BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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I talked to Sen. Marsha Blackburn about the shocking news that she had created a bipartisan bill with liberal Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Today, the House will vote on the (ahem!) “Fiscal Responsibility Act.” Even though a number of conservatives are vowing to oppose it, this won’t be a party line vote. All it needs to pass is the Democrats plus a handful of Republicans, so it’s pretty much certain to pass the House and go on to the Senate. So here’s an article on what’s likely to happen there.
At least this bill inspired the best line of the day, from Rep. Nancy Mace: “Republicans got outsmarted by a President who can’t find his pants.”
Please keep this family in your prayers
Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart announced that he will resign from Congress before the end of the year to take care of his wife Evie, who is ill.
Under state law, the Governor has to call a special election to replace Stewart. It’s not clear when that will be. Even though a Republican is heavily favored in that district, until another one is elected, the GOP House majority will be reduced to only four votes.
But the most important part of this story isn’t the politics but the fact that his wife is ill enough that he feels the need to resign to take care of her, so please keep them and their children in your prayers.
America the Beautiful
God's creation is all around us. We are blessed with his bounty. Take a moment to enjoy it.
U.S. Border Patrol Chief to retire
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, who manages 20,000 Border Patrol agents, announced that he is retiring effective June 30th. Ortiz has been vocal about the DHS not having operational control of the border, and testified to that in Congress.
DHS Secretary Antony Majorkas praised Ortiz and thanked him for postponing his retirement several times over the past couple of years, which I’m sure must’ve been difficult, considering the circumstances.
No word on who will replace him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Majorkas tried to save money by hiring an illegal immigrant.
Tuesday, the Supreme Court left in place a lower court ruling that the website Reddit was not legally liable for child pornography posted by users, under Section 240 of the Communications Decency Act that shields platforms from liability for posts by third parties.
The SCOTUS found that the plaintiffs, who were victims of child pornography, did not accuse Reddit of actively engaging in sex trafficking or draw any direct connection between those posts and its revenue, other than the fact that it makes money from ads on all its pages.
This wasn’t unexpected in light of recent rulings finding Google and Twitter not liable for damages to victims of terrorists who left posts on their platforms.
If you’ve been involved in politics as long as I have, you start to notice that the Democrats have more straw men than a “Wizard of Oz” fan convention. Whenever they get into power and enact their university faculty lounge daydreams as actual policies, chaos ensues. They can’t admit that the things they believe in simply aren’t true and don’t work, so they have to invent some bogeyman to blame for their own failures.
For instance, if a Democrat is let out of jail for the umpteenth time in a blue city and shoots another Democrat with an illegal gun he bought on the street from a third Democrat because nobody enforces all the gun control laws, whose fault is that? Obviously, it’s the fault of Republicans and the NRA!
Or if runaway deficit spending that they assured us has no economic downside is followed by painful runaway inflation, what’s to blame? Capitalism!
And of course, the biggest straw man of all is “Racism.” When all else fails, accuse your opponents of being racists, even if the worst place for any black person to live in America is in a deep blue city that’s been run by Democrats for generations, like Chicago or Baltimore.
But there are encouraging signs that they’ve cried wolf over racism one too many times, and the intended audience won’t be fooled again. Like this great story about a black Florida business owner’s reaction to the NAACP’s ludicrous “travel advisory” warning that it’s dangerous for black people to go to Florida.
He’s lived in Florida since 1985, built a successful business, and has three successful grown kids whose families all live in Florida, which he calls a “place of opportunity and prosperity.” His advice about the NAACP’s warning is just three words: “Simply ignore it.” That’s good advice for most of what the Democrats say.
Also, definitely read this story about Texas GOP Rep. Wesley Hunt, who is black and who blew away the tired “Republicans are racists” mantra.
Hunt said he’s fed up with this Administration using racism “as a scapegoat for everything.” He pointed out that in his district, 75% of GOP primary voters were white, but he beat nine white rivals by a large margin. In the general election, in a district that went for Trump by 23 points, he beat his white opponent by 30 points.
Hall said his only goal is “to better America,” and he doesn’t think of himself as black first: “First of all, I’m an American, I’m a combat veteran, I am a father, I am a West Point graduate, I am an Ivy League graduate — we could go all the way down the line before I get to ‘black guy.’” He added that he won so big “because I was the best candidate. That’s it. That’s literally what our party is. I get to wake up every day and live Martin Luther King’s dream: I’m literally being judged by the content of my character, not by the color of my skin.”
Oh, so he’s one of those black white supremacists! Sounds like Joy Behar needs to give him her lecture on what it’s like to grow up black in America.
