Evening Edition - September 14

September 14, 2018

Latest on Kavanaugh

Sixty-five women who knew Judge Brett Kavanaugh in high school have signed a statement vouching for his good character and denying that they ever heard of him doing anything objectionable.  And to his critics, that’s proof that he must be...guilty?  While you shake off your mental whiplash, I’ll explain: if his defenders didn’t know there was some awful claim against him out there, they wouldn’t have been ready with to gather all those signatures it so quickly, so that proves it (whatever “it” is) must be true!  After all, it’s not as if there’s some futuristic communications medium that allows you to instantly contact a bunch of people you went to high school with. 

If you think that’s pathetic, you should know that they’re also now, to quote the National Review's David French, using Kavanaugh's good character against him.  The left is attacking him as a potential sex creep because he coaches his daughters’ basketball teams and has made it a point to hire female law clerks. 

So to be clear:  if you support girls’ sports and giving women job opportunities, you’re a potential sex predator -- and if you don’t, you’re a sexist.  Either way, you’re disqualified for the Supreme Court! I guess to the left, the only thing that doesn’t make a man a potential sex predator is putting on a dress and hanging out in the women’s bathroom.

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/brett-kavanaugh-good-character-is-used-against-him/

Florence update

Update on Hurricane Florence: at this writing (midafternoon Friday) the storm has made landfall and is lashing North Carolina with high winds, heavy rain and dangerous storm surges.  Some cities have reported up to 18 inches of rain so far, and over 600,000 people are without electricity in the Carolinas.  The hurricane also claimed its first casualties: In Wilmington, a mother and infant were killed and the father was hospitalized when a tree fell on their house.  I hope you will keep them and everyone who’s in the path of this storm in your prayers.

In coastal New Bern, North Carolina, several hundred people had to be rescued after they failed to comply with evacuation orders and got trapped by rising waters.  That not only puts them in danger, it also endangers the first responders who have to try to rescue them.  So please, if you are given orders to evacuate, get out.  Those who stubbornly refuse to save themselves should at least have the courtesy to think of the people who’ll have to risk their lives to save them from the consequences of their bad decisions. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/even-ruth-bader-ginsburg-sick-democrat-grandstanding-speaking/

 

 Manafort strikes a plea deal

After being pursued, raided in his home in the middle of the night, indicted, jailed and slapped into solitary confinement before he was even convicted, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort struck a plea deal to avoid a second trial.  He agreed to plead guilty to avoid a second trial on charges of foreign lobbying violations in his dealings with Ukraine and witness tampering.  He could get up to 10 years in prison and has to forfeit some bank accounts and properties, but he’ll get to keep properties in Florida and Virginia, where his family lives.  His attorney said Manafort “wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life.”

The deal also includes agreeing to “full cooperation” with the Mueller investigation, but Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani says they’re not concerned because, again, these charges have nothing to do with Trump’s campaign or Russian collusion – which, if you can remember back that far, is what Mueller was supposed to be investigating. 

Is this plea deal really a case of justice being served against a particularly bad actor, or of a rogue prosecutor granted far too much power and leeway being allowed to hound a target for things a lot of people do until he cracks and pleads guilty just to make it stop?  I guess the only way to know would be to appoint a brigade of similar prosecutors, each with bottomless resources, no investigative limits and the power to raid houses, businesses and even attorney’s records and hold people in solitary who’ve not even been convicted of anything, and turn them loose on every well-heeled lobbyist in Washington.  I’ll bet that thought would terrify a lot of never-Trump DC dwellers into changing their tunes on a Ukrainian dime.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/14/paul-manafort-to-plead-guilty-as-part-plea-deal-with-special-counsel.html

 

 

 Even Ginsburg thinks partisanship over Kavanaugh is beyond the pale

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has recently become a heroine of the left with her unprecedented public statements against President Trump.  A documentary about her life became an unlikely box office hit. But even she thinks that the partisan showboating in the Senate over Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation is beyond the pale. 

