Evening Edition - January 3

January 3, 2019

Democrats are preparing to take over the House, and Americans should be thanking their lucky stars that Republicans still control the Senate, because they’re going to have a job that’s the equivalent of a driving instructor who has an extra brake pedal that he can press when the hysterical teenager at the wheel is about to crash the car. 

Judging by what the new House majority members are promising, America is in for two years of (A.) endless, expensive, partisan investigations of President Trump and everyone who ever met him; and (B.) massive government-expanding, budget-busting programs created by people who love socialism even if they can’t define what it is.  And of course, (C.) no funding for a border security wall, because that would cost too much.

At the link are some of the grand ideas they have for their “Green New Deal,” so called because it would require spending more greenbacks than there are on Earth. 

Sorry, Republican voters, it’s too early to start lining up to vote them out in 2020. Wait at least until next January.  

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/socialism-rising-dems-take-house-pushing-massive-government-expansion-as-party-lurches-left

 

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Liberal Priorities in a Nutshell: While the government remains in a partial shutdown due to Congressional Democrats’ refusal to fund a border wall, claiming it’s not a proper use of taxpayer money, the NIH has spent nearly $1.8 million so far on a virtual reality game to help young gay men practice telling their sex partners that they’re HIV positive.

https://freebeacon.com/issues/feds-spend-1788748-on-virtual-reality-game-for-young-gay-men/

 

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Politics are Relative Dept:  A couple of major political figures are discovering the truth of Harry Truman’s advice that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog – because you can’t always depend on the support even of your own relatives.

For instance, Mitt Romney’s op-ed attacking President Trump’s character before he even takes office as a Senator sparked negative responses from many Republicans, including his own niece, GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel:   

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/mitt-romneys-niece-also-gop-chair-just-blasted-uncles-anti-trump-attack/

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi’s adult daughter, Alexandria Pelosi, gave an interview to CNN in which she warned young leftwing firebrands who would dare challenge Pelosi that her mom will “cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding. That’s all you need to know about her.”

And here’s the even scarier part: if you look at the full CNN interview, I think she meant that as a compliment! Rep. Pelosi might want to make sure that CNN never interviews her dog.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pelosis-daughter-reveals-mom-really-like-cut-head-off/

 

 

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Up until now, Rep. Hank Johnson’s most notorious public comments came when he voiced concerns that sending too many troops to the island of Guam might make it tip over.  But now, he’s outdone even that jawdropper by making a speech - in church! -- in which he compared President Trump to Adolph Hitler.  For example, he said both were charismatic public speakers, received hard-to-track donations from wealthy industrialists and stirred up their supporters at raucous rallies. 

So did Barack Obama.  And his point is…?

This hysterical kneejerk inclination on the left to constantly compare anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders to Hitler is incredibly offensive to anyone who understands the true horror of the Holocaust.  Have any of these people who fling around the "Nazi" and "Hitler" cards ever visited the Nazi death camps?  I have.  Once you've been there, you can never invoke that comparison so cavalierly again. 

Trump has not put his political opponents into concentration camps or attempted to commit genocide against an entire ethnic group.  He’s not only possibly the strongest defender of Israel ever in the White House, but his own daughter and grandchildren are Jewish.  These bogus Hitler comparisons are as specious as they are lazy, stupid and offensive.  They tarnish the reputations of their targets less than those of the people who mindlessly fling them. 

News flash: the only thing Trump and Hitler have in common is that neither one of them ever believed that Guam floats.

https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/the-jolt-pulpit-critique-donald-trump-hank-johnson-invokes-adolf-hitler/F2xgPOuVWAAMHeEcjDqeQL/

 

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which makes its living by branding organizations as “hate groups” (and often slandering Christian and conservative groups on vague and partisan grounds) is facing a new lawsuit. The plaintiff is seeking $6.5 million in damages for the SPLC’s alleged defamation and attempts to deny the right to free expression, as well as alleged racketeering through violating laws and legal codes of conduct by receiving and paying for stolen documents in violation of confidentiality agreements.  Because of that, he is demanding that the SPLC’s tax-exempt status be revoked.  This could get very interesting.  Read more about it at the link.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/lawsuit-claims-splc-abetted-theft-spread-lies-to-destroy-lawyer-for-thought-crime/

 

