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August 15, 2023

The Morning Report — 8/15/23


Good morning, kids. Travel day for me as I depart NYC for southern Wisconsin this morning. Bittersweet as I'm sure you can imagine and can infer from my post from yesterday afternoon (please do not comment on older threads lest ye be unintentionally banned).

Continuing on with the aftermath of the Maui wildfires, when asked his reactions, Joey Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants displayed a level of coldness and callousness that was striking, even for a degenerate, venal criminal of his ilk.

It should’ve been the easiest thing in the world for staff to set up a podium at the beach this weekend for [so-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden to offer some heartfelt sympathy for the victims and survivors of the horrific Maui wildfire. Instead, all America got was a stony presidential “no comment” reply late Sunday to a reporter’s question on the ever-rising death toll (then already 93), following an afternoon Biden had spent schmoozing, picnicking and lounging at his Rehoboth beach refuge.

Asked earlier that day about a visit to the disaster area, he’d given a curt “We’re looking at it,” which followed White House noise about not wanting to get in the way on-site. This, to what’s already the deadliest US fire toll in over a century. And following his failure to show at East Palestine, Ohio after the horror there in the spring.

Even after exiting his chopper back in DC on Monday, he offered nothing — though, again, setting up a podium for some fast remarks would’ve been 15 minutes’ work. If his staff is that afraid of letting him speak spontaneously in front of a few cameras, his foot-in-mouth disease is even worse than we’d thought.

Only later on Monday did Team Biden finally get around to offering a substantive, sympathetic comment on the nightmare.

Via X (ex-Twitter). A guy famed for his supposed empathy couldn’t offer more than six heartless words total on a terrible tragedy — not as long as he was on vacation. (In all, he’d been two weeks at the beach, with four days scattered back at the White House.) [Spurious] Vice President Kamala Harris, meanwhile, spent the weekend at a $10,000-per-ticket fundraiser in Martha’s Vineyard.

Two takeaways:

1 – Biden’s “empathy” is fake: a shtick he mastered long ago, not an actual lodestar for his actions or thoughts.

2 – Biden and Harris know they’ll still win the electoral votes of hyper-Democratic Hawaii come November 2024, and that’s all they really care about.

Just as with the refusal to cut New York one single break on the migrant crisis, this crew can’t be bothered to care unless its own interests are threatened.

As to that last sentence, there is another NY Post link in the Amnesty/Immigration section about leading Democrats supposedly all outraged at the junta for their lack of response to the catastrophe of its intentional erasure of our border and immigration laws. The only reason is of course purely political; they have always been for open borders except for the fact that the disastrous results that anyone with eyes to see that came so fast and furious are turning off their base big time. It's also a convenient excuse to lay the groundwork to get rid of Biden and Harris at the appropriate time which I believe they are desperate to do. But I digress.

Psaki-psircling back, Joey could care less about East Palestine because the residents are his enemies. Perhaps worse is that he doesn't have to care about the residents of Maui because it and the state in general are a complete lock, and have always been a complete lock, for Democrats in virtually every election since 1988.

And of course, speaking of political enemies, this dropped late yesterday. It was of course expected but the banana republic raw evil of it is no less revolting.

The 98-page, 41-count indictment handed down by a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury on Monday evening charges former President Donald Trump, his lawyers, and his campaign aides with multiple crimes for a nationwide challenge to the 2020 vote.

The indictment was released close to midnight on Monday after a rushed grand jury process that took just one day to consider a complicated set of allegations involving 19 defendants, including the president, across a wide array of states and jurisdictions.

Other “acts” that are referred to as furthering the conspiracy include tweets by then-President Trump encouraging people to watch public hearings in which allegations of voting irregularities were being made by Trump’s lawyers and witnesses. . .

. . . The indictment came just hours after a document was prematurely posted on the Fulton County court’s website, listing nearly 40 counts. The document was deleted, and officials claimed it was a “fictitious” document — a claim many observers later contested.

Notably, while the indictment refers several times to statements made by the defendants to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, it does not refer to an oft-misquoted statement by Trump that ““I just want to find 11,780 votes.”

Willis declined to answer questions about the “fictitious” document, claiming not to know about it and claiming not to know about the administrative duties of a county clerk who might have led to the document being uploaded earlier in the day.

For the umpteenth time, say what you will about Trump's style, his judgement, or as some think lack thereof on both counts, but what exactly was the crime or crimes committed in vocally and peacefully protesting what he and at least half the country thought (and know for a fact) was a stolen election?

I guess the First Amendment is now completely null and void – unless of course you are a Democrat, Leftist or someone whose words do not go against and bolsters the latter's orthodoxy, shibboleths, memes and official story. Funny how there were no indictments slammed on Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton or, more to the point the Georgian gas giant Stacey "Tank" Abrams from Willis for literally usurping the title of governor of the state, claiming Brian Kemp was illegitimate and fomenting the same kind of doubt about that election that supposedly Trump did in the wake of 2020. She gets treated like a heroine/freedom fighter and Trump a pariah/insurrectionist.

Regardless of the insanity of Abrams' claim, or more crucially the veracity of Trump's, the salient point is the right to make those claims publicly is absolutely protected under the 1-A. No crime at all was committed. But tell that to Willis. And Smith. And Bragg. And Garland. And the J-6 Kangaroo Kommittee. And Mueller. And on and on and on.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, this happened:

On August 11, 2023 the entire police department of Marion, Kansas, performed a Gestapo-like raid of the home of 98-year-old Joan Meyer, co-owner of the local newspaper, the Marion County Record, resulting in her death from a heart attack the next day.

And why? All the evidence suggests this is a case of a local businesswoman working in teamwork with the police and a local judge to harass and destroy a newspaper . . .

According to Meyer, a retired University of Illinois journalism professor, the raid came after a confidential source leaked sensitive documents to the newspaper about local restaurateur Kari Newell. The source, Meyer said, provided evidence that Newell had been convicted of DUI and was driving without a license—a fact that could spell trouble for her liquor license and catering business.

Meyer, however, said he ultimately decided not to publish the story about Newell after questioning the motivations of the source. Instead, he said, he alerted the police about the information. “We thought we were being set up,” Meyer said about the confidential information.

. . . If Newell hoped to keep her DUI and illegal driving out of the public scrutiny by setting the police on this newspaper, she has failed horribly. Instead, these goon-like tactics — resulting in the death of an old woman — have encouraged every media source nationwide to publicize it.

Moreover, this was an a priori attack. This term was once known by every American, when freedom of speech and the rule of law dominated our culture. The government and police were not allowed to take an action unless a crime had actually been committed. It was considered not only illegal to act against someone because that person might commit a crime, it was considered immoral and unethical. For a police department to do it as recently as fifteen years ago would have gotten it in big legal and financial trouble. No longer.

". . . when freedom of speech and the rule of law dominated our culture."

Whether it did or didn't and to what extent is debatable. But the illusion of the powers that be in and out of government "disapproving with what you have to say but defending to the death your right to say it" has been completely exploded, as the actions against Trump in this case, and against people from all walks of life on a panoply of issues now thoroughly demonstrate.

Even more alarmingly is that a growing percentage of the populace in general approves of this muzzling of opinions they disagree with, or anything that disabuses them of their delusions about how the world and our society works, or is supposed to work.

I'll be posting more or less at the usual time after today. Thanks for bearing with me.


  • “There is a whole lot of the story the spooks don’t want us to see. . . The CIA has no answer it cares to make public a full six decades after Kennedy’s murder.”
    How the CIA Controls the Past
  • Daniel Greenfield: "To lie and be believed has become the only right."
    American Unreality

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