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 13th anniversary. I want to sincerely thank all of you, longtime JMGers and newbies alike, for coming along on the insane roller coaster that 2016 has been. We finished the year at right around 40 million pageviews, a number I never could have imagined when JMG began in those heady pre-Facebook days when it seemed like everybody had a blog. As I mention in this post every year, writing a news site 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.

In my New Year’s message last year, I said that when they write the history of our movement, 2015 will be right up there next to Stonewall. That will always be true, but as we all know, 2016 has cast an ominous cloud over the hard-fought advances won by the LGBT rights movement during the Obama administration. (The post immediately preceding this one is just one painful example of that.) But while the movement will definitely be playing defense for foreseeable future, please don’t lose heart. In the past eight years we’ve gained countless new allies and emboldened an entire new generation of young activists who will join us in this fight. Encourage them and help train them by your example.

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! The coming year will be difficult, but each of you, merely by being out and proud, are warriors in our battle. Never forget that. Onward to 2017 and FUCK the haters!

  • deaconrta

    I love you, Joe. Happy New Year to you!

  • Do Something Nice

    Happy New Year Joe and JMG community! 2017 is going to be a mess, but don’t give up. We will win in the end.

    Much love.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Those of us who worship at the altar of Thor and his mighty hammer salute the coming struggle promising lightning bolts and finally dropping those twelve pounds. Onward! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/95ec683e028fcbbb2914b57a027b13772cb42a5558c08635ddd63b148daefe4d.jpg

  • David Milley

    Happy New Year, Joe and company! Here’s hoping we can move the needle back to the left.

  • another_steve

    What a wonderful online community this is.

    Thank you, JMG’ers. Those who agree with me and those who do not.

    Thank you, and happy New Year!

    • bambinoitaliano

      You mean those who agree with me and those who are my enemies πŸ˜›

      • clay

        >: (

    • greenmanTN

      You too.

      Oh, and I finally found a yarmulke perfectly suited for my rare synagogue appearances…

      https://mommysantiblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/wpid-wp-1440506427572.jpg

      • another_steve

        What a treasure you are here on JMG, greenman.

        I look forward to another year of fun shared by us. πŸ˜‰

        • greenmanTN

          I told you about tearing paper during a Conservative synagogue speech, right?

          I knew exactly what I was doing. You can’t tear paper on the sabbath, because that’s work? *RIP*

          The bar mitzvah boy’s sister literally hissed at me, but I was like, I have barely seen your face without a bong in front of it, but by all means hiss at me because I tore fucking paper!

          It really was the loudest tearing of people in the world though, almost echoing, so I pulled my stupid goyim act on them. “Oh! i wasn’t aware that tearing paper was such a big deal!”

          • Gustav2

            A neighborhood orthodox synagogue didn’t have its usual Shabbos goy to turn on the lights for services. A couple went door to door early on Saturday to find someone to do it, There was a nice story in the Sunday newspaper about how a nice Christian couple who lived across the street helped them out,

            So this pastor’s kid asked friends who belong to a Conservative synagogue if the going door to door wasn’t a melakha or work. At first i got a blank stare, then a smile plus a shaking of their heads, their teenage children said, “Yes!”

          • another_steve

            “…but I was like, I have barely seen your face without a bong in front of it…”

            LMAO. My first hearty laugh of the New Year. Thanks, πŸ˜‰

            I have a bad memory (which is okay because I can have the same conversation with someone over and over again — and each time it’s like the first time), but I think we’ve discussed the concept of the “Shabbos goy,” yes?

            You would make an excellent Shabbos goy, what with your sense of humor and your uncanny understanding of the Jewish psyche.

          • greenmanTN

            I would NOT make a good Shabbos goy. Obviously I could perform the tasks, but my mouth would get in the way.

            Me, pretending to struggle with a light switch as if it were hard to move, then finally flipping it, “Whew! I’m about exhausted after all that work!”

            “Alright, i tore the toilet paper for you, but if you think I’m gonna wipe your ass you have another think coming, but I’ll heat up the curling iron if you want to touch up those sausage curls… ”

            I’ve dealt mainly with reform Jews, and me and seemingly pointless rules don’t mix well, in the religion of my upbringing or in others. “Now what is this happy horseshit?!” And even if I don’t say it you can tell I’m thinking it.

      • vorpal

        Hahahaha I adore it!

        A friend of mine promised to wear a super tacky bonnet out to lunch with me if I knitted her one for Easter… and I would be thrilled to find one or more propellers to attach to it!

  • BlindBill

    New year greetings Joe …. Not very optimistic about 2017, but I am glad we have a place to find actual news about and support for the community… For that I thank you!

  • HZ81

    Happy New Year, Joe and all! Have fun and be safe and let’s kick 2017’s ass!

  • MB

    Love, kindness and compassion will ALWAYS trump hatred and ignorance.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a9c8f49dc0711d14aa24e2be04034612261b31614f323712a2ca5c519dd4f72.jpg

    ~ ~ ~ Happy New Year my fellow flying-monkeys – from Albuquerque ~ ~ ~
    * Be well, and be safe.

    • vorpal

      Much love to you, sweet MB!
      =lap cuddles=

    • gothambear

      Thank you for posting that – I miss the farolitos from my Santa Fe days…beautiful. Happy New Year.

    • T-Batwoman

      I have a bevvy of Chinese aerial lanterns, I’m going to go send a dozen or so off, thank you for the idea!

    • Stephen D. Ward

      And pigs WILL fly!

      • BudClark

        When I get depressed, I imagine what The Orange Strumpet Monster would look like if he was released into deep space without a space-suit . Shame to pollute the purity of the vacuum, though.

  • KCMC

    [classic] “Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”
    β€”
    Max Ehrmann, β€œDesiderata”

    • bzrd

      we’re all stardust, KCMC

      • KCMC

        choking on moonlight, strangled by our own bra straps.

    • Homo Erectus
      • KCMC

        Niiiiice.

      • David Walker

        Oh my lord. Thank you thank you thank you. I’d forgotten about this.

  • Colonel Panic.

    Happy new year, with strength and solidarity to all.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • William

      It will not be missed.

      • bzrd

        it will not be missed, but I’m missing BillBear and his musical choices, Becca for articulating my grievances, jalapeno where are you, the samwhich won, and many others. A good new year to all and really hope it’s happy

        • bzrd

          and zykitty too

          • vorpal

            The number of truly beautiful, fun, and wonderful people here never ceases to amaze me.

            I think we win the internets.

          • clay

            Oh, she’s sometimes around, but vewy, vewy qwiet.

  • Jay George

    Good wishes and high hopes for all of us, and always, much love.
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/ac/ac/5c/acac5c34af65de0a8459b7179e9b83f0.jpg

  • DaddyRay

    We are going to need each other more than ever over the next 4 years. We must never give up and use this to come together to support and help each other.
    The 2018 mid-term elections will be here before you know it and we have to make sure we show up in huge numbers.
    Time to shake off the disappointments of 2016 and get motivated to fight back.

    Fuck You 2016
    Happy and Healthy 2017 JMG’ers

    • clay

      Time to get those lawyers back up so we can understand all the motions and rulings flying about.

    • greenmanTN
      • vorpal

        Maybe it’s the 1.5 L of wine at work, but I found this picture surprisingly easy to masturbate to.

        • greenmanTN

          A hard dick has few morals… πŸ˜‰

        • Dazzer

          Does this mean you had wood?

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          What’s a nice tree like you doing in a savanna like this?

          • Maureenmtaylor

            Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj97d:
            On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
            !mj97d:
            ➽➽
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        • i’m visually impaired and kept staring at the image, thinking it was some strange giraffe upside down–if it hadn’t been for your comment, I wouldn’t have “seen” what it was. Thank you.

          • vorpal

            I’m still not convinced you should be thanking me :D.

          • AJ Drew

            Ha! (and now I’m squinting at the screen trying to imagine that!)

        • Stephen D. Ward

          Yeah!

        • greenmanTN

          I pray for your immortal soul.

          Now where exactly is this porn you’ve found? πŸ˜‰

          • vorpal

            That’s so cute that you think I have a soul :-).
            I think I traded it as a kitten for some catnip and a blowjob.

          • greenmanTN

            Benefit of the doubt. πŸ˜‰

    • ColdCountry

      Never give up; never surrender!

    • anne marie in philly

      RAMEN, daddy! on 11-10-16, I called my local dem party office and volunteered for the 2018 elections. I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!

      • Stephen D. Ward

        Perhaps it wan never yours to begin with?

        • Robincho

          No, it not wan…

      • Virginiaeashburn

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj32d:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !mj32d:
        ➽➽
        ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash32ShopGroupGetPay$97Hour β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…::::::!mj32d:….,……..

    • Nic Peterson

      Vive la resistance!

  • Leave it in 2016: “they go low, we go high”. Instead we fight back every time they go low.

  • clay

    “In the past eight years we’ve gained countless new allies and emboldened an entire new generation of young activists who will join us in this fight. Encourage them and help train them by your example.”

    Those old enough to remember the bad old days, keep reminding us not to give up. Those too young to remember anything by upward and onward, learn how to lose a battle, but survive to win the war.

  • Nax

    Happy New Year! to all my friends, and thanks for helping to keep me sane. There’s going to be a lot of heavy lifting to do in 2017. Stay strong.

  • Sam_Handwich

    thanks for all your hard work, Joe!

    i’ve had a damn cold most of the week, but am feeling perkier today. we’re going to our favorite restaurant for dinner in a bit. we never stay out for all the midnight madness! hubs might stay up to watch the big ball, but i’ll probably be in bed.

    happy new year to all. i’d like to say it can only get better, but…

    • clay

      How about, “We can only make it better?”

    • MB

      Health to you Sammy. I’m @ home also recovering from a Christmas gift of a rather nasty headcold/head congestion given by those nasty little human creatures at church. I might just have to have a couple of extra-strength hot toddies to see in the New Year.

      • Sam_Handwich

        i’m always thankful if the cold holds off until the 26th

      • vorpal

        Yes! I think I caught my flu from those snotty nosed little adorable munchkins that were here last weekend for Christmas and climbing all over me.

        Stomach couldn’t even handle its usual red wine all week. I dropped six pounds from that and not being able to eat.

        I can think of worse fates :-).

        • David Milley

          Hugs. Cover yerself in cats and stay warm until you feel better!

        • MB

          Having to spend Christmas/New Year’s with Brian Brown and Janet Porter…..
          Babysitting Pat Robertson………..

          Ewwwwwwwwwww……………..

    • Homo Erectus
      • David Walker

        Alternate lyric, of course, is
        Your son’ll come out tomorrow.
        Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
        He’ll be gay.

      • clay

        My sister hated that song sooooo much that she named the pet she got that year “Annie”. It was a tarantula.

        • Ray Taylor

          I’ve always loved the name Annie. My black lab is the 3rd Annie in my household.

    • vorpal

      Seems like everyone has been sick over the last week! I was sick all week as well, but I think it was a doozy of a flu. Sickest I’ve been since 2011 when I had horrible food poisoning, but for five days instead of a mere 24 hours.

      Glad to hear you’ve perked up enough to celebrate! Hubby and I are holed up with the cats, fillet, roasted cauliflower, and Yorkshire pudding (guilty carby eggy pleasure of mine that needs no special accompaniments to be enjoyed)!

      • Mike__in_Houston

        I had it too. It’s the worst I’ve felt in a very long while.

        Happy New Year, JMG’ers!

      • Acronym Jim

        Mine too. My Grandmother made the best Yorkshire Pudding every year for Christmas using the drippings from the prime rib and century-old cast-iron muffin pans.

        Her prime rib, on the other hand, left something to be desired.

        • Ray Taylor

          Nice and crispy.

  • Richard, another Canuck

    Thanks for your encouraging words Joe. Have yourself a very Happy new years Eve, and as a Canadian brother to y’all, I’ll do what I can to help whether it is a few kind words in the responses or offering refuge to as many of you as I and fellow Canucks can manage.

    And folks, give Joe an upvote by clicking on the heart above.

    • TuuxKabin

      first thing I did, click on that heart. And a click of ^ on your heart many times over. Happy New Year.

    • whollyfool

      Found it! It’s by “Recommend” right before the comments. πŸ™‚

    • David Milley

      Thanks for the reminder. Will do that just as soon as I wend my way through all these comments from the ever-expanding JMG community.

  • Jude Newton

    Happy New Year Joe & JMG community.

    This site has represented the best of all of us and quite frankly, I wish to thank each one of you incredible individuals for the laughs, thought provoking comments, even a few OMG!!!s that have brightened some of my worst days of 2016. I can always depend on this fantastic community. I wish each and everyone of you a happy and safe 2017.

    • FAEN

      And the same to you matey.

  • Blake J Butler

    I’m getting drunk on some wine i need to dispose of for quite some time, caught multitasking between a Harry Potter and Designing Women episodes on YouTube.

    I guess i’m going to have to canvas and take up on learning how to register voters for midterms. Maybe even do some out of state donations, as i do not plan on living in Arkansas i want to move out and go somewhere with a democratic tilt. Also when i do move i want the representatives I WANT, not the damn Twitler serpents.

    Cheers. Be responsible.

    • canoebum

      All of that is fine, and we appreciate it greatly. But along the way, make sure you set aside ample time for nookie. Have a Happy New Year! Don’t let the turkey’s get you down!

  • lenvus

    Thank you for everything you have provided to us, on a daily basis. Wishing you the courage to remain steadfast, strong, and fight like hell through this next year! You have continued to provide me with the courage and strength to fight on. Thank you so, so much.

    • BudClark

      If it weren’t for the strength and courage of Joe and the members of JMG, I would go MAD!

  • vorpal

    Happy New Year and much purring love to all of you awesome people (and even the couple of you that are somewhat less than awesome)! Thank you for being such a wonderful part of my days!

