Happy Monday! Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Today's newsletter includes:
- RIP Naomi Judd
- Jill Biden to Europe, Putin will temporarily transfer power
- Ainsworth: "Nanny" DHS board is practically putrid in every way
- A unanimous Supreme Court decision
- And much more.
1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
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The Babylon Bee weighs in on how "fact checkers" and social media giants colluding with "government experts" to police disinformation would have looked 2000 years ago.
3. RIP Naomi Judd
All of us at the newsletter and the “Huckabee” show were shocked and saddened to hear that Naomi Judd has died at 76. Her daughters Wynonna and Ashley announced Saturday that she died of mental illness, but released no other details, and we will respect their privacy and not speculate further. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to them. The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and had just announced their first arena tour in years to begin this fall, so they obviously had no idea this was coming.
Both Wynonna and Naomi appeared on my TBN show, and I have great affection and respect for both of them as people and as major talents. Naomi was my guest a few years ago to talk about the fact that even someone like her, who was so blessed in so many ways, could suffer privately from crippling depression. She’d written a book about it because she was the kind of person who wanted to help others who were dealing with the same struggles.
Many of the biggest names in country music are also expressing their shock and grief and paying tribute to Naomi Judd, as you can see here:
Rest in peace to a great talent and a wonderful lady.
4. Russia-Ukraine War Update
Here’s today’s Fox News link to continually-updated Russia-Ukraine headlines.
The latest: A group of Ukrainian civilians who’d been trapped for weeks in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol were finally evacuated. In a stunning report, the UK estimated that of the 120 battalion tactical groups Russia committed at the start of the invasion, which is approximately 65% of Russia’s entire ground combat strength, more than a quarter of Russia’s troops in Ukraine are now believed to be “combat ineffective.” That would bolster a claim by Ukraine’s Security Service that it intercepted a Russian radio transmission indicating Russia's military is intentionally transporting corpses at night to try to hide their heavy losses.
5. Jill Biden to Europe, Putin will temporarily transfer power
First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Romania and Slovakia, where she will spend Mother's Day with Ukrainian mothers and their children.
And take this with a grain of salt, since it’s attributed to an anonymous Kremlin “insider,” but there’s a claim that Vladimir Putin will temporarily hand over the reins of power to his deputy Nikolai Patrushev while he undergoes a cancer operation. It won’t be an improvement: Patrushev is reportedly the official who convinced Putin that Kyiv was full of neo-Nazis and he’s described as one of the leading advocates and “thinkers” (odd term) behind the idea of Russia invading Ukraine.
6. Ainsworth: "Nanny" DHS board is practically putrid in every way
By Laura Ainsworth
All right, I have to say it. A line has been crossed, and this cannot stand.
It was crossed by a strange woman we had mercifully never heard of before, Nina Jankowicz, and it’s not the line you’re thinking of, the one that has to do with trashing the First Amendment, although she (along with the horrid administration that hired her) has crossed that one, too.
No, the line she crossed was in creating that truly terrifying Julie Andrews-style song parody of “Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious.” As someone who is, myself, a song parodist who has performed her share of Julie Andrews song parodies, and who has deep respect for Julie Andrews, I simply can’t abide a song associated with her being used as an anthem in praise of government power. The words that come to mind upon hearing this (bleep) are not long at all; in fact, most of them have just four letters.
On the other hand, one thing about this parody is eerily appropriate: It’s a song that was sung by a NANNY. Now we have the GOVERNMENT expecting to be our nanny, telling us what to believe as fact and how to talk to each other about it –- if we’re allowed to talk about it at all. We have to follow nanny's rules and behave. We have to tidy up the nursery. We’ve had elements of the “nanny state” for a long time, increasingly so, but this board is the absolute worst to come along.
As I'd like to think Mary Poppins herself might express it, the idea of having the government as our nanny is “practically putrid in every way.” There’s no amount of sugar that will help this medicine go down.
So let's tell them to go fly a kite.
