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Morning Video: 7th In Literacy, 27th In Math, 22nd In Science

Here's a clip from the opening of The Newsroom, the new Aaron Sorkin series no one seems to like very much, which features a obscenity-filled rant from the show's opening that lists America's failings:

"We're 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science.... We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending..."  Watch the whole episode online (at work, if you dare).

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I think I’m getting sick of people pointing out our international failings... and really doing nothing to fix them. At what point does it become about ratings? Airtime? Getting your face in the paper?

I think I’m getting sick of people pointing out our international failings... and really doing nothing to fix them. At what point does it become about ratings? Airtime? Getting your face in the paper?

Where do these facts come from? We lead the world in only three Categories? Really? what about these?

Foreign aid - The United States gives the most overall for both development and humanitarian purposes. We have given more in one year than most nations have contributed in three years.

Billionaires – we have more than any other country in the world (contrary to popular belief, that’s a good thing).

CO2 emission reductions – We lead the world in C02 reductions, According to the International Energy Agency

Patents - more patents are filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office than anywhere else, with nonresidents now making up about half of the total.

Worker productivity – we lead the world in productivity per worker (again, this is a good thing)

Research universities - Starting with Harvard, MIT, and Yale, the United States has 13 of the top 20 in U.S. News’ global rankings.

Legal immigrants - 35.5 million legal immigrants as of 2005. If this country sucks, it must suck less than other places, cause everybody wants in….

Generosity - The United States jumped from fifth place to first in the U.K.-based Charity Aid Foundation’s latest World Giving Index, which grades countries on three metrics: volunteering, helping strangers, and donating.

You may not like it, but these are the facts, this country is the greatest force for good in the world, always has been.

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