1. a chance, any chance left, that some form of stability can come to a democratic Iraq.
2. a still-divided Congress that chooses compromise over stalemate.
3. more attention paid to regions like Darfur by both this nation and the international community.
4. less attention paid to celebrity couples, celebrity babies, celebrity crazy-talk, celebrity fights, celebrity public nudity, etc.
5. a Texas legislative session that is just slightly less insane than the last two.
A happy New Year to all.