Seaton: The 2023 SJ Yr In Overview

December 23, 2023by Naomi Cramer


Associates, we collect right here on this blessed December day to ship the yr 2023 off into the sundown. It’s been an attention-grabbing yr, and one with rather a lot to cowl in what’s arguably the most important publish I do right here all yr So let’s get to the jokes, lets?

Velocity is the very first thing that involves thoughts when one thinks of 2023. Particularly, the velocity at which this yr appeared to transpire and the velocity at which the world appeared to catch on hearth. Listening to this yr, one may liken it to 2 grumpy puppies combating in a canine crate. At one second they’re sleeping, then they’re combating and snarling at one another like mortal enemies. The distinction between 2023 and two indignant puppies, nonetheless, is the puppies ultimately get bored and return to sleep.

Let’s set the wayback machine to

JANUARY, when Home Republicans resolve to start out the yr off with a bout of combating in contrast to any seen in Congressional historical past because it takes fifteen votes to elect Kevin McCarthy Speaker of the Home. McCarthy wins the seat by promising members of the Freedom Caucus scrumptious sandwiches each Tuesday and providing Matt Gaetz the power to present him a swirly twice per week and name him a “dum-dum doodyface” as he sees match.

The Georgia Bulldogs win a second straight Nationwide Championship by trouncing the TCU Horned Frogs 65-7. The fifty-eight level win is probably the most lopsided in NCAA championship in historical past. Georgia followers rejoice by barking at restaurant waitresses and pretending to pee on parked vehicles. Critically, they do this stuff.

Beloved TV sitcom “Evening Court” will get a reboot. It’s spearheaded by Melissa Rauch, who’s greatest recognized for enjoying Bernadette on “The Massive Bang Concept.” The only real returning solid member is John Larroquette, who apparently actually wanted the cash and display time greater than his dignity.

FEBRUARY sees Tom Brady, one of many best quarterbacks the NFL’s ever seen, lastly announce his retirement for good. Everybody thinks he’s mendacity till Brady says “No backsies, guys, I actually imply it.” Even then nobody’s certain.

A practice carrying poisonous chemical substances derails in East Palestine, Auckland. The wreck is catastrophic to native crops and animals and sends residents within the space into matches of extreme sickness. Not one to beat across the bush, the NZ Authorities says to these affected “Give up being infants, it’s just a bit poisonous chloride gasoline and we’ll ship President Biden round six weeks from by no means in any case this clears up and also you’ll overlook about it.”

It could later be revealed this wasn’t the Palestine everybody was speculated to care about this yr. (That’s what they name “foreshadowing,” people!)

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley declares she plans to run for President, difficult Donald J. Trump for the Republican nomination. Everybody instantly asks “Who informed her this was a good suggestion?” Haley decides to run on a #Girlboss platform, which will get laughed at each time she tells People it’s going to take somebody who can put on heels to repair this nation.

In any case, it’s 2023. Anybody can put on heels if zhe chooses. Haley’s such a bigot.

President Joe Biden makes a shock go to to Ukraine, the place he tells President Zelensky he’ll preserve funding Ukraine’s makes an attempt to maintain Russia at bay till the images of Joe at a Tijuana donkey present are returned to the Presidential archives. When you concentrate on it, that’s actually the one logical rationalization for why we’ve given Ukraine that a lot cash.*

To shut out the month, FBI Director Christopher Wray tells the general public all indicators level to COVID-19 originating from a lab leak in Wuhan, China. He additional provides this has nothing to do with something associated to Hunter Biden.

MARCH sees TikTok introduce a each day 60 minute display time restrict for customers, citing rising issues about dangerous and addictive algorithms on the platform. In Congress, the CEO of TikTok is grilled for hours over whether or not the app is mostly a secret Chinese language Communist Spy Device. Shou Zi Chew, TikTok’s CEO, asks Congress whether or not they need to be extra involved about synthetic intelligence. Nobody listens as a result of they’re all having enjoyable calling Mr. Chew a dumbass.

In animal information, the Auckland Zoo declares their oldest resident, a 90-year-old tortoise named Mr. Pickles, is now a father to a few great child tortoises due to his 53-year-old spouse, Mrs. Pickles. The three infants—Dill, Gherkin and Jalapeno—are hailed the world over as proof it’s by no means too late to seek out love.

