[Red State] Joe Biden has said repeatedly that he knew nothing about his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings and he claimed his son didn’t make money related to China. We’ve produced a lot of evidence over the last couple of years to show that those were just lies — that Joe had met with several of Hunter’s business associates and that Hunter made millions from his Chinese business associations. Joe even flew Hunter to China on Air Force Two in 2013 to make a deal with a Chinese associate, Jonathan Li, and Hunter introduced his father to Li while they were there. We even saw Tony Bobulinski say that Joe Biden — the "big guy" — was supposed to get a 10 percent from the company that Hunter was creating as a joint venture with the Chinese energy company, CEFC.
Now the New York Post has some more intriguing information from the depths of the Hunter Biden laptop.
Hunter Biden’s hard drive contained an enviable lineup of contacts for top US officials tasked with overseeing the US-China relationship, and at least 10 senior Google executives — raising new questions about the extent to which Joe Biden’s well-connected son could have leveraged his connections for personal profit, The Post has learned.
Many of the top-level government officials would have been in position to help Hunter Biden’s business aspirations in China during his father’s term as vice president from 2008 to 2016. Throughout that period, he infamously looked to capitalize from his family name and connections — often while his father conducted sensitive state business.
As for the Google braintrust, one former exec there told The Post that Hunter Biden sought the tech giant’s cash for Chinese ventures, and that several of the company’s bigwigs wound up working for the Obama-Biden administration during his father’s vice presidency.
Among the U.S. officials listed as contacts were John Kerry, who was Secretary of State; Max Baucus, U.S. Ambassador to China; Thomas Parker, a special advisor to the vice president for national security affairs; Sarah E. Kemp, who served as a commercial counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing; and Patrick Mulloy, former commissioner of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Most declined to comment or failed to respond. Bruce Quinn, the Director for Implementation at the US Trade Representative office of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan — was also on the list but he said he had no idea why. He said he used to give seminars and that perhaps Hunter attended one of them.
[NPR] WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday launched a $1 billion first-of-its-kind pilot program aimed at helping reconnect cities and neighborhoods racially segregated or divided by road projects, pledging wide-ranging help to dozens of communities despite the program's limited dollars.
Under the Reconnecting Communities program, cities and states can now apply for the federal aid over five years to rectify harm caused by roadways that were built primarily through lower-income, Black communities after the 1950s creation of the interstate highway system.
New projects could include rapid bus transit lines to link disadvantaged neighborhoods to jobs; caps built on top of highways featuring green spaces, bike lanes and pedestrian walkways to allow for safe crossings over the roadways; repurposing former rail lines; and partial removal of highways.
Still, the grants, being made available under President Joe Biden's bipartisan infrastructure law, are considerably less than the $20 billion the Democratic president originally envisioned. Advocacy groups say the money isn't nearly enough to have a major impact on capital construction for more than 50 citizen-led efforts nationwide aimed at dismantling or redesigning highways — from Portland, Oregon, to New Orleans; St. Paul, Minnesota; Houston; Tampa, Florida; and Syracuse, New York.
Meanwhile, some Republicans, including possible 2024 presidential contender Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have derided the effort as the "woke-ification" of federal policy, suggesting political crosswinds ahead in an election season.
"Transportation can connect us to jobs, services and loved ones, but we've also seen countless cases around the country where a piece of infrastructure cuts off a neighborhood or a community because of how it was built," said Buttigieg, who was announcing the pilot program later Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama. He described Reconnecting Communities as a broad department "principle" — not just a program — to address the issue with many efforts underway.
"This is a forward-looking vision," Buttigieg said. "Our focus isn't about assigning blame. It isn't about getting caught up in guilt. It's about fixing a problem. It's about mending what has been broken, especially when the damage was done with taxpayer dollars."
The Transportation Department has aimed to help communities that feel racially harmed by highway expansions, with the Federal Highway Administration last year taking a rare step to pause a proposed $9 billion widening project in Houston, partly over civil rights concerns. That move likely spurred action in other places such as Austin, Texas, where environmental and racial justice groups recently filed a lawsuit to force the Texas transportation agency to better lay out the impacts of a proposed highway expansion there.
On the other hand....what can be done about it now? Akron is tearing down part of their Innerbelt, with an aim to making it public land, but they will likely never get enough use out of it to justify the expense. It will make some people feel better, true, but the people who lost their homes and their livelihoods passed long, long ago and are beyond comfort.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
07/03/2022 15:06 Comments ||
#2 - or Monkeypox?
Posted by: Frank G ||
07/03/2022 15:50 Comments ||
Buttigieg is only executing what Congress authorized.
Furthermore, after a year or two, Congress could simply 'take over' the program and earmark projects. It has happened before.
Posted by: Lord Garth ||
07/03/2022 18:46 Comments ||
It's a Black vote purchase. Any $ will be pushed down to reparations and working groups, buying votes
Posted by: Frank G ||
07/03/2022 19:17 Comments ||
per the statute, eligible recipients must be State, county, municipality, indian tribal govt
it is also an 80% federal share program so the non federal share must come from somewhere
a soft match is allow, e.g., donated labor, so this is squishy but even here the OMB requirements for record keeping, etc. tend to discourage use of soft match (or at least they did during all Administrations before Biden)
Posted by: Lord Garth ||
07/03/2022 21:58 Comments ||
[Breitbart] Megan Rapinoe, anthem kneeler and outspoken advocate of almost every left-wing cause, is set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Joe Biden.
The announcement came Friday that Rapinoe, a captain on the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), and 16 others had been selected to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor.
While the USWNT has reigned as one of the top women’s teams in the world during Rapinoe’s time on the roster, the decision to award her with such an honor most likely stems from Rapinoe’s relentless advocacy of liberal causes. Most recently, the USWNT vet made waves by blasting men for remaining "silent" after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
"You’ve been silent to us, as a whole," she said, "Stand up, say something. This is your wife, this is your sister, this is your friend, this is your girlfriend, this is the mother of your children. This is all of us. And you are allowing a violent and consistent onslaught on the autonomy of women’s bodies, on women’s rights, on women’s minds, on our hearts, on our souls."
[PJ] The January 6 Committee appears to have stepped in another political cow pattie.
The committee announced a stop-the-presses, Category-5, DEFCON-level-1 emergency hearing which would feature a witness with such explosive evidence, it would destroy, annihilate, utterly eradicate, and really, really hurt Donald Trump in a way that tales of peeing hookers at the Moscow Ritz Carlton could only hope to do.
Enter Cassidy Blasey Ford.
Her real name, of course, is Cassidy Hutchinson, which, come to think of it, may be among the few accurate words she uttered when she took the oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. In the words of her attorneys, "she believes that it was her duty and responsibility to provide the committee with her truthful and candid observations of the events surrounding January 6."
Speaking of "duty and responsibility," considering that the committee deposed and questioned the former White House aide multiple times, one might think it would have, oh, I dunno, vetted the tripe before serving up a flaming hot pot of Menudo.
The previously unscheduled, emergency! televised hearing starring the brave 25-year-old former aide to former Donald Trump chief-of-staff Mark Meadows was caught in so many, ah, inconsistencies in her story that one could only conclude the committee wanted the inconsistencies to become the official record of what happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
If it wasn't so sad and annoying, it'd be laughable how downright racist and anti-Semitic leftists are. They really are some of the most vile people I've met. They are the embodiment of everything they claim the right is.
[Dawn] Khizr Moazzam Khan, a Gold Star father who rose to fame in 2016 for challenging Trump’s knowledge of the US Constitution,
...more accurately, he gave a barn-burner speech at the 2016 Democratic national convention full of demonstrable lies about Donald Trump, and in the years that followed told more lies. But because his son, Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in 2004 by a VBIED while serving honourably in Iraq, and because he stood squarely against Mr. Trump and the Republicans, he’s been lauded ever since anyway...
will receive America’s highest civil award — the Presidential Medal of Freedom — from President Joe The Big Guy Biden ...46th president of the U.S. The very model of probity, except maybe for abandoning Afghanistan... on July 7.
The founder of the Constitution Literacy and National Unity Center is among the 17 individuals from across the US who will receive the award this year.
The term ’Gold Star parents’ is used for individuals whose children die fighting for America. Mr Khan and Ghazala Khan are the parents of US Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed during the Iraq war in 2004.
"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the US, world peace, or other significant societal, public, or private endeavors," the White House announced on Friday.
"Khizr Khan is a prominent advocate for the rule of law and religious freedom and served on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom under President Joe Biden ...... 46th president of the U.S. I'm not working for you. Don't be such a horse's ass. Don't say he didn't warn us...... ," the statement added.
Mr Khan, who was born in Gujranwala and migrated to the US in 1980, is the first Pak American to receive this award.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.