December 31, 2006

All's Well That Ends Well...

Dave Barry does a nice year end round up for the American end of things here. Of course, from a Canadian perspective, the look back is shorter, quieter, duller and probably a little more inebriated, though quietly so. We don't do much in large measure.

With our newly-minted Prime Minister sitting contentedly in Dubya's Snuggly, many of Barry's quips might as well be ours. The best we can muster for scandal is ANOTHER Domi brother dominating the headlines, day in and day out. Someone is really going to have to explain their chick-magnet status to me. I look at them, and see some extras from The Lord of The Rings.

The other half of the population finally opened the Sports section for awhile there, because Janet Gretzky seemed to finally have found a career. False alarm; she's back to marketing her daughter.

I love seeing more women go into politics. I especially love when they understand what they're doing. I hate the ones that haven't got the memo that we have to work twice as hard to get half as far. I've no idea what Rona Ambrose thought being 'Environment Minister' was going to mean, but it's clear she spends more time picking her outfits than her policies. My favourite dodge has to be, however, her way of handling tough questions. She doesn't show up.

So, who's gone? Saddam is silenced, former President Gerald Ford will never trip again, James Brown isn't feeling all that good anymore, Steve Irwin pissed off the wrong creature, Wendy Wasserstein, a broad who's run was cut much too short, Shelly Winters, a broad who had a wonderful run. Peter Benchley, who in writing Jaws scared everyone out of the water, and Gino Empry, that odd little publicist guy who just scared everyone, period.

Canadian soldiers have moved from peacekeeping to coming home in body bags, our most important economic partner is bankrupting itself to save face, my kids are riding their bikes in December as ice shelves break away, people still insist on their right to drive Lincoln Navigators, fools still believe if they can afford their electric bill they have the right to waste whatever they please, 2% of the world's adults own 50 % of the global wealth, while the poorer half own barely 1%. No, the kids are not alright. Tweak the stats anyway you like - the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and as the gap widens, more and more 'normal' people are hanging on by their fingertips.

So, what dominated headlines in too many publications this year? Britney Spears' hoohoo, of course. I mean, it's not like we have anything else to talk about.

May 2007 be spent at the grown-up's table.


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