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Let's Go Brandon

December 27, 2021

A man who jokingly ended a televised phone call to President Biden by saying, “Let’s go, Brandon” (and Biden unthinkingly repeated it) has been identified and now says he’s receiving vague death threats. Because it was fine to call the last President “literally Hitler” and hold up a bloody replica of his head on Facebook, but it’s now illegal, immoral and fattening to joke about the current semi-occupant of the office. Almost as illegal as it was for a rodeo clown to wear an Obama mask (remember how jokes about Obama could also cost you your job and more?)

https://www.foxnews.com/health/covid-19-omicron-less-likely-hospital

(NBC News has now declared that mocking phrase a “right-wing slur.” Since they aren’t well acquainted with the concept of real fact-checking, let me assure them that when that chant starts at a football game, it doesn’t mean they’ve found an entire mega-stadium full of right-wing fanatics: https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/493393/)

The man says he’s not even a strong Trump backer or harsh critic of Biden, he just thinks he could be doing a better job and used his freedom of speech to express that in a humorous way. Poor guy must think he’s still living in the United States of America! Maybe if the FBI tracks down the people who threatened him instead of threatening him themselves, they’ll convince me that he is.

In the meantime, do you know who could really be doing a better job? The so-called “news media” outlets that immediately rushed to try to identify him from the moment this happened so that he and his family could be doxed and threatened by leftist lunatics.

There are also quite a few large corporations who could stand a reminder that we don’t live in a monarchy but in the United States of America, where freedom of speech, the right to mock our leaders, and not punishing people for things they had nothing to do with are all sacred principles of our founding.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/nascar-brandon-brown-lets-go-brandon-corporations-marketability-tough

While some parts of the nation and world are panicking over the Omicron variant, and demanding more lockdowns and booster shots, two new studies are raising questions about all the hysteria. A Danish study found that Moderna’s mRNA vaccine actually increases your odds of contracting Omicron after 90 days. And a study of symptoms by researchers from Harvard, Stanford, King's College London and Massachusetts General Hospital found that in most cases, the symptoms are so mild that people who think they just have a cold right now probably really have this variant of COVID.

https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2021/12/26/media-whines-about-new-study-finding-omicron-hard-to-distinguish-from-common-cold-n497286

And the media and political reaction to this news? Panic that we need to change “the messaging” to keep fear alive because people might not be terrified enough of the disease if they think it’s not really that terrifying.

"Disconnection"

December 27, 2021

How can we all be so connected, and our government be so disconnected?

One of the benefits of living in the 21st century is that thanks to jet travel and the Internet, I constantly talk to Americans from every state and every walk of life. And believe me, they are not shy about sharing their opinions. It gives me a perspective that I wish more of our politicians and media people inside the Beltway Bubble could experience.

If I had to explain their low approval ratings in one word, it would be “disconnection.” I don’t think there’s ever been a time when the people in government and the media were so out of touch with the people they’re supposed to be serving. Do they actually believe that when voters demand “change,” when they really want is massive spending bills, skyrocketing debt, higher taxes, empty store shelves, spiraling crime, vaccine mandates, racism and anti-Americanism taught to their children, more expensive everything and a bigger, bloated nanny state government crushing their rights and freedoms? Trust me, based on what they tell me, they do not.

If you ask most Americans what they want from government, it’s not to have every aspect of their lives “transformed,” including those that worked a lot better before the government “improved” them. They don’t want 2,000-page bills nobody’s read, or bureaucrats telling them how much money they’re allowed to make or criminal prosecutors who refuse to prosecute criminals. The list of what most Americans say they want is pretty short: national defense; secure borders; smooth highways; care for veterans, seniors, children and the disabled who need it; good schools that teach facts; police and firefighters; a fair court system; and oh yeah, it would be nice if the trash were picked up on time. That’s about it.

Yet somehow, the government finds so many ways to meddle in our lives that federal, state and local government spending combined now equals nearly 40 percent of America’s entire gross domestic product. The accumulated national debt alone is now about $6 trillion more than the annual GDP. And in some places, they still don’t pick up the garbage on time!

In poll after poll, Americans say loud and clear: they want less government and less spending. They don’t care what the talking heads or the endlessly-surprised economists or the “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street failures or the socialist socialites in Congress say: they want government out of their lives, out of their wallets and out of their way.

