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April 27, 2021
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Good morning!

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

Today's newsletter includes:

  • Bible Verse Of The Day
  • Ashli Babbitt's family filing suit against Capitol Police
  • Why The Founders Barred The District Of Columbia From Becoming A State
  • Terrifying Words
  • Biden Changes Law Enforcement For Some
  • Harvard-Educated, Democrat Lawmaker: There Are Six Sexes
  • RIP, Bay City Rollers Leader Les McKeown
  • Laugh Of The Day!
  • A Reader Writes Back...
  • Inspirational Americans

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY 

That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

Psalms 83:18 KJV


 

Ashli Babbitt's family filing suit against Capitol Police

By Mike Huckabee

Terry Roberts, the attorney for Ashli Babbitt’s family, has announced their plan to file civil charges in her death.

He revealed this Monday on NEWSMAX; you can watch his interview on the new, uncensored platform RUMBLE.

Since Babbitt’s death during the January 6 breach of the Capitol Building, her family has wanted transparency about the circumstances, but it seems they’ve determined that a lawsuit is the only way to get that. “The family and I were disappointed in the Department of Justice’s decision on this," Roberts said, "but my role is really to bring a civil action and in that way vindicate her rights."

Family members “strongly disagree” with the DOJ’s decision not to release the identity of the Capitol Hill police officer who wielded the gun. “We think the evidence is ample and would support criminal charges against the officer,” he said. There was the “required willfulness” on the officer’s part, he said, and the officer could see that Ashli was not armed and presented “no immediate threat to him.”

“There was no legal justification for shooting her.”

According to Roberts, there is “ample evidence” that the officer gave no verbal warning before shooting. His team has talked to “many of the people on Ashli’s side of the door,” and, apparently, no one they talked to had heard a warning.

“I don’t believe she even knew the officer was on the other side of the room,” he said.

The officer was “kind of concealing himself in a room,” according to Roberts, “off to the side of her field of vision.” He easily could have just arrested her; there was no need to use deadly force. It was “an egregious act of excessive force,” the attorney said. “He should have been charged.”

Regarding the relatively quiet aftermath of this shooting, the lack of public outcry, Roberts lamented “the double standard at work here.” With different circumstances, a different location, a different political climate, “it’s a certainty that there would be charges.”

When asked if the family believes this is because Ashli was a Trump supporter, Roberts said, “Clearly, that has everything to do with it. Unfortunately, it shouldn’t.”

As reported in THE EPOCH TIMES, Babbitt, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was trying to climb through a broken-out window in one of the inside doors in the Capitol Building when she was shot. As her family’s attorney said, she was clearly unarmed.

In addition to identifying and speaking to multiple witnesses, the family's legal team has been working for weeks to collect open-source photographs and videos in an effort to reconstruct what happened before Ashli was hit.

Mark Schamel, an attorney for the officer --- who remains unidentified --- told RealClear Investigations that the officer did issue warnings, several of them. “He was acting within his training,” Schamel said. “Lethal force is appropriate if the situation puts you or others in fear of imminent bodily harm.”

RealClear Investigations linked to this article from April 14, the day the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced their decision not to prosecute the officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt.

Their press release stated that DOJ officials, along with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, “conducted a thorough investigation of Ms. Babbitt’s shooting.” This, they said, included reviewing video, taking statements from officers and other witnesses, gathering physical evidence, and viewing the results of Ashli’s autopsy.

Note that in its description of what happened, the DOJ press release says nothing about any verbal warning given to Ashli or any other effort made to subdue her before the use of deadly force. But it does say that “the investigation revealed no evidence that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber.”

The three basic elements for a criminal prosecution are that the defendant was 1) acting under color of law and 2) acting WILLFULLY to 3) deprive the victim of a federally protected right. I emphasize the term “willfully” because this appears to be the point on which the case would turn.

That’s because the rest of the case seems easy to make. The officer was certainly acting under color of law, and he did deprive the victim of her federally protected rights –- the right to LIFE, among others. And clearly, this was excessive force. An unarmed woman trying to climb through a window could be subdued quickly without the use of a gun. She wasn’t using a bat, breaking windows, etc., as others were. It makes little sense, at least given what we know, that she was targeted.

