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Palestinians and the BDS Movement

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For the uninitiated, BDS refers to boycott, divest and sanction Israel for…well, existing.  Their current leader and a co-founder, Omar Barghouti, recently expressed their goals thus:

We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.  I, for one, support euthanasia.

However, something strange recently happened in Israeli politics and it should be a wake-up call to the BDS movement here in the United States.  Ayman Odeh, leader of the Arab bloc in the Israeli Knesset, recently announced he would recommend Benny Gantz as prime minister.  It is a historic declaration because the Arab bloc in the Knesset has never endorsed or recommended ANY Israeli prime minister.

Yet among the voices of the Israel-hating Left, there was nary a whisper.  Perhaps they were all asleep or failed to read Odeh’s op-ed in the New York Times.  Maybe they were preparing a table at some college’s club day or organizing some protest.  Whatever the reason, just the chirp of crickets.

There are three items on the agenda of the BDS movement: (1) ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza, (2) ensuring equality for Arabs in Israel, and (3) ensuring the right of return for all refugees of 1948 and their descendants.  Put them all together and it equals the end of the Jewish state.  And they aim to achieve success on their agenda by making Israel a pariah among nations.

The first rule of the BDS is non-engagement.  It does not matter if you are a liberal, conservative, or moderate.  You will never find Linda Sarsour debating Ben Shapiro or Jonathan Greenblatt.  They will not engage in a discussion about anti-Semitism unless it with a fellow anti-Semite.  They will never question a Jewish voice and prefer instead to block doors, close streets, or shout down those in attendance.

There can be no conversation whatsoever.  To converse, discuss, and debate is to normalize.  To normalize is to condone.  But here is the stickler for the BDS movement: Odeh has no problems with normalization.  In the most recent elections, Arabs in Israel came out in huge numbers with his call for engagement.  Arab turnout jumped from 49% in April to over 60% in September.  Odeh’s statement was a call for co-existence, not wiping Israel off the map as the BDS has its ultimate goal.

This commitment to a two-state solution, which Odeh explicitly endorsed, puts real Palestinians living “over there” at stark odds with BDS supporters “over here.”  BDS does not believe that a Palestinian state can live peacefully alongside Israel (if Gaza is any indication, they may be correct).  Since their founding, the BDS has equated Zionism with racism and Israel as a colonial illegitimate state.  The only solution, therefore, is undoing the founding of Israel in 1948.

It is doubtful that Odeh was motivated by a desire to poke the BDS movement in the eye.  Instead, it was a clear message against Benjamin Netanyahu and an indication that Palestinian voices must be heard.  He is a politician and pragmatist above all else.  Odeh’s statement was a clear wakeup call.  He showed the serious disconnect between the goals of BDS here and the reality there to promote Palestinian rights and self-determination.  While there may be support for the BDS movement in the West Bank and Gaza, from most reports that “support” is ambivalent at best.

The strong Palestinian and Arab turnout in the September elections in Israel indicates that they are pushing for a peaceful solution.  Odeh has announced that the Arab bloc will not join any government, even if Gantz becomes prime minister which has been their policy since forever.  But the mere fact he even waded into this area shows a willingness to start a peaceful dialogue.  That stands in stark contrast to the goals and agenda of the BDS movement.

No wonder there was silence on the Left.

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Federal Funds ALWAYS Have Strings Attached

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Foreign Aid isn’t the only instance of Federal funds having strings attached. As I noted previously, one of the reasons we give monetary and other forms of aid to other countries, is so that we can establish a “string” to pull on should we need to exert some influence on their behavior.

However, our Foreign Policy isn’t the only arena in which the Federal government uses this technique. Closer to home, Federally funded, stand alone, state and local programs , along with joint, Federal-State programs, are all subject to Federal strings. This is how the Federal government gets around state sovereignty issues. For now at least, there are still some things the Federal government may not force states to do. These funds give the Feds leverage to “encourage” cooperation, often resulting in severe degradation of state sovereignty and sometimes civil rights.

