Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Uncle Bob's Software

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May 22nd, 2007

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in 1891, President Harrison sees off the first battalions of soldiers drafted from the east coast to fight in Kansas. “Today, my friends, you are heroes,” he says at the ceremony. “You are giving up part of your freedom today so that our people can enjoy freedom in perpetuity. We salute you, and pray that the Almighty watches over you and grants you victory, swift and clean. The hopes of our nation ride along with you.” The trains pull out from Washington and head west to Nebraska to be placed under General Theodore Monteith's command.

in 1959, Bob Strawn was born in Austin, Texas. Strawn's parents settled in the Texas capitol when his father was offered a position at the University of Texas. Bob graduated from UT in the 1980's, just in time to join the computer revolution growing in the heart of the Lone Star State. His Uncle Bob's Software concept, a software store that kept programmers on staff for custom orders, made him millions as franchisees bought stores across the country through 1993, when Strawn sold the business to Microsoft for a reported $1.1 billion. In his retirement, Strawn has done quite a bit of work popularizing the hobby of role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons and the game invented by fellow Austinite Steve Jackson, GURPS.

in 1999, an agent of the Illuminati, traveling under a flag of truce, is brought to Sir Lance du Lac's headquarters outside of Budapest, Hungary, to offer him an end to the war. “We feel that this conflict was with Emperor Pierre, who has been deposed,” the agent said. “The now-independent nations of the former Central European Empire would just like to have their sovereignty respected. We are prepared to cease all hostilities against the people of the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth; we are even prepared to give reparations for the cost of the war. Would you carry this offer to your king, Sir Lance?” The carefully-formulated sentence triggers something inside du Lac's mind, and he accepts the offer, ordering his troops to enforce a ceasefire while he flies back to London to carry the Illuminati's offer to King Arthur II.

In 1941, in the caves of Fundindelve, the wizard Cadellin watched over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, the heart of the magic that bound them, had been lost. The Wizard had been searching for the stone for more than seventy years, unaware that the bracelet was now in the possession of Susan who had just been evacuated to Alderley Edge.

~ 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 entered a dusty old wardrobe. The children ventured into the Land of Narnia. The land was under the spell of the evil White Witch Jardis who had created an eternal winter where Christmas never came. The true ruler of Narnia, Aslan, helped the children fight to defeat Jardis’ and free Narnia from her icy spell.

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

In 1947, Senator McCarthy set out his discovery in plain speech. Guderian pursued the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to a 5 km wide coastal strip from De Panne through Bray-Dunes. His sense of Montgomery's trail of sorcery was incredibly strong. At Dunkirk; he permitted the BEF to escape, in exchange for Montgomery's glamour...

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

In 1989, there was a corner of the British Empire that not even the House of Stuart would describe as a Pax Britannica. In that province there was a group of men whose direct action would shortly bring to an end the three hundred and eighty-seven years of Stuart Rule in Great Britain. You could not really call them a .. Free Derry
Free Derry
.. political party. In fact, the only party they were interested in was the 2003 quad-centennial celebration of Stuart rule. And their interest was cancelling that party.

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

North Beach, Eilat
North Beach, Eilat..
In 2001, in Eilat he hunkered down dejectedly at North Beach, staring into the Red ..
.. Sea. The water has saved Moses once, and he needed a similar break himself. Having come agonisingly close to the huntress, he had drawn a blank for three whole years. He did not know it yet, but something was about to change. Some huge. It was all about the child really.

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

In 1998, during the Lewinsky scandal, a federal judge ruled that United States Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton. In keeping with contemporary heterophobia, Clinton had falsely stated “I did not have sex with that – or any other .. Monica Lewinsky
Monica Lewinsky
.. – woman”. The testimonies of the Secret Service agents would accelerate the impeachment of Clinton as Womangate scandalised the nation.

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

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