In California, where aborting babies is considered a sacred right, the California Supreme Court declined to halt the murder prosecution of a woman whose baby was stillborn because she used meth while pregnant.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argued against the prosecution, claiming it could discourage pregnant women with addiction issues from seeking healthcare and spark “additional and unnecessary scrutiny by law enforcement on every miscarriage and stillbirth.” (Becerra is Biden’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He’s also so radically pro-abortion that he charged multifple felonies against the undercover reporters who exposed Planned Parenthood’s brutal practices with no regard for how it might discourage the press from exposing the truth about powerful organizations.)

However, a spokesman for the Kings County D.A.’s office said this is “not a case about abortion nor women’s reproductive rights,” it’s “about a person who did specific acts that resulted in the death of a viable fetus.”

News flash to California officials: Abortion is “doing specific acts that result in the death of a viable fetus.” Some also call it "murder."

In a related story, a California judge not only awarded Planned Parenthood $2 million in damages for having their practices exposed, he added $13.5 million in legal fees.

The pro-life undercover reporters who did nothing more than what “60 Minutes” has done for decades (only they did it to a darling and big funder of Democrat politicians) expressed confidence that once the case is out of the hands of a California judge, it will be overturned and they won’t have to pay Planned Parenthood a cent. Let us pray.

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 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.

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2020

I chose this story for Christmas Day because it proves that Christmas is a time for miracles. Not just the miracles that happened 2,000 years ago, but those that God is showing us every day if we just open our eyes and our hearts to see them.

A listener named Sheila from Oklahoma wrote to me:

"I was diagnosed with Hodgkins' Disease lymphoma and felt I had been given a death sentence. I believed it was the last time I would celebrate my young son's birthday, my last Thanksgiving and my last Christmas. So everything about Christmas was vital to me. I hand-wrote personal messages to everyone on my card list, carefully selected and wrapped gifts and insisted on decorating my home alone with my son, in spite of chemotherapy.

The tree was a full-day endeavor because I was fatigued, and, of course, I had to cherish the memories of each special ornament. The two of us struggled with the lights but were almost finished with the entire tree. I had sat down to rest (when) my son announced, 'Mom! The lights went out!'...

I know it is trivial, but it just knocked the wind out of me. I bowed my head and cried because changing the lights meant undecorating the whole tree, and I just didn't have the energy.

'Lord,' I prayed. 'I can't do this. I need this Christmas, but I can't do this.'

Then I heard my son gasp, and I looked up to see all the lights were on again. And they stayed lit throughout Advent to Epiphany. For this and many reasons, my first Christmas with cancer was my best ever."

Thank you, Sheila, for that terrific story that contained two miracles. A simple one reminiscent of Hanukkah, in which the lights stayed on as a message that you were not alone.

And the second miracle: that story was about the Christmas of 1995. Sheila wrote to me to share it in 2011 -- 16 years after she thought she'd seen her final Christmas. Sheila, wherever you are now, I hope and pray that you are still healthy and happy, and sharing that wonderful story with everyone you meet.

Merry Christmas!

A little child shall lead them

December 24, 2020

Isaiah 11:6 tells us that "a little child shall lead them." That's what the Christmas story is all about. The miraculous connection between children and Christmas goes far beyond toys and Santa. Jennifer from Arizona wrote:

"When my son was about 2-1/2, I noticed he took a pair of his flip-flop shoes and placed them under the Christmas tree. I asked him why. (He said,) "They are for little Jesus. He doesn't have any shoes, and I am giving Him my shoes." I asked him who 'little Jesus' was, and he told me, 'God's son.'

Now, mind you, we hadn't, at that point, taken him to church yet. I had no idea where he got this story...It just goes to show that the little ones have more vision and hope than most adults when it comes to Christmas."

You're right, Jennifer. And I have another miraculous Christmas story to prove it. Gerald from Alabama wrote:

"My Dad was stationed at England Air Force Base, Louisiana, in 1962. In mid-November, he got orders to go to Spain for 90 days. I was 8 at the time. My mom and I went to the base to watch them take off in cargo planes. She said, ‘I wish he didn't have to be gone during Christmas.’

Some of the planes had already taken off, and there were about three or four waiting to leave. According to my mom, I said, ‘They are not going to go,’ and I pointed to one of the planes that hadn't taken off and said, ‘Daddy is in that plane,’ as it began to head to the end of the runway. I said, ‘It is going to stop at the end of the runway, turn around and come back and park right there,’ as I pointed to a place.

The plane stayed at the end of the runway about 10 minutes, turned and came back and parked at the place I pointed out. My mom got chill bumps all over her when this happened and she was really surprised when the Airmen started to get off, and there was my Daddy. The other planes started to land...The orders had been cancelled.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas that year...I remember some of what I said and especially the part about the plane turning around and coming back to park. But my mother was in awe that everything I said actually happened. This is the most memorable Christmas ever in my lifetime."

I'm not surprised, Gerald. That is definitely a story for us all to remember!

One thing we all learned from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is that it’s not how fancy your tree is that matters, it’s the love it represents. A radio listener of mine named Vicky from California sent me a beautiful story that illustrated that as well as Charles M. Schulz did.

Vicky recalled a time years before, when her young family was desperately poor and struggling to provide Christmas for their three small children. Her husband brought home a tree, but was so exhausted after working 14 hours, he hadn't noticed it was dead and brown on one side.

A neighbor tried to help by giving them a little 18-inch, lighted tabletop tree. Vickie thought it was so small and ugly, she began to cry at the thought that this shrunken thing would be their family's tree. Just then, her little daughter began to cry, too, and hugged her. But she was crying for a very different reason.

The little girl said in awe, “That is the most beautiful tree I have ever seen. Do we really get to have that as our tree this year?"

Vicki wrote, “I had a permanent attitude change. That night, I couldn't stop thanking our Heavenly Father enough for His blessings.”

Thank you, Vicki. That story puts a new spin on “a little child shall lead them.”

Evening Edition - December 24

December 24, 2020

December 24, 2020      

Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:

  • The best gift this Christmas is giving to others
  • Movies You Don't Want To Miss
  • Sometimes Santa deserves hazardous duty pay
  • The greatest gift
  • 'The Hungry Times'

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Mike Huckabee

The best gift this Christmas is giving to others

By Mike Huckabee

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.

Movies you don't want to miss

By Mike Huckabee

Not all movies are CGI smash-‘em-ups or dramas about how evil and greedy business people are. Some great movies are now being made for conservative, Christian and pro-life audiences. Here are a few you shouldn’t miss and that would make excellent gifts for your like-minded friends and relatives. 
Climate Hustle 2”: This documentary casts a skeptical eye on apocalyptic climate change predictions. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo, who with his wife Sam is one of the best friends of our show. Kevin is leading a box office revolution by producing and acting in a number of high quality, faith-based films. You can check out all his projects at and get “Climate Hustle 2” on DVD here:
Divided Hearts of America”: NFL great Benjamin Watson visited “Huckabee” to discuss his documentary on the divide over abortion. His books are at and you can purchase the film as a streaming download at   
Free Burma Rangers”: A gripping documentary about a Christian humanitarian organization that faces impossible odds to rescue children in war zones. Available as a download:
God’s Not Dead 2”: How could I not include the movie I was actually in? The entire three-film “God’s Not Dead” series is now available in a single DVD collection:
Gosnell”: This 2018 real-life horror film about abortionist/serial killer Kermit Gosnell was directed by Nick Searcy, an actor so good he continues landing great roles in Hollywood despite his in-your-face conservative beliefs. The media tried to hide this film, the same way they tried to hide Gosnell's crimes, but they failed both times. “Gosnell” is on DVD here: 
At his website, Nick Searcy also sells boxes of his own fine cigars:  
He’s building a pro-America, family-friendly Netflix-like streaming entertainment service free of politics and leftist Hollywood gatekeepers. Target launch date is next March, and it will be called Creado, so watch out for that. 
Home Sweet Home”: Stars Natasha Bure and Ben Elliot dropped by “Huckabee” to promote this light, fun romantic comedy with an underlying Christian message. Available as a download here: 
…Or with a subscription to PureFlix, the streaming service with hundreds of family-friendly and faith-based films:  
I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland”: A stunning, faith-based historical biography filmed in the actual places where it happened. Star John Rhys-Davies visited “Huckabee” to talk about it. Now available on DVD, only at
I Can Only Imagine”: The mega-hit based on the true story behind the biggest-selling Christian single of all time, written by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard about his relationship with his father. The 2018 Dove Award winner for “Inspirational Film of the Year.” 
I Still Believe”: The inspiring true story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and how his faith was tested by tragedy. Featuring Huck’s Hero Gary Sinese: 
Infidel”: One of the most powerful faith-based dramas of the year, starring “The Passion of the Christ’s” Jim Caviezel. It’s still in theaters but will be available to buy streaming on December 1st or preorder the DVD available December 15, both at  
Jesus”: The spectacular Broadway-style production seen by over 1 million people, filmed in front of a live audience (originally a Fathom Event.) 
Trailer for “Jesus”: 
No Safe Spaces”: Possibly the most important documentary of the year, as Adam Carolla, Dennis Prager and other guests take on campus speech police and rising threats to our First Amendment rights.  To stream the film or get it on DVD, visit
The Last Full Measure”: One of the best dramas of the year, a true story of military heroism and deep state skullduggery, features an all-star cast, including my wonderfully gracious TV guest, Diane Lane. Now on DVD and Blu-Ray.   
Trump Card”: The latest documentary from conservative filmmaker/author Dinesh D’Souza is an expose of the socialism, corruption and gangsterization that now define the Democratic Party. You can order it on DVD, along with his books and other movies, at
Unplanned”: The movie that Hollywood and social media tried and failed to abort, it’s the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who had a pro-life conversion after seeing what abortion really was and how PP operates. With a great lead performance by Ashley Bratcher, who appeared on “Huckabee.” 
You Can’t Take My Daughter”: The true story of Analyn Megison, founder of Hope After Rape Conception, who fought to prevent her rapist from taking her baby. Available as a download from Amazon, the film also stars Kirstie Alley, who deserves our support after being viciously attacked by her former colleagues in Hollywood for supporting President Trump:

Sometimes Santa deserves hazardous duty pay

By Mike Huckabee

Recently, police officers have become targets of hatred, assaults and even deadly violence. Right now is a perfect time to stop and reflect on the many ways in which police officers and other first responders such as firefighters and EMTs give up their holidays so that we can enjoy ours in safety. Many officers also go above and beyond the call of duty by performing incredible volunteer work. One of those was a listener of mine named Randy, a retired police sergeant from Wyoming. He shared a memory of a time when playing Santa Claus should have come with hazardous duty pay.

Randy wrote:

"For many years, it was my distinct pleasure to assume the role of 'real Santa' at Christmas time. Though my sleigh was still a black and white sedan, my uniform changed from dark blues to a genuine Santa suit. I appeared on Christmas Eve, right at bedtime, delivering toys to needy children as well as my fellow officers…who had small children. What made this all work was the 'understanding' of the parents to make sure the kids were close to the front window upon my arrival, that they were not allowed out on the porch (where I left their gifts) until I was out of sight, and under NO circumstances were any pets to be loose.

All the parents were following Santa's instructions to the letter...until I got to my Chief's house. I gently placed (his sons') gifts on the porch (and) began to shake the bells, anticipating three squashed, tiny faces peering into the frosty night, trying to catch a glimpse of Santa. To my surprise...No faces. I shook the bells harder and added a hearty ‘HO, HO, HO!’ Still, no faces.

Now in mid-‘HO,’ I heard the front door open and a small dog barking. 'For cryin' out loud,' I muttered, as I jumped toward the driveway. If only I'd remembered the small wire fence surrounding his wife's flower bed. There was no time to pick myself up, as I heard high-pitched giggles floating on the cold night air. A quick double combat roll placed me out of innocent eyes' way, underneath my boss's pickup truck."

Then Randy heard a noise that seemed to be very close: "I smelled the dog food on his breath a scant millisecond before he yapped out the alarm. The 'WHOA!' that jumped from my lips was cut painfully short as I rammed my head into the pickup's driveline... The thought crossed my mind to reach out and pinch off his little windpipe, but that seemed a bit ugly for Christmas Eve."

A pair of cowboy boots suddenly replaced the dog: "I recognized my boss's voice as the words, 'Merry Christmas, heh, heh, heh," settled onto the cold concrete... 'Merry Christmas, Chief,' I replied as a solitary drop of black engine oil struck me dead center in the forehead. 'THANKS FOR NOT TURNING ON THE PORCH LIGHT!'

I continued on my rounds, a black greasy racing stripe running from my white curly beard to my belt, a well-lubricated lump on my forehead. I finished just as a soft snow began to fall, covering everything in a glistening blanket of white. It seemed the perfect punctuation mark to end another Christmas on Patrol."

Thanks again for that great story, Randy. And thanks to all the police officers and other first responders and military members who go above and beyond, and sometimes even roll underneath, to keep us all safe during the holidays and all year ‘round.

The greatest gift

By Mike Huckabee

One of the hardest jobs a parent faces is answering all those questions kids ask that sometimes force us to think about things that hadn’t occurred to us as adults. Mary from Ohio wrote:

“Our 6-year-old grandson, Isaiah, who was adopted from Guatemala, posed this question to his parents: ‘Was Baby Jesus adopted?’ Wow! The answer is so deep, and leads to so many other Biblical references to adoption. Joseph wasn't Jesus' father - God was, but Joseph raised him here on Earth. When we accept Jesus, we're adopted into His Heavenly Family, so we're all brothers and sisters. When we become a member of Jesus' family, we're also adopted into the Family of His chosen people, the Jews. seems to me, not only was Jesus adopted, He was the author of Adoption. From the mouths of babes.”

Thank you, Mary. I have a feeling that as that special little boy has grown up, he’s given your family a lot to think about and a lot to be thankful for. And here’s a story that highlights another aspect of adoption, from the other point of view:

Tia from Kansas wrote that Christmas was always the hardest time of year to face, until she discovered a very personal connection to the true meaning of Christmas:

"When I was 16, I was alone and scared on Christmas -- having a baby that I decided to give up for adoption. For years afterward, I didn't like Christmas and never did much during the season. But the Lord changed my heart, showing me that I gave a beautiful gift to some family, my only son, just like He did. I've enjoyed and celebrated Christmas ever since."

Thank you, Tia. I know your son's adoptive parents would thank you a million times over, if they could, for the greatest Christmas gift they ever received. I’m sure Mary from Ohio would agree.

'The Hungry Times'

By Mike Huckabee

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



Recently, police officers have become targets of hatred, assaults and even deadly violence. Right now is a perfect time to stop and reflect on the many ways in which police officers and other first responders such as firefighters and EMTs give up their holidays so that we can enjoy ours in safety. Many officers also go above and beyond the call of duty by performing incredible volunteer work. One of those was a listener of mine named Randy, a retired police sergeant from Wyoming. He shared a memory of a time when playing Santa Claus should have come with hazardous duty pay.

Randy wrote:

"For many years, it was my distinct pleasure to assume the role of 'real Santa' at Christmas time. Though my sleigh was still a black and white sedan, my uniform changed from dark blues to a genuine Santa suit. I appeared on Christmas Eve, right at bedtime, delivering toys to needy children as well as my fellow officers…who had small children. What made this all work was the 'understanding' of the parents to make sure the kids were close to the front window upon my arrival, that they were not allowed out on the porch (where I left their gifts) until I was out of sight, and under NO circumstances were any pets to be loose.

All the parents were following Santa's instructions to the letter...until I got to my Chief's house. I gently placed (his sons') gifts on the porch (and) began to shake the bells, anticipating three squashed, tiny faces peering into the frosty night, trying to catch a glimpse of Santa. To my surprise...No faces. I shook the bells harder and added a hearty ‘HO, HO, HO!’ Still, no faces.

Now in mid-‘HO,’ I heard the front door open and a small dog barking. 'For cryin' out loud,' I muttered, as I jumped toward the driveway. If only I'd remembered the small wire fence surrounding his wife's flower bed. There was no time to pick myself up, as I heard high-pitched giggles floating on the cold night air. A quick double combat roll placed me out of innocent eyes' way, underneath my boss's pickup truck."

Then Randy heard a noise that seemed to be very close: "I smelled the dog food on his breath a scant millisecond before he yapped out the alarm. The 'WHOA!' that jumped from my lips was cut painfully short as I rammed my head into the pickup's driveline... The thought crossed my mind to reach out and pinch off his little windpipe, but that seemed a bit ugly for Christmas Eve."

A pair of cowboy boots suddenly replaced the dog: "I recognized my boss's voice as the words, 'Merry Christmas, heh, heh, heh," settled onto the cold concrete... 'Merry Christmas, Chief,' I replied as a solitary drop of black engine oil struck me dead center in the forehead. 'THANKS FOR NOT TURNING ON THE PORCH LIGHT!'

I continued on my rounds, a black greasy racing stripe running from my white curly beard to my belt, a well-lubricated lump on my forehead. I finished just as a soft snow began to fall, covering everything in a glistening blanket of white. It seemed the perfect punctuation mark to end another Christmas on Patrol."

Thanks again for that great story, Randy. And thanks to all the police officers and other first responders and military members who go above and beyond, and sometimes even roll underneath, to keep us all safe during the holidays and all year ‘round.

Jim in Alabama shared a story that reminded us of how the Christmas season brings everyone together. During his time in the military back in 1973, Jim was stationed near Nuremberg, Germany. He wrote:

“Being born and reared in the South, I had never met people from Puerto Rico. But we had four guys from Puerto Rico and Queens, New York. Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” would play on Armed Forces Radio and these guys made us all start to dance and sing along. They sure knew how to have a good time. They helped us all not be so homesick.”

