A few random observations on the past year

  • It wasn’t just my imagination, 2012 truly was a rotten year by nearly every measure.
  • Adam Smith: The former CFO of a medical manufacturing firm in Tucson, AZ, who was fired after videotaping himself berating a Chick-fil-A employee. Anyone have any idea what happened to this lowlife?
  • Savannah Dietrich: Kentucky teenager was raped, and then ordered not to talk about it by a judge. As of late-July, she was facing jail time after she refused to follow the court order. A quick Google search revealed that prosecutors were forced to drop any actions against her following widespread public outrage. Good for this brave young lady!
  • Penn State: As soon as Jerry Sandusky was sentenced, everyone just kind of forgot about this story. The university itself got a mere slap on the wrist. Is there any lasting shame or guilt for those in the PSU community? Has anyone in State College apologized to Vicky Triponey? Or, most importantly, to the victims, anonymous to the world at large but surely well-known in the community?
  • Mormonism: In the end, we may never know whether Mitt Romney’s faith was a factor in his presidential election loss. I don’t recall a single news outlet, or anybody else, even asking the question following November 6. I suspect Mitt would have received more votes if he had been a mainline Protestant, but probably mostly in just the states he ended up winning anyway. Though, considering the large numbers of Evangelicals in Ohio, and how close that decisive state was, one has to really wonder.
  • Syria: Assad has been on his last legs for well over six months now, but somehow is still standing. I think he’s going to remain in power for many years to come, for better or worse.
  • Tanya Dixon-Neely: North Carolina teacher who told student he could be ‘arrested’ for criticizing President Obama. As far as I know, no disciplinary action was ever taken against this woman. As with Adam Smith, we shouldn’t let these little tyrants get off the hook for their crimes. They need to be kept in the spotlight, checked up on every now and again to ensure they are not violating anybody else’s rights.
  • Boston radio: After many years of steady formats, the radio dial in Boston changed significantly in 2012, becoming a lot more ‘urban’ sounding. It was an atrocious year for popular music, as so-called ‘EDM’ (electronic dance music) seems to be the ‘new normal,’ and formats like news/talk, rock, classical, soft AC, and others continuing to be phased out. And, make no mistake, there is a political agenda here, this isn’t all about changing tastes among listeners (though, admittedly, that is a factor) or advertising dollars.

(NOTE: This posting originally appeared in the now-defunct Last Days Bulletin blog. It is Copyright 2013, Bay State Conservative News. Follow me on Twitter – @Sunking278)

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