BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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DAILY BIBLE VERSE
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorry, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
New Mayor: Even worse than the last
Chicago’s new Mayor Brandon “Even Worse Than The Last Mayor; Can You Believe It?” Johnson is suing Kia and Hyundai for making cars that are too easy for Chicagoans to steal.
I suspect that there is something that’s making life really easy for car thieves in Chicago, but I don’t think I’d blame it on the automakers.
Hurricane Idalia makes landfall
Hurricane Idalia crossed Florida on Wednesday after making landfall as a category 3 hurricane. At this writing, it’s affecting North Carolina as a weakened but still dangerous tropical storm. At least one person was killed by a falling tree and several injured in Georgia. I hope you will keep praying for those in its path and those who are dealing with the aftermath of flooding and widespread power outages. Here’s a link to a page of continually updated news stories about it.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he’s cautiously optimistic that the damage will not be as extensive as Hurricane Ian a few years ago. Idalia made landfall near remote Keaton Beach rather than a heavily populated area, and reports are that the storm surges receded faster than expected. DeSantis said some of the power lines were chopped up pretty badly and might take a while to repair, but the state was well-prepared for the storm. Fortunately, most people evacuated when told to, and they had lots of emergency workers and repair people standing ready to rush in and get things back up and running quickly.
To his credit, when a reporter tried to get DeSantis to comment on Trump not saying anything about the hurricane, DeSantis quickly shot down the attempt to politicize the storm, saying, “That’s not my concern. My concern is protecting the people of Florida, being ready to go and we've done that.”
I also don’t want to politicize the storm, but I can’t help thinking that many Americans will be watching Florida’s swift, efficient response and noting that it coincidentally happened right after the disastrous Maui wildfires and the anniversary of the tragically-botched Afghanistan withdrawal. They may draw their own conclusions about the importance of having someone in charge of emergencies who is competent.
DeSantis also reminded anyone thinking of exploiting the storm damage by looting that Florida is a Second Amendment state, and if “you loot, we shoot.” I can already imagine California liberals rushing to social media to feign shock and outrage while secretly wishing they had a Governor like that so they wouldn’t wake up to stories like this every day:
Finally, some of the storm repairs will directly affect DeSantis. A 100-year-old oak tree blew down and fell on the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee. His wife and children were inside, but thank God, nobody was injured. Until it’s repaired, I have a suggestion for temporary quarters for his family. It's a fine place to live, and it even got me my first major exposure on a national talk and variety show, and now, I host one!
Fox News personality and wrestling champion Tyrus announced that he is retiring from pro wrestling after 20 years. He said it’s the kind of vocation that you have to put 300 days a year into. He let his kids vote. It was unanimous, and he told them his recent match was “the last weekend Daddy’s gone.”
I have a feeling that life as a Fox News commentator and best-selling author will be a lot safer than wrestling, as long as he never accepts an invitation to go on “The View.”
Ever wonder why so many “news” stories about subjects like the courts or “climate change” read more like pamphlets from leftwing activist groups and leave the impression that there is no other legitimate viewpoint on the subject? There’s an old computer term that explains it: “GIGO” or “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”
Most reporters are not experts on science, the law, or much of anything specific. So they repeat what they’re fed, and leftist groups have learned to exploit that by "feeding" them. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the Associated Press, the nation’s top wire service that supplies much of the “news” seen in media outlets across America, is now bankrolled in part by millions of dollars from leftwing foundations, including one started by Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the anti-American “1619 Project.”
There’s a lot more at the link. This is why one group that tracks media bias has moved the AP from “Center” to “Leans left” (I’d say, “Falling over left.”) It might also explain why the AP has started issuing so many “style guide” bulletins about what words reporters are no longer allowed to use and the hilarious PC euphemisms they’re supposed to substitute for them. Needless to say, this newsletter does not subscribe to the AP style guide. Around here, “A.P.” stands for “Always Propaganda.”