Thank you for that great memory, Jim. I can’t think of anything more American than guys from Alabama, New York and Puerto Rico all joining the US Army and celebrating Christmas in Germany listening to Jose Feliciano sing “Feliz Navidad!”

Next, what might be a close encounter with the real Santa Claus. Margaret from Washington wrote that her 60-year-old sister Liz lived in an adult home. She had cerebral palsy and autism, the mental capacity of a six-year-old, constant pain from two broken hips and her spine, and limited speech due to her medication. She didn’t have much joy in her life, but she loved Christmas and still had an unwavering belief in Santa Claus.

Liz had a great caregiver named Crissie who told Margaret that Liz and her deaf housemate Alice saved up $20 from their meager support checks, the price of a photo with Santa at the mall. So Crissie agreed to take them.

After waiting an hour in line, they finally got to the front to discover the photo price was $23. The “elves” wouldn’t budge on the price. Crissie called the home but was told she wasn’t allowed to spend her own money on residents. So Crissie reluctantly signed the news to Alice and began pushing Liz’s wheelchair away. Margaret said her sister began throwing a fit as only she could, and Crissie started pushing as fast as possible, with Alice trotting behind and Liz’s screams echoing through the mall.

As they reached their car, they heard someone shout, “Liz, wait!” They turned around, and there was Santa, out of breath. He’d been running after them. Liz stopped screaming immediately. Santa gave them all candy canes and said he’d love to pose for a photo with them, no charge. Santa hugged Liz and Alice, and said, “HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas!” as Crissie took a cell phone photo.

Now, here’s where the story takes a magical turn. The photo turned out great. You could even tell that Santa’s long white beard was real. Margaret was so touched by his kindness that she went to the mall with a thank-you card and the photo, so they could identify the mall Santa who performed that special act of kindness.

She showed the photo to the mall manager’s secretary, who took it back into the office. Margaret wrote:

“The manager came out and told me she thought it was a great photo…but that was NOT their Santa.”

They had no idea who that kind, jolly man in the beard and red suit who magically appeared out of nowhere in their hour of need could have been. I’ll leave it to you to decide.

Movies You Don't Want To Miss

December 24, 2020

Not all movies are CGI smash-‘em-ups or dramas about how evil and greedy business people are. Some great movies are now being made for conservative, Christian and pro-life audiences. Here are a few you shouldn’t miss and that would make excellent gifts for your like-minded friends and relatives. 
Climate Hustle 2”: This documentary casts a skeptical eye on apocalyptic climate change predictions. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo, who with his wife Sam is one of the best friends of our show. Kevin is leading a box office revolution by producing and acting in a number of high quality, faith-based films. You can check out all his projects at and get “Climate Hustle 2” on DVD here:
Divided Hearts of America”: NFL great Benjamin Watson visited “Huckabee” to discuss his documentary on the divide over abortion. His books are at and you can purchase the film as a streaming download at   
Free Burma Rangers”: A gripping documentary about a Christian humanitarian organization that faces impossible odds to rescue children in war zones. Available as a download:
God’s Not Dead 2”: How could I not include the movie I was actually in? The entire three-film “God’s Not Dead” series is now available in a single DVD collection:
Gosnell”: This 2018 real-life horror film about abortionist/serial killer Kermit Gosnell was directed by Nick Searcy, an actor so good he continues landing great roles in Hollywood despite his in-your-face conservative beliefs. The media tried to hide this film, the same way they tried to hide Gosnell's crimes, but they failed both times. “Gosnell” is on DVD here: 
At his website, Nick Searcy also sells boxes of his own fine cigars:  
He’s building a pro-America, family-friendly Netflix-like streaming entertainment service free of politics and leftist Hollywood gatekeepers. Target launch date is next March, and it will be called Creado, so watch out for that. 
Home Sweet Home”: Stars Natasha Bure and Ben Elliot dropped by “Huckabee” to promote this light, fun romantic comedy with an underlying Christian message. Available as a download here: 
…Or with a subscription to PureFlix, the streaming service with hundreds of family-friendly and faith-based films:  
I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland”: A stunning, faith-based historical biography filmed in the actual places where it happened. Star John Rhys-Davies visited “Huckabee” to talk about it. Now available on DVD, only at
I Can Only Imagine”: The mega-hit based on the true story behind the biggest-selling Christian single of all time, written by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard about his relationship with his father. The 2018 Dove Award winner for “Inspirational Film of the Year.” 
I Still Believe”: The inspiring true story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and how his faith was tested by tragedy. Featuring Huck’s Hero Gary Sinese: 
Infidel”: One of the most powerful faith-based dramas of the year, starring “The Passion of the Christ’s” Jim Caviezel. It’s still in theaters but will be available to buy streaming on December 1st or preorder the DVD available December 15, both at  
Jesus”: The spectacular Broadway-style production seen by over 1 million people, filmed in front of a live audience (originally a Fathom Event.) 
Trailer for “Jesus”: 
No Safe Spaces”: Possibly the most important documentary of the year, as Adam Carolla, Dennis Prager and other guests take on campus speech police and rising threats to our First Amendment rights.  To stream the film or get it on DVD, visit
The Last Full Measure”: One of the best dramas of the year, a true story of military heroism and deep state skullduggery, features an all-star cast, including my wonderfully gracious TV guest, Diane Lane. Now on DVD and Blu-Ray.   
Trump Card”: The latest documentary from conservative filmmaker/author Dinesh D’Souza is an expose of the socialism, corruption and gangsterization that now define the Democratic Party. You can order it on DVD, along with his books and other movies, at
Unplanned”: The movie that Hollywood and social media tried and failed to abort, it’s the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who had a pro-life conversion after seeing what abortion really was and how PP operates. With a great lead performance by Ashley Bratcher, who appeared on “Huckabee.” 
You Can’t Take My Daughter”: The true story of Analyn Megison, founder of Hope After Rape Conception, who fought to prevent her rapist from taking her baby. Available as a download from Amazon, the film also stars Kirstie Alley, who deserves our support after being viciously attacked by her former colleagues in Hollywood for supporting President Trump:

The holidays we remember

December 24, 2020

All the emphasis on shopping and consumerism that’s grown up around Christmas tends to remind those of us who grew up poor that we didn't feel deprived because, as kids (not being “lucky” enough to have social media to tell us), we didn't realize we were poor.

Ginny from Alabama had the perfect story to illustrate that. She wrote:

"I am 83-years-old now, but I remember this like it was yesterday. It was during the Depression...My daddy had gotten a job with the CCC (the Civilian Conservation Corps.) We lived in two rooms we rented in a big old house and shared the bathroom with the family we rented from. One room served as kitchen and my parents' bedroom, and the other was the living room, and guess where I slept.

Our Christmas tree was a holly tree my daddy had cut in the woods where he was working...I was probably four or five. I was sitting in my mama's lap while she rocked me in front of the fireplace. She was crying. I remember asking her why she was crying, and she said 'because we couldn't get you much for Christmas.'

I can remember being confused by what she said because I had gotten the clay modeling set I wanted. My aunt had sent a doll, but...the doll to me was extra. Since I got the clay modeling set, that seemed plenty...

Several years later, when things got easier, the place under the Christmas tree was filled. But the Christmas I remember the most was that one Christmas when I got the clay modeling set."

Thank you, Ginny, for that important reminder that the holidays we remember best aren't necessarily the ones when we got the most lavish gifts but the ones where we felt the most love.

This story shows us that Dr. Seuss was right: Christmas is not something that comes from a store. Christmas means a whole lot more.

Tina from California wrote that she was a struggling single mom for many years. She managed to keep a roof over her daughter and son's heads. But there was no money for the Christmas extravagances many families enjoy. They had to be creative and "make do."

Instead of buying cards, they'd call relatives and sing carols to them over the phone. And instead of buying fancy Christmas treats, they'd go into the kitchen and make donuts out of Pillsbury biscuit dough, and sweeten and decorate them with cinnamon and sugar. Tina said that for years, Christmas wasn't a good memory for her. All she remembered about those Christmases was being poor.

Then, Tina wrote:

“When my son was 20, he said 'Mom, remember when we used to make donuts and sing to everyone for Christmas?'

Sulking, I replied, ‘Yeah.’

He said, 'That is one of my BEST Christmases. We didn't have a lot of money, but we had a lot of love to give.'

I have since changed my opinion...(Now), it is one of my best Christmas memories also. My heart grew 3 sizes that day!...Ever since, I make it a point to make a homemade gift for the people in my family. Last year, I made everyone throw quilts. Christmas is more than a day... It is a memory!”

Thank you, Tina for that precious memory and a valuable lesson for us all. It’s not the presents you spend money on that stay with your kids for a lifetime, it’s your presence spent with them that they’ll cherish forever.

A Monster Of A Spending Bill

December 23, 2020

Monday, Congress finally came to agreement on a $2.3 trillion spending bill that includes long-overdue coronavirus relief. It’s one of the costliest spending bills ever proposed. However, critics are thrashing the bill as a pork-stuffed Christmas tofurkey, light on virus relief and heavy on disgusting things that shouldn’t be in it at all.

For instance, Americans making $75,000 a year or less will get a one-time $600 stimulus payment (half of the first bill’s relief) and a $300 addition to unemployment benefits.

Meanwhile, the bill also includes $130 million for “invasive species assessment, mitigation and reduction;” $1 million a year through 2025 for “water resources on the Tibetan plateau” plus $675,000 for Tibetan scholarship programs; $30 million a year for a US-India Development Foundation; $8 million a year for the next four years for Tibetan refugees plus $4 million a year for Tibet’s government; $10 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan; $130 million for HIV/AIDS workers stationed abroad to buy cars; and the creation of a committee to regulate performance-enhancing drugs in race horses. Plus, of course, a lot of spending to fight “climate change” and promote “diversity,” both of which are vital to controlling the coronavirus, I’m sure.

Here are even more spending items in the bill that benefit people everywhere but in America.

It isn’t often that I find myself in agreement with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but she was right when she fumed that Congress members were handed a 5,500+ page bill and told they’d have to vote on it in two hours, with no time to read it. The problem is, as Republican Rep. Thomas Massie pointed out, that the Democrats all voted to waive the 72-hour waiting period that was created to give members the time to read a bill before voting on it.

However, the real problem is that massive omnibus spending bills like this exist at all. If the coronavirus is an emergency, then a bill should’ve been passed that focuses solely on that. If these other things are worthy of robbing the taxpayers to pay for, then let their sponsors justify the spending in open debate, not hide them behind the camouflage of emergency virus aid.

Here’s more on the bill and a call for President Trump to veto it and force Congress to pass a clean relief bill.

The Navarro Report

December 23, 2020

You’ve probably heard of the report that White House adviser Peter Navarro has put together into allegations of voting irregularities that he claims cost President Trump his reelection. It’s now out and you can read the entire report here.

I’m directing you to the unedited original because the mainstream media are dismissing it as an irresponsible compilation of unfounded conspiracy theories. Maybe it is. But I don’t know about you, but when someone goes to that much effort to convince me not to look at something, I want to see it for myself.

I think we’ve all noticed how much effort the media and social media are putting into vilifying anyone who expresses skepticism of the idea that Joe Biden was a more popular Presidential candidate than Trump, Obama or anyone else who’s ever run, when in two previous tries, he never got beyond the Iowa Caucuses, where he came in fifth. Also, how adamant they are to silence even any discussion of the topic. Again, when I’m told to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, I just naturally want to take a gander at him. If for no other reason, to make sure he’s wearing a mask.

And so, every “journalist” and “news” outlet feels it a necessity in the very first sentence to brand anyone who has questions about election integrity as a “trafficker in debunked conspiracy theories.” Folks, allow me to remind you that you spent the first two years of Trump’s term breathlessly peddling the “Russian Collusion” fairy tale 24/7, and it was only after a two-year, $30 million investigation found zero evidence that you finally moved on to other unfounded accusations. I hate to break it to you but I could describe every one of YOU as “traffickers in debunked conspiracy theories.”

Despite all the name-calling about “right-wing conspiracy mongers,” the left has nobody to blame for eroding trust in our elections but themselves. They spent years telling us that Russia stole the 2016 election and that Trump’s presidency was “illegitimate” (a direct quote from Hillary Clinton.) They fight like feral cats to block any efforts to strengthen voting integrity, depicting even the showing of an ID (something you have to do to get into government buildings, cash a check or buy a beer) as “voter suppression.” And they’ve poured hundreds of millions of dollars into loosening election laws, spreading concepts like ballot harvesting, ballot collection boxes and mass mail-in ballots that are like Miracle-Gro for vote fraud. And then they wonder why Americans don’t trust the vote tallies?

I have said since Election Day that while I was a strong Trump supporter, what I really want at this point is the truth. If Biden’s election truly was legitimate, and all the sworn affidavits and statistical oddities really are just groundless rumors, then I want to know that. As bad as I believe a President Biden (or more accurately, the power-mad people around him) would be, it would be worse yet for millions of Americans to lose their faith in the integrity of our electoral process. Our shared trust in fair and honest elections is what makes the peaceful transfer of power in a nation of very diverse people possible.

In the long run, it would be better for America to suffer a bad President whose election we believe was fair than to have any President whom many Americans believe took office through fraud. That might deal a fatal blow to the very foundation of this great experiment in democracy.

You may dismiss everything that Peter Navarro writes in his report, and that’s your right. But let me quote just one sentence that has nothing to do with whether the fraud claims ultimately prove to be true or not:

“Absent a thorough investigation prior to Inauguration Day, a cloud and a stain will hang over what will be perceived by many Americans as an illegitimate Biden administration.”

I said almost those exact same words a couple of days after the election when I suggested that Joe Biden call off all the left’s legal, political and media forces and join with Trump to conduct a full, transparent, bipartisan audit of the vote. He should've listened. I, and I’m sure millions of other Americans, would actually be relieved to be reassured that the election, even if our side lost, was fair and honest. If it was, then they should be eager to prove their critics wrong so we can all move on. But the cloud of suspicion will never blow away as long as Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) keep insisting that there’s nothing behind the curtain while furiously attacking anyone who tries to peek back there.

I’ve never been a fan of political boycotts of entertainment products, which can hurt workers who have nothing to do with the leftist views that studio bosses or stars spew. But I understand why many conservatives might not want to give their entertainment dollars to people who call them racist Nazis and want to put them in reeducation camps. 
Still, we all desperately need some entertainment, to take our minds off of politics for a while, and to give to like-minded folks on our gift lists. 
That’s why we’ve created this list of entertainment gift options. We’ve compiled some of the best music, movies, comedy DVDs, downloads and more to keep your spirits up, created by people who deserve your support. They are either openly conservative, Christian, defiantly non-PC or at least non-partisan (and that takes courage in this “mouth the leftist line or else” age.) As a bonus, we’ve included links to performances on my TBN show, so this gift guide will be more entertaining than any current late night TV show. 
This are all great entertainment products of high quality that won’t insult your beliefs or enrich people who do.  Unfortunately, you won’t hear most of them much on the radio or network TV.  Why should these creators struggle to get noticed by liberal Hollywood gatekeepers when there are at least 73 million of us who should be supporting their work?  
This is by no means a comprehensive list. I'm naturally partial to people who are close to me and who've appeared on my show. Being on the list doesn’t imply that a performer holds any particular political or religious beliefs, other than not being hostile to others’ freedom to do so. If you’d like to suggest others, feel free to add them in the comments.
And remember, many of these are indie artists and studios that don’t have distribution through Amazon, so it might take a little time for orders to be filled. Please order well in advance for pre-holiday delivery. 
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To begin with, let me give a plug to my projects and to my family and my newsletter family, who have some side projects that would make terrific Christmas gifts. 
My latest book is “The Three Cs That Made America Great: Christianity, Capitalism and the Constitution.” Get it while all three are still legal: 
You also can’t go wrong with my perennial and non-political Christmas bestseller, “A Simple Christmas”: 
…And my book for children, “Can’t Wait ‘Till Christmas,” with terrific illustrations by Jed Henry. 
For one of the few books that gives you a true, reliable look behind the scenes at the Trump Administration, pick up my daughter Sarah’s bestseller, “Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House.
My longtime writer/researchers, Laura Ainsworth and Pat Reeder, also have some side projects that make perfect gifts. 
Laura is a fantastic retro lounge/jazz singer whose late father Billy Ainsworth played with Tommy Dorsey, Freddy Martin and other major big bands. She has three terrific CDs so far (her debut, “Keep It To Yourself;” the film noir-inspired “Necessary Evil;” and the multi-award-winning “New Vintage”) plus an audiophile vinyl best-of LP, “Top Shelf,” all cut with some of the top jazz musicians in Texas. If you like gorgeous vocals and sophisticated midcentury-style music in the Julie London/Peggy Lee mode, you’ll love Laura. Her website is and her albums and merch are here.
Here’s Laura singing a classic tune from “New Vintage” with Tre Corley and the Music City Connection on “Huckabee”.
Before they joined me, Pat and Laura wrote their own topical radio service, The Comedy Wire. They used over 600 hilarious-but-true news stories from it to illustrate nine dumb mistakes everyone makes for their fall-down-funny self-help spoof, “Nine Hallmarks of Highly Incompetent Losers” (I wrote the foreword.) If you like “In Case You Missed It,” you’ll love this book.  
Laura also co-wrote with her friend, singer/songwriter Bill Sanner, a memoir of his years on a US Navy submarine in the ‘70s. “The Sub-Par Adventures of Snakebite and Stonefinger” is a funny and moving glimpse into the rarely-revealed lives of submariners. They’re out of touch with their loved ones for months at a time, on the far side of the world and under the ocean, sometimes pulling pranks to keep themselves sane. The book was embraced by submariners who invited Laura and Bill to entertain at their national convention. It’s a perfect gift for submariners, or any Navy vets or military family members.  


