... there's a portrait of Don Jr. kicking his meth addiction:
No point being blatantly overt about the identity of this Twitterer, but there's something just not right about a 40-year-old undischarged bankrupt who owes me over $100,000 for malicious defamation publicly lecturing someone about libel.
The lack of self-awareness is quite something.
When it comes to presidential children and their accomplishments:
So, sure, let's compare.
Rebel News' Keean Bexte: "No one will ever match my level of creepiness or irrelevance in chasing Greta Thunberg down a hotel corridor."
Newsmax: "Hold my beer."
AFTERTHOUGHT: If the Biden administration had a savage sense of humour, it would given Champ a press pass and let him attend the next White House presser, sitting right in front of the Newsmax journo.
This is a lie. A blatant, bald-faced, howling falsehood.
As I demonstrated beyond any doubt months ago.
I'm just trying to be helpful.
BONUS TRACK: In order to appreciate the spectacular dishonesty and ineptitude of the "journalism" coming out of Rebel News, well, here you go. The idiocy is simply mind-numbing, is it not?
Yes, I've been inundated with celebratory notes about Ezra getting his ass handed to him in both of his recent meritless SLAPP actions, but in following the links, I chanced across something I was utterly unaware of and I think it's worth noting for future reference.
It was back in 2017 that, during my anti-SLAPP hearing, Ezra's lawyer (whose name I will not mention here, even though it's easy enough to find if you give a crap) was arguing that my motion should be kicked to the curb, and one of the first reasons he gave (to my utter astonishment, as I was sitting right there in the courtroom and damned near fell out of my chair when I heard it) was that I had taken too long to file the s. 137.1 motion since the action had already been set down for trial.
That claim was not true.
That claim was not even remotely true.
In fact, it could not have even been possible as my then-lawyer had not even performed our questioning of Ezra, so the idea that the trial had already been scheduled was utterly preposterous. And yet, there was Ezra's lawyer, making that completely bogus claim to the Court in all seriousness. And what happened next was even more astonishing.
Upon hearing this claim, the judge looked decidedly skeptical and asked Ezra's lawyer to confirm what he had just said. Said lawyer, I'm guessing realizing that his bluff was being called, immediately back-pedaled furiously and admitted that he had mis-spoken. But it was too late -- the damage was done and that utter fiction is now an official part of Ontario jurisprudence as I discovered in this case from 2019, where people involved in arguing costs related to anti-SLAPP motions are now (you guessed it) using that utter fiction from my case as an argument:
That's right -- given Ezra's lawyer's momentary blatant misrepresentation of reality, and the subsequent mouth-breathing incompetence of both the motions judge and Court of Appeal, something that never happened is now an inviolable part of Ontario jurisprudence.
I just thought you needed to know that.
I'm sure we all remember the horrific, violent, bone-crushing, spleen-shattering ugliness when Rebel News "journo" and Nazi paraphernalia authority Keean Bexte ... had a microphone knocked out of his hand because he was being a total asshole:
If you want to watch the savage encounter, well, help yourself, but it's dominated by Bexte being his typical gutless, spineless, cowardly, snotty, shrieking like a little girl, pansy-assed snowflake.
You get the idea -- culture-of-victimhood sleazoids like Bexte, Sheila Gunn Reid and David Menzies live for being casually bumped in a crowd, then crashing to the ground and howling in pain like an Italian soccer player. Which makes this recent incident so delightfully educational, as here is Australian Rebel News correspondent and convicted wife beater Avi Yemini brutally slapping the microphone out of the hand of an actual journalist:
The full video -- all seven seconds of it -- can be seen in all its splendour and glory here, which suggests that the next time white nationalist little snot Bexte or any of the other blathering yobs at Rebel start sobbing inconsolably about being harassed or assaulted, they should be reminded of the above.
I'm just trying to be helpful.
To recap, in our first three installments of this sordid nonsense, we learned that, in late 2017 and early 2018, Ezra was handed a wheelbarrow of cash ($380,000) from one Dale Wells of Wells Asset Management (WAM) of Lloydminster (and what the hell is it with that town, anyway?), at a puzzlingly high interest rate of 8.5%, but which Ezra was -- by his own admission -- repaying at a monthly rate that was apparently not even covering the accruing interest, and we further learned that this largesse occurred right around the time that Ezra and WAM announced a pants-peeingly hilarious "Rebel Freedom Fund," an ideologically-driven investment vehicle that promised investors that, if they horked up at least $5,000, they too would be helping sponsor creepy white boy Keean Bexte chasing Greta Thunberg down a hotel corridor:
so, money well spent, amirite? In any event, while all of this is downright just plain weird, the most shocking part is yet to come.
That's called "foreshadowing," kids. Get used to it.
A fundamental aspect of this entire affair is the apparent urgency and time-critical nature of Ezra's sales pitch as, if you watch his online beg-a-thon here, only 0:36 in , Ezra claims that this calling in of the entire amount of the loan comes as a total shock, spouting, "We had expected to be able to roll the loans over for another year ...". Only seconds later at 1:07, Ezra reinforces this impression with, "We were surprised by this ...".
