Badlands News Brief
The Turn on Biden Begins
The News Cycle is almost impossible to track these days. At least, to do so fully.
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In the Badlands News Brief, the Badlands Media team hand pick news items of interest from the previous days to give you an overview of the biggest goings-on relevant to the Truth Community.
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Now, onto the news from the Weekend that Was …
Nigel Farage says Democrats will ditch Joe Biden before the Democratic convention in July because he is clearly suffering from “senile dementia”.
The controversy has exploded once again after special counsel Robert Hur concluded that Biden’s memory is so poor that he “did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended, and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began.”
Hur also noted that Biden “did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died.”
“The man’s got senile dementia, I’ve been saying that for some months,” Farage told GB News.
“He’s got senile dementia, he’s not just the leader of America, he’s the leader of the free world and under his tenure many of these awful things around the world have happened…he is totally incapable of the job,” he added.
The former Brexit Party leader predicted that Biden wouldn’t make it to a presidential run off against Trump.
“I don’t think it will be a Trump-Biden run off, I think they’ll ditch him before the Democrat convention takes place in July, I think he’s just too embarrassing,” said Farage, noting that Biden’s approval ratings are plummeting. — Modernity News
Our Take: “In the middle of the Tucker Carlson interview with Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Joe Biden gave a bizarre press conference about Special Counsel Robert Hur's findings that appeared to be intended to calm concerns about his mental state. Of course, he claimed the Egyptian President was from Mexico during that press conference and yelled that questions about his mental state were 'not the opinion of the press' — in response to questions from the press.
The White House press conference Friday, the first time the White House answered questions on the matter, can only be described as a spin cycle.
Ian Sams, the Spokesman for the White House Counsel's Office, made some bizarre claims, not the least of which is that the matter is now closed: 'The special counsel’s assignment when he was appointed was to determine whether any criminal conduct occurred. He found it didn’t. That was the finding. The case is closed.'
On the matter of Biden's mental state, the White House denies the Special Counsel's findings, stating, 'The gratuitous comments...are inappropriate. And they shouldn’t distract from the fact that the case is closed, and the facts and evidence show that they reached the right conclusion.'
This has put the White House in the tough position of praising the parts of the report they agree with while calling the findings about Biden's mental state gratuitous, not based in reality and, in the words of Kamala Harris, politically motivated. They can't have it both ways, and it's clear from this article and Nigel Farage's take that the matter is most definitely not closed.
Farage thinks the Democrat Party will ditch Biden before the convention. I disagree. I lean more towards a contested convention that results in a Gavin Newsom, Michelle Obama, or Hillary Clinton candidacy. But others at Badlands think the party will be stuck with Biden, unable to replace him, the ultimate devolution proof (next to Pence being Trump's VP pick). You will recall that President Trump said the 25th Amendment would be a problem for Biden. There are so many potential outcomes here — what a time to be alive!
It's a long time to July, when the DNCC takes place, and if news continues at its current furious clip, we may be dealing with a whole new set of facts by then. Wherever Biden's windy, demented path takes him, it's sure to be entertaining for us.” —
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that while she thinks President Biden’s age, which is a growing topic of concern among voters, is a “legitimate issue,” she advised him to “lean in” to his years of experience.
“I talked to people in the White House all the time, and you know, they know it’s an issue, but as I like to say, look, it’s a legitimate issue,” Clinton told MSNBC’s Alex Wagner in a sit-down interview earlier this week. “It’s a legitimate issue for [former President] Trump who’s only three years younger. So, it’s an issue.”
The former first lady continued, saying it could be difficult for both Biden and Trump to connect with certain voters, because of their age. Instead, she said the president should focus more on the wisdom he’s gained over the years.
“I think Biden also should lean into the fact that he’s experienced and that experience is not just in the political arena. It’s like, the stuff of, you know, human experience,” she said. “I think he should be willing to really pull that out … and I think he should care more about it.”
According to a recent NBC News poll, Biden’s age and health are serious issues of concern for voters. Seventy-six percent of respondents had major or moderate concerns when asked if Biden, 81, has the mental and physical acuity to be the country’s top leader.
Clinton noted that while Biden makes the occasional joke about his age, he should do it more. — The Hill
Our Take: “I see a lot of hand-wringing in the MAGA base about the prospect that Joe Biden could be replaced, which is a little strange to me, as this exact scenario was seen as a massive net negative [for them,] and a massive net positive (for us) as recently as last year.
Let's map out what happens IF the Dems are successful in ousting Joe Biden:
They will have ceded the LAST of their faux legitimacy to the very voting base they convinced to actually vote for the decrepit, senile POTATUS.
The legacy establishment figures pushing the narrative (your Clintons and Carvilles) are no longer king-makers on the political scene, and have lost more credibility individually than their political party has collectively.
The top dogs set to replace Biden include two of the most-reviled political figures in the United States, Gavin Newsom and Gretchen Whitmer, whose tyranny was highlighted more than any other during the Covid era.
Take the win, folks.
They're fucked.” —
Several Freedom Convoy protesters, buoyed by a recent victory in Canadian federal court, said they’re preparing to sue the federal government, banks, and the police that brought the 2022 protest to a heated end.
“I think it’s the second phase to what took place with the federal court case,” military veteran and plaintiff Eddie Cornell said. “We’ve got a big hill to climb, but it’s something that’s necessary. It has to be done.”
On Jan. 23, Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley issued a ruling against the federal government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act in response to the protests and blockades that gridlocked Canada’s capital Ottawa for weeks.
The government’s use of the act did “not bear the hallmarks of reasonableness—justification, transparency and intelligibility—and was not justified in relation to the relevant factual and legal constraints that were required to be taken into consideration,” Justice Mosley wrote in his ruling.
Police veteran and plaintiff Vincent Gircys, whose bank account was frozen for more than a week under the Emergencies Act, said that while he was initially “very disappointed with our justice system—having worked in there for 32 years”—he’s pleased to see that “some level of justice is being restored.”
Alberta contractor Jeremiah Jost, who, alongside his wife, drove to Ottawa as part of the convoy, said he was “incredibly encouraged by Justice Mosley’s ruling and his courage to put his neck out.”
The ruling has likely given hope to Canadians who are upset with the country’s justice system, he said. — The Epoch Times
Our Take: “This article came through when I was knee deep in research about Canadian legal battles defending against tyranny, so buckle in for a longer take.
I recently interviewed the only journalist in Canada covering one of the most important cases coming out of the Truckers convoy, popularly known as the Coutts 4: four men who were leaders at a border crossing protest during the Freedom Convoy that were subsequently imprisoned for two years without trial.
The front lines in the war for liberty in Canada seems to be in the domain of lawfare lately. The past few weeks have delivered major movement in some of the most important cases in the nation involving government tyranny versus the people.
The court ruling that it was illegal for Trudeau to invoke the Emergencies Act to physically, psychologically and financially brutalize citizens for exercising their rights, is certainly the most precedent setting for the people of Canada. It opens up many pathways for citizens to wage lawfare that many thought would be impossible after Liberal Justice Paul Rouleau used a highly politicized commission to declare that Trudeau was entirely justified in his draconian invocation.
In the wake of the ruling against Trudeau's EA, here are some of the other major legal battles unfolding.
Two of the Coutts four were recently released and, most notably, the charges that they were plotting to kill an RCMP officer were dropped. This is huge because it was not only the justification for them being held in remand (pre-trial imprisonment) for two years, but it was also one of the narratives (pumped by Trudeau's MSM) that was used to justify the invocation of the Emergencies Act.
The Covid measures implemented by Alberta's Health Minister, Deena Hinshaw, were recently ruled as illegal, paving the way for what looks to be the biggest class action in the history of Alberta.
Popular Canadian podcaster BertaProudDad was recently fired from his job simply for having a conservative, free thinking podcast. BertaProudDad was a machine worker for a construction company and is currently raising funds to sue his former employer for infringing on his basic rights and to defend free speech in Canada.
There is also a viral campaign right now in support of Neo-Natal Nurse Kristen Nagle, an Ontario practitioner of 14 years who was an unrelenting front lines critic of lockdowns and mandates. Nagle has been embroiled in a legal battle with the government for the past four years, and recently lost her case. She has been sacked with over $100,000 in fines. The viral campaign is asking for 5 dollar donations in the next two weeks in an effort to cover all of Nagle's fines as a means of disrupting the Trudeau government's attempt to frighten others away from speaking out.
