13 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-7-22

  1. This is going to be fun once R’s take the House and Senate back in Nov.

    “EXCLUSIVE: Whistleblower who handed Hunter’s abandoned laptop to congressmen and DailyMail.com reveals he has 450 gigabytes of DELETED material including 80,000 images and videos – and has fled to Switzerland fearing retaliation from White House

    Whistleblower Jack Maxey gave DailyMail.com a copy of the hard drive from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop in the spring of 2021

    DailyMail.com has published dozens of stories exposing Hunter’s drug use, sex obsession and questionable business dealings

    For the past two weeks, Maxey has been in hiding in Zurich, Switzerland, working with IT experts to dig out more data from the ‘laptop from hell’

    He says he intends to post them all online in a database in the coming weeks

    Maxey says he has found ‘450 gigabytes of erased material’ including 80,000 images and videos and more than 120,000 archived emails

    The former podcast host says he fears retaliation from the Biden administration

    He says that after contacting DailyMail.com about the laptop last year, black suburban SUVs appeared outside his house”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10689445/Whistleblower-handed-Hunter-Bidens-laptop-congressmen-fled-Switzerland.html

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  2. “Hunter Biden grand jury witness was asked who is the ‘big guy’ in Chinese deal”

    https://nypost.com/2022/04/04/hunter-biden-grand-jury-witness-was-asked-about-deal-with-chinese-firm-and-the-big-guy/

    “A witness who testified before the Hunter Biden grand jury was asked to identify the “big guy” in the first son’s planned deal with a Chinese energy conglomerate — as calls ramped up to have President Biden included in a conspiracy probe.

    The question arose after the witness was shown a piece of evidence while appearing in secret before the panel in Wilmington, Del., a source familiar with the proceedings told The Post.

    A bombshell email exclusively reported by The Post in October 2020 showed that one of Hunter Biden’s business partners, James Gilliar, outlined the proposed percentage distribution of equity in a company created for a joint venture with CEFC China Energy Co.

    The March 13, 2017, plan included “10 held by H for the big guy?”

    A witness who testified before the Hunter Biden grand jury was asked to identify the “big guy” in the first son’s planned deal with a Chinese energy conglomerate — as calls ramped up to have President Biden included in a conspiracy probe.

    The question arose after the witness was shown a piece of evidence while appearing in secret before the panel in Wilmington, Del., a source familiar with the proceedings told The Post.

    A bombshell email exclusively reported by The Post in October 2020 showed that one of Hunter Biden’s business partners, James Gilliar, outlined the proposed percentage distribution of equity in a company created for a joint venture with CEFC China Energy Co.

    The March 13, 2017, plan included “10 held by H for the big guy?””

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  3. Trying to buy off Congress and protect themselves from oversight and allow them to continue to shower favoritism and bias in their censoring of one side.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/big-tech-congress/

    “Big Tech Is Making an Investment in Congress

    As regulatory legislation comes up for debate, industry giants have been showering lawmakers with tens of thousands of dollars in contributions.”

    “While a bipartisan antitrust bill targeting Big Tech makes its way through Congress, industry giants have been showering both Democrats and Republicans with tens of thousands of dollars in contributions. Their political action committees, executives, and lobbyists have targeted both critics and supporters of the legislation, which is aimed at reining in some of the most powerful tech companies in the world.

    Google’s PAC made maxed-out contributions of $15,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee just one day after the bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. The PAC also made maxed-out donations to the four congressional campaign committees in June 2021, shortly after the House Judiciary Committee approved its package of antitrust bills.

    The Justice Department recently threw its support behind the legislation, led by Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, which would ban giants like Amazon and Google from favoring their own products over rivals’ on their platforms. Tech companies have aggressively fought the antitrust measures, spending nearly $70 million on lobbying Washington in 2021.

