Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Newly-Revealed Text Messages Present New, Sordid Problem For Joe and Hunter Biden

By Guy Benson | Townhall.com

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

The jury in Donald Trump's New York 'hush money' trial will begin its deliberations today, following marathon closing arguments from both sides yesterday.  As we await their verdict, if they can reach one, a federal trial featuring Hunter Biden is set to get underway soon.  The Justice Department colluded with Hunter's lawyers to try to make the First Son's legal problems effectively vanish into thin air -- and they have succeeded in shielding Hunter (and quite possibly his father) from critical legal scrutiny by letting some key statues of limitations lapse -- but IRS whistleblowers and a federal judge exploded that accountability avoidance scheme last year.  Having been effectively caught red-handed, the cornered DOJ special counsel has moved forward with various felony charges against the younger Biden.  

The elder Biden has reportedly been very anxious about his son going to prison, which is why he tried to put his thumb on the scale and declare that Hunter had done "nothing wrong" on national television, even while a federal probe into the matter was still active.  He made clear what the boss wanted, and he likely would have gotten his wish, absent the intervention of the whistleblowers.  The gun case looks fairly open-and-shut, and entails various sordid elements that are characteristic of the defendant's deficient conduct and character. Joe, therefore, is reportedly tormented:

President Joe Biden will soon have to watch and wait as 12 jurors in his home state decide whether his son is guilty of felony gun charges...For the White House, the scenario of Hunter Biden’s first criminal trial, all but assured to start June 3, is an unprecedented event in American political history that they hoped never to face...While aides insist that the White House will have no involvement in the case, brought by special counsel David Weiss, some fear it could dramatically impact the president himself, more psychologically than politically...Three advisers granted anonymity to speak about private deliberations said they, and members of the First Family, are worried about the weight Hunter Biden’s trial will place on the president at an already difficult time for him politically. Biden has expressed fears to them about the possibility that his son will serve time in prison. “He worries about Hunter every single day, from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to sleep,” said one of the three advisers. “That will only pick up during a trial.”

 With his son in some real peril here, plus with a tax crimes-related trial pending before the election, it feels like a slam-dunk prediction that the president will pardon Hunter if he's convicted on any of it -- likely after the election.  It's unclear if Joe Biden will also have to wipe away any perjury-related charges that may arise from his son's newly-revealed apparent lies under oath.  On the forthcoming trial, Rebecca covered some of the eyebrow-raising developments that certainly offer at least a whiff of corruption and special treatment (and no, the DOJ bringing these charges doesn't disprove the corruption, given the attempted but thwarted effort to make any or all charges magically disappear).

Biden aides leaked that the president has been consumed with worry about his son's legal woes.  About a week later, his indicted son was an honored guest at a glitzy state dinner at the White House, also attended by the man who runs the Justice Department.  That Attorney General, incidentally, has been targeted with other media leaks about Biden's dissatisfaction with the agency's handling of various politically-charged investigations.  The pressure is on, and has been on.  And the state dinner presented another opportunity for the defendant to rub elbows with Biden's top law enforcement officer, this time on the virtual eve of his first trial.  At best, those are terrible optics.  Worse, though, was the president's 11th-hour nighttime visit to Hunter's ex, who is on the witness list for the upcoming court proceedings.  This has 'Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac' vibes:

President Biden made a surprise nighttime visit to the Delaware home of Hallie Biden on Sunday — just before she’s due to serve as one of the most important witnesses at first son Hunter Biden’s federal trial for alleged gun crimes. Biden stopped by Hallie’s home around 8 p.m. for a brief private talk eight days before the 54-year-old first son’s trial is scheduled to stand trial beginning June 3. Hallie dated Hunter at the time of his alleged gun crimes and is one of a dozen expected witnesses...She was married to the president’s son Beau Biden, who died in 2015 of brain cancer, before her relationship with his troubled younger brother. Prosecutors allege Hunter lied about his drug use on gun purchase forms and then briefly illegally possessed at least one weapon — which Hallie disposed of in a public dumpster in 2018. White House spokesman Andrew Bates told The Post that the president didn’t discuss the trial with Hallie Biden during the visit. “No,” he replied. “He visited her because of the approaching 9th anniversary of Beau’s passing.”

