(Editor’s note:  I was honestly going to send this as a private e-mail to the Hot Air writer Jazz Shaw, but I was unable to find an e-mail address or contact information for him anywhere on the site.  Rather than throw the letter away, I thought I might as well just publish it as an open letter here.  I’ve accordingly also added links to some of the other topics I referenced in the letter.)

Mr. Shaw,

I can’t resist (albeit belatedly) responding to your thoughts on John Kasich’s popularity (or lack thereof) last week.

In particular, you wrote, “In 2014, however, he won his second race by more than 30% and carried 86 of 88 counties. His level of general support was undeniable.”

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Ji Seong-ho

Mark Steyn on the state of our “sclerotic republic”:

. . . the Empire State Building was finished in 18 months during a depression, but in the 21st century the global superpower cannot put up two replacement skyscrapers within a decade.

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Happy new year and merry Tenth Day of Christmas!

This is just your friendly annual reminder to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet including at least some liberal and conservative media.*

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Tiny and Joey

Wow.

Long-form journalism isn’t dead.

Also, man is fallen and his capacity for evil never ceases to amaze.

OK, for those without the time or the inclination to read the whole story from beginning to end at its own pace, here’s as good a summary by excerpt as any:

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According to some of the things our left-leaning friends are telling each other, wanting to repeal Obamacare is an example of “fascism”.  I suppose America was fascist from 1776 until Obamacare was passed in 2010?  I suppose America has since enjoyed a brief period of being a non-fascist state, 2010 to present?

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NPR reviews some of the history of American immigration law, and reaches some admirably honest conclusions:

illegal immigration history, NPRThe Simpson-Mazzoli Act was introduced as a way to end illegal border crossings once and for all. It had three parts: Give amnesty to those who had been in the country for at least five years, crack down on employers who hire people who can’t legally work here, and pump up border security to prevent future illegal crossings.

President Reagan supported the bill and signed it into law in 1986. Three million people were granted amnesty under the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, but by 1990 the number of unauthorized immigrants was back up to 3.5 million.

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From an interview with Delaware Democratic senator Chris Coons:

COONS: [Blah, blah, blah, Gorsuch is a conservative!]

MARTIN: He’s a conservative. I mean, I think he — no one would deny that. He’s been nominated by a Republican president. It’s worth pointing out though that even people who are left-leaning say this is a guy with integrity, that this is a guy who’s not a partisan. Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general under President Obama, said as much.

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