IRS SCANDAL UPDATE: Email Reveals Lois Lerner Ignored Political Expenditures By Unions.
IRS SCANDAL UPDATE: Email Reveals Lois Lerner Ignored Political Expenditures By Unions.
GIVEN THE CURRENT SEX PANIC, ONCE AGAIN HERE’S PROF. MARK PERRY: Before declaring that there’s a ‘rape epidemic’ in the US, has anybody bothered to check the actual data? Apparently not.
We keep hearing in the news about a general “rape epidemic” in America and more specifically about a “campus rape epidemic.” A White House task force headed by Vice-President Biden tells us that “one in five female college students has been assaulted, but that just 12 percent of such attacks are reported.” I’ve demonstrated statistically using actual crime reports from various universities that if the 12 percent under-reporting White House claim is true, then the 1-in-5 claim can’t possibly be true – it’s more like 1-in-20 or 1-in-30. So there’s a little bit of statistical hijinx, misreporting, and hyperbole going on at the White House on this issue.
But before generating hysteria by reporting that there’s a rape “epidemic” (defined generally as “a rapid spread, growth, or development”), has anybody at the White House or elsewhere bothered to actually check the crime data on rapes in the US? Because if they had, they would find that there’s been a steady decline, not an increase, in the frequency of rapes in America for the last 20 years.
Note this chart.
THE UGLY FACE OF FEMALE SEXISM: Devastated wife tells how her husband died of a heart attack on Southwest Airlines flight after attendant refused to use a defibrillator on him because ‘his chest was too hairy.’
A COUPLE OF 55-GALLON DRUMS OF TEQUILA, AND I’D CALL THAT A PARTY TO REMEMBER: Passion Natural Water-Based Lubricant – 55 Gallon. What’s amazing is that there’s only one left in stock. But the reviews are amusing.
BECAUSE THEY FIGURE THE PRESS WILL COVER FOR THEM? Why Won’t Endangered Democrat Senate Candidates Repudiate Their Todd Akin?
Democrat Amanda Curtis makes YouTube videos. Here are some of her greatest hits, which run the gamut from merely obnoxious to aggressively bigoted, and which firmly entrench her as this cycle’s Todd Akin.
Albeit one with a nose stud, which would be an unequivocal signifier of an edgy nonconformist if it was still 1987. In fact, that affectation and Democrat Amanda Curtis’s general vibe tends to remind one of those strident feminists who hang around college quads busily endeavoring to take back the night from mysterious, unseen phallocentric oppressors. Except this one is a major political party’s candidate for the United States Senate, and unlike the goofy womyn’s studies majors we laughed at back in school, we can’t just ignore her. Nor, try as they might, can her fellow Democrat Senate candidates.
If she were a Republican, on the other hand, the press would make her the face of the GOP, stud and all.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE WHITE HOUSE WOULD BE A CESSPIT OF OLD-STYLE SEXISM. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! No Men Need Apply: Michelle Obama’s Staff 100% Female.
IS THE GAMING WORLD TEARING ITSELF APART? “Gamers have uncovered evidence of such widespread corruption and conflicts of interest that the gaming blogs may never recover from it. The response from reporters – for the most part, denial and dismissal – is akin to mass professional suicide.”
3 INDIANA CHURCHES VANDALIZED WITH ISLAMIC GRAFFITI.
Absolute moral authority. Remember?
JUST THINK HOW WELL WE’D BE DOING IF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WERE SUPPORTING THIS: America’s Oil Boom Overwhelms Global Production Decline.
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It is often said that the primary existential or spiritual effect of the war was disillusionment. Barbara Tuchman, for example, notes in one of her classic studies of the Great War that the war had many results but that the dominant one was “disillusion.” She quotes D. H. Lawrence, who observed that “All the great words were cancelled out for that generation.” Honor, Nobility, Valor, Patriotism, Sacrifice, Beauty: Who could still take such abstractions seriously after the wholesale slaughter of the war?
But it’s worth interjecting two points. First, it is sometimes said that the Great War, because of its body count, the tactics of its generals, the as-it-turned-out false promise that it was “a war to end all wars,” was therefore meaningless. I submit that, on the contrary, it was instinct with significance. As David Fromkin put it at the end of Europe’s Last Summer, “it was fought to decide the essential questions in international politics: who would achieve mastery in Europe, and therefore in the world, and under the banners of what faith.”
