Evening Edition - September 15

September 15, 2018

Florence update

As much of America is enjoying the weekend, please keep those in the path of Hurricane (now downgraded to Tropical Storm) Florence in your prayers.  While the storm has weakened, it’s already proved deadly, and there is continuing danger from high winds and flooding.

One image has emerged from the storm as a symbol of hope and resolve by Americans to weather any storm together.  It’s an American flag about 30 miles off the Carolina coast, at Frying Pan Tower, a B&B that used to be a lighthouse.  All the people evacuated, but the flag remained, captured on a webcam being whipped by the intense winds and rains.  Check it out at the link.  This time, it wasn’t the rockets' red glare but the lightning that gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.  Nevertheless, it was still there, on its flagpole and flying proudly and defiantly through the hurricane.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/eerie-video-shows-hurricane-whip-beat-rip-american-flag-refuses-give/

Speaking of how Americans put aside their difference and stand together when storms arrive, here’s an example of that in action.  Maybe after this, there will be at least one Democrat who won’t be blaming President Trump for the bad weather. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-sends-surprise-message-north-carolina-mayor-florence-hits/

 

 

 "Huckabee" preview

On this weekend when the weather news is dominating TV, I hope you’ll take an hour off of watching the radar to switch to TBN for a brand new episode of “Huckabee.”  Fox News Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream will drop by to talk about the latest shameful shenanigans in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. I’ll welcome Oliver North and the Rev. Franklin Graham, and have a sneak peak at the new faith-based movie, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption.”  Plus a lot more fun and surprises, topped off with music from the amazing Annie Moses Band (trust me: you have to see this incredibly unique group!) It’s all coming your way tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and repeated at the same times on Sunday, only on TBN.  To find out where to watch in your area, and to stream previous episodes, visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee

 

 

 Nothing to see here

For month after month, we’ve heard from Trump critics that the Mueller investigation was going to nail former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and he was going to crack and turn state’s witness and spill the beans on his nefarious doings with foreign governments and implicate the President and then IMPEACHMENT!! 

Well, Mueller did finally get his multiple convictions of Manafort – all for things that had nothing do with Trump or Russia and that happened long before the 2016 election.  And Manafort finally agreed to cooperate with Mueller.  Now, the bombshell: we learn that his questionable lobbying efforts for a foreign government (Ukraine) did reach all the way into the White House, with one of his lobbyists actually having a direct meeting with the President and Vice President.

This is it at last!  Unleash the hounds!  Convene the impeachment hearings! 

Oh, hold on: you say this meeting was in 2013?  And Manafort’s lobbying rep met with President Obama and Vice President Biden? 

Well, move along, nothing to see here…

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/14/manafort-ukraine-obama-biden-824747

 


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 Cold, hard facts

It’s easier to fall for the siren song of socialism if you don’t question the bogus statistics that leftists like to throw around.  For instance, the claim that the average CEO makes 300 times what the average worker makes, and that CEO pay is skyrocketing compared to their workers.

Granted, I’d love to see all good workers get a raise, but that’s not what happens under socialism (again: “Venezuela.”)  And none of the leftist claims in that first paragraph pass the smell test, as explained in detail at this must-read article from the American Thinker.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/09/average_workers_pay_has_actually_risen_much_faster_than_average_ceo_pay.html

Using figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, the article reports that in 2017, the average CEO made $183,270, about three times as much as the average worker.  Back in 2005, the average CEO made $180,000, which was then about four times as much as the average worker.  Over the past 12 years, CEO pay has grown by only about 3% while the average worker’s salary has risen by 33%.  There are more such numbers that show the booming economy under Trump is not just benefiting CEOs but blue collar workers, rural workers and all other working class demographics. 

That’s not what the Democrats are telling you leading up to the election, of course.  They’d like you to believe that you're being exploited by capitalism and that all CEOs are insanely rich megalomaniacs paying themselves billions while their workers are overworked, underpaid serfs afraid to speak their minds and unable to survive on their paychecks without food stamps.  But that’s not true of all CEOs, only a small handful -- and mostly the extremely liberal ones in Silicon Valley who are bankrolling the Democrats. 

