BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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Today’s Huckabee Video Link
If you missed it, or would like to share it, here is my interview from this weekend’s “Huckabee” on TBN with the Romeike family.
They are apparently the only people the Biden Administration wants to deport. After 15 years of being exemplary American residents, they’re being threatened with expulsion back to Germany, where they face punishment and persecution for being Christians who homeschooled their children. If deported, their younger children who are American citizens could be taken from them and put into foster care. I’ve also heard reports that their adult children who were homeschooled could be classified as “uneducated” in Germany, making it impossible for them to get decent jobs.
This is one of the most outrageous miscarriages of justice I’ve seen in a long time, especially in an age when we have millions of unvetted illegal immigrants, some with criminal records, streaming into the US with no fears of deportation. I hope you will join me in praying for them and in taking direct action to express your support.
You can learn more about their case and sign a petition to the Biden Administration here: https://hslda.org/post/romeike
And contact your Congress member here to voice your support for a bill to extend them permanent resident status. Thank you for your aid and support.
Newsom chooses Laphonza Butler
California Gov. Gavin Newsom picked an interim replacement to fill the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat until the 2024 election. He kept his promise to ignore qualifications and nondiscrimination laws and consider only black females (not the way he’d put it, but more accurate), which should be considered an EEOC violation, but he’s a Democrat so the laws don’t apply. To nobody’s surprise, he chose Laphonza Butler, who has no experience as an elected representative, but she checks off more Democrat boxes than a Bingo champion, being LGBTQ+, a former government workers’ union president who pushed for higher taxes on the rich, and most importantly, president of Emily’s List, the PAC that funds pro-abortion political candidates.
In short, whenever she drives, she’d rather make three left turns than one right turn.
The pick was bad news for California’s top Democratic Senate candidates, Reps. Barbara Lee, Katie Porter and Adam Schiff, because if Butler decides she likes the job and enters the race, they’ll be running against an incumbent instead of for an open seat. It’s also bad news for America because with the state of insanity prevailing in California, no matter what happens, one of those four horsemen/women of the loony leftist apocalypse is going to be the state’s next Senator.
One problem that might prevent Butler from running: she was immediately hit with a scandal when it was reported she’s a resident of Maryland, not California. I find it hard to believe that California didn’t have any black socialist lesbian abortion activists of its own.
Spending deal reached
It's telling that after hearing for days about the cataclysm that would ensue if Congress didn’t pass a stopgap government funding bill, they did pass one just before the midnight Saturday deadline, and President Biden signed it…
…Yet all anyone is talking about is the side drama among the Representatives.
On the Democrat side, there’s male “Squad” member Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who caused an interruption and building evacuation during the rushed negotiations by pulling a fire alarm.
Bowman first offered a rambling, incoherent explanation with more “homina-homina’s” than Ralph Kramdon, followed by a written statement claiming he mistakenly thought the fire alarm would open the doors. He claimed he was just trying to rush back to the Chamber to vote and found the doors marked “emergency exit only,” and was not by any means trying to delay the vote. Unfortunately for him, the whole thing was caught on video, and it doesn’t seem to match that story very closely. He apparently pulled signs off the doors warning that they were emergency exits only and threw them on the floor before pulling the clearly-labeled "FIRE alarm."
Critics pointed out that this requires us to believe either that Bowman is blind and didn’t see the signs, or he’s a former school principal who never saw a fire alarm before, or that he just can’t read, which I could maybe believe of a Squad member. AOC was even willing to vouch for how easy it is to get confused by things like “fire alarms” and “exit” signs, have a moment of panic when you can’t find your way out of a vestibule, and do something stupid.
Republicans suspect he was trying to delay the vote to buy Democrats more time or even to force a government shutdown that could be blamed on them. Matt Margolis of PJ Media even questioned the narrative that the bill’s passage was a win for Democrats, because they repeatedly tried to delay or stall the vote, signaling that they really wanted a shutdown.
Donald Trump tweeted that Bowman’s act was “a very dangerous ‘Obstruction of an Official Proceeding,’ the same as used against our J-6 prisoners. Actually, his act may have been worse. HE MUST SUFFER THEIR SAME FATE. WHEN WILL HIS TRIAL BEGIN???” This being DC, where laws only apply to Republicans, that likely won’t happen. But the incident is under investigation and a lot of Republicans are demanding some action against Bowman, even as harsh as expelling him.
FYI: Here’s why pulling that fire alarm might be a crime three times over.
