Evening Edition - August 4

August 4, 2020 |

WE HAVE REACHED PEAK PORTLANDIA

Oh please, let this the moment when the current anti-police hysteria mixed with far-left, dogma-spouting, self-righteous “cancel culture” warriors reaches such peak idiocy that all Americans come together as one in agreement that they are so ridiculous, they should just be laughed out of the room.

The NW Film Center in Portland (naturally -- this story also illustrates Peak Portland) canceled a planned summer drive-in showing of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger action comedy “Kindergarten Cop” after Portland author Lois Leveen stirred up a social media campaign against it.

Leveen wrote: “There's nothing entertaining about the presence of police in schools, which feeds the 'school-to-prison' pipeline in which African American, Latinx and other kids of color are criminalized rather than educated. Five- and 6-year-olds are handcuffed and hauled off to jail routinely in this country. And this criminalizing of children increases dramatically when cops are assigned to work in schools."

Okay, are five-year-olds “routinely” handcuffed and hauled off to jail? Do we put minors in jail at all? I’ve heard of the police being called on very young kids, but that’s usually by hypersensitive liberal educationists who want to arrest a kid for pointing his finger and saying “Bang” or a little boy for kissing a little girl on the cheek. Those stories make news for two reasons: They’re so rare, and they’re so idiotic. The latter is the same reason this story made news.

Leveen went on, "It's true ‘Kindergarten Cop’ is only a movie. So are ‘Birth of a Nation’ and ‘Gone With the Wind,’ but we recognize films like those are not 'good family fun.' They are relics of how pop culture feeds racist assumptions. Because despite what the movie shows, in reality, schools don't transform cops. Cops transform schools, and in an extremely detrimental way."

Because of this laughably absurd nonsense (is this the first time anyone ever compared “Kindergarten Cop” to “Gone With The Wind”?), the organizers actually canceled the showing. It will be replaced with a screening of “Good Trouble,” a documentary about the late civil rights leader John Lewis, which I’m sure is a fine film and one that families with kids will really get into on a hot summer night at the drive-in. I hope the refreshment stand remembers to replace the Cokes and popcorn with green tea and kale.

As Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up. It’s a real story and definitive evidence that the far-left, anti-cop cancel culture “is a toomah” on America. A brain toomah, apparently.

MUST-READ ARTICLE

This is a Must-Read Article by Nathaneal Black at The Federalist about how this Supreme Court, aided and abetted primarily by swinging door Chief Justice John Roberts, is reducing Christians to second-class citizens.

Takeaway: the left is aggressively trying to impose its beliefs on everyone with no regard for First Amendment religious freedom rights, and Christians cannot depend on the courts to protect those rights.

The way to stop this is to elect legislators who will reaffirm religious liberty and end the abuse of regulations by unelected bureaucrats to force religious people and organizations to bend to the left’s agenda. There are enough people of faith in America that if we all showed up and voted our principles, we would capture an overwhelming majority of the government. The most important next step is showing up in November to reelect President Trump, who has done more for religious freedom than any President of my lifetime, so that he can appoint more Supreme Court Justices and render the fickle votes of Justice Roberts moot.

A TALE OF TWO CITY PAPERS

The New York Times ran an editorial Tuesday calling for scrapping the Presidential debates. Of course, this “isn’t written out of any concern that Donald Trump will prevail over Joe Biden in the debates; Mr. Biden has done just fine in a long string of such contests.” No, it’s because the debates are just quip contests, and viewers learn nothing of substance from them (they might learn that Joe Biden can’t remember a quip.)

Meanwhile, on the very same day, the competing New York Post ran an editorial with this headline: “Suddenly, Dems Want to Scrap Presidential Debates. Ha!”

STRUCTURAL REFORM PLANNED

The election is still three months away, but Democrats are so certain that they will keep the House and win back the Senate and White House that they’re already laying out their plans for “structural reforms” – which means changing the rules yet again to ensure they stay in power, pack the courts, and prevent the minority party from having any say in government. If you think that’s overstating it, read Guy Benson’s article at Townhall.com.

