Earlier this week, I dashed off a little treatise about the attempt by too many Democrats (many of them young, naïve, miseducated liberal arts grads) to “normalize” socialism.
Today's Commentary: Walter's story: Humility and work ethic pays off for young Marine -- Rosenstein impeachment update; also, Mueller sinks to investigating Trump's TWEETS -- DC: A city of glass houses -- More San Francisco problems -- Facebook faces consumer backlash -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
The saying “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” has apparently never made it to Washington, DC, judging by the number of people who dwell in crystal bubbles and keep hurling bricks at other people.
Today's Commentary: Congressional oversight moves towards impeachment of Rosenstein -- The Michael Cohen tapes -- Wilkie confirmed -- Story to make your day -- Facebook faces consumer backlash -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

Some reports from last week said that Tony Podesta was granted immunity to testify against Paul Manafort in the trial being held in the Eastern Virginia U.S. District Court, the Hon. T. S. Ellis III presiding.  Since this judge has demonstrated he has it pretty clear in his mind what special counsel Robert Mueller is up to –- getting witnesses to “sing” or perhaps “compose” –- I mused about what he might have thought about this particular immunity deal.

But when the list of witnesses against Manafort for the Virginia trial was made public, it did not include Podesta’s name.  Turns out, Podesta’s immunity deal was granted in the OTHER Manafort trial, which is taking place in Washington DC.

Just wanted to make that clear.  Gosh, it’s too bad that Mueller isn’t parading that immunity deal in front of Judge Ellis, who might have had some choice words for it.

There must be something in the water in San Francisco…or maybe all the drugs flushed down the toilets when the cops arrived during the 1960s have finally cleared out of the water.

"Death to America"

July 25, 2018

For eight years, Iran’s leaders chanted “Death to America,” threatened the US and Israel...

Wilkie confirmed

July 25, 2018

With all the hysteria in Washington over non-stories like the possible revocation of security clearances for leakers and liars who never should have had them in the first place...
Today's Commentary: Clueless in the Bronx -- So, what was so wrong with these FISA applications? Everything! -- Satirical interview outrages Left -- Things That Make You Go “Hmm…” -- Kemp wins -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

Clueless in the Bronx

July 25, 2018

I received a thoughtful response to my recent post of a friend’s parody song lyrics about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“I’m Just A Wide-Eyed Socialist”), defending socialism and using Finland as an example of a place where socialism works.
Today's Commentary: What, do top-security clearances continue for liars and leakers? -- Robert Wilkie confirmed -- Poll results -- Mark Levin's show -- A clarification on the Manafort cases -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Today's Commentary: Blacked-out document dump of FISA applications confirms suspicions -- Leftist twitter mobs -- Two terrifying incidents -- I respectfully disagree -- Justice department settles -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

The Mark Levin Show

July 23, 2018

Today's Commentary: What if Strzok and Page had never texted? -- Guardians of thought control -- "Huckabee" preview -- A special anniversary -- Justice department settles -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Imagine what the Mueller special counsel investigation might be like now if Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had refrained from texting each other on their official FBI phones.
President Trump’s critics thought that “releasing the hounds” was a smart strategy, but mad dogs have a way of turning on you.
Today's Commentary: Paul Manafort and Tony Podesta: Lady Justice wears no blindfold-Cortez -- Missouri tragedy -- Population control in Pennsylvania -- Stop the presses -- Sorry to hear -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse


Hilarious Twitter Thread: Conservative satirist Iowahawk set out to show how easy it is to gin up a social media jihad against someone for saying something that offends social justice warrior sensibilities, so he launched a shame attack on the irredeemably awful Allegra Budenmayer for the unspecified but unacceptable things she allegedly said.  Who is Allegra Budenmayer?  There is no such person, but that didn’t stop #FireAllegaBudenmayer from quickly becoming a trending hashtag.  It took only one hour before she was reportedly suspended from her job at Rampit Capital (also fictitious), but that wasn’t fast enough, so they were Twitter-shamed, too! 

It’s a brilliant prank, but if you think it’s the first time a furious Twitter mob was mobilized over some offense that wasn’t even real, then you’re living in a fool’s paradise.