Meanwhile, there’s also post-deal drama on the GOP side, with Rep. Matt Gaetz so angry at Speaker Kevin McCarthy for shepherding the bill that didn’t include any conservative priorities (but it didn’t include any more funds for Ukraine) that he’s launching another effort to remove him as Speaker. McCarthy responded, “Bring it on.”
Other Republicans are privately complaining about all this intra-party warfare when they have such a small majority. There was even a report that Gaetz was offering Democrats on the Biden impeachment inquiry committee subpoena power to help them shut it down in return for their support in ousting McCarthy, which Gaetz denied. As he should, because it would spell the end of his career in GOP politics.
My advice: This bill is just for 45 days. Spend the next month-and-a-half working on a better funding bill instead of forming circular firing squads.
Between all the back-biting, pulling fire alarms and violating the dress code, our Congress seems to be a collection of the oldest high school students since “Beverly Hills 90210.”
A new White House ban
Fox News Digital revealed that the Biden White House has banned senior officials from traveling to international conferences that promote “carbon-intensive fuels,” including oil, gas and coal. The document reads, "This guidance sets out a presumption that agencies and departments will pursue international energy engagement that advances clean energy projects," and anything else must be approved by the NSC.
I wonder, does this mean that President Biden will have to ask the NSC’s permission before he travels to the Middle East again to beg OPEC nations to pump more oil because he’s killing our domestic fossil fuel industry and making gasoline and heating oil unaffordable? Or is that yet another regulation that he’s exempt from?
Trump trial starts today
Donald Trump’s civil trial for fraud for allegedly overvaluing his properties to lenders started today in New York. We'll have a recap tomorrow, but Fox News has a page that will be continually updated:
Trump’s attorneys called the judge’s rulings so far “fundamentally flawed at every level,” so after he finishes finding Trump guilty and assessing ridiculous levels of punishment, perhaps we can move on to an appeals court where the judge isn’t so blinded by Trump Derangement Syndrome that he thinks Mar-A-Lago could be picked up for fire sale prices. Personally, I don't know how anyone can live in New York and give such low estimates of property prices.
Judge orders New York to pay the NRA’s legal fees
While New York is struggling financially due to taxpayers fleeing and illegal immigrants let in by Joe Biden bankrupting their social programs, they have a new bill to worry about, and this one’s gotta hurt: a New York judge ordered the state to pay $447,000 in legal fees to the National Rifle Association.
This came after the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a New York law that required citizens to show “proper cause” for seeking a gun carry license, with the state deciding subjectively whether they’d shown a good enough reason to be allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights. They should’ve realized that was unconstitutional before passing it, but it took the NRA challenging it to get it thrown out, and now the state gets to pay their legal bills.
According to the NRA, this is only about a third of what it cost to litigate this issue because “New York refuses to fully compensate.” But at least they can take solace in knowing that writing a $447,000 check to the NRA may be the most painful duty Gov. Hochul faces all week.
Related: Blue states just never learn that the Second Amendment actually means what it says.
Why are Democrat women so hostile to girls’ rights? To deal with the invasion of girls’ private spaces by males claiming to “identify” as female, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill requiring schools to have a private bathroom available for students of either sex unwilling or unable to use a group bathroom. In opposing the bill, Democratic Sen. Christine Marsh declared that “we could have just passed a law that schools have to have shower curtains and it could’ve solved this whole thing.”
The idea that girls who feel unsafe and violated at having naked males in their locker room showers should just hang up a shower curtain was described by critics as “sick and demeaning.” But it was all for naught anyway, since female Democrat “Governor” Katie Hobbs vetoed the bill. Bear in mind, it wasn't even a bill banning males from girls' bathrooms; it was just a bill giving anyone the option of using a private bathroom, and she VETOED it.
And yet, as 2024 approaches, we will hear a steady drumbeat from Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself), telling women that they must vote Democrat to “protect women’s rights.” That is apparently now defined solely as the right to kill your baby up to the ninth month of pregnancy. For every other right, they want women to shut up and get in line behind the trans people.
Another angle on the first Biden impeachment inquiry hearing
Scott Adams, best known as the (now-canceled) creator of the comic strip DILBERT and also a bestselling author, is also a trained hypnotist and an expert in persuasion. Although the Democrats in Congress were lying their heads off during the first day of the impeachment inquiry --- and no doubt will continue to do so --- he warns that at least some of them were using some very effective persuasion techniques that, unfortunately, work like a charm on uninformed people. That’s what we’re up against. This is excerpted from his Friday podcast:
“Are you watching the impeachment inquiry? [It’s] a little laboratory where you can learn about persuasion and what’s wrong with the government, and you can see every example of everything. Now, AOC had her ‘moment’ where she argued passionately against the impeachment inquiry and the thought that Joe Biden had done anything wrong. (under his breath: ‘Oh my God…’) [Her performance] is a master class in persuasion. So her persuasion game is super-strong…
“...First of all, the whole situation around the Bidens is too complicated for 95 percent of voters. So [they’ll] never know what is actually happening. So in that situation, who is the best persuader wins. They can be completely divorced from reality; they just have to persuade.
