2013: The Year in Review

2013 will go down in the history books as the Year of the Progressives.  Chief among their victories was the destruction of heterosexual marriage.  Murdering this already half-strangled institution was an easy task for the Liberals.  When the Courts began ruling, state by state, that homosexual marriage was legal, mainstream marriage was finished off – and so was our society, as we know it.

 

Among the other events of 2013:

 

January

 

  • Obama is reinaugurated into his second term
  • John Kerry was nominated Secretary of State
  • The Pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat
  • The Syrian Civil War rages on (which means it doesn’t actually count as “news”)
  • A fire in a Brazil nightclub kills 241 people
  • North Korea proceeds apace with its nuclear program
  • Professional bicyclist Lance Armstrong admits on the Oprah Winfrey Show to using steroids

 

February

 

  • Dow closes at 5-year high
  • Congress passes Violence Against Women Act
  • Former L.A. Police Officer goes on killing spree; kills 4, wounds 3
  • Pfc Bradley Manning pleads guilty in WikiLeaks scandal
  • Suicide bomber attacks U.S. Embassy in  Turkey, killing self and guard
  • Chinese cyber-attacks revealed
  • Pope Benedict XVI resigns
  • Meteor explodes over Chebarkul, Russia, injuring about 1,200 people
  • Argo, about the Iranian hostage crisis wins Oscar for Best Picture

 

March

 

  • Sequestration takes effect when Congress fails to pass a negotiated budget; $1.2 trillion in budget cuts required.
  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies at 58
  • China’s National People’s Congress elects Zi Jinping president of China.
  • The College of Cardinals chooses Cardinal Jorge Mario Begoglio, 76, the new Pope.  He chooses the papal name of Pope Francis I.  Francis I is the first South American/Latin pope.
  • The Higgs-Boson Particle (the “God” particle) is confirmed.

 

April

  • Two Muslim brothers, one a naturalized U.S. citizen, set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15.  Three bystanders are killed, 264 injured.  In the pursuit, the suspects kill an MIT Campus Security officer.  The older brother, Tamerlan, is killed by police.  They capture the younger brother, Dzhokar, who reveals they had further plans to set off bombs in NYC’s Times Square on July 4th.
  • Texas fertilizer explosion kills 14.
  • AP hacker causes temporary stock market crash.
  • Bangladeshi garment factory building collapses, leaving 1,100 workers dead.

 

May

 

  • Three more states – Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota – legalize gay marriage.
  • The House Committee on Oversight and Government reforms begins new hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012 Bengahzi attack.
  • The IRS apologizes for targeting Tea Party groups.
  • The Justice Dept. admits to secretly seizing AP phone records.
  • A series of tornadoes devastate Oklahoma, particularly the town of Moore, Okla.; nearly 50 people are killed.
  • A 25-year old off-duty British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby by two Muslim-Nigerian British citizens.  The stabbing death was in retaliation for U.S. military operations in Muslim countries.
  • A 3 year-old bay colt named Orb wins the Kentucky Derby.
  • Three women, held by a kidnapper in Cleveland for over a decade, escape captivity.
  • Jodi Arias is convicted of first-degree murder in Phoenix, Ariz.  The 32 year-old claimed self-defense in the 2008 killing of her boyfriend.
  • One World Trade Center – The Freedom Tower – is completed at 1,776 feet.
  • First human embryo produced via cloning.
  • Boy Scouts of America allow Gay scouts but not leaders.

 

June

 

  • The UK Guardian reveals details of National Security Agency (NSA) monitoring of U.S. Verizon customers.
  • Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage is Constitutional.
  • U.S. Senate passes Immigration Reform bill; the House stalls.
  • Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite team of wildfire firefighters in Yarnell Ariz., perish.
  • Heavy rains cause devastating flooding in Europe, Canada, and India.
  • Daredevil Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to cross a portion of the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.

 

July

 

  • A Florida jury acquits George Zimmerman in the February 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
  • Detroit, Mich., declares bankruptcy
  • Pfc. Bradley Manning is found not guilty of aiding the enemy in violation of the Espionage Act at a court-martial at Fort Meade, Md., but guilty of other charges.
  • Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is ousted July 3 in a military coup.
  • A runaway train carrying crude oil derails in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 45 people and leveling a number of buildings.  As many as five people are still missing.
  • Twenty-three schoolchildren in the Indian village of Dharmasati Gandawa are killed after eating a school lunch that had been cooked in oil that had been stored in a container that held insecticides.  The oil came from a store owned by the principal’s husband; she disappeared, but was later arrested.
  • Great Britain legalizes same-sex marriage.
  • A high-speed train derails near Santiago de Compostela, Spain, while taking a sharp turn.  The train was traveling at 119 m.p.h. in a 50 m.p.h. speed zone.  Out of the 218 passengers, mostly pilgrims on their way to a festival of St. James, 79 were killed and 150 injured.
  • Princess Kate gives birth to a baby boy July 22nd in London.  The baby, named George Alexander Louis, is third in line to the throne of England, behind his grandfather, Prince Charles and his father, Prince William.

 

August

 

  • Former CIA and NSA employee Edward Snowden is given temporary asylum in Russia after leaking classified information on America’s mass-surveillance program. 
  • The U.S. State Department closes more than 20 embassies in the Middle East due to terrorist threats.
  • Fort Hood Muslim terrorist Maj. Nidal Malik Hissan is sentenced to death, after shooting 45 people, killing 13, in Texas on Nov. 5, 2009.  Hissan was a military psychiatrist.
  • Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was sentenced to life without parole for the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians in 2012.
  • MLB suspends 13 players, including NY Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez for their involvement in the Biogenesis Clinic in Florida, which produces performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
  • Federal judge finds New York’s stop-and-frisk law unconstitutional.
  • James “Whitey” Bulger is found guilty of racketeering, weapons possession, and murder Aug. 12 in Boston.  The trial exposed the corruption of law enforcement officials who protected Bulger in the Seventies and Eighties.
  • Performer Miley Cyrus brings culture to a new low at the 2013 Video Music Awards when she performs a new dance move with partner Robin Thicke called “twerking” in which she engages in lewd behavior while singing and dancing.

