Rueful Points, Updates and Observations On The Hunter Biden Emails Scandal, Part 2

Part 1 is here.

Ten Points, updates and observations:

  1. Both the FBI and the Department of Justice agree that Hunter Biden’s laptop and its emails are not some foreign effort at disinformation, which means that the media treatment of the New York Post as lepers for seeking to inform the public was disgusting. The FBI is indeed in possession of the laptop with Hunter’s emails, and they appear genuine. Yesterday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told reporters that his staff has independently verified their authenticity. “Our staff has had conversations that authenticate that the fact that these emails are real, and that as reported I believe by Mike Emmanuel as well, that the Big Guy is a reference [to] the former vice president,” he said.

2. Meanwhile, Biden and his campaign did not and do not have plausible denials for what the evidence appears to show. Instead, the candidate’s response has been to attack the messengers, including the rare reporter who dared to pose the kind of question that must be asked. When a Wisconsin reporter asked Biden this week if there was “any legitimacy” to claims that Hunter Biden “profited off the Biden name,” Joe snapped, ”None whatsoever! This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman, it’s a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”

Biden then cited 50 former intelligence officials who, shamefully, signed a purely partisan letter vouching for Biden’s innocence, though they are currently out of the loop and can have no basis to support Biden, other than the fact that they support Biden.

3. Biden continues to insist that he had no involvement in his son’s use of the Biden name as a meal-ticket. Who believes that? Hunter Biden received a high-paid position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company despite having zero experience in the energy sector or in Ukraine! Gee, what a lucky kid. He must have found a genie or something.

4. Recently we learned that Hunter Biden’s signature appeared on documents from “The Mac Shop” in Wilmington, Del., where the laptop was dropped off, and that his name appears in the “bill to” section for a cost of $85. John Paul Mac Isaac, the shop’s owner, has worked with the FBI on the case. Isaac also received a subpoena to testify before a U.S. District Court in Delaware on December 9, 2019. One page on the FBI documents appears to show serial numbers for a laptop and hard drive. Yup, the New York Posy was publishing rumors, all right.

5. Yesterday, another one of the metaphorical centipede’s shoes dropped in a statement by Tony Bobulinski, who describes himself as a former partner of Hunter Biden, Joe and Joe’s brother Jim. He confirmed that he was one of the recipients of the May 13, 2017, email published by The New York Post eight days ago, its existence immediately declared off-limits by Facebook and Twitter. The email, from another partner in the group, laid out how cash would be divided and mysteriously included a 10% set-aside for “the big guy.” Bobulinski states that the “email is genuine” and that the former vice president and the man leading in the 2020 race is “the big guy.”

6. In one paragraph of his statement, Bobulinski writes that Hunter Biden also referred to his father as “my chairman and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing.”“I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business,” says Bobulinski, who was the CEO of the company being formed. “I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.” Bobulinski says he turned over all his evidence Wednesday to two Senate committees that requested it.

7. At the end of this post, I have the entire statement by Bobulinski. We have no idea how reliable it is, but we do know that a mainstream media that was intent on practicing journalism would be covering his assertions and the story itself with the intensity and visibility it devoted to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. That it is not, and instead is trying to run out the clock so as many Americans as possible will cast their votes for President without having this crucial information, is a more important reason to defeat its interests than avoiding the disaster of a Biden Presidency.

[Update: The President released the video of the “60 Minutes” intervuew he walked out of this week. Sure enough, Leslie Stahl refused to discuss the Hunter email revelations, saying that what Trump called a scandal wasn’t verified.]

8. An Issues & Insights editorial provides a neat overview of the new media’s evident game plan:

1. Ignore the story as long as possible. The first step in reporting a Democratic scandal is to not cover it at all. Keep it contained among bloggers and the conservative press in hopes that it doesn’t go anywhere. A perfect example of this was the Biden town hall held right after the Post story broke during which ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked Biden zero questions about the report.