Watching all these cases unfold makes it clear how essential the law-fighting domain is to the entire free world right now. The pattern that emerges from all of these cases is clear: rulings against The People end up being quickly exposed as corrupt government operations. Rulings in favour of a free Canada show us institutions and individuals in the legal domain who have not yet been compromised by the Globalist/Communist attempt to degrade the foundations of nation states. There is a great deal of situational awareness to be cultivated here.
To put it simply, the bad guys have to cheat when they win any of these cases, and tend to publicly melt down each time the public logs a win. The best part? Both the wins and the losses are currently redpilling normie Canadians about how politically compromised the legal system is, how corrupt the current government is and how desperate they are to enslave us.” —
A new study examining the likely impact that fraudulent mail-in ballots had in the 2020 election concludes that the outcome would “almost certainly” have been different without the massive expansion of voting by mail.
The Heartland Institute study tried to gauge the probable impact that fraudulent mail-in ballots cast for both then-candidate Joe Biden and his opponent, President Donald Trump, would have had on the overall 2020 election results.
The study was based on data obtained from a Heartland/Rasmussen survey in December that revealed that roughly one in five mail-in voters admitted to potentially fraudulent actions in the presidential election.
After the researchers carried out additional analyses of the data, they concluded that mail-in ballot fraud “significantly” impacted the 2020 presidential election.
They also found that, absent the huge expansion of mail-in ballots during the pandemic, which was often done without legislative approval, President Trump would most likely have won.
“Had the 2020 election been conducted like every national election has been over the past two centuries, wherein the vast majority of voters cast ballots in-person rather than by mail, Donald Trump would have almost certainly been re-elected,” the report’s authors wrote. — The Epoch Times
Our Take: “Brian, Chris and I talked about this Heartland / Rasmussen study on Friday's Why We Vote, so check that out if you missed it. As I said on the show, I don't think this study goes far enough and, actually, it reads like the political study version of the movie 'Rigged.' The narrative that individual voter fraud, rather than systemic election fraud, is responsible for the outcome in 2020 is a distracting lie that ultimately serves the regime. This study is still useful, though, but understanding in what context it is useful is important.
'Rigged' came out around the same time as '2000 Mules,' and it focuses on the covid-led changes to our elections that relaxed state rules, forced legislative changes without going through the legislature, and made it easier to commit voter fraud. What neither the movie nor this study address are the algorithms, the non-competitive technology contracts, the certification gaps, the role of NGOs, the intentional voter roll inflation, the inexplicable purging of people — that voted — from the voter rolls immediately after the elections, and more.
The reason is that these issues cannot be explained without the element of criminal intent, and the people forcing the 'rigged legally' narrative on you definitely don't want you thinking about criminal intent. Why might that be?
Covid-led rule relaxations allow the regime to explain away the overt and overwhelming election fraud in 2020, and 2022, by blaming anonymous individual voters — ephemeral boogiemen who can never be held accountable. Even as this report suggests that fraud may be outcome determinative, they leave enough ambiguity to ensure that no accountability will come. And they still conclude that anonymous individual bad guys stole the election, not those who run the system.
The system is centralized. Centralization creates complexity, and complexity breeds and hides corruption. In other words, the system is designed for fraud, and anyone who is actually investigating or reporting on election fraud knows that. The recommendations in the study point people in the right direction, although they still suggest too much centralization in the hands of the state rather than local counties and precincts.
The timing of this study, and it's normie-shocking — albeit unactionable — conclusions, may aid the awakening. We need those people to wake up and defect from the mainstream narrative if we are going to win the information war. If this study aids in that awakening, it's useful; but we cannot allow people to linger on these conclusions — they need to quickly move out of the 'Rigged' informational past (h/t:
That reality is that elections belong to the people, but we need the people to reclaim them.” —
With Israel on the verge of invading Gaza's southernmost city, Egypt is warning that such a move could trigger a suspension of the treaty that has maintained peace between the two countries since 1979, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday directed the Israeli Defense Forces to plan the evacuation of the city of Rafah, which lies on Gaza's southern border with Egypt and reportedly holds more than a million refugees already forced from their homes elsewhere in the 25-mile-long strip.
