June 28, 2018

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 A top priority

As a candidate, Donald Trump made improving the Department of Veterans Affairs a top priority.  As President, he’s attempted reforms and even donated part of his own salary to the VA, but fixing it has been an uphill battle.  Reforming entrenched Washington bureaucracies is like cleaning out the Augean Stables, and the VA was even more filled with manure than the original.  Providing the very best of care to our veterans should be Washington’s job one, but a near tragedy in Atlanta illustrates how far we still have to go.


A 58-year-old Air Force veteran, apparently trying to draw attention to the failures of the VA system, doused himself with a flammable liquid near the Capitol and set himself on fire.  Fortunately, a state trooper happened to be driving by and saw it.  He rushed up with a fire extinguisher and got the vet to a hospital.  He’ll survive, but he has burns covering up to 90% of his body. 


Click the link for more details on this horrific story, the problems with the VA in general, and especially to access the phone number for the Veterans’ Crisis Line, if any veteran you know is having suicidal thoughts.


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Nancy Pelosi's delusion

Nancy Pelosi is trying to convince Americans that the huge upset win of a 28-year-old avowed socialist over a ten-term incumbent in a New York Democratic primary is just a one-district fluke, and not an indicator of the far-left tilt of the Party that it obviously is.  It takes an act of almost willful ignorance to believe at this late date that socialism is still the cure for raising up the poor, when the shocking news from socialist Venezuela gets worse by the day.  Meanwhile, a new study found that thanks to spreading capitalism, the number of people in the world who live in extreme poverty has plummeted from 94% to 9.6%.  The only thing socialism can raise up is that second number.


Just to prove that economics isn’t the only topic on which the new generation of "progressive" Democrats is dangerously misinformed, their new media star is also calling on fellow Democrats to have the “moral courage” to denounce Israel for using deadly force in dealing with Palestinian protesters.


She actually compares the Israeli troops’ dealing with Hamas-backed rioters to a hypothetical police massacre of striking teachers in West Virginia.  She also claims the Palestinians were killed while merely “engaging in political expression.”  I happened to be in Israel during those riots, which were ginned up to draw attention during the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.  The Palestinians were rushing the border fence, attacking Israeli soldiers with various makeshift weapons, and even shoving their own children to the front, trying to get Israeli troops to shoot them so they could be labeled child killers. Is that sick practice something you’ve ever seen at a teachers’ strike?  It was an extremely dangerous situation, and the Israeli troops showed incredible restraint, considering the level of provocation they were facing.   


On the other hand, considering the way the far-left in America has been behaving lately, maybe they really do think that what the Palestinian protesters were doing in Israel was just “engaging in political expression.”



Good idea

In case you missed this on my Twitter feed, here’s a good restaurant, obviously with a smart owner.  Or definitely smarter than some restaurant owners.


In his closed-door testimony, Peter Strzok is "full of it"

Wouldn’t you know it?  I go to all the trouble of suggesting 20 questions for the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees to ask FBI agent Peter Strzok in his much-anticipated closed-door hearing on Wednesday, and he hardly answers anything.  Sure, mine were mostly tongue-in-cheek, but come on.  I’m sure the committees had plenty of extremely important questions for him, and he was essentially non-responsive over the course of several hours.


At least that’s the impression given in the brief reports that followed the testimony of the anti-Trump crusader.  Committee members were not buying.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said, “Unfortunately, FBI counsel ordered Mr. Strzok not to answer many of the legitimate questions he was asked.  We intend to hold a public hearing soon.”


Strzok was supposed to be there to address the obvious political bias in his texts with FBI colleague and extramarital squeeze Lisa Page, clarify his role in the Trump/Russia investigation and shed light on the exoneration of Hillary over her clearly illegal use of a private server while Secretary of State and her clearly illegal destruction of subpoenaed evidence.  But not much light was shed.  According to Freedom Caucus member Ron DeSantis of Florida, “It was a waste --- Strzok is full of it and kept hiding behind [the] classified information excuse.”


Gee, that seems odd, because it was his lawyer who insisted just the other day that Strzok was eager to testify, to set the record straight on what he considers to be a mischaracterization –- even a caricature –- of him.  For someone so eager to testify, he really was not forthcoming at all.  The committees got the runaround.


