The Commander-In-Chief Forum

September 9, 2016

The general takeaway from the Commander-In-Chief forum was that Trump didn't have detailed national defense plans and that Hillary does have detailed defense plans that unfortunately are proven losers. For instance, there was her vow that she would defeat ISIS but she would never again commit ground troops to Iraq or Syria (news flash: we currently have nearly 5,000 troops in Iraq and 300 Special Forces in Syria.) That was a reminder that she intends to continue Obama’s “strategy” for defeating ISIS, even the suicidal tactic of telling the enemy right up front exactly what we intend to do and when we’ll quit doing it and leave. As Dr. Phil might say, how is that workin’ for us?

Stephen Green at dug into history to compare Obama’s results in fighting our #1 enemy to those of a previous Democratic President. Here’s what he found:

“It’s been about 32 months since President Obama dismissed ISIS as the ‘jayvee.’ 32 months after Pearl Harbor, most of Italy was in Allied hands, the breakout from Normandy was about to begin, Saipan had been secured by US Marines, and the Japanese Navy had been decisively defeated in the ‘Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.’”

And remember, that was in a multi-front world war, starting from Pearl Harbor, where the US Navy suffered a devastating attack and America’s war machine had to be rebuilt from scratch -- not the modern US military against a handful of scruffy jihadists.

I wonder if FDR would have been as successful in fighting the Axis Powers if he’d used his weekly Fireside Chats to announce how many troops we would be committing to D-Day, and the exact time and location where they would be landing?

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Donald Trump gave a major speech today on his plans for rebuilding the US military, after eight years of Obama stretching it, depleting it and using it as a laboratory for social justice experiments. Here is a link to watch the entire speech:


And if you’re pressed for time, here is a good summation of his points:


For many Americans, the idea of smug, rich Hollywood liberals freaking out over them supporting Trump isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. They’re tired of being lectured to by celebrities who think that having good looks and some show business talent somehow imparts to them a superior knowledge of government policy. Perhaps the most telling quote in the piece is the Democratic fundraiser’s desperately hopeful claim that “fundraising is a kind of voting. If someone is raising a ton of money, it’s a sign of enthusiasm.”

If someone is raising a ton of money in $25 or $50 increments, that’s a sign of enthusiasm. If someone is shunning working Americans to hold fundraisers that the Hollywood and Wall Street elite fork over $250,000 to attend, that’s not a sign of enthusiasm, it’s a sign that the candidate is for sale to the highest bidder.

The other day, I poked a little fun at the press with their mindless softball questions for Hillary Clinton by linking to a video of Homer Simpson. Well, I take it all back. Homer would be insulted if I compared his interview skills to the questions asked of Hillary on her plane as cited in this article. Whatever these hard-hitting reporters are being paid, it’s too much “D’oh!” Apparently, they wrote these questions on an orange because a softball just wasn't soft enough.


Here’s an example of the rare “Double Gotcha,” where candidates are blindsided with questions that require them to know the names of any people or places on Earth that they might have to deal with, but their critics don't know them, either. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was asked about Aleppo, the Syrian city that’s the center of the refugee crisis, and admitted he didn’t know what Aleppo is. It sparked widespread jokes that Johnson might have been using some of the marijuana that Libertarians want to legalize. But then, in reporting on Johnson’s ignorant, embarrassing, possibly disqualifying faux pas, the New York Times misidentified Aleppo as the de facto capital of ISIS (that’s the city of Raqqa).

I wouldn't feel too bad if I were them. Judging from the current Administration’s adroit handling of Syria, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that whoever is in charge of our Syria policy thinks Aleppo is either a brand of dog food or a forgotten Marx Brother.

Conservative News Roundup

September 7, 2016

Donald Trump announced that he’s ending his “blacklist” and will once again give media credentials for his rallies and events to hostile outlets such as the Huffington Post, Politico and Buzzfeed. Trump had called their coverage of him “not nice,” “dishonest” and “disgusting,” but he’s letting them back in anyway. His reasoning: “I figure they can’t treat me any worse!”

That’s awfully sporting of him, but with the current political media, for whom “objectivity” isn’t even in their spellcheck dictionary, I wouldn’t bet the farm that they can’t treat him any worse.


On a similar subject, here’s video of another African-American man praising Donald Trump for his seriousness and commitment to “reaching out and being inclusive” to the minority community. Except this was prominent Clinton supporter/Trump denouncer, Jesse Jackson, introducing Trump at a Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project event in 1999. This bolsters the claim by a longtime entertainment reporter whose job was to dig up dirt on Trump and other celebrities that nobody ever heard any accusations of racism against Trump until the day he announced he was running for President as a Republican.


For many Americans, the idea of smug, rich Hollywood liberals freaking out over them supporting Trump isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. They’re tired of being lectured to by celebrities who think that having good looks and some show business talent somehow imparts to them a superior knowledge of government policy. Perhaps the most telling quote in the piece is the Democratic fundraiser’s desperately hopeful claim that “fundraising is a kind of voting. If someone is raising a ton of money, it’s a sign of enthusiasm.”

If someone is raising a ton of money in $25 or $50 increments, that’s a sign of enthusiasm. If someone is shunning working Americans to hold fundraisers that the Hollywood and Wall Street elite fork over $250,000 to attend, that’s not a sign of enthusiasm, it’s a sign that the candidate is for sale to the highest bidder.

Some of my Christian friends tell me they can’t in good conscience vote for Donald Trump because, when faced with a choice between “the lesser of two evils,” the morally right thing is to choose neither one.

Tuesday News Roundup

August 23, 2016

Here’s your “Throw up your hands and just give up on society” post of the day. It’s West Virginia’ University’s chart for students, to try to explain the pointless, babbling word salad that is “gender-neutral pronouns.” It looks more like an eye chart. This is why the courts need to step in right away and slap down the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional rewriting of Title IX to redefine “sex” as “whatever gender identity someone wants to claim he/she/they/it/ae/ey/per/ve/xe/zie feel like.”


HUCKABEE EXCLUSIVE! I’ve just discovered must-see secret video of a college class teaching students how to use gender neutral pronouns! It’s easier when you set it to music.


Want a perfect illustration of just how far to the left and over the edge of sanity the Democratic Party has moved? Watch this clip of a major national leader declaring that America is a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. We cannot tolerate illegal immigrants taking jobs away from Americans, imposing burdens on social services and committing crimes against Americans. That is why this leader talks proudly of doubling deportations of criminal illegal immigrants, beefing up border security, and cracking down on hiring of illegals and banning welfare benefits to them, before he promises to do even more to stop illegal immigration.

Was this another speech by that bigoted, racist, xenophobic, immigrant-hating Donald Trump? Nope. It’s a clip from Bill Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union Address.


The group Citizens United used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain State Department call logs that show that while working as Hillary’s State Department chief of staff, Cheryl Mills had frequent contact with top Clinton Foundation executives, who would call Mills to discuss State Department business. The logs confirm that donors and insiders enjoyed unique access to the highest levels of government. But once again, Hillary’s defenders are trying to spin away suspicions. They say it’s perfectly understandable and innocent that Mills would be taking calls from VIPs. USA Today even ran an article quoting “experts” as saying that these new revelations show donors had “access,” but they don’t prove that they received any favors in exchange for money.

Um, excuse me, but…isn’t granting big donors access to top State Department contacts a perfect example of a favor in exchange for money?