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After a number of Women’s March chapters severed their ties to the national organization due to the revelation of the blatant anti-Semitism of its leaders, both the California and New Orleans branches have canceled plans for their annual marches on January 23rd.   The New Orleans chapter blamed it on a severe drop-off in participation and funding after the revelations about the national leaders and their refusal to step down.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/39833/another-new-orleans-womens-march-cancelled-after-emily-zanotti

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Meanwhile, the California branch of the Woman’s March offered a uniquely California liberal excuse for its march cancellation: there are too many white people in their own group.  It’s a wonderful example of how the growing intolerance of the fanatical PC left is causing it to devour itself until its own organizations implode. 

https://krcrtv.com/north-coast-news/eureka-local-news/organizers-cancel-womens-march-jan-19-due-to-overwhelmingly-white-participants?fbclid=IwAR2I6ze7geP8KN08i5BQdpr1z-avl6gAuTdQc9wS9MQ2sfeaRX5vTX7Bu_A

 

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To be honest, the original Women’s March never did make it clear why they were marching, other than they didn’t like the results of the 2016 election.  So…were they protesting democracy?  To listen to its organizers, “Trump’s America” instantly turned into a place where women’s rights were being repealed and “The Handmaid’s Tale” was now reality.  But here in real reality, Trump has appointed more women to important White House jobs than any President in history, women are earning more money and more college degrees than ever, women are gaining more power and toppling powerful men in many industries, and “The Handmaid’s Tale” remains nothing more than an overpraised TV series. 

The only people in America who are telling women that they aren’t allowed to express their opinions are PC leftists who relentlessly attack and silence Republican and pro-life women -- and any women who complain about transgender men who “identify” as women usurping women’s rights.  

Here’s a modest proposal: the California Women’s March should go ahead and hold its January march.  Just make it a protest of their own group’s racism and anti-Semitism.  At least then, they’d have an actual reason for marching. 

 

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Funniest Tweet of the Day, courtesy of the Lexington, Kentucky, police department.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/cops-fun-mourn-loss-krispy-kreme-donuts/

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From “Huckabee” writer and our resident pop culture guru, Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook )...

As the showbiz history buff around here, the unhappy task has fallen to me to report the passing of various celebrities.  This is a particularly sad duty today because three well-loved entertainers from three different fields have left us at once.  Since their obituaries are in most mainstream news outlets, I’ll try to share a little trivia about each that you might not read elsewhere.

Likely the most famous is keyboardist Daryl Dragon, better known as “The Captain” from the ‘70s duo, the Captain and Tenneille.  He died on New Year’s Day in Prescott, Arizona, of renal failure at 76.  You might remember their cheesy/fun variety show (where Toni Tenneille carried most of the sketches because Daryl was shy and uncomfortable on camera).  If not, then you’ve definitely heard their many hits, such as “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “The Way I Want to Touch You,” “Do That To Me One More Time,” “Shop Around” and “Muskrat Love,” famously parodied by Dr. Demento favorite Big Daddy as “Hamster Love.”

Dragon got his nickname from his habit of wearing a captain’s cap, but do you know who gave it to him?  Mike Love of the Beach Boys.  In his pre-fame days, Dragon toured as that band’s keyboard player. 

Sadly, the Captain and Tenneille’s marriage didn’t last as long as their songs.  They were divorced in 2014 after 39 years of marriage. Toni scored a successful solo career as a singer of standards.  But love did keep them together: Toni’s spokesperson said they stayed in constant contact and were dear friends to the end.  She was by his side when he passed away. 

For a shot of instant ‘70s nostalgia, here’s the video of their breakthrough hit, “Love Will Keep Us Together.”  If you think it’s just a silly love song, note that it won the Grammy for Record of the Year, and compared to this year’s nominees, it’s Beethoven’s Ninth.

https://youtu.be/_QNEf9oGw8o

 

Taking a big turn to a totally different field, pro wrestling announcer/interviewer and WWE Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund has passed away at 76 in Sarasota, Florida. Okerlund was beloved by wrestling fans as the ringmaster at the center of the mayhem, occasionally committing wild or inappropriate “bloopers” that seemed suspiciously scripted.  Some things you might not know about him: 

