Links for 10-10-2014

  • A federal district court judge, Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, ruled that Texas' photo voter ID law is unconstitutional. Ramos is an Obama appointee and observers expected she would rule against Texas. I don't know that anyone expected her to be such a political hack that she'd release her opinion two weeks before early voting started. Attorney General Greg Abbott is appealing the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • A current Battleground Texas employee, Cedric Anthony, is suing two groups founded by former ACORN organizers. Anthony claims that while (formerly) employed by Southern United Neighborhoods to work as an ObamaCare navigator, United Labor Unions instructed him to simultaneously sign up union members. Four other Southern United Neighborhoods employees have joined Anthony's lawsuit.

  • U.S. Air Force pilots are frustrated by the slow, cumbersome target ID and approval process in Syria and Iraq, caused in part by a lack of ground controllers and intelligence.

  • ISIS is shelling the Turkey/Syria border crossing near Kobani to keep the Kurds bottled up in the city, presumably so they can massacre more of them.

  • Erik Prince says the U.S. should hire his private army to provide the needed boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS. I'm waiting for someone to start crowdfunding a private army. It might work.

  • Matthew Continetti writes on President Obama's failing ISIS policy:

    What Obama fails to grasp: It’s not enough to simply take the call. It’s not enough to deploy the minimum amount of force—increased airstrikes, detachments to secure government facilities or treat Ebola patients or find Kony—in order to prevent imminent massacres, and to salve guilty consciences. You have to be ready to assume the responsibilities of hegemony, commit to the unpopular necessities in a 30-year-war against jihadism.

  • Here is John Hayward's version of the same topic:

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but whether or not you remain silent has very little to do with what happens to the people of Kobani at this point, Peace Envoy de Mistura. ISIS isn’t listening to you, any more than they gave the proverbial rat’s rear end about Barack Obama’s speeches. Obama hasn’t been able to get the Turks involved, which means we’ll be seeing about five thousand panicked editorials about how it’s not his fault, and it doesn’t matter that he spent the last week raising funds for Democrats, instead of doing his damned job. Turkey’s president, Tayip Erdogan, was once seen as one of the foreign leaders most personally fond of Obama. Whatever happened to “smart power?” Say, remember when we were told that Field Marshal Obama would be personally selecting the bombing targets in this non-war? Is that still a thing, and if so, could Gwyneth Paltrow please ask him to drop some more bombs around Kobani?

  • President Obama suggested he'd increase the number of H-1B visas available via executive action.

  • The head of the Gulf Cartel, Juan Francisco Tamez Saens, was arrested in Edinburg, Texas.

  • UKIP won its first seat in Parliament when Douglas Carswell won the by-election in Clacton-Upon-Sea. Had UKIP thrown resources at the by-election in Heywood and Middleton, they could have won that, too.

  • A South Korean coast guardsman shot and killed the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel while it was being inspected. The Koreans suspected the ship was fishing illegally in Korea's exclusive economic zone and a brawl broke out during the inspection.

  • North and South Korean soldiers exchanged gunfire near the town of Yeoncheon.

  • Ukraine's government promised to fire corrupt officials from Viktor Yanukovich's regime. They're saying this will include up to one million civil servants, but Ukraine has such a bad reputation for corruption that one million may not be enough to make a difference.

  • There's a chance that the riot police commander charged with ordering the shooting that resulted in the deaths of 39 Ukrainian protestors in Kiev was framed. One problem with the prosecution: They offered as evidence a photo of the commander, Dmytro Sadovnyk, holding a rifle in two hands. Unfortunately for the prosecution, he has only one hand — he lost his right hand in a grenade accident six years ago. On September 19 the judge in the case released Sadovnyk to house arrest, only to have him disappear.

  • Vladimir Putin is deploying nuclear-capable missiles and planes to Crimea. At the same time, the Obama administration started “informal talks” with the Russians that would result in the U.S. reducing the number of tactical nuclear weapons it stations in Europe.

  • Wendy Davis' campaign released an ad attacking Greg Abbott that features an empty wheelchair and accuses him of profiteering from his paralysis. Wendy Davis is the Todd Akin of this election cycle, and yet the mainstream media will defend her until the bitter end.