Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! Topics include:
- Bible Verse of the Day - Psalm 7:8
- Cuomo Gives Back His Emmy
- Trump “Remain in Mexico” policy reinstated
- Seeking Reader Input
- These Democrats Are Revolting, All Right
- Biden takes a knee, out of habit perhaps
- RIP, Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts, By Pat Reeder
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
“The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.”
Cuomo Gives Back His Emmy
By Mike Huckabee
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (what a relief it is to type those words) not only lost his office, he also had to give back his Emmy Award.
The idea that he was actually given an Emmy for anything other than acting was ludicrous. The TV Academy claimed it was for his use of television in conveying information and calming viewers and “for effective communication and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Most Republicans assumed, I think rightly, that it was liberal Hollywood’s way of sticking it to President Trump by trying to hold up Cuomo as an example of what a REAL caring, effective leader should be. Hoo-boy, did they miss the boat! Cuomo’s caring, effective leadership was, like all the other Emmy-winning shows, a fantasy. While Trump was shepherding the record-time development of the vaccines that Trump-hating Hollywood celebrities are now nagging us all to get, Cuomo was killing thousands of elderly New Yorkers by forcing nursing homes to take in COVID patients, then trying to cover it up.
It’s very telling that they’re rescinding Cuomo’s Emmy not because all those people are dead, or because of the lies and cover-ups, or because the thing he was ostensibly rewarded for was a pile of horse droppings. No, it’s because of something totally unrelated to why he was allegedly honored: he was accused of sexual harassment, something that Hollywood now finds intolerable after more than a century of refining it into a science.
Obviously, the award was given for leftist political messaging reasons, and it was taken back for leftist political messaging reasons. Many commentators online have pointed out that if the Academy is really that serious about sexual abusers, why do other winners like Bill Cosby still have their awards? At least Cosby did something to earn his.
This should destroy the Emmy Awards' credibility and viewership, if they still had either one.
Trump “Remain in Mexico” policy reinstated
By Mike Huckabee
In a 4-3 ruling, with the three liberal Justices opposed, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s order to the Biden Administration to reinstate the Trump “Remain in Mexico” policy, requiring asylum seekers to stay on the other side of the border while their applications are considered. Border states sued, arguing that Biden’s move had brought back “catch and release” inside the US and spurred a massive wave of illegal immigration that endangers their citizens’ health, safety and security.
Biden’s laughably-named “Department of Homeland Security” expressed disagreement with the ruling, saying, "DHS has appealed the district court’s order and will continue to vigorously challenge it. As the appeal process continues, however, DHS will comply with the order in good faith.”
That would be a refreshing change, to see the Biden Administration actually complying with a Supreme Court order. FYI, the appeals process normally ends when the Supreme Court rules against you.
In the meantime, if the DHS actually has any real interest in homeland security, they might ponder on whether there are any negative ramifications to the current policies of having an open border, releasing illegal border crossers inside the US, and encouraging America-hating jihadists all over the world by surrendering to the Taliban.
In a related story: If you forgot about the massive security problem represented by our porous border, that’s not by accident. Even though the illegal immigration crisis is worse than it’s ever been, the Biden lapdog media have been doing their best to wish it away by simply ignoring it. Newsbusters reports that coverage of the issue on the Big Three networks’ nightly newscasts has dropped by 96% since March, even as the crisis worsened.
The good news is that viewers are figuring out that they can’t rely on these sources to tell them the truth about what really matters, and they’re tuning out in droves.
In Sunday’s cable news ratings, normally a big day for news networks, Fox News had 16 of the top 17 shows, with CNN’s highest place being “CNN Newsroom” at #15. MSNBC didn’t place a single show in the top 30. It’s no wonder, considering the jaw-dropping ways they are trying to ignore, spin, rationalize or blame Trump for Afghanistan.
The Redstate.com article linked above includes a screenshot of a recent MSNBC web homepage that doesn’t mention Afghanistan at all. The big story isn't about American lives being in jeopardy but the host of “Jeopardy!” stepping down over some offensive jokes he made years ago.
I assume people who want to avoid offensive jokes are no longer watching MSNBC.
Seeking Reader Input
By Mike Huckabee
We received a message from a reader named Susan G. who said her daughter is being fired from her job with the city of Plantation, Florida, for refusing to get vaccinated. Her daughter is six weeks’ pregnant, has antibodies from having already had COVID, and wants to delay the shots until her third trimester when she believes it would be safer for her baby. What should be a happy time has put her under intense stress, and her mom asked for our help.
My staffers did a quick Internet search and couldn’t find anything online about vaccination mandates for Plantation city employees, either on the city website or in local news outlets. I know that Gov. DeSantis has been a firm opponent of vaccine mandates. The only quote we could find from Plantation Mayor Lynn Stoner was a comment about her being tired of using “the gentle hand of education and compliance,” and calling on the public to help execute enforcement of rules. But that wasn’t about city employees.