Sorry, this is classified.  The investigation is ongoing.  My lawyer advises me, blah blah blah.  Sorry, Mr. Strzok, that dog won’t hunt.  The people in the room had security clearances, not to mention the constitutional duty to oversee the FBI, and they are sick and tired of getting the Readers Digest version of critical documents.  The same goes for your heavily edited and self-serving testimony.


My understanding is that Strzok wasn’t even testifying under oath.  If that is true, why wasn’t he sworn in?  And why should he get to decide which questions he will and will not answer?  Who does he think he is, Hillary Clinton? 


Incidentally, I thought Strzok really might “pull a Bill Clinton” when I saw the video of him walking down the hall to the hearing.  It was not my imagination –- he actually did have that same little self-satisfied, cat-that-ate-the-canary half-smile that we saw on Bill when he hid behind the meaning of the word “is.”  He must have known in advance that he’d be able to cover his behind, at least for one more day.


Inspector General Michael Horowitz is still working on a report that will examine Strzok’s role in the Trump/Russia investigation, including the use of the FISA court to get warrants to target (SPY ON) Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.  Word from the hearing was that Strzok claimed he’d had nothing to do with the warrant on Carter Page.  Really?  Strzok was the lead investigator!  There is no way something like that would have been done without his knowledge and consent.  Again:  committee members, not buying.


According to Catherine Herridge for FOX News, Republicans on the committees “remain convinced” that Strzok’s anti-Trump bias “infected the FBI investigations.”


The Judiciary Committee had said the hearing would involve both classified and unclassified information to “sort through” before a public hearing took place.  “A public hearing will be held!” they assured us.  So perhaps we should just look at this closed-door hearing as a preliminary step --- a run-through to give the committees a chance to determine what to cover in the public hearing and how they’re going to handle Strzok.  My first suggestion:  SWEAR HIM IN.


It’s the public hearing that will tell the tale.  And, hey, maybe they’ll throw in a few of my 20 questions!  But I get the impression his lawyer might object.




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Frivolous lawsuit dismissed

As long as we’re wrapping up all these historic court decisions, I should also mention Monday’s ruling by Federal Judge William Allsup, dismissing San Francisco and Oakland, California’s, lawsuit against major oil companies that seeks to hold them responsible for climate change.  They wanted massive damages from the oil companies to pay for the cities to deal with the threat.  Nobody even disputed the manmade climate change claims, which the judge accepted, but he said this was a complicated issue best dealt with by coordinated actions involving governments and corporations, not by nuisance lawsuits. 


Liberal officials in Oakland and San Francisco are considering an appeal, since they are famous for not backing down from being a nuisance without a fight.  Also because I'm sure that if they win, they'll use all that sweet free money for all sorts of things that you never realized had anything to do with climate change (and we know how creative they can be in that area.)  As far as I'm concerned, they are more than welcome to appeal it all the way to the Supreme Court, particularly since it will land there after Trump appoints his second Justice.


In the meantime, I’d just like to know how many of those officials who sued the oil companies for being the problem traveled from their air-conditioned mansions to the court in gas-guzzling limousines instead of on bicycles.  Or for the ones from San Francisco, unicycles.



Welfare state pipe dreams

A P.S. on my primary election roundup: I mentioned that voters in the Bronx and Queens would face a choice of forcing themselves to side with sanity and elect a Republican or send an aggressive, outspoken socialist to Congress to challenge Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters as the face of the Democratic Party in Republican campaign ads.  But there is a third alternative: Party leaders could decline to back her, while the longtime incumbent, Rep. Joe Crowley, could run as an Independent (and if it’s too late to get onto the ballot, as a write-in candidate).  With his name recognition and tons of money to back him, he could win among general election voters who, one hopes, are not quite as enamored with the wonders of socialism as Democratic primary voters.  Then he could caucus with the Democrats or just change his party affiliation back to Democrat.  It would be a sneaky end-run, but hardly unprecedented. 


But it would create one big problem for Democrats, as it would underscore the charge that the party establishment will do anything to thwart the far-left Bernie Sanders types who are the rising tide of their constituents.  They’re facing a Hobson’s choice of trying to hold down the openly crazy socialist wave and risk losing their votes, or embracing them and risk alienating the vast majority of voters who prefer living in America to living in Venezuela.


