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Our pop culture guru Pat Reeder says he can quote a line from “Gone With The Wind” to fit any situation in life, and his pick for this story is Rhett Butler’s, “You’re like the thief who isn't the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he's going to jail.”

The story is that attorneys for former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith are pleading with a judge not to give him jail time for lying to secure surveillance warrants against Trump 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page. He didn’t mean to do anything wrong; why, he just “cut a corner” because he was “overworked” and “exhausted.” I'm surprised he didn't use the classic DC excuse: “Mistakes were made!” In Washington, mistakes make themselves, and there’s nothing you can do to stop them.

If he was so tired and overworked, then why did he go to the additional effort of editing an email to falsify evidence so that he could obtain an unjustified warrant to spy on an innocent American? Take a look at how the inner circle of anti-Trump agents set up Mike Flynn and tried to railroad him into prison, and tell me with a straight face that if they had been able to find anything on Page with those falsely-obtained warrants that they wouldn’t have tried to slap him behind bars, too.

Clinesmith is facing a potential five years in prison because this is not a minor “oopsy” offense. This is falsifying evidence to deceive the FISA court into violating the rights of a US citizen. And it’s done by someone in a position of trust and authority in the top law enforcement agency of the federal government. He’s hardly the only one who should face serious consequences; he’s just the lowest fall guy on the list.

So I hope that after his lawyers hand the judge all those feeble excuses for why he shouldn’t face serious punishment, that the judge will also quote Rhett Butler and say, “Frankly…I don’t give a d**n.”

Remember the hit song from the ‘80s by the band Missing Persons that went, “Nobody walks in L.A.”? Who would’ve guessed that in 2020, that would be mandatory?

With both city and state officials in California bringing back draconian lockdown orders, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti apparently said, “Hold muh latte” and outdid them all. His office issued an order requiring “all persons living within the City of Los Angeles” to “remain in their homes,” and except for those involved in listed “essential” businesses and activities, it bans “all travel, including, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit.”

Yes, you read that right: he’s banning travel on foot. That means nobody’s allowed to go outside and take a walk. Because apparently, walking by yourself outdoors (or riding your bike through the park, or traveling in your own sealed car) is how the coronavirus spreads.

Nick Searcy, one of the few, brave, outspoken conservative actors in Hollywood, posted a hilarious video rebellion against Garcetti’s pointless ban on walking.

But the rebellion isn’t just among the rare showbiz conservatives. The Los Angeles County Sheriff has just joined other sheriffs in saying he will not enforce these draconian lockdown edicts on businesses, and if the health department wants to enforce them, they can do it themselves. He said the recent spread is most likely due to Thanksgiving and the championship celebrations for the Dodgers and Lakers, not to small businesses that have already bent over backwards to ensure high safety standards and have suffered enough.

This is what gives me hope that no matter what kind of unconstitutional policies leftist wonks in Washington are dreaming up, from targeting churches to confiscating guns, Americans will respond by roundly ignoring them, and police and the military will say, “If you want to enforce that garbage, then go do it yourself.” Good luck with that!

Friday afternoon, I saw a good friend of mine and decided to conduct a test. I said to him, "I'm doing a little experiment, so let me ask you a question: You don't follow the news super-closely but you do talk with a lot of people (which he does), so...have you heard ANYTHING about the allegations of voter fraud in the election, especially that video of what looks to be secret late-night ballot counting in Georgia?"

He looked at me as if I had three eyes and said, "No! Nothing at all."

He was interested, though. He couldn't imagine why he hadn't heard anything on the news about something as serious as that. He asked for more information, so I decided to write him the following letter. Then it occurred to me, why not pass the same letter along to all the HUCKABEE readers, as you surely know people who don't read the twice-daily newsletter --- of course, they should --- but would like to know more. Here's a slight variation of the letter so you can send it to all your friends who might not have heard much so far:

Hi, _________. I thought you might want to know about this, so here are some updates on the alleged election fraud that's not getting news coverage, with links interspersed to provide more information if you would like it. The first two links concern media bias as it relates to this (and anything else political, really), to show why it’s not being covered. The third one refers to the big breaking story --- the late-night vote count in Fulton County (greater Atlanta), Georgia, after almost everyone, including poll watchers and media, had been evacuated from the room in State Farm Arena at around 10:30PM on November 3.

