DERAILED . . .
THE HILLARY: FOX – Judge reopens email lawsuit; SIMON – Bill to save us?
LEADS: WATSON – Jade Helm is coming; ARKIN – Senate Dems block BO’s trade initiative; ZITO – Cruz targets conservatives.
ISLAM: WEHNER – Geller cuter than Jihadists.
PA: KNEPPER – Union transparency; STAUB – DocPot on the way.
END NOTES: JODY – News of the future; MARK LEVIN NOTES;.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
Derailment: “Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene Wednesday morning to investigate.
“So far, there’s nothing to indicate the incident was an act of terrorism. (emph added, jb)
“And Philadelphia’s mayor said there’s no indication that another train had anything to do with the derailment.
“‘We do not know what happened here,’ Nutter said. ‘We do not know why it happened.’”
THE HILLARY . . .
Fox: “Federal judge agrees to reopen Hillary Clinton email lawsuit”
“A federal judge has agreed to reopen a lawsuit that seeks to gain access to emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server.
“Judge Reggie B. Walton’s decision Friday came after the State Department and Judicial Watch, which brought the lawsuit, agreed that the documents that Clinton kept on her own email server separate from the government should be turned over.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Fox News on Tuesday that the decision is an ‘extraordinary development.’ He said it could ultimately lead to the department having to ‘explain itself under oath.’
“‘This is the first case that’s been reopened,’ Fitton told The Washington Times. ‘It’s a significant development. It points to the fraud by this administration and Mrs. Clinton.’ . . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Sabotage! Will Bill Save Us from Hill?”
“The more we read of the escapades or listen to the remarks of William Jefferson Clinton, the less it seems he wants his wife to be president. Even the court eunuchs at the Washington Post are starting to worry.
“Now naturally, Bill cannot come out and say as much, not even to himself in the small hours of the morning. But the way he’s behaving under fire — “I gotta pay our bills!” – does the talking for him.
“As attractive as a Third Clinton Presidency may be in fantasy, I’d wager the reality of being First Man gives Bill Clinton the heebie-jeebies. What a crimp in his lifestyle — and that’s not even the half of it.
“Of course, that wasn’t the agreement. Back when he humiliated Hillary in public, yet again, and to such an extraordinary degree, with that now middle-aged TED speaker “Miss Lewinsky,” Hill didn’t run off – like a “good feminist” or even a moderately self-respecting human being — into the welcoming arms of a celebrity divorce lawyer. Instead, she played the game, mouthing such howlers as blaming her husband’s (serial) infidelity on the “great rightwing conspiracy.” The deal was — I back you and you back me…. and back me… and… and… and…
“But that was then and this is now, now being years into the Clinton post-presidency,a gaudy cocktail of goody-goody causes, multi-million dollar corporate shenanigans, various Hollywood star assignations (yes, I live here and there are rumors), not to mention myriad private jets of the 727 variety. (No namby-pamby Gulf Streams for our Bill. Power to the People! Right on!) . . .”
LEADS . . .
Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars: “Special Forces Train With Cops for House to House Raids”
“South Carolina residents warned they may encounter military vehicles
“Special Forces out of Fort Bragg are training with SWAT officers in Richland County, South Carolina this week for house to house raids, another unnerving sign of the militarization of domestic law enforcement.
“The late night and pre-dawn exercises, which will involve the 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, have been running since May 8 and will conclude on Friday.
Previous exercises conducted by the 3rd Special Forces Group, seen in the video above, show troops conducting house to house raids and arresting individuals at gunpoint.
“Residents in Lower Richland County have been warned that they may encounter military vehicles and ‘hear ordinance being set off or shots being fired.’
“According to Sheriff Leon Lott, ‘Deputies will provide simulated scenarios for the military,’ while Richmond County will provide, ‘an ideal location for training that cannot be replicated at Fort Bragg.’
“During a similar drill last year, journalists were barred from reporting on the exercise.
“Concerns over drills such as this have heightened since the announcement of Jade Helm, a nationwide military exercise set to begin in July during which troops will operate undercover amongst local populations. . .”
James Arkin, Real Clear Politics: “Senate Dems Block Key Obama Trade Initiative”
Obama’s plan – Run up trade imbalances and then use federal lands to pay them off? Should be worth a fat check to BO . . . and make holes in the United States . . .
“Senate Democrats voted against opening debate on fast-track trade authority for the president Tuesday, at least temporarily stalling a key initiative of President Obama’s that has strong support among Republicans but is divisive within his own party.
“The vote failed 52-45, with only one Democrat, Tom Carper of Delaware, siding with Republicans to open debate on the legislation, called Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the only Republican to vote against ending the filibuster, though he supports TPA and cast his vote for procedural reasons so he can bring the bill up again.
“Senate Democrats are not unanimously opposed to TPA, a rule that would allow the president to submit potential trade agreements to Congress for an up-or-down vote — and therefore without the ability to amend them. A number of Democrats, including Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, support TPA and would vote for the legislation despite strong opposition from some of the more visible members of the party in the upper chamber, including Minority Leader Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren.
“But Wyden and fellow pro-trade Democrats stuck with leadership for Tuesday’s cloture vote because of procedural disagreements over whether to consider several other trade bills at the same time. Wyden insisted that they are still “thoroughly committed to getting this bill passed.”