Saturday News Roundup

August 19, 2016

It’s obvious the media have settled on a narrative to get Hillary Clinton elected, and they can’t deviate from it, no matter how much it is at variance with the truth. Two cherished pillars of that narrative are that the Trump campaign is in disarray and that Trump is a sexist. So when Trump announced a shakeup in his campaign staff (typical for all campaigns, by the way) that included appointing the first female general election campaign manager for a GOP nominee in history, guess what was played up as the big story and what was totally ignored?


The notes of Hillary’s FBI interview provided to Congress were heavily redacted with heavy, black bars –-- ironically, because of the highly classified nature of the information they contained --- but there’s still a lot to be gleaned from them. One thing we learn is that, when pressed, she apparently told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had advised her to use private email.

According to a story in The New York Times, an account of this conversation appears in an upcoming book by journalist and longtime Clinton defender (but I repeat myself) Joe Conason. It supposedly happened when Hillary was a few months into her tenure at State, during a small dinner party hosted by Madeleine Albright and attended by Powell, Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice. According to the book, Powell advised her to use private email for personal communications and State Department email for the classified stuff. The book also says she had made the decision to use private email “months earlier.”

But Powell has released a statement saying he has no recollection of this conversation ever taking place. He did write a memo encouraging the use of a private email account for unclassified material, and he did use one for some official State Department business. But he had done so before the rules were updated and clarified. By the time Hillary took office, it was definitely against the rules to use a private server for State Department business because of “significant security risks.” And Colin Powell never did it.

We learn from this that, certainly, Hillary was looking closely, early on, at how to handle her emails. She was no neophyte when it came to dealing with classified materials, and she was (at least in theory) expected to know and follow the rules. But even now, she points fingers at other people instead of accepting responsibility. It appears that she misrepresented Colin Powell’s advice in an attempt to make it her own little “escape hatch” when testifying before the FBI. If that’s what she did, well, she’s already lied so much that she can easily throw up her hands and say, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”


This is some very interesting analysis of the Iran nuclear deal. The author is an award-winning associate professor of political science, specializing in foreign policy and Islamic fundamentalism. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, at least read the last few paragraphs. It lays out a clear explanation for why President Obama has left himself no other choice than to keep wishing and hoping that if he turns a blind eye to Iran’s cheating, they won’t build nuclear weapons.

It is only Thursday...

August 19, 2016

It’s only Thursday, and already, Donald Trump has done a televised town hall and given two landmark speeches, one on foreign policy and the other on law and order, that could reshape this election if the public actually hears what he had to say.  That, of course, is why the media are desperately trying to keep anyone from hearing him, other than to wrench a line or two out of context (“extreme vetting!”) and run around waving them in alarm like an orangutan with its hair on fire. 

That’s why I urge you either to watch the videos of the speeches online or read the full transcripts.  You’ll discover that in both cases, Trump did a masterful job of detailing the horrific failures of the Obama/Clinton policies, and how they not only have had terrible consequences for America in general, but have been especially devastating for gays, women, African-Americans and other groups that the Democrats claim to care so much about.  

This is a key point because liberals love to ask why Americans would “vote against their own interests” by electing Republicans, taking it for granted that their own high-tax, low-freedom, top-down, zero growth, no-security policies are somehow in everyone’s interests.  For the first time in a long time, the Republican nominee is forcefully making the case against liberalism, and taking to their own voters.  For instance, Trump is asking African-Americans in Milwaukee who are fed up with high crime, bad schools and no jobs to consider whether voting for nothing but Democrats and Socialists for over a century (Milwaukee hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1908) might have something to do with that. 

If you don’t have time to read or watch the full speeches, check out this link to Hillary Clinton’s favorite website,, where former Reagan and Bush I staffer (and adviser to my 2008 campaign) James Pinkerton picks out some highlights and finds Trump’s speeches to be stunningly Reaganesque.  Liberals like Hillary Clinton point to Reagan as the kind of sunny, positive, “good Republican” they just don’t make anymore.  But when he was around, they attacked him just as vociferously and unfairly as they do Trump, whom they accuse of being dark and negative when he’s just telling the plain truth about them.  For instance, Pinkerton cites this quote:

“Our problems are both acute and chronic, yet all we hear from those in positions of leadership are the same tired proposals for more government tinkering, more meddling and more control–all of which led us to this state in the first place…Can anyone look at the record of this administration and say, ‘Well done?’ Can anyone compare the state of our economy when the…Administration took office with where we are today and say, ‘Keep up the good work?’ Can anyone look at our reduced standing in the world today and say, ‘Let’s have four more years of this?’”

Oh wait, sorry.  That wasn’t Trump.  It was candidate Reagan talking about the Carter Administration at around this same point in the election of 1980, which he went on to win in a 10-point landslide after asking Americans, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” How many Americans could honestly give a different answer to that question today?

And the great Obamacare “sucking sound” continues: Health insurance giant Aetna, which already halted its 2017 Obamacare expansion plans, just announced that it is pulling out of insurance exchanges in 11 of the 15 states where it currently offers policies. Aetna has lost $430 million since the Obamacare exchanges opened. After the law did away with pre-existing condition limits, their customers turned out to be sicker and costlier than expected (wait, who didn’t expect that?) Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said, "Providing affordable, high-quality health care options to consumers is not possible without a balanced risk pool," eerily channeling what many of us have been warning about since even before the Obamacare boondoggle was finagled through Congress. UnitedHealthCare and Humana already announced their exits, and other major insurers are cutting back, adding reduced consumer choice to the skyrocketing costs, loss of your family doctor or preferred policy, ruinous deductibles and co-pays, and other broken promises of Obamacare.

Reminder: Hillary Clinton thinks the only thing wrong with Obamacare is that it’s just not big enough, and if elected, she’s promised to expand it. If she’s elected, let’s hope whatever few insurers remain in the Obamacare exchanges will cover nausea and depression.

For more on this story read this CNN piece here.

My News Roundup

August 17, 2016

Pennsylvania isn’t the only place where Democratic politicians are having legal problems. Just last week, we saw a lot of fawning media coverage of Somali activist Ihlan Omar, who scored a huge upset victory over 22-term Minnesota state legislator Phyllis Khan in the Democratic primary. In that heavily-Democratic district, the win set Omar up as a shoo-in to become the first Somali-American Muslim women elected to office. But now, she’s facing serious fraud allegations that she’s had three marriages with no divorces on record. One marriage was allegedly to her brother, to help him skirt immigration laws and enter the US.

Both the candidate and the party have responded to the story by denying the allegations and attacking the media and threatening to block their access for reporting them. You’d think the media would have learned by now that it takes a whole lot more than allegations of fraud to stop a Democrat from running for office.


In liberals’ never-ending quest to think up new things for the government to stick its nose into, the Obama USDA has proposed new rules that would require stores that accept food stamps to carry a certain number of “healthy” items. That sounds like a good thing (especially to bureaucrats with so little private sector experience, they've never even worked in a convenience store), but here are the unintended consequences: convenience stores and other small neighborhood groceries say they can’t afford to stock a lot of items like kale and lamb that nobody wants and that will just go bad on the shelves (you can lead a horse to water, but you can't even make a horse eat kale). That will leave the stores no choice but to stop accepting food stamps, which will not only put many small grocers out of business, it will make it difficult for people who live in those neighborhoods to access any type of food at all.

