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Today's Commentary:  Sorry Hillary-- Miss America pageant unites Americans -- Dave Trott retires  -- Paul Ryan blocking legislation -- How about a Nobel Peace prize for these guys? -- News Bits 

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Sorry, Hillary, as much as you’d like to brush off your email server scandal as so much partisan fluff and nonsense, it’s not going away. A Maryland judge overruled objections from both the state and the state bar in a misconduct complaint against her three personal lawyers who helped delete thousands of emails from her personal server, taking it upon themselves to classify them as personal rather than letting the State Department vet them.

The defense tried to brush off the complaint as frivolous, but Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the case demanding an investigation that the state refused to initiate “appears to have merit,” that the actions of Clinton’s lawyers were “egregious,” and this was “a rather easy decision at this point.” It might help if the state had been able to explain why it never investigated the allegations, or if the state bar could explain why it dismissed them instead of just saying their reasons are “confidential.”

Here’s an easy way to tell whether the judge’s decision was easy or not. Imagine if someone not named Clinton were suspected of violating multiple federal laws for which their emails were evidence; their defense was that their personal attorneys read those emails, decided they weren’t relevant and deleted them; and the state turned a blind eye. What do you think any judge would say to that?

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

 

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Miss America pageant unites Americans

By Mike Huckabee

For many decades, Miss America was seen as a unifying figure. Though controversy reared its head over such aspects of the pageant as the swimsuit competition, most of us saw Miss America herself as a force for promoting positive American values: achievement, caring, optimism and the ever-present call for “world peace.”

In light of this history, we should all be giving the Miss America Pageant for 2018 a big pat on the back for the degree to which it has succeeded in bringing Americans together. This pageant really did that and should be congratulated! But I’m sorry to say that this time, we didn’t come together in the traditional way. Rather, we united in the common belief that the Miss America Pageant has politicized itself to a disgusting degree.

Not nearly as many people watch the Miss America Pageant as did in years past; the ratings certainly aren’t what they used to be in the days when families across the country would sit together in front of the TV and watch a new representative being crowned. But do pageant officials think that the way to bring in more viewers is to skew the “interview” portion so far left that half (or more) of the audience is ready to reach for the remote just to get away from politics, vowing never to waste their time on another of these events as long as they live?

If officials were just trying to prove that their pageant isn’t Trump-affiliated, then they certainly did that, but perhaps they tried a little too hard. Questions like (paraphrasing here) “Did Trump collude with the Russians? Yes or no?” are just flat-out insulting to a thoughtful viewership. It would be nice to be able to escape Trump Derangement Syndrome by watching late-night TV, flipping through an entertainment magazine, or tuning in to the Miss America Pageant, but, alas, there is no escape.

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Dave Trott retires

By Mike Huckabee

Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Trott announced that he is leaving Congress after two terms to return to the private sector. That set off all the predictable reactions: Republicans vowed to hold on the seat; Democrats slandered Republicans as cruel and heartless and vowed to pick up the seat; and the media immediately turned it into a horse race story and started laying odds on which way it will go. What should have been the focus of all of them is the reason Trott gave for leaving after just two terms. If that lesson could be drilled into the heads of politicians, the media and voters, America would have a much better government than it does now.

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Paul Ryan blocking legislation

By Mike Huckabee

House Speaker Paul Ryan is under criticism by many Republicans over Congress’ failure to act on major agenda items they elected Trump to enact (although to be fair, some have passed the House only to be killed in the Senate.) Add another issue to the list: gun rights activists are upset that Ryan is reportedly blocking a bill on national concealed carry reciprocity that has over 80 co-sponsors, and arguing that the timing isn’t right.

Proponents think that the timing is perfect, with Republicans controlling both Congress and the White House. Also, due to lack of a concealed carry reciprocity law, nobody who had a permit to carry a weapon for self-defense in other states was allowed to be carrying in DC when a leftist nut opened fire on Republican Congress members at a charity baseball game practice. As one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Thomas Massie, put it, it makes Washington a “10-mile gun-free zone,” but only for law-abiding citizens.

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How about a Nobel Peace Prize for these guys?

