Evening Edition - April 10

April 10, 2020 |

DRIVE-IN CHURCHGOERS TICKETED

There’s a meme going around that reads, “How are you enjoying your 30-day free trial of socialism?” But I never thought that would be true in a place like Greenville, Mississippi.

Mississippi’s Governor encouraged churches not to hold services in person to combat the coronavirus, but he refused to ban them from doing so, saying, “Mississippi is not China, and never will be.” But someone needs to get that message to Greenville’s Democrat Mayor Errick Simmons, who not only ordered churches closed, he even banned drive-in services.

Last Sunday, members of Temple Baptist Church gathered in about 25 cars in the church parking lot to listen to pastor Arthur Scott preaching over the radio. Police came and handed $500 tickets to each driver, even though they were all inside separate closed cars. The only time they violated “social distancing” was when they had to roll down their windows to take the tickets from the cops.

Scott said police told him he might go to jail, and he said if that’s what it takes to keep preaching, he’ll gladly go to jail, and he will see them at the church next Sunday.

The religious freedom law firm First Liberty sent a letter to Simmons demanding that the ban be lifted, and stating that “religious liberty is not suspended during a pandemic” and Americans should not “tolerate churchgoers being ticketed by the police for following CDC guidelines at church.”

Once again, it’s very instructive to see how quickly tolerant, compassionate liberals turn into ironfisted authoritarians when given just a little power. It’s yet another reason why you should never believe the claim that socialism would work great, it’s just that the “right people” have never been in charge of it. If you even want to be in charge of a socialist government, then you’re the wrong people to be in charge of the government.

GOOD FRIDAY

Happy Good Friday to you and your family! I know it may be an unusual Easter weekend, one where you can’t go to church or gather in the park or at other events. But celebrating at home with family will give us all a chance to reflect on and count our greatest blessings. And it’s important to remember that Easter weekend is a celebration of God’s assurance that the current trials and suffering will pass and that the day of Resurrection is at hand.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Here’s full video of Thursday’s daily White House briefing on the coronavirus with no cutaways to victims of other diseases, such as Trump Derangement Syndrome…

The number of confirmed cases in the US has topped 466,000, with 16,686 deaths at this writing. That’s a terrible tragedy, but there are reasons to be hopeful. Social distancing (i.e., simply asking Americans to be responsible) is working to flatten the curve of new cases. The initial predictions of mass deaths have been revised sharply downward, and so far, the field hospital and Navy hospital ship in New York City are using only a fraction of their beds. Meanwhile, a 250-bed field hospital in Seattle that was built to handle an expected crush of cases has been dismantled without treating a single patient.

At the briefing, Trump congratulated the Army Corps of Engineers for building field hospitals that include 17,000 beds in a remarkably short time. He talked about the airlift program that’s delivering medical supplies to where they’re most needed, and about discussions on aid to support the airline industry. He said the US has now surpassed 2 million coronavirus tests, and he sees encouraging signs in the swift development of treatments, with 19 therapies already being tested and 26 more in the planning stages. He also said student loan payments have been waived for six months, and that might be extended, and he talked about the need for Democrats and Republicans to come together to provide more help to workers and businesses.

On that subject, Senate Democrats last night showed where their priorities lay by blocking a bill to provide $250 billion in more funding for emergency small business loans. Party leaders claim they wouldn’t support that unless more funding was also given for the unemployed. But as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out, the money for the unemployed in the first bill hasn’t even been distributed yet (the IRS says it should start appearing as early as this week in the accounts of 50 million taxpayers who have shared their banking information with the IRS.) But the money allocated to small businesses is already nearly depleted because of the crush of applications.

A number of Senate Republicans also blasted the Democrats for blocking the bill, pointing out that the small business loan funding was for part of a bipartisan bill that needs more than originally anticipated right now, and that voting for it would not prevent further funding of aid to the unemployed, if it’s needed. This marks the second time in a month that Democratic Congressional leaders have held up emergency aid to try to force something else that they wanted into the bill. I hope that when you vote in November, you remember this demonstration of their priorities.

Personally, I’m not surprised that many current Congressional “progressive” Democrats are so cavalier about the problems of small business owners, since so few of them have ever owned or run a business.

