‘ … the last leaf dangling on an empty tree’

One day left on the 2010 calendar.

One day — the last of December — in a year that is all but spent.

This day is the remnant, the orphan. It is the last customer in the bar come closing time, the last leaf dangling from an empty tree in winter. And soon that leaf too will blow away in a cold, sweeping wind.

On the other hand, it’s also a day no different from the day that came before it, or the day that comes next. If it’s the last of its old kind, and tomorrow the first of a new kind, it’s only because we proclaim it to be so. Or at least the calendar does.

And the calendar is our creation, an ancient tool born of a still-more-ancient human drive to measure things, quantify things and categorize things. What we can measure, quantify and categorize, we can also control, or so we like to tell ourselves. We’re wired to think that way from birth.

The instinct is so powerful that by now, every physical phenomenon of which we are aware has been broken down into units so it can be quantified. What cannot be measured in inches and miles is measured in longitude and latitude, pounds and ounces, ohms and amperes, joules and BTUs, becquerels and curies, parts per million and billion.

And we measure ourselves as well. We measure how much we weigh, how tall we stand, how much money we have in the bank, how many friends we have on Facebook, our blood pressure and cholesterol, all because of the reassuring if false sense that what we measure, we also control.

But our oldest, most basic units of calibration measure the passage of time. They go back to the calendars of Stonehenge and ancient Babylon, and far, far beyond.

The circadian rhythm of day and night — light and darkness — provides a unit of measurement known to almost every life form on the planet, no matter how simple.

The monthly tidal pull of the moon as it waxes and wanes is known to influence the reproductive cycles of plankton, fish and human beings alike. And the orbit of the Earth around the sun has given us the rhythm of the seasons and the years.

Those measurements of time — astronomical time — differ profoundly from other units of measurement.
Days and months are not inches or pounds. They are not man-made, abstract external measures that we have imposed on nature to give it an illusion of order. Quite the opposite: Days, months and years represent an order that nature has imposed on us. We did not invent the lunar cycle or the solar cycles; we merely recognize and submit to them. They existed long before we arrived, and will continue long after we disappear.

That’s because they measure the flow of time, something that we experience intimately yet have no hope of altering. It is immutable.

A speedometer, for example, records our velocity in miles per hour, which we can then increase or decrease depending on road conditions and, of course, the absence or presence of police officers bearing radar guns.

Our bank statements reveal our financial condition, knowledge that allows us to adjust our spending and saving accordingly.

But no matter how intensely or accurately we measure it, the passage of time cannot be adjusted to suit our fancies. We cannot alter its velocity, and while we can and do measure how many years each of us has spent so far, we have no way of knowing how much time, if any, remains in our accounts.

All of which brings us back to where we began — completing the circle, so to speak. If we cannot control time, we tell ourselves, we can at least try to control how we use it. Today, the closing of the old year and the opening of a new one offers an opportunity to both look back and look forward, to adjust ourselves to time.

It is decay followed by renewal, or at least renewal in a symbolic sense. The old calendar comes down, the fresh, unmarked calendar is posted in its place. At midnight the tree once stripped of days is suddenly green and alive with possibility again.

But tomorrow, the first leaf falls.

– Jay Bookman

107 comments Add your comment

Finn McCool

December 31st, 2010
7:03 am

your leaf is now on my lawn….

Finn McCool

December 31st, 2010
7:05 am

Conservatives say “I want ma countray back” which means

-dirt roads
-plantation system
-shoes/shirts optional
-separation of races
-combination of religion and government
-one religion and kill all others (dey’s de enmy!)
-one store in every town, called “WalMart”
-one brand of car – Americun
-a nukulur weapon guarding every town hall
-no edumatation above the 8th grade
-no science and no scientists
-illegals made legal only when I need ma house painted
-more global warming – the wife/sister is happier when it’s warm out

ByteMe

December 31st, 2010
7:15 am

JB: Too sterile. You wrote the topic at a distance. You’ve done much better by putting yourself into the topic.

Bill Orvis White

December 31st, 2010
7:18 am

Hey Liberal Jay-The al Jazeera Constitution picked up on my idea! Herman Cain running for president? | ajc.com http://t.co/UT3kOIU

I wrote about Herman running weeks ago – http://tinyurl.com/27q8oww

I’m going to love 2011 with Congress under new management, but 2012 is where the real change that we can believe in will happen! 2013 will be the end of an error.