Second, on the matter of culture, it is worth noting that most of the primary innovations in form and sensibility that we associate with that spirit of disillusionment predated the war.
If the general culture becomes pervaded by a sense of disillusionment and “meaculpism” perhaps it’s worth looking at who has the greatest influence on the culture and asking cui bono?
CENSORSHIP: Russia And America.
YOUR DAILY MEMO from the Thought Police. Also the Junior Anti-Sex League.
TO START WITH, AVOID MANOLO-TYPE SHOES: What To Do About Bunions. I’ve had law students talk about having “the Manolo toe” and bunions from extreme shoes. Don’t wear those.
IT’S THE LAST DAY for the Amazon Labor Day Sale.
HEH: Rick Perry street art appears in Austin.
FLY A DRONE IN YELLOWSTONE, get six months in jail?
CENSORSHIP: Russia vs. America.
WELL, THAT’S A RELIEF: Yellowstone supervolcano eruption will be nightmarish but not catastrophic: Study.
JOURNALISM: “So maybe Arby’s story was accurate all along. After all, restaurant patrons make special requests all the time, and Arby’s customers tend to be people who like meat.”
OUT TODAY: Joel Kotkin’s new book The New Class Conflict. I think this will be one of the most important books of the year.
Also, today only at Amazon: Robot Roomba 790 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies, $474.99 (32% off).
TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 480.
DICK DURBIN LOOKING PRETTY WEAK IN ILLINOIS. The gap has shrunk to 7%, which is much closer than a Democratic incumbent in a deep-blue state should face. Maybe it’s those ads about him paying female staffers less than men. . . . .
INDIA IN ASIA: Asia will gain from India finally taking foreign policy seriously. Now if only America would!
Tighter relations with Japan are important for security (see article). With Australia, India is likely to sign a deal to buy uranium. It is welcome that the world’s most populous democracy should make its influence felt in its region. But India will not realise its true promise so long as it is held back by three legacies that still linger from the days of Nehru.
First, it has differences with two of its neighbours, which are at best a distraction and at worst an obstacle. Given how much it has to gain from peace with Pakistan, India should strive to launch talks that were recently put off because it objected to contacts between Pakistani diplomats and Kashmiri separatists. For Mr Modi, a Hindu nationalist who is feared by many Indian Muslims, a settlement with Pakistan should be a special priority. But Mr Modi also has a disputed border with China in the Himalayas. That too is a flashpoint for conflict, which he needs to discuss with Mr Xi—if only because India’s relations with China will count for more commercially and strategically than its relations with any other Asian country.
Second, to promote India as a trading nation, Mr Modi should ditch protectionism. He blundered in July when he rescinded India’s agreement to a World Trade Organisation deal to ease trade, opting instead to protect food and farm subsidies at home. Since India plays no part in many other regional trade forums, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership, it risks falling behind others who will set higher standards.
Last of all, he needs a government service that can support his diplomacy. India’s foreign service is roughly the size of New Zealand’s. The country’s defence-procurement system is rotten and dependent on second-rate state-owned firms. Newly eased restrictions on foreigners investing in defence could help. And India’s armed forces need skilled employees, modern equipment, more outside scrutiny and better co-operation between commands. For India to become influential abroad, Mr Modi has to do some tightening up at home.
Now if only America would . . .
I PREDICT A GROWTH OF STRANGE NEW RESPECT: Obama: Bush-Cheney ‘Security Apparatus’ Makes Us ‘Pretty Safe.’
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CONTROL IS THEIR TOP PRIORITY: Liberals Not So Hot On Uber. “One weakness of Uber’s business model is that it is easy to replicate, but so are cheap hamburgers, which is why we have lots of fast-food burger chains and we don’t need a Big Mac regulator, and why Uber is unlikely to achieve any kind of durable monopoly position. One way they actually might, however, is if app-based car services become subject to government regulation, in which case the industry will become cartelized for the benefit of incumbent firms. The scholarship on this point, and the empirical evidence behind it, is overwhelming—so overwhelming that you’d think even Salon might get it.”
ROGER SIMON: My ISIS Strategy. “I don’t have much question about what to do about ISIS. Obliterate it.”
