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Evening Edition: Just Crazy

January 10, 2023

Chalk up another Biden campaign promise that’s no longer “operative.” President Biden dismissed criticism that he was draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to artificially lower gas prices before the elections by claiming that he was going to refill them with lower-priced oil and actually “make money for the taxpayers.”

Epic Day

January 10, 2023

Today is a pretty epic day for the Huckabee family. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, youngest of our 3 children, becomes the 47th Governor of Arkansas today at noon in a swearing in ceremony on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol.
 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee staff! Thank you for subscribing and I hope you enjoy today’s newsletter.

Mike


DAILY BIBLE VERSE

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

 

1. House Speaker Update

By Mike Huckabee

After six votes Wednesday, holdouts were still refusing to back Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and the House voted to adjourn and reconvene later today. Reports are that negotiations continued last night with some possible progress. The New York Times, citing confidential sources, claims that McCarthy “privately agreed to more demands from the right-wing rebels that he had previously refused to countenance, including allowing a single lawmaker to force a snap vote at any time to oust him from the speakership.”

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2023/01/05/us/house-speaker-vote?campaign_id=190&emc=edit_ufn_20230105&instance_id=81893&nl=from-the-times&regi_id=185440375&segment_id=121640&te=1&user_id=e72989d1d346165df7b3f4d8aabe2fdd

McCarthy has offered an astounding number of concessions, listed here by Victoria Taft at PJ Media.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2023/01/05/here-are-the-latest-deals-kevin-mccarthy-has-made-to-become-speaker-n1658804

The Club For Growth has also reportedly cut a deal with a super PAC associated with McCarthy that could result in them endorsing him as Speaker.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/01/04/speaker-race-breakthrough-mccarthy-pac-agrees-conservatives-no-spending-safe-open-seat-primaries/

Fox News has comments from Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, the latest alternative proposed for McCarthy.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-speaker-race-rep-elect-byron-donalds-responds-retribution-running-against-kevin-mccarthy

As noted in the article, until there’s a Speaker, the new House can’t even be sworn in, so this is preventing necessary action from being taken on many fronts.

McCarthy’s detractors still have no alternative candidate who is more conservative and can attract enough votes to win. They keep pointing to the last time conservatives forced McCarthy to withdraw in 2015, but back then, a dark horse “unity” candidate stepped forward and won. Considering that was Paul Ryan, whom they now vilify as a squishy, Trump-hating RINO, it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for this strategy.

This is a continuing (and continuing!) story, so keep checking the regularly updated Fox News feed for the latest developments.

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/house-speaker-vote

One thing to note: While the 10% wants to rule over the 90% (who has ever allowed that or thought it was the way elections work?), it’s revealing that some of the holdouts have said in interviews that what they are “demanding” of Kevin McCarthy is that they get choice committee assignments and a promise they won’t be punished for their attempted coup. That’s not only delusional, but very telling. If a person is objecting by sheer principle, one is willing to suffer whatever the consequences for the rebellion. When a person says, “Hey, this is about ME…protecting MY position, MY role in leadership, and MY being able to take any shot I want at 90% of my colleagues and have no consequence other than being rewarded.” THAT my friend is NOT acting on “principle.” It’s a selfish act of a power grab and publicity stunt. Reward THAT behavior and you’ll keep getting more of it in the future.

Leave me a comment, I read them.


2. Biden to go to the border

By Mike Huckabee

Two years after deliberately causing the worst illegal immigration crisis in history, President Biden announced that he finally intends to visit the border this month.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-says-its-his-intention-visit-u-s-mexico-border-amid-historic-crisis

How bad is the Biden border crisis? According to the government’s own reported figures, in 2022, 2,38 million illegal entrants were arrested trying to cross the border. A little over a million were turned back due to Title 42, which Biden is fighting like crazy to do away with. Another 1.3 million were processed and most of them released into the US to go wherever they want. The number removed, mostly for having criminal records: about 28,000. The number removed for violating our immigration laws: only about 1,300. Those would be the immigration laws that Biden took a sworn oath to enforce. Sounds like more of an impeachable offense than anything they ever came up with on Trump.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/bidens-open-borders-1-3-million-in-28-000-out

