Happy News Year Polislicers

It’s really just the marking of time. Nothing miraculously changes when the ball drops. The universe goes on for another second, and only we humans flip a calendar and wish each other a Happy New Year.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not important. It doesn’t mean it’s not a heartfelt expression of love for our fellow passengers on spaceship Earth who are sharing this part of the journey with us. It doesn’t mean the emotions are not not real and cathartic when we say “goodbye” to those of us who won’t be joining us in 2016.

As an emotional person who can wallow in the maudlin with the best of them, I’ve always been fondest of New Years.

It’s just the marking of time. But time is all we’ve got, and not enough of that.

Happy new year. Health, happiness, wisdom and peace to you!

 

It’s Not a Conspiracy Theory

It’s just quite obvious that you can be a Republican media mogul and be very canny about what would be best for you and your ratings. Rush Limbaugh, Rupert Murdoch, Matt Drudge, et al. have been demonizing Hillary Clinton since the mid-90s. They know very well that there’s nothing better for their ratings, page views, etc. than having a demon in the White House to rail against.

Not just a demon, but a time tested demon harpy that represents the continued degradation of the country, the continued theft of the American way (from the true (read: white male) Americans) which a Hillary presidency would represent in pink pants suited lady spades.

Rush/Drudge/Hannity: “Make no mistake loyal readers/listeners this country is being destroyed by lies, degeneracy and political correctness, so keep watching/listening/reading and send me as much money as you can jam into an envelope so we can fight this scourge together.”

So if you’re a canny right wing media mogul whose following is cuckoo  for cocoa puffs, why wouldn’t you push Donald Trump as a Republican white knight? None of these idiots running for the nomination is going to beat Hillary, but Trump will at least put on a good show as he flames out.  And a big flame out is awesome for their prospects for the next 4-8 years. Yes, defending the great American way that hasn’t actually existed since the 1950s is big business, and business will be a boomin’ under a Hillary Clinton Feminazi Dictatorship!

So with all due respect to the great Michael Tomasky (Why is Matt Drudge Boosting Donald Trump?), it doesn’t surprise or puzzle me at all.

 

 

Freak Storm at North Pole

Which reminds me of the George Carlin bit about a freak accident on the 405. Three freaks in a Volkswagen hit two freaks in a Ford. Freak accident.

Nevertheless… my father used to always comment when he saw in the paper that it was warmer in Alaska on a given day than in Miami Beach (why he was always looking at the weather in Alaska and Miami I could not tell you). But he’d always point it out and I’d have to say “Dad, it’s weather, it happens.”

But is it weather or climate when a freak storm at the North Poll raises temperatures 50 degrees F in the winter?

A powerful winter cyclone — the same storm that led to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding — has driven the North Pole to the freezing point this week, 50 degrees above average for this time of year.

Freaky!

For a Record 20th Time – Most Admired Woman in the World is…

Hillary Clinton.  20th time. 14th year. Which is YOOOOGE! This is like being inducted into the the Human Hall of Fame at this point, it’s unprecedented.  That loser Eleanor Roosevelt came out on top in the Gallup Poll only 13 times in her lifetime.

Gallup Most Admired Poll 12/28/15 

Obama was most admired man, again, showing approval ratings are unrelated to admiration.  Trivia question: what other list boasts both The Dalai Lama and Donald Trump?  If you said they’re both members of the Friars Club you win. The Dalai Lama is known to work blue at the roasts.*

most-admired-man-woman-2015

*The Dalai Lama is not  actually a member of the Friars Club, that I know of.

NBA Players’ Anti Gun Ad on Christmas

A bunch of very high profile NBA players did an ad that aired during NBA games on Christmas day.

 

Mike Weisser, “the Gun Guy” notes what a game changer this could be.

I was in a high-end burger bar Christmas afternoon when one of these ads played on the widescreen that was tuned to the NBA. This restaurant tends to be a noisy place, but it quieted down when Carmelo Anthony said what he had to say. Way down.

Going to take this kind of high profile activism and a lot of testicular fortitude to beat the NRA. But they have to be beat.

 

 

Justice is Insane in Cleveland

There is no possible explanation for this that can be accepted by sentient beings.

Grand jury fails to charge any cops for murder of 12 year old

12 year old boy with a toy gun, they fired within seconds of arriving. There’s nothing. NO THING that could possibly justify this shooting. And even less to justify not charging the officer who shot first, at least.

The idea that Tamir Rice was reaching into his waste band so we just have to fire is not going to cut it.

The person who called 911 with the original call, who advised 911 that the gun was probably a toy, must have a pretty hard time living with themselves. In this world, with the cops we have in this country, that call killed Tamir Rice. There’s still no excuse for actually pulling the trigger, but dammit, why do you make that call? Why does nobody talk to a boy before damning him to death?

In a Monday afternoon news conference, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said a “perfect storm of human error” led to Rice’s death.