The public story that night, from the Fulton County public affairs manager and reported by ABC News, was that the room had been vacated and the ballot counters and poll monitors SENT HOME because a water main had broken, but it turned out the only issue was one leaky toilet, and the video –- which turned up two days ago in response to a subpoena –- shows there was no problem at all with people being in the room and continuing to count! A crew of just four people appeared to be stuffing the machines with ballots brought out in boxes from under a long table that had been placed there in the morning.

Everyone, including the media, thought the count had been halted for the night.

At the time they stopped the count at this facility, Trump was ahead in Georgia, as was true in other states that had a suspiciously similar shut-down in a heavily “blue” county that night. When those counts resumed (officially), Biden surged ahead. I can’t say for sure that this is election fraud, but if it isn’t, it’s doing a very good impression. This has got to be investigated. I wonder if video exists for any of those other "evacuated" counting rooms.

I apologize that the links I’m sending you are all from conservative-leaning news and opinion sites. You're not going to get this information from most news outlets, not even indisputable facts that call the outcome into question. Most media are either deliberately not reporting it at all or saying it is “disputed” or “debunked.” This article should give you an idea as to why.

The allegation of voter fraud is most certainly NOT debunked. You can watch the Georgia hearing in which the "vote-counting" video was presented. Also, poll watchers have signed sworn affidavits saying they followed INSTRUCTIONS they were given to clear the room at 10:30. But social media is trying to stop the communication even of information that’s been sworn to in affidavits. This essay talks about that.

Two people from the Georgia secretary of state’s office have said there’s nothing abnormal to see in this video. I beg to differ! It makes me think of this old comedy bit (A MUST-SEE!).

In the meantime, this is the most recent story I have as of Friday night, which capsulizes the dispute:

There’s much more I could tell you about various allegations from Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona --- many more things that smell fishy. (I’ve really only talked about one state!) Here’s a helpful “infogram”:

Here’s something else I just found. Remember that I said this kind of thing can happen because people on the left hate Trump so much that they’ve thrown all the rules out the window? Well, I didn’t write the following commentary, but it’s very much like something I would say. I think it explains very well what Trump supporters think about what is going on:

Here’s another write-up on the secret late-night ballot count. It’s written by Katie Pavlich, who is very dependable.

Seeing this, we as voters have a right to ask questions. The poll watchers were certainly under the impression they were supposed to leave. What EXACTLY was said to them? Why would officials tell a story about a broken water line and the count being discontinued for the night when it was clearly still going on? Which votes –- and how many –- were counted while the process was (illegally) unsupervised? To change the count as they did, the votes would have had to run 98 percent for Biden –- how is that possible?

Here's a story that could impact the Pennsylvania vote and that has stood up to scrutiny so far. This absolutely must be investigated:

There's more: Sworn affidavits from election workers attest under penalty of perjury that they counted stacks of mail-in ballots that were pristine, unfolded (?), and looked like they were made on a copier, even the mark made for Biden. Also, these ballots didn’t have votes in the down-ballot races, only for Biden. Maybe this stuff will be investigated and debunked, but it hasn't been.

There’s also a great deal of statistical evidence, sworn to by experts, that shows near-impossibility of the Biden v. Trump results. I can give you that if you’d like to have it.

Finally, a Trafalgar Group poll shows that over half of all Georgia voters, 53.2 percent, think that the presidential election was compromised enough to affect the outcome. Among Republicans, that number is 74.6 percent. That's WITH mainstream media ignoring the problems and falsely anointing Biden as "the President-elect." We can’t survive with a system that doesn’t merit more trust than this.

