June 23, 2018

In a landmark decision for privacy rights, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that in most cases, police need a search warrant to obtain cell phone tower information to track the movements of a suspect.  This doesn’t affect other business records such as bank records or phone company records of calls made from a landline, which still don’t require warrants.  And police don’t need to obtain a warrant for cell phone tracking data if it’s an emergency.

But in a 5-4 ruling with Chief Justice Roberts joining the four liberals, the Court ruled that allowing search-free warrants to track people’s whereabouts via their cell phone usage was a violation of the Fourth Amendment right to be secure from unreasonable searches without probable cause and its inherent expectation of privacy.  The dissenting Justices warned that the ruling would hamper law enforcement and create mass confusion about what does or doesn’t require a warrant. 


This particular issue probably wouldn’t seem so important if it weren’t for the tremendous invasion of privacy that has snowballed with the concurrent rise of Internet user tracking and smart phones in every pocket.  The sensitivity over this issue is an inevitable backlash against the fear that someone is or can be tracking all of us everywhere we go, both in the virtual world and in the real world.  


Ironically, Facebook and Google were among the tech giants that filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, urging the SCOTUS to make it harder for police to obtain people’s private data without their knowledge or consent and track them.  After all, that’s their job.




Remember when I said that the US withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council was “a good start”?  Well, here’s one of many reasons why.


The UN just issued a scathing report on poverty in the United States.  Let that sink in for a minute: an organization whose members include some of the world's poorest nations filled with grinding poverty, starvation and oppression is blasting the US for being too hard on the poor.  Never mind that we’re the nation to which all their poor, tired, huddled masses flee (we even have a statue to prove it.)


The UN report claims there are 40 million poor people in America, including over 18 million in extreme poverty, that our policies toward them are “cruel and inhuman,” and naturally, it blames this on the “hatred” and “contempt” for the poor of our Simon Legree-In-Chief, Donald Trump, and his tax cut for the rich.


But hold on, there are a few little problems with the report.  First, it relies on Census Bureau income data about the poor, which is notoriously incomplete.  Its estimates fail to include huge percentages of the billions spent on various government aid programs, including $25 billion worth of food assistance alone.  It also fails to consider the difference in philosophies between the left, which defines helping the poor as giving them more government handouts, and the right, which thinks it’s more compassionate to have a healthy economy creating good jobs for all, as ours now is. 


The UN also apparently failed to look at any previous reports compiled from Census data that found that the typical person below the official poverty line in the US has two color TVs, cable or a satellite dish, a DVD player, computer, air conditioning, microwave, washer and dryer, refrigerator, cell phone, and if there were kids in the house, an X-Box or other video game system.  Poor Americans also have more living space than the average European, and as scholar James Q. Wilson put it, they have better lives than all but the richest people did 100 years ago.  Don’t get me wrong, I know that being poor is no picnic (I’ve been there), but if you have to be, it’s better to be poor in America than anywhere else.  You get support when you are poor, and you actually have a chance of someday not being poor anymore. 


Oh, and there’s one more problem with the UN’s report, and this is becoming a recurring theme of the news this month:


The report is based on Census data collected in 2016.  You remember...when Obama was President.  Oh, now it makes sense!  Yeah, that really was a time when things were incredibly hard for the poor and unemployed in America!  


You know, if we really want to help the poor, New York City desperately needs some affordable public housing.  How many Section 8 apartments do you think we could fit into the UN Building?


Amid all the hyperventilating fury against President Trump over the separation of illegal immigrant family members (even those separated when Obama was President – you see, Trump is so evil that his evilness can cross the time barrier), this is one of the best pieces I’ve seen so far.  If you are one of those rare individuals who likes to understand complicated issues via historical facts rather than hysterical tweets, then this is a must-read.


While the media have spent the week using fake news and misleading photos to gin up violence and outrage over immigration policy, President Trump spent Friday attempting to return the focus to where it belongs, and to show why we need to enforce immigration laws and why Americans elected him to do just that.  The mainstream media ignored it or cut away from it, while openly liberal outlets such as the Huffington Post hilariously accused him of exploiting victims to advance a political agenda (Alinsky 101: Accuse your opponent of doing what you’re doing.)


