Links for 11-21-2015

  • Brussels is on high alert for a terrorist attack. Authorities believe there’s a plot in progress to stage multiple simultaneous attacks, similar to what happened in Paris. The Brussels subway is shut down and people have been told to stay indoors if possible; if they go outdoors they should avoid “gatherings, train stations, airports and commercial districts.”

  • Bruce Walker describes “The Purpose of America”:

    America was intended to be the Israel of Christianity, and commitment to that ideal explains the obstinacy of the rebelling colonists, who shed blood, lost treasure, and risked everything for freedom. The purpose of America was never to protect its citizens from Christianity, but instead to protect Christians from the oppression of the state.

    This is the reason why, until the middle of the twentieth century, no one in America even dreamed for many decades that the First Amendment could in any way have prevented the established state churches, which half of the new states had, all of which were gradually disestablished by the state government on their own.

    This aim included from the very beginning a subordinate purpose. Americans intended their land to be not only a haven for Christians, but also a haven for Jews. This new land was, from the earliest English settlements, welcoming to Jews. Anti-Semitism in America, unlike everywhere on Earth, was condemned and repudiated. Jews were elected to colonial and state political offices from the very beginning.

  • A Washington Post-ABC News poll of registered voters indicated that 83% believe there will be a terrorist attack in the U.S. in the near future that will result in large casualties. 59% of the respondents believe the U.S. is at war with radical Islam. 57% disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the ISIS threat.

  • Three former advisors to Ron and Rand Paul were (re-)indicted in Iowa on charges of conspiracy, filing false campaign finance reports, and making false statements.

  • The U.S. Air Force may buy more F–15s or F–16s or even F/A–18s due to F–35 production delays.

  • China will buy 24 Su–35 fighters from Russia for around $2 billion.

  • The video game Fallout 4 booked $750 million in sales on its release day, a record.

  • Iranian media report that the Revolutionary Guard staged a war game drill where they seized Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque from Israeli control.