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On Monday, Elon Musk announced his deal intended to restore free speech to Twitter. Ironically, this was a day when it seemed even more people than usual said and tweeted incredibly false, twisted, insulting, disgraceful, confused and just downright stupid things. I mean, it was one jaw-dropping statement after another. (To be accurate, some were first said a few days back, but they got extra mileage on Monday.)

Yet, because we do believe in free speech, we want to make the point that none of these statements should be censored in any way. We WANT the people saying them to continue to express themselves freely, because what they say tells us what they really think and reminds us that we should keep them away from power at all costs.

At the same time, just because we don’t censor them doesn’t mean we won’t have a little fun with them. So we thought we’d list just these four and let you, the readers, tell us in the comments which one you think is the worst:

#1. (From JEN PSAKI, on whether the Biden administration feels any responsibility for a border guard’s drowning.) “Well, of course we are mourning the loss of his life and we are grateful for the work of every national guardsmen. I would note that the national guard work for the states, so he is an employee of the Texas National Guard and his efforts and his operation were directed by [them], not by the federal government in this effort.”

(NOTE: My writers, who live in Texas –- very near where this Guardsman was from, in fact –- might have to go with Psaki’s detestable, blame-shifting quote.)

#2. (From disgraced Lincoln Project co-founder RICK WILSON, on the election in France.) “Macron should understand that his enemies abroad — Putin, [Steve] Bannon, [Glenn] Greenwald et al — won’t rest and won’t stop coming. They need to mow them down before a cleaner, smarter version of Le Pen emerges. Complacency is death for democracies. In America, too many believe that being rid of Trump ended the threat to our republic.”

(NOTE: Yes, Wilson did actually say “mow them down.” And his follow-up Tweet was "Antifa isn't real.")

#3. (From left-wing activist SHAUN KING, on why Elon Musk is REALLY buying Twitter.) "At its root, @ElonMusk wanting to purchase Twitter is not about left vs right. It’s about white power. The man was raised in Apartheid by a white nationalist. He’s upset that Twitter won’t allow white nationalists to target/harass people. That’s his definition of free speech.”

(NOTE: There were numerous Twitter variations on the Elon Musk/apartheid theme from crazed liberals. We’re letting Shaun King’s stand in for them all.)

#4. (From PRESIDENT BIDEN, when asked about delaying the end of Title 42 at the border.) “No. What I’m considering is continuing to hear from my — my — First of all, there’s gonna be an appeal by the Justice Department. Because as a matter of principle, we want to be able to be in a position where if, in fact, it is strongly concluded by the scientists that we need Title 42 that we’d be able to do that. But there has been no decision on extending Title 42.”

NOTE: President Biden gets a bonus quote, from when he was asked about Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law: “There’s nothing conservative about deciding you’re going to throw Disney out of its present posture because Mickey Mouse? In fact, do you think we should be not be able to say, you know, ‘gay’? I mean, what’s going on here?”

So, readers, who wins WORST QUOTE OF THE DAY?

1. Jen Psaki

2. Rick Wilson

3. Shaun King

4. President Biden

ANSWER BELOW, THANKS!

May 2 marks the theatrical debut of Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary, 2,000 MULES, about organized vote fraud in Wisconsin and other battleground states involving vote harvesting and those unsupervised dropboxes, which were so obviously a horrendous idea.

The film uses surveillance video and cellphone geotracking to follow the movements of a network of “mules” who tirelessly collect ballots from non-government entities and stuff them, a few here and a few there, into dropboxes in the dead of night. Here’s just a taste of what they found, as revealed in the official trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xki5HlFV66A

Recall that many of those dropboxes were funded through grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which had received hundreds of millions in donations from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. These “Zuckbucks” reportedly came with strings attached, as they were used not just to pay for dropboxes, but also to make sure those boxes were placed in particular locations.

D’Souza’s film was put together with monumental research from the organization True the Vote, and it’s hard even to imagine the scale of work involved. To unravel and document what had gone on, they bought 3 trillion (!) geolocation signals from cellphones near ballot dropboxes and also election nonprofits, from October 1, 2020, through Election Day, November 3. (For Georgia, they extended this through their January 6 runoff election.) Then they sifted out the evidence of the “mules,” operatives who picked up ballots from organizations such as Stacey Abrams’ “Fair Fight Action” –- ah, unintentional humor –- and carried them to various dropboxes, depositing them three to ten at a time. Gloves were often worn, presumably to prevent fingerprints in case the ballots were ever examined. The “mules” would snap pictures of the ballots before they were sent on to be counted, as cheaters apparently get paid by the ballot.

To define “mule,” they set a threshold of visiting at least ten dropboxes within a defined area and at least five visits to one or more of these organizations. After they determined the dropboxes that were being visited in this way, they looked for public surveillance camera footage of those locations, and found 4 million minutes (!) of video. Once they were able to line up the movements of the mules with the surveillance video, the scheme came to life.