Have a Happy New Year, you naive secular-progressive fool.

Amen,
Bill

ByteMe

December 31st, 2010
7:22 am

Do the end-of-year wrap-up obits annoy you because either:

1) They left our your favorite actor/author/politician/famous person who you thought was a “f*kcing genius, how could they forget him/her?” or

2) They do include your favorite actor/author/politician and you had no idea the person had died!

Or is it just me?

Finn McCool

December 31st, 2010
7:34 am

Herman Cain? For real? Let me guess, you watch Fox News and believe everything they say. Am I close?

Finn McCool

December 31st, 2010
7:48 am

You want to run a substitute talk show host against the Obaminator? You can’t do better than that?

What you conservatives need is to find a hispanic person to run. I would suggest a hispanic woman but I know there are certain lines you folks just can’t begin to cross/fathom.

Get yourself a conservative hispanic man and you just might have a shot in 2012. Otherwise, just learn to deal with the cards you’ve been dealt.

Mary Elizabeth

December 31st, 2010
7:49 am

“Have a Happy New Year, you naive secular-progressive fool.”

The words above are from Bill Orvis White @ 7:18 a.m., who also penned ” I’m going to love 2011 with Congress under new management. . .”

His words, I am afraid, are representative of the mean-spirited soul of some conservative Republicans. Read them again, for yourselves, readers. Is this spirit in the America you want for the future? Please reject this ugliness of spirit in the next year, for our nation, and keep America on a track of peace, hope, and optimism, even in these hard times, in 2011.

Today’s article is beautifully written and poetic in perception. The words cut through the superficial and enter into the profound. My hope, for each of us in 2011, is that we do not waste a day of 2011 in pettiness of heart and mind, but “see” with more profound eyes.

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. . .” Ecclesiastes 3

carlosgvv

December 31st, 2010
7:51 am

It is true that every year we make resolutions and hope for a better new year. It is also true that the new year turns out to be no better, and often worse, than the preceding year. So, bury that rosy optimisim and prepare to swallow a hard dose of reality as 2011 begins. It really is unbecomming for adults to walk around showing child-like faith.

Mary Elizabeth

December 31st, 2010
8:01 am

carlosgvv @ 7:51

Whether you are aware or not, one can “swallow a hard dose of reality” better if one has a higher vision and a vision of optimism. Had it not been for FDR’s optimism and faith in America during the Great Depression, many more Americans would have had their spirits (and bodies) killed by the “hard dose of reality” of the 1930s.

And thank God for Winston Churchill’s unfailing optimism during the dark days of WWII in Great Britain. It is your cynicism that should be rejected. A sad day for our nation if the spirits of those like yourself prevail.

Keep up the good fight!

December 31st, 2010
8:03 am

Can we just all hope that when “Snooki” is dropped from the Times Square ball that the ball just keeps on falling and that her 15 minutes is alast ended. I know Old Man McCain can find something else to talk about.

Road Scholar

December 31st, 2010
8:08 am

Happy New Year, Mary Elizabeth! Good post! May next year be better (alot) than the past! Happy New Year, ya’ll!

Road Scholar

December 31st, 2010
8:10 am

Keep up: I heard they couldn’t fit her and her ego in the ball at the same time! Maybe The Situation can catch the free falling ball!

Mary Elizabeth

December 31st, 2010
8:12 am

Road Scholar @ 8:08 a.m.

Thank you, Road Scholar, and Happy New Year to you, also, as well as to all who read or contribute to this blog!

Keep up the good fight!

December 31st, 2010
8:18 am

We can only hope, Road, hope.

On the good news, Obama got enough loose uranium to build 2 bombs locked up from the Ukraine. The number of countries who have the material is shrinking.

Daltry

December 31st, 2010
8:21 am

Embarrasing.

Measurements? Europe uses the metric system. We americans don’t need no metric system. We’ve got more precise measurements that are accurate down to the lowest CH. We have the Piece of Sheet. We have the Bag of Sheet. The Pile of Sheet.

We know exactly how much sheet we are talking about when someone sez, “I stepped in a pile of sheet”. Ditto when someone describes their car: “My car is a piece of sheet”. We know exactly what kind of car it is and even how much it weighs.

Take a relationship breakup. Who’s fault was it? When your homie sez, “I was left holding the bag of sheet”. (It was the woman’s fault).

