Evening Edition - January 11

January 11, 2020

Friday, the Labor Department reported that 145,000 jobs were created in December.  The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years.  It’s also the lowest in 70 years for women, and the lowest ever for African-Americans.

https://fox61.com/2020/01/10/us-adds-145000-jobs-unemployment-holds-at-3-5/

This is actually creating a problem for businesses that’s a boon for workers.  In this market, to attract or hang on to good workers, employers are having to raise wages and increase benefits.  So when you hear Democratic Presidential candidates tell you that this economy “isn’t working” for the lower and middle classes, know that that’s outdated political palaver that hasn’t been true since they were last in charge.  The only people having trouble landing a job because of this economy are Democratic Presidential candidates.

https://www.westernjournal.com/bottom-half-households-nearly-50-richer-trump/

According to new data from the Counsel of Economic Advisers, since Trump took office, the rising tide has lifted all boats, but it’s lifted the fishing boats more than the yachts. It’s true that the net wealth of the top 1% of earners has increased by 13%, but the net wealth of the bottom half of all earners has increased by 47%.  Worker’s pay is rising faster than managers’, and pay for workers without a bachelor's degree is rising faster than for those with a bachelor's or higher.  Most terrifying for Democratic politicians, the average wage growth of African-Americans is outpacing that of whites.

And here’s a bit of news that I especially like to hear: Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia told Fox Business that the high demand for skilled workers has sparked a 56% increase in apprenticeships.  More employers are focusing on finding good workers who can be trained to do needed jobs than on people with four-year college degrees. 

Nothing against a college degree (I have one myself, believe it or not), but if young people can learn lucrative, in-demand job skills without having to endure four years of socialist bullying and brainwashing followed by a crushing debt load, I think that’s a positive sign for their futures, and for America’s.

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If we’re going to start taking directions from a teenager, far better that it be Nick Sandmann than Greta Thunberg.  No sooner had word broken that CNN had paid an undisclosed settlement to Sandmann to settle his defamation lawsuit for them falsely branding him as a racist than this story arrives:

Immigration opponent Peter Brimelow of the website VDARE is suing the New York Times for $5 million for describing him as an “open white nationalist,” a claim they backed up by citing an article from the notoriously fair and reliable Southern Poverty Law Center, which accused him of “hate” and “extremism.” When Brimelow’s attorneys complained to the Times, the editors reportedly removed the word “open” from the online version of the story. 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/ny-times-slapped-with-5m-lawsuit-for-citing-splc-branding-immigration-hawk-a-white-nationalist/

As a big fan of free speech and the First Amendment, I’m not thrilled about media outlets facing a blizzard of lawsuits for what they print. I don’t want to see journalists being afraid to print the truth, no matter how ugly, so I think the bar for suing for defamation does have to be high.  But the recent spate of lawsuits has come only because the media outlets have set their own standards of journalism so very, very low. 

I’m not familiar with Brimelow so I can’t comment on his character either way.  But if your only corroboration for calling anyone an “open white nationalist” in the alleged “newspaper of record” is that the SPLC said so, then you’d better go back to journalism school and learn what a “reputable source” is before you find yourself in a courtroom.   

 

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Farewell to Neil Peart and Edd “Kookie” Byrnes

By Pat Reeder, “Huckabee” writer/resident pop culture historian (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook )

Condolences today to the family of Neil Peart of the progressive rock band Rush and his many fans.  It was just revealed that Peart died Tuesday at 67 after a long battle with brain cancer. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/rock-legend-neil-peart-rush-dead-67/

Peart was known as an innovative and influential drummer, mixing rock and jazz, and like all three members of Rush, was famous for virtuosic musicianship and complicated, shifting time signatures.  He also wrote many of the band’s lyrics, including the fan favorite, “The Trees.”  The lyrics tell a parable about a conflict between the oak trees and the maple trees, who think the oaks are too tall and taking more than their share of the sunlight. Eventually, equality is imposed “by hatchet, axe and saw.”

A lot of political and social messages have been read into the lyrics, particularly by Libertarian and limited government types, but Peart himself dismissed it as “a very simple statement,” saying, “I thought, 'What if trees acted like people?' So I saw it as a cartoon really, and wrote it that way.”  

We’re also sad to report that actor Edd "Kookie" Byrnes has died at 87. He played Kookie, the cool parking lot attendant on "77 Sunset Strip," who was forever combing his pompadour and, like, spouting ‘50s hipster slang, Daddy-o. His Fonzi-like popularity with young viewers made him a teen idol and led to his character being promoted to detective on the show.  Some of you might remember him from later roles, such as the movie “Grease.”

