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Today's Commentary:  Republicans help SOMEBODY with healthcare issue  -- Good news, bad news on travel ban -- Patient flown to America for life-saving care! -- John McCain -- Comey should take a lesson from Rosenstein  -- News Bits (NEW)

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Hard to believe, but Congress is actually in the process of doing something constructive about somebody’s medical care.

Just in case an American genetic specialist can convince British courts to let 11-month-old Charlie Gard come to America for treatment, they’re paving the way with unanimous passage by the House Appropriations Committee of an amendment by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) that gives his family permanent residency status.

It’s a crying shame that Republicans failed to be similarly of one mind on something as essential as an Obamacare repeal. If their disunity continues, we could end up with the same kind of coldly bureaucratic single-payer system that calls for taking little Charlie off life support.

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

 

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Good news, bad news on travel ban

By Mike Huckabee

First, the good news: the Supreme Court has ruled that President Trump’s travel restrictions on six nations with poor vetting procedures can continue for now. It has asked a federal appeals court to weigh in on U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling that placed additional limits on the ban and ridiculously expanded the pool of “relatives” who can come on in.

Now, the bad news: in the meantime, Watson’s requirements on allowing “extended family” will stand. And the appeal has to go back to...(drum roll, please)...a federal appellate court in San Francisco. Care to guess what they’ll say? We just keep going around in circles on this.

Good to know that Justices Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch dissented on that part of the ruling. We need more like them --- judges who honor the Constitution and believe the President should be allowed to do his job.

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Patient flown to America for life-saving care!

By Mike Huckabee

The young patient had a congenital defect that typically would lead to death within the first year of life. The treatment wasn’t offered in the patient’s home country, but expenses were raised to have the patient flown to America and treated by American doctors. We’ve know that getting permission for obtaining life-saving care in such a situation can be virtually impossible. But because this patient is not under the jurisdiction of a government-run health care system, is not in Britain, and also happens to be a chihuahua, its prognosis is good!

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John McCain

By Mike Huckabee

Yesterday, something happened in Washington that seldom happens these days: the partisan attacks and inter- and intra-party bickering and backbiting stopped for a moment, as both sides of the political aisle came together to offer prayers and good wishes for Sen. John McCain, upon the news that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic who removed the blood clot near his eye also found a tumor of a type known as a glioblastoma. It’s a very aggressive form of cancer, and the typical prognosis with treatment is about 14 months. However, doctors believe they removed all the tumor tissue, and they say McCain is recovering amazingly well, his underlying health is excellent, and he’s in good spirits and optimistic about the effectiveness of future treatments.

He also has the power of prayer on his side, as colleagues from President Trump and Marco Rubio to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi all voiced their concern and support. We know McCain is a fighter, and another tough fighter who just faced a life-threatening emergency, Rep. Steve Scalise, tweeted that he was praying for his friend McCain, “one of the toughest people I know.”

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Comey should take a lesson from Rosenstein

By Mike Huckabee

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is very careful about maintaining confidentiality in his department, a rare quality in these days when every federal agency is leaking like Edward Scissorhands’ garden hose. Ironically, that means he’s reticent about commenting on whether James Comey violated federal laws or confidentiality rules when he leaked his FBI work notes (several of which contained classified information) to the press. But just the way he phrased how seriously the DOJ takes confidentiality rules suggests that Mr. Comey might want to take some of that big book deal money that’s being dangled in front of him and set it aside to pay lawyers.

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News Bits

A member of Congress asks a strange but innocent question, and now Twitter is all “Martians, Martians, Martians!” Well, at least it's not about Russia...

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Stop the presses! A Trump nominee just got confirmed with bipartisan support! How did this happen? Not even his 11-year-old son enjoys bipartisan support.

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Democratic strategist James Carville has some industrial-strength partisan blinders (he wrote a book in 2009 about how the Democrats were going to rule America for the next 40 years; they lost the House one year later), but even he can’t polish up the donkey droppings facing the party in 2018. Carville is warning Democrats not to get their hopes up about taking back the Senate because it’s not very likely to happen, although he does say there’s a chance they could win the House back.

As long as we’re reviving the Ice Bucket Challenge to dump cold reality on delusional Democrats, I should also point out the fallacy in their theory about taking back the House. Hillary Clinton wants to hit the campaign trail again because, as she points out, there are over 20 districts up in 2018 that have Republican incumbents but where she beat Trump. She seems to think that means the voters there are turning leftward. No, that’s not what it means at all. It just means that a fair number of Republicans were so turned off by Trump or worried by the overwhelmingly negative ads and media coverage of him (he was an unknown quantity at the time, which scares some people) that they either didn’t vote or held their noses and voted for Hillary.


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That doesn’t mean that in 2018, they’ll eagerly rush to the polls to vote against Republican incumbents they know well and have already elected and, in some cases, reelected repeatedly. Also, I think you’re suffering from some pretty severe delusions if you think that having Hillary Clinton back on the campaign trail will inspire Republicans to turn out and vote any way other than straight Republican. No, I think the only way the Republicans will lose control in 2018 is if they keep failing to take the actions they promised the voters. In that case, Republicans won’t vote for Democrats, but they might decide there’s no point in voting at all and just stay home.

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There’s a new report based on interviews with women who volunteered to be ISIS wives but fled when they learned the reality. These women claim they somehow didn’t know about all the genocide (or, I assume, the televised beheadings and burning people alive, the destruction of antiquities, the rape of girls as young as nine, the use of children as suicide bombers, or any of the other things ISIS is known for). They thought ISIS was composed of “strong, devout men,” “pure Muslims” who wanted to “jihad for the sake of Allah.” Instead, they turned out to be “disgusting” and only wanted sex. They would pay up to $10,000 for virgin sex slaves bought over phone apps, then anger their wives by showering their sex slaves with expensive make-up and accessories.

