Twenty-Twelve was certainty an interesting year, especially if you understand "interesting" in the context of the old curse "May you live in interesting times." We have seen the Supreme Court uphold "Obamacare" by calling its mandate a "tax", and strike down most of Arizona's SB 1070, while leaving intact its provision that allows state policemen to check the immigration status of people they legally stop. We have seen a woman named Sandy demand that we subsidize her birth control and leftwingers accuse us of waging a "war on women" if we refuse, a hurricane named Sandy devastate the shores of New Jersey and New York City, and the mass murder of children by a mentally unstable gunman at an elementary school named Sandy Hook. We have also seen two more end-of-the-world predictions, one based on a misunderstanding of the Mayan calendar, fail to take place.
Despite what appeared to be solid support for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, we re-elected President Obama, even though his economic and fiscal record is the worst of any president in my lifetime, and whose foreign policy record isn't all that great. At least two promising GOP candidates for Senator derailed themselves by opening mouth and inserting foot. The Democrats made modest gains in both houses of Congress, but for the most part, the next four years of federal governance appear to be "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
In the world of sports, the New York Giants won the Super Bowl, and then failed to make the playoffs the next season, the third time in franchise history that they have done so. Payton Manning (Denver QB) and Adrian Petersen (Minnesota TB) have had amazing comeback seasons. Meanwhile in the NCAA, my Virginia Tech Hokies had their worst football season in 20 years, but still won their bowl game. Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired after his former assistant Jerry Sandusky was accused of child molestation. Sandusky has since been convicted and Paterno has passed away.
As we reminisce about all of the above and more, and get ready for 2013, let's see what's going on to close out 2012.
From The Corner at National Review Online, there appears to be an agreement to avoid the upcoming "fiscal cliff".
On the other hand, the Daily Caller reports that the "fiscal cliff" negotiators haven't worked out the sequester, which remains "a point of contention".
According to Breitbart's Big Government, there's no deal yet, and negotiations will resume next year.
Redstate recommends that Republicans kill the deal, because there are no spending cuts.
From CNN Politics, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's blood clot, for which she has recently been hospitalized, is reported to be located between her brain and her skull. (Full disclosure: A member of my family had this type of injury about 8 years ago, which required removal of the overlying section of skull.)
From Fox News, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has asked the president to "rescind" an executive order that gives Congress and some other officials a pay increase. (Is Senator Portman from Ohio or Oiho?)
Also from Fox News, the federal government is again running into the debt ceiling.
From Push Back Now, Senator and gun control advocate Diane Feinstein has had a concealed carry permit.
From the New York Post, a couple living in Greenwich Village have been busted for allegedly possessing weapons and bomb-making material. One of them has been an Occupy Wall Street activist.
And from SFGate, a roundup of 2012 news for New England, featuring a bear that vacationed in Cape Cod.