November 23, 2019

More on Democrats/Ukraine

Timothy Birdnow

Evidence that millions of dollars were funneled to Biden, Schiff, and the Democrats from Ukraine in violation of the law.

Take a look here.

Thanks to William Johnson!

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Graham to Investigate Biden

Timothy Birdnow

FINALLY!

Graham Lindsay Graham launches probe of Bidens, Burisma and Ukraine

The best defense is a good offense. Sadly, the Senate Republicans have sat back and allowed the Democrats to besmirch the President, the GOP, the Constitution, and the entire voting public. Their inaction has been disgraceful.

Look, the old Arab adage "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" should apply, even if they do hate Trump for showing them up. It doesn't matter; they stand to lose more by inaction. But this is the gang that not only couldn't shoot straight but actually didn't even have a gun, so we shouldn't be surprsed.

In point of fact, in war or in politics the aggressor sets the rules, and the Democrats have been playing bare-knuckle for decades. The Republicans have been too finicky to fight in that fashion. But it's fight or die now. Maybe Graham - who still falls back into the squishy John McCain language on occasion - has finally grown a pair. Let's hope.

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Obama was King

Timothy Birdnow

Barack Obama was the King of quid pro quo, according to this Washington Times article.

From the article:

Green Biz, in March of 2011, ran this: "Barack Obama, Clean Tech and the Political Quid Pro Quo.”

The piece goes on to recount how the Center for Public Integrity published "a long, in-depth look at how some of the Obama campaign’s most prolific fundraisers have gotten loans, grants and special access to [his] administration,” to include a "deep look at how [Steve] Westly, former California state controller and venture capitalist … landed intimate access to the Obama administration.”

The Westly Group funded, among other companies, Tesla Motors. And all the while he was visiting the White House, serving as a member of the Obama administration’s advisory board on energy policy, and so forth and so on, he was raking in half a billion dollars in loans, grants and stimulus bucks for his green companies. That was money from the Obama Energy Department to Westly, the guy who wined and dined with Obama et al with eyebrow-raising frequency. Corruption? Quid pro quo?

As Green Biz put it, such intertwining of politics and business is "about the most commonplace form of political quid pro quo that exists.”

[...]

But then there’s this.

"Barack Obama’s Ambassador Legacy: Plum Postings for Big Donors,” Public Integrity wrote, in a January, 2017, headline.

Legacy, indeed. Obama, according to Public Integrity, gave cushy ambassador posts to 31 campaign faithfuls who pulled in at least $50,000 for his reelection. He also doled out second-term ambassador slots to 39 who gave generously to his campaign, either in the form or money or political capital — or both.

The Washington Post made a whole map out of Obama’s campaign-cash-cows-for-ambassador-posts coincidences. Why not? Have some fun with it.

"This very telling map shows which U.S. ambassadors were campaign bundlers,” The Post wrote back in February 2014.

Quid pro quo?

Another headline above a September 2017 YouTube video asks the same question, different arena: "President Obama and Wall Street Quid Pro Quo?”

And then there was this, from the Wall Street Journal in August of 2016: "President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his decision to authorize a $400 million cash payment to Iran that coincided with the country’s release of American prisoners in January.”

[...]

"[The] Obama administration insists there was no quid pro quo,” The Wall Street Journal wrote in a separate piece in August, 2016.

This article makes it plain the Democrats are trying to impeach Trump over things that their man was actually guilty of - and was no big deal back then. Do read it all.

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Cigar Store Candidate

Timothy Birdnow

Lizzy Warren took a crack, but native blood she sure did lack, when she saw that she was done she headed home to her wigwam!

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The Dangerous Planned Parenthood

This from Bev Ehlen from Concerned Women for America:

From my friend, Brian Westbrook, Coalition for Life STL-upcoming training for sidewalk counselors.

