With New Year, a chance to dump ‘negative waves’

In cultures around the world, the arrival of a new year means more than the mere changing of the calendar. It is a time of cleansing and renewal, an opportunity to set past disappointments aside and to look ahead with optimism.

But let’s be honest: These are not the easiest of times in which to set aside fear in favor of optimism.

The financial meltdown of four or five years ago lingers like a hangover from a holiday party that went on much too long. The economy continues its slow recovery; Georgia’s unemployment rate last month was 8.5 percent, down a full percentage point from a year earlier and down almost two full percentage points from 2010. But it is sign of diminished expectations when a statewide jobless rate of 8.5 percent is considered evidence of progress.

And as too many of our fellow Americans know, those cold, impersonal numbers hide deep personal pain, loss and frustration. The American dream and its inherent promise that hard work will be rewarded no longer seem plausible for many, particularly the young. Only the foolish would try to deny that profound, unsettling changes are under way, and for one of the few times in our nation’s history, parents have cause to wonder whether their children and grandchildren will live in a world of reduced opportunity.

On the other hand, anger and disappointment can become self-fulfilling prophecies if indulged too long, and a backward-looking fixation on what used to be will blind you to what can be. That is as true for nations as it is for individuals. Previous generations of Americans faced times much more challenging than these and overcame them, and there is no reason to believe that we are not their legitimate and equally capable heirs.

At the moment, though, such context seems in short supply. In a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, just 40 percent of Americans describe themselves as hopeful about the course of world events in the coming year, while 56 percent described themselves as fearful. Unfortunately, a good part of that dismal showing can be explained as the aftermath of a deeply divisive, hard-fought election campaign that both political parties treated as a life-and-death struggle.

According to the Post poll, just 18 percent of Republicans report that they are hopeful about the course of world events in 2013, compared to 38 percent of independents and 61 percent of Democrats; 72 percent of Republicans describe themselves as fearful about what the next year will bring.

In the political world, such numbers have a way of compounding themselves. As Ronald Reagan knew better than anyone, and as the Democrats learned from Reagan the hard way, a party animated by the belief that this is a country in decline will find it difficult to rally others to its cause, creating a spiral that is hard to reverse.

It’s also important to remember that people of all political persuasions tend to exaggerate the importance of government and who runs it. Except in times of war, and at moments of economic crisis such as that of 2008-2009, government actually plays a relatively small role in the course of human events. At times we like to believe otherwise; we like to believe that acting through government, we exert direct control our own fate, but most of the that time, that simply isn’t true.

Faith in ourselves, each other and our country — or the lack of it — is far more important.



– Jay Bookman

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Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

December 31st, 2012
9:01 am

Best Wishes for the New Year and Beyond!

Paul

December 31st, 2012
9:03 am

Welcome back, Jay. Glad you had such a wonderful time with family.

And the same goes for the rest of you out there in Jay’s Blogland.

” a party animated by the belief that this is a country in decline will find it difficult to rally others to its cause, creating a spiral that is hard to reverse.

No one like to be around whining complainers. Except other whining complainers. What’s kinda funny is those doing the loudest whining and complaining are making a ton of money off those who buy the message.

“Plenty of people bring me problems. Not many people bring me solutions.”

hamiltonAZ

December 31st, 2012
9:04 am

Oddball, is one of the most likeable characters in American film. Great comedy to his straight man Moriarity. But those negative waves are washing over Washington today. NYTimes quoted one senator saying:
“Something has gone terribly wrong,” said Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, “when the biggest threat to our American economy is the American Congress.”
He should have been honest and said “the Republicans in the American Congress.”
Oh, sorry, I want to follow your vibe. I pledge to be positive ( as I usually am) and believe that the recovery will continue in spite of the gridlock. ….and I might just dust off my copy of Kelly’s Heroes for another view when Alabama is playing Notre Dame.

Welcome to the Occupation

December 31st, 2012
9:05 am

Faith in ourselves, each other and our country — or the lack of it — is far more important.

I agree.

Let’s mobilize.

And above all, be militant.