As she notes, she was a well-known liberal who’d worked for the ACLU for a decade when she was nominated in 1993 by Bill Clinton, and the Senate still confirmed her 96-3. Back then, Republicans still held to the quaint notion that winning the Presidency brought with it certain powers, such as nominating judges, and that the Senate’s advice and consent role did not entail ripping his choices to shreds, slandering them in public or voting against them out of sheer spite.  When the Senate Democrats have lost even Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it might be time to shut down the partisan slaughterhouse and go do a little soul-searching.  Let me know if you find one. 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/even-ruth-bader-ginsburg-sick-democrat-grandstanding-speaking/


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Today in Fake News:

The New York Times slams UN Ambassador Nikki Haley for spending over $50,000 for custom mechanized curtains for the official ambassador’s residence in New York. Former Obama officials were quick to pile on with the criticism of her spendthrift ways.  Oh, one thing the Times waited to mention until far down in the story: those curtains were installed last year, under a purchase order approved in 2016 by the Obama Administration.

If the Times is still America’s “paper of record,” it must be a broken record.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/14/nikki-haley-draws-shade-over-53g-curtains-okd-by-obama-administration.html

The Kavanaugh Letter

In act of embarrassing political theater that makes Cory Booker’s “I am Spartacus” self-immolation look like the Gettysburg Address, Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein produced a letter about some alleged mysterious shocking thing in the background of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh – but she can’t let anyone see what it says.  It calls to mind the moment in every melodramatic Hollywood movie about McCarthyism (back when the left didn’t approve of and practice it) in which an unscrupulous Senator tries to slander someone by waving a sealed envelope that he claims contains the names of a dozen close associates of the target who are “communists!” but he cannot reveal them for national security reasons. 

 

Of course, today, being accused of being a communist might actually earn Kavanaugh a few votes from the Democrats. But in this case, Feinstein not only didn’t tell the Republicans on the committee about the letter, she didn’t share it with the Democrats, either (my theory is that it’s a big nothing, but she knew if she told the Democrats, one of them would have leaked it by now – I’m looking at you, Sen. Booker.)  Instead, after using it to tar Kavanaugh’s reputation with a vague, unknown accusation of…something…she claims she gave it to the FBI for further investigation.  The FBI reportedly dismissed it and passed it to the White House to put in Kavanaugh’s background folder, which is standard operating procedure.

 

We don’t know what’s in the letter other than via media rumors.  It’s reportedly not even written by the person allegedly involved, but by someone who claims to have heard the story (in other words, it’s useless hearsay from nearly 40 years ago) that supposedly involves an incident that dates back to when Kavanaugh was in high school. 

 

By some accounts, it involves him having a sexual relationship with a girl (we know how opposed Democrats are to teenagers doing that), while another rumor says it’s about him and another teen boy locking a girl in a room at a party as a prank, but she got out. How can we allow this monster to walk among us?

 

I’m sure glad nobody’s holding me accountable today for every dumb thing I did in high school (I can only imagine how my career would have suffered if the public knew that I once took a date to a Mexican restaurant and stole a bite of her enchilada when she was in the ladies’ room.)  And can you imagine the idiotic stunts some of those Senators pulled in high school, considering the stunts they’re still pulling now?  I don’t see how doing childish things when you’re a child disqualifies you for the Supreme Court when doing childish things as an adult obviously doesn’t disqualify you for the Senate.  

 

Sen. Feinstein should be ashamed of herself for pulling such a transparent, desperate, last-minute smear job, as should any so-called “journalistic” outlet that enables her by repeating this as anything other than a premise for ridicule. 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/democrats-send-secret-letter-kavanaugh-fbi/


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Justice Thomas comments

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is known for being taciturn, for keeping his opinions to himself and letting his written rulings speak for him.  But last week’s Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation hearings, where Senate Democrats turned one of the most important functions of government into a revival of “Laugh In” without the laughs, was too much for even the normally close-mouthed Justice Thomas to let pass without comment.  

And when he does make a public comment, it’s always worth listening to, especially this time.  I won’t even excerpt it because you need to see the video or read everything he said about how the legitimacy of pubic institutions can only be maintained when the people entrusted with them act with integrity, honesty, ethics, morals, honor and respect for the law instead of comparing themselves to Spartacus. Sen. Booker, that rap you just felt was Justice Thomas’ gavel conking you on the head from afar. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/priceless-watch-justice-thomas-laugh-cut-spartacus-cory-booker-size/

 

 

 #WalkAway update

Those of you who watch my TBN show “Huckabee” (I assume that’s everyone, of course) will remember my guest Brandon Straka. He’s what you’d assume to be a prime demographic for the Democrats: he’s young, single, gay, a New Yorker and an aspiring actor who’d always been reflexively liberal (in other words, he’s the opposite of me, but we had a terrific conversation.)  One day, Brandon realized that the Democrats who claimed to speak for him had started embracing everything he found abhorrent: threats, violence, vandalism, intolerance, weaponizing federal agencies to slander and investigate political opponents and silencing any views that weren’t in lockstep with theirs.  So he bravely posted a YouTube video explaining why he was walking away from the Democratic Party. 

