Monthly Archives: December 2010

Today’s Quotes: The New Year

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850.

“New Year’s Day is [everyone’s] birthday.”
— Charles Lamb

“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”
— Mark Twain

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”
— Author Unknown

“Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.”
— Dave Beard

“Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.”
— Eric Zorn

“You’re lucky if you are graced with good resolutions and a bad memory.”
— Elvin Morganfield

“If our celebration of the New Year made any sense, it would start in spring when the flowers begin blooming and warm breezes return to the air, and our calendars would have months with an equal number of days in them. But, since we are stuck crazily celebrating New Year’s Eve in the dead of winter, on the 31st day of a month that was preceded by a month with only 30 days, let’s make the most of our insanity, cut loose and enjoy ourselves!”
— Argyle Sachs

“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about is what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.”
— Author Unknown

“Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you. But your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others.”
— Author Unknown

“Many celebrate the coming of the New Year with an open bottle and warm wishes, but how many maintain an open mind and a warm heart throughout the New Year? The difference is the difference between advancing forward and retreating backwards.”
— Maryellen Mattea

“Year, n: A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.”
— Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary.”

“Life is like getting dropped off in the middle of the woods and then, year by year, gradually making your way home.”
— April Foiles

“The only way to spend New Year’s Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.”
— W.H. Auden

“The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.”
— P.J. O’Rourke

“To add to the glad tidings of New Year’s Day,
there is not much more one can say,
but to stop existing in the same old way,
and to start living life
as if there isn’t hell to pay.”
— Arris Jaye

“If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.”
— William Shakespeare

“Another New Year and another chance to get joyously one year older and giddily deeper in debt.”
— Francis Albert Skinnatra

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“And a Happy New Year to you – in jail!”
— Old Man Potter in Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Don’t Spin the Civil War

Written by E.J. Dionne Jr. for The Washington Post

The Civil War is about to loom very large in the popular memory. We would do well to be candid about its causes and not allow the distortions of contemporary politics or long-standing myths to cloud our understanding of why the nation fell apart.
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What Do the “M”s in “M&Ms” Stand For? And Who is the “Tootsie” in a Tootsie Roll?

Author not attributed. From Dictionary.com

Still slogging through your kids’ excess Halloween stash? You’ve probably begun to wonder what the names on many of those wrappers mean. Here’s the meaning behind the names of a few popular (and chocolately) confections.
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Emperor Christie Fiddles at Disney World While New Jerseyans Burn

Clueless Christie’s Katrina Moment and Palin Takes a Dive

“Hanging out with Mickey Mouse while backs all over New Jersey ache under the strain of shoveling two feet of snow will probably not help his [Christie’s] poll numbers at home either. The Hill also reports that Christie’s popularity in New Jersey slipped five points in a Quinnipiac poll released this month.”
— Joshua Norman, “Chris Christie Under Fire for Disney World Vacation During Blizzard,” CBS News, Dec. 28, 2010.

Is Snowstorm Aftermath NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s Katrina?
— Sara Kugler Frazier, AP, Dec. 30, 2010.

“Alaska doesn’t care for Sarah Palin. In fact, other than (predictably) Massachusetts, the ex-governor’s home state has the ‘dimmest’ view of the reality TV star in the entire nation. That’s one of the takeaways in Public Policy Polling’s new report, which paints a discouraging portrait of the Sarah Palin’s drooping favorability ratings across America and on her home turf. Only 33 percent of Alaskans have a favorable opinion of Palin, and only 60 percent of Alaskan Republicans have embraced her (as opposed to 80 percent of the GOP faithful in ‘most places’ across the country).”
— Erik Hayden, “Palin Loves Alaska, But the Feeling Isn’t Mutual,” The Atlantic Wire, Dec. 29, 2010.

Poll: No Longer ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’
— Jordan Fabian, The Hill, Dec. 28, 2010.

The Tattlesnake – East Coast Blizzard Buries Snow-Job Political Futures Edition

Your Tattler remembers well the Chicago blizzard of 1979 that buried the city under several feet of the stuff, along with the political future of Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic. Days after the snow stopped, the side streets were still not plowed, main arteries were narrow two-lane ruts in the snow, and parking was a matter of driving into a snow bank and digging your car out the next day. If that was not aggravating enough, Bilandic had the chutzpah to go on TV and assure Chicagoans all was well and that things had been plowed – including designated public parking areas – that were not. The anger of city-dwellers reached the boiling point over those jaw-dropping pronouncements and, in one of those incredible political miracles, Daley Machine inheritor Bilandic lost his sure-thing nomination to Jane Byrne in the Democratic primary, and Byrne went on to become Chicago’s first woman mayor.

New York City’s independent ‘No Labels’ Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently forgot the lesson of Bilandic, if he ever learned it. Yes, voters often have short memories, but not when it comes to the tangible physical and mental stress engendered by a massive snowstorm. Seeing your expensively-attired billionaire mayor, appearing dry and comfortable on TV, braying that everything is fine, all that can be done is being done, and to stop complaining, is not the message snow-besieged proles want to hear. I think this stunt finishes Bloomberg’s future in politics, just as NYC Mayor John V. Lindsay’s presidential ambitions were plowed under by his failure to adequately respond to a Big Apple blizzard 41 years ago.

Next door, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the GOP’s emerging Golden Boy already declining in popularity back home from his managerial incompetence – he lost $400 million in federal aid for state public education due to bumbled paperwork, for one – and obsessive Republican addiction to cutting any program, including state pensions, that benefits the ‘little guy’ while protecting his wealthy benefactors from economic pain, will likewise see his political future melting like a Newark snowball in June, as the clueless Guv has remained on vacation in warm and sunny Disney World in the aftermath of the crippling storm. Christie has, as yet, made no public announcement or curtailed his vacation in order to deal with his state’s weather crisis – perhaps an acknowledgement that his blustery Tony Soprano style of governing may intimidate some, but not Mother Nature.

Massive blizzards demonstrate the need for full-capacity city and state services during a time of crisis, the very things manic cost-cutters like Bloomberg and Christie have put on the chopping block; and the need for leadership that understands what’s happening on the ground, even when that ground is covered with snow; something these conservative budget-balancers forget, to their political peril.

President Bloomberg? President Christie? Fuhgedabouit!

© 2010 RS Janes. LTSaloon.org.

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