Sunday Monday Tuesday Soothsayer 1/5/16

Last week’s post was a look at the year ahead. We’ll revisit that post in 52 weeks. Without further ado (not that there’s been any ado so far) here is what will happen this week.

  • Friends, family, and co-workers of a certain age will reminisce about making statements like, “I keep writing 2015 on all my checks.” Younger folks will ask, “what are checks?” and no one will remember the last time they actually wrote one.
  • After an unusually warm Christmas, the same people who sounded off about the unseasonable weather will complain about the now seasonably cold cold-spell.
  • Anyone who’s NFL team is out of the playoffs will be looking ahead to the date pitchers and catchers report to spring training. FYI – The Phillies report in 44 days.
  • 99.97% of all New Years Resolutions will have failed by the end of this week. Most will have crashed and burned spectacularly.
  • A tractor trailer from Bic will be seen pulling up to the delivery entrance to the White House. Realizing that no one is willing to do anything to stop him, Obama will spend the final year in office ignoring Congress, The Supreme Court, and the Constitution and just rule by Presidential Decree.

Well that’s your week ahead. Check back on Sunday to see how I did. Or Monday. Maybe Tuesday. We’ll see.

In With The New

new-years-eve-1004535_1280Well 2015 is now in the rear view mirror. Welcome to 2016! My hope is that you all made it safely through the craziness of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, however you chose to celebrate. Party animal that I am, I dozed off sometime before midnight watching the Mythbusters Marathon. My 11 year old woke me up at 12:01 to say he had just watched the ball drop in Time Square. Party On!

First and foremost this means that at noon today there will be 385 days until Obama is out of office. That countdown can’t progress quickly enough. Until then we have debates, caucuses (cauci?), primaries, conventions, ads, and desperate emails from desperate candidates to look forward to. In January we have two Republican debates (on the 14th and 28th) and a Democrat debate on Sunday the 17th – sure to cut in to the viewership numbers for the NFL Divisional Playoffs. Then in February things kick in to high gear, starting with the Iowa Caucuses on February 1st. That will be followed by three more Republican debates, another Democrat debate, the New Hampshire primary, Nevada Caucuses, and South Carolina primaries. By the time I get to vote in the Florida primary on March 15th the GOP field should be somewhat thinner.

But enough about politics, this is supposed to be a happy day of celebration.

I’ve never been big on making New Year’s Resolutions, and when I have my record on keeping them has been pretty dismal. Instead, I try to renew my commitment to living by a philosophy I’ve mentioned several times in the past – Always be content, never be satisfied. Too often I observe others (and myself) living the opposite. To explain, being content means that I am happy and peaceful no matter what circumstances I find myself in. Being content in those circumstances does not mean that I have to be satisfied by them. Being satisfied means (as I define it here) not striving for more, not improving, not moving forward.

The difference is subtle to be sure, and the balance is difficult to achieve, but it has been and continues to be my goal.

My hope for you is that 2016 is a great year. So, full speed ahead. Make it so.

Compare and Contrast

Seventy-four years ago the Japanese attacked Perl Harbor. Less than a week ago two Islamic terrorist attacked, killing 14 and injuring many others. This attack followed closely on the heels of the massacre carried out by Islamist in Paris. Let me be perfectly clear; I am not saying that these events are in any way equal in scope or scale. On December 8, 1941 President Roosevelt gave the following speech to Congress and the American people:

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

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It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

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The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

Compare that with President Obama’s speech last night.

Though Obama said there was no evidence that the shooters were directed by a terror network overseas or that the attack was part of a broader plot, he noted the couple “had gone down the dark path of radicalization.”

He also acknowledged in his 13-minute address that the global terror threat has entered a “new phase.”

The president offered no new or specific changes to the military campaign in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks and several other smaller-scale attacks in recent weeks.

However, Obama called on Congress to tighten America’s visa waiver program and to pass a new authorization for military actions already underway against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The effort so far has been a U.S.-led bombing campaign, non-combat U.S. support troops in Iraq and roughly 50 Special Forces members in Syria.

Obama also reiterated his call for tightening U.S. gun laws, saying no matter how effective law enforcement and intelligence are, they can’t identify every would-be shooter. He said such a move is a matter of national security to prevent potential killers from getting guns.

To me, Obama’s response sounds like the break-up cliche, “it’s not you, it’s us.” The difference being that no one who has ever used that excuse has really meant it, Obama, I believe, does.

Finally, this quote near the end of the speech stood out to me, “Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear;” This from the President who has done more to erode our freedoms than any other before him.

The contrast over these 74 years is stark; not so much in the words as in the fact that Roosevelt made the American people believe what he said and acted. I, and I believe most Americans, don’t get the same feeling from our apologetic President.

Sunday Soothsayer

As we go into a new week it would be helpful to know what the future brings. Luckily for you I’m here with my bold vision of the week ahead.

  • If you want to make a pile of money invest in Colt, Smith & Wesson, Heckler Koch, Glock, or any other gun maker. Here’s a rule of thumb to go by – anytime President clueless or his minions make any statement regarding guns buy more stock. It goes without saying that you should also buy their products. Quickly.
  • While leaders from around the world continue to discuss the horrific end we are all about to experience due to global climate change, I see that in your immediate future you will see glaring truth right where you live! I’ve even coined a word that you can use to describe this cataclysmic event – weather.
  • Donald Trump will say something that conventional wisdom will see as the issue that will bring about his inevitable downfall. It won’t.
  • When the President addresses the nation on TV tonight he will go through more convolutions than Olga Korbut and Mary Lou Retton combined to say that terrorism is anything but terrorism. Bonus prediction: He will say that Islam is the religion of peace – Drink!
  • In a related prognostication, Josh Earnst’s head will explode as he tries once again to explain how an attack by Islamic terrorist is neither Islamic nor terrorism. If his head doesn’t literally explode (I picture something like the Jet.com TV commercials) at the very least his tongue will wrap itself into a knot that will take a team of surgeons to untie.
  • The Eagles will lose to the Patriots this afternoon. Unless Gisele Bündchen takes over for her husband and Eagle’s offense learns that “three and out” is not a rule. On the off chance that I’m wrong about this (and I’m not) Chip Kelly will be declared King of Philadelphia.

Now you know what the week ahead will bring. You’re welcome.