March 13, 2020

Since some of you are likely stuck at home, either because your workplace shut down or your Friday night plans got canceled, here’s something entertaining to help pass the time. Let's all wish a big “Happy Birthday” to MAD Magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee, who turns 99 today (Friday the 13th is not unlucky for him!)

One of the most widely loved and admired cartoonists both in and outside of the industry, Jaffee created and, for over 50 years, drew the “MAD Fold-ins” on the inside back covers (he recently turned it over to younger artists.) Those are the ingenious drawings that look like one thing but change into something else when you fold the page.

At this link is a brief interview about how came up with the idea and how he somehow creates them without ever folding them himself. Make it full screen, and you can read the examples they show.

And since it might be a long quarantine, here are 13 more…

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Last year, the New York Times launched the “1619 Project,” an attempt to rewrite American history to brainwash children into thinking America was founded not on freedom and equality but on the principle of preserving slavery (1619 was the year the first slaves arrived.) Never mind that many of the Founders detested slavery as an abomination and did everything in their power to oppose it. This false anti-American revisionism has even infected schools across America.

Fortunately, it’s also sparked a major backlash. Historians risked being branded racist by leftist academia and stood up to blast the Times’ propaganda for its bias and errors. It was especially helped when a group of black academics launched “The 1776 Initiative” to refute it, and blasted the “1619 Project” for its “infantilization of black America” and “the denial of blacks’ agency throughout their history.”

All this pushback is having a positive effect. The Times has been forced to issue a “clarification” to the "1619 Project." It’s only two words – they couldn’t bring themselves to admit any more than that -- but it has a similar effect as removing just one card from the bottom of a tall, teetering house of cards.


The way the media are covering the COVID-19 pandemic, you’d think that one of the symptoms of coronavirus was that your hair caught on fire. At the link, a comparison of today’s panic and hysteria to the way they downplayed the H1N1 swine flu pandemic under Obama. Apparently, another symptom of COVID-19 is that you forget what the word “unprecedented” means.

Take a break from all the fevered virus news with this interview with actor John Rhys-Davies, veteran of such films as the Indiana Jones and “Lord of the Rings” movies. He’s a skeptic, but he’s bravely outspoken in his appreciation of Christianity as the source of so many things that have made Western civilization great.

If you liked that, be sure to tune in tomorrow to “Huckabee” on TBN, when John Rhys-Davies will be my guest. We’ll be talking about his latest movie, “I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland,” which is on big screens for two nights only next week (including St. Patrick’s Day, of course) through Fathom Events.


The Wisdom of Chairman Joe: Blasting President Trump’s travel ban, Joe Biden piously declared, “A wall will not stop the coronavirus.” That prompted Rep. Dan Crenshaw to tweet back, “First, walls quite literally stop a virus. It’s kind of the whole point of a quarantine.” He added that if Biden meant it metaphorically, health experts agree that the travel ban greatly slowed the spread of the virus.

Someone should tell Joe that comments like that are never going to get him elected to the Senate.


Tom Hanks shared an update on how he and wife Rita Wilson are doing, after they were found to have the COVID-19 coronavirus. It just might be the most upbeat thing you’ll see in the news all day, and unlike all the purveyors of gloom, doom and panic, Hanks actually has the disease.


I don’t like to get into people’s personal lives, but Rep. Ilhan Omar announced that she has married the political consultant with whom she denied having a relationship after his previous wife accused her of breaking up their marriage.

If you’re wondering why she would make a marriage announcement on the same day as Trump’s pandemic address when nobody would notice it, it could be because she seems incapable of marrying anybody without opening up a huge Congressional ethics controversy.

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  • Robin Rebhan

    03/14/2020 11:38 AM

    I know it made our teachers cringe. But when I was a kid we read Mad Magazine, comics, adventure books and other kid stuff. And we read them cover to cover. BUT! We were reading! I don't recall seeing kids reading anything today. I think I would pass out if I saw a kid buy or read a comic book today.