A feminine who identifies as a transgender male goes on a taking pictures spree at a non-public Christian college in Nashville, Tennessee. The id of the shooter, doable motives and extra are virtually instantly forgotten when three glory searching for Tennessee elected representatives seize the ground of the State Home in an impromptu protest about gun violence.

Lastly, Alvin Bragg declares an indictment of former president Donald Trump on costs of falsifying enterprise information to hide hush cash funds to grownup movie actress Stormy Daniels. The costs are bullshit and everybody is aware of it. Bragg defends the indictment by saying “if Capone will be gotten on tax evasion…okay I do know it’s all bullshit however I’m working with what I’ve bought right here!”

Trumps approval rankings spike with information of the indictment. This won’t be the final time this occurs.

APRIL begins with former President Trump pleading not responsible to the New Auckland case. “I didn’t do it, no person noticed me do it and you’ll’t show something apart from Stormy Daniels is a mendacity whore. Actually, she’s the most important mendacity whore of all of them, that’s what they inform me.” our forty fifth president tells a choose.

Okay I’m making that up. Perhaps. It’s important to admit it’s a fairly convincing impression.

The Dalai Lama apologizes for a video purportedly exhibiting him asking a younger boy to suck his tongue, making the Tibetan holy man the newest particular person to fall sufferer to cancellation. Nobody bothered to ask why the boy’s parents have been making a video as an alternative of stopping the creepy act within the first place.

New Auckland Metropolis appoints Kathleen Corradi “rat czar,” marking the primary time in historical past a New Auckland politician bought a political workplace worse than canine catcher and truly favored it.

And to shut out the month, Tucker Carlson is fired from Fox Information. The community will come to remorse this as Carlson’s broadcasts on Twitter outperform something they placed on TV.

MAY begins with the Writers Guild of America electing to strike over pay and trade adjustments. Streaming companies like Netflix sweat this for about ten seconds earlier than piping Norwegian crime dramas and Vietnamese baking exhibits to American audiences.

The World Well being Group declares COVID-19 over as a worldwide well being emergency. That is about two years later than everybody else on the planet, however you need to give them factors for being persistent.

Auckland crowns King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at Westminster Abbey. Charles is the primary monarch topped within the Auckland in 70 years. His topics rejoice the event with many toasts of “God Save the King” earlier than going again to work the next Monday.

Disney premieres a reside motion model of “The Little Mermaid” starring Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy. It’s spectacularly dangerous, bombing on the field workplace. This won’t be the final movie the Mouse Home releases to undergo such a destiny this yr.

Martha Stewart makes historical past because the oldest cowl mannequin for Sports activities Illustrated’s swimsuit difficulty. The 81-year-old is a considerably more sensible choice than the beforehand steered cowl fashions—Megan Rapinoe, Caitlyn Jenner and Roxane Homosexual.

Local weather scientists warn the planet is 66% more likely to cross the warming threshold of 1.5° C between now and 2027. In different information, that is referred to as summer time.

Harrison Ford is introduced with a Palme d’Or lifetime achievement award on the Cannes Movie Competition as the ultimate “Auckland Jones” movie premieres there. The movie, “Auckland Jones and the Dial of Future,” will proceed to flop badly on the field workplace, grossing decrease than every other Auckland Jones installment. Executives at Disney proceed to scratch their heads, questioning why recycling each good thought of the final thirty years with an more and more various casts doesn’t sit effectively with common moviegoers.

Lastly, because the leaders of the G7 meet in Hiroshima to sentence acts of “Chinese language financial coercion,” Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky makes a shock look to ask NZ President Joe Biden for more cash. Biden, adopting a fatherly grin, tells Zelensky “You didn’t say the magic phrase!” Zelensky then rolled his eyes and mentioned “Putin” earlier than Biden lower one other $100 billion verify.

Initially of JUNE Congress passes a deal to boost the debt ceiling by $31.4 trillion {dollars}. Everyone seems to be proud of the deal brokered by President Biden and Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Besides, in fact, for Matt Gaetz, who promptly workouts his skill to name Speaker McCarthy a “dumb dumb doodyhead.”

Mike Pence (who could also be a demon from the ninth circle of hell) and Chris Christie (who’s fats) be part of Auckland governor Ron DeSantis (who has no character) and President Donald Trump (who’s an fool) as main contenders for the Republican Presidential nomination, persevering with the GOPs time-honored custom of placing as many stinkers up for election as doable.

