Video: Auld Lang Syne

This is the third New Years Eve in a row I’ve used this particular version of Auld Lang Syne, but it’s the only one I can find on YouTube using this unique arrangement, which I heard for the first time several years ago on my O’Reilly Consort Christmas CD (highly recommended!)

I can’t even listen to the more traditional Auld Lang Synes, anymore.

Vocals by Susan McKeown, bass by Lindsey Horner.
Lyrics by Robert Burns.

This is a lovely version, as well: Mairi Campbell And Dave Francis sing Auld Lang Syne:

Happy New Year, everyone.

(Buckle up – I think 2012 is going to be a bumpy one.)

2011…The Year When The Stupid Stupefied.

I suppose it was bound to happen. We’ve been building up to it for years, indoctrinating our youth instead of teaching them to think, and creating a climate where the right not to be offended was more cherished than the right to speak plainly, with the full knowledge that the intended recipients should be ashamed, rather than offended. Still, for me at least, it felt like in 2011, stupid reached critical mass, and started a chain reaction of stupid in everything that it touched. And as I watched, I felt…ennui.

I know that it, and other things kept shouting at my muse this year, until I rarely heard her sweet song, enticing me to tap out far fewer lines than I normally would. I just find it difficult to be either insightful or entertaining when my response to 93% of the headlines is “DUH!” and my response to 5% of the remaining 7% really shouldn’t be repeated in polite company anyway.

It was a year when we saw a key economic partner crippled by earthquakes and tsunamis, giving much fodder but little fact to the anti-nuke hysterics. A story that then faded from our conscience as our news outlets found new stories to hyperventilate about, despite the fact that the real story will continue to unfold for years.

It was yet another year when dissent equaled racism in the eyes of the people who believe their opinions should be our own, and tell us so at every opportunity. It isn’t surprising though. The criticism equals racism meme was getting almost as lonely as it was tired.

It was the year when spoiled entitled youth from across the country mounted a frontal assault on the very same capitalism that made it possible to tweet the “revolution” from their iPhones and blog about it on their Macbooks.

It was the year that the middle east erupted in protests against despotic leaders, so they could replace them with…despotic leaders…and terrorists. And in at least one case, it wasn’t enough for the Duffer-in-Chief to “Bear Witness”…he made sure we helped to replace the devil we knew with the one we didn’t. (Go ahead…call this racist, it won’t make you right or me wrong.)

It was a year in which we saw the Federal Government sue states for trying to enforce the same laws that the Federal Government refused to.  And it was a year in which we learned of the most incompetent plan to track illegal firearms and activies with them EVER…a plan that could only exist to curtail a Constitutional right, not make anyone safer.  Just ask Brian Terry, and scores of Mexican citizens…oh, that’s right…you can’t.  And, as predictable as Grandpa going to the bathroom after breakfast with the newspaper tucked under his arm, calling for the resignation of the Attorney General who appears to have known all about it is….wait for it…RACIST!!!!

It was the year in which we learned that needing an ID to drive, buy booze and cigarettes, apply for credit, get an apartment, and go to college was NOT racist, but requiring it before you let someone cast a ballot, IS. (Thank you, Uncle Facts.)

It was the year when our elected officials received the clearest warning yet given from the financial sector that spending more than it takes in is an invitation to ruin and doom…and their response was to ignore the real issue, point fingers at each other, and keep spending money it doesn’t have on things it has no lawful authority to do. I wish the stupid was confined to the government on this point, but our shame is double, since we keep letting them do this. I can’t think of any other situation where we hire people to perform certain duties for us, for which we pay them sums certain, only to have them decide that they also have to feed everyone in the next state, clothe them, make sure they get medical care, and in order to do it, they take out loans in our name, without our consent, and tell us that it will be fine, because it will actually be our kids and grandkids paying the loans back.

I’d like to live just long enough to see those same little children who were singing the creepy “dear leader-esque” songs to the serial vacationer in the Oval Office shouting his name in anger when they are all in their 40s, living in efficiency apartments and clothed in rags as they service the debt to pay off the Spendulous slush funds and payoffs, furious that he and the Senate that hasn’t passed a budget in years so blatantly stole their futures from them so they could live very comfortably in the now. I am sure that when my own sons are grown adults, Senator Reid’s name will be synonymous with corruption, shortsightedness, and FAIL!

It was the year in which we heard an entire party that at least understands the differences between an America that is strong, prosperous, and exceptional, as opposed to one that is gripped by economic decline and malaise, without focus, vision, or unity, decried as evil, mean people who want blacks hanging from trees, and old people and kids with autism to starve.

It was a year when an athlete who openly practiced his faith became a punchline for people too cowardly or too lazy to find and keep their own. And still, he prays. Thank you for that.

It was another year when those who believed in nothing, and had no standards or goals past living another year, and getting whatever they could continued to mock and critique those who do. It was another year when decency was something uttered with a sneer by people who could not or refused to find it in themselves.

It was another year when truth was there to be found by anyone diligent and humble enough to seek it, and accept it for what it is. It was a year in which I learned even more about the “Why?” relating to the design, and to my sorrow, many of the points of deviation.

It was a year when certain divisions became more pronounced, and certain outcomes began to feel more inevitable. It was sobering, and frustrating when I could see where so many people either sleepwalk through it, quietly accept it, or worst of all, embrace it.

My resolution for 2012? To make myself speak, rather than letting this show stun me in to silence for another year. I’m no different from many of you. I’ll be swept along in the tide of events along with every other average Joe and Jill.

But I’ll be damned if I go quietly.