One particularly sensitive slice of real estate is the so-called Philadelphi Route or Philadelphi Corridor, which stretches nine miles along the Gaza-Egypt border. Diplomatic accords establish limits on the number of troops that either Israel or Egypt can position in several delineated zones along and near the border, and certainly don't authorize large numbers of Israeli troops and armored vehicles.
In late December, Netanyahu said the Philadelphi Route "has to be in our hands" if Gaza is to be effectively and permanently demilitarized. In January, an Egyptian official said, "It must be strictly emphasized that any Israeli move in this direction will lead to a serious threat to Egyptian-Israeli relations." — ZeroHedge
Our Take: “The Israel-Gaza situation is one of the most hot-button sociopolitical issues one could imagine, which is reason enough to think it going kinetic to a degree it hasn't in decades during the Biden Admin is more than serendipity.
That said, as usual, I tend to leave attempts at sussing out the Actuals to those with the minds geared toward it, as I'm not confident in any of the narratives being weaved by any and all sides on the game board.
One of the Macro patterns that I've seen developing from a Narrative perspective, however, is the continued political and social isolation of Israel.
Formerly the belle of the ball when it comes to the western hegemon, Israel is routinely being condemned in recent weeks by everyone from the US (Deep) State Department to the EU, Germany and the UK.
This, in addition to the growing ire of the Saudis and Egyptians has long-standing treaties under threat.
Say, wasn't there a recent president who had all said treaties under control?
Mandate rising.” —
In an exclusive poll conducted by IFOP, the National Rally (RN) candidate Marine Le Pen is predicted to win the presidency in the second round of voting against Gabriel Attal in 2027. It is the first time any poll has shown her securing victory and becoming president of the nation.
In the same poll, if she were to face off against Édouard Philippe, she would tie him with 50 percent of the vote.
In July 2022, political scientist Jérôme Fourquet told Le JDD:
“We can’t rule out a Marine Le Pen victory in 2027. Recent figures published by his institute, Ifop, seem to corroborate this prediction.”
According to the study, Marine Le Pen is predicted to beat Gabriel Attal in the second round of the presidential election in 2027 for the first time, with 51 percent versus 49 percent for Attal. — ReMix News
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a mini-meltdown after being exposed during the Tucker Carlson-Vladimir Putin interview for sabotaging the Ukrainian peace deal.
During the interview, Putin confirmed reporting that first emerged last year about Johnson’s role in prolonging the war.
David Arahamiya, the leader of Ukraine’s ruling party, revealed that Johnson had scuppered a peace deal that would have put an end to hostilities just a few months after the Russian invasion.
Putin confirmed this when he stated, “He had fixed his signature to some of the provisions, not to all of it. He put his signature and then he himself said, we were ready to sign it, and the war would have been over long ago. 18 months ago. However, Prime Minister Johnson came, talk to us out of it and we missed that chance. Well, you missed it. You made a mistake.”
Johnson was clearly rattled by the revelation.
He responded with a short video intended to go viral on social media promoting his lengthier response in a Daily Mail article.
“Around the world people are watching that ludicrous interview with Vladimir Putin conducted by Tucker Carlson,” raged Boris.
“And we must not fall for this tissue of lies, above all the notion that Putin is somehow fated to succeed in Ukraine, on the contrary, he is doomed to fail,” he added. — Modernity News
The European Commission has bent the knee to protesting farmers - and is dropping key passages in a proposal for a new 2040 goal aimed at cutting greenhouse gas pollution.
According to the EU exeuctive's plan, "all sectors" need to now contribute to the effort - but the previously mandated 30% cut to agricultural production between by 2040 is gone. The revised draft has also excluded a mandate for citizens to make lifestyle changes - such as eating less meat, and a push to end fossil fuel subsidies, Politico reports.
"We need to make sure we have a balanced approach," said European Commission Wopke Hoekstra, who unveiled the revised proposal. "The vast majority of our citizens sees the effects of climate change, does want protection, but is also worried about what that implies for their livelihood."
Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the EU has also scrapped plans to cut pesticide use in half across the EU - which was to take effect by 2030 as part of the so-called "Green Deal."
The changes were spearheaded by the powerful center-right European People's Party (EPP), the political family of top EU executive Ursula Von der Leyen, and constitutes the EU Parliament's largest group. — ZeroHedge
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