From my show monologue:
Welcome to a very special edition of the Huckabee Show here on TBN. Special because we are now in our 2nd week of the Coronavirus version, without our studio audience, our guests coming to us mostly from their homes via Skype, and your host actually in government-imposed exile, some 461 miles from our theater and coming by way of a fiber-fed transmission line from a virus-free studio.
The Coronavirus and the resulting shut-down of our nation is proving to be a genuine hardship for all Americans, especially those in the service sector whose jobs virtually disappeared overnight, and for many, may not return. The travel and tourism industry is decimated. The stock market imploded, and of all things, toilet paper became a more precious commodity (or should I say commode-ity) than dollar bills. If you are from the rural south and grew up several decades ago, you weren’t worried about the toilet paper shortage—you knew just to eat more corn on the cob…and save the cobs. When I mentioned that on Twitter, I was excoriated for my lack of sophistication. But I ask my snobby critics, so what is YOUR solution when there’s no Charmin to squeeze? I don’t think I even want to know.
Are there any positive things to come from this pandemic and the economic and social disaster it’s caused? You bet. For one...
RIP, Harlem Globetrotters Great, Curly Neal
By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture guru Pat Reeder
I’m sad to report that Fred “Curly” Neal, legendary star of the Harlem Globetrotters, has died this week at home in Houston at 77.
Starting in 1963 and over his 22-year tenure with the clown princes of basketball, Neal played in over 6,000 games, spreading joy and laughter to 97 nations. He and his late teammate Meadowlark Lemmon became the most iconic Globetrotters of all time, beloved even by people who knew nothing about regular basketball, even though Curly’s superhuman dribbling and shooting skills were the envy of many an NBA player. Neal was also famous for his big smile, silly on-court antics, and shaved head that inspired the ironic nickname “Curly.” His #22 jersey is one of only eight retired by the team in its 82-year history.
Take a break from the stressful news by watching this compilation of some of his amazing on-court moments, naturally set to the tune of “Sweet Georgia Brown”:
Baby boomers who grew up with Neal and Lemmon will no doubt also remember the animated version, from such Saturday morning Hanna-Barbara staples as “The Super Globetrotters” and the live-action “Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine” in 1974-’75. As long as you’re on YouTube, why not mix a big glass of Nestle's Quik, grab a couple of Pop Tarts and linger in the happy past a little longer with this episode from the first season of the animated series? Extra points to anyone who recognizes the voice of Meadowlark. Here’s a hint: he’s a Shining talent of the era.
PS – I apologize if this cartoon is insensitive and triggering to any hillbillies.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Hillary Clinton just proved once again that if there’s any role she’s less fit for than President, it’s comedian.
I hope you all have constitutions like “Mr. P.” the anonymous man in Rimini, Italy, who is already home and recovering from the COVID-19 virus. He’s 101 years old and was born in 1919, during the Spanish flu pandemic, becoming the only known person to have survived both deadly worldwide pandemics, over a century apart.
The mayor called his recovery “truly extraordinary” and said he gives us all hope. She said his story teaches us that even at 101 years, "the future is not written." I’ll bet that when the future is written, Mr. P. will still be around to write it.
Inspiring Video: A Chino, California, high school choir that had to miss a dream trip to compete in Boston made the best of it by coming together in harmony over the Internet to share their rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with the world.
For a long time now, we’ve been covering the slowly-unraveling scandal of the FBI’s disregard for evidence laws and due process rights in targeting President Trump and his associates. Now, there is growing evidence that such prosecutorial misconduct is so widespread within the agency that it may lead to the collapse of the FBI’s other major high-profile case. It’s the operation that indicted a number of wealthy parents, including “Full House” star Lori Laughlin and her fashion mogul husband, Mossimo Giannulli, for allegedly bribing admissions officials to get their kids into top colleges.
This week, attorneys for Laughlin and other parents targeted in the sting asked a judge to throw out the charges against them on grounds of “extraordinary misconduct” by federal prosecutors. They claim the defense was blocked until recently from seeing exculpatory notes made by the alleged mastermind of the scheme, Rick Singer, and that the notes show Singer said federal agents yelled at him and bullied him to lie and say that he told the parents the payments were bribes going to the coaches, not donations going to an athletic program as they thought; and tried to force him to trick parents into saying on recorded phone calls that they knew they were paying bribes. The feds say it doesn’t matter whether Singer called them “donations” or “bribes,” it’s still an illegal quid pro quo. But the defense says if that’s the case, why go to so much effort to falsify evidence to use against the parents?
Nearly two dozen parents have pleaded guilty to the charges already, leading to fines and jail time, including actress Felicity Huffman. This is hardly proof that all those people were innocent victims – Huffman, for instance, seemed genuinely contrite for paying $15,000 to a proctor to correct her daughter’s SAT test – but it does throw even more mud stains on the once spotless reputation of the FBI and suggest that just because someone is indicted on high-profile charges, we shouldn’t assume it’s an open-and-shut case. Yet another reminder of why the endangered right to presumption of innocence must be protected.
New Definition of “Irony”: At a time when America needs unity more than ever as a simple matter of survival, a leftist Super PAC partially funded by George Soros is running $6 million worth of ads that include debunked fake quotes and misleadingly edited video, attacking President Trump and trying to undermine public confidence in his handling of the coronavirus crisis. That PAC dares to call itself “Priorities USA.”
I told you it was ironic.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
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