Evening Edition - February 11

February 11, 2019

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Thanks to all who wrote in response to the description by Mrs. Roger Stone (and the shocking home security video) detailing how the FBI handled its raid on their home. Most of you shared my horror at this.

While trying to determine who signed off on this raid --- and unless I find out differently, I have to assume it was FBI Director Chris Wray --- I came across some commentary by James Gagliano, a 25-year veteran of the FBI and now a law enforcement analyst for CNN, that raised my hackles. In trying to explain why the raid on Stone’s house was “by the book” –- yes, that is what he says –- he paints a disturbing picture of how the FBI operates. If this raid was by the book, they need a new book.

He attempts to defend the indefensible by daring to dismiss any questioning as “Monday morning quarterbacking” and says we should save it “for the day after the Super Bowl.”


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In his words: “To those pearl-clutchers raising alarms about ‘armed FBI agents,’ you must be made aware that FBI agents were granted arrest powers and authority to carry firearms back when Congress passed a series of anti-crime legislation back in the summer of 1934, precipitated by an agent’s murder during the Kansas City Massacre of 1933.”

Well, isn’t that special. Because of a massacre that took place in 1933, it was perfectly appropriate to conduct a massive, heavily-armed raid on the home of a non-violent man without so much as a parking ticket on his record. For crying out loud, we know FBI agents are going to be armed. But Gagliano feels the need to explain to us rubes that the term “armed FBI agent” is “a foolish redundancy.” Does that mean we’re foolish if we ever question the amount of firepower they’re toting along?

Gagliano says he’s been involved in both the planning and execution of hundreds of these early morning arrests and that nothing about this seems “irregular.” And instead of a “no-knock” warrant, which I guess is just breaking down the door, this was a “knock and announce” warrant, meaning they would use mechanical breaching tools only if the occupant took what they considered to be too long opening the door. Gee, wasn’t that considerate of them?

He tries to justify this approach by claiming that Stone was a flight risk.  He was no such thing  The judge in the case obviously realized that he wasn't, as he was released right away on a recognizance bond.

Gagliano doesn’t address the treatment of Stone’s wife at all.

But one sentence in particular, towards the end of the lecture, gives us the full picture of what is going on with this former agent. “Yes," he says, "we can add Roger Stone to the sordid rogue’s gallery of grifters, liars and justice obstructionists who once operated inside the President’s orbit.” Well, now we know why he cares so little for how the FBI treated this individual. Stone was associated with Trump and does not deserve the presumption of innocence. Gagliano is thinking not just as an FBI agent, but as the judge and the jury, too. Maybe someone needs to sit him down and lecture HIM on how the FBI is supposed to operate.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/why-the-armed-fbi-raid-on-roger-stones-home-was-justified-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-collusion

And now, offered as a welcome palate-cleanser, here is a letter I received from another former federal agent (in Florida, yet) who is shocked that this happened, offering us the reassurance that we are not crazy, or simpletons. Hope Mr. Gagliano sees it. He obviously thinks that anyone who has a problem with this raid is just an ignoramus –- well, of course we are; we support Trump! –- who doesn’t understand how these things are done. Wrong.

From Shannon D:

Gov Huckabee, As a Federal Agent (ret) with DOJ for 22 years, (in Florida), I would have been raked over the coals by our Federal Magistrates had I pulled that kind of stunt. As Mr. Stone was clearly represented, his lawyer should have been asked to turn his client in at a scheduled initial appearance. It is overwhelming proof that DOJ/FBI has way over stepped their legal authority. Once again producing false information to the Judge who signed off on the Search & arrest warrants. Additionally violated protocols having allowed CNN to be there video-taping. DISGUSTING and a real black eye to Federal Law Enforcement.

And an interesting point from Jason S:

Obama apologized to the world for our aggressive atrocities of past wars and military actions as he embarrassed us all. Now Trump has to apologize to Americans for our own justice departments’ actions toward its own citizens. It's a sad state of affairs. Wish I didn't live in such a jacked up time in American history. But I do and we all do. Sad times for the red white and blue.

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Another weekend, and another Senator with no executive experience and a platform to the left of Lenin jumps into the Presidential race.  As expected, Elizabeth Warren made it official.  She gave a speech to some cheering supporters that got very good reviews for her speech-making ability, less so for content.  What was largely remarked upon was how surprisingly populist it was, and all the rhetoric about making life fairer for struggling, working class Americans.  Some analysts were stunned by how Trumpian her rhetoric sounded as she simultaneously assailed Trump.

