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12/31/2013

New Year’s Eve Open Thread

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:52 pm

Thanks for reading in 2013. This is the best group of commenters on these here Intertubes. It is a pleasure to ring in the New Year with you.

55 Responses to “New Year’s Eve Open Thread”

  1. happy new year Mr. P

    it’s going to be a bumpy ride so everybody please to keep your hands inside the tram

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  2. Happy New and prosperous year to all!

    Colonel Haiku (756c13)

  3. Happy New Year, all.

    Pons Asinorum (8ce71a)

  4. With apologies to Roxanne
    I would rather be with the people of this blog — than with the finest people in the world.

    Happy New Year, everyone!

    aunursa (7014a8)

  5. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will drop the ball in Times Square.

    That’s probably because she’s both from New York, and a “minority.”

    Theer are actally four Supreme Court Justices from New York City.

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg is from Brooklyn.

    Antonin Scalia is from Queens (although he was born in New Jersey)

    Elena Kagan is from Manhattan and probably wanted to marry Eliot Spitzer, and she;s still a little sweet on him.

    Sonia Sotomayor is from the Bronx.

    This indicates a lack of geographical diversity on the court.

    There is nobody from Staten Island.

    (Samuel Alito is from New Jersey\)

    Sammy Finkelman (b9404b)

  6. Happy new year, all,

    narciso (3fec35)

  7. Best wishes to all you guys!

    Dustin (b001ed)

  8. Happy New Year to all….

    I truly enjoy coming here each day, even when I don’t post, to enjoy and learn from so many here…Can’t even try to mention them all, and I hope they know who they are…if they don’t, that is also a good thing because it shows that they don’t write here to do anything but make a valid point…

    Stay safe out there…reff…. Lynn

    reff (4dcda2)

  9. Elena Kagan is from Manhattan and probably wanted to marry Eliot Spitzer, and she;s still a little sweet on him.

    Heh…didn’t expect that from Sammy.

    Clearly the new year will be full of surprises!

    Dana (9a8f57)

  10. 2013 sucked balls. Here’s to a better 2014.

    JD (5c1832)

  11. It did ‘toad the wet sprocket’,

    narciso (3fec35)

  12. It’s cold – was 26 degrees, later maybe 22 degrees – except that Channel 2 Plus says it is now 28 degrees.

    It was really cold in the upper Midwest, Minnesota, Chicago.. Minus one in Chicago, minus 10 in Wausau Wisconsin, minus 30 or 40 in northen Minnesota.

    Sammy Finkelman (b9404b)

  13. WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court justice has blocked implementation of portions of President Obama’s health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control coverage.

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s decision came Tuesday night after a different effort by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation. Those groups rushed to the federal courts to stop Wednesday’s start of portions of the Affordable Care Act.

    From NYT tonight.

    Dana (9a8f57)

  14. Best wishes and Happy New Year to my electronic friends here. May 2014 be better than each of us deserve or expect!

    Simon Jester (cbe863)

  15. Happy New Year! I hope your stalker issues–all bloggers’ stalker issues–are a thing of the past now.

    The Sanity Inspector (121b27)

  16. “This is the best group of commenters on these here Intertubes.”

    Why yes; yes we are.

    J/K.

    Great blog sir.
    Happy New year

    kinlaw (fbb735)

  17. My best wishes to all my cyber buds for the New Year. We will get through this together.

    Gazzer (74e832)

  18. Happy New Year all, especially Rico and family.

    May God bless.

    My New Year’s resolution is to be more careful wit links.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  19. From this immigrant Scot and current Resident Glendalien, I wish a Healthy, Happy, and Prosperous New Year to all of you and yours !

    ((grin) Is it time to have a get-together of the LA County-area commenters ? (and actually be able to put faces to the characters ?))

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  20. 27 degrees reported in the 11 O’Clock Channel 2 news, with windchills taking that down to 19 degrees and colder.

    Similar temperatures (high about 30 degrees or 31 degrees) expected in the next few days, except for Saturday, where a high of 18 degrees is projected, and a low of 8 degrees during the night of Friday night/Saturday.

    Sammy Finkelman (7583fb)

  21. It was 65 degrees (Fahrenheit) in Dubai.

    Sammy Finkelman (7583fb)

  22. di Blasio will actually be swiorn in as Mayor at midnight and Bill Bratton as Police Comissioner also (at Police Plaza0

    di Blasio will have the phony swearing in by Bill Clinton at noon tomorrow (Wednesday, January 1) where he will give a speech, and Bill Bratton will have a ceremonial swearing in on Thursday.

