Ringing Out The Year

Obama 2012 Election


Various TODers have done such a good job remembering 2014’s highlights that I feel no need to add to that. So allow me to pen a tribute.

And the tribute is to all of you.

I’ve had many homes online since the long ago days of the 90s. (And you’d be shocked at some of the places I called “home”. I’ll leave that to your imaginations.)

I thought DailyKos would be my political home in the darkness of the Bush regime. But after Barack Obama’s election, it was soon apparent that rage was all Markos trafficked in. Rage at Mr. Bush for destroying the country. Rage at Pres. Obama for not magically making everything right. And as I’ve written before, rage gets tiring, and rage fixes nothing. Rage is the cheap drug which keeps you sated for a bit. But you have to increase the dosage every time to get the same high, until your mind is addled and clear thought is banished.

I first found BWD, and her site was wonderful. But it was shortlived, as people as lofty as Glenn Greenwald called her a Leni Riefenstahl for daring to defend a just-elected president who had barely gotten his feet in the door. I don’t blame her for saying “fuck it” and sticking to Twitter.


Many of us found our way here by the same path, from DKos and BWD’s blog. It took me a while to start posting. I observed for a while. But you magnificent bastards pulled me in, and suddenly I realized that I had found like minds. It’s thrilling when one finds a group of people who have the same general outlook on life. Not just about politics, but on how to live one’s life, in kindness, consideration, and empathy. It was something I’d been looking for for a long time, never finding it. It was, quite simply, revelatory.


And as I spent more time here, the more I came to consider this an extended family. From Mama Chips to little sister Nerdy to crazy uncle amk to wise uncle Bob, I could share my troubles, my joys, my frustrations. We all could. We knew when someone was sick, or soul-hurt, or ecstatic. Donna’s grandbabies, Chips’ Danny, Carolyn’s husband’s medical issues: we knew them all, sorrowed, commiserated, or grew joyful, shared in the highs and lows. And there just aren’t that many places where one can say that online. Definitely not on a blog ostensibly dedicated to politics.

But that’s the thing; sure this is “The Obama Diary”, but it’s become more than just about this president or his policies. The blog embodies his humanity, his empathy, his genuine concern. We have become a family in large part because a man like Barack Obama attracts a certain type of person. He speaks to the quintessentially human, to the genuinely kind. And because we support him, for the most part we take after him. But if we weren’t already on that path, we wouldn’t be here.


January 1 starts a new year, and new battles. But, for now, sit, quietly, and wonder at the different points which brought us here. This little community, where injustice is condemned, where good is sought. This little community which is only as strong as its weakest member, and cherishes that member. This little family.

I thank you all. I’d be lost without this place. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2015.


126 Responses to “Ringing Out The Year”

  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    December 31, 2014 at 1:57 pm


    • December 31, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      You! Thanks for the assist with the pics. I’m a word guy.

      • December 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

        A simply gorgeous post LL, thank you enormously for writing it. Happy New Year to ya, buddy!

      • 4 Nerdy Wonka
        December 31, 2014 at 2:02 pm

        You’re welcome.

        Very lovely tribute.

        Also wishing you a happy and prosperous 2015!

      • 5 Betsy
        December 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        Love what you wrote. It’s so true. As I read of people’s plans, activities and also of their insight into whatever is happening with PBO, I feel connected. I don’t write much as I find it hard to put all my thoughts into words. Sometimes I feel like writing but it would turn into a book, so I just read and respond with short responses. I don’t go a day without checking out what’s happening in the lives of my cyberfriends. Thanks everyone, especially Chips.

      • December 31, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        ohhhhh LL…what a beautiful tribute…you have once again said what is echoed in my heart..how fortunate we all are to have you among us….

    • 7 Betsy
      December 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Congrats on first, NW. Happy New Year to you and to all on TOD.

    • 9 GGail
      December 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Congrats NW!
      And Happy New Year, soul sista ❤

    • December 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      So fitting that you’d be 1st on LL’s magnificent tribute to the TOD community.

      LL, you note … “The blog embodies his humanity, his empathy, his genuine concern. We have become a family in large part because a man like Barack Obama attracts a certain type of person. He speaks to the quintessentially human, to the genuinely kind.”

      The President would have to search far and wide to find a better prologue to his Memoirs, LL – seriously!

