|December 1, 2020|
Good morning! Today's newsletter includes:
- Not the first
- In the shadow of the Alamo, Texans fight back
- New Chinese propaganda
- Johns Hopkins reverses itself
- A very subjective term
- RIP to the man in the Darth Vader suit
NOT THE FIRST
By Mike Huckabee
Joe Biden named his (potential) White House communications team, and the media are falling all over themselves to praise him for having the first all-female senior White House team. One problem, as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (who replaced my daughter, Sarah) points out: President Trump already has an all-female senior White House press team. So does the First Lady. And so does the Second Lady. The press has been barking at them for four years; you’d think they’d have noticed by now that they’re women.
But this is par for the course for our media, who have gone from madly attacking Trump to polishing Biden’s shoes with their tongues in record time. They’re so desperate to come up with positive things to praise him for that they might have set a hilarious new record for fawning. The liberal site The Daily Beast actually ran a story with this headline:
“Joe Biden’s Dogs Have Told This Pet Psychic a Lot About Their Beloved Master, and His Future.”
To triple the hilarity, Instapundit caught a screen grab of that puffiest of puffballs with a pop-up ad over it for subscriptions, urging people to “Support our fearless journalism.” My dogs told me psychically that even they think that’s idiotic.
In a related story, Biden slipped and twisted his ankle Saturday while playing with his dog, Major. My hopes and prayers for a swift recovery. But as Instapundit noted, why didn’t the dog psychic warn him?
IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALAMO, TEXANS FIGHT BACK
By Mike Huckabee
Some Texas cities have unfortunately elected leftwing Democrat governments (take a look at what’s happened to Austin), but even in those cities, the residents are still Texans. It’s inspiring to see that at least some San Antonio residents aren’t going to take having their rights stripped away in the name of the coronavirus, not when they live in the shadow of the Alamo.
In fact, we need to bring back teaching real American history, because there are a lot of people in blue states who desperately need to remember the Alamo.
NEW CHINESE PROPAGANDA
By Mike Huckabee
China tried to claim that Italy was the original source of the (Chinese) coronavirus, but nobody bought that, so now they’re trying to blame it on India. I doubt anyone will buy that, either. But the important thing to remember is not so much where it started (China), but that the Chinese government covered it up, blocked outside health experts and their own doctors from dealing with it or talking about it, lied about it, got the WHO to lie about it, and continued letting people spread it around the world until it was too late to contain it.
Biden tried to blame Trump for it, but the fact is that it went all over the world, and it continues spreading (as all viruses since the dawn of time have) because his buddies in Beijing let it get out and wasted valuable time trying to cover it up, which made efforts to contain it ultimately futile, like putting masks on the horses after they got out of the open barn door. No, the virus came from China, and it spread around the world because of China. The communist government in China can rewrite their own history, but we’re not going to let them do it here, no matter how much help the media try to give them.
JOHNS HOPKINS REVERSES ITSELF
By Mike Huckabee
Johns Hopkins University published and then retracted a study that found that there has been no major increase in the expected number of deaths among all age groups in the US this year due to COVID-19.
The researcher found that while there was a sharp increase in COVID-19 deaths, there was a drop in deaths attributed to other causes, such as pneumonia or heart disease. In fact, “the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19.” He theorizes that deaths from other causes are being categorized as COVID-19 deaths. Also, the very elderly victims might have been expected to die of old age, seasonal flu or other causes if the pandemic hadn’t occurred.
Interestingly, Johns Hopkins University didn’t retract the study because they could cite anything inaccurate, but because it “was being used to spread misinformation about the pandemic,” and discount the danger of the virus or the need to take precautions. But if the numbers are correct, then why should the study be retracted? Is it the job of the university to only publish scientific facts that support a particular narrative, or to suppress facts just because someone might misinterpret or misuse them?
The researcher said he was even accused online of being a “COVID denier” (of course, he was.) He called those false accusations “devastating,” but said, “I stand my ground. The goal is never to undermine the effects of COVID-19 but to suggest a possible over-exaggeration in death numbers due to the pandemic.”
I thought we were supposed to listen to the scientists. I must be getting old because I remember when liberals thought that refusing to accept “inconvenient truths” was a bad thing.
A VERY SUBJECTIVE TERM
By Mike Huckabee
Remember when Hollywood liberals and feminists were all riled up about “Me Too” and started the “Time’s Up” movement to fight sexual abuse of women in the workplace? That all went out the window when Joe Biden was nominated, but until that point, they were so worked up that some top name Hollywood celebrities started a charity composed of two groups, the Time’s Up Foundation and Time’s Up Now Inc. They had such luminaries as Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer and Brie Larson on their boards, and they quickly went to work raising money to fight sexual predators.
The New York Post reports that in their founding year of 2018, the nonprofit organization raised over $3.6 million. It spent $157,155 on conferences on “gender equity,” which included “a retreat at the Ojai Valley Inn, a luxury resort and spa north of Los Angeles. The retreat was dominated by agents from the Creative Artists Agency, who apparently had difficulty deciding on what the core mission should be.” They also spent $288,000 on advertising, $112,000 on a public relations firm, over $58,000 on travel, and $1.4 million on salaries. That included $342,308 to former WNBA head Lisa Borders, who ran the group for four months before resigning after her adult son was accused of sexual misconduct.
I’ll let you click the link to find out how much they spent on supporting women who made legal claims of sexual harassment. They say their legal defense fund has spent over $1.7 million to help women, but the share of it that the two groups kicked in themselves is less than what Borders was paid for four months’ work.
Apparently, “non-profit” is a very subjective term.
RIP TO THE MAN IN THE DARTH VADER SUIT
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)
We are sad to report that British actor David Prowse has died at 85. He was perhaps the most popular silent movie actor since Charlie Chaplin. Prowse, with his 6-foot-7-inch height and bodybuilder’s physique, was the performer inside the Darth Vader costume in “Star Wars,” although his lines were dubbed in by James Earl Jones.
Prowse did play many other roles, from “Dr. Who” to “The Beverly Hillbillies” movie, including playing Frankenstein in three different films. In 2000, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, but surprisingly, not for “Star Wars.” It was for playing the Green Cross Code Man, a character who taught children about road safety. Ironic, considering he will be most remembered for portraying a character who (spoiler alert!) cut off his son’s hand with a light saber.
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