Badlands News Brief
Putin Pandemonium Competes with A Biden Blitz
The News Cycle is almost impossible to track these days. At least, to do so fully.
That’s where we come in.
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.
Many items feature original (and subjective) commentary. Feel free to follow the corresponding link to see our writers’ Substack accounts and check out their other work.
Now, onto the news from Thursday, February 8 …
This one doesn’t need a summary, but if you missed the interview or the post-interview coverage by your Badlands Team,, and had you covered last night.
Our Take: “This was my wish list before the interview:
Tell Normies about that time the US backed a coup against a pro-Russian president in Ukraine in 2014 only to pave the way for the murder of 14,000 ethnic Russian civilians by the CIA-trained and funded Azov battalion after ignoring two referenda for the Donbas to join the Russian Federation.
Tell Normies how NATO has repeatedly violated its promise to refrain from eastward expansion since 1989, culminating in the attempted annexation of the Baltic States and Ukraine into an anti-Russian bulwark.
Confirm that Russia considers the 2020 US election to be suspect at best and the Biden Administration to be illegitimate while referencing the persecution of political rivals (ie: Trump) in moves reminiscent of the former Soviet Union.
Take the petrodollar, western sanctions and Central Bankers to task for failing.
Comment on the successful communist subversion in the West while explaining the steps taken in Russia since the 90s to undo that very thing.
… and this was my follow-up:
I'll say we went 4/5 on predictions. No commie talk:
Putin did, however, go in deep with the Maidan Coup, CIA backing of said coup (and intel agency-led coups being one of the key vectors of asymmetric western power projection,) NATO expansionism and the petrodollar as a globalist weapon of war, and US elections being suspect at best (referring to the States deciding who gets to be on the ballot.)
In terms of tasty little surprises, he opened with a fascinating (and entirely necessary) Russian history lesson, focusing not so much on the Russian Federation, but the Russian people.
His more esoteric asides on everything from peace between religions to ‘inherent laws’ presented the sort of big-picture thinking and philosophizing we're not used to from modern-day leaders.
Finally, I personally believe he hinted at the gravity of both Devolution and the Sovereign Alliance when he suggested conditions changed between 2014 and 2022 that allowed him to make the moves he did in the Donbas.” —
Joe Biden carelessly kept classified documents and notebooks at his home, according to a special counsel report released Thursday that said the evidence wasn’t strong enough to charge the president with crimes. The report’s description of Biden as “an elderly man with a poor memory” prompted a furious response from the president at a hastily called news conference hours later.
The 345-page special counsel report portrays Biden, 81, as someone who haphazardly kept notebooks and documents with classified information at his home, and struggled to recall key dates in his life. Republicans quickly seized on that stinging characterization to attack the Democratic incumbent as unfit for office.
Special counsel Robert K. Hur’s report also said Biden could not remember the year in which his son Beau died of cancer.
“How in the hell dare he raise that,” a furious president said to reporters summoned to the White House on Thursday evening. “It wasn’t any of their damn business. … I don’t need anyone to remind me when he passed away.”
In an exchange with reporters that veered from questions about possible national security crimes to the president’s mental faculties to the ongoing U.S. response to the war in the Middle East, Biden insisted he never improperly shared classified information with anyone and was fit to be president and run for reelection. — The Washington Post
Our Take: “On the one hand, as this article points out, there is a two-tiered justice system at play. Trump is being drowned in fake charges as a form of election interference while Biden slips away from a life of crime, into a haze of Alzheimer's, in full public view, in real time. It's all so cartoonish.
However, any sober look at this situation makes it clear that very little about Biden's struggle is being hidden. The narrative has shifted. But in response to what?
The shadow war has to be considered, in terms of who is really in control, and what the rules and dimensions of this particular battle are. There is palpable friction here. Even though fifth generation warfare keeps much of the struggle covert, the basic underlying reality of war can bring clarity. War is a struggle between two hostile, independent, and irreconcilable wills, and this is undoubtedly the source of the mounting friction we all sense. Good versus Evil.
Why has the DOJ, and legacy media suddenly turned on Biden? What is the new narrative being constructed? But more importantly who is the Deep State reacting to?
