Your predictions for 2012

Now it’s time for you to predict what will happen in 2012!  See the accompanying post that looks back on last year’s predictions for how the contest works.

Don’t worry.  We are not enforcing the Deuteronomy 18:22 rule.  Anyway, we aren’t asking for prophecy, just predictions.

The more specific the prediction the more remarkable it will be if it comes true, and the more likely you will be a winner.  (Highly generalized prediction:  “Politics will continue to be polarizing as the country goes through a bitter presidential campaign.”  Highly specific prediction:  “The deadlocked Republican convention will finally nominate a candidate who could defeat Barack Obama:  Hillary Clinton.”)

So what are your predictions for 2012?

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  • Sean

    Mitt Romney will get the presidential nomination, ultimately losing the election to Barack Obama. The economy will nosedive, putting the United States into another recession; none of President Obama’s methods of correcting the problem will be successful. Demonstrations leading to rioting will occur in major financial areas. Newly-unemployed workers turned entrepreneurs will be a major factor in helping to keep things from completely bottoming out.

    Also: Iran will not fire any nuclear weapons: a combination of espionage, sabatoge, and international pressure will effectively keep Ahmenijad at bay. The situation in Iraq and Afghanistan will deteriorate, but not uncontrollably.

    How’s that for specific? I think they’re all safe bets for the most part though.

  • Sean

    Mitt Romney will get the presidential nomination, ultimately losing the election to Barack Obama. The economy will nosedive, putting the United States into another recession; none of President Obama’s methods of correcting the problem will be successful. Demonstrations leading to rioting will occur in major financial areas. Newly-unemployed workers turned entrepreneurs will be a major factor in helping to keep things from completely bottoming out.

    Also: Iran will not fire any nuclear weapons: a combination of espionage, sabatoge, and international pressure will effectively keep Ahmenijad at bay. The situation in Iraq and Afghanistan will deteriorate, but not uncontrollably.

    How’s that for specific? I think they’re all safe bets for the most part though.

  • Gary Hall

    Going with a hurricane theme.

    1. Hurricane Alberto will make first landfall on the Atlantic Seaboard (Alberto is the first name on the 2012 hurricane name list)
    2. Hurricane Ernesto will not make landfall.
    3. Hurricane Gordon will make a landfall in the Gulf.
    4. Hurricane Helene will make a landfall in Cuba.
    5. Hurricane Nadine will be the last named hurricane of the 2012 hurricane season.

  • Gary Hall

    Going with a hurricane theme.

    1. Hurricane Alberto will make first landfall on the Atlantic Seaboard (Alberto is the first name on the 2012 hurricane name list)
    2. Hurricane Ernesto will not make landfall.
    3. Hurricane Gordon will make a landfall in the Gulf.
    4. Hurricane Helene will make a landfall in Cuba.
    5. Hurricane Nadine will be the last named hurricane of the 2012 hurricane season.

  • SKPeterson

    Increased social and political unrest in China, taking a cue from the Wukan protests and slowly spreading throughout the country.

  • SKPeterson

    Increased social and political unrest in China, taking a cue from the Wukan protests and slowly spreading throughout the country.

  • SKPeterson

    Following on Todd’s uncanny prediction, I would not be surprised if there is some sort of military action on the Korean peninsula as Eun attempts to consolidate power.

  • SKPeterson

    Following on Todd’s uncanny prediction, I would not be surprised if there is some sort of military action on the Korean peninsula as Eun attempts to consolidate power.

  • Pete

    There will be death. Taxes, too.

  • Pete

    There will be death. Taxes, too.

  • Bob Smith

    The Republicans will win the US Senate, increase their hold on the Houuse of Representatives, but Barack Obama will narrowly win reelection. The Supreme Court will overturn Obamacare because it hinders the free exercise of religion.

  • Bob Smith

    The Republicans will win the US Senate, increase their hold on the Houuse of Representatives, but Barack Obama will narrowly win reelection. The Supreme Court will overturn Obamacare because it hinders the free exercise of religion.

  • John

    Obama will be re-elected.

  • John

    Obama will be re-elected.

  • Kirk

    Guinea Worm will be completely contained, setting the path for official global eradication by 2015.

    Lindsey Lohan will die

  • Kirk

    Guinea Worm will be completely contained, setting the path for official global eradication by 2015.

    Lindsey Lohan will die

  • Joe

    The GOP ticket will be:

    1. Romney – Christi

    2. Santorum will come in 2nd in IOWA

  • Joe

    The GOP ticket will be:

    1. Romney – Christi

    2. Santorum will come in 2nd in IOWA

  • Dan Kempin

    Let me crawl way out on this limb . . .

    (Okay, I need a few moment to come to terms with it and find my courage.)

    Here goes:

    It’s the Lions.

    Yes, you read that correctly. My prediction for 2012 is that the Detroit Lions will be superbowl champs. That’s Lions. L-I-O-N-S

    I want to be wrong, but there it is.

    (Hey, it worked for tODD . . .)

  • Dan Kempin

    Let me crawl way out on this limb . . .

    (Okay, I need a few moment to come to terms with it and find my courage.)

    Here goes:

    It’s the Lions.

    Yes, you read that correctly. My prediction for 2012 is that the Detroit Lions will be superbowl champs. That’s Lions. L-I-O-N-S

    I want to be wrong, but there it is.

    (Hey, it worked for tODD . . .)

  • http://www.whenisayrunrun.blogspot.com Andrew

    The amount of families violating China’s one child rule will increase.

  • http://www.whenisayrunrun.blogspot.com Andrew

    The amount of families violating China’s one child rule will increase.

  • Dennis Peskey

    Although my feeble attempt at prognostication is doomed by the expertise demonstrated by Pete (#5), fools do rush in where wise men fear to tread. I.E. here goes nothing -
    1. Superbowl: Packers vs Steelers (de ja vu – let’s go for two in a row)
    2. Politics: The Republican Convention will be the finest reality viewing in terms of ratings resulting in a Romney/Huntsman tickets. Alas, they fall to the reigning Obama/Biden rerun.
    3. Economy: After two sluggish quarters, the American public finally opens their collective wallets and the fall and winter quarters spring alive with a hopeful future.
    4. Religion: Harold Camping, having lost credulity, becomes a Mayan supporter. December 21 comes and goes as the shortest day – nothing more or less and we bid adieu to yet another failed apocalypse.
    5. International: The Pakistani government, plagued internally with religious strife, falls and is replaced by an Islamic government which frightens even Iran. The rest of the world rediscovers the power of prayer.
    6. Blogosphere: Webmonk’s ode will be torn asunder by Lutherans as doctrinally deficient – nevertheless, we all will confess the eloquence therein.
    7. Personal: My predictions will attain an accuracy rating of less than fifty percent.
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Dennis Peskey

    Although my feeble attempt at prognostication is doomed by the expertise demonstrated by Pete (#5), fools do rush in where wise men fear to tread. I.E. here goes nothing -
    1. Superbowl: Packers vs Steelers (de ja vu – let’s go for two in a row)
    2. Politics: The Republican Convention will be the finest reality viewing in terms of ratings resulting in a Romney/Huntsman tickets. Alas, they fall to the reigning Obama/Biden rerun.
    3. Economy: After two sluggish quarters, the American public finally opens their collective wallets and the fall and winter quarters spring alive with a hopeful future.
    4. Religion: Harold Camping, having lost credulity, becomes a Mayan supporter. December 21 comes and goes as the shortest day – nothing more or less and we bid adieu to yet another failed apocalypse.
    5. International: The Pakistani government, plagued internally with religious strife, falls and is replaced by an Islamic government which frightens even Iran. The rest of the world rediscovers the power of prayer.
    6. Blogosphere: Webmonk’s ode will be torn asunder by Lutherans as doctrinally deficient – nevertheless, we all will confess the eloquence therein.
    7. Personal: My predictions will attain an accuracy rating of less than fifty percent.
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • http://homewardbound-cb.blogspot.com ChrisB

    I’m going against the tide: Obama will lose his re-election bid due to what will be denounced as widespread popular and systemic racism. The Dow will jump 10% on the news.

