Monday, March 27, 2006

Jefferson Denied; Singin' In The Rain

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March 27th, 2006

in 1775, Virginian rebel Thomas Jefferson is denied a seat on the Continental Congress that the American revolutionaries have established. Jefferson's energy and eloquence shortly became directed towards the Canadian Independence movement, where he helped design their parliamentary structure as well as their founding documents.

in 1829, President Andrew Jackson is forced to withdraw his nominee for Secretary of War almost as soon as he appoints him. John Eaton's wife was the subject of many rumors in the capitol, and Jackson's own scandal over his wife's divorce not being final when he married her forced him to go with someone that society deemed more seemly.

in 1836, Mexico's Generalissimo Santa Anna, after defeating a small force of Texicans at Goliad, magnanimously gives them amnesty, provided they leave Mexico's borders. Most are only too happy to comply, but several rejoin their rebellious brethren. When they are recaptured at the battle of the Alamo, Santa Anna says to them, “I gave you the choice of life or death, and you chose death. So be it.” He then has all of the Alamo's captives executed, incensing the rebel movement.

in 1945, the German New Reich's intracontinental missile program, the V4, produces an incredible strike on China. The technology for the missiles had been smuggled in from the future by the Reich's time-traveling neo-Nazi benefactors, and the German scientists were eagerly adapting it. Soon, German missiles would be menacing the world.

in 1952, one of the greatest musicals ever filmed, Singin' in the Rain, premiers at the New York Soviet Center of the Arts. The film, starring Comrade Eugene Kelly, follows a group of French silent film stars who, oppressed by France's dictatorial monarchy, find new careers, fame and love in the more accepting climes of communist America. Comrade President Joel Rosenberg called it his favorite film.

in 1958, in one of the most blatant assassinations since the Soviet Union's founding, Nicolay Bulganin has his rival for the premiership, Nikita Kruschev, murdered on the steps of the Kremlin. With Kruschev out of the way, Bulganin takes over the position of Communist Party Secretary, and the brief period of reform that had begun under Kruschev withers under Bulganin's harsh Stalinist repression.

in 2000, with a new player in the group, dead gamemaster Bill Burke resumes the Bus Ride of Doom campaign, his Fudge game of horrifying cross-country travel. The new player, Burke's girlfriend Kris Robbins, is still having trouble adjusting to death, but the familiarity of being in a role-playing game helps her cope.

in 2005, Dave and Jeanne Lange, with the help of a couple of Save Earth hackers, take over the transmission of the National College Basketball Championships, and make a 2-minute statement about the Claws, while flashing the Save Earth web site on the screen. Almost as soon as they lose control of the broadcast, their web site is hit with hundreds of thousands of visitors; the message is being spread.

Timelines in today's post: Canadian Independence, the GZR, Communist America and The Claw.

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1 comment:

JonathanL said...

Gene Kelly (I) was in Deep in My Heart (1954) with Robert Easton (I)
Robert Easton (I) was in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) with William Shatner

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