Colorado is so overwhelmed with illegal immigrants that even the state’s liberal Democrat Governor is defending busing some of them to New York.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/immigration/democrat-colorado-gov-defends-busing-migrants


3. The latest on Kari Lake’s appeal

By Mike Huckabee

Katie Hobbs may have giggled her way through a swearing-in ceremony as Arizona Governor from which reporters were banned, but this story is not yet over. Here’s the latest update on Kari Lake’s appeal of her challenge to Maricopa County’s election that stank like week-old halibut.

https://www.westernjournal.com/not-yet-kari-lake-election-challenge-moves-forward-judges/

A three judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals will hear oral briefings on January 24th. It’s two Democrats to one Republican, which is a bad sign. But either way, as Lake points out, this will end up being appealed to the state Supreme Court, so I don’t know why they don’t just comply with Lake’s request to hear it now. Maybe they hope that if it’s dragged out long enough, voters will actually start thinking of Hobbs as Governor material.

 

4. Michigan Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow will not seek reelection

By Mike Huckabee

Michigan Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced this morning that she will not seek reelection in 2024. It’s not a very likely pickup state for Republicans, but if they can find a really good candidate, having an open seat could improve their odds.

https://redstate.com/joesquire/2023/01/05/breaking-democrats-have-their-senate-retirement-ahead-of-tough-2024-map-n683768


5. Why are we doing this?!?

By Mike Huckabee

We’re coming up on three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Scientists quickly developed reliable COVID tests that are now cheap, plentiful and available at any drug store. So how come Medicare spent $1.5 billion on COVID tests in 2020 during the full crush of the pandemic, $2 billion on tests in all of 2021, and another $2 billion just through October of 2022? Why are we spending more and more money on tests that are cheaper and less needed?

If you suspect that it might have something to do with fraud, political connections and the government throwing around big piles of money without proper oversight, then you pass the IQ test.

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-fraud-increases-medicare-spending-covid-19-testing

 


6. Not shocking and this needs to be fixed

By Mike Huckabee

Is anyone really shocked to learn that some of our esteemed Congress members were making a killing buying defense company stocks while voting to send billions of dollars to Ukraine to buy weapons?

https://dailycaller.com/2023/01/05/congress-stocks-defense-contractors-ukraine-aid/

 

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A Great Victory

January 5, 2023

In a great victory for the First Amendment, the 9th District Court of Appeals has ruled that a former middle school science teacher in Evergreen, Washington, can sue the principal for harassing him for bringing a “Make America Great Again” cap to a couple of school training events.
In a great victory for the First Amendment, the 9th District Court of Appeals has ruled that a former middle school science teacher in Evergreen, Washington, can sue the principal for harassing him for bringing a “Make America Great Again” cap to a couple of school training events.

Today's Big Political Story

January 3, 2023

The big story to watch in politics today will be the election of a new GOP House Speaker.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mccarthy-short-of-votes-as-house-speaker-contest-enters-final-hours

On the eve of the vote, Rep. Kevin McCarthy is still reportedly several votes shy, with some conservatives digging in their heels and refusing to back him. They want someone whom they believe will have more steel in his spine when it comes to conservative principles, like Rep. Jim Jordan (who reportedly isn’t interested in the job because he wants to be Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.)