Granny Godzilla

December 31st, 2012
9:07 am

Donald Sutherland and Captain Stubing…..

Now I’m ready for 2013.

FrankLeeDarling

December 31st, 2012
9:08 am

The days are getting longer and lucky 13 is almost upon us

Welcome to the Occupation

December 31st, 2012
9:09 am

The only thing that can save this country is a profound and renewed sense of militance.

And you can take that one to your broken down, over-leveraged bank.

indigo

December 31st, 2012
9:12 am

There is no reason whatsover to believe 2013 will be any better than 2012. If anything, there’s reason to believe it will be worse.

“Faith in ourselves, each other and our country” is a child’s delusion.

We must all, individually, hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.

Aethistic existentialism is the only sensible way to live this senseless life we find ourselves in.

Anything else is whistling past the graveyard.

Rightwing Troll

December 31st, 2012
9:14 am

Pish posh!!! This is not an era of “reduced opportunities”. What a load of crap. Opportunities abound if you are willing to work for them, always have been, always will be.

I ran a small business for 10 years, but near the end of the W debacle I saw that my target market would peter out so I returned to school to continue building my skillset. The result is I now have my 2nd high paying job since shuttering my business last year, and my personal economy is better than ever. I still get calls from recruiters weekly. I’m at the age where I should be facing down my midlife crisis, yet I’m rising in a field that traditionally is geared to much younger individuals and it’s getting better every day.

St Simons - aboriginal BOOTAKOOK 2014

December 31st, 2012
9:14 am

..now you’re getting it…good

Paul

December 31st, 2012
9:16 am

indigo

You’re a lot like some of the strident evangelicals on this blog, you know that? Both camps never ignore a chance to take any conversation and make it about themselves.

Jack

December 31st, 2012
9:18 am

The dude abides…and I feel fine. SOB’s in Washington need to let go off the negative waves baby.

bob

December 31st, 2012
9:19 am

Rightwing Troll “I ran a small business for 10 years, but near the end of the W debacle I saw that my target market would peter out so I returned to school to continue building my skillset.” What was the W debacle and what was your target market ?

Paul

December 31st, 2012
9:19 am

Rightwing Troll

That’s great. Glad it’s working out so well for you.

Truth-o-meter

December 31st, 2012
9:21 am

I hate to bring religion into this but I find it amazing that in a season that so many conservatives complain about the war on Christmas, some are the most hopeless bunch I have ever met. For Christians, Hope is the essence of Christmas. (I respect the fact that all readers here are not Christian so bear with the point I wish to make.)

It begs to ask how people who claim to be so full of God can be afraid of Big Bird, Tweety Bird and you name it.

Rightwing Troll

December 31st, 2012
9:22 am

Unfortunately, to those who eschew knowledge and learning (wingnuts), perhaps this is an era of reduced opportunities… Time doesn’t stand still, neither do the times. You can’t spend all your days sitting in the basement shaking your fist at the world (and the internets blogs), you have to be out in the world, adapting. The 50’s are history, it’s a whole new century.

Uncle Billy

December 31st, 2012
9:23 am

Does “militance” mean “let’s have a war?”

The other half of your brain.

December 31st, 2012
9:24 am

Jay, According to your headline, does that mean that all your blogs in 2013 will be positive?
No more bashing Republicans?

arnold

December 31st, 2012
9:26 am

Of course it’s getting better. Slowly, but better. We’ve had to re-boot from a new default. There are tons of opportunity out there. You might want to start by learning a new, and increasingly heard, language. :-)

indigo

December 31st, 2012
9:26 am

Paul – 9:16

Looks like facing cold, hard reality isn’t exactly your strong suit.

The other half of your brain.

December 31st, 2012
9:27 am

Rightwing, Good for you, it’s refreshing to hear someone who didn’t need the Govt handouts and decided to do something on their own, way to go.

F. Sinkwich

December 31st, 2012
9:27 am

“The American dream and its inherent promise that hard work will be rewarded no longer seem plausible for many, particularly the young.”

The word isn’t “plausible,” Jay, it’s “desireable.”