But here’s the problem: Trump already covered that territory over two years ago, after Warren’s party spent eight years letting those Americans twist in the wind.  Their 2016 Presidential candidate couldn't even be bothered to visit the Rust Belt states she took for granted.  So those reliable Democratic voters took Trump’s advice (“What have you got to lose?”) and gave him a shot.  In return, they’ve seen historic low unemployment, rising wages, and manufacturing jobs returning that the last Democratic President told us would require a magic wand to bring back. 

It’s nice that Democrats are suddenly remembering that working class Middle Americans exist (maybe they finally read my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.”) But they’re a little too late.  They had eight years to prove what miserable failures their policies were at creating jobs and raising wages (at least they succeeded at that.)  Trump reversed their policies and ignited a jobs boom.  Now, Sen. Warren and her liberal tribe are back, vowing to bring back jobs that are already back by imposing the same big government, heavy-regulation, top-down, tax-away-companies’-expansion-capital policies that drove jobs away in the first place. 

She and all the other Democrats are actually promising blue collar workers to bring back the policies that made them jobless and miserable (for comparison, after just two years of Trump, the IBD/TIPP Quality of Life Index has increased 10% since Obama was in office):

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/quality-of-life-trump-ibd-tipp-poll/

Oh, and I guess she’s also promising to continue the Comey-Mueller-Democrat version of “justice,” since she tossed in the mandatory reference to impeaching and imprisoning Trump on unknown charges that will be filled in later. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/elizabeth-warren-says-trump-may-not-even-be-a-free-person-in-2020

Whichever Democrat emerges from the primary game show of “The Biggest Socialist Loser,” they’ve all earned the right to use this quote as a campaign slogan: “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”

 

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Trump had his usual fun on Twitter with Warren’s entry onto the campaign trail, which allowed leftists and anti-Trumpers to have their predictable fun by twisting something he wrote out of context to make it sound racist, then jumping up and down on their keyboards while screaming about how offended they were.  Blogger/law professor Ann Althouse did a good job of breaking down that tiresome cycle of ever-diminishing political returns:

https://althouse.blogspot.com/2019/02/how-despicable-or-clever-is-trumps-see.html

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From earlier today:

Attention, voters in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District:  Have you ever heard the phrase, “recall petition”?

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ilhan-omar-aipac-tweet-condemnation-including-from-chelsea-clinton

If that doesn’t make you Google it, then perhaps this will:

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/rep-ilhan-omar-appears-make-absurd-demand-homeland-security/

Those of you in Michigan’s 13th District might want to look it  up, too.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/jewish-groups-condemn-rashida-tlaib-over-ties-to-radical-pro-hezbollah-anti-israel-activist

From this day forward, any Democrat who tries to accuse President Trump – a man who has a Jewish daughter and grandchildren and is the strongest supporter of Israel ever to occupy the White House – of being an anti-Semite or “Nazi” should Google the phrase “glass house.”  Or, thanks to these newly-elected Representatives, maybe that should be “glass House.”

 

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Here’s something you don’t expect to see: a top Democratic Party power broker declared that what’s hurting America the most “is the dysfunctional and disgusting reporting of a cable channel called CNN.”  He says that CNN’s pushing of fake news, politically-driven editorial decisions, “experts” who “don’t know what they’re talking about,” and misrepresenting one-sided opinion commentating as news is polarizing the nation.  There’s more at the link, all worth hearing.  And again, that wasn’t a typo: this is from a prominent Democrat:

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2019/02/10/high-powered-dem-andre-fladell-whats-hurting-the-country-the-most-is-dysfunctional-and-disgusting-cnn-722581

 

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I think I’ve figured out why so many big name Democratic politicians are embracing socialism: they don’t have the slightest clue what it is.  Come to think of it, that’s about the only excuse anyone should have for embracing socialism.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-dem-senator-crashes-burns-trying-define-socialism/

 

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California’s new Gov. Gavin Newsom (who is so far to the left of most Americans that he’s in danger of falling off into the Pacific) plans to join New Mexico’s new Democratic Governor in pulling National Guard troops away from the border, just as a thumb-in-the-eye to President Trump.  In his upcoming State of the State Address on Tuesday, he will reportedly call the “border emergency” a “manufactured crisis,” and will say that “California will not be part of this political theater.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-governor-to-reduce-national-guard-presence-at-border-with-mexico

Since they probably won’t get many facts out of Newsom’s speech, here are a few for Californians to keep in mind about their state's "imaginary" illegal problem while watching:

The most recent figures available suggest that there are as many as 2.6 million “undocumented immigrants” in California alone, although such counts are notoriously unreliable and likely underestimates.  Nearly one-quarter of all the illegal immigrants in America are in California.   A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform found that providing education, health care and other services to illegal immigrants and their dependents costs California taxpayers $25.3 billion a year, which amounts to $2,370 a year for each California household headed by a U.S. citizen.  That’s certain to skyrocket with Newsom vowing to provide Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants while simultaneously removing the National Guard from the border and continuing the "sanctuary state" and city policies that have made California a magnet for multiple deportees with violent criminal records. 

