The Morning Report 12/18/23

Good morning, kids. Incitatus, the horse that Caligula made a Roman Senator, just whinnied from the great beyond to say “Whoa!” I think the fact that I’m not necessarily surprised nor shocked that an aide to Democrat Senator Ben (now Ben-Dover) Cardin was caught in a Senate hearing room filming himself getting rogered up the sigmoid by some hirsute gorilla. For this, he was fired. For also last week threatening and hurling pro-“Palestinian” slogans at Rep Max Miller, he wasn’t.

The shocking thing in all this I suppose is my reaction. With all the abject corruption, depravity and criminality that has driven our society to the brink of destruction, I find myself nonplussed by the filming of “A Queer and Pleasant Stranger” in a Senate chamber. The Senate itself and virtually everyone who belongs to what was once known as “the greatest deliberative body in the world” is part and parcel of the aforementioned corruption and has transformed it into in essence a multi-trillion dollar Augean stable of a whorehouse.

There is no introspection, no guilt, no shame and no contrition. Far from it. There is only radiant chutzpocrisy from the filthy deviant in question who, get this, claims HE is the real victim. Of homophobia. 

I have to say, I’m at that Howard Beale mad-as-hell-and-not-going-to-take-it-anymore point of exploding. The Left has succeeded in dragging us down and perhaps in one respect, it’s time to just give it back to them right in the face and twice as hard. Sort of like Vivek Ramaswamy over the weekend.

Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy suggested Sunday that CNN commentator Van Jones should “just shut the f–k up” in response to Jones labeling the brash Republican a “demagogue” earlier this month. Ramaswamy, who is vying for the GOP nomination for president in 2024, offered the brash suggestion toward the cable news personality after Jones said on-air he was “shaking” during the fourth GOP debate when Ramaswamy spoke because he felt like he was watching “the rise of an American demagogue.”

Jones also called the tech entrepreneur a “very, very despicable person” whose talking points during the debate were “one step away from Nazi propaganda,” the Hill reported. Ramaswamy, during an on-stage appearance at Turning Point USA’s Americafest in Arizona Sunday, didn’t mince words when replying to Jones’ characterization.

“And then you get the mainstream media, you got this character Van Jones on CNN afterwards saying, ‘This is the rise of an American demagogue who’s gonna live 50 years longer than Trump. This is dangerous, I am shaking,’ that’s what he says,” Ramaswamy, 38, said. “Just shut the f–k up.”

“At a certain point, just shut the f–k up,” he said as the crowd cheered and laughed. “We’re done with it.”Ramaswamy is competing with former President Donald Trump, ex-South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie for the chance to face President Joe Biden next year. 

As you all are quite aware, I’m not exactly a choir boy in terms of the language I use. My English teacher of a mother of blessed memory, who was as refined, well-spoken and intellectual as you could imagine would certainly not approve (though in private, and mostly Hungarian, she would let loose like a gangster in a dive bar). But sometimes, you have to do what you have to do. And Ramaswmay flamed him but good. “Just shut the fuck up!” indeed.

And for those who don’t know or have forgotten who and what Van Jones is, here’s an excerpt from his Discover The Networks rap sheet:

Became a Communist in the aftermath of the 1992 “Rodney King riots” in Los AngelesFounded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in 1996Was active in the anti-Iraq War demonstrations organized by International ANSWERSuspected that the Bush administration “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war”Served as a board member of the Rainforest Action Network and Free PressIn March 2009, President Barack Obama named Jones to be his so-called “green jobs czar.”Has been a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress

. . . By the late 1990s, Jones was a committed Marxist-Leninist-Maoist who viewed police officers as the arch-enemies of black people, and who loathed capitalism for allegedly exploiting nonwhite minorities worldwide. He became a leading member of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), a Bay-Area Marxist-Maoist collective that had ties to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. . .

. . . Around 2002, Jones, who had experience as a record producer, produced (for the Ella Baker Center) an album that starred cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. That album featured lyrics depicting America not only as a place where “terrorists are made,” but also as “a piece of stolen land led by right-wing, war-hungry, oil-thirsty … mother fuckers” who “got people of color playing servant to do that shit for them.” Jones himself performed on the album as well. . . 

. . . Also in 2005, Jones co-founded Color of Change (COC), an organization that views the United States as a profoundly racist country, and whose mission is “to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.”

. . . Amid mounting controversy over his radical past, Jones resigned his post as “green jobs czar” on Labor Day weekend 2009, claiming that he had been victimized by “a vicious smear campaign.” Jones was later asked whether President Obama had been aware of Jones’ controversial history before appointing him as green jobs czar. Jones replied: “I was fully candid, I mean, about my past, about the ideas that I explored….”

