|December 2, 2020|
Good morning! Today's newsletter includes:
- Crime is skyrocketing
- Breathless reporting from CNN
- Covid-19 updates
- Eric Clapton targeted for cancelling
- Joe Biden's Cabinet begins to take shape
CRIME IS SKYROCKETING
By Mike Huckabee
In cities across America where leftwing leaders sided with rioters and slashed police budgets, crime is skyrocketing. As Gomer Pyle used to say, “Sur-prise! Sur-prise!”
How devastating was that insane abdication of public responsibility? We can now put some figures to it. The Major Cities Chiefs Association (an organization of police chiefs representing 69 of America’s largest cities) reports that from May 25 to July 31, about 8,700 protests took place in US cities. Of those, 574 were riots that included mass looting and destruction. During them, more than 2,000 police officers were injured in the line of duty.
One police agency reported 115 commercial burglaries in just one day. Another reported a single looting event at a shopping mall that resulted in over $70 million in damage. One agency alone reported 300 police cars damaged, including 19 that were engulfed in flames.
But maybe this, more than any statistics, will drive home just how bad it was: It was SO bad that in Minneapolis, ground zero of the Defund The Police movement and current site of a surging crime wave, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stood up Monday at a city council meeting and shot down the council’s plan to slash the police budget.
The plan, hilariously named “Safety For All,” calls for reducing the police department from 888 to 750 officers. Frey, actually sounding like a voice of reason, said, “It’s irresponsible and untenable, especially given what we are presently experiencing now in this city. If the goal is simply to dramatically reduce the number of police officers we have and hamstring our chief, no, I cannot sign onto that.”
Frey also noted that any plan was supposed to wait until after a year-long “community engagement process” to find out what the people want. They could find out right now, if they’d listen: the people want more cops on the street. It sounds as if the only way to make that happen would be to throw their useless city council out onto the street.
Oh, and if you need any further verification of just how bad, dangerous, counterproductive and idiotic the council’s police plan is, try this: Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted her support for it.
BREATHLESS REPORTING FROM CNN
By Mike Huckabee
Stop the presses!! A “CNN Exclusive” reports that CNN has obtained leaked documents showing that China’s government underreported its COVID-19 case numbers and engaged in other lies and cover-ups about the virus.
I will stay tuned to CNN, breathlessly awaiting their next shocking exclusive on where the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus came from.
By Mike Huckabee
With Christmas approaching and COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus cases rising, Americans are bracing for more lockdown orders that seem to be aimed more at shutting down businesses, churches and Christmas celebrations than actually stopping the spread of the virus. So before we get too far past the recent Thanksgiving hypocrisies of the “Do as I say, not as I do” leaders, here are a few things worth remembering when they start in with the war on Christmas in the name of stopping the pandemic (using the same failed tactics that were supposed to be imposed for only two weeks, eight months ago.)
First of all, PJ Media made a handy list of prominent Democrats who imposed crackdowns on their constituents, then flouted their own rules. It ranges from big names like Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Bill DeBlasio and Gavin Newsom to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who told everyone to avoid travel 30 minutes before he got on a plane to go visit his own family for Thanksgiving.
The media have also been pushing draconian measures that they seem to think don’t apply to them. CNN’s Chris Cuomo made the previous list of hypocrites, but let’s not overlook ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who has become notorious for shaming others who don’t wear masks while being caught not wearing one when he thinks the cameras aren’t on.
The latest is the L.A. County Supervisor who voted to ban outdoor dining restaurants, then was spotted eating at one a few days later. (If she looks familiar, yes: she did used to play Zelda on the ‘50s sitcom “Dobie Gillis.” I think Maynard G. Krebs might now be in charge of coming up with the state's plans to stop the coronavirus.)
And let’s not forget the California state lawmakers who, after doing such a bang-up job dealing with riots, crime, blackouts and wildfires, shut down businesses and told Californians to stay home and not travel for the holidays. Then they set off on a plane for a taxpayer-paid “conference” at a luxury resort in Hawaii.
Americans have just about reached the end of their patience with the hypocrisy of politicians and their endless job- and business-killing lockdowns and restrictions that defy common sense and often have little to do with any scientific evidence about stopping the spread of the virus. Some are staging full protest rallies…
Others are becoming quite creative in their ways of protesting the dictates, or getting around them entirely.
I’m proud to say that I inspired Pastor Rob McCoy, who took off his tie to striptease music before his sermon so his church could be declared a “strip club” and therefore, an essential business that’s allowed to stay open in California. Here’s a video of that, but watch it beyond the funny opening to hear a very important message in his sermon.
There was also the Buffalo, New York, restaurant owner who put a sign on his business that read “WalMart,” so that he could be deemed worthy of remaining open.
The owner of a New York pub declared it a Seattle-style “autonomous zone,” where, as we all learned, COVID restrictions simply don’t apply.
