Happy New Year, JMG Community!

Another action-packed year has come and gone for this here website thingy, which in a few months will mark its 12th year. I want to thank everyone most sincerely for sticking with me during our long-overdue departure from The Google. There were a few coding hiccups at the start, but the dust thankfully settled quickly and we finished the year at about 31 million pageviews on just over 8000 posts. As I mention in this post every year, blogging is like a homework assignment that is never done, but is always due. Nevertheless, you all make it a lot easier with your emails, your story tips, and your encouragement.

When they write the history of our movement, 2015 will be right up there next to Stonewall. It was truly a thrill to sit on my side of your screen as we all watched the dominoes of hate fall state by state. I actually miss the joy of posting all those updates as the now-moot Wikipedia map made its inexorable march towards coast-to-coast sapphire blue. And I suspect that like me, some of your jaws are still agape at the sight of the White House illuminated in those beautiful rainbow hues.

I thank you all for your robust opinions and for making the JMG comments section the most lively in the entire homo-blogosphere. I’m happy to have met so many of you at JMG meetups and look forward to meeting many more of you over the next year. Tonight, I’ll be raising my glass to each and every one of our flying monkeys. I’ll be raising it a lot! We’ve got a lot of work left to do and all of you, merely by being out and proud, are activists in our battle. Onward to 2016 and FUCK the haters!

 

  • barrixines

    Hey Joe – you’re one of the good guys. Thanks for creating something very special here. It’s become quite important to me this year.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Me too.

      • Christopher

        YOU have become very special to us! We love you SG! Thank you so much for everything!

        • GayOldLady

          Happy New Year Christopher

          • Christopher

            And a very Happy New year to you as well! xoxo

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year SG.You’re the best

        • StraightGrandmother

          Happy New Year GayOldLady, back atcha

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Barrixines

    • abel

      Ditto that, barrixines! Congratulations and gratitude to Joe!

  • Happy New Year Joe! Thank you for your years of hard work and inspiration! May 2016 bring us all more good blessings.

  • bkmn

    It has been quite a year indeed. Happy New Year to Joe and my fellow commenters on the blog. I hope everyone has a great 2016!

    • Doug105
      • bzrd

        Fuckin” A

        Happy New Year everyone

      • Joseph Miceli

        That was fucking awesome!!!!

        “Sad Companion” needs to get a grip.

        • Doug105

          Sad Companion is cold will give a break.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Point taken. It is Russia.

      • Cuberly

        That was awesome, and dare I say, I’m not a cat person but that is one freaking cute cat.

        Happy New Year!

      • barrixines

        Hard to know what I liked more in that video – the lights or the English subtitles.

        • bzrd

          CAT

          • disQusTed

            Is that Russian or English?

      • StraightGrandmother

        that was cute, thanks

      • LADY MABELINE

        So very cool.

        • GayOldLady

          Happy New Year Lady

          • LADY MABELINE

            Happy New Year. I have a feeling 2016 is going to be great.

          • GayOldLady

            Me too

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Doug

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year BKMN

  • KenRobinson

    Thanks Joe. Have a great New Year and thanks for all you do!

  • Mark

    Happy New Year from the rancho Joe.

  • Paul Forsyth

    Happy New Year from Toronto!!!!

  • Happy New Year from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia!

    http://i.giphy.com/l41m4RUX1bJfCpq8M.gif

    • RobynWatts

      And a friendly wave to you from Asheville, NC.. May you campaign continue to be zesty and spicy in the coming year.

      • I can see Ashville from my house!

        /end of year palin snark

        • Six Pins Delores

          This is nothing but JalapeñoBusiness propaganda news in order to promote yourself.

          Sam_Handwich 2016

          • bzrd

            Where is “Handy-sam” anyway? He’s missing out on this here thingy-party.
            Happy New Year

          • Six Pins Delores

            Performing for a wedding, I think

          • DaddyRay

            Yes he said he had the wedding earlier and then they were going to go out for Chinese – hopefully we will see him before the be-bitching hour

          • bzrd

            Thanks, I forgot about the wedding.

          • ClevelandJim

            he must be getting his eggs foo-yung’d by now, lucky bitch.

          • Six Pins Delores

            Happy New Year Jim

          • 🙁

          • Six Pins Delores

            don’t take it to heart luv

          • Sometimes, Dolores… sometimes, you have to be a high-riding bitch to survive. Sometimes, being a bitch is all a woman has to hang onto.

            LOL I love you and your China pig 😉

          • Six Pins Delores

            Yes. And sometimes a bitch must be insidious. Just sayin.

            I love you right back!

            Happy 2016 JalapeñoBusiness! May all of your campaigns be fruitful

        • StraightGrandmother

          A Happy, Happy Happy New Year to you Jalapeno!
          You.Are.Fierce!

      • FAEN

        OMG I love Asheville. We always stop there on our way to the small mountain town my hubby’s family is from.

        Happy New Year.

        • RobynWatts

          Nice. Here’s to you and your hubby having a great 2016.🍷

          • FAEN

            Thank you! Here’s to you and yours having a fabulous 2016 as well. 🍾

            PS-Give us a shout if you hear of a good eatery.

      • DaddyRay

        Visited Asheville for the first time this past summer. It was so beautiful and we know we only scrapped the surface of all the things to do and see. I want to come back during the fall, I imagine it must be beautiful.

        • FAEN

          Try the fried green tomatoes at Mayfells. DEE-LISH! If you’re feeling Indian food try Chai Pani. Not bad at all.

          • DaddyRay

            Sounds yummy – just made a note of it.

            Here is the view from the house we rented on the top of a 3,000 ft mountain – it was breathtaking

          • FAEN

            WOW! That’s beautiful.

          • DaddyRay

            Here is a link to the house we rented – I highly recommend it and will most certainly stay here again

            https://www.vrbo.com/364600

          • FAEN

            Thanks much!

          • JW Swift

            That’s pretty close to our family’s old-fashioned log cabin. I love being up there, but haven’t been able to go in a few years.

          • GayOldLady

            Happy New Year JW!!!

          • JW Swift

            Thanks much, and same to you!

        • RobynWatts

          It is, depending on peak fall leaf season (ranges between early to mid-late October, depending on elevation.). We also have our fall crafting expos going on as well as our Pride held as well (shameless plug for Blue Ridge Pridefest, a.k.a. BLURP).

          BTW: If you like Art Deco architecture, downtown Asheville has loads of it. The vast majority of it was saved from the wrecking ball, when Asheville did not have the money for urban renewal projects and downtown became a ghost town during the 1970s and 1980s.

          • DaddyRay

            I loved downtown Asheville and of course we went to the Biltmore. Your Pride is in the fall?

            I found this great video when I was researching Asheville

            Scenic Time Lapse: Fall Foliage & Incredible Mountain Views – Asheville, North Carolina
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyOENdBj5kA

          • RobynWatts

            Yes, when it was started several years ago, we opted to move it to the first part of October, primarily to draw tourist during the fall, but to also avoid cannibalize attendance numbers from pride events in Charlotte, Durham and other cities in the region. It had worked for us in past years, but last year was a total washout due to heavy rains.

          • DaddyRay

            Well then I will have to look into coming down for Pride next fall

          • Six Pins Delores

            I most usually favor cowbell when listening to folksy music. That commercial over-tune makes me like banjo. I shall have to try spending time there again hopeful that fog will not obstruct the vista during the next visit

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year from the Hills Of Tennessee.

    • fuzzybits

      I love the Blue ridge Mountains. 😊

      • sw42

        Me, too!

        • FAEN

          Me three.

          • Steve Teeter

            Yep. I had a couple of friends, a pair of poets, Jonathan and Tom, who lived in Highlands, North Carolina. We went to visit them once, and the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains were beautiful. Walking out at night was wonderful for me, a city kid, with no light around but the moon and the stars. I went back inside and Jonathan said, rather sarcastically, “Well, it’s nature boy.”

            That was gentle, for him. One did not challenge Jonathan Williams in battles of wits or words. He’d kill you.

          • FAEN

            You have cool friends lol. As a city kid myself the lack of light and noise freaked me out the first time I was in the mountains. I’ve adjusted in time I’m happy to report.

    • do not be deceived, my Children. the pustulant pepper shall never destroy our unity. Handwich is our Savior! come with me, to the voting glory hole of Freedome, and cast your diamonds for the only one with the balls to nominate Mommie Dearest for VP!

      • Joseph Miceli

        Mommie Dearest would make an excellent VP and FLOTUS. She rocks the pearls!

        • Joe in PA

          Hey wait a sec…Anastasia Beaverhausen HAS to be considered for FLOTUS…a martini in every pot!

          • Joseph Miceli

            That is a really tough one. Better leave that up to a brokered convention!

          • WH social secretary or whoever arranges state dinners and cocktail luncheons. Parties would never be the same.

          • bzrd

            Billbear, I VOTE-US, let’s dance

          • GayOldLady

            Happy New Year Joe!

          • Joe in PA

            And HNY to you too! I’m traveling…only spotty access…miss all of you!

          • GayOldLady

            Miss you 2 sweetie. Have a safe journey!

          • Joe in PA

            Hey, I was in your neck of the woods the other day, we were driving from MS to PA and passed through Knoxville. Such a BEAUTIFUL area. Unfortunately there was a gun shop along the highway that had a huge yellow sign that said GUNS in huge black letters. Right next to that was a huge yellow sign that said JESUS IS LORD in huge black letters. SMH. Nothing says Jesus like holding a gun…or something.

          • GayOldLady

            LOL!!! I’m not surprised by that at all. Jesus & Guns is like salt & pepper in East TN. And you traveled not to far from where we got married in Gatlinburg, which is a Village in the Smokey Mountains. It’s the #2 wedding destination in the Country behind Las Vegas, or at least that’s what we were told on our wedding day. If you’re ever back that way you really should take the detour and visit Gatlinburg, you have to pass near Dollywood on the way, but it’s worth every minute of the detour. I hope you had a great time and it’s good to see you back.

      • I was going to tap you for secretary of defense bcuz I figured no one would want to fuck with you so it would be a win/win.

      • StraightGrandmother

        we ALL Love Mommie Dearest

        • ClevelandJim

          Has anyone seen Mommie Dammit lately? Missing her!

          • Six Pins Delores

            Just several weeks ago yes

      • Six Pins Delores

        OMGAWD . Why are you not a gay man? LOL

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Chicago Dyke

    • Reality Check

      Happy Year from Puerto Vallarta. We are having a special 15 serrano pepper sauce with our dishes in your honor – well, not exactly in your honor – but I did think of you…

      Cheers!!!!

      • Joseph Miceli

        Whooo! You are a better man than I am. Crystal Hot Sauce and horseradish in my Bloody Mary is as far as I go.

        Happy New Year!

        • Hal Watts

          Once you’ve had Crystal, you’ll never go back to Tabasco…Have an extra Bloody Mary on me!

    • Joseph Miceli

      Happy New Years from Atlantis….wait…I mean New Orleans!

      🙂

      • FAEN

        Happy New Year hottie pants. I’ve been a fan of yours since Huff Post.

        • Joseph Miceli

          OMG, that takes me back! Thank you and happy New Year to you, too!

          • FAEN

            Thanks man 🙂

        • DaddyRay

          I miss some of the fun conversations from the old Huff Post days – they have totally ruined that site for the commenting community

          • FAEN

            I miss them as well. I cancelled my account after they went to an all FB format. I don’t have a FB page and have no use for one.

          • DaddyRay

            Same here – the AOL merger was the beginning of the end and it just went down hill from there.

          • FAEN

            Exactly. It went from a site where there was a decent amount of discussion to an extension of FB.

          • Joseph Miceli

            I can’t even figure out how to track my comments with facebook. I find it worthless.

            THIS is what happens when AOL takes over.

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Mr. Jalapeno.

  • vorpal

    Happy New Year from Chile to all the wonderful friends and acquaintances I’ve made here, and friends and acquaintances yet to be made.

    This website and the amazing people on it have been a source of much humour, compassion, joy, and camaraderie, and it is one of the biggest highlights of my day for which I am grateful to all of you.

    May you all have a happy, healthy, safe evening and an amazing 2016!

    • Joseph Miceli

      And a happy New Years to you from New Orleans!

    • Schlukitz

      And a Happy New Year to you from New York City!

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Schlukitz

        • Schlukitz

          Thank you.

          And a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

      • StraightGrandmother

        Happy New Year Schlukitz!
        It’s always more fun when you are here.
        I miss you when you lay off your commenting, but I know we all get busy.

        • Schlukitz

          Aw. What a sweetie you are. And Happy New Year to you as well.

          Working on the family homesite in Queens has been taking up quite a bit of my time these past two months. I hope to correct that very soon. 🙂

          A big hug to you to start the New Year with.

    • GanymedeRenard

      So that’s where you are! I knew it, there’s always a catch! XD
      Have an ORGASMICALLY AMAZING 2016! Much love to you from NYC!

    • StraightGrandmother

      you to Vor, I couldn’t agree with you more.
      Living well is truly the best revenge.

    • FAEN

      Happy New Year from Greensboro, NC! Have a fabulous 2016.

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Vorpal

  • What chu talkin’ about Willis? It’s not even 5 yet!

    • RobynWatts

      As the old saying goes…..it’s 5:00 somewhere.😉

  • DaddyRay

    Happy New Year Joe and my fellow JMG groupies!!
    it certainly has been an incredible year that none of us will forget.

    Here is hoping we all have a happy and healthy 2016 – and don’t forget to VOTE!

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Daddy Ray

      • Bj Lincoln

        Happy new year all you funny and smart people. You all make the news go down with a spoon full of sugar.

        • GayOldLady

          Thank you BJ and a Happy New Year to you and your lovely wife. I hope we all have many, many more!!!

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      • Mihangel apYrs

        may I wish you a happy new year. We may disagree on some things but we are family (and of an age) – we share more than we know
        x

        • GayOldLady

          Thank you Mihangel. That is very kind of you and I feel the same. I can disagree with someone and still respect them and wish them well. We are family. Peace to you and your loved ones and may you have a fabulous New Year. XO

  • Michael

    Thank you for all that you do. Happy New Year! Love you and keep up the good fight!

  • BearEyes

    Thank you for all you do, Joe.

    Happy New Year to you and all the JMG folks from this nutmegger in the Land of Steady Habits.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Happy New Year BearEyes, you know I LOVE you!

      • BearEyes

        Love you too. Thank you much for all you do!

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year BearEyes

      • BearEyes

        Happy New Year to you as well!

  • vorpal

    And the new year will likely start off with a delicious bang of a treat.
    Bry-Bry Brown is only $135k of the way to his $200k goal.
    https://www.nationformarriage.org/donate

    • Marc

      21 hours ago they had $122k. Such delicious tears.

      • bkmn

        If they are lucky (and I have a staged feeling they will be) a surprise mega-donor will surge from behind like little pRicky Santorum and they will “miraculously” make their supposed goal.

        • Marc

          No doubt about it!

    • anne marie in philly

      bwhahahahahahahaha! LOSER bri-bri! bwhahahahahahahaha!

  • charemor

    Happy New Year to you Joe. I posted this on another site but want to wish all of the great guys and gals who come here and leave wonderful comments, pictures and cartoons a wonderful, safe and healthy New Year. JMG is my favorite site.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Mine too, even though I am straight I feel welcome here, because of all of you.

      • Steve Teeter

        You ARE welcome here! Very!

      • Bluto

        We know you were born that way St8 G, we love ya all the same.

        • StraightGrandmother

          Ha-Ha Bluto, that was so funny :-‘)
          Happy New Year to YOU!

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Charemor

  • Gustav2

    Happy New Year!

  • Ore Carmi

    Happy New Year, Joe, and all fellow readers!

  • Cuberly

    Joe, thank you so much for your hard work and dedication.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, to all JMGers!

    http://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/fa/4a/a4/fa4aa4aff6d36d35c36051102060f1c8.gif

  • Acronym Jim

    Happy New Year all from left-coast Portland, and thank you Joe for fostering such a great community!

    • Jenni

      Hey, fellow Portlander! Happy New Year!

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    Happy New Year, Joe! So great to have hung it with you last week! Nothing but the best in 2016!

  • Dulce et Banana

    Happy New Year everyone. Let’s give fewer fucks in 2016 and challenge others to deal with their own shit.

    • Paula

      We are out of fucks to give!

      • Six Pins Delores

        Your comment cuts me to the quick.

        Happy Healthy Prosperous New Year Paula.I love reading your heartfelt insightful comments and post of kitties Paula, after all, kitties is why the interlinks was invented

        • Paula

          Thank you, Delores…. Happy Meow Year to you. May the force of kitties be with you for the entire annum.

          Prospero Año Nuevo!

        • StraightGrandmother

          I love you too Delores

          • Six Pins Delores

            You sweet heart, StraighGrandmother, if it were not for allies like you I would have had such a SPLENDIFORIOUS 2016 awaiting. LOVE to you also XO

      • Bad Tom

        No fucks to give, but a boat load of purrs!

      • StraightGrandmother

        I Love you Puala.

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Paula

      • Steve Teeter

        All the kitties reminds me of a story. Back when I lived in L.A. I was walking my dog Fricka, a mix of Doberman and German Shepherd so a pretty big dog, near a wine store where my partner was shopping. There was this house that boarded cats and cats only, so they were allowed to run loose. The front door was open but with a securely latched screen door. Fricka pulled me over there to look at the cats. And the cats came to look at her! At least a dozen of them came rushing up to the screen door to stare at Fricka. They knew they were perfectly safe, after all, and this was a chance to get a close up look at one of those dreaded dog things. Fricka knew she couldn’t get through the screen door either, so she didn’t even bother to bark. They all just stared at each other for a few minutes until I decided it was time to go.

        Happy New Year!

  • Pierre

    Happy New Year from Oakland, CA! Bravo to everyone in this historic 2015!

  • FancyThat

    Thank-you Mr. Joe for ALL THAT YOU DO – all the time!! I would like to buy you a Coke!

  • hiker_sf

    Happy New Year and THANK YOU so much Joe.

  • delk

    Happy New Year!

    Be safe out there!

    • TuuxKabin

      So sweet. A big wet kiss on that pooch’s nose from me.

      • delk

        Thanks! How about a tummy rub? He likes those.

        • TuuxKabin

          Gladly! Whatever his sweet self desires.

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Tuux

        • TuuxKabin

          And a Happy New Year to you from Tuux’ and family.

          • GayOldLady

            Thank you darlin

    • FAEN

      Aww-big hug and kiss to the pup 😀

      • delk

        Thanks! He was glued to the window to make sure the ruckus stayed outside!

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Be extra-safe dear Delk. Strong bones for you and milk bones for your sweet doggie.

      • delk

        Merci! I have surgery scheduled for Monday. I’ve been scared that I will break something before I could get something fixed!

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Claude

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          Thank you, my Lady! And the same to you and yours.

    • StraightGrandmother

      You are so kind.

      • delk

        Thanks SG! I look forward to reading your posts and comments in the new year!

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Delk

  • Lakeview Bob

    I was new to this blog earlier this year and it has become a big part of my life. Thank you for everything Joe! And Happy New Year to all of the gang here. It is the best!

    • StraightGrandmother

      it is great that you found it, now do me a favor and never leave

      • Lakeview Bob

        Thanks Grannie!

  • SpiderPIG

    HNY!

  • kcken

    Happy 2016 Joe! Without you on twitter and this website of important, and sometimes very humorous stuff, the community wouldn’t be as well informed as we should be.

    You’ve helped us all thru some dark times, and some very happy celebrations in the last year.

    May 2016 be as glorious for you as you fully and rightfully deserve!

    PS: May Kim Davis also expire in a horrible vibrator accident, with a potential hubby #5, in a seedy hotel. Amen.

  • Colonel Panic.

    A very happy new year to you all, sent from the middle parts of England

  • RobynWatts

    Thank you Joe and to everyone that makes this a great community for LGBT news! May 2016 be great for all of us in the LGBT community!

    Happy New Year!🎉
    Cheers!🍷

    • StraightGrandmother

      Happy New Year Robyn.

      • RobynWatts

        Happy new year to you as well, StraightGrandmother!

        Even though it has been said before by so many people on this board…..thank you once again for being a terrific person as well as a fierce ally for us.

        Cheers!

        • Six Pins Delores

          Before the first day of 2016 gets away, RobynWatts, I am so happy to see you here.
          You are appreciated very much

          • RobynWatts

            Thank you. *blush* You are very appreciated here as well. Happy 2016 to you.

            Sorry for being a little late in replying. I took a break New Years Day and didn’t check back until yesterday.

  • Richard, another Canuck

    Happy New Year Joe from the wet coast of Canada. Thanks for making so much of my day filled with stuff, great stuff, bad stuff, tearful stuff, joyous stuff, oh, and I love my JMG shirt, it’s like a guy magnet!

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Richard

      • Richard, another Canuck

        And the best of the new year to you. I so enjoy your posts!

        • GayOldLady

          Well thank you sir and the feeling is mutual. May we post a million more!

  • Happy New Year from the Pearl of the Pacific, Valparaiso, Chile

    • barrixines

      Happy New Year to you – Valparaiso is one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.

    • FAEN

      Happy New Year. I hear Chile is just gorgeous.

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year FAEN

        • FAEN

          And a Happy New Year to you too GayOldLady-may 2016 be a prosperous, healthy year.

  • OrliJoe in Fla

    Happy New Year to everyone from gay ol’ Fort Lauderdale! This is my most favorite interwebthingy! Lots of hugs to all of you! Live long and prosper.

    • JW Swift

      Or as we often call it, Fort Liquordale…

  • sw42

    Happy New Year from Fairfax, Virginia! Thanks, Joe, for creating this blog. It’s great, and I really enjoy the community of smart, compassionate, funny people. Cheers to you all!