  • http://homewardbound-cb.blogspot.com ChrisB

    I’m going against the tide: Obama will lose his re-election bid due to what will be denounced as widespread popular and systemic racism. The Dow will jump 10% on the news.

  • Tom Hering

    The FAA will finally give police departments permission to fly drones. There will be outrage when officers make a bad mistake – like shooting the wrong suspect – because of incompetent drone operation, or wrongly interpreting information from a drone.

  • Tom Hering

    The FAA will finally give police departments permission to fly drones. There will be outrage when officers make a bad mistake – like shooting the wrong suspect – because of incompetent drone operation, or wrongly interpreting information from a drone.

  • http://www.larknews.com/ Jon

    (1) Romney’s GOP nomination (and eventual victory) will solidify the Mormon Church as an integral part of the religious right, proving that the social and cultural views of most American Christians are uninfluenced by belief in the historic Creeds and Scripture.

    (2) America’s religion will continue to be the capitalist idolatry of riches. “In G– We Trust” is on, of all places, our money for good reason.

  • http://www.larknews.com/ Jon

    (1) Romney’s GOP nomination (and eventual victory) will solidify the Mormon Church as an integral part of the religious right, proving that the social and cultural views of most American Christians are uninfluenced by belief in the historic Creeds and Scripture.

    (2) America’s religion will continue to be the capitalist idolatry of riches. “In G– We Trust” is on, of all places, our money for good reason.

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  • Jimmy Veith

    1. President Obama wins re-election easily.
    2. Democrats gain control of the House.
    3. Democrats maintain control of the Senate.
    4. Elizabeth Warren beats Scott Brown.
    5. Oklahoma City Thunder becomes the NBA champs.
    6. Texas Rangers win the World Series.

    Happy Days are Here Again!

  • Jimmy Veith

    1. President Obama wins re-election easily.
    2. Democrats gain control of the House.
    3. Democrats maintain control of the Senate.
    4. Elizabeth Warren beats Scott Brown.
    5. Oklahoma City Thunder becomes the NBA champs.
    6. Texas Rangers win the World Series.

    Happy Days are Here Again!

  • Jimmy Veith

    Now Big Brother, “Dr. Veith”, the smartest person I know. Let me hear your predictions.

  • Jimmy Veith

    Now Big Brother, “Dr. Veith”, the smartest person I know. Let me hear your predictions.

  • CRB

    In the sports area, I predict that the Patriots and Saints will go to the Super bowl and the Saints will win—but it will be close!

  • CRB

    In the sports area, I predict that the Patriots and Saints will go to the Super bowl and the Saints will win—but it will be close!

  • Jonathan

    The WELS folds into the ELS, forming WEELS; the LCMS promptly begins backchannel merger negotiations, leading in ’13 to formation of the WEELCMSS. The whole thing is devoured by the ELCA in ’14.

  • Jonathan

    The WELS folds into the ELS, forming WEELS; the LCMS promptly begins backchannel merger negotiations, leading in ’13 to formation of the WEELCMSS. The whole thing is devoured by the ELCA in ’14.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Jimmy, my predictions are the same as yours. The difference is that you would be happy if they all happened, whereas I would be sad (except for #5). You hope you are right. I hope I am wrong.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Jimmy, my predictions are the same as yours. The difference is that you would be happy if they all happened, whereas I would be sad (except for #5). You hope you are right. I hope I am wrong.

  • Abby

    My prediction is that Dr. Veith will become THE rising star of Christian books!

    http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/12/30/the-art-conversation-continues/?comments#comments

  • Abby

    My prediction is that Dr. Veith will become THE rising star of Christian books!

    http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/12/30/the-art-conversation-continues/?comments#comments

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    1. Forty-niners.
    2. Texas Rangers.
    3. Romney, but
    4. Obama (sigh), and
    5. Still no federal budget.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    1. Forty-niners.
    2. Texas Rangers.
    3. Romney, but
    4. Obama (sigh), and
    5. Still no federal budget.

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    I predict that at least one territory will attempt secession from China.

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    I predict that at least one territory will attempt secession from China.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    We will go to war with Iran. We will wish we had not withdrawn troops from Iraq while doing so, because we will need to reoccupy Iraq in order to deal with Iran properly.
    Obama will probably lose re-election due to the fiasco with Iran. Gingrich will confront Romney in debate, pulverize him, and win the nomination.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    We will go to war with Iran. We will wish we had not withdrawn troops from Iraq while doing so, because we will need to reoccupy Iraq in order to deal with Iran properly.
    Obama will probably lose re-election due to the fiasco with Iran. Gingrich will confront Romney in debate, pulverize him, and win the nomination.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    My first prediction is that I will not be next year’s winner. That’s highly specific, but also highly probable, so even getting this prediction right will not be enough to merit my being the winner.

    I have noticed, however, that professional psychics tend not to hang their hat on just one prediction, but rather make many, varied (but specific) guesses — the idea being that even if most of them never come to pass, it still looks impressive that you got one specific guess right. In keeping with that:

    1) The UK will leave the EU.
    2) Several (southern) European nations will be kicked out of the Monetary Union.
    3) Since Veith was gracious enough to leave off the so-far-unfulfilled part of my North Korea prediction for 2011, I’ll just make it part of my 2012 prediction (with Jong-Un’s succession occurring too late in the year): “This succession will involve military action on the Korean peninsula.”
    4) Ahmadinejad will be kicked out of power in Iran.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    My first prediction is that I will not be next year’s winner. That’s highly specific, but also highly probable, so even getting this prediction right will not be enough to merit my being the winner.

    I have noticed, however, that professional psychics tend not to hang their hat on just one prediction, but rather make many, varied (but specific) guesses — the idea being that even if most of them never come to pass, it still looks impressive that you got one specific guess right. In keeping with that:

    1) The UK will leave the EU.
    2) Several (southern) European nations will be kicked out of the Monetary Union.
    3) Since Veith was gracious enough to leave off the so-far-unfulfilled part of my North Korea prediction for 2011, I’ll just make it part of my 2012 prediction (with Jong-Un’s succession occurring too late in the year): “This succession will involve military action on the Korean peninsula.”
    4) Ahmadinejad will be kicked out of power in Iran.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Texas A&M will go 7-5 in the SEC.
    Iran will have another Nuclear program setback because of a virus.
    Ahmadinejad will make at least one outrageous claim that Iran will defeat the Great Satan and that the Holocaust never happened.
    I will go outrageous with this one, Ron Paul wins the presidency, has heart attack due to shock.
    Democrats lose the Senate.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Texas A&M will go 7-5 in the SEC.
    Iran will have another Nuclear program setback because of a virus.
    Ahmadinejad will make at least one outrageous claim that Iran will defeat the Great Satan and that the Holocaust never happened.
    I will go outrageous with this one, Ron Paul wins the presidency, has heart attack due to shock.
    Democrats lose the Senate.

  • Terry A.

    I’m a lurker, but I’ll play.

    There will be a major earthquake on the West Coast, and parts of California will fall into the sea.

  • Terry A.

    I’m a lurker, but I’ll play.

