December 5, 2020

December 5, 2020      

Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:

  • "Dark winter"
  • RIP, Warren Berlinger & Abby Dalton, And A Note On Hollywood Rewriting The Past
  • Must-read
  • Section 230
  • Former FBI laywer pleads for mercy


Mike Huckabee

"Dark winter"

It looks as if Joe Biden might have been right about a “dark winter” ahead, but if so, it’s mostly because people think he’s likely to become President.

Friday, the Department of Labor issued a disappointing November jobs report. It was expected that the economy would add 440,000 new jobs, but the number was only 225,000. This comes after several months of the economy roaring back from the coronavirus shutdowns with record growth and job creation. Why the sudden downturn?

When people started being told in the first week of November that Biden is the “President-elect” (he’s not, at least not yet), it’s likely that business owners braced for a return of the deadly policies of the Obama years, Biden’s promised big tax increases, kowtowing again to China and a wave of intrusive, business-crushing regulations imposed by clueless liberal bureaucrats with zero private sector experience.

Biden called it a “dire jobs report,” complaining that “one in four businesses can’t keep their doors open.” I assume he thinks we'll blame Trump for it. I wonder if it even dawns on him that we know what allegedly happened in November. Businesses are shutting their doors because his fellow Democrats keep ordering their doors to be nailed shut, and the sudden drop in hiring is because business owners are suddenly battening down the hatches in fear that the roaring Trump economy he ran against is about to turn back into the anti-business Obama-Biden economy we suffered through for eight years.

RIP, Warren Berlinger & Abby Dalton, And A Note On Hollywood Rewriting The Past

By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (

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We are sad to report the passing of two performers who will be very familiar to baby boomers.

Actor Warren Berlinger passed away this week at 83. He was one of those comic character actors whose name you might not know, but you’d recognize his face anywhere. His stage, TV and movie career stretched across eight decades, starting with his Broadway debut at age 9 in the original cast of “Annie Get Your Gun” in 1947. His friendly, chubby face, regular guy personality and knack for comedy made him a mainstay of sketch and anthology shows such as “Love American Style” and “The Love Boat,” and sitcoms stretching from “The Goldbergs” in 1956 through “That Girl,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Too Close For Comfort,” “Friends” and right up to his last role in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”

It’s also been reported that Abby Dalton died on November 23rd in Los Angeles at 88, following a long illness. While she appeared in many roles, Dalton was best known for playing Julia Cumson on “Falcon Crest” in the 1980s, for her four-year stint as the lower center square on “Hollywood Squares,” and for her 1961 Emmy nomination for Jackie Cooper’s military series, “Hennesey.” She actually starred on that show at the same time she was on the sitcom “The Joey Bishop Show” as Bishop’s wife.

She was in such high demand because of her unusual combination of talents, being both a first-rate comic actress and a gorgeous sex symbol who started out as a model. Men who were young and impressionable in 1957 will surely remember her from Roger Corman’s weirdly-titled B-movie, “The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent,” while younger readers might remember that from “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

Both Warren Berlinger and Abby Dalton contributed so much to the entertainment world over the past half century that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

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I would also like to point your attention to a couple of things that I think “Huckabee” newsletter readers will appreciate, if you are as alarmed as I am by the left’s recent push to censor, label and edit movies, TV shows and recordings from bygone eras that don’t adhere to the latest PC standards. I’m a pop culture historian, and like you, I am intelligent enough to watch a movie from many decades ago and see a joke, character or story point that wouldn’t pass muster today without it affecting my personal beliefs.

We can all recognize that these artistic works are a product of their times, just as our ancestors were products of their times but still deserve respect. I assume people will someday look back on the dismal “woke” desecrations of “Star Wars” and “Ghostbusters” and say, “What were they thinking?” But I don’t even want those to be buried; I want them preserved as a warning to future generations never to do that again.

The first thing I want to share is from a YouTuber I enjoy known as “The Critical Drinker” (he does all his videos in the persona of a drunken Scotsman, so a warning about the language). He has many videos that hilariously rip the woke virtue-signaling that’s ruining today’s movies and TV shows, but this is a serious commentary that came out during the BLM boom, when “Gone With The Wind” was taken off of TV. It’s an intelligent and impassioned argument against the “cancel culture” burying, editing and altering older movies to make them “safe” for today’s audiences. It’s called “Why The Past Matters.”

Second, there’s a movie out now called “Mank,” about the great screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz’s work on the script for “Citizen Kane.”