    • ohbear1957

      Likewise from the other side of the river here in Maryland.

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year sw42

      • sw42

        You, too!

  • FancyThat

    Happy New Year, Mr. Joe. Here’s hoping the upcoming election year is your most fruitful ever! I appreciate ALL you do ALL the time! Many, many thanks! I would like to buy you a Coke! 🙂

    https://youtu.be/GxtZpFl3pPM

    • Six Pins Delores

      “It’s the real thing”
      🙂

  • barrixines

    I was trying to find something multi-lingual – English French and Arabic will have to suffice –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-37NDoT6qI

    • BearEyes

      What! No Alpine Yiddish?
      Bonne Année et Bonne Santé

      • barrixines

        I just realised – in typical Anglocentric style – I missed out most importantly the chief language is Scots.

        And since you asked – äs guets Nöis!

    • Six Pins Delores

      Good choice

      Happy New Year barrixines

      • barrixines

        Raising a glass to you – all the best for 2016

    • Grumpy old Man

      Wonderful choice! HNY!

      • barrixines

        You don’t sound grumpy in the least – bon any to you.

        • Grumpy old Man

          It has been something I decided to work on. Since I can’t seem to call those people I consider my friends (I do not understand the why), I have to learn to start conversations with total strangers. I can start a conversation with almost anyone. A guy on the bus had a leather tool-belt with 5 tools, so I asked what trade used that particular subset of tools. He set up and took down sound systems around town AND was the Best Boy in the evenings at a big time theater (The Fifth Avenue ere in Seattle). We chatted tools of the trades ’till it was time to get off the buss. I try to comment on something a total stranger is wearing or something like that. I have pretty much undercut the Grumpy stuff https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af8aa73b5c841d6c876359d333463a82d431a5bef0647d39488850cb6a9b9ce7.jpg

  • Six Pins Delores

    “As I mention in this post every year, blogging is like a homework assignment that is never done, but is always due.”

    Joe, You have made this remark a few times. It always makes me appreciate you more for your effort!

    Happy 2016 to you, Shelly, your much ignored human JMG support team, and the most

    LOVELY

    folk commentators I could imagine.

    LOVE YOU more than you imagine.

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Six Pins

  • TuuxKabin

    I knew you couldn’t leave us in the lurch with that last post, whatever it was! You came thru as you do everyday and night. Thanks for everything you do and bringing so many of together from our global community. Your effort/work is much appreciated. Long may we all be connected from this website thingy. Happy New Year!

  • margaretpoa

    Been a long time away but Happy New Year to all the JMG community!

  • David Walker

    Thank you, Joe. Bottoms up!
    Thank you, all. I love our tribe. Skol!
    Thank you, lurkers. I hope 2016 is the year you come on in. Uff dah!
    And, as we used to say, and as we continue to say, To friends no longer with us.

    • BearEyes

      Skål och Gott Nytt År till dig och din!

      • Bad Tom

        Och en ljus och Gott Nytt År till er också!

        • GayOldLady

          Happy New Year Bad Tom

    • FAEN

      X 100000

    • Cuberly

      Happy New Year David. 😉

      • StraightGrandmother

        oh Cuberly, sending you a big hug and hope 2016 is a bang up year for ou.

        • Cuberly

          Oh My Gosh! StraightGrandmother.. Your’s are the best hugs ever. I’m hugging back. I have no doubt your 2016 will be wonderful.

          Allies pale in comparison to you. 😉

    • StraightGrandmother

      Happy New Year David, hugs.

    • delk

      All the best in the new year!

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year David

  • Happy New Year from Dallas, Texas!

    • David Walker

      And to you, Stogiebear. Don’t let the bastards get you.

      • Robincho

        non illegitimi carborundum = don’t let the bastards grind you down…

    • StraightGrandmother

      hey Stogie, the man who confirmed, much to my surprise and amazement, that in fact every one of the Village People are gay. I’m still kinda amazed with this knowledge. The things I learn on JMG

      • Steve Teeter

        Yes indeed. I had a friend (passed away I’m afraid) who knew The Indian guy pretty well when he lived in New York. I don’t know if they ever made it together, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

      • LOL! Well, I remember you asking about that but didn’t remember confirming it. Hope you have a wonderful New Year and all good things come your way!

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Stogie

  • bambinoitaliano

    Warm hugs and kisses for all!! Stay safe!

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year bambino

      • bambinoitaliano

        You as well!! Hope you have a restful holiday.

  • ClevelandJim

    Thank you, Joe, for amazing coverage of this amazing year! And Happy New Year to everyone–well, except the haters. Fuck them, every one.

    • StraightGrandmother

      it is so wonderful to have you on JMG, Happy New Year Jim.

  • Thank YOU, Joe, for providing this space where we can share our thoughts.

    Happy new year to all!

    And hugs and kisses to all that want them.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Happy New Year to you all. I love this place, Joe’s reporting, and all of your sarcastic and funny comments. You all make the worst of the news tolerable and funny.

    Enjoy the last sunset of 2015 for San Francisco with me. I just took this pic.

    • barrixines

      Having already confessed to Janice in Toronto my desire to become a cranky old dyke in 2016 can I just say how much I absolutely love reading the women on this blog.

      • bzrd

        Thanks, RG, love The City but can’t see it from the east side of the Berkeley Hills.
        Happy New Year

      • Joseph Miceli

        Seriously! The women on this here blog thingy help keep me grounded. Without them, my sarcasm turns to true bitchiness.

        • GayOldLady

          Happy New Year Joseph!!

          • Joseph Miceli

            Happy New Year to you too! Off to Mom’s House at 1:00 for black eyed peas (luck!) and cabbage (money!) in the new year.

          • GayOldLady

            Love those Southern traditions. Getting ready to put on the black eyed peas myself! Have a great day!!

    • ClevelandJim

      Love your viewpoint, Becca, so glad you’re still here! HNY!!

    • StraightGrandmother

      Love you Biker Becca, you are loved by all on JMG

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Becca

    • Menergy

      Thanks, Rebecca! That sunset view was gorgeous and brought back vivid memories of my decades in San Fran. New Mexico sunsets are spectacular too…so there are two great locations to admire the glory!

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Menergy

        • Menergy

          Thank you! And all the best to you in 2016!

    • coram nobis

      From the lone shieling of the misty bay
      Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas;
      Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is San Francisco,
      And we, in dreams, behold the Farallons.

  • Happy 2016 to everyone…. thank you to Joe for the most must-see blog on my list, and to all of the posters on here who keep me entertained all year long!

    • FAEN

      WOOF!

      Happy New Year.

    • Octavio

      Mmmmmmmm . . . barbecue, er . . . B&B . . . 🙂

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        B & B could stand for Bear and Bonhomme… but I don’t think we qualify for the above physique.

        • StraightGrandmother

          dude, you ARE stretching it with the Bonhomme!
          Love ya and I hope you have a great year in 2016!

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            Thank you, Straight Grandmother.
            As you exemplify, it’s only by stretching the limits that we reach our goals.
            I hope 2016 is kind for our favorite straight ally.

    • ClevelandJim

      Ok, must be living under a rock here in Cleeburg, but I’ve never heard of/seen Kyles B&B before. Now that I’ve googled you, I’ve bookmarked the blog. Thanks!! Happy 2016 Mr Fox!

      • Hey, Jim, the comic strip also runs in Oho’s LGBT publication, Outlook-Ohio, so if you ever want to view it “offline”, it’s in there! And Happy New Year to you, too!

  • johncAtl
    • Bad Tom

      Hard to disagree with
      Peace, Love and Great Sex.
      Happy New Year!

      • StraightGrandmother

        I just love your forum name, now please sit next to me.
        HAPPY NEW YER!

        • Bad Tom

          Delighted to oblige!

  • DaddyRay

    This is my favorite moment from 2015

    https://youtu.be/z9jM1rk1N_o?t=123

    • David Walker

      Yes. A lot has happened in the last 6 months to show us how far we have to go to be equally equal with the rest of the country. But we have this, and I still can’t get over how truly unbelievable it is. Thanks for this, DaddyRay. All the best to you in the year to come.

      • DaddyRay

        Indeed we have a lot to accomplish but it is moments like that which serves as a reminder of what we can accomplish when we fight and stand together. With the election later this year and so many potential SCOTUS openings it has never been more critical for us all to get engaged and most importantly vote.
        Happy New Year David Walker, I always enjoy reading your posts.

        • David Walker

          Thanks…and right back atcha.

    • Cuberly

      An amazing moment, incredible. Yeah, teared up.

      Happy New Year Daddy Ray 😉

    • Six Pins Delores

      062615

      SO MUCH JOY

      And I was lucky to spend that moment with you

      Happy New Year DaddyRay

    • FAEN

      That still makes me weep. In the best way possible 😀

    • ClevelandJim

      This will be one of those defining moments of my life, along with the Kennedy assisination/funeral procession, Challenger and 9/11. For all 3 I will always remember “what were you doing when [fill in the blank] happened.”

      • DaddyRay

        Indeed and I am so glad I called in sick that day and spent it here on JMG

        • ClevelandJim

          Wish I COULD have, but I was filling in for a co-worker who was out on medical leave, so covering 2 positions at that time. But I sat back in receiving dept, hovering over scotusblog on my phone. When the decision was announced I called over the wall to a gay co-worker, who said, “really? we WON?!!” This guy is 67, and is the only survivor of the plague, of his group of 30 friends from the 70s. Sharing that moment with him is something I’ll never forget.

          • StraightGrandmother

            I bet you won’t ever forget.

          • FAEN

            Wow, I can’t imagine how your co worker must have felt. What an amazing day eh? Happy New Year to you and your co worker.

        • StraightGrandmother

          I flipped between SCOTUSblog live bloggng and Joe.My.God,
          I’ll never EVER forget winning at SCOTUS.
          It is also the one and only time I did REVENGE twitting.
          I tweeted every Hater I could think of and rubbed their noses in it. I was on a natural high for hours and hours afterwards. Ahhh such great memories.

          • DaddyRay

            You are a riot – I stay away from Twitter because I know my company trolls twitter and I am afraid I would end up losing my job if I spoke my mind to those haters.

  • medaka

    Thank you Joe! We love you to pieces. The great work you do on this here blog thingie is such a force for good. Thank you thank you thank you — and Happy New Year!

    PS: when are the JMG shirts gonna go on sale?

  • Happy Dance

    Happy New Year to all you guys! I love having great conversations with those of you that know how, and I love trolling those of you that think you know how. This year, though, I am going to concentrate on those who are intelligent and not focus on those who are just looking to challenge their lower mentality. You already have proven you are ignorant…how much more do you need to demean yourself? I have higher standards. Anyway, hears to a better and brighter new year! ALSO, I need that Master’s degree!

    • David Walker

      What field for the masters? (And just to be a Grammar Nazi prick one more time, “hears”?)

      • DaddyRay

        Hare Hair

      • Happy Dance

        LOL fixed…and NURSING!

      • Happy Dance

        I wrote in such a drunken hurry…you know…cause I am drunk and in a hurry to go no where..