He goes through their stated plans in their own words, including the platform that “moderate” Joe Biden will be running on. Their rationale for these changes is all baloney. Benson even shows how Obama once made a similar sanctimonious argument for the Senate filibuster to the one he just made against it at Rep. John Lewis’ funeral.

As for claiming Democrats must change the rules for approving judges and stack the courts because Trump appointed so many unqualified judges: in fact, a higher percentage of Trump’s appointees are rated “well qualified” by the ABA than Obama’s appointees. But that’s all a smokescreen. As Benson points out, facts don’t matter. This is about “power, power, power” and playing as dirty as necessary to obtain it.

If you don’t want to lose all the power you have at every level of government, then you’d better round up everyone you know who agrees and go vote in November like the fates of America and your family depend on it. Because they do.

GEORGE FLOYD VIDEO LEAKED

Someone leaked an illegally obtained copy of the police body cam footage of George Floyd’s arrest to the London Daily Mail, which in an act of incredibly irresponsible journalism released it publicly. The footage was supposed to remain in the courthouse, viewable by appointment only. The public release of it is likely only to open wounds and inflame more violence, but congratulations on the scoop, guys.

Anyway, now that it’s out, you can watch it or read a recap at the link, but I warn you, it’s pretty disturbing. Floyd is shown acting, as one cop puts it, “squirrelly.” He claims he has anxiety and claustrophobia, he keeps falling to the ground, and after he’s placed in the squad car, he struggles his way out again. You can’t watch it without somehow hoping and praying that he’ll just stay in the car, but you already know what’s going to happen once he’s on the ground again, and there’s no way to turn back time and undo it.

I don’t know what purpose the paper thinks it serves to release this now, other than showing how what starts out as a routine police call can spiral into a nightmare of unpredictable consequences. The release could also further taint the jury pool, allowing the officers’ attorneys to argue that it’s impossible for them to get a fair trial. So add one more potential unforeseen consequence to a tragic story that’s grown into a mountain of them.

THE DAM IS BEGINNING TO CRACK...

Like a strained dam that’s starting to show cracks, the monolithic liberal media’s attempts to block free speech are starting to crumble and the truth is leaking out, first in drops, then in torrents. We’ve now had reporters from the New York Times, New York magazine and CNN all quit and denounce their former workplaces. The “Ellen” TV show is also under fire by former staffers. And now the latest: Ariana Pekary, a producer on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” has quit and written a blistering open letter explaining why. Ms. Pekary says she “just couldn’t stay there anymore.”

In her letter, Pekary compares MSNBC to a “cancer that can’t be cured.” She says that unlike her previous work in public radio, editorial decisions at MSNBC aren’t based on what the public needs to know but on how topics or guests “rate.” She says, "The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings." A senior producer told her, “Our viewers don’t really consider us the news. They come to us for comfort.” (Hey, I actually have something in common with an MSNBC producer! I don't consider it the news, either!)

What they find most comforting, of course, is bashing Trump. She points out that in covering the coronavirus, instead of focusing on the latest science news that viewers need to hear, the primary focus is on how poorly Trump is dealing with it. She concluded her letter with, "More than ever, I’m craving a full and civil discourse."

I couldn’t agree more, and I’d love to see MSNBC rediscover journalism. However, I notice that even in her own letter, she reveals a bias that’s not really journalism, but advocacy. Not the blatant MSNBC kind, but the more subtle public radio kind. She writes, “Also important is to ensure citizens can vote by mail this year, but I’ve watched that topic get ignored or 'killed' numerous times."

Granted, that’s an important topic, but a real journalist wouldn’t reveal her personal opinion that it’s important that the pro side prevail. Let me illustrate:

Journalism: Mail-in voting is a hot topic of debate, so we should research it, present the facts and let both sides make their cases, so that viewers can develop an informed opinion. After all, both sides have legitimate concerns, as we can see in this story.