On the bright side, if the government’s intention is to prevent obesity, driving thousands of grocery stores out of business with their idiotic micromanagement would certainly help further their goal.


New research is proving more and more that the idea that kids don’t need fathers is bunk. Having a father in the home makes a great deal of difference in a child’s life. But it takes more than just being present. A new study of 730 families by a Michigan State University researcher found that in families where the dad has high levels of “parenting stress,” their sons tend to have poor levels of language skills at age three, and both sons and daughters score lower on cognition tests.

So it’s great that today’s fathers are taking a more active role in helping to raise the kids. But if dads let that responsibility get under their skin, it can have a ripple effect. Click the link for more info, and, if you’re one of those dads, some advice on how to cope with stress, for your own sake and that of your kids.


August 17, 2016

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How Venezuela got that way

August 16, 2016

College students who’ve had their noggins filled with the wonders of socialism always have the same reaction when you point to Venezuela, just the latest in its unbroken string of tragic failures: “That doesn’t count! The right people weren't in charge! Socialism could work if truly good people were in charge – like, say, ME!” Of course, that overlooks one of the many fatal flaws of socialism: it puts absolute power in the hands of government, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

If the media were doing their job, we’d be seeing daily front-page reports on Venezuela, and how an incredibly blessed, resource-rich democracy has been brought so low that its people have no food and are being forced at gunpoint to work in the fields (forced labor being the inevitable endgame of all socialist regimes). Maybe if liberals learned that the zoo animals are also starving to death, that would alarm them into paying attention. How in the world did Venezuela get so bad so quickly?

Read the article at the link. It not only tells how it happened, but frighteningly, how it could happen here. Don’t think that’s possible because we have the US Constitution to protect us? Well, consider Venezuela’s rapid downward spiral: Government grew too powerful; greedy politicians sold power, replacing capitalism with crony capitalism; the people got fed up and started voting for whoever who promised them more stuff; and the socialist leader exerted even more power, arguing that the constitution was nothing but an outdated “piece of paper” that meant whatever he said. Any of that sound vaguely familiar?

One of my spiritual mentors and a true giant of the Christian faith, Dr. Tim LaHaye, has passed away at the age of 90. He suffered a stroke just a few days ago and died today. What a life! What a legacy! And what a living example of faithfulness to the end!

Dr. Tim and his dear wife, Dr. Beverly LaHaye, to whom he has been married since 1947, have been the ultimate “power couple” in Christian circles for decades. He is one of the most prolific authors in Christendom, and his books truly helped change the lives of millions. And Bev launched Christian Women of America and grew it into the largest grass-roots activist organization in the nation.

I first personally met the LaHayes back in the late 70’s, but got to know them well in the early 80’s. I kept a stack of books by the LaHayes in my office during my days as a pastor 30 plus years ago, and would often give them to people going through various challenges and make the reading of their books a part of the therapy for spiritual and emotional healing. His "Left Behind” series that he co-authored with Jerry Jenkins, launched a stunning bestselling franchise that touched untold millions with the urgency of Biblical prophecy.

When I started my political pursuits, the LaHayes were among my earliest supporters and encouragers. They remained faithful through the 2016 Presidential race. Loyal friends. Not the kind who see if there is someone getting more attention and who might bring more attention to them—just faithful friends until the end.

There will never be another like Dr. LaHaye. He had a gentle manner about him, but was a dynamic teacher and speaker. He was one of the most intellectually curious people I have known, and he never stopped learning, growing, and advancing. The influence he has had on me personally and professionally is simplly profound and permanent.

I’m deeply saddened by the news of his death, but I’m filled with the joy of knowing that he is with the Lord and experiencing the reality of all that he has helped others to believe and know.

Thank you, Dr. LaHaye—I won’t tell you goodbye. Just goodnight—we’ll see you in the morning!

Tim LaHaye, “Well done, good and faithful servant."
April 27, 1926-July 25, 2016.

In a strange way, Ted Cruz may have done a great deal to unite the Republican Party in his speech at the GOP Convention Wednesday night. By failing to endorse Donald Trump in a speech so shamefully inappropriate that he was booed off the stage, he showed even his supporters that they have dodged a bullet by not nominating him.

He has doubled down on his shameful performance this morning (and was booed again), insisting that this is “not about me” but pulling out all the stops to make it all about him. In his insistence on lecturing delegates, Obama-style, he has given us all a glimpse into Cruz World, and it is not a place we want to be. And Hillary Clinton has no doubt sent him a thank-you email with little smiley-face emojis all over it.

Members of the Texas delegation are so disgusted with him that some have said he couldn’t win re-election in his home state right now. One, Dianne Caron from Tyler, even referenced me: “I think Mike Huckabee made a good point before the convention --- no endorsement, no mic.” Words used to describe Cruz included “spoiled brat,” “self-serving,” “a poor reflection on Texas” and (in an understatement) “not Reaganesque.”

For more of what the Texas delegates had to say, click here.

At Tuesday’s session of the Republican Convention, the roll call of delegates officially put Donald Trump well over the top to be the nominee. So could we all stop pitching fits now and get together to defeat Hillary Clinton?

Walking Small

July 20, 2016

The question of the night was whether Ted Cruz would honor his word and support the nominee or earn the moniker “Lyin Ted” given to him by the man who won.

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There was so much Internet sound and fury over the planned, massive anti-Trump protests at the GOP Convention that Cleveland provided enough barricades and police to hold off an assault by the US Marines. But in reality, the protests have mostly been an unattended fizzle.

Not surprisingly, most Americans who have jobs found better things to do with their time than go to Cleveland in July to make fools of themselves in public. Organizers are baffled by why nobody showed up to join them in denouncing Trump, America and cops and chanting for “revolutionary communism.” Those who did show up have mostly provided moments of unintentional humor, like the man who was interviewed by PJ Media, ranting that Trump was a dictator who would turn America into a “banana republic,” blissfully unaware of the irony of saying that while wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt.

Then there was the downright sad moment, when, on the very night that bereaved parents spoke of their children murdered by illegal alien felons that the Obama Administration refused to deport, the C-SPAN camera cut to a pathetic-looking Code Pink protester, sitting all alone in the nosebleed seats with a banner reading, “Welcome, Refugees.”

It’s probably too much to hope that the low protester turnout will serve as a lesson to the media to stop confusing Twitter mobs and Facebook rants with actual groundswells of public support. The tail does not wag the dog, and the loudest voices don’t necessarily represent the most people. Remember, the Internet is a tool for magnifying malcontents. It’s like sending a cricket chirp through Metallica’s P.A. system. It might make a terrifyingly loud noise, but it’s still just a cricket.


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A Fantasy Washington...

July 18, 2016

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As ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks continue to escalate, it’s getting harder and harder for hapless“progressives” to keep blaming them on Republicans, Christians, the NRA and trucks. So they’ve resorted to their last mental trick for denying reality: banning the words that accurately describe it. The left and their media sycophants no longer have to deal with terrorist attacks because they’ve declared the word “terrorist” to be biased and banned it. It will now be referenced in hushed tones only as “the T-word,” for purposes of labeling anyone who actually utters it a bigot who is biased against…what, terrorists?