I understand those problems only too well. While I’m enjoying “sheltering at home” with all my grandkids, it’s no picnic financially. All my personal appearances, which provide much of my income, have been canceled for three months, and I’m digging into my savings and retirement funds to cover the expenses, payrolls and benefits for the small businesses that I own. I don’t expect Democrats to feel sorry for me, but it would be nice if they at least comprehended what it’s like to own a small business that suddenly had its cash flow shut off.

Unfortunately, most of them come out of politics, law or academia and have never had to make a living in the real world. Some of their deep thinkers such as Rep. Ilhan Omar are suggesting that the President just declare that nobody has to pay rent. Leftwing activist Sally Kohn attacked business owners by claiming that nobody is “forcing” them to lay off workers, that it’s a “choice” they make, and they shouldn’t be cast as victims.

Kurt Schichter responded to this in his own special way in his latest article, “Economic Illiterates Are Running Amok”…

“When there is no income, what do you expect a business owner to pay his employees with? IOUs? Monopoly money? Feelings?...Oh, maybe the boss of that local pizza restaurant that the cough police closed down should just go downstairs to the basement vault in his mansion, pop open the door and take out one of those dozens of big sacks with dollar signs on them that are stuffed with $100 bills and use them to meet payroll. And rent. And insurance. And supplies. And maintenance. And so on. And so on. And so on.

Because that whole thing about cash flow? No, it’s not a thing. It’s a myth! It’s just an illusion those tuxedo n’ top hat-sporting fatcats who run the local pet stores and such use to fool the proles into believing that there’s not some bottomless well o’ cash these tycoons can draw upon forever.”

When they block urgently-needed funding to help small businesses stay afloat, claiming they want to help workers instead, they are betraying their utter ignorance of how our economic system works. If you want to help the workers, then make sure they still have a place to work when this is over!

On a side note, I’ve noticed that so-called “progressives” love calling anyone who disagrees with them a racist. Yet they badmouth capitalism while obviously having no clue what capitalism is or how a capitalist economic system works. Isn’t having an irrational fear of something you know nothing about the very definition of “prejudice”?

And speaking of those “cold-hearted” small business owners

BIDEN IS NOT CAPABLE

Apparently, there is one subject that is so glaringly true that even Tucker Carlson and the former national press secretary for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign agree on it: Joe Biden is not capable of being President of the United States.

Briahna Joy Gray tweeted that Bernie was “too kind” to go after Biden, “but it’s coming,” and either the Democratic establishment would rather see Trump reelected than back a candidate like Bernie or else they’re planning to throw representative Democracy out the window and replace him at the Convention.

I’m not sure which of those scenarios will play out, but it’s telling that, as some wags noted online, Biden is now the only Democrat remaining in the race and Barack Obama still hasn’t endorsed him. In this spirit of bipartisanship, I’ll actually agree with Ms Gray that the brass knuckle political assaults on Biden are coming. In fact, they’re already here.

(Incidentally, it wasn’t easy to find that ad. A Google search for “Trump commercial against Biden” returned nothing but Biden ads against Trump. How odd!)

But the media can’t bury this story for long. Even if they don’t talk about Biden’s personal issues or his history of questionable dealings, there are now new questionable dealings that would destroy the campaign of any Republican. Like pretending to be President and using political cronies to interfere in the distribution of much-needed medical supplies.

There’s way too much to bury here. Besides, it’s already so obvious that even Sean Lennon is pointing it out.

AGAINST CHINA

While some people here in America are trying to politicize the coronavirus by pointing fingers of blame at their opponents, it’s nice to see that most Americans are smart enough to realize where the blame really lies.

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  • Faith I Lobel

    04/21/2020 04:00 PM

    There must be a more recent evening edition I could respond to, but at the moment I can't locate it. I've read that Mr. Trump has decided to send $5,000,000 to the Palestinian Authority to help its hospitals combat COVID-19. That is a huge mistake! Knowing the PA as we all do, that money will free up an equal sum to be used to pay terrorists. I thought Donald Trump was smarter than this! It could so easily be the reverse -- just by refraining from action -- that the PA would be forced to use some of the money it now pays terrorists in order to maintain its hospitals. A good article on this subject can be found here: https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/148895/trump-wrong-to-send-covid-19-aid-to-palestinians.

