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Today's Commentary --- Clearer every day: Bruce Ohr's notes show illegitimacy of "Russia" probe -- "Humanized mice" and aborted fetuses: a story worthy of Stephen King -- Education failure -- NYC regulations -- Israel retaliates -- How the government spends money -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
If Trump’s lawyers seem to be taking a much tougher stand lately, it’s probably because almost every day, something new comes out about what we now know was a plot to prevent Trump from being elected, and, later, to stop him from functioning as President. The real “Russia” news isn’t coming from Robert Mueller --- the worst crime of all may be his unbelievable skill in the art of selective prosecution --- but from intrepid reporters such as John Solomon and Sara A. Carter, undeterred watchdog groups such as Judicial Watch, determined Republicans on congressional committees, and attorneys such as Gregg Jarrett and Alan Dershowitz who aren’t afraid to speak out about what’s happening to justice in this country.
It seems everything has been turned on its head. The institutions we’ve historically trusted to investigate and enforce the law equally have shown themselves to be unworthy of that trust. This isn’t just the rant of someone blindly coming to the defense of the President –- it’s based on legal principles and hard evidence, more and more all the time. The evidence has been painfully slow in coming because it concerns the very people who would normally be CONDUCTING such an investigation.
"Humanized mice" and aborted fetuses: a story worthy of Stephen King
By Mike Huckabee
Here’s a great idea for a horror novel worthy of Stephen King
A U.S. government agency signs an exclusive contract with one American company to buy tissue from aborted fetuses (gestation 17-22 weeks) that will be used to inject into “humanized mice” used for medical research.
To create a “humanized mouse,” researchers remove its bone marrow and implant thymus and liver tissue from aborted fetuses, to introduce the stem cells and change its immune system. So, in case you were thinking a “humanized mouse” was something out of Disney cartoon, it’s not, at least in this context. This is a real, physical lab mouse, altered to have a functioning human immune system so it can be used to test the adverse effects of drugs. It’s understandable that researchers would want a convenient way to test potential treatments, but they way they go about it in this story is chilling to the marrow.
Since the human fetal tissue must be “fresh,” it can come only from elective abortions, not miscarriages. (As the plant says in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, “Must be blood...must be FRESH!”)
I can think of all sorts of ways this novel could go, all of which are horrific, and all of which involve destroying human babies that are in some cases almost into the third trimester. Wouldn’t this make a horrifying work of science fiction? "Humanized mice" reminds me of "Soylent Green" --- they're both people.
Or I could just decide to write a nonfiction book --- or produce a documentary film --- because this is a real story. The U.S. government agency is our own Food and Drug Administration. The company is Advanced Bioscience Resources, a California non-profit. According to ABR, the tissue comes from first- and second-trimester abortions (and some full-term stillbirths) and must conform to specific “tissue characteristics, preservation methods and delivery times.”
As one might expect, the pro-life lobby is on this. (Apparently, “humanized mice” are a growth industry --- an online search turns up link after link.) The fetal tissue is being purchased by our government with taxpayer money from a company that has partnered with Planned Parenthood. Since the sale or trade of tissue from aborted fetuses for profit is illegal, and donations from hospitals and university labs have proven unreliable, nonprofits such as ABR are serving as sort of a “tissue broker,” a go-between for abortion clinics and scientists. According to its own documents, ABR pays clinics a “nominal fee” to cover costs and then charges the FDA and other clients a markup for their services.
So it seems the trafficking in aborted fetal tissue is alive and well (unlike the fetuses), the one difference being that now there’s a middle man. When contacted by a pro-life journalist for comment, the FDA stated that what they are doing is legal and that “where ABR sources its tissue is not the FDA’s business.”
And that attitude truly is horrifying.
By Mike Huckabee
A charter school in Atlanta, Georgia, is the latest school to stop making students start the day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. They claim it’s being replaced with something “more inclusive”: the “Wolf Pack Chant” - because the school’s mascot is a wolf or something. Officials say students and teachers will work together in the coming months to create their school chant, which “will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.” Well, it’s nice that they managed to throw “country” into the mix, at least.
The excuse for this shunning of the Pledge of Allegiance from other schools is that it makes students “uncomfortable,” and some of them have refused to stand for it after seeing the shining example of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.
Apparently, these schools don’t even realize what an indictment these statements are of their own abject failure to educate these students properly. If they were receiving a real education, then they would be overjoyed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day, because they would know how incredibly lucky and blessed they are to be “included” in the population of the United States of America.
While they’re learning about all those other cultures that are part of the “global society” and as good as or better than ours, how about taking a few minutes to teach them why so many people who are part of those cultures gladly risk their lives to come here, to the nation these students disrespect, to enjoy the rights and freedoms these students have been taught to take for granted? How about focusing a few days’ study on such non-American paradises as Pakistan, Cuba, Sudan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, North Korea, and the list goes on and on? Maybe sending them for spring break in Venezuela instead of Fort Lauderdale would give those who make it home alive a little more appreciation for what previous generations fought and died to bequeath to them.
