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ZeroHedge: Real unemployment rate was 11.1% for January 2014 (6.6% is the official figure)

Between October 2009 and January 2014, the civilian, non-institutional population rose by 10.4 million, to be expected considering the far greater general population of the US - it is also a number which, on average, increases by about 230K or so every month. So what about the labor force? It is here that things get zany, because it is here that the Obama Recovery has somehow only managed to add a paltry 1.7 million people to the workforce: from 153.8 million to 155.5 million!

Peter Schiff: The Truth Behind my Daily Show Interview

Peter Schiff's Daily Show interview was edited in order to create a false impression of his arguments about minimum wage. They took four hours of footage and and strung together several out of context statements to create a 70 second smear campaign.

28 Signs That The Middle Class Is Heading Towards Extinction

The death of the middle class in America has become so painfully obvious that now even the New York Times is doing stories about it. Millions of middle class jobs have disappeared, incomes are steadily decreasing, the rate of home ownership has declined for eight years in a row and U.S. consumers have accumulated record-setting levels of debt. Being independent is at the heart of what it means to be "middle class", and unfortunately the percentage of Americans that are able to take care of themselves without government assistance continues to decline. In fact, the percentage of Americans that are receiving government assistance is now at an all-time record high.

National Review Online: Stop Illegals, Save CA

California's financial unraveling has prompted a long-overdue debate about taxes, regulation, and government spending, but the state's media and government continue to ignore what could be an even greater problem: the irreparable damage to California's human capital that nearly 30 years of unrestrained illegal immigration has achieved.

More economic warnings for 2014

If our economic troubles continue to mount, could we be facing a global "financial avalanche" fairly quickly? That is what some very prominent analysts believe.

The Israel Lobby

For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread ‘democracy’ throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world. The thrust of US policy in the region derives almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby’.

"Myth v. Fact" Memo on Immigration Reform by Senator Jeff Sessions

Senator Sessions’ office hand-delivered a four-piece packet to House members that included a “Myth vs. Fact” document on immigration talking points to prepare them to fight back against immigration proposals Speaker John Boehner is expected to push in a closed-door meeting.

"Immigration and the GOP Agenda" Memo by Senator Jeff Sessions

Coordinating with a small group of the nation’s most powerful special interests, last year President Obama and Senate Democrats forced through an immigration bill which can only be described as a hammer blow to the American middle class. Not only would it grant work permits to millions of illegal immigrants at a time of record joblessness, it would also double the annual flow of new immigrant workers and provide green cards to more than 30 million permanent residents over the next decade.

Senator Sessions: Immigration spikes income inequality

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to discuss the plight of American workers. At the same time, he is pushing Republicans to pass an immigration plan making the problem worse by increasing the flow of immigrant workers to compete against unemployed Americans and those struggling to get by in low-wage jobs. Yet, alarmingly, the move is regarded as a part of Obama's agenda that has a chance of becoming law.

Working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps

In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps - a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.

Financial Times: Demand physical delivery of gold

One day the ties that bind this pixelated gold may break, with potentially catastrophic results.

GOP leaders plan to wait until after primary-filing deadlines before introducing immigration legislation

House leaders hope to bring legislation to the floor as early as April, the people close to the process said, after the deadline has passed in many states for challengers to file paperwork needed to run for Congress. Republican leaders hope that would diminish chances that a lawmaker's support for immigration bills winds up sparking a primary-election fight.

Cash purchases accounted for 29.1% of all U.S. residential sales in 2013

For all of 2013, 29.1 percent of U.S. residential sales were all-cash purchases, but the percentage trended substantially higher in the second half of the year. The 29.1 percent in 2013 was up from 19.4 percent in 2012 and 20.6 percent in 2011.

A Record 20% of American Households Were on Food Stamps in 2013

A record 20% of American households, one in five, were on food stamps in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The employment for black American men was at 65.6% in December 2013, the lowest on record

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the employment rate for African Americans in December 2013 dropped to 60.2 percent, the lowest rate since December of 1977. The rate for African American men fell to 65.6 percent, the lowest on record.

