Shire Network News #153 has been released. Well, it was released on December 21st, I just didn’t post my commentary here.  It’s a look back at the funniest items from Blog News, and a look back at the year 2009.  Yes, that’s 2009.  Meryl and I do a retrospective of the coming year.  Really.   Click here for the show notes, links, and ways to listen to the show; directly from the web site, by downloading the mp3 file, or by subscribing with your podcatcher of choice.

Below is the text of my commentary.

Hi, this is Doug Payton for Shire Network News asking you to "Consider This!"

Well, what a year this has been!  Let’s look back and see what 2009 has brought us.

Cooler temperatures:  President Obama, while not having actually had any law enacted or treaty signed regarding global warming, managed to make this year cooler than last year.  Must have been sheer force of will.  And all the papers and news organizations credit him with doing it, so it must be true.  While this year’s temperatures follow the cooling trend that has been going on for the previous 10 years, it’s clearly all a matter of intent.  And speeches; lots of fine-sounding speeches.  So thank you, Mr. President.  Your oratory has saved us.

The Iraqi Olympic Shoe-Throwing Team:  On the one-year anniversary of the day the Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at, um, the previous President (whoever he was), the first team dedicated to this newly-popular sport takes it international.  While not technically an Olympic sport (yet), the Arab countries of the Middle East have come together to promote it to the IOC, and in a mass show of support of the new US President, they have made the shoe target an effigy of that…you know, the guy who was President before…recently.  This is one illustration of the next item:

The world now loves us:  They really love us, ever since we elected a Democrat.  Iraq even allows US troops to be stationed there, thanks to the splendid outcome of "Obama’s Terrorist Intervention" in that country, which began on January 20th of this year.  What more could you ask for?  And Al Qaeda?  Who are they?  Heh heh.  They have gone so far underground that they’re about as active now as they were in, say, 2001, when most Americans had never even heard their name.  Peace on earth has come.

And finally…

Universal Agreement:  Both sides of the political aisle have finally come together to speak with one voice.  No longer is there any disagreement, harsh criticism or mean-spirited arguing.  The recently-passed bill, entitled "The Pelosi/Reid Equal Opportunity in Talk Radio and Radical Right-Wing Internet Commentary Act" (otherwise known as the PREOITRARRWICA), has gone a long way to make sure that the voice of the people is heard loud and clear.  What a joy that blogs and podcasts are now required to give opposing viewpoints; indeed, presenting them positively and in the best possible light. 

So overall, except for perhaps the first 20 days, this year has shown us that America’s best days are ahead of her, if we can just pass that new $2.5 trillion spending bill.  And I’m sure we will.  Consider that!

(This podcast was produced pursuant to the provisions provided in the PREOITRARRWICA.)

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