Recuperate from this trying news week with tonight’s St. Patrick’s Day episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! In addition to some leprechaun jokes that might turn you green, we have a great guest line-up. I’ll look for some bipartisan common ground with Kristen Day of Democrats for Life for America. Attorney Brent Helms will fill us in on the landmark Alabama baby personhood case. Huck’s Hero Ron Hall will give us a sneak peak at the new movie of his incredible true-life book, “Same Kind of Different As Me.” Bestselling spy novelist Joel Rosenberg unveils his latest ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, “The Persian Gamble.” And you can’t miss this: comedy by Steve Smith! Maybe you know him better as the king of duct tape, Red Green of “The Red Green Show,” one of the longest-running comedy shows of all time. Throw in my commentary on serious stories and some crazy news “In Case You Missed It,” and this show will make you feel giddier than green beer, only with no hangover.
It’s all coming your way tonight 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/
Programming note: there were a number of revelations at the end of the week relating to the Mueller investigation and the hinky “Russian dossier” that actually started it. I’m going to work on a piece assembling and explaining all those tangled threads over the weekend and post it Monday. So be watching for that in Monday’s newsletter and at www.MikeHuckabee.com
Whenever there is some unspeakable terror attack like Thursday’s mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, people naturally try to make some sense of it in the hope that if it can be explained, or if blame can be properly assigned, then perhaps we can prevent similar attacks. Unfortunately, attempting to predict future irrational acts by looking backwards seldom works. And in placing blame, people miss the obvious and tend to blame whatever they usually blame.
And so we had a CNN host suggesting that President Trump’s rhetoric inspired the killings.
Some leftist NYU students tried to blame the killing of Muslims on Chelsea Clinton because she condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar for her anti-Semitic comments (never mind that the attack had obviously been planned far in advance.) One student was caught on video accosting Chelsea at a memorial service and ranting that this was “a massacre stoked by people like you and the words you put out into the world, and I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric that you put out there.” That makes almost as little sense as the news that Chelsea actually apologized. Maybe she just thought it was the safest way to escape the situation.
Others are just trying to blame conservatives in general…
The bodies from this atrocity are barely cold, and already, some people are mocking those of us who say prayers for the victims. First of all, we don’t believe prayer is some empty, meaningless ritual. Second, even if it were, showing respect for the dead would still be better than trying to exploit their deaths to advance a political agenda.
The fact is that this slime and his enablers are 100% responsible for what they did. It’s not the fault of someone else who said some words somewhere. Yes, everyone should think before speaking and never advocate for repellent ideas such as violence and racism. But are they seriously arguing that President Trump can’t criticize lax border security or Chelsea Clinton can’t criticize anti-Semitic comments by a Muslim Congress member because somewhere, a deranged nutjob might attack Muslim immigrants and it would somehow be their fault?
Can you imagine the state of free speech if everyone had to stop and censor themselves before speaking for fear that a crazy, hate-filled, violent lunatic might take what they’re about to say the wrong way?
And before we go laying blame, remember that this sick murderer left a 74-page manifesto that not only cited Republicans such as Trump and Candace Owens, but also Bernie Sanders and the Chinese communist government. But none of them are to blame for what he did, either. He is, by his own account, a fascist, radical environmentalist, racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-capitalist, pro-communist gun control supporter, and that’s only a partial list. You can’t just pick the traits you don’t like and say that’s what’s entirely to blame.
How about if we do the outmoded thing that those of us who believe in prayer do: ascribe responsibility for his own actions to him and say he did them because he’s just evil.
Of course, after such awful shootings, many people also try to blame the gun and pass more gun control laws that only hamper the law-abiding from protecting themselves. That’s already happening in New Zealand, and ironically, that’s one thing the shooter reportedly hoped to accomplish.
And yet, what we just saw was the first genuine A-B comparison of what would happen in such an attack with and without gun control. The shooter began firing at one mosque, but a person on the scene had a gun and fired back in self-defense. The shooter fled. The same shooter then took the same weapons to a second mosque where nobody was armed. He stayed there firing away for much longer and killed three times as many people.
Anyone who agrees with the shooter that this shows we need more gun control laws must share at least one aspect of his insanity.
As I predicted yesterday, “Beto” O’Rourke’s presidential roll-out wasn’t greeted with as much adulation as he expected. While those who vote for Presidents based on “charisma” were dazzled, even some prominent liberals are skeptical that a brief term in the House, a losing Senate race and mad skateboard skillz are enough qualifications to be President. Nancy Pelosi was pressed to name a “signature accomplishment” of O’Rourke’s and came up empty (I heard that he did get a bill passed to rename a courthouse, proving that he is really good at coming up with better names for things than they started out with.)
There was even this brutal but hilariously spot-on assessment, from liberal journalist Michael Tracey, formerly of Young Turks...
But here’s the strongest sign yet that “Beto” may not be ready for the national stage, and it’s today’s Must-See Video. No, I don’t mean his announcement video, although you have to see that to fully appreciate the other one (also, see if you think, as I did, that it seems odd how he talks on and on, hyperactively spewing verbiage like a Word Salad Shooter, while his wife never utters a syllable. She just stares intently at his left ear, as if pondering whether a spot on his lobe is a speck of chocolate or a mole that needs to be looked at.)
