• Revisiting Hunter’s Laptop

    April 14, 2022

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    Posted in: 2020, Biden, Democracy

    You hear? The emails on Hunter Biden’s laptop are real. No less than the New York Times, the official MSM newspaper of the MSM, agrees. Actually, the FBI agreed first, as they’re in the middle of an ongoing criminal investigation into Hunter’s business and tax activities based on the contents of the laptop. Despite massive coverage of the emails in the non-MSM, it was only the FBI’s use of the laptop which finally forced the Times to admit to this year what it said was bull last year. Politico, based on a book by one of its own writers, now, too, admits the emails are real, not Russian disinformation.

    Now that we all agree the emails are real, and we can talk about them in polite company, what’s the big deal? Is this just another case of “buh buh her emails!!!”

    Well, yes, sort of. As the media went full-spectrum to hide, diminish, downplay, and muddle the story about Hillary Clinton’s emails, so did they do the same with Hunter’s. In Clinton’s case, knowledgeable people, experts in government classification, were forced to endure months of “news” speculating on whether the Secretary of State’s official correspondence might contain something classified, or about whether running one’s own unsecured email server for official business was some sort of legal violation, and then questions about whether deleting 30,000 pieces of potential evidence was “okay.” Despite failing to kill the story (Hillary’s shifting excuses gave it new life at each turn) the media softened its edges enough that when then-FBI Director James Comey disingenuously proclaimed Hillary innocent the public was ready to move on.

    In Hunter’s case the emails were buried, not merely diminished, as the MSM came to better understand its super powers. The hallmark was the interplay among the American intelligence services and the MSM, working for the Democratic Party. That interplay, awkward in 2016 with Comey at center stage, matured in 2020. As the NY Post and others broke the story that a laptop full of Hunter Biden’s files indicated a potential pay-for-play scenario involving then-candidate Joe Biden just ahead of the presidential election, almost in real time more than 50 former senior intelligence officials signed a letter claiming the emails “have all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.” With absolutely no evidence, the signers said their national security experience made them “deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case.” “If we are right,” they added, “this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we believe strongly that Americans need to be aware of this.”

    The letter was evil brilliance in that it played off earlier prejudices, from 2016, that the Russians sought to manipulate American elections. In fact, most of the key signatories — James Clapper and John Brennan among them — had played key roles in misdirecting public opinion around the DNC server hack and later the whole of Russiagate. In the hands of the MSM the meme quickly morphed into “the laptop is fake,” a parallel to “but her emails!!!”

    Something new was introduced, however, the active blocking of information from a large number of Americans. With the letter as “proof” the laptop was disinformation, social media took the handoff. Twitter locked The New York Post‘s  account after the Post refused to obey Twitter’s orders to delete its own reporting. Twitter also blocked all references to the laptop story by all users, even banning links to the story in DMs. Facebook announced no discussion of the issue would be allowed pending a “fact check” which never came. MSM labeled the laptop fake, social media blocked the news, and pretty much the public fell in line and voted for Joe Biden without knowing squat about what he and his son Hunter had been up to.


    TAC readers were not included in this seething heap of ignorance. TAC, alongside the NY Post and many other non-MSM outlets, understood the emails were worthy of the public’s attention. In the case of TAC, we published a deep dive into the laptop’s contents online in December 2020, and a deeper dive in our print edition. NY Post readers got much of the same information even before the election. As the contents of the laptop become more widely known, it appears the intelligence community-media-Democratic Party was right to hide them before the presidential election: almost half of Americans believe Trump would have won a second term if the media had fully reported on the laptop’s revelations. Another poll showed enough people in battleground states would have changed their minds had they known about the emails to give Trump the electoral votes needed for reelection. If you’re keeping score, hiding the emails marks the second election controlled by the intelligence community-media-Democratic Party.

    Given that for better or worse Joe Biden was elected, and is very unlikely to run for a second term, do Hunter’s emails still matter in 2022? Yes. The laptop still has a lot to tell us.

    — The emails matter because their handling exposed (again) the way the intelligence community-media-Democratic Party manipulated your vote. You need to understand their techniques ahead of 2024.

    — The emails matter because they are just the tip of the iceberg. We already know Hunter did not report much of the income revealed by the emails, and recently paid one million dollars in back taxes with Federal fraud charges pending. There is more to come which may affect who you vote for in 2024.

    — The emails matter because they show Hunter did or was planning to kick in money to his father (“10 percent for the big guy,” read one email.) There was co-mingling of their finances, shared bank accounts, and covering each other’s bills, which need to be investigated. In one message, Hunter revealed he was locked out of a bank account because his father was using it. In a text, Hunter complained that he was required to give his father half of his money for some unspecified task.

    — The emails matter because they are primary evidence of possibly criminal actions by Hunter that bump into Joe’s official work first as Obama’s VP and now as president. Hunter Biden had extensive deals working in Ukraine and China that conflict-of-interest laws demand to be investigated. Hunter took large sums of money from businesses in Ukraine that were part of his father’s official portfolio as vice president, and took large sums of money from Chinese shell companies with ties to the Chinese oligarchy. Hunter performed no work in return for the money. In the case of China, he appeared to launder money, taking in six figures, skimming off a percentage, then handing the remainder over to a U.S. corporate entity of the Chinese organization. That got around Chinese government currency export regulations. Only an FBI investigation will show if Joe was involved in any of the same.

