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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Hunter Biden has yet another income tax problem
[Free Beacon] Hunter Biden was hit with a $450,000 lien in July over delinquent state income taxes, which he paid off in six days despite having no discernible income. Last year, he told the court judge in his paternity case that he was broke and unemployed.

The younger Biden owed $238,562.76 in state income taxes from 2017 and $215,328.16 in state income taxes from 2018, according to records from the District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue. The District of Columbia filed a $453,890 lien against him on July 9.

The lien is the latest in a series of substantial tax problems members of the Biden family have faced over the years, from Joe's brother James’s six-figure tax debt in 2015 to multiple liens filed against Joe's sister Valerie and her husband. It also raises new questions about Hunter Biden’s finances, which have been scrutinized during the election cycle. The lien follows controversy over Hunter's high-paying consulting work for companies in Ukraine and China, and a high-profile child support case in which the younger Biden claimed he was in "significant debt" and refused to turn over court-ordered financial records.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 07:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps Plugs could provide some assistance, if only someone would introduce the two.

On the positive side, memory loss could actually be a good thing. Who would want to claim this POS as offspring.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 7:22 Comments || Top||

#2  What Hunter Biden does is only important if Sarah Palin's son's girlfriend's mother does is important.

Which it used to be.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/08/2020 10:11 Comments || Top||

#3  The apple didn't fall far from the tree there, did it?
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 10:38 Comments || Top||

#4  It's only a problem if Trump gets reelected.
Posted by: gorb || 08/08/2020 12:28 Comments || Top||

#5  District of Columbia Single Income Tax Brackets Income Tax Bracket Tax Rate 2019
$0 to $10,000 4%
$10,001 to $40,000 6%
$40,001 to $60,000 6.5%
$60,001 to $350,000 8.5%
$350,001 to $1,000,000 8.75%
$1,000,001 to ∞ 8.95%

2017: $238,562.76 W.D.C. tax = $2,728,000 net income

2017: $215,328.16 W.D.C. tax = $2,468,000 net income

Welfare in DC pays pretty well for an ex-VP's unemployed, drug and sex addicted son.
Posted by: Hupinens Juling5588 || 08/08/2020 15:03 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
The Media Said Europe ‘Beat Back’ Covid. But Now Lockdowns Loom Again
[Mises] In recent days governments in Australia, Europe, and the US have moved toward imposing a new wave of forced lockdowns in the name of fighting the spread of COVID-19. Australia has imposed harsh new lockdown measures, including a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. CNN reports:

Those restrictions include a curfew in Melbourne for the next six weeks, a ban on wedding gatherings, and schools must go back to online classes....Only one person per household is allowed to leave their homes once a day -- outside of curfew hours -- to pick up essential goods, and they must stay within a 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) radius of their home.

Meanwhile in Europe, Belgium is threatening a "total lockdown" even as it tightens other measures, which now means that "a family or those living together can meet only the same five people from outside their household over the next four weeks." (Belgium has been in a state of lockdown in all but name for months, since even until the most recent restrictions, an individual was allowed to meet in person with only 15 different people per week.)
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Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There are no vaccine around the corner. You can't have a vaccine in less then 2-3 years of testing. You can't speed up human testing.
Posted by: Thorong Grundy1520 || 08/08/2020 2:37 Comments || Top||

#2  The World has changed - adapt, or die.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 3:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Ahhhh, yes, the illusion of control.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/08/2020 10:02 Comments || Top||

#4  The world has not changed. Tyranny has always been looking for a reason.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/08/2020 19:12 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Project Veritas' James O'Keefe Can No Longer Buy Firearms...And Yes, The FBI Is Involved
[Townhall] It would seem that someone at the FBI put Mr. O’Keefe on the felon list regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), making him a prohibited person. He can no longer buy firearms, despite never committing a felony. Gun owners interviewed certainly see this as a legitimate legal matter, and O’ Keefe has filed a lawsuit. Is this retaliation?

I’ll bet the mortgage that something along those lines is happening here (via Project Veritas):

Project Veritas Action and Project Veritas today released a video of James O'Keefe III, who has never been convicted of a felony, being denied the right to keep and bear arms. The rejection has led O’Keefe to file a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

When asked why the FBI has denied his ability to purchase a firearm, the FBI disclosed O'Keefe is falsely identified as a convicted felon on the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check) list. He has never been convicted of a felony.

"The lawsuit is being filed in the Southern District Court of New York seeking an order requiring the FBI to remove him from this list as required by law under 18 U.S.C. § 925A," said Jered Ede Esq., who is representing O’Keefe.

