New Year’s Eve I was mostly alone flipping channels to watch the ball drop in Times Square. I started with Fox News and they were playing the stupid anthem of secular humanism “Imagine”. I suppose it was blaring through Times Square at the time. “Imagine there is no Heaven…and no religion too…” Lennon’s nihilistic ‘Imagine’ is indeed the anthem of our time, and that’s a problem.
So I scratched Fox.
I defaulted to the late (and great) Dick Clark’s ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” thinking that maybe I could just hang with some contemporary music. Fox doubled down after “Imagine” with Pat Benatar crooning the two decade old “Love is a Battlefield” – nothing says “Happy New Year” like a runway teen dancing in a seedy club. Not really New Year’s Eve musical fare.
I flipped to the “Rockin’ Eve party was co-hosted by former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy; who lacking any other marketable ability; repeatedly threatened to make out with random people. Awesome. The forty something playmate closed the deal by simulating fornication with a Justin Bieber life size cut out. For those that do not follow pop culture, Bieber is less than half her age.
At this point I just wanted a shower and silently thanked God that my wife and children were off to see the Seneca Falls Ball drop locally AND my 75 year old evangelical Mother in Law was snoring quietly in her lounge chair; well past her normal bed time.
As a last resort, I went to CNN “the most trusted name in news” to see the ball drop in Times Square with a touch of dignity. Surely CNN would cover this perennial news event handily. Come on, it is just a ball drop at midnight.
CNN was hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. Cooper is a pretty solid fellow in my estimation. He seems serious and largely fair. He is also same sex attracted but this aspect of his life is not really apparent to me in his role on CNN. I did not know anything about Griffin at all but she seemed loud and obnoxious. What happened just before and after the ball dropped is really not fit to be repeated here. It was a new low, an all time low in journalism and I would immediately fire Griffin and suspend Cooper (who was victimized but still should have pushed her away and walked off).
No link to CNN will be provided – the actions were beyond the pale and unconscionable for persons of any dignity.
I turned back to Fox just in time to see Mayor Bloomberg with his face covered with the “lip prints” of the Rockettes who helped him drop the ball. Never knew him to be such a babe magnet.
What a night.
We are entering a very dangerous cultural era because it is impossible for a democratic republic to survive without God and His Church. The time is ripe for the New Evangelization; I doubt that many were offended by the coverage of New Year’s Eve. There is no offense because there are no standards. Forty year old strippers (who apparently are yet to change their stripes) are granted prime spots on national TV. Two pubic acts of fornication stand without shame or correction.
God have mercy on us. Our standards are “whatever” and slipping fast. Maybe I should just go to bed earlier.