’Everything in war is simple, but the simplest thing is difficult. The difficulties accumulate and end by producing a kind of friction that is inconceivable unless one has experienced war.’ —Carl von Clausewitz
Is the friction of this war about to swallow Joe Biden? Is his sacrifice part of a well thought out plan by his puppeteers, or is it in reaction to the fifth generation operations targeting the deep state? What are the good guys up to in the midst of this? If you could point to their will in this irreconcilable struggle, where would you point?
Remember, if ‘they never thought she would lose,’ then the entire Biden presidency has to be reactionary in nature. It cannot be part of any uninterrupted plan to destroy America. Trump was the interruption. Ever since Trump, our enemy has been increasingly reactionary.
Certainty is not our cognitive ally in this moment, but something palpable is about to shift, and ‘Panic in DC’ was trending on Twitter tonight.” —
Supreme Court justices who heard arguments Thursday on whether Donald Trump should be kicked off the 2024 Colorado ballot appeared to be “leaning in favor” of the former president, according to Fox News legal correspondent Shannon Bream.
Justice Kagan questioned whether one state should decide on behalf of the entire country who should be president.
Justice Roberts warned that if the Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, some states would interpret that to mean they could kick off Democrats or Republicans from the ballot.
Justice Jackson challenged lawyer Jason Murray’s assertion that there was no ambiguity in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
Chief Justice Roberts warned of the “daunting consequences” should only a handful of states decide the President of the United States.
Per Bream, a closed-door conference vote on the decision will come in the next few days. A decision may come in a matter of days or months. — FOX News
Our Take: “Oral arguments in Anderson v. Griswold took place on Thursday, and the political divides within the court are alive, well, and obvious.
The question before the court is: Did the Colorado Supreme Court err in their ruling to remove President Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot?
Ketanji Brown Jackson won the award for most likely to pontificate about insurrection — but even she had real issues with petitioner attorney Jason Murray’s 14A argument. Murray’s talking points were hysterical nonsense about an insurrection that hasn’t been litigated and called on the court to usurp the powers of the state and federal legislatures.
As the party petitioning for Supreme Court review, President Trump’s attorneys went first, and they made multiple interrelated and distinct arguments for overturning the CO high court’s decision. The justices asked about the evidentiary record, specifically the lower court’s decision to admit the January 6 Report and Professor Simi’s minority-reporting pseudoscience. They challenged many of Trump attorney Jonathan Mitchell’s arguments, but he was solid and had, by far, the winning argument.
When ‘team commie’s’ Jason Murray took questions from the court, the flimsy arguments that adorn this case were exposed and shredded by Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh. Alito specifically dissected the inclusion of hearsay, Simi, and criticized the findings of insurrection. Barrett focused on the Constitutional nuances, as she does. Even Roberts and the leftie justices were conflicted by Murray’s arguments which, as we’ve discussed at length on Badlands, comprise novel legal theory intended only to persecute President Trump.
Jena Griswold was given 10 mins of time, which was argued by Colorado Solicitor General Shannon Stevenson. She objected to Justice Thomas, which was weird. Justice Roberts clarified that she was there on behalf of Jena. He challenged her to defend the determination of ‘insurrection’ and asked her to better define the standards. The differences between Colorado’s communist laws — and the normal laws of other states —became crystal clear during this exchange, and Stevenson struggled to articulate how a state disenfranchising just their own voters in a federal election — violating equal protections — can remain a constitutional act.
The one good thing Stevenson did was urge the justices to review the findings of fact and conclusions of law with regards to ‘insurrection.’ As you all know, I am very much in favor of this review, as the evidentiary record does not hold up outside of the commie courts. Indeed, Justice Kavanaugh put a fine point on the lack of due process in this case, highlighting CO Justice Samour’s dissent:
‘There was no fair trial either … I have been involved in the justice system for thirty-three years now, and what took place here doesn't resemble anything I've seen in a courtroom.’
It’s unlikely that the high court will uphold the lower court’s ruling, but it remains unclear how far they will go with the insurrection findings.
The court is expected to rule quickly as the Colorado primary is March 5. Many other states have similar cases in limbo, awaiting this decision.” —
Another Take: “SCOTUS absolutely frigid towards arguments for Trump to be removed from ballot.
Presidential Immunity headed to SCOTUS
Hur Report highly damaging to Biden, reveals severe memory issues and evidence of substantial crimes related to classified docs.
Panic. In. DC.” —
President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the dismissal of Ukraine’s top commander, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, in the biggest military shakeup since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion almost two years ago.
