2014 has been hereby designated the year of “I can’t breathe!” As in
“I can’t breathe.”—Robin Williams
“I can’t breathe.”—Michael Brown
“I can’t breathe.”—Democrat Senators and Obama who went underwater with the slogan, “E.B.O.L.A.—Enjoy, Barack Obama’s Legacy, America”
“I can’t breathe.”—Malaysia airlines passengers
Oh, and there was something about that Eric Garner guy too, but I think he said something different. And LeBron James who showed up with teammates and tee shirts that said, “I can’t breath”. Hmm. Can’t spell either.
Each year I make up a byline for the year because it helps me remember oddball facts that happened that year. The all time favorite was 1998, the year of Kaczinski, Lupinski, and Lewinsky. (for unibombing, Olympic skating, and Presidential services). 2006 was the year of the Blessed Virgin and the Cardinals. The former was Nancy Pelosi (why do both libs and cons chuckle when I say this?) and the St. Louis Cardinals who came from the worst-ever record as a wild card team to win the World Series. 2011 was the year of High, Low, Jack Joker, and Game. High was the record 62 days over 100 degrees in Oklahoma, Low was the -31F record low set at Nowata (PC had a record -24), the Jack(ass) Joker was Obama who lost an attempt to use the EEOC to dictate who can be the minister at your church in the Hosanna supreme court decision by 9-0 vote. And finally Game was Game 6 of the World Series, where the Cardinals came back twice in the same game from the final strike from losing and then won the game. Never duplicated in MLB history, let alone in the World Series.
Last year, 2013, was the year of Indy 500. Indy is the indiscretion, indictable scandals that came out of Obamaland almost weekly—IRS, NSA, Benghazi, ISIS cluelessness, etc. It is also the indignity of singing great, Whitney Houston’s death by drug overdose. The 500 is the anniversary of Luther’s Tower Experience, his eureka moment connecting Psalm 31 and Rom. 1:17 and all of faith into “Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Scripture Alone.” Thus began the Reformation.
Who knows what is coming? I leave the year with a memorable joke. Did you hear about how the Pakistani Taliban are trying to take over India? They took over an 800 call center. It was a suicide prevention number and if you call and say you are thinking about suicide, they enthuse, “Can you drive a truck?!” Okay you need a better joke? How about this, “We can’t drill our way to cheap gas prices.”—Barack Obama, 2010.
Or maybe you prefer some inspiration from an economist. “Keynes said we can boost output by burying trash and then digging it up. All supervised by the government, I suppose. If fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism. And what is fascism? It is private ownership, private enterprise, but total government control and regulation. Well, isn’t this the liberal philosophy? The conservative is the one that says, less government, get off my back, get out of my pocket, and let me have more control over my own destiny. That’s the American Dream.”
–Ronald Reagan, 1975.