|May 19, 2021|
Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse Of The Day
- Under Fire
- US Chamber of Commerce is becoming more "progressive"
- "Domestic Terrorism"
- Biden diverts $2 Billion
- Here it is: Update on challenges to Maricopa audit
- A Reader Writes Back...
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalms 62:1 KJV
By Mike Huckabee
The co-founder of BLM has been under fire recently for spending millions of dollars on expensive homes in largely white upscale areas. Her flabbergasting response was to imply that she’s standing up to racism in the housing market by using black homeownership to disrupt white supremacy.
This excuse ignores the fact that criticism of her lavish lifestyle is also coming from the left, with questions about how all those millions in donations from rich liberals and woke corporations that poured into BLM are being spent, since they’re not going to help local black communities.
In addition to the article, I’d also like to call attention to a lengthy comment on this story from a reader who claims to have been a Realtor licensed in two states. This person called “Bull(bleep)” on the claim that Realtors discourage black buyers from buying homes in white areas. He/she pointed out the ruinous fines Realtors can face for discrimination and pointed out that they work 100% on commission and none would turn down a paycheck just because they won’t sell a house to a minority.
Case in point: apparently, the co-founder of BLM had no trouble buying houses in very white areas. All she had to do was show a lot of green, and what do you know? She had it.
US Chamber of Commerce is becoming more "progressive"
By Mike Huckabee
The leadership of the US Chamber of Commerce is becoming more “progressive.” So much so that in 2020, they endorsed the reelection of 23 freshmen Democrats. Now, they’re complaining that most of those very same Democrats are supporting far-left bills that would harm business, like the “PRO-Act” that would devastate small businesses and contract workers.
The US Chamber of Commerce still has a lingering reputation for being conservative and pro-business, but many small business owner supporters don’t realize how far left it’s drifted. It’s so far off course from its original mission that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he doesn’t even want the Chamber’s endorsement anymore, and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton accused them of acting as a “front service for ‘woke’ corporations.”
If you’re a business owner and a member of the US Chamber of Commerce, it might be time to reexamine whether they’re really representing your interests anymore. If not, let them know that if they don’t “get back to where they once belonged,” you’ll be heading for the Exit door.
By Mike Huckabee
Long overdue, the FBI quietly classified the attempted assassination of Rep. Steve Scalise and other House Republicans by a deranged Bernie Bro as what it actually was: not “suicide by cop” but “domestic terrorism.” Nice to learn that they’re still able to recognize that crime if you point it out to them forcefully enough.
Biden diverts $2 Billion
By Mike Huckabee
Well, now we know how the Biden Administration will pay for dealing with the flood of unaccompanied migrant children that poured in when President Biden reversed all of Trump’s border security policies: by diverting over $2 billion in federal funds allocated for emergency medical initiatives for Americans, such as COVID-19 testing.
Here it is: Update on challenges to Maricopa audit
By Mike Huckabee
On Monday, during their “special” meeting in advance of the Tuesday meeting called by the Arizona State Senate, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors insisted that no files had been deleted pertaining to the November 3 election. It had been asserted that the main database was deleted just days before the equipment was delivered for audit. The county recorder, in the prepared letter he read into the record, and which was unanimously accepted by the Board, claimed that he had seen with his “own eyes” that all the records were delivered --- that nothing had been deleted.
As told by the Board of Supervisors on Monday, if the “Ninjas” (the Cyber Ninjas, one of four companies who are auditing the election) said they couldn’t find records, it’s because they have no experience auditing elections and “don’t know what they’re doing.”
But now, the audit team is reporting that they have recovered the deleted files. To those who suggest the people doing the election audit don’t know what they’re doing, I would suggest that perhaps the auditors are doing fine and should be allowed to do their job.
This is being reported in a very different way by most media who are even choosing to cover it at all, as here in AZCentral, which also includes an update on the Tuesday meeting that the Board of Supervisors chose not to dignify with their illustrious presence.
News accounts –- especially the headlines –- are making it sound as if the files never were deleted, just discovered later, casting doubt on auditors’ claims. But in this report, Ben Cotton of CyFir, one of the firms doing the audit, is quoted as saying, “I have been able to recover ALL OF THOSE DELETED FILES [emphasis mine] and I have access to that data.” His wording certainly suggests those files were deleted...by someone. But it’s also possible they just hadn’t looked for them in the right place till now. (As with everything else, they’re always in the last place you look.) We’ll continue trying to find out what happened with the files.
