Six things that I thought were out­ra­geous in 2019

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As 2019 wraps up, let’s look at some of the high­lights from the year’s Out­rage Col­umns:

Mid­west Siberia? — The po­lar vor­tex re­ally came down on the Mid­west this week, and it was bru­tal. Wind­chills hit 70 be­low zero.

Some clever wag stated on Face­book that the weather forced can­cel­la­tion of the per­for­mance of the mu­si­cal “Hamil­ton” in Chicago, mean­ing once again “Br­rrr kills Hamil­ton.”

Not sure if the weather or the pun is the out­rage. (Feb. 1) Cussing on the stump — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Demo­cratic can­di­date Robert O’Rourke have of late used pro­fan­ity dur­ing cam­paign speeches.

These are not open mic slips, but de­lib­er­ate use of vul­gar­i­ties, fur­ther defin­ing de­viancy down. We used to have ba­sic stan­dards of de­cency in this coun­try.

Re­mem­ber when you could go to a movie with­out hear­ing an f-word per minute?

The talk show host Michael Medved made a good point: No­body ever came out of a movie and said, “Gee, I wish they’d used more f-words.”

Like­wise, no one ever fin­ished watch­ing a pres­i­den­tial speech and said, “Gosh, I wish the pres­i­dent would have used ‘bull----’ more of­ten.” (March 31) Are the walls clos­ing in? — After Robert Mueller’s state­ment on Wed­nes­day, the me­dia have enough to keep the pot suf­fi­ciently stirred for an­other six months.

All the pols and pun­dits put their par­ti­san spins on what Mueller said and on and on and on it goes. Dur­ing the two years of non­stop Rus­sian col­lu­sion talk on the cable news shows, some­one put to­gether a ter­rific mon­tage of dozens of an­chors, re­porters and com­men­ta­tors say­ing, “The walls are clos­ing in on Don­ald Trump.”

Well, guess what? He’s still here, and they’re still talk­ing about the walls clos­ing in, if not in those pre­cise words.

Call me when some­thing ac­tu­ally hap­pens. (May 31) Com­puter’s al­ways

right — In Don DeLillo’s satir­i­cal 1985 novel, “White Noise,” the main char­ac­ter’s son in­sists it is not rain­ing be­cause the weather fore­cast on the ra­dio said it would not rain.

He was so con­sumed by me­dia that he be­lieved the ra­dio over his own eyes.

That came to mind this week when I read about 100 peo­ple in Den­ver driv­ing into a muddy pit be­cause they fol­lowed direc­tions for a de­tour on Google Maps.

Some­times you just have to be­lieve your own eyes, not what the com­puter says. (June 30) Higher and higher — Who says Re­pub­li­cans

and Democrats in Congress and the White House can’t agree on any­thing?

They agree to spend more of our money. Lots of it. No bud­get fights this year or next thanks to a two-year deal that keeps adding more to the debt and deficit.

Say what you want about the late Ross Perot; he was right about the na­tional debt. (July 31) Morn­ing base­ball — The World Se­ries games, as of Satur­day, were av­er­age al­most fours in length. They are lucky to get done by mid­night on the East Coast.

How do they ex­pect to in­ter­est kids in the game when most have to go to bed long be­fore the last out?

Be­fore tele­vi­sion money dom­i­nated to the ex­tent it does to­day, games were played in the af­ter­noon. I re­mem­ber our teach­ers telling us if we be­haved and got all our work done, we could watch a cou­ple of in­nings at the end of class.

That was a huge deal. Then Wayne the Bus Driver would have it on the ra­dio on the way home, then you’d watch the rest of the game on TV at home.

Now it is hard even for adults to stay awake un­til the end in the East. (Oct. 31)

Wil­liam P. War­ford’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Tues­day, Fri­day and Sun­day.

Puns, politi­cians (of course) and pun­dits make this year’s list

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