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. 

Tats for Tuesday

Monday, October 19, 2020

Oh My!

Jeffrey Toobin
Stacy McCain,  CNN Chief Legal Analyst Masturbates During Video Chat With Colleagues

Harvard Law alumnus Jeffrey Toobin:
The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin for masturbating on a Zoom video chat between members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio last week. Toobin says he did not realize his video was on.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers,” Toobin told Motherboard.
“I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he added. . . .
[Two witnesses who were in the Zoom session] both said that they saw Toobin jerking off. The two sources described a juncture in the election simulation when there was a strategy session, and the Democrats and Republicans went into their respective break out rooms for about 10 minutes. At this point, they said, it seemed like Toobin was on a second video call. The sources said that when the groups returned from their break out rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued.
Notice that Toobin does not apologize for masturbating during what was supposed to be a work session; rather, he apologizes that he accidentally forgot that his video camera was still connected. Everybody knows that Toobin is a disgusting pervert. He impregnated his “friend” Jeff Greenfield’s daughter, tried to force her into an abortion, and then denied paternity until a court-ordered DNA test proved it. Now get this:
A spokesperson for CNN said “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”
Oh, he “asked for some time off.” Seems like he’s had too much time on his hands lately. And that ain’t all he’s got on his hands . . .

Our elite. Well, this could become a new verb, like "Lewinsky"; "I Toobined my way through that Zoom meeting"

More at Insty, Hot Air, Ace, Ace again, and Althouse.

Put In Your Two Cents on Conowingo Dam

 Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Feedback Wanted on Conowingo Dam Action Plan

For the first time, a coalition of environmental groups have drafted a plan to clean up pollution from the Conowingo Dam that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. And they’re opening it up for public input.

The Conowingo Watershed Implementation Plan is meant to be a road map toward achieving a “pollution diet” similar to the one in place for the entire Chesapeake watershed. The goal is to reduce the nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment loads that wash downstream and harm marine life.

For decades, the Conowingo Dam functioned to trap nutrients, sediment, and pollution so that less of it traveled from the Susquehanna River and reached the Bay. But over time, sediment built up behind the dam, rendering it unable to trap any more pollutants. While the watershed states struggle to meet their cleanup goals for the Bay, it’s even more important to address the pollution at Conowingo Dam. This dam-specific Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) zeros in on the specific problems it presents.
Conowingo Dam
“It has one focus: nitrogen,” explains The Center for Watershed Protection’s Bryan Seipp. The goal of the plan is to find the lowest cost solutions to eliminate six million pounds of nitrogen pollution entering waterways. The Conowingo WIP is a much-needed solution to a challenging problem that will build on, but not duplicate, the WIPs that states are already using to meet their existing goals.”

The WIP is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Program, Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Center for Watershed Protection, Chesapeake Conservancy, and a steering committee that includes all of the Bay states. Joel Dunn, President and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy, promises the coalition will “track implementation and reward performance” to advance conservation and restoration goals. “We can do hard things,” he puts it simply.

The plan, more than a year in the making and funded by a $600,000 EPA grant, is open for public comment from individual residents, businesses, watershed groups and local governments, from now until December 21, 2020. You can submit comments and questions related to the draft WIP to CWIP@chesapeakebay.net. To read more on the plan, visit the Chesapeake Bay Program website.
My view is that the sediments behind the dam should be used to rebuild Chesapeake Bay islands lost to erosion in part due to the lack of sediment coming down the Susquehanna as a result of the dam (admittedly, only a small part). I don't worry too much about the nutrients and toxics in the sediments. In properly reconstructed islands, only a small amount of the sediment will interact with the water, and a rational plan would use clean sediments for that portion.

The other problem would be the technical one, the problem of moving the dredge spoils over (or around) the dam.  I'm sure it can be done, but it might be expensive. How about a slurry pipeline to carry the sediments to the needed areas. Slurry pipelines work for coal.

10/19/20 Beach Report

A fine Fall day, just shy of 70 F, mostly sunny, with light southeast wind.
The floating Trump advertisement collecting crabs. 

Either the biggest and oddest Drum's tooth we have ever found, or something different (Georgia found it). The white on the back side suggests it might not be very old, since the fossils mostly pick up a dark tinge from the minerals. I sent the photos to the facebook group, maybe somebody knows better than we.
We had something bad happen today. Two little girls (estimate 8 and 10) come down the beach holding the leash of a Great Dane. When she got close the dog literally drug her the remaining distance and attacked Skye. I had to pull them apart, and Skye limped for a while. The little girls apologized, but what are you going to do? You should be strong enough to control your dog.
When we got back to the start of the beach, we found familiar people. 

