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Daily Tech News 30 December 2022 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
December 30, 2022

The Morning Report — 12/30/22


Good morning, kids. Friday and the penultimate day of our third consecutive accursed year 2022. I believe I covered it yesterday, as well as on the year's final podcast episode, but let me just add two words to the truly nauseating reaction to GOP Rep-elect George Santos:

Elizabeth Warren

Also, Joe Biden. Oops, that's four words – wait, if I don't stop now this turns into the Monty Python "Spanish Inquisition" sketch. Our government, with very rare exception, is comprised of individuals that range from, at best seriously lacking, all the way down to utterly devoid of morals, values, ethics, character or scruples. On both sides of the mythical aisle. In fact, given who and what the Democrat-Left are, the most irritating thing has been the fainting-couch case-of-the-vapors reaction from the GOP and those who are somewhat GOP-adjacent. That's aimed also at you, Tulsi Gabbard. You just went down a big notch in my opinion of you. In any case, I give you the estimable Daniel Greenfield:

If politicians have to resign for lying, there wouldn’t be any left. If they were expected to resign for faking their biographies, we might have a few dozen left. And we’d be better off for it.

What is truly nauseating is the selective outrage by a cultural revolution that rediscovers truth and ethics on a temporary basis when it’s politically convenient.

The truth about George Santos appears to be that he has the same shaky relationship with truth as the leadership of the Democratic Party. Just ask Joe Biden, if you can catch him in between desegregating movie theaters with the black and Puerto Rican communities, visiting synagogues, battling gang members, being forced down in Afghanistan, joining the Naval academy, getting a tryout for the NFL, graduating in the top half of his class, losing his first wife to a drunk driver, nearly losing his second wife to lightning, his son in Iraq and then awarding a medal to his dead uncle on the advice of his dead dad.

It would be wonderful if all the lying stopped. It would be a good start if the party of liars stopped acting like they care about a fake biography when all of their biographies are fake.

Why does Biden lie so much? The easy answer is because he gets away with it.

Lying, like most political crimes, has become politically selective, allowing leftists to get away with anything while throwing the book at non-leftists.

Yes, there are standards and there are double standards. The GOP dutifully plays the role of whipping boy to Democrats' wearing the moldering skin-suit of Lady Liberty swaddled in the Shroud of Turin. Like everything else, we are expected to play by rules that they ether totally ignore or change to ensure they come out on top – all without a peep of protest. I've had it with that crap.

Let me just say this, and I'll say no more. I could care fuck-all about George Santos being a fabulist so long as he does one thing and one thing only: vote either "NO" or "HELL NO" on every single piece of Leftist and/or "bipartisan" legislation for his entire career. This should be the crux of the message everyone allegedly on our side should be stating.

In that light, to hell with Frank Luntz's adult catamite Kevin McCarthy. I hereby propose George Santos should be elected Majority Leader and House Speaker for the coming term.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, and not entirely unrelated to the Santos kerfuffle, the continued calls from our side to throw trillions of dollars at Ukraine for its war with Putin's Russia allegedly to protect our vital national interests and security. You want to talk about a lie? You don't get much bigger than that.

One need not be a NeverTrumper, Russiagate obsessive, or nostalgist for 1990s globaloney to see that the conquest of a major central European country by Putin damages the United States. Stopping it in ways that make future invasions less likely, whether by Russia or China—and doing so without direct U.S. military intervention—is well worth the investment, albeit with critical caveats.

A bloodied, discredited Russia gives Xi pause as he considers a cross-straits invasion. U.S. spine in Ukraine makes our warnings to China credible—at a time when the military balance in the Pacific is precarious, given U.S. shortcomings relative to Beijing’s modernization program and inherent home field advantage. We need every ration of deterrence we can get.

Uh huh. Here's the fellow who penned this.

Jeffrey Jeb Nadaner was deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Trump Administration.

Not necessarily a dig at Trump, but anyone with the name "Jeb" is instantly discredited, Jeb Stuart notwithstanding. Regardless of the correlations, real or imagined, between Peking and Moscow, it's still not our fight. Period. Where the hell is Germany, let alone every other European nation that supposedly is threatened by this? Spend your own blood and treasure and do a Barbarossa 2: Reverse Fulda Gap Boogaloo (minus the Einsatzgruppen, please). In any case, it's still our money because NATO has been essentially an American enterprise since 1945 to the tune of at least 90% funding. 75 years of American taxpayers money, for what?

It's graft all the way down. And as CBD pointed out on the podcast, if somehow Zelensky prevails, here's what we have to look forward to:

Ukraine announced Wednesday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a video teleconference with BlackRock Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink. The pair apparently struck a deal to coordinate investment efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation. . .

. . . One such preliminary agreement struck between BlackRock and Ukraine was a memorandum of understanding signed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Economy and BlackRock Financial Markets Advisory in Washington, D.C., on November 10, 2022. The memo said that BlackRock FMA would advise the Ukrainian government, specifically the Ministry of Economy, on an investment roadmap for the reconstruction of Ukraine’s economy. . .

. . . It is all rather infuriating: one can almost guarantee BlackRock is getting paid handsomely by the Ukrainian government for advising on this reconstruction roadmap. And where is the Ukrainian government currently getting its funding, given its economy is in shambles and war is an expensive undertaking? The United States government, of course. By the end of the calendar year, the U.S. will have provided $13 billion in direct budgetary support for Ukraine’s government to avoid shortfalls and outright bankruptcy, and [so-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden has promised to support Ukraine for “as long as it takes.”

So, BlackRock gets paid by U.S. taxpayers via the Ukrainian government to devise a plan that ensures the success of their future investments in Ukraine, made from money gained by making American housing unaffordable. With a deal like that for our financial and political elite, why would they ever want peace?

But George Santos is a liar and must not be allowed to serve in Congress, AND he should go to jail!!! Paging Tulsi Gabbard.

* * * * *

My friends, since this is the last Morning Report for the year, I want to wish all of you and yours the very best for the coming new year. No doubt, it will be fraught with even more challenges but we'll muddle through somehow.

Thanks go to Ace and the cobs for their fellowship, and to all of you for the continued support and encouragement, and for being bar none the best damned site on the internet.

See you tomorrow for the hobby thread and see you all next year. Happy New Year!


  • Daniel Greenfield: "Democrats suddenly claim to care about truth. The truth is they’re all liars."
    If George Santos Should Resign, So Should Biden (I support Santos for Majority Leader/House Speaker - jjs)
  • "BlackRock will be creating a roadmap for reconstruction for Ukraine." (CBD essentially called this on the podcast - jjs)
    BlackRock Plots to Buy Ukraine
  • Advertising is carrying the water for a Leftist political and academic establishment. Its influence, because tacit, allusive, unspoken, and only intimated, is perhaps the most effective means of persuasion of all — a telling illustration of “the extent to which the culture has been weaponized against us.”
    The Ads Tell the Story
  • "Ring in 2023—it can’t get much worse or disappoint more."
    Good Riddance to a Disappointing 2022

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