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September 15, 2021

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Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! Topics include:

  • Bible Verse of the Day - Matthew 5:9
  • "Several Thousand"
  • Study Looks Into COVID Hospitalizations
  • Senators Rip Into Blinken
  • Big Brain Idea
  • Norm MacDonald RIP


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9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Matthew 5:9

"Several Thousand"

By Mike Huckabee

You might have easily missed this, but after weeks of claiming there were only about 100 Americans still left in Afghanistan (no matter how many the White House claimed to have evacuated), Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted to the Senate that “several thousand” American green card holders are still there.

Study Looks Into COVID Hospitalizations

By Mike Huckabee

One reason why it’s so hard to get Americans to “trust the experts” on COVID-19 is because the “experts” and “authorities” have given us so many conflicting stories. I’ve always cut them slack for getting things wrong: I get that it was a new disease, and new data can require changing our assumptions. However, we seem to have settled on some official assumptions that are almost impervious to new data. And public trust is eroded further when the “experts” keep dodging basic questions.

One question people have been asking for over a year is whether the hospitalization rates used to justify mass lockdowns, school closures and mask and vaccine mandates are accurate. Are they counting only people who are actually hospitalized or killed due to COVID, or inflating the numbers by including people who tested positive regardless of the actual reason they were in the hospital? The answer may finally be at hand.

David Zweig at the Atlantic magazine (hardly a rightwing or anti-vaxxer outlet) reports that the VA office of Research and Development backed a study of nearly 48,000 admissions to over 100 VA hospitals nationwide. It found that from March 2020 to early January 2021, before the Delta variant or widespread vaccination, 36% of recorded COVID patients had mild or asymptomatic cases, which makes it questionable whether they were or needed to be hospitalized due to COVID. From mid-January to June, that number rose to 48%. That suggests that nearly half the recorded COVID hospitalizations were mild or asymptomatic cases or else people who tested positive but were hospitalized for something unrelated.

None of this is to downplay the dangers of the disease (that’s still a lot of people hospitalized due to severe COVID.) But the good news is that this suggests vaccination has created more mild or asymptomatic cases. The bad news is that it suggests authorities are relying on misleading data to impose draconian measures on the entire population. And when people know “the experts” are being misleading about the reasons for their policies, it makes it all the more likely that they will reject those policies.

In short, once you lose the public’s trust, it’s hard to get it back. Particularly if you do nothing to earn it back except to say, “I order you to trust me!”

Senators Rip Into Blinken

By Mike Huckabee

Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the House on Monday and the Senate on Tuesday, and it’s safe to say that he didn’t find smooth sailing in either chamber. Members from both parties were skeptical and hostile to his attempts to deflect blame for the Afghan withdrawal disaster and his claims that they did everything possible and the results were inevitable.

Nick Arama at has a good round-up of the incredulous reactions to that, from Republicans as well as liberal Democrats and even Mitt Romney. You know nobody’s buying your excuses when they’re so feeble that they force Mitt Romney to defend Donald Trump.

Big Brain Idea

By Mike Huckabee

A salute to Arizona GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, who introduced a resolution that would require House leaders to wear body cams that record everything they do when performing Congressional duties. It’s inspired by laws requiring cops to wear body cams. Gosar says this would make it harder for House leaders to lie, citing as examples all the unconfirmed tales of harrowing danger some claimed to be in during the January 6th Capitol incursion.

Here’s my question: would they have to turn the camera on when taking big campaign donations? That seems to be the top Congressional duty of some of them, and I’d really like to have a visual record of that.

Norm MacDonald RIP

By Pat Reeder, "Huckabee" Pop Culture Guru

As the person who covers the entertainment world, it falls to me to write show biz obituaries. While it’s always a sad duty, this one hits especially hard for me and my wife/co-writer, Laura Ainsworth. Comedian Norm MacDonald has died at 61 of cancer, which he had reportedly been fighting for nine years. His producing partner Lori Jo Hoekstra said he kept it a secret because comedy came first and he never wanted that to color how people saw him.

For a comic who never became a major star, Norm’s death was met with a massive outpouring of grief and accolades from fellow comedians and hardcore fans like us. Seth Meyers called him the “gold standard” of comedy and admitted the hardest part of doing “Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update was not reading jokes the way Norm would say them.

He had a distinctive voice and delivery, a unique and unpredictable perspective, and most importantly of all in this cancel culture age, he was utterly fearless. If he thought a joke was funny (and to those of us who “got” his sense of humor, he was gutbustingly funny), no matter how bizarre the premise, he would pursue and expand on it, even if the audience greeted it with silence (you could usually hear a few fellow comedians in the back, howling with laughter.) One of the funniest things you’ll ever see on TV is Norm on Conan O’Brien’s show, using up his entire segment to tell an ancient, rambling, deadpan shaggy dog story with a groaner of a punchline that somehow was hilarious all the way through.

When Laura and I used to write our syndicated topical radio service, the Comedy Wire, nothing made me prouder than to write a joke that I could describe as “a Norm MacDonald line.”

These days, what passes for a “joke” on “SNL” is a smug two-minute political lecture. Norm could pack more laughs into two short sentences (“College radio reports that the #1 band this summer was Better Than Ezra. At #2: Ezra!”) He defied orders to stop doing O.J. Simpson jokes even when it got him fired. He didn’t care if he bombed, got fired, the audience didn’t get it or Twitter mobs cried about being offended: if he thought it was funny, he went with it. And to me, he was always right. He ruthlessly mocked leftist icons like Bill and Hillary Clinton at a time when other comics were giving them a free ride. He even dared to joke about COVID (“None of us know how we’re going to die… Well, we know NOW.”)

