THE EVENING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good evening! Here are some stories from me that I think you will want to read.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
THE LATEST NEWS
1. APPROVAL POLLS ARE NOT A LIMBO CONTEST:
Someone needs to explain to President Biden that approval polls are not a limbo contest. The object isn’t to see how low you can go.
2. DEMOCRATS FIND A MEAT THEY LIKE:
Senate Republicans are sounding the alarm that Majority Leader (hopefully not for much longer) Chuck Schumer is trying to lace the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act with a slew of expensive, divisive Critical Race Theory initiatives. I’m sure that will make our military more effective and feared by our enemies.
This follows the Senate passing a bill called the “Endless Frontier Act” that supposedly counters Chinese aggression in academia, research, business and tech, but that critics say actually just showers tax money on Democrat special interests. One unnamed Republican dubbed it the “Endless Pork Act.”
Considering that under the Democrats, meat prices are skyrocketing, it would be nice if they’d work on producing some pork other than the Washington Waste kind.
3. BIDEN PUTS OUT THE WELCOME MAT FOR MURDERERS:
The numbers of illegal immigrants who’ve swarmed across the border since President Biden took office are so overwhelming, it might be hard for many Americans to comprehend the magnitude of the problem. And the media certainly do their best to keep people from grasping the level of disaster at our border. So let’s cut it down to just one simple number that everyone can comprehend:
Since Biden took office, 23 aliens who were previously convicted of homicide in the US were apprehended coming back across the border illegally, and that’s in Arizona alone. So Biden’s policy isn't just an open border. It’s a welcome mat for murderers.
4. DISREGARD HER SPEECH:
Unlike leftists, I don’t believe that colleges should cancel speakers because I disagree with their political views. But I have to ask what kind of wacky weed the administrators at Northwestern University in Illinois were smoking when they booked Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the anti-American, racist, factually-challenged “1619 Project” – one of the leading exponents of judging people entirely by their skin color – as the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King “Dream” week?
I can think of few speakers whose ideas are more at odds with the message of The Rev. Dr. King. She’s one of the people most responsible for setting back the racial advances that he dedicated his life to achieving.
I would never say that her speech should be canceled. But if you have any regard for Dr. King and what he stood for, you can certainly find something far better to do than to listen to her. Like maybe listen to his “I Have a Dream” speech straight from the source.
If you’ve never heard him give it, you might be surprised to hear that it feels like a sermon. But that’s only natural: he was one of the greatest preachers of all time, and he thought and spoke in Biblical terms. I wonder, if he were alive today, would he be allowed to speak on American campuses? Jones and her acolytes would brand him a ventriloquist’s dummy for white supremacists for calling for people to be judged by the content of their characters instead of the color of their skin. Add in his Biblical references, preacher’s cadences and style of speaking in sermons, and it’s likely he would be the target of cancel culture on multiple levels.
5. WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU, IN 20,000 DAYS:
Nothing will reassure Americans who are reluctant to get vaccinated for COVID like the FDA asking a federal judge to let them delay releasing to the public all the data and information they relied on in approving the Pfizer vaccine until the year 2076.
No, that’s not a typo. The FDA promised “full transparency” of the process of testing and approving the vaccines, so a group of scientists and academics asked to see all the data Pfizer provided to them. The FDA failed to respond. They also failed to respond to a lawsuit for three months. And now, they’re asking the judge to let them put off releasing the data until 2076. FYI: it took only 108 days from Pfizer starting to send them the information to the FDA approving the license. They’re now asking for 55 years, or over 20,000 days, before they show it to us. And this is for a product that the government wants to force us to take, while shielding Pfizer from any legal liability for adverse reactions.
As I always point out, I am vaccinated. And I’ve never had COVID, so I never lost my sense of smell. But even if I had, I think I would still be able to tell that something smells fishy at the FDA.
It’s not just that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference on the state banning vaccine mandates that sent a message to President Biden, it’s where he chose to hold it: at Brandon Honda in Brandon, Florida.
7. NEW HOROWITZ IG REPORT CITES POLITICIZED DOJ
Inspector General Michael Horowitz is mostly associated with the internal investigation he conducted of “Crossfire Hurricane.” That report, when combined with what special counsel John Durham is gradually revealing through his indictments, presents a disturbing picture of our politicized “justice” system.
But now, this agency watchdog has gone further to issue a new report that tells us it’s not our imagination that “Justice” seems incapable of impartiality. Although the IG doesn’t work through a grand jury and can’t issue criminal indictments as a special counsel can --- he’s really an “internal affairs” investigator --- he comes down hard on the DOJ.
THE EPOCH TIMES has a “premium” (subscribers-only) report. We’ll summarize this for you and add our own comments below.