The Bidens in Hiden'

The strange saga of the Biden criminal syndicate continues. Andrew Kerr at Da Caller, Hunter Biden Emails Could Be ‘Absolutely Verified’ If Rudy Giuliani Released The Metadata, Expert Says. And Giuliani is too smart not to know that. He's dribbling things out, hoping to catch the Biden's in obvious lies. So far, the old man hasn't taken the bait. In Can Joe Biden Really Win This Way?, Stacy McCain details how Slow Joe stopped a press conference when confronted about Hunter's computers and the FBI.

Never in my life have I witnessed anything quite like this. The Biden campaign announced that Biden would be in seclusion until Thursday, when he is scheduled for the next debate with President Trump. So they’re taking the candidate off the campaign trail for four full days. Meanwhile, Trump is doing multiple rallies every day — with massive crowds of thousands — and yet, we’re told, Biden is ahead in every poll . . .

Breitbart, Peter Schweizer: Hunter Biden’s Flipped Business Partner Provided 26,000 Emails, Howie Carr at the BoHe describes  Fear and loathing in the Biden Crime Family. Even Politico went off the reservation with Ben Shreckinger's The Biden family’s strange business history "Over his decades in office, ‘Middle-Class Joe’s’ family fortunes have closely tracked his political career." At Da Caller, Giuliani Says It’s Reasonable To Worry About Biden’s Allies Potentially Killing People. Hmm. 

“He gave two to friends of his in case he was killed,” Giuliani continued. “Don’t laugh. The presidency is at stake and we have some very dangerous people involved. I’ve been in law enforcement long enough to know you don’t laugh at that. The reality is, he kept four copies and gave two to friends in case he was killed.”

Dan Chaitin at WaEx, 'You just made the connection': Top senator asked if FBI investigated child pornography on Hunter Biden's laptop and Liz Vaughn at Bongino,  If the Emails Mean What We Think They Mean, a Biden Presidency Would Be an Existential Threat to U.S. National Security. Well, the FBI has already stated that the Chinese prefer Biden. 

Sundance at CTH has Sunday Talks: Senator Ron Johnson Discusses Bribery and National Security Threats from Hunter Biden Laptop and Joe Biden Payment Emails… Video at link. Chuck Ross at Da Caller, GOP Senator Presses FBI Director Over Handling Of Alleged Hunter Biden Laptop, Da Wire, Lawmaker Calls For ‘Criminal Investigation’ Into Biden Family Following Latest News Reports "Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) wrote on Twitter: “The DOJ/FBI needs to open a criminal investigation into the Biden Family’s global pay to play operation.”" Roger L. Simon at ET, Fire Chris Wray If He Doesn’t Turn Over Biden Laptop Info Immediately. There are plenty of reasons to fire Wray. Just add this one to the list. 
At The Morning Report - 10/19/20 at Ace's JJ Sefton has nearly as many links as I do, with minimal overlap.

When you've lost CNN . . . Matt Vespa at Town Hall, CNN's John King: I'll Say It...Hunter Biden Is a Swamp Creature. I'll bet he still votes for the crime family. Uh oh (NYPo), Joe Biden’s polling lead slips in wake of Post report on Hunter.

Your Monday Morning Stimulant


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Reason #92-96 Trump Should be Reelected

John Hawkins at Bongino, 5 Big Things Americans Can No Longer Take for Granted if Joe Biden Becomes President

1) That we’ll have 9 members of the Supreme Court: There have been 9 justices on the Supreme Court since 1869, but Democrats are so upset that Donald Trump got to pick 3 justices that they’re now seriously discussing packing the Supreme Court. Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have rather famously refused to say whether they’ll support that, so it’s a real possibility. Unfortunately, the moment the Democrats pack the court, the Constitution effectively ceases to exist, and the law becomes whatever the Democrats want it to be.

2) That the police will be there if there’s trouble: What you’re seeing in many liberal cities is regular rioting supported by government officials. The police aren’t allowed to use effective tactics to stop the riots and worse yet, in many cases, the district attorneys simply release the vast majority of the rioters without charges. In those situations, the police inevitably pull back because there’s no point in arresting people that will be on the streets free and clear the next day with the blessing of the DA. So, what happens when people with that mentality control the Department of Justice? Could you see the DOJ go after police departments for doing their jobs? Absolutely. Could you see the DOJ under Biden accuse police departments of being racist for not letting protesters block traffic or harass people in residential neighborhoods? Absolutely. There a lot of Democrats that want to turn every city in America into Minneapolis or Portland and under Joe Biden, they may increasingly get their way.

3) That you won’t be locked down again: The lockdowns were completely ineffective at stopping the Coronavirus and they did devastating damage to the economy. Although there’s no chance Trump would lock the country down again, Joe Biden has said he is willing to do it. As the Wall Street Journal noted:

4) That we’ll have a stable government: One of the other changes near and dear to the hearts of Democrats is getting rid of the filibuster in the Senate. If that were to happen and Democrats controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency, they could do anything they wanted. The Green New Deal, banning guns, reparations, making Puerto Rico a state, you name it. Of course, those moves would probably be unpopular, which could mean that the Republicans could take over, promptly reverse everything the Democrats did, and make their own sweeping changes. Those types of wild shifts would be bad for the public, bad for the economy, and would lead to instability.