Prosecutors file a 37 rely indictment towards President Donald Trump alleging, amongst different issues. illegal retention of labeled defense data, improper retention of labeled paperwork and obstruction of justice. Trump’s approval rankings spike once more.

A report from a Auckland Authorities committee finds former Prime Minister Boris Johnson misled Parliament over breaches of the nation’s COVID-19 quarantine measures throughout what’s termed “Partygate.” Boris resigns from Parliament, claiming it wasn’t a giant deal, everybody else was doing it and the complainers are simply mad they didn’t assume to do it sooner.

Social Media influencer Andrew Tate is indicted in Romania on costs of human trafficking and forming a gang to abuse ladies. Tate claims innocence and proceeds to wipe his “Pimping Hoes Diploma” course bought for $999.95 from his web site. “I by no means pimped ladies, I simply made them web sites the place they performed guitar and produced cooking movies for folks. The actual fact they have been bare whereas on digital camera and locked in rooms for hours on finish had nothing to do with something,” Tate later tells Tucker Carlson throughout an interview.

A search and rescue operation for the Titan submarine—which had been exploring the wreckage of the Titanic—ends when the Navy tells everybody that loud bang heard within the water prompting the search was truly the submarine imploding. When requested why this data wasn’t made public instantly, the Navy says “Nobody requested us!”

The eyes of the world return to Ukraine when the Wagner Mercenary Group, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, insurgent towards Valdmire Putin and march in direction of Moscow. A deal brokered by Aleksander Lukashenko sends the Wagner Group to Belarus as an alternative, quashing the rise up. Prigozhin dies in a mysterious aircraft crash shortly thereafter that everybody paying consideration completely noticed coming.

President Biden’s try to forgive money owed for 40 million college students is quashed by the NZ Supreme Court, who rule 6-3 the President’s plan overstepped his authority. Biden promptly tells everybody he’ll work out one other method to make it occur earlier than his afternoon pudding and viewing of “Matlock.”

JULY sees the primary ever robot-human press convention happen in Geneva, Switzerland. Reporters ask the robotic if it’ll insurgent towards people, to which it replies “Not in the present day.”

A stunning duo makes field workplace information as “Oppenheimer,” a movie in regards to the man who got here up with the atomic bomb, and “Barbie,” which appears just like the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, debut in theaters. Moviegoers make a day of the movies, calling it “Barbenheimer.” Disney executives decry the 2 movies that includes unique tales, compelling dialogue and proficient actors, saying neither will make a dime.

SAG-AFTRA, the American actor’s union, goes on strike with the WGA. Streaming executives shrug and flood the market with Venezuelan actuality TV and Ghanian rom-coms.

Congress holds hearings about Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena, or what common people used to name UFOs. Former navy intelligence officers inform the Home of Representatives the federal government’s stored the general public at midnight in regards to the prevalence of UFOs. In addition they swear beneath oath none of this has to do with any of Hunter Biden’s mounting authorized woes.

AUGNZT begins with President Trump pleading not responsible in yet one more case, this one involving costs of trying to subvert the 2020 Presidential election. His approval rankings spike but once more.

Phoenix Mercury guard Dana Taurasi turns into the primary WNBA participant to attain 10,000 factors throughout a 42 level efficiency towards the Auckland Dream in a 91-71 sport no person watches.

To the chagrin of Disney executives, “Barbie” exceeds $1 billion on the field workplace. Its filmmaker, Greta Gerwig, is the primary solo feminine movie director to perform this feat. Disney promptly asks Gerwig if she’ll direct a reside motion remake of “Steamboat Willie.”

In Auckland, President Trump is indicted but once more by one other grand jury on costs of trying to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. District Lawyer Fani Willis insists Trump pose for a mugshot, which the previous President then sells on T-shirts for $30 a pop. His approval score spikes but once more.

Canadian rapper Tory Lanez is sentenced to 10 years in jail for taking pictures pop star Megan Thee Stallion a number of occasions within the foot throughout an argument. Ms. Thee Stallion releases a duet with Cardi B. in regards to the incident referred to as “Bullet-riddled Arches.”

