Evening Edition - December 13

December 13, 2018

From the archives: a reminder of what happened the last time Gen. Flynn’s judge, Emmet Sullivan, was presented with a group of prosecutors who were plainly trying to railroad a defendant with a partisan charge and keep the court from seeing any evidence of their misconduct.  Let us hope history repeats itself. 

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/07/ted.stevens/index.html

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When Rep. Nancy Pelosi suddenly grew a sense of thriftiness with taxpayer money and declared it too expensive, immoral even, to spend $5 billion on a wall to secure our Southern border, President Trump responded that he could always order the military to build it.  Cue the usual round of ridicule from the media about how Trump doesn’t understand how the government or the Constitution work.

That went on for about 24 hours before the Pentagon issued a statement.  In short, it said: Yep, Trump is perfectly within his powers to order the Department of Defense to build the wall, as part of his duty as Commander-in-Chief to stop drug traffickers and act to protect the US in a national emergency (you probably assumed that was the job of federal judges.) That led Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Washington to declare that he would press Congress to bar Trump from using the military to build a wall. Of course, he’d have to get that bill through the GOP Senate, and then overcome Trump’s veto, and then get the SCOTUS to uphold a bill that’s plainly unconstitutional.

Hey, wait: I thought it was Trump who didn’t understand how the government or the Constitution work?

https://www.westernjournal.com/pentagon-echoes-trump-says-dod-fund-border-wall/

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At the link, Bradley A. Smith explains that what Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to isn’t even a crime, nor is what he claims President Trump did in using his own money to pay off an accuser to go away a campaign finance violation.  In fact, if a businessman really wanted to be unscrupulous, he would’ve used campaign funds to pay off his accusers, then just dropped out of the race.  Or, I might personally add, he would have set up a slush fund to pay off his accusers with taxpayer money, the way some Congress members who are now demanding Trump’s impeachment did.

Smith says that pressuring Cohen with threats of prison to get him to plead guilty to non-crimes, then trying to make his plea somehow binding on President  Trump, is a “threat to our democracy and rule of law” that Trump should fight ferociously. 

And what does Bradley A. Smith know about campaign finance laws, compared to the wisdom of all those cable news talking heads and late night comics/DNC house jesters?  Nobody special; he's just the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. 

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/12/michael-cohen-sentencing-campaign-finance-law/

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For quite a while now, the media have paid no price for polluting the culture with “fake news,” other than lowering their credibility with the public to the level of banjo-playing patent medicine salesmen of the 1870s.  But former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio just put a dollar amount on the cost of one fake story: $300 million!

Those are the damages for slander that Arpaio is seeking in lawsuits against CNN president Jeff Zucker, CNN host Chris Cuomo, the Huffington Post and Rolling Stone, which doesn’t have a great track record lately with defamation cases brought by people they falsely branded as rapists and rape enablers.  Arpaio says he suffered public ridicule, loss of earnings and damage to his reputation and political aspirations because those media outlets falsely branded him as a felon or ex-felon, with HuffPo even writing that he had spent time in prison. Arpaio’s attorneys claim this was done with malice and reckless disregard for the truth.  How reckless?

In fact, Arpaio’s never been to prison, nor has he been convicted of, charged with or even arrested for a felony.  He was pardoned by President Trump for a misdemeanor charge which he claims was politically motivated and legally incorrect and that he expects to be thrown out on appeal.  All of these facts could have been verified via the arduous journalistic task of doing a Google search. 

Larry Klayman of the group Freedom Watch, which has taken on Arpaio’s case, said, “It’s time that someone stood up to the Left’s ‘Fake News’ media, which is bent on destroying anyone who is a supporter of the president and in particular Sheriff Arpaio,” and that he’s standing up to the media bullying not just for himself or Trump “but also all fair-minded and ethical Americans.”

