BY MIKE HUCKABEE
Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee team!
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Give Cori Bush credit
It must be hard to stand out as the dumbest member of “The Squad,” but give Rep. Cori Bush credit for giving it the old, anti-Semitic Ivy League college try.
After Israel waited for weeks to give innocent Palestinians time to get out of Gaza before they came in to kill murderous Hamas terrorists, Bush sent out this tweet. Brace yourself, just reading it might make your IQ plummet:
"We can’t be silent about Israel’s ethnic cleansing campaign. Babies, dead. Pregnant women, dead. Elderly, dead. Generations of families, dead. Millions of people in Gaza with nowhere to go being slaughtered. The U.S. must stop funding these atrocities against Palestinians."
Wow, where to start? First, since even Hamas is claiming that 8,000 Palestinians have died, I don’t think you can say “millions” are being slaughtered. And if they have “nowhere to go,” it’s because her pals in Hamas are blocking the escape routes and forcing them to go back and be human shields. She’s right that babies, pregnant women, the elderly and entire generations of families have been slaughtered in an ethnic cleansing atrocity, but those were Israeli Jews slaughtered by her Hamas buddies. Any non-terrorist Palestinian killed by Israel isn’t being “ethnically cleansed,” but is an inadvertent casualty of a war Hamas started because Hamas is using them as - one more time for the slow learners - HUMAN SHIELDS.
I almost feel sorry for the other members of the Squad for having to come up with something to say that’s even more braindead than that. But I have full faith that they are up to the challenge.
Related: Speaking of “Squad” members, is anyone really surprised by a report that Rep. Rashida Tlaib has extensive fundraising ties to pro-Hamas activists and that she hired the founder of a pro-terror Facebook page as the chairman of her campaign finance committee?
A Chicago Brawl
During a big pro-Palestinian rally in Chicago, a brawl broke out between the Hamas sympathizers and a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, with video of it going viral.
As satisfying as that clip might be, in case you’re wondering who the Black Hebrew Israelites are, no, they’re not Israelis. You might recall that they were the troublemakers who started taunting the Catholic students in DC and that led to Nick Sandmann being smeared and suing CNN. Flashback:
Hamas = A Terrorist Organization
A new Rasmussen poll found that 78% of US voters think Hamas should be declared a terrorist organization, and 60% believe that groups that support Hamas should be investigated by federal authorities. Sorry, they’re too busy investigating the biggest terrorist threat to America: Trump voters.
And while Biden has actually been pretty good thus far in supporting Israel, I think Trump is closer to what most Americans feel about this issue.
Attention, female athletes:
This is what you need to do when biological men claim to “identify” as female and demand to compete in your sports.
The Georgia Grappling Championship, a jiu-jitsu tournament supposedly for women, surprised female competitors by not telling them that the people they’d have to fight included “trans-identifying” males who towered over them and outweighed them by 65 pounds. The women simply refused to go along with this insanity and walked out. So the podium had an all-male roster of winners.
Women’s sports defender Riley Gaines tweeted, “In the name of inclusivity and feminism, males are brutally beating up on women and being awarded for it. Think about the message this sends."
This was such an embarrassment (and rightly so) that the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) officially changed its policy. From now on “cisgender females” (a stupid term; it should just be “females”) will compete in the women’s division, and “transgender females” (i.e., biological males) will compete in the men’s division. There, was that so hard to figure out?
All female athletes should take a lesson from these women. If you’re asked to risk your health and give up your sport by being forced to compete against larger, stronger male athletes, just say “no” and walk out. News flash: the organizers can’t sell tickets and TV rights to their “women’s sports league” without women. Refuse to play along and force them, if they want to stay in business, to stop letting males cheat by stealing your trophies, titles, prizes and scholarships.
All you have to do is not care what leftist idiots call you on the Internet. Trust me, it’s not that hard. I’ve done it for years.
“Transparency and accountability” for Biden? FOIA is a joke
As bad as Hillary’s email scandal was --- thousands of official State Department documents kept secret on a private server --- President Biden’s looks to be potentially much worse, at least in terms of scale.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), finally responding to a lawsuit by the nonprofit public interest law firm the Southeast Legal Foundation, said in a federal court filing in Atlanta on Monday that it has found 82,000 pages (!) of emails that Joe Biden sent or received under one of three pseudonyms he was using while serving as Vice President. According to the filing, they will be producing “non-exempt” portions of this material on a “monthly rolling basis.”
The foundation sought these emails after JUST THE NEWS reported a year ago that Joe Biden had been using three email accounts with fake names: Robert L. Peters, JRBWare, and Robinware456.
So, what’s in the many thousands of emails Biden wrote or received while he was VP? We have no idea. As John Solomon writes, “NARA has completed a search for potentially responsive documents and is currently processing those documents for the purpose of producing non-exempt portions of any responsive records on a monthly rolling basis,” the status report stated. “Given the scope of Plaintiff’s FOIA request, which seeks copies of all emails in three separate accounts over an eight-year period, the volume of potentially responsive records is necessarily large.”
