It is incumbent upon me to wish a Happy New Year to my readers, my sworn enemies, my close friends, my associates, everyone whom I know, and the world at-large.
I’m entering the year 2016 with an enormous batch of mixed sentiments and emotions – the kinds that I never knew would dominate me, motivate me, and hit me very hard on a colossal scale. Some of the sentiments and emotions are good, while others are bad. I know that I have many other adventures to await and to which I look forward, but some of them can possibly and may be overwhelming in the months to come. Perhaps they may be underwhelming. Either way, the upcoming months are coming, so I will concentrate on that and many more opportunities to come my way.
The first half of my life has ended, and now I’m preparing to enter the second half of it. Phase One is over for me, but Phase Two is on the horizon. I cherish every second of my life, and I greet the new life that will come to embrace and enthrall me enthusiastically and amazingly. Of that I am most certain.
As the holidays wind down on the closure of 2015, 2016 has finally arrived. 2015 remains a distant memory hole for most people now, considering it’s been a rotten, awful year for everyone (well, mostly everyone that is), but 2016, I predict, will be a far better one. While liberty has been under assault in 2016, at least some successes have been met. The Supreme Court has all-in-all legalized gay marriage in its ruling, despite the animus coming from the conservatives. Marijuana has been legalized in a handful of states. Just today, the State of Texas has its new open-carry law in effect, becoming the 45th state to allow gun owners and many citizens to carry firearms openly in a legal fashion. This is great news for liberty at-large, and we must acknowledge, accept, and embrace that paramount step in the advancement of human freedom for all Americans. This is fantastic, and we must celebrate in every immeasurable way. Complacency and apathy have no legitimate room in our society anymore, and it’s high time that all Americans, including Yours Truly, accept that. We must eschew those sentiments as much and often as possible, for they are they cancers that destroy liberty, not the saviors of it.
My good Wendy McElroy, who has wished everyone a Happy New Year on her blog, has announced that she will no longer carry a news feed on her blog because her decision is to write more this year than she has in the past several years. She’s also announced to pull the plug on Ifeminists.com. In the midst of her apology to that site’s fans and friends, she explains:
Its demise comes from nothing more than that there is only one of me.
Here’s Wendy’s blog post as the following:
Liberty Cap Talk Live, my talk radio show, which began on BlogTalkRadio on December 26, 2006 as an interview show (although it has evolved in the current format of the three co-hosts and guest panelists format due to Real Time with Bill Maher‘s influence on me), will be winding down at the end of this season. It will continue for one more season with a strong possibility that it will be its last, unless Jim Landrith (my top co-host) and Will Coley of Muslims for Liberty (my second co-host/permanent panelist) want to continue it. The reason is that I am going to end my talk radio forays, and Jim and Will can continue the show without me on a permanent basis, although I might be inclined to be a guest panelist at some point later, but that’s gonna be shelved for now.
The website has been updated with a new look (i.e. “a new template”) and a new header to make it more marketable. Hopefully I will be able to bring guest bloggers and writers onto this site as well as official regulars on here as well. Time will tell, so we will see.
Stay happy, be fruitful, and fight for liberty at every corner.