The Morning Report 2/20/23

Good morning kids. Were it not so utterly tragic, I’d be laughing my ass off instead of retching my guts up. For just over two years, we’ve endured the abject disaster of an economy induced into near total free-fall, the nightmare of rushing headlong to touch of World War 3, the confirmation that the origins of and response to General Tso’s Sicken (Chinese COVID) were a total disaster, a national crime wave made worse by a non-existent border, rank incompetence in every department and that the titanic big lie that J-6 was a Trump-led violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the government and seize power has been exploded with the release of 44,000 hours of video that seem to indicate DOJ agents provocateur were the source of all the violence that day.

So, the cherry on the parfait, the “waffer-theeen” mint that an engorged Mr. Creosote is about to swallow is that House investigations are confirming the un-spinnable fact that Joe “Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants” Biden (with help from his family) is quite probably the most corrupt politician to ever hold office in American history, having obtained the bulk of his lucre by selling his office and selling out America to the world’s worst actors, including our worst enemies. 

That last item, washed down with two jeroboams of transexualism, woke-ism, DEI-ism and another “ism” beginning with a “j” – journalism – surely is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Then, seemingly out of nowhere comes subpar-thinking affirmative action hire and Soros stooge Alvin Bragg to snatch the mint and switch it with a Tums. Or in this case, to my non-legal eagle eyes is for all intents and purposes, the close moral equivalent to a bill of attainder against the junta’s greatest nemesis.

This is banana republic shit that even Haitians are raising an eyebrow at.

If Democrats really wanted Donald Trump to fade away, as they claim, then they would stop persecuting him. 

Maybe they are so blinded by hatred that they can’t see that every time they use the heavy hand of the law against the former president, they just cement his status as MAGA martyr. 

Or maybe they are so terrified of running against Ron DeSantis in 2024, that they actually want to martyr Trump to ensure he wins the Republican presidential primary ready for a repeat contest with Joe Biden. 

In that scenario, Democratic prosecutors in New York and Georgia, and a partisan DOJ, play the role of picadors in a bullfight who soften up the bull with a thousand cuts before the decrepit old matador staggers out to finish him off. . . 

. . . But, more significantly, the story took the spotlight off the bombshell bank records released the previous day by the House oversight committee, showing $1,065,000 had been funneled from a Chinese energy company, through Biden intimate Rob Walker, to four immediate family members of Joe Biden: his son Hunter, brother James, and Hallie Biden, the widow of his late son Beau, who also is Hunter’s former lover. . .

. . . So for the Democrats’ spin machine, it was time for a Trump scandal, always their tactic in a “break glass in case of emergency” moment like this, guaranteed to distract media attention, and keep voters in the dark about the real scandal swirling around Biden. 

Enter Bragg, the Soros-funded, soft-on-crime DA who has been talking about Trump being indicted on something or other since at least 2019, and who made “Get Trump” a part of his election campaign. 

His case is a joke. The allegation is that Trump falsified business records by concealing a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels which was made by his estranged former lawyer Michael Cohen in 2016. 

Everything rests on the word of Cohen, a convicted perjurer, who testified before Bragg’s grand jury for three hours last Monday, and then again on Wednesday. Before that he had been in for interviews with the DA’s office at least 19 times. 

But on Monday the grand jury will hear testimony from Bob Costello, a former legal adviser to Cohen before they fell out, who has acted for Trump’s some time lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and is a former supervisor with the Southern District of New York. 

Costello will cite evidence contained in the 2020 book “The Fixers: The Bottom-Feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President” that Cohen keeps changing his story about the Stormy Daniels payments and can’t be trusted. 

Costello knows because he was an on-record source for the book and Cohen granted him a waiver of their attorney-client privilege to reveal what he had told him about his troubles when the feds first came knocking — and it’s nothing like what he’s saying now. 

When prosecutors were told about the book Friday, they knew nothing about it, says a source, which doesn’t say much for their due diligence. 

