Good morning! Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Today's newsletter includes:
- CDC quietly reduces pediatric deaths from COVID
- WAPO admits truth: January 6 is all about the midterms
- Margot Cleveland offers "Spygate 101" primer
- And much more
Please pray for the victims of a mass shooting Saturday at the annual spring break car show in Dumas, Arkansas.
Two individuals reportedly got into a gunfight in a crowd. One person was killed and 27 injured, including two children, two of them under two years old. Most have already been released from the hospital. One suspect has reportedly been arrested, but so far, few details are known. I’ll have more information when it comes, but until then, again, please pray for the victims and for the end of all such mindless violence that’s destroying lives and communities.
1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
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2. CDC quietly reduces pediatric deaths from COVID
Here’s why the term “trusted public health officials” has become an oxymoron. After forcing mask mandates and vaccines onto young children against their wills and their parents’ wishes, the CDC just quietly removed 30,000 COVID deaths from its total, which reduced the number of pediatric deaths used to justify those policies by 24%. They blamed a “coding error.”
By their own data, children are far more likely to die of drowning, car accidents, flu, cancer, cardiovascular disease, homicide and even suicide than from COVID. I wonder if the draconian COVID measures they’re imposing on kids have any connection with why they’re more likely to die of suicide than COVID.
3. Excellent article on transgender encroachment on women's sports
Excellent article by Sister Toldjah at Redstate.com, about how the transgender encroachment on women’s sports is destroying a century’s worth of hard-won women’s rights.
It’s now led to the same situation that early suffragettes fought to overcome: men telling women that their views are wrong and irrelevant, and they need to sit down and shut up. Only now, it’s LGBTQ activists saying that to feminists who dare to speak up against men taking over women’s sports and private spaces. It’s also the most glaring example yet of something leftists claim is a cardinal sin: cultural appropriation.
4. Set the media predictions aside, Biden is unpopular
We’ve been hearing predictions from DNC PR media outlets for a while now that President Biden’s State of the Union Address was going to give him a big bounce and raise his basement-level approval ratings. Then we heard that the “rally ‘round the President” effect of the Russian-Ukrainian war would boost his approval. But it now seems official that he didn’t even get a dead cat bounce from either.
The new Rasmussen poll finds Biden at an all-time low approval rating of 38%. Sixty percent disapprove, and 50% “strongly disapprove.” Those aren’t the kind of numbers that tend to bounce back. They’re more like a deflated soccer ball. With a brick inside.
Overall, the latest Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Biden at 41.5% approval, 53.5% disapproval.
That second linked story also includes a number of reminders of media outlets that assured us the Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation and buried it to keep voters from knowing about it. Personally, I think that every story from now on should include a list like that, until the people responsible quit their jobs, don sackcloth and ashes, whip themselves, and beg the public’s forgiveness.
5. Ohio Victory
I’ve written before about how activist judges keep striking down Republican-drawn Congressional districts while allowing Democrat-gerrymandered districts to stand, making it harder for the Republicans to win back the House. But occasionally, a victory can be snatched from a defeat. That just happened in Ohio.
Democrats were celebrating the state Supreme Court striking down the Republican-drawn Congressional map, but then they discovered that the Court issued the ruling as a final judgement. That means if the Republicans draw up a replacement map, opponents can’t run crying back to the Supreme Court. They have to file a whole new lawsuit, which couldn’t possibly make it all the way to the Supreme Court before the November elections.
This means that Democrats will suffer the unspeakable tragedy of having to run in districts drawn by the elected representatives of the people rather than unelected judges. How can they possibly defend “democracy” under conditions like that?!
6. AINSWORTH: Miss Mannerly's column for today
by Laura Ainsworth, staff writer
Dear Miss Mannerly:
I am a highly respected journalist for a major, very-long-running and highly respected weekly television news show. On occasion, I am called upon to interview a particular person, a powerful but deeply frustrating individual, and I always try my best to conduct myself like the highly respected professional I am.
But he just makes it so hard! And not just for me –- none of my colleagues and friends can stand him or the people who support him. We don't care for his uncouth, bombastic style, although I must admit he was polite when I was interviewing him.
Being a seasoned, objective journalist who is always in pursuit of the truth, I have felt the need a couple of times to actually correct this man, on camera, right in the middle of our conversation. Perish the thought that I would allow misinformation in one of my interviews! I tried to do it as politely as possible, even calling him “sir” as I corrected him. But both times, stories came out later that showed him, technically, to be right, I suppose. In the last instance, I had told him a particular piece of evidence was ‘unverified” when apparently it was real. Goodness, that was an honest mistake. if it was real, why would our own FBI have chosen not to reveal it?
Anyway, now some are saying not only that I owe him an apology, but two apologies. How should I handle this?
If she is not mistaken, Miss Mannerly believes she saw both of those “Clueless” interviews. Here is what you should do, without delay:
Go to your desk and select two pieces of the most beautiful personal stationery you own. Hand-write, preferably in calligraphy if you are skilled in that area, two heartfelt thank-you’s to this gentleman for allowing you to interview him. Apologize profusely for correcting him on camera, and admit you were wrong –- wrong in your facts, and wrong to falsely “correct” him. Include an offer to issue an on-camera apology if he would like you to do this, admitting you were wrong and promising that it will never happen again.
Mail these two letters of apology under separate cover. On the flap of each envelope, it would be a nice touch to add a wax stamp with the CBS logo, to at least offer the impression that your colleagues are sorry as well. Perhaps the producers of your show would like to write separate letters of apology. Miss Mannerly assumes they are all very sorry, as she has heard on occasion that yours is a “sorry show.”
It would be thoughtful to send flowers as well; make sure the bouquet includes some purple lisianthus, the flower of appreciation and gratitude.
7. WAPO admits truth: January 6 is all about the midterms
Even the Washington Post has admitted, perhaps inadvertently, what the January 6 "investigation" is really all about for Democrats.
We won’t link to WAPO here, because they’re a paid subscription-only service and a propaganda rag --- a candy mint AND a breath mint --- but Tristan Justice at The Federalist offers a great report on the story. WAPO’s headline on Friday was “Jan. 6 committee faces a thorny challenge: persuading the public to care.” (Incidentally, they also ran an op-ed by esteemed former attorney general James Comey on March 7, “Every Jan. 6 case matters.” We think it matters, too, but for very different reasons.)
But here’s the Federalist’s piece from Sunday: “Democrats running the Jan. 6 Committee finally admitted the obvious: it’s a show trial all about the midterms.”
Democrats in Congress –- also “Republicans” Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney, who has devoted her congressional tenure not to representing the people of Wyoming but in securing a personal vendetta against Trump –- are dismayed because after 14 months, interest in their Priority-One “investigation” has grown tepid, even among many of their Democrat constituents. Gee, who would have thought that with skyrocketing gas prices, a lingering pandemic and the world suddenly becoming a giant powderkeg, Americans have had other things to think about? And those other things do NOT help Democrats.
The left is so concerned about this --- so desperate to have this one thing to run on --- that they’ve reportedly discussed hiring a journalist (correction: “journalist,” or maybe we should just go on and say “propagandist”) to write their reports and produce compelling videos that could be spread around the internet and played during their televised hearings. They’ve been talking about starting public hearings, ideally televised in prime-time (!), in April. According to the Democrat who chairs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, they intend to showcase “how Trump interfered with official congressional business through his false rhetoric and unlawful actions.” In other words, they want to say President Trump is a liar and a criminal. On prime-time TV. Before the elections.
(If they do hold those televised hearings, you’ll be happy to know that “we watch the news, so you don’t have to!” My writers tell me they deserve hazard pay for this assignment, due to the extreme toxicity.)
To show what kind of propagandizing we’re up against, a more recent write-up that we won’t link to, from the “social justice” website Truthout, included this paragraph: “Trump’s words were indeed incendiary. On the morning of January 6, 2021, he gave a speech to his loyalists in front of the White House, telling that their country was being ‘stolen’ and that they couldn’t take it back ‘with weakness.’ He then encouraged the mob to go to the Capitol while Congress was in session, certifying the Electoral College win for Biden.” NOT mentioned was that he told them to go “peacefully and patriotically” and that he never said anything about interfering with the process. Also not mentioned by the ironically-named "Truthout" was the fact that the people who moved the barricades and breached the Capitol were already there when Trump was speaking and didn’t even hear him.
