressive” to air out enough to recycle it again.
I could go on, but I think I’ve made it clear that leftists should be prosecuted under Truth In Advertising laws for calling themselves “progressive.” It’s why I always put the term in quotation marks. The terminology is as deceptive as calling abortion “women’s health care” or “reproductive justice;” calling taxes “revenues” and government spending “investments;” calling confiscatory 90% tax rates “paying your fair share;” or calling the proven failed system of socialism “economic justice” – all of which “progressives” do! See what I mean when I say they have to keep constantly changing the terms to keep from losing arguments?
This is why I prefer to call them what they are: Leftists. Or if I’m feeling generous enough to call them something that sounds kind of like “progressive” but is much more accurate, I call them “regressives.”
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