The Arizona state Senate has the authority and responsibility to supervise the state’s elections --- something the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors needs to remember --- but that hasn’t stopped Biden’s “Justice” Department from getting involved. On May 5, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela Karlan wrote to Senate President Karen Fann to say that based on news reports and complaints her department had received from unnamed individuals, DOJ officials are concerned about “at least two issues of potential non-compliance with federal laws” relating to the election audit.
Karlan wrote, “We have a concern that Maricopa election records, which are required by federal law to be retained and preserved, are no longer under the ultimate control of elections officials, are not being adequately safeguarded by contractors, and are at risk of damage or loss.”
Here’s a little background on Karlan, courtesy of THE EPOCH TIMES: She was appointed to Biden’s DOJ earlier this year after being a Stanford University law professor and also a member of Facebook’s oversight board, the one that hears appeals from those banned by FB (not a good sign). She also testified in favor of Tump’s impeachment in 2019. So her inappropriate involvement in state business on behalf of Democrats should surprise no one. She's quite a vicious anti-conservative; read it here.
To make her letter to Sen. Fann even more predictable, Karlan played the race card: “Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters, which potentially can implicate the anti-intimidation prohibitions of the Voting Rights Act.”
Ah, so making sure the Trump-Biden vote count was accurate might intimidate minority voters from voting in...what, the 2020 election? Unless minority voters have access to a time machine, that’s nuts. And, even going forward, I’d like to know how this audit would intimidate minority voters from participating in any election at any time in the future –- at least if they’re qualified to vote and aren’t cheating. Please tell me, how are they intimidated? Don't THEY want to know the vote is accurate? I honestly want to know.
J. Christian Adams, a former DOJ Civil Rights Division attorney who now heads the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), told Matt Tapscott at THE EPOCH TIMES that those at the federal level who interfere in the Arizona state Senate’s business are “partisans who will twist the law for the sake of political power.”
Maricopa County is the fourth-largest county in the U.S., and Biden's margin of victory was 49.4 percent to Trump’s 49.1 percent. In other words, it was a squeaker. Across Arizona, the margin was likewise razor-thin, under 12,000 votes. As we’ve reported, auditors have said that, with only about 20 percent of the ballots audited, they’ve found multiple problems, including “no chain of custody for ballots, ballot batch counts don’t match with actual ballots, deleted databases, cut security seals, ongoing non-compliance with subpoenas and more.” During their meeting on Monday, the County Board of Supervisors denied the problems and refused to comply with subpoenas.
Adams wrote to Sen. Fann on May 7 to advise her that Karlan is “an ideological extremist with a long history of partisan enforcement of civil rights laws, as well as rank scholarly dishonesty...[who] wants you to believe the Justice Department is engaging in a normal exercise of federal power under federal voting law. It is not.”
The “scholarly dishonesty” he mentioned refers to a 2009 Duke University Law School journal in which Karlan wrongly claimed that during five of the eight years George W. Bush was in office, not one Voting Rights Act case was filed by the DOJ. She never retracted her mistake, and this fact should bear on her credibility now.
Adams pointed out something really significant; namely, that “the Justice Department has never –- in the entire history of the existence of the Civil Rights Division –- interfered in or investigated an election audit because its past leadership has understood it has no legal authority to do so.” In other words, the DOJ should BUTT OUT.
As for concerns about voter intimidation, Adams noted the Voting Rights Act addresses only direct intimidation, threat or coercion of voters. This audit does none of that. As Adams wrote to Sen. Fann, “Karlan is offering an absurd and implausible interpretation of Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act --- one intended to intimidate you –- that no court could possibly uphold as correct.”
THE EPOCH TIMES also spoke with constitutional law authority Hans von Spakovksy, another DOJ veteran who is also a PILF board member, and he said he does’t expect the DOJ to resort to a court order to stop the audit, at least if they’re thinking rationally. Why? Because they have no legal basis to do this. Still, he said, if Karlan “thinks she could get away with it and use a lawsuit to stop the legislature from doing this by out-lawyering and out-resourcing them, I have no doubt she would go ahead with it.”
My guess is that she will, “legal basis” or not, with help from Marc Elias and scores of other attorneys. There’s no rationality among such rabid partisans, and they’ve been known to get their way.
A Reader Writes Back...
We can fight the left with our wallets. Get off facebook. Don't use Amazon. Don't use twitter. Don't buy from Apple. Netflix is next on our list. We are doing quite well without them.
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