Lindsey Graham pushed Fox News president to stifle criticism of the immigration reform bill

“I met with him at least three to four times in person and talked to him a lot,” Mr. Graham said. He said he and others aggressively courted Mr. Ailes in hopes of toning down what Mr. Graham described as vocal opposition on Fox in the past. “People who observed the debate noticed that the tone was different and not so one-sided. It wasn’t ‘amnesty’ every 15 minutes.”

Financial Times: Puerto Rico will likely default on debt

The territory’s debt service burden requires it to pay between $3.4bn and $3.8bn each year for the next four years. As doubts grow about the ability of the commonwealth to service that debt, the cost of doing so will inevitably rise. “The numbers are untenable,” said one restructuring adviser. “To issue new debt the yield would have to rise and where they can’t raise new money they will have to stop paying.”

Jim Cramer: Amnesty Advocates Don't Care About American Workers

On Meet the Press, CNBC host Jim Cramer suggested that members of the permanent political class that are zealously pushing comprehensive immigration reform do not care about American workers.

Quotes from "We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism"

With his sardonic humor and use of inconvenient facts John Derbyshire makes the compelling case that the United States (and Western Civilization in general) is doomed.

A study that claimed to show that poverty impedes cognitive ability has been debunked

A study that claimed to show that poverty impedes cognitive ability and was the subject of a popular Huffington Post article has been debunked. "A reanalysis without dichotomization of income fails to corroborate their findings and highlights spurious interactions between income and experimental manipulation due to ceiling effects caused by short and easy tests."

11 Economic Trends That Will Test America's Resilience

Five years into the Obama presidency, the economy is grossly underperforming. Contrary to the dominant media narrative, it's not bad luck or the financial crisis to blame, but bad policies — from the $860 billion "stimulus" that didn't stimulate to the Dodd-Frank financial reform that killed lending.

Common Core is "the latest educational gimmick" to close the racial achievement gap

The CCS is just one more in a long line of schemes cooked up to “close the gaps” and try to improve black and Hispanic school performance. Common Core promises national standards that are “robust,” “real world,” “aligned with college and work expectations,” and “evidence based.” It will use “best practices,” be “internationally benchmarked,” and promises to close the pesky racial achievement gap that 50 years of “best practices” have failed to close.

Report: The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US

Harsh public registration laws often punish youth sex offenders for life and do little to protect public safety. A web of federal and state laws apply to people under 18 who have committed any of a wide range of sex offenses, from the very serious, like rape, to the relatively innocuous, such as public nudity.

Illegal immigration is history's greatest wage suppression tool

Children whose fathers have lost their jobs to outsourcing are now themselves competing against in-sourced labor. Invading armies of illegal immigrants who are dotting the landscape of America have surreptitiously been allowed to cross over into our borders. This has been, and continues to be, the largest cause of wage suppression in the country.

Punk Economics: The Kidnapper Wears Prada

"Today's ransom is the billions of dollars in the form of QE; today's hostage is the US economy which the kidnappers threaten to kill by a collapse in asset prices if they don't get more and more free money."

83 Financial Facts From 2013

During 2013, America continued to steadily march down a self-destructive path toward oblivion. As a society, our debt levels are completely and totally out of control. Our financial system has been transformed into the largest casino on the entire planet and our big banks are behaving even more recklessly than they did just before the last financial crisis.

An interview with Dr. Laurence Kotlikoff on the INFORM Act

Boston University Economics Professor, Laurence Kotlikoff, says, “The country is in worse fiscal shape by many miles than Detroit. So, the country is essentially bankrupt.” Dr. Kotlikoff estimates the long term debt and liabilities of America are more than $200 trillion. He is spearheading a bill in Congress called The Inform Act, an attempt to wake up the nation to our dire financial situation.

Warnings about 2014 from a number of financial analysts

Some of the most respected prognosticators in the financial world are warning that what is coming in 2014 and beyond is going to shake America to the core.

