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Happy April Fool’s Day! However, you have my assurance that none of the stories in our newsletter are April Fool’s Day jokes, as ridiculous as some might sound and as foolish as the people in them might seem to be. This used to be the day when the media was filled with fake news and insane nonsense, but that’s every day now, so this holiday is sort of obsolete.
Today's newsletter includes:
- Ukraine-Russia Update
- Border Update: Brace for it
- The media and Hunter Biden: notice something odd?
- And much more.
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2. Ukraine-Russia Update
Here’s the Fox News link to today’s continually-updated Russia-Ukraine headlines.
Among the major stories: Ukraine’s state energy company said that Russian troops have relinquished control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and pulled back. They claim this happened after Russian soldiers received “significant doses” of radiation from digging trenches in the forest in the exclusion zone around the closed plant. I guess they never considered that they might encounter dangerous radiation if they seized the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Talk about bad planning.
In other headlines, negotiations between Ukraine and Russia resumed today via video. President Zelenskyy demoted two Ukrainian generals, calling them “traitors,” but didn’t elaborate. The nation of Georgia, which Russia invaded in 2008, has joined the sanctions effort against Russia. And it’s reported that some of Putin’s advisers in the Kremlin may be souring on this war as it becomes clear it’s not the walk in Gorky Park they thought it would be.
And this might explain why: the Daily Mail reports that a quarter of Russia’s army are young, poorly-trained and ill-equipped conscripts.
A video hit Twitter allegedly showing 10 very young Russian soldiers in oversize helmets, complaining that they’d been “thrown into the s***,” and given AK-47s from the 1940s that don’t fire to do battle against artillery and mortars. They complained, “They’re sending (BLEEPING) ordinary students into war,” and “Know the truth! The Russian Ministry of Defense has no idea about us, or what we’re doing here.” They also urged viewers to spread the video.
I remember that when the USSR fell, one of the major reasons given was that thanks to satellite TV, the communist government could no longer keep feeding the people propaganda and blocking them from learning what was really going on in the rest of the world. I wonder if social media and the Internet will do the same thing to Putin's regime by letting Russians see what's really happening in Ukraine?
3. Border Update: Brace for it
It was recently reported that thanks to President Biden opening our borders and gutting enforcement, illegal immigration is at an all-time high. There were an estimated 1.7 million encounters between border agents and illegal entrants in the last fiscal year, the highest ever recorded and four times the number of expulsions under Trump. They’ve already passed one million in the first six months of the new fiscal year. And that’s just the ones who were intercepted.
Now, the DHS is bracing for a new influx of half a million more illegal entrants in May, when Biden plans to lift Article 42, the emergency measure to quickly remove illegal entrants to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Biden said in his State of the Union Address that we must secure the border, but an anonymous border agent told Fox News that very few people in the agency believe that anyone in the White House believes that, adding, “All of their actions, comments and practices are solely about pushing in as many illegal aliens as possible, not just those from the Americas but from around the world.”
I would add that if wanted a secure border, he wouldn’t have unsecured it, and he sure as heck wouldn’t have put Kamala Harris in charge of re-securing it.
Republicans say the Democrats feign support for secure borders but really want as many illegal entrants as possible because they see them as future Democrat voters. A reasonable assumption. But for now, they have to rely on the votes of current American citizens, for whom open borders and massive illegal immigration are a problem, not a boon. Even a handful of swing state Democrats are starting to worry about how the coming new tsunami of illegal immigration will play in the midterm elections and are calling on Biden to leave Article 42 in place.
If Biden isn’t trying to encourage as much illegal immigration as possible, why is he planning to lift a COVID restriction that will result in a huge wave of illegal entries while at the same time, his top health official is trying to scare American citizens with the idea of a new variant forcing us to return to masking and lockdowns?
4. Hollywood Update
I’m not sure if anyone really cares at this point, but I don’t want to be accused of not correcting stories that have changed, so…
The claim that Oscar producers asked Will Smith to leave after he assaulted Chris Rock and he refused is now under dispute. The show’s producer claimed that Rock declined an offer by police to remove Smith, but insiders and witnesses told the New York Post that Rock was never consulted and the producers asked Smith to stay.
So somebody from Hollywood is lying to us? Well, knock me over with a feather!
At least one Hollywood awards organization is showing some class and good judgement. The Golden Raspberry Awards for the worst in cinema just gave Bruce Willis a Razzie to poke fun at all the bad, low-budget movies he made in 2021. But after learning he’s suffering from aphasia and has to retire from acting, the organizers announced that they are rescinding the mock award. They said, “If someone’s medical condition is a factor in their decision-making and/or their performance, we acknowledge that it is not appropriate to give them a Razzie.”
Might I suggest that they give the Raspberry to Will Smith instead?
5. Republican support for SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson
As many disturbing things as we’ve learned during the confirmation hearing for Biden SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, like her habitual lenient sentencing for child porn defendants and her inability to (really, terror of) defining what a “woman” is, I’ve always warned that she was likely a shoo-in to be confirmed.
Not just because it was always a longshot that Democrat Joe Manchin would oppose her (he’s not), but even if he did, she’d probably get enough votes from certain Republicans to squeak by. And no surprise, the usual dominoes are already starting to fall from right to left.
