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Devon Archer testimony explainer; another senator has weird neurological symptoms; another pro-football player cardiac injury; Damar Hamlin update; and an encouraging WSJ climate op-ed.
Good morning, C&C, it’s Tuesday, the first of August! We bravely head into the sweaty dog days of summer, when the grass is greener, the bushes are bigger, the butterflies more numerous, and the climate change fanatics are most hysterical. So hang on.
Your vacation-inspired (but truncated) roundup today includes: Devon Archer testified before Congress in the Biden Bribery hearings and despite DOJ threats testified Joe Biden might be the crookedest politician in history, or words to that effect; another senator with a weird medical issue that is very similar to a jab injury; another pro football player with cardiac problems; an update on the first pro football player’s cardiac problem; and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page runs an anti-climate-change op-ed.
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 💬🗞
🔥 Biden confidante Devon Archer testified in a close-door hearing in the Biden Bribery investigation yesterday. As we work through this convoluted story, and what it means, remember that the democrats (plus Mitt Romney) impeached Trump for just asking Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s involvement in Ukraine. So, they set the standard. The Republicans now have vastly more grounds to bring impeachment.
First, who is Devon Archer? Like all the star-crossed gentlemen found haplessly hurtling in the Biden orbit, Devon Archer is, shall we say, an interesting character. Archer, 58, has been variously described as Hunter’s best friend, business partner, and consigliere. He offers impeccable beltway blue-blood bona fides; Archer attended a prestigious prep school, got his B.A. at Columbia, and holds a law degree from Harvard.
More significantly, after corrupt Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holding’s board opened up to other influence seekers, I mean experts in the European energy sector, Archer joined that energy company’s board of directors along with Hunter, presumably accruing a vast unearned salary as well.
Hunter, Archer, and John Kerry’s stepson, Christopher Heinz co-founded dodgy “investment firm” Rosemont Seneca.
The relationship may have soured when in 2018, Archer was convicted by a federal jury for a fraudulent scheme to use “tribal bonds” to defraud the Oglala Sioux Tribe and its investors. However, in 2019, U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams overturned his conviction after ruling that the evidence the jury used was insufficient to support the charges. The case against Archer was conveniently dismissed, and he was temporarily acquitted of all charges.
Rumors suggest Archer blames the Bidens for the prosecution, or for not protecting him from being prosecuted.
(Incidentally, Judge Abrams, a Yale graduate and Obama appointee, has been in the news twice recently. First, when Trump’s New York criminal case had a brief federal moment, there was a short-lived controversy over whether the judge should recuse herself, since she’s married to Greg Andres, who worked on Mueller’s Russiagate investigation. In the second high-profile story, Judge Abrams recently recused herself from Sam Bankman-Fried’s case, since her hubby Greg also worked as a lawyer for FTX. It’s a small club.)
In 2020, after Judge Abrams abruptly overruled the jury and sprung Archer, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Judge Abrams, and reinstated Archer’s conviction. Not so fast, Devon. Since 2020, Archer has been fending off the sentence through a series of appeals, with the most recent rejected by the Second Circuit earlier this year. Archer’s lawyer promised a further appeal is in the works.
Last Friday — just one business day before his scheduled Congressional testimony — the Department of Justice sent Archer a highly unusual letter inquiring when he plans to report for prison.
Or, maybe Joe Biden was just reminding Archer that his drawn-out criminal case could wind up going the good way or the bad way. You never know. Something to think about. In any case, Republicans immediately identified the letter as Biden Administration intimidation trying to frustrate Devon’s testimony.
But despite the DOJ’s threatening letter, Archer testified yesterday. According to a written summary released by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, Archer carefully testified that:
— Hunter Biden put Joe Biden on the speakerphone nearly 20 times, while speaking with various sketchy “business associates,” to prove that Hunter had immediate access to his dad whenever necessary.
— “Burisma would have gone out of business sooner if the Biden brand had not been invoked. People would be intimidated to legally mess with Burisma because of the Biden family brand.”
— Joe Biden joined in on various phone conversations with Burisma managers to “sell the brand.”
— Hunter said Che Feng, a PLA-connected Chinese tycoon who helped them secure a multi-million-dollar venture in the communist state, loved Hunter for his "last name" and for “always traveling with handsome godlike Aryan men.”
— Joe Biden attended other business meetings with Hunter in person—in Beijing and in Washington, D.C.—with shady Chinese and Russian businessmen.
— Burisma pressured Hunter to “get help from D.C.” dealing with Ukrainian corruption prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
As you probably know, Joe Biden has publicly bragged about getting Mr. Shokin fired—based on never-charged claims that the prosecutor investigating corruption was himself corrupt. Joe began lobbying for Shokin’s removal five days after the phone call referenced above.
Democrats do not agree Archer’s testimony proves anything. They pounced on the fact that Archer told the Committee that the Bidens never discussed business on those calls. But this is a retreating position. Before Archer testified, democrats argued the calls never happened. But now, they are forced to admit the calls did happen, but have to argue about the calls’ substance. (Don’t hold your breath waiting for them to apologize for claiming the calls never happened in the first place.)
