October 25, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law making it legal for Californians to harvest and eat roadkill.

This is only about the 14th craziest law Newsom has signed this year, and probably the first that actually gives Californians more freedom, even if it is just the freedom to fry up a wild pig with tire tracks on it.

Anyone who’s driving in California will probably welcome the savings that come from being able to eat roadkill since the average price of a gallon of gas there is a staggering $4.13, the highest in America (the national average for a gallon of regular is $2.61, and in Texas, it’s $2.26.)  But Gov. Newsom, who backed the latest tax increase on gas that was heaped onto already high taxes, and never met a burdensome regulation on energy that he didn’t love, claimed to be shocked by this so-called “mystery surcharge” that causes California gas prices to be so high.  He’s so flummoxed by it that this week, he suggested that the state Attorney General investigate the oil companies to explain it.

Might I suggest that this is what happens when you eat roadkill possum that’s been out in the sun too long.



When a TV series stays on the air for too long, the writers start running out of ideas, and the plots tend to turn wacky and ridiculous.  As a sign that Hillary Clinton’s “Excuses For Losing” show has been running too long, this week it officially entered its “Urkel Builds a Time Machine” phase.  Hillary now blames her 2016 loss on “flashing videos” on the “dark web,” that would appear and disappear, showing her doing horrible things she didn’t really do.

I think I saw one of those: it showed her calling about a quarter of the electorate a “basket of deplorables.” I didn’t see it on the “dark web,” though, just on TV.  Or were we all just hypnotized to think we saw that?

For more on this story, I’m linking to a thread on I’ll warn you that there is profanity on this thread, but it has the most information of any write-up I found on this story, and most importantly, the funniest comments.



To celebrate Friday arriving, here’s an article and some news I’m sure will make a lot of you happy to see:

Today, Ringo Starr is releasing his 20th solo studio album at age 79.  It’s called “What’s My Name,” and it includes a song by John Lennon and bass by Paul McCartney.  To promote it, Ringo gave this wonderful interview in which he talks about the new album, his fellow Beatles, how some of their classic songs came about and more.  Here’s a sample, when asked what he would have done in life if it weren’t for music:

“Well, music is my lifesaver. It got me out of the factory, and it was a dream I had at 13. I was very ill at the time, but I just wanted to be a drummer. When I was 17-1/2, my stepdad got me this old kit of drums. And then when I was 18, I got my first new kit of drums…You don’t know it’s gonna go where it went. My story is really incredible because of The Beatles.”

I can relate to that because, in a way, I am where I am in life because of music and the Beatles.  As a kid in the ‘60s, I saw the Beatles and just had to have a guitar. After two fruitless Christmases without a guitar from Santa, I finally told my mom that was the only gift I wanted.  On Christmas morning, there it was at last: the red and black guitar of my dreams from the JC Penney Christmas catalog, complete with a little amp, carrying case and instruction book.

It literally changed my life.  Believe it or not, I was a very shy kid, but forming a band, rehearsing and playing in front of crowds taught me teamwork and brought me out of my shell.  I never achieved my goal of becoming the fifth Beatle, but it gave me the confidence to become a pastor, politician and now, media figure.  And I still get to play bass with some famous (and kindly indulgent) musicians. 

This is why I support music education in schools and think that cutting it is short-sighted and counter-productive.  Studies have shown that learning an instrument not only helps kids develop a love of music, it improves many other forms of brain development, from math to social skills.  Just like Ringo, playing music took me to places I never could have imagined.

As a post-script: I never found out until after my parents died just how much they had to sacrifice to buy me that guitar.  It was $99 in 1966, and I had no idea at the time how much money my selfish Christmas wish represented to them, when they were struggling just to pay the bills.  I learned that they had to talk JC Penney into letting them make installment payments for over a year to pay it off.  I hope that when I’m playing with some of the great music legends who appear on my show, that they’re both looking down from Heaven and thinking that it was worth it, and that the gift of music was $99 well spent. 


Having made the mistake of reelecting Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, Canadians have only themselves to blame for having to listen to more of this kind of stuff:

Trudeau repeated his promise from 2015 to appoint a “gender-neutral cabinet.”  No, that doesn’t mean all his Cabinet members will have no genitalia, although you might suspect that from their public comments.  He means it will be “50% men and 50% women.”  Cue the PC brigades to start screaming in outrage that he thinks gender is “binary!”

Then start the countdown until he crumples like a Dixie Cup and appoints 52 Cabinet members, one of each gender.


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  • Robin Durham

    10/28/2019 02:11 PM

    Loved your guitar story! We all enjoy music, but don’t appreciate it until we hear stories like yours. No doubt your parents had to sacrifice, but they wanted to do it. God did the rest!

  • Diana De Ruyver

    10/27/2019 01:45 PM

    I personally was glad to hear that it is now legal to harvest roadkill in California. Having lived in Alaska for several years, it was common practice especially with moose. I believe there was even a call system to notify individuals so that the meat would not go to waste. I wish that other states that have larger animals in their state would make it legal. It is against the law where I live now. It is sad to go by the deer that were hit and just allowed to die and their carcass waste away.
    Thanks for all you do to keep the electorate informed. You are a trustworthy source and I try never to miss your show too.