 

 

Just for the record

Legally-armed citizens don’t just save innocent people before the police show up.  Sometimes, they help save the police, too.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cicero-police-officer-shot-during-investigation-on-southwest-side/

 

 

 New low for Democrats

 Sixty-five women who knew Judge Brett Kavanaugh in high school have signed a statement vouching for his good character and denying that they ever heard of him doing anything objectionable.  And to his critics, that’s proof that he must be...guilty?  While you shake off your mental whiplash, I’ll explain: if his defenders didn’t know there was some awful claim against him out there, they wouldn’t have been ready with to gather all those signatures it so quickly, so that proves it (whatever “it” is) must be true!  After all, it’s not as if there’s some futuristic communications medium that allows you to instantly contact a bunch of people you went to high school with. 

If you think that’s pathetic, you should know that they’re also now, to quote the National Review's David French, using Kavanaugh's good character against him.  The left is attacking him as a potential sex creep because he coaches his daughters’ basketball teams and has made it a point to hire female law clerks. 

So to be clear:  if you support girls’ sports and giving women job opportunities, you’re a potential sex predator -- and if you don’t, you’re a sexist.  Either way, you’re disqualified for the Supreme Court! I guess to the left, the only thing that doesn’t make a man a potential sex predator is putting on a dress and hanging out in the women’s bathroom.

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/brett-kavanaugh-good-character-is-used-against-him/

 

 

Thanks for all the comments.  I especially like the positive response to my call to action, “Tear down this ‘deep state’ wall!”  Very Reaganesque.

Here’s an interesting question from Richrd Payne:  “All we ever talk about is Strzok and Page.  Isn’t anyone else guilty?”

Oh my goodness, yes.  The reason Strzok and Page have been in the headlines (at least my headlines) every day for almost a week is that their texts from the period IG Michael Horowitz called a “gap” are suddenly trickling out.  In fact, their texts show that they were not operating in a vacuum.  They implicate others with whom they worked, referring specifically to “Andy’s office” and coordination within the Justice Department --- a “media leaking strategy” with the DOJ.  (Despite the ridiculous claim that Strzok’s lawyer tried to make, it’s easy to see from the context that they were talking about a strategy not to STOP leaks, but to CREATE them.)  As more text messages come out, they will no doubt add to the larger picture of what’s been going on at the Justice Department in recent years.

In other words, this is about many more people than Strzok and Page --- it’s just that their addiction to texting is continuing to supply us with clear evidence of what was being done.  Even then-President Obama is mentioned at one point (and, for all we know, is referenced in other texts that have not yet been released).  These two people texted so many thousands and thousands of times that it’s hard to imagine they got much else accomplished, yet somehow they still had time to (among other things) cultivate relationships with numerous reporters at the Washington Post and New York Times, meet with others in “Andy’s office” to work out a strategy for stopping Trump, write helpful op-ed material, leak secret FISA court information, alter the wording of documents to let Hillary off the hook, and carry on an office affair, all at the same time.    

Talk about work ethic!

Anyway, that’s why Strzok and Page are so important.  We should probably think of the thousands of Strzok-Page texts as blemishes that came to the surface, symptomatic of some horrible, heartbreaking condition.  We could cover them up and try to minimize them, but the condition itself will kill the patient (Lady Justice) if nothing is done to treat it, systemically.

………………

 

Another reader, Joan Chambers, asked about the statute of limitations for charging Hillary with crimes relating to her classified emails, wondering about a cutoff date that she thought might be as soon as September 28, just a couple of weeks away.  Now, I’m not a lawyer, and this is a complicated issue, but after a little research turned up an article in the Washington Examiner from mid-June that explains it pretty clearly in layman’s terms.

I’d like to be able to offer a simple yes or no to that specific date, but the answer is “it depends.” There are two different charges that could be levied regarding Hillary’s mishandling of classified information.   Depending on the statute under which she’s charged, it could conceivably happen anytime until March of 2025.  And if it happened to be treason (I’m speaking hypothetically, as that’s extremely hard to prosecute), well, as I understand it, there’s no statute of limitations at all about THAT.

