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ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN was on Turner Classic Movies a few days ago, and just thinking about that film brings back all the intrigue of the Watergate scandal.
Secret surveillance of political enemies. Corruption high up within the Justice Department. Rank-and-file government employees hesitant to talk. Young reporters making names for themselves by holding onto their story like a dog with a bone.
It all took place in 1972-73, but in some ways it sounds very much like what we’re seeing in 2018. It wouldn’t surprise me if Sara A. Carter had her own version of “Deep Throat” --- call him DeepThroat 2.0 --- providing clues in a deserted parking garage. That’s how dark and undercover it all seems.
The latest development concerns an associate of John McCain’s, a former State Department official named David Kramer, who, according to court documents...
By Mike Huckabee
This week, President Trump held a listening session with students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, to listen to their stories about the deadly shooting and hear their ideas on how to prevent them.
I was glad to hear him tell them the truth that so many today don’t want to hear: “A gun-free zone to a maniac is, ‘Let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.’” He also talked of having armed guards or trained teachers in schools, which seemed to be popular with some of the attendees. And he promised stronger background checks, which is fine, but I don’t see what good that would have done in this case. The authorities had dozens of warnings about the shooter’s threatening background and did nothing. Would more background checks also include better responses to obvious threats, or would they just create more inconvenience for law-abiding gun buyers and more paperwork for authorities to ignore?
A number of Congress members from both parties were quick to disagree with Trump’s suggestion of trained teachers with permits being allowed to carry weapons. I wonder why so many Congress members are so horrified by the idea of armed guards protecting our kids? They don’t seem to mind that the building where they work is protected by armed guards.
Red flags in Florida
By Mike Huckabee
While so many people are demanding more gun laws in the wake of the Florida school shooting, evidence continues to pile up to the sky that the shooter had more red flags than a Beijing military parade, yet authorities tasked with catching them dropped the ball. We already know that the FBI couldn’t connect him to a YouTube threat or find his scary social media posts or be bothered to act on a phone tip. We know that the local sheriff got 20 concerned calls from the public over two years and made 39 emergency visits to his house, but never saw trouble coming.
Now the latest: despite multiple warnings from fellow students and 25 disciplinary actions against him, the school district superintendent says the staff at the school never told him there was any issue about him being a threat to safety. The Florida Department of Children and Family investigated a Snapchat photo of him cutting his arms. He told the agency that he “plans to go out and buy a gun.” But they determined him to be “stable enough not to be hospitalized.” And a therapist who accompanied police on one of 20 disturbance calls to his home determined that he was “no threat to anyone or himself.”
Again, I have to ask: what is the point of passing new laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerously unstable people when the laws we already have are either completely ignored or just too much work to enforce, with the effect that they might as well not even exist at all?
By Mike Huckabee
Fascinating read: Harvard University has chosen a new president, Lawrence Bacow. He’s the son of two Jewish refugees: his father was from Minsk, and his mother was a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Yet, to liberals in the media and on-campus “social justice warriors,” he’s just one thing, and it’s not good: he’s a “white male.”
A columnist for the Harvard Crimson student paper, in decrying the fact that a woman or minority wasn’t chosen, declared that Mr. Bacow, being a white male, “does not understand, first-hand, what it means to be reduced to your gender or the color of your skin.”
Well, he certainly does now!
Priorities USA spending
By Mike Huckabee
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand blasted Congress members who oppose more gun laws by claiming that their greedy acceptance of campaign donations from the NRA means the NRA has a “chokehold” on Congress. This was said in the place where so many liberals get their news: “The Late Show with Steven Colbert.”
Quick reality check, courtesy of Kathryn Blackhurst at Lifezette.com: The NRA’s total political spending during the 2016 election cycle was $54.4 million. By contrast, the liberal PAC Priorities USA spent $133 million to help Democrats. Add in three other liberal PACs that donate only to Democrats, and the NRA was outspent in campaign contributions by liberal groups by $393 million to $54.4 million, or about 7-1. Yet somehow, nobody in the media is accusing the people demanding more gun laws of having been bought by the anti-gun lobby.
Why is there never any consideration given to the idea that some people can feel heartsick at the deaths of children in mindless shootings yet still honestly believe, based on experience, evidence and research, that the gun laws being proposed will have either no effect or actually make Americans less safe? Because I’m one of those people, and the last time I checked my bank account, the NRA hadn’t made any deposits in it.
Joy Reid at MSNBC unwittingly colludes with Russians?
By Mike Huckabee
American Spectator writer George Neumayr has written a report on how disinformation and collusion did affect the vote in the 2016 election – only it was the rabidly anti-Trump US news media colluding with Obama Administration officials to spread criminal leaks of Russian-sourced disinformation about Trump that probably cost him votes. As Neumayr notes, the Russian trolls had a few Facebook ads while Hillary’s embeds in the Obama Administration had the front page of the New York Times.
It’s also worth noting that one of the biggest retweeters of fake anti-Trump attacks from Russian bots was MSNBC’s Joy Reid, one of Trump’s most strident media critics. Yet it turns out she was unwittingly colluding with the Russians.
Ask not for whom the bots troll, Joy. They troll for thee.