Good Bad Ugly 2018

Good

World Cup Soccer
World Series- even if Red Sox won
Tiger rising
Walks in Central Park &
Tavern on the Green with family and friends
at the outside bar- every season
Oxbow Tavern UWS
Get A Room with Carson & Thom
Parkland Students
Caught dolphins jumping out of the sea in Amagansett

 

The obvious Bad & Ugly

Petulant Adolescent President
Media’s overreach &
obsession with him
Kavanaugh confirmation hearing
Emojis murder words
Yanny & Laurel
Joe & Mika
Korea Olympics
House of Cards final season
Guilty until proven innocent
#Toxic Misandry

Pets have taken over the world
Stores restaurants airplanes hotels


Sad   
Art Bell
Tragic   Anthony Bourdain

2018 Report Card

December 2017 made these predictions for 2018. How’d I do?

Trump will tweet a lot  A+
Cable News and NYTimes will freak out about it daily A+
So will certain family and friends A+
TTSD antidote will be mid-term elections  C+
Societal polarization will vertically widen  B
Garbage trucks will wake us up B+    (getting used to them)
Streaming services will shutter movie theaters  C-  (most still open)
Online shopping will render the end of malls   B-   (some still open)
There will be a military action in North Korea   F  (Rocket Man bromance)

2018 Takeaways

Masculinity is toxic. Misandry is hot. #MeToo has caused men to wear straightjackets to work.

Michael Avenatti & Deval Patrick won’t be running for Dem Prez. Everyone else will. Only liberal women of color should be nominated for or elected to anything.

Never speak the name of our current Prez.

College kids are offended by everyone. They need comfort pets in their dorms. And. Marijuana. But. No peanuts or cigarettes. After graduation, can’t get a job. Cuz they can only talk to screens in safe spaces. Stoned. Hugging iguanas.

No more costumes at Halloween. Upsets groups. Santa abuses his reindeer. And his little elves, too. Probably Mrs. Claus. Hannukah overlaps with Kwaanza. So. Forget holiday celebrations.

Can’t bring home the bacon anymore. Only broccoli.

Whining & Opining

Cable So-Called News. It always makes me laugh when I see talking heads’ hair on fire over something Trump did or said. So. Like every minute of the day. Broken record alert! Journalism is dead. Opinion-tainment has replaced reportage. Fake news? More like produced panels with a ranting slant. They each throw in one lame counter-point of view.

Bob Woodward has it right regarding CNN’s Jim Acosta law suit:

“In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump. Too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged. The remedy isn’t a lawsuit,” he argued. “It’s more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”

Unapologetic Polemicist

I do like to stir the pot. Jump into the fray with both feet. Love debating prevailing biases on the news of the day. Here of course on Side Trek. Also frequently comment on NY Times & Washington Post. Where I usually get labeled a Republican. Or worse. A Trump-sympathizer. Now I’ve added The Wall Street Journal to the list. Just got called a Democrat Woman yesterday. Of all things! Nobody knows what to do with my views. Family on both sides think I play for the other team. So to speak. That’s good. Keeps ’em all on their toes.

Click Bait

Newspapers across the country are united today in hailing freedom and independence of the press. Except the L.A.Times. Rejecting Group Think. And that is the problem. The Press acts in unison to pursue click bait. Instead of covering in-depth domestic and international stories every day, they all publish content that guarantees hits. Shiny objects on every broad sheet and tabloid alike. Trump’s latest utterance or tweet. Hate speak.

Take the road less traveled and truly act as a free and independent source of news! For a change. Especially if they want to effect change. At the top. Even if that’s not their job.