Sad news from Hollywood: longtime TV favorite Katherine Helmond has died at 89 from complications of Alzheimer’s. In a career that spanned half a century, she was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and won two Golden Globes, one for each of her most famous roles: Jessica Tate on the ‘70s sitcom “Soap” and Mona, the randy grandmother on “Who’s the Boss” in the ‘80s. She also played many other rules, including recurring parts on “Coach” and on “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Debra’s mother.
At the link is an obituary that will remind you of all the entertainment she was a part of. It also includes tributes from fellow celebrities. But what you’ll want to read most is the beautiful and heartbreaking tribute to her by her husband, David Christian. In an industry where many marriages don’t last as long as a Fox sitcom, David recalls that he and Katherine met when he was 19, and they were together for 57 years – and it still wasn’t long enough.
A massive winter storm is expected to bring snow from California to Maine this weekend. The good news: it’s a great excuse to stay home tonight, pull up a blanket and keep warm with a new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN. My friend, Arkansas Rep. French Hill, will discuss defending religious freedom and the latest Democratic proposals to spend all the money in the world and then some. Best-selling author Brad Meltzer will tell us about his latest historic thriller inspired by a true secret plot to kill George Washington. The man of a thousand voices, comic/impressionist Rich Little, returns. We’ll have music from internationally-renowned gospel singer/composer Darlene Zschech. Sprinkle in my commentary on new both serious and goofy (“In Case You Missed It”), plus a few more surprises, and it’s a show guaranteed to warm your heart.
Catch is all 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/huckabee
After watching violent leftists run roughshod over other people’s rights (and bodies), I’m happy to provide you with an overdue roundup of news about justice finally being served.
In Somerset, New Jersey, a 19-year-old male has been identified and charged with assault and harassment for allegedly attacking an 81-year-old man because he was wearing a MAGA cap while grocery shopping.
Over a week after a sickening violent assault on a conservative student at UC-Berkeley was captured on video, a suspect has finally been identified and arrested. The victim is still suffering concussion-like symptoms from the brutal punches in the face that he endured, simply because the leftist thug was “triggered” by a sign saying that fake hate crimes harm victims of real hate crimes. Since he’s obviously passionate about prosecuting real hate crimes, let’s hope they charge him with committing one.
Finally, the Washington Post at long last has walked back its false reporting that the Covington, Kentucky, Catholic students sparked a confrontation with a Native American activist. Both the full video of the event and an independent investigation proved that the boys were the ones confronted and taunted, and they did nothing wrong. In fact, they showed admirable maturity and restraint in the midst of a tense situation.
But read WaPo’s statement and note what it doesn’t say (like “We apologize for getting this story completely wrong.”) It’s phrased like a bland “correction,” but their initial story didn’t need just a “correction;” it was the exact opposite of what actually happened and required a full retraction. For instance, the boys didn’t make offensive racist remarks to anyone, but offensive racist remarks were shouted at them. WaPo’s story was nothing but a lazy regurgitation of a leftist Internet hit job on some innocent kids just because they were wearing MAGA caps and coming from a pro-life rally.
As to WaPo’s weasely claim that the situation was more “complicated” that it first seemed: no, it wasn’t. They reported something they wanted to be true that was the opposite of what actually happened. That’s not “complicated,” it’s just plain old bias.
WaPo appears to be doing damage control now that they’re facing a $250 million defamation lawsuit, but it’s too little too late. Any journalist can make a forgivable mistake. That’s why reporting is called “the first draft of history.” As scrupulous as we are here about fact-checking, we often have to make corrections as new information comes to light (did anyone even get Jussie Smollett’s name spelled correctly in the first bulletins involving him?)