By the way, I know the Bernie types prefer that we not mention the rapidly swirling toilet bowl (sans toilet paper) that Venezuela has become under socialism.  They prefer to point to the Nordic “socialist lite” utopias such as Sweden, where the government tax bite of GDP is about twice what it is here, but they have cradle-to-grave “social services.”  Well, I hate to shatter their illusions, but even Swedes are getting fed up with sky-high-and-rising taxes, open borders and deteriorating social services.  Turns out “socialism lite” just means that your country swirls down the toilet a little slower and it takes a few more flushes, like one of those Al Gore low-flow eco-toilets.




Is anyone surprised that a writer for a major media corporation is now condoning liberals targeting conservatives with bombs?…


Too civil to respond

Or that a writer for alleged “comedian” Samantha Bee declared that “civility is a tool of white supremacy”?

I’d tell you what I really think of these braindead no-talents, but I’m just too darn civil. 


Forbidden phrases

Okay, everyone: Take out your big, ever-expanding book of “Forbidden Offensive Phrases” and add, “You’re out of your cotton-pickin’ mind.”  As best I can ascertain, it’s still safe to say you “cotton to” something, but check back with me tomorrow to be on the safe side.


 First Amendment woes

White House reporters get very snippy, to borrow an adjective from Al Gore, at the suggestion that they run fake news.  I keep politely suggesting that the best way to fight that would be to stop running fake news, but that seems to be a bridge too far. They think that when President Trump calls them “fake news” after they run fake news, he’s slandering them and attacking the First Amendment.  Only if they mean the First Amendment right to tell fairy tales in public.  Not that today’s reporters seem to know much about the First Amendment or real history or doing research before reporting something.


Fake News

Well, if they think the only person who believes they’re running fake news is Trump, then they’re going to be horrified to learn how persuasive he is.  A new poll by Axios/Survey Monkey (and Axios is not a right-wing site, it’s a site launched by Politico and aimed at short attention-span Millennials) found that a staggering 72% of Americans believe that “traditional news outlets knowingly report false or misleading stories.”  Only 25% believe the media “rarely” or “never” spread fake news.  (I don’t what the remaining 3% believe.  Maybe they think the media make up fake news and then actually believe it themselves. Those are known as “Comedy Central viewers.”)

Broken down by party affiliation, the news for the media gets even worse.  You’d expect that 92% of Republicans think the new media lie routinely, but so do 79% of Independents and – brace yourselves – 52% of Democrats!    


Tellingly, Axios tries to spin the results as mostly conservatives being skeptical of the media, even though it’s also a large majority of independents and a majority of Democrats as well.  In other words, they can’t even report a survey on fake news without trying to turn it into fake news.


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  • Doug Curtis

    06/29/2018 06:36 PM

    The way Sarah handled the Red hen episode show one thing-UPBRINGING!!! Congrats to Mrs. Huckabee !!!

  • Charlotte Cobb

    06/29/2018 02:40 PM

    A woman does have the right to make decisions about HER body. When she makes the decision to not use birth control and then wants an abortion, it is no longer just her body.

  • Harrison Clark

    06/29/2018 01:28 PM

    Why wasn't the VA been transformed to a simple insurance company long ago. Like Medicare. Vets should be able to go to any hospital and have their bills paid. The processes for that exist via medicare. Yes, some vets need special care that few hospitals provide, but most needs are covered by existing hospitals in every town and city. Some of those hospitals can expand into the special care areas needed by those Vets.

  • Joe Haddakin

    06/29/2018 11:13 AM

    I especially like reading your "Daily Verse" everyday.

  • carole braden

    06/29/2018 10:05 AM

    if congress isn't able to get classified info-who in the heck is?? maybe Jesus

  • marvin w kruger

    06/29/2018 04:10 AM

    I realy like the eve. adition the best. Thank you!

  • Anna Marie Eier

    06/29/2018 12:15 AM

    I look forward to your comments on the days news. Thank you!