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
8:27 am

“and keep America on a track of peace, hope, and optimism”

I REALLY want to know what you’re on, Mary Elizabeth.

STILL engaged in two useless wars – no peace.

Almost $14 TRILLION in debt and mired in the worst recession in decades with few signs of real recovery except those our government manufactures for us with increased DEBT – no hope.

Another two years (minimum) of the least qualified person in forever to be President – no optimism.

Sheesh!

Daltry

December 31st, 2010
8:28 am

Bookman waxed poetically today. he couldn’t be drunk this early. I think he’s trying to impress his daughter, who is a poet, but she doesn’t know that her phrasing was culled in her infancy when Bookman watched StarWars over and over and Yoda’s dislexical pronouncements somehow got etched into her subconscious.

I’ll bet even money that she edited this piece. Bookman must have asked her, “What do you think,? I’m really trying to make a statement. is too, j’enais ce queer? “Yes, daddy, this stinks. This really stinks. That troll on your blog is spot-on about you. He’s the writer. You’re his Salieri. And you can’t stand it. Well how does it feel to be always the wannabe? I hate you! (camera to Bookmans daughter running like a girl away, exiting stage left).

Camera to me, pinky finger to corner of mouth, “Bwa bwaaaa. bwaaaaa.”

Normal

December 31st, 2010
8:29 am

A great day for me. Today is my wedding anniversary(had to get her drunk to marry me). My tree fills up a day early.

May we all have a wonderfully happy New Year! Drink lots and lots all year…it will numb the pain of watching the Republicans try to tear everything down… :lol:

TaxPayer

December 31st, 2010
8:37 am

Well, Jay, once we are able to take our thoughts and plop them into a new body… time will tell but I would not be so quick with dismissing what the motivated human is capable of accomplishing, given sufficient time.

A Cristmas Story to Drool for

December 31st, 2010
8:40 am

Camera to me, pinky finger to corner of mouth, “Bwa bwaaaa. bwaaaaa.”

You’ll put your eye tooth out.

Mick

December 31st, 2010
8:41 am

Some great thoughts and imagery thrown out there jay – nice work…..another day to live is perhaps the greatest gift that so many take for granted. Even on a bad day, one can always look forward to a new tomorrow. Since I have retired from religion there are still things I take from it. Sometimes at the end of a long day I feel like a dead man walking, but when I wake up the following day, I feel resurrected ready to breathe new life and take on whatever comes next. We are here to learn – soak it up…

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
8:41 am

“it will numb the pain of watching the Republicans try to tear everything down”

I think it is safe to say that a majority of us will be rejoicing in this particular exercise . . .

F Brancher

December 31st, 2010
8:43 am

It is heartening to see that the right wing loonies can turn a nice little blog into hate and despair.

Jack

December 31st, 2010
8:44 am

Your really shouldn’t talk about his daughter.

carlosgvv

December 31st, 2010
8:45 am

Mary Elizabeth

It has been many long years since America has had any politicans who could equal FDR and Winston Churchill. America has been steadily dumbing down since the 60’s and this trend shows no sign of stopping. The caliber of our current politicans clearly shows this. So, when cold, hard reality hits you, and it will, your childish optimism will only make it that much more painful.

Jack

December 31st, 2010
8:45 am

You I meant.

Donovan

December 31st, 2010
8:46 am

How about this lyrical description? We have suffered from the infection that was introduced to the tree of freedom by liberals not too long ago. This Hope & Change leaf spread like cancer after its deceptive cloak was cast off. Such damage has been severe and crippling to the tree of freedom that only comes with its intolerable existence. However, as bad as this infection is it has been modified by recent elections to repair the damage. Some leaves have been lost, but there is renewed Hope that there will be Change as time goes on with the new medicine that has been introduced to the tree of freedom. Hopefully, we have leaned a lession about how we select inhospitable and threatening agents to our tree of freedom. We say good-bye to 2010 and look forward to 2011 as a year closer to 2012 when the tree of freedom is cured of the liberal cancer that was diagnosed in 2008. Although we may have endured a painful loss of leaves, the roots remain strong enough to survive the assault.

Mary Elizabeth

December 31st, 2010
8:46 am

Dave R @ 8:27 a.m.

“I REALLY want to know what you’re on, Mary Elizabeth.”