In Missouri, the number of abortions continues to drop; however, we have not noticed the number of ambulances called to the abortion facility slow down in a similar manner. Yesterday afternoon, Coalition for Life sidewalk counselors observed the 75th ambulance since 2009 called to help a woman injured inside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Forest Park Avenue.
Flashing lights lit up the gray day, and sirens cleared traffic for the St. Louis Fire Department that arrived at 1:26 pm Thursday afternoon in front of Planned Parenthood. The emergency response team was inside for 15 minutes when an ambulance arrived to join them in their work. As it neared the building from the east, the ambulance quieted its emergency sirens and darkened its lights.
Both teams worked together inside for about 5 minutes before the fire department left the patient in the hands of the ambulance crew. When they brought the patient out, she appeared conscious, propped up at an angle and covering her eyes.
Please pray for the woman who was hurt yesterday. We ask that the Lord help her receive physical and spiritual healing from a traumatic event she will likely carry with her for the rest of her life. Pray too for the medical staff who came to her rescue when she became another Planned Parenthood victim. We ask the Lord to also reveal His Truth and Love in a special way to all the Planned Parenthood employees, that they may choose to leave.
If you'd like to take further action to help more women avoid this dangerous place and save more children from abortion, we have 2 upcoming trainings for those who would like to become sidewalk counselors.
* December 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
* January 11 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sign up online or call the office at (314) 827-4039 for the training that best fits your schedule, and join us on the sidewalk both in St. Louis and Fairview Heights.
Thank you for all your prayers and support to END abortion in the St. Louis region.
In Life,
Brian Westbrook
Executive Director
Coalition for Life St. Louis

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November 22, 2019

Impeachment is Over?

Timothy Birdnow

Jesse Waters of Fox News declares impeachment is finis!

We’re going to look back at 2019 like what? They did nothing…What happened today? Somebody overheard a phone call? So what? He eves-dropped? The President said I don’t give a blank about Ukraine? So what, neither does the country?

The hoax is OVER. It's done. They tried and failed. They didn't have one witness to testify that President @realdonaldtrump directed a Quid Pro Quo involving military aid. Not one! #TheFive pic.twitter.com/kwzSUp953P

— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) November 21, 2019

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Rangers say Vindmann was a POS

Timothy Birdnow

Alexander Vindmann, the Man of Absolute Integrity, the guy we were told could not be challenged because he is a war hero, a granite jawed god, a man among Men, was lazy and stole food, according to his classmate in Ranger school.

According to Gateway Pundit:

His boss Tim Morrison earlier testified that he did not trust Vindman and that he suspected Vindman was a leaker. (He was!)

On Tuesday Mike Cernovich posted a tweet from Vindman’s classmates at Ranger School.

According to Cernovich, his source who went through Ranger School with Alexander Vindmann, said he was lazy and a chow thief. His Ranger School classmate said his peers wanted him out.


This is not a surprise.

During Ranger School, LTC Vindman kept getting low peer ratings because "he was lazy and a chow thief,” a Ranger School classmate of Vindman has said.

Battalion Rangers wanted him out, said he was POS.

I won’t out sources but here is class picture. pic.twitter.com/gi3kLs4Qhz

— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 19, 2019

So, Ashley Wilkes here isn't as pure and noble as he lets on.

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CA Scotus Shoots Down Tax Return Law

Timothy Birdnow

The California Supreme Court has ruled a law passed in the cuckoo state making presidential candidates turn over their tax returns unconstitutional.

It should come as no surprise that this law is unconstitutional. What is surprising is that California's Court overturned it.

From the Fox article:

The California Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a state law that would have required President Trump to release his tax returns in order to appear on the state’s primary ballot.
 
 

Justices in Sacramento said that the law – which required all candidates for president and governor to submit five years’ worth of personal income tax returns in order to be included on primary ballots – was unconstitutional.

"Whatever authority the Legislature may have in defining how presidential primaries are to occur in this state, the challenged sections of the act exceed such authority and are unenforceable,” California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote in the opinion.

Amazing; there is some sanity left in government there.

Tax returns are absolutely private and can only be compelled to be released in matters involving criminal charges. The Supreme Court has been quite clear on that.

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Mr. Holmes Come Here I Want to See You

Timothy Birdnow

You gotta love this one; Andrew Cuomo made a total fool of himself on live television in the worst screwup since Geraldo's infamous Capone Vault caper.

CNN's Chris Cuomo mocked after attempt to disprove Trump's phone theory with call to mom fails

According to the article:

David Holmes, the political counsel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine,testified during Thursday’s impeachment hearingthat he overheard a would-be damning phone call between Trump and European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland. Holmes said he "could hear the president’s voice through the earpiece of the phone,” which was not on speakerphone.

Trump, in real-time, tweeted his skepticism.

"I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation. I’ve even tried, but to no avail,” Trump tweeted. "Try it live!”

Well, fools rush in...

CNN’s Cuomo took the president up on the challenge and called his mother during coverage of the impeachment hearing.

"Let's just play with that for a second. Mom can you hear me?” Cuomo asked, without receiving a response from his mother.

"I’m with Dana Bash… can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can’t hear me,” Cuomo said as he struggled to hear whether or not his mother could hear him.