It’s nice that these women finally recognized the error of their ways, and I’m very glad they were able to escape alive. But I would hope that any other women who might want to follow in their footsteps would read their stories first (yes, there’s more at the link.) Or at the very least, Google “ISIS” before packing your bags.

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This might be funny if it weren’t so chilling: a reporter from Campus Reform asked college students their opinion of socialism. Proving that they were paying attention in class when their professors were spouting leftist idiocy, they wax rhapsodic about how great socialism would be in America. It would spread the wealth and make things fairer. It’s just gotten a “bad rap.” But then comes the second question: What, exactly, is socialism?

Uh……….

Might I make a modest proposal that college students who think socialism is a great idea should be encouraged to take a field trip to Venezuela? One suggestion, though: they might want to take along their own food. And toilet paper. And a bulletproof vest, in case they have any interactions with representatives of the benevolent socialist government.

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Interesting analysis

July 18, 2017

Interesting analysis of the trends in support or opposition to abortion over the past 20 or so years. Even though the nation as a whole is about equally divided on the issue, support for abortion among Democrats has risen to 71%. The party faithful have gone so far into the “pro-choice under all circumstances” tank that a moderate Democrat with views like those of the more pro-life Independents that Dems need to attract could never hope to win a Democratic nomination.

Democrats who wonder why they keep losing, and blame it on everything from sexism to Russia, might want to consider that maybe they’re becoming like the mock rock group, Spinal Tap: they aren’t losing their audience. Their appeal is just becoming “more selective.”

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Contrary to popular belief, this Republican Congress is managing to get some things done before its current session ends. But the strategy of “do something even if it’s wrong” isn’t the best way to govern.

Thanks to the votes of 24 Republicans, the House rejected an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, proposed by Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, which would have stopped the military from funding treatment relating to gender transition, including sex-change surgery, for members of the military and their families. The vote was 214-209. Under the Obama administration, the military began recognizing “gender dysphoria” as a medical diagnosis and approving payment for all related treatments, even though soldiers recovering from gender “reassignment” surgery would typically be non-deployable for up to 267 days afterwards and those needing ongoing hormone treatments might be non-deployable into the far future.

The amendment would have continued to fund psychological treatment for gender dysphoria. And that makes sense.

According to Congressional aides, Hartzler was contacted by Defense Secretary James Mattis and asked to pull the amendment before it came to a vote. Mattis has said he’s postponing the July 1 deadline to start accepting transgender applicants by six more months to allow further study by military leaders. Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter enacted the new policy only last summer; that’s when service members started being forced into training on it, even though no openly transgender recruits have been accepted yet. Female recruits have reportedly had to sit through a PowerPoint presentation on allowing biologically male soldiers into the women’s shower with them.

As long as the amendment did make it to the floor, it seems unbelievable that 24 Republicans voted it down. Six others didn’t vote at all. Of course, one of those was Majority Whip Steve Scalise, but he had a good reason: he’s still recovering from surgery himself, the kind that is definitely not elective.

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Media Listening Tours

July 17, 2017

Thank God it’s Saturday, so we can tune out the news media’s week-long Russia hysteria and dud “bombshells” and share something fun. The Huffington Post has a well-earned reputation as one of the shining examples of liberal elite bubble media outlets. They were so out-of-touch with most of America that they refused even to report on Trump’s campaign except as entertainment, they put a derisive disclaimer on every story about him, and on Election Day, they gave Hillary a 98.1% chance of winning. Naturally, their “reporters” have spent the past few months either raging against an unjust cosmos or curled up in the fetal position, sucking their thumbs in their safe spaces.

But to their credit, HuffPo’s editors finally realized that maybe – just maybe – it’s not good business to be completely clueless about more than half of America. So in the spirit of Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, and a lot of other racist imperialists they despise, they’ve forced some of their Ivy League hothouse reporters onto a bus and sent them on a scientific expedition to 23 red states, to mingle with the savages and try to figure out what makes them tick. They’re calling it the “Listen To America” tour, although it’s questionable just how much listening they’ll really do.


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Of course, they could have saved a lot of time, effort, gas money and embarrassment if they’d just bought my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” in which I tried to warn media elites how out of touch with “flyover” country they were, nearly a year before the election. But that would’ve required them to actually listen to a rube from Arkansas, so that’s out of question.

Anyway, the truly fun part of this story is that it turns out Red Staters don’t take too kindly to being examined like bugs on a glass slide. The HuffPo bus expedition has sparked an avalanche of hilarious parody tweets, depicting the mysterious and terrifying sights the liberals are seeing (Note to HuffPo: yes, we actually have Twitter between L.A. and the Hudson River. See, you’ve already learned something!)

Click the link and brace for some gut-bustingly hilarious tweets. One warning: this also includes a screen capture of a genuine HuffPo political opinion piece, so be on notice that the headline contains extreme profanity. That’s another thing the reporters will probably be shocked to discover is not standard practice at the Tuscaloosa News.

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No Pet genders?

July 17, 2017

This gives a whole new meaning to the term “crazy cat lady”: a writer at the feminist magazine Medusa is urging people not to give their pets gender-specific names because animals can’t tell you if they are transgendered and might be offended by it. And that just scratches the surface of the insanity. This link goes to a fun commentary and excerpts, but click through to the original article to read the drivel in full, then check out some of the comments if you enjoy laughing like a non-cis-gendered hyena. As one commenter notes, this may be the stupidest thing on the Internet today, and that’s really saying something.

