Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Daily Bible Verse
- Interesting development
- A broken campaign promise
- Add this to the bill
- "The Woke Bowl"
- Farewell To Three Famous Names of Music, Screen and Sports
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
By Mike Huckabee
Here’s a twist I’ll bet you didn’t see coming: federal authorities accuse Thomas Caldwell of being a leader of a far-right extremist group called Oath Keepers and helping to organize the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. But in requesting that he be released from jail pending trial, his attorney not only denies that Caldwell was ever in the building, and claims he has physical limitations that would keep him from traveling or forcing his way into a building, but he also says that Caldwell worked as an FBI section chief from 2009-2010, had a company that did classified work for the FBI, and held multiple security clearances. Oh, and he denies all charges.
Some of that about not being at the Capitol or involved in the planning contradicts video evidence and intercepted communications that the FBI reportedly has. If nothing else, his defense hints that this could be one of the most interesting trials since the Chicago Seven.
A broken campaign promise
By Mike Huckabee
Nick Arama at Redstate.com points out that President Biden made a campaign promise that most schools would get back open in his first 100 days, but he’s now saying that 50% of schools will be open by April 30 “for at least one day a week.”
That backpedaling is bad enough, but here’s the kicker: two-thirds of schools are already open for at least two days a week! 39.7% of US students are already back in school every day, and over 25% are attending hybrids of in-person and virtual classes. Since most students are already getting more than one day of class per week, Biden is actually promising to deliver less than what we’re already getting now.
From what I’ve seen so far of this Administration, I’d take this as a lesson in lowering expectations and bracing yourself for getting less of just about everything that you had before he took office, from pay to national security to job opportunities to freedom of speech.
Add this to the bill
By Mike Huckabee
Add “funeral expenses for COVID-19 deaths of illegal aliens” to “abortions in other countries” and “other people’s college loans” on the list of things that AOC and other “progressive” Democrats think you should have to pay for.
"The Woke Bowl"
By Mike Huckabee
I called last Sunday’s Super Bowl “The Woke Bowl,” and it lived up to the slogan, “Get Woke, Go Broke.” Total viewership from broadcast and streaming was 96.4 million, which sounds massive until you realize that as recently as 2017, it was over 111 million. It was the lowest-rated Super Bowl since 2007, when Chicago vs. Indianapolis gave nobody outside of the upper Midwest anyone to root for.
Some reporters tried to blame the ratings slide not on all the divisive racial and political virtue-signaling but on the coronavirus, despite the fact that it’s part of a recent yearly trend, and the virus ensured most people would be stuck at home with little else to do but watch football. In fact, I suspect that without the virus, the ratings would’ve been even lower. I’ve lost track of how many people I’ve heard who used to get jazzed about every game say, “Oh, was there a football game yesterday?”
Meanwhile, Mark Cuban seems determined to do for the NBA’s popularity what Colin Kaepernick has done for the NFL by banning the National Anthem at Dallas Mavericks home games.
As usual, the satirical site The Babylon Bee offers more honesty in its jokes about the decline in viewership of pro sports (as well as movies and network TV) than the “real” news media do, with this story: “Conservatives sit down for a relaxing evening of being insulted by every major corporation in America.”
Sample quote: "’I love football,’ said local Christian conservative Brad Longaberger, ‘but I also love the humbling experience of sitting through hours of sermons from powerful corporations reminding me how rotten and terrible I am for not supporting progressive causes!’"
And what the heck, as long as we’re talking about sports-related issues that are more entertaining than sports are these days, here are a few more “too true to be journalism” fake stories from the Bee that you’ll get some laughs out of:
Farewell To Three Famous Names of Music, Screen and Sports
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)
We are sad to have to report the deaths of three famous names from the worlds of show business and sports.
Mary Wilson has died at her home in Las Vegas at 76 of undisclosed causes.
As part of the groundbreaking trio The Supremes, Wilson was part of a string of genre-busting Motown hits that are as popular now as when they were first released, including “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Baby Love,” and “Where Did Our Love Go?” Wilson continued with the Supremes for seven years after Diana Ross left, headlined in Vegas and made some albums, but sadly did not enjoy the solo success of Diana Ross. She lamented that the Supremes had a dozen #1 hits, and she would’ve loved to have had just one.
She also wrote books, appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” and went back to school to get her associate degree in 2001 because she felt she’d been taken advantage of as a girl by not understanding what she was signing away in her record contract (a great lesson for all young musicians!) She also lobbied for legal reforms of the music business and was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame with the Supremes in 1988.
Just two days before her death, she released a YouTube video in which she appeared happy and healthy, saying she was about to release some new music. So fans will have more to look forward to and remember her by. For more info, check out www.marywilson.com.
Veteran actor Christopher Plummer also passed away peacefully last week at 91 at his home in Connecticut.
While his stage and screen career spanned over five decades and included such hit films as “Up,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Insider” and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 2012’s “Beginners,” he will always be most remembered as Captain Von Trapp in the beloved 1965 musical “The Sound of Music.” Ironically, he had such a hard time playing such a humorless character that for years, he referred to the film as “The Sound of Mucus.” But he later came around to embrace it.
Still, fans will always cherish the scene where Plummer sang the beautiful old Austrian folk song, “Edelweiss.” Although I hate to break it to you, but every part of that last sentence is a popular misconception. “Edelweiss” was written for the show by Rodgers & Hammerstein (it was the last lyric Oscar Hammerstein II wrote before he died), and while Plummer’s voice was heard on the beginning and end of the song, most of it was him lip-synching to a track by Bill Lee, a singer who often dubbed non-musical actors and was known as the male Marni Nixon.
Finally, Marty Schottenheimer, the eighth-winningest coach in NFL history, died Monday at 77 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. He won 200 regular season games coaching the Browns, Chiefs and Chargers and was the inventor of the conservative play strategy that came to be known as “Martyball.”