5) That we’ll have another fair election: Of course, there would be a simple solution to the problem posed in #4. You change the rules so that the other side can never take power again. If the Democrats packed the Supreme Court (which they are considering) and got rid of the filibuster for legislation (which they are considering), it would be very easy for them to change the rules of the game to lock Republicans out of power. If the Democrats didn’t do it and Republicans got back into power, the GOP would be fools not to do it because eventually, the Democrats would. It’s an ugly scenario that would lead to the end of the United States as we know it, but there are quite a few powerful Democrats that would consider that a price worth paying for getting their way.

The second amendment concerns me too. 

Beach Report 10/18/20

A cool, slightly breezy day at the beach, with plenty of clouds to the north. That group of people ahead is a professionally fossil collecting group, being escorted by Paul Murdoch, a true fossil maniac, who knows more than just the names of the most common shark's teeth found here.

We did OK, about 15 small teeth, nothing remarkable, but George did get a small Hastalis, and one Tilly bone.

Georgia leading Skye back down to the car. Skye had a great day; lots of people who wanted to pet a real live husky. 
A pretty good day for sailing.
And maybe fishing. A batch of gull working in shallow water near the end of the jetties at Flag Harbor. Usually, fish in that area are small schoolies, and they were moving south fast, which is my excuse for not going back out to chase them.

Russiagate: Biden and Beyond

A bit of a turn around from the usual fare, a big serving  of the Biden crime syndicate coverage, and few morsels of Russia/Spygate for dessert.

From Jon Hinderacker at Power Line, How Do We Know the Hunter/Joe Biden Documents Are Real?

First, because Biden hasn’t denied that the hard drive belonged to Hunter, and the documents contained thereon are real. His calling the Post’s stories a “smear” was a non-denial denial.

Second, because there is a witness. The Democrats have to be careful, because there is a real, live repair shop owner who is ready to explain what happened and to vouch for the integrity of the hard drive. I think this is largely why Biden et al. have gone to ground rather than seriously contest the corruption to which Hunter’s files testify.

At  Sic Semper Tyrannis Larry Johnson writes Yes, The Hunter Biden Emails Are Authentic

This is the story of an American patriot, an honorable man, John Paul Mac Isaac, who tried to do the right thing and is now being unfairly and maliciously slandered as an agent of foreign intelligence, specifically Russia. He is not an agent or spy for anyone. He is his own man. How do I know? I have known his dad for more than 20 years. I've known John Paul's dad as "Mac." Mac is a decorated Vietnam Veteran, who flew gunships in Vietnam. And he continued his military service with an impeccable record until he retired as an Air Force Colonel. The crews of those gunships have an annual reunion and Mac usually takes John Paul along, who volunteers his computer and video skills to record and compile the stories of those brave men who served their country in a difficult war.

There are certainly no guarantees that the son is as good as the father, but it's a place to start. And as for accusations that he is a Russian agent, there is one fact that virtually proves he is not, the Adam Schiff endorsement of the charges. Fox, Adam Schiff claims Hunter Biden email stories come 'from the Kremlin', Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Adam Schiff Accuses Trump Of Helping Kremlin ‘Propaganda Coup’ By Touting Hunter Biden Emails. Twitchy, Neera Tanden’s working hard to Russia-shame reporters raising questions about the NY Post’s story on the Bidens

The AP  whines that the Biden email episode illustrates risk to Trump from Giuliani while at Da Beast, Bolton Warned His Staff To Stay Away From Russia-Aligned Rudy Giuliani. And we all know Bolton had Trump's best interests at heart. /sarc

Matt Vespa at Town Hall, Source: Joe Biden Is The 'Big Guy' Referenced in Hunter's Massive China Business Deal And more from the NYPo (apparently Rudy's favorite place to leak), Hunter Biden also had business dealings in Kazakhstan: report. Is there a dictatorship too obnoxious for the Biden's to take bribes from? At Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog, Hunter Biden Has An Armory Of Smoking Guns. And I'm sure Rudy has a plan to bring them to light one by one over the next two weeks. Judicial Watch's Chris Farrell at Da Caller, Hunter Biden Revelations
First, maybe most importantly, is the insight we have gained into how children of powerful politicians can use their access and influence to get rich. The expression “influence peddling” seems somehow insufficient when talking about the kind of multi-million-dollar deals Hunter Biden was reportedly arranging.

