Happy New Year! *Long Weekend Open Thread*


A very Happy New Year to you and yours as we begin 2016.

There is no better way to start off the New Year than with this classic, performed by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guard:

The scenery alone is just breathtaking, but I do love the bagpipes. Beautiful. Just beautiful…

It sure will be interesting to see what the New Year brings, won’t it? How many Executive Actions will Obama take on guns before his tenure is up, blaming weaponry for terrorist attacks and the actions of lunatics rather than address the causes of these attacks?

How many more terrorists will Obama let loose from Gitmo? Or will he just move them into our backyards despite the law? (I know, I know – since when did the law mean anything to Obama?)

Speaking of terrorists, sure will be interesting to see what comes of Bowe Bergdahl’s Court-Martial proceedings. I don’t know if the Court-Martial will happen in 2016 or not. I guess we’ll see about that. And I guess we’ll see if any more of the five extremely dangerous terrorists will return to the fight or not.

More news toward which we can look forward is another set of Clinton emails, likely revealed in the dark of night, or as close to it as possible. That’s how they roll.

And sure enough, State released them late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve. Yep, The Hill reports they released 5,500 of Clinton’s emails, right at the end of the day. Nice.

Here is the thing, though – The State Department missed its goal, and the release was COURT-ORDERED:

[…] “We have worked diligently to come as close to the goal as possible, but with the large number of documents involved and the holiday schedule we have not met the goal this month,” the State Department said in a statement on Thursday morning.

All releasable emails are supposed to be made public by Jan. 29. The agency will likely have to report to a judge next week about its lapse. Besides being a smaller batch, Thursday’s email collection will also be less searchable than prior ones, with incomplete data fields.

The State Department has struggled to keep up with a court-mandated monthly schedule to release the roughly 54,000 pages of messages Clinton turned over to her former agency last November. The agency has had to review the documents for sensitive material and has redacted portions of many of the messages.

The latest hiccup adds to the drama that has surrounded Clinton’s exclusive use of private email accounts and a private server during her four years at State.

While the temperature has lowered on the scandal, the Democratic front-runner’s headaches are far from over. There’s an ongoing FBI investigation into her email set-up, courts are still ordering the release of emails from her top aides, and a number of congressional probes are percolating. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Well, clearly they did not work “diligently” enough because they missed the date. I am sure they will get a major comeuppance for that failure – not.

And then there is Iran. I mean, what can go wrong with THEM getting a whole boatload of money, no real oversight of their nuclear program, and firing off some rockets at our Navy, huh? Meh, no worries!

Oh, but I can’t forget a country much closer to us geographically – Cuba. You know, the country in which Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel just had his Christmas vacation (which he had to cut short because of more violence in Chicago). If you thought Obama throwing wide the doors to and for Cuba was going to make a big change in their disastrous human rights violations, you would be right. They have gotten WORSE since then. Awesome! Heckuva job there, Barry.

Okay, okay – maybe 2016 will be different and Clinton really WILL be held to account. We’ll see if anything comes of this, or the FBI investigation. Hey, Hope springs eternal!

This New Year also means the end of President Obama’s reign. Finally. I thought it was hard enough with Bush in the White House, but little did I know what was coming down the pike. Holy moley.

But along with that comes yet another election, and this is a biggie. There is no doubt about that. If there is a President Clinton, President Obama’s policies will become so entrenched, there will be little hope of ever getting out from under them. (Perish the thought – and yes, I know how ironic that is for me to write considering I started blogging in the first place in support of her. Like many others, my eyes have been opened to who Hillary Clinton really is, and what the DNC is, too. Simply put, she was not the person I thought she was, and the Party isn’t what I thought it was, either. Moreover, its transition into a Socialist Party is most definitely a bridge too far.) That isn’t the only reason a President Clinton would be bad for the country. If Clinton’s stint as Secretary of the State is any indication of how she will be as President, I think we will be far better off with someone else.

