Evening Edition - September 23

September 23, 2020 |

LOW-ENERGY JOE

There’s an inside term in political journalism that everyone needs to learn: “Put a lid on the day.”

No, that doesn’t refer to thinking “Oh, put a lid on it” every time Nancy Pelosi opens her mouth. It’s what a campaign team tells the media to let them know that there will be no more comments, appearances or events involving the candidate for the rest of the day. And the media are hearing it a lot these days from the Biden campaign, and very early in the day, which worries them since they are the unofficial PR arm of the campaign.

For instance, Tuesday morning before 9 a.m., Biden’s aides told the media they were “putting a lid on the day.” So 42 days away from the election, while President Trump is jetting around the country, giving 90-minute campaign speeches and addressing the UN in between dealing with major policy issues, Biden is declaring the day over before most people even get to work.

In the linked article from David Marcus of the Federalist, he goes to some lengths to say he has tried hard not to accept rumors or assumptions about Biden’s mental or physical health. I’ve also tried not to get into that kind of personal speculation. Maybe it is some brilliant "lay-low strategy" they're following. But when the candidate not only seems incapable of remaining coherent even with a Teleprompter in front of him, and his campaign day ends at 9 a.m., you have to start wondering if Biden is capable of handling the most demanding job in the world.

It’s obvious that his supporters in the media are starting to panic. I hate giving the leftist magazine the Nation any clicks, but just to prove I’m not making this up, one of their writers just published a screed insisting that there’s nothing to be learned from presidential debates so we should cancel them all, “permanently.”

Translation: I’m saying “permanently” because I don’t want to admit that I’m scared out of my wits about this particular candidate in these particular debates, but I’ll write another screed arguing the opposite in four years.

If Biden is capable of being President, then he should at least be capable of working past the end of the “Today” show. If he’s not, and the Democrats know it, then they are attempting to pull a shameful scam on the American people, and one that’s cruelly unfair to Biden as well. As for all the claims that there should be no debates because Joe Biden is just too honest and pure to lower himself to debate Trump, my response to that is “Put a lid on it.”

POOR CHOICE

The Democrats, having previously bet on voters really wanting fewer police, more riots, endless lockdowns and mandatory mask-wearing from here to eternity, are now betting the farm that voters really want the Senate to sit around for the next 3-1/2 months and not fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. To paraphrase the knight in the Indiana Jones movie, “They chose…poorly.”

A new Marquette University Law School poll found that 67% of Americans believe the Senate should move ahead with the SCOTUS replacement. Only 32% think they should hold off. Among Independents, who are the vital swing voters both parties hope to attract, 71% said to go ahead and fill the seat.

WRONG HILL

Speaking of being on the wrong side of history (and common sense), a new USA Today/Ipsos poll found that 64% of Americans believe protesters and counter-protesters are overwhelming America’s cities. Interestingly, only 48% of Democrats agree that cities are under siege.

Fifty percent of Americans say they believe theft and vandalism have gotten worse in their own communities, 68% think vandalism has gotten worse nationwide (only 68%?), 63% think assaults on police have gotten worse nationwide, and more people believe assaults on police have gotten worse over the past six months than assaults by police.

The poll also found that 54% of Americans think people should own firearms to protect themselves from violent protesters, and 56% agree that when necessary, federal law enforcement officers should be sent in to restore law and order. Democrats were much less likely to agree with both of those positions.

I don’t claim to know everything about politics, but I can tell you that when heading into a major election, telling over half of Americans that they’re wrong on the most important personal safety issue of the age is not the hill I’d want to be standing on.

MORE ON KYLE

For those following the story of young Kyle Rittenhouse, charged with murder for shooting protesters in Kenosha, last night, Tucker Carlson aired never-before-seen footage of that night that could bolster the defense’s claim that he acted in self-defense. Warning, this footage is brutal and hard to watch.

INTERESTING

Interesting piece on President Trump’s recent Middle East peace deals.

It explains what these agreements mean for the region, and for entertainment value, quotes various Democrats and media figures as they try to explain why peace in the Middle East is a bad thing if Trump does it. Also, it includes Joe Biden’s plan for peace in the Middle East, which boils down to, “I’ll keep doing what Trump did, only better than Trump.” Kind of like all his positions except for the clearly insane ones.