By the way, since many of the big funders of the AP are “climate change” activist groups who believe any objections to their views should be silenced as “disinformation” and the writers prosecuted, you will probably never see in AP stories that there are many scientists who do not buy into the climate apocalypse narrative. Here are a few reports about them for a change:
I especially like that last one on the study finding that half of all emissions of the greenhouse gas methane actually come from freshwater ecosystems, like flowing rivers and streams. The amounts are apparently affected by the condition of the waterways. That’s good news because it means more careful conservation of rivers could reduce methane emissions. Then these activists could stop blaming it all on the poor cows, who are probably emitting less manure than they are.
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No choice for Trump
I tried to warn the left that smashing all norms to go after Trump would come back to bite them, but their Trump Derangement Syndrome has wiped out any ability they might have ever had to think beyond the moment. They threw open Pandora’s Box, and what came out may be coming for them next, if Trump has anything to say about it.
In an interview with Glenn Beck of The Blaze, Beck reminded Trump that when he took office, he told his supporters who chanted “Lock her up” that he would not prosecute his opponent Hillary Clinton because we don’t do that in America. Beck asked if he regrets that now, and “if you’re President again, will you lock people up?”
Click the link to read Trump’s full answer, but in short: he would have “no choice, because they’re doing it to us.”
Pro-life activists found guilty
The Biden DOJ and the DC court system set another new low Tuesday for political prosecutions as a jury found five pro-life activists guilty on all counts for violating the “FACE Act,” a federal law against obstructing entrance to abortion clinics. They were immediately incarcerated and could face up to 11 years in prison, $350,000 in fines and three years of supervised release.
Sarah Arnold at Townhall has more background information...
Their attorney from the Thomas More Society law firm called the judge’s order to jail them immediately “due to the alleged violence” of the crime “an outrage” since “the one thing the defendants had really agreed upon was to remain non-violent.” They say they didn’t obstruct or assault anyone entering the abortion clinic. That’s probably why no local authority prosecuted them for anything until the radical pro-abortion activists in the Biden DOJ decided to make an example of them.
To give you an idea of how “dangerous” they are, defendant William Goodman urged his supporters “to forgive the jury, the judge, and all those who witnessed against us, and to pray that they would see how God loves the gift of every human life.”
When the jury asked Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to define what the law meant by banning the “oppression” and “intimidation” of abortion seekers, she allowed them to broadly interpret the word “oppress” as any acts that “harm, frighten, punish, prevent, and obstruct.” So "frighten" could mean getting 11 years in the federal pen for saying “Boo” on a sidewalk, which is about as intimidating as what they allegedly did.
That was just one example of how the judge ran her courtroom in the tradition of Soviet show trials. She barred video of the event that reportedly shows the defendants were not violent from being shown to the jury. She also barred the attorneys from talking about their clients’ religious beliefs or motivations, effectively gagging their defense. She even admonished a nun in the gallery for praying in court.
And while I didn’t see the trial, I assume they weren’t allowed to point out that with the SCOTUS having overturned Roe v. Wade, there is no “federal right to an abortion,” which is what the FACE Act allegedly protects, so it should be scrapped as unconstitutional – which it should have been from day one anyway as a selective intrusion on First Amendment rights.
One hopeful note for the appeal is that an appellate court recently sided with pro-lifers in another case alleging selective enforcement of the law. That’s the biggest no-brainer of all. The Biden DOJ no longer even attempts to hide how it’s perverting the legal system to target political opponents. The only reply they even make is the occasional load of rancid mush from Merrick Garland about how dedicated he is to enforcing the laws equally. Which I assume means just as harshly and unjustly against any and all Biden political opponents.
I urge you to pray for their safety, their swift release, a quick reversal on appeal, and the restoration of civil liberties and respect for life in America. I would remind you again that this is the same DOJ that has ignored leftist protesters who responded to the overturn of Roe by holding threatening protests outside of Supreme Court Justices’ family homes in violation of both state and federal law, and that have firebombed pro-life pregnancy centers and threatened the lives of their staffers.
To this Administration, homes, churches, courts, police stations and businesses are fair game for leftist protesters to burn, loot and threaten. Meanwhile, the only sacred ground in America deserving of federal protection is abortion clinics.