    I hope you all have a safe and happy evening celebrating what will hopefully be the last major death of 2016: this abomination of a year itself!

    • MB

      Health and much happiness and innumerable enjoyable skritchies
      I wish for you my furry friend. πŸ™‚
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ce5767453434c07bddc8bc5398df49e344a6e3cff300e0b5ce48b31974bb2e6.jpg

    • greenmanTN

      I’ve mentioned debating getting a cat after my cat of 17 years died, then suddenly having 4 cats when a feral cat gave birth to 4 kittens on my porch.

      Here they all are, excited about the new year.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dfa7011b2d418a7222fe2467ae9b616c191e76003a99f592baa872ca2aede9ba.jpg

      • vorpal

        =noms his screen due to excessive cuteness=

        • David Milley

          Yep, cats go a long way toward easing of the year.

          • vorpal

            The internet is for two things: porn and cat pictures.

          • Ray Taylor

            Dogs too.

      • Bj Lincoln

        It’s easy to gain many cats in a blink. Friends take a little longer. Thanks for being one of my JMG friends.

        • greenmanTN

          Thank you too. I look forward to your posts.

          Funny thing, but the male cat just loves me and snuggles, but “the girls” will only get close to me if I pretend not to notice them. If they catch me looking at them they run. I don’t know what’s up with that…

          • vorpal

            Male cats, in my experience, are complete love sucks. Ours are always in a heap and always sprawled out next to us.

            Our one girl cat loves it when one of us is in the bathroom. She comes waltzing in, but sure enough, it we look REMOTELY happy to see her or say her name, her eyes get huge and she scampers off as fast as she can. It’s a fine dance between pretending not to notice her and pretending to be slightly horrified by her presence to actually get her to headbutt and love us.

            (Well, she usually loves me, as I think I mentioned before, but I am the one living thing she not only tolerates but gets excited about seeing!)

          • MB

            She just wants to wait and see you after your interaction with water. Shameless hussy.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d65db6a7879483697fc54cd8cdd225256862cda396cca66d71fdc963c55b238b.jpg

          • vorpal

            Cold water, oddly, makes me a savage, passionate, feral beast.
            Fair warning to all JMGers.

          • BudClark

            Feral is good; beasts are better. GRRRRR!

          • greenmanTN

            I was starting to get a complex. “Well, there was that one time I beat you with a tennis racket, which happened… NEVER! WTF is your problem?” 😁

            The girls are still skittish and semi-feral, but the male was immediately “Wet food and belly rubs? I’m in!”

          • vorpal

            Oh, boys… this is why I love them all so much. 😸
            It never takes much to woo them and make them all excited.

          • greenmanTN

            We really are SO easy…

        • Cuberly

          BJ!

          Happy New Year!

      • fuzzybits

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f879b2b3b1d1f4424237f9fbbb5686b6a52bb96a30fb52b6f5df2d5d23c5bf4.jpg Boy,do we know it. Here’s a litter that a mother cat had on our porch this past Fall. We found homes for all the kittens,thank goodness. We took the mother and her brother in and now they’re safe from the cold.

        • greenmanTN

          They are beautiful, especially the one sitting up.

          I kept all 4. 3 have been fixed, and the next will get done soon. (Shes the most skittish and only let me touch her this week) Mama and Baby-Daddy still hang around, and I’d like to get mama fixed too, but it would require an animal trap to catch her. I would really like to prevent another litter!

          • fuzzybits

            That’s cool. We have several great org. here that trap and spay/neuter feral cats.

          • greenmanTN

            A friend suggested I apply for a grant and become an official cat shelter and I was like, Oh, hell no!”

            The only thing left after that is “festive” holiday themed sweaters and death!

            https://youtu.be/GzejK4-qZ2E

        • greenmanTN

          I have been thinking about it and I have never seen a cat so red/ginger’ off to to right.

        • greenmanTN

          I want that red one! Absolutely beautiful.

          Oh well, I’ll just have to make do with my own little group of felines. There is a very good reason why “like herding cats” is a metaphor.

          http://brandchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/herding-cats-sap-joe-pantigoso-600.jpg

          • greenmanTN

            “We are plotting your demise. But since you’re here, how about some wet food, hmmm?”

          • fuzzybits

            Unfortunately,I didn’t get this present. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51c5Yg6Q7sL.jpg

          • greenmanTN

            LOL! Vagina comes separately, though unlikely of any use in this or any other decade, πŸ˜‰

          • greenmanTN

            Does it come with antihistamines and a gluten-free cookbook or do you have to buy those separately?

          • greenmanTN

            No kidding, I’m lusting after the red one, but in a good way.

            I’m sure most people are at least familiar with the story of the gorilla who learned sign language and had a pet kitten. Well, in Asheville there was a cafe where every picture on the wall was a gorilla holding an orange kitten.

            His daughter was one of the researchers for that project. FWI…

        • vorpal

          I am (as you MAY have guessed from my very subtle hints) a cat person, but when it comes to baby animals, give me puppies over kittens any day.

          Kittens are hyperactive bundles of evil, destructive, insane energy that do not understand (or perhaps understand all too well) the power of their claws. Fortunately, they eventually turn into cats, which are graceful lovely, calm, sleepy animals that are hilariously flexible to the point that you can practically fold them into pretzel-like shapes.

          Puppies are adorable little irresistible bundles of sheer, happy helplessness. Unfortunately, they turn into dogs, which I find are overly extroverted, needy pests. And you usually can’t fold a dog into a pretzel-like shape without having to dislocate some joints first.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Wonderful. It’s cool having more than one cat if they can get along. I was not fortunate enough to have that situation. When we had 3 cats, 2 of the 3 were both used to being the king and queen of the household respectively and neither one would abdicate. Fights, fights, fights, fights every day for months. The vet told us they would adjust to each other after 2 weeks, but it never happened.

        • greenmanTN

          I wasn’t keven sure I wanted one, now I have 4, some now I’m worried ive become a (male) cat lady, wandering through WalMart in a terrycloth robe, curlers, and fuzzy slippers. All I’d need is ciggy-butt sticking out if the corner of my mouth and a 5 year old named Jimmy-Joe to scream at and I’d fit right in.

          • Bomer

            Uhm….I had 7 at one time in a two bedroom apartment >.>

          • greenmanTN

            That takes too much work. Even with one cat it seemed like if I skipped a couple of days I ended up with Mount Catshitamanjaro in the litter box.

      • I’m currently in Seattle at one of my ex’s — his father died in an car crash a few months ago and his stepmother was in a coma for several weeks and he’s had to spend a lot of time down in Southern California as he takes over being head of the family. I’m responsible for taking care of Kitty-Mae, who is now 24 years old. i’ave known her the full time. She has to have a drip injection three times a week, daily thyroid cream rubbed into her ear folds, and a dash of potassium stirred into her kefir (she’s become very picky about eating, and pays more attention to that than most anything else).twice a day. She’s lost a tremendous amount of weight, but since we have a long term relationship she’s very affectionate and if I’m in one place for long, she’s usually in my lap or on my chest. i told the SigO that i’ve slept with the cat longer than i have him.

        • David Walker

          Yes, but I bet he didn’t shed.

        • greenmanTN

          Lol. 24? That’s an astronomical run for a cat.

          It sounds like an awful situation though, his father dead in a car crash and stepmom in a coma? You could watch Walking Dead to cheer things up a bit…

          (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)

      • Bomer

        This is the new friend I made. He’s one of the strays that the family I’m staying with feeds. I’m already thinking about stealing him once I, hopefully, get my own place again. He lets me rub his belly, plays with me, and comes running whenever I open the door (if he’s not already waiting on the step). He even gets on with my cats.
        http://i.imgur.com/KuAFT2F.jpg

        • greenmanTN

          Definitely steal him. i called the male cat Catty Hearst after I kidnapped him, then I discovered he was male. And to me black cats are special.

          I had an apartment fire in Houston, losing nearly everything. I had two cats: 1 died, 1 didn’t. Hell, I died and had to be resuscitated (no white light or tunnel FWIW) so he was special buddy.

          • David Milley

            Aw … I love dumb cat names! We had a ginger tiger cat we named “Rudyard Kitten” and a buff-colored cat who we lumbered with “Armistead Meowpin.” We’re just awful to our kittehs.

          • David Milley

            And, yes, black cats are special — Thumper has grown old, napping over many years on Warren’s lap.

          • greenmanTN

            Rudyard Kitling, perhaps?

            The male is Puck, though more likely to answer to Mr Baby or You Little Asshole. πŸ˜‰

          • David Milley

            He wound up answering to “Ruddy Cat” — and as Armistead grew rounder, he answered to “Pie Pie.”

          • greenmanTN

            Have you ever seen the movie Bell, Book, And Candle? The only reason I mention it is that the Kim Novak’s cat is named Pyewacket, whch is based on an old engraving about witches and their “familiars” so Pie is totally inline with that.

            http://www.ancient-origins.net/sites/default/files/witch-hunter.jpg

            Hey, I might not know when baseball season ends and football season ends, nor care less, but I know a lot of weird facts.

            https://youtu.be/LsHmGcHma-A

          • David Milley

            Gosh, hadn’t thought of BB&C (or Pyewacket) in years. I’ll hafta add that to the mix for a formal name for our next cat. Our first cats, Jesse and Jennie, had a lot of the witch’s familiar about them.

            But our Pie-Pie got that nickname when he became more round than long — he was orange, and looked like a big pumpkin pie. We’ve had big cats and little cats, but Pie-Pie was the only tubby one. Warren used to baby him something awful.

          • greenmanTN

            My cat is officially named Puck, but honestly I more often call him Mr Baby, but he snuggles and purrs, sleeps with me, all the usual cat things. But the female cats act like I’m the villain of a 1980s horror movie, Kitten Killer General. Though honestly if you had my ‘nads or ovaries cut out you wouldn’t be on my Christmas card either.

          • greenmanTN

            It’s really kind of odd. You would think I was Ted Bundy or something!

          • vorpal

            Black cats – and especially the boys – are the best cats.
            I think I may have given off some subtle hints that I think that way.

            Seems it’s an infectious attitude. I swear that half the cat owners on my facebook friends list now have at least one black cat.

        • David Walker

          I think it’s true that cats choose us. This one obviously wants to adopt you.

          • vorpal

            I know I’ve told this story before, but my first black cat chose me. I went to the humane society at 21 to adopt a cat, and was looking for a ginger tabby… the idea of a black cat hadn’t even occurred to me.

            As I was walking by the cages, this little black arm SHOT out from between the bars and GRABBED me by the shirt… and I have been hooked ever since!

          • bzrd

            OMG, same for me but it was a tortoise long hair with an owl face, she lived to 18. So very sad, I could never could get another kitty

          • vorpal

            Torties are very special cats as well. We have one and she is a plucky little bag of tortitude.

            You’re kind of the opposite of me. Our calico Zoe, with who I was super close and adored (we started off in a very tumultuous relationship, as she came with the hubby and was viciously jealous of me at first, but soon became best buds) died back in 2013, and while I was devastated, within a week, we had a new cat – our baby black boy Felix!

        • vorpal

          OMFGSTFUWTFBBQHTMLbrainmelts
          He is SO handsome!

      • perversatile
    • Cuberly

      I wanna kill 2016 with fire. Erase that year from memory even.

      Happy New Year Vorpal. Hope you feel better soon.

      • vorpal

        Thanks, Cuberly! Been thinking of you and wondering how you’ve been!

        Happy New Year to you!
        Feeling much better here, but it has been a long and exhausting week. Didn’t get to my NYE plans but I’ll make up for it, hopefully, tomorrow by partying hard!

        • Cuberly

          Lol….go for it!

          Doing ok here, they say I’ll be back in my condo by mid January. After living out of a hotel since May I’m more than ready to get back to some sense of normalcy.

      • perversatile
    • zhera

      Whisker tickles and wet noses to you, dear vorpal! <3

      • vorpal

        I owe YOU an email, sweet zhera, and have not forgotten!
        Expect then en route in the next day or so!
        Hopefully you had a lovely NYE and the early part of 2017 is treating you well!
        =fond rumble purrs=

        • zhera

          Don’t sweat it, my dear kitten. All in good time. πŸ™‚

          I slept through the fireworks at midnight, I’m pleased to announce. I’ve come to hate fireworks now. Such a waste of money, resources, and lives.

          /grumpy

          • MB

            Have a Happy New Year // dammit
            Hmmmph.
            πŸ™‚

          • zhera

            And you, MB!

  • Jerry

    Happy New Year! I had to get away for a week…so I’m celebrating tonight at Parliament House in Orlando, along with Bianca del Rio and Bob the Drag Queen.

  • RGG

    And to 2016, good riddance!

  • Steve Teeter

    Happy New Year, Joe, and all of JMG. And thank you, Joe, for hosting such an incredible gathering of brilliant minds. Your site is the first one I go to every day.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Cuberly

      (hug)

      Happy New Year Bambino. πŸ˜‰

  • I found your website thingy years ago while googling about Prop8. Haven’t left yet. I feel like some of ya’ll are actual physical friends. Even a certain poster with their “then/than” discourse. Anyway, all Yall be safe tonight. We’re driving from New Orleans to Lafayette to meet my guy’s mom and family. Needless to say, I’m more than (ha!!) a bit nervous.
    Onwards to the first few steps of putting tRump behind us.

    • clay

      See, you are educable. πŸ˜‰

    • DaddyRay
      • Yes!!

      • Leo Tallant

        It took me about 10 seconds but yeah, I did get it. Glad I am not as stupid as I felt there for a moment LOL.

        • DaddyRay

          Then you’re gonna get it

          • Leo Tallant

            OK, but the husbear says he gets to watch. πŸ˜‰

      • gothambear

        Very cute and a smile is always needed, thanks.

      • Cuberly

        I’m horrible with grammar let alone spelling but I got it. πŸ˜‰

        Happy New Year Daddy Ray!