Trump follows up with DC summit

For those who want to know what’s actually going on between President Trump and Vladimir Putin, without the circus sideshow of people who don’t know the definition of treason shrieking “TREASON!!”, here’s a round-up of the latest developments. 

The Big Story: Trump has invited Putin to a follow-up summit at the White House.  This will accomplish Trump’s dual goals of finding common ground on which to work with Russia and making the White House Press Corps’ heads explode.

Trump said that while he hopes he and Putin are able to get along, if it doesn’t work out, then “I’ll be the worst enemy he’s ever had.”  In other words, the exact attitude he took into his meeting with Kim Jong-Un and virtually every other adversary: offer an open hand of friendship, but with a warning that if you don’t take it, it will be replaced with a fist.  But with Putin, it’s entirely different because…because?…because “RUSSIA!” or something.

Trump also reportedly disagrees with Putin’s request to interview former US diplomats and intelligence officers in exchange for letting Robert Mueller talk to the 12 Russians he indicted for hacking during the 2016 election.  When Trump earlier called that an “incredible” offer, maybe he meant literally “not credible.” 

Former Ambassador Andrew McFaul said Putin was trying to create a “moral equivalency between a legitimate indictment with lots of data and evidence to support it from Mr. Mueller with a crazy, cockamamie scheme with no relationship to facts and reality whatsoever.” We all know Mueller’s team would never be investigating something like that!

All joking aside, this shows one of the pitfalls of the Democrats and the media pressuring Trump to demand that Russia hand over its citizens who are indicted in America. It could open up a Pandora’s box, setting a precedent in which countries with no Constitutional protections start indicting Americans, such as military people or intelligence officers (or ambassadors) and demanding that we hand those Americans over to them. 

This is why, for years, Republican Presidents have refused demands from the left to submit to the UN’s International Court of Justice, or “World Court,” system.  We recognize its jurisdiction on a case-by-case basis, but maintain veto power if we disagree with it.  Globalists depict this as America being out of step with the rest of the world, but actually, the rest of the world is sadly out of step with us.  Until every nation on Earth adopts the same Bill of Rights that Americans enjoy, there’s no way American citizens should ever be forced to submit to any “global” legal authority.

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Excellent article from Andrew Klavan at PJ Media on the Trump-Putin imbroglio, examining the difference between making a mistake and being crazy, and who’s really doing Putin’s work of dividing America for him.

Obama news

I suppose I should be shocked at a liberal politician who lives in an $8.1 million mansion lecturing the rest of us, “There’s only so big a house you can have.” But then, I remember Al Gore…



Photo surfaces of powerful US politician having coffee and Krispy Kremes with Vladimir Putin.  COLLUSION! TREASON!! IMPEACHMENT!!!...Oh wait, it’s Chuck Schumer?  Never mind...


This didn't go well 

If I told you Whoopi Goldberg and Judge Jeanine Pirro were put into the same room, how do you think it would end?  You’re right!

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China hack

China might not have to subpoena the interpreter to find out what Trump and Putin said.  Here's what they were doing while the media screamed about RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA.



Today's Commentary: FUN WITH SOCIALISM: a song parody tribute to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- Prayers needed -- Great piece -- Four headlines -- Justin Trudeau in the news -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

If fired FBI Director James Comey told you that you must forget policy differences for now and vote for Democrats this fall if you believe in this country’s values, what would you do?  Laugh in his face, right?  That makes me wonder just who was supposed to be on the receiving end of his ridiculous tweet.  Does he think he’s influencing Trump supporters?  If so, he has to be even more out of touch with reality than we thought.

OUR TOP STORY: Yes, Lisa Page had FBI counsel, but actually answered questions!

“History has its eyes on us,” he said.  Our history won’t be written for a long time, but I don’t think James Comey is going to come out looking very good.   At least he didn’t say we as Trump supporters are on “the wrong side of history,” because that expression is getting really tired.

