Links for 11-4-2015

  • Denise McAllister writes that the crisis facing America is a question of good versus evil:

    The battle between good and evil is real. We have a political party that chooses to kill millions of babies in the womb and calls it good; violates our Constitution through executive action; makes unholy deals with our enemies and puts our allies at risk; takes money from corporate cronies to increase its power; lies about the deaths of Americans on foreign soil; spends our children’s future with impunity; opens our borders to our enemies; inserts the federal government into our schools, our healthcare, our property, and our homes; mocks our values and traditions; treats everyday Americans (the Tea Party) as if they’re terrorists while treating terrorists (the Muslim Brotherhood) as if they’re everyday Americans; sacrifices religious liberty on the altar of marriage equality; perpetuates the lie that climate change is the greatest threat to our society, robbing our nation of its sovereignty; and cares more about feeding the monster administrative state than nourishing individual liberty.

    These—and much more—are the evils that must be defeated. No compromise. No bargains. No deals. The candidate for president who understands this will be the hero we need to pull our country back from the precipice that leads to hell. This is a moral crisis, and one that can’t be ignored by those running for office, the voters, and the pundit class that is so desperately trying to figure out what’s going on. If it is ignored or mischaracterized, we are doomed.

  • Ben Domenech connects yesterday’s news about the rising mortality rate for white, middle aged people with high school educations to the popularity of Donald Trump:

    A number of pieces have, over the course of this election cycle, delved into the question of America’s “lost” greatness, and what would lead voters to find Donald Trump’s message so appealing. It is not that hard to understand in this context. You are one of the millions of middle-aged unemployed white American with a high school degree. Having moved from unemployment benefits to disability, you receive sufficient benefits to subsist – around 1,200 dollars a month on average – and to pay for the alcohol and drugs that help you self-medicate, in addition to what your doctor has prescribed. Your life is essentially one marked by hopelessness. You are statistically unlikely to ever re-enter the workforce.

    For all too many Americans in this segment of the population, the things that make life not only endurable but happy are faith, now lost to us; family, which is fractured; community, which is disintegrated; and work, which most find hard to come by. The TV screen flickers with images of people living lives you could never hope to emulate. Your situation is bleak, and while our soma is better, it is still not a replacement for the pursuit of happiness.

    And then a man who represents a version of what you might hope your life could be like comes on TV – a man who comes from the world of the elites but is strong enough to reject them and their lies – and he tells you with confidence he will make things great again.

    And you listen.

  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott is denying state grants to county sheriffs who have sanctuary city policies. The Texas legislature has taken up bills that would ban sanctuary cities altogether, but Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and his cronies keep killing them.

  • San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lost his bid for re-election by a wide margin. Mirkarimi defended San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy after an illegal immigrant, Francisco Sanchez, murdered Kate Steinle. Mirkarimi released Sanchez from his jail even though Immigration and Customs Enforcement requested that Sanchez be detained for questioning and possible deportation; a few months later Sanchez shot and killed Steinle. There were other scandals in Mirkarimi’s department – he failed a marksmanship test, a drug gang leader escaped from his jail – that didn’t help his cause.

  • Ted Cruz made another attempt at obtaining unanimous consent in the Senate for “Kate’s Law,” which would impose mandatory minimum sentences on people who break the law by attempting to enter the U.S. illegally a second (or third, or fourth…) time after being deported. Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein objected, so Cruz’s bill went nowhere.

  • Voters in Houston rejected a municipal anti-discrimination ordinance by 62% to 38%. Kevin Williamson wrote an excellent article arguing that this is a dumb thing to be fighting over while Houston faces problems with crumbling infrastructure, budget deficits, and underfunded pensions.

  • Multiple intelligence agencies suspect the Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, Metrojet Flight 9268, was brought down by a bomb, and they’re pointing the finger at ISIS. The death toll was 224 people. The plane was flying from the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg.

  • Egypt is destroying the smuggling tunnels connecting the Gaza Strip to Egypt by flooding them with sea water, which creates other problems.

  • French police searched National Front party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen’s house, looking for evidence of an offshore bank account used to avoid French taxes.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesperson is already talking up the possibility of holding a referendum on changing Turkey’s constitution to increase the president’s power.

  • It turns out China is burning 17% more coal than they’ve previously let on, which sent the global warming advocates into a tizzy: “The increase alone is greater than the whole German economy emits annually from fossil fuels.”