February 4, 2019


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Today's Commentary ---  Ralph Northam's self-immolation continues  -- My weekend monologue -- Ainsworth: Thank you so much, Gladys Knight -- Ainsworth: Reader offers personal pregnancy story and idea for lawmakers --- The Super Bowl -- US drops out -- A stunning lack of concern -- Soaking the rich  -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s public self-immolation is going on for so long, it’s almost like the Hanukkah story of the small bottle of oil that miraculously kept burning for eight days and nights. Only I can’t imagine anyone ever turning this into a holiday.

It also reminds me of the Mel Brooks movie “Blazing Saddle,” in that it started with a state governor doing something unconscionable, turned into a story of racism, brought in a guy in a KKK robe and an aborted dance number, and the story got goofier with each passing minute until it devolved into complete insanity.

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My weekend monologue

By Mike Huckabee

I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t have anxiety about a personal health crisis. And adding to the anxiety is the thought that a gall bladder attack, a kidney stone, or a broken arm would take every last dime in one’s savings account. And if it was a heart attack, stroke, or cancer, the fear of a possible terminal illness plus bankruptcy is a legitimate cause for stress. So when politicians of either party promise “health care for all,” or something similar, we want to believe they really mean it as much as we want to believe in the tooth fairy or unicorns or that we’re going to win the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.



Ainsworth: Thank you so much, Gladys Knight

By Laura Ainsworth, Staffwriter 

Thank you, beautiful Gladys Knight, for your fine, transcendent performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

I’ve always been a purist when it comes to the National Anthem and am usually disappointed by contemporary singers who try to make it about themselves and their vocal chops by giving a performance that sounds like a bad, over-sung “American Idol” audition. As Simon Cowell might say, “Appalling.”

But your version was in a class by itself. Your rich voice cast a spell with the tune and wrapped itself around the lyrics. You sang with such simplicity, power and sincerity. You’ve obviously given a lot of thought to those words. At a time when some people insist on making EVERYTHING about politics, you rose above that and focused on what the song itself represents.



Ainsworth: Reader offers personal pregnancy story and idea for lawmakers

By Laura Ainsworth, Staffwriter

The deeply felt responses to my commentary on abortion keep arriving, and it’s especially gratifying to see the personal stories. This letter in particular makes some wonderful points...

From Sandra:

I’ll start by saying I was 16 years old when I got pregnant. Did I worry about what people would say? Sure! I grew up in a rural North Dakota town in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. It was unheard of at the time –- that is, having a high school junior coming to school pregnant.



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The Super Bowl

By Mike Huckabee

Congratulations to the New England Patriots for their historic Super Bowl win.  And since I know some people watch the game just to see the commercials, here’s a list of them all on YouTube.  The standouts for me included Google’s “Job Search for Veterans,” Microsoft’s “We All Win” that showed how technology is helping special needs children, and my personal “best-in-show” winner, Jeep’s “Big Game Blitz” ad, “More Than Just Words.”

Contributor Laura Ainsworth rightly praises Gladys Knight’s fantastic rendition of the National Anthem and her bravery in agreeing to sing it (and can you believe that we now live in a time when the greatest honor any singer could ever receive would be treated as controversial or divisive?  It’s true, leftists ruin everything they touch.)  But Jeep’s ad also features the Anthem and restores it to its rightful place as one of the things that Americans have in common and that binds us all together. 

Finally, here’s an ad you did not get to see during the Super Bowl because CBS apparently decided that kneeling during the National Anthem is protected free speech that is appropriate during an NFL game, but standing up for the Anthem is offensive speech that deserves to be censored.


US drops out

By Mike Huckabee

In its latest smackdown of Vladimir Putin, the Trump Administration announced that the US will withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia.  Both the Trump Administration and the EU accuse Russia of violating the arms treaty for years, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in December that the US would withdraw in 60 days if Russia didn’t stop violating it. It looks as if Trump is making good on his threat.

You know, if Putin really is Trump’s “puppet master” as Democrats keep telling us, he sure is doing a lousy job of keeping his strings untangled.


More excellent timing

By Mike Huckabee

And more excellent timing: A man in Shawnee, Kansas, was arguing with his wife over his spending too much money on lottery tickets when he looked at the computer to check his numbers and saw that he’d won $22,000.  He said, “When I showed my wife how much I had won, she immediately quit bickering.” 

I hope he enjoyed that feeling because the one thing that happens even less often than winning the lottery is winning an argument with your wife.  Having both happen at once is about as rare as winning the Powerball lottery when you forgot to buy a ticket.


Soaking the rich

By Mike Huckabee

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that years of indoctrination into class envy, revisionist history and numbskull economics have had their desired effect: a large majority of Americans are now all on board with the Democrats’ calls for soaking the rich with tax rates of 70% and up.

Of course, all this is predicated on things they haven’t been told.  For instance, how such tax rates burden economic growth, kill job creation and drive investment capital overseas and into tax shelters, harming everyone (the argument that we had such rates before and it didn't hurt is specious; we also had different tax rules and nobody paid anywhere near that percentage.)  Or the fact that even the “rich” don’t have nearly enough money to pay for all the pie-in-the-sky freebies that liberals are promising even if you taxed them at 100%, so the definition of “rich” will soon expand to include them.  It’s always very tempting to take something when someone else is paying for it, but you think a lot harder when you know you’ll be getting the bill yourself.

And while I know there’s no more exciting way to kick off your week than with a brisk discussion of tax law, since so many people seem to be enamored of the “tax the rich” cries of far-left Presidential hopefuls like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, you might be interested in what this professor emeritus of law at Case Western Reserve University has to say about why her “wealth tax” would be nearly impossible to collect and probably unconstitutional.


Evening Edition - February 2

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!


Daily Verse (KJV)

"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."

– 2 Corinthians 9:7

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  • Samuel Smith

    02/04/2019 09:10 PM

    I did not watch the Super Bowel, when I walked away from the NFL it was two years ago, I had have just about all I could take. The referees are getting about as bad as the NBA (I stopped watching the NBA about 5 years ago). And there is to much attitude. When they began to kneel when the National Anthem was played that was it! I did think about watching the game until I saw that bad call in the In the Saints, Rams game on the news. When you think about the training these referees go through there is no way he could miss this call. What turned me off was the very bad no call, and the referees in the both did not do any think about it, and the way the NFL handled it. For me I feel they did not want the Saints to win, for there would be a good chance that the Patriots would lose and the game would not be historic game! There are some very good players in both the NFL and the NBA, yet the bad over rides them. I have been a Miami fan and a Lakers way in the late 60's and early 70's. Back then was the best.

  • leemarZarr

    02/04/2019 11:42 AM

    Accurate Input (AI), as in AI is Accurate Information will Absolutely Inform people of news that is NOT fake. Will AI make fake news-casters, and poly-tick-shuns (as in many ticks), totally and Absolutely Irrelevant, and force them (that may still have a job), to Articulate Information that is true? Humm..WHAT IF?