  • Karen armstrong

    04/13/2020 11:52 AM

    Not just Greenville, "Holly Springs, Ms' Police Dept targeted a church service also, I saw what happened on Youtube this morning (its a shame we have to get our news off Youtube instead of a News Channel but here we are. Its time to get the country up and running again. Why are other bills being added to the Stimulus pkg, ask the President to refuse to sign anything with pork hanging off of it. A clean, pork free, bill should be the only one the President signs, the current crisis needs to be the only one dealt with, on its own.

  • John Huggins

    04/12/2020 09:40 AM

    I still find it mind boggling that the left could be so out of touch with reality.

  • Pati Hall

    04/12/2020 03:57 AM

    Dear Governor,
    This is not about the above article. I am troubled that you had that lady on your show talking about the curve with the virus.
    I found her on my Google page on a video (without looking) blasting the President about asking people to pray for this country. She used the "f" word with the word prayer in response to what the President said. I am no techy, but I know people know how to change videos to look bad when they are not or vise versa. I have found other controversial things she has said..Maybe they are lies, I don't know. I just know I saw it. So I was shocked to see her on your show. So I wanted you to know that. Sincerely, Pati Hall

  • Jack macdonald

    04/11/2020 06:53 PM

    All is not well. Communist China has launched a biological attack on us, The WHO is complicit in trying to kill us, our Speaker of the house is a treasonous criminal, the Dem president candidate has committed acts while vp that are impeachable, our media is corrupt to the bone and rivals Pravda as a state mouthpiece, our justice system has been weaponiized against citizens, and not one of the criminals from the Obama have been jailed. The swamp is alive and well and alleged Repubs like Romney are gutless Rinos. There is no end to the crap "we the people" have to suffer and no matter who we elect the crap continues. Consider me discouraged. Good news badly needed and it could start by jailing all of the Obama administration participants including the top traitor.

  • Sherry Dees

    04/11/2020 06:48 PM

    There is a report out that more males than females are dying of the corona virus, particularly in China.
    Fact, China has for years forced one child families, and parents choose males over females in their abortive process. So naturally more males would die since there are more males in the population. This was not mentioned in the report.

    Also interesting how viruses know the real sex of a person. No matter their personal choice. "God is not mocked."

  • George Bryan

    04/11/2020 06:06 PM

    Thank you for all that you have done in support of this nation.

  • dave allen

    04/11/2020 03:43 PM

    ...you and Kurt mean those VERY OVERPAID economic illiterates....

