WATSON – Off-Grid Family
THE HILLARY: RUMPF – NYT spins data; MARLOWE – China paid Bubba; EDRIDGE – Gowdy wants Hillary’s aides.
LEADS: MURRAY – Fighting regulations; MANCHESTER UNION LEADER – Free speech; FOX – Obama stood up; GERAGHTY – Walker hardliner; KRAUSHAAR – Huckabee formidable message; WRIGHT – UK Conservatives push; GERTZ – China’s drones; MOULSON – Human rights; KURTZ – Obama & the police.
PA: JACKSON – PA Court candidates, STAUB – Property tax relief.
END NOTES: WOOD – Russia in WW2; GOLDBERG – Libs & blasphemous art; BARB – Dump him.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars: “Court Hearing Today For ‘Off Grid Family’ Who Had 10 Children Seized by CPS”
“Nauglers hit back at claims they live in squalor
“The Nauglers claim they are merely following a “back to basics” free range lifestyle and are being targeted by authorities due to them living off grid and insisting on following their own education curriculum.
“The family’s Facebook page contains enough photographic evidence to suggest that the kids are living a happy, albeit austere lifestyle, although critics claim that the Nauglers are raising their children in tents filled with garbage.
“The allegations were that the family was residing in a tent, mother had given birth in a tent, there is no running water or septic, none of the children were enrolled in school and the father threatened a neighbor with a weapon,” states the Cabinet for Health and Family Services report on the family.
“The couple shot back at the allegations with an FAQ on their website which addressed the living and sanitary conditions at the property.
“‘We have a pond and we haul in potable water. It’s actually common here as a lot of wells have high sulphur content. We are building a water collection system. We have a composting toilet,’ states the post.
“The couple asserted that they are planning to build a larger cabin in the summer to accommodate the family, as well as disputing the claim that they live in a “tent”.
“‘We live in a cabin. It has walls, floor, a metal roof even. The tarps are to cover the walls that do not have siding. There is also a tarp that covers the outdoor area so we can have shade. The cabin is open. It can be closed in bad weather. We have a great balance of seasons. It doesn’t stay cold for long. We have a wood stove. We don’t use it in the spring/summer, but you can see the chimney for it in the photos. They told me it was acceptable. We may choose to add a fence for the trash and recycle bins.’ . . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
Sarah Rumpf, Big Journalism: “New York Times Spins Poll Results to Boost Hillary Clinton”
“This week, the New York Times released a poll conducted with CBS News. It frames the results as positive for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. However, a closer look at the polling numbers shows that the Times’ positive spin for Clinton does not hold up.
“‘Hillary Clinton’s Appeal Survives Scrutiny, Poll Says,’ reads the headline on a Times article that goes on to claim, ‘Americans now view Mrs. Clinton more favorably and more see her as a strong leader than they did earlier in the year, despite weeks of scrutiny about her ethics, a New York Times/CBS News poll has found.’
“The main proof offered that Clinton has “survived scrutiny” is that, compared to an earlier poll, the percentage of respondents with an unfavorable opinion of her decreased from 37 percent to 36 percent, and her favorable numbers went from 26 percent to 35 percent.
“The Times does acknowledge that Clinton’s numbers are lower than they were when she last launched a presidential campaign (July 2007), but leaves it to the reader to carefully parse through hundreds of lines from the polling data to see how far she has fallen. . .”
Alexander Marlowe, National Security: “Chinese Government Paid Bill Clinton Lucrative Speaking Fee as Sec. State Hillary Made ‘Asia Pivot’”
“Former President Bill Clinton bagged a $200,000 speaking fee on October 21, 2011, paid for by Chinese government entities just ten days after then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton heralded a “pivot to Asia” in U.S. policy.
“The stunning revelation is just one of many in the new book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
“Correspondence between Bill Clinton’s office and Hillary Clinton’s State Department reveals that among the $200,000 speech’s cosponsors were a coalition of Chinese government entities and organizations, including one “launched and chaired by an official from the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry” known as the China Electronic Commerce Association, reports Clinton Cash. Clinton’s speech took place at the innocuously-named Silicon Valley Information Business Alliance in Santa Clara, California.
“Bill Clinton also hauled in $550,000 for a Shanghai appearance underwritten by Chinese billionaire and outspoken Chinese nationalist Yan Jiehe. Known as ‘China’s baddest billionaire builder,’ Clinton Cash reports that Yan is ‘perhaps most famous in China for lopping off and flattening seven hundred mountaintops for a construction project.’ The Chinese billionaire calls Bill Clinton a “close friend.”
“Whether the Clintons made it clear to the Obama administration that Bill Clinton’s $200,000 would be underwritten by the Chinese government as Hillary Clinton touted a “pivot to Asia” in U.S. policy is presently unclear.
“On Thursday, the U.S. State Department announced it “will not review the breaches of the 2008 ethics agreement Hillary Clinton signed in order to become secretary of state after her family’s charities admitted in March that they had not complied,” reports Reuters.”
David Eldridge, Roll Call: “Gowdy’s Benghazi Panel Wants Clinton’s Top Aides”
“The Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Friday defended the pace of his panel’s year-old investigation into the 2012 terror attack and announced plans to interview three top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“It is difficult to conduct a fact-centric congressional investigation when the Administration impedes the Committee’s progress by repeatedly failing to answer the Committee’s requests or to provide information in a timely manner,” wrote the South Carolina Republican.
“The largest impediment to being able to write the final, definitive accounting of what happened before, during and after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi is the Executive Branch itself.”
“But Gowdy, who also has asked Clinton to appear before his panel, credits his committee with uncovering thousands of new emails and documents related to the administration’s handling of the attack that left four Americans dead.
“Gowdy also said the panel wants to interview at least 60 more current and former officials, including Clinton, Susan Rice, Patrick Kennedy and three of Clinton’s top aides during her tenure as secretary of State: Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin.(emph added, jb) . .”
LEADS . . .
Charles Murray, WSJ: “Regulation Run Amok—And How to Fight Back
Too many government regulations today are pointless and prevent us from doing our jobs as well as we could, writes Charles Murray. His modest proposal: Ignore them.
“America is no longer the land of the free. We are still free in the sense that Norwegians, Germans and Italians are free. But that’s not what Americans used to mean by freedom.
“It was our boast that in America, unlike in any other country, you could live your life as you saw fit as long as you accorded the same liberty to everyone else. The ‘sum of good government,’ as Thomas Jefferson put it in his first inaugural address, was one ‘which shall restrain men from injuring one another’ and ‘shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.’ Americans were to live under a presumption of freedom.
“The federal government remained remarkably true to that ideal—for white male Americans, at any rate—for the first 150 years of our history. Then, with FDR’s New Deal and the rise of the modern regulatory state, our founding principle was subordinated to other priorities and agendas. What made America unique first blurred, then faded, and today is almost gone.
“We now live under a presumption of constraint. Put aside all the ways in which city and state governments require us to march to their drummers and consider just the federal government. The number of federal crimes you could commit as of 2007 (the last year they were tallied) was about 4,450, a 50% increase since just 1980. A comparative handful of those crimes are “malum in se”—bad in themselves. The rest are “malum prohibitum”—crimes because the government disapproves.
“The laws setting out these crimes are often so complicated that only lawyers, working in teams, know everything that the law requires. Everyone knows how to obey the laws against robbery. No individual can know how to “obey” laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley (810 pages), the Affordable Care Act (1,024 pages) or Dodd-Frank (2,300 pages). We submit to them.
The laws passed by Congress are just the beginning. In 2013, the Code of Federal Regulations numbered over 175,000 pages. Only a fraction of those pages involved regulations based on something spelled out in legislation. Since the early 1940s, Congress has been permitted by the Supreme Court to tell regulatory agencies to create rules that are “generally fair and equitable” or “just and reasonable” or that prohibit “unfair methods of competition” or “excessive profits,” and leave it to the regulators to make up whatever rules they think serve those lofty goals.
“It gets worse. If a regulatory agency comes after you, forget about juries, proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, disinterested judges and other rights that are part of due process in ordinary courts. The ‘administrative courts’ through which the regulatory agencies impose their will are run by the regulatory agencies themselves, much as if the police department could make up its own laws and then employ its own prosecutors, judges and courts of appeals. . . “
Also – Leo Hohmann, WND: “State seizes kids from family living ‘off grid’” http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/state-seizes-kids-from-family-living-off-grid/
Manchester Union Leader: “Taking sides in the war on free speech”
“On Sunday, two Islamist terrorists were shot to death not in Iraq or Yemen, but in Garland, Texas. They were there to attack an exhibition of Mohammad cartoons. Pens and paper met with bullets. This will not be the last of these attacks.