2. Devote minimal resources to covering it. When ignoring the story isn’t a possibility, devote minimal resources to it. By all means, don’t assign investigative reporters to cover it, lest they dig up something else. The mainstream press initially justified its lack of coverage of the substance of the Post report by claiming that it hadn’t verified the story. That’s easy to do when you don’t lift a finger to actually verify it. As the Post wrote in an editorial: “Don’t ask too many questions, and you can dismiss it all as ‘unverified.’

3. Focus on the denials. The first story in Politico about the Post story was “Biden campaign lashes out at the New York Post.” The Times’ headline was “Allegation on Biden Prompts Pushback From Social Media Companies.”

4. Attack the messenger. In the case of the Post story, mainstream news outlets were more interested in trashing Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani than in determining the veracity of the emails he was revealing, claiming he was a stooge spreading Russian disinformation. The Washington Post’s initial coverage ran under the headline: “White House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump.” The Daily Beast’s contribution said that “Bolton Warned His Staff To Stay Away From Russia-Aligned Rudy Giuliani.”

5. Play up doubts. Rather than chase down the facts of the scandal, the New York Times sent reporters to investigate the Post. The result was a story headlined “New York Post Published Hunter Biden Report Amid Newsroom Doubts.”

6. Cast it in a partisan light. If a scandal involves a Democrat, the press can always be counted on to dismiss it as part of some Republican strategy to distract voters from the important issues.

  7. Set an incredibly high bar for what constitutes wrongdoing. If nothing else, the Hunter emails suggest that Joe Biden flat out lied when he claimed he’d had nothing to do with Hunter’s business dealings. Yet while the press keeps track of every utterance of Trump’s that it can claim to be untrue, Biden’s apparent flagrant and self-serving lie is treated as a “nothingburger.”

8. Do the opposite of No. 7 if the scandal involves a Republican.

9. It is profoundly depressing how many previously reasonable, intelligent, analytical people are willing to ignore all of this—and so much more— and vote for Biden out of pure, irrational hate, knowing that they have been manipulated into behaving like a mob. I am trying with all my spirit, strength and empathy not to detest them. Respecting them any more seems impossible.

10. Here is Tony Bobulinky’s statement—and you will not believe how time consuming it is to publish something like this with the new WordPress system.

My name is Tony Bobulinski. The facts set forth below are true and accurate; they are not any form of domestic or foreign disinformation. Any suggestion to the contrary is false and offensive.

I am the recipient of the email published seven days ago by the New York Post which showed a copy to Hunter Biden and Rob Walker. That email is genuine.This afternoon I received a request from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Senate Committee on Finance requesting all documents relating to my business affairs with the Biden family as well as various foreign entities and individuals. I have extensive relevant records and communications and I intend to produce those items to both Committees in the immediate future.

I am the grandson of a 37 year Army Intelligence officer, the son of a 20+ year career Naval Officer and the brother of a 28 year career Naval Flight Officer. I myself served our country for 4 years and left the Navy as LT Bobulinski. I held a high level security clearance and was an instructor and then CTO for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. I take great pride in the time my family and I served this country. I am also not a political person. What few campaign contributions I have made in my life were to Democrats. If the media and Big Tech companies had done their jobs over the past several weeks I would be irrelevant in this story.

Given my long standing service and devotion to this great country, I could no longer allow my family’s name to be associated or tied to Russian disinformation or implied lies and false narratives dominating the media right now.After leaving the military I became an institutional investor investing extensively around the world and on every continent. I have traveled to over 50 countries. I believe, hands down, we live in the greatest country in the world. What I am outlining is fact. I know it is fact because I lived it.

I am the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings which was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family. I was brought into the company to be the CEO by James Gilliar and Hunter Biden. The reference to “the Big Guy” in the much publicized May 13, 2017 email is in fact a reference to Joe Biden. The other “JB” referenced in that email is Jim Biden, Joe’s brother.Hunter Biden called his dad “the Big Guy” or “my Chairman,” and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing. I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.I realized the Chinese were not really focused on a healthy financial ROI. They were looking at this as a political or influence investment.

