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March 7, 2022
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Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!

Today's newsletter includes:

  • The Price of Gas Skyrockets
  • Day 12
  • Prayers Needed
  • And much more

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Mike Huckabee


1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

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3. The Price of Gas Skyrockets

The price of gas has skyrocketed across America, up 40 cents a gallon in a week in many places. And at one Los Angeles station, regular was $6.99, with premium at $7.29 a gallon.

https://www.westernjournal.com/gas-sits-just-one-cent-away-7-days-record-price-jumps/

It may seem shocking, but this is precisely what the “green” left has long hoped for. For years, they’ve had a dream that if they can just make gas expensive enough, like $8 a gallon, that would cause the public to demand electric cars and mass transit. And somehow, without cheap oil, gas or coal, or any new nuclear power plants (because those are also bad for nostalgic reasons, even though they’re now much safer than they used to be and don’t emit CO2), we’ll magically have breakthroughs in “green” energy that will allow breezes and sunbeams to generate enough power to not only sustain our society and economy, but to charge tens of millions of new electric vehicles.

I didn’t say it made any sense; I said it was a longtime leftist dream. But it’s a nightmare for working Americans and consumers. Of course, there are things we could do right now to fix it, but President Biden refuses.

Last week, I suggested that Republicans in Congress introduce a real emergency bill to fast track the reinstatement of America’s energy independence that was killed by Biden’s executive orders in the name of his “climate change emergency.” I noted then that even if Biden were still stubborn enough to veto it in the face of the Russian oil crunch and skyrocketing gas prices, maybe enough Democrats would be terrified of their reelection prospects to vote for the bill and to override Biden’s veto.

Well, on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz did pretty much what I suggested, introducing what he calls the “Energy Freedom Act.”

https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2022/03/05/ted-cruz-rolls-out-energy-freedom-act-as-bidens-energy-dependent-chickens-come-home-to-roost-n531835

It would fast-track making America energy-independent again by…well, basically going back to what Trump did that made America energy-independent before Biden bumbled into office. It also contains a sop to the left in the form of “generally speeding up solar, wind, and geothermal development.”

I have a feeling Sen. Joe Manchin would back it. As one of that very endangered species, a DC Democrat with common sense, he’s already talking about how fast and easy it would be to get American oil flowing and gas prices back down, if the government would just take its foot off the necks of energy producers.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/03/06/manchin-makes-biden-look-silly-with-common-sense-on-russia-n532522

But do enough Democrats in the House and Senate sense electoral Armageddon in those $7 gas prices to vote for common sense and (probably have to) override a Biden veto? I believe in miracles, but that’s harder for me to believe. On the other hand, with November elections growing closer, and the prospect of gas being even higher by then, maybe the wisdom of Samuel Johnson will prevail among a veto-proof majority of Congress members. He’s the one who wrote:

“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”


4. Day 12

With our usual caveats that we can’t cover breaking news, and that first reports from war zones are often unreliable, here is today’s continuously-updated feed of Ukraine bulletins from Fox News:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-3-7-2022

Among the latest developments as Monday starts day 12 of Russia’s invasion:

Russia claimed it will honor another ceasefire, but Ukraine rejected a proposal to evacuate Ukrainian citizens to Russia and Belarus, the equivalent of evacuating out of the frying pan and into the fire. Ukraine is also calling for a worldwide boycott of Russian products.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy held a Zoom meeting over the weekend with 280 US Congress members. With NATO having rejected his request to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, Zelenskyy pleaded with lawmakers to introduce an oil embargo on Russia and stop buying Russian oil. He also said if the US had started serious sanctions months ago, there wouldn’t have been any war. That must’ve been an uncomfortable phone call for the Biden backers in Congress.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ukrainian-president-zelenskyy-makes-one-request-us-meeting-change-everything/

Visa and Mastercard announced that they will cease all transactions involving Russian banks. But Robert Spencer at PJ Media argues that that will mostly harm ordinary Russians who might oppose Putin’s invasion. It also sets more precedent for financial companies to deplatform people with unapproved views.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2022/03/06/why-americans-shouldnt-be-happy-that-mastercard-and-visa-have-suspended-russia-operations-n1564206

Nick Arama at Redstate.com notes that Paypal, Payarama and Adobe have also suspended operations in Russia. Yet President Biden continues doing business with Russia, buying their oil instead of pumping our own.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/03/06/latest-shoe-is-a-big-one-to-drop-on-russia-but-joe-biden-is-still-holding-back-n532341

