Adios 2012

posted at 6:31 pm on December 30, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

New Years isn’t until Tuesday, but being “the weekend guy” this will likely be my final post of 2012 here. And as in years past, I’d hoped to share a few thoughts on what was clearly not the best year in history (at least from a political perspective).

Yeah… that whole election thing didn’t turn out very well. The employment situation was pretty dismal, with far too many of you either out of work, worried about keeping your jobs or seeing little in the way of improvement in your personal economic situations. The Pentagon is getting ready for more than 800,000 rolling layoffs. Countries around the world were embroiled in turmoil which continues to this day, leading to great uncertainty about the future. Our government shows absolutely no signs of doing anything productive to stop our slide into economic decline, either in the short term or the long term. A drought wiped out most of the corn crop and Mother Nature totally kicked out butts in a couple of places. If that wasn’t enough, Ed and I had to deal with the performance of both the Steelers and the Jets.

And don’t even get me started on the cancellation of Last Resort.

But even for all that, as James Tiberius Kirk once said while stranded in the heart of a dead asteroid, I always like to think there are possibilities. The general consensus seems to be that the US economy will slowly improve over the next few years… not because of the policies of Barack Obama, but in spite of them. We should all hope this is true, as we could certainly use some good news. There is also an assumption out there that these improvements will only go to benefit the Democrats in both the mid-terms and the next presidential election. I’m not so sure about that one. Even in defeat, the election did manage to spur a great national conversation about the economy, tax policy, growth and regulation. I, for one, think that form of forced education was worth all the effort and even the losses. Smarter people vote smarter, and continued voter education programs will still result in the election of representatives who are willing to do the hard work required for the nation’s future.

Or so I would wish.

We are a resilient people and a resilient nation. We always have been. Prospects for our future economic security may look fairly dismal at the moment, but these things tend to unfold in cycles. America always finds a way to fight its way back when we look like we’re down for the count. The only question is how far down we’ll have to go before that happens, but I still have to believe that it will. And with that positive thought, I’d like to thank all of you who spend time with us here at Hot Air week after week and participate in the discussion. We may not always see eye to eye, but it’s a refreshing chance to hash out the issues of the day and take part in the Great Experiment. And none of it would happen without you, so you have my gratitude. Happy New Year to all of you and may 2013 find us with fair winds and following seas.

And who knows… maybe another network will pick up Last Resort.

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…good riddance!

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Bishop!

Corporal Tunnel on December 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

…not again!

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Darn You! ;-)

Corporal Tunnel on December 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Slow news day, so I took some time out to read Dave Barry’s 2012 roundup. In between his sophomoric remarks are some funny gems.

onlineanalyst on December 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

2012 can kiss my ass.

Mark1971 on December 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

The general consensus seems to be that the US economy will slowly improve over the next few years

No chance. Not while “Obama policies” are in place.

Paul-Cincy on December 30, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Yeah… that whole election thing didn’t turn out very well.

Lolololololol I can never get tired of reading this on this blog.

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:39 PM

2012 was a stinking loser and 2013 will be worse . . .

rplat on December 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Change the date…….keep the same leadership……the collapse of America continues.

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013……….

PappyD61 on December 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Darn You! ;-)

Corporal Tunnel on December 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

…sorry!…never had more than 2 in a row before…been watching football…and got 4 in a row…I gotta play the lotto tomorrow!

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

And who knows… maybe another network will pick up Last Resort.

And American Guns too.

BacaDog on December 30, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Socialism is on the move and there are no signs of it stopping. People are more dumb and aloof than ever, our media is just the propaganda arm for the Democrat party, and the makers have been effectively demonized and possibly marginalized forever at the national level.

Saying that 2012 was a bad year was an understatement.

Corporal Tunnel on December 30, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Happy New Year to all of you and may 2013 find us with fair winds and following seas

Happy New Year to you too Jazz

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

The sad part about fiscal cliff negotiations and later debt ceiling negotiations, is that republicans actually have the president by the balls, but lack courage to do what it takes. If they would refuse to allow the president to continue spending and get a free tax raise. if they would just say no on fiscal cliff, and refuse to negotiate, it would then reset the table to debt ceiling negotiations. It would tell the president if you are unwilling to come to our side, if you are unwilling to make significant changes to entitlement programs, then it will all burn. But of course the threat is hollow, unless we go over the cliff.

paulsur on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

2012 was a stinking loser and 2013 will be worse . . .

rplat on December 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Lolololol

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Yeah… that whole election thing didn’t turn out very well.