And on and on and on. Colorful bastard, isn’t he? People have forgotten the kerfuffle when his communism torpedoed his working in the Obama White House. Of course, that’s why Obama picked him in the first place, for a job the purpose of which was to forcibly convert our economy to a socialist/communist model. Yet when the heat died down, he didn’t just disappear. He wound up on television. What a country!

The fact that he’s even on a national news network and pimped as some sort of journalist-cum-responsible social commentator is an abomination. Meh, CNN and virtually every other broadcast or cable “news” network and the print media are nothing more than house organs for the dissemination of Leftist propaganda. They should all only “Shut the fuck up!” Forever. 

While Vivek Ramaswamy for sure is not going to be the nominee, it is evident now after several interviews and town halls with the aforementioned hostile media that he is in command of his facts and knows how to handle the stooge interviewers insofar as dismantling their typical “Have you stopped beating your wife?” bullshit. If only everyone on our side did it his way.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, something curious is happening. People whom you least expected are standing up and saying the right things. 

Though first-term Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman is far from a Sinema/Manchin type, he has been giving the woke left fits in recent weeks with his right-leaning stances on illegal immigration, the Sen. Bob Menendez scandal, and, most of all, his staunch support for Israel.

Fetterman, who suffered a debilitating stroke in May 2022 during his Senate run and who spent a considerable amount of time away from the Senate in early 2023 after checking himself into a hospital for severe depression, has even gone so far as to take his case to “The View,” where earlier this month he frustrated the far-left co-hosts by among other things arguing that Menendez needed to go:

But to me, I think the more important picture is that we have a colleague in the Senate that actually did much more sinister and serious kind of things: Senator Menendez. He needs to go. And if you are going to expel Santos, how can you allow somebody like Menendez to remain in the Senate?

And, you know, Santos’s kind of lies were almost funny and, like, he landed on the moon and that kind of stuff. Whereas, you know, I think, you know, Menendez, I think is really a senator for Egypt, not New Jersey. So, I really think he needs to go, and especially it’s kind of strange that if Santos is not allowed to remain in the House, you know, someone like that —

Though Fetterman has also outraged the anti-Israel contingent on the left by doing things like repeatedly calling for the safe release of the hostages held by Hamas and openly trolling agitators during protests, it was a recent interview he did with NBC News that sent some Democrats over the edge:

Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., is breaking with progressives on hot-button issues with his fiery support for Israel and calls for Democrats to engage on tougher immigration laws, disappointing some on the left as he shows an independent streak. He’s also continually scolding Democrats for not pushing Sen. Bob Menendez out of office after he was indicted on federal charges of taking bribes and acting as a foreign agent for Egypt, which the New Jersey Democrat denies. […]

“I’m not a progressive,” Fetterman told NBC News. “I just think I’m a Democrat that is very committed to choice and other things. But with Israel, I’m going to be on the right side of that. And immigration is something near and dear to me, and I think we do have to effectively address it as well.” . . .

. . . Fetterman’s stances have had some conservative influencers suggesting he has more or less turned into one himself. I don’t really see it that way. Though maybe not a hardcore woke progressive, he’s still a staunch Democrat. He’s pro-abortion, pro-Big Labor, pro-“tax the rich,” pro gun rights restrictions, and is soft on crime. But the fact that Fetterman’s been more right than left on Menendez, illegal immigration, and Israel as of late is certainly welcome all the same.

That last paragraph for sure is right on the money. But, what is it about what’s happening in Israel that made him break from the so-called “progressives” that he claimed himself to be when he ran? More to the point, does the situation in Israel present itself as an opportunity to win the hearts and minds of not just Jews and others over only that situation in particular but to highlight the destruction wrought by the Democrat Party and its acolytes (and the GOP-e scum who aid and abet them by playing the Potemkin opposition party) on all of us?

As Stacey Matthews says, we’re likely never going to win Fetterman over on all those other issues. But then again, when a window of opportunity like the bloodbath inflicted on Israel by Hamas and the insane support it got from academia, it really is time to pounce. At the very least, it’s a chance to bridge a divide that heretofore did not exist. 

It won’t last forever. After “Just shut the fuck up!” silences the assholes, then maybe real dialogue can begin.


