THE EVENING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good evening! Here are some stories from me that I think you will want to read.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Today's Bible Verse was recommended by Rosanne G.
“Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.”
Job 37:13 NASB
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THE LATEST NEWS
You’ve heard of fat blockers? Well, let John Stossel introduce you to the “fact blockers.” There are the alleged “fact-checkers” whom sites like Facebook rely on to censor “misinformation.” They seem to define that as any facts that challenge their approved liberal narratives on subjects such as COVID or climate change, even if those facts come from experts and are accurate.
Related: Roger Simon of the Epoch Times discusses how the new boss at Twitter is clamping down hard on users who post photos and videos that let other people know what’s actually going on in the world.
Say, this might be a good time to remind you again to watch my interview with the founder and CEO of MeWe, the alternative to Facebook that respects your rights to privacy and free speech.
2. WOKEISM AT OUR BANKS:
I’ve watched dumbfounded in recent years as leftist opinion has morphed from “Obviously nonsense, just look at how it’s failed every time it’s implemented” to “So unquestionably true that it's sacred and if you dare to question it, you’re a fascist and must be silenced and driven into bankruptcy.” And while there may be a few leftwing nuts on any corporate board, I’ve yet to understand why a majority of business professionals whose main jobs should be pleasing customers and maximizing profits not only risk ticking off customers but are denying them service if they don’t toe the leftist line. It’s as if they’re more afraid of having a handful of socialist idiots say mean things about them on Twitter than they are of their own stockholders.
One of the most outrageous forms of corporate political discrimination has been in the financial services sector, where banks, credit card companies and payment systems have shut off service to conservative or religious businesses, organizations and non-profits – in essence, handing down a financial death sentence with zero due process. Well, maybe that’s about to change.
I told you recently that arrogant elitists are getting a hard lesson in who really runs the country, as thousands of cops, firefighters, hospital workers and garbage collectors walk off the job rather than bend to their vaccine orders. Now, banks might be about to learn the hard way who their bosses really are.
The Federalist reports that last week, the financial officers of 15 red states (West Virginia, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Alabama, Texas and Kentucky) sent a letter to US banks, warning that their states control a combined $600 billion in assets. And they will pull those assets out of any bank that embraces corporate wokeism or blocks financing to the fossil fuel industry.
The letter informs banks that their states rely on revenues from fossil fuels and “We have a compelling government interest…to select financial institutions that are not engaged in tactics to harm the very people whose money they are handling.”
There are 22 states whose finances are controlled by Republicans, so this movement could easily grow.
It’s a much-needed wake-up call to bankers that they are not in business to impress AOC and Greta Thunberg, and maybe it will light a fire under stockholders to replace woke board members if they sense a big financial blowback brewing. It’s also a wake-up call for any conservative investors who might want to enter the financial services industry and offer nonpartisan services without a side order of leftist totalitarianism. If you've got a few spare billion dollars lying around, now might be a great time to enter the market.
3. BAKER SAYS NO
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced that he will not run for a third term next November.
Both Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said they decided campaigning would be a distraction from important business like dealing with the pandemic.
Believe it or not, Baker is a Republican, but the type of Republican you might expect to find in Massachusetts. He’s best known for his sharp criticism of President Trump and his aggressive policies on COVID-19, which brought him high approval ratings among Democrats and Independents, but not among fellow Republicans, who have been talking about a primary challenge. His prospects with them won’t be helped by the news that he’s thinking of instituting an electronic vaccination ID system.
While I might disagree with Gov. Baker on many issues, I hate to see him leave. He’s probably the closest thing to a conservative who could actually get elected in Massachusetts. And I could only imagine how much damage the type of Democrat who could get elected there would do.
Modern music is finally making sense: Adele just got knocked out of the #1 spot on iTunes by a song called “Santa’s Gotta Dirty Job” by John Rich and Mike Rowe. Proceeds go to two great causes, and you can learn more and see the official music video here:
5. CHRIS CUOMO IS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY:
Under intense pressure from all sides, CNN finally announced that anchor Chris Cuomo would be “suspended indefinitely” after it came to light that he was more heavily involved in protecting his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from sexual harassment charges than he’d admitted. That includes allegedly lying about using his journalistic sources to share intel on the women with his brother’s aides.
Pardon me if I find CNN's action underwhelming. Even liberals at outlets like Rolling Stone and MSNBC said this was such a shocking breach of professional ethics and the public trust that he should be fired and banned from journalism. CNN’s response: he’s “suspended”…”indefinitely.”
“Suspended” ain’t “fired.” And “indefinitely” literally means for no particular set length of time. CNN fired Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself during a Zoom call. He was back on the air eight months later. If they’re okay with showing viewers that, I guess it won’t be nearly as long before they’ll be showing us Chris Cuomo again.
6. CHECK OUT THIS STORY:
Check out this heartwarming story of how a college student and competitive swimmer was only doing so-so for three years until, in his final year, he began notching up first place trophies and setting new records. What was the secret that finally allowed him to surge into the top levels of the sport? He came out as “trans,” changed his name from Will to “Lia,” and began competing in women's events.
You’ll surely be moved by his (sorry, “her”...or is it "xir?") story about how hard it’s been, but fortunately, “Being trans has not affected my ability to do this sport, and being able to continue is very rewarding.”
Yes, extremely rewarding! Not so much for all the girls who are literally being left in “Lia’s” wake, and who might also have dreamed of winning those titles, only to have their dreams crushed by their new large, muscular competitor. But then, the media can’t defend their right to compete and win in women’s sports. The preferred narrative is almost as important to them as preferred pronouns.
7. VACCINE MANDATE CONTINUES ITS LOSING STREAK:
President Biden’s vaccine mandate is continuing its losing streak. He’s already backed down from imposing it on federal workers (the group over which he arguably has the strongest claim to power), and on Tuesday, his claim to having power to impose it on the private sector suffered a double header loss in courts.
A federal judge in Kentucky blocked the mandate from taking effect against federal contractors and subcontractors in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. He said this case isn’t about whether vaccines are effective (he believes they are) or whether the government can impose vaccine mandates in certain circumstances, which it can. This is about whether Biden has the constitutional authority to impose this particular mandate, and it’s likely he does not.
And a federal judge in Louisiana extended to a nationwide injunction a Missouri federal judge’s block on the mandate for health care workers in 10 states, halting it in all 50 states. In his ruling, Judge Terry Doughty gave the clearest explanation yet for why Biden does not have the power to impose a sweeping mandate that should have been passed by Congress:
“If the separation of powers meant anything to the Constitutional framers, it meant that the three necessary ingredients to deprive a person of liberty or property – the power to make rules, to enforce them, and to judge their violations – could never fall into the same hands…If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands. If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency.”
Boy, can he say that again!
Needless to say, the Biden Administration is ignoring these court rulings and telling employers to continue with the mandate anyway, which means he’s also now usurping the authority of the third branch of government. Or as Democrats would call that if Trump had ever done it: “FASCISM!!”
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