If you have any information or reliable sources of information on Plantation, Florida, city employee vaccine requirements, I’d appreciate it if you could tell us in the comments below. We’ll follow up to check out this story, and if it’s true, see if there are any medical exceptions. Thanks.
These Democrats Are Revolting, All Right
By Mike Huckabee
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a revolt on her hands that’s endangering her party’s plans to saddle the American people with more bloated government and trillions more in debt. Nine “moderate” center-left House Democrats are refusing to back the $3.5 trillion “budget reconciliation” bill unless the $1.2 trillion “bipartisan” “infrastructure” bill passes first. Meanwhile, the far-left “Progressives” are refusing to back the “bipartisan” “infrastructure” bill (I’m going to run out of quotation marks) until they get the $3.5 trillion spending orgy bill passed.
Personally, I’d be fine if they both canceled each other out and neither of these monstrosities passed. The Dems are desperate to shove them down our throats because they know their tiny House majority and Senate tie aren’t likely to survive the 2022 elections. But “moderate” Dems running in swing districts who have any hopes of being reelected don’t want to go on record as voting for that massive $3.5 trillion white whale of a bill before getting anything they want like the infrastructure bill.
Ironically, the $3.5 trillion bill may already be DOA because it needs all 50 Democrat votes in the Senate to pass, and Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema have already come out against it. President Biden is pushing hard for it, but his stock is, to put it mildly, going down the toilet fast. The fact that in his latest appearance, he hawked this bill before bringing up the crisis in Afghanistan didn’t do the bill, or himself, any favors politically.
Here’s some more on the politics of all this from Rick Moran at PJ Media.
Biden takes a knee, out of habit perhaps
By Mike Huckabee
Pardon me for pegging your disgust meter, but this at least deserves passing mention to demonstrate President Biden's warped priorities. On Monday, with the catastrophic situation in Afghanistan worsening by the minute and thousands of Americans and Afghan allies in mortal danger, Biden took time to welcome the 2021 WNBA champion Seattle Storm team to the White House. He held up Storm star Sue Bird and her fiancée, America-bashing leftist/Olympic soccer player Megan Rapanoe, as representing “the best of what America stands for.” And then he showed that he has no idea when it’s appropriate to stand by taking a knee in front of the team with a background of American flags.
I don’t know why he thought it was a good idea to get down on his knees. Maybe he mistook the Storm for the Taliban and did it out of force of habit.
RIP, Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts
By Pat Reeder
The Rolling Stones announced that their drummer of nearly 60 years, Charlie Watts, died peacefully Monday in a London hospital at age 80, with his family around him. No cause of death was given, but he had recently undergone an undisclosed medical procedure. Watts was the oldest member of the band, and along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, one of the last three original members. He had previously beaten throat cancer.
Watts wasn’t a flashy drummer like Keith Moon of the Who, and God bless him, he didn’t go in for 20-minute drum solos. He was known for his rock-steady beat, with a touch of swing that kept the Stones a “rock and roll” band instead of a “ROCK” band, and for his ability to anchor the songs and keep his sometimes undisciplined (to put it mildly) bandmates on track.
Full disclosure: I’ve never been a Stones fan (I’m a Kinks and Who man), mostly because of my distaste for Mick Jagger. But I’ve always admired Watts’ musicianship and his cool down-to-earth style that reflected his anchor role in the band. I’m not going to list all of the Stones hits he was on or recount the band’s familiar history, because that will be all over the news. I’d rather tell you some things you might not hear elsewhere. Like this:
During one period when Jagger was particularly full of himself, he sneered that Watts was “only my drummer,” and later placed a drunken call to his hotel room at 5 a.m. and repeatedly shouted, “Where’s my drummer?!” After stewing on that for a day, the next night, Watts turned off his hotel room TV, put on his shoes, walked down the hall, knocked on Jagger’s door, and when he opened it, punched him in the jaw and knocked him into a platter of smoked salmon. Keith Richards passed him in the hall and asked where he was coming from. He said, “I’ve just punched Mick Jagger in the face,” and kept walking calmly back to his room.
Jazz and blues were his first loves, and Watts taught himself to play by listening to jazz records by artists such as Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. When he joined the Stones, he assumed the band wouldn’t last more than a week. He hated the rock star lifestyle and was said to have wished he could go home after every show. He collected cars but didn’t drive; he would just sit in them in the garage.
In recent years, he formed his own side group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, which played traditional jazz versions of the Great American Songbook. They released several fine CDs that are sadly out of print but you can find some of the music online. Here’s a taste of the other side of Charlie Watts, performing the music he truly loved, with “I’ve Got A Crush On You.”
You can find other songs and performances by them on YouTube. And if you have Amazon Prime Music, you can stream the album, “Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band,” featuring some great but pretty unrecognizable big band jazz arrangements of several Stones songs, including “Satisfaction” and “Paint It Black.”