It's my MARKet, so I'm gonna share.....Goodbye 2012. You were an interesting year to say the least. But before we say farewell to you forever, we should take one last look at what made you so special.....The most annoying internet trend of 2012 is the move of some websites to start playing audio and video as soon as you click over to the page. We get it. If you want to watch video online, chances are you are going to have to sit through a commercial of some sort. And yes, every major site is ringed by ads big and small. But now just a visit to increasingly more websites means a commercial, with audio begins playing as soon as you hit the page. Not only is this jarring, it completely blows any shot of surfing where you shouldn't be. Look, internet folks- you need to monetize, we get that. But forcing audio upon us crosses the line. Just as I have, I urge you boycott any sites that do this. Unwanted internet audio needs to go....The award for the worst business trip of 2012 goes to the Secret Service and their pre-Presidential trip to Columbia. After securing some female companionship for the night, an agent refused to pay the $28 fee due his new friend in the morning, necessitating an international incident. It's one thing to screw around while you're away from home, it's another though to cause diplomatic immunity to come into play. Lesson learned - If you're gonna play, pay the hooker or the Spectravision bill the next morning.......The award for the most accurate prediction of 2012 goes to the Mayans. While the world didn't end on December 21st as stated, it was announced shortly after that Kim Kardashian is pregnant and will spawn an offspring in 2013. This is indeed one of the first signs of the apocalypse proving the Mayans were correct on civilization destruction, though a bit off on the timing. Way to go Mayans......The award for the worst name of the year goes to Sandy. Be it via hurricane or the first name of a school where unspeakable tragedy occurred, nothing good came from Sandy unless you were describing your butt as you left the beach. Nobody will forget the name Sandy for a long, long time and here's to hoping we don't ever hear it, or any other name that represents that same kind of destruction, again in 2013 or beyond......The 2012 one-hit wonder award goes to Psy and his infectious hit Gangham Style. Yes, we all laughed at the parody videos and we all learned how to do the horse riding dance. But before Psy lets his check clear on his new multi-million dollar Malibu home, he ought to ask himself one question: Does he know who sang the Macarena? Yeah, neither do I. That was America's last big foreign dance craze infatuation and now the guys who did it - no clue. Welcome to your future Psy.......The 2012 award for holding onto that 14th minute for all its worth goes to Honey Boo Boo. Nobody has overstayed their welcome more than this pre-pubescent, over indulged, talentless, rude little redneck child and her happily uneducated family. It's not cute, it's not adorable. It's sad. As if reveling in the drunken antics of young adults in New Jersey wasn't bad enough, the appetite of America has now shifted to a child whose parents should know better, but clearly don't. Honey Boo Boo - Minute 15 is calling. Don't be late.....The 2012 comeback of the year award goes to the Occupy movement. At the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, Occupy was on the ropes. Their "protest" in NYC failed with the coming of harsh winter weather and reports that the movement's leaders were living it up in hotels while the activists were sleeping in the park. But with the onset of Hurricane Sandy, Occupy reinvented itself to do more than complain. It is helping. In neighborhoods such as the Rockaways and on Staten Island, to name two, the Occupy movement has organized food banks, shelters and assistance to community members. They have been leaders in demolished neighborhoods, picking up the slack where local government has failed and speaking for a voiceless majority. So kudos to the Occupy movement for helping to solve the problem instead of just complaining about it......The 2012 thanks for nothing award goes to the New York Jets and their treatment of Tim Tebow. When he was let go by Denver, two teams showed big interest in Tebow, the Jets and the Jaguars. The Jets interest was odd given they were already invested in young QB Mark Sanchez, yet the Jets prevailed in the bidding war promising fans 20+ plays for Tebow a game and much excitement on offense. Didn't happen. Tebow played only a couple of plays a game and never had a chance to prove himself except as a clipboard holder. Sanchez, despite a contract extension from the team, continued to underwhelm and regularly threw the ball to the guys in the wrong jerseys. Why did the Jets want Tebow? Some cynics would say it was so they could sell season tickets, personal