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?
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.