At the outset of the new year we asked our blog community for predictions and the only thing learned for certain is that you guys are frustrated and unfunny.

For all the chest-thumping about a myriad of political beliefs . . . So much ideologically driven rhetoric doesn't seem to be making anyone happy.

Meanwhile, TKC doesn't believe much and that tends to give us a giggle from time to time.

But I digress . . . 

Here's an important sentiment for the new year via the more KICK-ASS denizens of our blog community:


Seriously . . . 

In a town that thrives on hype and talk of "momentum" there are very few talking points which offer a convincing case for optimism. 

A few examples . . . 

- Streetcar expansion just seems like revenge on the working poor and yet another opportunity to destroy more old school Midtown neighborhoods. 

- So far we haven't seen any hint of solutions for local crime. In fact, an upcoming budget fight seems like another opportunity to embitter local factions beyond any repair or hope of compromise.

- All of that free money hasn't sparked economic recovery so far.

- Despite nearly two years of COVID lock downs, dress codes, tracing and testing . . . Pandemic news remains even more dire amid rising infections & hospitalizations.   

- Worst of all . . . The nation seems more divided than ever. The partisan culture war is at a stalemate and Americans have been tricked/convinced that their political opposition is worse than any threat across the globe. Quizzically, foreign dictators and selfish billionaires are often regarded as heroes to some right wingers whilst many leftists naively argue against the very same Democracy and freedom which has ensured their survival.

To be fair . . .

We'd be really entertained by anybody who can find reason for optimizing going forward.

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You decide . . .