He was also surprisingly intelligent, once taking home $500,000 on a charity celebrity edition of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (he also knew the answer to the million dollar question, but Regis talked him out of trying for it.) I still remember him lecturing a comic on a talent show for performing a lazy Christian-bashing bit that the other judges loved.

Norm was a “comedian’s comedian,” but to his cult fan base like us, he was one of the funniest men of all time. You never knew what might come out of his mouth, but you knew it would be hilarious and like nothing that anyone else would think of. And if someone didn’t like it and took offense, he couldn’t care less. Let’s hope more comedians take inspiration from him and reclaim comedy from the humorless woke mobs.

Here are a few of Norm’s more mainstream funny moments, courtesy of Fox News. You’ll find many, many more on YouTube.

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  • Ken Lawyer

    09/17/2021 01:21 PM

    Big Brain Idea
    Kudos to Gosar on the body cam resolution for "trying" to make it harder for House leaders to lie. Unfortunately, most of the Democrat House leaders lie so often they will have a hard time of remembering if they lied before or not! We already know how they deflect any questions they get from anyone pointing out what they had said before and now since it is the most popular thing to say they were previously misunderstood. I think they call it "Plausible Deniability!"

  • William Fuhrer

    09/16/2021 09:19 PM

    Aren't their ordinances about having demonstrations in neighborhoods. I woulh have an urge to get out my power washer

  • Stephen Russell

    09/16/2021 09:53 AM

    9-18 protest on DC can be 1-6 rerun??

  • Joyce F Birch

    09/16/2021 09:40 AM

    I just read the Biden administration is sending 64M to Afghan!! What about the US citizens?
    You all heard of this, "the straw that broke the camels back." Well, the camel died. Now, we have Gen Miley on the hot seat. The military is forcing service personnel to get vaccinated, or possibly a dishonorable discharge if they don't get it. This is definitely a coo with the insanity of the Biden admin. With everything the democrats are doing to destroy the USA, no one will be held accountable. God Help Us!

  • Jerry

    09/16/2021 07:29 AM

    Does anyone purchase magazines today? one other point does the FBI need a change at the top does the teachers union need change at its top leadership role also Biden said the Afghanistan withdrawal was a success yes a total change of leadership in the Oval Office is necessary and all the non American value leaders in the cabinet needs removal these people are a dangerous cancer and must be removed

  • Jerry

    09/16/2021 07:19 AM

    Biden would defend milley why not Biden has never been correct on any thing the southern is not a crisis the energy independence is not necessary importing the China virus and it’s variances is great to infect Americans that can kill them Biden would put his hands on women and his creepy advances on women bodies now he is advancing and importing sex slaves Biden is beyond creepy Biden is a sex predator Biden would have correct visions if he was the president of a nation of pagans Biden needs to be removed I know Harris will be worse maybe we rid America of pelosi and Schumer we as Americans may have a chance

  • Joyce Kanlan

    09/16/2021 03:12 AM

    Senators rip….well, that’s good, but not anywhere good enough. Impeach Biden& his incompetent administration! They were NOWHERE NEAR ready! These socialist communist democrat dictators knew that! It’s NOT rocket science for crying out loud! Clean out the democrat trash once & for all! NO protection NO Defending, NO supporting our Country, our American citizens REMOVED safety&security against foreign&domestic, removed law&order! IMPEACH Biden& his incompetent administration today FOR FAILURE to uphold the Constitution & FAILURE in Afghanistan ????!

  • Joyce Kanlan

    09/16/2021 03:07 AM

    Study Hospitalization. Please! If you have A working brain cell, democrats misinformation, their rhetoric, their CONSTANT ??is TOO MUCH! Everyone was dying of Covid IF you listened to, bit off, chewed& swallowed democrat ??. I’d bet the hospital OR someone in the hospital was receiving kick back for every Covid supposed death, (Covid or not). Contagious cold, flu has been around since 15-1600’s, deaths from complications, pneumonia etc. NOTHING NEW! Phony Fauci & his pile of ????stinks to high Heaven & experts? Don’t think so. Try studying these phonies, their backgrounds & how much success, or accomplishments they’ve made. Yeah, sure, I’m sure we won’t be surprised.

  • Joyce Kanlan

    09/16/2021 02:57 AM

    Several Thousand Abandoned Americans equal several thousand REASONS to impeach Biden& his incompetent administration. Gather your friends family coworkers neighbors and acquaintances all across America & call, Write Email Visit Bombard your representative&DEMAND they impeach Biden & his incompetent administration FOR FAILURE to uphold our Constitution & FAILURE in Afghanistan ????! DO YOUR PART ????!

  • Theodore Reimel

    09/16/2021 01:44 AM

    Mike Huckabee as a combat veteran it is appalling and disgraceful how people are defending Gen. Milley’s conduct. How are we to have faith in our highest military official as a serving active member soldier or a veteran? The truth in all of this is. If the former administration felt that the former President was mentally not stable to carry out his duties as the commander in chief. They would have invoked the 25th amendment. That didn’t happen. President Trump left the White House peacefully. There was no attack or plan to attack another nation. Nor did the former President launch or plan to launch a nuclear attack on a foreign country. There is zero evidence to back the democrats or Gen. Milley’s claim that the threat was imminent. It was just made up. The fear was within the Democratic National Party! They still can’t get over Trump. Who by the way is no longer in office. I just wish that they would hold their own party to the same high standards that they impose on the former President, Administration and Trump supporters. But that will never happen. This is more than sick. Remember when we heard in the news about veterans who are mentally incapacitated and are such a threat. Just because they served. Why aren’t those in office being held accountable to that standard? They obviously have some form of mental illness when they cannot get over Trump. They are in charge! They have all three branches in our government. Everything they have accused the former administration of is proving to be incorrect. They want to hold others accountable, but cannot hold themselves accountable. Talk about Hypocrisy!!