Your predictions for 2012 are requested

tobr24u(z6 RI)January 2, 2012

and probably should be required. And don't be shy, nobody will scoff at any offering you provide, as this forum's resolution for the new year is to be a kinder, gentler place to gather. Mine? A vaccine for cancer is at hand and will be proved successful...

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youngquinn_gw

I predict that Australia will replicate its stunning 1983 victory in the Amercias cup.

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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Well pardon me while I scoff, even though I promised not to do so...

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 7:08AM
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youngquinn_gw

watch out for our "winged keel" it will get you every time and all completely legal

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 7:17AM
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jodik_gw

And I predict the cancer vaccine you predict is in the works is so expensive that only the few can afford to obtain it...

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 7:28AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Your keel may be legal but would hardly be considered good sportsmanship. Jodik, you may be right, and think of the uproar if it comes to Medicare providing it...

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 7:37AM
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youngquinn_gw

I wish you played cricket over there, then we could beat you at 2 things.

there is already a vaccine for cervical cancer. I think theatt here wont be a vaccine developed for all cancers....they will have to be specifially targetted to the particular cancer and how it behaves.
better diagnostic tests will be first.....(Ie diagnosis from a simple blood test is not too far off)

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 7:42AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Cricket is child's play compared to our grown up sports, like baseball. And from what I have read it will be a universal vaccine that has been now developed that will halt all cancers...

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 7:47AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes(5)

I have read it will be a universal vaccine that has been now developed that will halt all cancers...

Does that mean smokers will be permitted to return to smoking in public places, offices, etc.,and the tobacco industry will boost the economy in 2012?

I predict a war with Iran. Aircraft sales to Saudi Arabia, and arms sales to UAE has been completed. Boeing reaps billions of $$$$, and their effective tax rate will once again be about -1.8% for 2012.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 8:04AM
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esh_ga

I predict the economy will continue to improve, the Republicans will nominate Mitt Romney but not really like him and that Obama will be re-elected and the American people's dissatisfaction with politics will continue to grow. OWS-type protests will increase and someone will actually be killed in one of them.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 8:08AM
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pnbrown

I predict the world will use very nearly, but not quite as much petroleum in 2012 as it did in 2011, but more natural gas and coal as well as the desperate alternative fossils.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 8:23AM
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labrea_gw

No cure in sight for the Kardashians in 2012.

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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes(5)

As individuals, we�ve never been so much at the mercy of events that play out thousands of miles away, and we are remarkably unable to do anything about it.

And here comes 2012, which will witness a U.S. presidential election, crunch time for the European fiscal union, a potentially slowing Chinese economy, more weather disruptions, and a whole bunch of stuff that we have no idea is coming. If 2011 was the year when globalization�s downside became impossible to ignore, then 2012 will likely raise the ante by another order of magnitude. Andrew Leonard.

Welcome to more chaos!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 8:58AM
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vgkg(Z-7)

I predict that nearly all 2012 predictions will not come to pass....

On the other hand, in the world of politics ---
I predict that if Iraq implodes with civil war then McCain, Cheney, Romney, and others will pounce on Obama for allowing a Great Bush Victory to go down in flames. They are drooling with anticipation for any kind of perceived foreign policy failure to pin on him....and I predict that the majority of fair minded Americans won't buy it.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 9:39AM
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maggie2094

I predict Biden and Clinton will switch places.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 10:02AM
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david52_gw

Voters in the swing states become so jaded with endless political attack ads they all buy Tivo's and switch to satellite radio. Those that can't afford this will have to replace their remotes because the 'mute' button is wore out.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 10:03AM
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adoptedbyhounds

Romney is nominated and wins in November. Republicans take both the House and Senate. Obamacare gets repealed or seriously modified into something the ELECTORATE approves of.

As a progressive community organizer, Obama misread America. He never understood that the segment of America that wants to be led and organized is not at all representative of who we are.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 10:31AM
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bill_vincent(Central Maine)

December 21st-- be there or be square!!

:-)

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 10:35AM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

Nika, dream on! The Republicans will never pass single-payer reform.

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ohiomom

"awareness"

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 11:02AM
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labrea_gw

Not that I believe a word that has ever come from his mouth including the prepositions.
Donald Trump does have a point about the Yo Yo's on the right said he's nevvah seen anything quite like it.

