January 1, 2006

Predicticable New Year's Predictions request

The end of the year always brings forth predictable year end reviews and assemblies of "Best of" and "Worst of" stories from the year just past.

It's also fairly predictable that there are some predictions of what lies ahead in the year just dawning, and that's what I'm doing here.

Only I'm not going to grace you with my precient prognostications. Instead I'm going to graciously let you, the loving public, take a whack at it.

So put on your brainy hat, stroke your chins pensively, get those brows furrowed, and make some damn predictions for what you feel will happen in the year 2006, be it local, national, global, or intergallactic.

Note: So far, you guys have done great! Excellent stuff.


At 1/01/2006 2:37 PM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

My Predictions for 2006
1. Extreme weather. Many locations will set records for the hottest, wettest, driest, coldest years since records were kept.

2. CEO salaries will continue to rise at rates much faster than the rate of growth in wages for the average worker in their companies.

3. The President and the Republican majorities in Congress will try to enact further tax cuts, putting the federal budget even further out of balance.

4. In the 2006 Congressional elections many Republican candidates will successfully convince the voters that they are more "against" the war in Iraq than their Democratic opponent.

5. Following up on the success and growth of the "Car Title/Payday Loan" businesses innovative businessmen will find new ways to make money off the desparation and bad luck of the working poor. The news media will portray these businesses as providing a valuable service and growing the economy.

6. More will be revealed about wrong-doing by the Bush Administrator that whistle-blowers revealed to newspapers before the 2004 election but the Bush Administration successfully prevented the publication of the revelations before the election by intimidating the newspapers.

7. Demagogues will increase their wealth and/or power by capitalizing on public fears of terrorism, illegal immigrants, non-Christians, secular humanists, non-English speaking Americans, the French, new scientific discoveries which undermine traditional beliefs, etc.

Dave Barrett

At 1/01/2006 2:55 PM, Blogger diehard said...

George Bush will go on TV and look stupid. There! I have really stuck my neck out on that one!
That the Republicans will cheat on just enough of a margin to hold on to congress.
But it may not be so hard since the only Democratic strategy seems to be running Iraq veterans.
Once again the Democrats will fail to articulate a message!
They will assume that running people that have been maimed by car bombs will get the sympathy vote.
I would like the Bush in cheif to pledge to never say 9/11 in any speech again. And if I hear 'War on Terror' anymore I think I will jump out of a window!

At 1/01/2006 4:48 PM, Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Rep. Karen Yarbrough beats Emanuel "Chris" Welch 2:1 in the Dem Primay. She unseats Eugene Moore as Proviso's Dem Committeeman 54:46.

Eisendrath gets over 34% of the Dem Primary vote.

Cheney won't be VP in 365 days.

The White Sox will win the division.

Green governor candidate gets over 3% of the vote.

At 1/01/2006 6:08 PM, Blogger billyclinton said...

1. Evan Bayh or Mark Warner starts to catch fire in the corn stalks of Iowa, but Clinton and Kerry maintain their 2008 leads in the polls (in that order). Look for Joe Biden to try to break out of the pack.

2. Democrats disgusted with Governor Blagojevich's endless stream of subpoenas will deliver a stunning vote of support to Eisendrath in the March primary.
Eisendrath generates support & 40.5% of the primary vote. Dems kick themselves for not drafting Hynes or Madigan to save the party from the Blagojevich disaster.

3. Sen. Mike Jacobs wins in a landslide in the March primary --

4. Bill Clinton considers running for Mayor of New York.

5. Tom Vilsack generates party support for a VP race in 2008.

6. The reckless GOP fiscal policies nationally continue.

At 1/02/2006 12:40 AM, Blogger Amy Allen said...

1. If Topinka loses her bid for the Governor's mansion, she will be a possible 2008 senatorial candidate.
2. Tony Munoz will coast to primary victory against Ray Frias.
3. Calvin Giles will once again get ballot access despite his unpaid campaign fines(totaling over ninety thousand).
4. "The Inside Dope" will continue to dispense thoughtful-and thought-provoking-commentary.

At 1/02/2006 9:17 AM, Anonymous Jean Dixon said...

1. Despite despicable low attacks against him, Paul Rumler gains a good deal of attention after Jacobs is revealed to have written hundreds of flipped-out nasty comments on several blogs. People wonder what the hell he's doing if he has time for this, and are appalled at the lack of seriousness they reveal.

2. Sen. Jacobs will have a minor stroke from rushing around freaking out and screaming bloody murder every time someone doesn't give him the high respect and glowing press coverage he somehow feels is his devine right. The above revelations push him over the brink and he has an on-air melt-down.

