August 2, 2018

This story from Wednesday didn’t get the attention from the media that it deserved.  There were so many more exciting things to report on, like scandals and trials and partisan fighting.  But to many Americans, there was nothing more important than the return at long last of the remains of the soldiers who went off to fight in the Korean War over 60 years ago and never returned home.

As part of his deal with President Trump, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un released repatriation cases containing the remains of 55 fallen soldiers.  They arrived in Hawaii and were welcomed by Vice President Mike Pence in a solemn ceremony at Hickam Air Force Base at which a military band played hymns and each flag-draped container was accompanied by one Marine, one sailor, one soldier and one airman.  Pence, whose father fought in Korea, said, "Today, they are known but to God. But soon, we will know their names, and we will tell their stories of courage."


There are still 7,699 U.S. service members listed as unaccounted for from the Korean War.  These first remains will have to undergo forensic tests to identify them so their families can finally have closure – or to determine if they are all Americans.  This is only the beginning of a long process.  But it’s a hopeful beginning that Kim will keep his word, and that the heroes who died in what is sometimes called “The Forgotten War” will not be forgotten. 


Please click the link to read more about this story.  It may come from 1953, but it’s today’s most important news.

I don’t mean to pick on Hawaii, but voters there seriously need to up their game when it comes to picking Senators.  I already wrote this week about Sen. Mazie Hirono, who appeared gobsmacked to learn that people who sneak into the US illegally are arrested not because President Trump is mean but because it’s a violation of federal law to sneak into the US illegally (even after it was explained to her twice, with the federal statute cited, her confused response was reminiscent of the “These go to 11” scene in “This Is Spinal Tap.”)


And now, her fellow Democratic Senator from Hawaii, Brian Schatz, has tweeted something equally coco-nutty.  After President Trump’s rally in Tampa, where the crowd mocked the relentlessly anti-Trump media in the hall by chanting, “CNN s***ks,” Schatz  tweeted that Democrats “have no equivalent to the dark carnival that is a Trump rally. This is not a thing on the left. We just argue about healthcare and climate and sometimes relitigate 2016 but we are not actually out of our minds.”


Ironically, I think that tweet just might prove he’s out of his mind.  Maybe he should run that claim past Rep. Steve Scalise, who was nearly shot to death at a charity baseball practice by a homicidally-enraged Bernie Bro, should they happen to share an elevator.  I just hope Maxine Waters isn’t on there with them, or they won’t be able to talk over her unhinged rants about harassing everyone associated with Trump. 


Maybe the problem with the Democrats being unable to see their own side’s insanity is that the lunatics have been running the asylum so long that crazy looks like sane to them.


Since I already linked this week to Breitbart’s by-no-means comprehensive list of 538 instances of leftists attacking, threatening or attempting to silence and intimidate people on the right, I’ll save Sen. Schatz some time by linking to the Daily Caller’s Cliff’s Notes version of just 22 of the more infamous cases.   

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PS to Sen. Schatz: if you need one more fresh example of what Democrats who are “actually out of their minds” look like, check out this story about a Taunton, Massachusetts, woman arrested for vandalism, assault with a dangerous weapon and other charges.  She allegedly became enraged while driving when she saw a car with a Trump bumper sticker and gave chase, yelling at the driver.  When he stopped to see what her problem was, she called him a racist and other names, smashed her car into the side of his car, then took off.  She’s pleading not guilty, I have to assume by reason of insanity.


If I were a betting man, I’d put up a thousand dollars that her car has a “Visualize World Peace” bumper sticker on it.




And the media wonder why they’re not popular in the Heartland?  Politico reporter Marc Caputo defended CNN’s Jim Acosta from hecklers at the Tampa Trump rally by tweeting that Trump supporters at the event were “garbage people” and "If you put everyone's mouths together in this video, you'd get a full set of teeth."  When the predictable angry reaction at his gross elitism poured in, Caputo doubled down on the insult.  But as fury with him grew, he deleted the offensive and bigoted (but incredibly revealing, if he really wonders why Trump calls the liberal media “the enemy of the people”) tweets and posted an apology.

Sounds like he learned that Trump supporters do have teeth after all.




The UK Guardian is reporting a new and infuriating revelation about Salman Abedi, the British citizen of Libyan descent who blew himself up with a suicide vest at last year’s Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, injuring 200 people and killing 22, including children.  It turns out that the British government actually rescued him from Libya and returned him to Great Britain, even though he had been a terrorist “subject of interest” and been monitored by security services for his radical Islamist views after he left the UK for Libya four years ago.  When about 100 British citizens, including Abedi and his brothers, got stranded in that dangerous and failing nation, British Special Forces rescued them and brought them back to the UK (a month prior to this, the monitoring of Abedi had been closed for unknown reasons.)


