Sunday, March 19, 2023

Flotsam and Jetsam - Trump Predicts Tuesday Arrest, Hallie Biden Takes Chinese Cash

Althouse, "Trump says 'illegal leaks' indicate he will be arrested Tuesday in N.Y. hush money probe." "NBC News reports. . . . AND: Here's the NYT headline: "Trump Claims His Arrest Is Imminent and Calls for Protests, Echoing Jan. 6 His indictment by a Manhattan grand jury is expected, but its timing is unclear." John Sexton at Hat Hair, Trump says he'll be arrested Tuesday, calls for protests. Twitchy, Trump posts on Truth Social that he’ll be arrested next week (Dem ‘SQUIRREL’ moment detected). TheFOO@PolitiBunny "It’s no surprise the Trump ‘perp walk’ nonsense has started - three Biden’s caught receiving money from China, Hunter admitting the laptop is indeed real, the bank crash(es), train derailments, COVID info starting to leak out, #J6footage released. Look, SQUIRREL!" At PM, BREAKING: Trump announces he 'will be arrested on Tuesday' "Protest, take our nation back!" Sundance at CTH, President Trump Says He Expects to Be Arrested Next Tuesday and President Trump, “They Are Killing Our Nation” … “We Must Save America!”…

So are there any independent indications that an arrest is imminent? Jenny Van Laar at Red State sees something in Manhattan DA Bragg's Email to Employees in Anticipation of Trump Arrest. "“…Please know that your safety is our top priority. We have full confidence in our outstanding security staff and investigators, along with our great OCA and NYPD colleagues, and will continue to coordinate with all of them. We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York." The Peacock, Law enforcement agencies are prepping for a possible Trump indictment as early as next week. "Multiple agencies are discussing potential security plans for in and around the Manhattan Criminal Court in case Trump is charged in connection with an alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels." 

Legal scholars Jonathan Turley, who can  not be described as pro-Trump, don't think too much of Bragg's case. At Twitchy, Jonathan Turley analyzes case against Trump and concludes it’s ‘legally pathetic’. Turley, on Da Hill, Get ready for Manhattan DA’s made-for-TV Trump prosecution: high on ratings, but short on the law. "the New York case would be easily dismissed outside of a jurisdiction like New York, where Bragg can count on highly motivated judges and jurors." Andy McCarthy at NRO, Progressive Democrat Bragg’s Motivation in Nakedly Political Indictment of Trump, also, Trump’s Claim of Tuesday ‘Arrest’ Is Highly Unlikely, "Trump’s indictment is imminent, but his claim of a Tuesday ‘arrest’ is conjecture — and unlikely to happen, precisely because he said it would happen." From Off The Press, Remember The Criminal Indictment Of Bill Clinton For $850,000 Payment To Paula Jones? Yeah, Neither Do We

Nick Arama at Red State, McCarthy Throws Down the Gauntlet at Manhattan DA — 'Abuse of Power' Against Trump. On Da Wire, Speaker McCarthy Vows Action After Trump Claims He Is Being Arrested On Tuesday.  “I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions.” At WaEx, Pence slams Trump arrest rumors, but questions Democratic priorities and Paul Bedard cites MTG: Trump arrest ‘Is what they do in communist countries!’ Charlotte Hazard at JTN, John Bolton says Trump indictment could be the act that re-elects him as president, "If you don't want Donald Trump to be elected president again, for God's sake, be careful how you act," From NewsBusters, Joe Scarborough Tells Trump—America: Love It or Leave It and Go to Russia! Still in thrall of the Russian Delusion. Sarah Arnold at Town Hall hears Elon Musk Predict Trump Will Win in a Landslide Victory Following a Possible Indictment and at ET, Elon Musk Warns Trump Indictment Will Backfire, Predicts ‘Landslide’ Reelection. Matt Margolis at PJ Media, Here’s What Will Happen If Trump Is Arrested Next Week "But what will happen if this actually takes place? Indicting Trump alone over ridiculous charges would backfire dramatically on the left, but a made-for-TV-crime-drama with Trump as the star would most certainly take the word “backfire” to a new level. That’s not according to me; that’s according to Elon Musk."

Matt Margolis at PJ Media VIP wonders Are Democrats Deliberately Making Trump a Martyr to Boost Him With GOP Voters? Scott Moorefield at Town Hall, 'That's Obviously the Play Here': Matt Walsh Has an Interesting Theory on Why Trump Might Get ArrestedMatt Walsh@MattWalshBlog, "They want Trump to be the Republican nominee. That’s obviously the play here. There is no other conceivable reason to arrest and perp walk him on a bullshit misdemeanor charge." Insty, EUGENE DEBS RAN FOR PRESIDENT FROM PRISON, IN THE FACE OF SIMILAR PERSECUTION: Trump’s Attorney: Trump Will Surrender To Authorities If He Is Criminally Charged.

