Good Sunday! Here is some reading to start your day. Columns by Kenneth Allard, a frequent contributor to my newsletter and MikeHuckabee.com. Colonel Allard is the author of Command, Control and the Common Defense, winner of the 1991 National Security Book Award. After leaving active duty, he became an on-air military analyst for the networks of NBC News. And our Laura Ainsworth, who has written something special about Biden’s Ministry of Truth.
1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
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2. “Huckabee” Preview
Celebrate the coming of May this weekend with a great new episode of “Huckabee” tonight on TBN! I’ll welcome Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Lt. Col. Allen West. Author/Pastor Maury Davis will tell us what we can learn from our biggest mistakes. On the lighter side, you’ll laugh at the news on “In Case You Missed It,” be amazed by world champion magician Stuart MacDonald, and enjoy the powerful voice of “American Idol” winner Caleb Johnson, who last joined us on the historic final national TV performance by rock legend Meat Loaf.
It all gets rolling tonight at 9 EST/8 CST on TBN. To find out how to watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.huckabee.tv and click on “Channel Finder” on the top menu. You can stream previous episodes, highlights and online-only “Digital Exclusives,” including extended interviews, “In Case You Missed It” and “Facts of the Matter” segments, plus extra performances by our great musical and comedy guests and links to all their sites, at https://www.huckabee.tv. You can also find past shows, highlights and digital exclusives on YouTube and my Facebook page.
3. The Befuddlement of Alejandro Mayorkas
By Kenneth Allard
If you missed last week’s raucous congressional testimony by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, then you passed up television at its finest, the most compelling telecast since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock. Republican Congressmen shouted angrily at the witness and at each other as Democratic chairmen furiously hammered for order. While mostly ignoring it, the complicit mainstream press later explained away the frequent shouts of “Traitor!” and Resign!” by insisting that the Republican minority was grandstanding to heighten their slander of the hapless DHS secretary.
To be perfectly fair, Mr. Mayorkas conclusively demonstrated that he may be the only person in the nation who knows less about our borders than Kamala Harris, our reigning Vice President and National Embarrassment. Watching him, it was hard to understand how someone could be so consistently wrong, beginning with his assertion that DHS had “competently managed” the migratory hordes now rushing the border. Nor has he ever recanted his spurious September charges that mounted Border Patrolmen were using their reins to whip helpless migrants rather than to control their horses. Isn’t it the first responsibility of any leader, but especially a Cabinet Secretary, to back up his people while performing difficult and hazardous duties?
Since old books can often produce new ideas, my well-thumbed dictionary always comes through. There, just after the listings for “bed-pan” and “Beelzebub” was the perfect description of Alejandro Mayorkas: “Befuddled: to fuddle or confuse the mind of a person or to stupefy with liquor. Befuddlement (n.)” If that seems a little harsh, then remember that Mr. Mayorkas has apparently never grasped that the most essential function of borders is to keep foreigners out while protecting citizen’s lives and property; but instead of opposing immigration flows, he conceives the DHS function as merely managing them. Precisely that same naivete governs his responses to terrorism since he had no idea what happened to those 42 aliens on the terrorist watch list who were unlucky enough to have been apprehended since Biden took office. Well, where are they now, Mr. Secretary, in jail or released with cell phones, ankle bracelets and our best wishes? Oh wait, you’re befuddled, so please excuse me for asking.
Future historians may well debate this question underlying American destiny: Did we lose our national IQ after we elected Joe Biden? Or did we elect Joe because we had already Gone Stupid, the downstream consequence of having spurned our national values while reducing our educational system to Third World levels? Either way: soon we may hear Jen Psaki’s Farewell and Final Sophistry before joining MSNBC. “Our Republican friends seem to have missed an impressive benefit of these so-called border surges. Many of these new migrants are better educated and harder-working than their native American counter-parts!” Sad to say, Jen the Glib might even be right.
While the Biden administration and Democrats in general often ignore its provisions, the U. S. Constitution is very specific about border security. Article 4, Section 4 stipulates that, “The United State shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican (i.e., representative) Form of Government, and shall protect each of them from invasion…” If Trump-enacted COVID restrictions are lifted by May 23rd, current estimates are that the flood of illegals could reach over 18, 000 people per day, an invasion that even befuddled Secretary Mayorkas admits would strain limited DHS resources.