“There are only two sides here, and Americans have to be on the right one.
“We are in the midst of a global war on free speech. The core values of radical Islam are in conflict with the core values of the West. To silence the West’s criticism (both implicit and explicit) of all that is radical Islam, the Islamists are murdering select Westerners to send a warning to the rest of us.Those who cannot defeat us on the battlefield seek to defeat us at home with a simple ultimatum: Criticize Mohammad and die. Even in America.
“The Associated Press reported that one Islamic State compatriot tweeted after the Texas attack, ‘Let anyone who wants to draw the picture of our Prophet to think one thousand times before doing so, because our hands can reach his neck.’
“As a tolerant people, Americans tend to be respectful of religious beliefs. It is bad form to belittle another’s faith (except among secular elites who consider faith itself worthy of scorn). Some Americans mistakenly believe that to stand for free speech is to violate this social norm. This is false.Defending free speech does not require embracing the content of all that is freely said. It does not require engaging directly in offensive speech. It requires only tolerating it. In a society that tolerates only socially acceptable speech, free speech does not exist.In this war, there is no, ‘ … but I don’t support that speech.’
“One stands for free speech or one stands against it. America must stand for it, now more than ever.”
Fox: “Rulers of most Gulf nations to miss Camp David summit hosted by Obama”
Will he side with ISIS in his scramble for another job?
“The White House was scrambling Monday to put a positive face on an upcoming summit of Persian Gulf states after learning leaders from four of the six invited nations are expected to skip.
“While those nations are still sending representatives to the summit being hosted by President Obama later this week at Camp David, the absence of crucial heads of state — notably, Saudi Arabia’s new king — could present an awkward situation for the administration.
“In a statement Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Thursday’s summit coincides with a humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Shiite rebels known as Houthis. He said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also interior minister, would lead the Saudi delegation and the king’s son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is defense minister, will also attend — but the king would not.
“Obama had planned to meet Saudi Arabia’s King Salman one-on-one a day before the gathering of leaders at the presidential retreat. The White House, though, did not present his decision to skip the summit as a sign of any substantial disagreement with the U.S. . . .”
Jim Geraghty, NRO: “Walker Adopts Session’s Hard Line on Immigration, Dividing Himself from the Rest of the Field”
“Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the all-but-declared Republican presidential candidate currently leading the polls in Iowa, sounds more like Alabama senator Jeff Sessions when he discusses immigration issues these days. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal-immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages,” Walker told Glenn Beck on April 20. “It is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today, is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that to be at the forefront of our discussion going forward,” he said, citing Sessions by name as someone with whom he’d discussed the issue. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418174/walker-adopts-sessions-hard-line-immigration-dividing-himself-rest-field-jim-geraghty
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal: “Mike Huckabee’s Message Is As Formidable As Jeb Bush’s Money”
“Republicans have become a more blue-collar, populist party. That should give the former Arkansas governor a chance to make his mark in the presidential campaign.
“May 7, 2015 If you listen to the rhetoric from the GOP elite in Washington, Republicans view immigration as an unquestioned asset, support free trade agreements, and believe entitlement reform is necessary to get the country’s fiscal house in order. But those reformist positions embraced by party leaders threaten to alienate a significant constituency within the Republican party, one that has been growing in recent years. That populist faction of the party—call it the Huckabee wing—is one that Republicans are overlooking at their own peril.
“Indeed, what’s most notable about Mike Huckabee’s presidential launch is that he hasn’t bought into any of the conventional GOP positions on those issues—and instead is using his populist bona fides as a weapon to separate himself from the opposition. He slammed free trade agreements for reducing the cost of wages, saying he’d ‘like to think the U.S. government would stand up for the U.S. workers rather than let them take it in the backside.’ In his kickoff speech, he pledged to prevent politicians from rolling back popular Social Security and Medicare benefits. After Clinton’s embrace of liberalized immigration policies, Huckabee called her “absolutely wrong” and emphasized his tough stance on border security. And the overall anti-Washington tenor of his message—even calling on candidates who hold public office to resign their seats to run for president—suggest that he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the GOP nomination fight. . .”
