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It seems like only yesterday (it was) that I quoted James Thurber's wisdom that "You might as well fall flat on your face as bend over too far backward." And now, thanks to our virtue-signaling PC culture, here I am doing it again.
House Democrats are outraged (I know, what else is new?) at Speaker Ryan for scheduling a vote on the bill they introduced to abolish ICE. They never thought they'd actually have to go on record as standing by the ridiculous things they say to incite mobs! Why do I keep thinking of Gene Wilder in "Young Frankenstein"?...
"Don't you people know a JOKE when you hear one?!!"
It’s summer rerun season on TV, but not on “Huckabee” on TBN, where we have another great new show coming your way tonight! Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch will join me to discuss the nomination of Brett Kananaugh to the Supreme Court and the left’s epic public meltdown over it. I’ll discuss the decline of civility and racial division with the brilliant Dr. Christopher Metzler. You’ll meet an inspiring Huck’s Hero, and a couple whose tragic loss of their young daughter led to a miraculous crusade that is saving countless lives. Plus barbecue king John McLemore will share backyard recipes and tips, and smoke up some fantastic food for us to enjoy as we listen to the soul-stirring music of the gospel vocal group, Zion’s Joy. All that and more is coming your way at 8 EST, 7 CST tonight (repeated at 11 EST and the same times on Sunday.) For a local channel locator and to watch previous shows and clips, visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
President Trump in Europe
President Trump is continuing his European visit in Great Britain. So far, he’s outraged the Europeans by telling them that NATO nations need to live up to their obligation to pay more for their own security, that Britain’s exit from the EU is taking too long and being handled badly, that a selectively-edited interview with him was “fake news,” and that open borders and unfettered immigration are causing terrible problems for Europe. European leaders responded by crying that he’s wrong, without specifying about what.
And some Londoners (but far fewer than predicted), who live in a city whose leadership has responded to rising crime by banning guns for the law-abiding and then knives and then suggesting that maybe knives should be made less sharp (none of them are the sharpest knives in the drawer), took to the streets for a protest that embarrassed them more than it did Trump. Even their Bizarro World Macy’s Parade Anti-Trump Balloon was an embarrassment. Maybe they should spend less time whining about Trump and more time looking for jobs so they wouldn’t have time to waste clogging the streets during daylight hours.
Meanwhile, if Europeans would like a much-needed demonstration of how to behave with grace, elegance, charm and dignity, don’t look to politicians, and Heaven knows, don’t look to the childish protesters. Look to America’s First Lady, who quietly and tactfully schooled them all.
I would also like to add, on a personal note, how proud I was to see the White House Press Secretary accompanying the POTUS and FLOTUS to tea with Queen Elizabeth II. I wish her grandparents could have been alive to see that. For them, being invited to a catfish fry at City Hall in Hope, Arkansas, would have been hard to imagine.
I knew the Democrats’ objections to Trump SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh were mostly just fill-in-the-blank leftist boilerplate, but could they at least take the time to fill in the blanks with the right name? Their prefab hysteria has become so rote that they can’t even seem to make the effort anymore to pretend to be sincere.
Amen Congress, bring this bill home
Here’s some good news: a bipartisan bill is advancing in Congress that would let people write off the cost of gym and health club memberships and exercise classes as a medical expense. There are more details at the link.
I’ve argued for years that the main reason we spend so much money on health care in America is that we focus on cures rather than prevention. The vast majority of health care spending goes toward dealing with chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease that can be prevented with proper diet and exercise. The government lets you write off the cost of taking pills to try to control the disease and going to the hospital when it’s out of control, but not fitness programs to keep it from developing in the first place. It makes about as much sense as our tax system that lets you write off losses but punishes you for being productive.
I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: if you have any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in your pantry, the CDC says throw it out or return it to the store. It’s been linked to a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened about 100 people in 33 states.
And if you’re thinking you might trade the sweetened cereal for the healthier option of a McDonald’s salad, here’s more bad news…
A Myanmar refugee Huck's Hero
There were many Huck's Heroes involved in the rescue of those 12 young boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. But did you know that one of the true heroes was only 14 years old and was one of the trapped kids?
Myanmar refugee Adul Sam-on can speak five languages, and he was able to translate and coordinate communications between all the rescuers and the boys. To American students who complain about having to study different languages, take note: you never know what kind of a jam it might rescue you from someday.
Robert Mueller's Russian military indictments
Chalk up another victory in the new Cold War that's incongruously being fanned up by the left: Robert Mueller has obtained grand jury indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly hacking into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party and releasing tens of thousands of emails and memoes deemed "politically damaging" (i.e., they revealed to the voters what was actually being said and done) in a "sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election."
At this point, before Democrats hyperventilate, I should note that the announcement stressed that no Americans were involved and the hacking had no effect on changing any ballots. So sorry, Trump really is the President, and he will stay that way.
I would also add that if a relentless prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, this is the equivalent of indicting a dozen bowls of borscht. Mueller previously made a media splash by indicting several Russian companies, apparently assuming they would never show up in court to answer the charges and demand to see his evidence. Oops, one of them did! Major embarrassment that Mueller has been backtracking away from furiously. This time he must be hoping to avoid a similar fiasco by indicting 12 Russian spooks who are about as likely to show up in an American courtroom as I am at a Peter Fonda movie.
On the plus side, at least this investigation has finally targeted someone or something remotely related to its mission. We should be doing everything possible to discourage foreign interference in our elections (although, curiously, Democrats who are so exercised over unverified "Russian collusion" rumors don't seem to mind letting non-citizens actually vote.)
Still, it's hard to work up too much rage at Russia for hacking into US secrets when the people charged with protecting them were reportedly using "password" as a password and sending classified documents over an unsecured homemade server stored in the bathroom next to the Glade air freshener.
If you're dumb enough to leave your car in a bad neighborhood with the windows down and the key in the ignition, and someone steals it, sure , it's still a crime; but don't expect me to feel a lot of sympathy for you. Or vote for you for President.