Bud Light sales stay flat, possibly getting even worse
Marketing experts who predicted that the conservative boycott of Bud Light would quickly blow over must’ve been drinking something stronger than Bud Light. Sales are not rebounding, and it appears the news is getting even worse. Over Memorial Day weekend, normally a huge time for beer sales, social media was filled with photos of unsold cases of Bud Light, even though in some places, they were offering $15 rebates on $14.49 cases. That means they were willing to pay people to take it, but few people did.
If this trend continues for the rest of the year, Bud Light, once the far-and-away sales leader, is in danger of dropping to #2 behind Modelo Especial, whose sales have jumped by over 9 percent.
I predict that desperate Bud Light executives will try to pay Dylan Mulvaney to appear online in a bathtub full of Modelo Especial.
Watch this video
Watch this video, in which Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Anthony Bass was made to apologize and promise to “educate himself” because his Christian beliefs offended the LGBTQ outrage mob, and see if you can tell the difference between it and a propaganda video of a POW being forced to confess to war crimes with an off-camera gun pointed at him.
Really, Toronto Blue Jays executives? Do that many more gay people attend your games than Christians? I’d guess we’re about to find out.
Related: Christian L.A. Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen joined teammate Clayton Kershaw by issuing a strong statement blasting the Dodgers for honoring as “heroes” an LGBTQ group of drag queen “nuns” that openly mocks Catholics, Christians and the Bible.
AOC is bent out of shape over a parody Twitter account
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is bent out of shape over a Twitter account that parodies her. In a comment on her own policies and statements that she seems oblivious to, AOC is afraid that people will mistake the parody account that makes laughable and ridiculous statements as actually being her. This in spite of the fact that it’s plainly called “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Press Release (parody).”
Being a good socialist, AOC is all in favor of silencing her critics and has previously tweeted, “Deplatforming works and it is important” (no, that’s NOT the parody account.) I’m sure she’d love to shut down the free speech of the account that’s poking fun at her, but unfortunately for her, Elon Musk owns Twitter now. So she fumed, “I am assessing with my team how to move forward.” Apparently, her “team” has nothing better to do than try to think up ways to keep people from making fun of AOC. Good luck with that!
I agree with the author of this piece that she has only two ways of “moving forward.” Either develop the ability to laugh at herself, or stop coming out with policies and statements that are so easy to parody.
Could Hollywood’s promotion of Satanism get any more blatant?
I hesitate to get into this subject because it makes an easy target for liberals to accuse you of being a hysterical “religious fanatic.” But honestly, could Hollywood’s promotion of Satanism get any more blatant? Satan used to be said to hide in the shadows, but now he seems to be hogging the spotlight at every red carpet event in Tinseltown.
I’m sure you all remember the big “Pro-Satan/pro-hedonism” production number at the Grammy Awards. Or maybe you heard about the animated “comedy” series, “Little Demon,” about a single mom and her daughter whose dad is Satan and she’s the Antichrist? That was picked up by Disney for its FXX channel. The story was so unbelievable that Snopes.com fact-checked it. Yep, it was true.
Actress Aubrey Plaza, who voices the mom Laura and executive produces the show, was quoted as saying, "I love that we are normalizing paganism. Laura is a pagan. She's a witch. She's jacked."
At least Disney had the flimsy cover of claiming it was a show for adults on the FXX channel. But how do they explain this latest news, that they’ve greenlighted a German original show for Disney+ (largest viewing segment, ages 2-17) called “Pauline,” about a teenager who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with Satan? The producers tout it as a “coming of age” story. More like a “coming of the age of Armageddon” story.
Movieguide chairman and founder Ted Baehr called on parents to petition Disney+ to abort (they should like that) this series’ release, saying:
“We can’t let this twisted and disturbing content corrupt our children’s values and beliefs…If released, there will be millions of young viewers who may perceive this twisted and disturbing story as desirable and exciting…The show’s attempt to normalize and even promote demonic association is a blatant attempt to blur the lines of morality and make evil desirable.
Some actors are also starting to risk ridicule, blackballing and cancel culture by speaking out about what they have to deal with behind the scenes. The actor Tyrese suddenly took an interview promoting his new “Fast and Furious” movie in an unexpected direction, saying this:
“As much as I’m supposed to be promoting this movie and talking about my album, I just feel like we’re in competition right now because they are trying to normalize the devil. The devil is on the main stage at award shows and in every video with signs and symbols. And I say, ‘You know what, we need to stop treating our relationship with Jesus like the little buddy you talk to before you go to bed at night and be more vocal about all the things that God means to us and all of the things God has brought us through’…They’re going above and beyond to promote the devil and it’s p***ing me off. The devil worshipers used to be really secretive, going down into the basement, this secret world. Now they’re just out! “
That interview prompted another writer to call back to a recent interview the media had buried with former child actress China McClain, who appeared in several Disney Channel projects. She says her openly professed Christian beliefs have gotten her blackballed in Hollywood, and she’s speaking out. She recently took to Twitter to say this:
“The entertainment industry is about influence. There is a reason why you see people dressed up as Satan. Full-on visuals of Satan, people dressed as Satan, dressed as a demon, got upside-down crosses all on (their) clothes, or pentagrams all on their clothes…They know good and god-darn well that God exists. They also know that Satan exists. They’re just counting on the fact that y’all don’t know that…They affect you. That’s what they do in (the) entertainment industry. It’s about influence. I’m not gonna sacrifice the honesty in order to be politically correct.”