Thanks to O’bozo and like minded morons, many of whom frequent this blog, the majority of this country now prefers “free” stuff over having to actually expend some effort to attain it.

RIP USA 1776-2012

JamVet

December 31st, 2012
9:28 am

Happy New Years Eve, Jay & The Bookmaniacs.

2012 was a great year at the the JamVet household! And 2013 is going to be ever better.

If you want to find your favorite bogeyman to blame for _________________________________ in your life, go for it!

Gawd knows there are plenty of them out there! And some of them even have long form birth certificates!

Adam

December 31st, 2012
9:30 am

Very insightful Jay.

Paul

December 31st, 2012
9:31 am

indigo

Almost able to address the main point I made, but not quite – in fact, it just perpetuated the image of you on your soapbox.

curious

December 31st, 2012
9:31 am

Jay,

In keeping with your intent on being positive, please consider banning F. Sinkwich as he brings nothing positive to the table.

Thanks.

Buzz Belle

December 31st, 2012
9:32 am

Happy New Year to all! Aout 25 years ago, My favorite uncle told me a story one time about the Great Depression (never knew why they called it “great”). He said “we never knew we were poor because everybody around us was poor”. I took that story and realized it is all about how you look at things. If we all get into a positive mindset and work together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish in this “great” country! Stay safe everyone and don’t drink and drive!

Granny Godzilla

December 31st, 2012
9:32 am

“RIP USA 1776-2012″

So what’s your plan you big sissy quitter?

Somalia? Secession? Renunciation?

Or just more of your silly whiny codswallop?

Brosephus™

December 31st, 2012
9:33 am

Only two things in life are absolutes, you will be born, and you will die. What happens between those two events are all based on the decisions you make. 2013 will be good for me because I will make it so regardless to what goes on around me.

Welcome to the Occupation

December 31st, 2012
9:34 am

Uncle Bob: “Does “militance” mean “let’s have a war?”

It certainly includes that possibility. It also includes the awareness that we are already practically there, with a security state that creeps towards oppression without interruption. Look at the terror of the municipal authorities in the face of the first real manifestation of mass resistance we’ve seen in generations, the Occupy movement. Riot gear wear out in force and ever tactic, however brutal, was on the table. And keep in mind that in almost all cases the leaders in question were nominally “liberal”, either Democratic (Oakland, Atlanta) or Independent (New York).

Soothsayer

December 31st, 2012
9:36 am

Welcome back, Jay! It’s been a little crazy around here as you probably know if you’ve reviewed the posts from the past couple of days.

F. Sinkwich

December 31st, 2012
9:39 am

“In keeping with your intent on being positive, please consider banning F. Sinkwich as he brings nothing positive to the table.”

Sometimes truth hurts.

Just trying to help…

Paul

December 31st, 2012
9:39 am

curious

” please consider banning F. Sinkwich as he brings nothing positive to the table.”

Oh no, we need his continued presence to show what happens when one lets those negative waves take over!

:-)

stands for decibels

December 31st, 2012
9:40 am

So Jay’s saying we should all be proto-dirty-effing-hippies?

Truth-o-meter

December 31st, 2012
9:41 am

Brosephus@9:23

Hey, that sounds like a sermon I heard recently. So true.

F. Sinkwich

December 31st, 2012
9:42 am

“Somalia? Secession? Renunciation?”

Nope.

Realism.

TaxPayer

December 31st, 2012
9:42 am

rcs

December 31st, 2012
9:43 am

Happy Holidays Jay. Hope you all have a healthy and prosperous 2013.

Cherokee

December 31st, 2012
9:43 am

Truth-o-meter @ 9:21, I agree.

Especially about the whole silly ‘war on Christmas’ meme.

Many of the first century Christians died because of their faith.

Today, in America, if someone says Happy Holidays to us instead of Merry Christmas, we have to seek out the fainting couches.

Pretty silly….

Doggone/GA

December 31st, 2012
9:43 am

“Looks like facing cold, hard reality isn’t exactly your strong suit”

Or yours

F. Sinkwich

December 31st, 2012
9:44 am

“…first real manifestation of mass resistance we’ve seen in generations, the Occupy movement.”

