Links for 7-16-2015

  • Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot up a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, then drove seven miles to the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center Chattanooga, where he murdered four Marines. The recruiting center is in a strip mall, and somehow Abdulazeez managed to shoot the glass full of holes while missing the sticker prohibiting anyone from carrying a gun into the building:
    No Guns Sticker

    Yes, the recruiting center is a gun-free zone.

  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court formally shut down the “John Doe” investigation into the state’s conservatives. The court excoriated the prosecutors who conducted the investigation:

    To be clear, this conclusion ends the John Doe investigation because the special prosecutor’s legal theory is unsupported in either reason or law. Consequently, the investigation is closed. Consistent with our decision and the order entered by Reserve Judge Peterson, we order that the special prosecutor and the district attorneys involved in this investigation must cease all activities related to the investigation, return all property seized in the investigation from any individual or organization, and permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation. All Unnamed Movants are relieved of any duty to cooperate further with the investigation.

    Later in the opinion:

    Our lengthy discussion of these three cases can be distilled into a few simple, but important, points. It is utterly clear that the special prosecutor has employed theories of law that do not exist in order to investigate citizens who were wholly innocent of any wrongdoing. In other words, the special prosecutor was the instigator of a “perfect storm” of wrongs that was visited upon the innocent Unnamed Movants and those who dared to associate with them. It is fortunate, indeed, for every other citizen of this great State who is interested in the protection of fundamental liberties that the special prosecutor chose as his targets innocent citizens who had both the will and the means to fight the unlimited resources of an unjust prosecution. Further, these brave individuals played a crucial role in presenting this court with an opportunity to re-endorse its commitment to upholding the fundamental right of each and every citizen to engage in lawful political activity and to do so free from the fear of the tyrannical retribution of arbitrary or capricious governmental prosecution. Let one point be clear: our conclusion today ends this unconstitutional John Doe investigation.

    Some of the victims have already filed lawsuits against the prosecutors.

  • The nuclear deal with Iran stipulates that inspection teams cannot include people from countries that lack a diplomatic relationship with Iran – meaning American inspectors can’t go to Iran.

  • Mollie Hemingway examines how the mainstream media covered (or failed to cover) the Planned Parenthood video released by the Center for Medical Progress.

  • The New York Times published a roundtable debate on requiring the government to distribute long-acting, reversible contraception for women, and Joy Pullmann lets them have it:

    Let’s understand things clearly. We have a leading U.S. publication paternalistically implying that women cannot be trusted to responsibly manage our own bodies, dreams, and impulses, so we poor little impregnated patsies need The Man to come in and preemptively spay us or retroactively destroy our preborn children for what he thinks is our own good? What an empowering worldview! Doesn’t it just make you glad to be a woman? Doesn’t it just make you love your sex daddy? We’re so progressive and advanced in the twenty-first century!

  • Apple’s iOS 9 includes a news app. In the beta version of the OS, virtually all of the news sources it offers are liberal outlets.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed two bills through the Lower House of Japan’s parliament that enable the Self-Defense Forces to aid allies and to be deployed outside the country. The bills moved to the Upper House for consideration there.