Here we are, entering a brand new year. Will 2014 be a good year? Given it’s the first day, it’s hard to say, but its likely many are already focused on their resolutions and hoping for success.

However, before looking forward, we must take a look back at 2013. It was definitely a year with plenty of moments that we will appreciate and remember fondly, and others I’d assume we all would like to forget.

While the opinions expressed in the rest of this column are mine – I hope some of you might agree.

Here’s a look at events, things or nonsense we could have done without in 2013.

Miley Cyrus – She may have brought twerking to the center stage, but she did nothing for setting a good example for young women, or for proving that society has high standards. The young actress turned crappy singer was the talk of the town with her jaw-dropping performance at the MTV Music Awards. Now, unfortunately, Cyrus thinks her skank persona is welcome and hasn’t stopped appearing half-dressed and her gross tongue hanging out like she’s a dog without water. We definitely could have done without the Cyrus twerk in 2013.

The website to sign up for the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) – After years of Congress arguing over the healthcare overhaul, the new system didn’t start out on a good note after the website designed to allow citizens to sign up for healthcare insurance was a failure. In the end, as extensions continue to be given due to problems, we could have done without the website altogether and without President Obama making more excuses and not holding his staff accountable for the costly screw up. 

 Then you have the war against those who aren’t being as politically correct as they are supposed to be in today’s society. Earlier in 2013, the Food Network quickly jumped to action by dropping Paula Deen from the lineup for uttering the “N” word supposedly five years before. The court cases were later dropped, and frankly, the entire issue was nonsense. As was the issue surrounding comments made by the “Duck Dynasty” star. I am still not completely convinced A&E didn’t manufacture this controversy because they had to know what they were getting into when they signed a contract with a family who continually quotes the Bible. While I haven’t seen the show myself, it didn’t take a genius to know this is a conservative family with conservative values. The reaction that followed by the A&E Network was pure nonsense.

Anthony Weiner’s problems with his, well you know. The New York politician tried to get back into office, but couldn’t quite keep his issues with women and photos of his privates out of the spotlight long enough to actually win an election.

Sticking to politics, we also have the crack-smoking mayor from Toronto that we could have done without. While he has one of my favorite quotes from any politician, it too was a lot of nonsense. I loved when he said in his confession that he had only smoked crack “during a drunken stupor.”

After lying for decades, Lance Armstrong actually thought he was going to surprise people by admitting he was indeed doping. The sad part of this story is there were young people out there who believed in this athlete. They wanted to believe he won all of these races without cheating. Unfortunately, his confession only proved what so many others already believed.

The last year also had its share of major stories of importance, including the Boston bombing, the three victims in Cleveland being rescued after being held captive for so long and so much more that should have received more publicity than a lot of the nonsense that did.

(1) comment

John Flanagan

Interesting article, and I agree with Thelma in many areas, but the paragraph devoted to the effects of the Obamacare rollout hardly scratches the underlying surface of this fiasco. There is no more time to excuse Mr Obama's lack of integrity, the Democratic Party's culpability, and the negative consequences this legislation will have on the American people. Sure, to assuage the progressive conscience, it can be said that some people will benefit, however, millions of Americans will suffer and have suffered the loss of health insurance, have experienced catastrophic premium increases that negatively affected their family budgets, and employers have dropped previously great health insurance benefits.
The changes in most newer policies prescribed by Obamacare have increased the family deductibles to thousands of dollars which a struggling family must pay out BEFORE receiving a penny in reimbursement. Many hard working families do not have an extra two to six thousand dollars left over to pay for some medical procedures they will require this year, while STILL paying the high monthly premiums under the plans. Many families will not be eligible for the subsidies because their income, though modest, is slightly above the government's subsidy guidelines.
The result will be fewer Americans will have the means to attend to their medical problems and will have to forego doctor visits when their exhausted budgets for rent or mortgage, food, car payments, family needs, etc, will not leave enough money left.
So I ask you, how is the Affordable Care Act really affordable? How is it that Obama and the Democrats concocted a 2000 page monster of legislation on the American people, pushed by Reid and Pilosi and other inept socialists who hardly read it, knew nothing or pretended to know nothing of its negative consequences, and still, the sleepy and adoring mainstream media still props up this regime without apology?
The failure of the media to act responsibly on behalf of the American people in this matter, having willfully followed this scoundrel of a president in his failed policies and agenda is reprehensible.
The problems of Obamacare are not limited to the website, although it is scandalous they spent millions of dollars to set up and fix it. I bought belt buckles on the Internet, having hundreds of styles to choose from, and the three I ordered arrived in 3 days. I know for a fact the belt buckle company did not spend millions to set up the web page, but then again, it was not set up by our government.

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