THE MORNING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good morning! Here are some stories I think you will want to read.
- Morning News Briefs
- Top News: Gov't probe of 1/6 is a sham, but other litigation will tell it
- Prayer Tree
- And Much More
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
This verse was recommended by Albert K.
God made him who had no sin to be sinfor us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
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MORNING NEWS BRIEFS
2. Federal judge grants temporary injunction:
A federal judge in Texas granted a temporary injunction to 35 Navy SEALS seeking a religious exemption to President Biden’s vaccine mandate.
The judge ruled that the mandate does heavily burden their religious beliefs and the government hasn’t shown that it’s the least restrictive way of ensuring a healthy fighting force. Indeed, at least six of the SEALS had conducted large-scale trainings during the pandemic with no incident.
But the most important quote in the ruling, and one that should be more widely applied, quoted and sent to the White House, Congress and Supreme Court as a reminder, is this (I might even get it embroidered on a pillow):
“The Navy service members in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect. The COVID-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”
3. "Presidenting Is Hard!”:
President Biden’s sharp attacks on how President Trump handled the pandemic are coming back to haunt him. Latest example: his accusation that it was a “travesty” that there weren’t enough COVID tests when, over a year later and under his “leadership,” there are still nowhere near enough COVID tests. I assume they’re all stuck out in L.A. harbor, on a boat from China.
4. Texas victims of "bail reform" grow:
Most Americans think of Texas as a state where laws are enforced and rationality still rules. Sadly, some of the biggest cities, like Houston and Austin, have been taken over by “progressive” Democrats who have instituted some of the same insane policies that are driving people to flee states like California for Texas.
And here’s the price that gets paid, even in a state where people are allowed to carry weapons and fight back. Thanks to “bail reform” (letting known criminals out of jail to victimize people again), 113 capital murder defendants in Harris County, home of Houston, have been let out on bail. Thanks to such policies, total murders leaped to 473 in 2021, and since 2018, 156 people have been killed by criminal defendants let out on bond.
You’d think that Texans would be smart enough to know that “catch and release” is a policy for fish, not murderers. Maybe it's because of all the California voters who've moved there.
5. Population growth slows considerably:
If the government is going to keep running up a massive debt on future generations’ tab, we’re going to need future generations to pay them off. But the Census Bureau reports that last year, US population growth was only 0.1%, the lowest in history. The birth rate is so low, we added fewer than one million people last year for the first time since 1937.
If our political leaders want someone to pay the taxes to fund their lavish pensions, they’d better stop telling young people to wear three masks, stay home and keep six feet apart.
6. Feel-Good Story of the Day:
When the surge in COVID cases made it impossible to hold a 102nd birthday party for this World War II veteran, take a look at how his town managed to salute him anyway.
7. TOP NEWS: Gov't probe of 1/6 is a sham, but other litigation will tell it:
Yesterday, we talked about the need to dig deep into conspiracy theories for which there’s credible evidence, noting that the term “conspiracy theory” itself is neutral until facts emerge that prove or disprove it. The claim that the Capitol Hill security breach was more of a “fed-surrection” than an insurrection is one of those so-called conspiracy theories that deserve to be taken seriously. So let’s take a closer look.
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In a preposterous reach, Sen. Chuck Schumer is using January 6 to try to justify ending the filibuster so the Senate can pass the “election reform” bill that Democrats so desperately want passed, to help them cheat---I mean, preserve democracy. (Pardon my bluntness, but affecting the outcome of elections is undoubtedly what they want to use this for.) Mark Elias is already using the courts for this, but they really need a, shall we say, comprehensive strategy to ensure a win this time.
Laura Ingraham, on FOX News’ Ingraham Angle, showed the clip of Sen. Schumer saying to Joy Reid on MSNBC, “...If we don’t change the [filibuster] rules, the Republicans will block this [election reform], and our democracy could be at risk, and even wither, invariably, in real ways.”
Thanks to Laura for pointing out that in 2005, when Republicans held the majority, Schumer was saying the opposite about the filibuster. Today, he assumes most of us are too stupid to realize that, or to understand that if the Senate ends the filibuster rule and passes the so-called “Voting Rights” bill, we’ll have one-party rule and the whole Democrat agenda will be forced through, regardless of what voters think of it.
But, to get back to my original point, Schumer is using January 6 as a pretext for all of this. As we’ve said, the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill breach plays into the hands of Democrats so incredibly well, we’d naturally suspect that if Republicans hadn’t planned it to happen, the Democrats would’ve MADE it happen. So, did they? That’s a conspiracy theory –- so far neither proven or disproven –- but we’re finding out more all the time that strongly suggests covert federal operatives were urging it on.
Fortunately, even though Congress won’t do its oversight job on this –- does anyone seriously think their “committee” is anything more than a kangaroo court? –- there are other ways to uncover the full story of what happened, and one is through evidence submitted in actual court cases. To cite another example of how this works, recall that Special Counsel John Durham’s “Russia” investigation was helped a great deal by litigation that went on in London in a civil suit brought by Alfa Bank against Christopher Steele of “dossier” fame. Durham learned a LOT from testimony in that case. Likewise, even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “special committee” won’t be turning over the rocks we’d want them to, other litigation regarding January 6 could bring to light key information.
For example, in the government’s case against Kelly Meggs, an Oath Keepers member accused of conspiring to storm the Capitol, his attorney Jon Moseley is calling some very interesting witnesses: Ray Epps (a riot instigator who’s strangely not being prosecuted), Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes (ditto), and “Utah activist” John Sullivan (an apparent leftist agitator).
Mosely told National File that he believes their testimony will prove his client’s innocence and also that the entire prosecution is politically motivated.
