The Biden Saga

As the election approaches we are getting more and more negative stuff…..the biggest story so far is the BIden’s well the son Hunter is more like it and his dealings in Ukraine….

So to help my readers understand this story line…..maybe this would help my reader decide where to place their support…..

Just what did Joe Biden’s son do in Ukraine? Reporters are revisiting the question as Democrats continue their impeachment probe of President Trump. After all, Trump is accused of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating Hunter Biden’s activities there. In what the Atlantic wryly calls “socially acceptable corruption,” Hunter became a director of Ukraine’s biggest natural-gas producer, Burisma, in 2014, with no prior experience and an obvious connection to President Obama’s White House. Joe Biden, then vice president, visited Ukraine in 2015 to apparently urge officials to renew their own anti-corruption crusade. Now, the complications:

  • Biden successfully pressured the Ukrainian government to fire top prosecutor Victor Shokin after he failed to properly investigate corruption—including at Burisma, per the Intercept. Biden even threatened to hold back $1 billion in US loan guarantees unless Shokin got kicked out. But Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and others claimed Biden was trying to curtail the Burisma investigation.
  • Casting doubt on the official story, the Hill says Ukraine’s top prosecutor still had cases open against Burisma in 2016. And Shokin claims in an affidavit for a European court that he was told Biden didn’t like him investigating the gas company. “The truth is that I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm active in Ukraine and Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was a member of the Board of Directors,” he testified. Documents obtained by the FBI in an unrelated case show that Hunter and his business partner, Devon Archer, made $3 million in fees from Burisma.
  • “And simply fraudulent are news reports insisting that [Joe] Biden wasn’t influenced by his son’s presence on the Burisma board, because it’s impossible to know,” writes Holman Jenkins at the Wall Street Journal. “Mr. Biden, instead of insisting that Ukraine’s chief prosecutor be fired, might have insisted he prove his bona fides by reopening his dormant Burisma investigation. We just can’t know.”
  • But another former Ukrainian prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, said Friday that he didn’t know of “any possible violation of Ukrainian law” by either of the Bidens, USA Today reports. Lutsenko, who wrapped up the Burisma probe in 2017, added: “Hunter Biden cannot be responsible for violations of the management of Burisma that took place two years before his arrival.”
  • Maybe Bill Maher nailed it in a Friday tweet that urged politicians to tell their kids to get “a real job. Not a ‘consulting’ job cuz your [sic] somebody’s kid. It looks swampy.”

Keep in mind that is corruption is your thing then you must condemn ALL corruption no matter which side of the blurred aisle you sit on.

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2019 Dem Candidates–Biden And Harris

The last debate was a bust…nothing has changed in the polls and in reality absolutely NO one gives a shit.

So why do I bother with this crap?

Well for one I want the voter (at least those that read IST) to have all the info about the candidates…..the media will not do it so I feel I must.

My field of interest is foreign policy and conflict management…..so let us take a look at this issue with Harris and Biden……

I will start with Harris……and I have no idea what her positions are on the fields of my interests……

Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has not made war and militarism a centerpiece of her presidential campaign. She’s given no major “foreign policy” speech, and she did not respond to a series of simple yes-or-no questions about global politics from FiveThirtyEight (Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg were the only other major Democratic candidates to decline). On her campaign website, Harris’ only statement on “foreign policy” is just over 500 words—and it’s more a screed against Trump (he’s mentioned seven times) than a cogent vision. In the realm of international politics, she’s probably best known for saying in January that “we cannot conduct our foreign policy through tweets,” a statement that conveys nothing, other than opposition to Trump.

http://inthesetimes.com/article/22051/kamala-harris-foreign-policy-war-aipac-iran-north-korea-russia

Nothing about her makes her appealing to me as a candidate….but that is just me….

Now Biden has more public policies for me to pick at especially on the policies of foreign policy……one of the things that makes Biden unappealing to me as a candidate is the Iraq War of 2003…..

ABC/DNC debate Biden lied about his Iraq record, just like he did at the first two debates.

In the July debate, Biden claimed: “From the moment ‘shock and awe’ started, from that moment, I was opposed to the effort, and I was outspoken as much as anyone at all in the Congress.”

