LOS ANGELES, December 26, 2014—It is time to take the news of the past 12 months and deliver it to America tied up in a nice little holiday bow. Our exclusive, gift-wrapped CDN package contains the Top Ten real news stories of 2014.
Explanation: Even though some stories are given a high profile in the media, this does not make them real news. This list is dedicated to what actually matters in terms of real news.
Neither Jody Arias, or anyone else involved in celebrity trials are ever newsworthy.
The Royal family is not news.
Pop culture figures are normally nonsense, eliminating the Kardashians (while conceding that Kim’s posterior is spectacular), Katy Perry (unless she totally wrecks the Super Bowl), and any of the Real Housewives anywhere, anytime.
Flight 370 did not make the list because the plane was never found.
Cliven Bundy did not make the list because the fight still rages on both sides.
China becoming the number one economy did not make the list because there are deep problems on the horizon for China that could change that situation back.
Falling oil prices did not make the list because they very well could rise again.
Lena Dunham and the UVA fake rape case in Rolling Stone Magazine just missed the cut. The reason for this is because fake rape accusations do not come with consequences. This is business as usual, rendering this not news.
With that nonsense out of the way, here are the Top Ten news stories of 2014.
10.) Celebrity deaths and retirements: Normally, pop culture never makes this list. But 2014 did bring some sad and important developments in the entertainment industry. The comedy world, including comedic actors, was especially hit hard. Jay Leno stepped down and David Letterman announced his retirement. Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, James Garner and Dennis Farina all left us.
The deaths of Williams and Rivers were tragic and needless.
9.) Donald Sterling ousted: The former Los Angeles Clippers owner was caught making racist statements on secretly recorded audiotapes . There are no First Amendment protections for private entities and there is no Constitutional right to own a professional sports team. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life from owning a team and sent a clear message that bigotry has no place in professional sports.
8.) Ebola: Our government thought it would be a good idea to bring disease-infected people to the United States. We were told Ebola could not be spread through casual contact. We were told wrong. Although the problem seems contained, the government has not demonstrated any ability to prevent future outbreaks.
7.) VA abuses and Bowe Bergdahl released: The Veteran’s Administration was shown to have long patient waiting lists at a significant number of facilities. Tragically, that led to our veterans being left to die due to lack of adequate care. While this was going on, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban after five years in captivity. His return was marred by reports that he deserted his post. Even worse was the unprecedented decision by the Obama administration to free five Taliban terrorists in exchange for Bergdahl.
6.) IRS Abuses/Benghazi: As much as the administration stonewalls and withholds information, these and other scandals are not going away. It took forever, but now many of Lois Lerner’s emails have been retrieved. A clear culture of anti-conservative bias existed at IRS headquarters, and likely still does. Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is expected to face some more contentious hearings in 2015.
As for Benghazi, a House report exonerating everybody was quickly discredited. Congressman Trey Gowdy’s select committee is ramping up its work. We now know that Obama adviser Ben Rhodes pushed the “video narrative,” accusing an amateur film-maker of creating an incendiary YouTube video that allegedly terrorists to attack a U.S. consulate and murder our ambassador. The film-maker still sits in jail for jeopardizing Obama’s reelection chances. Benghazi survivors are now being interviewed.
5.) Ideological race riots in America: After several conflicts between police officers and shooting victims, violent riots broke out across America. These riots were as pre-planned as Benghazi and the last Palestinian Intifada. The media was desperate to portray the protesters as peaceful as peaceful, just as they did with Occupy Wall Street. That narrative was false then and is still false. None of the rioters are Republicans or conservatives, proving that these protests are more ideological than racial. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder laid the groundwork for this current wave of destructive violence, while Al Sharpton and Bill DeBlasio are completing the job with help from the New York Times.
4.) Jonathan Gruber exposed/Vermont abandons Single Payer: The chief architect behind passage of the Affordable Care Act admitted repeatedly on video to lying about that bill’s content in order to fool the CBO into scoring it as revenue neutral. He gleefully cited “the stupidity of the American voter” as the reason why Obamacare was so effortlessly passed by the Democrats, claiming that the ends justified the means. President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi subsequently denied that he played a central role in building and selling Obamacare, an assertion that is totally false.
More importantly, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has just abandoned plans to push for a Canadian-style Single-Payer healthcare system in his state. If Single-Payer can be defeated in Vermont, it is dead everywhere. It failed because Governor Shumlin was honest enough to say what Gruber would not: The numbers did not add up. The plan cost far more than liberals promised, which conservatives have known from the beginning.
3.) Russian Hegemony: Vladimir Putin has not seized Ukraine yet, but he successfully gobbled up Crimea with zero pushback from the West. He wants to fundamentally transform Mother Russia into the U.S.S.R. Low oil prices hurt him, but the current American administration is too impotent to stop him and he knows it.
2.) 2014 Elections: The Republican Party finished what it started in 2010 by throttling the Democrats at the polls. The election was a complete and total rejection of President Obama’s leftist policies. He can still threaten and ostensibly impose executive orders. But this election officially ended his presidency. Republicans in 2015 will have their largest majority since the 1920s. The GOP’s gains were even bigger in terms of governorships and state legislatures. Predictably, the progressive response was to move further to the left.
1.) Radical Islam ascends: Iraq descended into chaos after America pulled its troops out. This led to the rise of ISIS, a group so radical even al Qaeda disavows them. ISIS and Boko Haram filled the power vacuum left by the U.S. Both have proceeded to brutally murder innocent people across the globe with zero consequences. A complete and total failure of American leadership has allowed these Islamist butchers to kill at will.
Meanwhile, Iran is marching rapidly toward building nuclear bombs and freed Guantanamo Bay detainees have returned to the battlefield to commit more murders. Outside of Israel briefly cracking down on the Palestinians in Gaza, there was little good news on this front. In 2014, the Islamists clearly won.