      Happy New Year to you and thank you for all that you have contributed to TOD and the many fortunate folk who visit and read your essays.

      #FORWARD Together

  2. 12 Judith Fardig
    December 31, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    NW – awesome that you are first on LL’s excellent post. Love you guys!

  3. December 31, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    As we say in Spanish: que tengan un feliz y prospero año nuevo.

  4. 15 carla4obama
    December 31, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Are you ready TOD!? Still fired up and ready to GO!!

  5. December 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    LL, Beautiful comments. I feel the same way. Even though I mostly lurk, I’d be lost without this place. It’s my go to place for the news. Thanks to Chips, NW and all the BT’s and happy new year to all. 2015 is going to be very interesting.

  6. December 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Chips, did you see this, um, tweet?

    Not sure if the “he” is PBO or me. 😆

  7. 20 mtmarilyn
    December 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Oh LL, I am in tears reading your post. This is how I feel and I know it is how everyone feels. This community so embodies what our President is trying to do. I am so thankful for everyone here. I wish I could give everyone a hug. We worry about each other, and give such words of support. There is so much laughter and sharing. After November 4th we were all so depressed and then our President gave the Press Conference and we all went WOW. This man is still in charge. We can do this.

    I so wish I could put together memories of this year but haven’t been able to think that much. So many memories. Thank you all.

  8. 21 ouapiti
    December 31, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the great post, LL, and for so eloquently expressing what I know many of us feel, whether we are regular commenters or not. It is a real treasure to have a safe and supportive community to help get through the days. Happy New Year to all and thanks especially to Chips and all our great posters!

  9. 22 carolyn
    December 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    LL, tears came to my eyes as I read your short essay. You encapsulated why we are here, what drives us, and the qualities of the man who drew us. Thank you! Hope the missus is home soon. You two need to be back together.

  10. 23 GGail
    December 31, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    LL, you made me cry! You hit the nail on the damn head brother! Thank you ❤

  11. December 31, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Awwww,LL – Got me all teary-eyed, too, in a really good way…

    With PBO and the Pope (!!??) seemingly working in tandem, we might be looking toward a pretty transformative year…

    Thanks to everybody who posts here so wisely, so compassionately, so entertainingly, and so humanly! It’s a wonderful thing. And Chips, you’re the awesomest. (Danny: Don’t worry; you’re always the doggiest!)

  12. 25 yardarm756
    December 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    To all the TODies!

  13. 31 yardarm756
    December 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Here’s to an early start. >-|

  14. December 31, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Well, now I know we’ll win.

  15. 45 yardarm756
    December 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    This is for amk…….sheesh!

  16. 47 yardarm756
    December 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Words to live by.

  17. December 31, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to TODville!! TY, LL. LOVE your second to the last paragraph, especially.

  18. 51 a4alice
    December 31, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    LL this was a wonderful post. Love the pictorial contribution too from NW. Yes now that I stop and think about it, politically speaking I came by way of TOD through DKOS, BWD and then here. It has really been a great journey and I’ve come to rely on it when something is happening out there in the world and I’m like, OK, what’s really going on? I’m going over to TOD to check it out.

    Thanks LL 🙂

  19. December 31, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    LL, you’ve proven there’s a female side to every man. Your words made me tear up inside. Thank you, and may you, Chips, and all TOD have a safe, healthy, and productive new year. I don’t get the chance to comment much but here’s to healing for those who are ill…and their loved ones, peace for all who have lost someone this year, and foremost……..the grandest success for our primary reason for being here. President Obama has brought out the best and the worst in everyone according to their own inclinations. I am blessed to have the heart to have recognized his greatness.

  20. 53 Nena20409
    December 31, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    You’ve done It Again, LL. Beautifully done, sir.
    Au ⭐ for NW 😉
    Winning! Mo’ne

  21. December 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    So what did Senator Warren blast PBO on re the proposed under-Secretary for Treasury?

  22. 59 yardarm756
    December 31, 2014 at 3:40 pm


    1974 U.S. ban on private possession of gold lifted The 41-year-old ban had allowed only industrial and numismatic purchases.

    1970 Smoking The last day for cigarette commercials on U.S. TV.

    1961 The Beach Boys The surfer group plays their first gig under that name at the Ritchie Valens Memorial Concert in Long Beach, California.

