Hunter Biden Scandal – Fall Of 55 Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hunter Biden Scandal – Fall Of 55 32 32 J6 committee focuses on allegations of fraud and ignores tactics used to rig 2020 election Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:00:56 +0000

That there was no widespread fraud in November 2020 does not mean that the election was not rigged to prevent Donald Trump from entering the White House.

The Jan. 6 show trial continues this week in the House, with several partisan goals remaining the focus, chief among them conditioning the public to believe that the Nov. 3, 2020, election was the surest of American history. Limiting itself to picking and refuting election fraud allegations, the Democrat-stacked House committee comes up with a prime-time presentation designed to convince the country that Trump lied to his supporters when he said the election had been stolen.

But stealing an election by fraud isn’t the only way to rig a result. Elections are rigged when systemic violations of election law occur, disparately favoring one candidate and allowing tens of thousands of illegal votes to be counted.

And the election was rigged with every illegal drop box placed in high-density Democrat neighborhoods.

The election was rigged when the Pennsylvania legislature unconstitutionally allowed mail-in voting without an excuse and when Philadelphia clerks illegally inspected ballots and then told Democratic activists which voters needed to tend their ballots to make their votes count.

The election was rigged when Wisconsin election officials ignored the state’s election code, telling voters they were ‘locked down indefinitely’ because of Covid and nursing homes could ignore the government’s requirement. Wisconsin that special voting deputies oversee elections in residential facilities.

The election was rigged with every Zuck Bucks dollar engineered to secure the Democratic vote, and with every left-wing activist embedded in county clerks’ offices to push such efforts while hoarding untold election data to benefit the campaign. Biden.

The election was rigged when Georgia rendered the election code signature verification warrant inoperative and the state court delayed a hearing on Trump’s challenge to Georgia’s result until after the vote was certified, thus ignoring evidence that more than 35,000 illegal votes were included in the state tally. — more than enough to force a court to throw out the election.

All of these things happened during the general election in November 2020 and none of them fall into the category of “fraud”, although they all make fraud more likely to happen and easier to execute, this who is precisely why such rules exist in the first place: to limit the risk of fraud and deter fraud. And, in fact, in the case of Wisconsin, an investigation by the Senate’s Office of Special Counsel concluded that “rampant fraud and abuse has occurred statewide in nursing homes and other nursing homes. Residential Care of Wisconsin”.

Elections can also be rigged when the media – established and social – serve as a public outlet for their preferred political candidate.

Our founding fathers abolished the power of the government to censor the press so that the press remains forever free to censor the government — a protection necessary for the media to fulfill its essential role in our democratic republic. But the First Amendment guarantee of a free press means nothing if the press serves not the governed, but those by whom it prefers to be governed.

Whether Big Tech silences its underprivileged leaders, or whether the press censors itself to save its preferred candidate, may matter for constitutional analysis, but it is irrelevant to the proper functioning of our republic. , because “[o]Only a free and unbridled press can effectively expose the government’s deception,” and uncover “the secrets of the government and inform the people.” And that remains true whether the restraint comes from without or from within.

So the election was also rigged when the press refused to release the secret that Hunter Biden provided his father, the ‘Big Guy’, with a 10% bribe of various millions won in a scandal. of pay-to-play.

The election was rigged when Twitter blocked New York Post reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop and material discovered on his hard drive, and then when all of the elite media ignored the story.

The election was rigged when the same legacy and social media that censored the explosive Joe Biden scandal instead promoted the false claim that Post reporting was Russian disinformation.

And the election was rigged when pocket media breathlessly ran the Russian disinformation cover story to protect Joe Biden, knowing that Attorney General William Barr’s Justice Department would not come out with the truth, but would rather preserve his independence and remain silent while the corrupt press lied to the American public.

The January 6 Committee may be correct that there is no evidence of widespread fraud altering the November 2020 election result. But the election was still rigged against Trump in six ways up until Sunday.

Margot Cleveland is the senior legal correspondent for The Federalist. She also contributes to National Review Online, The Washington Examiner, Aleteia and, and has been published in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Cleveland is a lawyer and a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where she won the Hoynes Award, the law school’s highest honor. She then served for nearly 25 years as staff law clerk for a federal appeals judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cleveland is a former full-time faculty member at the university and now teaches as an occasional adjunct. As a homeschooled mother of a young son with cystic fibrosis, Cleveland writes frequently on cultural issues related to parenting and children with special needs. Cleveland is on Twitter at @ProfMJCleveland. The opinions expressed herein are those of Cleveland in their private capacity.

Watergate: How a scandal produced a suffix | cultural | Report on arts, music and lifestyle in Germany | DW Fri, 17 Jun 2022 05:08:20 +0000

On June 17, 1972, during a presidential election year in the United States, five men stormed into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate Complex in Washington.

Their mission? Bugging DNC offices with listening devices to obtain incriminating material that could undermine Democratic candidate Senator George McGovern and thereby secure President Richard Nixon’s re-election.

After news broke of the burglary, early media reports suggested there might be a connection to the White House. But Nixon maintained he had no knowledge of the case and was subsequently re-elected in November. In January 1973, the perpetrators were tried and convicted for the burglary.