The Top 10 Stories of the Year at Nice Deb

Just like last year, many of these stories will not be top stories anywhere else. They were big stories for me because for whatever reason, they were retweeted a bunch of times, and/or big blogs linked to them. In some cases, they’re stories in which there is continued interest, so I still receive significant traffic due to  Google searches.

Thanks again to Michelle Malkin,  AoSHQ, Doug Ross, Pirates Cove, Ed Driscoll, Instapundit and a number of other blogs for helping  these posts become my biggest hits of the year.

Without further ado, Nice Deb’s Top 10 posts of 2011:

10. Founder Of The Muslim Canadian Congress Says Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated White House (With Updates) August, 14, 2011:

When Tarek Fatah, moderate Muslim advocate, and political progressive,  told an auditorium filled with thousands of Canadians that Americans need to know that “the religion of Islam was being used as a tool by a fascist force,” and had infiltrated the White House, heads were turned. The speech was given in Toronto at Ideacity, “Canada’s premiere meeting of the minds”, and I posted the explosive video.

The post was heavily retweeted and ended up high in the rankings of Trending Right for quite a while. It was linked by Doug Ross, Pirate’s Cove, adeliemanchot, YourDaddy’s Politics and Daily Pundit.

9. Today’s Compare and Contrast April, 1, 2011:

A black and white photo of an Iranian woman in a bathing suit leaning against a 60’s era car, as seen at  Iran, Before The Chador picture gallery inspired me to compare her to American soldiers reduced to wearing the hijab in Afghanistan, today.

It was linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and continues to get traffic due to google image searches.

8. Pics From ‘We Stand With Gibson’ Rally October, 8, 2011:

On a lazy Fall Saturday afternoon, after searching the net for news about the Gibson Guitar rally,  I decided to check on Twitter to see if anyone had tweeted about it. There, I found some helpful tweets that led me to some great pictures.

Since no one else seemed to be blogging about it, and the Gibson Guitar story was something I had been following closely, I posted a few pix from The TN Report, and cranked out a report. Retweeted 52 times.

Instapundit,  Ed Driscoll , Scared Monkeys, Conservative Hideout 2.0, Pirate’s Cove, Trizzat, and The Absurd Report linked.

7. It Begins…Democrats Introduce Bill to Seal Obama’s Presidential Records October, 6, 2011:

Based on a Judicial Watch report about the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011. That bill would do with Obama’s presidential records what Obama has already done to his personal and collegiate records: Seal them up.

In an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama, a group of congressional Democrats had introduced legislation to create an official process that would allow the commander-in-chief to keep presidential records secret after he leaves office.

Retweeted 56 times, I remember this being on Trending Right for a long time.  Moral of the story – anything that begins, “It Begins….” is a bonafide traffic magnet. As Jim Hoft would be the first to tell you.

Linked by Doug Ross in Larwyn’s Links.

6. Just One More Situation Room PhotoshopMay, 4, 2011

The infamous “chipmunk in the small chair” situation room photo of Obama (fresh off of the golf course) and the rest of his National Security team  watching the computer screen as Seal Team 6 dispatched Osama Bin Laden, needed my awe-inspiring photoshop skills to complete the “Every Meme Ever” pic.

This one was linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy and continues to get traffic from Google image searches.

5. Video: Obama Announces Osama Bin Laden Dead, May, 1, 2011

This was arguably the biggest story of the year, so it’s not surprising that it is one of my biggest stories.

Linked by Michelle Malkin.

4. An Open Letter To Eric Holder From An ATF Agent in Mexico,December, 12, 2011:

If you’re a blogger who covers Fast and Furious, you should be checking in on the ATF whistleblower site,  Clean-up ATF from time to time. That’s where I saw this incredible cri de coeur posted by an ATF agent in Mexico.

Oddly enough, this one never ranked on Trending Right even though it was retweeted 89 times.

Linked by AoSHQ and Bob Owens, and Gateway Pundit, and Doug Ross, and The Conservatory, and Sipsey Street Irregulars, and several gun forums.

3. Another Liberal Meme Bites The Dust,January, 31, 2011:

On January 31, the conservative blogosphere was still in state of moral outrage after watching Sarah Palin and the Tea Party get blamed for the Tucson massacre.

After a white male was accused of  plotting to blow up a Metro Detroit mosque the usual suspects were at it again. “Anti- Muslim tea-bagger, right? Mission accomplished, Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and Hannity, right? ” I jeered to certain left-wing blogs who were covering the story that way.

Long story short – the guy turned out to be another deranged lefty and possible Muslim convert, emphasis on deranged.

Retweeted 24 times, and linked by Michelle Malkin, and PJ Tatler, and Conservative Wanderer, and Instapundit,and The Dignified Rant, and  Blazing Catfur, and  Red State, and Moe Lane, and Patterico, and Doug Ross, and The Right of the People, and Verum Serum,  and adeliemanchot, and Bizzy Blog.

2. Yes, There Was A Kapiolani Maternity And Gynecological Hospital In 1961, April, 28, 2011:

Here, I had to shoot down a theory about Obama’s newly released birth certificate that I was seeing in various places online. After all of the lies Obama had told about his “nativity story”, and the shoddy way in which he  handled the release of his birth certificate, people can hardly be blamed for being suspicious.

This post was tweeted only once – by me, and was not linked to by any big blogs.  Obama’s birth certificate is a toxic subject, spurned by most conservative bloggers….. But a lot of other people – LOTS of people still want answers.

1. OBL Death Photo a Fake – Will Obama Administration Release The Real Thing?, May, 2, 2011

Remember all of the interest in in seeing the OBL death photo? The fact that the Obama administration refused to release the photo inspired a number of photoshops that appeared online, and I did a little post about it. People still google for that elusive photo.

Michelle Malkin linked and it continues to get Google image traffic.