SO THIS IS BASICALLY THE INTERNATIONAL-AFFAIRS VERSION OF THE “AMERICA HAS BECOME UNGOVERNABLE” COVER STORY: “It’s difficult virtually to the point of impossibility to have a grand strategy in a world that is so fluid.”
OUT: HOPE AND CHANGE. IN: PREPARE FOR ARMAGEDDON! Strategy irony: Obama declares ‘National Preparedness Month,’ ‘PrepareAthon.’
Well, you can start at . . . well, you know.
HAPPY LABOR DAY! As one of my Facebook friends comments, it’s a day where the rest of America can identify with organized labor — by drinking beer and not working.
LIKEWISE THE SELF-LOATHING OF THE U.S. LEFT: The self-loathing of the British Left is now a problem for us all. “We don’t need to rehearse the facts. We’ve all read them, and reeled away in horror. The interesting question is how and why would any country allow the racialised gang-rape of its own daughters? Why? Because too many in that country, especially on the Left, most especially in the Labour Party, despise their own ordinary people: the white working classes. . . . What kind of message does Straw’s statement send to everyone else? It says that the English are dislikeable, that they are to be feared, and contained, to be treated with contempt.” Pretty much the way much of our American ruling class sees Americans.
ROGER KIMBALL: Evolution Of The Obama Doctrine.
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IT’S COME TO THIS: Baby Boomers Shocked To Discover They’re Old Now. I think there are still fresh wellsprings of denial waiting to be tapped, though.
A FITTING EMBLEM OF “SMART DIPLOMACY:” Libyan militia uses vacated U.S. Embassy in Libya as swim club.
WE MUST CLOSE THE TWITTER-ABUSE GENDER GAP: Men get more than twice as much abuse as women on Twitter.
A LOOK INSIDE the secret compartments on airliners. Okay, this wasn’t news to me.
IN 2014, THIS IS PRETTY UNFORGIVABLY STUPID: Attorney Mike Meier Meets The Streisand Effect, Does Not Enjoy Experience. “Mike Meier’s legal threat was not foolish just because it exposed his behavior to more readers. It was foolish because it exposed him widely as a fool. People hire lawyers they trust. They want to be able to rely upon their lawyer’s advice, and to make difficult decisions based upon that advice. But who would trust the advice of a lawyer who would engage in a legal tactic that is so foreseeably self-destructive? If Meier had sent the DMCA notices on behalf of a client, I would call it rank malpractice and tell his client to consider suing him. In 2014, minimal legal competence requires an attorney to anticipate and understand the Streisand Effect.”
NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Seeing and touching a single synthetic molecular machine.
WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Watch A Robot Ride A Hovercycle.
IS A GREAT COMPANY a conspiracy to change the world?
Some thoughts on Peter Thiel’s new book, Zero To One: Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future.
YOUR FEEL-GOOD STORY OF THE DAY: Armed & dangerous: 89-year-old World War II veteran shoots armed robber.
The 89-year-old decorated World War II veteran foiled an armed robbery attempt Saturday afternoon at his Lake Park jewelry business that left a 44-year-old suspect with six gunshot wounds, but no loot.
Lewis was working behind the counter at The Jewelry Exchange at 900 N. Federal Highway when he was approached by a gun-wielding man around 3 p.m., according to an arrest report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Lewis said he immediately grabbed the suspect’s revolver and pulled out a .38-caliber handgun from his own pocket.
The two men wrestled for several minutes and fired shots at each other. Despite battling someone half his age, Lewis got the best of it. A man identified by the sheriff’s office as Lennard Patrick Jervis, a Miramar resident, was shot six times by Lewis, including four times in the chest. Lewis’ left arm was grazed by a bullet, but he was otherwise unscathed. . . .
Lewis said Jervis continued to fight with vigor, even with four gunshot wounds to the chest and one each to the wrist and leg. Large bullet holes remained in the store’s walls Monday and the area behind the counter where Lewis and Jervis fought hand to hand was trashed.
“People think because he’s 89, he’s frail,” said Vivien Bresnahan, Lewis’ girlfriend. “That irritates me because he’s anything but (frail).”
Often, the best defense is a good offense. But maybe Lewis should upgun to a .44? Plus: “Court records show that Jervis has been arrested 20 times in Miami-Dade and Broward counties since 1989.”
