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Today's Commentary --- Democrats slam Barr for doing his job, ignore Trump's legal vindication -- Laura Ainsworth: "'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE 'MUELLER'" --- Mueller report available here -- Pat Reeder: A Final Curtain Call -- Sarah's story -- Screechfest 2019 --- Quotes from American History -- Jobless claims down -- Huck PAC supports conservatives -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
It’s been kind of sickening listening to the responses from Democrats to the Mueller report, which concluded that the Trump campaign did not “collude” with Russia and even that the Mueller team was not obstructed in its nearly two years of work.
None of that matters to Trump’s political opponents. The goal posts have been moved again. The special counsel report, which Attorney General William Barr released with relatively few redactions when he wasn’t obligated to share even one bit of it, is now being picked apart to find anything even suggestive of the DESIRE to obstruct. That’s right, even conversations with his attorneys –- attorney-client privilege is out the window –- suggesting Trump FELT LIKE firing Mueller and WOULD HAVE if his lawyers had gone along with the idea, are considered incriminating. That’s what you get for trying to be transparent.
Laura Ainsworth: "'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE 'MUELLER'"
By Laura Ainsworth
‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE “MUELLER”
‘Twas the Night before “Mueller”
And all through D.C.
They waited to hear from
Bill Barr, the AG
The probe has gone on
For a couple of years
And if it finds nothing
They’ll all be in tears
They won’t believe Barr
Not a word that he says
They’ll trash him and say
He’s protecting the Prez
Mueller Report available here
By Mike Huckabee
If you have a spare weekend, here’s the entire Mueller report online (minus redactions, of course). Read its hundreds of pages and then ponder how so many talking heads had such strong, informed opinions about what was in it just two minutes after it was released.
Pat Reeder: A Final Curtain Call
By Pat Reeder
It’s time to give a final curtain call to two well-loved stars from very different fields. First, it was announced that Georgia Engel passed away last Friday in New Jersey at 70 (she was a Christian Scientist who didn’t consult doctors, so no cause of death was given.)
She first came to fame on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as Ted Baxter’s girlfriend/wife Georgette, a role for which she earned two Emmy nominations. She later played Robert’s mother-in-law Pat on “Everybody Loves Raymond” (three Emmy nominations) and eventually reteamed with her “MTM Show” co-star Betty White on “Hot In Cleveland.”
Engel was the daughter of a US Coast Guard Admiral, and she grew up constantly moving to different places. Maybe that contributed to her developing the unique, shy, trying-hard-to-please persona that made her famous. Her soft voice and timid, innocent manner were the delivery system for some hilariously incongruous lines, such as telling her sanctimonious husband on “Raymond, “Now, you know I love you with all my heart, Hank. But I think if I didn't have my cigarettes, I would have to FIGHT you!”
By Mike Huckabee
I’m sure I’ll be asked about the foaming-at-the-mouth media demands that my daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders resign as White House Press Secretary for allegedly “lying” to reporters. It stems from a section of the Mueller report. Here’s the story pure and simple:
She said at a press conference that “countless FBI agents had lost faith in (FBI Director James) Comey…” When Mueller asked her where she got the number “countless,” she said several had told her that, but the phrase “countless” wasn’t an exact number, thus she called it a “slip of the tongue.” The other part of what the media is trying to gin up into a controversy, the phrase “made up from thin air,” was not her comment. It was the characterization of the investigator writing the report. That is NOT her quote, although the media are treating it as such.
FBI agents (former and current) did express their disgust with Comey, but the investigators took Sarah’s use of the word “countless” and tried to snare her, saying she couldn’t say “countless.” Real reporters might have settled this by asking some former and current FBI agents their opinion of Comey. I'm sure they'd get an earful.
So to sum up: alleged “professional journalists” who have just spent the past two years dividing Americans and undermining trust in the White House and our election system by blaring at us around the clock that President Trump colluded with Russia and was going to be arrested at any minute – and who are even now promoting the nonsense that he’s guilty of obstructing justice, when all he ever did was complain and think about replacing people he thought were abusing their power (but he didn’t do it and instead cooperated fully) – are now claiming that my daughter doesn’t deserve to hold her job because she allegedly misled them by using one word that wasn’t literally true, depending on your interpretation.
If that’s the standard we hold press secretaries to, then what are the standards for “professional journalists?” Because I think an awful lot of them need to switch to the food service industry.
By Mike Huckabee
Of all the embarrassing partisan media tantrums following the release of the Mueller report, perhaps the most cringe-worthy, and the one that most explains the low trust the public has for today’s media, came courtesy of CNN. Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer hosted a 9-person panel that was such a deranged, conspiracy-mongering screechfest that even other members of the media commented on what a “meltdown” they were having.
That link includes some of the best comments, including a tweet from me. One comment I’d like to add was from a viewer in an Internet forum. It summed up CNN and about 90% of today’s media perfectly. The poster wrote that at one point, Tapper tried to guess what conservatives would say about some aspect of the report, and observed that if they’d bothered to have any conservatives on their crowded panel, they wouldn’t have had to guess.
Quotes from American History
“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”
- Andrew Jackson
Jobless claims down
By Mike Huckabee
Not to take away from the 24/7 media coverage of the incredibly important news that President Trump might have thought about obstructing a long, expensive, distracting investigation of something he knew he didn’t do (but didn’t obstruct it), but here’s some far less important news you might want to know:
This week, initial jobless claims (applications for benefits after losing a job) fell to their lowest levels since September, 1969. There were just 192,000 jobless claims nationwide, which is 5,000 lower than last week, which was the lowest since November, 1969. These past two weeks have marked only the first and second time jobless claims have dropped so low in 50 years, and the US population then was less than two-thirds of what it is now (but hey, let’s impeach the President who presided over it for being angry that he was hamstrung and slandered over false charges.)
As the article at this link notes, for perspective, the last time there were so few people applying for unemployment benefits, the Beatles’ “White Album” was #1 on the charts, and Dave Thomas had just opened the first Wendy’s. Also, people still trusted the news media. Wow, that WAS a long time ago!
Huck PAC supports conservatives
By Mike Huckabee
This month Huck PAC made three contributions to conservative candidates running for office in 2020:
Donald J. Trump for President $5,000
Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate (IA) $5,000
Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate (AR) $5,000
In 2018, Huck PAC donated $231,300 directly to candidates (10 US Senate races, 32 US House races, 6 Governors races and 23 Arkansas races).
Our overall endorsement record in 2018 was: 55 wins and 18 losses.
Evening Edition - April 18
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
– 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
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