  • Karen Bird

    04/11/2020 02:26 PM

    Is this true?
    In October of 2019 Bill Gates ran a “simulation” of a widespread pandemic with John Hopkins hospital called “Event 201” ??
    Bill Gates & Barack Obama released a docuseries on Netflix called PANDEMIC in January 2020 right before the Wuhan virus was "discovered." ??
    The docuseries pushed the need for the Gates Foundation to receive funding to carry on virus research to prevent the next PANDEMIC! ??
    Bill Gates funded the Wuhan lab in China that released the Wuhan virus. Bill Gates was a member of China's “Academy of Sciences” which built the Wuhan lab, and he was awarded their highest honor. ??
    The Wuhan virus was originally developed at the University of North Carolina by NIH grants approved by the Obama administration in 2012. ??
    The NIH defunded the UNC research in 2016, so the Communist Chinese scientists left the UNC and took their work to the (newly built) Wuhan lab in 2017... funded by Gates & pals. ??
    In January 2020, Charles Lieber, the head of the Harvard Chemistry department (with ties to Gates & Epstein), was arrested for accepting bribes from the Chinese government. ??
    The Pirbright Institute (funded by Bill Gates), owns the patent (10130701) on the Coronavirus genetic sequencing, and did simulation testing on a global PANDEMIC in 2018. ??
    Bill Gates & Barack Obama docuseries marketed the need for a global "universal" vaccine to replace all other flu vaccines. I believe it will be designed to deliver a human chip via nanotechnology.
    12,469 people in the US died of H1N1 flu (from Mexico) under Obama in 2009, many of them children, because he waited 6 months to do anything & never closed the border. ??
    The media said nothing about fatalities from H1N1 but is creating a huge panic around the US deaths (under 100) from the Wuhan virus to destroy the US economy before the election. ??
    Over 36,000 people in the US have died from the common flu this year and the media says NOTHING about that - but is creating a huge panic around the supposed deaths (under 100) from the Wuhan virus. ??
    The LifeCare Senior Center holds the US record for deaths (22) from the Wuhan virus in Kirkland, Washington (the home area of Bill Gates). ??
    Right after the first deaths were reported in Bill Gates home area, the never Trump Governor declared a national emergency & Congress approved over $8 billion - even though Trump asked for only a quarter of that. Much of the funding will flow to Gates global "research" partners.??
    And now, Bill Gates says his "foundation" will offer in-home testing kits where you swab your nose with a Q-Tip and send it to his labs. Did Gates develop the home-testing kits in order to secure access to all of our DNA?! ??
    Bill Gates owns 15% of the World Health Organization and has publicly spoken about his depopulation plan through vaccines. ??
    He also owns the patent to both this virus and the vaccine for it.
    This rabbit hole runs deep (state) ???? #ExpandYourThinking #ConnectTheDots
    Bill Gates developed this Coronavirus right here in our country— in a lab at the University of North Carolina.
    It was then sent to a lab at Harvard University! It was then sent to China!
    Bill Gates owns the patent on this virus, as well as the patent on the vaccine (yes, the vaccine was developed at the same time the virus was developed)!
    This vaccine will be administered with a microchip! And will be mandated by our very own government!
    Bill Gates is in cahoots with the global government called “The New World Order,” which includes the government of the United States of America!
    Gates has been quoted as saying, “This vaccine will be administered with a microchip to every human on earth. Humans are like cattle; they will do literally anything for food— including being branded in their bodies with a microchip used to track their every move and control their entire lives!”
    Gates and Mnuchin and Fauci and Birx and many others in the House and Senate are in cahoots with the New World Order global government!
    Many now believe that Trump is right in there with them!
    And they, my friends, do not have our best interest in mind.
    (And that’s an understatement!)
    This is all verifiable! Look it up!
    Your government is lying to you!
    — Tom Moore

  • Jim Ross Lightfoot MC (ret)

    04/11/2020 02:00 PM

    Right on Governor! That left-wings posse has never balanced a checkbook let alone run a business. Even before they moved this far left, most Democrats I worked with in Congress had no problem spending money we didn’t have. It bought votes and longevity in office.

  • Wanda Merkel

    04/11/2020 11:14 AM

    Mike, thank you so much for providing your daily newsletter. I always appreciate your information, common sense and humor. Also, the daily Bible verses are so welcome and encouraging.
    A Blessed Easter to you and your family as we rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior!

  • Gail Denham

    04/11/2020 11:00 AM

    We are daily losing our liberties under this shut down - and that's not what the "stay in place" is meant to do- but power-hungry mayors and governors are taking advantage - big time. I hope those persons who got fines for being in the church parking lot will take these situations to court - let the courts be filled with people who have had their religious liberty rights stolen. I pray they do this.

  • John Sammons

    04/11/2020 10:56 AM

    Bless you my friend. Stay strong!

  • Betty Blasdel

    04/11/2020 10:44 AM

    I am thankful for your messages every day! I thank our President and his cabinet for their faithful service! I pray daily for you, the President, everyone that is working for us, and I include their families because they are very important part of our country!

  • Patti Girardin

    04/11/2020 10:22 AM

    Mike, you hit the nail on the head with this one. I think the main reason our government has a hard time getting it right for the average American, is that it is packed full of career politicians, lawyers and academics...just like you said. They have no clue how the businesses on Main St. function. The hair salons, hardware stores, restaurants, clothing stores, etc., in small towns across America are out of business right now and their employees are out of work. How dare the uninformed likes of Nancy Pelosi choke off the money they desperately need. Many small business owners could be near retirement and this could wipe out any savings they might have. This is why Donald Trump is the people’s President. He gets it. His decisions reflect that. We need term limits, and fast! I also think that our government should provide housing (build a condo complex) for our congressmen, so they are not having to sleep in their office or bunk together in an apartment at their expense. Housing in DC is expensive and if someone is elected to Congress, and they don’t come from money, it is a struggle when they have families back home to support. When they serve their term (4-8 yrs), they move out of that condo and the next person moves in. They get their pay for two years after they leave office and thats it! They can get their own health insurance and retirement plans, no longer on the backs of the American people. We need more business owners in our government but we need to make it easier for them to afford to do it. When a Congressman/woman, has worked their entire career spending someone else’s money, it is easy for them to be wasteful. They are not looking at the face of a nail technician who is struggling to save for her child’s college education. They are not looking at the face of a guy who owns a small fencing company, or a plumber with three children and a wife who has large medical bills. These are the people who pay their taxes but get the short end of the stick because Americans are forced to provide services for people who come here illegally. We have rebuilt cities in Afghanistan and yet have enough homeless people to fill a city here. It is madness. I apologize for the length of this but I feel that the voices of average Americans are never heard. Thank you for all you do and may God bless you.