Jesse Ventura gave him his “Mean Gene” nickname.  He survived two kidney transplants. During his high school days in South Dakota, he had a band called Gene Carroll and the Shades that played all around the area, released a couple of singles and was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame in 2009.  And in 1985, the WWE released an LP, “The Wrestling Album,” on which Okerlund sang a pretty great rendition of “Tutti Frutti” that you can hear at this link:

https://youtu.be/_fgfXGPeX24

 

 

Finally, from my world of comedy writing, I’m very sorry to have to report the passing of deadpan comic Bob Einstein, one of the few people who scored Emmy nominations as a writer, performer and producer.  He died at 76 shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia.  His long comedy career began in the ‘60s on the “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” as a writer and as the cop, “Officer Judy.”  His most famous role was as the catastrophe-prone daredevil, Super Dave Osborn.  Most recently, he was Larry David’s prickly neighbor Marty Funkhouser on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He also had a hand in creating a number of shows over the years for stars such as Carol Burnett, Dick Van Dyke, John Byner and Sonny & Cher. 

Einstein came from a comedy dynasty.  His younger brother is Albert Brooks (that’s right, his real name is Albert Einstein.  You can see why he changed it for a career in comedy.)  Their dad, Harry Einstein, was a popular dialect comedian on radio who played the Greek character Nick Parkyakarkus on Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson’s shows and later, on his own show and in a number of movies. 

If only Bob Einstein had been as indestructible as Super Dave.  Here’s a compilation of some of Super Dave’s most hilarious stunt disasters.

https://youtu.be/9kQ2h6fjRkc

 

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  • Francesca Coppola

    01/08/2019 09:10 AM

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Proud of you for providing a column for conservatives which is sorely missing in the media and to your daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Watching her prevail from horrendous nit-picking from liberals, she rose above it to become stronger than them, which reflects what women are about - not pontificating by bad language and disrespect. God bless you and your family.

    We hope that President Trump gets his (and our) wall. We believe the majority of Americans want it. The wall outcome may become the leading positive factor for Republicans in 2020. We're praying on it. God bless this man for his determination and strength against these bullies and hypocrites - who live their lives contrary to what they want for Americans. Hope the swamp gets drained.

  • Gladys J Edakattil

    01/04/2019 08:08 PM

    1/4/19 - Gov. Huckabee, #I’m sure you had a wonderful Christmas with your family – especially your grand- children! Let me also wish you a great year ahead in 2019. May we see wondrous works of the Lord our God in our lives and all around us in Year 2019. I wonder – perhaps we might even see the fulfilment of Ezekiel 38!!?? #I wouldn't believe anything Pelosi or Schumer or any prominent Democrat say as they don't know to tell the truth! They can't distinguish the truth from a lie! When they say they wouldn't be impeaching the President - or won't be trying - I don't believe them!! Such pathological, pathetic liars! #It’s sickening to observe the lack of concern, sincerity, purposeful hard work, tenacity, courage, and determination, among our Republican representatives and Senators to my utter frustration and disappointment!! Wish I/we could fire them and hire/ appoint sincere, committed and tenacious individuals to the Congress!! These 2 years the GOP Congress accomplished nothing much when they could have and should have with majority in the House and the Senate and a Republican President – apart from few things – other than criticize, condemn, deride, minimize, oppose our President Trump and his efforts to do good for our country and MAGA! #What we should do is: all who are truly concerned about the Border Wall and the Illegal Immigration/ Invasion – to march up to the Hill en masse and go to the offices of every Senator and Representative to let them know that we’re serious and demand that they build that wall we need and want and that we insist that they pass appropriate, sensible and stricter Immigration Laws! We’ve to get in their face practically without any violence or foul words for them to take us seriously! Let’s also fund the Wall through that GoFundMe started by Veteran Brian Kolfage! I’ve already contributed a small amount I could manage as a retiree without any benefits. #I’m fed up with spineless Republican Congressmen. I want them to fight for us with all they got. All that comes from them hot air rhetoric and no action to match their so-called bold words!! They’re all acting! Most of them are in cohorts with the Democrats & the Globalists controlled by the Illuminati to bring in New World Order!!

