Evening Edition - June 20

June 20, 2018

 

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As rumored, yesterday, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that the Trump Administration was withdrawing the US from the UN Human Rights Council (note: it’s not the Human Rights Committee or Commission, but a 47-member body that supposedly promotes and protects human rights worldwide).  Naturally, this will be covered in the media as an “OUTRAGE!!!” (Trademark registered) and further proof that Trump hates humans. 

 

In explaining the decision, Ambassador Haley pointed out that the UN “Human Rights” Council (the quotation marks are well earned) is a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias” unworthy of its name, far more concerned with virtue signaling and partisan attacks than protecting human rights.  In fact, it’s actually damaging the cause of human rights.    

 

She noted that the “Human Rights” Council ignores widespread human rights abuses by other nations while relentlessly attacking Israel; and that earlier this year, it had passed five resolutions against Israel, more than the number passed against North Korea, Iran and Syria combined.

 


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(Personal aside: I have been going to Israel at least a couple of times a year for decades.  It is an oasis of human rights in the Middle East, with a democratically-elected government that protects the rights of all residents, regardless of their religious beliefs.  If you think Israel is the worst human rights abuser in the Middle East, then ask yourself which you would rather be: a Muslim in Tel Aviv or a Jew in Iran or Syria?) 

 

The Council has also managed to ignore horrific human rights violations in countries such as China and Venezuela while condemning such terrible human rights abuses as the GOP tax cut in the US.  Yes, you heard right: that’s officially a human rights abuse according to them, because it allegedly contributes to income inequality due to more of the money going to wealthier people, who are the ones who pay most of the taxes.  This would fall under the “if you have to work that hard to explain why it’s a human rights abuse, then it’s not a human rights abuse” rule.

 

Haley said the US has worked to reform the Council for a year with no success and that every nation she’s met with agrees with the US behind closed doors, but won’t say so publicly (what a perfect summation that is of how the UN works.)  

 

She said that if the UN reforms the Council, the US will consider returning.  I wouldn’t count on that, though.  After all, what does the UN “Human Rights” Council need with the US when it still has such stalwart guardians of human rights  as Angola, Pakistan, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is almost as misleadingly named as the UN “Human Rights” Council?

 

Let critics call this US withdrawal from one UN council an “outrage” if they want.  I’d call it “a good start.”

 

At the link, more on the story, including video of Ambassador Haley’s statement.

 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/19/us-withdraws-from-un-human-rights-council-as-haley-decries-cesspool-political-bias.html

 



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As every parent knows, the cry of a child evokes a Pavlovian response that will grab your heartstrings and make you drop whatever you’re doing and run to pay attention.  That's why the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are literally using recordings of crying children to get us to turn our attention away from other issues and run to look at the situation on the border in which children are separated from their parents when those parents choose to attempt to enter the US illegally with their children and then refuse to go with their families back where they came from (notice how much responsibility for creating this situation the parents have, a fact that is never mentioned in the “Trump is cruelly ripping babies from mothers’ arms” narrative.)

 

At this link, some photos from conservative commentator/editor Ben Shapiro, showing that Trump is enforcing a law that has been on the books for years, and that the facilities for children are the exact same ones they were put in under Obama, which Rachel Maddow and her media colleagues never shed any tears about.   

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ben-shapiro-unveils-forgotten-child-detainee-photos-from-obama-administration/

 

This overheated hyperbole has served its function, diverting attention away from the devastating revelations of Tuesday’s House IG hearing that showed what an utterly corrupt, politicized scam the FBI “investigations” of Trump and Hillary were.  It’s also helped inflame passions and cause even more divisiveness and disrespect, with reports of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen being forced to leave a restaurant due to heckling and threats by activists from the Democratic Socialists of America...

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/protesters-harass-chase-dhs-secretary-from-dinner-at-mexican-restaurant-watch

 

...And a Capitol Hill intern yelling a Robert DeNiro-style obscenity at President Trump when he visited Congress to discuss the situation.  Even worse, actual elected members of the Hispanic Democratic Caucus heckled Trump, screaming at him in the hallway (remember when one Republican shouted “You lie” at Obama, and the Democrats hit the ceiling over that horrifying lack of respect for the Commander-in-Chief?)