  • Rick Bolly

    10/26/2019 03:00 PM

    Mike you can be sure they are looking down and very proud of you in so many ways. Just like many of us. And your music surely makes them smile as only proud parents can.

  • Steven Swanso

    10/26/2019 01:41 PM

    Music saved me, too! My guitar and banjo are better than Xanax!

  • rodney burke

    10/26/2019 01:36 PM

    I think CA needs an intervention. Like maybe the Marines or the DOJ taking over like they almost did New Orleans. The insanity in that state is beyond excuse. Glad to see Ringo is still writing and recording. Is he still married to Barbara Bach? Trudeau is worse than Newsom if that is possible. What were they thinking? Trouble is they WEREN'T and it shows in both cases.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    10/26/2019 11:12 AM

    Hard to imagine people complaining about, and wanting to change their chromosome complement - they shoulda picked their parents more carefully ! Old saying : Forgiveness means giving up all hope of having a better past ;-}

  • jack macdonald

    10/26/2019 10:24 AM

    It just occurred to me that there are two main ingredients missing from today's society that were mainstays when I was being raised in the 50''s. Common sense and the application of the "Golden Rule" are missing. My parents, who learned from their parents, implanted these values as part of my education. Little things, like tolerance of other points of view, don't lie, steal, or cheat. Don't litter, don't spit on the sidewalk, hold the door for others, etc. etc.

    People raised by parents who neglect those things end up being parents who also do not teach those things and before you know it these principles disappear from society. We now have colleges promoting the opposite values and society sleeps thru it. When our culture thinks it OK to tear down statues depicting our history, that knowledge disappears. This seems to me to be not much different than the book burning by the Nazis and the destruction of ancient statues by the Taliban. Do we want to tolerate this behavior from our future generations? The downfall of our country will be the result of what is lacking in our parenting and our educational system. Byproducts of this are our current crop of leaders in our Corporations, our Govt., our Media and our Universities. They we raised without these essential values and the country is suffering the consequences. Unless these trends are curtailed we are on the slippery slope to Socialism and worse.

  • Pat J Green

    10/26/2019 09:34 AM

    The best way to hunt road kill is with a can of fluorescent paint, go out on the road find road kill spray one side with the paint, head on down the road marking road kill as you go turn around and go back. Any road kill without paint is fresh. Then your OK

  • Howard Boggs

    10/26/2019 08:40 AM

    This why "pushback" is important. Lunacy and lies have to be called out every time or they become something to just laugh at, not opposed, and thus, become a new normal. These are the people who rule over us. Lunatics and leftists? Just as the Canadians just proved, you get the government you allow.

  • Stephen Russell

    10/26/2019 08:30 AM

    CA laws etc: More he does & signs into law crazy laws its Prep work for 2028 Games & maybe 2021 Superbowl game.
    Thousands come to attend events aside Rose Parade & Bowl & stench etc alone can drive them away we lose Tourist $$$.
    Thanks to Newsom & allies.
    All planned & rigged.
    Dont worry

  • David Prentler

    10/26/2019 07:16 AM

    No one has suggested the most obvious reason for the gas prices in California - The extreme cost of doing business in that state. What does all the extreme regulation on every aspect of running a business not to mention the out of this world taxes add on to a gallon of gas?

  • Diane Wisham

    10/26/2019 06:06 AM

    Mike that was such a sweet story about your first guitar. I found myself thinking about my poor mama and what she had to go through raising me alone after daddy died. I had no idea till I was grown and had kids of my own what sacrifices we make for our kiddos. Love will make you do wonderful things. No wonder Jesus thought so highly of it.
    Mike you always have a way of making me feel better. It’s 5 am right now but I have a warm heart now and that makes for a great day. I hope someone warms your heart today. Thanks for sharing your warm kindness with the world. Some of us really need to hear it. ??????

  • Anita Mae Barker

    10/26/2019 05:31 AM

    Bless you, Mike, and , thanks for the rain!!

  • Nancy A. North-Gates

    10/26/2019 04:29 AM

    Actually here in California the road kill is most likely to be Mule Deer. Once upon a time roadkill was collected and taken to orphanages. Mule Deer are enormous - a doe brushed by me in my back yard once and I was kind of shocked at how big she was. I also had one stick her head in my front door once. Oh my. For me the idea of eating road kill sounds unhealthy. When they are hit their organs are smashed and parts that would normally be eaten can get contaminated. I won't say anything about the governor but keep to Thumpers advice; if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all.

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    10/26/2019 01:15 AM

    Governor Mike:

    Ref Justin Trudeau and his promise to have a "gender-neutral cabinet. Is "Canadian" one of the 52 genders? (just askin'))

  • Rick Augustine

    10/26/2019 12:18 AM

    Mike in California we believe our Government. ?? This is at least the third time I have been told new taxes will improve California roads. Wonder how much went to the train to nowhere or something else. Remember we are the sucker sunshine ?? state run by Democrats! Oh and camp anywhere you want.

