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Today's Commentary --- We know she's anti-Semitic, but there's a lot we don't know -- Manafort sentenced -- Carry On --- Media Bias Headline of the Day! -- Latest Fake News -- Take your medicine -- "Inconvenient truth" -- More destructive than The Rock -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
With boldly anti-Semitic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar making news this week –- along with the conflicted Democrats in Congress who ultimately found it impossible to condemn her anti-Semitism –- I thought it might be good to do a little research and find out more about her.
Going back to October of 2018, shortly before the election that took her to Congress as one of the first two Muslim women ever elected, we find that even then, several questions had followed her about her campaign finances, truthfulness under oath, and even her marriages, with allegations of bigamy and even that she was legally married to her brother for a short time for the purpose of committing immigration fraud. These are issues that first arose in 2016, when she was running for her seat in the Minnesota state legislature.
By Mike Huckabee
Thursday, Judge T.S. Ellis shocked liberal lawyers and pundits by sentencing former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort to just 47 months in jail on tax and bank fraud charges. Special counsel Robert Mueller had pressed for a sentence of up to 24 years, which Ellis called “excessive.” Throughout the trial, Ellis seemed skeptical of Mueller’s team, which has come in for criticism for its heavy-handed approach to leveling multiple felony charges for infractions that have nothing to do with the “Russian collusion” they were appointed to investigate. He also voiced suspicions that Mueller was using excessive charges to force Manafort to “sing.”
The judge said Manafort had lived an “otherwise blameless life,” which was admittedly rich, considering some of the shady lobbying and consulting dealings he’s had in the past. On the other hand, if the same legal and moral standards were applied across the Washington lobbyist and political set, we’d have to build a new prison on the Potomac to hold all the lifers. Not that I would be averse to that.
For liberals whining that Manafort got off too easy, he’ll face sentencing soon on other charges from a judge who will likely be far tougher on him. And if they really think that political figures should be held to the harshest standards of the law and not let off too easy, then would you like to talk about Hillary Clinton again? No? Didn’t think so.
By Mike Huckabee
I know that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned that we have only 12 years before we all die due to the climate change apocalypse, and I wouldn’t want to contradict a renowned scientist like her. But according to this article, the director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program says we have only a 10-year window to stop global warming before it causes worldwide disaster, melting the polar ice caps, flooding the land, displacing tens of millions of people and destroying the food chain.
Oh wait, my mistake. This article was from 1989, and he was saying all that would happen by the year 2000. Carry on.
Media Bias Headline of the Day!
By Mike Huckabee
Media Bias Headline of the Day! From the Washington Post’s Eli Rosenberg: “The Senate Just Confirmed a Judge Who Interned at an Anti-LGBTQ Group. She’ll Serve For Life.”
It’s true that Trump nominee Allison Rushing was confirmed on party lines as a judge on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, where she can serve as long as she chooses – and considering she’s only 37, that could mean decades of (hopefully, if she doesn’t “evolve”) rulings based on the Constitution rather than someone’s feelings. But considering that she has a sterling resume that makes her qualified for a top federal court post, any part of which could have been cited more appropriately in the headline, why is she described solely as a former intern for “an anti-LGBTQ group”?
Because early in her career, she interned for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal nonprofit that defends First Amendment religious freedom rights. Those include such cases as defending the Christian baker in Colorado who was being hounded out of business by the state for declining a job designing a same-sex wedding cake, and defending the right of the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby not to have to provide contraceptives and abortifacient drugs to employees. By the way, they won both of those cases in the Supreme Court, so one might assume they are skillful attorneys who cite sound Constitutional arguments and not just bigots yelling, “We hate gays!”
But the Post’s writer prefers to parrot the slanderous “hate group” label put on the ADF by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a once-noble enterprise that in recent years has become America’s best-funded leftist hate group, falsely accusing numerous mainstream religious-based organizations of being hate groups. It was their designation that inspired an unstable man to shoot up the offices of the Family Research Council. They also recently had to pay a hefty monetary settlement for falsely branding an organization as an anti-Muslim hate group. Other lawsuits are reportedly in the works, yet major social media sites are still using the SPLC to identify and ban so-called “hate groups,” some of which have committed no offense other than holding religious or political views the SPLC disagrees with.
For those who’ve read this far and feel I’ve given you “too much information,” I apologize. I suggest you read the Washington Post, where all you need to read is the headline to know the slant of the story, and information will have nothing to do with it.
