Evening Edition - April 24

April 24, 2019

What’s the difference between an op-ed by the New York Times editorial board headlined “Phony Wall, Phony Emergency” and a new column by veteran liberal Times columnist Thomas Friedman in which he admits there is a real, troubling immigration crisis on the border and the best solution is a “high wall with a big gate”?

Answer: Friedman actually went to the border.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/long-time-new-york-times-liberal-columnist-argues-for-trumps-border-wall-the-solution-is-a-high-wall


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While the Party of stagflation and malaise is distracting America with impeachment hysteria, here’s some good news you might have missed…

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/winning-stock-market-closes-time-high-quarterly-profits-beat-expectations/

 

And a little more…

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/boom-hispanics-lead-housing-income-surge-poverty-at-record-low

 

No wonder Democrats want to let imprisoned felons vote.  By 2020, they’ll be the only Americans left who don’t have jobs. 

 

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Glad to see more people picking up and enlarging on an argument I made when it was first reported that the New York Yankees had banned Kate Smith’s iconic recording of “God Bless America” because some social justice warrior types just discovered that she recorded a couple of songs in the 1930s that are considered offensively racist now. I noted that the Yankees should immediately shut down because they banned black players until 1955, which was far worse and more recent.  Now, that idea is getting around.  They should learn not to kowtow to the SJW mob, because nobody is ever pure enough for them, no past transgression is ever forgotten, and they will eventually turn and devour you, too.

 

https://thefederalist.com/2019/04/23/cancel-kate-smith-must-cancel-new-york-yankees/

 

For those who actually care about history, Smith recorded nearly 3,000 songs, and it’s questionable how much control she had over what she was expected to sing, especially that early in her career.  We do know that when she did have control, during a time when it was scandalous for white singers, especially female, to perform with black musicians, she welcomed many great black musicians onto her radio and TV shows of the ‘40s and ’50s.  At this link, Mark Steyn discusses one of the two songs that’s been hauled out of 80-year-old mothballs to incite “OUTRAGE” and notes that it was actually written as a disapproving satire of racist attitudes in the South.

 

https://www.steynonline.com/9314/edelweiss-uber-alles

 

Since that first mention here, the Philadelphia Flyers have also turned against Kate Smith, not only banning her recording of "God Bless America," but covering a statue of her with a burqa-like black tarp, then removing it.  This despite the fact that Smith’s song had been a good luck charm, and she had been gracious enough to them to sing the National Anthem in person before their Stanley Cup win in 1974.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/philadelphia-flyers-kate-smith-statue-removed

 

By the way, while the Flyers have never explicitly banned black players, they are a hockey franchise, and in their 52-year history, they have employed a grand total of six black players.

 

http://philadelphiafreepress.com/tyrell-goulborne-becomes-the-th-black-player-to-play-for-the-philadelphia-p7071-108.htm

 

As long as we’re turning Kate Smith into a non-person for violating 2019 PC standards in 1931, why don’t we also talk about the prejudices she suffered that we would never tolerate today?  For instance, at 5’10” and 235 pounds, she was not acclaimed as a body-positive, “big beautiful woman.”  Instead, she was the object of endless cruel jokes about her size.  She smiled and played along, but friends recalled her crying in her dressing room after nearly every performance because the mockery hurt her so much.  Even the headline of her New York Times obituary referred to her as “outsized.”  Did any of the PC moralists in Philadelphia think about that when covering her statue with a tarp and removing it because they don’t think her image is fit for the public to see? 

 

During World War II, Kate Smith helped defeat real Nazis by working tirelessly to aid the war effort, helping to sell nearly $600 million in war bonds, far more than any other celebrity.  That’s over $10 billion in today’s money.  The “social justice warriors” who attack her think they’re fighting “Nazis” when they put on masks and punch elderly men in MAGA caps. 

 

And while we’re on the subject, just what did the Philadelphia Flyers ever do to fight Nazis?  Yes, I know the team was founded in 1967.  But if we’re going to crucify Kate Smith for not living up to standards that weren’t even invented until 80 years later, I don’t see why we can’t demand that the people attacking her live up to the standards that applied 25 years before they came on the scene. 


