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Daily Tech News 16 May 2023 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
May 16, 2023

The Morning Report — 5/15/23

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Good morning, kids. So today's dumb link comes (yet again) from Dan Gelernter over at American Greatness. Gelernter has been spotty at best in his essays, and Hanson, Kelly and Billingsley aside, that site has been deteriorating in quality for a while now, IMHO. But that said, there is something to what he proposes that would be rather instructive to a whole swathe of society.

Realpolitik, as well as the inconsequential nature of the vice presidency aside, while RFK Jr. has been right about Chinese COVID and some first amendment issues, he was, is and by all indications unless he has a real come-to-Jesus moment, always will be a hardcore leftist ideologue. His even accepting the VP slot behind Trump is a whole other matter in and of itself.

But all that said, let's say for arguments sake that the two do in fact form a unity ticket. Putting aside the aforementioned issues with RFK Jr., and the reaction from both the Trump base and the disaffected Dem base, if indeed both men could articulate the reason for them coming together – and both are quite good in their own right at communicating – there is no doubt in my mind that they would lose in 2024. Not legitimately of course. In a free and fair contest, if not landslide, it would be a clear, unambiguous victory and a mandate, same as what was supposed to for sure happen in 2020 and quite probably to a lesser extent in 2022.

And this is perhaps the only reason I would support this ticket. Contra the title of Gelernter's essay "Trump-Kennedy – The Only Solution to Voter Fraud," the only thing that that ticket would succeed in doing is to absolutely prove to the unbelievers that the Democrat-Left Deep State, aided and abetted by their allies in Davos, Brussels and Beijing, as well as the frauds, stooges and flunkies in the GOPe, steal elections and that 2020 was indeed stolen. Perhaps that is cold swift Manolo-Blahnik jackboot to the groin and follow-on stomp on the head that this country needs to wake itself the fuck up. If it's not too late as it is.

And that leads is into the John Durham Report, which does nothing more than officially prove what we have all known now for the past six years, i.e that Trump colluding with Vladimir Putin was not only a complete smear, but that the FBI/DoJ colluded not only with Hillary Clinton but actually contracted KGB assets to concoct that smear for the dual purpose of sabotaging Trump in the 2016 election and preventing the Hillary Clinton e-mail/private server farm scandal from doing that to her.

So, it's been proven. Will that stop the propagandists from declaring it a nothing-burger? Of course not. Not only that, look who are the prime mouthpieces for the Deep State: none other than the actual rogue intel officers and apparatchiks themselves such as this Andrew Weissmann cancer.

I won't quote this piece of shit traitorous mutt. But think about it. Andrew Weissmann who really was the one leading the Mueller "Investigation" into Trump/Russia Collusion. Over two years of a dog and pony show meant to hobble PDT and bamboozle the public which in the end collapsed under its own weight of being a supermassive black hole of nothingness. Worse, it was a complete fraud and disinformation op and despite finding nothing, it was the alleged cause for a corrupt House to bring the first of multiple impeachment cases against Trump.

And now, after the Durham report reveals all of this as bullshit and more crucially his and his agency's culpability in perpetrating this abomination on the American people and the theoretical rule of law, this filthy cocksucker is on TV declaring the report to be a nothing-burger?! If that doesn't make your had explode, you've watched Scanners one too many times.

So, what's to be done? Josh Hawley has kind of the right idea:

“[A]fter today, the media doesn’t care,” host Jesse Watters said. “They think, yeah, we cheated, but you didn’t catch us. You didn’t put any of our people in jail. We put your people in jail. That must mean that you’re bad and we’re good, and we’re better at this than you. That’s the basic argument. The corrupt Justice Department didn’t indict the corrupt Justice Department. So we win, you lose. Thanks for playing. Let’s turn it over now to Josh Hawley, a member of the Judiciary Committee. What are we going to do now? Are we going to do another report, Senator?"

“There needs to be a lot more than reports, Jesse,” Hawley said. “People need to be prosecuted for this. The Clinton campaign and Hillary Clinton herself — is it any coincidence that she is tweeting about collusion at exactly the same time her campaign operatives are feeding this BS to the FBI? I don’t think so. There needs to be consequences for her and also for the FBI.”

“FBI leadership has clearly got to be changed,” he continued. “Jesse, I’m of the mind we need to end the FBI as we know it. It needs to be broken up. I mean, clearly, it has become corrupt. The leadership is corrupt. Talk to FBI agents in the field. I was doing in this past week. Great folks in my home state all over the place. But they are not served by this leadership. This leadership has become totally radically politicized, and we have got to change it.”

