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Today's Commentary:  The biggest story in America -- Iran violates Obama nuclear deal -- Paul Ryan rushes to the microphones -- Vacationing in North Korea -- Fanatical movements 101  -- News Bits 

 

The biggest story in America continues to be the historic floods along the Texas coast, caused by Hurricane Harvey and the lingering heavy rains. At least two people are known dead. By the time it’s over, it’s possible that 50 inches of rain will have fallen on some areas, and it’s moving into Louisiana as well. Thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed. The town of Rockport was especially hard hit (the high school completely collapsed), and many areas of Houston are under water.

That’s led some to question why Houston wasn’t ordered evacuated. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott urged Houstonians to leave, but some mocked him for overreacting and the Democratic mayor thought a mandatory evacuation wasn’t necessary. Turns out, it was. But it’s a city of three million people, so it’s not clear whether that would have been possible given the time frame, anyway. Houston flooding is expected to get even worse today because water levels in the flood-preventing reservoirs were rising at over six inches an hour, and some water has to be released. By the time it’s over, this may be the worst weather catastrophe ever to hit Texas, and rival Katrina for the scale of disaster, destruction and dislocation.

President Trump okayed a request for federal disaster aid in near-record time, and this morning, FEMA officials held a press conference to lay out emergency rescue measures. And other towns unaffected by the storm are taking in refugees. There are currently at least 30,000 people in shelters, and many more whose homes have been damaged or destroyed, and who have suffered as-yet unknown losses.

If you’d like to help, the quickest and easiest way is with a donation to RedCross.org (kudos to comedian Kevin Hart for donating $25,000 and challenging his celebrity friends to match it.) The Rev. Franklin Graham also has a group that’s helping survivors and seeking donations and volunteers at SamaritansPurse.org.

The Humane Society is also engaged in a massive rescue effort to save animals caught or abandoned in the floods (HumaneSociety.org) and get them to safe shelters. One major shelter taking in the rescues can be found at AustinPetsAlive.org, if you are searching for your lost pets or would like to help them out. And as always, your prayers for everyone affected are welcome. That includes the many first responders and volunteers who are working tirelessly to save those caught in the floods. They are all Huck’s Heroes.

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

 

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Iran violates Obama nuclear deal

By Mike Huckabee

In case anyone cares, there are credible reports that Iran is secretly using civilian aircraft to move weapons into Syria, in direct violation of the Obama nuclear deal, in an effort to turn Syria into an Iranian client state. It’s not surprising that Iran would be expansionist, aggressive, and dismissive of its obligations under that particular deal. But it will surprise me if the US media say anything about it, or if the government, even under the GOP, does anything about it.

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Paul Ryan rushes to the microphones...

By Mike Huckabee

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to make sure everyone knows he condemns President Trump’s decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Still waiting for the press releases from Democratic Congressional leaders condemning President Clinton for pardoning fugitive financier and accused tax evader Mark Rich, or Obama for pardoning treasonous leaker Bradley/Chelsea Manning, who put the lives of US troops at risk.

I’m not asking Republicans to circle the wagons the way Democrats do, but it would be nice if they’d just stop forming circular firing squads.

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Vacationing in North Korea

By Mike Huckabee

What could these people possibly be thinking who are rushing to visit North Korea before the travel ban and/or nuclear war starts? If you miss your chance for a vacation in North Korea, don’t worry. I’m sure there are other despotic nations that will be happy to arrest, torture and kill American tourists.

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Raising a godly child

By Mike Huckabee

Some good advice for Christian parents from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's national conference: five tips on raising a godly child who is uncorrupted by the ugly, cynical, sex-drenched, foul-mouthed, self-centered, godless culture around us. Or as we used to call these tips: “parenting.” Warning: if you do this, the term the speaker uses to describe such children is “alien child,” because they’ll be so different from the kids around them.

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News Bits

What can I say? Getting a little emotional over things that deserve it runs in the family.

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The SPLC not only needs to stop branding differences of religious opinion as hate crimes, but it should also consider that under its own definition, which involves demonizing entire classes of people, you could make a case that the SPLC itself is a “hate group.”

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We interrupt the “Trump Is A Racist” media narrative to bring you this inconvenient truth bulletin.

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Trump's Phoenix rally

August 23, 2017

At his rally in Phoenix last night, President Trump was back in full-on campaign mode, serving up more red meat than a Texas barbecue joint. He strongly defended his love for all Americans of all backgrounds, and went after the media tooth-and-tong for its attempts to depict him as a racist and KKK sympathizer. He recounted his exact words in response to the violence in Charlottesville and smacked down his critics by name, including dismissing the Washington Post as a lobbying tool for Amazon.com (it’s now owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a major Trump opponent.) He said there are bad people in the media who don’t like America and are more interested in ratings than the truth, blamed them for stirring up divisions in the country, and mocked them for turning off the cameras as he called them out.

It will be claimed that it’s unpresidential or counter-productive to attack the media so vociferously. But Trump obviously believes that the media are so biased against him that nothing will ever change it, so he might as well not even try to curry their favor. Instead, he’s doing what he did during the campaign: using Twitter and rallies to go around them and take his case directly to the people. You can be skeptical of whether that will work, but as he pointed out last night, he’s living in the White House. That was something the media thought they had the power to prevent.


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Trump’s speech was so long that if you don’t have time for the whole thing, Independent Journal Review has edited some of the highlights by topic. I've broken them out by category here:

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Naturally, outside the Trump event, there were protesters. They made their intellectual point that Trump must go by throwing bottles at police, who offered a response involving tear gas canisters. See the video here.

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Anchor/opinionator Don Lemon was described as “quietly losing his mind after the Trump rally” (I might argue with both the adverb and the timing mentioned in that description) over Trump’s attacks on his employer, CNN. Trump bashed the media for misrepresenting his comments about Charlottesville to paint him as being soft on white supremacists,which he refuted by reading back his exact statements as part of a timelime. Lemon accused him of attempting to “rewrite history.”

We have reached a strange place in history, indeed, when someone who reads exact quotes in chronological order is accused of rewriting history by a media outlet that makes excuses for people who smash monuments to historical figures they don’t like. Liberals, please make up your mind: is rewriting history a good thing or a bad thing? Or is it only good when you do it?


FOR MY EXTENDED THOUGHTS ON CHARLOTTESVILLE I HOPE YOU WILL READ THIS.

"Charlottesville"


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Trump’s speech was so long that if you don’t have time for the whole thing, Independent Journal Review has edited some of the highlights by topic. Check them out here:

President Trump slams Arizona's Senator over Obamacare repeal 

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President Trump calls out the media for their coverage of Charlottesville

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President Trump talks about the media's obsession with ratings over the truth

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Phoenix crowd responds to President Trump's comments about the media

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Barcelona Update

August 22, 2017

Update on last week’s terrorist attacks in Spain that left 13 people dead and at least 100 more injured: Monday, police caught up with 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, the Moroccan national suspected of driving the van that plowed into a crowd in Barcelona. They found him in the town of Subirats. He was wearing an explosives belt when police shot and killed him.

We also learned that the attack could have been even worse: Abouyaaqoub was allegedly part of a 12-member terrorist cell that was planning a series of vehicle attacks with 100 gas canisters. That plan went awry when the house containing the canisters exploded, killing two of the terrorists, including an imam of a local mosque who is suspected of radicalizing the other, younger plotters.

Full details are here. As to how a house could literally fall in on two of the terrorist plotters and 10 others still manage to evade exposure and continue on their deadly way, I’ll leave that to Spanish authorities to explain to their citizens. More details at the link.

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