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/edd-byrnes-dead-kookie-77-938511

His “Kookie” popularity led to a brief recording career, but not really as a singer.  In his #4 Billboard novelty hit of 1959, “Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb,” Connie Stevens pleads with Kookie to borrow his precious comb, but he fends her off with a barrage of baffling beatnik blather.  This led to an album and couple of follow-up singles, which you can read more about at my Hollywood Hifi Facebook page (link below the headline) if you’re, like, into cool platters, can ya dig it?

To remind you that dumb hit singles are not a recent invention, here’s a kinescope of Kookie and Connie performing their hit live on the "Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show" in April of 1959

https://youtu.be/MT9QZBGyXjU

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As a demonstration of how serious he is about getting on with flushing impeachment down the sewer of history, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signed on as a co-sponsor of a resolution giving the Senate the right to dismiss the articles before the House even sends them over. 

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/477587-mcconnell-backs-measure-to-change-senate-rules-dismiss-impeachment-without

The resolution imposes a deadline of 25 days (from the day the House passed it, so the clock’s a-ticking) for Nancy Pelosi to hand it over. After that, the Senate could vote by simple majority to dismiss it with prejudice (meaning it’s dead, and the House can’t vote to bring it back again on the same charges.)  

McConnell previously blasted Pelosi for doing something that she’d already said would be incredibly divisive if it weren’t bipartisan, and then dragging it out and not allowing a resolution. He also emphasized that she had no leverage to reach into the Senate and dictate to them, and never will.

Incidentally, where did Speaker Pelosi get the cockamamie idea of sitting on the articles of impeachment like a hen guarding a rotten egg? It’s possible she got it from the ever-flowing fount of so many stupid ideas: a commentator on CNN.

https://www.westernjournal.com/pelosi-got-idea-withhold-impeachment-articles-cnn-interview-report/

 

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Alabama Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne introduced a resolution Thursday to censure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate.

Byrne explained that by doing this, Pelosi is, ironically, trying to force the Senate into a “quid pro quo,” to give her power over the Senate trial rules in exchange for handing over the articles already passed by the House.  He said, “House Democrats made the misguided decision to rush through the most legally unsound and factually unsupported articles of impeachment in the history of this country, and they can’t now insist that the Senate fix their shoddy, incomplete work.”  He calls Pelosi’s gambit a “pathetic and unconstitutional attempt to extract concessions from the Senate” and “an unprecedented abuse of power.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/gop-rep-introduces-bill-censure-nancy-pelosi-not-sending-impeachment-senate/

I’m sure many in the media will mock Byrne for introducing this resolution. They’ll ask why anyone would waste Congress’ time on a bill targeting the opposition party leader when it has no hope of ever passing?  I will answer that in four words: “Trump’s articles of impeachment.” 

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  • Phillip LaRoe

    01/13/2020 12:39 PM

    I have great respect for you Gov Huckabee, but it always bothers me when people compare percentage increases in salary or wealth rather than dollar increases. 13% of the top 1% wealth is much more money than 47% of the average persons wealth. The dollar gap between the two is still increasing. As a lifelong conservative I hate pointing this out. Thank you for your voice in politics. You were my choice in 2016 and still are!

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    01/13/2020 12:32 PM

    25 days is too long for McConnell to give Pelosi - two weeks is plenty of time.

  • David G. Palmer

    01/13/2020 12:08 AM

    I wrote over a week ago with an expectation that the Rev. Huckabee would actually see my message, and, hopefully, respond. Presumably, someone else also sees these comments, and may pass judgement on which are and are not worthy of the Rev. Huckabee's limited time. If so, it would be appreciated if such judgement could be reconsidered - or perhaps could be tested by making a phone call to me for a brief, confidential discussion. Please! Appreciatively, Dr. David Palmer, Union Springs, NY 315-889-5988

  • David Laman

    01/12/2020 03:23 PM

    I realize that I am just a stupid old deplorable, but it seems to me that allowing supply and demand to raise wages in this country would be a much more sensible way to increase income without damaging the job market and leading to recession? We have a shortage of workers. Why not allow our private sector solve this with education assistance and worker/training programs? Let's stop spending money to allow Colleges to raise costs for every student that wants a degree in underwater basket weaving and offer these colleges a chance to build needed professions and not turn out unemployable liberals that live with their parents?

  • Duane Davidson

    01/12/2020 03:15 PM

    It’s “Democrat,” not “Democratic.”

