Yale finally, sort of, gets with freedom of speech

It took two weeks and a lot of persuasion, but Yale has finally managed to take the right side of the student-driven 1st Amendment madness that has lately gripped its campus, along with dozens of other campuses nationwide.

Sort of, that is. Out of 4,410 people on its current faculty, 49 Yale faculty members — some of them emeriti — have signed an open letter supporting the 1st Amendment rights of husband-and-wife professors Erika and Nicholas Christakis.

If you don’t know who they are, here’s some context, along with a video you may recall having recently seen. Nicholas Christakis is the poor guy in the blue shirt, getting cussed at by Jerelyn Luther, a social justice warrior-student who became agitated after his wife suggested people shouldn’t get so offended by socially transgressive Halloween costumes.

Gun control isn’t a matter of ‘public health’

Framing gun control in terms that invoke medicine, emergency services and public health isn’t just dishonest; it’s ineffective.

That’s why Congress severed gun control program funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s budget in 1997. And it’s why one veteran of that process is now warning against efforts to bring it back.

Timothy Wheeler, M.D., one of three physicians whose 1996 congressional testimony helped end the CDC’s use of federal funds to conduct gun control outreach, warned in a column Monday that Democrats have designs on reviving the practice.

That’s a terrible idea, Wheeler wrote at The Hill. ” [In the 1990s] Congress in fact simply directed the CDC to stop promoting gun control,” he recalled. “To reasonable minds this is not at all controversial. Congress should ignore the tricksters and continue holding the CDC to its mission of objective research, not pushing for gun control.”

Who needs climate change to destroy the Earth when we have climate change protesters?

If climate change doesn’t do the world in, perhaps its alarmed acolytes can finish the job.

They’re certainly doing yeoman’s work in Paris, where on Monday far-left climate protesters obliterated a memorial honoring victims of the Nov. 13 ISIS terror attacks.

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Unhappy with world powers’ lack of urgency in advancing an accelerated program of action to save the planet from global warming and/or climate change, activists began pillaging the memorial, using its vigil candles “as weapons,” according to International Business Times:

Since the attacks in which 130 people were killed by Islamic extremists, the Marianne statue in the Place de la Republique has become the focal point for those wishing to pay tribute to the dead. But on 29 November the square was the site of violent protests, as environmental protesters clashed with riot police on the eve of a key UN climate change conference.

Hillary plied donors for party, foundation cash while on the job as secretary of state

No man can serve two masters, but maybe a woman can.

Hillary Clinton used her position at the State Department to arrange meetings with moneyed interests that had nothing to do with State Department business, according to a Monday report.

The Associated Press reported that “dozens” of Clinton Foundation donors, Democratic Party fundraisers and Clinton “loyalists” all got time on the official secretary of state calendar, with “nearly 100” paying Clinton a visit or participating in officially scheduled phone conversations while she was on the job at the State Department.

Despite using her federal position to receive and, presumably, solicit contributions from partisan donors, Clinton’s actions didn’t persuade The AP that she’d done anything illegal or unethical.

Because she met with the same type of corporatist leaders who’d met with other secretaries of state in the past, The AP explains, Clinton wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary — even though those other secretaries of state didn’t have gigantic, branching, politicized global charities to fund.

Bill Clinton’s surprisingly sane take on free speech

If he and his wife ever cross paths again, maybe former President Bill Clinton could share some of his more rational ideas with her. His brief remarks at a recent university speech don’t sound like anything that appears in the Hillary Clinton campaign playbook.

Clinton, in Lawrence, Kansas to receive the Dole Leadership Prize, said in his acceptance speech that it is up to America to continue to advance principles that bring out the good side of human nature – a daunting challenge that’s immensely complicated by a highly-polarized social culture.

“The polarization of American politics is present not just in Washington, but in American life,” Clinton said, according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

How high will Obama’s EPA regulations drive your power bill?

Within the next 15 years, electricity consumers in every state — which means just about everybody in America — will be paying as much as 25 percent more than they’re paying now, thanks to President Obama’s war on coal.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent — mainly by setting standards that no coal-fired plant can meet — would cause double-digit rate increases in 40 states, according to National Economic Consulting Associates (NERA).

In a recent study on the long-term effects of the EPA’s climate plan, NERA forecast “annual U.S. retail electricity rate increases range from 11%/year to 14%/year” through 2033, and, “[f]or the overall economy, losses to U.S. consumers range from $64 billion to $79 billion on a present value basis over the same time period.”

If you owe the IRS, Congress wants to confiscate your passport

The GOP-led Congress wants to hand the IRS the keys to your freedom.

The highway funding bill now making its way past lawmakers includes a provision that would allow the government to yank your passport if you owe the IRS more than $50,000.

As part of the 864-page H.R. 22, the Transportation Funding Act of 2015, the House Ways and Means Committee has inserted language that, if left intact, will allow the State Department to deny or revoke the passports of “seriously delinquent” taxpayers.

That means that, should you find yourself in litigation with the IRS over a big, disputed tax bill, you could be banned from leaving the country. Worse, because those who work overseas are subject to U.S. taxes on everything they earn, a revoked passport could fundamentally trap them in a very, very small world.