Good evening! My Evening Edition for today contains the following:
- Daily Bible Verse
- European Trip Roundup
- Fighting Back Works, So Keep Doing It
- Jon Voight Speaks Out
- The Last Laugh on Cancel Culture
- Apple Pie is now racist, especially with vanilla ice cream
- Reder Response
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.
Acts 18:9 NIV
European Trip Roundup
By Mike Huckabee
Joe Biden is still in Europe on his first trip abroad as President. I feel it’s my duty to report on how it’s going, but it’s too depressing, like being the announcer at the Hindenburg landing. So I’ll just direct you to a roundup of stories about how he’s doing and then avert my eyes and tiptoe quietly away. Oh, the humanity!...
Fighting Back Works, So Keep Doing It
By Mike Huckabee
For too long, leftist media outlets and corporations have believed they can make themselves look good by branding other people as racists and destroying their lives and businesses. Well, they’re finally learning that there are consequences to defamation, and victims of cancel culture are learning that they don’t have to roll over and apologize for nonexistent offenses. In fact, that’s the worst thing you can do; it’s like letting sharks smell blood in the water.
To lift your spirits, here are the latest examples of fighting back. First, the New York Times has surrendered to the Babylon Bee. The Times twice tried to slime the Bee by describing it as a rightwing misinformation site hiding behind the label of “satire.” Anyone with a sense of humor (which precludes leftists) can tell at a glance that the Bee is obviously hilarious satire. Maybe leftists -- who live in a weird bubble where the DNC talking points lectures of Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee and John Oliver are considered “comedy” -- are so unused to having their own foibles mocked that they’re not capable of recognizing anything that’s actually funny.
Well, the Bee didn’t find defamation and false accusations to be funny, so they threatened a lawsuit. And the Times has backed down and issued a retraction.
Ironically, the Times story accusing the Bee of being “misinformation” was filled with misinformation. I can’t think of any Bee story that contains more irony than the New York Times accusing any other outlet of trying to hoodwink people into believing fake news. And of course, leave it to the Babylon Bee to come up with the perfect satirical “fact checker” term for stories that liberal media outlets deny and censor until they turn out to be true: “False For Now.”
Second example: The NFL, where the players signal more virtue than plays these days, put out online statements honoring a black suspect who was shot by police and implying it was an example of racist police misconduct. But the shooting has been investigated and no charges were filed because it was found that the officer acted appropriately. The suspect was armed and fired two shots at the cop even after being tased.
Now, the officer is suing the NFL for defamation. His attorney says those statements caused reputational harm to a hero who risked his life to arrest a dangerous criminal, and it’s false and unacceptable to accuse him of racism or misconduct. The attorney warned, “Before you accuse a police officer of misconduct, you had better get your facts straight.”
Third example: Popular game designer Scott Cawthorn was the latest victim of a Twitter cancel culture mob that targeted him after learning he had donated to various political figures that leftists hate, including Donald Trump, Kim Klacik and even sane Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.
Cawthorn admitted the attacks were disturbing and frightening to his family (his wife is six weeks pregnant and doesn’t need the stress of doxing and death threats.) But Cawthorn refused to fall to his knees and give them the abject apologies that intolerant people with empty lives need to make themselves feel powerful.
He responded instead with a detailed and reasoned explanation for why he backed all those people. He said he knows those who are attacking him don’t want a discussion, they want “endless apologies and submission,” but they will get neither from him. He said, “I’m a Republican. I’m a Christian. I’m pro-life. I believe in God;” he doesn’t create games for money anymore but because he enjoys it; and “if I get canceled, then I get canceled.”
Except he’s not likely to get canceled because after issuing that statement, the hashtag “I stand with Scott” started trending on Twitter and many people who are fed up with cancel culture spoke up in support of him.
This is why I’ve always just laughed off the Twitter trolls. They’re like the little man behind the curtain in “The Wizard of Oz,” using their machinery to trick the gullible into thinking they’re great and powerful. The best way to deal with them is not to be frightened but to pull back the curtain and expose them for the bombastic posers that they are.
Jon Voight Speaks Out
By Mike Huckabee
One of the bravest men in Hollywood is Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, whose astounding talent and stunning resume provide some armor against the cancel culture as he has become an outspoken patriot, Trump supporter, defender of Israel and critic of the left. He’s started filming commentaries on current events on his Twitter page (@jonvoight) and the latest is getting media attention. In it, he blasts the media for its bias and hypocrisy in making false accusations of racism against Trump and his family while ignoring the revelation of Hunter Biden’s emails containing the worst racial slurs.
There’s more on that story at the link. I’ll be asking him about that and other issues when he’s my guest next weekend on “Huckabee” on TBN, so mark your calendars now!
The Last Laugh on Cancel Culture
By Mike Huckabee
Kevin Hart is unquestionably one of the most popular comedians in America. He can fill arenas and his movies top the box office. But even he fell victim to cancel culture when his gig hosting the 2019 Oscars was canceled after Twitter mobs dug up some old “homophobic” jokes he’d tweeted years before. That’s why there’s no Oscar host anymore: the industry that lectures us on our lack of wokeness can’t find one performer who’s pure enough to satisfy the tiny band of raging Twitter leftists that they mistake for America.
Hart issued the typical groveling apology at the time, but that only encourages more attacks. It seems he’s figured that out because he’s now joined the rising group of Americans who are standing up to the crybullies. His new message to his ultrasensitive critics: “Shut the (bleep) up!”
Hart has more to say at that link, and fellow comic Chris Rock also joins him in that sentiment, accusing cancel culture of creating “boring” entertainment.
One of the few truly funny things we’ve seen online recently was the viral video by the cop who pretended to call LeBron James for advice on how to peacefully deal with a knife-wielding maniac. For that, he was fired by his liberal bosses. But check out this video of him being hired on live TV by a much better law enforcement agency.
Apple Pie is now racist, especially with vanilla ice cream
By Mike Huckabee
Having already declared the American flag racist, and the term “mom” transphobic (the Biden Administration calls mothers “birthing people”), the Big Wheel of Random Oppression takes a spin and now comes to a stop on…apple pie! Yes, apple pie is now racist and oppressive and problematic! Also delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
By Pat Reeder
As the person who does most of the proofreading of the newsletter, I’d like to reply to the kind lady who left a message complaining about the spelling of “everyday” as one word instead of two.
First, let me say that it warms my heart to know that anyone else out there still cares about things like grammar or punctuation in a world where colleges are trying to force students to use “they” as a singular pronoun. I was brought up on Strunk & White, and I read James Thurber’s essays on grammar for fun, so I get from where you are coming.
But in this case, I hate to inform you that you’re wrong. “Everyday” and “every day” have two different meanings. My nemesis, Google spellcheck, actually tried to change “everyday” to “every day” just yesterday, and I had to fix it manually.
“Everyday -- ordinary, commonplace, usual. ‘An everyday occurance.’
Not to be confused with: ‘every day – each day: ‘He brings me the paper every day.’”
My example might be, “’Every Day’ by Buddy Holly is not your everyday love song,” except that Buddy spelled the title “Everyday,” so go figure.
Anyway, thanks for reading so closely and for your call. I’ll try to make sure their are no obvious misspellings to irritate ewe.