The Rundown 1-2-18: Back in the saddle for whatever comes our way in 2018

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Welcome to 2018, everyone! It's not as if you really had a choice not to join us here, I suppose.

We'll have a while to talk about it, but I do believe that on many fronts this coming year will make 2017 look dull...including in the world of politics.

One quick link, to my first article of 2018, entitled "A President of Consequence", a look both backward and forward at the Trump presidency:https://spectator.org/a-president-of-consequence/

Before getting to other news and issues, I have to mention the horrendous tragedy that occurred on Sunday when a madman shooting from his apartment window ambushed multiple police officers, killing 29-year-old Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up by a family friend to help his widow, Gracie, and their two young daughters, and as of 8:30 PM Monday, over $217,000 had been donated (including a small contribution by me.)https://www.gofundme.com/ZParrish

I emailed the person who created the campaign to ask what his connection to the family is, to try to ensure that the campaign isn't a scam preying on the generosity of others, and I got this note from him:

Ross, Our whole family are close friends of the Parrish?s. Our wives are best friends, Zack and I were close friends, and our daughters are friends as well. We originally met through our church Mission Hills several years ago. Devastating tragedy today to an amazing man and family. He?s a true hero and inspiration to so many. Thank you for promoting the link for them - 100% will go to Gracie and their two daughters. Best,Tyler

CBS4 television in Denver also contacted GoFundMe which confirmed that all the money will go to the family.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office also has a "Fallen Officer Fund" which has the advantage that contributions are tax-deductible, though for most people that won't matter in 2018 (because of changes in the tax law.)http://www.dcsheriff.net/fallen-officer-fund/

Not surprisingly, other law enforcement and first-responder agencies offered their public sympathies to the Parrish family and the entire Douglas County Sheriff's office:

Procession For Fallen Deputy In Douglas County

5 Deputies And 2 Civilians Shot In Douglas County: One deputy has died. There's no word on the condition of the other victims.

Posted by CBS Denver on Sunday, December 31, 2017

And now on to other, happier, things...

9:06 AM guest: What will 2018 bring? In the world of both foreign and domestic politics, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Jed Babbin has some opinions and he'll share them with us.
https://spectator.org/predictions-for-2018/

A lot of other things to talk about:

Recreational pot now legal in California:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-marijuana-sales-20180101-story.html

What should the penalty for this moron be? I think he should be charged with manslaughter:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-swatting-suspect-20171230-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/12/30/why-a-twitter-user-claims-to-have-made-the-swatting-call-that-led-police-to-kill-a-man

Don’t be an idiot (by which I mean don't let people like this take your money):
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/12/30/more-trouble-for-the-nigerian-prince-louisiana-police-say-they-caught-scams-middle-man

Why some New Years resolutionswork better than others:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-be-healthier-happier-and-more-productive-its-all-in-the-timing-1514560647?mod=e2tw

Donald Trump's latest example, if he sees the story, of the corruption of "journalism":
https://www.dailywire.com/news/25249/wikileaks-drops-proof-proves-nytimes-colluded-joseph-curl#exit-modal

And so much more to talk about, but I think that's enough of a list for one day, don't you?

And again, welcome to 2018

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