MORE ON THE WOMAN SUSPECTED OF MAILING RICIN TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Meet the woman arrested on suspicion of mailing deadly ricin to the White House, as well as five other envelopes to police in Texas. You probably won’t be too surprised. Her mug shot definitely looks like someone who’s stayed up for a lot of nights, watching too much Rachel Maddow.

SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WILDFIRES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

I don’t want to be accused of being a “climate denier” (I do believe there is a climate) or of being so anti-science that I disagree with Nancy Pelosi when she warns us, “Mother Earth is angry.” But if we’re ever going to get the terrible wildfires in California under control, it’s necessary to look at real facts and not simply accept overheated claims that “manmade climate change” is entirely to blame for the fires – something that even Gov. Gavin Newsom recently admitted wasn’t true.

Toward that end, I thought I’d point you to a couple of recent reports that look at real statistics and history of both wildfires and weather trends to see if the environmental left’s claims about droughts, temperature and forest fires (pardon the expression) hold water.

First, check out this report from the Foundation for Economic Education.

It asks the provocative question, if global climate changes are to blame for California’s fires, why aren’t other places with forests on fire? Texas, for instance, has more forest acreage than California and a hotter climate, but it’s not burning down. California's winds get blamed, but those have been blowing for millennia. Maybe, as the article points out, it’s because 95% of Texas’ land is privately owned by people who practice wise management policies like controlled burns to remove dead vegetation that turns into kindling, something that California’s environmentalists won’t allow.

"Well, then, how do you explain why the number of wildfires and the acreage on fire are both at record levels?"

Answer: they aren’t. 2020 is on track to be a very bad year, but not as bad as 2017.

“Still, that was the all-time record year for forest fires!” Only because the records being cited start in 1960. In 1930, about five times more acreage burned as in 2017, and the annual average from 1926-‘52 was several times higher. Forest fires have been with us since before there even were humans in North America, but in recent decades, we learned how to control them. Only California has made those methods illegal.

Ironically, one thing that’s also illegal in California is arson, but that hasn’t seemed to stop anyone from doing it.

Of course, pointing all this out doesn’t mean that there is no climate change going on. But the climate is always changing. The big questions are, is it due to humans and is it catastrophic? It’s now conventional wisdom that the answer to both is a big “YES!” and if you disagree, you’re a science-denying lunkhead.

So to check that out, a researcher for the Global Warming Policy Foundation examined data mostly from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “to analyse trends in temperature, precipitation, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, sea-level rise and wildfires. In particular, it takes account of the widely varying regional climates.” The goal was to determine the state of the climate in 2019.

Here’s what the data shows, quoted directly from the report’s summary:

• “Average temperatures have risen by 0.15°F/decade since 1895, with the increase most marked in winter.

• There has been little or no rise in temperatures since the mid 1990s.

• Summers were hotter in the 1930s than in any recent years.

• Heatwaves were considerably more intense in decades up to 1960 than anything seen since.

• Cold spells are much less severe than they used to be.

• Central and Eastern regions have become wetter, with a consequent drastic reduction in drought. In the west, there has been little long-term change.

• While the climate has become wetter in much of the country, evidence shows that floods are not getting worse.

• Hurricanes are not becoming either more frequent or powerful.

• Tornadoes are now less common than they used to be, particularly the stronger ones.

• Sea-level rise is currently no higher than around the mid-20th century.

• Wildfires now burn only a fraction of the acreage they did prior to the Second World War.

In short, the US climate is in most ways less extreme than it used to be. Temperatures are less extreme at both ends of the scale, storms less severe and droughts far less damaging. While it is now slightly warmer, this appears to have been largely beneficial.”

I’m sure many people will attack the report, the writer and the foundation that funded it. But I’ll be waiting to see if they produce any evidence that he or NOAA got their weather data wrong.

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  • Joyce Birch

    09/24/2020 06:56 PM

    Is there a click in your system, there aren't any comments for this newsletter.
    Thanks.

  • Linda Olds

    09/24/2020 04:48 PM

    I have a friend who's always voted for Democrats. I'm working on her, trying to change her mind by sending her articles. She thinks that Trump is a bad person, but if she knows the facts, she'll realize that Biden is the real corrupt politician.

  • Faige Lobel

    09/24/2020 04:10 PM

    As I do from time to time, I forwarded one of your articles, this one titled Low-Energy Joe, to my sister.
    This was her response:
    I've never seen a candidate like Joe Biden. Hilary didn't have much of a campaign either but in comparison she was a fireball of energy.
    Harris isn't doing much of anything either.