Texans prefer plain speaking to Washington double-speak so it was not surprising that Allen Castleberry, Sheriff of Kimble County Texas (not far from the overrun border) recently took the extraordinary step of using his Facebook account to post a stark warning:
The Kimble County Sheriff’s Office…(has) received information through several intelligence sources that a profound increase in illegal immigration entries and human smuggling activities are expected …in the coming months…There are reports that hundreds of thousands of people are staging throughout Central and South America, from Mexico to Brazil…(We) expect a very large increase in illegal immigration and human smuggling attempts that will inevitably impact Kimble County. Additionally, the international criminal gang…MS-13, has been taking full advantage of the wave of illegal immigration….
Since sheriffs are the only elected leaders in law enforcement, Sheriff Castleberry told me he wanted to make sure his Kimble County citizens knew what might lie ahead. I do too: Remember that the invasion striking us in Texas today will hit your neighborhoods tomorrow or next week. So protect yourself, your home, your families and your communities by any legal means available.
4. Ainsworth: "Nanny" DHS board is practically putrid in every way
By Laura Ainsworth, Staff Writer
All right, I have to say it. A line has been crossed, and this cannot stand.
It was crossed by a strange woman we had mercifully never heard of before, Nina Jankowicz, and it’s not the line you’re thinking of, the one that has to do with trashing the First Amendment, although she (along with the horrid administration that hired her) has crossed that one, too.
No, the line she crossed was in creating that truly terrifying Julie Andrews-style song parody of “Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious.” As someone who is, myself, a song parodist who has performed her share of Julie Andrews song parodies, and who has deep respect for Julie Andrews, I simply can’t abide a song associated with her being used as an anthem in praise of government power. The words that come to mind upon hearing this (bleep) are not long at all; in fact, most of them have just four letters.
On the other hand, one thing about this parody is eerily appropriate: It’s a song that was sung by a NANNY. Now we have the GOVERNMENT expecting to be our nanny, telling us what to believe as fact and how to talk to each other about it –- if we’re allowed to talk about it at all. We have to follow nanny's rules and behave. We have to tidy up the nursery. We’ve had elements of the “nanny state” for a long time, increasingly so, but this board is the absolute worst to come along.
As I'd like to think Mary Poppins herself might express it, the idea of having the government as our nanny is “practically putrid in every way.” There’s no amount of sugar that will help this medicine go down.
So let's tell them to go fly a kite.
As for my own parodies, most of them have been recorded for radio stations that could then claim “intellectual property” rights in perpetuity, so unfortunately I can’t share them here. But it has even been said that if Julie Andrews and 'Weird' Al Yankovich had a child, it would be me. I take that as high praise. And I don’t enjoy seeing Weird Al’s name sullied by being mentioned in the same breath as Jankowicz’s. Because their last names are similar, some have even jested that she might be related to him. I’m a huge fan of Weird Al –- even got to meet and talk with him –- and I’m sure he’s the last person who would want his name associated with government censorship.
You’ve probably seen the Jankowicz parody because it’s been played over and over –- even by FOX News, perhaps to scare the life out of those of us who care about free speech. (It worked.) I’m not going to link to it here because it might cause side effects: nausea, vomiting, headache, high blood pressure, stroke, night terrors. It’s not that she can’t sing; she sings well and obviously has done some musical theatre, which she should definitely go back to, fancy degrees or not. No, the horrifying part is the ferocity of her zealousness, which comes through in every note and facial expression.
I’m a little concerned right now that so much focus is on Jankowicz that the discussion will become about HER, as opposed to the very existence of the (shudder) “Disinformation Governance Board.” Perhaps in talking about her now, I’m actually contributing to that. So I’ll make it clear: it’s not enough to get a different director for this board; the whole thing must be scrapped immediately, and anyone who was trying to sneak it in has got to go.
Since I do love to write parody lyrics, I thought it would be fun to write some alternate lyrics myself to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" that told the REAL story of what the government is trying to do with its assault on so-called “disinformation.” In case you want to sing along, I’ve put the downbeats in capital letters. Here we go!
Laura Ainsworth c 2022
THAT’S our way to take control and MON-itor the nation
WE are here to moderate your EV-ry conversation
We’ll SEE that you’re afraid to speak a-BOUT Election fraud
Don’t TALK of Hunter’s laptop, that is CER-tainly outlawed
Don’t QUIB-ble when we say to get a-NOTH-er booster shot
You’re NOT advised to criticize, ‘cause THIS is what we’ve got:
IF you're a conservative, we'll BLOCK communication
WHEN you contradict us, you’ll be FA-cing litigation!
Just TRAV-el all around the world and YOU will plainly see
That WHAT we do is modeled on the MOD-ern CCP
In OR-well’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, it’s WHAT they had to do
So HERE’S a Min-is-try Of Truth for TWEN-ty twenty-two!