 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/19/immigration-tensions-boil-over-as-dems-accost-trump-intern-curses-at-president.html

 

Yet, as Shapiro notes, all of this could be fixed instantly, simply by Congress changing the law.  The Trump Administration has been asking Congress to pass an immigration reform bill for over a year, and offering to sign anything that fixes DACA and the family separation issue, as long as it also includes stricter border security measures and funding for a wall to prevent the leniency from encouraging future abuses.  So far, the Democrats who curse Trump for not doing their job for them and cry about the children even louder than the children cry on their videotapes have blocked every legislative effort. 

 

As of this writing, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is reportedly still blocking any reform bill.  He wants Trump to hearken back to the Obama era, ignore the Constitution and change the law with an executive order.  He claims this will be faster, although anything would be faster than waiting for the Democrats to stop obstructing everything, even things they supposedly support.  It would also have the benefit of giving the Democrats what they want without them giving Trump anything he wants.  And for the cherry on top, it would mean Trump would give them what they want without them having to do their job.  

 

Something to remember when they ask you to vote them back in charge of Congress in November: they’re not only terrible at crafting laws and policies, they obviously also really hate having to do it. 

 


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With so much seriousness in the news, we need a Huck’s Criminal Mastermind to lighten the mood, and I’m proud to say we have one from my home state.  Well, not “proud,” come to think of it.  But this did happen in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. 

 

A woman was in a gas station Sunday when someone broke into her car and stole her purse with her wallet inside.  Two days later, she was waitressing at a diner two blocks away when a man paid for his meal by handing her her own credit card.  She called the police, who came over and searched him.  He was also carrying her other credit cards, her Social Security card and her driver’s license, which had her picture on it. Police said you’d think he would've known what she looked like, yet he tried to pay her with her own credit card.

 

So he’s not exactly a genius, but there was double good news for the victim.  She got her stolen possessions back, and she can now feel better knowing that she really must not look like her driver’s license photo.

 

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/jun/20/pb-diner-tries-to-use-waitress-stolen-c/

 

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Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) couldn’t have planned it better.  They kept Tuesday’s news cycle focused hysterically on child immigration –- you’d never know that kids were separated at the border from their illegal immigrant parents while Obama was President –- while the real news was being made in the House committee hearings with Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

 

I know I’ve called Trey Gowdy a “pod person” in recent days.  Seriously, it was the most descriptive term I could come up with.  But the release of the IG report, which paints in its 568 pages a disturbing picture of anti-Trump bias coloring the FBI’s investigation of Hillary’s email case, has jolted him back to real life.  His questioning of Horowitz was magnificent.

 

Here's just one example from Gowdy:  "They pre-judged the outcome of the Hillary Clinton investigation before the investigation ended, and these exact same FBI agents and attorneys pre-judged the outcome of the Russia investigation before it even began.  If (that) is not evidence of outcome-determinative bias, for the life of me I don't know what would be."

 

In contrast, Democrats in these hearings keep trying to push the narrative that Comey’s October letter to Congress kept Hillary out of the White House.  Never mind that Comey hated Trump and certainly didn’t want to hurt his opponent in any way.  This appears to have been a hail-Mary attempt by Comey to help Hillary when the Weiner laptop story couldn’t be contained any longer.  Most importantly, if she had been prosecuted in July for mishandling classified material and obstructing justice as she should have been, the point of the October letter would be moot, because she would no longer have been a candidate for the White House –- only the Big House.  Hillary lost the election because she is Hillary, so it would be really nice if Democrats would just put a sock in it.

 

Committee Republicans have obviously had enough of this blather and were in top form on Tuesday.  Most of us didn’t see it, though –- every channel was showing crying children.  So let’s play some catch-up on the FBI story.

 

After the release of the report, Peter Strzok was reportedly escorted out of the FBI building in Washington DC on Friday.  According to his lawyer, Aitan Goelman, he’s still employed and is just going away while the FBI conducts its “ongoing internal proceedings.”  Seems to me they’ve had plenty of time for all the internal proceedings they should ever need, pre-firing, but that’s the line.

 

And now, just for fun, I’m going to give you the text of Goelman’s unintentionally hilarious statement, picked apart line-by-line by me.  (The part in total caps is me.)

 

“Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks.”  (JUDGING BY HIS TEXTS, PETE WAS READY TO USE THE RULES AND THE PROCESS TO “STOP” TRUMP, YET HE STILL COLLECTS A PAYCHECK FROM THE FBI.  AND THE BIGGEST TARGET OF PERSONAL ATTACKS, POLITICAL GAMES AND INFORMATION LEAKS HAS BEEN TRUMP HIMSELF.)