Once a state or locality has been the recipient of Federal dollars for any length of time, it grows dependent upon those dollars. Government entities become so dependent, they often “bet on the come,” by including Federal funds in their forward budget projections. If for some reason those funds are withheld, budgetary havoc ensues. The Federal government and its legions of unelected bureaucrats know this. Every dollar that the state or local government gets back (The Feds can’t give what they first don’t take away) from the Feds, comes with specified and implied constraints.

The specified constraints aren’t usually the problem. For example, Federal highways built and maintained with joint State-Federal dollars must meet certain specifications…materials, construction methods and the like. These are clearly related to quality and hopefully lead to best results on any given project.

However, some Federal strings have little relation to the project being funded and are solely about Federal control. Some examples regarding Federal Highway Funds were enforcement of the national 55 MPH speed limit, national motorcycle helmet law and raising the drinking age to 21.

Some other examples hit closer to home and have led to some egregious civil rights violations and the destruction of lives. Title IX U.S. Code involves equal treatment of women in Education. During the Obama administration, his Department of Education rewrote Federal guidance regarding the handling of ”sexual assault” cases. These new regs came with thinly veiled threats to withhold federal funding from Universities and Public School districts for failure to comply with these new regulations.

As has been determined by numerous court cases, these new regulations turned presumption of innocence on its head. Male students could be charged and “convicted” in a School run process outside the criminal justice system, without being able to see the evidence against them or in many cases, unable to confront their accusers. Several students have been later proven in civil court to have been wrongly “convicted” and expelled…but not before their reputations were ruined—all to exert Federal control and promote a leftist agenda. This is dangerous to our Republic.

Where do conservative, liberty loving states and locales go next? The answer is simple, but tough. The best way to put some limits on this form of Federal control, is to limit dependence on Federal funding. Every Federal dollar comes with strings attached. Some visible, most hidden. It’s tough, but in the long run, states and localities that run their own tight budgetary ship, will be rewarded. Such states will of course attract highly motivated, skilled workers. Just make sure they don’t bring their Blue State attitudes with them.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Maxine Waters Hits Next-Level Lunacy With Unhinged Comment Against Trump

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has a reputation for unhinged comments.

But she let loose with one today, that even for her, is next-level lunacy.

Waters attacked President Donald Trump’s comments about the Ukraine whistleblower. Trump had criticized the whistleblower and said that in the “old days” spies were treated “a little differently than we do now.”

That didn’t sit well with Waters.

Later in the day, Waters doubled down on the crazy talk.

Trump of course never said that the whistleblower should be killed.

But this tirade might backfire on her, as it’s clear that’s she’s prejudged any issue of impeachment, is unable to render a clear (and sane) decision if there actually was a vote and she would have to recuse herself.

So did Democrats say, “Maxine, be a little more controlled” or pull back so we don’t overplay our hand?

Nope. Have they ever?

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) defended her “passion” when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked if this was the attitude that a lawmaker should have.

As it turns out, Waters has had a past issue with the concept of solitary confinement for prisoners, as the Free Beacon notes. So she wouldn’t be in favor of it for criminals. But she’d make an exception because that’s just how much she hates Trump and wants to get back at him.

It’s also a 180 from her criticism of Trump supporters for calling for Hillary Clinton to be locked up. Waters even claimed in a 2017 interview that the chant was somehow “developed” with the help of the Kremlin and Putin, according to the Free Beacon.

Waters doesn’t just want Trump impeached, she wants to impeach Attorney General William Barr and Vice President Mike Pence as well. It’s not clear what she thinks the justification would be, but who needs justification or facts if the Democrats get the control they want?

Waters infamously encouraged people to harass Trump officials, to get up in their faces wherever you found them and “push back on them.”

Speaking of mob boss language:

The only way that she keeps being returned to Congress is because she’s from California.

