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2018 PREDICTIONS OUT ON A LIMB

Every year in February, a hog emerges from his hole to see if he can visualize a shadow. Or at least that’s what the men in top hats compel us to believe. And this time of year, as Christmas feelings of warmth wane down and turn into cold winds of a new year, I review the predictions I made one year back and delve deep into the coal mine crystal ball to come up with a new set. A trying year deserves people to try a bit harder. First, a link to last year’s predictions page: http://coalspeaker.com/2016/12/28/my-predictions-for-2017/   The page was created the final week of December. No cheating took place. It is what I said then, listed here, with commentary on accuracy in red. Donald Trump is going to have a much more difficult time than expected. At least initially.  He will be besieged by protests and also by people within his own party. By the middle of the year, he will realize that by going directly to people above party leaders can motivate the electorate to accept some if his polici…

What also mattered: The Forgotten Stories of 2017

With all of the drama over sensational headlines and big stars being brought down, we seemingly forgot that Puerto Rico lost 90% of its power from a hurricane, that St Marteen was leveled from a storm, that Houston Texas faced epic flooding of proportions never before seen in the city, and that 600 people were shot at a concert in Las Vegas. 
All of the news that mattered in a 24/7 environment forgets the news that also matters.

It’s the fact of our new lives…

LOST IN 2017

You summarize a year often by recalling people who were lost. People of fame, fortune, misdeeds, or crimes, Cut down by the constant path of the Angel of Death. By the ultimate judge and jury of life.

2016 was an amazingly horrible year for deaths. 2017 began almost immediately the same and stayed that way for the duration of 365 days.

We are seemingly going through a change of age. Those figures we came to either distain or admire for a generation are gone. In January, wrestling legend and potential murderer Jimmy Snuka began it all. In December we ended with the most famous criminal mastermind of our time, Charles Manson.

All in a year.

All in twelve months.

Those we lost in 2017.

x x x x x x


Not much love lost with this loss. Charles Manson dead in 17.



Fats Domino, famous for his boogie-woogie piano music during the birth of modern rock, dead.. He was one of the biggest stars of the early rock ’n’ roll era. He died on Tuesday at his home in Harvey, La., across the Mississippi River from Ne…

STRANGEST face of the year: 2017 in review

When the Stranger Things cast went on stage to accept the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, actor David Harbour delivered an impassioned acceptance speech on behalf of the cast. 
His speech — and the faces that Winona Ryder made during it — was the most viral moment of the evening.

BEST PERFORMANCE OF 2017

Lady Gaga at the Superbowl was far better than the game. 
Far better than the ADS. And one of the greatest live performances that ever aired.

THE BEST WHOOPS MOMENT OF 2017

This may be the best video of the entire year.. a serious interview on the BBC interrupted by a family and frantic mom herding the children off of live TV. We need to laugh more. This video helps.

Spiciest of 2017

SNL has been praised for its newfound burst of anti-Trump humor. 
But Alec Baldwin playing the president has gotten a bit old.
What never gets old however is Melissa McCartney employing a high degree of comedy as she played Sean Spicer, Spicey, on SNL. 
Of course his stint with Trump lasted only months. We have only memories of the Saturday Night LIVE version that almost, in a sense, made America like Spicey.

2017 year in review: Worst uniform of the year

The new McDonalds uniform mocked:
Customers wondering if they got their idea from the FIRST ORDER from STAR WARS..

The biggest story of 2017 that no one wanted to talk about

In the wake of Michael’s death, his mother, Sherri Kent from Calgary, has taken to Facebook, where she posted photos of her son in the hospital in an effort to show the side effects of opioid use and how it ended her son’s life

BELOW THE FOLD: THE BIGGEST STORY THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT

Heroin and meth use across small towns in America have destroyed main street, families, lives, and the future.
Businesses are closed. Whether it’s because of NAFTA or just economics in general, there are few places for people to work. Few places to play. Malls and stores are gone. Chain restaurants exist but nothing of family value.
And with this vapid and rapid existence of healthy lifestyle, another thing took its place: Drug use.
Not just recreational> Life altering, life ending.
Heroin and other opioids are silently whispered about. People who condemned the druggies only a few years ago are now burying their once healthy children because they couldn’t just ‘kick the habit.’
We are in a crisis of epidemic…

GREATEST AMERICAN ECLIPSE OF 2017

GREATEST ECLIPSE OF THE YEAR
The GREAT American eclipse on August 21, 2017. It made history as it darkened the United States slowly that hot August day. Those who experience totality were amazed and dazzled.. like being placed in a distant world of high strangeness. Those who experienced only a certain percentage were just as impressed, as hot sidewalks became cool, and an odd aura of dimness prevailed across the land.
The next big moment comes in 2024. And after that it’s just about done for a while.
But this year?
This year was historic and amazing.