6. The media and Hunter Biden: notice something odd?
It seems odd, doesn’t it, that after so much denial by the establishment media, the politicians, and even the intel bureaucracy about Hunter Biden’s laptop, we’re suddenly deluged with stories about it? Why is this happening now? ((Of course, the bigger question is, “Why didn’t it happen before the election?” but we know the answer to that.) Robert Spencer at PJ Media has some thoughts about what’s going on.
“From the headlines we’re seeing these days,” he quips, “it’s as if Steve Bannon has taken over all the major media outlets.” I wouldn’t go that far, but his point is made. Spencer’s hypothesis is that President Biden has been performing so abysmally –- especially in Poland, where he was downright dangerous –- that he may be seen as having outlived his usefulness to whoever is “running him.” This scandal could be the way to bring his dreadful presidency to a close, while giving at least the veneer of equal justice for all.
J. D. Rucker thinks this will likely happen, and he apparently has a lot of company. His speculation is that President Biden might willingly step down “in exchange for covering up his son’s (and his) crimes.” He believes the intel community –- the “three-letter agencies” –- are concerned enough about the danger Biden poses that they’re telling some accomplices in the media to pile on, while they decide how much indictable stuff to release publicly to get the job done. The baggage needs to stay with the Bidens, they believe, so the Democrat “brand” is protected for other candidates. (I would counter that the Democrat “brand” is pretty unappealing right now as it is.
Again, this is speculation, just a scenario that seems increasingly plausible. We’ll move on...
Having finally been vindicated after the blatant censorship of its original Hunter Biden laptop story, The New York Post is having a field day. It’s been one revelation after another, showing why voters should’ve had this very real story before they cast their ballots.
On Thursday, they reported on the demand from the 14 Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, led by Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, that all documents relating to Hunter’s business dealings be turned over. That includes ALL communications with Hunter that took place during Barack Obama’s two terms as President, when Joe Biden was Vice President.
Letters went to Dana Remus, counsel to President Biden, and David Ferriero, head archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration. The letters said, “If the Russian government is attempting to influence American policy in Ukraine by exploiting Hunter Biden’s connection with his father –- the President of the United States –- the American people deserve to know it.”
Right now, with Republicans in the minority, there’s really nothing they can do if (when!) the White House and National Archives don’t comply. That changes if (when!) the GOP re-takes Congress in November. They plan to cut to the chase by subpoenaing Hunter Biden. First question for Hunter: Who is “the big guy”?
Former Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski said early on that “the big guy” definitely was Joe Biden, but the left did its best to make sure that if you did happen to hear that, you never heard it again.
Legal experts who talked to the Post said that if Hunter were subpoenaed, the process would be “a grinding one” and that even if they got him before Congress, he’d likely plead the Fifth. Even so, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York said “the subpoenas will rain down if they do not turn over documents and answers to questions.” She told the NY Post that “it should concern every American that they did this for the Biden family’s financial gain, which came at the expense of our national security.”
According to House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, they plan to investigate not only Hunter’s businesses but also the origins of COVID, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the “Justice” Department’s investigations into parents protesting Critical Race Theory. We can safely predict that Democrats will slam the GOP for “endless investigations”; never mind that they’ve spent years investigating phony scandals invented by Hillary’s campaign or otherwise concocted. Once we’re able to investigate the all-too-real ones, they’ll move to slam on the brakes.
The NY Post Editorial Board also wrote about the laptop scandal on Thursday, in an editorial called “The Week In Whoppers: Biden’s baloney, the WaPo’s shameless flip-flop and more.” The really fun part is their take-down of the Washington Post, which had labeled the NY Post’s October 2020 laptop stories “fake” and called them “laughably weak” but now admits they’re true. Who’s laughing now?
Here’s the NY Post story about WaPo making that admission. WaPo had a copy of the hard drive for nine long months, so they must have done a veeeeeeeery thorough forensic examination. All any thinking person needed was Tony Bobulinski’s interview to realize it was real.
By the way, it’s not just the media spinning madly to try to distance President Biden from Hunter (at least for now). SlayNews.com reports that Democrat leaders are still insisting the laptop is “Russian disinformation.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland says, “I think it’s as bogus as it was before.” (Note: it wasn’t bogus before; they just said it was.) Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline agrees, apparently not realizing that the NY Post’s laptop story was never, as he put it early on, “collapsing in on itself.” Are these people lying to themselves or to you? I think mostly to you.
Miranda Devine, who broke the laptop story, has a new piece detailing how the media tip-toed around it and “underplayed Joe Biden’s role.” She notes that CNN White House correspondent John Harwood said, “There is zero evidence that Vice President Biden, or President Biden, has done anything wrong in connection with what Hunter Biden has done.”
Similarly, WaPo said it “did not find evidence that Joe Biden personally benefited from or knew details about the transactions with [Chinese energy company] CEFC, which took place after he had left the vice presidency and before he announced his intentions to run for the White House in 2020.” But in order to say this, they have to leave out some key facts; for example, they don’t mention the deal involving SinoHoldings, set up for a joint venture between CEFC and Hunter and his partners. This is the one that was to give “the big guy” 10 percent of the spoils. (Of course, WaPo can turn on a dime and implicate the President if that’s determined to be the plan.)
Devine’s piece is highly recommended reading for anyone wanting to be more aware of how propaganda is crafted. Sorry that for this and other stories, you have to scroll through some creepy pictures of Hunter.
Speaking of media propaganda, Michael Goodwin has a NY Post column about the “apologist” press trying and failing to shore up Biden. It’ll cheer you up, and there are no Hunter Biden pictures.
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