Another example of a conservative who thinks he somehow “wins” by throwing insults. The idea is not to “win” or to “lose” with others, but to see with more wisdom, together, by communicating ideas, not insults.

Sorry, Dave R, but I see no wisdom in your words. I am as aware as you are of our nation’s two wars, and trillions of dollars in debt, both of which were begun and accrued – for the most part – after George W. Bush became America’s president. I try to look to the future as well as simply look at the present, and I try to place both in perspective, by also remembering the past. A circle, undivided, of time awareness.

Mick

December 31st, 2010
8:46 am

dave r

I think its safe to say that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, especially from a party led by the boehner and mcconnell..

SOUTHERN ATL

December 31st, 2010
8:47 am

Jay this is a very thought provoking article. The entertainment world lost a true legend last week and this song kind of sums up my interpretation of your article…..Rest in peace Lady Tee!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tlzW5z8Rvs&feature=related

I know that it is a little early for the “Travelin Music”, but I could not pass this one up!!! Happy New Year everyone!!!

Mary Elizabeth

December 31st, 2010
8:50 am

carlosgvv @ 8:45 a.m.

You speak from total ignorance. You have no idea what I have weathered in my life and what I have come through – and come through with faith and optimism. My personal trials have never broken my spirit. And the likes of you certainly never will. Keep your insults to yourself.

jt

December 31st, 2010
8:50 am

“A speedometer, for example, records our velocity in miles per hour, which we can then increase or decrease depending on road conditions and,”

Actually, a speedometer does not measure VELOCITY. It can measure a FUNCTION of velocity.

Just saying.

Anyhow, here is to 2011 and the idea of NULLIFICATION , which is spreading faster than the leviathon’s regulations.

May we have less federal pollution and more personal liberty.

Ron Paul/ Judge Napolitano 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mick

December 31st, 2010
8:52 am

donovan

My advice to you is to listen to these songs and get past the propaganda-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lKCUuyojDI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leI7sfmipuI&feature=related

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
8:53 am

Mary Elizabeth, you need to get current. More of our debt has been run up by the Democrat-controlled Congresses of the past 4 years.

And Hope & Change has had 2 years to end these wars. Little has been done on either front.

And unless something changes for the better, Mary Elizabeth, this country’s future is rather dim. There is optimism rooted in reality, and then there is your brand, rooted in – who knows what.

Finn McCool

December 31st, 2010
8:55 am

the boner and the turtle

there, fixed yer typo

Mick

December 31st, 2010
8:55 am

mary elizabeth

Keep your optimism strong, after all you create your own world to some degree. The leaders of yesteryear are irrelevant to modern issues, they had their time and its up to us to find leaders who can carry the ball, today.

Fletch

December 31st, 2010
8:55 am

Come on, it’s the last day of the year. Can we please let the Left v Right go for one day? This past year we saw a 30% increase in profits through diversification and new ventures. Our employees kept their jobs, and the organization as a whole prospered. As in past years, this was all accomplished with planning, teamwork and calculated risk. I can no more credit Obama or any politician regardless of pary for our success than I could blame them for our failures. Get off the party platform and try living in the middle sometime. You will soon discover that the rantings from the left and the right are nothing more than noise.

Happy New Year.

Finn McCool

December 31st, 2010
8:56 am

It took more than two years, but there might finally be some capital sentences handed out for crimes committed during the financial crisis. That’s metaphorically speaking, of course. Like the accounting firm Arthur Anderson, whose head was sacrificed during the Enron debacle, the once-proud financial auditing firm Ernst and Young now looks poised to take a spin down the toilet of history thanks to its role in the Lehman Brothers debacle.

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is about to file civil fraud charges against E&Y for the work it did helping Lehman cook its books during 2007 and 2008.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/crisis-dominoes-start-falling-with-lehman-auditor-20101220

Mick

December 31st, 2010
8:57 am

dave r

You lose credibility when you try to lay all this debt at the feet of the democrats, the repubs are just as culpable, if not even more so….

Southern Comfort

December 31st, 2010
8:58 am

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Southern Comfort

December 31st, 2010
9:00 am

Fletch

You’ll see a snowball catch fire before the Left/Right fight is dropped for one day here. You might get a thread without it, but not a whole day. Kudos to your company. I wish there were more like it. Without risk there is no reward. That is, unless you pay off your congressperson to mitigate your risks for you.

