March 9, 2019

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



“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. 

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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! 

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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”:

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“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: )

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.    


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From “Huckabee” writer and our resident pop culture guru, Pat Reeder ( ):

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.”

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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.



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  • Wes Sullivan

    03/11/2019 03:31 PM

    I can't find a link that will let me suggest a name for Lee Greenwood's next album. What is the URL that has a form that will permit that?


    03/11/2019 03:14 PM

    Just watched this YouTube video on the Brains behind AOC:
    The "Justice Democrats" need to be understood by those of us who are constitutional conservatives. I'm spreading the word. Thanks.

  • Sara Wilson

    03/11/2019 01:21 PM

    I was disappointed in your stand as a pro-vaxer. Despite "information" from CDC and lamestream media that vaccines are totally safe, there is heartbreaking evidence to the contrary. I hope you will investigate further, and that you will never support government forced vaccination.

  • Carl Smith

    03/10/2019 10:22 PM

    Re: Renewable energy by Donna Yates; Excellent explanation that I would like to add two points. 1) When ANYTHING becomes economically viable the Capitalist will find a way to bring it to marker for a Profit. 2) The Footprint for Solar and Wind will remove a lot of arable crop land that is going to be needed to feed 8-9 Billion Souls unless an asteroid reduces the population to a few million souls or N. Korea cannot be convinced to Join the World, in which case all this is just an typing exercise.


    03/10/2019 09:51 PM

    There was no link on your site nor on Lee Greenwood's site to suggest a name for his new album. How do I find a link with a form that will let me do that?

  • Carol Wintrode

    03/10/2019 08:38 PM

    Another great Huckabee tonight. thank you!
    The expression , "Don't SHOULD on me" originated in the 12 step programs, AA and others, years ago! As a psychotherapist, I heard some of my patients using it back in the 80's. I use it in sessions when appropriate because it is really powerful - I often ask couples to remove to expressions from their communications....1) "You need to......" (so annoying!), and 2) "You should". So, I strongly doubt that your guest also happen to make it up herself. It's been in the psychotherapeutic lexicon for a long time. Bet we could even Google who started it.

    You're the best, Gov. (with Sarah nipping at your heels!)
    Carol Gulyas Wintrode, LMFT, Redondo Beach, CA.

  • Bob Byrns

    03/10/2019 04:56 PM

    Further to my earlier comment about introducing Ilhan Omar to Jesus, we need to recognize that she is created in the image of God and deserves respect for that alone. She has been trapped in a culture that has been seduced by God's principal enemy, and has believed the lies that she has been fed. We need to pray for her deliverance from that culture (and that culture from our nation, as well) and that someone she can relate to in some manner will encourage her to explore what our Creator has revealed about himself in the Bible, and the relationship we can have with him if we want it.

  • John Prentice

    03/10/2019 04:24 PM

    Re: "Take Your Medicine" March 7. Sometime between the 1980's & the 2010's (children vs grandchildren) we switched sides and nobody told me! Several of my wife's friends worked in an autism clinic so early on we were aware of the conflicting research data as well as the persecution of those suggesting a link between autism & vaccinations. It is very similar to the global warming controversy. You have to consider the details of the research as well as who funded it and what is at stake (for the researcher) when reviewing the reported results.
    The earlier comment from Brenda Owensi is well done. As she pointed out, there certainly is middle ground: you can delay until the child's brain is more developed, you can find a doctor who is willing to give single vaccines a few months apart instead of a single 6-8 vaccine cocktail. It takes a lot more effort, but one should first decide to take responsibility for the important decisions (for example: car purchase, health care choices, voting, etc.) and then do the best research you can so you know why you chose. {Finally become a Presbyterian so that you will remember that God is sovereign in spite of your choices.} I am excited to find out that I might have one issue where I have common ground with my liberal leaning friends and neighbors to begin a dialog leading to discussions about other issues. Thanks.

  • William Robertson

    03/10/2019 02:47 PM

    I wanted to share my experience with Government spending: When I was in the Navy and aboard ship in about 1961, Our Commanding officer put out the word that we had an excess in our budget and it had to be spent by a certain date or we would not receive the same amount of money next year. So we all put in for extra foul weather gear and anything else that was available for the asking. This was just one ship and one department. Can you just imagine the amount of money that collectively could be saved by just changing the budgeting rules! I think this is called zero budgeting in the accounting world.