“So given that the public has no idea what really happened with the Biden situation, she, first of all, acts very confident. The confidence itself is part of the persuasion. And I watched her ask a witness questions, and then act as though the answer to the question proved her point, when it didn’t even come close. But because the people watching it can’t tell the difference, she made it look like they proved her point…
“...When you watch her asking questions, the assumption that you have is that those questions ever made sense, or that the answer is in the right context. It was actually just complete blah-blah-blah that her mannerisms sold as proving her point. It was kind of a genius move; it was really good. There was no connection to facts or process. She just got somebody to say ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ and then sold it to the public as though she had just won a case. And none of it was even connected, like, to a case, just the most random bunch of (bleep). It was brilliant, really brilliant.”
Have to say, this is probably the first time we’ve ever seen the words “genius” and “brilliant” applied to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She obviously had the words in front of her at the table while saying this, and she’s been coached in the art of selling something that’s (bleep) but that she doesn’t even know is (bleep). But, yes, what she did will play well with the uninformed and/or already brainwashed.
We’d also add that to better assess her natural skill at this, it helps to watch those Democrats who were trying the same technique but much less successfully. New York Rep. Dan Goldman’s attempt to feign righteous indignation while trying to rough-up calm-and-cool legal professor Jonathan Turley landed like an anvil and only succeeded in making him look even more ridiculous than he already did. Surely by now his party has trotted him out enough times to know that he NEVER makes his side look better.
Illinois Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi went the furthest of all, misstating and (surely) deliberately lying about Turley’s previous statements in other cases. Trying to discredit one of the most even-handed legal analysts you’ll ever see, he waved around papers like Sen. Joe McCarthy in the 1950s, suggesting that Turley had defended polygamy and had defended Tom Green, a polygamist who was convicted of child rape. (By the way, isn’t it interesting that the party that still talks about the blacklist of the 1950s is making blacklists of its own in the 2020s? They say that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, but in this case, the Democrats are remembering the past and STILL repeating it.)
Anyway, when Turley tried to correct this smear and explain why it was untrue, the congressman wouldn’t let him speak. Krishnamoorthi quickly left the floor once his time had ended, leaving Turley to continue as a witness. It took 30 minutes for Turley to be given the chance to correct the record. Later that day, Turley wrote a column about the toxic environment currently dominating our halls of power for the DAILY BEAST (where he most definitely was not preaching to the choir). This was “one more sorry sordid moment in our politics of personal destruction,” he wrote. It’s a definite must-read...
So, AOC exhibits “genius” simply because she’s better at lying than the others because she senses or has been advised when she’s approaching a line she’s better off not crossing? They’re ALL lying, and we all better wake up to the tactics, especially when they’re being used more skillfully.
Another tactic pointed out by Adams (also by us, last Friday) was the constant criticism of the hearing over not presenting “fact witnesses.”
“But did that matter?” Adams asked. “No. The right question was, ‘Does it matter…’ And the answer would’ve been, ‘No, not for the inquiry. For the inquiry...we can show you the documents, and the documents serve as the evidence. That’s why we’re here...None of it matters; it’s not relevant to the inquiry.’” [Aside: that’s what we’ve been saying nonstop, both before the hearing and after.]
“It’s just something that sounds good, if you didn’t know anything about how anything works. But it sounded really good...really persuasive.”
And with that, Adams was done with the topic. It would’ve been nice for him to go on to talk about how else Republicans can counter this constant gaslighting. Are we going to let a partisan idiot like AOC (and the media) run over us when we have mounting evidence on our side?
Later in his podcast, Adams addressed the use by Democrats of the term “MAGA extremist.” He thinks this was coined by someone who, if not a hypnotist, is particularly well-versed in persuasion skills. He sees this as “weaponizing the government against ordinary voters.” MAGA is simply make-America-great-again, ordinary conservative thinking, while extremist is...extremist. They are two different things. But by constantly putting them together, he makes them synonymous.
