Arkansas rushes to murder potentially innocent men using the death penalty, What’s in the News with stories on Saudia Arabia women’s rights, the TSA, IRS, strippers and Backwordz, and a Statists Gonna State on CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Julian Assange.

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

My former home state of Arkansas has been making waves in the news lately by rushing death row inmates to the death penalty chamber because of some expiring drugs, including two people who could potentially be innocent of the crimes they are accused of and several others who suffer.

The state of Arkansas hasn’t carried out an execution in over a decade. So why the sudden, blood-crazed rush to carry out as many as possible? For one reason: the supply of drugs they use to carry out state-sanctioned murder are about to expire. What the actual fuck? The rush of executions is so that the state can use up all of its lethal injection drugs before they go as sour as an old carton of milk.

This is essentially state-sanctioned murder, because, one of those men executed was Ledell Lee. There is DNA evidence in his case, hair found at the crime scene, which the state has refused to test. A judge ruled that the DNA, which could have exonerated him, should never be tested.

WHAT’S IN THE NEWS

In seriously, what the actual fuck news, the United Nations has elected Saudia Arabia to sit on the Woman’s Rights Commission for the term from 2018 – 2022. I guess it could be worse. They could have put the Westboro Baptist Church on the Gay Rights Commission.

In other human rights abuses news, the Transportation and Safety Administration says it’s allowed to investigate inside your underwear and you should just accept it.

In legalized theft news, the IRS deliberately targeted innocents for civil forfeiture program that stole millions from Americans.

In more stolen money news, a Palm Beach County employee has been pocketing the licensing fees paid by strippers for years. 

And in returning some stolen money news, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states have no right to keep money based on overturned convictions. 

In liberty music news, the band BackWordz, led by Being Libertarian’s Eric July, hit #2 on the Heatseekers Album chart, a chart dedicated to new and upcoming bands with their new album Veracity. They also snagged the #1 spot for Alternative New Artist, the #5 spot on the Hard Rock chart, the #11 spot on Rock chart, and the #14 spot for a band on an Independent label.

STATISTS GONNA STATE

The hypocrisy of the left, and in particular the media, is disgusting. Back in February, after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. media were the “enemy of the people,” the targets of his insult exploded with indignation, devoting wall-to-wall media coverage to what they depicted as a grave assault on press freedoms more befitting of a tyranny. By stark and disturbing contrast, the media reaction yesterday was far more muted, even welcoming, when Trump’s CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, actually and explicitly vowed to target freedoms of speech and press in a blistering, threatening speech he delivered to the D.C. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

But, since Pompeo wasn’t specifically targeting the mainstream media, but instead was talking about WikiLeaks, the media swallowed it. It was almost impossible to find even a single U.S. mainstream journalist expressing objections or alarm, because the targets Pompeo chose in this instance are ones they dislike – much the way that many are willing to overlook or even sanction free speech repression if the targeted ideas or speakers are sufficiently unpopular.

Let’s be honest, the media is against WikiLeaks primarily because they are getting a lot of attention as a non-mainstream media source, and the media is threatened by it. When we have groups like WikiLeaks and other alternative sources for our news, this cuts into the bottom line of the old guard media, and they are terrified, as they should be.

While we’re talking about Assange, it came out last week that the Justice Department is ready to file arrest charges against him, and potentially other members of the WikiLeaks team.