It’s called the Office of the Inspector General’s “Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Department of Justice,” and it comes out every year. For 2021, of the nine most pressing challenges it identifies in its cover memo, the first one on the list is “Strengthening Public Trust in the U.S. Department of Justice.” Horowitz says that “demonstrating independence from political influence” is a key consideration.
Here’s a link to the entire report.
The very first heading under “Strengthening Public Trust” is "Maintaining Independence from Political Influence by Adhering to and Strengthening Policies Designed to Ensure Objectivity and Impartiality.” Horowitz has nailed the big problem with Attorney General Merriick Garland’s DOJ. We’ve arguably never seen a “Justice” Department THIS overtly politicized, not even under Eric Holder during Obama’s tenure. (Not that it wasn’t politicized then –- it certainly was –- but now, under Garland, the partisanship is almost ridiculously obvious.)
There are policies and procedures put in place to protect the DOJ from accusations that it’s politicized or applying the law without impartiality, and, according to Horowitz, the DOJ has failed to follow them. He says this is true in a number of cases, including the investigation of Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016 (“Crossfire Hurricane”) and also in leaks to the media concerning those cases. “Numerous national events in the past year have crystallized the urgency for the department to address this challenge in a meaningful way.” No kidding.
Their handling of these cases “negatively impacted the perception of the department as a fair administrator of justice,” he says.
This phenomenon works both ways, Horowitz notes, depending on who is in office. Democrats criticized the DOJ during the Trump era, he seems compelled to mention, citing the example of the attempt to lower the jail sentence of Trump ally Roger Stone. To that we would say that it was the pursuit of Stone in the first place –- especially that heavy-handed and totally unnecessary early-morning raid on his house, complete with S.W.A.T. team –- that was most obviously politically motivated, and it was carried out by Democrats. Laura Ingraham said at the time that they treated him “like El Chapo.” Recall that Stone was sentenced to three years in prison; President Trump pardoned him.
By the way, since Horowitz mentions leaks to the media, remember how CNN happened to be there with cameras to record the raid, and maintained afterwards that it was because they had “good instincts” and somehow just figured it out?
That was Mueller’s special counsel investigation, which might not have been as leaky a boat as the FBI, but, sorry, we’re still not buying that CNN just happened to get it right. And the leaking continues: consider how details of the recent and similarly outrageous FBI raids on Project Veritas employees and founder James O’Keefe were immediately known by NEW YORK TIMES reporters, when this would have required a leak from the grand jury. Here’s a must-read article.
If IG Horowitz was wondering why the “Justice” Department has such a bad reputation, all he needed to do was read that.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, emailed THE EPOCH TIMES that the DOJ “has had a cloud hanging over its credibility for years. “From the [Hillary] Clinton email investigation to the Russia probe and targeting parents exercising their First Amendment rights at school board meetings, there’s not been much to boost the public’s confidence that DOJ is apolitical. The inspector general’s assessment seems right on the money to me.”
Grassley also hopes the inspector general can be given two things he has asked for to be able to hold bad apples accountable:
1. testimonial subpoena power
2. power to independently investigate attorney misconduct
This week has been a particularly bad one for the Biden “Justice” Department, as internal documents released by a whistleblower showed that they’re targeting parents using counterterrorism tools. Parents Defending Education, an outstanding network of groups across the country who have been monitoring local school districts and what they’re teaching, issued a statement about this saying the documents “prove that the FBI was, in fact, using counterterrorism tools to investigate concerned parents who have attended school board meetings –- which directly contradicts Attorney General Merrick Garland’s sworn congressional testimony.”
So, while Steve Bannon is charged with two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for disregarding a subpoena that trashes the concept of executive privilege, Garland blatantly misleads Congress about the DOJ targeting parents and apparently skates. As head of the “Justice” Department, he himself illustrates the way the DOJ applies “justice” inconsistently by personally benefiting. That’s us talking, not Horowitz, but how could he not know this and feel the shame?
According to Horowitz’s report, “In March 2020, Pew surveyed 1,013 adults and asked them if their overall opinion of 10 federal agencies was favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable or very unfavorable. Of the 10 agencies included in the survey, DOJ ranked ninth, with only U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement polling less favorably.”
Well, it figures that under Biden, those two agencies would be just about tied for last.
Here’s an idea: if the “Justice” Department wants to be perceived as objective and nonpartisan, why doesn’t it try being objective and nonpartisan? It is disgustingly politicized, more obviously so than at any other time in memory. The “swamp” is alive and well and seemingly eternal. The only way to change that is for a new administration to clean house, starting on the upper floors and working down. We haven’t read the whole report, but it’s doubtful that Horowitz goes that far in his recommendations.
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