We’ve all heard of Murphy’s Law…

Remember Murphy’s Law?  It says “Anything that can go wrong WILL go wrong.”

There is also a corollary to Murphy’s Law.  It’s called the Law of Illogical Argument.

It says “Anything is possible if you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

This corollary was NOT invented by AOC, but it could have been.

It certainly fits her perfectly.

Let her know, why don’t you?

Thanks.

There’s another corollary which says “Artificial Intelligence is never any match for normal, carefully developed stupidity.”  You should probably not send this one to AOC because it’s very doubtful she’d understand it.  If someone does not comprehend the natural kind of intelligence, that person certainly will not begin to understand the artificial kind.

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“Deaths of despair” in US now at highest level ever

According to a shocking new report from the Commonwealth Fund, the suicide rate in the United States is at a new high.  Sadly, the same thing can be said about the death rates from drug overdoses and alcohol.  All three death rates are at an all-time record high, and yet our society is still fairly stable at the moment.   Americans today have literally thousands of different ways to entertain themselves, and yet we have never been unhappier.  One out of every six Americans is taking psychiatric drugs, we are currently dealing with “the worst drug crisis in American history”, and people are killing themselves in record numbers.

Even though “deaths of despair” have reached record levels, the researchers at the Commonwealth Fund found that there are major regional differences.  Rates of deaths from suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol have reached an all-time high in the United States, but some states have been hit far harder than others.

Researchers discovered that the states with the highest death rates from drug overdoses  were all in northern Appalachia

“When we look at what’s going on in mid-Atlantic states — West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania — those are the states that have the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the country,” David Radley, a senior scientist for the Commonwealth Fund, said. Rates in those states are at least double the national average of fatal drug overdose rates.

West Virginia had the highest drug overdose death rates, fueled mostly by the opioid epidemic. What’s more, those rates rose by 450 percent from 2005 to 2017, according to the report.

In addition, the New England states also have extremely high drug overdose death rates.

Nationally, the number of Americans who die from an opioid overdose each year now exceeds the number dying in car accidents.

Meanwhile, for suicide and alcohol deaths it is a completely different story.  In both cases, researchers found that the highest rates are out west

Death rates from suicide and alcohol also showed regional disparities. People died at higher rates by suicide or from alcohol than from drugs in Montana, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Oregon and Wyoming.

In particular, the suicide rate is disturbingly high in rural western areas, and this agrees with a previously published CDC study which discovered that the suicide rate in rural areas is actually 45 percent higher than in “large urban areas”…

The suicide rate in rural America is 45% greater than in large urban areas, according to a study released last fall by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A more recent CDC report said Montana’s suicide rate leads the nation, coming in at nearly twice the national average. A third long-touted CDC study, currently under review, listed farming in the occupational group, along with fishing and forestry, with the highest rate of suicide deaths.

That occupational study was based on 2012 data, when farming was strong and approaching its peak in 2013, says Jennifer Fahy, communications director for the nonprofit Farm Aid. Farmers’ net income has fallen 50% since 2013 and is expected to drop to a 12-year low this year, the US Department of Agriculture reports.

Sadly, U.S. farmers are currently having their worst year in a generation, and they desperately need our support.

Overall, the new report from the Commonwealth Fund found that since 2005 drug overdose deaths in the United States are up 115 percent, alcohol deaths are up 37 percent, and suicides are up 28 percent.

Thanks in large part to those numbers, life expectancy in the United States has now fallen for three years in a row.

Despite all of our advanced technology, and despite our massively bloated debt-fueled standard of living, many Americans are desperately unhappy.  In an attempt to “cure” our unhappiness, many of us have turned to the medical system for answers, and as a result more Americans are on antidepressants than ever before.  In fact, NBC News has reported that one out of every six Americans is currently on at least one psychiatric drug…

One in six Americans take some kind of psychiatric drugs — mostly antidepressants, researchers reported Monday.

They also found that twice as many white people take those drugs as do African-Americans or other minorities, and fewer than 5 percent of Asian-Americans do. And most people who take them are taking them long-term, Thomas Moore of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Virginia and colleagues found.

But no matter how powerful a drug is, it can never give you hope.  Life really can be filled with meaning and purpose, but most Americans are searching for those things in all the wrong places.

We like to think that our approach to life is superior to the way previous generations of Americans did things, but the numbers say that they were actually far happier than we are.

 

[From an article published by The Economic Collapse Blog]

 

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Hollywood producer now fighting pro-life laws all across the country

Hollywood producer and investor Peter Chernin has started a campaign to raise millions of dollars fighting anti-abortion laws in Georgia, calling on other media moguls to join him.