    1909 Manhattan bridge opens.

    1890 Ellis Island opens.

    1793 Thomas Jefferson resigns as secretary of state.


    1972 Joe McIntyre American pop musician, member of New Kids on the Block.

    1959 Val Kilmer American actor. Film: Real Genius (1985), Willow (1988), The Doors (1991, Jim Morrison), and Tombstone.

    1948 Donna Summer (LaDonna Gaines), American Grammy-winning singer. Music: Last Dance (1978) and She Works Hard for the Money (1983).

    1947 Tim Matheson American child actor. TV: Johnny Quest (voice of Johnny).

    1943 John Denver d. 1997 (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.), American Grammy-winning singer. Music: Rocky Mountain High (1972), Thank God I’m A Country Boy (1975, #1), and wrote Leaving On A Jet Plane (1969). He died when the small aircraft he was piloting crashed off the coast of California.

    1943 Ben Kinglsey English Oscar-winning actor. Film: Gandhi (1982, Oscar, title role)

    1942 Andy Summers (Andrew Somers), British guitarist, with Police. Music: Roxanne (1978), Message In A Bottle (1979, #1), and Every Breath You Take (1983, #1).

    1940 Crystal Lee Sutton d. 2009 American union organizer. Due to poor working conditions, she helped unionize the workers at the J.P. Stevens textile plant in North Carolina. The film Norma Rae (1979, starring Sally Field) was based on her efforts.

    1937 Anthony Hopkins British Oscar-Emmy-winning actor. Film: Silence of the Lambs (Oscar, he never met a man he didn’t like – to eat) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1993, Prof. Von Helsing).

    1922 Rex Allen d. 1999 American singing cowboy, “The Arizona Cowboy,” actor, and narrator of numerous Walt Disney nature films.

    1912 John Frost d. 1993 British World War II hero, he was portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins in the 1977 movie A Bridge to Far.

    1906 Leroy Edgar Burney d. 1998 U.S. Surgeon General (1956-61). He was the first U.S. federal official to acknowledge the connection between smoking and cancer (1957). He himself was a smoker.

    1905 Jule Styne d. 1994 American Tony-Oscar-winning composer. Broadway: Gypsy (1959) and Funny Girl (1964). Film: Three Coins in a Fountain (1954, Oscar).

    1869 Henri Matisse d. 1954 French painter. He founded the fauve movement (1905) and was one of the most influential of the modern French artists.


    1996 Wesley Addy b. 1913 American actor. TV: Loving (Cabot Alden).

    1985 Rick Nelson b. 1940 (Eric Hilliard Nelson), American actor, singer, teen-idol. TV: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (playing himself). Music: Poor Little Fool (1958, #1) and Hello Mary Lou (1961, #1).

    1979 Virgil Brown b. 1877 American bottler, developed the six-pack beverage carton. He also was a pioneer in vending machines and parking meters.

    1948 Malcolm Campbell b. 1885 British auto racer. He was the first to travel five miles in a minute in an automobile.

    1891 Samuel Adjai Crowther b. circa 1809 African missionary. He was a bishop the Anglican Church (1864), the first black African to receive the honor.

    1864 George Mifflin Dallas b. 1792 11th U.S. Vice-President (1845-49).

    1808 John Nixon b. 1733 American patriot. He gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence (July 8, 1776).

    1802 Francis Lewis b. 1713 American patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    1384 John Wiclif b. circa 1330 English religious reformer. He directed the first English translation of the Bible. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    335 Saint Sylvester I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 33rd Pope (314-335), performed (324 A.D.) the first public consecration of a Catholic church, the Basilica of the Most Holy Savior (now known as St. John the Lateran).

  23. 60 desertflower
    December 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Up from my second snooze and I see this beautiful love letter from LL:) So many of us feel this exact way about this special place so many of us call home… I love all of you…you truly are family to me. Thanks, Chips and Nerdy and LL, amk, LP and all the others that do the work of moving us along and giving us food for thought. Lucky to be here and living in history with all of you:) {{{{{TOD}}}} {{{President Obama}}}}

  24. 61 MadameSoph
    December 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    LL, you summed up the spirit of TOD perfectly! What a treat to come in on Dec 31 of such an eventful and challenging year! Thank you for all of your wonderful and thoughtful contributions to TOD. I usually come in too late to comment on them, but I have enjoyed every one!