    • BudClark

      I wouldn’t trust The Orange Strumpet Monster BEFORE *or* BEHIND *me*!!!

  • ohbear1957

    Happy New Year! Happy up-coming Year of the Cock, too! May we all rise to the occasion!

  • Dramphooey

    A New Year’s Resolution that I really wish people would adopt: resolved that I will never underestimate any political opponent as unelectable and hoot and laugh when the absolutely abhorrent are nominated for any office.

  • Helen Damnation πŸ‘β„’
  • Happy New Year, Joe! And to all the readers and commenters and lurkers too!

  • pj

    jungle red for 2017 kids.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Lazycrockett
    • Lumpy Gaga

      I won’t dance. Don’t ask me.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Who would not kiss Captain America’s ass. πŸ˜›

    • David Milley

      Well, that’s … entrancing.

  • j.martindale
  • Tallulah

    Hump the haters!

  • Lazycrockett
  • clay

    Happy New Year, kids.
    And don’ be dragging that orange shit in here; I jus’ cleaned that floor, Goddamit.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    We finished the year at right around 40 million pageviews

    At six taboolas each, that’s .. so many… so, so many … getting dizzy… oh, my drop will shock you…

  • Mike in Texas

    Here’s to another fine year of JMG and JMG community! My very best wishes to all of you.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05c3ede322d4ffdb2eeffd827a9a201b33c77945e23ba48be5a7b2be3f6e743f.jpg

  • bkmn

    Our best to Joe and everyone in the JMG community. We are stronger together. Screw the haterz in 2017.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • AtticusP

    Happy 2017 Joe, and all my fellow JMG’ers.

  • Michael Abbett

    A happy and prosperous new year to all of my JMG friends! It’s hard to be optimistic in times like these, but with some hard work and a little luck this will be our last year in a red state, and that’s a huge improvement from 2016. In fact, it’s the one hope I have to hold on to.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Spudman
  • greenmanTN

    Thank you to all the people at JMG, who have helped keep me sane through this election and endured some of my more antisocial rants and jokes.

    Happy New Year!

    Retro: but we’re never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy πŸ˜‰

    https://youtu.be/1A-hqZf7xQs

  • GayOldLady

    Thank you Joe for all you do. And Happy New Year to everyone. I love y’all. Peace

  • RobynWatts

    Happy New Year JMGers! May 2017 be better for us all!

  • Michael R
  • T-Batwoman

    Thanks Joe and all the JMG’ers. Happy New Years one and all πŸ˜€

  • Natty Enquirer
  • Benny S.

    Thanks Joe, for your commitment! Happy 2017.

  • TuuxKabin

    Thank you Joe. Happy New Year to you and Shelly. Happy New Year one and all.

    • GayOldLady

      Happy New Year to you and your darling. Have fun and be safe tonight. Peace

      • TuuxKabin

        Thank you GOL dollingk, we’re already hunkered in, not a thing to do but have a lite sup’ and turn in early. A couple of wild women from WDC, where they make the laws and break the laws, visited the last few days. The damage is done. A lot of wining and dining can wear one out. Hope you and yo’ darlon will have a safe and happy New Year. You’ve been one of the best things to happen in 2016. Other than that . . .

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66a40eaab9e34ae7ac2fddbb2753d79161210f6321251c779ed0624938111b88.jpg

        • GayOldLady

          And you’ve been a highlight for me. My baby is working tonight so no celebrating going on here. Just a glass of champagne or two and lights out. Rest well gentle man.

  • Galvestonian

    Love ya Joe … YOU THE MAN !!! Happy New Year to you and every one else in the LGBTQ community from a chubby old fart in Galvestonj, Texas. Love is the sweetest thing.

  • DaddyRay

    OT: One of my biggest issues with MSNBC is these Caught on Camera / Lock Up shows. Your a fricken news channel and supposed to be liberal leaning. These shows are so ridiculous and are no substitute for news.

    • Lazycrockett

      and you know Tamron Hall does NOT want to be hosting Dateline extra BS.

    • houstonray

      I heard a comedian one time talking about the sad state of news (wish I could remember who it was) but he said something along the lines of “whenever there is breaking news, I can always count on CNN and tune in to see….Anthony Bourdain eating a cockroach. Well, there is MSNBC, I know I can tune there and see…a man building a shank from a bar of soap on Lockup…”

  • ColdCountry

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! And Joe, I look forward to this blog each and every day. It’s not just the posts, the comment section is where the action really is.

    Love and hugs to all, and remember, you have a LOT of straight allies out there, and we will NOT abandon you!

  • canoebum

    Thank you, Joe and Happy New Year to you. My first stop in morning, even while the coffee s still brewing, is your site. Thank you for your hard work to keep this site going, and a whole community of compatriots informed and active. I admire you fantastic work ethic, your humor and your dedication. To all my fellow readers, Happy New Year and best wishes for you and your loved ones.

  • MikeBx2

    Being able to share the good times and bad with supportive friends makes all the difference. The time I’ve spent here at JMG in 2016 has been at times a blast and at times very comforting. Especially the conventions, the debates and that awful, awful election night. Grateful to you all…

  • Henry Auvil

    Preview: New Years Eve in America, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlTDUITiDcg

    • David Milley

      Hoping not, but, well, you know …

  • ByronK

    Happy happy new year Joe and thank you. Come to Toronto sometime! xo

    • DaddyRay

      We may all be seeing you sooner than you think

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Come for the ByronK. Stay to avoid The Horror.

  • Dazzer

    The fireworks have just exploded all over London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast in the UK.

    2017 has officially begun – and outside my window in inner-city London, the bangs, crashes and flashes of a kind of celebration are still making their presence known. They’ll contiue – intermittently – until 6am if every other year provides a pattern.

    2015 gave us so much unencumbered joy. “016 was filled with unequivecal horror. And 2017 will provide us with an unrelenting fight.

    But we can do it.

    On television at the moment, there’sa new year’s concert taking place by Robbie Williams. I just noticed that I know one of his backing dancers. She used to be a barman in one of my local pubs. I knew she was transitioning and that she was somehow involved in showbiz.

    But here she is, flashing her unbelievably long legs, showing her pert nosejob and shaking her brand new boobs in front of a television audience of millions. She doesn’t give a damn. She’s obviously fought damn hard to get where she is now – and she’s not going to let 2017 stop her.

    The depression of 2016 stops tonight.

    Tomorrow morning, after the hangover andblearly looks – the fightback starts.

    It might bewithin your own family or with your neighbours, or it might be in the courts or it could be in local or national politics. Or it could simply come from being kind to other people.

    But it’s a fight we can all have in our own way.And we can win it.

    The one thing JMG and JMG-ers is not defined by is weakness. As Helen Mirren says: “washed out, sometimes. Washed up, never!”

    In that spirit, a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Successful New Year to all of you – along with all my thanks for having kept mesane, listened to me in my weakest points and made me laugh with your limitless wit and good humour.

    • David Walker

      Thank you, Dazzer. It’s been good reading what you’ve had to say. And that you’ve seen a very courageous person strutting her stuff and doing what she does best is a wonderful note on which to start 2017. Good for her, good for you. The best to you in the new year.

  • Michael R
  • Ninja0980

    Sad to say but expect this site to be darker next year.
    The assholes will be coming for us and we have to be ready to fight, simple as that.

    • DaddyRay

      I really can’t imagine a world without JMG

      • houstonray

        Amen DaddyRay, amen!!! (and I’m not religious, LOL!)

        • bzrd

          remember, it’s Ahhhh ! Men

      • ColdCountry

        I’m not even going to try.

    • boobert

      Who knows what will happen. trump will do his best to stop all criticism, possibly shutting down news sites. I know I’m becoming a debbie downer, but nothing has stopped him so far, even with all the horrible things he’s done and said.

    • David Milley

      Grimmer, maybe, and more resolved, but burning all the brighter for it.

  • worstcultever

    A huge thank you Joe, for everything you do, EVERY SINGLE DAY – unbelievable! Happy new year and snorgles to Shelly.

    And HNY to this great community, especially the depressive pessmists like me. Let’s keep each other strong – and above all let’s do every possible thing we can to make the reign of the orange nightmare, nazi-pukes, and religio-fucknozzles as short and unfulfilled as possible.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I’m so proud to be part of this community. Thank you, Joe for you amazing stories and news. And thank you to all who comment here with intelligence and a wonderful sense of humor. I’m really not sure I’d have made it without your support this year through the darkest days I’ve ever lived through.

    Wishing you all joy, peace, happiness, love and passion for the new year.

    • TuuxKabin

      Happy New Year! You were one of the gifts of 2016! Thank you.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        You as well, Tuux! Thank you!

    • David Walker

      I don’t remember the reason for it, but I posted the “Native New Yorker” in response to something you’d written. You truly bubbled at that. I think you should bubble again. Happy New Year, dear Wynter.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6ifB8dgYbA

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Thank you, David. I’m working hard to get back to that woman. I know how difficult the last months were for you. It doesn’t help much, but having people along for that journey through hell helps.

        All the best to you for the new year. I especially wish you peace.

    • jsmukg

      Do continue coming back, Wynter Marie. you were missed.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Thank you so much. I will continue to come back as I am able as I missed you all as well.

  • houstonray

    Thank you Joe, you are amazing in giving us this forum and while it’s been a difficult year, the comments from everyone here have lifted me and empowered me. I’m proud to be a part (albeit, a small part) of such a great place.

    Remember everyone, we are stronger together (to steal HRC’s slogan but it’s so true) and we have to empower each other. Hopefully it is THIS kind of social media that will keep the odious administration from doing something horrendous. We have strength in numbers, and we are wide and scattered across the world. Sound the alarm when we need to and let’s be a force.

    Cheers to all of you!!!!!

  • Bj Lincoln

    Thank you all for getting me thru this long hard year. Joe, thanks for giving me a reason to get out of bed even when it’s bad news. You work so hard every day and give us a comment section like no other. I love the folks here and learn something new all the time.
    Happy New Year to you all!

    • TuuxKabin

      Happy New Year to you and your loved ones Bj. Great reading your comments.

  • Pat

    Happy New Year and thanks, Joe, and Happy New Year to the wittiest, sanest people on the intertoobs! Let’s kick some wrinkled orange butt in 2017. Love ya!

  • Mark

    On this particular nite after this particular year – there’s no place I’d rather be. Queers and cheers! 2017!

    The only way is up!

  • boobert

    I do enjoy jmg , but ’17 will suck!

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Bonne AnnΓ©e 2017… malgrΓ© tout!
    Keep up the good work and keep the morale of the troops.

    This little depression-era New Year’s ditty by “La Bolduc” seems strangely appropriate.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4T07_o1Nn8

    • Lumpy Gaga

      A Cross and a gun. How… Americain.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Je vous souhaite un 2017 merveilleux.

  • Carl

    Fuck the haters!

    • DaddyRay

      If I have to

      • Cuberly

        Oh come now, I would hope your tastes are more discerning.

    • Cuberly

      ….with a chain saw dipped in lemon juice!

  • Bryan

    Happy New Year to Joe and the JMG community. Thanks to everyone for making 2016– ups and downs– as much fun here as 2015!
    Here’s to… whatever in 2017.

  • djcoastermark

    Things I’m thankful for in 2016, Joe and this wonderful site, The people on this wonderful site and lastly, the end of this blasted year. Things I’m hopeful for in 2017, more Joe and JMG, somehow 2017 surprises me to be better than what I fear it may be and, all of you fellow JMG’ers to be safe, happy and prosper this coming year. Love ya all and looking forward to spending more time with yous !

  • whollyfool

    Happy new year everyone. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for everything. You all made 2016 bearable. (pun intended)
    Love to you all!

  • To our fearless leader, Joe, who keeps us all in the know. And in the fight. Happy New Year everyone!

  • Leo Tallant

    My husbear and I have been on JMG since I don’t know when. I think it was during or before the Prop 8 mess. One of our friends in Second Life (virtual world) told us about this blog. The FIRST thing we do in the morning is check JMG.

    The husbear leaves the house at 4:30 A.M. every morning while I stay home and care for my elderly mom (she lives with us). He has always called me via cell phone during his second break and during his lunch time. What do we talk about the most? JMG!

    I read the newest headlines to him and then we bitch and moan about the haters or we celebrate our victories, depending on the news stories at the time. I am not saying that without JMG we would have nothing to talk about but this blog thingey does fuel most of our daily phone conversations.

    Once the husbear comes home he delves into the stories and reads the articles and comments. I don’t know where we would get our news from if it were not for Joe. My. God.

    Thank you Mr. Joe Jervis for this wonderful place you have made for us.

    • another_steve

      Lovely, Leo. πŸ˜‰

      My husbutch isn’t into blogs, so I give him daily briefings. Usually we’re both drunk at the time, so it’s not the most coherent human activity on Planet Earth at the time, but we somehow succeed in the mission.

      And kudos for caring for your mom.

      All of us who have cared for elderly moms understand. πŸ˜‰

  • OdieDenCO

    happy new year Joe and happy new year to the JGM community. May what ever good resides in the universe be with you always.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    2016: Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope

    2017: Fuck you! Obi Wan Kenobi is dead.

    We are living is strange and troubling times.

    • Dazzer

      While you’re still around, Becca, we know that life is still capable of intelligence, wit, passion and compassion.

      You’ve given me so many reasons to re-evaluate and be grateful people like you exist, Rebecca. Stay strong because you’re always loved.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Thank you. I will never stop fighting for what is right.

        Lots of love ~ Becca

  • Lazycrockett

    K Kathy Griffin is sweating balls on CNN.

    • houstonray

      Love how they went to commercial and came back and she has a feather boa on, ha! Great solution actually!

      • Lazycrockett

        and its not helping AT ALL. I keep thinking she’s gonna magically change clothes during one of these breaks. Don Lemon is already drunk.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Celebrate the New Year 2017! Tip generously for good service.

