Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Flotsam and Jetsam - Hunter Sues Rudy

At Da Caller, IRS Whistleblower Was Removed From Hunter Biden Case After Rift With Top Prosecutor, IRS Officials Testify. The way I read this is Shapley wanted to move ahead with Hunter's prosecution, and Weiss wanted to bury it, and Weiss stopped taking Shapley's calls.  Also, ‘Would Have Sent Hunter Biden A Subpoena By Now’: Matt Gaetz Blasts McCarthy On Impeachment, Says He’s ‘Not Serious’ and Hunter Biden Sues Former Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Over Laptop "The first son’s lawsuit alleges that Giuliani and his companies used his username in order to access information on the laptop and share it with other parties. Hunter Biden alleges that the defendants “tampered” with and “altered” some of the data on the laptop." Not his laptop anymore, he forfeited it. Capt. Ed at Hat Hair has Today's Biden Inc question: Did an FBI 'mole' tip Hunter to indictments of China-intel front execs? Damn near treason. At PJM, Matt Margolis wonders Is This the Most Pathetic Defense of Joe Biden’s Impeachable Offenses? “I think it’s appropriate to be a father to your son, and if your son is having a problem, and we all know the history of the problem that Hunter has with addiction, and he is being a father to his son,” Clyburn claimed. “You don’t impeach a man for being a father to his children.”  Matt Vespa utters  the Name That's Been Mentioned in Hunter Biden and Bob Menendez's Corruption Cases, "the name Eric Schwerin that should raise eyebrows." The Babylon Bee snarks Biden Condemns Menendez For Taking Bribes In Gold Rather Than Fungible Assets Laundered By 20 Different Shell Companies.

Atop Da Hill, Republicans name witnesses for first impeachment hearing. "Republicans will kick off their first impeachment hearing with a trio of witnesses, asking a forensic accountant, former Justice Department tax attorney, and conservative legal scholar Jonathan Turley to weigh in on the business dealings of the Biden family." Power Line's John Hinderacker considers  Should Republicans Impeach Biden? Capt. Ed comments "The inquiry is necessary to conduct a full investigation of Biden Inc. But John is right that impeachments are a compromised outcome these days, especially one that doesn’t have a prayer of resulting in removal. If — and it’s s big if — the House can build a smoking-gun case based on direct evidence that Joe Biden took bribes as VP, then the Senate may have no choice but to remove no matter who controls it. If not, the GOP would be better off keeping the inquiry open, publishing the evidence, and let voters make informed choices in the next election. An impeachment vote ends that process, too." Am Great's Eric Lendrum explains why he thinks  Republicans Will Botch the Biden Impeachment. "Pro-impeachment wing headed for the ‘boring’ and ‘complicated’ traps." Always a safe bet.

NewsBusters sees Democrats at DEFCON-1: ABC Keeps ‘Sounding the Alarm’ Over Bad Biden Poll; Voters ‘Aren’t Buying’ in. At Town Hall, Guy Benson says 'Outlier' or Not, the New WaPo/ABC Poll Is a Showstopper. I think the show is just getting started. Capt. Ed has an NBC poll, too: 59% of voters have "major concerns" about Biden's mental competency. Ace elaborates, NBC "News" Poll:59% Have Major Concerns About Biden's Cognitive Ability; Another 15% Have "Moderate" Concerns, "For a total of a gigantic supermajority of 74% expressing moderate or major concerns that Biden is senile and unable to function as president. There's a reason they kept Basement Joe in the basement." Red State's Nick Arama sees Biden Hit Highest Disapproval Rating of Presidency With Numbers in Key Voting Blocs Slipping Big Time. NYPo hears Biden fumbles acronym during Pacific Islands forum speech: ‘Doesn’t matter what we call it’. Althouse charitably tries to make sense of it "I was gonna get back to acronyms and I’m gonna withstand not doing that." "Said President Biden, quoted in "Biden fumbles acronym during Pacific Islands forum speech: 'Doesn’t matter what we call it'" (NY Post)." "He seems feeble and befuddled, but he goes on and on." Red State's 'Bonchie' thinks Joe Biden's New 'Don't-Let-Him-Trip' Strategy Is as Hilarious as It Is Pathetic and Sister Toldja wants you to WATCH James Clyburn Fires 2024 Warning Shot at Joe Biden as Kamala Harris Gets More Bad News. But NYPo's Ryan King catches Rep. Jim Clyburn stop short of calling VP Kamala Harris ‘future’ of Democratic Party

At WaEx, Buttigieg denies that Biden is meeting with UAW strikers in response to Trump visit. Fox reports AOC contradicts Biden, says economy in 'crisis' during union workers speech. Da Caller explains why Biden’s Much-Touted Employment Numbers Could Actually Be A Harbinger Of Economic Disaster. Hat Hair's Beege Welborn foresees More commercial real estate dreariness. From Battleswarm, Berkeley Retail Shutting Down Just Like San Francisco.

