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Stab’s America — by the numbers

In 2002, in the wake of 9-11, there were 1,463 claims of discrimination against Muslims in U.S. workplaces. As things quieted down, that number dropped significantly until 2008, when it climbed to 1,304. Coincidently (?) that was the year Barack Hussein Obama ran and was elected president. With his popularity slowly sinking into the sunset, bias claims rose again to a new high of 1,490 last year. Another fluke? Maybe — maybe not.

A recent article in the Boston Globe informs us that California farmers have advertised to fill more than 1,000 vacant jobs since January. How many Americans came to apply? Are you ready for this? To find workers for 1,160 openings, a mere 233 Americans showed up. With so many people out of work how could this be? I could think of several reasons, including the fact that many of them are still collecting unemployment checks. That, plus food stamps, may net them the same amount of dollars they would be receiving by working. So why bother to work? These workers may be lazy, but they’re not stupid.

Sixty-one percent of voters say that the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction. Only 32 percent believe America is on the right track. By “wrong direction” I believe they are implying that the administration’s position on illegal immigration, Obamacare, socialism, energy and a few more things are wrong. It’s only YOUR opinion, and you tell me what you think I omitted.

So now we know that 40 percent of all babies born in the U.S. are born out of wedlock. I have no problem with unmarried mommies having as many children as they care to, just so long as they can support them.

Bill O’Reilly tried to teach Joy Behar that 70 percent (according to a CNN poll) of America is against the so-called Ground Zero mosque. That 70 percent is an interesting number. After the brouhaha, I read and kept score of dozens of letters to the various Internet newspapers and bloggers who reported on the subject. Almost 70 percent of those who wrote sided with O’Reilly. And now, according to Rasmussen, 70 percent of America says that the government does not spend taxpayer money wisely.

It wasn’t very long ago that the U.S. led the world in terms of high school and college graduation rates. We’ve fallen on both levels to No. 18 on the planet. American 15 year olds now rank 15th internationally in reading literacy, 21st in science and 25th in math, BUT they do hold the texting record: the Nielsen people analyzed the data from 60,000 mobile phone subscribers and a survey of 3,000 teenagers. The results of the study tell us that the average American teenager sends or receives 3,339 text messages a month. In the teenage girl group, ages 13 to 17, the number jumps to 4,050 transmissions a month.

I am StanGershbein@Bellsouth.net predicting that unless you mommies take away the cellphones, the international ranking of 15 year olds will fall even further.

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