Read Devine’s story for much more detail on what they found.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/24/biden-is-up-to-old-election-tricks/

As shocking as this is, Devine has advised President Trump, if he runs again, NOT to focus backwards on the 2020 race, no matter what evidence continues to suggest hat he might really have won. When she interviewed him for her book LAPTOP FROM HELL, he apparently kept going back to that, and she told him she thought of it as in sports: “Even if the umpire is biased and the game is rigged, it’s over. Best to put your efforts into winning the next game.”

As anyone who knows Trump might expect, he didn’t care for that analogy. He thought of it like Tiffany’s getting robbed, she said, and “we have to get the diamonds back.” She told him there was no getting the diamonds back now, but we can stop them from being stolen again.

Of course, to accomplish that, we have to anticipate anything and everything the "diamond thieves" might do in coming elections. So be sure and see Dinesh’s movie! Let’s make an impressive box office showing --- here’s the link to find out where to see it next week. There’s also a virtual premiere the following Saturday, May 7.

https://2000mules.com

The New York Times is trying to pull the Democrats’ bacon out of the electoral fire by promoting the ridiculous narrative that Americans just don’t realize all the accomplishments the Biden White House has achieved to help them (as Oliver Hardy used to say to Stan Laurel, “Stop trying to HELP me!”)

https://issuesinsights.com/2022/04/22/the-times-tries-to-rescue-bidens-american-rescue-plan-and-fails/

At the link, Issues & Insights examines the latest attempt by the Times to hoodwink us into believing the $2 trillion “American Rescue Plan” caused the economy to rebound and why that’s total hooey. It was actually a huge amount of inflation-boosting deficit spending that was injected into an economy that was already strongly rebounding from the artificial COVID lockdowns.

Much of the alleged “emergency stimulus spending” went to state and local governments for projects that - due to the long lead time of debate, contracting, environmental impact studies, etc. - are still years away from breaking ground. And since tax revenues had already rebounded by record amounts, many recipients didn’t even need the money.

Read it all so you’ll be prepared if anyone tries this Fantasyland argument on you.

Related: The director of the International Monetary Fund admits that “We printed too much money and didn’t think of unintended consequences.” You know, little things like runaway inflation and exploding government debt levels.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2022/04/22/imf_director_maybe_we_printed_too_much_money_without_thinking_of_the_unintended_consequences.html

Sorry to break this to her, but some of us did think about those things and tried to warn about them. I do agree, however, with her comparison of international monetary authorities to a soccer team of eight-year-olds, all fixated on the ball and not noticing the rest of the field.

Last week, we brought you details of the federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax and financial affairs, along with the story about a letter from 16 congressional Republicans to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding a briefing on that investigation as part of fulfilling their oversight duties.

Now, the update: Miranda Devine, who broke the laptop story in the New York Post and wrote LAPTOP FROM HELL, has co-written with Jon Levine a report saying that Hunter’s closest Rosemont Seneca partner, Eric Schwerin, visited the Obama White House 19 times, according to visitor logs. On November 17, 2010, around the time Hunter took a downward slide and checked into rehab, Schwerin even had a sit-down meeting with the Vice President in the West Wing.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/23/joe-biden-met-with-hunter-biden-business-partner-at-the-white-house/

Recall that Joe Biden has repeatedly maintained that he knew nothing about his son’s business affairs. But according to Devine, the visits recorded in the logs correspond closely to “key moments in Hunter’s life when he was striking multi-million dollar deals in foreign countries, including China.”

Devine cites several striking examples of this; here’s just one: In August of 2011, the Vice President went to China for three days of top-level meetings, including with future President Xi Jinping. Just a few days later, Schweriin was in the White House for a meeting with Kellen Suber, Biden’s executive assistant.

Judging from correspondence on Hunter’s laptop, Schwerin appears to have been the Biden business associate with the most intimate access to Hunter’s personal finances.

Evan Ryan, VP Biden’s assistant for intergovernmental affairs and his public liaison, was apparently the White House conduit for Hunter and his Rosemont Seneca colleagues. She married Tony Blinken, who is now President Biden’s Secretary of State, and she got an appointment from Joe as well, as White House Cabinet Secretary.

Devine called attention to a July 6, 2010, memo we recently discussed, with the subject line, “JRB Future Memo.” (JRB could only be “Joseph Robinette Biden.”) It was Schwerin who wrote that memo, saying to Hunter: Your Dad just called me (about his mortgage)...He could use some positive news about his future earnings potential.”

Peter Schweizer, author of “RED HANDED: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win,” along with Devine, appeared with Maria Bartiromo on FOX News Sunday to add to the update.