But even they have to realize what an embarrassment she is at this point.

Unfortunately, even with all the ethics question in her own past and knowing her issues, California voters are likely to return her to office in the future.

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Federal Judge Lays the Smack Down On California Over Law Denying Trump Ballot Access

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Here’s a bit of an update to a story I covered a few weeks back.

After California passed a law effectively keeping President Trump off their state ballot unless he released his tax returns, the Trump campaign sued. The law was a loser from the start and the judge quickly put a hold on it going into effect.

Now, he’s released his written decision and it’s an absolutely beat down for California’s unconstitutional garbage.

On four different counts, the judge found the law to be unconstitutional. This was like an NFL team playing a high school team, i.e. just a total massacre. I can’t link to every line of the above article but I’ll post the summaries below.

Earlier, I noted the court suggested that California’s statute was preempted by the Ethics in Government Act. The court did make that finding. But the court also found it unconstitutional on three other bases.

First, the statute runs afoul of the Elections Clause, meaning California lacked the power to add this rule as a condition of ballot access…

Second, the court concluded it burdened the associational interests of candidates, voters, and political parties under the First Amendment…

Third, the court held that it violated the Equal Protection Clause by “distinguishing among constitutionally eligible candidates.”

If you’d like the full legal breakdown, be sure to click the link above and check it out. The author obviously knows his stuff and had this called from the beginning.

It was painfully obvious that California was going to run afoul of the constitution here. The idea that a state can arbitrarily decide to deny a citizen the right to vote for their candidate of choice is a horrible precedent to try to set. It was also sure to backfire, so perhaps California should be thanking this judge? Had this been upheld, Republican states could have put their own barriers up.

In the end though, it’s better this was shot down. We don’t need states kicking people off the ballot because they won’t play ball with whatever political delusion the party in power has at the time. People should be able to for who they want as long as they meet the constitutional requirements. Releasing tax returns, school records, medical reports, etc. are voluntary and it’s up to voters to decide how much that matters, not partisan legislators.

What’s so ironic in all this is that Democrats were cheering this on, even as they melt down over things like voter ID laws. Ask people to do something easy to prevent fraud and they set their hair on fire. Try to kick a candidate off the ballot completely, disenfranchising million, though? Well, they are all for that.

No doubt California will appeal. I’m not even sure the 9th Circuit is stupid enough to give them the green light here though.

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Federal Judge Lays the Smack Down On California Over Law Denying Trump Ballot Access

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Here’s a bit of an update to a story I covered a few weeks back.

After California passed a law effectively keeping President Trump off their state ballot unless he released his tax returns, the Trump campaign sued. The law was a loser from the start and the judge quickly put a hold on it going into effect.

Now, he’s released his written decision and it’s an absolutely beat down for California’s unconstitutional garbage.

On four different counts, the judge found the law to be unconstitutional. This was like an NFL team playing a high school team, i.e. just a total massacre. I can’t link to every line of the above article but I’ll post the summaries below.

Earlier, I noted the court suggested that California’s statute was preempted by the Ethics in Government Act. The court did make that finding. But the court also found it unconstitutional on three other bases.

First, the statute runs afoul of the Elections Clause, meaning California lacked the power to add this rule as a condition of ballot access…

Second, the court concluded it burdened the associational interests of candidates, voters, and political parties under the First Amendment…

Third, the court held that it violated the Equal Protection Clause by “distinguishing among constitutionally eligible candidates.”

If you’d like the full legal breakdown, be sure to click the link above and check it out. The author obviously knows his stuff and had this called from the beginning.

It was painfully obvious that California was going to run afoul of the constitution here. The idea that a state can arbitrarily decide to deny a citizen the right to vote for their candidate of choice is a horrible precedent to try to set. It was also sure to backfire, so perhaps California should be thanking this judge? Had this been upheld, Republican states could have put their own barriers up.