Senator, God love you, there aren't going to be any consequences for Hillary Clinton, or the FBI or anyone or any institution that perpetrated this on us. Calling for the FBI to be overhauled, broken up or even eliminated entirely is all well and good and quite justified. But it accomplishes nothing. It's not necessarily about institutions. It's about people. It's people from top to bottom who have demonstrated themselves to be both incredibly corrupt but so drunk on power and the singleminded obsession with accruing as much of it as they can, either for financial gain, ideology or a likely toxic combination of both that's the problem.

And while the DOJ and FBI got a 300-odd page sternly worded letter from John Durham, this happened:

The IRS on Monday removed the “entire investigative team” from its long-running tax fraud probe of first son Hunter Biden in alleged retaliation against the whistleblower who recently contacted Congress to allege a coverup in the case, The [NY] Post has learned.

The purge allegedly was done on the orders of the Justice Department, the whistleblower’s attorneys informed congressional leaders in a letter.

“Today the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Supervisory Special Agent we represent was informed that he and his entire investigative team are being removed from the ongoing and sensitive investigation of the high-profile, controversial subject about which our client sought to make whistleblower disclosures to Congress. He was informed the change was at the request of the Department of Justice,” Mark Lytle and Tristan Leavitt wrote.

The whistleblower, who supervised the Hunter Biden probe since early 2020, hasn’t publicly identified the first son as the subject of the case he says is being brushed under the rug, but congressional sources confirmed it.

“On April 27, 2023, IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel appeared before the House Committee on Ways and Means. He testified: ‘I can say without any hesitation there will be no retaliation for anyone making an allegation or a call to a whistleblower hotline.’ However, this move is clearly retaliatory and may also constitute obstruction of a congressional inquiry,” the lawyers went on.

“Our client has a right to make disclosures to Congress … He is protected by 5 U.S.C. § 2302 from retaliatory personnel actions—including receiving a ‘significant change in duties, responsibilities, or working conditions’ (which this clearly is) because of his disclosures to Congress.

“Any attempt by any government official to prevent a federal employee from furnishing information to Congress is also a direct violation of longstanding appropriations restriction. Furthermore, 18 U.S.C. § 1505 makes it a crime to obstruct an investigation of Congress,” Lytle and Leavitt wrote.

The whistleblower’s team added: “We respectfully request that you give this matter your prompt attention. Removing the experienced investigators who have worked this case for years and are now the subject-matter experts is exactly the sort of issue our client intended to blow the whistle on to begin with.”

The IRS and Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hunter Biden’s legal team and the White House also did not immediately respond.

The whistleblower’s representatives declined to comment further.
Hunter, 53, is under investigation for not paying taxes on millions in largely foreign-sourced income. . .

. . . The whistleblower was ousted from the investigation, along with an unknown number of subordinates, at roughly the same time as the Justice Department released a long-awaited report by special counsel John Durham detailing bias in the FBI’s investigation of former President Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia.

The more than 300-page report dominated the evening’s news coverage.

The IRS whistleblower emerged last month when Lytle informed Congress that his client wanted to share information about “preferential treatment” in the Hunter Biden case and alleged false testimony to Congress by Attorney General Merrick Garland, who repeatedly assured lawmakers that Delaware US Attorney David Weiss can unilaterally make charging decisions in the investigation.

Leavitt, president of the group Empower Oversight, later joined as co-counsel.

The informant, who has yet to appear at the Capitol, already made disclosures to inspectors general at the Justice and Treasury departments. 

Just one week after the whistleblower stepped forward, Hunter’s attorneys met with Justice Department leaders in a sign that a charging decision may come soon in the tax fraud investigation that reportedly began in 2018.

NBC reported last month that there was “growing frustration” within the FBI over the fact that Weiss, a Trump administration holdover recommended to his post by Delaware’s two Democratic senators, had not yet brought charges against Hunter Biden after the bureau concluded most of its work last year.

Note: As we have learned, being a "Trump administration holdover" doesn't mean jack shit. The pool from which Trump had to pick in Delaware were all essentially Deep Staters and leftist operatives so no matter who he had in that slot wouldn't have meant shit. But it gives the propagandists a handy-dandy tool with which to use as both shield and cudgel. In any case, this just underscores the abject corruption that even abolishing the FBI and demolishing the Hoover Building, the DOJ and Langley are meaningless.

Our entire governmental system is infected with this rot, top to bottom and inside out. Maybe a Trump-Kenndey ticket is what we need if for no other reason than to prove that America has been overthrown and corrupted not only in 2020 but perhaps way before that.

