Links for 11-30-2015

  • Dr. Ben Carson threw pro-lifers under the bus during a weekend interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” so prominent pro-lifers returned the favor on

  • Kevin Williamson writes on “The West’s Self-Destructive Global-Warming Penance”:

    Sacrifices will be required, of course: As Barack Obama promised, we are going to be obliged to adopt national policies that will raise our energy bills and thereby lower our standards of living. As Mrs. Clinton insists, “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” But a few Elect among us — Al Gore and his compadres, any number of companies that will shortly be vying to lure a retired Barack Obama onto their boards of directors — will become green billionaires, having propitiated the gods. And through the magic of broken windows, we’ll all end up somehow better off as we are obliged to rebuild our energy and manufacturing infrastructure once the holy vandals have had at it.

  • President Obama repeated his claim that his partying in Paris is a rebuke to ISIS. Ben Shapiro isn’t impressed:

    President Obama is like a beautiful sunrise: each morning, he astonishes anew. Except that the sunrise is beautiful, and President Obama is simply stupid.

    That’s the kind gloss on Obama’s latest trip to Paris, where he has repeatedly stated that he is fighting ISIS by sitting in mahogany-paneled rooms eating delicacies with fellow world leaders and chatting about how to hamper global economic growth on behalf of environmentalist redistributionism.


    During his speech, he [Obama] stated, “We stand united in solidarity not only to deliver justice to the terrorist network responsible for those attacks but to protect our people and uphold the enduring values that keep us strong and keep us free. And we salute the people of Paris for insisting this crucial conference go on…What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it?”

    This is nonsensical to the point of madness. The goal of ISIS isn’t to “tear down our world” to their own material standard – if it were, Obama would be on their side, given his intent to do away with the two greatest engines for the alleviation of poverty in the history of civilization: capitalism and carbon based fuels. Their goal is to replace our civilization with one of their own, barbaric and cruel, theologically rooted in a shared vision of radical Islam.

  • The State Department released another batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails, and these suggest she was very badly affected by the fall and concussion she suffered in December 2012. In the emails Clinton can’t recall basic State Department policies (“Americans shouldn’t travel to Somalia”) and she can’t remember her past actions.

  • The Associated Press obtained some of Hillary Clinton’s calendars from her time as Secretary of State, and they indicate she met often with political cronies and donors to the Clinton Foundation.

  • Judge Richard Posner wrote an essay for the Yale Law Journal explaining that he switched positions on same-sex marriage because public opinion changed. Imagine what other rights will emerge from the Fourteenth Amendment as public opinion changes.

  • The Federalist published an excellent article explaining the legal differences between refugees and asylum-seekers, along with the security risks posed by each. The article also explains how the U.S. can, under international law, give preference to refugees of particular religious faiths.

  • The former speaker of New York’s state assembly, Sheldon Silver, was found guilty on seven counts of fraud, extortion, and money laundering. Silver resigned his leadership position when he was indicted, but not his seat — he’ll lose that now with his conviction.

  • A student at the University of Illinois at Chicago threatened to shoot 16 white students or staffers at the University of Chicago as retribution for the 16 bullets fired at Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer. The threat was part of an online posting that also promised the rid the world of “white devils.”

  • Robert Oscar Lopez offers his opinion on why we’re seeing so much turmoil on college campuses:

    Changing the name of Yale’s Calhoun College, firing me for taking students to a conference at the Ronald Reagan Library, making sure that women with penises can shower next to women with vaginas, expanding the gay and lesbian pride center, and hiring more overpaid busybodies to investigate bias incidents and keep secret files on alleged bigots – none of this will change the angst and suffering of poor black communities across America.

    So why is it all happening?

    Very simple: there is an election coming up next year. Higher education is a hot topic because of bloated tuitions, ruinous student debt, growing scandals over bogus research, useless curricula, declining academic freedom, and the abuse of an underclass of adjuncts who do most of the teaching.

    If we talk about any of these real problems, certain people will have to answer for their misdeeds. Among those responsible, we must count the administrators who have wasted money on administrators and saddled their alumni with debt, the Democrats who have used colleges as their racketeering right arm for decades, and corrupt caudillos of the sort we find peppered on any university campus.

    They don’t want to talk about how bad they’ve been for the last fifty years. They’d rather talk about racism. So they partner up with politicians, organizers, grant administrators, rabble-rousers, and garden-variety scum to draw up plans for lots of street distractions. Rile up the commoners. Make it about some racial issue that will get everybody furious and won’t go anywhere or change anything. Fake a hate crime if you have to.

    Just deflect. Don’t answer real questions. And carry on.

  • Kurdish peshmerga soldiers report that American special forces troops have been fighting in northern Iraq for months.

  • Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci may have been killed by a bullet fired by a Turkish police officer. There’s video showing plain-clothes police officers standing near Elci when a gunfight broke out nearby between unknown “militants” and other police officers. The plain-clothes police officers started firing their pistols at the “militants,” and it appears one of their bullets hit and killed Elci.

  • Venezuelan authorities arrested three people in connection with the murder of opposition political candidate Luis Diaz.

  • China and Taiwan exchanged spies and their presidents met earlier this month.

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