Homeschool mom’s tire slashed during testimony to legislature


Sara Valle, a longtime homeschooling mom in South Dakota, knew there were opponents of a legislative plan to provide homeschool students with access to certain public school options when she agreed to testify on behalf of the bill before the state legislature.

Now she knows those opponents will go to extremes.

It’s because a box-cutter blade was embedded in her tire at the state capitol while she was testifying so that her tire would deflate as soon as she started driving.

“I really had realized that the people opposing the bill were not going to play nice with us,” she said in a report by the Home School Legal Defense Association. “But I just didn’t realize that it would come in the form of stabbing my tire.

“I did not see that coming. It really made me feel unsafe … (especially) because two of my children are in public school. I’m around the schools, and I’m around these people – they live in the same city I do.”

HSLDA’s Scott Woodruff explained the bill’s aim is to allow homeschoolers to have access to various sports programs in public schools. Their parents, after all, pay the same taxes that all other parents pay, and most home schools don’t field athletic teams.

“Sara had been asked by South Dakota Christian Home Educators (SDCHE) to testify in support of H.B. 1120, a bill which would allow homeschool students to participate in public school sports,” HSLDA said. “As a homeschooling veteran and mother of three, she was happy to advocate for more opportunities for homeschool students.”

The bill ultimately died in the face of organized opposition from school administrators, HSLDA said.

Slashed tire (Image courtesy HSLDA)

Slashed tire (Image courtesy HSLDA)

After testifying in support, accompanied by her 13-year-old daughter, Valle drove to a skating rink for her daughter’s lesson.

“When they arrived … Sara and her daughter heard a strange sound coming from her car. Upon closer inspection, Sara discovered the broken-off blade of a box cutter embedded in on of the tire,” HSLDA said.

Her worst fears were confirmed at a tire repair shop, where she was told the damage was deliberate.

“Later, a friend of hers who is a police officer and a homeschooling dad pointed out that whoever had jabbed the blade into her tire had done it in such a way that it wouldn’t start deflating until she began driving,” HSLDA said.

“I’m not okay with that,” Valle told HSLDA. “My kids are in that car.”

She reported the attack to police.

HSLDA said the opposition to the bill had come from public school superintendents in the state.

Did the blade attack work?

“It makes me feel unsafe – but it doesn’t make me want to quit. I am not going to let their intimidation tactics work. If anything, this has made us band together more strongly as a homeschool community.”


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Government demands passports from homeschool parents

Kai and parents (HSLDA image)

Kai and parents (HSLDA image)

Government officials in Norway have demanded that a homeschooling mother and father give up their passports if they want to be reunited with their 12-year-old son.

WND reported last week Norwegian police and social services workers chased down, tackled and captured the 12-year-old for the offense of being homeschooled.

See it for yourself, in this video from the Home School Legal Defense Association:


During the chase, the student’s mother is screaming: “Some people, please help. I need people to help!”

HSLDA then launched an online petition campaign to complain to the Norwegian embassy in the U.S. about the “atrocious treatment,” which to Americans is absolutely “intolerable.”

Now, according to CTV News, Kai Kristiansen has been allowed to return to his home with parents Terese and Leif Kristiansen, if they meet certain conditions.

The demands from Barnevernet, Norway’s child protection agency, were that Kai return immediately to public schools and his parents relinquish their Canadian passports.

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“We had to sign an agreement to get him home, and it’s their terms; but we’re just happy that he’s home,” Terese Kristiansen told CTV News

She described her son as “strong” and said he’s doing well after being in custody for a week.

“We are happy to announce that Kai is back in his home with his family,” Leif Kristiansen said in a Facebook post translated from Norwegian, according to CTV.

“This is an exhausting process, but anything to get Kai home.”

When the video surfaced, Jim Mason, HSLDA’s vice president of litigation and development, said the Kristiansens had moved from Canada, where Terese and son Kai are citizens, to Norway in search of opportunities.

Kai immediately was the target of bullies at the local school, so his parents removed him from the school and immediately began to homeschool him.

They were just doing what the school should have done, the report said, “keep Kai safe and provide him with a healthy learning environment.”

But local government officials dispatched agents of the Barnevernet, the nation’s child-protective services, and police officers.

In the video, HSLDA said: “Kai’s mother, Terese, looks on in terror, screaming for help as Kai is chased by the police and the Barnevernet. ‘My son is being stolen by Barnevernet in Norway because we want to homeschool!’ Terese shouted as helpless friends and neighbors watched.”

Kai screamed “No!” as he was captured and taken into government custody.

