Let’s decide if America is a Christian nation or a pagan nation – and get on with it; the sooner the better.
My intent is to put God, prayer and the Bible back into public schools as a principal component of education. Some experts say it would take 1) a constitutional amendment; others say 2) a simple 50 percent plus 1 vote in the House and Senate (U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 2).
Pick your poison – either approach is fine with me.
Can you picture what America would look like following a decade-long war – a knock-down drag-out – to return God, prayer and the Bible to the public schools? To regain our Christian heritage and re-establish a Christian culture?
The message to our federal representatives and senators? Vote to restore the Bible and prayer in public schools or be sent home. Hanging political scalps on the wall is the only love language politicians can hear.
"I have loved doing the Mike Huckabee Show, and it's success of going from launch to over 200 stations in less than 2 years is significant, but the contract was at a decision point for both Cumulus Media and me, and we mutually agreed to conclude. I have opportunities in some other areas that cannot be accomplished given the 8-9 hours a day I was devoting to the daily long form show."
On his evening talk radio show on WROK last week, former Republican Presidential candidate and noted conservative Mike Huckabee was lamenting House Republicans' push to either defund 'Obamacare' or shut down the government. The former Arkansas Governor is one of the few conservative commentators who has served in elective office, and seems to understand the political peril to his party better than most. "We don't have the votes to defeat 'Obamacare'" Huckabee told his audience, "so what's the point of a government shutdown other than to just make people mad at us?"
Huckabee's argument was that his party needs to focus on winning elections by not taking on fights which will only cost them votes. The government shutdown will not earn the GOP any votes they are not already getting, but has the potential to cost them plenty of those which they have been working to attract.
The plan to tie a defunding of Obamacare in the House to budget passage might sound bold and daring, but might only serve to give Democrats cover from having to defend their having hoisted this monstrosity on an American public who doesn’t want it and who will suffer because of it.
...as Obamacare grinds more Americans in to the dirt of joblessness and poverty, the Republicans have a clear and defining message to take into the 2014 elections where they could be in a strong position to take control of the Senate and prepare to reclaim the White House in 2016.
... The President and the Democrats lit the match of Obamacare. Let them defend it. Why hand them a hose when they are determined to play with gasoline and burn their own house down? No need to burn ours down too.
"When Mike Huckabee is Right He's Right"
Here it's for a subject he's worked out on before: A denunciation of the Club for Growth, a tiny group of zillionaires financed over the years heavily by Jackson T. Stephens Jr. of Little Rock. Huckabee before has called them the Club for Greed, which is apt, given their anti-tax, anti-government spending position, particularly when coming from people like Stephens Jr., born with a silver shovel in his mouth.
Politico says Huckabee went "nuclear" on the CFG in his strongest denunciation yet.
Speculating that the Club might endorse a primary challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Huckabee told listeners: “I kind of have a standing philosophy: If the Club for Growth hates you, I like you.”
“When they’re against a candidate, I’ve got to figure out — there must be a reason I will like that candidate, and most likely will go help them, because I’m just so disgusted and frustrated and tired of the mind-set of the Club for Growth,” he said.
The Club for Growth, you'll know if you read these pages, is the wellspring of funding for U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who stuffed a carpetbag with clothes to leave Washington long enough to get elected in 2012 to represent the 4th District. It is bundling money for him furiously this year in expectation he'll transfer that money over to a U.S. Senate race against Mark Pryor.
A Ouachita Baptist grad, like Huckabee, announced the other day as a Democratic candidate for 4th District Congress. She's a Democrat, Janis Percefull. Maybe she should give Huck a call to tape some robocalls. Or, wait: Is that Mark Pryor on the line?
Just noted on real estate listings:
The home in North Little Rock's Shady Valley to which Mike Huckabee moved after he left the Governor's Mansion in early 2007 is up for sale for $850,000. They paid $525,000 when they bought it in 2006, but reportedly have done some improvements.
The county assessor appraises the house at $448,650, however, with an annual tax bill of $5,993. It's no longer carried with a homestead exemption, as it was until sometime after we noted the Huckabees were no longer legal residents of Arkansas.
It's at 1134 Silverwood Trail, North Little Rock. The Huckabees, you may recall, built a $3 million beach home near Destin that is their primary residence. He votes in Florida, which doesn't have a state income tax, and has some of the office and gear necessary for his radio/Fox News/speaking business there.
