New Year's Eve Morning Open Thread

Happy New Year's Eve morning!

We are now in college bowl season in earnest. I was saved from complete disaster yesterday by a garbage time back door cover by Oklahoma.

Today will be better. The picks: UCLA +3 over Illinois (2 units), Texas A&M -10 over Northwestern (12 units), Vanderbilt -1 over Cincinnati (2 units), Utah +3 over Ga Tech (2 units), Auburn -3 over Virginia (2 units.)

Have a great day.

Open Thread.

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    Happy anniversary to my wife (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 10:29:42 AM EST
    Fifteen years ago this eve.  I love you, my dear.  Peace to all.

    Picked a date you could remember? (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by nycstray on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 10:40:28 AM EST

    Happy, Happy! Enjoy your day/night!


    exactly, I never forget (none / 0) (#6)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 10:58:52 AM EST
    Have a great nye.

    Did the IRS (none / 0) (#4)
    by CoralGables on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 10:53:15 AM EST
    penalize your taxes that year for not waiting until the 1st?

    you'd have to ask my in-laws (none / 0) (#7)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 11:02:40 AM EST
    I just showed up in a daze and got through the ;-)

    change of subject... (none / 0) (#19)
    by jeffinalabama on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 03:18:04 PM EST
    Dadler, ever played at Bodog? BTD suggested it to me. I finally played there night before last. I put in two units, played 7 stud hi/lo for 2 hours, and was up 3 units.

    BTD said there were some weaker players there. Now that I feel up to it, I'll continue to exploit them!

    Oh... lost one unit playing PL Omaha hi/lo... sometimes it rolls that way.


    WPT last week of Jan (none / 0) (#24)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 04:55:44 PM EST
    Jeff, you coming??

    real money games? (none / 0) (#26)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 05:32:41 PM EST
    I have only played for free at visit, maybe a year ago

    at visit? (none / 0) (#27)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 05:35:55 PM EST
    Make that visit.  Musta had a mini seizure there.

    damn spellcheck is psychotic (none / 0) (#28)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 05:40:38 PM EST
    Changes that name to visit.  ???

    tTrying to get the energy levels up, Jim (none / 0) (#31)
    by jeffinalabama on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 06:31:14 PM EST
    If I have the stamina to sit through 12 hours, I'll be there!

    Real money. (none / 0) (#32)
    by jeffinalabama on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 06:32:14 PM EST
    easy to pick up cash in some games.

    Happy 2012 (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 10:37:31 AM EST
    Hope the Mayans were wrong. I've only had six decades here on this planet so far. A few more would be nice, even with less hair, more aches and sags, and only slow dancing. ;-)

    Ditto -,,, plus (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by cal1942 on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 02:41:21 PM EST
    Seventh decade in the new year but hoping for more.  Usual extra fat, sags, aches, pains --  but worth it all.

    Hah. (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 03:37:27 PM EST
    I do have to say though - it's been a hell of a good ride! And I've enjoyed it. ;-)

    "If you're not laughing, you're doin' wrong!"


    Just remember (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by Zorba on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 04:30:44 PM EST
    for when the time comes (and I hope it won't happen for a long, long while), what Oscar Wilde said on his deathbed:  "Alas, I am dying beyond my means."  (Spoken as he sipped champagne.)   ;-)

    I always liked (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 05:49:52 PM EST
    according to a story that Ken Kesey told at the University of Virginia in 1998 about what Allan Ginsburg apparently said on his deathbed to all his friends gathered around him....

    I watched friends die over the last few years, good friends, long powerful good friends. Ginsburg - I didn't really appreciate how much I loved him until he wasn't there. He was a little, kind of effeminate, Jewish something. He was a tremendously powerful man and he was trying to hand on his power. And the story about Ginsburg is when he had died, what his last words were. He had called in all of his friends -- Frelingetty, Gary Snyder, Corso, Peter Olafsky - around his bedside and he motioned Corso to lean close. And Ginsburg said, "Toodiloo (waving)." And there's something proportional about that. There's something right about Ginsburg doing that.

    The video (none / 0) (#30)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 05:54:21 PM EST
    of that talk Kesey gave is here: How To Spot Warriors

    He opens with...

    I feel like there are warriors, and that we know, and have known, a number of warriors...wonderful, powerful warriors. And there is a way that you can see which is the warrior and which isn't. And I have done this by making, arbitrarily, two categories - one of them is "sh*t floats" and the other one is "cream rises."

    I think the Mayans will (none / 0) (#5)
    by brodie on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 10:57:47 AM EST
    be right but many of the fear mongering interpreters and new age authors will be wrong:  one age will come to an end but that just means the beginning of a new one. No need to plan any Earth death watch parties for 12/21/12, and no, we won't be seeing a mass landing of aliens on that date either here to annihilate us or save us.

