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December 18, 2020

The Morning Report - 12/18/20 [J.J. Sefton]


Good morning, kids. Friday and the weekend is here as well as the 45-day deadline for DNI John Ratcliffe to present his report on foreign election interference. Yesterday afternoon, Weasel Zippers teased a Tweet from Heshmat Alavi, a journalist who covers the Iranian dissident and Middle East beats wherein he reported that CBS' Catherine Herridge was reporting that Ratcliffe told the network his report concludes that there was indeed interference in the 2020 election from China, Iran and Russia. That's kind of a big effin' deal as Polident-Elect Mushmouth might say, but since then, I have seen nothing else either in the usual dreck propaganda channels or from real journalists in the blogosphere. In any case, today is the day that his report is supposed to drop so before I wet myself with excitement, the niggling suspicion is still there that, like Jimmy "PineSol" Comey did four years ago, a litany of charges will be read off but the conclusion will be that the interference had no effect on changing the outcome of the election. Yeah, I know. I'm too young to be such a hard-bitten cynic. On the plus side, Ratcliffe is supposedly an ally of the President but, as has been the case for the past four years, the embedded, untouchables in every agency and department in the DC bureaucracy will work to sabotage any effort to advance the Trump agenda. Certainly Ratcliffe will have had to contend with this, especially with the CIA, DoJ, FBI, DIA and the other intel and LE agencies that are actually in bed - like Swalwell quite literally - with our enemies. Anyway, it'll be what it'll be, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, in the Hail Mary department, some encouraging news broke late yesterday, in that freshman Senator Tommy Tuberville has indicated that he is strongly considering joining the House Republicans in objecting to the Electoral College votes come January 6th. In the House, fellow Alabamian Mo Brooks has gathered 18 colleagues to sign a letter calling for hearings before the January 6th deadline wherein Congress would certify the EC vote and clear the way for the fraud to be signed, sealed and delivered. No way Malig-Nancy Pelosi agrees to that but be that as it may, all it takes in either chamber is just one individual to object to the certification, which then would trigger debate and, well, you know the rest.

As I said, it's a Hail Mary not from the Jimmy Hoffa end 100 yards to the other end of Giants Stadium but from the Santa Monica Pier, if not the M-79 star system. But, it's still a chance. Why else would walking goiter Mitch McConnell plead with GOP Senators not to do this? The raison d'etre from the talking head propagandists that it would lead to a wipeout in both Georgia Senate seat runoffs is idiotic. If anything, if Perdue and Loeffler actually went on the offensive, it would rally the troops. While shambling shit-heel Chris "Krispy Kreosote" Christie warning the GOP not to oppose the Electoral College results and that "Biden clearly won" is repulsive but it is illuminating. Same thing with the hard-on-with-the-chemically-induced-hard-on Bob Dole, who also hurled invective at our President for not surrendering.

I said yesterday that this was the President's final gambit but I was mistaken. There is one final option for him if this fails and it's nuclear, metaphorically but almost literally - the invocation of the Insurrection Act.

As recently as two weeks ago, before the Supreme Court sided with our enemies and ignored the Constitution in denying the clear standing of Texas et al to sue the rogue states, Lieutenant General Tom McInerney (Ret.) declared we're in the most "dangerous situation since the Civil War." He went on to say "When you coordinate six to ten states, using cyber warfare, to change the outcome of the election in favor of whoever you want, these are treasonous acts." He called for the President to invoke the Insurrection Act.

Obviously, all hell would break loose if President Trump were to do this. The consequences of allowing this to happen would be far, far worse; in effect, the complete surrender of our nation to our enemies, foreign and domestic with all of the horror that that entails.

We talked about the actions of Augusto Pinochet in saving Chile from turning into the hell on earth that is Cuba, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe, among others, today. But Pinochet had the entire military and police forces of Chile firmly behind him. Considering individuals like James Mattis, William McRaven, Stanley McChrystal - who orchestrated the fomenting of so-called "orange revolutions" overseas and is directly linked to doing the same thing here in the wake of what happened 6 weeks ago - among others, that situation is in doubt. At least on the flag officer level. It would be interesting to hear what General McInerney has to say on this. Tinfoil hat on: If he is indeed an ally and not just saying this to get Trump to do something that would have him arrested (tinfoil hat off), I wonder if he knows that the troops are with him.

I know that after every legal and procedural avenue has been all but exhausted - as a result of corruption and complicity by those with the power and duty to stop this - at least 80 million Americans will stand with this President if he is forced to, shall we say, pull the trigger. I will also say that having to do this is probably a half-step below that of ordering a nuclear attack on another nation. But with the nation and indeed the world on a knife edge of catastrophe, his duty is crystal clear. Everyone else has abrogated their oaths out of fear, greed, complicity or some combination of those.

While we still have one chance left of averting disaster with the Senate and House Republicans stepping up and doing their duty, if that fails, this President must do his duty.

Keep the faith, and keep your powder dry. Have a nice weekend.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

ALSO: The Morning Report is cross-posted at if you want to continue the conversation all day.

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