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Happy New Year: A Look at 2011


Well, it is official. One particular midnight has come and gone and now we all get to spend the next few months writing the wrong year on the date line. Typically people write all about New Year’s resolutions at this time. The blogosphere will be crowded with people making promises to themselves. I am not going to do this. One, if you really want to know my goals for 2011, I have a feeling you’ll ask.  I have instead decided to look forward at what 2011 holds for us.

Across the country new governors are being sworn in. To list a few of my favorites: Andrew Cuomo in New York. I list him because New Yorkers we’re smart enough to not elect his opponent Carl Paladino. Paladino on at least two occasions sounded like he was going to clock the a reporter with the gall to interview him. The second time was during an interview with NPR’s Robert Segal, when he was asked about the first time.

Break out your tie-dye, grow out your hair and light a joint,California is going back to the Seventies. From 1975-1983 Jerry Brown served as California’s 34th governor. Upon leaving he prophetically stole a line from a future California governor saying, “I’ll be back.” Tomorrow, on the 28th anniversary of his first inauguration, Brown is back for his 3rd.  His re-re-election brings up an important trend in American politics. If people know your name because you run for something in every election, they’ll vote for you. Well, except if you happen to be a witch.(I’m looking at you, O’Donnell.)

I could talk about my own state of Kansas and incoming governor Sam Brownback. Unfortunately, I’m to frightened/depressed/wanna-move-to-Canada to do so yet. Maybe, Brownback won’t be so bad. He has already appointed the top lawyer in the Governor’s office. That guy was an advisor to former Attorney General Phil Kline. So, I’m not really excited so far. Hey, I was wrong. At least I can talk about it a little.

Nationally, we had a very productive lame-duck Congress, after a fairly productive regular Congress. This fact combined with the unofficial start of the 2012 Presidential campaign, makes me believe nothing is happening in Washington for a while. Luckily, we still have Sarah Palin going all “Mama Grizzly” on us. So there will be something to talk about. There should be a George W. Bush Award for Providing Comic Fodder. Palin would be a shoe-in.  All in all, 2011 might prove to be a calm year. There are no Olympics, no World Cup. There won’t be any true election fervor for a while, so all our Muslim and Mexican friends can relax for a bit. (Unless you live in Arizona or a few other places, like Kansas, but more on that later.)

Perhaps the most important event of all time, but probably for at least 2011 can be summed up only one way.  “YOU GET THE OPRAH NETWORK, YOU GET THE OPRAH NETWORK, IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT CABLE OR SATTELITE PROVIDER, YOU GET THE OPRAH NETWORK.”

Oprah is now not just on your t.v. for a few hours. She’s got a whole network. I don’t really watch cable television so I won’t see much of it. If you want to win a car or humpback whale, the OWN is for you.

I would like to recognize just a few people who I don’t think got nearly enough press in this last year.  I’m sure you all remember the 30 or so miners who were trapped in a Chilean mine this year. They endured an unbelievable event and in the end were hailed as heroes around the world. One guy who didn’t get as much press was a man named Jeff Hart. Jeff Hart flew halfway around the world from Afghanistan to Chile. His job was to drill the hole that the miners escaped through. There were countless others, from engineers to medical staff and beyond. Unfortunately, I don’t know their names, but without them not one of those miners would have ever seen daylight again. They all deserve Time’s Man of the Year award.

So here we are America at nearly 234 and 1/2. Let’s hope we make it to 235. To all our readers have a Happy New Year. We here at Independent Kansan hope to provide another year of civil argument in a world of cable-news,political-spinning madness.

Independent Kansan’s New Year’s Resolution 2011: “Count how many ways Glenn Beck says that Barack Obama is a Communist.”

I had to sneak it in there. That’s gonna be a tough one though.

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Weekly News Wrap-Up 9/26/10


Well another week has come to an end. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

Congress adjourned for the fall break with a week of legislative achievement that is sure to make you want to re-elect each and every one of them, Notably, the Senate failed to pass a bill aimed at eliminating tax incentives for corporations who ship jobs oversees. Every Republican and 4 “business-friendly” Democrats voted against the bill.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Democrats were just trying to score political points and the Senate should be focusing its final days focusing on jobs by extending the Bush tax cuts.  Apparently tax cuts equals jobs, while trying to keep jobs in the U.S. is political posturing.  This leads us to my favorite quote of the week from Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone :

“With his needle nose, pursed lips and prim reading glasses, he’s a proud wearer of the “I’m an intellectual, but I’m also a narrow-minded prick” look made famous by George Will.”

The House, it turns out, fared much better. For the second time they voted on a bill aimed at providing healthcare for first responders on 9/11 who still have health problems from that event. The first time it did not pass, because Democrats didn’t have the balls for a straight majority vote( due to fear of Republican amendments) and because Republicans don’t think corporations should have to pay taxes if they keep a monkey and a phone in the Cayman’s. This time was different.The Democrats went with a majority vote and it passed 268-160. At least this seems like a good sign.

Elsewhere, attorney Gloria Allred is stirring up news in California. Representing Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s former maid, an illegal immigrant. If you read the right-wing media Allred will do anything to get herself in front of a camera and just wants to smear Whitman in hopes she will lose this election.  The crazy thing is that the normally crazy online right-wing community appears to be completely right.  This stunt is eerily familiar to one pulled by Allred during one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaigns in which she represented a stuntwoman who said Schwarzenegger had groped her, but when he won the election Allred quit jumping in front of the T.V. because apparently their was no evidence of anything.  Our opinion, networks need to stop giving this woman any attention at all.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg is donating 100 million dollars to Newark, New Jersey schools.  This amazing gift comes shortly before the premiere of the “The Social Network” in which the 26-year-old billionaire is apparently not portrayed well. Wonder if that’s a coincidence.

And finally, Rahm Emmanuel is leaving the White House.  Sarah Palin is apparently taking credit because long ago she called for his resignation.  When questioned about how long it took him to follow her wishes she said, “Golly gee, I guess he musta just forgotten how to ya’know spell his name. That’s why I keep mine written right here on my hand.”

That’s the news from the week of Sept. 26th.

(Okay, maybe I made a bit of that last one up, but come on, writing stuff on her hand is part of her folksy charm. I can’t deal with that.)