 

“All of this seriously calls into question the impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears to be tainted by political influence.”  (SERIOUSLY??  WELL, WE CALL INTO QUESTION STRZOK’S IMPARTIALITY, WHICH APPEARS TO BE TAINTED BY POLITICAL INFLUENCE.)

 

“Instead of publicly calling for a long-serving FBI agent to be summarily fired, politicians should allow the disciplinary process to play out free from political pressure.”  (IN STRZOK’S CASE, IT’S ONLY POLITICAL PRESSURE THAT HAS LED TO ANY DISCIPLINARY PROCESS AT ALL.)

 

“Our leaders and the public should be very concerned with how readily such influence has been allowed to undermine due process and the legal protections owed to someone who has served his country for so long.”  (STRZOK HAS BEEN EMPLOYED AT THE FBI DURING THE YEAR-AND-A-HALF IT TOOK TO GET THE IG’S REPORT.  AND HE’S STILL EMPLOYED.  THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH HOW HARD IT IS TO FIRE SOMEONE WHO REALLY DESERVES FIRING.)

 

“Pete Strzok and the American people deserve better.”  (YOU'RE HALF RIGHT:  THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER THAN PETER STRZOK..)

 

So much for Goelman’s statement.  As for Tuesday’s questioning of Horowitz that most people didn’t see, at least the questions and answers are now on the record.  The charge that Peter Strzok was leading a sham investigation into Hillary and an “insurance-policy” investigation into Trump was made quite dramatically.  Horowitz was in no position to refute it; all he could really say was that the matter was “still under review.”

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/19/fbis-peter-strzok-author-of-anti-trump-texts-escorted-from-building.html

   

 

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  • Diane Woodard

    06/25/2018 12:14 PM

    Thank you Governor for your forthright and sensible statements on the politics and other matters of great concern to Christian Americans. Reading your comments and summaries helps me to keep my boggled mind focused and feet "on the ground".
    May our God continue to bless you as you work to keep "we the 'deplorable' people
    informed.

  • Audrey Skarness

    06/21/2018 05:37 PM

    Does any one remember in 2015 when Obama sent DHS buses to pick up illegals at the border and ship them to different states???

  • Rodney Blackb

    06/21/2018 04:55 PM

    Chuck shummer is a disgrace also i believe paul ryan should pass legisation on imagration or not go on vacation in august maybehe should be replaced i think 1 or2 democrates in the senate would vote yes on a imigration bill not not try is unaccelatable.

  • Barbara Gray

    06/21/2018 03:48 PM

    I am just a common deplorable. But I am sick of hearing how Hillary broke the law and nothing is going to be done about it. How Comey broke the law and nothing is going to be done about it. How Strotz broke the law and nothing is going to be done about it. How Obama probably broke the law and nothing is going to be done about it. The DOJ is the culprit not the FBI. They have the power to charge and arrest these people. Why don't they do their job? I guess they are just too busy spending the tax payers money on trying to prove that President Trump is a crook. Don't know why they would want to prove that. It would just put him in the basket with them.

  • LORI ANN REGO

    06/21/2018 01:37 PM

    GOV. HUCKABEE THAT IS TO FUNNY THE ROBBER USING THE WAITRESS'S CREDIT CARD. OBVIOUSLY GOD WAS WITH HER FOR THE ROBBER TO DO THAT PLUS HAVE THE REST OF HER ITEMS. PLUS SHE WAS ABLE TO GET THE COPS WHILE HE WAS STILL THERE.

  • rodney burke

    06/21/2018 11:34 AM

    the "Human rights council" like everything ELSE in the UN is a joke, Nikki Haley is dead on correct. Send the UN to the Hague, Syria, China, or Burma. this bunch like democrats hate what is good and hold in contempt what is evil.. let this be the next step in driving the UN out of American which they hate. they do NOT belong in a country they hold in contempt. Take the UN complex and make it into a medical facility for wounded Vets.

  • Gary List

    06/21/2018 11:16 AM

    Americans are outraged at the corruption of the DOJ, F.B.I., I.R.S. and other U.S. Govt. agencies with a do nothing Congress and Senate. Federal employees who violate the law should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, lose their benefits/pensions and be fired if found guilty. However, it would seem that there is little chance of accountability with this Congress and Senate.