“I am launching a campaign to contribute to the $15 million that is needed to fund the A.C.L.U.’s legal efforts to battle the national anti-abortion effort,” Mr. Chernin wrote in an email last week, referring to the American Civil Liberties Union. The email, according to the New York Times, was sent to all of the executives of the major movie studios, as well as Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook and Shonda Rhimes.

Having already given $1 million, Chernin believes he has “a moral responsibility to act immediately.”

As Christian Headlines previously reported, in recent weeks Georgia has applied heavy pressure against abortion, signing one of the most restrictive pro-life bills in the country on May 7. Should it take effect in January 2020, the bill would prohibit abortions after a heartbeat is detected.

Due to the state’s hefty tax breaks for production companies, it’s also found itself in the crosshairs of Hollywood’s liberal priorities. The Writer’s Guild of America threatened to boycott. Disney and Warner Media have considered relocating. And Netflix has linked support with ACLU.

The financial strain, however, may be too much for the production companies. The New York Times reported, “Studio executives have privately worried that taking a stand against the issue might hurt ticket sales in huge swaths of the country, where many oppose abortion.” The state offers a 20% tax credit and an additional 10% if the Georgia Film Commission’s logo appears in the credits.

Despite many of these studio’s stances, however, Disney and Netflix continue to film in foreign countries where abortion is still illegal and human rights are threatened. According to the Wall Street Journal, “More than a few Americans may also notice the contradiction that Disney is more worried about filming in a U.S. state that has passed a law democratically than it is operating its theme park and hawking its films in China, which uses facial-recognition software to monitor its population….”

Georgia houses several film sets that have taken the place for California, New York, South Korea and Nigeria. “The Walking Dead” and several Marvel movies were filmed in the state. Nearly 92,000 jobs would be affected should Hollywood boycott.

Chernin has opted to not boycott the state because of the harm it could cause to thousands of Georgia residents. “Firing workers, most of whom oppose this legislation, does not seem like a just response,” he said. “Taking action against only Georgia felt like a highly narrow and targeted response to a national battle. Abandoning and isolating parts of the country that we don’t agree with strikes me as a dangerous response.”

 

[From an article published by CHRISTIAN HEADLINES]

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Two years and tens of millions of dollars…wasted.

That’s how much time and money was wasted on the Mueller investigation.

And what do we have to show for it?

Our border is still in shambles.

Anti-American extremists (who are Democrats actually elected to the U.S. Congress) have no intention of working to make America a better country.  Their intent is solely to sow discord and discontent.  Two of these extremists are Muslims, and they make no attempt to hide the fact that they are radical Muslims.

And thousands of veterans are jobless, homeless and hungry — while we roll out the red carpet for the migrants storming our southern border.

Our government spent MILLIONS of dollars and COUNTLESS hours on the bogus Democrat-inspired witch hunt — an invention of the Deep State with the sole objective of unseating a democratically elected President.

All to prove what you and I have known all along: It wasn’t Russia that elected President Trump. It was patriots like you and me.

And now that the truth is out, it’s patriots like you and me that need to ignite change.

If there’s anything worth spending our hard earned dollars on, it’s weeding out the Deep State holdovers that were willing to destroy our country as long as they could destroy the President too.

This so-called “Russian Collusion” investigation was never about the truth, and it was never about our country.

It wasn’t about national security or the integrity of our elections.

It was about one thing, and one thing only…

POWER.

And when patriots like you and me came together and rejected their Marxist agenda, it became clear that the talking heads and Establishment hacks weren’t calling the shots anymore.

The power was back in the hands of “we, the people.”

And they’ve been desperate to snatch that power back ever since.

So they lied, and they spied, and used every tool at their disposal to take the President down.

But the truth STILL prevailed, and now there’s no doubt about it: our President is innocent.

Now it’s time for the Deep State to answer to us.  There is simply too much at stake to overlook all the treasonous actions which were designed to take our country down.

Make no mistake: the radical extremists in our midst do not love America.  They love only the power they have as elected government officials.  If they loved America, they would not be trying so hard to see that America is destroyed as a democracy.  They want to see America become a socialist country, even with a current example of what that can mean: Venezuela is teetering on the brink of complete chaos.  The idiot radicals in our midst actually think that chaos is the right way to create the change they seek.

As we move closer to 2020 and the next national election, DO NOT make the mistake of thinking that the radicals in our midst really mean what they say.  Do not make the mistake of thinking they are worth your vote.  They are not. They have proven they are not.  And they have proven they do not care about the country we all live in…the country that many thousands of our finest citizens died to protect and to make better.  Vote for only those who put people above power.