Once I realized that Hunter wanted to use the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese, I took steps to prevent that from happening.The Johnson Report connected some dots in a way that shocked me — it made me realize the Bidens had gone behind my back and gotten paid millions of dollars by the Chinese, even though they told me they hadn’t and wouldn’t do that to their partners.I would ask the Biden family to address the American people and outline the facts so I can go back to being irrelevant — and so I am not put in a position to have to answer those questions for them.

I don’t have a political ax to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned with what I saw. The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China.

28 thoughts on “Rueful Points, Updates and Observations On The Hunter Biden Emails Scandal, Part 2

  1. If you vote Democrat, you are supporting all the mechanisms for totalitarianism.

    A buffoon in office is survivable, the nation cannot survive an entire political party that fundamentally hates the Constitutional Order and has virtually the entire media apparatus working in concert.

    It is increasingly apparent that the only responsible choice is…


    • If 45 were merely a “buffoon” this would be a reasonable statement. He is far worse than a clown. He is a sociopathic narcissist (narcissistic sociopath?) who has made a mockery of the office of POTUS and of the US. And we’ve sailed along with him. Now we’re ALL the ugly American.

      “…the nation cannot survive an entire political party that fundamentally hates the Constitutional Order…”

      No, what the nation can’t survive is an entire political party that despises the citizenry so much that they permitted this buffoon to run rampant over the country they claim to revere and its helpless citizenry.

      In my not-so-humble opinion, politics and apparently ALL those who engage in it have become so toxic and dishonest that there is seemingly no one to trust.

      • These are all ad hominem attacks without substance, Patrice, characterizations without evidence. What Trump “is” is irrelevant, except that he “is” President. Presidents do things. What they say can be helpful or not, but what matters, ultimately, is action. Go ahead: what had been done in the Trump administration that has hurt citizens? Substance, not insults. What has hurt the nation and the society is one entire party seeking to divide and undermine. Welfare is measured in financial security and the ability to pursue happiness. The Trump Presidency improved employment and the economy, until the pandemic, which was not Trump’s doing, derailed things.

        Go ahead, I’m listening, and waiting for more than the floating hostility that passes for analysis on Facebook. The fact that you don’t like the man’s style and rhetoric doesn’t mean his accomplishments are harmful. The elimination of the Obama administration’s removal of due process in college sexual misconduct cases would be enough to justify the whole administration. So is the rejection of pro-illegal immigration policies. So is the improvement of Middle East relations with Israel. So is ending the terrible treaty with Iran. Reducing regulations makes American more free. Rejecting cliamte change cultism is a plus. The US is now energy independent, thanks to fracking. Isis has been weakened greatly. For the first administration in memory, the nation is fighting fewer wars at the end of it than in the beginning. There is more. I credit Trump for demonstrating the news media’s corruption, for example.

        You turn. Back up what you wrote. I’m paying attention,

      • As an addendum, you’re REALLY going to disappoint me if you don’t append some substance to this pretty standard generic complaint. I will have to conclude that you’re just regurgitating mob posters. What’s “running rampant” mean? If it means policies you don’t personally like, that’s irrelevant. The President’s party has essentially supported his policies when they comport with the Party’s. The argument that a party should oppose its own White House argument is pretty hypocritical, don’t you think? When did a Democratic Congress ever stand up to Obama? Or Clinton?

        • So sorry, Jack. Didn’t mean to just leave ad hominem statements hanging. Crazy busy at the moment. I don’t have the time to fully elucidate my position, but here are a few bits of substance.

