Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Whispered Betrayals

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May 16th, 2007

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in 1891, the exhausted Union soldiers repulse the Kansans surrounding the fort at Concordia, but are reduced to half their number by the day-long assault. Major Mark Wainwright examines the defenses, and is certain they will not survive another day. “It's like the damn Alamo,” he says to his second-in-command, Captain Jeffrey Taylor. He orders Taylor to find the best scout left in their command. He intends to send this man north to Nebraska, slipping through the Kansan lines, to get help. The captain brings him young Allan Duggan, a 17-year old volunteer from Nebraska who says he knows the surrounding countryside like the back of his hand. “Godspeed, Allan. Our only hopes lie with you.” Duggan takes off from the fort in the dead of night, threading his way through the Kansans.

in 1999, Sir Lance du Lac awakes in the queen's private chambers at Buckingham Palace. He is instantly stricken with remorse for what he and the queen have done, and hurriedly dresses. Just as he is reaching for the door, Queen Gwen says to him, “Will you leave so ungallantly, Sir Lance? No kiss goodbye?” Arthur's best knight turns to her and says, “My lady, forgive me my rudeness. But, the battle in Hungary waits for me, and I must be off – to win it for your husband.” As he turns again to leave, she says, “You're twice the man he is, Lance. You should be ruling this country, not him.” Surprised, du Lac turns on her and says, “He is the king, anointed by God.” Gwen snorts derisively. “Mystical hogwash we all spread about to make it easier for him to seize the throne. What would he be without you, Lance? You've won his wars for him, here and abroad. He wouldn't have that throne if it weren't for you. The troops are all loyal to you.” She walked up behind him and stroked his shoulders. “Take the country, Lance. Take it from this little man who is nothing without you, and set it right again.” He seems to be on the verge of acquiescing for a moment, but then opens the door. “The country has already been set right, my queen.” He hurries off to Hungary, and Queen Gwen ponders her next move.

In 2032, astronauts on a five-year mission travel at faster than light speeds back to Earth where forty years have passed. The crew are greeted by the Security Ombudsman for the Australasian Sector of International Security. In a secret experiment, Albert Raft, the Ship's commander, was cloned before departure. Not only does the Ombudsman know about this, he intends to take Commander Raft to meet his replicant in a few short days.

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

In 1972, arguments continued between Marvin Gaye and duet singer Diana Ross over her excessive marijuana smoking which he believed endangered wife Tammi Terrell's unborn child, Marvin Junior. Terrell's song had almost stopped at age twenty-four when she had received a hammer blow to the head from David Ruffin; Gaye was taking no chances.

~ 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. Leigh-Mallory had the vital job of co-coordinating the various air arms during the Battle of Normandy; work for which the subordinate commanders would ..
.. mostly take the credit. Or the blame.

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

In 1989, the British Royal household have realised by now that the armed crackdown has failed. They would have to meet with the Republican protesters and find some form of accommodation. After all, when security had been restored, they could always renege on the agreement. It has been done before.Riots Continue
Riots Continue

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

Glubb Pasha
Glubb Pasha
In 1948, the British Government was humiliated by the actions of British officers employed in the Arab Legion during the Zionist Insurgency that followed the declaration of the State of Palestine two days before. Regular British officers, including a brigade commander, were instructed to leave the Arab Legion and return to ..
.. Transjordan. This led to the bizarre spectacle of British officers leaving their units to return to Transjordan before sneaking back across the border to rejoin the Arab Legion. A British MP demanded that the British Command of the Arab Legion, General John Bagot Glubb (“Glubb Pasha”) be imprisoned for serving in a foreign army without the King's permission.

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

In 1966, the Communist Party of China issued the "May 16 Notice", marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. Contemporaries considered this event a disaster for the nation. In the short term, they were right, it was. Only the far-sighted perspective of history revealed that the decades long program of change started .. People
People's Libera..
.. by Chairman Mao delivered a hyper-power ready to seize the Chinese century.

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

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