And if you still think this is just a lot of overblown hand wringing over nothing, let me introduce you to gay rapper Lil Nas X’s new line of “Satan Shoes.” (He also once released a video showing him dancing provocatively with a devil, then snapping the devil’s neck and putting his horned crown on his own head.) Each pair of the black and red sneakers is made with a drop of human blood and decorated with pentagrams, upside-down crosses and the words “Luke 10:18,” a reference to this verse from the Bible: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven.” The shoes are priced at $1,018 a pair, and the limited edition of 666 pairs sold out in one minute.
This is so blatant that even Nike rushed to distance themselves, saying that even though they were made using Nike Air Max 97s, they had nothing to do with making them and do not endorse them. One YouTuber who bought the shoes to review them said he immediately threw them down the garbage chute to get them away from him.
It’s easy for the media to dismiss Christian protests of this blasphemous garbage, and claim we’re taking it too seriously. Indeed, one of the makers of the “Satan Shoes” said, “We all knew that some people would take the Satan element of this seriously…but I’m not sure we were entirely prepared for how much of a furor it would cause. Obviously from our perspective, it’s just fun, right? There’s a really rich wealth of symbol(ism) to work with, but some people have been very up in arms with it.”
Maybe it’s because a lot of people realize that promoting Satan to young people is not “just fun,” that this should be taken very seriously, and that Christ expects us to rebuke him forcefully. And they’re also finally waking up to the truth of the old saying, “When someone tells you what they are, believe them.”
FBI says it’s committed to compliance, refuses to comply with subpoena
Show of hands: how many of you thought FBI Director Christopher Wray would comply with House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer’s subpoena from a month ago and turn over the document alleging that President Biden was paid by foreign interests for policy decisions?
Anyone? Ah, I see no one thought Wray would meet yesterday’s deadline. Class, you were all correct. The FBI has formally refused to provide the Oversight Committee with the material they seek, even though this is an unclassified document, and Comer says he will hold Wray in contempt of Congress.
Accordingly, as John Solomon reports in JUST THE NEWS, the FBI’s announcement has prompted the Kentucky congressman to “begin proceedings” to hold Wray in contempt. But Comer says he still plans to meet with Wray on Wednesday; other news accounts say this meeting will take place over the phone.
Comer called Wray’s decision “obstructionist and unacceptable.”
As we’ve discussed in detail, the House Speaker doesn’t have to wait for Attorney General Merrick Garland to jail Wray for contempt of Congress --- as if that would ever happen --- but can do it on his own authority, at least if Wray ventures to Capitol Hill for any reason. (Just speculation, but maybe that’s why this “meeting” is taking place over the phone!) Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, suggested that Wray be sent to the ‘congressional brig’ if he doesn’t hand over to Congress the subpoenaed document.
The NEW YORK POST concurs that Wray has scheduled a phone call with Comer on Wednesday. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had attempted to mitigate the dispute with his own phone call to Wray on May 19, and he’d had the impression Wray was going to comply. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, head of the Whistleblower Protection Caucus, was, shall we say, perturbed. “The Bureau is developing a serious reputation problem through its spate of failures and overreach,” he said last week, “and leadership is doing it no favors by attempting to stiff-arm Congress. The FBI knows exactly what document Chairman Comer and I are seeking, and if they know us at all, they know we will get it, one way or another. If the FBI truly cares about protecting the agency’s reputation, they’d cooperate.”
As the POST says, Congress does have a few tools to encourage compliance from subpoenaed executive-branch agencies such as the FBI. They can go to court, or they can withhold funding. Or they can impeach. How about all three?
The FBI put out another statement that said in part, “The FBI remains committed to cooperating with the Committee in good faith...any discussion of escalation under these circumstances is unnecessary.” On the contrary --- the FBI has not been acting in good faith, and their lack of cooperation is the reason for any escalation.