I mean the other video of “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon parodying Beto’s video. It’s not merely hilarious, it’s shocking. After two years of turning late night comedy shows into DNC infomercials, a host has finally made fun of a Democratic media star. Beto may be in serious trouble if even the fawning leftist late night shows can’t resist mocking his schtick. I guess as a former “SNL” cast member, Fallon knows when someone is Not Ready for Prime Time.
Fallon will likely be blasted by liberals for straying off the plantation, the way he was for “normalizing” Donald Trump by talking to him as if he were a (gasp!) human being. If so, let’s hope he stands up to it. The latest crop of wet-behind-the-ears, know-it-all leftists are crying out to be parodied. Restoring some balance to these shows might actually Make Late Night Comedy Great Again.
A mother who is royally ticked off that her son didn’t get into the elite school he applied for has filed a $500 billion class action lawsuit against Felicity Huffman, Lori Laughlin and the 31 other wealthy parents implicated in the college admissions cheating scandal. Yes, you read that right: $500 billion, with a “b.” Although it might just be “million” misspelled, as you'll soon see.
There will surely be a lot of lawsuits inspired by this scandal, but the more serious ones will be aimed at the universities, or the people who masterminded the scam. In the meantime, this is interesting for two reasons: it illustrates how furious this story makes parents who aren’t rich elites and whose kids actually worked and studied and passed their own SATs, only to be rejected by the top schools.
Also, I wanted to note that the woman who filed the lawsuit described the scammers’ behavior as “heainous and dispicable”...and she’s a former public school teacher! She should perhaps sue her own university, and she would be lucky if her students don’t sue her someday.
You’d assume from President Trump’s Twitter feed that he doesn’t need any help coming up with controversial statements to make his critics’ eyeballs pop out in outrage. So why do Democrats and media outlets (pardon my redundancy) think they need to keep making up things he never said to get themselves riled up over?
To cite just a few of the most famous ones: He was first branded as a racist for calling all Mexican immigrants drug dealers, murderers and rapists...except he never said that. He said our lax border security was letting in some illegal entrants, like MS-13 gang members, who are drug dealers, murderers and rapists. That’s unarguably true, but too hard to get outraged over.
Likewise, he was accused of being sympathetic to white supremacists by saying there were “fine people” on both sides of the riots in Charlottesville. But if you read the whole quote, you can see he wasn’t talking about the riots or the alt-right, he was talking about people on both sides of the debate over whether to remove Confederate war monuments.
And this week, we have another example. No, despite what you heard on over a dozen media outlets, Trump did not call for his supporters to use violence against political opponents. At the link is the full quote, with some examples of hysterical media misrepresentations of it.
Ironically, some of these outlets have no problem ignoring or condoning leftist Antifa violence against Trump supporters. Some of them are even being sued for promoting another false narrative that resulted in death threats against innocent Trump supporters.
I understand how tempting it is to deliberately misquote Trump in the most negative way possible. It gets clicks and views from the rabid Trump haters that are the target audience. Plus they think it hurts Trump’s ability to enact his agenda and to get reelected. Besides, it’s just so much fun blowing a gasket railing against Trump. The problem is, more and more Americans are tiring of hearing the left cry wolf 24/7/365. They’re tuning out in droves.
I know that no young Democrat would dare listen to a capitalist but they should heed the words of Danny DeVito’s character, Larry the Liquidator, in the movie “Other People’s Money.” Explaining how the last buggy whip company left in business must have made the best buggy whip you ever saw, he says, “You know the surest way to go broke? Keep getting an increasing share of a shrinking market.”
The media are fighting so hard for the waning attentions of a dwindling audience of diehard Trump haters that they are willing to destroy their own reputations by repeating easily disproven hoaxes. If the idea is to torpedo Trump’s career, they’re aiming their torpedoes in the wrong direction. At this rate, if the defamation lawsuits don’t bankrupt them, the distrust they’ve earned with their buggy Trump whips will.
The media’s (and Republicans’) favorite “Democratic” socialist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complained on social media that she didn’t know Congress members have to work all the time. Actually, most don’t work all the time, but most of them aren’t out firing off ridiculous comments and trying to transform America into Venezuela. In fact, if she wants her Congressional career to last beyond 2020, she might want to stop working so hard at whatever it is she’s doing.
A new Gallup poll found that the more Americans learn about and hear from AOC, the less they like her (to be fair, that's true of socialism in general.) Shortly before the election, half of Americans had never heard of her, 24 percent viewed her favorably and 26 percent unfavorably, for a net favorability rating of -2.
Now, after getting two earfuls from her for several months, only 31 percent haven’t heard of her, but most of those who have don’t like what they’ve heard. Her net unfavorable rating has grown to -8 percent. Her favorable rating is up 4 points among Democrats, and is down 7 points among Independents and 21 points among Republicans. Also, while her favorable rating is up 9 points among non-whites, that’s the only demographic where she’s up. She’s down 3 points among women, 11 points among men, 15 points among whites, and even 7 points among Millennials.
If this is what happens when she works all the time, she might be more popular as a do-nothing Congress member. I know she has little respect for the wisdom of those who came before her, but there’s a lot of truth in the old saying, “It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
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