Report: 47% of US jobs are at a high risk of being lost to computerization

Over the past decades, computers have substituted for a number of jobs, including the functions of bookkeepers, cashiers and telephone operators. More recently, the poor performance of labour markets across advanced economies has intensified the debate among economists about technological unemployment. While there is ongoing disagreement about the driving forces behind the persistently high unemployment rates, a number of scholars have pointed at computer-controlled equipment as a possible explanation for recent jobless growth.

37 Reasons Why "The Economic Recovery Of 2013" Is a Lie

It was announced that the unemployment rate has fallen to "7 percent", and the mainstream media responded with a mix of euphoria and jubilation. For example, one USA Today article declared that "with today's jobs report, one really can say that our long national post-financial crisis nightmare is over." But is that actually the truth?

Charles Murray: White America is Coming Apart

Peter Robinson talks to Charles Murray about America's failing civic culture. According to Murray, America's white working class has been "coming apart," and has been since the death of JFK. From the decline of marriage, to the lack of religious participation, to declining labor participation, could white working class men be falling even farther behind white upper class America? And could this change in American culture be exacerbating class differences?

Jeffrey Dorfman: The Democratic Party Is Now The Party Of Big Business

The traditional view of American political parties and their special interest groups is that the Republican Party represents big business and social conservatives while the Democratic Party represents labor unions and the poor. However, evidence suggests that this situation has changed. Labor unions and the poor are still linked with the Democratic Party. Small business is strongly with the Republicans at the moment, thanks to Obamacare, and social conservatives still lean Republican (and certainly not toward the Democrats). However, big business has now aligned itself with the Democratic Party.

Is President Obama’s push for more H-1B visas payback to the tech companies that got him re-elected?

While the likes of Google and Microsoft have been sounding alarms over a shortage of technical workers, other research indicates that in fact we may have too many college graduates with degrees in science and math. Critics charge that Silicon Valley has promoted the shortage myth to gain support for policies — like those promoted by the president — that ultimately aim to keep a lid on tech pay.

A review of the academic literature on immigration and the American worker

Economists have long known that immigration redistributes income in the receiving society. Although immigration makes the aggregate economy larger, the actual net benefit accruing to natives is small, equal to an estimated two-tenths of 1 percent of GDP. There is little evidence indicating that immigration (legal and/or illegal) creates large net gains for native-born Americans. Even though the overall net impact on natives is small, this does not mean that the wage losses suffered by some natives or the income gains accruing to other natives are not substantial. Some groups of workers face a great deal of competition from immigrants. These workers are primarily, but by no means exclusively, at the bottom end of the skill distribution, doing low-wage jobs that require modest levels of education.

Puerto Rico is at least $70 billion in debt

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is at least $70 billion in debt and has another $37 billion in unfunded pension obligations.

Americans' trust of each other is at an all time low

For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy — trust in the other fellow — has been quietly draining away. These days, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. Half felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question.

Poll finds unprecedented anxiety about jobs and the economy among American workers

More than six in 10 workers in a recent Washington Post-Miller Center poll worry that they will lose their jobs to the economy, surpassing concerns in more than a dozen surveys dating to the 1970s. Nearly one in three, 32 percent, say they worry “a lot” about losing their jobs, also a record high, according to the joint survey, which explores Americans’ changing definition of success and their confidence in the country’s future.

Ultra-wealthy hording hundreds of billions of dollars of valuable items in airport "freeports"

The world’s rich are increasingly investing in expensive stuff, and “freeports” such as Luxembourg’s are becoming their repositories of choice. Their attractions are similar to those offered by offshore financial centres: security and confidentiality, not much scrutiny, the ability for owners to hide behind nominees, and an array of tax advantages.

NY Post: The Census Bureau faked the 2012 election jobs report

In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington. The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.

Federal Student Loans Surpass $1 Trillion

Federal student loans officially crossed the $1 trillion mark in November 2013, with a delinquency rate of 11.83%.

