Sunday, January 07, 2007

The Bomb

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January 7th, 2007

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In 2007 Father was not always a Father, he reflects – once he was a son. It is a world of difference, especially when you are being pursued by demons. You really have to up your game.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1953 President Harry Truman announces that the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. In less than three weeks he is set to handover the nuclear armoury of the United States to President-elect Douglas MacArthur.Harry S Truman
Harry S Truman

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1989 Taiwan mourns the death of Hirohito, Emperor of Japan during World War II. Alongside his unlikely ally Chiang Kai-shek, the combined gold and foreign reserves of China and Japan were used by the two renegades to successfully launch the first Asian Tiger in the 1950s.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1935 Benito Mussolini and French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval sign the Italo-French agreements, the first of the treaties binding the allied powers comprising the social democracies of France, Germany and Italy prior to their declaration of war on fascist Anglo-America.Pierre Laval
Pierre Laval

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Jake looked over at Steph and Kevin walking back into the living room from the kitchen with a little pang in his heart. It felt strange to see Steph with another man, even though he knew it would happen someday. No more alimony payments, he thought; millionaire's wives didn't need money from Army sergeants. He shook it off and stood up to talk to the rest of the group.
“OK, you ready to go shoppin', Bradley?” Kevin nodded. “The rest of y'all be ready to hit the road when we get back. Day's gonna be long enough as is; don't need to slow it down any more.”
Kevin smirked. “Is that one of the phrases they teach you in sergeant school?”
“Just get your butt in the jeep,” Jake said, irritated. While he was hugging Joan and George, he saw Kevin and Steph hug a little more closely than they should have, and almost kiss; their faces were inches apart, and he could see that they both wanted to. Weird. It was definitely weird. “All right, Bradley, let's move with a purpose.”
“I remember that from basic,” Kevin said, putting a little hustle in his step.
Janice touched Jake's arm as he walked by to the front door. “Get a good one, OK? I like to ride in comfort.”
“You got it,” he said, and their hands brushed against each other briefly as he turned away. That was a little weird, too. He didn't know what he was starting to feel towards her, but she felt something back, he could tell. When they were both outside in the jeep, Jake turned to Kevin and said, “Strange days, ain't they, Bradley?”
“Sarge, that's one hell of an understatement.”
Jake fired up the jeep and backed quickly out of Kevin's driveway and headed back to the main road. “Where we goin' first?”
“Hit the highway and turn south. There's a dealership should be able to give us an SUV just a couple miles down the road.”
“All right.” They drove in the chill morning air for a minute before Jake said, “So, Bradley, how do you feel about my wife?”
“Your ex-wife, sir,” Kevin said, quickly.
“Yeah, that's how I thought you felt.” He chuckled. “Hell, don't worry, Bradley, I don't think I'm jealous. But, you better be good to her and those kids, or I'm gonna have to hurt you.”
Kevin blinked and tried to process what had just been said. “I haven't even asked her for a date, yet.”
“Just be thinkin' about my size twelves up your butt if you mistreat any of 'em.”
“Thanks, sarge. That really helps clarify my feelings.”
“Always here to help, Bradley. Always.”
Just to change the subject from something that would provoke physical violence, Kevin asked, “Why do you think they did it?”
Jake shrugged. “Maybe they felt this was their last shot. Bush is on his way out since losin' to Kerry, Democrats are on their way back in, some uncomfortable questions are gonna be asked about the last four years – they wanted to stop all that. I mean, we ain't found no nukes in Iraq.”
“We're still looking,” Kevin said, defensively.
“There ain't none,” Jake said. “If he'd had any, he woulda used 'em against us. Same thing goes for biological weapons. It's not like Saddam's got any kinda morals keeping him from doing that. Nah, they knew he didn't have any way to stop us, he was sittin' on all kinds of oil; he was easy pickins. So, they pull people away from the country where the guy that really attacked us is sittin', and go off on a wild goose chase that just happens to make them and their friends some money. If I was them, don't know if I'd want anybody lookin' into that, either?”
Kevin frowned. “Who's them?” He looked at the highway and pointed an exit out. “Turn off there.” Jake nodded. “I mean, I hear all you liberals talking about these conspiracies, but it's not like Bush is part of this one. Who's at the top of this?”
“I dunno. Maybe you should ask Janice when we get back.”
“Yeah, that'll be a fun conversation.”
“We'll have time to kill on the drive to Crawford.” Jake saw the dealership on the feeder road and pulled into it.

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