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Last Thursday at Disney World, for the first time since Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, a boat on the iconic Jungle Cruise ride sank (the Disney World version has been operating since 1971 without any Titanic-like incidents.) What next, a 20-car pileup on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride?

Fortunately, the water is only five feet at its deepest point, so the tourists aboard were fine, if a bit wet. They also escaped being devoured by the animatronic hippos. Guess it’s a good thing Disney didn’t go with the original idea of using real live jungle animals. This link has some fascinating photos of that ill-fated three-minute tour, as well as the construction of the ride.

https://www.wnd.com/2020/02/disney-world-guests-rescued-jungle-cruise-boat-abruptly-sinks/

Since aquatic tragedy was averted, we can all celebrate our relief by enjoying this animated video of one of Weird Al Yankovic’s greatest original (non-parody) songs, “Skipper Dan,” about a tour guide on a jungle cruise ride who would probably welcome his boat sinking just to break up the monotony of his job.

https://youtu.be/a0cCRRFi1aA

Once again, the persistence of conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has finally paid off. D.C. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth has granted their request to depose Hillary Clinton about her emails and Benghazi attack documents. Not only that, but he's allowed the depositions of Hillary’s IT technician, her former chief of staff Cheryl Mills, and two other State Department officials.

"I give kudos to Judicial Watch,” House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes said to Tucker Carlson on Monday. “They have been tough. They’ve stayed on this. That’s what we have to do in this town. These people don’t just lie down. They don’t go away. You have to fight them every single step of the way.”

https://www.foxnews.com/media/devin-nunes-hillary-clinton-email-scandal-judicial-watch


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I know my readers get tired of waiting for justice, but persistence is the only way. This case goes back to 2014, when Judicial Watch found out that Susan Rice’s “talking points” for her false statements about Benghazi were actually created by the Obama White House. Recall that it was JW’s lawsuit about Benghazi that led to the discovery of Hillary’s private email server in 2015. Think of it: if JW hadn’t been digging around about Benghazi, Hillary’s use of a private email server to conduct government business would likely have remained a secret forever. There’s so much about The Swamp that would never have come to light. (And who knows what else there is that’s still shrouded in darkness; we’ve seen just the tip of the iceberg.)

So now, in the ongoing case of Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State, Judge Lamberth, on the guiding principle that more information is always better, has opted for more testimony. (Thank you!) It was Judge Lamberth who in 2018 ordered discovery into whether Hillary’s use of a private server was intended to stymie Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests. (I would add that no one knows more about the stymieing of FOIA requests than Judicial Watch.) Lamberth said that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

Of course, it’s challenging whenever plaintiffs have to show intent. Did Hillary INTEND to circumvent FOIA? It defies reason to think she didn't. Fortunately, Judge Lamberth appears to be an eminently reasonable jurist. To us, it appeared that Hillary had skated away to a wine bar in Chappaqua, but this case has been moving under the radar.

Hillary argued that she had already answered questions and should not have to again, but Judge Lamberth disagreed. “With each passing round of discovery,” he said, “the Court is left with more questions than answers.” He finds it inexplicable that with so many important questions left unanswered, the Justice Department wants to close the case. “The Court is especially troubled by this,” he continued. “To argue that the Court now has enough information to determine whether State conducted an adequate search is preposterous, especially when considering State’s deficient representations regarding the existence of additional Clinton emails.”

My favorite part of the ruling is Judge Lamberth’s comments on Hillary’s ability to recollect: “The Court has considered the numerous times in which Secretary Clinton said she could not recall or remember certain details in her prior interrogatory answers. In a deposition, it is more likely that plaintiff’s counsel could use documents and other testimony to attempt to refresh her recollection. And so, to avoid the unsatisfactory and inefficient outcome of multiple rounds of fruitless interrogatories and move this almost six-year-old case closer to its conclusion, Judicial Watch will be permitted to clarify and further explore Secretary Clinton’s answers IN PERSON AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER SHE GIVES THEM [emphasis mine]. The Court agrees with Judicial Watch --- it is time to hear directly from Secretary Clinton.”

https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-releases/judicial-watch-victory-federal-court-orders-deposition-of-hillary-clinton-on-emails-and-benghazi-attack-records/

One of the other officials that Lamberth is allowing to be deposed is Paul Combetta, an IT specialist who worked on Hillary’s private server and was involved in deleting her emails (after they’d been subpoenaed). He took the Fifth during previous questioning, so we’ll see. Remember this?