It was, according to Ray Skorstad of Barnets Beste, which helps parents whose children have been the subject of government-seizure orders, a “brutal invasion of the family without sufficient justification.”

Michael Donnelly, HSLDA’s director of global outreach, said Kai’s mother told him: “We had hoped that we would be welcomed in our own home country. But I am living a nightmare; I can’t believe what they did to my son.”

Donnelly previously fought the Barnevernet in his support of the Bodinariu family, whose children were taken when authorities disagreed with the Christian values of the family several years ago.

He said the homeschool community needs to come together.

“An attack like this is an attack on homeschooling,” he said. “Parents are the ones who have the right to decide how their children are educated and what is best for them. Parents do not have to give a reason for homeschooling, but the Kristiansens were well-justified in taking their son out of school in order to keep him from being bullied.”

Donnelly said the schooling dispute “is no justification” to tackle a child by force.

Kai’s father told HSLDA that the local school situation was so dangerous that he was worried about his son’s “mental and physical health.”

The petition contends international law is on the parents’ side and they have “a right to privacy and protection from unwarranted state intrusion.”

WND has a long history of reporting on the case of Dominic Johansson, who was “state-napped” by authorities in neighboring Sweden when he was 7 for being homeschooled.

The government eventually simply ordered his parents’ rights terminated and he was kept in state custody.

He was grabbed by agents in 2009 from a jetliner as his parents were set to leave for India. It sparked a global outcry among human rights activists and home educators, and the Home School Legal Defense Association and the Alliance Defending Freedom went to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge Sweden’s actions.

Numerous experts and attorneys have described the Johansson case as a brazen example of “state-napping.”

Legal experts have said Swedish officials violated multiple human rights enshrined in international treaties to which the Swedish government is a party, including the right of parents to direct the education of their children, family life, due process and travel.


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Surging bread prices feed civil unrest


Civil unrest, including demonstrations and “reactions on social media” have surfaced in the wake of a massive increase in the price of bread in Jordan, says a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

But the food-cost problems the Middle East kingdom faces are not the result of famine, weather, crop disasters or shortages.

It’s because officials decided to no longer subsidize the product, leaving the market to decide the proper price.

The report comes from the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors media in the region.

MEMRI said that for years Jordan has been in economic crisis, “with a budget deficit and a large public debt.”

“Most of the revenue for the budget comes from aid in the form of grants from its allies, primarily the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, but these have been reduced in recent years.”

So it has been under pressure from the International Monetary Fund to reform its practices and chose to impose austerity measures, including cuts in state spending. One of the line items cut was the subsidy for flour, which caused the price of bread to rise sharply by 65 percent to 100 percent.

Also, sales taxes were raised, and additional items were brought under the umbrella of the sales tax.

“It should be noted that prices also rose in the country in early 2017, so that in less than a year the cost of living has increased by 18 percent,” the report said. “Likewise, in recent days there is discussion of amending the income tax law to include more people as taxpayers, also in accordance with IMF demands.”

The government had worked to prepare consumers for the change, framing the loss of the subsidy for flour as a “transfer” of liability. Officials explained “compensation” will be paid to citizens instead.

It’s a signal to the international community that Jordan wants help with the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are within its borders, because only Jordanians will receive the “compensation.”

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

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Republicans help pass Medicaid expansion after years of resisting


After four years of resisting Medicaid expansion in Virginia, 20 Republican lawmakers in the House of Delegates relented and helped to push a limited, bipartisan expansion across the finish line, a vote one conservative member believes the GOP will live to regret.

“I think this is going to prove to have been a very, very bad decision,” said Republican Del. Nick Freitas, who is also a candidate for U.S. Senate this year.

Former Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe pressed for full Medicaid expansion for four years. He failed each year, given the GOP’s roughly 2-1 majority in the House of Delegates. However, in November, Democrats picked up 15 seats, leaving the Republicans with a slim 51-49 majority.

Earlier this week, Virginia House Speaker M. Kirkland Cox announced a bipartisan agreement to expand Medicaid in Virginia, but with certain conditions, including work requirements and the ability to reverse the expansion if the federal government fails to deliver the funding it has promised.

On Thursday, the plan cleared the House of Delegates, 69-31, with all Democrats and 20 Republicans voting for it. There is still an uncertain future, however, since the Virginia Senate did not include Medicaid expansion in its budget, meaning the issue will be resolved in a House-Senate conference.

Freitas says Republicans have reasons for what they did but he says it was still a big mistake.

