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Leaving 2013…

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The Wall Street Journal takes a  more balanced  view of 2013 than I can currently manage.   I guess I’m somewhere between the  Excedrin headache  and the  zombie apocalypse,  mostly praying that 2014 won’t be a repeat or even worse.

Conor Higgins is calling it the year of  the Progressive,  and he makes an excellent case for it,  which is why it has been such a lousy year.   Be armed for 2014 by what he tells you.

And yes,  the USA is still regarded as the  world’s troublemaker,  though everyone else still wants to move here.

If you want some  major snark  with your look back,  the American Spectator offers up a large portion in  two places.

 

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December 31, 2013 at 11:53 pm

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Bloomie’s tenure…

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will shortly be out of a job,  but he still has billions of his personal fortune remaining,  so it’s unlikely he’ll miss the $1 per year he has accepted for his job.   I do think it’s nice that he used his own money to increase his comfort  while in office,  unlike the Clintons and the Obamas,  for example,  but how telling is it that funding your own perks is now so remarkable?

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December 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

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Carolina Reaper takes title…

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Even if you aren’t a hot pepper aficionado,  you have to be awed by  how hot  these peppers are.   My mouth burns just contemplating such heat levels.

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December 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Making life better….

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Here’s to people who  invented things  we didn’t know we needed,  but have made life better.

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December 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

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U.N. budget reduced a tiny bit…

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Why the hell should it take  “protracted negotiations” to cut 221 staff at the UN headquarters and freeze pay for a year for the New York workers,  and reduce the general budget by a whole $50 million?

Joe Torsella,  the US diplomat in charge of UN management affairs,  hailed the move to “eliminate unnecessary, duplicative or outdated” jobs.    Such an attitude,  which reflects that of the entire Obama Administration,  and indeed of the whole Democratic Party,  explains a lot about the sorry state of the United Nations and the USA.

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December 29, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Earth photos from space…

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NASA has released what it considers the  most stunning  pix of the year.   I’m not prepared to argue with any of them.

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December 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

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Big brother wants to talk to you right now…

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I do not want His Oneness to be able to reach out and talk to  me instantly  in any circumstances.   I do not want any President to be able to do so.   I do not want any governmental agency or functionary to be able to do so.

The Civil Defense warning system was one thing,  but what the EPA is looking for is something much less informative than it is intrusive.   I do not like the EPA,  and it is particularly useless in an emergency.  Not many years ago, a group of us took our big trucks to help friends who lived down on thew river evacuate.   Some officious little twit from the EPA ordered a sheriff’s deputy to prevent the lead truck from taking the road down to the river.   The deputy,  who knew more than a few of us,  pointed out that we were all in high-based trucks which could navigate the water safely and were familiar with the area.  The twit shrieked that he forbade anyone to access the road.   The deputy walked back to his cruiser,  leaving an opening for us to pass through and rescue the people and pets, while the EPA guy, I kid you not, jumped up and down and screamed.   We were told later that the fool actually threatened to sic DoJ on the deputy,  who calmly replied that he had saved the man from being shot,  since everyone in every truck was armed and we were going to complete the rescues no matter what.

So,  no thank you.  I ain’t answering.

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December 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

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