Note well the clear and obvious impression Ezra is giving -- that this has come upon him suddenly, that he was utterly blindsided, that this caught him totally unawares with only weeks to respond ... you get the idea. The sense of urgency is obvious, and while it's undoubtedly convincing the more gullible rubes of Rebel Nation to open up their wallets, it turns out that Ezra's portrayal of the timeline is almost certainly utter fiction, and here's why.
It turns out that Wells Asset Management, as far back as mid-2018, were having a wee spot of trouble with compliance regulations related to the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC), as one can read here:
Make sure you appreciate the significance of this; that is, only months after Ezra signed loans with WAM for $380,000, WAM was already having problems with "the firm's compliance with securities laws." Now, this by itself would not necessarily jeopardize Ezra's financial arrangements with WAM, but you would have to be a total imbecile to not recognize it as an obvious red flag and, remember, this is almost two and a half years before Ezra's desperate plea for cash. But it gets worse since, as you can read in that same ASC release, it was in early 2019 that the ASC simply suspended WAM's registrations.
This is an odd turn of events since, in his YouTube hustle, at 2:58, you can hear Ezra clearly insisting that his original benefactor (and I am quoting verbatim from the video here) "... had to sell our loan to a banker ...". Uh, that is not what appears to be happening here. The ASC release appears to tell a wholly different story:
That does not at all look like someone voluntarily selling their financial assets; that looks much more like a financial entity being shut down for non-compliance and being placed in something resembling receivership (or whatever the right word is for this). Again, note the timeline, as "early 2019" is almost two full years before Ezra's "This caught me totally by surprise!" fundraiser. And just to finish things off, here's the official announcement of some org named "Fieldhouse" having been assigned by the ASC to, well, read it for yourself:
The point here should be obvious -- while Ezra, on Dec 22, 2020, posted a plaintive call for financial assistance, insisting that he was totally blindsided by this latest development, and he needed gobs and gobs of cash right now to survive, it's hard to believe he was unaware that his loans had already been, for almost two full years, in something resembling caretakership forcibly assigned by the Alberta Securities Commission, and that his sweetheart deal would most likely not be allowed to continue beyond the original three-year term. Quite simply, it's inconceivable that Ezra did not see this coming for at least two years, so his posturing of time-critical urgency and being ambushed by this development rings massively hollow.
In the end, one suspects Ezra has every right to fabricate whatever fairy tale he wants to separate the rubes from their rubles, just as others have every right to point out that the narrative he's pushing appears to be just that -- a fairy tale.
Are we done here? Yeah, I think we're done here.
(I'm re-dating this thing since Ben Shapiro is trending, and all of his moist-panty fan bois need to understand what sort of imbecile he is.)
P.S. This is a deliciously accurate description of the valuelessness and mendacity of Ben Shapiro.
(Not so much a legitimate Part Two as an entertaining postscript to Part One back here, where we simply have fun with numbers while I research the living shit out of the next real installment.)
Back in Part One, we were introduced to the head-scratching oddities involved in Rebel News/Ezra Levant's 2017 loan(s) for a total of $380,000, wherein we were puzzled to note that, after trousering a cool 380 grand from someone described only as a generous benefactor and loyal fan, Ezra admitted to repaying, on a monthly basis, "around $2,500 a month," which would not even cover the interest on that amount given the listed interest rate of eight and a half per cent (any decent mortgage calculator would tell you that you would need to hork up just under $2,700 per month to simply stay even with interest). But since Ezra used the monthly figure of $2,500, we'll go with that and see where it takes us, and it takes us to a very profitable place, as simple arithmetic will now demonstrate.
Starting in late 2017, we see that, upon receipt of all that dosh, Ezra now had almost $400K to swim around in and do with as he pleased:
Granted, Ezra was repaying the loan at $2,500 per month but, over the course of the loan's three years, that represents a total repayment of only $90,000, which still leaves Ezra with a whopping $290,000 in the vault, at which point (as we learned in Part One) Ezra convinced the gullible suckers^H^H^H^H^H^H^H patriots of Rebel Nation to foot the entire bill to pay off the loan. And not just the outstanding amount, but more than $70,000 above and beyond what was needed:
thus handing Ezra another $71,812.00 in free money. To recap then, Ezra borrowed $380,000, paid back a total of only $90,000 and got everyone else to not only pay off the entire loan, but gift him with another $70,000 for his troubles, leaving him with a pure profit of just over $360,000. Don't we all wish we had that kind of deal?
In any event, check back for the upcoming Part Three, where we dig into the mystery benefactor and ask all sorts of shocking and irrelevant questions.
P.S. It's worth pointing out that one does not even need to give Ezra credit for the $90,000 in repayments since, given the capital he had on hand, he could have invested a sizable chunk of it and made enough interest on his own investment to cover the majority of each monthly payment, making his final profit considerably larger.