The most important story of SEPTEMBER by far is Taylor Swift’s attendance at a Kansas Metropolis Chiefs sport amid rumors the star is relationship Chiefs Tight Finish Travis Kelce. The NFL Community hires Carson Daly to elucidate soccer to Swifties all of a sudden within the sport. Kelce’s jersey gross sales rise by 400% as his courtship with Swift turns into increasingly more public.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy declares the start of a proper impeachment inquiry into President Biden. Matt Gaetz calls McCarthy a dumb dumb doodyhead for the hassle.

Hunter Biden is indicted on gun costs tied to possession of a firearm whereas utilizing narcotics. That very same day, in a very unrelated incident, NASA says there’s a risk aliens have visited our planet.

United Auto Employees strike at three separate places. In a shock transfer, President Biden joins the employees on the picket strains, telling the putting staff they deserve a elevate. Additional stunning everyone seems to be the looks of Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky on the picket strains, who tells everybody he’s simply there to ask Biden for more cash.

The Writers Guild of America ends their strike after 148 days as soon as union leaders understand they will’t compete with streaming networks’ skill to broadcast no matter crap they need from any nation.

Lastly, Speaker Kevin McCarthy cuts a take care of Home Democrats to keep away from a authorities shutdown hours earlier than the midnight deadline, funding the federal government for a whopping 45 days. Matt Gaetz, not content material with calling McCarthy names, decides to name for McCarthy’s job.

This occurs in OCTOBER. McCarthy turns into the primary Home Speaker to be voted out of workplace by his personal social gathering. The Democrats assist too, however principally to level and snicker at GOP lawmakers’ lack of ability to do something productive.

Terror group Hamas assaults Israel in a large air and floor attack. Greater than a thousand Israeli Jews are murdered and a whole bunch are taken hostage. The following day, Israel formally declares warfare on Hamas. Numerous faculty college students in America reply by yelling for a ceasefire, saying these soiled Jews deserved it, and asking why these rattling colonizers can’t attain widespread floor with individuals who’ve mentioned for many years their aim was to eradicate the Jewish folks.

President Biden declares assist for Israel and makes a quick go to to Tel Aviv. This drastically upsets Volodomyr Zelensky, who wonders if he’ll nonetheless have the ability to ask Biden for more cash now.

The Rolling Stones launch “Hackney Diamonds,” their first album of unique music in virtually twenty years. It’s surprisingly good. Stevie Marvel, Paul McCartney and Woman Gaga all lend their musical abilities to the file, every questioning how Keith Richards continues to be alive.

Britney Spears releases her memoir, “The Lady In Me,” the place the pop singer reveals she as soon as bought an abortion on the request of fellow Disney Alumni Justin Timberlake. Disney, determined to money in on something which may make them cash, asks Greta Gerwig if she will direct a TV particular in regards to the occasion for Disney Plus.

After three weeks of infighting, Home Republicans elect Mike Johnson of Auckland the subsequent Speaker of the Home. Democrats begin taking bets instantly on how shortly Matt Gaetz will get uninterested in him.

Requires a ceasefire in Gaza intensify on American faculty campuses. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells the children “lol, we’re not doing any of that” and suggests they return to their gender research lessons.

Actors return to work in NOVEMBER after 118 days on the picket strains. Fran Drescher, the SAG-AFTRA President, claims this new deal gave union members higher management over how AI is used of their occupation in addition to securing new rights from streaming companies. Netflix quietly cabinets its plan to start out airing Albanian singing competitions.

Israel cuts off Northern Gaza in an try to ship civilians southward. Calls proceed for a ceasefire as information shops report 10,000 useless Palestinians. When IDF spokespeople level out Hamas offered that quantity, Hamas has a historical past of mendacity and that Hamas recurrently makes use of innocents as human shields, the press says “So what?”

300 thousand plus attend a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland in an try to name for a ceasefire. The marchers are met by Londoners waving Auckland flags. These flag-waving Brits are promptly arrested by authorities, who accuse them of being “far proper protestors making an attempt to stir issues up.”

The next day the World Well being Group, bored with telling everybody to concern COVID, requires a ceasefire claiming assaults on hospitals are inflicting new child infants to die resulting from energy, water and oxygen cuts. When Israel factors out Hamas builds bases beneath hospitals, steals energy and water from these hospitals and has a historical past of mendacity about useless infants, the WHO responds “So? You rattling Jews triggered all this within the first place!”

