A week ago, I was looking out my window wishing the snow would go away. That puffy precipitation and its accompanying misery captured national headlines and led newscasts.
I was sick of it. If it would just go away, things would be so much better, I thought.
A week later, with audacity, dishonesty and racism replacing snow in the news, I'm not quite as sure.
When has it ever been acceptable for 47 Republican U.S. senators to make an end run around the sitting President of the United States of America and negotiate directly with this country's enemies? Name an occasion. I'll wait.
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This group of senators sent a letter to the Islamic Republic of Iran intentionally trying to undercut nuclear weapons negotiations that are underway between Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Germany and China.
It takes inflated cojones and an overblown sense of privilege to even consider doing something like that.
Two of those senators call Kentucky home. I think they were emboldened by the disrespect shown the president by the members of the House of Representatives who invited the leader of a foreign country to address them about those same Iranian nuclear arms negotiations without telling the administration.
That foreign leader, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, might be in danger of losing the election on March 17. If he does, we can only hope the same fate will befall those in Congress who wanted to make him more important than our commander in chief.
That fiasco was quickly displaced in the news by a couple of videos of future corporate executives singing a song that says it's OK to hang black people from trees, but not to let them pledge the Sigma Alpha Epsilon on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.
I said that as politely as I could.
There were four good things that came out of the disclosure of the racist chants that were happily sung on a bus headed to a country club. One, the president of OU quickly shut down the fraternity house and expelled two men leading the chants. Two, the expelled freshmen apologized. And, three, the national headquarters of SAE closed the fraternity, maybe for good.
But I think the best sign that things are finally changing is that on that bus were two people who filmed the disgusting activities and then gave those videos to Unheard, a black student organization which posted them online.
So, the fourth good thing: there were two people who said it was not right to delight in such racism, not right to just go along to get along. The people who shared those videos have much larger cojones than those letter-signing senators.
But the biggest disappointment of the recent news cycle was former secretary of state and potential Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton asking us to believe the 30,000 or so emails she deleted were only personal stuff about her daughter's wedding, her mother's funeral arrangements and yoga moves.
As someone who is still being questioned about the Islamic militants' attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and who has survived the scrutiny of having a cheating husband who was a sitting president, why would you delete anything?
She stood in front of reporters Tuesday and said she used a personal email account because it was more convenient to carry just one device, that the email was on a server her husband was given and protected by Secret Service, and that she refuses to allow anyone access to that account to verify her statements.
I've always heard nothing is really deleted from computers or the Internet. Someone with the expertise could probably find those emails floating in space or on a cloud somewhere.
While I don't think the missing mail contains any information to feed conspiracy theorists, I do think they probably include personal comments like the emails of the Sony Pictures Entertainment executives. Those notes proved embarrassing and led to the resignation of the co-chairman.
Clinton's deleted emails could be her "47 percent" speech, which isn't helpful to a presidential run. Ask former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
End runs, racism and deceit. And, on top of that, we have to worry about serious flooding.
Bring back the snow, when our worries seemed so much simpler.