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Hi gang! How’s your holiday starting out? Hope it’s festive. We’re having our Christmas dinner today instead of Tuesday, so I may not be around much. Everyone finally decided to only buy for the smallest kids this year. It was getting really, really over the top. The only problem with that is there are so few presents under the tree, it looks bare! Maybe I’ll wrap some boxes and put ‘fake’ gifts under there. It will be fine when everyone starts piling in and adds their gifts.

So, let’s do a holiday music thread. Here’s a start:

Elvis and Martina McBride – Blue Christmas

Kelly Clarkson – Please Come Home For Christmas

Rod Stewart – Let It Snow

Kenny G – Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas

Jose Feliciano (and cool kids) – Feliz Navidad

Okay y’all, don’t make me post ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’ because I will if I have to… Have a wonderful holiday!

Open thread.

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Happy New Years Widdershins

Is everyone ready to put 2017 behind them?  Nevermind, I already know the answer to that one.  What will 2018 have in store for us?  Will the mid-term elections be a bloodbath for the Republicans?  Lordy, let’s hope so.  Will Mueller finish his investigation or will tRump and the Repubs shut it down?  Right now we don’t know the answers to any of these questions.  What I know the answer to is how I’ll spend my New Years Day:  Football!  There will be lots of college bowl games on and I’ll do my best to watch each and every one of them even if I get carpal tunnel from wearing out the clicker.

So for this post I decided to look for some New Years quotes and I went to Brainy Quotes to find some.  I have put some of what I thought were the better ones below.  Enjoy and if you have a fond New Years quote please include it in the comments.

 

 

 

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The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
Hal Borland

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Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Benjamin Franklin

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Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’
Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller

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Okay Widdershins, let us hope that 2018 will be a better year than what we experienced in 2017.

Open thread of course.

I’ll end this with a schmaltzy piece of music, Auld Lang Syne, Guy Lombardo edition.  Saxophones:  Warm up those vibratos.

 

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Good morning Widdershins,

2017 is quickly approaching its end. Remember when in 2016 we were all really upset because all the celebrities were dying? Well, I wish we could go back to 2016 again. To hell with the celebrities. But alas, suffer forward we must. What fresh hell 2018 will bring, only time will tell.

Over the past couple of days a few interesting developments. After I’m not sure what number accusation of groping, Al Franken is likely to announce his resignation from the Senate today. Already several of his Democratic colleagues (including Kristen Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Claire McCaskill and Chuck Schumer) have called for him to step aside.  (Somewhere Jeff Sessions is ironing his sheets and doing a square dance.) This comes on the heels of John Conyers being forced to resign. Now, the charges against Conyers and Franken are not the same. (And Conyers appears to be more senile than your average Senator to boot.) Conyers finally said he’ll leave, but he’s not happy and he’s endorsed a family member to take his place. That’s not how that’s supposed to work, but we are living in the age of Trump where Ivanka and Jared are senior White House advisors, so why not let someone from the Conyers family take over?

Problem is Conyers is not leaving quietly. The Congressional Black Caucus is angry too. They think Conyers was treated differently. Certainly as a Democrat he has. Blake Fahrenthold is still in Congress. And Trump is in the White House. And Roy Moore will probably end up in the Senate. But Conyers must go. And now so does Franken. At this point I’m still not convinced Franken should be forced to resign. (There’s also the case of the NJ Senator Bob Menendez, who was on trial for corruption… That’s a whole other kettle of fish.) Main part of my hesitation for any Democrat to resign is…it achieves nothing except make some Democrats feel good about themselves. And that’s fine: principles, higher ground, moral superiority, blah blah. Republicans don’t care. None of this matters to them. They have managed to change the narrative from Roy Moore to Franken and Conyers. Democrats are leaving, Republicans are going in. Nothing matters. Do Democrats need to stop acting morally superior? I think there’s a case to be made for that. Enough with playing by the rules! Bring a bazooka to a knife fight! Alas…plastic utensils to a nuclear war it is. And Republicans will win every fight because they just don’t care.

In a media madness moment, consider this:Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 11.39.30 PM.png

Chozick is a New York Times reporter. She covered Hillary’s campaign and she is now writing a book. (Of course she is. The list of people who have made money off of the Clintons is long and deplorable.) The article spends an obscene (so normal by NY Times standards) amount of time talking about Hillary Clinton. So Chozick is highlighting how Harvey Weinstein is Hillary’s fault. When people called Chozick out on this, she came back with: “Who said it was Hillary’s fault? More like a stunning # of men accused of bad behavior.” Sure sure Amy. While trying to point out how many bad men there are she naturally could only express herself via Hillary. The Clinton Derangement Syndrome is as strong as it ever was in the NY Times. I am glad to no longer have a subscription.

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Good Weekend Widdershins and Happy New Year!

Well here we are my friends…down to the last damn day before the New Year.  Oh whoop-de-doo!  Meanwhile, the Doomsday Clock continues its inexorable ticking down until the 20th of January.  On the bright side that falls on a Friday and we know that the orange talking yam is not really a workaholic so perhaps we have a few extra days before the damage starts.  But enough of that!  Let’s enjoy what we can while we can.

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To that end let’s do a musical event today just as if this was a normal, Widdershin Weekend.  This new-years-baby-1weekend let’s take a look at some New Year’s Eve songs and concentrate on some happy, joyful things.  I mean, things might not be as bad as we think they’re going to be n’cest pas?  Okay, right.  Well we’ll just kid ourselves and enjoy it for a day or two.

