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As part of his never-ending “What Can I Do Next To Make Things Worse?” policy, President Biden is refusing to listen to worried Senate Democrats, angry border state leaders or even the majority of US voters who don’t want him to lift the Title 42 COVID restrictions in May and allow a massive new wave of illegal immigrants to rush across the border. It’s such a harebrained idea that a bipartisan group of Senators will introduce a bill today to try to stop him.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/cameronarcand/2022/04/06/report-bipartisan-group-of-lawmakers-takes-on-biden-over-border-crisis-n1587755

But at the moment, Biden seems determined to proceed with this predictable disaster anyway, because why not?

Well, maybe this will get his attention: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made it clear that Texas is fed up with bearing the brunt of Biden’s open border policy and all the crime and drugs it’s allowed to come pouring into the state. He says since the federal government refuses to do its job, he’s allocating state resources, including more equipment and the Texas National Guard, to shore up border security. But here’s the really creative part:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-gov-greg-abbott-migrants-capitol-dc

Abbott says overwhelmed towns along the border have been busing migrants to San Antonio, but he has a better solution. He’s arranged to provide charter buses to pick up any illegal entrants and take them directly to Washington, DC. He says they’ll be dropped off at the US Capitol, “where the Biden Administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border."

Abbott said he will employ as many buses as needed, pointing to past evacuations for natural disasters that used as many as 900 buses. I assume he'll need more than that, since Biden's presidency is proving to be a bigger disaster than any recent hurricane.

As much as I love this idea, I suggest that they also unload plenty of those buses in some of the more affluent suburbs around DC, the ones with the highest incomes in America, wherein live the lawyers, lobbyists and politicians who have worked so hard to create the open borders policy and its resulting flood of illegal immigration that they assumed would never touch them in any way.

Related: Speaking of Biden and his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad policy decisions, his new Iran nuclear deal is so alarmingly awful that a group of 18 House Democrats is now speaking out to try to stop it.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2022/04/06/bidens-iran-nuke-deal-is-so-outrageously-bad-even-democrats-oppose-it-n1587652

So much Hunter laptop news, so little time!

“Hunter laptop,” of course, is shorthand for what this story really is: Expansive Biden family corruption and the media’s shameful coverup designed to ensure Joe Biden’s win in 2020.

Don’t be fooled into thinking the media’s sudden readiness to talk about Hunter isn’t part of a plan by those pulling their strings. Right now, most in the media are playing catch-up as they finally acknowledge what you and I have known for many months.

High praise to the New York Post, which broke the story initially in October 2020, and also to the British press, which has covered what most of the American press would not touch. DailyMail.com has new information about laptop “whistleblower” Jack Maxey, the man who received Hunter’s hard drive from Rudy Giuliani and gave a copy to the Daily Mail. Out of concerns for his own safety, Maxey, who was co-host of Steve Bannon’s podcast “The War Room,” has reportedly been hiding out the past couple of weeks in Zurich, where he’s working with IT experts to extract more information –- emails that supposedly had been deleted. (Considering what Hunter did NOT delete, it’s impossible even to imagine what he thought he’d better delete!)

Maxey said he’d found 400 gigabytes of what Hunter probably assumed had been erased, including 80,000 images and videos (good grief) and more than 120,000 archived emails –- “very difficult to reach,” he said –- and that he’ll be posting them all online in a searchable database in the coming weeks.

His original intention, he said, was to make copies of this material available to the U.S. Congress and Senate and to law enforcement. But he has a big concern about the FBI: “It appears that the FBI agent that picked up Hunter’s laptop and those he was associated with never filed [it] into evidence at the FBI...The FBI received the laptop on the 9th of December 2019, but they actually were informed of its existence earlier.”

He’s seen no confirmation that they’ve done anything at all with it. “As far as I can tell, the trial in Delaware’s about taxes,” he said. “It’s not about abusing children; it’s not about trafficking women. It’s not about putting in jail all the crack dealers all across America who Hunter used to keep his habit up.” (Watch the video at the link to see what he says about the hypocrisy of Joe Biden’s crack law that has incarcerated so many black men, when Hunter never got prosecuted.)

