Why go out on Saturday night when the best entertainment is in your living room, with tonight’s new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN? Political analyst Dick Morris will share some amazing stories from his 50 years inside the highest circles of power. I have a special segment shot during my recent trip to Poland with the Prime Minister and the US Ambassador. We’ll have a visit with Christian pop star Julianna Zobrist and music from country legend Lee Greenwood. Plus news and commentary both serious and crazy, “In Case You Missed It.” Finally, a segment that I’m sure will be the hottest video on the Internet come Monday. I can’t give it away, but I’ll give you a two-word hint: “Cat tricks.”
Catch it at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday, only on TBN. To find your local TBN channel and stream previous episodes online, visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
“Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time” Dept: Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Friday by a Chicago grand jury on 16 felony counts for allegedly conspiring to fake a hate crime assault on himself. Originally, police said he was charged with just one felony, but the grand jury charged him for each separate lie he told to each of two investigating officers.
But before you get your hopes up that justice will actually be served, Chicago grand juries routinely return multiple charges that get knocked down to one guilty plea deal, so there’s a good chance he won’t even go to jail. However, there could still be federal charges related to his alleged involvement in mailing a threatening letter to himself (I’m still wondering why there shouldn’t be hate crime charges for the obvious attempt to slander Midwestern Trump supporters as violent racist thugs.)
Legal experts say if Smollett is smart, he’ll take a plea deal and a slap on the wrist instead of going to trial, which is likely the only way he could end up doing serious jail time on multiple felony charges. Then again, if he were smart, he wouldn’t have (allegedly!) made up that ridiculous story. His attorney, celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, is still insisting that his client is innocent, so maybe he really will go all the way to trial and justice will end up being served despite the best efforts of the Chicago justice system.
To paraphrase “The Sound of Music,” how do you solve a problem like Ilham Omar? The Democrats have tried blaming her repeated anti-Semitic ravings on Republicans (for daring to complain about them), calling it a misinterpretation of what she said (she was merely criticizing the business practices of a specific pro-Israel lobbying group, which she plainly was not), and defusing it by passing a meaningless non-binding resolution that says they’re opposed to bad things in the whole general area of prejudice without mentioning any names, of course.
The media have been eager to trumpet those transparent excuses like the good Democratic Party PR flacks that many of them are. Unfortunately, this requires even the “paper of record” (now a broken record), the New York Times, to make up “fake news” in order to sell the narrative. Like attacking the pro-Israel PAC that the Dems tried to deflect the heat to with a hit piece filled with inaccuracies, much of it based on quotes from someone who hasn’t worked for that PAC for years.
So what feeble dodge is left to disguise the fact that there’s a growing anti-Semitic far-left insurgency in the Democratic Party, and the old line leaders are too intimidated to call it out? Well, here’s a new one: Omar simply didn’t know what she was saying!
Inflating this trial balloon was Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who told an interviewer, “She comes from a different culture. She has things to learn. I am not either trivializing anti-Semitism or the things that she said or saying that it’s okay that she said them, but what I am saying is that I think this is a learning moment for her and a learning moment for the caucus on how to get along.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi also gave that brand of double-talk a spin, saying, “I don’t think our colleague is anti-Semitic. I think she has a different experience in the use of words, doesn’t understand that some of them are fraught with meaning that she didn’t realize…"
This defense seemed oddly familiar to me, but then I finally remembered where I’d heard it before: the late comic Phil Hartman’s “Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer” sketches on “Saturday Night Live”:
“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I’m just a caveman. I fell on some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me! Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my BMW and run off into the hills, or wherever. Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, I wonder: 'Did little demons get inside and type it?' I don’t know! My primitive mind can’t grasp these concepts…”
(If you’re not old enough to remember when “SNL” was funny, you can see one of those sketches here: https://vimeo.com/133414453 )
In other words, she’s lived in the US for 24 years and is savvy enough to use common anti-Semitic slang like “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby” and the Jews have “hypnotized” the world, but she’s from such a sheltered culture that she can’t possibly understand what those words mean or why they might be offensive. If we raise an eyebrow at that, then how dare we be intolerant of her culture?
Will that excuse actually work in real life? I guess the Democrats are betting that we all have primitive caveman brains.
History Repeats Itself: “Progressive” Democrats are bringing back the anti-Semitism of the 1930s (the way they’ve brought back the failed socialism and nearly-eradicated diseases of the last century – some “progress!”) And now, it may be time for Jews to stage another Exodus.
I hope you’ll join me in remembering longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek in your prayers. He revealed that he is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but he plans to continue working and hopes to complete the current season of the game show. “Jeopardy!” is one of the rare TV shows that is truly an American institution. It debuted in 1964, and Trebek took over from original host Art Fleming in 1984, meaning he’s currently in his 35th year of hosting. Its combination of competition and fun facts on a variety of topics has made it one of the few things that Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs can still enjoy and share together.