The listing from Adkins, McNeill, Smith says the house has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths, with almost 6,500 square feet on 1.13 acres and a pool. Description:
Wonderful home w/ lots of extras & updates. 3 liv areas w/wonderful den on main has built-ins. Kit w/new granite & appliances, island, lots of cab space & brkfst rm. MBR is spacious. MBA completely updated w/walkin shower, 2 vanities, coffeebar, 2 walkin closets & builtins. Down has den, BR &...
I don't know if the sale indicates a total end to Arkansas ties for the Huckabees — he has kids and grandkids here — or whether another pied a terre might be in the cards. I've sent a note to the family, but our communications are kind of spotty at best.
I joked yesterday about how Mike Huckabee ties a commercial pitch to just about every breaking news event, often soliciting Huck PAC contributions tailored to the latest Fox slant on President Obama. Earlier this week, he begged for contributions to his PAC to counter the evil of Nancy Pelosi. Another e-mail reached out to the "pro-marriage" and pro-gun crowd. I jokingly speculated the Huckster might soon have something in the fund-raising line tied to his celebrity eulogist role at country singer George Jones' funeral.
Nothing on the George Jones front yet, but ....
Today is the National Day of Prayer, and naturally, the Bro. Gov. has an idea for you to show him some money. His lead-in:
Why America Needs God More Than Ever
Please accept this special gift on this National Day of Prayer—a Free DVD for the children in your life called One Nation Under God.
Yes, a video from the Huckster's cartoon history series for kiddies, absolutely FREE.*
* There is a low, low charge of $4.95 for shipping and handling. And if you squint down at the fine print, you'll also learn that "about once a month, we will send you an email letting you know when the next DVID in the series is scheduled to ship. If you want it, there's nothing for you to do. [In other words, you must explicitly opt out or you get it.] You'll receive a new Learn Our History DVD for the same low price of $11.95 plus $4.95 S&H billed conveniently to your credit card.
Imagine the marketing Huck could do with a Pennsylvania Avenue return address.
"This is a very different president than our first one. George Washington was so adamant that we would not have a king and I thought, 'Well, gosh, we've done pretty well until 2008 and now I thnk we may have ended up with one.' Am I too far off in saying that there's probably never been a greater contrast than George Washington than Barack Obama?"
Media Matters nails Mike Huckabee for a familiar happenstance — noting a speck in an opponent's eye while ignoring the log in his own. (Matthew 7:5.)
Fox News host Mike Huckabee is irked at President Obama for converting his campaign apparatus into a tax-exempt non-profit advocacy group. Appearing on Fox & Friends Saturday, the former Arkansas governor admonished the president by saying: "Fine, go ahead and have your organization. Pay taxes on it like the rest of us have to when we get out and speak in our businesses and personal lives."
This is nonsense. Huckabee has his own tax-exempt political action committee, Huck PAC, that he has hyped up on Fox News and uses to "promote conservative principles and help elect conservative candidates at every level of government." Indeed, Huckabee has made ample use of tax-exempt groups throughout his political career and actually has a sketchy history with non-profits.
Back when he was lieutenant governor of Arkansas, Huckabee and his allies formed a non-profit group that had just two functions: to pay for Mike Huckabee to travel across the country bashing health care reform, and to pay Mike Huckabee.
Mike Huckabee knows a winner when he sees one. He sold a previous book, after all, on the backs of dead kids in Jonesboro. The outcry over his outrageous comments linking the Connecticut school disaster to an absence of God in the schools has only encouraged him.
Now it's "abortion pills," not to mention other immorality — meaning homosexuality — that leads to these slaughters. Really, he said that.
Huckabee has cover blurbs from James Robison, Josh Turner, Joan Lunden, Bob Barker, Neil Sedaka, and Robert Duvall.
Current book tour stops don't include Arkansas. Book lists at $24.95, but Amazon has it for $13.66.
The publication includes more stories from Huckabee's Lava soap-rough childhood in Hope, Ark. From Amazon:
'Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett' touches on the timeless topics of faith, love, family, overcoming adversity, and staying true to your values in the face of failure and temptation. For instance, Huckabee tells how being forced to pick up pecans from the trees in his yard taught him the value of hard work. (“We were told that if we wanted to eat that night and sleep in a bed instead of in the yard, we’d pick up the pecans.”)