    Apple executives dropped $66,000 on Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer’s campaign right after a bipartisan antitrust bill, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, was officially introduced in the Senate. While Amazon opposed a separate congressional effort to protect online shoppers from counterfeit products, Amazon executives and lobbyists were donating over $78,000 to Schumer and Senator Patty Murray, the No. 3 Democrat in the chamber. The fierce lobbying forced lawmakers to strip it from a broader package, and Amazon later succeeded in watering down the measure in the House.

    “The proposals they have made over the years do not strengthen the bill, they strengthen Amazon’s hand in avoiding the bill,” Senator Dick Durbin, who led the measure, said at the time. “I, for one, am not going to stand by and watch this [be] watered down any further. We need to move on this.”

    Google and Amazon’s PACs have also given big to House majority leader Steny Hoyer’s campaign committees, contributing $20,000 from March 2021 to January 2022. A little less than two weeks after getting a contribution from Amazon’s PAC, Hoyer claimed the antitrust bills that had just passed in the Judiciary Committee were not ready for a full vote in the House. Congress’s approach to competition in the tech industry should be “constructive, not destructive,” Hoyer said.

    Big tech has been targeting key lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, donating heavily to members who either oppose or are raising doubts about the bipartisan bill, including Senators Ben Sasse, John Cornyn, Chris Coons, and Mazie Hirono. Google, Amazon, and Facebook’s PACs donated $15,000 to Coons in the months leading up to the committee’s consideration of the antitrust bill. Senator Alex Padilla, a California Democrat who supported the bill in the Judiciary Committee but demanded “significant changes” to the legislation before it could win his vote on the Senate floor, received nearly $24,000 from Big Tech between June and December 2021. Before voting against the antitrust bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup, Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina raked in $5,000 from Amazon’s PAC, while Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee took in $8,000. The Republican Governance Group/Tuesday Group PAC took in over $350,000 from Amazon, Google, Facebook, and affiliated groups, $140,000 of which was donated this year.”

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  4. Follow muh experts they said…..

    Right off the cliff.

    Just like Covid, the experts are wrong again, but Mea culpas aren’t forthcoming. Again.

    “Nobel economists were dead wrong on inflation: Don’t expect an apology”

    https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/3259197-nobel-economists-were-dead-wrong-on-inflation-dont-expect-an-apology/

    “Last September, as the Build Back Better legislation was being considered in Congress, many members worried about the inflationary pressure of injecting an additional $2.4 trillion into the economy on top of the $4.1 trillion committed to the American Rescue Plan and the Cares Act.

    When it looked like the Democratic majority might include enough deficit hawks to scuttle the bill, Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz rounded up another 16 of the 36 living American Nobel Prize economists to declare, in an open letter, that whatever upward pressure on prices all this new money might bring there was no threat of inflation.

    Forget what government statistics were already signaling. Many non-Nobel economists recognized that a clear case of demand-pull inflation was already underway. The price of used cars, the vehicles people buy when new cars seem unaffordable, led a clearly rising consumer price index.

    The Nobelists’ letter showed that those signing had bought Team Biden’s novel argument that its enormous expansion of social welfare programs really was just a different form of infrastructure investment, just like roads and bridges. Gary Becker, the Nobel economist recognized for developing human capital theory 50 years ago, likely would not look at spending $410 billion on “climate resilience” as being as important as providing after-school enrichment programs for poor kids.

    No matter. In an act of intellectual legerdemain, the wise men said that expanding social welfare programs would operate like old-fashioned countercyclical policy — unemployment checks would support a continuing but smaller level of consumer demand. This approach, a clever idea developed by practical post-war economists, was careful not to disincentivize job searching by setting benefits too high.

    The laureates seemed to have overlooked that previous COVID benefits had often exceeded what tens of millions of workers regularly earned and that recipients displaced by COVID were never required to look for other work. While the high priests of economic “science” were cheering on higher federal spending, larger deficits and increased taxes, employers were and are continuing to deal with inflation face-to-face. They are forced to bid up wages, sometimes doubling them, to keep and get employees even as overall labor force participation seems unlikely to return to pre-COVID levels anytime soon. Higher labor input costs are certain to lead to higher prices for most goods and services.