Maxey said that in the spring of 2021, when he approached the Daily Mail, he also gave copies and material from the hard drive to the Washington Post, New York Times, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and that they all, even Grassley, sat on it for months. “No news organizations [except the Daily Mail] would take it,” he said.

According to Maxey, after he contacted the Daily Mail about the laptop, black suburban SUVs appeared outside his house, and former U.S. intel officers with whom he’d shared copies told him they were getting “strange calls.”

Friends “were making welfare calls to me every day,” he said, “basically to see if I was still alive.” He said he posted some of the newly recovered material to file sharing sites, and it was there for about an hour before being taken down --- he suspects by our intelligence services, but Daily Mail has not been able to verify this.

Maxey believes that suppression of this material interfered with the election. “The American people were utterly betrayed,” he said, “because I guarantee you that Joe Biden couldn’t run for dog catcher if [they] knew about this laptop.”

Here’s the link; we apologize once again for the creepy Hunter Biden pictures.

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

Joel Pollak of Breitbart News agrees that this was election interference. Tweet Of The Day:

https://twitter.com/joelpollak/status/1509259631838695425?t=8yw01o37uI4ix-d53WsJhg&s=19

FOX News reported Wednesday that according to emails, “Big Guy” Joe Biden wrote a letter of recommendation in 2017 for the son of one of Hunter’s Chinese business partners –- you know, the Chinese business partners that Joe never knew anything about –- to help him get into Brown University.

As you know, the grand jury in Delaware has asked one of Hunter’s business associates about the identity of the “Big Guy.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki, when asked about the letter by FOX News’ Peter Doocy, dismissed his question by saying Biden was “a private citizen” at the time he wrote the letter, but that’s not the point. Biden has said he knew nothing of his son’s business ventures, but to write the letter, he had to know Hunter was a partner of this Chinese businessman.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/jen-psaki-biden-private-citizen-recommendation-letter-hunter-biden

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson noted on Wednesday’s HANNITY that President Biden gifted the CCP by, for example, canceling the China Initiative, which was to look into college students and professors who might be stealing intellectual property. Johnson called the whole situation “sleazy” and “corrupt,” but saved his most serious concerns for the cooperation of the mainstream media and the 51 former intel officials who signed the letter claiming the laptop had “earmarks” of a Russian plot.

As much as we need a special counsel to investigate "Biden, Inc.," Sen. Johnson said he’d have no faith in anyone appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland. “If we could find one with integrity, I’d love to see it,” he said, “but the problem is, the information then goes into a dark hole.” He pointed out the length of time the Durham probe has taken to start revealing evidence, noting that it takes good investigative reporters to get information to us in a more timely way. (Of course, we’ve been getting that in the form of John Solomon, Miranda Deevine and others.)

Jordan Boyd makes a good point in The Federalist: that what we’ve learned is true about “the Biden family racket” is what the media think is true about Trump. She sees the media ignoring and burying the real Biden stories while eagerly pushing the fake Trump stories.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/04/01/the-biden-family-racket-is-everything-leftists-fabricated-about-the-trumps-and-media-are-crickets/

In fact, Matt Vespa at Townhall offers a stunning example of the sorry state of liberal “journalism.” Watch the video and see the utterly dismissive attitude of The Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum towards the Hunter story…

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2022/04/06/a-liberal-reporter-just-said-the-quiet-part-out-loud-about-the-hunter-biden-story-n2605588

Why, she simply has no interest in it at all. Of course, if this were about Trump and his family, she’d call it The Story Of The Century.

Leftist “journalists” are an embarrassment to their so-called profession, and Matt Taibbi is not above rubbing their noses in it. Let’s join in (when you have time; it's a long piece)...