Cuomo then put the device on speakerphone.

"Mom, can you hear me?” he asked again.

"I hear you, when you talk to me I hear you,” his mother responded.

The "Cuomo Prime Time” namesake then turned off speakerphone and could no longer hear his mother —just as Trump explained is typically the case.

A frustrated Cuomo then hung up the phone and critics quickly lampooned the moment.

As any lawyer knows, you do not put a witness on the stand unless you know exactly what he or she will say. Cuomo is a lawyer and absolutely should know better.

So Mr. Cuomo has shown that David Holmes was lying, and he did so in a spectacular way.

Boy, I'd hate to be him this morning.

So everyone knows, the title is a play on the first words spoken on the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell called to his assistant (Mr. Watson, which works nicely when pllaying with words here) "Mr. Watson, come here please".

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Crazy Eyes

Timothy Birdnow

Anyone notice how Adam Schiff has crazy eyes? He gives AOC a run for her money!

Watch Schiff schiff a brick

Muchos Gracias to William Johnson

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November 21, 2019

Liz Laments Lack Of Affordable Housing, Omits She Got Rich Off Foreclosed Homes

Dana Mathewson

I was sorely tempted to change the title to something like "Squaw Gray Beaver Laments Lack of Affordable Wigwams, Omits She Got Rich off Foreclosed Teepees." But that would be racist, sexist and probably lots of other "ists." So I won't.

The hypocrisy of Elizabeth Warren is astounding. Her net worth is reported to be $12M, and she made a lot of money flipping houses that people lost when they couldn’t pay their mortgages.

Yes, the Foreclosure Queen really cares about "the little people.”

Via Free Beacon.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), who previously bought foreclosed properties to turn a quick profit, lamented the lack of affordable housing during Wednesday’s presidential primary debate.

"Our housing problem in America is a problem on the supply side,” she said in reply to a question from MSNBC debate moderator Kristen Welker. "And that means the federal government stopped building new housing a long time ago, affordable housing.”

"So I’ve got a plan for 3.2 million new housing units in America,” Warren added. "Those are housing units for working families, for the working poor, for the poor poor, for seniors who want to age in place, for people with disabilities.”

Once again, her solution is government, more government, and still more government. Which of course means that you and I will be paying for that housing. Thereby turning us into the poor who will eventually live in that government housing?

Gosh, I hope not! Because it will likely resemble the government housing built in the Soviet Union. Pretty grim stuff!

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Ukrainian MP Says Biden Payment was Criminal

Timothy Birdnow

A Ukrainian lawmaker alleges that Burisma and Hunter Biden were laundering stolen money, receiving payments obtained by illegal means.

Western Journalism has the story:

Ukrainian Member of Parliament Andriy Derkach stated that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has reason to believe Burisma’s owner Mykola Zlochevsky obtained the funds paid to Biden and his associates by "criminal means.”

"The PGO document once again confirms the data I had previously published on Burisma and international corruption. According to Zlochevsky’s suspicion notice, Biden and partners received their $16.5 million for their services to Burisma,” Derkach said at a news conference in Kiev, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

Why has none of this been mentioned by the mainstream press? How is it Trump is being investigated when he had a duty as America's chief law enforcement officer to ask for investigations of Biden?

Hat tip: William Johnson

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Impeachment going to the Pits

Timothy Birdnow

The Democrats are cratering in their impeachment crusade, according to an outstanding article at Accuracy in Media.

The media - even Fox News - is trying to paint lipstick on a pig here. Don't allow yourself to be duped.

Read the whole article.

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Private Group Prevented from Building Border Wall

Timothy Birdnow

A local  judge and the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission has stopped construction by a group  building a border wall on private property along the Mexican border.

According to Fox 2 News:

McALLEN, Texas — The private nonprofit advocacy group We Build The Wall has been told to stop building a border wall on private property in South Texas on the Rio Grande, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, and an official with the International Boundary and Water Commission told Border Report on Tuesday.

"The government is going to stop them from building the wall. There’s apparently been a violation of the [U.S.-Mexico Water] Treaty,” Cortez said via phone.

Water rights?  Ri-ight!

We Build the Wall says there has been no formal injunction and that they are just clearing the land in preparation of construction. The IBWC has no authority over clearing land.

The spokeswoman for the IBWC says they have yet to begin the environmental review.

How much do you want to bet this review will take years; the whole purpose is to stop the construction of the wall, not to determine if a wall will have a deleterious effect on the Rio Grande wetlands.

