Evening Edition - April 9

April 9, 2020 |

Mort Drucker, RIP

Mort Drucker, the incredible caricaturist who drew the MAD Magazine movie and TV parodies for decades, has died at home in Woodbury, New York, at 91. Performers used to say that they knew they'd finally made it when Mort Drucker parodied them. He also drew comic books, news magazine covers and movie posters, like the iconic poster for “American Graffiti” that included his renditions of all the characters.

Take a break from the depressing news with a stroll down Memory Lane and back to your adolescence, as you revisit some of Mort Drucker’s greatest and MADdest work here, here and here.

A "MOIST-TALKER"

Comic Relief! A “moist-talker” sounds like a character from an old “Seinfeld” rerun, but it’s actually the threat that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is helping to save us from.

FULL SOCIALISM EXPERIENCE

A number of far-left showbiz celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo, John Cusack and Alyssa Milano are wailing on social media about how angry, devastated and powerless they feel because Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Presidential race. Sarah Silverman even compared him to Mr. Rogers, which is appropriate only in that both had their greatest appeal to people with pre-school mentalities.

So here’s a modest proposal. If all these celebrities really want to experience the wonders of socialism, they don’t need Bernie. First, since the median US salary is around $47,000 a year, take everything you make over 47 grand and send it to Washington. That takes care of “income inequality.” Then, go down to the supermarket and look at the empty toilet paper shelves. On the way home, try to get arrested for daring to leave your house without government permission.

There you go: the full socialism experience!

DEAD WRONG

Like so much of what you see in "Democratic socialist" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter posts, her latest is dead wrong, and this time, it doesn’t even involve math. She claimed that 10 million layoffs during the temporary pandemic shutdown means 10 million people are going without health care, which is “a human right,” and “this crisis is showing us is that this is only a rich society for a very small amount of people. And it is a brutal, barbarian society for the vast majority of working-class Americans.”

Wow, for a totally unqualified ex-bartender who’s now making $174,000 a year as a member of Congress, she sure doesn’t think much of the ability of working class people to get ahead in America. There’s so much wrong in that one paragraph that I could write an entire essay debunking it. But let’s keep this short and just hit the high (or low) points:

1. People who are fired or laid off might lose their insurance, but that doesn’t mean they’ll go without health care. Most will be eligible for Medicaid or other assistance. Insurance and health care are not the same thing. Confusing the two was part of the bogus argument for Obamacare.

2. I’ve explained the difference between a right (granted by God) and a privilege (provided by other people) before. School children used to be able to understand it. Now, Congress members don't.

3. Since roughly 110 million Americans are considered to be “working class,” 10 million are not “the vast majority.” Sorry, I did have to include a little math.

4. Far from America being a “brutal, barbarian society,” this crisis is showing us just how kind, selfless, charitable and supportive of each other Americans are. President Trump seems to be working 24/7 to fight this disease while shepherding a massive relief bill to help those affected by it. Small businesses up to our biggest corporations are finding ways to help, from retooling factories for making masks and ventilators to delivering free pizzas and sandwiches to health care workers and elderly shut-ins.

Truckers, grocery clerks, delivery drivers and others are working overtime and putting their own health at risk to insure their fellow Americans have the supplies they need. Those who can’t help directly are still going above and beyond to show appreciation for those who do. And of course, our health care workers are genuine American heroes.

Does that look like a “brutal, barbarian society” to you? Do you know what this crisis is showing to be truly brutal and barbarian? Socialized medicine

…Abortion activists…

HERE AND HERE.

…and of course, the most brutal and barbarian of all: the communist government of China, where everything is “socialized.”

THURSDAY FAKE NEWS ROUND-UP

Thursday Fake News Round-up: While responsible leaders are busy trying to stop the COVID-19 coronavirus, House Democrats like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi are already shouting “What did Trump know and when did he know it?!” as they climb back on their broken impeachment hobby horse. This is based on leftwing media claims that President Trump was warned in advance that the disease was coming and did nothing until it was too late.

(On a side note: thousands of such speculative reports are generated every year in Washington. One warned that Japan might attack Pearl Harbor. Another warned that Osama bin Laden was planning a terrorist attack in 2001. You can claim with 20/20 hindsight that FDR and George W. Bush “did nothing,” but are Presidents supposed to take drastic action on every potential threat? Or do we expect them to have ESP and know which ones are real in advance?)