    03/14/2020 11:07 AM

    Along w/ the above 1619 Project article. This scares me. It seems that our local library is purging all of the old history books on our country's history. The War of 1812 etc. etc. I can only assume that they are being replaced w/ newer slanted revised history versions. At this rate, in one generation the real historical facts of our country will be "history". I understand that old books and ones that are never unchecked out have to be removed to make room for newer publications. But, it scares me that there is an ulterior motive behind the purging of old history books.

  • james peace

    03/14/2020 10:25 AM

    Joe Biden matches up well with the coronavirus panic. Reaction in both cases by the news (sic) media is irrational!

  • Jerry Korba

    03/14/2020 10:22 AM

    Taking a shot at the Left; as people not having a venue to go to work has to be pleased by the Left they look at joblessness as a way for government to fund them and care for them thus controlling them the Left isn't fond of happiness people going to events sporting events musical events to isolate people from people is what the Left tries to do; less money in the pockets of individuals is also a plus means more dependence of government more control of the peoples
    life these are the goals of the Left. I am hopeful people will look at this situation we are in now and rethink the Sanders Idea the Biden ideas the ideas of the Left, Is this what American want for America? (had to say this) during relief efforts in the House Pelosi wanted to fund murder of babies thru abortion she tried to sneak that in; Evidence the Left Hate People: are the ideas of the Left for real Americans wanted? I am the opposite of the Left I am for Happiness Wealth and Good Health and God. MAGA

  • R. Conard

    03/14/2020 10:07 AM

    Can anyone tell me why the whole world is running around like their hair is on fire over this version of a coronavirus? The last one I remember was the swine flu, H1N1, in March 2009- March 2010. It sickened about 60,000,000 in the US, hospitalized about 250,000, and killed about 12,000. It wasn't such a big deal since the Obidenbama administration didn't declare it an emergency for 7 months. It wasn't even as bad as a normal year with influenza. I can't believe this hysterical response to this particular virus. China sends one of these things to us every few years it seems. I am truly amazed.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    03/14/2020 09:04 AM

    I have seen some of the ads on the tube about this 1619 Project. My thoughts are that the Africans rounded up some africans, actually sold the 1st 20 to set foot on American soil (which was a BRITISH TERRITORY at the time) to the Portuguese when another ship encountered them, seized their cargo and took it tothe BRITISH, at the time, it was the US that purchased the slaves, it was the BRITISH.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/14/2020 08:44 AM

    Wuhan Virus +:
    Force US RX to be made in the US
    Move other production to US ( save Tesla)?? Raise prices on cars for Xis govt then.
    End tourism to China
    Raise tariffs on China.
    Update our virus outbreak Med System.
    maybe cut HHS waste alone

  • Margie Babik

    03/14/2020 08:37 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee: I will say this over and over again, if we don't start suing these corrupt and divisive people for the inaccuracies that they purposely spread to poison the minds of our young Americans, this will never stop.

  • Jerry Korba

    03/14/2020 08:06 AM

    Look at the state the country is in today what does Socialism look like what does Communism look or feel like. Our media is a Communist like product reporting an agenda that fits its ideology. Rarely will you get truth or facts of daily activity Most of the reporting is negative of our country always negative at the accomplishments this country is achieving to listen to this media one would think everything is collapsing. With the media coming out of Washington DC NY LA The ideology from those districts are toxic and negative and anti American with the exception of our President. Rallies by our President are the basic outlets by most Americans can get a sense of what and how are country is actually doing I will miss them. MAGA vote Trump and his policies.

  • Kay DeWitt

    03/14/2020 06:32 AM

    I take it people who read my comments are not going to be turned off by my continual responses to these messages because I read them against the pain in my heart...that never goes away....because of all our school kids who have gone to early graves either because they killed themselves or were killed by another kid.....