3. Eisendrath will run a strong campaign and gain traction, but too late.

4. The Bush administration will continue to peddle fear constantly, including the myth that terrorists are behind every tree and want to key scratch your SUV because they "hate our freedom". And of course, Bush will continue to clamp down on our freedoms while saying it.

5. Democrats in DC flounder with new-found public sympathy, but do manage to hold on to their gain. Public begins to realize that the've been inundated with pure BS for years, including the suggestion that the Iraq misadventure is a "war" that can be somehow "won" and that Bush is keeping them safe.

6. Massive scandals embroil the capitol with the trials of Jack Abromov and others revealing a nest of corruption not seen since Teapot Dome.

At 1/02/2006 10:58 AM, Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

I don't want to scoop myself, but I will comment on Giles fines.

If the teachers unions find out how strongly LaShawn Ford ran as a pro-vouchers candidate in '98, the unions will pay Giles fines to keep him on the ballot.

At 1/02/2006 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl, is that Lawshawnduh as featured in the movie "Napoleon Dynamite"??

At 1/02/2006 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl, is that Lawshawnduh as featured in the movie "Napoleon Dynamite"??

At 1/02/2006 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Houdini says -- "Lots of higher taxes in Moline courtesy of our new Mayor...". And he wants to spend more time at ' City government' this year. Scarey isn't it?

At 1/02/2006 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Moline Christmas Carol

A good 2005 to close for the Chair of Moline Better City Gov
How he and his cronies justify new high taxes to their beloved?

Christmas holiday bah humbug says he
April surprise I gave to thee
That is gift enough to those yeah worship yea old Deere

Ah citizens of Moline where art thou be absent my wisdom say doth
With more boring pols yeah hold seats made of similar cloth

Have no tomorrow to worry just build build build
Nay a concern of money just invoice the guild
New shiny Library, Parking Ramp, High Police Command erect

Silent Mayor stands by as new taxes enact
Like a lost sheep with no shepherd signs what’s contract
Slumbers Hon Chairman - then awakened in dismay
Who dare enter my chambers to disturb me today?

Ghost of past Holiday have no fear
Ghost of present Holiday come ever near
Ghost of future Holiday stay nigh

And so Past Holiday sigh thy youth all away
Ne’er enjoyed yet broken hearted those days
Squandered youth lost on love come bitter
Harden this old man’s heart thee no longer a twitter

And now Present Holiday bah humbug err no spirit cares
Sugarplum sweetness gone yeah thy soul bares
Bitter spite onto thee all feel my power and treachery
Tax the poor; make them work those in power not share wretchery

And yeah Future Holiday no concern, I to go – yet live for today
The families of the YPN Generation to tax their payday
Young leaders under 40 soon to fear
Older wiser bill payers now learning in new years

Moline Holidays dead like my heart no more thrill; no flutter
But where is Pat O’Brien they often mutter?
Ahh replaced by another yet a Moline taxpayer still
O’Brien stays watching and waiting and will……
Oh future conclude need we a great leader to fill
And to bring back our Moline to common sense up and down each hill

At 1/02/2006 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morono tries the train stunt again at next year's marathon. This time the train doesn't stop and he goes SPLAT!

At 1/03/2006 2:28 AM, Blogger Rawk Eyelund said...

I'll agree with everything Dave Barrett and add these:

*The Republicans will try again to eliminate time-and-a-half for work ing over 40 hours a week

*The federal minimum wage won't budge (unless the dems take over the House & Senate)

At 1/03/2006 10:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Whalen wins the Republican Primary for the 1st district and (coincidentally) Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, Thunder Bay Grille, Gramma's Kitchen, and the Comfort Inn in Davenport all start massive ad campaigns with Whalen as their spokesperson..

Jim Nussle starts 2007 back in the private sector.

At 1/04/2006 6:17 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Did Nussle take any tainted funds from that Rub lobby scandal on the front pages??

Whalen should Wale on him big time if he did....

At 1/04/2006 9:40 PM, Blogger tiz said...

Nussle is vacating his seat here in the 1st district to run for governor. He didn't accept money from Abramoff but he has taken money from DeLay's ARMPAC. Either way I don't think it will factor in his running for governor as much as other things.. I do think he will get his party's nomination but I also think any one of three democrats can beat him. I'm starting to get on the Ed Fallon bandwagon myself.

Whalen is running for the Republican nomination for Nussle's soon-to-be-vacant seat. I think he will get that nomination as well. I can't remember the last time there was a democrat in this district but this is probably their best shot in a long while. No matter who wins though they can't possibly be worse than Nussle in my humble and partisan opinion.

At 1/05/2006 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Tiz if you are right then Nussle can join the Jim Lightfoot club of loosers...soon we hope.


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