The president’s move follows tensions between Zelensky and his hugely popular military chief after the failure of Ukraine’s much-vaunted counteroffensive, and with Ukraine facing a renewed Russian onslaught, manpower and ammunition shortages, and US aid stalled in Congress.
In a Telegram post sent shortly before the formal announcement, Zelensky said he held a meeting with Zaluzhnyi, and “discussed what kind of renewal the Armed Forces of Ukraine need.”
“The time for such a renewal is now,” Zelensky wrote.
Zaluzhnyi’s replacement will be Oleksandr Syrskyi, who since 2019 has served as the Commander of Ukrainian Land Forces.
Zaluzhnyi wrote on his Telegram channel on Thursday that “the tasks of 2022 are different from those of 2024.” — CNN
Our Take: “There are some who observe the news cycle as an ongoing set of Actuals and Facts that are being disseminated to peoples around the world.
For others, it is clear that, whatever is real is being deployed specifically to advance predetermined Info War objectives by all sides on the game board, just as whatever is fake is meant to do the same thing.
When it comes to the current news cycle, Russia is back in a bigger way than at any point since February 2022, when the Special MIL Op in Ukraine first kicked off.
How serendipitous, that Zelenskyy supposedly chooses such a time to fire his Top General and send Ukraine supporters reeeeeing for the hills on the doorstep of whatever Narrative blitzkrieg Putin is about to (correction: DID) hit them with through the biggest mouthpiece in American media, now unfettered by FOX editing and trad media filtration efforts.
The Media Industrial Complex is freaking out because their unseen masters are freaking out, which means we're in for quite a show.
Enjoy it.” —
Former President Donald Trump has won the Republican caucuses in the U.S. Virgin Islands, NBC News projects, continuing his dominant march toward the GOP presidential nomination.
The victory is Trump’s third in as many contests — following the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary — and it deals another loss to his last well-known challenger, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Trump is expected to net all four delegates that the Republican National Committee plans to allocate from the territory at this summer’s convention in Milwaukee. — NBC News
CBS News projects that former President Donald Trump will win the Nevada Republican caucuses Thursday, easily defeating challenger Ryan Binkley.
Nevada's Republican voters had another chance to vote for their preferred presidential candidate in Thursday's caucuses, with Trump on the ballot this time.
The state hosted Republican and Democratic primaries on Tuesday, but Trump did not appear on the GOP ballot because the Nevada Republican Party opted to hold its caucuses and made it the only contest that would allocate the state's 26 delegates.
But even without Trump on Tuesday's ballot, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who participated in Tuesday's primary instead of the caucuses, finished second behind "none of these candidates," an embarrassing defeat as she seeks to sell herself as a serious challenger to Trump. — CBS News
Our Take: “All eyes were on the Virgin Island Republican caucus yesterday, as … I’m just kidding; no one noticed this was happening due to the absolutely insane news cycle yesterday.
I learned that 182 people cast their votes for President Trump in Stacey Plaskett’s district, earning him 74% of the vote. Nikki Haley got 64 votes, which was 26%. President Trump is expected to net all four delegates from the contest. The part of the Virgin Islands’ article that I found most interesting was this:
‘Going third-in-the-nation with an unrigged caucus using ranked-choice voting has given every candidate a fair and equal playing field and resulted in unprecedented attention for the Virgin Islands,’ U.S. Virgin Islands GOP Chairman Gordon Ackley said Thursday morning in a statement previewing the caucuses. ‘The Virgin Islands will decide the trajectory of the Republican nomination.’
See, guys! Rank choice voting is awesome and everyone should do it! You too can have representation like Stacey Plaskett! The regime is pushing RCV like they pushed the vaccines. Just say no.
Over in Nevada, in yesterday’s Brief we discussed the dynamics of the primary and caucus and the fact that Nikki lost to no one by 27 points, so no need to go into that again.
Trump faced no real challenger in the caucus, so he was swiftly declared the winner, but the real signal in Nevada will be in the turnout.
As we discussed yesterday, the state of Nevada has 1.9M active voters, and according to the Secretary of State’s office, 559,743 of those voters are Republican. 42,702 voters participated in Haley’s primary, just 7.6% of registered Republicans and 2.2% of total voters. Haley herself received 14,328 votes. Obviously most voters plan to go the caucus route.