  • Karl Johnson

    01/12/2020 01:20 PM

    As per usual, your newsletter does not disappoint. Thank you for your hard work and for being part of the solution to stemming the march of socialism and shoddy journalism in the USA.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/12/2020 10:46 AM

    Mike Bloomberg and his wealthy friends are trying to change America's way of life buying ads on TV supporting Socialist ideas look at the state of Virginia it's lawful killing of infants that come out of the womb taking guns away from lawful citizens condoning black face wearing governors leaders given the rights to abuse women for their own pleasure we have one in Mlps. AG that beat up his girlfriend and gets away with it these are great messages Mike Bloomberg wants as a real value; women are smart enough to stay clear of these values as Bloomberg sees it when they become law men will not be able to protect you legally you will be fighting the legal and the police force to get justice. Watch for Bloomberg ads people he is out to take freedom away from you only you can stop Bloomberg. MAGA

  • Ashley Holtam

    01/12/2020 10:39 AM

    Mike, have you seen the article by Tom DeWeese? If not, a portion is included: CFR Pres. Richard Haas: “USMCA is NAFTA plus TPP plus a few tweaks.” – AND, Trump Has Been Mislead

    Quietly, without debate, one of the most dangerous attacks on American freedom and sovereignty is moving through Congress and headed to President Trump's desk for signing,. The USMCA agreement will create a North American Union worse than the European Union. Yet there is no voice of opposition being heard. My friend Rich Loudenback has written a urgent, detailed report on this looming disaster. He shows clearly that this is not an improvement over NAFTA as claimed. In fact it contains most of the provisions of NAFTA, plus a lot more. It will be a disaster to American industry, especially for agriculture. Efforts to change some of the worst provisions have been ignored. Why do you think Nancy Pelosi has allowed it to pass the House? Please read and share with as many people as possible. This must be stopped now! Tom DeWeese

  • Harold Levi

    01/12/2020 09:23 AM

    The Marxist-Democrats should be billed for all of the salaries for the House and all other expenses associated with the Impeachment circus. George Washington nailed it exactly when he described the vastly negative influence political parties have on a government. Nancy Pelosi is the poster-girl for bad politicians.

  • Rev. Terry Sampson

    01/12/2020 06:46 AM

    Does TBN no longer have a working agreement with Amazon Fire TV? TBN will not load on my Fire Stick(s), so I can not see your show.

    Rev. Terry Sampson
    Chaplain, Tulsa Fire Dept.

  • Jessie Teddlie

    01/12/2020 02:23 AM

    Thank you for all in this one!! Great way to say much that needs to be said! I agree on the “lawsuits” issue as everyone and their families feed the pockets of more lawyers than themselves, but today it maybe is needed to stop the madness!

  • Mona Kramer

    01/12/2020 01:29 AM

    Ask President Trump to work on removing the Obama Care package and work on making it possible to help emigrants who have entered illegally and have been here and are good citizens for many years to become legal citizens.We have three families that work for the ministry and church where I go that do not have enough money, $7000 for each person, that they will be accepted. They have tried, but said something was not filled out correctly and lost their $7000, so must start over. Something seems wrong with the system.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/11/2020 10:10 PM

    Outstanding letter today Thanks for letting people know Business is trying to get the help it needs to move forward with training for the future. College is too expensive for what the student gets today, safe zones, protest and ridicule and harassment if your not of a socialist or communist of mind, which is what is pushed down the throats of today's students. Most of these Campuses are beautiful and excellent pieces of property worth millions so just what are the students paying for? A portion come out hating America. Dan Bongino is a person
    that I admire I wish we had 3 of them for every Rivera Lemon Schumer Pelosi and the rest of the Left media mob and Left in general society would return to a normal and respectful time. I would like to know more about the People of Iran the stain on them I don't is understood by the Americans you mentioned tonite they are a wonderful sort why doesn't our media let us know about them I have no respect for Iran's government as I don't respect the Left's ideas. The both governing bodies dislike Americans thats not spin it fact. In the future letters would you give a little more insight as to how and what people of Iran and Hong Kong want it may have a positive effect for the fight they have.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    01/11/2020 09:30 PM

    As an AF wife whose husband had two tours in Vietnam, the Vietcong did a coup. What if they had waited for the senate to take action, all our troops, including my husband, would be dead. I resent what the senate is going to pass.

  • Judy Radley

    01/11/2020 08:50 PM

    Regarding 'negative Nancy' Pelosi, I don't think she even realizes she put 'women's efforts to be taken seriously' back 50 years or more, with her idiotic listening to idiotic advisors like a TV reporter who has no real knowledge of due diligence but only the knowledge of how to spin stories of lies into foolish 'rag sheet' gossip. Who will take women seriously now? Many still will yes, but still, 'negative Nancy' shows how really stupid she is in politics. I am ashamed to even be in the same race as her, a white, older, female. But I know more than she does, and I'm not working in politics. So, it seems that in politics, the most outspoken women are the ones who misrepresent the female race the most, i.e. Hillary, E. Warren, AOC, etc. Hmm, they are all liberals too... the party that says they are for women's rights.... WRONG AGAIN... they are the ones AGAINST all women's rights other than their own misguided power. Thank You, Mike Huckabee for all your great work, and for having a wonderful, strong, ethical daughter, Sarah, who does indeed represent the majority of American women. Your parenting with your wife to raise such a strong and ethical daughter, is commended! All parents should learn your skills to ensure a great 'next generation'.

