April 12, 2019


Dear Miss Mannerly:

I recently had to testify before a congressional committee, and in giving an honest answer I used a word that enraged a lot of people. This particular three-letter word (starts with “s” and rhymes with “try”) very accurately described the activity in question, but there was a lot of feigned shock at hearing it, even though what I said was completely true. There should be nothing controversial about it. Let me assure you, Miss Mannerly, I am going absolutely by the book here, but many are trying to discredit me and even demanding that I apologize for saying this perfectly descriptive word instead of some tepid euphemism. What should I do? (P.S. It was not a swear word, though I felt like swearing.)


Gentle reader:

If you were testifying before Congress and telling the unvarnished truth, as is required, then you have nothing to apologize for, as long as it was not the sort of word that shouldn’t be said in mixed company. For now, just keep your head down, weather the storm and do your job. It sounds as if these people should be apologizing to YOU for their behavior–- not that this will ever happen. Miss Mannerly believes it was Rudyard Kipling who advised keeping your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. You sound like the sort of person who is more than capable of doing this.


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Dear Miss Mannerly:


I am a British rock superstar who just had heart valve surgery. Of course, in the U.K., we have the National Health Service, which means you can’t always get what you want, or even what you need. Since I can easily afford the very best of care, with no wait (time waits for no one), I traveled to the United States for the surgery. I am doing great –- it was a walk in the park.


The problem is, I wonder what my fans back home think about me getting this special treatment when they would have to wait a long time and maybe even die. Should I apologize, Miss Mannerly? I could have my people issue a statement.


Gentle reader:

Miss Mannerly is pleased to hear of your successful surgery and is aware that people in your country often wait many months for care. Of course, this is not your fault –- when health care is “free,” one must of necessity take what one gets.


What you really should do is fall to your knees and say THANK YOU to the United States of America and hope that the American health care system never becomes the equivalent of your NHS. If that happened, where would you go for your next three heart valve replacements?



Dear Miss Mannerly:

I am dismayed after reading a news story about the Amazon virtual assistant “Alexa.” Alexa has been a member of our household for some time, and now I see that Amazon employees are actually listening to the conversations we have in our home and may even be transcribing some of them! They have employees working full shifts in unmarked buildings around the world, reviewing as many as 1,000 audio clips a day. They say they’re feeding these conversations back into the system to “eliminate gaps” in Alexa’s understanding of human speech patterns.


I was already a little concerned that someone might be listening without our knowledge, but it just seemed to be the wave of the future. In this story, though, they admit to picking up some embarrassing and even disturbing things. They also say that as a way of relieving stress, employees share details of the conversations in their internal chat room.


Amazon is saying this feature can be turned off with the app on my phone, but I don’t know if I can trust this to work. There’s really no way for me to know. They also say the conversations are held in strict confidence, but, again, that’s just their claim.


My question to you, Miss Mannerly, is this: Now that I know real people may be listening in at any time, am I obligated to be scrupulously polite every minute, just in case? I wouldn’t want to inadvertently offend some innocent, stressed-out Amazon employee who is being paid to listen to my private conversations.


Gentle reader:

How nice of you to care about the feelings of Amazon employees who are just minding their own business and doing the job Amazon pays them to do. Many people these days don’t care if they offend people they come into contact with, let alone people halfway around the world whom they’ve never met.


Miss Mannerly assumes that you are always polite when you are addressing Alexa, even though she is not a human being per se. And, of course, you are always pleasant and thoughtful when addressing other members of your household, and certainly your guests. Miss Mannerly’s advice would be for you to acknowledge the Amazon employees from time to time, in case they are listening, since, in a way, they are guests in your home. After you engage Alexa, just say, “Hello, Amazon workers! Hope you’re having a nice day. Never mind what I said about Jeff Bezos earlier this afternoon.”


Between us, it is wrong for Amazon to be secretly listening in on your conversations. This is called “spying,” and, yes, you may use that word instead of some tepid euphemism. When you invited Alexa into your home –- which Miss Mannerly personally would not do –- it was not sufficiently clear that you were inviting Amazon, too. (Who reads all that fine print?) No, Amazon should not be eavesdropping on you. With all due respect, who do they think they are, the FBI?



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I am honestly trying to be nice to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by not commenting on everything she says, but this latest brain dropping…wow.  The nicest thing I can say is to offer her the time-tested advice that it’s best to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.




Today’s “Talking Out Of Both Sides of Mouth” Award goes to CNN commentator Samantha Vinograd, who in one comment on Wolf Blitzer’s show Tuesday, slammed President Trump for his “inhumane treatment” of illegal migrant families by separating them from their children at the border while admitting that it happened under Obama, too, but when Obama did it, it was “for their protection.”