The news that the government not only dropped the ball on monitoring Abedi but actually brought him back from Libya where he committed his act of mass murder of innocents has infuriated many Britons (although some might be afraid to say so for fear of being prosecuted for speech crimes.)  One politician said, “For this man to commit such an atrocity on U.K. soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal.”  Actually, that’s not quite accurate.  It might have been a betrayal of Britain, but to someone like Abedi, he was simply being true to his nature, like the fable about the scorpion’s explanation for why it stang the frog that was giving it a ride across the river, dooming them both to die: “It’s in my nature.”


If only someone in the British government had cared enough about the safety of the nation’s citizens to stop people with potentially deadly intent from coming into the country from terrorism-infested nations.  But then, we know what British politicians would say about a leader who tried to do that.




ADP and Moody's Analytics reported this week that 219,000 private payroll jobs were created in July.  Economists had predicted 185,000.  In addition, the jobs gain in June was adjusted upward from 177,000 to 181,000.  I guess economists never get tired of being wrong, although at least they are enjoying a change of pace from eight years of overestimating job growth under Obama to underestimating it under Trump.


But here’s the really revealing quote that CNBC chose to highlight, from Moody’s chief economist (one of those folks whom, as I just pointed out, have been consistently wrong): "The job market is booming, impacted by the deficit-financed tax cuts and increases in government spending."  


If increases in government spending and federal deficits caused job creation to skyrocket, how come it was so anemic throughout the Obama years of expanded government and trillion-dollar deficits?  Why did even a stimulus bill specifically intended to create “shovel-ready jobs” not create shovel-ready jobs?  Did it ever occur to this “chief economist” that maybe the job surge has more to do with President Trump’s successful effort at slashing burdensome regulations, or with the tax cut letting people keep more of their own money, or with the confidence that comes from knowing your business can stop hunkering down and safely invest its  profits, capital and tax cut in expanding and hiring because you know this Administration won’t suddenly blindside you with some new insane, business-killing government regulations, programs, taxes or mandates? 


If this is the way economists think businesses are run, no wonder they’re repeatedly surprised when their jobs predictions are wrong month after month.





A typically fine article by Prof. Walter Williams on why liberals keep falling for socialism, even though it fails every time it’s tried. One of his reasons that’s similar to something I mentioned in a previous essay on this topic: Things that are immoral when done privately, such as theft, don’t become moral when they’re done collectively.  It’s still immoral, only on a grand scale with a lot of power, and that tends to attract the most corrupt people.  Or as Williams quotes Friedrich Hayek, “In government, the scum rises to the top.”





Just when you think you’ve heard President Trump blamed for absolutely everything, along comes a new one: The Robesonian newspaper in Lumberton, North Carolina, is blaming Trump for its decision to stop including the eight-page Sunday color comics section.  An editorial claims that Trump’s tariffs have made newsprint more expensive so they can no longer afford eight pages of color comics and are replacing them with one page of black and white comics.  The editors say it’s “a decision that we really believe was made at the White House.”


Of course, this has nothing to do with falling newspaper readership and revenues, or the fact that readers can see hundreds of color strips every day online at  No, this decision you made that saves your paper money is really all Trump’s fault.  He’s literally Bluto, Lex Luthor and Dr. Doom rolled into one. 


To quote Charlie Brown: “Good grief!”





Former President Barack Obama released a list of 81 Democrats he’s endorsing in the midterm elections.  The only real surprises came in some of the names that were not included, particularly “Democratic” Socialist media darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  There was no comment from her campaign about the snub (they’re probably still trying to figure out how money works), and Obama might still include her in further endorsements.  Still, it’s set rumors flying about why the candidate who’s getting the most press, but also causing the most trouble for the establishment, was conspicuously absent from Obama’s first round draft choices. 


Maybe this is just Obama’s way of tweaking Republicans by subtly conveying the message, “Ha! Told you I wasn’t a socialist!”




To quote the old saying, “I may not know a lot about art, but I know what I like!”




I thought we’d seen the limits of techie hubris when Hillary’s poll analytics expert dismissed Bill Clinton’s warning that she was in danger of losing in the Rust Belt because his data disproved it.  But then along came these guys, who think the algorithm they developed by analyzing Beatles songs proves that they know who wrote the melody of “In My Life” better than Paul McCartney does.



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  • Laurel Tveit

    08/03/2018 07:51 PM

    I read them and enjoyed them. Thank you!