      • Happy Dance

        Oh, and Nursing!

  • fuzzybits
  • popebuck1

    Happy New Year from the wilds of Indiana!

    • Ray Taylor

      Yes Joe Happy New Year from the wilderness of Indiana.
      Where are you Popebuck? I’m in Kokomo.

      • popebuck1

        New Castle! Home of the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame!

  • David L. Caster

    Happy New Year from Sunny Southern California.

    • StraightGrandmother

      happy New Year avid, I hope 2016 is a good one for you.

  • Happy New Year y’all!

    • StraightGrandmother

      Back atcha, you too.

  • Jenni

    Happy New Year from Portland, Oregon! JMG has been one of my dailies for several years now- a large part due to the amazing community here. I wish you all a fantastic 2016!

  • Grumpy old Man

    Happy New Year from Seattle the “Queen City” – so much fun was had with that city nickname. Side-hugs to all (bullshite – I don’t side-hug, full frontal from me),

    • TuuxKabin

      right on with full frontal hugs!

    • bkmn

      Some of us queens live outside the city, but close enough to Olympia to turn up the sparkle on occasion. Have a great new year!

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Philadelphia ended the year with three women being wounded in two shooting attacks on New Year’s Eve, police said.

    HNY from Philly!!!

    • DaddyRay

      Sigh – here is hoping 2016 is better

  • FAEN

    Hey Joe and my fellow JMG’ers

    2015 was a tough year for me. I lost my beloved dog the same day my hubby was in surgery and then 10 days later a fire in the woods nearly burned our house down. Needless to say I was an emotional wreck.

    I can’t tell you how much JMG and all the intelligent and brilliantly funny comments helped get me through it. For that I can’t thank you all enough.

    Happy 2016 to everyone and VOTE!

    PS-Are you planning a meet up in NC at any time Joe?

    • DaddyRay

      FAEN I am so sorry to hear about your dog and your house – how horrible. I hope your hubby has recovered from surgery.

      Here is hoping 2016 is a much better year.
      Hugz
      DR

      • FAEN

        Thanks Daddy Ray. Hubby has fully recovered and is doing well. We miss our pup a lot but such is life.

        I’m sure 2016 will be much better year for all of us.

        Hugs

        FAEN

        PS-I always enjoy your comments.

    • zhera

      Here’s a funny little info for you:

      In Norwegian, FAEN means FUCK. So every time I read your name, my brain swears. Swearing is supposed to be healthy so please keep your name and make my brain swear a lot in 2016.

      HNY!

      • FAEN

        LOL-I had no idea FAEN meant FUCK but rest assured I will be making your brain swear a lot in 2016.

        Happy New Year!

      • StraightGrandmother

        Love ya Zhera, Happy New Year.

        • zhera

          Right back at ‘ya, SG!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Happy New Year to ya Joe, and to the most awesome community of followers/commenters on the Web (trolls excepted, of course). 2016 is setting itself up to be very interesting to say the least. Let’s keep up the momentum!

  • Michael Rush

    …. friends still here and those no longer with us

    http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac199/jumpinacrater/a999/IMG_5896.jpg

    • barrixines

      Please don’t tell me these are friends no longer with us. No. 1 I am not a pet owner and No. 2 I am not a sentimentalist. Which makes it extremely irrational and inconvenient just how choked up I have got this evening reading about people here who have lost their lovely friends.

      • Michael Rush
        • TuuxKabin

          To zooty bear and you, may you both keep going strong.

        • barrixines

          On one hand zooty bear is just lovely and that is a great photo. On the other – I fell like a sucker for the other dog in about half a second. I think this could be the point where I stick my fingers in my ears and say la la la I’m not listening.

          • zhera

            *whispers in your ear*
            adopt a dog
            adopt a dog
            adopt a dog
            adopt a dog
            adopt a dog
            adopt a dog

            or a cat. cats are great!

          • Michael Rush

            If you haven’t found PETFINDER it’s an online site that has all shelter dogs / cats , and you can see what’s in your area , I drove 90 miles to get Zooty Bear – second from left – from a shelter ( all four puppies found homes )

          • barrixines

            Oh stop that now. i adopted a cat by default earlier this year. My neighbour came to warn/apologise that she was very worried her new cat might be cilmbing onto my terrace and I didn’t have the heart to tell her I had already been waking up with it in bed with me for a month. More recently it fell six floors out of her window and amazingly only broke its leg. I think even at a distance that is quite enough pet related trauma for me.

          • zhera

            omg, tell your neighbor to secure her terrace and windows right now!

        • StraightGrandmother

          you love that pic of your dog, don’t you?
          Probably because of his great smile in the pic

    • FAEN

      I’m sorry for your loss. Experienced it myself this year. My best and hugs to you and Zooty.

  • LonelyLiberal

    Happy New Year from somewhat north of Philadelphia, PA!

    Actually, this year can die choking on its own vomit for all I care, it’s not one I much want to think about ever again. Hopefully 2016 will improve.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Awe, that is a sad message.
      I sincerely hope 2016 is 1,000 times better for you.
      Stay Strong, don’t lest the bastards get you down.

  • /burp/

    way late to this party, as usual. trying to decide which party to go to later… or which jail. hee. partner and i are too old for this shit, so let’s just get drunk and cower in the basement. oh, those of you who don’t know or can’t know or are shielded from it, be glad. the future is going to be, as they say, even Moar exciting.

    Joe knows we love him and my partner apologizes for being slack on some stuff. we’re busy this season.

  • FAEN

    Happy New Year from Greensboro NC!

    You guys ROCK!

  • LADY MABELINE

    Happy New Year Joe and the community from Los Angeles.

  • AW

    Thanks Joe for all you do! I have been glued to you from the beginning of the sapphire tide that started to sweep the US. I miss those posts but knowing the reason they aren’t here anymore is all the more amazing. Here’s to 2016! Everyone remember to VOTE!

  • zhera

    Have an awesome New year’s eve, Joe! Thank you for all the hard work you put into this little blog thingie. It’s really the best place to be. 😀

    I wish every one of you gorgeous buccaneers a great new year. May it be filled with Gladz and victories for freedom, equality, and humanity.

    Skål!

    • Bad Tom

      And to you, Gentle Zhera,
      Peace, Happiness, Health, and Light in the New Year,
      also Gladz and Victories!

    • David Walker

      Sounds like you’re feeling better. Hope so. Happy, Healthy New Year!

  • Larry Larson

    Thanks to Joe keeping us informed and helping me laugh during 2015. We’ll need Joe more than ever to get thru the rethuglican and christainist nonsense of 2016.

    • Larry Larson

      And thanks all you flying monkeys! Your comments add to the information and maximize the entertainment value of JMG. May everyone enjoy the new year!

  • Joseph Miceli

    Fuck them, Indeed.
    To everyone who posts on this blog, to those I agree with and those I disagree with, (even you, my little Trolita!) I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!

    • DaddyRay

      I wouldn’t mind kissing that @ss

      • ClevelandJim

        I’ve never understood why “kiss my ass” was considered an insult. Same with “suck my dick,” which I always thought of as a nice invitation…

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          🙂

    • Joseph Miceli

      Gee…thanks. Now I’m hungry.

    • Bad Tom

      Excellent!

      • David Walker

        Kinda grows on you, huh?

    • FAEN

      I’ll take 2!

      • DaddyRay

        Francois has two of the most beautiful cheeks

        • FAEN

          They’re just about perfect.

        • ClevelandJim

          M. Sagat? Haven’t seen him lately.

          • FAEN

            He’s trying to break into film.

  • kirtanloorii

    2016 will be the year where state sponsored discrimination will fall state-by-state. Don’t worry, you can make a map for that too!

    • DaddyRay

      The states need to be reminded how much discrimination has cost them

  • Keep up the excellent work, Joe!

    • FAEN

      Happy New Year Friendly Athiest!

  • Queequeg

    Happy New Year to the JMG family!
    I’ve never met any of you, but feel that, when I’m here, I’m among friends.

    • DaddyRay

      I have to agree, the JMG community is such a wonderful group of people and most have an excellent sense of humor that get me to laugh out loud (sometimes at work)
      As Joe used to say in the old days “I love my people”

      • FAEN

        There is a real sense of community and IMHO we have some of the smartest, funniest, most informed people on the interwebs.

    • FAEN

      As do I.

  • Mark

    Happy New year to ALL! May our skin be a bit thicker and our aim at bit stronger. Fuck the haters!

  • rn

    Much thanks and Happy New Year to smart and quick Joe and the smart and quick JMG community. And not merely because y’all are keeping me entertained while my Alabama-raised husbear is glued to the Alabama-Michigan State game. May the tide continue to roll toward equality in 2016!

  • Ninja0980

    Happy New Year from the great state of NY.
    Been an amazing year in which we got full marriage equality and other gains.
    Be safe everyone and see you next year!

    • Six Pins Delores

      Employment and housing battle awaits us. And so it goes.

      Happy New Year Ninja0980

      • Bad Tom

        And so it goes.

      • Ninja0980

        Indeed… the upcoming legislative session in many state is NOT going to be fun at all.

        • Six Pins Delores

          NO. It will not. Justice will prevail though

    • StraightGrandmother

      Oh hi Ninja, always so happy when you are here and you are here most of the time, Happy New Year!

  • sherman
    • DaddyRay

      Oh that is sad, my dad loved that show so I don’t think I missed and episode

      • FAEN

        I’m actually going through the series on Netflix. On season 9 at the moment and boy what a great show.

    • Octavio

      He sure picked a good day to die. R.I.P. (even though he was an ultra severe Republican’t conservative)

      • FAEN

        Which is why Alda wanted him off the show. Or so I’ve read.

    • ClevelandJim

      jezus, i can’t believe he was 82!!!

    • ColdCountry

      82??? OMG, if he was that old, I must be…. No. Will not think about it.

    • GayOldLady

      Sad, but he lived a long life.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
  • Friday

    Happy New Year’s everyone. 🙂

  • Happy New Year, everyone!

  • DaddyRay

    OK prediction time – who do you think will be the Republican Primary winner?

    • rn

      The Democrats.

      • DaddyRay

        🙂

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        You win, rn!!! 👌🏻👌🏼👍🏻👍🏼

        • rn

          I cheat: My 90 year old GOP mother, who dropped her allegiance to McCain in 2008 because of Palin, just announced that she is going for HRC because of Trump.

          • DaddyRay

            Sorry misread that – I think Trump will end up running as an independant when his thin skin gets scratched after losing a couple of primary states.

          • rn

            And that would bring joy to the land. Since he can’t pick Admiral James Stockdale as his running mate, maybe he’d choose Caribou Barbie.

          • skeptical_inquirer

            It would take a great deal of work and money to get on all 50 ballots without backing of a party though unlike most people, he can afford to pay for it. It’s just a question of motivation.

          • FAEN

            That couldn’t happen to a better party lol.

          • skeptical_inquirer

            Wow, it says a lot when even her generation’s “Damn, they all suck to the point I have to vote for the opposite team.”