Lolololololol I can never get tired of reading this on this blog.

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:39 PM

…you got a light UP THERE HotLips ?
…doesn’t that burn your intestines?

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Lolololol

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

…Fufufufufufu

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

…Fufufufufufu

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

…or is it Fyfyfyfyfyfyfy ?
You tell me…DAISY !

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Smarter people vote smarter… election of representatives who are willing to do the hard work required for the nation’s future.

HAL thinks he is the future of the poor land. He is clueless to what will split his stupid head. To watch his brain pop will be incredibly schadenfreudig.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Sorry, s/b in quotes

Smarter people vote smarter… election of representatives who are willing to do the hard work required for the nation’s future.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Rome lasted way longer.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Over the cliff, Obama/HAL/Pelosi/Boehner/Reid/McConnell, first.

Lead the way, thuggish goons.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Worst year ever.

Mr. Arrogant on December 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

2012 was a stinking loser and 2013 will be worse . . .

rplat on December 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Lolololol

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

…I know rogerb is lurking…bookmark ^this one^ and save yourself time… for later on!

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Ban cork: Expert: Champagne cork can put an eye out http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20121230-175916-9040

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

It is a great time of year to make this announcement, when so many people are celebrating the New Year and thinking about their own dreams and aspirations for the next 12 months,” said McCardel, who conceded her mother would probably “faint” after hearing her plans.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Worst year ever.

Mr. Arrogant on December 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

lolololololololololol
HotLipsTard sos, 2012 at every hour

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Ban buses: 5 dead in Oregon bus crash: http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20121230-180333-6580

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Lolololololol I can never get tired of reading this on this blog.

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:39 PM

.
That is because you learn things your lefty progtard censors will not ever let you see on huffcompost.
Don’t kid yourself……. One never tires being free of enslavement……..

Unless of course if one does truly enjoy “belonging to your government” – and idolizing your Marxist Fraud in Chief.

FlaMurph on December 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

2012 was terrible for this nation and the next four years are going to suck as well. All of us will be paying for the election in one way or another, probably with our jobs.

Philly on December 30, 2012 at 7:07 PM

At least the Mayans were wrong..:)

idesign on December 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Ban landslides: Colombia landslide kills five in Neiva with 25 missing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20872242#TWEET486853

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The general consensus seems to be that the US economy will slowly improve over the next few years… not because of the policies of Barack Obama, but in spite of them.

Heh, even a blind hog……….

DaveDief on December 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

If things improve in 2013, please shoot me. Because Jugears will get the credit, and then my lefty friends will really be insufferable!

SagebrushPuppet on December 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Four more years of this crap, Comrades. Just posted by Eric Cantor on my Twitter feed.

The Imperial Presidency

And not one thing will happen, just a fancy webpage.

JPeterman on December 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

One Republican senator denied that Social Security was ever a Republican demand. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) tweeted:

Marco Rubio

@marcorubio

Report that #GOP insisting on changes to social security as part of #fiscalcliff false.BTW those changes are supported by @BarackObama.

So the dems wanted the SS tied to CPI, said the REpubs wanted it. Repubs said they weren’t going to vote for and the never proven innocent of pedophilia leader of the Senate said this is a terrible thing the repubs want so i am here to save the day.

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Lolololol

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Laugh while you can, but it won’t last long.

DFCtomm on December 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

OT – the Vikings are going to give me a heart attack.

2012 was not a banner year.

Here’s hoping 2013 starts the decade of the really ticked off Conservatives.

gophergirl on December 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

From leader of the house to leader of the pack: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-V_ii2nchmEY/UA7YaqcZyBI/AAAAAAAAOc8/ekZtmEQhZfc/s1600/pelosismoking.jpg

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Of course Last Resort is cancelled, but at least the final episode is being tweaked to give closure to the series. Now the network can join the others in providing real entertainment: sitcoms with the same kind of plots we’ve been seeing since 1965. The only thing we won’t hear is, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” unless they re-imagine the Brady Bunch.

This year might have a pain in many ways, but I think 2013 is going to be worse once all these new and ingenius plans kick in. When the government (read: Democrats) see how bad their ideas are and the deficits, they’ll do some tweaking of their own to pay for the shortfalls. Plus, I fear, more American interventionism (which liberals claim to hate) in places we don’t belong.

This might be the last halfway-decent year for a long time to come.

Liam on December 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Happy New Year to you Jazz, and I had to deal with the Yankee bats going stone cold in the ALCS, not to mention injuries to Mo & Derek.

Also lost one dog, but did fill her spot with another one, from the pound.

rbj on December 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

2013, Year of the Black Snake. Just sayin’.

Archivarix on December 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

onlineanalyst on December 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

and I AM(you are) NOT MAKING THIS UP!
*Lol*
Love me some Dave Barry.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Even in defeat, the election did manage to spur a great national conversation about the economy, tax policy, growth and regulation.

Uhm … I’m not so clear about the extent of this “national conversation”, both in:

(1) participation by real and imagined voters (the latter “created or saved”), non-voters, and illegal aliens … and;

(2) actual depth (why do I hear NO ONE mention that — and why do even the Repubs re-vomit the “$16 trillion national debt” spin when — the GAAP figure (including unfunded liabilities) is astonishingly more like greater than $200 trillion — exceeding the entire GDP of the world?).

Regardless, Happy New Year to you Jazz, and thanks to you and all the crew (including the commenters) for your efforts …

ShainS on December 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Lolololol

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Looking forward to paying those higher taxes, hal? Don’t worry. They’re the clinton tax rates, and you know how prosperous everyone was then. Guess you’ll be happy to see those rates.

In the meantime, sing Daisy for us, HAL.

You know you want to.

Solaratov on December 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM

What EVERYONE has been waiting for…

annoyinglittletwerp on December 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Perhaps 2013 will be the year when conservative realize that counting votes honestly is so 20th century.

Archivarix on December 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Lolololol

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Wile you’re laughing, I’m wondering if I’m going to need to take on a second job to help my family with the necessities. Mind you-my husband’s income…ALONE would normally be able to support us.
Barry built ALL of it.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Let’s hope that 2013 is better than 2012. We thought that 2012 has lots of promise unfortunately November sixth proved this wrong. May The Lord preserve us through the next four years

AZfederalist on December 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Lolololol

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I’m also wondering if my 18 year old son is going to get screwed on taxes because he sold some of the stocks that his great grandmother left him…to pay for his first year of college.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

M I N N E S O T A ! ot

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Pentagon Readying 800,000 for Rolling Layoffs

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324274404578211560844520282.html?mod=wsj_share_tweet

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Hmm. Getting drowsy.

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

2012 started nicely enough but ended up sucking rocks ….. and that’s just personally.

BD57 on December 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM

…Hillary is ending 2012 with a bloodclot…according to AP

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 7:58 PM

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Yes, Virginia, you did go blue for Obama. Time to pay the piper, fools.

Philly on December 30, 2012 at 8:08 PM

State Dept. Says Clintons Are Not Partying in Dominican Republic as Was Reported

UPDATE: The State Department wrote to say the story at Dominican Today is not true.

Here are the facts: The Clintons are not in the Dominican Republic. The Clintons are not going to the Dominican Republic. I realize that you are linking to and possibly relying on a DomincanToday.com posting, and rest assured we have contacted them as well to point out their deceitful reporting. I’m hoping that you have now been apprised of the facts, and that what you are presenting to your readers is entirely inaccurate and based on nothing even remotely true, we sincerely hope you will do the right thing and take all necessary steps to correct this falsehood. We likely disagree on just about everything, but surely we can agree that posting a lie is far different than posting an opinion.
Philippe

The State Department could use some work on their people skills.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/12/hillary-clinton-so-sick-she-had-to-travel-to-punta-cana-resort-to-celebrate-new-year {Italics in original]/

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Gang, Obama is just a symptom of the real problem: A depraved electorate. There are no political solutions for what ails the country. We’ve ceded academia, the entertainment industry and the media to the left for 40+ years. A majority of the country no longer believes in the greatness of America. Great empires decline. We have a front row seat for this one.