Here’s a direct quote slamming Trump, and brace yourself so you don’t get whiplash:


“He’s systemized that inhumane treatment that, again, Obama was doing to protect the children.”


She’s right: I think it’s high time Americans expressed more appreciation for all the inhumane treatment that Obama did to children to protect them.

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As I wrote earlier this week, don’t judge politicians by their words, which can be slipperier than eels and as worthless as Michael Avenatti’s IOUs.  Judge them by their priorities.  Latest example: 


In New York, the full Democratic takeover of the state government has already resulted in a radical pro-abortion bill and proposals to slap even more taxes on virtually everything while giving politicians a big pay raise. 


Now, New York’s Democratic Assembly has approved a budget that would spend $27 million on college tuition aid for illegal immigrants while blocking a bill to expand tuition aid to children of deceased and disabled military veterans.  The chair of the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee said that with a tight budget, Gold Star families already get enough tuition aid: $2.7 million.  For the math-challenged, that’s one-tenth of what they allocated to illegal immigrants.  Can we take that as a general guideline for how much importance they attach to each group?




The wacky grandpa of socialism, Bernie Sanders, inadvertently promoted capitalism.  He admitted that he was a millionaire, but tried to distance himself from those evil billionaire capitalists who run businesses, provides services and create jobs by explaining that he just wrote a best-selling book, and “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”


So if America’s economic system is so great that anyone who can write a book people like can easily become a millionaire, why does he think it’s so unfair that it needs to be radically transformed?


Ironically, if this were a socialist country, Bernie would probably be a billionaire.  Under socialism, top-level “public servants” in the ruling socialist party are the only people who become billionaires.



Note to Hillary Clinton: before insinuating that people who say “Make America Great Again” are white nationalists, maybe check the video archives to make sure you aren’t calling your own husband a white nationalist.





Congratulations to Candace Owens for proving the old showbiz adage that if you give the people what they want, they’ll show up to see it.



This is an excellent article by Patricia McCarthy at on how the Democrats have been reduced to railing madly against things that have already been proven indisputably true, such as that people in the Obama intelligence agencies spied on members of Trump’s campaign.  Extra points to her for using one of my favorite references from “Casablanca”: “I’m shocked to discover there’s gambling at Rick’s!” (“Your winnings, sir.”)


All the over-the-top melodramatics about Attorney General Barr using the simple, accurate term “spying” (which his Democratic questioner actually said first) have included suggestions that what he should have said was “intelligence gathering” or “inappropriate surveillance” (in other words: “spying.”)  I wondered why that struck me so funny, and then I realized: it’s straight out of one of the late George Carlin’s greatest comedy routines. 


Back in the days when comedians were funny, Carlin loved examining how people manipulate language.  One of his premises was that people take simple, direct, bluntly accurate terms and expand and soften them into fuzzy, vague, gaseous euphemisms, with the idea that making a term less clear somehow removes the ugliness from the truth it refers to.


Some of Carlin’s examples: “False teeth” became “dental appliances.” “The dump” became “the landfill.” “Toilet paper” is now “bathroom tissue.” “Deaf” became “hearing-impaired.”  “Old people” turned into “senior citizens.” “Constipation” became “occasional irregularity.” “Crippled” became “physically-challenged,” then “differently-abled.”  And his sharpest observation of all: the clear, direct World War I term “shell shock”  morphed into “battle fatigue,” then became “post-traumatic stress disorder.”  He observed that people erroneously believe that by softening the words, the pain goes away.  But they're only fooling themselves. He said if we still called it “shell shock,” maybe the soldiers who needed help would have actually gotten it. 


The Democrats in Congress and the media can fall on the fainting couch at the word “spying;” they can call it “inappropriate surveillance” or “uninvited observing” or “confidential surreptitious curiosity” or whatever they like.  But by this point, they’re only fooling themselves, not the public or the Attorney General.     


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I’ve been warning for a long time that in the great “intersectional” victim group Rubik’s Cube that is the modern Democratic Party, women’s rights have been rotated to the bottom.  While women created the MeToo movement to assert their right not to be made uncomfortable by men becoming too physically intimate against their wills, “progressive” Democrats have moved on to “transgender rights” and started using the force of law to allow men who claim to “identify” as women to use female bathrooms, lockers, showers and fitting rooms.  Any woman who complains about biological males being in such private places is branded a “transphobe.”  One woman was even expelled from her health club for daring to complain about a man in the women’s locker room. 


