Virginia House of Delegates, Special, 2022

A special election will be held on January 11 to fill a vacancy in the 89th district of the Virginia House of Delegates. I make the following recommendation in that race:

  • 89th District: Former Delegate Jay Jones (D-VA 89th) resigned in December. Giovanni Dolmo (R) and Jackie Glass (D) stand as candidates to replace him. I recommend voting for Giovanni Dolmo.
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On January 6, 2021, I watched on television as a mob of rioters climbed the steps of the United States Capitol, broke its windows, ripped apart its doors, stormed the building, vandalized it, terrified the public servants who work there, assaulted law enforcement officers, and desecrated some of the highest symbols of the American republic. It is one of the saddest things I’ve seen in many years.

Don’t misunderstand me. The storming of the Capitol in 2021 was not even half as severe as the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in 2001 . . . or, for that matter, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941, or the burning of Washington, D.C., by the British in 1814. Comparison to these events is, at best, historically ignorant. This was no republic-shaking “insurrection.” It was a riot . . . a big, stupid, hurtful, pointless riot. The only thing that made it significantly worse than the other riots that plagued the nation over the year prior was the prominence of the place it targeted.

It deserves unequivocal condemnation. Aimless destruction of property is not an acceptable response to any problem, whether real or imagined. I don’t care if your riot is labeled “Stop the Steal” or “Black Lives Matter.” It’s wrong. It hurts the cause it is supposed to be supporting and, worse, it hurts innocent people.

Scientists studying the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, have learned that a future variant of the virus traveled back in time from 2029 to 1984 on a mission to assassinate Doctor Anthony Fauci before he could be appointed director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The mission was unsuccessful.

The variant, provisionally designated Schwarzenegger-29, appears to be a hybridized version of the naturally occurring Tau-800 variant from 2028 and the Model 101 artificial variant manufactured by Cyberdyne Systems, a Chinese-owned technology firm, in 2029. Upon arrival in 1984, Schwarzenegger-29 began systematically assassinating anybody it could find named Anthony Fauci.

“Yeah, I remember back in ’84, a few months before I was made director of NIAID, I get this knock at the door,” Fauci said in a hastily-arranged press conference this afternoon. “I opened up and there was this big, tough lookin’ variant there. It asked if I was Tony Fauci. It seemed suspicious, especially with its fake German or Austrian accent, so I just told it, ‘Nah, I’m Sarah Connor,’ and it went away. Good thing too. I wasn’t wearing a mask or anything.”

Fauci assumed office as director at NIAID in December of 1984, and has been at the forefront of the American response to the COVID-19 pandemic since it emerged in 2019.

“I did have another weird experience with a very similar looking variant, and this other shape-shifting metallic one. Must have been back around ’91. I’ve been pretty busy since then so I can’t say much more about it.”

Officials advise that time-traveling COVID-19 poses a minimal risk to the general public. Each new variant tends to be less deadly, but versions designed to target specific individuals could pose a serious risk to the targeted person or anybody who shares their name. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki added, “If you are approached by any COVID-19 variant, simply identify yourself as Sarah Connor and walk away. We’re all in this together. I will circle back with more details as soon as we have them.”

I usually plan to publish my list of the ugliest cars of a given model year in the first quarter of the year. Last year I was late—I finally got it published in July. This year I’m even later. It’s November. It’s barely even still 2021.

Sorry. I’ve been busy. But the tradition cannot die, and I’ll try to do better next year.

There have not been a lot of big changes from last year. The Fiat 500L and the Honda Civic Type R have been discontinued. There has also been a little bit of adjustment to the order as my tastes change and I get more used to certain objectionable car designs. Sometimes something that looks bad at first becomes slightly less bad with time.

The criteria are simple. Cars that are currently sold new in the United States are eligible unless they sell in very low volume or are not sold to the general public. Volume is defined based on my subjective opinion—if I see ’em on the roads, they qualify; if I don’t, they don’t. Vehicles that are only sold for exotic, military, commercial, or special purposes are excluded.

As always, this list is my personal opinion. If you own one of the cars on this list, don’t take it (too) personally.

Election 2021 Results (Final)

Ballot Races
Virginia Governor
Princess Blanding (LP):0.70%
Terry McAuliffe (D):48.64%
Glenn Youngkin (R):50.57%
Other:0.08%
Virginia Lt. Governor
Hala Ayala (D):49.18%
Winsome Sears (R):50.71%
Other:0.12%
Virginia Atty. General
Mark Herring (D):49.55%
Jason Miyares (R):50.36%
Other:0.09%
Virginia House, 87th
Gregory Moulthrop (R):41.44%
Suhas Subramanyam (D):58.42%
Other:0.13%
Ballot Issues
Loudoun School Bonds
Yes:66.54%
No:33.46%
Loudoun Safety Bonds
Yes:82.04%
No:17.96%
Loudoun Transp. Bonds
Yes:76.15%
No:23.85%

Scott Bradford has been putting his opinions on his website since 1995—before most people knew what a website was. He has been a professional web developer in the public- and private-sector for over twenty years. He is an independent constitutional conservative who believes in human rights and limited government, and a Catholic Christian whose beliefs are summarized in the Nicene Creed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He loves Pink Floyd and can play the bass guitar . . . sort-of. He’s a husband, pet lover, amateur radio operator, and classic AMC/Jeep enthusiast.