Saturday, October 24, 2020

Carving Punkins

 After lunch we headed off to a local nursery for pumpkins to carve into jack-o-lanterns:

The Montour Trail

Alex’s house backs on to the Montour Trail, an old railroad track that has been converted to a walking, jogging and biking trail. After the drizzle stopped this morning we set out on a family hike up to an old tunnel nearby

Rule 5 Saturday - Sylvia Kristel - Forever Immanuel

For this week's Rule 5 star we dip back in to the past:

Sylvia Maria Kristel (28 September 1952 – 17 October 2012) was a Dutch model and actress who appeared in over 50 films. She is best remembered as the eponymous character in five of the seven Emmanuelle films.

Kristel was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands; she was the elder daughter of an innkeeper, Jean-Nicholas Kristel, and his wife Pietje Hendrika Lamme.  In her 2006 autobiography, Nue, she stated that she was sexually abused by an elderly hotel guest when she was nine years old, an experience she otherwise refused to discuss. Her parents divorced when she was 14 years old, after her father abandoned the family for another woman. "It was the saddest thing that ever happened to me," she said of the experience of her parents' separation.

Kristel was an extremely heavy cigarette smoker from the age of 11. She was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001 and underwent three courses of chemotherapy and surgery after the disease spread to her lungs. On 12 June 2012, she suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in critical condition. Four months later, she died in her sleep at age 60 from esophageal and lung cancer. Kristel is buried at her place of birth in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Don't smoke, kids. 

ShockinglyNo lack of NSFW material.  

Friday, October 23, 2020

Half Way


DIW Russia/Bidengate

The Biden Family Scandals

The Biden Family Scandal - Maggie's Farm

Case closed. Hunter Biden's business partner confirms the emails are real... and more

Rick Gates: Biden campaign endangered by explosive revelations about son Hunter’s emails on business deals | Fox News

Joe Biden Insists Son Never Profited Off Family Name; Except Hunter And Ex-President Of Poland Say He Did | Zero Hedge

Biden Business Associate Tony Bobulinski Holds a Press Conference – 7:00pm EDT Livestream… | The Last Refuge

Hunter Biden Business Associate, Lt Tony Bobulinski, Confirms Foreign Business Payoffs – Trump Invites Bobulinski to Debate… | The Last Refuge

Ace of Spades HQ Hunter Biden's Business Partner Issues Statement: The Emails, Including the "Smoking Gun" Email Naming Joe Biden as "The Big Guy," Are Real

Ace of Spades HQ Tony Bobulinski's Statement in Full: "The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China."

World Exclusive – Smoking Gun Biden Emails Reveal He Lobbied 'The Big Guy' For Political Favors, Claimed: “If I Ask He Will Do It”

Documents reveal EVEN MORE Hunter Biden links to Russian oligarch | The Post MillennialHarris, prominent Democrats listed as 'key contacts' for Biden family business venture projects | Fox News

Ace of Spades HQ Email Sent by Joe Biden's Brother Names Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Other Top Democrats as "Key Domestic Contacts" for Lobbying for Chinese Energy Firm

BREAKING: Kamala Harris and Other Prominent Democrats Listed as 'Key Contacts' for Biden Family Chinese Joint Business Venture

What Biden plans to tell Trump when Hunter's name is brought up – HotAir

CEO of Hunter Biden-tied firm agrees to provide documents to Senate | Just The News

The Press Reaction to Bidengate

Althouse: Is that "Borat" sequence with Giuliani "revenge porn"?

State-funded NPR refuses to cover Hunter Biden story, calling it a 'waste of time' | The Post Millennial

NPR: We're Not Reporting on Hunter Biden 'Cause We Don't Wanna, So There

NPR managing editor: We'd report on Hunter's e-mails, but we don't want to bother you, or something

Seems like a lot of people owe the New York Post an apology

A Handy Media Guide To Covering (Up) Democratic Scandals – Issues & Insights


Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok gets hired by Georgetown University

Intel source: Still unclear who's behind "Proud Boys" emails attributed to Iran – HotAir

Lincoln Project Caught Spreading Iran Disinformation

Ace Secret Court Rules That FBI Violated Americans' Rights in Using Raw Intelligence Database for Unlawful Purposes

Is Trump going to fire Chris Wray?