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/tk-mashup-the-media-campaign-to-protect?r=5mz1&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

Democrats in Congress are on par with these media types. I’ll summarize the “premium” story in The Epoch Times about Democrats blocking the GOP’s subpoena to have Hunter Biden come testify: Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs had moved to subpoena Hunter –- for a meeting about electrifying the U.S. Postal System, as he had sold a cobalt mine to a Chinese company. I don’t think that’s what they really wanted to talk to him about.

But, of course, the Democrats blocked it, so it's sort of a “dog bites man” story.

There are major updates today concerning the Hunter laptop investigation, with testimony before a Delaware grand jury, and also the Michael Sussmann case, with revelatory new court filings by special counsel John Durham. Honestly, the mountain of information grows day by day, until it seems as if we’re sorting through a stinking landfill with a teaspoon.

In the case against Clinton attorney Sussmann, Durham has seen from defense filings that a significant part of their strategy is to get evidence thrown out as hearsay or otherwise inadmissible. Late Monday, he filed a 48-page motion laying out all the arguments for allowing specific pieces of evidence, including a stunning text message from Sussmann to then-FBI general counsel James Baker that lies to the FBI a SECOND TIME, IN WRITING, about coming to the FBI on his own, not representing any clients. Sussmann apparently lied about this not just during the meeting, but to get the meeting in the first place, so he could feed them the fake Alfa Bank story in furtherance of the Trump/Russia hoax.

As you know, Sussmann is charged with lying to the FBI about the fact that he was representing the DNC, Hillary For America, and tech executive Ron Joffe during his visit. Durham has billing records from Hillary’s law firm Perkins Coie that show he was.

“Jim --- it’s Michael Sussmann,” he texted Baker. “I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m on my own --- not on behalf of a client or company --- want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”

(Aside: you better believe it was time-sensitive. The 2020 election was coming up in a couple of weeks, and this story was no doubt timed to be an October surprise.)

Here’s the story from the New York Post, which includes detail about the defense’s motion to exclude some of Durham’s evidence...

https://nypost.com/2022/04/05/clinton-2016-campaign-lawyer-tech-exec-in-joint-venture-to-smear-trump-durham-alleges/

Perhaps Sussmann was not forthcoming with his own attorneys about that text, as one of their arguments last year for Durham not having a case against him was that it was “a purported oral statement made over five years ago for which there is only a single witness, Baker; for which there is no recording; and for which there are no contemporaneous notes by anyone who was actually in the meeting.” Now they find out their client committed the same lie again –- in writing? Oops!!

Sussmann has already pleaded not guilty. This could get sticky for his attorneys, but, as the saying goes, that’s why they get the big bucks.

Last October, his attorneys said they intended to call Baker as a witness, so the trial could get really interesting when Durham cross-examines. (By the way, guess who Baker works for now? That bastion of truth and free speech, Twitter.)

Durham’s motion, arguing for the inclusion of individual pieces of evidence that might be challenged, is just masterful. Here’s a link to the pdf, and if you have time to go through it and marvel at the care that went into the building of this case, you will be rewarded. Durham has to anticipate every argument the defense might make to exclude each piece and offer the judge legal precedent for including it. What will be especially interesting to the casual reader is not the specific legal precedents regarding hearsay, etc. --- as important as they are for the judge --- but the actual fragments of evidence that are written into the motion.

https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.235638/gov.uscourts.dcd.235638.61.0_1.pdf

The motion gets really interesting when it addresses the more obscure communications between Joffe and others on his tech team. Starting on page 19, under the heading “Emails Involving Tech Executive – 1 and Internet Researchers,” the evidence shows how tenuous the Alfa Bank story really was, and how they went ahead with it anyway, without real evidence. Again, Durham has to make the case that these emails are not hearsay or otherwise inadmissible, because Sussmann’s attorneys will try to get them excluded. To that point, it might be significant that his attorneys are with the firm Latham & Watkins, which represents a number of clients tied to Hillary Clinton.

One key email is on page 25, from “Researcher – 1,” saying in part, “We cannot technically make any claims that would fly public scrutiny...The only thing that drive[s] us at this point is that we just do not like [Trump]...Folks, I am afraid we have tunnel vision.”