Meanwhile, China was only too happy to step in and fill the void. Russia will start using China’s UnionPay credit card system instead of Visa and Mastercard.

https://news.yahoo.com/russian-banks-switch-chinese-card-161004241.html

The Chinese foreign minister touted China’s relationship with Russia, calling Moscow China’s “most important strategic partner.” Previous Presidents understood that both powers had to be treated with a mixture of praise/diplomacy and ironfisted restrictions because we wanted each of them kept off-balance and dependent on/afraid of us so they wouldn’t align with each other. Previous Presidents understood that it was better to have an uneasy alliance with each against the other than to have Russia and China team up against us. But previous Presidents weren’t Joe Biden.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-russia-most-important-strategic-partner-ukraine-invasion


5. Prayers Needed

Please remember in your prayers today both the citizens of Ukraine and our own citizens in central Iowa, site of the state’s worst tornadoes in ten years. Seven people are known dead and many lost their homes.

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/mar/07/7-people-die-in-iowa-tornadoes/?news-national

Tornado watches were still in effect early Monday morning from Arkansas and Missouri to Kentucky and Tennessee. Please keep close watch on the weather news if you’re in the path of severe weather. And if you’d like to help those suffering from disasters either natural or manmade, from Iowa to Ukraine, please visit

http://www.samaritanspurse.org


6. Comment of the Day

"After seeing the mess in Canada, I thought I should drop you a line. My parents escaped a Communist country in 1956 and settled in the USA. They were always terrified of police officers and I didn't understand why at the time. When police showed up in their country, people were beaten, 'disappeared,' or killed.

"I never had that fear because police here were people you called for help and normally friendly and lived in your neighborhood. Seeing the police in Canada, usually one of the most peaceful countries, beating and gassing working people in their 50s and 60s and hauling retired people in their 70s in handcuffs has had an effect. I can now see a sampling of what my parents witnessed. I can't say I see the police in the same way I used to after seeing what they are capable of for 'just following orders.'

"I wonder how damaging this fiasco is to the relationship between police and citizens that live in free countries. If it can happen in Canada, it can happen anywhere. One insane leader with enough followers is all it takes."


7. UKRAINE MAILBAG: Here's what we know

Putin's invasion of Ukraine has sparked letters touching on stories that are going around. Here are two...

From John K:

“Mike, a history lesson is in order here. Didn't USSR, now Russia, help in [email protected] the Nazis? Some pundits are saying that Russia is now invading European lands. How did that happen? We don't have history on the History channel or Wikipedia. This land was never European land but as I recall it was part of Russia before we sorted that out. The fake new Republic of the World, or as they say the New world Order promulgated by the Sorosbrand and "Progressive Liberals," is or is coming soon to a theatre near you. The play is just starting, so take your seat. I want to sit next to you.”

From Fiorella W:

“I hear many conflicting stories about Putin's real motive. One source says that the U.S. has established 11 biolabs in Ukraine and Putin has taken 7 out... And then, of course, there is the whole Biden family continuing corruption with the puppet regime. What should we believe?

Thanks to you both, and to all who have written. Yes, Soviet Russia did fight against Hitler, after Germany invaded Russia in June, 1941.

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/invasion-of-the-soviet-union-june-1941

Technically, the Soviets became our allies when we entered the war. That’s why, with the way people tend to think in “either/or” terms, alliances ever since have been framed in that way. You checked a box: 1) pro-Nazi, or 2) pro-Russia. Later on, it became 1) pro-Russia, or 2) pro-China. The truth: NONE of them deserve our support.

Eastern Europe was carved up in 1945 at the Yalta Conference –- led by FDR (very ill at the time), British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet Premier Stalin. They were then looking at terms to induce the Soviets to enter the war in the Pacific. Because of that, and also because Russia had done much in recent days to drive back the Germans, Stalin was seen to have an advantage at the talks.

Stalin refused to relinquish Poland but said he’d permit free elections. Same with Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. At that time, Soviet Russia was an "ally," but that was exposed as a sham when, in 1945, the U.S.S.R. made it clear they’d be clamping down on Poland and not allowing political freedom at all. Our former “ally” controlled those Eastern European nations and also East Berlin, which they shockingly encased behind a wall topped with barbed wire and snipers. In March 1946, Churchill gave his speech saying an “iron curtain” had descended upon Eastern Europe, marking the start of the Cold War.