Conservative commentators, even restrained ones like George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley, are convinced Archer’s testimony, as noncommittal as it was, substantially moved the investigation forward. In an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox last night, Turley explained the testimony proved Biden was involved with “almost two dozen calls with these corrupt business figures from Ukraine, Russia, and China … the question is what did they get for their money? We have to find the answers… This is shaping up to be one of the greatest corruption scandals in the history of Washington — and that is saying a lot. ”
I think Turley accurately predicted where this goes next. Now that Republicans have a list of figures connected to a Joe Biden “brand call,” lawmakers can start looking for policy changes that benefitted those figures, like Joe’s lobbying for Shokin’s removal. Remember “quid pro quo?” It’s clear the Bidens tried to be careful, but you can’t think of everything.
At some point, Republicans will need to wrestle with whether under the Democrat standard, they have enough to start impeachment. The democrat-controlled Senate may not vote for removal, but that didn’t stop the democrats in their multiple Trump impeachment cases.
💉 There’s another one. Senator Katie Britt (R-Ala.), 41, announced yesterday that she is recovering at home after a weekend “medical scare.” Senator Britt told Fox News she’d been spending time with her family in Montgomery, Alabama, when she experienced a "sudden onset of numbness" in her face.
They immediately went to the hospital.
The first-term senator said Baptist Medical Center doctors determined her symptoms were "a result of swelling of a facial nerve, most likely caused by a post-viral infection.” Uh huh. “Most likely.” Of course, there are other possibilities.
Britt is the first female Senator from Alabama, and the youngest female Republican in Senate history. And not just identifying as female, but an actual woman. "My condition is not life-threatening, and recovery could take several weeks," Britt explained in a statement.
Recovery could take several weeks. For “numbness.” Maybe she was dehydrated?
How many senators is that now with weird disabling health injuries in the last 24 months, out of a total of, say, fifty who probably got the shots? And even though they have the best free medical care in the country. (Hint: 8%).
Ironically, Katie vigorously opposed Biden jab mandates. I have no idea about the young Senator’s jab status. Maybe one of our Alabama C&C’ers knows.
We pray for Senator Britt’s rapid and complete recovery.
💉 Another, another one! Yesterday, super-speedy Denver Broncos receiver K.J. Hamler announced on social media he is temporarily “stepping away” from the team, so he can get some treatment for his sudden and unexpected pericarditis.
Fortunately, he’s fully jabbed. In a 2021 article about Hamler being unable to play in a game for covid quarantine, 9-News reported the popular player had received both of his safe and effective shots.
Hamler assured reporters that his treatment would be quick and painless and promised he will be back at play very soon. "I will be back on the field — better and stronger than ever — as soon as possible this season! I feel great physically and this is very frustrating for me to deal with," Hamler wrote on Instagram.
But not everyone seems to share Hamler’s optimism. USA Today cryptically reported that “the Broncos are planning to waive Hamler with a non-football illness designation, although the team has a desire to bring him back.”
I am not an expert in sports law, but as far as I can tell, that sentence means the Broncos are terminating Hamler’s contract for a “non-football” injury. In other words, he’s fired. Once he’s healthy enough to play again, any NFL team can claim him for a period of time, and then Hamler will become a free agent.
💉 In related news, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin — not Hamler — has been cleared to play football and attended practice this week after his dramatic collapse during a Monday Night Football game on January 2nd. The Yard Barker ran the story, headlined “Bills' Damar Hamlin 'a little scared' in return to padded practice.”
Hamlin, 25, has not yet been placed on the Bills’ game play roster. They probably want to see how he does in practice. The famous commotio cordis player reported having some doubts about whether to chance it again. He admitted to reporters, “I’m processing a thousand emotions. I'm not afraid to say that it crosses my mind of being a little scared here and there. Like I say, my strength is rooted in my faith, and my faith is stronger than any fear.”
I don’t doubt he has some worries, considering what he’s been through. Never mind another cardiac incident, even a bad test would probably spell the end of his professional sports career. They won’t take a chance he’ll collapse on the field again.
🔥 The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed yesterday titled, “Climate Change Hasn’t Set the World on Fire.”
The article quickly dismissed another recent corporate media trope, that the number of global wildfires is increasing every year because of climate-change. Apparently, and unsurprisingly, that is 100% not accurate:
Since the early 2000s, when 3% of the world’s land caught fire, the area burned annually has trended downward. In 2022, the last year for which there are complete data, the world hit a new record-low of 2.2% burned area. Yet you’ll struggle to find that reported anywhere.
The authors pointed out that, despite all the headlines about the Canadian wildfires, there were fewer fires in the rest of the world, and thus net global fires declined. Fewer burning acres each year have led to overall lower levels of smoke, which likely prevents almost 100,000 infant deaths annually, according to a recent study by researchers at Stanford and Stockholm University.
Furthermore, contrary to corporate media’s constant whining, climate policy is NOT the “only way” to reduce fires. Prescribed burning, improved zoning and enhanced land management are much faster, more effective and cheaper solutions for fires than climate policy, explained the authors.
For good measure, the authors worked in the facts there are now more polar bears than ever, and the number and strength of hurricanes has been falling, not rising. Thanks, Science™.
Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for another vacation edition roundup.
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