 

That video lost him some friends, but it went viral and inspired thousands of other decent people who also thought the modern, hateful Democratic Party had left them to join him.  It grew into the #WalkAway movement, to encourage the silent majority of Americans to stand up against the left’s growing violence, intolerance, censorship and name-calling.  It grew so big that Brandon began organizing a Walk Away March in Washington on October 26-28th, the weekend before the midterm elections (WalkAwayMarch.com).  That’s when someone at Facebook (the pinky-swear totally unbiased social media platform) found a way to silence him.    

 

Straka posted a link to a radio show where he was to be a guest.  It happened to be hosted by Alex…Oops, almost forgot: “He Who Must Not Be Named!”  You know, that rightwing guy whom all the social media sites chose as the person who was so out there, nobody would protest if they censored him – which conveniently provided a camel’s nose in the tent for their escalating censorship of people, ideas and words that the left find too difficult to refute rationally.  

 

This is the slippery slope argument in action, and the reason why the Founders and, once upon a time even the ACLU, defended even the most offensive speech: because if you agree that some speech isn’t constitutionally protected, then someone has to determine what speech is and isn’t allowed, and that’s the kind of absolute power that corrupts absolutely.  Soon, nobody has free speech except those who agree with the speech police.   

 

Anyway, because of that innocent link, Facebook banned Straka, conveniently at the exact time he needed to promote the Walk Away March. And it being a grassroots movement, he was counting on using Facebook to promote it. 

 

Facebook got a lot of bad publicity and reinstated Straka’s site, blaming the ban on one of these random errors that only seem to happen to conservative users. Of course, a liberal “journalist” tried to turn Straka’s fight to be reinstated into something nefarious, claiming he knew he was reinstated and was trying to gin up publicity by playing the victim, when Straka says that despite their claims, Facebook never contacted him to apologize or tell him his account was being reinstated. 

 

https://bigleaguepolitics.com/reporter-does-pr-for-facebook-trashes-walkaway-founder-after-facebook-ban/

 

Griping about Facebook or liberal media bias is fun, but there’s something more constructive that you could do.  Brandon is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@usminority  and following him there will get you updates on the march.  And if Twitter pulls a Facebook, you can always learn more at his own website www.WalkAwayMarch.com.  I have a feeling a lot of people will be leaving the social media giants to return to their own websites. If enough of you share that web address far and wide, then Brandon won’t need Facebook -- which seems to be bent on making all the conservatives and even moderates and reasonable liberals in America ask themselves, “Do I need Facebook either?”

 

 

Huck's Criminal Mastermind

 Finally, it’s been a while since I’ve shared a genuine Huck’s Criminal Mastermind, but this would-be armed robber in Aurora, Colorado, made Woody Allen in “Take the Money and Run” look like a master thief by comparison.  I don’t want to ruin the hilarious surprises in the surveillance video, so let me just say that it’s a rare occurrence when having your pants fall down to your ankles is only the second-most embarrassing thing that happens to you at your job.  Since this is Colorado, I can’t help wondering if maybe he was robbing that store to get money for more legal marijuana.   

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/man-pulls-gun-security-cam-moment-plan-fell-apart/

 

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  • Art isely

    09/17/2018 08:14 PM

    When does it stop? Are we going to check your grade school reports now? Is the DOJ ever going to do anything ?

  • CARMEN PRICE

    09/15/2018 08:30 PM

    Governor,
    This time I am giving you a comment on an ad that is on your site, it is such a scam! PsydoSurge, says it has something from Shark Tank, well let me tell you these sisters are scam artists. I have been seeing 10 or more different names of similar product all with different names and I even sent Shark Tank a letter naming all the products etc. and of course they did not respond, but if you or your staff would be interested, let me know and I will send a copy of the letter and all the product names, it's getting to be a laughing matter for me at this time. I almost fell for the second or third product until I remembered the "sisters", then I paid attention
    Let me know,
    hugs
    Carmen Price

  • Amelia Little

    09/15/2018 08:12 PM

    I'm sure there are liberals who aren't far-left wing nuts. Hopefully there are those who are saying to themselves--they aren't going to align themselves with maxine or booker or feinstein, or even with those who are wanting to say Judge Kavanaugh is either a sexual predator or a sexist for actually acting like a father, and a decent boss. Maybe those who are naysaying are jealous of him--well, plus, of course, President Trump nominated him. I'm pretty sure they don't read any transcripts of the so-call hearings, and surely they don't watch themselves on tv or anything--one would think they would be sinking under their desks in embarrassment. Sure the rational democrats would point out that these statements, actions, "questions" put a black mark on on democrats.

