By Brit Hume, ,
Published May 18, 2015
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Listing the Lies
It appears that Hillary Clinton’s list of exaggerations about her 1996 trip to Bosnia is getting longer. On Tuesday, Clinton admitted she misspoke when she recalled a corkscrew landing and sniper fire. But moments later she added, "I was the first first lady taken into a war zone since Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II."
As it turns out Richard Nixon’s wife, Pat Nixon earned that distinction during a 1969 trip to Vietnam. "Pat Nixon: The Untold Story" — a book written by daughter Julie Nixon Eisenhower — chronicles the war zone visit in detail and even gives an account by then National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger who said the president and his party — which included his wife – were, ''whisked from the airport to the presidential palace in a helicopter that seemed to go straight up out of range of possible sniper fire."
"Bias and Hypocrisy"
The United Nations Human Rights Council was supposed to be better than the old Human Rights Commission, which became famous for bias and hypocrisy. Now the same charge is being leveled at the new body
The council elected Swiss national Jean Ziegler to its advisory committee. But Ziegler has a history of sympathizing with the regimes of Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe — and has criticized US and Israeli relations.
The same council also appointed Princeton International Law scholar Richard Falk to a post overseeing Israel’s conduct in the Palestinian territories. The problem is, Falk has a history of comparing Israeli treatment of Palestinians to Nazi atrocities against Jews.
Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. said Falk is not impartial, as did the Canadian ambassador. And Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen released a statement, “This sad occasion reinforces the need for the United States and other responsible nations to demand fundamental reform of the United Nations."
A Michigan church has filed a federal lawsuit after police officers and a prosecutor barged in without a warrant.The officers say they were responding to complaints from neighbors who said the church's music was too loud.
But Faith Baptist Church in Waterford alleges its freedom of religious expression, freedom of speech and freedom of association were violated. Richard Thompson — president of a Christian law firm representing the church – says, "They were not invited. They burst into the church. Unless they had an arrest warrant or a search warrant, they had no right to go there except for worship.”
But Prosecutor Walter Bedell says, "The whole issue is not the type of music — it's the music and the volume..."
Township Supervisor Carl Solden added, "I would think 'love thy neighbor' would enter into this somewhere."
Below the Belt
And finally, the Florida NAACP is lashing out at a state bill which bans school kids from wearing their pants too low.
Florida’s NAACP President Adora Obi Nweze calls it, "clearly a discriminatory bill," and adds, "it will criminalize the wearing of saggy pants and thereby provide a new avenue of interaction between young people and the criminal justice system.”
The bill calls for no criminal sanctions but prohibits students from exposing undergarments and in turn, sexual organs. First time offenders are warned — and subsequent violators are suspended from school. State Senator Gary Siplin — who sponsored the bill – says, "We have an obligation to educate our children. But we should also have an obligation to teach them how to dress."
— FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.