We have an early entrant in the bizarre things that occur on New Year’s Eve contest. This one courtesy of Ireland Man (like Florida Man, but with a better accent!).
Hope everyone’s festivities or quiet night’s in are going to plan!
Thank God for American freedom.
Culture of Truth
I didn’t even know Trump was spending New Year’s in Ireland
@Baud: On the other hand, America doesn’t have Babestation.
Is the Babestation on basic cable (or the Irish equivalent)? Sneaking up to neighbor’s houses and switching channels on them is a truly old school prank. Of course, we’d do it and then knock on the door and have a laugh with them. It got to be a real back and forth thing. But in the US, you’d have to have a subscription to the Josh Marshall channels to be able to access them. Although, as I recall, in the pre-digital days you could get quite an eyeful even on the scrambled versions.
Culture of Truth
@efgoldman: Doesn’t ‘Mar a Lago’ translate as ‘Sea By the Lake’ ?
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, y’all.
Mike in NC
Happy New Year, you Irish bastards.
/ Irish-American bastard
@Culture of Truth: “Sea to lake”
I prefer Harpo-American.
Davis X. Machina
@Culture of Truth: So, basically, ‘swamp’.
They have TVs in the lunchroom at work & they keep them tuned to friggin cable news. When I got my new work phone I discovered it came with a TV controller app. I have discovered that if you turn the TV off people whine & get it turned back on but if you mute it they assume it must be something wrong with the broadcast. Lunch is much more peaceful without that racket. This old guy is my hero!
@Culture of Truth:
I just assume it means , douche in bag
@Baud: That’s the whole deal with “Making America Great Again”, Babestation.
Need to decide quick between Jackie (Jacquelyn Kennedy biopic w/Natalie Portman) and Rogue One.
@BillinGlendaleCA: That just might work.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Culture of Truth: @Alex: there’s an article in, I think, Vanity Fair about Trump’s history with the place, and Palm Beach, and buying it from Marjorie Merriwether Post’s (as in Post cereals, who married the Merrill in Merrill, Lynch) daughters
Dina Merrill was an actress in the last days of the studio system. The only thing I ever saw her in was Desk Set, with Tracy and Hepburn.
Mike in NC
Also, Happy New Year to the quasi-fucked up state of North Carolina. We now have a Democratic governor to try and fail to work with a hillbilly Tea Party gerrymandered Republican general assembly. But getting rid of Pat McCrory was a rare ray of light in an otherwise really shitty year.
Dina Merrill also played Calamity Jan on a couple episodes of the Adam West Batman series.
J R in WV
Rogue One has a happier ending/plot.
Happy NYE to all. May 2017 be better than the one we’re finishing up on. Please?
Jeez, some guys never grow up.
Be careful, HelenInEire. Be very, very careful.
Oddest movie seen in 2016:
The Chef, the Actor and the Scoundrel, a Chinese comedy (not making this up, honest) about a cholera epidemic in wartime Japanese-occupied China.
@J R in WV:
Well, relatively speaking. I certainly wouldn’t call it “happy,” except as compared to what Jackie went through.
Happy New Year to everyone at BJ. This blog has made the tragedy of Trump bearable. On to the resistance of 2017.
@Schlemazel: A work phone with an IR blaster? Nice!
Happy New Year to some of my favorite people. I know that 2017 will be great great great.
@Feathers: Josh Marshall: the gift that keeps on giving.
Are you sayin’ Don Garlits doesn’t have a melodious voice?
@EBT: My phone has one. Oh, you said work…
Old man out. Happy New Year everyone.
Happy New Year, you jackals!
@Baud: Here, use my walker…Happy New Year, Baud.
@Suzanne: Happy New Year to you.
And yes, this place has kept me relatively sane since the tragedy of November 9.
Happy New Year for all that it applies to right now.?????????
J R in WV
And, once I figured out what the old Irishman was accused of doing, quite a laugh!
happy new year, everyone.
I’m about to fall asleep, as I do every New Year about this time. So Happy New Year to you all. And good night!
Yum, home made french dip, Philippe’s mustard, of course.
I presume most have seen this but if you haven’t, it really deserves its own thread. The shitgibbon delivers a Happy New Year message via Twitter and it is just as gracious as one would expect:
I do not know how I am going to survive the next four years. Or, for that matter, how any of us are going to survive with a petulant nine year in charge of the world’s largest military and with surveillance capabilities at his command that would turn Hitler or Stalin green with envy.
Rogue One has non-stop action. Very good and it does fit in the Star Wars universe.
@J R in WV: Did you see my answer to your question about exposure levels?
@danielx: No worries, it’ll sort of be like Nixon.
Was there a Bonanza/Brady Bunch/Batman mashup back in the day?
@BillinGlendaleCA: I am a touch annoyed that they aren’t on the Nexus line.
You have no idea how little that reassures me.
@EBT: It was one of the selling points with the Samsung Galaxy’s along with the SD-card slot. Google never included that stuff, except maybe the Galaxy Nexus(Samsung built).
