August 13, 2019

I often cite the famous prose-poem “First They Came…” about a person who didn’t speak up to defend others from persecution until they finally came for him and there was nobody left to speak up for him.  It was about Nazism, but it’s been applied to any number of situations, most recently to the rise of the politically correct “cancel culture.”  That’s where people find their shows, books, contracts, speaking engagements and other gigs canceled because someone dug up some long-ago quote or tweet that might now be considered “offensive” by someone. 


A good example would be Kevin Hart losing his gig hosting the Oscars.  Eventually, the Oscars went hostless, and now, the Emmy Awards will follow suit; proving that even in ultra-liberal Hollywood, which loves to lecture the rest of us on our shortcomings, not a single performer capable of hosting those shows can meet the rigid standards they created. 


Now, meet the latest victim of “cancel culture”: ultra-woke comedian Sarah Silverman.  She revealed that she lost a film role because the producers saw a photo of her in blackface from a sketch she did in 2007.  Considering Silverman built her career on satirizing racism and sexism by saying outrageous things, I’m sure that was obviously not intended to be racist and was lifted out of context.  Not to mention it was 12 years ago.  But none of that mattered.  And now, she’s finally started to see the dangers of this.


She said of “cancel culture,” “I think it’s really scary and a very odd thing that’s invaded the left primarily.”  She called it “righteousness porn,” adding, “It’s like if you’re not on board, if you say the wrong thing, if you had a tweet once…Everyone is, like, throwing the first stone. It’s so odd. It’s a perversion.”


I’m glad to see that she’s now “woke” to the dangers of this kind of mobocracy, although I’m sorry it took her having to suffer it herself to wake her.  Maybe she and other comedians will start doing what comedians used to do and stand up against censorship (including self-censorship out of fear.) I sometimes wonder if one of the reasons her former boyfriend, Jimmy Kimmel, suddenly became such a fountain of leftist feels and scolds was to inoculate himself from all the old clips of “The Man Show” and his sketches playing Karl Malone in blackface. 


As Steve Martin once said, “Comedy is not pretty.” 


Here’s how you know you’re in the presence of a real whopper: when it’s tweeted out by Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris and even liberal news outlets like call them on it.


For the record: this is not the 5th anniversary of the “murder” of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.  Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson officer, but an extensive investigation, with both forensic evidence and witness testimony, convinced a grand jury and even the Obama DOJ that the cop acted in self-defense as Brown was attempting to rush him, after already punching him and wrestling with him to try to take away his gun. 


Like the Charlottesville “fine people on both sides” fake Trump quote, “Hands up, don’t shoot” is a cherished narrative that liberals refuse to let die, no matter how thoroughly it’s debunked.  Again, to show how thoroughly, here’s the fact-checker of the Washington Post (that's right: WaPo!) giving Warren and Harris a “Four Pinocchio” lie rating for repeating it and explaining why in detail.



Feel-Good Story of the Day: When Wesley Ryan’s wife Laura had ovarian cancer, he made the ultimate sacrifice to pay her medical bills by selling his beloved 1993 Mustang GT.  Years later, with his wife now cancer-free, his grown kids spotted an ad for a ’93 Mustang GT.  Sure enough, it was the very same car.  They bought it as a gift for their dad, who was overcome with emotion when he saw it again. 


It’s a really beautiful story, but that’s not the end. Read the link to see what happened next.  I think it will lift your heart and also make Jay Leno very happy.   It also might make you want to buy a Ford.



Liberal college administrators must surely look with favor on all the Democrats proposing to pay off everyone’s student loans with tax money.  After all, college is so expensive, only a lot of federal money can cover the cost, right? On the other hand, many argue that all that federal money is one of the major reasons why college is so expensive.  Just as work expands to fill the allotted time, college costs expand to fill the amount of grant money available.


