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20150302 10:45 49 Pan Israel's PM just spoke at AIPAC. What a great inspiring speech by a great leader. Our politicians need to watch this and bow in shame. We need leaders in congress not squabbling, infighting, spoiled narcissists. One selfless leader, just one!
20150302 08:53 Skidmark If you did, TW you might become as callus, jaded, cynical, surly and downright hostile as many of the rest of us.
As it is, your intervention is always a treat.
20150302 07:01 trailing wife Perhaps if I took up drinking coffee in the morning...

5 Things You Should Know About Voter Fraud
20150302 06:59 trailing wife I wish I'd noticed this during voting season last November, though it is a promoted story. Bonus free voter fraud reporting app:

5 Things You Should Know About Voter Fraud
20150302 06:16 trailing wife Apologies: Cato study: Immigrants are politically similar to native-born Americans
20150302 06:14 trailing wife Cato study: Immigrants are politically similar to native-born Americans

A new study released by the libertarian Cato Institute shows that immigrants are remarkably politically similar to native-born Americans. The study throws water on the often-used argument that immigrants are mostly liberals who will shift the electorate to support big-government policies.

“The political differences between immigrants and native-born Americans are small and, in most cases, so small that they are statistically insignificant,” the study said. “The descendants of immigrants rapidly assimilate into America’s political culture by adopting mainstream ideologies, political party identifications, and policy positions held by longer-settled Americans. … Immigrants, they and their descendants are unlikely to alter America’s aggregate political attitudes.”

Immigrants are slightly different from native-born Americans in party identification. Compared to fourth-generation Americans, new immigrants are equally likely to identify as Democrats, less likely to be Republicans, and much more likely to be independents. But by the second and third generation, the differences with the fourth-generation are "so small that they are statistically insignificant." As the authors note, "The first-generation’s differences in party identifications are statistically significant compared to the fourth generation because immigrants are much more likely to identify as 'independent,' not because they are more likely to be Democratic."

This difference only exists among those who were born outside the U.S. and then moved here. Children who are born in the U.S. to immigrant parents are almost completely assimilated into the U.S. political system.

On whether respondents consider themselves conservative or liberal, the differences between each generation-group of immigrants were statistically insignificant.

Opinion differences between generation-groups were also statistically insignificant on questions over the levels of federal income taxes, government welfare spending, Social Security benefits, and government assistance to the poor.

The study gives more ammunition to those hoping to persuade conservatives to support immigration reform that makes it easier for immigrants to work in the U.S.

The study utilized data from the General Social Survey, which is conducted every other year and records its respondents’ demographic characteristics, party identification, and public policy opinions on various questions, among other things.

Useful to know, and no doubt it does give ammunition to Republicans who support immigration "reform". But it will have no impact on conservatives who oppose rewarding those who chose the illegal route, and none on those who object to the competition with low-skill Americans for the bottom rung of the employment ladder.
20150302 00:35 Alaska Paul This is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums. "Bonny Jean O'Aberdeen," played by Bonnie Rideout. It tears at me heartstrings but warms me soul at the same time.

20150302 00:21 Jan Remembering Andrew Breitbart, taken too soon. I wasn't able to post earlier for some reason.
20150301 22:18 Thing From Snowy Mountain From the comments at According to Hoyt:

It’s particularly schizoid when it comes to the US Civil War. On the one hand we have the Cult of Lincoln, who is possibly the most over-rated president in US history when it was arguably Grant who saved the Union, On the other, the Confederacy had slavery, and were Southerners, and the latter is an allowable prejudice among SJWs. The end result is they sort of mealy-mouth their way through that period, to the detriment of teaching much of what actually went on in that time.
20150301 21:59 Thing From Snowy Mountain I thought I posted something else, but maybe I forgot to.
20150301 21:49 OldSpook ... and its looking like that someone will end up being the US - problem being the longer we wait the worse it gets.
20150301 20:52 OldSpook Problem is, Pappy, that means someone else has to step in to stabilize things. Left as they are, Russia will continue to destabilize the region for political gain.
20150301 15:08 Pappy Ukraine needs a lot more than training, but it would be a political minefield and perhaps more an investment in time than the situation has.
20150301 14:51 Dale Yes, Adele being so young is outstanding but has a salty tongue which may be a common thing among women in England these days. I have found talking to women here from 19 to early forties that they claim they are bitches(with pride). The more you try to please them the worse they become. Then ultimately living alone they are miserable and have turned to drugs in a big way. BBC article indicated a dramatic increase in women developing dementia currently. Shorting out so to speak in my opinion. Perhaps the Muslims have the right idea(sarcasm).
20150301 14:19 OldSpook Ukraine needs training worse than the Iraqi Army does according to some - the Iraqis its a cultural thing, but the Ukrainians its sheer incompetence from the company commanders on up to the top brass, and the politicians as well. They have sufficient weapons to be effective in the low intensity stuff seen so far, but they don't seem to have the leadership nor the tactical, operational and strategic ability.
20150301 11:57 badanov Ukraine's problem isn't degraded intelligence. It's incompetence top to bottom.
20150301 11:48 Thing From Snowy Mountain Linked to from Freep Republic:

U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Leaves Ukraine in the Dark

Just enough to pretend to be doing something while making sure the enemy wins.
20150301 10:56 Pappy Morning from Hell With Saguaros.
20150301 01:54 OldSpook Bit of a discussion - best Bond theme song or not?