WE have been awaiting this with SUCH anticipation
WHAT we do to language will re-MIND you of castration
5. Reeder: Showbiz Corner: The Gatlin Brothers
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhif.com)
Since it’s the weekend, I thought I would share a few photos I took last weekend when my wife/co-writer Laura Ainsworth and I caught the Gatlin Brothers in Arlington, Texas. What a terrific concert; a whole evening of great hit songs, incredible harmonies and fascinating and hilarious showbiz stories.
Laura is a singer/recording artist herself in the retro jazz field. She has perfect pitch and grew up with a renowned musician dad who was the leader of classic radio and commercial jingle singing groups, so there are few things she loves better than spot-on harmony singing. She was in Heaven.
As you know, Larry Gatlin is a friend of Gov. Huckabee, the Gatlins have appeared several times on the TV show, and he wrote a guest op-ed for this newsletter. Here they are on the TBN show:
So it was great to see a concert where the crowd not only didn't get hectored with leftwing speeches, but the show started with everyone singing the National Anthem. Larry even said that if you wanted to kneel or raise your fist, you were free to do so – just move to the back so he didn’t have to see your sorry a**.
If you get a chance to see the Gatlins, don’t miss it. Here’s their website where you can keep up with their tour dates, etc.
6. African-American support drops for Democrats
I’m seeing a lot of articles these days about Democrat panic over a drop in support among African-Americans. I suspect that they’re just fed up with being told Republicans are racists as the Democrats take their votes for granted and make their lives worse year after year. There’s seldom been a more obvious A-B comparison of the effects of each party’s policies than two years ago under Trump, when there was record-low black unemployment and rising real wages for the first time in decades, compared to today's inflation and the huge jump in crime and murder rates in black neighborhoods of Democrat-run cities.
Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears also has some blunt comments about why black poll support for Democrats has dropped 20 points since Biden’s election. In a nutshell: “We're not falling for the okey-doke anymore."
7. Man of the Year
I’m just going to put it out there—Elon Musk is my nominee for Man of the Year! The world’s richest man doesn’t even own a home—he just crashes with friends in various places. Hey, Elon, if you need a place to hang out, I’m happy to offer my place for you because I truly appreciate a billionaire who puts his money where his mouth is…or in his case he puts his money where the enemies of free speech are and he stuffs wads of cash in their nasty mouths and buys the very platform that shut out voices of conservatives, Christians, and Trump supporters while keeping Twitter open to the Ayatollah and to medical fraudsters like Tony Fauci who has spent 2 years in an ever-changing chant as to what private citizens must do to fight a virus, even if his advice changed every month. And even if he appears to have lied in a large way about the origin of the Wuhan virus and whether he and other US Taxpayer-funded scientists knew all along about the real origin of the Covid leak and that US dollars helped fund experiments that would have been illegal in the US.
Musk offered to flat out buy Twitter. The left went berserk to the point that you would have thought that Elon Musk wanted to turn off the water in every American city and make us all eat Soylent Green—a reference that only baby-boomers will understand.
Some 20 something year old wearing baggy pajamas, working from a filthy apartment littered with empty Cheetos bags will no longer be able to decide who gets to speak and who doesn’t. Elon Musk bought the entire thing for $44 Billion dollars and will restore it to a true forum. Granted, there will be a lot of stuff on Twitter that will be outrageous, wrong, and inflammatory. But that’s how real free speech works. If it’s defamatory, the object of such hate can sue. It’s tough to win, but one thing I hope Musk will do is force people to openly identify who they are when they speak. Too many blathering cowards hide behind silly sophomoric screen names so they can shoot from the dark and run hide behind a wall of secrecy. I hope that stops. If you want to say something, be man enough or woman enough—if you know what those terms even mean—to say it with your real name attached. No more wimpy word wizards who are often not even real humans but electronic bots taking pot shots at people who actually have the guts to stand by their words in their own name.
There will likely be massive waves of voices being released from the stupid and hate-driven Twitter jail where those who dared to speak out about taboo topics like elections, Covid treatments, or Hunter Biden’s revealing laptop got exiled. Twitter twits kept you from knowing how Papa Joe was very much involved in Hunter’s dirty dealing with the Chinese, the Russians, and others for which the easily identified “Big Guy” got a lucrative cut of the deals. Those stories from the NY Post got banned from Twitter, but now even the NY Times and Washington Post admits the laptop is authentic.
The loons on the left really do fear free speech. Old time and sincere liberals always loved it, defended it, and fought for it, and they will also have their voices restored. They deserve to be heard too.
It’s a BRAVE NEW WORLD and Elon Musk is a brave new leader!
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