And the owner of “Eat At Joe’s” restaurant in Redondo Beach, California, protested Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “sheer insanity” of restrictions by putting a banner over his place for the tony “French Laundry” restaurant, where Newsom attended a birthday party after telling everyone else not to gather in indoor groups. I guess the French restaurant is special, and as with anti-cop protests and Biden election celebrations, the virus doesn’t spread there.
I’m very glad to see that people are finally saying enough is enough, and before they give up their rights and lose their jobs and businesses, they're starting to demand to know what the scientific basis is for these restrictions, why they’re expected to work now when they haven’t before, why they’re going on indefinitely, and why the people creating them think they don’t apply to themselves.
Since my strip tease idea was so inspiring, I hope that my latest suggestion will be picked up nationwide: The reason it’s so easy for these politicians to shut down other people’s businesses is that, no matter what, their government paychecks never stop coming. I think we should all demand that they not receive any pay as long as they have their states’ or cities’ economies shut down and their constituents aren’t getting paid. I’ll be they would come up with some much better ways to deal with the virus pronto if their endless lockdowns also locked down their own paychecks.
ERIC CLAPTON TARGETED FOR CANCELLING
By Mike Huckabee
The “cancel culture” is coming for guitar hero Eric Clapton, for daring to record a song written by Van Morrison that protests the endless lockdowns that are killing live music and destroying musicians’ livelihoods. He couldn’t be allowed to go around expressing a non-approved opinion, so the Twitter keyboard warriors dug up an old racist comment he made in the 1970s and are using it as a pretext to try to “disappear” him.
The comment was indeed shocking, but he’s apologized for it repeatedly for years, explaining that when he said it, he was out of his head and suicidally addicted to booze and drugs. The left seemed to forgive him, until it suddenly became useful to take it back.
I’d also point out that the song the self-righteous social justice warriors are so outraged over is to raise money to help struggling musicians whose livelihood is being destroyed by their policies. Just by recording it, he’s already done more to help others than they ever will. And I seriously doubt that anyone who already knows Eric Clapton is going to stop listening to his music because some twits on Twitter said to.
JOE BIDEN'S CABINET BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE
By Mike Huckabee
President Trump’s team is continuing to challenge the vote, and I believe in giving him time to make his case, but it does appear that the odds are getting longer, with officials certifying votes and courts throwing out cases. Still, I believe in not reporting news until it’s actually news, so I have held off on commenting on all the speculation over who Joe Biden will name to his Cabinet. But now that Biden is actually giving us some names, it’s worth pointing out that, aside from the media, the reaction is not universal adoration.
So far, what we’ve seen is exactly what many expected: a lot of warmed-over Obama-era failures and entrenched Deep Staters with egos far in excess of their abilities, the very people Trump was referring to when he said that if the Obama Administration hadn’t been so bad, he never wouldn’t gotten near the White House. I already mentioned John “Iran Deal/Logan Act” Kerry being picked as "climate czar" (I think "Secretary of Hot Air" would be more accurate), but here are a few more blasts from the past that could be returning to prominence if Biden becomes President.
Biden is rumored to be considering Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin as CIA Director. At least it’s not John Brennan, but here’s what Michigan GOP chair Laura Cox had to say about that pick.
“From her support of the failed Iran Nuclear Deal to her inability to articulate any plans to fight America’s adversaries, Congresswoman Slotkin has proven time and again how grossly unqualified she is to handle foreign policy matters. It comes as no surprise that Joe Biden would consider someone this incompetent for his CIA Director, but I hope for the sake of the American people he has the wherewithal to pass on what would be a disastrous appointment.”
Okay, safe to say that might not be a universally acclaimed choice. But how about his reported pick for head of the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden?
Turns out she has a long history of spreading discredited Russia collusion hoaxes (ironically, she suggested that Russia switched votes to Trump in the 2016 election), and more to the point, a string of Twitter tweets rudely and viciously smearing the very Republican Senators who would have to vote for her to confirm her to the job. A spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn put Tanden’s chances of confirmation at “zero,” while other former top GOP staffers described her nomination as “a funeral” and “a sacrifice to the confirmation gods.”
Biden’s reported choices to lead his national security team, including the Secretaries of State and Defense, went straight from the Obama Administration into a DC consulting firm that doesn’t disclose its clients. The lack of transparency and ethics even drew criticism from leftwing blogs and the New York Times.
Even one of the people he chose to lead his transition team is under fire for being in charge of Los Angeles Metro while it’s under two federal criminal investigations.
I could go on, but you get the picture. He's being slammed for considering failures, liars and crooks, but what else does he have to choose from? Biden isn’t even officially the President-elect, and already the long knives are coming out from both directions. Even if he does become President, it might not be long before he starts feeling the wisdom of the old proverb: “Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”
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