Evening Edition - April 19

April 19, 2019

Among all the things in the Mueller report that liberals are pretending to be shocked about, and all the non-shocking things (if you’re one of my regular readers), here’s one you aren’t hearing mentioned much: former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos says he’s shocked that the report actually told the truth that he was “illicitly targeted” by spies trying to entrap him not because of Russia but because of his ties to Israel.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/george-papadopoulos-shocked-mueller-report-truth

 

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Of all the embarrassing partisan media tantrums following the release of the Mueller report, perhaps the most cringe-worthy, and the one that most explains the low trust the public has for today’s media, came courtesy of CNN.  Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer hosted a 9-person panel that was such a deranged, conspiracy-mongering screechfest that even other members of the media commented on what a “meltdown” they were having.

 

https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/18/cnn-meltdown-mueller-report-barr-press-conference-collusion-russia/

 

That link includes some of the best comments, including a tweet from me.  One comment I’d like to add was from a viewer in an Internet forum.  It summed up CNN and about 90% of today’s media perfectly.  The poster wrote that at one point, Tapper tried to guess what conservatives would say about some aspect of the report, and observed that if they’d bothered to have any conservatives on their crowded panel, they wouldn’t have had to guess. 

 


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If you ever want to play a fun political game, watch a few press appearances by prominent Democrats and see if you can guess the word/phrase that tested the best in their focus groups when they were scripting their “reaction” to some story that hadn’t happened yet.  It’s not hard; it’s the word/phrase that they all repeat, whether it makes any sense or not. 

 

In the latest case, it’s obvious that even though Attorney General Barr’s statement on the Mueller report and answers to reporters’ sometimes asinine questions were the epitome of a sober, serious, professional adult laying out the facts in plain language, Democrats had settled on the word “spin” to describe it the day before, so they all said “spin” until our heads spun.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/democrats-rally-around-exact-word-describe-ag-barrs-news-conference/

 

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Not to take away from the 24/7 media coverage of the incredibly important news that President Trump might have thought about obstructing a long, expensive, distracting investigation of something he knew he didn’t do (but didn’t obstruct it), but here’s some far less important news you might want to know:

 

This week, initial jobless claims (applications for benefits after losing a job) fell to their lowest levels since September, 1969.  There were just 192,000 jobless claims nationwide, which is 5,000 lower than last week, which was the lowest since November, 1969.  These past two weeks have marked only the first and second time jobless claims have dropped so low in 50 years, and the US population then was less than two-thirds of what it is now (but hey, let’s impeach the President who presided over it for being angry that he was hamstrung and slandered over false charges.) 

 

https://nationandstate.com/2019/04/18/initial-jobless-claims-tumble-to-fresh-50-year-lows/

 

As the article at this link notes, for perspective, the last time there were so few people applying for unemployment benefits, the Beatles’ “White Album” was #1 on the charts, and Dave Thomas had just opened the first Wendy’s.  Also, people still trusted the news media. Wow, that WAS a long time ago!

 


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The latest word on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire is that investigators now believe it probably started with an electrical short circuit.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/police-believe-electrical-short-circuit-responsible-for-notre-dame-fire

 

It would be good to settle this question quickly before conspiracy theories can take root.  That’s not helped by the fact that a man was just arrested in New York for attempted arson, reckless endangerment and trespassing after he was caught entering St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters.  He’s also been arrested earlier this week at a New Jersey cathedral and had booked a flight to Rome.   

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/marc-lamparello-nyc-st-patricks-cathedral-suspect-college-instructor-had-booked-flight-to-rome-2019-04-18/

 

Oh, and here’s a surprise: he’s a college philosophy teacher and a Ph.D. candidate at the City University of New York. The type of folks who enjoy figuratively torching Christianity and Western civilization might be turning to doing it literally. That’s why my philosophy is “Be very careful which school you send your kids to.”

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Immutable laws of life: Just as people sweat more the higher the mercury rises, so do people flee more the more leftists are in the government.  From Venezuela to New York to California and all points in between, the further left the government, the more people are voting with their feet. 

