☕️ SLAPPY ☙ Wednesday, June 21, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
Hunter magically vanishes all his legal problems; selective prosecution and two tiers of justice; Fla's republican lead grows; Biden ignores covid origins law; new billions for Ukraine; & lots more.
Happy Wednesday and good morning, C&C! Your roundup today includes: Hunter Biden magically resolves all his pending legal matters in one day — his child support case as well as his pending tax and firearm problems; thoughts on selective prosecution and two-tiered justice; Florida grows its lead in republican registrations; Biden ignores law requiring release of covid origins; healthy track star suddenly and unexpectedly dies IN HIS CAR; Pentagon finds more billions for Ukraine under the office couch cushions; artificial intelligence taking over the music industry or at least 80% of it; and Elon Musk properly ban ugly LGBTQ+ discrimination towards heterosexual people.
🗞💬 *WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 💬🗞
🔥 Team Biden carefully conducted a controlled demolition of two of Hunter Biden’s thorniest legal problems yesterday. First, the New York Post ran a story headlined, “Hunter Biden, Baby Mama Lunden Roberts Settle Child Support Dispute.”
Chronic liar and democrat poster-boy Hunter Biden, 53, initially said he had nothing to do with 4-year-old Navy Joan Roberts, but a 2019 DNA 2019 proved he was in fact the child’s father. And it proved Hunter is a serial liar and a pathetic excuse for a man, but I digress.
Hunter met Navy’s mother Lunden Roberts in 2017, at a strip club in Washington, DC, of course. At the time, Roberts danced under the stage name “Dallas.” Later Hunter stashed the showgirl on one of his companies’ payroll, while he was also sneaking around with his brother’s widow, Hallie Biden.
Roberts played college basketball and then moved to Washington D.C. to study crime scene investigation in graduate school. She hoped to work with the FBI. Washington D.C. did not have a good influence on the young lady. Nor did Hunter.
After becoming pregnant, Lunden Roberts wisely quit show business, and moved back home to Arkansas to raise her daughter, Navy.
The terms of the child support settlement are confidential. But the article said that Hunter’s monthly support payment will be substantially reduced from $20,000 to only $5,000, an annual savings of $180,000, and a savings of $2.5 million between now and when Navy turns 18.
In the family law context, a deal like that is usually accomplished through a large, up-front, lump-sum payment. The biological father “buys out” future child support payments by paying a lump sum now. So, assuming Roberts’ attorney knows what he’s doing, I assume Hunter will be writing the small family a big check.
Reducing his monthly payment obligations seems to have been Hunter’s goal. Last year, Hunter tried to convince the Batesville, Arkansas court to reduce his monthly payments by pleading poverty, but stupidly made an unforced error by arriving in Batesville in a private jet.
You can imagine how his hearing went.
Anyway, now his ugly child support problems are all wrapped up. That just left the ancient DoJ investigation into his taxes and firearms violation.
🔥 You be happy to know that also yesterday, Hunter Biden and the Department of Justice reached a mutually-satisfactory plea deal, which completely resolves his pending criminal charges, and the long-standing, five-year federal investigation into his fraudulent tax returns and his illegal firearms purchase charge.
It’s worth noting that, in only a fraction of the half-decade it took to investigate Hunter Biden’s two run-of-the-mill offenses, the DoJ speedily and efficiently prosecuted over a thousand ordinary Americans who were tracked-down, processed, tried and sentenced on unique legal theories, arising from First Amendment-protected activities and attending a rally at the Capitol.
In Hunter’s case, he forgot to list on his tax returns all that sweet cash he got from China and Ukraine, for some reason. Open and shut. And he posed with a firearm and illegal drugs in pictures recovered from his laptop and widely published online, which proved that he’d lied on his federal firearm purchase form about his drug use. No disputes.
It still took the crack squad of highly motivated DoJ investigators five years to put it all together. Don’t think it would take the DoJ five years to resolve your “forgetting” to report millions of dollars of unreported income. It would take about five minutes. And you won’t get a Hunter deal, either.
Under the proposed deal, Joe Biden’s son will plead guilty to two small misdemeanor charges of failing to pay federal income taxes, and get less than two years’ probation for the firearms violation, all under a pretrial diversion program that will wipe all the charges upon successful completion.
It’s terrific. Hunter won’t even have a criminal record! It’s nice to see people being given second chances, isn’t it?
A federal judge must still approve the deal, but given the politics, expect a greased approval process. They’re probably oiling up the rubber stamp right now.
Republicans were predictably outraged. House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) ripped the agreement, calling it a “sweetheart plea deal.” In his statement, Comer said:
Let’s be clear: The Department of Justice’s charges against President Biden’s son Hunter reveals a two-tiered system of justice. Hunter Biden is getting away with a slap on the wrist when growing evidence uncovered by the House Oversight Committee reveals the Bidens engaged in a pattern of corruption, influence peddling and possibly bribery.
Hunter’s attorney said “it is my understanding that the five-year investigation into Hunter is resolved.” But the DoJ said in a press release yesterday that Hunter’s “investigation is ongoing.” Nobody seems to know which it is. If the investigation is in fact concluded, then the DoJ has no excuse to withhold from Congress any of Hunter’s documents.
So, there’s some deliberate uncertainty on the question of whether the investigation is actually concluded yet, and there probably will continue to be confusion on that point for as long as it remains helpful.
🔥 Apparently, neither of Hunter’s legal settlements was sufficiently newsworthy to make it to New York Time or the Wall Street Journal’s home pages, although the Journal did include an oblique reference to a suggestive editorial hazily and somewhat dismissively titled, “The Hunter Biden Business.”
Outside of controlled corporate media, the Hunter settlement story is all anyone can talk about. For example, the conservative National Review called the deal “intentionally provocative:”
The NR columnist explained a theory, similar to mine, that the Biden Administration has weaponized the DoJ to gin up support for President Trump’s Republican nomination. They prefer to run against Trump instead of against DeSantis.
They want us to compare the underwhelming, under-reported, Hunter Biden sweetheart plea deal to Trump’s over-charged, over-reported, relentless prosecutions. It’s all a game to the democrats, who expect Republicans to rally around Trump and hand him the nomination.
🔥 The democrats are certifiably insane to be misusing the justice system to score cheap political points like this. It’s so insane that people imagine a grand, Machiavellian plan behind it all. In other words, most ordinary Republicans can’t believe the democrats could be this dumb.
But, in fact, they are this dumb. They have lost the ability to draw a line from their present decisions to future outcomes. Don’t believe me? Here is the brain trust behind today’s democrat party:
Back in 2020 and 2021, I warned Florida’s democrat city managers that their pandemic overreaches, while temporarily painful, would eventually have lasting consequences. I was right, and it happened much faster than anybody could have predicted. Over the last two years, Florida has crushed municipal emergency powers and even more self-governance.
Even more significantly, Florida lost all of its deep purple hue and turned ruby red. In one year, between May 2022 and May 2023, Florida’s Republican registered voter advantage exploded, rocketing from +150,000 to +500,000.
The democrats are now playing with something even hotter than covid overreach. This politically-weaponized, two-tiered justice system they’ve created cannot last. People absolutely will not stand for it, and it unites and motivates their opponents in a way that no other issue possibly could.
So I’ll go on the record again. This is very similar to what happened in Florida during the pandemic, except on a national scale. The democrats have no idea what game they’re really playing and they are trading short-term advantages for unaffordable long-term costs. This strategy is going to backfire on them, badly, and probably sooner rather than later.
It’s easy to dismiss Florida as an outlier. Don’t. When the pandemic started, Florida was a 50/50 state. DeSantis only won by a handful of votes. If it can happen here it can happen anywhere.
Maybe you feel hopeless because you live in a blue state where it’s not even 50/50. Be hopeful. It’s tipping. You just can’t see it yet.
🔥 We should have seen it coming. The Biden Administration has completely ignored the bipartisan law passed in February requiring the government to declassify the covid origins evidence as of last Sunday. After giving it a couple days, yesterday the Washington Examiner ran a story headlined, “Biden Missed Deadline for Declassifying Intelligence on Wuhan Lab and Origins Of COVID-19.”
The deadline is not the only thing Biden is missing, but that’s a different story.
The Examiner didn’t have much to work with. The Biden Administration ignored the law and turned over nothing. Nor are they answering any questions about it. Biden is using his go-to strategy of waiting for someone to file suit, which will buy him another couple years.
The funny thing was all the media speculation last week about what everyone thought might be in the disclosures, but nobody predicted that Biden would just ignore the law. In hindsight, it was the most obvious thing that could have happened.
