anne mikolay 2012 120While watching this month's news broadcasts, I have concluded the world is steeped in irony. This tendency to fore-go common sense and do the unexpected baffles me. Tell me, what's going on?

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio publicly embraced the Rev. Al Sharpton, the same individual who, last summer, warned de Blasio he would be de Blasio's “worst enemy” if the mayor played “spin games”. With race relations and community regard for New York City police declining in New York, does it make sense for the Mayor to sit on a dais alongside a polarizing, famously anti-cop figure like Sharpton? After the murders of city Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, de Blasio's choice to wrap his arms around Sharpton seems ill advised, if not downright stupid. Just sayin...

Earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie attended a Detroit vs. Dallas NFL playoff game with Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, and unwittingly set off a twitter frenzy. Jones has a business relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; accepting a private jet to Dallas and game tickets from Jones raised conflict of interest concerns in the ever watchful eyes of the Governor's critics. While Governor Christie acted within the New Jersey state code of conduct allowing governors to accept gifts from individuals who pay for such gifts with personal funds, “bumping bellies” with the Cowboys fueled picayune criticism and rash judgment of the Governor. People, it's only football. Just sayin...

And how about “deflategate”? To recap, footballs provided by the Patriots during their recent win (45 to 7) against the Indianapolis Colts at the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts were a pound or two under inflated, setting off a media frenzy and an apparent witch hunt for the under inflating culprit. Was weather to blame? Was this an underhanded tactic employed by New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, who has been known to spy on opposing teams, or the brainchild of Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady? Even non-football fans would agree this was an inside job. Why on earth would a coach and his quarterback risk their careers, credibility, team and fan support by cheating? Money. That's why. The bottom line is always money. To me, losing integrity and duping my teammates is not worth the almighty dollar. Just sayin...

ISIS threatens to behead two Japanese hostages unless Japan pays $200 million in ransom...and stirs speculation the ISIS video was filmed in front of a green screen. Really? Two men face execution, and all internet devotees can talk about is a green screen? Countless women accuse Bill Cosby of rape, and his cronies fail to denounce him? In response to threats by North Korea, Sony pulls the plug on “The Interview”, and shortly thereafter the film is shown in Red Bank and available everywhere on the internet. Much ado about nothing?

There's a reason I sometimes peruse the headlines and read no further. Sometimes, as in the case of the twenty-two year old woman who recently set her newborn aflame, I just don't want to know. Other times, as in “deflategate”, enough is enough. A fraction of the day's news is all that's needed to convince me the world is a screwed up place.

Just sayin...