Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Horror From The Moon

July 5th, 2007

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The Announcement

Monica's eggs were delicious, and Andrea scarfed them down gratefully. “So, has your grandpa called yet?”
“Not yet. When were we supposed to go over there?”
“You know we don't set real times in this family. The cookout'll start when it starts.”
Monica sighed. “I better get started on my pie, then.”
“I'm never going to be able to diet.”
“It's a holiday. You can't diet on a holiday. It's like, uh, blasphemy or somethin'.” They both laughed, and Andrea picked her plate up and took it to the sink to rinse it off. Monica then asked, “Is dad gonna be there?”
The young girl wasn't looking at her mother when she asked that. It had come out very nonchalantly, but Andrea could tell that Monica really wanted to hear one particular answer to that. “Grandpa invited him, hon, but... well, your dad's a busy man.”
Monica nodded sharply. “Yeah, he sure is.” She walked into the kitchen and started pulling ingredients out to begin cooking her pie, avoiding her mother's eyes.
“I'm sure he'd come if he could,” Andrea said, laying a hand on the girl's shoulder.
Monica shrugged. “It's ok. No big. It's just the 4th of July, not like Christmas or my birthday or anything. Cuz, you know, it's when he's not there for those that I get really depressed.” She smiled over at her mother, and Andrea let it drop.
“I need to put together some notes for the meeting. Are you going to need any help in here?”
Monica cocked an eyebrow at her. “From you? In the kitchen?”
Andrea put up her hands in surrender. “Point taken. You know where I am if you need me.” Andrea retreated to her workroom, where the computer was already turned on. The browser was sitting on some teen dream's web site, and Andrea chuckled. Kids never change, she thought as she minimized it and opened up her word processor.

In 1999, the networks ran installment seven of TSEotTC, third and final part. Everyone could remember where they were at that most dreadful of moments, that nadir, surely the lowest ebb of American History. Buzz Aldrin lifting his helmet to reveal the terror of the space leprosy that Apollo had brought back from the Moon...

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

PresleyIn 1954, in Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue Elvis Presley started messing around with an up-tempo blues, That's All Right written and first cut in 1947 by the African American singer-guitarist Arthur Crudup. Guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, recruited by Phillips to back Presley, jumped in before Confederate Agents could shut down the session.
~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1985, on Where are they now? the TV networks examined the fall from grace of Madonna Louise Ciccone. The tipping point for Madonna's outrageousness had been the MTV Video Music Awards; people were left gasping in the audience. Ciccone's longtime publicist, Liz Rosenberg - "An ex-boyfriend of mine leaned over and said, 'Her career is over before it even started.' Of course, I was petrified."
Madonna wore a lascivious reinterpretation of a wedding gown -- a white bustier and a shredded white tutu -- accessorized with lace gloves, dangerously high heels, clunky necklaces and a tulle veil that didn't stay on her head very long. She started her performance dancing on top of a giant wedding cake and ended it by rolling around the stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall, humping her veil and revealing her panties to a live TV audience. "Madonna took it so much further than anyone knew she was capable of," says Rosenberg. "Everyone thought she was disgusting."

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

In 2010, political forces combine to expel American military power from Asia Pacific. A dangerous man Park Ho emerges as the leader of North Korea, embittered towards the United States following his mother's accidental death by GIs in 1952. Following an escalation of violence, Britain launches Trident missiles, destroying Pyongyang and Park Ho. In a final act of defiance, small pox virus weapons are launched by the North Korean leadership.

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

In 1978, Penny Valentine of Melody Maker published a satirical concert review of Alice Cooper in the form of a mock obituary, causing confused readers to think he had died. Valentine was forced to track down the Rock Star, reassuring readers: "He's alive, and drunk as usual". In a scene of pure bathos, it was discovered that the alcoholic had actually died during a binge drinking session in Detroit Michigan.

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

Prince Harry
In 2008, Britain's long national nightmare ended when Prince Henry Charles Albert David was released by kidnappers in Iraq. "Harry" is the third in the line of succession to the thrones of the United Kingdom.
The decision to deploy the Prince Harry in Iraq had been a subject of intense debate in Britain. Caught in their own nationalistic logic, the establishment was forced to send Harry, as they had sent Andrew to the Falklands Conflict two decades before. Yet it was far more difficult to protect the Prince (despite the use of numerous "doubles") and he was snatched on routine patrol and held for 115 days before his release. In an unconnected move, British troop withdrawals were announced three months later.

~ Steve Payne: use of this news item was selected to debate Iraq War not to comment on Prince's personal safety.

In 1942, on the Irish Isles further reports from subversive underground newspapers in Southern England continue to fuel “the Troubles” with the Dublin Government. Today's mischief was caused by a member of the Irish Security Staff who had allegedly shot would-be assassin Ian Fleming. The Irishman was quoted as saying “English ..
.. Babies on bayonets? What would be the advantage?”

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

In 1942, the funeral of would-be assassin Ian Fleming was held in a private ceremony in southern England. Masked men fired gunshots in a tribute to this counter-revolutionary. In his eulogy it was noted that Fleming had bravely attempted to reverse the collapse of English power precipitated by Henry VIII in 1533.Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming

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

In 1973, eleven fire-fighters were killed by an explosive fire that broke out in Kingman, Arizona during the transportation of anti-matter from Tunguska in central Siberia. The movement between a rail road car to a storage tank was mishandled by agents of Project Bluebook, resulting in a "boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion" ..
.. (BLEVE). The tragedy did not prevent continued investigations into the source of the anti-matter and determined attempts to understand the Impact event of 1908.

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

In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first African American to win the Wimbledon singles title in one of the most significant events since the African Holocaust. Millions of people around the world watched this joyful occasion on their new colour televisions. You could say that hopes for the modern world were high. But in 1 John .. Arthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe
.. 5:19 it is written that the whole world lies in that wicked one, and Satan did not want to play ball. Out of the blaze of the cameras, a species threatening catastrophe was about to begin. Just two weeks before, a breach of security at a US military base was to have catastrophic consequences for the entire world. The cruel finger of death was about to draw a line between Ashe, African Americans and the destiny of the whole world as the AIDS Pandemic began.

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

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