The danger in this is that it could lead to a “compromise” candidate or deal that attracts Democrat votes and gives the left even more sway. That’s not likely to happen, but as I’ve written before, as much as I sympathize with the conservative faction, if they don’t have a candidate who can win, then they have to recognize what’s possible and not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Redstate.com has a timeline of what will be happening today, along with some predictions, history and possible dark horses and black swans that might make an appearance.

https://redstate.com/terichristoph/2023/01/02/buckle-up-everybody-heres-how-tomorrows-speaker-vote-will-go-down-n682542

And just to remind everyone that anybody the Republicans put in charge will be exponentially better than having the Democrats in charge, here’s an entertaining write-up from Bonchie at Redstate.com about noted election denier and House Democrat Leader Hakeem Jeffries. He just made a statement that sounds an awful lot like what the Democrats call “insurrection” when it comes from anyone other than them.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/01/02/hakeem-jeffries-makes-a-very-insurrection-like-call-to-retake-the-house-immediately-n682581

 

I'm gratified to know that so many readers enjoyed my article from last year about Peanut M&M's.  Mars Inc. is way too woke for me and obviously too woke for you, and though I never intended to start any kind of boycott, I'm sure my body is thanking me for substituting natural chocolate-covered raisins, which are similarly delicious and require no "evolved" footwear choices whatsoever!

Of course, it's not just Mars --- marketing departments everywhere have gone overboard with their pandering to this "inclusiveness" blah-blah-blah, to the point where it's become a pathetic joke.  Here are just a few examples of the many reader comments I appreciated:

From Marlene:

I only like the dark chocolate M&Ms, sure going to miss them. I'm just sick and tired of wokeness in my food.

THANKS, MARLENE!  Me, too!  I'm still laughing from your comment.

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From Anne:

Thank you for showcasing this bit of hilarity. This is the silliest corporation pandering yet. Must we make even fun treats into political statements? When will people have enough? People who don’t read Huckabee won’t even know these things are happening. This is just another damaging bit of propaganda. Unfortunately, the stock market is catching on. It would be interesting to see how customers react. Thanks, again, for writing interesting and informative articles.

THANK YOU, ANNE.  It is hilarious, isn't it?  We learn from this that people on the left don't have a sense of humor, though the marketing people at Mars Inc. do try their best to imitate one.

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From Joy:

Yes!! So right on. Oh my gosh - even candy isn't exempted from the crushing and exhausting virtue signaling with which companies feel they MUST comply. My hips can do without the M&Ms too, so I'm not that unhappy to give them up, but seriously, soon we'll be left with rice cakes and celery. Are those racist or sexist too?

THANKS, JOY!   The answer to your question is yes, yes they are.  Rice, as you surely know, is Asian, and in the name of equity, we have to take Asians down a peg and make it harder for them to get scholarships no matter how hard they work.  Also, never forget that rice is white, which means it exhibits whiteness, and whiteness is very, very bad.

Celery...well, I don't know, but it must be racist, because everything is racist in one way or another when you choose to look at it in certain ways.  Don't you know that?  (In fact, I read just the other day that even exercise is racist.  But don't tell the regulars at my gym, almost all of whom are non-white.)

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Thanks to all who wrote!

--- Laura

Christmas is a time for prayers and miracles, and one often follows the other. Rosalin from Virginia shared a story that proves God sometimes shows a very personal interest in us, if we’ll just ask Him into our lives. She wrote:

"Years ago, when our children were younger, we ran into hard times. It was a Wednesday morning, and Christmas was on Saturday. We had no money for Christmas gifts and no savings in the bank. My husband was home without work as a carpenter. He suggested we join hands and pray, which we did.

Three hours later, friends of ours called from New York to tell us that they'd received a large Christmas bonus from work, and God put our family on their hearts. They told us they'd sent us $350 through Western Union...not knowing of our situation. We picked up the check and went Christmas shopping. It was a GREAT lesson my children will NEVER forget!"

Thank you, Rosalin. That's a great story that none of us will ever forget!

On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the One who told us, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” But on holidays like this that emphasize parties and socializing, many people feel lonely or abandoned. This year, even people who normally get invitations may be feeling lonely and isolated. They may not realize how many people really do care about them. Let this story from Linda in North Carolina be a reminder:

"Several years ago, we had a family up the hill who were having a very rough time. They had broken glass in their windows, no heat and no prospects for a nice Christmas.

We got neighbors together and one day when they were gone, the men went up and put in new glass, bought heaters and warmed up their trailer and went to get them a Christmas tree. The ladies and kids made ornaments, went to stores and got donations of toys and clothing, food and electric blankets. We all met at the trailer, cooked, decorated, put up the tree, wrapped packages, and made beds with the new blankets then went to our home to wait for them to return.