By the way, if you have a cat trapped in a dog’s body, or a bird trapped in a cat’s body, that usually means you need to give those animals the Heimlich maneuver and make them cough up the cat or bird so it can get away.

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Cut her some slack

July 14, 2017

CNN anchor Poppy Harlow is enduring plenty of horselaughs after the network’s live coverage of the Trump-Macron press conference, when she said we were listening to the French national anthem as “The Star-Spangled Banner” was playing. It’s easy to mock her, but I’ll cut her some slack: having been on TV during live broadcasts myself, I know things might not have been as they appeared. Maybe she couldn’t hear the live music and was fed the wrong information through her ear piece. It’s live TV and mistakes happen. Click the link to the video and decide for yourself.

But while you’re there, also check out the list of other recent embarrassing CNN mistakes for which there’s really no excuse.

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Denied

July 14, 2017

This week, Iranian cancer researcher Mohsen Dehnavi arrived in the US to do postdoctoral research at Boston Children’s Hospital, but he was stopped by immigration authorities and deported back to Iran the next day. It provided the left with a perfect PR opportunity to assail President Trump’s temporary travel ban that includes Iran, with John Kerry likely making his face even longer as he tweeted that it was “tragic” that the doctor had been kept from saving lives by Trump’s policy.

Two problems with that: first, Customs officials say he was deemed inadmissible for reasons they discovered during his CBP inspection, and it had nothing to do with Trump’s travel order. Second, while the doctor was badmouthing Trump’s travel restrictions, he neglected to mention that in 2007, he had allegedly been the head of the Basij militia, a volunteer student force linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

If this is just a mistake and he is truly an innocent healer, then he can appeal to Trump to intervene and make an exception for him, as he has for others. But you’d think that someone who cares about saving lives would understand why we have rules to insure that everyone who comes into the US cares about the lives of others as much as he says he does.

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A heartening trend

July 14, 2017

This week’s Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray brought a heartening new trend we haven’t seen in Congress in quite a while. After he stood up to an intense grilling during which he vowed to conduct his job in a non-partisan way with no political considerations, and to resign if the President pressured him to break the law, Wray received praise and endorsements from both Democrats and Republicans.

The bipartisan agreement was a welcome change, but that wasn’t what I was talking about. The heartening new trend was hearing Senate Democrats declare that officials in non-partisan positions should resign rather than politicize their offices or ignore the law to please the President. I’d been longing to hear them say that since about, oh…2009.

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The MS-13 Gang

July 14, 2017

It’s not an easy job to tackle gang violence, particularly when you’re dealing with a gang like MS-13. This brutal Mexican gang has spread across the US border, infiltrated the illegal immigrant community, and embarked on a deadly crime wave. Combating them seemed to be a hopeless mission – especially when your leader would rather not get involved, your Border Patrol and immigration officials have their hands tied, and local officials are refusing to cooperate with federal law.

But all that took an abrupt about-face seven months ago, and we’re already starting to see the results. Click the link to see how many gang members have been arrested and deported so far this fiscal year, and to hear the Dirty Harry-like warning that ICE acting director Thomas Homan has for MS-13 and other gang members. The days of shrugging off their lawlessness as if nothing can be done to stop them are over.

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So powerful was President Trump’s excellent speech in Poland last week defending Western civilization and American values that leftists are still soaking their Che Guevara T-shirts with mouth foam over it. It’s the usual litany of SJW clichés: promoting American exceptionalism makes him a Nazi, fascist, racist, classist, xenophobe, homophobe, imperialist, you name it. They have been indoctrinated by their teachers, professors and the media with the religion of multiculturalism, the belief that all other cultures are not just equal to ours but superior, and that America is to blame for all the problems of the world (well, America and capitalism – they like to use their iPads to tell people where to drive their cars to protest capitalism...and CO2 emissions).

Well, if you are one of the “Blame America First” group -- if you really think that other cultures are superior to ours, and that people who oppose, say, Sharia law or immigrants who refuse to assimilate are just bigots and haters -- then I have a modest proposal for you:

Go back to where you came from.


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Now, before you rush to your iPhone to send me angry, anti-capitalist Twitter tweets, let me make clear what I mean. I’m not saying “love it or leave it” or move out of America permanently, although if you really hate it that much, there are planes and ships leaving all the time. No, what I’m suggesting is that for your next vacation, why not spend some time in whatever country your ancestors called home before they came to America? Except for Native Americans, we’re all immigrants. So if you put your personal identity group ahead of your American identity – if you think that American culture is evil and inferior to the cultures that your ancestors used to be part of – then why not spend a week or two reconnecting with your roots? And I don’t mean in a five-star resort, but in the same places your ancestors lived when they decided it was worth risking their lives to get the heck out and come to America.

Take a vacation from America’s horrific culture of sexism, racism, homophobia and oppression. If you’re a woman, try going for a nice drive in Saudi Arabia. Make a derisive joke about God being a “flying spaghetti monster” in Iran. Ask someone in Cameroon or Uganda to direct you to the nearest gay bar. Call the national leader filthy names in front of a TV camera in China, Cuba, Russia, Sudan, North Korea, or various African nations run by warlords. Even in the UK, try getting your own child life-saving medical treatments if government health bureaucrats disapprove.