  • Elizabeth Pinkocze

    08/03/2018 01:38 PM

    Dear Gov, I read you every day so please keep these coming along. It's really difficult to find articles that truly cover the truth and with facts that really are what "us hillbillies" are interested in knowing. Have a great weekend. Will be watching you on Saturday night, never miss. Get my cozy jams on and my glass of wine and just enjoy some really good entertainment. God Bless

  • Amelia Little

    08/03/2018 11:32 AM

    Thank goodness (and President Trump) that what I hope is only the beginning of the return of American veterans.

    I don't pay attention to polls because who cares? Whomever pays for the polls asks the questions in a way to get the answers they want. One poll says Trump's approval numbers are down, the next (by a different pollster) will say the numbers are up. I don't vote according to polls. I don't pay attention to political analysts for the same reason-each "analyzes" information with a bias from their own wants, desires and wishes. I have never, in my 60+ years been polled about anything political, and no analyst has ever asked for my input....nor has anyone in my
    real life done either of these. I also don't give a whipstitch about who is endorsing whom. In fact, when I hear of some persons (big shots, of course) or some organization endorsing a particular candidate--I am more likely to NOT vote for that candidate because of the actions/words of the endorser.

    I just smh about poor ol' acosta--and the msm, and even some conservative media. One would think that (gasp) this is the first time in the history of the White House press corps that a reporter has been asked to leave, perhaps even banned. I'm not sure if the White House reporters consider themselves "investigative journalists" (one would think they would do some investigation before they started asking questions) but all those anchors and hosts and whatever--they DO think of themselves as doing investigative reporting--just too bad that so many obviously HAVEN'T investigated, nor even bothered to reach back into their own memories about White House administrations have done. Hmm...wasn't an entire network banned by the obama administration? Anyway, it would seem that today's White House "reporters" would do well to look back on the decorum of their predecessors. There are probably even rules or guidelines set out. Such as, wait to be called upon instead of shouting out (I learned that in first grade!) and, letting as many as possible to ask their questions instead of one reporter hogging the show. Especially if he keeps shouting the same question because he didn't like the answer. When a student (at least back in my day) was disruptive and out of control, said student was removed from the classroom until he could control himself.

  • William Schlumpf

    08/03/2018 08:44 AM

    Disinterest by the Truman Administration, refusal to send badly needed men and equipment, a speech by Dean Acheson in January 1950, in which he conspicuously excluded South Korea within the US's Pacific defensive perimeter (the Acheson Line), and a mere 200-300 American troops as UN peacekeepers at the 38th parallel all likely contributed to Stalin's decision to consent to Kim Il Sung's desire to storm the South Korean defenses and take the penninsula. Within two months the US/UN troops and South Korean forces were cornered within the Pusan Perimeter. My friend and neighbor Bill, who enlisted at the end of WWII, was one of those less than 300 Americans at the onset of the war and referred to the Perimeter as the Ring of Fire. He was in a unit which operated a 155mm howitzer. Acheson to his credit, persuaded Truman to engage the North Koreans and MacArthur sent in reinforcements; Matt Ridgeway was dispatched to turn things around. The Incheon landing resulted in the retreat of the North Koreans with Bill and his unit and their 155mm howitzer in hot pursuit. Bill recounted to me the long journey past the 38th parallel all the way to the Yalu river. Each time they stopped they had to dig a pit in the rocky soil with their tiny army issued shovels, deep and wide enough to fit their 6 ton howitzer. When Mao decided to enter the war, 3 million Chinese crossed the Yalu to engage the UN forces. Bill told me a friend of his had a periscope with which he peered over the mountain ridge and told Bill to take a look. He said he had never imagined such a sea of humanity in all his life. The American/UN forces attempted to engage but were hopelessly outnumbered and ill equipped. Bill said those Chinese they did take out all were carrying pills on them. They never determined what they were but every Chinese had them. With the brutal Korean winter on its way and 3 million Chinese in pursuit the American/UN forces
    retreated to the 38th parallel. The Korean war was one of the most brutal American forces have ever faced due to the terrain, the unforgiving winters, and the sheer number of enemy forces. I asked Bill if he had any desire to visit South Korea. His answer was an emphatic no. Sadly Bill did not live to see his fallen comrades' remains returned to American soil today. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 89. I thank President Trump for his efforts in bringing our heroes home. And I'm saddened that that former newspaper, the New York Times, does not consider this great event newsworthy enough to merit mention on its front page. I thank all who served in that dreadful conflict. God bless the USA.

  • Michael Hutch

    08/03/2018 06:16 AM

    Your article on insanity has a story, Taunton, Mass Driver rams a Trump supporter.

