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Chinese lions dance to the firecrackers in Chinatown of Washington D.C. for the annual Chinese New Year celebration.

January is the first month of the year in the Julian and 
Gregorcalendars and the  first month to have the length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year’s Day. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere .

 

 

January is named after the Roman god, Janus, the god of doors because this month is the door to the year. The Roman god Janus represents all beginnings and possesses the ability to see all things past and future.

  • Middle English – Januarie
  • Latin name – Ianuarius
  • French – Janvier
  • Saxon – Wulf-monath – wolf month

“The greatest teacher failure is.”
“We are what they grow beyond. That is the true lesson of all master’s.”

Master Yoda speaking about the younger generation was the biggest line in the 2017 movie THE LAST JEDIA and the perfect lesson with which to end the tumultous year 2017

2017- talk about Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

Related imageEvery New Years’ since I stepped out of High School, we see “LISTS.” The best of 2017. The worst of 2017. The best movie/worst movie, song, sports team. I don’t know when this whole idea of “LISTS” got started but the last few years it has become an annoying acorn up my butt.

LISTS are all subjective. What may be someone’s best movie may be  another person’s worst movie. Personally, the best performance I saw all year was a retiring Gary Oldman portray Winston Churchill, (the British Prime Minister) who almost single-handely won WW2. Oldman just got tired of Hollywood’s shit and retired saying it just wasn;t fun anymore.

If you don;t love what you do- why do it?
Another life lesson we should have learned in 2017 courtesy of Gary Oldman. I never saw a really bad Oldman performance including Sirius Black in the hoakey Harry Potter films. Oldman brought a unigueness to each and every character he played including psycho Zorg in 5Th Element. I think we’re all going to miss Gary in a few years when the movies have become so putrid we won;t bother shelling out the $15 to go to the theater to see them.

Gary Oldman explains why graffiti is good for the world!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt1W0F0yObg

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Kierkegaard, in Either/Or, makes fun of the “busy man” for whom busyness is a way of avoiding an honest self-reckoning. You might wake up in the night and realize that you’re lonely in your marriage, or that you need to think about what your level of consumption is doing to the planet, but the next day you have a million little things to do, and the day after that you have another million things. As long as there’s no end of little things, you never have to stop and confront the bigger questions.

 

Christmas / New Year’s also forces us to take stock, confront our failures, shortcomings, expectations, see where we’ve been to know where we’re going, which is why many Americans are so miserable at Xmas, especially the type A personalities or work-a-holics who have to spend time dealing with the family and for whom family members are just an afterthought. Retirement also does this to the “busy man.”

Busyness as a means of distracting oneself from truly important questions, such as who you are and what life is for. Busy people “fill up their time, always find things to do,” but they have no principle guiding their life. “Everything is important but nothing is important. Without answering crucial and terrifying questions about life, without deciding on a unified purpose, Kierkegaard believed that one could not develop a self. He called those with without one unified purpose “double-minded,” and argued that this mindset causes busyness.

And so busyness and lack of self are a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation. “If you don’t have a self, you don’t want to be aware of that. You always have to stay busy.”
I hope all of you will take some time this year to stop and reflect, go for a walk and get reacquainted with nature. Spend some time communicating with the dog if you have one. See what makes your dog smile. Self-importance is as addictive as alcohol and drugs and as destructive to families. And here is where I insert the Harry Chapin song Cats In The Cradle.

 

I have said all along that LIberalism is a mental disorder and on Christmas when I tuned to CNN to hear them call the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, SEXIST, I knew CNN and all the LIberal lackeys that work there are out of their ever-loving minds. I watched It’s A wonderful Life last night as I have every Xmas for over 40-years and there is not a damn thing “SEXIST” about it.

Life has come under fire in our politically correct, brave new world of insanity where snowflakes scream at the sky when they don;t get their way. Those of you who have watched this classic film, can you imagine if George Bailey threw a temper tantrum, screamed at the sky (like today’s Millennial snowflakes) instead of growing a pair of balls, sucking it up, and standing up to Mr. Potter, denying his dreams only so the entire townspeople wouldn ;t have to go crawling to Potter. That is a real man. That sacrifice makes George Bailey an America- not CNN pissing all over Americans.

As for the sexist claim, this patriarchal plot to keep women subjected to men.is HORSESHIT. Here in 2017, boys and girls meet the same as they did in 1946, they treat each other pretty much the same as they did in 1946 though moral’s, gender identifcation have changed.

“The biggest hero is actually a heroine,
Mary Hatch Bailey, played by 
Donna Reed, Image result for The biggest hero is actually a heroine, Mary Hatch Bailey,she’s George Bailey’s poised and unflappable wife and the mother of their four children, Janie, Pete, Tommy and Zuzu.” Mary, has many of the qualities that her husband lacks and keeps him and the family on track against all odds. Heroism manifests itself in many forms in the overlooked or understated people of this world, most especially spouses who sit outside the spotlight and mothers who sacrifice on a daily basis for their children,

Life, is an American story,

Frank Capra who often depicted the “every-man.” Not everyone can be a Congressional Medal Of Honor winner like Harry Bailey. Most of us are in fact like George and Mary Bailey. We meet at a dance, fall in love, we stay in the hometown we grew jup in, take menial jobs, raise kids, attend church every Sunday, and are friends to our neighbors and community members. We are mainstream America. We are not gay, we are not feminist Nazi’s like CNN Carol COstello, or overindulged, enabled, little rich-bitch Lena Dunham. Most of us show respect but most of use are probably not politically correct we are conservative in our views whether Democrat or Republican.

And this is what irks CNN femi-Nazi Carol Costello.

What killed women’s LIb was that Image result for The death of women's libthe majority of American women deciding they didn’t have to have abortions and burn their bras to be liberated. That choosing to be a stay-at-home-mom was a choice and therefore their choice was liberating. Ignoring them and mocking the mentally ill Liberals works fine until they pass laws outlawing what they don’t like and making our conservative, right-wing point-of-view “hate speech”.

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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/25/cnn-its-a-wonderful-life-inherently-sexist-should-be-retired/

We need POTUS Trump to push through as many SCOTUS judges as humanly possible to reverse the insanity in America. CNN Costello, you may have the right to exercise your free speech but George Bailey would call you a “warped, frustrated Liberal hag.”

 

‘X-Files’ returns with mythology, monsters and the search for truth in the Trump era
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2018/01/02/x-files-returns-mythology-monsters-and-search-truth-trump-era/990654001/

When a TV drama known for the motto, “The Truth Is Out There,” returns (Jan 3rd, 2018) during the presidency of a man who denounces real reporting as “fake news,” it might seem like something out of the twilight zone. But that’s the case when Fox’s The X-Files, which was poking at the Deep State before it became trendy,

WOW….
Can’t wait.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HTByz4RlqI

 

 

Erie, PA: Record 60 inches of snow.
No, thank-you. You’d have to drive a freaking Hummer to live in Erie, PA. I’ve been to Erie, PA. Once. Tracking down an ex-wife in early 80’s. It was middle-of-summer and it was freezing.

The Day After Christmas 75% Of US Sees Freezing Temperatures

Think I’ll enjoy my sunny, 75-degree day here in Scottsdale. Spring training starts soon. Go Cubbies.

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