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And the teardown begins

May 20, 2010

Rand Paul wins the GOP Senate primary of Tuesday, and on Wednesday the destruction begins. The narrative is this, Paul thinks the federal government has no place in regulating private business decisions, such as denying blacks the right to patronize a diner or store, but personally he is against racism. To the left this means he is a closet racist, to some on the right it means he is a principled libertarian. The left will have a much easier time selling their version believe me. This is what I was talking about when I said it doesn’t matter who can win the primary, primaries don’t get people elected. You have to win the general too. Maybe in Kentucky this won’t matter much, here in Washington I am pretty sure it would be fatal. (Truth be told I have a lot of doubts about Paul anyway, his platform seems ok, but his constant visits to Alex Jones on Prison Planet really make me question his judgement.)

-elsewhere-

Floyd Landis attempts to destroy American professional cycling

Floyd Landis, the American cyclist whose 2006 Tour de France victory was nullified after a positive doping test, has sent a series of emails to cycling officials and sponsors admitting to, and detailing, his systematic use of performance enhancing drugs during his career. The emails also claim that other riders and cycling officials allegedly participated in doping, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

Two immigration myths exploded? – Illegal immigrants aren’t really behind waves of violent crime

One of the signatories was Rubén G. Rumbaut, a sociologist who studies immigration at the University of California, Irvine. Rumbaut recently presented a paper on immigration and crime to a Washington, D.C. conference sponsored by the Police Foundation. Rumbaut writes via email, “The evidence points overwhelmingly to the same conclusion: Rates of crime and conviction for undocumented immigrants are far below those for the native born, and that is especially the case for violent crimes, including murder.”

Opponents of illegal immigration usually do little more than cite andecdotes attempting to link illegal immigration to violent crime. When they do try to use statistics, they come up short. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), for example, has perpetuated the popular myth that illegal immigrants murder 12 Americans per day, and kill another 13 by driving drunk. King says his figures come from a Government Accountability Office study he requested, which found that about 27 percent of inmates in the federal prison system are non-citizens. Colorado Media Matters looked into King’s claim, and found his methodology lacking. King appears to have conjured his talking point by simply multiplying the annual number of murders and DWI fatalities in America by 27 percent. Of course, the GAO report only looked at federal prisons, not the state prisons and local jails where most convicted murderers and DWI offenders are kept. The Bureau of Justice Statistics puts the number of non-citizens (including legal immigrants) in state, local, and federal prisons and jails at about 6.4 percent (pdf). Of course, even that doesn’t mean that non-citizens account for 6.4 percent of murders and DWI fatalities, only 6.4 percent of the overall inmate population.

and apparently uninsured illegals are not clogging the nations emergency rooms driving up health care costs.

The survey contradicts a common perception that emergency rooms are packed with uninsured people and illegal immigrants. It also rejects some claims that people are using the emergency department for routine care — just 10 percent of visits were for non-urgent causes.

“In 2007, approximately one in five persons in the U.S. population had one or more emergency department visits in a 12-month period,” the report from the National Center for Health Statistics reads.

I would recommend taking both those articles with a grain of salt for now, but they do provide some food for thought.

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