    Remember, tips are good karma. And karma never lies.

    And only the wait staff knows for sure. Thank you!

    • Fafnir the thurifer

      20% is a good round number – and I usually try to do it in cash, even though I put the main bill on the card, so the server has something in their pocket right away.
      Happy New Year All – /Joan

  • fuzzybits
  • Michael R

    Starting the New Year with sniffles and eye infection I woke up with this morning .

    https://s27.postimg.org/djtbudj5v/debbie_downer_gif.gif

    • fuzzybits

      Get better soon!

    • Leo Tallant

      I loves me some Debbie Downer! Get Well Soon.

    • Cuberly

      Yikes, rest up and get better soon.

    • David Milley

      Medicate quickly! Hope it’s better soon.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Fuck you 2016. You’re still taking my childhood heroes.

    R.I.P. William Christopher.

    • Lazycrockett
      • Lumpy Gaga

        Teh Google says yes. With only <8 hours to go in L.A.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      2016 is being an asshole, right to the bitter end.

    • ColdCountry

      NO! And there is still 3.5 hours to go here, more on the West Coast. NOT FAIR!

      • Lazycrockett

        Jim Nabors lives in Hawaii has anyone checked on him?

        • ColdCountry

          Don’t even think it!

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

    • SoCalGal20

      Ugh no! MASH was a favorite of mine. *sigh*

  • Treant

    Well, I’m certainly not sad to see 2016 go by the wayside. And we’re down to 3.75 hours to go here!

  • Ross

    I have a blog, and just posted this:

    A HILLBILLY ATTACK. A short story.

    Recently, I mentioned that I had lost 26 pounds. This thrills me.

    But my pants kept falling down.

    My belt had no more of those little holes, and about a month ago I began constantly pulling my pants up as I walked around. This was annoying, yes, but the solution was a trip to Walmart for a new belt. And I intensly dislike shopping at Walmart. The parking lot is TOO large. The store is TOO large. The belts are way TOO far into the store.

    However, in rural America there is no other shopping choice.

    Thus, pulling my pants up constantly became the new normal.

    Last week though I finally had enough of this. I was in the backyard and my pants would not stay up. I thought: I have got to do something! At that moment I looked down and saw a piece of twine on the ground. A belt!

    Picking it up, I began to pull it through my belt loops but the end just kept unraveling. Argh! The more I pulled the more the end unraveled. Argh!

    Furious, I yanked the twine out.

    Then I thought: Hey! I am a man! I own duct tape!

    I would duct tape the ends!

    With this brilliant realization, I started towards the workroom.

    And stopped in mid-step.

    I suddenly knew that I had become, officially, a hillbilly.

    I could not move forward.

    Then, another thought: Hey! I am a man! Who is restoring a big old house! I own…tools!

    Pulling my pants up, I quickly walked to the workroom, removed the belt, drilled two more holes into it, put it back on, and sighed. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. A tight fit again.

    This took just moments. I could have done this a month earlier.

    As I drove home a phrase popped into my head: Idiot savant. Yep, I now had proof that while I am good at some things, I am obviously hopeless in many areas of my life.

    Today I forced myself to Walmart. For, as scared as I am of 2017, at the very least I knew I had to be well belted. For, with a good fitted belt I can, quite possibly, survive anything.

    Happy New Year to everybody!

    • ColdCountry

      Thanks for the laugh! And don’t despair, almost no one is good at everything. But… um… why didn’t you buy pants that fit, since you were there anyway?

      Wait, I think I may know this one. The others are still good, right? (And this comes from someone who is wearing a perfectly good 25 year old sweatshirt because I have lost 65 pounds and it fits again!)

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      LOL. You are not alone. I have had many, many of those “It took 5 minutes and I could have done this 2 months ago” situations.

  • Slippy_World
  • Gigi
    • Lumpy Gaga

      Button up, dear! You’ll catch cold…

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Don’t be silly! Those next two buttons seem unbearably tight. πŸ˜‰

        • OdieDenCO

          true, you should remove the shirt so we can check for injury.
          I’m not a doctor, but I’ve seen one on TV.

    • Treant

      Is that Ivanka behind you?

  • Homo Erectus

    Thank you for being there throughout the craziness.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    I just changed out a closet light bulb. Things are already looking brighter!!

  • fuzzybits
  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Sitting here, we are already sick of Cooper and Kathy Griffin…… came to check on the JMG peeps.

    Happy NEW YEAR to the best people online !!

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      We removed CNN from our channel lineup. Gonna watch Canadian shows.

  • MΞ©ebym

    Happy New Year, everyone! Have fun, and stay safe.

    I don’t really have anything profound to say except, I’m just glad that spaces like JMG exist.

  • SpiderPIG

    Thanks Joe for all of your never-ending work!
    Reading your posts and different perspectives sure helps me maintain sane.
    Wishing all of you guys a great new year, I’m doing my best to keep it positive…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/004687bd7e1ea0bb381fde5cab74c798a14e1edbbb65d2d873b577b8830f6078.gif

    • Treant

      Where’s Nibbler when you need him?

      • Bryan

        I think Fry’s auto-erotically asphyxiating him under the table for no reason right now.

        I mean I had to just assume with the…being hidden under a table, in the past, right next to a massive time paradox. There just had to be something else going on. /insane troll logic

    • Michael R
      • SpiderPIG

        (Here’s to another lousy millennium…)

        Better yet: “WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF TOMORROW!”

      • Bryan

        Thank you for Using Stop’NDrop, America’s choice of suicide booths for 700 years.

      • bzrd

        and on a positive note, still only 25 cents

  • Kevin Perez

    Happy New Year to you too and to all of you who upvoted this comment. The rest of you .. okay Happy New Year to you as well except Trump, that guy is an idiot.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Damn, and 2016 could not take off without dragging Fr. Mulcahey out with it. William Christopher passed today

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • ColdCountry

      Now that’s class. Friend of Trump’s?

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Could be. Or not. Somehow I doubt he votes.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          After what happened on 11/8, I’m convinced he does.

        • houstonray

          Well he does have a free hand…

    • Michael R

      Two words : Ointment

      • Lazycrockett

        one word: crabs.

        • johncAtl

          He should have stayed away from Bristol Palin.

  • Homo Erectus
  • SpiderPIG

    Dan Thomas And Eddie Gordon – F U 2016 (John Oliver sample)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn9rSgqyO5s

  • Bad.Dog.Online

    Joeβ–ΊBeen following JMG for a few years now. Often your stories are breaking first, and the comments from everyone are inspiring, funny, sometimes sad, but always invoke a sense of community.

    I don’t know quite how it all started, but your blog, has become our blog and has become our community.

    @Bad_Dog_Online says “Fuck the Haters!” Agreed.

    Happy New Year to all of you. Some of the bravest, funniest, most campy, still most informed and compassionate people I’ve had the pleasure of following.

    Fuck Drumpf, Pence.

    Just remember all, the pendulum eventually swings back. It always does.

    And whatever they do, decide, whatever – I’m staying married to my husband of 30 years together, staying totally gay, staying totally out, staying totally welcoming of everyone (except the haters), and plan on still sucking d*@k whatever laws they make. (Sorry gals – munch on!).

    Love to you all.
    Keep up the great work for us Joe!
    Bad Dog
    Very, very bad.

    • houstonray

      Well said! Happy New Year!!!

    • another_steve

      “Just remember all, the pendulum eventually swings back. It always does.”

      ^^ Word.

      • MΞ©ebym

        I have a feeling that the 21st Century version of FDR will rise during these next few years.

        • houstonray

          I agree! He or she is out there right now watching all this unfold but will one day (hopefully sooner rather than later) change this country back for the good.

        • KarenAtFOH

          Or maybe Winston Churchill. Fuck the fascist, brainwashed, walking dead!

  • greenmanTN

    Couldn’t find the performance video but the emotion still applies.

    https://youtu.be/wB5r6HeOA-8

  • Cuberly

    Happy New Year to all JMGers!

    http://bestanimations.com/Holidays/Fireworks/fireworks-animation-46.gif

    And thank you Joe!

    Well 2016 is toast, thank fucking kerist!……and we all know what this means. We got work to do. So once the holiday is kaput. Crack those knuckles, get out the work gear and lets have at it. πŸ˜‰

  • Lazycrockett

    So it would seem that everyone who works at CNN are drunks.

    • houstonray

      I suspect it began when all the Trump surrogates started… πŸ˜‰

    • safari

      As long as they don’t accidently play that end of the world tape or accidentally give Kathy some alcohol, it should all work out.

    • DaMoldBrok

      After the past 18 or so months, can you blame them! Most of the sane world’s liver is working overtime.

      Damn, should have bought stock in wine, liquor, beer and weed!

    • ColdCountry

      That’s lovely, thanks.

    • houstonray

      Beautiful….

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Happy New Year friends! We must keep hope alive as long as we can. Courage and wit.

    • ColdCountry

      I just saw Rogue One this evening. As good as the first Star Wars in every way, imo. A small group of fighters, some of whom had been fighting their entire lives, risked everything to obtain some vital information. And ***SPOILER ALERT*** even though every main character in the movie dies on the mission, they succeed in getting the info out. They succeeded by having each others backs, and by not giving up in the face of overwhelming odds. At the end, when one guy hands off the disk to another as they run and dodge blaster fire, the one who now has the disk yells, “What’s on this?” And the other responds, “Hope!”

      To switch to another movie, “Never give up; never surrender!”

      • SoCalGal20

        I saw it last weekend. Enjoyed it very much.

      • MΞ©ebym

        (There’s a tag you can use.)

        • ColdCountry

          Too easy. πŸ˜‰

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        We will succeed because we have a secret weapon: lots and lots of beautiful fairy dust!

      • Homo Erectus

        I saw R1 a few days ago. A very young-looking Carrie Fisher had a cameo at the end. When we came out of the theater we learned that she had just passed away.

        • FAEN

          We saw it several hours after she passed. When she popped up on screen I started to cry. Then the lights came up and I noticed everyone who was part of Gen X was crying as well. Part of our childhood had ended and we were all mourning it.

  • Superman

    We’re worried about the next year in Indiana.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      and…
      Alabama
      Alaska
      Arizona
      Arkansas
      California
      Colorado
      Connecticut
      Delaware
      Florida
      Georgia
      Hawaii
      Idaho
      Illinois
      Iowa
      Kansas
      Kentucky
      Louisiana
      Maine
      Maryland
      Massachusetts
      Michigan
      Minnesota
      Mississippi
      Missouri
      Montana
      Nebraska
      Nevada
      New Hampshire
      New Jersey
      New Mexico
      New York
      North Carolina
      North Dakota
      Ohio
      Oklahoma
      Oregon
      Pennsylvania
      Rhode Island
      South Carolina
      South Dakota
      Tennessee
      Texas
      Utah
      Vermont
      Virginia
      Washington
      West Virginia
      Wisconsin
      Wyoming

      • TuuxKabin
        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          True. But there will be a slight delay.

          • TuuxKabin

            Hmmm, I’m hoping we’ll be a ground zero and go out in that flash of detonation. A childhood fear, scraped up in my final years. As GayOldLady tells us, ‘the bastard’s going to kill us all.’ Happy New Year CJ and to BB as well.

        • johncAtl

          To end the year on a positive note… nuclear winter will solve the problem of global warming.

          Now go ahead and sigh.

          And I have a nice glass of wine sitting here so a toast to the two of you.

          • TuuxKabin

            Sigh. There. Toast. We’re off the hootch. Visitors laid waste and ruin to our livers over two day visit, Thirstday and Friday, departed yesterday morning I think. No sign of them today. Lard. Twelve empty wine bottles to take to the curb tonight for collection in the morning. Sad beginning of the New Year. No PIE in the house. Won’t be any until . . . gulp. Next Sunday. El HubCap just volunteer to bake one. Sweet tatty. Cheers to you. Next time we raise a glass, if we do, it’ll be in your general direction.

          • BudClark

            I was never a drinker or a drug-taker … both my parents were alcoholics. I HAVE had to resort to (semi-legal) cannabis pills to control chronic pain from CHF, COPD, severe arthritis, two degenerating hips that are inoperable, etc. Cannabis pills DO work better than the opiates, WITHOUT the opiate hangover.

          • TuuxKabin

            It’s not like we do this all the time. Visitors came in. Celebration ensused. We had a grand time. Well worth the discombobulation. We rest. Hydrate. Go on.

    • ColdCountry

      Stay alert, stay involved, and by-god don’t let them steal your joy.

    • worstcultever

      Well, at least you don’t have Jesus Pence anymore. Oh wait, you do …

      • bzrd

        he’s only jeezass if he’s on white toast

  • worstcultever

    Well, time to start my personal New Year’s party. (Wife runs a big-ass VFW party hall, so of course she’s at work.) Anyway think I’ll go take a lovely, leisurely hot shower and wash every last bit of this revolting, grotesque, ghastly, appalling, sickening, abhorrent year off of me. Then a nice cup of coffee with cream & sugar, along with a bit of doobage, while I read the last 25 pages of the hilarious P.G. Wodehouse novel β€œThe Plot Thickens.” Then maybe a bit of comedy on Seeso. Then – well, I’ll probably be back here!

    • TrollopeReader

      nothing like a little Wodehouse !! Happy Happy !!

  • BeaverTales

    I microblog on a neuroscience website that educates people about variations in sexuality and that blog is doing well. I reblogged an article from a gay website (Washington Blade) describing persecution of gays in Saudi Arabia, and it got +1’d by lots of Trump people in the US and religious folk in the Muslim world, with a few leaving comments suggesting that murdering gays is a good thing.

    Straight people still need to be educated that murdering us is not going to make their lives any better going forward. I really hope 2017 is better than 2016, but our work isn’t done.

    • Cuberly

      No our work isn’t done.