    Sammy Finkelman (efc0ed)

  23. Some (illegal) firecraskers in the distance. It took about half aminute or more to start. I would know when the new year began even if I didn’t have the TV on or anything. It happens every year, I think. It happened at the beginning of the year 2000.

    Is that more than a dozen years in the past?

    And it’s 30 years since 1984?

    Sammy Finkelman (efc0ed)

  24. Yes, official Happy New Year to all from the east coast, where it is now 2014 already.

    It doesn’t feel any different.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  25. Happy New Year to all.
    Cape Cod Bay and the Polar Bear Club have a date in the a.m.

    mg (31009b)

  26. Sammy, did you see the highlights of the fireworks show in Dubai? Apparently they did fireworks along their entire 64-mile coastline, making it the largest ever….

    And we can’t get the Keystone built in America to help make money and jobs….

    Just saying…

    reff (4dcda2)

  27. 26. Comment by reff (4dcda2) — 12/31/2013 @ 9:31 pm

    Sammy, did you see the highlights of the fireworks show in Dubai?

    I think I saw a bit of video lasting no more than a second or two played several times (maybe not the same video.

    It wasn’t even clear what it was. It was played just long enough to say what the temperature was or that it was already the new year there.

    I heard more about Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad, even more formerly Tsaritsyn) where everything was cancelled.

    And we can’t get the Keystone built in America to help make money and jobs….

    We can maybe get train accidents instead.

    Sammy Finkelman (efc0ed)

  28. Train accidents bought to you by the oracle of omaha.
    obama’s rail buddy.

    mg (31009b)

  29. 20. -12 here now, -20 last night and last Sunday nite.

    Car would not start Tues. AM after just -15. Absentmindedly tromped the gas and it was all over.

    In our parts, including northern WI, we’re setting all time records for some of these temp/dates.

    For the frequency of occurrence I bet we’re looking back to the thirties for comparisons, maybe even the early 19teens.

    I’m thinking Superior froze over last in 1911.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  30. Plug your car in, Gary.
    Or leave it running all night.

    mg (31009b)

  31. Guess Superior froze in ’79 and ’62 last. Still its been frigid since like a week-10 days before Thanksgiving with the first night of 2 degrees.

    First night of circa -20 first week of Dec. Very unusual.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  32. How’s the ice fishing, Gary?

    mg (31009b)

  33. 30. Yeah, got up in the wee hours last night. No lazy bones anymore.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  34. 29. I heard it was so cold that steam (?) was rising from Lake Superior.

    Sammy Finkelman (efc0ed)

  35. 32. I’m too much a puss to fish now. I hear the fish don’t bite much until late Feb. when the water temp ticks up a bit, but what do I know?

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  36. Before my Dad left for Hawaii, fishing was pretty good in southern Mn. Walleye and perch.

    mg (31009b)

  37. Happy New Year to one and all. I’m a frequent lurker [at least once a day] and a very infrequent commenter. I enjoy all of the posters and commenters.
    10. 2013 sucked balls. Here’s to a better 2014.
    Ain’t that the truth!

    Walter Cronanty (d16f1a)

  38. Is it time to have a get-together of the LA County-area commenters ?

    well, we can all either meet Mr Feets for tacos, or maybe go put some holes in paper at the Angeles Ranges…

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  39. 10 minutes to go; looks like we made it through 2012 with only some cuts and bruises…

    45 deg and no precip in any form. Bummer. And Santa brought new ski boots (xc) and nowhere to use them. Sacramento area’s driest December ever… if things don’t change you guys in the east will have no veggies or fruit next summer….

    If any of you know any Greenies, you might ask them if the Keystone would have burned as hot as those tank cars. All that oil would have been at the Gulf already without all the smoke and soot.

    Happy New Year…

    gramps, the original (64b8ca)

  40. Happy New Year, everybody.

    2013 was better than 2012 and much better than 2011, and I look forward to a better 2014 for all of you as well as for me.

    It’s not all that cold in Chicago, Sammy. The girls going to the bar down the street are in micro-minis (and Catwoman boots). Ahhh!

    nk (dbc370)

  41. Happy New Year to all. I wish the best for you.

    There are about five inches of new snow on the ground and it looks like a winter wonderland here in my little corner of the world. The roads were better plowed and less slippery coming home just now than earlier in the evening, and the few people in cars on the roads seemed to be driving sensibly. All in all a good omen and an auspicious start to 2014.

    elissa (2e35d8)

  42. 34. Noctilucent clouds, possibly?

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  43. Happy Obamacare, Day One!

    Happy New York Commune, Day One!