There are more artists in the country, gospel and Christian pop/rock fields who fit our criteria than we can list, but here are just a few of our favorites...  

Larry Gatlin: A special friend of mine and of our show. Here he is with the Gatlin Brothers, doing a great tune, “Americans, That’s Who” on “Huckabee”:  Their incredible music can be found here (even autographed copies).

Charlie Daniels: The late singer/multi-instrumentalist was a great friend of my show, a patriot and tireless supporter of veterans. His music will live forever, and you can find it here.   You can also support his organization to help returning wounded warriors here.
John Conlee: One of country music’s most distinctive voices is a true friend and fundraiser to veterans and first responders. Here he is performing “Jesus, Take A Hold” in an Internet-only exclusive.  Both his classic hits and his new music can be purchased here. 
John Rich: The country singer/songwriter and proud “freedom-loving patriot” hosts his own show on Fox Nation. His single “Earth to God” might be the song of the year. His music and merch with Big & Rich are here and his Redneck Riviera merchandise is here
Ricky Skaggs: A good friend and one of the greatest bluegrass musicians ever. Here he is on my show.   And you can find his recordings and his great memoir, “Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music,” at his website.   
T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang: These husband-and-wife stars are two of my best friends and great talents together and solo. Here’s T.G.’s shopping site, with his and Kelly’s album “Iconic Duets” and his latest, “Midnight in Memphis."   And here’s a great song from it on “Huckabee,” “I Wanna Live Like Elvis."
This is Kelly’s website with all her music and merchandise, including her latest album, “Old Soul."    And a classic song from it that she performed on my show:  
Travis Tritt: An outspoken patriot who isn’t afraid to speak his mind loud and clear on social media. Also one of the greatest country/rock performers ever. Music and merchandise (including camo T-shirts) here.   
Robert Davi: If Laura Ainsworth’s CDs get you in the mood for candlelight and cocktails, then check out “Davi Sings Sinatra: On The Road To Romance."  One of our finest actors and an outspoken conservative, Davi also has a terrific singing voice, as he’s shown by swinging some standards on my show with Tre and the band. 
Also great for the holidays, Robert’s CD single, “New York City Christmas." 
Chris Christian: A monumental figure in pop and Christian music, his CDs are here and his inspiring new book, “A Grandmother’s Prayer: Moments in a Music Life,” is pn Amazon here
Junior Brown: From country to rockabilly to surf guitar with Jimi Hendrix licks tossed in, the inventor and master of the “guitsteel” is unclassifiable musically. But everything he records is terrific, and he’s also a Texas icon and a real Christian gentleman.
Finally, there aren’t many rock stars who dare to stray from the leftist line, but two who do are… 
Ted Nugent: My hunting buddy and the fastest guitar slinger in the USA. Here he is during the pandemic in a miracle of technology, playing “Cat Scratch Fever” with me and the band, all of us many miles apart:   And here’s his store with all his albums. 
(Warning: Language advisory on some of the Kid Rock and Ted Nugent albums!) 


There are some great clean comedians out there who don’t traffic in politics, and many have entertained us on “Huckabee.” Here are a few who have CDs or DVDs for sale... 
Rik Roberts: If you’ve been in our studio audience and were hustled into your seat by Deputy Barney Fife, then you’ve met Rik. He also warms up our crowds with his hilarious jokes, impersonations and comedy songs. Here he is on the show: You can find his CDs and more at
Corey Rodrigues: Helped us keep stand-up comedy alive during the pandemic with his routine about men and tools: You can download his album “My Turn” at
Dana Daniels: The comic magician is equal party funny and amazing: He has a DVD called “It’s A Bird” featuring his own magic plus tricks kids can learn to do. They’ll love those and Dana’s pet/partner, “Luigi the Psychic Parrot.” Get autographed copies at  
Ivan Pecel: If you think your Zoom meetings from home are stressful, imagine if you also had to juggle a bowling ball, a hatchet and a raw egg:  The amazing comedy juggler’s DVD, “More Things You Can’t Do,” is at 
Jonnie W.: He got laughs on “Huckabee” describing his no-carb, high-protein diet (the bacon at Cracker Barrel “is like a hug from Jesus.”) But he’s also known for hilarious comedy songs. His full live show is on CD, DVD and download at 
Robert G. Lee: The Christian comic who performs the whole Bible in six minutes:  You’ll find his concert DVDs and his movie, “Can I Get A Witness Protection?” at
Zoltan Kaszas: During the pandemic shutdown, he was gracious enough to let us air part of his Drybar special, with his routine on why cats are better than dogs (which I will dispute to the death.)  His album “Ten Thousand Pieces” (and his “Cat Person” T-shirts) are at 
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Some of these comics are openly conservative, others just refuse to cower before the PC cancel culture. Some do mostly clean material, while others are for adult ears only, so buyer beware. I can’t guarantee that all their material is family-friendly, but those more likely to use edgy material or bleepable words are marked with an asterisk (*). 
* Adam Carolla: A fierce fighter for free speech, his latest book is “I’m Your Emotional Support Animal.” His documentary with Dennis Prager, “No Safe Spaces,” is on the movie list and a must-see. All of Adam’s books and other merchandise are at
*  Adam Sandler & Crew: Sandler shies away from any political statements but reportedly donated to Rudy Guiliani’s presidential campaign. His many movies employ a stock company of his former “SNL” co-stars from an era when that show was funny, and many of them are known for conservative, or at least anti PC-hivemind attitudes.  They include Dennis Miller (Sandler’s mentor on “SNL”), Norm MacDonald, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Jon Lovitz, who famously blasted Democrat anti-business policies for making it difficult to keep his comedy club afloat. They have many, many movies and concert CDs and DVDs among them, some more family-friendly than others. Just search for your favorites. 
Sandler fans seeking something more family-friendly might like this box set of the three “Hotel Transylvania” animated movies: 
Blue Collar Comedians: Leaders of the genre known as “redneck comedy” or “blue collar comedy,” Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy have many movies, TV shows and best-selling stand-up comedy DVDs. You can find tons of DVDs, books, T-shirts and other merchandise at their individual websites, or get them all together with the  “Blue Collar Comedy Tour Three-Pack” or “Ultimate Blue Collar Comedy Tour Collection” here:
Larry The Cable Guy:  (Larry even sells branded boxer shorts, knives and cornbread mix.) 
* Bob Zany:  One of the funniest men on the planet, as you can see from his appearance on my show: You can find his hilarious CDs on iTunes ( and the documentary “Bob Zany: Close But No Cigar” (with bonus comedy show disc) on DVD at  And check out his website at  
Chonda Pierce: A regular at “Huckabee” and one of the funniest people in the world, Chonda has many best-selling stand-up DVDs, books, documentaries and other goodies at her website:
Colin Quinn: The former “SNL” cast member found his niche creating funny and thoughtful shows inspired by history. “Long Story Short” is his look at the history of the world:  …And “Unconstitutional” is about America’s founding document (both can be viewed free on Amazon Prime, but are available on DVD for gift-giving): 
Dennis Miller: The king of conservative humor and obscure pop culture references, his latest special from 2018, “Fake News, Real Jokes,” is on DVD: 
There’s also a boxed set of seven of Miller’s HBO specials: 
Evan Sayat: Overtly conservative and political, Evan makes serious points with humor. Praised by everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Dennis Miller. His special “A Deplorable Mind” is available as a download: 
Jackie Mason: One of the funniest men in history, and so hilariously brutal in his assaults on leftist orthodoxy that his many show titles on DVD include “Politically Incorrect,” “Fearless” and “An Equal Opportunity Offender”: 
Jeff Allen: One of the most popular clean comics in America, Jeff has been a repeat guest on “Huckabee” and traveled with me to Israel. His uproarious comedy specials such as “Happy Wife, Happy Life” and “Lock the Door” are available on CD and DVD at 
Ray Stevens: A great friend of the show, and legendary both as a musician and a musical comedian. Here he is on “Huckabee” doing his latest, “The Quarantine Song”:  You can find his merchandise, CDs and DVDs of both his classic hits and recent recordings at
Rich Little: The King of Impressionists and one of my favorite guests (when you have Rich, you have every celebrity at once.) Autographed copies of Rich’s books about his amazing career, plus CDs and DVDs of live shows and his classic TV series and prints of his fantastic portraits of fellow celebrities are all at
* Ricky Gervais: The most feared man in Hollywood for his Golden Globes monologues puncturing pompous, spoiled liberal celebrities. He’s also hilariously un-PC on Twitter and unafraid to skewer the “cancel culture” mob with his rapier wit. Gervais has many movies, TV shows and comedy specials, but warning: he’s irreverent, atheistic and often potty-mouthed. If you’re a fan of NBC’s “The Office,” you might want to see how he invented the genre of squirming discomfort humor with the original BBC series on DVD (not as “nice” as the US version): 
Rita Rudner: This hilarious and elegant lady keeps smut and politics out of her act. Her brilliant wit has earned her the longest-running solo comedy show in Las Vegas. Another of my favorite TV guests. You’ll find her books, movies and DVDs here: 
Tim Allen: He has many great movies, including all three “Santa Clause” films in one box: 
Two of Tim’s early classic specials that inspired “Home Improvement” are available on one DVD: 
There’s also the complete DVD series of “Home Improvement” packed in a toolbox: 
And six seasons of the only conservative sitcom on network TV, “Last Man Standing” (individual seasons available separately): 
Steven Crowder of “Louder With Crowder” is mostly found on YouTube and other streaming outlets, but if you like his rightward humor, you can support him by buying his T-shirts and other merchandise: 


Not all movies are CGI smash-‘em-ups or dramas about how evil and greedy business people are. Some great movies are now being made for conservative, Christian and pro-life audiences. Here are a few you shouldn’t miss and that would make excellent gifts for your like-minded friends and relatives. 
Climate Hustle 2”: This documentary casts a skeptical eye on apocalyptic climate change predictions. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo, who with his wife Sam is one of the best friends of our show. Kevin is leading a box office revolution by producing and acting in a number of high quality, faith-based films. You can check out all his projects at and get “Climate Hustle 2” on DVD here:
Divided Hearts of America”: NFL great Benjamin Watson visited “Huckabee” to discuss his documentary on the divide over abortion. His books are at and you can purchase the film as a streaming download at   
Free Burma Rangers”: A gripping documentary about a Christian humanitarian organization that faces impossible odds to rescue children in war zones. Available as a download:
God’s Not Dead 2”: How could I not include the movie I was actually in? The entire three-film “God’s Not Dead” series is now available in a single DVD collection:
Gosnell”: This 2018 real-life horror film about abortionist/serial killer Kermit Gosnell was directed by Nick Searcy, an actor so good he continues landing great roles in Hollywood despite his in-your-face conservative beliefs. The media tried to hide this film, the same way they tried to hide Gosnell's crimes, but they failed both times. “Gosnell” is on DVD here: 
At his website, Nick Searcy also sells boxes of his own fine cigars:  
He’s building a pro-America, family-friendly Netflix-like streaming entertainment service free of politics and leftist Hollywood gatekeepers. Target launch date is next March, and it will be called Creado, so watch out for that. 
Home Sweet Home”: Stars Natasha Bure and Ben Elliot dropped by “Huckabee” to promote this light, fun romantic comedy with an underlying Christian message. Available as a download here: 
…Or with a subscription to PureFlix, the streaming service with hundreds of family-friendly and faith-based films:  
I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland”: A stunning, faith-based historical biography filmed in the actual places where it happened. Star John Rhys-Davies visited “Huckabee” to talk about it. Now available on DVD, only at
I Can Only Imagine”: The mega-hit based on the true story behind the biggest-selling Christian single of all time, written by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard about his relationship with his father. The 2018 Dove Award winner for “Inspirational Film of the Year.” 
I Still Believe”: The inspiring true story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and how his faith was tested by tragedy. Featuring Huck’s Hero Gary Sinese: 
Infidel”: One of the most powerful faith-based dramas of the year, starring “The Passion of the Christ’s” Jim Caviezel. It’s still in theaters but will be available to buy streaming on December 1st or preorder the DVD available December 15, both at  
Jesus”: The spectacular Broadway-style production seen by over 1 million people, filmed in front of a live audience (originally a Fathom Event.) 
Trailer for “Jesus”: 
No Safe Spaces”: Possibly the most important documentary of the year, as Adam Carolla, Dennis Prager and other guests take on campus speech police and rising threats to our First Amendment rights.  To stream the film or get it on DVD, visit
The Last Full Measure”: One of the best dramas of the year, a true story of military heroism and deep state skullduggery, features an all-star cast, including my wonderfully gracious TV guest, Diane Lane. Now on DVD and Blu-Ray.   
Trump Card”: The latest documentary from conservative filmmaker/author Dinesh D’Souza is an expose of the socialism, corruption and gangsterization that now define the Democratic Party. You can order it on DVD, along with his books and other movies, at
Unplanned”: The movie that Hollywood and social media tried and failed to abort, it’s the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who had a pro-life conversion after seeing what abortion really was and how PP operates. With a great lead performance by Ashley Bratcher, who appeared on “Huckabee.” 
You Can’t Take My Daughter”: The true story of Analyn Megison, founder of Hope After Rape Conception, who fought to prevent her rapist from taking her baby. Available as a download from Amazon, the film also stars Kirstie Alley, who deserves our support after being viciously attacked by her former colleagues in Hollywood for supporting President Trump:
Finally, speaking of conservative celebrities who dare to speak their minds, they aren’t promoting specific projects at the moment, but check out @jonvoight on Twitter and Scott Baio’s website ( and his commentary videos on YouTube. 
Also, show your support for Antonio Sabato and enjoy a terrific read by buying his inspiring book about his family’s escape from communist-dominated Czechoslovakia, “Sabato: The Untold Story”:  

Of all the many lies the media have told about President Trump, probably the most transparent is the claim that he has “no accomplishments.” In fact, he has accomplished more in four years than many Presidents did in eight. For proof, try Googling “Trump accomplishments.” You get back multiple articles listing his accomplishments, and pointedly, many don’t appear on the other lists. There are literally too many for any one article to include them all!

For instance, here’s one article alone that lists 125 amazing Trump accomplishments

One of many reasons why it is vital for Republicans to win the Georgia runoffs and retain control of the Senate is that Democrats have made it frighteningly clear that if they own both the White House and Congress, they will immediately begin reversing the Trump policies that led to all these accomplishments. They either don’t understand or don’t care that his commonsense policies have had wide-ranging positive effects that will quickly unravel.

For instance, they will open the borders in the name of “compassion,” without regard for how border security reduces illegal immigration, which eliminates lowball competition for low-skill jobs...which leads to more jobs and rising wages for American workers...which helped Trump accomplish record low unemployment and the biggest wage increases in years for all demographics, including blacks, Hispanics and people without college degrees.

Democrats can’t wait to put the US back into the Paris Climate Accords that Trump pulled out of because they would cripple the US economy while having a negligible effect on the environment. Because Trump favored fracking, the US now has abundant clean natural gas that led to a greater reduction in CO2 emissions than in any nation that remained in the Paris deal. He also made the US energy independent, got gas below $2 a gallon, and by freeing the US from OPEC and Europe from dependence on Russian oil, he eliminated the leverage those forces had over the West. Democrats can’t wait to reverse all those accomplishments by rejoining the Paris Accords. What are cheap gas, a booming economy and freedom from tyrants compared to virtue signaling to your green pals about how you killed fracking?

If Democrats take the Senate, Joe Biden has already vowed to “cooperate” with China and reverse the Trump tax cuts. Since Democrats think all tax cuts only benefit the “rich,” they don’t comprehend that the Trump cut actually helped virtually all taxpayers and freed up business capital for hiring and expansion. They also think putting American workers first is “selfish.” Between Trump’s tax cuts spurring jobs and wages, and his tough trade deals bringing businesses and manufacturing jobs back to America, he accomplished putting an extra $6,000 a year into the pockets of the average American family. That will disappear fast if Democrats regain the Senate, hike taxes and start exporting our jobs again.

When Trump put the sanctions squeeze on Iran and finally kept America’s promise to move our Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the self-appointed “experts” who would again guide foreign policy under Biden claimed it would cause a wave of violence that could never be contained. Instead, having crushed ISIS (whose caliphate spread to the size of Pennsylvania under Obama) and neutralized Iran’s threats to its neighbors, Trump presided over the historic accomplishment of multiple peace agreements between Israel and Arab nations such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The Democrats can’t wait to reinstate Obama’s Iran nuclear deal that shipped planeloads of cash to the Mullahs and reverse Trump’s Middle East policies. Who cares what they accomplished?

If you care that Trump accomplished record low unemployment, rising wages, energy independence, peace in the Middle East and putting Americans first in trade deals, there’s only way to keep Democrats from careening in the opposite direction: put a GOP Senate in charge of the brakes.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s Homeland Security Committee hearing on election “irregularities,” held Wednesday, promised compelling testimony and certainly brought it.

This marks the first federal hearing on allegations of election fraud. In case you didn’t get to watch, here’s the link to the entire thing.

For Sen. Johnson, this is about regaining public trust, which obviously has been shattered. “The fact that our last two presidential elections have not been accepted as legitimate by large percentages of the American people is a serious problem that threatens our republic,” he said in his opening statement.

He blamed in part “today’s climate of hyper-partisanship, which is only exacerbated by the persistent efforts to delegitimize the results of the 2016 election,” referring to the Russian collusion hoax. He also noted that the “ongoing suppression and censorship of the conservative perspective by biased media and social media adds fuel to the flames.”

