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Give us your, tired, your poor, your job-stealing masses:

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing into abuses of the H-1B skilled guest worker visa program. Lawmakers heard experts describe how the use of foreign workers has come to dominate the IT industry, with many tech giants using the program to fire well-paid current workers and replace them with workers from abroad at significantly lower pay.

So let's wait a bit

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Interesting words I encountered while meandering through the blogosphere:

epistemic (ep-uh-STEE-mik, STEM-ik), adj. -- of or relating to knowledge or the conditions for acquiring it, as in: "Poor reasoning can result in epistemic distorions, leading to a wrong conclusion and a poor decision" or "I can't swear that my reliance on search engines instead of encyclopedias has improved my epistemic habits."

Vote! he commanded

Just when you think President Obama couldn't possibly be any more extreme, he gives another signal of  how deep his totalitarian instincts go:

 

How do we offset the influence of big money in politics while fixing the country's abysmal voter turnout rate?

A scary thought

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while meandering through the blogosphere:

razzia (RAZ-ee-uh), n. -- a plundering raid, as in "The United States is being overwhelmed by a razzia of uncontrolled immigration."

Ain't no right way

Those rotten kids and all that texting, I tell you. With the way they abbreviate and make up acronyms and leave grammar behind, they are just ruinin' the English language, ruinin' it, I tell you.

But hold on there, not so fast:

Another trail blazed

Let's take a step back

One in four

The political class has kinda sorta stopped talking about illegal immigration. But that doesn't mean it isn't an issue important enough to talk about:

Word power

Regular readers will know that I love words, to the point where I used to watch William F. Buckley's "Firing Line," dictionary in hand, just so I could learn new ones. In that spirit, I've decided to create an irregular feature based on "interesting words I encountered while meandering through the blogosphere."

Two today.

farrago (fuh-RAH-goh), n. -- a confused mixture; hodgepodge, medley, as in: "Hillary Clinton's farrago of email explanations gets harder to take with a straight face every day."

No diversity required

Sonia Sotomayor is still trying to sell her "Supreme Court needs diversity" schtick:

Hot shot students

And the latest gatherings of lunatic, dangerous gun nuts can be found in . . . the Ivy League?

In between completing problem sets, writing code, organizing hackathons, worrying about internships and building solar cars, a group of MIT students make their way to the athletic center, where they stand side-by-side, load their guns and fire away.

Not so dead simple

What's next? Hanging? Stoning? Burning at the stake? The guillotine?

Retrenching blues

What a line

It's actually kind of entertaining to watch Hillary Clinton apologists twist themselves into knots to defend the indefensible act of doing government business on a personal email accountt. MSNBC knucklehead Ed Schultz gets the nod for most amusing response:

Goodbye, Page 1

Is this print's last gasp? Both the New York times and the Los Angeles Times have announced that meetings to pitch stories for Page 1 are a thing of the past:

Just dumb

Given the well-publicized abuse of veterans by the people who are supposed to help them, you'd think people dealing with them would start being a little more cautious in word and deed. Apparently a little slow on the uptake in Indianapolis:

A manager at the Roudebush Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis appears to mock the mental health problems of returning combat veterans in an email to her employees.

City election, part 1

We started our interviews with Primary election candidates today, and that effort will eat into my blogging/tweeting time for the next four weeks. So I thought I'd fill in the gap a little with periodic thoughts about the interviews and this year's city contests. Right now I'm thinking I won't use names, but that could change.

How to avoid an email scandal

In the aftermath of the Hillary email scandal, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham explains why he does not use email "to a baffled a press corps that walks around with smartphones welded to hands."

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