Those numbers aren’t in as I write this, so tune into The Brief podcast at 9aET to see how President Trump’s turnout compares!” —
While notable on its own, the slight leftward shift over the long term in Americans’ political ideology that Gallup has previously documented is even more significant when reviewing the trend among different age and gender groups. Increased liberalism since the 1990s has occurred much more strongly among women of certain age groups, while men’s views have been steadier.
Gallup’s national figures on Americans’ political ideology show the country remains at center-right, with more people identifying as conservative (36%) than liberal (25%) and the rest saying they are moderate (36%). However, the “liberal” percentage has inched up over the past three decades and is currently one percentage point shy of its all-time high. This has occurred as the “moderate” group has shrunk, while the “conservative” percentage has varied narrowly around the long-term average, near 38%.
The following trends detail how these views have changed among each of four age groups of women, and separately of men. The findings are based on annual averages of Gallup’s telephone surveys, generally encompassing 12,000 or more interviews with U.S. adults each year and at least 500 adults in each gender-by-age subgroup.
The analysis looks at people of each age group at the time of the survey rather than tracking each age cohort over time. This allows for answering questions like, “How do the views of 18- to 29-year-old women today compare to women of the same age a decade or two ago?” — Gallup
Our Take: “I laughed when I read the stats on the rise in liberals dominating middle aged women. It's statistical evidence that we actually have a Karen problem.
A group of angry, middle aged, liberal women are unknowingly fostering a communist revolution.
There are real dangers to this. Just look at fathers like Harrison Tinsley and Adam Vena, both dads who are now in drawn out legal battles with ex-wives that are attempting to transition their young sons. This is one of the results of liberalism being engineered into such extremes while it spreads across the female population.
After reading these stats, the only thing I was left wondering was: How can we be strategic in using this data to win over more hearts and minds? Liberalism is being used to spread Neo-Marxism, but most of these middle aged women don't likely understand they are fostering communism; many believe they are doing what is kind and virtuous.
Forgetting those who are so ideologically captured they cannot be reasoned with, how can this growing population of Karens be reached? For those of us who understand the importance of local politics with an election looming, this may become strategically important information.” —
New York City Mayor Eric Adams faced scrutiny after it was revealed that he approved a reported $53 million pilot program to distribute prepaid credit cards to migrant families housed in hotels. Defending the initiative during a state legislative budget hearing in Albany, Mayor Adams claimed the program has cost-saving measures.
Adams attempted to quell the uproar by clarifying that the program would be giving out prepaid food cards, not American Express credit cards. The rationale behind this initiative is to improve food distribution efficiency and reduce wastage, he said, claiming it would ultimately cut costs by 20% in migrant support expenses. The mayor highlighted that the pilot project, involving 500 individuals, is expected to save approximately $6.7 million annually.
The prepaid cards, valued at about $350 per month per migrant, aim to empower recipients to purchase their own food and baby supplies. This allocation surpasses the assistance provided to low-income New Yorkers under SNAP benefits, with migrants receiving 40% more than what the state offers to its residents in need. Additionally, the program’s funding exceeds monthly services for single veterans in the state, reports Fox News. — Sara Carter
The White House is playing hardball with House Republicans who refuse to pass a border security bill that they argue is deeply flawed.
In retaliation, the Biden administration is threatening open border chaos if House Republicans don’t capitulate and agree to pass the border deal negotiated in the Senate.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday that because Republicans have not passed the ‘bipartisan’ border security bill that includes funding for Israel and Ukraine, the administration will have no choice but to leave the border open.
“Because congressional Republicans are choosing partisan politics over our national security and refusing to pass the bipartisan national security agreement that includes significant border reforms and funding, over the coming weeks, ICE will be forced to reduce operations because of budget shortfalls,” Jean-Pierre said on Air Force One.
“We have asked Congress for additional funding and resources, and every time Congress has provided less than we asked for, or most recently, completely ignored our supplemental request,” she added. — The Politics Brief
A map recently published by German poll aggregator Wahlkreisprognose shows that in the former East Germany Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has a clear lead in almost the entire former German Democratic Republic while the western part is overwhelmingly dominated by the conservative CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU.
In other words, the country is sharply divided along what was once formerly West Germany and East Germany (GDR).
In the map, the Institute has colored Germany’s Bundestag constituencies according to party preference.
The black color represents the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the blue color the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the red color the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), and the green color the Greens.
The fainter the color, the smaller the lead of the party in the constituency, and the darker the color, the more dominant the party is. — ReMix News
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