Oliver Wright, UK Independent: “Unshackled from Coalition partners, Tories get ready to push radical agenda”
“David Cameron will use the Conservative Party’s first majority in the House of Commons for nearly 20 years to “deliver” on a radical agenda to cut welfare, shrink the size of the state and re-define Britain’s relationship with Europe.
“Conservative insiders said Mr Cameron would move to the right to consolidate support among his backbench MPs after five years of compromise with the Liberal Democrats.
“Among Mr Cameron’s first legislative priorities will be to enshrine an EU referendum into law, bring in the so-called ‘snoopers charter’ to give police greater powers to monitor internet communications and give English MPs a veto over legislation only affecting England. The Tories also intend to publish plans to scrap the Human Rights Act within their first 100 days. All proposals had been previously blocked by the Lib Dems. . .”
Also – Peter Dominiczak, UK Telegraph: “David Cameron: I’ve already started EU negotiations”
“Prime Minister says he has ‘already made calls’ to other European leaders as he attempts to claw back powers from Brussels – as sources indicate referendum could be held next year
“David Cameron has already begun negotiations with his European counterparts over Britain’s membership of the EU, it emerged last night as sources indicated that an in-out referendum could take place as early as next year.
“Despite only being re-elected on Friday morning, Mr Cameron said that he has “already made calls” to other European leaders as he attempts to claw back powers from Brussels.
“It is understood that officials are now considering bringing the EU referendum forward – holding it next year – following a quick renegotiation spearheaded by Mr Cameron, George Osborne and Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary.
“It came as Boris Johnson said that Mr Cameron will be able to make the case for reform “because there are so many other EU governments who now agree” with his position but have not said so publicly, dubbing them “shy Eurosceptics’. . .”
Bill Gertz, Free Beacon: “China Preparing for Drone Warfare”
“China’s military plans to produce nearly 42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned weapons and sensor platforms as part of its continuing, large-scale military buildup, the Pentagon’s annual report on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) disclosed Friday.
“China currently operates several armed and unarmed drone aircraft and is developing long-range range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for both intelligence gathering and bombing attacks. . .”
Gier Moulson, AP: “US defends record before top UN human rights body”
“BERLIN (AP) — The United States heard widespread concern Monday over excessive use of force by law-enforcement officials against minorities as it faced the U.N.’s main human rights body for a review of its record.
“Washington also faced calls to work toward abolishing the death penalty, push ahead with closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center and ensure effective safeguards against abuses of Internet surveillance. Its appearance before the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva is the second review of the U.S. rights record, following the first in 2010.
“A string of countries ranging from Malaysia to Mexico pressed the U.S. to redouble efforts to prevent police using excessive force against minorities. . .”
Stanley Kurtz, NRO: “Obama, Bulworth, and the Police”
“Andy McCarthy had a piece up this past Saturday called, “Baltimore is Just the Latest Target in Obama’s Civil Rights Crusade Against Police Departments.” There Andy laid out the technique by which the administration is effectively nationalizing local police forces using alleged civil rights violations as an excuse. Andy noted that this effort would continue under Attorney General Lynch, just as it had under Attorney General Holder, because the real force behind the policy is President Obama. To prove it, Andy harked back to Obama’s alliance with Bill Ayers on crime policy during his state senate years in Illinois.
“Obama’s old alliance with Ayers on crime policy is certainly relevant to his administration’s strategies today, but there’s another important connection as well. Obama pressed for so-called racial profiling legislation for years, and got it through the Illinois legislature just in time to make it a selling point in his run for the U.S. Senate.
“Unfortunately, the whole effort was based on a false premise and likely did more to hamper the police and interfere with necessary crime enforcement than to protect civil rights. Obama pushed his racial profiling legislation by activating his alliance with radical clergy like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger. So the strategy that Andy lays out, in which Obama uses questionable civil rights accusations and demagoguery by the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton to effectively nationalize local police forces, was clearly prefigured during Obama’s Chicago years. . .”
PA . . .
Peter Jackson, WTRF: “Candidates for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court at a glance”
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Property tax relief to take center stage in PA state House”
“This is a big week for homeowners in Pennsylvania who want something done about their tax bills.