          “He is a sociopathic narcissist (narcissistic sociopath?)…”
          Granted, I have no clinical certification for evaluating psychological conditions, however my personal family experience has exposed me to, and forced me to study, these types of conditions.
          From the Mayo Clinic: “Narcissistic personality disorder… is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others… People with narcissistic personality disorder may be generally unhappy and disappointed when they’re not given the special favors or admiration they believe they deserve.” (He is not seemingly “generally unhappy” but many put on a mask, which is often evident with this personality disorder.)
          This is not perfect fit, I admit. It actually falls short, IMO. Unfortunately, the DSM won’t let me read their official diagnostic info.

          This from the APA is more extemsive:

          Click to access Narc.Pers.DSM.pdf

          “…made a mockery of the office of POTUS and of the US. ”
          1. See psychological definition above and a timeline of his behavior in office which has been hardly presidential in the traditional sense.
          2. He mocks huge segments of the citizenry when they follow concepts with which he doesn’t agree (e.g., pandemic masks). He mocks scientists. He mocks true experts. He mocks the disabled. Etc., etc., etc.

          “And we’ve sailed along with him…” right into the pit. Sorry, couldn’t resist. But, hello?

          “Now we’re ALL the ugly American.”
          Sorry, this was evidence of my ignorance about the actual reference. Please strike from the record.

          “No, what the nation can’t survive is an entire political party that despises the citizenry so much that they permitted this buffoon to run rampant over the country they claim to revere and its helpless citizenry.”
          OK, this was merely a retort to the post on which I was commenting which stated:
          “…the nation cannot survive an entire political party that fundamentally hates the Constitutional Order…”
          I should have said merely that this statement seems to be gross broad-brushing and first class projection. The Constitution is obviously open to interpretation, hence we have a SCOTUS. And interpretation of the Constitution suffers from political bias, just as interpretation of the Bible suffers from theological bias. Pray, don’t sling Constitutional Order at me.

          As evidence of the Republican party despising the citizenry…
          1. Pandemic Response
          2. …
          Nah, that’s enough.

          “In my not-so-humble opinion, politics and apparently ALL those who engage in it have become so toxic and dishonest that there is seemingly no one to trust.”
          Dark money. Both sides. That’s enough.

          That’s the best I can do at the moment. I’ll try to avoid the ad hominems in the future. I was just a little incensed by the comment on which I was commenting.

        • Oh, and by the way, by “running rampant” I was referring to his penchant for stirring up and acting as like an enabler of hate groups. All I have as evidence of this is his own words and actions.

    • Exactly. It’s fascinating that a guy like Trump could be the last ditch effort to stave off a leftist take over of all branches of the government. How is that even possible? The Democrat Party (spelling intentional) used to be the party that stood for the middle class, the working class, worker protection, and adherence to high standards (I chuckled while typing that last bit). Now, it is the party seeking to protect entrenched special interests and a bloated, corrupt and inept government machine solely interested in perpetuating itself.

      Here’s an amusing aside: we all know that our spectacular dog, Remington, loves his walks and squirrel chases. We walk past a house in our neighborhood on every walk where the owners display their progressive bona fides with BLM flags, Biden-Harris signs, and a host of other candidates running on the D ticket. Well, it’s Halloween and lots of homeowners have decorated their yards with fall colors and spooky statues. They also put up an inflatable of Star Wars’ “Jabba the Hutt.” Hutt is a bloated, corrupt and slug-like cretin, rotten to the core, and a powerful intergallactic gangster. It seems rather ironic that their Biden-Harris sign is displayed right in front of the inflatable.


      • JVB
        I’m not sure anyone but a person whose fortunes are not tied to politics and could not give a rats ass about what his enemies think of him could withstand the forces arrayed against him. We saw how fast Romney wilted under the gruiling attacks of Candy Crowley. The only way to clean out the cesspool that is DC is to get someone who is used to walking in shit.

        • Blogger Stephen Green wrote last night,

          I don’t always agree with Trump, just like I don’t always agree with my wife or even any of my pretty-well-trained dogs. We’re different people, and no one should expect to agree with anyone 100% of the time.

