Thursday, April 19, 2007

Wars Go Poorly For The Authorities

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April 19th, 2007

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in 1891, Major Mark Wainwright meets General Anthony Franklin at the temporary headquarters Franklin has set up at the Kansas City train station where he and his troops arrived. Wainwright informs the general of former President Cleveland's dire condition, as well as the immense popular support that 'Sockless' Jerry Simpson and his Farmers Council seem to have inside Kansas. “Well, we beat Johnny Reb,” General Franklin says, “and, by God, we'll beat this impudent farmer and his friends, as well. I plan to drive straight into Topeka and take the man prisoner today.” Wainwright, a little shocked at the rashness of the general's plan, says, “Sir, Simpson has hundreds – probably thousands of supporters in Topeka that are under arms. How many men do you have with you?” Franklin shrugs, saying, “2000. More than enough to take care of this rabble.” Wainwright, despairing, replies, “Respectfully, sir, I rather doubt that.” Disregarding Wainwright's opinion, General Franklin pushes west with his troops and hits the masses of men that 'Sockless' Simpson had sent to fortify the border. Even though he is outnumbered almost 4-to-1, General Franklin chooses to fight, thinking that his trained soldiers can easily overcome untrained civilians. He is wrong, and is forced to retreat back to Kansas City with less than half of his original force. As his troops drag back into Kansas City, Major Wainwright meets him to say, “General, sir, President Cleveland is dead.”

in 1998, Welsh Arthurians, fortified and reinforced by royalist defectors, push the Queen's troops from the west and back into England. Arthur fights at the head of his troops; with bullets flying around him, Arthur seems untouchable, striding through the battle as if he is invincible. The mere sight of him lifts his troops' spirits and sinks his enemies'. Brigadier Major-General Charles Fortescue brings word of Arthur's advance to the Prime Minister, who then travels to Buckingham Palace. In an audience with the queen, Prime Minister Pembroke tells Queen Elizabeth, “Your Majesty, perhaps we should move you away from London.” He makes preparations for the royal family to take refuge in Amsterdam, as the guests of the Central European Empire. Emperor Pierre welcomes “Our Royal Cousin to the continent. We trust her stay here shall be brief as her noble warriors dispatch with this minor problem.”

In 2165 teenagers played a cyberspace game of basket ball on this day at Venice Beach. Time travelling mid-century 20ths would have been shocked on their arrival at ZIP Code 90291. Had Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek met two hundred years later than they did, even The Doors would have struggled to describe the apocalyptic trash-ridden landscape that Southern California had become.

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

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatch..
In 1972 the formal agenda for the Conference in Admiralty House ended with a set-piece presentation from Interim Prime Minister Lord Louis Mountbatten. The officer corps had not come to terms with Britain's new position in the world, he wisely said, and the Empire, and then the great wars had bankrupted the nation. These ..
.. were the facts, but they were here to  change the facts . I want to introduce you to someone who will take us forward to the next base, he says, opening the door. In walks a beaming Margaret Hilda Thatcher.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - You're the Judge!

In 1942 abdicated monarch and now Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas Edward Windsor seals the deal with Bernard Montgomery and his deputy Claude Auchinlech. They would throw the towel in on the 1940s and allow the defeat of Hitler to proceed. The next step was to use the time portal to travel to the end of the .. Edward VIII
Edward VIII
.. post-war boom in 1968 and choose a suitable leader who combined both royalty and military experience. Lord Louis Mountbatten was the only man this had all the qualifications they needed. They would also speak to Ord Wingate, his love of special operations and his relationship with Mountbatten would offer leverage on the Principal.

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

Oklahoma City Bombing
Oklahoma City B..
In 1995 this day brought the Oklahoma City bombing, a terrorist attack in which the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, a U.S. government office complex in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was destroyed, killing 168 people. The one person that Timothy McVeigh and his friend Terry Nichols actually wanted to kill had been ..
.. recently relocated. A strategic US asset, he had been confined in a bunker under the Federal Building until the week before. This was none other than the thousand year old Lenape soothsayer that had been imprisoned by the Dutch when they defeated the Delaware people at Manna-hata (Manhattan). He had passed in to American custody where he had successfully predicted the course of modern history to strategic planners in the US Government ever since. It was the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in the history of the United States and was the deadliest act of terrorism within U.S. borders until September 11, 2001 which of course sought to eliminate the same target. The two men later convicted of the bombing, Timothy McVeigh and his friend Terry Nichols were members of the conspiracy against America, which included both al-Qaeda and the Branch Davidian.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - You're the Judge!

In 1951 Douglas MacArthur retired from the military and refused a never to be repeated offer – six star general. A man of ambition, Brass Hat did not want a consolation prize, he wanted the Prize. Springing a major upset by winning the 1952 Presidential Election, he was back in the saddle again as C-in-C.Douglas MacArthur

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

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