I have an idea for a project that would be perfect for a developer like Donald Trump: he could cut a deal with the Disney Corporation to build a fantasy replica of Washington, DC. It would look like the real Washington, except with a virtual reality Congress, White House and Supreme Court that were all safety-tested so that no matter how immature the participants were, they couldn’t harm themselves or others. Instead of letting them use US dollars, they could be given billions of Disney dollars, which they couldn’t destroy the value of. And instead of having to deal with the bloody reality of radical Islamic terrorism, they could just join hands, sing “It’s A Small World” over and over and over, and declare the "Problem-That-Must-Not-Be-Named" solved.

That way, when leftists ask voters to “send us to Washington,” we can just send them there, where they can be happy reveling in a fantasy of power while we restock the real Washington with serious, clear-eyed representatives of the people who don't want to lived in Fantasyland, aren't afraid to use accurate words, and are ready to start repairing the damage that Washington's eight-year vacation from reality has inflicted onto America and the world.

A Fantasy Washington where we can send all the “progressives”…at last, a “shovel-ready project” worth the expense!


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Twenty Years Ago Today

July 15, 2016

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The opening line of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was this: “It was 20 years ago today….”

Well, exactly 20 years today, July 15, 1996, I became the 44th Governor of Arkansas under some of the most bizarre circumstances in the history of the nation. My predecessor, convicted weeks earlier in a federal trial, had set the date of July 15 for his resignation. It was odd that he would cling to power for another 7 weeks after the verdict, and in most circumstances, the press and the public would have demanded that he step down immediately since he was constitutionally ineligible to serve once convicted. But this WAS Arkansas, after all, and things done in the land of the Clintonistas didn’t have to follow the rules. There was no point in my trying to challenge the decision. The legislature was 90% Democrat and would have never pushed for THEIR governor to leave to make room for that interloper Republican. And the press certainly could be expected to be objective. They were reliably liberal and protective of whatever the the ruling class desired. Could a lawsuit have been filed to force the issue? Seriously? At that time, all judicial elections were partisan and almost 100% of the judges in the state were Democrats.


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The 7 weeks allowed the outgoing governor the ability to spend the remaining budget from the fiscal year that ended on July 1, and the ability to spend most of the next fiscal year’s budget in the first two weeks of the new budget year. And since about half of the state’s 1200 plus appointed positions to boards, agencies, and commissions came up for appointment on July 1, this allowed a convicted felon to appoint over 700 people whose terms would range from 1 to 10 years. Hundreds of millions were spent, I was saddled with appointments that were of the old establishment Democrat “good ol’ boy” crowd, and virtually no one said a word.

On the day of what was to be my swearing in, chaos broke loose. Although the previous Governor’s staff had mostly resigned, taken other jobs, and in many cases sold homes to relocate, and though many of my incoming staff had left their jobs, sold their homes, and moved to Little Rock to begin the transition, he called me at exactly 5 minutes before the swearing in to say he had changed his mind and wasn’t going to resign after all. It was as if the Capitol exploded. Thousands of Republicans were on hand to witness the first Republican governor in 26 years and only the 3rd since Reconstruction. The reneging of the promised resignation sent shock waves throughout the state and even Democrats in the legislature were outraged.

For the next 5 hours, two men claimed to be Governor. I called the legislative leaders to my office and told them that I planned to give the outgoing Governor an ultimatum—either resign or we would launch impeachment proceedings the following morning. It was the most surreal experience and created a Constitutional crisis. Lawyers, Supreme Court Justices, the Attorney General, and legislators all tried to consider the options. That afternoon, the Democrat Attorney General followed by the legislative leaders publicly stood with me. And late that afternoon, the outgoing Governor finally declared he would resign effective immediately when even his closest friends urged him to do so.

That was how my 10 1/2 years as Governor began. With a crisis of historic proportion. While many felt it was a horrible way for me to have to start my tenure as Governor, I look back and see it as a blessing. The sentiment dramatically and suddenly shifted from resentment of “this Republican” becoming Governor to people coming to my support and being able to see whether I had the leadership skills to handle a crisis and navigate through the unknown. It was a defining moment for me, the political structure of the state, and the future.

As the song says, “It was 20 years ago today….”


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A Tragic Irony

July 11, 2016

One of the tragic ironies of the racist Dallas police shootings is that Dallas has an African-American Police Chief, David Brown, who’s been widely acclaimed for maintaining both police discipline and good community relations while bringing the murder and violent crime rates way down. Dallas has even been described as a model for other big city police departments. Just look at the praise coming from the protesters, who are calling the Dallas cops heroes for putting their lives on the line to protect the very people who were there to protest them. Chief Brown just gave a news conference in which he said something that’s needed to be said for a long time to the professional agitators who are stirring up the blanket condemnation of police: If you want the job done differently, then why don’t you do it yourself?

Brown noted that the Dallas Police have been hamstrung by low pay (rookie cops make less than dog catchers) and the resulting loss of officers to higher-paying suburbs. So Brown said to the “Black Lives Matter” supporters that the Dallas Police are hiring: come fill out an application, take the training and become cops yourself. He even offered to assign the new hires to their own neighborhoods. Let’s see what kind of reaction that offer gets. Will the critics line up to show the cops how to police their neighborhoods in a caring, compassionate way? Or will they decide it’s a heck of a lot safer to keep letting someone else face danger and potential death at every turn, and then attack them for not handling it right?

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There's a new breed of political operative spreading: the self-appointed “fact checkers,” who cherry-pick quotes to score partisan political points by branding honest disagreements as lies (for instance, a 2013 George Mason University study found that was three times more likely to accuse Republicans of lying as Democrats). I’ve become accustomed to having my comments twisted to imply things I never said, or even had my pants declared to be “on fire” (that itself is a blatant lie; that’s never happened, no matter how close I’ve sat to campfires). But this week brought a first: The Washington Post gave me “Two Pinocchios” for telling a deceptive half-truth because I quoted, with 100% accuracy, the Washington Post.

Perhaps WaPo’s slogan should be, “Quote us accurately, and we’ll call you a liar!”

The comment that sparked this “fact check” came on Fox News, when I mentioned that a study by the Washington Post found that “more white people have been shot by police officers this past year than minorities.” That is undeniably true, compared group-to-group. Out of 990 fatal police shootings in 2015, 494 suspects were white and 258 were black. Even WaPo’s “fact checker” was forced to admit that 494 is more than 258.

But she claimed it was only half-true because I failed to provide reams of context, such as adjusting the numbers to reflect the percentages of the races of the suspects in the general population, the racial demographics of the local areas, etc., all of which could have been used to build an argument that the killings of black suspects were disproportionate and/or racially-motivated. Sorry, but I’m still working on a way to motor-mouth 500 pages of data into an 8-second TV response window.


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I think the problem is that WaPo’s “fact checker” isn’t clear on the definition of a “fact.” What I stated was a fact. What she wanted me to include was highly selective data upon which to build an opposing argument. But the conclusion she seems to prefer (cops are racists based on proportional shootings per general population numbers) is not a “fact,” it’s an “assumption.” (And again: I had eight seconds!)

I could just as easily fault WaPo for a massive failure to provide “context.” The whole point of my Fox News comments was to put claims of an epidemic of racist police shootings into context and urge people not to leap to conclusions until all the facts were known. The Post left out the context of my quote! Also, the Post’s own study found that three-quarters of the police killings were defensive, involving suspects who were attacking officers or a third party. I would think even the harshest police critics would be more lenient in judging shootings of violent suspects. But WaPo didn’t include that “context," either. I did, along with endorsing prosecution of police if the evidence warrants, when I wrote about this on my website and Facebook pages (where, unlike on TV, space isn’t an issue. What was WaPo’s excuse?)

