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August 23, 2022

The Morning Report — 8/23/22

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Good morning, kids. Before getting to the lead story, I want to Psaki-psircle back to the situation in China. Last week's article on the imminent collapse of that nation's housing market led me to speculate that it could be the possible spark leading Emperor Pooh Xi to attempt to engulf and devour Taiwan. It's no secret that that's his goal, except things like Evergrande tanking could screw up his timetable. Just as the junta in Argentina calculated back in 1982, a war could be just the tonic to distract the people from a collapsing economy and so, the Falklands. Look what happened to that junta and look what's happening to the Russians (so far). For sure, the Argentine military and even the Russian army don't come close to the vaunted status of the PLA, but the question remains of both preparedness and above all morale of the troops. With that longer-than-desired preamble we have two stories that perhaps put things in a more interesting perspective.

First: China Struggles to Prevent Food Crisis as Drought Hits Heartland Farms

"China’s record-breaking heatwave began in mid-June and has since caused much of the country’s central and southern regions to experience drought conditions."

Second, and quite eyebrow-raising: Beijing Imposes Vaccine Mandate, Backs Down and Cancels After 48 Hours Due to Public Outrage

"This must be a first in communist China. Is Xi nervous about the pending 20th Party Congress, where he hopes to ratify his plan to become dictator for life?"

A couple of observations. First, any news that comes out of China must be taken with a fairly large grain of salt, considering that the media is heavily censored as well as totally controlled by the government (sounds familiar, right?). That said, even a totalitarian regime like the PRC can't control everything and sometimes the truth does come out, as is the case with the drought and the crashing housing market. As for the government backing down in Beijing over mandates, my gut tells me this is not only true, but it is revealing about the mood of the people not just in the capital city but throughout that country.

Second, even Xi and his minions are not infallible. We only have the barometer of our own horrendous bureaucrats and politicians to go by, but human nature is what it is as is history. Did anyone ever expect the Soviet Union to collapse like a wet blini when it did? That's not to say that Xi and his ilk are in imminent danger of being ousted and Red China going the way of the Berlin Wall. But China today is not the China of 1989. Tiananmen Square was big and shocking enough, and yet the tanks eventually rolled over that unknown man and many thousands of others just like him. Yet here and now, all of these developments still lead me to believe that perhaps the Chi-Coms are heading for some "interesting times" of their own.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest and speaking of totalitarian regimes with a shameless lust for power and control, this non-bombshell bombshell dropped late yesterday:

In the wake of the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted multiple times that no one in the White House (from Joe Biden all the way down) had any role in the investigation of Trump or knew about the raid. They used the Obama administration’s go-to talking point that they only heard about it through the media.

But, according to memos obtained by Just the News, the Biden White House worked directly with the Justice Department and National Archives to launch the criminal investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents and deny Trump’s claims of executive privilege.

The memos show then-White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su was engaged in conversations with the FBI, DOJ and National Archives as early as April, shortly after 15 boxes of classified and other materials were voluntarily returned to the federal historical agency from Trump’s Florida home.

By May, Su conveyed to the Archives that [so-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden would not object to waiving his predecessor’s claims to executive claims, a decision that opened the door for DOJ to get a grand jury to issue a subpoena compelling Trump to turn over any remaining materials he possessed from his presidency.

The machinations are summarized in several memos and emails exchanged between the various agencies in spring 2022, months before the FBI took the added unprecedented step of raiding Trump’s Florida compound with a court-issued search warrant.

. . . So, not only did the White House lie, they lied big time. The Biden White House was directly behind the effort to launch a criminal probe of Donald Trump, Biden’s 2020 opponent and potential 2024 opponent, in part by eliminating a potential legal defense Trump’s team might use in a battle with the FBI over access to the documents. . .

. . . This scandal just got a whole lot more serious.

Serious? Yes. Revolting in the extreme? Ditto. Surprising? Not in the least. That's why I characterize it as a non-bombshell bombshell. We know what Biden's controllers are capable of because they've already used every part of an already nakedly partisan bureaucracy to try and sabotage 2016 and then successfully steal 2020. In the wake of that, they've invented crimes and conspiracies while using actual crime as a means to distract and upset the populace in an effort to persecute at least half of the citizenry by deeming them "threats to our precious democracy" (*vomits) who should be eradicated.

On a not unrelated note, Anthony Fauci, the pint-sized mad scientist who more than likely aided and abetted the aforementioned Red Chinese in weaponizing a virus that sickened millions and was used with malice aforethought or as a propitious convenience to set in motion the so-called "Global Reset" announced his sudden retirement as of December. Red wave or not, does anyone really think this mass-murdering megalomaniac is ever going to face any consequences for his actions? Ditto anyone in DC who helped overthrow the republic? The corruption is so thorough inside and outside of government and in far too much of our society for any real reckoning, even a freaking wrist-slap at some future Nuremberg-esque trial, to occur.

BUT . . . contra to my generally pessimistic tone of last week, and citing what's going on in Red China, we cannot know the future. These bastards who did this to us are just as inept and prone to mistakes and hubris as those in Beijing. We can't know the future. And hubris on their part will lead to nemesis on ours. It should.


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