Links for 11-1-2014

  • Andrew McCarthy wrote an article describing the legal issues involved in quarantining someone:

    Ms. Hickox protests that she is personally convinced that she poses no risk to others. No doubt Dr. Craig Spencer was similarly confident while he bowled in Brooklyn, dined out, and cruised the mass-transit lines right before testing positive for the virus. But one’s subjective convictions are beside the point. It is no defense to flouting vaccination regulations that one is confident his asymptomatic child will remain disease-free; nor would avoidance of the draft or jury service be excused by reasoning that a war effort or the court system can easily survive occasional evaders. For public-safety and civic-order measures to be effective, they must have clear, administrable strictures — even if those strictures seem arbitrary in individual cases. If every individual is a law unto himself, ordered liberty is a pipe dream.

  • We're starting to see statistics on the dispensation of the families that illegally crossed the border (primarily into Texas) during the summer: “According to the EOIR [Executive Office of Immigration Review] documents, in that two-and-a-half month period from mid-July to early October, immigration judges across the country rendered 3,885 decisions on removal cases dealing with 'aliens' in family units. Of those decisions, 94 percent (3,661) were made 'in absentia,' or the alien’s failure to appear resulted in an order of removal.

  • Around 150 Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers arrived in Kobani to help fight ISIS.

  • Boko Haram denied there's a cease-fire with the Nigerian government and said the more than 200 girls they kidnapped from a school in Chibok have all converted to Islam and have been married off.