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If you do take that vacation back to the wonderful culture your ancestors fled to America to escape, and you manage to make it back alive, I have a feeling you’ll have developed a newfound respect for Western culture and values. No, of course America isn’t perfect, but compared to the rest of the world, it’s pretty darn close. That's because America isn’t based on ethnicity, tribalism, ancient geographical borders or the divine right of kings; it’s based on a written set of principles and human rights, like freedom of speech and religion, property rights, individual merit and equality under the law. That’s why it’s such a dynamic and cutting-edge nation: because its people had the guts and ambition to look at what was around them and say, “There’s got to be someplace better than this, and I’m going to find it or die trying.” Americans are those people and their descendants.

There’s nothing wrong with being proud of the American values the Founders bequeathed to us. You should be. It doesn’t mean you have to abandon your roots, you should just think of yourself as an American first. Just like you don’t have to stop loving your mom just because you moved away from her and now you put your wife first.

If you really want to honor your ancestors, then try to understand why they left their native lands to come here. It wasn’t so that someday, their children’s children’s children could be so spoiled that they fail to appreciate the tremendous blessing their immigrant ancestors gave them by becoming US citizens and assimilating into American culture.

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Hawaii joins California

July 13, 2017

Hawaii (which on a map and in other ways is even further left than California) just followed California in passing a law that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to inform patients that the state will provide them with free abortions and how to apply for one. The centers could face heavy fines if they refuse to violate their consciences and promote state-funded abortions.

Considering that at least one Hawaiian pro-life pregnancy center is an offshoot of a church, this encroaches on both free speech and freedom of religion, so it’s already being challenged in courts. Similar laws around the country have been struck down, but the California law was upheld by the (surprise!) Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Sooner or later, the Supreme Court will have to rule on this. Sooner would be good, but if later means after President Trump appoints a replacement for Anthony Kennedy, that would be fine, too.

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Chelsea Clinton update

July 13, 2017

Chelsea Clinton is being sued for $150,000 for allegedly plagiarizing her latest children’s book, “She Persisted.” It’s a feminist-oriented book about women in history who overcame sexist oppression, and ironically, she’s accused of ripping it off from a male author, Albany-based Christopher Janes Kimberley. Kimberley claims he put months of painstaking research into a book he pitched to Penguin Publishing, and was shocked when just a few months later, they brought out Clinton’s book, which uses the same idea and some of the exact same quotes, except it reads like a ninth-grade homework assignment thrown together in...uh...a few months.

To be fair, plagiarism is tough to prove. Authors sometimes legitimately come up with the same idea. He’ll have to convince a jury that Chelsea Clinton unfairly benefited by having something lucrative handed to her on a silver platter by a large organization just because her last name was Clinton.

On second thought, Penguin might want to consider settling

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As you were...

July 13, 2017

Crank up the liberal media outrage machine! According to a new insider tell-all, the White House staff is rife with sexist, frat “bro” behavior. The President curses and makes crude anatomical jokes while his all-white, all-male speechwriters openly boast about using their powerful positions to target women for sex!

It’s horrifying! It’s outrageous! There should be investigations, firings, impeachment proceedings!...

Oh, wait: you say this was the OBAMA White House staff?

Never mind, then, as you were…

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Tucker has a stopwatch

July 13, 2017

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson put a stopwatch to the media’s feeding frenzy over Donald Trump Jr’s. 10-month old pointless meeting with a Russian lawyer to show that there must not have been any other news anywhere in the world yesterday. He found that 93% of Wednesday’s CNN morning show was devoted to (I feel like a “Brady Bunch” rerun) “Russia! Russia! Russia!” CNN spent 2 hours and 16 minutes on Russia, 8 minutes on health care reform (which genuinely affects every American) and 2 minutes on sports.

In case you tuned it out (and I can’t imagine why you’d do that), here’s everything you really need to know about it, summed up in five short points. And then, back to the real world…

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Word to the wise: Technology can now create a completely realistic video that shows the subject appearing to speak the words of a totally separate audio track.

The story at the link talks about practical applications without addressing the nefarious purposes to which this new ability can (and will) be applied, but one can well imagine a few. It’s easy to see how a person on video could be made to “speak” a highly edited version of what he or she originally said. The result would be seamless, as if the edits hadn’t been made. See for yourself --- it is stunning.

To extend the possibilities even more, there’s a new AI called “Lyrebird” that can duplicate a person’s voice, creating entirely new sentences as if they’d actually been spoken. That’s right, with this application, we’ll literally be able to put words in someone’s mouth. We’re headed into uncharted waters, folks. If you thought politics was a dirty game before, just wait till this is in common use!

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It goes without saying that Nevada is like no other state, but here’s a new wrinkle: the Governor just issued a state of emergency because the supply of marijuana is running low. Just about 10 days after officially legalizing recreational pot, a bureaucratic logjam has prevented distributors from obtaining state licenses (that’s the trouble with drug-dealing, too much paperwork), while demand proved stronger than anticipated (seriously?!) And the state is depending on the 15% tax on legalized pot to fund the public schools (there’s a good lesson when you’re trying to teach kids to stay off of drugs: they pay your teacher’s salary). So the low stash of weed is considered a state crisis. Gee, if only there were some way they could mellow out.

I would comment further on this, but the entire system sounds like something that someone who was on drugs came up with. More details at the link.

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If you still wonder why liberal Democrats can’t get elected except in deep blue urban areas (hint: it’s not a Russian conspiracy) and why they seem so out of touch with everyday working Americans, a new Pew Research Center survey may hold a clue. It found that 36% of Democrats believe that churches have a negative impact on American society. Among liberal Democrats, that jumps to 44%. Only 40% of liberals think that churches have a positive impact on society. By contrast, just 14% of Republicans have a negative view of churches. And what do a majority of liberals think does have a positive impact on American society? Fifty-one percent said the national news media do.

