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January 5, 2024

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Mike Huckabee

Daily Bible Verse

12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Hebrews 12:1 KJV

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Tomorrow is the big day:

January 6th, or "Democrat Christmas." It's when President Biden will launch into his January 6th “Scare people so senseless that maybe they'll vote for me again” tour. But we already got a preview in the form of his first campaign ad.

Not surprisingly, it doesn’t tout a single positive accomplishment of Biden’s tenure, since I guess they couldn’t think of one, either. It’s yet another dark, scary, divisive piece of fiction designed to demonize Trump and anyone who supports him as “insurrectionists” and threats to “our democracy.” This is an actual quote from Biden in the ad: “I’ve made the preservation of American democracy the central issue of my presidency. I believe in free and fair elections and the right to vote fairly and have your vote counted.”

So says the guy who is trying to jail his political opponent and block him from the ballot even as a write-in candidate, so that Americans aren’t allowed to vote for the candidate of their choice and have it counted. Got any mirrors around the White House, Joe?

I would go into more detail on this reprehensible piece of propaganda that’s further beneath a President than the White House sub-basement, but fortunately, Robert Spencer at PJ Media already did a great job of eviscerating it. Here’s his op-ed on the ad that he calls “as dishonest and embarrassing as you’d expect.”

California insurrection

With tomorrow’s anniversary of the “worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11 put together” January 6th “insurrection” looming, nobody seems to have noticed that there was an “insurrection” staged in the California state Capitol in Sacramento this week. A mob of radicals occupied the Capitol, shut down the first day of the session, blocked official business from taking place, forced lawmakers to flee, and refused to leave even after the lights were turned out.

But it turns out that they were leftist, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian protesters, so they were allowed to leave peacefully with no arrests made. This was one of the “good” insurrections. Never mind!

A tragic Iowa shooting

In our continuing series of stories on facts refusing to conform with liberal narratives, news came Thursday of a tragic school shooting in the Des Moines suburb of Perry, Iowa. The 17-year-old shooter killed a sixth-grader and wounded five people including the principal before killing himself. I hope you will join me in praying for the victims and their families. As is usually the case in such situations, activists were chomping at the bit to blame the NRA and Republicans and exploit the tragedy for political purposes.

The inconvenient truth: The shooter was reportedly an LGBTQ student who identified on social media with “he/they” pronouns and the term “gender fluid,” and used a female avatar. He reportedly had been bullied and posted disturbing social media posts that should’ve been taken as a red flag, but weren’t. They’ve since been scrubbed from the Internet. Conservative commentators are predicting that now that we know the shooter was LBGTQ and possibly on drugs that affect your physical and emotional states, all questions will end and news reporting will quietly disappear.

The Mexican cartels are making money

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green reports that the Mexican cartels are making up to $32 million a week in only one of nine sectors of the border, just from trafficking humans into the US. That doesn’t even count their profits from all the fentanyl that’s killing Americans.

Extremely Related: The House Homeland Security Committee is formally moving ahead with impeachment proceedings against DHS Secretary Alejandro “The Border Is Secure” Mayorkas.

Shocking video

Shocking video hit the Internet Wednesday of Clark County, Nevada, felony battery defendant Deobra Delone Redden attacking Judge Mary Kay Holthus after she denied him parole.

Moments before the attack, Redden asked for leniency, saying, “I’m not a rebellious person.” But when the judge made it clear she wasn’t going to let him go, the hulking Redden suddenly came flying over the bench and smashed Holthus into a wall. It took several male court personnel to punch and wrestle him into submission. Holthus was injured but declined hospitalization. Redden is now facing more felony charges.

A court spokesperson said they are reviewing all their safety protocols. Maybe start with having armed court officers on duty, just as every court should when dealing with violent criminals. 

I can’t help wondering if Redden is just the latest of many violent criminals who have been taught by lenient leftist DAs that they have a right to keep attacking people and being freed countless times, and that no matter what they do, they will never face accountability. He may be shocked to learn that in blue cities, criminals are only allowed to repeatedly attack private citizens, not members of the legal system that keeps freeing them.