But it turns out that isn’t even relevant in this case. One story is that White House trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote a memo in January warning of the virus coming and Trump ignored it. At this link (starting around the 3:00 mark), Navarro himself debunks that. He says his memo was just an anthat President Trump was warned in advance that the disease was coming and did nothing until it was too late.

(On a side note: thousands of such speculative reports are generated every year in Washington. One warned that Japan might attack Pearl Harbor. Another warned that Osama bin Laden was planning a terrorist attack in 2001. You can claim with 20/20 hindsight that FDR and George W. Bush “did nothing,” but are Presidents supposed to take drastic action on every possible threat? Or do we expect them to have ESP?)

It turns out that isn’t even relevant in this case. One story is that White House trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote a memo in January warning of the virus coming and Trump ignored it. At this link (starting around the 3:00 mark), Navarro himself debunks that.

He says his memo was just an analysis comparing the costs blocking travel from China with doing nothing if the virus came here. He also says the memo wasn’t sent to Trump, only to NSC staffers. Trump took it on himself to block travel from China just days later without even having seen the memo, which Navarro praises as one of the best Presidential decisions ever, and one for which Trump’s critics called him a racist and xenophobe.

In a related story, the Pentagon normally doesn’t comment on specific intelligence matters, but they felt that a false story by ABC news had to be corrected. ABC claimed there was an intelligence assessment in November warning of a rapidly-spreading virus in China that endangered troops in the region, that the White House was briefed several times on it, and, of course, Trump ignored it. Orange man BAD!!

A Pentagon official said that, in fact, there was no such intelligence assessment. Trump wasn’t briefed on the situation until January, and even then, it wasn’t presented as a “dire warning.”

So the answer to “what did Trump know and when did he know it?” is that he knew something bad was happening in January, and he very quickly blocked travel from China to head it off, something for which he was attacked by the same people now attacking him for not doing it sooner than he knew about it.

As for the question of “What do Trump’s critics know?,” the answer, as always, is “not very much that's true.”

RERUN THURSDAY

I guess it must be getting close to summer because even the fake news is starting to go into reruns.

MUST-SEE VIDEO

Must-See Video! With people staying at home and leaving the streets deserted, wild animals are getting bold enough to start venturing into cities again. Check out the various critters wandering empty city streets and sidewalks, including mountain goats, wild pigs and deer. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, an alligator was caught on video wandering around a shopping center, possibly looking for his relatives in the window of a luggage store.

Note to all the liberals who demonize hunters: this is what happens when the natural order is upset. You should thank us hunters. Without us, wild animals might take over, as in “Planet of the Apes.” I’m personally helping to save the Earth from becoming the “Planet of the Ducks.”

Fun read, for those who like their humor hard-edged and pointed: Kurt Schlichter is back with a column on how the pandemic has made what liberals used to claim were actual problems look even dumber in retrospect. And they always looked pretty dumb to anybody with a brain.

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  • Daisy A. Palmer, PhD

    04/13/2020 11:13 AM

    Mike Thank and bless you for your truth gatherings and sharings. Why have not Pelosi, Feinstein, Schumer, Schiff, and others of their elderly tribe not been reported to have COVID19? The numbers are off balance. Did they travel to Europe or China Town San Francisco and receive immunity medications? Thank you

  • Carol Denardo

    04/11/2020 01:09 AM

    Some cities must be desperate for candidates to send to Washington. Consider the gang of five, Pelosi, Chucky, Waters, Cuomo and Schifty. We in Vermont didn't fare much better as choices for governor. We had Scott who claims to be a republican but acts like a democrat, and a man who thinks he's a woman! Heaven help this country.

