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☕️ QUIDS AND QUOS ☙ Thursday, August 3, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
Trudeau dumps mother of his children; Reedy Creek board abolishes DEI rules; DeSantis to debate Newsom; Biden Bribery evidence trickles out and I summarize things; and lots more.
Good morning, C&C, it’s Thursday! Your roundup today includes: History repeats himself as Trudeau dumps mother of his children; DeSantis’ new Reedy Creek board abolishes DEI rules; Governor DeSantis to debate Governor Newsom; more Biden Bribery evidence trickles out and I summarize the high points; horrible Yale study purporting to show higher Republican excess deaths is trash; and the (Dixie) Chicks experience a sudden and unexpected tour cancellation.
Note: the Childers family’s annual summer vacation continues this week, so posts may be shorter and later than usual. If it doesn’t show up on time, don’t panic! We’ll return to normally-scheduled programming next week.
🗞💬 WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY 💬🗞
🔥 Canadian TV ran a bittersweet story yesterday headlined, “Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau separating, after 18 years of marriage.” Asking for privacy, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced to millions on Instagram that he’s dumping his wife of 18 years, Sophie.
The pair have three children: Xavier (15), Ella-Grace (14), and Hadrien (9). In a separate media release, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) confirmed that the couple has "signed a legal separation agreement."
Justin and Sophie have often been described by corporate media as Canada’s “Camelot.” Not so much anymore though. And in another interesting coincidence, according to the National Post, the only other Canadian Prime Minister to have a marriage fall apart while in office was Justin’s father, Pierre Trudeau, who separated from Justin’s mother Margaret in 1977 during his prime ministership, which is a very colorful story all of its own.
🔥 In a non-paywalled article yesterday, the New York Times ran a whiny but encouraging story headlined, “Disney District, Now Under DeSantis’s Control, Ends Its D.E.I. Programs.”
Disney used to fully manage the controversial Reedy Creek district acting as its own county government. But last year, after Disney officially opposed Florida’s ban on sex education in grades K-3, arguing that very young children should learn about all the minute details of atypical and historically-abhorrent sexual practices, Florida’s legislature revoked the media giant’s long-standing sweetheart political deal, allowing the Governor to appoint a new slate of directors.
Unsurprisingly, the New York Times undersold the headline. In fact, according to the press release issued by the new district governors, the DEI program will be “abolished,” along with the odious practice of using race to award contracts:
Calling Disney’s DEI rules for the district “un-American,” new District Administrator Glenton Gilzean explained in the official statement that, “Our district will no longer participate in any attempt to divide us by race or advance the notion that we are not created equal.”
Also unsurprisingly, the Times failed to quote any of the official Reedy Creek press release, or quote a single person anywhere who favored the move. Instead, the Times just quoted a raft of liberal democrats calling DeSantis a dictator and whining that abolishing DEI in the district is the worst thing ever, even worse than the last thing they called the worst thing ever, which they’ve now completely forgotten about.
Journalism! Or something.
🔥 In related news, in a Hannity interview last night, Governor DeSantis accepted California Governor Gavin Newsom’s challenge to debate the two states’ relative performance.
As far as we know, Newsom is not running for president in 2024. So it’s not completely clear why he wants to debate Presidential candidate DeSantis, but whatever. I think it’s great. Maybe they can get the guy who owns the Uhaul corporation to ask the questions.
🔥 The New York Post ran a revealing story yesterday headlined, “Joe Biden wrote letter to Hunter biz partner Devon Archer after 2011 China lunch — despite claims of never discussing son’s business.”
In January 2011, after Devon Archer and Hunter Biden formed shady Rosemont Seneca Partners with John Kerry’s son, then vice-president Joe Biden sent Devon a polite thank-you note mentioning the new partnership:
During a recent interview with Tucker Carlson, Archer explained that Rosemont Seneca involved on “helping clients navigate the U.S. regulatory environment.” Specifically, Archer said, “Understanding a regulatory environment means selling access, at the end of the day, and I think that’s how I think the most people working on Wall Street, whether they admit it or not, interpret it.”
That’s how it works for the politically elite. You make your money off government. Why take the risk of inventing something when selling access is a sure thing?
According to the Post, Hunter and Archer were scheming up international ventures ahead of the 2011 lunch with Chinese president Hu, and Hunter specifically recommended that his new partner Archer be invited to the luncheon, according to FOIA emails released in May by the National Archives.
In other words, Hunter and Archer were coincidentally there to talk access with the same president Hu that Biden complained he had trouble getting away from.
Before that, in April 2010, Hunter and Archer flew to Beijing — accompanied by Secret Service agents — for three days of meetings with some of China’s most powerful state-run financial institutions. By 2013, Hunter would start yet another “investment” firm, BHR Partners, including some of the Chinese officials from the April 2010 meetings.
Despite his personal failings and various distractions, you have to admit Hunter has been a very busy boy.
It was in the context of all these access meetings that that Hunter Biden put his father on speakerphone at least 20 times, according to Archer.