“It’s frustrating. I certainly understand where the speaker and other members are coming from with respect to being concerned that a full expansion is in the works. So their attitude is that we’ve got to do something first in order to make sure that we get certain provisions in there that Republicans have asked for in other states,” said Freitas.

“We just voted on it on the House floor today and unfortunately it did pass with 31 Republicans voting against it. So it was actually a minority of Republicans in the House of Delegates that voted for the Medicaid expansion within the budget,” said Freitas.

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Freitas says this is a terrible idea both fiscally and in terms of health policy.

“This is bad not only from a fiscal standpoint, which we tend to focus on a great deal but I think it’s bad also when you look at the underlying problems with respect to Medicaid.

“This is a program that is failing people not only from a fiscal standpoint, but it’s actually failing people with respect to the quality of health care that it’s supposed to be able to provide. I don’t think any of us should be shocked by that. That’s what happens when a government tries to micromanage a program,” said Freitas.

But were Republicans wise to head off a much worse program that could have passed instead of this one or should the GOP have avoided this path altogether?

“You can make a reasoned argument that something worse could come. The question is how complicit do you want to be in the end product. I don’t think there’s a good way to expand Medicaid, period,” said Freitas.

He also says the provision to reverse the expansion in certain circumstances may sound reassuring but believes that would never happen.

“If we don’t have the will to prevent a bad program from expanding, I don’t see how we’re suddenly going to have the will to kick off hundreds of thousands of people that we’ve made dependent upon that program once it’s gone into play,” said Freitas.

The argument that the bipartisan bill had to be pursued to avoid a more liberal version begs the question, since Republicans still control both parts of the legislature. Were some Republicans prepared to vote for full expansion without the GOP conditions?

“I think that’s a fair assessment. I do believe that there were some Republicans that were willing to vote for a full expansion,” he said.


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Pro-liberty candidate out to defeat big-government Republicanism


Virginia Del. Nick Freitas says his U.S. Senate bid is not only about defeating Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine but about returning the Republicans back to a party that champions the ideals that make America strong.

Freitas, 38, is in his second term in the Virginia House of Delegates. He is also a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq in a special forces unit. He is married with three children.

And while he wants to replace Kaine in the U.S. Senate, Freitas says steering the Republican Party back on course is just as big of a goal.

“There’s an impulse by some that they want big-government Republicanism, where they concede some of the arguments of the progressive left that we need to have this nanny state and it would just be better if Republicans ran it.

“I completely reject that. I think the Republican Party needs to be the party of individual liberty. It needs to be the party of free markets and opportunity, and it needs to be the party of equal justice before the law,” said Freitas.

Nick Freitas

Nick Freitas

He says Republicans need to do a much better job of explaining not only what they believe but why they believe it.

“It’s not just about why we want tax reform or regulatory reform or greater opportunity within education. It’s about explaining that the reason we believe all those things goes back to this core fundamental belief and love for the individual person,” said Freitas, who says that view stands in complete contrast with how liberals look at people.

“I really despise how the modern left has managed to categorize people based many times on superficial distinctions. The left right now has four questions they want to ask you. What’s your skin color? What’s your gender? What’s your sexual orientation? How much money do you make?

“If you answer those four questions, they put you into a victim group and there you stay. I don’t see people that way. I see people as unique individuals with something to offer themselves, their families and society. The key for them to be able to do that is a government that stays within it’s constitutional boundaries and protects their liberty and freedom to do so,” said Freitas.

He says once that approach to government is explained, then you can get down to policy.

“Then we explain why tax reform, why regulatory reform, why a greater educational opportunity, why a free market for health care helps the individual achieve all those things they want to and allows them to pursue happiness, that’s a winning message for the Republican Party.

“I want to see more people advocating for it so I decided to step up and make the argument,” said Freitas.

And Freitas believes making a strong case for those principles and supporting the pro-liberty aspects of the Trump agenda does not require a confrontational tone.

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“The solution to that is not to yell and scream at everybody in Virginia and treat them like idiots if they don’t agree with us. The solution is to explain the benefits of those policies in such a way that they can relate to and feel an urge to support,” said Freitas.

Five Republicans are in the field for the GOP nomination, including Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who narrowly lost last year’s gubernatorial nomination, and Bishop E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2013.

While vowing to focus on his message, Freitas believes he is the strongest candidate to return power to the individual.

“That’s not an attempt to disparage any of the other candidates that are running. I think they’re going to take a different approach to the Republican message. In a lot of ways, I think it’s going to look like the approach that’s been used before and quite frankly hasn’t worked very well in Virginia,” said Freitas.