There’s another email on page 27 from “Researcher – 2” that lauds the ability to fool people who aren’t tech experts: “I don’t care in the least whether I’m right or wrong...[Tech Executive – 1”] has crafted a message that could work to accomplish the goals. Weakening that message in any way would in my opinion be a mistake.”

Durham argues that these pieces of evidence are admissible because they “shed important light on the defendant’s and Tech Executive – 1’s ‘intent, motive or state of mind’ and ‘help to explain their future conduct.’” As in, LYING to get the FBI to take this piece of garbage seriously and take Trump down.

In Trump's lawsuit against Hillary, the DNC and others, Trump’s attorney has filed a six-page motion to have the presiding judge disqualified. Recall our bewilderment that a Bill Clinton-appointed judge, US. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, was given this case. Middlebrooks’ prejudice because of his connection to the Clintons is “so virulent or pervasive as to constitute bias against a party,” the motion reads, making reference to a previous case. This issue seems quite clear-cut; no word yet on when the ruling will be made.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/trump-moves-to-disqualify-clinton-appointed-judge-in-lawsuit-against-clinton-dnc

Moving to Hunter Biden, we've known for a long time who "the Big Guy"must be, but the Delaware grand jury looking into his business affairs has finally heard testimony about it. From the New York Post...

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

Hunter has long been the money man. In 2012, when Joe was VP, Ron Klain, who was then chairman of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation (VPRF), went to Hunter seeking $20,000, apparently for improvements for the official residence. Klain told him to keep it on the “low low key.” Because “raising money for the Residence now is bad PR,” Klain said, he was “hitting up a few very close friends on a very confidential basis.” Just a little side story...

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ron-klain-solicited-money-hunter-biden-emails-vp-residence

Also, hate to say this, but being on Hunter’s Secret Service detail is a pretty cushy job. While Hunter cools his heels at a $10,000-a-month Malibu home, his agents are staying at taxpayer expense at a $30,000-a-month beachside estate. Details …

https://thefederalist.com/2022/04/05/taxpayer-funded-secret-service-shells-out-30000-a-month-on-malibu-mansion-to-protect-hunter-biden/

John Solomon and Seamus Bruner at Just the News have obtained emails and court records showing how Hunter apparently sought to cash in on relationships with Russian oligarchs in 2014, during Russia’s previous invasion of Ukraine.

They write: “The delicate balancing act of cashing in on both the Russian and Ukrainian sides of the conflict left the younger Biden and his partners acutely aware that Moscow’s militry annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean region in 2014 was a wild card that could scuttle the success of their business pursuits.”

The same month that Moscow oligarch Yelena Baturina wired $3.5 million to Hunter’s company, Joe Biden was made “point man” to deal with the chaos in Ukraine. Unbelievable.

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/hunter-biden-sought-cash-oligarchs-during-first-russian

Former U.S. attorney Brett Tolman says “anybody else would have been indicted already.”

https://www.foxnews.com/media/hunter-biden-indictment-family-business-dealings-probe

Here is today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated Russia-Ukraine news:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/ukraine-russia-live-updates-04-06-2022

To catch you up on some of the latest stories: President Biden approved an additional $100 million in military assistance to Ukraine as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken accused Russia of running a "deliberate campaign to kill, to torture, to rape, to commit atrocities." In what could be an important new development, China called the images that show a civilian massacre in Bucha “deeply disturbing” and called for an investigation; and India, which has also so far avoided criticizing Russia, said it unequivocally condemned the situation in Bucha. The Czech Republic sent a shipment of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine. President Zelenskyy accused Russia of “weaponizing hunger” by destroying food depots and mining farm fields.

This is an intriguing suggestion: The president of the European Council suggested that EU member nations offer asylum to Russian military deserters who don’t want to follow Putin’s orders to kill their Ukrainian cousins. Videos have surfaced on social media, reportedly of young Russian conscripts complaining that they’re poorly trained and badly-equipped and have been ordered into a suicidal mission they want no part of. If given half a chance, they might welcome the opportunity to drop their guns and run.