I guess that’s too much to expect, for these schools actually to teach students the facts about America. So if your kids go to a school like that, sit them down and make them listen to this, Red Skelton’s famous monologue explaining the Pledge of Allegiance, word by word. I have a feeling that your kids will learn more about America from this beloved clown than they will from all the liberal clowns in charge of their school curriculum.
By Mike Huckabee
If you’ve ever been to New York City, you know that one of the biggest problems (aside from finding a bathroom) is finding transportation. There’s the subway, but visitors have a hard time figuring it out and many don’t want to go near it, for obvious reasons. And cabs are expensive and often hard to flag down. That’s why, for many New Yorkers and tourists, the creation of Uber and Lyft, the app-based ride-sharing services that come to you, was a godsend. They also gave enterprising individuals with cars a way to make extra money with the freedom to set their own schedules. But as we’ve all learned, nothing that combines that much individual freedom, convenience, customer satisfaction and lack of burdensome regulation can survive long once liberals take over government.
And so, on Wednesday, the New York City Council, as part of Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s ongoing campaign to ruin the revitalized city he inherited from Republicans Giuliani and Bloomberg, voted not to issue any more Uber or Lyft licenses for a year (most cities don’t even require licenses.) DeBlasio has been trying to crack down on ride-app services since 2015, claiming they cause traffic congestion and are “driving New Yorkers into poverty.”
Unless “Poverty” is one of the five boroughs, I guess he’s talking about Uber and Lyft drivers, since the legislation allows the city to regulate their pay. Or maybe he means cab drivers, since the entrenched taxi companies hate Uber and Lyft. They could change their business model to keep up with the times, or they could get the government to crack down on their competition. That’s capitalism of the crony variety.
It will be interesting to see if New York City traffic actually moves faster with fewer Uber and Lyft drivers on the streets. But I’d be willing to bet that people who need to get somewhere won’t care much that the driving time is ten minutes shorter if they can’t find anyone to drive them there.
By Mike Huckabee
Early Thursday, Israel launched 150 airstrikes on Hama militant strongholds in Gaza. It was in retaliation for a barrage of 180 missiles fired into the Israeli town of Sderot, which injured 11 people, including one woman who is in serious condition. Others are being treated for shock trauma.
Incredibly, Hamas took credit for the missile attack on Israeli civilians, then promptly condemned Israel for “the barbaric shelling of Gaza and the deliberate targeting of civilians.” The only thing more breathtaking than the naked hypocrisy of that statement will be the number of allegedly civilized people who will swallow and repeat it. Israel does everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, which is why Hamas hides behind civilians, even children. Meanwhile, Hamas deliberately targets innocent Israeli civilians.
As usual, I wonder whether those who condemn Israel for retaliating for these attacks on innocent civilians would expect America to just sit and take it if MS-13 gangs in Mexico started firing missiles into the suburbs of San Diego.
How the government spends money
By Mike Huckabee
Most people set as a goal in life trying to spend less money than they have. Many don’t set aside nearly as much as they’d like, but rational people at least consider it a win if they get to the end of the month with more leftover paycheck than bills. This is just one of many ways in which government is not like rational people.
2018 is only two-thirds over, but federal government’s fiscal year ends on September 30. That means government agencies that have yet to spend their budgets for the year are now going on steroid-injected spending sprees and handing out cash to contractors like there’s no tomorrow, just to try to get rid of all the money allocated to them. The reason: if they spend less than they said they needed, Congress might give them less next year (fat chance, since in Washington, if you reduce an agency’s budget increase from 12% to only 10%, Democrats accuse you of making “draconian cuts.”) They have to spend it all by the end of the fiscal year so they can tell Congress they ran out of money just in the nick of time and desperately need more next year.
Unfortunately for these agencies, some have really been slacking off in the tax money squandering department this year. As the linked article from NextGov.com reports, agencies were concerned about Congress’ failure to pass a budget agreement so they spent less than usual on contracts in the first half of the year. While spending has ramped up recently, only two of the ten largest federal agencies have spent 70% of their discretionary budgets by the start of the fourth quarter. HHS has spent only 23% of its projected $65 billion budget, the DHS has spent 27% of its $44 billion budget, and the VA has spent only $15 billion of its projected $88 billion budget. I would call that “winning,” except if the VA has money that needs to be spent on veterans, then spend it already. And I have to quote this next part verbatim:
“That’s problematic because over the past five years, agencies have averaged about 32 percent of their spending in the fourth quarter, meaning the vast majority of agencies are way behind.”
Only in Washington would it be considered “problematic” to be spending less money than you expected. But of course, only in Washington is all the money that’s spent other people’s money.-----------------------------
Evening Edition - August 9
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits."
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