  • Randy P. Sears

    06/28/2018 11:31 PM

    I enjoy and look forward to your Saturday night show very much and your newsletters. Wish others were more like you, being so straight forward, honest and loaded with common sense. Thanks for what you do to help bring common sense back to life. Your daughter (Sarah) has the toughest job there is but she handles it extremely well, the apple does not fall far from the tree. What we need to make our country great again is more Biblical Correctness and less Political Correctness. Lack of Discipline in our homes, schools and work place has been our down-fall.

  • Tom Piselli

    06/28/2018 11:21 PM

    Call the 'progressives' the name their actions validate. They are REgressives......... you can use my line anytime you want. schumer used to live on the next block and we had the same mailman/Charlie was also my sister's Godfather. I wish Charlie had ripped up schumer's law school acceptance letter........

  • Ron Martin

    06/28/2018 11:04 PM

    Why did the republicans not vote for the immigration plan worked out with both parties? Why aren't republicans working to get all the judges appointed by President Thrump approved?
    I realize you haven't commented on these items but I would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.

  • Lynn Mander

    06/28/2018 10:44 PM

    I’ve been thinking through what I’m seeing happening to the Dems moving further left. It reminds me of the Tea Party Republicans who started with finances and then got blamed for moving very far right and split the party. So we got a President Obama. It took outsider Donald Trump to start to reunite our party. The Dems are split at this point and moving farther left. But the class shown by Republicans over the last ten years isn’t present. I think it will take an outsider from the more moderate left to bring them back together. Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen until Mike Pence’s second term.

  • Keet Parakeet

    06/28/2018 10:06 PM

    I seem to remember some one, probably Tennessee Ernie Ford, using a comedic skit line that went " Just a Cotton Pickin' Feather Pluckin' Minute" though I don't remember to color or ethnicity of the persons to whom it was directed & he was a rather Clean source of entertainment back when I was a kid. Now it seems people are getting zapped for using euphemisms for language while those who actually use bleepable language run (& chatter) free as a bird on TV. Life is weird. Sigh

  • Richard Hertel

    06/28/2018 10:03 PM

    "By the way, I know the Bernie types prefer that we not mention the rapidly swirling toilet bowl (sans toilet paper) that Venezuela has become under socialism."

    Thanks for the laughs. I really enjoy your sense of humor and common sense. I only wish you were back on FOX on Sundays.

  • Carl Smith

    06/28/2018 09:34 PM

    I'm a Viet Vet and my participation was in the Cuban Missile Crisis but I have seen and almost been part of what is referred to in the Silent Service as "Eternal Patrol". Most all the Vets I know from my time forward are 100% in favor of peace BUT not at ALL COSTS. When the Left/Progressives start beating the drum about using violence and in your face conflict I would warn to be careful what you wish for! We are small in number but out Oath to protect and Defend has NO EXPIRATION date. We Served and some gave all and we know How to Protect. My warning is to tread softly because you are walking on MY Constitution and I DO NOT SUFFER FOOLS LIGHTLY.

  • Helen Johnson

    06/28/2018 08:44 PM

    I just want to thank you for giving us some "straight facts" about various issues facing our country. I get tired reading what crazy maxine yells about and all this fake news. When I see the newspaper, I first wonder what is true and what is fake and scan the local paper before I decide to read any of it. Then I scan it and wait for Governor Huckabee to tell us what the news really is. Keep it up Mr. Governor! ! !

  • Gary Gustafson

    06/28/2018 08:30 PM

    I was one of those from Iowa who voted for you when you ran for President. I am wondering what news sources that you trust to tell the truth. Many that I go to repeat what the fake media has reported which just makes me more upset with the liberals. Some say they want to present both sides, but to me that is like presenting the Truth and a Lie. I want just the Truth!

  • June Sherman

    06/28/2018 08:15 PM

    I love the new format!!!!

  • Tina Chick

    06/28/2018 08:00 PM

    Good job, Gov. Huckabee. I look forward to your evening news and commentary every night.

  • Stephen Russell

    06/28/2018 07:08 PM

    Improving VA:
    Have vets run the VA via prior experience & service
    Outsource HC alone
    Outsource Food Services.
    Subcontract for miscl services
    Share with local hospitals, clinics.
    Use Med Tech devices for vets.
    More can be done