 

I have my selections below and hope that you will consider adding some of your own in the comments.  C’mon…we can party hardy for a day or two!

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(1) Celebration ~ Kool & the Gang

(2) Bringing In a Brand New Year ~ B B King

(3) Christmas Ain’t Christmas, New Year’s Ain’t New Year’s (without the one you love) The O’Jays

(4) Celtic New Year ~ Van Morrison

(5) ABBA ~ Happy New Year

(6) Ella Fitzgerald ~ What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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Okay Widdershins, put on those thinking caps and add some selections below!  Now Fredster is going to be in and out from the blog because…football bowl games.  However, that should not stop y’all from keeping the place jumpin’.

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2016 2015

2015 was so ugly, Father Time would deny paternity, but it’s just about over.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is 2015 taught lots of people very bad lessons.  We can be hopeful 2016 provides the opportunity to unlearn those lessons.

Here’s what people were talking about this year.  As is so often the case, I’m out of sync with my fellow Kentuckians since they were more interested than anyone else in the country with the passing of a wrestler.  I probably belong in Washington state where Leonard Nimoy’s final beaming-up was the prime click motivator.

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I’ve tried to hit some of these subjects of interest and a few more.  For instance:

  • The news media spending eight months and 4,000 stories on Hillary’s email did nothing to help me figure out Windows 10.
  • The Adult Video/Porn Awards came in second to the NFL in talking about deflated balls.
  • Having Bibi Netanyahu come speak to Congress is like running into an ex-brother-in-law ten years after a divorce – no real affection, but civility requires tolerant indifference.
  • I’m pretty sure “to protect and serve” Freddie Gray didn’t include a severed spine.
  • You have to admit the name Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption is much better than either Richard Matt or David Sweat unless you do a mash-up of their names and get Dick Sweat.

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  • The most interesting thing about the Oscar-winning movie, Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is the director’s, Alejandro González Iñárritu, name.
  • Never thought a 66-year old man or woman in a corset would make the cover of Vanity Fair.
  • No one noticed that the $220 million payday of the Paquaio/Mayweather fight worked out to equal a million dollars a year for their combined age.
  • When two rival Texas biker gangs have a gunfight and 177 are arrested, but only 9 are killed, it means someone has been skipping target practice.
  • Wonder if Rachel Dolezal tried the line, “White is technically a color,” with the NAACP?
  • The Republic of Kosovo gained diplomatic recognition and John McCain was quick to issue his normal howdy-do, “Let’s bomb them and throw a get-to-know-them invasion.”

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  • Three guys on Medicare wearing black robes, try as they might, couldn’t stop twelve million poor people from getting health care.
  • Five people wearing black robes weren’t the boss of full-time hair farmer and part-time county clerk Kim Davis.
  • If Pope Francis had spoken before Congress another five minutes, John Boehner’s crying would have had him completely dehydrated.
  • If Volkswagen had programmed the autopilot on the Germanwings airplane most likely 150 people would have had a better vacation.
  • Two of the guys in the running to replace Sepp Blatter of Fifa are Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale – either is sure to turn Sepp into an angry, irritable Blatter.
  • Who would have thought Dubya was the smarter one?

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  • Of the seven trials held this year in police shooting cases, five ended in acquittals or mistrials, and the other two were dismissed – that’s 0-7, add one more zero and you have 007’s license to kill.
  • It only took three terrorist attacks in France to retire the term “Freedom Fries.”
  • In the eight years since five guys wearing black robes cobbled a nonexistent right to bear arms from a misplaced comma, the number of deaths attributable to guns in the U.S. is approaching the number killed in combat during World War II.
  • The Paris Climate Agreement had an ambitious list of climate anomalies to address.  An addition to that list:  It was warmer at the North Pole this week than it was in west Texas, southern California, and parts of the Sahara.  For those admiring consistency, the idiocy of climate change denial remains unchanged.
  • If Donald Trump’s primary lead falters, ala Ozzie Osbourne, he will bite the head off a bald eagle to make ahMurica great again.

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  • Inspiring fear and then fearing its absence is a pathetic existence and has never been a sustainable political philosophy.

 

This by no means is an exhaustive list of 2015 events.  Here is an excellent four minute 2015 recap by Vox.  Please add your own events or take this conversation in any direction you might like.

May 2016 be a year where the collective “force of goodness reawakens” and once again triumphs.

 

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year’s to all of the Widdershins and friends   Here’s hoping your New Year’s Eve will be happy, fun and safe.

Enjoy the fireworks gif below.

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And once again, don’t have too much of that buck25 vodka!  😉

Whoa!black-line divider-no-background-thOh good, everyone is occupied today.  So this is a good time for me to go ahead and announce that this will be my last post for The Widdershins.  Real life issues have come up and I have to say they must take precedence right now.  Writing posts was extremely hard for me to do.  It took..well, takes a lot of time for me; several hours actually to compose, proof and correct a post.  It was something that I wanted to try and I’m grateful that  our madamab gave me the opportunity to try my hand at it.  Also, I hope she’ll still let me come by to make a comment and not ban me totally for having to step away from writing posts.  Anyway, it has been fun, a learning experience and I’ve “met” a great group of folks here.

Best wishes for the New Year!  Fred

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!

                                                            


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