          • rn

            It’s taken her a while to realize her party, which she has supported since Eisenhower (except for JFK and LBJ and finally BHO), has turned batshit crazy. She is basically a Maine Republican. And yeah, it’s a win when you can get someone from the opposite team to not only sit out the vote but jump the fence and vote for the other side.

    • Bad Tom

      Trump.
      ——-
      If he is knocked out by a miracle punch, then Rubio.

      • DaddyRay

        There really is no good option – if not Trump then I really hope it isn’t Cruz. I couldn’t stand listening to him all the way to November

        • Bad Tom

          Cruz seems too insane.
          But then, insanity seems to boost polls in 2015.
          ——-
          Do you think maybe the Rapture did happen, and this is Hell? Shit.

          • DaddyRay

            Would we even know if the Rapture happened

          • BearEyes

            well, there are so very few followers of christ.

          • DaddyRay

            Ramen

          • Bad Tom

            I go by the Rapture Index.

            03 Satanism
            The lack of activity has downgraded this category.
            05 Inflation:
            Slow economic growth is putting downward pressure on prices.
            06 Interest Rates:
            Key rates drop on soft employment data.
            07 The Economy
            Financial markets remain in a prolonged period of stability .
            08 Oil Supply/Price
            The price of oil declines below $42 per barrel.
            10 Financial unrest
            Greece defaults on its debt
            12 Drug abuse:
            Recreational Marijuana Legalized In Washington, D.C.
            14 Supernatural:
            There has been an increase in the number of UFO sightings.
            15 Moral Standards
            A new poll finds that more couples are living together outside
            of marriage.
            16 Anti-Christian:
            Christian in Iraq are being openly murdered.
            17 Crime Rate
            Crime in several American cities has risen.
            18 Ecumenism:
            The lack of activity has downgraded this category.
            20 Tribulation Temple
            There is a growing level of unrest on Israel Temple Mount.
            22 Israel
            Several Israelis have been murdered by Palestinians.
            23 Gog
            Russia is setting up several military bases in Syria.
            24 Persia (Iran)
            Iran is moving to join the Iraqi defense against ISIS forces.
            26 Nuclear Nations
            Iran is already reneging on the peace agreement.
            27 Global Turmoil
            The terror attack in Paris has maxed out this category.
            28 Arms Proliferation
            International arms trade treaty gains momentum.
            30 The Peace Process:
            The US is trying to jumpstart the peace talks.
            31 Kings of the East:
            China and Japan agree to directly trade their currencies.
            32 Mark of Beast
            The PRISM spying scandal has upgraded this category.
            33 Beast Government
            Pinellas County, Fla., students are paying for lunch by
            waving one hand over a palm scanner.
            35 Date Settings
            The lack of activity has downgraded this category.
            37 Earthquakes:
            The lack of a major quake in populated area has downgraded this
            category.
            38 Wild Weather
            Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the
            western hemisphere, hit the Pacific coast of Mexico
            41 Drought:
            El Nino is chipping away at California’s massive drought
            42 Plagues
            The Ebola threat is diminishing in West Africa.
            43 Climate
            Warm el Nino’ waters may have allowed hurricane Patricia to
            grow into a monster storm.
            44 Food Supply
            Record corn and soybean harvest expected In U.S.
            45 Floods
            1000 year flood hits South Carolina.

          • Reality.Bites

            Wouldn’t we? We’d either not be here, or we’d be here and notice the missing people.

            And of course I have to include this.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LXuNpF6NVg&spfreload=10

          • DaddyRay

            They would like to think they were Christian enough to be included in the Rapture but we all know the majority of them wouldn’t

          • vorpal

            Would we even notice if the three real Christians in the world suddenly disappeared? The screechy ones would still be here making their presence known.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Screechy Christians – sounds like a christian Rock band.

    • FAEN

      I want it to be Trump or Cruz but I think it’s probably going to be Rubio.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Trump

      • DaddyRay

        I am afraid you will be right – it will be interesting to see him walk back some of his positions when it comes time for the General debates

      • People4Humanity

        ha ha ha ha. I concur.

        via GIPHY

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
    • Six Pins Delores

      Bonne Année CJB!!!

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Merci, et toi de même!!!

        • Six Pins Delores

          Vers vous et les vôtres!

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    My thanks is to you folks who make JoeMyGod the first place I come to for sharing the ups and downs of the civil rights movement of our day. Blue will always fondly be cerulean blue from now on.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Cute, Happy New Year.

  • PeterC

    Happy New Year to Joe and all the people who read this post; from the come along lately Wichita, Kansas. We were finally permitted to get married after waiting 27 years. Best wishes to you all.

    • barrixines

      27 years. I have no time for people who just rush into marriage just like that…

      All the best to you.

      • DaddyRay

        So true, you need to get past the honeymoon period

        • barrixines

          Just between us I think it sounds like a shotgun wedding.

      • Reality.Bites

        I just hope they didn’t sleep together before marriage. That’s so trashy.

        • ClevelandJim

          Mmmm, love me some trashy!

        • GayOldLady

          Happy New Year Reality

    • StraightGrandmother

      Congrats Peter!
      Love Wins Out, it really does.

    • People4Humanity

      Congratulations, Peter to you and the husband.

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year People4.

    • GayOldLady

      Congrats PeterC

  • DaddyRay

    Saw this over on Reddit and it gave me a chuckle

    Last chance to use this meme

    • Reality.Bites

      Oh crap. Wish I”d scrolled down before posting my lame-o version of it.

      • People4Humanity

        I sort by ‘newest’ so I saw yours first.
        I am giving you credit of another ^up^vote^
        to disabuse you of the notion that it was in any way lame-o.

  • Bad Tom

    What a mind-boggling, shocking, amazing year was 2015!

    Thank you, Joe, for helping us savor it, understand it by your reporting, and by creating your fabulous cyber space blog thingie.
    ——-

    Earth

    It is not Heaven. Bitter seed
    Leavens its entrails with despair;
    It is a star where dragons breed;
    Devils have a footing there.

    It balances on air, and spins
    Snared by strong transparent space;
    I forgive it all its sins;
    I kiss the scars upon its face.

    Blessings, Light, Peace, Freedom, Heath, and All Good Things to all Joe.My.God commenters around the world. Happy New Year!

    • vorpal

      Happy new year, Bad Tom!
      Thinking of you and wishing many good things!

  • Happy New Year, everyone at JMG! Looking forward to continuing the march toward justice and equality in the coming year.

    • DaddyRay

      I will drink to that – Cheers!

      • barrixines

        At the moment I would drink to someone reading out washing instructions…

        • FAEN

          ATTA GIRL!

        • Six Pins Delores

          Goodness honey! If I were there I would steady you quietly, in the background

        • DaddyRay

          At least you are not as bad as this guy

          Back from the dead: Russian man wakes up in morgue after too much drinking, goes back to party
          https://www.rt.com/news/327498–dead-russian-man-vodka/

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      And many thanks to you for posting important decisions practically before they are issued, keeping us on top of the milestones in our victories.

    • People4Humanity

      I know I speak for others here when I tell you that your good and valuable work keeping all of us posted on events in the judicial arena was both satisfying and informative. It adds a depth of social interactions for all us human animals here on Joe’s ƒabulous web site thingie.

  • sherman

    I still miss years that start with “19”. As God intended.

    Guess I’ll have to settle for one that ends in *19* someday.

    Happy 2016.

    • DaddyRay

      Somewhat related

    • Reality.Bites

      I’m looking forward to 2020. I can see it perfectly now.

      • Friday

        I dunno, somehow I grew up thinking the dark computerized corporate-controlled future would involve more facepaint. 🙂

      • sherman

        My first “groooaan” of the year. 🙂

  • DaddyRay

    Seems like the DISQUS issue has finally cleared up. It was getting frustrating there for a while waiting on refreshes to load

    • DaddyRay

      Spoke too soon – DISQUS reload just took 4 minutes

      • Friday

        Nobody expects the Y2.016 bug! Nobody! 🙂

  • DaddyRay

    Speaking of those wonderful Wikipedia maps with the lovely sapphire blue – has the guy who updated those maps been around lately? I can’t remember his name.

    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      Cerulean blue!

      • delk

        Equality Blue!

  • poose

    Joe, you are the first thing I check and often the last thing I see before I sleep. I admire your journalistic integrity and LOVE how much you infuriate the religious Reich. Keep up the good works!

    Poose
    (and (GASP!) I’m not even gay! (well, maybe a little…).

    • Six Pins Delores

      You ARE! 🙂 Happy New Year poose

    • ClevelandJim

      Wish Joe was the last thing I saw before sleep…somethin about a man in a hat.

  • DaddyRay

    Darn it – I wanted to toast Panti Bliss and Marriage Equality in Ireland at midnight GMT Ireland time.

    Oh well better late than never – Cheers Ireland and Happy New Year Panti

  • Ray Page

    Aloha from Kauai. May the new year bring peace, fortune, and wonderful surprises to you all.

    • DaddyRay

      Surprises – are we going to get Lei’ed !!!

      • Ray Page

        That’s up to you. But I’ve got plenty huli huli chicken.

        • JW Swift

          No spam?

    • Friday

      Likewise from here, though it’s generally Times Square that makes it official for me whatever timezone I’m in. You’ve apparently got an MGA though so I’m sure you can have fun on Kauai.

      • Ray Page

        Jaguar XK 120. Twins. The photo is small.

        • Friday

          Next guess, but I figured you’d only feel cooler saying that. 🙂

          • FAEN

            Lord I loved that show lol.

        • People4Humanity

          I guessed MGA too, with Jag as a second guess.
          You wear it well. Best wishes in 2016!

    • StraightGrandmother

      Ray I will never ever forget the 4 days of public testimony in the Aloha State.
      It felt so good to beat the Haters with the vote.
      I think I watched almost all of it, I’ll never forget it.
      Happy New Year Ray.

    • vorpal

      So jealous :-). Kauai is my second favourite place in the world after the Big Island!
      Happy new year to you!

  • MDB

    Happy New Year’s my fellow flying- monkeys from Albuquerque. You guys and gals help me stay positive, informed and involved !!!
    PEACE and LOVE to you all !!!
    MDB
    Mark

    • FAEN

      Happy New Year Mark. Peace and love to you too.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Happy New Year to you my friend!

    • vorpal

      Happy new year, MDB! Get that lap ready for me, eh? =grins=

    • billbear1961
  • Schlukitz

    A Happy New Year to Joe and everyone on this here JMG thingy, to borrow a phrase from you. 🙂

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Bonne Année, mon beau raton. 😘

      • People4Humanity

        💋

        .

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          And a very happy new year to you, P4H. It has been good to see the return of your handsome avatar, and your lovely comments. Love Wins!

      • Schlukitz

        You and your sweetie, billbear, are the greatest.

        Bonne Année to you as well, my dear friends.

    • billbear1961

      Happy New Year, Schlukitz!

      Simply don’t see enough of you!

      Hope to see you more often in 2016!

      • Schlukitz

        And a Happy New Year to you and your sweetie, billbear.