Some conservative pundits have long noted that secular liberals seem to have replaced religion with politics, from the way they look for inspiration to “charismatic” figures, from JFK to Obama to Jon Stewart. But when nearly half actually think that churches are bad for society, then it doesn’t take a Divine Revelation to understand why they’re not winning elections in the South and Midwest.

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A rare case

July 12, 2017

A judge in Milwaukee has halted the deportation of 1400 Iraqi nationals, and this might be a case where some conservatives would side with the judge over the Trump Administration. The Justice Department says they have criminal records and should legally be deported. But their relatives argue that their offenses are years old and nonviolent, and they’ve paid their debts to society. But mostly, because they’re Christians, they fear that deporting them back to Iraq amounts to a death sentence.

It’s a rare case that brings together the ACLU and spiritual leaders such the Rev. Franklin Graham, but they are in unison in calling on the Trump Administration to halt these deportations. I understand that Donald Trump ran on a platform of enforcing immigration laws, but to enforce them blindly without regard to any extenuating life-or-death circumstances not only endangers these Christian Iraqis, it hands his critics a club to beat him with on a silver platter.

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The latest Russia story

July 12, 2017

Well, it’s Wednesday afternoon. Is it safe to turn the TV back on yet? When I went to bed last night, so many Democratic politicians and cable news talking heads were having a meltdown that I was afraid my television would overheat.

The cause of all this anguished bloviation was, of course, Donald Trump Jr. releasing all his emails and openly admitting to Sean Hannity that, yes, about 10 months ago during the campaign, he agreed to a meeting with a Russian attorney whom he had been told might have incriminating information about Hillary Clinton’s shady dealings with Russia. It turned out she didn’t, it was a ridiculous waste of time, and he cut it short after 20 minutes and forgot about it. I don’t know what shocked these liberals more: that he had the meeting or that someone in politics actually released his emails to the public and openly admitted something.


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This shocking revelation caused what passes for today’s Democratic leadership (Schumer, Franken, Kaine, et al) to gather before the cameras with grave faces and suggest in all seriousness that we could be dealing here with Russian collusion, perjury, even treason. Well, at least it’s nice to know that they now oppose all three of those things. They said Trump Jr. had now admitted that someone connected to the Russian government had colluded with the campaign to harm Hillary Clinton -- which might be worrisome if the attorney were connected to the Russian government (she apparently isn’t) and possessed any information on Hillary (she didn’t). Or if any actual crime had been committed, which genuine legal experts seriously doubt.

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I only wish they’d taken things like the ISIS threat to infiltrate the refugee population with terrorists half as seriously as they did Donald Trump Jr.’s farcical time-waster of a meeting. Or cared half as much about collusion with Russia when their own presidential candidate was raking in millions of dollars in donations to her family foundation from dodgy Russian sources while signing off on selling Russian interests a fifth of the US uranium supply. Well, live and learn!


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Here’s a round-up of the past 24 hours’ worth of hysteria, in case you had more important things to occupy your time: READ HERE

On the other side of the fence, defenders of Trump Jr. called his agreement to take the meeting a stupid rookie political mistake (I don’t think Russia has had “crown prosecutors” since about 1917), but admitted that all campaigns are willing to listen to damaging information about their opponents; they’d just let a lower-level lackey handle the meetings. What do you think that anti-Trump “Russian dossier” was all about? Byron York in the Washington Examiner put it pretty well in an editorial entitled, “Trump Russia Investigation Takes Sharp Turn Toward The Dumb.”

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In listening to all this hoohah, two things occurred to me that I haven’t heard anyone else mention. First, Trump Jr. admitted taking this meeting in hopes that he would learn something about Hillary Clinton’s alleged shady dealings with Russia. If the New York Times had put a fraction of the journalistic diligence into investigating that subject that they do to examining every syllable ever uttered by anyone within 100 yards of Donald Trump, he wouldn’t have needed to take the meeting. He could have read about Hillary’s shady dealings with Russia in the New York Times.

Secondly, according to the generally agreed-upon description of the meeting, the Russian attorney reportedly spoke nothing but inane nonsense. Paul Manafort just started reading his cell phone, Jared Kushner simply walked out after five minutes, and Trump Jr. listened politely for 20 minutes, then ran out of patience and went back to more important work. I couldn’t help thinking, “Man, how I envy them! I wish that every time someone started pratting on with inane nonsense about Russia, I could look at my cell phone, walk out or just go back to doing something more important.” Sadly, those three are now learning what millions of Americans already know: a major political party and a mass media machine are dead set on making sure we are all stuck listening to inane prattle about Russia to the detriment of everything more important for at least the next three-and-a-half years.

It’s enough to make you seriously consider playing Russian roulette.

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The Pro-Life Action League has launched a new campaign designed to make people see aborted babies as human beings. It’s an exhibit of photos of aborted children, titled “They Were Our Brothers and Sisters.” Unlike pro-life photos that emphasize the horrible violence done to babies’ bodies by abortionists, these photos were chosen to emphasize their humanity. Referred to as their “only baby photo,” these pictures show that aborted babies look like any other babies, with faces and ten toes and ten fingers – the only difference is that the babies in other baby pictures were allowed to live.

It’s a heartbreaking and unsettling exhibit, but it definitely makes people think. I can’t understand how people can be vegetarian because they “won’t eat something with a face,” but also be pro-abortion. Maybe this exhibit will help them to realize how they’ve been denying reality by forcing them to look the innocent victims of abortion directly in their faces.