    Makes me worry that there's something I'm missing and I'm not going to like it when I find out what it is.

  • Diane Woodruff

    09/24/2020 03:18 PM

    About Biden's apparent mental decline: As a nurse, and the daughter of a Mom who had dementia, I cringe at posts which ridicule Biden's mental state. However, as a person who tries to be honest and realistic, I am so very angry with all who ignore it; and are extreme hypocrites. Why was it OK to blast Vice-President Chaney constantly regarding his history of heart problems, and President Bush regarding his past history of alcoholism, for example; while totally white-washing Biden's CURRENT mental status a month from him attempting to become our next President? It makes no sense to anyone even slightly honest.

  • Helen Sustachek

    09/24/2020 02:53 PM

    I'm wondering if the latest news on Joe Biden's son's getting all that money from Ukraine and China will put Kamala in as president for the Dems. The first Black woman president????

  • Dorothea Jacobsen

    09/24/2020 01:17 PM

    Many churches still struggle, fearful of the restriction mandates more than they fear the COVID risk. Several church leaders I know of are conveniently hiding in their political preferences to expand online innovations instead of meeting in smaller groups and increasing numbers gradually. Please pray for Massachusetts.    In November we have the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower Compact, the Plymouth Pilgrims arrival in the New World, and the simultaneous rise of Christianity and Western Civilization in North America. Pastor John Mac Arthur's message today, "A Nation under God? needs to go viral." I am praying for it to reach the ears of President Trump this week as he makes his Supreme Court pick. Its time for a well-taught Evangelical Judge, don't you think? After all, we're celebrating the arrival of Protestantism in the New World this November!!!

  • Anne Turner

    09/24/2020 11:16 AM

    Poor man. VP Biden must feel intense pressure. People know when they are beginning to have memory and reasoning issues. He is caught between a rock and a hard place. No doubt he is being told to just find a way to get through the election and inaugural so that he can resign for reasons of health. This must be very hard for him and his family. No doubt he is convinced that his win will save America from a despicable despot. I have no doubt that if sCOTUS can pull it off, there will be rioting like we have never seen, and possibly a revolution. The impeachment proceedings will begin anew if the .house remains in Dem hands. If the entire Congress goes Dem and Trump is re-elected, there will be nothing done for the next four years, including judicial appointments.
    With a .Dem government we will not need to worry about oil anyway since we won’t need nearly as much because our electrical power will come from wind and sun. Once the environmentalists see the birds dying, the turbines will be shut down so we will depend on the sun. Our taxes will be so high we won’t need to worry about gas for travel and we won’t be using as much fuel for planes. Meetings will be held by Zoom as rail travel is much slower to get across country. Being an inner city social worker will be considered a high risk position and many families will be be broken from killings associated with domestic violence. Higher unemployment will result is more suicides. Eventually few children will be born to married couples. Since the government can raise the children better anyway, more government run day care centers will be a must. Churches that do not marry all couples will lose their tax exemptions and be sued for discrimination. Church run institutions who do not believe in funding birth control and abortion will close. Two years will be the wait for elective surgery, like knee replacements. Many more men and women will die younger because of the waits to be seen by doctors. Shortages of domestic products will eventually occur because incentives to work hard and produce will diminish, and because air freight will be cutback, fresh food during the winter will diminish. Because the wealthy will be taxed so heavily non profits will dry up due to lack of support. Our lives will be easier because we will have to make fewer decisions for ourselves. The government will decide for us how to go about our lives and raise our children. Older, non productive people will be encouraged to no longer be a drain on society.

  • Jerry Korba

    09/24/2020 11:14 AM

    A portion of todays society has taken a back in time frame to a primitive time of evolution to about the time Human Being began walking upright it has got to the point where a memorial service is interrupted with people with out personal esteem of themselves or the rest in peace venue. The Animal Kingdom will mourn the loss of its offspring, not a portion of todays human race ,it is horrific and even terrifying the Human Being has lowered its standard of decency to zero.

  • Rick Locke

    09/24/2020 10:58 AM

    Two things. Many Californians have been calling for the ability to clear-cut our forests and open land. Clear-cutting is a method of harvesting and regenerating trees in which all trees are cleared from a site and a new, even-age stand of timber is grown. This also gives firefighters a place to fight the spread of a wildfire from.
    Second, Scientists have recorded five significant ice ages throughout the Earth's history. If it weren't for global warming (and of course cooling), we would be stuck in the first, or second, or third, or (well you get it) ice age.
    So where does global warming actually come from? From www.space.com, "The energy that the Earth receives from the Sun is the basic cause of our changing weather. Solar heat warms the huge air masses that comprise large and small weather systems."
    Welcome to California!

