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  • The shooter in the Canadian Parliament attack, Michael Zehif-Bibeau, used a Winchester Model 94 lever action rifle. He was “under a criminal prohibition from possessing firearms,” which obviously didn't stop him. The account of how Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers took Bibeau down reads like a crime drama: “In one motion, sources told CBC News he [Vickers] dove to the floor around the pillar, at the feet of Bibeau, turning on his back as he landed and simultaneously firing his weapon upwards at Bibeau.”

  • Andrew McCarthy complains the the legal term “lone wolf” has been appropriated and its meaning has been subverted:

    That once useful term of art is now used to convey two carefully crafted, politically correct narratives. For government officials and investigators, the “lone wolf” label has come to mean the atrocity in question cannot be categorized as “terrorism,” no matter how many “Allahu Akbars!” are shouted as bullets fly, bombs blast, or heads roll. For the commentariat, “lone wolf” signifies that the Muslim in question — whether a lifer or a “recent convert” — has “self-radicalized,” spontaneously becoming a wanton, irrational killer.

    These two story lines transparently suggest that the government has quelled al-Qaeda and that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. Though President Obama frequently makes both claims, they are delusional.

  • Senator Rand Paul delivered a foreign policy speech that sought to brand his vision as “conservative realism.” I think he's underestimating the challenge presented by jihadists and mis-attributing their motivations.

  • The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled against Chris McDaniel's challenge to the state's GOP primary runoff election results. McDaniel released a statement saying in part, “It is my hope that conservatives in Mississippi will view this decision as a motivating factor to get involved in Republican politics so we can change our state for the better for future generations.”

  • Kurdish Peshmerga forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar from ISIS. This was one of the first Kurdish towns that ISIS conquered back in August.

  • The Oslo Freedom Forum awarded the 2014 Václav Havel International Prize with Creative Dissent to Tibetan Dhondup Wangchen for his documentary Leaving Fear Behind. His wife had to accept the award because he's prohibited from traveling outside China.