In the end though, it’s better this was shot down. We don’t need states kicking people off the ballot because they won’t play ball with whatever political delusion the party in power has at the time. People should be able to for who they want as long as they meet the constitutional requirements. Releasing tax returns, school records, medical reports, etc. are voluntary and it’s up to voters to decide how much that matters, not partisan legislators.

What’s so ironic in all this is that Democrats were cheering this on, even as they melt down over things like voter ID laws. Ask people to do something easy to prevent fraud and they set their hair on fire. Try to kick a candidate off the ballot completely, disenfranchising million, though? Well, they are all for that.

No doubt California will appeal. I’m not even sure the 9th Circuit is stupid enough to give them the green light here though.

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GOP Congressional Leaders Demanding Answers on Hillary/Dems Soliciting Info From Ukraine During 2016 Election

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There has been some attention now paid to the Biden connections to Ukraine, and rightfully so.

But that’s not the only story out there involving the Democrats and Ukraine.

There’s the huge story hanging out there – what the Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s team allegedly did in soliciting Ukraine to undermine Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Republican Congressional leaders are demanding answers as to the status of the investigation.

In a letter released on Monday morning, Republican senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin ask U.S. Attorney General William Barr if he’s trying to answer the lingering questions:

We write to follow up on Senator Grassley’s July 20, 2017 letter, which highlighted brazen efforts by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign to use the government of Ukraine for the express purpose of finding negative information on then candidate Trump in order to undermine his campaign. That letter also highlighted news reports that, during the 2016 presidential election, “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump” and did so by “disseminat[ing] documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggest[ing] they were investigating the matter[.]” Ukrainian officials also reportedly “helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.”

It’s the height of hypocrisy for the past few years that Democrats have pushed the Russia collusion hoax without evidence of any conspiracy with Russia while there was this huge question of them getting information from Ukraine hanging out there.

The senators referenced reporting from Politico (not exactly a bastion of conservative thought), detailing what the Democrats allegedly did. Here’s more from the article:

They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia. But they were far less concerted or centrally directed than Russia’s alleged hacking and dissemination of Democratic emails.

Now there have been reports that U.S. Attorney John Durham was looking into this matter.

Part of a DOJ statement released in the last couple of days also tries to answer that question.

From Wall Street Journal:

“A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. While the Attorney General has yet to contact Ukraine in connection with this investigation, certain Ukrainians who are not members of the government have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating.”

Michael Mukasey, himself a former U.S. Attorney General, who wrote that last WSJ piece, says he has confidence in Durham and he teases, “Stay tuned.”

Sounds like the show coming might be worth the wait…

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Liz Cheney to Pelosi: How Did You Get to See Full Ukraine Call Transcript Before White House Authorized Release?

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There are some pretty fishy things going on with respect to the Ukraine call transcript, the whistleblower complaint itself, and the how Democrats are conducting the impeachment process – and GOP leaders are demanding answers.

This morning, I wrote about how Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, was on Fox News Monday raising questions about what House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) knew about the whistleblower complaint and when he knew it. Here’s what he told Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade (bolded emphasis added):

Collins: “If you go back, actually the whistleblower complaint was on August 14th I believe. On August the 28th, go back and look at Adam Schiff who is now heading the ramrod investigation. He actually put a tweet out saying basically what the whistleblower complaint said. This is a month ahead of time. I’m beginning to wonder if there was not more communication here.

Collins also said there is a troubling reason why Pelosi has not called for a House vote on a formal impeachment inquiry:

And this is why I’ve said this week that the Speaker abused her power … she said we’re starting the impeachment inquiry and she gave it to her buddy Adam Schiff who has been dishonest with the American people from the get-go on Russia. And why that is important for everybody in this country to know is a [true] impeachment inquiry would actually afford due process, it would make sure both sides were heard. It would make sure the President and the minority have the rights that are not present in the hearings currently.