Notice that the Babbitt attorney used “willfully” to describe the officer’s excessive force; his use of that word was no accident.

In their press release, the DOJ said, “Prosecutors would have to prove not only that the officer used force that was constitutionally unreasonable, but that the officer did so ‘willfully,’ which the Supreme Court has interpreted to mean that the officer acted with a bad purpose to disregard the law. As this requirement has been interpreted by the courts, evidence that an officer acted out of fear, mistake, panic, misperception, negligence, or even poor judgment cannot establish the high level of intent required...”

Tell that to the other cops who HAVE been identified and prosecuted for behavior that might be considered mistake, negligence or poor judgment but still criminal. Derek Chauvin was convicted on three counts of murder and manslaughter; do we have proof he was intentionally disregarding the law? Or did he think he was acting as he had been trained? I’m not defending Chauvin, just pointing out the double standard.

The DOJ has previously argued, before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, that to establish “willfulness,” the jury was required to find that the defendant “intended to use more force than was reasonable under the circumstances –- i.e., force that violated [the victim’s] well established due rights...” So, what’s the different between that case and this one?

Again, unless there’s something we don’t know, the officer almost certainly could have subdued Ms. Babbitt without shooting her. He clearly intended to shoot her; we’ve seen the video of him aiming directly at her and pulling the trigger.

But the DOJ holds that there is no evidence that the officer didn’t “reasonably believe” that it was necessary to shoot this woman in defense of himself and/or others. “Acknowledging the tragic loss of life and offering condolences to Ms. Babbitt’s family,” their press release concludes, “the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Department of Justice have therefore closed the investigation into this matter.”

Well, it’s not over.

Why The Founders Barred The District Of Columbia From Becoming A State

By Mike Huckabee

Rob Natalson at the Epoch Times has an excellent column on the history of why the Founders specifically barred the District of Columbia from becoming a state in the US Constitution (Read it sometime, Speaker Pelosi.)

“Many participants in the debate over the Constitution expressed concern that residents of the capital district, who would consist largely of government employees and their families, would reflect solely the interests of the government upon which they were dependent. They did not want dependents of the federal government unduly influencing state or national elections.

The Founders also recognized that denying the vote to residents of the capital district would not leave them without influence. On the contrary, prior history showed that those residents would have an outsize influence—partly by reason of their proximity to federal institutions and partly because many would be government officials or employees. Allowing them to participate in national elections would unfairly magnify their power further.”

So making DC a state is fine, if you think that the people currently running the government need to be given even more power than they already have. Our wise Founders not only anticipated that, they could see what a terrible idea it would be from over two centuries in advance and headed it off at the pass.

Terrifying Words

By Mike Huckabee

Ronald Reagan famously observed that the nine most terrifying words in the English language were, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” We may need to create a new version of that just for black business owners: “We are from BLM and we’re here to help.

Biden Changes Law Enforcement For Some

By Mike Huckabee

Making official the “Biden Administration’s change in direction” of immigration law “enforcement,” the Department of Homeland Security announced that illegal aliens who fail to depart the US will no longer face fines, and ICE will work with the Treasury Department to cancel the existing debts of those who have already been assessed fines.

Meanwhile, as Democrats around the nation are decriminalizing everything from illegal border crossing to rioting, shoplifting, drug-dealing and prostitution, a woman in Oklahoma discovered she was a wanted on a felony rap for failing to return a rented VHS tape to a video store in 1999.

Caron McBride was getting married and when she went to change her name on her drivers’ license, she discovered there was a complaint against her for felony embezzlement filed in 2000 by The Movie Place in Norman, Oklahoma, for failing to return a VHS copy of “Sebrina, The Teenage Witch.” She says she never even watched that show and suspects her then-boyfriend’s daughters rented it in her name. But she now thinks she knows why she was let go from several jobs: they ran a background check and found she was accused of felony embezzlement.

The county DA’s office agreed to drop the charges, but that doesn’t make her problems magically disappear. She’s already suffered financial hardships, and now she has to sue the state to clear her record. If it’s any consolation, The Movie Place went out of business in 2008, and “A History of Violence” was the last major movie released on VHS in 2006. So she's long outlived both the store and the video format.