In regards to his very public battle to lose weight, Huckabee said he has had mixed success. He initially lost a lot of weight, but has put some back on since then.
“It’s been a battle all my life, I’ve put 30 pounds back on,” said Governor Huckabee. “I messed up my knee running the New York Marathon and I’ve never quite gotten over that.”
He said that it’s hard to keep the weight off especially in today’s society that encourages you to eat.
“It’s a battle…but ultimately, it’s my responsibility,” he said.
A return to politics?
“Good question…I don’t rule anything out,” he said. “If someone asked me four years ago I’d be doing television and radio, I would have said ‘gee no, I’d rather be in the White House.”
A Slate blog had a pretty good comment on the Huckster yesterday.
Interesting, nonetheless, even if you don't want to assume too much simply because Huckabee had his picture taken with someone characterized as a "Japanese gangster" or that he was once in talks to be a cruise ship lecturer with another dubious figure, according to The Cable blog at foreignpolicy.com.
This encounter is not Huckabee's only bizarre connection with Japanese politics. In 2009, The Cable reported that Huckabee was to be the featured lecturer for a cruise with a controversial Japanese general who is known for defending Japan's World War II atrocities.
Huckabee was in discussions to interview the organizer of that cruise, Toshio Tamogami, the former Japanese Air Force chief of staff who was fired in 2009 after creating an international incident by writing in an essay that Japan was "not an aggressor nation" in WWII. Huckabee's participation in the event was scuttled after The Cable's report came out.
"There seems to be an unholy alliance between Japan's ultra-right and the American right," said Mindy Kotler, the founder of Asia Policy Point, a non-profit organization that does research on Japan. "They agree on an aggressive anti-China defense policy, but little else. If the two compared values they would frighten each other."
Closer to home was the article's mention of Sylvester Smith as Huckabee's communications spokesman. Is that the same former Huckabee administration minority affairs staffer and lobbyist? If so, I saw him just the other day and I thought he said he was still state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, another Republican corporate front group. But wait...Google turns up Smith's name as a contact on The Huckster's enterprise to sell animated cartoon history lessons (appropriately slanted, of course) for kids. If Repubs take over the legislature, no heavy lifting will be required for Smith as a lobbyist. NFIB votes will be automatic, unless the Kochs or ALEC disapprove for some reason. So time for a little moonlighting, I guess.
Janet Huckabee, wife of Florida tax fugitive Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, has been enlisted to lead the charge of a series of "Women Standing with Todd Akin" events to overcome the Republican senatorial candidate's deservedly low state for ignorant remarks about rape.
Janet Huckabee is a lot like Akin, often wrong but rarely in doubt.
Since Huck lends only his name and rarely money in endorsements, it's not exactly a game changer.
But let's look at Huckabee's endorsement of U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin. Despite protests during his election campaign that he'd be more moderate, befitting the urban area he wanted to represent, Griffin started running hard right from day one and has never let up. His campaign shills' unending push of anti-Obama, anti-gay and anti-Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid positions are but a few relevant examples. His purported happiness at a Huck endorsement is also worthy of note.
Why? All of Griffin's belief and support runs counter to mainstream voters in Pulaski County, which constitutes a major portion of the 2nd Congressional District vote.
In Huckabee's last race in 2002, Jimmie Lou Fisher carried Pulaski with 55 percent of the vote. Barack Obama carried Pulaski in 2008 with 55 percent of the vote. Also in 2008, voters defeated the anti-gay adoption initiative 55-45. Mike Beebe (evil proponent of Obamacare) got 70 percent of the vote. Joyce Elliott, despite being a black woman depicted as a crazy radical akin to Angela Davis, eked out a narrow victory over Griffin in Pulaski during the 2010 vote-against-the-black-White House tsunami.
Griffin relies on the dog whistle voters of the suburban 2nd District to respond to his messages, from coddling the rich to fearing minorities. There, Huckabee can provide some knowhow.
IN OTHER HUCKSTERING: I notice the Huckster now sells sponsorships on his newsletter. Today the spot was bought by Senior Annuity Alert.
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Thanks, all for the Pine Ridge recommendation!
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