A Chaser To That Last Story: To give you some hope that those who stand up for what’s right against leftist tyrants can eventually prevail, check out this story of the Colorado Springs boy named Jaiden who was sent home from school by his teacher for having a Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”) patch on his backpack.
The school spewed the usual woke nonsense for why this was “harmful” and might make other students feel “unsafe,” like that the flag had “origins in slavery and the slave trade” (no, it was designed in 1775 by Continental Army Brigadier General Christopher Gadsden during the American Revolution), and associations with white supremacy, “patriot groups” and “intolerance.” The only way that’s true is that it’s a historic symbol of Colonial Americans refusing to tolerate tyrannical autocrats taking away their rights, be it a British king or ignorant leftist school officials. This honor student was told he couldn’t return to class until he removed the flag patch (but I’ll bet they would’ve welcomed him with open arms if it were a rainbow Pride flag.)
Fortunately, Jaiden is being raised right. He did not back down, and the meeting between the teacher and his mom was caught on video and went viral. The mother pressed the teacher to explain what was wrong with the flag (she obviously didn’t know its real history) and what rule it allegedly violated (there is none.) Thanks to a swift public backlash, there was an “emergency meeting” of the school board, where they affirmed their respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and said Jaiden is free to return to class with his Gadsden Flag patch if he wants. They should let him teach history.
And THAT is what the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag REALLY means! That’s why it’s such a great symbol for all Americans, and I hope people will think of it when they vote in 2024.
You Can Lead A Horse To An EV, But You Can’t Make Him Buy It
Either everyone’s been reading this newsletter, or they’ve actually tried taking a road trip in an electric vehicle, because it appears that, just like previous campaigns, the Biden Administration offensive to force all Americans into electric cars is failing.
Despite heavy pressure and government subsidies, carmakers like Ford that went all in on EVs are seeing consumer interest falling rather than rising, and are pulling back on EV production. Ford will instead concentrate on its more popular gas-electric hybrids. They have drawbacks, too (they’re complicated and expensive to repair), but at least they give you better mileage without all the mining pollution or battery fires, they don’t take hours to charge, and they always move when you press the accelerator.
For a more entertaining version of this same story, here’s a video from our favorite YouTube auto mechanic, Scotty Kilmer:
Governments have tried before to force Americans to buy electric cars, but the technology is just not adequate for most people’s needs and consumers have always said, “NO!” As Scotty says, if you want to impress your friends with something green to drive to the grocery store and back, “it’s your money,” but they’re not real cars, they’re “toys for rich people.” Most Americans don’t have cushy government jobs and need reliable transportation that can travel long distances, carry heavy loads and not waste hours to refuel.
The sheen is coming off the EV boom as Americans figure out that they were bamboozled. The virtues of EVs were so oversold that people forgot they were never very good. They can’t go far without pooping out, they cost you a lot more money than you expected, and you never know when they might blow up on you. It’s no wonder Joe Biden wants to force them on us. They’re the JOE BIDEN OF CARS!
McConnell freezes again
Wednesday, during a press conference in Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 81, again froze and stared silently for 30 seconds. He then seemed to have trouble understanding questions for another minute or so before shaking it off and finishing. Afterward, staffers attributed it to briefly feeling “lightheaded,” the same explanation they gave when it happened last month.
I’m sure we all wish Sen. McConnell the best and will pray for his good health, but these incidents, along with Sen. Diane Feinstein, 90, signing over her power of attorney and President Biden’s increasing incoherence, have fueled growing talk about the advanced age of our top leaders, and whether it's time for them to retire and pass power on to a younger generation, like people in their 60s and 70s.
This is a touchy subject for several reasons. First, of course, once people have that kind of power and prestige, it’s hard to give it up. Also, McConnell might be concerned about the future of the GOP with its slim Senate minority, an important election coming, and his state having a Democratic Governor to appoint his replacement. Then there are those office holders who simply aren’t able to see how badly they’re doing and seriously believe they can hang on for another, say, four years.