A while later, the family came running down the hill in the snow and flew into our house, trying to tell us through tears what someone had done. The mother couldn't believe that so many people cared about them. She didn't realize it, but being able to do that for them made Christmas very special for all of us.”

Thank you, Linda, for that perfect story to remind us that the gifts that give us the most satisfaction aren’t those we get, but the ones we give to others.

This time of year, one of the many great holiday songs we always hear is the late, great Glen Campbell’s “Christmas Is For Children.” That sentiment was also on the minds of many of my radio listeners whose most treasured memories of Christmas were tied to childhood – either their kids’ childhoods or their own

Some were of the “Kids Say The Darnedest Things” variety. For instance, Joe from Georgia recalled when his son was 7, their church had a pancake breakfast with a “Happy Birthday Jesus” cake for the kids, and the Lord’s Supper for adults during the Christmas Eve service. His son tugged his sleeve and asked, “Dad, why am I allowed to eat the Lord’s Breakfast but not His supper?”

An eternal theological question, my son!

There's something about the excitement of Christmas that makes children even more hilariously discombobulated. Cleve from New Mexico wrote, "At our house, we always opened our presents on Christmas morning. I remember the first year my daughters were really, really, really looking forward to Christmas. On Christmas Eve morning, they jumped out of bed, ran into the kitchen, and hollered, 'Today's the night we get up in the morning!!'"

Well, they were right: it was!

Dolores from Texas recalled that during the Depression, her parents gave her and her sister Betsy Wetsy dolls, and made a little suitcase and a whole wardrobe for them. Dolores said it was the “best Christmas ever!” The girls were so excited, they didn’t even realize until years later that those were actually their old dolls, all cleaned up. The moral: To a child, a gift doesn’t have to be new…just new to THEM.

Claudine from North Dakota shared this:

“When my kids were little, the church was getting together some toys, gifts and food items for a poor family who had just moved to our area at Christmas time. While looking in the pantry to see what we might have extras of, I asked my children what they would like to give. My daughter - then six years old - went to her room and brought down her Barbie doll complete with Barbie outfits, that she loved to play with. It was her only one. When I said, ‘Oh, honey, you don't have to give your favorite doll’, she said to me, ‘Mommy, if you just give what you don't want, it's not really giving, is it?’”

When you “give till it hurts,” as some people put it, it can actually feel pretty good. Thank you, Claudine, for reminding us that sometimes, parents can learn from children.

BettyJean from California had a favorite childhood Christmas memory that reminds us not to look a gift horse in the mouth. She wrote:

"I was born in 1928 in a small town in Montana. My mother died in 1929... (and) we were very poor...One Christmas my friend, Rex, whose parents had a restaurant in town, gave me a beautifully wrapped present. I was SOOOO EXCITED! Christmas Eve, my brother and I unwrapped our two presents. My brother watched me unwrap mine: a box of candy. And I can still hear him, 70 years later...yelling out, "DAAAAAD! THERE'S A PIECE GONE!!!!!"

I guess that proves little boys haven't really changed much in all these years!

Of course, Christmas is also a time when many of us former children experience the sadness of memories of parents who are no longer with us. I received many stories from people who were rocked by a flood of emotions at something as simple as coming across an old family decoration that their dad made, or the smell of a favorite family dish that mama used to cook. You never know what unlikely things might trigger overwhelming emotions.

For example, Linda from Texas recalled that her grandfather’s last Christmas gift to her dad just before he died was a shirt. He never wore that shirt. But he kept it hanging in his closet for the rest of his life, carefully preserved as a reminder of his dad.

Ellen from Oregon would understand that feeling. Her mother died of a brain tumor that had scrambled her thinking and sometimes made her a little exasperating. Just before Christmas, she made a big production of being driven to the post office to buy Christmas ornament postage stamps. She debated at great length before settling on the design, which she insisted on calling the “Jingle Bell stamps.” The postal clerk put three sheets of stamps in an onionskin envelope for her. Her mom proudly took them home, wrote “Christmas stamps” on the envelope, and displayed them on the windowsill for all to see. It seemed a little silly to Ellen at the time.