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Over the years, I’ve heard a number of liberals argue that the “slippery slope” argument is invalid because there’s no such thing as the “slippery slope.”  That is, there’s simply no truth to the claim that if you lower standards a little or stop prosecuting less severe crimes or allow just a little bit of anti-social or illegal behavior, that it will lead to worse and worse. 

 

And so, today’s theme of the news is, “Dispatches from the Slippery Slope.” 

 

First up: “Progressives” (or as the more honest ones like Bernie Sanders put it, “socialists”) say it’s unfair that just because people commit felonies, that they should be barred from voting for life.  So they argued that after a reasonable period of proving they had reformed, their voting rights should be restored.  And then, down the slope we slipped: 

 

Felons' voting rights should be restored immediately after leaving prison…No, they shouldn’t be lost at all, we should be passing out absentee ballots to at least some felons in prison…Then (over the edge) all felons in prison should be allowed to vote, even the Boston Marathon bomber who came here from another country to slaughter as many innocent American citizens as possible.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/bernie-sanders-says-boston-marathon-bomber-allowed-vote-prison/

 

That happened so fast, they must’ve greased the slope with WD-40.  It was so far over the edge, it marked the second time in a week that a crazy leftwing position made even Cher sound like a Republican.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/cher-questions-bernie-sanders-boston-bomber-right-vote

 

But if you still think the “slippery slope” doesn’t exist…

 

Americans used to rightly believe that life began at conception and dismembering an innocent child in the womb was a heinous act of murder.  Then, some judges with no medical degrees decided in “Roe v. Wade” that life only begins after the first trimester of pregnancy.  Even though real science has advanced to show us that life begins much sooner, abortion proponents kept pushing the deadline further and further, first through the second trimester, then the third, then right up until the moment of birth, and then, in a full-on assault on both logic and basic human decency, until moments after birth.  They went so far over the end of the slope that they actually argued that a baby, already born alive during a “botched” (i.e., unsuccessfully lethal) abortion and now a separate human being with full human and citizenship rights, should be allowed to struggle and die without receiving medical care. 

 

The flat-out-wrongness of that argument should be obvious to anyone who isn’t a complete sociopath.  And yet, when it became necessary to pass bills saying doctors couldn’t just stand by and do nothing while a living baby dies, we actually had people like the Governor of Virginia, Ralph “Blackface Yearbook” Northam (no, unlike Democrats and the media, we didn’t forget that, either) argue in favor of it; and Democrats in the House and Senate block attempts to give the most basic protection to those children.

 

Now, even after a no-brainer bill to protect “born alive” babies passed in North Carolina with even some Democratic support, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed it…

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-18/north-carolina-gov-cooper-vetoes-born-alive-legislation

 

And Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is threatening to do the same…

 

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/440230-wisconsin-gov-promises-veto-if-born-alive-abortion-bill-advances

 

Evers makes sure to quote the (utterly irrelevant here) cliché that “women should be able to make choices about their health care.”  What do the woman’s health care choices have to do with the issue of whether to aid a baby that’s now 20 feet away from her?  They’ve been mouthing that phrase for so long, they now do it out of habit even when it makes no sense whatsoever. 

 

Again, if you don’t believe in the “slippery slope,” cast your mind back a few decades and try to imagine the governors of states like North Carolina or Wisconsin vetoing a bill to stop doctors from just standing around and letting a newborn baby die. 


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Finally, here’s one small story that’s indicative of an entire society sliding down the slippery slope and heading over the cliff.

 

Starbucks decided that virtue-signaling about race and other hot button leftist topics was more important than pleasing customers.  Customers weren’t pleased, and social justice warriors just smelled weakness.  So they next attacked Starbucks for not letting homeless people take up space in their stores for hours on end in urban areas, even when they smelled awful and weren’t buying anything (a longtime standard business practice down the slippery slope.)  So Starbucks gave in, in effect turning its urban stores into homeless shelters. Here’s how popular that was with customers…

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/starbucks-closing-urban-cafes-weeks-after-opening-to-homeless-druggies/

 

And now that they’re running homeless shelters, they’re experiencing the problems of a homeless shelter, like people shooting up in the bathrooms and leaving dangerous used drug needles behind.  Since they can’t do something mean and radical, like banning junkies from shooting up in a private business’s bathroom, they just inched down the slope a little further.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6948235/Starbucks-installing-needle-disposal-boxes-bathrooms-locations-nationwide.html

 

Take this same welcoming attitude toward anti-social and criminal behavior and apply it to entire cities via decades of liberal Democrat governance and you get the problems of Detroit, Chicago, New York, L.A. and of course, San Francisco.  At the link is a map showing all the places where human feces has been reported in public places in San Francisco since 2011.  If you don’t want to click on it, let me assure you that it’s basically a map of San Francisco covered in brown.

