May 19, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
MORE THOUGHTS ON BARR AS SUSAN RICE EMAIL IS DECLASSIFIED
First, thanks to all who have written in response to my commentary about Attorney General Bill Barr’s hesitance to bring charges against Obama and/or Biden. Before getting into the latest on Susan Rice’s fishy Inauguration Day email –- which does appear to be an attempt to shield the outgoing President from later scrutiny –- I’d like to start by highlighting a particularly thoughtful "Barr" letter, from Janet:
"I think people posting here have many good points, but I have a slightly different opinion than many, it seems. I think that most definitely, Barr is going to get to the bottom of this and there WILL be justice in the end. It's just going to take a while to ‘thread the needle’ and build cases against ALL of those who have been involved in this shameful travesty of our Constitution and Public Trust.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: JUNK MODEL
Dr. Neil Ferguson was the head of the British team at Imperial College London who created the notorious computer model that predicted up to 500,000 coronavirus deaths in the UK and 2.2 million in the US. That dire prediction not only set off the worldwide lockdown panic, it also secured him a powerful government advisory position where he helped draft draconian rules for other people. I say “for other people” because he resigned after it was revealed that he was allegedly having an affair with a married woman who would travel from her home to his, despite the government’s ban even on committed couples visiting each other if they lived at different addresses. He became Britain’s #1 example of the “Harsh rules for thee but not for me” elitist, a role filled here by the mayors of New York City and Chicago.
But there’s another twist to Ferguson’s story that isn’t getting the publicity it deserves, and that’s the story of that computer model that shut down the world, before its apocalyptic death toll estimates started being reeled way back. For months, its creators refused to let anyone see the coding that resulted in those death estimates. But it has finally been analyzed by computer experts, and they were stunned at just how incompetent it was.
You’ve heard the computer term GIGO: “Garbage in, garbage out”? It means that if you feed bad data into a computer, you get unreliable results back out. Well, this was even worse. It was “AIGO: Anything In, Garbage Out.” No matter what you fed into it, even if you put the same data in five times, you would get back five different useless results. The results even vary depending on what kind of computer you use. Some of the results were just averages of the various unreliable, disconnected-from-reality results the machine spit out. And based on that, we shut down economies worldwide.
There have been a lot of gloomy predictions from the left about how “everything will change” due to this virus panic. I seriously doubt that. People are already going back to work and their regular lives, whether politicians like it or not; the stock market is rising; restaurants, hair salons and gyms are reopening; and movies, concerts and sports events will return. But I hope that what will change for good, and for the better, is that we will no longer put blind faith in self-proclaimed “experts” who claim to be able to predict the future based on computer models that are less accurate than consulting a Magic 8-Ball.
This bodes badly for the Green New Deal.
Here’s an excerpt from the book “Above the Law: The Inside Story of How the Justice Department Tried to Subvert President Trump,” being released today. The author is former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, a source the media will find hard to ignore and dismiss, which is not to say they won’t try.
Before you read it, mark your calendars to be sure you don’t miss “Huckabee” on TBN this weekend (although I assume you do that every weekend.) I have a fantastic group of guests lined up, including, in the lead-off spot: former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
For months, the story of the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus, according to the media, has been that everything President Trump did was wrong, wrong, wrong! He’s dumb, incompetent, over his head, and millions of people will DIE and it’s all his fault! The opposite side of that was the coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been praised to the skies for his actions in dealing with the virus.
But the truth has a funny way of coming out over time, no matter what the media want us to believe. The American people questioned how a virus unleashed by China that’s killing people all over the world was Trump’s fault. Yes, we know that Trump made some mistakes, but so would anyone when dealing with a new disease we just didn’t know much about. Even more mistakes were made by his critics (who claimed his travel ban from China was “racist”), and the so-called “experts” who kept giving us ever-changing and conflicting advice as we learned more about this disease.