Chief YoYo is Romney he has brought confabulation to an all time high as a political tool.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 11:09AM
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lily316(z5PA)

I predict the economy will improve at a slow rate fueled by the better than expected Xmas buying season. I predict the GOP contenders will get more and more nasty and Huntsmans , Bachmann, and Perry will soon be toast and the rest will battle it out with Romney being the nominee. The T-Ps will hold their noses and vote for him , because of their extreme hatred of Obama. . I predict Obama will win by a lower margin than 2008. I predict the weather patterns across the country will be as crazy as last year with droughts, tornadoes, record heat and earthquakes caused by fracking.I doubt we'll see 2012 with a 74 inches of rain here, but hopefully above and not below.

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ronalawn82(z9FL)

tobr24u.
"I predict the economy will continue to improve, the Republicans will nominate Mitt Romney but not really like him and that Obama will be re-elected and the American people's dissatisfaction with politics will continue to grow. OWS-type protests will increase and someone will actually be killed in one of them."COLOR>
I guess that I am too lazy &/OR hung-over to type my thoughts so I have copied the thoughts of esh_ga and hope that (s)he has not copyrighted them.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 1:07PM
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Big_Papi

Romney wins in a landslide, both houses become Republican. Obamacare gets flushed to where it belongs.

Liberalism dies a long slow painful death when it becomes apparent that it's the cause of alot of the worlds problems. It gets replaced by a philosophy of people taking responsibility for their own actions.
Following the death of Liberalism, the world breaths a sigh of relief.

Gas prices drop to .25 per gallon.

To celebrate, I buy a new yellow Hummer H2.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 1:17PM
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lily316(z5PA)

This was about predictions...not fantasies.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 1:21PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

The fantasy is the subjugation and internment of Arab oil sheiks, their imams and Chavez in Gitmo (expanded to all of Cuba, of course).

The bootheel of fascism will rule the world again.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 1:33PM
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bill_vincent(Central Maine)

The bootheel of fascism will rule the world again.

Marshall-- funny you should say that. I just finished reading Big Papi's post, and Lily's response, and for some reason it came into my mind-- Romney defeated, Obama wins, then assasinated, military coup puts the REAL antichrist in power and so starts the countdown to Dec. 21st. :-)

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 1:49PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

Bill, those same thoughts have crossed my mind in recent months. Obama's tenure has generated the highest number of threats of any other Presidential term.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 1:52PM
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eibren(z6PA)

I predict that a dark horse candidate will emerge during the Republican Convention, get elected, and turn out to be the Antichrist. He (or possibly she) will then proceed to attack Iran without any clear mandate to do so, beginning Armageddon on or about Decembger 21, 2012, in accord with the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar.

During the Armageddon, the meek will slip away with the self-pollenated, organic seed they have stockpiled, and begin the arduous process of subsistence farming, assisted in assessing the new seasonal patterns on Earth with a weatherman they rescued from the Weather Channel.

The most fruitful plain will now be determined to exist on the erstwhile ranch of GWBush, now so stunned and disoriented by the loss of most of his wealth in the Great Crash of 2012, as well as being Left Behind, that he assents to a communal farming plan on his ranch.

God will then descend, to the amazement of almost everyone, to remove and preserve one of GW's ribs for possible future use in a New Eden. This will slightly serve to mollify GW's mortification at having witnessed Obama's Ascention during a scheduled telecast.

The Antichrist will, in turn, demand GW's presence and assistance, but GW will hide in a one-room schoolhouse under a wall map depicting the war movements of his campaigns in Iraq. The Four Horsemen, however, will prove to be too difficult to elude, and they will first ride in turn around the schoolhouse several times each, after which the Antichrist will himself drag GW, screaming, down to Hell.

By this point, the first crop of self-pollenated organic bean plants will have sprouted in the Gardens of the Meek. Most of them will be eaten by camels, but, miraculously, a few will survive to grow as vigorously as the legendary Jack's, and ascend into the heavens.

Not wanting to appear pushy, but following their harvest, the Meek will then climb their miraculous beanstalks, which will lead them to the remarkable discovery of Daniel Craig and a gallery of Archangelic-like aliens from every corner of the galaxy, all of them chanting "I told you so" in unison.

The meek will all then fall back to Earth in shock, resulting in the extinction of the only people left, and thereby necessitating the use of GW's rib after all.

