Gloomy, sub-zero temperatures have attacked the northern half of the United States. Here in east central Illinois, the temperature is 10 degrees below zero, and a profound lethargy fills the air. Seeing the thermometer, many Illinoisans have said, “I quit,” and gone back to bed. Even the newsfakers here have gone strangely silent: normally a cacophony of their blather fills the airwaves; now, all there are are reruns.
Was it cabin fever which finally caused Matthew Riehl, an Iraq war veteran and a lawyer, to ambush law enforcement officers at the Copper Canyon Apartment complex in Highlands Ranch, Colorado? It had been bitter cold. A domestic disturbance erupted. Officers responded. And now one of them, Officer Zackari Parrish, lies dead, after being fatally wounded on December 31, 2017. 
Happy New Year, Officer Parrish – except he will not be here with us in 2018.
Blissfully unaware of the shiverings of half the nation, President Donald Trump enjoys the lazy sunshine in Florida. By now he has been inoculated against all criticism, after a year’s worth of absurd accusations have been hurled against him. The president now has a Teflon coating, and even honest criticism is automatically ascribed to lunatics.
In a tweet dated December 31, 2017, President Trump bemoans that Iran “has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate.” And you, Brutus? (Et tu, Brute?) YouTube videos, including some of my own, are being summarily censored with little recourse available to the originators right here in the USA!
Ronald Reagan was Teflon President #1. The Teflon President #2 tweets, in part, that the people of Iran are “fed up” with the regime’s “squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad.” Et tu, Brute? Squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund wars abroad? 
A message of hope to the many who have seen the temperature and given up: These things average out: Below normal temperatures now mean above normal temperatures later. In the meantime, beware of cabin fever, caused by enforced isolation due to the cold.
——- Sources ——-
 “Gunman ambushed deputies in deadly Douglas County shooting; 1 deputy dead, 6 people wounded”, by Tom McGhee, Kevin Simpson, and Larry Ryckman. The Denver Post (online), December 31, 2017. https://www.denverpost.com/2017/12/31/officers-down-and-swat-on-scene-in-douglas-county/
 “Upheaval In Iran”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 31, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/12/31/upheaval-in-iran/