As for my own parodies, most of them have been recorded for radio stations that could then claim “intellectual property” rights in perpetuity, so unfortunately I can’t share them here. But it has even been said that if Julie Andrews and 'Weird' Al Yankovich had a child, it would be me. I take that as high praise. And I don’t enjoy seeing Weird Al’s name sullied by being mentioned in the same breath as Jankowicz’s. Because their last names are similar, some have even jested that she might be related to him. I’m a huge fan of Weird Al –- even got to meet and talk with him –- and I’m sure he’s the last person who would want his name associated with government censorship.
You’ve probably seen the Jankowicz parody because it’s been played over and over –- even by FOX News, perhaps to scare the life out of those of us who care about free speech. (It worked.) I’m not going to link to it here because it might cause side effects: nausea, vomiting, headache, high blood pressure, stroke, night terrors. It’s not that she can’t sing; she sings well and obviously has done some musical theatre, which she should definitely go back to, fancy degrees or not. No, the horrifying part is the ferocity of her zealousness, which comes through in every note and facial expression.
I’m a little concerned right now that so much focus is on Jankowicz that the discussion will become about HER, as opposed to the very existence of the (shudder) “Disinformation Governance Board.” Perhaps in talking about her now, I’m actually contributing to that. So I’ll make it clear: it’s not enough to get a different director for this board; the whole thing must be scrapped immediately, and anyone who was trying to sneak it in has got to go.
Since I do love to write parody lyrics, I thought it would be fun to write some alternate lyrics myself to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" that told the REAL story of what the government is trying to do with its assault on so-called “disinformation.” In case you want to sing along, I’ve put the downbeats in capital letters. Here we go!
Laura Ainsworth c 2022
THAT’S our way to take control and MON-itor the nation
WE are here to moderate your EV-ry conversation
We’ll SEE that you’re afraid to speak a-BOUT Election fraud
Don’t TALK of Hunter’s laptop, that is CER-tainly outlawed
Don’t QUIB-ble when we say to get a-NOTH-er booster shot
You’re NOT advised to criticize, ‘cause THIS is what we’ve got:
IF you're a conservative, we'll BLOCK communication
WHEN you contradict us, you’ll be FA-cing litigation!
Just TRAV-el all around the world and YOU will plainly see
That WHAT we do is modeled on the MOD-ern CCP
In OR-well’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, it’s WHAT they had to do
So HERE’S a Min-is-try Of Truth for TWEN-ty twenty-two!
WE have been awaiting this with SUCH anticipation
WHAT we do to language will re-MIND you of castration
IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE LAURA A COMMENT, YOU CAN DO SO HERE. SHE READS THEM!
Alejandro Mayorkas, head of the Department of Homeland Security, went on the Sunday shows to try to minimize the power of his new board, the “Disinformation Governance Board,” and the woman chosen to head it, Nina Jankowicz. She had, in her words, “let the cat out of the bag” about what she would be doing, and he’d apparently chosen to get ahead of the story by mentioning it to a congressional committee. Free speech advocates were shocked.
So on Sunday, he went on CNN to do damage control, saying that Jankowicz was “eminently qualified” and “a renowned expert in the field of disinformation.” He told Dana Bash that “the board does not have operational ability or authority.”
He went on FOX News Sunday to say that he had no reservations about Jankowicz’s objectivity. “There are people in the department who have a diverse range of views and they’re incredibly dedicated to mission,” he said. “We’re not the opinion police.”
Never mind that this woman has already revealed herself to be a crazed political hack. Talk about being incredibly dedicated to mission! To cite just one of numerous examples, this “renowned expert” believed the Hunter Biden laptop story was disinformation, either from Russia or “a Trump campaign product.” The fact that someone like her was chosen for that job tells us all we need to know.
To downplay this, Jankowicz has reportedly removed her TikTok account from public view.
As for Mayorkas, when he defends the board and Jankowicz, remember that this is the same man who, as head of Homeland Security, maintains that the border is under control. He told outrageous lies about the condition of the border in his testimony last week. The truth about the border is the opposite of what he said, so when he claims his new board is not the opinion police...well, there's good reason to believe the opposite is true. He has destroyed whatever credibility he might have had, and NOTHING he says about this board –- or anything else –- can be believed.
Ironically, he himself is a fountain of disinformation.
Mayorkas also said he could have picked someone from either side of the aisle to head this board. Two problems with that:
1) He didn’t.
2) A real conservative wouldn’t TAKE the job of running a government “disinformation” board.
7. Mike Lindell returns to Twitter, sort of
Elon Musk may be buying Twitter, but clearly, he’s not running it yet. Someone must not have told MyPillow’s Mike Lindell that free speech isn't legal again there yet.
8. Portland Antifa attack highlights Biden's misplaced priorities
Sunday in Portland, Oregon, some Republican volunteers gathered for an event for GOP gubernatorial candidate Stan Pulliam, who supports re-funding the police. Some masked Antifa goons attacked the group, aiming smoke grenades, paint-filled balloons and fireworks at them, including elderly people and families with small children. At least two people were injured. Naturally, the underfunded police didn’t show up in time to stop them.
Compare this to the story of Christopher Quaglin, the first person charged in the January 6th Capitol riot. He’s been held pending trial for over a year. His attorneys have just filed a habeas corpus petition claiming his constitutional rights have been repeatedly violated. They said Quaglin, who has celiac disease, has been denied the gluten-free diet he requires, gone days without food and lost 68 pounds. He’s been kept indoors for months, held in solitary confinement, and put in cells with rats and black mold. He’s had his right to consult with his attorney violated and prevented from seeing the discovery materials in his own case. The attorneys make five different arguments for his release and say any one should be sufficient grounds. But he’s still in jail while Antifa thugs continue to assault people at will and go free.
Maybe we should all forward the story of the attack in Portland to our Director of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, who seems to think the biggest threat of violent terrorism in America is Trump voters. We could also send it to the members of Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th Kangaroo Kommittee. They’re so zealous to identify and lock away anyone who would use violence to impede the sacred electoral processes of “our democracy,” so here you go. Sic ‘em!
9. A unanimous Supreme Court decision
Wow, here’s something you almost never see anymore: a unanimous Supreme Court decision! And on a religious freedom case.
All nine Justices agreed that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment when it refused to fly the flag of a Christian group outside City Hall, even though it allowed the flags of other outside groups to fly there. More details at the link. Let’s hope it's a good omen for future religious freedom cases that when the First Amendment was run up the flagpole, every Justice saluted.
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05/03/2022 01:43 PM
Doesn't the "DGB" sound eerily like the KGB and the FSB? We certainly know what they were and are about!
LaVon M. WALKER
05/02/2022 06:39 PM
Will the BIBLE be "DISINFORMATION" ????? per GOVT
Obama said "clinging to guns and Bibles"
05/02/2022 05:22 PM
I always enjoy reading your column. I gain information I did not know. Keep up the great American views as we are still strong just silent alot of times. We shall retake our country.
05/02/2022 04:03 PM
Jill Biden to Europe, another boondoggle???
Why doesn't DHS do something about Antifa or are they so afraid of losing Soro's funding??
Peter L. Hadley
05/02/2022 03:51 PM
It's is interesting that History repeats itself no matter how far you go back on the Cancel Culture - I came across this article with website to investigate:
In the 1700s, George Washington declared something so prophetic for today’s Cancel Culture’s stupidity for control: “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led—like sheep to the slaughter” **
Lowanna K Bujaki
05/02/2022 03:38 PM
please send it to my email account. This is the third time I requested the free copy. I just get the subscription one with no writing because I did not subscribe to pay 5 dollars a month.
05/02/2022 02:26 PM
"Here’s today’s Fox News link to continually-updated Russia-Ukraine headlines."
Fox News will not permit viewing this without ads.
Why not give us content that we can use?
05/02/2022 12:10 PM
PS: wasn't it the UK that gave us the Steele dossier crap?