“The state House is expected to take up legislation from state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, which, he says, would reduce school property tax bills by 40 percent to 60 percent in most districts. If it fails, lawmakers are willing to listen to other ideas, including Gov. Tom Wolf’s package, which includes another version of relief, said House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana.
“‘It will be what it will be,’ said Reed, who expects it will take both Republicans and Democrats to reach the 102-vote threshold to change the antiquated school funding system.
“As many as three or more proposals could be considered, and the debate could have a ripple effect on a much larger piece of policy.
“Property tax relief is considered a cornerstone to budget negotiations between the Republican-controlled Legislature and Wolf, a Democrat in his first year as governor. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Todd Wood, Washington Times: Let’s talk about Russia and its role in WWII”
“. . .Russia is estimated to have lost close to 30 million people to the Germans during the war. The true tally could be even much higher. Americans cannot even fathom the scale of such a loss. The United States lost approximately a half-million during World War II. An entire Russian generation, villages, families, all wiped from the face of the Earth, buried in mass graves all around the former Soviet Union. Most of the Jews killed by Adolf Hitler were killed in the USSR. Even though as many members of the USSR were just as brutally killed by Josef Stalin in the ensuing years after the war ended, this does not erase what Hitler did to Russia.
“It is safe to say, the Allied Powers would have had a much more difficult time in defeating Nazi Germany without the Soviet Union’s efforts and sacrifice. In fact, one could make the case that the only way the same outcome would have manifested itself would have been the use of nuclear weapons against Germany. Russia killed approximately 9 million German soldiers. The existence of the Eastern Front saved many American and allied soldiers’ lives. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, RCP: “Liberal Hypocrisy on Blasphemous Art”
“Why aren’t liberals offering Pamela Geller a federal subsidy? Geller is the blogger-activist who organized the “Draw Muhammad” exhibition in Garland, Texas, which inspired some DIY jihadists to attack the event. The would-be terrorists chose poorly: They were cut down by Texas lawmen shortly after wounding a security guard.
“Let’s hop in the WayBack Machine for a moment.
“In 1986, the National Endowment of Arts paid about $20,000 for Andreas Serrano’s “Piss Christ.” Serrano peed in a glass, plunked a plastic icon of Jesus on the cross into it, and then snapped a picture. I will say the lighting was lovely. But, as strange as it seemed to the “arts community,” some people were offended.
“In 1989, the Corcoran Gallery of Art agreed to host a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit. Mapplethorpe’s work was edgy, particularly going by the attitudes at the time. There were the obligatory sexual bondage scenes, urine-drinking (artistic urine: is there anything it can’t do?), and, of course, his most famous work: a self-portrait showing a bullwhip going someplace the sun reportedly does not shine.
“Many social conservatives flipped out. They asked: ‘Why the hell are we paying for this?!’
“Now, personally, I think this is a reasonable question even if you are a huge fan of Mapplethorpe’s hide-the-bullwhip oeuvre or enjoy seeing the Christian God incarnate lose in the urine dunk tank.
“Federal subsidies for ‘art’ — or even art without scare quotes — are legitimately controversial for all sorts of reasons: Surely the government has higher priorities; bureaucrats shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers, in the marketplace or the art gallery; it’s particularly annoying to be asked to fund expression you find inartistic and obscene.
Thomas Jefferson said it well: “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
“But whenever Congress attempted to curtail funding of offensive art, editorial pages, faculty lounges, and museum boards launched a nationwide elite freak-out. . .”
My husband is a liar and a cheat.
He has cheated on me from the beginning, and, when I confront him, he denies everything.
What’s worse, everyone knows that he cheats on me.
It is so humiliating. Also, since he lost his job 14 years ago, he hasn’t even looked for a new one. All he does all day is smoke cigars, cruise around and shoot the bull with his buddies, while I have to work to pay the bills. Since our daughter went away to college he doesn’t even pretend to like me, and even hints that I may be a lesbian. What should I do? Signed: Clueless
Dear Clueless: Grow up and dump him.
Good grief woman!
You don’t need him anymore! You’re running for President of the United States. Act like one.
Independent Women’s Forum
Janet: Track the RINOS
“If you would like to follow your Representative and our Senators, go to this link:
A good way to see what our Rino’s are doing in D.C.