Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse Of The Day
- Three months later: what really killed Brian Sicknick?
- Jack Hanna
- A "bald-faced lie" that turns out to be the truth
- “Everything You Know Is Wrong” Dept
- A closer look at 2022
- Biden caves on Iran
- A Reader Writes Back...
- America The Beautiful
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
Three months later: what really killed Brian Sicknick?
By Mike Huckabee
A few people who really are journalists are wondering why we STILL haven’t been given an official cause of death for Officer Brian Sicknick.
Recall that Sicknick, 42, was the Capitol Hill police officer who, according to initial reports of the January 6 breach of the Capitol Building, was fatally struck in the head with a fire extinguisher. Witnesses said he was taken out on a stretcher, a bloody gash on his head. “Journalists” later reported sensationally that Sicknick, a 12-year veteran of the force, had been attacked by the pro-Trump mob and beaten to death with a fire extinguisher.
But the witnesses were wrong, and so were the journalists who reported this over and over. Yes, sadly, Sicknick died late the next day, but we know he did not suffer an injury to his head. This kind of early misinformation is typical; initial reports of chaotic events are almost always way off the mark. But it’s been three months. And there seems to be an astounding lack of curiosity among the news media concerning what really ended Sicknick’s life.
A few are expressing concern. Stacey Matthews at LEGAL INSURRECTION has a new piece that dares to ask the question, why has the chief medical examiner in DC still not released the details of how Brian Sicknick died, and told us more about Ashli Babbitt’s death as well?
Five people who were on Capitol Hill during the rally ended up dying. As Matthews reports, Washington, DC, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Francisco J. Diaz has determined that Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, died from natural causes, in both cases heart attacks. Roseanne Boyland, 34, died of “acute amphetamine intoxication.” (THE NEW YORK TIMES had monumentally screwed up by originally reporting that she was “killed in a crush of fellow rioters during their attempt to fight through a police line.”) Ashli Babbitt, 35, died of a gunshot wound to her left shoulder; recall that she was shot by a member of Capitol Hill security.
As for the details surrounding her homicide, we don’t have those, either. As another real journalist, Glenn Greenwald, tweeted, “...not only have there been no investigations released or facts given about what the DC Medical Examiner is calling the ‘homicide’ of Ashli Babbitt --- who was unarmed --- they still have not even released the name of the officer who fatally shot her in the neck at close range.”
Gosh, could it possibly be that the media don’t want to be bothered when facts get in the way of their chosen narrative? Julie Kelly at AMERICAN GREATNESS says that’s the case in an opinion piece called “Media, Politicians Still Spreading the ‘Big Lie’ about Officer Sicknick."
Just hours after Sicknick died on January 7, the Capitol Hill Police Department issued a statement saying he had “passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty. Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
Surprisingly, even the WASHINGTON EXAMINER passed along the premature conclusion that “Sicknick died as a result of injuries sustained in the riot.” We found that wording in a story about the two Capitol Hill officers who committed suicide days after the riot. This is what happens in the media world; news outlets just keep picking up what others have reported, whether it’s accurate or not.
Sicknick’s death was certainly exploited to further the narrative of a deadly pro-Trump mob. His body lay in state in the Capitol rotunda. Kelly describes this as “a somber memorial attended by Joe Biden and his wife and well as lawmakers from both political parties –- the weekend before House Democrats launched their second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.”
After that, his remains were transported to Arlington Memorial Cemetery for another public ceremony attended by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Republican congressional leaders.
By the way, the trial memorandum from Trump’s impeachment STILL INCLUDES the allegation that “the insurrectionists killed a Capitol Police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher.” Ah, but it cites evidence: the (incorrect) January 8 story in THE NEW YORK TIMES. They were using this to construct a narrative: that Trump had incited murder.
Three months have passed since Sicknick’s death, and the DC Medical Examiner’s Office still isn’t disclosing the cause. A spokesperson for his office said in an email to AMERICAN GREATNESS, “The...medical examiners comply with the National Association of Medical Examiners’ (NAME) standard to determine the cause and manner of death within 90 days; however, for cases that are more complex, it could be longer.”
Kyle Becker at TRENDING POLITICS wonders about the delay as well, and also the fact that whoever shot Ashli Babbitt still has not been identified.
As long as they drag out releasing Sicknick’s cause of death, the media can continue with their story that he died in the line of duty and it’s all Trump’s fault. There is no evidence of this at all. Sicknick apparently seemed okay to his co-workers later that day when he returned to his office. Family members said they spoke to him that night and he seemed fine. His mother told the DAILY MAIL in an exclusive interview that she thinks he died of a stroke.
This is an excellent report, with a detailed timeline. As told here, Sicknick’s mother was “unequivocal in her assertion that Officer Brian Sicknick was not struck on the head and as far as the family knows her son had a fatal stroke.”
"He wasn’t hit on the head, no,” she said. “We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure. We’d love to know what happened.” But it seems the only story they’ve heard is the one Democrats find useful.
Another possibility is that he had a delayed reaction to the capsaicin in pepper spray or bear spray. He texted his brother the evening of the 6th, and told him, “I got pepper-sprayed twice.” The brother said he was “in good shape.”
On January 8, Sicknick’s father told REUTERS that on the 7th, as they rushed from their home in New Jersey to the DC hospital that had placed him on a ventilator, they were told he’d suffered a stroke and had a blood clot on his brain. He died before they could get there.
