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Kennedy Assassins, Justice Wins & More
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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 picks news items of interest from the previous days to give you an overview of the biggest goings-on relevant to the Truth Community.
Items feature original commentary from members of our growing team of citizen journalists. Feel free to follow the corresponding link to see their other work.
Now, onto the news from the Weekend that Was …
An armed man was taken into custody at a Los Angeles campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. Friday, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed.
LAPD identified the suspect as Adrian Paul Aispuro, 44. Booking records show Aispuro is being held on felony charges and $35,000 bail.
Aispuro allegedly donned shoulder holsters with loaded pistols and spare ammunition magazines and carried a U.S. Marshal badge on a lanyard and belt clip federal ID, Kennedy wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
According to Kennedy’s post, the candidate’s private security detail detained the suspect until LAPD arrived, after he allegedly attempted to approach Kennedy and claimed to be a member of his security detail.
Kennedy on Friday reiterated his request to the White House for Secret Service protection, writing that he is “still entertaining a hope that President Biden will allow me Secret Service protection.”
“I am the first presidential candidate in history to whom the White House has denied a request for protection,” his post said.
The Secret Service states on its website that “major presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses within 120 days of a general presidential election” are protected by the Secret Service. — Politico
Our Take: “I’m not the only one in the Truth Community who’s posited that Donald Trump and RFK Jr. could be effecting something of a Narrative Pincer move against the Establishment, but the Deployments over the weekend really take the cake.
Leaving aside theories of coordination, what the Collective Mind is being made privy to through Kennedy is the Establishment’s blatant disregard for his safety, while also attempting to conflate threats to that safety with the MAGA, America First and Q movements, all of which are patently absurd.
The fact that the Establishment is trying to cause an artificial and insurmountable split between the Kennedy contingent and the MAGA contingent is indicative of how fearful they are at our potential alliance in the sociopolitical sphere.” —
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been acquitted of all 16 charges against him, following an impeachment campaign leveled against him by establishment Republicans who partnered with left-wing “impeachment managers” to try and remove the pro-Trump figure.
Texas state senators voted Saturday morning to acquit Paxton on 16 articles, including “disregard of official duty”, as well as “misapplication of public resources”, “constitutional bribery”, “false statements in official records”, “conspiracy and attempted conspiracy”, “dereliction of duty”, “unfitness for office”, and “abuse of public trust”.
Paxton was not present for the verdict, and his wife, Senator Angela Paxton, was prohibited from voting.
Four original articles were held in abeyance, with the Senate dismissing them in a vote conducted after the acquittal. — The National Pulse
Our Take: “In a reality where justice is elusive, we got some good news Saturday with Attorney General Ken Paxton being acquitted of the 16 impeachment articles in the Texas Senate. Four additional articles were dismissed by the senate following the historic proceedings, and the court of impeachment is dissolved with General Paxton now officially restored to his position.
The show trial was a comedy of errors for the House managers who brought the articles to the Senate, with drunken Dade Phelan leading the charge, and it further proved that, when the law is weaponized, the process is the punishment.
Following the conclusion of the trial, the presiding member urged the legislators to amend the law in the next session to prevent such flawed and politicized process weaponization from ever happening again. As if to rebuke the plea, immediately following the vote, calls to ‘Impeach Dade Phelan’ made the rounds on X.
Regardless of where Texas goes from here, the truth community welcomed the good news as a win.
Is the tide turning on justice in America?” —
A Michigan jury found three men not guilty in the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Friday.
The jury found Eric Molitor and twin brothers Willian and Michael Null not guilty of providing material support to a terrorist act and possessing a firearm in the process. The jury reached their verdict on Friday after starting deliberations the previous morning, following 14 days of testimony.
“You gentlemen are free to leave,” Judge Charles Hamlyn told the three men on Friday.
As the Associated Press detailed:
Outside the courthouse, a juror approached Molitor and “said he was very sorry for all he had gone through,” defense attorney William Barnett told The Associated Press. “The man shook his hand and gave him a hug.”
Barnett said jurors privately told the judge the evidence simply did not add up to “material support” for a kidnapping plot, a key phrase in the charge.
“They went after three peoples’ lives and destroyed them for three years,” Barnett said of the attorney general’s office. “I’m just lost for words. This is an emotional moment.”
Molitor and the Null brothers were the last of 14 defendants to be prosecuted for the alleged plot to kidnap the Michigan governor. Prosecutors argued the men planned to kidnap Whitmer because they felt the governor was infringing on their freedoms while Michigan dealt with the coronavirus’s impact.
However, The FBI became involved in the alleged kidnapping plot after a former member of the group became disgruntled with their message of violence. — Breitbart
Our Take: “This is another win, and we should be encouraged that these three men are not going to prison for the actions of the FBI. I cried when I watched their verdicts being read.