July 4th, our most revered national holiday, is fast approaching.  Make it your goal on this upcoming holiday to visit a national cemetery.  Or to at least do a bit of research into how many of our finest are buried in them, and which wars put them there.  It’s an extremely sobering experience to visit a national cemetery and walk among literally tens of thousands of white headstones…but it’s an experience all patriots should have.

 

 

[From an article published by the Horowitz Freedom Center]

 

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NY Times admits that many American cities are “unlivable”… and says liberals are to blame

Unlivable American dities
This is happening, says the Times, “because the largest American cities are populated and run by Democrats”

To live in California is to experience every day the cryptic phrase that George W. Bush once used to describe the invasion of Iraq: “Catastrophic success.” The economy here is booming, but no one feels especially good about it. When the cost of living is taken into account, billionaire-brimming California ranks as the most poverty-stricken state, with a fifth of the population struggling to get by. Since 2010, migration out of California has surged.

The basic problem is the steady collapse of livability. Across my home state, traffic and transportation is a developing-world nightmare. Child care and education seem impossible for all but the wealthiest. The problems of affordable housing and homelessness have surpassed all superlatives — what was a crisis is now an emergency that feels like a dystopian showcase of American inequality.

Just look at San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi’s city. One of every 11,600 residents is a billionaire, and the annual household income necessary to buy a median-priced home now tops $320,000. Yet the streets there are a plague of garbage and needles and feces, and every morning brings fresh horror stories from a “Black Mirror” hellscape: Homeless veterans are surviving on an economy of trash from billionaires’ mansions. Wealthy homeowners are crowdfunding a legal effort arguing that a proposed homeless shelter is an environmental hazard. A public-school teacher suffering from cancer is forced to pay for her own substitute.

And there is no end in sight to such crushing success. At every level of government, our representatives, nearly all of them Democrats, prove inadequate and unresponsive to the challenges at hand. Witness last week’s embarrassment, when California lawmakers used a sketchy parliamentary maneuver to knife Senate Bill 50, an ambitious effort to undo restrictive local zoning rules and increase the supply of housing.

It was another chapter in a dismal saga of Nimbyist urban mismanagement that is crushing American cities. Not-in-my-backyardism is a bipartisan sentiment, but because the largest American cities are populated and run by Democrats — many in states under complete Democratic control — this sort of nakedly exclusionary urban restrictionism is a particular shame of the left.

There are many threads in the story of America’s increasingly unlivable cities. One continuing tragedy is the decimation of local media and the rise of nationalized politics in its place. In America the “local” problems plaguing cities are systematically sidelined by the structure of the national media and government, in which the presidency, the Senate and the Supreme Court are all constitutionally tilted in favor of places where no one lives. (There are more than twice as many people in my midsize suburban county, Santa Clara, as there are in the entire state of North Dakota, with its two United States senators.)

That’s why, aside from Elizabeth Warren — who has a plan for housing, as she has a plan for everything — Democrats on the 2020 presidential trail rarely mention their ideas for housing affordability, an issue eating American cities alive. I watched Joe Biden’s campaign kick off the other day; the only house he mentioned was the White House.

Then there is the refusal on the part of wealthy progressives to live by the values they profess to support at the national level. Creating dense, economically and socially diverse urban environments ought to be a paramount goal of progressivism. Cities are the standard geographical unit of the global economy. Dense urban areas are quite literally the “real America” — the cities are where two-thirds of Americans live, and they account for almost all national economic output. Urban areas are the most environmentally friendly way we know of housing lots of people. We can’t solve the climate crisis without vastly improving public transportation and increasing urban density. More than that, metropolises are good for the psyche and the soul; density fosters tolerance, diversity, creativity and progress.

Yet where progressives argue for openness and inclusion as a cudgel against President Trump, they abandon it on Nob Hill and in Beverly Hills. This explains the opposition to SB 50, which aimed to address the housing shortage in a very straightforward way: by building more housing. The bill would have erased single-family zoning in populous areas near transit locations. Areas zoned for homes housing a handful of people could have been redeveloped to include duplexes and apartment buildings that housed hundreds.

The bill had garnered support from a diverse coalition of business and advocacy groups, and its sponsor, State Senator Scott Wiener, had negotiated a series of compromises with some of its fiercest opponents. Polls showed the measure to be widely popular. For the first time, something extraordinary looked possible: California’s wealthy homeowners would abandon their restrictionist attitudes and let us build some new housing.