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/295620-clinton-it-aide-does-not-appear-before-oversight-panel-despite

By now, Judicial Watch should be well-armed with questions for Combetta to not answer. Also to be deposed are a couple of other State Department officials familiar with Hillary’s private server, Brett Gittleson and Yvette Jacks.

Hillary will play the artful dodger. As Gregg Jarrett said on Monday’s HANNITY show, she is “a master of prevarication. She has elevated lies and deception and evasion to an art form.” It’s true; we’ve seen her tell lie after lie and change her story whenever she needed to. Recall that at the start of the curiosity about her email, she said she hadn’t emailed classified material. Later she said she never sent material that was classified at the time. Still later, she changed her story again, saying she had never emailed anything marked “classified.”

Even James Comey had to say that this was not true. (Never mind that he lied himself when he said “no reasonable prosecutor” would take that case.)

Oh, and in her bogus “Mid-Year Exam” interview with the FBI, Hillary said some version of “I don’t recall” 39 times. Jarrett thinks this new interview will most likely be a waste of time because she’ll just “feign amnesia.”

In this opinion piece for FOX NEWS, he calls her “slippery as an eel.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/federal-judge-orders-hillary-clinton-deposition-to-address-private-emails-there-is-still-more-to-learn

But I would add that her amnesia-feigning will fall at the same time she’s trying to garner some notice as an alternative for the presidential nomination. Why should Democrats opt for her phony memory loss when they already have a candidate with real memory loss, Joe Biden?

And she actually might not get away with it this time. Expect her to be especially hard-pressed in this deposition, perhaps being put on the spot as never before. As Judge Lamberth said, “[The existing record] does not sufficiently explain Secretary Clinton’s state of mind when she decided it would be an acceptable practice to set up and use a private server to conduct State Department business.” He called her responses “either incomplete, unhelpful or cursory at best.” And no –- written questions will not do, he said, as they “will only muddle any understanding of Secretary Clinton’s state of mind and fail to capture the full picture...”

We’re not going to learn from this case what actions were taken after the 2012 Benghazi attack; that’s a separate issue and Judge Lamberth has ruled witnesses can’t be questioned about it. But witnesses will be asked about “their knowledge of the existence of any emails, documents or text messages related to the Benghazi attack.”

There’s a good reason why we have laws against doing what Hillary did. Can you imagine what such easy access to the Secretary of State’s emails would mean to foreign spies? I’d bet that over the decades in previous administrations, enemy agents have lost their lives trying to gain such access. Yet Hillary Clinton didn’t care and has never thought the laws applied to her. It’s time for her to finally learn she was wrong about that.

Another take-away from this: Judge Lamberth is a Reagan appointee and a fabulous judge who obviously cares about the law. Elections mean things!

Several very influential people have passed away in recent days, so I thought I’d take a minute to pay last respects to them...

One of the most brilliant and visionary scientists of our time, Freeman Dyson, died Saturday at 96. Dyson made enormous contributions to physics, math and quantum electrodynamics, despite never even bothering to earn a Ph.D. He also never won a Nobel Prize, even though his ability to understand things that others could not imagine led to fundamental advances in science and technology. As Mark Steyn wrote, you can get a sense of his importance just by the number of things that bear his name: “the Dyson sphere, Dyson series, Dyson graphs, Dyson number, Dyson operator, Dyson conjecture, Dyson tree, Schwinger-Dyson equation, Dyson's transform, Dyson's eternal intelligence” and so on.

https://www.steynonline.com/10094/cover-story

As Steyn notes, toward the end of his life, other scientists not nearly so brilliant turned on him for casting doubt on their apocalyptic climate change predictions. Dyson believed in manmade climate change, and said he was a Democrat through-and-through and loved Obama, but he thought Obama was on the wrong side of climate change and the Republicans on the right side. He believed that the effects of CO2 on climate were vastly overstated and the benefit of more CO2 outweighed the negatives. Also, that the alarmists were too attached to their own computer models that had been proven wrong again and again. As Steyn quotes Dyson:

“A model is such a fascinating toy that you fall in love with your creation... Every model has to be compared to the real world and, if you can't do that, then don't believe the model.”