Oops. Building off of Miranda Devine above, Robert Spencer notes:

But now it turns out that the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which has Trump in its sights, just may be stepping back from the brink: Business Insider reported Saturday night that Trump’s indictment is “on hold” until one more witness testifies Monday afternoon.

That’s about all that has come to light, as the relevant authorities are being quite closemouthed about this whole thing. Insider says that “a source with knowledge of the investigation” told them on Saturday night “there is one more witness.” The indictment is apparently not a certainty until this witness testifies.

But who is this witness? The Insider’s source wouldn’t say, and so all that we’re told is that “a separate source, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, told Insider that the witness is not Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s former CFO, who is serving a five-month sentence for admittedly masterminding a payroll tax-dodge scheme at the Trump Organization.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, whose betrayal of his former client started this whole business about Trump having paid hush money to a porn star (which is what he might be arrested for, not any of the literally dozens of other crimes that Democrats have claimed he has committed over the last few years, up to and including trying to overthrow the government of the United States), “has told reporters he expected to be the grand jury’s final witness when he testified last Monday and Wednesday.” So whoever is slated to appear on Monday is a surprise witness. . . 

. . . The principal charge is expected to be a felony, “falsifying business records in the first degree,” which would be based on the claim that Trump was involved in falsifying records to conceal the payment to the porn “actress.” Meanwhile, Trump continues to deny that he had any liaison with the porn star at all, and certainly there are precedents for wealthy individuals and groups paying out sums to claimants even though they know the claims are false, just to get them to go away. . . 

. . . In the U.S., the Democrats enjoyed tremendous gains in both houses of Congress and won the presidency on the strength of Watergate, and they’ve never forgotten that lesson; in fact, tarring their opponents as criminals on bogus charges has become a cornerstone of their political strategy. And that is a prelude to treating them like actual criminals, complete with arrests, handcuffs, and perp walks. Whether or not it comes Tuesday, it’s coming.

While Spencer’s observation is certainly true, the state of the nation today is markedly different from the Watergate era. Divided as we were even back then, there was still a level of trust in the institutions and traditions of the American governmental and legal system, as well as in the media, and even with diametrically opposed views on the issues of the day, still at least a modicum of respect for those with whom you disagree and the commonality of nation and heritage. Today, that has all but vanished on every front. In fact, an overwhelming percentage of the American people believe that we have a two-tiered justice system that favors those in power and the Left in general.

Whatever the calculus of the junta in going after Trump, they will only succeed in making him into a martyr. I have not been sanguine about a Trump candidacy in 2024. My biggest negatives are his age, his puerile name-calling against DeSantis, and most distressing, his making the theft of the 2020 election the central pillar of his campaign. He’s had some flashes of brilliance with his trade package and his intent to go to war against woke-ism in all its forms. But so far, his negatives outweigh the positives. YMMV, but I think a lot of people are feeling this way about him.

But that said, I have always thought of him as the leader of a movement that goes way beyond mere electoral politics. In fact, it’s kind of strange to read Miranda Devine’s analysis insofar as the Democrat calculus of preferring to face Trump rather than DeSantis for fear of him wiping the floor with Biden or whoever, since they regard Trump to be a pushover. Considering they have all but institutionalized election fraud in the key swing districts and states they stole in 2020, what does it matter who is running?

For me, this has less if anything to do with who the candidate is in 2024 than mere distraction and above all else, retribution against Donald Trump. That’s what all this is about. 

Love him, hate him or whatever, Donald Trump intentionally or not started a movement that exposed the hypocrisy and corruption that has now completely subsumed our government and much of our society. Whatever they do to him or try to do to him, what he started will not be stopped. There is no going back now to the way things were. A lot of it was a lie, and there are powerful forces and more alarmingly a great deal of the citizenry duped into or otherwise consciously supporting the transformation of America into a socialist disaster to be served up to the Davos-Brussels-Beijing Axis, or perhaps a resurgent Islamic global caliphate.

So, go ahead and slap the cuffs on Trump. It worked so well for the British when they did it to Gandhi, didn’t it?



  • Robert Spencer: “The Left’s reaction to Donald Trump’s political career has from the beginning been a classic case of a conviction in search of a crime. Charging their foes with bogus crimes is a venerable and tested Leftist tactic, going back to Stalin’s trials of his former Bolshevik comrades, whom he forced to confess to various fabricated charges of subversion in order to justify his executing them and consolidating his power as an unquestioned autocrat. . . . tarring their opponents as criminals on bogus charges has become a cornerstone of [Democrat] political strategy. And that is a prelude to treating them like actual criminals, complete with arrests, handcuffs, and perp walks. Whether or not it comes Tuesday, it’s coming.” Hold Everything: Now Trump Will Likely NOT Be Arrested, at Least on Tuesday
  • Miranda Devine: “If a legal witch hunt is the Democrats’ plan to win in 2024, it just shows how desperate they are. Why don’t they try winning elections the old-fashioned way, by presenting candidates and policies worthy of voters’ approval instead of perverting the justice system in the pursuit of power?” (. . . and stealing elections – jjs) A Potential Trump Indictment is a Sideshow Gift to the Biden Crime Family
  • “You cannot expect your base to show up for you on Election Day if they believe you are willing to acquiesce to a rigged system.” Donald Trump, American Dissident
  • “Bragg just wants to see Trump in hand cuffs . . . They hate that he was president. They hate that he’s running again. They hate that his supporters still back him. But most of all, they hate that he makes them and their anger look foolish, they hate that he has bested them time and time again.” The Vindictive Prosecution of Donald Trump is Based in Democrats’ Hatred of His Supporters
  • “If Trump is really arrested on Tuesday, it will say something deeply disturbing about the state of our country.” Government Tyrants Play with Fire
  • “We’re all reading tea leaves because they refuse to communicate.” Trump Lawyer: About That Tuesday “Arrest” Date, Never Mind

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  • The picture this paints is of a national security state that answers not to any single president but to a higher authority. That “higher authority” is not “God,” as is usually the referent object in such a case, but to a shadowy cabal that, although comprised of mortals, is nonetheless beyond the control of the democratic levers ostensibly available to the electorate in a representative form of government, such as the United States purportedly is.FBI Whistleblower Claims FBI Is Now a ‘Weaponized Apparatchik’ of the Biden Junta
  • Deroy Murdock: “The United States is crumbling, in large part, because radical Leftists from coast-to-coast refuse to do their jobs so they can battle the racist ghosts of yesterday. Americans suffer badly while political and business leaders take their eyes off the prize and pretend that Martin Luther King never lived and George Wallace never died.” While Leftists Fight the Racist Ghosts of Yesterday, America Falls To Pieces
  • “Winning the cultural civil war means separating the pro-freedom majority side of the political spectrum from the anti-liberty minority.” Stop Conflating Leftists with Liberals



  • “Pleasantly surprising news out of Holland – the BoerBurgerBeweging, or the Farmer–Citizen Movement, a political party founded in 2019 to protest the Dutch governments’mistreatment of the country’s farmers, won big in this past week’s elections.” Dutch Farmers Strike Back
  • “When Haaland was pressured to approve the ConocoPhillips Willow Project, a modest oil field in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, she did so against her will. . . Haaland’s actions show she prefers Alaska oil remains locked down. With her hand forced on Willow, Haaland announced her agency would not only reduce the scope of the project by 40%, it would take another 16 million acres of Alaska off the table for any future development. Haaland is taking the equivalent of West Virginia.” Biden’s Interior Secretary Dishes Out Icy Revenge On Alaskans
  • Deroy Murdock: “The senators will need to go much further to knock down the Biden administration’s immediate new moves to put gas out of business.” Two Cheers for the Cruz-Manchin Plan to Save Gas Stoves