But this is far too important to allow it to be censored, drowned out or ignored:


On that subject: Hey, HuffPo, Is it okay to call these “immigrants” animals?



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Time magazine issued a “correction” after smearing President Trump with a PhotoShopped cover designed to make him look like a monster who wants to rip children from the arms of their parents at the border, only to discover that the child in the photo hadn’t been separated from her mother at all.  Time used the photo after it went viral, inflaming passions of the research-deficient – but it was soon revealed that the child was actually crying because her mom had set her down for a minute, it was late, and she was tired and thirsty (turns out that like liberals, two-year-olds will cry for virtually any reason). The two were never separated and are still together in a family detainee center in Texas. Here’s Time’s statement:


“The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene. The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.”


Yet in the grand liberal journalistic tradition of Dan “Fake but Accurate” Rather, Time admitted the cover was misleading and based on a totally false narrative, yet still stood by it (aka, a "Samantha Bee Apology"), while other liberal media outlets that apparently can’t afford fact-checkers either, such as CNN and the Washington Post, hailed the misleading cover as “powerful” and “resonant.”  Time’s rationale is that, well, it is true that the “The child was detained, along with her mother, after allegedly crossing the border, illegally.”


So since her crying had nothing to do with being separated from her mother, which never happened, we should all still be OUTRAGED that she and her mother were detained after being caught trying to cross the border illegally (and for the second time: she was already deported before in 2013)?  I’m having a hard time working up outrage over that news.  It’s what’s supposed to happen under federal law to everyone who’s caught trying to enter the country illegally, especially repeat offenders.


Not that there aren’t things to get outraged about in this story.  For instance, the slander of our border guards as heartless bullies and goons.  Here’s the real story of how the mother and daughter were apprehended:


“We were patrolling the border. It was after 10 o’clock at night,” Border agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News. “We asked her to set the kid down in front of her, not away from her, she was right in front of her… So we can properly search the mother. So the kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to the mother and asked her ‘Are you doing OK? Is the kid OK?’ and she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired and thirsty. It’s 11 o’clock at night.”


What a monster! 


It’s also worth a bit of outrage to learn that the girl was indeed separated from a parent without permission, only it was her father, who awoke to discover that his wife had taken off with their daughter, leaving him and their other kids behind, and put the child's life in jeopardy by dragging her 1800 miles across Central America and Mexico and paying a coyote $6000 (which I assume she had because her husband actually has a good job back in Honduras) to sneak her across the border illegally. 


Finally, I think we can toss in a bit of outrage at the total disregard for journalistic standards of our media in covering this, at the threats and violence from the left in reacting to the propaganda “journalism” and by the way liberal mouthpieces such as the oxymoronically-named ThinkProgress are now accusing the White House of “exploiting” that little girl by pointing out the truth.  I guess it’s only okay to exploit children by lying about them.


If Time were sincere about “correcting” its cover to make it reflect the truth, it would run the PhotoShopped version that James Woods shared on Twitter:




As long as we’re bringing up the way Obama handled illegal immigration, here’s a reminder that the media are savaging Trump for saying the same thing Obama said in 2014.  I’m not sure whether the difference is just that it was Obama or that they assumed he didn’t actually mean it.




More well-deserved reaction to the violent rants of “despicable, hateful, spoiled and entitled punk” and “domestic terrorist” Peter Fonda, this time in an open letter from the National Border Patrol Council.  Its members and their families have also been the targets of violence-fomenting rants from the ‘60s burnout.  Reminder: he still has a Twitter account and Sony Pictures still plans to release the new movie he’s in.  Why and why?




During a trip to Ireland, former FBI Director James Comey said he’s thinking of declaring himself Canadian because he’s so ashamed of President Trump’s immigration law enforcement.  Well, I think we all know how appalled James Comey is at the idea of strict, impartial law enforcement.  But I warn our Irish friends, be careful.  He might just be calling himself Canadian in hopes you’ll fight his future extradition back to the US.





