May 11, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
WITH "RUSSIA HOAX" EXPOSED, IT'S TIME TO LOOK AT CROWDSTRIKE
While combing through an 88-page transcript from the House Intelligence Committee –- the kind of thing some of us do for weekend fun during self-quarantine –- we found some very interesting things.
This unclassified but still lightly redacted and “committee sensitive” transcript documents a December 5, 2017, appearance before the committee of CrowdStrike cybersecurity expert Shawn Henry. Mr. Henry is flanked by lawyers: David C. Lashway, attorney for CrowdStrike, and Graham M. Wilson of Perkins Coie Political Law Group, attorney for...drum roll, please... the DNC and Hillary Clinton.
The hearing involves questioning by both the majority and minority committee members (unlike Adam Schiff’s shifty impeachment hearings, in which only Democrats could ask questions). The tone seems mostly friendly and casual, at least at first.
Henry starts by giving some background on himself: He was hired by the DNC on April 30 of 2016 after the apparent hacking of their servers. “I worked with Michael Sussmann [NOTE: this is the attorney for Hillary Clinton who distributed unverified anti-Trump “dirt” to the CIA], who is counsel at Perkins Coie, when I was in the FBI, in the FBI Cyber Division, probably back in the early 2000s. Michael was an attorney at the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice, where I knew him.” Sussman was the one who contacted Henry about helping the DNC find out what happened to their servers.
RIP: LITTLE RICHARD, JERRY STILLER, BETTY WRIGHT
By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture historian, Pat Reeder
Proving the old adage that famous people die in threes, we had sad news over the weekend of the passing of a trio of show business veterans.
First came word that the man known as “the Architect of Rock and Roll,” Little Richard (Richard Penniman) died Saturday at 87 of cancer.
One of the first and most important figures in rock, the influence of Little Richard’s flamboyant performing style and incendiary songs can be seen on everyone from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Elton John and Michael Jackson to today’s “American Idol” contestants. Jimi Hendrix even had an early gig as his guitar player (Little Richard fired him for being late for the bus.)
His ‘50s hits (“Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Rip It Up,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Tutti Frutti,” “Keep A-Knockin’,” “Jenny, Jenny,” “The Girl Can’t Help It” and more) are all bar band standards. His shows were so popular, he drew white teenagers to black venues and helped break down racial segregation. He also claimed to have taught Paul McCartney everything he knew, and Paul admits it was true.
Little Richard played in Hamburg, Germany, when the Beatles were polishing their craft there, and he let them hang out in his dressing room, where he gave them advice on everything from breathing steam before performing to how to do that high “Wooo!” he was famous for.
Sadly, like many early rock pioneers, he never received the royalties he was due from his hits and went unpaid for many of his shows. He was also ambivalent about his role in popularizing rock and went back and forth over the years from outrageous rock star to evangelist/gospel singer. Here’s what he had to say himself about his career and some of his regrets in an article in Rolling Stone.
We also say farewell to a man who made us laugh for over six decades, Jerry Stiller. His son, actor Ben Stiller, announced that his dad had died of natural causes at 92.
Best known to current generations as the hilariously hot-tempered Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld” and Arthur Spooner on “King of Queens,” he enjoyed a long career before that as part of the comedy team of Stiller and Meara, with his wife of 62 years, Anne Meara, who died in 2015. The couple appeared on Ed Sullivan’s show 36 times, doing hilarious slice-of-life routines, often about dating or married life. Here’s a sample from 1964.
Finally, we say farewell to Grammy-winning R&B star and gospel singer, Betty Wright, who has died in Miami at 66. Her big hits, such as “Clean-Up Woman,” “Where Is the Love?” and “No Pain, No Gain,” came in the 1970s and ‘80s, but she had an active career for over 50 years, and is known to younger fans as a vocal coach on the TV show, “Making the Band.”
VERIFIED BEYOND DOUBT
Last week, it was verified beyond doubt what anyone with more than single digit brain cells already knew: Rep. Adam Schiff is a conscienceless, bald-faced liar. Ever since his impeachment Titanic sank, Schiff has insisted that the testimony of government officials to his House committee revealed “direct evidence” of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Indeed, some of these same officials were all over the anti-Trump cable news channels, spewing that claim repeatedly.
Schiff has tried frantically to keep that testimony from being seen by the public (we were just supposed to take his word for it – pardon me a moment while I try to stop laughing!) But Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell forced his hand by clearing the testimony for release. It showed that every single official, when pressed under oath, admitted to having seen no actual evidence of “Russian collusion,” they were just going around saying so publicly – you know, "lying," like Adam Schiff.
That’s the big picture bombshell from the release of the documents, but there’s so much material that it will take a while to comb through it all. Important details are likely to continue emerging over time, like aftershocks following the political earthquake. And here’s the first.