When he first said that, it received virtually no scrutiny except for Mideast scholar Stephen Zunes, who wrote the piece “Biden Is Doubling Down on Iraq War Lies.” Zunes outlined much of Biden’s record, including his insistence in May 2003 – months after the Iraq invasion – that “There was sufficient evidence to go into Iraq.”

Biden Taking Iraq Lies to the Max

Joe has another plan for our troops in Afghanistan….move them to Pakistan…..

Former Vice President Joe Biden has suggested essentially moving U.S. troops from Afghanistan to Pakistan, whence they could launch counter-terrorism raids over the border, as needed.

Biden, who is attempting to secure the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 election, mentioned his plan during Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Houston.

When asked if President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 was a mistake, Biden said no and quickly changed the topic to Afghanistan.

“We can prevent the United States from being the victim of terror coming out of Afghanistan by providing for bases — insist the Pakistanis provide bases for us to airlift from and to move against what we know,” Biden said. “We don’t need those troops there. I would bring them home.”

https://taskandpurpose.com/biden-us-troops-pakistan

As an antiwar voter nothing Biden says endears him to me for my vote…..

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Will Biden Stay In The Lead?

Poll after poll and pundit after pundit has told thew American people just what a great guy Biden is and the fine job he is doing as the Dem front runner.

If he is going to be anointed as the “man to beat Trump” then he needs more scrutiny than the press is giving him……the media is white washing everything about the candidate…..his lies and called a “misspoke” or gaffs or “Joe being Joe”…..but the candidate is far from being perfect as a candidate he is the only one to beat Trump…..is the best I can say about him…..

The media wants Biden…..the pundits want Biden….the DNC wants Biden and the DCCC wants Biden…..so do we crown him now?

But how about a closer look…..

Which brings us to Joe Biden. Like Hillary (and Bill) Clinton, he represents the corporate-establishmentarian wing of the Democratic Party. Also like Hillary, his main hook is the undisputable dreadfulness of the Donald.

So what, then, about Biden? Democrats need to talk about Joe. There’s little doubt that the 77-year-year-old former U.S Vice President is suffering from some measure of dementia. Confusing New Hampshire with Vermont, not knowing the name of the college where he just spoke, thinking that he met with Parkland school shooting victims when he was vice president, invading the centrist MSDNC host Joy Reid’s physical space to claim that she advocates “physical revolution,” inappropriate public touching (and sniffing), forgetting thoughts in mid-sentence, saying that the recent Dayton and El Paso mass shootings took place in “Michigan” and “Houston” – all of this and more (including the alarming frequency with which he looks lost and confused) suggest that Biden’s elevator is no longer running all the way to the top floor (if it ever was) as he nears his ninth decade of life. Executive function is no small matter. This is about aging, which some people (e.g. the still on-point Bernie Sanders) do more gracefully and cogently than others (e.g. Joe).

No Joe: On Character, Quality and Authenticity

I am no supporter of Biden and I have criticized him and the DNC for their favoritism in this election…they are firmly in-line with the corporatist Biden and they will bitch slap anyone that opposes Biden…….

The man quickly identified himself as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He didn’t need to tell me that he was hopping mad.

Ken Martin was angry that my colleagues and I were handing out a flier—providing some inconvenient facts about Joe Biden—to delegates and activists as they entered the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention on Saturday. The headline, next to Biden’s picture, quoted a statement he made last year: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we’re in trouble.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/09/why-dnc-vice-chair-bawled-me-out-sharing-critical-accurate-information-about-joe

Biden is slightly better than the lying toad in the white house….

Please do not let the DNC and the Media decide who you will vote for in 2020.

How will Biden fare in the 3rd Dem debate tonight in Houston?

That is the question.

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Biden Stands Strong(?)

I wish I was talking about him standing strong behind some good progressive policies but in this case I am talking about him struggling to defend his lie.