Listening to this on Wednesday, I did notice that the discussion we’re having about the 2020 election has changed. Remember when election fraud was supposedly so “rare,” we hardly ever heard of any cases? Why, there was “no evidence” of it happening, and we weren’t supposed to say it ever had –- let alone that it might have changed the outcome. Now, after hearing firsthand accounts from witness after witness about what they saw, the discussion has become, “Well, sure, there’s always going to be a certain level of fraud, but the question is, was it enough to change the outcome?”

And that was the question Sen. Johnson asked in his opening statement. We’re now dickering over the LEVEL of the fraud.

It sounds as if we’re acknowledging that our country is unwell because of a very unhealthy lifestyle, and now we need to determine if continuing on this track is bad enough to kill the patient. I hope that at some point in the future, historians aren’t asking that question at the autopsy.

To continue the analogy, the patient's “tests” (polls) say it’s serious. About 70 percent of Republicans don't believe the election was “free and fair,” and even many Democrats see problems, although their level of trust in Biden’s win is going up. (That’s from watching too much CNN.) Yes, this patient is very sick and needs a huge lifestyle change, as in accountability and reform of the process.

If you count unconstitutional rule changes that made large-scale fraud and error easy, the answer to Sen. Johnson’s question would be YES –- the level was high enough. Just look at this testimony from Trump attorney Jesse Binnall about what happened in Nevada as a result of widespread mail-in voting; this is something to share with doubting friends.

The courts have had their own blasted reasons for refusing to look at the rule changes, but that doesn’t mean the election wasn’t affected by them. It simply means the judiciary didn't want to be involved and found ways not to be.

Democrats at the hearing mostly knocked the idea of being there, saying the election challenges are not good for the country. (As if steamrolling towards an outcome that so many Americans don’t trust WERE good for the country?) The ranking Democrat on the Committee, Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, said that the current legal challenges to the election results “undermine the will of the people, disenfranchise voters, and sow the seeds of mistrust.”

I would point out that ignoring the glaring problems we’ve seen will cause precisely that kind of damage.

Democrats expressed concern about mail-in ballots and Dominion voting machines when they thought these were potential problems for THEM. Now that they’ve almost managed to drag Biden over the finish line, they want to shut down any examination of these factors.

Sen. Johnson blasted Democrats for the hypocrisy of their constant charge of "disinformation": “The purveyors of Russian disinformation, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, the Steele dossier, the ranking member Peters accusing Sen. Grassley and I of disseminating Russian disinformation --- THAT’S where the disinformation is coming [from]. This hearing today --- this is GETTING information we have to take a look at to restore confidence in our election integrity.”

Standing O for Sen. Johnson. Incidentally, that accusation against him and Sen. Grassley concerned a report they issued on the Bidens’ foreign business interests, which we all know now is true. As in, NOT “disinformation.”

Sen. Rand Paul spoke up as well, saying that “fraud happened” and the only way it’ll be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws.”

This report from THE EPOCH TIMES outlines some of the startling witness testimony.

As we’ve been saying, the fight is by no means over. GOP electors in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico cast alternate slates of votes for Trump on Monday, the same day the certified Democrat electors cast their votes.

Trump is being supported in his fight by a number of Republicans, notably Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who's planning to be the House member who lodges a challenge to the electoral vote on January 6. He needs a senator to do this with him, and we don’t know yet who will step up for this. Among several possibilities is Sen. Rand Paul, but at this writing he hasn’t announced anything.

Here’s where a number of Republican Senators and House members fall on the issue.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is not providing leadership on this. In fact, he’s trying to discourage members of his party from challenging the vote on January 6. The same goes for Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who called the idea “a grave mistake.” He and South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham are waiting to see how Trump’s legal challenges play out.

Finally, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who was expected to release his report on foreign interference in the election this Friday, has heard from his office (the ODNI) that “the intelligence committee will not be meeting the December 18 deadline” set by Trump’s 2018 executive order (#13848). Their announcement said that “a number of agencies have not finished coordinating on the product.”

The conclusions in this report will be extremely important; details about the delay and Trump’s options under the executive order are in this must-read report from THE EPOCH TIMES.

Ratcliffe has been clear about the threat posed by China and also their desire to see Trump out of office. Former acting DNI Ric Grenell tweeted on Wednesday just prior to this announcement that Ratcliffe “is standing up for career analysts who want their views to be accurately reflected. In other words, fighting to keep intelligence from being politicized.”

According to Catherine Herridge at CBS, Ratcliffe said earlier this month that in November of 2020, we had election interference from China, Iran and Russia.

Russiagate probe expanding

December 16, 2020

It was reported yesterday that now-special counsel John Durham is expanding his Russiagate probe and “making excellent progress.”

But blogger Jeff Dunetz makes the depressing point that it might be just more talk that all leads to nothing. Durham has dragged this out so long that many voters didn’t even know about the Democrat hoax to overturn the 2016 election until after the 2020 election (which Democrats now claim that it’s insurrection to challenge.) Meanwhile, anyone paying attention (or reading this newsletter) has long known who did what and who ought to be in prison for it.

Dunetz compares these regular rumors that “indictments are coming” to Lucy continually yanking the football away from Charlie Brown. He also notes that if Biden gets in, all Durham will be able to do is submit a confidential report to a Biden-appointed Attorney General, who for all we know will be someone personally involved in Russiagate. I would not bet against that AG dropping it right into the nearest shredder. All the work Durham did, and all the years he put into it, would come to nothing. Pardon me if I’m beginning to suspect that that was the whole point of putting so many years into it.

Presidential pardon talk

December 16, 2020

If President Trump does have to leave office, there’s a lot of talk about who he will pardon before he goes. Two names that keep being mentioned are Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. Assange is the founder of Wikileaks and Snowden was the CIA subcontractor who leaked classified information about the NSA’s global surveillance program. Both were charged with espionage. Snowden is currently a permanent resident of Russia, and Assange is in prison in England, reportedly in grave health.

Views of both men’s actions have gone through an evolution over time. They were accused of leaking information that put Americans in danger and that prevented 54 terrorist attacks. But those claims came from the same intelligence figures (CIA Director James “Liar” Clapper, Robert Mueller, etc.) whom we later learned were allegedly part of a coup attempt against President Trump and who themselves had no qualms about lies and illegal actions to frame Americans whose political views they found unacceptable.

Now, conservatives who once thought of Snowden and Assange as traitors are starting to see them more as persecuted whistleblowers. Particularly after we learned that Snowden was right, the intelligence agencies were spying on all Americans and lying about preventing terrorist attacks, and a court ruled that the surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal and likely unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Democrats seem to hate Assange less for exposing classified information than for costing Hillary Clinton the 2016 election by releasing DNC emails that showed what the party was actually doing and saying.

Their names may be coming back into the news more in coming days, so John Stossel, who like many of us was confused about what the truth was, talked to Snowden directly. He concluded that pardons for both are warranted. Read it and see if you agree.

And before any Democrats or liberal media members scream in outrage over Trump possibly pardoning them, let them recall that President Obama commuted the sentence of Bradley (now known as Chelsea) Manning, who was also convicted under the Espionage Act for leaking sensitive military information that put American troops in danger in the Middle East, and which was leaked to…Julian Assange of Wikileaks.

Attention, Georgia Republicans

December 16, 2020

Attention, any Georgia Republicans thinking of sitting out the Senate runoff races to reelect David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler: you should know that their Democrat opponents have the outspoken support of socialist “Squad” members Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Both took part in an online “Vote-a-Thon” to rally Muslim support for the Democrats, with Tlaib declaring, “I hope that you realize just the opportunity here that Allah has given us to show the power of Muslims in Georgia.” The event was sponsored by the Georgia chapter of CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) and also included Linda Sarsour.

If Sarsour’s name sounds familiar, you might remember her being ousted from a leadership role in the Women’s March for her anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-American comments and for fundraising for a terrorist who killed a Jewish American in Israel.

Muslim Americans certainly have the right to vote and be active in politics, but I think Prof. Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit summed up this event well by writing, “Having these three come down to defend (Democrat Senate candidate Raphael) Warnock against charges of anti-Semitism is as if Lester Maddox had brought in George Lincoln Rockwell to defend him against charges of racism.”

UPDATE 12/16 10:56 AM

The biggest problem with settling what happened with voting machines is that there are so many ways computers can be programmed or hacked, and it’s such a complicated, technical subject, that competing “experts” end up pointing in more directions than economists do.

Here is a head-spinning update on just the last two days’ worth of stories related to Dominion Voting Systems:

First, a data analyst named Russel Ramsland of Allied Security Operations Group released a forensic report claiming that the machines used in Antrim County, Michigan, had a 68% error rate, about 85,000 times more than allowed by federal law, which put ballots into adjudication, where they could be altered without oversight. He claimed it had to be deliberately designed for vote fraud.

Then the fact-checking site published an article questioning Ramsland’s qualifications and claiming that his report was incorrect and did not prove vote fraud. Also, that the adjudication procedures in Antrim County were not as he described them so the votes couldn't have been altered.

Then on Tuesday, Dominion CEO John Poulos finally appeared before Republicans in a Michigan Senate hearing, where he also rejected Ramsland’s accusations and denied that Dominion flipped votes or had any ties to foreign governments. He called it a “disinformation campaign” and said paper ballots provide a backup to show the votes are accurate, and the problem in Antrim County was that the tabulators hadn’t been updated. The Senators were criticized for seeming unprepared and confused by all the technobabble (join the club!)

So, the machines are trustworthy! That settles it. But wait: another data expert who’s challenging the vote in Georgia called it “blatantly false” for Poulos to say it’s technologically impossible to program the machines to flip ballots in real time and that it hasn’t happened on Dominion machines, because it did in Michigan and Georgia. He said, “Mr. Poulos may be able to fool members of a legislature or the media but he cannot fool Election Integrity advocates who are IT professionals.” (linking to a lengthy excerpt because the original is behind a paywall.)

So will we all have to become data analysts to trust future votes? And how will we ever know the truth about this election and prove it to everyone’s satisfaction with so many people making contradictory claims? I just keep saying this: if the people who claim there’s nothing to this story will stop erasing records and turn the machines over to an impartial forensics team to verify the results, then it will settle it either way, once and for all. Any efforts to prevent that and simply deny that anything was hinky about the election will feed suspicions that will linger for years.

As for future elections, here’s a wild and crazy idea: how about handing people paper ballots after they show their IDs to verify that they’re legally allowed to vote, then having them be counted by human beings with no political affiliations while observers from both parties stand close at hand and aren't ordered out of the building?

I can already hear the objection: “That would take too long to find out who won!” Would it take longer than 44 days? Because that’s how long it’s been since Election Day.


According to the forensics report by Russell Ramsland of Allied Security Operations Group, released Monday in compliance with a court order, crucial security and adjudication logs are missing from the machines. These logs go back years, but –- wait for it –- it’s only the ones from 2020 that are gone. “We must conclude that the 2020 election cycle records have been manually removed,” the report says.

"The adjudication process is the simplest way to manually manipulate votes,” the report explains. “The lack of records prevents any form of audit accountability, and their conspicuous absence is extremely suspicious since the files exist for previous years using the same software.”

What makes this even more suspicious is that the tabulation error rate for this election was a staggering 68.05 percent. Ballots that won’t run through the machine and be counted have to be manually adjudicated, a process where election workers decide how they should be counted. There were so many of these that they couldn’t all have been examined this way. This would explain, or at least partially explain, the very low rejection rates.

The allowable error rate established by Federal Election Commission guidelines is 1 in 250,000 ballots.

As we said, the report states, “This high error rates proves the Dominion Voting System is flawed and does not meet state or federal election laws. Because the intentional high error rate generates large numbers of ballots to be adjudicated by election personnel, we must deduce that bulk adjudication occurred."

But it goes on: "However, because the files and adjudication logs are MISSING [emphasis mine], we have not yet determined where the builk adjudication occurred or who was responsible for it.”

Investigators found that all security logs for the day before Election Day, Election Day itself, and the day after Election Day are GONE. “Security logs are very important to an audit trail, forensics, and for detecting advanced persistent threats and outside attacks, especially on systems with outdated system files,” Ramsland said.

Other server logs are present, so there is no reasonable explanation, he said, for these to be missing. These logs would have given us all of the following: domain controls, authentication failures, error codes, times users logged on and off, network connections, internet connections, times and data transfers. Right now, all this information is, shall we say, unavailable.

This is something it might be nice to be able to ask the good people of Dominion Voting Systems and their contractors about in a, you know, hearing. Preferably under oath. They’ve said repeatedly that their machines are “fully auditable,” and that might be true IF THE LOGS HAVEN’T BEEN REMOVED. But Dominion has not responded to requests from THE EPOCH TIMES for comment.

My commentaries occasionally refer to the brilliant book 1984, by George Orwell, who was inspired in 1948 by Stalinist tactics used in Russia to imagine a world of constant surveillance, deprivation and thought control. If the source of such words as Newspeak, nonperson, memory hole and thoughtcrime is still unfamiliar to you, then you must add 1984 to your reading list.

But there’s another fictional world in which the individual is destroyed, and that’s BRAVE NEW WORLD, written by Aldous Huxley in 1932.

Thanks to the news site LIBERTY DAILY –- which does the job THE DRUDGE REPORT used to do when it had sense –- we found a link to a prophetic 1958 interview between journalist Mike Wallace and Huxley. Everyone should see this.

It should be said at the outset that Mike Wallace was a powerhouse journalist. In later years, as a reporter on 60 MINUTES, he did go after conservatives like Ronald Reagan in a way that could irritate, but one didn’t get the impression that he was just shilling for one political party or narrative. His son, Chris Wallace, host of FOX NEWS SUNDAY, might want to think about that next time he tries to pressure a guest into saying Biden is the President-ELECT. To use a reference from 1984, it reminds me of the head of the Party making Winston Smith say 2+2=5. I digress.

Anyway, Mike Wallace was interviewing Huxley because of the author’s newly-published series of essays on the threats to freedom in America, called ENEMIES OF FREEDOM (also published as BRAVE NEW WORLD REVISITED).

"Who and what are the enemies of freedom here in the United States?” Wallace asked him. At that time, Mr. Huxley said he couldn’t really give an answer to the “who,” but he could see “impersonal forces” pushing us away from freedom. He also said there were “a number of technological devices which anyone who wishes to use can use to accelerate this process.”

This was 1958! Imagine if Huxley could see what we have now in the way of “technological devices” being used to accelerate the process of diminishing our freedom. Even his genius could never have foreseen it.

Instead, Huxley was contemplating such forces as overpopulation, not yet in America but in other areas of the world, as a reason to manage people’s lives. “Unfortunately,” he said, “in all these underdeveloped countries, the only highly-organized political party is the Communist Party.” He said they likely would be “the heirs of this unfortunate process.” And so they still are, in China.

The force at work in America he called “over-organization.” With increasingly elaborate technology, we need more hierarchical organization. (Conveniently, advances in organization have accompanied advances in technology.) More and more people live as “subordinates” in systems controlled by bureaucracies such as Big Business or Big Government. (Today, of course, we'd throw in Big Tech.)

When asked what specific devices might be used for control, Huxley mentioned the propaganda techniques used by Hitler to impose his will on masses of people. He said such methods weren’t being used in America –- remember, this was 1958 –- but they existed and were available, some more sophisticated than Hitler’s. “We mustn’t be caught by surprise by our own advancing technology,” he warned.

Huxley saw television as being used “quite harmlessly” (again, 1958) but foresaw it being used to control us. He noted that in totalitarian countries, it’s on “all the time,” giving out one message, “one single idea all the time.” (This sounds like Orwell’s telescreen, and also like CNN talking trash about Trump.) TV is “an immensely powerful instrument,” he said. "Morally neutral,” it can be used for good or evil.

When Wallace asked him what a future totalitarian state might be like, he said it might be very unlike those from “the immediate past,” meaning, I assume, Maoist China and Soviet Russia. Huxley saw future regimes maintaining control by gaining the consent of those being ruled. In BRAVE NEW WORLD, of course, the government uses a fictional drug called “Soma” to keep everybody content and cooperative.

But mostly they would do it with propaganda, by “bypassing the rational side of man and appealing to his subconscious, deeper emotions, and his physiology, even” so that he will be made to “actually love his slavery.” He’ll be happy, in a way, but “happy in a situation where he oughtn’t to be happy.”

Huxley said it was important to start thinking of these possibilities so we wouldn’t be surprised by the things that “people of bad will” tried to impose on us through technology.

In his essays, Huxley wrote prophetically about what was starting to happen to politics. Wallace quotes him: “All that is needed is money and a candidate who can be coached to look sincere. Political principles and plans for specific action come to lose most of their importance. The personality of the candidate, the way he is projected by the advertising experts, are the things that really matter.”

The advertising business was merchandizing candidates “as if they were soap or toothpaste,” Huxley told Wallace.

"Personality is important, but there are certainly people with an extremely amiable personality, particularly on TV, who might not necessarily be very good in positions of political trust.”

Boy, did he say a mouthful. Quick, how many of you immediately thought of “good ol’ Joe” trying to project likability from his basement. Can I see a show of hands?

Once science has found that something works, he said, you can be sure the technology behind it is going to steadily improve. So advertising would, he predicted, become more sophisticated. Participation in democracy requires a rational side, but advertising tries to bypass rationality and appeal to unconscious forces below the surface. “So you are, in a way, making nonsense of the whole democratic procedure which is based on conscious choice on rational grounds.”

This is exactly what we’re seeing today. Especially the part about nonsense.

He spoke about the danger of these techniques being used on children, who are the most vulnerable. “It’s not an immediate threat,” he said, “but it remains a possible threat.” I wonder what he’d say about the indoctrination going on in schools today.

The big take-away, I think, is Huxley’s emphasis on the importance of limiting centralized control and the power of “the group” in favor of the individual mind. He’d hate modern "safe spaces," "cancel culture" and “identity politics.”