Fish Pic Friday - Shawna Bonana

This week's Fish Pic Friday features Shawna Bonana aka Shawn Marie. A farm girl from Alberta, Canada, her fishing pictures center on a few northern species, Lake Trout, Pike, Grayling and Walleye, although she has visited warmer climes.

She also hunts, keeps dogs, and drives a tractor. What's not to like?

Thursday, October 22, 2020

ASMFC Institutes Coastwide Menhaden Quota Cut

One use for Menhaden
Bay Journal, Menhaden catch cut to help striped bass. But is it enough?

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission agreed Oct. 20 to cut the allowable commercial harvest of Atlantic menhaden 10% from what it has been the last three years.

The commission’s decision marked a historic shift in the way it establishes catch levels. Traditionally, policymakers have relied on abundance and death rates of a single species to make that call. In August, commission members switched to an “ecological reference point” that accounts for menhaden's value as food for predators, especially striped bass.

While the menhaden population is considered relatively robust, striped bass numbers are low. The big dilemma for regulators: Should the small, oily fish be managed for the small striped bass population that exists now or the larger one they envision building?

The vote by the commission’s Menhaden Management Board was 13–5 in favor of the 10% reduction, with state delegations from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Rhode Island in opposition.

That means the maximum commercial harvest in all East Coast waters for 2021 and 2022 would be 194,000 metric tons. A 51,000-metric ton cap on how much of the menhaden catch can come from the Chesapeake Bay would remain unchanged.

I would have preferred an equivalent cut in the Bay as well, but politics is the art of the possible. 

During the annual meeting of the commission, which regulates migratory species in state waters, backers of a measure to reduce catches by 20% fell short of the support required for approval.

“In any good marriage, there has to be a compromise,” said A.G. "Spud" Woodward, a retired Georgia fisheries manager who is the board’s chairman.

Every Chesapeake Bay watershed state on the board — Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia — sided with the 10% cut.

Intrafish,  Cooke-owned Omega Protein calls 10% cut in menhaden fishing quota 'not unreasonable'

In response to the reduced catch limit, Omega released a statement saying the company “recognizes the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s decision to reduce the coastwide [harvest] by 10 percent, while not preferred, is not an unreasonable step toward moving to ecological management of this species," reported the Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

At this point, though, the problem with the Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass is a crisis of recruitment, not a problem with the fish finding enough food. If we don't get some good year classes soon, it won't matter how many Menhaden we save.

Beach Report 10/22/20

Georgia had an errand so Skye and I were on our own to get to the beach and back. A pretty October day, mid 60's, with just a touch of humidity

Skye cooling her heels once we got to the beach.
I didn't see Whitey in the harbor as we walk past, and when we first got to the beach, couldn't see him at his common hang out on the posing post. But he was just hanging out behind the rocks.

Up on Matoaka, we had an eagle fly by, and land above us in the trees above the cliff. It was making a lot of noise, but I don't think it was about us.
When we were coming back down the beach, Whitey had moved out away from the rocks and was fishing in the surf.
Not a great day for shark's teeth, only 10 (and a drum's tooth), but this one was good enough to make the day, a Cow Shark, probably Notorynchus cepedianus, the Bluntnose sevengill cow shark. It's missing most of the root, but all of the crown is still intact.
On the way home.

Russiagate: Ratcliffe's Revenge

An interesting thing happened yesterday, the FBI announced a major “Major Election Security Issue” Press Conference – 7:30pm Livestream. Sundance has the video,

Russia and Iran are attempting to influence the 2020 elections and have obtained some voter registration information, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said at an FBI press conference on Wednesday.

Ratcliffe noted that both nations had taken specific actions to influence voters' opinions. He noted that the registration information they obtained could be used to confuse voters through false communication.

The Iranian interference that's been discovered, Ratcliffe said, has been designed to incite social unrest and damage the president.

"This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sow chaos, and undermine your confidence in American democracy," he said. "To that end, we have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump. You may have seen some reporting on this in the last 24 hours or you may have even been one of the recipients of those emails."
. . .
The news conference was held as Democratic voters in at least four battleground states, including Florida and Pennsylvania, have received threatening emails, falsely purporting to be from the far-right group Proud Boys, that warned “we will come after you” if the recipients didn’t vote for President Donald Trump.