If you’ve been following this for a while, and you know the actors and don’t mind taking a deep dive into the details, look at what researcher John W. Huber noticed. It involves Peter Strzok’s boss at the FBI, Bill Priestap. Priestap seems to have previously confirmed that the FISA warrants to spy on Trump’s people were obtained almost entirely on unverified garbage from the “Trump dossier.” Yet Schiff claims that Priestap told him in a private interview that the bulk of the evidence wasn’t from the dossier. Strangely, that alleged interview is one of the few documents Schiff still hasn’t released. Would the transcript show that Priestap lied to Schiff? Or more likely, would it reveal the final lie, a lie-within-a-lie, that Schiff is still clinging to, like a rat hanging onto a floating piece of shipwreck debris?
MONDAY FAKE NEWS
On Sunday’s “Meet the Press” on NBC, Chuck Todd played a video clip that seemed to show Attorney General Bill Barr explaining the dropping of the charges against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn by saying, “Well, history is written by the winners, so it largely depends on who's writing the history." Todd then blasted Barr for his “cynicism.”
In fact, that quote was lifted wildly out of context. Barr went on to say, “I think a fair history would say it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law. It upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice." That’s the part Todd didn’t bother to show viewers, and he was appropriately roasted for his own “cynical” attempt at deceiving the public.
I’ve been watching the desperate attempts to spin the dropping of the charges against Flynn, despite clear and irrefutable evidence that he was targeted, framed, misled by his attorneys, pressured into pleading guilty and that evidence against him was altered and fabricated. The best the opposition has come up with was the claim, echoed by Rep. Gerald Nadler, that he “admitted to lying to the FBI!” Only after he’d lost his job, his reputation, his life savings, his home and the prosecutors were threatening to do the same to his son if he didn’t sign.
The Democrats’ incredibly low standard of “evidence” put me in mind of the Salem witch trials. I imagine this bit of dialogue from an upcoming play, “The Crucible II”…
Judge Nadler: “Mr. Flynn signed a sworn confession, admitting to being a witch! Buuuurn him!!”
Flynn: ”But it isn’t true! Chief Witch Hunter Mueller tortured me and forced me to sign it!”
Judge Nadler: “So you admit you signed a false sworn confession? Buuuurn him!!!”
THE IMPACT OF COVID-19
As more states around the nation ease up on their COVID-19 (Chinese) virus lockdowns, New York is still suffering the worst. This link is to a regularly-updated map, showing the number of deaths per million in all nations, and by US state.
You can tell by the color-coding that New York stands out like a blackened tooth, with 1378 deaths per million. Even other “hot spots” such as Michigan and Louisiana are under 500 per million. Florida, whose Governor has been savaged by the media for not closing down the whole state, has 80 deaths per million. Texas has only 39 (meaning the odds of dying of the virus in Texas are over 2-1/2 times longer than the odds of winning the Pick-4 lottery.) In Montana, it’s 15; in Wyoming, 12. It’s obvious how much New York is skewing the national death figures. Yet some health officials tell us that every state must impose the same strict lockdown rules as New York indefinitely or we’ll all die.
But wait: how effective have these rules been even in New York, if it's that bad (we now know 66% of new hospitalizations are people who were sheltering-in-place)? And for all the praise being lavished on Gov. Andrew Cuomo by the media, has he really been that effective and proactive in stopping it? We’ve been told that everything Trump has done has been wrong, like what a racist he was for shutting off travel from China in January. But that saved countless lives. On the other hand, the New York Times reports that according to a new study of outbreaks around the US, New Yorkers were “the primary source of infections” in other states. A Yale epidemiologist said they now have enough data to be confident in saying that New York was the primary gateway for the virus to the rest of the country
But when other states, such as Rhode Island, proposed quarantining New York to contain the disease, Cuomo threatened to sue them if they didn't let New Yorkers in (for the record, Rhode Island currently has 398 deaths per million residents.)
So we can add that action to the list of tragic missteps that included forcing New York nursing homes to take recovering coronavirus patients, which led to New York having the highest rate of nursing home deaths.
Having been a Governor myself, I am loath to criticize and second-guess every incorrect decision that’s made when you’re dealing with an emergency and don’t have all the data needed. But when you add up not having enough ventilators on hand to deal with any major crisis, sending virus patients to nursing homes filled with the most vulnerable group of people, and threatening lawsuits to prevent a quarantine of a deadly, highly contagious disease, I’m finding it hard to understand why so many Democrats think we should replace Trump with Cuomo. Is Biden really that bad a candidate?
But then I look at Biden and think…yeah, he is.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
Acts 16:25 (KJV)