Evening Edition - July 14

July 14, 2018 |

Starbucks back in the news

It seems like only yesterday (it was) that I quoted James Thurber's wisdom that "You might as well fall flat on your face as bend over too far backward."  And now, thanks to our virtue-signaling PC culture, here I am doing it again. 

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/12/starbucks-straw-ban-will-see-the-company

 

Abolish ICE?!?

House Democrats are outraged (I know, what else is new?) at Speaker Ryan for scheduling a vote on the bill they introduced to abolish ICE.  They never thought they'd actually have to go on record as standing by the ridiculous things they say to incite mobs!  Why do I keep thinking of Gene Wilder in "Young Frankenstein"?... 

 "Don't you people know a JOKE when you hear one?!!"

http://freebeacon.com/politics/3-democrats-wont-vote-for-own-bill-to-abolish-ice/



"Huckabee Preview"

It’s summer rerun season on TV, but not on “Huckabee” on TBN, where we have another great new show coming your way tonight!  Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch will join me to discuss the nomination of Brett Kananaugh to the Supreme Court and the left’s epic public meltdown over it. I’ll discuss the decline of civility and racial division with the brilliant Dr. Christopher Metzler.  You’ll meet an inspiring Huck’s Hero, and a couple whose tragic loss of their young daughter led to a miraculous crusade that is saving countless lives.  Plus barbecue king John McLemore will share backyard recipes and tips, and smoke up some fantastic food for us to enjoy as we listen to the soul-stirring music of the gospel vocal group, Zion’s Joy.  All that and more is coming your way at 8 EST, 7 CST tonight (repeated at 11 EST and the same times on Sunday.)  For a local channel locator and to watch previous shows and clips, visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee   

 

 President Trump in Europe

President Trump is continuing his European visit in Great Britain.  So far, he’s outraged the Europeans by telling them that NATO nations need to live up to their obligation to pay more for their own security, that Britain’s exit from the EU is taking too long and being handled badly, that a selectively-edited interview with him was “fake news,” and that open borders and unfettered immigration are causing terrible problems for Europe.  European leaders responded by crying that he’s wrong, without specifying about what. 

And some Londoners (but far fewer than predicted), who live in a city whose leadership has responded to rising crime by banning guns for the law-abiding and then knives and then suggesting that maybe knives should be made less sharp (none of them are the sharpest knives in the drawer), took to the streets for a protest that embarrassed them more than it did Trump. Even their Bizarro World Macy’s Parade Anti-Trump Balloon was an embarrassment.  Maybe they should spend less time whining about Trump and more time looking for jobs so they wouldn’t have time to waste clogging the streets during daylight hours.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/london-trump-baby-balloon-total-flop/


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Meanwhile, if Europeans would like a much-needed demonstration of how to behave with grace, elegance, charm and dignity, don’t look to politicians, and Heaven knows, don’t look to the childish protesters.  Look to America’s First Lady, who quietly and tactfully schooled them all.   

https://www.westernjournal.com/melania-trump-greets-vets-plays-lawn-bowls-children-uk/

I would also like to add, on a personal note, how proud I was to see the White House Press Secretary accompanying the POTUS and FLOTUS to tea with Queen Elizabeth II.  I wish her grandparents could have been alive to see that.  For them, being invited to a catfish fry at City Hall in Hope, Arkansas, would have been hard to imagine. 

 

Democrat objections

I knew the Democrats’ objections to Trump SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh were mostly just fill-in-the-blank leftist boilerplate, but could they at least take the time to fill in the blanks with the right name?  Their prefab hysteria has become so rote that they can’t even seem to make the effort anymore to pretend to be sincere.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/democrats-official-anti-kavanaugh-ad-backfires-photo-wrong-man/

 

 Amen Congress, bring this bill home

Here’s some good news: a bipartisan bill is advancing in Congress that would let people write off the cost of gym and health club memberships and exercise classes as a medical expense.  There are more details at the link.

I’ve argued for years that the main reason we spend so much money on health care in America is that we focus on cures rather than prevention.  The vast majority of health care spending goes toward dealing with chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease that can be prevented with proper diet and exercise.  The government lets you write off the cost of taking pills to try to control the disease and going to the hospital when it’s out of control, but not fitness programs to keep it from developing in the first place.  It makes about as much sense as our tax system that lets you write off losses but punishes you for being productive.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/your-gym-membership-could-soon-earn-a-tax-break

 

 Other sweeteners...

I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: if you have any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in your pantry, the CDC says throw it out or return it to the store.  It’s been linked to a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened about 100 people in 33 states. 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/do-not-eat-this-cereal-cdc-links-honey-smacks-salmonella

And if you’re thinking you might trade the sweetened cereal for the healthier option of a McDonald’s salad, here’s more bad news…

 http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/07/13/mcdonalds-salads-linked-to-dozens-illnesses-in-iowa-illinois.html

 


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A Myanmar refugee Huck's Hero

There were many Huck's Heroes involved in the rescue of those 12 young boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.  But did you know that one of the true heroes was only 14 years old and was one of the trapped kids?