Yesterday I shorted the Biden Crime syndicate, but like Gabi says "It's OK!" Stacy McCain wants to know What Did China Get for Its Money?

That’s the big puzzle. The payment to the Biden family came at a time when Democrats had lost the White House, and one wonders how the Chinese clients expected the family of the former vice president to exercise influence in their favor. Certainly the only “business” involved was influence peddling — what relevant expertise did Hunter Biden offer, other than being Joe Biden’s son? Democrats (and their media allies) seem to believe that the use of cutouts and middlemen to launder these payments from the Chinese is sufficient defense against accusations that Joe Biden himself is guilty of corruption. No sensible person buys this excuse, but still what intrigues me is the question of how the Chinese purchasers of Biden’s influence expected to be repaid for their “investment.”

If we are free to engage in speculation, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Joe getting his family members paid by the Chinese after he left the vice-presidency was in fact the fulfillment of some secret agreement made while he was still vice president. That is to say, Biden did the Chinese favors during the Obama administration, with the agreement that he’d get paid after he left office. This is just wild speculation, of course, but there must be some explanation for this deal, which on the surface doesn’t make much sense from an influence-buying point of view.

Spencer Brown at Town Hall, Here's What Newly Obtained Bank Records Revealed About the Biden Family. At Da Caller, Chinese Firm That Bankrolled Biden Associates Closely Linked To Communist Party Officials. Mary Chastain at LI, House Oversight Wants to Hear From the Hunter Biden Associate Who Distributed Chinese Money to Biden Family. "Oversight Committee Chairman Comer: “When speaking about dealings with the Biden family, Rob Walker once said that exposing him would ‘bury all of us, man.’ Why? The Oversight Committee has many questions for Rob Walker.”" Brooke Singman at Fox, reveals Biden family received more than $1M from Hunter associate after 2017 China wire: House Oversight "Hallie Biden received thousands of dollars from a Hunter Biden business associate, subpoenaed financial records reveal." Breitbart, House Oversight Committee: Beau’s Widow Hallie Is ‘New’ Biden Business Member Who Received China Cash. Ace, Beau Biden's Widow, and Hunter Biden's Slampiece, Hallie Biden is the Third Biden to Receive Foreign Money and Get Flagged With a Suspicious Action Report. "This garbage scumbag trailer-trash family." At Da Wire, Dan Chaitin reports Comer Believes 6 Or 7 Biden Family Members Involved In Foreign Business ‘Schemes’. Enough for their own family compound in federal prison. Nick Arama again, notes Biden Finally Answers Question About CCP-Related Payout, It Doesn't Go Well “That’s not true,” Biden claimed, despite the evidence that it was true. He’s saying that even in the face of the bank records, not even trying to explain them, simply denying their reality." At Hat Hair, Dave Strom catches CNN saying China funneling the Bidens money is A-OK!

As had been rumored before from Ace, Hunter Biden, Flush With Cash From His "Sugar Brother," Starts Filing His Lawsuits Against People for the Crime of Telling the Truth About His Influence-Peddling, Crack-Smoking, Whore-Banging Ass, "Via David Strom at Hot Air." Twitchy, So, *not* Russian disinfo? Hunter Biden’s legal team basically just confirmed that it was his laptop. ET, Hunter Biden Sues Laptop Repair Shop Owner Over Alleged Invasion of Privacy. NYPo thinks Hunter Biden’s ‘laptop from hell’ countersuit could drag Joe’s reelection bid.

The banking crisis seems to have cooled off a bit for the weekend. Stacy McCain sees ‘Stockholm Syndrome’? SVB, BLM and the Toxic Plague of Liberal White Guilt, "Let us pause briefly to scrutinize the “intersectional” logic behind SVB’s hiring of a risk management executive who hit all the “diversity” quota marks — brown, female, and gay. A three-fer!" Paul Sperry at NYPo on Why woke ‘Frisco Fed chief missed Silicon Valley Bank’s warning signs. "A protege of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and short-list candidate for Federal Reserve vice chair, Daly was supposed to be supervising Silicon Valley Bank but apparently was too busy playing politics and pushing woke agendas to regulate rogue banks like SVB, the second-biggest bank failure on record." At the Free Bacon, Here Are the Tech Companies, Liberal Media Outlets, and Prominent Democrats Saved by Biden's Bank Bailout "Gavin Newson (sic) . . . BuzzFeed . . . Vox Media . . . Black Lives Matter . . . The Green Energy Racket" At da Caller, Janet Yellen’s Policy Would Destroy Small US Banks While Bailing Out Chinese Depositors, Experts Say. Spiked claims The fall of SVB has exposed the delusions of our elites, "Silicon Valley’s woke, feelgood brand of capitalism was always built on sand." I&I looks at Fed Chief Powell’s Banking Blowup and lays the crisis at his feet. Fox, 'Shark Tank' star Kevin O'Leary destroys 'really bad policy' in Democrat-run states. "Regional banks ‘don’t have a reason to exist anymore’ in the US financial system, Kevin O’Leary argues"

At Roll Call, Introducing the ‘Presidential Inflation Rate’: Biden trails only Carter, "Overall prices have jumped 15 percent since president was sworn in." ET, DeSantis: 3 Years Later, Biden Still Pushing ‘Failed’ Fed COVID Policies. At WaEx, Yes, it's real: Joe Biden's Department of Energy just moved to ban nearly all gas stoves. From ET, Federal Agency Comes Closer to Gas Stove Ban "Consumer Product Safety Commission one of multiple agencies now eyeing gas stove regulations."

