Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Gratitude on New Year’s Day

 

Happy New Year!

I woke up this morning and checked the headlines. This is what I saw:

Fireworks, prayers as revelers around the world ring in 2018

The Latest: Times Square New Year ‘a beautiful experience’

Incredible New Year’s Celebrations Around The World

Thousands turn out across UK for spectacular new year celebrations

In city after city around the world, people celebrated the new year in peace.

That didn’t happen by accident. Imagine the amount of work that went into ensuring that when we woke up, we saw only happy headlines.

The headlines we didn’t see were the real story. The real story: Around the world, hundreds of thousands of overworked, exhausted, and often unappreciated security officials — cops, soldiers, intelligence officials — did their jobs and did them tirelessly.

I reckon today would be a good day to thank all the men and women who kept the world safe last night.

(And the dogs, too.)

Congratulations. Well done. Thank you. And a very Happy New Year to each and every one of you.

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  1. Mike Rapkoch Moderator

    And to you Claire.

    • #1
    • January 1, 2018, at 2:34 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  2. Dave L Member
    Dave LJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Happy New Year to you Claire.

    • #2
    • January 1, 2018, at 3:03 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  3. Kozak Member
    KozakJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m grateful it passed peacefully for all.

    Sadly it was only a few years ago that bollards, dump trucks roof snipers and “Safe zones for Women” (Berlin) weren’t even dreamed of.

    What’s changed?

    • #3
    • January 1, 2018, at 3:41 AM PST
    • 12 likes
  4. Hypatia Inactive

    I did exactly the same thing; I was so relieved when the ball dropped in Times Square with no incident; then I couldn’t wait to check the headlines this AM.

    (Of course, today is still a holiday; save some champagne for midnight tonight..)

    Once again the murderous jihadis have been proven impotent.

    But as you say: at what cost?

    • #4
    • January 1, 2018, at 4:15 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  5. Larry3435 Member

    Democrats must be especially relieved, since they pronounced the End Of The World and the Death of Millions on at least a dozen occasions last year. And yet, here they still are. I wonder if they’ll notice.

    Happy New Year to all.

    • #5
    • January 1, 2018, at 5:15 AM PST
    • 16 likes
  6. Bob Thompson Member

    Happy New Year Claire and to all at Ricochet.

    • #6
    • January 1, 2018, at 5:40 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  7. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    A very Happy New Year to you Claire and to all of our compatriots on Ricochet.

    • #7
    • January 1, 2018, at 5:48 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  8. Front Seat Cat Member

    Glad to wake up to this lovely story – the US is in the grips of a polar vortex – all the police, firefighters and others met the challenges and the weather – very very thankful no issues. God bless Claire for 2018, for our country, troops and all of you.

    • #8
    • January 1, 2018, at 6:03 AM PST
    • 6 likes
  9. The Reticulator Member

    At the Wall Street Journal this should be the top New Years Day headline but only manages to be #2:

    Two More Dead as Iran Protests Appear Set to Continue: Country’s most widespread demonstrations in almost a decade

    Happy New Year, everyone.

    • #9
    • January 1, 2018, at 6:26 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  10. GrannyDude Member

    Speaking of cold, cops and good news; our youngest called this morning on her way home from working the night shift (festivities somewhat muted by the below-zero temps) to tell us that the sunrise was so beautiful, it moved her to tears.

    Since Maine gets the sunrise first, at least in America, this means our American day began with gold-tinged seasmoke rising to a pink sky. Bless you all!

    • #10
    • January 1, 2018, at 6:33 AM PST
    • 18 likes
  11. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Thank you for telling us about the headlines, Claire. I’m so accustomed to the negative stuff (and of course, the Orlando Sentinel had its own, which is one reason we’re cancelling our subscription). We have much to celebrate, including the people worldwide who look out for us. To you and everyone else, have a happy, blessed New Year!

    • #11
    • January 1, 2018, at 6:39 AM PST
    • 7 likes
  12. aardo vozz Member

    Happy new year to Claire, and everyone at Ricochet.

    P.S. Claire, how’s the book coming ?

    • #12
    • January 1, 2018, at 7:09 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  13. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor

    Hey, what’s up with the quote function? Why can’t I quote anyone in response to a comment anymore? Is it just me?

    • #13
    • January 1, 2018, at 7:28 AM PST
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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Claire Berlinski, Ed. (View Comment):
    Hey, what’s up with the quote function? Why can’t I quote anyone in response to a comment anymore? Is it just me?

    I just highlighted your comment and responded in this comment. Is that what you mean?

