At Long Last, 2016 Is A Thing Of The Past *Weekend Open Thread*


Is it just me, or did 2016 seem longer than usual? No doubt the Election Season That Seemed It Would Never End played  large part in that, especially considering the way the media (mis)handled it all. It was an interminable campaign season for a host of reasons, and revealing, considering who the Faves were.  Still shaking my head…

vector-happy-new-year-2017-with-fire-crackerBut one thing I do know – I am looking forward to no longer having President Obama in the White House. I am not looking forward to a Tweeter-in-Chief Trump much either, but it is high time for Obama to stop wreaking so much unilateral havoc on our nation. So, yeah – welcome 2017 and Buh-BYE President Obama.

For me personally, 2016 has been quite the year. We sold our dream log home this year and are in the process of building our new dream home closer to Charleston. I had major back surgery from which I am still recovering. My oldest cat, Punkin’, was diagnosed with cancer. I got to go on a cruise of a lifetime around Cape Horn, seeing penguins in a few different places, and so much more. All in all, though, despite all of the incessant Election crapola, it was a good year, culminating in my partner’s promotion to Vice President. Not too shabby, I have to say.

But yeah, that whole Election thing really did color most of the year. And really, how could it not, especially given some of the players involved.

Along those lines, and since it is the end of the year, I cannot think of anyone better to share here than a bit of Dave Barry’s “2016 Year In Review.” No one tells it like he does, and he had me cracking up as I was reading his excellent piece. There is no way  to do his piece justice, and I will leave it to you to read his month-by-month review. His preliminary recap alone is hilarious – and accurate. Here then is part of Dave Barry’s “2016 Year In Review”:

In the future, Americans — assuming there are any left — will look back at 2016 and remark: “What the HELL?”

They will have a point. Over the past few decades, we here at the Year in Review have reviewed some pretty disturbing years. For example, there was 2000, when the outcome of a presidential election was decided by a tiny group of deeply confused Florida residents who had apparently attempted to vote by chewing on their ballots.

Then there was 2003, when a person named “Paris Hilton” suddenly became a major international superstar, despite possessing a level of discernible talent so low as to make the Kardashians look like the Jackson 5.

There was 2006, when the vice president of the United States — who claimed he was attempting to bring down a suspected quail — shot a 78-year-old man in the face, only to be exonerated after an investigation revealed that the victim was an attorney.

And — perhaps most inexplicable of all — there was 2007, when millions of people voluntarily installed Windows Vista.

Yes, we’ve seen some weird years. But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years. If years were movies, 2016 would be “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” If years were relatives, 2016 would be the uncle who shows up at your Thanksgiving dinner wearing his underpants on the outside.

So, so true. 2016 is most DEFINITELY the “What the HELL???” year of years. Barry is spot on in his assessment. But he isn’t done yet:

Why do we say this? Let’s begin with the gruesome train wreck that was the presidential election. The campaign began with roughly 14,000 candidates running. Obviously not all of them were qualified to be president; some of them — here we are thinking of “Lincoln Chafee” — were probably imaginary. But a reasonable number of the candidates seemed to meet at least the minimum standard that Americans have come to expect of their president in recent decades, namely: Not Completely Horrible.

So this mass of candidates began the grim death march that is the modern American presidential campaign — trudging around Iowa pretending to care about agriculture, performing in an endless series of televised debates like suit-wearing seals trained to bark out talking points, going to barbecue after barbecue and smiling relentlessly through mouthfuls of dripping meat, giving the same speech over and over and over, shaking millions of hands, posing for billions of selfies and just generally humiliating themselves in the marathon group grovel that America insists on putting its presidential candidates through.

And we voters did our part, passing judgment on the candidates, thinning the herd, rejecting them one by one. Sometimes we had to reject them more than once; John Kasich didn’t get the message until his own staff felled him with tranquilizer darts. But eventually we eliminated the contenders whom we considered to be unqualified or disagreeable, whittling our choices down until only two major candidates were left. And out of all the possibilities, the two that We, the People, in our collective wisdom, deemed worthy of competing for the most important job on Earth, turned out to be …

… drum roll …

… the most flawed, sketchy and generally disliked duo of presidential candidates ever!

And there you have it – from Kasich’s refusal to get the hell out already to ending up with the two nominees we did, it was just an insane, whackadoodle year.
But wait – there had to be SOME good in 2016, right? Here it is:
Did anything good happen in 2016? Let us think …

OK, the “man bun” appeared to be going away.

That was pretty much it for the good things. […]  (Click here to read the rest.)

Hey, that idiotic man bun being on the way out is no small thing! Let’s not underestimate the impact of THAT! Whew, that is one fad I am more than happy to see go. May 2016 be the end once and for all of the “man bun.”