Yahoo! is in seventh heaven reporting Mike Lindell says he had to borrow $10 million last year to keep MyPillow afloat — and is running out of cash, too. Breitbart, Report: Conservatives, Republicans Could Cut Off Establishment Media in 2024 Cycle

'Bonchie' at Red State, USCP Flips Its Lid in Filing Over January 6th Footage Release, "There seems to be some confusion here by the Capitol Police’s leadership in regard to who works for whom. The USCP is subservient to the US Congress and is subject to oversight via no less than four different committees. Ultimately, the police force answers to a chain of command that leads back to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy because, unfortunately for their chosen narrative, Nancy Pelosi is no longer in charge."

Linda Martin feels 'misled' and 'angry' after the FBI seized her life savings. The FBI acting like a criminal gang. "On March 22, 2021, the FBI seized Martin's and 1,400 other customers' safe deposit boxes from U.S. Private Vaults, a Beverly Hills–based company. The FBI took the $40,200 Linda was saving for a down payment on a home in addition to another $86 million in cash and tens of millions more in gold, silver, jewelry and other valuables from other safe deposit box renters." At Twitchy, FBI agents confront woman to ask her if she has any intention of harming Pfizer  @amuse@amuse "Twitter user encouraged followers to ‘fight back’ against Pfizer. As a result, the FBI confronted her at her job and interrogated her on behalf of Pfizer. Since when does the FBI answer to Pfizer? #PoliceState"Matt Palumbo, Collusion of the Century: DOJ, CCP, and Big Media’s Conspiracy to Take Down Miles Guo.

Greg Piper at JTN, 'Thrown under the bus': Research collaborative caves to media pressure on mask meta-study "Cochrane editor-in-chief may have violated publication ethics code by changing "interpretations" without approval from authors of study that found "little to no difference" from masks." Did they get a visit from the FBI? KT at Hat Hair, Facebook, YouTube restore Trump's accounts as his campaign heats up.

And that leaves only the undeclared Culture war. At Breitbart, not backing down J.K. Rowling says ‘There’s Something Dangerous’ About the Transgender Movement. ET, Elon Musk: Children Being Fed Transgender ‘Propaganda’ by Adults. They can say that because they have "Fuck you" money. Fox, Christian man facing jail for ex-LGBT testimony reported to police by EU equality official "Matthew Grech and the journalists who interviewed him face up to five months in prison" in Malta. But in a hopeful sign, Breitbart reports Netflix Cancels Animated Preschooler Show ‘Ridley Jones’ That Features Gender ‘Non-Binary’ Bison. Althouse, "So if little girls experience their menstrual cycle in fifth grade or fourth grade, will that prohibit conversations from them since they are in the grade lower than sixth grade?" ""It would." From "Florida bill would ban young girls from discussing periods in school" (WaPo)." Of course they're lying, like they lied about the "Don't say gay" bill. At Bounding into Comics, Star Wars Declared “Worse And Woker Than Ever” After Confirmation Of Intimacy Coordinator Hired For ‘The Acolyte’ "If you are unfamiliar with Intimacy Coordinators, SAG-AFTRA notes the position “is an advocate, a liaison between actors and production, and a movement coach and/or
choreographer in regards to nudity and simulated sex and other intimate and hyper-exposed scenes.”

Across da pond at Da Mail, 'Americans should be eating bugs': Utah middle school teacher slammed for 'indoctrinating' students by setting an essay about how cows are killing the Earth - after giving them insects to eat for extra credit. Nextdoor in Virginia, Bacon's Rebellion reports Public School Climate Lessons Terrorize Virginia’s Children. At the Victory Girls, Weingarten Says Unions Know Best, Ignores Results. They're still getting paid aren't they? That's all the results she cares about. From the College Fix, University of Florida grad student attacks cop during abortion rally: report. Michael Barone, 'Woke' Silicon Valley -- Sand Hill Road and Stanford Law -- Get Off Scot-free. Sam Lenett at Da Fed, writes ‘Woke’ Effectively Describes The Left’s Insanity, And That’s Why They Hate When You Say It, "The word has become as commonplace among the current-day conservative movement as MAGA hats and “lock her up” chants were at 2016 Trump rallies. And this is, to be fair, totally warranted; what other slogany-sounding word really works as a catch-all for what leftism has become?"

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