          But this man, this president, has been under constant attack — some would even say constantly fighting off coup attempts — since before he was even sworn in.

          Yet he came in tonight, measured and forceful, ready to fight once more.

          That is a hell of a thing for anyone to endure, even without the responsibilities and stresses of being POTUS.

          He’s earned a great deal of respect for that, and with tonight’s performance, he’s earned even more.

  2. So, if, big forfend, Biden is elected to President, how does this compare to the electorate knew what “kind” of person Trump was? If he is merely ethically and morally wrong, but not criminally laible for these events, does Biden get the same consideration?

    • What “same consideration”? If the public votes to have a demented, dishonest, pandering fool as President, he deserves all the consideration, respect and presumption of legitimacy in office every President except Donald Trump has received, from the opposing party, from the news media, from the public, and me.

    • If the media fails to report information on Biden but plays up every wart on Trump you cannot say the electorate knew what they were voting for.

      However, if Biden wins the electorate is demonstrating just how superficial they are. The single issue voter cares little about anything other than their narrow interest. This is like shopping at a store to take advantage of a loss leader but spending substantially more on all the other items.

      I want to ask the candidates how long can we keep running up massive debt to China and the federal reserve before our currency collapses and the Yen becomes the world currency. I want to know how much of our grand children’s income will be needed to give stimulus checks to everyone whether they kept being paid during the pandemic or not.

      Why do we not ask what are the tradeoffs we can expect to transition to renewables? How will we power all those charging stations for all the electric vehicles? How much agricultural land will be needed to create those solar farms? How will we deal with the water pollution resulting from mining the resources needed for making batteries? Given that Afghanistan is believed to have the world’s largest reserves of lithium will we have to have armed troops their to ensure access?

      So if suburban women are the key to a Biden victory because they find Trump boorish but ignore everything else then It speaks volumes as to the mindset of many voters.

      • Chris asks (with tongue firmly planted in cheek), “Why do we not ask what are the tradeoffs we can expect to transition to renewables?”

        We are not supposed to ask questions of our overlords because they know better than us. We must believe them, shut up, and do what they say. Failure to do so will result in beatings until the attitude changes. Moreover, we must trust in the Green New Deal because it is a matter of faith, it’s a religious conviction, and to question the legitimacy of statements made by those who know better than us is apostasy, heresy, and blasphemy. Conform or be cast out.


        • JVB
          What you described is what happens when students attempt to skate by or avoid any Economics courses.

          So many think Econ is about making money with too many weird jargon like “marginal efficiency”. It is a decision science. One of those sciences we should be following. I am amazed how many people simply assume renewables are lower cost because “the sun is free”. I want to see all those electric cars having to pay through the nose to recharge those vehicles when the price of a kWh rises to sky high amounts because all the generation facilities are far less efficicient without fossil fuels

          • Absolutely correct. The Green Deal Believers actually believe that the program will generate millions of new jobs. No analysis. No data. Just blind allegiance of the faithful. In fact, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, supposedly possessing a Boston University economics degree, openly celebrated the mountains of cash her beloved program will rake in.


            • I would ask her about Solyndra and why after 300 billion in loan guarantees with no clawbacks China bought its assets for pennies on the dollar.

              Funny thing about consumer demand, people make buying decisions based on the relative prices of other options. The only way to make renewables attractive is to eliminate other options or subsidize them to such an extent that we squander more resources than we save lowering everyone’s standard of living.

  3. The one weak link remains tying Joe Biden to his son’s dealings. Bobulinski’s statement…

    [Quote]I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.[/quote]

    … lacks sufficient specifics to make the connection. Who precisely said what, and in what context? His bare contention that the elder Biden knew is unconvincing until he divulges how he would know.

    It’s long been obvious that Hunter Biden is a scoundrel. That creates a problem since we can’t rely on his representations to his buyers that his father was on board. Obviously he’s not above lying to them, nor is he above lying to his business partners.

