A harmless annual institution 7

“New Year’s Day — Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. We shall also reflect pleasantly upon how we did the same old thing last year about this time. However, go in, community. New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.” – Mark Twain, January 1863.

Happy New Year everyone!

Posted under Miscellaneous by Jillian Becker on Monday, December 31, 2018

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On this New Year’s Eve, we recycle a message from a past year because we like it:

“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

– Mark Twain

 

A Happy New Year to all who see this page!

Posted under Miscellaneous by Jillian Becker on Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Mark Twain

“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.

Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” – Mark Twain

 

A Happy New Year to all who see this page!

We make New Year wishes rather than resolutions. Here are some of them:

May Obama be hindered, hampered, frustrated and blocked in every political action he takes. Best of all, may he (and Joe Biden) resign.

May the decline of America, that Obama has deliberately worked, be reversed. May the Republicans use their congressional majorities and all their positions of authority to effect that reversal.

May religious belief start withering away, irreversibly, from the human psyche.

May Islam be soundly defeated everywhere on earth and set on the road to rapid and total extinction.

May the welfare state start being phased out, and genuine market economies be allowed to function in every nation-state.

May the man-made global warming lobby give up.

May the United Nations and all its agencies be destroyed.

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Those are enough to be getting on with.

Okay – we’re being unrealistic. But while we’re wishing, we may as well wish big.

Readers are invited to tell us their wishes (or resolutions) if they will.

Posted under Miscellaneous by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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