Subsequent investigations eventually implicated Nixon’s campaign committee and members of his administration, and revealed that the president himself knew of the action and was involved in its cover-up. To avoid impeachment and impeachment, Nixon became the first – and only – U.S. president to step down, eventually stepping down on August 8, 1974.

Richard Nixon flashes victory sign as he boards helicopter after resigning

Repeated media mentions of the word “Watergate” during a years-long controversy have made it synonymous not only with the site of a break-in but also with the scandal itself.

Why the name “Watergate”?

Now an architectural landmark on the US National Register of Historic Places, perhaps the most infamous address in the United States was originally named for pragmatic reasons.

Completed in 1971, the Watergate Complex was the first mixed-use development in Washington. Sitting on the banks of the Potomac River, it consisted of office buildings, a hotel, and residential blocks, and in its heyday was the preferred residential address of politicians.

In his 2009 book “Presidential Power on Trial: From Watergate to All the President’s Men”, William Noble wrote that the complex “takes its name from the fact that it overlooks the ‘gate’ that regulated the flow of water from the Potomac River in the Tidal Basin at rising tide.”

Watergate complex in Washington in 1965

The Watergate complex may have seemed futuristic at the time

Shortcut for Scandals

Today, “-gate” has become a default suffix for any controversial headline-grabbing event, from the political to the frivolous.

Case in point: Nipplegate — that split-second “wardrobe malfunction” that saw singer Janet Jackson’s chest exposed during a concert with Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl halftime in 2004.

The suffix was first used shortly after the Watergate scandal, when the American magazine National Lampoon published a satirical article about a fake Russian scandal and dubbed it “Volgagate”.

Notably, former Nixon speechwriter William Safire often used the suffix in his columns to The New York Times writing about post-Nixon scandals during his 30-year career at the newspaper. He later admitted he did so to deflect criticism of his former boss’ misdeeds.

Other infamous “-gates” involving US presidents include “Monicagate”/”Lewinskygate” in the late 90s when President Bill Clinton first denied and then admitted to having an affair with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

USA Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky (left) recently produced a 10-episode series about the events surrounding her affair with President Bill Clinton

Then there was “Ukrainegate” in 2019, in which President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to investigate Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, in an effort to obtain information that would be detrimental to Biden. senior in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

‘-gate’ goes global

But the impact of the suffix has gone beyond American borders and even beyond the English language.

France had “Winegate” in 1973, when a fraudulent scheme passed off cheap wine as expensive Bordeaux.

“Valijagate,” in 2007, involved Venezuelan-American entrepreneur Guido Antonini Wilson arriving in Argentina on a private flight hired by Argentine and Venezuelan state officials while carrying $800,000 in cash, which he did not have. not declared. Valija is Spanish for suitcase.

German Volkswagen car logo picture

Volkswagen still faces “Dieselgate”

Germany had “Dieselgate” which began in 2015, when German automaker Volkswagen admitted to installing emission control devices in its vehicles. The revelation and subsequent investigations had global implications for the company; Following six-figure settlements and fines in the US, he recently agreed to pay £193m (€227m; $242m) in a settlement at the out of court in a class action brought by some 91,000 drivers in the UK.

Italy, meanwhile, took a leaf from the book and fashioned its own suffix. A scandal from the early 1990s involving politicians receiving bribes in exchange for public works contracts has been dubbed “Tangentopoli” – “tangent” being “bribe” and “polite” coming from the Greek” polis”, meaning “city”. Subsequent scandals were affixed with “polite”, such as Bancopoli in the mid-2000s, referring to financial and banking scandals; and “Calciopoli”, a match-fixing scandal involving Italy’s top professional football league. “Calcio” is Italian for football.

Lazy or smart?

Some grammarians and critics find it annoying that the media add the suffix “-gate” to any polemic, which could trivialize the seriousness of some wrongdoings over others.

In recent examples, the UK’s ‘Partygate’ – in which government-sponsored parties have taken place that flouted the rules during national COVID-19 lockdowns – is not the equivalent of ‘Slapgate’ , when actor Will Smith slapped 2022 Oscars host Chris Rock after the latter joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and her condition of alopecia.

Two men dressed in suits, one slaps the other

Will Smith slapping Chris Rock was unsurprisingly dubbed #slapgate

However, others argue that “-gate” has acquired a certain gravity and that adding it to a problem raises people’s antennae.

“Its usage in journalism is so widespread that people with no knowledge of the Watergate scandal would have no problem understanding what a word like Bloodgate meant,” said Ian Brookes, Consulting Editor of the Collins English Dictionary, at the BBC in 2013. .

Described as ‘rugby’s biggest scandal’, Bloodgate happened in 2009 when English rugby union team Harlequins played against Irish side Leinster. An England player faked an injury by biting off a fake blood capsule, facilitating a rally with a teammate in hopes of scoring a win.

Whether loved or reviled, “-gate” has been – and will certainly remain – a staple part of the language for scandals of all kinds.