Myanmar refugee Adul Sam-on can speak five languages, and he was able to translate and coordinate communications between all the rescuers and the boys.  To American students who complain about having to study different languages, take note: you never know what kind of a jam it might rescue you from someday.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/thai-cave-miracle-hero-refugee-boy-14-speaks-five-languages-helped-co-ordinate-dramatic-rescue-084625457.html

Robert Mueller's Russian military indictments

Chalk up another victory in the new Cold War that's incongruously being fanned up by the left: Robert Mueller has obtained grand jury indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly hacking into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party and releasing tens of thousands of emails  and memoes deemed "politically damaging" (i.e., they revealed to the voters what was actually being said and done) in a "sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election."

At this point, before Democrats hyperventilate, I should note that the announcement stressed that no Americans were involved and the hacking had no effect on changing any ballots.  So sorry, Trump really is the President, and he will stay that way.

 I would also add that if a relentless prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, this is the equivalent of indicting a dozen bowls of borscht.  Mueller previously made a media splash by indicting several Russian companies, apparently assuming they would never show up in court to answer the charges and demand to see his evidence.  Oops, one of them did!  Major embarrassment that Mueller has been backtracking away from furiously.  This time he must be hoping to avoid a similar fiasco by indicting 12 Russian spooks who are about as likely to show up in an American courtroom as I am at a Peter Fonda movie.

On the plus side, at least this investigation has finally targeted someone or something remotely related to its mission.  We should be doing everything possible to discourage foreign interference in our elections (although, curiously, Democrats who are so exercised over unverified "Russian collusion" rumors don't seem to mind letting non-citizens actually vote.)

Still, it's hard to work up too much rage at Russia for hacking into US secrets when the people charged with protecting them were reportedly using "password" as a password and sending classified documents over an unsecured homemade server stored in the bathroom next to the Glade air freshener.  

If you're dumb enough to leave your car in a bad neighborhood with the windows down and the key in the ignition, and someone steals it, sure , it's still a crime; but don't expect me to feel a lot of sympathy for you.  Or vote for you for President. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/12-russian-intelligence-officers-charged-hacking-dnc/

 

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  • Tom Hutton

    07/16/2018 12:58 PM

    Mike, I signed up to continue receiving the Evening Edition twice during the signup period but it stopped coming. I would like to start receiving it again. Since I had difficulty, many others might have also!

  • Norma Blatz

    07/15/2018 11:08 PM

    Peter Strzok's demeanor and attitude during the public hearing is the epitome of why many people do not like or trust law inforcement

  • Patty Helms

    07/15/2018 04:13 PM

    Interesting read about the straws. I always use a straw when we eat at a restaurant. After working in a hospital laboratory for 25 years, I have noticed that waitresses bring patrons their drinks by holding glasses by the rim...where my mouth drinks from! They also don't wash their hands in between refilling patrons water or tea. So I have always asked for a straw, for that reason alone.....germs on the glass from touching the rim.
    Thank you,
    Patty

  • Jeanne Bullock

    07/15/2018 02:17 PM

    Hi just to let you know I am very proud of your daughter the White House Press Secretary. She is doing a wonderful job.
    Blessings Jeanne Bullock

  • John Johnson

    07/15/2018 11:18 AM

    Time for Jeff Sessions to resign!

  • Mitch Sanders

    07/15/2018 09:59 AM

    Spot on, Mr Huckabee! I hope your daughter is safe and returns home with some borscht after Helsinki. The unindicted kind of course.

  • Walter Hinds

    07/15/2018 05:13 AM

    Thank you ... I enjoy reading your post. You have a very Beautiful Daughter.

  • Kelley Dufour

    07/14/2018 11:53 PM

    Hello Mr. Huckabee,
    I really enjoy your commentary.
    You have a great sense of humor. I know I can always get a good chuckle when reading your newsletters !!
    And I think your daughter is amazing!! You & your wife must be beaming with pride.
    Sincerely,
    Kelley Dufour

  • William and Doris Huston

    07/14/2018 11:51 PM

    Thanks for the reference to the First Lady's article and photos in England. Also, thank you for all you do and thank you for your show. We wish we could have tasted the meat you smoked in tonight's show!
    Will you show us any photos of Sarah with the President and First Lady visiting with Queen Elizabeth II? We'd love to se something! What an experience for Sarah. We are glad she was able to share in that with all the abuse she has to take daily from the press. She certainly deserves the best treatment. God bless you all!

  • Michael Galloway

    07/14/2018 09:52 PM

    In a recent Huckabee Evening Edition it was stated that Democrats were helping FBI attorneys to help Peter Strzok to avoid answering questions - IMAGINE THAT !!

    With the mid-term elections approaching quickly will the Republicans just sit back and let the history of the Democrats, especially the history of the past almost ten years go unnoticed and unmentioned ?!!! Sadly, they probably will. Will Americans, particularly conservative Americans who want our country back, will they just stay home. The liberal left and the Democrats are hoping so. Will the liberals go to the voting booths in greater numbers fueled by their believing the lies and deceptions of the Democrat Party and maybe even paid to do so- I hope not, but Republicans, conservatives, patriots, Christians, etc. better not become complacent for the mid-term elections !!