  • Jimmy Holmes

    03/10/2019 02:02 PM

    Ilhan Omar is a muslim mouth piece who was elected by muslim immigrants who have settled in our country. I believe that every one should bare their heads when entering the hallowed halls of congress. It is a normal sign of respect when entering any public building. Just ask any veteran. I believe that Omar should be held to the same standard as everyone else. Either uncover or leave.

  • Dick Algire

    03/10/2019 11:17 AM

    It is amazing to me that many of the leading Democrats in Congress are Jewish, Schumer, Sanders, Franken and number of others and none of them have come out against the anti-Semite remarks made by Rep. Omar. That they refuse to call her out on this shows all of our nation's enemies just how weak in character we are. The Jews and this nation will one day pay a heavy price for failing to confront evil.

  • Brenda Owensi

    03/09/2019 10:58 PM

    Dear Mike,
    I appreciate reading your Evening Edition. It is very insightful and informative. However, the comment recently made concerning “anti-vaxxers” was disheartening. I am Christian. I am conservative. I am married to a veteran of the US Air Force. I homeschooled all six of my children through all twelve grades. I have been active on the local, county and state levels of the Republican Party. And I am considered an “anti-vaxxer”.

    It seems, by your comments, that you believe the only concern these parents have is the correlation between vaccines and climbing Autism rates. That is incorrect. Even the side-effects of the vaccines listed in the vaccine literature include severe allergic reactions, sweeping of the brain, and even death. Those of us who choose to delay or deny vaccinations are truly doing what we feel best for our children. We have found that many vaccines are given too early, too often, and some are given unnecessarily. The HepB vaccine is to prevent a disease that can only be contracted through IV drug abuse or sex. Yet this vaccine is given to NEWBORNS before they leave the hospital. It is being given without prior consent of the parents, and if the parents refuse, they are told they will not be “allowed” to take their baby home. This happened to me. My newborn daughter was administered the HepB without my consent, as were my grandchildren before their parents were presented with a consent form to sign. These were two different hospitals in two different cities.

    The mortality rates of US newborns has increased dramatically since the implementation of HepB vaccinations.

    I have personally known 4 different families who have lost their healthy babies within the first few days of their first “baby shots” and it was blamed on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS). SIDS has skyrocketed since the implementation of vaccines.

    Vaccines have ingredients such as aborted fetal tissue, animal tissue, heavy metals and formaldehyde. Any one of these ingredients would be harmful to an immature nervous system, but a vaccine “cocktail”of all is exponentially detrimental.

    All six of my children contracted German Measles FROM the vaccine. I am not “anti” vaccine, but I do believe the CDC schedule has them administered too early and too much. Eighty-two vaccines are required by the time a child reaches 18.

    Much like the homeschooling movement, parents need to retain the right to do what is in the best interest of their own children, ensuring their children’s safety and well-being. Forced vaccinations is further step on a slippery slope toward the cesspool of socialized medicine.

    I assure you, those of us who delay or deny vaccinations for our children do
    not do it flippantly, or uninformed. It is about so much more than Autism.

    I respect your integrity, and so I ask that you prayerfully read the links below and introduce yourself to the other side of the story.

    Brenda Owens

  • carole a braden

    03/09/2019 10:16 PM

    why cant congress grasp the fact that u cant spend more than u have??

  • Toni DeFronzo

    03/09/2019 09:01 PM

    Ilham Omar “didn’t know what she was saying”, “she comes from a different culture”, “she has had a DIFFERENT experience in the use of words”!!! If she is that uneducated and/or just plain dumb, who voted for her??? Oh, right, “voted for” has a whole new meaning in many parts of the USA!

  • Sylvia Williams

    03/09/2019 08:08 PM

    Could you please post some of the sites with petitions to remove the anti-Semitic Muslim woman Omar from her House committee assignment. She should have never been on it in the first place. Thank you.

  • Donna Yates

    03/09/2019 07:35 PM

    My comments is on the Green New Deal that the Demorats want more than anything else and will run on it in 2020. What they are not telling you is how horribly wrong it is for the US. I'd like to bring up that agricultural side of it. I live in the farming community. Although I am not a farmer, I do live in their community in Ohio. All around me for the past 10 years or so I have seen many rural area neighbors with signs in their yards saying "Good neighbors don't allow Wind Turbines". I have wondered why so many would refuse these in and around some of the hills of Ohio's rural areas. After investigating the GND being touted by AOC I found out why.

