November 20, 2017


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Today's Commentary:  President Trump fires back -- Hate crimes -- ESPN host rants about protests of NFL-- David Cassidy -- A final farewell -- Diversity Visa Lottery Review -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries


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President Trump is taking flak over yet another impolitic tweet, this time about the UCLA basketball players who could have faced 10 years in prison in China for shoplifting, but who are now safely home because Trump intervened. The father of one of the players, LaVar Ball, rudely dismissed Trump’s efforts to ESPN, replying, “Who?,” then going on to say, “They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes…I'm from L.A., I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.” Trump tweeted back that Ball’s father was “unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”

Naturally, the media are jumping all over Trump for saying he should’ve left them in jail.


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Hate crimes

By Mike Huckabee

To hear the media tell it, you’d think since Donald Trump started running for President, America has been beset with a tidal wave of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes. Well, the FBI just released a new report, tallying up and cataloging all the reported hate crimes across America in 2016.

The total number of bias crime incidents of all types (race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) reported nationwide in 2016 was 6,121. Even one is too many, but that’s not appreciably more than the 5,818 reported in 2015. Of those, the number one victims were Jews. 684 incidents involved Jews; 307 involved Muslim victims. But is that a big increase since Trump’s ascent? No, in 2015, the number of hate crime incidents against Jews was 730, and against Muslims: 307.

If the media were writing stories based on facts instead of their own perceptions and opinions, we’d be seeing twice as many about anti-Semitism as we do about Islamophobia. What is the likelihood of that?


ESPN host rants about protests of NFL

By Mike Huckabee

An ESPN host went off on a rant against those who are dropping their subscriptions over the politicizing of sports coverage and the NFL. It’s kind of hard to decipher exactly what he’s talking about, with all the contradictions and bleeps for the profanity, but apparently, he’s claiming that nobody has ever criticized ESPN to his face, and that people aren’t really dropping ESPN because then they’d have to read books by candlelight and nobody’s dumb enough to do that instead of watching TV sports, so he’s trying to “educate” us about the truth.

Tip for students: If anyone who claims to educate you tells you it would be dumb to read a book when you could be watching sports on TV, change classes immediately.


David Cassidy

By Mike Huckabee

One-time teen idol and “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy, 67, is reported to be near the end, after going into multiple organ failure and being placed in a coma. In 2015, Cassidy was diagnosed with dementia, a disease that killed his mother, and his health has been declining for the past couple of months. His family has reportedly gathered by his bedside. I’m sure that millions of people who spent their teenage years singing along to “I Think I Love You” or “I Woke Up In Love This Morning,” are praying for him and join his family in both their sadness and their happy memories of David Cassidy.


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A final farewell

By Mike Huckabee

The music world bid a final farewell this weekend to two men who made big marks in very different genres. Rock guitarist Malcolm Young of the venerable Australian hard rock band AC/DC has died at 64 after a three-year battle with dementia. While his brother Angus got most of the attention, with his wild antics and short-pants schoolboy uniform, Malcolm anchored the band’s heavy sound and wrote many of its classic rock anthems. And here’s a bit of trivia you probably never would have guessed: the Young brothers actually took the electrifying name AC/DC from the label on the back of their sister’s sewing machine.

Nashville is in mourning today over the passing of a very different music icon: Mel Tillis died Sunday at 85, after a long illness. Mel was a great American example of overcoming adversity to achieve tremendous success. A childhood battle with malaria left him with a stutter that other kids mocked. He turned it into a trademark and used it to become as great a comedian and comic actor as he was a singer/songwriter.

The stutter went away when he sang, and he was truly a great singer/songwriter. He once wrote that after leaving the Air Force, “I left Florida head’n for Nashville in my '49 Mercury with a busted windshield, a pregnant wife and $29 in my pocket.” From that humble start, he went on to record over 60 albums, racking up three dozen top 10 country hits, and wrote over 1,000 songs. You might not realize how many classics he wrote for other artists, including Bobby Bare’s “Detroit City,” Charley Pride’s “The Snakes Crawl At Night,” Ray Price’s “Burning Memories,” and Kenny Rogers’ “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.” All that, and he also gave us his daughter, Pam Tillis.

The CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame remembered Mel Tillis as someone whose warmth, humor, genuineness and joy would have been inspiring even he’d never written or sung a note. But thank God, he did write and sing so many, many notes that will live on for decades to come.


Diversity Visa Lottery Review

A review of the “Diversity Visa Lottery” program that allowed the New York bike path mass murderer to come into the US from Uzbekistan found that over the past 10 years, it’s let in about 28,000 random applicants from Iran, Sudan and Syria, all nations that are designated as state sponsors of terrorism. Personally, I feel that making at least some effort to screen out terrorists would be a blow to the concept of diversity that I could live with.


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