Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Monteith's Forces Are Reduced Further

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in 1891, with his occupation force reduced considerably, General Theodore Monteith is worried that the Kansans created havoc in Kansas City simply to weaken him. When he receives word that the rebels are attacking the Concordia fort in large numbers, he is forced to reduce the number of men he has in Topeka even further. He sends 5,000 men to Concordia, hoping that will be enough to ward off the rebels. He now has a little more than 30,000 men guarding Topeka, and is acutely aware that he is vastly outnumbered.

in 1999, Queen Gwen quietly begins taking King Arthur's place at a couple of official meetings, giving the excuse that His Majesty isn't feeling well. When the ministers attempt to reschedule to a time when the king can attend, she tells them, “I have my husband's full authority to act in his name, gentlemen. There is no need to postpone your business.” Although uncomfortable about this mild usurpation of authority, the ministers see no need to make a fuss about it, and Queen Gwen makes a few decisions in Arthur's name.

In 1955, American Mandate Commander Dwight David Eisenhower stood on the deck of the battleship Missouri, watching the sun set behind the city, turning the water golden again. A small group of Indochinese officers stood on the Saigon dock, a Vietnamese flag flying from a car behind them. Eisenhower saluted. "Fire a twenty-one-gun salute for the new republic, Captain, and for Ho Chi Minh."

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

In 10,191, AG fearing the rising power and popularity of Duke Leto Atreides amongst the noble houses of the Landsraad, Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV conspired with the brilliant and power-hungry Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. The Atreides were forced into an exchange with the Baron – their home world Caladan for the desert world Dune, the source of the most valuable commodity in the Universe, the spice melange.

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

In 1760, absolutely deserted is the six-thousand year old human settlement on the banks of the river Seine. No foot falls in the once-thriving ..
.. cités and no movement at all can be espied inside the Périphérique ring. Travellers no longer reach this crossroads between land and river trade routes. Paris, “The City of Light” (La Ville-lumière) is caste in darkness. Population Zero.

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

In 2012, at Camp David, Mr and Mrs George Walker Bush had a vigorous discussion. Shall we say it was only a little less violent than the nuclear exchange with the Axis of Evil countries that had extirpated life above ground and leave it at that? Condi wanted George to forgo a fourth term and pass the baton to her. If she .. George Bush
George Bush
.. was not to become the first African American President of the United States, who would? He said he had a “Charge to Keep”, and that closed the matter. His Daddy had bought and paid for the Presidency, it was in the family now. She said he underestimated and patronised her. It got somewhat escalated after that, and an outsider might be forgiven for catching a few obscenities. An outsider would have sworn Condi called him a red neck slightly before they started bashing each other.

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

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchi..
In 2999, the mind cast for the first instalment of “Personality of the Triple Millennia” was re-run across the networks. POT3M drew an even larger audience because of its oddness. Winston Churchill was the candidate, the context was the Fall of France in 1940 and the moment bare minutes after his set piece ..
.. speech. Which was briefly shown. “Let us brace ourselves for our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will say, 'This was their finest hour.'” MC Millennia asked the old lion for his predictions for the next month and the next thousand years, What Next? There was a brief pause followed by a long inhalation on the cigar. “I never leave a pub before closing time”, said Churchill, “and tonight will be no exception.” Unfazed, the mega personality MC Millennia signed him off, “Thanks for jiving with us tonight sir”, returning to the audience, “ and tomorrow night lets see what the other guy's got to say for himself!”.

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

In 1994, London Underground train number AEJX57B pulled smoothly into Liverpool Street Station. Its 10.30am in the morning and the station is calm with just a few late workers seated on the platform. Business as usual. AEJX57B was one of eighty five new car trains introduced by the Central Line Project at a cost of £761m. .. Steve Payne
Steve Payne
.. This major programme of works comprised new communications systems, modification of the power supply systems, civil engineering, tunnel restoration works between Shepherds Bush and Holborn, track replacement works and a completely new control centre in west London. So far, so good. The late workers, insofar as they noticed the impact of the £761m spend at all, would have said little. Still the seats were a lot cleaner than the 1962 rolling stock that had been replaced, and sometimes those small hygiene factors could change your day. A person could eat a muffin without fear of stomach upset, for example.

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

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