I love math.
Just recently, Rebel News Obergruppenfuhrer Ezra Levant gleefully celebrated liberating the more gullible yobs of "Rebel Nation" of over $450,000:
It was back in December 2020 that Ezra announced that his boutique media outlet and white nationalist merchandise emporium had a problem, as you can watch here. In short, Ezra's "lender" (and I use that term in a foreshadowing kind of way you'll need to return for Part Two to understand) was calling in $380,000 of loans, and Ezra was asking his perpetually fawning groupies to foot the bill for him, as he apparently had no intention (or possibly ability) of footing it himself. And here's where things get a bit odd.
As Ezra explains, he's had these loans for almost exactly three years and, upon them being called in, he is being asked to fork over $380,000. Fair enough, I guess, but it raises the obvious question -- if that is the amount that is currently outstanding, what was the original amount of the loan? That is, having borrowed money three years ago and making regular payments on that money, if $380,000 is what is currently due, what was the original principal that Ezra has been paying down all this time? And the answer can be found in a couple screenshots from the above YouTube video:
OK, that's just weird, since the above screenshots establish that that original loan (actually two loans) was for a total of ... $380,000. Which is exactly what Ezra claims is being called in. Which, if you can believe the above, means that in the three years since Ezra borrowed $380,000, he has reduced the principal he owes by exactly nothing. This is not speculation, it is precisely what one reads in Ezra's own publications and video.
Think about that for a minute ... in the three years that Ezra has had the loan(s) of which he speaks, he has reduced the principal by exactly zero. But if you think that's a bit odd, it gets weirder.
As Ezra explains in that YouTube video (and as you can see in the screenshots), the original loans had an interest rate of eight and one half per cent, which seems a tad on the high side. I am not a banker, but I am reasonably confident that, as long as I had a decent credit rating, I could find a lender who would charge me less, so that's another oddity. But here's where it gets truly strange.
As Ezra openly described in that video, he had been fine chugging along for the last three years, with his $380,000 in loans at eight and a half per cent, and paying (in Ezra's own words) "around $2,500 a month" ... and that's where you sit back in your chair and think, "Um ... wut!?!?" Because those numbers simply don't work.
If you have any background in loans or mortgages, chances are you looked at those figures and realized immediately they can't possibly work, and it takes only a few seconds with a mortgage calculator to ask, if you have a $380,000 mortgage at eight and a half per cent and are paying it off at $2,500 per month, how long until it is paid off in its entirety?
And the answer you get back is ... never.
That's right, any mortgage or loan calculator you play with is going to tell you the same thing -- given the loan attributes above, $2,500 per month is not even covering the interest. Just for fun, you can verify that, if you crank up the monthly payment to $3,000, it will still take almost 27 years, and cost you over half a million dollars in interest alone:
In other words, given all of the data straight from Ezra's own mouth, what seems to have happened is that, three years ago, Ezra/Rebel News borrowed $380,000 at what seems like an unusually high rate of interest, whereupon Ezra was asked(?) to make monthly payments that were not just "interest only," but appear to have been in fact less than interest only, which would normally mean that the principal still outstanding would be going up, not down, and yet, three years later, the loans were being called at their original value.
The obvious question at this point is -- what sort of lender would draw up such a bizarre and clearly unsustainable loan arrangement? And for the answer to that, well, you'll have to come back for Part Two.
Deal with it.
AFTERSNARK: I would be remiss in not pointing out that Ezra has a weird history of unusually pricey loans/mortgages, as explained in detail by Frank magazine here but, what the hell, here's the money shot:
Money *quote*. I meant money *quote*. You knew that, right?
In the midst of Dominion Voting Systems suing all of the irresponsible hack journos that talked smack about them, one might shed a tear for Rebel News' in-house white nationalist Keean Bexte who, last fall, seemed to be having a hard time trying to figure out exactly how to defame that company. To wit, here's Bexte on Nov. 17, claiming that Dominion and some org allegedly affiliated with George Soros are (and I quote) "sharing an office":
By Nov. 19, however, note well how Bexte is quietly backing away from his shocking scoop, claiming now only that they share the same floor:
Yeah ... simply having an office on the same floor really doesn't have the kind of journalistic scoopiness that makes Bexte's rubbish worth reading, but it is enlightening how he apparently has the smarts to realize when he's crossed a line and needs to walk it back just a bit.
As an IT professional, let me explain something that should be self-evident about how stupid this is:
It is inconceivable that even "millions" of votes would cause an algorithm or processor to crash since even archaic 32-bit processors can store positive integers as large as 2,147,483,647 (that is 2**31 - 1, the largest integer value that can be represented via two's complement with 32 bits).
Do you understand that? Seriously, what part of that confuses anyone? The idea that nothing more than "millions of votes" should crash any algorithm in the midst of an election wherein way more than 100 million people were expected to vote is so imbecilic, it is positively Warmingtonian.