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Today's Commentary --- What to make of Election 2018 -- Observations about some of the races -- SNL "joke" was a kick in the stomach to Sara Carter -- Must read column -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Senate report details are eye-opening -- Crickets -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Once again, President Trump has been proven correct: just two years into his first term, America has been doing so much winning that a lot of voters must really be tired of winning.
Well, by voting to give the House back to Democrats (current prediction is 219-193) to “send a message to Trump,” they have also sent the message, “Whoa!” to the galloping economy. As I pointed out, the last time Democrats took over and Nancy Pelosi assumed the Speaker’s gavel, in the space of just two years, the falling deficit more than doubled and GDP growth was cut in half – which Democrats then blamed on Bush and used to elect Obama, who gave us the Obama miracle of eight unprecedented years of growth below 3%. (Was two years ago really such ancient history that voters have already forgotten it?) Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of that, and if we do, that Republicans do a better job of combatting the media spin. I thought that living through Obama followed by Trump would be a stark enough contrast for most people, but apparently, some voters needed a second dose of castor oil.
Observations about some of the races
By Mike Huckabee
Observations on some of the races around the nation:
America dodged two bullets in Florida, where President Trump helped rally voter turnout to upend the polls and elected Republicans Rick Scott as Senator (over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson) and Ron DeSantis over former Tampa Mayor Andrew Gillum. Aside from his questionable ethics and tendency to play the race card, Gillum is a hard leftist whose tax-raising, government-giveaway platform would have done to Florida’s economic boom what a hungry alligator will do to your leg. He also would have had immense sway over the way Florida conducted the 2020 election, virtually guaranteeing that the key swing state would turn blue (and Republicans have enough to worry about with the state voting to restore the voting rights of over a million convicted felons, as natural a Democratic constituency as cemetery residents.)
SNL "joke" was a kick in the stomach to Sara Carter
By Mike Huckabee
I’ve commented on that lame “joke” on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” about Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw. The retired Navy SEAL had sacrificed one eye and almost lost the sight in his remaining eye in an IED explosion. You wouldn’t think anything about that would be funny, but the idea that he was wearing an eye patch that made him look like “a hit man from a porno” was just hilarious in the SNL studio, as was the fact that “he lost his eye in war...or whatever.” Hahahaha!!
Guess you had to be there.
But no observation from me can approach what investigative reporter Sara Carter has said in response to this pathetic attempt at humor. On Easter Sunday of 2011, in Afghanistan, her husband Marty was blinded by a sudden hail of gunfire and a grenade blast. He survived surgery in a makeshift hospital, followed by three craniotomies and a long recovery, but was left permanently blind in both eyes. As Sara tells it, he never once asked, "Why me?" and the one time he ever broke down was with the realization that he would never see the faces of his wife and children again.
Sara says that the SNL comments, though “gut wrenching,” did leave her with something to be grateful for: “it’s a reminder that the real heroes are among us every day --- some are right in our own homes.” After she posted about about how hard it was to watch this, the tweets that poured in made her feel connected to all those who understood how she felt, the same way she feels a bond with those who make a point of coming up and saying those five very important words to Marty, “Thank you for your service.”
I would add that if the creative forces responsible for SNL’s “humor” couldn’t anticipate that this bit wouldn’t play well, they’re just exhibiting their own particularly sad form of blindness.
Please read Sara’s powerful remarks, and join me in congratulating Dan Crenshaw for winning his congressional race!
Must read column
By Mike Huckabee
If you really need any more reasons at this late date to get up, get out and vote – or you’re in a long voting line and have finished reading my newsletter – then check out this, by Roger Simon: “This Tuesday, America Takes An IQ Test.”
The Baltic Experience 2019
By Mike Huckabee
I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.