OpenSecrets: Liberal Dark Money Dominating 2014 Elections

Nobody really thought that election-related spending by outside groups -- which totaled $1 billion in the 2012 election cycle, not counting party spending -- would do anything but grow in future elections. But the increase so far in 2013 is surprising even so: Super PACs and politically active nonprofits have spent more than three times their outlays at the same point in the last election -- $20.6 million, up from $6.3 million

Confessions of a Quantitative Easer

"I can only say: I'm sorry, America. As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program of the Fed's first plunge into the bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing. The central bank continues to spin QE as a tool for helping Main Street. But I've come to recognize the program for what it really is: the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time."

Report: Government Spying Causing Self-Censorship, Privacy Fears Among US Writers

A new report from the PEN Center and the FDR Group entitled “Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives U.S. Writers to Self-Censor” finds that 85 percent of surveyed writers are worried about government surveillance of Americans, and nearly three-quarters (73 percent) “have never been as worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press as they are today.”

Congressional approval sunk to a record low 9% in November 2013

Americans' approval of the way Congress is handling its job has dropped to 9%, the lowest in Gallup's 39-year history of asking the question. The previous low point was 10%, registered twice in 2012.

9% of Americans have considered quitting their U.S. citizenship

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 9% of U.S. citizens have considered giving up their American citizenship.

Billionaire Tom Steyer spent $8 million on Virginia governor's race to "make an exmample" out of Republican Ken Cuccinelli

The sum is more than three times the investment that’s been previously reported, and it nearly matched what the Republican Governors Association, the largest GOP outside spender, put into the Virginia governor’s race. It is more money, on a per-vote basis, than the famously prolific conservative donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson spent in the 2012 presidential election.

Infosys allegedly indulged in blatant violation of US immigration laws

Federal prosecutors have alleged that IT major Infosys indulged in blatant violation of immigration laws by not only bringing its employee inside the country on a visa which does not permit work, but also issuing specific directions to its workers to mislead the immigration officials on their point of entry on their nature of work.

A record high 91,541,000 Americans did not participate in the labor force in October 2013

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 932,000 people dropped out of the labor force in September 2013, from at total of 90,609,000 to 91,541,000 in October.

The top 166 Americans made a total of $16,177,553,041.48 in 2012

According to statistics from the Social Security Administration, 166 Americans made over $50 million in 2012, for a total of $16,177,553,041.48.

Soros and Fellow Billionaires for Open Borders Lobby GOP on Amnesty

The Soros-funded National Immigration Forum (NIF) organized a “fly-in” of some 600 people to lobby House Republicans to pass the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill (which Senator Rubio himself has now disavowed).

Minority student population in Illinois schools to surpass white students

The newly released 2013 Illinois School Report Card shows total minority enrollment at 49.4 percent, less than a percentage point from a majority, with Latinos leading the increase. In the last 15 years, the state's Hispanic share of public school students has increased by 10 percentage points, to 24.1 percent, a gain attributed to high birth rates and immigration.

Top Obama Donor Gets Paid To Fix Obamacare Website After Screwing It Up

A tech firm linked to a campaign-donor crony of President Obama not only got the job to help build the federal health-insurance Web site — but also is getting paid to fix it. Anthony Welters, a top campaign bundler for Obama and frequent White House guest, is the executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, which owns the software company now at the center of the ObamaCare Web-site fiasco.

Cathy Reisenwitz: Millennials' Failure To Launch Is A Function Of Poor U.S. Housing Policy

Millennials face scarce job prospects, low wages, astronomical student debt, and exploding health insurance costs. But they also face extremely expensive housing. And it’s the result of U.S housing programs and policies aimed at getting more Americans to buy homes and keeping home prices high.

ABC News poll finds vast gaps in basic views on gender, race, religion and politics

An almost unfathomable gap divides public attitudes on basic issues involving gender, race, religion and politics in America, fueled by dramatic ideological and partisan divisions that offer the prospect of more of the bitter political battles that recently played out in Washington.

Poll finds evangelical Republican voters want the opposite of what some evangelical leaders are lobbying GOP Representatives to do

Billionaires such as Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg and Robert Murdoch have been sponsoring evangelical lobbyists to persuade Republican U.S. Representatives that the evangelical voters in their political base want comprehensive immigration reform.

