Happy New Year!
Last year, I concluded my Top Post picks with this wish:
The US Air Force Academy Class of 2024’s motto is “United We Endure”. Let “Endurance” be our watchword in 2021.
Sadly, the watchword was apt, as we were forced to endure quite a bit in 2021.
DUMBEST MEDIA SCIENCE TAKE OF 2021
There were so many awful hot takes from the establishment media. Still, the one that was the most oblivious was conflating COVID-deaths with the type of mortality experienced during the Spanish Influenza.
“I TOLD YOU SO” POST OF 2021
I wrote too much about COVID in 2021 and hope posts are fewer and more positive next year. However, toward the end of the year, the media began promoting the assessments I had given in 2020.
However, of all those analyses, the biggest “I told you so” was when I wrote that Biden’s 6-pronged Plan to battle COVID was doomed to failure due to the nature of the virus and the fact the containment strategies being proposed were not going to work.
FAVORITE SPACE POST OF 2021
I am thrilled to cover the science and technology beat for Legal Insurrection. After dealing with COVID for nearly two years, it is wonderful to cover the usually much more positive reports about our nation’s space efforts.
With much joy, I covered Star Trek star William Shatner’s trip on the Blue Origin suborbital vehicle.
CALIFORNIA CRAZY POST of 2021
Living in the Golden State as a conservative is a testament to my endurance. Fortunately, I can always rely on my love of gallows humor when covering the California news for Legal Insurrection.
My favorite California post this year features “pillaging” in the headline. As I do love history, I have seen it used often…but never thought I would do so in this more modern context.
MOST CONCERNING POST of 2021
While COVID was the dominant topic of 2021 on my radar, I followed the US military’s adoption of Critical Race Theory and other woke elements with growing alarm. I fear this is an issue that will be of increasing concern for those of us interested in military readiness and national security. This is especially true for those of us serving or who have family members who are.
MOST PRESCIENT POST OF 2021
This summer, I noted that the Russian Flu pandemic of 1889 was traced genetically to a coronavirus that caused a very similar suite of symptoms, with the same effects on the population as we are currently experiencing with COVID.
A line from that piece stands out:
In a nutshell, the Russian flu evolved from a serious pathogen into another common cold virus. A glance at the number of deaths associated with COVID-19 within this country indicates that this virus appears to be trending in the same direction.
Even The Washington Post reports show that we are seeing the transition of a serious pathogen to one with a much more mild impact on the infected.
It starts with a sneeze, maybe a sniffle.
You think to yourself, it’s just mild allergies or a minor cold. You’re not worried about covid-19, because the symptoms don’t match up with the distinct, often severe indicators of covid-19: joint aches, violent coughing, a fever or chill, and the dreaded loss of ability to taste or smell.
But with the omicron variant now the dominant strain in the United States infecting the unvaccinated and fully inoculated alike, health experts warn the symptoms that previously helped people to gauge whether they had a cold, flu or covid-19 are no longer the useful marker they once were.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the hardest hit.
MY FUN POST OF 2021
While my science and tech posts don’t usually feature memes, the piece I did about the FBI’s Entrapment Theater during the ‘Justice for J6’ rally was filled with hilarious takes. It took the edge of a serious topic, as it appears that the agency can only solve crimes that it stages itself.
PROPOSED WATCHWORD FOR 2021
As 2021’s watchword turned out to be apt, I will offer this one for 2022: VICTORY.DONATE
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