    I think there are two things that are figments of someone's imagination--the op-ed in whatever paper that was, and the envelope in feinstein's hand. Wonder, if say, booker or someone got overly curious and grabbed that envelope--would there be anything in that envelope, and if there is, would it be a blank piece of paper? She is one of the rabid--no President Trump nominee will be confirmed--so you know she would have made sure the world knew what was in that envelope the minute his name was announced, if it was real.

  • Lu Jean Bedard

    09/15/2018 02:48 PM

    This Evening Edition was great!! Hats off to you for the dedication to publish a trustworthy source for the national news each day.

  • Paul M. Bishop

    09/15/2018 10:46 AM

    God Bless You My friend!

  • Richard Davis

    09/15/2018 09:42 AM

    Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein allegedly received this "so-called" letter back in June or July, but failed to notify the FBI until just now. How does that not make her guilty of obstruction of justice by not notifying them in a timely manner????????

    This is nothing more than a charade by Sen. Feinstein.

  • Jack macdonald

    09/15/2018 09:34 AM

    Pleased to see how many people who submit comments absolutely get what is going on with our govt. The corruption is rampant and like every other govt before now the corruption reaches proportions that ultimately bring them down. We all know the stories of Greece and Rome. When the agencies created to keep us safe turn on us, we are on the path to destruction. It doesn't help that the head of the DOJ turns out to be totally impotent. FBI Director Wray seems to be cut from the same cloth. Where do they find these imbeciles? Checks and balances seem to be failing. The founders created a wonderful thing but assumed it would be run by people with integrity. Didn't happen!

  • Paying Attention

    09/15/2018 08:26 AM

    Censorship is not limited to the giant social media outlets. Lately I have been finding emails from conservative organizations in my junk email folder didn't go there even as little as two months ago.

  • Joseph Needham

    09/15/2018 12:15 AM

    Mike,
    I do appreciate your insightful comments in the newsletters. It is to me inconceivable that some of these Senators and Representatives were actually elected to hold such powerful offices! Few, however, can compare to Diane the leaker Feinstein. You do undoubtedly recall that just a few months back, January to be exact, she "leaked" the testimony of GPS founder Glenn Simpson that he gave before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She blamed "a bad cold" that perhaps had slowed her "mental facilities a little bit." She sheepishly opined that she regretted not communicating to the committee chair Chuck Grassley of her dastardly scheme. Fast forward to earlier this week when she yet again pulled a similar unannounced stunt by producing a document that mentioned an unnamed individual who made a spurious charge against Brett Kavanaugh. And to top it off she notified the proper authorities in the FBI to investigate the matter. Too bad for her McCabe, Comey, Page and Strozk were not available to handle the situation! What is this nation coming to?

  • Lester C Sells

    09/14/2018 11:57 PM

    Gov. Mike, Mary Jo and myself just got home from being at your tv taping. We come to your tapings quite often. We lived in West Memphis, Ar. when you was Gov. of the great state. We are now retired in Smyrna, Tn. Tonight you had a comedian on your show whose name was Dan Whitehurst. He was so family. I loved his humor so much. Who would think a cop could be so funny. I hope you will think about having him back again real soon. Thanks for keeping us informed. Lester & Mary Jo Sells

  • Renata E. Melone

    09/14/2018 09:29 PM

    I watched the Kavanaugh hearings the day those simpletons broke out in screams and then proceeded outside to GET PAID! When do these people start getting arrested, subversion, treason - what has happened to our country that people are afraid to convict these so-called patriots for all their lies, collusion to destroy America just so they can get elected! Something is wrong here - when do they get arrested????

  • Laurie Reynolds

    09/14/2018 09:21 PM

    Mike Huckabee, I just LOVE reading "Evening Edition"! In less than 10 minutes, I'm all caught up on everything worthwhile that's been happening, and it's always such a treat to read because of that wonderful (and truthful) wit you possess. lol! (Who needs a newspaper?) God bless you! Don't stop!

