A Look Back And Looking Forward to 2015 *Open Thread*

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Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! It has been quite the year, hasn’t it? We have had some political victories, even some personal one, as well as political disturbances (continuing today with the focus on Rep. Scalisi, as well as Rep. Grimm, both Republicans, with some spot on comments made by Charles Krauthammer regarding the former. Amazingly, there has NEVER been this level of scrutiny of Democrats. Just ask Charlie Rangel. Or Sen. Robert Byrd, if he was still alive.). The President continues to go on as if the Democrats did not lose BIG in the past two elections, and the media continues to do their bidding by ignoring every single thing the Democrats, and/or Obama are doing. And too many of us have also had some personal losses, ones that affect us still, and on into the New Year, no doubt.

So, yeah – 2015 can only go up in that regard, am I right? Whew.

Well, before moving forward, though, I want to share a little humor from Dave Barry as he takes a look back at 2014. I cannot include the entire year below, but here are some highlights from Barry’s very funny piece:

It was a year of mysteries. To list some of the more baffling ones:

▪ A huge airliner simply vanished, and to this day nobody has any idea what happened to it, despite literally thousands of hours of intensive speculation on CNN.

[…]

▪ An intruder jumped the White House fence and, inexplicably, managed to run into the White House through the unlocked front door. Most of us had assumed that anybody attempting this would instantly be converted to a bullet-ridden pile of smoking carbon by snipers, lasers, drones, ninjas, etc., but it turned out that, for some mysterious reason, the White House had effectively the same level of anti-penetration security as a Dunkin’ Donuts.

▪ LeBron James deliberately moved to Cleveland.

Of course not everything that happened in 2014 was mysterious. Some developments — ISIS, Ebola, the song Happy — were simply bad. There was even some good news in 2014, mostly in the form of things that did not happen. A number of GM cars — the final total could be as high as four — were not recalled. There were several whole days during which no statements had to be issued by the U.S. Department of Explaining What The Vice President Meant To Say. And for the fifth consecutive year, the Yankees failed to even play in the World Series. […]

Okay, so maybe I wasn’t so crazy about the last one, but the others were indeed baffling.

Since there were so many good ones from which to chose, I went with my birthday month (April) and Suzy’s (May):blockquote> […] APRIL

…Russia, ignoring both the Stern Warnings and the Harsh Sanctions, continues its military intervention in Ukraine, leaving the United States with no choice but to deploy the ultimate weapon: Joe Biden, who is sent to Kiev to deliver a Strong Rebuke, followed by dinner.

On the domestic front, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the rollout of Obamacare, resigns from the cabinet to take a position overseeing email storage for the Internal Revenue Service.

In an aviation miracle, a 15-year-old boy sneaks into the landing-gear compartment of a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 and somehow survives a five-hour flight from San Jose to Maui. Hours later major U.S. airlines jointly announce that they are offering “an exciting new seating option for budget-minder flyers who enjoy fresh air.”

In financial news, India edges ahead of Japan to become the world’s third-largest economy in purchasing power, behind JayZ and Beyonce.

General Motors, in what analysts view as a shrewd tactical move, announces that it is recalling 435,000 Fords. Tyson Foods recalls 75,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets following reports that some of them may contain chicken.

On a happier note, the Polar Vortex finally goes back to Canada after becoming involved in a street altercation with Alec Baldwin.

In sports, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whose racist comments have sparked widespread outrage, is given the NBA’s harshest possible punishment: season tickets to the Knicks.

Speaking of harsh punishments, in…

MAY

…the United States and Europe, which are really starting to lose patience with Russia’s actions in Ukraine, announce that they intend to “seriously consider” taking steps that could ultimately result in the cancellation of Vladimir Putin’s American Express card.

Meanwhile in Thailand, where people have the best names on Earth, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is found guilty of abuse of power by the Constitutional Court, whose members include Nurak Marpraneet, Taweekiat Meenakanit, Udomsak Nitimontree and of course Boonsong Kulbupar. Yingluck is replaced by caretaker prime minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan. There will be a quiz on this.

In domestic news, the Department of Veterans Affairs is engulfed in scandal following revelations that some VA hospitals are just now getting around to treating veterans of the War of 1812. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki tells a Senate committee that he is “mad as hell” about this, but he ends up resigning after he is out-angered by President Obama, who according to a top aide is “madder than hell.” Numerous Republicans declare that they, too, are extremely mad. Basically everybody in Washington is hopping mad about this scandal, leaving little doubt that it is only a matter of time before some strongly worded reports are generated.

Also resigning from the government is White House press spokesperson Jay Carney, who plans to pursue a career as a Magic 8-Ball specializing in “Reply hazy try again.”

In sports, the month’s biggest event is the National Football League draft, which draws 32 million viewers, who tune in to witness the high-voltage excitement of Roger Goodell walking to a microphone every 10 minutes to read a name, kind of like a slower version of Bingo. The Kentucky Derby is won by a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu that escaped the steering recall. […] (Click here to read the other ten months.)

