Saturday, May 19, 2007

God Will See Us Through

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May 19th, 2007

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in 1891, the triumphant news of the victory at Concordia hits the newspapers across the country, further encouraging the Union cause. In Topeka, Kansas, though, the mood is glum. 'Sockless' Jerry Simpson meets with the Farmers Council to discuss their next move. “We should bargain with 'em,” Councilor Thaddeus Elridge says. “They lost over 2000 men at Concordia. They'll be willing to give us good terms if it means ain't as many of them got to die. 'Sides, what do we really want, now? All we really need is our sovereignty; ain't like we're going to call for the restoration of President Cleveland anymore, is it?” He looked pointedly at Simpson as he said this, and the Socrates of the plains felt the sting of the rebuke. He stood to reply, and strode around the chamber looking at each of his colleagues. “It's true that we can no longer demand that particular injustice be corrected. But, my friends, is all that we stand for power in this state? Are our lofty ideals something that we can just shuck aside as long as we remain in charge here? My friends, we began this crusade in order to right the deep wrongs in this country. We are Americans. And, as Americans, it is our duty to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that our great nation travels along the path of righteousness. Do you think it is traveling along that path now?” There are murmured nos from the council. “Do you think that, if we let them pull victory from this grave defeat that our conflict represents, that they will change course?” The nos grow a little louder, and so does Simpson. “Do you think that, if they win here, they will see any path other than their own as the correct one to take?” The nos are now overwhelming. “Then, my friends, we must commit ourselves to a hard struggle, a long struggle, one we may not win... but one in which we will stand alongside the angels, and they will stand along the path of damnation. And God will see us through, gentlemen. God will see us through.” Thunderous applause shakes the legislative chamber as Simpson smirks slightly at the few councilors who still stand against him.

In 2023, Commander Albert Raft travels with the Security Ombudsman for the Australasian Sector of International Security. At Ayers Rock City he is greeted by a replicant of himself. Something very obvious is wrong though. After nightfall, an intruder breaks into Commander Raft's quarters. The intruder's splayed noise attests his aboriginal ethnicity. Commander Raft stops International Security from shooting the intruder, yelling He is my beloved son, and I am well pleased.

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

In 2017, the world's shortest marriage lasted .3 seconds. Trillionnaire Buford Rogerson III had chosen the wrong wife online, and had to quickly hit the back button in his microbrowser.

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

Battle of Dunkirk
Battle of Dunki..
In 1947, the Tydings Committee re-open the cross examination of General Sir Bernard Montgomery with a cruel summary from Senator McCarthy. By your own omission, you masterminded the execution of Operation Dynamo, an incredible, simply incredible, evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk with minimal casualties. We are ..
.. to believe that General Guderian's Panzers had the British Expeditionary Force trapped at Dunkirk, a 5 km wide coastal strip from De Panne through Bray-Dunes. Yet you were able, or should I more accurately say, permitted, to escape. Over the course of a week, 338,000 troops walked single file down a jetty to be rescued by a hastily assembled fleet of about seven hundred boats. The miracle of Dunkirk, or perhaps, a sinister conspiracy?

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

In 1989, today was a fateful day for the House of Stuart just fourteen years short of their quad-centennial. Protests continued throughout the capital and major cities. Strike action was rife throughout the country and the morale of the Security Forces was weakening with growing sympathy for the Republican protesters. As .. Charles Stuart
Charles Stuart
.. the King had asked in his broadcast the night before, who ruled Britain? Everyone was about to find out.

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

Anon Detective
Anon Detective
In 1998, he received the telephone call he was expecting. “Meet me at the regatta, at a quarter of three” he was told. “How will I know you?” he replies, “You won't see me at all, I will point you in the right direction”. The phone is dead in his hands. Not much of a clue, he reflected, for a piece of information costing $100,000.

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

In 1780, on New England's Dark Day, complete darkness fell on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 2 pm. Domestic fowls went to roost, and cattle collected around the barn yards, as at the approach of night. About noon it became necessary to light candles. Dr. Belknap wrote: "It presented a complete .. Artists Rendition of Dark Day of 1780 from Our First Century by Richard M. Devens (1880)
Artists Renditi..
.. specimen of as total darkness as can be conceived.” At Salem, it was reported "persons in the streets became melancholy and fear seized all.” Prof. Daggett remarked "the inhabitants were thrown into a perhaps unnecessary consternation, as if the appearance were preternatural." In Stratham, New Hampshire, the darkness "caused great terror in the minds of abundance of people." In Ipswich Rev. Lathrop "found the people at the tavern nearby much agitated." Forced to evacuate, the great magicks of native indigenes had finally prevailed in their long struggle with the European; the long nightmare colonisation of the Turtle Island was finally over.

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

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