I hardly have to point out why a Democratic victory is so important to Comey and other current and former government officials, but here it is, anyway:  If Democrats win, ALL ITS INVESTIGATIONS OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WILL CEASE, AND IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST TRUMP (NO EVIDENCE REQUIRED) WILL BEGIN.


If Democrats win Congress, we’ll be headed back to the way it would have been if “the insurance policy” had worked and Hillary Clinton had been elected in 2016.  (No doubt she and Obama will even be calling the shots.)  Everything that has to do with her corrupt State Department tenure and 2016 campaign will be buried, and Democratic power will be solidified and protected by the nation’s bureaucracies for the foreseeable future, at any cost.

Sorry, Mr. Comey, but I don’t share your “values.”  You let Hillary off the hook for obvious and very serious crimes.  You set the wolves on President Trump when there was no evidence of wrongdoing on his part.  You and your colleagues worked to further a false narrative for political purposes, and I think your attempts to do so are absolutely abhorrent, including your deluded and sanctimonious tweets.  With all your condemnation of Russia, your attempt to determine the power structure of this country through the actions of a non-elected bureaucracy smacks of old-time USSR values, not American.

If Democrats take control and stop the truth from coming out, it will be a tragedy for our country.

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It’s hard even to imagine how loud Democrats’ screams of “treason!!!” would be if Trump were, say, caught on a hot mic telling Putin’s emissary that he’d have more flexibility after he was safely re-elected.  They’ve been trying hysterically to keep the false “Russia collusion” narrative going through the midterms, but it just doesn’t work any more.  They’re like the bad magician whose movements reveal every trick and whose strings cast noticeable shadows in the spotlight.  We’re wise to them, even if they’ve come to believe the fantasy themselves.


In 2016 and even before, our intelligence agencies knew Russians were OF COURSE trying to infiltrate our voting systems.  They did nothing to stop it.  They suspected that some of Trump’s campaign associates had perhaps had contact with Russian agents.  They did nothing to stop it.  If they were really concerned about Russia influencing the outcome of our election, they would have alerted the candidate himself.  They did not, preferring to set a trap and implicate him.


It’s not generally my style to tell someone to shut up, but if it were, this would be the time.  Rational people are sick of you, Mr. Comey.  You brought disgrace to the FBI.


As for former CIA Director John Brennan, he should be ashamed as well, but he won’t be.  If he hadn’t been so all-out vicious in his anti-Trump tweets, we might be able to believe he wasn’t a big part of the effort to derail Trump’s candidacy and, later, presidency.  But just as Brennan can’t resist expressing his true colors in hateful tweets and downright seditious statements on MSNBC, wildly accusing Trump of treason, he no doubt couldn’t resist using his power and connections in any way possible to stop Trump in 2016.


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It’s hard to believe a man like Brennan was actually confirmed by the Senate to head the CIA when Obama appointed him in 2013.  For starters, they had to know he voted for the Communist Party in the 1976 election (America’s, not Russia’s) when we were deep in the Cold War.  (He said it was due to his “unhappiness with the system”; I assume he didn’t mean the Communist system.)  How is that ever justified for the head of our foreign intelligence service?  But --- oh, wait --- it was a Democratic majority led by Sen. Harry Reid.  (Rand Paul tried to filibuster, but on another issue.)  Now it makes sense.



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Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage magazine also has a few well-chosen (and sarcastic) comments on our nation's moral conscience and admitted leaker and liar James Comey urging Republicans to set aside everything they know about what the Democrats stand for and vote for them in the next election -- out of pure patriotism and not for any self-serving reasons, of course.

Comey and Brennan: We have had enough of YOU -- San Francisco police arrest "Rideshare Rapist" -- Democrats vote "present" -- California's Supreme Court block move-- Must read -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Today's Commentary: Trump misspoke -- Yes, Lisa Page had FBI counsel, but actually answered questions! -- Antidote to alarmist Left -- "Fresh face" -- Poll results -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
This is historic, since I don’t know if Trump has ever publicly admitted to getting something wrong before.
Today's Commentary: Why SHOULD Trump express confidence in his intelligence agencies? -- The Helsinki Summit -- Protocol -- The Democrats and Russia -- Soros funding leftist protests -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