BUT YOU CAN TRUST THEM WITH YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS: Hackers stole security check info on at least 25,000 DHS employees. Good way to find promising candidates for subornation.
IN THE MAIL: Shattered Shields.
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TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 479.
A FACEBOOK FRIEND WHO’S TOO MODEST TO WANT CREDIT HERE POSTED THIS:
Let’s accept, arguendo, that the outgoing DIA chief is right, and that we are now in an era of danger similar to the mid-1930s. How did we get here? It’s worth looking back into the mists of time — an entire year, to Labor Day weekend 2013. What had not happened then? It’s quite a list, actually: the Chinese ADIZ, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the rise of ISIS, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fall of Mosul, the end of Hungarian liberal democracy, the Central American refugee crisis, the Egyptian-UAE attacks on Libya, the extermination of Iraqi Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the scramble to revise NATO’s eastern-frontier defenses, the Kristallnacht-style pogroms in European cities, the reemergence of mainstream anti-Semitism, the third (or fourth, perhaps) American war in Iraq, racial riots in middle America, et cetera and ad nauseam.
All that was in the future just one year ago.
What is happening now is basically America’s version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The President of the United States — supported to an exceptional extent by an electorate both uncomprehending and untrusting of the outside world — is Clarence the Angel, and he’s showing us what the world would be like if we’d never been born, Unsurprisingly, Bedford Falls is now Pottersville, and it’s a terrible place. Unfortunately we do not get to revert to the tolerable if modest status quo at the end of the lesson: George Bailey will eventually have to shell the town and retake it street by street from Old Man Potter’s Spetsnaz.
But the larger point here is not what’s happening, because what’s happening is obvious. Things are falling apart. The point is how fast it’s come. It takes the blood and labor of generations to build a general peace, and that peace is sustained by two pillars: a common moral vision, and force majeure. We spent a quarter-century chipping away at the latter, and finally discarded the former, and now that peace is gone. All this was the work of decades.
Look back, again, to Labor Day weekend 2013, and understand one thing: its undoing was the work of mere months.
You know, I was going to do a column with a John Birmingham reference in place of It’s a Wonderful Life, but it’s the same point, isn’t it? (Bumped).
OF COURSE. JERRY BROWN IS OWNED BY THE UNIONS. California appeals teacher tenure ruling.
Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or raise the standards for obtaining them. . . .
The move came a day after Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu finalized his June ruling that found five laws violated the California Constitution by depriving some of the state’s 6.2 million students of a quality education. He’d earlier said the system “shocks the conscience.”
Yeah, but for that to matter you have to have one.
YES, BUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS MEANT TO PREVENT JUST THAT: Louise Mensch: We have to face the truth to deal with Rotherham hell.
MICHAEL BARONE: Obama’s segue from constructive tax proposals to low-grade demagoguery. He used to at least manage the high-grade stuff.
RAMESH PONNURU: Republicans Misread Their Gender Gap Problem. “Women are slightly more liberal than men on issues of social welfare and war, and always have been. But gender influences voting much less than ideology, religiosity or marital status, as the survey itself confirms. And Republican candidates who win tend to have gender gaps about the same size as Republican candidates who lose. . . . In recent years, voters have thought Democrats had more to offer the middle class than Republicans did. If that changed, Republicans would find themselves doing better among both men and women. They’d almost certainly still have a gender gap, but they’d be more likely to win elections.”
TEXAS: Wendy Davis campaign tries, fails to deflect tax criticism. What difference, at this point, does it make?
LEADING FROM THE BACK NINE: Feinstein: Obama ‘too cautious’ on ISIS.
The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that President Obama has perhaps been “too cautious” in confronting the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious. Maybe in this instance, too cautious,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked if Obama admitting the U.S. doesn’t have a strategy yet for battling the group inside Syria projected weakness.
The senior lawmaker said she understood the Defense and State department have been busy hammering out a strategy, “so hopefully, those plans will coalesce into a strategy that can encourage that coalition from Arab nations” such a Jordan and Lebanon who are “at jeopardy.”
“So there is good reason for people to come together now and begin to approach this as a very real threat, that it in fact is,” according to Feinstein.