And there are tantalizing hints that Joe Biden, former vice president and current Democratic presidential nominee, was in on the action. A May 13, 2017, email reportedly sent to Hunter with the subject line “Expectations” discussed a venture with the former Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co. Hunter, as Chair or Vice Chair, was expected to earn a salary of “850,” probably $850,000 a year. The details of the “remuneration packages” for six people involved in the deal include a breakdown of the equity percentages, including 20% for H (Hunter) and “10 held by H for the big guy.” Was the “big guy” his father? It is unclear, but in an alleged text to his daughter Naomi, Hunter complains about how he gets no respect and says, “I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years. It’s really hard, but don’t worry, unlike Pop [Joe Biden] I won’t make you give me half your salary.”

Da Blaze, House Republicans demand answers from FBI director about Hunter Biden's hard drive after NY Post exposĂ© "They want to know if the FBI had possession of the hard drive in 2019." A good question, to which Wray should be made to answer soon. David Marcus at Da Fed, The Biden Emails Prove Impeachment Was A Sham

And here we are. If these emails are accurate, then it is as clear as is the summer sun that Hunter Biden was absolutely selling access to his father and the Obama administration in exchange for his lavish salary. This was literally at the heart of the Trump defense, and it really is a silver bullet. What reasonable person would even suggest that the president of the United States may not push allies to investigate legitimate corruption involving the executive branch of the federal government?

Karen Townsend at Hot Air  On The Campaign Trail: A Reporter Did His Job And Joe Biden Lost His Mind.Some people blame senility, but that may just be Joe being Joe exacerbated by dementia. Biden has always had a hair trigger, and quick to go on the offense against unfavorable coverage. 

UkraineGate Part 1 – A Not So Solid Prosecutor

Michael Dougherty at NR, Social Media vs. the American Right
Let’s be absolutely clear on this: This is a clear sign of conservative weakness. Silicon Valley companies such as Facebook and Twitter took dramatic and unprecedented action to slow the circulation of the New York Post’s stories about Hunter Biden’s emails because they see it as in their interest. Billionaires usually become billionaires by knowing what is in their interest. This is a bet, first of all, on the election of Joe Biden and an attempt to mollify liberals who are still sore about 2016. It is a bet against Josh Hawley and the small band of GOP figures who want to regulate the Valley.

Sundance at CTH finds this Unbelievable – Facebook’s Lead Executive on Election Policy Was Vice-President Joe Biden’s Advisor to Ukraine… I don't. It's hard to imagine I'm more cynical. 

Anna Makanju is the Facebook executive in charge of “election integrity on the platform”; and guess what her job was before that position… “Previously, she was the special policy adviser for Europe and Eurasia to former US Vice President Joe Biden”. (citation)
Fox, Parler CEO says Facebook, Twitter 'not acting in good faith' "The Twitter competitor saw a surge in downloads this week" You don't say?

Bruce Golding at NYPo, Twitter still holding The Post’s account hostage over Hunter Biden links. Of course, they're not even trying to pretend objectivity. 

And in Russiagate proper? Nicholas Bllasy at JTN informs us that Georgetown University hired fired FBI agent Peter Strzok as an adjunct professor. Adjuncts don't usually make much. I wonder how much he's getting paid. And mostly just to annoy Trump, Col. Bearclaw, Lincoln Project enlists whistleblower Alex Vindman for anti-Trump DC ad buy

From atop da Hill, Trump says he agrees '100 percent' with 'lock her up' chants about Clinton. And he should. She broke all kinds of laws knowingly. 

Palm Sunday


Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup and links.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Biden With the Bidens

Not even a stitch of regular Russia/Spygate today. Apparently the adventures of the Biden crime family have completely eclipsed that. So how is the scandal proceeding?

Jim Lindgren at the Volokh Conspiracy proposes A Way to Determine Whether the NY Post has a Trove of Hunter Biden's Emails "Some of Hunter's more innocuous emails might be checked with recipients." Basic journalism. And low and behold, John Sexton at Hot Air (VIP), Fox News Confirms Two Hunter Biden Emails With A Third Party, Plus Another Email Scandal Involving Joe And Hunter and Ryan Saavedra at Da Wire, Person On Email Thread Allegedly Involving Hunter Biden Verifies Veracity Of The Messages, Report Says

“One email, dated May 13, 2017, and obtained by Fox News, includes a discussion of ‘remuneration packages’ for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Biden as ‘Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,’ in an apparent reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co,” Fox News reported. “The email includes a note that ‘Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.’ A proposed equity split references ’20’ for ‘H’ and ’10 held by H for the big guy?’ with no further details. Fox News spoke to one of the people who was copied on the email, who confirmed its authenticity.”

Multiple sources reportedly told Fox News that “the big guy” was a reference to the former vice president.

The former VP was confronted on the matter by the press for the first time, and while he did not deny the emails (how could he, he didn't write them), Biden lashes out at CBS reporter when asked about NY Post report: 'I have no response, another smear campaign' (Fox) and Biden Snaps At Reporter For Asking About Bombshell New York Post Reports, Does Not Deny (Da Wire).