I'm sorry the mainstream media aren't reporting this. I'll bet most of the people you know have little or no idea about it, so feel free to pass this along. Hope I've been helpful. You know me --- I'm no crackpot. I'm more like Joe Friday..."Just the facts," and that's what we all deserve.

"Dark Winter" Joe

December 7, 2020

It looks as if Joe Biden might have been right about a “dark winter” ahead, but if so, it’s mostly because people think he’s likely to become President.

Friday, the Department of Labor issued a disappointing November jobs report. It was expected that the economy would add 440,000 new jobs, but the number was only 225,000. This comes after several months of the economy roaring back from the coronavirus shutdowns with record growth and job creation. Why the sudden downturn?

When people started being told in the first week of November that Biden is the “President-elect” (he’s not, at least not yet), it’s likely that business owners braced for a return of the deadly policies of the Obama years, Biden’s promised big tax increases, kowtowing again to China and a wave of intrusive, business-crushing regulations imposed by clueless liberal bureaucrats with zero private sector experience.

Biden called it a “dire jobs report,” complaining that “one in four businesses can’t keep their doors open.” I assume he thinks we'll blame Trump for it. I wonder if it even dawns on him that we know what allegedly happened in November. Businesses are shutting their doors because his fellow Democrats keep ordering their doors to be nailed shut, and the sudden drop in hiring is because business owners are suddenly battening down the hatches in fear that the roaring Trump economy he ran against is about to turn back into the anti-business Obama-Biden economy we suffered through for eight years.

We are sad to report the passing of two performers who will be very familiar to baby boomers.

Actor Warren Berlinger passed away this past week at 83. He was one of those comic character actors whose name you might not know, but you’d recognize his face anywhere. His stage, TV and movie career stretched across eight decades, starting with his Broadway debut at age 9 in the original cast of “Annie Get Your Gun” in 1947. His friendly, chubby face, regular guy personality and knack for comedy made him a mainstay of sketch and anthology shows such as “Love American Style” and “The Love Boat,” and sitcoms stretching from “The Goldbergs” in 1956 through “That Girl,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Too Close For Comfort,” “Friends” and right up to his last role in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”

It’s also been reported that Abby Dalton died on November 23rd in Los Angeles at 88, following a long illness. While she appeared in many roles, Dalton was best known for playing Julia Cumson on “Falcon Crest” in the 1980s, for her four-year stint as the lower center square on “Hollywood Squares,” and for her 1961 Emmy nomination for Jackie Cooper’s military series, “Hennesey.” She actually starred on that show at the same time she was on the sitcom “The Joey Bishop Show” as Bishop’s wife.

She was in such high demand because of her unusual combination of talents, being both a first-rate comic actress and a gorgeous sex symbol who started out as a model. Men who were young and impressionable in 1957 will surely remember her from Roger Corman’s weirdly-titled B-movie, “The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent,” while younger readers might remember that from “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

Both Warren Berlinger and Abby Dalton contributed so much to the entertainment world over the past half century that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

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I would also like to point your attention to a couple of things that I think “Huckabee” newsletter readers will appreciate, if you are as alarmed as I am by the left’s recent push to censor, label and edit movies, TV shows and recordings from bygone eras that don’t adhere to the latest PC standards. I’m a pop culture historian, and like you, I am intelligent enough to watch a movie from many decades ago and see a joke, character or story point that wouldn’t pass muster today without it affecting my personal beliefs.

We can all recognize that these artistic works are a product of their times, just as our ancestors were products of their times but still deserve respect. I assume people will someday look back on the dismal “woke” desecrations of “Star Wars” and “Ghostbusters” and say, “What were they thinking?” But I don’t even want those to be buried; I want them preserved as a warning to future generations never to do that again.

The first thing I want to share is from a YouTuber I enjoy known as “The Critical Drinker” (he does all his videos in the persona of a drunken Scotsman, so a warning about the language). He has many videos that hilariously rip the woke virtue-signaling that’s ruining today’s movies and TV shows, but this is a serious commentary that came out during the BLM boom, when “Gone With The Wind” was taken off of TV. It’s an intelligent and impassioned argument against the “cancel culture” burying, editing and altering older movies to make them “safe” for today’s audiences. It’s called “Why The Past Matters.”

