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Daily Tech News 26 May 2023 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
May 26, 2023

The Morning Report — 5/26/23

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Good morning, kids. With all the serious things going on, and we'll get to those momentarily, I think some good news and a bit of levity are always welcome to kick things off. That said, dig this glittering jewel of shocking cluelessness and stupidity:

According to a recent report from Politico, Democrats have grown frustrated with Biden for taking what they felt was too much of a hands-off approach when dealing with the debt ceiling fight, with some even expressing disbelief at the thought of him leaving for the weekend.

“It’s time to bring the [so-called quote-unquote "president"] off the bench or bring somebody off the bench. No one’s responding to anything. Kevin [McCarthy’s] consistently on message,” said one House Democrat. “We have the Oval Office. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“They need to use the [ill-gotten, usurped] power of the presidency. I don’t buy this argument that [public silence] helps the negotiation,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Steven Horsford (D-NV). “I need the American people to know that Democrats are here fighting, working, prepared to reach an agreement to avoid a default and only the White House, the president, can explain that in this moment.”

Upon hearing that Biden would be away for the weekend, one Democrat lawmaker outright called it “stupid.”

“Please tell me that’s not true,” said the lawmaker. “You’re going to see a caucus that’s so pissed if he’s stupid enough to do that.”

Emphasis mine. "Say it ain't so, Joe!" Really?! At this stage, Joey Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants can barely say "dog," "cat" or "Jill" let alone put a coherent sentence together from a Dr. Seuss book without turning it into gibberish. Where the hell have you been, Steven Horsford, for the past three freaking years? And you're calling him stupid?! If you're desperate to bring in "somebody off the bench" maybe you should get your lazy ass the hell over to Kalorama and talk to whoever is pulling the strings.

On a positive note, I'd like to think that this indicates that Kevin McCarthy and the GOP are actually standing firm with the demand for spending cuts, even if perhaps all this is as I suspect kabuki-bukkake theater. We shall see. But for this jerk to not realize that the guy they put in there is a vegetable is just beyond belief to me.

In any case, we go from the ridiculous to the sublime. While everyone's attention has been focused on this, we forget that it's Oracle of Delphi Season, i.e. that time of the year when 9 very flawed individuals in black robes get to decide the fate of 330 million people with rulings from the Supreme Court. However, this time, they managed to get one right. And it's a big one.

The Supreme Court voted 9-0, which means unanimous, to narrow the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

The 9-0 vote applied to the merits of the case:

The case centered on Michael and Chantell Sackett, two Idaho residents whom the EPA prohibited from building a home near a wetland years ago, citing the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972.

“The EPA ordered the Sacketts to restore the site, threatening penalties of over $40,000 per day,” Alito’s majority opinion stated. “The EPA classified the wetlands on the Sacketts’ lot as ‘waters of the United States’ because they were near a ditch that fed into a creek, which fed into Priest Lake, a navigable, intrastate lake. The Sacketts sued, alleging that their property was not ‘waters of the United States.'”

The ruling ultimately held that the federal government’s WOTUS definition must be restricted to a water source with a “continuous surface connection” to major bodies of water.

The court split 5-4, determining “how the federal government should go about defining water sources.”

So remember. The overall decision is 9-0. SCOTUS unanimously reined in the EPA. All justices. All nine of them, including the leftists.

And yet, Cuck Schemer, the filthy criminal shyster from New York also known as Chuck Schumer Tweeted this:

This MAGA Supreme Court is continuing to erode our country’s environmental laws.Make no mistake—this ruling will mean more polluted water, and more destruction of wetlands. We’ll keep fighting to protect our waters.

Chuck, baby. NINE to NOTHING. Your four Commie stooges sell you out or something? Pfft. You know which waters of the United States are the most polluted? MAXINE. Clean that toxic shit-hole up and you'll earn the praise of a grateful nation.