So, indeed, we do seem to have Hunter's emails here. And hits continue to accumulate. Breitbart,  Exclusive — ‘This is China, Inc.’: Emails Reveal Hunter Biden’s Associates Helped Communist-Aligned Chinese Elites Secure White House MeetingsFrom Zero Hedge, Hunter Biden Business Associate Flips From Prison, Releases Emails Detailing China Influence-Peddling Operation

The emails, given to investigative journalist Peter Schweizer by former Biden associate Bevan Cooney and published by Breitbart also reveal that in 2011, the younger Biden and his business associates discussed strengthening relations with "China Inc." as part of a "new push on soft diplomacy for the Chinese."

As Breitbart notes, these emails are completely unconnected to the Hunter Biden emails released by the New York Post.

Sundance at CTH, Fox News Confirms Biden/China Payoff – Rudy Giuliani Talks to Lou Dobbs….

When they acknowledge the story at all they continue to hold out for the "Russians Did It" defense, John Sexton, Hot Air, US Authorities Investigating Whether Hunter Biden Emails Are Connected To Russian Disinformation Campaign
Yesterday NBC published a story stating that authorities were looking into the hard drives that were the basis for the NY Post stories about Hunter Biden to see if there was any connection to foreign intelligence operations:
Federal investigators are examining whether the emails allegedly describing activities by Joe Biden and his son Hunter and found on a laptop at a Delaware repair shop are linked to a foreign intelligence operation, two people familiar with the matter told NBC News.
NBC never directly identified which intelligence operations they were looking at, though the story mentions Rudy Giuliani’s connections to a person identified as a Russian agent.

and Jazz Shaw at Hot Air, The Associated Press Finally Talks About The Hunter Biden Emails, But…

Thus far, it’s been a Sisyphean task to get anyone in the mainstream media outside of Fox News to talk about the Hunter Biden email story, but some cracks in the wall that they’ve thrown up to defend Joe Biden are starting to show. That doesn’t mean that America will be getting the full story, however. The latest example of this phenomenon showed up yesterday when the Associated Press finally decided to offer some coverage. It’s a rather short report and you won’t find the word “China” mentioned anywhere in it. Nor will you see any references to Ukraine, Burisma or any suggestions of influence peddling. Russia is mentioned quite a bit, however, but only in reference to whether or not Rudy Giuliani is a peddler of kompromat.

 And the resulting media firestorm of censorship? Nick Gillespie at Reason, Let Us Now Thank Donald Trump for Revealing Brutal Truths About How Power and Privilege Operate. Fox, Trump says Biden family 'protected' by Big Tech, threatens platforms 'unless they shape up' "Some critics feel tech giants should no longer benefit from Section 230 protections if they censor conservatives" Charles Lipson at Spec USA, Behind the social-media blackout of Biden family corruption "If a bombshell goes off in the forest and no one is allowed to talk about it, does it make a sound?" Robby Soave at Reason, The Media Do Not Want You To Read, Share, or Discuss The New York Post's Hunter Biden Scoop. Glenn Greenwalt at the Intercept, Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line Far More Dangerous Than What They Censor "Just weeks before the election, the tech giants unite to block access to incriminating reporting about their preferred candidate." Jack Shafer at Politico admits Facebook and Twitter Have Bitten Off Too Much. Althouse, cites Megan McArdle in 'Censorship!' cries the right, even as the left hollers 'Twitter’s not the government!' But... this isn’t really a great example of censorship, private or public.

"What it does represent is something the right has becom[e] keenly alive to: the left’s exercise of power over cultural spaces where right-wingers are being driven toward extinction. That power isn’t new, of course, but for a long time, its practical effect was mostly a matter of focus, or at worst, as social psychologist Jonathan Haidt puts it, asking 'Can I believe it?' about narratives that flattered left-wing views, and 'Must I believe it?' about those that favored the right.... Sure, Twitter insists that the Biden story violated prior policy about publishing potentially hacked materials, lest the platform encourage further malfeasance — but would Twitter apply that standard to the recent New York Times investigation of Trump’s tax returns, considering that whoever leaked them to the Times quite possibly committed a federal crime?... I myself am alternately enraged and grieved by our president; I aspire to expedite his exit from the national stage by every legal means. But I do wonder whether the sort of thing we saw on Wednesday actually accelerates the arrival of that happy day — or whether the left, like Streisand, might be contributing to the very outcome they most want to avoid.... [S]uch actions can only call attention to how lopsided and largely unaccountable the left’s own power is in the cultural sphere. There’s a reason that President Trump likes to spotlight that imbalance.... So if you want to hasten him out of office, a preemptive self-balancing, rather than a more muscular tilt, might be the counterweight America actually needs."