  • Colette Wagner

    06/21/2018 11:15 AM

    How long does it take to throw these jerks in jail? Including Hillary and her pervert husband. They will keep "investigating" until no one notices them sweep the whole thing under the rug. These people will still be collecting a paycheck when I retire. This is ridiculous. This is why the American people elected Trump. We know the swamp believes we are stupid. Trump promised to drain the swamp. The best evidence of that would be Hillary going to prison. We've known they were crooked since Bill got caught with his pants done in the Oval Office. I was completely outraged by her saying under oath "What does it matter" about Americans dying in Benghazi. The fact that she's still walking around free when those people that she put there are dead is beyond unbelievable and unjust.

  • Walter D. Kerr

    06/21/2018 10:35 AM

    Thanks for your updates. Never in my life have I seen such corruption in our Justice Dept. and FBI. I would think that even Democrats would be outraged. I am thankful every day Trump was elected President. Draining the swamp is a bigger job than ever imagined. Praying that justice will be done.

  • Carol Rice

    06/21/2018 09:12 AM

    1. I love your writing, your humor & your pinpoint witticisms.
    2. I like the older format you had, where I could pick & choose which story I read (which usually meant, which story I read first throughout my whirlwind day). You'd not think it would make that much difference, but I've consistently found myself consistently waiting to open these new, less-than-tantalizing emails, thinking I'll do it next time I sit down at the computer. But, low and behold, I've found many days (& even a week!) of emails from your desk that are still unopened on mine, & I've tried to determine why this is; because I've always loved getting your emails and have gleefully opened them as soon as I saw them. And I've really missed reading them; hate not reading them, esp since it's one of my only newsfeeds. (I don't watch TV. Period.) For what it's worth, I think the reason is two-fold. The way you used to do the email presentation was in bite-size pieces, with bold, catchy headlines to grab my attention like a caffeinated beverage (if I drank one) and it gave me something to look forward to all day long, as I maneuvered around my day, sandwiched between parent-care, chores, online job, and grandkids. The 2nd thing is, it gave me, your reader, a sense of control in my already-chaotic world, where I'm expected to take this and take that, NOW. Many days are like climbing a slipping slope, so any bite-sized pieces of self-controlled somethings are like a little vitamin pill :-) which I dearly miss!
    3. Could you explain, in your writings, perhaps in parenthesis, what the acronyms are? Most folks might already know, but I don't. Example: IG and DACA. I could look them up, but most days my life is so near to overwhelming, that I feel there's not sufficient sit-down time to read, let alone look up definitions, so it is frustrating & discouraging. Thank you so much for what you do, Mr. Huckabe, and for reading this. I really appreciate and admire you, your family, and what you do. (And I thank God daily for our creative genius of a President, who happens to also be very business-like; what an unlikely combo... and enigma... he is!)

  • Phyllis C. Leatherman

    06/21/2018 08:57 AM

    I appreciate getting the truth from you, Mike. There is so much jabber out there. Never have seen it like this in my going on 88 years !!

  • Agnes Kent

    06/21/2018 08:39 AM

    I am so tired of the Congress of the U.S. We need to replace most of them. They need to get off their A---------- and get to work doing what they are supposed to be doing - working for the people instead of their own prejudices. They need to support their President - Trump - so far he has done an outstanding job and hope that he has the fortitude to continue against them. He has my respect and admiration.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    06/21/2018 08:05 AM

    We have a bigger crisis of HOMELESSNESS in this country, yet this government insists on zeroing in on the plight of children of illegals. I say just put them back on the bus (the heck with a hearing as they are illegal) with paperwork in hand that they can fill out on the ride home and begin to enter this county legally! At $700.00 per child per day and the cost of the hearings, housing and food, not to mention medicals,....what are we thinking? I cannot afford health insurance but $700.00 a day would help that; $700.00 a day would build a nice facility to help and house our homeless in EVERY STATE. But, we spend it on ILLEGALS.

  • Jerry Holland

    06/21/2018 06:53 AM

    Fire Sessions and Rosenstein. Quit the UN completely, it's a joke. Arrest and charge Hillary. Just some thoughts on making the US right again.

  • Lloyd Gray

    06/21/2018 06:45 AM

    Mike you are the best. Your commentary is always spot on and usually makes me smile.

  • Dave Hancock

    06/21/2018 12:46 AM

    Miss the Bible verse in the Evening Edition, even if it were the same as the Daily one.