A surprise ending

Speaking of the public’s exhausted patience with coddling criminals, a story out of Texas has reached a surprise ending. We reported a year ago on the case in Houston where a robber entered a taqueria brandishing a pistol and demanding everyone’s money. As he was leaving, a customer pulled his own gun and shot him – nine times. The robber’s gun turned out to be a toy, but the customer didn’t know that. The customer left, but later turned himself in to authorities.

Liberal Houston has one of those Soros-funded DAs, so everyone expected the customer to be charged with murder for continuing to fire after the threat had been eliminated (it’s astounding how these prosecutors are always able to cooly determine the exact moment when a threat has been eliminated so much more accurately than the person who was actually facing the threat in real time.) But to prevent complaints of political retribution, the DA turned the case over to the Harris County grand jury, which is composed of randomly-selected citizens. They just reached a decision:

They found that shooting the armed robber nine times was not outside the permissible area for use of force and “no-billed” the shooter. He will not be charged. Welcome to Texas.

As the writer Streiff at observes, “Rather than indict, you get the feeling that the grand jury would have carried the shooter down to the bar and bought him drinks all night.”

While it’s tragic that anyone had to die for such a stupid reason, let this be a message to leftist DAs and to all Democrat office holders in general: decent, law-abiding Americans have had enough of their garbage and have reached their Popeye stage: “That’s all I can stands, and I can’t stands no more!!”

Good Legal News

The election integrity group True The Vote won a landmark court case against Stacey Abrams’ laughably-named group “Fair Fight,” which sued them for challenging the eligibility of voters in the 2021 Georgia Senate runoff election. The judge ruled that their actions did not violate the Voting Rights Act. Well, of course not: imagine being dumb enough to think that legally challenging a George election is some kind of crime!

True The Vote called the lawsuit an attempt to use lawfare and intimidation to bully Americans into giving up their rights to free speech, to actively participate in the electoral process and to lawfully petition their government “in support of election integrity without fear of persecution or prosecution.” The victory comes after three long years of litigation.

I don’t know if Abrams will try to appeal, but I’ve never known her to admit that she’s lost, so we’ll see.

The perfect definitions of “DEI” and ESG.”

The late Beatle John Lennon had a habit of saying things that ticked off people. Sometimes, he was off-base; other times, he said what needed to be said but nobody else dared say it.

I dare say that if he were alive today, he would be very proud of his son, Sean Ono Lennon, who just stuck a finger in the eye of the wokesters by giving us the perfect definitions of “DEI” and ESG.”

More Dumb Evil Idiots:

How the Biden Administration used Americans’ tax dollars to help Lebanon create a safe haven for Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran to train for and plan the October 7th attack without Israeli intelligence finding out about it. Throw yet another item on the mountain of foreign policy issues that Biden has been wrong about.

Mass Migration from Blue States to Red States

I have long believed (I might be wrong, though it seldom happens) that my radio show was the first to use the cost of renting a U-Haul to gauge whether people were moving in or fleeing a particular place (if people are fleeing, the cost to rent a truck to move there is much lower, since U-Haul will subsidize you just to get some of its trucks back in stock.) This is why it costs so much more to rent a moving truck from L.A. to Dallas than to rent the same truck from Dallas to L.A. Nobody's going in the latter direction.

Now, here’s confirmation that that informal rule works: U-Haul announced that, for the fourth year in a row, California has topped its Growth Index list for having the largest net number of outbound residents (well, at least Gavin Newsom can claim he’s #1 in growth for something.) For the third straight year, U-Haul reports that Texas had the highest number of people moving in, and that doesn’t even count the millions streaming across the border since 2021.

This isn’t just a simple popularity contest. It’s an important finding from the “laboratory of states,” proving that people are voting with their feet to reject leftist policies and embrace conservative policies. Census data shows that California lost a net 75,000 residents in 2023 alone.

Michael Barone at sifted through Census numbers for the three years since the pandemic and found more interesting trends:

The West Coast is shrinking: Since April 2020, California has lost 573,000 people (previously, it had gained population every year since the 1849 Gold Rush, proving that leftist policies can turn even gold into manure.) Washington has gained just 108,000 people, Alaska only 32 (!), and Oregon and Hawaii have lost residents.

