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Today's Commentary --- Democrats embrace infanticide -- Sen. Graham demands answers from FBI Director Wray; Nellie Ohr investigated -- "Jennifer Buscemi" -- James Ingram RIP --- Ainsworth: A heartfelt response to my commentary on the Roger Stone raid -- Latest Dispatch from LaLa Land -- AOC needs to explain where she stands on Israel -- Jeff Flake weighs in -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Once again proving that today’s satire is tomorrow’s headline, last week, I quoted a prominent media figure who accused President Trump of being an inhuman monster for allegedly wanting to “rip children from their mothers’ arms and throw them in cages,” and noted that he was fine with ripping children from their mothers’ wombs and throwing them in Dumpsters.
And shortly afterward, here came Senator (and, of course, Democratic Presidential hopeless…sorry, “hopeful”) Sherrod Brown to turn my criticism into an actual talking point. Brown told a (surprise!) small crowd of supporters that Trump is a “phony populist” because real populists “don’t rip babies from families at the border.”
Yet Brown is one of the strongest supporters of abortion rights, and he made this speech on the very day that the Democratic Party came under fire from every American with a functioning heart for its shocking embrace of outright infanticide.
Sen. Graham demands answers from FBI Director Wray; Nellie Ohr investigated
By Mike Huckabee
In an update to the story of the FBI’s armed raid at Roger Stone’s house, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham of South Carolina is demanding answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Graham, who has been both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, wants to know why it took 29 heavily-armed agents in 19 vehicles to arrest Stone for the “process” crimes such as lying to Congress. He also wants to find out if the Mueller team gave CNN a tip that the arrest was about to take place.
“Somebody needs to watch those who watch us,” Graham said Wednesday night on HANNITY. “These tactics are unacceptable, given the level of threat here.”
He joked that the best way to get Roger Stone to show up would be to tell him that CNN wanted to talk to him. In other words, it shouldn’t take a SWAT team to go in after Stone. (Interestingly, I remember hearing essentially the same thing about David Koresh of the Branch Davidians, back in the ‘90s when then-AG Janet Reno attacked his compound with tanks and tear gas.)
By Mike Huckabee
As if there weren’t enough misplaced “OUTRAGE!” on the Internet over misleading photos and deceptively-edited videos, prepare for it to get even worse.
This week, an astonishing example went viral of the latest online threat to the truth: “deepfake” videos. Computer graphic technology has progressed to the point that anyone with some computer skills and a top quality home PC can create CGI effects as good as anything in a Hollywood movie. That includes being able to transpose anyone’s face onto someone else’s body and create a fake video that makes it look as if they committed a crime, made a porn movie or some other footage that can ruin someone’s life and reputation.
The extent of the progress in home video effects was made shockingly clear with this video by an anonymous Reddit poster dubbed “VillainGuy” who used a free software program to combine a clip of an interview with Jennifer Lawrence and the face of actor Steve Buscemi, creating a completely realistic digital hybrid of the two dubbed "Jennifer Buscemi."
James Ingram RIP
By Pat Reeder, Staffwriter
The music world has lost one of its strongest and most distinctive voices: James Ingram died Thursday at 66, reportedly of brain cancer. His voice was an integral part of the sophisticated, “smooth” pop/soul/jazz sound of the ‘80s, and his songs crossed over to top the R&B, pop and adult contemporary charts.
In 1981, Ingram was a session keyboard player and singer when Quincy Jones heard one of his demos and asked him to sing a few tracks on his album, “The Dude,” which went on to score 12 Grammy nominations and three wins. Three nominations were for Ingram’s tracks. He won for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance for “One Hundred Ways” and scored a rare Best New Artist nomination before he’d even released a solo album.
Ainsworth: A heartfelt response to my commentary on the Roger Stone raid
By Laura Ainsworth, Staffwriter
My commentary on the FBI’s shocking raid on Roger Stone’s house (“Is This Really America?”) prompted quite a few responses, and one in particular is a must-read –- at least this part of it, which especially touched and saddened me..