    Happy ‘Abortion Barbie for Governor’ Campaign Launch!

    Happy ‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Toke & Drive’ Day in Colorado!

    Icy (b22f5c)

  44. Watch the Winter Classic — Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings in front of 107,000 fans outdoors at the University of Michigan football stadium — on NBC!
    [prepare for multiple hits of the "mute" button whenever Pipsqueak Costas pipes up]

    Icy (b22f5c)

  45. 43. That would look more appropriate for 2402.

    Sammy Finkelman (652c5b)

  46. Does anybody want to say their New Year’s resolution? Mine is 1366 x 768.

    nk (dbc370)

  47. Happy New Year to all. Best to start it lying around like a slug as then you are improving already by Day 2 when you get up and make toast.

    SarahW (b0e533)

  48. Happy New Years to you too and to all the Pattericans!

    Refused to watch Miley Cyrus and Sotomayor debase themselves and our culture even further.

    Patricia (be0117)

  49. redc1c4 #38 – I can be up for either – though, as a humanitarian, I do need to issue the disclaimer that I *am* ambisinistrous – equally a klutz with both right and left hands … as such, putting a projectile weapon with any respectable range could put anyone within that range at risk …

    (which is very frustrating to me, since I find both Thumper and Bambi to be truly delicious, yet I cannot go out and get ‘em in the wild, myself … (sigh))

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  50. National review’s Morning Jolt In and Out list:

    Regarding 2016 . . .

    OUT: Chris Christie Buzz
    IN: Scott Walker Buzz

    OUT: “Benghazi will hurt Hillary’s 2016 chances.”
    IN: “Not getting jack squat done as secretary of state will hurt Hillary’s 2016 chances.”

    OUT: Ted Cruz’s status as the grassroots’ favorite Republican.
    IN: Mike Lee’s status as the grassroots’ favorite Republican.

    Regarding Obamacare . . .

    OUT: Premium sticker shock for Obamacare insurance purchasers.
    IN: Deductible sticker shock for Obamacare insurance purchasers.

    OUT: Ludicrous waiting time to get through HealthCare.gov.
    IN: Ludicrous waiting time for an available doctor’s appointment.

    OUT: Democratic senators trying to downplay their votes for Obamacare.
    IN: Democratic senators blaming their votes for Obamacare on evil twins. [this must be a joke]

    OUT: First-term Obama officials bailing out in the second term.
    IN: Second-term Obama officials bailing out health-insurance companies.

    Regarding foreign policy . . .

    OUT: Washington Ignoring Syria Not Honoring Its Deal
    IN: Washington Ignoring Iran Not Honoring Its Deal

    OUT: The horror of attacks on gays in Russia by thuggish goons.
    IN: The horror of attacks on everybody in Russia by terrorists.

    OUT: Everybody Fighting Everybody Through Proxies in Syria
    IN: Everybody Fighting Everybody Through Proxies Throughout the Middle East

    OUT: Ed Snowden
    IN: The next employee in the national-security complex who wants to become an instant celebrity in exile with a cushy lifestyle underwritten by a foreign government.

    Regarding the Economy . . .

    OUT: Jobless Recovery Summer!
    IN: Stagnant Wage Recovery!

    OUT: Disproportional Blather About Income Disparity
    IN: Maximum Hype over the Minimum Wage

    OUT: D.C. Elites Rooting for the Washington Nationals
    IN: D.C. Elites Rooting for Washington to Nationalize Industries [Not even remotely plausible - another joke?]

    OUT: Amazon Drone Deliveries
    IN: Domino’s Pizza Drone Deliveries

    OUT: Now you don’t have to shut down your cell phone during a flight!
    IN: Now your airline seat is the size of your cell phone!

    OUT: Siri.
    IN: Siri and the Jawbone wrist heart-rate monitor merge to form one device urging you to get healthy, eat right, get to bed early, wake up early, exercise, and stand up straight. The app is called “Mom.”

    OUT: The need for recovery of the American economy.
    IN: The need for recovery of American optimism.

    Regarding the 2014 elections . . .

    OUT: “Florida Governor Rick Scott has no chance at reelection.”
    IN: “Florida Governor Rick Scott’s giant pile of money has a solid chance at reelection.”

    OUT: Liberals’ hopes of gun control passage being stymied by the voters of Colorado.
    IN: Liberals’ hopes of electing Wendy Davis being stymied by the voters of Texas.

    OUT: Democratic fundraising e-mails warning of President Obama’s impeachment.
    IN: Republican fundraising e-mails promising President Obama’s impeachment.

    Regarding Congress . . .

