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Daily Tech News 10 April 2023 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
April 10, 2023

The Morning Report — 4/10/23

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Good morning, kids. Hope all of you had a blessed Easter and a happy Passover. In scanning a number of stories, especially the essay from Victor Davis Hanson, as well as my conversation with CBD on the latest podcast (here and in the sidebar), I'd be lying to you if I didn't say I was not both more than a bit depressed and frankly scared out of my wits for what's coming down the pike.

Yet, that said, on a positive note, the GOP in Tennessee at least has the cojones to stand up and do the right thing. That's the good news. Sort of. The bad news is that we have degenerated to such a point where elected representatives engage in naked thuggery to incite violence within the walls of the state capital in order to hijack the legislative process to impose their will on the citizenry. As I said, the sort of good news is that the Republicans stood up and did their duty in expelling the criminal thugs. The fact that doing one's duty is seen as something to cheer rather than just being par for the course also speaks to the level we've sunk.

So the pea-brained, cackling supertanker of semen-guzzling vice presidential poseur goes to Tennessee to heap praise on these three criminal goons, while ignoring the Christian families of those gunned down by a transexual terrorist whose alleged "victimhood" status she and her ilk continue to egg on in the first place.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, as former President Trump's sham prosecution/persecution continues apace, a mortal nemesis of Leftist Democrats is yet again being targeted for termination. In some ways, his mere presence is and has been a greater threat to them than Trump.

US media went ballistic over Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ until-now-unreported vacationing courtesy of his host, longtime family friend, GOP megadonor and Texas real-estate billionaire Harlan Crow.

But that reminds us again of how little the press takes note of the influence of a far more consequential multibillionaire, George Soros.

For what it’s worth, Thomas explains that the rules didn’t require him to disclose those trips until recently, and he will going forward.

Plus, Crow has never had business before the Supreme Court, so there’s zero conflict of interest.

Yet Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she wants to impeach Thomas over the news.

Meanwhile, The Post reports that Soros’ eldest son Alexander has visited the Biden White House at least 14 times as his dad’s emissary, a dozen in 2022 alone — regularly meeting with top advisors to the president.

What produced the Soros clan’s high-level access? George, 92, has spent an estimated $32 billion-with-b on his various worldwide causes in recent decades via his Open Society Foundations and other nonprofits as well as regular seven-figure giving to political action committees.

Alexander, 37, has given at least $11 million to lefty PACs in his own right — and delighted in sharing pics with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Beyond that, Soros protégés have packed [spurious president] Joe Biden’s transition committee and White House staff.

It shows: Top Soros priorities include opening borders and extreme action in the name of climate change.

Team Biden has delivered big-time on both, with millions of illegal immigrants entering the United States (along with a flood of fentanyl and other illegal drugs) on Biden’s watch, and tens of billions of taxpayer dollars directed at climate action.

Yes, the hypocrisy is of course radiant, as well as the fact that like Trump, Thomas has really committed no crime and, at worst, perhaps bad optics. Nothing more. Aside from the fact of removing one of the last firewalls of sanity on SCOTUS, Titty Caca and her ilk want to destroy Clarence Thomas because of who he is – a black man who thinks for himself and understands the real source of the genocide of American blacks since the founding of the former United States: Democrat-Leftists. As I said, that is political kryptonite as potent or more than Donald Trump is to the Deep State. But Trump is Junta Enemy #1.

The Trump arrest is an act of sheer desperation, based on a tortured legal theory that seeks to turn mislabeled payments into federal election meddling. It should force us to ask once again: Why do they hate Trump so much? Alvin Bragg’s prosecution is part and parcel of a multifront war waged against the former president by the entire US establishment and its institutions. While in the White House, Trump gave the ruling class massive tax cuts and sweeping deregulation, so what’s the beef? His foreign-policy heresies. To the frustration of those who benefit from it, Trump worked to unwind the American empire. Indeed, he has done more to restrain the US imperium than any politician in 75 years.

Within a few months of his arrival in the Oval Office, it became clear that Trump’s seemingly preposterous rhetoric about ending America’s “forever wars” wasn’t a joke. Yes, he ordered a few missile and drone strikes here and there, but unlike all of his recent predecessors, he didn’t start any new wars. Indeed, he wound down numerous small wars and negotiated a peace settlement in Afghanistan, even if the dirty work of the final withdrawal fell to [spurious president] Biden. . .

. . . This cavalier disregard for establishment interests is, at bottom, why the national-security class— as well as the political consultants, the media, and mainstream politicians—despise him. It is the real reason the Russiagate hoax had so much traction; that cartoonish fabrication was a way of telling the American public that Trump was bad for US foreign policy without also explaining the truth of what US foreign policy really looks like and who it really benefits. . .

. . . So certain are the centrist and liberal chattering classes in the prejudices against Trump that they can’t understand how the Trump arrest appears to people in countries that have been pushed around by the US imperium. Nayib Bukele, the president of El Salvador, spoke for many across the Global South when he tweeted: “Think what you want about former President Trump and the reasons he’s being indicted. But just imagine if this happened in any other country, where a government arrested the main opposition candidate. The United States’ ability to use ‘democracy’ as foreign policy is gone.”

If the Trump arrest appears highly political, that’s because it is, and honest people will admit that. . .

. . . For better or for worse, American presidents have been shielded from prosecution. The downside of this is that our leaders haven’t faced consequences for their crimes, despite having done far worse than Trump. But the upside is that political struggles are confined to the realm of politics and electioneering, and the justice system is protected from contamination by partisan vendettas. The American judiciary, for all its faults, is often the last protection people have against the overreach of permanent state bureaucracies and corporate power. With the Trump arrest, we have crossed a dangerous threshold.

Well, in a sense, it was inevitable that we crossed that threshold considering what Trump did and what he wanted to do. Look back to what he said in his inaugural. It was a shot across the bow at about 95% of the people on the reviewing stand with him and all over DC in general.

And here we are a little over six years later and our world turned upside down, with things that were unthinkable even back then now a routine part of our daily discourse. They're not going after Trump because they necessarily fear running against him in 2024, although in an actual fair election he would wipe the floor with whoever the vegetable-du-jour the Democrats decide to run against him.

The fact is, with the exception of perhaps Georgia, the other five states that were the epicenter of the 2020 fraud (along with the degradation of whatever fig leaf of election integrity laws there were across the nation wiped out by the Chinese COVID lockdown psy-op) are now even more "fortified" with Democrats in governorships, secretaries-of-state, attorneys general and supreme court judgeships. So what are the odds Trump, DeSantis or whoever can overcome that.

And yet, there is this full court press on the Democrat Left to sew up the youth vote (for geriatric dementia cases, funny enough) as well as the so-called suburban women freaked out over abortion. I mean, if it's really in the bag for them, why the concern?

Meh, who the hell knows.

    ABOVE THE FOLD, BREAKING, NOTEWORTHY

  • Roger Kimball: "This is Easter, a holiday commemorating a miracle. That is good, because we are going to need one."
    Then and Now
  • "We fixate only on the irrelevant that we think we can address while ignoring the existential we know we no longer can solve."
    Fiddling America Away
  • "Organ donors, beware: you may not actually be dead when the medical establishment starts removing your organs."
    Comatose People to be Declared Dead for Use as Organ Donors


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