    There will be a major earthquake on the West Coast, and parts of California will fall into the sea.

  • SKPeterson

    Todd – I think your prediction on Great Britain and the EU has got fairly good odds. I would even predict the collapse of the monetary union and/or a complete reworking of the Eurozone. That may entail your prediction of severing ties with some of the Euro South, or what would effectively be the same: the Germans leave and Scandinavia, the Baltics, Czech and Poland follow forming a “League of the North”. Which begs the question, whither France?

    And I concur on war on the Korean peninsula, perhaps involving Chinese intervention against Eun.

    Also, Putin will be out of office by the end of 2012.

  • SKPeterson

    Todd – I think your prediction on Great Britain and the EU has got fairly good odds. I would even predict the collapse of the monetary union and/or a complete reworking of the Eurozone. That may entail your prediction of severing ties with some of the Euro South, or what would effectively be the same: the Germans leave and Scandinavia, the Baltics, Czech and Poland follow forming a “League of the North”. Which begs the question, whither France?

    And I concur on war on the Korean peninsula, perhaps involving Chinese intervention against Eun.

    Also, Putin will be out of office by the end of 2012.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Can I just say: sports predictions? Kinda boring. I mean, sure, my predictions on the EU aren’t exactly out of left field (which is why they won’t be too stunning if they happen; that said, my predict-the-future-by-amplifying-the-events-of-the-past tactic almost always fails).

    As to Putin, SK (@28), out of which office? He’s already announced his plan to be out of the current office next year, no?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Can I just say: sports predictions? Kinda boring. I mean, sure, my predictions on the EU aren’t exactly out of left field (which is why they won’t be too stunning if they happen; that said, my predict-the-future-by-amplifying-the-events-of-the-past tactic almost always fails).

    As to Putin, SK (@28), out of which office? He’s already announced his plan to be out of the current office next year, no?

  • Cincinnatus

    I’ll third the bit about the UK leaving the EU. I also predict, like SK, a “reworking of the Eurozone,” but sadly, not a collapse of the monetary union itself. Rather, I think the EU will arrogate to itself broader fiscal and monetary powers, such as the power to issue debt along with currency. This will not work out well, of course.

    I’m not bullish on military action in the Korean peninsula. I predict instability, etc., but I’m skeptical of the possibility of a shootin’ war.

    Putin will not be out of office by the end of the year. The Russian opposition has demonstrated no capacity to govern. Putin is still popular and powerful, if increasingly tiresome.

    American politics: Romney will win the Republican nomination and the general election (going out on a limb here; if he’s defeated, it will only be narrowly so). Republicans maintain control of the House and gain control of the Senate. No, this is not good news for the continued viability of the Republican party.

  • Cincinnatus

    I’ll third the bit about the UK leaving the EU. I also predict, like SK, a “reworking of the Eurozone,” but sadly, not a collapse of the monetary union itself. Rather, I think the EU will arrogate to itself broader fiscal and monetary powers, such as the power to issue debt along with currency. This will not work out well, of course.

    I’m not bullish on military action in the Korean peninsula. I predict instability, etc., but I’m skeptical of the possibility of a shootin’ war.

    Putin will not be out of office by the end of the year. The Russian opposition has demonstrated no capacity to govern. Putin is still popular and powerful, if increasingly tiresome.

    American politics: Romney will win the Republican nomination and the general election (going out on a limb here; if he’s defeated, it will only be narrowly so). Republicans maintain control of the House and gain control of the Senate. No, this is not good news for the continued viability of the Republican party.

  • Cincinnatus

    Sports prediction: The Piggers are gonna go all the way this year!

  • Cincinnatus

    Sports prediction: The Piggers are gonna go all the way this year!

  • Cincinnatus

    Also, Wisconsin politics anyone? Scott Walker will not be recalled, not least because the Democrats fail to forward a credible challenger. The whole thing will turn out to be a gigantic waste of public money. Yay democracy.

  • Cincinnatus

    Also, Wisconsin politics anyone? Scott Walker will not be recalled, not least because the Democrats fail to forward a credible challenger. The whole thing will turn out to be a gigantic waste of public money. Yay democracy.

  • Bob

    Scott Walker will be recalled.

    It’s just a matter of time.

    It’s obvious, from his ridiculous and lying actions, that he confused a 52-48 victory with a vitriolic, right-wing, wackadoodle mandate. And fact is, the Dems. already have the needed 540,000 signatures. Too bad there isn’t a lemon law for elections like there is with cars. I guess a recall is the equivalent.

    I’ve lived in Wisconsin for 40+ years. I’ve never seen so much anger and resolve. Wisconsinites have a very strong “we’re all in this together” vibe. It’s coming back to bite Scootsie in the heiney.

    Badgers don’t like extremism. Too bad Walker wasn’t mature enough to listen to former Repub. gov. Tommy Thompson, who warned him several times, personally, not to take away worker rights and play nuclear war. Tommy also created the nationally renowned BadgerCare program, which is now being dismantled under false pretenses.

    If the Dems. reveal who they’re running against Scooter, it would be quite unwise for several reasons.

    Here’s a review:

    – Walker was elected on a promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs in Wisconsin. After seeing the impacts of his disastrous policies, his administration has acknowledged that Walker won’t get anywhere close to fulfilling his campaign promise.

    – Walker’s budget cut over $800 million from our public schools, while at the same time placing caps on the amount of money school districts in Wisconsin can collect in property taxes to fund their schools.

    – Walker cut over $500 million from the BadgerCare program. More than 200,000 Wisconsinites could face premium increases, and over 50,000 people may be cut from their state insurance plan completely as a result of this cut.

    – While he was slashing funding for public schools and health care, Walker gave giant tax breaks to corporations, which added roughly $117 million to Wisconsin’s budget deficit.

    – In October, Wisconsin led the nation with 9,700 job losses, 9,300 of which were in the private sector. This happened after Walker held his “jobs session” with the legislature, during which no jobs bills were even taken up. Let us not forget Walker’s deception from July either, when he boasted about Wisconsin’s robust job creation. Turns out he wasn’t exactly honest with us.

    – Walker stripped most public employees of their right to collectively bargain. Walker’s union-busting bill means that teachers, nurses, prison guards, and other public employees in Wisconsin no longer have a say in their benefits and working conditions.

    – Walker signed a Voter ID bill that will make it harder to vote for thousands of eligible voters in Wisconsin. The people most affected by the restrictions in the bill include students, the elderly, the poor, and the disabled.

    – While refusing to meet with Democratic lawmakers to negotiate a compromise on his union-busting bill, Walker spent 20 minutes on the phone with who he thought was out-of-state billionaire David Koch. During the call, Walker bragged about the baseball bat in his office and admitted that he considered planting troublemakers in the crowd at the protests.

    – Wisconsin was supposed to receive federal funds to build a high-speed rail line from Milwaukee to Madison. Instead, Walker refused the money, which would not have added anything to the state budget, and the funds went to other states.

    – After hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites came to Madison to tell Scott Walker not to balance the budget on the backs of working families, he put the State Capitol on lock down, preventing thousands of protesters from entering the building.

  • Bob

    Scott Walker will be recalled.

    It’s just a matter of time.

    It’s obvious, from his ridiculous and lying actions, that he confused a 52-48 victory with a vitriolic, right-wing, wackadoodle mandate. And fact is, the Dems. already have the needed 540,000 signatures. Too bad there isn’t a lemon law for elections like there is with cars. I guess a recall is the equivalent.

    I’ve lived in Wisconsin for 40+ years. I’ve never seen so much anger and resolve. Wisconsinites have a very strong “we’re all in this together” vibe. It’s coming back to bite Scootsie in the heiney.