She also strongly disagreed with the president’s assessment from earlier this year that ISIS is a “JV team.”
“I think it’s a major varsity team, if you want to use those kinds of monikers. But I see nothing that compares with its viciousness,” Feinstein said.
Well, it hasn’t been major enough to move Obama to action.
WHEN LIBERAL DEMOCRACY LOOKS WEAK AND CORRUPT, FASCISTIC APPROACHES FLOURISH: Raw: Clashes at neo-Nazi rally in Sweden.
SO THE POLICE IN FERGUSON MAY HAVE BEEN HEAVY-HANDED, BUT THEY WEREN’T THE BIGGEST IDIOTS THERE: QuickTrip Mart Will Not Re-Build in Ferguson. “A QuikTrip official told TGP the company has no plans on rebuilding in Ferguson and that the looted store was barely breaking even.”
Sure a few people get free TVs and stuff, but riots and looting blight communities for years, even decades, afterward as they frighten away investment.
Next: Complaints that Ferguson has become a “food desert.”
Well, don’t blame the St. Louis Tea Party. They tried to help.
THE AMOUNT OF TREASURY-LOOTING THAT’S BEEN GOING ON IS STAGGERING: Five-year review of Recovery Act finds $5 billion misspent.
K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina.
ISN’T THIS SOME SORT OF A HUMAN-RIGHTS VIOLATION? U.S. Hikes Fee To Renounce Citizenship By 422%.
Over the last two years, the U.S. has had a spike in expatriations. It isn’t exactly Ellis Island in reverse, but it’s more than a dribble. With global tax reporting and FATCA, the list of the individuals who renounced is up. For 2013, there was a 221% increase, with record numbers of Americans renouncing. The Treasury Department is required to publish a quarterly list, but these numbers are under-stated, some say considerably.
The presence or absence of tax motivation is no longer relevant, but that could change. After Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin departed for Singapore, Senators Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey introduced a bill to double the exit tax to 30% for anyone leaving the U.S. for tax reasons. That hasn’t happened, but taxes are still a big issue for many.
To leave America, you generally must prove 5 years of U.S. tax compliance. If you have a net worth greater than $2 million or average annual net income tax for the 5 previous years of $157,000 or more for 2014 (that’s tax, not income), you pay an exit tax. It is a capital gain tax as if you sold your property when you left. At least there’s an exemption of $680,000 for 2014. Long-term residents giving up a Green Card can be required to pay the tax too.
Now, the State Department interim rule just raised the fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship to $2,350 from $450. Critics note that it’s more than twenty times the average level in other high-income countries.
Gradually building a Berlin Wall made of paper? Well, some people say that this is a human-rights violation:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality”, while the Expatriation Act of 1868 says that renunciation of citizenship is “a natural and inherent right of all people” and that “any declaration, instruction, opinion, order, or decision of any officers of this government which restricts, impairs, or questions the right of expatriation, is hereby declared inconsistent with the fundamental principles of this government”.
As of press time, the State Department has not yet commented on whether it sees “public benefit” in other human rights such as freedom of election or freedom of marriage, or whether anyone seriously believes that charging people a month’s salary to get a ballot paper or a marriage certificate would not restrict or impair those rights.
Hey, I’ve got a crazy idea: Let’s run our country along lines that would make high-achieving people want to stay here.
STUFF YOU SEE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Video of a Spaceship in Re-Entry Shot from A Space Station.
DAVID HARSANYI: The Left’s Ridiculous Burger King Freakout. I like the promises of a boycott from people who probably haven’t eaten at Burger King since they were 11.
MARK STEYN: The Reformation Of Manners. “Now, in the new multiculti Britain, the child sex trade is back, as part of the rich, vibrant tapestry of diversity – along with Jew-hate, and honor killings, and decapitation porn.”
Reform, hell. I’m buying more ammo.
On Facebook, a friend suggests that he’d like one of these masks, only with Andrew Breitbart’s face on it. I’d buy that.
IF IT’S LIKE THE BAY BRIDGE IN SAN FRANCISCO, THE ANSWER IS BADLY, WITH INFERIOR MATREIALS, BUT AT GREAT EXPENSE. How New York is Building its Behemoth New Bridge.
21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body to See the Future. Should’ve just done the head. Whole-body cryo is for suckers.