The voter-intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers. Those addresses were then used in an apparently widespread targeted spamming operation. The senders claimed they would know which candidate the recipient was voting for in the Nov. 3 election, for which early voting is ongoing.

John Sexton, Hot Air VIP,  FBI: Iran And Russia Have Taken Action To Interfere In The Election,  Herr Professor at LI, FBI and DNI: Iran interfering in election to damage Trump, sending fake emails and other cyber activities

From Kylee Zempel at Da Fed, FBI: Lincoln Project Never Trumpers Peddled Iranian Disinformation Meant To Help Biden. Oh man, it must have hurt Wray to have to go public with this. Ace, Quarantine Cafe
They say that most of Russia/Iran's activity is aimed at hurting Trump.

Does that mean Joe Biden will quit the race? It has been suggested for four fucking years that Trump should resign because Sydney Blumenthal started a rumor that Putin favored him.

So now that we know Putin favors Biden, he'll be quitting the race, yes-yes?

Tongue firmly in cheek, Insty,  I’M SURE THERE WILL BE LOTS OF APOLOGIES NOW:

No, NYT, The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth "John Ratcliffe is breaking norms, which could weaken our defenses." Only if you define the norms as having the intelligence agencies in the business of trying to overthrow a duly elected President. 

Althouse, "Trump weighs firing FBI chief..." "Trump aims for adulation..." — the Washington Post reports on the inside of Trump's head.

I feel a little embarrassed for the Washington Post, embarrassed and disgusted. They flaunt their disregard for journalistic standards with front page headlines that state — as if it were verified fact — what's going on in Trump's psyche. These are front page headlines right now:

1. "Trump aims for adulation. Biden goes virtual. The two are running vastly different presidential campaigns." The facts here are that Trump is doing rallies, while Biden is staying out of view. "Trump has been spending heaps of cash staging crowded rallies designed to motivate his most fervent fans...." Where is the evidence that Trump is seeking "adulation" as opposed to simply trying to win the election using a method that has worked in the past and that he's good at? The rallies are shown on TV, and it's free coverage, so, like paid advertising, it's a way to reach people who are holed up at home. WaPo is gratuitously inserting the popular Trump-is-a-narcissist theory into its news headline.

2. "Trump weighs firing FBI chief after election amid frustration with Wray . . .

From Bruce Hayden in the comments 

We don’t actually know that Trump is contemplating firing FBI Dir Wray, but a lot of his supporters sure expect him to. The most egregious problem is that he his agency has had Hunter Biden’s laptop for 11 months now, and it would have been very useful to Trump when going through the impeachment process for his call with the Ukrainian President. As egregious, Wray has been slow walking and obstructing the release of SpyGate documents, which his boss, Trump, had specifically ordered. Constitutionally, Wray owes his first duty of loyalty to the Constitution, and secondly to Trump. Instead, he has put his loyalty to the FBI ahead of both. Wray should also taken the lead against the violent rioting by the Marxist AntiFA and BLM, but has concentrated against Inga’s Bugaboo Boys. That lead has instead been taken by DHS, with the Marshals for muscle.

I don’t thing that AG Barr is going anywhere. He has been making progress with unraveling SpyGate, and I think that we can expect indictments in the near future. It’s a sprawling criminal enterprise that extends to the top of the Obama/Biden DOJ, FBI, CIA, and evening to the top of that Administration, with the meetings with both Obama and Biden. These take time to unwind, esp, as here, where the documents are highly classified, and that classification is controlled in many cases by Dir Wray, who has actively been thwarting and undermining the investigation. Barr’s big sin here has to have stuck with long time DOJ rules of not releasing information derogatory to the opposition in the months right before an election. Sure, AG Lynch did it. But we have known since before she was confirmed, that she was crooked. That, her gender, and skin color, were her qualifications for the job. But Barr is honorable, and while Trump gets frustrated with Barr sometimes, I think that he knows that his AG is trying hard, while doing the right thing.

To summarize- Wray is Deep State, and has to go. Barr is not, and is very obviously doing his job.

My view exactly. 

Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Steele Dossier Source Threatened To Sue Republicans For Calling Him A Russian Spy. Good luck with that, since the FBI actually investigated him as a potential Russian spy, and Steele Dossier Source Comes Out Of Hiding, Says He Stands By Trump ‘Pee Tape’ Allegation

“I got it right,” he told the Guardian of the so-called “pee tape” allegation.