    OUT: Gun-control proposals.
    IN: Dangerous, mentally-disturbed-individual control proposals.

    OUT: Marco Rubio earning applause from the MSM for his work on the Gang of Eight immigration deal.
    IN: Marco Rubio getting scathing coverage from the MSM as he embraces conservative proposals to overcome distrust driven by his work on the Gang of Eight immigration deal.

    OUT: Fighting about the nomination of Chuck Hagel.
    IN: Going months without noticing or remembering that Chuck Hagel is currently the secretary of defense. [I like this one]

    Regarding the culture . . .

    OUT: Divided America
    IN: Captain America

    OUT: Fighting Carbon Emissions by Buying an Electric Car
    IN: Fighting Carbon Emissions by Extinguishing the Flaming Wreck of Your Electric Car

    [By the way, that is caused by cold fusion. The electrons merge with protons (H) becoming neutroins, which enter the Lithium atoms, which become beryllium which decays into two helium atoms. This is possible because some of the lithium forms icicle like particles.]

    OUT: Pope-mania
    IN: The Dalai Lama getting the Duck Dynasty treatment when his Hollywood fans realize Buddhist teachings prohibit “sex between men, solitary masturbation, oral or anal intercourse, and even sex during daylight.”

    OUT: Twerking
    IN: Actual Dance Floor Insemination

    OUT: MSNBC’s prime-time lineup insisting every GOP position is driven by racial discrimination.
    IN: MSNBC’s prime-time lineup insisting every GOP position is driven by gender discrimination.

    OUT: Hollywood remakes.
    IN: Hollywood remakes of previous Hollywood remakes.

    OUT: Everyone getting their 15 minutes of fame.
    IN: Everyone getting their 15 minutes of infamy.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  51. At 45 minutes acrtress Cynthia Nixon said her legs were simply frozen from the cold. It was 30 or 31 degrees!

    She had been helped a bit to come down to the podium. She wsas introduced as an actor and public school parent. She introduced Broadway actress Petina Miller who sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” to guitar music.

    Then, at 53:45 came Bill Clinton. he asked the 109th mayor of New York to step forward at 59 minutes and 10 seconds or so. he approached the podium with his family.

    At just 1 hour into the tape Clinton mentioned the Bible was from FDR and it was altogetehr appropriate..

    Oh, he did give de Blasio the words “the Constitution of the state of New York and the Charter ofd teh City of New York.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  52. Some people died on New Years Eve/Day.

    Two people shot, (after midnight – they go on de Blasio/’s account) both with a history of crime. One got into a fight, one was assassinated.

    Two accidents in the metropolitan area – one of them was when person drove fast into the water.

    One fire where a 7 year old boy died because a fireplace was lit and somewthing else caught fire at 9 am.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  53. Guess Superior froze in ’79 and ’62 last. Still its been frigid since like a week-10 days before Thanksgiving with the first night of 2 degrees.
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    tuan anh (bd09d8)

  54. There were 8 murders in New York City as of Sunday night, January 5, a rise over 2013, when there were 6. The Daily News on page 6 saya a rise of 75%. No, it was 75% of that level last year. Of course this is just the first few days.

    It would just be a coincidence, unless somebody was waiting for the change in mayors and police commissioners and DAs. In any case it encourages De Blasio to not change anythimng for the worse.

    I don’t know whether that number of 8 includes the murder of Max (Menachem) Stark, the Williamberg landlord apparently in business trouble, whom many other people found it impossible to do business with, or to rent an appartment from without having problems.

    He was abducted outside the building where he had his office late Thursday night (after 11:45 pm) and his body was found in Long Island on Friday around 4 pm, although that didn’t make it into the Saturday papers.

    Normally the Nassau County DA would investigate, because investigations normally are done by the jurisdiction where the body was found, but the new Kings County DA, Ken Thompson, fought hard to get the case. He, or others close to him, may have been a bit connected to the winners of the last election.

    It is assumed that, most likely, he was killed while still in Brooklyn. The NYPD will handle the case.

    The story did finally get into the New York Times, two days later than the New York Post and the New York Daily News:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/nyregion/a-developer-is-mourned-and-vilified-in-brooklyn.html?_r=0 (page A13)

    One of his two business partners (Stark was the most active and detailed one) is afraid he might be next and has hired security guards. The New York Post said that man’s mother said that the business partner doesn’t know why this happened.

    Then it says Stark defaulted on a $29 million loan in 2008. Yes, but J. P. Morgan Chase doesn’t do things like this. Slumlord? Old or existing tenants don’t do things like this. Loan shark? That could get him into trouble from someone he borrowed money from.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)


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