As the tired old chestnut goes, this is the first year of the rest of your life. And, if you can enjoy it, you are a certifiable lunatic, utterly concentrated on your own good fortune and completely indifferent to the rest of the world. If you wish, I will send you a certificate suitable for lamination, testifying that you are not just a lunatic but a hopeless moron. Here are a few things self-regarding lunatics can give thanks for.
1. The New Year was ushered in with a two-alarm fire that swept through several apartment units on New Year’s Day, killing four children and their father in Redmond, Washington. Atta way to go, GOD.
2. Forty-eight coal miners were killed on the job last year, the highest toll since 1992. Hundreds of other miners have died from black lung and other respiratory diseases.
3. Angry Coptic Christians have clashed with police as they demanded more protection for Egypt’s Christians following a New Year’s Day church bombing that killed 21 of their brethren.
4. The Pope gave an end-of-year babble and called upon nice people to take over the world. For this, you get a fancy palace?
5. The US military announced that two US soldiers have been killed in the first deadly attack of the year on American forces in Iraq. Dang! Drat the luck!!
6. From AMERICAN TRIBUNE. “As the New Year dawns, this is a time of reflections, resolutions, and predictions. I have a few of my own. My sentence will be up on July 8th, 2011. Just over 21 yrs. I’ll then have another 3 yrs of Supervised Release. I’ve been pretty philosophical about it. From day one, I’ve realized that there’s not a whole lot one can do about the state of “justice” in America. This is an especial irony given the ideals that the nation stands for versus its reality. The native inhabitants found this out first. Then the Africans. Then each wave of immigrants. And many continue this process today. Our nation is today engaged in two wars. There’s also the so-called War on Drugs and the War on Terror. They’re all self-perpetuating because they’re designed—or so it seems and works out–to create more victims than to resolve any conflict.” [There's more, if you want. Just CLICK HERE.] Now, I am just wondering whether Nick has overlooked the true war – prison guards on prison inmates. Maybe that’s just subsumed under “War on Drugs.”
7. MOST DEPRESSING STORY OF THE YEAR From Uganda’s Daily Monitor. Blind, lame and deaf trio climb Mt. Kilimanjaro The idea behind this story is “In your face, fat white man.” Okay, okay. I’ll spit out my greasy bacon sandwich.
8. WAYNE MADSEN says, “U.S. stepped up spying on Turkey and Brazil over Iranian nuclear issue. Obama’s policies are contradictory.” Come on, Wayne, this is news?