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But imagine how nice the sunset must look over the squalor of the homeless encampment in San Francisco, posted by CptCurl.

California has been controlled by anti-gun Democrats for decades.

These are the same Democrats who repeatedly promise to tax the rich and bring the poor out of poverty... to equal the playing field.

Yet California has the highest number of homeless of all the states. California also has the highest number of Billionaires in the United States.

And the people of California will continue to follow the path outlined by Nudge. They will fall for all the empty promises from their Democrat leaders. They will believe that the sky is falling because of minute changes in climate that have occurred for as long as the earth has had an atmosphere. They will be like the battered woman who keeps going back to her abusive lover until he finally kills her.


A true sign of mental illness is any gun owner who would vote for an Anti-Gunner like Joe Biden.

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On "climate change," I saw this this morning. Bear in mind this is NOT The Onion. It's an actual article written non-sarcastically by a "journalist."

https://www.thedailybeast.com/climate-anxiety-groups-are-the-new-self-care

We are becoming a nation of fragile, ridiculous people. "Monsters" are everywhere. Shadows are scary. People are taking "anxiety animals" around with them...so they can cope with life.

Because getting a $9 latte that's too frothy is EXACTLY like seeing your buddy's arms blown off by an IED.

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Originally Posted By: Nudge
While CA, because of its size and national importance, might seem to be "the problem"...the reality is it's that mindset that's the problem. CA is just the penultimate example of what happens when it can run essentially unchecked.

But the same people who have done this to CA are in NY, MA, CT, NJ, IL, etc. And in great strength in urban pockets of othwrwise sane states...Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Austin, TX, Boulder, CO...

And it's difficult to know how to show them their ideas don't work. Because they won't acknowledge where it is failing. They can't. To do so would invalidate lifetimes of belief.

So...5 decades into literally UNCHALLENGED Democrat control of Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, D.C. etc...the "problems" which ail them are still the fault of a boogie man they drove off 5 decades ago.

Here is the brutal truth:

Inequality: The two primary drivers of inequality in America have been (1) the Federal Reserve, unleashed post-Bretton Woods in pumping false prosperity by way of debt serfdom, and (2) globalization, which perverts and abets capitalism by off-shoring labor in favor of fatter profit margins for the benefit of the elites in charge, and similarly invested. There is NOTHING but upside for them in globalism, because in the coastal urban centers where they live (primarily), the underclass largely exists in the service sector, feeding further downstream in the same eco-system. It's the people who farm, and build, and employ trade skills with their hands who are expendable and forgotten.

Urban hipster beta males LOVE globalism too! It brings them cheap hipster clothing and technology (iPhones, laptops), ensures a constant underclass of service sector workers to drive them around in Ubers and cook their food, clean their tiny apartments, etc.

Now add to these two PRIMARY drivers -- The Fed and Globalization -- a slew of secondary factors, and you get the soup we are currently sitting in. Including, but not limited to:

Godlessness (which fosters all manner of moral inversion, subverting "goodness" in almost every endeavor)

Victimology (Balkanizing the populace, parsing them into groups to be pitted against each other, establishing angst amongst minorites by way of shiboleths, so that they simultaneously self-suppress, while becoming a reliable source of voting power, convincing young women that men are the root of every bad thing, etc.)

There's more but I wont go on.

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What a mess we have here in Boulder, Co.

The most stable housing market in the U.S.

a highly educated and affluent population

low crime

a beautiful and very clean city


While it is far from perfect, I have seen much, much worse.


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Reason being it's too cold for homeless people.

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SKB,

My comment about Boulder was along the lines of "blue islands" in red states, where people on those islands tend to vote as if the sea of red around them, and the lives and needs of the people "out there," don't exist. It wasn't to say there is necessarily something wrong with what life is like in Boulder. But that the people who live there VOTE for things which are in line with THEIR desires...not that of a rancher who lives 100 miles away.

I'm not saying red state America isn't just as self-interested in how they vote. Human nature is common to all people. But because red state America is more rural and disbursed, living in MUCH smaller voting districts, their self interest really can't touch everyone else at a state level. Blue voters DO affect everyone else, because they live in highly populated districts.

This same circumstance is why coastal blue state voters, and the media and corporate elite who also live there, were so aghast and surprised at Trump's election. Because from where THEY live, and inside the closed circle of thinking and lifestyles, they barely even acknowledge the existence of red state America...even as it makes up the majority of the country by way of area. Voter-wise, it's obviously pretty much right down the middle. But red America doesn't project out nearly as well as blue America does (Hollywood, newspapers/tv, pop culture, etc.) So they were genuinely surprised on election night 2016.

And which feels more empowering to do:
1. Acknowledge you have been ignoring half the country, and decide to work with them to find a middle ground.
2. Fabricate all manner of shibboleths to "explain away" what happened...Russians, hacking, electoral college, space aliens, whatever.

Obviously, number 2 lets people not have to confront reality. And THAT is much more comfortable for human beings.

If it wasn't for Rush Limbaugh and FoxNews, you almost wouldn't have heard from red America for a long time. But the internet has changed the game...and this is why tech elites have assigned themselves the prerogative of 'reigning in' Red America. Banning language, de-platforming, etc.

There are some interesting insights about Dem and Rep voters here...currently linked on Drudge.

https://www.wsj.com/graphics/red-economy-blue-economy/


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Prager U has even more about voting districts, population and party distribution.

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The Saint Andrea fault is the only thing that could save California.

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you got that right!

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All politics are local. Probably worth noting that Colorado isn't a red state. Hillary won by a pretty comfortable margin. Nor is Wisconsin. Although Trump squeaked out a win, voters have since un-elected a Republican governor. Just looking at the 2016 election results, Iowa looked pretty red. Then in 2018, 2 Congressional seats flipped from R to D.

Generally speaking, regardless of the "color" of the state in question, the city in which the state university is located is very likely to look pretty blue. Especially true if that city isn't a huge metropolis. Iowa City is like Madison or Boulder in that respect. When the city's largest employer is the state university, that's going to have a very strong impact on local politics.

I always joke that I hate to drive from northern WI down to Iowa via Madison. My truck seems to want to turn left on me, no matter what I do.

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Originally Posted By: L. Brown
All politics are local....

Are they?

soros financial backing has supposedly gotten at least two dozen progessive activist district attorneys elected. The other coast speakerette of the house, aoc, is said to have received less than two percent of her campaign financing from in her district. I think it was you who said the flock turn to the internet for their news. aoc's biggest reelction donor to this point is a search engine big corp. Don't blame your truck, doesn't someone have to drive the narrative?

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