More recently, we’ve seen “transgender” athletes taking over women’s sports, using their testosterone-fueled male strength and size to win both professional female boxing matches and high school trophies and scholarships in everything from girls’ track to wrestling.  Many parents are complaining that all their daughters' effort and training is for nothing, and it isn’t fair.  But saying there is a physical difference between men and women, and a male can’t become a biological female or vice versa – a bit of plain common sense universally accepted from the dawn of time up until a few years ago -- gets them condemned as bigots by PC school officials and LGBTQ activists.  Not even feminist sports icons such as Martina Navratilova are immune from being vilified for speaking the obvious truth. (Welcome to the club, folks!)    


Yet many women inexplicably keep voting for leftists who make the rights of women and girls their lowest priority, and now that they hold the House again, they’re trying to make it official.  Under the deceptive misnomer “The Equality Act,” 233 out of 234 House Democrats (and incredibly, two Republicans) just voted to amend the Civil Rights Act to force all girls’ sports teams to admit transgender athletes (aka, boys who “identify” as girls.)  Critics predict it could spell the death of girls’ scholastic sports.  Women who don’t think it’s fair that they should have to wrestle men should wrestle for a while with the question of why they still vote for these politicians.





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  • Zelda Lee Hoover

    04/15/2019 11:23 AM

    All of this is a brain killer. I find it difficult/impossible to believe there are so,o,o many idiots/insane people in our great America. Heaven help us ! Pray... Don't stop writing Mike,we need you.

  • Lynn Miller

    04/15/2019 07:44 AM

    I'd be fine, just fine, filling "sanctuary cities" with lawless illegals.... so long as:
    1) that city and state had their federal entitlement budgets frozen at current population levels. Not a dime more!
    2) Walls, gates, doors, and locks are removed throughout the "sanctuary" since everyone is so wonderful
    3) total seclusion of that state or "sanctuary city" was doable, keeping every single "immigrant" and the "sanctuary" supporter inside the
    mess they created. The problem with libs is they ruin their own home cities, states, and then they relocate, pack up and move to nice
    conservative, hardworking fly over areas.

  • gary stilwell

    04/14/2019 09:15 PM

    Several issues---
    Pres. Trump is proposing the massive illegals be sent to the Federally unlawful "Sanctuary Cities" This is absolutely a brilliant move!! The only thing he failed to do was deny any Federal Funds(that would be MY taxes) to support the States that ascribe to the sanctuary cities. I, as a US Citizen, oppose any of my tax dollars being spent in support of these claimed "sanctuary Cities", for ANY Federal monies that are directly or indirectly targeted for the relief of ANY illegal immigrants into MY Country.

  • Helen Collette Ellenberger

    04/14/2019 10:26 AM

    This was one of your best editorials yet! You made everything clear by putting down words that meant what they are supposed to mean. I especially loved the part about George Carlin. I wonder what new words he would have come up with regarding today's political world? Would have been interesting! Thanks again, Mike, for keeping America 'on track'.

  • Regena Brown

    04/13/2019 05:10 PM

    I am certainly fed up with all the hoopla about President Trump's taxes; all the FB folks seem to think that the Ways and Means Committee can demand to see his returns and that he faces prison if he does not comply. Once and for all, can you tell me if he does have to provide his returns or NOT. Seems like a reach and more harassment of the president. Why don't all the Democrats show theirs, amassing wealth while in office, but President Trump has his when he went into office. Please help explain all of that to me.

  • rodney burke

    04/13/2019 04:35 PM

    Time to be nice to AOC is past. She has opened her mouth and left no doubt. As for NY, I think the cleaned up DOJ needs to move into Albany and put the legislature in jail. maybe the State troopers will help to make the STATE sane. Dems have fallen off a cliff. Yep, the proper word IS spying. Jim Comey told someone the very definition of spying. It was an external trying to get IN the internal. They are messing with the wrong guy. He's been around FAR too long to pay any attention to their "lies and video tape." He needs a BIG broom to sweep out the corruption in the DS. And he needs to use it liberally to sweep out the trash and dispose of it. Yeah, the FB post was right, "Now it's MY turn."

  • James Shotwell

    04/13/2019 02:37 PM

    My favorite manipulation: died, passed away, past. What's next, p?