House investigators intend to call Hunter to testify before Congress if (when!) they retake the House this fall, he said. Meanwhile, the federal investigation in Delaware awaits responses from its subpoena in December for “all documents, emails, or communications created, provided, produced, and/or filed by [Hunter] Biden, regarding Biden’s income, expenses, assets, debts, obligations, and financial transactions, including, but not limited to, all payments made to or from Biden, whether directly or through third parties, and all personal and business expenditures by Biden.” In other words, they're following the money.

According to Devine, the investigation has broadened from tax violations to include potential money laundering and violations of lobbying laws. Devine reported that the grand jury is “making good progress,” holding interviews with Hunter’s “business partners and also his former lovers.” She said they’re asking witnesses who “the big guy” is.

Recall that “the big guy” is mentioned in an email from James Gilliar (subject line: “Expectations”) to Tony Bobulinski and others, including Hunter, that breaks down the percentages of money going to various individuals. Whoever the big guy was, the “expectation” according to this memo was that he would get 10 percent. Former business associate Tony Bobulinski said in an interview with Tucker Carlson just a few days before the 2020 election that “the big guy” was definitely Joe Biden, but that story was suppressed.

Speaking of James Gilliar, we found some excellent reporting on him from Breitbart News that might have been missed the first time around. It concerns Hunter's negotiations with Chinese energy company CEFC. (The breakdown above is for that deal.) Devine has alleged that Joe Biden attended at least one of their meetings with chairman Ye Jianming.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/12/01/emails-hunter-biden-is-true-sheikh-of-washington/

Obviously, what started out as a story about Hunter Biden is now about President Biden. “He’s the center of it,” Schweizer said. “He’s the planet around which the moons in the family, Hunter Biden and James Biden, revolve.” He does have a concern with the issue of statute of limitations, he said, as this grand jury was convened in 2018. COVID intervened, he explained, and they lost “about a year and a half.” He hopes we’ll hear something from them very soon. (Note: you'd think a statute of limitations might be eased if grand juries can't even convene due to an emergency.)

“I don’t know if Miranda shares this opinion,” he said, “but I think they’ve got him dead to rights on tax evasion, and I think the money laundering and other charges are equally very troublesome from Team Biden. And their nightmare scenario is that there’s a trial. They want a deal, even if Hunter goes to jail for a little bit.” A trial would highlight the role Joe Biden played in all of this, he said.

Barring a plea from Hunter, AG Garland would have to decide whether or not to go to trial. Devine pointed out that Garland has already been “burned” by the controversy over investigating parents protesting CRT in their kids’ classrooms, and suggests he might have “no appetite for ruining his reputation further by being seen to be covering up for the Biden family.” She thinks he might just “let justice take its course.” Hope she’s right.

Hunter repaid his overdue taxes in 2021, even though it took huge loan –- at least $1 million, possibly double that, according to Devine –- from a "generous benefactor" in California to do it. She said his defense is going to be that he was a drug addict and didn’t know what he was doing, but that he is now clean.

But whatever happens to Hunter personally, the Democrat establishment “appears to be turning on Joe Biden,” according to Schweizer, largely because he’s polling so dismally. “I’m sure there are certain elements now that would just as soon that he leave the stage at some point,” he said, adding that this is true even if it makes Kamala Harris President.

The Secret Service, unbelievably, has said it has NO visitation logs of those who met with Biden at his home in Delaware –- and he spends over a quarter of his time there.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/no-records-kept-of-bidens-meetings-in-delaware-report

Schweizer has cited numerous instances of off-the-books meetings between Biden personally and various Chinese officials in the White House; he knows about them through references in emails and social media posts from 2011. Curiously, the logs show only meetings with other White House officials, not with the President.

“This is a pattern,” Schweizer said. “When political figures are trying to hide who they’re meeting with...that, to me, is a hugely important avenue to show what’s really going on in this scheme.”

Here’s today’s link to continually-updated Russia-Ukraine stories from Fox News:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-putin-zelenskyy-live

Weekend developments: Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin were in Kyiv for a meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy. Afterward, Blinken said, “The strategy that we’ve put in place — massive support for Ukraine, massive pressure against Russia, solidarity with more than 30 countries engaged in these efforts — is having real results. When it comes to Russia’s war aims, Russia is failing. Ukraine is succeeding. Russia has sought as its principal aim to totally subjugate Ukraine, to take away its sovereignty, to take away its independence. That has failed.” Nevertheless, Putin shows no signs of ending his military assault on eastern Ukraine, and he reportedly aims to take control of southern Ukraine.