“Corey Stewart is obviously going to take a very different approach than I will with respect to addressing these issues and to building the sort of coalition we need in Virginia to win elections,” said Freitas.

Republicans control the U.S. Senate by a narrow 51-49 majority and had some hits and misses in the first year of the Trump administration. The Senate managed to pass tax reform but failed to repeal Obamacare or deal with huge deficits.

Freitas says tax reform was “definitely a step in the right direction” and roundly applauds Trump for rolling back burdensome regulations, but he is frustrated by the GOP approach to spending.

“Everybody loves to cut taxes. Nobody loves to cut spending except for very few people, and that’s because we’re not going out there and actually making the argument for why this sort of government spending is not appropriate and what it’s going to mean for our children and future generations,” said Freitas.

If elected, Freitas says he’d be looking for a new GOP leader in the Senate.

“I’m not going to commit to vote for Mitch McConnell,” said Freitas. “I want to see someone that is going to push a bold and unapologetic argument for conservative principles. If we’re running on it, we shouldn’t be afraid to legislate it.”

Kaine, who was also the 2016 vice presidential nominee for the Democrats, is considered a big favorite to win a second term. But Freitas says he is ready to take the fight to Kaine over where the power in the United States should reside.

“It’s not that Tim is a horrible guy or a mean guy. Tim believes that the solution to our problems is more government control. Tim fundamentally believes that if he has more control over our lives, he’ll make things better,” said Freitas.

He says the contrast is clear.

“I believe that the way to achieve not only greater economic opportunity but greater equality before the law is by dispersing power, by taking it out of the hands of politicians and putting more control of decisions back in the hands of individuals,” said Freitas.

“It’s the parent whose child has been consigned to a failing school, giving that parent more options over where that child can go to school in order to craft a unique education for their child. It’s that person that wants to engage in the marketplace but can’t because federal regulations are holding them back. It’s the additional tax burden that prevents families from doing the things they need to do in order to be successful,” said Freitas.

While Freitas and Kaine disagree on a vast array of policy areas, Freitas says a few in particular come to mind first, including Kaine backing the FISA court without any concern over the fourth amendment rights of Americans, supporting tax increases and additional regulations on businesses, and consistently voting to protect late-term abortions.

“From individual policy perspectives all the way down to the core, the fundamental difference between Tim Kaine and I is Tim believes in controlling people. I believe in freeing people to be able to live their own lives. That’s going to influence every decision and that’s going to be the starkest contrast between Tim Kaine and myself,” said Freitas.

In addition to Kaine’s widespread name recognition and full bank account of over $9.2 million as of the end of 2017, Freitas and the other Republicans are running statewide just a year after Democrats convincingly swept all statewide offices. In fact, the GOP has not won a statewide race since 2009.

Freitas is not concerned. He says Virginia almost always goes the opposite way the year after a presidential election and that his approach to liberals in his district has won quite a few converts.

“I have people that are definitely left of center in my district support me and not just come out and vote but actively go out and support my candidacy against a liberal progressive Democrat.
“The reason for that was not because I was a Squish on the issues. It wasn’t because I walked away from tough votes. It wasn’t any of that. It was bcause I found the issues where there was overlap. For instance, I think we need criminal justice reform and so I’m carrying the bill on civil asset forfeiture reform to make sure the government can’t take your property and sell it off without a criminal conviction.

“I’ve carried the legislation that removes onerous regulations on growing industrial hemp in Virginia because, quite frankly, our farmers need this and people want access to the products,” said Freitas.

“One does not have to compromise any of their conservative principles to get a wide base of support, but they do have to spend time learning how to talk to people in a way that’s relevant to them, identifying the issues that are important when there’s room for cooperation, and then spending the time and energy to actually get the legislation passed,” said Freitas.

The U.S. Senate primary in Virginia is scheduled for June 12.


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Abortion businesses’ dirty secrets now posted online

Abortion-rights opponents gather at the Washington Monument to hear Vice President Mike Pence speak at the March for Life rally on Jan. 27, 2017, in Washington.

Abortion-rights opponents gather at the Washington Monument to hear Vice President Mike Pence speak at the March for Life rally on Jan. 27, 2017, in Washington.

A team of pro-life activists has created a website giving the public access to reports from inspections done at abortion businesses across the country, as well as complaints they have faced – all taken from public records.

It’s not a project that will make the abortionists happy.

But it does reveal some of the details of their operations.

For example, workers at a Planned Parenthood business in Ann Arbor, Michigan, couldn’t even keep the cleaned instruments from the soiled instruments.