        Been working on the old family homestead here in Queens, NY which has taken up most of my free time the past two months.

        I look forward to spending more time with my dear friends on JMG in 2016.

        Big hugs to you both. 🙂

  • David Milley

    Happy new year, all! It’s a great community going on here …

  • DaddyRay

    Happy New Year Joe, NYC and everyone on the East Coast

  • Octavio

    Happy New Year everyone. Remember who you are and what you represent. 🙂

    • ClevelandJim

      That was beautifully put, Octavio!

    • StraightGrandmother

      You have taught me well, more than you will ever know.
      Happy New Year to you, I hope it I a good one.

    • vorpal

      Happy new year and much love to you and El Squeeze!

      • Octavio

        Backs at ya.

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Octavio!

      • Octavio

        Happy New Year Gay Lady who is not as old as me. 🙂

        • GayOldLady

          LOL! You have me beat by a smidgen. But we are so wise that our wisdom compensates for our lack of youth 🙂 That’s what I keep telling myself!

    • billbear1961

      ¡Feliz año nuevo, Octavio!

  • DaddyRay

    A special toast to Jim Obergefell – thank you for your courage to fight for Equality for all of us. I realize it must be bittersweet that your husband John Arthur wasn’t able to see it but your story really touched the nations heart. Thanks for being the hero we needed.
    I hope Jim is spending this New Year’s celebrating with good friends.

    • FAEN

      Yes we owe a lot to Jim and his husband.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Yes, sir! Well said! Here’s to you and the JMG community, and a big thank you!!

    • People4Humanity

      Loving 💘 your 2016 avatar!

      👀
      👃
      💋

      • GanymedeRenard

        Why, thank you, Mr. P4H! Yours is always elegant and perfect. 😉

        • People4Humanity

          It was high tea. I was “Mom,” pouring.
          It was an ever-so-perfect day in Houston.
          They are fairly rare here.

    • billbear1961

      Bonne Année, mon chéri!

      XOXO

  • ColdCountry

    Happy New Year, Joe, and all the rest of the JMG gang as well. I love this place, and feel at home here. Even though I’m not one of you in one way, I am in many others. Thanks to everyone for making me feel a part of something special.

    Now, onward to 2016 and the all-important elections!

    • DaddyRay

      We love our allies – Happy New Year ColdCountry

      • ColdCountry

        Thank you! And the same to you!

    • StraightGrandmother

      I feel the same as you.
      Happy New Year!

      • ColdCountry

        Thanks! Same to you!

      • billbear1961

        We would be lost without our allies!

        You are ESSENTIAL, SG!

        Once again, HNY!!

    • billbear1961

      You ARE “one of us” in the ways that matter MOST!

      Happy New Year, CC!

      • ColdCountry

        Aw, you say the sweetest things! Happy New Year to you!

  • DiAnne Barrett

    Happy New Year from South Florida!

    • DaddyRay

      Could you send some of your warmth up to Chicago – thanks
      HNY

  • StraightGrandmother

    Yeah Flying Monkeys!
    Mr.StraightGrandmother and I are tucked snug in our bed, he’s already snoring but I couldn’t close my eyes until I wished JOE and every single Flying Monkey congratulations on a historic year that I shared with ALL of you, it was a hellva ride folks and I enjoyed your company so much. Forward and Onward into 2016, I hold you all dear to my heart.

    • DaddyRay

      Love you StraightGrandmother and thank you for all of your tireless fight for Equality.
      Happy New Year – enjoy snuggling with Mr.StraightGrandmother

    • 2amor

      Mmm, you as well Straight Grandmother… You are a wonderful ally and I personally thank you for all you do. May you and Mr. Straight Grandmother have a great 2016… Eveto Ronaldo

    • ClevelandJim

      Happy New Year, SG!!

    • FAEN

      Happy New Year SG and Mr SG! I always look forward to your intelligent and witty comments.

    • People4Humanity

      But, but, but … doesn’t that make him Mr. StraightGrandfather? Of all the peeps here, I would just hate to be a grammar-nazi on you — so please just accept this as a compliment to your mister man.

      • People4Humanity

    • zhera

      Thank you so much for the work you’ve done this year (and earlier) for equality. I suspect it’s much more than we know about. Rock on in 2016!

  • 2amor

    Happy new years from Mexico…. Joe has created something very special here. Thank you to all the JoeMyGod flying monkeys. I found this site 7 years ago, it has profoundly changed my life. For all the friends I have had exchanged creative conversation with, I thank you…. May you all have a great 2016!!

  • RaygunsGoZap

    Happy New Years, everybody! You folks make everyday funnier, more tolerable, educating and lovely.

  • johncAtl

    Happy New Year to everyone that makes JMG so great!

    • DaddyRay

      That is awesome – how did you create that?

      • johncAtl

        I typed in names from some of the most commented posts today into a spreadsheet, and then pasted them into a word cloud generator. I had the idea while I was on the treadmill tonight. I was originally going to weight the names based on number of comments posted, and then I decided that was too much effort. So the name sizes are random.

        http://worditout.com/word-cloud/make-a-new-one

        • DaddyRay

          How would you have gotten the number of comments posted?

          • johncAtl

            You have to click on every user’s name. And it wouldn’t have been a true number anyway since it’s comments posted on all sites that use Disqus, not just JMG.

          • DaddyRay

            Wait, you are telling me that people have been cheating on Joe and posting elsewhere?

          • johncAtl

            Gay men…..cheating? Never!

            And it’s not cheating if you don’t swallow.

          • DaddyRay

            What Sluts

          • Friday

            Also you couldn’t expect the gals to spend *all* day in this spot. Could you? 🙂

          • LADY MABELINE

            Good to know.

          • sherman

            A lot of work, but thanks. And I think I notice there is one name you deliberately did not include. 🙂

          • pickypecker

            shhhh. He Who Shall Not be Named is lurking already this early in the year. 🙂

          • johncAtl

            Yes, and I see you’ve already had the pleasure of interacting with him this morning.

    • GanymedeRenard

      Brilliant! Thank you! And happy new year, John!!

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Ganymede

        • GanymedeRenard

          Happy New Year to you, too, dear GOL!

    • ColdCountry

      Awww, I feel like family. But I don’t see ZhyKitty there. Or here, for that matter. Does anyone know? Is she OK?

      • johncAtl

        Damn. I meant to put her in there. She’s one of my favorites here.

        • ColdCountry

          Mine, too! A wonderful lady.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        She’s about.

        • GayOldLady

          Happy New Year Ragnar

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Cheers to you !

        • ColdCountry

          Oh, good. I know her health isn’t the best so I sometimes worry at the silent stretches.

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Cold Country

        • ColdCountry

          Thank you, m’dear!

    • ClevelandJim

      Thanks for the inclusion!
      Anyone heard from Donor Dad (Known Donor Dad?) lately? Another amazing ally!

      • johncAtl

        How could I leave out Mr. Home Depot?

        • DaddyRay

          You also missed SG but I think we all understand given how you manually generated the list – great work

          • johncAtl

            Okay….with ZhyKitty and SG. Two I should have included. And I know there are more I missed.

          • JCF

            I’m in Democratic Blue in this one ^ : much better!

          • GayOldLady

            Happy New Year JCF

          • JCF

            Back atcha, GOL!

          • FAEN

            Thank you for that. You’re very kind.

          • William

            It isn’t a party without Zhy Kitty.

          • GayOldLady

            Happy New Year William

          • People4Humanity

            You’re a gentleman and a scholar!

          • People4Humanity

            … and quite the typist.

          • Robincho

            Topping Ray-Taylor in your first one was sensational, but I must say that bottoming for Ore-Carmi right now IS giving me a certain frisson!…

          • GayOldLady

            Happy New Year Robincho

          • Robincho

            Back atcha, my pet!…

          • johncAtl

            It kind of looks like you may be having a three-way with William included.

          • ColdCountry

            That’s wonderful, btw. Thanks for doing it.

    • LADY MABELINE

      That is beautiful and so thoughtful.

    • Bluto

      Kewl, I feel like a celebrity now.

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Bluto

        • Bluto

          & to you, Joe & all of the flying monkeys!

    • vorpal

      Awwwww yay! Thanks for the mention and happy new year to you, too, johncAtl!

    • BearEyes

      Cool!

    • Robincho

      They call us homofascists, but I call us The Mother Of All Logical Families!…

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year JohncAtl

    • Robincho

      Dude! Are you “cAtl” as in Puget Sound? Or maybe “Atl” as in Peachtree? I guess you could’ve married quetzalcoAtl and taken his name, for that matter.
      But wherevz and whatevz you are, HNY2016!…

      • johncAtl

        Atlanta. And HNY to you also.

    • pickypecker

      OMG….I have arrived!! 🙂 Happy and healthy NY to you all!!

    • sherman

      Joe Miceli is right behind me. Wonderful way to start the new year.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I’m between Stogiebear and Octavio, but on TOP of Karen.

        It’s going to be an interesting year.

    • billbear1961
  • Paige Turner

    New Years? Oh thats so yesterday.
    Happy New Year from Sydney, Australia

    • StraightGrandmother

      Happy New Year to you too.
      We are all pullimg for you in Australia.

      • Paige Turner

        Pulling? Have you had one too many Sherries Straightgrandmother? I hope so. I drank far too Much French champagne here in the warmth of a Summer evening with wonderful friends and watched the fireworks on TV. And now at 4PM Sydney time Ive just wanted the Times square fireworks. Im going to be back in March. I love the USA. Please don’t let Trump ruin it.

        • johncAtl

          See above – or below depending on how you sort comments. She may have had a bloody mary or six.

          • Paige Turner

            How sensible.

        • DaddyRay

          I believe SG was referring to Australia Marriage Equality

          • Paige Turner

            Oh – Apoligies.
            Yes thats an interesting one. We may be having an early election. The PM removed 2 ministers in the time between xmas and new year when Aussies are at the beach or watching cricket so the media was asleep. . He was basically taking out the trash.
            He now wants a mandate and to flush out the dinosaur hard right and an election will do that. His popularity is remarkable.
            If he does go early (March) then he will bolt on the binding plebiscite as promised and we are done.

          • StraightGrandmother

            oh I so much wish for that to happen.. I hope it does

          • Paige Turner

            Will keep you up to date. We are all loving our new PM. He’s not Justin Trudeau adorable but he is charming, intelligent and well spoken and makes us look good on the world stage. I like that.

          • Paige Turner

            It will happen. The far right nutters need to be hauled into line. Malcolm has started that process already. The plebiscite is a compromise plus he’s wrapped legislation around it to make it binding. Basically the law is “If the SSM plebiscite gets up, then the law is changed”

            Its ridiculous for one line in the legislation to be changed that could be done in 15 minutes in parliament at little cost. This way costs $160MM because of Jesus.

          • People4Humanity

            This is the most fantastical play of events that you sketch.
            Best wishes from Texas, that all the cues run true.

          • Paige Turner

            Thanks Texas.