There are numerous ways information can be mishandled:  ordinary sloppiness, whistleblowing, deliberate leaking, and spying come to mind.  I’d say that in Hillary’s case, she was probably trying to cover her tracks for doing God-knows-what else.  One law, 18 U.S. Code 1924, the one David Petraeus pleaded guilty to in 2015 for sharing highly classified material with his biographer/mistress, forbids the “unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material.”  In May of this year, former CIA contractor Reynaldo Regis pleaded guilty to violating the same law after taking home about 60 notebooks containing classified information.  There was no allegation that he had shared any of it.


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That law has only a five-year statute of limitations.  And it’s written to suggest that the clock starts when the documents are actually removed with intent to retain.  Hillary left the State Department in February of 2013, so the time to charge her under that particular law seems to have run out.

But there’s another, harsher law that’s preferred by prosecutors.  Part of the Espionage Act, 18 U.S. Code 793 restricts possession or retention of information relating to national defense and carries a possible sentence of ten years in prison.

That law has a ten-year statute of limitations.  In this particular case, I prefer that one, too.

The defendant doesn’t even have to be accused of having deliberately shared the information (though it appears Hillary had no problem with doing that).  This is the law they used to charge former U.S. Navy sailor Kristian Saucier for taking six pictures on board a nuclear submarine in 2009.  The pictures were deemed confidential, the lowest level of classification, and Saucier had never shared them with anyone.  They happened to be discovered in a Connecticut trash dump in 2012.  Yet, technically, they had to do with defense, so Saucier could be charged under that law.

Hillary’s server contained 110 emails, in 52 email chains, that were classified, with 8 email chains containing top-secret information.  There were 36 other emails with “secret” information.  It’s hard to imagine that, in her work as Secretary of State, none of the classified material that passed through her server had anything to do with national defense.  And, according to Julian Assange’s attorney, Barry Pollack, the law has been “interpreted broadly.”

In late March of 2015, Hillary’s tech aide Paul Combetta used the software BleachBit to delete Hillary’s stored emails (he said he was supposed to do it months earlier but had forgotten).  According to Pollack, the clock probably started at that point, when Hillary no longer retained the documents.  So that takes us up to late March of 2025.

So there’s our answer!  Glad I could help, and glad you asked, because this is much clearer now for me, too.  Here’s the full article, which gives other examples of people who have been charged under this harsher law.  Of course, there may be numerous other crimes that Hillary could be charged with, ones relating to obstruction of justice, the Clinton Foundation, etc. etc. etc.  But anyone who is looking to prosecute Hillary specifically for her mishandling of classified emails should take note:  the clock is running.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/hillary-clinton-emails-could-still-face-charges

 

 

 

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  • Keith Longare

    09/17/2018 02:05 PM

    I just can't get used to the KJ version. Please use a more modern like the NRV. Thank U & God Bless.

  • Vi Palik

    09/17/2018 10:50 AM

    PLEASE WITHHOLD MY NAME - COMMENT ONLY FOR MIKE HUCKABEE:
    Hasn't anyone noticed that at the 12th hour in anything the Democrats are afraid of with any GOP candidate challenges them, they attack with allegations of sexual misconduct from "yeaaarrrrs ago" those up for reelection/appointments - Senators, Congressmen, Supreme Court nominee, and, anyone running for President? It is so obvious their pattern of attack with these accusations. Confirm Kavanaugh! I hope he has the strength, faith and trust in God, to stand up and Fight Back!

  • Tina Teraskiewicz

    09/16/2018 11:29 PM

    It would be nice if you could find a way to have better links at the bottom of your site. These click ads and their substance is very low class.

  • Kay Womack

    09/16/2018 05:52 AM

    God I wish they could get HRC..so quilty and everybody knows it, but she is so protected..makes one sick,.
    Thank you for all you do.
    Keep on keeping on...
    Kay Womack

  • Amy Roland

    09/16/2018 05:03 AM

    Thank you for updates.
    Praising Jesus, and praying that Christians are trusting Him in that "all things" are working together for good for us who are called according to His purpose.