    Badgers don’t like extremism. Too bad Walker wasn’t mature enough to listen to former Repub. gov. Tommy Thompson, who warned him several times, personally, not to take away worker rights and play nuclear war. Tommy also created the nationally renowned BadgerCare program, which is now being dismantled under false pretenses.

    If the Dems. reveal who they’re running against Scooter, it would be quite unwise for several reasons.

    Here’s a review:

    – Walker was elected on a promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs in Wisconsin. After seeing the impacts of his disastrous policies, his administration has acknowledged that Walker won’t get anywhere close to fulfilling his campaign promise.

    – Walker’s budget cut over $800 million from our public schools, while at the same time placing caps on the amount of money school districts in Wisconsin can collect in property taxes to fund their schools.

    – Walker cut over $500 million from the BadgerCare program. More than 200,000 Wisconsinites could face premium increases, and over 50,000 people may be cut from their state insurance plan completely as a result of this cut.

    – While he was slashing funding for public schools and health care, Walker gave giant tax breaks to corporations, which added roughly $117 million to Wisconsin’s budget deficit.

    – In October, Wisconsin led the nation with 9,700 job losses, 9,300 of which were in the private sector. This happened after Walker held his “jobs session” with the legislature, during which no jobs bills were even taken up. Let us not forget Walker’s deception from July either, when he boasted about Wisconsin’s robust job creation. Turns out he wasn’t exactly honest with us.

    – Walker stripped most public employees of their right to collectively bargain. Walker’s union-busting bill means that teachers, nurses, prison guards, and other public employees in Wisconsin no longer have a say in their benefits and working conditions.

    – Walker signed a Voter ID bill that will make it harder to vote for thousands of eligible voters in Wisconsin. The people most affected by the restrictions in the bill include students, the elderly, the poor, and the disabled.

    – While refusing to meet with Democratic lawmakers to negotiate a compromise on his union-busting bill, Walker spent 20 minutes on the phone with who he thought was out-of-state billionaire David Koch. During the call, Walker bragged about the baseball bat in his office and admitted that he considered planting troublemakers in the crowd at the protests.

    – Wisconsin was supposed to receive federal funds to build a high-speed rail line from Milwaukee to Madison. Instead, Walker refused the money, which would not have added anything to the state budget, and the funds went to other states.

    – After hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites came to Madison to tell Scott Walker not to balance the budget on the backs of working families, he put the State Capitol on lock down, preventing thousands of protesters from entering the building.

  • Cincinnatus

    Bob: Blah blah blah. These are the talking points I hear every day given my current employment (try finding a Republican at UW-Madison). I’m not interested in discussing whether Walker should be recalled. I tend to believe that he should not be recalled for a very non-partisan reason: I personally think that recall elections are extreme and disruptive, appropriate only in instances of personal or criminal malfeasance. Walker is guilty of neither, obviously. Thus, simply recalling a politician with whom you/we disagree seems to set a bad, overly-democratic precedent. But I have nothing to say in this forum about his policies. Frankly, I don’t much care.

    I’m also not disputing that a recall election will occur, especially given that the election commission has already admitted that it is too lazy–excuse me, is legally obligated not–to investigate suspicious names, etc.

    I’m only issuing a prediction: Scott Walker will win the recall election. Unless Feingold decides to run, something he has repeatedly denied. And if he wins, as I predict, this whole thing will have been a gigantic waste of taxpayer money in a state that is essentially broke. And a waste of television airtime: I will throw my TV out the window if I see another feel-good Walker ad.

  • Cincinnatus

    Bob: Blah blah blah. These are the talking points I hear every day given my current employment (try finding a Republican at UW-Madison). I’m not interested in discussing whether Walker should be recalled. I tend to believe that he should not be recalled for a very non-partisan reason: I personally think that recall elections are extreme and disruptive, appropriate only in instances of personal or criminal malfeasance. Walker is guilty of neither, obviously. Thus, simply recalling a politician with whom you/we disagree seems to set a bad, overly-democratic precedent. But I have nothing to say in this forum about his policies. Frankly, I don’t much care.

    I’m also not disputing that a recall election will occur, especially given that the election commission has already admitted that it is too lazy–excuse me, is legally obligated not–to investigate suspicious names, etc.

    I’m only issuing a prediction: Scott Walker will win the recall election. Unless Feingold decides to run, something he has repeatedly denied. And if he wins, as I predict, this whole thing will have been a gigantic waste of taxpayer money in a state that is essentially broke. And a waste of television airtime: I will throw my TV out the window if I see another feel-good Walker ad.

  • Bob

    (try finding a Republican at UW-Madison).

    OMG, Cincinattus.

    I feel so sorry for you.

    What’s the worst part of not being a Democrat at UW-M?

    Do the liberals force you to look through their Whole Earth Foods purchases?

    Do they shun you when you don’t wear green?

    Do they hate that you hunt?

    I’m looking forward to your book on the evil Dems. at UW-Madison.

    But seriously…congratulations. You’ve learned how to play the victim card. Very well.

  • Bob

    (try finding a Republican at UW-Madison).

    OMG, Cincinattus.

    I feel so sorry for you.

    What’s the worst part of not being a Democrat at UW-M?

    Do the liberals force you to look through their Whole Earth Foods purchases?

    Do they shun you when you don’t wear green?

    Do they hate that you hunt?

    I’m looking forward to your book on the evil Dems. at UW-Madison.

    But seriously…congratulations. You’ve learned how to play the victim card. Very well.

  • Cincinnatus

    Bob: Huh? How did I play the victim card? I’m not a victim of anything of which I am aware (nor am I a Republican, by the way). I will observe, however, if it tickles your fancy that there is a rigid secular-progressive orthodoxy the predominates at my university and most other universities that determines what I can say and, more importantly, what I can’t say. If I wish to advance in my career, there are certain religious and political opinions that I dare not share at work (or, really, anywhere I could be identified). If one values academic freedom and the liberal exchange of ideas, this isn’t something to joke about, Bob.

    But that’s not my point. All I wanted to do was make a prediction: Walker will win the recall election, for better or worse. I don’t personally care whether he wins or loses. Coming from the land of moderate, boring, clean Virginia politics, Wisconsin politics have presented quite an amusing spectacle. What’s wrong with you Yankees! This applies to both parties and all levels of government, I might add. Note: I didn’t make a value judgment there! No need to make this personal or partisan.

  • Cincinnatus

    Bob: Huh? How did I play the victim card? I’m not a victim of anything of which I am aware (nor am I a Republican, by the way). I will observe, however, if it tickles your fancy that there is a rigid secular-progressive orthodoxy the predominates at my university and most other universities that determines what I can say and, more importantly, what I can’t say. If I wish to advance in my career, there are certain religious and political opinions that I dare not share at work (or, really, anywhere I could be identified). If one values academic freedom and the liberal exchange of ideas, this isn’t something to joke about, Bob.

    But that’s not my point. All I wanted to do was make a prediction: Walker will win the recall election, for better or worse. I don’t personally care whether he wins or loses. Coming from the land of moderate, boring, clean Virginia politics, Wisconsin politics have presented quite an amusing spectacle. What’s wrong with you Yankees! This applies to both parties and all levels of government, I might add. Note: I didn’t make a value judgment there! No need to make this personal or partisan.

  • SKPeterson

    Todd – Putin will be out of office either way; out of the current one for which his term expires and out of the one he’s planning on running for. I’m guessing that the Russian people will apply just enough pressure to have him step aside peaceably and decline to run. Whether that is for good or ill will remain to be seen.

