Saturday, December 31, 2022

Finally Through: 2022

2022 has been a difficult year, like the previous years.  It has been a year of revelation.  We have begun to see our bread coming back over the waters, as the saying goes, and the results of the globalist coup that really accelerated in 2020.  Many of the "health measures" were rolled back this year, at least for now.  We shall see what lies in store.

As always, I have used Wikipedia as a starting point for the refreshment of my recollection (excluding covid pushback stories, which are scarcely to be found in Wikipedia's current events roundup), and focused those items which were of particular note to me.  


1: France, eldest daughter of the Church, begins to distribute free contraceptives, including patches, injections and the abortifacient IUD.  Also: Formerly Catholic Austria legalizes physician-assisted suicide.
2: Thousands gather in Amsterdam to protest coronavirus restrictions in defiance of a ban on demonstrations.  Also: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R.-GA) has her Twitter account permanently suspended for not towing the coronapanic line.
3-4: Hundreds of motorists are stranded for more than 24 hours on Virginia's I-95 after a winter storm brought traffic to a standstill.
5: French President Emmanuel Macron declares war on the unvaccinated, saying they are not citizens and declaring his intent to "piss them off" and cover them in excrement.  Also: It is announced that the 79th Golden Globe Awards will be held without a live audience, ostensibly due to The Bug, but probably really to cover up the fact that nobody is watching anyway.
6: Australia cancels tennis star Novak Djokovic's visa and imprisons him upon his arrival in Melbourne for the Australian Open, on the grounds that he is unvaccinated, despite Djokovic's having received a legal vaccine exemption.
8: Over 105,000 people take to the streets in France, including about 18,000 in Paris, over a proposed new law that would exclude the unvaccinated from public life.  Also: Beginning of the eruption of Volcán Wolf in the Galápagos Islands.
9: A deadly fire at an apartment house in the Bronx, New York, claims at least 17 lives and injures dozens more.  Also: Blase Cardinal Cupich gets booed and heckled at March for Life Chicago.
10: The Federal Court of Australia orders the release of Novak Djokovic to compete in the Australian Open, and also orders the government to pay his legal expenses.  Also: covid restriction protests take place all over Germany, dubbed "Monday Walks," reminiscent of the Monday protests in East Germany between 1989 and 1991.
12: About 3,000 Bulgarians protest covid passports in front of their parliament building in Sofia.
13: The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Biden/OSHA vaxx mandate, but upholds the mandate for health care workers in facilities that receive federal funding.  Also: Teachers all over France walk off the job in protest over the incoherence of government covid policies related to schools.  Also: amid his civil sexual assault trial, Prince Andrew is stripped of most of his royal honors, titles and patronages, including the official use of the style "His Royal Highness."
15: Massive volcanic eruption at the uninhabited island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai in the Kingdom of Tonga, sending up a gigantic cloud of ash visible from outer space, and touching off a world-wide pressure wave heard as far away as Alaska, as well as a tsunami that hit the west coast of the United States.  Also: protests across the United Kingdom against a bill in Parliament that would curtail the right to protest.
16: Thousands march to protest covid restrictions in Amsterdam.  Also: Novak Djokovic is finally deported from Australia after the government doubles down and this time is backed up by the high court.  Also: in cities across the Netherlands, dozens of restauranteurs and pub owners opened up over the weekend in defiance of government lockdown orders, with the police choosing not to enforce the lockdowns.
19: Boris Johnson ends covid restrictions in Great Britain.
20: The Czech Republic ends vaccine mandates.
22: Ireland ends most covid restrictions.  Also: A convoy of semis almost 45 miles long leaves Vancouver for Ottawa to protest mandatory vaccinations for cross-border truckers in Canada.
23: Some 40,000 citizens participate in the Defeat the Mandates rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, D.C. 
27: Denmark announces the end of covid restrictions.
28: Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.  Also: collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh, injuring ten, the same day Brandon was supposed to give a speech in Pittsburgh on infrastructure.
29: The Freedom Convoy of tens of thousands of trucks arrives at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
31: Ontario, Canada begins lifting covid restrictions.  Also: The premier of Saskatchewan announces the end of proof-of-vaccination requirements, citing the vaccine's ineffectiveness against the Omicron variant.

Deaths: Peter Bogdanovich; Marilyn Bergman (songwriter, "The Way We Were," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"); Lani Guinier; Sidney Poitier; Bob Saget; Ronnie Spector (the Ronnettes); Terry Teachout; Alice von Hildebrand; Charles McGee (Tuskeegee Airman); Louie Anderson; Michael Lee Aday (aka Meat Loaf); Peter Robbins (voice of Charlie Brown in Peanuts animations); Howard Hesseman.