When parents fork over more money for a single year of college than they spent on their first house, what are they paying for, aside from filling their kids’ heads with socialism, hatred of America and intolerance for free speech?  Well, they’re paying for a lot of overhead in the form of highly-paid (correction: “over-paid”) college administrators. 


How over-paid?  A new study in the Chronicle of Higher Education found that 179 public university presidents are paid as much or more than the $400,000 annual salary of the President of the United States.  Forty make more than twice that, 17 make over a million bucks a year, and the president of the University of Texas System makes over $2.5 million a year.


You’d expect high salaries at private schools, and they are even higher than these.  But these are public universities. And these are just the salaries for the college presidents.  It doesn’t even get into all the campus diversity administrators and other overpaid bureaucrats who teach your kids nothing other than the wastefulness and uselessness of bureaucrats -- which, come to think of it, might be the most valuable thing they learn in college. 


Incidentally, I should also point out that every college president in America, and I’m sure, every college administrator and professor as well, actually makes far more than the current President.  That's because while they’re on campus, railing about what a horrible, greedy monster he is, he’s donating his entire salary back to the government. 


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  • Sandra Burdick

    08/30/2019 06:49 PM

    I was told by my son that if the Republicans take back the House they are going to go after the Entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Is this true?

  • Helen Collette Ellenberger

    08/14/2019 02:30 PM

    I rue the day when you do not do your 'Evening News'. It keeps this great land, of ours, on the main track to what is and will continue happening in this country, if we don't step forward, as you are. I hear people say, "it's a bad world, bad country....", and I say, it's not the country or world, it's the people within in it that can and does make it bad. Blessings to you, Mike, for all the courage you have promoting the good, keeping us aware of the bad and the ugly that is being fed our society.

  • Tim Touchstone

    08/14/2019 12:57 PM

    President (to be I hope) Huckabee, your piece on overpaid college presidents was interesting, but I did a bit of research on college sports powerhouses, and how THEY are overpaid. I checked on Bing to find out the top 10 salaries of college coaches. Number One on the list should be no surprise to SEC football fans. Nick Saban of University of Alabama will make $11.125 MILLION dollars this year, including his base salary of a paltry $7 million, and his signing bonus of an additional $4 million. All coaches in the Top 10 make ridiculous salaries. Number 10 on the list was Dabo Swinney at a meager $6.2 million. Bear in mind that these are not only football coaches, but also includes basketball coaches as well. Also note that the Bing Top Ten shows Mike Krzyzewski of Duke as having a base salary of $8.9 million, which would also be added to by incentives based on his team's performance. Is there ANYONE worth this much money to coach a sports team?????

  • Phil Stocks

    08/14/2019 11:22 AM

    I went back to college at Iowa State University in 1980, at the age of 32, to pursue a degree in forestry.
    Every freshman was required to take Forestry Summer Camp held in Montana.
    We had four instructors from Iowa State that taught the class.
    Three of them held doctorates in forestry and one held a masters in forestry working on his doctorate.
    They had me teach the class in chain saw safety.
    None of them had ever used a chain saw and I had used chain saws since I was 14, both for my own use and professionally.
    Three doctorates and a masters in forestry and none had ever used a chain saw.
    What does that tell you about the practicality of an university education.
    That was in 1980.
    Three of the instructors I would label as strong conservatives and one as a moderate liberal.
    Universities were far better then than they are now.
    I can only imagine what they must be like now.

  • Arturo Devitalis

    08/14/2019 10:01 AM

    This information today is astounding and never before brought into the light
    of day. Thank you Mike for making the case for on line college degrees.

  • Laurel K. Berger

    08/14/2019 09:36 AM

    As my granddaughter leaves for college on Friday, I only hope she doesn't forget the lessons and values she grew up with.

  • William Jakovac

    08/14/2019 08:20 AM

    The two companies were great to restore a man’s Mustang because he had to sell it for a noble cause. From the companies’ viewpoint, a golden PR opportunity like this can’t be ignored.