    When a kid takes his, or her, life it is because he, or she, feels that life is not worth living....If their teachers had not been forbidden to make God a part of their curriculum, I wonder how many kids who took their own lives would still be alive today if one of their teachers HAD made God a part of their curriculum and explained TO them that, while "reading, writing, and arithmetic" were important educational tools we use in our lives , only God can give our lives meaning and it is the meaning He gives TO our lives that MAKES life worth living!

    And I wonder how many kids who were shot and killed in school by a fellow classmate would still be alive today had a teacher been allowed to tell kids, at an assembly, that God's love is THE most important thing in the world...that He loves EVERYONE and His love is far more important than the love of one's peers...and that His love can heal the pain that authors the ANGER that authors the HATE that moves a kid to want to kill another kid, or kids.....And maybe, just maybe, had a potential shooter heard that message the kids he wound up killing would still be alive today!

    Ask parents whose child was killed in one of the school shootings across this US of A how much it would have meant to THEM had their child's shooter met Jesus in school BEFORE he became angry enough to kill his, or her, child....Imagine this parent who lives every day with the whole in his, or her, heart that was left there when his, or her, child died, who, perhaps at times, is even tormented BY the thought "IF ONLY my child's killer had met Jesus in school" and then reads ABOUT what you , Mike, tell us in this newsletter where you state:

    "Last year, the New York Times launched the “1619 Project,” an attempt to rewrite American history to brainwash children into thinking America was founded not on freedom and equality but on the principle of preserving slavery (1619 was the year the first slaves arrived.) Never mind that many of the Founders detested slavery as an abomination and did everything in their power to oppose it. This false anti-American revisionism has even infected schools across America." ...

    ...DYING...KIDS!....and, to say it one more time, the Democrats' evil hatred is part of this problem!!!!!

  • Renee Kendrick

    03/14/2020 04:57 AM

    While the fearful were at home with their toilet paper, the opportunity was taken by my household to get out and enjoy a Friday evening. The places visited were far from crowded. Was able to help a waiter friend. He is one of the best on the planet. For all of the folks fearful of being without toilet paper because they have been led to believe that the majority of it is made in China, do an online search, such as "toilet paper made in the USA". They will discover that the "made in China" claim is false. Even so, I wonder how many "Made in China" items were purchased by the fearful due to them reacting to the situation over making decisions of what really was needed. Hmmm!

  • Barb Sabin

    03/14/2020 12:08 AM

    Dear brother Mike! Just reading about Rep Omar makes me feel like we have ALL fallen down some fairytale rabbit hole that leads to some crazy, Wacky, Wonderland! Just call me ALICE, because if that were you, your lovely daughter, or MOST ASSUREDLY, OUR PRECIOUS PRESIDENT, you would be up against some mighty stiff legal charges and kicked out of Washington with a quickness!!! I'm thinking it's gonna take at least FOUR MORE YEARS to get the swamp creatures EXORSIZED FROM DC!!! Thank God for Donald J Trump and for patriots like you, Governor!!! KEEP PRAYING FOR GODLY LEADERSHIP, AMERICA!!! AMEN

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/13/2020 11:48 PM

    It’s nice to read something that is not entirely scare junk about the virus ??

  • Judy Radley

    03/13/2020 11:34 PM

    I went out to a restaurant today, had coffee and ordered two fish fries to go. I did sneeze, just because of all the moisture in the air, but I sneezed into my napkin and then set it away from me and the busboy came and took my dirty coffee cup and napkin, threw my napkin in the trash. He also cleaned the table I was at with bleached water, which they always have done at this restaurant, even before any virus outbreaks or flu seasons. It is just part of the cleaning protocol that restaurants have to follow per the Dept. of Health. So yes, the concern of this recent virus is told as if no one ever thinks to keep areas clean, etc., and that people are too stupid to understand the dangers. But in reality, we aren't. And the govt., mostly the ones run by the gloom and doom liberals, don't think people are smart enough to take care of themselves. We are and thank goodness President Trump stopped flights from China and Iran when he did. He DID help stop the spread, but not just as a strong leader, but as a person with a lot of good common sense and a very wise man. What was the environment like when the polio outbreak happened? I think there was more panic then too. I asked my mother about it as she was born in 1937, but she doesn't remember a lot about it, but true history does tell that a similar panic happened, but it was also on the heels of the great depression too.