Kilmeade pointed out something else during the segment about how Pelosi made “a slip” in an interview she did with 60 Minutes on Sunday about when she read the Ukraine call transcript. Here’s what he said:

Kilmeade: “Nancy Pelosi on 60 Minutes last night was asked ‘Did the President call you?’ She said ‘yes, he called me.’ [This was] before she came out with the impeachment inquiry. [Trump said] ‘the letter was perfect. We’re gonna release the transcript, the call was perfect.’ And she said to him, ‘I knew what was in the letter.’ Then she paused and said ‘it was in the public domain.’ Number one, it was not in the public domain, and the transcript had not been released yet. How could she possibly know?”

Collins isn’t the only GOP leader in the House raising alarm bells about what Democrats knew and when they knew it.

Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), who is the GOP Conference Chair, tweeted out a clip of the Pelosi interview on Monday and stated “This is starting to seem like a political set up”:

Fred Fleitz, who has extensive experience working for various intelligence agencies including the CIA NSC, and DIA, speculated last week that the whistleblower might have had “outside help” writing the actual complaint itself – either from a member of Congress or staff:

I am very familiar with transcripts of presidential phone calls since I edited and processed dozens of them when I worked for the NSC. I also know a lot about intelligence whistleblowers from my time with the CIA.

My suspicions grew this morning when I saw the declassified whistleblowing complaint. It appears to be written by a law professor and includes legal references and detailed footnotes. It also has an unusual legalistic reference on how this complaint should be classified.

From my experience, such an extremely polished whistleblowing complaint is unheard of. This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff.

He also wrote that it was “more than a coincidence” that a Schiff tweet from late August virtually mirrored the whistleblower complaint.

You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to see shades of the Russia collusion hoax playing out all over again. This whole thing stinks.

Related –>> Schiff’s Staffer Traveled To Ukraine, Trip Was Paid For By Group Funded By Hunter Biden’s Old Firm

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Bill Maher Blasts Cancel Culture: SJW’s Don’t Want Justice. They Want Scalps

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In a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine, Real Time host Bill Maher spoke out on the increasing intensity of cancel culture.

To Bill — and, possibly, you — this present generation is weak.

But here’s an oddity: a group known for their fragility has become a muscled monster.

As Bill sees it, a coddled bunch trying to protect their delicate feelings is, to a great degree, controlling the media:

“[The NYT] and The Atlantic had long articles in the last year saying that 80 percent of Americans think this politically correct BS has gone too far. But the people on Twitter are the people who control the media a lot. They’re the millennials who probably grew up with helicopter parents who afforded them a sense of entitlement. They are certainly more fragile than previous generations. Trigger warnings. Safe spaces. Crying rooms. Microaggressions. That crowd feels like anything that upsets their tender sensibilities is completely out of line.”

And Bill said the Democratic Party needs to prune said softies away in order to have a shot at 2020:

“The most important thing that the Democrats can do to win the next election is to broom this element out of their party and stand up to the Twitter mob and the ultrawoke.”

Bill is certainly a liberal, but the changing-by-the-minute-mores on the left side of the aisle have delivered, between Maher and conservatives, something that wasn’t likely to occur: common ground.

How ya like these apples:

“They’re pointing at other people who are somehow falling short of their standards, which could have changed three weeks ago. They’re constantly moving the goalposts so they can go, ‘Gotcha!’ For example, when I was growing up, the most liberal thing you could do is not see color. Well, that’s wrong now. You see color, always, so you can register your white privilege. But I grew up in the Martin Luther King era: Judge by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. I still think that’s the best way to do it. Not see it.”

Here’s another bit o’ goodness:

“If someone walks in the room, after a minute, I should not be thinking about color. And I am not. That’s how I have always been. I have actual black friends. I don’t think they want me to be always thinking: ‘Black person. Black person. I’m talking to a black person.’”

YES!

The controversial TV man also apologized:

“Look, I tried to drive a stake through political correctness in the ’90s. I obviously failed dismally. It’s worse than ever.”

