May 24, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
BACK IN BUSINESS (MY SHOW MONOLOGUE)
Welcome to the show, and this week, we are back in a limited way in our beautiful Huckabee Theater in Hendersonville TN, just outside of Nashville. We won’t have our studio audience for a while, and we’re taking extraordinary measures to keep our distance from each other both to set a good example and because we don’t want any stinking virus!
I was so glad barber shops finally opened. I hadn’t gone that long without a haircut since I was in college and my hair was on my shoulders. I honestly wish I could still grow it like that now. Come to think of it, there are a lot of things I wish I could do now that I could do when I was 20.
The response to the coronavirus has revealed some deep differences in our country. In some states, governors, county executives and mayors have acted with a heavy hand in restricting the lives and livelihoods of citizens. Sometimes it just didn’t make sense. In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam, the governor who once wore blackface and did Michael Jackson impersonations, thought it was okay to keep the liquor stores open, but not the churches. He believed that abortion clinics should be open, but not elective surgery to have a hip replacement or even a dentist visit to get a tooth filled. Governor Whitmer of Michigan thought going into a supermarket was okay, but not sitting in a fishing boat in the middle of a deserted lake. You could buy a hammer or saw, but couldn’t get your lawn mowed. How those policies made anyone safe is beyond me. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was heaped with praise by the media for his long-winded daily press briefings that were televised to the other 49 states that really weren’t that interested, yet his decision to place Covid-19 patients in nursing homes led to a tragically high death rate in those nursing homes. FL Governor Ron DeSantis, who oversees a population larger than NY and with far more older citizens (many of whom had escaped New York’s high taxes, horrible traffic, high costs, and bad weather) was vilified by the media for not caring, but yet the COVID death rate in FL is about 10% that of New York. He took a very different approach in allowing local governments to drive what stayed open and what was closed and was excoriated for it by the press goons, but sure looks like he was right and they look like FAKE NEWS!
I’m trying to get used to wearing a mask. I hadn’t worn one since I was a kid out trick or treating. I tried to knock on a few doors to get candy, but people thought I was a psycho. When people try to shake my hand, I just tell them we’re playing chase and I don’t want to be “it.” And a lot of restaurants are doing take-out where they just set it out on a table for you to come pick up. I’ve found that I can just go up, grab a bag, and take off. It’s always a big surprise what those people ordered whose food I grabbed. And counselors are finding their caseloads have tripled because so many people are feeling down about discovering that the government didn’t consider their job essential. That’s okay. A lot of the people in the government apparently aren’t that essential, like Congress, because Nancy Pelosi told them to stay home until August. Of course they still get paid. And I haven’t been on a plane in over 11 weeks. If I do fly, I’ll have to wear a mask the whole time. Now I’m confused. I have to virtually be subjected to a strip search for security, but I now have to wear a face-covering like a member of Antifa or Al-Qaida?
We’ll weather this, but life may never be the same. One thing you can count on—we’re going to bring you a great new show every week, no matter what it takes to make it happen. And when you watch our show, we don’t make you wear a mask. You don’t even have to wash your hands when you handle the remote on your TV. That’s living dangerously!
Since many of us will have to observe Memorial Day in our own backyards, here are five tips to improve your backyard grilling.
I’ll add a sixth: Do not allow your grill to be desecrated by anything vegan in the shape of meat.
THE FIGHT OVER HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie spoke out Thursday in an attempt to extinguish the hair-on-fire reactions of the media to news that President Trump is taking Hydroxychloroquine to ward off the coronavirus. Many of the reporters cited a recent, highly-publicized study linking the drug to higher rates of virus deaths in VA hospitals.
Wilkie said this is a safe drug that’s been around for 65 years, we know its side effects, and he and everyone who’s been in the military since the Eisenhower era have taken it. VA hospitals give out 42,000 doses a day. He also noted that contrary to news reports, that was not a VA study, it just used VA data. It wasn’t peer-reviewed; it was just gone over by three ophthalmologists. And it didn’t take into account co-morbidities (other life-threatening conditions the patients could have died of.)
That last part is especially interesting, since we covered that study the morning after it was released. While major news outlets were trumpeting the false headline that’s since become “common knowledge” – “ Hydroxychloroquine not effective and linked to higher death rates” – this newsletter debunked that on day one. All it took was something that I guess was beyond the capabilities of current “professional journalists”: reading the actual study.
As I pointed out then, the authors admitted that the drug was mostly given to patients who were already severely ill (proponents only claim it’s effective as part of a cocktail of drugs given during early stages of the disease), so they expected usage to correlate to higher mortality numbers. Claiming this study proves Hydroxychloroquine increases the death rate would be like serving lemon Jello to everyone in a terminal cancer ward, then claiming that lemon Jello causes cancer deaths. I know the Democrats fancy themselves the “party of science,” so I’m surprised they’ve never heard the phrase, “Correlation does not equal causation.” Or the Internet term, “Read the (BLEEP!) manual!”
I’m not a doctor, so I don’t make any claims for the effectiveness of this drug, although I do defend everyone’s right to take any legal drug that patients and their doctors agree might help, without politicians and partisan media getting involved. As one pundit noted, liberals think abortion is just between a woman and her doctor, but to take Hydroxychloroquine, you need the approval of Congressional Democrats and the air staff of CNN.
By the way, speaking of the air staff of CNN, kudos to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for pointing out that while CNN’s Chris Cuomo is blasting President Trump for taking Hydroxychloroquine, when Cuomo had the coronavirus, one of the drugs he took was quinine, an earlier, less-safe version of the same drug that was removed from the market by the FDA in 2006 because it did have serious side effects, including death.
And I don’t mean to drag people’s families into this, but I’d really suggest talking to your doctor before following Chris Cuomo’s wife’s coronavirus cure, which included bathing in Clorox. I can only imagine what her husband would say about Trump if he suggested trying that!
This article gives a lengthy and interesting history of the efforts to ensure that the UN protects the right to life of unborn children around the world.
What sparked its writing was the news that the US is calling on the UN to remove abortion provisions from its global coronavirus emergency plan. Why that should ever have been included is as much a mystery as why a blue state governor would keep abortion clinics open while telling people that vaccinations, tooth fillings, chemotherapy or biopsies are “non-essential” medical services. If you’re trying to convince us that you’re only exercising extra-constitutional powers because it’s necessary to save human lives, then don’t use them to kill pre-born babies.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
and why art thou disquieted within me?
hope thou in God:
for I shall yet praise him,
who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psalm 42:11 (KJV)