And at this link are some facts about the “manufactured crisis” of the migrant caravans overwhelming Tijuana in hopes of getting into California.  Incidentally, DHS is currently tracking three more caravans, one containing an estimated 12,000 people. That’s a lot of community "theater" volunteers. 

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2019/02/09/immigration-migrant-caravan-tijuana-mexico-us-border-central-america/2747809002/

Proponents of illegal immigration claim that it’s good for the economy.  Then why does California have the worst income inequality in America?  Why does it have 12% of the US population yet account for a third of all welfare checks?  Why is it home to 22% of the entire nation’s homeless population, which has resulted in hygiene nightmares in San Francisco and Los Angeles (in L.A., city hall workers are contracting typhus from the filth and the fleas on rats; and parts of San Francisco have been compared unfavorably to slums in India.)

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-city-hall-typhus-20190209-story.html

Come to think of it, if Californians really want to save the Golden State, it might be better to build a wall around Sacramento. 

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  • Amelia Little

    02/14/2019 12:39 AM

    The comment of whichever Democrat emerges from the primary game show of “The Biggest Socialist Loser,” they’ve all earned the right to use this quote as a campaign slogan: “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” is not exactly right. It's not that ocasio and omar and too many others lately on the Washinton scene cannot remember the past---they never LEARNED about the past. Or if the schools they attended offered history, government, civics, economy classes, they either didn't attend or didn't pay attention.

  • Jim Ralph

    02/13/2019 05:19 PM

    Hey Mike,
    “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy was an awesome book.
    I myself grew up in a “Country Bumkin” family and I’m exactly the same age as you.
    I could really relate to the book, as I grew up pretty much the same way as you did.
    Oh, By the way Mike, My Mom put Gravy on everything...Starting with breakfast (gravy after cooking sausage) and again at dinner and I’m sure that you experienced the same too??!!!

  • Gene Brown

    02/13/2019 07:58 AM

    I misread the statement about DHS . I think they should receive all the money needed to do their Job.

  • rodney Burke

    02/12/2019 03:34 PM

    dems don't learn. But we KNOW that for a fact. They spent 8 years destroying the middle class and now they think they can lure them back with as you say "What drove them away in the first place?" If i's possible with dems it will happen. Nothing is "unbelievable" for dems anymore. Pokyhantas is about to be humiliated. All we need to do is play her public statements and her ridiculous proposals. this should be a time for playing their folly back in their face for 2 years. We don't need any slogans as conservatives. Just replay democratic=socialist=communist statements and policy advocations back to them and ask the simple question; Is this what you want your government to do? Is this what YOU believe is right for America?"

    Yeah that Roger Stone raid was overkill to say the least. Mueller is a criminal and should be locked up. Tomorrow would be soon enough!

  • william fuhrer

    02/12/2019 03:33 PM

    If California has a surplus and Governot Newsome wants to play hardball with President Trump. Can President Trump refuse EMERGENCY AID to California as long as California has a surplus?

  • Sybil Woodburn

    02/12/2019 12:58 PM

    The raid on Roger Stone's home is similar to one down the street from us when we lived in California. Friends in their 70's with the woman legally blind had their home broken into by FBI with both put in handcuffs. Their computer was taken for review as they had a blip showing child porn had gone through their computer. The FBI said there was no evidence of wrongdoing on their part, but they were responsible for paying the damage to front door and replacing sliding glass door.
    We lived a mile from the southern border and watched illegals storm up the center divide of the interstate many times. We also had illegals come down a common drive, climb over a storm link fence and wait for buses to pick them up from a Mormon church on the other side of the fence. That was in late 80's, early 90's and nothing has been done by Congress to curb illegal immigration. The citizens of our country need to vote for more responsible representatives.

