Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Horrible Mistake

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April 29th, 2007

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in 1891, scouts from both sides report that a large number of troops are descending on Kansas City, and the citizens of the hapless town begin to flee in panic. Most of them flee to the east, which causes one of the worst disasters of the war. General Anthony Franklin thought the refugee column was Kansans on the move against him, and ordered his men to fire on them. It was only after women and children were seen among the people fleeing that orders to hold fire were given down. General Franklin came to the front, enraged that his orders were being countermanded, and was stunned to see the bodies of hundreds of dead civilians instead of the hardened rebels he had been expecting. He turned command of his troops over to Lt. Colonel Theodore Monteith and collapsed in his command tent, weeping at the senseless murder he had just ordered. Several telegrams soon reached Washington with details of the massacre, and an outraged Congress was demanding that General Franklin be removed from command and court-martialed.

in 1999, Lady Gwen Rivers Pendrake, Queen of all the Britons, visits her husband, King Arthur II, in the war room at Buckingham Palace, where he and his chief aides are discussing the war against the Central European Empire. “My King,” she says to him, “you have not slept well these past few days. Let those who have made it their life's work take control of the war for a little, and I will give you some respite from the pressure.” Prime Minister Merl Myrddin advises Arthur, “The beginning of a war is no time to take a break – we need you, my King.” But, Arthur is tired, and says to Myrddin, “I am not so important that one day could make a difference with our struggle, old friend. I shall take my rest with my queen.” Arthur and Gwen spend the rest of the day making merry, and since the war continues to go well for his side, King Arthur considers Myrddin's concern somewhat overwrought, and resolves to take regular breaks with his love from now on.

In 1983 the author John Varley arrived at the crash site in Oakland California. Varley's advice had been sought by the Investigator in Charge of a National Transportation Safety Board Go-Team, Bill Smith. Frankly, his friend Smith could not fathom the mission report written by Louise Baltimore, Chief of Snatch Operations. It had been written 500 centuries in the future, and was now an anachronistic object left behind during a snatch – a twonky.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 2000 emerging from a supernova, a 300 kilometre asteroid entered the solar system and into eratic orbit around the Earth. Scientists made a mysterious discovery - the "Stone" had exactly the same external dimensions of an orbital of Jupiter, yet had infinite internal mass. Worshipers of all faiths hoped that the arrival could prevent the near future apocalypse termed the "Death".

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson
In 1972 former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson made an unofficial and unauthorised statement to the British nation from the independent transmission of Radio Caroline. It was not true that the national decline was due to the retreat from empire, he said. It was a half-truth that the war had bankrupted ..
.. Britain. The truth was that the ruling class had failed to maintain investment in the British Economy, sufficient to build the industries needed to export modern products to settle the balance of payments deficit. The arch-conservatives now in power were the root of the problem, and they would crush the working class under their heel when they should form a partnership. Did the military government not see that the reason for victory in the Great Wars was our team spirit across classes? Socialism was on the march. The real go-forward plan was ... and then the transmission was interrupted. It did not return.

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

In 1983 on this day Hugh Trevor-Roper published the second of three shocking articles in Die Zeitung (The Times) newspaper. The verification that Hitler was a lycanthrope was almost forgotten by these fresh and even more shocking revelations. On the evening of the April 25 press conference, Trevor-Roper had turned the ignition .. Bormann
.. on his vehicle only to hear a quiet voice say drive, historian. It was Martin Bormann, now 83 years of age but still looking no older than thirty. As they drove around the city Bormann explained that the diaries were actually written by Konrad Kujau, a notorious Stuttgart forger of Hitler's works. Kujau had extorted money from the Bormann family and discovered the truth. However, here was the bombshell..

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

King Beating
King Beating
In 1992 this day witnessed a peace march in the troubled City of Los Angeles . The march resulted from a mostly white jury passing a guilty verdict on the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. It was widely predicted that an acquittal would have generated violent race riots ..
.. across the City. Cynics suggested that extreme pressure was applied from Washington to prevent a re-occurrence of the disastrous Watts Riots of 1965 during George Bush's re-election year.

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

In 1974 on this day US President Richard Nixon announced the release of edited transcripts of White House tape recordings related to the - Watergate Scandal. It was quickly identified that references to the 'Bay of Pigs thing' were thinly veiled references to the Kennedy Assassination and it was noted that Nixon was in Dallas .. Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
.. on the day in question, allegedly at a board meeting of a carbonate drinks company. Disturbingly, his Vice President Gerald Ford was on the Warren Commission and this dotted line of connections was simply too much for the American public. In August, both resigned in favour of the President pro tempore of the United States Senate.

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

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