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Biden appears to confuse Trump with former President George W. Bush

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Joe Biden during an interview on Monday, Oct. 19.
Joe Biden appeared to confuse President Trump with George Bush during an online fundraising event Sunday and got an assist from his wife Jill Biden who was sitting next to him.

The Democratic presidential candidate was speaking at the "I Will Vote" concert that included John Legend, Dave Matthews, Cher and Pink when he attempted to make the case for his election.

"Not because I'm running, but because who I'm running against, this is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time," Biden, 77, told moderators George Lopez and CNN analyst Ana Navarro. "And the character of the country in my view is literally on the ballot. What kind of country we're gonna be? Four more years of George, ah, George, gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected we're going to be in a different world."

Comment: As could be expected, Trump took no time in pointing out the gaffe. From RT:
'He couldn't remember my name': Trump mocks Biden for confusing him with George Bush, accuses media of 'covering up' incident
26 Oct, 2020 13:46

Donald Trump has ridiculed Democratic challenger Joe Biden for apparently confusing him with former President George Bush during a virtual media event and accused journalists of helping "cover" for him.

"Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn't remember my name," Trump tweeted on Monday morning. The president also accused "The Fake News Cartel" of being in cahoots with the Democrats and "working overtime" to cover the incident up.

Biden made the gaffe during Sunday's online 'I Will Vote' concert. "What kind of country are we going to be? Four more years of George, um... George, um..." Biden said with his wife Jill sitting beside him and somewhat awkwardly looking at the camera.

Trump's response instantly drew its own criticism, as many recalled times when he himself has mixed up the names of various high profile people.

"Tim Apple has entered the chat," quipped one commenter, referring to the president famously calling Apple CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple".

Biden is not alone when it comes to mistaking Trump for former president Bush. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has referred to the sitting president as "Bush" on a number of occasions in recent years.


President Donald Trump TAKES LEAD over Joe Biden in Rasmussen daily 'White House Watch' — 4 point swing in ONE WEEK

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President Trump took the lead today over Democrat Joe Biden in the Rasmussen daily "White House Watch" poll.

Trump was down by three points last week.

That's a four point swing in a week!

Comment: It's not only the Rasmussen poll showing Trump in the lead. From Breitbart:
Post-Debate Polls Show Donald Trump Leading in MI, AZ, and FL
John Nolte 25 Oct 2020

Three post-debate polls in swing states that will decide the 2020 election show President Donald Trump with a small lead.

In Michigan, the Trafalgar Group, one of the most accurate swing state pollsters in 2016 and 2018, shows Trump leading former Vice President Joe Biden by two points, 49 to 47 percent, with third party libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen at two percent. Earlier this month, this same pollster had Trump up by a single point, 47 to 46 percent.

Trump is also up two with Trafalgar in Florida, 49 to 47 percent, over Biden. Jorgensen is again at two percent. Earlier this month, in this same poll, Trump had a similar two point lead, 48 to 46 percent, over Biden.

In Arizona, Trump sits at 50 percent, compared to just 47 percent for Biden. Jorgensen is again at two percent. An earlier Trafalgar poll had Trump up by four, 48 to 44 percent. So Trump's lead shrank by a point, but he is at the magic 50 percent mark.

Trafalgar's number are currently something close to outliers compared to other pollsters looking at those same states.

In Florida, the RealClearPolitics poll of polls shows Biden up 1.5 points.

In Michigan, the average shows Biden winning by 7.8 points. A Fox News poll released just five days ago has Biden winning by 12 points, 52 to 40 percent.

In Arizona, Biden is up 2.4 points in the average.

One thing we can look at now is what actual voting looks like. We don't yet know who specifically is winning the vote, but we do know the party affiliation of those voting early, and even the far-left Politico has been forced to admit that things do not look very good for Joe Biden in Florida right now.

"Florida Republicans are pouring out of the trenches," an alarmed Politicowrites. "After weeks of Democrats outvoting them by mail, Republican voters stormed early voting precincts in person this week, taking large bites out of their opponents' historic lead in pre-Election Day ballots."

Democrats still held an early vote lead of 387,000 on Saturday, but that's down 21 percent from the lead they held three days ago, and Republicans — including yours truly — prefer to vote in person on Election Day. Especially in Florida.

Here's a key metric Politico reports on that should very much worry Team Biden: "According to TargetSmart's analysis, Black voters aged 18 to 29 have cast 15.8 percent of the total ballots so far in Florida. That's half a percentage point down from the same period in 2016."

So as of right now, Biden is doing worse in Florida with a key constituency, young black voters, than even Hillary did. Diminished black turnout, Hillary's inability to recreate the Obama coalition, is something that is widely seen as contributing to her humiliating loss.