I wrote Monday that tensions seem ever-greater in our society; we need civility (here).

And recently, I suggested “we’d all be a lot better off if less time was spent trying to prevent speech and more investment was made in listening” (here).

Bill seems to agree. The SJW’s are out for blood, not a round of “Kumbaya”:

“The politically correct people are not concerned about social justice. They care about putting scalps on the wall. I don’t see a lot of desire for people to talk to each other, to accept that, ‘O.K., this person doesn’t agree with me on a lot of stuff, but I don’t have to think he’s a monster.’ We want to beat our chests and vanquish the other side. Compromise seems like a dead concept.”

The left side of politics was once arm-in-arm with the free speech movement, and an embrace of individualism. Not so much anymore.

Here’s how Bill summed it up:

“The difference is that liberals protect people, and P.C. people protect feelings.”

-ALEX

 

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Trump Campaign’s Third-Quarter Fundraising Haul Is Absolutely Mind-Blowing

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Amid all the impeachment fever, perhaps Democrats have awoken a sleeping giant?

We have already heard about how much money the Trump campaign was able to bring in post Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry announcement. Over $5 million was raised in just 24 hours. But apparently that wasn’t a fluke or just one emotional day. His campaign just announced their third-quarter fundraising totals and they are absolutely mind-blowing.

By comparison, Barack Obama and the DNC raised around $70 million in the same quarter before his re-elect campaign. Trump nearly doubled that. Hillary Clinton, even with all her huge donors in 2016, didn’t have numbers like this.

That’s an interesting thought. We are assured that the enthusiasm is of the 2020 raise resides with Democrats, yet the DNC’s fundraising has fallen flat compared to their Republican counterparts. Meanwhile, polling is also showing that Republicans are more energized than ever to vote. Are these fundraising totals more proof of that? I think it’s pretty indicative, especially given how much of this came from small donors.

With that said, is money really that important? I think the answer is yes and no. It’s going to be really key in getting the ground game going early and effectively. It’ll also allow the RNC to put a lot of cash into some of these Congressional races Democrats are taking for granted. These are advantages Trump will absolutely need to have in order to have the best shot at re-election in the current environment. While it won’t show up in fundraising totals, the legacy media are going to shovel billions of in-kind campaign contributions into the coffers of whatever Democrat is the nominee. Trump was outspent in 2016 and lived off of unearned media, so it’s definitely important.

I guess the best way to describe what we are seeing is that it can’t hurt. It’s never a disadvantage to have the most money and the best ground game. That won’t win an election on its own, but it helps. Impeachment will likely only energize the right more and pour more money on Trump’s head. Democrats should be very careful how they treat the next six months. They already appear to be overplaying their hand and it could get really bad for them if they miscalculate. Trump seems to be betting on that happening though and it’s a dang good bet.

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Ukraine Isn’t the Only Country Hunter Biden Had Extremely Sketchy Dealings With

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Given his drug addiction and getting kicked out of the military, I could be just talking about his dealings in the United States, but Hunter Biden gets around.

Somehow a guy with no experience doing anything has managed to land several lucrative gigs in foreign countries, making more in a month than most people make in a year. I wonder what could possibly be behind the stroke of luck the drug addled, womanizing Hunter Biden found himself on over the past five years?

Although most of the smoke surrounding the former VP’s son has revolved around getting paid $50,000 a month by a corrupt Ukrainian oil company, he’s also found himself tied up in dealings with the Chinese. Ironically, it looks like a mistaken phone call to the wrong Biden family member exposed the whole thing.

The Washington Examiner shares the details.

A high-ranking Chinese businessman was charged by the Justice Department with global corruption and bribery in 2017, and the first call he made after his arrest was to Vice President Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden, who thinks the call was meant for Joe’s son, Hunter.