    Anyway, my family are continuing on with our daily routines, not paniking, but are not taking unnecessary risks either, like we postponed travel on an airplane, so self-regulating is always a good idea, all the time, not just during flu seasons or virus outbreaks. Things will get better as long as the govt. like Gov. Cuomo, gets out of the way and lets solutions work instead of using this who thing as a 'political agenda'. Like what most liberals do, they politicize tragic events. Just use common sense and be a little more cautious, but don't stop living life. It will be fine eventually.

  • Norman Scott

    03/13/2020 10:43 PM

    It is interesting to note the testing kits for the corona virus only test for antibodies and not for the virus itself. Testing before symptoms often shows inaccurate results! President Trump without symptoms does not need to be tested.

  • Gary Stilwell

    03/13/2020 10:32 PM

    As for Omar--she can marry who she wants(as long as it doesn't violate US law)--who are you to dictate this?--she may very well be a traitor to the US, but she does deserve the same accords that any citizen enjoys--assuming she IS a US citizen(at this point I am uncertain if this is true)--then she must defend her traitorous activities, which she cannot defend in any form--

  • Gene Blazer

    03/13/2020 09:54 PM

    Excellent summation Governor! Thank you for explaining this complex state of affairs!

  • Deborah A Todaro

    03/13/2020 09:43 PM

    with all the empty factories in the u.s., why are we buying medications from China and other countries? put america to work making our own medications and products!

  • Kevin J. Cook

    03/13/2020 09:30 PM

    “ Someone should tell Joe that comments like that are never going to get him elected to the Senate.”

  • Gladys Hizer

    03/13/2020 09:24 PM

    I did catch your comment about Biden's comment not getting him to the Senate! Thank you for the Mad Men fold-outs. I did go there and now my education is getting more complete. I don't think I read those magazines.

  • Nancy Stremmel

    03/13/2020 09:23 PM

    Rep. IlHan Omar needs to be held responsible, just like anyone,s past actions have been held responsible. sorry does not count.

  • Bob Janovick

    03/13/2020 09:16 PM

    RE: Omar. The very definition of money laundering!

  • Kathy Winterburn

    03/13/2020 09:14 PM

    I am so fustrated. Why can t Congress and the Senate vote solely on issues without adding other things to the bill. What is Pelosi doing adding abortion funding to the aid bill for the virus.. Infuriating!!?

  • Cynthia M Jacobs

    03/13/2020 09:06 PM

    Hi Governor! I'm writing because I'm very concerned that trusted media is making very bad decisions. I am watching Tucker Carlson's show and he is trying to incite panic and offering no solutions. Pretty much telling people you are going to die if you will need a ventilator. The last doctor he had on blatantly called the administration liars and incompetents and that we all should be very frightened. Once again, offering no solutions and just spewing "his" hate filled, panic inciting "truth". His next guest insinuated the need to incarcerate the homeless but wouldn't say it. Just presenting problems without solutions. What is the point of that? We all understand this could get bad. We understand the need to mitigate cases. We understand we have to be vigilant in hand washing and other public health measures. We understand we need to protect the vulnerable. Why is Tucker doing this? His show is not only unhelpful, it is harmful.
    Am I missing something? What do you think. Thanks Governor!

  • Elizabeth W. Odom

    03/13/2020 09:00 PM

    Just a note on the Pandemic. We tried to purchase our weekly "paper goods" today in our tiny rural town on the coast of Texas and there were none to be had. We have had no known virus in this whole area but people have denuded the stores: HEB, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Dollar General, and Family Dollar. All had empty shelves. Cannot figure why here suddenly. Was unexpected for sure.