  • LeeMar Zarr

    04/13/2019 01:27 PM

    Okay ENOUGH!!!... PLEASE MR. PRESIDENT Give the CA governor what he and Plosive want... reassign ALL border guards and remove ALL restrictions across the entire CA border. Reassign the agents/guards to other areas like TX or elsewhere. Please stop fighting the Democratic pact in CA, and just give them what they want.."NO BORDER RESTRICTIONS in CA!" It will not take very long for word to spread throughout the caravans that CA is OPEN...all you have to do is get there and cross over into the "Sanctuary Holly Promise Land." This should clear out most of the over populations and crowds at the other border crossing check points. Beneto, Pelosi and the list goes on and on that want open borders should be very happy the President Capitulates to their demands. Also go that extra mile for Beneto/Pelosi and ALL the other open border providing A/C buses for those "refugees" that want to live in NY, or Mass or even the DC area and be very close to the very symbols of freedom like the Plymouth Rock, Statue of Liberty and the Great Capital the epitome of freedom of this Nation of WE the People.

  • Eleanor Allert

    04/13/2019 01:14 PM

    I believe this is what Jesus was talking about when He said, "For there will be such tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now..." (Matthew 24:21). Who would have ever thought that such things could occur in a civilized society when we were young, in the 1960's

  • diana Marie brown

    04/13/2019 12:34 PM

    I listened this morning to the u tube channel and Glen Beck. I would encourage everyone to participate in this program hosted by Glen Beck on the u tube channel. He is very informative and educational with regard to our problem in this country about the invasion. Basically, it goes back to the Cloward and Piven thought and the top down, bottom up premise. It all starts in Chicago, Illinois with lots of financial backing by George Soros and others. Everyone should listen to this and I encourage you to pass this information around because our country is in a crisis when it concerns the invasion of illegals. Just my personal thoughts on this subject.

  • Dot Whitley

    04/13/2019 11:56 AM

    Everything you wrote about is true, and sickening , except the part about girls losing their chances to win in sports on account of pretend females competing against them . It thrills me to no end, because now there's a chance that the Lord will open their eyes to see that you don't try to change the way God created things. Now maybe they will have to admit that there's a great difference between male and female, and we should thank the Lord God for it, and each one stay in our places. God said He did all things well, and I kind of believe he did. I love being a woman, and I love that there's men .

  • Joe A. Kunkle

    04/13/2019 11:22 AM

    I hear some of my Christian friends say, regarding politicians and their agendas, "It is so confusing! I don't know who or what to believe!" Jesus gave us a very simple way to know whom to believe! "By their fruit you shall know them!" Ask yourself who defends the right to life, and who is okay with slaughtering babies? Who respects our country's flag, and who is okay with trampling and burning it? Who loves our country and the freedoms it champions, and who seeks to forfeit our national sovereignty to foreign global governance? Who upholds Christian principles, and who has fought to remove prayer and Bible reading from our schools? Who is suing Christians for taking a stand on their religious convictions, and who appointed the judges that are violating the Constitution by awarding these outrageous law suits? It's not really that hard to figure out!

  • Becky Aheren

    04/13/2019 09:57 AM

    I have wondered lately, why those in the news did not comment on the women democrat that asked Barr 'If he thought Trump was spied on? She is the one using the word spied, that so many are having a fit about. He just answered her question. A congresswoman uses the word spy, and I guess thats okey, just not Barr.

  • June St. James-Pfouts

    04/13/2019 04:05 AM

    Sheer madness. All of it is madness. "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party" in constant process. Poor Alice. She would be even more bewildered today when falling into that rabbit hole. In fact, I am beginning to feel very much like Alice. The Queen of Hearts and her hatchet is waiting. How on earth are sane people to navigate this craziness?

  • Cynthia Rasmussen

    04/13/2019 02:07 AM

    Some of the latest “shock” and “outrage” expressed by the liberal Democrats now that we have an “adult in the room” who is willing to expose the truth (AG Barr), I am reminded of the old adage that “you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” The news media (fake news) would do well to remember this one.

  • Cynthia Rasmussen

    04/13/2019 02:06 AM

    Some of the latest “shock” and “outrage” expressed by the liberal Democrats now that we have an “adult in the room” who is willing to expose the truth (AG Barr), I am reminded of the old adage that “you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” The news media (fake news) would do well to remember this one.

  • Steve McDonnough

    04/13/2019 01:43 AM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    A week or so ago I made the statement that President Trump should open California's southern border totally and get rid of ICE and the Border Patrol in that area. Actually I would also include making that the only Port of Entry into the United States from the south. That should please the Left Coast since they are adamant about open borders. Then they could deal with all the problems of Illegals themselves, including providing places to live and feeding them, AND the crime that would come with it.
    Today I read that the President is seriously considering sending ALL Illegals to Sanctuary Cities. (It seems great minds do think alike! Ha. Just joking about that).
    I also read that Pelosi and others of her ilk are totally pissed at President Trump for even considering doing that!! I don't get it. She lives in a sanctuary city. She lives in and represents a sanctuary state, and she wants open borders. She is in favor of everything "sanctuary" except the Sanctuary in a Bible teaching church. But pissed at Trump for considering sending the illegals to her world!!! Unbelievable!
    I think it is just absolutely HILARIOUS!! Sometimes I am not real sure of when to use the word "Ironic". However, I do believe it fits here.
    She and others like her are total morons.