  • Christa Ohlich

    04/11/2020 01:04 AM

    Cortez shouldnt be in that position, she NOT qualified and filled with lots of hate-

  • Charles T. Buche

    04/10/2020 09:09 PM

    As we see all the numbers on Corvus-19 , it reminds me of my wise uncle's sayings that, "a good accountant can make most numbers look good" and the other was, "figures don't lie, but liars always figure". Will time tell the truth on how many were actually deaths of the virus or complications of other aliments like COPD, heart problems, etc. Thanks Chuck

  • Betty Blasdel

    04/10/2020 05:16 PM

    Appreciate your input, very informative, love the Bible verses! May God bless you and your family’

  • Juliette Boronkas

    04/10/2020 05:08 PM

    Gov Huckabee, For the life of me, I cannot understand how AOC and the other bigots got elected??? They stand nothing for the US, they only want to advance their agenda. How did we get in this hole? PS I know all will work out-God is in control at all times. Please keep up the wonderful work you are doing. I am behind you (and God) 1000%!!!

  • Floyd A Unger

    04/10/2020 03:51 PM

    I just don’t understand how the left can raise AOC to such a high plateau let alone give her any credit at all.

  • Floyd Hale

    04/10/2020 01:46 PM

    Your assesment is truly great !!!!!!

  • Joan Saltz

    04/10/2020 01:18 PM

    Not only do these representatives receive a paycheck for their elected positions. ...but they are likely to be receiving funds from George Soros. They should be charged with Sedition!

  • Mary Stasik

    04/10/2020 01:08 PM

    I certainly enjoy your insight, fair reporting, and humor. Coming from a family of duck hunters, I especially liked the “planet of the ducks” comment. Now, I know why you feel like family to me!

  • Janice Short

    04/10/2020 11:59 AM

    AOC has to be one of the dumbest, if not the dumbest, person to ever "serve?" in our government. Nothing she says makes sense. Does she never listen to the stupid things she spouts?

  • spencer G plumley

    04/10/2020 11:47 AM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee,
    Another great series of stories in your Evening Edition. Some of them, I was not up to date on. I simply do not have time to listen to news all the time in order to discover many things that the fake news outlets do not want conservatives (or Christians) to know. That's why I always try to read your comments ASAP. You are doing a great job keeping people informed. I forward your news or share with my friends all I can.

    Appreciate you very much,

    Spencer Plumley

  • Ralph Anderson

    04/10/2020 11:43 AM

    Love your comments. Tell Trump to quit talking so much.Let the VP and the Drs. let us know where we stand and unless there is a major breakthrough stay off the TV. It looks like he is campaigning thru the virus

  • Ellen J Hunt

    04/10/2020 10:16 AM

    I cannot overstate how helpful it is for me to read your commentary and come away feeling there is still hope that reason will rule over hysteria. Thank you for all the time and effort you put in each day to bring truth to all that is going on in our world today.

  • Roland Revis

    04/10/2020 09:52 AM

    Mike, don't forget the video by SV Lockridge, "Its Friday But Sunday Is Coming" Its on YouTube and it's a must see. And it's a good witness for you and me! Roland Revis , Arkansas

  • james d chamberlain

    04/10/2020 09:41 AM

    AOC's degree should have been in something more worthwhile like Gender studies or maybe modern American Folk dance. I'm starting to think maybe she is,, to be politically correct,,, mentally challenged! Wonder how long it took her to learn to unscrew a beer bottle cap?

  • Linda Sandel

    04/10/2020 09:12 AM

    Thank you so much for making me laugh out loud everyday. Mental health is equally important to physical health. You are a bright, positive light. Thank you Mike Huckabee!

  • Hank Luce

    04/10/2020 08:40 AM

    Thanks Mike Huckabee! We appreciate you here in Oklahoma.

  • Felix E Owen

    04/10/2020 08:01 AM

    Gov. Huckabee,
    AOC, is either dumber than a rock or smarter than we give her credit. She probably the best well known Freshman in the House. She won that title by making the most stupid statements. Dumb or smart?

  • Laurence Daniels

    04/10/2020 06:00 AM

    Especially like your comments about AOC, whom I have given the title of The Village Idiot.

  • Marie de Putron

    04/10/2020 05:03 AM

    Why do you think Russia has no Covid 19 when it shares a border with China?

  • Martha Shuping

    04/10/2020 02:15 AM

    If it were possible to treat Covid 19 when the cases are only moderate, there would be less reason to try force everyone to stay home, and no need to keep everyone at home till a vaccine is available which is still far down the road. Other countries are using hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) plus zinc, and sometimes plus Z-pack (prescribed by a physician) and using for MODERATE cases, not waiting till people are extremely ill. However, there are two huge problems related to use of There is a solution to two huge problems regarding use of HCQ - problems the President could fix by executive order. The 2 problems are:

    1) Some state governors, mistakenly thinking they are physicians, or that they know more than medical doctors, have issued orders forbidding use of HCQ for Covid-19, and threatening action against an MD license if the physician prescribe HCQ for Covid-19.