We would word that a little differently: that it’s “necessarily large” because of Biden’s attempt to hide his communications from FOIA requests in THREE SEPARATE ACCOUNTS. In other words, don’t blame the plaintiff’s request, which he has every right under the law to make. Blame Biden.
According to the court filing, NARA and the legal foundation are working together, “discussing ways to narrow the request for records to get copies of the emails out in a more expeditious manner.”
As we learned with Hillary’s email scandal, government officials’ use of private email for official government business is “discouraged under law.” Under the Federal Records Act, officials such as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-VP Joe Biden are required to preserve all government-related emails conducted on their private email accounts. Hillary’s had actually been under subpoena, and yet she and her aides deleted over 22,000 more that she had deemed “personal.” (You know, the ones about yoga classes and Chelsea’s wedding.) It turned out that some of the material was classified, including 22 emails that were “top secret.” It didn’t matter; then-FBI Director James Comey, unbelievably, let Hillary off the hook in his infamous speech on July 5, 2016, saving her presidential candidacy ahead of the Democratic National Convention when she had done something that would put regular people --- and certainly Donald Trump --- in the slammer.
Hillary apparently wasn’t using made-up names for herself, although it might be fun to think of some she could have used.
We don’t yet know if any of these Biden-pseudonym emails were classified, but he’s currently under investigation, or so they tell us, by Special Counsel Robert Hur for having classified documents from his time as senator and VP and keeping them, well, in a variety of non-secure places. Were any of these places raided Mar-A-Lago style? Don’t be silly; of course not.
As the DAILY CALLER reports, another group, Stephen Miller’s America First Legal, also received a status report from the National Archives on its own FOIA lawsuit in early October identifying nearly 20,000 emails with Hunter Biden’s company Rosemont Seneca and over 4,000 with Hunter himself. Others were with Joe’s brother Jim and Jim’s company. But AFL still hasn’t seen the actual documents. I’m sure they were all about the weather.
The Southeastern Law Foundation suit is what turned up the Biden pseudonyms Robin Ware, Robert L. Peters and JRB Ware. While he was Vice President, Biden was apparently using these names for government business, as there was one from “Robert L. Peters” setting up a meeting with Ukraine’s then-president Petro Porochenko ON HUNTER’S LAPTOP.
The House Oversight Committee wrote a letter to NARA in August demanding that they be given “unrestricted access” to the Biden pseudonym documents under the Presidential Records Act. NARA has only partially complied so far, allowing the committee to review the Ukraine-related email and a small number of others in September.
The committee has also requested that NARA turn over records related to Hunter Biden’s rides on Air Force Two, plus the communications between Joe’s White House office and/or Hunter and Hunter’s business associates. From the State Department, they’re asking for records surrounding Biden’s administration and the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
EPOCH TIMES investigative reporter Mark Tapscott posted yesterday about what a joke the Freedom Of Information Act is. He says that every day, bureaucrats at every level of government “thumb their noses” at it. This is a law with absolutely no teeth that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966.
It can take years for the “responsive” records to be produced, and we have to take their word that it’s all there. Often entire pages are obscured with black bars. As Tapscott says, “They redact, ignore, delete, overlook, wait, misconstrue, etc. etc., whatever it takes to avoid providing the transparency and accountability the law requires.” And why not? There are no penalties. Nobody’s going to jail for failing to comply.
Have you ever tried to get documents released via a FOIA request? Tapscott links to an article detailing the bureaucratic road traveled by Hans Bader when he had to sue the Department of Education under FOIA to get thousands of pages of documents concerning proposed regulation of charter schools. Bader, who worked in the Department of Education under Trump, submitted his request on behalf of Liberty Unyielding and the Bader Family Foundation. He’s sued federal agencies over unfulfilled FOIA requests 13 times since 2021.
When the Department of Education did not comply or offer any response at all within the proscribed 20-day period, he filed suit. So now it’s releasing pages at the rate of about 500 per month, and many of the pages are entirely redacted. In the documents produced this October, only 4 of the 574 pages released were NOT totally redacted. You’d think this was classified material about our nuclear arsenal, not proposed rules for charter schools.
The Education Department says the redacted material is “exempt” but hasn’t explained why. “Courts have said that agencies generally do not even have to justify their redactions until they file for summary judgment, Bader writes, “which occurs months or years after a FOIA lawsuit is filed.” In other words, delay, delay, delay. We have to hand it to heroic organizations like Judicial Watch, which stays on every lawsuit like a dog with a bone, no matter how long it takes to get the information.
“Agencies usually withhold the lion’s share of interesting communications,” says Bader, “the ones that describe what the agency is up to, under the deliberative process privilege,” which is interpreted very expansively by the courts. “Deliberative process privilege has become the exception that devours the rule of transparency created by the FOIA.”