      In fact, beginning to feel like we’re dealing with things reminiscent of what it was like in the late 80s & early 90s.

      We shouldn’t rest on any laurels, Pence & Trump are aiming to turn them to mulch. In the US, as well as globally we have to keep at it.

      Happy New Year BeaverTales. One more year of work ahead of us.

      • BeaverTales

        Cuberly, Happy New Year!

        I wish I could have some of you here for the party tonight. It’s mainly me and some (mostly lesbian) bartender friends making specialty cocktails for one another in our friendly annual “drink and don’t-drive” competition.

        Mine involves Godiva chocolate liqueur, Frangelico, cherry bitters, Torres orange, Amaretto, almond milk and coffee. Wish me luck….stiff competition this year! The ladies have some great recipes to share πŸ™‚

        • Cuberly

          OMG! (remember to drink water)

          Lol…hang in there. …did you say recipes? πŸ˜‰ ….do share.

          I’m heading to a friends house shortly. It’ll be an interesting evening. A bunch of bears smoking cigars and drinking, and I have the guest room reserved so I won’t have to drive home.

          Be careful.

        • worstcultever

          Wowsville, that sounds like one hella fab drank! Cheers!

    • DaMoldBrok

      Not necessarily off topic, but a good read and words that could not be truer;
      http://www.evolutionrevolution.net/1000-words-that-would-change-the-world/

  • Bomer

    Here’s hoping that 2017 is better than this one. Best wishes to Joe and to all of you.
    πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

  • David Walker

    Thank you, Joe, for getting me and us through a difficult time. For years I’ve been making the toast, “To friends no longer with us.” This New Year’s Eve, I am without my best friend for nearly 38 years. I think I first heard on a New Year’s Eve back in the ’80s. I’m sure I heard it before, but that was the first time it really hit me, I really understood what it meant. Of been proposing that toast ever since, but again this year it hits home very hard. Wow. Sorry. Debbie Downer in spades. I really did want to thank you for the incredible hard work you put in every day, and I hope you understand how vital you are to this most wondrous tribe. Happy New Year, dear Joe. Happy New Year to all my old friends and new friends here at the world’s greatest gay bar and community center. And we drink a toast of kindness, dears, for auld lang syne. I love you all.

    • fuzzybits

      πŸ€—β€πŸ€—

    • Ross

      Dear David,

      A big hug.

      A very big hug.

      Ross

    • ColdCountry

      ♥♥♥!
      {{{{hugs, as well}}}}

    • The Return of Traxley

      A toast to your courage and health, sir.

    • Cuberly

      {{{{{BIG HUG}}}}}}}

      Happy New Year David. πŸ˜‰

    • TuuxKabin

      Sigh. Something I’ve been doing a lot lately. Thank you as well, You’ve been a shining light thru it all and I look forward to more exchanges with you. Happy New Year and an abundance of hugs.

    • bzrd

      There’s a lot of love for you, David, flying about this here web thingie and more to come. People have shared some happy times, funny times and just down right hard times but there is always a laugh around the corner. Just think of the taco-man coming out of no where into that car, or the panda and the snowman on this thread.

      • David Walker

        Oh, indeed. After years of phenomenal surprises, I don’t believe in coincidences or happenstances. Coming here was necessary. It makes me feel 45 again.

    • David Milley

      Hugs, David. Holding a warm thought for you tonight, and sharing that toast.

    • zhera

      Much love to you, David! May the next year be filled with joy, peace, and incredible sex. ;D

      • David Walker

        And more train rides and, now, Norwegian cruises! I want you to know that I am incredibly fond of you. I’m glad we’ve got to know each other.

        • zhera

          Likewise, David!

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Oh honey, I don’t say it often, but love you and I drank many toast to you last night and will today.

      • David Walker

        That explains my hangover. Thank you, love.

    • BearEyes

      Big bear hugs, David!

    • JT

      Hugs, David.

    • mikeinrkfd

      Hugs! Here’s to a better year!

    • BudClark

      I’ve been sick in bed and in and out of the hospital ever since the election. The last time I was admitted, they told me that I’ve reached the “degenerative” stage of CHF, COPD, and arthritis. There’s nothing further they can do for me, except “palliative” care. I could die tomorrow; I could live for years. Please pray for me.

      • BudClark

        But I WON’T shut up as long as there’s breath in my body, and I can type, or get Luke to do it for me .

    • BudClark

      May all our Beloved Dead rest in peace and rise in glory!

  • The Return of Traxley

    Thank you so much, Joe.

    I hope this, my link with sanity in the outside world will hold — or I hope my sanity will be able to maintain the link to this site.

    • ColdCountry

      We will hold you.

      • The Return of Traxley

        Thank you. Thank you.

        • David Walker

          It’s been my experience that we will not only hold you, but we will rock you, too.

          • TuuxKabin

            Rock a bye baby . . .

  • SoCalGal20

    Thank you, Joe, for all you do and for providing such a valuable resource and community gathering place.

    Happy New Year everybody! I know we’re in treacherous waters but I wish everybody here all good things in 2017.

    • TuuxKabin

      Right back at ya’! So glad you’ve been part of it!

  • TrollopeReader

    Happy Happy to all … make 2017 the best you can in your lives (and ours) … be healthy, loving and vigilant. *hugs*

  • DaddyRay

    OT: 2016 wasn’t done yet

    William Christopher, the actor best known as Father Mulcahy on the classic sitcom M.A.S.H., died today following a battle with lung cancer. He was 84

    • Treant

      2016 can only kill for another two and a half hours here before we execute it. And there are no calls from the Governor that can stop it.

      • Bryan

        Shiv it like Caesar.

      • safari

        If worse comes to worse, we could just not fix the 2038 unix time bug and get to relive the entire 20th century all over again. Maybe this time we can get it right.

    • safari

      I’m hoping Betty White is in her safe house.

      • DaddyRay

        As well as the Notorious RBG

  • Joe, i love you. you know that. but this year?

    i cannot get over my mourning. George is dead. i am still crying.
    “and who gives a fuck about your problems baby, when you can pay the rent?
    you can pay, paay pay pay pay….”

    he was literally the best gay male friend i never knew. that probably makes no sense, but it was real. i loved him so much. i will love you too in this way, like a lesbian does. it’s just not easy to explain. don’t leave me soon, OK?

  • safari

    Gods willing, when we post on a similar thread here in a year we won’t consider 2016 quaint compared to what happened to us in 2017.

  • jimbo65

    Happy New Year Joe. And to all of the great people here on JMG. I wish I could say I’m feeling “happy” about the new year. At least I have the community here to lean on whenever I feel I might need talking down from the ledge. I really need to take a break from news in general. Thanks for all you do Joe.

  • Whicker Park

    Dear Joe,
    Thank you for all that you do. I found JMG a few years ago and followed it to the .COM site. My husband and I are cartoonists and colorists and when we ever do “political” cartoons, we get inspiration from here.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Mike__in_Houston

    OT: 2016’s final attack?

    https://www.yahoo.com/tv/william-christopher-dies-father-mulcahy-014216456.html

    I always thought he was cute and very kindly. I would have said confession to him any day (or night) of the week. RIP Father…

    • Treant

      Forgive me, Father, for I am about to sin in great, creamy gouts all over you.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Christopher had a small part on Hogan’s Heroes as an English soldier:

      https://youtu.be/LyNAYN7uXuM?t=47s

  • T-Batwoman

    OT: My old boy was begging for a treat, it’s winter so he is shaggier than normal. I couldn’t see his eyes, the first thing I thought of……

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ed3f004157ea8f785de558a6e2eb849dde676c4be4e86b9735179de5651d6d3.jpg

    • AJ Drew

      Aww, I bet that’s how old boy sees himself and always has. Your old boy looks a lot like the first small dog / huge personality I ever truly got the chance to know. I had never understood the appeal of small dogs until I had the honor of being allowed by one to live with his underling.

      • T-Batwoman

        He is a TITAN of personality, I love him like no other πŸ™‚ Pound for pound he has the strongest soul I’ve ever met…..

    • SpiderPIG

      Is he a shih tzu? a boy?
      I never had a dog, but for the last couple of years I’ve been dog-sitting my in-law’s pup and they have a female shih tzu, she’s the most adorable creature ever.
      Docile, quiet (almost never barks) and very affectionate.
      I wonder if the male personalities are similar, like I said, I don’t have much experience, perhaps it’s a feature in all shih tzus.

      Coincidentally, I’ve made this a while ago… lol https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/31716f79160a55ddfdf3f2bebd1ce36538ec3290bd42d3026f140f30e190f677.png

      • T-Batwoman

        I actually have two shih tzu’s, father and daughter. He is as calm and stoic as a Hindu cow, she is an impetuous loud mouthed bitch, love them both like no others πŸ˜€

  • DaddyRay

    The cover of the Saturday Evening Post New Years Eve 1917

    Fitting the New Year Baby has Orange cheeks

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c06da9ac654fc066ff616ab22b6ea746edb11cb7579230b07723516558469453.jpg

  • Michael R

    Patti Smith Indictment of George Bush , from one of her New Years concerts while he was in office ,relevant to what we are going through now .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2PyG9tgEJI&t=0m14s

  • BudClark

    LOTS of love and GINORMOUS hugs to you, dear Joe, for ALL that you do for us. You are my lifeline to the outside world. Thank you AGAIN from the VERIEST bottom of my heart.

    May you enjoy GOOD health and PROSPERITY in 2017!!!
    Bud-in-the-California-Desert, my son Luke, and our puppy Belle

  • Lazycrockett

    The Dali Lama is drunk.

    • edrex

      he deserves it.

  • David Walker

    VERY OT for when you’re feeling a bit maudlin. I wanted to share two thrills I had Friday morning. We’ve all translated love songs so that they would apply to us. I was a Broadway Musical Queen since forever. There were two songs in the ’60s that I so fucking desperately wanted to hear a man sing, or sing to a man, because the songs were perfection. One was Georgia Brown singing “As Long As He Needs Me” from “Oliver.” I was in 10th grade when that came out and I knew exactly what she was singing about, if only one of those farm boys or small town boys would cooperate. The other came during college: Barbara Cook sang “Will He Like Me” from “She Loves Me” just for me. Good god, the number of times I sang that before going out, under cover of darkness, to a bar or dinner or you know.

    Friday I was tooling around YouTube (quelle surprise!) looking at some of the Broadway Backwards videos. A nonprofit theater did its own version of that and…praise god…Aaron Tveit sang “As Long As He Needs Me.” After 50 years I heard it as I knew it should be sung and the dam burst. Well, dare I hope some man somewhere recorded “Will He Like Me?” And by damn, there he was…a theater student who is just a tad older than I was when I first heard it. He and the accompanist are at odds a couple of times, but it’s also just as poignant as I knew it would be. Flood waters again, with the last note as delicate Miss Cook sang it. Also, tissue advisory.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2chwD0K4_M
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2-ECXPvQVc

    • AJ Drew

      Happy New Year, David.

      We got through all of last year, and we’re here.

    • David Milley

      Lovely voices, Aaron’s in full flower; Ross’ just coming into its own. I’d love to hear Ross do this song again in a sound studio, or on stage.

  • Gayskeptic

    Happy new year everyone. This is a precious community and I feel honored and thankful for belonging to it. That being said, our work is cut out for us next year. We need to stand together. Suddenly right after one of the most progressive administrations in history, we face the real threat that every win achieved will be lost. Push back is necessary. Let us not be the generation that allowed fascism to return in the very nation that fought its last iteration. Now, let’s do this.

  • Salton

    Happy New Year to you Joe and thank you for this here website thingy!

  • greenmanTN

    I dont know, maybe this is going to sound really stupid, but we have to keep our spirits up over the next 4 years. We can’t give in to despair because this too shall pass, perhaps in ways we never expected. (I’m talking as much to myself as to you.)

    Grace under pressure, but fight back when we need to.

    i think this is the part where I call you “grasshopper” and tell you to try to snatch a pebble from my hand πŸ™„

    Or a pebble from my snatch maybe? I forget. Anyway…

    Retro 2: https://youtu.be/y6Sxv-sUYtM

    • David Walker

      Oh, not stupid at all, but as women have to realize what’s happening to what’s left of their rights to their bodies, we have to see what will be attempted to reduce Obergefell. I’m running out of steam. Sic ’em, young ‘uns.

      • greenmanTN

        Ummm…

        I am really bad at this, but unless your own health is failing you have a lot to offer to other people even if it is just online. He died, you didn’t, and (you’re really gonna hate me for this) moping doesn’t help anything. Life is for the living and the dead are well past caring.

        • David Walker

          Have I told you lately that I love you? Well, darlin’, I’m tellin’ you now. There is a group on Facebook for gay widowers. You have to be recommended by someone already on the site to be invited to join. I was asked to join. The Head Guy informed me that I had to watch my mouth…fuck, shit and company had no place among the grieving. I found I was getting nothing out of the group. There were times I felt I was reading a contest to see who could out-mourn the others. I don’t like touchy-feely and bouts of “I miss my husband more than you” and not being able to suggest to someone that they get the fuck out of the apartment and breathe. Leaving them has been a help. There seems to be a standard for experiencing and wallowing in grief., and I just couldn’t achieve it. So I kissed them goodbye.

          You DO know how to express what you mean to say, what needs to be said, and I don’t hate you for speaking what’s true. I need a smack upside the face. The old commercial ending in “Thanks, I needed that” comes to mind. I will try to mope in private, but please don’t expect to see my happy face. I see my shrink on Tuesday. We’ll discuss.

          • greenmanTN

            LOL @the grief competition. And I didn’t accuse you of moping (well OK I did but I didn’t really mean it!).

            I was really kind of surprised when testing said I wasn’t on the autism spectrum and was just a very direct sarcastic asshole at times. Those goddamn empathy test results kept fucking things up! πŸ˜‰

            Life is its own excuse. So live.

