Links for 10-19-2016

  • An American soldier and an American civilian died in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Another soldier and two civilians were injured.

  • The first poll showing Evan McMullin leading in Utah was released – it’s from Emerson College. It has McMullin at 31%, Trump at 27%, Clinton at 24%, and Gary Johnson at 5%.

  • One of the emails released by WikiLeaks indicates Eric Schmidt is working directly for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Schmidt is the executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

  • Emails obtained by Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act show that Hillary Clinton discussed her private email server with her State Department IT staffer, Bryan Pagliano. In her written responses to Judicial Watch’s questions last week (responses that are provided under oath), Clinton said she couldn’t recall communicating with Pagliano about her private server.

  • Two Democratic operatives, Scott Foval and Robert Creamer, lost their jobs after they were caught by Project Veritas Action describing how they helped incite violence at Donald Trump rallies. They’ll be working for other Democratic organizations shortly.

  • Retired Marine Corps General James Cartwright pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The FBI questioned Cartwright in connection with leaks about the Stuxnet virus that the U.S. and Israel used to disrupt Iran’s uranium enrichment program. After Cartwright retired from the Marine Corps (he was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time of his retirement), he talked to reporters from The New York Times and Newsweek about Stuxnet, then lied to the FBI about those discussions.

  • Abby Johnson writes on Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary:

    Planned Parenthood has spent the past 100 years covering up the truth with creative rhetoric, political games like spending $30 million ahead of November’s election, and constantly referring back to their slogan: “Care, no matter what.” The American people are smarter than that, and we know America deserves better than anything Planned Parenthood offers.

    For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has told women they don’t have a voice unless they agree with Planned Parenthood. For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has pressured women into buying their rhetoric and joining their cause. For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has told women that they aren’t strong enough to be mothers and they can’t achieve their goals without abortion and birth control.

    For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has treated women as commodities. For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has exploited women to increase business revenue. For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has treated the children of the women they claim to serve as garbage—often literally throwing their bodies out with the trash.

  • Liberal advocacy groups and the federal government are pushing “social emotional learning” (SEL) standards into schools, and they’re ripe for abuse:

    The problems with SEL are both philosophical and operational. Parents rightly object that the school (which means the government) has no business analyzing and trying to change a child’s psychological makeup. It’s one thing to enforce discipline in a classroom and encourage individual students to do their best; good teachers have done that from time immemorial. It’s quite another to assess students on their compliance with highly subjective behavioral standards that may measure personality and individual or family beliefs more than objective shortcomings in performance. The school exists to assist parents in educating their children, not to replace them in that role.

    Later:

    So as parents are beginning to recognize, this entire SEL scheme is objectionable on many levels. Particularly troubling are indications that CASEL [Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning] and other SEL proponents advance political and cultural viewpoints that conflict with those of many families. Parents will be assured the goal is merely to instill more positive mindsets to increase academic achievement, but the evidence suggests another motivation is in play.

    It’s revealing to examine the connections CASEL has to far-left individuals and organizations that push particular agendas. One CASEL board member is Linda Darling-Hammond, the radical education professor who was Bill Ayers’s choice to be President Obama’s secretary of Education.

    Parents might wonder if the world they want and the world Darling-Hammond wants are the same thing.

  • Jerry Falwell Jr. censored the student newspaper at Liberty University, killing an article critical of Donald Trump. RedState published the article.

  • Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia plan to triple their military budgets by 2018 in reaction to Russian expansionism.

  • The European Space Agency’s latest Mars lander, Schiaparelli, appears to have crashed during its descent to the planet’s surface.

  • The former leader of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, was arrested on corruption charges. Cunha led efforts to impeach former President Dilma Rousseff. From the linked article:

    Cunha, one-time leader of the Evangelical Christian caucus in the House of Deputies is accused of receiving millions in bribes from a purchase of an oil field in Benin by state-run oil company Petrobras, which led to his arrest on Wednesday.

    In a separate case before a federal court in Rio de Janeiro, Cunha is also charged with taking $5 million in bribes in relation to contracts for two drillships for Petrobras, which is known formally as Petroleo Brasileiro SA.