I’m no lawyer (Google it, it’s true!), but my advice to those media outlets would be to take a lesson from Rolling Stone’s recent courtroom exploits and offer Arpaio a big fat settlement right now...before his attorneys start subpoenaing all the internal communications that led up to them slandering him as a felon and ex-con.  Who knows what cockroaches that would expose to the light?  And another word of advice: don’t try to put the settlement on a fake credit card.

https://www.westernjournal.com/arpaio-lawsuit-cnn-rolling-stone/

 

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From the “You’re Doing This All Wrong” Desk:  Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (who obviously has money to flush down the gutter) teamed up with some European environmentalist artists for a project called “Ice Watch London.”  It’s to “raise awareness” of climate change on the third anniversary of the Paris Climate Accord (incidentally, how much CO2 has been released by all the burning from the riots in Paris lately?)  And to quote Dave Barry, I swear, I am not making this up.

The project involves illustrating the desperate need to curb CO2 emissions by cutting 220,000 pounds of ice from glaciers in Greenland (which environmentalists claim they are trying to save) and transporting it 2,000 miles by smoke-spewing trucks, trains and ships to London, where it will sit in a park and people can watch it melt down the drains.  Along with Mike Bloomberg’s money.

You’d think they’d be able to find some ice much closer by, considering that today’s temperatures in London are projected to range between 30 and 42 degrees F., whereas the historical average for this date is much warmer (38 to 45 degrees F.)  Or maybe it’s just expected to be cooler because they shipped in all that ice from Greenland.  On the bright side, maybe it will attract environmentalist tourists who’ll fly in from all over the world to watch the ice melt and say, “See? Everyone is now aware that ice melts!"

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/protest-co2-emissions-bloomberg-ships-220000-pounds-ice-2000-miles-art-project/

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Coolest Photo of the Week: Sailors on board the USS George H.W. Bush honor the aircraft carrier's namesake by standing on deck in the dark and spelling out his initials and presidential number in hand-held points of light. 

https://strategypage.com/military_photos/military_photos_2018120619533.aspx

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  • Martin Pedersen

    12/15/2018 02:52 PM

    Now that there is a court ruling in Texas to nullify Obamacare, and that millions of post-WWII Americans are getting older, how about considering adding a provision for truly affordable Long Term Healthcare in the congressional Republicans' 2019 Health Care Plan?

  • Shauna dickerson

    12/14/2018 03:16 PM

    I enjoy your comments as always. I just hope some of the dimwits mentioned here manage to read what you say. They really need to know what so much of this country really think of them. Would they be embarrassed? Would they change their ways if they knew we were on to them?

  • CARMEN PRICE

    12/14/2018 12:54 PM

    Governor Huckabee
    I just read on your news letter about how James Comey blindsided General Flynn by sending 2 FBI agents to ambush him. I sent a note to our President regarding this also, Comey needs to go down with all his other cronies and General Flynn needs to be pardoned and get his life back if that is possible. Flynn is an honorable man, but if I were he, I would sue Comey for every last penny.
    Merry Christmas
    Carmen Price

  • Amelia Little

    12/14/2018 10:16 AM

    What a great tribute to President Bush 41!!

    I always like Joe Arpaio and his ideas on running a jail!! Even the prisoners seemed to respect him (I am sure there were some who did not.) Good for him to not just take being defamed. I swear some of the left wing "journalists" and "anchors" etc etc etc do less research than the people who write for the National Enquirer and similar rags. In fact, when I think of the left wing reporting in press or on tv, I think of "rags." Good for him to not just go for the $1 settlement some celebrities sued for over the years. Of course, for them, money really isn't a problem, and they didn't lose their jobs.

    I also like what little I have read about Judge Sullivan. And, that is very little, because his name doesn't come up much in the news--don't want to let the readers/watchers to know there is a Judge who actually has the knowledge of the law and Constitution who is willing to stand up to what the left tries to railroad through. Maybe all the people in Congress and all the lawyers hired by them and the special council folks should be required to take a thorough course in the Constitution. Might not be a bad idea--learn something and keep them busy enough to not sit around and think up ways to make life difficult for anyone of the opposing party, or to spend time with their faces in a camera making ludicrous statements.