MASS ???

Bwaha

Soothsayer

December 31st, 2012
9:45 am

josef

December 31st, 2012
9:46 am

BIG DADDY

Welcome home! Your chirren were okay, but some of the neighbors who dropped by….? Whooo-wheee!

And yeah,

“Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change!” :-)

Skip

December 31st, 2012
9:46 am

I’m not even sorry Franks life sucks, he made the decision’s that led down that dark road.

Granny Godzilla

December 31st, 2012
9:47 am

F. Sinkwich

December 31st, 2012
9:42 am

“Somalia? Secession? Renunciation?”

Nope.

Realism.
.
.
.
.
RIP USA 1776-2012……That’s realism?

tee hee hee

stands for decibels

December 31st, 2012
9:47 am

Here is what those negative waves wind up doing to you.

Nearly all of Fox News’ evening news shows ridiculed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for having to postpone her testimony on the Benghazi attack because of a concussion she suffered after fainting due to dehydration. Their mockery was an attempt to downplay the concussion and suggest Clinton was faking injury to avoid giving testimony, a notion the State Department has called “wild speculation based on no information.”

The Washington Post reported on December 15 that Clinton sustained a concussion after she fainted due to dehydration while at home a week prior. After the incident, the State Department explained that Clinton would have to postpone her testimony about the attack on Benghazi due to the concussion.

Following the State Department’s announcement, Fox News contributor John Bolton, appearing on On The Record, suggested Clinton was faking “diplomatic illness” to avoid testifying about Benghazi. The State Department’s Victoria Nuland lashed out at Bolton for his remarks, labeling them “wild speculation based on no information.”

Now Fox News’ evening shows have decided to join Bolton in accusing Clinton of faking her condition and make it seem she is trying to avoid giving her testimony. Co-host of Fox News’ The Five, Kimberly Guilfoyle, accused Clinton of running “a duck and cover” after suffering the concussion. Co-host Greg Gutfeld went on to ask, “How can she get a concussion when she has been ducking everything [related to Benghazi]?”

Rightwing Troll

December 31st, 2012
9:47 am

“In keeping with your intent on being positive, please consider banning F. Sinkwich as he brings nothing positive to the table.”

I disagree. We need the Sinkwiches, Twinkies, Doomy’s, Andy’s, and thier ilks of the internets blogs to remind us of where we were, and not to go back there. Plus, as long as they don’t go all Lanza on us, they’re amusing. (Doomy came close the other night when he threatened to beat up the blog…)

Rightwing Troll

December 31st, 2012
9:50 am

“RIP USA 1776-2012″

I’m not sure what that means… Is Iran going to blowed us all up before midnight with their one bomb?

Living With Open Eyes

December 31st, 2012
9:51 am

One of my friends called me last Friday. Said he and the other American worker were laid off, but they kept the Mexican foreman and his Mexican crew. I know this man to be an asset to any company he works for. We have to get back to looking out for American CITIZENS first-the same way we put our families first.If that leaves immigrants out of work, then they need to go home. Period.

Cherokee

December 31st, 2012
9:52 am

…and the bobs, who have forgotten the last months of the Bush Administration….

Rightwing Troll

December 31st, 2012
9:55 am

It’s funny Sooth, how the 5 most miserable states are the most obese, the least educated, the best armed, the biggest takers of Gubbimint handouts, and also the most Red.

But not like funny haha…

AmericaShrugged

December 31st, 2012
9:55 am

The doom and gloom forecasts are based primarily on one very inconvenient truth, the 47%. Japan has had a decade plus of very tough economic times with a national debt of 200% of GDP and you know what their unemployment is? It rose to 4% earlier this year. Why? Because they have a culture that values hard work. By contrast we have a President that today is telling congress how important it is to extend unemployment benefits for 2 million Anericans that have already been out of work for two years!!!

josef

December 31st, 2012
9:55 am

SOOTH

Why would I not “like” that? Of course I don’t “like” it, Nobody with sh*t for brains would. However, what some consider “misery” indices, is often enough offset by far less material things…you know, stuff like family, community, good times, great music, great literature. There’s material poverty, and yep, those states lead. Then there’s spiritual poverty, and those states are pretty low when it comes to that.

