July 30, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
THE MURDER OF BERNELL TRAMMELL
We all know the name George Floyd, and rightly so. We also know the names of several other black people who have died while in police custody. This has ignited the Black Lives Matter movement, and we all agree that, of course, black lives matter. But the backers of BLM seem to have a very large blind spot about which black lives matter. They strongly support abortion, which has been a genocide for black babies. They don’t seem to care about black cops killed or maimed by rioters. They show little concern for black business owners and homeowners victimized by the violence they encourage. We barely hear a word about the thousands of black victims of gang killings. And they, and the TV networks that promote them, have done little to nothing to help us learn the name of Bernell Trammell.
Bernell Trammell was a 60-year-old black resident of Milwaukee who was a well-known community activist who backed police reform and other liberal issues. But lately, he had declared that Obama did nothing for black Americans while “Trump at least had, whether the will of God or his own inspiration, to do something that no President has ever done and that's why he's got my vote." And so, he had started showing up at public events holding signs supporting Trump. He knew this might make him a target, but he said, “No fear, come what may.”
Last week, Trammell was sitting in a lawn chair holding a Trump 2020 sign in front of his office around noon, in broad daylight, when someone shot him to death. Again, have you heard his name before now? Maybe the media will finally cover his murder if Wisconsin Republicans can convince the federal government to launch a civil rights investigation to find out if he was murdered for his political beliefs. Let’s hope they succeed, because his life mattered, as does every American citizen’s right to freely express his or her political beliefs without fear of violence. That type of terrorism might be tolerated in communist and socialist nations, but there’s no place for it in the United States of America.
And in a related story, black conservative journalist Andrew Duncomb went to Portland to cover the “peaceful protests.” He says that when word leaked that he was a conservative journalist, he was followed and stabbed in the back. The assailant’s blade missed Duncomb’s spinal cord by a few inches. The alleged attacker was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. Duncomb plans to be in court Friday to testify.
Once again, the “protesters” have given us an illustration of how, to them, the noble slogan “Black Lives Matter” does not apply to black unborn babies, black business owners, black cops or black conservatives.
TECH GIANTS GRILLED
The heads of tech giants Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google were grilled Wednesday by a House Judiciary Subcommittee, and in a rare instance of bipartisanship, both Democrats and Republicans raked them over the coals for their odious business practices. The Democrats focused on how they use their massive clout and wealth to kill competition, while Republicans drilled in on their transparent efforts to silence conservative voices.
Here's a fairly comprehensive write-up, and seldom has there been a more well-deserved public flogging. But now, the question is, what is going to be done about it, beyond a House show trial?
For instance, Rep. Jim Jordan offered 15 examples of how big tech is out to get conservatives…
Twitter, one of the worst abusers, wasn’t represented at the hearing, but here’s just the latest example of their outrageous behavior: limiting the account of the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party one week before the primary election for allegedly violating Twitter’s ban on sharing “misinformation.” Her crime: sharing a news video of the Texas doctor who said she’s treated 350 patients with hydroxychloroquine and none of them died.
Conservatives should simply abandon Twitter for Parler.com, but in the meantime, exposing the endless abuses is not enough. If social media platforms are going to behave like publishers who control content and try to influence public opinion instead of an open forum like a public utility, then why should they continue to enjoy protection from lawsuits?
With so much of the media being fulltime Democrat propaganda organs, and terrified companies and universities bowing to the Twitter mob to “cancel” anyone who voices a non-PC opinion, it’s easy for conservatives and Christians to fall into the trap of believing that they’re hopelessly outnumbered. But it’s not true.
Want proof? Check out this expose from the Federalist about how silly online petitions with practically no supporters are used to gin up media stories claiming the “public is outraged!”
Just one example: remember how Trader Joe’s rushed to change the packaging on a number of products because they were accused of being “racist”? That was based on a petition created by a 17-year-old that even after all this publicity still has fewer than 5,000 signatures. By contrast, another student’s petition to get his English teacher to show “Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith” in class instead of “Romeo and Juliet” has over five times more at 26,000.
And all those stories about Ford being pressured to stop selling police cars were based on a petition that drew one-tenth as much support as one demanding an update to the video game, “Star Wars: Battlefront II.” Maybe the CEO of Ford bothered to look that up, so when some “woke” employees demanded that Ford give up one of its biggest accounts, he suggested that they go back to work. The editors of the Wall Street Journal brushed off a similar ultimatum from their young staffers, and I haven’t heard of any of them quitting. If they did, applicants would be lined up out the door, eager to take their jobs.