    • #14
    • January 1, 2018, at 7:37 AM PST
    • 1 like
  15. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor

    Yes, but when I do it, the highlighting doesn’t result in the quoted text showing up here.

    • #15
    • January 1, 2018, at 7:57 AM PST
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  16. Bob Thompson Member

    Claire Berlinski, Ed. (View Comment):
    Yes, but when I do it, the highlighting doesn’t result in the quoted text showing up here.

    You’re not in an Islamic state, are you?

    • #16
    • January 1, 2018, at 8:01 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  17. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Claire Berlinski, Ed. (View Comment):
    Yes, but when I do it, the highlighting doesn’t result in the quoted text showing up here.

    Oooohhh. It might be aliens….. you are highlighting and then pressing the quote key, right?

    • #17
    • January 1, 2018, at 8:08 AM PST
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  18. OkieSailor Member
    OkieSailorJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Claire Berlinski, Ed. (View Comment):
    Yes, but when I do it, the highlighting doesn’t result in the quoted text showing up here.

    And (stupid question) you did click the quote button, not the comment button? That’s a mistake I’ve made too often is why I ask.

    • #18
    • January 1, 2018, at 8:11 AM PST
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  19. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Claire,

    An old scene, an old movie, still works.

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #19
    • January 1, 2018, at 8:27 AM PST
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  20. Nanda Panjandrum Inactive

    With thanks – to Claire and all – for a focus on all things bright and beautiful: Happy New Year!

    • #20
    • January 1, 2018, at 8:37 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  21. Susan Quinn Contributor

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    Claire,

    An old scene, an old movie, still works.

    Regards,

    Jim

    Thanks, Jim. It brought tears to my eyes.

    • #21
    • January 1, 2018, at 8:40 AM PST
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  22. Larry3435 Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Claire Berlinski, Ed. (View Comment):
    Yes, but when I do it, the highlighting doesn’t result in the quoted text showing up here.

    Oooohhh. It might be aliens….. you are highlighting and then pressing the quote key, right?

    It’s Trump’s fault! Millions will die!

    • #22
    • January 1, 2018, at 8:59 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  23. Eeyore Member
    EeyoreJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Kozak (View Comment):
    I’m grateful it passed peacefully for all.

    Sadly it was only a few years ago that bollards, dump trucks roof snipers and “Safe zones for Women” (Berlin) weren’t even dreamed of.

    What’s changed?

    Dr. K, this has become necessary as you and your kind have failed to enthusiastically embrace the conversion or dhimmitude you have been so generously offered.

    • #23
    • January 1, 2018, at 9:05 AM PST
    • 1 like
  24. indymb Member

    Welcoming a new, opportunity-filled 2018 to all, in this, the greatest nation-experiment in the world. Will listen again to one of my favorite illuminations of America’s founding.

    The LORD bless you and keep you!
    The LORD let his face shine upon
    you, and be gracious to you!
    The LORD look upon you kindly and
    give you peace!

    • #24
    • January 1, 2018, at 9:06 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  25. TG Thatcher

    Happy New Year, Ricochetti!

    • #25
    • January 1, 2018, at 9:24 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  26. Profile Photo Member

    God bless you, and send you a happy New Year!

    Lovely post, nice to read, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all.

    • #26
    • January 1, 2018, at 9:30 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  27. Patrick McClure Coolidge

    indymb (View Comment):
    Welcoming a new, opportunity-filled 2018 to all, in this, the greatest nation-experiment in the world. Will listen again to one of my favorite illuminations of America’s founding.

    The LORD bless you and keep you!
    The LORD let his face shine upon
    you, and be gracious to you!
    The LORD look upon you kindly and
    give you peace!

    And until we meet again may He hold you in the palm of His hand.

    • #27
    • January 1, 2018, at 9:47 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  28. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Claire, you might like my quote of the day over on the Member Feed.

    Happy New Year to you.

    Sorry, that would be Hippo Gnu Year!

    • #28
    • January 1, 2018, at 1:43 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  29. Front Seat Cat Member

    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    Speaking of cold, cops and good news; our youngest called this morning on her way home from working the night shift (festivities somewhat muted by the below-zero temps) to tell us that the sunrise was so beautiful, it moved her to tears.

    Since Maine gets the sunrise first, at least in America, this means our American day began with gold-tinged seasmoke rising to a pink sky. Bless you all!

    That is a great sentiment! Happy New Year!

    • #29
    • January 1, 2018, at 3:14 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  30. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor

    Yep, I’m highlighting and pressing the quote key, but it’s just not working the way it usually does. No one else has this problem, right?

    • #30
    • January 2, 2018, at 1:33 AM PST
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