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September 22, 2022

The Morning Report — 9/22/22


Good morning kids. Thursday and one of the frustrating things about writing this column, insofar as the way I do it, is that just as you're ready to focus in on one topic, you find a link to something else of equal importance that comes out of left field. I guess it's better than having nothing to sink one's teeth into, but in any case, this morning we seem to be trying to take the proverbial sip of water from a firehose.

The other thing that gets me crazy is forgetting the actual "crux of the biscuit" as it were when writing my rant. Yesterday, in describing how the junta has to walk back and disavow its puppet's brain farts with growing frequency, the main point that I wanted to make was that the one thing that they are not walking back is his incitement and blood libeling of their enemies. That's no gaffe. And despite having the brain function of a wilted kohlrabi, when it comes to delivering this message, Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants delivers them with as much clarity and gusto as a Viennese housepainter at the Berlin Sportspalast. Worse, he has an entire government including the courts, law enforcement and the armed forces either giving him a standing ovation or staying silent to save their own skin and pensions.

As Miranda Devine reports, there is at least one exception:

Bombshell allegations by FBI Special Agent Steve Friend contained in a whistleblower complaint filed late Wednesday with the Department of Justice inspector general reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and ­using an “overzealous” January 6 ­investigation to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights.

Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT-team member, was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations.

He was declared absent without leave last month for refusing to participate in SWAT raids that he believed violated FBI policy and were a use of excessive force against Jan. 6 ­subjects accused of misdemeanor ­offenses. . .

. . . “I have an oath to uphold the Constitution,” he told supervisors when he asserted his conscientious objection to joining an Aug. 24 raid on a J6 subject in the Jacksonville, Fla., area. “I have a moral objection and want to be considered a conscientious objector.”

Friend, who did not vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, said he told his immediate boss twice that he believed the raid, and the investigative process leading up to it, violated FBI policy and the subject’s rights under the Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial and Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment. . .

. . . Friend says his concerns are shared with large numbers of rank-and-file FBI agents across the country who believe they are being used as pawns to pursue the political agenda of the bosses in Washington, DC.

These kinds of abuses of the law are a “morale killer” for field agents, he says.

Many agents, who joined the FBI in the wake of 9/11, are keeping their heads down because they are close to their 20-year retirement with full pension. But he says they are equally disgusted at being forced to take part in the politicization of federal law ­enforcement.

We are now at a point where I can no longer shake my head in understanding of the position these people are in. Just as a reminder, this is not some new phenomenon. The FBI has at best been a bureaucracy whose sole mission, as is the mission of every bureaucracy, is to perpetuate itself. I don't have to go into the litany of scandals and outrages it was at the center of over the course of just the past 30 years. Right here and right now, the FBI is nothing more than an instrument of political repression that is being wielded by a Junta that seeks nothing more than absolute power and the final destruction of the American republic.

My message to every employee of the FBI, as well as the DOJ, CIA and now the IRS and every other damned agency in Washington is unequivocal: to hell with your 20-year career and your pension. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. And that problem is going to lead to a "final solution" if you catch my meaning. I applaud Steve Friend. The problem is the thousands of others who will not stand with him right now, when the chips are down not just for him but for the nation itself. We hang together or we hang separately, and as of now that seems to be our fate. As one commenter noted yesterday evening:

People read history books about the beginning of something horrific like the Third Reich and ask "Why didn't they see? Why didn't they DO something?"

We are living in exactly such a time, and we are finding out why 'they' didn't do something. Trying to stop the horror brings the gaze of said horror to you. And that horror will use the power of the state crush you and everyone associated with you.

Posted by: AZ Hi Desert (Gringo fuertemente armado-Tempus belli)) at September 21, 2022 06:17 PM (l7Kbv)

If as fools like Andrew McCarthy and Sean Hannity, as well as what Miranda Devine herself states in her piece, that most or much of the rank and file in the Bureau agree with Steve Friend, then if they were to walk out en masse in solidarity with him, that would send a message all the way to Kalorama. But no. And while Steve Friend is having his life ruined (if you think the worst is over for him as he exits the Hoover Building with a box of his personal effects, think again; they want him crushed pour encourager les autres and to prevent the rise of, an influencer, shall we say) because he dared protest the treatment of the J-6 political prisoners, this is how the Junta treats its foot soldiers:

Shannon Brandt, the 41-year-old accused of murdering 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson for being a supposed “Republican extremist,” was freed Tuesday from the Stutsman County jail in North Dakota, Breitbart News has confirmed.

An official at the jail told Breitabrt News that Brandt had posted a $50,000 bond and was released . . .

. . . The killing occurred just days after President Joe Biden held a “unity” summit aimed at rallying Americans to fight so-called “MAGA Republicans,” whom Biden called a “threat” to the country in a speech earlier this month.