The whole purpose of the Freedom Of Information Act was, according to the Supreme Court, to “ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and hold the government accountable to the governed.” (I’ll pause while you laugh helplessly.) The law in its current form, as interpreted by the courts, can’t possibly do that.
Here is today’s page of continuously-updated stories on the war in Israel from Fox News:
In the latest news, IDF forces safely liberated a female Israeli soldier, 19-year-old Private Ori Megidish, who was being held hostage by Hamas. Israel’s military also announced that another 300 Hamas targets had been attacked in Gaza over the last 24 hours. A spokesman said, "We are hunting their commanders. We are attacking their infrastructure and whenever there is any potent target that is related to Hamas, we strike it. Now we do so with professionalism. Hamas is the enemy, not the civilian population." It's also reported that the Hamas commander who directed the October 7th attack has been killed in an airstrike.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a strong speech rejecting calls for a ceasefire. He said, “Just as the US would not agree to a ceasefire after the bombing of Pearl Harbor or after the terrorist attack of 9/11, Israel will not agree to a cessation of hostilities with Hamas after the horrific attacks of 7 October. Calls for a ceasefire are calls for Israel to surrender to Hamas, to surrender to terrorism. The Bible says ‘there is a time for peace, and a time for war,’” and “This is a time for a war. A war for our common future. Today, we draw a line between the forces of civilization and the forces of barbarism.”
Netanyahu said Israel is giving Hamas just two choices: “Die or surrender.” Anyone who thinks that’s too harsh should consider that it’s one more choice than Hamas gave their victims.
Surprisingly, even Hillary Clinton agrees. To her fellow Democrats who are crying for a ceasefire, Hillary said they “don’t understand Hamas.” She said, "It would be such a gift to Hamas because they would spend whatever time there was a ceasefire in effect rebuilding their armaments, creating stronger positions to be able to fend off an eventual assault by the Israelis."
To give Hillary credit, she’s absolutely right about this. And as Nick Arama at Redstate.com points out, among those who don’t (or to be kind, didn’t) understand how Hamas exploits ceasefires was Joe Biden, who in May of 2021 bragged about negotiating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. He promised aid to Gaza and not to let Hamas restock their weapons. And then there was another “ceasefire” in May of this year. They really worked out great, didn’t they?
Israeli officials report that they have identified the body of Shani Louk, the young German-Israeli woman abducted at the music festival, tortured and paraded unconscious around Gaza on the back of a truck by Hamas barbarians. Her body was discovered beheaded.
As horrifying as this is, also horrifying in a different way are the efforts by some in the West to downplay and deny the brutality of these terrorists. Like the editors of the Yale Daily student newspaper, who put a “correction” on a story saying that claims that Hamas raped women and beheaded men are “unsubstantiated.” They got some blunt lessons on Twitter about what that word means, and how it doesn’t apply to acts of animalistic savagery that are live streamed online by the people committing them.
If these young ignoramuses would like some “substantiation” of Hamas’ brutality, the IDF has discovered some, but I will warn you in advance, this is disturbing and sickening.
I hope your family has a safe and fun Halloween, that is, if you aren’t afraid to put on any costume for fear it will offend somebody. It’s funny, I remember when liberals used to mock Christians for opposing Halloween parties in schools. Now, it’s liberals who are banning Halloween, like these school officials in New Jersey:
They claimed that canceling Halloween would somehow “encourage diversity, equity and inclusion.” Which is ridiculous, because dressing up as a DEI consultant makes you much scarier than a werewolf or vampire, and far more dangerous to society. They rescinded the ban after parents revolted and even the Democrat Governor slammed it, saying, “Give me a break!”
Of course, there’s always the possibility that Democrats will cancel Halloween just by making candy so expensive that nobody can afford to give it out anymore.
Some good news
A new report by the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on government weaponization reveals that due to pressure from them, the IRS agreed to end unannounced surprise visits to taxpayers’ homes as of July 2023. The report assured Americans that the subcommittee’s “oversight revealed, and led to the swift end of, the IRS’s weaponization of unannounced field visits to harass, intimidate, and target taxpayers.”
Here’s why that was necessary. The report includes an account of an IRS agent showing up at the door of a Marion County, Ohio, woman and lying about why he was there. She had received no notice of any tax problems, but she let him in and he began harassing and intimidating her. She told him to leave, and he replied, “I am an IRS agent. I can be at and go into anyone’s house at any time I want to be.” She finally called the police, and the agent filed a complaint against the police department! The IRS later admitted that the woman owed no taxes and the situation “never should have gotten this far.”
If you know anyone who actually believes their vote doesn’t matter and there’s no difference between the two parties, tell them that the Republicans took action to rein in the abuse of power by the IRS while the Democrats want to hire 87,000 more IRS agents. Maybe that will slap some reality into them.
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