  • Don Race

    08/14/2019 07:58 AM

    No, I'm not going to buy a Ford. A dealer tried to charge us $1,000 to fix a transfer case on an Explorer. The transfer case was not broken. When I complained to Ford, a regional manager told me they did not care if dealers were honest, Ford's only requirement was that the dealer be profitable. The regional manager did not realize I was taping our conversation.

  • Michael Hutch

    08/14/2019 04:59 AM

    College Presidents. So we have some #'s. You mention 179 schools. I'd love to see a story on the top 10 justifying their price as a starter.

  • Cheryl Breon

    08/13/2019 09:08 PM

    Could you comment on how, since liberals have taken over conservative states, the electoral college might actually have them win next year? God forbid.

  • Gladys Hizer

    08/13/2019 08:09 PM

    Thank you for that feel good story that brought tears. My forever 27 year old son had an even older Mustang that has been in a pole barn for 24 years. Our other son was given the Mustang from the 60's, I think, and it has been stored all these years because brother doesn't have the heart or money to restore it. My tears are for the good that is still in the world and it isn't the stuff but the memories of happy time and maybe goals for the future.

  • GAry Stilwell

    08/13/2019 07:11 PM

    All this 'news' -- with the notable exception of the Mustang story, pales in comparison to the most recent act of illogical and destructive move by our President in revamping the Endangered Species Act--all in the name of-----$!
    He continues to ignore the fact that our Planet is a closed system--we(US) were over the hump of carbon emissions and on the way down. Not so now. (read the re-designation to put coal plants back in the mix)
    We are killing off reefs at an alarming rate(it is exponential now) . The Oceans are acidifying--soon to kill off all that life-
    Now we are going to allow elimination of critical species--next it will be bees--so we can all watch our crops fail(there won't be any veggies available to make those 'meatless' burgers)--Maybe the secret plan is to use all those illegal immigrants to go hand-pollinate our crops--some of those 'crops' are the heirloom varieties--the ones that have all the biodiversity to resist the bugs--that's ok, we can spray the bugs using the pesticides the newly freed(unrestricted) companies make to kill off the bugs(and the beneficial ones in the process).---
    By golly, China is not going to beat us--we can pollute more than they can--just watch

  • Ron Mullins

    08/13/2019 07:07 PM

    The Ryan story...Thanks.....Too many ads popping up Huck....Your newsletter is one of, if not the best I know of and worth paying for but not worth battling your way through the ridiculously low brow ads....

  • Ernest Mulich

    08/13/2019 06:28 PM

    Great articles!! Bravo!

  • Tim Touchstone

    08/13/2019 06:02 PM

    Governor, I enjoyed the piece on Sarah Silverman, who came close to quoting Jesus, by saying, "everyone is, like, throwing the first stone". "Let he who has no sin, cast the first stone".

  • Richard Lingenfelter

    08/13/2019 05:45 PM

    University Presidents may make more than the President of the US. It is not what they make in office but the millions per year after office. Just look at the last 3 and their wives, kids, and friends.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    08/13/2019 05:39 PM

    Even though students live at college, most of their classes are on line. Professors don’t go to class or get to know students. Unreal

  • Carol Pappas

    08/13/2019 05:35 PM

    This is not a comment on this edition but on Trump. It impresses me all the great things he has done for our country, and I support him, BUT somehow it seems that he doesn't get the true picture about caring for our environment and damaging ingredients being allowed in our food.

  • Dianne Larson

    08/13/2019 05:21 PM

    As a St. Louis area resident we know the Brown kid was a troublemaker and the media made a hayday of the incident.

  • Stephen Russell

    08/13/2019 05:06 PM

    Cutting college costs:
    Use endowments more
    Cut UC CSU bureaucracy ( Sac CA).
    Make Public schools compete for $$
    Have rich pay more.
    IE celebs soak them more.
    Or Chap 13 colleges
    Why pay pvt college fees for Public colleges
    Tired of paying for "dead wood"