Mary Elizabeth

December 31st, 2010
9:02 am

Mick 8:55 a.m.

If we cannot learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it in the future. Some truths are eternal.

“And now abideth faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.” I Cor. 13:13

Someone much wiser than I believed and wrote those words. I simply see and share their eternal truth.

Fletch

December 31st, 2010
9:02 am

SoCo – That is, unless you pay off your congressperson to mitigate your risks for you.

LOL! Which is exactly why we remain small and independent of the need to cater to those who only serve themselves.

Mick

December 31st, 2010
9:04 am

soco

True that, but this isn’t exactly the let’s have peace on earth and agree with everything forum. If anything, it definately proves that we are not all wired the same…that’s probably a good thing…have a safe new year

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
9:05 am

“You lose credibility when you try to lay all this debt at the feet of the democrats”

Mick, if you read this blog on a regular basis, you know I do not. Dems are just MORE responsible for our debt than the GOP.

Southern Comfort

December 31st, 2010
9:05 am

Fletch

hahahaha!!!!
You obviously don’t work for Georgia Power/Southern Co.

Southern Comfort

December 31st, 2010
9:07 am

Mick

Right, but this also isn’t the taste great/less filling blog where everything can be metered down into a Left/Right position. Sometimes, we need to step back from the labels and just be American.

Mick

December 31st, 2010
9:07 am

mary e

I didn’t say anything about not learning from the past, these are our times and we are responsible for moving the ball forward. Many generations have dropped the ball, where do we stand? Right now, times are tough and trending towards tougher..

Fletch

December 31st, 2010
9:08 am

SoCo – You obviously don’t work for Georgia Power/Southern Co.

I’d probably be richer if I did, but the thought of walking around as a heartless souless corpse in a 3 piece suit is just depressing. Unless of course it’s for a walk on spot on The Walking Dead. :)

Mick

December 31st, 2010
9:10 am

soco

**Sometimes, we need to step back from the labels and just be American.**

Absofrigginlutely…..

Fletch

December 31st, 2010
9:11 am

SoCo – **Sometimes, we need to step back from the labels and just be American.**

AGREED!

JKL2

December 31st, 2010
9:13 am

- the last leaf dangling on an empty tree’

I’m sure it’s Bush’s fault…

Obama ready to spend $900B to fix trees. Says “trees are too big to fail and trees won’t survive without leaves” Lazer-like focus on tree production will have tree “back to normal” in no time.

Southern Comfort

December 31st, 2010
9:15 am

Fletch

Did the corpse thing in retail. 10 years of my life, and I don’t miss it a bit. It helped me build up tremendous patience that comes in handy in my current line of work. The only way I would consider going back to retail is if I owned the business.

Mick

I take back what I said earlier… This IS the taste great/less filling, Left/Right blog. No need to kid myself. :)

mike in stone mtn

December 31st, 2010
9:15 am

I hardly agree with anything Jay writes but this was one darn good column.

Mary Elizabeth

December 31st, 2010
9:19 am

Dave R @ 8:53 a.m.

“There is optimism rooted in reality, and then there is your brand, rooted in – who knows what.”

More insults. You just cannot release the negative toward those who disagree with you, can you Dave R? It really hurts your spirit more than those you try to malign.

On point, though. Much of the debt accrued in the last two years was a result of the Stimulus money that was needed (and recommended by Pres. Bush as well as Pres. Obama) to save our nation and world from a Depression greater than the Great Depression of the 1930s.

My vision is very much aligned with the vision of President Obama. And I said “aligned.” My vision overlaps with his; I had the same vision before I even knew who Obama was. My vision and optimism must be rooted in quite a reality. After all, Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America. That means that more than half of the people of this nation share that same vision. You, of course, are not one of them. Keep your own vision, by all means. But mine, I believe, is more lasting.

jconservative

December 31st, 2010
9:21 am

Nice piece of writing Bookman. Maybe your best.

Bookman you wrote this: “Days, months and years represent an order that nature has imposed on us. We did not invent the lunar cycle or the solar cycles; we merely recognize and submit to them. They existed long before we arrived, and will continue long after we disappear.”

A lot of readers will not like this thought. A lot of people want to believe they are in control. They reject any thought that they are not, in fact, in control. They reject the thought that they are just a “passenger” that is just “passing through” on the way to a destination that may be unknown.