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An unbelievable case of the IRS goose-stepping over the constitutional rights of small business owners is unfolding in Garland, Texas.

As first reported in the Dallas Morning News, Mii’s Bridal and Tuxedo, co-owned by husband and wife Tony and Somnuek Thangsongcharoen, who immigrated here from Thailand long ago and opened their store in 1983, was raided by 20 armed IRS agents in March of 2015. With no due process, they were told that if they couldn’t produce a check for $10,000 within two hours, their property would be seized to pay a tax bill of $32,422. They didn’t have the cash, so the IRS immediately took possession and auctioned off essentially everything that wasn’t nailed down --- even, they say, property that didn’t belong to the shop.

Read the full story to see how the IRS used their own bureaucratic standards to justify auctioning beautiful bridal gowns for as little as $4 apiece –- inventory worth $615,000 was unloaded for a grand total of $6,000 –- and how their lawyers argue now that the couple have no standing to sue the IRS for damages. The couple dispute their tax bill, but the big issue here is that the forfeiture of their property took place outside the court system –- no due process of law. It happens all the time, right here in America, and it has to stop.


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The couple seem to have an on-the-ball attorney; he filed a FOIA request that turned up an internal IRS document that he claims orders agents to “shut down this failing business.”

It’s too bad that politics didn’t go another way and we weren’t able to get rid of the IRS in favor of the Fair Tax. (That would have been one of my first orders of business, but I digress.) We all know the kinds of things their agents have been up to, even as they plead the Fifth before investigators. We should destroy the IRS just as thoroughly as it has killed the dreams of these and many other people. Put a stake through its cold, cold heart. In the meantime, forcing it to toe the line of constitutionality would be a good start.

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There’s been a dramatic new development in the case of Charlie Gard, the British infant with a rare genetic disorder whose parents are fighting to take him to America for an experimental treatment, while his hospital and European courts have ruled that his life support should be turned off to let him die.

The obvious trampling of the rights of the desperate parents has struck a chord of sympathy worldwide, resulting in support from the Pope, President Trump and major pro-life groups, as well as a petition signed by over 350,000 people. With a worldwide spotlight turned on them, the British hospital administrators suddenly saw the potential in the experimental treatment, but they claim their hands are tied by the court order to turn off his life support. So on Monday, the parents were back in court for a hearing, trying to convince the original judge that the treatment is worth pursuing so he’ll lift the de facto death sentence on Charlie.

Judge Nicolas Francis said he is with the petitioners who want to save Charlie’s life, but he’ll only be swayed by medical evidence, not tweets, and it will take “drastic” new evidence to convince him to overturn his original decision. The experimental treatment reportedly has only about a 10 percent chance of working. But in a heartbreaking mother’s plea, Charlie’s mom Connie Yates told the judge, “Ten percent. You would if it was your son, wouldn’t you?”


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Therein lies the real point of this battle: of course, if the judge’s son were facing death and there were only a 10 percent chance of saving him, he would take those odds in a heartbeat. But under the very system he represents – one in which life-and-death health care decisions are made by the government, based on statistics and budgets and cold bureaucracy – fathers and mothers don’t have that option. This innocent child’s life is not in the hands of the parents who love him, but those of a judge who admits he'd like to let the parents try to save the boy, but his first loyalty is to the rules. If that results in their baby’s death, then so be it.

And people really want to import this health care system to America?

The pro-life group Operation Rescue became suspicious when they noticed a huge drop in the number of visitors to their page on abortion statistics, once the most popular page on their website. So they did some investigating and discovered that Google had started dropping their site to the second page of search returns, well behind pages for several pro-abortion groups.

This alleged censorship comes right on the heels of Twitter being accused of censoring pro-life tweets, using such feeble excuses as claiming that an ultrasound picture of a baby in the womb or criticism of Planned Parenthood were hate speech, or that a message to choose birth over abortion violates their ban on “the promotion of health and pharmaceutical products and services.”

The great promise of the Internet was that it would free up the flow of information to every corner of the world. Not surprisingly, as information about what's actually happening in the womb has become more widespread, support for abortion has dropped. Unfortunately, some of those who’ve grown very rich by relaying that information seem to think they now have the power to decide what does (and doesn’t) get seen. That type of arrogant gatekeeper attitude is what caused so many old-line media outlets to fall before the Internet. It would be ironic if the Internet giants that felled them started displaying the same arrogance and bias, and ended up being replaced themselves. I would note, though, that thanks to the Internet, finding alternatives would be easier than ever.

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One thing that made it harder for a while to buy a used car was Obama’s “Cash For Clunkers” program. That was the recession-era attempt to jump-start the economy, shore up the auto industry and help the environment by giving Americans taxpayer money to trade in their older cars on newer, cleaner models. It was the ultimate example of the Keynesian economics beloved by liberals: using government money to stimulate the economy.

Now, a detailed study of the results has been released by researchers at MIT and Texas A&M. It found that “Cash For Clunkers” was a clunker itself, failing on every level. It didn’t stimulate the economy, it was a costly and inefficient way to reduce carbon emissions, and it had no impact on auto sales in the short term and a negative impact longterm. This isn't mentioned, but the older cars were destroyed, which also depleted the inventory of used cars usually purchased by poorer people. So it cost a lot, made matters worse and hurt the people it was supposed to help. It truly was the ultimate liberal government program!

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I hesitate even to comment on this story because it strikes me as yet another anti-Trump attack by the New York Times that falls apart even as you read it.