    BTW, I voted for the pic of PBO and Pope Francis because the decision to normalize relations with Cuba is so momentous. I am not Catholic, but the difference in tone and the emphasis on empathy and fighting for “the least of these” and the idea that each of us is our brothers/sisters keeper that these two men share is world-changing at a critical time in our history.

    Those finger pics are so cute (but not cutesy… just the right amount 🙂 ) NW found those? Love them!

    O.k. I’ll have to catch up later; looking forward to reading VC’s MMM!

  25. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    December 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm

  26. 64 jackiegrumbacher
    December 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    LL, like Mo’ne Davis you hit it out of the park with this post. Over and above all the political updates, discussions of policy, news events, tweets and photos, the bedrock of this site is love for our president and love for each other. Four years ago I had a long list of bookmarks with sites to cover every day. Today there is only one site that matters because it links me with the truth and with a family that extends around world. I honesty believe that among the greatest legacies of the Obama administration will be his ability to inspire great love and loyalty both to him and to each other. It is a rarity in history that that people can actually become better, kinder, more compassionate and loving because of one great leader’s example. There can be no doubt that Barack Obama is one of those rare leaders.

  27. December 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    “An interesting observation on the road from Dnipropetrovsk to Kyiv. Many people wearing camouflage. Soldiers are returning from the ATO [zone] on the way to places of permanent deployment for their units. And you know what is amazing? They are surprisingly modest. The literature describes numerous examples of soldier behavior during war – from the Three Musketeers to books by witnesses to the wars in Chechnya. A man at war, who has seen the death of his comrades, who constantly finds himself between life and death, cannot objectively be a specimen of high morality. Drunkenness, looting, field wives, disregard for civilians – are the standard in any war.

    But we managed to distinguish ourselves even here. I do not know, I’m sure there will be a witness to the inappropriate behavior by our servicemen, but personally I’ve seen a lot of the military over these three days and I have never – not a single time !!! – have I seen even a hint of improper behavior. Because not just soldiers and heroes are fighting for us. The last knights of Europe are fighting for us.”

  28. December 31, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Mother of LL is safely home from work. I have pizza leftover for lunch, have an Indian delivery place picked out for dinner, and a cocktail glass chilling. Let’s do this.

    • 69 desertflower
      December 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Chinese for me tonight…and my PineFin. Nectar of the Gods.

    • December 31, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks LL for this excellent “New Year’s” post, and thank YOU for all you’ve done to make this site the oasis that it is. Your Night Owl music/poetry posts have become a TOD fixture and essential, they are entertaining & educational, food for the soul, mind and heart. 🙂

      And not to mention your eloquent essays, which address the more serious topics that many of us grapple with, but don’t have the skills to express our thoughts about them as effectively as you do.

      And of course, we continue to enjoy and cherish the interesting updates about the goings-on in your day-to-day, at the library where you work, with the missus LL, Stewie, etc…. 🙂

  29. 71 Nerdy Wonka
    December 31, 2014 at 4:46 pm

  30. 73 desertflower
    December 31, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    http://www.indivisible.us/ Not ready to roll quite yet, but keep an eye out. h/t Michael Tomasky

    Indivisible is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to building a commonsense majority that supports and promotes the essential place of government in our lives, communities and country.

    Our mission is to build high aspirations and strong support for the vital role that government must play in American life. We will inspire a cultural shift in how Americans think about government by training the next generation of civic-minded leaders, disrupting and reframing negative media discourse about government, and creating a network of champions to change the conversation about government in their communities.

    I could get behind this:)

  31. 81 desertflower
    December 31, 2014 at 5:29 pm


    astronaut Chris Hadfield leaves us with this short uplifting look at the state of the world – and an excellent challenge for each of us to make the most of 2015. Happy new year!

  32. 82 vcprezofan2
    December 31, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    ^ 5, Lib_L! I truly ❤ this post as it speaks to the heart of who we are in TOD-land!

    "This little community, where injustice is condemned, where good is sought. This little community which is only as strong as its weakest member, and cherishes that member. This little family.

    I thank you all. I’d be lost without this place."