When an inspector arrived at the Womens’ Center of Southfield in Lathrup Village, Michigan, no one was at the desk.

And no one responded to shouts to get attention.

And when the inspector called a phone number on a business card left on the desk, he was told everyone was doing a procedure in the back.

Or the failure of the Jackson, Mississippi, Women’s Health Organization to document any sort of arrangement for the hospitalization of patients if there should be an emergency.

At the Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico, staff members failed to demonstrate proficiency in some of the basic required analytical tests.

It’s called the site.

“Women absolutely deserve to know whether or not the clinic of their choice has failed to properly disinfect medical equipment or has exposed their patients to infection,” said Abby Johnson, president of And Then There Were None and a former manager at Planned Parenthood.

“During my time working at an abortion facility, I saw disgusting incidences of where our staff failed to properly take care of women, did not clean up the operating tables, and failed to disinfect instruments. It was gross.”

The site includes information from state and other inspections, details on claims of malpractice and testimonies from former workers.

Current laws regarding abortion, parental notification and telemedicine are also given.

If women want to choose to another option rather than abortion, there are links to helplines that can aid them.

“The website is both for women seeking abortion as well as workers at these clinics who are interested in learning what their employer has been cited for in the past,” said Johnson. “If they want to get out of their abortion clinic and find other work, we can help them and there is a link for them. If they want to report medical misconduct, there is a link they can do that as well.”

News of recent investigations into Planned Parenthood by the FBI and the $7.7 million settlement with two companies who illegally sold fetal tissue have given women reason enough to pause when considering their options, the organizers explained.

The abortion businesses also in recent months have endured the scorn of many for a series of undercover videos revealing officials’ decision to sell the body parts of aborted infants. One Planned Parenthood executive argued for higher pay for those parts, because “I want a Lamborghini.”

“Oversight for abortion facilities is lacking in most states. Most of these clinics operate with little to no accountability for years, as was the case with Gosnell’s Philadelphia clinic deemed by investigators to be a ‘house of horrors.’ These questions remain: who determines the standard; who will uphold it; and who will enforce it?” said Johnson.

“Abortion has been a lauded as a ‘private’ decision and in some ways, it seems that legislators and voters have decided that what happens behind those doors is none of our business and between a ‘woman and her doctor.’ But if we look at the inspection reports that are available, we see over and over again the grave misconduct of these physicians.”


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Illegal-alien student arrested for threatening school

(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle) A student with a shotgun made a terrorist threat against East High School on social media, according to Rochester police.

Abigail Hernandez, 21, is charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony. She is currently in the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia because she is an undocumented immigrant, Rochester Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander said.

Police said, “The initial threat came from an anonymous Facebook account, which our investigators had to track down and determine the author of the Facebook account.” Hernandez allegedly made the threat at 5:08 p.m. Feb. 15, stating, “I’m coming tomorrow morning and I’m going to shoot all of ya bitches.”

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Liquor store clerks shoot armed robbery suspect

(KTUL) The owner of Forest Acres Liquor Store has released graphic surveillance video showing a violent run-in with an armed robber.

Tulsa police responded to the store near 12th and Memorial just after 6 p.m. Thursday after the clerk called 911, saying they shot the suspect multiple times. The suspect was gone by the time officers arrived, but he later showed up at a local hospital.

Police have identified the suspect as Tyrone Lee and believe he’s connected to 10 other robberies in the area. They say Lee walked into the liquor store Thursday evening with a shotgun, demanding money.

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Dem rebuttal to GOP FISA memo released

(Fox News) The House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released a long-awaited Democratic rebuttal to a GOP memo that outlined alleged government surveillance abuses during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The rebuttal claims that officials at the FBI and Justice Department “did not abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.”

The Democratic memo was voted out of committee earlier this month but was ordered to be redrafted after the White House demanded that sensitive information be stripped out before the document be made public. The Justice Department and FBI claimed the initial draft would reveal information about sources and methods, ongoing investigations, and other sensitive information.

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Why are we afraid of being victim of mass shooting?

(HealthLine) When faced with an armed attacker or a wild animal, fear can be a good thing.

Fear prompts an alert to immediate danger and primes the body to respond in a way that provides protection from that danger.

But as creative creatures, humans also have the ability to anticipate future threats.

These feelings may be triggered by the memory of a traumatic event or something in the environment, like a dark alley or the way someone is dressed.

Sometimes, though, alertness can grow out of control, morphing into anxiety or fear that outpaces the actual risk of danger.

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