When Wallace observed that Soviet Russia wasn’t a free society but didn’t seem to squelch artistic creativity, Huxley said that in such a society, the scientists and others doing creative work enjoy far more freedom than others, and a relatively high standard of living. They have PRIVILEGE. And that’s how I imagine today’s leftists see themselves in a future socialist society. They’ll be special while others (we) are the drones.

Ironically, it’s Orwell who comes to mind here: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

We also found a must-read essay on the Huxley interview, written in 2017 by Frank Miele, that discusses Trump and the media propaganda machine targeting him.

As a Texan, I am Texas-proud of my state’s attempt to set things right in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, where reports of unconstitutional and otherwise highly questionable casting and counting of ballots in the 2020 presidential election will forever linger. And I’m grateful to all the states that joined us.

The Democrat steamroller just keeps rolling along, with the courts so far staying out of it and Monday marking the day for the Electoral College to vote. No matter how much evidence of malfeasance is collected –- in the form of at least a thousand sworn eyewitness and expert affidavits, compelling video out of Georgia and some other counting locations, and wild statistical impossibilities –- the courts won’t look at it, the news won’t report on it (except to say falsely that it’s “debunked”) and social media, our new Big Brother, won’t allow mention of it.

I refuse to be gaslighted and am encouraged to see that many millions share my skepticism regarding this outcome. Joe Biden got millions more votes than Barack Obama did in 2008, when Obama was creating a sensation in his campaign to become the first black president? Really? Even when Donald Trump got more votes this time than when he first won four years ago? Even when Trump dramatically increased his share among black and Latino voters? Even when radical Democrats scared the dickens out of moderates with their talk of defunding the police, weakening the Second Amendment, throwing open the borders, packing the Supreme Court and locking the whole country down again for months? Even when Biden sat in his basement wearing two masks, barely able to read from a teleprompter, while Trump was campaigning like a force of nature, drawing many cheering thousands at every campaign stop?

No way. Or, in Biden vernacular, "Come on, man!"

Growing up in Texas, I always wondered about the meaning of our song “The Eyes Of Texas.” The tune, of course, is the familiar one from “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad.” The lyrics are as follows:

"The eyes of Texas are upon you, all the live-long day

The eyes of Texas are upon you --- you cannot get away

Do not think you can escape them, from night till early in the morn

They eyes of Texas are upon you, till Gabriel blows his horn!"

Yes, I'm aware that if you think too much about this, it sounds oddly paranoid, though right now I’m reminded of that old saying, “You’re not paranoid if it’s really happening.”

In other words, Georgia, the eyes of Texas really are upon you as you start early voting for the Senate run-offs. You had better straighten up and vote right! That means NO dead people voting, NO non-resident voting, NO double-voting, NO voting machine hanky-panky, NO fresh-off-the-copier ballots without any fold marks, NO unmanned dropboxes, NO breaks in the chain of custody, NO ballots mysteriously turning up in dribs and drabs after counting is supposed to be done, NO ballots found discarded in trash bins and ditches, NO poll watchers prevented from observing the process at any point, and NO vote counts inexplicably “flipping” from Republican to Democrat. Did I cover everything that could possibly go wrong?

Admittedly, Texas is known for at least one fraudulent election that changed the course of history, that of Lyndon Johnson’s senatorial primary win in 1948, which set him on his trajectory to the White House. So we still have some making up to do! I’ll let the folks at the Ron Paul Institute tell you about the infamous “Box 13.”

When I researched the history of the song “The Eyes of Texas," what I found surprised me, as it supposedly has a “problematic” past having to do with (what else?) racism. It apparently debuted at a minstrel show in 1903, and perhaps it was even performed in blackface, though we don’t know. I guarantee you, no one in my generation who grew up singing this song was remotely aware of this or has any racist motive whatsoever in singing it today. The concern seems to have only recently cropped up. Here’s what TEXAS MONTHLY had to say about it in June of this year.

So today, I’m giving “The Eyes Of Texas” a brand new meaning that has NOTHING to do with race. It means that Texas cares about the Constitution and the law and will be watching the rest of the nation and calling you out when you show a lack of respect for those sacred institutions. Most of us Texans have had up to here, and when I say “here,” I am holding my hand up as high as it will go. And those of you who think Texas is turning “blue” or even “bluish-purple” can just forget it. (We’re not going to let you cheat your way into it, either. Not in Texas, not if every Republican of legal voting age has to become a poll watcher.)

What has happened to voting, anyway? I can remember as a little girl, maybe in the third or fourth grade, going with my parents to my school --- Wm. B. Travis Elementary; remember the Alamo! --- and watching people vote in the auditorium. Everyone voted on Election Day. The atmosphere was...I don’t know how else to put it...REVERENT. Everyone was quiet, and as I recall they came in dressed nicely, signifying this as a special occasion, kind of like going to church. We lived in a smallish Texas town and still had those old-style machines that pulled closed with a curtain, like a confessional, for complete privacy. Your vote was between you and God.

I was in awe. Voting really did seem to me like a sacrament.

In my own experience voting, people have behaved well enough, but it hasn’t had that feeling of sacredness that I remember from my childhood. Certainly in the videos I saw this year from some counting locations, the importance of any individual ballot seemed nil. Republican poll watchers were ejected to applause and jeers as windows were obscured with cardboard pizza boxes. In particular, the video from Georgia’s State Farm Arena –- well, I’m sorry, but no one can convince me that this behavior was innocent. Ballots suddenly appearing by the thousands from underneath skirted tables when everyone else was gone? Give me a break.

Can Georgia Democrats get away with such behavior with the rest of the country paying close attention? Hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring in from leftist billionaires and organizations, like the one that paid for those unmanned dropboxes in Wisconsin. Stacey Abrams says she has registered over a million new voters in Georgia, specifically to vote by mail. Republicans, you have to secure the process, and you MUST VOTE as if your state and your nation depended on it, because they do.

Remember, Georgia, the eyes of Texas are upon you. Make sure it’s free and fair.

Now that media interest is finally building about Hunter Biden’s laptop and the financial ties between China and the Bidens, every conservative with a brain is asking the question, “Why are we suddenly hearing about this??"

Hunter said in a statement Wednesday, “I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs.”


There are reports that the Justice Department started looking into Hunter’s “tax affairs” in 2018, a year before his dad even announced his presidential campaign.

Apparently “two sources familiar with the investigation” told CBS that it began in 2018 but “went quiet during election season” because of Justice Department policy concerning “overt investigative action that could impact [an] election.”

Ah, I see. That explanation is pretty inconsistent with leaks about Trump and “Russia Russia Russia!” before the 2016 election, but okay. And it seems to have been kept quiet even before election season. I don’t recall it ever being a real story.

Thursday, FOX NEWS reported that it had reviewed a report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee detailing Hunter’s business dealings with Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and “other Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army” that “resulted in millions of dollars of cash flow.” Stunning details of some of the financial transactions involving the Biden family are at the link.

The report says these associations began in 2015, while Hunter’s dad was Vice President. (Joe Biden was not a target of the investigation, according to a FOX NEWS source.) It says Joe’s brother James was an associate of Ye’s as well. As we mentioned yesterday, James is also involved in a hospital business currently under criminal investigation.

According to the report,”there exists a vast web of corporate connections and financial transactions between and among the Biden family and Chinese nationals.”

You know, it would have been really good if they’d told us about this BEFORE ELECTION DAY.

The curious thing is that this is a Senate committee, as in Republican-led. How long have they been investigating? Maybe I’m missing something, but did it really have to take them this doggone long to get their report to FOX NEWS?

Sparked in part by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s recent observations about China, reports on the mainstream media’s reluctance to cover Hunter Biden specifically and the Chinese influence in general exploded all over conservative media on Thursday. I could link to countless segments on just about every show in TV and radio. Lt. Col. Oliver North, who has a well-timed new book, “AMERICA’S #1 ADVERSARY, And What We Must Do About It –- Now!,” joined Chris Salcedo on NEWSMAX to say the threat posed by China is “nothing new.”

He explained that back in the old days, our intel used to find out about relationships like Eric Swalwell's with "Fang" and take a proactive role, confronting the agent and inducing that person to "flip." Col. North said they need that kind of policy now to deal with such an adversary, who is, in this case, “a Communist Chinese special agent of their intelligence service, who is not only romancing a U.S. congressman; she’s been all over the place.” We would learn a lot by “turning” her and finding out who she’s working for and what she knows.

"Their goal is domination of the world,” North said of the Chinese. “Not just us, but the rest of the world.”

And why was she allowed to get the heck outta Dodge when she was discovered? “In large part [it was] because Donald Trump was right.” North said, “There IS a swamp. Washington DC is full of swamp monsters, many of whom stand to gain by improving the relationship with Communist China.”

So there it is. It’s not just in government, either, but in Big Tech, the entertainment world and other industries. They’ve essentially made a deal with the devil, looking at today’s bottom line and not the possibility of tomorrow’s utter domination by China. And that meant doing their bidding: helping Biden win to get Trump out. (As we’ve reported, after-election polls show that keeping Biden voters in the dark about Hunter’s China deals worked.)

Mollie Hemingway dared to say what we all know: that the Biden-China connection was deliberately downplayed to help Biden win. In an appearance on THE INGRAHAM ANGLE Wednesday, she said, ‘Nobody meddled in the 2020 election like Big Media and Big Tech, and both of those things you saw with the Hunter Biden story.”

She recalled that the laptop story broke in October with the NEW YORK POST’s report but that the POST was drastically censored by Facebook and Twitter. An eyewitness who came forward on his own, Hunter’s business associate Tony Bobulinski, was interviewed by Tucker Carlson but ignored by mainstream media. “He [Bobulinski] said himself he was interviewed by the FBI,” Hemingway said. “We knew that was happening. For people to pretend like this is brand-new news –- it’s not. They just went out of their way to suppress it when it broke on October 29th when it broke, and it’s really disgusting what we’ve seen the media do.”

Along with Big Tech and Big Media, China has infiltrated higher education as well, warned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday in an address to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Americans colleges are becoming “hooked on Chinese Communist Party cash,” he said, while our cutting-edge research goes to China. “Americans must know how the Chinese Communist Party is poisoning the well of our higher education institutions for its own ends, and how those actions degrade our freedoms and American national security,” he said. This report from THE EPOCH TIMES is a must-read.

Finally, Dan Bongino’s podcast is always good, but Thursday’s (Episode 1412) is a must-see, along with the articles in his show notes (“Dan’s News Picks”).

Perhaps the most important item in his recommended reading is the article by Glenn Greenwald, who (for someone whose politics are to the left of mine) shows incredible insight on what the media have been doing with this story and why. We’ve been following his writings at and suggest you do, too.

Greenwald analyzes that lecture we commented on by Chinese professor Di Dongsheng, who is candid about how China benefits from associations within the U.S. government and on Wall Street. The Biden relationship figures in, big-time.

One chilling observation in light of the hammer starting to come down on Biden’s finances: according to CNBC, Wall Street cheered the selection of Kamala Harris for Biden’s ticket. During her brief presidential campaign, she was deluged with “contributions from executives in a wide range of industries, including TV, film, TV, real estate and finance” –- industries, I would add, where China has made huge inroads. I’m sure I’m not alone in theorizing she’s their ultimate pick, and that the chess pieces are being moved around the board right now to make that happen if Biden is inaugurated. Why else would the media start exposing the Bidens' China ties now?

After the Supreme Court denied a hearing for the Texas lawsuit that was backed by 17 other states and 126 Houses Republicans, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said it’s not over.

"The case wasn’t rejected on the merits; it was rejected on standing,” he said late Friday on NEWSMAX. And that is true.

Giuliani said the case can be brought to district court by the President and by some of the electors themselves, “alleging some of the same facts where there would be standing and therefore get a hearing.” Electors can argue that THEIR constitutional rights have been violated.

"Basically, the courts are saying they want to stay out of this and they don’t want to give us a hearing; they don’t want the American people to hear these facts," Rudy said. "I think that’s a terrible, terrible mistake. These facts will remain an open sore in our history unless they get resolved. They need to be heard, they need to be aired, and somebody needs to make a decision on whether they’re true or false. Some court’s going to have to have the courage to make that decision.”

This is a terrible mistake indeed, and I don’t have to tell you that Supreme Courts have been known to make them now and then. As Rudy said, this comes down to the issue of standing. Personally, it seems to me that Texas would have standing, as what other states do unconstitutionally to affect the outcome of a federal election will effectively disenfranchise them. The question of standing, of course, is a legal one with much precedent, and I am not a lawyer. But it makes sense to me; I thought this was a brilliant argument that nailed the problem with what several Democrat-run states did. Texas has been damaged. In fact, all Republican states have been damaged, as their power is diminished with a wrongly-elected Democrat Vice President breaking ties in the Senate.

It also seems to me that by refusing to at least hear this case, the justices are in effect saying that each state can do ANYTHING, violate the U.S. Constitution all it wants --- even if its unconstitutional rule changes result in widespread fraud. Sure, state officials, go ahead and violate your own state constitution in a way that changes the result of federal elections. Just because your state legislature doesn’t want to change the law doesn’t mean you can’t do it anyway. Why, you can keep “finding” and counting votes clear up to December 14 if it helps you get your desired outcome. Texas and all the other states will just have to live with the results of what you do.

The ruling from SCOTUS was terse: “The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.”

See, I would consider Texas’s interest to be, to borrow a term from the Declaration of Independence, “self-evident.” So it comes down to whether their interest is “judicially cognizable.” Translation: “understandable by a judge.” I'm not a judge, but what’s to understand?

The vote was 7-2, with Justices Alito and Thomas saying they thought the case should be heard while expressing the lack of intention to supply any relief. (That is not “cognizable” to me; they decide this before hearing the case? Then why hear it?) Trump appointees Gorsuch, Barrett and Kavanaugh simply said no with the rest. But some legal actions remain.

Trump says he’ll keep fighting. “The Supreme Court let us down!” he tweeted. “No Wisdom, No Courage! So, you’re the President of the United States, and you just went through an election where you got more votes than any sitting President in history, by far --- and you purportedly lost...A Rigged Election, fight on!”

Lin Wood has appealed his Georgia case to the Supreme Court. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he had the same problem everybody has been having with “standing.”

Also, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that deals with whether laws enacted by the state legislature were followed. Because the Electoral College is scheduled to meet December 14, they’re hearing it Saturday.

Of course, it doesn’t require a Supreme Court decision for state legislatures to remedy this mess themselves by appointing clean slates of electors, as a number of prominent conservatives and Republicans urged them to do in a letter. If the Electoral College meets on Monday, this would have to be done over the weekend.

There needs to be pressure, and lots of it, on state legislatures in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan to make this right. (If you live in one of these states, you know what to do.) Especially in Georgia, with its razor-thin margin, they KNOW the Biden-Harris win was the result of fraud in their states. There's just too much evidence in the form of sworn affidavits and wild statistical anomalies and impossibilities for them not to know this.

Trump senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said that “this is a moral failure across three branches of government.” They have clear evidence that the executive branch changed the rules. Many state legislators “want to do the right thing,” she said. SCOTUS is not supposed to decline to hear a case of original jurisdiction (state vs. state), and that saying the states don’t have standing is “a ridiculous political posture.” She said that “regardless of the outcome here, we’re going to continue doing the right thing.” It’s worth it, she said, to fight on.

Allen West, chairman of the Texas GOP, released a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s rejection of his state’s lawsuit. He says pretty much what I did above: that in tossing this lawsuit, they “decreed that a state can take unconstitutional actions and violate its own election law, resulting in damaging effects on other states that abide by the law, while the guilty state suffers no consequences. This decision establishes a precedent that says states can violate the U.S. Constitution and not be held accountable. This decision will have far-reaching ramifications for the future of our constitutional republic."

He ends with this: "Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the Constitution.”

Chairman Allen West's Response to SCOTUS Decision - Republican Party of Texas

Gulp. Our country truly is evolving into two distinct camps: one that cares about the law and one that doesn't, and the courts are allowing this to happen. Rudy is right: this is a terrible, terrible mistake. It has caused an open sore, as he says, one that will be getting salt rubbed in it by leftists in the coming months as they make more terrible, terrible mistakes.

Election updates

December 9, 2020

In a surprise move late Monday night, the state of Texas filed a direct lawsuit with the Supreme Court, arguing that the election procedures in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin violated the Constitution and the Court must order those states to let their legislatures appoint their electors. The full text of the lawsuit is here.

Why would Texas have standing to intervene? Think of it this way: unconstitutional voting procedures can allow an illegal vote to disenfranchise a legal voter within a state. But if those procedures determine the winner of a Presidential election, then wouldn’t they also be disenfranchising the voters of other states who voted for the candidate they believe legally won the race?

Meanwhile, judges in Georgia and Michigan dismissed Sidney Powell’s cases seeking to overturn the certifications of those elections due to vote fraud. The reasons were mostly unrelated to the evidence, such as lack of standing to file the suit, filing too late or that it should have been filed in state rather than federal court. The Michigan judge did claim that Powell presented theories and conjecture of what could have happened, but not evidence that it did. Powell claims that today’s “safe harbor” deadline doesn’t apply in fraud cases and that she has until at least December 14th and will appeal.

What's Next, A Rain of Frogs?: I have immense sympathy for the suffering of the people of Los Angeles under the thumbs of their autocratic and incompetent leaders. So I hate to inform them that it’s about to get exponentially worse.

Like too many cities around the US, they foolishly elected a George Soros-backed district attorney, George Gascon, whose idea of “criminal justice reform” is to make crime legal. Gascon was sworn in Monday, and he announced what he immediately plans to do, as recounted at the link above: “his office won’t seek the death penalty ever, no more juveniles being charged as adults, no more use of gang or gun enhancements to put violent criminals away for a longer time, no more bail, resentencing of up to 20,000 convicted offenders (with hundreds possibly being released as soon as tomorrow), and more…”

A former Deputy DA from another county commented to, “This is going to increase violent crime in a way people in Los Angeles can’t even imagine. Full stop.”

The big question is, will the Democrat-imposed unemployment, depression, poverty and crime wave be enough to make the people finally stop voting for the idiots who are creating it? Or will they just move away to red states and vote for the same idiocy there?

RIP Chuck Yeager

December 9, 2020

It’s hard to imagine being shocked at news that someone had died at the age of 97. But if there were ever a man whom you could imagine being tough enough to take Death’s scythe away from him and chase him off with it, it’s retired Brigadier General Chuck Yaeger, whose wife Victoria announced on Twitter that he had passed away Monday night. We offer our sympathy and prayers for his family.

The legendary test pilot was the personification of the term “The Right Stuff,” the title of the Tom Wolfe book and movie about the NASA space program that appropriately began its story back on October 14, 1947. That’s when Yaeger strapped in behind the controls of the rocket-propelled Bell X-1 plane nicknamed the “Glamorous Glennis” and launched the space age, becoming the first man to break the sound barrier at 700 mph. Just six years later, he was setting new records by flying at 1600 mph.

His daring test pilot accomplishments were only a part of his amazing life story, which included 64 combat missions in World War II (he was shot down once, evaded capture, and made it back safely) and returning to combat flights decades later during the Vietnam War. He was a true American hero, recipient of the highest honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an inspiration to soldiers, pilots, astronauts and every American.

You can read more about his remarkable life at the link above. And here’s a clip from “The Right Stuff,” dramatizing the moment when Chuck Yaeger piloted America into the space age by breaking the sound barrier. I hope this will make you want to watch the entire film, because it’s a humdinger of a movie.

Woke Santa, fired

December 9, 2020

“Social Justice Warriors Ruin Everything” Dept: If you ever wondered what would befall Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” if he asked Santa for a Red Ryder BB gun these days, then wonder no more.

A video went viral of a little boy asking a mall Santa for a Nerf Gun for Christmas. The woke St. Nick refused, telling him, “No, no guns.” His mom clarifies, “A NERF Gun,” but the real life Bad Santa is adamant: “Nope, not even a Nerf Gun…If your dad wants to get it for you, that’s fine, but I can’t bring it to you.” He then suggests some other toys, but the disappointed boy has already rushed back to his mother in tears after being woke-shamed by Santa.

Fortunately, this Christmas story has (spoiler alert!) the same happy ending as Ralphie’s: the boy got his Nerf Gun when the mall sent another Santa to his home to deliver a free one. As for the Santa who imposes his political views on kids, he’s been fired (no, not out of a Nerf Gun.) He can go back to the North Pole and try to organize the elves into a union.

Bonus Happy Ending: The boy got to be a guest on Stephen Crowder’s YouTube show. I like the comment by one viewer that this should inspire people to donate lots of Nerf Guns to Toys For Tots.

There’s so much developing news today, it’s hard to know where to begin. But one emerging story ties in with something we've mentioned, that video of the Chinese lecturer explaining that, were it not for Trump, they would be having their way via their friends at the highest levels in Washington.

That story falls into the “shocking but not surprising” category. It’s chilling, if only because it seems so plausible at this time in our history. And today, we have another report, from AXIOS, about a political intelligence operation run by China’s main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015, during which they established and exploited “extensive ties” with local and national politicians, including Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee.

AXIOS has been investigating this story for over a year. Of course, you remember Swalwell, the shill for the Democrat Party who repeatedly lied and accused President Trump of collaborating with Russia. Swalwell was about on par with Adam Schiff, in that he could always be depended on to go before the TV cameras and say ANYTHING, no matter how outrageous or demonstrably false. It got to the point where whenever his face appeared on the screen, I had to scramble for the remote and press “mute.” Life is too short.

Beijing has obviously focused for years on gaining influence in U.S. political circles, and apparently has enjoyed quite a bit. As we see from the Chinese video, the election of President Trump was seen as their one big bump in the road. Things were going oh-so-well until he got elected. But they say that now, once again, they have someone in office that they can control---I mean, work with.

I imagine the ChiComms were really depressed the night of November 3, when they saw Trump was easily ahead. But then, the next morning, after the vote had been suspended in several states and the count suddenly favored Biden, they were popping the champagne corks for a lovely celebratory brunch.

(In related, breaking news, Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, is calling for a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden’s ties with China and the access this might have given China to the Obama-Biden administration.)

As for this specific operative (SPY), a Chinese national whose name is either Fang Fang or Christine Fang, it appears her operation ended during the Obama administration, though China’s influence-expanding activities continue and are “a core focus for U.S. counterintelligence” (as they had better be). Fang reportedly targeted “up-and-coming” local politicians in the Bay Area and around the country, men who had “the potential to make it big on the national stage.” It’s easy to see why she might have targeted Swalwell, who doesn’t exactly come off as a rocket scientist but would relish the lights and cameras as a career launchpad.

According to AXIOS, Fang gained proximity to power through “campaign fundraising, extensive networking, personal charisma, and romantic or sexual relationships,” including with two Midwestern mayors.

A current U.S. intelligence official said that “there were some really, really sensitive people” caught up in this. I would presume this was a reference at least in part to Swalwell, as, again, he became a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Fang took part in fundraising activities for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign, although, as a foreign national, she did not –-- could not –- contribute herself. After that, she reportedly helped place at least one intern in Swalwell’s office. She also interacted with him at various events over several years.

Swalwell wouldn’t participate in the AXIOS story; his office said he hadn’t seen Fang in “nearly six years” but had provided information about her to the FBI.

This must be because around 2015, the FBI became alarmed at Fang’s activities and gave Swalwell a defensive briefing. He immediately cut all ties to her. She abruptly left the country in mid-2015, leaving acquaintances puzzled.

We don’t know how involved Swalwell was with this woman.

But what we do see from this story is how China –- like all governments that spy –- spends years cultivating relationships that might pay off even decades later. That appears to be the case here, as Fang first got to know Swalwell when he was a council member for Dublin, California. As AXIOS says, “The Chinese Communist Party knows that today’s mayors and city council members are tomorrow’s governors and members of Congress.” They play the long game.

Even FBI Director Chris Wray, in July 2020, said Beijing “is engaged in a highly sophisticated malign foreign influence campaign.” These efforts involve “subversive, undeclared, criminal, or coercive attempts to sway our government’s policies, distort our country’s public discourse and undermine our confidence in our democratic processes and values.”

As if that could get any worse. It would appear they’ve done their job, or at least are happy with what they see. But they're just getting started.

U.S. officials believe Fang was in the U.S. to gather intelligence and also “to influence rising U.S. officials on China-related issues.” China wants to be able “to sway the opinion of key decision-makers.” Fang apparently was being directed by China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), the country’s primary civilian spy agency. Her main handlers are thought to have been in China. She was put under surveillance by the FBI’s San Francisco Division after being seen traveling around the country getting close to U.S. politicians.

Around 2015, the FBI started giving “multiple defensive briefings” to warn local and national politicians who had been targeted by Fang. That’s when Swalwell cut off ties.

“She was just one of lots of agents,” said a current senior U.S. intelligence official.

AXIOS goes through numerous reasons why the Bay Area is such a good place for the Chinese to spy. One is that it’s the home of one of our nation’s oldest and largest Chinese American communities. They want to indoctrinate Chinese Americans just as they do the Chinese.

Another reason that might not be so obvious is that Democrats run it. Those seeking power generally have to be from those circles. “Notice all the D’s next to their names,” says Jeff Dunetz for Lidblog.

One Bay Area political operative noted that Fang positioned herself “to be the connector between the Asian American community and members of Congress.” Some described her as “charismatic” and “well liked,” while others thought her “secretive” and “suspicious.”

Predictably, few professed to know her well, saying she didn’t talk about her family or hometown. But her Facebook friends list “is a virtual ‘who’s who’ of local Bay Area politicos, and includes city council members, current and former mayors, [California Rep. Ro] Khanna, and Swalwell’s father and brothers.” Again, all Democrats.

Fang is gone, but there’s no telling how many Chinese nationals are in this country for the same purposes of spying and intelligence gathering, every one as singleminded as she was.

But news is getting around now about Swalwell’s association with a Chinese "honeypot." Considering his repeated lies about Trump and Russia long after those allegations were known to be false, any bad press Swalwell gets now, deserved or not, I chalk up to karma. What goes around comes around.

If Biden becomes President, this may be the last bit of sanity you hear out of Washington for quite a while, so savor it: the Department of Transportation announced that airlines are not required to treat “emotional support animals” as service animals and may treat them as pets and require them to travel in carriers in the cargo section.

This follows a rash of stories about people bringing wildly inappropriate animals onto airlines, claiming they needed them to stay calm, while the passengers around them were expected to stay calm while seated next to a frightened or agitated horse, pig, kangaroo or, famously, an emotional support peacock.

While I’m happy to hear that I’ll no longer have to worry about someone’s emotional support ostrich snatching my airline meal, there are a couple of issues that do need to be ironed out. Trained service dogs for the disabled will still be allowed, but with no national licensing or registration system to identify them, that loophole may still be open to abuse.

And mark your calendars for a momentous day because I’m actually about to agree with PETA on something. In opposing the new restrictions, PETA protested that it’s cruel to put animals into airline cargo holds, where they have died due to shifting loads falling on them, unpressurized cabins, long delays and freezing temperatures. That’s definitely something that needs to be addressed.

But it should be solved by the airlines creating safe conditions for traveling pets, not by letting live sheep travel in Business Class.

Georgia debates

December 8, 2020

The two Georgia Senate runoffs have been dubbed “national elections” because the winners will determine whether the Republicans keep the Senate or there’s nobody to hit the brakes if the Democrats take over the steering wheel and veer hard left toward a steep cliff. So every American – and certainly every Georgian - should be interested in this past weekend’s debates. Tyler O’Neil of PJ Media did a good job of recapping the most important points.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler did a great job of highlighting the radicalism of her opponent, Raphael Warnock, while Sen. David Perdue refused to show up to debate Democratic rival Jon Ossoff. Ossoff called Perdue a “coward,” but Perdue’s campaign said there was no point in a debate since the runoff is an extension of a general election where 52% of Georgians already voted against Ossoff. Perdue had 85,000 more votes, and under most other states' laws, he would’ve already won.

Still, it’s usually not a good idea to decline to debate, although in this case, it did give Ossoff the floor to promote his agenda, such as blanket amnesty and a national virus lockdown, which might have hurt him more with viewers than Perdue could have. Perdue’s campaign manager told The Hill newspaper, “Tonight we witnessed something we didn’t know was possible: a candidate lost a debate against himself. An epic failure.”

Poll results

December 8, 2020

Should the President concede the election to Joe Biden?

My newsletter readers, Facebook and Parler followers have voted.  The results are:

57,826 votes for NO

779 votes for UNDECIDED

1,064 votes for YES

Déjà vu

December 8, 2020

Why is it that every time Joe Biden announces another pick for his (potential) Administration, I get a tingle of déjà vu, and think, “Why do I remember that name from the past and associate it with either rabid partisanship or outright incompetence?” Well, I guess you know why.

Latest example: Biden reportedly plans to tap California Attorney General (Kamala Harris’ successor) Xavier Becerra as his Health and Human Services Secretary.

Republicans immediately began voicing strong opposition, calling Becerra an unqualified pro-abortion radical who prioritizes partisan politics over the law and people’s civil rights. Oh right, that’s why his name should be familiar to longtime readers of my newsletter!

Many of Becerra’s more shameful moments in office have involved abuses of power to promote abortion advocates and persecute pro-life activists. His name is enshrined in the title of a losing SCOTUS case, NIFLA (National Institute for Life Advocates) v. Becerra, in which the Court struck down California’s law that attempted to regulate free speech as professional conduct and force pro-life pregnancy centers to refer women to abortion clinics. Conservative legal experts hailed the decision against him as having “saved the First Amendment.”

Becerra also took over from Harris in the shameful pressing of multiple felony charges against undercover reporters who exposed Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices. Planned Parenthood being a major supporter of California Democrats, he’s made no secret of how deep in their back pocket he is.

Deep enough, in fact, that it even sparked a lawsuit against him, PP and Harris.

And abortion isn’t the only topic upon which Becerra is known to place partisan politics above the law or his sworn duties.

HHS is the department in charge of protecting all Americans’ health and providing essential services. Becerra has a demonstrated history of protecting the right of a political donor to continue slaughtering babies in the womb while prosecuting critics for exercising their essential First Amendment rights. Is that who you want in charge of America’s health? Especially when Planned Parenthood is already planning what it will demand of a Biden Administration as payback for its support.

You’d think that if the media were ever going to stop acting like tranquilized lapdogs toward Biden, it would be over the elevation to such a high level of a man who tried to railroad reporters into prison for doing the same kind of undercover video expose that every major media outlet has been doing for years. That's the kind of dictator-like behavior they falsely accuse Trump of. But so far, not a yap…

Section 230

December 7, 2020

President Trump is threatening to veto a crucial military spending bill if it doesn’t include the removal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That’s the law that protects social media companies from lawsuits as long as they act as neutral platforms rather than editors promoting an agenda, a responsibility that most of them treat with as much respect as a puppy shows to your carpeting. But the military bill’s sponsors say Section 230 is not connected to this and shouldn’t be in it, since, as we all know, Congress never inserts unrelated items into large spending bills.

Trump is concerned that if he leaves office, this will be the last chance to force the social media giants to obey the law, since Democrats are benefitting immensely from their illegal politicking. However, the socials could be sailing toward a couple of icebergs they hadn’t anticipated having to dodge.

I told you already about the DOJ lawsuit against Facebook for its alleged illegal hiring practices that discriminate against American applicants in favor of foreign visa holders. Now, the Washington Examiner reports that more than 40 states plan to join an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, seeking that it be broken up to end its monopolistic policies. It’s not yet clear what the focus of the suit will be, but aside from Facebook’s infamous silencing of conservative voices, it also has a history of using its massive cash resources to buy up new start-ups that might become competitors, such as Instagram and WhatsApp.

An interesting side issue is that if more than 40 states plan to join the suit, that means it’s not just Republican states but a lot of blue states, too. Facebook will be facing a bipartisan effort to break it up that is backed by at least 4/5ths of the states. Sounds like a lot of people are ready to unfriend Mark Zuckerberg.

"No evidence"

December 7, 2020

During the hearings into alleged vote fraud, President Trump’s team keeps presenting sworn affidavits and first-hand witness testimony describing major irregularities, only to be asked repeatedly, “But where is your EVIDENCE?” They must feel like the interviewer in “Spinal Tap” futilely trying to explain to the dense rock star why putting “11” on his amp’s volume knob doesn’t make it louder. (“These go to 11!”)

But Thursday at a hearing in Georgia, Rudy Giuliani showed previously unseen security camera footage of ballot counters in Fulton County, Georgia. It was taken late on Election night, after poll workers were told to leave (we were originally told that it was due to a water main bursting in the room with the ballots, but it turned out to be just a small leak in an adjacent area that didn’t even require a plumber’s visit to fix.) The video shows that during that time, four people stayed behind and continued counting votes with no supervision. The video shows them apparently reaching under tables, pulling out four suitcases full of ballots that were separate from the others, and feeding them through machines that can count up to 3,000 ballots an hour.

The person in charge of Fulton County elections didn’t show up to the hearing to explain what we were seeing. The footage convinced Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to call for a signature audit of the ballots.

There are also reports that the Trump team brought 20 binders full of evidence for a hearing today in Nevada.

As for the “no evidence” mantra, to quote another popular media cliché, “that claim is disputed.” Here’s what columnist and attorney Kurt Schlichter writes about sworn affidavits. They “constitute evidence. Relevant evidence is anything that ‘has any tendency to make a fact more or less probable than it would be without the evidence.’ Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 401. Now, you may not like the evidence. You may think it is insufficient or unpersuasive or just wrong. So? Evidence is challenged on these grounds in every single trial there is – that’s why you have trials. But it is evidence nonetheless.”

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 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.”


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.

From James:

The sentiments of Patti are shared by me as well. The advertising funds for the Senate seats in Georgia have been estimated at $300 million! Most of [this] comes from foreign and out-of-state sources. Why is this allowed?

I too have turned off MSM sources and avoid network programming because of the nauseating political propaganda. There are a few sources on FOX I follow. Outside of the information you provide, there seems to be no honesty, transparency or truth in news outlets. All of this disinformation is designed to create chaos and confusion, which in turn will lead to people no longer having confidence in our democracy.

The challenges by DJT must be heard. People who have sought to corrupt our voting system should be vigorously prosecuted. We are still trying to hold people accountable for their actions in the 2016 election. No action taken to date. Why? If the bad actors are not found and prosecuted for the apparent fraud in the 2020 election, what will happen? What will people do to right the ship?

From the Gov:

You ask a great question about how hundreds of millions of out-of-state dollars can be allowed in a statewide election. The Ted Cruz v. “Beto” O’Rourke contest in Texas was the most expensive in history, and now this one in Georgia looks to eclipse that. It’s really just not right, as the principle of self-determination is being violated when outsiders come into a state like this. (The line going around is that Georgia hasn’t been invaded on this scale since Gen. Sherman marched to the sea.)

Big-time organizers on the left are leading this trend, as when they tried to make “Beto” a senator. (Note to lefties in Hollywood: looking a little like Bobby Kennedy and being on the cover of VANITY FAIR is not enough in Texas to win you a Senate seat.) It's reassuring to know all those millions didn’t work that time, but big money still has to be raised and spent on the right simply as a defensive move.