The Left is absolutely determined to to stop the construction of a security wall at the southern border. By hook or by crook, they will use every proceedural and legal means at their disposal to stop us from securing our border.


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Down the Rabbit Hole; Ukraine and Democratic Corruption

Timothy Birdnow

Here is a little something going back to April that I just discovered. It discusses Democratic ties to Ukraine, and how the Ukrainians were begging Trump to investigate.

 From the article:

Ukrainian law enforcement officials believe they have evidence of wrongdoing by American Democrats and their allies in Kiev, ranging from 2016 election interference to obstructing criminal probes. But, they say, they've been thwarted in trying to get the Trump Justice Department to act.

Kostiantyn Kulyk, deputy head of the Prosecutor General's International Legal Cooperation Department, told me he and other senior law enforcement officials tried unsuccessfully since last year to get visas from the U.S. Embassy in Kiev to deliver their evidence to Washington.

Well, well, well; the DOJ - which has been anything but friendly to the Administration - blocked Ukrainians from coming here to present intel on corruption by DEMOCRATS.

Bear in mind William Barr was nominated on January 3, so he had nothing to do with the policy. This was all Jeff Sezzzions and the anti-Trump coalition. Rod Rosenstein, who effectively ran the DOJ during the Sessions tenure of office, was not sacked until May of this year.

Here's another interesting tidbit from the article:

We were supposed to share this information during a working trip to the United States," Kulyk told me in a wide-ranging interview. "However, the [U.S.] ambassador blocked us from obtaining a visa. She didn't explicitly deny our visa, but also didn't give it to us."

That would be Marie Yavanovitch, you know, the woman who just testified in the Schiff impeachment hearings against Donald Trump!

But wait!  There's more!:

Ukrainian businessmen "authorized payments for lobbying efforts directed at the U.S. government," he told me. "In addition, these payments were made from funds that were acquired during the money-laundering operation. We have information that a U.S. company was involved in these payments." That company is tied to one or more prominent Democrats, Ukrainian officials insist.

In another instance, he said, Ukrainian authorities gathered evidence that money paid to an American Democrat allegedly was hidden by Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau(NABU) during the 2016 election under pressure from U.S. officials. "In the course of this investigation, we found that there was a situation during which influence was exerted on the NABU, so that the name of [the American] would not be mentioned," he said.

[...]

 

But many of the allegations shared with me by more than a half-dozen senior Ukrainian officials are supported by evidence that emerged in recent U.S. court filings and intelligence reports. The Ukrainians told me their evidence includes:

  • Sworn statements from two Ukrainian officials admitting that their agency tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential electionin favor of Hillary Clinton. The effort included leaking an alleged ledger showing payments to then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort;
  • Contacts between Democratic figures in Washington and Ukrainian officials that involved passing along dirt on Donald Trump;
  • Financial records showing a Ukrainian natural gas company routed more than $3 millionto American accounts tied to Hunter Biden, younger son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, who managed U.S.-Ukraine relations for the Obama administration. Biden's son served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings;
  • Records that Vice President Biden pressured Ukrainian officials in March 2016 to fire the prosecutor who oversaw an investigation of Burisma Holdings and who planned to interview Hunter Biden about the financial transfers;
  • Correspondence showing members of the State Department and U.S. Embassy in Kiev interfered or applied pressure in criminal cases on Ukrainian soil;
  • Disbursements of as much as $7 billion in Ukrainian funds that prosecutors believe may have been misappropriated or taken out of the country, including to the United States
This is history's largest CYA, something that puts the Teapot Dome scandal to shame. And the criminality is all on the Democrat's side, not on the side of Trump.

 

The Chutzpah is breathtaking in trying to impeach the President for asking Ukraine to investigate this.

And the Ukrainian officials holding this information don't want to give it to the FBI or another currupt agency; they know it will just disappear down the rabbit hole.

Hat tip: Mike K.


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Bugs on Mars?

Timothy Birdnow

Is there life on Mars? One entomologist thinks so.

From the article:

Dr. Romoser, who specializes in arbovirology and general/medical entomology, has spent several years studying photographs from the red planet that are available on the Internet. He found numerous examples of insect-like forms, structured similarly to bees, as well as reptile-like forms, both as fossils and living creatures. He presented his findings Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America in St. Louis, Missouri.

"There has been and still is life on Mars," Romoser said, noting that the images appear to show both fossilized and living creatures. "There is apparent diversity among the Martian insect-like fauna which display many features similar to Terran that are interpreted as advanced groups—for example, the presence of wings, wing flexion, agile gliding/flight, and variously structured leg elements."