A welcome reminder that decency still exists in this world and it’s never too late to make amends: a man sent an apology and $50 to repay a theft he committed when he was a “stupid” teenager – 75 years ago!




Tonight, join me for a brand new, cannot-miss episode of “Huckabee” on TBN, when I’ll have a newsmaking interview with President Donald Trump.  NFL star Rashad Jennings will tell us how he’s inspiring young people nationwide to be their best selves, physically and intellectually.  Plus another report from the road by hilarious comedian Chondra Pierce, astounding magic from sleight-of-hand master Eric Jones (he even fooled Penn & Teller), music from the great band Rockland Road, and more.  It’s all coming your way tonight at 8 EST, 7 CST, with repeats at 10 EST and Sunday at the same times.  You can also find clips and complete past shows, plus a channel finder to watch TBN in your location, all at


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The South Carolina Congressional race that took an unexpected twist when Trump-backed Katie Arrington defeated incumbent Mark Sanford in the GOP Primary has taken a shocking and tragic turn.  Last night, a vehicle going the wrong way struck a car in which Ms Arrington was riding.  She suffered serious injuries, her friend who was driving was also injured, and the other driver was killed.  Ms Arrington will require multiple surgeries and at least two weeks of hospitalization.  More details of her condition are at the link. 


President Trump asked for prayers for all the victims and their families, and I know you’ll join me in sending them.  To his credit, her Democratic opponent, Joe Cunningham, announced that he’s suspending his campaign until further notice.  I know this is an election year in a highly partisan atmosphere, but this is a sobering reminder that some things transcend political differences.



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  • Marlene Webster

    06/26/2018 12:22 PM

    I like this format. Love the way you use humor (sarcasm) to get a point across!
    I know my responding will bring more emails for support of the RNC, but now that we only have Soc. Sec. we can no longer contribute. When we were working we could, but now we can't. My husband has been ill for 20 years & we are constantly paying medical and prescription bills.

  • Nelda White

    06/25/2018 12:11 PM

    I want to give your daughter encouragement. What happened to her at that restaurant was un-American. She is a lovely and loyal lady. This manager was not going by the constitution but by his own prejudice against the true American way. She has millions of backers, just like you do. So, please, both of you, keep up the good work you're doing for America and her citizens.

  • wayne catalano

    06/25/2018 08:28 AM

    on another note.....Maxine Waters went in front of the cameras to call for more harassment against the current administration. Her provoking of the crowds who applauded her, was just short of the rhetoric used to create lynch mobs in the past. You may have free speech, but there has to be a limit. One can only hope the backlash lasts through the mid-term elections.

  • Drew Cantrell

    06/25/2018 07:59 AM

    How do you call yourself a man of god and preach racism and support a serial adulterer and liar? Do you have any idea why those two items made the top ten list. It is sad to think you evilgelicals have perverted the Gospel for your own purposes. One day you will be accountable for all of this you have unleashed on our world. The greatest commandment of all was what? As you have done to the least of these....Get your buddy to #REsignNow!! You are a sad hoax

  • Ronald R. Cooke

    06/24/2018 05:01 PM

    When civility ends.

    What is next?

  • Eveline M Garrison

    06/24/2018 04:00 PM

    I just finished reading an article about the owner of a restaurant asking your daughter to leave because she worked for POTUS. Hurtful to both of you I'm sure. But if the owner of a bakery can refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple on religious grounds, then I think the owner of a restaurant can refuse to serve anyone for any reason. I do, however, think they should have to post these restrictions on their web sites and the front doors of their businesses so people know whether or not they should enter. It is going to make dinning out or doing business with privately owned businesses a real pain in the a**. Also, I disagree with Mr. Shaub. She was told to leave because she worked for POTUS. Therefor everyone in the government needed that information since they work for POTUS and would not be welcome at that restaurant. So, sorry Mr. Shaub, not an unethical use of her official White House account.

  • Jeffrey Perkins

    06/24/2018 01:13 PM

    Does it surprise anyone that Comey's first instinct when he feels uncomfortable is to lie?

