2011 – Year in Review

by Ben Hoffman

In no particular order…

  • Japan tsunami and nuclear disaster killed nearly 20,000 people
  • Death of Dennis Ritchie. Ritchie created the “C” programming language around 1970 to rewrite the UNIX operating system. It made the porting of software to various platforms much easier than with assembly language. Most software is still written in C/C++ including Windows, Linux, UNIX, Mac OS X, MS Office, most browsers…
  • Death of Steve Jobs. A visionary who changed life for many with the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and many others.
  • Occupy Wall St. People around the world have been protesting the right-wing policies that have destroyed our economy and ruined countless lives. America finally got into the game.
  • Arab Spring. This year we saw the fall of the Tunisian, Libyan, and Egyptian governments. The fate of Syria is unknown with the government murdering 100s of protesters.
  • Tim Tebow mania. A mediocre quarterback gains legendary status because he’s a religious nut.
  • Killing of Osama Bin-Laden. Obama makes Republicans look bad by taking out the terrorist responsible for the 9/11/2001 attack. Republican tactic: bomb them into smithereens. Democratic tactic: use intelligence.
  • Withdrawal from Iraq. One of the biggest blunders in U.S. history ends with the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. No one has been prosecuted for lying us into war, nor has there been a serious investigation into how we got it so wrong.
  • Space Shuttle program ends with final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis. George W. Bush canceled the Space Shuttle replacement program as one of his first acts as president. Right-wingers blame Obmaa.
  • Christian terrorism in Norway leaves 76 children dead.
  • Consumer outrage stops BOfA credit card charges and Verizon fees. That’s evidence that we’re not powerless to fight abuse.
  • And the biggest news of 2011… I wrote 3 songs! For years I’ve wanted to try my hand at writing songs and finally did it. My next goal is to write a GOOD song. 🙂

I hope you all had a good year. We need to be more active in the upcoming election to win back the House from the radical right. Get involved in local elections. Expose Republicans for the SOBs they are.

Happy New Year!

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2 Comments to “2011 – Year in Review”

  1. All this time I thought it was Anders Behring Breivik, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, and loner with no sponsorship from any organization, who shot those 69 attendees at the summer camp. Oh yeah, between delusional breakdowns, he would scrawl a bunch of racist right wing nonsense. So it was Christians who shot those people. This post has helped me relook lots of shootings. Maybe it wasn’t John Hinckley, a mentally ill sociopath, who shot Ronald Reagan. It was American atheist Marxists.

    Ben, you forgot to include the Rep Gifford’s assassination attempt on Jan 8. No, the gunman was not Jared Lee Loughner, a nihilist who would boil over at the sight of George Bush. It was ACORN getting back at Giffords for not being liberal enough!

    Nice lampoon, though. Fun to read.

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