A 2010 BBC comedy sketch from “That Mitchell and Webb Look” raised a point about the use of this suffix.

If “-gate” is to be a standalone suffix denoting impropriety of some sort, then shouldn’t the scandal that started it all be called “Watergate-gate”?

Edited by: Cristina Burack

Have liberal values ​​been victims of Russia’s war against Ukraine? Thu, 16 Jun 2022 20:00:00 +0000

The Russian-Ukrainian war is part of a cosmic confrontation between autocracy and liberal democracy – at least, according President Joe Biden. Yet the Western response to the Russian invasion is eroding liberal values ​​in the democratic world, including in America. These eroded values ​​include freedom of information and expression, the principle of non-discrimination, economic openness and the belief that diplomatic compromise can secure world peace.

In April, the White House introduced the Orwellian-sounding Disinformation Governance Council combat Russian propaganda. This is of concern since government officials have labeled legitimate reporting, such as the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, as Russian disinformation. “Instead of installing a Politburo of truth at DHS, the government should leave the job of controlling disinformation to competitive news outlets,” writing Jack Shafer of Politics.

As a result, some news organizations are censored. The European Union banned Russian outlets RT and Sputnik, and YouTube blocked access to their channels worldwide. PayPal suspended independent media accounts offering alternative views on the war in Ukraine, threatening to keep their money as “damages”.

The tech giants cannot be trusted to censor fairly. Facebook changed its policies to allow the praise of the Ukrainian Azov battalion, including Urooba Jamal Business Intern called “the armed wing of the country’s Azov white nationalist movement”.

My country of residence, the Czech Republic, was to chase public expressions of support for the Russian invasion; the maximum penalty is three years in prison. The prosecution told me that nine people have already been prosecuted and sixty-nine cases “are in [the] initial verification stage”, even if “the number changes every day”. In neighboring Slovakia, supporting the invasion could land you twenty five years in prison.

Throughout the West, the principle of non-discrimination has also suffered since the Russian invasion. For example, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra fired its star Russian conductor for his failure to condemn the invasion. Similarly, the Orchester symphonique de Montréal fall of his schedule a twenty-year-old Russian pianist who had condemned him. In the world of sport, Russians and Belarusians have been banned to participate in the Boston Marathon, and they will be prohibited Wimbledon as well. The Kennel Club itself banned Russian dogs from his annual show Crufts.

Elected officials are not immune to discriminatory Russophobia. Congressman Eric Swalwell, a once liberal Democrat co-sponsored the National Origin-Based Anti-Discrimination for Non-Immigrants Act (NO BAN). He now supports “Expel all Russian students from the United States.”

Liberals believe that economic openness is the key to global prosperity. But since Putin’s invasion, the US-led West imposed unprecedented sanctions that pose serious global economic risks. The consequences of these sanctions are not limited to Russians, and certainly not to Russia’s political elite. Indeed, second-order effects will impoverish workers everywhere, even as the Russian economy so far has proved surprisingly strong.

In particular, cutting off Russia from the global financial system could upset the global economy by sending a clear message to America’s adversaries: withdraw from common payment systems and regulatory frameworks or risk humiliating economic coercion.

The Charter of the United Nations, a product of liberal optimism, requires that the parties to any dispute seek “above all” a diplomatic solution. But before the Russian invasion, Washington refused to commit Moscow in serious diplomacy. As a result, many Western governments hinder peace negotiations, prefer to “see Russia weakened” than to stop the bloodshed (although recent grandstand in the New York Times suggests that this is no longer an American objective).

Fortunately, the same values ​​that the West has recently undermined can still guide it out of the current crisis and guarantee a bright future for liberal autonomy. Russian President Vladimir Putin depicts the West as being at war with all Russians. Smarter targeting of sanctions against Russian political elites and ending discrimination against Russian nationals will rob him of this popularity-boosting talking point.

The United States cannot defend liberal democracy while suppressing freedom of information, which President John F. Kennedy believed was a “fundamental human right”. Addressing related freedom of expression, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaim that everyone has the right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas by all means and regardless of frontiers”. Protecting these rights would set an example for illiberal states and ensure that America does not set the stage for its own techno-tyrannical future.

The United States should live up to its international duties in seeking a diplomatic solution to the Russian-Ukrainian war. Mission creep brought the U.S. ever closer lead the war against Russia. Instead, Washington should work with Western allies to negotiate a settlement that not only ends the war but also creates a lasting European security architecture that includes Russia, like Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of the New America Foundation. called for.

Finally, at the grand strategy level, the White House should review his Manichean vision of a world divided between autocracies and liberal democracies. The effort to defeat autocracies around the world jeopardizes the liberal values ​​for which the United States claims to stand.

Andrew Day is a foreign policy researcher for the Nonzero Foundation. He holds a doctorate in political science from Northwestern University and currently lives in Prague.

Picture: Reuters.