And there are those of us just the opposite. We realize we are not in control, we realize we are just “passing through”, but we believe we know the “destination”. And we look forward to that destination.

A Happy New Years to all!

Mick

December 31st, 2010
9:23 am

mary e

You have a sweet and innocent style of writing but there is strength behind your words – I dig it..have a great day, time to chase iguanas…

Mary Elizabeth

December 31st, 2010
9:31 am

Mick @ 9:23 a.m.

Thank you, Mick, for your words and for noticing. The trials of my life – of which I briefly alluded earlier – have given me a core of steel. I thank God for those trials, that I weathered them, and for the fact that I have not been left embittered. I know the source of my strength.

You have a great day, too Mick.

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
9:32 am

“That means that more than half of the people of this nation shared that same vision two years ago.”

Fixed your typo, Mary Elizabeth.

In case you missed it, more than half do not share that same optimism now. Things change.

“Much of the debt accrued in the last two years was a result of the Stimulus money that was needed (and recommended by Pres. Bush as well as Pres. Obama) to save our nation and world from a Depression greater than the Great Depression of the 1930s.”

Bush was wrong then, and Hope & Change is wrong now. And all you have is mere speculation that we would have gone into a Depression. We’ll never know, will we?

And just wait until we can’t pay down our debt and have to default on it, Mary Elizabeth. THAT will be a depression the likes of which we have never encountered. There are grave consequences for acting in the here and now without thinking of the long-term future.

Finn McCool

December 31st, 2010
9:35 am

And just wait until we can’t pay down our debt and have to default on it

So it follows Dave R was against extending the Bush tax cuts, correct? Or is he just another totally cornfused Republican?

Mary Elizabeth

December 31st, 2010
9:39 am

Dave R @ 9:32 .m.

I see you are still into “winning and losing” in debating with me. For your information, I, too, believe we need to focus on paying down the national debt – as well as more jobs for Americans.

But I have had enough of debating with you this a.m. Have a good day.

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
9:40 am

Finn, as you know, I’m not a republican, nor am I a fan of them when they don’t follow their stated platform on fiscal issues.

That being said, not extending the current rates (they were no longer cuts) during a recession – excuse me, a recovery – would have likely stopped or slowed down any perceived recovery. In addition, I am cautiously optimistic that the new Congress coming in on January, 2011 will work diligently to find cuts in other programs to pay for the continuation of those rates.

JKL2

December 31st, 2010
9:42 am

Mary E-

If you have a core of steel then you have nothing in common with the president (unless the opinion polls tells him “core of steel” is good. Government spending only prolongs the pain and agony. You seem like your heart is in the right place, you’re just clueless (like our community organizer in chief) about how to obtain the desired results.

Paulo977

December 31st, 2010
9:44 am

Mary
Elizabeth re: being regarded as an optimist by pessimist Dave..
It is all to do with our basic premise as to the nature of man and to support us we have one of the greatest minds on our side, Mahatma Gandhi
“You must not lose faithin humanity. Humanity is an ocean, if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
9:50 am

Paolo, I am not a pessimist, but a REALIST.

“I care not for the ocean, just so long as you don’t pi$$ in my little piece of it.”
- Dave R.

JKL2

December 31st, 2010
9:51 am

Finn-

The first step to recovery from alcoholism is TO STOP DRINKING. It doesn’t matter if you double your income when you triple your spending. Your checkbook will never balance. Much like your failure in immigration issues. Demwits always bring up amnesty first. Stop the input first, then we’ll have time to work with the people who are already here later on. Stop the leak first, then start bailing water.

Sharon

December 31st, 2010
9:56 am

Lovely reflection on the turning of the year.

Bill Orvis White

December 31st, 2010
9:57 am

@Finn McCool
I’m praying that we will see a good FOX News debate featuring Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Marco and Herman Cain. FOX News is so strong, they will be picking the GOP nominee. Can any other news outlet do that? Wow, it’s so quiet, I can hear a church mouse from you Finn McCool. Yes, that’s right, FOX News is watched by more folks throughout Real America, that history will be made on their channel and no one else’s!

Folk like you, Hussein Obama, Liberal Jay, Wiccan Pelosi and Bawney Frank are in denial. Every last one of you thinks that Big Gov’t exists to hand out free goodies to you like unemployment “benefits,” Social Insecurity and socialized, rationed health care. Someone like Herman can actually lead by teaching the nation that there is NO FREE LUNCH!

