Links for 11-13-2015

  • The U.S. believes it killed ISIS executioner Jihadi John via a drone strike in Syria.

  • Claremont McKenna College had its own social justice warrior encounter, which resulted in an administrator resigning. The editorial board of the student newspaper, however, decided to grow a spine and addressed the protestors directly:

    We are disappointed in the fact that your movement has successfully managed to convince its members that anyone who dissents does so not for intelligent reasons, but due to moral failure or maliciousness. We are disappointed that you’ve used phrases like “silence is violence” to not only demonize those who oppose you, but all who are not actively supporting you. We are most disappointed, however, in the rhetoric surrounding “safe spaces.” College is the last place that should be a safe space. We come here to learn about views that differ from our own, and if we aren’t made to feel uncomfortable by these ideas, then perhaps we aren’t venturing far enough outside of our comfort zone. We would be doing ourselves a disservice to ignore viewpoints solely on the grounds that they may make us uncomfortable, and we would not be preparing ourselves to cope well with adversity in the future. Dealing with ideas that make us uncomfortable is an important part of growing as students and as people, and your ideas will inhibit opportunities for that growth.

  • Marco Rubio’s dependence on Big Sugar for campaign financing makes it difficult for him to address trade, crony capitalism, and federal subsidy issues.

  • Ted Cruz published an immigration plan, which finally casts a skeptical eye on the H–1B visa program — previously Cruz had endorsed increasing the H–1B visa allotment by 5x (incidentally Michelle Malkin and John Piano have a new book on this subject). Unfortunately Cruz’s plan only makes E-Verify mandatory for federal contractors and subcontractors, not for all businesses.

  • When Huma Abedin left the State Department, she signed an agreement (form OF–109) attesting that she had surrendered all work-related documents and materials. But she hadn’t — she was using Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and those emails hadn’t been turned over to the State Department when she left. This leaves Abedin open to criminal charges.

  • China’s government appears to have disappeared four men who worked for a publishing house and bookstore in Hong Kong that produced titles critical of the government.

  • Kurdish forces reached the center of Sinjar, although they haven’t driven ISIS from the entire city.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League for Democracy, won 348 seats in the two houses of Myanmar’s parliament, which means it can choose the president without forming a coalition. Suu Kyi can’t be president because her children hold foreign passports.