  • Carl Smith

    10/26/2019 12:07 AM

    Music was your 'salvation' or path to occupy your inherent talents. One of my Grand Daughters bemoaned the idea of 'being too smart' and having to spend time doing NOTHING while the class caught up. Education has been reduced to One Size Fits all and it's NOT working but the UNIONS will destroy any politician that suggest changing ANYTHING. I am not a cut and post kind of guy but I suggest researching the Epoch Times article 'Schools are outdated. It's time for reform, by Paul Boyce. august 22, 2019 edition. I have been lucky because MY 'salvation' was a submarine called the Nautilus. The age of Nuclear Power pulled me in like a Hoover Vacuum and as a result I escaped an environment that could have been my destruction, and I managed to finally use my brain for something useful instead of following the crowd. The thing that I feel MUST occur is to RE-CAPTURE education and start teaching OUR HISTORY and how Religion was so important to the ideals that gave our Founders the Courage to Put Pen to Paper explaining our God Given Rights. Until we regain some semblance Common Sense we will become what Ronald Reagan told us about a Nation Gone Under.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    10/25/2019 11:53 PM

    I'm sure your parents thought your beloved Christmas present was well worth their sacrifice to pay off the $99. No matter how much music would improve the course of your life, the most important thing to your parents was the joy their gift brought you. And no price is too great for a child's happiness.

  • Stanley Spencer

    10/25/2019 11:35 PM

    I too, was blessed by the gift of an instrument although mine was a hand me down. Paul McCartney was just 20 years old when I decided I could be the 5th Beatle and surely expected that possible since I was only 12 years old.
    Gigs took me to far and away across the globe and still no offer to be a Beatle. Performing for Governor Reagan at the Bullsnort campaign rally in Jacksonville FL during his bid for presidency, I became a republican. Reagan’s speech opened my eyes as to what a failure Pres Carter had been, depleting our military and only building a few harbor tug boats. Anyway, I enjoy your humor and spot on commentary. Your humbleness as a musician is admiral also. Thank you for being an honest voice of clarity for Christian conservatives. God Bless!

  • Joseph F Kelly

    10/25/2019 11:01 PM

    How stupid and uninformed does one have to be to link the word "linching" to African Americans. As a student of history I believe just as many Caucasians were linched as other races, particularly in the West. I become very ill at everything being labeled racist.

  • Peggy S Nelson

    10/25/2019 10:56 PM

    Road kill now that is a reason to move. I feel sorry for people in CA. however some bring on everyone for voting rotten road kill people into office. Love your comments.

  • Karen Kennedy

    10/25/2019 10:45 PM

    Tennessee passed a similar law several years ago. When I told an acquaintance in Wisconsin about it, he laughed for hours!

  • Stephen H. Thomas

    10/25/2019 10:37 PM

    Re: Roadkill law...
    C'mon Guv, we've been doing that for a looooong time down south. I took out a deer south of Montgomery, AL back in 1991 and had to stop to bend the fender off my tire. While stopped, another guy pulled up in his P/U truck and motioned toward me to see if it was OK to pick up the "fresh" kill. I was on my way to Atlanta and didn't have time to process the small buck so I motioned back to him that it was OK with me. He scooped it up, threw it into the back of his truck, and down the road he went with a smile on his face. I could read his mind. "Oh boy!!! backstrap tonight."
    This law in CA, seems to me... anyway..., that some in CA might be coming to their senses and becoming a little more like us.
    You ain't lived till you make a meal off the highway.
    Quite a few years back TN was ridiculed for passing a similar law.
    Just makes sense to me.

  • Jo Cluck

    10/25/2019 10:25 PM

    I learned more today about James Cofer Black!! Interesting to say the least. And the big deal on TV was a eye-impaired woman filing court case to have the gender of her son contested with the father. Pray the father gets to keep his son as that is what the Lord intended him to be and at six years old how can he dispute otherwise until this half-wit mother continues to wanting him to take hormones to "make" him a girl!!! Medical science needs to pull in the reigns on this crap! God decides!
    Same with Hanoi Jane being arrested 3x this week. Ted Turner is probably thanking his lucky stars when he dumped her!! Albeit without a sizeable sum to fill her climate controlled closet!

    Where the heck have we come with all this idiocy! I pray!!!

  • Carol Benninghoff

    10/25/2019 10:22 PM

    Appreciated your comments regarding music education! I’m a retired classroom music teacher. I’m 74 now and still playing piano and organ at weekend worship services and giving private piano lessons. My parents sacrificed to give me piano lessons that cost $1.00 a week - and it was indeed a sacrifice from a MO farmer raising six children. Recently I took a bus tour to Mountain View, AR and the Ozark Folk Village. I was told that the elementary students in that district are given a Folk instrument (fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin) and a tutor to see to it that the art of folk music continues in that region. We heard some high school students who are products of that venture! So heartwarming. Good for Mountain View school district and the generous donors to this project! Enjoy your newsletter!