With my oldest and youngest both out with friends, I spent a quiet New Year's eve home watching my disabled middle son. I spoke to a friend on the phone, watched a movie, and did not turn to channel 4 (NBC in NY area) until close to 1145 to watch the ball drop.
I can't believe how much things had changed in such a short period of time.
When the children and their cousins were small, our family would congregate at my sister's house on New year's Eve to spend a nice evening eating appetizers while the kids played. By 1130, the TV had been switched to a channel that had coverage of the famous Times Square, and we would call the children downstairs to don their New Year's hats, leis and and ready their horns and other noisemakers. At 1155, we would dutifully assemble in front of the screen to prepare for the countdown, get loud for the final ten seconds, and send them out into the sidewalk to spend the next ten minutes keeping the neighbors awake in celebration of the new year.
We never had to worry about anything that they would see ofrhear during that period of time.
Withing a few minutes of turning on channel 4 last night, I witnessed one young woman, in response to the question about her New Year's resolution, state that it was to kiss a girl. Showing nothing but interest, the man with the microphone prompted her to choose some one standing nearby so that all could enjoy the "girl-girl kiss". One lady was chosen, they had a quick kiss, and all present were quite satisfied at the display.
Another woman, apparently middle aged- had resolved "to be more naughty" - not really the point of a resolution.
Earlier in the evening (I saw this today), a comment made by one of the hosts had mocked the elderly - survivors of Pearl Harbor to be specific:
"Actress Natasha Leggero is under fire for joking that SpaghettiOs is the only food that Pearl Harbor survivors “can still chew.”
The tasteless joke came during NBC’s New Year’s Eve coverage on Tuesday night, when Leggero jabbed SpaghettiOs for tweeting a picture of its mascot holding an American flag and asking Americans to “remember #PearlHarbor with us.” Some have been critical of the brand for using such a sentimental day for advertising purposes.
However, Leggero is now dealing with her own controversy thanks to her poorly thought out bit.
“I mean, it sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew. It’s just sad,” she said.
No one appeared particularly offended by the joke, including host Carson Daly, actress Jane Lynch and actor Anthony Anderson, who laughed hysterically......"
This just came over on Michelle Malkin's Facebook post a few seconds ago. It's a compilation of people who are also convinced that the vulgarity has reached a level that has ruined a New Year's Eve tradition for families:
"Thanks @CarsonDaly and @nbc for the family-friendly "girl-on-girl" (<--actual words uttered) during the ball drop. #sarcasm"
"NBC so busy promoting homosexuality and other filth they missed the Ball Drop... of course... Idiots. #RevokeNBCLicens"
So @MileyCyrus has completely killed the ball drop for my kids @AB
"@DjFlowe I couldn't even let my kids watch it. It was awful."
"Sad that I had to change channel off NYE show on ABC because I can't trust Miley Cyrus and my kids are watching."
"#abc, #NBC & others. I've seen more garbage in the last 15 min than all year. I'd like to remind you parents keep kids up for the ball drop."
"People cant watch this ball drop with their kids cuz of all this stuff theyre showin' "
"Though they profess to have more compassion than the average person, animal rights activists have targeted a dying woman in Italy with such cruel messages that the story made international news.
It all began when 25-year-old Caterina Simonsen posted an image of herself on Facebook with a message saying she’s thankful to be alive.
“I am 25 thanks to genuine research that includes experiments on animals,” her message, translated from Italian, read. “Without research, I would have been dead at nine. You have gifted me a future.”
The backlash was so swift and vile that police were forced to get involved.
Simonsen says she has received around 500 insulting comments, and 30 death threats.
Messages included statements like, “You could die tomorrow, I wouldn’t sacrifice my goldfish for you.” Another read: “If you had died as a child, no one would have given a damn.”
“I have received messages saying that the lives of 10 rats are more important than mine,” the girl said through her tears in a video aired on national television in Italy Sunday. “I don’t know what planet these people live on and who raised them. I am alive thanks to doctors, to medicines and to animals who had to be sacrificed.”......"
Marxists in the post WWI West, shocked that the proletariat did not rise up during or after that horrific slaughter, finally came to grip with reality; the workers were too attached to their sense of national and ethnic identities and certainly in regards to their religion. The workers were deemed to be too gullible and ignorant for their own good. They needed to be separated from their cultures so that Marxism could continue its march. These Marxists set out to undermine their beliefs, sense of family, pride in a people's history, and patriotism........."