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The Tentacle


December 29, 2008

What’s in and What’s out for 2009

Steven R. Berryman

Every year we have major shifts in trends, policy, attitudes, and happenings. The 2008 / 2009 transition is no different, and is more important than usual.

 

It is most important to stay on top of it all, so I jotted down some notes.

 

I offer some of the most obvious

What’s Out:                                                       What’s In:

_________                                                        ________

 

*Savings accounts                                       saving ourselves

*SUV’s                                                                     *Bicycles

*Oil gouging                                              Electricity Gouging

*Trust in Capitalism                                   *Fear of Socialism

*Network news                                       *The Drudge Report

*Shock jocks                             *The Morning News Express

*CASA de Maryland                              *Help Save Maryland

*News printed on                         *News printed on electrons

*Fear of the unknown                                         *Preparation

*Jerry Lewis                                                          *Bob Miller

*Online commenting anonymously      *In your face Activism

*Criminal (Illegal) Immigrants             *Sheriff Chuck Jenkins

*Counting Students                                      *School Surveys

*Voluntary days off                                                *Furloughs

*Blaine Young                                     *Katherine Heerbrandt

*Glenn Beck                                                     *Blaine Young

*Political Correctness                            *Obama Engineering

*Martin O’Malley pandering                        *Bob Ehrlich hope

*TARP Fund                                                   *FDIC oversight

*Automotive Big 3                                        *Automotive Big 2

*City Government buyouts                                *Hiring freezes

*Ivy League schools                               *Community Colleges

*K-Mart                                                                     *Wal-Mart

*Rush Limbaugh                                            *Rush Limbaugh

*Secularism                                                            *Patriotism

*Change                                                                         *Hope

*Home Owner’s Associations       *Home Owner volunteerism

*Watching Television                                   *Watching Laptop

*Community Policing                                      *Fusion Centers

*Speeding tickets                                      *Photo enforcement

*Joe Volz                                                            *Sam Bennett

*Sarah Palin                                                  *Michelle Obama

*Costly Incinerators in a recession      *Ugly recycling buckets

*Expensive vacations                              *Expensive furloughs

*Race as an excuse                        *Race as a source of pride

*John McCain                                                     *Hillary Clinton

*Fighting development                                   *Enterprise zones

*Targeting Illegals                                               *Self deporting

*Wall Street corruption                                 *Political corruption

*The “do nothing” Congress           *The “do nothing” Congress

*The Iraq invasion                                   *The Afghanistan War

*Getting out fast                                     *Getting out with honor

*George Bush                                                    *George Orwell

*Inflation worries                                        *Stag-flation worries

*Entitlement Society                                    *Social engineering

*Tax hikes                                                                  *User fees

*Energy from coal                                 *Wind and Solar energy

*Credit Default Swaps                                   *Plain old Defaults

*Precious metals investing                   *Archer Daniels Midland

*Going out to the movies                                    *Online movies

*Landline                                                                      *wireless

*Prius                                                                        *Smart Car

*Blackberry                                                                    *iPhone

*US Army in Europe                    *Homeland Security stateside

*Terrorist threats                                     *Terrorist opportunities

*Preventative War                                       *Protectionist nation

*Red Bull                                                             *5-Hour Energy

*Hard News                                                            *Infotainment

*Immigration Reform                                          *Cynthia Munoz

*Building fences                                                *Building bridges

*Money in stocks                                       *Money in mattresses

*Institutional Media Bias                                 *Citizen journalism

*NAACP                                                        *The Obama Nation

*Worman’s Mill Conservancy  *Neighborhood Advisory Councils

*Little league Baseball                             *Little League Lacrosse

*Bail-outs for Banks  *Bail-outs for Commercial Real Estate firms

*Pressing “Issues” show/cable access     *Comcast price gouges

*Sarah Palin glasses                       *Michelle Obama hair relaxer

 

Knowledge is power.

 

srbmgr@comcast.net

 



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