            Our new PM is rather fabulous and very pro gay. And he’s masterful. Aussie politics in 2015 was a blood sport. The previous PM Tony Abbott was a dolt.

            Ive told this story before but the US Ambassador to Australia is a out, married gay Man. John Berry.

            Ambassador Berry is a native of Maryland and holds degrees from the University of Maryland and Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Administration. He is the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador to serve in a G20 nation. He and his long-time partner Curtis Yee wed in August 2013.

            http://canberra.usembassy.gov/ambassador.html

            He’s very well qulaified, engaging and a personal friend of President Obama. Obama was not a fan of our previous PM Tony Abbott and it was rumoured that Berry was a deliberate choice just to piss him off as Abbott was anti gay and a homophobe.

            Theres a rather fabulous speech where PM Abbott had to play nice at a 4th July function at the US embassy in Canberra and thank Ambassador Berry and his husband Curtis because the embassy is technically US soil. That speech was done through gritted teeth by the PM. Thank god he’s gone now.

          • People4Humanity

            I L💘VE the backstories on JMG. You make a good storyteller.

          • Paige Turner

            He’s your Ambassador and does your country proud with his service.
            You should be proud of him and his achievements as well and his bravery. Truly a great American.

    • rn

      So, tell us: Is 2016 worth it?

      • Paige Turner

        I think its worth a shot. It looks pretty good so far.

      • DaddyRay

        It’s been 2016 for 20 minutes here in Chicago and so far it has been great hanging with all of you here on JMG.

    • Bluto

      2016, this is going to be Australia’s year!

  • StraightGrandmother

    I need to send a SPECIAL shout out to the person who posted the ULTIMATE Bloody Mary recipe, I think it was Daddy Ray. We made them at my son’s home for Christmas and my daughter’s tonight for our New Years Eve Feast, THEY WERE DELICIOUS! think this now will be one of our family traditions.

    • johncAtl

      OH!!! Repost the recipe.

      • DaddyRay
        • johncAtl

          It had me at the boiled shrimp. Next time I’m in New Orleans I may order a bloody mary and a shrimp cocktail and combine them!

          • William

            Be sure to get over to the Verti Marte for a meal.

      • DaddyRay

        Pic

        • Sam_Handwich

          Candidate Jalapeno is sauced again!

          • DaddyRay

            Haha, I didn’t notice him back there

          • People4Humanity

            Uh-oh. I heard them dang black lava rock salt
            Bloody Marys are potent!

            ¿Q? In Candidate Jalapeño’s case, would it be Bloody María?

    • DaddyRay

      Great to hear – it is a lot of work but they are oh so good.
      Happy New Year

    • DaddyRay

      Were you able to get the black lava salt?

      • 2amor

        Where would one find black lava salt?

        • DaddyRay

          I think my friend said he got it from Whole Foods

          • 2amor

            Thanks, we don’t have a Whole Foods here in Mexico, however, I love the recipe. The pickled beans are great. There is a restaurant in Santa Cruz, CA called Shadowbrook that makes kinda the same Bloody Mary. Thanks for the recipe, I will be making it in the AM, without the crab (also not available here). Thanks and Happy New Year to you…..

          • DaddyRay

            You can order online but that isn’t going to help for tomorrow morning

          • 2amor

            ha ha, nor will they deliver to my village in Mexico… Happy New Years… 5 more minutes here,,,,,

      • StraightGrandmother

        I saw the salt on Amazon but didn’t order it right away then forgot, but next year we WILL have the Black Lava Salt.
        This year I rimmed the glasses with fresh lemon then dipped them in Pink Himalaya Salt that I ground in the new salt mill I got for Christmas.
        I can’t thank you enough for sharing the recipe. At my daughters house we had to go out and buy extra tall glasses, 20 oz ones. I bought bamboo spears and speared the garnishes on long bamboo spear o my garnishes were all up at the top of the drink and made a convenient way for us to pull them out and eat them off of the spears. I had everything but the black lava salt. MR Straight Grandmother used a scissors and put a cut up the crab legs so we were able to pull it out and it was already cut so we could poke the meat out with the otter bubo spears The bacon in it was great too, but it was crispy so I couldn’t spear the bacon, I wedged it in so it didn’t fall down to far into the drink. We all LOVED them because it is kind of like your appetizer and aperitif all n one and the flavors went so well together.
        Many many thanks DaddyRay for first posting this, again we LOVED them.

        • DaddyRay

          SG – I am so glad your family liked them. Nice to know I contributed to your new family tradition 🙂
          Happy New Year to you and your family

    • Six Pins Delores

      Brilliant talented folks here StraightGrandmother. You included. I adore them.
      Happy New Year

  • Snarkaholic

    Happy New Year, my JMG siblings; much love to all of you!

    • billbear1961

      Happy New Year, SA!

  • That Guy

    Happy New Year everyone!

    • DaddyRay

      Happy New Year from Chicago!

  • Talisman

    Happy 2016. May you have all the love and joy you all deserve.

  • Jim in TO

    Happy New Year Joe, and thanks for the wonderful blogging

  • Tallulah

    Happy New Year Joe! I’ve enjoyed every moment!

  • WiMountainBear

    🎉✨ Happy New Year’s!! ✨ 🎉

    • StraightGrandmother

      To YOU as wel, Happy New Year.

  • Robincho

    We’ll take that cup of kindness, yet. May our enemies be ever confounded, and may our victories continue exponentially, onward and upward. Happy New Year To All JMGers!…

    • Friday

      For auld lang syne indeed. 🙂 To absent friends. 🙂

  • coram nobis

    From Sondheim —

    Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all
    And, my dear, I’m still here
    Plush velvet sometimes
    Sometimes just pretzels and beer, but I’m here

    I’ve stuffed the dailies in my shoes
    Strummed ukuleles, sung the blues
    Seen all my dreams disappear but I’m here.
    I’ve slept in shanties, guest of the W.P.A., but I’m here
    Danced in my scanties
    Three bucks a night was the pay, but I’m here

    I’ve stood on bread lines with the best
    Watched while the headlines did the rest
    In the depression was I depressed?
    Nowhere near, I met a big financier and I’m here

    I’ve been through Gandhi, Windsor and Wally’s affair, and I’m here
    Amos ‘n’ Andy, Mah-jongg and platinum hair, and I’m here
    I got through Abie’s, Irish Rose, Five Dionne babies, Major Bowes
    Had heebie-jeebies for Beebe’s, Bathysphere
    I got through Sarah Palin, and I’m here

    I’ve gotten through Herbert and J. Edgar Hoover
    Gee, that was fun and a half
    When you’ve been through Herbert and J. Edgar Hoover
    Anything else is a laugh

    I’ve been through Reno, I’ve been through Beverly Hills, and I’m here.
    Reefers and vino, rest cures, religion and pills, and I’m here
    Been called a ‘Pinko’, commie tool, got through it stinko by my pool
    I should’ve gone to an acting school, that seems clear
    Still someone said, “She’s sincere”, so I’m here

    Black sable one day, next day it goes into hock, but I’m here
    Top billing Monday, Tuesday, you’re touring in stock, but I’m here
    First you’re another sloe-eyed vamp
    Then someone’s mother, then you’re camp
    Then you career from career to career
    I’m almost through my memoirs, and I’m here

    I’ve gotten through, “Hey, lady, aren’t you whoozis?
    Wow, what a looker you were”
    Or better yet, “Sorry, I thought you were whoozis
    Whatever happened to her?”

    Good times and bum times, I’ve seen ’em all
    And, my dear, I’m still here
    Plush velvet sometimes
    Sometimes just pretzels and beer, but I’m here

    I’ve run the gamut, A to Z
    Three cheers and dammit, C’est la vie
    I got through all of last year, and I’m here
    Lord knows, at least I was there, and I’m here
    Look who’s here, I’m still here!

    • TampaDink

      Thank you C. N. & Mr. Sondheim…..I enjoyed the change you added. Hopefully next year that can be changed to another name.

    • billbear1961

      C’est la vie!

      Bonne Année, CN!

  • ChadSF

    Yes, fuck the hatersHappy new year JoeMyGod and to the rest of the wonderful community we hold here. It will be one interesting year ahead and the fight continues into 2016. 🎉

  • Rex

    A new year and a new commitment to keep the faith and keep advancing. No looking back. Thanks Joe for a blog I look forward to every day. Happy New Year to all the JMG family!

  • Gigi

    Happy New Year to you Joe and all of my JMG friends!

  • disQusTed

    Happy New Year, Joe!!!!

    Point of correction: the map is not moot until the entire planet is sapphire blue

    • coram nobis

      Or, at least, his part of the world.
      – – –
      From the lone shieling of the misty bay
      Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas;
      Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is San Francisco,
      And we, in dreams, behold the Farallons.

  • TampaDink

    Happy New Year, Mr. God….and to all of the regulars who worship at your altar of insight, humor, news & horror.

    • johncAtl

      Happy New Year TD!

      • TampaDink

        Back at ya, John! On Saturday morning we’re headed up to Tally & T’ville for a few days with family since we stayed put for the last 12 months.

    • FAEN

      Happy New Year TampaDink!

      • TampaDink

        I hope that your 2016 will be nothing but the best of times.

    • billbear1961

      Happy New Year, TD!

      • TampaDink

        Cheers to your New Year, Bill!

  • JCF

    [Stupid question relevant to the move to here from the Google: how do you search JoeMyGod dot Com??? Just a week or so ago, I realized I didn’t see the Search box at the top. What am I missing here?]

    Happy New-New JMGers, from here on the Left Coast (where we have 13 minutes to go). Enjoy your hangovers tomorrow! ;-p~~~

    • johncAtl

      In the search box in Google include “site:www.joemygod.com” along with your search keywords. It will then only search in that site. It’s a very handy feature of Google.

      • DaddyRay

        Thanks for the tip, I tried searching over on Twitter because I know all his posts are listed there but it doesn’t include some of the content.

      • JCF

        Thanks. So JMG doesn’t have its own Search box anymore huh? That kind of sucks. I’ll do your trick w/ the Google box though…

    • Now Anon

      This is a WordPress powered site, so you can also use this style of URL:

      http://joemygod.com/?s=kim+davis

      Put a + between individual words. The Google search described below is probably easier.

  • DaddyRay

    Happy New Year West Coast JMG’ers
    Sorry Hawaii, I am heading to bed but HNY to you too!

    • billbear1961

      Happy New Year, Daddy R!

  • William

    Happy 2016 to Joe and all the people who make this website worth hanging around in. This is the best community to live in.

    • Six Pins Delores

      William, You are one of the most favored people I have never met here. May all of your wishes come to pass in 2016 with an EXTREMELY mild jinx. The mild jinx was included as to not jinx you XO

      • William

        Thank you, thank you. I still get chuckles thinking about your comment a while back calling Phyllis Schlafly the ‘worlds oldest pinata’.

        All the best in 2016!

        • Six Pins Delores

          I am happy you had a chuckle

    • People4Humanity

      William, my dear fellow Texan, I L💘VE you!
      And so, my inner grammar-nazi will not let me
      fault you for ending two sentences a preposition with.
      👀

      👃
      💋

      • William

        Blame it on the Beaujolais. I shall endeavor to do gooder in the future.
        Happy New Year!