  • Robert Spencer: “The seeds of what we’re experiencing now were planted a long, long time ago, when few Americans fully realized what was happening. Allen Drury did. What makes great literature great is that it is enduringly relevant, and continues to illuminate and enlighten far beyond the context of its own setting and the time and place in which it was written.” We Can’t Say We Weren’t Warned, Or, the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
  • “Today’s young people are encouraged to believe that they are traumatized by their personal experiences and the injustices of history.” The Therapeutic Turn
  • “The most serious political question is whether we want our nation to survive.” World War III is Not Possible


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  • “Michigan, California, New York and Illinois have all passed legislation that consolidates authority over land use issues and rules with state-level bureaucrats at the expense of local governments that could have altered their own zoning codes to stem the tide of industrial green projects like solar and wind farms. These policies deprive rural residents in these states of their freedom and local autonomy, while also benefiting the corporate interests that line the pockets of the states’ Democratic governors. “(Time for rural counties to secede from their state and either declare statehood or join the nearest solid red state – jjs)Blue States are Stripping Rural Counties of Ability to Prevent Green Energy Takeover of Their Communities
  • “Plants are better than people.” Just Stop Breathing
  • “We in Australia might not be capable of being a green-hydrogen superpower but we are giving Bidenomics a run for its money in the boondoggle superpower stakes.” Vying to be a Boondoggle Superpower
  • “All the way to full tyranny>’ How Far Will The Climate Cult Go?
  • Robert Zimmerman: “Let me translate what this complaint really says, and I can do it only a few words: ‘Your review didn’t come to the conclusions we want — which is to block all work by SpaceX — so that we can do what we want!'” Environmental Groups File Another Complaint Attempting to Stop SpaceX Launches at Boca Chica


  • “The news arises amid a contentious debate over responsibility for the situation at the U.S. southern border, with over 7 million people reported to have crossed illegally into the U.S. since [so-called quote-unquote “president”] Biden took office. The Biden regime presently faces criticism from Congressional Republicans pushing for border closures and a halt to illegal immigration. Caught illegal immigrants are currently given a future court date and released into the U.S.” 10 IEDs Discovered at U.S.-Mexico Border
  • “The source says the order to shut the checkpoints — a critical tier in the agency’s border security strategy — came as more than 5,000 migrants are in local detention facilities designed to hold less than 2,000 migrants. In addition, more than 2,000 migrants are being temporarily detained below the Camino Real International Bridge II in the small border town of Eagle Pass, Texas. Nearby, the city’s only other port of entry serving Piedras Negras and Eagle Pass remains shut due to the migrant surge.” (Authorize the use of deadly force. That should stop them – jjs) Unstoppable Wave of Migrants in Texas Forces Border Patrol Checkpoint Closures
  • “Border Patrol recorded the highest level of illegal immigration on record with more than 2.2 million illegal crossings at the southern border in fiscal year 2022, according to the Congressional Research Service.” Biden Junta Mum on Kamala Harris’ Latest Accomplishments as “Border Czar” as Illegal Immigration Surges





  • “If you accept a wicked premise, sooner or later you will have to accept the wicked conclusions that follow from that premise.” Barbarism, Ho!



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  • “The most corrupt nation in Europe keeps finding its way into American political scandals. That reason is money. As Republicans continue to vote for Ukraine funding, they would do well to consider the risks.” The Stench of Ukraine Corruption Is Wafting Westward
  • “A Russian air base hosting bomber aircraft used in the war in Ukraine was among the targets, according to a Russian Telegram channel critical of the Kremlin. The channel posted short videos of drones flying over low-rise housing in what it claimed was the Russian town of Morozovsk, whose air base is home to Russia´s 559th Bomber Aviation Regiment.” Russia and Ukraine Duel in the Skies Launching Dozens of Drones at Each Other on Sunday


  • The political scientist painted a bleak picture of the future for Die Welt, noting that fundamental changes in American society — like demographic change, for instance — is going to make holding Washington’s attention in the future more difficult. She told the paper: “For many younger Americans, including a generation of politicians, Europe is little more than an open-air museum. You feel and are actually closer to Asia and the Pacific region. China is the biggest geopolitical threat for them. Europe is ‘Entering an Era of Wars’, Top Security Forum Warns
  • “Sinn Féin, one of the early Irish nationalist organizations (not to be confused with the modern day eurocommunist party), means ‘ourselves alone.’ The Irish nationalists of that era fought and died for the freedom to steer their own course. It’s a shame that, in the end, their beloved country has ended up as a willing tool in another imperial enterprise.” Eire, We Hardly Knew Ye
  • “Surrogacy advocates be warned: When selling babies becomes an industry, it soon becomes a racket.” The Rise and Fall of International Adoption
  • “Daniel Ortega, the man the great Ronald Reagan once called ‘the little dictator’ of Nicaragua, really has it in for the sweet-tempered Nicaraguan beauty who won the Miss Universe pageant.” She is Pretty and Driving a Leftist Dictator Crazy


  • “A 2022 study from the Pentagon found that 77 percent of young Americans would not qualify for military service due to being overweight, using drugs, or having mental and physical health problems. The Pentagon also discovered that only nine percent of Americans between the ages of 16-21 said they would consider military service last year, dropping 13 points from before the [Fauci-Chinese] coronavirus pandemic.” Gen Z U.S. Soldiers Engaged in “TikTok Mutiny,” Discouraging Army Recruits







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