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And so it begins again

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By John Pawlak

 

Last year, my friends and I were talking about news stories which bludgeoned the ears (and minds) of the American public throughout the year of 2012. 

Of course, the Presidential election was high on the list. It was like watching a comedic version of Eraserhead dubbed over with the soundtrack from “Xanadu.” I must admit though, it was entertaining to see Clint Eastwood argue with a piece of furniture (and losing the argument to it).

Psy’s Gangnam Style infected the airwaves with K-pop and bad dancing. Trayvon Martin’s murder piqued the nation’s curiosity as to what brand of shoes Zimmerman wore. 

The Pinterest fad convinced us that if an image exists, it must be real. And rappers Nicky Da B and Diplo made twerking a household word (say goodbye to the Dougie and hello to Miley Cyrus).

As we watched the devastation of hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, I wondered why they don’t give hurricanes less boring names. Like Penelope or Queenie? Or maybe Limbaugh?

Oh wait, there’s already a blowhard with that name!

Why they call it “news” is beyond me. Usually, it’s a singular topic discussed over and over and not always something new.


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