Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Daily Bible Verse
- Officer Sicknick's death --- a clarification
- Stop comparing your political opponents to Hitler
- Joe Biden's Gun Control
- Reader Writes...
- America The Beautiful
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
Officer Sicknick's death --- a clarification
By Mike Huckabee
Significantly, when Brian Sicknick’s body lay in honor in the Capitol Rotunda (a rare distinction for private citizens), it was actually in the form of cremated remains. An urn.
It was as ashes that Sicknick’s body was transported to Arlington Cemetery before being laid to rest there.
The same report on this from the WASHINGTON EXAMINER goes on to say that “the specifics of Sicknick’s death are still unclear and are being investigated by law enforcement.”
It’s interesting to go back to early February and read CNN’s account of how law enforcement was “struggling to build a federal murder case” but were frustrated in their search for evidence. The CNN story does not make it clear that Sicknick was cremated; they write about when “he” (as opposed to his ashes) will arrive at the Capitol for a ceremony. Perhaps they didn’t know at that time that “he” was in an urn.
This story links to another CNN report about the “body” of Officer Sicknick set to lie in honor. He was to be “buried” at Arlington Memorial Cemetery. It was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer who announced this. Again, no word about the fact that his body had been cremated. Again, either the reporters at CNN were not aware that he had been cremated, or else they were deliberately downplaying that fact by not mentioning it at all.
Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture?
For three months, there has been an open investigation into the cause of death for Brian Sicknick. No determination has been made, at least not one that has been announced publicly, and even his family has apparently not been told how he died. Investigators have been trying to make a case for murder. And the “murder victim” was cremated before a cause of death could be determined and placed on the death certificate.
Our understanding is that Sicknick’s parents’ consent would likely have had to be obtained before a cremation of his remains could be done. This would have had to be done in very early February at the latest. Perhaps they consented, but considering they’re still struggling to find out how he died, how likely is this? We're not espousing any conspiracy theory; we just want to know. So if anyone knows about the laws in Washington DC –- or Sicknick’s home state of New Jersey --- concerning this, please tell us.
In the meantime, we thought we’d add this bit of information just to help complete the picture.
Stop comparing your political opponents to Hitler
By Mike Huckabee
Wednesday at sundown through Thursday at sundown was Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day, on the Jewish calendar. This year’s theme was “Until the Very Last Jew: Eighty Years Since the Onset of Mass Annihilation.” Because of COVID, most ceremonies this year had to be held online. I wanted to share some of this year’s observance with you, along with a couple of excellent articles on its importance.
In a time of rising anti-Semitism, a Holocaust denial movement, and too many people who have been miseducated about history and take Nazism so lightly that they use any occasion to compare their political opponents to Hitler, it is more important than ever to remind the world of the genuine horrors of the Holocaust and the approximately six million Jews who were persecuted, tortured and murdered. If you have ever visited the grounds of the former concentration camps, or spent time visiting with Holocaust survivors, as I have many times, you will never forget. But many people haven’t done that, so Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day is vital to keep the memories alive, not only to honor the victims and heroes but to make sure nothing like it ever happens again, and not just to the Jewish people but to any scapegoated group.
Here are some links that I very much hope you will explore:
To start with, here’s a video of the opening ceremonies from Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel. It includes a speech by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin:
The museum also has a page of information and photos about this and previous Holocaust Remembrance Days. It includes links to the text of some of this year’s major speeches, profiles of Holocaust survivors, and much more:
And if you visit their home page, you’ll find a treasure trove of information and resources related to the Holocaust: https://www.yadvashem.org.
As a strong rebuttal to those who claim the Holocaust didn’t really happen, read this excellent piece by blogger Jeff Dunetz. It details the history of the liberation of the death camps; the actual descriptions of what they found written by Generals Eisenhower, Patten and Bradley; and the story of what Eisenhower, with remarkable foresight about humanity’s ability to ignore reality, ordered be done to make sure the horrors were documented for posterity so they could never be denied or forgotten.
One unsettling detail: Dunetz links to graphic newsreel footage of the horrors, but even though he posted it himself on YouTube, the site won’t let him embed it because “it has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.” I would be worried about anyone who didn’t find it offensive, but that’s no reason to censor it.
The social media sites in their self-assumed roles as censors are now doing what the news media did after 9/11: censoring footage of the attack because it was too disturbing. Result: we now have a generation of young Americans who don’t remember 9/11 and think it’s just paranoia or racism for us to care about secure borders and keeping radical states like Iran from getting nuclear weapons. As George Santayana warned, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Joe Biden's Gun Control
By Mike Huckabee
As expected, on Thursday, President Biden announced his executive orders on gun control, and as usual, the people pushing these laws proved that they have no idea what they’re talking about. Biden himself made a number of false statements about guns, including denouncing the “gun show loophole” (which doesn’t really exist; you already have to undergo a background check to buy a gun at a gun show)…claiming that the ban on “assault weapons” (there’s really no such thing) reduced crime (it didn’t, which is why it was allowed to expire)…claiming that only gun manufacturers are exempt from being sued (they can be sued under certain conditions such as negligence; they just can’t be sued for the criminal misuse of their product by a third party, which makes sense: it would be like suing GM because someone ran over a person with his Chevy)…
And his Attorney General Merrick Garland proved that he can’t tell an AR-15 from C3PO.
It’s as if the AR-15 were the only gun whose name these Democrats have memorized, so they blame it for everything, even though 0.1% or less of murders involve AR variants. By comparison, 5.7% of murders are committed with hands, fists or feet and 3.9% with blunt objects such as hammers or baseball bats.
By the way, I don’t have the numbers, but I’d be willing to guess that more crimes are committed by criminals who are in the US illegally because of Joe Biden than are committed with AR-15s. So if he’s going to blame gun manufacturers for providing guns that criminals use, why doesn’t he deserve blame for providing America with the criminals?
Biden also announced his pick as head of the BATF (which he twice called the “AFT”) was David Chipman. He’s a radical anti-gun rights activist with a history of crazy, devisive comments about gun owners that will make for entertaining fodder at a confirmation hearing.
His record includes pushing a fake story that the Branch Davidians in Waco shot down multiple police helicopters as an excuse to push gun control. He seems to think that Americans owning guns are fueling violence in Mexico (tell it to Obama and Biden, whose botched “Fast and Furious” operation supplied Mexican gangs with guns.) And he recently mocked first-time gun buyers as dangerous “Tiger King”-like loons who are stockpiling food for a zombie apocalypse.
By the way, many recent first-time gun buyers have been black Americans, concerned with protecting themselves from violence by gangs and rioters that Democrats refused to do anything about.
The truth of the matter is that Democrats could do something to reduce gun violence, but it would require admitting reality and ending their obsession with disarming law-abiding citizens. The solution is to stop defunding police and start enforcing laws in Democrat-run cities like Chicago, where the vast majority of gun killings take place, usually involving gangs. News flash: for all the hand-wringing over law-abiding Americans buying guns for self-defense, there is no epidemic of gun violence in Ottumwa, Iowa.
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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