Danchenko did acknowledge in his interview with The Times that information he fed to Steele could have been inaccurate.

“Even raw intelligence from credible sources, I take it with a grain of salt,” he told the newspaper.

“Who knows, what if it’s not particularly accurate? Is it just a rumor or is there more to it?”

Seems solid to me!  

Breitbart, Former Clinton Aide Behind Calls for Investigation Following Pompeo Pledge to Release Hillary Emails. There's something in there they really don't want us to see; it must be the yoga routines, and Chelsea's wedding plans. 

Campus Reform, Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok gets hired by Georgetown University

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok who was fired from the bureau in 2018 has been hired as an adjunct professor by Georgetown University teaching counterintelligence and national security courses.

Strzok is now listed on the university's website as “Adjunct Professor - Undergraduate Program,” and has added to his Twitter bio that he is a Georgetown “adjunct prof and alum.”

Strzok will teach a course on “Counterintelligence and National Security,” which “ is an upper-class seminar which explores the theory and practice of counterintelligence as a part of U.S. national security.” It is “designed to expose students to the type of issues and work they would be expected to perform as entry level professional employees within the U.S. intelligence community.”

“The faculty for this new seminar is in a VERY high-level Intel position!” boasts the course description.

Rather say  “The faculty for this new seminar WAS in a VERY high-level Intel position!” 

Strzok was fired from the FBI after anti-Trump text messages with his married lover Lisa Page were made public as well as amid concern that he had undermined the integrity of the FBI and other intelligence agencies with his direct partisanship and animus toward the president.

A statement before Congress from Justice Department Inspector Michael Horowitz asserted that the messages were not appropriate and “cast a cloud over the Midyear investigation, sowed doubt about the credibility of the FBI’s handling of it, and impacted the reputation of the FBI.”

“Moreover, we found the implication that senior FBI employees would be willing to take official action to impact a presidential candidate’s electoral prospects to be deeply troubling and antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice,” the Horowitz added.
. . .
David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars, reacted to the announcement, telling Campus Reform, "Higher education prides itself on hiring professors whose prime qualification is hatred of America, such as Angela Davis and William Ayers."

"Georgetown's decision to hire Strzok is disgraceful, but typical. Strzok, alas, has not chosen the path of disgraced officials such as Charles Colson, who redeemed themselves by repentance and a humble rededication to public service. Americans of good will hope that Strzok will imitate Colson, seek redemption, and turn aside from the Vanity Fair of adjunctships, book deals, and TV commentary. When he has repented, he should be greeted with compassion and forgiveness."

An Overdose of Bidengate

 I can't keep up, stuff is arriving faster than I can archive it, it seems, so I'm going to do this DIY style.

One matter of Hunter Biden, the laptop, and the Biden crime family:

5 Reasons to Trust the Hunter Biden Emails Are Real

Secret Service Travel Logs Match Details In Alleged Hunter Biden Emails | Zero Hedge

REPORT: Delaware Police Referred Hunter Biden Investigation To FBI Over Concerns Of Hard Drive’s Veracity | The Daily Caller

Tucker Carlson Slams Sen. Chris Murphy For Calling Giuliani ‘A Treasonous Russian Spy’ | The Daily Caller

Hunter associate emails: Let's profit off our "direct administration pipeline"

Ace of Spades HQ Breitbart: Hunter Biden's Swamp "Business" Partners Spoke Openly of "Leveraging" Their "Other Currency," Which Was Their "Direct Pipeline" into the Obama-Biden Administration

PLITSAS: The Obama Administration Turned A Blind Eye To Hunter Biden’s Overseas Dealings — That’s How We Got ‘Bidengate’ | The Daily Caller

Ace of Spades HQ FBI Subpeona for Hunter Biden Laptop Is Signed By... FBI Agent Specializing in Child Pornography Investigations

Ace of Spades HQ OANN: Hunter Biden's Hard Drive Contains "not one but several images of a minor that justify immediate attention"

Hunter Biden, ‘Allegedly’ : The Other McCain

Was Child Pornography Found on Hunter Biden's Laptop?