I’m a “Kane” nut, so I enjoyed it, but it’s probably too depressing and inside for most casual moviegoers. Still, there’s a line that resonates widely today and needs to be heard by everyone. MGM head Louis B. Mayer tells this to a new writer:

“This is a business where the buyer gets nothing for his money but a memory. What he bought still belongs to the man who sold it. That’s the real magic of the movies.”

That’s also what’s so dangerous about “cancel culture” as it pertains to altering or censoring older creative works. In an era when so many people rely on streaming for content, and the content owners are so politicized and easily frightened by the Twitter mobs, our cultural past is not safe.

People ask me why my house is filled with books, LPs, CDs, DVDs, film reels, tapes, 45s and hard drives full of files. Because if you don’t own it in a hard copy format, you don’t own it at all. It can be taken away or altered at any time whenever the rights owner decides you shouldn’t see it in its original form. Personally, if I don’t own it, I don’t trust anyone else to preserve it. I don't want my personal memories of these works to be the only thing about them that survives.

And if one of my DVD’s of Disney’s “Song of the South” breaks, no problem. I have two.

Must read

The late Dr. Walter E. Williams’ final column, dated December 2nd, the day he died. It’s on one of his favorite subjects: how the public school system is failing black students so badly that white liberals who defend it would never accept this level of schooling for their own children.

Section 230

President Trump is threatening to veto a crucial military spending bill if it doesn’t include the removal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That’s the law that protects social media companies from lawsuits as long as they act as neutral platforms rather than editors promoting an agenda, a responsibility that most of them treat with as much respect as a puppy shows to your carpeting. But the military bill’s sponsors say Section 230 is not connected to this and shouldn’t be in it, since, as we all know, Congress never inserts unrelated items into large spending bills.

Trump is concerned that if he leaves office, this will be the last chance to force the social media giants to obey the law, since Democrats are benefitting immensely from their illegal politicking. However, the socials could be sailing toward a couple of icebergs they hadn’t anticipated having to dodge.

I told you already about the DOJ lawsuit against Facebook for its alleged illegal hiring practices that discriminate against American applicants in favor of foreign visa holders. Now, the Washington Examiner reports that more than 40 states plan to join an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, seeking that it be broken up to end its monopolistic policies. It’s not yet clear what the focus of the suit will be, but aside from Facebook’s infamous silencing of conservative voices, it also has a history of using its massive cash resources to buy up new start-ups that might become competitors, such as Instagram and WhatsApp.

An interesting side issue is that if more than 40 states plan to join the suit, that means it’s not just Republican states but a lot of blue states, too. Facebook will be facing a bipartisan effort to break it up that is backed by at least 4/5ths of the states. Sounds like a lot of people are ready to unfriend Mark Zuckerberg.

Former FBI lawyer pleads for mercy

Our pop culture guru Pat Reeder says he can quote a line from “Gone With The Wind” to fit any situation in life, and his pick for this story is Rhett Butler’s, “You’re like the thief who isn't the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he's going to jail.”

The story is that attorneys for former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith are pleading with a judge not to give him jail time for lying to secure surveillance warrants against Trump 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page. He didn’t mean to do anything wrong; why, he just “cut a corner” because he was “overworked” and “exhausted.” I'm surprised he didn't use the classic DC excuse: “Mistakes were made!” In Washington, mistakes make themselves, and there’s nothing you can do to stop them.

If he was so tired and overworked, then why did he go to the additional effort of editing an email to falsify evidence so that he could obtain an unjustified warrant to spy on an innocent American? Take a look at how the inner circle of anti-Trump agents set up Mike Flynn and tried to railroad him into prison, and tell me with a straight face that if they had been able to find anything on Page with those falsely-obtained warrants that they wouldn’t have tried to slap him behind bars, too.

Clinesmith is facing a potential five years in prison because this is not a minor “oopsy” offense. This is falsifying evidence to deceive the FISA court into violating the rights of a US citizen. And it’s done by someone in a position of trust and authority in the top law enforcement agency of the federal government. He’s hardly the only one who should face serious consequences; he’s just the lowest fall guy on the list.

So I hope that after his lawyers hand the judge all those feeble excuses for why he shouldn’t face serious punishment, that the judge will also quote Rhett Butler and say, “Frankly…I don’t give a d**n.”