Yes, this witness in the upcoming trial was married to Joe Biden's older son, who tragically died of cancer (not in Iraq as his father has bizarrely and falsely claimed), before she became romantically involved with her late husband's troubled brother.  The White House insists that the president only dropped by her home last weekend to console her in advance of the anniversary of Beau's death (the president famously couldn't recall the year of that death, per the special counsel in a separate investigation into criminal mishandling of classified material), and that the two didn't discuss Hunter's case during the visit.  That might be true, or it might not.  It certainly could be seen as suspicious, and represents -- at best -- yet another a lapse in judgment.  It's worth pointing out that the Bidens have exploited Beau's death as an excuse for dodgy conduct related their controversial family enrichment scheme.  That's unseemly in the extreme, but 'unseemly in the extreme' seems to be pretty on-brand:

Hunter Biden used his dad’s appearance at a Sandy Hook shooting memorial event to coordinate a previously unknown planned meeting between the former vice president and a Chinese business partner, newly unveiled texts showed. On Dec. 12, 2017, Hunter messaged CEFC executive Liu Yadong on WeChat to arrange a meeting with his powerful dad, documents released this week by the House Ways and Means Committee revealed. “Can you meet this evening early,” Hunter wrote in the messages obtained by IRS investigators. “My father will be in New York also and he wants me to attend the Sandyhook [sic] memorial service with him and I would like him to meet you along with my uncle [Jim Biden] and then you and I can talk let me know if that works.” “No problem,” Liu replied. “Pls let me know where and when to meet.” ...Despite repeatedly insisting his family earned no money from China, the president featured prominently in first son Hunter and first bother James Biden’s multimillion-dollar relationship with CEFC, with most of his known alleged interactions happening in 2017 shortly after he left office as vice president. Joe Biden played a similar supporting role in Hunter’s dealings with Chinese state-backed fund BHR Partners, which was registered just days after the father-son duo landed in Beijing aboard Air Force Two in 2013.
Joe Biden falsely claimed during a 2020 presidential debate that his son and family hadn't made any money from China.  In fact, they've made millions.  Biden has also asserted that he never had anything whatsoever to do with his son's foreign business dealings -- which has been refuted by several of the family's close business associates, emails, and texts.  On the general subject of deceit and corruption, I'll leave you with this bruising reply to an anti-Trump tweet from President Biden's former spokeswoman and current cable news personality (whose new book has been called out for a clear and debunked falsehood):

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Stephen L. Miller @redsteeze

Reminder that the Biden campaign and Tony Blinken authored a letter about the laptop claiming it was a Russian op, then circled it around to their friends in the Intel community to sign, then gave it to Politico to publish, and Jen  Psaki then promoted.
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Yes, that all really happened.  And Biden then used the "evidence" his campaign had manufactured in order to defend himself on a national debate stage -- the same venue from which he also lied about his family's income from China.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

What Happens When Charter Schools Are So Successful That Public Schools Could Shut Down?

BY RICK MORAN | PJ MEDIA

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Perhaps no other state has given parents and students more education choices than Florida. As a result, the state's combination of charter schools, scholarships to private schools, and homeschooling support has threatened the finances and viability of public schools in the state.

There has been a catastrophic decline in public school enrollment in Florida. Part of it is the hangover from the pandemic that has affected school systems nationwide. But in the case of Florida, it's the success of school choice programs that have allowed tens of thousands of parents to enroll their kids in private schools or homeschool them.

“We need some big changes throughout the country,” DeSantis said Thursday evening at the Florida Homeschool Convention in Kissimmee. “Florida has shown a blueprint, and we really can be an engine for that as other states work to adopt a lot of the policies that we’ve done.”

Broward County, Florida's second-largest school system, is considering closing up to 42 schools. And in other districts, school boards are considering consolidating several schools, which is angering parents and students. Broward has lost 20,000 students over the last five years while charter schools in the county grew by 27,000 students. 

Broward County Public Schools claims to have 49,000 classroom seats empty this year, which is almost an identical number to the 49,833 students enrolled in charter schools according to an enrollment overview

Politico:

These enrollment swings are pressing Broward leaders to combine and condense dozens of schools, efforts that would save the district on major operating costs. So far, some of the ideas are meeting heavy resistance.

One proposal aiming to turn a popular Fort Lauderdale magnet school that focuses on the Montessori teaching method into a neighborhood school brought a crowd nearing 200 people in opposition at a recent town hall. There, dozens of audience members, a sea of blue “VSY’’ shirts representing Virginia Shuman Young elementary, contended the plan would cause an unnecessary “disruption” for a top-rated school.

