August 14, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
BE WARY OF CHINA
Many Americans have started boycotting things made in China, like clothes, toys, shoes and electronics. But one of China’s most dangerous exports to the US might come as a surprise: fake IDs. Just so far this year, the US Customs Bureau has seized over 55,000 fake ID documents, including driver’s licenses, and the vast majority come from China.
Customs officials say these fake IDs are good enough to fool the average person (the barcode on the Michigan licenses actually worked.) And these aren’t just associated with stereotypical “teenagers buying beer” fake ID crimes. These have been associated with immigration fraud, identity theft, human smuggling and sex trafficking. One fake driver’s license was on its way to a convicted child rapist in New York.
While all of this is chilling, and all the more reason to be extremely wary of dealing with China, what can the average American do about it? Well, maybe this story will help make young people think twice before sharing personal details with strangers and apps online. You know, like the social media apps that President Trump wants to ban because they come from China, are associated with the communist government, and are known to be gathering your personal information. Will all this at last convince young people that maybe Trump is right about something?
A NEW CAMPAIGN SLOGAN
I have a suggested campaign slogan for the Democratic Presidential ticket: “Vote For Biden/Harris And Be Unemployed In The Dark!”
That’s not just partisan palaver. Both Biden and Harris have vowed to do away with all fracking. Biden is also adamant about making the end of coal and fossil fuels a top priority. He brushed off concerns about all the jobs it will cost, and assured us there will be plenty of good new “green jobs” created by pouring tax money into solar and wind (you remember, the same plan that worked so well under Obama/Biden, when “green” cronies were showered with our money, then promptly declared bankruptcy.)
And what would be the effect of Biden’s shutdown of the fossil fuel industry? If you liked the results of the coronavirus shutdown, then you’ll love the findings of a new study, as reported by Beth Baumann at Townhall.com:
“According to the Global Energy Institute, if fracking were banned between 2021 and 2025, 19 million Americans would be out of jobs and the United States' GDP would drop by $7.1 trillion. Not only that but energy prices would go through the roof, ‘with natural gas prices rising by 324 percent, causing household energy bills to quadruple and the cost of living to increase by $5,661 for the average American. By 2025, the price of gasoline would double and government revenues would plummet by almost $1.9 trillion.’"
I might toss in that we would also once again be at the mercy of OPEC, and Russia would be vastly empowered by its ability to sell or withhold oil and gas to other nations.
The good news is that we would have plenty of shredded birds to eat, thanks to the millions of spinning wind turbines that would blight the land. Just don’t fire up the charcoal barbecue, though: I’m sure those will be illegal, too. As for cookin’ with gas, forget it. Even if you could get the gas, you wouldn’t be able to afford it.
A TIGER BY THE TAIL
Proving that the Democratic Party establishment knows that they have a tiger by the tail with their young socialist radical wing, they’re allowing AOC to speak at their “virtual convention,” but they’ve limited her speaking time…to one minute!
I can imagine the reasoning behind this: “We’ve GOT to let her talk to get all her Twitter followers to the polls, but how much damage can she do in just one minute of talking?” Which proves they’ve never really looked at her Twitter feed. It’s like she’s been practicing for years at doing the most damage to America and the Democratic Party with the least number of words.
RIP TRINI LOPEZ
By Pat Reeder
We are sad to report that singer Trini Lopez has died at 83 of COVID-19 complications in his longtime home of Palm Springs. He was born in Mexico but grew up in Dallas, so this is especially big and sad news for those of us here in Dallas where he’s always been considered a favorite son.
While Lopez was best known for his hit ‘60’s Latin-tinged rock versions of “Lemon Tree,” "La Bamba" and “If I Had A Hammer,” he released over two dozen albums and sold millions of records. He was a dynamic live performer and major nightclub draw, so many of his recordings were live.
He was also groundbreaking in a couple of ways. Unlike Richie Valens and other Hispanic performers, he refused to anglicize his name. The owner of his first label Volk wanted him to become “Trini Roper.” He told the Dallas Morning News that he threatened to quit: “I said ‘No.’ I told them Italians had made it as Italians, Jews as Jews, and Negroes as Negroes. I wanted to make it as a Mexican. No one of Mexican-American heritage had made it before in the entertainment world. I wanted to be the first.” The label owner backed off.
