Friday, December 30, 2011

Rant #647: Happy New Year

2011 is just about over--thank goodness for that--and we are about to move onto 2012.

Looking back at the nearly past year, I really don't think this was the greatest year we have ever had.

The country is in a mess. We continue to have high unemployment, the economy is lousy, and we have legislators who really need a reality check on who they are and what they were elected to do.

The rich keep getting richer, and the poor keep getting poorer. Protests around the world showed that people have had it up to here with promises, they want action.

Unfortunately, those protests--including the "Occupy" folks--became parodies of themselves after awhile, and people, myself included, started to look at them as a joke, a place for hangers-on and never-will-bes to congregate, to hang out, and, unfortunately, to physically, emotionally, and violently attack others.

The weather was miserable. We had snowstorms, hurricanes, you name it, all over the country. It seemed like we got hammered this past year.

And one good thing--we got out of Iraq. Now they can kill themselves rather than kill our men and women.

Next, Afghanistan.

And yes, some world leaders who were our enemies met their end in 2011.

Good riddance to them and theirs.

Onto lighter things, the entertainment industry pretty much stunk up the place this year. People aren't watching television or going to the movies like they once did, because nothing is being created that interests people.

As I previously said, this holiday season produced the worst stench of movies I have ever seen, and I was backed up in my opinion by the fact that movie attendance has plummeted to record low levels during the holidays.

I wonder why?

In sports, well, my beloved Yankees and Knicks didn't really win anything this year, but there is a lot of hope on both sides for something better in 2012.

And I guess that is my final thought in this blog for 2011.

There is a lot of hope that 2012 will be a better year than 2011 was.

Heck, 2011 wasn't as bad as, say, 1968 was, but it was bad enough.

Like Howard Jones once sang in his hit song, "Things Can Only Get Better."

See you next year. Have a great New Year's, and I will be back on Tuesday to rant and rave once again.

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