Happy New Year's Eve

We wish everyone a happy and safe New Year's Eve.

As we usher in a new decade, if you had a magic wand, what would you fix first?

If you're going out, have a glass of champagne for us. If you're staying in and will be online, here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Magic Wand... So much power! (5.00 / 6) (#1)
    by shoephone on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 07:53:55 PM EST
    If I had a magic wand, I'd make certain every single child was free from harm, hunger, or the lack of love.

    In the absence of magic, I'll just do my part for all the children in my life.

    Still haven't decided if I'm driving across town to join a party with friends. Don't like driving on New Year's Eve.

    Thanks to you, Jeralyn and BTD, for creating a bloggy space where people engage in respectful discourse. I may not always agree, but I always learn an extraordinary amount of meaningful things about people and issues. And I thank the commenters here for being among the smartest and funniest in the toobz.

    Happy New Year to all. May 2010 bring us a little closer to peace, within and without.

    Wish I could give this a FB "thumbs up" (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Upstart Crow on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 10:52:47 AM EST
    If I had a magic wand, I'd make certain every single child was free from harm, hunger, or the lack of love.

    Flying north into this weather? (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by andgarden on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 08:00:51 PM EST
    I must be crazy!

    What would I do with a one-use magic wand? I'll have to sleep on that.

    Anyway, happy new year to all. Worst decade EVAR over!

    May you all (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by Radiowalla on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 08:32:27 PM EST
    enjoy the freshly-issued New Year and may it bestow health and happiness on us all.

    Happy New Year to all at TL (5.00 / 6) (#4)
    by caseyOR on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 08:38:43 PM EST
    Here's hoping for better things for all in 2010. I cling to the thought that things surely cannot get worse. Gawd, I hope I'm right.

    A special nod to Jeralyn and BTD for providing this place of thoughtful criminal law and political discourse and the best sports blogging ever.

    Happy new year! (5.00 / 6) (#5)
    by Steve M on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 09:01:47 PM EST
    Lots of ups and downs this year, but welcoming the new little guy into the world made it all good.  And big sis just can't decide whether she wants to be totally frustrating or totally adorable, often it's both.  The real question for tonight is whether mom and dad will make it to midnight at all.

    Best wishes for a great 2010 for everyone!

    Happy New Year! (5.00 / 6) (#6)
    by Anne on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 09:09:42 PM EST
    If I had a magic wand, what would I fix first?

    There's so much to be fixed, and it's hard to start listing them without sounding like a Miss America contestant...

    I think I have to start with making sure each person had a safe place to call home, food in the pantry, and the love and support of family and friends.  It would be a start, anyway.

    Writing that makes me realize that whatever minor glitches pop up in my life, I have all of those things, which makes me feel very lucky and blessed at a time when so many are doing without.

    I wish all of you a new year filled with peace, prosperity, health and happiness, love and lots of laughter.


    Kathy Griffin is something else (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by andgarden on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 10:07:59 PM EST

    Happy New Year! Go Noles! (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by john horse on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 10:27:03 PM EST
    If I had a magic wand I'd give Bobby Bowden just one more win.

    World peace, a health system that works and a recovering economy would be nice but for tomorrow I'd settle for the Noles winning one more game for Bobby.  

    Happy 2010 (5.00 / 4) (#10)
    by Politalkix on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 11:48:44 PM EST
    Health and happiness to everyone!

    Happy New Year everyone! (5.00 / 6) (#11)
    by ruffian on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 11:49:54 PM EST
    Can't decide on what I want my magic wand to fix. I like the other  answers and don't want to copy their work.

    I got it - I'll steal Warren Zevon's work instead:

    Don't let us get sick
    Don't let us get old
    Don't let us get stupid, all right?
    Just make us be brave
    And make us play nice
    And let us be together tonight

    Best Wishes to all (5.00 / 5) (#12)
    by JamesTX on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 11:59:01 PM EST
    for a new decade!

    I agree with andgarden that we may do better in the coming years, but we could hardly do worse.