    The Nobelists assured that we would see a robust recovery because of President Biden’s “active government interventions.” Their presumed authority was used to give credence to the president’s continuously twisting storyline on inflation — that it was “transitory,” good for the economy, a “high-class problem,” Putin’s fault for invading Ukraine, and the greed of oil and food companies causing rapid price increases in gasoline and groceries.

    Every economist has thought about markets, prices and inflation all their lives. Nobel laureates surely know the administration’s excuses are bogus. Annual inflation for the 12 months ending in February reached a 20 year high of 7.9 percent. In the first two months of this year, before Putin unleashed his war on Ukraine, monthly inflation was 7.5 percent. Inflation is now chronic, embedded and getting worse. In previous times, these kinds of numbers would have economists working night and day on policy fixes. Now, some have joined in Washington’s propaganda campaign trying to convince us that gas at $6 a gallon is a good thing because it encourages “inclusive growth” and a path to “facilitating our clean energy transition.”

    Have they decided to overlook one of the first rules of economics, namely, that inflation always operates as a disguised tax on consumers, one that falls most heavily on the poor?

    Today’s fashionable goals seem to have displaced the no-nonsense pragmatism that has long characterized economics as a discipline. Most economists know to be wary of making forecasts and certainly would not ignore the data at hand. There are too many examples of high-profile economists, including Nobel laureates, for whom the real future did not accommodate their visions. “

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  5. This is the worst type of virtue signaling out there. The type that uses God to justify their idiocy.

    Your thoughts?

    “Illinois church touts ‘Fasting From Whiteness’ as Lent 2022 observance”

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/apr/5/illinois-church-touts-fasting-whiteness-lent-2022-/

    “A United Church of Christ congregation in suburban Chicago says it is “Fasting From Whiteness” during Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter.

    “In our worship services throughout Lent, we will not be using any music or liturgy written or composed by white people,” the First United Church of Oak Park, which traces its roots to 1860, said in a web announcement.

    “Our music will be drawn from the African American spirituals tradition, from South African freedom songs, from Native American traditions, and many, many more,” the church said, adding, “For Lent, it is our prayer that in our spiritual disciplines we may grow as Christians, united in the body of Christ with people of all ages, nations, races, and origins.”

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    “Photos and a video posted online by Turning Point USA show a banner posted outside the church proclaiming the “whiteness” fast.

    In a YouTube video posted by the church, the Rev. Lydia Mulkey, identified as the congregation’s associate pastor of education, explains the fast.

    “In this fast from whiteness, of course, I cannot change the color of my skin or the way that allows me to move through the world but I can change what I listen to, whose voice I prioritize,” Ms. Mulkey said. “And so that is kind of the place for our worship services, through Lent, that we would fast for a time from prioritizing White voices.”

    The Rev. John Edgerton, the congregation’s lead pastor, did not respond to phone and email inquiries.”

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  6. More….

    https://nypost.com/2022/04/06/chicago-area-church-fasting-from-whiteness-during-lent/

    “The house of worship also erected a “Fasting from Whiteness” sign on its front lawn, according to Turning Point USA, which reported that the church is using reflections and thoughts called “evotionals” for the “fast.”

    The outlet obtained alleged screenshots of a March 29 entry titled “Kindness and Privilege.”

    “We honor our fast from whiteness this Lent by prioritizing the voice of Bruce Reyes-Chow through a chapter of his book, ‘In Defense of Kindness,’” it reportedly says about the minority pastor.

    Reyes-Chow authored the 2016 book “Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children” and 2013’s “But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race.”

    The excerpt published by Turning Point USA says people who oppose violent protests speak from a place of privilege — and should therefore refrain from trying to stop them.

    “For many of us, being uncomfortable about public protests or what we perceive as aggressive expressions of frustration simply identifies our privilege and our ability to shield ourselves from the struggles that others are facing,” Reyes-Chow reportedly wrote.

