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January 22, 2005

Depression, our comrades in Washington, French surrender, and snow

The one thing that the "blue states" have in common is the high number of mental health professionals. (We always knew they needed help, yes?)

The February 2005 edition of Chicago Magazine (not yet online at www. chicagomagazine.com) offers a new insight.

The ten states (including the District of Columbia ) with the highest ratio of psychologists per 100,000 residents, were, with the exception of Colorado, all blue states which supported John Kerry (D.C, Vermont, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, in rank order from one to ten). The ten states with the lowest ratio of psychologists per 100,000 residents, all were red states supporting Bush (Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Nevada, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, Indiana). Louisiana with the lowest ratio is listed first.

(Hat tip to AlphaPatriot—and somebody put on the Patsy Cline.)


Over at Conservative Insurgent, Jack takes a hard look at the new comrade in charge of Washington State, and has some eerie similarities between Christine Gregoire and the unlamented Josef Stalin.


The French have surrendered again, E-nough reports....

IT IS official: the French are a nation of depressed pessimists, wracked with self-doubt and unable to see a positive future.

This gloomy portrait of the current state of Gallic morale - or rather the lack of it - was made public yesterday in a damning report by France’s prefects, the country’s top administrators.

"The French no longer believe in anything," the report said. "That is the reason that the situation is relatively calm, for they believe that it is not even worthwhile expressing their opinions or trying to be heard any more."

The country’s 100 prefects went on to use the words "lifelessness", "resignation", "anxiety" and "pessimism" to describe the attitudes they believe prevail in France today...

[A]nalysts point to the fact that disillusionment and apathy are so great that not even France’s formerly powerful unions were able to predict the turnout for the strike. Opinion polls show that 65 per cent of the French support the strikers, leading observers to say that the country is showing its discontent by proxy via the strikers. . .

Pierre Taribo, writing in L’Est Républicain . . . wrote: "One is forced to say that the French no longer believe in very much. Confronted with the reality of an open economy, clearly showing less and less appetite for politics, they are disillusioned and doubt everything from Chirac to the government and the Right, which is accused of every ill, to the Left, which has no projects, and the unions, whose activism no longer inspires a reflex of blind adhesion."


And finally, here's one of the really great reasons why Michiganders like myself say a foot of snow is a really good start.

Hubs and Spokes has the photo. And the cute kid.

Posted by Weaselteeth at January 22, 2005 09:58 PM