Sheldon Adelson wants the US to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran

American-Jewish billionaire blasts Obama over negotiations with Tehran; says US should show Iran nuclear capabilities.

Only 5% of Americans think the government will stop illegal immigration if an immigration reform law passes

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 25% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is even somewhat likely that the federal government will actually secure the border and prevent illegal immigration if that’s part of new immigration legislation. Sixty-five percent (65%) consider it unlikely. This includes only five percent (5%) who say the government is Very Likely to secure the border if it’s part of legislation that would give legal status to those already here illegally and 24% who feel it’s Not At All Likely.

Means-tested government benefit recipients now outnumber full-time workers

There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011.

49.2% of Americans now receive government benefits

In total, the Census Bureau estimated, 151,014,000 Americans out of a population then estimated to be 306,804,000 received benefits from one or more government programs during the last three months of 2011. Those 151,014,000 beneficiaries equaled 49.2 percent of the population.

Thomas Sowell: America may be headed for a race war

Initial skirmishes in that race war have already begun, and have in fact been going on for some years. But public officials pretend that it is not happening, and the mainstream media seldom publish it at all, except in ways that conceal what is really taking place.

More than half of Walmart's full-time workers earn less than $25,000 a year

Statistics from Walmart claim that more than 475,000 of its 1 million hourly store employees earn at least $25,000 a year for full-time work. That means as many as 525,000 full-time hourly employees earn less than $25,000 a year.

Peter Schiff demolishes the media narrative that Janet Yellen warned about the housing bubble - Part 2

According to Yellen, highly leveraged, real estate speculation was evidence that there was no housing bubble! That the very products that helped fuel the housing bubble and exacerbate the financial crisis proved that there was nothing to worry about!

Peter Schiff Was Right

Peter Schiff accurately predicted economic events such as the great recession and the lack of Fed tapering in September 2013. He is now predicting economic calamity in the near future.

IBM settles with U.S. over alleged discrimination in job ads that showed preference for visa holders

The U.S. Dept. of Justice and IBM have settled charges the company posted job ads with a preference for visa holders, something the government says is discriminatory. The online job ads for application and software developers included "citizenship status preferences for F-1 and H-1B visa holders," said the Justice Dept., in a statement Friday.

Poor children are now the majority in American public schools in South and West

A majority of students in public schools throughout the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades, according to a new study that details a demographic shift with broad implications for the country.

Peter Schiff demolishes the media narrative that Janet Yellen warned about the housing bubble

When President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to be the next Chair of the Federal Reserve Board the praise he offered was similar to what had already poured in from around the country. In their assessments of Ms. Yellen's long career, Congressman, editors, and academics have underscored how her prescience and caution distinguish her from the reckless overconfidence that have plagued her male colleagues at the Federal Reserve.

White House hides aid for criminals in immigration bill

The White House is trying to hide unpopular provisions in the Senate’s immigration bill that would allow immigrant criminals to stay in the country and would increase the inflow of low-skill refugees from war-torn countries, says a top White House official.

ACORN’s former chief calls for more immigration to boost black power at Congressional Black Caucus conference

ACORN’s former CEO Bertha Lewis urged Africans-Americans to support increased immigration as a strategy to gain political power.

The Sierra Club received over $100 million in donations from David Gelbaum under the condition that they would no longer support limited immigration policies

Since 1996, leaders of the Sierra Club have refused to admit that immigration driven, rapid U.S. population growth causes massive environmental problems. And they have refused to acknowledge the need to reduce U.S. immigration levels in order to stabilize the U.S. population and protect our natural resources. Their refusal to do what common sense says is best for the environment was a mystery for nearly a decade.

The Hypocrisy of the Jewish Establishment About Immigration in Western Nations

Why aren't the same Jewish leftists who wring their hands and go into hysterics about the policies of gentile leaders are either silent about or openly sympathetic to Bibi's policies? Why can Israel adopt admirably strict measures against mass immigration, but predominantly gentile western societies have to swing open their doors and allow their nations to be flooded by Third World invaders?