  • Steve Alarid

    09/24/2020 08:16 AM

    Governor, as to your "Wildfire and Climate Change" story, you may want to consider one more factor. In my career as a forester and wildland firefighter, it was generally acknowledged that our own efficiency at suppressing wildfires over the last century has also contributed to the current wave of intense fire years. Beginning in the early 1900's, policies of snuffing out all fire starts have now led to current conditions of unnatural accumulation of fuels in many naturally fire-dependent areas. With the best of intentions of reducing the negative impacts of wildland fires, we inadvertently contributed to the current problem. I agree with your statement about the need for prescribed burning and the cost of not allowing fire in locations where fires naturally occur on a cyclical basis.

  • Wendy Storm

    09/24/2020 07:10 AM

    Thank you so much for your fact based, non hysterical news! I am bombarded with political emails & posts to my FB page & 99% of them are unreliable. You are the ONLY source of information that I trust. I am so thankful for your efforts in this & pray that you will continue to be healthy enough to continue this fight for our constitutional rights & the battle against liberals hell bent on destroying this country. GO TRUMP!

  • Linda Orf Strebbing

    09/24/2020 06:08 AM

    I’ve been thinking that Dr Jill Biden is walking a delicate line of possible elder abuse...

  • Robert Neumullrr

    09/23/2020 11:36 PM

    Obama, publicly supports the catastrophic climate crisis. But me has spent over $20 million on two sea level properties. That means that he does not believe.

  • Rick Rinabarger

    09/23/2020 11:15 PM

    Mike,
    Regarding climate change vs wildfires in California. I grew up on the California/Oregon border during the 50's and 60's; Logging was a major source of revenue for many of the towns and communities around us. In 1967 and 1968, I worked for the US Forest Service in the summers, prior to reporting for duty with the USMC in 1968; During those summers our priority duty when not fighting fires (and there weren't much in the way of fires, except right after lightening storms and it usually was easy to control them), we spent the bulk of our time doing "timber stand improvement": we went into thickets not logged in many years and felled (cut down) the timber not marked for preservation by our foresters. We usually cut down 8-15 trees for each one we left standing. I could take you to the Modoc National Forest and show you the difference between what we "improved" vs what we didn't, and after what we improved has been logged once and still healther than that than that which was left untreated. The healthy timber is not the fire hazard and I would love to show you the difference.
    Sincerely,
    Rick Rinabarger, Proud USMC Vet and beneficial participant in forest management.

  • Cheryl Breon

    09/23/2020 11:02 PM

    I told my husband when they changed "global warming" to "climate change", it would be hard to deny being that the definition of "climate" is change in weather. BTW, did you see that footage of a man setting fire to a police cruiser and consequently, himself??! It was horrible and I only watched it because our friend, a former policeman, sent it to us. I didn't realize it was that graphic. We are going to vote in person WITH said friend.

  • Renee Kendrick

    09/23/2020 10:42 PM

    CURFEW! Now that's a novel idea! Does the president have the authority to issue a nationwide curfew? If so, why not issue a 9pm till 5am curfew in each time zone for one week starting on Sunday, 9.27.2020! The ONLY exceptions would be essential workers that work the night shifts (i.e. health care workers and first responders) or if someone is heading to the emergency room with a patient (i.e. woman in labor). Seems the best way to put the "ragers" in a "time out" is to put the entire nation in a time out! Relief, as well as prayer, is very much needed at this time.

  • Floyd A Unger

    09/23/2020 09:57 PM

    Well ain’t that nice.....glad to hear that I won’t die any time soon due to the climate

  • Linda Parks

    09/23/2020 09:40 PM

    I agree if Joe Biden is having health issues be it memory loss or whatever then he needs to seek medical help. The Democrats need to stop using him as a political puppet so Harris can end up taking his place. God forbid either would win. People need to stop making fun of Joe Biden and get him medical attention. It boils down to elder abuse and shame on anyone who makes fun of someone who very well may have early symptoms of Alzheimers or Dementia. Very sad situation.