From Jean R.:
My mother and father were in concentration camps in Germany, having been yanked from their homes in Poland. After the war, my dad wanted to go home, but it was a disaster, and the British and U.S. encouraged him to come to America since he had relatives here. He also had two children –- my brother and me (I was born after the war) –- and he wanted a better life for us. So he embarked on the legal journey with nothing much but papers and the promise of a new life...It took over four years to get everything in order.
Latest Dispatch from LaLa Land
By Mike Huckabee
America’s largest electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric of California, is filing for bankruptcy because it’s facing so many lawsuits over massive fires caused by its poorly-maintained power lines and exploding gas lines. Now, the bankruptcy court will have to juggle helping fire victims, keeping the power on, preventing rates from going even higher, and of course (this is California, after all), “ensuring progress on climate change.”
Of course, one way to help reduce CO2 emissions and reduce warming is to stop setting your state on fire.
District Judge William Alsup said “In two years, 3 percent of California burned up,” and it’s “unthinkable” that a public utility was the source of the fires. He noted that PG&E isn’t the only source, but it’s been linked to 17 blazes that have killed 22 people. He said, “There is one clear pattern here: PG&E is starting these fires. Global warming is not starting these fires.”
It’s nice to hear any California official admit that there’s any bad thing that’s not caused by global warming. In a related story, PG&E, which is declaring bankruptcy over the staggering costs of the fallout from its poor management, is getting ready to pay $130 million in bonuses to its managers. That news may start some fires itself, when PG&E customers’ heads start exploding like PG&E gas lines.
AOC needs to explain where she stands on Israel
By Mike Huckabee
I don’t believe in tarring people with guilt by association. But considering the Democrats’ current social(ist) media star isn’t exactly distancing herself from her supporters who chant for the annihilation of Israel – indeed, she’s described Israel as the “occupation of Palestine,” supports the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, and accused Israel of “massacring” innocent Palestinian protesters (see my recent piece on a study that found that nearly all the “protesters” killed in those clashes were associated with Hamas and other terrorist groups and were targeting Israeli troops for violent confrontations) – I think she should at least be asked to explain where she stands on the issue of Israel’s right to exist.
Jeff Flake weighs in
By Mike Huckabee
Former Arizona Republican Senator and staunch anti-Trumper Jeff Flake, who had 1% support in the latest GOP presidential preference poll, announced that he will not run for President. Believe it or not, that's actually kind of a surprise. Instead, he will host a show on CBS (not CNN?) called “Common Ground.” But judging from his comments at the link, I’m confused as to whether he knows what that is.
In one breath, he bemoans the scarcity of politicians who seek common ground in the Washington, and in the next, he attacks the RNC for fully supporting Trump and Trump for concentrating on “a diminishing base” which will make it harder for statewide candidates to win.
This is from someone who acted as an army of one, blocking well-qualified, constructionist judicial nominees just to try to force the Senate to pass an unconstitutional bill protecting Robert Mueller from ever being fired. It was a pointless grandstand move that risked blowing the best shot at reining in an out-of-control liberal activist judiciary that America’s had in years.
Fortunately, the Republicans actually gained seats in the Senate, so all those nominees could be renominated and confirmed after he was gone and could no longer hold up business and hold all his colleagues hostage. And why is he gone? Because polls showed there was no way he could win his own reelection. Yet he’s now lecturing the GOP on how they don’t know how to win statewide offices?
There’s a difference between pandering only to the most extreme members of your base and thumbing your nose at the needs and concerns of your entire base. He seemed unable or unwilling to find common ground with the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump because they were tired of their problems being ignored and their values demeaned by arrogant politicians. I don’t know how Jeff Flake can host a show called “Common Ground,” but I will concede that it’s better than letting him host a show called “Common Sense.”
Evening Edition - January 29
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
– Jeremiah 29:11
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