 

Latest case in point: Chicago. New figures show Cook County’s population has declined every year for the past four years (and that’s not just because of the murder rate.)  Three surrounding counties that had been growing also showed a drop in population from 2017 to 2018. Among America’s 10 largest metro areas, the biggest population gains were in Dallas, Houston and Atlanta, while only L.A., New York City and Chicago lost population.  Percentage-wise, Chicago’s population loss was more than twice that of New York’s and nearly five times that of Los Angeles.   

 

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-census-chicago-cook-county-population-decline-20190408-story.html

 

Reasons given by residents for leaving Chicago include “high taxes, government corruption, crime rates, economic instability, long commutes, an overall rise in the cost of living and the weather.”  The only thing on that list that you can’t plausibly blame on Chicago’s government is the weather, even though Democrats are trying to blame bad weather on Republicans. 

 

Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931, but voters recently decided to try fixing some of the Democratic corruption by electing socialists to the city council.  That’s like trying to cure your unhealthy smoking habit by switching to heroin. The good news is that if you are in a heavily-leftwing city and are foolhardy enough to open a business, there’s still a killing to be made in U-Haul franchises.  That is, if you can get past all the regulations to open it and shield any of your profits from the tax collectors.   


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I’m always looking for common ground with people whose political views I oppose.  So when I heard that radical left Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib reportedly urged her supporters to join her in on a hunger strike until ICE is abolished, I had to add my ringing endorsement to this plan. I am absolutely on board with people who don’t want America’s borders protected refusing to eat as long as ICE is in existence.  I’m even willing to help: if they have any fried chicken or peach cobbler tempting them in the fridge, I’ll be happy to take it off their hands.  Keep raising those fists to the Man, as long as you still have the strength!

 

Oh, wait…Tlaib’s spokesman now says she was not actually calling for a hunger strike, but rather stating that "she knows of folks who have done" them.  Sounds like the type of 180 you pull once lunchtime arrives.  Anyway, you can go to this link, see the video, and decide for yourselves.

 

https://freebeacon.com/politics/rashida-tlaib-calls-for-hunger-strikes-to-shut-down-ice/

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Snopes.com keeps “fact-checking” satirical stories from the Christian conservative humor site, The Babylon Bee, such as one about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez going on “The Price Is Right” and guessing that everything is free (Ruling: False - but only in the literal sense.)  So the Bee’s editors decided to turn the tables by giving its humor-deprived monitors a merciless mocking.  First, there was this:

 

https://babylonbee.com/news/snopes-rates-babylon-bee-worlds-accurate-news-source

 

This was followed by a piece listing five more shocking stories that Snopes.com fact-checked for accuracy.  They include determining whether Nicolas Cage really stole the Declaration of Independence, whether Donald Trump ghostwrote Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” and whether roadrunners really can enter into murals painted on the side of cliffs by coyotes. 

 

https://babylonbee.com/news/did-nick-cage-steal-the-declaration-false---and-5-more-shocking-reveals-from-snopes

 

Read them all, it’s hilarious stuff.  And because they’re apparently the only people in the world who need this disclaimer:

 

Attention, Snopes.com:  Nothing about this article is true.  You don’t need to fact-check whether or not you really fact-checked these stories.  All humans from Earth know that these are a thing we call “jokes.”  You should also know that you are what is known as “the butt of the jokes.”  

 

PS – As long as I’m talking about the Babylon Bee, this story about CNN’s reaction to the Mueller Report is just too funny not to share:

 

https://babylonbee.com/news/cnn-god-allowed-the-mueller-report-to-test-our-unshakable-faith-in-collusion

 


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Late-breaking news from 1932: The New York Yankees have yanked Kate Smith’s iconic recording of “God Bless America” from the 7th inning stretch, where it’s been played since 9/11, after they were “were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.”  This hinges on shocking new reports that Smith recorded a couple of racist minstrel-type songs in the 1930s and endorsed a “Mammy” doll in 1939 (for historical context, which I know doesn’t matter anymore, that was the same year “Gone With The Wind” was released.  Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American Oscar winner for playing “Mammy.”  The Academy had to make a special deal to get her in because they held the Oscar ceremony at the Ambassador Hotel, which barred black people.)    