    Don't really believe or have major questions about the twelve Russians being indicted for meddling in the 2016 elections. I and I surely hope a huge majority of Americans (or at least the 63+ million who voted for Trump) are more concerned about Hillary selling uranium to the Russians, about the crooked FBI leaders and agents who worked (and still working) against our president, about the DNC and the voter fraud and meddling and the list goes on and on. Much more concerned about that !!! And why is Mueller even still investigating anything?
    Sadly, so much corruption and crime swept under the rug. We have an attorney general (Jeff Sessions) who appears to do nothing about any of it. Even more sad, seems for certain that the scales of our countries justice system is way out of balance. One system for the elites and politicians where nothing happens and one for every one else. If any of us in the second two tier system would have done a third or less than crooked Hillary, Lynch, Holder, Comey, Strzok and the list goes on and on, we'd already been in jail.

    A Meme on FB seems to be making a lot more sense, even in our world today- a Meme that shows some of the above mentioned crooks and treasonous traitors and states our forefathers would have already hung them for treason !!!! Our forefathers would be astounded and gravely concerned that we have allowed so many to work against our country, our constitution and our way of life and have thus far gotten away with it !!!!

  • Geneva Eads

    07/14/2018 09:39 PM

    Thank you for your columns...news that isn't wrapped in fluff....Your reporting is straight forward and to the point, with a bit of humor mixed in. How refreshing.

  • Peggy S Nelson

    07/14/2018 08:49 PM

    Hi Governor Huckabee, another wonderful read. I was amazed to learn about the 14 year speaking so many languages. It says a lot about how intelligent he is. The democrats are on a never ending slipper slope to falling over the cliff in November.

  • Donna Beggs

    07/14/2018 08:16 PM

    The reason I'm using Humana for my health insurance is because they do pay my YMCA membership! I hope Congress does act on that bill!

  • Darlene F. Donston

    07/14/2018 07:49 PM

    I saw a picture of Sarah sitting in that chair this morning have a cup of tea and I said to my Husband how lucky she is to have an opportunity to take that trip over there with the President and the First Lady. I bet you and your wife are so proud of her! I know I am! All the other on here I agree with you! I spent 53 years in CA starting in 1960 and we moved here to E. TN in 2013 and I can't begin to tell you how much we need ICE. We lived in Whittier and then moved to Anaheim Hills in 1971 and I remember they raided companies for Illegals back then. The owners were not supposed to hire them even, but they did. Southern CA is just over run with them, it is just a good thing we have ICE, because they do a good and dangerous job for us! Thanks for your newsletters every day, we do watch FOX News & Business every day but dreading the day when they sell out. London has gone downhill since the Muslim Mayor, so we will not be taking any more trips to London.......such a shame!

  • Rodney J. Kemp

    07/14/2018 07:27 PM

    The Current WH Press Secretary is Class, class, class. Probably genetics and good parenting. Kudos to her parents.
    Rod Kemp
    Mount Albert, Ontario

  • Michelle Bradbury

    07/14/2018 07:14 PM

    Thank you for saying what I’ve been thinking which is that the Russians only exposed what the dems where really saying. They didn’t make up any info that would make the dems look bad. The dems did that all on their own. I think they must be angry that the Russians didn’t release Trump dirt. Well, the media had already dug up everything that could be found on Trump so not much for Russians to find. Kinda leveled the playing field if you ask me.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    07/14/2018 07:04 PM

    The new straw ban is the usual half-baked, knee jerk reaction from the left to any problem - real or perceived. As is typical, little or no thought went into the new mandate, like how many manufacturing companies would be impacted by this ban, or how would people manage without sturdy straws available to them in public? It's the same old liberal remedy applied to every dilemma; killing the chickens will stop the fox from getting into the hen house.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    07/14/2018 06:50 PM

    The Starbucks CEO is so full of it, his...eyes are brown ;-} PHOTODEGRADABLE PLASTICS have been around for years - don't believe me, just Google it. By investing in such a technology, they could do a real service - but they are more concerned with jumping on a PC bandwagon. There are now 6-pack " holders that can't go around poor little sea creatures necks - but the " greenies " ( I submit they aren't really green, but just people born too late for the 60's looking for a cause to protest about ) haven't heard about photodegradable 6-pack holders, so one of them invented a plastic holder that uses about 10X the plastic and is much harder to free the cans from - instead of using the photodegradables; Hildebeest calls them photodeplorables ;-} http://www.ringleader.com/questions.html

    On an interesting, and somewhat depressing note, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science are both talking about taking away scientific " honors " from those merely accused of harassment. No definition of harassment in their ca-ca, just more grant-writers trying to jump on a PC bandwagon - just like the aforementioned greenies ;-}

  • Julie Howard

    07/14/2018 06:44 PM

    Good evening Governor - Could you please tell me where we can view the results from the polls that you send out. I am interested in seeing the results of the SCOTUS pick. Love your sense of humor in your tweets too!

    Thank you.