Sunday Roast: 2011 in 100 seconds

Yeesh, glad we’re done with 2011!

I think we should have a better 2012, starting with the recall of Gov Scott Walker in Wisconsin; moving on to whittling down the numbers in the GOP clown college (buh-bye Batshit), while enjoying the Santorum Surge (brain bleach!); reveling in the crash & burn of John Boehner’s no good, horrible, very bad term as Weeper Speaker of the House; cheering on the Occupy movement (move your money!); keeping track of how many positions Mitt Romney has on any particular issue as the silly political season continues; and that’s just JANUARY.

Buck up Zoosters, 2012 is going to be a bumpy year!

This is our daily open thread — HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!


96 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: 2011 in 100 seconds

  1. The January schedule is full of buffoonery:

    2012 Republican Primary debates. These debates are between all the Republican candidates.

    January 7, 2012 9pm ET on ABC
    Location: NH
    Sponsor: ABC News and WMUR
    Participants: TBD

    January 8, 2012 9am ET on NBC (Yes, 9am)
    Location: Chubb Theatre at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH
    Sponsor: NBC News, Facebook and the Union Leader
    Participants: TBD

    (There are SIX on the calendar for this month alone)

  2. Happy New Year fellow Critters and Zoosters.

    If the GOP were to somehow win the WH and Senate in November, then I can only hope I’m wrong about the Mayan calendar and that the world really will end this year. I really can’t believe that life on this planet would be better with the GOP in control of our government.

  3. 2011 is over. About 3 hours prior to that moment I got a phone call from Phoenix to tell me that my older brother (he’s 80) had, early in the afternoon, suffered a pulmonary embolism when a blood clot in his leg broke loose and traveled. He was in “grave” condition; his heart had stopped several times by the time the paramedics got him to the hospital, and the doctors fear brain damage if he should survive. Needless to say I’m not really looking forward to the rest of today.

  4. Mathew Dowd on This Week: “It reminds me of the car that pulls in the ring in the circus, and all the clowns start, one after another, start getting out, and we’re like, OK, that’s the last one to get out, and then all of a sudden the last one comes out of the trunk. And like, and there’s like, who, what’s that? And Rick Santorum is getting out of the trunk!”

    • Yay. My niece had premie twins boys on the 20th. They’re in NICU for the time being but doing well. There is nothing like babies and the wait always seems to take forever. Have fun Grandma.

      • They already did last night. They couldn’t induce until midnight because apparently some crazy people really do show up New Years Eve asking to be induced. I don’t understand why they induce anyway when dilation is progressing and contractions are occurring. At that point hasn’t nature already induced labor?

        • Everything has to be on a schedule these days, apparently, and consideration of the baby’s schedule is last on the list.

          Congrats, soon-to-be Grandma again! I missed that bit of news this week. πŸ™‚

    • A couple years ago, when both were still considered relevant by some, I saw this suggestion for a bumper sticker:

      Beck/Palin 2012
      The Mayans were Right!

      I’m actually really tired of the 2012 Mayan end of the world thing because I have to reassure an actual Mayan that there is no reason to believe the world will necessarily end this year. Daily. Over and over again. I’ve already done it twice this morning.

      • When our calendar ends, we go out and buy a new one. Why should the Mayans be any different?

        • Considering when they made their calendar, it’s pretty amazing that they calculated so far ahead. That is the message I use with my obsessed Mayan, “It just starts over!”.

      • WEll, the Mayans are benefitting from the end of the world thing, apparently tourism is up to all Maya communities.

    • I think there is a bit of jealousy in the way some folks are treating the whole Mayan calendar prophecy thing. When you compare the structure and quality of the Mayan calendar with the Gregorian one its like comparing the Batmobile to a little red wagon.

    • Maybe the Mayans predicted the Republicans would take control and knew how destructive that force would be.

  5. Thanks for all the good wishes. Just received a call from my sis-in-law, and it’s over. He passed on just before midnight last night. Followed the Nelson family tradition: when it’s time to go, make it quick.

  6. Perhaps 2012 should be the year of the “Blue Bra”
    It could bolster the present movements currently underway.

      • I’m having a knee replacement on Friday. I haven’t yet figured out how to insure that no out-of-network provider does anything to me while I’m unconscious.

        • Speedy recovery!

          as for:

          …insure that no out-of-network provider does anything…

          that’s always the tricky part — some how there are always two or three ‘consultants’.

        • What are you replacing your knee with? I don’t recommend an elbow, then it would bend the wrong way. πŸ˜‰

  7. Well? I think that 2011 is a good year to put behind us; especially for my Minnesota pro sports teams. Here in southern Minnesota it was the warmest year ever recorded. June, October, and December set individual monthly records. While we missed the highest absolute temperature by 1 degree we did set new records for heat index 4 DAYS IN A ROW!

    We said our final goodbyes to lots of beloved celebrities and it seems like just about everyone lost friends and family members. That’s just part of life if one is fortunate enough to live very long. Since I’ve seen more years than a lot of people, I probably shouldn’t bitch about that particular little fact of life but it starts to get burdensome.

    What can I say about American politics? Disgust and hope seems to be the prevailing moods. Disgust with the Reichwhiners’ fall into complete insanity and hope that the American people will see past a complicit “librul media” that seems to be fundamentally incapable of calling fools and liars “fools” and “liars”. Still, it’s hard to get too discouraged in light of the way that the American people are finally taking their disillusionment to the streets. Perhaps the best part is that even FAUX “News” hasn’t managed to turn the bulk of the electorate against the brave souls suffering the abuses of a nascent police state. The sad part is that those who still think anything FAUX”News” says is true are probably beyond the reach of those of us who live in the cause and effect universe.

    I’m not in the habit of making predictions. That being said, it does look like We The People are realizing that we, present company excepted, made a horrible mistake in letting the teabaggers gain control of Congress in the last election and stand to correct that little aberration in the next. One way or another we might see the most important single election of our lives and, even if we suffer some trepidation, that’s exciting as Hell. All things considered, I would say that a happy new year is a distinct possibility.

    Please understand that I am offering my sincere hope, as opposed to an imprecation, that everyone has a happy new year.

    • Why, man, he [Caesar] doth bestride the narrow world
      Like a colossus, and we petty men
      Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
      To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
      Men at some time are masters of their fates;
      The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
      But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

      Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 135–141

    • Maybe she’d impress those voters more if she could arrange to break out in boils before Tuesday.Tough to get eaten by a whale in Iowa, I suspect.

      • I think that anyone who still cares wtf she does is still impressed that God invented ice despite their inability to follow the recipe.

    • The line between “preaching” and politicking at the pulpit is a tricky one — that may be the reason she can get away with the church not being sanctioned (although it really should be).

      Shell-shocked Shelie did speak in parables/parallels not directly asking for votes.

      No one running for office should step up to the pulpit of a church without that establishment having its tax-free status taken away.

      • I think you described that fine line perfectly. Once the candidate steps up to the pulpit that line is crossed. I don’t care if the church is punished but the candidate should be penalized. Perhaps they could forfeit any donations accepted that day to the FEC? Better yet, any forfeited donations could be contributed to the local school district as kind of a counterbalance to the lies being sold in said church.

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