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Today's Commentary: Hollywood in focus -- Judge Ellis -- Don't blame Trump -- Mike Lee-- Billy Ainsworth and the Bands -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
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After Chris Pratt stunned Hollywood by encouraging young people to be positive, work hard, pray, defend the weak and know that God loves them at the MTV Movie Awards of all places, the “Jurassic Park” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” star surprised fans again by showing up in person at a charity showing of “Jurassic World” to benefit cancer-stricken children of police officers. He also shook hands and posed for photos with the crowd. Turns out his brother is a sheriff’s deputy who helped set up the event.
In a related story, Chris Pratt is rapidly becoming my favorite celebrity. Think of Peter Fonda and Robert DiNiro and imagine the exact opposite.
Speaking of Peter “Why isn’t this lowlife in jail for making terroristic threats?” Fonda, his new movie made a total of $30,395 in its debut weekend on only five screens. Despite his unconscionable Twitter rants about President Trump’s son and my grandchildren (which he’s since deleted and apologized for – and I don’t care), Sony Pictures went ahead with plans to release the film, claiming that yanking it would be unfair to the many other people who worked on it and didn’t call for innocent children to be kidnapped, raped and murdered.
By Mike Huckabee
The judge in former Trump campaign official Paul Manafort’s case rejected Manafort’s claim that the growing mountain of charges against him are outside the scope of Robert Mueller’s investigation. But only because there apparently is no “scope” to the investigation, nor any limits on how much time or money Mueller is allowed to expend, nor on his ethical conduct.
This is a must-read, for Judge T.S. Ellis III’s clear explanation of how far afield from seeking justice our special counsel system has strayed, with prosecutors under pressure to justify their budgets by filing charges even if they find no relevant crimes. Ellis bluntly declared that “even a blind person” can see that Mueller’s true target is President Trump, and that Mueller is throwing everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink at Manafort to try to bully and bankrupt him into implicating Trump in some way.
Judge Ellis also ruled that a special counsel does not have to follow his own justice regulations because those regulations were written to be “unenforceable.” That’s right: because of the way the special counsel law is written and the “limits” (or lack of same) imposed on Mueller by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, this kind of prosecutorial persecution is technically legal, even though it’s starting to resemble “Les Miserables” without the musical score.
Judge Ellis said, “Although these kinds of high-pressure prosecutorial tactics are neither uncommon nor illegal, they are distasteful.” It’s long past time that Congress acted to make them uncommon and illegal.
Don't blame Trump
By Mike Huckabee
Writers at liberal news media outlets and the people who create memes at sites such as Democratic Underground that leftists on social media use instead of thinking were quick to exploit the tragic shooting at the Capitol Gazette offices in Annapolis. They citied President Trump’s criticism of the media at a rally this week for inciting the attack, with one meme declaring, “Trump Has Blood On His Hands!”
We now know that the shooter was a known hothead with a longstanding vendetta against the paper stemming from an article it ran about him seven years ago, long before Trump ever even announced that he was running. So the people who are trying to blame the shooting on Trump criticizing the media for promoting fake news have just validated his criticism by promoting fake news. At least the editor in the linked story admitted that he made an error by reacting personally and emotionally, and he deleted his tweet and apologized. But you know those Facebook memes are going to live on forever.
Whenever this happens (too often), I try to figure out whether it was simply due to emotion and bias leading people to rush to judgment, or to a willingness to cynically exploit every tragedy for political gain. Or in many cases, it might just be that some people have gotten so in the habit of blaming Trump for every bad thing that happens in the world that they just can’t stop themselves.
By Mike Huckabee
The loud bangs and giant fireballs you will see next week might not be Fourth of July fireworks. They might be liberals’ heads exploding upon hearing about the person that many conservatives are urging President Trump to nominate to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
And yes, he is highly qualified in terms of legal experience. That’s not the reason.
Billy Ainsworth and the Bands
By Mike Huckabee
Longtime readers will recognize Laura Ainsworth's name. She's a singer/writer friend who has helped me out with various projects, and she and her husband do guest research for my TBN show. She's also a fantastic retro jazz singer with three acclaimed albums and a best-of LP to her credit (she'll be demonstrating her vocal skills soon on the show, so stay tuned.)
Laura comes by her love of the Great American Songbook naturally, having grown up as the daughter of Billy Ainsworth, a sax/clarinet prodigy who quit school at 17 to play with some of the greatest big bands of the 20th century. By the time Laura came along, those days were over (she grew up in showrooms, watching him back such icons as Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme and Tony Bennett.) Her late dad was a "musician's musician," revered inside the industry but never famous on his own.
Now, he's finally gotten some well-deserved recognition from the award-winning music history blog, JazzWax. Laura opened up her trunk of rare family photos of him with Tommy Dorsey, Tex Beneke, Eydie Gorme and other music legends. It's a fascinating and well-deserved tribute. And if you love this music, check out Laura's website (www.lauraainsworth.com) for her albums and visit her Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/lauraainsworthsings where she posts more of these rare photos. Longtime readers will recognize Laura Ainsworth's name. She's a singer/writer friend who has helped me out with various projects, and she and her husband do guest research for my TBN show. She's also a fantastic retro jazz singer with three acclaimed albums and a best-of LP to her credit (she'll be demonstrating her vocal skills soon on the show, so stay tuned.)
Evening Edition - June 29
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
- 1 Corinthians 13:13