2009 brought us "Hope and Change" with our half-black President and a team of extreme leftists to run our beloved country. We soon discovered that some things wouldn't change. My "Year End" blog here reflected on the political landscape of 2009 but left some thoughts unmentioned.
Windows 7 would stink less than Vista.
The newspapers would remain blind to their political and social biases and plunge deeper and deeper into financial ruins.
We'd lose David Carradine, the Kung Fu star, but catch the sex offender Roman Polanski. We'd witness an amazing landing a plane in the Hudson River and the capture of a marine vessel by Somali pirates.
"Slumdog Millionaire" is supposed to be entertaining, the Stock Market will bounce back, Al Franken really REALLY won in Minnesota and Sarah Palin is quitting.
Lady Gaga (left) gave us a laugh and a head scratch at the same time. Violence in Iran to suppress protess made us gasp and cry as thousands are brutalized. The Henne balloon boy scandal invokes fear, sadness and anger as the tale unfolds.
2009 had it all.
Hypocrisy rang loud in "09" as David Letterman went public about his affair(s) maintaining his integrity (by some standards) yet ridiculed Tiger Woods for his transgressions. Actress Brittany Murphy passed away leaving many to wonder who she was, while Ted Kennedy died and few remembered Mary Jo Kopechne.
The Sci-Fi Channel renamed the network "SyFy", Jay Leno left the Tonight Show to basically becomes it's opening act and Saturday Night Live anxiously awaits the return of Sarah Palin so Tina Fey's impersonation can return to save their show.
What were Americans doing in 2009? We can look at the Top 10 Yahoo Searches in 2009:
10. Runescape - The free PC game is a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) which translates to a lot, A LOT, of folks sitting around in their underwear pretending to have life while the real world passes them by. #9 NASCAR, #7 American Idol, #5 Britney Spears, #4 Megan Fox, #3 WWE, #2 Twilight and no Surprise #1 - Michael Jackson.
For those that are not too drowsy, yes I skipped #8: Kim Kardashian.
Taking over for Paris Hilton in the "Famous for Being Famous" category arose from one of the deplorable shows "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and for dating football star Reggie Bush. Reality TV dominated again with another year exploiting humans for ratings and Kardashian delivered the most extreme and deployment characteristics to float to the top of the Reality TV's cesspool of fame.
It may have started in 2008, but 2009 is the year H1N1, Swine Flu, became a buzzword in every household. While the disease spread across the globe, hysteria provoked more panic as the media preached the fear of a pandemic. Cases and death tolls were and are marginally compared to regular seasonal flu.
On a side note, the "Anti-Motivational" Posters (as posted here) became the rage of many mass e-mails. They are hysterical yet often disturbing and inappropriate. Not for the PC, Politically Correct, Crowd, but I'd highly recommend Googling them for a laugh.
American Idol provided an unlikely star in Susan Boyle and a provocative one in Adam Lambert. Boyle's voice surprised the AI judges, fans and became a worldwide phenom. Later, her album sold over 650,000 copies by Christmas. Lambert followed his Idol tenure with a S&M presentation on the American Music Awards, including kissing another male on stage. How many will remember it was Kris Allen who walked away with the American Idol title.
Thousands upon thousands wanted arrived to witness the funeral of Michael Jackson. As the Staples Center in Los Angeles filled to capacity, thousands were stranded outside to worship the "King of Pop" costing taxpayers $4-5 million.
Jackson's death sparked more interest in his music than he had in years, culminating with a movie "This is It" which grossed $72 million at the box office. Jackson graced the covers of magazines everywhere and his album "Thriller" hit #1 on iTunes.
This was a huge fervor, one that was revisited with another bow to the Japanese Emperor. President Obama bows, here, to the Saudi king. Dan Lothian of CNN the Press Secretary is it was a bow or not. Gibbs: "No, I think he bent over with both, to shake -- with both hands to shake his hand..."