    And I agree with caseyOR that TalkLeft is a very valuable place which makes the sad state of the country a little easier to swallow.

    With my magic wand, I would order up a heaping helping of peace, prosperity and health for all.

    magic wand (5.00 / 3) (#13)
    by CWarman on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 04:26:06 AM EST
    If I had a magic wand, I would give give food and drinkable water to all!

    I wonder how much those of us that have (HAVEs)what we need would have to give up to feed the HAVE NOTs...

    and would we....

    Magic wand.. (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by lentinel on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 06:19:27 AM EST
    Of course I would wish for peace on Earth. For all to have what they need to survive and be happy.

    I would also wish that the FCC would require that all licensees have one hour of news-programming that would be commercial free.
    It would have to be autonomous. We would be rid of these millionaire carnival-barker "anchors". And the content would at least have a chance of not being corrupted by the commercial interests of sponsors and management.

    "Democracy Now" is a good model, imo.

    Happy New Year!! (5.00 / 3) (#15)
    by jen on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 09:58:18 AM EST
    A great place you've created Jeralyn and many thanks and blessings to you and BTD for keeping it a safe and sane place to get information.

    My magic wand would first and foremost wipe away the corporate ownership and control of the press.

    "Our republic and its press will rise or fall together.

    An able, disinterested, public-spirited press,
    with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery.

    A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.

    The power to mould the future of the republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations."

    -- From North American Review, Written by Joseph Pulitzer in 1904


    Two interconnected (5.00 / 4) (#17)
    by jondee on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 11:40:17 AM EST
    phenomena that should wither-to-the-roots, dry up and return to the dust: the military-industrial-Wall St complex AND the tribalist-nationalist-racialist psychological complex -- and all the obsolete mythologies which support them. They're all basically based on fear.

    People obsessed with the idea that some of these things have "survival value, deeply rooted in the genes" need to reexamine whether, in the long view, this still holds true in the 21st century. I say no.

    As Rumi says, dont move the way fear makes you move.

    And play nice, just dont forget to play.

    Happy New Year! (5.00 / 2) (#18)
    by esmense on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 12:49:19 PM EST
    My magic wand would require that political speech be "free" -- making it illegal for broadcasters, print and online media to charge for political advertising and requiring they identify themselves up front as contributors to the cause or candidate benefitted by any political advertising they do choose to run. This would drasticly reduce the amount of advertising, and make media support for corporate political interests absolutely explicit. (Public funding could then be used to support more direct and participatory forms of political activity.) Would this give big media too much power? No. They already have all the power. The power of editorial coverage, the power to limit speech based on cost, and, even when political players can afford to pay the bribes they demand, the power to deny access to any message or cause they do not support.

    Just for fun, I'd also wave my wand and make federal representatives' salaries (and those of staff) tied to, and limited to no more that 3 times, the average per capita income of his or her district, or, for senators, state. When their constituents get a raise, they get a raise.

    Now that would be accountability.

    If I could wave my magic want (5.00 / 3) (#19)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 12:52:38 PM EST
    Corporations in this country would be the ones who have to sit down and shut up, while citizens ruled the land.

    I'm not much for magic wand thinking (none / 0) (#24)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 01:53:05 PM EST
    today, but if I had one I think this would be my first action.

    Happy New Year everyone (5.00 / 3) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 01:09:44 PM EST
    We aren't doing much today.  We went to Sherlock Holmes last night.  Not bad.  I can't believe how fortunate my husband is all the time.  I got a box from him for Christmas.  I told him that if he sent anything home to be very careful what he sent. When he was in Iraq he sent me an oil lamp for my birthday, a month into the invasion.  And then nobody had any electricity and everytime I looked at the lamp that was little more than a trinket to me, my heart sank.  So I guess he has not always been fortunate.  He sent me a coffee cup from Green Beans Coffee and what the manifest on the outside of the box said were scarves.  When he phoned he asked if I liked the scarves and that there was not much available but there were lots of scarves so I probably wouldn't be taking anyones needed scarves.  I told him they are actually called pashminas and that I could not get a pashmina like this in the U.S. because they are all solid colored and unadorned and these were obviously made for Afghan women.....one is lightly decorated and one is actually woven in two colors.  He asked if this was a good thing.  I think I can answer for most women out there and say that yes, it was a very very very nice gift.