  • Michael Galloway

    02/12/2019 10:52 AM

    Governor: Your articles and comments are so accurate and true. Always good to see facts. And always read all the comments from others with great interest. I am so in agreement with the one comment from a person who stated, "why isn't the RNC, GOP and conservative outlets doing much more to educate the public and voters". We all know that the mainstream media will continue to promote all the Democrat candidates and indirectly (or maybe directly) support and push their liberal agenda, which includes socialism. Last night on ABC News (which I rarely watch, but did so last night) they spent the first thirteen minutes supporting Democratic candidates and making a huge deal out of Elizabeth Warrens speech where she told her audience not only all the lies of what their party will do to restore America, but also told her audience they should vote Democrat, because there is a possibility that Trump will not even be President in 2020, indicating indirectly that he will be impeached by then!!! This and the socialist agenda of the Democrats should be receiving counter publicity form the RNC and others, but it seems very lacking. It seems for the most part, the Republicans and the RNC have done almost nothing to fight or refute the evil, obstructions, lying agenda of the Democrats. There is no such thing as a fair fight and it appears the Democrats are getting away with all their lies and agenda, with little coming from the Republicans to counter these lies and agenda. Much of this could be countered through PSA's, statements or even well organized tweets from them. President Trump should not be the only one fighting against the agenda of the mainstream media and the Democrats. I hope and pray that the Republicans quickly gain some intestinal fortitude to start doing what is right and start with educating and informing Americans of the untruths of the Democratic party and what they actually stand for, from history right up until now. The Democrats support abortion, infanticide, sanctuary cities, illegal immigration and everything that is against our country and the list goes and on!!!!

  • Vernon Hinz

    02/12/2019 10:09 AM

    I like reading your assessment of what is going on in Washington. I'm afraid this next election is going to be a nightmare the way the Democrats are trying to destroy the country just to destroy Trump

  • John McMann

    02/12/2019 10:03 AM

    Mike,
    I suggest we build the wall along the Eastern edge of California. Think how much money that would save us.

  • Jerry Holland

    02/12/2019 08:46 AM

    All of your fact based comments on immigration, baby killing, and socialism are true. However, the RNC, and GOP in general do a terrible job educating Americans about what is happening on our southern border, how the DNC supports any and all baby killing, and how socialism has failed around the world. The American voter in general is ill informed and simply push the button they have always pushed when voting. Trump overcame some of this, but not enough. Hannity keeps saying the American voter is too smart and sees through the DNC B.S.. I say, Hannity is dead wrong. They don't have a clue. Why aren't the GOP, RNC, and conservative PACs' running non stop ads on MSM to educate the ill informed public?

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    02/12/2019 08:03 AM

    As if Mueller has a Gastapo Regime? this has to stop.

  • Linda Matlock

    02/12/2019 07:47 AM

    I think if I were President Trump, in answer to the Democrats refusing make room to hold all the detainees, I’d say, “Fine, then we’ll just shoot them!” Wouldn’t that cause a panic!

  • Matt Dooley

    02/12/2019 01:33 AM

    Maybe Trump Should build a wall along the AZ/Nevada Border with CA.

  • Jerry Korba

    02/12/2019 12:23 AM

    We need more walls Southern border and one on eastern border of California . I want to to give Texas a heads up you are getting people from New York California the Texans are going to have teach these people coming from those states how to be Texans. They come from a different world where manners are not taught respect is troublesome to them they are coming for economic reasons. Do not let them change your way of life in Texas. They do not know the difference between a Longhorn and a Kangaroo. You say grace and U say Ma'am New Yorker Californians don't give a dam. They elected horrible politicians that drove them out. They come from a place that kill babies steal your money and let violent criminals run your streets don't let them vote for a few years until they prove they can be Texans. You can't cleanse that with a shower or hot bath. Remember Texas these people are brining some bad baggage with them they have bad values they may want to spread. They are coming for the tax breaks and to protect their assets You remember the Alamo they remember Cuomo and DeBlasio and Brown which was the worst disaster? Not much of a happy choice.

  • Barbara C Blaine

    02/12/2019 12:01 AM

    Excellent - as always. Thanks for all you do.

  • Bob Horn

    02/11/2019 11:29 PM

    I propose that President Trump attempt to assist all these poor people trying to enter our country over the southern border. They need water, food and medical help after crossing that hostile country. Our President should erect signs directing them to the entry points where they can receive help. The signs should be bold-60 feet high and form a solid line along the border so even the illiterates cannot bypass them. Large arrows painted in the Mexican side could point in the proper direction. I'm certain the already planned border wall, er, fence or whatever you call it could serve as a humanitarian sign.

  • Thomas Wenndt

    02/11/2019 11:16 PM

    Gov. Huckabee - I appreciate your willingness to FINALLY start discussing things like "recall petitions". But it absolutely begs the question: WHY are there not MASSIVE recall petitions underway for all three of those supposedly public servant leaders in the commonwealth of Virginia? If saying and doing what any one of them has done is not a solid basis for recall (esp. in the face of abjectly stupid recall petitions that were attempted in states like Wisconsin simply because the teachers' union member's feewings (mis-spelling intended) were hurt). I don't know what is. Or is there something in Virginia that just doesn't leave room for it. I'm stumped - ANY reasonable person in that state should be willing to sign all three petitions.