One month later, as she and her sisters were cleaning out their late mother’s house, Ellen came across her mom’s beloved Jingle Bells stamps in the onionskin envelope with her handwriting on it. She wrote, “I took them into the bathroom and cried.” She took the envelope with the remaining stamps home with her. Long afterward, when her husband needed a stamp, she opened the stamp drawer, saw them again, and cried again.

She began calling them the “Jingle Bell stamps,” too. There are only three stamps left, and there always will be. Ellen said she could never use them. She wrote:

“It’s almost as if when those stamps are gone, one more thread will be cut…But somehow I know I will never give up that little onion skin envelope. Whenever I buy stamps, it will always be in sheets, and I will always tuck them into that little onion skin envelope.”

Thank you for sharing that, Ellen. And please know that you are not alone. Many of us treasure things that might seem silly to others, but they hold value beyond gold to us. There’s no reason to be embarrassed about having a reminder of your mom in the stamp drawer. But it’s even better to know that we’ll always have memories of our loved ones who’ve left us tucked safely away in our hearts.

'The Hungry Times'

December 24, 2022

These days, too many people are trying to take religion out of the Christmas season. It sometimes makes me think, “Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do…or what they’re missing.” Maybe this letter will make it clear.

A Reverend wrote to me from Malawi:

“After having been raised up in urban North American culture, it was refreshing, but also a bit disorientating, to spend my first Christmas in Africa in 2009. There was a Baptist Church of course, but no Christmas Trees and no caroling in the streets, and no mad dash to the Mall to buy presents. The mixed congregation of ex-pats and nationals who attended the Christmas Sunday service sang the carols we were accustomed to, but there appeared to be far less excitement…

This is the ‘Hungry Times’ when most folks, aside from us ex-pats, are living off of the stored up remnants of last year’s harvest, with an eye to how little there is left and how long until the next harvest comes in. Nevertheless, on the morning after Christmas, we were all called to return to the Church and bring food and clothing and the Word of God and prepare to visit Zomba Central Prison to distribute some hope and good cheer.

This Prison is a daunting facility built by Colonialists in the 1930's that, today, houses twice as many inmates as it was designed for. We shared the goods and the Gospel with inmates, in both men's wing and women's wing. And so, for me, began a ministry of Prison Chaplaincy in the Prisons of southern Malawi.

…It’s ‘Hungry Time" again, but I thank God that the inmates are hungry for the Gospel. In the six Prisons and Prison Farms where we work, we have seen over 240 decisions to accept Christ (including many from Muslim backgrounds) and 160 inmates Baptized and inmates are being transformed by the power of God. Some of those counseled before release are eager to return to their villages and tell others of the one who came as our Savior that first Christmas morning. And for that, I'll forever enjoy a different kind of Christmas.”

Thank you, Reverend, for sharing your unique Christmas experience with us. If you’d like to learn more about the fine work done by Emmanuel International Mission in Malawi and elsewhere, you can read about it online at www.EIM-US.org

Angels are watching over us

December 22, 2022

Molly from Washington has a story about how the angels are watching over us…and sometimes, they’re not too happy with what they see!

“I remember our Christmases at home. They were magical. Although we didn't have much the rest of the year, my mother would somehow transform our house and our lives into a magical wonderland once a year. There was always snow in Virginia, and there was always Christmas all around the town. Christmas meant that we would be getting our stockings filled with goodies that we rarely, if ever, got throughout the year. We would always have a small handful of nuts, a small handful of hard candies (green and white ribbons were my favorite!) and an orange. What more could you want?

