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Happy New Year – 2014! This will be brief

Posted on: January 1, 2014

Sushi and the shoe drop in Key West

Sushi and the shoe drop in Key West

Note:  Our madamab is in the wilds of…someplace where she doesn’t have internet access so I’m taking her post for today

Yes fellow Widdershins we have survived another year.  So what will 2014 bring?  To be honest, who the hell knows.  Will the Repubs and Paul Ryan succeed in making cuts to Social Security so he can starve granny even more than with the food stamp cuts?  Will we face another possible shut down in the government since Congress will need to deal with another debt ceiling increase?  Again, have no idea.  One would hope that the Repubs, tea-partiers et al learned something the last time but I wouldn’t really count on it.  However, for one day, let’s not worry about it, and be just like Scarlett.  I and Chat have football games to watch, her Dawgs and my Tigers both play bowl games today.  Here is wishing success to both of our teams.  And those aren’t the only games on today.  I have several on my schedule highlighted to watch today including (ugh!) Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.  Go Sooners is all I can say.  Oh and I also hope that if Bama wins, that their drunken-ass fans will behave better than a previous time they were in Nola.

And speaking of the New Year, how many of y’all make New Years’ Resolutions?  And, how good are you at keeping those resolutions?  You can take the handy-dandy polls below to give your answers.

Happy New Year Widdershins!



11 Responses to "Happy New Year – 2014! This will be brief"

I HATE rematch bowl games.

Sorry ’bout that chat.

LSU *was* working on a shut out, but not now.

Just a note here: I’ve added Bob Mann’s blog “Something Like the Truth” to our blogroll since Bob added us to his blog. Bob writes some great stuff so I urge y’all to check him out.

A little info about Bob:

He is the author of critically acclaimed political histories of the U.S. civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and American wartime dissent. One of his recent books, Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater and the Ad that Changed American Politics, was named by the Washington Post as one of the best political books of 2011.

Mann’s essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Politico and Smithsonian. He has discussed his research and appeared as a political analyst on numerous national television and radio programs, including MSNBC, CBS News, ABC News and National Public Radio.

He is also the creator of the political blog, “Something Like the Truth,” named to “The Fix’s Best State-Based Political Blogs” list in the Washington Post in 2013. One of his posts during the 2012 presidential election, “Beware the Crowdsmanship,” was featured by in the story, “Required Reading for the 2012 Election: The Best Stories about the Obama Romney Contest.”

At LSU, Mann teaches courses in political communication. He is also editor of the Media & Public Affairs book series, published jointly by the Manship School and LSU Press.

Prior to joining the LSU faculty in 2006, Mann spent more than 20 years in the political arena, working for three United States senators and a Louisiana governor. He was communications director to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, prior to serving 19 years as a U.S. Senate aide. He was state director to U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana, and served as Breaux’s press secretary. He also served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana. He was also press secretary for the 1990 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana, the 1992 and 1998 Breaux re-election campaigns and the 2003 Blanco campaign.

In 2013, he was elected to the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.

He is the author of: A Journalist’s Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker’s World War I Diary. (edited with John Maxwell Hamilton, LSU Press, 2012); Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ , Barry Goldwater and the Ad That Changed American Politics (LSU Press, 2011); Political Communication: The Manship School Guide (edited with David Perlmutter, LSU Press, 2011); Wartime Dissent in America: A History and Anthology, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); When Freedom Would Triumph: The Civil Rights Struggle in Congress, 1954-1968 (LSU Press, 2007); A Grand Delusion: America’s Descent into Vietnam, (Basic Books, 2001); The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights, (Harcourt Brace, 1996); The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Cold War, (Alpha Books, 2002); and, Legacy to Power: Senator Russell Long of Louisiana, (Paragon House, 1992).

In the early 1980s, Mann covered Louisiana politics as a reporter for the Shreveport Journal and the Monroe News-Star.

From the newz links on the side.

Oh my, Rocky Mountain High !

21-14 LSU over Iowa. Would have been 21-7 except for a ref who calls a fumble an incomplete forward pass. 👿

Officiating this year has hit a new low.

chat@6: Oh yeah, you got that right.

I can’t believe we are gonna have these types of temps here. I’m just going to simply be wrapped up under all of the covers that I can find and then not come out for about a week.

COLD SHOT NUMBER ONE: While we begin the day tomorrow in the 40s, temperatures will fall into the 30s tomorrow afternoon as the first cold shot arrives. We might see a few light snow flurries in the colder air tomorrow afternoon, but the deeper moisture will be out of here by then.

By daybreak Friday, we expect a low between 17 and 21 degrees for most places. North winds of 10-20 mph will push the wind chill index down to near zero at daybreak Friday. The sky will be sunny Friday, but cold air stays in place with a high only in the mid 30s. Some communities north of Birmingham will have a hard time getting above freezing Friday afternoon despite the sunshine.

The second one is worse:

COLD SHOT NUMBER TWO: As discussed this morning, this could be the coldest air in Alabama in ten years. Monday will be windy and cold; a few snow flurries are possible, but moisture will be limited and they should pose no problems. We won’t get out of the 30s Monday afternoon.

We are still projecting lows in the 10-15 degree range across North/Central Alabama early Tuesday and Wednesday morning. There is a good chance we will be below freezing from roughly 6 p.m. Monday through 10:00 a.m. Wednesday (40 consecutive hours).

And, strong north winds will drive the wind chill index into the sub-zero range at times Tuesday, and possibly Tuesday night.

Temp will plummet to 72 overnight, AC may shut off for a few hours,

My dudes said the officiating @ Rose Bowl was also sketchy, although it sounds like Stanford made some really dumb plays.

annie@10: Eh, I only caught parts of that one.

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