"Notably, the FBI has not disclosed what information it is relying on to place him on its watch list," Ede stated in the complaint filed with the court.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The same people work at Twitter and the FBI.
Posted by: Hupinens Juling5588 || 08/08/2020 2:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Sue the FBI
Posted by: Thorong Grundy1520 || 08/08/2020 2:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Dim Dirt Bag Deep Staters.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 08/08/2020 3:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Antifa sends false reports to the FBI just to mess with them. The FBI can't seem to figure it out. I can't imagine why.
Posted by: gorb || 08/08/2020 3:31 Comments || Top||

#5  ^Antifa/shmantifa the insiders in FBI write these reports themselves.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 3:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Just a small glimpse into the Biden presidency
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 08/08/2020 10:18 Comments || Top||

#7  Be sure to thank Cocaine Mitch, who has sent the message that he won't approve an actually effective replacement for Barr or Wray.
Posted by: charger || 08/08/2020 14:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Considering all the mass shooters who should have been on the FBI's felony list and somehow got guns anyway, this makes the FBI look like the Keystone Cops.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/08/2020 14:39 Comments || Top||

#9  this makes the FBI look like the Keystone Cops.

Except that implies incompetence, rather than intent.
Posted by: charger || 08/08/2020 18:19 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Schools shocker: 6 possible reasons why NY Dems Cuomo and Schumer suddenly support reopening
[American Thinker] The polling must be really bad for Teacher's Unions and Dems for them to do a 180 like this
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 09:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If the schools are open the fleeing taxpayers may feel obligated to return to the mess that Cuomo made in their neighborhoods.
Posted by: Airandee || 08/08/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Homeschooling numbers are way up.
Posted by: Iblis || 08/08/2020 11:32 Comments || Top||

#3  I was hoping the teachers unions would continue the holdout, if only to see how many of them get fired come first week of September. A few union decertifications would've been nice, too.
Posted by: Raj || 08/08/2020 12:10 Comments || Top||

#4  You can't have school shootings if there's no school.

And school shootings are one of the Dems' best tools for gaining power.
Posted by: charger || 08/08/2020 14:07 Comments || Top||

#5  If I were home-schooling, I'd teach my kids small unit tactics along with the music lessons and programming in Python. We'd call it "recess"!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/08/2020 16:12 Comments || Top||

#6  because death spiral for gummint skoolz
Posted by: Guillibaldo Angaitle2203 || 08/08/2020 16:48 Comments || Top||


Susan Rice dumps $305,233 in Netflix stock
[Don Surber] ITEM 2: Bloomberg reported, "Former national security adviser Susan Rice, a Netflix director, sold some of her shares of the video streaming company worth $305,323 this week as speculation swirls that she is among the candidates to be Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.

"A spokeswoman for Rice said the sale was unrelated to politics and was made under a stock trading plan she filed more than three months ago under Securities and Exchange Commission rules."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 08:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Imagine if you will, a Susan Rice presidency.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ "In the wake of a disturbing internet video, I am suspending habeus corpus and the Constitution"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 8:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Abe Lincoln would be proud.

Re: Rice's sale of stock: No insider info from your former boss, eh, Frau Rice?
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 9:07 Comments || Top||

#4  A spokeswoman for Rice said the sale was unrelated to politics

Maybe that sweet production deal Barack and Mike got from Netflix isn't going well.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/08/2020 9:23 Comments || Top||

#5  VP Candidate. Oh boy, if true this is going to benghazi so much fun!
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 08/08/2020 10:01 Comments || Top||


This Election Is a Choice between Freedom and Slavery, Good and Evil
[American Thinker] Ronald Reagan famously observed nearly sixty years ago: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same[.]" The man could say so much with so few words. (1) Freedom is an idea; (2) it belongs to anyone wise enough to recognize its value irrespective of race, color, or creed; and (3) it will be endlessly threatened at all times by those opposed to liberty.

Three generations later, and Reagan's warning is uncomfortably prescient. Before the Chinese coronavirus turned into a weapon for destroying freedom, we were already under attack. For years, hate speech laws have been used to censor points of view and silence critics. Public schools have replaced education with "politically correct" Marxist narratives, while Christianity is banned from public life and public squares. Socialists attack words as violence so they may use violence against our words. Wherever we look, the left has been nibbling away at liberty and pushing us toward gilded cages under their control.

Now the Democrats' push to "fundamentally change America" is in overdrive. A combination of their awareness that they have lost ground since President Trump's election and a growing sense of urgency to speed up their revolution before his looming re-election has led them to throw all caution to the wind.

What could have been seen as a moment for national unity just as WWII was for that generation of Americans, the present pandemic unleashed by China, has become nothing more than an opportunity for Democrats at every level of government to steal freedom in the name of security.

Joe Biden talks openly of a "physical revolution" ahead.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 07:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under:


Tribalism, Confirmation Bias, and COVID
A very long winded (Ilana Mercer-lite) view of 'group think' which points to World War as a potential solution. Even a bit too dark for me, but there it is.
[Red State] During the Civil War somewhere around 750,000 men fought for the Confederacy. It would be idiotic to claim that the Civil War was not about slavery, however the vast majority of the men who fought for the Confederacy were not fighting for the right to own slaves. How do I know this? During the 1860 census there were only about 385,000 slave owners. Many of these slave owners lived in states like West Virginia (well, not in 1860, but just follow for a minute), Deleware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri. If every slave owner in the south fought for the Confederacy (any who owned more than 20 slaves were exempt) then it would still have made up less than half the Confederate army. So how was it possible that so many fought for states rights when the primary right in question was the right to own other people? Simple... tribalism. The other side was awful in every way. Everything was linked, and you don’t get to tell me how to live my life. The Yank was an oppressor on our soil trying to force us to [fill in something here] and he should go home.

Tribalism is the simplification for "me and my group against you and your group." You end up thinking the other side is always wrong about everything, and if they change their mind then you change yours too. Example? Heritage Foundation laid out a market based plan for getting everyone into a health insurance policy. Their plan was based on the Swiss plan that works generally pretty well. Mitt Romney adopted the plan in Massachusetts with the general backing of Republicans. Barack Obama uses the same plan as a basis for a national plan, and now the whole project is the Devil and only flaming liberals would ever approve. Maybe that struck a nerve. Let’s go with a different example... Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden vote to fund a physical barrier along the southern border to prevent illegal immigration. Barack Obama deports more illegal immigrants than any previous American president. Donald Trump begins to build the wall that Joe Biden voted for, and now any barrier is racist.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 06:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "me and my group against you and your group."

..and in any other year, seen in the fall as Texas plays Oklahoma, Georgia plays Alabama, Michigan plays Ohio State, etc. My Team!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 7:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Nice load of garbage: "Barack Obama uses the same plan as a basis for a national plan, and now the whole project is the Devil and only flaming liberals would ever approve."

In fact the Democrat Authoritarians want to ELIMINATE your plans you may currently enjoy and prefer and force you into the one they deem best (for you)
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#3  "idiotic to claim that the Civil War was not about slavery..."

Absolute rubbish statement.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 9:15 Comments || Top||

#4  ..13th Amendment - Not passable in 1860, passed in 1865. No coincidence.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 11:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Exactly, especially since Lincoln at one time was willing to accept a constitutional amendment guaranteeing slavery.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 12:02 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ Abraham Lincoln repeatedly stated his war was caused by taxes only, and not by slavery, at all.
"My policy sought only to collect the Revenue (a 40 percent federal sales tax on imports to Southern States under the Morrill Tariff Act of 1861)." reads paragraph 5 of Lincoln's First Message to the U.S. Congress, penned July 4, 1861.
"I have no purpose, directly or in-directly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so," Lincoln said it his first inaugural on March 4 of the same year.
There is no proof of Lincoln ever declaring the war was fought to abolish slavery, and without such an official statement, the war-over-slavery teaching remains a complete lie and offensive hate speech that divides Americans, as is being done now by the media and politicians regarding the Confederate flag in South Carolina.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/08/2020 12:04 Comments || Top||

#7  #3 Klement, do you claim that a capitalist society and slave society can coexist in the same country?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 12:40 Comments || Top||

#8  /\ Thank you, DB. And that Morrill Tariff was a biggie that ticked off the South.

@ #7 - g(r)om, theoretically, YES. In a totally free society, what if I wanted to voluntarily & without coercion be a slave to a landowner (for example) to support my family? What if supporting my family was more important to me than my freedom?
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#9  #8 (a) Slavery wasn't voluntary.
(b) It's not a question of ethics. Agrarian slave owners & industrialized capitalists have very different financial interests. As North developed, the dominance of the government by the Southerners became intolerable.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

#10  /\ You used present tense in your question, not past tense. Of course slavery wasn't voluntary then. That is one of the few things they teach correctly in school.

There were slaves in the North as well.

But the answer is still YES to your question.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 13:38 Comments || Top||

#11  /\ What about Hereditary Slavery, in essence a perpetual Class System? How can you have a Capitalist System where a large fraction are barred from it?
Posted by: magpie || 08/08/2020 13:57 Comments || Top||

#12  Like all politicians Lincoln talked around the subject. You can not escape the 13th Amendment. As for why the North fought you can find in their culture - Battle Hymn of the Republic and Battle Cry of Freedom. Those were sung in the rank. No hiding about ending slavery there.

I'm sure you'll give it up about the same time the race hustlers give up playing the slavery card.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 16:18 Comments || Top||

#13  'Burg divided 'gainst isself ... cain't stand (it no mo)
Posted by: Caesar Protector of the Huns5458 || 08/08/2020 16:43 Comments || Top||

#14  Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure
- Lincoln

Like I wrote, talking around the subject
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 18:04 Comments || Top||

#15  @ #11 - Like we have "true" capitalism now? It's not even close to "free market" or "laissez-faire" capitalism. There are barriers to entry all over the place and nothing to do with slavery. They are called patents and fees and licenses and rules/regulations.

Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 19:44 Comments || Top||

#16  @#13 - Look at the image at the top to the right of "Rantburg".
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 19:45 Comments || Top||


Epic Trolling: Have You Seen the Trump Campaign's 404 Error Page?
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Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The trolling is strong with this one!
HAHAHAHAHA!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 08/08/2020 11:38 Comments || Top||



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