    The GND which calls for the fossil fuels to be eradicated and be replace with wind and solar 100% would cause famine and extinction of many birds like Eagles. The famine would be from farmers not being able to use tractors which run off diesel fuel. There are no tractors or semi-trucks (which hauls our farm produce to markets) do not run off batteries and for those vehicles that do still require gasoline for when the batteries die and have to be plugged into an outlet. Wind turbines nor solar power would generate enough power to run a tractor as diesel fuel can. The same goes for airplanes that run off jet fuel.
    To set up solar panels and wind turbines would take so much land in the rural areas that the government would have to use police powers such as emanate domain to take away your land. Many states such as Vermont have put forth laws to prevent emanate domain to use for the renewable energy. There are many areas in the Great Lakes regions where wind turbines exists and has been proven it doesn't generate enough power to people that live in those areas. Plus a lot of the rural areas where turbines exist are supposed to help support the southern regions of the US but in order to do that new heavy duty power lines would have to be installed across vast regions of the US.
    The expense along cannot be supported by the energy received. Solar panels take up just as much land as do the turbines. However solar panels generally only last about 3 to 5 years before having to be replaced. Look at CA where all new housing has to have solar panels installed. The problem there lies in the costs of the panels themselves plus there is no recycling the panels due to the type of products used in making the panels.
    Even if we could use 100% renewable energy we would loose our farmers. If we loose our farmers then we loose our main food source. In loosing our main food source we turn into Venezuela. If we can use our fossil fuels for airplanes, trucks, trains (they run on fossil fuel too), then we loose our free enterprise trading with other countries. Which is why this is an agenda for Demorats.
    They want to control every aspect of our lives, take away our 1st and 2nd amendments, our Constitutional rights, our rights to own land, run our own businesses just to mention a few. Our Republican politicians need to grow a pair and start standing up for our conservative rights and let every American know what the true agenda is of the Demorats.

  • Dollie Pruitt

    03/09/2019 07:33 PM

    I depend on this site for my real news. I appreciate you and staff. Our ladies prayer group just wanted you to know we are praying for our president and those 80 who are being targeted by the Democrats because they know the president. He might not be perfect but God through President Trump is giving our country a space of time to repent. Abortion is sacrificing babies. What God is against and the liberals are for could be sending the US to Babylon. God cannot bless a mess.
    Just for you, not for publication please.

  • Richard Jones

    03/09/2019 07:10 PM

    I love your insight and your commentaries. As always, this was another good one.

  • Bill Owen

    03/09/2019 06:49 PM

    Most blogs are so slow to load that I just delete them. I think that they have too many pictures (entertaining, yes, but not necessary). So, I suggest you provide your blog with 2 choices:

    1) Load all text with pictures, even if it is slow to load.
    2) Load all text only, since I don't have time to wait for slower loading.

    Have you people check it out. If it is my computer and web service, then shame on me for being impatient. If it is that your pictures take too long to load and you are losing readers who are interested by are impatient, then shame on your staff.

    I'm watching. And reading, until I get frustrated with it taking too much time.


  • Bob Byrns

    03/09/2019 06:35 PM

    How do you solve a problem like Ilham Omar? You introduce her to Jesus.

  • Eddie C Jones

    03/09/2019 06:30 PM

    I read them. It is too bad that so many people in positions of power are so stupid and self serving. I really appreciate the level headed comments that cone from you. Thank you for being a bright spot of sanity in Washington D.C.'s insanity.

  • Michael Murphy

    03/09/2019 06:09 PM

    There is a simple little sentence that has been missing from all Leftists/Progressive groups, whether in politics, media, academia and everyday social parasites. We can also include the pseudo-elite and the pseudo-altruistic. That sentence? "I was wrong". They never are wrong in their own sight. This is statically impossible to achieve, which now reveals a mental disorder in this group, but then again, I could be wrong.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    03/09/2019 05:56 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    I read an article that stated on Friday the House voted to give illegal immigrants the power to vote. Why don't we just give this country to South America right now. How can Congress do this? Why do we bother having police or a military if people from other countries can just come here, vote and give our country away? Anybody that voted yes should be impeached for treason!

  • Arlene Hurley

    03/09/2019 05:44 PM

    Hi Mike, again I really enjoyed all your comments. Speaking of Rep. Omar I really hope they vote her out. Our country is getting her reputation back after the last 8 years of kneeling to everyone. She is going to ruin our reputation if she keeps up with her anti-semitisms. Thank you.

  • Barney FLint

    03/09/2019 04:23 PM

    Looking for the petitions so I can sign up.