Unless that “someone else” is Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders. The former is a bullying, belittling, name-calling, egotistical narcissist, and the latter is a Democratic Socialist who does not seem to understand how money works. We are already in enough trouble financially in this country to add Socialism to the mix.

Indeed, by early November, we will know who will be the President-elect for this great nation. I just hope and pray it will NOT be Clinton or Trump or Sanders.

What I DO hope for, though, is that we will get someone who truly loves and cares about this nation, who wants to set straight her path, and get us back on the road to prosperity. I also hope whoever it is will care more about the rule of law and the Constitution than this current President is. That is for what I hope and pray.

And I hope and pray that this coming year will be a good one for you and your loved ones. I pray that your health is good (or as good as can be expected at our age – ahahaha), that you do not want for necessities, that you have a roof over your heads, and food on your tables, with love, laughter, and humor a staple in your lives.

Oh, and may you also have music in your lives:

Happy New Year, my dear friends! This is your Weekend Open Thread.

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35 Responses to “Happy New Year! *Long Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    A list of 2015’s ludicrousness

    By George Will

    E.B. White reportedly said “the most beautiful sound in America” is “the tinkle of ice at twilight.” In 2015’s twilight, fortify yourself with something 90 proof as you remember this year in which:We learned that a dismal threshold has been passed. The value of property that police departments seized through civil-asset forfeiture — usually without accusing, let alone convicting, the property owners of a crime — exceeded the value of property stolen by nongovernment burglars.

    The attorney general of New York, which reaps billions from gambling — casinos, off-track betting, the state lottery — moved to extinguish (competition from) fantasy football because it is gambling.

    Florida police raided a mahjong game played by four women aged between 87 and 95 because their game’s stakes allegedly exceeded the $10 limit set by state law.

    A Michigan woman was fingerprinted, had her mug shot taken and was jailed until released on bond because she was late in renewing the $10 license for her dog.

    New Jersey police arrested a 72-year-old retired teacher, chained his hands and feet to a bench and charged him with illegally carrying a firearm — a 300-year-old flintlock pistol (with no powder, flint or ball) he purchased from an antique dealer.


    What can you even say about the stupidity revealed in the paragraphs above? And the nonsense goes on…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is just mind boggling, isn’t it, Marge? The $10 limit thing is just insane. Not to mention the flintlock thing, or any number of inanities and insanities from 2015. Sure hope 2016 is better!

    • mcnorman Says:

      What can you even say about the stupidity revealed in the paragraphs above?

      They will try harder next year.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Prison: A Sure Cure for ‘Affluenza’

    In 2013, Americans learned about a new epidemic — affluenza. As psychologist G. Dick Miller explained the phenomenon, children of wealthy parents are taught not the golden rule but “we have the gold, we make the rules.” The unsympathetic carrier of the affliction — Ethan Couch, Miller’s client, then 16 — pleaded guilty in 2013 to manslaughter charges after he killed four innocent people in a drunken driving accident.

    Prosecutors recommended that Couch serve 20 years in prison. The sentencing judge said she was not moved by the “affluenza” defense, but nonetheless, she chose to sentence the son of privilege to 10 years of drug- and alcohol-free probation, as well as a stint in a rehabilitation center.


    When I first read about this I thought it had to be some kind of a “sick” joke. But no, it’s all too true. Sometimes there just are no words…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is just astonishing, isn’t it? Honest to pete, I do not know what the hell is going on in this country…

  4. foxyladi14 Says:

    Happy 2016 to you,Amy Marge Helen and all that visit here. 😀

  5. piper Says:

    Happy New Year to you Amy and all the people who comment here.

    My biggest concern this year is seeing ‘supposedly rational’ people jumping on the trump bandwagon. This country seems to like being part of a cult whether the obama cult or the trump cult where inane words/slogans infect people’s thinking and reasoning. I pray that people begin to realize words can be just words not actions.
    On various blogs, people are not only posting pictures of his family, mr. i’ve been 3 times to younger attractive women who might have brains, repeating his promises with glee and defending him when opposing opinions / articles are posted. I’ll keep repeating myself until my fingers can no longer type – Trump is a spoiler for Clinton – he and Billy C. cooked up this plan to get Hillary elected and Bill back in the WH. Surprise!
    Way back when I wrote about George Soros, people thought I was a nasty b**ch denigrating a Holocaust survivor who was just a teen when Hitler invaded Hungary. Then the truth slowly seeped out that Soros was a major and dangerous player on the world’s stage.