Although the two cases are not directly related, this ruling hopefully is another positive sign that the disastrous Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council ruling of 1984 that really supercharged an already feral bureaucracy to have even more control over our lives could also be on the Roe to extinction.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, whose mother ironically was involved in the original 1984 Chevron decision as President Ronald Reagan’s head of the Environmental Protection Agency, wrote in November that the court “should acknowledge forthrightly that Chevron did not undo, and could not have undone, the judicial duty to provide an independent judgment of the law’s meaning.”

Gorsuch has written elsewhere: “Maybe the time has come to face the behemoth” of the administrative state.

. . . and choke it to death like a psycho on a New York subway car. My embellishment to Gorsuch.

Killing Chevron v. NRDC would indeed have far reaching consequences in terms of reining in the State. At least on paper, considering that perhaps since the end of the Second World War, and for sure since the coming of Obama and the Left's reaction to the Trump miracle. we no longer are a nation of laws but of men. That translates into every agency, bureau and department, law enforcement and the intel community being its most egregious and visible manifestation but not the only one, as illustrated in yesterday's editorial by a weaponized Department of Education (and many of these agencies are literally weaponized with caches of firearms and other military equipment)

If Christopher Wray's essentially flipping the bird at the House by refusing to hand over documents pertaining to the Biden Crime Family is any indication, the rule of a just and stable law is indeed dead and gone. Worse, anyone who they perceive as an enemy will be eliminated by any and every means at their disposal.

The Biden regime’s staggeringly corrupt FBI has spies in Catholic Churches to hunt for “domestic terrorism,” and now it has come to light that aiding it in the dirty work of framing pro-life Catholics as dangerous “extremists” is none other than the massively discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which uses its immense war chest to stigmatize and demonize legitimate groups on the Right by lumping them in with the likes of the KKK and neo-Nazis. For a wealthy and unscrupulous private organization to do that is one thing, but for the feds to endorse it and partner with that organization is quite another.

That does, however, seem to be what is happening. The Daily Signal reported Sunday that the FBI “appears, at least briefly, to have joined the Southern Poverty Law Center’s attempt to demonize Roman Catholics who follow the church’s teachings on marriage and who celebrate the Latin Mass.” Such Roman Catholics are among the least likely people on the planet to endorse the Leftist establishment’s obsession with deviance and perversion, and so it’s easy to see why they have been singled out for such treatment.

One of those Catholics, Michael J. Matt, editor of a feisty traditionalist Catholic newspaper called The Remnant and producer of Remnant TV, noted that his organization, which is not remotely connected with violence or terrorism, was listed on a “leaked FBI memo.” Matt also pointed out that the FBI and SPLC were showing signs of laziness, as Matt’s organization was listed along with other Catholic groups that he pointed out were “defunct.”

This was, Matt said, an example the “FBI phoning it in”: its list of “radical-traditional Catholic hate groups” came from a 2007 list compiled by the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich and Rhonda Brownstein. Matt asked incredulously: “They took Heidi Beirich and Rhonda Brownstein’s word for it, from 2007?!” He added: “There has been an explosion of traditional Catholic groups since Pope Benedict XVI brought back the Latin Mass. None of the new groups who are in positions of real influence are targeted in the memo.” That’s good, but the fact that the FBI is working with the SPLC and targeting law-abiding citizens because it disapproves of their religious beliefs is disquieting enough.

What’s more, the Daily Signal notes that the SPLC “has branded mainstream conservative and Christian nonprofits ‘hate groups,’ placing them on a map with chapters of the Ku Klux Klan.” This includes Jihad Watch and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which have committed no offense other than standing for human rights for all people. The Signal goes on to note that “former employees have condemned the ‘hate’ labeling as a ‘highly profitable scam’ tracing back to the co-founder’s talents as a fundraiser. In 2019, the SPLC fired that co-founder amid a racial discrimination and sexual harassment scandal, the full truth of which has yet to be revealed.”

The FBI apparently sees no problem with all that. Under questioning from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) back in March, Gestapo chief Merrick Garland insisted that “the Justice Department does not do that,” that is, send spies into parishes, “and does not, uh, um, do investigations based on religion.” But Garland was, of course, lying. The feds did have informants in Catholic churches, snooping around and looking for evidence of that domestic terror threat that the Biden regime keeps insisting is the worst such threat we face today. Nor has there been any indication that they’ve taken these spies out of the pews.

