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Apocolypse now… film at 11

I got a good chuckle out of this one. The AP has apparently grown impatient with the piecemeal approach and gone straight for the jugular with this catch-all, fear-mongering headline for all time:

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL

And this puppy does cover everything —  just name your nightmare and chances are it is included in this article. Armed with this you’ll never need another newspaper or newscast to scare you within an inch of your life again. Just a quick scan though this piece every morning should guarantee you’ll remain in a fetal position for the rest of the day.

Here’s how it starts:

Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.

Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.

Whew! Why even get out of bed?

And lest you rugged individualists out there think you are immune:

The can-do, bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche is under assault. Eroding it is a dour powerlessness that is chipping away at the country’s sturdy conviction that destiny can be commanded with sheer courage and perseverance.

Under assault by whom? Themselves of course! What is not mentioned here is that the sense of “dour powerlessness” is being planted and nurtured in the American psyche on a daily basis by none other than the MSM and their liberal buddies.

The AP even keeps a report card of their own progress:

Even so, a battered public seems discouraged by the onslaught of dispiriting things. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll says a barrel-scraping 17 percent of people surveyed believe the country is moving in the right direction. That is the lowest reading since the survey began in 2003.

BARREL SCRAPING! High fives around the office — a job well done!

Seriously folks, the mind not only is a powerful thing to waste…. it is a powerful thing, period. There is always a misconception among any generation that things are worse in their particular time than they have ever been in the past. Fact is this country has weathered wars, disease, recessions and natural disasters for over 230 years. These events, in fact, span the history of mankind. None of them are harbingers of doom in themselves, they just make up part of the tapestry that we call life.

What has really changed if anything is our perspective. In the media we now have an entire industry that thrives on our uncertainty about the future. Ever notice some of the slogans? “DEPEND on us” they often will say – and dependency is exactly what they want. To help their cause they have found great advantage in teaming with a certain political party who has managed to build a voter base entirely out of fear and loathing. Together they have half the nation in a perpetual state of paranoia screaming for change and a comforting arm around their shoulder. Of course, none of these institutions have an interest in real change for the better… they would be out of work if this ever happened.

What we really need then is balance in our lives. Not balance the way the libs normally mean it, but balance of good news to help put the bad in better perspective.

One of my favorite daily stops is a site called HappyNews.com. It’s a politically neutral news outlet dedicated to spreading a little sunshine your way (heck they even have a guy in a sunshine suit for their mascot). Some of their stories are from the MSM and some from their own writers but all have a positive slant. Sometimes I even take a week off from the gloom and doom and read nothing BUT HappyNews.

Try it for a week — just turn off CNN and find a happier source for your daily information. The results might amaze you. If nothing else you will see that you don’t NEED the mainstream media anywhere near as much as they would have you think.

This is not some pollyanna form of therapy — just a refocus of attention. Bad things will always happen but trust me you’ll enjoy your life and get a lot more accomplished if your glass is half full.

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