The crybullies have only as much power as we grant them. Note that in cities where officials make it clear that riots won’t be tolerated, there are no riots. Likewise, as President Trump pointed out, the minute some vandals of federal monuments were arrested and charged with serious crimes, you stopped hearing so much about assaults on monuments. The correct response to their threats and demands is to channel Glinda’s line to the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz”: “You have no power here! Now begone, before somebody drops a house on you!”
The next time you think we’re completely outnumbered and surrounded, remember that the roar you hear is just a mouse squeaking through the Coachella rock festival's amplifiers.
PORTLAND IDIOTS: AN UPDATE
Just when you thought the government of Portland, Oregon, couldn’t get any more pathetic, useless or ridiculous, they said, “Hold muh crackpipe!” and came up with this doozy.
City commissioner Chloe Eudaly declared that the fencing put up by federal agents to keep the mob of violent terrorists (sorry: “peaceful protesters”) from destroying the federal courthouse is an unpermitted fence that obstructs the street. So the city is fining the federal government $500 for every 15 minutes it remains up. They claim Washington already owes them $192,000 in fines for the fence. Eudaly declared, "We intend to collect," and she is "committed to doing everything in my power to end this federal occupation and move forward with our community's reckoning with racial injustice and our efforts to transform our approach to policing and public safety."
News flash: you already transformed your approach to policing and public safety. You transformed policing and public safety into rioting, vandalism and terrorism. Good job!
Now, tell you what: we’ll deduct the fence fine from the millions of dollars we’ll be charging you for the cost to taxpayers nationwide of the vandalism and security for federal property because you and your fellow officials are such tragic failures at doing your jobs.
TV VIEWING TIPS FROM 1968
By Pat Reeder, “Huckabee” pop culture guru (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)
I’ve heard it said that 2020 is 1968, only with much worse music. True, but I also think it has worse TV, so I’ve been taking a break from all the “peaceful protester” gaslighting by watching one of my late dad’s favorite shows, “Dragnet,” featuring my favorite TV cop of all time, Sgt. Joe Friday.
While the black and white ‘50s episodes are cooler, the really amazing watch is the mid-‘60s revival, featuring Harry Morgan as Friday’s partner, Bill Gannon. For years, these shows were the to-go example of a laughably outdated pop artifact, with their blue-faced LSD addicts and dirty hippies badmouthing the Establishment, man. But stunningly, in the space of only a few months, the ‘60s “Dragnet” has become the timeliest show on TV (i.e., YouTube.)
I already recommended this episode, in which Friday and Gannon had to investigate a police brutality complaint against a cop who was so stressed from being called a fascist pig and having bricks and other things thrown at him that when a jerk started yelling in his face and tried to rip his badge off, he snapped and backhanded him…
And then I discovered this, the season opener from 1968, which is even more like today’s news.
In this episode, Friday and Gannon appear on a controversial TV talk show with the topic, “The Police: Who Needs Them?” The opposing guests are a pompous liberal professor who sees cops as his intellectual inferiors and a yippie “journalist” who accuses the police of being fascist goons who just want to beat blacks and Hispanics and defend the property rights of their bosses, the rich (I told you it was timely.) The yippie is played by “Don Sturdy,” but yes, your eyes and ears don’t deceive you, that was a stage name used by Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever from “WKRP in Cincinnati.”) I assume the leftwing studio audience that hoots and claps for all the anti-cop comments is the same studio audience as “The View,” which has spent the past five decades homeless aside from living in TV studios.
Despite the older reviews at IMDB carping about how outdated this episode is, you’ll be amazed at how many of the arguments for doing away with the police are the same palaver we’re suddenly started hearing now, only couched in Summer of Love garb and slang…and how the rebuttals from Friday and Gannon are the same responses you’d hear now. Even 52 years later, the left’s arguments haven’t changed, nor has their utter disinterest in facts and evidence. It’s just taken them this long to think of actually declaring reason and the scientific method to be “white supremacy.”
One interesting side light: an audience member incongruously argues for the right to bear arms, and Friday and Gannon practically sound like modern gun control advocates in response. Gannon argues that the gun would endanger the man's children, and the two or three minutes it takes him to fetch it from where it’s locked up could be used to get to the phone and call the police. Yes, but at that point, you’d either have your gun in your hand, or be waiting unarmed for 10 or 15 minutes for the police to arrive. I’m a native Texan, so you can guess which option I’d prefer.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)