Public Radio Bias: We should talk about mail-in voting and mention the objections, but convey the idea that all thinking people agree that it’s important for it to pass.

MSNBC Bias: Trump is a RACIST who wants to keep minorities from voting! ORANGE MAN BAAAADDD!!!”

I hope you can spot the subtle shades of difference.

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  • Ann Dingmann

    08/06/2020 10:21 AM

    This is a belated comment to the article in response to Robert Berger. I agree with everything with one exception. In the reply you refer to Minneapolis and the state being solidly Democrat. I would like to ask you to have your research staff go back and look at the state of Minnesota voting results county by county. I think you will be totally surprised by the amount of red you will see. It was the Twin Cities area and the heavily union area of Duluth that influenced the win for HRC. Minnesota has a winner take all rule for the Electoral College vote. Just wanted you to know there is hope for MN.

  • Patricia Linszky

    08/05/2020 06:03 PM

    Gov, God forbid we teach kids that "Cops" are the "GOOD" guys. These are the same "idiots" that were wringing their hands after the school shootings demanding the "Police" be there to protect our kids. What this threat is now gone, I think not!! We know what happens when it's known there is no resistance. THINK PEOPLE!

  • Rose LiBassi.

    08/05/2020 05:15 PM

    All the stories are eye openers. What I don’t see discussed is how many so called Republicans are willing to cooperate with the democrats. I am disheartened by the lack of fight in the GOP. The democrats coddle and protect their criminal ex: New Jersey’s Menendes while the Republicans vilify any kind of transgression. Meanwhile holier than thou Utah senator is no Republican at all. Try to rally around the president or we will certainly loose the Idea that is America. Health and Strenght!

  • Gail Denham

    08/05/2020 12:40 PM

    I do most earnestly hope that you're right in the "leaking" part of the left's firm hold on the media. And in other areas too

    Let's have truth - please. The nonsense about police handcuffing children, the ridiculous accusations against our President for "mishandling" the virus. What? He moved mountains to get ventilators and hospital extras to states -- for another thing he listened to fauci spout on and on - giving people the hugest scare they will ever have (well, hugest unless the dems gain control - then we will all know true fear)

    and to think one of our representatives Merkley says the Portland streets are filled with "flower-holding peaceful protestors" - good grief - we, here, in Oregon know and see the truth. And definitely that man does not tell truth. Good grief.
    President Trump has done everything in his power to help folks through this horrible time. And he continues to do so. May God have mercy on this country - we don't deserve it I know - but I ask God for mercy and help.

  • Jerry Korba

    08/05/2020 11:04 AM

    With the dereliction and corruption of Congress the movement to defund Congress makes more sense than defunding the police the Mayors offices and city councils of Liberal cities should not only be defunded but abolished: dismissal of its occupants until sanity and honesty can be found to replace corruption, anti american policies, and the disregard of the oath taken, to take the office, can be restored. The anti law government these cities and states have are not what the citizens want.

  • Ann atwell

    08/05/2020 11:03 AM

    I believe that even if the Dems. Get their way about mail-in voting, I believe Donald Trump will win by a landslide. I believe he won by Devine Intervention the first time and if all Christian Americans like myself continue to pray , well, that's where faith comes in.

  • Terri Lupa

    08/05/2020 10:33 AM

    What has happened to free will? If you do like or agree with the content of a movie watch something else. Use your moral compass to decide if something is right or wrong. I don’t want the government or Facebook or any other establishment dictating what they consider acceptable. I have God’s word, the Bible, to guide me. That supersedes all else.

  • Terri Lupa

    08/05/2020 10:30 AM

    What has happened to free will? If you do like or agree with the content of a movie watch something else. Use your moral compass to decide if something is right or wrong. I don’t want the government or Facebook or any other establishment dictating what they consider acceptable. I have God’s word, the Bible, to guide me. That supersedes all else.

  • Wynne Young

    08/05/2020 10:26 AM

    I received an abridged copy of a coroner’s report for George Floyd which contrasts strongly with the reports that have been widely seen. I would be willing to forward it to you for your comments. Please let me know, because I feel that it’s something that needs to be publicized.