]]> Who is Javier Gomez? Biden praises 18-year-old who staged walkout against Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill Thu, 16 Jun 2022 02:09:00 +0000

President Joe Biden attacked “ultra MAGA laws” on Wednesday, June 15 and signed an executive order to roll back a wave of anti-LGBTQI+ laws. He condemned hundreds of these “ultra MAGA” laws that discriminate against gays and transgender people. Signing the executive order aimed at reducing the impact of more than 300 laws, the president described it as a battle for the soul of the nation.

“I don’t have to tell you about the ultra-MAGA agenda, the attacks on families and our freedoms,” Biden said at an event marking Pride Month at the White House. “Three hundred discriminatory bills introduced in the states of this country…”


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US President Joe Biden signs an executive order on promoting equality for LGBTQI+ people as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (L), Vice President Kamala Harris (2nd L), First Lady Jill Biden (3rd R ) and Javier Gomez (2nd R) of Florida and other LGBTQI advocates attend a Pride event in the East Room of the White House on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Biden added, “In Texas, knocking on front doors to harass and investigate parents raising transgender children. ‘In Florida, prosecute Mickey Mouse for god’s sake.’ Florida conservatives have turned on Disney over its opposition to a law that banned teachers from having discussions about sexual orientation or gender identity in classrooms – dubbed by opponents of the bill “Don ‘t Say Gay”.

The executive actions unveiled June 15 require the Department of Health and Human Services to work with states to expand gender-affirming care. It directs the department to expand access to youth mental health counseling and strengthen protections against discrimination in the foster care system. The department is also supposed to clarify that federally funded programs cannot offer “conversion therapy,” a practice that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“My order will use the full force of the federal government to prevent the inhumane practices of conversion therapy,” Biden said. “This is the first time the federal government has used a coordinated response against this dangerous and discredited practice.”

Biden has appreciated key gay and transgender officials in his administration, including Admiral Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for health and the nation’s first openly transgender four-star uniformed services officer. He also saluted Shawn Skelly, Undersecretary of Defense. “The first and second transgender Americans to be confirmed to the Senate in American history,” Biden said. The president also praised Javier Garcia, a gay Florida student who walked out of his school to protest Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill. Garcia, who shared the stage with Biden, also described how he was bullied.

Javier Gomez, who helped organize statewide student outings on the Don’t Say Gay Bill in Florida, speaks at an event celebrating Pride Month in the East Room from the White House on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Who is Javier Gomez?

Javier Gomez, 18, had led walkouts to protest Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. Speaking about being bullied, Garcia said: “But I had an escape: my openly gay fifth grade teacher. He created a classroom where I felt welcome. I remember even noticing his rainbow socks.”

“I fear that students in Florida and across the country cannot get the same support because of hate legislation,” he said. “My presence here testifies that we fight back… Because our lives are glorious, beautiful and dignified. We deserve respect and love. Until we have that, we will continue to fight for liberation. …I’m fighting for the next little Javier so he doesn’t have to cry himself to sleep every night hoping he wakes up normally.

The ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law limits ‘classroom teaching’ on ‘sexual orientation or gender identity’. It says such instruction “cannot take place in kindergarten through 3rd grade or in a manner that is not appropriate for the age or development of the students in accordance with state standards.” It also prohibits “classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity at certain grade levels or in a specific manner.”

US President Joe Biden presents the signing pen to Javier Gomez (2nd R) of Florida after signing an executive order promoting equality for LGBTQI+ people during a Pride event in the East Room of the White House on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“We are in a battle for the very soul of this nation,” Biden said. “And that’s not hyperbole. We’re in a battle for the soul of the nation. When I look around this room here and all you hear today, it’s a battle I know that we win.” In a message to young LGBT+ Americans, the president said, “Just be you. You are loved. You are heard. You are understood. You belong. I want you to know that as president, all of us on this stage have your back.

]]> Biden celebrates deficit reduction, but only cut our ‘401k to 201k’: McCarthy Wed, 15 Jun 2022 02:09:42 +0000

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President Biden attended an AFL-CIO event in Pennsylvania’s largest city on Tuesday and took credit for cutting the U.S. deficit by $350 billion, a sign the economy is strong despite a rapid inflation.

In response, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, told “Jesse Watters Primetime” that the only thing the president slashed was Americans’ Internal Revenue retirement accounts. Code 401k.

“Joe Biden didn’t cut the deficit. The only thing he cut was my 401k to 201k,” he said. “And when you look at it, the only thing he’s given the American public is a car payment without the car – we’re now spending $450 more a month – everything is costing us more because of inflation.”

McCarthy added that Biden has also made every US city a “border city” with his open border policies and lax evictions.


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He added that many media outlets are finally struggling to defend the president and recognize that the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, first broke by the New York Post, is true and that inflation is not ‘transitional’. as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.

“They’re figuring out that America is hurting. They’re figuring out that the approval rating is so low, they’re figuring out that his very first day in office is when he started to raise gas prices – when it cuts the pipeline, to reduce our ability to have American jobs and American energy independence by drilling on federal and other lands.”


“We told them it would happen, but they were just Republicans until [former Treasury Secretary] Larry Summers told him he would bring inflation back if he passed this $2 trillion bill that just brought us back inflation.”

“And [Biden] just deny it, deny it, deny it.”