  • Ruth Ferraro

    09/15/2018 10:55 PM

    Love all your newsletters knowing that we can actually see honest news! My grandparents on my mother's side & my father & 3 of his 8 siblings immigrated to the US between the late 1800's and through the 1920's from Sweden. I get news from my cousins that is never reported hear....especially the problems they have with their healthcare & immigration violence! No surgeries are ever performed over the summer months unless it's a life threatening emergencies. Their taxes are extremely high & now there is talk of raising their retirement age. One of my husband's cousins just told me her state is a "right to life" state (Washington) & when I said "assisted suicide" she argued it wasn't! It's as bad as Chelsea Clinton saying it's "unchristian" to deny a woman an abortion. We must build that wall & pray for our country.

  • Leo Mora

    09/15/2018 10:50 PM

    What President Trump could mention publicly about Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
    "Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the best non-partisan AG in recent history when even casually compared to former Democratic partisan-biased AGs Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder.

    "One question, Jeff:

    "Jeff, explain to the American people why you remain recused in the light of a faulty special counsel probe that was operationalized upon a false and obviously disingenuous Steele dossier? In other words, how does your decision to remain recused support justice in the light of an unjust dossier that is indisputably rotten to the core? Just wondering."

  • Evelyn Nikkel

    09/15/2018 10:42 PM

    Thank you so much and God bless you -- can't stand watching the news anymore, so end my evenings reading your review. Chuckling is a great way to end the evening! Lord bless you and yours.

  • Dan Nichols. Jr

    09/15/2018 10:22 PM

    In reference to the question that Joan Chambers, asked about the statute of limitations for charging Hillary with crimes relating to her classified emails, I am retired from Law Enforcement and my understanding of statute of limitations is it is from the time that the evidence was collaborated as good. Just because some said someone else stole something but there was no proof until several years later and it might be beyond the statute of limitations time limit from when the person spoke it the crime should be chargeable. Si as far as we the people know there is no hard evidence yet only scuttlebutt. If and when the FBI and the Justice Department actually do find "real" evidence there is no time running

  • Sid Levin

    09/15/2018 09:40 PM

    Mike! Please tell me what we, as ordinary American Citizen Taxpayers can do to get the DOJ and the FBI to do their jobs and get these Anti-American TRAITOR TRASH!
    I for one, am sick and tired of ALL the things that have gone on under Ovommit and Killary, with the Clinton Criminal Conspiracy Family and their TREASONOUS WAYS!
    We have the jackasses in the FBI involved in SEDITION. The same in the DOJ! We have horse-face Kerry doing his usual TREASONOUS back stabbing. Ovommit opening up his mouth like a demented jackass, and idiots at the pubic indoctrination centers pushing for communism and socialism. Mike, there has to be SOMETHING we can do to put a STOP to this Sedition and TREASON!

  • Patricia Ford de la Tejera

    09/15/2018 09:17 PM

    Ex-secretary of State, Johm Kerry, has admitted meeting with Iranian officials. Could this be an act of treason ?

  • Amelia Little

    09/15/2018 08:24 PM

    Thank you for the information about Manafort and 2013 and obama and biden. Now, I don't watch or listen to msm (and even turn the channel when FOX shows start in on their montage of what the msm is saying) but I'm betting none will report this. In fact, this is the first place I have seen that information. Now, if Manafort gets prison time for his actions--will obama and biden be charged with (and convicted) in their roles?

  • MICHAEL A PELOQUIN

    09/15/2018 08:17 PM

    Please keep up the good work in keeping us informed in simple to understand layman terms. Much appreciated!

  • Edgar Doleman

    09/15/2018 08:05 PM

    I think it might be a good idea for the White House to take some concepts from FDR's "Fireside Chats," your "Evening Edition," and Dick Morris' "Dick Morris Reports." Tweets can point things out and are good for slap-downs and slap-backs, but they're pretty useless for making arguments, but if every Friday, say, the President or VP, taped at "Fireside Chat" of 3-5 minutes providing background, principles and rationales behind issues both to sort of educate as well as make the arguments "we're right and they're not" and both ask the media to broadcast but also put on YouTube and distribute. Your Evening Edition is both humorous and so well written, that it would be a great model to build on.