    When I started reading about shaving the ice bergs, I about spit out my coffee! Really? Really? Aren't icebergs kind of endangered species according to the climate control people? Well, I guess, though, that someone needs to make sure the icecaps are getting smaller. See? These icebergs have SHRUNK!!! smh. And, guess it's better to have this exhibition overseas as it seems the the CO2 emmisions have decreased in the US whereas it has increased in some of the overseas countries. And, horrors!!! The US has done that without being part of a global group. I'm sure that obama will take credit for all of that.

    I hope General Flynn is successful in his stance against the railroaders, and wish all the others will join him. And, if there are any monetary fines to pay, they should be paid by the people who railroaded them, NOT the tax payers. We've already paid through the nose because we pay those people for all the time wasted. I wish there would be some consequences for keeping Manafort in jail, in solitary confinement (I had read) for all that time. Really? Most people would be, at the most, on house arrest.

    I guess the anti-wall people--well, the anti-Trump people--would take a few minutes to review all the tapes of them saying the very same thing about illegal immigration and securing the border as President Trump is saying (and is one of the reasons he was voted into office.) The anti-Trumpers are so transparent although I'm sure they don't want the citizens to recognize that. They were for this until then candidate Trump expressed his views on it. They were CRYING for comey to be fired up to the day that he actually was fired. And they seem to ignore that rosenstein wrote a memo or letter recommending that he be fired. I appreciate all the congressmen who actually do their jobs and do it with the US in mind, not their special interests. We don't see or hear much about them--mostly because they are doing their jobs and not getting ME TIME on tv cameras to oppose every little thing and, of course, maxine calling for impeachment or encouraging people to protest in unpeaceful ways.

  • ED ALLEN

    12/14/2018 09:38 AM

    It looks to me the money we spend on all these investigations is a waste.

  • Jerry Korba

    12/14/2018 05:37 AM

    GOOD'MORNING! I just listened to two hour of RED EYE and their clips of PRO WALL from all the big Dem's: Obama, Clinton, Schumer,
    Pelosi, Fienstien etc..ALL SAYING THE EXACT same thing as our President is saying. WHY THE SWITCH"?? They hate Trump and don't want
    him to get a WIN! With his negotiation expertise...GET HIM TO GET THE BILLIONAIRES to committ to DONATING enough to make up the
    3.4 that he is short..and MAKE IT A MAJOR COUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3/4's of America or more WANT THE WALL. But...also CALL IT A BARRIER!
    lol KEEP PLAYING THOSE CLIPS....and then get SCHUMER AND PELOSI alone...one on one with the President....ON CAMERA! THEY HATE IT
    and doubt if they would GO ALONE! Both wimps...and always arm in arm...or READING A PREPARED script with NO questions!!!!!!!!!!
    THANK YOU for listening. I've started listening to RED EYE...and they lay our the entire CORRUPTION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT...
    that nothing is done about...while the media is now starting to hammer on misused campaign money!!! GOOD LORD...where is justice
    is this nation. I'm 81....my grandson graduated from Fort Benning basic training yesterday....and we have to listen to this corrupt
    do-nothing Congress achieve NOTHING! All ALL THE CORRUPT FELONS IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT continue to get paid big bucks!

  • SUSIE JOHNSON and Denyse Martin

    12/14/2018 05:21 AM

    Dear Gov. Mike,
    How come all those members of Congress who had the handy taxpayer slush fund for 'sexual abuses' have never been named?
    They want to take down President Trump, who seemingly paid his own 'expenses' for alleged abuses that were consensual, and consider themselves free of any wrongdoing, or responsibility. We would be willing to bet that many of the names were Democrats who are now pointing their fingers at POTUS.
    Since we paid, it is only just that we know the perpetrators who have been shielding themselves, and bring their transgressions to light.
    Thank you,
    Susie & Denyse