In future days, this will be seen by the sages of those times as the true and only explanation for Origional Sin.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 1:59PM
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maggie2094

Sadly, with all the lies about Obama including calling him the anti-christ and other etc, he will be in very real danger after his re-election. I look at his beautiful family and I wonder how they bear it.

Look at the people right here on this thread that need to paint "the other side" as evil, as if only "their side" has all the right answers.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 2:03PM
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bill_vincent(Central Maine)

Someone just posted this on Facebook-- I HADDA share it. :-)

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 2:11PM
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bill_vincent(Central Maine)

Maggie-- that goes right along with Marshall's other thread about political vitriol. Between that, and the big banks wanting to burn everyone they can, we don't need anyone else to destroy us. We'll do it all ourselves, and all anyone else has to do is grab a big bag of popcorn, sit back, and watch it happen.

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lily316(z5PA)

Maggie..I agree about the pressures the Obama family must feel all the time with the record threats against him continuously. IMO, I have never seen a more loving devoted family occupy the White House. He loves his girls and wife so much, and the girls are old enough to sense the danger. Bravo to our Secret Service for keeping him safe so far.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 2:30PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

Bill, we have to BUY a small bag of stale gmo corn, rent a seat and pay to watch what happens. I'll play Postman in eibren's hell.

Cute cartoon; been around for a few weeks.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 2:31PM
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jodik_gw

This thread is about predictions, not wishes that will never come to pass.

I predict that the GOP will hold up such poor options that Democrats will win by a landslide.

I predict cognitive levels will continue to drop within certain ranks, while complacency and disparity continue to rise... in other ranks, discontent and distress, along with poverty, will continue to rise... and as sad as it might be, I also predict that people will be injured or die in the coming protests... because if things don't change, protests will continue at an increasing rate.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 2:38PM
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I predict we won't be here. HT will be terminated, locked down, eliminated in the interest of national security.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 3:02PM
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mrskjun(9)

Bush received 3,000 death threats per year. Amazing that anyone wants the job.

I predict that America will continue in it's moral decline. Continue to be seen as the bully of the world. Continue parroting the talking points coming out of Washington, and continue turning on one another in either class or ideological warfare.

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paulines(New England)

Channeling Miss Cleo here.

I predict that we will be reading alot about greed and cognitive levels dropping among certain ranks, here at HT.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 4:16PM
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chase_gw

I predict that the up coming Presidential election will serve to isolate the far right and reestablish conservative moderates control of the Republican Party

Either by a huge Republican defeat or with a replacement of Tea Party conservatives with more moderate conservatives

In doing that, running more moderate candidates, the Republicans may take the White House, if they don't then President Obama wins.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 4:22PM
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lily316(z5PA)

Obama gets triple the death threats Bush ,who was also hated, got.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 4:25PM
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vgkg(Z-7)

Lily I think you are right about the economy gaining momentum. Xmas was a surprise and maybe that will carry on through the The End of 2012 as people realize that they can't take it with em'.
In that case my first prediction of 2013 is that spending will crash and who ever is president will get the blame.

Bill, that cartoon was good!...probable truths can be funny ;o)

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 4:38PM
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vgkg(Z-7)

---PS, I was hoping to find a similar thread from Jan 2011 but the last page (67) just goes back to March. There should be one, anyone think they can find it? Might be good for a few laughs.....at first, nyuk

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 4:47PM
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pnbrown

Regarding the mayans, I read this morning about a guy (native) who went and talked to a bunch of elders and apparently the deal is that the world is not going to be destroyed in 2012 but transformed, because the solar system is crossing the equatorial meridian of the galaxy.

Who knew?

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 4:56PM
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labrea_gw

I predict Newt Gingrich will convert to Islam!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 5:02PM
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vgkg(Z-7)

pn, isn't "transformed" just a polite way of saying destroyed ;)

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 5:03PM
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adoptedbyhounds

"Nika, dream on! The Republicans will never pass single-payer reform."

If they're smart, they'll find out what the electorate wants before they pass anything. Telling voters "We have to pass the legislation so that you can see what is in it" didn't go over that well.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 8:28PM
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terriks

I predict Newt Gingrich will convert to Islam!