The house was decorated with all of our treasures that we had collected over the years. Mama had a village that lit up and it twinkled on a bed of white snowy cotton. The tree had beautiful lights and all of the ornaments we had made and collected. At the very top of the tree was an angel. She had golden blonde hair and there were clear strands of thin plastic that shot out all around her. When we lit her up every Christmas, it was my favorite moment! She just shimmered and seemed to have an ethereal glow. I always felt like I had just found my long lost friend, and I knew that she would be watching over me. We always had a fresh tree, and the smell would fill the house. It was such a happy time!

It was almost Christmas of 1958. I was 11, and my brother, Jimmy, was 13. It was the first Christmas that I remember us being so excited. We didn't get a lot of presents or toys throughout the year so we always looked forward to getting our one present. This year, I was surprised to see that my brother and I had the exact same box under the tree. It was the same size, same weight, and was wrapped the same. When we shook them, they sounded the same too. There was no sound at all! We were hoping for a rattle or jingle that would give us a clue as to what was inside. Half of the fun was trying to figure out what it could be. We were truly puzzled this year. How could they buy us the same thing? He was a boy and I was a girl. The presents felt like they could have a book inside. I did not want a book for Christmas! I was always an avid reader and I did love books, but I could get them at the library or from a friend. I did not want to find a book under the tree. I decided I would just have to wait and find out.

It was two days before Christmas and my mother and stepfather went into town to do some shopping. That left Jimmy and me there alone. We were sitting there not long after they had driven out of the driveway when Jimmy suddenly had a brainstorm. Why not open the presents and see what we were getting? He was sure he could do it so nobody would know. I told him that I didn't think that was a good idea. We would surely be caught and then it would ruin our holiday. He said he was going to do it anyway. He went to the tree and began to slowly and very gently pull the tape off of one end of the present. I was watching from a distance and when he said he had it nearly open, I couldn't stand it anymore and I ran over to see what was inside. As he pulled back the paper from the end of the package, we both let out a squeal! It was a transistor radio! We were thrilled! We carefully put the tape back and put the present right where it had been.

I looked up and there was the angel staring right at me! I had just committed a great sin and all in her presence. It felt like her eyes were burning into my soul! Oh, if only I could redo the last few minutes! But it was too late. I had sinned and there was no way to change it!

Christmas morning came and everyone went downstairs to begin the celebration. I opened my sock first and popped a piece of candy in my mouth. It was so good. I was so thrilled to get some treats and I always made them last as long as I could. Then it was time to open our present. I ripped mine open and tried to look very surprised and excited. I felt so bad! I felt like a thief and liar. I was feeling so guilty and it felt like I had a 50-pound weight hanging on my back and I could not get rid of it. As I sat there, I looked up at my beautiful angel and I felt her eyes upon me once again. There seemed to be sadness in her eyes. I asked her to please forgive me. I never enjoyed the radio as much as I would have if I had waited until Christmas morning to open it! It was like a constant reminder that I was a liar! As we all gathered around the table to eat our wonderful dinner, I felt my stomach drop and I couldn't eat very much at all. I loved Christmas dinner almost as much as I enjoyed getting a present, but this year, I just couldn't get an appetite.

The following year, I waited until Christmas morning, and I got a nice coat with a fur collar. I was thrilled! My brother suggested peeking again, but I told him that I was never going to do that again! I had learned my lesson, and it was one that would last me a lifetime! I looked up at my angel, and she seemed to be glowing brighter than ever! And she seemed to have a much more peaceful look on her face. I knew then that I was forgiven, and I promised her that I would never peek at presents again!”

Thank you, Molly, for that reminder that it’s not just Santa Claus who’s watching over us to see if we’re naughty or nice.

This story reminds us that no matter how bad off we think we are, there are others in greater need. And nothing reflects the spirit of Christmas more than someone who gives to others even when they have very little themselves. Dorothy from North Carolina wrote:

“It's been a few years ago now that through an unusual set of circumstances I met a dear Christian lady named Hilda N-----. Hilda had endured many hardships in life…Now, in her later years… she lived in abject poverty with…crippling arthritis. It was Christmas and I had a gift for Hilda. Mark and I were dating at the time and I asked him to go with me to Hilda's humble home… But it wasn't my gift that I've remembered all these years...it was HER gift, given liberally out of her poverty, that I will never forget.

She and I had exchanged gifts, her gift to me a small ceramic bell with a cross at the top from the dollar store. And then came the moment I cherish yet today. She looked at Mark apologetically and reached down into the cushion of the chair…fumbling until she finally retrieved a small, zippered change purse. Her gnarled, misshapen fingers (terribly twisted from the arthritis) moving slowly and with painful effort, she managed to open the purse… Finally, she turned to Mark and, pulling out a folded, crumpled $1.00 bill, she held it out to him.

Her soft, quiet voice and loving manner gave eloquence to the gesture. ‘I didn't know YOU were coming so I didn't have a gift for you. Here’, she handed him the dollar bill, ‘Merry Christmas.’

Tears sprang to my eyes as I knew what a sacrifice was represented in the giving of the dollar bill. Her heart of love and her desire to share the little she had gave her gift more meaning than a purse full of gold.”

Thank you, Dorothy, and Hilda, for reminding us that Christmas isn’t about what we get, it’s about what we give.

One thing everyone loves about the holidays is all the great foods we indulge in only once a year. Every family has its special dishes that simply must be on the table, from oyster dressing to yams with tiny marshmallows. But sometimes, they don’t make for a great combination, on the plate or in your stomach.

Kevin from Maryland wrote me that he grew up in a Norwegian family that always served the notorious fish dish, lutefisk, which he jokingly called, “the piece of Cod that passes all understanding." (The recipe involves soaking a piece of cod fish in lye for three days. Seriously.)

Kevin recalled:

“My mother, a fine teetotaling Christian who prided herself on never having alcohol in the house, was appalled the day my uncle brought a six-pack of beer as his contribution to the Christmas meal. To my mother’s horror, my father graciously accepted the libation. And so, in sullen silence, the family dinner was served...the traditional lutefisk and Godless beer.

I remember the smirk on my uncle's face as he began to eat the fish dish and wash it down with beer. My father, at the other end of the table shared in the merriment, while my poor grim-faced mother tried to remain polite...though sitting next to her, I was certain that she was asking God to strike her kin with righteous retribution.”

Now, at this point, Kevin went into some clinical details about the chemical reactions of the digestive system that I won’t relay here. Suffice to say that about half an hour into the meal, his dad and uncle suddenly excused themselves and bolted from the table. They both spent a miserable night of gastric distress, much to his mom’s quiet satisfaction.

Kevin said that was the Christmas he learned that mixing fish cured in lye with beer creates a volcanic reaction in the stomach similar to mixing vinegar and baking soda. He said it was also the year he learned that God answers prayers (his mother’s, at least.) And He's not above using science in working His will.

I want to thank Kevin for that unique story. While most of my listeners’ stories touched the heart or the funny bone, his was the only one that touched the digestive system.

"Extreme Bidenisms"

December 20, 2022

President Biden has long been known for his “Bidenisms,” statements that have only a nodding acquaintance with the truth or else are truly jaw-dropping gaffes. But the past few days have brought some examples that are extreme even for him.

Like his story that he swore (“my word as a Biden,” for what that’s worth) was true, about using his clout as Vice President to get his Uncle Frank a Purple Heart for his heroism in World War II. Problem: his uncle died before Joe became VP, and he never received a Purple Heart. As for gaffes, imagine the stunned silence of the audience that was treated to him declaring, “I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid.”

https://townhall.com/columnists/jeffcrouere/2022/12/19/our-president-the-pathological-liar-n2617287

At that link, Jeff Crouere of Townhall.com looks back at Biden’s lifetime of pathological lying and notes that it’s becoming even more frequent and over-the-top. But is it really lying if the person spinning these fantastic confabulations doesn’t even know they’re not true? These latest developments might not call for a lie detector test so much as a cognitive test.

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December 15, 2022

Democrats currently running the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held one of their last hearings to try to paint their political opponents as violent white supremacists who alone pose a unique threat to “our democracy.”