The real question is what happens next? By their acquittal, the FBI is essentially convicted. Will the FBI have to answer for their actions? Will anyone get fired and prosecuted? Will the agents that engaged in this process persecution face the same for their actions?
If the answer is no, then this win, while earth shaking for these defendants, is shallow for the rest of us and the future of the FBI. We must lean in here and demand accountability now.” —
GOP Senators Cotton, Wicker, Collins, and Graham Urge Joe Biden to Send Tactical Missile Systems to Ukraine: “Not Doing So Will Only Prolong the War”
Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) have penned a letter to Joe Biden, urging him to send MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to Ukraine. The senators argue that not doing so will “only prolong the war” between Ukraine and Russia. The senators’ proposal is misguided and perilous for the United States and global stability.
The senators’ letter comes on the heels of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s unanimous approval for the Department of Defense to send long-range missiles to Ukraine.
The senators claim that the U.S. can provide these weapons “without any appreciable risk to its own combat capability.” They further argue that Ukraine “only requires a small portion of our stockpiled ATACMS” and that the U.S. can easily replenish its inventory.
This sense of urgency and the notion that the U.S. has an endless supply of missiles to spare is absurd. The Gateway Pundit previously reported that Joe Biden mentioned that the United States was running low on military ammunition. — The Gateway Pundit
Our Take: “We are sold the idea that the abuses and excesses of the Bush-era ‘War on Terror’ have, according to the liberal media and the establishment it represents, been acknowledged, assimilated, and will never again be allowed to happen. We’re supposed to think that the Neocons have all gone off into the sunset, with heads hung in shame, but as you can see, they remain just as powerful as ever, and they once again enjoy public approval as a result of their anti-Trump rhetoric and a well-marketed War in Ukraine.
I remember when the more discerning aspects of the Left were highly critical of NATO expansion and of endless war policies in a time when the right was mostly caught up in cultish frenzy from all the post 9-11 propaganda. I remember bands like Anti-Flag and Rage Against the Machine attending anti-war protests and raising awareness of neoconservative foreign policy among a demographic that was previously apathetic and unplugged. Now, those same individuals who rose to some kind of fame harping on conservatives have become the very thing they once hated: a group of brainwashed partisans eager for war.
This is the power of partisan programming.
The MAGA-centric types in congress have so far resisted the sway of neoconservative thought, but the above article indicates what we all already know—that the GOP is still infested with security state assets.
These members of what's been called the Military-Industrial Congressional Complex cannot list one sane reason for us to be completely liquidating what remaining wealth this nation has into another endless war cash grab. There are madmen at the wheel, and it certainly appears that they're intentionally sinking this ship.” —
Negotiators for the United Auto Workers and Ford Motor had "reasonably productive discussions" toward a new contract, the union said on Saturday, while officials at Chrysler parent Stellantis said a proposal to resume work at an idled Illinois factory has fallen through.
About 12,700 UAW workers remained on strike for a second day as part of a coordinated labor action targeting three U.S. assembly plants - one at each of the Detroit Three automakers.
Union negotiators and representatives of General Motors (GM.N), Ford (F.N) and Stellantis (STLAM.MI) resumed talks on Saturday, a day after the UAW initiated the most ambitious U.S. industrial labor action in decades.
There was no sign of a breakthrough as of Saturday afternoon.
However, the UAW comment about the tenor of talks at Ford was more positive than the union's characterization of progress ahead of the kickoff of the strikes. On Thursday, Ford CEO Jim Farley said the UAW's proposals would push the company to bankruptcy, adding that there was "nothing going on" in negotiations. — Reuters
Our Take: “The similarity between the Hollywood strikes and the autoworkers’ strike comes down to one word: Automation. According to reporting, reductions in force at major auto manufacturers were a key decision point of the United Autoworkers Union to strike. Automated production lines require fewer workers.
Unfortunately for the UAW (and Hollywood), the time to protest and strike over automation would have been about 10 years ago, when automation was a coming threat. It’s too late now, as automation is here and has resulted in record productivity and profitability gains through optimization.
The corporations won’t relinquish those gains. They’ve been preparing to realize them for more than a decade through long game investments in optimization through automation — hardware, software, robotics, IoT sensors, artificial intelligence, and more. It’s not a secret. It’s been corporate strategy, page one, for a long time.
The global corporations have long known they are going to put the majority of their talent out of work. It’s why they support universal basic income and ‘upskilling’ and ‘reskilling’ programs. While these strikes — across industries — represent a worker-awakening to the Great Reset to the New World Order, unfortunately for them, it’s too late. Whatever deal is reached will be unsustainable and short lived as the corporations are committed to the automated (and much more profitable) future — whether that’s streaming and AI-content creation or automated, robotic manufacturing lines.
Learn to code and eat the bugs or join the fight to end globalism. These are your only options.” —
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We hope you enjoyed this brief look back at the major news items you might have missed in this ever-escalating and ever-accelerating news cycle as the Information War continues to rage on around us.
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