And it’s not quite too late to soak up Summer Deals. Browse and save!
21ST CENTURY PROBLEMS: The Pressure To Breastfeed.
WE NEVER SHOULD HAVE ELECTED BUSH/CHENEY TO A FOURTH TERM: DOJ Pretends No Fly Guidelines Haven’t Been Leaked, Claims ‘State Secrets’ To Avoid Revealing Them To The Judge.
THE PROBLEM WITH Academic Art.
K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: The Hillsdale Conspiracy. “I’m guessing not 1% of public school students in America receive the education my daughters are getting from their Hillsdale-model school. And that’s a damn shame for the 99%. This is the argument for school choice. Public education can save Western Civilization, if Hillsdale is providing the content.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dear Dean Wippman. David Wippman was a couple of years ahead of me in law school. I had his old Kessler & Gilmore Contracts text.
IN 10 YEARS, IT WON’T BE LABOUR VS. THE TORIES, IT’LL BE UKIP VS. THE BNP: Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip is a seismic shock to the British political system.
MIKE MCNALLY: Rotherham: A Quintessentially Liberal Scandal. “In every case the same explanation for official inaction is offered: no one wanted to look too closely into complaints against ‘Asian’ men because they were afraid of being accused of racism, and because they were concerned about the effect of arrests and prosecutions on ‘community cohesion.’”
OH NOES! THEY’RE ONTO ME! The plot thickens: ‘Who is Instapundit protecting?’ I’ll never betray Helen Thomas or Sen. Mikulski.
IN THE MAIL: Augustus: First Emperor of Rome.
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TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 478.
I DUNNO, THIS SOUNDS A LITTLE DESPERATE: Obama: Social Media’s Fault Americans Think the World is ‘Falling Apart.’
Related: Reassurance From Alfred E. Obama.
WELL, THIS IS A CONFIDENCE-BUILDER: FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism. “The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.”
If we get hit again, it’ll be because they were too busy spying on Tea Partiers.
WE DON’T HAVE A STRATEGY: ISIS’ Appeal Spreads to Jordan, Africa.
There are already more than 2,000 Jordanians among the ISIS fighters, and authorities fear that still more will cross the border or become “sleeper cells” inside the country itself. They have reason to suppose that some Jordanians may identify with the militants. As Reuters points out, it was a Jordanian who founded the branch of al-Qaeda that broke off to become ISIS. . . .
This, perhaps, is the greatest threat of ISIS: It may have heightened the zeal and ambition of jihadists everywhere, no matter their affiliation, location, or relative strength. Whether or not this group eventually evanesces, it may have already made its mark.
We should have moved swiftly to make an example of them. But we don’t have a strategy. Or, if we do, we’re not talking about it.
JOHN KERRY FLIP-FLOPS INTO SUPPORTING THE BUSH 41 IRAQ WAR COALITION, and Tom Maguire is mightily amused. Well, at first, until he gets to this reflection: “As to the notion that the world stage today has counterparts to Bush, Baker and Thatcher – we wish it were so.”
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Could Mr. Darcy Afford A Stately Home Today?
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Suffolk Law School Offers Buyouts to All Of Its Tenured Faculty.
Top Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary committees are asking the Obama administration to explain changes made this summer to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that they say loosen requirements and invite fraud.
House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Charles E. Grassley of Iowa sent Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson a list of 25 questions Friday on revisions to the 2012 executive order.
The lawmakers zeroed in on a change made to the DACA website’s “Frequently Asked Questions” page that states officials “may verify information” submitted on applicant documents — imprecise language, Grassley and Goodlatte contend, that does not require the government to actually verify anything. . . .
Goodlatte took issue with the changes at the time, arguing that there would be no explicit requirement for the the administration to verify “documentary evidence” that an applicant submits to prove that he or she meets the standards for a stay of deportation. He also challenged what he deemed new “loosened” education requirements “to allow those who are enrolled in an ‘alternative program’ (without defining what this means) to benefit from [DACA].”
The letter from Goodlatte and Grassley comes as President Barack Obama, in conjunction with Johnson and other administration officials, is weighing broad executive action to expand DACA’s reach and grant stays of deportation to the families of DACA participants, the “Dreamers.”
It’s unpopular, so Obama will wait until after the elections to do anything.