August 20, 2018


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Today's Commentary --- White House counsel testifies "fulsomely," as Trump did nothing wrong -- Wanted for murder -- Think twice -- Accountability not chaos -- Resistance leader actually a pro-Trump troll -- Good economic news -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse


As the joke goes, if President Trump walked on water, the New York Times story would be headlined “Trump can’t swim.”

Well, it’s no joke. Over the weekend, the Times did pretty much the same thing. Here are the basic facts they had to work with: President knows he did nothing wrong and, in the name of transparency, instructs White House lawyer to cooperate fully with special counsel on “Russia” probe. White House lawyer does so, testifying for over 30 hours in 3 sessions over 9 months as special counsel, presumably, asks different versions of same questions over and over and over. (This is how depositions typically go, to try to catch witness in evolving testimony or inconsistency.) After all that, nothing from deposed White House lawyer attests to wrongdoing by President. President also has been completely responsive to special counsel’s request for documents, providing 1.4 million of them. President did nothing wrong. President has nothing to hide. End of story.

Oh, no it’s not. Not when it’s the New York Times spinning the story.



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Wanted for murder

By Mike Huckabee

Over the weekend, the media piled on the immigration enforcement agency ICE, over a claim that agents in San Bernardino stopped an illegal immigrant as he was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to get a C-section and arrested him for deportation. The wife claimed he had no criminal record, not even a traffic ticket, which apparently was good enough for our reliable liberal media outlets, which excoriated the ICE agents for their outrageous heartlessness in leaving her to drive herself to the hospital.

Here’s the part they either deliberately left out or failed to do basic reporting and find out. The man ICE arrested, Joel Arrona Lara, did have one minor infraction on his record: an outstanding warrant in Mexico on homicide charges. That’s right: he was wanted for murder.

On the bright side, Gov. Jerry Brown is probably already working on pardoning him so he can keep driving around San Bernardino.


Think twice

By Mike Huckabee

From the “Sucker Born Every Minute” Desk”: The GoFundMe page for (deservedly) fired (for cause) FBI agent Peter Strzok has now racked up nearly $440,000 in pledges from people who apparently had money burning a hole in their pockets and just couldn’t find any actual worthy causes to support among the thousands of GoFundMe pages for needy families, sick veterans, orphanages and animal rescues.  Howie Carr at the Boston Globe has some background on the character of this American hero that you’re not likely to read anywhere else.  I hope it makes some of the people who would throw money at anything that they think opposes Trump at least think twice (or even once) about this cash sinkhole and demand a refund.


Accountability not chaos

By Mike Huckabee

This newspaper story out of San Diego is getting a lot of attention because of its claim that President Trump’s attempts to reform the Veterans Administration are introducing “chaos” and harming both the employees and veterans.  Judging from some of the comments, it didn’t convince too many veterans who’ve had personal experience with the VA, and for good reason.  The “chaos” described in the article sounds more like long-overdue accountability.

The article quotes a union official as saying that he’s in a constant battle to protect VA workers from firing, that it’s as though the VA is determined to fire as many employees as possible, and “we’re spending more time worrying about our jobs than doing them.”

First of all, if you’re spending more time worrying about getting fired than doing your job, then you should be fired.  News flash: that’s how employment works everywhere except in government.  Secondly, the article points out that 2,743 VA employees have been fired since Trump took office. Please note that the VA has over 300,000 employees, so that’s less than 1% of the work force.  Considering the VA’s record when Trump took over, I’m astounded that it’s less than 1%.  That’s not testament to Trump being mean or trying to politicize the VA, but to how difficult it is to fire government workers, no matter how richly it’s deserved. 

Naturally, about a dozen unions are suing the Trump Administration, claiming that his orders to impose accountability on government union workers violate the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.  I wouldn’t be all surprised if that were true.  So while Congress is in the hands of the Republicans, how about creating a Civil Service Reform Act of 2018, one that actually includes accountability right in the job descriptions?




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Resistance warrior actually a pro-Trump troll

By Mike Huckabee

There’s a saying in journalism, “If it bleeds, it leads.” That describes the practice of giving give top priority to any story that involves violence, pain or death because it attracts eyeballs.  But the inability of so many on the left to get over the 2016 election has created a new lazy habit of journalists: “If it dumps on Trump, we pump it up!”  Any story that reflects badly on Trump will be run, no matter how suspect; any negative detail, no matter how minor, will become the focus of any positive Trump story; and anyone who claims to have dirt on Trump will receive serious media attention, no matter how dubious the source (and no, this is not about Omarosa.)

An alleged Trump insider under the pseudonym of “Mr. Smith” has been tweeting anti-Trump claims, such as the existence of a tape of Trump promising sanctions relief if Russia helped him win the 2016 election and predicting the end drawing nigh for the Donald.  Progressives (you know, the self-proclaimed “fact-based” political demographic) have been sucking this swill up with biodegradable hemp-based straws.  It even got mentions from CNN analysts.

Well, someone has reportedly tracked down the real identity of “Mr. Smith,” and there’s some question whether “Mr. Smith” has ever even gone to Washington.  I’ll let you read the full story at the link, but here’s a hint: he’s actually a pro-Trumper, and you won’t be surprised to learn that he likes playing games.


Good economic news

By Mike Huckabee

There’s good economic news all over, but since much of the media have declared it their duty to ignore that and concentrate on negative Trump stories, I guess it’s up to me to tell you about it:

Thursday, Walmart stock leaped more than 10% after the company announced that its same-store sales growth rate since last year was nearly double predictions and their e-commerce had grown by 40%. The LEI (Leading Economic Index) rose by 0.6% in July, following a 0.5% jump in June. And on Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced yet another historic employment mark for a formerly lagging demographic: the summer youth unemployment rate (for 16-to-24-year-olds) fell to 9.2% in July. That’s the lowest it’s been since the summer of 1966, the year the Beatles released the “Revolver” album (gosh, I hate even to think about that being 52 years ago!)



Evening Edition - August 18

By Mike Huckabee

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


Daily Verse

"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

-Deuteronomy 6:6-7

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