Of course, the "swarthy" "south Asian" dude with a Nazi flag in the back of a U-Haul truck that drove into a White House gate at like 5MPH is suddenly off the radar.

Again, it's not just the FBI but in this case, the DHS.

A new report has exposed the federal government’s taxpayer-funded collaboration with universities and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to associate Turning Point USA and other conservative organizations with Nazi ideology and terrorism.

The Media Research Center (MRC) exposed a Department of Homeland Security program that has been weaponized against Christians and conservatives. The MRC’s report exposes the DHS as one of the main drivers of the “extremism” narrative adopted by nearly every liberal activist and used to demonize the right and justify violence against conservatives. . .

. . . According to the MRC, information in the report was procured through several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and “directly from DHS grant recipients and other related organizations revealing the true and nefarious nature” of the federal government’s actions.

One such recipient was the University of Dayton, which the MRC stated was “among the most radical grantees” awarded “$352,109 to create the PREVENTS-OH program, which promised to draw on the expertise of the University of Dayton faculty to fight domestic violent extremism and hate movements.”

The university’s grant application, approved by the DHS, contained a graphic comparing mainstream conservative organizations such as Turning Point USA, PragerU, Breitbart, the National Rifle Association, and more to extremist groups like The Base, described by Fox News as a “neo-Nazi paramilitary group,” and the Daily Stormer, “a pro-Nazi publication.”

The PREVENTS-OH initiative also hosts seminars to advance the liberal operative agenda and to train audience members to participate in illicit actions meant to “destabilize” political movements.

Michael Loadenthal, a guest lecturer at one such seminar, Research Fellow at the University of Cincinnati, and self-described Antifa member, “explain[ed] in detail how to create dummy accounts on free speech social media platforms like Telegram, Gab and Rumble” according to MRC, with the desire to undermine conservative platforms and act as instigators.

Loadenthal led this seminar with DHS agent Joseph Masztalics, who seemingly agreed with and approved of the tactics being strategized in the seminar. Loadenthal encouraged the audience to participate in de-platforming, the act of denying conservative organizations and individuals “any sort of public sphere access” and “denying them the ability to speak.”
The tactics employed would make Saul Alinsky blush, as Loadenthal admits, they are not always above board. “A lot of the things we are doing are illegal,” he explained to the audience. “What I’m saying, what I’m telling you, a lot of it is, involves breaking the law. And this is what the FBI will say. I’ve had many conversations with the FBI about this.”

Loadenthal argued that to successfully fulfill all that their ideology demands, liberals must “shut down” conservative websites, “close [conservative’s] meetings,” and “prevent them from assembling in public,” — a tactic TPUSA’s student-led chapters are all too familiar with.

Meanwhile, a man whom the Capitol PD held the doors open for and committed the heinous crime of putting his feet up on Malig-Nancy Pelosi's desk just got handed an 18-year sentence in federal prison while the sick racialist bint who held a machete to a NY Post reporter's neck then chased him down in the streets while threatening him got let out of jail to enjoy a meal at a local Burger King.

It's enough to make you want to choke a Michael Jackson impersonator.

"Splinter the CIA, NSA, and FBI into a thousand pieces and scatter them into the winds." Couldn't agree more with those very sage words from that truly great American patriot - - Jack Dorsey?

Wait, the guy who literally worked hand in hand with the Junta to censor anything even remotely critical of Biden in the run-up to the 2020 election as well as the theft and J-6 in the aftermath? So, okay, is Jack Dorsey angling to be RFK Jr.'s running mate or what the hell is this really all about? I mean, this is the moral equivalent of Father Coughlin supporting the formation of the State of Israel.

See you tomorrow on the Hobby Thread. Be there. Aloha.

And have a wonderful and blessed Memorial Day weekend. Say a prayer for those who gave their lives for our country, beg their forgiveness for what it's become, and for the strength and resolve to avenge their memory.


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