          • David Walker

            There was no offense. I mope. All’s well. Life’s a beach and then you dry.

          • greenmanTN

            In a way I know what you mean. I have never had a partner die, but even after a break-up after several years you are so used to orbiting them, their gravity for lack of a better word, and you’ve forgotten how to be alone.

            Believe me, you have not offended me, if anything i worried about the reverse.

            If I may offer a suggestion though, milk the situation a bit if it suits your purposes. “No, never mind me.. I’ll just sit herebin the snow, all alone, and maybe sell some matches…” You could get some decent party invites from that!

            (And I just went from crass to appalling.)

          • David Walker

            You just went from real to Jewish mother.

          • greenmanTN

            It’s kind of funny you say that because a friend underwent treatment for breast cancer this summer and we texted nearly every day. (She isn’t local to me.) Whenever I wrote something a little bossy, “You ought to…,” I signed them off with Your Jewish Mother.

            I had a few other names I used for other modes or attitudes of my split personalities. Swami J (knows all and tells all) and Psycho Buddha were two of them. She texted me recently that she misses her Jewish mother. πŸ˜€

  • Talisman

    I’d wish everyone a Happy New Year, but that’s pretty much impossible with what we face; thus, I’ll just hope we all survive to 2018.

  • Hue-Man

    I just finished watching PBS Newshour for the last time in 2016. Any bets on whether PBS survives 2017?

    • Ross

      It will survive.

      As DTBS.

      DonaldTrumpBroadcastingService.

      I am not joking.

      • David Walker

        I’m surprised it’s lasted as long as it has. The Nixon lovers really hated us very fast when we (I was at a station at the time) broadcast the Nixon impeachment hearings live and then repeated them in the evenings. One of the most important things PBS ever did and the republicons have never got over it.

  • Andymac3

    So glad I found this site last year, Joe does an amazing job and smart and sassy commentators really make the hate bearable and laughable.

  • Barry William Teske

    For The United States of America’s President Elect Donald J Trump:

    https://youtu.be/WibmcsEGLKo

    For those who feel the pain of self or that of another, yet somehow work to ignore it:

    https://youtu.be/a2C7oENAI9s

    In UQ’s that ARE meant to make your heart miss its true self:

    “Arbitrary elitism; fascism is a belief that a particular entity is superior to all others without objective criteria to support that belief.”
    – Unknown

    Lastly On This 31/12/2016:
    ‘Peace On Earth and Goodwill Without Walls Will Defeat HATE’s Finality.
    Attribute It Not Being As Such In Respect of Equality, Freedom and Love For All Humanity. No One Need Be Final.”
    – Unknown

  • Lars Littlefield

    Yes, fuck the haters. Happy New Year Mr. Joe.

  • James

    happy new year to all,, and so nice to be a part of this community,, always my ‘go to’ for news,, but also for the community that I find here,, all the best to all,, James in Tribeca

  • MΞ©ebym

    This is a post Dan Rather made a while back, but I wanted to save it for today.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d897e69fd9e7878d0ca7af03233b98d06b2e19838f3f37b52cd3c3be767e39ac.png

    • ColdCountry

      Thanks so much for sharing that!

  • DumbHairyApe

    I rarely manage to stay up past midnight, that’s just not the way my body and brain work. So, I hope you all make a lot of noise, hug, and kiss someone nearby at the stroke of midnight!

    Please be careful out there! Use the metro, taxi, Uber or get a designated driver!!!

    • Treant

      Kiss somebody? If I’m not buried in a guy at the stroke of midnight, my year simply sucks.

      • johncAtl

        Forty minutes to go. Work fast.

      • TuuxKabin

        “If I’m not in bed by 12:15 I’m going home”, overheard one night in The Wildwood.

  • DaddyRay

    OT: I hope this doesn’t influence Facebook

    Former Atheist Mark Zuckerberg Gets Religion
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/former-atheist-mark-zuckerberg-religion_us_58684845e4b0eb586489cb9e

    • johncAtl

      I hope Facebook follows MySpace into the digital graveyard.

      • houstonray

        After this last year of election horrors, and learning things about friends and relatives I’d almost rather have not known, I’m done with FB. Good riddance if it does go the way of MySpace.

    • David Milley

      (shudder)

  • Ernest Endevor

    Thanks, Joe. Happy New Year.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Joe, you are awesome (and a half!), And the community you’ve created is just plain incredible. We have a huge fight coming up next year, and I know we are up to the task. Thanks to everyone that makes me feel like I have family here, and happy new year to all, whatever it may bring. <3

  • David L. Caster

    Happy New Year to all of JMG land. Best wishes for a prosperous and healthy 2017.

  • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

    Four forty and i’ve just got home. Wishing a very cross eyed Bon Any to all you lovely people and if I may indulge in a few personal favourites, all my very best wishes to TuuxKabin and husband, the lovely David Walker, the much missed Octavio, the delightful Pickypecker and the warrior Oikos. Not forgetting all the gals on JMG who I am simultaneously in awe of and terrified of – I seriously love you women. Damn it’s been a difficult year and bloody amazing we all got from one side to the other. A heartfelt thank you for indulging this English bloke and not throwing me too many downvotes. All the best.

    • David Walker

      Thank you, love, and I wish I could send you all the Reese’s products Hershey has to offer. Except for the Christmas tree…they still haven’t figured how to make it not look like a triangular turd. Anyway, sleep well, and a good and happy new year to you.

    • johncAtl

      May 2017 be free of pigeons in the kitchen.

      • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

        This is exactly why I can stand shoulder to shoulder with you good folk. We’ve all known suffering. You got Trump and I got a pigeon in my kitchen. Feliz AΓ±o Nuevo to you and yours, my dear.

    • TuuxKabin

      Ha. “In awe and terrified of.” So funny. At first that was my take on you. Commenting from over there. Then you put that goofy lamb’s pelvis in front of your cara guapo and I melted a lil’ bit. Nightly, as Aladdin it’s been good to have you back in the fold. The first day of the new year is dawning shortly, hope you’re enjoying a pleasant lunch. Saldos de mΓ­ y el HubCap a usted ya sus seres queridos.

  • Blake J Butler

    it’s been a while since i’ve seen the big guy in the tiny speedos dancing away. This goes to ending a shitty year that will not be missed. Take it away Jeremy. Mesmerize me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXfJTg9BAfQ

    • Blake J Butler

      Better view, it always clips my FB links.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXfJTg9BAfQ

      • David Milley

        Okay, then!

      • DumbHairyApe

        I like it but I think he’s overdressed.

        • Blake J Butler

          I’m not sure his husband would be ok with him going in the nude on camera like he does in his speedos.

          Although he may not mind, they do go to a clothing optional resort sometimes in Palm Springs with a bunch of other guys.

          Depending on what kind of mood he is in, is my guess. I like the guy and what he posts so i follow him on FB.

  • AJ Drew

    So, I’ve yet again moved to a new area recently, (this one not so rural,) and here’s something I’ve never seen before, anywhere: walking the dogs just now, it appears the local PD has posted fliers about NYE safety that starts with “Have fun but don’t shoot a gun.” Umm… whaa? (There is a tradition of sorts for some folks of firing a gun at midnight, but I’ve rarely encountered it.) But, dang, the last way to make it *not* a “thing” is for the PD to post signs saying “DON’T.”

    • stuckinthewoods

      “Celebratory gunfire” was definitely a thing here. It is now illegal. A few years ago locally a boy walking with his father to a July 4 fireworks display was killed by a falling bullet. A state law banning discharging gunfire to celebrate was passed. In Virginia it has to be pointed out that what goes up comes down, duh – but now they’ll prosecute for it. It needs to be publicized here because it’s a relatively new law and more than just a “don’t.”

  • zhera

    Happy New Year, Joe and everybody! Love you to bits and this community is the most fun ever. 2017 will be interesting and hopefully this here blog thingy will make it bearable.

  • Cuberly

    Just because, RVW has kept me sane for the past month or two. Been playing RVW and Kate Bush over and over….

    Ciao, heading to the party. Not so much a party as much as a wake for a relative that one is obligated to mourn, yet glad to be rid of.

    2016, you fucking sucked.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBN7byrjkgE

    • Bryan

      Have you heard Kate Bush’s recently released boxed set of her 2014 live performance? It’s a nice package and even more beautiful to listen to.

  • Secure

    Happy 2017 JMG Friends πŸ™‚

    Stay strong, spread love, and keep spreading the laughs. It’s the best cure-all.

  • Bryan

    Planned to pace myself tonight, now’s about a good time to start getting loaded. Sing to me Crown Royal.

  • safari

    I really think Kathy and Anderson should have more regular livecasts.

  • SoCalGal20
    • MΞ©ebym

      I smiled, but then I felt sad.

      • David Milley

        Good days will return. The Obamas proved it’s possible.

    • Sam_Handwich

      made me cry

      • johncAtl

        I didn’t pay attention….. was 2016 the year of Crying? If not, it should have been.

        • fuzzybits

          The year of the ugly cry.

          • TampaDink

            In my gut, I cannot help but to think that 2017 will be the year of the terrified crying.

    • houstonray

      That is one of the most moving things. I can’t even imagine what must have been going through Ms. Virginia’s head, the things she’s lived through and to be in the White House with the first black President. Incredible.

      And as others have said, it does make me sad. I just can’t even fathom what’s coming…

      At least we’ll always have these moments to remind us that better times will come back around eventually.

    • fuzzybits

      I remember when that happened. I love that lady!

  • That_Looks_Delicious
  • Lazycrockett

    Don Lemon is a pussy.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      What did he do?

      • safari

        He got his ear pierced live on the air… while being completely sloshed and pounding a shot.

        • Lazycrockett

          I did mine with an ice cube and a needle in college.

          • David Milley

            Thirty seconds at a Spencer’s back in the ’70s. Barely noticed. Did the gauging out myself, later.

          • tcinsf

            carpet tacks used to be a go-to tool.
            I had to explain to people that they should soak it in bleach or tequila ….

          • clay

            A friend and I once convinced a guy to let us pierce his nipple at a party, but he backed out when he realized all we had was a corkscrew.

        • safari

          He asked Kathy what he should get pierced or tattooed. She was quite adamant about his nipples. The female anchor had to get him to keep his shirt on. Instead, just an ear was pierced while he slurred about not wanting to get blood on his loaner suit.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Oh well, I’ve never had anything intentionally pierced so I don’t know. I suspect I would need an epidural.

    • safari

      He should have gotten his nips pierced.

      • Lazycrockett

        At least that would have been interesting live tv.

        • safari

          If the new year doesn’t start soon, the Kathy / Anderson show will literally become the Gong Show.

          • Lazycrockett

            This year its quite lacking, usually they have better bits.

          • safari

            She did just cut a cameraman’s beard off because Anderson wouldn’t tell her his net worth.

          • Lazycrockett

            Yep.

          • houstonray

            This year is perhaps their worst. I think keeping her so tame is keeping them both lame. (didn’t mean for that to rhyme, ha).

          • safari

            The second season of her show on LOGO that was live was quite amazing. Unhinged. But amazing. She had dancers come out to give a lap dance to Larry King while he was shouting at her “You’re losing control, young lady. You’re losing it.”

  • Old Fart in VA

    I don’t log in a lot because I’d rather keep a low profile, but I gotta say that I love (or at least admire) a lot of y’all very much.

    I always look forward to reading comments from smart folks like gaygrandma, rebecca, wynter, sam, another_steve, greenman, vorpal, lumpy, and so many many others (sorry I can’t list you all).

    I don’t have a lot of friends in this one-horse town I live in (and the ones I have are str8!), so it’s good to come here and see smart remarks from folks I appreciate and admire. I’ve learned so much from visiting the handsome Joe Jervis and his little web-thingy. Thank you, Joe, for being a beacon of hope in the darkness of Amerikkka.

    Happy Zoo Year!

  • tcinsf

    All you losers and haters!
    Happy New Year to you all!

    • David Milley

      And to you!

  • Bad.Dog.Online
  • FAEN

    Even before I get my coffee in the morning I’m on JMG. You are all a part of my life and even though I will probably never meet most of you(I really hope I get to a get together sometime)I feel connected to this community. There were several personal challenges this year but I could always count on all of you guys to pull me out of the shit. Thank you all for that. Means more than you realize.

    And thank you all for your wit, intelligence and snark.

    xoxo + love

    FAEN

    • DaddyRay

      I can’t tell you how often I read JMG in my underwear

  • AJ Drew

    I am off to a chosen-family party, and I am so thankful to have them that I will not miss it. (and thankfully a relatively short drive currently!) But I’ll miss the midnight hooray here. Thanks to all of you for continuing to comment and, agreeing with each other or not, still supporting each other. And YES, thank you Mr. Jervis, for this 24/7 non-ending endeavor. Your ability to trump (ahem) other news sources in posting stories is sometimes freaky, but appreciated. The fact that even we “flying monkeys” (still hate that term, but I’ll accept it,) under your headline, manage to keep it mostly civil in the comment section is truly admirable. Thank you Joe, thank you all. Happy New Year.

    • TuuxKabin

      Thank you too AJ! Hope your chosen party was a good time for one and all and you’re home safe and sound.

      Re: “flying monkeys”, damn things terrified me the first time I saw them, I kinda had to adjust to that term, and starting with the New Year plan to refer to us all as “commentater tots”. Or spudbots. We are what we eat/own.

      Cheers.

      • AJ Drew

        Happy New Year, TK!

        Uff, I started the New Year at the crack of Noon… I knew I shouldn’t have had *any* of that cheap champagne, but… oops.

        Lol, tots or bots, or given what seems to be on, shall we call ourselves “sputniks”?!