To be clear, this isn’t entirely about age. Piers Morgan noted that he recently talked to Mick Jagger, who is only a few months younger than Biden, but still runs around a stage for over two hours and never forgets a song lyric. He also mentioned that Queen Elizabeth II was sharp as a tack up until her death at 96. There are many such examples, but everyone ages differently, and some have accompanying health issues, like the fall Sen. McConnell took recently that put him in the hospital. Many wonder if these spells might be a lingering effect of that.
While I’ve long been a fan of term limits, I don’t think that should prevent someone who’s older from holding office (in fact, if you’re a 90-year-old Republican in good mental and physical health who would like to enter politics, and you can beat AOC, please run for Congress.) That’s more a matter of preventing career politicians. I don’t think older people shouldn’t hold office, but I don’t think they should stay in office until they’re incapable of holding office and then keep on holding office anyway, just to keep power in the Party. If nothing else, their families should love them too much to let that happen.
I also don’t like seeing how the left is trying to use this issue to push for mandatory retirement ages for Supreme Court Justices, which, like their endless, baseless ethics assaults on Clarence Thomas, is just a transparent attempt to force conservative Justices off the Court to be replaced with younger leftist activists. Thomas is 75, Samuel Alito is 73, and Ketanji Brown Jackson is only 52, but I know which ones I’d trust to have the best understanding of the law and the Constitution.
Speaking of the attacks on Justice Thomas, over 100 former law clerks of his have written an open letter refuting the recent “malicious” attacks on his character and integrity. They call him “a man of greatest intellect, of greatest faith, and of greatest patriotism," and say, "The picture (his critics) paint of the Court and the man for whom we worked bears no resemblance to reality."
To be fair, nothing that liberals say these days bears any resemblance to reality.
Sleazy DOJ official sabotaged IRS investigation of Hunter; more Biden corruption
News is breaking on Biden family corruption and cover-ups on a variety of fronts.
First, remember the story about cocaine found in a locker in the White House West Wing visitor area, near the Situation Room? That seems so long ago. The “investigation” was closed after only a couple of weeks, with (amazingly) no photographic, fingerprint, DNA or any other evidence found and no leads at all. There was never any word on who had the key, which you’d think would’ve had to be assigned. So, the message to anyone who wants to sneak some white powder --- cornstarch, baking soda, arsenic, fentanyl, any kind of white powder --- into the WHITE HOUSE is, hey, it’s really easy and you won’t get caught! They’ll just assume any powder coming in is coke for Hunter and look the other way.
Ironically, this coke may not have been for Hunter, but was perhaps more likely for someone else in “the Biden family orbit,” according to talk show host Dan Bongino, who worked for a decade as a Secret Service agent. Note that this is unconfirmed, but he still has contacts there and has just heard more about that theory from a source at the White House, not necessarily in the Secret Service but described as an “insider” and “not very political at all.” The source told him the cocaine was probably a deliberate delivery, a drug drop intended for “a member of the Biden family” who is not necessarily Hunter.
I don’t like having to report this, but Bongino’s source also described the Biden family as “trash.” Apparently, the source did not elaborate, at least not in a way that Bongino felt he could pass along.
The source “can’t prove” it wasn’t intended for Hunter, but claimed to be “getting some traffic that it could be another family member.” Another contact of Bongino’s also stressed the “other family member” theory.
Press spokesperson Andrew Bates used the Hatch Act as an excuse to avoid answering questions about this. Editor’s Note: The Hatch Act has nothing whatsoever to do with being able to comment on this story. Bates, along with Karine Jean-Pierre, are not exactly artful dodgers. They’re just dodgers.
Maybe someday we’ll know the story behind this, but it will be no thanks to the Secret Service and FBI, who are still much too busy checking out every possible Trump supporter who came to Capitol Hill on January 6, and even some who never even got there. Bongino says the current director of the Secret Service, Kim Cheatle, needs to either reopen this case or resign.
In an update to the story about Biden emails requested by America First Legal (AFL), the White House has claimed executive privilege in withholding hundreds of them from that release.
AFL, the group founded by Stephen Miller, did obtain over 1,000 emails from its request to the National Archives, the vast majority of which were communications between the Office of the Vice President and Hunter’s firm Rosemont Seneca. But 200 additional emails were held back because they “would disclose confidential advice between the President and his advisors, or between such advisors,” according to a letter from the National Archives.
