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GLENN: We just found some more pictures of the president with the fly and I just have to go back because, Pat, Stu brought his picture in. It's from the same press conference yesterday.

PAT: And the fly's in a different position. So it literally crawled across his face. Or maybe it just flew to a different location without him slapping it away.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: I mean, it is absolutely in a different location.

GLENN: Does he have nerve endings in his face?

PAT: I don't know.

GLENN: Seriously. Have you ever had a fly walk across your face —

PAT: And you just left it there.

GLENN: And you left it there.

PAT: Yeah, whatever. Especially while you're giving a speech.

GLENN: Have you seen the websites that are popping up on this stuff? Here's one I like. The fellowship of the minds. These are — they've got to be just nuts, you know, blog sites, but listen to this. Obama flies and bees. What is it with Obama and flying insects? During the 2008 campaign, an LA Times reporter assigned to follow Obama described the following scene. On one hot summer afternoon in Iowa — this is LA Times from the campaign: Obama was flipping burgers at a backyard barbecue in what the campaign hoped would be an exquisite photo opportunity. A fly began circling his head and then more flies. Pretty soon flies were swarming him. It was awful to watch.

PAT: Okay. All right.

GLENN: Then on June 16th, 2009, Obama was being interviewed in the White House. A fly kept buzzing around his head. How does a fly get in the White House? What are you talking about? Through the door or the windows. Well, they're secret commando flies. What a ridiculous thing, without a moment's hesitation, Obama killed the fly with his hand.

I have to tell you, I've never seen anybody do that. Oh, boy. They go into how it's Lord of the Flies, he may be the Lord of the Flies. Yesterday, May 16th, comes an even more bizarre incident. Eric Zimmerman of the hill reports that a swarm of bees, thousands of bees hovered as... the bees know... hovered as Obama tried to leave the White House to play basketball at Fort McNair.

PAT: Remember that? That was just two weeks ago, maybe.



Obama to W.H. Fly: "Get Out of Here!

STU: It's happening fast.

GLENN: By the time Obama returned at noon, the bees were apparently nowhere in sight. They did write in the Bible, and the Amorites, which get in that mountain came out against you and chased you as bees do. Deuteronomy. Look it up. It's right there. The book of Deuteronomy is the last of five books, blah, blah blah, words given by God to Moses. Apparently there's bees, Deuteronomy. So you got that going for you.

PAT: Now, if this was George W. Bush, wouldn't even we be talking about that? The rat, okay, the bees, the flies. I mean, the left will be dismissing this entirely, but we would be talking about it.

STU: We know the truth.

PAT: We know the truth.

GLENN: Dominick, can you zoom in here on Camera 4 and show this? This was weird, too. I've never seen this, either. A rat comes across. We'll have this video on tonight. Right here is a rat, and it runs to the president, across at the speech.

PAT: Kind of scurried back and forth, too.

GLENN: Yeah, it was really freaky. Not as freaky as a fly landing on his face and then crawling around and him ---

PAT: Doing nothing about it.

GLENN: Doing nothing about it.

STU: By the way, the New York Times has reported that flies are swarming the White House. Quote, actual flies are swarming the place and Obama has come to now chasing down flies in the Oval Office with his briefing papers to smack them.

GLENN: When was this printed?

STU: Last year. It's happening fast, everyone.

GLENN: The flies know. The flies — he's Dr. Doolittle.

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This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

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But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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