I cannot even begin to do justice to Barry’s month-by-month recap of 2016, and if you want a lot of laughs, as well as – let’s face it – cringe worthy moments of 2016, I highly recommend reading his entire BRILLIANT piece. You can do so by clicking HERE. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

Before the year ends, I want to thank dear KenoshaMarge for ALL of the fantastic posts she has written, keeping the blog rolling along while I recovered from surgery and beyond, all of the hilarious cartoons she has managed to find, the insightful comments she makes, and for her friendship. I am honored, and grateful, to have KenoshaMarge here.

And I am thankful for all of the regulars who continue to come by to share your thoughts, opinions, links, videos, music, and humor. It means so much to have y’all here, and I truly appreciate it.

With that, it is time to close out 2016, and ring in the New Year. Who better than Celtic Woman to sing th classic tune, “Auld Lang Syne”:

Happy New Year, everyone! This is the New Year’s Weekend Open Thread.


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65 Responses to “At Long Last, 2016 Is A Thing Of The Past *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thank you for the great year ending post and thank you for the thank you.

    Anyone that knows me well knows that it is much harder to shut me up than to get me to speak out. So I have enjoyed keeping the blog going when you weren’t able to do it.

    Add to that the fact that this is a “safe’ spot for many of us. A place where we can speak out and not get flattened.

    I am personally ashamed of the way that I treated some Trump voters. I loathed him so much and had so much trouble and so many attacks over at NQ that I regarded all Trump voters as the enemy.

    I still think those that got on board the Trump train from the beginning were foolish. But those that, in the end, simply couldn’t endure the thought of Hillary in the White House and voted for Trump in the hope he would be even marginally better have my respect and understanding.

    As for the cartoons? I love them and love sharing them.

    Dave Barry is, as always, a hoot.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      My pleasure, and thank YOU! I just love that Dave Barry – his “Years in Review” are hysterical, and this one did not disappoint. His initial “review” of November was simply that the Cubbies won, and he went on to Dec. He eventually did talk abt the Election, but yeah – it was funny!

      LOL – well, we are fortunate to have you speak your mind here, Marge. Thank you so much. It means so much that you and others find this to be a safe space. That means a great deal to me!

      I hear you abt Trump voters. And yeah, I think there is a difference between those who were Trumpbots from the get-go, who didn’t care abt any of the things he said and did, from those who just could not bear a third Obama term. Had Clinton been more the person she was in 2008, that might have been different. But she wasn’t, and was going to continue the policies that have been hurting regular people all across this country. So yeah, I get that. Thanks for saying something abt that!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Brilliant Branco strikes again:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      AHAHAHAHA – good one!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Isn’t it great? I wasn’t sure I would feel that way but watching the crap Obama is trying to pull now I do feel that. I don’t know what Trump will do – none of us do including Trump I suspect – but we know what she would have done and that is not acceptable.

        Trump has surprised me with his support for Israel and that is one good surprise. I can only hope there will be more.

        Now if only he would shut the tweet up!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yes, so far, Trump’s lip service to Israel is much more positive than Obama’s could ever be. I truly hope he follows that up with action when he is in the Oval, and doesn’t take the neutral position he claimed he was going to take when he was the candidate.

          Then again, neutrality WOULD be an improvement compared to Obama’s back-stabbing and willful support of the the terrorist nation of Palestine…

          No kidding abt the Tweets. Someone needs to take his phone away from him…

  3. helenk3 Says:

    this last month has seemed like a year. backtrack continues to damage this country even on his way out.
    last minute regulations that hurt
    Israel mess
    Putin braha.
    my new years resolution never again will I vote for a democrat they can not be trusted with my country

    Thank you for all you do here. You and Rev Amy keep us sane

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I too have vowed to never vote for another Democrat unless and until they disavow all that Obama and Clinton are. That is unlikely.

      I also have vowed to never vote for a member of the GOP that isn’t decent, honorable and who cares more for his/her country than their party.

      My ballots may not have many boxes checked from now on but at least I will take comfort in not being a part of the problem even if I have no idea what is the solution.

      Thank you for being here with us and lending your considerable integrity and wisdom. It is much appreciated and respected.

      May the New Year treat you well dear Helen.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I would be hard pressed as well to vote for any Dems who support/ed Obama and his policies. So, yeah, NO..

      And I second Marge’s comments, Helen. Of course, you were one of the ones abt whom I was writing, and I am so thankful you have continued to come here and share your comments as well as the wealth of story links you provide. You are a gift!

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  5. helenk3 Says:

    brought this forward.
    for some reason I always cry when I hear this song

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Last night I got my final Christmas present – third row seats to the Moscow Ballet performing the Great Russian Nutcracker. It was absolutely fantastic, and the local kids who got to perform with them were adorable!