See you on the boat,
Senate report details are eye-opening
By Mike Huckabee
I told you about the woman who sent Congress a letter accusing Justice Brett Kananaugh of raping her repeatedly in a car, and then admitted it was all a lie, she’d never met him, and she just did it to get attention and as a tactic to kill his confirmation. Well, there’s now more news from the “Believe All Women” desk about that whole ugly wallow in the mud during what should have been the most serious of government proceedings.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have released an exhaustive, 414-page report on the investigation of the last-minute sexual allegations against Kavanaugh. Aside from that most recent revelation, it also contains more details that might lead someone who had access to all the information the Committee had to have “reasonable doubt.” If any of those who are still filling social media with rants about a “rapist” being on the Supreme Court have even one molecule of fairness left in their hearts, then they should read this and do some soul-searching about what they allowed politics to do to their sense of decency (there’s a link to the full report in this recap).
The report reveals that Committee investigators interviewed 45 people in person and took 25 written statements relating to the various allegations, and they found no evidence that any of them were true. Much of this information has not been made public until now. Here’s what it includes:
On the possibility of mistaken identity, two men came forward who thought they might actually be the person Dr. Christine Blasey Ford described as assaulting her at a teenage party. One said he was a college student at that time, and he attended a party at a house in the same area where he made out with a girl in a bedroom. She was wearing a swimsuit under her clothes, and the encounter ended when a friend jokingly dived onto the two of them. The other man described a similar incident and said the girl he was with looked just like Ford in her high school photos. Both claimed the encounters were consensual.
Another man who attended college with Ford claimed she had a “robust and active” social life and showed none of the traumatic effects she claimed, such as inability to make friends or fear of being in a room with only one door.
Dr. Ford’s female friend and purported witness, Leland Keyser, who denied remembering any such party or ever meeting Kavanaugh, claimed she was contacted by Ford friend Monica McLean, a former FBI employee, and others who pressured her to “clarify” her story. The Committee is still investigating whether this was attempted witness tampering.
As to the claim by Deborah Ramirez that Ford exposed himself to her at a frat party (she admitted being drunk and couldn’t verify it was really him until after she spent a week talking to a Democratic lawyer), a fellow Yale alum came forward and said that was another member of Kavanaugh’s fraternity who was also in Ramirez’s college. He said he saw that frat bro expose himself at a party, he had a reputation for doing that, and he even provided a yearbook photo of the guy exposing himself (Note to Yale: get better yearbook editors.)
Finally, the report refers four people to the Justice Department for possible charges of willfully trying to mislead Congress. They are the woman who admitted lying about being raped in a car; a Rhode Island man who recanted an allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman on a boat in Newport in 1985; and sleazy lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick, who made the claim that Kavanaugh took part in drugging and gang-raping girls at parties in high school, a claim for which investigators found zero evidence. Her alleged corroborating witness denied the story and said she and Swetnick didn’t become friends until their 30s.
In perhaps the most obvious “takes one to know one” reaction of all time, Avenetti slammed the report as “garbage.” He declared, “There is no evidence my client or I did anything wrong.”
Wait, so now, he’s saying you need evidence before declaring someone guilty of wrongdoing? When did we switch back to Americans having due process rights, sometime around Halloween? Or do those only apply to the left side of the aisle now?
By Mike Huckabee
Ever since Donald Trump began running for President, Democrats have accused him of not publicly denouncing white supremacists and anti-Semites, even though he has done so repeatedly and in the strongest terms. So I’m wondering how many Democrats will rush to the nearest TV cameras, shove Adam Schiff aside, and denounce the Rev. Louis Farrakhan? He went to Iran over the weekend, where he led chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” and stood with Iran’s Mullahs in defying US sanctions to stop their nuclear ambitions.
This story notes that to his credit, New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks publicly denounced Farrakhan last spring. Anyone any higher than that have anything to say? Like maybe Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, recently photographed with Farrakhan at Aretha Franklin’s funeral? Or Barack Obama and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who met with him in 2005, even though the media suppressed the photo of them together for 13 years?
I’m listening for the outraged denunciations from the left over Farrakhan’s virulent anti-Semitism. So far, I’m mostly just hearing crickets.
Evening Edition - November 6
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."
- 1 Corinthians 13:2
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