 

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/328492

 

Now, even Dallas, Texas, has a recently-elected Democratic County District Attorney who has announced “reforms” that amount to a list of “petty” crimes he plans to ignore.  These include trespassing, minor drug possession and non-violent theft of items worth up to $750 for personal use, on the assumption that it must’ve been stolen “of necessity,” and why punish the needy (what about the victims who need their $750 property back because they worked to earn the money to pay for it or the store owners who have to pay to replace it?)  As you might imagine, this is going over like a lead balloon with local police and sheriffs.

 

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/04/council-members-attempt-to-dent-john-creuzots-reforms/

 

Dallas has turned recently into a solidly blue city surrounded by more conservative suburbs that would be affected by the County DA's "reforms" that amount to simply not enforcing the law.  Dallas is still the #1 city in America for gaining population while other cities that already follow these types of policies are losing population.  Obviously, some of them are moving to Dallas and voting for the same suicidal policies that fouled the liberal nests they left behind.  A cautionary tale for Dallas voters to reject the slippery slope before it’s too late.

 

And all of this is a cautionary note for Americans who are now being harangued by the media to give Congress and the White House back to Democrats so they can do for the whole nation what they did for San Francisco and Starbucks.  One of them is even the former CEO of Starbucks.  If you think that putting them back in power is a good idea, then I have to assume you’ve been shooting up drugs in a Starbucks bathroom yourself. 


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Yet another reason why I like Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas: when Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pandering for votes by promising to cancel out student loan debt (at a cost to taxpayers of $650 billion), Crenshaw dares to point out the hypocrisy. 

 

https://twitter.com/RepDanCrenshaw/status/1120737254455087105

 

“Progressives” like Warren love to bash the “rich,” but as Crenshaw notes, her debt relief plan would apply to people making up to $250,000 a year.  So taxpayers who never went to college and sweat away at blue collar jobs would have to help pay for the expensive college loans that people who make five times or more money than they do voluntarily chose to take out.  Sounds like exploiting the poor to help the “rich” to me.  I thought that according to folks like Sen. Warren, that’s what we eeeevil Republicans do. 

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  • Fredrick R Smith

    05/05/2019 07:34 AM

    Dear Mr Huckabee, I'm from the era of "Paul Harvey" news, which is almost a lost art. The programs today, on all channels, are not news, they are just someone's opinion, and usually not backed by anything except another person with the same ax to grind. Although your comments do lean to the right, you are telling news as it is. Even though you may not be a "journalist", you write and sound more like one than anyone else I've seen in many years. Keep up the good work.

  • teresa dickerson

    04/27/2019 09:17 AM

    your exactly right on everything you said on all your articles. can you believe we have the most spoiled, dumb founded, disrespectful students in America. They spend more time on a bus going to school then education. They have breaks, lunch breaks, and we pay our teachers money to do what? TEACH It is never enough though. I worked for the state department and brought home 1000.00 a month. Not by choice, I came from a generation that stated a woman should be a homemaker and the man the bread winner. I did what my parents ask. I got married too young and went back to college to better myself. Students nowadays want everything free and think they deserve it. My son teaches students in South Korea. They go to their regular class and then they come to a special education class. Twelve hours a day and sometimes it can be more. We have rude, lazy, children that think they are due money, homes, food, etc without doing a thing. I wish you would compare our education in the USA to the foreign students that are way more advanced then our USA kids. If things were different I would have gotten all of my education and more. I respected my parents wishes, but the fact is I went to the school of hard knocks. Its time we teach our children and expand schools back to longer hours, more education on respect, having babies to young and that YOU WORK FOR WHAT YOU GET. This is out of context to your article, but it also is a basis directed toward your articles. If we teach our children to go with the flow then we are in trouble. We need to teach our children to THINK, REALLY THINK FOR THEMSELVES AND WHAT DECISIONS THEY MAKE AFFECT OUR FUTURE IN AMERICA. WE NEED TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THAT GOING WITH THE FLOW CAN PUT USA AND OUR FREEDOMS AT STAKE

