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Daily Tech News 18 January 2023 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread [Kris]
January 18, 2023

The Morning Report — 1/17/23


Good morning kids. So, it seems as if the most popular, if not plausible, explanation for the explosion of Biden's "Document-Gate" into the controlled public discourse is that the powers that be do not want old Joey Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants around to run in '24. Either that or in their eyes he has outlived his usefulness as a puppet, and worse, his rapidly degenerating brain function makes his unfiltered mouth a liability.

But if that is the case, why not just try and 25th Amendment him as opposed to ruining the narrative of Trump being a reckless, dangerous foreign agent by revealing Biden doing the same things Trump was falsely accused of – and orders of magnitude worse? Knowing what we know of this CIA and FBI, all they have to do is slip a little polonium into Joey's daily gallon of Ben & Jerry's Rachel Corrie Crunch, find some Yakov Smirnoff-looking stooge, slap a MAGA hat on him and proclaim him to be Putin's cousin, and before the casket can be removed from the Capitol Rotunda and shoved into Arlington National Cemetery, our Army would be deployed into Ukraine and the National Guard called up here to round up every single non-Democrat with martial law declared.

C'mon, Langley. Do I have to do your work for you?! And yet, we have Merrick "Gumm-Shoe" Garland and company seemingly circling the wagons. For Donald Trump, they raided his home and either found nothing or attempted to paint him as some sort of criminal for the documents they did find – all of which were legally declassified and permitted to be kept by him as per the laws and regulations regarding such declassification. Biden? Not so much. And yet, get this:

Attorney General Merrick Garland is feeling the heat over the obvious double standard between the Mar-a-Lago FBI raid on Donald Trump’s home to retrieve classified documents and Joe Biden’s Car-a-Lago scandal. As a result, Biden’s hit man, who “can’t comment on an ongoing investigation,” has clearly green-lighted his patented leaks to friendly media to make excuses for his duplicity. If this weren’t such a tell for how corrupt the Justice Department is, the excuses would be funny. But since America’s system of jurisprudence in the DOJ and the FBI is clearly so irretrievably fallen, and could take civil society sliding down the hill with it, we should consider Garland’s excuses in the seriousness with which they’re offered.

Now you can laugh.

It’s going to take more than one of Garland’s no-comment-comments to convince anyone paying attention to this ridiculous charade that there’s no gambling at Rick’s. Yet, Garland’s excuse-making is amazing to behold for his audacity in believing anyone is dumb enough to believe this claptrap. . .

. . . Garland’s lackeys leaked that [so-called quote-unquote "president"] Biden’s own attorneys were allowed to search the documents without FBI presence (read: raid) because he trusted Biden’s attorneys to do the search for them. On his word as a Biden. “Not a joke, not a joke. . .”

. . . The DOJ raided Trump’s house because they didn’t like him.

We don’t know who’s going after Joe Biden for what, but we won’t find out because there are only two ways this special counsel probe will go: As a Mueller-like CYA cover-up operation or as a wrist slap that will be spun as a well, we investigated him and all we got was his lousy 5th Amendment, a crack pipe, and the numbers of a couple of hookers. This will be a Hunter Biden/Joe Biden proxy “investigation,” and it will end there.

Well, thank goodness we now control the House and the real investigations will begin. Like the guy above said, "Try not to laugh."

The new Republican House will soon begin investigating the Biden administration and his family, namely his brother James and son Hunter. Congressional investigations are critical to the separation of powers and make for great political theater. Yet those enthused by the prospect of investigations, revelations, and resignations ought to temper their expectations: Republicans are underachievers when it comes to oversight. . .

. . . The last and most serious attempt to use a congressional investigation against him came with the revelations of Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. The specific transgression was perjury, but grandstanding Republicans relentlessly focused on the president's sexual peccadilloes, for which the public had already forgiven him when he first became a candidate in 1992. Republicans mistakenly tried to shame a shameless individual, and the president used their indignation against them. . .

. . . The investigation immediately hit a wall when the main antagonist in the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner, twice pleaded the Fifth. Republicans voted to find Lerner in contempt, but the Justice Department declined to pursue criminal contempt charges against her and closed its investigation. Conservatives then sought to impeach John Koskinen, the acting IRS commissioner, only to be defeated by a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans. Concurrent investigations concluded that the episode had resulted from mismanagement, not political intent, and that no administration principals had been involved. Lerner retired before the IRS could fire her and Koskinen remained at his post ten months after Obama left office. . .

. . . Each misfire highlights Democratic tactics that Republicans should have learned to expect by now: being criticizing as overzealous sore losers obsessed with "old news"; being characterized as prudish bullies solely interested in publishing "revenge porn"; being reminded the GOP never did anything about accusations made against the Trump family; and arguing the rules governing presidential family members' business activities are unclear.

While all of this is certainly true, the $100 trillion dollar gorilla in the room is that our entire government, both the elected and unelected bureaucracy are absolutely thoroughly corrupted that any sort of real oversight and reform, let alone punishment is my proverbial pipe dream, wrapped in an LSD trip inside a drunken stupor.

Let me revise that by stating it's not that the government has been corrupted. It's that corruption is the government. At least it has been since the early 60s if not as far back as World War 2. And it's not even government or systems. It's the people, elected or otherwise, who are corrupt.

So, what the Machiavellian hell is really going on here with this document "scandal?" And at the end of the day, does it matter? Does the ultimate outcome really change the trajectory we are on? So, Biden goes and we get Harris. Or Biden skates and either he gets re-"selected" with yet another "fortified" election or some other as yet unknown Democrat is installed. Or, even if by some 2016-like fluke the Republican candidate, whoever it may be, beats the cheat and then survives the instantaneous call for impeachment as soon as he/she is sworn in.

As Joey might say, keep the 30-round magazines fully loaded in your F-15.

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