Remember the Hunter Biden whistleblower Rudy Giuliani said was dead? Apparently he’s not dead, and he now faces a litany of federal criminal charges. That fact doesn’t mean he’s wrong! The fact that he’s been convicted of crimes before doesn’t mean he’s wrong! But the fact that his most ardent Republican supporters can’t describe the case he’s making against President Biden? Yeah, that could mean he’s wrong. All the drama around his appearance doesn’t exactly inspire trust, either.
When you hear that “Right-Wing Websites Connected to Former Trump Lawyer Are Scamming Loyal Followers With Phony Celebrity Pitches,” you may well know what to expect: political operatives whose names you may remember, players who’ve faced criminal charges multiple times, corporations you can’t find at the addresses they give, even the excuse that “(w)e don’t care” about fradulent ads “because we think our readership is smart enough to not be scammed.” Yeah, this article’s got it all, sadly.
Here’s some good news: hedge fund corporation Insight has withdrawn from managing Pennsylvania’s public school pension funds, after Gov. Shapiro applied pressure. Insight has not only returned Pennsylvania pensioners little on their investment, it’s also been fined by our SEC and gotten mixed up in crypto. Mr. Shapiro also fought to get banksters out of Montgomery County pensions during his tenure as county executive a decade ago; why, he might be a good Presidential candidate in 2028! And if right-wing heads explode at the prospect of a Jewish President, that’s not exactly a drawback.
Sonali Kohatkar explains the simple reason we have homelessness in America: because “(t)he rent is too damn high” and “wages are too damn low.” You should still read her article from front to back, though – I should already have known that sexual and domestic assault was a significant factor in homelessness, and giving tenants and community land trusts first and second crack at buying homes (i.e., before hedge funds) is a good idea. But I think higher Fed interest rates, whatever their other merits or drawbacks, will drive down hedge fund involvement in home-buying – hedge funds do more damage when loans are cheap, after all.
When I hear that seven Republican Attorneys General have threatened Target with legal action over pride displays, in the name of “protect(ing) children from harmful content meant to sexualize them,” I feel compelled to respond that only an asshole assumes that pride displays automatically “sexualize” children. If watching cishetero couples kiss doesn’t “sexualize” children, then neither does a pride display showing no one kissing! We have to wonder, of course, whether Republicans’ real problem is that they don’t get to sexualize children the way they want to, by which I mean they don’t get to sexualize girls into permanent submission as breeders.
Finally, some bad news: the Trump-appointed judge overseeing his classified documents trial has taken steps to ensure jury selection will occur in the reddest part of her judicial district. We all worried a jury of 12 would have one secret red hat gumming up the works, and though I’m sure it’s possible to find 12 non-red hats even in an area that went 62% for Trump, it sure ain’t likely. The good news? These aren’t the only charges he’ll face!