Giuliani Reveals Hunter Biden Texts About a 14-Year-Old Girl

Giuliani: Computer shop owner who found alleged Hunter Biden emails told FBI he was 'really afraid' | Fox News

Hunter biz partner details Joe Biden's China dealings: Goodwin

Laptop connected to Hunter Biden linked to FBI money laundering probe | Fox News

Uh Oh: It Looks as Though Hunter's Laptop Is Part of an Even Bigger Probe

Biden Falsely Claims Intel Community Has Cleared His Family of Wrongdoing

Meet the Bidens - WSJ

Majority of likely voters believe Biden had conflict of interest involving Ukraine oversight, son | Just The News

Biden Niece Lobbied His White House For Multi-Million Dollar Firms, He 'Joked' She Was The 'Only Reason' They Worked With U.S. Govt

Biden Campaigns Funneled Over $70,000 To Hunter Biden, Nearly $150,000 To Entire Family

FBI Has ‘Nothing to Add’ to Ratcliffe Statement on Hunter Biden Emails

President Trump Supports an Independent Special Counsel to Investigate Foreign Payments to Biden Family… | The Last Refuge

On the press attempting to cover for the Bidens:

Why Big Media Will Never Report On Hunter Biden’s Emails

Reporter Asks Trump Why He Calls Biden a "Criminal," POTUS Drops a NUKE on Him

Media, Big Tech let Bidens sin and grin: Goodwin

Corporate 'Fact-Checking' Ends In The Same Partisan Censorship

Meet your (Chinese) Facebook censors

Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Ban Less Content Post-Election

Althouse: How The Washington Post is keeping up with the news about Joe Biden.

Despite censorship, Hunter Biden laptop story tops social media | The Post Millennial

David Bossie: Liberal media want Biden to become president, cover up report about son’s shady business deals | Fox News

Ace of Spades HQ Jack Posobiec: Get Ready to See A Lot of Media Collusion With Hunter Biden In the Emails

Glenn Greenwald Discusses Media, Intelligence Operatives and Their Allied Political Operations… | The Last Refuge

CNN Demands Trump Stop Talking About Hunter Biden Scandal | Newsbusters

Liberal media and social media platforms promote vile 'underage sex' hoax targeting Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani | The Post Millennial

Larwyn’s Linx: Hunter Biden’s partner confirms emails, details Joe Biden’s push to make millions from China

There will be a separate Russiagate post to cover new revelations in that story. We're leaving town for the weekend, so if there's a post in on Friday AM, it's likely to be like this.

Tanlines Thursday


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Beach Report 10/21/20

Yes, that's Georgia, but the real reason for the photo is  approximately in the center, probably only a pixel or two in the thumbnail, a little more full screen
Yep, Whitey is still here today, on the posing post.
But before we get all the way there, we met our neighbor, and their Whippet Ruby. Skye and Ruby get along OK, but Ruby seems a little shy by comparison. 
The best of 15 shark's teeth, and 1 drum's tooth, a pretty decent, but not exceptional Snaggletooth.
And here he is as close as we can get. Looks like he's less than thrilled with company, but not upset enough to fly off.
And our floating campaign contribution. We seem to be on about the same schedule.

Gotta Keep Flogging that Bidengate

As promised by Rudy Giuliani, the hole for the Biden's keeps getting a little deeper every day. Yesterday we found out the laptop computer was in the FBI's possession, that the laptops were not part of any Russian operation, and that pictures on the laptop clearly showed Hunter "cavorting" if you know what I mean,  with young girls, and that, in case the FBI couldn't bring themselves to be interested in a little ephebophilia during an election year, Rudy had also delivered copies to the Delaware State police, who would also have jurisdiction. Of course, I have no more confidence in the Delaware police than I do in the FBI, but now that the material is out there, it's going to keep eating at the edges.