Also, did more black suspects than white suspects react violently to police intervention? And what were the races of the cops who shot them, or the third parties they were attacking? Who knows? The WaPo “fact-checker” didn’t say. She also didn’t “adjust” the numbers to reflect the violent crime rates in the local neighborhoods, only the basic demographic breakdown. By her own standards, leaving out all this "context" means she engaged in “half-truths” in an attempt to deceive readers.

She also failed to note that on the very same day, the New York Times published an article about a study of police-public interactions by a young, African-American Harvard researcher. He admitted he was very surprised to discover that blacks were actually less likely than whites to be shot by police. Of course, there’s more to the study, and you are free to use that to try to build a counter-argument. But I trust that you, unlike Hillary Clinton, know how the Internet works, so you can easily find it yourself.


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In assessing the rise of “fact checkers” who don’t recognize their own biases, Daniel J. Flynn of the American Spectator wrote, “It’s precisely the person arrogant enough to assume the mantle of ‘fact checker’ that proves most ill-suited to be one.” In a world where former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos is considered an objective journalist and allowed to moderate a 2012 Republican debate (Hillary wanted him to moderate one of hers, but that proved a bias too far), the term “fact checker” has also been sadly eroded by liberal partisanship into meaninglessness. And that’s a fact, Jack.

I hereby award the Washington Post “Four Pinocchios” for calling its fact check of me a “fact check.”


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Benghazi Update

June 28, 2016

Nearly four years after the deadly attack on our diplomatic outpost in Libya, the House Select Committee on Benghazi is finally releasing its report.  For once, I don’t blame the slow-turning wheels of government, but the difficulty in getting anyone involved to tell “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but.” 

As expected, the official version goes easier on then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton than the report by the Committee conservatives (“a tragic failure of leadership”), but it still finds that Clinton and top aide Patrick Kennedy should have realized the risk their actions were causing to our diplomats and staff.  As to their claim that there was no “actionable intelligence” suggesting an attack, the report says it’s not clear how much more intelligence it would have taken to make them understand the risk, short of an attack.  So in summation, the best defense the Administration could make is that when it comes to dealing with radical Islamist terrorists, they suffer from a tragic lack of intelligence.  I think that’s something that we can all agree on.



The Democrats on the House Benghazi Committee tried to steal attention from the official report and muddy its findings by releasing their own report the day before.  As expected, their conclusion was that Hillary Clinton and her aides did nothing wrong at all, it’s all just a political witch hunt, so move along, nothing to see here.  It’s about as useful a report as you can expect from a group of politicians who mostly cite “witnesses” who were in Washington at the time, not Benghazi, and who actually devoted part of their official investigative report to attacking Donald Trump, who in 2012 was hosting “Celebrity Apprentice.” 

Amazingly, whoever released the Democrats’ report failed to save the file properly so that anyone reading it could reverse the cut-and-paste function and view the redacted parts of the testimony transcript, revealing the politically-motivated questioning and the huge amounts of money paid to Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal.  Once again, the Democrats exhibit a “tragic lack of intelligence” in relation to Benghazi.  I don’t know which is more appalling: that these people are in charge of making America’s foreign and defense policies, or that they have any say in making our laws governing technology and cyber-security.

I disagree with this writer’s sympathy for the good intentions of globalist elites, but he’s right about the overblown hysteria over the economic repercussions of the Brexit vote (the UK somehow managed to muddle along just fine for quite a few centuries before the EU was invented).  Where he absolutely pounds the nail on the head and smashes the thumbs of the dictatorial pro-globalization elite is in listing the reasons why the peasants finally got fed up and revolted.  Read his summation of all the ways in which high-handed leftist elites bullied, lectured, ignored and looked down on the working people of Europe and bulldozed over their concerns, beliefs and traditions, and tell me if it doesn’t sound like a capsule history of the past eight years in America under Obama.

As I have been saying for much of that time, you can govern against the will of the people for only so long before they make you pay for it big time.  Voters repeatedly sent Obama warnings by giving the House, then the Senate, to Republicans, but he refused to heed their messages and instead defied the people’s representatives by ruling through executive orders.  Do you really think the people are going to reward his obstinate arrogance with a third Obama term for Hillary?   

It’s ironic that the left accuses Donald Trump of wanting to be a dictator when he’s talking about returning power to the people and the states.  Truth is, the left loves dictators, as long as they agree with their dictation.



The left raised a huge stink when Donald Trump suggested changing libel laws to stop the media from spreading false and defamatory political stories. This was called a scary, egocentric, fascistic attempt to undermine the First Amendment.  Yet they hardly even notice that liberals in positions of power are already threatening Americans with prosecution for exercising free speech, from hate speech laws to criminalizing climate change skepticism to the story at this link.  Maybe the real reason leftists want to repeal the Second Amendment is because it protects the First Amendment.



Thanks to Instapundit for this link.  An article about young Britons whining that older people voted to pry them out of the warm, cozy clutches of the EU and force unwanted independence on them prompted this must-read Facebook response from blogger Richard Fernandez.  This should be hung on posters in every classroom in America and printed on every useless college diploma handed to a whining SJW.

The recent mass shooting in Orlando will go down in history as the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.

Wait, I need to tell you that in the previous sentence, emphasis should be placed on the word “history.” That’s a very important word. We all need to keep in mind that history is being written with every new example of terrorist carnage that comes our way.

So why does the Obama Administration insist on re-writing it?

Like Winston Smith in George Orwell’s novel 1984, scribes and spinners at the Justice Department are busy turning it into our very own Ministry Of Truth, dropping inconvenient references to Islam down the memory hole to create their own version of what is happening. The rationale they offer for their novelization of the facts is so ridiculous that they may as well admit it: they’re telling lies about why they’re telling lies.

On Sunday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch went on the Sunday shows (our collective antennae should go up any time someone from this administration does that) to tell us that “partial transcripts” of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen’s 911 calls would be made public. Wait a minute --- partial? On CNN, she said the redaction was done “to avoid re-victimizing those that went through this horror. But it will contain the substance of his conversations.”

Reality check: the omissions from this record include references to Islam and ISIS, and it makes no sense to say they were made for the reason she states. The opposite could, in fact, be argued: that in creating a fiction about the motive for the killings, they further victimize the people who suffered. Those people are owed the truth.

And the edited versions absolutely do not contain the substance of the killer’s conversations. In his actual calls to 911, he repeatedly pledges allegiance to ISIS. Commentator Pamela Geller has pointed out that his very first words are the Islamic prayer. The terrorist speaks of Allah, but the word “Allah” never appears in the government-approved version. “Allah” is changed to “God [in Arabic].”

Reading through the reworked transcript, one might think some enraged Presbyterian had taken up arms for no particular reason and slaughtered 49 people. This is the version of history our government wants us to see. But in this context, the words “God” and “Allah” are hardly interchangeable. When mouthed by a terrorist, the word “Allah” means something very specific. It means hatred fueled by twisted religious fervor.

Ironically, by trying so hard to purge history of the terrorists’ real motives, President Obama gives us good reason to question his own.