Which lie is that, professor?  Let me remind you what lie……https://lobotero.com/2019/08/30/bidens-new-gaff/

Biden is basically saying that his LIE does not matter……

Last week, the Washington Post detailed how Joe Biden had jumbled up three different war stories into one as part of a campaign anecdote about the bravery of troops. Biden initially defended the accuracy of his account, but he’s now acknowledging the flub while calling it meaningless in the grand scheme, reports NPR. “The details are irrelevant in terms of decision-making,” Biden says in an interview with Asma Khalid. The 76-year-old has long been prone to gaffes, but he says voters should not be concerned. When pressed on the details in the war story, for example, he said: “That has nothing to do with judgment of whether or not you send troops to war, the judgment of whether you bring someone home, the judgment of whether you decide on a health care policy.”

Politico has more from the same interview: “‘The fact that I would forget that it was [Maj. Gen. David] Rodriguez who was pinning—I believe this is the case—pinning a bronze star on a young man was—it’s irrelevant to the point,” he tells Khalid. At the Hill, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Biden ally, says the media is making too big a deal of the former VP’s slip-ups. Americans don’t care, he argues. Biden’s gaffes “are not outright lies; they’re likely the result of a faulty memory or some confusion about the facts,” writes Rendell. The man he wants to replace, by contrast, is a “Liar-in-Chief,” he writes.

He LIED!  That MATTERS!

If his memory is faulty then is he a good candidate?

If the LIES are not important then why is lies a big deal when he talks about Trump?

This most recent LIE is not his first……there is his lie about the Iraq invasion and occupation…..

Count his role in supporting the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as another part of Joe Biden’s long political career that the former vice president—who voted for the war as a senator—doesn’t quite remember correctly. 

In an interview with NPR published Tuesday morning, Biden told reporter Asma Khalid that he opposed the war from the very moment it began in March of 2003 despite voting for its authorization just months earlier.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/03/flat-out-lying-critics-reject-biden-effort-re-write-history-his-support-us-invasion

He was against it from the beginning seems to be a popular stand these days…if all that is true then how did they get enough votes to authorize the war?

All this makes Biden a non-candidate in my book…..he will say whatever he needs to say to the audience of the day to gain the nomination.

There is NO difference between Biden and Trump just he is less disgusting than the other.  The media is reporting that Biden’s gaff is not a problem with the hinterland voter…..if true then there is a problem when lying is totally acceptable…at least for me….if he, Biden, will lie about this what else will he lie about to the voter.

If the media is correct then it will explain the sad shape of this nation when lie make NO difference.

For now I am sticking with my choice of candidates and if that fails and Biden becomes the nominee then I shall look toward a alternative.

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Biden’s New Gaff

It is my considerable opinion that the media is doing all they can to keep Biden in the voters mind and keeping him protected as much as possible.

Yes the man is famous for his numerous gaff (lies) but one of his best was made just recently….

Joe Biden has been under fire for gaffes on the campaign trail, but the Washington Post is out with a report about an inaccuracy of a whole different order. It seems that Biden likes to tell a story about how, as vice president, he shrugged off the risk of danger, traveled to Afghanistan, and pinned the Silver Star on a Navy captain who had rappelled down a ravine under enemy fire to retrieve the body of a fellow soldier. “He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’” Biden told an audience in New Hampshire Friday night. “‘Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!'” Moving stuff, and the “God’s truth,” says Biden. But then comes this devastating critique from Matt Viser and Greg Jaffe of the Post: “Almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect.”

They interviewed more than a dozen troops, commanders, and Biden campaign officials, concluding that it “appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.” For example, Biden did visit Afghanistan—as a senator, not as VP, and he pinned no medals on anyone during the trip. The service member who performed the heroism described by Biden was a young Army specialist, not an older Navy vet, and Biden never pinned a medal on him. President Obama did, though it was the Medal of Honor. As VP, Biden did pin a medal on a service member who didn’t think he deserved it, but it was a Bronze Star, and it went to an Army staff sergeant who tried unsuccessfully to rescue a comrade from a burning Humvee

I have listen to the pundits say Biden is just being Biden or that it was 3 stories put together to make a point, etc etc.

It is a LIE no matter how you want to cut it Biden lied and exaggerated to win hearts and minds….if 3 parts are a lie then the whole damn thing is a LIE!

If it is not FACT then it is a LIE!

It is that simple!

The President lies well go but that does NOT make Biden’s LIE any less a LIE!

