THE MORNING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good morning! I hope you had a safe, happy and healthy Christmas and New Year! And now, welcome back to the first Monday of 2022, with only 51 more to go! Here are some stories I think you will want to read.
- Morning News Briefs
- Top News: Answering a reader about "conspiracy theories"
- Prayer Tree
- And Much More
1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
This verse was recommended by Vicki C.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
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MORNING NEWS BRIEFS
2. Memo to Senate Republicans:
Here’s another Biden judicial nominee whom you had better unite to block. Check out her background and public comments, including her claim that her “biggest concern” as an attorney for the ACLU was fighting “voter suppression” by blocking states from requiring showing a photo ID before voting.
FYI: Ask her if she had to show a photo ID before being allowed to enter the Senate for her nomination hearing.
3. MTG gets burned for "misinformation" on Twitter:
Some conservative commentators are saying that the departure of Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter has actually led to that social media platform becoming even more biased and censorious, with a new flurry of banning conservative voices. One is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was permanently banned for repeatedly tweeting “misinformation” about COVID and vaccines.
This is interesting, considering how much “information” has been spread on Twitter by the CDC and other so-called “experts” that later turned out to be misinformation, and how much “information” has been censored that was later proved correct. Why, it’s almost as if there’s no such thing as “settled science!” Also, I wonder if Twitter is going to ban the New York Times next for tweeting this story about some Israeli scientists warning that too many vaccine shots might actually harm your body’s ability to fight the coronavirus? And will they ban me for quoting the New York Times?
4. Even Hillary Clinton sees it:
How far to the left has the Democratic Party lurched? So far that they’re being criticized for being too liberal by Hillary Clinton!
Of course, this is probably just because she realizes that letting the public know what they actually want to do is ballot box poison, but at least she’s smart enough to know that you don’t come right out and say how much you hate America and want to turn it into Venezuela. And this is the woman who thought it was okay to call half the population a basket full of deplorables!
For years, environmental radicals have been trying to convince us that to save the planet, we need to give up beef, pork, chicken and fish and start eating bugs. If you mentioned it, some of them would deny it as a crazy conspiracy theory. But now, a lot of their long-suppressed craziness is out in the open, so the European Union just gave its official endorsement to three types of “edible” insects.
I know you expect me to rail against this, but I’m all for it. I think that every EU bureaucrat and green radical on Earth should go eat a bug while I grill this steak.
6. Good news:
President Biden just signed the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, which gives our troops a 2.7% pay increase. The bad news: during Biden’s first year in office, inflation rose to 6.8%, which will more than wipe out their entire pay raise.
I'm so old, I remember when Trump was in office and wages were finally rising for real.
7. TOP NEWS: Answering a reader about "conspiracy theories":
This letter came in response to our commentary on Mark Elias’ 2022 election strategy of aggressively using litigation to decide who gets seated in Congress. That story is not from the realm of “conspiracy theory” but of fact, as Elias has tweeted to the world that he's planning to do this.
From Barry B:
Mike, I am an ardent fan of yours, but I am also frustrated by the lack of willingness on the part of you and others to "wander down the path of conspiracy theories." That is precisely why people like Elias get away with their conspiracies. If you were to wander down that path, the farther you went, the more filth and corruption you would find. Are you implying that there is [not] and has never been a conspiracy? If not, how is a conspiracy defined?
If people like you won't dare to look, who will?
Blessings to you and your family for the New Year!
From the Gov:
Thanks for writing, Barry. I bring up Elias precisely because I DON’T want him to get away with what he’s doing. If you think we don’t see the filth and corruption or that we meant to imply there “is not and has never been a conspiracy,” I can only surmise you're new to this newsletter. We don’t wander aimlessly, but facts often lead us down a particular road.
To call something a conspiracy theory is not to say it’s true or untrue, because some turn out to be true or very largely true and others are ridiculous hoaxes. To explain, the term “conspiracy theory” is neutral, kind of like “unidentified flying object.” A conspiracy theory hasn’t been proved, so it remains a theory. Similarly, a UFO hasn’t been identified, so it remains...unidentified. The answer in both of these situations is (pardon the pun) up in the air, until there’s proof one way or the other.
Every single so-called conspiracy theory we’ve reported on as worthy of being taken seriously has either been proven true or is currently gathering more and more evidence in its favor. For example, regarding the theory that links Hillary's campaign and certain government insiders with the “dossier” and the whole media-driven “Russia!” hoax, we eagerly look forward to every development in John Durham’s special counsel investigation and seeing it connect another dot.
On the other hand, the Russia hoax itself is an example of a conspiracy theory that did not deserve to be taken seriously. Nothing in the “dossier” was verified. Yet it obsessed most of the media and leftist bureaucrats throughout Trump’s presidency, long after the “dossier” had been debunked and Devin Nunes’ House Intelligence Committee had determined Hillary’s campaign had paid for it.
At the same time, there really is evidence to support investigation into other so-called conspiracy theories. For example, though we condemned the Capitol Hill breach from the first, we’ve made it clear that there is considerable reason to demand an investigation of the FBI’s involvement and also House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s curious refusal of National Guard troops to provide security. Merrick Garland’s “Justice” Department is too shamefully politicized to do this, but the next Republican-led Congress will no doubt open one of their own.