The horror entertainment of the year

I don't have to recreate the list others have already done.. the top movies of this year undoubtedly contain the films IT and GET OUT. While GERALD'S GAME is also considered a great flick, I didn't much care for it..



Concerning IT, the movie's magic works because of how similar it is to STRANGER THINGS.. Pennywise is the horrid clown in a town full of uncompassionate and scared people. Children going missing, bullies reigning their terror on adults and kids alike.. It would seem that Derry is the worst place to live..
But...could it be worse than the small hamlet in GET OUT? Where a weekend getaway exposes hatred and is a truly amazing portrayal of modern racism? 


Or the town from STRANGER THINGS. Where not much happens. Except for an underworld creature of the upside down snatching children, and BARB..? 
All of these places seemingly are the worst places for people to inhabit.. But viewers can be delighted by watching in the comfort of their own beds or couches, or cozy m…

WEIRDEST MELANIA OF THE YEAR: 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

BEST MELANIA OF THE YEAR

The first lady had just as weird a set of months as her husband, the dear leader.

Whether it was denying that she had a stand-in body double or awkwardly standing watching Christmas dancers with a pale sad face, it was a whirlwind in 2017 for the First Lady.

WEIRDEST TRUMP OF THE YEAR: 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

There were so many! Like this image from Halloween, where President Trump welcomed various children into the Oval Office. He noted that the Asian girl near him was present, and told he was going to China for a trip.. And then he began to tell the children not to be like their parents, their parents being members of the ‘fake media.’ He took his passive aggressive anger out on the adults in the room snapping photos by telling their kids that they should not be proud of the parental professions of their guardians..

Another bizarre moment occurred soon after Trump was sworn into office. In May, when CBS’ John Dickerson interviewed him and asked about controversial topics, Trump immediately stopped the interview and walked back to his desk Resolute. He sad down. And picked up what appeared to be a blank paper.. the silence was overwhelming and awkward.



Another fun time came during the Great American eclipse on August 21 (more on that later) .. thought warnings persisted for weeks prior, th…

YEAR IN REVIEW: THE BIGGEST NEWS STORY OF 2017

THE BIGGEST STORY OF 2017
It was without a doubt the story that fed people a certain sense of tabloid, scandal.. revelation. This was the year of the great Celebrity Apocalypse! 
The great unveiling! All of the sex scandals from politicians to media figures.. and even Harry Knowles from AINT IT COOL NEWS. Nothing this year seemed to surprise. 
Whether it was Matt Lauer purchasing sex toys or having a button under his desk to lock women in his office, or a Kentucky legislator Dan Johnson shooting himself in the head after being stunned by information he was under scrutiny of media due to sexual molestation. This was the year where #MeToo hashtags led to women (And men) revealing secrets became the TIME persons of the year.. Where conspiracy theories about Hollywood’s culture of child molestation became factual. Corey Feldman suddenly redeemed by revelations of truth from Tinseltown. And George Bush Senior became known as David Cop-a-feel. His own nickname stuck after various women spoke…

CHRISTMAS DAY NEWS ROUNDUP 2017

WE BELIEVE: MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017

The lights that adorned this page have  been taken down. Christmas, a white one this year with a fluffy inch or so on the grassy surfaces, is ending..

The annual buildup and energy to the biggest holiday of the year is finished.

365 more days to go until the next budget busting seasonal fanfare.

The whirlwind amount of unwrapping makes the hours worth of work seem futile.

But this year, my son still believes. His honest and true 6-year-old heart is beautiful. The joy he brings his family is incredible. The youth and vigor in which he faces like is inspiring.

I hope you have inspiration as these 535,600 minutes of 2017 come to an end..
And in '18?
I hope we all experience a season of love.

And believe.....
Hope.
Hope springs eternal.

SILENT NIGHT. HOLY NIGHT.
PEACE ON EARTH.
*MAYBE NEXT YEAR*