The biggest population losses came in blue states with the densest metro areas, including California, New York, Illinois and DC. To be fair, these places also have the densest leadership.

Meanwhile, almost all the population growth has been in the Southern states, which added over 3.8 million people fleeing from high taxes, woke regulators and COVID tyranny.

This mass migration from blue to red states could have far-reaching political consequences, particularly if the escapees resist voting for the same bad ideas that drove them to flee. Blue states may be losing their clout in DC as they lose population, and thus House seats, to red states. The bad news: blue states are turning bluer, with the remaining Republicans having little hope of ever turning around their decline. This is another reason why Democrats want to wave in millions of illegal immigrants, then demand to count them in the Census when apportioning Representatives.

A 2023 Bright Spot

2023 was a disastrous year for Hollywood, but there were a few hits and bright spots, and one of them just came in 2024: “Sound of Freedom” just made it into the top 10 biggest box office hits of the year, edging out the Taylor Swift concert movie, which received a ringing endorsement from the Chinese state-run media outlet, Global Times.

What happens today?  Supposed to be Colorado ballot certification.

Today, January 5, is supposed to be the day the Colorado secretary of state certifies the ballots.  So it looks as though the ballots will have to be certified with Trump’s name on them.  Even so, unless/until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in, we don’t know if they’ll be able to get away with not counting Trump votes, as the Colorado Supreme Court has determined they don’t have to count legally-cast votes, at least the write-in ones.  And if they don’t have to count write-in votes, why should they necessarily have to count Trump votes at all?  (We’re not attorneys but find the question intriguing.)

By the way, in shocking-but-not-surprising breaking news, the totally objective and nonpartisan Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who publicly supported taking Trump off the ballot, attended a private fundraiser for Biden in November.  The state attorney general was apparently there, too.  Here you go.  This is what we’re up against...

While awaiting a ruling from SCOTUS on the decision to remove Trump from their state primary ballot, Trump released a looooong analysis on “X” including all the documented ballot hanky-panky surrounding the ‘20 election.  The implication:  any sane person in his position would think the election had been stolen from him.  If it wasn’t, they sure were working feverishly for nothing.

And surely that will be part of Trump’s defense if it comes to that.  Special Counsel Jack Smith is alleging that Trump willfully committed fraud when he said the election was stolen and made moves to have the allegations looked into.  By putting all this out, Trump is saying he truly believes the election WAS stolen from him, and that once you go through all this, you’ll likely think so, too.

The problem, of course, is that those who already believe Trump is guilty will find some way to discredit (in their minds) all of this evidence.  But as Kanekoa the Great, who posted all this, says, “I look forward to fact-checkers debunking this, citing sources from the corporate media that spent four years claiming Trump was a Russian agent and dismissing Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.”

And, voila, there’s already one such post, from “Grok,” and it’s particularly amusing.  Why, he informs us that Trump’s allegations have been debunked by none other than “PolitiFact, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning website,” and also (hold your breath) the BBC.  And the results were certified by Congress in 2021.  And multiple recounts in swing states such as Arizona and Georgia (recounts of the same ballots that were counted before), “have confirmed Biden’s win.”  Well, that’s good enough for me!


This reaction was inevitable.  Kanekoa simply says, “I encourage you to review the numerous citations in this report and reach your own conclusions.”

Here are summaries of just a few examples:

Wisconsin was called by 20,682 votes.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled dropboxes illegal under Wisconsin law, and they had plenty of them in pre-determined locations, funded by outside groups.  It was election commissioner Meagan Wolfe who unilaterally declared dropboxes could be used, but the commission never voted to establish this.  You’ll want to read the decision by Justice Rebecca Bradley, as well as about the other ways they apparently “faked the vote” in Wisconsin.

Then scroll down and you’ll see Pennsylvania, which was called by a margin of just 80,555 votes.  Later it was determined that there were 121,240 more votes cast than there were voters.

Then there are Arizona and Georgia; what a mess.  We can’t have another election that’s as much of a mess as this one was.  It’s too bad that Trump released this at the same time the Epstein “names” were dropped, as the media can now conveniently ignore it all.