  • mark poyhonen

    04/25/2019 03:51 PM

    There is about Three years of calumny available in the echo chamber. Anyone can use the calumny to 'verify' the lies, leading to the general groupthink paradigms used to create new accusations, (some quite imaginative), more identity politics, and even more lies. It is a circular and self feeding model of propaganda. The nature of the misinformation is persuasive and difficult, (for some), to escape after entering the circle of illogical arguments. Statements of 'truth' demand proof of a negative in order to be dismissed, or the mob demands a causal correlation that supports a dishonest but predetermined conclusion. Once recognized, the trapped individual can be saved by honesty and reason but the real problem, created by the cunning instigators of the trap is that the escape logic must come from the intellectually challenged person who is confined by his own arguments.

  • Betty H

    04/25/2019 03:10 PM

    I never thought I would live to see all this mess going on, I am praying that we can pray hard enough and faithful enough for him to give America back to the Christian's. May God have mercy on us all.

  • Laszlo Denes

    04/25/2019 10:58 AM

    Excellent fill-in for Laura Ingraham last night, Governor! I loved every minute of it. The first 10 minutes with Rudy Giuliani, Robert Ray and Joe diGenova were especially eye-opening. It should be required viewing for all members of the Democrat Party and the mainstream media - but I'm repeating myself.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/25/2019 10:23 AM

    Thanks Mike 4 Kate Smith legacy to the top for all she has done for the country. People love dirty laundry why? When low self esteem dominate their life they do not want to alone, to bring people with good moral values that have a larger impact on society is viewed as an enemy to the way they think and feel. So Yankees and Flyers your bed sleep in it. I am as sick of abortion as I am sick of the people who endorse it, as it plays out here on this earth I can be sick of it here, I do not bother to think what happens to the lawmakers of abortion after their term here on earth is up THE REAL JUDGE will handle that case. God has 10 simple Laws one of them Thou shall not kill; on earth it's a felony, the here after a Mortal Sin figure it out Stooges. Starbucks is for the people on the go I am retired I make my own coffee I do not wish to integrate with Junkies why put myself in harms way by visiting these shops. The owners are part of the problem better keep the drive thru open if I want to be with the Junkies I will sit with them at a rehab center. Just like the measles the voting block moving from one city to the next what do ya get? Measles and bad Liberal Policies. The Left slowly eats away our Rights and Freedoms watch all the moves they are making shut them down now Our President is protecting them reelect Trump for 6 years of the same protection.

  • Jerry Holland

    04/25/2019 08:30 AM

    Why on the abortion issue you talked about are we hearing virtually nothing from the Pope or Franklin Graham? Their lack of visibility or rallies on this issue is disturbing.
    Why isn't President Trump ordering the DOJ to charge Hillary? He should be on the offensive and change the hilarious impeachment narrative of the DNC, democrats, and fake news media.

  • Gail L Miller

    04/25/2019 08:27 AM

    Dan Crenshaw for President 2024!!!!

  • Eleanor P

    04/25/2019 02:49 AM

    You are so comical! If only lefties could read your articles. I think they'd get a dose of reality and think about it!

  • Nancy A. North-Gates

    04/25/2019 01:41 AM

    I wrote to you earlier about the Kate Smith controversy. I loved her. What a voice! I could only dream of having a voice like that to belt out that wonderful song written by Irving Berlin. She inspired me; and now I can belt out that song. :) I think it should be our national anthem.

  • Robert F. Dimlich

    04/25/2019 12:21 AM

    There is no question to the fact we are going down that slippery slop. It is very difficult if possible to climb back up that slippery slop.

  • Ruth Ferraro

    04/25/2019 12:17 AM

    I never tire of reading your reports! This country is on a morale decline & getting rapidly worse each day. Abortion is bad enough but I am appalled that people justify "assisted suicide"! Kudos to you for bringing your readers the honest news.

  • Richard Featherstone

    04/24/2019 11:08 PM

    While we are pandering to the SJW concerning Kate Smith, I recently watched Django Unchained. An absolute horrid film concerning slavery and all of it's depravity. Starring??? Brad Pitt and others. Why aren't they "black balled" not just for using the N word over and over but sicing dogs on a helpless slave and letting them tear him apart, using the "hot box", branding, etc. Why not make the liberals toe the line on Social Justice.