The Helsinki Summit

July 17, 2018

Would I prefer that Trump have taken a harder line in confronting Putin? Sure, and I hope he issues a strong clarification and condemnation. But this is his style.
Today's Commentary: The Strzok hearing: responses to two reader comments -- Kavanaugh update -- Trump and Putin meet -- Former CIA Director schooled by HS kid -- Feinstein the right-winger -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

Trump and Putin meet

July 16, 2018

At this writing, we’re still waiting for President Trump to begin his historic summit meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Today's Commentary: Robert Mueller's Russian Military indictments -- Antifa outrage -- SPLC held to account -- Health warning -- A 14 year old Huck's Hero -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Today's Commentary: President Trump speaks his mind -- More jobs -- Russia indictments -- Democrat outrage -- A 14 year old Huck's Hero -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Today's Commentary: The Strzok hearing: my list of fun follow-up questions -- Strzok hearing becomes shocking procedural mess; answers still hidden -- Cuomo the Absurd -- "Resist" first -- President Trump in Britain -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
I just returned from Great Britain, but President Trump is staying there through the weekend, long enough to give an interview about his disappointment in Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts at accomplishing Brexit.

In Tallahassee, Florida, Dean Crouch was working at Academy Sports when a man who was looking at a .40-caliber handgun suddenly took off running for the door with it.  Acting fast, Crouch tackled him.  A search revealed that he’d also allegedly stolen a backpack, two matching magazines and five boxes of matching ammunition.  Who knows what he might have been planning to do with that stolen gun and ammo?  The police report stated, “He repeatedly said, ‘I stole and I admit to it’ and ‘I will steal again when I get out of jail.'”

For his actions, I declare Dean Crouch a Huck’s Hero.  I hope that will be some comfort to him because after a one-month investigation, Academy Sports fired him for violating the company’s policy “prohibiting employees from touching customers.”  With two small kids to feed and no income, he may lose his house and is considering a wrongful termination lawsuit.

 I’m not an attorney, but I’d strongly suggest that Academy settle before they have to go into court and explain on the record why they consider people who steal from them to be “customers” who are untouchable by the staff.  Like the decision to fire Crouch, that’s not the kind of dumb idea you’d want to get around.

Today's Commentary: Will Lisa Page appear Thursday? You've got to be kidding... -- Lisa Page defies congressional subpoena, refuses to testify -- Goofus and Gallant -- Identity politics -- President Trump's press conference -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

The Emmy Nominations

July 12, 2018

I care about the Emmy nominations about as much as I care about which color will be dominant in this year’s Paris fashion shows, but...
Today's Commentary: Lisa Page defies congressional subpoena, refuses to testify -- Liberal hate -- Free money -- Chelsea Handler's hate -- Keep an eye on EPA -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Well, it looks as though I have a little more time to write my “20 Questions for Lisa Page,” because Page is defying her subpoena and refusing to show up for her Wednesday closed-door hearing before two House committees, Judiciary and Oversight.


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Today's Commentary: A more positive take on the Awan plea deal -- Selective outrage -- Party of Tolerance 2018 -- More #WalkAway -- Compare the two parties -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse


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The news of Imran Awan’s sweetheart plea deal emerged quietly during Fourth of July week, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed here, even with the predominant story right now being President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. My initial thought about the Awan deal was, “Oh, man, the DOJ has buried another scandal,” and many readers agreed, some commenting that they were disgusted and even literally sickened by the outcome.

But one response offered an interesting take. Mind you, it involves giving Jeff Sessions the benefit of the doubt and picturing him as working steadfastly behind the scenes to ensure that justice is eventually done. Not easy, I know; it’s like being the kid who gets a pile of manure at Christmas and just KNOWS there has to be pony in there somewhere! But for the moment, let’s try to do that and take the ride with reader Bonnie Robinson.