National File reports: “FBI sources stold Reuters earlier this year that there was little to zero evidence of any plans to take hostages in the Capitol and stop the count of electoral votes.” Yet this level of interference is what Schumer uses as an excuse to end the filibuster and federalize elections.
National File also cites the Revolver News investigative reports that we’ve been bringing you. What they’ve turned up is highly suggestive that Rhodes was working in some capacity for the federal government while there that day. While defendant Meggs has been held without bail for nearly a year (!), Rhodes, for some reason, was interviewed by the FBI but was not been charged with any crime.
As for Epps, Revolver News exposed him as someone who, on both January 5 and 6, took to a bullhorn and urged conservatives to storm the Capitol during Trump’s rally. He’s on video –- check out Rumble –- “telling people to enter the Capitol and beat up police,” Moseley said. You’d think someone caught on video doing something like that would’ve been at the top of the list for indictment and detention without bail, but for some reason he just wasn’t.
In case you didn’t see this the first time we linked to it, here’s the most recent Revolver News report on Ray Epps. It’s extremely detailed but highly recommended; you might need to come back to it later.
About a month ago, National File reported that they had obtained documentation of an FBI interview with “Person 10,” the Oath Keepers member who planned the security detail for that day, that made it clear: Oath Keepers had had no plans to storm the Capitol on January 6.
But according to Moseley, the indictment against his client alleges there was “a well-plotted Oath Keepers conspiracy to take over the Capitol on January 6.” He describes this allegation as the government “doubling down on things they know were false.” “Person 10,” according to FBI notes, made it clear he had no idea this was going to happen and “could not believe” people went into the Capitol. He, Rhodes and others had dinner at the Olive Garden that night and talked about this and also, incidentally, about “a girl that was shot.” I wonder if they knew then that the girl, Ashli Babbitt, had been unarmed and was shot in cold blood by federal security.
National File reports that “the interview with Person 10 now makes clear that he sought to remove Oath Keepers from any danger at the Capitol, and stop fights between protesters and police officers.” He said he was in charge of what they called their “Quick Detention Force,” which was intended to help provide security if there was an attack by “antifa or others.” It was never activated, he said.
Moseley told National File that they’ve got lots of other things they’re going to do as part of Kelly Meggs’ defense. He says other witnesses have confirmed “Person 10’s” story to the FBI. He suspects prosecutorial misconduct and will be seeking notes from the grand jury to determine this.
In another court case, a 39-year-old mother of four from Minnesota, Victoria White, is claiming that on January 6, she was forced into an entrance, trapped in a crush of people, and repeatedly beaten by police. Surveillance footage reportedly shows the woman, visible in a red MAGA hat, being hit with a baton and fist nearly 40 times in about 4 minutes.
A judge in the case has ordered that three hours of video from that day be released. So once again, it’s through court cases related to January 6 --- NOT the government’s sham “investigation” --- that will tell us more of what we need to know about that day.
8. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Images of America's cities, landscapes and people. This is Missoula, Montana.
9. Prayer Tree:
We are stronger together.
Our hope is that our newsletter readers and social media followers will consider these prayer requests each day. To submit your own prayer request, go to my website here.
HEALTH AND HEALING
"Please pray for my brother, Tom and his wife, Deanna, who are both in the hospital in Louisiana with the flu. They both tested negative for Covid, and I am very grateful for that."
"Please pray for my two granddaughters who are being forced to be vaccinated in order to attend school in New Orleans, LA. The deadline is Feb 1st! My daughter is a single parent working & going to school. She cannot move or quit her job, it would be financially devastating. There has to be a way to protect my granddaughters from being vaccinated, but we don’t know how. I am praying that somehow God will intervene! I am worried sick my granddaughters health & possible consequences of being forced thru a mandate by our mayor to be vaccinated! Please pray for us!"
"Please pray for my close friend of 40 years BIG JIM who is currently in ICU suffering from pneumonia and sepsis. He is stable but in extremely critical condition. God gifted him with one of the kindest hearts that I have ever known. Please pray for a full recovery. ??"
"My youngest son Matt has had Covid since before Christmas, feeling extremely weak, and today began to throw up coagulated blood. He has six adopted children (4-15) and is the sole breadwinner, teaching Biblical Worldview online for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. He's in the ER at Del Webb Hospital in Sun City waiting for a room and for testing. His wife Carol, his children and I (Mom) need Matthew badly. Please pray for Matt's treatment, healing and full recovery. Because of Covid we cannot be with Matt, but praise God we can text & call on his cell phone."
"My grandson Jacob who is in the hospital ICU unit with Cancer, Covid, and pneumonia. He needs prayer and Gods help to get through this and so does all of his family. Thanks for your prayers."
"Our neighbors are making meth in their house on our street, and so far, an arrest has not been made. They also have young children in the house affected by it. Pray that the Lord will intervene in this situation."
"My dear cousin EB has cancer and is suffering stroke-like symptoms- she cannot speak and paralyzed on one side. Please pray for healing and comfort for her and her family. Thank you."
"I need you to please pray for my husband his name is Lloyd Morton, he has a pacemaker and he has had a pacemaker for 11 years they replaced it a year ago and now he is having problems, because a doctor gave him medicine that caused him to almost die and now he is having problems with his heart they say , so please pray for him I know that my God can heal him I just need you to help me pray for him. Thank you."
"Please prayer for parents of youngsters to focus on them and not all of the other distractions that life offers these days. Please pray for an alcoholic nephew who just re-entered rehab. Guide him to success this time."
10. Hymnal: How Great Thou Art
Today's hymn is recommended by Sally J.
O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.
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11. I Just Wanted To Say:
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