    Bob/Cincinnatus (and Dennis) – Nobody else in America cares about Wisconsin or their horrible little football team.

    Bob – why is it that a Republican with a 4 point victory, and a majority vote btw, does not have a mandate, but a Democrat with about a 35% plurality is understood to have been given a broad and sweeping mandate? Just curious about the math of the mandate.

  • SKPeterson

    Todd – Putin will be out of office either way; out of the current one for which his term expires and out of the one he’s planning on running for. I’m guessing that the Russian people will apply just enough pressure to have him step aside peaceably and decline to run. Whether that is for good or ill will remain to be seen.

    Bob/Cincinnatus (and Dennis) – Nobody else in America cares about Wisconsin or their horrible little football team.

    Bob – why is it that a Republican with a 4 point victory, and a majority vote btw, does not have a mandate, but a Democrat with about a 35% plurality is understood to have been given a broad and sweeping mandate? Just curious about the math of the mandate.

  • Cincinnatus

    SKPeterson@37:

    Jerk. Half the participants on this blog are followers of Wisconsin politics and the greatest college football team in the nation. Not to mention the greatest NFL team.

    Ok, that bit about the greatest college team? That’s a lie. We will lose to Oregon in a few days.

  • Cincinnatus

    SKPeterson@37:

    Jerk. Half the participants on this blog are followers of Wisconsin politics and the greatest college football team in the nation. Not to mention the greatest NFL team.

    Ok, that bit about the greatest college team? That’s a lie. We will lose to Oregon in a few days.

  • SKPeterson

    See? You Wisconsinites are so self-centered and thin-skinned. And, the best football team in the state is Whitewater.

  • SKPeterson

    See? You Wisconsinites are so self-centered and thin-skinned. And, the best football team in the state is Whitewater.

  • Cincinnatus

    SKP@39: I see what you did there.

  • Cincinnatus

    SKP@39: I see what you did there.

  • SKPeterson

    I need to find the guilty grin smiley face keys.

  • SKPeterson

    I need to find the guilty grin smiley face keys.

  • SKPeterson

    I also predict that Tom Hering will burn all of his Kelly Clarkson cd’s to protest her endorsement of Ron Paul.

  • SKPeterson

    I also predict that Tom Hering will burn all of his Kelly Clarkson cd’s to protest her endorsement of Ron Paul.

  • Tom Hering

    “… why is it that a Republican with a 4 point victory, and a majority vote btw, does not have a mandate …”

    Because he pulled a fast one. Even Walter John Chilsen admitted on the radio this morning that he knows more than a few Republicans who are angry about the way Walker sprang his agenda on the state. As for the majority, that was then, and this is now. The majority doesn’t think very well of Walker at this point, and are not opposed to the constitutional remedy. (Sometimes you have to fight extremism by employing extreme measures.) So I predict a Dem will replace Walker. (It would be unwise for the Dems to name a candidate at this point. Gathering signatures should be about Walker alone, if the recall effort wants to keep its momentum. Yes, that’s an admission that naming a candidate could lower the enthusiasm of some Wisconsinites.)

  • Tom Hering

    “… why is it that a Republican with a 4 point victory, and a majority vote btw, does not have a mandate …”

    Because he pulled a fast one. Even Walter John Chilsen admitted on the radio this morning that he knows more than a few Republicans who are angry about the way Walker sprang his agenda on the state. As for the majority, that was then, and this is now. The majority doesn’t think very well of Walker at this point, and are not opposed to the constitutional remedy. (Sometimes you have to fight extremism by employing extreme measures.) So I predict a Dem will replace Walker. (It would be unwise for the Dems to name a candidate at this point. Gathering signatures should be about Walker alone, if the recall effort wants to keep its momentum. Yes, that’s an admission that naming a candidate could lower the enthusiasm of some Wisconsinites.)

  • Tom Hering

    Kelly Clarkson? I’m not much of a music fan. I almost never listen to cd’s or music stations. So I have no idea who he is.

  • Tom Hering

    Kelly Clarkson? I’m not much of a music fan. I almost never listen to cd’s or music stations. So I have no idea who he is.

  • Tom Hering

    I’ll really go out on a limb and predict the candidate will be Dave Obey.

  • Tom Hering

    I’ll really go out on a limb and predict the candidate will be Dave Obey.

  • Cincinnatus

    Tom@45: He’s the only appealing potential candidate with statewide name recognition, yes.

    We’ve derailed this discussion by parochializing it, however.

    Thus, another (inter)national prediction or two:

    South Sudan will soon be labeled a failed state, due to its own inability to forge a stable government and meddling from the north.

    The Supreme Court will uphold Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act.

  • Cincinnatus

    Tom@45: He’s the only appealing potential candidate with statewide name recognition, yes.

    We’ve derailed this discussion by parochializing it, however.

    Thus, another (inter)national prediction or two:

    South Sudan will soon be labeled a failed state, due to its own inability to forge a stable government and meddling from the north.

    The Supreme Court will uphold Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I predict that J. R. “Bob” Dobbs twill make a last-minute decision to run on the Repub primaries, and he’ll get the nomination. Furthermore, he’ll beat Obama in the general election under the rallying phrase, “Give Me Slack or KILL ME!”

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I predict that J. R. “Bob” Dobbs twill make a last-minute decision to run on the Repub primaries, and he’ll get the nomination. Furthermore, he’ll beat Obama in the general election under the rallying phrase, “Give Me Slack or KILL ME!”

  • JunkerGeorg

    As for the State, like many here I predict that Romney gets the Republican nod (while Ron Paul takes a close enough second place to quite hilariously scare the dickens out of the MSM, leading to alot of bad hair days for Hannity on Fox News), Obama wins re-election, and the dollar plummets more rapidly, leading to $7 dollar loafs of bread, as people begin wishing they had listened to the “crazy old loon” rather than taking Vanity Hannity and Rush Limbaugh’s word for it. :)

    As for culture, I predict the highest grossing movie of 2012 will be “The Hobbit” (part one), while for the most entertaining sport on the planet, I predict that New Orleans will beat New England in the Super Bowl. (Hence, as for the Peahkurz and Beahjers, I hope I’m wrong, but I predict they both fall short for the same reason: Poor Defense.)

    As for this blog, I predict that Grace will have a gradual change of heart toward the political viewpoints of Ron Paul thanks to SKPeterson and the religious writings of Martin Luther thanks to Todd. hehehe :)

    As for the church, I predict that an increasing number of Boomer pastors who got their parishes to remove the altar/lecturn/pulpit in favor of a big projection screen will rethink their assumption that media technology is neutral when it comes to the church and her ministry (i.e., “It doesn’t matter what you use, just how you use it”), as they watch increasing numbers of church members opt to buy one of the new 80inch LCD TVs and “worshipfully” watch their Sunday church service from their comfy couch at home, eventually concluding that their church doesn’t really need a paid pastor any more than they want the sacrament, and besides, there are better, more entertaining preachers than their own whose relevant messages they can stream into their TV set free of charge. :)

  • JunkerGeorg

    As for the State, like many here I predict that Romney gets the Republican nod (while Ron Paul takes a close enough second place to quite hilariously scare the dickens out of the MSM, leading to alot of bad hair days for Hannity on Fox News), Obama wins re-election, and the dollar plummets more rapidly, leading to $7 dollar loafs of bread, as people begin wishing they had listened to the “crazy old loon” rather than taking Vanity Hannity and Rush Limbaugh’s word for it. :)

    As for culture, I predict the highest grossing movie of 2012 will be “The Hobbit” (part one), while for the most entertaining sport on the planet, I predict that New Orleans will beat New England in the Super Bowl. (Hence, as for the Peahkurz and Beahjers, I hope I’m wrong, but I predict they both fall short for the same reason: Poor Defense.)

