Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Daily Bible Verse
- It's Funny Because It’s True
- Breyer issues warning to Democrats
- Punching back against "60 Minutes"
- Gaetz denies allegations
- New CDC guidelines
- A Reader Writes...
- America The Beautiful
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
It's Funny Because It’s True
By Mike Huckabee
Georgia state Rep. Wes Cantrell announced that to mollify Democrats who are condemning the new Georgia election reform law, he will introduce a bill to replace it called the “President Joe Biden Jim Crow on Steroids Act.” It would replace the Georgia voting laws with laws identical to those in Biden’s home state of Delaware, which are far more restrictive (to cite just one example, Georgia will now have 19 days of early voting; Delaware has zero.)
If you don’t like that, he also has a bill called the “Chuck Schumer Racist Voter Suppression Act” that would replace Georgia’s election laws with more repressive laws identical to those in New York. Click the link to see how he compares the states side-by-side to prove that, yes, it really will be easier to vote in Georgia under the new laws than in the blue states of Delaware or New York. So be careful what you wish for, especially if you’re in a red state you wish would turn blue.
Breyer issues warning to Democrats
By Mike Huckabee
Tuesday, liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer warned Democrats to “think long and hard” about their dream of expanding (“packing”) the Supreme Court with additional leftist Justices to overpower the conservative Justices’ votes.
During a lecture at Harvard Law School, Breyer warned that the Court’s authority is based on the public’s trust that it’s “guided by legal principle, not politics.” He said, “If the public sees Justices as ‘politicians in robes,’ its confidence in the courts, and in the rule of law itself, can only diminish, diminishing the Court’s power, including its power to act as a ‘check’ on the other branches.”
Of course, that wouldn’t matter to people for whom diminishing the Court’s power to check the other branches is the whole point.
In other SCOTUS news, on Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed former President Trump’s appeal of a ruling that it was unconstitutional for him to block trolls from his White House Twitter account. The Court ruled it moot since he’s no longer President.
However, while Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the ruling, he also made an important point that could form the basis for future needed reforms of laws governing these too-powerful social media sites. Lower courts ruled that Trump couldn’t block critics from what was considered a public forum because it was “unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination”...yet Thomas noted that Twitter – a private company – later blocked the President from his own Twitter account and therefore blocked all Twitter users from interacting with his messages.
Thomas asked how the law can find that First Amendment protections apply to a forum in which “unbridled control of the account resided in the hands of a private party.”
Noting the power of platforms such as Twitter to cut off speech, Thomas warned that the Supreme Court "will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms."
Let’s hope that happens very soon, since it’s obvious the Democratic Congress will never act as long as the social media giants’ biases and censorship are to their political advantage.
Punching back against "60 Minutes"
By Mike Huckabee
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is punching back hard at CBS’ “60 Minutes” over the smear job they attempted on him last Sunday. The claim that he gave vaccine priority to the Publix chain in exchange for campaign donations has been strongly refuted by DeSantis, Publix, Democrat officials involved in the process (one called it absolute “malarkey” – I thought Biden promised us that if he were elected, there would be no more malarkey), and the facts. The revelation that “60 Minutes” deceptively edited a video of DeSantis to remove his explanation only made their story crater even faster. You know your hit piece on a Republican was a disaster when even CNN is running stories about how misleading it was.
DeSantis is now giving a great example to other Republicans of how to react when the biased media lob their phony stinkbombs. He told a crowd that the show’s narrative was “a piece of horse manure,” adding, “These are smear merchants — that’s why nobody trusts corporate media. They are a disaster in what they’re doing.”
“They knew what they were doing was a lie. I knew what they were doing was a lie. Everybody here knows what they were doing is a lie…Unless you’re a partisan leftist, do not trust corporate media. You can’t trust them. They’re not trustworthy. They will lie. They will smear and they just move on to the next target and think that they’re going to be able to get away with it."
There’s more to his statement, and it’s all worth reading at the link.
Bear in mind, these are the same “journalists” who relentlessly attacked everything Trump said and called it a lie, but who now lick Joe Biden’s hand like neutered Pomeranians. They make North Korean reporters’ treatment of Kim Jong Un look hard-hitting. If Biden claimed to have gone golfing and sunk 18 holes in one, they’d respond with, “Congratulations, sir!”
For their part, “60 Minutes” still claims to stand by their nakedly dishonest story, even claiming that the video that was clearly edited to mislead viewers was merely edited for “clarity.” I haven’t heard such jaw-dropping denial since the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch.
Unlike “60 Minutes,” I don’t claim that my newsletter is some towering icon of journalism. We find stories we think are important or interesting and pass them along to you with commentary. But on those rare occasions when we make a mistake (it happens to everyone; that’s why journalism is called “the first draft of history” and newspapers have a daily “Corrections” page), we write a correction. Why can’t “60 Minutes” just own up to this?
Maybe because we merely correct honest mistakes. It’s a lot harder to say, “Sorry, folks! We tried to dishonesty smear someone we oppose politically with a story that was nothing but hot garbage. We never imagined we’d get called out for it. You have our solemn vow that in the future, we’ll try to do a better job of crafting our slimeball hit pieces so they’re not so obvious.”
Gaetz denies allegations
By Mike Huckabee
Updates on the New York Times’ story about sexual misconduct allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz, which he denies and says are part of a blackmail attempt:
Former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill penned an op-ed calling on Gaetz to resign “if there is even a fraction of truth to these reports.” Ironically, the two had been friends in Congress, and Gaetz defended her when she was caught in a sex scandal that ended her career. The difference in this case is that Gaetz says the charges are false and refuses to resign.
One person alleged to be part of the extortion attempt all but admitted in an interview Monday that he did try to get Gaetz’s father to pay him $25 million but insists it wasn’t an extortion attempt. He must think he's awfully persuasive! Details at the link.
New CDC guidelines
By Mike Huckabee
For the past year, operating on the advice of the unquestionable scientific experts at the CDC, most of us have been constantly swabbing our hands and every surface of our homes and workplaces with industrial-strength sanitizer to kill the COVID-19 virus.
Well, the CDC just issued new guidelines based on the latest data, and they now say that the risk of contracting the virus by touching an infected surface and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes is actually “low.” How low? The risk is about 1 in 10,000.
They describe it as “possible, but not a significant risk.” They say people “generally catch COVID-19 through direct contact with a sick person or droplet or airborne transmission.”
Remember supermarket customers running whenever it was announced that a few bottles of hand sanitizer or Lysol had arrived? Here’s the new guidance on what it takes to clean contaminated surfaces:
“Simple cleaning agents appear to be effective against the virus, and disinfectants aren’t necessary for most situations”…There is “little scientific support for routine use of disinfectants in community settings.” Cleaning with normal soap or detergent is considered effective.
And that’s the unquestionable expert scientific advice for this week. Remember this whenever someone tells you about anything, “The science is settled!”
A Reader Writes Back...
I loved the story about the Polish preacher in Canada and his response when cops showed up to harass him and his followers. I don't blame him one bit for calling them Nazis and Communists. I got a good laugh from that story. I think it is time that Americans begin pushing back more.
America The Beautiful
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