Since then, the U.S.S.R. has fallen and Russia’s borders have changed. But we see from this snippet of history that distinctions between so-called “Russian territory” and “Eastern Europe” are likely lost on Vladimir Putin.

https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/yalta-conference

To say Ukraine was once “part of Russia” echoes Putin’s propaganda campaign but ignores the naked, horrific aggression he committed. Some have even said that since Ukraine has corruption, the altruistic Mr. Putin was trying to right a wrong by invading. As if Russia doesn’t have corruption? I have hardly ever heard anything crazier: that Putin is trying to “save” Ukraine from corruption by bombing the daylights out of it. Couldn’t he have just...made a phone call or something?

I say that facetiously to set up a point: that when Trump tried to address corruption through a phone call, he got impeached. Putin wouldn’t have such worries.

Then there’s the story about biolabs. We don’t know --- it’s hard enough finding out about biolabs in China and talking about those freely --- but even if this is real and NOT Russian disinformation, invading Ukraine and killing thousands of innocent people is not an acceptable response. Sounds like a pretext to us. It works well as propaganda, though, because after what we’ve learned about the World Health Organization, it’s believable. But it doesn’t justify Putin’s invasion. Here’s a good write-up by Kyle Becker.

https://beckernews.com/3-russian-ministry-of-defense-claims-it-has-evidence-of-u-s-funded-bioweapons-labs-in-ukraine-44303/

We do know that Putin is a sociopath because operatives have killed many of his critics, defectors, and others besides. From the Homeland Security News Wire in 2020: “...Putin has adopted a milder version of Stalin’s tactics of random killings in order to instill a generalized sense of fear and insecurity in the Russian elite.” They provide a list of murders.

https://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20200825-putin-s-victims-a-long-list-getting-longer

We’ve long known that Putin is a KGB thug, but there are loathsome factions in the U.S. that avoid criticism of him. Bizarrely, President Biden even has Putin involved in the negotiations for a new “Iran deal,” which we know would lead to Iran becoming a nuclear power. Mark Levin had a great show on this and related matters Sunday night.

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6299850695001#sp=show-clips

We’ve heard some particularly inane observations, such as that Ukrainian President Zelensky shouldn’t be believed "because he was an actor.” Well, Ronald Reagan was an actor, and he was about as trustworthy as it gets. That doesn’t mean Zelensky is trustworthy, just that the observation is stupid. Putin undeniably is a thug, and Zelensky understandably wants our help with a no-fly zone, but we must anticipate the perhaps-literal fallout. To reject this step does not make one pro-Putin in any way, just pro-using-your-brain.

Trump’s political enemies call him pro-Putin because he’s flattered Vlad now and them, calling him “smart” and such. They fail to understand that this move in itself was smart –- played to discourage Putin from cozying up to China. (Too late now, it seems.) Critics play checkers when they should be playing chess.

Here are more debunked stories...

https://thenationalpulse.com/2022/02/28/pro-ukraine-propaganda-floods-social-media/

And here’s a fabulous more-recent Ukraine history lesson, a “premium” article by Jeff Carlson and Hans Mahncke for The Epoch Times. Highly recommended...

https://www.theepochtimes.com/before-russias-invasion-of-ukraine-a-decade-of-destabilization_4316990.html/?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=TheLibertyDaily

(Note that The National Pulse, just for offering facts, feels the need to run a disclaimer: “For the avoidance of doubt, The National Pulse is against wars of aggression, and is not supported financially by any government or entity acting on behalf of a government or foreign interest...”)

As for George Soros, yes, his influence in Ukraine has been huge, starting in 1989, just before the fall of the Soviet Union. He’s been pushing for Ukraine to enter the E.U. We highly recommend Matt Palumbo’s book about him, THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN, in which Ukraine gets its own fascinating chapter, with names you’ll recognize from Trump’s first impeachment and even the Steele “dossier.” That country’s full of the kind of secrets you’d expect from a pro-Obama, pro-Hillary crowd.

There are so many unknowns. As we said Saturday, this really is “the first draft of history.” It’s a shame we can’t trust what our own government tells us. Scott Adams, bestselling author and “Dilbert” creator,” called the situation “a big black box that we can’t see into.”

Even so, there's one truth we should agree on: that unprovoked aggression is always wrong. For everything else you might read or hear about this war, ask yourself two questions: 1) Has this person generally been right before, and 2) How can this person possibly KNOW what he’s saying is true?


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  • Chelsea Martin

    03/09/2022 05:29 PM

    "Then there’s the story about biolabs. We don’t know --- it’s hard enough finding out about biolabs in China and talking about those freely --- but even if this is real and NOT Russian disinformation, invading Ukraine and killing thousands of innocent people is not an acceptable response."

