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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 6, 2013/ 26 Iyar, 5773

Immigration Reforms Means A Sweeping Transformation Of U.S.

By Mark Steyn



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Most countries in the world have irrelevant numbers of "immigrants."

In the Americas, for example, only Canada, the United States and the British West Indies have significant non-native populations.

In Mexico, immigrants account for 0.6% of the population, and that generally negligible level prevails all the way down through Latin America until you hit a blip of 1.4% with Chile and 3.8% in Argentina.

There's an isolated exception in Belize, which, like the English Caribbean, has historical patterns of internal migration within the British Commonwealth — such as one sees, for example, in the number of New Zealand-born residents of Australia.

But profound sweeping demographic transformation through immigration is a phenomenon only of the western world in the modern era, and even there America leads the way.

Over 20% of all the immigrants on the planet are in the U.S. The country's foreign-born population has doubled in the last two decades to 40 million — officially.

Which is the equivalent of Washington taking a decision to admit every single living Canadian, and throwing in the population of New Zealand as a bonus. Thank goodness they didn't do that, eh? (Whoops.)

Otherwise, America would have been subject to some hideous, freakish cultural transformation in which there would be hockey franchises in Florida, and Canadian banks on every street corner in New York trumpeting their obnoxious jingoistic slogans ("TD: America's neighborhood bank"), and creepy little pop stars with weird foreign names like Justin and Carly Rae doing the jobs America's teen heartthrobs won't do.

What a vile alien nightmare that would be to wake up in.

Not so very long ago, its national mythology notwithstanding, the U.S. was little different from most other countries.

In 1970, its foreign-born population was 4.7%. And, while most of the West has embraced mass immigration in the last half-century, America differs significantly from those developed countries, like Canada and Australia, that favor skilled migrants.

Personally, I don't see what's so enlightened and progressive about denuding Third World nations of their best and brightest to be your doctors and nurses, but it does demonstrate a certain ruthless self-interest.

By contrast the majority of U.S. foreign-born residents now come from Latin America, and more than a quarter of them — 12 million — from Mexico. A policy of "family reunification" will by definition lead to low-skilled immigrants:

An engineer or computer scientist is less likely to bring in an unending string of relatives — because his dad's a millionaire businessman in Bangalore and his brother's a barrister in London, and they're both happy and prosperous where they are.

Insofar as there is any economic benefit to mass immigration, it's more than entirely wiped out by chain importation of elderly dependents and other clients for the Big Government state.

So any rational immigration reform that respected the interests of the American people would attempt to reorient present policy.

Instead, the Gang of Eight's bill will cement it, and accelerate it.

According to Numbers USA, if the immigration bill passed, it would increase the legal population of the United States by 33 million in its first decade.

That figure includes 11.7 million amnestied illegals and their children, plus 17 million family members imported through chain migration, with a few software designers on business visas to round out the numbers.

Thirty-three million is like importing the entire population of Canada — oh, wait, we did that shtick three paragraphs ago.

Okay, if you're black, look at it this way:

The demographic clout it took you guys four centuries to amass can now be accomplished overnight at a stroke of Chuck Schumer's and Lindsey Graham's pens.

And, if you belong to the 40% of Americans who'll be encountering many of these "chain migrants" in the application line for low-skilled service jobs, isn't it great to know that in this gangbusters economy you're going to have to pedal even faster just to go nowhere?

Speaking of demographic clout, the main reason for not importing 33 million Canadians is that they're supposedly a bunch of liberal pantywaists and the Republican Party would never be elected to anything ever again.

But fortunately 33 million Latin Americans are, as we've been assured time and again by Charles Krauthammer and other eminent voices, "a natural conservative constituency" — which I think translates into Spanish as "una parte del electorado conservador natural."

I Googled this phrase and it got no hits, so perhaps Dr. Krauthammer got lost in translation.

But I'll take his word for it that, once America assumes the demographics of California, the Republican Party will be unstoppable.

Aside from that electoral windfall, the benefits of Schumer-Rubio "comprehensive" "reform" seem doubtful. Every new arrest in the Boston Marathon bombing reveals some laughably obvious breach of the system.

Alert to the possibility that the involvement of various hardworking immigrants in the recent unpleasantness might not be the best advertisement for his bill, Sen. John McCain is now proposing that the U.S. look more carefully at admitting persons "from countries that have histories such as Dagestan and Chechnya and others where there has been significant influence of radical Islamic extremism."

Incendiary Chechens is nothing a bit more bureaucratic oversight can't cure.

The problem with this instant solution is that Chechnya and Dagestan are not "countries" — or, to be more precise, are not sovereign nations. They're subnational jurisdictions of the Russian Federation, whose citizens travel on Russian passports. This would be the equivalent of permitting United Kingdom immigrants from Wales and Scotland, but not from England and Northern Ireland.

McCain's proposal could in theory work — if you believe that our post-9/11 state-of-the-art "smart government" will have no trouble distinguishing between a guy from St. Petersburg and a fellow from Makhachkala, formerly Petrovsk, the Dagestani capital once named after the same tsar as Petersburg.


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But if you're a wee bit skeptical that U.S. immigration officials are capable of distinguishing a Russian from one city named after Peter the Great from a Russian from another city named after Peter the Great, it's a bit of a long shot — and that's before the Dagestani from Petrovsk takes the precaution of getting a post office box in St. Petersburg.

So McCain's intervention is useful only insofar as it reminds us of the gulf between political "solutions" and reality.

When I came to this great land, I was initially worried that the government might find out about my unpaid parking tickets in Moose Jaw and the chain of unsolved prostitute murders in the port of Hamburg.

My immigration lawyer explained to me that the examiners devote six minutes to each application, and then say yea or nay.

I'm confident that if we toss another 33 million into the mix, we can get that six minutes cut by two-thirds. Much of which can be devoted to checking the background of Dagestani applicants, assuming the immigration official takes no more than three attempts to type "Makhachkala" correctly.

And so it will go with all the other much vaunted "triggers": Chances of them ever having any meaningful impact?

Zero percent.

The Daily Caller has already identified in the bill 999 references to "waivers, exemptions, or political discretion," meaning that all these "triggers" will be in the hands of a federal bureaucracy that will never pull them, and will take its cue from left-wing immigration lobby groups the new bill funds so generously.

So what's the big deal about making McCain's Dagestani crackdown the 1,000th meaningless safeguard that will be entirely ignored?

Beneath the phony "triggers," an already rapid transformation of America is about to be speeded up. An informed citizenry would trade all the triggers for a straight answer to one simple question:

Why?

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