    — The emails matter because they were blackmail fodder, and the FBI must find out if Hunter was tapped by any foreign intelligence service when his father was VP. On the laptop was evidence of Hunter’s filthy life, actions simply screaming to a foreign intelligence service “Blackmail me!” Hunter’s laptop was chocked with video showing him smoking crack. Hunter spent money on escorts, some $21,000 on cam sites, big plays on all sorts of depravities.  There was correspondence referencing Hunter’s affair with his dead brother Beau’s widow.

    — The emails matter because if Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife’s politics may rise to the level of his impeachment, then Joe Biden’s son’s action may do so also.

    — The emails matter, if you keep score this way, because they show Hunter was doing what so many can only imagine they’ll one day have proof Jared, Don, Jr., Ivanka, and Eric did.

    — The emails matter because the President of the United States says they do not matter. Joe Biden’s defense is a sweeping: “My son did nothing wrong.” That makes Joe either too ignorant to hold high office, or an accomplice in a cover-up, both 25th Amendment territory. This is especially important because Joe ran on an anti-corruption platform following the Trump family escapades.

    — The emails matter because they are not a smoking gun, but a multi-pronged series of leads and pointers which deserve investigation to see if there is a smoking gun. To dismiss them because they are “incomplete” is to fail to understand the difference between evidence and conclusion. And that makes you look sorta dumb shouting about it on Late Night.

    Editor’s Note: Though the full text of the emails are not yet available in full online, you can read TAC’s summary, with specific examples, here.


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  • Recent Comments

    • John Rohlf said...


      You may think there is an audience in the Fox-populi for this, but even QAnon has dropped interest. Same diff for Hillary emails. Ukraine Pedobiolabs are hot. Laptops are not.

      04/15/22 11:17 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Calling any historian: Do we have anything on the fathers of Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler or Mussolini exonerating their son’s purported unsavory dealings?

      04/15/22 5:16 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      You know civilization is doomed when birdbrains think the world is doomed because they can’t Tweet.

      Elon Musk defended his offer to purchase Twitter on Thursday, saying during an on-stage interview at the TED conference that he sees the acquisition as nothing less than a turning point for civilization.

      Yes, we are doomed.

      04/16/22 1:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Birdbrains don’t need the Twitter. There is still lots of places to express their opinions like this one on AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE:

      “ can you normalize sexual queerness without eventually normalizing pedophilia? Queer activists and their allies had better figure out an answer to this question, because even though it is forbidden to be asked in public, more and more parents are asking it.”

      More and more…

      04/17/22 9:14 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      TIC TAC

      It would be refreshing if Rod minted his blog as “FEAR AND LOATHING.” TAC leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

      04/17/22 9:36 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      We don’t need no stinkin’ evidence. Birdbrains don’t need their brains either :

      “Birds Aren’t Real claims that the “Deep State” killed off all of the real birds in the United States and replaced them with drones that are made to look like birds — and the drones are being used to spy on Americans. McIndoe never really believed that, but he found that some far-right conspiracy theorists took him seriously and believed that all the birds flying around were drones.”

      Prove me wrong…and don’t look it up.

      04/18/22 4:53 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Here is something you should write about: Projection in US Foreign Policy.

      State Department officials are looking at every tool available to them to hold Russia accountable for the war in Ukraine, including the possibility of labeling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, according to a senior administration official. The process could take weeks before a determination is made, the official said.

      “We’re taking a close look at the facts. We’re taking a close look at the law,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price on CNN Monday when asked about the possibility of designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism on Monday. “Whether it is this authority, whether it’s any other authority available to us under the law, we will apply it if it’s effective and appropriate.”

      Iraq Invasion, anyone?

      04/18/22 6:31 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      While Ronnie Insane-tus is considered just a Trump mini-me, I do support his math book stand. In fact most students if asked would support burning most math books.

      04/19/22 1:34 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Speaking of a real smoking gun, given the pig that is running Saudi these days wants to keep the price of oil high so Putin can finance his war crimes, the US should point the smoking gun at the pig and tell him:

      We have no opinion on the Yemen and Iran conflicts. Let the pig know we should express no opinion on this issue and that the issue is not associated with America…We hope you can solve this problem using any suitable methods. All that we hope is that these issues are solved quickly.

      Don’t lose his head on this issue.

      04/19/22 6:04 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Many of us now realize that the MSM became aware that it had become a power “player”. Instead of just reporting the news it wanted to be an “influencer” of the news. Advocacy journalism was spawned.
      The Pentagon was created to deal with threats to we regular folks. Now we regular folks serve the Pentagon’s agenda of expanded powers and continuance. It has realized it has the power to manufacture threats thus ensuring its continuance. What other organizations are now realizing their super powers? Feel free to make a list and post it here.

      04/21/22 11:45 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “To dismiss them emails because they are “incomplete” is to fail to understand the difference between evidence and conclusion. And that makes you look sorta dumb shouting about it on Late Night.”

      Right, just like the Trumpnuts never jumped to rigged election conclusions without any evidence of voter fraud.

      Instead of living in the past, let US jump ahead to 2024 when the Repugs lose the popular vote again— not by 3,000,000, not 7,000,000, but by 10,000.000- yet have a close electoral contest between Kamala and Demented. Kamala as VP decider in chief pulls a Demented and calls fraud on the electoral delegates from Ohio, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Florida. Evidence, conclusions, all in the eye of the VP holder.

      Imagine the audience laughing on Late Night.

      04/21/22 2:33 PM | Comment Link

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