May 9, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
STUNNED IN NEW YORK
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted that he was stunned to learn from new research that 66% of the state’s new hospitalized coronavirus patients had been “sheltering in place” before getting sick.
Some cynics pointed out that it shouldn’t be shocking that if almost everyone is being forced to “shelter in place,” that a majority of any group will be people who were sheltering in place. But it also shows that, as I’ve mentioned before, Edgar Allen Poe was right in “The Masque of the Red Death,” that you can’t hide away from disease by locking yourself up in the house forever. Viruses will circulate, some people will be more susceptible than others and will get sick, and when they do, the worst cases will need to go to the hospital. It should serve as a reminder to the “keep the lockdown going for years” crowd that this was supposed to be a temporary measure to “flatten the curve” – that is, to stretch out the infection rate and keep a massive wave of cases from overwhelming the health care system early on, before we had treatments, ventilators or hospital beds.
AND THE BACKLASH CONTINUES
And The Backlash Continues: A federal judge in Boston slapped down Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order closing gun stores as part of the “non-essential” businesses locked down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The judge said there was no justification for it, and when you’re dealing with an issue of Constitutional rights, “some degree of clarity that tells us that it’s necessary is perhaps a foundational requirement.”
And now we know that “We can use this crisis to advance the agenda we were already pushing,” doesn’t even pass muster with a federal judge in Boston.
Joe Biden and his supporters are sending more mixed messages this week than a drunken telegraph operator.
The friendly media tried to ignore former staffer Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation, but when that became impossible, they did exactly what the MeToo movement that they claim to support opposes: they questioned the accuser’s character and motives. Biden and his liberal female supporters, who claimed we should believe all women when Brett Kavanaugh was accused, suddenly rediscovered the importance of due process and the presumption of innocence when their guy was accused. Elizabeth Warren, who demanded tons of records on Kavanaugh, saw no reason to release Biden’s records. And Hillary Clinton chose that moment to endorse Biden, surely an epic moment in bad optics.
They then tried to finesse it, by saying that yes, we should listen to the woman, but only give credence if her story was supported, implying Reade’s wasn’t. But then, several women, all Democrats, admitted that Reade told them about it at the time (they’re still voting for Biden, though), a Larry King episode from the ‘90s resurfaced in which Reade’s late mother seemed to confirm her claim, and now, there’s more evidence, in the form of court records, that she at least told the story to her former husband back then.
Now, a few more twists: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released new guidelines, reversing the campus kangaroo courts that Biden championed under Obama, the ones that stripped students who were accused of sexual assault or harassment of most of their due process rights, such as the right to see the evidence or question their accusers.
No sooner were the new federal guidelines released than “progressives” savaged them and Biden declared, “It’s wrong,” and that one of the first things he would do as President is reverse them, thereby stripping college students of the exact same due process rights that he and his supporters had just claimed for himself only days before. The old “One set of rules for me, another for thee” philosophy that so embodies today’s left.
I know a lot of people are concerned about Biden’s mental health, but I hope that any checkups he undergoes also include tests for chronic tonedeafness. His supporters might want to take that one, too.
Bonus: Best Meme of the Day.
I sincerely hope that all the Democrats who shouted “Believe all women” and “Impeach Brett Kavanaugh” don’t get whiplash reversing themselves to defend Joe Biden. The latest is Elizabeth Warren, who demanded that Mike Bloomberg release all his former female employees from their nondisclosure agreements, but who doesn’t think Biden’s Senate personnel records are anybody’s business, thankyouverymuch!
But there’s something very important to bear in mind: while this accusation is unlikely ever to be determined definitively, there are many, many other reasons never to make Joe Biden President. We’ve already listed quite a few, but there’s always room for a few more. For instance, if feminists are willing to overlook sexual assault allegations (nothing new, they did it for Bill Clinton already), then how about the fact that Biden even voted against creating the Senate office that handles sexual harassment complaints?
Or that his baffling claims and phony narratives long predate any concerns about age-related mental issues?
Last week, I reminded you of the old term that communist regimes like China and the USSR used to describe wealthy leftists who parroted their propaganda in the West. That term was “useful idiots.” Now, in turn, this story has reminded me of it.
On the other hand, kudos to Miley Cyrus, who admitted she has no clue what the pandemic is like for people who are really suffering from the lockdown. She said the privileged lives of celebrities may be on pause, but "I am comfortable in my space and able to put food on my table and financially stable, and that's just not the story for a lot of people." She said some of her famous friends are hesitant to come on her Instagram talk show because “it almost doesn't feel right for celebrities to share our experience. Because it just doesn't compare."
Good for her for recognizing that. It’s funny how well-heeled liberals who love to accuse other people of exercising too much “privilege” are so blind to their own in this instance. Despite her claim of being clueless, I suspect that Miley Cyrus actually is a lot wiser on this particular issue than many mayors, judges and even Governors I could name.
"A SOURCE OF PRIDE"
I didn’t cover this story when it happened, but the Land O’Lakes butter company recently yielded to the PC mob and got rid of the Indian maiden who had appeared on their packaging for many years. I won’t bother quoting all the overheated rhetoric about racism, sexism, cultural appropriation, etc., because you’ve heard it all before. But here’s a twist that the professionally-offended critics might not have seen coming:
It’s been reported this allegedly offensive, racist, stereotyped painting of a Native American woman was actually painted in the 1950s by Native American artist Patrick DesJarlait, who was hired to remake the original logo. His son said, “In our family, my dad’s work is a source of pride for us. He broke barriers as an Ojibwe artist from Red Lake. Back then, you didn’t find native people in those kinds of jobs, and this gave him the opportunity to put his spin on a well-known native image.”
So the activists have successfully censored from public display an artwork depicting a Native American woman created by a Native American artist in tribute to his people. When you put it that way, it does sound rather racist, doesn’t it?
MEDIA IGNORES GOOD NEWS...
A Texas nursing home, faced with coronavirus exposure by many high-risk residents, decided to use a combination of drugs that included hydroxychloroquine. The media painted it in the darkest terms, calling it a “disconcerting” choice to try an “unproven” drug promoted by President Trump. Oddly enough, we haven’t heard much about it since those initial scare headlines. Wonder why?...
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jeremiah 29:12 (KJV)