Tomorrow winds up The Unseen Moon’s first calendar year, so let’s take a look back at the highlights of this dismal 2012.
I say dismal because, in spite of all common sense to the contrary, the American people re-elected Barack Obama.
Yes, politics took center stage here in 2012. There were posts galore on why Obama had no business being president in the first place, much less re-elected. If I had to pick one for illustration, it would be 66 reasons to defeat Obama.
But enough of that. The American people have baked their cake, and now they must thrust their faces into the ongoing glop. I am happy I live elsewhere.
And politics have dropped into the background here.
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The post that scored 2012’s highest number of viewers, surpassing even the Cuba epic, was my take on Todd Akin’s unwise comments on rape during his election campaign. I cleverly titled that piece Dear Gloria Steinem.
One reader subsequently described that post as a “train wreck.” Perhaps.
There were a good number of comments that I labeled at the time — and I stick to that opinion — as hysterical. Mostly from women, of course.
It was clear that those who left opposing comments had not grasped what I wrote. They reacted as if I were defending rape, which I had not, of course.
When I pointed out this misreading repeatedly and asked for specific rebuttals to what I had actually written, not what they imagined I had written, no one did so or even tried. Tsk, tsk. They simply wanted to be offended, and that makes civil discussion impossible. It’s today’s left-wing world.
If you’re foaming at the mouth, you can’t say anything sensible.
I had to close comments on that post on the same day, the only time I’ve done that, due to the hysteria. Warning: We will not resume it here today. The election is over, and the lesser of the two evils lost.
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The Cuba epic was the longest post I’ve ever written, either here or during the six-year hit run of The Zapata Tales, which is now offline.
Visiting Cuba, which I will not do again, was a fascinating experience and my first trip to a communist police state. It was not, however, my first dictatorship. That was Haiti, which I visited twice during the 1970s, the Duvalier despotism.
Right-wing dictators are less oppressive than their left-wing counterparts, so if you’re ever in doubt, hang a right at the first Red light.
The first Cuba post was serialized in a Texas weekly, which is published by a former Houston Chronicle associate, John Toth, a good guy in spite of his voting for Obama. But what can you expect from a left-wing media mogul?
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The theme of The Unseen Moon is, of course, Fact, Fiction and Opinion Stirred in an Odd Pot. Among my favorite fictions here is The old wolf, but that appeared in 2011. I mention it now for two reasons. I like it, and it was where the phrase The Unseen Moon first popped into my head. Like magic.
Though the series called The Marbol Hotel began in 2011, it ran well into 2012. I had fun writing that, but I think it may have run its course. Is the beautiful, blonde, heartless serial killer Kristanabel Wasoo gone for good? Dunno.
Will there be no more bloody roast beefs and dark ales?
The series now has its own separate residence.
I am particularly fond of The broken staircase, so fond that it’s now the top item in The Pearls of Zapata. Perhaps the fetching, red-tressed midget named Vulpine will appear in these pages in the future. It’s hard to know.
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And with that, we wave goodbye to 2012. But what better can we expect from a year that has the cursed number 13 hanging from its hind end?
No matter. May the Goddess smile on us all next year. We need it.
And may she smite the Muslim Brotherhood to smithereens.
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(A tip of the sombrero to Mérida, México, resident Marc Olson, who gave me the idea to write this year-end roundup by doing his own version first.)