It just depends on how you see it…

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 31st, 2012
9:56 am

I have seen flowers come in stony places;
And kind things done by men with ugly faces;
And the gold cup won by the worst horse at the races,
So I trust too.

– John Masefield English author (1878 – 1967)

Rightwing Troll

December 31st, 2012
9:56 am

Those 5 miserable, Red states need their disability and unemployment checks…

wet wiccan

December 31st, 2012
9:57 am

Jay

Welcome back. I like your column today, attitude and energy. All of us could stand a little adjustment.

for there is nothing either good or
bad, but thinking makes it so

indigo -

*Aethistic existentialism is the only sensible way to live this senseless life we find ourselves in.
Anything else is whistling past the graveyard*

Well, then count me with the whistlers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBkJkFxdm-4

Best wishes to all for a better new year.

Paul

December 31st, 2012
9:57 am

Living With Open Eyes

You know for a fact the people retained were Mexicans, or are they “Mexican” like your friend is German or Italian or English?

Or are they just ‘brown’?

Granny Godzilla

December 31st, 2012
9:58 am

Living With Open Eyes

December 31st, 2012
9:51 am

Were the “mexicans” here illegally?

If so did your “friend” do his duty and report him and the company that hired them?

Or are they just too tan?

Soothsayer

December 31st, 2012
9:58 am

josef: don’t get your panties in a wad. I only said that because you’re (ostensibly) from Mississippi. :lol:

Granny Godzilla

December 31st, 2012
9:59 am

josef

December 31st, 2012
10:00 am

PAUL

Ol’ Indigo with his “existentialist atheism.” Well, we know what Jean Paul said awaits him! Just my luck, though, I’ll be trapped huis clos with him for eternity… :-)

JamVet

December 31st, 2012
10:01 am

Not my place to say, but I wouldn’t waste a lot of time with Andy Sink.

He’s given up, which is his right. But in reality, he gave up a long time ago.

And his Bears were once again pitiful. (grin)

I think he’s just wasting away awaiting his Messiah.

As for 2012 being a great year, check out this list of hundreds and hundreds of American cities! (Avert your eyes, Andy!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Occupy_movement_protest_locations_in_the_United_States

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 31st, 2012
10:01 am

Why? Because they have a culture that values hard work

Very easy when they have a lot of the manufacturing jobs. In about 10 years, if the trend towards moving jobs to 3rd world countries continues, Japan will be another America.

There will be few “Made In Japan” labels, and more “Made In Pakistan”, “Made in India”, Made in China labels.

Paul

December 31st, 2012
10:03 am

josef

For eternity? Wow, that’s like, a really long time!

Better stop with the negative waves, josef!

josef

December 31st, 2012
10:04 am

SOOTH

Oh, please! What does my being (ostensibly?) from Mississippi have to do with it? My panties are far from in a wad. I just find it interesting that you would say that I’m not going to “like” that. You, on the other hand, seem to be taking a certain “joy” in it, if for no other reason than to see if you can’t get a rise out of me…

It must be a conipiracy…no doubt the Interntaational Jew Na-zi bankers have something to do with it… :-)

Paul

December 31st, 2012
10:06 am

getalife

When you get here – good luck with your Tigers tonight. Texas had a great game the other night. See, if they’d have been like some people on this blog, they would have wilted after the half, definitely given up after the third quarter. But nope, they had optimism and positive waves and the fourth quarter was DOMINATION!!!! (how come when I wrote that last word I thought of DDR?…..)

RB from Gwinnett

December 31st, 2012
10:07 am

Yes, Jay, let’s all feel GREAT about somebody else having to pay more in taxes while continuing to get all the free stuff and services we want but are unwilling to pay for ourselves. Tell me, Jay, if your next door neighbor came over every afternoon and helped himself to a sandwich from your refrigerator, would you invite him over for dinner too? Or would you have a poor opinion of him? What if your neighbors all then banded together and voted that he should be allowed for dinner 3 nights a week even though you didn’t want him there at all?