Why not, he has already been a Lutheran, Baptist and now a Catholic.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 8:51PM
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bird_lover6

I predict that as soon as Romney wins the nomination - and not a day before - the MSM will talk non-stop about the unusual beliefs of mormons.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 10:33PM
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david52_gw

Curious if the Mormon advertising campaign is just a local phenomenon, or nationwide? We see several ads where normal people of many races are acting normal and the punch line is ".....name and I'm a Mormon"

(Note that I have no problem with the Church of Later Day Saints, many members are good neighbors and friends, and their missionaries can take a hint, unlike some other religions I could name but won't)

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 11:19AM
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pnbrown

Chassidism?

VK, global warming might qualify as a transformation.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 12:49PM
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heri_cles

Should Obama win re-election, I predict that the more intense GOP Obamahaters will double up on sore losing, split from their political party in anger, blame the mainstream Republican establishment for the loss, and formalize the TParty as a mostly Southern Bible Belt third party based upon pre-Civil Rights era social values and Libertarian ideology.
The fracture in the GOP has been there for some time now, so it will only be a matter of time for the formal split. Let's face it,
Romney is never going to cut it for most conservative Republicans and he will never beat Obama.

Given all that, the best option for the GOP at this point is to move to the ideological right as a party. They should nominate and coalesce around Santorum, following the lead that Iowa will set today, where Santorum will win the Iowa caucas.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 1:39PM
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demifloyd(8)

I predict electronics prices will continue to fall.

I predict more people will continue to get fatter.

I predict Europe will see a major decline in the coming year, and decade due to socialism and too much government spending.

I predict if we don't change course, no matter who is president, that we will be right behind Europe.

I predict this will be a good year for Elly and Ohiomom, better than last.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 1:55PM
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mylab123(z5NW)

I'd climb that beanstalk for an upclose look at Daniel Craig in a minute!
A clever little prediction Eibren, what an imagination!

I predict that Hot Topics will be even more contentious than it was during 2011.

I started actively worrying about the President and his family the day he was elected and am frankly amazed that there has been no close calls. Unless we haven't been made aware of the close calls, of course.

For some reason, I have worried more about his wife and especially his children's safety. What could tear this country apart even more than Obama being killed by an American is that his wife or especially his children being killed.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 2:06PM
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heri_cles

I predict that Obama will be re-elected and despite any predictions or secret hopes by the haters for his early demise, he will serve out another 4 year term.

I have to say, I find the discussion about assassination here to be quite disturbing. His wife and children? Please, stop this before I get really upset.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 2:43PM
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mylab123(z5NW)

Here Heri, have a nice cup of chamomile tea and go sit by the fire to calm your nerves - after all, it's only Hot Topics being Hot Topics.

I would hesitate to ever predict "my guy" to be the Presidential winner - who knows how those words would come back to haunt us in future discussions? To be sure, someone is taking notes for future ammo. And we can't know how America will vote, no matter what direction logic might point .

But, if the economy continues it's upswing throughout the next year, I have to consider the idea that Americans, even those who were on the fence for the last three years, would not want to change what might be good for their wallet by changing to someone else who might screw it up again.

So it stands to reason to me that conservatives who want Obama out no matter the cost would be praying for a downturn on the economy and the resulting frantic reaction by the voter.

I don't consider that to be a shot to conservatives - it's history as it happened. He had eight years and a lot of advice regarding the economy - advice he disregarded. The same would be said if this economic scenario had taken place just as Clinton was leaving office.

If the economy doesn't continue to improve fairly steadily during the next year, I sadly think the winner of the election is up for grabs and Obama might very well lose the election no matter who is the primary winner.

I hesitate to be too optimistic regarding a win by President Obama, the alternative, whoever he/she might be, is too awful (to me, anyway) to consider. Even Bachmann could win if the right circumstances were to be there on election day and she ended up being the primary winner. I can't bear to think it but nothing is impossible.

Who could have dreamed that they would live to see the day when a black President was elected? Even though the conservatives are fast to point out that he is not black, the white community has yet to embrace him as one of their own and the black community has, so he is black. And he is the President who was voted in not only by the majority but by the VAST majority.

We still haven't cleaned up the mess left by the LAST conservative who was in office for a full eight years, not preventing the whole thing from swirling down the toilet bowl. Which is why I think this next election is a very important one, a vital one to the health of our country.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 3:12PM
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jodik_gw

I think the public has simply not been made aware of the exact numbers of threats and attempts, when it comes to Presidential safety. Given the politically incorrect reasons quite a few citizens refuse to line up behind him, and I, too, am surprised that no outward attempts have been made to clear the oval office.

