🇺🇸 A Quick Review
January 3, 2022

Good morning and Happy New Year to all of our readers. This new beginning represents a chance to start fresh and experience growth. Speaking of which, a group of scientists is working to restore the American chestnut tree after an invasive fungus killed them over a century ago.

Plus, a Japanese professor has invented a lickable television screen. It aims to strengthen connections during social distancing.

Flag Polls


ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 12/31: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 42, Disapprove 57
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 12/27: Direction of Country, Rasmussen Reports     Right Direction 27, Wrong Track 67
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 12/23: Biden Job Approval, Trafalgar Group (R) Approve 40, Disapprove 56
D 12/22: Gen. Congress Vote, Politico/Morning Con. Republicans 36,
Democrats 43

Trending On The Left


CNN: Covid-19 cases in the state of Florida are up 948% over the last two weeks

NY Times: Has your memory blurred during Covid? Experts know why, and have tips to strengthen it

Huff Post: Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn On Jan. 6: 'It Can Happen Again'

BuzzFeed News: So You Admitted To Participating In The Insurrection. Now What?

Trending On The Right


Daily Wire: More Fentanyl Seized At US Borders Than Heroin For First Time In US History

Fox News: AOC parties it up maskless in packed drag bar while flaunting rules for thee, not for me

National Review: Twitter Bans Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Personal Account over Covid Remarks

iNews: After Bruising 1st Year, WH Forlorn Over Sliding Approval Ratings

2021

A Quick Review

Predictions that 2021 would bring a return to “normal” in the world of politics proved badly misplaced, Gerald Seib writes for the Wall Street Journal. "Riots at the Capitol. Searing debates over school closures and vaccine mandates. An attempted recall of California’s governor. Paralyzing fights within the Democratic Party. One prominent Republican censured in the House, and another indicted on a charge of defying Congress." As we collectively march into 2022, here's a brief review of the reactions to 2021 from both sides.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Anger At Republicans Continues, Some Point Fingers At Biden


Many left-leaning commentators continue to be angry with Republicans, who they blame for exacerbating the political divide. Others, however, say President Biden could have done more in 2021. Objections concerning vaccine hesitancy, January 6th, legislative struggles, and a general sense of dread heading into the new year feature prominently below.

“Farewell to 2021, the Stupidest Year in American History” Michael Hiltzik, LA Times Opinion: “Instead of unity and immunity, [2021] brought us stupidity and insanity on an unimaginable scale. In the categories of public health, education policy, fiscal policy and investment options, we appear to have taken leave of our collective senses … I won’t go into detail about the conservative movement’s lionizing of Kyle Rittenhouse, the self-confessed but acquitted killer of two unarmed men at a protest rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin … Or the shameful behavior of congressional Republicans, who cowered in safety during the Jan. 6 insurrection, pleading with Trump to help quell the riot, only to claim ever since that the violence of the crowd was no big deal … In any rational world, the refusal or failure by some 50 million adult Americans to take a vaccine of known efficacy against a deadly disease would be inexplicable.”

“How 2021 Could Have Been Different for Biden” Matthew Yglesias, Bloomberg Opinion: “I’d like to focus on what may well have been the original sin of the Biden administration and the narrow Democratic majority in Congress: last February’s decision to reject Senate Republicans’ offer of a $600 billion Covid relief bill and instead proceed with the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan… I was surprised that the White House rejected the Republicans’ plan — and even more surprised that moderate Senate Democrats signed off on the rejection … Democrats were willing to set aside the possibility of bipartisanship in pursuit of more far-reaching legislation … That willingness now looks like foolishness. The current slog is more reflective of the underlying political reality, and Biden and his party would almost certainly be better off today had they acknowledged this reality from the start.”

“Wait, Wasn’t 2021 Supposed To Be Better Than 2020?” Dave Barry, Miami Herald Opinion: “Nobody knows what 2022 will bring. Will it suck as much as this year? Will it suck more? Or will it suck a LOT more? These appear to be our choices.” Keep reading.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Trump Was Right About A Lot, And Biden Is Making A Mess


Right-leaning commentators say 2021 vindicated Trump about a number of things, especially the since-debunked accusations of Russian collusion, while there’s a general sense Biden is doing poorly. Some say the former president’s accomplishments will be forgotten because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ways in which 2021 affected Trump’s standing and criticism of Biden’s first year are the prominent themes here.

"2021 Was the Year of Vindication for Trump" David Keltz, American Greatness: "Even with four years of lies and conspiracy theories about Russian collusion, and a bogus quid pro quo charge involving the president of Ukraine that led to an embarrassing impeachment, Trump still managed to cut taxes, reduce regulations, and preside over the highest labor force participation rate ever recorded in US history… until the Chinese coronavirus decimated our economy… The ruling class told us we weren’t allowed to question the outcome of the most bizarre and corrupt election in history, one in which​ tens of millions of ballots were mailed out, without proper safeguards in place…The leftist corporate media and the Democrats would use the events of January 6 as their final 'big lie' of Trump’s presidency, and absurdly claim he had incited an insurrection. Big Tech would subsequently use January 6 as a pretext for deplatforming him from Facebook and Twitter."

“Twelve US Cities, All Led by Democrats, Broke Annual Homicide Records in 2021” Bethany Blankley, Just The News: “An analysis published by ABC News suggests there's "no clear answer" to explain the cities' record-breaking murder totals, although the report fails to mention that all of the cities it lists are run by Democrats, who were disproportionately receptive to the Black Lives Matter defund-the-police movement pushed by progressives in 2020...While experts suggest there are a range of factors contributing to why people kill, evidence suggests that less cops on the street made these cities less safe...In Philadelphia, for example, the City Council voted in June 2020 to slash police department funding by $33 million...Seventeen months later, the city reported the highest number of people murdered since 1990."

“Top 5 foreign policy lessons Biden taught the world in 2021” James Jay Carafano, Fox News: "President Biden’s foreign policy has been marked by a series of missteps, misdeeds and misfires… I’ve talked with scores of foreign officials from friendly nations who are absolutely gob-smacked by Biden blunders…” Keep Reading

FLAG THIS

Majority Say 2021 Was Bad, But Many Hopeful Entering New Year


Polling from the Right: Seven out of ten respondents say 2021 was a bad year for the country, but that’s a slight improvement from 2020, when seventy-eight percent said the same thing. Just over half (54%) say they’re not hopeful about the country’s future, and that includes sixty-nine percent of Republican respondents. (Fox Business)

Polling from the Left: When asked if the past year was filled with more sadness or happiness, respondents were nearly evenly split: forty-two percent say happiness, while forty percent say sadness. The clear majority remain optimistic, however, with 2 in 3 (71%) describing themselves as hopeful entering 2022. (CBS News)

Flag Polls: How did you feel about 2021? Click here to share your thoughts. 

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US & WORLD

Flightmare Continues, Shocking Poll, Covid Deer

The Guardian: Wintry weather and the coronavirus pandemic frustrated US travelers as return flights from holidays were canceled or delayed in the first days of the new year. By early afternoon on Sunday, more than 2,300 US flights and more than 3,900 worldwide had been canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware.

CNBC: The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has testimony that then-President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump asked him to intervene as his supporters ransacked the home of Congress, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Sunday.

New York Post: A third of Americans say violence against the government is sometimes “justified,” a shocking new poll revealed on Saturday.

USA Today: Five missing and endangered teenage girls were recovered by US Marshals in a months-long operation that also saw the arrests of 30 individuals.

AP / Fox News: Search teams looked for two missing people on Sunday in the snow-covered but still smoldering debris from a massive Colorado wildfire, while people who barely escaped the flames sorted through what was left after the blaze and investigators tried to determine its cause. Authorities in Boulder County, Colorado, have not ruled out arson as a possible cause of the wildfire that destroyed thousands of acres and hundreds of homes.

New York Post: Late in the third quarter of the Jets-Buccaneers game, Antonio Brown ripped off his shoulder pads, took off his shirt and gloves, threw them into the crowd and gave a peace sign to the crowd before running into the tunnel. Bruce Arians said after the game that Brown was no longer a member of the Bucs.

NBC: Humans have infected wild deer with Covid-19 in a handful of states, and there’s evidence that the coronavirus has been spreading among deer, according to recent studies, which outline findings that could complicate the path out of the pandemic.

AP: Thousands of people in the Netherlands defied a ban on assembling and demonstrated Sunday against the Dutch government’s coronavirus lockdown measures, gathering on a central square before marching toward a park in Amsterdam.

Washington Examiner: Chinese Communist Party officials have unveiled an “action plan for cooperation” with Latin American countries that amounts to a “comprehensive” plan to cultivate influence and threaten American interests, following a new summit with the nearest neighbors of the United States.

WATERCOOLER

Noriega Surrenders, Overhyped Trends, The Science of Going Grey

On January 3, 1990, Panama’s General Manuel Antonio Noriega, after holing up for 10 days at the Vatican embassy in Panama City, surrenders to US military troops to face charges of drug trafficking. Above is a picture of Noriega being escorted onto a US Air Force aircraft by agents from the DEA.

Fast Company: The 7 most overhyped trends of 2022. We’re looking at you, NFTs.

Vox: Why so much Obama-era pop culture feels so cringe now. How Hamilton, Parks and Recreation, and Harry Potter lost cultural cachet.

Popular Science: We Finally Know Why Stress Turns Your Hair White. Once those strands turn gray, they never go back.

Today I Learned Nicolas Cage was originally given the leading role in The Wrestler (2009), but passed it on to Mickey Rourke, believing he would be a better fit. The film went on to win a Golden Lion and was nominated for two Academy Awards.

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