What a year!

  • JuneauMike

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    Dec 28, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    While this year had plenty of good news also, lots of people made a shambles of their own lives by violence, racism or mere ignorance:

    Paula Deen: Sued by employees for a racist work environment. When asked in court if she had ever used the word "ni@@er", she replied, "Yes, of course". Yes, of course that destroyed her career.

    Aaron Hernandez: NFL player, reacting to some perceived or real slight, is involved in the murder of a man named Odin Lloyd. Hernandez allegedly fired the shots himself, then tried to destroy video and phone evidence. Sits in a Massachusetts jail at this hour. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

    Christopher Dorner: Fired LAPD officer takes his employment dispute to the streets, going on a rampage against other police officers throughout Southern California. Dorner was finally killed after a standoff in a mountain cabin.

    Sarah Palin: Strongly defends the Duck Dynasty patriarch, even though when pressed, she admits she has no actual knowledge of what he said. Once again, Palin speaks loudly and forcefully about issues she clearly knows little or nothing about.

    Goblin Valley vandals: While a man (a Boy Scout leader no less, who should know better) destroys a rock formation in Utah's Goblin Valley, another man narrates and sings 2 in a Room's "Wiggle It" song. The Scouts have a policy that says, "Leave no trace", which he violated, along with the parks posted signs saying not to alter, etc., any rock formation. Could still face criminal charges. And oh yeah, they were fired by the Scouts.

    Anthony Weiner: You would think that after losing your Congressional seat for sending nude pictures of yourself on Twitter, you would refrain from doing that while running for mayor of New York City - even if you were just posting as "Carlos Danger". Needless to say he is not the mayor of New York.

    Rob Ford: Finally admits using crack cocaine, which he says he had trouble remembering because he was in one of his drunken stupors. One strange press conference after another ensues, and finally the city of Toronto greatly limits his powers.

    Vladimir Putin: Passes strict new laws, limiting free speech for gays and lesbians under the guise of "protecting children". (That old bugaboo) Puts his critics in jail, under the guise of "hooliganism". (that old bugaboo) Says everything will be fine at the Winter Olympics. Yeah, we'll see...

    It will be interesting to see what media personalities implode in 2014...
  • jo2hotbod

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    Dec 28, 2013 8:20 PM GMT
    2014 same news, different names
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    Dec 28, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    I am hoping that 2014 will be better for me than 2013. I am going to be optimistic.
  • JuneauMike

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    Dec 29, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    TheQuest saidI am hoping that 2014 will be better for me than 2013. I am going to be optimistic.


    I hope you have a great 2014. Happy New Year!
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    Dec 29, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    The Oscar Pistorius story was one of the biggest on the year to me. After he was such a feel good story from the London Olympics in 2012, to see it happen was absolutely heartbreaking...
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    Dec 29, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    juvenescences saidThe Oscar Pistorius story was one of the biggest on the year to me. After he was such a feel good story from the London Olympics in 2012, to see it happen was absolutely heartbreaking...


    So much happened this year, for some reason I remember this as having taken place late in 2012. Thanks, Juvenescences, for adding this. Very relevant!
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    Dec 29, 2013 4:36 AM GMT
    JuneauMike saidWhile this year had plenty of good news also, lots of people made a shambles of their own lives by violence, racism or mere ignorance:

    Paula Deen: Sued by employees for a racist work environment. When asked in court if she had ever used the word "ni@@er", she replied, "Yes, of course". Yes, of course that destroyed her career.



    I'm curious. Who has NOT ever uttered the N word at any time in their life?

    I'll answer that I've said it out loud during peaks of temper, but never to anyone's face. I now refuse to say it, it's just wrong, too hurtful. I haven't said it in years, because the fine black people that I know would be very hurt if they ever heard me use it. I also refuse to say S@@C(slang for Hispanic) or C@@@K (slang for Chinese). I will, however, say Kraut and Mick on occasion. Also Yid and WOP.
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    Dec 29, 2013 4:41 AM GMT
    Dave Barry's take on this year:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/dave-barrys-review-of-2013-the-year-of-the-zombies/2013/12/20/c7cfa5fe-5dc2-11e3-bc56-c6ca94801fac_story.html
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    Dec 29, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    Blakes7 saidI'm curious. Who has NOT ever uttered the N word at any time in their life?

    I have not.
    But it's not surprising that you think everyone has. Considering the sort of people you must know.