  • Daniel Brown

    09/15/2018 07:50 PM

    Can we get the Energy Dep't to allow sale of gasoline WITHOUT Alcohol in it in EVERY CITY - for use in lawnmowers, weedeaters, outboard motors, etc, that are NOT automotive?
    Ethanol in Gasoline damages small engines' carburetors, causing them to have to have the carburetor rebuilt, at a cost of ~ $80 .
    This happened to me in July when I mistakenly left regular gas in my 2 HP string trimmer for 3 weeks between use. I had jsut got it in June,k used it for ~3 hours doing trimming around my property, left it in the storage house for 3 weeks.
    When I then filled it with regular AUTOMOTIVE gasoline, it would NOT start. I took it to a lawnmower repair shop and it cost me #83 to get it to work again. I bought some alcohol free gasoline ( 3 gallons for ~$43, (astonishing cost) to do more grass trimming around my trees, etc.
    Thanks,
    Dan Brown

  • Firewagon

    09/15/2018 07:40 PM

    Statute of limitations, on Benghazi? Great info Gov! I have little heart thumping expectations that many, if any, of "The Clinton Crime Family" will ever receive their due 'Justice.' Our only hope would be, if one of those "guys going for a walk one night just decided to kill some Americans" has not laundered the clothes he wore, during the attack on that Consulate, and one of Ambassador Stevens' emails to Clinton, asking for added security, is found in one of the pockets....

  • Stephen Russell

    09/15/2018 06:54 PM

    Is Tesla among execs funding DNC?? or light funding then?? hmmm I mean Elon Musk

  • Irma Snyder

    09/15/2018 06:48 PM

    I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your Evening Editions. In past years I used to always go to Drudge Report to get the latest info. But I think you are sometimes ahead of him as far as current relevant things that are going on in the news - esp. politics. As a conservative, I like your viewpoints and that you explain things in a no nonsense, common sense way. Thanks for the daily updates!
    Also, love, love your show - I’m always reminding friends to watch.

  • Robert Byrns

    09/15/2018 06:18 PM

    Why should we believe that the anonymous letter from a supposed WH insider published by the NYT was actually written by a person with the inside position it claims? This smells of journalistic imagination and deceit that has zero basis in fact. It is some journalist's wishful thinking, and should not be given any credence.

  • Ken Evans

    09/15/2018 06:16 PM

    I see that the median income for working families has risen above $60K a year for families due to the tax cuts and workers are getting bigger paychecks but there are those of us living hideously below the poverty line on social security and nothing is being said or done for we seniors. We worked our collective tails off for years, supporting the government, and government programs with our taxes and employment. What is being done for us I am wondering? I am collecting and living on $19,000/year.

  • Roberta...(aka...Bobbi) Sullivan

    09/15/2018 05:54 PM

    Love, the commentaries! Love the tv shows on TBN! Love watching Sarah
    in the Press Briefings. She is the best Press Secretary in all the years I have been aware....that is at least the last 30 years or so! Thanks from a dedicated conservative!

  • Rosemarie McKillop

    09/15/2018 05:44 PM

    I love reading your news. I feel that everything you tell us is true and I think you are very honest. You are one of the few I believe. Thanks.

  • Donald Skelton

    09/15/2018 05:40 PM

    This is one of your better posts, although they are all good. So much look forward to TBN’s Huckabee tonight with Oliver North and Rev. Franklin Graham.
    May GOD continue to bless you and your family, and all your endeavors.

  • Sheila Wiegman

    09/15/2018 05:22 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, if you get a chance to talk to President Trump could you pass along my plea to him to stop tweeting about Puerto Rico. We get it, he disagrees with the numbers that were arrived at using an algorithm. I have been a supporter since day one and I'm concerned all his negative tweeting will continue to overshadow all the wonderful things that he has achieved and could continue to achieve. He's being tough where he doesn't need to be. Let us defend him with our votes. If the Dems get back in power we are done for. Also, please let him know I pray for him and our country every night. Thank you, Sheila Wiegman