Misinformation! Lack of context! Of course, Twitter and Facebook will suspend them immediately.
I digress. Anyway, Democrats want an interim January 6 report in addition to their final report, which will be timed to fall shortly before midterm voting starts. California Rep. Peter Aguilar told WAPO that they want to make sure their reports aren’t written in “Congressional Research Service” style but in a way that will engage readers. Here’s the key observation from the WAPO story, which gives Democrats’ real motive away:
“...A final report...will be published ahead of the November midterms –- with the findings likely a key part of the Democrats’ midterm strategy. They hope their recommendations to avoid another insurrection will be adopted, but also that their work will repel voters from Republicans who they say helped propel the attack.”
Most of us understand that the vast majority of Trump supporters who showed up for the Capitol Hill rally were simply exercising their constitutionally-protected right to assemble and protest. And according to an analysis done by The Federalist, only 8 of the 96 subpoenas issued by Nancy Pelosi’s inquisition went to individuals associated with violence at the Capitol. In addition to those 96 subpoenas, there are 100 more for the telephone records of individuals whose names are still under seal.
To the surprise of no one, the Committee is not even touching the legitimate security failures on that day, including Pelosi’s failure to provide security after thousands of National Guard troops had been offered by President Trump. Here’s an enlightening article from (of all places) CNN in July of last year, explaining where the Democrats were and were not willing to go in their “investigation.”
One thing the Democrats can in fact be gleeful about is the successful adoption into the lexicon of the word “insurrection” to describe that day’s riot. By any stretch of a sane person’s imagination, a small, ragtag group of unarmed people upset by what they saw as election fraud is NOT an attempt to overthrow the government of the United States. Neither is a crowd of mostly elderly and otherwise harmless people who entered the Capitol not knowing they were doing anything wrong. But thanks to a huge propaganda push, it became the mainstream go-to word, used routinely.
It was, of course, used in the WAPO piece, as seen above. And Arnold Schwarzenegger, who unfortunately has spent way too much time around the Kennedy family, used it in his otherwise-powerful video to the Russian people about the fight in Ukraine.
“And may I remind you,” Schwarzenegger said, “that I speak with the same heartfelt concern as I spoke to the American people when a wild crowd was storming the U.S.Capitol, trying to overthrow our government.”
News flash to Arnold: They were NOT trying to overthrow our government. But such a characterization is certainly in keeping with Tristan Justice’s observation on the anniversary of January 6: that the Democrats are using their lore about that day to substitute one hoax for another. It’s pure politics.
8. Margot Cleveland offers "Spygate 101" primer
In case you're not a regular reader of this newsletter or just could use an easy-to-follow summary on a complicated and ever-expanding story, here's the perfect solution, from Margot Cleveland.
She's put together what she calls "Spygate 101," summarizing the whole "Russia collusion" hoax in big-picture fashion. Without getting too deep in minutiae, it covers the so-called hacking of the DNC emails, the morphing of that scandal into a fake "Trump/Russia" scandal, the co-opting of that narrative by Hillary's campaign, the peddling of the fake story to the FBI, and the spying on Trump and associates, which continued into Trump's presidency.
Cleveland does her usual outstanding job telling this story in an understandable way, so we'd like to pass it along to you. If you know people who "don't get" the significance of it or throw up their hands trying to comprehend it all, they'd no doubt appreciate her effort, too.
PS. A personal note to reader Al P., who wrote to us on the subject of Durham's investigation of the DNC "hack": Yes, you are over the target.
Here’s today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated bulletins on Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
Among the latest headlines: Putin issued an ultimatum that the city of Mariupol surrender by 5 a.m. Monday, and Ukraine refused. President Biden will visit neighboring Poland, where about 1 million Ukrainians have fled. So far, about 10 million have reportedly evacuated or been displaced. And a big salute to the Florida gun maker that donated $200,000 worth of rifles to the Ukrainians.
The Biden Administration has finally found a group of foreigners it won’t let cross our border with no questions asked: Ukrainians fleeing genocide.
Finally, this is one of those stories with shadowy sourcing, so don’t rely on it. But it is interesting. It’s about a rumored plan by Russia’s secretive power elite to remove Putin and replace him with Aleksandr Bortnikov, head of FSB security agency, who I’m sure is already interviewing food tasters.
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