And that ^^^^^^^ Jay, is why there is no “faith in each other”.

rch

December 31st, 2012
10:08 am

As long as there democrats our government will be out of control. They are low information people
The law and Constitution mean nothing to them.
Only stealing and plunder Facts elude them

JamVet

December 31st, 2012
10:09 am

AynShrugged, just keep telling yourself that the unemployed don’t want good jobs. That a huge percentage of Americans are lazy, stupid mooches who want to sit on their arses and rely on the hated gubmint.

That stategery worked out really well for you in November!

Keep up the good work…

Speaking of which, I’m off to make the last few dollars of 2012!

Every week that we get the Bush Depression behind us, is a good week for the USA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH93dtrCiZ4

Regnad Kcin

December 31st, 2012
10:10 am

“Got a feeling ‘13 Is gonna be a good year
Especially if you and me
See it in together”

:)

Granny Godzilla

December 31st, 2012
10:11 am

RB and rch

Yep. Keep on believing that.

Please make sure you believe that real, real hard through the 2014 midterms will ya’?

FrankLeeDarling

December 31st, 2012
10:11 am

Boy the cons are really sticking to the “free stuff” meme,I guess its easier than facing the fact that they spent millions polishing a turd and still couldn’t get the stink out

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 31st, 2012
10:11 am

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. — Helen Keller

JamVet

December 31st, 2012
10:11 am

To my point at 10:09,

And that ^^^^^^^ Jay, is why there is no “faith in RB, the tea party and the despicably dysfunctional GOP”.

Is that negative?

LOL!

Now, I am out!

josef

December 31st, 2012
10:12 am

Brosephus™

December 31st, 2012
10:12 am

Not my place to say, but I wouldn’t waste a lot of time with Andy Sink.

I can’t figure out why people do that anyway.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 31st, 2012
10:12 am

My sun sets to rise again. — Robert Browning

Filter

December 31st, 2012
10:13 am

Is it a sad commentary on me or the speaker that I have come to LOOOOVE hearing people like F. Sinkwich continue their desperate attempts to perpetuate the myth that the “many of whom frequent this blog, the majority of this country now prefers “free” stuff over having to actually expend some effort to attain it.”

I don’t want to see Sinkwich banned, I want him to write a book, take a picture and scream it from the rooftops. The more the right attempts to sell that nonsensical claptrap the closer we will get to returning the Republican party to relevance as people continue the rejection of the extremists that began with this election.

While I’m not a Republican I would welcome the return of a thoughtful, intelligent GOP over the “damn libruls coming for my guns, War on Christmas, Obama is a socialist” kind that drive its agenda currently. A renewed GOP would be good for the Country and would make the Democrats a better party as well.

indigo

December 31st, 2012
10:14 am

Paul, Doggone/GA, wet wiccan, josef

None of you hesitate for a second to make a critical post about something you obviously know nothing about.

If you think this shows intelligence and education, think again.

All it does is show the world how foolish and ignorant you truly are.

Living With Open Eyes

December 31st, 2012
10:15 am

Paul, Granny – My friend is a hardworking hyperactive Caucasian American. I don’t know if the Mexicans are legal or not. That’s not the point. You people who have not done construction are blind to the prejudice towards white and black people in that industry that has been going on for thirty years now. What good is it to be a citizen of a country that allows citizens from another country to come in and put them out of work?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 31st, 2012
10:15 am

curious

December 31st, 2012
10:15 am

Fiscal Cliff or not, 2013 is going to be a great year for the US.

I even predict the return of manufacturing as more and more people realize its significance to this Nation.

Brosephus™

December 31st, 2012
10:16 am

Paul

I thought about you while I was watching that game. Didn’t come close to a coronary did you?

:)

Regnad Kcin

December 31st, 2012
10:16 am

“And that ^^^^^^^ Jay, is why there is no “faith in each other”.

How sad to be you, sir…

Road Scholar

December 31st, 2012
10:17 am

josef: ” My panties are far from in a wad.”

So just how long have you been wearing “panties”?

