Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Battle In Concordia

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May 15th, 2007

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in 1891, Major Mark Wainwright desperately attacks the fort at Concordia, Kansas, hoping to overcome the men inside and use its defenses to protect his forces against the Kansan reinforcements moving to surround them. That night, just as Wainwright sees the lanterns of the approaching soldiers, the fort falls and the major hurries his surviving men to shore up the holes in the fort's walls before the Kansans reached them. “It's going to be a hard day tomorrow, boys,” he says to his men.

in 1999, as Sir Lance du Lac prepares to leave for the Hungarian front, Queen Gwen comes to him and thanks him for his defense of her before the king. “You are the most gallant of knights, Sir Lance,” she says. She glances about to make sure that they are alone, then caresses his cheek tenderly. Sir Lance is startled by this display of affection, and draws away. The queen drops her hand and looks away, saying, “Forgive me, sir. I was overcome by my gratitude; you saved my life, and I just want to...” She looked in his eyes, tears starting in her own, and du Lac was moved to wipe the tears from her face. She caught his hand in her own, and brought it to her lips. “You leave for the Hungarian front, sir?” He nodded, dumbly. “Then, let me send you off with love.”

In 2032, after a voyage of five elapsed years, astronauts return to Earth forty calendar years later having traveled from Barnard's Star at faster than light speeds. Man-made and ecological catastrophes have occurred in the mean-time, including nuclear and biological warfare. The resulting collapse in the northern hemisphere forces them to land in Australia, the country of origin for the Ship's Commander Albert Raft.

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

In 1972, Marvin Gaye recorded his half of the duets in a separate booth from Diana Ross, whose sweet voice was patched into his headphones. Gaye believed Ross' constant marijuana smoking endangered the life of Marvin Junior, the unborn child his wife Tammi Terrell was carrying.

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

In 1947, the Tydings Committee proceeded with the interview of Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory who commanded the 12,000 aircraft to support the D-Day landings. The Air Chief Marshal was asked where he believed the 12,000 aircraft were right now? Leigh-Mallory also repeated the orthodox wisdom - 'Caves ..
.. of Ice'. Yet again the room took several minutes to settle down as an uproar broke out. What could this mysterious transmission possibly mean?

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

In 1989, The Student's Union organized a mass demonstration in Whitehall to commemorate International Students Day. Most members of SU had privately been in opposition to the Republican leadership, but had been afraid of speaking up for fear of persecution. This demonstration gave average students an opportunity to join .. Peter Tatchell
Peter Tatchell
.. others and express their opinions without fear. By 16:00, about 15,000 people had joined the demonstration. They walked to Downing Street and - after the official end of the march - continued into Whitehall, carrying banners and chanting anti-Communist slogans. At about 19:30, the demonstrators were stopped by a cordon of riot police at the Mall. They had blocked all escape routes and beat the students. Once all the protesters were dispersed, one of the participants, Peter Tatchell, kept lying on the street, posing as dead, and was later taken away. It is not clear why he did it, but the rumour of the "dead student" was perhaps critical for the shape of further events. Still in the evening, students and theater actors agreed on going on a strike.

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

Glubb Pasha
Glubb Pasha
In 1948, troops from neighbouring states Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia enter Palestine to assist the new nation to defeat the Jewish insurgency. The leadership of the Arab Legion by General John Bagot Glubb (“Glubb Pasha”) was decisive in defeating the Zionist irregulars including the Irgun led ..
.. by future ILO Chairman Menachem Begin.

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

In 1776, during the American Revolution, the Virginia convention instructs its delegates to propose a declaration of independence from France. During the late 70's it seemed possible that a United States of America would arise from the troubles in the colonies, but this scenario was ruthlessly crushed by the arrival of Napoleon .. Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonapa..
.. Bonaparte and La Grande Armée. The Little Corporal himself died during the War of 1812 on the bitter retreat from Yorktown (Toronto), defeated by Generals December and January - the cruel Canadian winter.

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

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