Salena Zito, TribLive: “Texas Senator Cruz sets sights on ‘uninspired’ conservatives”
“WASHINGTON — More and more Americans are worried that life will worsen for the next generation, so a central issue in the 2016 presidential election will be “reigniting the promise of America,” according to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
And to win the White House, Republicans need to mobilize conservatives who have not voted in recent elections, Cruz told the Tribune-Review. People who were “uninspired or unmotivated to show up for either party” across the Midwest and New England — including evangelical Christians, Reagan Democrats, independents and women — are important for the party to court, he said.
Pittsburgh could be considered “ground zero for the working men and women who have been hammered by this economy, who are seeing their values, religious liberty and their constitutional rights under assault,” Cruz said, “and we need to reach those voters to win.”
ISLAM . . .
Peter Wehner, Commentary: “Jihadists More Repulsive than Pam Geller”
“. . . when it comes to Muhammad and the cartoons, we’re supposed to indulge Muslim militancy. We’re expected to take into account, and tiptoe around, the delicate sensibilities of jihadists. Easily provoked, our job is not to trigger a violent response from them. Today it’s a cartoon. Tomorrow it may be a dissertation that is critical of aspects of Muhammed’s life. The following day it may be Bill Maher’s monologue. Jihadists will come up with an endless number of reasons to be offended by us and to kill us. And at every stage and at every point, we’ll be told that we need to conform to the demands of the militants in order to prevent a “clash of civilizations.” Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations.
“I find it rather stunning that those whose profession depends on freedom of speech are so eager to cater to those who are undermining it. The thinking of many in the political class seems to be that if cartoons are deemed offensive and off limits by jihadists, then the cartoons are offensive and off limits. Ms. Geller, however imperfect she may be, decided she wouldn’t go along with this game. She wouldn’t play by jihadi rules. If the demand by Islamists is you can’t draw cartoons of Muhammed, her response was: Oh yes we can. Certainly in America we can.
“As a general matter, I’m not particularly enthralled with those who mock other people’s faith. But when people, in the name of their faith, threaten to kill you for drawing cartoons, I’m a good deal more understanding of those who will do it just to prove that intimidation tactics don’t work, that the First Amendment lives.
“Winston Churchill said that he declined utterly to be impartial as between the fire brigade and the fire. And while I’m no fan of Geller, I decline utterly to be impartial as between Pamela Geller and the jihadists who want to kill her (and us). So should you.”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Seems Only Fair Since We’re Paying for It”
“Last week the Senate passed two pieces of legislation designed to provide much-needed transparency on public union contracts. Both bills were sponsored by CAP members, Senators Folmer and Stefano. S.B. 644 would empower the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) to complete and publish cost analyses for collective bargaining agreements involving public employees under the Governor’s jurisdiction. As Sen. Folmer noted in his co-sponsorship memo, fourteen contracts expire at the end of June. The new contracts will cost taxpayers over $3 billion. Knowing the details of these contracts prior to execution is vital if the legislature is going to pass a balanced budget.
“The second bill, S.B. 645 is broader in scope and would require that nearly all proposed public employee contracts be posted online two weeks prior to the “employer” signing the contract. For example, under the legislation a school board would be required to post the proposed contract on the school district website before approving it. As an added bonus, any documents provided to the “employer” by the union during the negotiations would be subject to Right-to-Know requests.
“President Franklin D. Roosevelt rightly feared the rise of government unions because taxpayers did not (and do not) truly have a seat at the bargaining table. While this legislation does not completely address the problem, it does give us the opportunity to review contracts we are ultimately responsible for paying. . .”
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: Medical cannabis moves closer to reality in Pennsylvania”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. — Doctors across Pennsylvania are a step closer to receiving the ability to recommend medical cannabis to patients with cancer, epilepsy and several other approved medical conditions.
The state Senate on Tuesday approved the Medical Cannabis Act, sending the legislation to the House, where it still faces uncertainty. The bill prohibits the smoking of medical marijuana, but allows physicians to recommend other forms of medical cannabis, such as oils, ointments and tinctures.
“At the end of the day, this is really about one thing. It’s about getting the best medicine in the most effective delivery method to people who are sick,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach, one of the lead sponsors of the bill. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Thx Jody!: “News of the Future” . . .
Mark Levin Show (5/12/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: There is a liberal manifesto going on in America that is similar to the communist manifesto, where the answer to inequality is more centralized government. President Obama is in full Marxist mode on his indoctrination and repetition tour despite living the exact lifestyle he condemns. We’ve tried spending our way out of poverty and it’s only gotten us trillions of dollars in debt, yet Obama’s solution is to spend more. When an economy crumbles, iron-fisted centralized government gets stronger. Obama is usurping and demanding at the same time because Marxism is an unnatural ideology which seeks to change the nature of man; in order to be successful there needs to be complete elimination and destruction of our way of life.
“Also, this free trade deal is just another big bill negotiated and agreed to in secrecy. We need to protect our borders and economic system from Obama, so why would we give him even more power? We’re caught up in phony terms; there is no fast track for free trade, only a fast track to give Obama the power to negotiate whatever deals he wants.”
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.