Unless you work at CNN, and then you can even look at Alex Trebek’s cancer announcement and find a way to turn it into a slam on President Trump. I keep saying this, and hoping it will sink in, but it hasn’t yet:
Some things are more important than your personal politics! Like showing respect for someone fighting a serious illness. Memo to all the people who are trying to politicize everything: Remember when your mother taught you that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all? Well, when someone tells you he has stage 4 cancer, if your first inclination is to rail against Trump, then it’s better just to say nothing at all.
From “Huckabee” writer and our resident pop culture guru, Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifi ):
It was reported that ‘80s star Jan Michael Vincent has died at 73 of cardiac arrest. The death certificate shows that he passed away on February 10th, but it’s just now been revealed.
The sad and unorthodox circumstances of his death are no surprise to anyone who kept up with his career, which had higher highs and lower lows than just about any actor in Hollywood. Vincent began racking up TV and movie credits at a young age, appearing in everything from “The Banana Splits” kids’ show to John Wayne’s “The Undefeated.” His good looks made him a teen idol, but he was also a versatile actor who could play anything from serious adult dramas to silly Disney comedies such as “The World’s Greatest Athlete.” He is probably best remembered as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the ‘80s action series, “Airwolf,” a role for which he was paid the then-record salary of $200,000 an episode.
Sadly, his personal life was not so charmed as his career. Plagued by drug and alcohol problems, news about him was as likely to focus on bar brawls, arrests, drunk driving, divorces and health crises as his acting career. He was involved in at least four car crashes, three of which were nearly fatal and left him with serious permanent injuries. It was sad that someone so talented had so many demons.
I know everyone expects me to haul up the minutia nobody else knows about, particularly rare celebrity recordings. Unfortunately, Jan Michael Vincent didn’t go the teen singing idol route, but here’s a 45 that’s covered in even more irony than scratches. It’s a PSA released to radio stations in 1975 to promote safe driving, read by JMV, star of the film “White Line Fever.” If only he had heeded his own advice.
Did you spend the last month of the year pinching pennies and running up credit card debt to buy your family a few nice Christmas gifts? Too bad, sucker! If you worked for the government, you could have spent the last month of the fiscal year blowing millions of dollars on lobster tails, electronics, golf carts, musical instruments and other lavish goodies and sent the bill to the taxpayers.
This is why it's futile to hope Washington will ever get budget deficits under control. First, they'd have to learn that the point of a "budget" isn't to squander every penny you have so you can plead for more next year.
My commentary on the chaotic response in Congress to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism (“Congress symptomatic of anti-Semitism on the left”) has sparked some outstanding reader responses. Here’s one example, from Kathleen:
“There are several petitions circulating to remove Ilhan Omar from the committee where she would carry out her anti-Semitic, anti-Israel prejudices and then to be "relieved" of her Congressional seat. I encourage others to find these and sign them. Israel has been a stable democracy in the unstable Middle East, surrounded by hateful enemies calling repeatedly to wipe her off the face of the map. Omar has revealed her heart by her words and shows us clearly she is a danger to the US, to the Jewish people, to the values we hold dear and US international relationships. Shame on the Democrats for protecting and excusing her!! They expose just how incapable they are of doing the right thing.”
Kathleen’s letter sends the message: THIS IS NOT OVER. We have to speak up loudly, and signing petitions is one way to make ourselves heard. She’ll have to be removed from her congressional seat through the ballot box, but Rep. Omar has no business being on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she is already working overtime to turn it into an American version of the U.N. Security Council. (Incidentally, I’m curious to know how she managed to swing that important committee assignment, when we just saw Nancy Pelosi lamely excuse her comments by saying she’s so new she doesn’t even know how to speak like a member of Congress.)
If we don’t create an uproar over this, it’ll just keep happening. Rep. Omar will undoubtedly offer more anti-Semitic “tropes” (that’s the Word Of The Week). How do I know this? Because SHE’S ANTI-SEMITIC and doesn’t care who knows. She can’t help herself and has only been emboldened by the failure of Congress to discipline her. So sign the petitions, write your representative, speak up loudly, or this shameful trend will continue and grow, just as it has in Europe.
I also enjoyed this letter, from Dolores:
So the House is going to come out against hate. Wonderful! They will, of course, include Catholics in this protected group. And Christian bakers. And pro-life activists. And conservatives. And.... aw heck. Let’s include all Americans! How about that idea, legislative lemmings?
Thanks, Dolores! Intentionally lost in the laughable resolution passed in Congress is any specific mention of Rep. Omar or even the anti-Semitism that started this whole thing. Most Democrats in Congress either agree with Omar or are scared to death to condemn her point of view. So they buried the original issue and promoted identity politics by bringing in each and every one of the usual “oppressed” groups. As long as they were going to do this ridiculous thing, they might have thought to include embattled Christians, conservatives and MAGA hat-wearers, who don’t dare venture onto most college campuses without protective facewear and a security detail. But, gosh, those victims of "hatred" were left out.