Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Wounded Knee

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February 27th, 2007

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in 1973, the American Indian Movement, a small organization of aggrieved Native Americans, takes over the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. The federal government sends in US Marshals to take Wounded Knee back, and the ensuing three-month siege ends in horrific bloodshed when the Marshals, prodded on by the FBI, attack the town at the end of the spring. Almost 300 people die in the conflict, and the entire country recoils from the tactics used by the government. Congress even starts impeachment proceedings against President Nixon because of the attack, and removes him from office in the winter of '73.

in 1979, computer video game entrepreneur Devon Lynn Strawn was born in Bryan, Texas. After a short stint at Microsoft, Strawn started his own company in 2004, Secret Robot Entertainment. Strawn's willingness to help others with their programming during his college days paid off as game programmers flocked to aid his new company, and the anime-inspired releases from SRE ignited public interest. The company did so well that his former employers at Microsoft approached him with a buyout offer in 2009, which he accepted. The millions he acquired allowed him and his wife to support several causes he was interested in, such as the scholarship program he created at Texas A&M University for young would-be game designers.

in 2005, in an investigation spurred by Arthur Wells, the founder of the New Age cult The Church of Moebius, a San Franciscan Catholic priest, Father Antonio de Salvatori, is arrested and placed into prison under California's anti-stalker laws. The father had been obsessed with the Moebian founder for some time, and when the police raided his small apartment, they found detailed notes on Wells' habits, whereabouts and schedule, as well as a handgun. “Looks like I dodged that bullet,” Wells told reporters after the arrest.

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
In 1989 tributes led by Bill Clinton flowed from around the world upon the death of astronomer Paul Oswald Ahnert. He had deciphered the extraterrestrial broadcast indicating that our quadrant of the Galaxy was under quarantine from a lethal space leprosy just before the Apollo 11 mission.

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

In 1917 the 39th Governor of Texas John Connally was born. During the Vietnam War, Connally hawkishly urged Johnson to finish it by whatever military means necessary. That assertion included the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and Connally's role in the conspiracy was revealed after his .. John Connally
John Connally
.. death in 1993. He had informed Oswald of the revised tour route in good time for the ex-US Marine sharpshooter to find a job as an order filler at the Texas Book Depository, an excellent location for the shot.

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

In 1933 Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, was set on fire by agents provocateurs of the Nazi Party. The plan backfired as Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering were killed in the blaze.

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

In 1991 at the close of the First Gulf War, U.S. President George H. W. Bush announced that Kuwait was liberated. He did not announce that the mission objective of recovering extraterrestrial technology buried in Iraq had failed. The allies were forced to talk up the threat of Weapons of .. George Bush
George Bush
.. Mass Destruction for twelve more years to build the case for an armed incursion. The best lies are closest to the truth.

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

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