  • Lloyd Billingsley: “Long before [Chinese] COVID, the seeds of the pandemic were already in the ground.” Fauci B.C.
  • Ann Marie Pincivero (Ukraine flag in bio) offers a string of masking hashtags to eulogize the kitten slain at the hands of anti-Science™ MAGA terrorists: “�� Poor kitty! Pets can’t mask but people can! They need to protect their pets! But when they won’t even protect their children I guess there’s little hope of that?! #BringBackMasks #WearAMask #N95 #SARS2 #LongCovid #MassDisabling #ProtectKids #ProtectPets #PetsGetCovidToo” “Zero- [Chinese] COVID” Cultists Accuse “Anti-Maskers” of Kitten Murder
  • “. . . Lauterbach and all of his colleagues who lied to the public, whether out of malice or lack of due diligence, should be similarly targeted in legal proceedings. Imprisonment should not be off the table.” German Health Minister: Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Can Cause ‘Permanent Disabilities’







  • David Horowitz: “. . . Of foul deeds.” Guilty


  • Though the tragedy in East Palestine has been overshadowed in the news by banks crashing and the Biden family getting caught with millions of Chinese communist dollars Trump’s impending arrest, the small town in eastern Ohio is still reeling from the derailment or — more accurately — the spilling of toxic waste, much of which is still sitting in the town’s backyard, and the burning of toxic chemicals, which, as one local put it, “was burnt because they didn’t want to clean their own damn mess.” Here’s What We Saw in East Palestine


  • Lee’s spending could tarnish her progressive image as she vies for retiring Democrat Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat. A former left-wing activist known for her communist sympathies and ties to Soviet front groups, Lee has pitched herself as “a voice for the people.” Lee is leaning on her progressive bona fides as she battles for Feinstein’s seat against her well-funded California colleagues, fellow Democrat representatives Katie Porter and Adam Schiff. From ‘Comrade Barbara’ to Limousine Liberal: Barbara Lee Dropped $20,000 On Luxury Cars, Filings Show


  • “Every time the Democrats do something to transform the country, a slew of ‘Man Bites Dog’ distraction stories pop up in the media.” Democrat Plans Looking Bad, So Biden Pivots Again
  • “I don’t know. I don’t know what the future look like, Jen. When I left the legislature, I thought I was never going to run for office again, and here I am in my fifth year as governor of this state. I know enough about myself that if I see a problem that’s not getting fixed and I think I can do something about it, I’m going to roll my sleeves and try. All that being said, I am 51 years old. I’ve signed up for —” Wretched Whitmer Leaves Door Open for Future Presidential Run
  • “What she has said is, she doesn’t want to be focused on politics right now. I have worked with her very closely over the last two years, I mean, really in a very positive way. She’s very effective in the United States Senate. We have got a lot done. And I look forward to doing that over the next months and the rest of this year.” Mark Kelly Does Not Get Behind Kyrsten Sinema When Asked About Re-Election





  • Robert Spencer: “The feds can now turn all their attention back to finding angry Trump supporters they can claim are “domestic terrorists” if they dare to protest on Tuesday against the Left’s destruction of our free republic and replacement of it with a comic-opera banana republic in which the foes of the Dear Leader end up arrested for daring to oppose him. The authorities can hope no more actual terrorists like Kola get in the way of their scenario as it plays out this week.” By the Way, a Real Terrorist Just Threatened to ‘Crucify’ New York Cops


  • “An independent Judiciary is crucial to a functioning USA. Committing legislatively to nine SCOTUS justices helps ensure both.” (overturn Marbury v. Madison and make SCOTUS benign again – jjs) Keep Nine and Ban Court-Packing






  • “And his most beloved song condemns mankind to an unrelentingly cruel, moronic fate.”John Lennon — No Model to Emulate
  • “O.J. Simpson continues to reinvent himself, and now he appears to be coming full circle.”O.J. Simpson Is Back
  • “Writer John O’Hara chronicled life in an industrial city—the kind that has almost vanished from the American landscape.” Balzac of the Fishbowl

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