Sundance at CTH,  REPORTS: FBI Confirms Custody of Hunter Biden Laptop and Authenticity of Emails…, Zero Hedge, Feds Confirm Biden Emails Are "Authentic"; '50 Former Intel Officials' Wrong On Russian Disinfo  Brian Preston at PJ Media, FBI Has Hunter Biden's Hard Drive, Which May Contain Images of Underage Girls [Updated] Post Millennial, BREAKING: Guiliani turns over Hunter Biden's hard drive to police over photos of underage girls and illicit texts and Beth Bauman at Town Hall, The FBI Learned Quite a Bit Now That Hunter Biden's Alleged Laptop Is In Their Possession and  Here Are Hunter Biden's Alleged Text Messages Giuliani Just Turned Over to the Delaware State Police
She told my therapist I was sexually inappropriate with [name redacted when she says that I face time naked with her and the reason I can't have her out to see me is because I walk around naked smoking crack talking [redacted] girls on face time. When she was present she said that [redacted] never said anything like that but the bottom line is that she I create and caused a very unsafe environment for the kids. If it stopped there I would let it go but then [redacted] friend [redacted] sober coach.
Roger L. Simon at ET think Hunter Biden Was Trying to Tell Us Something, but it's behind a stupid pay wall. But Insty has a big quote
Whether he did it accidentally, on purpose, or (most likely) something in between, when Hunter Biden left a laptop loaded with incriminating evidence about himself and his family, at a computer repair shop in Delaware, he was trying to tell us something.

That something was that his father, aka the “big guy,” who had only days before announced he was running for president, was big trouble.

You don’t have to be Sigmund Freud to figure that out. Nor is it hard to figure out why Hunter might have become an addict and engaged in other self-destructive acts not suitable for a family website but apparently immortalized on the hard drive.

The Joe Biden that is being sold to us ad infinitum as Mr. Just-Plain-Folks-American was not the man his son saw. (This is not to absolve Hunter of responsibility for his actions, but to put them in perspective.)

I don't think Hunter was trying to tell us anything other than that he has no self control. TBP, Democrat Senator Warned In October ’19: ‘Hunter Biden Becomes Hillary’s Emails’ It's not like they didn't know. They just thought they could cover past the election. Breitbart, Joe Biden-Linked Firm Made Major Investments in Chinese Corporations, Joe Biden’s Transition Co-Chair Hosted Hunter Biden-Linked Chinese Elites at Obama White HouseSen. James Lankford: Joe Biden Possible ‘Counterintelligence Risk’ Risk? Hell, he's completely in their pockets. NYPo, Photo shows Joe Biden meeting Hunter’s alleged business partner from Kazakhstan. Hunter is just Joe's bag boy. Fox, House Republicans urge Barr to appoint special counsel to probe alleged Biden revelations.   Matt Palumbo at Bongino, Steve Bannon Tells Maria Bartiromo There’s “Much More” on Hunter Biden Coming Out Before Debate and Sundance at CTH has the video, Steve Bannon Discusses Biden Scandal and Upcoming Debate With Maria Bartiromo…

Axios reports.

I like this quote:

"This gets at the fundamental question that we're facing in 2020 of what is truth, what is information and how does a platform like Twitter or Facebook evaluate truth?" Bryce Webster-Jacobsen of cyber intelligence firm GroupSense tells Axios. "Nudity and terrorism and violence — those are pretty objective measures. Truth is much more subjective."

Axios is sad that  NY Post story goes massive on social media despite crackdown. Rich Lowry at NR writes on The Biden Protection Racket "Joe Biden is the most cosseted presidential candidate in memory."

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air VIP, Former Twitter Exec: Trump Must Be Muted Until After The Election
Charles Lipsom at Discourse discourses on The Need to Know "Recent news about Hunter Biden’s emails puts our country’s institutions in a harsh spotlight"
Right now, the public trust the FBI about as much as they trust Cardinal Bernard Law to investigate sex abuse in Boston. They are just as skeptical about the truthfulness of the president, the House, the Senate, and the two political parties.

This pervasive mistrust is deeply damaging to a democracy. We need sunlight. As we debate the issue of corruption swirling around a presidential candidate, we need to know that we are debating real documents, not disinformation, and we need the freedom to do that openly, without permission from Twitter and Facebook. Our democracy cannot be run by Big Tech hall monitors.

In some amusing Russiagate, Ace has an all caps, bold, red italic font and a pyramid of flaming skulls for REVEALED: THREE FORMER CIA OFFICIALS TELL POLITICO THAT TRUMP MADE THEM DRINK MALT CHOCOLATES AT AN INTEL BRIEFING. Oh my God, that's inhuman. Think of all the carbs!