    As for this blog, I predict that Grace will have a gradual change of heart toward the political viewpoints of Ron Paul thanks to SKPeterson and the religious writings of Martin Luther thanks to Todd. hehehe :)

    As for the church, I predict that an increasing number of Boomer pastors who got their parishes to remove the altar/lecturn/pulpit in favor of a big projection screen will rethink their assumption that media technology is neutral when it comes to the church and her ministry (i.e., “It doesn’t matter what you use, just how you use it”), as they watch increasing numbers of church members opt to buy one of the new 80inch LCD TVs and “worshipfully” watch their Sunday church service from their comfy couch at home, eventually concluding that their church doesn’t really need a paid pastor any more than they want the sacrament, and besides, there are better, more entertaining preachers than their own whose relevant messages they can stream into their TV set free of charge. :)

  • Matt

    To those who are already declaring it obvious that Scott Walker will lose in a recall election, the Prosser vs. Kloppenburg Supreme Court race was basically a referendum on Scott Walker. It was close but Prosser, the conservative, did win. Liberals might have convinced themselves otherwise, but their is a huge section of the state that still supports Scott Walker and the large contigent that turned out to elect him government hasn’t went anywhere. The recall is happening and it’ll be close, but I too think Walker wins.

  • Matt

    To those who are already declaring it obvious that Scott Walker will lose in a recall election, the Prosser vs. Kloppenburg Supreme Court race was basically a referendum on Scott Walker. It was close but Prosser, the conservative, did win. Liberals might have convinced themselves otherwise, but their is a huge section of the state that still supports Scott Walker and the large contigent that turned out to elect him government hasn’t went anywhere. The recall is happening and it’ll be close, but I too think Walker wins.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    OK, I’ve got one way-out-there prediction:

    The UK will come to blows again with Argentina over the latter’s covetousness of the Falkland Islands and its desire to subjugate the British inhabitants of those islands and force them to drive on the right side of the road. This will be exacerbated by a commercially exploitable major discovery of oil reserves in the waters around the Islands.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    OK, I’ve got one way-out-there prediction:

    The UK will come to blows again with Argentina over the latter’s covetousness of the Falkland Islands and its desire to subjugate the British inhabitants of those islands and force them to drive on the right side of the road. This will be exacerbated by a commercially exploitable major discovery of oil reserves in the waters around the Islands.

  • Bob

    ‘the large contigent that turned out to elect him government hasn’t went anywhere’

    Uh, Matt. Sorry, but you couldn’t be more wrong.

    First, it wasn’t a large contingent. It was actually about a five and a half point spread. Tom Barrett ran a lackluster (at best) campaign. Voters were in the mood for a change, especially after 2 terms of a Dem. gov. Plus, Walker well outspent Barrett with TV ads. I remember. He got lots of help from the Koches and other outside- Wisconsin right-wing funding groups.

    Plus, there are a fair number of Repubs. in the state who’ve signed the recall petition. The fair and reasonably minded ones, the ones who voted in Tommy Thompson, are disgusted at Walker’s antics.
    They don’t go for the nuclear “my way or the highway” approach
    here in FitzWalkerStan.

    One of many big differences between Walker and Thompson is that Walker has made things personal by not talking at all with Dems. along the way. He wanted war, and by cracky, he’s got one!

    If it’s Obey, he’s a shoo-in over Walker.

    You can’t blame the Dems. for hunkering down at this point WRT a potential candidate.

  • Bob

    ‘the large contigent that turned out to elect him government hasn’t went anywhere’

    Uh, Matt. Sorry, but you couldn’t be more wrong.

    First, it wasn’t a large contingent. It was actually about a five and a half point spread. Tom Barrett ran a lackluster (at best) campaign. Voters were in the mood for a change, especially after 2 terms of a Dem. gov. Plus, Walker well outspent Barrett with TV ads. I remember. He got lots of help from the Koches and other outside- Wisconsin right-wing funding groups.

    Plus, there are a fair number of Repubs. in the state who’ve signed the recall petition. The fair and reasonably minded ones, the ones who voted in Tommy Thompson, are disgusted at Walker’s antics.
    They don’t go for the nuclear “my way or the highway” approach
    here in FitzWalkerStan.

    One of many big differences between Walker and Thompson is that Walker has made things personal by not talking at all with Dems. along the way. He wanted war, and by cracky, he’s got one!

    If it’s Obey, he’s a shoo-in over Walker.

    You can’t blame the Dems. for hunkering down at this point WRT a potential candidate.

  • SKPeterson

    Kudos to Mike @47 for the oblique Sub-Genius reference. I’d rather have Connie for Veep, though. “You’ll PAY To Know What You REALLY Think.”

  • SKPeterson

    Kudos to Mike @47 for the oblique Sub-Genius reference. I’d rather have Connie for Veep, though. “You’ll PAY To Know What You REALLY Think.”

  • helen

    Cincinnatus at 36
    What’s wrong with you Yankees! This applies to both parties and all levels of government, I might add. Note: I didn’t make a value judgment there! No need to make this personal or partisan.

    No value judgment, but a geographic error: the Yankees are somewhere to the north/northeast of Virginia.
    Midwest Scandihoovians don’t qualify for the title… even if we wanted it, which we do not. :)
    And having lived in the “East” 14 years, I can testify that they don’t want to give it to us either.
    [Half of 'em are convinced that anyone further out than Pennsylvania (the Poconos they recognize) is in danger of losing his scalp to this day.]

    Meanwhile, I climbed the Statue of Liberty before my first landlady got there… and she was raised in its shadow!

  • helen

    Cincinnatus at 36
    What’s wrong with you Yankees! This applies to both parties and all levels of government, I might add. Note: I didn’t make a value judgment there! No need to make this personal or partisan.

    No value judgment, but a geographic error: the Yankees are somewhere to the north/northeast of Virginia.
    Midwest Scandihoovians don’t qualify for the title… even if we wanted it, which we do not. :)
    And having lived in the “East” 14 years, I can testify that they don’t want to give it to us either.
    [Half of 'em are convinced that anyone further out than Pennsylvania (the Poconos they recognize) is in danger of losing his scalp to this day.]

    Meanwhile, I climbed the Statue of Liberty before my first landlady got there… and she was raised in its shadow!

  • Tom Hering

    “… but their is a huge section of the state that still supports Scott Walker and the large contigent that turned out to elect him government hasn’t went anywhere.” – @ 49.

    Certainly not to school. :-D

  • Tom Hering

    “… but their is a huge section of the state that still supports Scott Walker and the large contigent that turned out to elect him government hasn’t went anywhere.” – @ 49.

    Certainly not to school. :-D

  • John

    I sincerely hope Tom @14 is wrong, but it has the disconcerting ring of plausibility.

  • John

    I sincerely hope Tom @14 is wrong, but it has the disconcerting ring of plausibility.

  • Matt

    Bob,

    It’s not worth talking with someone who classifies only people who’ve either been against Walker from the beggining or are turning against him now as fair and reasonable. Are you really incapable of believing anyone with a conservative viewpoint could be fair and reasonable? My mom who taught in public schools for a long time supports Walker, if not everything he does. She hated the atmosphere in public schools where, due to union influence, it didn’t matter how talented of a teacher you were, what mattered far more was the length of time you had been teaching. Unions also made teachers who had no business teaching, basically unfireable. The unions were for the unions. They weren’t for helping the best teachers and they definitely weren’t for helping the children.