  • Rosemary Scott

    06/24/2018 11:13 AM

    Mike, I have been reading and watching all this illegal entry to the US. What really puzzles me is how these thousands of "poor, desperate" people who live in horrible countries with no rights, no food, no nothing, etc. manage to arrive at our borders, looking plump and well fed ( I haven't seen any 'skin and bones' people) are healthy enough to be able to climb tall fences and trek across thousands of miles! They all seem to be dressed well and in the latest fashions as well. AND, the real kicker is where do these people get the $6 to 10 thousand to pay the coyotes if things are so bad!!! I've worked hard all my life and am now retired, scraping to make ends meet even though I planned for retirement (prices keep going up!). I wish I could save $6 grand to pay for unexpected expenses! My husband has had to go into a nursing home now and there is no help in sight for me here (unless, of course, I give up everything I have worked for my entire life and not be able to survive myself). Can I get free housing, medical, schooling, food, etc? It's totally unfair to those who saved and waited in line and enter legally. How dare the left and their so called 'celebrities' curse at our president or trying to fix this!

  • Gretchen Rodriquez

    06/24/2018 10:37 AM

    I just want to thank you for putting a light touch of humor to all these current day events. Thank you for honest reporting too, and I'm so proud of Sarah for her example of how we should behave.
    Sincerely :o)

  • Bill Greenwell

    06/24/2018 09:49 AM

    Mike, if SCOTUS has handcuffed the police from using cell phone tracking information, maybe they should stop Google from sending me an email asking me to "rate my visit", every time I go somewhere! THEY certainly know where I am, and where I've been, AT ALL TIMES! Thanks Mike. Keep up the good work.

  • Linda LaGruth

    06/24/2018 09:31 AM

    It’s a wonder we don’t stroke out with all the lies that are flying around of what’s happening (on the border and in Lexington). People believe what they want without looking st facts. My 89 year old somewhat conservative mother was crying over that little girl last week and that mean ole President Trump! What???
    I think I got her to sign up for your column and watch your show-common sense reporting.

  • Audrey Skarness

    06/24/2018 08:11 AM

    In other news....according to the father, the mother with the crying little girl, the mother paid a coyote $6000 to come to the U.S., leaving two other children behind with the father. How about that news??

  • Beverly Bradshaw

    06/24/2018 06:22 AM

    Please do not publish this. During Trump's campaign, I heard him referred to as the Donald. It made me want to look up his mane to find out the meaning. WOW! I found World Ruler. No one has even
    hinted at that. I have been wanting to share that with you for quite a while.
    IG is short for Inspector General, you mentioned recently. What does ICE stand for? I've forgotten.
    My mom passed away in March. I will be getting an inheritance. Will we have to file taxes again?
    If someone can answer these questions, I would greatly appreciate it. Bev

  • Bobby Jurgeleit

    06/24/2018 04:52 AM

    Love your sense of humor. Here's an example of mine. Hope the movements of the QE2 are being observed so Gazillionaire Soros doesn't
    load it with illegals and head it in our direction. Speaking of said criminal, why hasn't the Masad taken him in for War Crimes? A cell in Guantanamo could be reserved. Along with one for criminal Hiliary and our ex half black president Hussein!
    Feel free to "vet" me, I'm I harmless 82 year old "seasoned" citizen who once joined a bunch of other guests for brunch at Wm. F Buckley's
    apartment in Manhattan in honour of National Review's 40th Anniversary. Keep up the good work!

  • Gerri L. Morgan

    06/24/2018 01:16 AM

    Read the story of person making amends for stealing a stop sign (your link in 6/23/18 newsletter) and was totally taken by the site-- I spent most of the afternoon reading news of the most up-lifting kind-----Liftable/Western Journal----thank you

  • Colleen Blaine

    06/23/2018 11:07 PM

    Please tell Sarah I admire her strength and patience more than words can say. I pray for her frequently.