The National Labor Relations Board has allied with the Mexican foreign ministry to help illegal immigrants join unions

On behalf of the Foreign Ministry, Mexico’s Ambassador in the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, signed a cooperation agreement with the United States National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the independent agency responsible for safeguarding employees' rights. The agreement promotes and protects the labor rights of Mexican immigrants in the United States, especially the right to free association, regardless of their immigration status.

Time magazine hides Putin’s success from US voters

Time magazine’s cover for its Sept. 16 issue features a picture of contented-looking Russian president Vladimir Putin, complete with a black background and a damning caption that declares "America’s weak and waffling, Russia’s rich and resurgent." But Time’s editors are shielding Americans from the demoralizing picture, putting a cheerful, sky-blue photo on the covers of magazines distributed in the United States.

Illegal immigrants cost LA County taxpayers over $1.6 billion dollars a year, not including education costs

A projected $650 million in welfare benefits will be distributed to illegal alien parents in 2013, county officials said Monday.

48% of US births in 2010 were covered by Medicaid

According to researchers from the George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health, in 2010, almost half of all births in the United States were paid for by Medicaid, and that rate is only going to go up. Medicaid was responsible for 48% of the 3.8 million births in 2010, an increase of 90,000 births from 2008, which was an 8% increase during that period.

Roy Naim, an illegal immigrant and activist featured in Time Magazine, was arrested for possession of child pornography

Naim was featured in Time magazine in 2012 as part of “We Are Americans,” the magazine’s look into the lives of 35 illegal aliens who are not Americans.

Washington DC Incomes Soar as Most of U.S. Declines

American incomes have tumbled over the last decade. But for many people in Washington, D.C., it’s been something of a party. The income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012

No evidence of a "chilling effect" from local police cooperation with ICE exists in federal or local government data or independent academic research

Bureau of Justice Statistics data show no meaningful differences among ethnic groups in crime reporting. Overall, Hispanics are slightly more likely to report crimes.

New "disparate impact" home-lending regulation will wreak havoc in credit markets

"Virtually every lender in the United States could be sued for using non-discriminatory credit standards simply because variations in economic and credit characteristics produce different credit outcomes among racial and ethnic groups."

New York Times Editors and Columnists Met With Obama During the Syria Push

On Aug. 29, the president sat down for an off-the-record discussion with Rosenthal and some members of the editorial board, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Times opinion columnists David Brooks, Gail Collins and Ross Douthat also attended, but editors for the paper's news pages did not.

"Total Identity Theft" by Illegal Immigrants a Growing Problem

When Candida L. Gutierrez's identity was stolen, the thief didn't limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. She assumed Gutierrez's persona completely, using it to get a job, a driver's license, a mortgage and even medical care for the birth of two children. All the while, the crook claimed the real Gutierrez was the one who had stolen her identity.

69% of Americans say large banks and financial institutions have benefited the most from post-recession government policies.

The public sees clear winners and losers as a result of the government’s economic policies following the recession that began in 2008. In the public’s view, the beneficiaries of these policies are large banks and financial institutions, large corporations and wealthy people.

The typical American family makes less than it did in 1989

A Census Bureau report reveals that the typical American family now earns less than it did in 1989. In 1989, median household income was $51,681 (in current dollars). In 2012, median household income was $51,017.

Lee Stranahan: Matthew Shepard, Trayvon Martin, Brandon Darby and the power of leftist mythmaking

A piece in the gay culture magazine The Advocate by Aaron Hicklin lays out the facts about the Shepherd mythology, but it also contains a line that is the Rosetta Stone to understanding how leftist narrative mythology is so pervasive in both the arts in journalism.

The Matthew Shepard False Narrative

According to a new book by investigative journalist Stephen Jiminez, almost everything you think you know about the Matthew Shepard narrative is false.

The Remembrance Project is a non-profit organization created to honor the Americans killed by illegal immigrants

The Remembrance Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was created in 2009 to honor and remember Americans who have been killed by illegal aliens.