 

https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-kate-smith-god-bless-america-20190418-wfkyednrvrherh57sfmb4h7s5y-story.html

 

The linked Daily News story also claims that Smith made a “video” of one of the songs.  I assume that refers to a musical number in her 1932 movie, “Hello, Everybody.” Funny how they expected her to predict and abide by 2019 standards of racial sensitivity when they can’t even be bothered to find out that there were no such things as “music videos” in 1932.  Kate didn’t have a crystal ball, but her PC critics at least have Google and history books, not that they can be bothered to consult either one. 

 

The article claims that the Yankees are “investigating” these claims and “acted swiftly” (“Swiftly?” The two songs they’re upset about were recorded in 1932 and 1939!) to replace Smith’s “God Bless America” with a new version.  How about one called “God Save America”?

 

It appears that in the same way the left is trying to erase historical figures such as Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jefferson, they’re now turning to entertainers whose works from decades ago don’t match current PC standards.  And judging from their treatment of Kate Smith – banning her greatest recording because she cut a couple of bad obscure songs years earlier – are we now expected to erase entertainers’ entire careers if even one or two of their projects offend current sensibilities?  If so, we can say goodbye to hearing or watching anything ever made by any entertainer who ever wore blackface, which includes Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Mickey Rooney, Jerry Lewis, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and the great black vaudeville star, Bert Williams.  And don't forget, the Beatles cut that sexual abuser song “Run For Your Life,” so we’d better burn their entire catalog, too. 

 

Say, come to think of it, Kate Smith’s racist recordings were way back in the 1930s.  But it took the New York Yankees until 1955 to hire their first black player, Elston Howard.  That was eight years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, and 16 long years after Kate Smith’s Mammy doll endorsement. 

 

I am shocked – SHOCKED! - to be suddenly informed of this news that the Yankees are such a blatantly racist organization!  I call for all New York Yankees games to be canceled until this late-breaking revelation can be fully investigated!

 

In the meantime, while the Yankees are on hiatus, let’s all spend some time reading the history of Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” and the many ways in which it (and she) promoted patriotism and unified Americans.  Let's learn more about this national treasure that we are being harangued into discarding.

 

http://katesmith.org/gba.html

 

 

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  • Amelia Little

    04/22/2019 09:10 AM

    Let's go after Kate Smith (their saying she cut a video long before videos were invented shows their intelligence) and anyone else who some blithering idiot decides is racist. But, leave those rappers who promote violence against police and women alone--that's different, you know!!!

    I guess maybe snopes has to go after satirical sites (which, of course, they have NO CLUE what satirical means) because they know they can't debunk news from real news outlets. And, they certainly don't seem to want to fact-check msm false stories.

  • ernest brannon

    04/20/2019 03:07 PM

    Wake up PC advocates! The greatest abuses against black Americans were all the Democrats that were members of the KKK. Obviously, in line with present PC standards the Democrats and their partythat participated in such racism should be called out and abandoned from history. How can we tolerate a political party to continue to exist when they approved of the atrocities their members committed!

  • diana Marie brown

    04/20/2019 12:16 PM

    I am so sorry for writing again about this issue. I do not understand how the cities that keep these illegal invaders continue to break our U.S. Federal Laws and nothing seems to be done about this. I am disgusted. My grandparents came and arrived in Ellis Island and it was not easy getting in our country i.e. two sponsors, job prospects, and individual money in their pockets. Why cannot we bring back a Ellis Island idea to have them come through with border patrol agents and actual gates to go through when they provide identification. There was also doctors and nurses who would do their jobs admitting the immigrants because these were true immigrants. When they entered they actually kissed the ground of America and kept their gaze on our Statue of Liberty. The illegals of today are invaders who do not accept our laws or our border patrols. Yuma has a big crisis along with the other Southern border states. Why of why cannot we as Americans do something to stop these invaders. Come in the legal way, get in line or get the heck out of our country!!! Thank you for allowing me to vent.

  • Kathleen Bullano

    04/20/2019 11:23 AM

    Keep up the good work Governor Mike. You are a true refreshing breath of truth and the American Way.
    Have a wonderful Easter with family and loved ones.