Ahahaha – just cracks me up, this guy. I hope he does you, too, and puts a bit of humor on all the goings on of the past year.

Yeah, it’s GOT to get better!

Dear friends, as always, it has been an honor and pleasure to spend this time with you. What an incredible group assembled here, and I am grateful for you every day.

I leave you with this classic tune:

Happy New Year, friends!

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60 Responses to “A Look Back And Looking Forward to 2015 *Open Thread*”

  1. HELENK3 Says:

    Happy New Year from an awesome place

    http://www.space.com/28130-happy-new-year-message-from-space-station-video.html

  2. HELENK3 Says:

    just to remember some beauty from the year

    http://129.164.179.22/apod/ap141230.html

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Jonah Goldberg had an EXCELLENT piece today, “Ringing Out The Year With Liberal Double Standards”: http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2014/12/31/ringing-out-the-year-with-liberal-double-standards-n1937232

  4. foxyladi14 Says:

    Amy and all, Wishing everyone a blessed and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! ❤

  5. HELENK3 Says:

    random thoughts

    now reporting that the Sony hacking may not have been North Korea but an inside job.

    between gruber telling how the backtrack bunch thinks the American people are stupid and now the Hollywood side of the backtrack bunch using the FBI to start a rumor that made a clunker a lot of money, there could be trouble ahead.

  6. HELENK3 Says:

    http://nypost.com/2014/12/31/the-5-most-anticipated-movies-of-2015/

    movies to see in 2015???????

  7. kinthenorthwest Says:

    Happy New Year Amy and Suzy — Helenk, Foxy and all the other rousers ….
    This was send to me by a friend so I will share it with all of you…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, Kin! Same to you and yours!

      And I offer this alternative version of “Auld Lang Syne” for you all:

  8. HELENK3 Says:

    as the year ends, think of this guy the next time you have a bad day at work

    http://www.sun-gazing.com/think-man-next-time-rough-day-work/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      ROTFLMAO – that was hilarious (poor guy!). I read it to Suzy, who is a diver, and she was laughing so hard she was crying. Thanks for the laugh, Helen!

  9. HELENK3 Says:

    for all who come here

    https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10373657_469648739856627_4892660974929462755_n.jpg?oh=5255a597893fedfaf2fa4a17c5cdcea1&oe=55333121

  10. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Witness-lifetime-comet-help-bring-New-Year/story-25788203-detail/story.html#xjKVt2SuRrgG6pkL.01

    something to start the New Year off right

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here’s hoping you all have a very happy New Year.

    “Hope is the thing with feathers

    That perches in the soul

    And sings the tune without the words

    And never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickinson

  12. HELENK3 Says:

    to see the bestest ever New Years Parade on your computer

    http://phl17.com/live/

    THE MUMMERS PARADE

    I will be watching and struting all through the house

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    For Marge and the rest of you cartoon lovers, today’s Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection:

    Hour-Class-600-LI

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Could the rhetorical lynching of Steve Scalise, including by Krauthammer, have been a bit premature perhaps

    Steve Scalise spoke to civic association meeting, not white nationalist conference, David Duke adviser Kenny Knight says

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/12/david_duke_adviser_kenny_knigh.html

    With the so many examples of things reported that just ain’t so, have we learned nothing about waiting until the facts are know? Must every event be prejudged in the media? I’m not saying this newest report is true, I’m just saying that trial by media and innuendo isn’t the way we are supposed to do things in this “Nation of Laws”.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, Marge, there you go with those FACTS again! C’mon, you know those mean NOTHING to liberals! Even the headlines recently made it seem like Scalise JUST did this, as opposed to doing so 12 years ago or whatever it was.

      But yeah, now that the MSM have put this out as the story, that Scalise is a big, huge racist, just like the rest of the GOP, that is the only story they will report.

      Though I would be happy to be wrong…

  15. foxyladi14 Says:

  16. foxyladi14 Says:

    Happy New Year Friends!!! 😀

    http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1584/9847/original.jpgHa

  17. MsJohnnie Says:

    Reverend Amy and all the other Rousers here assembled. I am a long time lurker working up the courage to participate. I have drawn so much comfort and relief in hearing others that see through sound bites and manufactured lies on social and political matters. Thank you for my remaining sanity. Have a very happy new year!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Welcome aboard, Ms. Johnnie! I am delighted to have you here! So glad you find this to be a place of comfort – what a lovely thing to say!

      Glad to have you, and Happy New Year!

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    Great, IMO, Walter Russell Mead post. I hope you like it too.

    Next Up in America: The Liberal Retreat

    http://www.the-american-interest.com/2014/12/19/next-up-in-america-the-liberal-retreat/

    • HELENK3 Says:

      stole it

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      While he makes some good points, his insistence in perpetuating the false narrative that Garner died from a chokehold is disconcerting. Moreover, he claimed that this case in particular seemed to support the Liberals’ claims – what, that when you refuse a lawful order, and resist arrest, you will be taken down?? Color had nothing to do with this case whatsoever, nor was Garner ever choked nor was that the reason for his death.