    Okay – time to stop ranting before my BP increases and I need meds. for old age dementia.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well, we sure don’t want your BP to go up, but you can rant abt this any ol’ time. You are so spot on, Piper. It is just ASTONISHING to see those who are jumping on the bandwagon, who don’t care one WHIT abt things Trump has said in the not-so-distant past, or as you noted, acknowledge the irony abt his own personal life. It is just amazing…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I’m right there with you piper. It seems like all it takes is for someone to mention Trump and I can feel the blood pressure pounding in my head. I just don’t understand how people that railed against “Obots” can turn into “Trumpkins”.

  6. piper Says:

    One of my fav. characters – enjoy

  7. foxyladi14 Says:

    I like Bill. 🙂

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thanks for the “Bill Whittle fix Foxy – he is terrific! And this one was particularly good. I stole it and will pass it on.

  8. foxyladi14 Says:

    It is going to be an exciting year.
    Stocking up on popcorn.
    Let the Games begin. 😀

  9. mcnorman Says:

    Happy New Year!!

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Just as we expected – Obama wants to circumvent Congress again. And thanks to those Reps who voted for Lynch – grrrr: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/264548-obama-to-meet-with-lynch-as-he-plans-action-on-guns

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Cartoonist Henry Payne captures Bill Clinton – perfectly!

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary Clinton finds another young plant to pick at town hall meeting http://www.animationplayhouse.com/greenplant.gif

    The scent of chlorophyll was strong as a young boy approached Hillary Clinton at a town hall in New Hampshire holding a note card. Clinton put her arm around the boy’s shoulder as he read aloud from the card: “When you become president, what is your plan to connect mental health problems and guns to make sure that me, my brothers, and my friends are safe from violence at school?”

    The Clinton campaign posted video of the encounter to Facebook, alongside questions from other children who appear to have been picked straight from the White House garden.


  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Clinton campaign hopes Bill will deliver a New Hampshire ‘comeback kid’ boost

    “New Hampshire tonight has made Bill Clinton the comeback kid.”

    So said Bill Clinton himself in February 1992, when a second-place finish behind the now largely forgotten Paul Tsongas in the state’s Democratic primary revived his fortunes. Later that year he would unseat George HW Bush in the presidential election.

    Twenty-four years later, “the comeback kid” will return to the stump in New Hampshire on Monday. He will be hoping to administer another Lazarus-like political resuscitation. After the sting of rejection in 2008, when his wife was bested by a young upstart named Barack Obama, he will make the case for Hillary Clinton’s second shot at becoming the first woman in the White House.


    Trying to portray this aging philanderer as a “comeback” anything is quite a stretch. I suspect rather than boosting his wife, who is not well loved, may damage his own image. Especially now that Bill Cosby has been indicted. Bill Clinton will be portrayed, as well he should, as a dirty old man at the least and a serial sexual assaulter at the worst.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Rolling Stone’s national affairs reporter has some clever names for rural America

    Covers “national affairs,” thinks of majority of nation as “deep bumblefuck.”


    So many of these arrogant urban aka east coast liberals simply cannot keep themselves from showing their vast disdain for anyone that isn’t just like them. Diversity is one of their “buzzwords” that excludes anyone that isn’t a minority, and some that are, or lives outside of their narrow little world.

    • lyn Says:

      “Deep bumblefuck” describes the self-appointed elites perfectly.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ugh. The dripping disdain from these people who know nowhere NEAR as much as they fancy they do is astonishing. I see that attitude a whole lot towards the South in general. Yeah – I think they could do with looking in the mirror when they start the name-calling…

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