The media is brutal on everyone else about exaggerations and lies….but not Biden….why is that?

Listen to the MSM sugar coat this lie while calling out others…that is a prime example.

I have bitched lots about the MSM and the way they are making the case for the nomination of Biden….this illustrates how far they will go to protect Biden’s place in the polls, in the voter’s mind and the headlines.

DO NOT let the media tell you who is your candidate…

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Biden/Media Love Affair

I have stated many many times that for the time being Biden is the candidate of choice for the media. The MSM being a corporate entity has chosen the corporatist candidate Joe Biden to force down the throats of the American electorate.

Recently Biden floated a hypothetical that I have not seen or heard reported by the MSM….

Joe Biden had an odd, and jarring, rhetorical question for voters at a New Hampshire town hall Friday. While discussing the assassinations of his “political heroes,” Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., during what NBC News calls a “meandering discussion” at the Dartmouth College event, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate went on to say: “My senior semester, they [Kennedy and King] were both shot and killed. Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, if Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would’ve happened in America?” Politico refers to it as a “strange” and “out-of-nowhere” comment “at the tail-end of an otherwise normal speech,” while the New York Post calls it simply “awkward.”

Biden had apparently brought up the Kennedy and King assassinations as a way of discussing what motivates young people to get involved politically: “Unless I’m mistaken, Donald Trump did for your generation what the loss of two of my heroes did for mine,” he said. “What they did was make you realize, my God, we’re in trouble.” As for the reference to a hypothetical Obama assassination, a Biden rep explains to CNN that the candidate was simply trying to explain to young voters just how monumental the assassinations of Kennedy and King were. “He was putting into perspective, for the young folks in the room, about how traumatic the assassinations of RFK and MLK were for the country. This tweet is chasing clicks,” reads one of the tweets from a Biden campaign staffer rounded up by Fox News. Just three days prior to the Dartmouth event, Biden, 76, referred to the Kennedy and King assassinations as having taken place in the 1970s; they actually took place in 1968.

This was a tacky thing to say……but illustrates to me that Biden is a hollow shell and needs the memory of Obama to keep him going and the media will glaze over this as to not tarnish his poll numbers.

In a recent poll of 250 people Biden is losing ground and the MSM is using fear to bring him back up by saying that Bernie and Warren are the Left and not popular.

No secret that I have no use for Biden and this just does nothing to change my opinion of the candidate.

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Biden Is Our Man!

There seems to be the one Dem candidate that the MSM wants the American people to vote for with the hope that he can beat one Donald Trump……that candidate is Joe Biden.

It is the lie of “electability”…….https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/

Media is even got the wife of Joe, Jill, to go on TV and tell the voter that he is the man to beat Trump…..how nice….I would expect her to promote Joe, wouldn’t you? She is by NO means the voice of the the people just a low voice of a wife….not some all powerful sage.

Let’s move on.

Biden is our man because he will be a continuation of the legacy given the country by Obama….for me that is not enough for my vote. Why? In my opinion the legacy of Obama is not all that squeaky clean….I did not agree with Obama on many fronts….I thought he was just another Clinton-esque person that had corporations best interests at heart….not the masses they pretend to speak for…..

But there is a bigger reason why Biden would be the worst choice for the Democrats to face Trump in 2020: the fact that he served as vice president under Barack Obama. Establishment Democrats and faux-left figures like to reminisce about Obama’s presidency as if it were some kind of golden era in US politics. And some pseudo-progressive publications treat comments he makes denouncing the Trump administration as the words of a wise old sage whose counsel we should seek in this time of darkness. The reality, however, is that Obama’s presidency was a sordid compendium of reactionary policies that barely deviated from those of his predecessors or his successor. The attempt to characterize Trump as an aberration obscures the fact Obama’s legacy is one of death and destruction abroad, and austerity and graft at home. Far from representing the beginning of the imperialist spread of tooth-and-nail neoliberalism across the globe, the transition from Obama to Trump is more akin to ripping off the mask that obscured the hideous face of the monster beneath.

Biden’s Complicity in Obama’s Toxic Legacy

Again I was never a big fan of Obama…..he was a better choice than the people the GOP puts up….but I think he was not the “change” candidate that some still think he embraces.\

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