JRidge on December 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Another year shot to hell.

coldwarrior on December 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Lolololololol I can never get tired of reading this on this blog.

HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 6:39 PM

That is because you learn things your lefty progtard censors will not ever let you see
FlaMurph on December 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

This is so true…and it makes me all that more appreciative of sites such as this. The censorship that goes on at the progressive sites I still find to be pretty surreal.

Thank you to everyone at Hot Air for all you do.

lynncgb on December 30, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Adios 2012

And Hola! to 4 more years of …

BoxHead1 on December 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM

The general consensus seems to be that the US economy will slowly improve over the next few years… not because of the policies of Barack Obama, but in spite of them.

“General consensus”? Is that like global warming science? I don’t know anyone who believes this, not with skyrocketing taxes/spending/regulations. Not only will the economy not improve it’s going into freefall. Wish I had a cheerier scenario for you, but things are very grim indeed. Unless you’re, say, Joe Biden and just got a sweet sweet raise we paid for.

Buy Danish on December 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Buy Danish on December 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Most Americans have never lived in real poverty, to include those millions here today who claim to be in poverty. And most Americans have never experienced an economy where the value of the local currency changes daily, downward, and that currency cannot buy anything at all save for what the government allows to be sold.

Face it, never in our history have we ever hit “rock bottom.”

Well, maybe it is about time we did.

Sobriety requires that sort of thing.

Mental health demands it.

We really need to in order to find our real foundations as a nation again, and begin the long process of rebuilding.

The next four years?

Government, and Obama, tap dancing around the event horizon…

coldwarrior on December 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Come 2013, we’ll all be members of the CLIFF high club.

tommy71 on December 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Face it, never in our history have we ever hit “rock bottom.”
Well, maybe it is about time we did.
Sobriety requires that sort of thing.
Mental health demands it.
We really need to in order to find our real foundations as a nation again, and begin the long process of rebuilding.
coldwarrior on December 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I’m not interested in employing AA’s methods. An alcoholic can stop drinking. People cannot get jobs when there are none to get.

Buy Danish on December 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Buy Danish on December 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM

The point being that maybe we should hit bottom, actually experience something akin to the early 1930′s.

This quasi-socialism that is passing for American governance is way too expensive to sustain and is killing the very thing necessary for an economy to grow…having a population of citizens unfettered, willing to risk, willing to lose, in effort to achieve personal success…without government constantly holding them back in order to somehow level the playing field.

I do not see any sort of growth over the next four years resembling anything close to what the economy was a mere five years ago, when having 5 or 6 percent unemployment was “intolerable” and a stain on the American economy.

Would love to see real 5 percent unemployment.

Really would.

coldwarrior on December 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM

The point being that maybe we should hit bottom, actually experience something akin to the early 1930′s.

This quasi-socialism that is passing for American governance is way too expensive to sustain and is killing the very thing necessary for an economy to grow…having a population of citizens unfettered, willing to risk, willing to lose, in effort to achieve personal success…without government constantly holding them back in order to somehow level the playing field.
coldwarrior on December 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM

What makes you think hitting rock bottom would kill Socialism? The New Deal came out of the Great Depression. It would have the exact opposite effect, making more people dependent on government, more fearful – a very dangerous prospect with BO in charge.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM

…And dare we recall how Hitler came to power?

Buy Danish on December 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Gang, Obama is just a symptom of the real problem: A depraved electorate. There are no political solutions for what ails the country. We’ve ceded academia, the entertainment industry and the media to the left for 40+ years. A majority of the country no longer believes in the greatness of America. Great empires decline. We have a front row seat for this one.

JRidge on December 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Bingo!

Othniel on December 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

One Republican senator denied that Social Security was ever a Republican demand. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) tweeted:

Marco Rubio

@marcorubio

Report that #GOP insisting on changes to social security as part of #fiscalcliff false.BTW those changes are supported by @BarackObama.