    None of which excuses the mainstream media, of course. The story is “unverified” precisely because they refuse to verify it.

    • True. BUT…
      Biden’s insistence that his son “did nothing wrong,” that his some made no money from China, and that he never discussed any foreign dealings with his son are like Michael Corleone’s testimony before Congress.

      And the fact that Biden was involved in Ukrainian matters at all while his son was accepting money fron interests there is per se appearance of impropriety stuff that Biden himself was obligated to stop.

      • Correct. But, aside from the media not wanting to upset Biden’s chances of beating Trump, others in Congress don’t/won’t want to probe too deeply into this because it will show just how government influence really works. John Q. Public should be asking, “I see you have worked in government your whole life. You (in this case, Biden) keep telling us about your family’s working class roots and your economic struggles (and if bring that tale about discussions buying new tires for the family car at the dinner table, I going to box your ears), but you have multiple homes worth tons of money. How did that happen? How is it your are worth multiple millions of dollars off of the yearly salary of a US Senator?”


  4. 1. Here’s how a Media Studies professor characterized the Facebook flap:
    TL;DR – spin, deflection, and a boatload of unsupportable assertions.

    “In 2016, major American news outlets, amplified by YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, did the work of foreign and domestic purveyors of disinformation and propaganda. They took too seriously false, irrelevant and illegally acquired emails from top Democratic campaign officials. They took seriously bogus questions about Hillary Clinton’s own email accounts. And they generated a cloud of confusion and mistrust that led directly to Donald Trump’s unlikely victory in the electoral college.

    This much is indisputable. What’s interesting is how far Facebook, Twitter and to a lesser extent YouTube have at least attempted to avoid contributing to such a mess in 2020 – while major American news outlets continue to show a willingness to get played.

    The latest example is how a tiny, unverifiable, almost-certainly-false story published by Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post (the fourth-largest readership of any newspaper in the United States) generated a ridiculous blowback among rightwing pundits and politicians.

    The story is almost comical. It alleges that someone delivered three laptops to a computer repair store in Delaware. The owner of that store thinks the man who delivered the computers was Hunter Biden, the son of Vice-President Joe Biden. But he can’t be sure it was Hunter Biden. Or maybe he can. He’s very confused about how this all went down. Anyway, the owner says he made copies of the hard drives and somehow sent the content, which he deemed suspicious, to some undetermined law enforcement agency and to the former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s personal lawyers. It’s all very unclear how and why such a transaction happened – if at all.

    Among the pilfered emails (sound familiar?) was at least one that seemed to suggest that the then vice-president could arrange a meeting with a business associate of Hunter’s in Ukraine. You might remember that Hunter’s Ukraine business involvement was the subject of the phone call that Trump made to the president of Ukraine to get him to announce an investigation of the Bidens. This call is what triggered Trump’s impeachment.

    Vice-President Biden says he has never met with anyone affiliated with Hunter Biden’s business and there is no evidence even in the new New York Post story that he did.

    So, basically, we are dealing with a third-rate, bungled pile of nonsense here. What’s a social media company to do?…”

    2. One of the Biden cabal’s favorite words when deflecting the Hunter scandal is “smear”. Do you know who else makes effusive use of that particular term? That’s right, the ChiComs.

    US smear campaign against Mekong River dams riddled with loopholes

    Smear campaign by media outlets from certain countries should stop: FM

    FBI new film smears China on espionage, poisons bilateral relations

    West’s claims of China, Russia cyberattacks a smear campaign: experts

    Xinjiang population growth best answers Western smear campaign on Uygurs

  5. How is it that the FBI has been in possession of Dear Hunter’s laptop since DECEMBER 2019 and no one’s heard about it until now? What the hell is up with that? Why are the FBI and, presumably, the DOJ taking so long? Running out the clock for Joe and the Dems? Something smells here.

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