  • Jerry

    08/05/2020 09:34 AM

    Minneapolis is experimenting with a new way to bring Socialism to the city. Redistribution of wealth the Mayors office and the city council are inviting visitors to the city only to be prepared to have your car stolen, and visitors walking around to have the wallets or purses stolen or anything of value the visitor may have with them. The Police the Mayor and city council say just give your possessions to the thief the police are to stand down and will not protect the visitor the end result is you may escape with the least bodily harm to the visitor a new Minneapolis trait will be unlawful transfer of your valuable possession to thugs gang members and how could we forget the the wonderful BLM movement this message is endorsed by the Minneapolis Mayors office and its operating partner the Minneapolis City Council no corruption here.

  • Paulette Walton Taylor

    08/05/2020 08:16 AM

    Governor Huckabee:
    The country seems to be spinning out of control and most news is doom and gloom. You put objectivity in the middle of all of this and make me feel like I'm not going insane. Thank you.

  • Robert Pierce Walker

    08/05/2020 07:55 AM

    I could be a little inaccurate but when I was in the 4th grade in I think 1955 my teacher told us that the US had two thirds of the worlds gold at Fort Knox and were the richest nation in the world and a lender nation. Who were the beneficiaries of all the capital we had built up? Americans making deals with other countries and pocketing billions of our money. Bill and Hillery were kiting $ 100,000.00 in Arkansas because they were broke in 1993. When Hillery ran for president in 2008 she declared her personal wealth was $ 450,000,000.00. The Clintons may be part of the theft? there are bound to be others who did better than the Clintons?

  • Renee Kendrick

    08/05/2020 07:09 AM

    President Trump needs to add "racist" and "racism" to the list of restricted words for the media. Do you think they could produce a 30-minute broadcast without those words? Hmm!!!

  • Roger Shofkom

    08/05/2020 06:55 AM

    In my opinion, the news media has basically become irrelevant. The best news available is from the Huckabee staff and second best from Fox News.

  • Sandra Weaver

    08/05/2020 05:42 AM

    Arnold movie was a good movie and funny also had love story to it. This Leveen is absolutely stupid.

  • Elizabeth Brody

    08/05/2020 02:31 AM

    I think Louis Leveen belongs in a mental institution, padded cell and strait jacket. He must be insane to come up with such complete and utter crap.

  • Edward L. Finley

    08/05/2020 02:05 AM

    I watched the Video on George Floyd as well. The things I noticed were the sad fact that police officers always get the bad wrap in today's culture. Can you imagine being a police officer in this situation and not wanting to thump the guy?
    I'm sorry, but Mr. Floyd was obviously higher than a kite on something and although not hugely violent, was obviously resisting arrest and not cooperating.
    Have you seen the latest and similar situation in Arkansas, where the guy and his lady friend were caught shoplifting and a similar scenario happened? The guy ran from the police, they chased him down, grappled with him, he says I can't breathe and ends up dying? it was found he was high on drugs and had heart failure., even though, they again tried to blame the police officers.
    I say this to point out George Floyd was also high on something and I believe they said fentanyl and other drugs in his system at an overdosed percentage. Agreed the police officers pushed it too far, but how far is too far, when they struggled with this guy for quite a while as he resisted and struggled with them.
    Just Sayin! I would not want a police officers job in todays crazy environment.

  • Douglas Noel

    08/05/2020 01:49 AM

    Governor, I first experienced a true police officer in a school when I was a olunteer in the roughest school in Detroit as a part of the Detroit Compact program. There was barbed wire topped fencing all around the school. Drug deals took place on the outskirts of the school property. An armed Detroit Police officer walked the hallways. And, we had a black female principal that was one of the finest principals I have ever worked under. She meant what she said and said what she meant. The kids in that high school all respected and were friends with the police officer. In my 40+ years of teaching in Nebraska, Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, Michigan, China, and Venezuela, teaching all grades K-12 and including college, I have never seen a 5 or 6 year old child handcuffed and taken away for any reason. That is unconscionable! In South Carolina we did have officers who were armed, called resource officers, walking the hallways and during this time period we had very few behavior problems in any of the schools. The children knew that they were there for them and they could take to them about anything at any time. Usually they didn't, but it ameliorated behavior by their very presence. With a new superintendent, as a cost saving measure, they were removed and the situation worsened to what we have now, not unconscionable but not as good as it was or can be.