        • TuuxKabin

          The fireworks woke us up last night, at midnight. Snuggled and gave each other a new year peck and went back to sleep. I was up before dawn as usual. We’d already done the damage with guests who arrived Thirstday, left yesterday morning, I think. Lots of glass to recycle. Last count 12 wine bottles to haul down to the curb tomorrow morning. That was three bottles of wine a day for each of us. Not too bad, considering. I received a “Drinks Well With Others” magnet for the frigo. I want a cap or tee shirt with that printed on it now.

          I like sputniks, yes! Sputnikskis and sputnikskas. It’ll please our pesky rusky overlord and maybe he’ll overlook our dissention here at JMG’s. A good cover.

  • TampaDink

    I’m sure that others have already mentioned it but William Christopher who played Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H died today….a year to the day after Wayne Rogers who played Trapper John on the same series….Alan Alda be very careful next Dec. 31st (presuming anyone has survived that long.)
    Happy New Year to all of you but most especially to Joe & Shelly.

    • johncAtl

      Happy new year TD. Here’s to surviving 2016 … and a night in Ybor City. Not necessarily in that order.

      • TampaDink

        Cheers! Right now, we are trying to survive the annual freak out of the dog… who is terrified of fireworks (& thunder). He’s been a wreck for 5 hours. I’m typing this in a kneeling position….since my lap in my swiveling computer chair won’t accomodate 70 lbs of panting, quivering big baby.
        We made it thru a very fun night of excess, I anticipate non-stop excess until our national nightmare/embarrassment is over….or the human race is snuffed out…whichever comes first.
        Happy 2017!

        • David Milley

          Poor pup. Our cat looked worried for about half a second, saw we weren’t bothered and shrugged it off. Past cats, not so calm.

          • TampaDink

            This is our 4th in a series of long lived adoptees….and our first basket case. He’s cute & we love him…but bring on thunder and/or fireworks or gunshots & he comes unglued.

          • zhera

            I find food is an excellent way to distract. Eating/waiting to eat is more important than anything to some dogs.

          • TampaDink

            He wasn’t even interested in bacon or a pork chop. Problem is, they start so freaking early in our ‘hood.

          • zhera

            Aww, poor pup.

            And that’s the main reason why I hate fireworks. People are so selfish.

          • TampaDink

            What’s worse, is that we live in a region where stupid ammosexuals are prone to celebrating by shooting guns into the air. Seems like every year in recent memory someone has been hurt or killed by the rule of gravity. It is telling that the local media needs to remind people of the dangers of doing this….sadder still that some ignore the warnings.

          • fuzzybits

            Just got done hearing several rounds of shot going off here.

          • TampaDink

            Knowing that there are people (and I use that term loosely) that live among us, who cannot understand the basic principle of what goes up, must come down, I don’t even risk going outside to watch the fireworks. Our first used dog was fond of watching fireworks….and would “count” if he saw one burst of light that inspired one bark, two for two, three for three, etc. Still miss him & the 2 who followed.

          • BudClark

            Absolute silence at the Top of the Cove in Cathedral City, CA, USA … BLISSFUL. Cold and rainy, though.

          • grada3784

            Second Amendment rights are not going to be stopped by the Law of Gravity.

            /s

          • TampaDink

            No way! The only way the 2nd Amendment can be stopped is by Obama taking away everyone’s guns. He’d better get right on that. Time’s a-wastin’!

        • fuzzybits

          Aww,poor baby. I always get aggravated when I see people take their dogs to parades and such too.

          • TampaDink

            We have never even taken this one to a dog park. Based on our observations, he doesn’t much care for dogs….and views cats as Satan’s spawn.

        • William

          We have the neighbors Bassett hound in a cage. They’re gone for the weekend and he broke out of their yard when the artillery started around 9:00. A couple of our dogs want to eat him so they have to stay apart.

          • TampaDink

            You guys are doing what is best for that poor pup. My experiences with Bassetts has not been great. I used to baby sit a couple of them….they were the most stubborn, obstinate & occasionally vicious creatures that I ever looked after.

          • AJ Drew

            lol… they can be! If you can win them over, though, it turns out they just have a bitchy sense of humor. (and yes, Bassetts and I get along.)

          • TampaDink

            My experience with that particular breed was limited to only 4, all belonging to the same couple. The 2nd set, which came after the oldest died of natural causes & the owner’s having the 2nd one (the only male of the 4) put down after he bit one of them. (It was no bid deal when he’d bitten the sitter and the sitter’s dog.) The 2nd two were milder in manner but I fear that they may have ended up in a bad way. The reason is a story that might be too gruesome to share on New Year’s Day. πŸ™

        • ColdCountry

          Benadryl. Two will put my 64 lb. baby to sleep, and they don’t hurt them.

          • TampaDink

            Our vet has prescribed Benadryl for his skin issues as well as to calm his noise aversion terrors, subsequently, he seems to have built up an immunity to it. He had 2 around 5 (they start early here) and 2 more after midnight. Around 1am things calmed down & his appetite returned.

          • ColdCountry

            Poor guy. My vet said that dogs have a high tolerance to the stuff. While my boy snoozes within 20 minutes of taking two, my friends dog, who has skin problems and is about 60 pounds, is on 6 a day and is wound tighter than a clock spring.

          • TampaDink

            It seems as though our fur babies have the same varied tolerance for medications as we humans do.

  • Lazycrockett

    I guess Mariah Carey just fucked up on ABC.

  • MΞ©ebym

    I just saw this poem over at Bill Moyers’ site. It’s brief, but it describes 2016 perfectly.

    http://billmoyers.com/story/a-poignant-poem-that-encapsulates-2016/

    “Steer by our fixed star:
    No Justice, No Peace.”

    • ColdCountry

      Perfect, thanks.

  • edrex

    much love to you all. we will be strong in 2017. together. we will have each others backs. all of us. xoxox

  • Maureenmtaylor

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    • TampaDink

      Oh fuck off, Spamela! Flagged your Land Rover driving ass.

      • David Milley

        Hey, the evening wouldn’t be complete without banding together to ban the spammers!

    • Lazycrockett

      Go Home You’re Drunk

  • David Walker

    Happy New Year, everyone. Polka the night away!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjqUH0pvZ0U

    • ColdCountry

      Thank you for reminding me of that! That looks like just so much FUN!

  • Blake J Butler

    well i guess it wont be all shit, NBC is officially reviving Will & Grace for a 10 episode run. Yay some new witty sayings from Karen Walker.

  • barrixines as aladdin, nightly
    • johncAtl

      Are you celebrating across all the time zones? There’s still five to go.

      • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

        I’ve been taking a cup of kindness from Sydney onwards. At some point either I will keel over or someone will stun me with a brick,

        • TampaDink

          Here’s to it being a mild keeling over…or at very worst a styrofoam brick.

          • johncAtl

            And we shall adopt using the expression “a cup of kindness.”

          • TampaDink

            Might that also be used to describe a faux fur lined, vibrating, athletic supporter?

          • johncAtl

            You worry me sometimes …. πŸ™‚

          • TampaDink

            Me too….a great deal of every day. ;-D

  • Lazycrockett

    Happy New Year, Ya’ll! EST

  • Lazycrockett

    Good Riddance 2016.

  • Lazycrockett
    • David Milley

      Seems a strangely appropriate way to send out this particular year.

    • The Return of Traxley

      What the absolute lipsync hell.

  • boobert

    20 days till —–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9iDuaiM_Us&t=8s

    • TampaDink

      That makes it seem much more fun that I fear!

  • David Milley

    Gonna head off now, maybe trundle up to bed. It was good to keep this thread in my gaze tonight, to hear these familiar voices. Goodnight, and happy new year!

    • DaddyRay

      Happy New Year

  • Nychta

    Happy New Year, Joe. Thanks for this blog and forum. I love the posts and comments, and visit often.

    “In the past eight years we’ve gained countless new allies and emboldened an entire new generation of young activists who will join us in this fight.” That’s my sense, too. I think it’s going to get very dark for a while, but in the long run we’ll see a better world.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      How has Phoenix been? I miss sometimes.

      • Nychta

        It’s very nice this time of year. Temps in the 60s or 70s during the day. Yesterday I helped a friend harvest lettuce, chard, beets and eggplants from his garden. We’ve had a lot of rain (for the desert) over the past week.

        When did you live here? What part of town? I’m in midtown.

        Happy New Year!

        ps… I’m still pleased we were able to say “adios” to Joe Arpaio.

        • johncAtl

          Instead of “adios” I’d prefer “we’re gathered here to remember.”

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          I lived in the Woodlea-Melrose (close to Copper Star Coffee) until last year. I bought my place in Palm Springs in January, so coming up on a year.

  • MikeBx2

    Worth celebrating nonetheless…
    https://twitter.com/WLTX/status/815428364081233920

    • johncAtl

      Awesome. But following that Tweet there is one from a sheriff’s office announcing where there are DUI checkpoints. Huh?

      https://twitter.com/LCSD_News/status/815429949142269952

      • MikeBx2

        Announcing checkpoint locations is almost as effective as actual checkpoints. πŸ™‚

        • johncAtl

          Maybe so. I guess that explains I-20 and I-26 being on the list. The federal government doesn’t allow roadblocks on interstates.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    I survived Bush’s reelection when I was completely closeted. I can survive this.

    • johncAtl

      When Bush was reelected I said “fuck” and went to bed. I slept. This time I went to bed and said “what the fuck happened?” I didn’t sleep.

      • kevin vincent

        Bush was disliked but mostly because he was an incompetent moron most didn’t have anything against him personally besides he was really a puppet for Darth Cheney.

        Trump however is outright LOATHED worst performance in the popular vote in history and most unpopular president in history. Trump is stuck on a fine line and no doubt the Staye Department has serious shit on him if he is FINALLY meeting them plus Trump loves big business and big business does not want to be seen as Homophobic and the FDA probably won’t even make it to vote it didn’t last time and even then good luck getting every Republican signing on they literally need all of them

      • Lazycrockett

        Even after almost 2 months I will half awake roll one way or the other and as I try to go back to sleep I remember who won and the mind races. I have slowly been able to focus on more calming images when that happens still takes 5 to 10 minutes before I can go back to sleep.

    • MikeBx2

      You are so right. The lowest personal political moment I’ve ever had up until this year was W’s reelection. But like you, I survived and without even knowing that Barack Obama was on the horizon.

      • JCF

        True Story: I spent Election Night ’04 at a wake-like Democratic Party Headquarters in Lansing MI (worse for me even than Dubya’s re-election, was that the SSM ban passed in Michigan, and most of the Dems I met at the party were basically “La-Dee-Da, whatcha gonna do?” Like I hadn’t just been made a 2nd class citizen). Anyway, the result came up on the TV, of Obama being elected to the Senate (this was just about 4 months after his big DNC keynote speech). I heard several people say, “he could be our first black President!” I was incredulous. SO glad I was wrong!

    • MΞ©ebym
      • JCF

        I would change the adjective to “racist and/or insane”.

    • Bryan

      I think it’s time we celebrated the new tradition of the new president being stabbed thru the chest by the previous presidents.. It’s tradition, you see, so he must be stabbed 44 times to receive their power and must then stab and immolate himself that he may rise again as the 45th.

      Or you know, we dump his gross ashes into a septic system and send it into the sun. That’s far more economical than the bionic man crap.

    • boobert

      I think this will be much worse. Bush only had a slight lead in the house , and the senate was split. The biggest problem will be the federal judges and scotus !

      • RainbowPhoenix

        That’s not what I was referring to.

  • DaddyRay

    Happy New Year JMG’ers from Chicago

    Bear Hugs For Everyone

    • johncAtl

      Sad. Loser. Behind the times. New years is celebrated in TST (Trump Standard Time).

      Happy New Years DaddyRay!

      • Bryan

        Oh is ‘that’ what TST means, I was sure it stood for Time Since Trump. That…that explains why all those newspaper-wearing crazies on rascals kept giving me dirty looks.

    • TrollopeReader

      *hugs*

    • David Milley

      Bear hugs back!

  • karen in kalifornia

    Happy New Year to you Joe and JMGers. Love it here.

  • DaddyRay

    Darude – Sandstorm LIVE // INSANE Lightshow 2017 – Finland
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtG7xT0hypU

  • Bryan

    Joy to the world, the liquor cabinet is full….and weed…is legall….to rolllll……

  • fuzzybits

    We always have Glozell and the cinnamon challenge. https://youtu.be/Cyk7utV_D2I

  • Bryan

    Let’s put a boot up 2016’s ball.

  • Bryan

    Okay something occurs to me. I have proof we’re living inside a simulation. Trump cannot be alive and is in fact an alien pretending to be Trump. The real Trump was killed during the great Drawn Together erasure of 2010. Discuss.

    • DaddyRay

      Seems legit

      • Bryan

        We ought to ask Shatner how to kill the Creature living on his head then.

        • William

          Feed it poisoned grain.

        • Lazycrockett

          Well twitter isnt the solution.

          • Bryan

            Even if I turn Trump Pence and Omarosa into a human centipede?

  • Lazycrockett

    Just a quick question did any MSM cable network break any news tonight with the Istanbul club shooting that killed over 40 and wounded even more? no, right.

    • DaddyRay

      I have been watching the Downton Abbey marathon all night so couldn’t tell you but it has been the headline over at Huffpo most of the night

      • Lazycrockett

        Abbey stumbled in its 3rd season but it did find its way back out. I do suggest The Crown when you are finished with the Crawleys.

        • DaddyRay

          I have watched all of the Crown – excellent series

          • William

            I’m on episode four, don’t tell me how it ends.

          • Lazycrockett

            When Doctor Who shows up it gets really weird.

          • DaddyRay

            Butt Butt Butt

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            hehehe

          • johncAtl

            Trump lives….. damn it.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      I saw it on the French-Canadian news network ICI-RDI. Don’t know about the US MSM.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Fireworks in the flesh were out. We felt nothing celebratory about welcoming 1017. (leaving it).

      I gave TV about two minutes and saw…

      Van Jones kissing John Lord (or whatever that faux-high-class racist’s name is) and I was like, “Okay, everybody’s singing kumbaya. Don’t want that.”