  • Norma Solvie

    01/11/2020 08:47 PM

    The people who think President Trump should have used diplomacy with the terrorist leader would be the same type of people who thought diplomacy would work with Hitler. Thank God Americans didn't think like that then.

  • Tom Corn

    01/11/2020 08:16 PM

    I am in favor of the Senate taking the Articles of Impeachment and holding a speedy but accurate, legal trial with witnesses that were not allowed to testify in the House. I am afraid that if the Senate just dismisses the Impeachment without a trial or without the House sending them the Articles they will just scream "COVER UP" all the way to the election.

  • Kay DeWitt

    01/11/2020 08:14 PM

    YOUR COMMENT ----- "Byrne explained that by doing this, Pelosi is, ironically, trying to force the Senate into a 'QUID PRO QUO' to give her power over the Senate trial rules in exchange for handing over the articles already passed by the House"------NEEDS TO GO VIRAL!....OR....BETTER YET...YOU NEED TO EMAIL IT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP SO HE CAN STATE IT IN A TWEET!

    Unlike my earlier comment today.... that what I wrote was being authored by my righteous rage that was evoked by my reading an article about how you had been the recipient of evil hatred from the CMA...THIS comment is being authored by my laughter that was evoked by my reading your above statement....NOT, mind you because there is anything really humorous IN this statement, but, as someone once said, something can be so ridiculous...or absurd...that it can be said to be "laughable" ......I think someone also said, "if I don't laugh, I'll cry!"

  • Gary Stilwell

    01/11/2020 08:13 PM

    I DO NOT understand all this garbage concerning the impeachment--No one seems to be able to actually READ the US Constitution.
    1. The house of Reps must vote to impeach--it can't be a committee--
    2. After the House votes(read FULL House), those articles are sent to the Senate(admittedly, the Const. does not define the timeframe as to how long the House has before it sends those articles--but it DOES say "after the article are defined, they will be sent to the Senate"
    3. The House Speaker has delayed the sending of the articles to the Senate---the House speaker DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY to do this---READ THE Constitution people!!!!!
    4. "The Senate will define how they will conduct the impeachment trial"---you will note here the House has NO say-so in how the Senate will conduct their trial/hearings---The House Speaker is violating Constitutional Law----and should be removed as a result.

  • Nancy Parker

    01/11/2020 08:04 PM

    Enjoy your commentary

  • rodney burke

    01/11/2020 08:04 PM

    standards? Really? When did the NYT have any in the last 10 years. The integrity of the media has deteriorated to below ground over that period. Hannity said long ago, "journalism is dead" It died in 2009. Will it recover? I'm not sure without many of the present crop being gone. Lawsuits are the only remedy so far to slanderous reporting. can't shame them anymore, they HAVE no shame. They lie like communists and Muslims who are told it's okay to lie

  • Paul Kern

    01/11/2020 07:52 PM

    There is a term "batten down the hatches" used on ships with rough weather coming in. Now is that time, I believe. With the alt-left intensifying it's attacks to divide and conquer many Christians are following their lies. I see groups like the UMC dividing, Red letter "Christians" and today saw an article by a Christian university pronounce Trump's followers as a "cult" tells me Hell has opened wide it's mouth and spewing out unimaginable filth. It's time we believers get on our knees and beseech God to move and save the nation so it can continue to be a "beacon of hope".

  • Kay DeWitt

    01/11/2020 07:49 PM

    This statement you made "Byrne explained that by doing this, Pelosi is, ironically, trying to force the Senate into a 'QUID PRO QUO' to give her power over the Senate trial rules in exchange for handing over the articles already passed by the House" needs to go viral!.....Or better still...email it to President Trump and tell him to state it in a tweet!

    While, in my earlier comment today, I stated how it was my righteous rage over the evil of hatred (that you experienced from the CMA) that was authoring what I wrote while now it is my laughter...that was evoked by your above statement....
    that is authoring what I am writing now....NOT, mind you, because there is anything humorous about what you wrote, but, sometimes, something is so pitiful it is, as they say, "laughable" ...Didn't someone also state, "if I don't laugh, I'm going to cry!"

  • Anita Barker

    01/11/2020 07:30 PM

    Is Gitmo big enough to hold the national Dimmie party members?
    Bless you.
    Anita.

  • Dusty Burton

    01/11/2020 07:26 PM

    When is Hillary going to be Indited?????? Time for her to be in jail!!!!