  • Matt

    Bob,

    It’s not worth talking with someone who classifies only people who’ve either been against Walker from the beggining or are turning against him now as fair and reasonable. Are you really incapable of believing anyone with a conservative viewpoint could be fair and reasonable? My mom who taught in public schools for a long time supports Walker, if not everything he does. She hated the atmosphere in public schools where, due to union influence, it didn’t matter how talented of a teacher you were, what mattered far more was the length of time you had been teaching. Unions also made teachers who had no business teaching, basically unfireable. The unions were for the unions. They weren’t for helping the best teachers and they definitely weren’t for helping the children.

  • Matt

    Also, you didn’t address why Kloppenburg lost to Prosser, when everyone knew it was a refferendum on Walker’s union law.

  • Matt

    Also, you didn’t address why Kloppenburg lost to Prosser, when everyone knew it was a refferendum on Walker’s union law.

  • Tom Hering

    John @ 55, other agencies are already flying drones domestically, and they fly them for local police when requested to do so.

    http://www.salon.com/2011/12/12/the_growing_menace_of_domestic_drones/

    Local police are just waiting for permission to do it themselves.

    I tried to find a photo gallery of the last Police Chiefs Association show, but no luck (its online somewhere). All the Homeland Security dollars flowing to local police departments have to be spent, and the show offers plenty of armored vehicles and other militarized equipment to spend them on.

    So, follow the money. I guess it’s all good for the economy and American manufacturers.

  • Tom Hering

    John @ 55, other agencies are already flying drones domestically, and they fly them for local police when requested to do so.

    http://www.salon.com/2011/12/12/the_growing_menace_of_domestic_drones/

    Local police are just waiting for permission to do it themselves.

    I tried to find a photo gallery of the last Police Chiefs Association show, but no luck (its online somewhere). All the Homeland Security dollars flowing to local police departments have to be spent, and the show offers plenty of armored vehicles and other militarized equipment to spend them on.

    So, follow the money. I guess it’s all good for the economy and American manufacturers.

  • Tom Hering

    Matt @ 57, I think Kloppenburg lost simply because she came across to most people as not-ready-for-prime-time. It’s sad but true that people vote based on perceptions. Look at me and Ron Paul. :-D

  • Tom Hering

    Matt @ 57, I think Kloppenburg lost simply because she came across to most people as not-ready-for-prime-time. It’s sad but true that people vote based on perceptions. Look at me and Ron Paul. :-D

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Guys, the topic of this post is predictions for 2012. Not a discussion of the governor of Wisconsin! Stick to the thread and don’t hijack it.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Guys, the topic of this post is predictions for 2012. Not a discussion of the governor of Wisconsin! Stick to the thread and don’t hijack it.

  • Tom Hering

    I predict threads at Cranach: The Blog Of Veith will continue to be hijacked in 2012. :-D

  • Tom Hering

    I predict threads at Cranach: The Blog Of Veith will continue to be hijacked in 2012. :-D

  • steve

    My predictions:

    Fidel Castro will finally succumb to natural causes at which time his brother Raul will be propelled into the limelight. Seeing the writing on the wall, Raul will make overt gestures of good will to the United States but will keep status quo until Hugo Chavez dies of cancer and Vice President Juana is toppled in a coup by anti-Bolivarian forces.

    The US will begin the process to normalize relations with Cuba. This will serve a twofold purpose of furthering changes in the South American political structure while diverting attention from the rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria.

  • steve

    My predictions:

    Fidel Castro will finally succumb to natural causes at which time his brother Raul will be propelled into the limelight. Seeing the writing on the wall, Raul will make overt gestures of good will to the United States but will keep status quo until Hugo Chavez dies of cancer and Vice President Juana is toppled in a coup by anti-Bolivarian forces.

    The US will begin the process to normalize relations with Cuba. This will serve a twofold purpose of furthering changes in the South American political structure while diverting attention from the rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria.

  • helen

    Tom @ 58
    So, follow the money. I guess it’s all good for the economy and American manufacturers.

    IF they are made in America, maybe.

  • helen

    Tom @ 58
    So, follow the money. I guess it’s all good for the economy and American manufacturers.

    IF they are made in America, maybe.

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    1) I predict Obama will win re-election but be caught in an organized vote fraud scandal shortly afterwards. As the year ends hearings will be held and Republicans will be planning impeachment proceedings.

    2) Another war in the Middle East will occur.

    3) Russia will conduct military action against its neighbors.

    4) The US will receive another down-grade to its credit rating as a government budget crisis occurs in September-October.

    5) The protest movement like Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party will be overshadowed by violent terrorist movements on the political left and the right.

    6) By the end of the year the Dow Jones will be 10-15% lower than now.

    7) A new fundraising group will run political ads with an explicitly secular/anti-Christian agenda.

    8) The Southern Baptist Convention will elect an African American President and will have a split between conservative and moderate members.

    9) Statistics will be released showing American birthrates have dropped dramatically. At the same time statistics will show Hispanics comprising 35-40% of children under age 5.

    10) Civil unrest and riots will lead to mass dislocations in California and to calls for federal intervention.

    11) A vast number of suicides will occur in November of 2012.

    12) The first human clone will be announced and validated.

    I’m going on TODD’s logic that if any of those come to pass it’ll be worth a mention. I think at least a few of those are plausible if not probable.

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    1) I predict Obama will win re-election but be caught in an organized vote fraud scandal shortly afterwards. As the year ends hearings will be held and Republicans will be planning impeachment proceedings.

    2) Another war in the Middle East will occur.

    3) Russia will conduct military action against its neighbors.

    4) The US will receive another down-grade to its credit rating as a government budget crisis occurs in September-October.

    5) The protest movement like Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party will be overshadowed by violent terrorist movements on the political left and the right.

    6) By the end of the year the Dow Jones will be 10-15% lower than now.

    7) A new fundraising group will run political ads with an explicitly secular/anti-Christian agenda.

    8) The Southern Baptist Convention will elect an African American President and will have a split between conservative and moderate members.

    9) Statistics will be released showing American birthrates have dropped dramatically. At the same time statistics will show Hispanics comprising 35-40% of children under age 5.

    10) Civil unrest and riots will lead to mass dislocations in California and to calls for federal intervention.

    11) A vast number of suicides will occur in November of 2012.

    12) The first human clone will be announced and validated.

    I’m going on TODD’s logic that if any of those come to pass it’ll be worth a mention. I think at least a few of those are plausible if not probable.

  • http://lwtheology.wordpress.com tdoig

    2012 predictions.
    1. The world will not come to an end. Yes, the Mayans are smart, but no one knows the day or the hour.
    2. Texas wins the world series.
    3. Houston defeats Green Bay in the Superbowl.
    4. The BCS reworks its system again in another failed attempt to predict the ultimate team and we finally have serious talks about a college football play-off.
    5. Ron Paul wins the Republican primary and gives Obama a close race, finally decided in a re-count in the Dems favor.
    Happy New Year!

  • http://lwtheology.wordpress.com tdoig

    2012 predictions.
    1. The world will not come to an end. Yes, the Mayans are smart, but no one knows the day or the hour.
    2. Texas wins the world series.
    3. Houston defeats Green Bay in the Superbowl.
    4. The BCS reworks its system again in another failed attempt to predict the ultimate team and we finally have serious talks about a college football play-off.
    5. Ron Paul wins the Republican primary and gives Obama a close race, finally decided in a re-count in the Dems favor.
    Happy New Year!