“You are trying to create school communities that attract families,” Erin Gohl, the PTA president at VSY, said during the May 6 town hall. “Look at what you have before you — replicate, don’t dismantle and destroy this incredible school community.”

Broward Superintendent of Schools Howard Hepburn has shelved the idea of closing 42 campuses; instead, the board has directed him to close eight schools in 2025 or 2026.

“If you want us to offer great education to your children and create the Broward County of tomorrow, you want us to close campuses,” school board member Allen Zeman said during a May 14 meeting. “And you want us to spend that money educating your students.”

Educating them how? Parents in Florida and across the country have a beef with the public school curriculum because it is failing their children in basic education. Standardized test scores are falling dramatically, and absenteeism is skyrocketing. Public schools are in trouble because their product is inferior to that of private and charter schools.

Instead of whining about it, public school administrators should examine the problem of inferior schools and devise solutions.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Reflecting on Memorial Day


“Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  

John 15:13

Today, Memorial Day, we honor the more than one million American heroes who lost their lives in defense of our country.

May God bless them and their families.

We owe those patriots a debt that we can never repay. 

We must never forget the true meaning of this solemn day.

So, during this day of remembrance, let us pause and pay tribute to their selflessness and service through our actions and prayers:

Place flags at the graves of our heroes.

Attend a Memorial Day service.

Say a prayer for all who we have lost, missing in action.

From all of us at the National Black Republican Association, we wish you a blessed and reflective Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Trump Speech at the Libertarian National Convention Was a Wild Ride, but Had Some Cheering by End

By Nick Arama | RedState.com

AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura


Former President Donald Trump spoke at the Libertarian National Convention in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. 

He was welcomed to the stage by Angela McArdle, the Libertarian National Committee Chair. She said that she had also invited Joe Biden to address the Convention, but he did not accept. Of course not. Joe Biden is barely able to operate with teleprompters, he could never address a potentially hostile crowd. 

Trump was willing to take on the task in the effort to reach out to libertarians. And that was quite a challenge, as some were solidly hostile, likely not happy that a candidate -- other than a declared libertarian -- was there. He got a fair amount of boos before he even began speaking. That didn't make a lot of sense, to boo the major candidate who shows up and says he wants to listen to you. 

He also didn't make them happy when he said he wanted them to work together and vote for him to stop Joe Biden (rather than voting for a libertarian). 

I have to give him all kinds of props for the effort to reach the audience. He started by calling for a moment of silence for the two Missouri missionaries who were killed in Haiti this week. 

As he spoke, the booing did go down a lot, including when Trump spoke about protecting freedoms and rights. It was a great recitation of the things he'd done to help protect freedoms, and reduce government regulation, taxes, and interference in our lives. 

He got cheers when he talked about stopping wars and not waging regime change around the world. He got cheers for talking against vaccine mandates. 

He got cheers when he said he would give power back to the states and to the people. He also got cheers when he said he would free the "peaceful" J6 people, as well as commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht. Many of the people in the crowd were touting "Free Ross" signs, and they roared with approval at that. 

Ulbricht is the Silk Road founder, who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The libertarians have championed his cause because they believe he should not have gotten a sentence like that for what he did. 

Trump kept stressing the importance of coming together to help beat Joe Biden because of the harm he was doing to the country. 

So, while I think it was a challenge, he hung in there, and I think he may have won some of them over. 

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

YOU DECIDE: Does Joe Biden Have A Body Double?

 

Photo: A Joe Biden Body Double?



Photo: Joe Biden



Photo: Joe Biden

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Look closely at the top photo and compare it to the bottom two photos.

- Notice the differences in the amount and condition of the hair.

- Compare the differences in the shape of the eyebrows.

- Note the differences in the number of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes.

- Observe the differences in the wrinkles on the neck.

- See the wide-open eyes in the first photo when Joe Biden normally squints as is shown in the bottom two photos. 

Some critics say the wide-open eyes in the first photo result from Joe Biden's handlers sometimes giving him a drug that prevents him from squinting. 

Do you believe that? 

I don't. 

I think Joe Biden has a body double who is younger and more robust.

What do you think?