  • Andrea Ulrich

    01/04/2019 06:30 PM

    Not sure that I am remembering correctly, but I thought that a very long time ago, Ruth Bader Ginsberg fought for potty parity at a Texas stadium. The stadium wanted to install more toilet stalls for women than men, but Ruth argued against that, she didn't think that there should be more toilets for women then there are men. I can't seem to find the info now. Thanks, Mike, keep up the GREAT work and God Bless you. Andrea Ulrich

  • Marshall C Granger

    01/04/2019 04:57 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,

    First off sir I am not a writer to say the least and shamefully not all that verse on the actual goings on with our Government. But I have learned a lot since Mr. Trump ran for President on Fox news,I will only listen to them for they do tell the truth.
    President Trump has repeatedly stated the situation at our borders,mainly Mexico and USA, is a matter of National Security. All I know of the NS office is when they play that card on someone or a establishment of sorts they're cooked,period. An act of Congress can't intervene as for as I know. So if I am any wheres near being right on their authority then why cannot President Trump play that card and have the NS office close up shop down there? Cannot NS acquire the funds as needed and build the wall? I know it is a lot more complicated than I just pictured, hopefully it might be a consideration.
    I'm also sir wondering why they cannot take the monies they confiscated from el chappo,won't capitalized his name, and build it with those funds? Thank you for your time and have great day. :0)
    Be Blessed,
    MCG

  • Nelda White

    01/04/2019 03:08 PM

    Why doesn't Pres Trump tell the democrats that since they agreed to fund a fence, that he no longer wants a wall and is going to erect a fence. Those heavy duty fences with bars so they can be seen through would be just as great and could have razor wire and spikes on top and oiled so they couldn't be climbed. Then he could challenge the democrats to put their money where their mouth is and keep their word or be responsible for the government shutdown. Also, no one wants any comparison to Nazi Germany, but having watched many documentaries and read books about it, I really believe that the democrats are leading America down that ugly path. these documentaries should be shown every year in our schools and the students will be able to judge for themselves instead of being brainwashed by their liberal teachers. It seem to need to be said.

  • Mary Gail Hunt

    01/04/2019 01:45 PM

    First of all I apologize as I gave you an incorrect title!! Governor Huckabee!
    I just wanted to add to my former comment. I wondered if the videos of Chuck Schumer on patriotic viral news could go viral on Facebook and Twitter? I am not savvy enough with the technology-sorry! Sincerely, Gail Hunt

  • Mary Gail Hunt

    01/04/2019 01:31 PM

    I just read that Ann Coulter predicts that President Trump is going to fold concerning the wall. I pray that he will not give in at all. It reminds me of President George HW Bush saying "read my lips, no more taxes." That buried his chances for the next presidency. Patriotic viral news as a whole clip of videos in which Chuck Schumer is explaining all the reasons the wall should be built, and not only that as I'm sure you remember, 50 for Democrats voted for the wall to be constructed to the tune of six point something billion dollars in the year 2013. Don't back down! Thank you for all you do senator Huckabee! Sincerely, Gail Hunt

  • Gladys J Edakattil

    01/04/2019 12:54 PM

    People are leaving democrat controlled states and going to republican controlled states. Great for them to get away from high taxes, but when they get to their new state they try to change it to democrats and repeat the problem. They need to stay and vote democrats out. Will they never learn from history.

  • Gladys J Edakattil

    01/04/2019 12:53 PM

    People are leaving democrat controlled states and going to republican controlled states. Great for them to get away from high taxes, but when they get to their new state they try to change it to democrats and repeat the problem. They need to stay and vote democrats out. Will they never learn from history.

  • Gladys J Edakattil

    01/04/2019 12:37 PM

    Gov. Huck, #I’m sure you had a wonderful Christmas with your family – especially your grand- children! Let me also wish you a great year ahead in 2019. May we see wondrous works of the Lord our God in our lives and all around us in Year 2019. I wonder – perhaps we might even see the fulfilment of Ezekiel 38!!?? #It’s sickening to observe the lack of concern, sincerity, purposeful hard work, tenacity, courage, and determination, among our Republican representatives and Senators to my utter frustration and disappointment!! Wish I/we could fire them and hire/ appoint sincere, committed and tenacious individuals to the Congress!! These 2 years the GOP Congress accomplished nothing much when they could have and should have with majority in the House and the Senate and a Republican President – apart from few things – other than criticize, condemn, deride, minimize, oppose our President Trump and his efforts to do good for our country and MAGA! #What we should do is: all who are truly concerned about the Border Wall and the Illegal Immigration/ Invasion – to march up to the Hill en masse and go to the offices of every Senator and Representative to let them know that we’re serious and demand that they build that wall we need and want and pass appropriate, sensible and stricter Immigration Laws! We’ve to get in their face encounter without any violence or foul words! Let’s also fund the Wall through that GoFundMe started by Veteran Brian Kolfage! I’ve already contributed a small amount I could manage as a retiree without any benefits. #I’m fed up with spineless Republican Congressmen. I want them to fight for us with all they got. All that comes from them hot air rhetoric and no action to match their so-called bold words!! They’re all acting! Most of them are in cohorts with the Democrats & the Globalists controlled by the Illuminati to bring in New World Order!!