  • michael murphy

    06/23/2018 10:10 PM

    Off the subject of tonight's edition; the restaurant asking Sarah and her party to leave because of affiliation was a crowning moment in the Lefts hypocrisy and well known intolerance. Imagine if the tables were turned and this had occurred during the former Poser in Chief's term. The outrage, the utter disgust, the international call to make an example of the restaurant would probably still be heard. They are either too stupid to see it, or just refuse to see it (probably both). I applaud Sarah for her composure and exhibition of class. It's a sad state of affairs when no news agency (other than the milquetoast article on Fox) ignores the event to share in the hypocrisy. You have much to be proud of in Sarah and we join you. The late Miles Monroe, one of the most gifted teachers of kingdom principles and dynamics wrote that the powers and principalities that we war against can be simply described in this way. A principality is a spirit that will influence and govern a region with principals of government and governmental behavior. This makes it very difficult for those under that influence to see any error in the principals that they promote are are governed. I'm convinced that his is indeed what we are seeing. They can not, will not accept anything outside of the governing principles they ascribe , no matter how ludicrous, hypocritical, morally bankrupt, and just plain evil they are. Keep the truth coming Michael, a breath of fresh air it is!

  • Joan Chambers

    06/23/2018 09:37 PM

    I take the Time Mag cover as a good thing - President Trump is welcoming the child into America.
    (We must check for validity and legalization first.)
    All the children/teens that came without parents 'return them to sender'.
    God Bless America


    06/23/2018 09:03 PM


  • Steve Sega

    06/23/2018 08:56 PM

    Question about the SCOTUS decision on warrants .. doesn't this mean that FB and Goggle would need a warrant to collect our data as well? They are the real problem with privacy issues, FB was selling information to China. Shouldn't Zuck be in jail for selling information?

  • Pat Hunsucker

    06/23/2018 08:33 PM

    I am astounded at the two faced news and lefts statements. If the saying" If you tell the truth, you don't have to have a good memory"were applied to them,they would ALL be silent All the time.

  • Carol Ann Gates Miller

    06/23/2018 08:26 PM

    I just seen article in JW about Social Security Surplus $2.9 trillion, & that government was planning to use this as an offset to balance budget. please check into this. This would be apprehensiable. I'm living on a very limited SSA ck. due to permanent injury 3 years ago. Just finished graduating a teen Grandaughter I've raised since 2 years of age. Just barely getting by. I have worked & pd. in since I was 12 years of age. Prayers for you Sir Carol Miller

  • Carol Ann Gates Miller

    06/23/2018 08:25 PM

    I just seen article in JW about Social Security Surplus $2.9 trillion, & that government was planning to use this as an offset to balance budget. please check into this. This would be apprehensiable. I'm living on a very limited SSA ck. due to permanent injury 3 years ago. Just finished graduating a teen Grandaughter I've raised since 2 years of age. Just barely getting by. I have worked & pd. in since I was 12 years of age. Prayers for you Sir Carol Miller

  • Martha J Orlando

    06/23/2018 08:04 PM

    Hi, Mike!
    I'm really enjoying the evening recap here, and truly appreciate the time you take to keep us better informed.
    I do have to say, though, that as a Christian, I'm so appalled by the division in our country that only seems to be getting worse. The left is wearing me out with their lies and slander. My only refuge is you, Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh. You are all, along with my prayers to God, a source of sanity and peace. Thank you, my brother, for all that you do!
    And tell Sarah we love her so much! She is brilliant, calm and the picture of the Golden Rule.

  • Rev. Norman E. Carlson

    06/23/2018 07:43 PM

    Your daughter was asked to leave a local WDC area restaurant on 'MORAL GROUNDS"
    I wonder where they obtained their moral acumen?
    Probably, knowingly or unknowingly fro Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals:
    2.1 The Rules[1]
    1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
    2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. {In Politics - “Keep It Simple, Stupid!”}
    3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
    4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
    5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
    6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
    7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
    8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
    9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
    10. "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition." It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
    11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
    12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
    13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
    Sincerely yours, a brother in Christ Jesus our LORD (YaHVeH);
    Rev. Norman E. “Swede” Carlson, President
    The Colorado Free Bible College
    The Satellite
    411 Lakewood Circle, Suite B #912
    Colorado Springs, CO 80910
    [email protected]