    Leveen says "this country". Perhaps she is not speaking of the USA, but then I don't know to which country she is referring. In Siquesiqui, Venezuela, the schoolchildren would often, on their own volition, sit outside their house at midnight under a streetlight to do their homework because there is no electricity in their houses. China had/has some very strict rules pertaining to education but I never saw nor was I ever told anything like that by any of the teachers I taught in Shandong Province and I can't imagine it ever occurring in any school in Europe.

  • Linda Olds

    08/05/2020 01:39 AM

    These 'cancel culture' people think that just because they can string a bunch of words together, they actually end up meaning something. But if you read or listen carefully, it doesn't mean anything.
    The people who give in, and do what the cancel culture wants them to do, are just as bad, or worse. They should understand that giving in to these people only makes things worse. They can't be appeased.

  • Cheryl Breon

    08/05/2020 12:31 AM

    Today my husband came home and said his co-worker had a friend (another nurse) in the hospital who was put on a ventilator but given hydroxychloroquine and got better within hours and taken off the ventilator. Who is going to be held responsible for all the crimes against humanity by covering up the CURE!!!!! I can't stand it when Brian Kilmeade and Sean and all of them except Laura Ingraham keep saying, "well, we just have to wait for a vaccine before we can get back to normal...or a 'curative therapy'." I want to SCREAM!!! WE HAVE THE CURE! They are most likely giving it to anyone who is elitist enough to save. So far, it is a deep dark secret. Why is everyone stifling the truth of what can save our country and our economy and our lives!!?? Trump took it; is he dead? Of course not. Very sinister, evil stuff going on here but the right needs to STOP acting STUPID about "gee, what can we do?" We can get on the FDA!!!!!

  • Jeffrey Buttke

    08/05/2020 12:09 AM

    It is so reassuring to read your reports. A great many times we feel like we're alone in the fight for our religious freedoms, free speech, Christian faith and reasonable, and sane articles to read! Living in the Seattle area, the land of the extreme leftist Democrat kingdom, one fears for their lives if we even wear a pro-Trump hat or shirt! Even at church we realize that taking a stand on issues of faith and behavior can lead to problems with fellowship with others. I have chosen to agree to disagree with other leaders, but there still comes a time when we need to stand on our convictions. I'm not saying I'm right in all my beliefs, but I stand on faith in Christ and His Word.
    Thank you for your encouragement -- we're in this together!

  • Gail Hudler

    08/04/2020 11:43 PM

    The worst thing that can happen to this year's election process is to have "mail-in" voting. Absentee voting should be allowed. Our state of Oklahoma has very specific instructions and procedures that must be followed or the vote doesn't count. The fact that we could still be counting ballots on inauguration day is a very scary thing!!!

  • Mary Seltzer

    08/04/2020 10:52 PM

    Asked before but haven't heard anything:
    Do you understand why there is supposedly a "shortage of change" and businesses are requesting us to pay with the exact change?

  • Heidi Petrick

    08/04/2020 10:46 PM

    Hey Governor! So granted, I’m a little slow but what are all these critters at Squirrel Hollow ( DC ) really trying to hide with the continued noise about Defund Police and racism this and racism that. Now they are canceling Family Night Movies because of..... really that has become Jauche scrapped off the raceway floor and shows a brand of racism( or rather discrimination since there is only one race on this planet, the Human race) in and of itself. Thanks for your time Governor! God bless you and yours! Heidi

  • Floyd A Unger

    08/04/2020 10:34 PM

    Thank you