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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.

 

Good New Year, Widdershins! It’s Activist Monday, and since this is my first post of the very, very welcome New Year, I thought I’d bow to the inevitable and talk about resolutions.

One of my personal resolutions is to try to take the long view. I think most of us are quite apprehensive, and rightfully so, about what will happen with the Republicans take over the Senate. According to the Huffington Post, pushing the Keystone XL pipeline through will be at the top of their list. Why? Because it benefits themselves and their rich friends. (By the way, that is usually the right answer as to why the Republicans do anything.) Scary, right? However, it looks like the bill is unlikely to pass.

Obama has warned that Congress should not circumvent the State Department process, arguing agencies need to time to determine whether the pipeline is environmentally and economically sound once litigation in Nebraska is resolved.

The president has sent signals in recent weeks that he might reject the project.

In December, Obama said building Keystone would not “not even have a nominal benefit” to consumers — a key point, as the federal review is tasked with determining whether the project is in the national interest.

“It’s very good for Canadian oil companies, and it’s good for the Canadian oil industry but it’s not going to be a huge benefit to U.S. consumers,” Obama said.

Senior administration officials say Obama is laying the groundwork to reject the project, according to TheWall Street Journal. That decision would thrill environmental groups, who have waged a long campaign against it.

Unless the Republicans can achieve a veto-proof majority in the Senate, Obama will have the power to stop the building of the pipeline. If you’ve been following this saga and my posts on the topic, the President has repeatedly shown that he is responsive to environmentalists’ concerns about the project, and has put many obstacles in the way of its progress. So, even if he seems to waver, we have the power to sway him with petitions and social media.

And that is the point of this post. No matter how bad things get, and they could get pretty bad, there is always some reason to hope, and something that can be done…if you can’t take part, then at least you can support the efforts of others through FaceBook, or Credo, or other methods.

I will close this post on a positive note. Despite the failure of Congress to mandate raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, per a recent bill, 21 states (and DC) are raising the minimum wage anyway. Who knows what other bright spots we may find in the long darkness ahead?

Let’s make a resolution together to keep looking for these in 2015.

This is an open thread.

 

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!

                                                            

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It’s 1/1/11 (ZOMG!) and, as promised in yesterday’s post, this is…a new (old) Widdershins! Here’s what’s new and what’s not!

SAME THEME, DIFFERENT YEAR. We didn’t change the theme again, although your restless hostess is still not 100% satisfied with this one. (Damn my perfectionism!) But we do have some less cosmetic, more important changes for you in the meantime. Check them out!

A NEW URL! Bookmark it NOW! All new posts will be HERE.

 

https://thewiddershins2.wordpress.com

 

THE RETURN OF PAT JOHNSON (and perhaps LA-T-DA as well)! Chat and I are thrilled to have Pat back as a front-pager at TW! She will be doing Morning Widdershins on Mondays and Thursdays. While La-t-Da is extremely busy with school, she has been invited back, and we hope that she may write a post every once in a while if she gets a moment. We will continue to feature posts by BlueLyon as well.

MORE COOL LINKS AND ACTIVISM! Take a look on the right side of our blog. If you have anything to add, please let us know.

And finally…

MORE POSTERS? TW is seeking writers who adhere to our Statement of Principles, so eloquently enumerated by our beloved FuzzyBear. If you think you would make a good addition to our team, please send a sample post to:

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What do you think of our New Year’s surprise?

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It's a New Decade

It's a New Decade

It’s that time again: another auld lang syne. I really should resolve that I will lose that last 20 pounds, vacuum daily, file paperwork weekly, and a host of other worthy pursuits that I know damn good and well that I won’t do. Instead, I have assembled a list of goals and objectives that I think merit further consideration, and will wade into them, er, right after the Super Bowl.

  1. I plan to do my level best to maintain objectivity without compromising a principled stand. I would love to say that I know with a degree of certainty that I am always objective, but I’m not. It takes regular and laborious discussions with myself to move past preconceptions and tackle issues squarely. That said, I don’t wish to find myself in positions where celebrating pyrrhic victories becomes my main diversion, e.g. “Yay! We have a health care plan! Whoo-hoo!”
  2. I would like to be more patient with the processes of life. My career spent in emergency rooms fine-tuned my ability to tackle the largest problem first, but did little to sharpen skills in the area of long-range planning. I’ve recognized (painfully) that my needs are not high on the list of either major political party, and I appreciate the need for an alternative. What I don’t see is a place to go for the immediate future, so I sit in Independent limbo awaiting deliverance – as long as it gets here soon.
  3. I will work to elect qualified women. I have started with Alex Sink’s campaign for Governor of The State Which Must Not Be Named. She is our state Treasurer, and was the only Democratic candidate elected last cycle. She is currently polling evenly with the Republican, so if hours and dollars can give it a push, I’m there. At the same time, I would like to find a way to ensure that women are held to a higher standard than men have been in the arena of women’s rights and equality.
  4. I will look deeply into my checkbook and find a few more dollars to send to agencies such as Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. A very few social agencies are laboring to keep the homeless fed and sheltered. I would harass my congressional representative, but he’s pretty good about trying to get help for people.
  5. I will be more grateful for what I do have. It could be much, much worse. I have a place to live and a vehicle. I have more than enough to eat. I can stretch my income and cover my expenses. I have a great family, wonderful friends, and the Widdershins.  

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NEXT DEMOCRATIC DEBATES

The next set of Democratic debates – 2 nights again, will be July 30th and 31st on CNN.

Not sure of times.

Lineup for Detroit Dem Debates

NIGHT ONE, Tuesday, July 30, 9 pm Eastern each night

  •     Steve Bullock
  •     Pete Buttigieg
  •     John Delaney
  •     John Hickenlooper
  •     Amy Klobuchar
  •     Beto O’Rourke
  •     Tim Ryan
  •     Bernie Sanders
  •     Elizabeth Warren
  •     Marianne Williamson

 

NIGHT TWO, Wednesday, July 31:

  •     Michael Bennet
  •     Joe Biden
  •     Cory Booker
  •     Julián Castro
  •     Bill de Blasio
  •     Tulsi Gabbard
  •     Kirsten Gillibrand
  •     Kamala Harris
  •     Jay Inslee
  •     Andrew Yang

Moderators will be Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper

There’s even info on who stands where but I’m not interested in who is in the center square.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/18/cnn-dnc-pick-second-debate-lineups-1422147