He added that the biggest recent example of the anti-Biden pivot occurred just north of him, when the liberal San Franciscans pushed back on their district attorney, Chesa Boudin, and fired him from office during a a recall election.

Boudin, the son of two former Weather Underground members linked to the 1981 Brinks robbery in Clarkstown, NY, lost his recall by 40% to 60% in the Blue Bastion of the Bay.

‘If you don’t regret voting for Joe Biden, you are the problem’: Jake Paul blames POTUS for EVERYTHING! Mon, 13 Jun 2022 08:10:00 +0000

YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul took a direct shot at US President Joe Biden in a tweet that sent Twitter users into a frenzy. He channeled his frustration with Biden and listed a few reasons for it, calling voters an “American problem” if they didn’t regret voting for the Democrat. This follows the current economic situation in the United States, with inflation hitting 8.6% in May for the first time since 1981.

The controversial artist tweeted: “Biden’s Achievements 1. Highest Gas Prices 2. Worst Inflation 3. Falling Crypto Prices 4. Highest Rent Prices Ever 5. Creating incomprehensible new language. If you read this and vote for Biden and you still don’t do ‘I don’t regret it, then you are America’s problem.’ Joe Biden has consistently received a lot of backlash for rising gas prices, high rent prices, and the overall state of the greatest country. However, there are also plenty of Biden supporters. Recently, Biden again drew attention when he criticized former President Donald Trump for taking no concrete action on gun control.


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Jake Paul knows how to stir up drama with his endless controversies, whether it’s scamming his young followers, getting kicked off a Disney series mid-season, or putting up videos with slurs. racial. Now the boxer goes straight for president. The current situation in the United States is due to the Russian-Ukrainian war when Western countries imposed sanctions on Russian oil that removed over a million barrels of oil from the world market. However, the real problem started with the Covid pandemic.

Supporters defend Biden after Jake Paul tweet

While Jake Paul’s tweet sounded rational to many on social media, others defended Biden against further attacks. One user replied to Paul’s tweet: “Lol…man you don’t get it do you? I really wish we could see it would be EXACTLY the same if Trump was still in power lol back up… ‘American problem’ everyone is going through it…wake up.”

Another user replied to the tweet: “US politics is as**tshow, but how are you going to blame it for crypto? Inflation and high gas prices are the result of Russia’s war sanctions in Ukraine. I can see the rent is his fault, but the other 3 you can’t blame him on unless you want him to fund the invasion of Russia?”

One user attempted to take on Paul’s tweet and said, “Biden doesn’t choose gas prices, biden doesn’t control inflation, biden doesn’t control the stock market (don’t count on either crypto), biden doesn’t control the rent price, I don’t know what language you’re talking about. in other words RATIO.”

Another user wrote, “Hey Jake, rising prices are not just a problem in the US. Post-pandemic demand and war in Ukraine has escalated the situation into a global problem. Current inflation in US is 8.6%. Many other countries are feeling the pain: Spain = 8.7% Germany = 7.9% UK = 9%.”

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How to Convince a Trump Supporter It’s Time to Move On Fri, 10 Jun 2022 16:41:23 +0000

Most Americans avoid the topic, and you can see why: Half the country thinks Donald Trump was the worst president ever, while a good chunk of the other half want to see him back in the Oval Office. . So, between relatives and friends, it’s a delicate subject.

“Let’s not go” might be one of the most common phrases heard at family gatherings over the past seven years.

But I think we should go because, if you care about maintaining this democracy, you need to challenge those you like — or only kind of like — on their continued support for Trump.

It’s clumsy, you say, not to say totally hopeless. Why waste time?

I was pretty ok with that, until now. As a friend on the east coast of Maryland said after listening to Thursday’s prime-time hearing of the House Select Committee on Jan. 6: “Before tonight, I asked myself, ‘How could this become more damning for Trump? Yet, there it is. »

Evidence gathered by the committee shows Trump backed a dangerous and ultimately violent effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election he lost. The Proud Boys did not act alone. Trump encouraged the assault and did nothing to stop the Jan. 6 violence on Capitol Hill. For no other reason should such a man ever set foot in the White House again. Those who would like to see this must hear that it is a truly horrible idea.

Fox “News” won’t tell them, and they won’t hear it from the conservative radio stations or podcasts they listen to. All they’re going to hear is that January 6 was nothing, that Joe Biden is the worst president ever and something about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Despite the odds of not changing our minds, we shouldn’t let this pass.

I’m writing this from Baltimore, in the blue state of Maryland, where it’s possible for a Democrat, Moderate Independent, or Republican Never Trumper to avoid a meeting with a Trump supporter altogether. And, even then, most of us are at a loss for words.

What do you say to a person – even a relatively reasonable person – who still thinks Trump is the man?

Here are four responses to common claims made by Trump supporters.

Biden is the worst president since Jimmy Carter.

Even if I agree with that, that’s not the point. Whether Biden is good or bad, you wouldn’t expect him to violate his oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That’s the problem with Trump. He was the first president who refused to accept the results of an election and resisted the “peaceful transfer of power” to the next.