It’s gotten so out of hand that one has to wonder what might be done about it. But it would take the greatest constitutional scholars we have to come up with any limitation that wouldn’t violate the First Amendment, if that is even possible. So voters will just have to be like those Texans who were wise to outsiders who tried to come in and buy their vote.

From Woodrow (w/slight editing):

What good is a wake-up call if you've got nowhere to go? I am sorry, sir, but Republicans seem more worried about their party than they are about their country.

It makes absolutely no sense, for example, to have a runoff election using the same machines that just defrauded the American public. It makes no sense to refuse to do a forensic audit when so much doubt has been cast on this election.

We have only one shot at this and Republicans are telling us to do this that and the other for the good of the party...Only thing that any one of us should ever be concerned about is the good of our country. As I said on Parler last night, I had thought I was watching the death of the Democrat Party [but] am beginning to wonder if both parties are not in their death throes.

No way in hell am I going to vote for a Republican who sat on his [bleeping] hands while this fight was going on. Enough ranting on my part. I will end by saying it is my sincere belief the Republican Party cutting its own throat by trying to save itself.

From the Gov:

You had me till the last paragraph, Woodrow. No matter how frustrated you are, it makes no sense to help Democrats accomplish their ultimate power-grab. Talk about “releasing the Kraken”! And anybody living in Georgia and getting ready to vote for Senate in January needs to understand one thing: The damage to America --- the very concept of "America" --- if Democrats have both the House and Senate, especially if Biden and Harris win the White House, is incalculable. You know that. Go ahead and rant, but giving up on the Republican Party and helping Democrats set their own power in concrete is exactly what the party of AOC and Kamala Harris wants you to do.

Fleeing California

December 7, 2020

Add a new famous name to the list of successful and innovative people fleeing California’s far-left policies, confiscatory taxes and draconian lockdowns. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, already put his California houses on the market and began expanding his operations in Texas. Now, close friends are telling the media that he’s told them he’s planning to move to the Lone Star State.

Musk is the world’s second-wealthiest person, after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, so the idea of living in a state with no income tax must be attractive. But judging from his recent comments about the deadly and illogical coronavirus policies in California, that’s hardly the only thing that has him channeling Davy Crockett in telling California’s leaders, “You can all go to hell, and I am going to Texas.” Or maybe he just wants to be in a state that can actually keep the lights on.

Judging from its current government, it’s not as if California can stand much of a “brain drain” like the one Britain caused in the ‘60s with its 105% tax rates. But it definitely has one, with everyone from small business owners to tech millionaires putting in calls to U-Haul. To show the quality of the brains that are being left behind to run the state even further into the ground, there’s a large contingent of leftist activists in San Francisco celebrating driving out the people whose taxes pay for the lavish government benefits they demand. They’re the West Coast version of AOC celebrating blocking Amazon from creating 25,000 jobs in her district because “capitalism bad!”

It’s not known where Musk might be planning to move, but he’s been expanding his operations in Austin. I hope that he, and anyone who might join him in moving from California to Texas, will take a good, hard look at what’s happened to Austin under its far-left city leadership and remember that it does no good to flee California for a better-run state if you vote for the same kind of idiotic policies that fouled the nest you just flew away from.

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!

The peasants rise up

December 7, 2020

Remember back in March when we shut everything in the world down to “flatten the curve” so we’d be able to open everything back up by Easter? I get it that we’re told to “listen to the scientists!” but it gets hard to do when the scientists themselves don’t agree and when sometimes they tell us something that they totally reverse a short time later. Early on, we were implored to NOT wear a mask. I remember Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was considered the expert on all things Covid and the Surgeon General speaking at a press conference urging that only medical professionals wear a mask. Remember we were told that it was very dangerous for us to wear a mask if we weren’t medical professionals because we’d be more likely to touch our faces and if we wore a mask, we would DIE!

We were told to disinfectant everything we touched because the virus lingered for days on surfaces of the things we touch.

Somehow, we were told it would be safe to go to Walmart or the supermarket, but if we went to a small boutique where only a couple of people were in the store, we would surely DIE!

Churches closed, but casinos didn’t. You were not permitted to get a mammogram or have a tooth pulled, but you were allowed to have an abortion because in someone’s twisted mind, an abortion was essential, but church or having a cancer screening wasn’t. We were told to stay away from large groups, but if we rioted or looted a store or tossed bricks at a police officer, we’d be safe. It was about that time that much of the general public realized that Covid was serious, but some of the political figures ordering us about as if we were 3 year olds in potty training were not trying to control a deadly disease as much as they were trying to control us.

We were ordered to wear the very masks that we had just weeks before been told would kill us. We were told no need to spray the groceries or boxes delivered with disinfectant as it wouldn’t be helpful after all.

Let me be clear-Covid is real and it kills people. I’ve lost several friends who have died from this hideous disease including a dear friend who is a pastor’s wife in Arkansas and who once worked for me as an executive assistant in the Governor’s office. Aaron Wilbourn, a wonderful Christian gentleman who was a great songwriter, performer, and comedian, and who was a regular in our theater to entertain our studio audience died a week ago from Covid. One of my own sons came down with it, and while having some symptoms of fever, sore throat, and cough, was able to get treated early and effectively and avoided a hospital stay or severe consequences and he was very careful to always mask, sanitize and social distance. He had to isolate away from his 3 children and pregnant wife to avoid exposing them.

When it comes to the seriousness of Covid, I don’t believe many of the politicians who order the rest of us to avoid travel or socialization but who go out and eat, get haircuts, travel for vacation and even show up for big events. I don’t need their hypocritical demands. I will wear a mask, avoid personal contact, wash my hands and keep distances because I believe what’s happened to my friends even if I DON’T believe what hypocritical officials say since they themselves don’t believe anything they say. The cases and deaths this week are higher than they have ever been. Don’t be foolish or careless. But next time you get to vote, don’t vote for mayors and governors who tell you to do what they are unwilling to do. They think we’re peasants and they are princes and princesses. They aren’t. But even the peasants have the power to rise up and demand that leaders live by the same rules they impose on the rest of us.

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.”

"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.

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.

President Trump himself has filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission, in his personal capacity as a candidate for re-election as President of the United States. The suit alleges “unlawful and unconstitutional acts.” Details are at the link, along with general information and updates on Trump’s legal fight and a place to donate to his Election Defense Fund.

Interestingly, the list of alleged unlawful acts includes activities involving a group we’ve reported on recently, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which came in from out of state to implement a new form of balloting in Wisconsin: unmanned, absentee ballot dropboxes “without adequate or uniform chain of custody standards and security protocols contrary to the Wisconsin Election code.”

According to this lawsuit, the CTCL funded (yes, FUNDED) a plan by the mayors of Wisconsin’s five largest cities --- Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay and Racine --- to use these dropboxes. The mayors are also included in the suit. The dropbox plan was adopted by the Wisconsin Elections Commission for use throughout the state.

Remember the CTCL? We reported that they used to operate on a yearly budget of about $1 million but then got a whopping infusion of $350 million from Mark Zuckerberg. That should buy a whole lot of dropboxes. This release from the Amistad Project is really a must-read if you want to know what’s going on with all that money.

Donors to the CTCL include Facebook, Google, and progressive organizations such as Rock The Vote, Democracy Fund, and the Voter Information Project, which after a few clicks tells us it is a member of “the Election Infrastructure Subsector Coordinating Council,” which after a few more clicks we find is part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). You know, the same public-private agency within the Department of Homeland Security that Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic are members of.

And, hoo boy. The header on the home page of the CTCL will have you rolling on the floor: “We harness the promise of technology to modernize the American voting experience. What you get: High-performing election offices. Increased public confidence and trust. A more resilient and adaptive election system. Better informed voters.” They say their job is to “ensure that our elections are more professional, inclusive and secure.”

What we got in this election –- though the mainstream media won’t report it –- was a freaking mess, an unmitigated disaster. If this is the “modernized” American voting experience, give me old-fashioned in-person voting with paper ballots and poll watchers from both parties standing calmly and politely by, as in the days of the dinosaurs. (Stone tablets would be fine with me as long as signatures are verified. One bonus is that they’re too heavy for mail-in.)

The CTCL website goes on to say they offer courses such as “Cybersecurity for Election Officials.” (Again, I’ll pause while you roll on the floor, laughing helplessly.) And on their page called “20 Ways Election Officials Increased Accessibility During the November Election,” they brag that “in California, Vermont and D.C., every registered voter received a mail-in ballot for the first time.” What could possibly go wrong?

They also work to register “voters serving out felony sentences” as “an issue of social and racial justice.” Thanks to their efforts, Cook County Jail in Illinois, the nation’s second largest prison, served as a polling location this year, marking “the first time in U.S. history that a prison hosted in-person early voting for a general election. It saw a 40 percent voter turnout rate, with over 2,000 incarcerated individuals casting ballots.”

They say they are also “educating Native Americans to reverse historic suppression.” I'm not sure, but I do have to wonder if they were involved in Nevada’s get-out-the-vote effort for Native Americans.

It appears that the CTCL goes into heavily-Democrat cities and pays election officials, but with strings attached. In Philadelphia, they reportedly required the city to open 800 new polling places. Should a non-government entity be coming in and changing how an election is managed?

Now that Election Day has passed, the CTCL is crowing about what a great job everybody did. I am not kidding. “Election officials are still hard at work canvassing ballots,” they say on their website, “conducting post-election audits, and certifying results, but the November 2020 election is largely over and, overall, IT WENT EXCEPTIONALLY WELL [emphasis mine].”

National Public Radio agreed. Don’t miss reading the transcript of this roundtable, as officials are patting each other on the back for how good a job they all did. It’s quite a hoot, funny and sad at the same time. These people are in a world of their own.

Anyway, as for the Wisconsin lawsuit that sent us down this rabbit hole. Jenna Ellis, Trump attorney and senior legal advisor for his campaign, said it “reveals an apparently coordinated effort to push a new form of balloting upon Wisconsin voters that was not protected by uniform chain of custody and security standards and protocols. Regrettably, this is the same sort of conduct we have seen across many battleground states that Democrats knew they had to win to defeat the President where the rules of the election were changed at the last minute and guardrails against fraud were simultaneously lifted.”

This is what Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias was so busy setting up during the months leading to the election.

The dropbox plan is just one of the directives of the Wisconsin Elections Commission cited in the lawsuit. Trump accuses them of ordering election officials to “tamper with witness certifications on absentee ballot envelopes,” making it easier to count unlawful ballots. He also accuses them of issuing orders with the purpose of “undercutting” the state’s photo ID law.

It looks as though Big Tech, through lots of money and “directives” issued by the CTCL to heavily-blue cities, played a major role in creating the chaos we now have. Trump’s legal challenges are bringing this to light –- one more reason why he’s performing a public service by doing this.

Forced labor is bad

December 3, 2020

If there’s one thing you’d think Democrats and Republicans could agree on, it’s that using forced labor to make your products (you know: slavery) is bad. Republicans had to fight Democrats over that point in the 1860s, but they seem to have come around. Indeed, in September, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bill to ban products made by forced labor in China, passed the House 406-3 and is expected to soon pass in the Senate.

But now, there are reports that some major corporations have hired lobbyists to try to water down some of the provisions of the bill.

These companies include Coca-Cola, Apple and – what ho! – that ultra-woke critic of American injustice, Nike. The companies deny that they’re trying to weaken the bill or that they use forced labor. Nike replied that its lobbying efforts were merely “constructive discussions with staff of the Congressional Commission aimed at eliminating forced labor and protecting human rights.”

Meanwhile, China has denied alleged mistreatment of Uyghurs and claims that what have been described as concentration camps are actually “training centers.”

So everything’s all right then!

Oh, wait, to quote Columbo, just one more thing: Rick Moran of PJ Media reports that prominent leftist attorney and MSNBC contributor Neal Katyal, who became a darling of the left when he fought Trump’s travel ban (NOT a “Muslim ban”), was just at the Supreme Court representing corporate food giants Nestle and Cargill in a lawsuit filed by several actual former child slaves. They were kidnapped in Mali and brought to work on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast.

Katyal made several compassionate legal arguments for why the former child slave laborers didn’t have the right to sue in the US, which didn’t seem to impress the Justices very much. Moran has more details at the link, along with the astute observation that fighting on behalf of big corporations against former child slaves will probably not make a dent in his cred among leftists. He’s already virtue signaled so hard that having no actual virtue is irrelevant.

"Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”

This line from the Marx Brothers movie DUCK SOUP seems appropriate right now, as the mind reels after a day of statements and sworn testimony Tuesday in multiple states, a parade of poll watchers and postal drivers detailing outrageous allegations of ballot manipulation: alteration, duplication, invalidation, segregation and even illegal transportation.

And the media's denial of what we can all see --- that's an abomination.

The reports involve hundreds of thousands of ballots in key states. These witnesses weren’t all Republicans and Trump supporters, either. Some were just people who smelled something fishy and thought they should speak up. Many of the claims came to light through the Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project, an independent investigation of voting and voter registration in several key battleground states.

In one report that seemed like something out of a movie (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Help Biden Win!), a U.S. Postal Service subcontractor said he’d been tasked with driving a trailer loaded with somewhere between 144,000 and 288,000 completed mail-in ballots (!) from Bethpage, New York, to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and that when he finished the run at the USPS depot in Lancaster, the truck “disappeared.” Yep, that’s what the man said.

Perhaps this trailer wasn’t taken by people trying to ditch a truckload of ballots. No, it might’ve been beamed up by space aliens who are studying our supposedly democratic system of voting.

Another subcontractor said he was told the USPS in Wisconsin was gathering over 100,000 late-arriving ballots on the morning of November 4 to backdate them so they’d still count. Yes, that’s hearsay, but he was told this separately by two different postal workers, who might want to consider testifying.

Multiple speakers said there was “widespread malfeasance” by Post Office employees. Besides backdating late ballots, they also ordered that Trump mail be sorted out and placed in the “Undeliverable Bulk Business Mail” bin while emphasizing that mail supporting Biden be delivered on time.

Others described violations of protocol involving Dominion voting machines. (Dominion vendors strike me as having been much too involved in our voting process.) A computer expert said that what they did rendered audits impossible “without direct forensic access to the machines.”

The Amistad group said “whistleblowers found that election officials in mostly Democratic areas manipulated ballots and campaign mail, potentially influencing the outcome. [They] detail the failure of election officials in blue jurisdictions to maintain ballot chain of custody, allowing for the potential infusion of fraudulent ballots.”

Tuesday seemed surreal, as stories such as these were pouring out at the same time the vote in key states was being certified for Biden.

And then Tuesday afternoon, the AP reported that Attorney General Barr had said that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

Rudy Giuliani, speaking for the Trump team, released a statement claiming there was “ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined. We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.

But the dependable Catherine Herridge tweeted this: “From a DOJ spokesperson: ‘Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election. This is not what the Associated Press nor what the Attorney General stated. The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.’”

By the way, in related news, AG Barr also said that as of October 19, U.S. Attorney John Durham has been appointed SPECIAL COUNSEL in the investigation surrounding the origins of the “Russia” probe. Durham’s work had been slowed by the pandemic and by (yes) additional information he uncovered. This appointment was made specifically to safeguard the probe in case Joe Biden became President. Unlike a U.S. attorney, who can be fired by the President at will and who in that case surely would be, a special counsel can be fired only by the attorney general and for specific reasons that include “misconduct, dereliction of duty, conflict of interest and other violations of Justice Department policy,” which must be documented in writing. Thank you, Mr. Attorney General.

If you’d like more details, has plenty about the rules that apply to a special counsel. Very informative if you have the time.

Anyway, with Barr’s seemingly dismissive remark and the constant “gaslighting” from mainstream media and social media, it’s easy to start doubting your own eyes and intuition about what went on. You might feel just like the wife in this scene.

Her husband must work for CNN.

The Trump legal team presses on, filing suit on Tuesday in Wisconsin, claiming that officials there included 221,323 illegal votes in the recount and asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to order Democrat Gov. Tony Evers to rescind certification until any illegal votes can be removed from the count. “...We know with absolute certainty illegal ballots have unduly influenced the state’s election results,” they said. Details here.

A poll observer told the Michigan state senate that in Detroit, the military ballots she saw looked like “Xerox copies” of the same ballot, all for Biden. That was just one of many concerns there. By now it’s clear that this election was an unholy mess.

And the beat goes on. If you’re into statistical analysis, this piece by Michael Horowitz has more about the outrageous numbers Biden would have had to get to win in Pennsylvania by the margin he did with mail-in ballots.

Here’s more detail on Pennsylvania, with some magnificent commentary by Paul Kengor at the SPECTATOR. Just one particularly suspicious batch of ballots could have flipped the state to Biden.

As for Horowitz, he hasn't made an accusation of fraud at this point. “These are not conclusions or closing arguments,” he says, “but these observations definitely warrant further investigation for one simple reason: The entire premise of having an election with one-third of the ballots cast through mail was built upon an illegal political decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which unilaterally overrode state laws, violating the federal Constitution, which vests state legislatures with the power over election procedures. It also violated the state constitution.”

Horowitz’ next words are so appropriate, I’ll let him sum up: “The suggestion that we should somehow move on from this is a greater threat to democracy than anything in our history. Republicans who think they can just walk away from this without controversy will learn the hard way in the years to come about their inability to win against this novel way of electioneering.”

In other words, believe your own eyes.

New Project Veritas Expose

December 3, 2020

In their latest expose, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas revealed that they’ve been recording CNN’s conference calls for the past two months, including directives to reporters by CNN president Jeff Zucker. I’m not sure if this actually qualifies as news, though, because I can’t imagine anyone would be surprised to learn that it sounded more like a bunch of unhinged leftists having a dorm room Trump-hate bull session than a phone meeting of professional journalists discussing the news.