By Mike Huckabee

Nice to know that with so many late night comedy shows degenerating into little but nightly Trump hatefests, one host is pursuing a more open-minded and creative path. During the filming of a special episode in Israel, Conan O’Brien visited the Ziv Medical Center, where Israeli doctors treat sick and wounded Syrians who’ve been taught that Jews are their enemies. O’Brien was so impressed, he declared that the doctors should get the Nobel Peace Prize.  What a welcome change that would be, the Nobel Peace Prize going to recipients who actually deserve it.  It might wash away some of the bloodstains on it from giving it to such crusaders for peace as Yassir Arafat.

Read the article, not just to learn more about the hospital and Conan’s visit, but also to read the surprising comments from the Syrian patients, who now realize they had been brainwashed to hate people who are not their enemy.  It shows that the truth and genuine acts of kindness and decency can break down even the most hardened hateful prejudices.  

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News Bits

A much-ballyhooed report of Mitt Romney running for Senate in Utah if Orrin Hatch retires is speculation on top of speculation. But if you enjoy speculating about things that haven’t happened yet, feel free to opine in the comments on whether you want to see Mitt in the Senate.

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North Korea's biggest trading partner, China, just gave Kim Jong Un some really bad news... and it's yet more proof Donald J. Trump's crackdown on Pyongyang is working.

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Rep. Trent Franks has had enough of Robert Mueller's fishing expedition on Donald J. Trump, and he's trying to put an end to it in a very public way...

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This Labor Day Weekend

September 2, 2017

It’s Saturday of the three-day Labor Day weekend, which is normally a slow time for news. Maybe that’s why so many stories in the headlines aren’t really news at all, but things that haven’t happened yet and may not (worries that Trump will end DACA, predictions that Congress will save DACA, a rumor that Trump fired James Comey for failing to clear his name, a prediction that Trump will renege on his $1 million gift to Texas flood victims – all of this is more suited to a Ouija board than a news outlet).

But this particular holiday weekend, there is plenty of real news to occupy our attention. Much of it is still being made in Texas and Louisiana, where people continue to be rescued from heavy floods by armies of heroic first responders and citizen volunteers. Even reporters sent to the scene to document the devastation have put down their cameras and microphones to pitch in and help save people. One particularly moving story involved a woman who was being evacuated from her flooded home when she begged rescuers to save the one thing she couldn’t bear to lose: the World War II-era American flag that had once draped her military veteran dad’s coffin. The rescuers braved the flood waters to go back in and retrieve it for her.

This combination of widespread devastation with (most) Americans putting aside petty differences and bravely coming together to help each other is reminiscent of 9/11 and other moments of terrible tragedy and loss in American history. Even though some are sure to object, President Trump has quite appropriately declared Sunday to be an official National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. At the link, you can read more and see video of his announcement. I know you’ll join me in prayer on that day, and every day until the suffering passes. And I’d suggest we also add a prayer that Hurricane Irma, currently still out at sea and unpredictable, doesn’t strengthen and come ashore in populated areas.

Do you believe that people of any race or culture would do better in life if they observed the typical values of mid-Century America that made us a beacon for people around the world? That is, do you think everyone, regardless of race, gender or creed, could increase their chances of being successful in life if they worked hard, respected authority, had children within marriage, and showed self-discipline both on- and off-the-job (i.e., avoiding a “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” lifestyle)?

Well, congratulations! According to University of Pennsylvania student union leaders (and no doubt, fellow young SJWs nationwide), you are a sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic oppressor who espouses hatred and superiority toward other cultures, and you must be silenced and banished from university life.

Try to take some cold comfort in knowing that if the students flogging you actually do reject your “hateful” advice and adopt that equally worthy culture of sex, drugs, laziness and defiance of authority, they are likely to be in for some pretty miserable lives once they’re gently burped for the final time at graduation and rudely deposited into the real world.

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Who we are as a nation

August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has weakened to a tropical storm, but it’s still wreaking havoc by lingering on and dumping heavy rains on already-flooded parts of Texas as it moves into Louisiana. As many as 13 million people could be affected by one of the worst storms in history. Many people in Texas were uninsured and are facing financial ruin as well as the loss of their homes and possessions. Fortunately, both federal and state emergency authorities seem to be working quickly and efficiently to help. Thanks to Texas’ well-managed government and pro-business policies, the state has a $10 billion “rainy day fund” that might literally have to be used to deal with all the rainy days. And both the professional first responders and an army of volunteers are pitching in on a massive and unprecedented rescue effort. Nearby cities are taking refugees into shelters, animal shelters are taking in lost and abandoned pets, and Texans and Louisianans (such as the famed “Cajun Navy”) are scouring Houston and surrounding areas with their boats to save people and animals trapped in rising flood waters.