  • Jaime Gaffud

    04/24/2019 10:37 PM

    24April - Wow! Governor, I watched you intently and seriously tonight at the Ingraham Angle. You were SUPER. You hosted The Angle exactly the way you write - fast and seamless and to the point. I hope someday you become our US President.
    Please go back to Fox News.
    Best Regards,
    Jaime Gaffud

  • Vernon B Thompson

    04/24/2019 10:30 PM

    Another Illegal Immigration Suggestion. My path to the President is blocked by Harry Reid's hand picked representatives. Here's mine!
    Establish tent city jails along the Southern Border (aka Maricopa County AZ) while they await disposition of their status! Hold all of the non-violent illegals there. Feed them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with lots of water. Each morning take them out to clean up the tons of garbage left by their predecessors. Send the surplus to Sanctuary Cities beginning with the SF Bay Area.
    See that this gets passed on!

  • MARY MAKEEFF

    04/24/2019 10:06 PM

    MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD SEND HILLARY OF BOX OF PACIFIERS & RATTLES

  • Bonnie Reynolds

    04/24/2019 10:01 PM

    Mike, I look forward to your newsletter every evening. Tonight's was time consuming due to the many links
    (I checked out one by Mark Steyn). Our history should not be erased and Kate Smith is a woman to be admired. Please keep speaking out against the PC police. Slippery Slope in the drug war started with legalizing pot. God help us!

  • James Harrison

    04/24/2019 09:23 PM

    Thanks for not participating in Mueller Mania for the past couple of days. It is appreciated. That being said . . . is America crazy!

    Convicts voting, petty larson free pass plus free room, board , education and likely reparations for those that previously spent a fortune on college. Russia and China have to be loving this American version of the land of the fruits and nuts as versus fruited plains.

    God help us all

  • Carmine Fea

    04/24/2019 08:53 PM

    Thank you for providing us facts about the good Kate Smith did and the hypocrisy of her detractors. Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" is beautiful, inspiring, the best. I enjoy it each time I hear it. We will remember the NY Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers for their banning of Kate Smith's beautiful recording of "God Bless America", and we will talk about their discrimination and racism so more people will know about it.

  • Linda Furlong

    04/24/2019 08:45 PM

    I think the Flyer organization are a bunch of wimps. The song was meant to be satire. They've turned out to be snowflakes. They are not the Broad Street bullies anymore. I was born and raised in Philadelphia and I'm ashamed of them for this.

  • Ginger L. Heiderscheidt

    04/24/2019 08:32 PM

    I am wondering why a pregnant woman who has been in a car accident and sadly passed away, does the person who causes the accident gets charged with 2 counts of vehicular homicide when it's supposedly perfectly fine to abort a baby or leave it to die ? Hypocrisy at its worst! ALL babies are "babies" aka living human beings whether in or out of the womb. Period. I'll bet God is crying!

  • william fuhrer

    04/24/2019 07:25 PM

    President Regan seemed to be able to RALLY the SILENT MAJORITY. How was President Regan able to make his message PERFECTLY CLEAR so even the lefties in the news media understood what he was doing was great for America

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    04/24/2019 07:19 PM

    The Bible tells us not to take up an offense, yet all I see lately is one offense after another being bandied about and much of our history being erased or torn down. Frankly, I'd rather listen to Kate Smith singing God bless America than watch a flyers game any day.
    Since one can hardly find anything that the democrats are for, other than running down the President, what do we need them for ?

  • Rosie Cooper

    04/24/2019 07:18 PM

    In the survey I submitted today, I said your reporting was too folksy. Nevermind that comment. I appreciated everything you said this evening. And everything had supporting evidence. Maybe its your tv program that seems too folksy, but I'm sure there are many who like it that way.

  • Dobbin Callahan

    04/24/2019 07:05 PM

    Governor. Thank you for your wonderful voice of reason! Would you consider doing an article about PETA's attempts to shut down animal based research? I would be happy to link you to some information on the subject because I know you like to speak from an informed perspective. You and billions of others have benefited from this research. (many treatments for animals also come from this research). Billions of people will loose the benefits gained from this research if PETA is successful.
    Blessings to you.
    Dobbin Callahan