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@danielx: speaking of whom…
Harry Hurt III
11 hrs ·
TRUMP BOOTS AUTHOR FROM GOLF COURSE
Donald Trump personally booted the author of an unflattering biography off Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on Friday. Harry Hurt III, who penned the 1993 biography, Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, had come to play with billionaire industrialist David. H. Koch, a Trump club member, and two other golfers. Hurt, who has a scratch handicap and plays in colorful knickers, walked over to Trump on the practice range prior to his group’s assigned tee time, only to suffer a tongue lashing from the president-elect. “I said, ‘Congratulations, sir,’ and shook his hand,” Hurt recalls. “Trump said, ‘You were rough on me, Harry. Really rough. That shit you wrote.’” Hurt says he looked Trump in the eye, and said, “It’s all true,” to which Trump rejoined, “Not in the way you wrote it.” Among the juicy tidbits in Hurt’s tome was Ivana Trump’s allegation in a sworn deposition that Trump had “raped” her during their divorce battle. Trump told Hurt it was “inappropriate” for him to play at the club, and had his security detail escort Hurt, Koch, and their playing partners to the parking lot. “David [Koch] was appalled,” says Hurt. “He branded Trump ‘petty’ and vulgar.’ We played Emerald Dunes instead, which is a much, much better golf course than Trump International.”
@efgoldman: Home is the best place, because home is where the pants aren’t.
It’s 8 pm. I’ve got salmon and squash baking for dinner. I don’t party New Year’s Eve: used to, of course, but not for at least a decade. I will eat dinner, settle in with a book, and get to bed before midnight. The fireworks will wake me for a bit, but that’s NBD.
Traditionally I do attend a NY day party, one that has been going for over 20 years, but I got an e-mail this morning that due to the host’s unexpected medical issues, it’s been canceled. So Jan 1 is going to be a quiet day as well. I will make some short visits to friends.
Yeah, I’m old. Anyone has a problem with that can fuck right off.
Happy New Year, Juicers!
Jim, Foolish Literalist
Funny exchange remembered from the old The Tonight Show. (Paraphrased from dim memory.)
Johnny Carson: So, about Bonanza – it’s late night, we can talk about this. I mean, there you were, 4 men living together, miles from anyone else – long, cold winters huddled inside…
Michael Landon: Thank God for Hop Sing!
From your quote:
“ We played Emerald Dunes instead, which is a much, much better golf course than Trump International.”
My Spidey sense tells me a Tweetstorm is on the horizon.
@satby: It has sounded like WWIII outside since about 6pm and it’s not quite 8:30 pm yet.
and my husband just noticed that it looks a bit white outside. It may have started snowing.
@BillinGlendaleCA: I’ll bet John would like some of that mustard.
The line for Penn State probably just went to shit in Vegas; I expect an SC beatdown (Bruin here, not happy about it). Good grief, but Ohio State sucked tonight (actually, they would have had to improve substantially to have only sucked).
@efgoldman: Yeah, but as a paper pusher/desk jockey. And, of course, lied about it:
I’m willing to bet that David Koch doesn’t even have the balls to cancel his membership at Trump International let alone try to buy the place.
BTW, Happy New Year to you and Mrs.efg. I hope 2017 is smoother sailing.
@opiejeanne: You know, everybody like Phillippe’s mustard.
@The Dangerman: I’m going hiking, Rose Bowl, Shmose Bowl. Last year, I could see the Goodyear blimp while I was hiking.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: I remember Everett Dirksen as a decent guy, but I was pretty young, too young to vote, and my impression of him is filtered through my Republican parents’ view of him.
I remember that he really loved marigolds; I think he wanted the marigold to be the national flower.
Totally apart from anything else, Harry Hurt’s book was published 23-24 years ago. We all know that Trump holds grudges, but a quarter of a century seems extreme even by his standards.
We managed to go to two parties and do an Irish goodbye.
Who else is excited for hoppin’ john and cornbread tomorrow? I AM!
Also, let’s get this whole playoff thing squared away: go Chiefs and go Broncos and go Packers and go whoever’s playing the Patsies!
Happy New Year, everybody. Let us hope 2017 (somehow) turns a corner.
Yep. I’m expecting a public apology from Koch by Monday.
I probably shouldn’t tell you that I still have a grudge or two older than that, should I?
@The Dangerman: Disastrous. Even happier to see 2016 go away now.
Next door neighbors have a pavilion set up in the yard. They always have a major fireworks display. It’s raining right now but that won’t deter them, if history is any guide.
Find miscellaneous pieces of fireworks and scraps of red paper all over the yard here for weeks afterward.
Anyone who watched the Penn State, Michigan State, and Michigan games could see this one coming. JT is terrible. The defense is average, and the kicker . . . Oh. My. God. I would not want to be him.