Yet whenever political candidates support that philosophy, their opponents and the media paint them as cold-hearted and uncaring. Compassion has been redefined as the willingness to spend limitless amounts of other people’s money, no matter how many people it harms. And it harms plenty, from the people the money is taken away from directly to the resulting inflation that squeezes everyone from the poorest on up. The media devote almost no time to examining the very real consequences of differing political philosophies and a lot of time to gotcha games, gaffes, and who’s ahead in the horse races.

But the horse is now out of the barn. Americans have experienced firsthand the results of so-called “progressive” policies, and they’re suffering whiplash from how fast they can destroy everything. Government out of control, the debt at record levels with no end in sight, criminals and rioters taking over our cities, empty store shelves, spiraling consumer prices, elections nobody trusts anymore and seemingly no end to the “two weeks to flatten the curve” lockdowns.

From the election of 2016 to our current woes with crime, inflation, shortages and illegal immigration, none of it should’ve been a surprise to anyone. I warned what would happen for a year before the election if the left took over, not because I’m clairvoyant but because, unlike so many people who claim to represent or report on the American people, I have a modicum of common sense, some life experience, education from schools that taught real history and economics, and most importantly, I listen to the American people. And I respect what they have to say.

Now, for my next prediction for the coming year: I predict that in 2022, politicians who try to sell Americans on more leftist policies that we’ve all seen fail spectacularly will have a hard time, for the same reason that a used car salesman has a hard time selling a lemon to the same customer twice. I also predict that politicians who were elected on a promise to change those policies will stay in office only as long as they remember why the American people sent them there in the first place.

Prayer Tree - December 27

December 27, 2021

HEALTH & HEALING

"Healing for Laura and Alexis /Prosperity for Rob and Mike/ Health for me and my wife. Peace on earth and lawfulness in our government. Amen"

"An end to the pandemic and all the anxiety people are feeling."

"Please pray for healing and complete recovery from Covid related sinus infection for Pam & healing & complete recovery for Linda Kay from bronchitis & flu symptoms. Thank you and abundant Christmas blessings to you!!??????"

"We are the 1 in 4 American adults estranged from a family member. Specifically, a beautiful grandson we may never meet. I share this heartbreak and pray with all of the other Americans going through the pain of estrangement and loss of joy the holiday should bring."

"My friend in Michigan whose daughter, a high school senior has covid. The daughter has been put into a coma and is on a vent. Her mother is able to be with her and is reading scripture to her. "

"Years ago God moved me to a new city. Two years later He moved Sue to my city. Of all churches in my city, He had her visit my church; and of all the seating, He had her sit beside me. She was recently diagnosed with cancer, Stage Three. She agrees He is in charge of her health. I ask you to pray for her healing in accordance with His will. We are praising our LORD for being with us in all we endure on earth. Our prayers are heard and He knows best. He is the Great Physician. I know first hand His healing touch. Thank you and Blessing to all of you."

"That my friend Edith is healed by God from the mysterious illness that she has and be able to spend more time with her family!"

"For my niece who has mental health problems and drug addiction. She won’t get help. She is losing her 2 beautiful children because she won’t do what the doctors tell her to do. Such a intelligent and talented person but won’t get help. Please pray that during this Christmas season she will change her ways. Merry Christmas to all and may your answers to your prayers come true."

"Please pray for healing of my daughter-in-law's dad, Dale, who has been found to have a malignant nodule on his liver and a blockage in one of the paths to his heart. He's a solid Christian man who raised his family in the faith of Jesus Christ. Thank you and Merry Christmas!"

"Please pray for my husband who has Parkinson’s… my husband of 33 years health is crumbling right in front of me. I have fibromyalgia he was suppose to take care of me. It’s getting harder each day. Please pray for the pain to stop."

"For some time now I have been diagnosed with pulsatile tinnitus. I have seen doctors that keep telling me there's nothing wrong. I've had all kinds of tests that showed nothing wrong. However, I am still hearing pounding in my head like my heartbeat. Although I tried to ignore it at times it gets very loud. I have been praying for relief for a long time. Please pray that this will go away even though they say it can't. I believe our great Lord and Savior can do anything if it's in his will. Thank you so much for praying for me. God bless you all... Arlene"

"Bob to be well tomorrow morning so we can enjoy Christmas together. Amen"

"Gary Rowley - body retaining fluid, liver problems? Has had surgery to remove some of the fluid."