That can’t happen for another year –- and then only if Republicans take back the House, but at least that does seem likely. Meanwhile, Republicans in the minority --- including those Pelosi refused for her hand-picked “Special Committee” --- will have to ferret out what they can on their own, minus subpoena power. Thankfully, the fine reporting of such organizations as Revolver News will continue, and we'll keep bringing that and our commentary to you.
Another example: the stories from battleground states about coordinated election fraud constitute another conspiracy theory that must be thoroughly investigated. Over half the country has essentially no faith in the 2020 election; this cannot stand. We can’t say definitively that the election was stolen through, say, hacked machines, but there's enough question about this and other serious problems to warrant a full investigation of all the forces at play. Any time skeptics face draconian censorship or a lack of transparency regarding evidence, that’s a red flag saying, “Here’s a conspiracy theory that might very well pan out. Better dig into this!”
It’s easy to tell that the Democrats tailor their approach to facts to suit their immediate purposes, because they'll turn on a dime. For example, starting with George W. Bush’s win over Al Gore in 2000, the Democrats decided it was their patriotic duty to cry “Stolen!” and question every election they lost. That changed when Biden was declared the winner; suddenly it was “domestic terrorism” to question the outcome, even with ample reason to suspect fraud.
We do have to have some factual basis for taking conspiracy theories seriously. If we didn’t, we’d just be a right-leaning version of CNN or the DNC (same thing). You can trust us never to be like the news/opinion writers on the left who screamed “Russia Russia Russia!!” for years even after that conspiracy theory was revealed as hogwash. Look at how some reporters who spread false information about the “dossier” are STILL resisting putting out retractions.
Unless there’s been an update, Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News and David Corn of Mother Jones, who wrote a book together on the “dossier” called ‘RUSSIAN ROULETTE: The Inside Story of Putin’s War On America and the Election of Donald Trump,” have failed to retract significant mistakes, specifically about an alleged “dossier” source (who really wasn’t one) named Sergei Millian. They cited Millian, who supports Trump, as the source for that unsavory made-up story about Trump in a Moscow hotel, supposedly on video with Russian prostitutes. Durham’s indictment of Igor Danchenko suggests that the real source of the so-called “pee tape” story was former Hillary campaign adviser Charles Dolan.
What these two “journalists” were doing was furthering a conspiracy theory that is untrue. And still it seems they won’t give it up, though it’s been debunked so thoroughly it doesn't even qualify as a theory. Only a hoax.
We have confidence in our sources, and I would never, for example, discuss members of the Clinton-allied Brookings Institution being involved with the creation and spread of the “dossier” unless there were ample reason to suspect this. By reason, I don’t mean the kind of proof you’d need to make an airtight case in court, but simply enough evidence to warrant digging deeper.
You know the story of the boy who cried “Wolf!” He wasn't taken seriously when it really counted, so it would defeat our purpose to be like him. But rest assured we'll continue digging carefully into so-called conspiracy theories --- the ones that pass the smell test --- just as we always have done.
For example, in case you missed the latest on Hillary over the holidays, Durham is taking aim...
8. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Images of America's cities, landscapes and people.
9. Prayer Tree:
We are stronger together.
Our hope is that our newsletter readers and social media followers will consider these prayer requests each day. To submit your own prayer request, go to my website here.
HEALTH AND HEALING
"Prayers for healing for Max who is on ventilator with double pneumonia. May Max and the medical team feel God’s strength and comfort. Prayers for those who protect us and their families! My son is veteran and now police officer and we see the impact of stress on him. He is one of the millions of good and honorable public servants."
"Please pray for our granddaughter (26 yrs). They say she is having strokes but they aren't doing anything about it bc she doesn't have insurance. Please pray for our nephew (67 yrs) who had a stroke 4 months ago and is slowly making some progress. Please pray for my husband who has been sick for the past two and one half weeks with vomiting, nausea, fever on and off days intervals in between, unable to stand and walk without holding something and extreme fatigue. Will he see a doctor? NO. Thanks to the present administration in Washington! Please say a prayer for me. Thanks so much."
"My daughters, son in law, grandchildren and great grandchildren, my sister and her husband plus nieces and nephew's all need to know the Lord. They think they will get to heaven because they are not bad people."
"Prayers for our family relationship. Prayers my stepdaughter and family will let go of their hang ups and just realize they are loved. They need to include all of us, so they can feel our love and that they are included as much as they will allow it."
"Please pray for me. I have 4 ppl in my home with Omicron and I have truly not gotten sick. I put my trust in the Lord that i will not get sick. So far and as always He has kept any sickness from me but I can use more prayer. Thank you to all you Prayer warriors." - Lisa
10. Hymnal: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
Today's hymn is recommended by Robin B.
1 The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
'Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.
The Bible stands tho' the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands,
The Bible stands.
2 The Bible stands like a mountain tow'ring
Far above the works of man;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can. (Chorus)
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11. I Just Wanted To Say:
Thank you for reading today's newsletter.