13 Words

June 14, 2016

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If you’re wondering how such an obvious ticking time bomb as Orlando mass murderer Omar Mateen was somehow overlooked by our massive federal security apparatus, it turns out that was deliberate.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reports that in a closed door meeting Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed to reporters that there was a full, 10-month investigation of Mateen in 2013. It started after his co-workers reported that he had told them he had family connections to Al Qaeda, he was a member of a Shi’a terrorist group, and that he hoped police would raid his home and assault his wife so he could retaliate and die a martyr.

So why in the world did they drop the investigation and walk away after 10 months? They bought his claim that he was teasing his co-workers because he thought they were trying to marginalize him for his Muslim faith. In other words, they were more willing to believe that all his American co-workers were bigots than that he might be a danger to society. He’d learned to speak the language of political correctness well and used it to manipulate guilty liberals.

At the same time that the Obama Administration was arguing for the right to gather electronic data on every US citizen, including reporters, it was abandoning real leads, killing a serious terrorist investigative unit and deleting its files, and removing experts and training materials on how to identify threats, all because those things might be seen as culturally insensitive to Muslims. This is how political correctness kills, and it just set a new US record.

To sum up the Obama Administration’s counter-terrorism strategy in 13 words:

Feds: “If you see something, say something!”

Citizen: “I see something.”

Feds: “Bigot!”

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The News...My Take

June 8, 2016

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In the most anti-climactic climax since the ship sank at the end of “Titanic,” Hillary Clinton officially grasped the Democratic nomination after Tuesday’s six primaries, a nomination she’d already unofficially grasped the night before when the AP reported that enough delegates and superdelegates were now backing her to win. Hillary beat Bernie big in California and New Jersey, but in an omen that must be rattling the DNC, her vote totals were down since 2008 by 30% in California and 13% in New Jersey. Also worrisome for Hillary: Sanders vowed to keep fighting right through the convention. But it’s questionable how much fight is left in Bernie (he'll now be under heavy pressure from party bigwigs to play ball, and after a surprisingly weak showing in California, he reportedly plans to lay off at least half his staff today – a move downplayed by his campaign as routine downsizing near the end of the primaries).


As the first female presidential nominee of a major party, Hillary Clinton had the spotlight for what should have been a historic victory speech. But her speech was more of a rambling laundry list of talking points, veering from the history of feminism to attacking Donald Trump to praising Bernie Sanders and appealing to his voters to come over to the Dark Side, to promising to bring back good-paying jobs without saying how, to vowing to get unaccountable money out of politics (has there ever been a worse spokeswoman for that cause?) and so on. As for her claim that “We have a prosperity that lifts everyone who has been left out,” I’d sure love to know where that’s happening. There were also the usual cliché attacks on Republicans (“Make America Great Again” means we want to turn back the clock to the days of racism and sexism) and another slam at Trump for attacking reporters for asking tough questions. That’s particularly ironic coming from someone who hasn’t held a press conference this year (and it's June already) and whose last informal Q&A lasted all of eight minutes and didn’t include a single non-puffball question.


In Tuesday’s Republican primaries, Donald Trump won lopsided but low-turnout victories, which tends to be the case when the suspense is long over. The fact that Cruz and Kasich still got 17% and 16% of the vote respectively in South Dakota shows that Trump still hasn’t won over a big slice of Republicans. Maybe his latest actions will help repair the damage from his unforced error in going after the judge in the Trump University lawsuit.

After several days of taking flak from all sides, Trump issued a lengthy statement, claiming he was misconstrued and didn’t mean the judge was biased against him because of his “Mexican heritage” (his parents were from Mexico but he was born in Indiana), but because of his case rulings so far. Trump said this will be his last statement on the subject, and let’s hope that’s a campaign promise he keeps (one note I’ll add: reports that linked the judge to the leftwing group La Raza were incorrect; he’s a member of an unaffiliated group called La Raza Lawyers of California).

Later, Trump made a speech in which he appeared at last to start pivoting to a more presidential tone. He thanked the voters, made a play for Bernie Sanders voters who were “left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates,” and promised that he would soon turn his fire on the Clintons, who “have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves." Perhaps the part about the speech that was most reassuring for Republicans: it was written in advance and he read it off a prompter instead of tossing it out off the top of his head.

Hillary Clinton’s camp barely had time to sweep up the confetti before this news arrived: Lawyers for Bryan Pagliano, the former State Dept IT guy who set up her Rube Goldberg email server, had to explain why he should be allowed to take the Fifth in Judicial Watch’s lawsuit to obtain her emails. In doing so, they revealed something ominous about his immunity deal.

It’s called a “use” immunity, which is limited only to the FBI investigation, not subsequent investigations or cases, such as the Judicial Watch suit. According to his own lawyers’ argument, the fact that he was offered that deal “strongly attests to the injurious nature of (his) evidence” being potentially dangerous enough to expose him to prosecution. Then might it also be dangerous enough to expose other people involved to prosecution, as well?

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee might yet turn out to be historically unique in more ways than one.

If you’re not already tired of hearing about the controversy over Donald Trump’s criticism of the judge in the Trump University case, here’s a unique perspective. Former US Attorney General and Hispanic-American Alberto Gonzales defends Trump – sort of. Well, he disagrees with what Trump said, but defends his right to say it, since every American has the right to a fair trial before an impartial judge and to voice an opinion if he or she doesn’t believe the judge is impartial.

I’d just like to add that one of Trump’s loudest critics is, of course, Hillary Clinton, who seems outraged that Trump would attack the integrity of the official overseeing accusations of impropriety against him. Say, hasn’t it been only a couple of weeks since her camp was accusing the Obama-appointed State Department Inspector General of being a Republican shill for writing a negative report on her email server?


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For those who still aren’t sick to the gills of the Trump University trial controversy, the National Review put together a detailed resume on Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Oddly enough, judging from his court rulings cited here and his history of fighting Mexican drug cartels, if this current brouhaha hadn’t happened, you might imagine him being on a list of potential Trump judicial appointees.


The presidential race wasn’t the only vote making history Tuesday. In North Carolina, Rep. Renee Ellmers became the first Congressional Republican of 2016 to lose her primary. Much will be made of the fact that she was an early Trump endorser, and Trump endorsed her in return. But her problems went far deeper. Her original Tea Party supporters felt she had betrayed them, and redistricting gave her another Republican incumbent, Rep. George Holding, as a rival.

But as this story notes, the really newsworthy thing about her loss is that despite the media declaring this the year of pitchfork-waving voters and insurgent outsiders, very few down-ballot incumbents and only one Republican so far have actually lost their primaries.


Political correctness has some people so overly sensitive (and other so terrified of twitter mobs of the easily-offended) that comedians feel as they’re having to perform in straitjackets. For centuries, the court jester was often the only person who could tell the truth to the king without losing his head, because it was couched in humor. Now, mobs call for beheading jesters just for telling one joke the audience doesn’t like at a Chuckle Hut in Boise,after some jerk in the audience posts an out-of-context cell phone video on the Internet. When even a comedian as clean and benign as Jerry Seinfeld is afraid to play college campuses, you know this has gone way too far.

Well, good news: some comics got together to make a stand on behalf of free speech. A new documentary called “Can We Take A Joke?” opens in New York and L.A. on July 29th, then will be downloadable from iTunes on August 2nd.

