December 9, 2018

SUNDAY-EXTRA
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*Census Confirms: 63 Percent of ‘Non-Citizens’ on Welfare, 4.6 Million Households:
A majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up to help poor and ailing Americans, a Census Bureau finding that bolsters President Trump’s concern about immigrants costing the nation.

In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it.

*US Soon Spending More on Debt
than Defense:

The financial health of the federal government has been deteriorating for decades. Unable to break free from our bipartisan addiction to deficit spending, the national debt has continued to rise relentlessly. This has brought us within sight of a grim milestone: the day when the interest that Americanshave to pay on the national debt exceeds what we pay for national defense.

According to The Wall Street Journal article, “U.S. on a Course to Spend More on Debt Than Defense,” we will reach that baleful milestone in only five years.

The figures are startling. In 2023, military spending is projected to be more than $700 billion. Yet in that same year the annual interest that taxpayers will pay on the national debt will be even higher.

*’I Don’t See Anyone Who Can Beat Trump:’ Bruce Springsteen Believes:

Bruce Springsteen believes that President Donald Trumpwill win a second term in the White House. ‘I don’t see anyone out there at the moment… the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump,’ the rocker recently said.

Springsteen, who is a long-standing Democrat himself, said the political party doesn’t ‘have an obvious, effective presidential candidate’ who can ‘speak the same language’ as Trump. The iconic Born to Run singer went on to talk about the ‘life-changing, upsetting occurrences’ that have caused division in the United States.

During his interview, Springsteen, who in the past campaigned for former President Barack Obama and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, said that there are a lot of reasons people ‘became Trump voters’.

*Millennial Men Ditching Traditional ‘Masculine’ Values, More Likely To Embrace ‘Emotional Strength’:

As the famous Village People song declares, “Every man wants to be a macho macho man / To have the kind of body, always in demand.” But are “macho macho” mindsets becoming a thing of the past? A new study finds that male millennials are drifting away from stereotypical masculine values.

The research, led by the University of British Columbia, showed that younger men tend to value selflessness, social engagement, and health over traditional male ideals like physical strength and autonomy.

Of course, physique and independence were still prominent values for the 630 Canadian men aged 15 to 29 who took part in the survey, just not as important to participants as selflessness. In fact, selflessness was by far the top-rated male value. Nine in 10 respondents said that men should should help others, and 88 percent of the respondents agreed that men should be open to new ideas, new people, and new experiences. Eight in 10 felt it imperative that a man gives back to his community.

*This 7-Year-Old Leads YouTube’s Highest-Paid List With $22 Million:

The biggest earner on YouTube is a 7-year-old toy genius. The pint-sized vlogger, who reviews the hottest playthings under the name Ryan ToysReview, tops this year’s Forbes ranking of the top 10 highest-earning YouTube stars.

Banking $22 million in 2018 — and doubling last year’s $11 million haul — this kid proves that you’re never too young for a side-hustle. Some other notables on the Forbes list of gamers and goofballs are known for being quite a bit less family-friendly.

Widespread shaming apparently hasn’t slowed down the notorious Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, who earned $15.5 million in 2018, up from $12 million the year before. This is after he was called out for uploading a number of anti-Semitic posts to his popular channel, costing him a multi-million-dollar partnership deal with Disney.

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A recent survey conducted on behalf of the American Christmas Tree Association found that three-quarters ofAmerican households display a Christmas tree – and the vast majority of those, around 80 percent, are artificial.

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In the 1920s, newly arrived immigrants to Ellis Island were fed ice cream sandwiches in their first meal-in order to introduce them to the finer things of American culture.

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One of the most iconic romantic films of all time and winner of three OscarsCasablanca is a tale of love, heartbreak, and sacrifice. Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, is anAmerican expatriate living in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1941, who “stick[s his] neck out for nobody.” But when his former lover, played by Ingrid Bergman, and her husband need his help, Blaine’s resolve is tested.

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Greetings to all Christmas Friends,  let’s enjoy the season.
Times have changed we pretend, Saint Nick is real with children.
Merry Christmas anyway, let’s enjoy the holiday.
Celebrate the time of year, and fill our hearts with a Christmas cheer

Merry Christmas everyone, all over the whole earth let peace.

Would you be a Christmas Friend,  let’s enjoy the  season.
We’ve grown up still we pretend, Nick is real with children
Let’s compose some Christmas songs,  make some friends and right some wrongs
Dedicate our hearts to fill, little ones with a Christmas thrill
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God is above us, men are all brothers and sisters sharing
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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
When I meet someone who runs an organization in a blue state, I often ask: Do you have a generation gap where you work? The answer — whether the person leads a college, a nonprofit, a tech company, an entertainment company or a publication — is generally the same: Yes, and it’s massive.

The managers at these places, who are generally 35 and above, are liberals. They vote Democratic and cheer on all the proper causes of the left. But some of the people under 35 are not liberals, but rather are militant progressives. The older people in the organization often have nicknames for the younger set: the ResistanceAl Jazeera, the revolutionaries. The young militants are the ones who stage the protests if someone does something deemed wrong.

If a company fires an employee for writing an inappropriate memo or uttering an inappropriate phrase, it’s usually because there’s been a youth revolt. If a speaker is disinvited from a festival or from campus, it’s often because of a youth revolt. If a writer is fired for a tweet, or an editor has to resign from a literary review because of an unacceptable article, it’s often because of a youth revolt.

This generation gap is completely unsurprising. At pivotal moments of cultural change, such gaps open up, as the older generation breathes in one atmosphere and the younger generation breathes in another. After the turmoil of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Midge Decter wrote an outstanding book called “Liberal Parents, Radical Children.” We’re seeing a similar chasm today.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
Democrats won’t do as well as they can nationally without assuring Americans that they’re committed to securing our borders; people can’t just walk in. But the country won’t do as well as it can in the 21st century unless it remains committed to a very generous legal immigration policy — and a realistic pathway to citizenship for illegals already here — to attract both high-energy, low-skilled workers and high-I.Q. risk takers.
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Hope Hicks has split from her boyfriend, disgraced formerWhite House aide Rob Porter. Hicks, President Trump’s former director of communications — who recently started as chief communications officer at Fox — has not been spotted with Porter in weeks. Porter also failed to attend Hicks’ 30th birthday party a month ago.

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