  • Jerry

    04/11/2020 08:58 AM

    Man has made laws to try and keep humans safe and civil yes violations have consequences Lets not forget God set up some laws also they are are called the 10 Commandments obey 10 laws and the Mans laws are not needed.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/11/2020 08:43 AM

    The Communists from around the World do not physically want to attack the United States it wants the country intact so it gets inside the Media the Goverment officials, the Governors Mayors Senators and House Reps. You see the Chaos and mismanagement these people do that undercut the benefits they are too uphold. Look at Sanctuary Cities, Abortion, Lawlessness, lack of respect for Police, over taxation of the citizens, all of this is influenced by Greed and the Communist Parties from around the world. Check out Pelosi and Schumer what are they doing? Undercut the President stopping the the help of citizens and business is that an American trait? It is if the Communist are filling your pockets with large amounts of cash.

  • Michelle Mitchell

    04/11/2020 08:40 AM

    Good morning,

    Do we have statistics first hand on actual people 25 and under who’ve truly died from COVID 19. I just can’t trust anything coming out of California. I’m trying to understand my Gov Ron Dasantis comments. It is sad that you can no longer trust media news outlets anymore. I appreciate any help.

    Thanks,

    Michelle

    Thanks so much.

  • DAVID DOZIER

    04/11/2020 08:23 AM

    THE $500 TICKETS FOR GOING TO CHURCH IN YOUR CAR WAS THE MOST REDICTULOUS THING
    I HAVE WITNESS DURING THIS VIRUS. GOD IS WATCHING.
    DEMOCRATS ARE SO FAR TO THE LEFT IT IS SHAMEFUL. I PRAY THIS COUNTRY HAS MORE SENSE
    THAN TO VOTE FOR BIDEN. BERNIE SANDERS HAD ENOUGH SENSE TO GET OUT!!

  • Linda Hopf

    04/11/2020 07:25 AM

    I am so grateful for your daily account of today's "news". You do it with clarity and humor which we all need a great deal of. I especially appreciate your offering of daily scripture. Please continue with that.
    Easter Blessings to you and your family. Best regards, L. Hopf

  • Anna Angeline Angel Bakos

    04/11/2020 07:24 AM

    The only remedy (not a complete solution,) I can envision is Term Limits, nan all contact with lobbyists, & take away the ability of Congress to vote for any Bill that will raise their pay or benefits! Employees anywhere fo not have this power! It must be removed!

  • Lee Stafford

    04/11/2020 07:12 AM

    Gov. Breshear here in KY is sending police to known drive-in or drive through services to get licsence numbers and then issue tickets through the mail. I personnally think they should all stay home and the churchs televise or live feed services. That's what we'll be doing, even watching from the Woodlands EPC in HSV, AR.

  • Joel Utley

    04/11/2020 04:29 AM

    Please tell the President he has to put Mark Cuban on the new Medical/economic counsel. Not only would he have great input now, but he would be great asset to have later on for the election.

  • Colleen Monson

    04/11/2020 01:46 AM

    I’m wondering if and when there’s going to be an investigation into the “insider trading” that went on with our “representatives”? Using advance notice of this pandemic to sell stocks is beneath the dignity of even politicians!
    If not an investigation, they should be publicly outed so that their constituents know what kind of representatives they have.

  • Larry Andrews

    04/11/2020 01:28 AM

    When I was much younger, I would think about how the country would change according to what I understood from the Bible. By the time I was 50 I realized it had already passed where I thought it might be when I was 18. At 70, it has already passed again where I thought it might be. There isn't much left to happen before the rapture.