But this story is not the result of rushing to meet a deadline with insufficient information. The Post, and all the other media outlets that printed the story that nearly destroyed those boys’ lives and subjected them to death threats, did so without bothering to do the slightest due diligence on the facts. There was a full video showing what really happened; did they even look at it before going to press with the false version? Obviously not. And not because journalism is “history in a hurry,” but because they were so biased that if it fit with their narrative that conservatives/Trump supporters/anyone in a red MAGA cap is a violent, thuggish racist, then that’s all they needed to know to run with it.
This shows one more danger of having a biased news media that puts politics above professionalism. It’s bad enough that ever since the Tea Party movement started, leftists have avoided thinking about why people rejected their failed policies by deluding themselves with the slanderous claim that anyone who disagrees with them is a fascist or racist (even the black people and other minorities who attended Tea Party rallies.) That’s carried over times ten to Trump supporters. If the media insist on protecting Democrats, they’d be doing them a bigger favor if they told the truth instead of simply repeating their self-serving talking points. Over the long haul, it’s not healthy for anyone to believe their own bull hockey.
And it’s not good for the media, either, since I doubt that mealy-mouthed “correction” is going to convince the kid from Covington to drop his $250 million lawsuit. Let’s hope that when he owns the Post, he’ll do a better job of running it.
The annual CPAC conference is going on in Washington, and there are a lot of excellent conservative speakers there. One of the highlights was a timely message from Vice President Mike Pence to those who are falling once again for socialism’s phony promises that always lead to disastrous consequences. You can watch the video and read quotes at the link:
Despite the literally mad rush by many prominent Democrats to embrace socialism (or to embrace its precepts under a different name) and the attempts by the media and academia to whitewash its catastrophic history, a recent Fox News poll found that 57% of respondents had a positive opinion of capitalism while only 25% viewed socialism positively. Considering that the young are more likely to view socialism positively, the fact that it’s as high as 25% should be read as a massive failure of our current, politically-biased education system.
I know there’s a tendency to laud the “new blood” in politics and give undue amounts of attention to politicians with fresh faces and big Twitter followings, but there’s a lot to be said for age and experience. There’s a reason why the Founders set 35 as the minimum age to be President in a time when the average lifespan was 36. They wanted leaders with maturity and experience and who were smart enough to know how to stay alive.
Those of us who’ve been knocking around the planet for more than (a-hem!) 30 or so years don’t have to rely on liberal professors telling us their slanted version of history because we lived through it. We not only remember the government oppression, aggression, deprivation and (yes) environmental devastation of the socialist/communist states, we remember how previous generations of American elites fell for their propaganda just like today’s are. Back then, the communists and socialists had a term for Westerners who parroted their bull droppings for them: they called them “useful idiots.” I’ll bet you won’t learn that term in a college history class or a Rolling Stone article on how cool socialism is.
(Speaking of Rolling Stone, the new cover of that struggling-to-remain relevant rag features a photo for a glowing profile of “Women Shaping The Future” – Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Jahana Hayes. You’d better pray no part of your future will be shaped by them. The magazine also put out a video about them that is so sycophantic, it should come with an air sickness bag. This is all aimed at young people too naïve and ignorant to spot the quicksand they’re being led into):
Those of us with a few decades of life experience remember that before there were “GoFundMe” pages for radical leftist revolutionaries, liberal celebrities in New York and Hollywood used to hold star-studded fundraisers for them in their mansions and penthouse apartments. It was considered quite chic for the limousine liberal crowd to rub elbows, take photos and hand big checks to people like Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega. Conservatives at the time noted that if the guests of honor at those parties ever took over America, their fawning hosts would be the first to have their wealth confiscated and be stood up against the firing squad wall. Nothing has changed, except that the revolutionaries now tell their billionaire benefactors their plans to destroy them right to their faces before accepting their checks.
To the young readers of Rolling Stone – if indeed there are any these days – I offer you this warning from a voice of experience: they’re trying to sell you socialism as if it’s something shiny and new. It isn’t. It’s the same poison that’s been killing economies and people for over a century, just in a sexy new package. It might not be “hep” to listen to older people, but you should listen to their wisdom when they warn you that all this flashy marketing of socialism as something exciting and new is to disguise that it’s really just the umpteenth remake of a movie that’s stunk in every version that was ever released.