So the dems wanted the SS tied to CPI, said the REpubs wanted it. Repubs said they weren’t going to vote for and the never proven innocent of pedophilia leader of the Senate said this is a terrible thing the repubs want so i am here to save the day.

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Every.time I think that the confusion going on is due to how information-repeated suffers permutations of content and interpretational differences, misunderstandings, etc….THEN I read something like that, above, and I realize that there are some EXCEPTIONALLY ethically and mentally deranged people in high places in our govt. That includes Obama and it certainly includes Harry Reid.

Lourdes on December 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

What EVERYONE has been waiting for…

annoyinglittletwerp on December 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

That’s the first JibJab video I’ve seen that shoulda’ had a content warning. Did anyone else notice that Schwarzenegger-scene?

Lourdes on December 31, 2012 at 2:27 AM

coldwarrior on December 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM

What makes you think hitting rock bottom would kill Socialism? The New Deal came out of the Great Depression. It would have the exact opposite effect, making more people dependent on government, more fearful – a very dangerous prospect with BO in charge.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM

…And dare we recall how Hitler came to power?

Buy Danish on December 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

BuyDanish is right.

It’s more Pollyanna-ishiness to assume that “hitting rock bottom” as a nation would accomplish some good result as to returning our nation to founding principles…

…it would only, hypothetically, strengthen our ruin by increased Socialism but I think it’d accomplish the worst past that and that’d be a full-on Communist state. Look at many a nation in Africa for proof of that. Things fall completely apart, it’s Communism that swoops in and cements the ruin.

Lourdes on December 31, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Obama is just a symptom of the real problem: A depraved electorate.

JRidge on December 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

His voter support is from naive people: they think there’s some turning point he’s going to deliver especially to them to right their resentments. They don’t seem capable (yet) of learning, knowing that there isn’t any magic-pill or rabbit-hole for them to take or trip through that’ll turn a black and white screen into some kaliediscope colors.

There’s no easy fix, they aren’t going to win the lottery tomorrow, Obama won’t be moving in with them, they can’t eat candy and ice cream every day and be thin tomorrow…

there’s been this really immature, delusional imprint on Obama by his voting base that assumes “just voting for him” means someone else will be bringing them breakfast in bed right after they pay off their mortgage for them. Obama’s an incompetent fool as he is also a creepy liar and the voters who supported and support him are responsible as he is for the damages he’s waging.

Lourdes on December 31, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Your Christmas present for 2013 will be two lumps of coal instead of just one. As a nation, there will nothing to be happy about in the year ahead . . . sad but true.

rplat on December 31, 2012 at 8:43 AM

To all my HotAir buds back in the U.S., Happy New Year from Baghdad!

This will make you feel much better!

JetBlast on December 31, 2012 at 8:53 AM

JRidge on December 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Yep. This is all part of their long war. Bill Ayers is in charge of teaching our teachers – that’s all you need to know. Many elite colleges don’t require any history courses to graduate and some of these colleges don’t require a single course in American History to be, ta da, a history major. It’s an absolute disgrace and we’re doomed unless we detoxify the poisoned minds of future generations.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2012 at 8:55 AM

2012: Andrew Breitbart died. Obama reelected by a country permanently stuck on stupid.

2012 ties with 2008 as the worst year in my lifetime. I expect 2013 to be no better. Cheers.

SAMinVA on December 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM

One falling out I had with someone – a friend for close to a decade – completely ruined the accomplishments I had over the course of this year (and I had several). But that one incident cast a pall over the rest of the year.

It was purely political-driven.

Myron Falwell on December 31, 2012 at 10:08 AM

We are a resilient people and a resilient nation.

1. Why?

We always have been.

2. Why?

Prospects for our future economic security may look fairly dismal at the moment, but these things tend to unfold in cycles.

- Granted.

America always finds a way to fight its way back when we look like we’re down for the count.

- Granted.

The only question is how far down we’ll have to go before that happens, but I still have to believe that it will.

3. Why?

Axe on December 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

The general consensus seems to be that the US economy will slowly improve over the next few years … not because of the policies of Barack Obama, but in spite of them.

From what my late father used to tell me, the economy also improved in spite of FDR. Just sayin.’

manwithblackhat on December 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM