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Daily Tech News 21 September 2023 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
September 21, 2023

The Morning Report — 9/21/23

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Good morning, kids. So, Merrick Garland got grilled in hearings yesterday over both his aiding and abetting in the coverup of the investigation of Hunter Biden, which ultimately leads to his father as well as the prosecution and persecution of political enemies ranging from ordinary citizens all the way up to the former President of the former United States.

For whatever definition of the term "grilling" applies, since in real terms, he knows that he will suffer no real consequences just as the scum illegitimate, in political and familial terms, "first family" that he has aided and abetted won't either. A few weeks (if that) at Club Fed for Hunter ending in an early release and Biden being forced to resign for medical reasons notwithstanding. The estimable Miranda Devine weighs in on the proceedings:

You would think that an attorney general who has presided over the embarrassing debacle of the Hunter Biden investigation would express contrition, or maybe a little anger at the underlings who have shamed him, when he is hauled before a congressional committee to explain his failures. 

But alas, Merrick Garland is just another Mr. Magoo. His department is ablaze but he knows nothing. The nation’s chief law enforcement officer has no special insight into the malfeasance unfolding under his nose.  He is just an oblivious bystander, unperturbed by the tyrannical turn the DOJ has taken under his leadership, persecuting his boss’ political enemies and coddling the crooked president’s crooked relatives.

Even though Garland used to be a judge, he makes no judgments at all. He professes to have no view about US Attorney David Weiss’ farcical five-year “investigation” of the president’s 53-year-old son, Hunter. 

“I promised the Senate that I would not interfere,” he told the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

“I have not intruded or attempted to evaluate that, because that was the promise I made to the Senate.” What an honorable man, keeping his promises.

But he’s the ship’s captain. There is a fire in the hold, the vessel is going down, and he doesn’t even trouble himself to find out what happened.

“Have you had personal contact with anyone at FBI Headquarters about the Hunter Biden investigation?” asked Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La).

For what seemed like an eternity but was really about seven seconds, Garland looked down at his tightly clasped hands, slowly turned his head left and right as if the answer might materialize somewhere on the empty table below him, then popped his tongue, said “ahhhh,” pursed his lips, exhaled and arranged the edges of his mouth in a downward shrug, before finally looking up at Johnson with a sheepish expression and stammering: “I don’t real . . . I don’t . . . ah . . . I don’t recollect the answer to that question but the FBI works for the Justice Department?” a non sequitur delivered in a cascade of upward inflections as if he was the one asking questions, or maybe channeling a Valley Girl.

Speaking of which, his favorite line was to point out that Weiss, whom he has elevated to special counsel despite manifest failures, was a “Trump appointee.” He said so nine times.  He seems to think that bias can be ascribed to prosecutors depending on which party appoints them. Presumably he applies that logic to himself, as a Biden appointee.

Usually smart people find it tedious to say the same thing nine times in a row, but Garland seemed to enjoy it, until the wonderful Liz Cheney-slayer Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.) wiped the smirk off his face.

“Mr. Garland, one of the things you have done and repeated over and over and over again is to point out that Mr. Weiss was appointed as US attorney by President Trump, as though that somehow inoculates him from criticism by us. Is that really how this game is played, that if someone is appointed by a Republican, then they’re supposed to be on the Republican team, or if they’re appointed by a Democrat, they’re on the Democrat team? You were appointed by Mr. Biden, weren’t you? Are you on the Democrat team?”

Touché. He never said it again. . .

The highlight of the hearings came from Rep. Victoria Spartz, herself a victim of totalitarian Leftism, who lit into this smug bastard, which Ace had last night and I'm linking here, and also in Devine's essay:

. . . “You had a very moving statement about your grandparents coming here from Belarus to live in the country without fear of persecution,” she said. “I grew up in a very similar country, Ukraine now, and when I came here as a young person, I believed in the value as an American not to be afraid of my government . . . Are you aware that a lot of Americans are now afraid of being prosecuted by your department? Are you aware of that?“

Garland started whining about “constant attacks on the department,” but she interrupted.

“Not attacks . . . a lot of good Americans from my district came here [on Jan. 6] because they are sick and tired of this government not serving them. They came with strollers and the kids, and there was a chaotic situation because the proper security wasn’t provided. [And then] FBI agents showed up to people’s houses. You have in my district in my town, FBI phone numbers all over [saying] please call [and inform on people]. 

“People are truly afraid. This is a big problem when people are afraid of their own government . . . 

“It’s like KGB.” 

Does Garland understand that rogue prosecutors and disproportionately harsh J6 prosecutions are destroying trust in the justice system, as murderers and shoplifters get off easy, and a spirit of lawlessness and corruption infects the land? 

No. There was not a sign that his conscience was troubled.

Bravo, Rep Spartz. She totally gets it. Yet, I can't understand how the usually spot-on Devine just doesn't. Or doesn't seem to, to cut her some slack. The nub of her essay is that Merrick Garland is some sort of clueless, incompetent boob, myopically stumbling around like Mr. Magoo (a descriptor that she herself uses here) unaware of what his underlings at the DOJ are up to.

These are not rogue prosecutors. The entire Department of Justice from the janitor and toilet attendants all the way on up are operating either enthusiastically or begrudgingly so as to protect their jobs and pensions (if not their own personal safety; and that is not a stretch to consider), on the basis that what they are doing to enemies of this Junta is standard operating procedure. They are operating with the full knowledge, consent and under the orders of the Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland, who operates with the full knowledge, approval and directives of the Vegetable-in-Chief in the Oval Office, and ultimately his minders somewhere in Kalorama, Davos/Brussels and Beijing.

Rep. Troy Nehls has outright said to Garland's face he should be impeached. He also told galactic-sized mass of rancid corned beef and lipids Jerry Nadler to STFD and STFU. In any case, so, Garland's impeached. We get who to replace him? Kristen Clarke, the head of the Civil Rights Division who is about as strident and virulent a racist and anti-constitutionalist as you can find? Or keep going back in the other direction to the aforementioned toilet attendant and you get for all intents and purposes a Garland clone to one degree or another. Same deal with any and every other agency, bureau and department in that town.

At the end of the day, none of this matters, at least in the short term. Even if these revelations, filtered as they no doubt will be by the propaganda house organs, do get between the ears of the uninformed low-info crowd and it does manage to affect the elections – assuming their votes can combine with ours to overcome the expected repeat of the cheat of 2020 – another term of Trump, DeSantis, Ramaswamy or even zombie Augusto Pinochet will not be able to effectively overcome the system that is now firmly cemented in place: The Leviathan.

For that, a revolution will be required. Hopefully, it's as peaceful with as little if any bloodshed as possible. Likely it will not be, just as the outcome is very much in doubt. Still, even these hearings are crucial if for no other reason than to get things out in the open and on the record.

They say that collapse happens gradually, then all at once. Perhaps it can apply politically as well.

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