1: Norway gets rid of most covid restrictions.  Also: The premier of Quebec scraps a plan to tax the unvaccinated, in recognition that this would only cause divisions in society.
2: Finland announces the end of covid restrictions.  Also: The Washington Redskins, having previously changed their name to "Washington Football Team," now changes its name to "Washington Commanders."
3: Police in Canberra raid a protest camp and toast each other with their canisters of tear gas after using tear gas on protesters.
6: Platinum jubilee: the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne.
8: Israel ends masks for school kids.
9: Johnson & Johnson suspends production of its covid vaxx.
11: Italy reopens night clubs and lifts its outdoor mask mandates, which people were ignoring en masse anyway.
14: An Israeli Freedom Convoy against covid restrictions arrives in Jerusalem.  Also: Justine Trudeau announces that he will be invoking unprecedented emergency powers against the Canadian Freedom Convoy.
15: Three radical leftist members of San Francisco's school board are ousted in a recall election.
16: Austria, one of Europe's big holdouts on mandates, does a 180 and announces that all covid restrictions will be scrapped by March 5th.
17: Chris Barber and Tamera Lich, two organizers of the Canadian Freedom Convoy, are arrested.
18: Royal Canadian Mounted Police on horseback drive a wedge through Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa, trampling two.
23: Trudeau revokes emergency powers in Canada.
24: Beginning of Russian invasion of Ukraine.  The price of fuel, already high, begins to skyrocket.  On the plus side, covid miraculously ends.

Deaths: P.J. O'Rourke; Ian McDonald (Foreigner); Gary Brooker (Procol Harum); Bob Beckel; Sally Kellerman; Priscilla Reuel Tolkien.


3: France announces the end of vaccine passports starting March 14th.
5: A tornado outbreak in the American midwest kills six people.  Also: Saudi Arabia announces the lifting of covid restrictions.
6: The American answer to the Freedom Convoy arrives at Washington, D.C.
7: Belgium lifts covid restrictions.  Also: New York City ditches masks.
9: Austria suspends its draconian vaxx mandate.  Also: Romania abolishes covid restrictions.  Also: Location of the wreck of the ship Endurance that sank in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica, in 1915.
11: Kenya lifts covid restrictions.
15: Pope Francis stuns the Catholic world with his announcement that he will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25th.  Also: beginning of popular uprising in Sri Lanka over the government's "net zero" policies that burden the lives of everyday people.
18: The Vatican confirms that all the world's bishops are being asked to join in the consecration of Russia.

Deaths: Peter Bowles (Guthrie Featherstone in Rumpole of the Bailey); William Hurt; Tim Considine; Johnny Brown (Bookman on Good Times); Alan Ladd, Jr.; Conrad Janis (Mindy's father in Mork and Mindy).


1: Italy ends its two-year state of covid emergency.
7: Ketanji Brown Jackson, unable to define what a woman is during her confirmation hearings, is confirmed as a justice of the United States Supreme Court.
8: Two defendants in the alleged kidnapping plot of Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer are acquitted by a jury, while the trials of two other defendants end in a hung jury.
14: Elon Musk begins the process of buying Twitter.
18: A federal district judge in Florida strikes down the Biden administrations mask mandates on public transportation and airlines; most airlines then abolish masking.

Deaths: Estelle Harris; Sonny Caldinez; Liz Sheridan; Read Morgan; Robert Morse; Naomi Judd.


2: Infamous and unprecedented leak of the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, which will overturn Roe v. Wade.
7: Monkeypox is detected in someone traveling from Nigeria to England; a new pandemic is sought to be begun.
8: Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life group, has its offices in Madison burned and sacked by pro-abortion hooligans.
10: The director of the World Health Organization publicly attacks China's zero-covid policy as unsustainable.
18: Biden and the House of Representatives address the entirely contrived baby formula shortage in the United States.
21: Biden signs off on $40 billion of taxpayer dollars to Ukraine.
24: Mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and 2 teachers were slain before the 18-year-old shooter was himself killed by police.

Deaths: Charles Siebert; Norman Mineta; Mike Hagerty; Mickey Gilley; Fred Ward; Midge Decter; Randy Weaver; Rosmarie Trapp (of the von Trapp family); Rosemary Radford Reuther; Ray Liotta; Angelo Cardinal Sodano; Bo Hopkins.

1: Johnny Depp wins a lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, who does not come out of the affair without a tarnished image.
5: As many as 80 people perish in a bombing and shooting attack on St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria.
24: The U.S. Supreme Court formally issues Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, overturning Roe v. Wade.
30: The U.S. Supreme Court puts the kibosh on Environmental Protection Agency overreach, holding that the agency has no authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by requiring them to change their fuel sources.

Deaths: Ann Turner Cook (the original Gerber Baby); Jim Seals (Seals and Crofts); Mark Shields.


6: Destruction by explosion of the odious Georgia Guidestones in Elbert County, Georgia.
7: Women's basketball player Brittany Griner, of whom nobody had ever previously heard or cared, pleads guilty to possession of marijuana in Russia.
8: Assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while he was giving a speech in Nara, Kinsai Region, Japan.  
12: The James Webb space telescope enters into service.
25: Pope Francis' shameful apology in Canada for purported "abuse" and "cultural suppression" at residential schools across the nation.
28: With the economy shrinking for the second consecutive quarter, the U.S. enters a recession.

Deaths: James Caan; Larry Storch; Eugenio Scalfaro; Ivana Trump; Mickey Rooney, Jr.; Taurean Blacque; Rodney Stark; Paul Sorvino; Tony Dow; Burt Metcalfe; Nichelle Nichols.