As happened so many times in his life, Dyson saw and stated a fundamental truth that his fellow scientists were oblivious to. Here are some testimonials from those who knew him:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615305/freeman-dyson-by-the-people-who-knew-him-an-unusual-visionary/


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Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch died Sunday at 84. One of the most successful businessmen of the late 20th century, Welch’s hard-driving style and willingness to dump unprofitable companies and lay off workers brought him both admiration and criticism. He oversaw GE’s acquisition of RCA (and later NBC) and got the company into finance with GE Capital. That brought in massive profits, but seven years after his retirement, the 2008 mortgage crisis nearly destroyed the company. Welch said he gave himself an A for execution but an F for his choice of successors. You can read more about this controversial and influential man at the link.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/jack-welch-dead-former-ge-ceo

James Lipton, the longtime host of the award-winning interview series “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” has died at 93 after battling bladder cancer. What you might not know about him: he served in the Air Force in World War II and came to New York after the war intending to become a lawyer, but instead fell into movie and TV production. On radio, he was the voice of the Lone Ranger’s nephew Dan Reid. He wrote a novel, choreographed a ballet, wrote for several soap operas and spent 10 years acting on “The Guiding Light.” Our condolences to his wife of nearly 50 years, former model Kedakai Mercedes Lipton.

https://www.westernjournal.com/inside-actors-studio-host-james-lipton-dead-age-93/

Late last month, computer scientist Larry Tesler died at 74. He spent two decades at Apple, helping make human-computer interactions easier. His most famous contribution: while working at Xerox, he created the copy/cut/paste commands that allow computer users to move text around in documents and between different programs. In his honor, Twitter users are creating endless threads by copying and pasting the link to his obituary.

https://www.newsweek.com/larry-tesler-copy-paste-twitter-thread-chain-1488442

Coronavirus twist

March 3, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has suddenly been politicized in a way nobody saw coming. There are now 2,336 cases and 77 deaths from it in Iran. One of those deaths was of a close confidant to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and 23 of the new cases are among Iran’s Parliament members.

https://www.foxnews.com/health/iran-says-77-dead-amid-2336-cases-of-new-coronavirus

But the political ramifications aren’t limited to Iran. Shortly before the outbreak hit, Connecticut liberal Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy took it upon himself to thumb his nose at the Logan Act and hold a secret meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, apparently to undermine President Trump’s tough policy stance against Iran. It’s unclear if any other Democrats also held meetings with any Iranian officials at the same time.

Even though there’s a very low risk that Murphy was infected, he’s been schmoozing around Washington for weeks, and there’s a slight possibly he’s been spreading the infection. A number of people are demanding he be quarantined.

https://www.westernjournal.com/chris-murphy-met-top-iranian-days-outbreak-now-people-want-quarantined/

I don’t know if a quarantine is necessary to prevent Murphy from spreading the coronavirus, but locking him in his house for a while might at least keep him from illegally conducting foreign policy.

Super Tuesday - Go Vote

March 3, 2020

Today is Super Tuesday when primaries are held in 14 states and American Samoa. By this time tomorrow (assuming the Democrats have figured out how to count ballots), we should have a clearer idea of whether Joe Biden is really back in the race or if South Carolina was just a fluke; whether Democratic primary voters actually believe Bernie Sanders is going to help workers just because his ideas are straight out of The Daily Worker; and whether it really is possible for Mike Bloomberg to buy a shot at a major party Presidential nomination by running more ads than My Pillow.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/super-tuesday-states

One person who will definitely not be coming out of Super Tuesday a winner is Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out of the race on Monday (too bad if you already voted for her in early voting!) and endorsed Joe Biden. Pete Buttigieg also endorsed Biden, but it took him a couple of days. As usual, President Trump had a hilarious comment, suggesting that these candidates are being promised jobs in a Biden Administration in exchange for their endorsements. Trump said, “That’s called a quid pro quo. QUID!...PRO!...QUO!”

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-klobuchar-ending-presidential-bid-will-endorse-biden/

If you’re a Democrat, I urge you to turn out and vote for the loser of your choice. And Republicans, even though Trump is likely a given for the nomination (barring a last-minute surge by Rocky da la Fuente), you should also vote. Not only to make your voice heard, and to scare the media with the pro-Trump turnout, but also because your local races matter. This is true for both parties!


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Case in point: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the House of Representatives now because voters in her solid blue New York district thought incumbent Joe Crowley was a shoo-in, so the primary didn’t matter. AOC’s partisans showed up at the polls, and she now has a national platform for her dangerous socialist nonsense, thanks to just 15,897 voters, about the same number as the population of Durant, Oklahoma. Her 4,000-vote winning margin was smaller than the population of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The population of her district is 706,440 people. I'll bet a lot of them wish now that they'd showed up to vote in the last primary so they'd actually have a Congressional Representative.