      I saw Jennifer Lopez trying too hard and decided I didn’t want that.

      New Year’s Rockin’ Eve was hosted by Ryan Seacrest and was decidedly not rockin’.

      Normally love Kathy Griffin, but the Cooper/Griffin show was a little too frenetic for how we feel this year.

      Fortunately the Comcast DVR, we discovered, was stacked with lots of “Classic Arts Showcase” episodes (Best show ever!) we never got around to watching.

      ’twas the trick after our strip steak and champagne.

      • AJ Drew

        If you have Netflix, Karl Pilkington’s “The Moaning of Life” is a fun watch, overall…

    • agcons

      It was the lead story on both CBC and CTV just before I went to bed at 11:00 PM. They’re not cable channels, though, and they’re foreign.

  • Ore Carmi

    Happy New Year, Joe and everyone on here!

    • BudClark

      Iron chastity belts for all females, maybe?

      • Snarkaholic

        No, just strap a science book in front of their crotches…the bigots will run, shrieking, into the night!

      • Ore Carmi

        I don’t get it.

      • BudClark

        Gotta protect women from the Pussy-Grabber-In-Chief.

  • JCF

    Yay, 2016 is over!!!

    https://happynewyear2017.wiki/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Happy-New-Year-2017-GIF-Images-for-Facebook-1.gif

    Together, JMGers, we’re gonna KICK 2017’S @SS! [Starting w/ the Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief] Stay strong everybody!

  • Lazycrockett
  • Max_1
  • Bryan

    Happy New Year folks of JMG, you make a shit sandwich easier to suffer thru.

  • William

    Happy New Year! May 2017 bring joy, love and put Trump in a cell, padded or otherwise.

    • BudClark

      Or may an accident with a wood-chipper turn him into Soylent Green!

  • medaka

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU, Joe. And everybody else here. I want to upvote you all, but it’s now over 500 comments…

    It’s been 2017 here for 15 hours. Already too long.

    Here is some Berezka g l i d i n g instruction for all of you in the USSA, from our new Russian overlords. Beautiful and otherworldly (and more than a little scary):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQkmqK5U5Uo

    • zhera

      Wait! How! What?

      So creepy and fascinating.

      • medaka

        IKR? Not sure how they do it, but I think they must be taking very tiny little steps inside their hoops. The Christmas colors are festive, but I wish they would blink!

        • ColdCountry

          There is, of course, a video on how to do that. It’s not little steps, exactly, it’s…. well, I still don’t know.

          • houstonray

            So THAT’S where all the banned hoverboards went!!!

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        Its less creepy when you can see their feet.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX32d13vUOg

    • ColdCountry

      WOW! That’s amazing, thanks!

    • houstonray

      WOW, that’s the coolest, but oddly disturbing, thing I’ve seen.

    • AJ Drew

      Happy New Year, medaka.

      My still addled-brain (I knew I should not have had more than one glass of that cheap champagne, ugh,) saw 16 Ivankas on an assembly line and freaked out.

      That actual performance is amazing, though… but do they never blink? Creepy!

  • Leo Tallant

    It’s been 54 minutes since 2017 started. There are some guys in brown shirts banging at our door. If we do not see you again – good luck and we love you all……………………….

    OK, not really but ….. sometimes I am afraid for all of us.

    • Ross

      Fear is a reasonable response to what awaits us.

    • ColdCountry

      Just own your fear and use it, don’t let it cripple you.

  • Avenger280

    Happy New Year JMG peeps……..
    to @realdonaldtrump…. FUCK YOU, YOU TINY HANDED CHEETOE-SKINNED SHITGIBBON!!!!!!!!!

  • SDG

    We love you, Joe!!! Thanks for all that you do.

  • BudClark

    We love, love, LOVE you, Joe! GINORMOUS hugs and THANKS for ALL that you do for us!!!!

  • Oikos

    Thanks Joe for all of your hard work keeping us informed as well as giving us a place to support each other.
    2017 is going to be an ugly, bumpy orange ride folks, buckle up.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e56bb2afd3fabf41082a9294d2cd5449ecc5359595c2c6492794d43e98e8763.jpg

    • bzrd

      yup, looks like 2017

    • BudClark

      That Which Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen.

      BARF!

  • worstcultever

    I’ve been thinking this (praying for this) for a while now … please please please

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/055ad86a88851a7b88c72d790ba37a742b8ce11ad44f85af2a46b3213e655ff7.jpg

    • ColdCountry

      I don’t know if it would stop anything, but it sure would be fun to watch the fallout. AND it would probably give us a LOT of ammunition. Maybe we should take the relevant person to see Rogue One?

  • CB

    Thank you, Joe, for your diligence and humor. Thanks for the community you have created that keeps me informed, amused, engaged and heartened! Happy New Year, all!

  • TuuxKabin

    Thanks again Joe! And just for the record and for all our information, if anyone’s superstitious:

    http://earthsky.org/human-world/first-of-years-two-friday-the-13ths

    • bambinoitaliano

      We will just adopt the Chinese culture for those two days. πŸ˜›

      • TuuxKabin

        What would that be bambino? When Chinese women make offerings of moon cakes? I’m all for it. If we can do the Moon Walk when serving them.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Hahahhaha I think 13 is a positive number. It’s the opposite of 14. Living versus certain death I think.

  • worstcultever

    This image by TerribleNerd accompanies an excellent and uplifting blog post I just read by Infidel 753 – highly recommended

    http://infidel753.blogspot.com/2016/12/2017-looking-ahead.html

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f702fb010707139c8b3a04bef9187994a805ecf8aa52b68c0ac6550f4133eb11.jpg

    • OdieDenCO

      watching the original Star Wars trilogy was my NYE activity. the question now is, how do we get donny on a pleasure barge in the middle of a desert with a bikini clad patriot chained to him?

    • MΞ©ebym

      Seventeen hours too late, but I wanted to say that this artwork deserves a million upvotes.

  • The Professor

    This website, and community, will be absolutely essential in helping me get through the next four years.

    • MaryOGrady

      Think two years– let’s get organized and sock it to the haters in the 2018 mid-terms.

      • The Professor

        Deal.

  • Dagoril

    Happy New Year, everyone! Even you haters, losers, and trolls! πŸ™‚

    And thank you Joe for all of your hard work. It really is appreciated.

    • worstcultever

      nah, not the haters – FUCK the haters! πŸ™‚

      nor the losers – foremost among whom are Cheato himself, who LOST the actual vote by 2.8m

      and the trolls – well, I just thank disqus for that totally handy “block” button!

  • MaryOGrady

    A very happy 2017 full of great health and love to all on this wonderful site, especially you, Joe, and my favorite interlocutors. (You know who you are.)
    This on-line community helped keep my heart from breaking so many times during the insanity that was 2016. My eternal thanks.

    • TuuxKabin

      Ah, there you are. I’ve missed you lately. My thanks to you for being here. You and so many other fellow commentater tots have saved many a day for me. May we stay united thru the coming storms. Happy New Year!

      • MaryOGrady

        You are so sweet. I hope to be around more.
        2016, the lousiest year ever, was topped off for me by unremitting domestic misery which began just in time for my birthday on Dec. 25. Thankfully, with the help of loving friends and a good lawyer I am getting my life back.

        • TuuxKabin

          Weather it well dear friend, and many of us will weather it with you. Abrazos.

          • MaryOGrady

            Thank you so much, darlin’. You and the other finely honed wits on here really do keep me from spending too much time curled up in a fetal position hugging the Official Itsy Bitsy Nervous Breakdown Comforting Velvet Stuffed Rabbit.

          • TuuxKabin

            Hugs to both you and OIBNBCVSR! Always and forever.

        • TuuxKabin

          xoxox

        • jsmukg

          I’m so sorry, Mary. hope it will be better as soon as possible.

          • MaryOGrady

            Thank you so much.
            Happy New Year to you and all you love!

  • Michael R
  • PickyPecker

    A healthy, happy 2017 to ALL here on JMG. Together we are strong! XO
    http://data.whicdn.com/images/47742517/large.jpg

  • Treant

    Happy New Year!

    As of this morning I’m having chest pains* and desperately hoping it’s fatal before January 20th…

    * I’m having a gastritis episode and ate before bed last night. Bad move, and that’s what’s causing these. They’ll fade in a few hours of me being vertical.

    • PickyPecker

      Happy NY to you. Take good care of yourself, Treant. We need the whole team healthy to make a difference! πŸ™‚
      http://www.keysmashblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/team-floozy-02.jpg

      • houstonray

        Can I be the ball boy for Team Floozy? ;-P

    • BudClark

      Sleep on your LEFT side. It helps.

      • Treant

        Cool, thanks! I’ve been double-propping myself, which works as well, but any port in a storm.

  • BearEyes

    Happy New Year, All!
    And thank you Joe for all you do – much appreciated!

  • happy 2017, good people. if i die this year, it’s Joe’s fault. heh. cause he keeps posting stuff about nutjobs that make my head ache.

    more Buffy/Angel posts, dammit! i want to relive the 90s.

  • PickyPecker
  • worstcultever

    This New Year’s I’m in Oprah mode – YOU get an upvote! And YOU get an upvote! And YOU get an upvote! … πŸ™‚

    • David Milley

      Yup — it’s a good year to be encouragin’

  • Acronym Jim

    “We finished the year at right around 40 million pageviews…”

    Um, yeah…that…actually that was me desperately checking for upvotes.
    My bad.

    Kidding, of course! Happy New Year all you fellow JMG knuckleheads!

  • rusty57

    Wishing one and all here a Happy and Prosperous and Brave New Year!

    There may be dark days ahead, our vigilance must not waver, we must not stop our voices from being heard and we must stand united against injustice, against anyone, anytime, anywhere.
    I believe with all my heart that ultimately we will prevail.
    “Our cause is just.” – John Dickinson

  • coram nobis

    Wishing all of you a happier New Year.

    • TrollopeReader

      …and to you and yours!

  • Gil

    ‘Out and proud ‘ Makes life better for those who come after us..So important. This will be a great new year..Interesting, if nothing else…Best wishes to you all..

  • JT

    Happy New Year, Joe and the entire JMG community. Love to you all and best wishes for the coming years.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • joe ho

    Jeremy Hooper’s New Year’s Eve tweets:

    This year wasn’t a joke, a meme, or a dumpster fire. It was a devastating backslide that has tarnished us deeply. It’s sad and scary.

    Wish my resolutions were more hopeful. This yr they’re all defensive vows to protect my family, myself, and my nation from ensuing threats.

  • houstonray

    I posted congrats and well wishes earlier last night, so I’ll pose more now for new eyes.

    Joe, you have a wonderful place for us here. You break news, you find the posts that are relevant and important for us to know and to have a heads up when we need to fight back. Keep up the excellent work! 40 million page views! My little blog has about a million a year and it’s work to keep that up. I can’t imagine 40 times the work! Thank you Joe, you are awesome!

    Thank you to all of you for everything and helping each other get through this horrible election cycle. I’ve been visiting JMG for a few years now and recognize names of commenters as friends I just haven’t met yet. Everyone keep up the great work.

    I would like to ask, if anyone has positive and uplifting quotes to remind us of the light in the dark days that could come, please post them. It would be nice to read on this first day of an uncertain new year.

    Happy New Year all!

  • DaMoldBrok

    To Joe and all of you, his insightful and wonderful followers, may you have a joyous prosperous and sane New Year (and to a strong liver). As with most you, myself included, are freaking out and at wits end of what the future holds, here is a quote of hope;

    Life wants you to know…

    …that things work in society, because biology compels it.
    Order eventually restores itself, by psychic equilibrium.

    Camille Paglia said that, and it is important to remember
    during these times of great change and apparent turmoil.
    Life works out in the process of Life Itself.

    All you have to do is trust that it will, and allow it to.

    • AJ Drew

      Well, a bit of work and protest helps move things along!

  • greenmanTN

    A gift of sorts, take as you will. (NOT a rick-roll, i swear.)

    https://vimeo.com/157559298

    • greenmanTN

      Why don’t I ever get a chance?

  • stuckinthewoods

    Wishing all a Realistic New Year. May we have a better new year than we’re sure we’ll have.
    Today was mostly sunny. I cut back dry ornamental grasses. Every time I saw them they reminded me of Trump’s hair,.. satisfying reverie, pressing them back, each stem snapping under the blade.
    Best to you and yours.

  • hudson11

    Happy New Year everyone. A perfect afternoon sitting here at home reading JMG with a cup of coffee and Baileys. My sincerest heartfelt wishes to you all for a wonderful 2017. I hope its a time we see old friends return ( I’m looking at you Billbear, Octavio and Jalpeno Business amongst others) and newbies of all stripes discover the world Joe has created here.

    Hugs,
    Daryl

    Has there ever been a JMG meetup in Vancouver?

  • Jerry Kott

    Best Wishes for a Healthy, Sane, Prosperous New Year https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4a6e861d50101b8d536db5e5f3b251e453695de8ab61fd2d199820c835b6ec3.jpg

    Jerry + Scott+ Kobe

  • 2017 is here. It’s the first time I have ever seen the coming of the new year with a sense of dread. But also with a resolve to resist the coming storm. While evil cannot triumph as long as good people stand against it (paraphrasing Edmund Burke), under the current circumstances it may well take decades to undo the damage that will be wrought over the next four years. And for once, I have doubt that is accompanying the dread. Can we still save our planet? Can we lift ourselves out of the impending barbaric fascist implementation of a Trumpist actuation of Christianist Dominionism?

    • jsmukg

      Joann, I admire all your posts. It is intelligent and civilized voices like yours which must NEVER rest for the foreseeable future. Remember Olbermann’s words:
      ‘the terrorists have won–but we shall NEVER SURRENDER!’

    • TampaDink

      We live in hope & wait in terror.

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