Happy Effing New Year

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Seriously, I hope the new year is good to you, and to me, too. I intend to celebrate by spending some quality time with Sadie Awful Bad Cat.

My prediction for 2014, based on the I Ching, is that for the next few months the nation and world will be stumbling along as it has for the last few months, and we’ll somehow manage. Things shouldn’t get any worse, anyway.

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  1. Swami  •  Dec 31, 2013 @11:02 pm

    Well another year closer to the grave. Looks like poverty is the only friend I have who is going to stick with me until the end.. I guess I have the GOP to thank for that blessing.

    Only kiddin’…I’m the eternal optimist … 🙂 Even though the Repugs have dealt me a financial death blow they still haven’t dimmed my spirits.

    Have a Happy New Year all you Mahabloggers. I wish you all good fortune for the coming year.

  2. PurpleGirl  •  Jan 1, 2014 @12:49 am

    Maha and all the commenters here: Best wishes for a better year ahead.

    Maha — have fun with your cat. I’ve become a watcher of kitten cams and wish I had cat now. (Apartment has too much stuff to toss out or organize so a cat won’t be hurt by beads and stuff.)

  3. c u n d gulag  •  Jan 1, 2014 @7:47 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, TO ONE AND ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here in the NY area, “The Honeymooners” is on channel 11 again after 9 this morning, so you’ll know where I’ll be.

    That’s my favorite show of all time!

    My favorite lines, are when Ralph and Ed are on the sleeper car of the train to go to The Raccoon Convention (the wrong one, it turns out – they’re waiting for their wives, who apparently got on the right train), and the trick handcuffs that Ed bought as a gag to fool the other Raccoons – and he put on the two of them – won’t come off:
    Ed: “The guy told be to go ‘BOOMF!,” and they’re off.”
    Ralph: “Ok, so go “BOOMF!”, and let’s go to bed!”
    Ed: “BOOMF!” (he kind of jerks their hands).

    Nothing happens.
    He “BOOMF’S!” again.

    Nothing happens.

    Ralph: “Maybe you ain’t ‘BOOMFIN’!’ right!”

    Ed tries again.
    Nothing happens.

    Ralph angrily suggests that they try to get some sleep, and after some great physical comedy, they get into the train’s sleeper berths, one above the other – still handcuffed.

    Ed asks, “Hey Ralph, mind if I smoke”

    And Ralph says, “I DON’T CARE IF YOU BOIN!”

    I know those episodes by heart- and I still love them!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Doug  •  Jan 1, 2014 @9:54 am

    Happy New Year to all my friends here. Barbara, I get the feeling there are stories about Sadie ABC we won’t ever hear. But I am in cat withdrawal as my daughter has allergies. It was a tough decision, but my wife refused to put Kathy up for adoption.

    On the subject of stories, Kathy, who is 10, was in the back seat of the car complaining she wants to be older. She’s discovered make-up and high heels, and boys are just around the corner.I told her I’m 60 and I want to be younger – why don’t we trade ages. I will go back to being 10, and she can be 60. There was a short pause, actually very short, and I got a chipper response from the back seat, “That’s OK. I’m good.” I laughed for 5 miles.

  5. erinyes  •  Jan 1, 2014 @10:47 am

    Happy new year, friends. I am optimistic about 2014, and believe that we will stumble about for a couple of months before things even out a bit. Cheers!

  6. Gator90  •  Jan 1, 2014 @1:48 pm

    Happy New Year to all and thank you for your tolerance of occasional dissenting views. May the new year be filled with blessings.

  7. paradoctor  •  Jan 1, 2014 @3:41 pm

    Prime factorization of this year, plus or minus two:

    2012 = 2 * 2 * 503
    2013 = 3 * 11 * 61
    2014 = 2 * 19 * 53
    2015 = 5 * 13 * 31
    2016 = 2 * 2 * 2 * 2 * 2 * 3 * 3 * 7

    19? 53? Are we in for a fifties flashback?

  8. Stephen Stralka  •  Jan 1, 2014 @3:44 pm

    Dear God, have you seen Kathleen Parker’s New Year’s column? After explaining that what’s wrong with the country today is that Miley Cyrus need to put some clothes on, she writes this:

    Instead of redistributing wealth, the goal should be to make the poor richer.

    (OK, that’s not the exact quote, but that’s what it comes down to. According to Kathleen Parker, the real reason liberals want to redistribute wealth is “to spread misery around”–i.e., to punish the rich for being rich. Making the poor richer is a totally different concept. And as far as how to make the poor richer, she has a totally new and original proposal: “jobs, education and tax/regulation relief for employers.”)

  9. erinyes  •  Jan 1, 2014 @5:28 pm

    K. Parker is living in an alternate universe. Smiley Cyrus and her antics are the product of the entertainment. There are gate keepers who modulate what we see on television and in the print media. These gate keepers have no problem with Smiley’s antics, but won’t allow images from Iraq and Afghanistan.as far as “the founding fathers” bullshit goes; they were revolutionary and just the opposite of what parker would support.
    I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again; we’re living in a time when a group of people are using
    the strategy of divide and conquer.they have convinced a group of people that they are being persecuted and are under attack by godless liberals who want to destroy all they hold sacred. The group they pander to is laughing all the way to the bank.

  10. Bill Bush  •  Jan 1, 2014 @6:57 pm

    Happy New Year to all, and if you know anyone who needs a cat, let me know. I have 3 uncommitted fosters at my house, one of which, Tess, would out-ABC Sadie in about 3 minutes! She has 2 speeds: 0 and 60! AFA Kathleen Parker, who is surprised? Nobody ever challenges these people to their faces, so they keep doing the same stuff over and over. As I once told a student who asked me how I tolerated a certain young man’s behavior and attitude: “I don’t have to slap their faces. Life will do it for me.”

  11. uncledad  •  Jan 1, 2014 @7:16 pm

    Happy New Year to all, I started the year off right sitting on my ass watching the winter classic. Detroit vs. Toronto, over 100,000 fans, great game lots of snow perfect except those dam Maple Leafs won! No sign of mayor Ford?

  12. Bill Bush  •  Jan 2, 2014 @12:41 am

    A belated New Year’s gift — Check out The Honeycutters’ video of IRENE , the one live at The Ivey’s. The performance is acoustic, two guitars, and the break at about 2:35 or so is just especially beautiful. Amanda’s lyrics are amazing, too.
    I’ve seen them live at Merlefest twice.

  13. Swami  •  Jan 2, 2014 @2:06 am

    What’s with you liberals and your poor choice in music? What ya’ll need is some good wholesome and spiritually edifying type music like this little beauty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRRj4lJqH4M
    As a matter of fact, I’m sending this one out to Ariel Sharon. I’m hearing that ol’ Ari is getting ready to mount up on his chariot for his trip across the Jordan. He’s also switching from pork sandwiches to liquid pork sandwiches in the interim . Who knows? Maybe Ari will have one of those big three man chariots and he can pick up Henry Kissinger and Dick Cheney on the way out. Then the three of them can ride off into eternity as a triumvirate of evil.