    I was unfortunately dawdling in the stores when my MMs were shared (/plaintively/ CC, didn't you tell me you'd post them in the next day/two?), so I haven't had a chance to acknowledge the comments you made. #chipsfaultasalways I'll respond after I catch up on this post….and vote.

  33. 83 Linda
    December 31, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Fox News Hashtag #OverIt2014 Backfires Big Time

    Fox News closed the year with a bang on Tuesday when its morning show “Fox & Friends” tried to start a hashtag and instead invited a wave of Internet bile.

    The hashtag in question was #OverIt2014. Asking viewers to tweet what they hope to leave behind in 2014, the anchors offered some examples, including “pretzel buns” and “attacks against Christianity.”

    Harold Itzkowitz @HaroldItz

    #OverIt2014 White supremacy. Or as its friends call it, “Fox News.”
    Gabe Ortíz @TUSK81

    .@foxandfriends I’m over “Survivor” contestants disguised as “journalists” #OverIt2014
    Geoff Ninecow @geoff9cow

    I’m over dangerous, incompetent, corrupt, fundamentalist, low information @gop hacks hurting America on @FoxandFriends #OverIt2014 #GoAway
    Crave That New Years @Slammy_P

    .@foxandfriends doughy white people with terribly racist, sexist, and homophobic opinions #OverIt2014


  34. 84 sabreen60
    December 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Just amazing, LL. You have said so eloquently what I feel in my heart.

  35. December 31, 2014 at 6:01 pm

  36. 86 forus50
    December 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Clink clink to a very happy and healthy New Year 2015!

  37. 87 Nena20409
    December 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    • December 31, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Isn’t this a bit over the top….

      • 89 Nena20409
        December 31, 2014 at 6:40 pm

        But VP Biden went last week and he is currently in the Bahamas……vacationing.
        FBI is law Enforcement. Perhaps, the next best thing other than The AG Holder himself?

        • 90 jacquelineoboomer
          December 31, 2014 at 8:15 pm

          Yes, I think it’s “someone from the Administration,” representing. This has happened before. Plus, looks like “the Administration” is sending a signal that the FBI is “watching” the NYPD. (My guess, anyway.)

  38. 91 carolyn
    December 31, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Just called in our order for Chinese takeout. Best eggrolls in the WORLD!!! and other stuff. A quiet evening together, fire is going in the fireplace, a good way to end this year.

  39. 93 arapaho415
    December 31, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Wonderful expression of comity, LL.

    There’s so much I love about TOD and the TOD community. What I cherish most, and look forward to every day is learning from everyone who posts here. My knowledge would be far poorer without hearing actual personal experiences that so many at TOD generously share. Thank you everyone, and here’s to a stellar 2015 with our beloved Commander-In-Chief at the helm.

    Saw LL’s previous comment about the SoCal weather.

    Here’s a portion of the “Special Weather Statement for Ventura County Coastal Valleys, CA” for my zip code on weather.com:

  40. 94 Nena20409
    December 31, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    • 95 vcprezofan2
      December 31, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Why? Why stir them up? I don’t see any value to distributing videos to citizens purporting to kill their national leader no matter how much they may fear him. Are they including food items in the balloons?

      • 96 arapaho415
        December 31, 2014 at 7:12 pm

        Korea really needs to be re-united.

        South Koreans are so prosperous, it’s unseemly for them to taunt their fellow (starving) Korean neighbors this way.

        • 97 vcprezofan2
          December 31, 2014 at 7:29 pm

          Arapaho, I can’t imagine anyone in SK or the rest of the world considering this move, would think it would hurt the despot more than the people. It’s the starving part that makes me hope if they continue with this weird stunt it will actually be a disguise to drop an edible treat of some sort, in the hope some at least would fall into the right hands. Because unless the movie case is in reality hiding something meaningful this would IMO be a heartless and thoughtless gesture.

      • December 31, 2014 at 7:14 pm

        It’s grossly stupid and cruel to the people of NK. Anyone caught touching that crap video would likely be executed (along with all their family members), for starters.

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      December 31, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  41. 103 Nena20409
    December 31, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    In Paris France!

  42. 105 Nena20409
    December 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    So too was in the NYC……Murder rate was way down too.

  43. 106 Vicki
    December 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Elaborating on a tweet from BWD: yes, NYC and Chicago are seeing historically Low murder rates and they have effective gun control.
    NYC had 315 murders in 2014, 30% fewer than years ago!!!