Speaking of CPAC, here’s another interesting discussion from that event about the importance of religious liberty.
I knew it was supposed to be bitterly cold across a large swath of the US this weekend, but when CNN host Van Jones praised President Trump’s work on criminal justice reform and helping the poor in inner cities…
And when Democrats Joe Biden, Susan Rice, Chris Coons and Chuck Schumer praised Trump for walking away from the North Korean nuclear summit in Vietnam when Kim Jong Un made too many demands…
…Then I could only assume that not only is it cold across the US, but Hell has also frozen over.
Michael Cohen may have claimed under oath this week that President Trump is a liar, a cheater, a racist and a con man. But according to a newly-revealed book proposal, that’s all a lot of malarkey from Trump’s political opponents, and he is not “crazy, dumb, paranoid, in over his head or a liar.” And you can believe that because the author who pitched it is one of the most inside Trump insiders of all: Michael Cohen.
President Trump is understandably taking bipartisan criticism for saying that he takes Kim Jong Un at his word that he didn’t know about the treatment by his regime of Otto Warmbier, the young American detained on an alleged theft charge during a tour in 2016 and who died shortly after being returned to the US in a vegetative state. Warmbier’s parents who had previously praised Trump issued this statement:
“We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”’
I also wish Trump had not said that, but I think it would be a naïve mistake to think Trump doesn’t know how evil Kim and his regime really are. I’m just certain he would have preferred not to bring up Warmbier or any other dispute over North Korean injustice when he was trying to convince Kim to give up his nuclear program. He already had Democrats back home doing everything possible to undermine him while he was on foreign soil; he didn’t need reporters pressing him to comment on that. I would imagine he said what he thought he had to say to keep the negotiations on track.
Once again, I think this is just another example of Trump’s critics being either incapable of comprehending his negotiating style or deliberately refusing to. Unlike our previous “negotiators” who told our enemies in advance exactly what they were willing to do or not do, Trump keeps his cards close to his vest and his adversaries off balance. First, he sizes up his deal partners, identifying their weaknesses, then uses them to his advantage.
In this case, he knows that trying to get anything out of Kim by throwing his past atrocities in his face in public will kill all hope of a deal. Kim is vulnerable to flattery, has a huge ego and is desperate to be seen as a big shot outside of North Korea. For the President of the United States to agree to travel halfway around the world to be seen in public with him was indeed a big ego stroke for Kim, and one the “expert” diplomats strenuously warned against for years because it would “legitimize” Kim and “give him just what he wants.” But he doesn’t need us to “legitimize” him as North Korea’s dictator, and if giving him what he wants that’s nothing but empty flattery gets us something major that we want, then why not give it a try?
Kim craves being seen as a player on the world stage, and a summit with Trump is a dream come true for him. But when he tried to push Trump too far, Trump made it clear who was really the boss by taking off and leaving him with egg on his face. The message Trump wants to send isn’t “This is over!” but “Don’t pull that again.”
To make a showbiz comparison, a mug who wanted to look like a big shot would be elated if Frank Sinatra let him hang out in his shadow. But if he ever forgot his place and made the mistake of thinking that Frank was hanging out with him, he’d be cut off faster than you could say, “Ring-a-ding-ding.” Kim got too big for his britches and Trump had to remind him who’s really the Chairman of the Board. But he doesn’t want Kim to lose too much face because he wants to give him the chance to come crawling back with a little dignity and pick up negotiations again, from a slightly more humble position.
This is what I meant when I said this wouldn’t be a deal, it would be a process. Trump may yet get his North Korean nuclear deal. But if he fails, it won’t be because he thought he could persuade an egomaniac like Kim to bend after he humiliated him in public – at least, any more than was necessary to make a point.
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