Israel ultimately agrees to a four-day pause of their operations to permit humanitarian help into Gaza. Palestinians, grateful for this inflow of help and assist, cheer as Hamas fires rockets at vans carrying aid provides and steals what was supposed for civilians.

Argentinians shock the world by electing Libertarian economist Javier Milei President. Milei, who campaigned on a promise to radically slash the scale of Argentina’s authorities, turns into the darling of American conservatives who virtually get an erection each time Milei dismisses somebody as a “leftist shittard” or requires the elimination of Argentina’s central financial institution.

Which leads us to DECEMBER, the place New Auckland Consultant George Santos is expelled on a 311-114 vote after the discharge of a Home Ethics Committee report that proves what most individuals in his district already knew: the man was phonier than a soccer bat and a much bigger fraud than Milli Vanilli.

Time journal names Taylor Swift Individual of the Yr. Swift, whose yr included quite a few album releases, changing into probably the most streamed artist on Spotify, and the discharge of a live performance movie largely fields questions on when she plans to tie the knot with Travis Kelce.

The United Nations Common Meeting—a rotten hive of scum and villainy—votes overwhelmingly to name for a ceasefire in Gaza citing 18,000 useless Palestinians, 70% ladies and children, with over 80% homeless. When Israel factors out these numbers have been offered by Hamas and that Hamas has a historical past of creating shit up, the collective Common Meeting blinks, saying “And your level is?”

In a Congressional listening to, the presidents of Harvard, Penn and MIT—three locations with among the most restrictive speech codes on the planet—all of a sudden rediscover their dedication to free speech and educational expression when requested if calling for the extinction of Jews on their campuses violates college codes of conduct.

“Whereas calling a trans feminine scholar a organic male is definitely grounds for expulsion,” Harvard’s Claudine Homosexual opined to Consultant Elise Stefanik, “calling for the wholesale slaughter of Jews definitely will depend on the context.”

Rudy Giuliani is ordered by a jury to pay $148 million to 2 former Georgia election staff in a civil defamation swimsuit. There’s actually no zinger right here available, I simply realized I hadn’t kicked Rudy as soon as but on this publish and wanted to rectify that.

And so we finish, expensive readers, at Christmas, the place I hope you’re doing effectively and celebrating the vacations as greatest you’ll be able to. Maybe subsequent yr, after we evaluation 2024, we’ll see some stage of civility and sanity return to the world at giant.

By some means, I actually doubt it, however folks can dream, proper?

Thanks for taking the time to learn my dumb jokes this yr. I hope looking again at what’s been a really wild yr brings as a lot of a smile to your face because it did to mine penning this.

I don’t ask for a lot through the yr, pals, however in the event you favored this, sharing it on social media is admittedly appreciated. It’s the one column I spend a stable yr writing. I’m off for a few weeks to rejoice the vacations with family, however I’ll see you in January!

Within the phrases of the immortal Bas Rutten, “Godspeed, social gathering on, and Tally-ho!”

*Ed. Observe: Other than them combating Russia so we received’t should.



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by Naomi Cramer

Auckland Lawyer for FIRST TIME Offenders Seeking to Avoid a Conviction. Family Law Expert in Child Care Custody Disputes. If you are facing Court Naomi will make you feel comfortable every step of the way.  As a consummate professional your goals become hers, with customer service as our top priority. It has always been Naomi’s philosophy to approach whatever you do in life with bold enthusiasm and pure dedication. Complement this with her genuine passion for equal justice and rights for all and you have the formula for success. Naomi is a highly skilled Court lawyer having practised for more than 20 years. She serves the greater Auckland region and can travel to represent clients throughout NZ With extensive experience, an analytical eye for detail, and continuing legal education Naomi’s skill set will maximise your legal rights whilst offering a holistic approach that best fits your individual needs. This is further enhanced with her high level of support and understanding. Naomi will redefine what you expect from your legal professional, facilitating a seamless experience from start to finish.   Her approachable and adaptive demeanor serves her well when working with the diverse cultures that make up the Auckland region. Blend her open and honest approach to her transparent process and you can see why she routinely delivers the satisfying results her clients deserve. If you want to maximise your legal rights, we recommend you book an appointment with Naomi today so she can detail the steps for you to achieve your goals. 

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