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Immigrants and Violent Crime in the United States: Do You Trust Stories or Studies?

Which will you believe?

Anecdotal Stories? …or… Systematic Research? “A. True Ott” shares the story of one crime victim on his personal web page:

Here’s little 9 month old Serenity Reed, a blonde blue-eyed little darling who is now yet another “statistic”. From the Barstow California Examiner we read about the horrific and shocking events [...]

Nationalist America: Congratulate those who were born to it, Neuter those who want it

The mindset of nationalist America can be summed up in stickers:

If you were born in this country, you should act like it’s an accomplishment. If you want to live in this country, you should be neutered.

I detect a self-esteem problem.

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Fact Check: Are Immigrants Out-Breeding Natural Born Americans?

The Wall Street Journal reports that, in 2008, one of every eight babies born in the United States was born to an undocumented immigrant. So, the immigrants are going to breed us out, right? Actually… [...]

Senate Hides Behind Secret Votes in Defunding Research

To no small degree, the United States of America rose in prominence because of innovation, and to no small degree that innovation has been funded through research funded directly by the federal government and indirectly through its support of higher education. In economist Edwin Mansfield’s classic study of American industrial innovation, for instance, he finds [...]

Watch What They Do: Republicans Talk Soft but Drive Hard Right on Immigration

In the news this week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been issuing press releases as he hops around the country in a “listening tour” devoted to convincing non-white voters that the Republican Party actually cares about them.

Not mentioned in the newspapers and unfit for print, Representatives Randy Neugebauer, Sam Graves, Tom Graves [...]

Fact Check: is Lewiston, Maine riddled with Crime since Somali Immigrants Came to Town?

When I listen to people talk about the most “dangerous” places to live in Maine, the city of Lewiston constantly comes up. You wouldn’t want to live in Lewiston, people tell me. All the Somalis have made Lewiston a dangerous place to live, they say. You can see these kind of remarks online, too:

Madeleine, [...]

Civil Liberties Board Nominee Elisebeth Collins Cook Pushed for Broad DNA Sampling

Elisebeth Collins Cook is one of only two people nominated to sit on the nation’s empty Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the body charged with protecting Americans’ civil liberties and tracking abuses from within the executive branch. The quorum required for the board to meet is three members, and the first two nominees (Cook [...]

Immigration Crisis Resurrected

What kind of crisis could continue for an entire decade of alarm without any increase in harm? The immigration crisis is no crisis at all. The issue of immigration deserves calm, rational evaluation and reform, not hype. [...]

Bill Against American Citizenship Has Little Border Support

Most of the U.S. border is represented by politicians who don’t support Steve King’s proposal to take American citizenship away from children who were born in the USA and have never lived anywhere else. [...]

He Should Have Meant it Ironically

Yesterday morning, Tony Caputo sent me a little bit of love mail with this picture attached. Just in case I was wondering whether he agreed, he wrote “I Second That Statement!… A resounding “Amen” to this Sign!!!… This is a great sign… This sign is pure Genius!!!!… The Truest Sign in America Today.”

Tony Caputo [...]

John Yates Spreads Fascist Germany Theme in Republican Border Talk

With Republican Joe Miller calling for America to take after East Germany before having a reporter hauled away and arrested for asking the wrong questions, Republican John Yates has seconded the call for an East German border policy:

They ought to be armed and if warned leaflets dropped all over Mexico says that we will [...]