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  • Robert Thiesen

    12/07/2020 11:35 AM

    Why is it possible that our politician can make laws or demands that affect us financially but they don't take a hit in their pockets? Don't they work for us?
    I would suggest that for every person that lost their job because of the edict handed down, that representative loose $10.00. But that would be too much, maybe just $1.00. I wonder how many politician would stay in office.

  • Teresa Palmer

    12/06/2020 09:18 PM

    Isn't there ANYTHING we can do to correct the stolen election?!!

  • Shauna dickerson

    12/06/2020 07:15 PM

    So the recession is starting on the Biden presidency. My prediction is this, Any and All slowdown of the economy will be blamed on the Trump legacy. The lunacy of the left is predictable. And it makes me furious. But you can see it right? Remember in the third year of the Trump presidency, when the economy was going great along with a lot of other good things in the country? They tried to plant the idea that it was Obama's legacy! Is that funny or what? Did anyone believe it?

  • Trey brown

    12/06/2020 03:35 PM

    Keep up the good fight

  • Elaine Knudsen

    12/06/2020 02:57 PM

    I hope that Kevin Clinesmith does get jail time. He needs to get jail time. You are right that he is not the only one who should get jail time. The jail time does not seem sufficient for the crime though. I would hope that he would be also be stripped of his law license and never be allowed to practice law again anywhere or hold any public position.

  • Jerry

    12/06/2020 10:31 AM

    Do the Crime do the time you gambled you lost pay up. The MSM propagandists have lost the identity of being a human Being; A little SiFi, the CCP stripped the brain of these former Humans and inserted a chip that allows the issue the CCP wants broadcasted for the day broadcasted. The czar in charge pushes the button and activates all the MSM now robots broadcast the czars message. The American population that may view these outlets now are getting the info China wants you to hear. The Leftist is not a party it is an Army sent to you by the CCP. Are people enjoying lockdowns? Are people enjoying Fentanyl? Are people enjoying Dominion voting machines? Are people enjoying theft of IT that is used to destroy the US? are people enjoying our Children being denied of Education? These are just a few questions Americans need to comprehend, the Country has states under these CCP guidelines. I find extreme defiance to these protocols and people have to resit all issues to these demands. Open up America they can't defend these orders get ready to sue the Governors and Mayor city councils that is the only civil way to fight them total rebellion. Run the CCP out of America.

  • LeeMar Zarr

    12/06/2020 09:36 AM

    Marijuana Bill: since Yahoo screeners thought my comment about the mask is not a deterrent because the exposed skin above the mask illogically miraculously can not get infected was not published, I guess there really is not freedom of thought/speech in this country anymore. However, there are 158+ REPUBLICANS senate reps that need to think very serious about voting "NO" on the REMOVING Marijuana from NARC class 1 drug anymore. Each REP and 6 DEMO senate REPs needs to really not follow the mindless REP Senate masses. WHY look at a very well documented history as in in over 5,000 years of use NOT ONE (1) DEATH HAS EVER BEEN DOCUMENTED TO THE DEATH DUE TO AN OVERDOSE OF JUST MARIJUANA...THERE ARE NO DRUG MANUFACTURES THAT CAN MAKE THAT SAME CLAIM! IF THE REP and/or Dem LIKES HIS/HER CUSHY JOB IN THE SENATE THEY BETTER VOTE YES TO APPROVE BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT MORE THAN 87% OF USA POPULATION WANT! Yes it needs to be controlled, monitored, TAX just like'd thought the idiots would have thought from our illogical idiotic prohibition era learned that illogical banning does NOT WORK! As far as that other reason that MJ is listed as a Class 1 Narc there are PLENTY of other really harmful drugs to get those funds from to perform those needed acts without a paper trail.

  • Stephen Russell

    12/06/2020 09:11 AM

    Trust No 1:
    Cant trust anymore:
    Media ( save FNC, OAN, Newsmax)
    Huckabee, TBN CBN.
    All else I cant
    & the whole System is rigged against US
    & lockdowns effect ones mental abilities 2
    Cant tell the Truth from Lies on Virus numbers alone

    Gonna cause Civil War 2

  • wm. schitts

    12/06/2020 09:09 AM

    Great bit of writing, enjoyed all stay the course!

  • Debi McClure

    12/06/2020 09:00 AM

    The jobs report was lower in my opinion because of the shutdowns not necessarily because of the business owners being concerned about Biden being the next president. Also in regards to Clinesmith, he just needs to be patient because I’m sure Biden would pardon him at the earliest time possible.