Because corrupt officials usually never admit they took a bribe for a political favor, the way bribery cases are normally proven is by establishing the ‘quid pro quo.’ In other words, you have to show the transfer to the politician of the money, gifts, or favors, followed by a favorable official action by the politician benefiting the person or company who transferred the valuable property.
If you can prove that much, it then becomes the accused official’s burden to prove that the beneficial action was not a quid-pro-quo, but was purely coincidental and had nothing at all to do with the valuable property.
So far, widely-available information shows at least two clear cases of an apparent quid-pro-quo involving White House Resident Joseph R. Biden:
(1) Devon Archer testified that Hunter was hired onto the Burisma board for a million dollars a year because Burisma thought it would lead to the Ukraininan prosecutor would be fired. The FBI’s whistleblower told them at the time that Burisma believed it was asked by Joe Biden to pay $10M to get Viktor Shokin fired. A few days later, as Biden himself admitted on camera, Biden then pressured Ukraine’s government to fire Shokin “immediately.”
It is worth noting that democrats and Mitt Romney impeached Trump because allegedly, there was “no good reason” for Trump to ask Ukraine to investigate the Biden-Burisma connection except politics. Obviously, at this point it is clear to the meanest intelligence that President Trump had plenty of good reasons to seek the investigation.
When does Trump get his apology?
(2) Next, Hunter and Archer met with Moscow’s ex-mayor and billionaire oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov in New York in 2012. Emails on Hunter’s laptop describe a dinner with the ex-mayor that Joe Biden was also supposed to attend. Released documents show the billionaire wired Hunter’s Rosemont Seneca firm over $100 million for “real estate investments.” Subsequently, Yevtushenkov and his wife Yelena Baturina have always been excluded from Russian sanctions. (Yevtushenkov died in 2019, but Yelena continues to run the family’s business empire.)
According to the Post, the State Department and the White House refused to explain why Yevtushenkov and Baturina are exempt from the Russia sanctions.
Finally, it’s also worth remembering that Hunter owned 50% of Metabiota, a biological research company with labs in Ukraine, which coincidentally in 2019 was working on bat coronaviruses, which Russia claims was the origin of the covid-19 pandemic.
Here’s an OAN clip (8 minutes) explaining how the U.S. got into the Ukrainian biolab business:
In April 2014, Metabiota official Mary Guttieri wrote a memo to Hunter outlining how the bio-research company could help "assert Ukraine's cultural and economic independence from Russia." Which if you think about it, “independence from Russia” is an unusual goal for a DOD contractor specializing in pandemic-causing pathogens.
All Ukrainian roads lead to the Bidens’ greasy fingers. A March, 2022 Daily Mail UK article linked Metabiota to the natural gas company Burisma, regarding a 'science project' involving high biosafety labs in Ukraine. Not natural gas. The same article also reported that, after Hunter Biden became involved in Metabiota, the DOD grants in the millions began flowing to that company.
Can you imagine where this story would be right now if Biden were a Republican?
🔥 In case you see this story crop up, don’t fret about it. A recent Yale University study making the rounds in corporate media and delighting jab lovers claimed that, after the jab rollout, Republicans in Florida and Ohio had a +43% higher all-cause death rate, which is supposed to prove the jabs work and that vaccine-hesitant conservatives got what was coming to them.
The study is a dumpster filled with rotting garbage.
It was published on the JAMA Network titled, 'Excess Death Rates for Republican and Democratic Registered Voters in Florida and Ohio During the COVID-19 Pandemic’. The first problem of many was the researchers did not restrict the study to covid as the cause of death, claiming they didn’t have access to that data, but rather used general all-cause excess death figures.
Next, they didn’t have access to vaccination records either, so they just assumed that Republicans were less vaccinated than democrats, and have no data about the amount of the alleged variance. They also excluded independents and third-party voters. The researchers cherry-picked May, 2021 for the study, which one assumes offered the most favorable numbers, and they still only found county-level differences by party registration in Ohio, but not in Florida, which kind of broke the theory.
Even with all that assuming and cherry picking, the study still found higher deaths rates for democrats in one of the age ranges — 65 to 74 years — which, if we’re making assumptions, would probably be the range with the highest vaccination rate.
So it’s clickbait. Don’t fall for it.
💉 Fox ran a baffling story yesterday headlined, “The Chicks cancel multiple shows due to mystery illness.”
First of all, I’m pleased to see Fox starting to apply the “mysterious” label to these undisclosed illnesses.
The news was the band formerly known as the “Dixie Chicks” told its fans on social media this week that it is cancelling the tour schedule for the foreseeable future, or at least for two months, due to “an ongoing illness:”
The band has been touring twenty-seven North American locations since June 2022, and was set to continue through October this year. Last week, the Chicks cancelled the Nashville show. Then, scheduled performances in North Carolina and Tennessee were pushed to later dates in August and September, also "due to illness."
They aren’t giving us much to work with, but it’s still fair to suspect jab involvement, since the weird cancellation fits the usual profile: sudden, unexpected, mysterious, and covered up.
Have a terrific Thursday! C&C will be back tomorrow with a quick Friday roundup as we head into the weekend. See you then.
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