|December 13, 2020|
Good morning! Today's newsletter includes:
- Reporting the news again
- RIP David L. Lander
- "Huckabee" preview
- Supreme Court update
By Mike Huckabee
Behold the tragic consequences of the authoritarian idiocy of the man Joe Biden reportedly wants to make the US Attorney General.
Key point: Newly-released data in New York (released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo!) finds that restaurants are responsible for only 1.4% of the COVID-19 infection spread, while households are responsible for 74%. So Cuomo wants to destroy businesses and throw thousands of people out of work by shutting down restaurants and making everyone stay at home.
That is box-of-rocks dumb. That's almost as stupid as believing that the virus spreads at church services, but not at anti-police protests or liquor stores.
Reporting the news again
By Mike Huckabee
So, now that the election is over, and “journalists” are trying to reclaim a little of their credibility from down the toilet, the media will allow us to know that a COVID-19 vaccine was developed in record time thanks to a program created by Trump, that unprecedented peace agreements are being signed in the Middle East, that the Trump economy and tax cuts did benefit the poor and middle class, and that the Hunter Biden laptop scandal was real (latest: NBC actually reported that a 2017 email from his business partner informed Biden that he failed to disclose $400,000 in income from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma on his taxes.)
And as long as the truth is finally allowed to come out, oh yeah: after years of adamant denials, turns out the FBI did have thousands of documents related to the slain DNC staffer Seth Rich. Also, his laptop.
What are we going to learn next? That space aliens and the “Galactic Federation” are real?
Okay, I’m not vouching for that last story. But I will say this: if space aliens had landed and endorsed Trump, the media definitely would have kept it top secret.
RIP David L. Lander
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder
It’s been an incredibly packed news week, but I don’t want to let it pass without paying tribute to comic actor David L. Lander, who died on Dec. 4th at 73 of complications from a 37-year battle with multiple sclerosis.
Lander became a TV Land immortal for his portrayal of squeaky-voiced Squiggy (full name “Andrew Squigman”) to Michael McKean’s Lenny on “Laverne & Shirley.” Lenny & Squiggy, the two hilariously bizarre greasers who lived upstairs, became breakout stars. Cindy Williams said they were so funny, she and Penny Marshall would have to bite their lips to keep from laughing at their ad-libs and ruining takes.
Shortly after “L&S” ended its eight-year run in 1983, Lander was diagnosed with MS. He continued working as long as he could, and finally went public with his struggle in 1997. He became a tireless advocate for MS awareness, working with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. When he could no longer act on camera, he turned to cartoon voice work. Cartoon writer/director Mark Evanier recalled how great he was at it, but how he apologized for having to do four or five takes. Evanier said there are many voice actors who need six or seven takes, and they’re not struggling with MS.
Before their “Laverne & Shirley” fame, Lander and McKean were teamed with Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons’”) and Richard Beebe in a comedy troupe called “The Credibility Gap.” Their album “A Great Gift Idea” is still hilarious.
In 1979, Lander and McKean released “Lenny and Squiggy Present Lenny and the Squigtones,” a live LP of their hilarious but catchy parodies of late ‘50s/early ‘60s rock tunes. The guitarist is “Nigel Tufnel,” the first appearance of Christopher Guest as the character he would play in “This is Spinal Tap” with McKean and Shearer. It’s one of our Hollywood Hi-Fi Hall of Fame Great Albums in our book about celebrity records.
If you’d like to know more about it, listen to it in its entirety and see the band (with Tufnel/Guest on guitar) in a rare clip from “American Bandstand,” check out this post at our Facebook page.
Our prayers for David Lander's family and our thanks for the countless hilarious moments over the past five decades that we’re sure new audiences will continue to enjoy for many more decades.
By Mike Huckabee
I know you could use some entertainment this weekend to take your mind off…other things. So join me tonight for a great new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! I’ll talk to Rep. Jim Jordan about the Presidential election controversy. You’ll meet an amazing (and amazingly young) Huck’s Hero. World record-setting wire-walker Nik Wallenda will drop in (sorry!) You’ll meet the creator of the hottest game in America, and we’ll all give it a try. And we’ll get you in a holiday mood with music icon Chris Christian and singer/songwriter Steve Archer.
All that and more will be filling your stockings tonight at 9 EST/8 CST, on TBN. To find out where you can 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, and extra performances by our great musical and comedy guests, all at https://www.huckabee.tv. You can also find past shows, highlights and digital exclusives on YouTube and my Facebook page.
Supreme Court update
By Mike Huckabee
This link has some more information and comments on the Supreme Court’s rejection of the lawsuit by Texas and many more states, challenging the illegal voting procedures in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia.
It includes some interesting comments from constitutional scholar Mark Levin, who warns that by ducking its responsibility, the Court may have sealed its doom. If Republicans are too angry or discouraged over the lack of integrity in the voting system or fairness in the political/judicial system, they might sit out the Georgia Senate runoffs. That would hand the Senate to Democrats, and Chuck Schumer has been clear that if he took control, he would stack the Court, adding extra Justices who are partisan activists. That would turn the SCOTUS into just another political organization and destroy its role as an independent third branch of government.
I agree that would be horrible. I don’t even want to think about a SCOTUS that routinely makes even worse rulings than some of the ones it’s handed down in recent years in defiance of the Constitution and the will of the people.
But I would argue that there is one way to prevent that, and that’s for Republican voters in Georgia not to get discouraged and give up, but to get angry, get motivated and get cracking. They need to rally everyone they can to vote Republican in the runoffs, in numbers beyond the margin of fraud. They also need to demand of their legislators, Governor and other officials that they act RIGHT NOW to prevent the kind of shady voting procedures we just saw from being repeated in January. They need to volunteer as poll watchers, refuse to let people intimidate them into leaving, and if anyone tries, get their faces and name tags on cell phone cameras. It’s called “evidence,” and now we know we may need it.
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