“When you want to catch a fish, you use a smaller fish,” she reminds us. Of course, we already knew that’s been the strategy behind the treatment of Paul Manafort –- were you aware he’s spending 23 out of every 24 hours in solitary confinement before he’s been tried, even though the only charge against him is unrelated to the “Russia” investigation and goes back many years? –- to get cooperation against President Trump, but it applies here as well. Awan was allowed to plead guilty to one measly charge of bank fraud when he could have been charged with much more: espionage, perhaps, or theft of government property, just for starters. I would note that he’s also alleged to have attempted to evade justice by hopping a plane to Pakistan. Robinson points out that since plea deals come as part of an agreement to cooperate with investigators, Awan has likely provided them with information relating to the Democrats who hired him. If she’s right, that means that for a deal as sweet as the one he got, he’s likely been singing like Pavarotti.



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Selective outrage

By Mike Huckabee

Swing and a miss: Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted the Trump Administration’s cruelty and “incompetence” in giving DNA tests to children of illegal immigrants to match them to their parents they were “ripped away” from.  She apparently didn’t know (A.) that’s actually done to insure kids aren’t traveling with unrelated human smugglers or (B.) like so many things the left is suddenly selectively outraged about, it started under Obama.


Party of Tolerance 2018

By Mike Huckabee

The Party of Tolerance 2018:  A mom was subjected to a blue wave of online hatred and abuse for thanking the President’s son, Eric Trump, for his support for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital where her nephew was treated for cancer.  She’s now joined the #WalkAway movement of people leaving the Democratic Party until it renounces the current insane orgy of leftist violence, hatred and intolerance. Yep, this is really going to help them win in November.


More #WalkAway

By Mike Huckabee

In a related story, Brandon Straka, the gay man who started the rising #WalkAway movement, was refused service by a New York City store when he tried to buy camera equipment.  The cashier demanded to know if he was going to use the equipment for “alt-right purposes.” Straka said it took his breath away and he was left shaking because that store had his personal information and he’d never before encountered such negative backlash. And I’ll repeat: he’s gay, and they’re liberals.   

Well, they certainly showed him that he’s wrong!  Actually, the only thing he got wrong was naming his movement “WalkAway” instead of “RunAway!”


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Compare the two parties

By Mike Huckabee

Is it any wonder that when both parties released Fourth of July messages on Twitter, the GOP tweet was a brief, patriotic salute to the Founders, freedom and our military, while the Democratic Party message gave those ideas cursory lip service then launched into several paragraphs of ranting about President Trump and all the horrible things wrong with this unjust, racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic country. 

You know, if the DNC really thinks it’s that bad here, I understand that the socialist paradise of Venezuela has a fourth of July, too.  It’s just another date on the calendar (if you can even afford a calendar).  Still, I get the feeling that many leading Democrats these days feel that the Fourth of July is just another day, so why not spend it doing what they do on every other day: ranting about Trump and how awful America is?



Evening Edition - July 9

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!


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"Feminist Apparel"

July 10, 2018

This is one of those stories that you’d swear had to be “fake news,” if conservative news sites made up fake news the way liberal sites do.

The Party of Tolerance

July 10, 2018

The Party of Tolerance 2018:  A mom was subjected to a blue wave of online hatred and abuse for thanking the President’s son, Eric Trump, for his support for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital where her nephew was treated for cancer.  She’s now joined the #WalkAway movement of people leaving the Democratic Party until it renounces the current insane orgy of leftist violence, hatred and intolerance. Yep, this is really going to help them win in November.


In a related story, Brandon Straka, the gay man who started the rising #WalkAway movement, was refused service by a New York City store when he tried to buy camera equipment.  The cashier demanded to know if he was going to use the equipment for “alt-right purposes.” Straka said it took his breath away and he was left shaking because that store had his personal information and he’d never before encountered such negative backlash. And I’ll repeat: he’s gay, and they’re liberals.   

Well, they certainly showed him that he’s wrong!  Actually, the only thing he got wrong was naming his movement “WalkAway” instead of “RunAway!”  


Question:  how do you make a political scandal go away?


Well, first you work out a sweetheart plea agreement that doesn’t even touch on the scandalous part of what took place.  Then you announce it in conjunction with a major holiday, preferably one in which most people are outdoors grilling hot dogs and not paying much attention to the news.  The Fourth of July is ideal for such a plan, as patriotic Americans who normally would be paying attention to politics are, ironically, the ones most caught up in celebrating with their families.