    2) Although several pharmaceutical companies have donated 250 million doses of HCQ to the U.S., now in the hands of the FDA, FDA has restricted use of HCQ only for patients who are hospitalized. Many now believe it is preferable to treat moderate cases rather than withholding treatment until it is too late.

    There is a petition to ask President Trump to address these problems by executive order. My thought is that treatment decisions should be between the prescribing MD and the patient, who are in the best position to do an individual risk vs benefit assessment of the specific patient's needs. The Food Drug and Cosmetic Act mandates FDA approval for initial marketing of a medication, as was done in 1955 for HCQ. But that federal law has never limited the physician's prescribing of medication, and FDA has published a statement in 1982 and in 2018 stating it is legal and often beneficial for doctors to prescribe off label, and it is not regulated - it is up to the physician's judgment. Along similar lines, the World Medical Association in 1975, 2013 and at other times published that when there is a serious condition and no treatment available, it is ethical for the physician to use their judgment, and to use unapproved treatments if they offer hope of saving life or relieving suffering.

    Some worry that lupus patients will not get their HCQ if it is being used for Covid patients, but - we have a huge stockpile now, this month, with more on the way and this should not be a problem.

    To read the letter to President Trump, go here

    https://docs.google.com/…/17TiKRxNQK8-nEQdtQBH8TAD8Q37…/edit

    To sign it, go here: https://aaps.wufoo.com/forms/q1ivrhxw0dvcxq4/

    This can be signed by an MD, DO, "other health professional" and "concerned patient." If you want to give this decision back to the treating physician and their patients, rather than leaving it in hands of lawyers and bureaucrats to prescribe, think about signing it. This doesn't mean any of us are required to prescribe it, only that it might be best if health professionals could make the decisions with our patients, considering the circumstances.
    Add your name to this letter at: https://bit.ly/signhcqletter

  • LeAnn Kathman

    04/10/2020 01:34 AM

    Thank you for doing these daily posts. Great information, with humor to boot.

  • Elizabeth Floyd

    04/09/2020 11:46 PM

    Pray for PM Netanyahu who currently is fighting Coved-19.

  • Renee Kendrick

    04/09/2020 11:13 PM

    The Dems in DC today have nothing on their agendas to help the American people so they try and attempt to bring Trump down to their "snake-in-the-grass" level. They don't want to downgrade the "relationship" with China because it would take money out of their already-padded pockets.

    As for the models predicting the number of deaths, they are only estimates/projections! Just as the amount of federal income tax paid in by working Americans each year is an estimate.

    If the federal income tax was exact to the penny, there would be no need to file a tax return. No one would have to pay or get a refund. The tax is overestimated - in most cases - so the government can use the money interest-free for a year! Once the actual data - income and deductions - for an individual's income tax return is entered, a more actual amount - whether owed or to be refunded - can be determined.

    Initial models used by weathermen to predict the path of a storm/hurricane are also estimates. Only when the storm gets closer to the targeted area can more accurate forecasts be presented to the citizens.

    In this crisis, the initial number of deaths were estimated/projected. As more data is received and entered into the model, the number of deaths either increase or decrease. I, personally, would rather have the initial estimate be too much than not enough. And it would be to have an initial model to work from, not for me to look good.

    The people that generated the initial estimate did their job. Basically, what they presented was a worst-case scenario, an estimate in which nothing would be done to prevent the spread if the virus.

    Were lives saved in this process? Probably not because GOD HIMSELF has the final say as to how many people die during this time of crisis - with or without the Coronavirus. So only a ballpark estimate by the medical researchers/doctors would suffice in this or any health crisis.

    Did the measures taken decrease the number of people getting the virus? More than likely, YES! Because the majority of the people heeded to the advice of President Trump and his administration, the spread of the virus was curtailed. If nothing had been done then possibly everyone in the US would have contacted the virus...but the number of deaths would have still been the same because death is in God's hands!

    Everything has a 100% chance of happening! Think about it! Hindsight is 2020!