Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010: Year in Review (Oct. - Dec.)

Here's my last look at some things that went down in 2010 that I thought were worth mentioning:


10/8 Brett Favre text messages revealed - Deadspin.com revealed alleged e-mails sent by Favre to an ex-Jets employee named Jenn Sterger back when Favre was a Jet. The messages included nude pictures of Favre's "crank and Crocs" and voice mail messages allegedly inviting Sterger to his hotel room. Favre was investigated by the league for the allegations. Two days ago, Favre was fined $50,000 for failing to comply with the investigation. A slap on the wrist for a long-time NFL player that the league didn't want to embarrass on his way to retirement. After all, he'll need his strength for what his wife, Deanna, is going to do to him in the off-season.

Worth mentioning: 10/6 Christine O'Donnell announces she's not a witch - Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell released an ad claiming 'I am not a witch.' All because an old Bill Maher video had her saying that she dabbled in witchcraft over a decade ago. What is sadder: that a person has to release a six-figure ad stating she's not a witch or the fact that someone who may be a witch is running for Senate?

11/16 Alcohol energy drink Four Loko reformulated - First of all, "alcohol energy" is an oxymoron. Phusion Projects announced it was reformulating its alcoholic energy drink line called 'Four'. Prior to the announcement, the beverage included as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and 12% alcohol content, and could be bought in various flavors. The drink is believed to have made more than a dozen people sick at a party at Central Washington University. My two cents on this story: stick to Coke, Pepsi and the likes. Too many companies are experimenting with drinks and I'm nobody's guinea pig. All of these energy drinks and "jolt colas" aren't for me.

Worth mentioning: 11/2 Midterm elections - Republicans drop-kicked the Demos in the throat on the way to reclaiming the White House. Most called the sweeping change a statement against the Obama agenda, including health care and rising deficit. Nancy Pelosi lost her position as House speaker. That job will be filled in 2011 by House Minority Leader John Boehner who cries more than ex-NFL coach, Dick Vermeil.

12/31 Jailed Miss. sisters freed but must trade kidney - Big story in my home state and now nationwide. Two sisters, jailed for being masterminds to a crime, have been in jail for almost 20 years. Governor Haley Barbour, who is angling for a presidential run, is doing some damage control after a remark about the Civil Rights Era got him in hot water a while back. I'm not a fan of "Uncle Jesse" Barbour at all since I trust former lobbyists about as much as I trust escorting an elephant over a frozen pond. Haley doesn't seem to have the state's interest at heart at all which is why I'll be glad when he's out of office. Having said all of that, Barbour agreed to free these ladies, but under one condition: the healthier sister donates her kidney to her ailing sister. Seems like a strange condition of release, but I guess these sisters will take what they can get. People argue that these ladies did way too much time for masterminding a robbery back in the day. I don't have a lot of sympathy for guilty people, but I do believe that the punishment should fit the crime and this one just doesn't seem to do so unless I'm missing facts some where. Well, at least it's over for them now. Wait. What if the kidney isn't a match?

Worth mentioning: 12/30 Hearst, DirecTV reach TV deal - Get used to this. Broadcast companies and providers have been arguing more and more over money as of late resulting in the consumers getting the short end of the stick. It sucks that companies like Comcast, who own certain networks, will hold their competition like DirecTV hostage over the cost of airing Comcast-owned stations. These brawls have occurred plenty of times this year resulting in stations like Versus, G4, FOX, FX and others to "go dark" in the homes of millions while these companies argue over coin. The focus of this country has really changed. The customer used to always be right, but now you have to just accept what companies offer because we're powerless in society. Well, not really, we're just stupid.

Well, that's it. Sure, there were plenty of other stories that went on in 2010 and a lot of them were really important. But, I figured I'd pull a select few to review as we roll into 2011.

After starting my blog in July, I now have 44 followers of my blog, 46 Twitter followers (including comedian, Wanda Sykes), 75 FB fans and 113 members in my BlogFrog Community.

Thanks for the support, everyone! I'm glad that you take time to read the rants of a guy, with Deep South home training, who has an opinion on absolutely everything. Now, if you all can each just get five of your followers to join my team, this year can be even better!

So, if you'll excuse me, I have to go practice writing "2011" so that I don't go all the way into April still putting "2010" on everything. Happy New Year, people.

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