If you are the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, you sneak out a press release with a generic, blah-vanilla headline such as “Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements on Application for Home Equity Loan.”


That took some skill –- one can’t even tell that this headline refers to the resolution of the Imran Awan case.  Recall that Awan was the IT aide to Florida Congresswoman and former DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz and about 45 other Democratic members of Congress, including members of the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees.  Though he’d never been officially vetted for a security clearance, he’d been given essentially unrestricted access to their email and other electronic files.  Numerous members of his family were mysteriously on the government payroll, too, also without security clearances or degrees in IT, some pulling down highly questionable salaries.  When allegations were raised, his wife went home to Pakistan; he wasn’t quite fast enough and was intercepted while trying to flee the country as well.


Astoundingly, the press release announcing Awan’s plea deal made no mention of Wasserman Schultz or of his IT work for the Democrats.


President Trump must have been consulting his crystal ball about a month ago when he tweeted, “Our Justice Department must not let Awan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook.  The Democratic I.T. scandal is a key to much of the corruption we see today.  They want to make a ‘plea deal’ to hide what is on their server.  Where is Server?  Really bad!”

 TRENDING:  Democrat insanity is coming

Trump was downright psychic with his reference to a plea –- they gave Awan one heckuva deal, even announcing that they had “uncovered no evidence” that he had “violated federal law with respect to the House computer systems.  The deal also specifies that he won’t be charged with any nonviolent crimes he might have committed in Washington prior to the agreement.  (I am not kidding.)  According to Luke Rosiak at the Daily Caller –- who has really been on top of this story –-  this benign conclusion is at odds with that of the findings of an IG appointed by Nancy Pelosi, the House’s top law enforcement official, its sergeant-at-arms, and the statements of multiple Democratic aides.  But that doesn’t matter; the allegations have been effectively buried.


Oh, and another thing you do to make a scandal go away is accuse the other side of bigotry.  In this case, Awan’s attorney, Christopher G. Gowan –- who happens to be a former aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton –- described the charge against Awan as “clearly a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim.”  Wasserman Schultz used the same strategy, keeping Awan on the payroll for six months after he’d been banned from the congressional computer system by Capitol police because, as she said, he was “put under scrutiny because of his religious faith.”


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It also helps to have a sympathetic judge.  Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, appointed to the DC District Court by President Obama in 2014, was once a partner in the same firm that represented Huma Abedin in the investigation of Hillary’s email server.  She’s been a vocal opponent of Trump’s travel ban and ordered the Trump administration to provide abortions to two illegal immigrants.  She postponed Awan’s hearing in U.S. District Court six times.


Well, if you ever wanted to know how to bury a political scandal, now you know how it is done.  In case you were one of those patriotic Americans out grilling hot dogs last week and you happened to miss the Awan story, here’s Luke Rosiak’s detailed wrap-up.  If you’re like me, it’ll make you steamier than one of those dogs.



Today's Commentary: The Imran Awan Story, or How to Bury A Scandal -- Americans are fed up -- Martha Cothren's lesson -- Something you don’t see every day -- Compare the two parties -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Today's Commentary: Hucktown -- Americans are fed up -- Martha Cothren's lesson -- Deep in the heart of summer -- Interesting examination -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

I hope you had a fun Fourth of July week, and I hate to break this to you, but it’s about to come to a jarring halt on Monday.  Not merely because we all have to go back to work, but because on that day, President Trump will announce his pick to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court.  And I must warn you of what to expect from my expert, insider’s view.

Trump is about to nominate someone so terrifying, horrific and destructive to America that this person should not be allowed to appear in public spaces without being hounded back into seclusion by torch-wielding mobs, like villagers chasing Frankenstein’s monster in old black-and-white movies.  This person will be a radical, right-wing extremist whose views on various issues are so out of the mainstream that only 60 to 80 percent of Americans agree with them.  It will be a source of bafflement to the press how this outrageously unqualified pick was somehow able to rack up an impressive enough legal resume to earn the federal court confirmation votes of many of the same Senators who are currently quivering with outrage over the SCOTUS nomination.  This nominee might even unconscionably approve of the heartless and unconstitutional practice of ripping children from the arms of their illegal immigrant mothers and putting them into temporary foster homes, but not approve of the kindly and constitutional practice of ripping children from their mother’s wombs and putting them into dumpsters. 


