February 4, 2014

Mind-Boggling Stats on Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Records the Press Rarely If Ever Publishes

As we head into yet another year wondering whether Washington, meaning President Obama and both political parties, will finally betray the nation and pass some form of illegal-immigrant amnesty, “Machiavelli” at the Virtuous Republic blog reminds us that the argument is about more than depressed wages, “keeping families together,” and (in the misguided minds of Catholic bishops) Christian charity.

Machiavelli went to Immigration and Customs Enforcement records for 2013 and found the following crime-related information the establishment press is extremely reluctant to acknowledge at its main page for removal statistics (bolds are mine):

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Three Sentences You Thought You’d Never Read

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:01 am

From a long report by the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz, whose deep national security-reporting resume goes back at least 20 years — three shocking, sickening, frightening sentences (among many others):

U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.

You read that right: “helped produce the website.”

Oh, it gets worse:

Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S. officials familiar with the concerns.

No bad-news rundown is complete without the nuking of yet another Obama administration claim:

(House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Mike) Rogers said he was especially concerned by the potential software vulnerability because a CGI executive, Vice President Cheryl Campbell, testified to Congress that all software work for the network had been done in the United States.

I guess Campbell’s statement would be true if they only outsourced the malware and hacking development to Belaurus (/gallows humor), or if the Belarusians involved did their work from computers in this country.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020414)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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Attorney General Eric Holder can’t explain constitutional basis for Obama’s executive orders” — Because there is none.

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Unfortunately, the real headline should be “Wendy Davis should have no future in politics”

Wendy Davis has no future in politics

Want to know why Wendy Davis will have trouble winning higher office in Texas or anywhere else in America? It’s not because she stretched the truth in her “from mobile-home-living single mom to Harvard Law grad” campaign biography, nor because her husband paid for her education, nor even because she placed a lot of value on her career.

Nope: It’s because Davis, the Lone Star State senator who became famous for her filibuster of an abortion-limiting bill in Texas, lost custody of her children to her ex-husband.

… Americans will forgive a lot in a politician. But a woman who leaves her kids is just beyond the pale.

The feminist left wants her to be untouchable because she’s female. Hope it doesn’t work, but the jury is out.

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At American Thinker, Edward H. Stewart, Jr. correctly aserts that proposed IRS rules on allowable 501(c)(4) activities are all about “Silencing the Opposition.”

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Far-left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is working on undoing the progress Rudy Giuliani made on crime during his tenure. For all his considerable boneheadedness, Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio’s predecessor, wasn’t stupid enough to mess with Giuliani’s success formula.

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Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review“What Would the Founders Think? Today’s expansive notion of government is alien to the ideas behind the Constitution.” The answer is that they’d be utterly horrified and disgusted.

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Of all the reasons cited here for declining participation in youth sports, these resonated with me the most: “We have to be aware of single sport specialization, overuse, overworking kids searching for the elite athletes; all of these things are causing kids to leave youth sport and not return.” Every sport seems to demand year-round focus which I believe is largely unnecessary.

Elaborating: “The kid who practices hard and who takes pride in being part of the team but who gets only a few minutes in the game—that kid has too many other options …” But I would add that their effort isn’t respected, either.

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At the Wall Street Journal on January 26“A Victory for the Little Sisters; The Supreme Court suspends ObamaCare’s birth-control mandate.” I bring it up because the loons at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, called it a “compromise.”

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Politifact Ohio is supposedly dead (HT Ohio MediaTrackers).

Reflecting stunning historical ignorance, Ted Diadiun’s reference to “truth squad reporting” is to a term which had its origins in Nazi Germany. Of course, considering the serial lies Politifact Ohio told during the 2012 election season, maybe he was serious.

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At Forbes: “New Jersey Taxes Could Eat Up All Of Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl Earnings.”

That’s because the tax climate in New Jersey has improved so much during Chris Christie’s four-plus years in office (/sarc).

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Opportunity Ohio (release; full report; HT Ohio MediaTrackers):

Since January 2013, Ohio has experienced the 49th best (or 3rd worst) job growth in the country, growing only 0.5 percent adding 22,900 private sector jobs. Since January 2012, Ohio has not fared much better, ranking 45th worst among the states for private sector job growth.

Yet the National Journal says that Ohio Governor John Kasich “is serious about running for president, and he’d be a formidable candidate.”

Though the above is damning enough if I don’t get to it, I’ll hopefully have more on Ohio’s “formidable” economic record during the past three years later this week.

Positivity: Rural Colo. school embraces classical education, Catholic identity

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Sterling, Colorado:

Feb 4, 2014 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic grade school on Colorado’s eastern plains is working to adopt a classical curriculum, in the hopes of revitalizing the school community and providing a well-rounded formation for its students.

“We decided we needed to re-explore our Catholic roots in education,” said Joseph Skerjanec, principal of St. Anthony Catholic School in Sterling, Colo.

“We’ve always distinguished ourselves by our faith, but also academically, we thought this was the best thing: to get back to the Catholic intellectual tradition,” he explained to CNA Jan. 30.

“The purpose of education ultimately is to get to heaven, and we feel this is the best route for us to do that.”

After serving the families of northeastern Colorado for 95 years, St. Anthony’s nearly had to close this academic year, but was saved through a successful fundraising campaign.

Skerjanec, together with the faculty and the parish, realized that embracing a classical curriculum might help the school to continue to serve students into the future, by offering “virtue education … and exposing our kids to those people who we need to be modeling our lives after.”

Classical, or liberal arts, education is meant to help students learn how to think, giving them the tools of learning rather than merely teaching them “subjects.” The foundation of classical education is a set of three methods of learning subjects, called the trivium – grammar, logic and rhetoric.

Skerjanec noted that there is a trend of Catholic schools “moving toward classical education … I think you’ll find a lot of schools doing this.”

He added that Andrew Seeley, a professor at Thomas Aquinas College in California and director of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, has trained the school’s staff in the methods of teaching classically.

“The students themselves love it, and I do too. It’s been a wonderful experience, very rejuvenating … in a lot of ways it’s not new; it’s just rediscovering who we are.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.