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So many bad things in 2009 — breaking or otherwise, most of it, very bad — that a new year upon this world is, at least symbolically, an opportunity for good things instead. Calendar years begin with optimism, as do many shared expectations, and then the bad things start up again and the good things are quickly forgotten.

So, my Good Things 2010 list:

— 2009 is over;

— “Hope and Change” has been thoroughly exposed as sales pitch of a massive marketing fraud;

— “Hope and Change” — that now-exposed merchandising fraud of a slogan — has passed the half-way exposure mark by this New Year as globally recognized representational sales pitch of sneaky, creepy, destructive, Leftwing politics;

— “Hope and Change” as a deceptive marketing bit representing a deceptive product in-kind, has become the symbol for “Fraud and Theft”: it’s change, all right, and it obviously represented hope for the marketing fraudsters who deployed and/or were duped by it, but that’s part of the theft thing, how the deceptive deceive those eager to be led astray for various reasons such as vanity, greed, resentments, jealousies, various other character errata; sold a box of greed marked “new” in a different color package, many people eagerly bought “Hope and Change,” old and awful just newly repackaged;

— 2010 integers has a cumulative total of a prime number (2+1+0+0=3) (bear with me here for a moment longer, it’s not really a wayward point I’m making) and though I make no mysterious assumptions here about “what numbers represent” in any other sense than a mathematical one, there’s a reliable, almost stoic freshness to “two-tens” (or, “twenty-ten”) versus the shakier version of “2009,” and a rather foreboding sound and appearance that had (and it proved itself to have been such an episode: shaky, foreboding, treacherous, filled with bad eruptions, witness the litany of awful news and betrayal politics) — with 2010, we are at the end of a decade and the beginning of another, so my “good thing” includes that this wrap-up year of 2010 be a good beginning of a far better decade ahead (so, so long to the “nein, nein, nein“-like-times-two foreboding presence of a bad year, 2009);

— Appeal of a fresh start for just about everyone who notices the changing calendar; it may be short-lived, but the importance of a fresh-start, whether symbolically or momentary, is still actual as to it’s effects on the human psyche: among observant people, there is persistence with a cumulative notion about that which does not work, and therefore, what ought to be pursued otherwise;

— A day of rest, New Year’s Day, for most of the world, a time to play games, eat without a schedule, enjoy entertainment, wear pajamas all day and night if that’s entertaining (and it is for many of us), just a day of rest, whatever one’s pleasure may be that represents an opportunity to enjoy oneself aside from laborious tasks or as added supplement to them;

— An opportunity to review and move forward, which is what that “appeal of a fresh start” (above) is all about: take a look back, discard the negatives when at all possible or reposition them in one’s life with considerations that you’ll effort to avoid similar concluding ends again and do what’s necessary to repair or amend any damages found in that review; and,

— New calendars with an eye for 2011 and 2012: 2010 is going to be a launching pad for redirecting the gullible, including individual gullibilities, into wisdom, to keep the sites on not repeating the past footfalls, failures and most importantly, avoiding if at all possible emotional choices (and encouraging others to do likewise) — at least, that’s my plan — because despite the appeal on a personal level of swooning and crooning and spooning, the emotional vulnerability of humanity has led us into each and every political bog that’s ever transpired and 2009 was abundant proof (yet again) that that is the case (as if humanity needed more proof of that, but it seems this is a generational lesson that must be relearned every thirty or so years, witness the cycles of dangerous events as led by horrible socio-political escapades).

Happy New Year, 2010.

Have faith for better times this new year and my best wishes that everyone may enjoy the celebrations of this holiday.

“Illegitimi non carborundum.”

…a search for which expression (don’t be discouraged or, as it’s used colloquially, represents the expression, don’t let the bastards get you down), by the way, provides many excellent results, among which is this one.

And this one:

Uncommon Knowledge: The phrase “Illegitimi non carborundum” may look like Latin, but it doesn’t exactly translate to “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down.”

Carborundum is actually the name of an extremely hard mineral (silicon carbide) used for grinding. Illegitimi suggests illegitimate, but it really has no meaning in Latin.

The phrase originated during World War II and is attributed to British army intelligence. It was later adopted by US Army general “Vinegar” Joe Stillwell as his war-time motto.


2009 Quote of the Year

Hot Air’s post declares “You Lie!” the most popular so far…


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