This is because there was widespread fraud during the elections.

Go on. You don’t really believe that, do you? There is no evidence of fraud and, based on what the House investigation found, many people told Trump there was no evidence of fraud in the weeks that followed. the elections. Yet he continued to push that line. So the basis of your belief is Trump’s saying. Is it good enough for you?

Let’s say you were on a jury in Baltimore for the trial of a guy accused of murder, and the prosecutor said the guy did it but didn’t provide any evidence. You wouldn’t take her word for it, would you? This would be an assertion and not a statement of facts. On the other hand, if you only watch Fox and don’t watch House hearings, it’s like you’re a juror ignoring the evidence and just trusting the defense attorney that his client is innocent. and victim of a corrupt prosecutor.

Democrats have already impeached Trump for Jan. 6 and have failed to convict him. They just try again.

You know why the Senate didn’t condemn: All but one Republican was afraid to counter Trump. It’s different this time. There has been a lengthy investigation and, at the risk of sounding like a civics professor, you owe it to your country to examine the evidence. Almost 50 years ago, when Richard Nixon was up to his neck in the Watergate scandal, the Republicans in Congress, members of his own party, saw the facts and told Nixon that they could no longer defend him. He had won the 1972 elections in a landslide, but had to resign two years later.

In Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh, a Democrat, did something criminal, and no one stood up for her. I received a letter from a man who listed “good things Catherine Pugh had done for Baltimore,” and while that was a fair comment, it completely missed the point.

You might like a lot of what Trump has done in office — giving tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations, separating immigrant families at the border, pleasing Vladimir Putin — but that’s all beside the point. now. What happened on January 6 was a crime against democracy, and we should not elect a politician, a president, or his facilitators in Congress, who supported him in any way. There are other choices.

So what do you say, vote for Biden again?

No. It’s not about him. It’s about Americans acting like adults, coming to their senses, examining evidence and not accepting lies, acknowledging a real crisis and the possibility of it happening again. I don’t know if this reaches you, but at least I tried. Let’s have a cocktail.

NOTICE | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Gun Law | Doubts about the elections Thu, 09 Jun 2022 08:00:12 +0000

Weapons legislation

I believe that no legislation can prevent atrocities like mass shootings. If someone undertakes to undertake such an action, he will find the means. However, some laws may help: raising the purchase age for all guns, providing a waiting period before a gun is delivered, and conducting a background check before a gun is delivered. fire. I think “red flag laws” are very questionable as they could easily be abused. Schools can be better protected with unique entrances, more cameras and security guards.

The Second Amendment should not be changed since its main purpose is about tyranny and given the current state of the federal government.



Doubts about the elections

As a retired DA assistant of 35 years, you can rest assured that I am deeply suspicious of stories that simply don’t fit. Joe Biden, while hiding in his basement due to covid, was swept into power by a massive wave when he overthrew several states that were very critical of Donald Trump, right?

Let’s take a closer look at this electoral miracle, shall we?

Let’s look at Pennsylvania, for example. How did a frail, old, uninspiring white man like Biden garner 3,458,229 votes in the 2020 election, far surpassing that energetic young black incumbent President Barack Obama in 2012 when he only got 2,990,274? What happened in Pennsylvania to explain this increase of 467,955 votes?

What about Illinois, President Obama’s home state? Doesn’t it strike you as a little odd that Sleepy Joe got 3,471,915 votes there in 20 while Obama only got 3,019,512 in 12?

We must not forget the critical states of Wisconsin (Biden 1,630,866 in 2020; Obama 1,620,985 in 2012), Arizona (Biden 1,672,143; Obama 1,025,232) and Michigan (Biden 2,804,040; Obama 2,564,569).

And then we had the New York Post print the incredibly important story of Hunter Biden’s corruption a few weeks before the election. It appears Twitter and the other social media companies shut down the story, and other than Fox News, the networks shrugged off the scandal. How many Biden voters would have changed their minds if this had been reported fairly?

So color me a bitter skeptic, folks, that the 2020 election was fair and honest.


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Fought and died for

On June 6, 1944, American soldiers fought to save Europe from a man bent on destroying the world. Fast forward to January 6, 2021, and we had a defeated President and apparently several members of Congress attempted a coup to overthrow our government that these men fought for and died on June 6, 1944.



Conflicting ideas

Let’s see, the apparent Republican agenda: right to life and right to buy military-grade assault weapons.

Is there anyone who doesn’t see the contradiction?

What cowards, these Texas politicians!



Education is changing

As teachers, we are often asked, “How has the pandemic changed you as an educator? The reality is that the pandemic has not changed teachers. Instead, it changed the worldview of what, exactly; we do as teachers every day.

It highlighted for parents and community members the ever-changing role of teachers, including the impact they have not only on students’ academic achievement, but also on students’ social and emotional support. . As a teacher, I have certainly felt the ramifications of “pandemic teaching,” such as increased student discipline issues, poor attendance, and, at times, stagnant curriculum progress.