Second, there’s a movie out now called “Mank,” about the great screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz’s work on the script for “Citizen Kane.”

I’m a “Kane” nut, so I enjoyed it, but it’s probably too depressing and inside for most casual moviegoers. Still, there’s a line that resonates widely today and needs to be heard by everyone. MGM head Louis B. Mayer tells this to a new writer:

“This is a business where the buyer gets nothing for his money but a memory. What he bought still belongs to the man who sold it. That’s the real magic of the movies.”

That’s also what’s so dangerous about “cancel culture” as it pertains to altering or censoring older creative works. In an era when so many people rely on streaming for content, and the content owners are so politicized and easily frightened by the Twitter mobs, our cultural past is not safe.

People ask me why my house is filled with books, LPs, CDs, DVDs, film reels, tapes, 45s and hard drives full of files. Because if you don’t own it in a hard copy format, you don’t own it at all. It can be taken away or altered at any time whenever the rights owner decides you shouldn’t see it in its original form. Personally, if I don’t own it, I don’t trust anyone else to preserve it. I don't want my personal memories of these works to be the only thing about them that survives.

And if one of my DVD’s of Disney’s “Song of the South” breaks, no problem. I have two.

Less than five hours after Rudy Giuliani appeared with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, President Trump announced via Tweet that Rudy had tested positive for COVID-19. FOX NEWS reported it Sunday afternoon.

Later that day, it was reported that he'd been admitted to Georgetown University Hospital for treatment.

Rudy has been doing a heroic job managing the legal strategy for Trump in states where election tactics and results have been highly suspect. Like all who test positive, he’ll be under quarantine for 14 days after being symptom-free, so must continue his role either from the hospital or his home, as the case may be. I hope you'll keep him in your prayers.

He appeared fine in his interview with Bartiromo, who asked for his response to dismissals from the media such as THE WALL STREET JOURNAL's Sunday morning headline “Trump Uses Rally for Georgia’s Senate Candidates to Push Unsupported Claims of Voting Fraud.” (I join in her scorn of the WSJ’s unsupported use of the word “unsupported.”) Rudy could only shake his head in bewilderment at that headline as Maria played footage from the State Farm Arena in Fulton County, where a skeleton crew of unsupervised ballot-counters appeared to be stuffing the Dominion machines.

"Why is it that the media continues to report that there’s unsupported evidence here," she asked, "when every day, you’re out talking about these situations?”

"Maria, I wish I knew the answer to that,” he replied. “Part of it is bias, part of it is corruption, part of it’s laziness, part of it is just inexplicable. How you can say it’s unsupported, when there are now tape after tape after tape...”

(It should be noted that the chief investigator for the Georgia Secretary of State told the factchecking site LeadStories.com that the video shows nothing unusual: that the workers who left were just “cutters” whose job is open the envelopes and they were finished, and that those weren’t suitcases but standard containers for ballots. She also claims nobody was told to leave and the people on the tape were just scanners doing their job. Duly noted.)

However, Guiliani went on to say there are ONE THOUSAND affidavits from people who personally observed fraudulent acts. “This is a massive fraud, all throughout the country,” he said.

He’s looking to state legislatures to act; Bartiromo asked about the possible role of the Supreme Court. (Justice Sam Alito’s involvement in Pennsylvania has seemed to us to be a positive sign that SCOTUS might hear a case.) Giuliani said the Pennsylvania case “probably is a week away” from being ready to argue, and he believes it is “a very good case.”

He told Maria that state legislatures have authority to change state electors if this action is based on “substantial reasons of corruption, irregularities --- in each case, each one of these legislatures has more than enough of that to sustain a Supreme Court challenge.”

"We're getting heard in the state legislatures,” he said, “and once they make a decision, we’ll get heard in the Supreme Court.”