    So hypothetically speaking if China built a biolab in Mexico...across the street from a Mexican elementary school and up the street from a Mexican hospital...and you had reason to suspect that the Chinese, through their suddenly hostile-to-America allies the Mexicans, were cooking up the "Bubonic Plague 2.0, Death on Steroids," you would advise America to resort to the same "diplomatic Globalist channels" that landed said Chinese biolab in Mexico in the first place, rather than sending in the troops?

    Guess you had absolutely no problem with those missiles in Cuba a while back.

  • Firewagon

    03/09/2022 03:48 PM

    General Patton, at the end of WWII, believed since America had everything in place to make it happen we should take the Russians out, as he feared we would have to do it later anyway.

    Patton knew that the Americans could whip the Reds then — but perhaps not later. On May 18 he noted in his diary:

    “In my opinion, the American Army as it now exists could beat the Russians with the greatest of ease, because, while the Russians have good infantry, they are lacking in artillery, air, tanks, and in the knowledge of the use of the combined arms, whereas we excel in all three of these. If it should be necessary to fight the Russians, the sooner we do it the better.”

    Two days later he repeated his concern when he wrote his wife: “If we have to fight them, now is the time. From now on we will get weaker and they stronger.”

    Some historians have noted that had Patton been allowed to accomplish the defeat of Russia that Korea and Vietnam would not have happened. Old "Blood and Guts" probably believed that losing more lives at present would save possibly millions later?

  • Renee Kendrick

    03/08/2022 09:44 AM

    2022 QUOTE OF THE YEAR:

    "You can't fix stupid but you can vote it out!" -Senator John N. Kennedy, R-LA at CPAC

    (If you haven't listened to Senator Kennedy's CPAC speech, look it up and listen. That 15 minutes spent will make your day!)

    HAPPY TUESDAY!!!

  • Linda Olds

    03/08/2022 02:01 AM

    Even though we are not fighting Russia directly, Putin's Russia is our enemy. Biden must know that buying huge amounts of oil from Russia, at exorbitant prices, is helping Russia. That could be called aiding and abetting the enemy...treason.
    The money Putin gets from selling oil to us is helping him kill Ukrainian civilians, a war crime. That means that Biden is helping Putin commit war crimes.

  • Charlene Sanders

    03/07/2022 10:24 PM

    My husband is following the Canadian and American truckers on TikTok. He says truckers are reporting not only is fuel markedly higher, but they are noticing they are not getting as many miles per gallon. Some American truckers are reporting up to 80 miles less per tank. Only God can help us. Pray, America.

  • Anne Turner

    03/07/2022 07:08 PM

    There is one positive thing about this Ukraine debacle. I had a group of about ten in this evening for wine and cheese. There was about an even mix of left and right, All agreed and are very nervous about the situation. For better or worse, when Americans perceive danger, they unite. That is something we haven’t seen in quite Some time.

  • Jerry

    03/07/2022 06:55 PM

    I wonder if Americans really understand what President Trump went thru while President, with RINOS by the dozens, the media on his back every moment telling lies ,the FBI CIA trying to overthrow him, District DA bringing false charges against him. the IRS breathing down his neck and the the Democratic /Communist party lying about every move being made, the ugly Supreme court appointees the horrible Dems so called justice committee in its corrosive method of confirming them. When Joe Manchin is the leader of the GOP senate you have to understand by now that Donald Trump was a real SUPERMAN while in office and defended against all evils and the Deep State was the biggest evil ending Trumps reelection . The Deep State was Trumps Kryptonite.

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/07/2022 04:26 PM

    Thank you

  • Jerry Korba

    03/07/2022 04:14 PM

    Chicken Schitff joe biden feared guys like us from the mid 60's we had muscle cars that would scare the schitff out of cowards like joe biden joe biden was a honda 50 type scoter person we from the 60's didn't know what biden was wasn't a man and not sure if he was part woman mostly just a coward we knew he could not hang with us. I am a man and the 1000's of us today that were influence by the men and women from the Greatest Generation can not forgive dip shitff for thr destruction of this country. biden was influenced by pagan beatniks that lacked courage to keep America strong. Today we see 4 cylinder cars with a fake muffler attachment to make the car sound like muscle it is fake as biden and just as stupid as biden meeting up with some clown he was going to beat up corn pop; biden is so lame he does not know what a misfit we know he is. President of the US? NOT, puppet of the Deep State!!!!

  • Stephen Russell

    03/07/2022 03:32 PM

    Ukraine Genocide: dont forget Stalin starved Ukraines in the 1930s.