Teachers have been labeled as resilient and innovative for our continued pivot of simultaneous in-person and online instruction over the past two years. However, most of us would rather not stay at the forefront of controversial covid conversations and instead be recognized as professional peers who respond to the needs of every student who walks through our classroom door. Covid-based conversations with educators need to shift to more constructive dialogue, such as: “What have you learned teaching during a pandemic?” and “How do you use this new knowledge to improve your career in the future?”

As we continue to hope, pray, and plan for normalcy for the school year ahead, I hope policymakers will ask educators for input and feedback on current practices that need to be adjusted. The next time you have a discussion with a current teacher; ask them questions about their pedagogy and how best to leverage your position, skills, and contribution to enhance the teaching experience for everyone involved in the education process. While covid has brought us nothing else, it has revealed the need for community involvement and parent partnership in schools.



The end of a society

Endocracy: The last days of a democracy as it comes to an end through the failure of its people to respect the values ​​of others. The loss of respect for common decency and the abandonment of law and order. Anarchy reigns, economic values ​​crumble, and mob rule justifies the murder of its citizens by armed malcontents. The country eventually starves when food and water become the main currency.

How many of these trends currently exist in the United States, and how many of them are we adopting while doing nothing to stop them?


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2023 GOP Congressional Probes Will Cover Up Media’s ‘Yesterday’s News’ Coverages Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:40:00 +0000

Democrats have much to worry about when a change in congressional committee leadership in January 2023, along with ongoing investigations into John Durham, shift the long-overdue focus from misleading media attacks to truly expensive scandals and acts criminals perpetrated by very high level officials of their own party.

Clinton/DNC Trump-Russia Collusion Scams

Investigations by U.S. Special Counsel John Durham and congressional committees will certainly dig deeper into the bogus charges of Trump-Russia collusion based on the artificial disinformation sponsored by the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee used as a premise for that the FBI spies on the Donald Trump campaign and presidency.

Questionable materials included a compelling argument case set up by former British M16 agent Christopher Steele, and dubious attributions of alleged Trump business dealings.

Kevin Clinesmitha low-level FBI lawyer, took the fall for admitting to falsifying a document during the bureau’s effort to renew FISA court oversight authority over Trump’s campaign associate Carter page. The FBI also ran Trump’s secret ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Oval Office spying that was approved by senior Obama-Biden White House officials.

Hillary-Obama-Biden survivors with good cause for legal concern include former Clinton campaign adviser – now Biden’s National Security Advisor – Jake Sullivan who peddled the fake Alfa Bank story to the media on the eve of the election… an activity confirmed by recent testimony in Durham court by his campaign manager Robby Mook to have been endorsed by Hillary.

Biden Family Foreign Influence Trafficking

House Oversight Committee Republicans lay the groundwork for an investigation into the finances of Hunter Biden’s family and associates for likely impropriety and/or criminal hearings if they win control in November, as multiple polls suggest.

Rep. James Comer, R., Ky., a GOP committee member, said that while Hunter has not yet been convicted of criminal activity, investigating whether President Joe Biden has ties to the His son’s business dealings – outreach and relationships he has previously denied – will certainly be an “out of the gate” priority.

Rep. Comer said while the Senate probe revolved around gas company Burisma Holdings Ltd., the House GOP probe would be broader, including Hunter’s work in 2017 to help CEFC, a Shanghai energy company today. now defunct, along with other financial business interests in Kazakhstan and elsewhere.

A then-GOP-led Senate investigation launched ahead of the 2020 election that also examined Hunter Biden business in Ukraine found that two Obama administration officials raised concerns with the White House in 2015 about poor optics regarding his $50,000 monthly no-show stance on Burisma’s board.

This Senate acquitted President Trump in 2019 of Democratic-led House impeachment charges related to the questioning of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy over Joe Biden’s publicly stated withholding of $1 billion in US aid to the country. , unless he fires a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma’s corruption.

COVID blankets by Fauci and friends?

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, believes that a joint congressional investigation with the Senate Oversight Committee should make it a priority to examine the origins of COVID-19 and determine whether the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded research into dangerous coronaviruses in China.

In June 2021, Rep. Jordan and Rep. Comer, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony Fauci, challenging his insistence that there was no taxpayer-funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Jordan argues that Fauci and others at the NIH knew the coronavirus came from a lab “from the start,” and that our tax money has been used.

Another question worth investigating concerns reports revealed by FOIA request that NIH leaders in positions of influence over decisions about agency grant recipients received a total of 77 previously undisclosed royalty payments from outside companies between 2010 and 2014, estimated to total at minus $350 million, of which former NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins received 14 payments, and NIAID’s Dr. Fauci received 23.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., called the NIH a “black money pit,” which “covered grants for gain-of-function research in Wuhan.”

National Security Invasion on the Southern Border

The representative of Jordan said that another GOP priority is to demand that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the southern border crisis where its current chairman, Jerrold Nadler, DN .Y., refused to do so.

“I mean, it’s intentional, it’s deliberate, there’s no other logical conclusion you can come to,” Jordan suggested. “So we have to investigate the border situation, two million illegals crossing our border in a year, just plain wrong.”