Looking back with the benefit of a few months’ hindsight, we now know that Cuomo predicted deadly shortages of ventilators and hospital beds. Trump provided so many ventilators and hospital beds that most went unused. But Cuomo is brilliant and Trump is incompetent. We now know that Cuomo’s policies infected New York’s nursing homes with COVID-19 and led to the spread of it to other states, but all the resulting deaths were somehow Trump’s fault.
Cuomo’s tragically poor decisions are now becoming so obvious that he recently had to make an argument that a Republican would be savaged by the media for making: hey, the people in nursing homes were going to die anyway. It’s a pandemic virus, it’s going to kill people, the elderly are the most vulnerable, and there’s nothing anyone can do to change that.
I think Americans are looking at the results and seeing through the childish “gotcha” questions and constant media harping and realizing that Trump, despite some mistakes, has been doing a pretty amazing job of battling an unknown and invisible enemy while enduring a constant barrage of harping and “gotcha” attacks from the media and political opponents, whose only solutions for fighting the virus have been to shut down the economy forever, distribute borrowed money and arrest people for exercising their Constitutional rights.
That could be why, despite enduring one of the most vicious, sustained media assaults I’ve ever seen, a new Gallup poll shows Trump’s approval rating is up 6 points in the past two weeks. His 49% approval rating ties his highest ever, and is higher than Obama’s (47%) and George W. Bush’s (46%) at this same point in their first terms. Analysts credit it at least partially to backlash against the media assault.
Maybe seeing the results of Trump’s actions and the raging despotism of the Democrats has ripped the blinders off for many people. By the way, I have a question for Trump’s critics: You blame his response to the virus for 90,000 Americans dying of it. Considering you originally predicted that up to 2.2 million Americans would die from COVID-19, does that mean you will now give him personal credit for preventing all the deaths that don't occur up to 2.2 million (currently 2.1 million?)
Yeah, I didn’t think so…
SO LONG EDDIE
By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture historian, Pat Reeder
Seems as if we’re suddenly losing a lot of celebrities who have been part of our lives for many years, and I’m sorry to have to report another. Ken Osmond passed away Monday in Los Angeles at 76. He was known for only one role, but what an indelible role: Eddie Haskell on “Leave It To Beaver.”
Few actors play roles that are so iconic, their names become instantly-recognized parts of the language. When you hear anyone described as a “real Eddie Haskell,” you know exactly what it means: a transparent hypocrite who oozes flowery complements and pieties to your face, then acts like a cynical jerk when your back is turned. Unfortunately, most of us have known one at one time or another.
Psychological trivia: in the Season 4 episode “Beaver’s Doll Buggy,” we’re given a hint as to how Eddie became such a creep. He admits that a babysitter once gave him a home permanent and sent him to kindergarten with it. When he told his dad, he made jokes and laughed at him. Eddie said that was the last time he told his dad anything, adding, "If you can make the other guy feel like a goon first, then you don't feel so much like a goon."
Eddie’s image proved so difficult to shake that after “Beaver” ended, Osmond largely withdrew from acting. Contrary to popular rumors, he was not killed in Vietnam, nor did he become rocker Alice Cooper. He served for years as a Los Angeles police officer, was shot at and wounded several times, and retired in 1988. But he returned to playing Eddie again on the nostalgic reboots “Still the Beaver” and “The New Leave It To Beaver.” He also wrote a memoir titled, “Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy.”
He was stunned at how much he was revered by fans of classic TV. He once said, “It surprises me every day that this character is still so popular. I don’t completely understand it, but it’s nice.” He also managed several rental properties to support his family. His son Eric called him “an incredibly kind and wonderful father,” and I’m sure he didn’t just say that to his face.
Ken Osmond is gone, but the unforgettable character he created, the oily two-face who says nice things in public while acting like a rat in private, will live on forever on TV reruns and in the person of James Comey.
Here’s a nice video tribute to Ken Osmond and Eddie Haskell.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV)