2021 is now in the rear-view mirror, and throughout this past year, there have been a lot of stories don’t really require more than a one- or two-word statement. These are opinions I’ve wanted to share throughout the year, but because they were so short, they didn’t really warrant their own columns. So they are The Way It Iz’s 2021 wrap-up short op-eds. All of these will be one or two sentences long. So tweets. They are basically tweets.

The same people who were up-in-arms about Ilhan Omar saying “some people did something” about 9/11 had no problem downplaying January 6.

Joe Biden ran for president on the promise of uniting the country and couldn’t even unite his own party to pass his signature legislation.

You probably don’t know enough about stock trading to understand what happened with GameStop.

Whether you criticized Ted Cruz for vacationing during a winter storm in Georgia or Pete Buttigieg for taking extended paternal leave during a chain supply crisis depended solely on party affiliation.

Nobody really cares about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Nobody in this country understands HIPAA, least of all the people who claim to do so on social media.

Mario Cuomo’s lasting legacy on this world is the downfall of his two children with the greatest public personae.

Whether you blame the labor shortage on wages or government handouts depends solely on party affiliation.

Jeopardy! should have chosen Buzzy Cohen to be the new host. This should not be mildly controversial.

Thank the L-rd they named the latest variant “Omicron.” After Corona and Delta, I don’t think another brand could have afforded their name being tarnished.

The popularization of the Milk Crate Challenge is easily traced back to the original viral internet challenge, The Ice Bucket Challenge. Since that took off, every two weeks, there’s another “challenge” online that threatens people’s health and well-being.

Whether you think Alec Baldwin should be tried for murder or not is directly correlated to your political affiliation.

This is probably the first time you’ve seen the word “Ivermectin” in print, and it took you a second glance to realize what the word is.

Dave Chapelle’s popularity on the Right is the exact inverse of Liz Cheney.

Whether you think Kyle Rittenhouse was guilty or not is solely based on party affiliation.

Facebook thinking their image could be improved simply by changing their name is perhaps the least meta thing they could do.

Republicans who cheered the ousting of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo need to understand that his replacement was always going to be someone further to the Left. The fact that he was ousted without having to answer for the nursing home deaths is a win for Democrats.

Don’t you wish Mayor Bill de Blasio would have just been a lame duck through his last year instead of continuing his eight-year campaign to ruin the city?

I am pleasantly surprised by how the media coverage of Afghanistan did not slowly die away.

When Joe Biden explained that the reason he was instituting vaccine mandates was because his “patience was wearing thin” after not enough people got them voluntarily, he achieved a level of authoritarianism that his predecessor never came close to touching. Offering people the option of a vaccine and then forcing it upon them when they don’t make the decision you wanted them to make never really was a real option, was it?

As of January 1, 2022, the best option the Democrats have for a presidential bid in 2024 is Stacey Abrams. For Republicans, it’s Ron DeSantis.

Despite the Omicron variant, masks will begin to come off for good by Pesach.

And that’s The Way it Iz for 2021.


Izzo Zwiren is the host of The Jewish Living Podcast, where he and his guests delve into any and all areas of Orthodox Judaism.

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