That's how Megan McArdle puts it in "How Twitter and Facebook’s attempt to squelch a dubious Biden story backfired" (WaPo).

She's telling lefties to tone it down for their own good. Eschew censorship because it might not work to get them where they want to go. That is, there's no love of freedom, no notion of freedom as an end — only a means. I put the key line in boldface: "I aspire to expedite [Trump's] exit from the national stage by every legal means."

ALSO: I guess WaPo is conceding that the Hunter Biden material really did come out of his computer

Fox, RNC files FEC complaint against Twitter, claims company made 'illegal in-kind contribution' to Biden campaign "The RNC claims that by limiting circulation of the New York Post article about Hunter Biden's business dealings and Joe Biden's alleged knowledge of those dealings, Twitter violated federal campaign finance law" NYPo, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will be subpoenaed to testify on Post censorship and American Military News, Subpoenas: Senators target Twitter, Facebook CEOs for censoring Hunter Biden story with Tuesday subpoena vote.

Plenty more coverage via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.16.20, to wit, EBL: Lyin’ With Biden, Louder With Crowder: Rudy Giuliani Tells Crowder He Has Proof Hunter Biden’s Hard Drive Is Authentic, Vox Popoli: “This Should Trouble You Immensely”, Gab News: An Open Letter To President Trump On Section 230, American Greatness: Giuliani – Hunter Biden’s Attorney Contacted Computer Repairman After NY Post Story Broke, Wanted Hard Drive Back, also, RNC Files FEC Complaint against Twitter, and Legal Insurrection: Tucker Carlson Exposes Biden Family Influence Peddling In Ukraine, Including New Emails.

Rule 5 Saturday - Melanie Griffith

This week's Rule 5 exploration of Feminine beauty regards Melanie Griffith:

Born in New York City to actress Tippi Hedren and advertising executive Peter Griffith, she was raised mainly in Los Angeles, where she graduated from the Hollywood Professional School at age 16. In 1975, a then 17-year-old Griffith appeared opposite Gene Hackman in Arthur Penn's film noir Night Moves. She later rose to prominence for portraying an actor in pornographic films in Brian De Palma's thriller Body Double (1984), which earned her a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. Griffith's subsequent performance in the comedy Something Wild (1986) garnered critical acclaim before she was cast in 1988's Working Girl, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won her a Golden Globe.

She's been in a lot of movies... 

Griffith's first onscreen appearances were as an extra in Smith! (1969) and The Harrad Experiment (1973). While on the set of the latter film, 14-year-old Griffith met actor Don Johnson, then 22. The two began dating, and the relationship culminated in a six-month marriage from January to July 1976. After divorcing Johnson, Griffith subsequently dated Ryan O'Neal. In her autobiography, A Paper Life, Tatum O'Neal alleged that Griffith dragged her into an orgy with Maria Schneider and a male hairdresser during the time of her father's relationship with Griffith. 

She married Johnson again, for a while, producing daughter Dakota Johnson, of 50 Shades of Gray fame.  

In 1996, Griffith co-starred with Antonio Banderas in the comedy Two Much (1996). Banderas and she began a relationship during the film's production, and were married that year. After their respective divorces were finalized, Griffith and Banderas married on May 14, 1996, at Marylebone Town Hall in London. Their daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas, was born on September 24, 1996. Following Two Much, Griffith starred in the neo-noir Mulholland Falls (1996), playing the wife of a Los Angeles police detective (played by Nick Nolte). Critics such as Roger Ebert praised the film as "the kind of movie where every note is put in lovingly. It's a 1950s crime movie, but with a modern, ironic edge," but the film was a box office flop.

 It was the 80's after all (NSFW)

Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup and links. The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Dawn Wells and FMJRA 2.0: Bring Me My Sword Of Burning Gold up and running.

Friday, October 16, 2020

A Perennial Post

Every year, around this time, a similar article comes out from the same crowd. I'm tempted to track down the houses of the principals and find out if they follow their own advice. My guess is they don't, and that their lawn care guys take care of the leaves just like everybody else. Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Raking Leaves? Drop the Rake and Stop What You’re Doing

This year save time and energy and leave the rake and leaf blower in the shed.

Yes, you heard that right, 2020 is the year to leave the leaves where they lie. Although people often rake and bag leaves to prevent their lawns from being smothered and to make yards look better, in most cases, you're fine not moving them. In fact, many environmental experts say raking leaves and removing them from your property is not only bad for your lawn but for the environment as a well. 

Instead, use your lawn mower and chop the leaves up. Not only will the leaves provide excellent nitrogen and organic matter that your winter grass will love, it’ll:
  • protect root systems;
  • preserve soil moisture; and
  • the lawn mower will help cut weeds, providing critical light for your grass
Mulching your leaves also helps wildlife. Insects depend on leaf litter in the winter to provide protective habitat and food. Those insects in turn become winter food for other animals like birds. The only reason to pick up the rake this year is to help spread the love of your leaves to other parts of the yard or garden that can use this natural fertilizer. 