It features a number of top comics who have felt the wrath of the PC police (Adam Carolla, Gilbert Gottfried, Lisa Lampanelli, Penn Jillette and many more), talking about the PC clampdown and the need for free speech not only in comedy clubs but in society at large. Warning: there will undoubtedly be jokes and language that some might find very offensive. If so, rather than going ballistic, just skip ahead 10 seconds. See how easy that was? The first trailer for the film is now on YouTube here:


Very moving story of how a woman and her daughter spotted a Vietnam veteran in a wheelchair outside a homeless shelter. Taking far more action than the V.A. would, they brought him some food, befriended him, prayed with him and learned how he and his wife lost their home. They enlisted their church to help, and started a GoFundMe page for him. Read the entire story at this link, which also has a link to the GoFundMe page. Any donations to help this forgotten wounded warrior, no matter how small, can add up fast and make a big difference.


A big Huck’s Hero salute to four young men in Calgary, Canada, who suspected a young woman might be in danger. Instead of “not getting involved,” they went out of their way to check on her and ended up saving her from a devastating sexual assault. Read the full story of this real-life Fantastic Four here:


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A Stroke Of Luck

June 3, 2016

It’s a small-scale miracle…with the potential to become a life-changer for victims of stroke, brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders.

Previous research has shown that stem cell treatments can help stroke patients when given within a few days of the stroke. But a new study shows that such procedures can help within a much larger window, six months to as long as three years after the stroke. Even 70-year-old patients and the profoundly disabled can regain their ability to walk.

The procedure is simple enough (at least for neurosurgeons). Patients remain awake under local anesthesia while a small hole is drilled into the skull and stem cells are injected into the damaged part of the brain. Don’t try this at home, unless you’re Dr. Ben Carson.

Larger studies will have to be done, but this new research is incredibly promising for those suffering the lingering effects of brain injury. Click here to see some of the wonderful ways in which this treatment is already transforming lives.


50 percent of likely U.S. voters think that even if Hillary Clinton were indicted on felony charges over her private State Department email server, she should keep running for President until a court finds her guilty or innocent. Say what ?!?

Happy Anniversary!

May 25, 2016

On the date of our wedding 42 years later, I’m still glad I said “I do.” I’m even more glad she said it, too.

See you at the Berkeley Islamophobia Conference!

Not really. Darn, I missed my chance to go, because it was held last month. But a scan of this story in the Independent Journal Review tells us all we need to know. In April, Berkeley was the proud host of the Seventh Annual International Islamophobia Conference.

Opening remarks were given by the director of the UC Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (yes, this exists), Hatem Bazian, followed by a rousing speech by John Esposito, founding director of Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, in which he accused the media of hyping the terrorist threat in America and Europe and, according to this article, actually asserted that the “main terrorist threat is from white, anti-government, also often Christian-identity type movements.”

The study of Islamophobia at the college level has adopted its own unassailable belief system couched in learned-sounding academic jargon. At the risk of making your head spin around and around on your body, you definitely should check out this article to find out for yourself what’s being said from the liberal sanctuary of today’s college campuses.

Click here to read the full story.

J. K. Rowling, author of the outrageously successful Harry Potter series, would no doubt be hailed as a first-class WINNER by Donald Trump.
When White House national security advisor Ben Rhodes gave that now-infamous interview to The New York Times bragging about the “echo chamber” he created to push the Iran nuclear deal, he showed a stunning lack of foresight.

Eat Crow Bernie

May 16, 2016

I’d suggest that this author eat crow, but the Venezuelans probably already ate all the crows just to survive.

Friends With Benefits

May 15, 2016

The Clinton Foundation has been under scrutiny for the way the Clintons have turned their cozy relationships with the wealthy and powerful into mega-donations to their nonprofit.
For those who say “Never Trump” and pretend it’s because you’re too principled and pure to trust someone who has in the past had more than one marriage, supported very liberal abortion laws and labor unions, who was okay with tax increases, and who compromised with Democrats and rarely went to church, then I know you probably hated Ronald Reagan. Yet those of us who supported Reagan never regretted it. The ones who didn’t later pretended they did, and all claimed to be on his side.
Mitt Romney is once again on the attack against Donald Trump. This time, Romney claims that if Trump won’t release his income tax forms, it will disqualify him from being President. He also suggested that the only reason for not releasing them is that there must be some “bombshell” hidden in them.

President Trump?

May 11, 2016

But not all liberals are so certain that Hillary is a shoo-in, and here are just a few reasons why:

Recapping Tuesday’s primaries: Donald Trump won overwhelmingly in West Virginia and Nebraska, which is expected when you’re the last man standing, but still a nice feeling.  With the GOP race all but settled, the real news is happening on the Democratic side (not that you’d know it from all the media outlets wringing their hands about how the Republican Party is so disunified, a tragedy that surely must keep them awake at night.) 

A funny thing happened on the way to the coronation: the court jester keeps tripping up the queen.  Hillary Clinton won the Nebraska primaries by about 53-47% (but it was the May 5th caucuses that bind delegates, and Bernie won those 57-43%).  But that barely caused a media ripple among all the chatter about the shellacking she took in West Virginia.  To paraphrase Sally Field, “They hate her.  They really, really hate her!” 

Hillary not only lost West Virginia’s Democratic primary to Bernie 51-36%, but in a Fox News exit poll of Democrats, only 45% said they would vote for her for President in November, with 35% choosing Trump and 18% neither.  Again: that’s among DEMOCRATS.  When voters are actually telling you to your face, “We don’t want you here, get out,” it’s not a good omen.

(To see the depths of Hillary’s WV problem, check out this CNN interview of random people on the street, as they tried to find anybody who planned to vote for her, even in a Democratic stronghold.  You won’t believe who 19 out of 20 did plan to vote for:  CLICK HERE )

The media are again trying to do damage control for Hillary, supporting her claim that when she publicly declared that her policies would put a lot of coal miners out of work and a lot of coal companies out of business, she was taken out of context.  After all, she went on to propose a $3 billion job retraining program for those unemployed workers. 

Okay, let’s put that in the context West Virginians heard:  She’s going to destroy the industry that’s been our way of life for generations and cut off our family’s income, but she’ll try to get back on our feet with some government job training programs (you know what a great record of success those have) to help us find one of the plentiful jobs that will spring up after she kills our state’s largest industry.  But maybe we can get jobs in one of West Virginia’s other growing industries: oil, natural gas and logging.  Oh, wait, forgot: her green supporters want to destroy those, too.

It’s no wonder that Hillary is about as popular in West Virginia as a Yankees fan in Boston. 

Two more stunning exit poll findings:

NBC reports that 39% of Sanders voters said they would vote for Trump over Sanders in November, as would 9% of Clinton voters.  Again: DEMOCRAT voters.

CNN found that nearly 40% of Democratic voters say they want the next President to be less liberal than Obama.  Of those, 62% voted for self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders.   At first glance, that seems crazy…unless maybe they think Obamaism is further left than socialism.  Then it sort of makes sense.

Here’s more on the WV vote, with some interesting demographic breakdowns: CLICK HERE

I can just hear the tourists now: “Come dear, let’s visit the Muslim holy site called The Western Wall, where the Prophet Muhammad tied his winged horse!” In my latest film (The ARK Report – Sequel) there’s an exclusive interview with Gov. Mike Huckabee, who was one of the candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Although I interviewed many politicians and ambassadors for the film, one particular remark keeps coming up with viewers. Huckabee mentions something that happens every time he comes to Israel, year after year, and this point has apparently made a lasting impression on many people.

