Good morning Austin:
The most frequent question I get about Alex Jones is, “Does he really mean what he says or is it an act?’
Ultimately, the answer to this question is unknowable.
The more pertinent question is whether there is any separation between the public Alex Jones and the private Alex Jones.
From April 16, 2017: In Travis County custody case, jury will search for real Alex Jones.
At a recent pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.”
“He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”
But in emotional testimony at the hearing, Kelly Jones, who is seeking to gain sole or joint custody of her three children with Alex Jones, portrayed the volcanic public figure as the real Alex Jones.
“He’s not a stable person,” she said of the of the man with whom her 14-year-old son and 9- and 12-year-old daughters have lived since her 2015 divorce. “He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck. He wants J-Lo to get raped.
“I’m concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress,” she said, referring to his recent comments about California Democrat Adam Schiff. “He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.”
Beginning Monday, a jury will be selected at the Travis County Courthouse that in the next two weeks will be asked to sort out whether there is a difference between the public and private Alex Jones, and whether, when it comes to his fitness as a parent, it matters.
For Naranjo, who has been the presiding judge of the 419th District Court since January 2006, it is about keeping her eyes, and the jury’s eyes, on the children.
“This case is not about Infowars, and I don’t want it to be about Infowars,” Naranjo told the top-shelf legal talent enlisted in Jones v. Jones at the last pretrial hearing Wednesday. “I am in control of this court, not your clients.”
Kelly Jones ostensibly won that case before a jury, becoming the primary parent in their continued joint conservatorship of the children, but, as it has played out, not so much.
Today, Alex and Kelly Jones were to be back in Naranjo’s courtroom because he is seeking a modification of the arrangement that would restore him as primary parent.
But before court began, Kelly Jones’ attorney, Brandi Stokes, filed a motion seeking Naranjo’s refusal from the case, and the hearing was canceled.
A living and beautiful thing to be sure, but I had rushed over to the courthouse the moment I hit send on First Reading and had paid for a full day of parking before I arrived to find out it was all over for the day.
As it happens, Jones, his three children from his marriage to Kelly, his new wife, and their baby, are just back from a family vacation in Hawaii that, based simply on watching Infowars, demonstrates rather conclusively that there is precious little separation between Infowars Alex Jones, and vacationing dad and husband Alex Jones.
The vacation begins with the Joneses running into Bernie Sanders during a layover at LAX.
AJ: Well if it isn’t old Bernie Sanders.
Sanders aide: Dude, no, come one, not right now.
Bernie Sanders (to his aide): Who’s this?
AJ: Why’d you say white people didn’t know what it was like to be poor?
The Infowars video now goes to a clip of Sanders at a debate with Hillary Clinton in which he says, “When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to live in a ghetto. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor.”
AJ: Ladies and gentlemen, we just got off our plane at LAX and Bernie Sanders, the living embodiment of communist and socialist evil and failure was here.
A living museum piece of Mao Zedong or Josef Stalin or V.I. Lenin.
In fact with the death of Hugo Chavez, he passed on the mantle.
But, of course, his little handlers wouldn’t let him to talk to some proletariat slave like me.
Yes, of course, why wouldn’t Bernie Sanders want to talk to Alex Jones?
Indeed, why wouldn’t any traveler not savor the opportunity to be harassed by an aggressive stranger (because Sanders really doesn’t seem to know who Alex Jones is) thrusting a camera in your face and asking hostile questions?
So naturally, Jones had to chase after Sanders.
AJ: You guys aren’t flying first class, are you? If you guys are flying first class you shouldn’t be. They don’t do that in Venezuela.
Why’s he running?
To be clear, Sanders is not running. He is walking very, very slowly, and is not reacting at all to Jones’ provocations.
AJ: Hey Bernie, why’re you running? Karl Rove didn’t run like this.
He said white people don’t know what it’s like to be poor. I thought that was a really racist thing to say.
You guys have fun. Got to be around the general public. Kind of a bad thing. You’re in the proletariat like that. You’re a ruling class commie.
AJ: The truth is the left is the most vicious, evil ideology the planet has ever seen. It’s an historical fact.