WaEx, Michael Flynn endorses Doug Collins in Georgia Senate race
"America and the citizens of Georgia need the 'forged by fire' leadership of Doug Collins in the United States Senate," Flynn told Fox News on Tuesday. "As the deep state attacked our very way of life, Doug Collins was willing to stand in the breach, shoulder to shoulder with our president, Donald J. Trump."

Flynn has become a celebrity of sorts for supporters of President Trump and those deeply critical of the criminal investigation into Trump's supposed ties to the Russian government.

Good for him. 

Midnite Music

Via Maggie's Farm: How to attract a crowd in 5 seconds. That's quite a voice.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Climate Activists Unhappy with Level of Propaganda in Virginia's Schools

Or as the Virginia Mercury puts it, A national report says Virginia is failing in climate change education. State officials dispute that.

A report by two major educational nonprofits released last week on how states’ science standards for public schools handle climate change gave Virginia a failing grade, citing “abysmal scores across the board.”

“Humanity’s impact is downplayed in the standards and is obfuscated by saying ‘natural’ causes of climate change and ‘chemicals’ being released into the environment without stating what chemicals those are,” wrote one of three reviewers who evaluated state standards for the study.

Wow, almost an admission the climate changes in the absence of SUVs and powerplants?

However, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Education says the report misses the mark because it fails to capture what students are actually taught in Virginia public schools, overlooking more detailed guidance published by the state.

The report, entitled “Making the Grade?: How State Public School Science Standards Address Climate Change,” was issued by the National Center for Science Education and the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

Both groups have been closely involved in advocating for science-based education on settled questions of science like climate change and evolution that have nonetheless become matters of public controversy.

Note the unnecessary (and in my opinion untrue) insertion of "settled questions." 

“The primary recommendation to education policymakers is obvious: revise state science standards as far as necessary to reflect the scientific consensus on climate change,” the report concluded.

If it's consensus, it's not science; if it's science, it's not consensus. 

The 10/20/20 Beach Report

We drove down to the beach today, since Skye seemed to have some residual soreness after yesterday's Great Dane attack. The first thing I saw looking out was a huge dark thing beyond the Gas Docks. Using the telephoto to it's greatest power, I'm pretty sure it's another LNG tanker, getting ready to dock (there was already one at the dock).
After a week of not being seen, Whitey was back on one of his favorite groins. I had almost given up hope and assumed he had followed the Ospreys back to Florida. I did see three adult eagles in the sky today. Two of them were not happy about the third.
And speaking of returning to the same fishing grounds . . . 
A gorgeous fall day, temperatures around 70, not much breeze, although it was coming up from the south as we were getting ready to go home. We found 24 shark's teeth, 4 crab claws and 2 drum's teeth, a pretty decent haul.

Bidengate Begins

Might as well start adding the usual suffix, although after 48 years, maybe it's lost a little potency. Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.19.20 (as well as a whole host of other links, some of which I'll grab), Margot Cleveland at Da Fed reminds us, The Biden Corruption Scandal Isn’t About Hunter, It’s About Joe. I told my family this the other day, if someone offered massive amounts of money to an addict to play on his family's name, there's no way he could refuse. But it's Joe's responsibiltiy not to let it happen, and not encourage it, and, as now seems likely, benefit from it.

That is the extent of the relevance of the personal information being released: The public does not need to know of the unsavory and illegal behavior Hunter engaged in—much less watch it—while he was in the throes of addiction. America also does not need to read the words of anguish exchanged between an addict son undergoing rehab and his famous father.

Yet Hunter Biden’s addiction, and the fact that tens of thousands of other Americans suffer similar demons, does not atone for the sins of the father. And that is what the email and text scandal concerns: Evidence that Joe Biden, while vice president of the United States, knowingly allowed his son to profit by selling access to Biden and others in the Obama administration, including to Communist Party of China leaders, and then lied about it.

The emails and texts Joe personally received also suggest a cut from Hunter’s influence-peddling. For instance, one email published by the New York Post detailed a deal Hunter Biden pursued with China’s largest private energy company that was “interesting for me and my family.”
. . .
Evidence of this scandal is too strong to ignore or to allow Joe Biden, the Democratic Party, or corporate media to cast aside as an unseemly attack on a recovering drug addict, and not merely because of the corruption at issue. Every country, every foreign politician or political faction, and every corrupt oligarch or business that paid for access has the emails, notes, receipts, itineraries, fund transfers, and maybe even photographs or recordings. And that makes Joe Biden a national security risk.