  • Milbourn

    01/04/2019 09:16 AM

    Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in. PRESIDENT Trump has the right idea huh. Copied this from facebook

  • Francesca Coppola

    01/04/2019 08:04 AM

    Dems choose Pro-Abortion Pelosi -- Does anyone remember when Saint Mother Teresa berated Pelosi's chum, Hillary, about abortion? I'm with St. Mother Teresa on this - read what she told Hillary......http://expertistas.com/2016/03/26/mother-teresa-left-pro-abortion-hilary-clinton-completely-speechless/aboutme

  • Richard Lingenfelter

    01/04/2019 05:17 AM

    You forgot to mention the death off Ray Sawyer. Founder of Dr Hook &The Medicine Show. Died on Jan 31 2018 in Daytona Beach FL. You may have but I missed it. Thank you

  • Linda Buckardt

    01/04/2019 01:35 AM

    The new proposed rules by Pelosi. In here, she says that we will pay for the Green New Deal by bailing out the energy companies, just like we did the banks many years ago and also the car companys.
    I get calls everyday for me to get free solar (NV). I'm frugal and my last bill was for $80.00. I was told that my bill will go down to $13.00. However, they said nothing about a lien that would put on my house if I try to sell it. A payoff of their panels.
    I am so grateful for Sarah. It is terrible how they treat a woman.

  • Doug Morgan

    01/03/2019 11:01 PM

    If the leftists that are in Congress move forward with impeachment of our president, they might have a few million who will exercise their rights under the 2nd Amendment. On the other hand, conservatives will probably just lie down and let the thugs run over us as we've always done.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    01/03/2019 10:26 PM

    If not for your insights, humor and honesty, I might be driven to believe all is lost, Thank you! The more I learn about ancient history -the more I realize that there are only three basic types of people -those that revere freedom, those that want to subjugate the free, and those willing to be subjugated. Even as far back as the Celts- walls worked- to keep out invaders, and those who wanted to take by force, what others had worked to produce. Trump is right about the wall. Republicans need to admonish Romney and Solidarity should be their focus moving forward. That is what they promised the American people.

  • Carl Smith

    01/03/2019 09:58 PM

    The voters of Georgia should be SO proud of their inability to realize they have been taken. Hank You are a real mental giant and sadly Georgia ( beautiful , wonderful State) is now the laughing stock of America-Once Again because of your ignorance and EGO.

  • Gary Stilwell

    01/03/2019 09:56 PM

    Apparently, Cortez has just learned a new word---"Existentsial"(sorry for the misspelling if I got it wrong)--a word 8th graders used to know----
    Our Human Species is de-evolving--at a more rapid pace than we originally 'evolved'(according to the plan the Lord put in place)
    The "Green' move is applauded, but it is way past the time it could ever be effective--it is also couched in a really bad package-socialism
    We live on a planet that is a closed system--we fail to understand that our actions will eventually convert our home into an unlivable environment--that process is has been ongoing for many years--it is irreversible at this point--Sagan and Hawking are correct--the only out is migration to another landscape--if the Lord allows it.---(if history is any indicator, he/she will not--we have screwed ourselves, just as he said we would--

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    01/03/2019 09:07 PM

    If congress won’t build the wall, do you think the Gomefund will be able to be used. I think more of us would give if we thought it would

  • lewis floyd

    01/03/2019 08:59 PM

    why not start giving the Dumocraps a dose of their own medicine by using Article 1, Section 5, clause 2 (expulsion) to bring charges up on everyone that even mentions impeachment.