"The doctors say have kidney disease but God says I am healed I need the healing manifested in my body."

"Mike my husband. Please pray for him. He is so addicted to beer and chew. He is obese and doesn’t seem to care. He raised by a family with no faith and an alcoholic father. I’ve prayed for him for 22 years and he is so detached I have little faith that he would ever truly let Jesus in. I have to be honest, I am born again Christian but my faith has been affected by this daily discouragement."

"Daughter Molly, struggled through Hodgkin’s lymphoma-recovered has 4 children 11 to 5 and now has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. She’s a strong believer and trusts the Lord. We pray God’s will be done and He bless her as she deals with the therapy and surgery ahead."

IN MEMORIAM

"Donald my amazing husband of 53 years passed from covid on August 23, 2021.-- Debby

"For my husband, Leonard Charles Hall"

"At Christmas I remember both my adoptive parents who went home to God in the month of December. I also remember a message from the Virgin Mary who appeared to the children in Yugoslavia...it is a special blessing for those who go home to God in December, for there is great rejoicing in heaven in the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. So while I miss them, I smile and am comforted knowing the joy of their reception in heaven."

"Family of Bob Bryant. He passed away Dec 14th from lung cancer."

Evening Edition - December 27

December 27, 2021


THE EVENING EDITION By Mike Huckabee

Good evening! My staff and I are still officially "on vacation" until Thursday, but we don't want you to have to go cold turkey. You're getting enough of that from your Thanksgiving leftovers. So I wanted to share with you some quick takes on the headlines, plus some commentaries not tied to a particular breaking story. We'll be back to covering the day's news in more depth in a couple of days.


1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE

This verse was recommended by Merry G.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9 KJV

 

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2. Manchin might have saved swing-state Democrats:

North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer made the same point that I did last week: Sen. Joe Manchin killing Biden's “Bring Back Bankruptcy” bill might have saved swing state Democrats who would have felt pressured to support it if it had come to a vote.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/sen-cramer-joe-manchin-may-have-just-saved-the-democratic-party

Of course, Chuck Schumer is still vowing to bring it to a futile vote anyway, just to force Manchin to go on record as opposing it. To which I say, “Good move, Chuck! Force those votes onto the record!” Let the voters of swing states know where their "moderate" Democrat Senators’ loyalties really lie, no matter what they say when they’re running for reelection.


3. American Medical Association nonsense:

As if doctors don’t have enough to try to learn, and so much government/insurance paperwork that they have almost no time to spend with patients anymore, get a load of the ridiculous strings of anti-American, woke, leftist, PC garbage the AMA now expects them to memorize and parrot:

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/493454/

What’s next? Before giving you an antibiotic shot, they have to make a speech about how antibiotics created by profit-seeking capitalist pharmaceutical companies murder oppressed, disadvantaged germs that have a right to invade any organ they please without fear of supremacist white corpuscles? I’d better stop before I give them any more ideas.


4. Once again, Trump is proven right:

He said the removal of statues wouldn’t end with Confederates but would grow into removing other American icons. Now, so-called “progressives” are even forcing the removal of statues of Theodore Roosevelt, one of the fathers of “progressivism!” I suspect the real reason is that they hate his philosophy of not whining. Also, his catchphrase “Bully!” triggers them because it reminds them of what they like to do to people.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/493383/

If they think "Progressivism" pioneer Teddy Roosevelt is politically incorrect, wait until they learn about Woodrow Wilson.

http://todayinclh.com/?event=president-wilson-sees-his-first-movie-likes-birth-of-a-nation

PS - Great tweet on this from Dan Ornelas: “Let me get this straight…They’re removing the statue of the Roosevelt who *didn’t* put American citizens into internment camps??”

Makes sense to me. Today’s “progressives” love the idea of internment camps.


5.  "Disconnection"

How can we all be so connected, and our government be so disconnected?

One of the benefits of living in the 21st century is that thanks to jet travel and the Internet, I constantly talk to Americans from every state and every walk of life. And believe me, they are not shy about sharing their opinions. It gives me a perspective that I wish more of our politicians and media people inside the Beltway Bubble could experience.

