May 28, 2019

Word of the day: JEJUNE.

If this were a spelling bee, the inevitable question would be, “Can you use it in a sentence, please?” Fortunately, Attorney General Bill Barr did just that in his recent interview with FOX News’ Bill Hemmer:

“It’s a very unusual situation to have opposition research like that,” Barr said, “especially one that on its face had a number of clear mistakes and a somewhat JEJUNE analysis.”

And if this were a spelling bee, the next inevitable question would be, “May I have a definition, please?” And here is the definition, from Merriam-Webster:

JE-JUNE (adj.) 1. devoid of significance or interest: DULL 2, juvenile, puerile

I suppose now we’ll need a definition of “puerile.” PU-ER-ILE (adj.) 1. juvenile 2) childish, silly

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Unfortunately, the ridiculous Christopher Steele “dossier” SHOULD have been devoid of significance or interest, but it wasn’t. So when Barr spoke of the analysis of it as “jejune,” he must have been thinking of definition #2, juvenile or puerile. The fantasy of Trump in a Moscow hotel, hiring prostitutes –- when he knew Russian authorities were watching every move he made –- to do some nasty things on a bed he assumed Obama had slept in is about the most puerile story imaginable. And anyone who takes such idiocy seriously without even bothering to fact-check the “number of clear mistakes,” such as the reference to a Russia embassy in Miami when none exists, is being childish.

And the FBI didn’t bother. So we’ve had three years of this...what’s the word, puerility? Try silliness, childishness. Even when State Department official Kathleen Kavalec informed the FBI of Steele’s inappropriate contact with her, which should have sparked a look into his political biases, mistakes, and other problems as a witness, if not discrediting him outright, they went right on and used him as a source for their FISA spying application. Why? Because they really, really wanted to SPY on the Trump campaign. Any other conclusion is jejune.

In Barr’s words, “And to use that [the Steele “dossier”] to conduct counterintelligence against an American political campaign is a strange –- would be strange development.”

The Huckabee team has been referring to the never-ending Trump investigations as an attempt at a “bloodless coup” for a long time. A growing pile of evidence supports our opinion. The screaming going on now about “Impeachment!!! Impeachment!!!” without specifics about what to impeach him over are just the latest incarnation of the coup. Reasonable people can disagree about the advisability or appropriateness of Bill Clinton’s impeachment, as opposed to perhaps a sanction, but at least we know he broke the law. He sat right there in front of God and everybody and lied his fanny off while under oath. It was a big deal. He lost his law license for a time over it. Whether you think it was right to ask him about his sex life in a civil lawsuit about his sex life is beside the point. He lied under oath while he was President of the United States.

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Contrast this with the current situation. Democrats seem to think the President serves at the pleasure of Congress, when the writers of the Constitution clearly did not mean that. Literally for years now, his political opponents have been trying to find charges that would somehow justify an impeachment, throwing around the word “treason” with such abandon that nobody seems to know or care what it means.

That is, of course, until someone uses it to describe what certain members of the FBI were up to. Then it’s time for the smelling salts. Liz Cheney made news on Sunday when she said on ABC News This Week that the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page “sound an awful lot like a coup” and could even be treason.

“I think what is really crucial to remember here is that you had Strzok and Page who were in charge of launching this investigation and they were saying things like ‘we must stop this President, we need an insurance policy against this President,’” she said.

“In my view, when you have people that are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup –- and it could well be treason and we need to know more,” she added.

On Shannon Bream’s Sunday show, former DOJ counsel Jamil Jaffer said, “The FBI’s doing the right things to get these problems taken care of. I think that when you go down the road of calling it a ‘coup’ or treason, that’s what happens in tin-pot dictatorships; that’s not what we do here in America; that’s not what the FBI and Justice Department’s about. They’re investigating themselves. The Congress is doing the investigations. We should see what comes out of those, rather than using those very strong words.”

Note the tape-loop reasoning: Coups happen in tin-pot dictatorships –- America is not a tin-pot dictatorship –- Therefore, this wasn’t a coup. Listen, nobody said coups can happen ONLY in tin-pot dictatorships. A republic is always at risk of being turned INTO a tin-pot dictatorship, and it can happen with breathtaking speed. A bureaucratic fiefdom, given enough power, has the potential to turn into its own tin-pot dictatorship, with the power to change history. I always hesitate to bring up Nazi Germany, but go back and look at how Hitler consolidated power in the 1930s.

Bream went on to point out what Charlie Kirk said in a tweet: “Imagine text messages about Hillary Clinton, written by leading FBI agents saying: ‘She won’t win. We’ll stop it.’ Or talking about an ‘Insurance Policy’ with the Deputy Director of the FBI. It would be treason! Why do Democrats think Strzok and Page should get away with it?”

Kirk is right --- If they had texted this way about Hillary Clinton, The New York Times would have run screaming headlines, and, yes, they would have used that word: “TREASON IN FBI!”

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So before we criticize Liz Cheney for using the T-word when it’s already been used to death, let’s go first to the U.S. Constitution, then once again to the dictionary. What is treason, really?

At the Conservative Media website, they point out that what Strzok and Page did was not technically treason as defined in the Constitution. In Article III, Section 3, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.”

(Hmm...what about a President who sends planeloads of secret money to a country that chants “Death to America?” Discuss amongst yourselves; pardon the digression.)

To quote Conservative Media further, “Over the last several years, politicians and political commentators have been using the word ‘treason’ with increasing frequency. The casual use of a word that describes a very specific and severe crime can only lead to the erosion and corruption of the word’s true meaning in the minds of the American people.”

Note that CNN and MSNBC are Exhibits A and B for this behavior. Also, in fairness to Liz Cheney, she did not say Strzok and Page’s activities WERE treason. She said they “could well be” and that we need to “find out more.” That we do. 

Moving to the dictionary, here’s the Merriam-Webster definition of “treason”:

TREA-SON (noun) 1. the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which one owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family. 2. the betrayal of a trust: TREACHERY

Other synonyms besides treachery include: backstabbing, betrayal, disloyalty, double-cross, perfidy, and some others that are actually much milder.

So what appears to be going on with the word “treason” is a move away from the constitutional definition and towards the broader dictionary definition. It appears that Strzok and Page and others in the Obama bureaucracy were involved in treasonous activity on SOME level; we just need to “know more,” as Cheney said, to be able to determine exactly what level that is.

To not acknowledge that is just to be jejune.



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  • joseph fierro

    05/03/2020 12:25 PM

    dear huck both dianne and i are solid long time huck and trump lovers we both pray for all of us with simple common sense and no lust for power. we both feel that trump has god on our side we both feel that pelosi is a very very mentally sick person we both feel that she is the devil incarnate we both feel that she belongs on the top floor of the nearest hospital. satan appears everywhere on earth and satan does posses and must be recognized ---as catholics we see pelosi as the vomit of the congress when she blasphems the beautiful catholic religion you see huck it is only the devil satan only who uses pelosi to attack the very brave president we both pray that kevin mcarthy and jim jordan and fox and huck and all those good souls fighting the satan that is as lou dobbs says the dems are namely the party of hate for it is so obvious all they and the entire left media do hate oh so much proud to say huck that i and son number one made it to the come on down ernie trump bash on aug 28 1915 i worked on 4 gulianni campaigns and i lost my balance from a stroke in 2010 wanted to but couldnt work for trump
    please please huck there is going to be massive massive voter fraud this year as satan will be with the party of hate and have the sick press left behind them also huck will we be seeing term limits next year with trump we both love you huck so much with your smile always and your great great show so filled with super guests -and hucik gotta leave you wiht our love for you and oh that just so magnificant daughter how we love her for topping the huckabe list dod do we love her self confidence and her huck smile and being a father we just love the proudnest that you and yours have for her. i hope this gets off ok as i also have a serious loss of sight thanks to a botched eye dr. love dianne and joseph

  • Mary Frances Ayars

    05/30/2019 10:22 AM

    If we can't apply the dictionary version of Treason to the people of their actions, they will probably get away with their Treachery on legal terminology. You can bet they are busy trying to white wash everything that could fit the definition. I hope rat traps are available to Barr but it just may be too entrenched and only the smallest rats will be caught.

  • Ben Johnston

    05/29/2019 05:36 PM

    By this dictionary definition of "treason," are there not several members of the House of Representatives guilty?

  • Jerry Korba

    05/29/2019 08:11 AM

    Mike maybe you can answer this question for me who watches or listens to the Main Stream outlets today? I have not watched any of the so called major networks in a couple of years with the exception of watching the local weather guesses for a few moments other wise I can get up to the minute weather on my phone. Fox news will show a moment or two of the moronic prescriptive thoughts of a few who control the message that will lead to socialism or communism in my view it is too mess with normal people and get them to just shake their heads in disbelief. I know people who buys into that garbage they usually are people who favor drug cartels they buy the product I think Pelosi and her mob are subsidized by the Mexican Cartel look at those foolish do nothing people. Old people like me fought against people like Pelosi ,Obama, and that mobs ideas, Islamic Radicals, Germany's Nazis, Japans Empire, China's world take over that is going on now Vietnam , what in the Hell do people like about that? Obama and his dislike for Christians and the Jews his likes for Iran Russia Syria Cuba and the rest of American Hating countries. Thats what the Media is about; who and why watch it go mow the lawn trim the bushes go to the beach do anything but watch that main stream networks propaganda it is start of your decay as an American.

  • Judy Pevonka

    05/29/2019 07:39 AM

    I think the leaders of the Dumacrat party and the congressmen who are so adamantly against the President embody the word "treason" as defined in Merriam-Webster; they have tried to overthrow him since he won the election. That he has stuck to his guns and not been cowed, at least publicly, is another reason to admire him. I know you have seen him up close and personal so you may have more insight than we the public are permitted to see. I pray for him every day and all who are working to make this country great. God bless our President and his family, and God bless those who support him and his plans!

  • Melody Ann Doyle

    05/28/2019 10:11 PM

    Superlative use of words, Governor Huckabee.Sometimes I think that some of the things that politicians come up with are picayune, but I get frightened by the way our country is headed. Lawmakers who don't follow the rule of law, the attack on family values, and the prevalence of of sexual abnormalities. The fact that a homosexual mayor of one of America's city is running for president, boggles my mind. First of all, it amazes me that was he ever elected to an office and second, God help us if he wins! And he has the audacity to call himself a Christian? Again, May God help our great nation. Thank you for continuing to speak the truth.

  • Alan Wolfson

    05/28/2019 10:02 PM

    Too many investigators by the Republicans with no tangible results. Until there are indicted officials I will not be convinced this is not another "dog and pony show."

    I support President Trump 100% and it should be clear to anyone with common sense not yet brainwashed by the LEFT that there was a real Coup and lots of treasonous activities.

    I want to see real results and accountability.

    Thank you for the opportunity to leave my comments.

    Alan Wolfson
    [email protected]
    Brewster NY


    05/28/2019 08:31 PM

    Someone needs to ask these really smart college-educated people if they ever had to read "Atlas Shrugged" while in school. If they did not
    then they surely should. It is the best description of a society that is slowly spiraling towards socialism or communism that anyone could ever read. It transpires slowly over time until the people that support it QUIT.

  • Robert Burton

    05/28/2019 07:59 PM

    Hi Mike, Dartmouth College is in Hanover NH. I have no idea where Dartmouth University might be. If you find it, please let us know. Thanks, Bob D'57

  • Chuck Walter

    05/28/2019 07:22 PM

    Re: Army Corps of Engineers comment about terrain be to difficult to build a wall. Has anyone thought of sending them a picture of the ‘Great Wall of China’?

  • Carol D. Gaglione

    05/28/2019 07:17 PM

    Oh My God! Gov Huckabee. We Americans are so fed up with these continuous threats on President Trump. After 8 years of watching as President Obama ruined our country, now 2 years of this! Many of us are just not listening to news anymore. I'm an 82 year old senior and I can remember when elections were more trustworthy. Maybe it's because I was young in the 50's but our America seems to be collapsing. I love my country and want it saved. I believe God put Donald Trump in the Presidency. I pray for him every day. Thanks for all you do to help us understand what is happening. I never dreamt I would live to see babies killed in the womb and chances of losing our religious freedom.

  • Firewagon

    05/28/2019 06:47 PM

    " being childish." I read it as a more Shakespearian story to effect a Coup D'état, by providing FALSE accusations!

  • Mike Grayson

    05/28/2019 06:27 PM

    The dossier may have been jejune, but the actions of Strzok, Page and others is anything but jejune. I'm praying that everything is exposed and anyone who did anything wrong is brought to justice.

  • Paul T. Kern

    05/28/2019 05:16 PM

    It's only treason when a conservative can be accused. It's protecting the democracy when a liberal does it. If you believe the filth spewed out daily by fake news and what's taught from kindergarten to higher education

  • Terry Hosmer

    05/28/2019 05:07 PM

    There are a few people who would not call these acts treason, higher echelon Democrats, democratic politicians, never Trumper's and CNN.

  • Rev. Sam Martin

    05/28/2019 05:00 PM

    I am sick of all this talk and no action. When is someone going to jail..

  • Eileen voisin

    05/28/2019 02:58 PM

    Mike I agree with Liz Cheney .i also hope and pray that Barr will track all this abuse about President Trump.Its a good thing he is a strong man as this coup is real .I do believe with God on a side all of this abuse against him will help him get elected .Congrs on The Wonderful Daughter You Share With Us .A first class lady she really is .She must have the Patience of Jobe.Love your a Newsletter .

  • William Taylor

    05/28/2019 02:05 PM

    To say that the Steele dossier should not be believed because it included far-fetched stories is not reasonable because we know from payments to Stormy Daniels by Trump and to, at least, one other woman that Mr. Trump is not beyond doing something ‘far-fetched. I also think that you should note that the ‘insurance policy’ has another explanation and it could also be true and that is the investigation into Russia activities around the Trump 2016 campaign was proceeding slowly, as an ‘insurance policy’, because it was expected that Hillary Clinton would win. The assumption, I think, was IF Mr. Trump won, the investigation could be completed and IF collusion was found then it could be addressed.

    I also think you should consider again that if ex-FBI director, James Comey, had been determined to ensure Hillary Clinton would win, he would not have ‘re-opened’ the ‘Hillary Clinton email investigation’ just weeks before the election and announced it to the public....right?

    Thanks for your kind consideration of my thoughts on this.

  • Jim Hunter

    05/28/2019 01:56 PM

    Without you Gov I wouldnt know what the hell is goin on . God Bless You Gov

  • Robert McFate

    05/28/2019 01:54 PM

    You raised an interesting point with the Constitutional definition of treason. Could not the action of the DemonRATs be construed as treason? By their very action they have divided the country therefore giving aid to the enemy because of Trump being stop in his efforts to protect our boarders, stopping his efforts to renegotiate trade deals to strengthen the economy, etc. Every move he make to better the country is defiantly opposed by them which aid any and all of our enemies!

  • rodney burke

    05/28/2019 01:33 PM

    Highest praise for Liz Cheney for being one of the few adults in the room and telling it like it is. Treason, yes, that has been committed per your definition. Time for PC is over. I agrees, this entire affair is SO juvenile. It to me, was a farce from the beginning. If DT thought the bed had Barry or Michael's cooties on it still, he could have asked for another room. The claim is Junior high level.

    "Insurance policy" "He won't get elected will he?" "Got to stop him" how else can we interpret this but treason, coup advocated? Now that all the emails are out and the dossier is read, this is a juvenile attempt to stop a presidency by any means possible. does Nancy leaving and the armed man captured lead to any other conclusion? These people are mature adults an some lawyers and this was the best they could do?

    We ARE in deep trouble! Worst yet is all the players were dead certain hilary would win and no one would ever know. Heh, heh God did. Prayers were answered, I have no doubt. We need to call it for what the actions were "Treason" "Coup". these are capital offenses done knowingly. Since we now know barry was spying as early as 2012, this is so far beyond Watergate, there is no longer a comparison. It should scare 320 million Americans to the core!

    Worse, the audacity of the players. It's PAST time for the tribunals and hangings. DOJ, FBI, CIA and the house need to see empty seats. Families need to know some are guilty of "crimes against the people of the United States of America". The press also needs to be hit hard for its role in this entire affair. They are too obvious to ignore.

  • Robert H. Reese

    05/28/2019 01:26 PM

    Dear Governor,
    It is my hope the AG'S final report will present APODICTIC (proof beyond a shadow of a doubt) proof of criminal behavior resulting in numerous indictments of all the bad actors involved. Further, I hope the AG's report will include investigation of the treasonous Uranium One scandal. Please do not let this crime be forgotten. Thank you.

  • Patience Willey

    05/28/2019 01:17 PM

    “Et tu, Brute”!