You Have to Be an Exceptionally Bad President to Lose Silicon Valley

By Matt Vespa  | Townhall.com

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

You must be a deplorable president to lose one of the most reliable bases of support for Democrats: Silicon Valley. Joe Biden lost these guys, which is pathetic. It’s a cadre of billionaire leftists who would fund any Democrat to the hilt. So, what caused so much love to be lost in one term? 

They hate Biden’s policies that entail the reining of cryptocurrency and new tax proposals. Yet, overall, Biden is bad for business, which hurls a rock through the glass house narrative this administration has created regarding how they’re building the greatest period of economic growth known to man. Some have voiced support for Trump, others are hosting fundraisers for the former presidents, and others are bashing Biden on social media but stopping short of endorsing Trump in this year’s cycle. Either way, the tech sector and venture capitalism have seen enough of Joe’s Build Back Better (via NY Post): 

Some Silicon Valley venture capitalists have begun to turn against President Biden while openly touting their support for former President Donald Trump — a sea change for an industry that has overwhelmingly supported Democrats in years past. 

Prominent moguls such as David Sacks, Chamath Palihapitiya, Marc Andreessen and Shaun Maguire have grown disillusioned with signature Biden policy proposals such as his call for a 25% “billionaire tax” as well as antitrust crackdowns waged by the Federal Trade Commission. 

“It’s impossible to support Biden,” Keith Rabois, an early executive at PayPal who also played a role in the growth of LinkedIn, Square and Slide, told the New York Times. 

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Tech executives are also unhappy with the stringent regulations imposed on the cryptocurrency sector by Gary Gensler, Biden’s pick to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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Last year, the FTC sued Amazon, accusing the e-commerce giant of being a monopoly. 

Andreessen, founder of powerhouse VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, recently said there are “real issues” with the Biden administration. 

A second Trump administration would be staffed by “very different kinds of people,” particularly at the SEC and FTC, Andreessen said in a recent podcast interview. 

Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, wrote in a blog post last year that his company would support any politician who backed “an optimistic technology-enabled future.” 

Sacks, the entrepreneur and investor who made his fortune as chief operating officer at PayPal during its early days, plans to host a fundraiser for Trump as well as interview the former president on his “All In” podcast. 

The NY Post added that Sacks once thought Trump should be disqualified from running again over the January 6 incident. Biden’s America is so atrocious that it led him to change his mind about the former president. The buyer’s remorse people are having about Biden is real.   

Biden is facing the three-headed dragon ahead of his debates with Trump: the economy, foreign policy, and immigration. He’s failing in all three areas. Immigration, already a hot topic, could gain new life as two Jordanian nationals, one of whom might have been on the terror watch list, were caught earlier this month trying to gain unlawful access to Marine Corps Base Quantico. 

He’s done the impossible in the Middle East, which is getting Jews and Muslims to hate him. Hate might be a strong word, but American Jews are certainly questioning his Israeli policies, which include cutting off arms shipments over the Rafah operation. At the same time, Muslim voters feel this administration is enabling genocide. The world is aflame, and Mr. Magoo is at the helm. 

On the economy, inflation continues to gnaw at American working families. Silicon Valley, a once die-hard Democratic Party hub, is looking to redirect its cash to Make America Great Again because this president is anti-growth, anti-business, and laughably out-of-touch. 

Joe was never made of presidential timber. We see more signs every day.

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ABOUT-FACE: Billionaire Blackstone Group CEO Changes His Tune, Throws His Weight Behind Trump

By Bob Hoge | RedState.com


AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Like many other Wall Street CEOs, Blackstone Group CEO Steve Schwarzman distanced himself from Donald Trump after his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden and the hyper-politicized events of Jan. 6, 2021. (Note: Do not confuse Blackstone with Blackrock, another behemoth investment company known for their dubious reverence of ESG.)

But now Schwarzman's had a change of heart after watching Biden’s policies wreak havoc on America, and he’s putting his considerable weight behind none other than the former president.

The rising antisemitism in this country—and Biden’s unwillingness to take a strong stand against it—played a big role in his decision.

Blackstone Group CEO Steve Schwarzman announced on Friday that he will back Donald Trump in the 2024 election, giving the former president the support of one of the biggest names on Wall Street.

Schwarzman, the billionaire co-founder and chair of the world’s largest private equity firm and a GOP megadonor, said in a statement that the “dramatic rise of antisemitism has led me to focus on the consequences of upcoming elections with greater urgency.”

