Morning News and Views New Years Day 2011 @ Maggie’s Notebook

I never want to wish my life away, because each day is precious, but beginning a new year is always exciting. I want to thank all my readers and commenters for making the news of 2010 interesting to report and opine upon, simply because you were reading. Thank you for sticking with me through the hackings, changing of blog formats and hosts. Here’s my little public service announcement: if you subscribed to my posts each day at the old blog, you must sign up here again to continue receiving them daily. Look to the right and you’ll see the box to enter your email address. There’s never advertising and never spam.

Thank you to the special friends who encouraged me to make the move to the new blog and helped me do it. Chief among them ChicagoRay44, Stanford at Blog@MoreWhat and, Karen at The Lonely Conservative, Larry at Political Realities and Jeremy Sarber at They were always ready to answer a question or steer me in the right direction. They endured my naivete about self-hosting.

Thank you to all the generous bloggers who have linked to Maggie’s Notebook this year. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you.

Thank you to the alert and informed friends, some I’ve met, most I haven’t, who emailed tips and shared their stories with me.

Thank you, thank you thank you, and happy 2011 everyone!

Back to business: here’s a few news and views you may have missed in the hustle and bustle of New Years.

Country Thinker has an excellent post about waste, the destruction of wealth and a real bridge to nowhere…really, to no where, costing $800,000. Photos as well. A snippet:

As the fol­low­ing pic­ture shows, the bridge is rarely used by any­one.  Admit­tedly it has been cold, but the snow has been on the ground for nearly a month.  I esti­mated December’s foot traf­fic at five peo­ple and one dog.

Conservative Hideout tackles three big issues in one post: Death Panels, Birthers and the Set Up.

Madness in the public schools in North Carolina. Frugal Cafe has the story of a lunchbox mix-up that costs a student the rest of her senior year.

Gary Fouse at Fousesquawk introduces us to M. Zuhdi Jasser, who according to Gary is a moderate Muslim. The post points to an article by M.Zuhdi Jasser concerning a civil rights case brought on behalf of  an American-Muslim teacher who was denied unpaid vacation to make the Hajj in Mecca.

Holger Awakens has THE Katie Couric story. You know the one, about the Muslim Cosby family.

Left Coast Rebel clears up the confusion about “Death Panels.” Are they back, or are they not?

I love this. Monkey in the Middle has a story of Italy and Free Hugs. Watch the video and feel really, really good. The music is beautiful. Abbracci Gratis – Hallelujah!

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Political Realities is talking about the federal land grabs of some of our most beautiful and productive country.

Pirate’s Cove is talking about Kansas State’s game against Syracuse and Adrian Hilburn’s salute that drew an unsportmanslike conduct penalty. Who knows, maybe there soldier, sailors, marines or coast guard in the stands.

Right Truth says Democrats are lining up to vote for Palin in the 2010 primaries. It has something to do with Rush Limbaugh.

Randy’s Roundtable will lead you to an intriguing story about Hillary Clinton’s astonishing weight gain. Nevertheless, I like her longer hair.

Reaganite Republican asks if Boehner and McConnell have the cojones to bring in George Soros for a few questions.

RightHandMan at Sentry Journal has an important post on abortion. It’s not the usual abortion post. It does share a personal experience. I hope you will read it, maybe tuck it away in the event some young girl or woman finds herself in this agonizing situation of deciding on the matter of life or death, or a young man trying to support the mother of his soon-to-be child. Perhaps this post will make a difference in the life of someone you know.

Sultan Knish talks about the compulsive need for anti-Americanism.

Bob at The Camp of the Saints has a conversation about the public and the private, and where the line is drawn should be drawn.

The Daley Gator has Walter Williams discussing what is a Right? Williams is always right, and he is especially right about what is right. And one more from the Gator: Yet another reason to like Sarah Palin. A snippet:

when whiny, snot-nosed primadonas start criticizing you, you KNOW you are doing something right!

And why is it that all the “gurus” on what “not to wear” look like their mommy dressed them?

The Lonely Conservative has the cost of the Obama’s extended vacation in Hawaii. !@#$#**#

Western Hero talks about the ten million commandments, all legal sludge making a mockery of law. Read the comments!

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  • Wishing you the best in the coming year Maggie.

    • Thank you Randy. Wishing the same right back at you.

  • Thanks for the link, Maggie and you are quite welcome for the small amount of help I was able to give when you moved to WordPress. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • LD, you did far more than help me just a little. I’m am so glad to know you, a blogger from this beautiful and conservative state of Oklahoma. Go Sooners!

      • Let’s see now, are the Sooners playing tonight? I think they are and that means my brother will be glued to the TV. Reckon they will win?

        • LD, they should win, but with OU, who knows. I watch most of the OU games with hubby and I check in when OSU plays (I watch the big games). We support OU always and OSU when they’re not playing OU. If OSU is playing well against OU and OU is flubbing it, we cheer for OSU. We like to see both schools do well.

  • We may be entering a new year, but the problems facing America remain the same. **sigh**

    • Hi AOW, the problems remain the same, but I’m hoping the problem solvers have a new and fresh eye on the problem.

  • Happy New Year and thanks for the nice roundup. I know you’ve been through some tough blog times, so 2011 should be better. As AOW says we are entering this year with many problems lined up for us to solve or reverse. I hope that happens.


    • Thank you Debbie. If all I can gripe about is blog problems, I’m a very lucky girl. I’m excited to see what we can do this year.

  • Wow! What a roundup.

    We are awake, we’ve got our eye on the GOP, and we have joined the battle. 2011 will not be an easy year, but we’ve got to stay engaged.

    We won’t be able to roll back government these next two years, but we may be able to fight them to a standstill, and win some propaganda victories in the process.

    These next two years for us bloggers should be about proselytizing, not for Christ or some religion, but for free-market capitalism (which we do not have in this country. It is crony crapitalism). We need to wake up our friends, family and coworkers to just how far we have departed from the constitutional republicanism of our founders.

    If we do this with candor, intellectual honesty, and charity for those who still disagree with us we can lay some ideological groundwork for 2012.

    • I agree with the mission you’ve laid out Silver. I want the GOP to focus on jobs, healthcare, cut spending, secure the border and rewrite the tax code (later we can adopt a Fair or Flat tax). Not much else matters. While we can’t repair it all, we must make some deep inroads in these issues. We must.

      Focusing on the constitution is the way to do it.

  • Good morning, Maggie and Happy New Year! Thank you for putting together another great round up.

    • Zilla, happy New Year to you too. Like me, you have a new blog home. It should make 2011 a fun and satisfying year.

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