    “Most people do not engage in public protest or in expressing anger that may put risk on their life, work, or status. So when groups of people are pushed to their boiling point, the least helpful thing to do is to silence them,” he wrote.

    First United Church’s members were encouraged to view the whiteness-free services on its YouTube channel, Turning Point USA reported.”

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  7. Remember, you can’t question the fraud.

    “Bossie releases ‘Zuckerbucks’ film, as over 40k shown to have bypassed Wisc. voter ID rules in 2020

    A total of 40,856 voters registered as “indefinitely confined” for the 2020 election in Wisconsin and did not provide photo ID. Ahead of Tuesday’s local elections in the state, that number was 32,857.”

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/wisconsin-election-over-30000-voters-not-required-show-id-absentee

    “In “Rigged: The Zuckerberg Funded Plot to Defeat Donald Trump,” Bossie, president of conservative nonprofit Citizens United, explores how Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg injected nearly $400 million into the 2020 presidential election through two left-leaning voter turnout nonprofits — the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation & Research (CEIR) — “with most of the funds funneled to government elections offices in critically important jurisdictions for Joe Biden — to finance get-out-the-vote efforts aimed at defeating” Trump, according press materials for the film.

    On Monday, elections watchdog group Voter Reference Foundation (VRF) posted records obtained via the Wisconsin Elections Commission documenting the number of voters who circumvented state voter ID requirements in 2020 by claiming “indefinitely confined” status during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The dataset revealed “40,856 registrants who voted in the 2020 General Election with an Indefinitely Confined status and according to WEC, had not provided ID prior to doing so,” VRF reported.

    Joe Biden defeated Trump in Wisconsin by a margin of 20,608 votes, out of 3,297,352 total votes cast, according to Ballotpedia.

    In late March 2020, the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC), citing the COVID-19 pandemic, provided guidance that voters who self-identified as “indefinitely confined” could receive a ballot without providing ID. Instead of using an ID to verify a voter’s identity, the only requirement was the signature of a witness verifying that the voter filled out the absentee ballot and that the name and address were correct.

    Wisconsin was one of the battleground states that received Zuckerbucks, with the cities of Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine receiving a total of $6.3 million in CTCL grants.

    Under the Wisconsin Safe Voting Plan submitted by the five cities to CTCL with the signed grant agreement, Green Bay proposed to spend $45,000 to employ “voter navigators,” who would “help residents properly upload valid photo ID, complete their ballots and comply with certification requirements, and offer witness signatures.”

    In December 2020, after the Wisconsin Republican Party brought a lawsuit against the Dane County clerk, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the exsitence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s declared public health emergency were insufficient to classify voters as “indefintely confined” and exempt from voter ID rules on that basis. Only those voters whose “own age, physical illness or infirmity” makes them homebound could declare themselves “indefinitely confined” and bypass a state requirement for photo ID, the court determined.

    As Wisconsin residents voted on Tuesday in local elections, 32,857 of the 40,856 voters who registered as “indefinitely confined” and voted without providing ID in the 2020 election remained “in an Active status,” according to VRF, while 7,999 of them are now inactive. Many of the inactive voters are listed as deceased, moved, or inaccessible via mail.

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  8. “COVID: THE AFTERMATH”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/04/covid-the-aftermath.php

    “I have been saying for a long time that the supposed anti-covid measures undertaken by governments would do more damage in the long run than the virus. That conclusion is now emerging clearly from the data. Kevin Roche does a retrospective on Minnesota, which no doubt is typical of most, if not all, states:

    What is particularly noticeable is that extra drug and alcohol deaths in younger people far outweigh supposed CV-19 deaths during the epidemic. Lockdowns kill, much more than CV-19, for this group. And the homicide increases are also attributable to CV-19 lockdowns in part.

    Note that Minnesota, like other states, continues to call deaths CV-19 ones, even if it clearly had nothing to do with the death, like a homicide that happened to have a positive test within the prior 30 days.