Someone like Buffalo-Headdress-Guy and scores like him is allowed in to the Capitol by cops — who hold the door open for him — and is still rotting in a DC jail somewhere for doing nothing more than gawking at the drapery and taking a selfie, but this bastard skates after posting bond. I'd be stunned if the money did not come from a Soros front group. We don't have a two-tiered justice system; we do not have a justice system. The justice system is more and more another arm of political repression wielded against the citizenry. Open your mouth and get your teeth kicked down your throat. At some point, the word "extremist" will no longer be needed as a modifier. Calling someone "Republican" will be a combination identifier/slander all by itself. Just like the word "Jew." And the rest as they say is history. Literally.

I wrote yesterday:

"We abhor violence. We detest it to our core. We beg and plead just to be left alone to live our lives as we want, within the constraints of our faith and our morals, and in return we gladly afford the same to anyone else. It is the anti-American Left and their party, the Democrats, that believe exactly the opposite. It is they who are the purveyors of death, violence, hate and incitement in the name of accruing absolute power."

Friend and friend of the blog Michael Walsh wrote me an e-mail and commented:
"Agree, but as we move forward to Armageddon, you might have to shoulder arms and pass the ammo…"

As I wrote back, although I neglected to include the very big qualifier beginning with "BUT," it was for sure implied. The situation we face is intolerable and will only get worse as everything this Junta is inflicting on us in the name of social justice, equity, saving the planet and every other cockamamie bullshit used to cover the real reason, their attaining absolute power "by any means necessary" comes crashing down on them and ultimately on us. This can't go on. If there were many more Steve Friends in the FBI as well as in the military, which like the rest of the DC bureaucracy is turning into a force of fanatics whose main enemy is not the ChiComs but the citizenry at home (thanks, Obama!) I'd sleep a bit more soundly at night. But that's just not human nature, sadly. We go along to get along.

In a not necessarily unrelated story, we have this going on in Iran:

In July, Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi ordered the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution to step up the enforcement of the nation's hijab law.

Just weeks later, a young woman standing with her family in a Tehran subway station was arbitrarily taken into a van by the "morality police" for an unknown dress code violation.  While in custody, Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma and was taken to a hospital, where she died three days later.  Her father said her legs were bruised; others say she had been beaten on the head near her neck.  The government says she died of a heart attack.  But the Iranian people, who are already outraged over abuses by the "morality police" and other Iranian military forces, are protesting in the streets.  "Women, Life, Freedom" is a common chant.  So is "I will kill whoever killed my sister . . ."

. . . After Mahsa's burial, protesters held a rally outside the governor's office and confronted the security forces while chanting, "I will kill whoever killed my sister."  The police responded by firing tear gas and pellets at the protesters, arresting some people and wounding several others.

On the third day of protests, uprisings occurred in Sanandaj, Mahabad, and Karaj, and a demonstration was held by students at Tehran University.  The regime tried to hamper the protests by disrupting the internet in Saqqez and Sanandaj, but the crowds could not be stopped.  Women had a significant presence in the protests.  Mrs. Rajavi offered her sympathies to Mahsa Amini's family and called for public mourning over her murder.

Meanwhile, on the fifth day of the uprising in different areas of Tehran and dozens of cities across Iran, at least 25 provinces have continued. people in Tehran and other cities, including Mashhad, Sabzevar, Arak, Ilam, Marivan, Gorgan, Birjand, Isfahan, Sari, Tabriz, Karaj, Fardis Karaj, Kermanshah, Qazvin, Shiraz, Bandar-Abbas, Kish, Kerman, Rafsanjan, Sanandaj, Qom, Khorramabad, Zanjan, Rasht, Ahvaz, Urmia, Bukan, Mahabad, Ardabil and Hamedan took to the streets and demonstrated against the mullahs' regime.  

On Tuesday, the state-run website Eslam-e No reported a tweet by Mohsen Mansouri, the governor of Tehran, in which he wrote, "The main elements of tonight's gatherings in Tehran were fully organized, trained and had plans to create disturbances in Tehran.  Pouring diesel fuel on roads, hurling rocks, attacking the police, setting fire to motorbikes and garbage cans, destroying public property, etc. are not things that ordinary people would do."

I would remind you that an anonymous Tunisian man who immolated himself in protest to his government wound up setting the entire Middle East on fire and causing the so-called "Arab Spring." While that was not in any way, shape, or form a "democratic" movement to say the least, the salient point is that it caused several corrupt, repressive governments to fall. While, of course, I am thinking of the mullah-ocracy in Tehran, the parallels to what is happening to us right here in the former USA are apparent.

Psaki-psircling way back to the top and my observation about many other things happening all at once, first we have the situation in Ukraine, where Vladimir Putin is now calling up 300,000 more men and threatening to use nukes on Ukraine, despite massive protests in Russia at the escalation. Whether he uses them or not (and a cornered, desperate rat, especially one with nukes, is not a pleasant thought), recall back when we conned Ukraine into giving up the nukes on its territory, left there in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, in exchange for security promises. Had they done the smart thing and declined that offer, I doubt old Vladdy would be making threats to light up Kiev. He might not have invaded in the first place.

And finally, a long distance "def" dedication to Senator Ted Cruz: Go fuck yourself.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in the links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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