Look at the attempts made on other Presidents...

I would say all things point to 4 more years of Obama, unless by some miracle another candidate surfaces that possesses both a brain and conscience. I wouldn't count on it, though.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 4:12PM
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heri_cles

Who could have dreamed that they would live to see the day when a black President was elected? Even though the conservatives are fast to point out that he is not black, the white community has yet to embrace him as one of their own and the black community has, so he is black.

my lab:
Can you please join me for a cup of my famous egg-lemon soup and maybe a cup of chamomile? That will help you to cleanse these depressing thoughts from your brain so that you can start the New Year with a fresh outlook.

Now then....consider this. The GOP lost their way politically after the 2010 midterms with several missteps that have set them on a path to defeat in 2012.

Let's not forget that every one of their candidates (including Romney, Santorum, Cain, Huntsman and Paul) supported the Ryan Plan (except for the Newt-ster, at least for a few hours).
The Ryan plan essentially spells the end for Social Security and Medicare among its other draconian measures.

Every GOP candidate also supports the George Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest people and corporations in a time where people are becoming increasingly angry with the failure of the supposed job creators, trickle down economics, and growing income inequality.

None of them have useful national security experience except for Santorum, who served in teh Armed Services Committee.
No, fancy ambassadorships, CEO foreign trade missions, and management of an Olympic sports event does not qualify one to be CIC.

And remember when all the GOP candidates were asked to raise their hands if they would take a 10 to 1 offer of spending cuts to tax increases?

This economy was screwed up with the same policies that these GOP candidates continue to push. We never hear them mention Bush any more but it's the same old song.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 4:50PM
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eibren(z6PA)

Thank you, MyLab. I hope you enjoyed it.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2012 at 12:33AM
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vgkg(Z-7)

Thought I'd track this thread down and bump it up before it slipped away into cyberlimbo. Still not too late to add on. Reviewing is fun too...

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 10:30AM
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adoptedbyhounds

Thanks for doing that, vgkg. It's fun to go back and read what we were thinking (or hoping) back in January!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 10:58AM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

Yes, thanks, vgkg. The bootheel of fascism still is poised and the antichrist is about to don the mantle of...

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 11:07AM
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jodik_gw

Finish your thought, Marshallz... was it "presidential king of the US"? Or maybe you were thinking something else? ;-)

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 11:14AM
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labrea_gw

I predict we will learn about Mitt's Mayan Ancestry!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 11:23AM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

vgkg predicted:

I predict that if Iraq implodes with civil war then McCain, Cheney, Romney, and others will pounce on Obama for allowing a Great Bush Victory to go down in flames.

And today in the news...

Iraq Insurgents Kill Nearly 100 After Declaring New Offensive
By YASIR GHAZI and ROD NORDLAND
Published: July 23, 2012

BAGHDAD � In a coordinated display intended to show they remain a viable force, Iraqi insurgents launched at least 37 separate attacks throughout the country on Monday morning, setting off car bombs, storming a military base, attacking policemen in their homes and ambushing checkpoints, Iraqi authorities said.

Here is a link that might be useful: Iraq Implodes?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 12:22PM
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fouquieria(10b)

Mine? A vaccine for conservatism is at hand and will be proved successful...

-Ron-

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 12:28PM
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lily316(z5PA)

I'm pretty psychic..Most everything so far has happened except I didn't predict the massive drought.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 12:49PM
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vgkg(Z-7)

Needs a last look before posting on tobr's new 2013 prediction thread...

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 9:42AM
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lily316(z5PA)

Wow, I can't believe how right I was and how wrong Nik was. ...lol

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 3:10AM
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frank_il

Lily, I just reread your predictions. You were spot on. I would have been more pessimistic. I will have to go to the 2013 thread and read your new predictions.

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ohiomom

....and I was not even close, better not quit my day job :)

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 6:35AM
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haydayhayday

I have a perfect record!

Absolutely spotless.

Hay

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 9:37AM
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adoptedbyhounds

"Wow, I can't believe how right I was and how wrong Nik was. ...lol"

HA! Me either...LOL!

Congratulations on reading the public way better than I did!!! :)

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 11:00AM
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