    The post consists mostly of charts, which are worth studying in detail. Causes of death are broken down by age category. I would focus particularly on two of them. First, mortality among those age 65 and up:”

    https://i2.wp.com/www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2022/04/Slide5.png.webp?resize=600%2C436&ssl=1

    “Older people basically die from natural causes. As you can see, the covid epidemic did add somewhat to mortality among the elderly, although not to anything like a catastrophic degree. And my own study of Minnesota’s mortality data (which are amazingly comprehensive) tells me that “covid deaths” overwhelmingly consist of old people who were already very, very sick.

    Now take a look at the same data for the age group 19 to 30. Young people rarely die from covid or other diseases, but look what happened to accidental deaths in this age group in 2020 and 2021. Drug overdoses are classified as accidental:”

    https://i2.wp.com/www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2022/04/Slide2.png.webp?resize=600%2C436&ssl=1

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  9. This is why Democrats can’t allow efforts to ensure election integrity.

    Because it works.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/04/06/results_are_in_republican_election_integrity_efforts_work_147434.html

    “After the serious election integrity issues of 2020, Republican leaders and the Republican National Committee have not been idle, but responded on behalf of voters to ensure that free, fair, and transparent elections remain a hallmark of American democracy. Joe Biden and Democrats predictably have done everything under the sun to smear these efforts, even calling those everyday Americans who oppose the efforts racist. But now, over a year later, the results are in, and Democrats have been totally wrong.

    Georgia and Texas are perfect examples. Almost a year ago, after the passage of SB 202 – a highly popular Republican-led election integrity law which expanded early voting, poll watching, and voter ID requirements – Democrats pulled out all thestops and started lying. They said the law was “racist,” would “suppress” voter turnout, and even backed a boycott meant to hurt small businesses, many of them black-owned. Essentially, they shamefully tried to stir up chaos along racial lines. But on Election Day, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution depicted a different scene entirely, writing that voters saw “short lines,” “few problems,” and no “obstacles at the polls.” It is time for all race-baiting Democrat politicians to stop their lies and admit their claims aren’t based in reality.

    Texas is further proof of Democrats’ lies. In the first wave of major elections since its popular election integrity law Senate Bill 1 was enacted (containing a number of similar provisions to the Georgia bill), the state saw the highest voter turnout ever. In fact, turnout increased from 2.56 million votes in 2018 to over 2.93 million in 2020.

    The rollout of Republican election integrity efforts in both Georgia and Texas not only disproves Democrats’ lie that Republican-led election integrity measures “suppress” voters, but also shows just how far left the Democrat rhetoric has deviated from the facts. Perhaps they are afraid of the results?

    In hindsight, Democrats’ dubbing of anyone who opposed their anti-election integrity efforts as “racist” hasn’t aged well. Take voter ID laws, for instance. Before the Georgia bill was passed, 75% of Americans – including 69% of black voters and 60% of Democrats – supported voter ID. Regardless, Democrats wore themselves ragged pushing the broader claim that Republicans were enacting “voter suppression,” even going so far as to try to eviscerate the Senate filibuster to push through their radical federal election takeover agenda. But support for voter ID laws only rose, up at least 13 percentage points among black Americans. Additionally, voter turnout in Atlanta – ones with predominately black communities – shot up 17% in the city’s municipal elections from 2018 and 2020. The truth is, Republican efforts to fortify election integrity have only empowered the black community.

    As Democrats continue to ruin our election systems, even trying to allow noncitizens to vote, Republicans are shining a light on them, and the RNC is taking them to court. Recently, in Harris County, Texas, Democrat negligence and mismanagement was on full display. Approximately eight polling locations did not open on time because the polling locations were not adequately staffed, and the equipment was not working properly. Also, long after the deadline for counting ballots had passed, Harris County reported that 10,000 mail-in ballots (6,000 Democrat and 4,000 Republican) had not been counted. Even by their own lackluster standards, Democrats are disenfranchising voters across the political spectrum. Consequently, the RNC and Harris County GOP filed a lawsuit against Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria. She has since resigned her position.”

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  10. Move along….

    Nothing to see….

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