This is a reposting of my weekly column at Da Tech Guy: 2014: Let It Go
By A.P. Dillon
2015 is here. This is by no means a comprehensive list of happenings in 2014, but here’s a look at a bit of the year behind us and perhaps we can ‘let it go‘.
We saw an airplane vanish.
An outbreak of the Ebola virus ravaged several countries in Western Africa; Sierra Leone garnering the worst of it. The outbreak continues with 19,497 cases and 7,588 deaths as of December 21st according to the Economist. The death toll is expected to rise.
We saw a comedic genius, Robin Williams, leave us by his own hand and his death became the top Google search in 2014. 2014 was a year we lost a lot of great personalities and talents, including Richard Attenborough, Lauren Becall, James Garner and Eli Wallach. I’ve kept track a bit of these passings and, sadly, many others over at my pet project, The ConMom blog.
Germany won the World Cup.
Moms (and dads, students, grandparents, teachers from all walks of life) across the country declared war on Common Core and the result was over 30 states introducing or considering repeal of the fundamentally flawed and experimental set of standards. Yours truly has been involved in this fight for three years now and over the summer, I joined a hot of others as part of Glenn Beck’s nationwide Common Core event, We Will Not Conform.
Then there was Ferguson where a white officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed an unarmed black man, Michael Brown. As it turned out, the Grand Jury found the officer acted in self-defense and eye-witness accounts seem to back that ruling. Cue the rioting, looting and arson — all in the name of ‘justice’. For good measure, a school also was attacked by those seeking ‘justice’.
The protests that began in Ferguson continued in multiple states, prompting the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and was followed by the tag #IcantBreathe when the video of the arrest that employed an unsanctioned use of a chokehold which lead to the subsequent death of Eric Garner went viral. Protests in various cities continue and police have become targets of assassination attempts coast to coast. Two officers in NYC lost their lives after a man shot them execution style allegedly as ‘revenge’ for Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Obamacare’s roll-out was plagued with problems, only to be compounded by architect Jonathan Gruber’s boasting that the American public was lied to and that they were lied to because they are “stupid“. Katheleen Sebelius ended up resigning over issues tied to the website and roll-out.
US debt continued to climb, but apparently people are too happy about the drop of prices at the pump to really notice.
The NFL became the new centerpiece for the so-called ‘war on women’ crowd, particularly involving the case of Ray Rice. The NFL’s Washington Redskins was also on the receiving end of the ‘that’s racist’ crowd’s ire. The FCC didn’t see it their way, but that doesn’t matter because South Park weighed in.
The ‘war on women’ mantra, however, did not play out very well with voters as Republicans swept into power in the US Senate, added to their seats in the US House of Representatives and took over majorities many places on the state level as well. As Hot Air noted, this rejection of the war on women was abundantly apparent in California where Sandra Fluke lost in spectacular fashion. One of the most expensive races was right in my own state of North Carolina, where Thom Tillis unseated Kay Hagan.
The Flu is running rampant through the states. Unfortunately, my family and I have first-hand experience with it this year. Awful.
Obama continued to rule by Executive Order in 2014. To date, after 6 years in office he has 198 official executive orders, but you need to factor in his Memoranda list too. George Bush had 223 Executive Order by his sixth year but Obama buries Bush and all other presidents in terms of Memoranda. Obama will likely continue to issue his
Executive orders Memoranda after admitting Harry Reid had been running interference for him for the last six years:
“I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office, partly because legislation that I objected to was typically blocked in the Senate,” (Source: LA Times)
Gee, who is the ‘party of no’ now?
Sony was hacked by N. Korea. Or maybe not. Either way, the studio caved to threats and pulled the movie from theaters but then turned around and released it anyway. Wag the Dog, anyone?
HAPPY 2015, EVERYONE!
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A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.