Thursday, January 04, 2007


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January 4th, 2007

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In 2007 the elderly Chinese couple ask Father for directions to the Central Library which is on the next block. With one eye on his wayward children, Father explains. 'Thank you sir – take this' says the elderly man trying to give Father a piece of folded paper with the handwritten message 'Tricks for husband and wife' on the outside. 'No thanks' says Father, already heading away. A moment later Father looks back towards the Central Library ..

.. watching the Chinese couple heading in that direction. They are engaged in a heated argument blaming each other for another bungled attempt at the capture of the Briggs family. Their anger makes the red aura glower surrounding them even stronger.

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

In 1953 outgoing President Truman hosts an icy pre-inauguration briefing at the White House with President-elect Douglas MacArthur. Truman's worst fears are confirmed. Brass Hat intends to re-unite the Korean peninsula, reinstate Chiang Kai-shek in Beijing and will not hesitate to use the hydrogen bomb to reverse the setbacks of the Truman Administration. Having taken the nuclear option himself, Truman is trapped inside his own logic.

Harry S Truman
Harry S Truman

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

Lyndon Johnson

In 1965 during his State of the Union address US President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his 'Great Society'. In reality it consisted of hybrids like Johnson who were being developed by the Alliance for alien re-population with conversion failures hidden amongst the combat body count in Vietnam.

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

In 1974 US President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. In fact the materials contained explosive evidence about the Kennedy assassination that Tricky Dicky was honour bound to protect.

Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon

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

“One question,” Kevin said. “How are we going to split up when we only have the one jeep?”
Jake smiled broadly. “That's where you come in, Mr. Moneybags. You're gonna buy us a couple of nice cars.”
“My first big buy, and it's gonna be for somebody else,” Kevin said, sadly.
“Hey, if we hadn't had to leave my car in Waco, I could take it,” Janice said, petulantly. “It better be there when we get back, that's all I have to say.”
“OK, so we head down to a car dealership today, buy a couple of things off the lot, then head in our opposite directions.” Jake looked around at Kevin's living room. “You got a map anywhere, Bradley?”
“Yeah, hang on,” Kevin said, going to his desk and pulling one out of a drawer. They all crowded around Kevin's coffee table as Jake unfolded the map and spread it out.
“All right, here's Crawford. Janice, you took a back road into Waco – think you could get us into Crawford the same way?”
“You got it, Sarge,” she said, saluting.
“You other four, just take the regular roads off to New Mexico. Avoid trouble, obey the curfew, be good citizens. No reason y'all should draw suspicion.”
Mike raised his hand. “Am I supposed to be her husband or something? Cuz, I don't see people buying that. I'm pretty pasty white, and the lady and the kids here – well, they aren't.”
Steph looked over at Jake, amused. Jake shook his head and tried to come up with something. “You're... you're her driver.”
“So, I just won the lottery?” Steph threw a smile at Kevin.
“Yeah, that'd work.” Jake went through the scenario. “You won the lottery, you don't like to drive, you're goin' to see family in New Mexico.”
“Cool,” Mike said. “I'm a flunky.”
“The rest of us, well, we just have to keep away from the Guard units patrolling the area. We should be able to track 'em using the radio in the jeep, but whoever's keeping watch on Crawford isn't gonna be using Guard frequencies to coordinate. So, we'll just have to be on our toes, there.” He looked up at Eli and Janice. “No shooting unless somebody's life is on the line, got it?”
Eli looked disappointed, but nodded.
Janice looked over at Kevin. “We're gonna need something with serious off-road capability; I nearly busted up my car getting it into Waco.”
“We got plenty of dealers who can provide that here,” Kevin said. “We just have to hope that they're open.”

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