Fox reports Sen. Bob Menendez makes announcement on political future, insists he'll be exonerated on federal indictment, "Sen. Bob Menendez insists hundreds of thousands in cash found at New Jersey home came from his personal accounts." Breitbart, Sen. Bob Menendez Claims He Withdrew ‘Thousands of Dollars in Cash’ over Last 30 Years After $480K Found at Home in Bribery Investigation. Capt. Ed is amused by Menendez' excuse, Menendez on cash hoard: Batista made me do it, or something. The Free Bacon claims Menendez Donations Could Cause Problems for Dems in Tough Reelection Fights. Meh.  From the Messenger, Fetterman Plans to Give Back Menendez Donation In Cash-Filled Envelopes, "Fetterman is the only Senate Democrat to call on Menendez to resign after a federal bribery indictment." ET, Top Ranking Democrat Won’t Call for Menendez to Resign Amid Bribery Charges. From Da Blaze, 'I'm shaken': Ana Navarro visibly upset over Bob Menendez charges — but she still finds a way to defend him. Da Caller reports Bob Menendez’s Daughter Took The Weekend Off From Hosting Her MSNBC Show. I wonder why. Jonathon Turley thinks Robert Menendez Broke the ‘Goldilocks Rule’ of Corruption, "It would appear that the question is not corruption, but when a little corruption is “just right.”" Da Caller points out Adam Schiff Earmarked Millions To His Defense Contractor Donors, yet none dare call it corruption because all congress critters do it.  Also at Da Caller, another defense attorney is less kind, ‘He’s An Idiot’: Criminal Defense Attorney Mocks Bob Menendez For Explanation Of Bribery Allegations. Am Great's Matt Boose, The Biden Regime Throws Menendez Under the Bus "Democrats are ruthless about dispatching allies who outlive their use." 

Breitbart, A ‘Disaster’: Donald Trump Warns Against Automatic Voter Registration in Pennsylvania. Atop Da Hill, Haley moves into second place behind Trump in New Hampshire, "Trump is the clear frontrunner of the Republican race, with 45 percent of likely Republican presidential primary voters, but Haley is now his closest challenger, with 15 percent — according to the survey from the Saint Anselm College Survey Center at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP)." Darleen at the Victory Girls thinks Nikki Haley Isn’t Horrible. Capt. Ed, "I’d be happier to vote for Haley if she won the nomination. I could even vote for her in a primary without too much angst, but I’ll wait to make that decision until Texas goes to the polls." I'm sharing a laugh with Breitbart, Christie: When I Win New Hampshire, Trump’s ‘Sense of Inevitability Will Go Away’ are delusions a side effect of Ozempic? Am Think's Steve McCann thinks he has A Reality Check for Republican Voters "There are three realities that Republican voters can no longer avoid. The first, Joe Biden will not be the Democrat nominee in 2024. Second, the Democrats want to face a damaged Donald Trump in November of 2024. Third, Trump’s age, unforeseen events, and the egregious lawfare he is facing could eventuate in Trump having to drop out of the race. Ron DeSantis is the only viable proven conservative candidate to replace him and yet Trump and many Republican voters are foolishly determined to permanently destroy DeSantis and render him unelectable." Hat Hair's KT announces Hannity will host "red state vs. blue state" debate on Fox News Channel, DeSantis vs Newsome. Sundance at CTH, Murdoch Again – Sean Hannity Will Host Debate Between Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom on November 30th in… Wait for It…. Georgia lol. "This is so transparently silly and yet simultaneously obvious in motive. Both Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis are the approved corporate candidates for 2024." Mediaite, Michael Wolff Reveals Tucker Carlson Was Source of DeSantis Dog-Kick Story He Publicly Denied

Althouse, "Asked specifically about Mr. Trump’s election fraud lies, which [J.D.] Vance has at times promoted, the senator again shifted into slippery explainer mode." "'I think it’s very easy for folks in the press to latch onto the zaniest election fraud or stolen election theories and say, "Oh this is totally debunked,"' he said. 'But they ignore that there is this very clear set of institutional biases built into the election in 2020 that — from big tech censorship to the way in which financial interests really lined up behind Joe Biden. People aren’t stupid. They see what’s out there,'"

The Peacock, Prosecutors aim to 'silence' Trump with proposed gag order in 2020 election case, his lawyers say. His lawyers are right. At Am Spec George Parry on Gagging Trump. "This motion to silence the leading Republican presidential candidate launches us into uncharted waters."  At Da Fed The unsinkable Mollie Hemingway claims Polls Show Democrat Campaign Strategy Of Indicting Political Opponents Has Backfired Horrifically and Margot Cleveland thinks the Judge In Fulton County Trump Case Reveals How Dangerous This Prosecution Is To Our Country, "Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis is the last person who should be deciding whether federal officials can question shoddy elections."