  • Robert Easley

    09/14/2018 09:13 PM

    Hmmm... Perhaps the information in what Feinstein turned over to the FBI actually supports the good character of Brett Kavanaugh. If that is the case then it is certain she would not wish to publicly reveal the true contents of the letter.

    Just sayin'...

  • Ron Besse

    09/14/2018 09:01 PM

    I really enjoy your Newsletters especially the intended humor side comments. However, some days I think my head is going to explode with all of the negatives in Washington D.C. I Hope Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed further cementing the court as a constitutional court. One final comment, I would not wish anything bad to happen to Judge Ginsberg but if it did and Trump is still President let the fun begin. Hundreds of heads would be exploding.

  • William R Taylor

    09/14/2018 08:50 PM

    Mike,
    When you say the special counsel was able to, "hound a target (Mr Manafort) for things a lot of people do", I hope you were not referring to Manafort's failure to report millions of dollars of income for tax purposes and his failure to register as a lobbyist for a communist government leader in Ukraine. These are not things that "a lot of people do" as I see it.

  • Larry Rippere

    09/14/2018 07:17 PM

    Two comments: good news and bad news. First the bad news: We Kalifornios MUST vote for DiFi because her opponent is Kevin DeLeon who is more wacko than she. So pray for us! The good news: We have a "friend" here who has gone off the rails with TDS -- seriously! He sent one of his usual msgs about Trump being a smelly object you can't polish... and FACEBOOK BLOCKED HIM!!!!! His msg to us infers that he's been doing that (sick) for a while, but is now being censored. So sad.

  • Linda Furlong

    09/14/2018 07:11 PM

    Diane Feinstein is desperate when she gives a letter to the FBI with a redacted name for them to investigate alleged sexual misconduct when Judge Kavanaugh was a teen in high school.
    Wonder what Paul Manafort has to offer in order for Robert Mueller to cut a deal with him? Mueller needs to stop wasting the taxpayers money.

  • Mary Yigon

    09/14/2018 07:08 PM

    Will Kerry be prosecuted under The Logan act for conducting meetings with the Iranians?

  • Dale Pierce

    09/14/2018 07:04 PM

    I'm glad your guest woke up and smelled the coffee the Democrats have brewing. I only hope other people will see how vile the left has become. Since Trump has become president the left is showing their true colors. I hope America sees this and votes appropriately in the mid term elections

  • Jim Pace

    09/14/2018 06:56 PM

    Love reading your newsletters. Keep up the great great work.

    Thanks so much

  • John Parker

    09/14/2018 06:34 PM

    Trump hasn't tweeted about the Manafort flip yet. At least Rudy said Manafort can be depended on to TELL THE TRUTH. LOL. REPENT!

  • Lori L Simmons

    09/14/2018 06:02 PM

    I really appreciate your news and comment posting. I really feel like you are a leader I can trust and have great respect for your opinions. I will keep you, your daughter, and all our leaders in my prayers.

  • Ann L. Klieves

    09/14/2018 06:01 PM

    Thank you very much for talking about the #walkaway campaign and Brandon being taken off facebook. We really appreciate you covering this.this campaign is really important to the November elections and needs as much coverage as we can get.You are the best!!

  • John W. Oravis

    09/14/2018 05:33 PM

    RE: "In coastal New Bern, North Carolina, several hundred people had to be rescued *** after they failed to comply with evacuation orders and got trapped by rising waters ***. That not only puts them in danger, it also endangers the first responders who have to try to rescue them. So please, if you are given orders to evacuate, get out. Those who stubbornly refuse to save themselves should at least have the courtesy to think of the people who’ll have to risk their lives to save them from the consequences of their bad decisions.

    Dear Gov. Huckabee:

    Agree, 100%.

    So, when this storm is done, will the city of New Bern, Craven County, and state of North Carolina criminally/civilly prosecute them for willfully disobeying a lawful evacuation order, and recoup their rescue costs born by the taxpayers? Crickets.
    Try disobeying a lawful order in the U.S. military ...

  • Rebecca Johnson

    09/14/2018 05:30 PM

    It is too bad that the left is putting their hatred for President Trump and his winning the election. It has to spill over in the nomination of a Supreme Court Judge. It is a shame. The need to look at his record of a judge in the past,not what he supposed to have done in High School. If he was arrested for the supposedly the sex crime and it was repeated through his life up to present day. That should be sufficient.