Question: since when does the government care about confidential advice between the President and his advisors? I thought that concept was shot all to pieces when President Trump’s advisors were arrested and charged with conspiracy for giving Trump private and privileged legal advice. Recall that Biden rejected Trump’s claims of executive privilege over January 6th private communications, and liberal media outlets praised that decision, claiming a President can’t use executive privilege to cover up potential wrongdoing.
Topping that story, the WASHINGTON TIMES reported that the National Archives is withholding the 5,400 emails they have in which Joe Biden used aliases, pending APPROVAL FROM BIDEN AND ALSO PRESIDENT OBAMA (!) to make them public. These had been requested by Kentucky Rep. James Comer of the House Oversight Committee.
We’re just wondering what Obama has to do with this. The WT is behind a paywall, but we also found this, which quotes an Oversight Committee aide as saying, “President Joe Biden promised the most transparent administration in history and we fully expect him to approve the release of the records.” I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Comer appeared on HANNITY Wednesday night to discuss the many trips Hunter made with his father on Air Force Two (generally sneaking off via the back stairs), and also the timeline his committee is assembling between communications Hunter had with Joe and the various money transfers. “This influence peddling scheme continues to grow on a daily basis,” with the then-VP “front and center,” meeting with “every one of these people that he claimed he never met with and never spoke to.”
As for obtaining those “alias” emails being withheld by the National Archives, Comer said they’re going to have to open an impeachment inquiry. It’s Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s call, he said, but “we’re there now.” He also noted that Congress has legislative jurisdiction over the National Archives.
Hunter may be, as allegedly has been said, dumber than Zlochevsky’s dog, but this piece from the WESTERN JOURNAL shows how he used his various connections, at the White House and also the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, including former members of the Clinton administration, to help bring about the “deliverables” for Burisma.
In an update on the Jay Bratt story, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is asking why Special Counsel’s Jack Smith’s top aide was repeatedly meeting at the White House with people from the White House Counsel’s Office in the months leading up to the raid on Mar-A-Lago and subsequent indictment of President Trump. Jordan has written to Attorney General Merrick Garland and White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients, demanding answers.
“This new information raises serious concerns regarding the potential for a coordinated effort between the Department and the White House to investigate and prosecute President Biden’s political opponents,” Jordan wrote.
Recall that Bratt also has been accused by Stanley Woodward, who is defending Mar-A-Lago employee Walt Nauta, of mentioning Woodward’s impending judgeship when saying he didn’t think Woodward was “a Trump guy” and would “do the right thing” about getting his client to “flip” against Trump. This is a very serious charge against the special counsel’s top aide, made by someone with an impeccable reputation.
And now we have allegations that in April, a top ‘Justice’ Department official, Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer, approached attorneys for IRS investigator/whistleblower Gary Shapley, saying he wanted to investigate Shapley’s claims of slow-walking and obstruction in Hunter’s case. After Shapley attorney Mark Lytle briefed Weinsheimer in an April phone call, Weinsheimer slithered away to meet with Hunter’s then-lead attorney Chris Clark (!) and Delaware U.S. Attorney (recently appointed Special Counsel) David Weiss.
Days later, Weiss and Hunter’s attorneys agreed to that “sweetheart” plea deal, and Shapley and his entire team of investigators were pulled off the Hunter case.
In an exclusive interview with the U.K. DAILY MAIL, Lytle said, “In just two short weeks, Weinsheimer went from expressing an interest in the claims of wrongdoing by the IRS whistleblower to dismissing the claims of retaliation when the IRS agents were pulled off the case.” The strategy had been to feign interest in Shapley’s story and milk Lytle for information and then go behind his back to Hunter’s defense and the prosecutors (same thing).
These are dirty, dirty lawyers. (I’m reminded of the FBI agents who stopped by to see Mike Flynn for a “casual conversation.”) We learn from this that it is sadly just not possible anymore to trust a government attorney or FBI agent, ever.
There’s more background here on that joke of a plea deal, in this must-read story.
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