Not Sure Why but This Seems to be an Appropriate Salute to New Year's Eve 2017

My resolution for 2017 is "No Whining about anything and No Comment about anything Trump, the Beast whose Name shall not be written nor shall I utter."

Therefore I look to Medieval Illustration and the magical whims of the great Terry Gilliam to celebrate the noxious odor of 2017:

 

Happy New Year one and all, good health and great fortune to you and yours, as we endure the ancient Chinese curse of living in interesting times.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 31, 2016 at 12:41pm

I have decreed that no Comrade's inaugural will be seen in this flat.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 31, 2016 at 1:24pm

What, you don't like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Involuntary Rockettes, or Scott Baio?

Comment by nerd cred on December 31, 2016 at 1:29pm

I'm already dying of curiosity, though. About the inauguration. I may leave it to others to depress the TV ratings.

JMac - trmp needs to be watched and discussed. Boycotting him will allow him to do what he wants. Sunshine disinfects and all that.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 31, 2016 at 3:22pm

Jon, Kosh, Nerd and abg, Thanks for commenting.  As for the noxious Beast who shall not be named,  I'm sure that there are plenty of people who will be watching and discussing but I doubt that very much will come of it.  We survived Nixon, Reagan and George W. Bush and I'm confident that we'll survive the next four years... though an impeachment and conviction to shave a year or two off that term in office would put the shoe on another foot.

Comment by Boanerges on December 31, 2016 at 3:44pm

As I mentioned in an email to a friend the other day, the incoming administration could be the most corrupt since Grant's and more vindictive than Nixon's (after all, he already has an enemies list -- took Tricky Dick a few years to come up with one).

And no, no one is safe. I've been toying with a post explaining what I meant in a comment the other day when I said that 1984 happened about 1969, but no one noticed at the time. I say toying with it because it could potentially cause me problems. Maybe.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 31, 2016 at 4:12pm

Bo, I understood the reference to 1984 happening in 1969 and couldn't agree more.  Absent electronic news media, the first versions of geo-political/military double speak in America happened in 1763 during the French and Indian War, followed in 1845 with the Mexican American War, 1898 with the Spanish American War, followed by the Philippine American War 1899-1902 which officially "resulted in the death of over 4,200 American and over 20,000 Filipino combatants", and that "as many as 200,000 Filipino civilians died from violence, famine, and disease".   The subsequent Moro Rebellion which continued through 1913 cost even more American military and Filipino Muslim lives and lingers to this day in the form of Muslim terrorism in the Philippines.

Vietnam was inherited from 19th Century  British and French Imperialism and became America's most costly mistake of the Cold War Era.  Huxley and Orwell witnessed it all and accurately predicted the age of endless warfare of civilizations between and among the white races of the Western First World and people of color everywhere.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

Comment by nerd cred on December 31, 2016 at 5:36pm

What's the alternative what's the alternative what's the alternative?

The ME wants all Arabs all Muslims all Sunni all Shia NO goddam Jews and won't stop fighting till they get it and we get involved because Jews* and oil and we tsk tsk and some go all smug and self-righteous but who among us doesn't own or drive a car, heat or cool more space than we really need to or has converted entirely to solar or wind? (I'm scheduled to go all or mostly solar in the coming spring - https://mysunshare.com - but  they'll have to pry my car from my cold dead hands.) There's a proxy situation in the ME but is it really entirely a proxy war?

Maybe we'll all follow the great and admired Obama into working hard to strengthen the D's (the only viable liberal party at present) on the local level, combat the work of the heinous Kochs to even out political representation all around the country. Maybe. (Not me because Keith Ellison Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar. But we here gotta work on the state government. Too many Rs in government from the underpopulated areas and the state legislature too often has R majorities.)

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*Apart from everything else and however cynical we wanna be about it, some people deep down honestly and sincerely don't want to see Hitler's work finished off for him just so Arabs don't have to see anyone but Arabs.

How's that for a Happy New Year?!!  I just can't see things as that black and white, good and bad, eternal war or eternal peace.
(Making beef stroganoff for dinner with the little sister then wine and a PAID FOR movie - Birth of a Nation.)

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 31, 2016 at 6:23pm

I can understand your apprehension NC, but I'm not being cynical.  Nixon extended and expanded our involvement in a bogus war in Southeast Asia where 3 million people died and over 50,000 American kids came home in body bags, eventually he was impeached and resigned in disgrace.  He appointed his successor, Gerald Ford who pardoned him for unspecified criminal acts for which he had never been indicted.  The Republic survived those atrocities.

Ronald Reagan approved of the illegal sale of US weapons to Iran to finance an extra legal purchase of weapons to support murderous thugs in El Salvador, lied about it and then copped a plea of ignorance because he was suffering from dementia.  He ended his life one of the most "beloved" Presidents in US History.

George W Bush started the longest war in US History under completely false pretenses because he ignored intelligence warnings about the imminent terrorist attack on 9-11 and Saddam Hussein plotted to assassinate his Daddy.  Although combat continues to this day, American casualties have been minimized under the Obama Administration and we have survived that BS.

Of course it's possible that the Beast who Shall not be Named could do much worse, but since we survived the Civil War and World War II, I expect we'll survive the next four years.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on January 1, 2017 at 7:46am

Buddah Guy, over 58,220 American military KIA/MIA, (1960-1975) not including SEATO military casualties or the 1.35 million NVA, Viet Cong and Vietnamese civilians plus the unknown millions of of civilian and military KIA throughout Southeast Asia including Cambodia and Laos, not including the Cambodian Genocide by the Khmer Rouge or those who died during the subsequent Cambodian–Vietnamese War (30 April 1977 – 23 October 1991).  This doesn't touch the hundreds of thousands who died during the French-Indochina War (1945-1954).

Three million is a conservative number from forty-five years of nearly continuous warfare in Southeast Asia.

Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on January 1, 2017 at 9:59pm

i hear what you're saying, jmac and i was thinking the same thing the other day. that we have survived so much. so many terrible things, terrible actions. heinous actions. but what makes this different is the technology aspect. the 24 hour news cycles. the tweeting by he who must not be named and others. how quickly things can escalate due to that bullshit. the hacking. the normalizing by said media. i know it's cowardly of me but as a jew and a senior who lives on SSDI and medicare, well, i'm scared.

but i'm choosing to focus on what we can do to fight back. the resistance during the nazi era. during other eras. the civil rights activists. the suffragettes. the southern poverty law center. --i have this wrong, i'm sure. the ACLU, the jewish anti-defamation league, elizabeth warren and bernie sanders and michael moore and their ilk. for people like me, AARP. climate activists. the only positive about times like this is that there are brave people who speak up and who make a difference. who won't be cowed. i haven't yet figured out where i want to put my time and effort and energy but i will. i won't watch the inauguration of that evil idiot.

i will keep my contact and knowledge of he who shouldn't be named to communications from organizations that are doing something. ones that i trust. organizations, media companies like the huffington post. i'm probably naive and foolish. but, as you said, we have survived all of that. we will survive the next four years. and hopefully, he will be impeached. i'm betting on that.

happy new year, jmac!!!!!!!!!!!!! you have been a great friend to me and i could not be more grateful. you had pledged to put your grief over JME's tragic exit aside and to return to your important writings. i celebrate that choice to kick some more wordly ass!!!!!

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