I’ll be laughing at you when Social Insecurity, Mediscare and Mediraid are cancelled because every second, another peace-loving, ‘Nam protestor freeloader goes on these Communistic programs. It’s going bust, Finn McCool! Someone like Herman can prevent this from happening by quickly privatizing these Godless programs.

Amen,
Bill

Keep up the good fight!

December 31st, 2010
10:01 am

Mary Elizabeth..don’t lose hope against the single-minded bad nature of the right wingers. The Rally to Restore America and the gains made in the lame duck show that there are many who disagree with them. Yes, politics is frustrating. Yes, it seems like there are morons in Washington at times. Yes, it seems like ground is lost. Yes, this country has a lot of problems. Yes, there are morons who are more focused on blame rather than fixes. But hope can continue.

We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

People seldom live up to their baby pictures. – R. Dangerfield

Support bacteria — it’s the only culture some people have

And saving the best for last, As explained by Cliff Clavin, Cheers.  One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here’s how it went:

“Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

Politics is a lot like drinking beer….some claim to feel smarter after brain cells have been killed.

Get Real

December 31st, 2010
10:03 am

Finn McDork….good luck to you and liberal progressives in 2011

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
10:09 am

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Sums up the Presidential election of 2008 pretty well.

JKL2

December 31st, 2010
10:14 am

keep- Yes, there are morons who are more focused on blame rather than fixes

It’s Bush’s fault. Now if I could just remember which side is fixated on that mantra….

Keep up the good fight!

December 31st, 2010
10:16 am

JKL2 and Dave R….enjoy your beers. Cheers!

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
10:17 am

“But hope can continue. ”

Hope is not a strategy . . .

AmVet

December 31st, 2010
10:19 am

Good morning all.

A beautiful December 31st morning, isn’t it?

To our host and the many good people who post here, Happy New Year! All the best to you and yours in 2011.

And to Harry, Barry, the humper sisters, rw, and the plethora of other ever-enraged drive-by cons, here’s to another miserable year coming up!

And as for living in the greatest land in the history of man, party on Waynes and rock on America!

And remember boys and girls, it’s only….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GonQSHxzb1k

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
10:23 am

Morning, AmVet!

The Thin Guy

December 31st, 2010
10:24 am

Has JB turned philosophical and introspective or is he just into the sauce a day early? I hate holidays because I’d rather be at work. But News Years Day is the most idiotic of all. There is no place in the Earth’s orbit around The Sun that says: Start Here. It is totally arbitrary. It’s just an excuse for getting stoned and watching a bunch of meaningless football games. But there is one good thing about our calendar. It measures the passage of time since The Birth of Christ which is the most significant event in the history of the universe. No one cares about when Mohammad, Buddha, or other Midtown icons were born. Happy New Year.

Atlanta1

December 31st, 2010
10:29 am

Don’t you love it when others post what you believe?

Superb article Jay. It is so good, I’m tempted to see if you committed plagiarism. :-)

And that isn’t intended as a slap. While I disagree with much of what you post, I have never doubted your intelligence. Sanity maybe; but not your intelligence. :-)

josef nix

December 31st, 2010
10:33 am

JAY
That, Sir, is one fine column.

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
10:33 am

Mornin’, josef!

Bill Orvis White

December 31st, 2010
10:46 am

I’m sorry @MaryElizabeth, but you’re another naive liberal who just doesn’t understand that we do not have a lot in common, but what we do have in common is a common enemy who wants to destroy us. The jihadists simply hate you because you’re female. When they storm our shores and open Mexican border, they will be coming for you first. I’m sorry to report this, but they know that secular-progressive folk like you are unarmed. I’m happy to report that I have a bunker stocked with essentials ready to take on the enemy. Now, yes, we are all children of God and I would protect you because you’re my neighbor, but I cannot be everywhere.

@Mary Elizabeth – I would like to make a suggestion. Find God, fortify your property, train yourself in firearms and adopt a pro-business attitude.

Amen,
Bill

Mick

December 31st, 2010
10:50 am

bill

Are you serious or do you jest? Storming our shores? Delusional paranoia can be treated without medication, therapy is available…it’s gonna be all right..

josef nix

December 31st, 2010
10:50 am

DAVE R

Top o’the morning to ye, too, Mate…the good mood didn’t last…I made the mistake of going upstairs…:-)

Dave R.

