For, when with beauty we can virtue join, We paint the semblance of a form divine.
- Matthew Prior, English Poet and Diplomat (1664-1721)
Monthly Archives: December 2013
Before we get to the 2014 predictions, let’s do a quick recap of the . . .
2013 Prediction Results
Prediction: Despite blatantly breaking D.C. gun law by waving around a high-capacity magazine in front of live cameras, anti-gun nut David Gregory will face no charges in doing something that would land any other American in jail.
Result: Nailed it, D.C.’s attorney general refused to file charges against Gregory, yet another example of how it’s one set of rules for the media elite, another for the rest of us.
Prediction: On February 3, 2013, Peyton Manning leads the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
Result: Missed it, but I think only by a year.
Prediction: Slight decline in global temperatures in 2013.
Result: Nailed it.
Prediction: Windows 8 makes modest but steady inroads on phones, tablets and hybrids.
Result: Missed it.
Prediction: Apple will release an iPad / laptop hybrid with slide-out keyboard.
Result: Nope. Still a great idea, though.
Prediction: Mama June of Honey Boo Boo will get lap band surgery and lose 100 by season’s end.
Result: Missed it, but the prediction still made for one of the better gifs of the year.
Okay, nailed a few, missed a few, but I am feeling especially clairvoyant this year, so without further ado, let’s dust off that crystal ball and get to it!
- Jodi Arias releases a sex tape from prison. It will be some pretty hot stuff (at least, that’s what my friends will tell me.)
- In February, Peyton Manning makes good on my 2013 pridiction and brings home the Lombardi trophy to the fans in Denver.
- Manti Te’o gets a girlfriend – a real, live girlfriend! They even meet face to face and go out on a date!
- The economy will continue to improve despite Obamacare, but Obamacare will continue to disintegrate before our eyes with public approval even lower than it was at the beginning of the year.
- A Chinese investor buys the New York Times. Irony reigns supreme as it takes a new owner from Communist China to help pull the Times from the far-left fringes of American politics.
- Having tapped the well dry with the twerking and the skimpy outfits, Miley Cyrus finds a new way to grab headlines by checking into a rehab.
- Republicans not only gain seats in the November election, they gain even more seats than they did in the 2010 landslide. Obama struggles to find a word even more emphatic than “shellacking” to describe it.
- From taking office with a sky-high approval rating of 76%, Obama ends the year in the 30s. Still holding fast to their belief that all who disagree with the president do so because of race, Obama lovers struggle to explain how the same country that elected Obama has miraculously transformed from 20% racist to 60% racist.
- Less than 10% of Americans will make good on their new year’s resolutions.
and while I pray that I’m wrong on this, here’s my final prediction for 2014:
- Iran tests its first nuclear bomb. Obama blames it on Republicans.
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Using search engine traffic as their guide, Yahoo just released the top 10 stories of 2013. I had a few comments, hope you do as well.
10. Aaron Hernandez arrest. In a story worthy of any top ten list, NFL star Aaron Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd this year. For a guy who could have had it all (and for a while, did have it all) you have to wonder – where did it all go wrong?
Reports allege that Hernandez was hanging out with gang members, involved in violent incidents and failing drug tests back in his college days, but (again, allegedly) coach Urban Meyer and the University of Florida covered it up to keep him on the field. You have to wonder, if he’d been held accountable for his actions earlier on, could things have turned out differently?
9. Paula Deen lawsuit. The media gleefully made Paula Deen one of the top stories of the year for having admitted to using the n-word once in the 80s in speaking of a robber who’d held her at gunpoint. After they were done dragging her through the mud, however, what most of the media chose not to follow up with was that the man who actually stuck the gun in her face says he feels sorry for her and the way she was persecuted in the media for it.
8. Papal transition. Pope Francis seems like a genuinely humble man and even Time magazine honored him with its Man of the Year award. The story I really want to know though, is what the heck lead to Pope Benedict to stepping down and becoming the first pope in 598 years to resign.
7. North Korean missile threats. I think Yahoo mislabeled the results here. 2013 didn’t see a surge in interest over the North Korean nuclear threat, this year’s flood of search inquiries was surely a result of Dennis Rodman’s bizarre trips to North Korea. In 1972, you had Nixon visits China. Now in 2013, we have Rodman visits North Korea. We’ve become a nation fixated on frivolity.
6. Syrian civil war. Obama’s flaccid red lines aside, explain to me again why we would take sides in a war where both sides hate us? I think skeptical third world kid says it best here:
5. George Zimmerman trial. Black on black crime resulting in nearly 9,000 deaths every year, but this one debatable case of self-defense between a hispanic and a black teen? CRIME OF THE CENTURY! For the people taking to the streets over one death and with nary a peep of outrage over the 9,000, there is something seriously messed up in your priorities.
4. Royal baby birth. Um yeah, I heard about it, good for them.
3. Boston Marathon bombing. I can’t imagine the depth of the tragedy for the victims and their families, but I can tell you this – from that day forward, the words Boston Strong will forever ring deep and true for me.
2. The Obamacare rollout. With three years and $630 million to get the website rolling, surprise, surprise, the rollout of Obamacare was a disaster. Not even Obama’s most loyal propagandists in the Obama State Media could deny that. I’ve got news for you – you thought the rollout was bad? Trust me, it only gets worse from here.
1. Jodi Arias trial. Welcome to America, folks. That’s your number one story of 2013 as judged by search engine requests. How utterly bizarre was that when Jodi Arias went straight from having her conviction read in the courtroom to being led back to her cell with a reporter waiting there for an arranged interview? Now Arias has a website for her artwork and is reportedly making a killing of a different type on eBay. You know where this is headed. I’m calling it right now, the first of my 2014 predictions: Jodi Arias becomes the first celebrity to have a sex tape smuggled out of prison.
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Hello, hello, hello! You may have noticed I was away from the blog for a couple months, but I’m really feeling the spirit this year so I wanted to make it a point to fire up the blog again and wish you all a Merry Christmas!
The time off was well spent. The blog needed a bit of a rest and some reassessment, but I can promise you we’re going to have a lot of fun here in the coming year. (Remember though, it’s only fun if you drop a line in the comments.)
You also may have noticed I gave the blog a more streamlined design just in time for 2014. A little leaner, a little cleaner, just like we’re all going to feel when we get serious about our after-the-holidays diets, right?
So once again, here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and may the coming year bring you and yours all the blessings you so deserve.
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