Patrick Ho, the lieutenant to the founder of the multibillion-dollar Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy, was indicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the Southern District of New York for his role in a global money laundering and bribery scheme aimed at government officials in Africa. The Justice Department also accused Ho of helping with Iranian sanctions evasion and working to use the Chinese company’s connections to sell weaponry to Chad, Libya, and Qatar.

Ho immediately tried reaching out to the younger Biden for help because that summer, as investigators circled, Hunter agreed to represent Ho as part of Hunter’s efforts to work out a liquefied natural gas deal worth tens of millions of dollars with CEFC China Energy’s leader Ye Jianming.

James Biden gave Ho the details on how to contact Hunter, but why was he calling in the first place? That all comes back to who Ho is and what his company, CEFC China Energy, was doing. Ho was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison for all manner of bad deeds, including money laundering, sanctions evasion, and bribery.

Ho was the right hand man of Ye Jianming. And who just happened to be his right hand man in the United States? That would be Hunter Biden. By comparison, this would be like Donald Trump Jr. being exposed as working directly with a Russian company of which it’s founder was put in prison. Anyone think that’d be a scandal?

Hunter Biden says he met Ye for the first time in Miami and that two of Biden’s associates surprised him when they gave Ye Scotch valued at thousands of dollars. Ye sent a thank-you card and a 2.8-carat diamond to Hunter’s hotel room. Hunter says he handed the diamond off to his associates and doesn’t know what happened with it but denies it was meant as a bribe.

“What would they be bribing me for? My dad wasn’t in office,” Hunter Biden told the New Yorker. “I knew it wasn’t a good idea to take it. I just felt like it was weird.”

Oh, I don’t know Hunter. Perhaps because your father was already flirting with running for President and was seen as the odds on favorite to beat Trump in 2020 by the chattering class? There’s also the fact that Ye would have expected the Bidens to still hold considerable sway in Washington.

This is the same lame line the Clintons used in 2016. Because they were out of power at the time (and remain so), they postured as if it was impossible that anyone could be attempting to buy influence. That was asinine, as many world leaders who were giving them millions saw them as a great bet to regain power after 2016. Obviously, those people gambled and lost, but the thinking was obvious and made more so by the fact that the Clinton Foundation basically went defunct after Hillary lost.

It should also be noted that diamond in question was said to be worth $80,000 by Hunter Biden’s ex-wife in their divorce filings. Someone doesn’t just give another person a rock worth that kind of cheese for no reason, and they certainly don’t do so as a thank you for a glass of scotch. Ye was desperate and he wanted something in return. Biden claims he doesn’t know what happened to the diamond and that he gave it to his associates. He’s obviously lying, because again, his wife knew enough about it to claim it and its value in the divorce filing.

Of course, we actually have a pretty good idea of what Ye wanted in return.

Hunter negotiated a $40 million investment deal with Ye related to a liquefied natural gas project on Monkey Island in Louisiana.

At the same time, Ye told Hunter that one of his business associates, Ho, was being investigated in the U.S., and Hunter agreed to represent him. The deal between Hunter and Ye crashed almost immediately when Ho was arrested by U.S. law enforcement at John F. Kennedy Airport in 2017.

I’m under no illusions that anyone in the media or on the left will be consistent and find this disturbing, but even then, it’s still mind-blowing that this isn’t a big story. Not only was Hunter Biden racking up the cash from corruptocrats in Ukraine, he was getting $80,000 diamonds in an obvious bribery scheme from China. But because Joe Biden has the magic letter next to his name, none of this matters I guess. We all know what the response would be if this were Trump’s kids.

Lastly, recall that Biden got into a bit of a controversy early in the year for hand waving away China as an enemy and threat. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that his son was tied up in dealings with a Chinese company looking to make a lot of cash in the United States.

Biden may end collapsing in the Democratic primary anyway, making all this moot, but as long as he’s still in the race, this stuff is going to hang over him like a dark cloud. Anyone think Trump will be too bashful to bring this stuff up in a debate? Yeah, didn’t think so. If Biden survives the primary, it’s going to get really dirty.

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