    These aren’t the two principals we had but their performance is comparable:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Some of my favorite music on earth and the principals are poetry in motion. Applause!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I wish you could have been there, Marge. It really was amazing. These dancers are lighter than air!

        Now, if only people would STOP USING THEIR CELL PHONES TO VIDEO PERFORMANCES, I would be happier. I swear, it was just ridiculous. Unless they had kids or grandkids participating in the event, what are they doing in the 2nd and 3rd row not watching the performance in FRONT of them, but rather using their phones?? I mean, really – the entire thing is available on YOUTUBE…

        Other than that, though – it was magical!

  7. helenk3 Says:

    any American still supporting this team, needs their head examined

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good. LORD. WTH is WRONG with them?!?! Wow.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      They won 2 games all season and they honor this POS? WTH is wrong with people.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        We continue to reward failure and mediocrity, valuing those who demonstrate a staggering level of ignorance, and a complete lack of logic or reason. It is astonishing.

        And yeah – the team is TERRIBLE this year and they act like Kapernick is deserving of such an award. Wow.

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

  9. helenk3 Says:

    some music to wish you all HAPPY NEW YEAR

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  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    2017: The Year In Preview

    By Derek Hunter

    Wow, 2016 was something else, wasn’t it? If you had predicted a year ago that not only would Donald Trump be the president-elect, but Hillary Clinton would lose, you would’ve been institutionalized. Beyond politics, and perhaps more amazing than the election, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. One for the books.

    But rather than take a last look into the rearview mirror, how about we peer through the windshield into 2017?

    A lot of things should change in the next 12 months. But many things will stay the same. Some may even be same-er.

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  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    John Kerry’s Fitting Ending

    John Kerry ends his long career in politics the same way he began it: disgracefully.

    Over four decades, Kerry established himself as one of the Democratic party’s loudest, if not wisest, voices in foreign affairs. In 1991, he voted against authorizing military force to expel Iraq from Kuwait, predicting that future historians “will ask why there was such a rush to so much death and destruction when it did not have to happen.”

    Twelve years later, he voted for the Iraq War, then turned around and tried to run as an antiwar presidential candidate.

    In September 2003, Kerry sounded as if he supported wartime funding bills — “I don’t think any United States senator is going to abandon our troops and recklessly leave Iraq to whatever follows as a result of simply cutting and running” — but as the Democratic presidential primaries heated up, he decided to vote “no.”

    That led to his infamous quote, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I will be SO glad to see Kerry finally off the stage. What a piece of work he is. That was my last Dem – straight ticket vote – for Kerry, et. al. I held my nose and pulled the lever even though I disliked him. Ugh.

      So glad his time in office is coming to an end.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        He is a disgusting man. The fact that I once voted for him makes me nauseous.

        The fact that he and Obama are both on their way out makes me feel a little better and less apt to head for the Pepto Bismal bottle and that icky pink crap.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          You sad it, though they are both doing their damndest to wreak as much havoc as possible on the way out. So glad Obama’s reign is abt done…

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    And Heaven help us…

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Wisconsin Takes a Step Toward Sanity Regarding Global Warming Hoax

    Thankfully prior to the entire economy being destroyed, the tide of global warming insanity has finally begun to recede. From Wisconsin:

    The state Department of Natural Resources recently scrubbed language from an agency web page on the Great Lakes that said humans and greenhouse gases are the main cause of climate change.

    The DNR now says the subject is a matter of scientific debate.

    The department made the changes on Dec. 21, striking out whole sentences attributing global warming to human activities and rising levels of carbon dioxide.

    The liberal source fumes that Governor Scott Walker is to blame for global warming propaganda getting scrubbed by the DNR.

    Scott Walker was my first choice for President and I still think he was the best choice.

    He continues to work for the benefit of Wisconsin residents in spite of having to fight the liberals every step of the way.

    Too bad he didn’t have any “charisma”. Only competence, integrity and grit.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wow, that is great – good for Walker, and good for WI.

      The climate has ALWAYS changed. Always. When we were in Grand Cayman, some of the dive masters told Suzy they were mapping the Wall (where the reef ends and the deep ocean begins). Two hundred feet down, they discovered an old beach, complete with fossils. Now, that didn’t happen since the Industrial Revolution. Same with the rainforest in Patagonia now. When the ice melted TEN THOUSAND YEARS AGO, I doubt it had a whole lot to do with people, but the PLANET.

      Again, important to treat the planet well and try to do as little damage as possible, but more and more, it seems this is abt politics and money…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        While the Cruz Cult is still whining about the primary and bragging about how Ted Cruz is in the Senate “fighting” for us, Scott Walker is actually accomplishing things. He always has.

        I like, respect and admire Ted Cruz. But I don’t worship at his alter and I think Scott Walker has accomplished more. Cruz is smarter but thus far that hasn’t morphed into a lot of accomplishment in the Senate.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I was never a member of the “Cruz Cult,” either. I thought he would be a much better choice than Trump, but yeah – he wasn’t in my original top 3.