In Arizona, 36 percent of Republicans and Democrats requested early ballots. So far, of those returned, 42 percent are Democrats, 34 percent are Republicans.

Here's a real shocker...

In Michigan, of the 3.1 million mail-in ballots requested, 39 percent of those requests came from Democrats, 41 percent from Republicans.

Right now, two million of those ballots have been returned, and the GOP has a two point lead of 41 to 39 percent.

So, Republicans are leading the early vote count by two points right now IN MICHIGAN, and in the past, Democrats have almost always had to build a sizable early vote lead to overcome the surge of Republican turn out on Election Day.

A final thing to keep in mind... You have a much better chance of ensuring your vote is counted if you show up in person on Election Day. Mail-in ballots have a much higher rejection rate than in-person votes.

Eye 1

Daughter blasted for 'manipulating dying Republican dad into voting for Biden after intense exchanges on death bed'

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She explains how her father is 'dying of Aplastic Anemia' and had weeks or months or live.
Social media users fumed over a video that shows a woman revealing how she convinced her terminally ill conservative father to vote for Joe Biden in his final days.

The video, which was uploaded on TikTok by @Erleepen, explains how the woman's 55-year-old conservative father had never voted for a Democrat in his life.

She revealed they had clashed in "intense exchanges" over his decision to vote to Trump - while he was dying of aplastic anemia.


This coming leftist coup could backfire — like 1991 in Soviet Union

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The Soviet State Committee on the State of Emergency, August, 1991
Our country seems headed for a political crisis, with the enemies of Deplorable America making noises suggesting they are planning a post-election "Color Revolution"-type coup against Trump. As a long-time Russia-watcher, I suggest that the failed Soviet coup of 1991, and the collapse that it spurred on, is instructive.

The key point that year came when Soviet military and security units refused to move against Boris Yeltsin and his defenders. Could something like that happen here, with Trump playing the Yeltsin role?

What yours truly has dubbed the globalist Blob has been signaling for some time that it has no intention of yielding to Trump come election day. Hillary Clinton, in her guise as the post-American Madam Defarge of the present Cultural Revolution, has even stated publicly that Joe Biden should not concede the election to Trump "under any circumstances." [Morning Greatness: Hillary Clinton Says Biden Should Not Concede 'Under Any Circumstances', by Liz Steele, AmGreatness.com, August 26, 2020]

Meanwhile, the Democrats, with help from rabid Never Trumpers like Bill Kristol and David Frum, have been "wargaming" scenarios for preventing Trump from taking office should he win, developing a plan for what Trump has correctly described as "an insurrection." [The Billionaire Backers of the 'Insurrection', by Julie Kelly, AmGreatness.com, Sep 14, 2020] The plan is to claim that Trump has stolen, or attempted to steal, the election. "As far as our enemies are concerned," as I wrote here last month, "they are on the right side of history, and neither election law nor the Constitution or any antiquated notions about fair play will stop them." [Revolution and Resistance: How can elections continue?, American Remnant, September 4, 2020]

Bad Guys

The Corruptocracy

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Most political philosophy is just an elaborate justification for theft and fraud.

What's called the silent majority is really the ignored majority, who for the most part are happy being ignored. Their lives revolve their families, jobs, friends, and community, not the media, publicity, polls, or politics. They're sick of elections well before they've seen their hundredth campaign ad, received their hundredth mailer, or ignored their hundredth telephone call. They know that politicians are phony and corrupt and make jokes about them, but hope that their rulers don't screw things up too badly, cross their fingers, and vote for the perceived lesser of two evils.

There's a shortage of blue-ribbon pedigrees, Ivy League degrees, and gold-plated resumés among the ignored majority, but a surfeit of hard-knocks wisdom and common sense. Benjamin Franklin said, "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other." Everybody does foolish things, but by and large, the ignored majority learns from the dear school and puts its lessons to good use.

The gilded class denigrates those outside it: Hillary Clinton deploring the "deplorables," Barack Obama saying working-class voters, "cling to guns or religion," and Obama telling entrepreneurs, "you didn't build that." Yet, it consistently, almost invariably, demonstrates a complete lack of the common-sense street smarts found in abundance among those it disparages.

Alarm Clock

Pepe Escobar: Make America Jeffersonian Again

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The whole planet has every reason to be terminally puzzled at how all those lofty Enlightenment ideals Thomas Jefferson embedded in the 1776 Declaration of Independence ended up with... Trump vs. Biden.

Jefferson borrowed freely from Locke, Rousseau, Hume to come up with an eminently quotable Greatest Hits, featuring "self-evident" truths such as "all men are created equal", "unalienable rights", and that searing "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Well, Baudrillard would have dubbed the exercise a mere simulacrum, because in real life none of this uplifting rhetoric applied to Native Americans and enslaved Africans.

