In 2013 Vladimir Putin set back human rights by decades when he instituted anti-gay laws in Russia that have resulted in LGBT people becoming the victims of increased violence and hate crimes. Apparently Vlad is trying to garner approval with the Russian Orthodox Church by taking a page of out the Fascist German handbook. Fools are now spray-painting tags on the homes of gay Russians much the same way Nazi’s put anti-Jewish graffiti on the homes of Jews in the days leading up to World War II. Meanwhile Putin doesn’t see anything even slightly gay about his forever running around posing shirtless.
Antonin Scalia delivered his descent and disapproval of the Supreme Court upholding gay marriage and striking down California’s Prop 8. He’s under the confused illusion that he’s doing his job.
In 2013, Congress got even less done than previous years–which is almost impossible to wrap one’s mind around. Out of 365 days in a year, Congress only put in 126 “work” days if you want to kid yourself into believeing they work at all–proving if you want a job where you get paid a huge salary for being consistently wrong, you either have to go into meteorology or run for Congress.
Mass gun violence and murders became more and more commonplace in 2013. Over 10,000 people died in 2013 from gun related violence since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012–and Congress does nothing (but pander to the NRA).
We get to say goodbye to Michele Bachmann as she steps down as the US Representative from Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District in an atmosphere of campaign fraud and corruption. Saints be praised.
The Pee Tardy–or Tea Party if you prefer brought the government to the brink of default repeatedly for shits and giggles.
Rafael Edwardo Cruz turned his back on his Hispanic heritage while continuing to block all government business merely to raise his own profile–including blocking immigration reform.
Well DUH…!!! It turns out that medical research in 2013 proved that repeated concussions endured by professional football players results in increased violence in their personal lives and even suicide.
So even as football has proven to be the sport of choice for people who enjoy watching other people incur brain injuries–football coaches took the top ranking spot for the nation’s highest paid public sector employees.
The most corrupt career politician in the House of Representatives tried tirelessly to fabricate scandals in an attempt to tarnish the Obama Administration and the Affordable Healthcare Act (among other issues). He couldn’t be more unpatriotic if he was a paid plant taking orders from al-Qa’ida.
To reiterate, hateful is as hateful does. Darrel Issa tried to blame the ‘Fast and Furious guns and drugs scandal on Attorney General Eric Holder. But it turned out it was Holder himself who exposed and busted the scandalous Bush era program.
Anthony Weiner (A.K.A “Carlos Danger”) made a failed bid to be New York City’s mayor while continuing to “sext.”
The real Duck D. Duck (on whom the character in this blog is based) passed away of natural causes. She will be missed, but she will live on in WinnieToons.
Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia now recognize gay marriage, and legally married LGBT people can take full advantage of their marital status when filing in 2014 for 2013’s taxes–but that still leaves thirty-three states where gay marriage is illegal on the state level.
A new British royal was born. Now will everyone leave them alone. Please.
There remain people out there who believe in the myth of ‘Creationism’ and their claim that dinosaurs and man once lived together in harmony. Meanwhile those same folks are blissfully unaware of how climate change continues to be exacerbated by corporations–and the politicians who they keep in their corporate pockets. It was 72 degrees here in Philadelphia on December 21st, five days before the official start of winter. But man and dinosaur were once chummy. Yeah, right.
The nitwits in the Tea Party along with other extreme conservatives keep trying to further crash the economy. A two year budget was reached that no one likes–especially the people who will now go hungry while the rich get richer.
No one had any money in 2013 except for the top 2%. Even as the stock market soars, none of that wealth “tinkles down” to the average American.
We will all miss Pope Benny’s delightful antics–from sexual abuse scandal cover-ups to shady financial dealings with the Cosa Nostra. But he did know how to wear clothes.
The faithful elected a new Pope. As Popes go, he’s kinda groovy.
Bashar Hafez al-Assad, President of Syria, exterminated thousands of his own people with sarin gas attacks. President Obama played him like a violin–(in the face of conservative criticism) and that situation is now vastly improved, but Assad has still got to go.
George Zimmerman couldn’t stand being out of the spotlight or out of trouble, so after getting away with murdering sixteen year old, innocent Trayvon Martin–Zimmerman proceeded to have multiple arrests including more domestic violence charges. his gun was FINALLY taken away. What a macaroon.
Race and ethnic diversity continued to be a sore spot in America in 2013 from “stand your ground” laws to whether or not Santa Clause can (or might be) black. America needs to grow up.
Kim Jong Un, proving that rotten apples don’t fall far from the tree, executed a number of failed nuclear bomb tests. He also executed his own uncle on trumped-up charges–shortly after executing his wife and some of her associates for an alleged pornography ring. Whatever. He should marry Dennis Rodman, whe looks great in a wedding gown.
Rand Paul saw an old Jimmy Stewart movie, and it gave him “wind.” A long wind to be precise. Idiot that he is, at least he drew attention to the moral issue of drone strikes. Now we’re expected to get our online Amazon purchases delivered by drones. Perfect–let’s put even more people out of work. Sigh….
The Affordable Healthcare Act was launched with what can only be described as a thud of confusion–but alas, I am finally enrolled in a healthcare exchange after going for a prolonged period without coverage. So I’m happy.
LGBT rights were a reoccurring theme in 2013. LEBT people are all colors, all faiths and all nationalities. The LGBT community holds the undisputed title of being the worlds longest continually persecuted minority. And put your shirt back on Putin.
Since everyone saw “Mister Smith Goes to Washington” this year on NetFlicks–Rafael Edwardo Cruz held a “faux” filibuster by reading Dr. Seuss to the cameras well into the evening–proving nothing.
In 2013 Wendy Davis held a REAL filibuster over women’s reproductive rights in the Texas assembly. If Texas is smart, she’ll be their next governor.
Wendy Davis brought a breath of fresh air to Texas in the form of common sense.
Detroit went bankrupt in 2013, and all of Michigan has been stolen by Governor Rick Snyder.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had his stomach stapled, which must mean he’s running for president in 2016–that is if local Jersey political scandals don’t get him first.
“The Donald” faced hefty fines in 2013 and legal action from the State of New York over a bogus university to which he lent his name as part of a scam to part the foolish from their money. Graduates got to pose for a photo-op with a cardboard cutout of the megalomaniac himself.
Privacy was officially declared dead in 2013. Although privacy had actually died years earlier, it wasn’t until Edward Snowden “outed” the NSA that it became official. He’s living now in Russia where freedom and privacy are merely abstract concepts.
The world lost a towering and inspirational figure when Nelson Mandela passed away–but all Fox News could focus on was a harmless handshake between Barack Obama and Cuban president, Raul Castro. It’s about priorities folks. It’s about priorities.
Adding insult to injury, while the world grieved the loss of Nelson Mandela, a schizophrenic man pretended to be a sign language interpreter–standing only a matter of feet away from the most important international heads of state. If you hadn’t already guessed–he wasn’t signing anything anyone could understand.
For some mysterious reason, Zsa Zsa Gabor is still alive. And Dick Cheney cost American taxpayers billions of dollars to be kept artificially alive until the heart of a suitable victim could be located and installed behind his breastbone. Talk about a plumb healthcare exchange. And yes, only the good die young.
As we bid 2013 a fond but bewildered goodbye–Winnie and Duck have every confidence that 2014 will be every bit as f**ked up. And the world goes ’round and ’round and ’round….
– Disassociated Press. 12/25/2013