As terrible and tragic as this devastation continues to be, it’s also providing Americans with a much-needed reminder about what’s really important and who we are as a nation. For the longest time, things have been going along pretty well. The economy was improving, air and water were getting cleaner, lifespans were getting longer – and yet, all we ever heard in the news was negativity. “If it bleeds, it leads” was the mantra. There are a number of factions that derive their power from stirring up anger and division along every possible line: political beliefs, religion, gender, age, race, you name it. They would have us believe that the biggest threat to our safety and well-being is people who don’t look or think exactly the way we do.

But when something like this happens that threatens everyone in its path, just look at how quickly all those surface differences disappear. First responders of all races, religions and genders put their lives on the line to save victims of all races, religions and genders. Instead of complaining to the government to do more, the good people of Texas and Louisiana drop whatever they’re doing and rush to save their neighbors, with no regard for what those neighbors look like or how they worship or how they voted. And even a thousand miles away, people are hurrying to make donations to organizations such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, to help people in need whom they’ve never met.

They are Americans helping Americans, just as we always have and always will, despite all the petty efforts to tear us apart. It would be nice, though, if everyone could remember what an extraordinary nation we are and what a great, diverse-yet-connected people we are, without needing a disaster to remind us of it.

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The biggest story in America continues to be the historic floods along the Texas coast, caused by Hurricane Harvey and the lingering heavy rains. At least two people are known dead. By the time it’s over, it’s possible that 50 inches of rain will have fallen on some areas, and it’s moving into Louisiana as well. Thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed. The town of Rockport was especially hard hit (the high school completely collapsed), and many areas of Houston are under water.

That’s led some to question why Houston wasn’t ordered evacuated. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott urged Houstonians to leave, but some mocked him for overreacting and the Democratic mayor thought a mandatory evacuation wasn’t necessary. Turns out, it was. But it’s a city of three million people, so it’s not clear whether that would have been possible given the time frame, anyway. Houston flooding is expected to get even worse today because water levels in the flood-preventing reservoirs were rising at over six inches an hour, and some water has to be released. By the time it’s over, this may be the worst weather catastrophe ever to hit Texas, and rival Katrina for the scale of disaster, destruction and dislocation.

President Trump okayed a request for federal disaster aid in near-record time, and this morning, FEMA officials held a press conference to lay out emergency rescue measures. And other towns unaffected by the storm are taking in refugees. There are currently at least 30,000 people in shelters, and many more whose homes have been damaged or destroyed, and who have suffered as-yet unknown losses.

If you’d like to help, the quickest and easiest way is with a donation to RedCross.org (kudos to comedian Kevin Hart for donating $25,000 and challenging his celebrity friends to match it.) The Rev. Franklin Graham also has a group that’s helping survivors and seeking donations and volunteers at SamaritansPurse.org.

The Humane Society is also engaged in a massive rescue effort to save animals caught or abandoned in the floods (HumaneSociety.org) and get them to safe shelters. One major shelter taking in the rescues can be found at AustinPetsAlive.org, if you are searching for your lost pets or would like to help them out. And as always, your prayers for everyone affected are welcome. That includes the many first responders and volunteers who are working tirelessly to save those caught in the floods. They are all Huck’s Heroes.

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

 

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Iran violates Obama nuclear deal

By Mike Huckabee

In case anyone cares, there are credible reports that Iran is secretly using civilian aircraft to move weapons into Syria, in direct violation of the Obama nuclear deal, in an effort to turn Syria into an Iranian client state. It’s not surprising that Iran would be expansionist, aggressive, and dismissive of its obligations under that particular deal. But it will surprise me if the US media say anything about it, or if the government, even under the GOP, does anything about it.

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Paul Ryan rushes to the microphones...

By Mike Huckabee

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to make sure everyone knows he condemns President Trump’s decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Still waiting for the press releases from Democratic Congressional leaders condemning President Clinton for pardoning fugitive financier and accused tax evader Mark Rich, or Obama for pardoning treasonous leaker Bradley/Chelsea Manning, who put the lives of US troops at risk.

