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Laurie Anderson Flashback November 23, 2014

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Nothing like Laurie Anderson’s weirdity to capture my sense of life lately.

A Brief Conversation Between my Wife and my 7-Year-Old Son November 20, 2014

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Mrs. S: So, do you like school?

Kiddo: No, it’s hard.

Mrs. S: What’s hard about it?

Kiddo: It’s hard when we do Chemistry.

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We Are a Nation of Immigrants, Aren’t We? November 20, 2014

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[This is a reposting of a post I wrote 4 1/2 years ago. Given President Obama’s imminent announcement of the biggest amnesty evah, I thought I’d hang it up here again.]

We Are a Nation of Immigrants, Aren’t We?

The pro-amnesty faction likes to bring up the “Nation of Immigrants” meme to make amnesty foes feel like they’re betraying the intent of the founding fathers. The meme suggests that there is, buried somewhere in the core of the American heritage, a patriotic duty to welcome immigrants to our shores. Using the “Nation of Immigrants” line lets them call amnesty critics “unpatriotic” right after they finish calling them “racist.”

Well, we are undoubtedly a nation of immigrants in a historical sense. But over the past century it hasn’t been nearly as true as the pro-amnesty faction would have you believe. Let’s take a quick look at the history of immigration.

The plot below shows the number of foreign-born people residing in the US (click on the graph for a better view). This includes both legal and illegal residents. As you can see, the total number of foreign-born residents stayed fairly constant from 1910 to 1970, even as the population of the US doubled. The foreign-born percentage of the total population dropped to just under 5% by 1970. Today it stands at roughly 12.5%.

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Pre-1970 America is what many of us were born to and raised in . . . an America that was successfully assimilating a modest influx of immigrants (probably a little too modest, actually), and which was suffering from a very mild version of today’s balkanization and illegal immigration problems. As the chart shows, that all changed once the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was passed (thanks, Ted Kennedy!). The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (Reagan’s amnesty) further accelerated the rate of foreign-born population growth.

The Bottom Line. The history of America from 1910 to 1970 was not that of an “immigrant nation” – in fact, one could argue that the US stopped being a “nation of immigrants” after the last immigration surge in 1910. And of course, there is a limit to how much any mature nation can continue to call itself a “nation of immigrants.”

Pro-immigration pundits are calling upon a century-old meme to rationalize the out-of-control immigration situation we have today.

A New Obamaccomplishment: Being Beaten by Germany in a Popularity Contest Among Nations November 19, 2014

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The AoSHQ sidebar noted that the US has slipped to being the world’s second-favorite country:

Germany is now the world’s favorite country, according to the Anholt-Gfk Nations Brand Index, which measures the image of 50 leading nations.

The Teutonic powerhouse knocked the United States from its longtime perch at the top of the ratings

Not a big deal, until you read the reasons why:

“In a year of various international confrontations, the United States has lost significant ground where tension has been felt the most acutely,” said Xiaoyan Zhao, senior vice president and director of the index. “Both Russia and Egypt have downgraded the U.S. in an unprecedented manner, particularly in their perception of American commitment to global peace and security, and in their assessment of the competence of the U.S. government.”

Racists.

Well informed racists, but racists nonetheless. Don’t they know that “smart diplomacy” was all the world should have needed to make it love us?

Unless they’re surly racists, that is.

Channeling Jonathan Gruber November 19, 2014

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President Obama Resolutely Continues to Not Double Exports November 10, 2014

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A couple more months until it’s official, but I think you can see where this train is headed:

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Short recap: Back in his 2010 SotU address, the President told us that a key part of his economic recovery plan was to double exports within 5 years.

In 4 months his failure will be official, but in the meantime you can enjoy brain-bending puzzles every month, such as:

How can the President proclaim that his policies have worked when every one of them has failed to meet its metrics?

More Manufacturing Jobs Than Normal, But Still Woefully Inadequate November 8, 2014

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When you promise to add 1 million manufacturing jobs in 4 years, as our rash President did a couple of years ago, it means you need to add about 20,000 jobs per month to make your goal. This past month was an unusually good one for the President – 15,000 manufacturing jobs were added. Much better than his normal 10,000 per month, but nowhere near what he needs to keep his promise.

Not that he’s losing any sleep over his promise; I doubt he remembers or cares that he ever made it. That’s OK: he has Innocent Bystanders to jog his memory. And jog it we shall:

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Employment Situation Report – Nov 2014 November 7, 2014

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Not too shabby this month. We’ve been on kind of an upswing for the past 4 months.

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Kind of odd, that surge as we approached the election. Yessirree, a real puzzler.

EddieBear Sighting November 5, 2014

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“Once more into the fray—into the last good fight I’ll ever know”

Coupla Things November 5, 2014

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I never shook off the gloom from election night 2012 enough to ever feel positive about 2014.  Sure, polls showed the GOP would pick up seats.  Maybe they’d get the Senate.  But a) 2016 will be a tough year in the Senate for the GOP, and b) I don’t trust the GOP to do anything useful in the Senate in the meantime.  If they’re worse than useless – if they actively conspire against their base, then Republicans like me will be so disgusted and pissed off that Hillary’s election will be guaranteed.  And besides, I still remember smarting from 2010, when Republicans didn’t measure up to favorable polls and Harry Reid kept his job.

And yet tonight my pessimism about American voters and the GOP appears to have been misplaced, yeah?  I mean, holy crap:

Republican governors won in Illinois, Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, maybe even Connecticut?  Seriously, holy crap.  How badly do the Dems have to screw up to produce that kind of result?  Speaking of which, what’s with the Dems nominating Martha “I stick my fingers in your food” Coakley again?  And can we talk her into taking a shot at the Presidency in two years?  She’s got nothing but time on her hand (and beer foam).  I have to mention my deep satisfaction that Abortion Barbie lost to Greg Abbott by 20 points, because I think she’s a loathsome subhuman.

In the Senate, it’s not just that the Republicans won, but that the margins are just eye-popping.  Let’s look at a few (but these may change):

Montana: 18% margin

South Dakota: 24% margin

Colorado: 7% margin

Iowa: 8% margin

Arkansas: 16% margin

West Virginia: 28% margin

Georgia: 8% margin

Louisiana (adding the two Republican totals): 13% margin

North Carolina has Thilis up by 2% in a race he was supposed to lose.  Scott Walker lost by 4% (that’s a heartbreaker), but that’s less than 15,000 votes.  Gillespie in Virginia is down by 12,000 votes in a race that CNN didn’t even put on it’s “Key Races” page because they excepted such a Warner blow-out.  Just … savor those numbers, my friends.  Oh, and here’s one more for you: Yurtle the Turtle McConnell beat Grimes by 15% in a state the Dems honestly thought they could flip (same is true of SD, which was 24% – thanks for dumping a million dollar ad buy up there, Donks!).  Mrs. S said the only way Kentucky could have been better would be if Ashley Judd had been the opponent.  She has a point, but I’d add that it would have been better still if Yurtle had lost to a primary challenger who had then demolished Judd the Abortion Enthusiast.

It’s hard to say what I’m most please about tonight, but it may very well be an un-named aide saying Obama complained the election isn’t a judgment on him: “He doesn’t feel repudiated.”  Good.  I’m sincerely glad he doesn’t feel repudiated.

Now here’s some Garbage:

It Begins October 19, 2014

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I’d say something like “remember how they promised that …” but we all know you can’t shame the shameless.

What a Difference 11 Weeks Makes October 17, 2014

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Then:

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Now:

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