    This is exactly what Maxine Waters preached. Pull that person aside, get in their face she screamed. Well Maxine, you forgot to tell your fanatical followers to get out of their cars, or not use a vehicle to get in someone's face; or how about remaining at the scene to get in their face "WITH POLICE PROTECTION" NO LESS instead of running from the scene, the coward that she was.

  • Lee Swann

    08/03/2018 01:29 AM

    Just read your article about the returning remains of the US Military personnel. You said each casket was attended by members of ALL the Military branches; then you cited, Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Did you overlook the United States Coast Guard, or was there NO "coasties" present? I find that highly improbable that they were not included.
    Love your Saturday night broadcast on TBN.

  • Susan McCreary

    08/02/2018 11:55 PM

    When did all the left quite putting 1 + 1 together & begin coming out with 3 as the answer? It's funny, but so pitiful!

  • Michael Galloway

    08/02/2018 09:44 PM

    So much in agreement with the media is the "enemy of the people". They have been proving it since the 2016 campaign and election and actually way before that. They mainstream media has no credibility, show and speak their bias and left wing theology daily and it will only get worse. They want to control, therefore they will continue to spill their propaganda and keep hoping so many people, mainly young people won't think for themselves and just believe them!!!

    Too bad the Robesonian newspaper in Lumberton N.C. is going to stop printing the comics. The comics are more credible and believable than anything the newspaper and the mainstream media will print.

    And imagine that, Obama endorsing 81 Democrats. After his eight year history of trying to destroy America and trans fundamentally change America (not a good thing !) that should help people in those states to wake up and hopefully not vote Democrat !!!!

    I can only hope that Americans who love this country, its values, its Constitution, its way of life and all its freedoms (though some have been chiseled away or attempted) will not become complacent and get out and vote in November. Its just as vitally important as it was in 2016 !


    08/02/2018 08:35 PM


  • Jean Laino

    08/02/2018 08:32 PM

    Kudos again to your daughter Sara and her ability to deal with the incorrigibles she has to deal with daily and still keep her sanity. She has mastered the art of dealing with their inane and irrelevant questions. Press Secretary suits her well and I hope she stays with it.

  • Sharon Knutson-Felix

    08/02/2018 08:12 PM

    I hope you know and let your daughter know that there are many, so many Americans that love, admire and appreciate the job that she does. She is inspirational, refreshing, funny, intelligent, classy and beautiful. I don't have to tear anyone down to elevate her standing in my circle of most admired people. The apple did not fall far from the tree. She is in my prayers! God bless your family!

  • Peter Cunningham

    08/02/2018 08:05 PM

    Great comments. Thanks for all you do. I watch your TV show each week and enjoy it very much.
    God bless.
    Peter Cunningham

  • Karen Robertson

    08/02/2018 07:57 PM

    Love the humor that you interject into the news! Keep up the great work.

  • Judy Tarpley

    08/02/2018 07:51 PM

    I read your info daily and truly appreciate all you do. I pray for your daughter as I don’t know how she handles the demands of her job as well as she does. I’m really getting tired of the attacks on Republicans while the folks from the prior administration get away with everything, and I mean everything. Will there ever come a time when all of the real corruption is exposed and people are held accountable? Thank you.

  • Aileene Fields

    08/02/2018 07:47 PM

    Your Daughter Sarah Today was Soo Spot on Today to Jim Acosta!!He needs to banned from the Media In my Opinion!!He is an Embarrassment to The President&The President!!Sarah is Such a Strong Lady&A Role Model to all Females&Men too!!Kudos to Her Always!! ????

  • Stephen Russell

    08/02/2018 07:27 PM

    Korean War:
    Urge a Korean War Museum Memorial Center in CA since forces left CA & OR, WA to Korea then.
    Need Museum to honor this "Forgotten War".
    Museum locale: San Pedro,Oakland CA??? Santa Barbara?
    Id rally Korean War vets, other vets, kin, friends alone.
    Reuse idle acerage for.
    Under National Museums plan??
    Host Memorial in DC??

  • Belynda Kendall

    08/02/2018 06:40 PM

    Mr Huckabee, just a note about the incident with your daughter Sarah and Jim Acosta today. She is in our prayers daily. She has a tough job but she holds her own. She is a role model to all. She has patience beyond belief. She deserves much more respect from our country and the media. I know being a parent you must be very very proud. I would have personally had a very difficult time with Mr Acosta. He has not right whatsoever to demand her to comment as he sees fit. I think he forgets his role as well as her role in this crazy media age. God bless you are all in our prayers. Belynda Kendall