Remember, it isn't the crime, so much as the cover up! Da Blaze,  Fox News host backs Biden surrogate into corner over Hunter Biden stories, forcing her to make admission


Jeff Dunetz at Da Lid, Schiff’s Latest Lie: Hunter Biden’s Email Report Came From The Kremlin. But Andrew Kerr at Da Caller, Hunter Biden Isn’t Denying He Gave His Laptop To A Delaware Repair Shop. and Chuck Ross, also at Da Caller, Intel Chief Says No Evidence That Hunter Biden Laptop Is Part Of Russian Disinformation Campaign, Capt. Ed at Hot Air, Ratcliffe To Schiff: No, The Intel Community Hasn’t Called Hunter’s Laptop “Russian Disinformation”, although he makes quite a show of trying to find weasel words. "Ratcliffe, however, keeps his distance from the question of authenticity, noting pointedly that the FBI has jurisdiction, not intelligence agencies." Ace, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe: There Is Absolutely No Evidence for Adam Schiff's Latest Lie That the Hunter Biden Emails Are a Russian Op - Joe Biden "Calls a Lid"... UNTIL THURSDAY "No intelligence supporting the Democrats' latest stupid lies. (RCP)" Sundance at CTH, DNI John Ratcliffe: Hunter Biden Laptop/Pictures/Emails “Not Part of Russian Disinformation Campaign”…

1. Biden is a far-left liberal with a big agenda. . . . 2. Biden doesn’t have any plans to solve the COVID-19 problem. . . . 3. The economy has been doing much better than the public had been led to believe. . . .4. There are some “concerns” about Biden’s mental abilities. . . . 5. Hate-filled politics wasn’t caused by Trump. . . .

Revolver, Bannon Speaks to Revolver News in Exclusive Interview on Hunter’s Hard Drive and What Comes Next and from Sky News, Joe Biden's son emailed shop owner about hard drive to 'get it back': Former Trump chief

Anything’s possible. It could be that the dirt that’s finally going to sink Joe Biden went undiscovered during his 800 years in the Senate, eight as VP, a competitive Democratic presidential primary, and 95 percent of a bitter presidential campaign, only to come to light in the nick of time to save Trump from defeat.

It’s 2020. Anything. Is. Possible.

Interesting, from Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog, BidenWatch for October 19, 2020

Has another Hunter Biden laptop been seized in Ukraine? “A Ukrainian lawmaker has claimed a second laptop belonging to Hunter Biden’s business contacts in the country has been seized by law enforcement there. Andrii Derkach posted to Facebook on Friday to say there is a ‘second laptop’ involving evidence of corruption and connected to the Bidens.” As with all foreign sources, some caution is probably in order.

'Bonchie' at Red State, Joe Biden and the Media Are Running Scared

At Da Wire, MIT: Twitter Ban ‘Nearly Doubled’ The Visibility Of Hunter Biden Laptop Story
“When Twitter banned, and then unbanned, links to a questionably sourced New York Post article about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, its stated intention was to prevent people from spreading harmful false material as America heads into the final stretch of the election campaign,” MIT’s Technology Review reported Monday. “But thanks to the cycle of misinformation—and claims from conservatives that social-media platforms are deliberately censoring their views—Twitter managed to do the opposite of what it intended.”

John Sexton at Hot Air, Washington Post Editorial: We Support Twitter And Facebook Siding With Joe Biden But They Need To Offer A Better Excuse, NYPo, Facebook workers ‘ashamed’ by tech giant’s censorship of Post’s Hunter Files reporting. Insty, SO USA TODAY DIDN’T WANT TO RUN MY HUNTER BIDEN COLUMN THIS WEEK.  Big Tech Burned by Biden Blunder

My regular editor is on vacation, and I guess everyone else was afraid to touch it. So I’m sending them another column next week, and just publishing this one here. Enjoy! This is as filed, with no editing from USAT.. . . 

NYT whines New York Post Published Hunter Biden Report Amid Newsroom Doubts

At Da Spectator USA Roger Kimball asks Will we ever know the truth about Russiagate? Not if we rely on our media and our bureaucracy.