Nebraska: A Second Amendment Sanctuary State

By Mike Huckabee

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring Nebraska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State. It declares that Nebraska will stand up against federal overreach and any attempts to regulate gun ownership that infringe on Second Amendment rights.

This is a great example of using the left’s own playbook against them. If they howl that states don’t have the right to refuse to comply with federal authorities after declaring all those sanctuary cities and states for illegal immigrants, they will sound almost as laughably hypocritical as Rachel “Russian Collusion is REAL, People!” Maddow does when she accuses anyone who’s skeptical of the 2020 election results of being a crazy conspiracy theorist.

Harvard-Educated, Democrat Lawmaker: There Are Six Sexes

By Mike Huckabee

As the Texas House was debating a bill to bar biological males from girls’ sports, a Harvard-educated Democratic member declared that “modern science obviously recognizes that there are many more than two biological sexes. In fact, there are six.”

So first, there were 56 genders, and now, there are six different biological sexes. I wish my investments grew as fast as the number of sexes and genders in Liberal Land.

For those of you who didn’t have the benefit of going to Harvard and being taught very expensive nonsense, he was talking about four other extremely rare chromosome variations that can cause certain medical conditions, but are not separate sexes and have nothing to do with whether someone is “transgender” or not.

In a related story, Alabama just became the fifth state to pass a law limiting single-sex school sports to those who were born that particular sex. Whichever one of the six sexes it is.

RIP, Bay City Rollers Leader Les McKeown

By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)

If you were a teenybopper in the 1970s (or Scottish), I have very bad news for you: Les McKeown, the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers, died at home last week at 65.

The Rollers were a UK phenomenon that went worldwide (Nick Lowe released a perfect parody of them called “Bay City Rollers, We Love You” under the name “Tartan Horde” in hopes it would be bad enough to get him out of his record contract, but the plot backfired when it was a hit in Japan.) The real Bay City Rollers had a string of UK hits and were sold to a skeptical US as the second coming of the Beatles. Of course, they couldn’t live up to that hype, but they did score one US #1 with the earworm “Saturday Night,” and a few reasonably successful follow-ups, like their cover of “I Only Want To Be With You.”

They might not have been the next Beatles, but with their cute looks, marketable image and bubblegum pop tunes, they did help set the mold for countless boy bands yet to come. If you’d like to know more, McKeown wrote a memoir in 2019 called “Shang-a-Lang: My Life With the Bay City Rollers.”

Their heyday in the US lasted only a year or two, but they continued reuniting and performing in various configurations over the years as they fought a legal battle for their unpaid royalties (finally settled in 2016.) McKeown has been described as a very nice guy to the end, even volunteering to deliver prescriptions to COVID shut-ins until his own diabetes forced him to be sequestered. Our sympathies to his family and his many fans who suddenly feel 13 again whenever “Saturday Night” comes on the oldies station.

Finally, since you depend on me to share the weird trivia nobody else mentions, you might remember that the Bay City Rollers hosted a Saturday morning kids’ show produced by puppet show creators Sid and Marty Krofft. They shot 13 episodes that were rerun repeatedly.

At these two links, TV writer/blogger Mark Evanier recalls what it was like to write that show and work with the next Beatles. Or the Five Pufnstuf’s.

Laugh Of The Day!

By Mike Huckabee

The Babylon Bee perfectly summarizes the Academy Awards…

One quibble: all the homeless people were forcibly removed before the caring and compassionate consciences of America even showed up in their limousines.

A Reader Writes Back... 

Yes, I agree term limits would solve a lot of problems! Those politicians get too comfortable with fat checks and become power hungry! Drain the swamp!

Inspirational Americans

America's history is full of inspirational people.  Our "Inspirational Americans" series will profile 32 of them.  Today's inspirational American is Billy Graham.

“Jesus was not a white man; He was not a black man. He came from that part of the world that touches Africa and Asia and Europe. Christianity is not a white man’s religion, and don’t let anybody ever tell you that it’s white or black. Christ belongs to all people; He belongs to the whole world.”