      I also disagree with him that Ferguson was “nuanced” – no, it wasn’t. The initial witnesses lied through their teeth, and ALL the evidence bore that out. How is that “nuanced”?

      I do appreciate the link, it just aggravates me no end that despite ALL the facts and evidence available, that some people insist upon perpetuating a storyline that does not exist to prove a point.

  19. kenoshamarge Says:

    Mac and Wally discuss Obama and his grading of himself. They are both smarter than he is and far better looking. JMO, because I really love dogs and politicians – not so much.

    • piper Says:

      Dogs always know the truth, would luv to hear what Bo and Sunnie have to say about the first family and who they want to live with after Jan., 2017.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        So, so true, Piper. And yeah, I’d love to be a flea (!) on one of those dogs come mid-January!

  20. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/01/the_lefts_base_motive_vengeance.html

    vengeance—this article gives you something to think about

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      There’s a lot of truth in that post. And there is something else I see in the left, that quite honestly I never saw when I was a Dem, a certain meanness of spirit. Were they always like that and I didn’t notice? If so, what a damn dunce I was for a very long time.

      Was it simply that before we had the Internet and could find out things for ourselves we never knew what the dickens “our” party was doing and saying?

      Media certainly leaned left back then – we just had nothing to compare it with. Or may I’m just trying to find a way to not think I was a fool for all those years and all those votes cast for Dems.

      • HELENK3 Says:

        know the feeling. it is very hard to look in the mirror and ask yourself those hard questions

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Marge, right there with you – the meanspiritedness, the arrogance, dripping condescension, and patronizing attitudes of so many on the Left is startling. Never mind the sheer lack of logic employed at almost every turn with a heavy emphasis on ratchet emotionalism.

        Maybe you’re right that we just didn’t have the same access to information back then, but good grief, I sure hope that it is more a morphing that has happened more recently than existed before.

        That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

      • piper Says:

        Sticking to my story about my years as a Democrat. College with a job to support my bad habits of eating, drinking, shelter, tuition. Then scrambling for a teaching position anywhere in the USA successfully finding a place in small town Indiana. After 3 years onward and upward to Minne-soda. Marriage to another Dem., years of employment and living followed by retirement and life in Wisconsin. Woke up in 2008 when the Rats moved in and took over, seeing them for what they really stood for and not liking it.
        Truth be told both DH and I voted for Republicans before – him for Nixon and me for Ford. The only vote I want back is for Gore (although I didn’t care much for Dubwa) who turned out be the biggest fake snake in the climate.

        • piper Says:

          And yes I voted for Scott Walker 3 times for governor. Also for County Exec. Not too many people remember the mess Milwaukee County was in after Tom Ament, the Democrat County Executive and supervisors passed their wonderful (not) pension scheme.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Thanks for that reminder, Piper. I am sure it was more widely known there, but yes – people have very short memories, don’t they? Thank you for helping to put a good person in office to straighten things out (and your Lt. Gov. is no slouch, either!).

  21. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-de-blasio-bad-nypd-relations-shadowing-dnc-bid-article-1.2062570

    now this could get interesting. will NYC lose DNC convention bid?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      So they are considering the “optics”? Might be a good idea to think about it. Also think about how many of Sharpton’s paid thugs will slither back out from under their rocks and stage “protests”. Sure to get a lot of press right there in the heart of the blue bullshit state. Oops did I say that out loud?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        ROTFL – just saying what most of us are thinking, Marge!

        And yeah – “optics” seems to be their primary focus. Wouldn’t that be rich, though, if the NYC does lose it’s bid?! Ahahaha…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Rich and “Karmic”. No matter how many times it is proven to them that the majority of Americans don’t see things the same way they do, they left blunders ever onward and downward.

          De Blasio is a buffoon that no thinking voter could ever even consider. And he was elected to one of the “great” cities of American when only 25% of the eligible voters in NYC bothered to get their asses out to vote. So the brag that he got “75%” of the vote is farcical. As is he and his buddies at the NYT.

          I am a firm believer that people have the right to protest. But when did that mean that they could go onto private property and stage their nonsense? When did that give them the right to destroy property? When did that give them the right to call for the death of ANYONE?

          I hope, and I pray, that there are still enough good, decent people in this country that these cretins will be shunned as De Blasio was by the police in his city.

          And Bill Bratton, who by all accounts is a decent man, makes those accounts hard to credit when he stands by his boss, who is at best a horse’s ass and at worst a race-baiting, mob inciting POS.

  22. HELENK3 Says:

    saw this on facebook and wanted to share it

  23. HELENK3 Says:

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/68690

    good question Are we ready for a SECOND political party?

  24. HELENK3 Says:

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/01/02/reid-breaks-number-of-ribs-and-bones-in-his-face/

    Harry Reid fell on his face.

    the Koch Brothers were no where near him

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