  • DanElswick

    12/06/2020 08:38 AM

    What little faith I had has been shattered.
    Where is God in all of this?
    The sixth commandment states ‘thou shalt not murder’ and that only God may take a life. Yet, with this election , here we are. Over eighty million Americans (well some dead, some illegal) voted for a man that supports the premeditated murder of babies up to and including the time of birth. A man whose own religious denomination will not allow him to take communion.
    How can ANY person who claims to be Christian support this man - or in less than 100 days woman.

  • Paul Schaber

    12/06/2020 08:27 AM

    Yes people are fearing a dark winter and other factors due to the lack of leadership shown in the Blue states along with the lack of income and the ability to pay their employees and keep business open.

    The reason Clinesmith is pleading for leniency on his sentence, there is a welcoming committee at where he is sentenced to service just like in the Movie "FULL METAL JACKET" only this one is not a movie , but reality with serious physical results and maybe even a large green bag to carry out the remains, if there are.

  • Cheryl Goforth

    12/06/2020 12:42 AM

    Just finished watching again Mr. Smith goes to Washington. So real to what is going on now.

    Enjoy your newsletter

  • Gayle Matloff

    12/06/2020 12:20 AM

    Thank you for being such a great patriot....I love reading your articles...keep up the good work. May God Bless you and your family and help us through these trying times...Amen!

  • Lee Sanders

    12/05/2020 11:56 PM

    Science tells us that the severe lock-down measures are neither effective nor necessary to contain the Wuhan virus. However, if the Democrats wanted to prevent open discussions about all the COVID nonsense, let alone the real threat of election fraud, how better to keep us from raising our voices. If churches were allowed to hold services, and families allowed to meet with their friends and neighbors, it's very likely that the shout against the growing tyranny would soon become a deafening roar. Everything that the Democrats are doing is calculated to facilitate their agenda. I know this sounds like the ravings of a "conspiracy theory", but it's all too much of a coincidence.

  • Trish Davison

    12/05/2020 11:17 PM

    Just love ya, Governor!

  • Anne Turner

    12/05/2020 10:46 PM

    Those movies like GWTW and shows like Roots, as well as Song of the South educated people on how life really was in the 18th and 19th Century for black Americans. With the possible exception of
    Melanie there were no hero’s in GW. People forget that in some cases there was genuine affection between some of the slaves and their owners. That in no way makes slavery acceptable but many white children were raised by Mamies and they genuinely loved and obeyed them. When you try to clean out history to reflect the opinions of today, there is no history. We need to portray history like it was at that time. Often movies have not done that and glorified things that should not be glorified. I live near a small University that did Tom Sawyer and they had to take out the n word. That was exactly what the story was about. To clean it up took away a lot of the meaning associated with the friendship of two boys in a time of segregation.
    On another subject. How are we supposed to raise children with any moral convictions at all If they are taught at a young age that they can be any sex they want to be and don’t worry about getting pregnant you can just toss a human being aside if you don’t want it. They are being taught to disrespect the people who founded the country that is the greatest in history. We knew when we studied our forefathers that they were flawed. But we weighted the good against the bad. That’s when people thought that the ordinary people were intelligent enough to understand nuance. But now we must look to our betters to Interpret history as well as anything else. Back in the day my parents didn’t tell me to look at the oped or listen to CNN for information. They pointed to the encyclopedia. Neither my parents or grandparents had a college degree much less a Masters, I was the first in the family, but I can assure you they were better informed than most college graduates today. They actually thought they could read and discuss and figure out their lives for themselves. Fancy that!

  • Marilyn R Grainger

    12/05/2020 10:46 PM

    Republican legislators get out and fight for President Trump. Don't let this blatant voter fraud become the new normal

  • David K Wilson

    12/05/2020 10:44 PM

    Good stuff!

  • Paul Kern

    12/05/2020 10:27 PM

    I appreciated this column. One of your better ones. Especially the link you attached to the man showing many older shows and the effects of Hollyweirds revising the movies to appease a small but noisy bunch of soyboys and their " friends" Hitler couldn't have done better than these leftists nutjobs

  • Mona Edlis

    12/05/2020 10:09 PM


  • Ron Campbell

    12/05/2020 10:04 PM

    If the minimum wage is raised to $15 an hour, what are seniors who depend on Social Security as their primary source of income supposed to do? The average person on Social Security gets $1200 a month. We live in Mississippi and my wife and I never made big salaries. Now a kid flipping burgers is going to make twice as much per month as we are expected to live on.