          Walker would have made a great President, but that would require a less superficial electorate to put in someone who isn’t flashy, but will work hard and get the job done. Now that we have elected a reality tv star, I fear we will not get to the place where we want a sober, intelligent, introspective President.

          I am glad for your state that you have someone like Walker at the helm. That is good for you all indeed.

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  17. kenoshamarge Says:

    WaPo Publishes Fake News Story of Electric Grid Hack by Russia

    What makes this story about the Washington Post creating hysteria by claiming the Russians hacked a Vermont electric company so incredible is that the paper broke a cardinal rule of journalism in publishing it.

    They didn’t get confirmation from the electric company that the story was true.

    After the story broke on Friday, the Burlington Electric Company issued a statement:

    Daily Caller:

    “Last night, U.S. utilities were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name DHS has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks,” a spokesman for the Burlington Electric Department said.

    “We acted quickly to scan all computers in our system for the malware signature. We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s grid systems.”

    The Vermont Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia told The Burlington Free Press, “The grid is not in danger.”

    This is a far cry from the Post’s claim that Russians hacked the electric grid. In fact, it’s not even close.

    And speaking of “Homeland Security” it seems some of their “officials” have been very naughty:

    Report: Homeland Security Officials Took Millions in Bribes to ‘Look the Other Way’ on Drug Cartels

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is not just “fake” – that is journalistic malfeasance. They are worse than tabloids since they pretend to be reputable news sources. That is just appalling.

      And Homeland Security taking bribes to let the drug cartels off the hook is TRULY deplorable. WOW. Heads should roll…

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    Interesting history lesson by Daniel Horowitz in his “Conservative Conscience” podcast. Lots of stuff I didn’t know. Very informative and well worth a listen.

    The full history of the Palestinian State hoax – The Conservative Conscience Daniel Horowitz

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, great – thank you for this. I’ll have to check it out.

      But that it is all a hoax surprises me not one bit…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I knew the whole subject was skewed by the left but I had no idea how much. It is unconscionable!

        By the way, I did not just take Daniel Horowitz’s word – I did some investigating on my own and found he is telling the truth. A truth most Americans have never known and probably many Jews.

        Like the blacks who vote for their own destruction the Jews do the same.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, I have no doubt you don’t take things on face value, Marge. And I also have no doubt that like so many other issues promoted by the Left, this one bears little semblance to the truth. Heck, we have seen just recently how they are denying the eons long relationship between Jews and the Temple Mount in support of Palestine, so yeah – I am sure that is the tip of the iceberg.

          Well said, Marge – you are so right!

  19. helenk3 Says:

    live stream for the Philadelphia Mummers Parade.
    the comic clubs are on now. not politically correct and take no prisoners

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I loved the “firemen” and the fire and the giant fire plug one – that was great fun! Thanks Helen.

      • helenk3 Says:

        now come the string bands. they are great , my favorite part of the parade. nothing else like them anywhere.

  20. kenoshamarge Says:

  21. helenk3 Says:

    you and Suzi like to travel. a weekend in Philly on April 1 would be fun. get tickets to the show of shows and really see the string bands perform. Seeing them on tv is ok but seeing them in person is just fun

  22. helenk3 Says:

    now they will show the fancy divisions. It has changed a lot. now I guess the fancies perform inside at the convention center. It used to be the comics, the fancies and then the string bands. It started around 8:00am and ended after dark

    I really hope you liked the parade and see why I watch it every year
    I do not know of any other parade like it. it is over 100 years old. and a family tradition. No professionals , they are all everyday working people

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I like that it is a “tradition” and that the performers are everyday working people. That makes it really special for me. Thanks for sharing this Helen – I never had even heard of it until you informed us.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I hadn’t heard of it either before Helen. Well, besides the Loreena McKennitt song that is. 🙂

        Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  23. helenk3 Says:

    I guess I misunderstood, I thought they were going to show the fancy brigades but they have not so far

  24. kenoshamarge Says:

    I hear they threw a New Year’s Eve Party at the Zoo last night. Looks like some of the animals had a very good time.

  25. kenoshamarge Says:

    Looks like one of the owls also overindulged…

  26. kenoshamarge Says:

    I heard that the elephant was dancing around with a lampshade on his head last night. Doesn’t look so frisky today…

  27. kenoshamarge Says:

    Sad isn’t it, there never was a feline that could hold it’s liquor.

  28. kenoshamarge Says:

    The bears all seemed to have a particularly good time. Last night. Today, not so much.

  29. helenk3 Says:

    I just checked again and it says the fancy brigades will be on at *pm. broadway has nothing on these guys. you will be amazed

  30. helenk3 Says:

    this is the rating of each club that marched

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