In fact, if you can think of any evil, vicious, cruel, insane act that would turn America into a racist, sexist, blighted Hellscape, from reinstituting slavery to putting immigrants into concentration camps to forcing women into breeding programs until America is like – what’s the name of that book again? – oh, right: “The Handmaid’s Tale”, then rest assured that this terrifying ghoul will be in favor of it. 

And what is this horrible, awful, no good, very bad person’s name? 

Beats me.  It really doesn’t matter.  Everything I wrote above has already been put into the form of press releases, and the DNC is just waiting for Trump to announce the name so it can be inserted before clicking on “Send.” 


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Is there any part of it that’s actually true?  Well, I did use the adjective “insane.”  I guess you could argue that whoever accepts the nomination, knowing the tsunami of slander that is about to ensue, might have to be just a little bit crazy.


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Today's Commentary: Time to replace the income tax with a Fair Tax -- Remind me again why we haven't replaced the IRS with the Fair Tax?! -- "Yankee Doodle" -- Don't buy the "conventional wisdom" -- Interesting examination -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse


July 6, 2018

There are a lot of people these days who think government should do everything for us.  For many who are overworked and feeling burned out, that can be a very tempting idea.  After all, personal responsibility is a lot of work! 


But when you look at the staggering debt that’s threatening our grandchildren’s futures and wondering how that came to be, the answer is simple: a lack of personal responsibility.  People thinking up things they thought the government ought to do and expecting them to be paid for with somebody else’s money. Thomas Jefferson said, “The government is best that governs least,” but small, cost-efficient government requires a population that’s willing and able largely to govern themselves. 


To explain why government costs as much as it does, let me take you to a city that I’ll call “Hucktown” (Hey, it’s my story, so I get to name the town.)  In Hucktown, everyone is exactly like…well, me.  Nobody smokes or drinks or takes drugs.  We all obey the laws and try to watch our diets and exercise.  We stay married and teach our kids to respect other people’s property and do their homework.  Everyone gets up early and usually works late (they have to: since they’re just like me, they all have at least five jobs.)    


Because of all this, Hucktown’s government would save a lot of money.  It wouldn’t need a jail or a divorce court or drug counselors or rehab clinics or very many hospitals or police.  I can guarantee it wouldn’t need to hire anyone to scrub off graffiti.  So can you imagine how low the taxes would be in Hucktown?  That’s because when people govern themselves, by practicing civility and personal responsibility, they need less outside government to force them to behave properly.  


But before you start packing up to move there, I should point out that Hucktown is imaginary (although Branson is close.)  In reality, there will always be people who impose costs on society, either because of problems they can’t help, or because they choose not to be responsible.  For these folks, we’ll always need expensive social services, hospitals, rehabs, counselors and jails.  


But what if you lived in the exact opposite of Hucktown: a place where everyone decided that it would be easier to cede responsibility for every tough decision to the government?  After all, it’s hard work to choose a medical insurance policy, or plan for retirement, or decide what kind of car to drive.  Why not let the government take all those decisions off your shoulders?


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Because you pay very dearly for it, in three ways.  First, if you don’t like the decision the government makes for you, tough luck.  Second, as Ben Franklin pointed out, when you trade a little freedom for a little security, you’ll soon have neither.  And third, there’s the staggering monetary cost of having the government do all those things for all those people. 


I imagined a town where people didn’t need a lot of government, so taxes could be very low and named it “Hucktown.”  Now, you imagine a place where people expect the government to do everything.  Then imagine how high the taxes and how big the debt would be.  I’ll let you name that place, but choose carefully. Unfortunately, there are so many places like that, a lot of names are already taken.  My suggestion: “Bernietown.”