We did learn that CNN didn't want to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story (Jake Tapper called it “too disgusting” - at least he didn't call it "icky"), that Zucker thought CNN’s anti-Trump banner headlines were actually too polite, that he compared Trump not conceding to the situation preceding 9/11, and that he urged his staff to “go after Lindsay Graham.” There was also some smearing of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for “naked racism” and promoting white supremacy by CNN’s general counsel. CNN tried to accuse Carlson of racism for misidentifying the speaker as a black executive, but Carlson pointed out that CNN, perhaps desperate to change the subject, once again got the story wrong. Project Veritas misidentified the speaker, but Carlson didn’t identify him at all. Well, research and accuracy are not CNN’s strong points.

Rather than claim the tapes were fake or doctored or deny what they revealed, CNN expressed outrage at O'Keefe for recording them and threatened legal action for releasing them. I’m strangely reminded of the DNC’s response to the release of all those emails in 2016.

Zucker and CNN should just take a chill pill. I hardly consider it a major revelation to find out that CNN is not a news network but a biased propaganda mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. I would’ve been far more shocked if those tapes had revealed them engaging in actual, objective journalism.

President Trump’s team is continuing to challenge the vote, and I believe in giving him time to make his case, but it does appear that the odds are getting longer, with officials certifying votes and courts throwing out cases. Still, I believe in not reporting news until it’s actually news, so I have held off on commenting on all the speculation over who Joe Biden will name to his Cabinet. But now that Biden is actually giving us some names, it’s worth pointing out that, aside from the media, the reaction is not universal adoration.

So far, what we’ve seen is exactly what many expected: a lot of warmed-over Obama-era failures and entrenched Deep Staters with egos far in excess of their abilities, the very people Trump was referring to when he said that if the Obama Administration hadn’t been so bad, he never wouldn’t gotten near the White House. I already mentioned John “Iran Deal/Logan Act” Kerry being picked as "climate czar" (I think "Secretary of Hot Air" would be more accurate), but here are a few more blasts from the past that could be returning to prominence if Biden becomes President.

Biden is rumored to be considering Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin as CIA Director. At least it’s not John Brennan, but here’s what Michigan GOP chair Laura Cox had to say about that pick.

“From her support of the failed Iran Nuclear Deal to her inability to articulate any plans to fight America’s adversaries, Congresswoman Slotkin has proven time and again how grossly unqualified she is to handle foreign policy matters. It comes as no surprise that Joe Biden would consider someone this incompetent for his CIA Director, but I hope for the sake of the American people he has the wherewithal to pass on what would be a disastrous appointment.”

Okay, safe to say that might not be a universally acclaimed choice. But how about his reported pick for head of the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden?

Turns out she has a long history of spreading discredited Russia collusion hoaxes (ironically, she suggested that Russia switched votes to Trump in the 2016 election), and more to the point, a string of Twitter tweets rudely and viciously smearing the very Republican Senators who would have to vote for her to confirm her to the job. A spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn put Tanden’s chances of confirmation at “zero,” while other former top GOP staffers described her nomination as “a funeral” and “a sacrifice to the confirmation gods.”

Biden’s reported choices to lead his national security team, including the Secretaries of State and Defense, went straight from the Obama Administration into a DC consulting firm that doesn’t disclose its clients. The lack of transparency and ethics even drew criticism from leftwing blogs and the New York Times.

Even one of the people he chose to lead his transition team is under fire for being in charge of Los Angeles Metro while it’s under two federal criminal investigations.

I could go on, but you get the picture. He's being slammed for considering failures, liars and crooks, but what else does he have to choose from? Biden isn’t even officially the President-elect, and already the long knives are coming out from both directions. Even if he does become President, it might not be long before he starts feeling the wisdom of the old proverb: “Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”

Johns Hopkins University published and then retracted a study that found that there has been no major increase in the expected number of deaths among all age groups in the US this year due to COVID-19.

The researcher found that while there was a sharp increase in COVID-19 deaths, there was a drop in deaths attributed to other causes, such as pneumonia or heart disease. In fact, “the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19.” He theorizes that deaths from other causes are being categorized as COVID-19 deaths. Also, the very elderly victims might have been expected to die of old age, seasonal flu or other causes if the pandemic hadn’t occurred.

Interestingly, Johns Hopkins University didn’t retract the study because they could cite anything inaccurate, but because it “was being used to spread misinformation about the pandemic,” and discount the danger of the virus or the need to take precautions. But if the numbers are correct, then why should the study be retracted? Is it the job of the university to only publish scientific facts that support a particular narrative, or to suppress facts just because someone might misinterpret or misuse them?

The researcher said he was even accused online of being a “COVID denier” (of course, he was.) He called those false accusations “devastating,” but said, “I stand my ground. The goal is never to undermine the effects of COVID-19 but to suggest a possible over-exaggeration in death numbers due to the pandemic.”

I thought we were supposed to listen to the scientists. I must be getting old because I remember when liberals thought that refusing to accept “inconvenient truths” was a bad thing.

From Patti:

Gov. Huckabee, if President Trump is not able to get this into court or investigated by the FBI or DOJ, we are doomed. The rest of us are nobodies with no power or influence or recourse to "make" anyone hear us or take action.

I listened to the interview [between President Trump and Maria Bartiromo] and was so frustrated, I turned it off. Who in the world can get action on this if the President of the US cannot? Who hires and fires at the FBI and DOJ? I thought the President did! Why aren't heads rolling over there because no action is being taken to protect the citizens of the US? I am so angry at the FBI and DOJ and the courts! Regardless of who appointed them, is there no one left to defend the Constitution and We the People?!

Thank you for letting me comment. I want to know what We the People can do to get this fixed. I pray. I write my legislators and those in other states. I re-post the truth about election fraud to every social media account (including those that censor and those that don't). I do not know what else I can do.

Thank you for keeping us informed with the truth. I have pulled the plug on MSM and refuse to watch it anywhere. You and a few other independent news sources are all I have. Please tell us what We the People can do other than watch it go down the drain. God bless you.

From the Gov:

Thank you so much for writing, Patti. I think your letter expresses very well what so many are feeling right now. If it seems to us that even the President of the United States can only stand and watch while the Republic circles the toilet bowl, we’re bound to feel truly powerless.

Democrats and the media (same thing) are trying 24/7 to make us think we’re crazy even to consider that there’s anything strange about the election results, let alone to believe we can do anything about it. Do you know where the term “gaslighting” comes from? It’s from an old Ingrid Bergman movie called GASLIGHT, in which the main character’s husband manipulates the environment around his wife to make her think she’s insane and powerless to maintain her grip on reality. It almost works.

The reason these tactics are so effective against this character, at least for a time, is that the victim is ALONE. She essentially has only one source of information, her husband –- no other way to tell what is real and what is not. This is why social media is trying so hard to cut off access to “outside” information about this election and the hearings going on now.

The idea is to isolate conservatives and expose them only to information that furthers the one permissible narrative. The covid lockdown helps perpetuate that sense of isolation, too.

Another part of the plan is to make you feel powerless and ready to just give up and go along. To "move on." They want you to think the current is too strong for you to swim against it. If you keep trying to resist, they’ll label you as a crazy conspiracy theorist. But millions of people, and even some brave news outlets, continue to swim strongly against that current.

So how does our main character come to realize she’s not crazy? SOMEONE ELSE enters the picture, figures out what is going on, and SHOWS the victim how she is being intentionally misled and that she is perfectly sane. This is what we can do for others who are slowly being worn down by the media and "cancel culture." What you are doing --- writing legislators, posting everywhere you can, ditching the MSM and finding alternatives, and even writing letters like this one --- is important, because this is how we remind each other that we are not crazy and we have eyes.

Surveys show that a large majority of those who voted for Trump believe the vote count is way off and that Trump really did win the election. (Even a surprising number of Democrats can see this.) Statisticians are saying the anomalies they've seen virtually guarantee that these results would not just happen. And now Bill O'Reilly, who strikes me as a hardened realist, agrees.

As more evidence comes to light, I think the chorus of doubters will grow, perhaps to encompass virtually everyone who supported the President. That’s 73 million people, just including the ones whose votes made the count.

Social media can’t isolate and indoctrinate 73 million people, not in America, though they might try. In fact, one study has shown that "fact-checking" can backfire, causing people to be more likely, not less, to believe something if social media plays nanny and tries to "correct" it.

That doesn’t mean Trump will prevail in the courts, though he might. It’s impossible to predict whether he will or not. There is a balance of power and the Constitution prescribes remedies for this situation that will give us an outcome, but not necessarily a good one. Trump might tweet angrily about what has happened, and complain to Maria Bartiromo about it, but he’s not about to overstep his authority the way Democrats love to tell us he will. That's just another lie from the left. Without a doubt, the real megalomaniacs dwell on the other side of the aisle.

So right now, we must leave it to the attorneys and let this situation play out.

As I’ve said before, Trump is providing a public service to the country he loves by forcing us to take a closer look at the institution of “The Vote.” Yes, it’s in his own interest, but it’s in our interest, too, and he's well aware of that. There have long been instances of “manipulation” in elections, but if the 2020 election really turns out to be what it looks like, we can’t have this level of anarchy and continue as a democratic republic. That’s how important this is.

And whether or not Trump gets another four years, we 73 million people will have had perhaps the biggest wake-up call of our lives.

With Christmas approaching and COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus cases rising, Americans are bracing for more lockdown orders that seem to be aimed more at shutting down businesses, churches and Christmas celebrations than actually stopping the spread of the virus. So before we get too far past the recent Thanksgiving hypocrisies of the “Do as I say, not as I do” leaders, here are a few things worth remembering when they start in with the war on Christmas in the name of stopping the pandemic (using the same failed tactics that were supposed to be imposed for only two weeks, eight months ago.)

First of all, PJ Media made a handy list of prominent Democrats who imposed crackdowns on their constituents, then flouted their own rules. It ranges from big names like Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Bill DeBlasio and Gavin Newsom to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who told everyone to avoid travel 30 minutes before he got on a plane to go visit his own family for Thanksgiving.

The media have also been pushing draconian measures that they seem to think don’t apply to them. CNN’s Chris Cuomo made the previous list of hypocrites, but let’s not overlook ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who has become notorious for shaming others who don’t wear masks while being caught not wearing one when he thinks the cameras aren’t on.

The latest is the L.A. County Supervisor who voted to ban outdoor dining restaurants, then was spotted eating at one a few days later. (If she looks familiar, yes: she did used to play Zelda on the ‘50s sitcom “Dobie Gillis.” I think Maynard G. Krebs might now be in charge of coming up with the state's plans to stop the coronavirus.)

And let’s not forget the California state lawmakers who, after doing such a bang-up job dealing with riots, crime, blackouts and wildfires, shut down businesses and told Californians to stay home and not travel for the holidays. Then they set off on a plane for a taxpayer-paid “conference” at a luxury resort in Hawaii.

Americans have just about reached the end of their patience with the hypocrisy of politicians and their endless job- and business-killing lockdowns and restrictions that defy common sense and often have little to do with any scientific evidence about stopping the spread of the virus. Some are staging full protest rallies

Others are becoming quite creative in their ways of protesting the dictates, or getting around them entirely.

I’m proud to say that I inspired Pastor Rob McCoy, who took off his tie to striptease music before his sermon so his church could be declared a “strip club” and therefore, an essential business that’s allowed to stay open in California. Here’s a video of that, but watch it beyond the funny opening to hear a very important message in his sermon.

There was also the Buffalo, New York, restaurant owner who put a sign on his business that read “WalMart,” so that he could be deemed worthy of remaining open.

The owner of a New York pub declared it a Seattle-style “autonomous zone,” where, as we all learned, COVID restrictions simply don’t apply.

And the owner of “Eat At Joe’s” restaurant in Redondo Beach, California, protested Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “sheer insanity” of restrictions by putting a banner over his place for the tony “French Laundry” restaurant, where Newsom attended a birthday party after telling everyone else not to gather in indoor groups. I guess the French restaurant is special, and as with anti-cop protests and Biden election celebrations, the virus doesn’t spread there.

I’m very glad to see that people are finally saying enough is enough, and before they give up their rights and lose their jobs and businesses, they're starting to demand to know what the scientific basis is for these restrictions, why they’re expected to work now when they haven’t before, why they’re going on indefinitely, and why the people creating them think they don’t apply to themselves.

Since my strip tease idea was so inspiring, I hope that my latest suggestion will be picked up nationwide: The reason it’s so easy for these politicians to shut down other people’s businesses is that, no matter what, their government paychecks never stop coming. I think we should all demand that they not receive any pay as long as they have their states’ or cities’ economies shut down and their constituents aren’t getting paid. I’ll be they would come up with some much better ways to deal with the virus pronto if their endless lockdowns also locked down their own paychecks.

Crime is sky-rocketing

December 2, 2020

In cities across America where leftwing leaders sided with rioters and slashed police budgets, crime is skyrocketing. As Gomer Pyle used to say, “Sur-prise! Sur-prise!”

How devastating was that insane abdication of public responsibility? We can now put some figures to it. The Major Cities Chiefs Association (an organization of police chiefs representing 69 of America’s largest cities) reports that from May 25 to July 31, about 8,700 protests took place in US cities. Of those, 574 were riots that included mass looting and destruction. During them, more than 2,000 police officers were injured in the line of duty.

One police agency reported 115 commercial burglaries in just one day. Another reported a single looting event at a shopping mall that resulted in over $70 million in damage. One agency alone reported 300 police cars damaged, including 19 that were engulfed in flames.

But maybe this, more than any statistics, will drive home just how bad it was: It was SO bad that in Minneapolis, ground zero of the Defund The Police movement and current site of a surging crime wave, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stood up Monday at a city council meeting and shot down the council’s plan to slash the police budget.

The plan, hilariously named “Safety For All,” calls for reducing the police department from 888 to 750 officers. Frey, actually sounding like a voice of reason, said, “It’s irresponsible and untenable, especially given what we are presently experiencing now in this city. If the goal is simply to dramatically reduce the number of police officers we have and hamstring our chief, no, I cannot sign onto that.”

Frey also noted that any plan was supposed to wait until after a year-long “community engagement process” to find out what the people want. They could find out right now, if they’d listen: the people want more cops on the street. It sounds as if the only way to make that happen would be to throw their useless city council out onto the street.

Oh, and if you need any further verification of just how bad, dangerous, counterproductive and idiotic the council’s police plan is, try this: Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted her support for it.

Not the first

December 2, 2020

Joe Biden named his (potential) White House communications team, and the media are falling all over themselves to praise him for having the first all-female senior White House team. One problem, as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (who replaced my daughter, Sarah) points out: President Trump already has an all-female senior White House press team. So does the First Lady. And so does the Second Lady. The press has been barking at them for four years; you’d think they’d have noticed by now that they’re women.

But this is par for the course for our media, who have gone from madly attacking Trump to polishing Biden’s shoes with their tongues in record time. They’re so desperate to come up with positive things to praise him for that they might have set a hilarious new record for fawning. The liberal site The Daily Beast actually ran a story with this headline:

“Joe Biden’s Dogs Have Told This Pet Psychic a Lot About Their Beloved Master, and His Future.”

To triple the hilarity, Instapundit caught a screen grab of that puffiest of puffballs with a pop-up ad over it for subscriptions, urging people to “Support our fearless journalism.” My dogs told me psychically that even they think that’s idiotic.

In a related story, Biden slipped and twisted his ankle Saturday while playing with his dog, Major. My hopes and prayers for a swift recovery. But as Instapundit noted, why didn’t the dog psychic warn him?

The “cancel culture” is coming for guitar hero Eric Clapton, for daring to record a song written by Van Morrison that protests the endless lockdowns that are killing live music and destroying musicians’ livelihoods. He couldn’t be allowed to go around expressing a non-approved opinion, so the Twitter keyboard warriors dug up an old racist comment he made in the 1970s and are using it as a pretext to try to “disappear” him.

The comment was indeed shocking, but he’s apologized for it repeatedly for years, explaining that when he said it, he was out of his head and suicidally addicted to booze and drugs. The left seemed to forgive him, until it suddenly became useful to take it back.

I’d also point out that the song the self-righteous social justice warriors are so outraged over is to raise money to help struggling musicians whose livelihood is being destroyed by their policies. Just by recording it, he’s already done more to help others than they ever will. And I seriously doubt that anyone who already knows Eric Clapton is going to stop listening to his music because some twits on Twitter said to.

A Very Subjective Term

December 2, 2020

Remember when Hollywood liberals and feminists were all riled up about “Me Too” and started the “Time’s Up” movement to fight sexual abuse of women in the workplace? That all went out the window when Joe Biden was nominated, but until that point, they were so worked up that some top name Hollywood celebrities started a charity composed of two groups, the Time’s Up Foundation and Time’s Up Now Inc. They had such luminaries as Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer and Brie Larson on their boards, and they quickly went to work raising money to fight sexual predators.

The New York Post reports that in their founding year of 2018, the nonprofit organization raised over $3.6 million. It spent $157,155 on conferences on “gender equity,” which included “a retreat at the Ojai Valley Inn, a luxury resort and spa north of Los Angeles. The retreat was dominated by agents from the Creative Artists Agency, who apparently had difficulty deciding on what the core mission should be.” They also spent $288,000 on advertising, $112,000 on a public relations firm, over $58,000 on travel, and $1.4 million on salaries. That included $342,308 to former WNBA head Lisa Borders, who ran the group for four months before resigning after her adult son was accused of sexual misconduct.

I’ll let you click the link to find out how much they spent on supporting women who made legal claims of sexual harassment. They say their legal defense fund has spent over $1.7 million to help women, but the share of it that the two groups kicked in themselves is less than what Borders was paid for four months’ work.

Apparently, “non-profit” is a very subjective term.