Susie Moore at Red State reports Disgraced FBI Official Charles McGonigal Pleads Guilty to Concealing Foreign Contacts, $225K From FBI. Also a middle muckety-muck in the Russiagate caper. NYPo reports FBI sued after allegedly losing hundreds of thousands in rare coins during raid "“All we know is that their property was in a box and safe before the FBI broke into the box,” Joe Gay, an attorney with the nonprofit law firm Institute for Justice, told Fox News. “Once the FBI broke into the box, we honestly don’t know exactly what happened.” “We don’t know if they lost it. We don’t know if somebody pocketed it and walked away,” he continued. “We have no way to know.”" PM reports the Leader in Richmond Democrat Party group posted bomb threat against Andy Ngo Virginia talk "The post included an image of dynamite with Jarvis writing in the description box, "On my way to the Andy Ngo event!" but no word if he's been arrested by the FBI. Althouse is Taking stochastic terrorism seriously. "I'm reading "Trump Floats the Idea of Executing Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley The former president is inciting violence against the nation’s top general. America’s response is distracted and numb" (Brian Klass, in The Atlantic)(analyzing Trump's Truth Social post that said Milley’s call to China on l on January 6, 2021, was 'an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH'):" "The idea of "stochastic terrorism" seems designed to blame someone as a leader of a group when there is no group. And the "leader" is a speaker who has only stimulated the beliefs and emotions that may cause some listeners to decide individually and on their own to take action."

James Lynch at Da Caller, The FBI Has ’50-Percent Rate’ Of Getting Speech Censored From The Internet, Court Filing Says, which they claim is a defense. At Am Con, Yes, Social Media Censorship Is a First Amendment Issue "Recent court rulings show the government’s deep involvement in platform management." Da Wire reports Major Brands Pull Ads From Rumble After Platform Refuses To Censor Russell Brand Over Sex Assault Allegations. Sundance, Threats Continue Against Rumble Video Platform – The Background Players Seem Interestingly Connected. Stephen Kruise at PJM fears The Lying 'Hate Speech' Censor Fascists Are Winning Hearts and Minds. At Am Spec Dave Catron claims Corrupt Media is Worse Than Crooked Senators. "The Menendez distraction merely underscores the perversion of the free press." Don Surber sees Journalists adopt lefty language, "The better to promote government control of everything." 

Lloyd Billingsley at Power Line sees Authoritarian the Librarian. Jack Cashill at Am Spec, Banned Books Week in the Age of Biden, "The American Library Association ‘celebrates’ free speech as it cancels Christian books and parents."

From the College Fix, University’s town hall for LGBTQ-themed crosswalk draws total of two people. Da Mail reports Legal gender clinics are now banning puberty blockers and transgender surgeries for kids - amid fears of being sued down the line. Good. At Althouse, "I could just cry because I’m so tired of having to fight for little kids because they just want to be included." ""I wish that people were as passionate about little kids being able to be included or grow up as they were about fictitious women’s fairness in sports. I have to tell you I am very tired." Said Jonathan Van Ness, quoted in "'Scared' Jonathan Van Ness bursts into tears during debate with Dax Shepard defending trans rights" (NY Post). The "debate" is a long conversation on a Shepard's podcast." From the NYPo, Bud Light sales still down 30% six months after Dylan Mulvaney disaster, drinkers ‘lost forever’: expert.

Brooke Bruk-Jackson
At HE, White woman wins Miss Zimbabwe in Miss Universe pageant—Americans claim that's racist, Brooke Bruk-Jackson. 

At the College Fix, Temple U profs: If you don't like 'The Marvels,' you're probably a misogynist and racist to boot. Capt. Ed, "Or maybe they saw a trailer filled with Mary Sues and deduced that this looks a lot like a lot of other mediocre didactics from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I haven’t seen the film yet but I did see the trailer, and it’s underwhelming." From the Free Bacon, Democrat Katie Porter Says Republican Women Don't Count as Women, 'To me, equality is not electing Joni Ernst.' To me, stupidity is electing Katie Porter. 

Chris Chantrill  at Am Think gives a favorable report on  Hanania on How to Drive a Stake into Woke  "So Job One is to demolish the gubmint education system and put parents in charge of child education. For the first time in 150 years, Horace Mann."

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Meanwhile In The Kitchen up on time and under budget at The Other McCain.

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