Gerry Canavan

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It’s Hard To Be Tough On Babies

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Here’s the great Daily Show segment on birth-citizenship panic that aired last night.

Wednesday Night

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* This remix of Super Mario Brothers with characters from Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, and Contra, and Castlevania is the greatest achievement of our culture. Via literally everyone.

* Related: Cub Scouts now offer video game badge.

* The great purge continues: Charlie Crist will run as an independent.

* The EFF’s Facebook timeline shows how your privacy has disappeared. Via @drbluman.

* Scott Lemieux makes the case against Merrick Garland, who he thinks is even worse than Elena Kagan for SCOTUS.

* Arizona is the new normal: Duncan Hunter calls for deportation of U.S. citizens whose parents are undocumented immigrants. Related: Arizona State Legislature continues to troll the nation by officially endorsing birtherism.

* And thankfully I’m not the only one who sees through Lindsey Graham.

A Few for Wednesday

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I hate to bury the more important Afghanistan posts, but I’ve been working hard to avoid my work this morning and I wanted to memorialize my efforts with a linkdump.

* Via The Rushmore Academy, Richard Brody says The Darjeeling Limited is the second-best film of the decade. Coming as this does just one day after a lunchtime argument with Ryan over whether Wes Anderson is a “serious” filmmaker, I think my affirmative case has now been definitively proved.

* Matt Yglesias had a good post this morning on the way institutional pressures in the military-industrial complex drag America’s foreign policy to the right no matter who is president.

* Bad behavior from conservative Democrats in the Senate has put Snowe and Collins’s votes back in play on health care.

* UC-San Diego’s Gordon H. Hansen: Despite all this, illegal immigration’s overall impact on the US economy is small. Low-skilled native workers who compete with unauthorized immigrants are the clearest losers. US employers, on the other hand, gain from lower labor costs and the ability to use their land, capital, and technology more productively. The stakes are highest for the unauthorized immigrants themselves, who see very substantial income gains after migrating. If we exclude these immigrants from the calculus, however (as domestic policymakers are naturally inclined to do), the small net gain that remains after subtracting US workers’ losses from US employers’ gains is tiny. And if we account for the small fiscal burden that unauthorized immigrants impose, the overall economic benefit is close enough to zero to be essentially a wash. The bolded phrase represents the reason why, despite ongoing shrieking nativism from the Republican party base, immigration reform never actually occurs. (via @mattoyeah)

* Kottke: Photos of Dubai in decline are the new photos of Detroit in decline. Have to admit I laughed at Stewart’s sad “It’s now Du-sell” pun last night.

* And Scott Lemieux has today’s deep thought.

I am absolutely shocked that, despite a near-total lack of precedent, a wealthy professional athlete has engaged in sexual relations with persons to whom he is not married, and I hope that cable news will devote more time to these remarkably surprising and important revelations.