The family didn’t want his death politicized, but as the DAILY MAIL reports, “Less than 24 hours after his death, with no autopsy, no confirmation of any sign of blunt trauma, no investigation nor due process...Pelosi called for the ‘perpetrators’ of Sicknick’s ‘attack’ to be brought to justice and vowed, ‘We will not forget.’” Well, we won’t forget, either, how the Democrats exploited the as-yet unexplained death of a police officer for their own political gain.
By Mike Huckabee
The children of animal expert and beloved TV personality “Jungle” Jack Hanna announced that he has been diagnosed with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease. It has progressed so quickly that he can no longer participate in public life. For many years, Hanna has been affiliated with the Columbus Zoo and delighted generations of TV audiences with his own series such as “Animal Adventures” and “Into The Wild” and his many appearances with various animals on talk shows such as those of David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon.
His family asked for privacy, noting the irony since he loves interacting with people. They assured fans that while his health has deteriorated quickly, “his great sense of humor continues to shine through. And yes – he still wears his khakis at home.”
I think I speak for all of us when I express gratitude for the many years of entertainment Jack Hanna has given us, and for all the work he’s done to promote conservation and to educate the public about animals. And I’m sure you’ll join me in sending prayers and good wishes to him and his family at this difficult time. That includes Suzi, his wife of 53 years, who is currently recovering from major surgery. His family’s full statement is at this link.
Also, AARP magazine recently revealed that music legend Tony Bennett is battling Alzheimer’s. That full story is at this link, and I hope you’ll remember him and his family in your prayers as well.
A "bald-faced lie" that turns out to be the truth
By Mike Huckabee
When President Trump and his staff moved into the White House in 2017, they claimed that they found a number of derogatory notes hidden inside the drawers, cabinets and other places, saying things like “You will fail” and “You’re not going to make it.” When Trump staffers complained about this, assuming they were left by outgoing Obama staffers, Susan Rice (now a high-ranking Biden official) accused them of telling a “bald-faced lie.”
Now, comedian Dave Chappelle has revealed that there were indeed dirty anti-Trump notes hidden in the White House, but they were written by liberal celebrities, not Obama staffers. It was during one of Obama’s star-studded goodbye parties. Chappelle wouldn’t say who left the notes, but said he saw them doing it.
So chalk up one more Trump-era “bald-faced lie” that turns out to be the truth.
“Everything You Know Is Wrong” Dept
By Mike Huckabee
Remember how we heard from the left for four years that Trump only ran for President to “enrich himself”? Which seemed odd, since he was already a billionaire, he had to walk away from his multinational corporation, and he donated back his entire Presidential salary.
Well, there’s even further confirmation of what a crock that claim was. A new report by Forbes estimates that Trump lost $1.1 billion during his Presidency, with his fortune falling by nearly a third, from $3.5 billion to $2.4 billion. That dropped him almost 300 places in Forbes’ billionaire rankings. This during a time when the S&P 500 increased by 70%. If he had divested himself of all his holdings and sold them on day one, he would have ended his presidency up to $1.6 billion richer. It doesn’t say why, but I’m assuming all the mindless rage, groundless lawsuits, partisan investigations and fake news tarnished his brand.
But hey: guess who did get incredibly rich by being in the White House: Barack and Michelle Obama. The Obamas’ current estimated net worth is $40 million, over 30 times their net worth when they entered the White House.
To be clear, I’m not begrudging them their fortune. If publishers, Netflix, corporate speech bookers and others want to pay them big bucks, they have every right to say yes. But please spare me the pious lectures about how Trump only ran for President to enrich himself and that at a certain point, people have enough money. That goes over a lot better when you’re not saying it from the veranda of your $8.1 million mansion in DC or your $11.75 million, 30-acre oceanfront estate in Martha’s Vineyard.
And while we’re at it, has anyone noticed that liberal Democrats who lecture us about the evils of capitalism and the crisis of global warming always seem to live in multi-million dollar homes on the beach?
A closer look at 2022
By Mike Huckabee
We’ve written in this newsletter a number of times about how, despite the chaos unleashed by the Democrats’ takeover of Washington, on the state level, Republicans had a very good election year in 2020. As many conservative commentators have noted, it’s baffling how a losing candidate like Trump could have such long coattails and the most popular Presidential contender of all time, Biden, had none at all. ‘Tis a puzzlement!
But because we could all use some reinforcements these days to keep our optimism up, here’s another look at just how well situated the GOP is on the state level, which bodes well for the 2022 elections. However, this also shows how important it is to mobilize to stop HR1, the “For The People Act” (actually, the “Legalize Vote Fraud Act.”)
Biden caves on Iran
By Mike Huckabee
All things considered, I’m surprised that it actually took this long for President Biden to cave in to Iran and start laying plans to remove most of the sanctions that were keeping them from being a threat to Israel, their neighbors, the US and the world so he can reinstate Obama’s disastrous Iran nuclear deal. Jazz Shaw has more at HotAir.com.
A Reader Writes Back...
I am 3rd generation Navy, and when I watch what has [been] and is happening in this country, my heart breaks and I become angry. I know that had I done what the FBI did with Crossfire Hurricane, I’d be raided in the wee hours of the morning and then locked up and keys thrown away!
Why do Dems always get away with everything and we Republicans never stop them? I’m scared for my country and future generations. I oftentimes want to give up and die, but I can’t as I love my country so much and will go down fighting for it. Thank you, Mr. Huckabee, for always sharing truth and humor. I don’t think I could continue without being able to read your words. I wish Sarah well in her run! She’s an exceptional woman blessed by God. Take care and God Bless America!
America The Beautiful
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