"We’re not getting heard in the public,” he added, “except for occasional shows like yours and a few others, a few interviews that we do, and social media.” (I would add that social media has actually made the sharing of information quite challenging, and also that we proudly place ourselves within the small circle of outlets trying to inform people.)

Giuliani said the FBI had not questioned the people who were shown working unsupervised at State Farm Arena. “Not that I know of,” he said. And it wasn’t just the counting, he alleged. “They were involved in two or three other acts of voter fraud.”

“And the FBI is nowhere to be found.”

John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence, has expressed similar concerns and calls for more transparency from the FBI.

Alan Dershowitz, appearing later in the show, agreed that there is “probable cause” for further investigation. He said Giuliani has made “very serious allegations." The big question is WHICH institution is designed, constitutionally, to look into these allegations: state legislatures? the courts? Dershowitz proposes the creation of a “vote integrity panel” or “VIP,” consisting of former justices and judges, “neutral and nonpartisan,” that would look at all election-related complaints before, during and after the vote.

Not to shoot down an idea, but I do see potential problems, starting with the name “VIP, Voter Integrity Panel.” There already exists a group called “VIP,” the Voter Integrity Project, sponsored by the Thomas More Society; we've quoted from it here. Still, that's a relatively small problem compared with the most challenging one: keeping such a panel truly nonpartisan. But at least someone's thinking about possible solutions going forward.

Dershowitz agreed that Giuliani has been presenting evidence --- repeat, for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, EVIDENCE --- that now should be subject to cross-examination and other testimony.

He said Justice Alito’s actions suggest that the Supreme Court would likely rule Pennsylvania acted unconstitutionally in expanding the “window” so that ballots arriving after Election Day were counted.

(Since I’m not a legal expert, here is a different take on the possible reasons for Alito’s timing of his deadline.)

Dershowitz predicted that if the SCOTUS decided to take the case, it would rule that Pennsylvania acted illegally in changing voting laws without legislative action. This would cancel out all votes in Pennsylvania that were received after the close of Election Day.

He also said the constitutional question of whether state legislatures can choose electors after Election Day –- the Constitution gives them that responsibility before –- has not been answered. The way he explained it, if a state legislature decides fraud and/or error has occurred to a level that they must choose new electors, then it becomes “the key constitutional question” for the Supreme Court as to whether the legislature can do this. So that adds another level of complication.

One thing we know: we’ve got to abolish or severely limit mail-in voting. There were 100 million mail-in ballots in this election! Ken Starr reminds us that in the year 2000, Jimmy Carter and James Baker's bipartisan commission warned of the huge potential for fraud posed by mail-in voting. In 2008, even Barack Obama agreed that mail-in ballots shouldn't be counted unless they had verified signatures.

But in Starr’s words, “we’re running out of time” with this election because December 14 is the date set for the Electoral College to meet. “It’s going to take extraordinary action by legislatures and so forth.”

On the other hand, there may be more time than that, as the Constitution itself sets just one date, and that is Inauguration Day, January 20. Some legal analysts say the rest of the timetable isn't necessarily firm.

Starr points to the allegations of especially egregious potential fraud in Georgia, and in Wisconsin with the use of unmanned dropboxes in violation of state law. We recently reported these were funded by the Center for Tech and Civic Life, meaning Mark Zuckerberg.

Again, we’ll be praying for Rudy Giuliani to stay healthy and active. At the same time, we know the election challenges are in excellent hands with lead GOP attorney Jenna Ellis. On a related note, we also share Michael Flynn’s hopes for the independent legal efforts of Sidney Powell, whom he calls “America’s guardian angel of justice.”

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Addendum: Speaking of Sidney Powell, we’re eager to see the case she makes against Dominion Voting Systems and how it plays out. In the meantime, we don’t quite know what to make of this announcement Friday that involves Smartmatic, the firm that makes software used in Dominion machines, but we think you might be very interested. No accusations yet, just eyebrows raised at more evidence of the George Soros connection.