seat licenses and merchandise. And the Jets did do all of that. However, they also showed their promises to players and fans mean nothing and that they are the most dysfunctional team in the NFL.......The 2012 "You Really Shouldn't Have" award goes to Donald Trump and Mitt Romney. If there is anything more useless than a third armpit it is an endorsement from Donald Trump. Trump is now 0-for-ALL in his election endorsements. Is there anyone taking his endorsement seriously. I mean, do you know a single person who stepped into the voting booth and asked themselves what would Trump want them to do? I have yet to understand why politicians continue to curry favor with a shameless self promoter like Trump, unless it's his money. He offers nothing besides that to a candidate, unless the candidate wants bad hair advice and ridicule. If Trump continues to first tease the electorate with unfulfilled threats of running for office himself and then put forth the notion that he won't run, but here's who is running you should vote for, than the public should continue to show Trump and those who indulge him what they think of those endorsements and vote the other way.......The 2012 keep your hands to yourself award goes to every Republican politician and candidate who showed a glaring lack of back knowledge of female anatomy and the reproductive system. Considering how wrong they got basic human physiology every time they opened their mouths, is it any wonder their wives look desperate? With misguided declarations on pregnancy, rape and abortion, these candidates were soundly rejected across the board by the electorate proving once again, the American public doesn't want a bunch of repressed old guys declaring what they can do with their bodies or what happens to their bodies when pregnant........The 2012 extreme award goes to the far wings of both parties. You continue to show your disdain for the majority of America with your views that cater to a small minority, yet you hold progress at a standstill with your refusals to compromise. In the last election, both far left Liberals and far right Conservatives lost in big numbers, though not everywhere. Now these extremists hold the country hostage by refusing to find a compromise on our economic future. America has shown time and again they want their politicians to work together, not hold firm to extreme beliefs benefiting a few. The more America suffers, the sooner you will all be gone. Quick lesson - rich people need to pay more taxes and massive limits on reigning in this new "entitled" generation need to be levied and not everyone coming into America needs to be supported so they have a better phone than me. Get it together......The 2012 union award is a tie. Half goes to the NHL. Hockey season hasn't started yet. Miss it? Nobody else does either. You already have the lowest fan base in all of sports, can you really afford to show folks they can live without you? Guess so. The other half goes to the folks at Hostess. By going on strike, the union there ensured the shuttering of the company and for the time being, no more Twinkies or Ho-Hos. So way to go unions! Costing American's jobs for hundreds of years. Runner up though is management for both the NHL and Hostess. At Hostess, they couldn't afford to meet union demands and had to shut the company, yet they had enough money laying around to offer top executives million dollar golden parachutes. Something is wrong with that picture. If management would have just given a little of those millions of dollars to their workers, problem solved. Hostess stays in business, folks stay employed, I eat Twinkies. Instead, extreme (there's that word again) greed cost them everything. As for the NHL, good luck getting fans back south of Canada. Again, compromise and figure it out......Lastly, our trainwreck of 2012 is none other than Lindsay Lohan. Not a month went by where we didn't hear about some run in with the law, some court appearance, some incident in a bar late at night or a review of her horrible portrayal of Liz Taylor. When Lindsay went out, she got in fights. When she was driving, she got in crashes or ran over people. When she was a passenger in a car, she required police to help her with her coked-up mom. When she showed up for work, she created drama on every set. This girl needs help and hopefully 2013 will see her probation revoked and she'll get more than a few hours to herself in a cell to think about how she isn't above the rest of civilization.....And that's it. This was some of the stuff that made me think, laugh, get mad and get sad over the course of the year. Thanks for sharing the ride with me this month and always.....OK, I've shared. Now it's your turn. Agree? Disagree? Share the smiles with your friends. Share the outrage with your family. Have at it. See you next month.
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