“When my decision for Christ was made…the direction of my life was changed. I’m not going to Heaven because I’ve read the Bible, nor because I’ve preached to a lot of people, I’m going to Heaven because of what Christ did.”

- Billy Graham

To learn more about Billy Graham, go here>>>

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  • Wilma Ann White

    04/28/2021 01:17 PM

    Equal justice for all...? Everyone has the right to face their accuser... in this case simply the officer was an officer in the Capitol Police... that should NOT give him the right not to be revealed as the shooter. It was clear in the public released video of the victim, both of her hands were clearly visible and there was NO WEAPON, she was on her stomach with her hands in front of her with no possible threat to anyone least of all an officer of a police force that has been trained to immediately recognize any threat to himself of someone else. There was NO THREAT TO ANYONE when he shot and killed this young woman. This must not be allowed!

  • Joyce Kanlan

    04/27/2021 07:16 PM

    Harvard educated, Loyola, Princeton whatever.....stupid is still stupid. No amount of money spent on ????, changes the Creation of God, who made them male & female. No man can change God’s creation. They can surgically change, but the ability to give birth, nurse is Female no matter HOW a male FEELS. Keep ALL biological males OUT of our bathroom, our shower, our sports. Those who FEEL like the other sex....build your OWN. Build your own bathroom shower, sport team.

  • Joyce Kanlan

    04/27/2021 07:08 PM

    Change law enforcement....to what’s convenient, to what fits the ??democrat agenda. Debt. Democrats have NO issue with printing money, as useless as toilet paper, has no issue trying to release TRILLIONS in student loan DEBT, now trillions more in DEBT. Spend, spend, spend....who cares? Democrats spend other people’s money until it DRIES UP, is GONE leaving our country, like other socialist countries broke, hungry& DEPENDENT on crooked corrupt government. ????????,! STOP the democrat agenda! Speak Out! Call, Write, Email, Visit, Bombard your representative &demand they put on backbone& actually DO their job!

  • Joyce Kanlan

    04/27/2021 07:00 PM

    Words. Lean unto Him, not your own understanding. Trust in the Lord. Know He has a good plan for your life. He came that you have a good life, an abundant life.
    ??Government gives, government TAKES, rips it out right from underneath you! Nothing in life is “Free”; someone is actually paying for it! Government TAKES from someone to give you ????free whatever. You don’t need their ??help.

  • Joyce Kanlan

    04/27/2021 06:50 PM

    Barr D.C. from becoming a State. Come on America! We aren’t to sit quietly, twiddling our thumbs as ????democrats day by day chip away, dismantle, erode, or Hope&change transform ????Into a 3rd world socialist communist ??hole! WE are the masters of the constitution, so, CALL, WRITE,EMAIL, VISIT, BOMBARD your representative&DEMAND they get some backbone & actually do their job! STOP the ??democrats!

  • Paul Kern

    04/27/2021 05:46 PM

    There has been public knowledge that terrorists planning the insurrection at least a week before. Was on FB and other take news. FBI and Nancy knew.
    Must be like Christm He came in truth and grace.
    The churches need to wake up. Seek God's will and direction.
    This is a spiritual battle and majority of people in power are now Satanists as they follow cultural Marxism

  • (Rev,) Stewart Cole

    04/27/2021 04:27 PM

    I see and hear Jesus in your YouTube videos and newsletters. Thank you for this forthcoming series, I pray it will inspire us to good works

  • James Johnson

    04/27/2021 03:56 PM

    A comment on your piece about Inspirational Americans: To me, my father was an American Inspiration. Not due to his commitment to the Lord's teachings, but for his performance within and beyond his duty to the United States of America.

    My father joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948. He was seventeen and lied about his age to get in. Like thousands of teenagers at the time, he wanted desperately to serve his country.

    Unfortunately, he was in Boot Camp when WWII formally concluded. However, he shipped out with his division in 1950 to join the efforts for reparations in Germany and around Europe. He left behind a newlywed wife and an unborn son, yours truly.

