So long, 2015, and don't let the door hit you on the seat of your pants on the way out. On second thought, let it give you a good strong whack.
Here are some of the odious things the year brought us: First of all, a return of terrorism, abroad and at home, in Paris and San Bernardino in addition to those gruesome Middle East beheadings by agents of the emergent Islamic State.
In Europe, there was the return of the Cold War and Russian imperialism. Former Soviet henchman Vladimir Putin's brazen seizure of Crimea in 2014 is still unchallenged, and his dreams of restoring the Soviet Union to its former superpower stature were sustained through 2015.
At home, there was a year-long stagnation of the legislative process on Capitol Hill, as President Obama continued to knock his head into Republican obstructionism and deep personal animosity toward him. At the same time, internal GOP dissension drove House Speaker John Boehner from office, though with a faint flickering of hope in a pledge from successor Paul Ryan to break the legislative logjam.