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More from John Solomon at The Hill:

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.

“Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event, insisting that President Obama was in on the threat.

"Solid" means something different at this level. "Solid" isn't whether you're on the up-and-up, but whether you're wired in with the right people -- or looking into the wrong people.

Like... Joe's son Hunter:

Ukrainian officials tell me there was one crucial piece of information that Biden must have known but didn’t mention to his audience: The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.

U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.

The general prosecutor’s official file for the Burisma probe — shared with me by senior Ukrainian officials — shows prosecutors identified Hunter Biden, business partner Devon Archer and their firm, Rosemont Seneca, as potential recipients of money.

This works back to last week's story about George Soros' involvement in Ukrainian shenanigans:

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, who is considered a hero in the West for spending two years as a political prisoner for fighting Russian aggression in Ukraine, told Solomon that he was invited to meet new U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. He was appointed to this position in 2016 and it was then that he spoke to Yovanovitch, he said.

He said they, “gave me a list of people whom we should not prosecute.” According to Yovanovitch, it included a founder of the AntAC group and two members of Parliament. Those people “supported the group’s anti-corruption reform agenda, according to a source directly familiar with the meeting,” according to Solomon, who spoke to a source.

Ukrainian law enforcement was probing a group that was co-funded by the Obama administration, as well as billionaire donor George Soros. Further, according to Solomon the group was allegedly collaborating with the FBI agents investigating then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s business activities in Ukraine.

So Joe Biden worked with, or at least alongside of, a Soros-funded organization trying to dethrone a Ukrainian prosecutor looking into official corruption involving Biden's own son. To put it even more bluntly, Biden and Soros -- with official cover from Barack Obama -- worked to undermine the Ukrainian government during its ongoing war against Russian aggression.

In other words, Obama and his second-in-command were effectively doing Moscow's bidding in its war to annex further bits of Ukraine.

Can you say collusion? I knew you could.

Thanks for RBJ for sharing this in today's open thread:

Can't wait to see AOC wearing this on a t-shirt.

Of course, Snopes had to fact-check and whitewash Guevera's wicked history:

This photograph is nearly always shared with anti-socialist sentiments and often posted along with barbs directed at politicians such as Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Most commonly it is shared as a meme with the caption “This is the image of Che Guevara that should be seen on t-shirts.”

Che Guevara is a controversial historical figure, regarded as anything from a cultural hero to little more than a wanton murderer. A number of articlesbooksmovies, and documentaries can assist those curious about the Marxist revolutionary in forming an educated opinion about his legacy, but this photograph  should not be included in a hypothetical course on the subject, as it doesn’t show Che Guevara.

Our investigation into the origins of this photograph took us from baseless claims on social media to archival photographs documenting wars in places such as El Salvador and Yugoslavia. Ultimately, however, our search ended in an unlikely location: Atlanta, Georgia.

Ok, fine. But the fact remains that Guevera was a terrorist and murderer:

Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls in my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!"

"Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become. -- The Real Ché Guevara


My annual mini-rant about equal pay day. Click to read the whole thing.

I unearthed this video on the topic from the old PJTV vault:

(Steve and Kruiser, look how young we were! What the heck happened?)



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Cruz totally got the point, and was merely mocking her inanity.

From the "Millennials Can Suck the Joy Out of Anything" files:

They're a greater threat to the planet than climate change. They may bore Earth to death before they're through.

Ohio could become the latest state to hand its vote over to the Democratic Party if a proposed ballot measure passes.

A proposed Ohio constitutional amendment to award the state’s presidential electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote has cleared an initial hurdle toward making the statewide ballot this November.


The proposed amendment now heads to the Ohio Ballot Board, which has 10 days to decide whether the submitted ballot language only contains one proposed constitutional amendment. If the board decides it does, supporters would then have until July 3 to collect 442,958 valid signatures from registered voters in at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Of course, it's out-of-state special interest groups who are pushing this:

The proposed amendment was submitted to the attorney general’s office by Columbus election lawyer Don McTigue, along with 1,000 signatures of Ohio voters collected by a professional canvasser who listed a Washington, D.C. address.

However, when asked McTigue who was behind the effort, he referred comment to Reed Hundt, a former Federal Communications Commission chair who is now chair and CEO of Making Every Vote Count, a non-profit pushing for a binding national popular vote. Reached by phone, Hundt declined to comment Monday.

Making Every Vote Count is also located in D.C.

As I'm sure our readers know, a ballot measure is the worst possible way to change a law. The outcome will largely depend on which activist organizations have the best fear-fueled ad campaigns. It's the whole reason the union reforms -- passed by the duly elected legislature in Ohio -- were overturned by a popular-vote referendum a few years back. Activists -- many of them from out of state -- poured million into ads showing grandma hanging out of the window of a burning house with firefighters unable to respond because they were asked to pay a few bucks toward their healthcare costs. By and large, the populace is not well enough informed to vote on complicated issues like union reform or whether to hand over the state's presidential votes to states like California and New York. That's why we elect a legislature to represent the interests of the people.

I so want to party with this guy. And yes, my life insurance and health insurance premiums are all up-to-date.

Yes, this is the same John McAfee who invented McAfee VirusScan.

That's so two months ago:

Geraghty explains why this story has been dropped down the memory hole: "Northam is hanging on because if he goes, Herring probably has to go too, and if both of them go, and another shoe drops with Fairfax, Virginia could end up with a Republican governor –and to a lot of Virginia Democrats, that scenario is much worse than anything Northam, Fairfax, or Herring did."

#MeToo's just another word for nothin' left to lose. Nothin' don't mean nothin' if Dems don't stay in power.

Wish I had thought of this: