Regrettably, NWR has been on somewhat of a hiatus since 2013. It doesn’t make sense for me to go back and try to cover 4 years of news, but I’d like to use this post to reflect on some important events…
Since my last post was a discussion about the future of the Catholic Church, I believe it’s worth mentioning that the Church did good in its pope selection. Pope Francis is almost too good to be true. Unlike every other pope in modern history, he is not a hardliner on social issues such as abortion and gay rights. He still recognizes the official Church positions, but they are not a priority. Rather, he is focused primarily on poverty, globalization, women’s rights, and economic empowerment. In other words, he actually gives a shit about things that matter. This is radically progressive behavior for a pope. Anyway, solid move by the cardinals to pick that guy.
What else happened since the NWR blackout?
After 60 years of tension and a full scale economic embargo, the U.S. finally restored diplomatic relations with Cuba. Good news if it stands, but should have happened 25 years ago. The policy was implemented at the height of the cold war in 1960 after Fidel Castro seized control of the country. The Bay of Pigs invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis happened when Kennedy was POTUS. Point being, we had legitimate beef with Cuba back in the 60s and vice-versa. Not so much after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Since then, we’ve had a Cuban embargo in place because Florida is a swing state in presidential elections, and Cuban refugees have always been a huge GOP constituency there. That’s the only fucking reason.
In other news, thanks to cell phone cameras and (ironically) police car cams, America is finally getting to see how easy it is for police to shoot unarmed black people with no repercussions. There’s still no legal consequences in most cases, but I suppose the video footage is at least embarrassing for the cops. These incidents finally gave the civil rights community enough media exposure to support a political movement to prevent this injustice. But unfortunately, they fucked it all up by giving it a stupid name (Black Lives Matter) and having a mindless douchebag as their public face (Colin Kapernick).
ISIS has continued to raise hell in Iraq, Syria, Europe, and many other places throughout the world. But there’s a lot of moving parts to that situation, so I’d rather dedicate a full post to that story later.
In entertainment news, the world finally discovered that Bill Cosby is a hardcore sexual predator, and has been for decades. Sadly, Robin Williams passed away from an apparent suicide. And most recently, Donald J. Trump has been elected to the office of President of the United States of America. We are living in interesting times. It may be an exciting time for some people, scary for others, and indifferent to the silent majority of sheep out there. However you look at it, there’s one indisputable fact that nobody can deny: America needs The Noonan World Report… now more than ever.