💉 Another healthy young athlete has bitten the dust. On June 6th, nineteen-year old Colorado State University track athlete Colton Kaase was suddenly and unexpectedly found stone cold dead IN HIS PARKED CAR on Colorado State University’s campus.
Guess what got the healthy young athlete who had no known pre-existing health problems?
It was blood clots.
Now don’t go all conspiracy theory on me! Sudden, unexpected, and fatal blood clots happen ALL THE TIME for no reason in young college athletes. Well, they happen all the time THESE DAYS. Don’t bother asking what CAUSED the blood clot; blood clots arise all by themselves, these days. It was probably genetic.
Colton graduated from high school summa cum laude in 2022, where he’d excelled in track and baseball. He’d just finished his freshman year at CSU. Colton is survived by both his parents Kenneth and Juli Kaase, who haven’t died from blood clots, and his younger sisters Amanda and Sarah.
We pray that Colton’s family will receive the peace that surpasses all understanding, and that the people who did this to him will receive sudden and unexpected justice.
🚀 Congress apparently isn’t forking over the moolah fast enough, so the Pentagon has, once again, “revised” how it valued the weapons it already gave to Ukraine under prior authorizations. By re-shrinking the old numbers, which used to be called cooking the books, the Pentagon has stretched some new room into the Proxy War budget, allowing sending Zelenkeyy and his cronies another $6.2 billion dollars worth of explosive toys.
The new $6.2 billion accounting error is more than Mexico’s entire annual military budget. Of course, there is no error, not really. This isn’t a mistake. The DoD is purposely playing games with numbers and calling it a “correction.”
It’s the second time they’ve reduced the value of the military hardware already given to Ukraine, to create a moronic pretext for giving the struggling Ukrainians some more hardware without having to talk Congress into approving anything.
And that’s not all! The State Department is chipping in another $1.3 billion as well, to help rebuild stuff. From a Reuters story this morning:
According to useless propaganda minister Antony Blinking, I mean Blinken, the extra billion is for rebuilding Ukraine’s war-torn infrastructure. Of course, anyone with an IQ over 80 understands that before you start rebuilding stuff, you have to stop doing war first. Otherwise, when you rebuild the power plant, Russia will just blow it up again, leaving you a half billion poorer while enriching a bunch of sketchy-looking, tracksuit-wearing, gold chain-draped Ukrainian ‘contractors.’
Which brings us to the Biden Administration’s next fairy tale, which is the fantastic notion that any money ‘earmarked’ for Ukrainian infrastructure would actually be used for bridges and power plants and stuff, and not for hookers, blow, and Italian villas. Only MSNBC’s audience could believe that ridiculous story.
🔥 Reuters ran a story last week headlined, “New Grammy Award Rules Require Human Input, Curb Artificial Intelligence Use.”
Remember how long ChatGPT has been available for public use? About six months, since November. Well, things are moving so fast the Recording Academy has already passed updated rules about AI for the upcoming 66th annual Grammy Awards.
In a breathtaking — and disgusting — exhibition of classic pro-human bias and unsightly discrimination against machines, the computers have been ruled right out of the competition.
Well, mostly. Under the new rules, music creators have to create at least 20% of an album to earn a nomination. I guess you can’t even say computers are “mostly” out of the competition, because AI can write 80% of an album and still win the prize.
In other words, the new rule is really more of a program to keep the humans employed, by requiring AI to use us, at least a little. It’s not just the music industry. The cute little human script writers are striking; members of the Writers Guild of America, who create most of Hollywood’s content, went on strike in early May over issues including the use of AI writers, which are free and never go on strike.
They’re still striking. I’m thinking that Hollywood is planning to use LOTS of AI and the writers are going to have to adjust.
🔥 Yesterday Elon Musk casually made a dramatic reveal: Twitter now considers the terms “cis” and “cisgender” to be offensive and bullying, and folks can get banned for harassing people using those words.
Ha. The virtue signaling worm appears to be turning.
While this implicates certain issues of reverse censorship, I’m completely down with it. Don’t call me cis or cisgender; those are nonsense words. Call me ‘normal’ or ‘heterosexual.’ Those are my preferred identities.
If someone doesn’t respect those preferences, then THEY are the disrespecting bigot. They’re erasing my heterosexual identity. I can play the game too.
The fact that a major social media platform now considers the word ‘cis’ to be a slur is a significant movement in the culture wars. It’s progress.
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