April 24, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
STEELE "WIPED" HIS DOCUMENTATION, AND NOT WITH A CLOTH
Remember, when most of the news is, “all coronavirus, all the time,” much more of consequence is still going on. In addition to bringing you virus news, we’ve been trying to call attention to the stories that, without COVID-19 sucking all the air out of the room, would rightly be front and center. And there’s a stunning story that broke last night about British ex-spy and creative anti-Trump fiction writer Christopher Steele.
Chuck Ross of THE DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION has obtained the transcript to a deposition from March 17-18 by Christopher Steele for a defamation case in Britain related to the “dossier.” This was a suit brought against Steele by the owners of Alfa Bank –- Petre Aven, German Khan, and Mikhail Fridman –- over a memo in the “dossier” that claimed they had made payments to Vladimir Putin. Their lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, was challenging Steele on the accuracy of that memo, and also his relationship with his “primary sub-source” for the information.
Since the IG report contains a rebuttal from Steele’s lawyers that mentions recordings and documents “meticulously” backing up his information, Tomlinson asked Steele about their existence. Conveniently, they do NOT exist; it’s impossible now to say how “meticulous” they were. And the source himself has testified to the FBI that Steele exaggerated and/or misrepresented what he had said, which was only “rumor and speculation.” Here’s how the questioning of Steele by Alfa Bank’s lawyers went:
MOST GAME-CHANGING TWEET OF THE WEEK
It’s now been determined that the earliest known death of someone who had the coronavirus in the US was a San Jose, California, woman who died on February 6 (20 days earlier than the previous earliest-known deaths) after getting over flu-like symptoms in late January. That means she had to have been infected in mid-January.
Conclusion: all the blaming of Trump for the virus being in the US because he didn’t react immediately to intelligence briefings he got about it in January is garbage because by then, the virus was already here and infecting Americans. It became a pandemic because CHINA – where the CHINESE/WUHAN virus originated – covered it up, lied to the world, and did nothing to stop international travel from spreading it.
So mainstream media outlets, please take this down: China is to blame for the pandemic, NOT Trump.
That’s CHINA! “C-H-I-N-A.” That is all.
POLICE UNION SAYS NO TO HOUSTON JUDGE
In Harris County, Texas (Houston), Democrat Judge Lina Hidalgo ordered the county’s 4.7 million residents to wear face masks in public at all times with very limited exceptions, or face a fine of up to $1,000, a ruling that Houston’s Democratic mayor agreed with. But Republicans, many residents and the Houston Police Officers Union definitely did not agree. Critics say that encouraging and urging mask use is fine, threatening to arrest and fine people for not doing it crosses the line into unconstitutional tyranny.
In fact, the police union flatly refused to enforce it, saying that while they believe everyone should be wearing a mask in public, “we draw the line at the draconian measures Hidalgo has decided to engage in. Our officers work every single day to bridge the gap with our community and earn their trust, we will not stand idly by and allow Hidalgo to tear that bridge down, with her horrific leadership and echo chamber decision making.”
As the story above details, other police and sheriff’s departments around the country are also refusing to enforce draconian, contradictory (landscapers are allowed to work outside, building contractors aren’t, etc.) and most of all, unconstitutional edicts by judges. You know you’ve overreached your powers when even the cops are telling you to put your legal threats where the sun doesn’t shine.
To show how seriously locals are taking Judge Hidalgo’s commands, a hilarious typo in a graphic from KPRC-TV went viral nationally. It read that the Judge ordered everyone over the age of 10 to cover their faces with either masks, scarfs or “bananas.”
As a public service, and since so many judges are now issuing rulings that are so bananas they sound like a Monty Python sketch, here’s what to do if you are attacked by a masked person with a banana.
DEBLASIO STUNNED TO LEARN CRIMINALS COMMIT CRIME
New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has let about 1400 inmates out of jail to keep them from getting the coronavirus. Meanwhile, he’s set up a snitch hotline, which presumably would help put law-abiding citizens in jail for not following the strict anti-virus guidelines that he doesn’t follow himself.
As noble as all that sounds, turns out there’s a fly in the oatmeal. DeBlasio has been stunned and disheartened to learn that some of the criminals he let out of jail have gone back to committing more crimes. Imagine that! At least 50 were arrested, and some were let free again. Who could have seen that coming? Certainly not hizzonor, who said, “I think it’s unconscionable just on a human level that folks were shown mercy, and this is what some of them have done.”
Yes, it is unconscionable that some people don’t seem to have a conscience, and so they commit crimes against others. Those people are called “criminals,” and that’s why we have these places called “jails” where most civic leaders are smart enough to keep criminals.
And speaking of people who are fuzzy on the concept of who should be in jail, an Idaho woman is facing a possible $1000 fine and six months in jail for having a yard sale that authorities deemed to be a “non-essential business.” News flash: when you're forced out of work for over a month, a yard sale can become pretty essential.
1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 7:44 AM): 869,172 DEATHS: 46,785 RECOVERIES: 80,934(Reported recoveries)
TESTS GIVEN: 4,684,300
Source: The Covid Tracking Project
A GROWING MOVEMENT OF POLYGAMISTS
If you remember back when the Supreme Court found a previously well-hidden right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution, opponents warned that it would open the gates to all sorts of other “alternative lifestyle” groups demanding similar rights, such as polygamists. Of course, people who said that were quickly labeled bigots, reactionaries and homophobes.
And now, here’s a story about the growing movement of polygamists demanding that society normalize and legalize their “lifestyle.” Not surprisingly, California is one of the places where they’re working with local officials to designate “relationship structure” as a new protected class.
I warn yOu, the article at the link is long and detailed, and not for young eyes. It might also elicit reactions ranging from anger to disgust. And this quote from one of the polygamy activists might make your eyes roll into the back of your head and never come back: “We don’t live in a monogamous society. We live in a society in which people pretend monogamy is the norm.”
That’s rich, coming from people who decry the very idea of “norms,” then insist that they’re the norm. Meanwhile, their denial of the concept of monogamy is undermined by their own logo, a cartoon parrot (“Polly”…get it?) “Huckabee” writers Pat Reeder and Laura Ainsworth (a monogamous married couple) rescue parrots and cockatoos and live with a dozen of them, and here’s what Pat has to say about that:
“This is an insult to parrots. Most parrots mate for life and are fiercely monogamous. We took in one Amazon because he became so bonded to his owner that he would attack and try to kill her husband. This is not unusual. If you want a symbol for this movement, try a tom cat, but leave parrots out of it.”
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
1 Chronicles 29:14 (KJV)