    On The Other hand, you guessed it, St. Louis with its racism and gun rights crap has seen its murder rate skyrocket.

    America needs to decide which path to follow. Soon.

  44. 107 Nena20409
    December 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    ImPeACH Pres Obama, Now!
    $14B savings on Gas in 2014.
    In 2013, John Boehner and Ted Cruz took away over $24B from our Economy.
    Who Loves YOU America?

  45. 109 Nena20409
    December 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    LL, you see, CA was Not the Only Place with Frigid Temperatures. 😉

    • 110 arapaho415
      December 31, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      But we’ve got the wind, so it’s like a blizzard without snow.

      No matter where you live, temps in the teens is cold (see upthread for Central CA coast and Antelope Valley CA). Thankfully the winds have died down where I am, but I most of my patio plants will crowd into the living room tonight.

      • 111 Nena20409
        December 31, 2014 at 7:12 pm

        We’ve got the wind too. It is -10 factoring the wind.

        • 112 arapaho415
          December 31, 2014 at 7:16 pm


          Unlike LL, I haven’t turned on the heat yet, so I am not complaining.

          I do feel for those people who are lining the streets of Pasadena tonight and for the flowers that will not be at their best on the floats tomorrow.

          I’ve never been to the parade itself, but have viewed the floats the following day. It’s amazing what the float designers and volunteers do to create the gorgeous floats — hats off to all of them.

  46. 114 Nena20409
    December 31, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Okay, OK….my last post from NBCNews.

  47. 115 Nena20409
    December 31, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Just so sad. My heart aches.

  48. December 31, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Urge all of you to read every word of this ….

    “If just one event had to be selected as the signal event of 2014, that event would have to be Ukraine.


    After the United States set an example, sanctions were agreed on. Even better, those sanctions were applied. Better still, they have produced real effects: the slide of the ruble, the tumble of the Moscow stock market, and massive capital flight. As once in South Africa, Serbia, and Iraq (and soon enough in Iran)—firmness paid off. Once again, and contrary to the self-serving myths of those who are running out of ways to justify their impulse to appease, this corollary of Clausewitz’s theorem has been demonstrated: economics is the continuation of politics and war by far better means.


    Putin, finally. I think back to the enthralled commentaries to which we were treated, in the United States and in Europe, at the very beginning of this chain of events. The chess master, said some; the master strategist, said others; the Russian soul personified and cast into an iron body, enjoined still others. A year later, where are we? Crimea is still occupied, of course. The Donbass region is aflame and bleeding. But the would-be emperor is naked. With his economy in ruins, no longer does he seem so impressive to so many. Russians are beginning to doubt the calculations of the old KGB man, who may have lacked the means necessary for his megalomania. And, as the Ukrainian parliament voiced its unanimous desire to join NATO, the twin visits to Kiev of those two pillars of Eurasianism dear to Putin’s heart, the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan, sounded what may be the death knell for his imperial project. Vladimir Putin finishes the year much worse off than he began it: weakened, in retreat, and, I believe, increasingly alone in his theater of shadows covered in ruins.

    Of course, the process still needs to play out. The ambitious Marshall Plan for Ukraine that I proposed several months ago in Vienna still needs to be implemented. But the wheel of fortune has turned. The Kremlin no longer speaks the language of destiny. Now, suddenly, we cannot rule out the possibility that 2015 will be the year of Ukraine’s victory. ”


  49. 120 GGAIL
    December 31, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve got shrimp cocktail ready & chillin. Grilled red snapper, sweet potato fries, & salad ready. Will take champagne out after I take a nap.

  50. 121 JER
    December 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm

  51. 123 Roberta in MN
    December 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Australia really has magnificent fire works displays for New Years. LL. what a wonderful post. I could never put into words what all of you so eloquently did today and the years before. I came to TOD thru DKS, BWD & even FDL. But haven’t been back to them since coming here first on my daily list even if I don’t comment.
    Happy New Year all. I think I am coming down with the flu so I am going to say GN all and CLINK my OJ. :-).

  52. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    LL – This was heartwarming. Thank you and Happy New Year’s Eve to you!

  53. 125 sjterrid
    December 31, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you, LL!

  54. 126 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful post, LL! This is indeed the best online home on the internets!

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