    • billbear1961

      Happy New Year, Sweet William!

  • Silver_Witch

    Happy New Year!!! May love continue to win!!! Peace!

    • billbear1961

      Hope your holidays have been lovely, SW!

      Happy New Year!

      • Silver_Witch

        Happy New Year to you BillBear – you have been my rock here on many days! Hope 2016 is good to you (and that Santa brought you something sweet!)

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year Silver_Witch. Love Wins!!!!

      • Silver_Witch

        Back at you GayOldLady!

  • Six Pins Delores

    2016 hence forth shall forever known as YEAR OF THE QUEER. Happy 2016 FOLKS

  • Ninja0980

    Happy New Year everyone!

  • People4Humanity

    I leave my dear JMGers with just two thoughts:

    • Six Pins Delores

      And they are

      • People4Humanity

        reload for pix. disqus has been wonky for a couple days.

        • TuuxKabin

          and a big MUAH to you P4H!

      • billbear1961

        Happy New Year, Delores!

    • billbear1961

      Happy New Year, P4H!

      Lovely to see your “love wins” graphic again!

  • Happy new year Joe! It was awesome to have you in London! Come back and see us soon!

    • People4Humanity

      And by, “It was awesome to have you in London!”
      … JMG readers and their inquiring minds may wanderlust.

  • Happy New Year from me and and my (new) family – Mike, Lola & KD

    • BearEyes

      Nice family!

    • vorpal

      What a delectable bunch! Happy New Year, Paul!

      • billbear1961

        Bonne Année, chéri!

        • vorpal

          Merci, cher ourson! J’espère que toi et ton mari avez eu une bonne soirée, et que ton mari va avoir une bonne fête aujourd’hui!

          • billbear1961

            On t’embrasse!

            🙂

    • TuuxKabin

      Sweet. Happy New Year to youse as well. Pooch looks like it’d like to be front and center.

    • sherman

      The lower part of the photo got cut off. 🙁

      • billbear1961

        You notice that, too?

    • billbear1961

      What a beautiful photograph!

      Happy New Year, Paul!

    • Reality.Bites

      Please tell me Lola is one of the dogs

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Happy New Year everyone !!
    Let this year be full of Peace, Prosperity and Penis.

  • OK Joe, time to wake up and start entertaining us in 2016.

    • People4Humanity

      Ooo°0ps! ¿My bad? I gave Joe NYD off for good behavior (or naughty).

  • sisterfalconer

    “Fuck the haters” should replace “In god we trust.”

    Fucking Jump Back, Haters. ! Happy New Year, fellow travelers and fabulous allies !!

  • GayOldLady

    Happy New Year to all my JMG buddies. My resolution is to try not to talk or to argue about Politics. Hahahaha, I think I just lied!!! Love you guys & gals. ONWARD!

    • vorpal

      Much love to you as always, GayOldLady, and a super happy new year!

      • GayOldLady

        Thank you and love to you and yours

    • DaddyRay

      Happy New Year GOL

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Even if you lied just now, you are far from being a contender for the “Pants on Fire” Award. Happy New Year and Bonne Année! 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊

  • tia
  • Bill_Perdue

    Happy New Year. It’s going to be fun watching the twin parties of racism, war, homophobia sexism increase the pace of their self self destruction and to see low wage workers go from victory to victory.

    • Reality.Bites

      You’re a bitter, vindictive asshole, Bill. Year in, year out, that never changes.

      • Bill_Perdue

        Socialists, leftists and people with a sense of decency do vote, but you don’t like it because we vote against all the things you support.

        We vote against wars of aggression against Arab and muslim peoples designed by the Clintons, the Bushes and Obama to steal oil and land. You vote for war if you vote for any Democrat or any Republican.

        We vote against the racist mass murder of Arabs and muslims and the Obama’s racist murders of Arab American citizens. You vote for murder if you vote for any Democrat or any Republican.

        We vote against fracking and offshore drilling. You vote for the destruction of the environment if you vote for any Democrat or any Republican.

        We vote against attacks on unions like the UAW and the Chicago Teachers Unions and against attacks on the standard of lining of working people by the Clintons, the Bushes and Obama. You vote for union busting and austerity if you vote for any Democrat or any Republican.

        We vote to preserve the Bill of Rights, you vote for FISA, NDAA, the Paytriot Act, NSA spying and the racist murders of US citizens if you vote for any Democrat or any Republican.

        We vote against border racism and the deportation of millions of immigrant workers. You vote for that totally racist and inhumane policy if you vote for any Democrat or any Republican.

        So stop whining when people reject you and your Republicans brothers and sisters by the millions. It’s what you deserve.

    • sherman

      We’re all wondering if this will be the year when you finally post your first positive comment.

      I’m betting “no”.

      • Reality.Bites

        I’m just hoping it’ll be the year he posts his last comment, whether by his choice or Joe’s.

      • Bill_Perdue

        I see you’re still negative.

      • GayOldLady

        Happy New Year Sherman! Don’t wait for Bill to be positive, that won’t happen in this century.

        • pickypecker

          Got that rite, GOL. Happy NY to you, dear!

          • GayOldLady

            Happy New Year to you too Picky.

          • billbear1961

            Happy New Year, GOL!

          • GayOldLady

            Happy New precious Billbear! I’m doubling down!

          • billbear1961

            XO

        • Bill_Perdue

          Leftists, unlike you and other Democrats, are never positive about racism, war, homophobia and sexism.

          We don’t vote for it, you do.

          • GayOldLady

            We’re both old people and almost at the end of our roads, why don’t you lighten up and enjoy life a little before it’s all over?

          • billbear1961

            Like Scrooge, he needs a visit from at least 3 spirits!

            Maybe 4 or 5 in his case!

          • Bill_Perdue

            You want leftists to to support Obama’s racist deportations, all 2 million of them, the Democrats wars of aggression, your DOMA, DADT and sabotage of ENDA.

            Nah.

            It will come as a surprise to you but I’ve enjoyed fighting against imperialism, racism, homophobia and sexism for 55 years – about as long as you and your Republican brothers and sisters have been voting for those same things.

            I have no plans to turn quisling.

      • Ninja0980

        I’ve just quit responding to him.
        You can’t fix stupid, you simply can’t.

        • sherman

          Good decision. I somewhat enjoyed watching him fetch last year. Probably time to let that go and just let him be irrelevant in silence.

    • billbear1961

      May this be the year when you finally WAKE UP, Bill Perdue!

      (Great advice for Walmart, however!)

      • sherman

        May you have a great year Mr.Bear!

        • billbear1961

          You, too, you big and feisty sweetheart, you!

          🙂

      • Bill_Perdue

        I’m never going to ‘wake up’ and start supporting racism, war, homophobia sexism or IDF thugs.

        • billbear1961

          Stop pretending WE do!

          Just stop it, Perdue!

          It’s not too late for you to have a “Scrooge moment” and redeem yourself!

          https://girlfridayfilms.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/scrooge-1.jpg

          • Bill_Perdue

            You urge people to vote for Democrats, one of the twp parties of racism, war, homophobia and sexism. Stop pretending you don’t.

          • billbear1961

            Oh, BP, if only we could send the necessary spirits to you to wake you UP!

          • Bill_Perdue

            I’m never going to ‘wake up’ and start supporting racism, war, homophobia sexism or IDF thugs.

    • JCF

      Upvoted for the Walmart meme.

  • Jim

    Happy New Year to All! I really have enjoyed this blog over the last few years. However, this new format is just not as smooth for my iPad, or even my PC at times. I wish it was the old site.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Happy 2016!

    Stay Calm and Vote for Handwich

  • pickypecker

    ..

  • Jmdintpa

    my butt hurts already

  • HAAAAAAA

    Happy New Year to you all…..

    • billbear1961

      Happy New Year to you, HAAAAAAA!

      Haven’t seen you around for a while!

      • HAAAAAAA

        And the same for you.
        I don’t post a lot but read this blog every day.

  • TuuxKabin

    For the New Year, from the NYT: Statue of Liberty identifies as male, grows facial hair and wants to be called Mr. Liberty from now on.

  • billbear1961

    Happy New Year to the lovers and defenders of LIBERTY!!

    Let JUSTICE be done that the world may FLOURISH!!

    Vivat JUSTITIA, Imperatrix MUNDI!!

    Step ASIDE, toxic advocates of hatred and oppression, or be TRODDEN UNDER!!

    https://youtu.be/TQwGTe_MueM?t=2m17s

    • Sam_Handwich

      the penis of rome!

    • William

      Hey, aren’t you supposed to be chopping a hole in the ice and going for a swim? Claude is the sensible type who will be waiting on shore with a towel, robe and hot beverage.
      Happy New Year to the Ambassadors of Quebec!

      • zhera

        What ice?

        • GayOldLady

          I wish the happiest of New Years for you Zhera.

          • zhera

            And to you, dear GOLady!

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          After a balmy 16°C on Chrismas, the temperatures finally dropped and we got 30+ cm of snow. The ice should start forming now…

        • William

          You may need to check in your freezer.

      • billbear1961

        Swimming around in freezing water is overrated!

        🙂

        Happy New Year from both of us, Sweet William!

        XO

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Happy New Year, William.
        .

        • William

          Good man!

    • David Walker

      Happy New Year, Mr. Bear! I’ll add to the Respighi with my favorite of the Airs and Dances. I put this on my Facebook thing and offered the fair warning to those who may have a hangover this morning to maybe turn the volume down a bit… you know how loud those acoustic instruments can be.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVcGnT9inHk

      • billbear1961

        Happy New Year to you, dear David!

        XO

  • karen in kalifornia

    Thank you Joe, thank you J.M.G.ers and the best in the New Year to all!

  • rusty57

    Late again.
    Thanks for the forum Joe.
    May the New Year bring You and yours and all the good people here at Joe.My.God Happiness and Prosperity!

  • pj

    happy new year to all.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Yes it was quit the year. Was glad to be part of it!

  • billbear1961

    Places for the first waltz of the New Year!

    https://youtu.be/GD5kCHM5VaQ?t=1m52s

    • Steve Teeter

      Glad to see you’re with us Mr. Bear. Thanks for the waltz. Happy New Year.

      • billbear1961

        Happy New Year, Steve!

  • Edmund Allin

    Happy New Year to everyone! 🙂 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rId95N2teUc

  • Reality.Bites
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    HNY

  • Scott R

    Straight guy here wishing EVERYONE a happy new year!

  • BlueberriesForMe

    I’m sure the party is still going on somewhere. Happy New Year/2016!

    • StraightGrandmother

      Blueberries, got all through comments and yours was last, therefore I wish you a double, no a triple HAPPY NEW YEAR!

      • BlueberriesForMe

        Thanks and HNY to you, SG.

  • rn

    I am so pleased that Joe’s simple, hearfelt HNY message has generated some 750 comments. I’d like to meet y’all in person. Onward…

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