Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s Eve Open Thread

For many people, today is a day of big celebrations–which inevitably bleed into tomorrow morning–of the old year passing and the new one beginning. I’m sure many of our RedState readers will be doing something to commemorate the occasion. It might be a party with friends, or it could just be as simple as ringing in the new year with your family. Some of you might have plans for tomorrow.

So, consider this an open thread to talk about New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day plans and celebrations.

As for me, I will spend this evening getting an early dinner with my parents, and then at 7pm, I’ll be heading to my church for a Divine Liturgy in honor of St. Basil the Great. I’ll probably be done around 8:30pm, so afterwards, I’ll go find my parents and bring in the new year with them. Tomorrow, we have a New Year’s-belated Christmas meal with some family friends.

Last year, I went to the Peach Drop in downtown Atlanta, but the friend I did that with is down in Miami for the Orange Bowl. He’s a huge Georgia Tech fan, so you can imagine he’s excited for that. As for me, my favorite team that went bowling this year (since my alma mater Georgia Southern was not allowed) is Georgia, who already won last night in dominating fashion in the Belk Bowl, although I’ll be rooting for Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl (meaning against Georgia Tech, too) because of family ties to the state.

This might not be the anniversary of my promotion to the front page of RedState (which came back in early August), but I’ve enjoyed spending the past year with everyone here at RedState, from the Front Pagers on down to all of you readers. Seeing the Republican wave back in the November Mid-Terms was a hugely satisfying moment for me, although there’s a lot of work to do, as recent weeks have made clear, in making sure the Republican majorities in the House and Senate understand what they were elected to do. Still, I look forward to fighting many more fights with all of you over the coming year. May it be more successful than last year!

So, having said all of that, what about you guys?

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Predictions for 2015.

These are quite often wrong.

  • Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerN/AHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A will be confirmed as Speaker of the House.
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mitch McConnell67%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard67% will be confirmed as Senate Majority Leader.
  • Neither Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid10%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard10% nor Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy Pelosi11%House Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard11% will announce their retirements in 2015.
  • A Republican will win the special election for NY-11.
  • The Supreme Court will, in a 5-4 decision, rule that Obamacare only authorizes subsidies to individuals who have signed up via a state exchange, not the federal one.
  • The next month after that will host one of the most intense domestic political debates in American history.
  • The Supreme Court will, also in a 5-4 split, rule that the US Constitution neither permits nor bans same-sex marriage. It will resolutely ignore the FF&C Clause, except in the dissents.
  • At least three Senators will announce this year, surprisingly, that they will not be seeking re-election.
  • Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. David Vitter70%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard70% will win the governorship of Louisiana. His running mate will be Elbert Guillory, who will also win.
  • Good 2015 movies: Age of Ultron, Star Wars Episode VII, Inside Out.
  • Bad 2015 movies: Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fantastic Four, Jupiter Ascending.
  • 2015 movies that will defy analysis: Terminator: Genisys, Ant-Man.
  • Lastly: The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series. I figure that the payoff from being right on this would easily make up for any sting from being wrong.

I think that should cover it.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Wait, one more: hoverboards!

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Person of the Year 2014: The Invisible Kwanzaa Celebrant

Person of the Year awards are all the rage these days. It’s a great opportunity for creativity, since the rules have long since been stretched like taffy, so you don’t have to pick an actual individual person any more. Man, that was hard work! Especially if your expressed standard was to choose the most important or influential person of the year, rather than the nicest or most admirable individual. Sometimes it was hard to deny that the most influential person of the year was a horrible villain, especially if the stage was broadened enough to encompass the entire world. Readers didn’t always like such controversial selections, because they persisted in seeing Person of the Year as conveying an editorial board’s approval. Things got especially murky when Person of the Year was someone truly controversial in the full meaning of the term: approved by some, strongly disliked by others.

We’re past all that now, because Person of the Year can be a vague class of people – “Ebola Doctors,” in the case of this year’s Time Magazine selection. Person of the Year is more about making a statement than judging the influence of an individual.

With that in mind, I name the Invisible Kwanzaa Celebrant as my Person of the Year for 2014.

I know what many of you are thinking: I have no idea who that is. Well, of course not, silly. They were invisible. But CBS News in Los Angeles was absolutely certain the streets were teeming with them. Reporters looked at a completely empty street through a lens of carefully-polished ideology, and saw a massive parade for a made-up holiday. The Media Research Center captured CBS’ report for posterity:

The 38th annual KwanZaa Gwaride parade made its way down Crenshaw Boulevard Friday, marking the start of the seven-day festival of Kwanzaa.

The gwaride, which is the Swahili word for parade, brought together members of L.A.’s African-American community as they turn their focus on “Nguzo Saba,” the Seven Principles behind Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Organizers named the theme of this year’s parade “Perfect YOUR Temple,” or body. They said it was “a call to arms in our constant and ongoing efforts to `perfect’ our lives.”

The gwaride began at the corner of Crenshaw and Adams boulevards, headed south along Crenshaw to Leimert Park, where …read more