  • Jim Jones. (Retired attorney)

    09/23/2020 09:27 PM

    Re: supporting abortion. Suggest a person make a video of a newborn puppy or kitten being laid out alive and a person pulls off their legs with a pair of pliers, then crushes their skulls with the pliers to mercifully kill it. ( I know this would land the person in jail for animal abuse...get the irony...but what about a Pixar quality animation of the same thing with whimpers and cries of pain?). If went viral, might powerfully counter belief system of abortionists.

    Powerful way to relate the horrors of abortion.

  • Bryan C. Loy

    09/23/2020 08:58 PM

    Good evening, Governor, and thanks for what you do. I just wanted to tell you that I watched your daughter, Sarah, on Bill O'reilly's No Spin News tonight, and I must sat that if she were my daughter, I would be so proud of her that people around me couldn't stand me! She was so poised, friendly and personable, but totally professional. I've always thought that she did a heck of a job in a tough and bloody business, but tonight she seemed exceptional. I believe in giving roses to the living, Governor, I believe you raised that one very well, Good job, and tell Sarah that she has a fan in N.C!

  • Joyce Birch

    09/23/2020 08:23 PM

    Governor Huckabee thank you and your staff for over the top reporting & opinions. I respect every newsletter you provide more than my own newspaper which is leftist news. I only read the TV guide, obits, & the sports section when I miss a major golf tournament.
    On another note, why is there so much chaos when there is a judgement about cop & a black person they don't like & start to riot? They're against the judicial system too! Of course, I'm speaking of Louisville, KY today. When & how is this going to end? I wish you had a "magic wand" to make this all go away. Months on end chaos is more than any righteous person can take. I pray that independents, democrats, change their minds & vote Republican.

  • Ronnie Lewis Brackett

    09/23/2020 08:17 PM

    THE LAW OF THE LAND
    The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators, having the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land.
    The U.S. Constitution is the supreme ‘law of the land’, and any statute to be valid, must be in agreement. It is impossible for a law which violates the Constitution, to be valid. This is succinctly stated as follows:
    “All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution, are ‘null and void.”
    Marbury Vs. Maddison. 5 SUS (2 Cranch) 137,174,176, (1803)
    In the United States, the supreme law of the land is the Constitution of the United States. This is laid out in Article VI of the Constitution itself. Part of that article says that
    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof … shall be the supreme Law of the Land…
    What this means is that no law made by any state, or even by the Congress of the United States, can contradict the Constitution.
    This is why the Supreme Court of the United States is able to overturn laws by declaring them to be unconstitutional. Those laws are, the Court says, contrary to the Constitution. Since the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, those laws cannot be valid and must be overturned.
    So, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land, meaning that no law can be legal if it contradicts what the Constitution says.
    THE 2ND AMENDMENT ..."....the right to own and carry a gun shall not be infringed." ***GUN LAWS (Made by any state) ARE INFRINGEMENTS; THEREFOR, THEY ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL! We have inalienable rights to defend ourselves with NO GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE! We voted our Constitution to be THE LAW OF THE LAND. We didn't vote for 'Gun Laws'. ***NO GUN LICENCE OR PERMIT FEE LAW
    “No State shall convert a ‘Liberty’ into a license, and charge a ‘fee’ therefore.” (Murdock VS. Pennsylvania, 319 US. 105) 1943
    “If the State converts a right (liberty) into a ‘privilege; The citizen can ignore the license and fee, and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity”. (Shuttlesworth VS. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 US. 262) 1969 ronniebrackett.com

  • Wayne E. Jordan

    09/23/2020 08:08 PM

    No comment but two questions.
    Given the fact that Public Health and other officials asked doctors to put COVID-19 as the cause of death when it may have been just a contributing factpr, could you get info on the total number of deathsd in the USA for the first 8 months of 2019 and for the first 8 months in 2020?
    Where can I obtain statistical info on the total number of police shootings in 2018, 2019 and so far in 2020 specifically the total numbers and the number involving white officers shootin people of color?
    Thanks !

  • Sara Pfost

    09/23/2020 08:04 PM

    Thank you for a very interesting & informative issue! I especially appreciated the piece on climate change. I remember a certain Presidential candidate, Dan Quayle, who lost & was subsequently proven wrong I believe - about climate change! What short memory’s we have!

  • J Harold Mohler

    09/23/2020 08:03 PM

    I‘be read several books on climate change and they agree with your post and that human activity has little to do with climate change. Sunshine, clouds, and the ocean account for most of the climate fluctuations