Romoser said that while the Martian rovers, particularly the Curiosity Rover, have been looking for indicators of organic activity, there are a number of photos which clearly depict the insect- and reptile-like forms. Numerous photos show images where arthropod body segments, along with legs, antennae and wings, can be picked out from the surrounding area, and one even appears to show one of the insects in a steep dive before pulling up just before hitting the ground.

Somebody explain to me how insects develop wings on a planet where the atmosphere is 8 to 12/1000th as dense as Earth's at ground level (while the Martian atmosphere is one hundredth of Earth's it is more voluminous thanks to the lower gravity) where the temperature gradient moves from a high of 70* F. an inch above the ground to minus 70 just four feet above that? Any life on Mars would be burrowing, to avoid the cold, the dust storms, the dessicating air, and radiation from solar storms.

Also, I would like to know what they breath; the air on Mars is not only too thin to support life but it is ninety five percent carbon dioxide. Simple plant life, maybe, but insects? And, with no flora, what do these insects eat?

Well, he does address that last:

  • "The presence of higher metazoan organisms on Mars implies the presence of nutrient/
  • and processes, food chains and webs, and water as elements functioning in a viable, if extreme, ecological setting sufficient to sustain life," he said. "I have observed instances suggestive of standing water or small water courses with evident meander and with the expected blurring of small submerged rocks, larger emergent rocks at the atmosphere/water interface, a moist bank area, and a drier area beyond the moist area. Water on Mars has been reported a number of times, including surface water detected by instrumentation on Viking, Pathfinder, Phoenix, and Curiosity.
But we see no chemical evidence of this ecology. 

Now an arthropod would be a more logical body shape for such an environment; an exoskeleton would be absolutely necessary in the cold and near vacuum. I rather suspect a Martian insect to be rolly-polly shape to retain as much heat as possible. Not very mobile. Granted, they would need to be burrowers, like ants, so I suppose the purely round shape wouldn't work, but then neither would the elongated shapes he is theorizing about. The less body contact with the ground the better for these critters! They would need to be able to burrow deep, well below the "frost line" to survive. In fact, one would wonder why they would come outside at all; the surface would be terribly hostile to them.

Bear in mind too that arthropods are "only" 550 million years old. Life on Earth can be traced back further than that; the arthropods appeared on the scene after the Cambrian Explosion. Did Mars have such a thing? Earth had a warmer, sunnier climate to drive the Cambrian; Mars did not.

On Earth - a far more hospitable place - we have insects everywhere, but only one type in Antarctica. From Wikipedia:

The Antarctic is inhospitable to most insects. There is only one insect species that survives year round on Antarctica, the Chironomid Midge, Belgica antarctica. This tiny fly is only active during the Antarctic summer.

So, one hybernating insect in a place that is more habitable than Mars. Antarctica has lichens and algae, too, as well as adequate sun and a lot of ice. Mars is drier, colder, and has no obvious food source for any creatures.

Perhaps Mars has plant life using chemosynthesis underground, like mushrooms? Maybe. But a biosphere that does not include photosynthesis-using plants is going to be malnourished and would be very slow and not that complex. I doubt you could have ant like or wasp like creatures there. I suspect all life would be torpid and burrowing.

That said, this scientist is not a crank, or one would think not given his credentials. He worked for USAAMRID, the military's biological research arm. Of course, we now know getting a security clearance is no guarantee you have a stable or even smart person.

Still, it's fascinating, and he has collected a lot of photos from the Mars Rover. Check it out..


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Time traveler? This is just too far out.

Dana Mathewson

This was on my Yahoo home page this morning and, figuring we could all use a big laugh, I decided to post it. Put your coffee down before reading!


121-year-old photo sparks Greta Thunberg conspiracy theory: ‘She’s here to save us’


 A Greta Thunberg lookalike in a 121-year-old photo has sparked a new conspiracy theory about the environmentalist being a time traveler.

 People on Twitter have started to claim that one of the people in the photo from 1898 that shows three children from the Yukon Territory in Canada has a face that’s so identical to Thunberg’s that it couldn’t possibly be anybody else. The girl said to be Thunberg also has the same braided hairstyle that the Swedish teen is known for. And although the timeline certainly doesn’t add up, many are saying that it’s proof that Thunberg is from a different time.

The Twitterati have taken to this like, well, a Starbucks latte. Go here https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/121-year-old-photo-sparks-greta-thunberg-conspiracy-theory-211635110.html for all the Tweets and other foolishness.