I’m not asking Republicans to circle the wagons the way Democrats do, but it would be nice if they’d just stop forming circular firing squads.

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Vacationing in North Korea

By Mike Huckabee

What could these people possibly be thinking who are rushing to visit North Korea before the travel ban and/or nuclear war starts? If you miss your chance for a vacation in North Korea, don’t worry. I’m sure there are other despotic nations that will be happy to arrest, torture and kill American tourists.

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Raising a godly child

By Mike Huckabee

Some good advice for Christian parents from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's national conference: five tips on raising a godly child who is uncorrupted by the ugly, cynical, sex-drenched, foul-mouthed, self-centered, godless culture around us. Or as we used to call these tips: “parenting.” Warning: if you do this, the term the speaker uses to describe such children is “alien child,” because they’ll be so different from the kids around them.

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News Bits

What can I say? Getting a little emotional over things that deserve it runs in the family.

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The SPLC not only needs to stop branding differences of religious opinion as hate crimes, but it should also consider that under its own definition, which involves demonizing entire classes of people, you could make a case that the SPLC itself is a “hate group.”

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We interrupt the “Trump Is A Racist” media narrative to bring you this inconvenient truth bulletin.

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Trump’s speech was so long that if you don’t have time for the whole thing, Independent Journal Review has edited some of the highlights by topic. Check them out here:

President Trump slams Arizona's Senator over Obamacare repeal 

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Trump's Phoenix rally

August 23, 2017

At his rally in Phoenix last night, President Trump was back in full-on campaign mode, serving up more red meat than a Texas barbecue joint. He strongly defended his love for all Americans of all backgrounds, and went after the media tooth-and-tong for its attempts to depict him as a racist and KKK sympathizer. He recounted his exact words in response to the violence in Charlottesville and smacked down his critics by name, including dismissing the Washington Post as a lobbying tool for Amazon.com (it’s now owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a major Trump opponent.) He said there are bad people in the media who don’t like America and are more interested in ratings than the truth, blamed them for stirring up divisions in the country, and mocked them for turning off the cameras as he called them out.

It will be claimed that it’s unpresidential or counter-productive to attack the media so vociferously. But Trump obviously believes that the media are so biased against him that nothing will ever change it, so he might as well not even try to curry their favor. Instead, he’s doing what he did during the campaign: using Twitter and rallies to go around them and take his case directly to the people. You can be skeptical of whether that will work, but as he pointed out last night, he’s living in the White House. That was something the media thought they had the power to prevent.


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Trump’s speech was so long that if you don’t have time for the whole thing, Independent Journal Review has edited some of the highlights by topic. I've broken them out by category here:

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Naturally, outside the Trump event, there were protesters. They made their intellectual point that Trump must go by throwing bottles at police, who offered a response involving tear gas canisters. See the video here.

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Anchor/opinionator Don Lemon was described as “quietly losing his mind after the Trump rally” (I might argue with both the adverb and the timing mentioned in that description) over Trump’s attacks on his employer, CNN. Trump bashed the media for misrepresenting his comments about Charlottesville to paint him as being soft on white supremacists,which he refuted by reading back his exact statements as part of a timelime. Lemon accused him of attempting to “rewrite history.”

We have reached a strange place in history, indeed, when someone who reads exact quotes in chronological order is accused of rewriting history by a media outlet that makes excuses for people who smash monuments to historical figures they don’t like. Liberals, please make up your mind: is rewriting history a good thing or a bad thing? Or is it only good when you do it?


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"Charlottesville"


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Barcelona Update

August 22, 2017

Update on last week’s terrorist attacks in Spain that left 13 people dead and at least 100 more injured: Monday, police caught up with 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, the Moroccan national suspected of driving the van that plowed into a crowd in Barcelona. They found him in the town of Subirats. He was wearing an explosives belt when police shot and killed him.

We also learned that the attack could have been even worse: Abouyaaqoub was allegedly part of a 12-member terrorist cell that was planning a series of vehicle attacks with 100 gas canisters. That plan went awry when the house containing the canisters exploded, killing two of the terrorists, including an imam of a local mosque who is suspected of radicalizing the other, younger plotters.

Full details are here. As to how a house could literally fall in on two of the terrorist plotters and 10 others still manage to evade exposure and continue on their deadly way, I’ll leave that to Spanish authorities to explain to their citizens. More details at the link.

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