Latest Fake News
By Mike Huckabee
It’s too early to say if this is “fake news,” but considering it’s a New Yorker “expose” about President Trump and Fox News (and the New Yorker’s “inside knowledge” of both is about as deep as a flea’s knowledge of calculus), I am highly skeptical. The accusation is that the late Roger Ailes tipped off Trump about a hostile question that debate moderator Megyn Kelly planned to ask, giving Trump advance warning to have a snappy comeback ready.
Fox denied the allegation, and Kelly has already said Ailes did not oversee her debate prep. I was also in those debates, and I never noticed that Trump needed any help coming up with snappy comebacks. Besides, if Fox wanted to help someone by giving them the questions in advance, why not me? I’d actually worked there! Boy, you think you know who your friends are…
(Disclaimer for the humor-impaired: That last part is called “sarcasm.” I do not really mean I expected them to give me the questions in advance. In fact, I’m laughing derisively at the very idea that anyone would do that for anybody. The people I know at Fox News are professional journalists who would never cheat to promote their preferred candidates. I understand how that concept might be foreign to most of the current liberal media outlets. And sadly, no, that’s not sarcasm.)
Take your medicine
By Mike Huckabee
Like socialism, the anti-vaccination movement is yet another groundless idea that’s taken hold in blue states and is leading to the return of terrible things that we’d nearly eradicated in the last century, such as measles and whooping cough. It’s based on a fear that vaccinations cause autism. No legitimate study has ever supported that.
Now, Danish researchers writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine report on an exhaustive new study of 657,461 children, 6,517 of whom were diagnosed with autism. Here’s what they found:
Not only was there no positive correlation between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and autism, but children who got the vaccine were actually 7% less likely to develop autism. Kids who had no vaccinations were 17% more likely to develop autism than kids who did get vaccinated.
Dr. Saad Omer of Emory University in Atlanta, who co-wrote an editorial accompanying the study, says this adds to a large body of evidence showing that the idea that vaccines cause autism is a myth. It’s time for the anti-vaxxers to take their medicine and let their kids take theirs.
By Mike Huckabee
Here’s an “inconvenient truth” that the left would prefer nobody talk about: Ivanka Trump, who serves as a jobs creation adviser in her father’s Administration, revealed that during the first quarter of fiscal 2019, more Americans re-entered the work force than in any other quarter since the government started keeping track of that number. For the first time in history, we have more job openings than there are unemployed people, so a stunning 73% of the people who entered the workforce during the last quarter came off the sidelines and weren’t even considered among the unemployed.
If you remember the Obama economy, we often heard claims that the unemployment rate was artificially low because people who had exhausted their unemployment benefits and couldn’t find jobs just gave up looking – which, ironically, meant they were no longer counted among the unemployed. But there are now so many jobs that even people who couldn’t land a job a few years ago and gave up looking are now coming back into the workforce and getting hired.
The Wall Street Journal reports that after years of struggle and disappointment, people who previously couldn’t find work are not only finding jobs, but those jobs offer better pay than they used to. Low-skilled workers, manufacturing workers, women, racial minorities, the disabled, people with less education and even those with criminal records are all among the groups enjoying improved job prospects. And before anyone plays the “Thanks, Obama” card, it should be noted that manufacturing jobs, for example, are up by 3.5% in Trump’s first two years while they grew by just 0.5% during Obama’s last two years.
No wonder the left is attacking Ivanka and her dad so viciously. They’re doing too good a job of helping the private sector create jobs that allow people to earn the maximum paychecks that they can. That kills demand for the #1 product of socialism: a guaranteed minimum government paycheck.
More destructive than The Rock
By Mike Huckabee
A lot of people are trying to come up with ways to estimate and put into comprehensible terms the gargantuan cost of the Democrats’ “Green New Deal.” I think I’ve found a way that the average American can grasp.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is famous for his action thrillers filled with apocalyptic special effects, from all the “Fast and the Furious” car crashes up through the destruction of London in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” through burning skyscrapers, alien and monster attacks, toppling buildings, and worst of all, in “San Andreas,” the entire West Coast decimated by a massive earthquake that collapses Hoover Dam.
So the Rotten Tomatoes movie site decided to figure up how much we could sue The Rock for in damages if we could blame all the property destruction in his movies on him. They focused only on his 22 most destructive movies and came up with a tab of just over $12.2 trillion in damages.
The latest cost estimate on the “Green New Deal” put its cost at nearly 8 times that much. So we’ve finally found something even more destructive than a movie starring The Rock.
Evening Edition - March 7
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."
– Philippians 2:3
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