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JULY 21-22,  2023

REALITY:   It hasn't been a great two weeks for huge events.  Or has it?  Look at any of the main headline sites and the headlines are small.  It's summer.  Many of the biggest shots aren't shooting in the summer heat.  There is, perhaps, a summer sleepiness in the news business.

But, quietly, some major events may well be creeping up on us, and one of them is a growing realization that the president, like his Trumpian opponent, can be facing serious legal consequences.   Despite the best efforts of his friends in the press, the evidence is building and building that Mr. Biden, and his breathtakingly pathetic son, Hunter, aren't quite on the level.  From the New York Post: 

There are 472 days until the 2024 presidential election.

Does Joe Biden really think he can camp in the White House basement until then, dodging every question about his son Hunter, foreign bribes and Department of Justice coverups?

He may try to hide behind the skirts of MSNBC anchors, but Americans are demanding answers on a series of scandalous revelations:

The head of Ukrainian gas company Burisma laid out in stark terms to a credible FBI informant exactly when he had Hunter Biden on the payroll. He needed the then-vice president’s son to solve problems and get a prosecutor fired.

That Burisma executive, Mykola Zlochevsky, said he was “pressured” to pay Hunter $5 million, and Joe Biden another $5 million, for their assistance.

We know Hunter was paid this money; it’s documented. We also know he had no expertise in oil and gas, was addicted to drugs, and dropped his father’s name with clients. So what other possible reason was there for him to be paid by Burisma except to influence Joe?

But when investigators tried to probe the $17 million Hunter Biden made from foreign clients, they were blocked at every turn, testified two IRS whistleblowers. Hunter was tipped off to a possible interview. Agents were told they couldn’t search the Biden home.

Felony charges were suddenly downgraded to misdemeanors. A whole IRS team of probers was sidelined after years of work.

After spending years praising the “courage” of whistleblowers against Donald Trump, Democrats now impugn these on-the-record government employees, blasting their testimony without disputing it.

Former Hunter business partner Tony Bobulinski said he met with Joe Biden about a possible deal with China-based energy firm CEFC. Emails confirm Joe was set to enter a partnership with Hunter and Bobulinski after leaving office.

Despite this, and despite the fact that Joe was in charge of Ukraine policy while serving as veep, the senior Biden has said repeatedly he “never” talked about business with his son. How is that credible?

None of this is rumor or conspiracy theory. It’s backed up with bank records, pictures, witnesses, even Joe Biden’s own words.

COMMENT:  Read the rest.  It will take a concerted effort by Republican leaders and ethical journalists, as well as the focused attention of the American people, to move this outrage to the next level, but I believe it will happen.  There is a limit to the patience and indulgence of the public.

If the story is suppressed, it will be a legal and journalistic scandal of the first magnitude. 

July 22, 2023      Permalink

 

WATCH THIS GUY.  WATCH HIM CAREFULLY.  There is increasing speculation, informed speculation, that Governor Glen Youngkin of Virginia, will get into the presidential race should Donald Trump's legal problems force him out or Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida fail to improve his poll standings.  It was Youngkin who turned Virginia red, and he has a proved public appeal, especially in his handling of sensitive issues.  FROM THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH: 

The Youngkin administration on Tuesday implemented a finalized K-12 transgender policy that emphasizes parents’ rights and rolls back some of the protections afforded to transgender students under the previous administration’s model policies.

The new model policies, which the Virginia Department of Education put into effect Tuesday afternoon, aim to require students to use school bathrooms that match the sex they were assigned at birth “except to the extent that federal law otherwise requires.”

The model policies themselves will not have any immediate effect on school divisions’ practices. They are meant to be a model for local school boards, which, by law, must implement their own policies that are consistent with the state’s model policies.

The new policies also require school division personnel to refer to each student using only the pronouns “appropriate to the sex appearing in the student’s official record — that is, male pronouns for students whose sex is male, and female pronouns for a student whose sex is female.”

Gov. Glenn Younkin said in a statement: “All children in Virginia deserve to have a parent engaged in their life and to be treated with dignity and respect. The VDOE updated model policies reaffirm my administration’s continued commitment to ensure that every parent is involved in conversations regarding their child’s education, upbringing, and care.”

COMMENT:  The governor's policies apply much-needed common sense to the issue of parental rights.  Just as the parent is the first teacher, the parent is also the first guardian.  It is in the interest of the child, and a reflection of our religious and cultural tradition, that parents play the leading role in the upbringing of children.  We also should note that we use the term "public schools" because those schools are owned by the public, by the people, not by educators or politicians.  Parents have, until recently, been welcome "at school."  But leftist groups seeking to indoctrinate the next generation of children, have withdrawn that welcome.

Obviously, Youngkin's policy is meeting fierce opposition.  But we should study how he handles himself, and how he deals with controversy.  He may be called upon next year.  So far, his record is encouraging.