The “shocking revelation” this time: that during the campaign, Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties who claimed to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr’s response: The woman requested a meeting, which she started by making vague and nonsensical claims of having damaging info on Hillary that they quickly surmised weren’t true. Then she started lobbying them on an unrelated issue, about overturning an Obama-era law denying visas to Russians suspected of human rights violations. Trump said they wrapped up the meeting in 20 minutes, and no action was taken.

That’s it? That’s the big scandal? First of all, as Prof. Alan Dershowitz might note, there’s nothing illegal about that. Secondly, as Michael Walsh of the New York Post asks, does anyone believe that if the woman the Times wanted to make President got an offer of damaging information on Trump, she would have refused to hear it? Her supporters leaned on Tom Arnold to release alleged embarrassing outtakes from “The Apprentice,” and reportedly financed that notorious “Russian dossier” on Trump that was filled with bogus scandal stories. On top of that: News flash, New York Times, the election was eight months ago. Trump won. Most Americans are getting awfully weary of your endless attempts to undo the results. I don’t know about you, but the rest of us have lives, and we’d really like to get on with them.

This story isn’t even big enough to be a nothing burger. It’s more like a nothing slider.

The man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise was a well-known Bernie Sanders supporter who filled his social media posts with far-left, anti-capitalist rants. Before he started shooting, he asked if the players on the baseball field were Republicans or Democrats, to make sure he was only assassinating Republicans, like the ones on the “kill list” he was found to be carrying in his pocket.

So, what do you think the motivation for his outburst of violence was? If you guessed that he was inspired to kill Republicans by listening to conservative talk radio, then congratulations: you could qualify for a job at the Washington Post!

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A Huck’s Hero salute to Bob Katz and Troy Duhon, producers of the “God’s Not Dead” movie series (full disclosure: I was in the second film) for stepping up with a big contribution to help rebuild the Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock that was hit by a car and smashed by a (pardon the redundancy) “liberal with a history of mental problems.” But other liberals are still fighting to try to keep it destroyed, using lawyers as their preferred blunt instrument.

If these zealots would just devote a fraction of the time they spend trying to ban the Bible to actually reading it, they might realize that this isn’t the first time a tablet of stone containing the Ten Commandments was smashed. But God has a way of making sure those tablets get replaced and His laws live on.

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This has been a heartening week for those who despair of the future and younger generations. First came a story noting that the current youngest generation is, in many ways, more conservative than their parents. And now this: a study by a University of Utah researcher found that younger Americans are less likely to cheat on their spouses than older Americans are.

Despite living in a relentlessly sexualized atmosphere filled with amoral messages from the media, the number of Americans who admit to having extramarital affairs has held steady at around 16% for many years. But starting around 2004, the number over 55 (those who lived through the so-called “Sexual Revolution”) who admit cheating on their spouses began rising, while the number of adulterers below 55 began falling. In addition, the rate of teenage sex has dropped significantly since 1990. Despite all the talk of open marriages and multiple partners, the researcher predicts that “we should anticipate a future of more monogamous marriage.”


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The reason isn’t clear, but one theory is that young people have been watching their elders and concluding that sex without limits isn’t making people happier. Maybe that will go down as the best legacy of the ‘60s hippie, "free love" generation: that it served as a very effective bad example to America’s youth.

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Progressive Sharia?!?

July 7, 2017

If you don’t know Linda Sarsour, she’s a major name in the “progressive” movement, and at the forefront of the strange bedfellow alliance of hard leftists and Islamists. She’s the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and a hijab-wearing, Palestinian-supporting Muslim activist as well as a Bernie Sanders-supporting co-chair of both the Women’s March and the Day Without A Woman protest. She’s been accused of supporting Hamas and bringing Sharia law to the US, although she denies those accusations. She and her supporters claim that rightwing sources misrepresented her by circulating “fake news” to make her look bad.

Okay, I did the disclaimer. Now, here’s what Linda Sarsour just said, quoted directly in her own words. If this is someone whom the “progressive” movement is willing to embrace as a leader and spokesperson, then decide for yourself whether these are people who should be entrusted within a thousand yards of the levers of US government power.

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Today, President Trump will finally speak with Vladimir Putin. Perhaps Putin will explain to him (and the rest of us) why he allegedly preferred to help elect a US President who wanted to rebuild the US military and American international leadership, defend Ukraine from Russia and bury Russia’s vital energy industry, instead of the woman who’d already sold him a fifth of our uranium supply. Enquiring minds want to know!

In case you missed Trump’s speech in Poland, you should definitely watch it online. It might be the best speech he ever gave, a ringing defense of national sovereignty and the values and worth of Western culture. And as Charles Krauthammer pointed out, it was the toughest attack on Russia since Reagan, one that blew the whole media-concocted “Russian collusion” hoax to smithereens.

WATCH IT HERE

Happy Independence Day! That’s the official name of the Fourth of July holiday, although you don’t hear it too often in these days of people wishing for more dependence on government. Today is when we celebrate America, hold picnics and watch fireworks. But most importantly, it’s a day when Americans celebrate our freedoms.

Sadly, too many today think it’s smart and sophisticated to give up freedom in exchange for government promises of security. As the great philosopher Joni Mitchell once said, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.” That’s why the Founding Fathers took such care to lock our most important rights safely within the First Amendment to the Constitution. There are more freedoms guaranteed in that one short sentence than people in most nations can even dream of. That’s why for centuries now, so many people around the world have risked their lives to come to America. The Founders understood that freedom really is that precious.