    I bought soooo many pashimnas (5.00 / 2) (#21)
    by oculus on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 01:46:18 PM EST
    I am thinking of starting a resale outlet.

    I am going to a comedy play tonight about infertility treatment.  Stay tuned.  Ticket is free.  


    Happy New Year! (5.00 / 2) (#26)
    by ChiTownDenny on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 02:49:27 PM EST
    I hope everyone reading this has a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.  
    I have been experimenting with some recipes.  I hope you'll enjoy what I share.  (Be forwarned; I will start looking for a job soon, which means I will rely on YOUR recipes...)  :)

    Happy New Year! (5.00 / 2) (#28)
    by hollyfromca on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 03:26:12 PM EST
    If I could wave a magic wand, I would do some kind of public financing of campaigns.  One without any loopholes.

    Thanks for providing a wonderful bloggy space.  I'm reading The Audacity to Win which is making me PTSD about the primaries again.  This was the only site that matched my real life experiences during that time.  Thanks, Jeralyn, for your excellent moderation!

    Hope everyone enjoyed New Years.... (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by kdog on Sat Jan 02, 2010 at 08:15:08 AM EST
    Magic wand?  I'd wave it to open every cell containing a prisoner whose only "crime" was being born into a world of tyranny...all the political priosners, all the drug war prisoners....all the wrongly convicted and over-convicted.

    Now that would be a Happy New Year.

    I'm sending her my magic too (none / 0) (#22)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 01:51:29 PM EST

    Exceedinly genersou. We should all (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 01:52:51 PM EST
    be sending ours your way!

    I am good (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 01:59:40 PM EST
    I'm one of those strange persons who feels most lost when without a project.  We've got a few around here.  Josh's feet still scare me though.  Probably will continue to until I see his old surgeon soon.  I will get to stay with my Aunt "G" when I go do this though.  Wow do you remind me of her.  She does not have the music knowledge or appreciation that you do but she is always going to a play or some sort of production, an indy film with a wine tasting, and always reading and then running around the world...always fully engaged in what she loves in this life.

    My impression of Austin from (none / 0) (#27)
    by oculus on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 02:53:48 PM EST
    5 nights there--not enough of my type of culture!  

    You don't like Tex Mex? (none / 0) (#29)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 05:22:58 PM EST
    I was really hoping for TX barbeque. (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by oculus on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 05:45:03 PM EST
    But my relatives were all over the Tex Mex. Fried avocado was surprisingly tasty.

    For some reason I like San Antonio (none / 0) (#31)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 07:39:07 PM EST
    better than Austin, but I can do Austin.  When we move we are either probably headed to the Pentagon or Texas.  I want Texas.  I don't think I want to be that close to the Pentagon.  I feel like they are hanging out in my backyard as it is :)

    We lived ifor a yr. n Arlington just (none / 0) (#32)
    by oculus on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 07:42:47 PM EST
    one bus stop west of BUPERINST (I think that was the name).  I enjoyed the opportunity to explore D.C. and surrounding area.  

    I want dog room (none / 0) (#33)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 07:52:51 PM EST
    And working out the Pentagon? He's already a workaholic, I would think that that would make that feature of his person WORSE.  My cousin lives there and says that it is very expensive too.  I would love to visit, but I don't think I want to live there.  Yet, if that is the best place for spouse...I will live there and be free of this constant mold down here...if he promises to retire me to Santa Fe I'll move there and put up with it :)

    Yeck, I'd put up w/a lot on a promise to (none / 0) (#34)
    by oculus on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 08:01:37 PM EST
    retire to Santa Fe.

    You could live out in horse country and hang out with the WH gate crasher couple.


    I don't think I could afford horse (none / 0) (#35)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 09:11:51 PM EST
    country around the Pentagon and all those bad influences :)  I might be able to afford burro country around Santa Fe though.