2: Nancy Pelosi's ridiculous visit to Taiwan.  Also: The Department of "Justice" sues the state of Idaho to block Idaho's trigger law banning abortion.
3: Brittney Griner gets sentenced to 9 years on her Russian cannabis charges.
8: The infamous FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, on the same day that the Pentagon announces a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine.
12: Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, is stabbed during an event in Chautauqua, New York.
13: Two die in flooding in Las Vegas.
20: Russian journalist Darya Dugina, daughter of Aleksandr Dugin, is killed by a car bomb in Moscow Oblast.
23: For the second consecutive year, South Korea experiences a population decrease.
24: The U.S. announces another $3 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Deaths: Vin Scully; David McCullough; Roger E. Mosley (T.C. on Magnum, P.I.); Olivia Newton-John; Ann Heche; Virginia Patton (George Bailey's sister-in-law in It's a Wonderful Life); former archbishop Rembert Weakland; Mikhail Gorbachev.


6: Liz Truss becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  Also: Beginning of the Mosquito Fire in California's Placer and El Dorado Counties, the largest of California's wildfires of this year.
8: Queen Elizabeth II dies, following a reign of seventy years.  Prince Charles immediately succeeds as Charles III.
19: Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.  Much consternation in certain quarters about the vast outpouring of love and respect for the late Queen.
20: Long after other parts of the country have moved on, the mayor of New York City announces the end of vax mandates for private businesses as of November 1st.
26: Vladimir Putin grants Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden.
27: Sabotage of the Nordstream Pipelines, probably by the United States.  Also: Announcement that the Donetsk People's Republic, the Luhansk People's Republic, as well as occupied parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Oblasts overwhelmingly vote in favor of annexation by Russia.
28: Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida.

Deaths: Barbara Ehrenreich; Anne Garrels; Bernard Shaw; Kenneth Starr; Louise Fletcher; Joan Hotchkis (Oscar Madison's physician girlfriend on The Odd Couple).


1: Canada ends all covid border restrictions.
5: The Donetsk People's Republic, the Luhansk People's Republic, as well as occupied parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Oblasts are formally annexed into Russia.
8: Explosion on the Crimean Bridge, for which President Putin blames Ukraine.
22: Giorgia Meloni is sworn in as Prime Minister of Italy.
25: Rishi Sunak succeeds Liz Truss as Prime Minister after the end of the latter's 50-day premiership.
26: Tamaulipas becomes the fourth Mexican state to approve same-sex "marriage."
27: Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter takes effect.
28: Bizarre and suspicious home "attack" on Paul Pelosi by a guy in his underwear wielding a hammer.

Deaths: Loretta Lynn; Judy Tenuta; Jules Bass (of Rankin/Bass Productions); Jerry Lee Lewis.


1: The city of Tokyo, Japan extends legal recognition to same-sex couples.
2: Breaking of the FTX crypto-currency exchange scandal.
5: Russia promulgates an amendment to its anti-gay propaganda law that broadens its scope to include transgender propaganda and child grooming. Also: beginning of growing protests against covid restrictions in China.
8: Mid-term elections.  The much-ballyhooed "red wave" fails to materialize.
13: Four University of Idaho students are found stabbed to death at a residence near the campus in Moscow, Idaho.
19: Donald Trump's Twitter account is restored.
23: The Supreme Court of Great Britain rules that the Scottish government cannot hold a second referendum on Scotland's independence without the approval of the British government.
28: First eruption of Mauna Loa in Hawaii since 1984.
29: Singapore decriminalizes sodomy.

Deaths: Tom Owen (Last of the Summer Wine); Gary Roberts (Boomtown Rats); John Aniston; Gallagher (Leo Anthony Gallagher, Jr.); Robert Clary (Cpl. LeBeau on Hogan's Heroes); Irene Cara; Clarence Gilyard; Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac)


3: Two power substations in Moore County, North Carolina are shot up, leaving 40,000 customers without power.
15: The Senate passes a bill to rescind the military vax mandate.
19: A jury convicts Harvey Weinstein of 3 out of 7 sexual assault charges.
20: The Ferndale Earthquake, magnitude 6.4, strikes Humboldt County, California.
21: Volodymir Zelenskyy addresses a joint session of Congress in his president-at-war costume.  Also: beginning of a massive and severe winter storm over about 2/3 of the United States, resulting in 91 deaths, millions of customers without power and thousands of cancelled and delayed flights.
25: Deliberate attacks on four electrical substations in Pierce County, Washington, leaves 14,000 customers without power.
26: China announces forthcoming suspension of quarantine requirements for travelers into China from abroad.
30: Arrest in Pennsylvania of a suspect in the mass stabbing of students at the University of Idaho in November. 
31: Passing of Josef Ratzinger, formerly Pope Benedict XVI.

Deaths: Kirstie Alley; Stuart Margolin (Angel on The Rockford Files); Frank J. Shakespeare; Pelé; Christian Roberts (Denham in To Sir, With Love); Barbara Walters.

I hope and pray 2023 turns out to be a better year.

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