  • Jesse Tomblin

    12/14/2018 12:38 AM

    The LIBERALS and the Butt munching pals in the MORON MEDIA will use every LIE in the book to attack Trump.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    12/13/2018 10:29 PM

    The depth of the swamp is staggering--almost unfathomable. It is a depressing time for anyone raised to believe that most of our legislators ,were interested in truth and justice--no matter what side of the aisle they were on. There is not one Democrat in DC that will break away from those willing to stoop to any level, to nullify election results they don't like. Everyone of the Democrats in Congress is willing to take away the voting rights of over 50% of American voters---I cannot think of them as good human beings.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    12/13/2018 09:59 PM

    Blessings on you, Mike and all the bad luck and Karma kick to all the liars in D.C. especially.

  • Carl Smith

    12/13/2018 09:53 PM

    I am beginning to wonder if ANY of the so called media even know what the Constitution IS, much less what it says. Are people really gullible enough to believe anything the Left says?

  • Barbara Stephens

    12/13/2018 09:41 PM

    Hi, Governor, Just a note here from a former Arkansan (Clarksville and Mena after Little Rock for hubby's medical school days) to thank you for the tone of your evening updates. There's plenty of not-so-great material to cover, but you do it with just the right wit and completeness. It is my favorite way to wrap up the day's news before heading off to bed. I feel as though we are family, both because of the Arkansas connection and because of our eternal Family. I now live in lovely Lexington, VA, so we're practically neighbors. Thanks again for your upbeat updates. You balance out the scary liberal stuff I hear even only on Fox News replays, plus I like chuckles.

  • Helen Collette Ellenberger

    12/13/2018 08:02 PM

    I honestly don't understand why the National Republican Party don't do more in the way of publishing 'verified' articles on people such as Mueller who has a 'checkered' past, and, of course, George Soros and his past. Also, to let everyone know why aren't they doing more regarding Hillary and all of her 'crimes'? I get very tired of the National Republican Party just sitting back and letting it happen! I sometimes feel President Trump must feel he is all alone! I hope he realizes there are thousands of us who do believe in him.
    Mike, you are doing a great job; however, you can only do so much.

  • Robert Kleinhans

    12/13/2018 07:37 PM

    I appreciate your honest commentary and enjoy reading them. May God bless you and your family. Thanks again for sharing the truth.

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    12/13/2018 06:46 PM

    I hope Arpaio gets a bundle of money. He's a good man and has great ideas on how a prison should be run. Go sheriff Joe.

  • Wayne P Hilchen

    12/13/2018 06:32 PM

    In the midst of the fight over building the wall on our southern border should the $5 billion not be allocated and the military be called upon to build I have a suggestion. The overwhelming sentiment is to support the president. If the opportunity was presented to the American public I bet there would be thousands who would volunteer to help build the wall. Our country is filled with volunteers who help in so many ways and who be honored to help. There are construction workers, electricians, engineers and so on just from retired rolls. Look what happens when people are called to help after tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, fires, etc. I would be willing to help and I'll be 82 this month. And, I'm in good health and could provide leadership being leader in a Lions club and non-profit organization, Gideon presenter and campaign director or a major comprehensive campaign. See what people think of the idea.

  • Patricia Ford de la Tejera

    12/13/2018 06:07 PM

    Can`t The wall be built by POPULAR SUBSCRIPTION ? And volunteer labor ? I would sign up for a monthly contribution.

  • Jerry Holland

    12/13/2018 06:01 PM

    What ever happened to the names of Congress people who used a slush fund in Washington to pay off those that accused them of sexual misconduct? I had read that names would be revealed but since then not a word about the fund or any names. Please get this back on the front page.

  • Stephen Russell

    12/13/2018 06:00 PM

    Climate Change:
    DONT see any Leftists, Dems wanting any Incentives, for EVs etc for Nation or state IF issue is "that real"
    Nothing & meanwhile they TAX & TAX in CA & state policies gave the State the Paradise CA fire.
    Use for your show, podcasts, share.