ICE Released 2,837 Convicted Alien Sex Offenders to Comply With Supreme Court Ruling

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released 2,837 convicted criminal alien sex offenders back into American communities in order to comply with a Supreme Court decision authored by Clinton-appointed Justice Stephen Breyer, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

5% of the immigrant sex offenders removed from the US between January and August 2012 were subsequently arrested for another offense

Of the 4359 alien sex offenders who were removed from the country between January and August 2012, 220 of them (5 percent) had previously been removed but subsequently returned to the United States and were arrested for another offense.

At least 21 journalists have joined the Obama Administration since 2009

"These days, journalists don’t retire, they just join the Obama administration."

Gallup: Fewer Americans Than Ever Trust Government to Handle Problems

Americans' trust and confidence in the federal government's ability to handle international problems has reached an all-time low, with 49% saying they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence, two percentage points below the previous low of 51% recorded in 2007.

Only 28 percent of Americans think the people on Wall Street are as honest and moral as other people

The September 2013 issue of AEI’s Political Report examines public views of the financial crisis on the fifth anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers. This issue also looks into the growing feelings of economic anxiety following the crash.

21% of US residents (60.6 million) speak a language other than English at home, 43.1% in California

According to the Census Bureau, of 291.5 million people aged 5 and over, 60.6 million people (21 percent of this population) speak a language other than English at home.

Children of illegal immigrants cost Los Angeles County $54 million a month

The children of undocumented immigrants cost Los Angeles County more than $54 Million in April, Supervisor Mike Antonovich announced. In a press release, Antonovich said that the tally came from figures provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).

Over 1,000 new immigrant students enter Miami-Dade schools each month, costing over $22 million a year.

The district pays $22 million each year to educate new students who come to South Florida from other countries and enroll in K-12 classes. The report says close to 1,000 new immigrant students enter Miami-Dade classes on average each month — totaling about 11,000 a year — costing about $2,000 more per student than those who come from South Florida and don’t require additional language services.

The average illegal immigrant household costs around $14,387 per year in taxes

In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes.

Gallup: More Americans Struggling to Afford Food

More Americans are struggling to afford food -- nearly as many as did during the recent recession. The 20.0% who reported in August that they have, at times, lacked enough money to buy the food that they or their families needed during the past year, is up from 17.7% in June, and is the highest percentage recorded since October 2011.

Laurence Kotlikoff: The US Fiscal Gap Is $200 Trillion

"I estimate the US fiscal gap at $200 tn, 17 times the reported $12 tn in official debt in the hands of the public. And this incorporates this year’s tax increases and spending sequestration. What would it take to come up with $200 tn in present value? The answer is tax hikes or spending cuts, or a combination of the two, amounting to 10 percent of GDP, starting immediately and continuing indefinitely. To do so via spending cuts, alone, would require an immediate and permanent 36% cut in all non-interest spending. To do so via tax hikes, alone, would need an immediate and permanent 55% increase in all federal taxes."

The Rise Of The Welfare State

It is interesting to note that while the unemployment rate has been falling, currently at 7.3%, it has not been because of a strongly increasing workforce. Rather it has been a function of people leaving the workforce. This, of course, brings up the obvious question of how these people are living if they aren't working.

When It Pays Not to Work

Lawrence Lindsey, president and chief executive officer of The Lindsey Group, estimates that if the labor force participation rate were the same today as it was before the recession began, the unemployment rate would be 11.2 percent, rather than 7.3 percent.

Education Department Using Civil Rights Law to Get More Black Students Into AP Classes

African-American high school students were underrepresented in AP and higher level courses, including in all higher level mathematics courses, particularly in calculus and statistics courses.

Ron Unz: Our American Pravda

"The realization that the world is often quite different from what is presented in our leading newspapers and magazines is not an easy conclusion for most educated Americans to accept, or at least that was true in my own case. For decades, I have closely read the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and one or two other major newspapers every morning, supplemented by a wide variety of weekly or monthly opinion magazines. Their biases in certain areas had always been apparent to me. But I felt confident that by comparing and contrasting the claims of these different publications and applying some common sense, I could obtain a reasonably accurate version of reality. I was mistaken."

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