Note: The views contained in this article are not endorsed by The Aviary -- or however that disclaimer is usually worded.

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Anatomically Impossible; ACLU says Men have Periods

Timothy Birdnow

"Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" 

\Frederich Schiller, the Maid of Orleans

ACLU Goes All In, Claims ‘Men Who Have Periods Are Men’

I suspect many of the men at the ACLU are closet periodists.

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November 20, 2019

Does this make the Democrats the "party of family values?"

Dana Mathewson

I'm referring to the following:

Hunter Biden is the father of an Arkansas woman’s baby, according to a paternity test detailed in court papers filed Wednesday.

"DNA testing has established with scientific certainty defendant is the father of the plaintiff’s child,” said the lawsuit filed by Lunden Alexis Roberts, 28.

Hunter has been in the news a lot lately.

Ms. Roberts in May filed a petition for paternity support against Mr. Biden, son of 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden.
***
The court filing also notes that members of the Biden family are eligible for U.S. Secret Service protection because of the elder Biden’s political aspirations.

Hunter Biden had long denied he was the father of the baby, who was born in August 2018. In October, he agreed to take a paternity test to prove he did not father the child.

Apparently the test didn’t turn out the way he had hoped. The good news is, Hunter has plenty of Ukrainian and Chinese money to pay child support.

Democrats seem to be having problems with DNA test recently. I remember -- and so do you -- another one that didn't produce the desired results.

Hunter’s history is tangled to say the least:

Hunter Biden, 49, married Melissa Cohen mere weeks before the petition was filed. The child’s birth coincided with Hunter Biden’s relationship with Hallie Biden, the widow of late brother, Beau Biden.

Hunter Biden joins Katie Hill and Ilhan Omar in the annals of disreputable personal lives. I don’t generally care about the private lives of politicians, and it is a hackneyed observation, but still: can you imagine the press hysteria if the people involved in these stories were Republicans?

Dogpatch on the Potomac. . .

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Remember the "Nigerian scam?"

Dana Mathewson

You yourself may have been targeted. You'd get an e-mail from this guy, supposedly a Nigerian who had a huge sum of money who just needed a place to park it for a short time, and wanted to use your bank account; if you agreed he'd promise you a decent part of his stash. Of course, all he wanted was access to your account, and it didn't take a Warren Buffet to spot the idea that the money would flow only one way, and that was not in your direction.

Well, it was a real Nigerian, and he was caught and sentenced to a significant hitch in a "maximum security" lockup in Nigeria. But as you can see from the attached article, "maximum security" means different things in different countries.

A Nigerian internet scammer serving a 24-year jail sentence was allegedly able to mastermind a $1 million "mega scam” from inside a maximum-security prison, anti-corruption officials said.

Hope Olusegun Aroke was first convicted of fraud four years ago and sent to Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, according to Nigeria’s economic and financial crimes commission.

A preliminary investigation showed that Aroke continued "to ply his ignoble trade” from inside the Lagos prison by using a "network of accomplices” to target victims in various nations, accumulating more than $1 million in the process.

"Preliminary investigation revealed that the convict, against established standard practice, had access to Internet and mobile phone in the Correctional Centre where he is supposed to be serving his jail term,” the commission said in a statement Tuesday.

Even more "puzzling,” Aroke also was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed illness and, instead of returning to the prison, he ended up at hotels, where he would meet his wife and children, and attend social functions, authorities said.

Aroke used the fictitious name "Akinwwunmi Sorinmade” to open at least two bank accounts and purchase a luxury car – a 2018 Lexus RX 350 – and homes during his time in prison.

[...]

Aroke was convicted and imprisoned three years later on two counts of obtaining money by false pretense, check cloning, wire transfer and forgery.

The Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison is managed by the Nigerian Correctional Service, which has not yet commented on the case.

Amazing. You almost have to admire the guy's ingenuity. But surely if he'd put it to use in legitimate enterprises he could have made as much money. Maybe the taxes in Nigeria would have killed him?

Disclosure: a number of years ago, the company my wife Martha worked for at the time had dealings with a financial services guy in Arizona (who turned out to be a bit outside of legitimate and ran into problems with the Feds, but that's another story) who got suckered by this scheme. Swallowed the thing hook, line and sinker.

Anyhow, the story is here. https://www.foxnews.com/world/nigeria-scammer-mastermind-fraud-scheme-jail If I ever have to do hard time, I'd rather do it in Nigeria than in Leavenworth -- if this story is any indication.

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