Of course, you should take comfort in the fact that there's one group that's standing by to defend truth, justice and the American way:

Now comes Patriot Front, sallying forth from rented U-Hauls, complete with a military drumbeat, to provide a poor excuse for a White supremacist boogeyman in time for the 2024 election. A magical manifestation of the militant insurrectionists missing from the J6 event? Cue Biden’s pandering Howard University commencement address of May 13, 2023: 

After being -- no longer being Vice President, I became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania for four years. But in 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, crazed neo-Nazis with angry faces came out of the fields with -- literally with torches, carrying Nazi banners from the woods and the fields chanting the same antisemitic bile heard across Europe in the ‘30s. Something that I never thought I would ever see in America. Accompanied by Klansmen and white supremacists, emerging from dark rooms and remote fields and the anonymity of the Internet, confronting decent Americans of all backgrounds standing in their way, into the bright light of day. And a young woman objecting to their presence was killed.

And what did you hear? That famous quote. When asked about what happened, that famous quote. ‘There are very fine people on both sides.’ That’s when I knew -- and I’m not joking -- that’s when I knew I had to stay engaged and get back into public life. (Applause.) No, I -- I don’t say it for that reason. I say it for the journey. I don’t have to tell you that fearless pro-progress towards justice often meets ferocious pushback from the oldest and most sinister of forces. That’s because hate never goes away.  ...To stand up against the poison of white supremacy, as I did in my Inaugural Address -- to single it out as the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy.” (Applause.)

Three instances of “white,” to ensure the message was received. This was from the same Biden who courageously took on Corn Pop at the swimming pool during his lifeguarding career or who vouched to having been repeatedly arrested in South Africa in support of Mandela. He made a career out of pandering to whatever group he is interfacing with, and Black voters are no exception. The problem for Democrats is they have been increasingly bleeding Black supporters, for multiple reasons, including economics. Is there anyone who believes the economy will not be in rough shape come November 2024?

Was it a coincidence Biden outlined Democrats’ 2024 game plan on May 13, the day 150 to 200 Patriot Front puppets marched on Washington, 1.5 years prior to the next federal election? This designer cult might pass for refugees from a Mel Brooks movie, but this is the best excuse for a White racist mob currently able to be cobbled together. Biden is a career liar. The clearest tell he is lying is when he announces, “I’m not joking.” The Right never successfully refuted the Charlottesville narrative, which will be recycled continuously as part of a multipronged scheme. On May 14 Alejandro Mayorkas appeared on MSNBC to recite his assigned lines, another preview of coming attractions:

“In the terrorism context, domestic violent extremism is our greatest threat right now. Individuals are driven to violence because of ideologies of hate, anti-government sentiment, false narratives, personal grievances and regrettably we have seen a rise in white supremacy.” [One instance of “white.”]

It would be easy to dismiss and ignore Biden’s latest comments as more of the same from a serial plagiarist and prevaricator. But he has now been joined by an army of professional fabricators: Mayorkas, Lloyd Austin, Mark Milley, John F. Kirby, Karine Jean-Pierre, Merrick Garland, Janet Yellen, Jennifer Granholm, Pete Buttigieg, etc., who tell us night is day. Biden is no longer an amateur anomaly; the task at hand is too great for a single sophist. The lies we are fed have a purpose. To ignore where they obviously lead is a serious miscalculation. . .

. . . As the likelihood of a second Trump administration increases alongside a struggling economy, we should anticipate manipulation efforts will multiply exponentially, especially use of the term “White supremacy.” Antifa and BLM riots were allowed to fester, along with incidents such as the Kyle Rittenhouse prosecution, to precondition us for what lies immediately ahead. Al Sharpton’s impromptu retail race baiting in Crown Heights has been elevated to an organized, wholesale level.

I actually looked up and clicked on this Patriot Front website. I'm sure that act alone will have alerted me to the FBI but what they hell, they probably know me, as well as all of you, for just being here. In any case it's so slick it just reminds you of the thousands of professionally printed protest signs that take a few weeks to produce yet somehow magically appear seemingly overnight, right into the waiting hands of the Robert Creamer/Jan Schakowsky Central Committee Casting rent-a-thug goons who also miraculously appear from out of nowhere at SCOTUS, the Capitol or anywhere else something controversial (i.e. that doesn't go the Democrats way) happens.

Total fake site meant to get people to sign up and then get put on the Junta's "terrorist" watch list to be used in the next false flag "Whitmer Kidnapping plot" or J-6 phony insurrection as patsies.

Funny how they show up to protest Biden at Howard University but they never show up at MSNBC to harass Andrew Weissmann. Or to any of the mostly peaceful riots during the 2020 Summer of Love. Or to confront Antifa terrorists wherever they happen to show up. Funny that as the alleged premier group of "white supremacists" in the nation, and to crib/adjust a meme from the Lefties "bigger than the KKK, Aryan Nations and the American Nazi Party combined!," have yet to be targeted and hit with conspiracy charges from the FBI and DoJ. Hmm, head-scratcher, that is.

Dismantle the FBI. Pfft. The whole damn junta must be dismantled. Limb from limb.


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