July 22,  2023     Permalink   

 

 

 

 

JULY 19-20,  2023

I DON'T THINK IT WILL HAPPEN.  SOME REPUBLICANS ARE CALLING FOR BIDEN'S IMPEACHMENT, BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT KAMMY THE SPEECHMAKER COULD BECOME PRESIDENT.  FROM FOX:

Republicans immediately began lashing out at President Biden Thursday following the release of an unclassified FBI document detailing his alleged involvement in an international bribery scheme, with a number rallying for his impeachment.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released the FD-1023 form earlier in the day which detailed how Biden, along with his son, Hunter Biden, allegedly "coerced" Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky to pay them millions of dollars in exchange for their help in getting the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company fired.

"Most corrupt family to ever live in the White House! Impeach!" Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., wrote on Twitter, while Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., wrote, "Read and understand just how deep the corruption goes. Biden should be thrown out of office. Impeach!"

Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate and conservative firebrand Kari Lake suggested the president was guilty of "extortion" and "treason" in addition to bribery, and claimed former President Donald Trump was impeached for Biden's "crimes."

"Is this why Biden has America involved in the war in Ukraine??? Joe Biden is a criminal and is compromised! And he is leading us into WW3 [because Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelenskyy has proof of more Biden crimes," Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., tweeted. "Republicans can no longer delay, but we need 218 Republican votes to do it. I’ve been there since day one and so are the American people. IMPEACH BIDEN!!!"

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., also called for Biden's impeachment prior to the release of the document, writing that he "NEEDS to be impeached" because of the "evidence and testimony" she had seen as a member of the House Oversight Committee investigating the Biden family finances. "He is compromised and his son is selling access to him," she added.

"This is damning evidence that Biden is compromised. Remember when Democrats and their pals in the media went as far as to question whether this document even exists?" Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Texas, tweeted, while Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., declared, "The Biden family corruption saga continues."

Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., vowed the House Oversight Committee would hold Biden accountable, while Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., told Fox News, "It causes some great concerns that our president could be compromised to a foreign government."

COMMENT:  Seems to me an impeachment would be a distraction from the 2024 election campaign, and could even backfire.  The impeachment of Biden by the House means nothing if he isn't convicted by the Senate, which has never happened to a president.  The Republicans don't have the Senate votes to do it.  And the result of removing Biden is too horrible to contemplate – President Kamala Harris.  I can just hear her giggling during the oath of office. 

The Republicans should focus on winning everywhere next year – the presidency, the House and the Senate.  Biden's corruption is effective ammunition, and even some liberal news outlets are starting to notice.  If Trump should ultimately drop out of the race – and I think that's a distinct possibility if his own legal problems start to drag him down – then Biden would stand alone as the king of the Washington operators. 

July 20, 2023       Permalink

 

 

A FASCINATING IDEA:  A teenager boosts a concept that can truly make a positive difference.  From Fox: 

As university enrollment and Americans' confidence in higher education decline, there's growing support for allowing veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to start a business rather than attend college. Proponents say the policy change could also alleviate the military's recruiting crisis.

"In the past, the GI Bill college tuition grants was the military's big recruiting magnet. But it didn't really appeal to me," 18-year-old Aden Gilbert told Fox News. "My acquaintances and peers, we think that college is very much overrated, and it can really just impede or delay an entrepreneur like myself."

Gilbert is the son of a Marine Corps veteran and considered following in his father's footsteps until recently. He said the proliferation of "woke" ideology in the military prompted his decision as well as his own finances — he started a social media marketing business during his senior year of high school that he says has taken off.

"Why would I be taking classes on why America sucks, which is what's taught in a lot of these colleges now, while my business competition is getting a four-year head start on me? It just doesn't really make any sense," Gilbert said.

Bipartisan legislation introduced this year would create a pilot program allowing 250 GI Bill-eligible veterans to receive a grant to open their own business or purchase a franchise. The grant would be equivalent to the maximum amount under the GI Bill. The veteran would also be required to participate in an entrepreneurial training program.

"Veterans moving into civilian life face a daunting mission in determining the next chapter of their life. Many of them want to pursue higher education, but others want to pursue a different path," Rep. Ben Cline, R-Va., who sponsored the bill, told Fox News in an email.

"I know a ton of other entrepreneurs and like-minded kids who would flock to the military if that were to pass," Gilbert said, calling the legislation a "no-brainer way to end the recruiting crisis."

The military is struggling to fill its ranks as young people like Gilbert forgo service. Military officials blame a competitive job market and a dwindling pool of qualified applicants. Only 9% of young Americans are interested in serving their country, according to the Department of Defense.

College enrollment has also suffered a decline since 2012, and recent polling by Gallup shows Americans' confidence in higher education is waning.

"The youth of this era is not as interested in college," Jason Gilbert, Aden's dad, told Fox News. "They don't see the benefit that we have in past generations. The return on investment isn't there. It costs more and they get less, and the youth today are far more entrepreneurial than generations past."

COMMENT:  Unless we try, we can't know whether that idea will succeed, but it represents some of the most creative thinking that I've seen in a long time.  America has always been a land of innovation and adventure, and if the entrepreneurial spirit surges, I'm all for it.

July 20, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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