It’s not only the virulent antisemitism we’ve been witnessing under Biden’s watch that has Schwarzman concerned—he also notes that many of the president’s other policies have been equally disastrous. The Wall Street titan slammed almost every major pillar of Biden’s agenda, saying he shares “the concern of most Americans that our economic, immigration and foreign policies are taking the country in the wrong direction.”

Because of all that, he’s not only going to fully support Trump, but he’s getting behind GOP candidates across the board:

For these reasons, I am planning to vote for change and support Donald Trump for President. In addition, I will be supporting Republican Senate candidates and other Republicans up and down the ticket.

 As many polls increasingly show that Trump is building a solid lead over the failed president, and Biden continues to falter every time he steps out in public, other financial bigwigs are taking note as well. They’re reading the writing on the wall: 

Other billionaires, including oil and natural gas executive Harold Hamm, Wall Street investor Nelson Peltz and hotel tycoon Robert Bigelow are also backing the former president after previously issuing statements condemning his actions in the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.

Trump’s momentum with megadonors comes as President Joe Biden’s fundraising efforts have showed signs of sagging. Earlier this week, the Biden team reported that it brought in less money in April than Trump’s campaign says it raised alongside the Republican National Committee.

Whether we like it or not (and I don’t), money and megadonors play a huge role in who wins elections in this country. Biden and the Democrats have turned fundraising off the elite into an art form—virtually every Hollywood exec and Silicon Valley CEO donates heavily to the Democrat party. It’s past time we get some financial heavyweights on our side—even if we don't love every single thing about some of them. 

Sometimes I’ve wondered—where’s our George Soros? Surely not every billionaire can be an unhinged leftist (though it almost seems that way). In some ways, Elon Musk has taken on that role, and though he hasn’t fully embraced the conservative stance, he’s nevertheless been a strong supporter of free speech and has called out much of the progressive lunacy we’ve seen in recent years.

Schwarzman’s reversal could be a harbinger of things to come as more and more politically active bigwigs—including those who formerly opposed Trump—realize we simply cannot continue under this Biden regime while our country plunges into chaos.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Even CNN Has to Acknowledge Power of the Huge Trump Rally in Bronx and Problem for Dems

By Nick Arama | RedState.com

AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura

It looks like CNN just might have been a bit unhappy on Thursday. They were forced to talk about the huge Trump rally in the South Bronx because everyone else was talking about it. Thousands turned out, exceeding the 3500 anticipated. The campaign estimated it was 25,000. 

But CNN didn't seem at all jazzed that they had to talk about it and that they had to admit a little truth. 

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Anderson Cooper asked about the event, "What was the crowd like and what kind of response did you get?"

The reporter responded, "Certainly a bigger crowd than I think Democrats would like to see, particularly given this is one of the bluest counties in the entire country!" 

According to the CNN reporter, Trump's people said they were going to "micro-target" to get local people out.

While the reporter noted that with Trump rallies, you do have some people who travel from other places to attend, she had to acknowledge that there were a "lot of people from the Bronx." It was funny watching Cooper's face throughout with the pursed lips. It was also funny to watch the guy behind the reporter doing "YMCA" -- a song Trump always plays at his rallies -- behind her.

CNN also managed with that clip to debunk reports Democrats were spreading on social media suggesting people were "bused" into the event. Democrats have to be desperate when they try to come up with such things. We saw from Gov. Hochul that they're not exactly handling this well. She had a "deplorable moment" when she referred to people who would attend the rally as "clowns" and called his rallies "fake" and "made-up." 

The people in Crotona Park looked pretty real to me. Fox's Lawrence Jones also confirmed folks were from the Bronx, and I can tell from the accent of some of the people who were interviewed that yes, they were from the Bronx. 

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Whether he gets New York, it's not just about New York. It's about showing people in general that he wants to reach out to everyone and they appreciate it.

"We were so close, that was insane!" one spectator can be heard saying. "He’s so much larger in person! This is a part of history. We are going to tell our kids about this."

It's hard for Joe Biden to compete with the energy, enthusiasm, and fun that such an event projects. He has trouble drawing people sometimes even in deep blue areas. 

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AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura

The crowds were YUGE and clearly showed that Blacks, Hispanics, and other New Yorkers were no longer smelling what Biden was shoveling. RedState reported that they even tried to mount a protest. It went as expected.

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