Links for 10-7-2014

  • This article by Kevin Williamson characterizing Connecticut's designs on homeschoolers is the best thing I've ever read by him:

    [Connecticut Governor] Malloy’s committee on the Newtown shootings is recommending that Connecticut require home-schooling families to present their children to the local authorities periodically for inspection, to see to it that their psychological and social growth is proceeding in the desired direction. For anybody even passingly familiar with contemporary government schools, which are themselves a peerless source of social and emotional dysfunction, this development is bitterly ironic.

    Later:

    Contrary to the crude cartoon of them, home-schooling families are a motley bunch, including everybody from heartland Evangelicals to Brooklyn’s quinoa-and-yoga set. Many of them are amused and surprised when I describe them as “radicals,” but that is what they are — people who have told the state that they’ll pay their taxes but are not handing over their children, that they will render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s but not a mite more. Home-schooling isn’t for everybody, but every home-school student, like every firearm in private hands, is a quiet little declaration of independence. It’s no accident that the people who want to seize your guns are also the ones who want to seize your children. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s desire to imprison people who hold the wrong views on climate change and Harry Reid’s plot to gut the Bill of Rights are not aberrations in an otherwise genuinely liberal agenda; the Left desires to put every aspect of every human life under political discipline, from which history books your children read to what kind of cheese you eat.

  • The U.S. and its allies dropped more bombs around Kobani, but the situation still looks grim for the Kurds. Turkey won't commit to ground troops in Syria unless the U.S. and its allies target Bashar al-Assad in addition to ISIS.

  • Fifty police officers were called to break up a brawl between Yazidi Kurds and Muslims in northwestern Germany.

  • The Free Syrian Army captured what it claims is a joint Russian-Syrian intelligence collection station near the border with Israel.

  • Senator Ted Cruz is preparing a proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent the federal government and judiciary from using the 14th Amendment to attack state marriage laws — essentially it leaves the decision of what constitutes a marriage to the states.

  • There's another election coming up, so naturally there are new allegations of Census Bureau employees doctoring the unemployment data they collect for the Department of Labor.

  • A Habersham County, Georgia grand jury decided not to charge a SWAT unit that threw a stun grenade into a sleeping toddler's playpen during a drug raid.

  • Jason Mattera found Lois Lerner:

  • At least one of Alison Lundergan Grimes' big financial supporters thinks she's lying about her support for the coal industry: