Monday, May 21, 2007


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May 21st, 2007

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in 1891, 5000 Union soldiers reinforce the fort at Concordia, Kansas, and Colonel Theodore Monteith receives word from Washington that he has been promoted to General. He has a brief ceremony where Major Wainwright pins his new insignia on his uniform. “I hope this won't make you start acting like the last general I followed on this campaign, sir,” Wainwright says to him, laughing. General Monteith replies, “I trust that you will keep me honest, Mr. Wainwright.” Wainwright smiles and shakes his head. “I'll do my best, sir.” As Wainwright turns to leave Monteith's office, the general says, “That's all I'll ever ask of you, Major.” Once alone, General Monteith opens the orders that came from Washington with his promotion. These orders detail the 25,000 men who are being moved under his command, who are to be used in the general assault on Topeka planned for June 1st.

in 1999, Sir Lance du Lac's return to the war in Hungary heartens the British troops, and the Hungarians seem to melt before the withering attacks of the Brits. King Arthur II, back home in England, tells Queen Gwen, “You know, I think we should decorate Lance. Perhaps we could make him a lord.” Queen Gwen is very enthusiastic about this idea, saying, “After all he's done for us, that's the least that we could do for him.” Arthur is still a little awkward around his queen, and says, “My lady – Gwen – I hope that you have forgiven me for my actions against you. The loss of Merl; it affected my mind. He was my mentor, practically my father. I suppose what I'm saying is that I went temporarily insane.” Gwen bows her head and graciously forgives him. “Arthur, you've always done what you felt was right for the kingdom, and I know that you would never have moved against me if, well, if you had been in a right frame of mind.” Arthur nods, and she goes on. “My lord, perhaps you need to speak with someone about your grief. A professional. I know someone who is discrete.” Arthur is hesitant, but eventually agrees to meet with the psychiatrist that the queen suggests to him.

In 1941, war children Colin and Susan were evacuated to Alderley Edge, Cheshire. Hidden in a nearby cave at Fundindelve are the sleeping Knights who wait for the time when the Country needs them again. Watching over the Knights was the wizard Cadellin; Susan had a bracelet that he desperately needed to rouse them.

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

In 1939, Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie explored the rambling old house in the countryside to which they had been evacuated. Whilst playing hide-and-seek, the children entered a dusty old wardrobe and ventured into the Land of Narnia.

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

Battle of Dunkirk
Battle of Dunki..
In 1947, Senator McCarthy explained his discovery to the Tydings Committee. The miracle of Dunkirk, was not a miracle. It was a sinister conspiracy. And the price paid by General Sir Bernard Montgomery was a very high price indeed. Not only had he lost a part of himself, he had delivered the Nazis with a vital weapon. And ..
.. the result was 1 May 1944, Disaster Day. Enraged, Millard Tydings jumped up out of his seat and shouted: 'Enough of these riddles, what do you mean?' I will explain, I will explain everything tomorrow says McCarthy.

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

In 1989, it was difficult to imagine a series of events that would lead to the dissolution of the Western European Monarchies even though they were living on borrowed time. Certainly Peter Tatchell's plan was extremely unlikely to work. And the House of Stuart had been in power for three hundred eight-seven .. Peter Tatchell
Peter Tatchell
.. years so they knew no other life. What was needed was a group of men that had nothing to lose. Unfortunately for the British Royal Household such a group of men had a meeting the day after tomorrow. They would define an operational plan that would blow the British Royal Household away. Quite literally.

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

Firework display
Firework displa..
In 1998, later that evening and after the regatta was over he saw them together in the market square. The light of the fireworks illuminated the fierce, liberated joy on the faces of the lovers. The display paused briefly and it was dark as he fought his way through the crowd. A rocket exploded, lighting up the square. They were gone.

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

In 1758, Mary Campbell was abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War. Her release was secured by the thousand year old Lenape soothsayer who had been imprisoned by the Dutch when they defeated the Delaware people at Manna-hata (Manhattan). The soothsayer later passed in to American .. Lenape Nation
Lenape Nation
.. custody where he had successfully predicted the course of modern history to strategic planners in the US Government. This long period of service ended with the strange being's death in a US base in Nevada following the return of extra-terrestrial technology from Iraq in 2008.

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

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