Rep. Comer appeared on Tuesday’s HANNITY TV show, and said Wray still hasn’t even admitted they have this document. (Of course, they haven’t said they don’t.) This document, called a Form 1023, supposedly includes an FBI agent’s notes from interrogating a confidential human source (CHS) about the Biden family business. “He’s given us the runaround for three weeks,” Comer said. “He’s just stalling...so we don’t have confidence in Director Wray. We’re already in the process of drafting legislation to hold an Oversight Committee markup next week to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt of Congress.”
According to Comer, the FBI has had this document for four years. “We don’t know if they’ve even investigated it.” That information was the other piece the Oversight Committee asked for and did not get. Comer fears they never did, as that would be consistent with the DOJ’s approach to the U.S. Attorney’s investigation of Hunter’s taxes and finances.
“There’s a pattern,” he said, “within our federal government, when looking at any type of wrongdoing by the Biden family, that people in the government bureaucracy have told rank-and-file government employees to stand down, or to give them the file and don’t worry about it. That’s basically what Director Wray has told me.
“I have demonstrated a pattern of Joe Biden traveling all over the world and weeks after he leaves a country, his family starts mysteriously getting wires from that foreign country into shell companies that then are wired back to the individual family bank accounts. That’s not normal behavior.”
He says the contempt document, once it’s drafted, will likely end up being similar “to what the Democrats did to Steve Bannon.” When Hannity pointed out that Lois Lerner and Eric Holder were also held in contempt with no results, Comer said that since they’ve already demonstrated this pattern of behavior within the Biden family, “this is a credible accusation and we want answers.”
As THE HILL reports, once the Oversight Committee approved the contempt measure, it would then go to the full House for a vote. Looks as though it will be another one of those straight party-line votes, which the Democrats will use to say this is a partisan move. And we’d say it certainly is a partisan move: the Democrats’ party-line vote against a contempt charge for someone who clearly deserves it will be purely partisan.
Again, this contempt charge almost certainly will not be enforced by the political hack who occupies the attorney general’s chair, the esteemed Merrick Garland, so this will be, as THE HILL says, “little more than a formal admonishment.”
THE HILL also reported that in a letter on Tuesday from acting Assistant FBI Director Christopher Dunham to Comer, he told Comer the FBI had “identified additional information that we are prepared to offer the committee as an extraordinary accommodation.” It’s not clear what that information might be, but it sounds fishy. If it’s something they want to give Wray instead of “the” document, he’d better keep his eyes on the prize and not bargain it away.
Dunham also reminded Comer that this Form 1023 records an unverified tip, using the same sort of language the FBI has used before to rationalize its non-compliance while saying it’s committed to compliance. Releasing this document, he wrote, could have a “chilling effect” on other CHS’s, when they are “critical to the FBI’s ability to build cases, including those against violent gangs, drug cartels, and terrorists.” Good grief; that’s laying it on a little thick, don’t you agree? As we’ve discussed, there are ways to let key members of the committee see this document without releasing any identifying information.
Former FBI Director James Comey, also known as the King of Gaslighting, went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to talk about the Durham Report and the “mistakes” the FBI had made. Someone who listens to this without knowing very much about what’s in the report will think the “competent, honest and independent” FBI just messed up a number of “small things” but “in the main” conducted itself well in a “complex investigation.” MSNBC is one of the few places he could say this without being laughed out of the studio. “The View” is another; maybe they’ll have him on.
As long as you haven’t just had a meal, it shouldn’t be a choking hazard for you to see this brief clip.
RELATED NEWS: Speaking of the ‘Justice’ Department and news that might cause acute nausea, the DOJ is calling for those convicted of January 6-related offenses to pay the government huge fines to offset the money they took in from legal defense funds. They say this is because they don’t want any guilty party to profit from criminal behavior. A DOJ prosecutor suggested that these defendants should not be able to “capitalize” on the “notoriety gained in the commission of” their crimes.
Never mind that the only reason many pleaded guilty was that they knew they would otherwise be tried before a Trump-hating DC jury. They saw the writing on the wall and hoped to avoid a lengthy sentence. (We saw how that went.) That money might have helped “offset” the loss of pay for the families of those prisoners locked away for years in pre-trial detention. Imagine how much they might have suffered financially.
How dare they confiscate that money. This had better not be over. If prisoners’ families can’t keep the funds, the thing to do would be to return them to those who donated it (who surely, if they had their way, would want them to keep it). They should NOT go to the government.
Also somewhat related: If you wonder why so many people suspect that the court system in places like DC and New York City has been thoroughly corrupted by politics, consider the case of the black female employee of a New York gym who was fired after being late to work 47 times in 10 months. The jury believed her “feminist litigation firm’s” claims that she was a victim of racial and sexual discrimination and awarded her $11 million in damages.