Still, there's something endlessly fascinating about these "self-evident truths". They actually radiated like Spinoza axioms, spawning abstract truths that can be extrapolated at will. Jefferson's "self-evident truths" ended up creating the whole, massive structure of what we define as "Western liberal democracy".


Huge lawsuits coming against COVID totalitarians and con-artists

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Totalitarians and con-artists who hyped and exploited the coronavirus panic to steal freedom and destroy livelihoods are in the crosshairs, facing the wrath of a team of high-profile international lawyers and doctors determined to seek justice. According to the attorneys involved, the coming tsunami of legal action against the COVID-19 tyrants within and outside government represents the biggest set of tort lawsuits in human history. The scientists and medical experts in the coalition contend that governments' response to the "pandemic" was beyond unjustified. Whether justice can be secured in courts across the United States and even in other nations, though, remains to be seen.

The effort to use the judicial system against the weaponization of the pandemic features a growing global coalition of doctors and scientists, all of whom are speaking out against what they view as a dangerous disinformation campaign to justify tyranny. The alliance, known as the "Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee" (Außerparlamentarischer Corona Untersuchungsausschuss, or ACU, in German), was formally created by four attorneys on July 10. It now includes well over 500 doctors and experts in multiple disciplines. They concluded that the draconian government measures against freedom are all out of proportion to the dangers posed by the Communist Chinese virus.

Comment: Rectification will be daunting. It requires a massive and coordinated global effort to bring down this house of cards, decree accountability and compensate the outcome. As Jean-Luc Picard would say: 'Make it so."


'Not the case at all': Kremlin lambasts Biden's assertion that main threat to US is Russia, wants further cooperation

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Former VP and presidential candidate Joe Biden • The Kremlin
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has rubbished claims by US presidential candidate Joe Biden that Russia is the greatest threat to the United States. The 77-year old Democrat told CBS that Moscow endangers the country's security.

"This is not the case at all," said Peskov. "We can only regret that hatred against Russia is being spread this way, and our country is depicted as an adversary."

Peskov's response comes after Biden told US TV show 60 Minutes that "the biggest threat to America right now, in terms of breaking up our security and our alliances, is Russia."

Biden has long been hawkish toward Russia, and has used the presidential campaign to tie US President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In September, Biden called Trump "Putin's puppy," and accused the US president of not being tough enough on Moscow.

However, the Kremlin has consistently maintained that it wishes to improve relations with Washington, and has no preference for who wins the US election.

Comment: Playing it safe, good diplomacy or careful to not reactivate 2016 accusations, Putin offers a measured response.

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Hunter Biden sought to avoid registering as foreign agent in Chinese business venture

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Hunter Biden suggested setting up a shell company to do business with a Chinese firm in order to avoid registering as a foreign agent, and to be able to bid on contracts with the U.S. government, according to documents from May 2017 obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

A day after sending the message, Biden arranged a meeting between his father, Joe Biden, and Tony Bobulinski, one of the prospective partners in a deal with CEFC China Energy, a Chinese conglomerate whose chairman had links to the communist regime in Beijing.

Hunter Biden wrote to Bobulinski on May 1, 2017, according to a message obtained by the DCNF:
"We don't want to have to register as foreign agents under the FCPA which is much more expansive than people who should know choose not to know.

"No matter what it will need to be a US company at some level in order for us to make bids on federal and state funded projects."
Biden appeared to be referring to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as well as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Biden did not explain in the messages why he thought the venture with CEFC would violate FARA or FCPA without the buffer of a U.S. shell company.

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China to sanction US defense contractors supplying weapons to Taiwan

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Taiwan army, anti-invasion drill • Taichung, Taiwan
China said Monday that it will sanction U.S. defense contractors including Lockheed Martin and Boeing's defense division that are involved in Washington's sale of weapons to Taiwan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the sanctions will also apply to Raytheon Technologies, among other "relevant American individuals" involved in supplying weapons to the small democratic state, which China claims as a territory.

The State Department last week approved the $1.8 billion arms sale to Taiwan of three weapons systems including sensors, missiles, and artillery.

"In order to safeguard national interests, China decided to impose sanctions on the American companies that were involved in arms sales to Taiwan," Zhao said at a press briefing. Zhao said Beijing "firmly opposes" the arms sales, which "severely damage Chinese sovereignty and security interests." He called the sanctions "necessary measures" for "those individuals and companies who behaved badly in the process of the arms sales" and called on the U.S. government to "stop arms sales to Taiwan and stop any military interaction with Taiwan."

Beijing has yet to outline the details of the sanctions.