  • Bruce Deming

    06/21/2018 12:31 AM

    One of those activists from the Democratic Socialists of America, is a DOJ employee, working as a paralegal. The DOJ is just as polluted as the FBI, with hate mongering demoncrats who will do anything to distract attention from the IG report. This woman is not at the top of the DOJ, she's just a paralegal, very low on the totem pole. I keep hearing about the rank and file FBI agents, and how their all good people and totally disagree with what's happened with the top officials at the FBI. I think it's much worse than anyone thinks, and the rank and file are full of politically biased democrats in both the FBI and DOJ. And for that matter, pretty much all of the intelligence organizations, and just about all of government, at all levels, have been infiltrated. From Lisa Page's texts, and her disdain for the Ohio FBI, it sounds like the organization has drawn lines within itself, and in areas with higher Republican populations, it leans the other way. Then there's the illegal approach to investigating that the FBI has taken, lock them up and threaten them into making false statements, or rot in jail forever. This should come as no surprise, just look at the FBI's "crime lab". For decades they used ballistics data that had no basis in science, and their expert testimony, to jail 1000's of people who would otherwise have never been convicted. Were they all innocent? Probably not, but after this all came to light, most of them are still in jail.

  • Carl Smith

    06/21/2018 12:06 AM

    I'm just an 80 year old Deplorable and what's happening in the Septic Tank is more than I can Tolerate. I gave 8 years of my youth by taking an Oath that to me is a testament to living up to something bigger than self but it seems that today an Oath is just mouthing words being fed to you and have no meaning. It's now just a formality that is necessary to collect a paycheck from the Taxpayers. The media has become a disgrace posing as Journalists while actually just being the Political arm of the, once relevant, Democratic Party. Obama succeeded in his quest to fundamentally CHANGE America by creating racial division that I thought was on the road to recovery in the WJC presidency. I will continue to TRY to be the optimist and America might just survive a crass, course man of his word by actually doing what he campaigned on, and the public stops paying attention to the Weirdos from Hollyweird. They are no longer entertaining but just showing their ignorance about WHY they have the FREEDOMS they enjoy.

  • Laura Gahan

    06/20/2018 11:23 PM

    I want to know HOW to get a tax refund from the federal government for all the crooks collecting paychecks with MY hard (honest-earn) income . I am so angry. The Democrats won't work with our President that we elected, and they still get paid? They get free health insurance for life... they are teaching our young people how to be disrespectful of authority, lie , hate anybody with a different opinion, be two-faced,and I have to give them a paycheck!! I want my money back! This is not what I go to work for everyday, And people like Nancy P. saying our tax break is nothing....yeah I guess to all you rich government employees living off us little worker-bees...I wonder what happens when we all stop working ....

  • Howard L. Spielberg

    06/20/2018 11:13 PM

    It’s time to “ follow the money”. I’m 79 years old. We have been taking immigrants in California since it became the agricultural center of the U.S.A.
    I never remember a march of thousands of people demanding asylum here before. I saw people with printed signs and mega phones. Who paid for the the food water excetrra. If they walked walked from South America through Central America and Mexico some one had to be paying the bills.

  • Jane Spencer

    06/20/2018 11:08 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    Do you think the IG was trying to give the FBI a pass when he stated that he didn't believe there was political bias by the FBI, and do you think that anyone in the FBI will ever go to jail? I vote in every election, but I am so disheartened by no one who has committed wrongdoing ever being punished. Such a double standard in politics. All I can say is Come Lord Jesus Come!

  • Jackie D Necaise

    06/20/2018 11:01 PM

    Who is in charge of getting rid of these people who so blantantly disrespect the President of the United States and all of these crooks who are being uncovered? Can someone not fire them, take away their undeserved pensions and all other extra benefits?

  • Evelyn Nikkel

    06/20/2018 10:47 PM

    Used to watch more Fox News, but they follow the same hysteria as the fake news. Finding I enjoy watching your terrific daughter and then I read your summary and all is right with the world. Thank you for your godly, moral and common sense approach to right. You are a gift. Blessings to you and yours!

  • Douglas OByrne

    06/20/2018 10:30 PM

    Sounds like the truth and thats a rarity in DC !

  • Randall Harris

    06/20/2018 10:17 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    Thanks for keeping us informed. I enjoy reading your commentary.

    I for one am proud of our UN Ambassador Haley and I support her position on Human Rights. Likewise, I support DHS Secretary Nielsen and her position on immigration.
    I think they both are doing a great job.