He may be the only singer who was “discovered” by both Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra. Holly saw him play in Wichita Falls and introduced him to his producer Norman Petty. After Holly was killed, Lopez briefly filled in for him with the Crickets.
Lopez said he arrived in L.A. broke and in a station wagon. Sinatra saw him at a West Hollywood club and signed him to an eight-year contract with his new Reprise label. That first LP, “Trini Lopez at P.J.’s,” launched him into stardom. The single “If I Had a Hammer” went to #1. That might explain why the 1965 movie “Marriage On The Rocks” stars both Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, but the only music comes when they go to a nightclub to see Trini Lopez.
Some other interesting Trini Lopez facts: He performed with the Beatles in Paris and got better reviews than them. When reporters told him the Beatles were leaving the next day for New York to debut on Ed Sullivan’s show, they asked him if he thought they’d be a hit in America. He replied, “I don’t think so.”
As a teenager in Dallas, he played at Jack Ruby’s Vegas Club. He recalled that “he paid me very little.”
The first song he ever wrote, and the first he recorded, was “The Right To Rock,” cut for the tiny Volk label in Dallas. It sounds as if it inspired the Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right To Party.” It went nowhere in 1958, but now it’s on YouTube.
He designed a line of Trini Lopez Guitars for Gibson that have been praised by artists such as U2’s The Edge and Dave Grohl. He also played a number of acting roles, from “The Dirty Dozen” to “Adam-12.”
And he was extremely active in charity fundraising and golf tournaments, one of the many reasons why he was so popular here in Dallas. He was helping a number of charities right up to the time of his death. Our sincere condolences to his family and his many fans.
CORRECTION: NOT SO GROUNDBREAKING
Other than a study finding that hydroxychloroquine cures the Chinese virus, I can’t think of any medical news less likely to get media attention than that a study cited by transgender activists to prove the effectiveness of “gender affirming” (what used to be called “sex change”) surgery has been debunked and retracted. So I’ll tell you about it here.
Last year, the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP) published a “groundbreaking” Swedish study. It reported that people with “gender dysphoria” were “’about six times as likely’ to have a mood and anxiety disorder health-care visit and far more likely to be hospitalized for a suicide attempt.” Hormone treatment seemed to have no effect on mental health problems, but “increased time since last gender-affirming surgery was associated with reduced mental health treatment.”
That study was used to tout the mental health benefits of body-altering surgery, promote it to young people who hadn’t even entered puberty, and silence any doctors or parents who questioned it by branding them as “transphobes.” Fortunately, some still dared to speak up against the study’s credibility. Finally, the AJP has issued a “correction” (they’re too timid to call it a retraction.)
A new analysis of the data “demonstrated no advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care visits or prescriptions or hospitalizations following suicide attempts in that comparison.” The AJP claims the initial findings were just “too strong” in their wording, but the American College of Pediatricians puts it bluntly, saying “the study, and transgender affirming interventions, now seem invalidated.”
This bolsters the arguments made not only by some brave doctors but also by many trans people who underwent surgery to remove their breasts and alter their genitals and now deeply regret it. Bottom line: the denial of the basic facts of biology and the politically-motivated promotion of dangerous hormone treatments and permanently-disfiguring surgeries to people (even children) who should have received psychological counseling instead was based largely on an incorrect study that actually found no benefits to the surgery.
Here are some more stories of the victims of this insane attempt to substitute political activism for sound medical science….
And this article theorizes that any reports of depression lifting related to the surgery might be due to all the high doses of estrogen beforehand. Once that’s pulled back, the patient’s depression returns even worse.
It’s long past time to get political activism out of medicine, whether it’s pushing the idea that chemicals and scalpels can turn a man into a woman or vice versa, or that a living child inside the womb or just out of it is a “clump of tissues” that we can choose to destroy for convenience and not a human being.
One of the oldest rules of medicine is, “First, do no harm.” Let’s bring that concept back.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)