“What would be an appropriate thing that you could do with an extremist?” he asked, given that an extremist is “probably dangerous.” So “the legal system has to deal with extremists.” Now, they’ve found a way to “slime the word MAGA.” Anyone who’s MAGA “is part of the extremist framing,” so that “pretty soon, MAGA and extremist will sound like the same thing.”
“That’s called...hypnosis.” He thinks a professional came up with this, not just a politician. “It’s too good,” he said. He called this weaponized persuasion because “it can get somebody killed.”
“So, basically,” he said, “it’s giving permission for violence against, and legal action against, ordinary Republicans.” Adams is not one to easily invoke Hitler’s name, but he likened this to what Hitler was doing with the Jews, “where you [gradually] move the country toward that hatred.”
He suggested the MAGA brand be changed to something specific such as “Anti-Corruption.” The reason? “They’re going against a man who’s corrupt.”
We thought of something a little catchier: “MAGA ‘Trumps’ Corruption.” It ties the familiar slogan, as well as Trump’s name, to fighting corruption. And running the rats out of the government has got to be THE key issue in ‘24.
On Sunday, Adams did point out something Trump posted on Truth Social that he thought was really effective: “Crooked Joe Biden has three major problems, and all of them start with the letter ‘I’ --- inflation, immigration and incompetence.”
“Oh, that’s...good,” he said with respect. “Good stuff, persuasion-wise.” It also happens to be true.
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And today’s Award for Utter Shamelessness goes to…
“Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel-Miranda is leading a lobbying effort to convince Congress to give $2.5 billion in taxpayer money to bail out failing live theaters. Or they could knock off all the woke political propaganda and try producing shows people actually want to see. Nah, that’s crazy talk!
Disney has learned nothing
Disney has apparently learned nothing from losing billions of dollars making woke movies that nobody wants to see, so here we go again. Word is that they’re planning a “live-action” remake of the classic cartoon “Bambi,” only with photorealistic CGI animals (a terrible idea on its surface; as with the CGI “Lion King” remake, audiences will be wondering why these animals are palling around with each other instead of eating each other.)
But that’s not the worst of it: it’s also reported that one of the most famous scenes in the original, where Bambi’s mother is killed by a hunter, will not be in the new one because it might “traumatize” today’s bubble-wrapped snowflake children.
For generations of kids, that scene was their introduction to some sad facts of life, including death, grief, the food chain and other harsh realities of the natural world. For some reason, it’s okay to expose today’s children to graphic gay sex manuals, but they must be shielded from learning what death is and where the meat on their plate comes from.
If the Disney version of “Bambi” is too rough for today’s woke crowd, I can only imagine how traumatized (I’d say “triggered” but the word “trigger” might trigger them) they'd be by the original Austrian novel it was based on. Felix Saltin’s “Bambi, A Life in the Woods” is often seen as a parable about the treatment of Jews in Europe, but it also gave young readers a much more realistic lesson in what it’s like to be a deer.
In the book, Bambi himself is also shot (although he recovers), as is his friend who was raised by humans and mistakenly thinks they’re his friends so he approaches a hunter and is killed. Male deer shun their offspring, who don’t even know they are their fathers, and the stags stay aloof from their mates as well. One stag scolds Bambi for crying for his mother, which a grown-up Bambi later does to two other fawns. Boy, talk about toxic deer masculinity!
Yet somehow, this book was a bestseller translated into 30 languages. It was read by countless kids who were so traumatized by it, they grew up to win World War II and lead the greatest economic expansion in history.
You might have seen some of the many commercials recently pushing the latest COVID vaccines, but it appears they aren’t very effective. The commercials, I mean…
A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that only 23% of US adults say they’ll “definitely” get the new jab, with another 25% saying they’ll “probably” get it. 52% will probably or definitely NOT get it. The majority of those who want the jab are Democrats (70%), while only 23% of Republicans plan to get it.
The good news for President Biden is that his attempt to take credit for COVID vaccines developed under Trump has apparently succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.
Feel-Good Story of the Day:
Happy birthday to Roger Antonucci of Woodstock, Georgia, who recently celebrated his 102nd birthday. The retired tailor and widower (his wife died at 101 after 65 years of marriage) says he feels only “79 or 80.” He attributes his long life and good health to avoiding smoking, keeping weight off, eating healthy, regular exercise and maintaining a good sense of humor and laughing a lot. His daughter added that he “likes sports and women, probably not in that order.” And he’s not finished with life yet: he said, “I feel like I could go for another two, three more years.”
I hope it’s more than that. We need more people like Roger these days!
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