I think so.

For me, Daniel Craig's Bond has slowly replaced Connery as the best Bond - he's more like the Bond in Fleming's books. Much more of a hardass.
20150228 18:19 badanov Fred: I see what you mean re: "Lone Survivor"
20150228 15:07 49 Pan Thanks TW
20150228 12:33 Bright Pebbles http://metro.co.uk/2015/02/26/amputee-army-veteran-beats-the-odds-to-become-competition-winning-body-builder-5080913/
20150228 09:55 trailing wife Besoeker posted an article on that here, 49 Pan.
20150227 20:23 49 Pan Reports are in they passed the DHS bill with the immigration funding in it.
20150227 17:11 Shipman For some reason The Atlantic seems to have turned things up a notch and drifted towards the center recently.
20150227 15:43 Skidmark He did live long & prosper.
20150227 14:08 trailing wife Cute, Jan! Always good to see you. :-)
20150227 14:05 trailing wife I read something else yesterday (sorry, no link). Apparently immigrants, both legal and formerly illegal, who vote do not vote more Democrat than the generality of voters, merely are considerably more likely to be independent than Republican. But the succeeding generations quickly come to vote like the rest of us. So the second permanent change in voting patterns the Democrats planned to obtain by opening the borders will be at best temporary.
20150227 14:00 trailing wife Interesting article in The Atlantic:

The Gray Party
Democrats are lining up top recruits for the 2016 Senate race—and they're almost all approaching retirement age.

Clinton isn't that old—she'll be 69 on Election Day 2016—but all this talk of age has some Democrats worried about the graying of the party's pool of candidates, and the shallow bench of youngsters behind them. Many in the party are worried about the age of party leaders in Congress. But one of the clearest demonstrations of the age gap is in races for the U.S. Senate, where Democrats hope to recover control in 2016.
It's not quite fair to call any of these candidates retreads—all four lost during Republican wave years, and all could be formidable candidates. In some ways, that's what's so scary: that Democrats simply don't have younger candidates waiting who are nearly as strong as the veterans. Adding to the worries are demographic shifts in American politics: Senior citizens, once a Democratic constituency, now consistently line up in the GOP column. Democrats, meanwhile, are pinning their hopes on an influx of younger voters and minorities to lift the party going forward. In the 2012 election, Obama handily won voters younger than 45, but lost older ones—including a 44-56 drubbing in the 65-and-up crowd.

Strickland, Feingold, Hagan, and Sestak don't quite jibe with that. Of course, young voters will vote for older candidates—it's always been that way. (The average age of a senator is 62.) But even if they win, those candidates won't serve forever, and someone's going to have to replace them eventually. Like these Democratic contenders, the problem isn't new, but there's no clear answer in sight.

I teresting additionally becaue The Atlantic is a strongly liberal publication.
20150227 13:27 Shipman He's dead Jim.
20150227 13:10 Jan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDNaSTlvUnc
20150226 16:38 OldSpook Took them that many missiles to know out an unmanned barge with some plywood on it?
20150226 10:34 49 Pan this Cloward Pivens study is frightening. It seems this is also the Obama tactic with welfare and immigrants. Amazing!
20150225 23:41 3dc 20150225 not spam
20150225 23:26 Pappy If there's ever an assault on Mosul, it'd be interesting if the Pentagon gets to route TLAMs over Busheur...

Qoms or tehran would be nice secondary options.
20150225 23:24 Pappy I won't mention the lack of escorts, antimissile defense systems, radar, CAP, etc.

Oh wait - I just did.
20150225 18:31 swksvolFF Looks like Iran has launched Operation Testors Resolve


I think the Revell got a couple hits in on the gunboats.
20150225 17:17 Bright Pebbles http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/whitby-councillor-claims-aliens-influencing-8693183
20150225 13:19 Shipman Self-sink trap?
20150225 10:45 trailing wife Besoeker Ok, I found the problem. All is better now. Sorry to disturb.

So nice to see problems solved! ;-)
20150225 09:45 3dc In that 1st article Lockheed and the Air Force are talking about using Falcon 9s to launch GPS-3s
20150225 09:44 3dc ***SPAM?*** some interesting angles regarding the new USSR.

First why this unless Russian engines might be short and the new ones not online: http://spacenews.com/launch-of-first-gps-3-satellite-now-not-expected-until-2017/

Then: Russia and it's modules to part ways with ISS in 2024 http://spacenews.com/russia-and-its-modules-to-part-ways-with-iss-in-2024/

20150225 06:26 Besoeker Ok, I found the problem. All is better now. Sorry to disturb.

20150225 06:25 Besoeker Duhhhh ok, too early for me.
20150225 06:24 Visitor ***SPAM?*** Last entry was from me, Besoeker.
20150225 06:23 Visitor ***SPAM?*** I've managed to sinktrap my moderator capability again. I have located the IP adds that Badanov sent, but still no love. Would someone check to see if it's something on the starship end?
Thanks, :-)
20150225 05:10 Skidmark Ah'm just happy when I see that it works TW.
20150225 00:13 trailing wife At the time the story broke I thought it would turn out to be terrorism and therefore important.

That is indeed the critical point, and if I'd known that I would have published immediately, Snowy Thing. If you would indulge me by adding such notes as a comment in your posts in future, I would be grateful. When I get tired I can be a bit slower than I like.

I hope work is going well, my dear. You are often in my thoughts.