  • Kelly

    My big prediction of 2012 is that in The Hobbit movie, they’re going to give Legolas a cameo in Mirkwood in which he will be engaged in some stupid, show-off act like destroying a dozen large spiders with one hand behind his back, or doing some elaborate, PotC-type move like dancing on a bunch of barrels in the river. The movie will not, unfortunately, depict him drinking too much wine and letting Bilbo rob him, as would be good and fitting.

  • Kelly

    My big prediction of 2012 is that in The Hobbit movie, they’re going to give Legolas a cameo in Mirkwood in which he will be engaged in some stupid, show-off act like destroying a dozen large spiders with one hand behind his back, or doing some elaborate, PotC-type move like dancing on a bunch of barrels in the river. The movie will not, unfortunately, depict him drinking too much wine and letting Bilbo rob him, as would be good and fitting.

  • Kelly

    Prediction is delayed a year if they decide to put this scene in the second “half” of the movie, to be released in 2013.

  • Kelly

    Prediction is delayed a year if they decide to put this scene in the second “half” of the movie, to be released in 2013.

  • Trey

    49ers will win the Super Bowl because a great defense. All of Jimmy Veith’s prediction except Obama winning reelection will not occur. Denver Broncos will draft a QB in the first, 3 rounds and Tebowmaniacs will go bonkers. I’m a die-hard Broncos fan and like Tebow so no ad hominems Tebowmaniacs. Rick Santorum will win the GOP nomination. Obama will continue to praise his administrations “accomplishments”. Israel will bomb Iran in conjunction with the U.S.

  • Trey

    49ers will win the Super Bowl because a great defense. All of Jimmy Veith’s prediction except Obama winning reelection will not occur. Denver Broncos will draft a QB in the first, 3 rounds and Tebowmaniacs will go bonkers. I’m a die-hard Broncos fan and like Tebow so no ad hominems Tebowmaniacs. Rick Santorum will win the GOP nomination. Obama will continue to praise his administrations “accomplishments”. Israel will bomb Iran in conjunction with the U.S.

  • Tom Hering

    I predict that the most world-changing event of 2012 will be a Black Swan – an event no one could have predicted in 2011. (Just as no one could have predicted, in 2010, that a Tunisian street vendor would set himself on fire, and trigger multiple revolutions in the Middle East.)

  • Tom Hering

    I predict that the most world-changing event of 2012 will be a Black Swan – an event no one could have predicted in 2011. (Just as no one could have predicted, in 2010, that a Tunisian street vendor would set himself on fire, and trigger multiple revolutions in the Middle East.)

  • helen

    Kelly #66
    Jeepers! What have you got against Legolas!?

  • helen

    Kelly #66
    Jeepers! What have you got against Legolas!?

  • helen

    SAL @ 64
    Re your #9, I believe Texas is already there. Anglos were a minority in Texas as of last year.

    Re #11, if the world is going to end in December, why the rush to judgment?

    Tdoig: “no one knows the day or the hour” therefore you don’t either. ;)
    It could as easily get here ahead of Mayan predictions.

    Your #3
    Considering the years I spent decorating in “Oiler Blue” only to have them come in #2,
    I don’t think I’d bet on this one either.

  • helen

    SAL @ 64
    Re your #9, I believe Texas is already there. Anglos were a minority in Texas as of last year.

    Re #11, if the world is going to end in December, why the rush to judgment?

    Tdoig: “no one knows the day or the hour” therefore you don’t either. ;)
    It could as easily get here ahead of Mayan predictions.

    Your #3
    Considering the years I spent decorating in “Oiler Blue” only to have them come in #2,
    I don’t think I’d bet on this one either.

  • helen

    My prediction: if I’m around to read it I’ll be another year older and [hopefully not] deeper in debt. [except by action or inaction of Congress!]

    [Ecumenicists not withstanding] “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name [than Christ] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

    “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church” which is why Christianity is growing fastest in Sub Saharan Africa.

  • helen

    My prediction: if I’m around to read it I’ll be another year older and [hopefully not] deeper in debt. [except by action or inaction of Congress!]

    [Ecumenicists not withstanding] “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name [than Christ] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

    “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church” which is why Christianity is growing fastest in Sub Saharan Africa.

  • Barry Bishop

    One prediction: FaceBook will collapse under its own ridiculous weight of games, apps, and notifications. A tipping point will happen where people say, “I’m tired of FB.” Google + will sweep in and replace it with its decluttered interface to become the next social media giant.
    At least I hope this is what happens =o)

  • Barry Bishop

    One prediction: FaceBook will collapse under its own ridiculous weight of games, apps, and notifications. A tipping point will happen where people say, “I’m tired of FB.” Google + will sweep in and replace it with its decluttered interface to become the next social media giant.
    At least I hope this is what happens =o)

  • Barry Bishop

    SAL @64,

    You are too late on the Southern Baptist Convention. While racism still (unfortunately) exists among Baptist churches, the election of a black president would certainly not cause a split. Calvinism (or non-) is the issue of the day in SBC. Also, the mere mention of changing the name of the convention to exclude the regionalism of “Southern” has many up in arms.

  • Barry Bishop

    SAL @64,

    You are too late on the Southern Baptist Convention. While racism still (unfortunately) exists among Baptist churches, the election of a black president would certainly not cause a split. Calvinism (or non-) is the issue of the day in SBC. Also, the mere mention of changing the name of the convention to exclude the regionalism of “Southern” has many up in arms.

  • Danny

    Only God knows the future. The only prediction that man can prophecy on his own is that they will all be wrong.

  • Danny

    Only God knows the future. The only prediction that man can prophecy on his own is that they will all be wrong.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    A bit late to the fray, but I’ll venture the following:

    1. The UK won’t completely leave the EU, but it’s membership will become even more tenious.

    2. As the EU enters a recession, the Euro will start falling. This will be a slow slide, and continue into 2013 and possibly beyond. Over the long term, this will lead to a resurgence in European manufacturing, especially high-tech, luxury goods and similar sectors, laying the ground for eventual recovery. This also will lead to cheap European vacations for the rest of the world…

    3. Ethiopia will once again be drawn into the Somali Civil war, but this time Al Shabab will suffer more.

    4. Assad will step down / be overthrown sometime during 2012.

    5. Julian Assange will eventually be sent to Sweden, and henceforth be remanded for his rape trail.

    6. US-Canada relations will improve, as the importance of Canadian oil is realised. Permanent anti-oilsands protestors will become a feature at the Whitehouse and elsewhere. They will all be ignorant of the fact that Venezuelan oil is also shale oil, Darryl Hannah in particular.

    7. Recovery in the US economy will be intermittent, but, depending on European events, will be slow, but positive.

    I could make more, but there they are.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    A bit late to the fray, but I’ll venture the following:

    1. The UK won’t completely leave the EU, but it’s membership will become even more tenious.

    2. As the EU enters a recession, the Euro will start falling. This will be a slow slide, and continue into 2013 and possibly beyond. Over the long term, this will lead to a resurgence in European manufacturing, especially high-tech, luxury goods and similar sectors, laying the ground for eventual recovery. This also will lead to cheap European vacations for the rest of the world…

    3. Ethiopia will once again be drawn into the Somali Civil war, but this time Al Shabab will suffer more.

    4. Assad will step down / be overthrown sometime during 2012.

    5. Julian Assange will eventually be sent to Sweden, and henceforth be remanded for his rape trail.

    6. US-Canada relations will improve, as the importance of Canadian oil is realised. Permanent anti-oilsands protestors will become a feature at the Whitehouse and elsewhere. They will all be ignorant of the fact that Venezuelan oil is also shale oil, Darryl Hannah in particular.

    7. Recovery in the US economy will be intermittent, but, depending on European events, will be slow, but positive.

    I could make more, but there they are.

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