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March 19, 2023


Sunday Standard

Here are the top stories from this week that I think you will want to read.

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Mike Huckabee

The Oscars

This was originally published on March 14th.

I doubt that many of my readers really care much about the Oscars. Tom Cruise must’ve been so sure they’d never give an Oscar to “Top Gun: Maverick,” the patriotic movie that saved the studio, that he didn’t even attend. Indeed, a writer for Hollywood’s preferred “news” source, MSNBC, wrote an article slamming the movie as “insidious” and “literal propaganda” for portraying the US military in a positive light.

The only way he could have any kind of point is if he admitted that their heroism protects the freedom of idiots like him to write garbage like that. And the show, by all reports, had the usual doses of leftwing politics, virtue-signaling and slams at conservatives because Heaven forbid you shouldn’t insult half your potential ticket-buying public on national TV.

Also, the Academy is so steeped in woke jargon that it described Best Actress winner Michelle Yeoh as “a self-identified Asian actress.” Pretty sure she’s an actual Asian actress.

As always, the same celebrities who condemn a border wall and think you don’t deserve the Second Amendment right to own a gun to protect your family from all the criminals that the politicians they back keep letting out into the streets were themselves protected by barricades and walls and a contingent of police and private security larger and better armed than the Ukrainian military.

However, there was one moment of the Oscars that’s worth seeing, and that was the Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech by Ke Huy Quan. He recounted how his life’s journey began on a boat, fleeing the communists in Vietnam. His family was separated for a year and lived in a refugee camp. But he finally made it to America and after many years of work, he achieved the American dream.

It’s not only a moving and inspiring speech, but I love the idea of all those celebrities who kowtow to communist China, and who constantly tell us America is racist and evil, that minorities can't succeed here and the American dream is a myth, being forced to sit there, listen and applaud.

Robert Blake Dies

This article was originally published on March 17th.

Actor Robert Blake died last week at home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family. He died peacefully of heart disease at 89.

Few actors leave as complicated a legacy as Blake. He had one of the longest careers in show business, starting in vaudeville as a child. He was one of the last surviving members of the “Our Gang” cast, coming in toward the end of the series as Mickey Gubitosi (his real name was Michael Gubitosi.) He also had childhood roles as Little Beaver in the Red Ryder series, and in the Bogart classic, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” 

Blake was a brilliant actor but his intensity and volatile temperament, exacerbated by a childhood of physical abuse and studio exploitation, often caused problems for him. A rare example of a child actor who transitioned to a successful adult career, he gave memorable performances in such films as “Electra Glide in Blue” and the fact-based “In Cold Blood,” where his performance as a criminal who murders a family inspired Anthony Hopkins’ later portrayal of Hannibal Lecter.  

His greatest fame came in 1975, when he became the star of the TV detective series “Baretta.” With its cool theme song by Sammy Davis Jr. ( ) and his brilliant pet/sidekick, Fred the cockatoo* ( ), the show made Blake a top TV star and a fixture on kids’ lunchboxes.

Unfortunately, his career came to a screeching halt in 2001 when he was accused of shooting and killing his wife in his car outside a restaurant in Los Angeles. The trial was a media sensation; and even though Blake was adamant that he didn’t do it, and the jury acquitted him, he was found liable for her death in a civil trial, and the damages forced him to declare bankruptcy.

Blake said having his fans abandon him "hurt because America is the only family I had." But he actually had three children, who say he spent his final years listening to jazz, playing guitar and watching classic movies.  

* (FOOTNOTE) The popularity of “Baretta” actually had an indirect effect on me and my wife, fellow writer Laura Ainsworth. Baretta’s amazing cockatoo Fred was so popular, he made cockatoos, and parrots in general, highly popular as pets even to this day. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that they are very smart, require a ton of attention, and can live up to 70 years. Many of them end up in avian shelters that are desperate for funds. We love birds and for years have supported these shelters, and we currently share our home with 12 rescued exotic birds, including three cockatoos. We love them, but people should know that having a cockatoo is like having a very smart, mischievous, extremely loud four-year-old who never grows up and occasionally bites you.

If you love parrots and think you have what it takes to give one a loving home, please consider adopting from a shelter. Don’t overlook those who are disabled, or who have been injured or abused, or who have plucked out their feathers from fear and stress. They need love the most, and we can attest that with a little care and patience, they can become the best pets you've ever had.

For more information, check out some of the great parrot shelters we support, online or on Facebook. There are many, but start with the Oasis Sanctuary in Arizona, Wings of Love Bird Haven south of Dallas, and Rickie’s Parrot Rescue in Florida, which is especially close to our hearts because they take in special needs birds who need expensive vet care, so they could really use your support.  Our parrots say, "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

Chuck Schumer: The lowest of the low

This article was originally published on March 11th.

Having been in politics longer than Ariana Grande has been alive, I have seen more than my share of blatant opportunists and unrepentant, bald-faced liars. But I have to admit, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s speech in the Senate yesterday might have set a new benchmark for the lowest I’ve ever personally witnessed.

Schumer looked Americans in the eye (or down his nose, as usual), and read into the Congressional Record a demand that a news outlet with First Amendment protection (Fox News) be censored because one of its reporters was showing unaltered video proving that Schumer and his cohorts have been lying to us all for two years, and that their lies have resulted in the prosecution and imprisonment of American citizens who are more than likely innocent. Schumer actually expects us to believe that by letting the American people see the full evidence from the surveillance cameras on January 6th instead of the cherry-picked, edited and altered excerpts that the Democrats and their partisan allies wanted us to see, Speaker McCarthy “enabled the big lie and has further eroded away at our precious democracy.” McCarthy has responded to that:

As I’ve written before, it’s now apparent that the real “Big Lie” of the 2020 election was that Joe Biden was a bipartisan, moderate centrist. Schumer, however, would have us believe that allowing Americans to see all the evidence and decide for themselves is an assault on “our precious democracy.” Funny, I thought that was the foundation of our jury system.

Schumer’s speech was so slimy, dishonest, self-serving, reprehensible, un-American and obviously panic-driven at the thought of his carefully-constructed tower of lies being toppled that I considered making a video myself to respond to it. But then I realized, the great Johnny Cash had already done it for me. He did it in this video:

Johnny’s words are worth quoting directly to Sen. Schumer:

“Well, you may throw your rock and hide your hand

Workin' in the dark against your fellow man.

But as sure as God made black and white,

What's done in the dark will be brought to the light.

You can run on for a long time,

Run on for a long time,

Run on for a long time,

Sooner or later God'll cut you down.

Sooner or later God'll cut you down.

Go tell that long tongue liar,

Go and tell that midnight rider,

Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter,

Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down…”

Fox News keeps on winning

This article was originally published on March 11th.

If the Democrats thought that screaming, calling people names and doubling down on lies was going to put all this week’s escaped genies back into their bottles, guess again. Not only is Fox News not silencing Tucker Carlson and going off the air, but Carlson is enjoying some of his highest ratings ever for actually showing the January 6 th  video that the Dems and the rest of the media tried so hard to hide. Tuesday night, his show drew over 4 million viewers. Overall, Fox News’ prime time lineup had double MSNBC’s audience and over six times that of CNN.

I guess it proves the old adage, “Give the people what they want, and they’ll show up.” In this case, it appears that a lot of people wanted a news channel to give them the truth. Who knew?!

And I have more bad news for the Democrats: it ain’t over. Not by a longshot. First, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy not only refused to apologize for releasing all 44,000 hours of Capitol surveillance video to Carlson, he said Wednesday that he intends to fully release all of it to the public.

That way, everyone will be able to see everything that happened on January 6th. Well, everyone except members of the mainstream news media. Carlson said that not a single member of the liberal media asked him to share that footage with them, so apparently, they aren't interested. Maybe they just can’t handle the truth.

In that case, they’d better brace themselves for this news: Georgia GOP Representative Barry Loudermilk, chairman of the House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, announced that he’s launching a long overdue investigation of the investigators. His panel will look into the January 6 th  Kangaroo Kommittee to determine if important information was hidden by them.

Talk about a slam dunk! If he wants to know if they stacked the process and distorted, cherry-picked and hid evidence, that doesn’t even require a Congressional investigation. Just go to and read the back issues of this newsletter.

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