They always lecture us how we’re violent, we’re bad. They’re the ones that want to abort all the babies. They’re the ones who wanted to block Trump from being able to have all the experimental treatments and cures given to people that were terminal.
They’re the people who love the culture of death, just like Bernie supported Black Lives Matter. Just like he wouldn’t denounce cop-killers when they killed cops. That’s the kind of monster, cold-blooded person that Sanders is. He wants to overthrow this country via conquest
Bernie Sanders is a monster.
Monster. Conquest. Culture of Death.
But, if you think that bizarre tirade is the end of it, you would be wrong.
AJ: Why do you think socialism is better than capitalism and then why do you live in a capitalist country?
AJ: I don’t know why you’re running from me.
Sanders aide: Are you going to apologize to the Sandy Hook families, Alex?
AJ: Well, the media misrepresents that.
Well, Jones is being sued for by several Sandy Hook parents who think otherwise and, and six more Sandy Hook parents have joined the suit, which may ultimately leave to a Travis County jury, the questions of whether Jones is on the hook for damages.
AJ: You apologized for all the wars you guys launched, Democrats? All the millions you guys killed?
This is an odd line of attack on Sanders. I’m not sure which if any recent wars Sanders, an Independent in the Senate, supported, let alone launched.
OK, this next sequence is key, with Rex Jones, in the green shirt, getting into the vacation swing of things by joining dad in the chase and hectoring of Sanders.
REX JONES: Do you enjoy living in your million-dollar vacation homes, Bernie, or do you want to give those to the poor?
AJ: Your $100,000 Audis?
From Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik, 4/1/16..
Over the past day or so, a picture that’s allegedly of Bernie Sanders driving a roughly $160,000 Audi R8 has been circulating online, along with the allegations that he purchased the car with donor money. Is any of this even remotely true?
Um, no. I know it’s astounding that something that shows up on 4Chan might not be 100 percent absolutely, verifiably true, but there’s roughly zero evidence that Sanders has used campaign contributions for anything like this, or even if that guy in the R8 is Bernie Sanders at all.
AJ: Anyways, anyways, anyways, anyways, you guys have fun.
Good luck when Google gets broken up.
Sanders aide: Apologize to the Sandy Hook families, Alex.
AJ: You guys need to. You made those places disarmament zones and then advertised it.
REX JONES: What do you think about the fact that 98 percent of shootings occur in gun-free zones, you want to get rid of those?
Then, a most remarkable thing happens.
A bystander seeing what is happening approaches Jones, gets in his face and, in a minute or two, owns Alex Jones.
And this guy appears to be having a great time.
BYSTANDER: Why don’t you stop being an idiot for a second?
AJ: It’s OK.
BYSTANDER: I know it’s OK.
AJ: Are you mad that Hillary stole the election from you?
BYSTANDER: I’m mad that you’re a Sandy Hook denier.
AJ: You’re that guy…
BYSTANDER: What guy am I?
AJ: You like Hillary.
BYSTANDER: Did I bring up Hillary? You deny Sandy Hook and you’re giving him a hard time?
AJ: Hillary edited tapes of that.
BYSTANDER: Oh. Hillary edited tapes of Sandy Hook?
AJ: That’s right.
BYSTANDER: You’re an idiot. You win.
AJ: Why don’t you talk about all the wars that’ve killed millions of people.
He launches into Benghazi, food shortages in Venezuela, Harvey Weinstein.
Confronted by some guy at the airport, the Alex Jones’ mumbo-jumbotron appears to be short-circuiting and Jones decides to beat a strategic retreat.
AJ: Anyway, you guys have a great day. I’ve got to catch my plane.
BYSTANDER: Please, one less idiot in LA is a good thing.
REX JONES: Well, LA’s kind of hit their idiot max, I’m not sure we’re one of them.
Alex Jones offers one last parting shot at Sanders, bringing his rhetorical harassment full circle.
AJ: Hey Bernie, why did you say white people didn’t know what it’s like to be poor? Why are you such a racist?
AJ: Why don’t you move to Venezuela Bernie, you’ll like it.
The video ends with Jones offering some concluding thoughts, summing up what we have just seen in a manner that anyone who has watched want went before knows is preposterous.