If I had to explain their low approval ratings in one word, it would be “disconnection.” I don’t think there’s ever been a time when the people in government and the media were so out of touch with the people they’re supposed to be serving. Do they actually believe that when voters demand “change,” when they really want is massive spending bills, skyrocketing debt, higher taxes, empty store shelves, spiraling crime, vaccine mandates, racism and anti-Americanism taught to their children, more expensive everything and a bigger, bloated nanny state government crushing their rights and freedoms? Trust me, based on what they tell me, they do not.

If you ask most Americans what they want from government, it’s not to have every aspect of their lives “transformed,” including those that worked a lot better before the government “improved” them. They don’t want 2,000-page bills nobody’s read, or bureaucrats telling them how much money they’re allowed to make or criminal prosecutors who refuse to prosecute criminals. The list of what most Americans say they want is pretty short: national defense; secure borders; smooth highways; care for veterans, seniors, children and the disabled who need it; good schools that teach facts; police and firefighters; a fair court system; and oh yeah, it would be nice if the trash were picked up on time. That’s about it.

Yet somehow, the government finds so many ways to meddle in our lives that federal, state and local government spending combined now equals nearly 40 percent of America’s entire gross domestic product. The accumulated national debt alone is now about $6 trillion more than the annual GDP. And in some places, they still don’t pick up the garbage on time!

In poll after poll, Americans say loud and clear: they want less government and less spending. They don’t care what the talking heads or the endlessly-surprised economists or the “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street failures or the socialist socialites in Congress say: they want government out of their lives, out of their wallets and out of their way.

Yet whenever political candidates support that philosophy, their opponents and the media paint them as cold-hearted and uncaring. Compassion has been redefined as the willingness to spend limitless amounts of other people’s money, no matter how many people it harms. And it harms plenty, from the people the money is taken away from directly to the resulting inflation that squeezes everyone from the poorest on up. The media devote almost no time to examining the very real consequences of differing political philosophies and a lot of time to gotcha games, gaffes, and who’s ahead in the horse races.

But the horse is now out of the barn. Americans have experienced firsthand the results of so-called “progressive” policies, and they’re suffering whiplash from how fast they can destroy everything. Government out of control, the debt at record levels with no end in sight, criminals and rioters taking over our cities, empty store shelves, spiraling consumer prices, elections nobody trusts anymore and seemingly no end to the “two weeks to flatten the curve” lockdowns.

From the election of 2016 to our current woes with crime, inflation, shortages and illegal immigration, none of it should’ve been a surprise to anyone. I warned what would happen for a year before the election if the left took over, not because I’m clairvoyant but because, unlike so many people who claim to represent or report on the American people, I have a modicum of common sense, some life experience, education from schools that taught real history and economics, and most importantly, I listen to the American people. And I respect what they have to say.

Now, for my next prediction for the coming year: I predict that in 2022, politicians who try to sell Americans on more leftist policies that we’ve all seen fail spectacularly will have a hard time, for the same reason that a used car salesman has a hard time selling a lemon to the same customer twice. I also predict that politicians who were elected on a promise to change those policies will stay in office only as long as they remember why the American people sent them there in the first place.


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"I am asking for your prayers for healing of my eye. I sustained an injury and had emergency surgery. The eye specialist does not think I will regain sight in my eye. I am standing on the promise of healing!"

"Please pray for my three estranged sons & their families and for their mother."

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Joe from Oklahoma shared a special Christmas memory that sounds like something the dad in “A Christmas Story” might have pulled. Joe still vividly recalled when he was seven, and he and his two siblings rushed downstairs expecting to find stockings and gifts. Instead, they found mayhem. A toppled glass of milk, chairs thrown around, and the tree on its side.

They rushed to wake their parents, who came downstairs with crafty smiles. Joe’s dad was a police officer. He told them Santa had spilled the milk, refused to clean up after himself, and was rude to him. This had sparked a tussle that spilled out into the back yard. Then he pointed out a pile of dirt in the back yard the size of a fresh grave. Joe assured the kids that Santa escaped alive…but he said, “Rudolph will never (relieve himself) on our roof again.”

Well, I must admit, that’s one original way to create a lifelong Christmas memory for your kids! Or maybe just to scar them for life. Either way, it was unforgettable!

Annette from Texas also shared a funny Christmas memory that’s taken on serious meaning over the years.

Around the time she and her twin sister were teenagers in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in the late ‘50s, a tradition started in their small Baptist church to create a living Nativity scene. Members would dress up as all the characters of the Nativity, so that cars could drive by in reverence and awe and see the Christmas story in 3D. It took months of work, part of which was coaching teenagers on how to “be still and know God.”