  • James K Mills

    04/20/2019 10:56 AM

    > Because I think an awful lot of them need to switch to the food service industry.
    Heavens, no! We'd all get food poisoning!

  • Gary J. Rachuba

    04/20/2019 10:51 AM

    Sir, my comments are meant to just be a generalization about everything. I am a caucasian and U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Viet Nam era, and I am very proud of the time I served. I consider myself an Independent and will vote for any party that shows me that they are worthy of my vote. In my earlier years I was a hard core Democrat as was my entire family and extended family. My entire family and extended family over the years has now ALL switched to the Republican party because of what the Democratic party over the years has become (Progressives). I will still vote Democrat if the Democrats give me a really good reason to vote for them, however, I have voted Republican for most of the past 20 or so years. The one thing that will take my vote away from a candidate (regardless of party affiliation) is a candidate who is in the game strictly to make trouble. The things the Democrats have been doing over the past few years has permanently canceled my vote for any Democrat. I really hate what they have been doing with respect to spending MY any all American citizens tax dollars to try to get criminal charges brought against our President. I feel that it is time for someone to start looking into crimes being committed or have been committed by Washington Democrats. I know that there are probably some honest people in Washington, but I would be willing to bet that practically the entire Congress has skeletons in his/her closet. If some of those who have brought false charges was to be held accountable -- maybe they would slow down and start working for their constituents again. Finally, I say to ALL congress men and women. Quit the bitching and get back to work for the constituents who elected you. Thank you for allowing me to vent.

  • amos kalicharan

    04/20/2019 08:22 AM

    Everyone blaming Trump for obstruction by firing Comey
    BUT they a deliberating forgetting that it was Rod Rosentine who made that recommendation and gave a number of reasons for which he should be fired

  • Jerry Korba

    04/20/2019 07:46 AM

    If People can not make up their minds what type of country they want have an honest look look into Govenor Newsom and Cuomo and see how their states are operating look at the social situation economic situation look at lawmakers these states send to the national scene and what you find are cities that have homeless people on its streets, lawlessness, heavy tax burdens, crumbling and filthy streets. People with higher IQ's than Newsom and Cuomo are leaving them as fast as they can people in New York can not reproduce they just can not afford to raise a family there and if they do reproduce they will abort. California waste's more money than Obama did, look at that high speed train to no where look at the way manage the forest and their water. Newsom thinks these Migrants are coming to his state in luxury RV's wake up dumb dumb they are coming with the cloths on their backs and they are bring children they cannot care for. Also to the Costal states thanks for Pelosi Schiff Harris Nadler Waters thanks for the lying, corruption, poverty line and your ignorance of human beings.

  • Dale W. Powers

    04/20/2019 04:23 AM

    Mike,

    Regarding the story of the N.Y. Yankees removing the song "God bless America", I just have to say I am completely shocked that it took this long in this day and age. I am extremely surprised that some athiest group has not tried to have it banned for mentioning God. I know we are living in the end days and are watching the book of revelations unfold right before our very eyes. It is a daily struggle to cope with the constant barrage against our faith. Your daily newsletter is such a great help! Keep up the good work.

  • Kathy Wingate

    04/20/2019 01:23 AM

    Fun read! Enjoyed it so much, esp. the Bees. I shouldn't be up so late, but couldn't put it down. Thanks for the chuckles.

  • Joseph M. Vella

    04/20/2019 12:59 AM

    Sir, I read every word you post, and although I am a nobody relative to these big guys advising us simpletons, sometimes I do write to sound off.
    With reference to Notre Dame burning and St. Patrick's attempt I fell this is no accident, or someone wanted to take a shortcut as it has been said.
    So far I heard that worldwide over 800 Christians churches has been burned.
    In a dream I had, I saw Mad Nero putting hundreds of Christians on the cross to burn (alive) for the spectacle to light the Roman highways at night and while it happened he was playing the harp and drinking wine.
    It must be some kind hearted is taking this example to help people get around at night. I hope when all the churches will end up burned they do not turn on Mosques?

