THE EVENING EDITION
BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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DAILY BIBLE VERSE
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace
Isaiah 9:6 KJV
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I would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the people of Japan, following the shocking assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he was giving a speech on a street in Nara, Japan. Police arrested the alleged shooter, who reportedly had built a homemade gun.
Tributes are pouring in from leaders worldwide, including this statement from former President Trump, which was sent before news came that Abe had died: "Absolutely devastating news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, a truly great man and leader, has been shot, and is in very serious condition. He was a true friend of mine and, much more importantly, America. This is a tremendous blow to the wonderful people of Japan, who loved and admired him so much. We are all praying for Shinzo and his beautiful family!"
Mike Pence tweeted that "Abe-san was a remarkable leader of Japan and an unshakeable ally of the U.S.” This is a breaking story. There are more details at the link above, and more updates coming.
Mr. “Return to Normalcy”
I never want to hear another word about how Donald Trump was a dictator who ignored the Constitutional limits of power and destroyed the “norms” of our institutions. Trump was repeatedly blocked from exercising powers he clearly held by activist judges, and every time, he followed the law and appealed to a higher court, which usually upheld his right to do what he was doing.
President Biden, on the other hand, Mr. “Return to Normalcy,” has repeatedly shown utter contempt for the limits of his powers, the separation of powers, and the rulings of the Supreme Court. If a ruling doesn’t go his way, he ignores it, tries to find ways around it, and in certain extreme cases, calls for destroying the SCOTUS by eliminating the Senate filibuster so he can pack the Court with leftwing activists, all while suggesting the Judges are illegitimate and doing nothing to protect them from illegal threats and protests at their homes. He’s been a wrecking ball aimed at our institutions and the Constitutional separation of powers. And now, he’s doing it again.
Apparently, the SCOTUS ruling that abortion is an intimate personal matter not mentioned in the Constitution and is therefore rightly the concern of elected state legislators means nothing to Biden. He plans to issue an executive order today, making it easier for women (sorry: “birthing people,” or in this case, “non-birthing people”) to get abortions in states that limit them.
Check out that link for the details, and while you’re there, take note of how many misleadingly positive euphemisms for “abortion” the White House manages to cram into this one statement. For instance, “reproductive health care services," “medical help,” “reproductive rights,” “access to the medication they need” (i.e., abortifacient drugs), and “the freedom to travel to seek the care they need" (crossing state lines to get an abortion, which they would be able to do anyway because all Americans have the right to cross state borders freely.)
This is a point I just keep hammering on: if liberals honestly believe that abortion is good and moral, why do they steadfastly refuse to say clearly what it is that they’re talking about?
Related: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has gone so far off the deep end that she’s not only defending the killing of babies in the womb (that’s what abortion is – see, our side has no problem telling you honestly what we’re talking about), she’s declared outright war on pro-life pregnancy centers and wants to shut them all down.
These centers offer a wide range of needed care to millions of struggling mothers and families, but Warren doesn’t care about all the good they’re done and are doing for so many people. She hates them with an insane, blind rage for the simple reason that they don’t offer abortion. That’s not a defensible political position, and it’s certainly not an expression of concern for women or their health care needs. It’s a mental illness.
Paula Bolyard at PJ Media has more, including an accounting of all the vital services these centers offer, from free ultrasounds to prenatal counseling to diapers, formula and even baby furniture. Warren wants to shut all that down just because they refuse to kill babies in the womb. That’s not “pro-choice,” because she recognizes only one choice. That’s “pro-death.” It’s sick and monstrous.
Some other important points from this article: Stacey Abrams has made shutting down pro-life pregnancy centers part of her platform for Governor of Georgia, so take note, Georgia voters. Also, the donations and volunteers that make these centers possible prove what a huge lie the leftists are telling when they claim conservatives and Christians don’t care about the mothers or about babies after they’re born.
And while I’m at it, let me blow up yet another leftist lie, that babies that aren’t aborted will grow up unwanted and unloved. At any given time in the US, there are between 1 and 2 million couples on waiting lists to adopt a baby. Even if there were a morally defensible justification for abortion, that fact alone would disintegrate it.
The European Union voted to condemn the US Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and sending abortion back to the states’ elected legislatures.
As Rebecca Downs notes at that link, a study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that no European nation allows elective abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, and “47 out of 50 countries in Europe do not allow elective abortions or they limit elective abortions to 15 weeks or earlier.”
So wait, she’s saying that EU bureaucrats have no idea what they’re talking about, and they’re hypocritical ignoramuses who should butt out of our business? Well, knock me over with a feather!
Oil to China
We’ll have more on this story next week when we’re back to full staff, but just to keep you up to date, guess where 950,000 barrels of that oil President Biden released from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve ended up. With a company owned by the Chinese government. Oil, of course, is dirty, slimy and greasy, so you won’t be surprised that there's also a connection to Hunter Biden.
Biden press secretary Karine Jean Pierre is yet again under fire for saying something so ludicrous, reporters had to go to their optometrists to make their eyes stop rolling. Asked about new polls showing 85% of Americans think the nation is going in the wrong direction, she again blamed all the problems on Putin and the pandemic, and insisted that “we are stronger economically than we have been in history.”
You can imagine the reaction to that, or just click the link to read it. However, I will repeat something I said early on in her tenure. She gets a lot of criticism for seeming unprepared, having no answers or just blurting out things that are nonsensical. But I have some sympathy for her. Think about it: if your job was defending the policies of this Administration, what could you possibly say?
Nick Arama at Redstate.com has some amusing thoughts on this latest whopper, as well as her claim that Biden has a secret plan to fight inflation (that I guess hasn’t gone into effect yet), and the observation that polls show Americans were more optimistic during the pandemic, proving that they think a global plague was better than this Administration.
The good news and the bad news
Gas prices are down a little and could drop by as much as 60 cents over the next few weeks.
The bad news: It’s largely because gas (and everything else) is so expensive that Americans have been forced to cut down on driving, going out to dinner and other things because they just can’t afford them anymore, which has lowered demand. Heaven knows it’s not because this Administration is doing anything to increase supply.
Apparently anyone can get one of these...
Apparently, they’re running out of people to give the Presidential Medal of Freedom to. How else to explain President Biden awarding it to someone who has so much contempt for America, she refuses even to stand up during the National Anthem?
Her other accomplishments include helping to divide and undermine the US Olympic women’s soccer team, telling girls that women’s sports aren’t that important so they should just shut up about biological men taking all their trophies and scholarships, and driving countless Subway customers to boycott sandwiches just because they foolishly signed her to an endorsement deal.
On the other hand, she did provide us with some entertaining facial expressions as Biden fumbled to put the medal on her.
Tucker Carlson gave a master class for conservatives in how to deal with a hostile, biased interviewer who tries to falsely tar you as a racist.
RIP James Caan
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)
I had to come back from vacation to mention that actor James Caan died Wednesday at 82.
Caan’s most indelible role was as the tragically hotheaded Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather,” a role that he complained typecast him so much that he was twice voted “Italian of the Year” despite not being Italian. But his filmography is filled with great films of all genres, from thrillers to dramas to comedies, including “Thief,” “Rollerball,” “Brian’s Song,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “Misery,” “Bottle Rocket,” “The Gambler,” “Elf” and many more.
Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman takes a look at Caan’s career and makes the case for his talent, versatility and huge contributions to movies and TV over the past six decades.
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