However, they never could teach the live animals to be still and know God, so it could be pretty nerve-wracking, trying to stand motionless next to a live camel or goat with some less-than-reverent ideas of its own.

Luckily, Annette was given a very special role that didn’t require any animal wrangling, but it had its own unique hazards. She wrote:

“I was the angel on high – 20 feet high to be exact…When the angel climbed rickety, dark stairs at the back of the makeshift manger stall, the act itself took such fortitude and perseverance that the spotlight on her was snuffed every 15 minutes and a new angel would appear as fast as she could safely make that climb.

I prayed for all I was worth: not to fall, not to faint, and not to freeze to death…a few blocks from the Gulf, we never knew if we would have freezing cold or temps so hot at Christmas we could have worn bikinis under our angel attire – IF that would not have been a sin…But I digress. We were told that angels could not move a muscle. Even if the nose itched (or some other place), or if we felt a sneeze coming on, we HAD to remain perfectly still...Being 20 feet off the ground with arms outstretched for 15 minutes and a thin wooden support-cross hidden behind me in my white robe, I couldn't help but know—or pray for—God's presence.”

Annette said she didn’t remember having any epiphanies back then. But time and again over the years, when she needed guidance or to trust that things would work out, or to know that stillness can bring a peace that passes all understanding, she’s thought back to what she learned from her scary job, dangling over the Nativity Scene. As she put it:

“God reveals Himself to us in His son through His Holy Spirit. And I don’t need angel wings or a halo to fly to His presence. Just that hidden cross of support.”

This year, it may be impossible to host a big gathering for distant friends and relatives. But don’t forget to let them know you’re thinking of them, and that “family” doesn’t just mean blood relations, as Mario from Indiana reminded us:

"I grew up in Mexico in an orphanage with 40 brothers and sisters. My mom and dad, as we called them, were missionaries for 28 years. When we celebrated Christmas, we had toys and clothing, but the best gift was that mom cooked breakfast for each child according to what we wanted to eat on Christmas day.

When I asked mom why she did that, she said, "This is my gift for you guys.... Something I can do with my own hands for you." I love my mom and dad for giving us love when our real parents didn't."

Thanks, Mario, for that great reminder that it's important at the holidays also to remember and include the people who are like family to us. Even if you can’t invite them to your home this year, a card or a phone call could mean the world to someone who’s feeling lonely and forgotten.

'The Hungry Times'

December 26, 2021

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 www.EIM-US.org

Coming home this Christmas

December 26, 2021

Sadly, this Christmas Eve, many families are unable to gather from far and near, as they usually do. But this story perfectly illustrates how only something as extreme as a pandemic can keep us apart from the ones we love at this blessed time of year.

A listener named Phyllis wrote that it was Christmas Eve, 1942. A young woman was waiting, pregnant and alone, for her husband of 4 months, who'd been drafted into the Army and was training to be a pilot somewhere in the Arizona desert. He had written to her that he couldn't get leave, so they would not be together on their first Christmas as husband and wife. Refusing to let herself get discouraged, she kept a light on in the window as she wrapped a few gifts.

Meanwhile, he was way off in Arizona, quietly reading letters from her, when his sergeant came into the barracks and asked what he was doing there on Christmas Eve. When he heard about the soldier’s pregnant wife, the sarge gave him permission to go home. But that was just the first obstacle down.

The young private grabbed a few belongings and raced to find any way to get back to California. But there were no more trains or buses that night. So he walked to the nearest highway and stuck out his thumb.

Somehow, he hitchhiked 450 miles home. His last ride dropped him off several miles from the cottage where his pregnant wife was. He walked the last few miles in pitch darkness, assuming that at that late hour, his wife would have long since gone to bed. But as he neared the little house, he saw the light shining in the bedroom window.

When he opened the door, he found his darling, still awake and thrilled to be in his arms again. She'd waited up for him, never giving up hope that her dearest would find some way to be home for Christmas. Phyllis wrote, "This true story was told to me by my dad before he passed away in 2000. The young couple were my parents…And I was the baby they were expecting."

I'm glad that Phyllis’ parents' faith in the power of love to overcome all obstacles was passed down to her, and I thank her for passing their family’s cherished story on to us.