VVVVeeerrryyyy IIIINNTeresting! (said slowly with a German accent! )

Happy New Year Ya’ll!

indigo

December 31st, 2012
10:17 am

F. Sinkwich – 9:27

I’ve been trying, for some time, to get a list of all this “free stuff” now available, thanks to Obama.

Will you make a list and post it here, please.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 31st, 2012
10:18 am

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

– Muhammad Ali

“A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.”

—- Muhammad Ali

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”

— Muhammad Ali

indigo

December 31st, 2012
10:20 am

Regnad – 10:16 “how sad to be you, sir”

And, how childish it is to be you.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 31st, 2012
10:20 am

RIP USA 1776-2012

Well, amen to that! What good does it do to work so hard to be born into a White family if some bigshot is going to hire somebody with a degree or a certain skin color or something like that? It’s disgusting, is what it is. The good days are all behind us. We’ll never get back to the good old days if they keep letting Those People and their backers vote and if they give guvmint health care to people so they can stay alive and cancel my vote. After awhile every Tom, Dick, and Harry will think he’s just as good as I am.

Have a good Monday everybody, tho I doubt you can find much that’s good about it. Especially if you’re White.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

December 31st, 2012
10:20 am

You people who have not done construction are blind to the prejudice towards white and black people in that industry that has been going on for thirty years now.

“Prejudice”?

No, it’s about cheap labor.

josef

December 31st, 2012
10:20 am

INDIGO

“Paul, Doggone/GA, wet wiccan, josef

None of you hesitate for a second to make a critical post about something you obviously know nothing about.”

And why, if I may be so bold as to ask, are you holding us to a higher standard than you hold for yourself? :-)

Living With Open Eyes

December 31st, 2012
10:20 am

Name one other country that allow mass waves of Americans to move there and put their native workers out of work.

Granny Godzilla

December 31st, 2012
10:21 am

Living With Open Eyes

December 31st, 2012
10:15 am

Paul, Granny – My friend is a hardworking hyperactive Caucasian American. I don’t know if the Mexicans are legal or not. That’s not the point. You people who have not done construction are blind to the prejudice towards white and black people in that industry that has been going on for thirty years now. What good is it to be a citizen of a country that allows citizens from another country to come in and put them out of work?
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So you don’t know if they are illegal, don’t know if they are citizens…..

Face it fella’ you have some issues with prejudice you need to work on.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 31st, 2012
10:21 am

Well we may be picking up some more manufacturing if consumers keep getting those notes about Chinese slavery in their products. It’s time the wink, wink, nudge, nudge from Apple, Walmart, Nikes and others end.

http://www.examiner.com/article/woman-finds-note-from-chinese-labor-camp-prisoner-kmart-decorations

Regnad Kcin

December 31st, 2012
10:23 am

“Name one other country that allow mass waves of Americans to move there and put their native workers out of work.”

Few countries are as free as we are. For that I am grateful to be an American.

AmericaShrugged

December 31st, 2012
10:23 am

We all know the Dems won because the 47% all voted themselves a free lunch, sometimes they vote two or three times since they don’t have a job to occupy their time.
Majority rule sounds pretty fair but it doesn’t necessarily result in great decisions.
Why do all the new clothes I buy have a Made in Vietnam tag?

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 31st, 2012
10:24 am

Paul: (how come when I wrote that last word I thought of DDR?…..)

Because you’re smart! :wink:

The other half of your brain.

December 31st, 2012
10:24 am

Jay, Still waiting for an answer for my 9:24 post?

josef

December 31st, 2012
10:24 am

ROAD SCHOLAR

:-)

I ain’t got no panties…I’m a po white boy from Mississippi…thass why they far from in a wad!

K’CHAK
@ 10:20

Yep.

Welcome to the Occupation

December 31st, 2012
10:25 am

Sinkwich: “MASS ??? / Bwaha”

True. Its mass character was more potential than actual, a fact these mayors and leaders well understood. Hence the police state tactics.

So you’re saying you stand with these Democratic mayors in their Occupy crackdowns? Are they your ideological brethren in this case? :)

Revealing, Sinkwich, very revealing.