  • James R Jardine

    02/11/2019 10:29 PM

    I really like the work you've done to bring this information to us. We need the wall. Someones head should roll at the FBI for what they did to Mr and Mrs Stone.

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    02/11/2019 10:20 PM

    Mike, In reference to you last sentence; "Come to think of it, if Californians really want to save the Golden State, it might be better to build a wall around Sacramento. " may I suggest a more radical solution. Let's build a wall starting and the southeast corner of CA up to the Canadian border. Also ICS can deliver all those they capture to a single entry point along that wall. That way we as loving Americans can maintain our security without the advice or consent of the "far left" loonies over there.

  • Ruth Hoefert

    02/11/2019 10:05 PM

    The corruption of the current FBI is so sad. The Stone's were mistreated very badly! Then the "anonymous" tip to CNN! So much of our government needs to be cleaned up. The President was right about draining the Swamp! We need to keep praying!

  • Bernadette Kathleen Dillon

    02/11/2019 09:44 PM

    All the Democrats in California are so out of touch with reality! I have 20 - 30 illegal immigrants living next door to me. We are spending more money on illegal aliens then we are on our own people! The Democrats are giving our state back to South America. I may have to move east. This state is going to go bankrupt!

  • Fiorella Weaver

    02/11/2019 09:35 PM

    Governor, I am grieved and appalled at the stance Christian institutions are taking with regards to politics. Most Christians think that somehow getting involved in the political process is not appropriate. I have just returned from a Young Republicans meeting at Truett-McConnell University. Our group (John Birch Society) was presenting a program on the U.S. Constitution. There were 3 students and a concerned senior citizen besides us. We learned that most students think Republicans are mean and the professors are not supportive of the program. I couldn't believe it. I thought better of TMU's students. I love TMU as I taught there for a number of years. I am now retired, and I am very passionate about trying to support our Constitution and helping young people understand its importance. I know you will be coming here in April and I am looking forward to hearing you. Would you please think about addressing this problem? I know President Caner is supportive of conservative issues, but is not actively involved in promoting them. What can be done? I fear for our country and our kids being indoctrinated in our schools.
    Sincerely yours,
    Fio Weaver, Cleveland, GA
    706-865-7740

  • david Prentler

    02/11/2019 09:34 PM

    This is nothing but BS. I am a retired SWAT officer with a metropolitan police department with hundreds of raids in my employment history.
    We would respond with force that we think would be necessary to safely effect the raid or arrest. Roger Stone and his deaf wife would be a minimal risk to the the officers that would effect the arrest. I have been on numerous raids or arrest warrants with federal agencies that "toned down" the actions that we would normally take for our own safety. The FBI agent or the Secret Service agent would give to us information that the "normal" would not be necessary to take the accused into custody. A senior citizen and his deaf wife needed in no way what happened to them. As a prosecutor they would be worried only about what is on his computer, but after over a year this guy would have to be a real numbskull to have anything on any electronic device that would incriminate him. He does not seem to be a numbskull. The FBI is an embarrassment to my profession.

  • Darlene F. Donston

    02/11/2019 09:29 PM

    Just a note.....people do forget about San Bernardino Co. I hope I spelled that right! lol Also, Riverside Co. Then there is Orange Co. which used to be all Republican, but then all the Illegals kept coming into Santa Ana and you do not want to drive over there at night let alone during the day time, also now you have Anaheim that was getting full also, so it was not really safe to go Downtown Anaheim either. There are so many in this area because from Whittier, you have La Habra which is now Guadalahabra , not kidding, that is what it is called, then you go into Placentia which downtown is full of them and then Yorba Linda is still pretty good. But then In 1960 when living in Whittier, they started coming in there because they were outgrowing Los Angeles Co., then from Whittier they just kept moving East and that is when we moved to as far East as we could into Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda. lol Well from there it is Riverside Co. So there you have it. I say there is at least 3 million in the whole State and that is just a guess. Hope this makes sense because that is the way it grew in our 50+ years of living there! It really was a nice State back then, such a shame that it changed. But we LOVE East TN!

  • Marilyn Sherod

    02/11/2019 09:23 PM

    ?? to Mrs. Roger Stone and her husband. Whoever is responsible for this attack should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. This is still the United States of America! Praying for them and asking the Lord's blessings! Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, He tells us.