At the beginning of the video he states: “Every time I take a big group to Israel, one of the things I love to do is get one of the Palestinian maps that I can get in the Old City. I unfold it and ask one of the people that are with me: ‘Where’s Israel on the map?’ They’ll look, and they’ll look... and I’ll say: ‘Can you find Israel on the map?’ The answer is no, they can’t find it. I ask them why, and they say, ‘I don’t know!’ I say, because the people that built this map, they don’t believe there is such a thing as Israel.”

Last October, UNESCO was forced to drop the Palestinian Authority’s bid to declare the whole Western Wall Plaza an official Muslim holy site, amid widespread criticism from many Western sources. If you think about it for a moment, to even try to pull off that kind of publicity stunt in a convincing way, one needs two things: some serious chutzpah, and some serious (what we call in Hebrew) protexia, or connections. The unbelievable thing is, the PA used both and it just about worked for them.

As most of us know, this past April 15 the executive council of UNESCO adopted a new resolution that specifically calls the Western Wall only by a Muslim name (ignoring any Jewish ties to the holy site). In fact, when the text mentions the Western Wall Plaza, it’s actually placed in quotation marks, only after using the Arabic “Al-Buraq Plaza” as its official name. Further in the resolution, only the Arabic term for the Temple Mount, i.e., al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif, is used.

The reason, of course, is that the name “Temple Mount” obviously infers that at some point in history there was a Temple on that mountain. The fear of the PA (and the UN) could be that there may actually be another, third Jewish Temple coming at some point in the future, and therefore any Jewish ties must be somehow delegitimatized now, before any facts on the ground (as it were) can be established.

If that isn’t sufficient, the resolution continues to include other holy sites in Israel proper: “[The Executive Board] reaffirms that the two concerned sites located in Al-Khalil/ Hebron and in Bethlehem are an integral part of Palestine,” in reference to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb, respectively. (Interesting to note here that the resolution had actually been pre-approved by France, Russia, Spain and Sweden!) Indeed, looks like Huckabee has a good point.

It’s simple: take away the Jewish holy sites and it becomes that much easier to take away Israel altogether, from the inside out.

So where is the outcry? Where are the religious leaders of the world – the pope, for instance? Israel must issue a firm response to such land-grab attempts and blatant falsifications of history, or it will certainly continue, only worse.

Here’s an unconventional response that might eventually provide a solution for all parties concerned – and it has been done before. There’s an historical precedent. Not once, not twice, but believe it or not a whopping six times since the destruction of the Second Temple people have built some kind of “place of worship” on the Temple Mount. In this case, a place suitable for all faiths, and for all peoples. Sounds more like a dream than something that really happened. But it did.

What follows is some (rather dry) history.

Approximately 50 years after the destruction of Herod’s Temple by the Romans in 70 CE, Emperor Hadrian (76-138) granted the Jews permission to start building a structure on the Mount, being eager to gain the cooperation of Jerusalem’s Jewish community. This didn’t last too long, however, and the project stopped shortly afterwards. Later, Constantine’s nephew Julian, who later became emperor in 361 CE, turned his back on Christianity and issued an edict of universal religious tolerance for all, a novel idea at the time. Two years later he promised to build an edifice on the Temple Mount, taking the incredible step of ordering the imperial treasury to make available large sums of money and materials toward this effort. Unfortunately, this project too was halted, perhaps due to Julian’s death, or an earthquake.

Then, after the invasion of Jerusalem by King Khosru II of Persia (613), who succeeded in wresting control of the city, the appointed governor wasted no time in re-establishing a place of worship on the Mount, as was witnessed by the renowned rabbi and poet Elazar Kalir. About the restoration, he wrote: “When Assyria [Persia] came to the city... and pitched his tents there / he permitted the re-establishment of a Temple / and they built there the holy altar....”

Furthermore, even in the early years of Muslim rule, when Jerusalem was conquered by strictly Arab forces in May 638 Caliph Umar declared the right of Jews (and others) to continue praying on the Temple Mount, without interference, in return for assistance in the taking of the city.

Even at that point in history, note that the gradual evolution of the Mount into Islam’s third holiest site didn’t result in a total exclusion of Jews from the location. In fact, soon after the Muslim conquest, Jews actually received permission to build a small wooden structure on the Mount.

According to Rabbi Petachia of Ratisbon (London 1856), that place remained active during most of the early Muslim period, and then again from approximately 1100 CE up until the conquest of the Crusaders. Even today, one can still see Hebrew writings found on the internal walls of the eastern Golden Gate written by Jewish pilgrims about 1,000 years ago.

Someone should take a picture of that now so it too is not erased from Israel’s history! Saladin at one point permitted both Jews and Muslims to settle in Jerusalem and worship together, to the extent of even permitting Jews to erect something of their own on the site (as per Emil Offenbacher). Later on, because subsequent Ottoman rulers invested little to no effort in the upkeep of the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque, there was never any record or precedent of Muslim clerics ever visiting the Temple Mount or of evicting Jews those places.

In modern times, the late Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel Rav Mordechai Eliyahu (1929-2010) suggested a concrete plan for some type of structure to be located in the open area to the northeast of the Dome of the Rock, closer to the eastern wall. He made his intentions clear when speaking on the subject, saying: “that also the Children of Israel will enter into the areas that are permitted [to pray], in holiness and purity according to Jewish Law....”

At the end of the day, what can we glean from this history? There was a working solution that was generally accepted by the various governments of the time, and for all parties concerned.

Is there any chance of this type of thing being suggested vis-à-vis the geopolitical scenario in Israel today? Not a chance. But now, just as back then, the idea still holds merit. Emperor Julian had it right: universal religious tolerance is indeed the way to go. Moving forward, the PA , and more importantly UNESCO, must abide by the latter’s very own universal principle and slogan: “Building peace in the minds of men and women” – i.e., all men and women (including Jews and Christians), and to respect their ancestral holy sites of worship, and especially those in Israel.

This column originally ran in the Jerusalem Post. READ IT HERE.

Today’s must-see video: Many of the “Never Trump” crowd say their anti-Trump zeal is based on their belief that Trump has always been a Democrat, that he only recently became a Republican and will break all his promises to blue collar voters and govern like a liberal as soon as he’s elected.

Heaven knows, I would never claim to be able to predict what Donald Trump will do in the future. But a rare piece of video has been unearthed that casts doubt on his critics’ claims about his past. It’s an interview with Trump at a major Republican event. He claims he’s a Republican, but rejects the label of “moderate” or “Rockefeller Republican.” He says he believes in certain principles of the party, but he’s more comfortable with people like cab drivers and construction workers than with wealthy elites, who don’t like him because he competes with them, and he likes to win.

I know, it sounds just like any recent Trump rally. But this piece of video is actually nearly 30 years old. Larry King was interviewing him at the 1988 GOP Convention, where Trump was supporting George H.W. Bush…who is currently refusing to return the favor, even though Trump was his invited guest to the '88 convention. I’d say that unless Trump has developed a time machine, this video is pretty convincing proof that he’s been a populist Republican longer than most Bernie Sanders voters have been alive. Click the link to see the full video.

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