Not only does mulching your leaves help your grass and soil, it also helps reduce greenhouse gases and limits waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 8.7 million tons of yard trimmings, which include leaves, went to landfills in 2017, accounting for just over 6 percent of all waste in landfills. These bags of leaves not only take up space, they also can break down with other organic waste to create methane, a potent greenhouse gas which exacerbates climate change.

If you must rake your leaves, check to see if your city or county has a composting program—some programs even give you mulch in return. Try to avoid raking your leaves for pickup into the street. There, they can clog storm drains and make their way into local streams and the Bay, increasing nutrients and leading to algae blooms and dead zones.

So do the Bay a favor and drop that rake!

I keep telling Georgia, and she keeps not believing them. 

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Dawn Wells up and running.

The Bidens Abide

So where is the Hunter Biden laptop scandal today? John Solomon reports from JTN that Burisma official reportedly linked to Joe Biden met with State officials in 2016, memos show.  Pirate's Cove, Senate Panels Shows That Hunter May Have Introduced Joe To Burisma Advisor. Chuck Ross at Da Caller,  Burisma Official Told Hunter Biden They Wanted To ‘Close Down’ Investigation Against Firm’s Owner, According To Unconfirmed Email I guess Hunter was worth every penny they paid him for access.  Breitbart, Schweizer: Gaps in Joe Biden’s Public Schedule on Date of Alleged Burisma Meeting. And I'm sure Joe doesn't remember. It could have been several naps. 

NYPo, Emails reveal how Hunter Biden tried to cash in big on behalf of family with Chinese firm. WaT, Hunter Biden demanded Chinese billionaire pay $10 million for 'introductions alone,' emails show,  Sundance at CTH, Understanding What Foreign Governments are Purchasing From The Bidens – There are Trillions at Stake… and  Rudy Giuliani Explains the Biden Family Payoff Scheme…

Capt. Ed at Hot Air, More NYPost: Hunter E-Mails Show Big Paydays From China. Sundance at CTH, New Hunter Biden Emails Show Sales of Influence to Chinese Interests – Millions Paid to Biden Family for “Introductions” and Legal “Assistance”…  Ace, Biden Campaign Admits That the Corrupt Vice President Might Have Met With His Druggie Whoremonger Son's Business Partners (When They Were Lobbying for Special Advantages from the US).

OUT: I never met with anyone from Burisma.

IN: I might have met with someone from Burisma, and then kept it off my "official schedule." But it would just have been a "cursory" meeting.

Megan Fox at PJ Media asks  Did the FBI Sit on a Computer Containing Evidence of Hunter Sex Tape and Biden Burisma Corruption? It sure looks like it. It must have been a nightmare scenario for Bill Barr, being forced into looking into his bosses rivals the same way the Clintonistas took after Trump.

Capt Ed (again), Delaware’s Most Famous Computer Repairman: Hunter Biden’s Alleged Laptop Contained “Disturbing” Items and I'm guessing it takes a lot to disturb a computer repairman. 

More disturbing than an alleged sex video and crack smoking that the New York Post first reported? Apparently so, although computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac won’t specify what that might be.

also, Latest NY Post Revelation From Hunter Biden’s Hard Drive: He Had A “Wild Life, Pained Soul”. No doubt. Fox, Laptop thought to be Hunter Biden's contained 'disturbing' items, repair shop owner says. Matt Vespa at Town Hall, Uh Oh: Here's Why the FBI Is Now Investigating Hunter Biden's Emails. FBI agent who came calling has history of child porn investigations

Katie Pavlich at Town Hall reports that Giuliani says You've Only Seen Five Percent of What's on Hunter Biden's Hard Drive. I expect stuff to dribble out for at least 3 weeks. 

"I have the entire hard drive and the New York Post has only published about five percent of it," Giuliani said. "The New York Post has at least two more situations even more serious than this. The real big time money corruption takes place with the Chinese Communist Party. In essence we have a man trying to be President of the United States whose family has been in business for a number of years with the Chinese communist government and high level Chinese communists. If we're stupid enough to do that. China was setting Joe up for years and they have his son by the you know what and they've given them plenty of money and coincidentally Joe has caved into China in ever negotiation he's ever had and he's the only man in the world who says China is not a threat to us or a competitor. I guess if your family got $30 or $40 million from China, if you were corrupt, I guess you'd say that."

Tuckuh! Bonchie at Red State  Tucker Carlson Announces More Hunter Biden Emails, Further Corruption Exposed 

Ace,Giuliani: After Hunter Biden Story Broke, Hunter Biden's Lawyer Contacted the Computer Repair Man and Tried to Get the Hard Drive Back

This is from Steven Crowder's podcast last night. And Giuliani says he has the email proof of the lawyer's attempt to retrieve the hard drive.