  • marilyn reed

    04/20/2019 12:29 AM

    My dad loved Kate Smith and God Bless America. This whole thing has become utterly ridiculous. How did we get to this point.

  • patrick McRedmond

    04/19/2019 11:22 PM

    I still don't understand why the Russians would have helped Trump after they had Hillary bought and paid for. Think 145 million dollars
    to Clinton foundation. Even if there was no 'quid pro quo' the Russians could have claimed there was and blackmailed her.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/19/2019 10:00 PM

    I do believe politics has taken quite a few chapters out of the WWE wrestling program where the Left will come out and just recite outrageous comments just to see how riled up it can get its audience. If they can get the people to boo scream they have done the job. They go back to the locker room and pat each other on the back and congratulate themselves they make millions of dollars doing this. Every once in a while they change their roles just like Pelosi Schumer have done a decade ago they are for this; a decade later they are for that; same issue they change to where they can get the best lobby money. People like the just mentioned are surrounded by money grabbing lawmakers just filling their bank accounts with orders from the outside. They could not care 2 cents about the issues all they have to be is 2 IQ points higher than the voters who vote for them. So next time you see these people in front of the mikes choose are they on RAW or Smackdown these so called lawmakers belong to the actors union just like the performers in the WWE. oh by the way wrestlers change shows every year. Don't let the Left know its not real and for havens sake keep quiet about the Easter bunny wait a couple of weeks so the bunny can get away.

  • Carl Smith

    04/19/2019 09:39 PM

    I can remember when mental Illness was treated in places called sanitoriums now we elect them to public office?

  • Patricia de la Tejera

    04/19/2019 09:35 PM

    God Bless America, Written by irving Berlin, author of many patriotic songs. Jewish immigrant from Russia. God Bless America , an all time American song. Pray for enlightment for the New York Yankees.

  • Jeanette B Dubose

    04/19/2019 09:26 PM

    I was so very proud of your daughter this morning on GMA.
    George should just shut up!
    No response necessary.
    Look forward to your news.

  • Titus John

    04/19/2019 08:56 PM

    Sarah had a slip of the tongue, huh? Maybe that's because her tongue is VERY slippery. It's not the lies themselves that disturb me so much as the ease with which she does it. Quite frankly, she appears to be demon possessed. It's Good Friday, Mike. REPENT!

  • Maureen Innis

    04/19/2019 08:43 PM

    When I first saw the news report on Marc Lamparello, when arrested, he said he had parked in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral because he had run out of gas. Police checked, and found that his car had plenty of gas. If his statement had been true, I'm asking why wouldn't he have used some of that gas in his two gas cans?

  • Paulette Taylor

    04/19/2019 07:41 PM

    Will we be having "unwords" puiblished by the PC police soon?

  • Floyd Kimmel

    04/19/2019 07:32 PM

    I see where don't do it vs the do it seems to be the new norm for the PC world.

  • Nancy A. North-Gates

    04/19/2019 07:25 PM

    I am a mini Kate Smith. I am often asked to sing God Bless America at various functions. My mother thought it should be the national anthem. I agree; it is in a good key for everyone. It was written by Irving Berlin during WWI out of patriotism which is why he didn't want royalties for it. :)

  • Brenda Eddy

    04/19/2019 07:15 PM

    Governor Huckabee, still love you and Sarah!
    I read all of your posts but this one made me laugh a lot on so many levels.
    Some of these such things included the various CNN hosts and Barr's statements to ignorant reporters.
    I'm happy that you continue to praise Trump when praise is due...especially on so many different issues pertaining to the USA.
    Yes, if I were living in CA, NY and IL...I'd leave too! American's aren't stupid!!
    God Bless America!
    and
    God SAVE America!

  • Dan Chalfant

    04/19/2019 07:05 PM

    Don’t forget Bing Crosby’s unforgettable black face performance in Holiday Inn!
    Most of Hollywood’s vaults would be emptied if this infatuation caught fire!

  • Bonner Smith

    04/19/2019 06:34 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, could you please detail the many ways in which our country and which can be known now and it populace have been harmed by the Muller witch hunt. Most likely many more will be discovered going forward, but for right now please let me know what is probable.