I’m Buckeye born, bred, and graduated and I went into this thinking it would take a miracle. But it was one of those horror shows we see in football, especially in college, where a few early failures cascade into a blowout. If the score truly reflected Clemson’s dominance, it would have been more like 56-0.
Waiting till next year.
So you stayed until they turned the lights on and started vacuuming? Because that’s how my Irish family does goodbyes.
No One You Know
We are holed up with some lasagna, rice whiskey (don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!), and our feline overlords. The bangs and sparkles in the distance seem far away. Good New Year to all!
Oh dear. I have dual nationality with Eire. There are many Tarrants from Cork, which is where my paternal grandfather came from escaping the Black and Tans in 1916 (so we were told – a lot of bullshit came from him too). Anyway, the Cork folks are really not at all like Florida Man but many Irish do have certain “Floridian” tendencies (and others also not those tendencies, ok?). But the Irish-Americans you see on Fox (O’Reilly, Hannity, etc.) really much more reflect the American tendency to take religion in a politically right direction.
Steve in the ATL
The Goodyear blimp once flew over a little league baseball game I was playing in. We were pretty awesome, but apparently it was just repositioning for the next NFL game. Still pretty cool to see it flying over the field. Our first base coach even said “look, it’s the Goodrich blimp!” Only fellow old people will get that reference.
@Mnemosyne: I’m working on a grudge about that old. 1993-1999 of tormenting my youngest, a mom & daughter combo. Not letting go of that grudge, not ever.
Turns out they had tormented a lot of other kids: on that girl’s last day at school before transferring to another HS, people were nearly spitting on her in the hallways and someone keyed the word “bitch” into her car. She and her mom did some really terrible things to people, all very sneakily done, but people do see things, hear things, and talk.
If anyone in the future asks you what it was like to live through 2016, feel free to tell them to watch Mariah Carey’s POS performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. That was some craptacular $hit to behold.
Steve in the ATL
Back in the ’90’s I worked with a lawyer who was still mad about something a guy did to him in 1933, and would curse the guy whenever his name came up. His son is still on the bench and I’m damn glad I have always had a good rapport with him, as he is his papa’s son.
@Steve in the ATL: Well, then there is also Raven who will curse LBJ with his last breath.
Steve in the ATL
@opiejeanne: I will probably be the same way with Reagan!
And the final death of 2016 is Mariah Carey’s career
Jim, Foolish Literalist
I have a grudge about something somebody did in the mid-eighties, but I didn’t find out about it until 20-odd years later. How do I score that one?
Is it… safe to come out yet?
Some people are under the mistaken impression that high school never ends. I know why teenagers think that, but I’m always surprised when the supposedly full-grown parents of those teenagers make that mistake.
i have gone to full time media blackout mode – i don’t read the news, not even the headlines and avoid liberal political blogs. I visit here once a week and that’s it. i play read phys.org a lot and other science and space sites, and play some games (i have never beaten a chess ‘bot yet i don’t think)
Good luck to all this upcoming year. I am gainfully employed and have platinum level health insurance, my cube mate at work is great (we play chess -ineptly- between tech support calls which makes time go much faster) I hope you are all doing well.
Happy New Year, y’all!
Seeing some evidence that the virulent cold I have had for nearly two weeks may be abating, I plan to start work helping on the data gathering for this. I think the most important thing is to take back the state offices and fix the voter suppression. So happy 2017, and let’s make a difference.
The Pale Scot
I knew, I really knew, that if set our hearts into it we could match up with these crackers down here!
Speaking of “half a brain”, I went with Jackie. (Sorry.) Decent psychodrama with only fleeting screen time for the President’s brains, focusing on the turmoil of Dr. Mrs. The President’s Brains’s brains in the immediate aftermath of the assassination. As such it was all about Portman’s acting, and she did not disappoint.
The Pale Scot
Physics has got that covered
@BillinGlendaleCA: The blimp? That damn thing stalks me everywhere I go! (Ignore the top item, scroll down.)
Adam L Silverman
@lol chikinburd: There’s a theory that Oswald’s actual target was the Governor of Texas. Apparently he’d had a beef with Connally for some time and had been sending him threatening letters.
Happy New Year and fuck 2016.
Brit ex-pat and child of non psycho non racist white working class people (yes, I’m the one)
@efgoldman: On the Internet, no one can tell you’re a Muppet.
Unfortunately, the “Ireland Man” tweet is fake.
Yeah, their sucking had NOTHING to do with Clemson’s defense playing very well. [rolls eyes]
@Mnemosyne: It still surprises me a little when I meet one as an adult well into their AARP membership; they think rules are for other people and do not understand the idea of karma, either in the spiritual sense or the practical one. I see it in the practical sense: if you’re nasty to enough people, eventually some will give it right back.
My half Irish family tradition was to start doing the dishes. Everyone would pile the dirties in the kitchen when dinner was over but actually cleaning, drying and putting away? That was the kids (our) job and the clue to everyone else to vamoose.
@SiubhanDuinne: I’ll close my curtains!