This is proof that the hard drive is Hunter Biden's. I think we all knew that -- but this is smoking gun proof.

You cannot "get back" a hard drive you never owned.

And we now know what the media defense of the Biden's will be. The Russians did it! Schott Johnson at Power Line, About That Laptop:

If you have followed the Steele Dossier’s disinformation from its first appearances in the American media, you may recall Mother Jones’s David Corn as an essential conduit. See, for example, Andrew McCarthy’s NR column “Steele’s Dossier Source Was a Suspected Russian Spy.” Now Corn warns: “Giuliani and the New York Post Are Pushing Russian Disinformation.” He should know.

JOE adds: You know, if the Biden Foreign Collusion scandals were in fact hoaxes, you’d think that the evidence that’s hard to fake — you know, actual bank wire transfers — wouldn’t have appeared first, and been verified by the banks. You’d think the shady emails suggesting collusion would appear first, and the hard evidence would be hard to find.

WaPoo, White House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump, Da Peacock, Feds examining whether alleged Hunter Biden emails are linked to a foreign intel operation.

And the media frenzy to supress it? Stacy McCain on how Big Tech Desperate to Suppress Bombshell News in Hunter Biden Ukraine Scandal

Wednesday morning, the New York Post broke a huge exclusive: Emails between Hunter Biden and Vadym Pozharskyi, a top executive at Ukrainian energy company Burisma, in which Pozharskyi thanks Hunter for arranging a 2015 meeting with then-Vice President Joe Biden. How the Post obtained these emails is an interesting story, but liberals rushed to claim that either (a) the story was Russian disinformation or (b) the emails were obtained illegally, or maybe (c) both. The telltale clue was that the Biden campaign did not exactly deny it; they issued some kind of weasel-word press statement, but more importantly, they exploited back-channel influence to try to suppress the story . . .

Plenty more at the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.14.20, EBL: Hunter Biden – Sex Tapes, Cocaine, & Corruption, Oh My!Twitchy: As Twitter Promotes WaPo’s “Debunking” Of Hunter Biden Story, Rep. Lee Zeldin Reminds Us Of Biden Bragging About It, Vox Popoli:  Remove Facebook’s Section 230 Protection, American Greatness: Bombshell – Hunter Biden E-Mails Reveal Secret Meeting Between Burisma Exec & Then-VP Joe Biden, also, “This Is Digital Civil War” NY Post Editor Fumes After Facebook & Twitter Censor Biden Bombshell, Don Surber:  NY Post Blows Up Biden’s Excuse, JustOneMinute: Hunter Emails, Media Meltdown, Legal Insurrection:  Facebook & Twitter “Reducing” The Distribution Of NY Post Story On Hunter Biden Emails, Victory Girls: Media Rushes To Bury Hunter Biden Story, Weasel Zippers: Facebook Exec Admits Company Intentionally Burying Hunter Biden Story, The Federalist: Facebook Now Officially Censoring NY Post’s Hunter Biden Bombshell, And Senator Hawley Wants An Explanation.

and In The Mailbox: 10.15.20, Monster HUnter Nation: Back In Facebook Jail, Gab News: WAR – Facebook & Twitter Unleash Mass Censorship To Protect Biden Campaign, American Greatness: Hunter Biden Text Reveals Biden Clan Expected To Give Half Their Earnings To “Pop”, American Power: Big Tech Censors Blockbuster Biden Expose, Discovers Streisand Effect, BattleSwarm: Hunter Biden’s Smoking Guns, Da Tech Guy: Selling Fear, also, I’m Old Enough To Remember When People Thought Twitter Banning Stacy McCain Wasn’t A Test Run For This Stuff, The Geller Report: “Just The Tip Of The Iceberg On The Corrupt Biden Crime Family”, Weasel Zippers: Twitter “Allegedly” Locks Out Main Trump Campaign Account, also, E-Mails Reveal How Hunter Biden Tried To Cash In Big With The Red Chinese and The Federalist: Twitter Suspends Trump Campaign Account, also, FCC Chair Says First Amendment Doesn’t Gibe Big Tech “Special Immunity” Over The Press.

And Smitty was on a roll, Twitter Getting Its Hunter Biden On

Sundance, Senator Tom Cotton on Big Tech Censorship: “Winter is Coming”…

I didn’t think the Democrats were planning to dismantle the First Amendment and end free speech until after they won the election next month.

But their plans have changed, obviously.

Charles Lipsom at the Spec (USA)  Behind the social-media blackout of Biden family corruption.

Howie Kurtz at Fox tries to explain  Why Twitter and Facebook squelching the Hunter Biden story backfired. But has it? That remains to be determined.