As direct consequences, Border Patrol officers encountered more than 220,000 migrants at the border in Aprilthe highest number reported since 2000. Over one million encounters have already been reported so far this year, while 1.7 million have been reported in all of 2021.

Responsibilities of the Biden administration in the debacle of Afghanistan

A push for accountability over the Biden administration chaotic exit from Afghanistan comes from both political parties, setting up what could be the first major congressional surveillance investigation of the current White House.

Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made Afghanistan a top priority and began investigating the issue.

Sen. Robert Menendez, DN.J., who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an Aug. 17 statement that he was “disappointed that the Biden administration has clearly not accurately assessed the implications of a quick US withdrawal” and pledged to hold a hearing on US policy in Afghanistan.

Amid futile demands for answers, several congressional Republicans have already called for Biden’s impeachment, along with others who are also calling for Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s resignation.

While we shouldn’t hold our collective breath waiting for either to happen, expect these investigations to flood GOP campaigns leading up to the 2024 election.

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Hunter Biden’s ex Kathleen Buhle recounts affair with sister-in-law, prostitutes and drugs in new memoir Wed, 01 Jun 2022 18:31:00 +0000

Hunter Biden began a scandalous affair with his late brother’s widow after a marriage counselor recommended they spend time ‘mourning’ together, his ex-wife reveals in his upcoming memoir.

After Beau Biden’s tragic death from brain cancer in May 2015, Hunter Biden began working “to create the Beau Biden Foundation with Hallie [Biden] and his parents”, excerpts from “If We Break” by Kathleen Buhle, published Wednesday by People magazinereveal.

“But he started spending most of his time at Hallie’s house. Our therapist told me Hunter had to be up there helping Hallie,” recalls Buhle, 53.

“’But what about his sobriety?’ I asked him. “He needs routine. He should be home with us.

The counselor, however, “strongly asserted that being with Hallie and her children was an important part of Hunter’s grief,” Buhle writes.

Kathleen Buhle has written a memoir about her marriage to Hunter Biden.
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Buhle threw Hunter Biden out of their house after finding a crack pipe in an ashtray the following summer – and after admitting he had cheated on her with prostitutes during a trip abroad as part of of its controversial overseas business dealings.

In “If We Break”, set for released on June 14Buhle also details how she learned of her husband’s illicit romance with Hallie Biden after their daughters discovered shocking text messages between them on his cellphone.

Buhle says she received “the kind of call that makes every parent’s chest ache” one Sunday morning in November 2016 when second daughter Finnegan called in tears while visiting their family therapist, identified as “Debbie”.

Hunter Biden walks with his then-wife, Kathleen, as well as Joe and Jill Biden at Arlington National Cemetery in August 2009.
Hunter Biden walks with his then-wife, Kathleen, as well as Joe and Jill Biden at Arlington National Cemetery in August 2009.

After driving to Debbie’s house, “I went straight to the porch and found Finnegan curled up in a chair, holding a pillow as she cried,” Buhle wrote.

With her older sister Naomi on speakerphone, Buhle recalled, Finnegan asked Debbie to explain why she was so upset.

“Debbie looked me in the eye and calmly said, ‘Kathleen, Hunter is having an affair with Hallie,'” Buhle wrote.

Hunter and Hallie Biden pictured together in 2017.
Hunter and Hallie Biden pictured together in 2017.

“I could see Finnegan’s face relax now that the secret was out and I hadn’t collapsed. On the contrary, I felt a strange justification. Not only had I not been crazy, but it was so much worse than I could have imagined.

Page Six exclusively revealed the shocking intrafamilial infidelity the following March.

Hunter Biden later told The New Yorker magazine that his father, President Joe Biden, was only doing learned of his affair with Hallie Biden when Page Six asked for comment.

“I said, ‘Dad, dad, you have to do this.’ He said, ‘Hunter, I don’t know if I should. But I’ll do whatever you want me to do,’ the scandal-scarred first son recalled.

Hunter and Kathleen pictured together in 2016.
Hunter and Kathleen pictured together in 2016.
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Hunter and Hallie Biden together in 2016 in Sedona, AZ, where Hunter was in rehab.
Hunter and Hallie Biden together in 2016 in Sedona, AZ, where Hunter was in rehab.

In a statement, the then vice president told Page Six, “We are all fortunate that Hunter and Hallie have found each other as they resume their lives after such sadness. They have my full and total support as well. than Jill’s and we’re happy for them.

Buhle and Hunter Biden separated in October 2015 and she later filed for divorceaccusing him of “spending extravagantly on his own interests (including drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women he has sex with), while leaving family without funds to pay legitimate bills”.

The case was settled in April 2017, with Buhle telling People she had since “forgiven” him and revealing that she had been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer after their divorce, but had never no more cancer for four years.

“If We Break” is published by Penguin Random House.
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Buhle also reportedly said she was not receiving alimony from Hunter Biden and had nothing to say to the federal grand jury that would investigate the first son for possible tax evasion, money laundering and violation of lobbying laws.

“Whether I’m questioned or not, I couldn’t be of any help,” she told People.

“I’ve kept my head so deep in the sand over our finances.”