December 31st, 2010
10:56 am

Ouch! I’d rather stay down here.

Mick

December 31st, 2010
10:56 am

dave r

On that, we can agree…

AJC Basher

December 31st, 2010
10:57 am

On this last day of 2010, a GSP officer is being laid to rest. I know we all want to send our thoughts to his family and law enforcement statewide. I also want to congratulate Rhonda Cook, Christian Boone, Bill Rankin and others at the AJC for digging into the tragic failures of the Fulton County DA and judges in their handling of Gregory Favors repeated and increasingly violent arrests. Perhaps with Julia Wallace taking her crying towel elsewhere, the AJC will use its resources to expose the failures at the Court House. Mr Bookman and Ms Tucker will remain mostly silent on the subject.

josef nix

December 31st, 2010
10:58 am

DAVE R
I’ll probably jump back and forth…here for a good mood, there for a foul one! That little slip up up therre was kind of intriguing, though…

Mick

December 31st, 2010
11:06 am

josef

It will be a year next month since you welcomed me to this blog….time keeps rolling along…I’m glad that you are here and are such a prolific observer of life as we know it, keep up your great work…

dave r

You make your points well….I don’t agree with many of them but this place needs your perspective…

Enjoy the new year both of you….it’ll probably be more of the same of last year…

Bill Orvis White

December 31st, 2010
11:12 am

@Mick
I just listened to Mr. Boortz the other day. He said that the jihadists are already on our soil. They came up through Mexico. It’s only a matter of time before they attack. We are coming up on the 10th anniversary of September the 11th. Something huge is brewing and WE THE PEOPLE will be prepared, but secular-progressives will not and that’s quite a shame.

God Bless,
Bill

josef nix

December 31st, 2010
11:28 am

Mick

Aw! Thank you. And you have been a welcome addition…nice to have somebody around who reads the memos and then says what he thinks about it rather than just parrot the party line..don’t feel like scrolling back to find it right now, but was that you who called Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat something like one hit wonder?

Bruno

December 31st, 2010
11:53 am

“But no matter how intensely or accurately we measure it, the passage of time cannot be adjusted to suit our fancies. We cannot alter its velocity….”

Jay–you may want to read up on your Physics. Time slows down the faster we go. Get yourself moving at the speed of light and it stops altogether. But no problem, you’re a poet, not a Physicist.

John Birch

December 31st, 2010
11:55 am

Why don’t we all just meet in Piedmont Park for a nice touchy-feely group hug? Oops, I think I just puked in my mouth.

marky mark

December 31st, 2010
11:57 am

work has pretty much stopped the blogging here, so I may not talk to you guys again for a while…I have enjoyed my conversations with most of you….Happy New Year, all..

Jay, very poignant and nicely written…

Mary E…if you noticed, the first political tacky post on this blog was not from the right….yet I have seen many of you blame the right for taken this blog today down that road…..not fair.

John Birch

December 31st, 2010
11:59 am

We could all heave a nice group prayer for peace and then walk over to Elton John’s and congratulate him on fatherhood! (that was the first time I puked in my mouth this week, what’s a 62 year old man doing bringing a baby into the world?)

Mick

December 31st, 2010
12:19 pm

john birch

What’s ailing you? Elton john has nothing to do with your miserable take on people.

bill orvis

Remember one thing, if your paranoia proves correct – they would have a snowballs chance in hell…..home of the brave? I have to credit soco for the snowball

bruno
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZyVZFJGX5g

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 31st, 2010
12:19 pm

You’ll see a snowball catch fire before the Left/Right fight is dropped for one day here.

Change Left/Right to Georgia/Georgia Tech and most of what goes on here would fit right in, over at Mark Bradley’s blog.

Mick

December 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

josef

Year of the cat – one hit ALBUM wonder…never heard from him again.

josef nix

December 31st, 2010
12:29 pm

Mick

Ooooh…you’ve got to get a copy of “Between the Wars…” not much from it available on youtube, etc. Harks back to Past, Present and Future…not much radio play…know the story behind “Song on the Radio?” I’ll get back with you on this…as you know, he’s one of my all time favorite songwriters…

Recent Grad

December 31st, 2010
1:29 pm

So what you’re saying is all we are is dust in the wind, just a drop of water ending in the sea and all we do crumbles to the ground those we refuse to see. Hmm, you should put that to music.