And this proves that war makes strange bedfellows: Hollywood liberal activist Sean Penn was a guest last night on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News. Penn admitted that he didn’t trust Hannity but thought that political differences should be put aside when facing something so terrible. He had been in Ukraine shooting a documentary about Zelenskyy when the invasion came, so he has some firsthand information and opinions to share. Penn predicts that “the Ukrainians will win this. The question is, at what cost?” You can see the interview here:

https://www.foxnews.com/media/sean-penn-ukraine-zelenskyy-will-win

Disney expands operations into countries that outlaw homosexuality

Even as they attack their opponents for not being woke enough

April 5, 2022

There’s a rule of thumb that wealth in a family tends to last three generations. The first generation is smart and hard-working (or creative, or ruthless) and builds a fortune. The second generation sees its parents working and struggling, and is taught how to build wealth, so they often increase the fortune. The third generation knows nothing but wealth and privilege, and grows up resentful of the success that made their lives so easy. That makes them the perfect target for leftists who persuade them to fund political agendas that previous, wiser generations wouldn’t have given a dime to.

That brings us to this story about Abigail Disney, great niece of Walt and granddaughter of his brother and business partner, Roy Disney. Heiress to a fortune reported to be over $100 million, Abigail Disney is also a prominent social justice activist, maker of leftwing documentaries and funding source for various causes. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abigail_Disney)

Abigail Disney hit the news by launching a multi-part Twitter rant against journalist Christopher Rufo, who released the shocking leaked footage of a Disney Zoom meeting in which top executives openly boasted of their efforts to inject as much LGBTQ propaganda into children’s cartoons as possible. As you can read at this link…

https://www.westernjournal.com/disney-heiress-lashes-americans-take-woke-company/

Abigail Disney is quite incensed that what she characterizes as “rightwing” fascists dare to challenge the values pushed by Disney. She curiously seems to think that we’re the ones who are threatening people and calling folks names. She called on corporations to stop funding the “right wing” (And which big businesses are those? Twitter? Google? Microsoft? Apple? Disney?...) She claims that we are the “minority,” even though polls show a clear majority of Floridians, including Democrats, support barring schools from injecting sex and gender messages into kindergarten through third grade classes. She always gloated that corporations like Disney have the power to crush impertinent upstarts like Rufo, who dares to expose the truth about them. (Wait, I thought we were the ones who threatened people?...)

It’s valuable to read not because you learn anything from her, Heaven forbid, but because it gives you such a window into the utterly warped world view of someone who was born into so much money and privilege, and who lives in such a cast iron bubble of leftist ideology. It’s almost like reading the latest news from Bizarro World.

If you have a little time to kill and would enjoy watching someone reset this Twitter thread back to reality tweet by tweet, check out Brad Slager’s fisking of it at Redstate.com.

https://redstate.com/bradslager/2022/04/02/disney-heiress-weighs-in-on-the-new-florida-law-n544423

Incidentally, it’s a bit strange to see Abigail depicting Disney as the icon of virtue that we must all obey considering that as recently as 2020, she was blasting the company herself for allegedly giving their CEO obscene pay while underpaying park employees so badly that they were eating out of dumpsters. She said, "Disney has turned a pretty profit on the idea that families are a kind of magic, that love is important, that imaginations matter. That's why it turns your stomach a little bit when I tell you that Cinderella might be sleeping in her car." I actually agree with her: their CEO should be sleeping in his car. And the way he's running the company, he might be soon.

But then, I guess if Disney’s current ideas about indoctrinating our children with inappropriate sexual messages turn our stomachs, we’re not allowed to say so. If we wanted that kind of privilege, we should’ve picked our own parents more carefully and chosen richer ones.

Related: While Disney Corp is attacking Florida for not being woke enough, the company just announced an expansion of Disney Plus into a number of new areas, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen. All them outlaw homosexuality by law, with punishments ranging from fines and imprisonment to chemical castration to the death penalty.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/disney-expanding-operations-to-10-anti-gay-countries-as-they-go-woke-in-the-us