    We joined him in early 1952 and found a Germany left in decimation. They rebuilt that nation along with the rest of Europe and never asked for nor received much of a "thank you."

    He returned to the United States to raise his family as he traveled across the country, from Air Force Base to Air Force Base, without complaint. I complained, but he told me, "Someone has to do this job, son. I volunteered, but I need your help. What d'ya say?"

    What could I say? You can't argue with a man like that because "Right" is on his side. He was like the Presidents of those times. Not like what we have today. You followed because they were right, not because they claimed the "right."

    I just wish everyone could see the difference that I see. Unfortunately, most don't have the experience that I had nor the outlook that a great man, my father, passed on to me. By the way, when he passed on my mother gave me three tiny boxes that he wanted me to have. One was for his service in WWII, another was for his service in the Korean Conflict, and the last was for his service in Vietnam. Those were the three battles for freedom this country fought during his lifetime.

    Thank you, Reverend, for standing up for the principles he fought for, and so many died for.

    James Johnson

  • Firewagon

    04/27/2021 03:49 PM

    “There was no legal justification for shooting her.” Absolutely true! Until I hear it from the horse's mouth (shooter) that he fully intended to shoot that AF Vet, I will stand behind my contention that this amped up with adrenalin officer, having his finger "on the trigger" of his handgun, had an "Inadvertent Discharge" NOT an "intentional one," or, an accidental one!

    Mike, I ran through the litany of reasons in a prior comment, and it was fairly involved, so I will not repeat it here. This officer, by the simple fact of NOT following proper handgun safety procedures, is certainly liable for a manslaughter charge. Wherever this shooter is, he should not be ARMED and only riding a desk job if still employed by the police!

  • Jerry

    04/27/2021 03:28 PM

    I care that a person that has killed has not been exposed. Was the person that killed an assassin why has its ID hidden from the view of the public shouldn't we know that a killer is among us. the killing may have been an accident or it was meant to be I want to know either way. Having police shooting women or anyone without warning is a problem.

  • Peter L. Hadley

    04/27/2021 03:23 PM

    Terry Roberts, the attorney for Ashli Babbitt’s family, has announced their plan to file civil charges in her death.

    He should request both videos.filming of the incident - I have read there were 2 different copies. One articleI read - sorrydon't know when I read it - has a guy saying "He didn't hve to shoot her" on the film. I understand the government has one copy of the two copies.

    Just a thought.

  • Vernon Thompson

    04/27/2021 03:10 PM

    How about some "cancel Culture" for our side?

    Let's cancel the use of any words using race or any of its byproducts. Let's include the use of white as any kind of descriptive term! Add any words ending in ist or bia and Democrats will have nothing to write of talk about while complaining or accusing Republicans!!

  • LAVON M WALKER

    04/27/2021 01:31 PM

    Thank you for the update on BABBITT - Govt "hiding" for a reason ? The "attorneys" need to file lawsuits so the information becomes available in a Court of LAW ! US citizens need to know TRUTH ...... a big Thank You to the attorneys and attorney generals who are filing lawsuits !!!

  • Floyd A Unger

    04/27/2021 01:08 PM

    Thank you and thank you for the Billy Graham post

  • Alan Martino

    04/27/2021 12:13 PM

    I just thought you might get a "kick" out of this: In one of my daily devotional times, I came across Ecclesiastes 10:2-3 which says, "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense. Do you think maybe God was making a political prophesy for present day America?

  • Stephen Russell

    04/27/2021 10:36 AM

    Oscars dble std:
    Brietbart has pics of 2021 Oscars, note the fencing & ID to enter game
    Hope to see Oscars hit 5.7M audience for 2022

  • Stephen Russell

    04/27/2021 10:24 AM

    Babbitt shooting:
    Questions:

    o Does CHPD have a Command Post?
    o Who gave orders
    o Why did CHPD have such dated equip
    o who trained CHPD
    o Did CHPD contact House, Senate reps pre 1-6
    o Who knew about protestor groups outside CH prior 1-6
    o Did House or Senate know about protest groups pre 1-6, any contacts made to Pelosi & Schumer
    & then heard other site about Iran threat to fly plane into Capitol for Joes Wed address