    Unfortunately I don't like the looks of what's in store for us at least at the outset of the coming new age.  Politically, socially, economically, environmentally I think we're heading into a very dark period, the kind of massively negative backdrop which results in tremendous social upheaval, revolution in the streets and wars probably lasting a very long time.

    And even worse, teevee, Hollywood, the Dem Party, and the NCAA will continue to suck.

    That's my cheerful outlook for the New Age on New Year's Eve.


    Well, I suppose (none / 0) (#8)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 11:07:31 AM EST
    democracy was a short lived aberration. To  me it looks like we're headed back into the normal feudalistic organization of society.

    And the golden rule.

    Those with the most gold rule. Everyone else lives on crumbs and droppings, or tries to steal enough gold to rule.

    And then there are the few able to see it all as the game it's always been. :-)


    When the Soviet Union fell ... (5.00 / 3) (#10)
    by Robot Porter on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 12:08:57 PM EST
    I was reminded that Scipio, while watching Carthage burn, said:

    "And one day Rome."

    The Western democracies may have come to that day.


    It certainly looks that way (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 12:32:53 PM EST
    And there will always be those who will say, right up till the last, that it can't happen here.

    Democracy... highly overrated. (5.00 / 3) (#20)
    by jeffinalabama on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 03:19:34 PM EST
    When one is a serf, life looks easier.

    You should read Cormac McCarthy (none / 0) (#33)
    by MKS on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 12:06:54 AM EST
    Greatly underestimated today.....But will ultimately occupy the same space in the American Canon as Faulkner and Hemingway.  Maybe even Joyce and Melville.

    I stopped reading him because he is relentlessly nihilistic imo, notwithstanding the views of his academic fans to the contrary,  and strongly believes in entropy and apocalypse imo.....but from a conservative perspective of an original-sin-like moral decay of modern society....fascination with violence....

    But with the advance of women's, gay and civil rights, it usually falls to conservatives to hail the handbasket, as in we're all going to Hell in.


    Here's some good news: (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by oculus on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 12:42:34 PM EST
    Happy New Year, everyone! (5.00 / 3) (#23)
    by Anne on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 04:47:49 PM EST
    Just recently was told that if you put a penny on the windowsill on New Year's Eve, you will have good fortune for the coming year...

    I guess we'll see if that's true!

    Anyway, here's to good health, much happiness, the satisfaction of good work, believing that you matter, finding pleasure in the little things, less stress, more love, good friends, and laughter to make the good times better, and the bad times bearable.

    And to peace - in our hearts, in our minds, in our world.

    Be well and be safe!

    Thanks (5.00 / 3) (#25)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 05:06:54 PM EST
    and may peace be with you too!

    That's a LOT of football games! (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 11:42:53 AM EST

    Good talk (none / 0) (#13)
    by dead dancer on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 12:52:07 PM EST
    Political Predictions (none / 0) (#14)
    by brodie on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 12:53:43 PM EST
    1.  Romney gets nom fairly easily, sects True Conservative who is politically experienced and who won't upstage or embarrass the nominee (Palin Lesson)

    2.  Obama/Biden narrowly lose in campaign marked by massive negative ads by GOP and carefully coordinated Repub vote suppression; GOP control House and are within one seat of a majority in senate

    3.  Only good news for Dems: Elizabeth Warren wins senate seat

    4.  Economy again turns south in 2012 and GOP still obstructs in Congress

    5.  New year ends with US on verge of massive social and political turmoil

    Juan Cole is more optimistic: (none / 0) (#15)
    by oculus on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 12:59:07 PM EST
    Whoever wins Repub nomination (none / 0) (#16)
    by BackFromOhio on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 01:12:31 PM EST
    will pick Rubio for VP to appeal to Latino voters.

    Dems will lose many Senate seats (but Eliz Warren will win -- I agree) and control of Senate


    I hope you're (none / 0) (#17)
    by brodie on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 02:11:44 PM EST
    you're wrong about the senate though that will be a tough situation for Dems given the number of D senators vulnerable, just as I hope I'm wrong about the presidential race.

    Re Rubio he doesn't look quite the clear front runner after the news about when his family arrived in this country, and overall, given he's a special minority within a minority, he probably doesn't have much appeal beyond FL, which with that state's importance still is enough to keep him in the mix of potentials.

    Sen Thune or Gov McDonnell were on my mind.  And they enable Romney to make the youth/lack of experience argument against Obama whereas Rubio, age 40 and with a political experience profile similar to Obama, detracts from it.