AJ: So over and over again, they want to change the subject from communism and socialism destroying hundreds of countries and killing 200 million people, they want to change the subject to myself and others asking questions about big public events that are used to blame the Second Amendment.
This is incredible. But as long as they can’t guilt you into their mind control they’ve failed. They are sociopath sand psychopaths. Leftists and globalists are there to manipulate those of us who have feelings.
So again ladies and gentlemen, Bernie Sanders, checked off the bucket list, chased like a cowardly rat into a sewer away from serious questions.
What is remarkable to me is that Jones had complete control over what happened here and how it was produced and presented to the world and I’ve got to think that to all but the most devoted Infowarriors he comes across as ridiculous, as a ludicrous parody of himself.
As for what is says about his parenting of Rex, well maybe next year he’ll take his son to the Running of the Jew in Kazakhstan.
Rex’s involvement in Infowars has grown in recent months.
From a March 30 First Reading: Alex Jones turns to his 15-year-old son to defend him from `bullying’ by David Hogg
It has been almost a year since the Alex Jones-Kelly Jones child custody trial in the Travis County courtroom of District Judge Orlinda Naranjo.
I, like other reporters, never identified the names of the Jones’ three children.
But that now seems a quaint precaution when it comes to their oldest child, their now 15-year-old son, who his father yesterday pushed into a very public place on InfoWars before his huge audience in a manner that appears to make a mockery of Naranjo’s insistence throughout the trial that Alex Jones’ day job had nothing to do with how he parents his children and was of no concern to the court.
Alex Jones seems determined to make his son a celebrity, to make Rex Jones the next Alex Jones.
It’s not hard to understand why Rex Jones, at 15, still in braces, wouldn’t want to go into the hugely lucrative and unfathomably ego-affirming family business. And, I suppose, why not blame David Hogg, who, of late, has become a more hated and demonized target of the American right than Hillary Clinton or George Soros.
I will admit that I find Hogg’s arrogance off-putting and unsettling.
But I don’t think Alex Jones thrusting his son into the spotlight is either helpful or model parenting. It is just more narcissism from a narcissist, intended to wring every drop of juice he can out of attacking Hogg while grooming his Mini-Me.
Here’s some other scenes from Alex Jones’ Hawaiian family vacation.
AJ: Alex Jones here form the Central Pacific Ocean reporting on a really exciting development…I have made the point that if we really want to take down the globalists, their Achilles’ heel is sex-trafficking …
AJ: Pizzagate was a distraction.
I”m not blaming folks. We halfway bought into it as well.
AJ: Alex Jones, reporting live on historic events from the Central Pacific Ocean.
AJ: There is literally an ocean of people who are awake and know what’s happening. There are also an ocean of people who aren’t awake but they are becoming disillusioned as they realize they have been lied to and as they realize the economy is turning around.
Next up Anthony Bourdain, who, according to Jones, was about to go MAGA when he supposedly committed suicide.
Here, he literally talks into the sunset.
Then continues under a tiki torch.
AJ: You know what, I’m going to join the liberal team. I think it’s totally reasonable.
I’m going to identify as an eighth-grade girl and I am going to make them let me on the local eighth-grade girls team in Austin and I am going to wrestle eighth-grade little girls, and if they don’t let me, I’m going to sue them.
AJ: John was here with his children, I was here with my children, we’re here in the middle of Pacific Ocean, we’re here in the newest land on Earth, last touched by God, the real Garden of Eden, and I ran into this guy, he’s a very humble guy but very well-spoken, very charismatic, very passionate, and so I wanted him, from another angle, to get into the current state right now, how we are witnessing prophecy right now, and what an amazing time we’re in ...
Then this dispatch while snorkeling.
Of course, there was lao report on the disruption by Infowars of Bill Clinton’s book tour appearance at Bass Concert Hall in Austin.
AJ: I’m here on a workcation with my family in Hawaii, but I tell you, I wish I was there in Austin with you.
And then, of course, there is a report on his decision to do what many men do, and grow a beard on vacation.
Apparently Alex Jones said he wouldn’t grow a beard until the “tide has turned against the globalists,” which, he said, it now has and that is why he started growing a beard while in Hawaii, and stole a few precious minutes away from his family time to tell us about it.