It’s not too late to do some last-minute research into the candidates. Your local newspaper’s website probably has information on all of them, perhaps even with the editors’ endorsements, which you can take as a cue to vote for or against their pick, based on what you think about their editorials.

It’s important to vote in primaries because it’s not enough just to elect someone with the correct letter after their name in parentheses. Republicans held the House during Trump’s first two years, but stymied much of Trump’s agenda. Then Democrats took over and ignored all pressing issues in favor of impeachment uber alles. You can’t just have power in the hands of your party. It needs to be trusted to the right people in your party. That’s up to you, by turning out and casting an informed vote in your local primary races.

This week, I felt a great disturbance in the Twitterspere, as if millions of leftists suddenly cried out in terror at the thought that they might be stopped from silencing conservatives.

It was caused by news that Elliot Management, a hedge fund run by conservative billionaire Paul Singer, had purchased a major stake in their favorite PC, speech-censoring platform, Twitter. Word is that Singer wants to force out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has let his den of social justice warriors repeatedly block conservative content while allowing far more threatening or questionable leftist content to remain online.

As Monica Showalter details at American Thinker, Dorsey likely has more in mind than changing Twitter’s political leanings.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/03/a_vulture_circles_over_twitter.html


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We’ve seen how a number of Silicon Valley tech companies run by socialist billionaires have prioritized advancing “woke” political views and virtue signaling over maximizing shareholder returns, resulting in massive unrealized profits. Twitter has deplatformed popular conservative voices such as James Woods, driven away conservative users and refused to accept political ads because they “don’t want to affect the election”…possibly the stupidest thing a for-profit media platform has ever said.

As Ms Showalter notes, liberals have complained that Singer is aggressive, persistent, very tough, uncompromising, a difficult adversary, and he “won’t go away.” He’s taken on such adversaries as the socialist government of Venezuela, so he’s not likely to be intimidated by Twitter trolls. He may be after Twitter and Dorsey purely for the profits, but it’s possible that a happy side effect would be returning Twitter to the platform for free speech it started out as before being warped into a censorious propaganda outlet and outrage mob tool by the leftist activist techies inside its own corporate version of the Deep State.

I can almost hear them crying out now: “Help us, George Soros! You’re our only hope!”

Prayers for Nashville

March 3, 2020

I woke up this morning to the tragic news of the devastating tornado that struck last night near downtown Nashville. It occurred in the middle of the night when most people were asleep and couldn’t hear any warnings. It was described as an EF-3 level tornado that went through a heavily-populated area. The communities of Mt. Juliet and Germantown were hit particularly hard. At this writing, I’ve heard unconfirmed reports that there are nine people dead, along with major destruction and power outages, although it’s still too early to assess the damage. There’s more information at this link, but there will be bulletins coming throughout the day.

Please join me in praying for the victims and that there are no more casualties. For those of you who have expressed concern: so far, I haven’t heard of anyone in the “Huckabee” TV family who was hit, although some were close enough to the tornado’s path to hear it roar past. One staffer was evacuated to a shelter and is “safe but shaken.” Our TBN studio is in Hendersonville, just north of downtown Nashville, and was untouched.

The Red Cross has already set up a shelter for those who have lost their homes. To help, you can make a donation at http://www.redcross.org. I’m sure Samaritan’s Purse will also be there, and you can help them at https://www.samaritanspurse.org. Thank you for your prayers and donations.

Benjamin Netanyahu wins

March 3, 2020

As a lesson about the importance of turnout, voter turnout yesterday in Israel was slightly up at 71%, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears on track to win 59 seats, leaving his party two seats short of a majority in the Knesset. That total could rise when the votes of soldiers are counted, but Netanyahu still considers it a major victory. He plans to quickly form a strong nationalist coalition government with other conservative parties.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-Elections/Benjamin-Netanyahus-Right-bloc-wins-majority-exit-polls-619513

Full disclosure: Netanyahu is a friend, and I admire him greatly, not only as a great leader of Israel but as a great world leader. I was in Israel just last week, where I gave a speech on his behalf and he graciously thanked me for being such a longtime friend of Israel. I’ve watched in dismay over the past year or so as leftwing opponents who couldn’t beat him at the ballot box have attacked his character and his family and tried to defeat him with politicized charges and investigations (sound familiar?) I congratulate the voters of Israel for seeing through these tactics and making the right choice, for their own security and the security of the entire Middle East.