Tuesday, January 02, 2007


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January 2nd, 2007

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Steve Payne Guest Historian

In 2007 the stranger enters the lift carrying a box of Belgian chocolates. “Mine” says the older Son, so she gives him the box with an OK-you-have-it smile. Later, Father places the uneaten chocolates in the trash. There is a gentle red glow to the box.

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

In 1953 outgoing President Truman prepares to host an icy pre-inauguration briefing at the White House with President-elect Douglas MacArthur. Back in '51 as UN Commander in Chief (Korean Peninsula) McArthur had had his request denied to end the conflict by launching thirty to fifty nuclear weapons at Manchuria, was angered at what he perceived to be Truman's “limited war” and subsequently ..

Harry S Truman
Harry S Truman

.. relieved of his command by the President. General Omar Bradley later speculated that MacArthur's disappointment over his inability to wage war on China had "snapped his brilliant but brittle mind."

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

James Wolfe

In 1727 James Wolfe was born, a British general remembered mainly for his role in establishing British rule in Canada. By 1942, British rule only existed in Canada, with the British Government in Exile, headed by Lord Halifax unexpected guests of the Governor General at his residence in Rideau Hall, Ottawa.

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

In 1935 Bruno Hauptmann goes on trial for the murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., infant son of future US President Charles Lindbergh.

Charles Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh

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

They all gathered around the television as details were added to the story they were spinning. President Bush had been in a small shelter underground when the bomb went off; it had taken him the last two days to push his way up through the rubble; he was personally taking charge of the military in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief.
“So, he's saying that he's in charge of all the Guard units,” Janice said, staring at the screen. “His own personal little army.”
Kevin went to the kitchen and opened up a beer. He listened to the others speculate as he sipped at it, and felt the bitterness match what was in his head. He wanted to get drunk, but the cautious part of him said it was best to stay sober right now. He joined the others and glared at the television as it spewed forth more 'facts'. They flashed a picture of the president's 'rescue' on the screen, and Kevin started. He grabbed the remote control and paused.
“Hey, how did - “
“Tivo,” he said, rewinding and playing the picture again. He did that several times while the others looked at each other questioningly. Finally satisfied, Kevin let the broadcast run normally. “That's not George Bush.” He turned to Janice. “Let me see the video you got of the ranch.” She pulled out the camera and twisted around the attached video preview screen so that he could see it. He had her play it a few times, muttering, “Crappy video image.” After he had played it through a few times, he rewound the Tivo image again and compared it to the image on the camera. “I can't be sure, but I think these two are the same person,” he said, pointing between the camera and the TV. “And, neither one of them is George Bush.”
“That throws a little wrinkle in the scheme,” Mike said. “Hey, have you got that Tivo hooked into your PC, here?”
“Yeah,” Kevin said.
“Sweet. Hand me the camera.” Kevin handed it over and sipped at his beer again. “I know a few people who are experts at video analysis. We'll upload this and get them working on it.”
“So, they got a body double for a front,” Janice said. “What did they do with the real thing?”
“Killed him,” Eli said. “Only logical thing to do.”
“No, they might need him for top-secret information only the president has access to,” Jake said. “They'd have to keep him alive, at least for a while.”
“Would 2 days be 'a while' enough?” Steph looked over at Kevin and Jake.
“Depends on how badly they want him to cooperate,” Janice said. “I'm not sure a bunch of coup leaders would still show that much respect for the office. Did you see what they did at Abu Ghraib?”
“We have to save him.”
They all looked at Kevin with more than a little hesitation. “Look, I'm all for the rushing in with guns blazing approach,” Eli said, “but, how could we even find him?”
“Crawford,” Joan said. Everybody looked over at the young girl, surprised. “They'd keep him in the one place nobody thinks exists anymore.”
Jake smiled and patted her on the shoulder. “That's my girl.”

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