  • Ed

    04/12/2019 11:37 PM

    Love every bit of this!

  • Peggy S Nelson

    04/12/2019 10:52 PM

    Great post. I don't often post but I do read. Thanks for taking time to keep us informed.

  • Robert F. Dimlich

    04/12/2019 10:27 PM

    I know there ae those who are fighting for what is right. We have gone so far done the slippery rope, I question where the right can win. When man determines to go his own way God says in Romans 1: "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Because when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, etc.. Where God also gave then up to uncleanness, to dishonor their own bodies between them. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections. God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do thisoe things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness . . .. Who knowing the judgment of God that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

  • Ann Bruce Pineda

    04/12/2019 09:49 PM

    Please watch the 2017 interview of Carmen Aristegui with Julian Assange and congratulate POTUS for following your directions by saying he knows nothing about Wikileaks. He's so smart to let AG Barr consider the magnitude of the crime committed and keep quiet about it himself. Your comments and those of Miss Mannerly were amazing tonight. Thank you for your wit and wisdom. Let's please keep all the videos of creepy uncle Joe for the general election, but don't forget to pull out the one where Biden stares at Jeff Sessions' tiny granddaughter, leans over, reaches out, and POW! Then Sen. (?) Sessions swats Biden's hand. My friend insists it was photo shopped but it's too smooth. I'm sure it's real. So is the photo of Chris Coombs daughter (?), visibly uncomfortable while Coombs, her father(?), smiles for the camera. I understand, Brother Mike, that MeToo has gone toooo far; but Joe Biden is not just affectionate. You are affectionate but with your smile and your encouraging words. If half of what I've seen is real, Biden seems to me to be a pervert. He has shown gross disrespect for his wife and the husbands of the women, including Ash Carter, but what does he do to little girls when there's no camera recording him? I see missionaries who do the same thing but it's still disgusting. We have to believe that Protestant pastors and missionaries are not like Roman Catholic priests.

  • Anne B Eagle

    04/12/2019 09:23 PM

    YES ! YES ! YES !!! Sanctuary cities should be priviledged to house, feed, educate and clothe all those illegals they've claimed to welcome. Let them put their money where their mouths are. Pelosi is being a 1st class hypocrite, as usual. Let's keep the worst of them in her back yard........

  • Carl Smith

    04/12/2019 08:49 PM

    I'm proud to see someone in the WH has picked up on my thoughts of a few years ago. Just line up the ACLU sponsored buses and transport ALL the Undocumented Democrats to their enclaves for resettlement. I mean this is what the ACLU stands for is It NOT?
    The Institutions of Higher Indoctrination that actually condone FREE Speech ABUSES Lose Funding and if that means shutting down the candidates for Google, Twitter, etc. who are perfectly alright to SPY on ordinary citizens while assisting China in it's programs to insure World Dominance in less than 20 year Then So be it!
    I have a few hundred more but my Question is Not how this has happened but WHY have Americans tolerated it ?

  • Joseph Arena

    04/12/2019 08:00 PM

    In one of the topics in this Evening Edition mentioned NY State allotting 27 million dollars for college tuition aid for illegals. There are an estimated 36,000 illegals in NYC public schools. NYC spends about $21,000 per student. That amounts to 756 million dollars to educate illegals. So that puts NY tax payers on the hook for 783 million. I know that the SCOTUS says we have to educate illegals if they are here but if they weren’t here that money could be used to help solve the homeless problem and others. Oh, and God forbid, maybe even lower taxes.

  • Stephen Russell

    04/12/2019 07:20 PM

    Alexa Amazon: this story Proves my point, we had a Alexa & for no reason it would glow Green (Intercom) when NO command given.
    Todays story will cost Amazon since smart ones will seek to return Echo to Amazon.
    Or trash them
    Got rid of mine last year or late 2017.
    I tried to contact Amazon about issue But Amazon did Nothing.
    Maybe see Amazon stock drop might Help some.
    Dislike smart homes when devices are "bugged" to hear your conversations when U dont give commands.
    Green is Intercom mode IE listen & & speak mode
    Red is for seeking, or trouble.
    Blue is OK.
    Applies to Google other devices 2