When the framers of the Constitution first met in 1787, many were afraid that if they created a strong federal government, it would soon be trampling the rights of the people, just like the British king they’d recently fought to break free of. So to make sure the people’s rights would always be protected, they added 10 amendments …although George Mason thought they were so important, they should come first, as the preface to the Constitution. And now, in case, you’ve never heard it, or maybe just forgotten, here is the First Amendment in its entirety:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

And that’s it. This was back before government needed 2,000 pages just to screw up health care. Just 45 simple words protect your freedom to speak freely without fear of government retribution. Your freedom to publish those words so that other Americans can read and debate them (even on college campuses). Your freedom to band together with like-thinking Americans, and protest peacefully without fear of arrest. Your freedom to petition your leaders to complain about their policies, and your right to be free from having an official state religion forced on you, but also from government interference with the expression of your personal religious beliefs. A lot of people celebrate the first half of that last right and pretend the second half doesn’t exist.

The First Amendment is almost like a gift bag crammed full of rights that together make up the foundation of what it means to be an American. The Founders thought those rights were all so important that they found a way to list every single one of them first.

And then, they made sure the right to bear arms was listed second, just in case anyone ever tried to steal the First Amendment.

We laugh today at the story of naked images on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel being modestly covered by order of the Catholic Church. (Yes, this actually happened, and many of the glorious figures in Michelangelo’s masterpiece were draped with little painted-on panties a year after the artist’s death.) Ha ha, how prudish and provincial they were in those times! Didn’t they know great art? It seems ridiculous now that this was a problem for anyone.

But today, on Facebook, a short film by a Christian production company about that very work cannot be advertised because an image in the ad supposedly violates their policy on nudity. The film contains an animated version of “The Creation Of Adam” that, of course, features Adam in the altogether. The gatekeepers at Facebook got their panties in a bunch over it. This is a figure that even the Pope didn’t bother to have covered in 1565.

Ironically, in 2017 it’s the Christian group that is facing censorship over nudity from the very secular Facebook. That seems more ridiculous than ever.


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With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg making high-blown pronouncements on his expanded mission of helping us all find purpose and meaning in our lives and his desire to “rewrite the social contract” between us and our government, this is a good time to check out a great satirical film called THE CIRCLE.

It came and went from theaters pretty fast earlier this year, with curiously little promotion --- especially since it starred Tom Hanks and Emma Watson --- but should not be missed. Stream it.


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The story is told from the perspective of a young woman who takes a job with a corporation that could be Google or Facebook, run by a CEO (Tom Hanks) who aspires to link us all into a global community, connect us socially, destroy our privacy and any desire for such, ensure conformity, monitor our existence (for our own convenience, of course!), and generally shape society to his own ends. In other words, it’s a horror movie.

Social media does serve valuable functions –- it keeps us in touch with actual friends and helps us find lost loved ones, among other things --- but this movie should serve as a cautionary tale about where we’re being taken. It’s no exaggeration to say we’re heading into an Orwellian world in which cameras can be on us virtually 24/7 and our every keystroke and turn of the steering wheel adds to our personal permanent record. We’re expected to check our phones every 30 seconds or so. Of course, many of us are now so addicted that we live on them, anyway. We measure our popularity by the number of followers and “likes” we have. Is that how Mark Zuckerberg suggests we find meaning in our lives?


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Anyway, see the movie. And remember it whenever some revolutionary, “progressive” but, hey, downright practical idea for bettering ourselves comes out of Silicon Valley.

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Laura Ainsworth is a fantastic retro jazz singer and comedy writer whose always-tasteful parody songs were heard on “The Mike Huckabee Show.” This summer, she’s releasing her third CD “New Vintage” and a best-of vinyl LP and making her NYC debut Aug. 24th at the Metropolitan Room.  For tickets and more, visit https://www.facebook.com/lauraainsworthsings

Voter Fraud cover-up?

July 1, 2017

Three of the most liberal state leaders in America (from California, New York and Virginia) are refusing to turn over all “publicly-available voter roll data” to President Trump’s bipartisan Election Integrity Commission. They claim they will not help perpetuate the “myth” of widespread voter fraud by showing the commission the records that, if they are correct, would disprove that there’s widespread voter fraud. Ooooookay. Sounds about as convincing as buying a used car from a particular dealer because he calls himself “Honest John.”

More details at the link on why people who care about honest elections should be outraged that anyone wants to see the voter records to verify that.

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The way the Democrats instantly reverted to violent anti-Republican rhetoric over the GOP health care bill while Rep. Steve Scalise is still in the hospital (ranting that it’s a “death bill” and millions of Americas will DIE if it’s passed), you’d think that if the Republicans don’t pass it, Obamacare will stay in place and everything will be wonderful. They never bring up the fact that the entire reason we need a replacement bill is that the health care bill they gave us is going into a death spiral all by itself.

Just as a reality check/wake-up call, Western Journalism put together an investigation into the history and current state of Obamacare. It reminds us of what we were promised, what was actually delivered (they just threw lots of money at the problem, with the same effect as throwing $25 million at Jon Ossoff’s Congressional bid, so that government now controls 80% or more of our health care dollars) and what’s happened since (the average nationwide premium increase since 2013 has been 99% percent for individuals and 140% for families; and 70% of counties now have only one or two insurers still in the exchanges). It also takes a look at some suggested alternatives that would be cheaper and more efficient.

In other words, don’t listen to those who’d have you believe that any attempt to replace Obamacare is killing a system that’s working great and any alternative will make people die. They’d like you to think this is a choice between a mean, evil Republican plan or Heaven. It’s actually a choice between grabbing a life preserver or drowning.

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