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Today's Commentary: Columbus Day -- John Kelly's phone hacked -- RIP Ralphie May-- ICE is coming California -- Eternal vigilance -- News Bits
Here’s wishing you a fun Columbus Day! If you have a statue of Columbus in your town, keep an eye on it: Antifa thugs reportedly are planning to attack such statues in their deranged campaign to rewrite history by vandalizing monuments. President Trump issued an official proclamation declaring Monday as Columbus Day and recognizing Columbus for setting in motion European movement to America, which was a “transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation." It was noticeably free of the PC criticism of Columbus for subsequent historical events in Obama’s Columbus Day proclamations.
In recent days, we’ve seen a number of local liberal politicians vote to replace Columbus Day with “Indigenous Peoples Day” in their cities and make fiery speeches about how terrible and unjust it was that this land was taken from the Native Americans. I will believe they are sincere when they sign over the deeds to their own homes and businesses to the local tribe and return to wherever their ancestors came from. I don’t advise holding your breath waiting for that to happen.
You’d think they would at least be grateful to Columbus to rushing arrive in the New World by October 9th instead of October 12th, just so we could enjoy a three-day weekend.
John Kelly's phone hacked
By Mike Huckabee
As always, it’s best to take any news stories about President Trump’s inner circle with a grain of salt. But this one is serious enough to warrant attention, even as we hope it turns out to be “fake news.” Politico claims that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s personal cell phone may have been hacked as far back as December.
Before anyone tries to draw false equivalencies between this and Hillary Clinton’s leaky personal email server (I’m looking at you, Hillary), note that Kelly was using a government-issued phone, and he had complained for months to the IT division that it wasn’t working properly. If his phone was hacked, the next questions would be who broke into it, what were they able to access, and was he using a hacked phone when he was head of Homeland Security?
RIP Ralphie May
By Mike Huckabee
Sad news from the world of show business: comedian Ralphie May has died at 45. He first came to national attention on the initial season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Despite his often raunchy on-stage material, he was remembered by peers and fans as one of the nicest guys in the business. He made a number of movie and TV appearances, comedy albums and concert specials. But he battled obesity for his entire life, at one time ballooning to 800 pounds before getting gastric bypass surgery. He had recently been fighting pneumonia, but it hadn’t kept him from performing. In the spirit of “Last Comic Standing,” on Wednesday, he won the Casino Comedian of the Year Award in Las Vegas, on Thursday he performed at Harrah’s, and on Friday, he passed away from heart failure with a full slate of gigs on his schedule. Our condolences to his family and fans.
ICE is coming California
By Mike Huckabee
ICE has responded to California declaring itself a “sanctuary state” where state and local law enforcement will defy federal law and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities seeking criminal illegal aliens. Their reply: then you leave us no choice but to round them up by going directly into their neighborhoods and workplaces, arresting them there, and sending them to out-of-state prisons far from their families.
I’d ask if this was how California Democrats who voted along party lines to defy federal law thought it was going to work out in reality, but I don’t believe that either “thinking” or "reality" had much to do with its passage.
By Mike Huckabee
Another reminder that the cost of freedom is eternal vigilance: three men with ISIS connections are charged by the Justice Department with conspiring to launch a multi-prong terrorist attack in New York City, like those that struck Paris and Brussels. Only one was a US citizen, but he lived in Pakistan and was arrested by authorities there. The DOJ is attempting to extradite him. The alleged plot was exposed thanks to the outstanding and courageous work of an undercover agent. More grisly details of their plans at the link, which will show you the mindset we’re up against.
Watch my full interview with President Trump.
It was a red letter day for hypocrisy on the Left and the Right.
On Friday President Trump did something very big. My thoughts about this Obamacare change.
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