(Side Note: I’ve long said that you don’t even need claims of hacked voting machines or trucks full of fake ballots to be suspicious of the 2020 election. The way the media and the government colluded to silence conservative voices and suppress negative news about Democrats to tilt the table, while Democrats across America waged legal warfare to illegally change voting laws without legislative approval so deeply undermined public trust that it was inevitable that many people would refuse to believe the results before they were even announced. One of the pillars of American society that keeps so many people of widely diverse views united is faith in the honesty of our elections, and the Democrats have been swinging a wrecking ball at it for years.)

Speaking of Georgia, as we previously mentioned, True the Vote just won a decisive legal victory there, in their legal battle against Stacy Abrams' Fair Fight, legal teams led by Marc Elias, and the Biden Department of “Justice.” As announced in their press release, “a federal court in the Northern District of Georgia today affirmed that citizens have the right to lawfully petition their government in support of election integrity without fear of persecution or prosecution.”

Their release is a must-read, and it includes a link to their video, “The Georgia Story Through the Eyes of True the Vote.”  Their president is Catherine Engelbrecht, a dear friend.

Dr. John Gentry, a Georgetown University professor who was a CIA analyst for 12 years, is worried about the “significant problem” of politicization of the intel community and confident that those agencies will try to interfere with the 2024 election in ways similar to their efforts in 2020.

He’s researched this topic, past and present, for his new book, “NEUTERING THE CIA:  Why US Intelligence vs. Trump Has Long-Term Consequences.”  That sounds like one for the top of the reading list.  As he said to FOX NEWS Digital, “My guess is that the proverbial deep state within the intelligence community will re-emerge because presumably a Republican candidate will again be seen as a threat to the internal policies that many intelligence people like.”  Downplaying the Hunter Biden laptop was “clearly political,” he said, as a highly placed source told him “in no uncertain terms” that it was done “explicitly” with “intent to help the Biden campaign.”

He’s been reading the tea leaves in recent weeks and says former intel officials are likely to resume their political activity against Trump “or whomever the Republican presidential candidate is next year...The activities of the ‘formers’ have resumed already, a bit earlier than expected.” (This is consistent with what we’ve been saying about trying to set aside the conflict by choosing someone else.  How foolish --- they’ll do this regardless of our choice. In fact, they’re already trying to remove other Republicans who questioned the 2020 election from the ballot using the “insurrection” canard, and never mind that Democrats have also questioned every election they’ve lost for decades.)

Gentry blamed DEI culture for the politicization of the CIA by shifting their attention away from day-to-day operations to “woke” policies.  (He must be familiar with those CIA recruiting films, too!)   We can thank President Obama for a huge step in that direction, Gentry said, courtesy of an executive order that pushed it.  Two other top-level activists were former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

We want to see what he says in his book about “soft totalitarianism,” which he says they were actually starting to talk about (in those actual words) during the Obama administration.

The interview with Gentry doesn’t get into solutions, as is so often the case.  Let’s hope his book does.  In the meantime, we’ll offer a few starting tactics going into this year...






Finally, as of this writing, we still haven’t heard from the U.S. Supreme Court about Colorado.  Jonathan Turley said on Wednesday that if the Court doesn’t come back with some answer, the Colorado court could seek to “moot” (temporarily) the appeal and avoid review.

This is a must-read column.  You’ll detect the deep note of sadness as Turley watches our country going through so much lawfare in so many states.

See you in Iowa?

Sarah (the fine new Gov of Arkansas) & I are headed to Iowa Monday to campaign for Donald Trump ahead of caucuses. I hope you can make it to one of these events:

Team Trump Iowa Faith Event featuring Governor Sarah Sanders and Governor Mike Huckabee ( in Ottumwa, Iowa

Team Trump Iowa Faith Event featuring Governor Sarah Sanders and Governor Mike Huckabee in Des Moines, Iowa (

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  • Laurel Berger

    01/05/2024 12:33 PM

    If a state doesn't have to count Trump votes at all, who's to say red states have to count Biden?

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    01/05/2024 12:29 PM

    Please advocate for all ballots to be printed by the US Mint, with security features like there are on our currency. Makes cheating a lot harder - and it's difficult to argue against ;-}