Nope. Instead, Anthony Portantino, a Democratic state senator whose district includes the posh city of La Cañada Flintridge and who heads the appropriations committee, announced that he’d be shelving the bill until next year. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, he worried that the law would spur lots of people to move near residential bus routes, which he suggested would alter the character of enclaves like his.

And why is that so bad?

Reading opposition to SB 50 and other efforts at increasing density, I’m struck by an unsettling thought: What Republicans want to do with I.C.E. and border walls, wealthy progressive Democrats are doing with zoning and Nimbyism. Preserving “local character,” maintaining “local control,” keeping housing scarce and inaccessible — the goals of both sides are really the same: to keep people out.

“We’re saying we welcome immigration, we welcome refugees, we welcome outsiders — but you’ve got to have a $2 million entrance fee to live here, otherwise you can use this part of a sidewalk for a tent,” said Brian Hanlon, president of the pro-density group California Yimby. “That to me is not being very welcoming. It’s not being very neighborly.”

[From an article published by the NY TIMES]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  The author of this piece is not being honest or objective when he says the goal of both Democrats and Republicans is “to keep people out.”  Republicans are attempting to enforce the law by keeping illegal immigrants out until they decide to enter the US legally; Democrats in California are attempting to keep everyone out who cannot afford the price of entry, which serves to keep all but the wealthiest people out.  We have seen the same mindset apply in the “sanctuary cities” controversy.  When people are sent to the cities which claim they want to welcome oppressed outsiders, those cities suddenly become not so eager to actually welcome them. “We don’t have the resources,” is the new outcry.  They only wanted to welcome theoretical people, not real ones who are often messy and poor.  “Preserving local character” in California and enforcing immigration laws on our southern border are two very different things, much too different to be compared as easily as this writer would like.  Democrats were elected to uphold the same immigration laws as the Republicans, but Democrats only want to welcome new votes, not new residents.  To say the federal government is “constitutionally tilted in favor of places where no one lives” is to be completely dishonest; let’s instead find out why the Democrats do not want to uphold current immigration laws.

 

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An attempt to explain the liberal lunacy witnessed since 2016

The appalling liberal outbursts we have witnessed since Trump’s election can be explained by realizing that they believe they have the right to speak to and be listened to by the president.  The rest of us are too deplorable to be worthy of his attention.  And yet, the president listens to us, or appears to, and frequently disparages them.

A liberal friend of mine frequently quotes a saying that when you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.  I’m not saying Trump listens equally to everyone.  If he does, it’s because he isn’t really listening to any of us.  He seems to have enough self-confidence to make his own decisions without resorting to weighing the advice of 300 million wannabe counselors.

But liberals were accustomed to preferential access during the Obummer years, and now they aren’t getting it.  Not only have they lost their privilege, but they believe that it was unfairly reassigned to us riffraff.  They feel cheated, and they are howling for justice.

Every judge legislating from the bench to promote his favored policies is striking a blow for justice in liberals’ quest to rule us.  Every ill mannered celebrity ranting about Trump’s supposed deficiencies is a bold prophet, speaking truth to power.  Every journalist twisting facts to support the leftist narrative is a warrior in the Left’s disinformation army, participating in a surge of lying that all of them hope will overwhelm us so we return to being their pawns.

So my friend’s favorite quote is true for liberals, at least.  They are so addicted to the privilege of their elitist caste that many of them seem unhinged.  From their perspective, it’s the rest of the country that is insane.

This is transformational change, Trump-style.  The patient years of liberals siphoning off ever increasing amounts of power and treasure, blaming the conservatives for any policy failure in delivery of the promised utopia, is being set awry by Trumpian efforts to make success at some level possible for the hoi polloi regardless of their individual politics.  He cuts taxes, renegotiates trade deals, speaks respectfully of law enforcement and military without sounding de rigueur, incentivizes businesses to hire more Americans and build up manufacturing, and on and on.

How can we deplorables be forced to accept our lower class status if the president acts as though each of us matters?  What if we stop listening to fake newsmen, climate change cheats who become millionaires exploiting our gullibility, and all the other political activists who have lied about their self-enrichment goals and fooled us into thinking they were trying to help us?  What if we start thinking for ourselves?

Oh, dear, this will never do.  Liberals have the “divine right” of kings, while we can barely claim a “spark of divinity.”  How dare we act as their equals when they are so clearly (in their own minds) superior?

And so their outrage poureth forth unabated.

 

[From an article published by AMERICAN THINKER]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  We are reminded of a saying, the source of which is not known precisely but has always been assumed to be a Democrat who apparently said little else of note:  “People who think they know everything are very irritating to those of us who do.”

 

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