While it’s debatable whether Russia is actually losing, it isn’t winning the swift and overwhelming victory that Putin apparently thought it would. Why? Lawrence Person has some fascinating data and theories on that, and it’s a lesson Americans can learn some lessons from.

https://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=51256

Russia spends 5% of its GDP on defense and 20% of the nation’s industrial jobs are in arms manufacturing. Yet some of their missiles turned out to have a 60% failure rate, their planes are being shot down, their tanks are stuck in the mud, and their soldiers not only don’t have enough ammo, they don’t even have decent food. What’s the problem? The rotten thing that ruins everything it touches: socialism!

Instead of embracing free market capitalism and cutting deals with private companies for weapons and supplies, Russia relies on state monopolies that are staggeringly corrupt and incompetent and have no incentives to do better. Read the full article. It will make it clear why Russia’s military looks so fearsome in parades but gets its rump kicked by Ukrainian volunteers with personal small firearms. You’ll understand why the term “Potemkin village” – a phony façade created to fool onlookers into thinking things are going better than they really are – originated in Russia.

Former President Obama is taking heat over a speech for which he should’ve worn a mask and maybe nobody would’ve noticed that he was talking out of both sides of his mouth.

He began with a defense of free speech, claiming he was pretty close to a First Amendment “absolutist.” Then came the “but…” But because of social media spreading harmful “disinformation,” Big Tech needs to regulate speech more. And “content moderation” doesn’t go far enough because it doesn’t prevent the distribution of “clearly dangerous content.” Which is why the federal government needs to get involved by creating a “regulatory structure” to ensure Internet speech platforms are “following certain safety standards that we as a country – not just them – have agreed are necessary for the greater good.” Funny, I don't recall being asked if I thought the federal government regulating speech was necessary for the greater good. Were you?

https://www.theblaze.com/news/obama-promptly-gets-called-out-for-demanding-govt-intervention-over-harmful-online-content-after-promoting-free-speech

So to recap: he’s a “free speech absolutist,” except he thinks that Big Tech should monitor and censor speech and the federal government should have laws regulating speech to make sure they’re censoring it the way he thinks they should be – for our own good, of course.

Obama does have a point: people who tell gigantic lies can cause great harm. Like when you take away millions of peoples’ health insurance coverage while assuring them it will be replaced with something that allows them to keep their doctor if they like their doctor. I remember that being declared “Lie of the Year.” Yet irresponsible media companies broadcast it as if it were true.

And then there were the Trump years, which was the golden age of fake news, when trust in the government was poisoned by the media credulously repeating the Russia collusion hoax, the “very fine people” hoax, the “all Mexicans are rapists and criminals” hoax, the Nick Sandmann hoax, the Jussie Smollett hoax, etc. etc.

So maybe Obama has a point: we need federal regulation to ride herd on media outlets that fill the public square with dangerous lies.

Or we could zealously protect freedom of speech so that these unrepentant liars could be called out in the public square and everyone would simply learn not to listen to them anymore. I like that solution better, and it's already well under way.

Friday, the Disney Corporation learned what the adage, “Get woke, go broke,” really means as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a quickly-passed bill revoking the special self-governing tax district that Disney has enjoyed near Orlando for over five decades.

https://www.westernjournal.com/desantis-seals-disneys-fate-dont-think-walt-appreciate-going-company/

The news caused Disney’s stock to take another drop on Friday. It’s down 33% from one year ago.

Some conservatives are joining liberals in attacking the move, claiming it’s punishing Disney for free speech to revoke the sweetheart deal, because CEO Bob Chapek vowed to use Disney's political clout to overturn the state law barring inappropriate sexual content and gender politics from being taught to children in kindergarten through third grade (and I could hear Walt Disney spinning in his grave as I typed that.) But all it really means is that Disney now has to follow the same rules as every other company in Florida. Up until now, liberals were the ones complaining about how Disney was abusing its power in Florida to exploit the workers, etc. Guess if you’re “woke” enough, they’ll overlook any other sins.

One worry is that dissolving Disney’s district could force local taxpayers to pick up the bill for expenses Disney had been covering, which could mean a big tax increase. But it doesn’t take effect until 2023, so those issues could be worked out before then.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/disney-stripped-special-status-florida-local-taxpayers

DeSantis gave them a well-deserved lesson in who really has the political clout in Florida. And market analysts who are brushing off the stock drop as fleeting don’t seem to understand just how badly Disney’s CEO has tarnished the company’s brand. He took the side of radical LGBTQ activists over parents (Disney's customer base), and I don’t think they’re going to forget that anytime soon.

You don’t even have to be politically partisan to realize how badly Disney has Goofied up. Here’s the former CEO of McDonald’s arguing that Chapek and other Disney executives should be fired for getting involved in politics “without thought and care” and costing their stockholders big time.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/disney-execs-fired-rensi-desantis-parental-rights-law

If they really want to get people back into the theme parks, I’d suggest firing them out of cannons as part of the nightly fireworks show.