PowerLine – Israeli doctors, spies rally to save 5-year-old Syrian girl.

PowerLine – Israeli doctors, spies rally to save 5-year-old Syrian girl.


Meanwhile in Israel

Posted: 09 Apr 2016 02:25 PM PDT

(Scott Johnson)The Times of Israel reports a story of Israeli devotion to the sanctity of life in “Israeli doctors, spies rally to save 5-year-old Syrian girl.” If you follow the news from Israel, you may be familiar with Israel’s dedication of resources to save casualties of the Syrian civil war, but this story of a young girl adds a novel wrinkle:

Some two weeks after she arrived at the hospital, after her wounds had nearly healed, [Haifa’s] Rambam [Medical Center] doctors discovered the young girl had cancer.

They refused to release her, insisting that they could not let her cancer go untreated. The girl had grown used to the hospital, and had friends among the other children being treated there, they said.

Security officials agreed.

And so a search began for a bone marrow donor, a search that led to a relative living in a Middle Eastern country designated an “enemy state” under Israeli law, a designation that prevented the relative from entering Israel.

It was at this point that Israel’s security services stepped in, mounting a secret operation in the enemy country that helped smuggle the relative out of that country and into Israel.

The relative arrived in Israel on Monday, Channel 10 reported. Both child and donor are now quarantined at the hospital, where the girl is expected to undergo a first round of treatment this month.

One cannot cease to be amazed by the inversion of reality wrought by the enemies of Israel in the United States and around the world.

“This alien intrusion”

Posted: 09 Apr 2016 12:46 PM PDT

(Scott Johnson)Heather Mac Donald gives us the quote of the day in the opening of her City Journal column “Bubba bites back.” She writes: “Bill Clinton injected a disruptive element into the Democratic presidential campaign yesterday: truth. The question now is: How will his wife recover from this alien intrusion?”

It’s a good question. I think events have provided the inevitable answer. Clinton regrets his detour into the truth. He more or less apologizes for it. And she will more or less accept his apology.

The Week in Pictures: New York State of Mind Edition

Posted: 09 Apr 2016 04:55 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)So we’re heading to the big New York primary smackdown. And yet lifelong New York Yankees fan Hillary Rodham doesn’t know how to work a subway fare card. Why isn’t this her “supermarket scanner” moment? (Because she’s a Democrat, dummy.) Turns out she can’t pour beer, either. (See below.) Meanwhile, Bernie is jetting off to Rome to commune with the Pope. This is the best trolling of LaRoucheite conspiracy theorists ever! I have to give Bernie major props for this move, which I did not see coming!


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Turns out she doesn't know how to pour beer either. (And to think I used to drink at Pearl Street Brewery.)

Turns out she doesn’t know how to pour beer either. (And to think I used to drink at Pearl Street Brewery.)

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This is about the level of media understanding of economics, too.

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Scalia School of Law at George Mason, official motto

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This is why we have Trump.

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And finally. . .

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The Trial as how-to manual

Posted: 09 Apr 2016 04:51 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)Does anyone read Kafka anymore? I doubt that high school and college students take him up as faithfully as we once did, but the bureaucratic tyrants running the Department of Education in the Obama administration appear to have drawn on Kafka’s Trial as a how-to manual rather than a modernist warning of a nightmarish future.

The book opens: “Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested.”

Josef K. struggles to comprehend what is happening to him:

“And why am I under arrest?” he then asked. “That’s something we’re not allowed to tell you. Go into your room and wait there. Proceedings are underway and you’ll learn about everything all in good time. It’s not really part of my job to be friendly towards you like this, but I hope no-one, apart from Franz, will hear about it, and he’s been more friendly towards you than he should have been, under the rules, himself. If you carry on having as much good luck as you have been with your arresting officers then you can reckon on things going well with you.”

Josef K. wonders:

What sort of people were these? What were they talking about? What office did they belong to? K. was living in a free country, after all, everywhere was at peace, all laws were decent and were upheld, who was it who dared accost him in his own home? He was always inclined to take life as lightly as he could, to cross bridges when he came to them, pay no heed for the future, even when everything seemed under threat. But here that did not seem the right thing to do. He could have taken it all as a joke, a big joke set up by his colleagues at the bank for some unknown reason, or also perhaps because today was his thirtieth birthday, it was all possible of course, maybe all he had to do was laugh in the policemen’s face in some way and they would laugh with him, maybe they were tradesmen from the corner of the street, they looked like they might be – but he was nonetheless determined, ever since he first caught sight of the one called Franz, not to lose any slight advantage he might have had over these people. There was a very slight risk that people would later say he couldn’t understand a joke, but – although he wasn’t normally in the habit of learning from experience – he might also have had a few unimportant occasions in mind when, unlike his more cautious friends, he had acted with no thought at all for what might follow and had been made to suffer for it. He didn’t want that to happen again, not this time at least; if they were play-acting he would act along with them.

As it turns out, Josef K. has nothing on Laura K. FIRE’s Aaron Reese and Chris Maltby take up Laura K.’s case in “Laura Kipnis’s Title IX inquisition at Northwestern.” They write:

When Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis published “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” in The Chronicle of Higher Education in February 2015, she didn’t expect she’d become the target of a Title IX investigation as a result.

Laura K. tells the story of her Title IX inquisition in the video below.

Looking around online, I see that KC Johnson cites Kafka in “Amherst’s version of Kafka’s The Trial.” Johnson’s narrative of the Title IX proceeding he recounts is indeed Kafkaesque.

Listening to Laura K., however, it occurs to me that there is nothing institution specific about the Kafkaesque nightmare Johnson tells. The Obama administration seeks to institutionalize it on campus. It follows from the administration’s Kafkaesque “Dear Colleage” letter to educational institutions that receive federal funds. Moreover, the comparison to Kafka is literal, not metaphorical, and the Kafkaesque nightmare represents the Obama administration’s beau ideal of due process for members of disfavored groups.

Via Greg Lukianoff/InstaPundit.

Giuliani says he’ll vote for Trump

Posted: 08 Apr 2016 06:44 PM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani intends to vote for Donald Trump, he said today in an interview. Giuliani isn’t formally endorsing Trump, though. He will be a delegate to the Republican convention and believes he will have more sway on the floor if he hasn’t endorsed anyone.


It’s natural that Giuliani supports Trump. Cruz is far to the right of Giuliani. Moreover, the ex-mayor says he didn’t take kindly to Cruz’s attack on “New York values.”

I don’t blame him.

Giuliani isn’t far away ideologically from John Kasich. However, he doesn’t see the Ohio governor as a bona fide contender. This is a race between Trump and Cruz. Giuliani, reasonably from his perspective, favors Trump.

He also considers Trump a friend. “The man that I know is not the man you see on television,” Giuliani insists. “He’s a gentleman, he’s a good father.”

A gentleman, Trump is not. But one can understand his affinity with Giuliani. The ex-mayor was a bully during his days as a federal prosecutor and no great respecter of individual rights as mayor. He was good at both jobs, but had some Trumpian tendencies (unlike the tycoon, however, Giuliani had command of the issues).

Will Giuliani’s non-endorsement endorsement help Trump? I think so. Could it boost Trump past the magic 50 percent mark statewide or in a few congressional districts? Possibly. (The views of those who know New York politics are welcome on this subject).

Even if Trump wins all of New York’s 95 delegates, he still will be a little bit off pace in terms of getting, via caucuses and primaries, to 1,237 — the number of delegates he needs to be nominated. But if Trump wins all 95 or loses only a few, it will change yet again the way people are talking about the Republican race.

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