 

September

 

  • Heavy rains and flooding in Colorado, resulting in the collapse of six dams, killed eight people and forced the evacuation of thousands.
  • A gunman opens fire at a Washington, D.C., naval yard, killing 12 and wounding 16.  The gunman was a government subcontractor and former Navy Reservist.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz conducts a 21-hour and 19 minute “imitation” filibuster in order to speak out against Obamacare.  A group of Conservative Republicans unsuccessfully sought to make passage of a new budget continent upon defending the ACA.  The Senate’s spending bill passed 54-44 with no policy attachments, but the House rejected the bill, passing their own bill tying the funding of the government to a one-year delay of the ACA’s individual mandate.   The Senate rejected the bill.
  • Obama calls for military force against Syrian President Bashar.  He backs down when Syria agrees to terms for an independent inspection.
  • Members of the Muslim terrorist group al-Shabab initiated a four-day assault on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 72 people and wounding more than 150.
  • Obama makes an historic phone call to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.
  • Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to swim the 103 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark tank.
  • Salvage engineers raise the Costa Concordia, which ran aground of Giglio, Italy in January 2012.

 

October

 

  • Congress fails to reach a new budget agreement and the U.S. government partially shuts down on Oct. 1st.  Obama orders national parks and monuments closed, and 800,000 federal employees are furloughed, with the promise of back pay.  A group of World War II veterans, protesting the closing of the World War II Memorial in Washington, breaks down the USPP barricades.
  • Healthcare.gov makes its debut and almost immediately shuts down.
  • A Connecticut woman is shot and killed after leaving Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police on a chase from the White House to the Capitol.  Officials believe she was mentally ill and suffering from post-partum depression.
  • A contract employee at Los Angeles International Airport was arrested for planting three dry-ice bombs, the first of which exploded in an employee bathroom.
  • New Jersey legalizes same-sex marriages.
  • Nevada middle school student shoots teacher, then self.  Two others were injured.  The math teacher was a veteran of the Afghanistan war put himself between the shooter and the other students.
  • The University of Colorado-Boulders bans all Halloween costumes that could be deemed ethnically-offensive

 

November

 

  • Chris Christie is re-elected governor of New Jersey.  He is a considered a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
  • Bill DeBlasio, a known Communist and Socialist, who aided the Sandinistas in Nicaragua in the Eighties, is elected Mayor of New York City.  He tells the Media that Mayor Bloomberg only served the wealthy of New York; he will serve the other half.
  • The State of New York passes a referendum vote legalizing gambling.
  • The Second Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down an earlier ruling the New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy constitutes “racial profiling.”
  • The German government learns that the NSA had been tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.
  • India launches a mission to Mars.
  • The U.S. Marines are issued a new, unisex cap as part of their uniform.
  • Thugs engage in a new form of violence called “The Knock-Out Game” in which they approach a stranger from behind and strike a blow to knock the victim unconscious.  Authorities claim the victims were primarily Jewish.
  • Talk show host Oprah Winfrey opines that all criticism of Barack Obama is a form of racism.

 

December

 

  • The State Department announces plans to move the U.S. Embassy from the Holly See at the Villa Dominziana at the Vatican to a new building attached to the U.S. Embassy to Italy in Rome.
  • China announces it will ease its One-Child policy to allow a second child.
  • The Ukraine cancels a planned trade pact with the European Union after an all might meeting between Presidents Yanukovich and Putin.
  • Oxford Dictionaries announces that their Word of the Year is “selfie” – a self-portrait photo usually taken with a small, point-and-shoot or cellphone camera.
  • John R. Gambling, a New York City radio talk show host retires after 40 years on the air.  He was the third in a dynasty of family radio hosts, beginning with his grandfather, John B. Gambling in 1925.
  • North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has his uncle executed.
  • Time Magazine names Pope Francis I its “Person of the Year”.
  • A Colorado baker is sued for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding.
  • The U.S. government sells the last of its share in General Motors at a loss of $10.5 billion.
  • A six year-old in Canyon City, Colo., is suspended for two days on charges of “sexual harassment” for kissing the hand of a girl on whom he had a crush.

 

Normally it only takes a page or two to recap the highlights of a year’s news.  Some news events were simply on-going, such as Obamacare, the civil war in Syria, and the NSA scandals.  2013 was the year Obama’s lies came back to haunt him.  The Affordable Care Act is not affordable.  You cannot keep your insurance or your doctor, and there are death panels that will enact “cost-cutting” measures by denying care, particularly to the elderly.

 

Personally, this was a year of depleted savings, and quite a number of deaths – among my community band’s members, family friends, and my beloved tabby, Chopin (one of the causes of my depleted savings). 

 

The very end of the year brought a few pleasant surprises:  a part-time job as a freelance photographer with the local newspaper and the removal of The Neighbor from Hell, who moved to Colorado on Christmas Day.  The irony of her move to Colorado, for the sake of the legal marijuana she can purchase there to ease the pain of her 32 broken bones and cracked skull, is that she suffered her injuries when a teenager high on pot struck the Tattooed Lady with her car, sending her flying high up in the air and crashing to the pavement.

 

2013 was a very weird year.  One can only hope we’ve now hit bottom (you don’t get any lower than Miley Cyrus’ bottom) and 2014 will be a year in which civilization as we knew it will return.

 

 

 

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