Kentucky Fried Politics: A Colonel Sanders Timeline

With regards to Muhammad Ali's dodging the draft and not going to Vietnam, I actually have respect for his stance (unlike a person, say, that went into their state's National Guard to avoid serving), since, IMO, he was willing to stand up and take whatever punishment came his way for it, and he stated why he wasn't going, too...
Chapter 82: January 2001 – June 2001
Chapter 82: January 2001 – June 2001

“God gives us the capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes – and we must.”

– Jimmy Carter (OTL)


Vice President: Governor Paul Wellstone (D-MN)

Secretary of State: outgoing US Senator Ann Richards (D-TX)
Secretary of the Treasury: US Rep. and House Financial Services Committee Chair Timothy Peter Johnson (D-SD)
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury: former U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bump (D-MA)
Secretary of Defense: US Army Gen. (ret.) Larry Rudell Ellis (R-MD)
Attorney General: US DC Circuit Appeals Court Chief Judge Harry Thomas Edwards (D-DC)
Deputy Attorney General: former state Attorney General Robert Abrams (D-NY)
Postmaster General: former associate editor of The New York Times Raymond Walter Apple Jr. (I-OH)
Secretary of the Interior: author and former Governor of Alaska Nora Dauenhauer (G-AK)
Secretary of Agriculture: food security advocate and US Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Secretary of Commerce: Chicago University professor and economics author Robert Reich (D-IL)
Secretary of Labor: former US House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO)
Secretary of Education: US Rep. and former state Executive Council member Dudley W. Dudley (D-NH)
Secretary of Health and Welfare (renamed Health and Humane Services in 2003): US Rep. and former state rep. Jane L. Campbell (D-OH)
Secretary of Transportation: New Mexico University President, former Governor and former US Secretary of the Interior Toney Anaya (D-NM)
Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs: US Army Col. (ret.) Mary Ann Wright (R-AR)
Secretary of Energy and Technology: former Governor Jimmie Lee Jackson (D-GA)
Secretary of Community Development (position established in 2001): former US Senator Mario Obledo (D-CA)
CD Undersecretary for Urban Development (position established in 2001): US Rep. and former state rep. Babette Josephs (D-PA)
CD Undersecretary for Rural Development (position established in 2001): former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah (D-AZ)
CD Undersecretary for Suburban Development (position established in 2001): former St. Paul Mayor James Scheibel (D-MN)
CD Undersecretary for Coastal Development (position established in 2001): former US Rep. and former state rep. Harlan Baker (D-ME)

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): CIA Deputy Director and former US Army Intelligence secretary Linda Rose Carotenuto Cleland (I-NJ)
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): former NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Walter Kelly (I-NY)
US Trade Representative: former US Rep. Ron Dellums (D-CA)
Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA): US Rep. Major R. O. Owens (D-NY)
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): painting instructor and former Governor Bob Ross (I-AK)
Administrator of the Overwhelming Disaster Emergency Response Coordination Agency (ODERCA): US Rep. and former state senator Bill Gwatney (D-AR)

White House Chief of Staff: political science professor deputy campaign manager Ronald Daniels (D-OH)
White House Deputy Chief of Staff: government bureaucracy expert Morton Halperin (I-DC)
Counselors to The President: political scientist and energy/bottom-up economics researcher William J. Antholis (I-VA) and Speechwriter Kevin Alexander Gray (D-SC)
Chief Domestic Policy Advisor: social critic and progressive philosopher Marcus Raskin (D-WI)
Chief Economic Policy Advisor: St. Albans Mayor and former City Ward Alderman Jeffrey P. Weaver (D-VT)
Chief Foreign Policy Advisor: anti-war activist and Institute for Defense & Disarmament Studies founder Dr. Randall Caroline Forsberg (I-MA)
Chief National Security Advisor: former FBI agent and former Assistant US Attorney for NY’s Southern District Court Louis Freeh (R-NY)
Director of the Office of Management and Budget: campaign manager Gerald Austin (D-OH)
Other Counselors and Advisors: political analyst Bob Beckel, political adviser Frank Watkinds, campaign policy director Frank Clemente, field director Eddie Wong, and political strategist Peter Daou
White House Communications Director: campaign HQ operations manager Betty Magness (I-DC)
White House Appointments Secretary: San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Mabel Teng (D-CA)
White House Press Secretary: campaign press secretary Pam Watkins (I-DC)
Administrator of the Small Business Administration: economics author and lecturer Prof. Franklin Roosevelt III (D-NY)
President Jackson’s personal secretary: social justice advocate and political/media strategist Jehmu Greene (D-TX)

Solicitor General (representative of the Federal Government before the Supreme Court): ret. US 11th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Robert Smith Vance (D-AL)
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: US Army Gen. (ret.) Henry Doctor Jr. (I-SC)
Secretary of the Army: US Army Gen. (ret.) Johnnie Corns (I-WV)
Secretary of the Navy: US Rep. and House Armed Services Committee Chair Norman Mineta (D-CA)
Federal Reserve Chairman: former Southern Economic Association President and economic researcher Prof. William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. (D-VA)
NASA Administrator: incumbent NASA Administrator and former Deputy NASA Administrator Dale Dehaven Myers (D-WA)

To Argentina: US Rep. and former Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom Jr. (D-AL)
To Australia: Ambassador to Samoa and former American Samoa Lt. Gov. Eni F. H. Faleomavaega Jr. (D-AS)
To Brazil: professional actor and political activist Pernell Roberts (D-CA)
To Canada: former US Senator Madeline Kunin (D-VT)
To China: former Governor Bucky Ray Jarrell (D-KY)
To Colombia: former National Intelligence Council Chair and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Samuel “Joe” Nye Jr. (I-NJ)
To France: former Governor Cleo Fields (D-LA)
To Germany: former Governor Paul R. Soglin (D-WI)
To Ghana: businessman, husband of US Rep. Maxine Waters, and former Cleveland Browns quarterback Sidney “Sid” Williams (D-CA)
To Greece: former Governor Chris Spirou (D-NH)
To Israel: author and political scientist Prof. Norman Gary Finkelstein, PhD (D-NJ)
To Italy: former Governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY)
To Japan: Chairman of the Japan-America Society of Chicago and former state Treasurer Adlai Stevenson III (D-IL)
To Korea: former Governor John Lim (R-OR)
To Mexico: former US Rep. Don Riegle (D-MI)
To New Zealand: former Ambassador to Australia Swanee Grace Hunt (D-TX)
To Russia: former US Rep. James Robert “J. R.” Jones (D-OK)
To South Africa: former US Senator James E. Chaney (D-MS)
To Turkey: former Chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs Paul G. Kirk (D-IL)
To the U.K.: former Governor Harvey Gantt (D-NC)
To the U.N.: former US Rep. Lee H. Hamilton (D-IN)


Fred let me tag along as a personal assistant; he told me that when he first walked into that Senate chamber, he thought, “I might as well do some good while I’m here.”

“I’m afraid that’s just not how it works,” the chief aide would end up informing him.

“But I remember civics class,” Fred said as we – Fred, about a dozen Senate aides, assistants, advisors and interns, and I – huddled around Fred’s new and possibly first-ever work desk. “You introduce a bill, it’s voted on. If the President don’t like it, you can overrule it if you have enough votes.”

“It’s more complicated than that,” the head honcho, the chief of Fred’s new staff, began the rundown. “After preparing the bill, there’s a first reading, then it enters Committee consideration; it is very important that it does not get stuck in Committee, never to be seen again.”

Fred asked, “What happens at committee?”

“They evaluate it to determine whether or not the bill requires holding public hearings to interview experts on the subject before voting on it, like what will likely happen for the Voting Rights Act and prison reform Jackson’s pushing for. Amendments – not constitutional amendments, just little additional, uh, details – could be added at this point. Or, heck, the bill could be substituted with a similar-enough bill that’s already in committee!”

“And then it’s passed?”

“And then it gets a second reading, maybe, and possibly a third reading if necessary, followed by the transmittal of the bill – um, that is, uh, once approved by the committee, it gets sent to the other chamber, where the same legislative process with the committees and everythinh is repeated practically all over again until they take action and either approve it –”

“– or let it die in committee,” Fred said.


“Then it’s passed.”

“Then there’s a thing called a Conference Committee, a meeting of the heads of both chambers involved in the bill’s journey through congress, and there they just sort of sort out any remaining issues disagreements on the bill, like last-minute provisions and the like, and basically polish it up.”

“Aw, jeez,” Fred moaned, understandably irritated.

“Finally, sir, this is when the bill is transmitted to the President, and he takes action on it,” he concluded.

Fred then asked, “So how long will all that take?”

“How long is a piece of string?” A second aide answered. “It’s subjective. Could take months, could nearly two years or more.”

“Years?! Sonny, I’m 81, I can’t afford to spend a whole year!” Fred surely must have regretted signing onto my idea of getting him to run for the Senate just to oppose some New York carpetbaggers. If he did, it was momentary. Fred soon spoke again to ask, “So what can be done to get the ball rolling, to grease the wheels?”

“Most bills never get out of committee without either public pressure to address some sort of national emergency, or, more commonly, the bill being sponsored by a committee chairperson, which could actually speed up the process by several weeks,” said the chief of staff.

“Maybe months?”


“Then we’re getting’ somewhere! Who’s the chair for the agriculture committee?”

“Jim Guy Tucker, a Democrat,” answered the Chief of Staff. “I think committee members Larry Presser and Barbara Cuban might be more friendly to us, but even if they can persuade Tucker to speed things up for us, what’s the incentive, sir? Why should they prioritize it, besides its importance?”

“You need leverage, Fred. Persuasion,” I finally spoke, “something to make them interested in passing a bill for you.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll think of something,” Fred said eagerly.

– John O’Brien’s Man With A Plan: The Book Based on The Race Based on The Movie, Wind Ridge Books, 2003


…the latest attempt to change our national flag can be traced back to the 1980s, where a movement to replace the national flag’s Union Jack with the flag of the Aborigine populace branched off from Aboriginal rights organizations to push for the implementation of a new flag representing all Australians.

From there, the idea of a flag referendum was politicized thanks to Labor leader Mike Ignatieff’s enthusiasm for it. Prime Minister de la Hunty hopes to put the discussion to rest by allowing a referendum to take place. Today, the dates for the two-round voting system were finalized... [snip] …The first steps taken upon the referendum being announced to occur in early 2001 were back in late 1999, with de la Hunty agreeing with Labor leaders to allocating funds for a high-profile panel of experts (artists, graphic designers, historians, etc, leading to an attempt to get famous painter Bob Ross to serve on the panel, for him to decline due to his lacking thorough history of Australia, though he did advise “pick the one that makes people most happy and joyful to be Australian.”) for a future flag referendum, in exchange for the passing of a housing and agriculture bill. Additionally, the Labor party announced a cash prize of $10,000 for the design who wins the first round, in order to encourage many people to send in designs, ranging from first-tike designers to professional vexillologists and artists. …With hundreds of flag being sent in over the past several months, the panel is expected to select the winning designs “very soon,” says one anonymous source, and that they will announce their “final four” candidates “at some time” next month, in February…

The Australian, 1/24/2001

…A 7.7 Mw earthquake has struck, Gujarat, India. Already, the death toll is projected to be in the thousands, with experts and computer models suggesting it will lie anywhere between twelve thousand and eighteen thousand, both of which are staggeringly terrible odds in regards to this sudden loss of human life…

– BBC News, 26/1/2001 broadcast

…Earlier today, under the leadership of President Jackson’s Ambassador to the United Nations, the US joined several other nations in backing a UN resolution to condemn any nation that maintains a supply of hypersonic missiles. Though only prototypes of such missiles currently exist, the technology is out there, and experts warn that such weapons are incredibly dangerous – these kind of missiles can travel five times the speed of sound, and, according the US Ambassador to the UN, would pose a grave threat to any nation it targeted due to the difficulty of combating such a fast-acting projectile [1]

– ABC News, 2/2/2001 broadcast

Selecting a new CEO must be planned out carefully, with the announcement being made in advance to keep stockholders from worrying that the “regime change” will negatively impact sales and consumer confidence in the company. Ahead of the changing of the guard, Finger Lickin’ Good, Inc.’s Board of Directors perused the resumes of several candidates both within and outside of the company’s ranks. Retiring CEO Collins’ rocky tenure was viewed as being the result of him being too closely involved in the company’s “corporate culture,” having first started working for KFC in the late 1960s. The Board thus favored an outsider candidate. “Someone with another, different perspective may be the key to figuring out why our sales are dropping,” considered Board member Bob Yarmuth. “A fresh perspective, a different look from another successful company may be the ticket,” fellow Board member David Yohe concurred. Among the outsiders considered were former Deputy Attorney General Andrew Franklin Puzder (due to the pro-business record he developed as a trial lawyer during the 1980s and 1990s), former Administrator of the US’s Small Business Administration and former COO of AT&T Cara Carlton Sneed, and either one of the three most prominent members of the Huntsman family. Their Huntsman Container Corporation had continuously been doing business with KFC since 1973, and the Board considered outgoing Jon Sr, and his sons Peter (HCC’s COO) and Jon Jr. (having served as US Ambassador to China from November 1999 to January 2001) to all be well-qualified candidates. However, all three declined the offer, leading the final three options to be Puzder, Sneed, and the ultimate selectee.

Above: KFC’s new CEO in 2001

Herman Cain (b. 1945) had a storied career that matched his impressive and diverse resume. He was the Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 1995 to 1996, chairman of said bank’s Omaha branch from 1989-1991; an unofficial economic advisor to President Dinger and his 1996 campaign; and from 1996 to 1999, he was President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

And before all that, he had been the regional manager for over 500 Burger Chef outlets stretching across the rust belt before serving as said chain’s CEO from 1985 to 1988. During said time, Burger Chef was in the middle of a sales free-fall. No longer a subsidiary of General Foods like in its early days, the Burger Chef’s BoD was directionless. Cain oversaw the company cut back previous expansion efforts in order to stay afloat until the company left the red. He also met with the CEO of McDonald’s, their primary competitor, and agreed to focus more on the northeast while McDonald’s increased their number of outlets in the rest of the country. This allowed Burger Chef to become a more regional outlet, and the “backroom deal” was controversial enough for him to be let go after three years on the job. However, the company went back into the black in 1989, causing Cain to be celebrated for his “slowdown” method pulling the company out of red and yielding them enough profits in 1989 to launch a new media campaign and a re-expansion campaign.

“There are three necessities when it comes to success: education, experience, and, above all, connections. We’ve got all three of those things here,” were Cain’s opening words at the first BoD meeting he headed. “We study the local tastes and make special offers when not too costly. We study past trends to see what works and what doesn’t. And thanks to this company’s founder we’ve got a credibility for trustworthiness that makes other companies envious. All we have to do now is utilize those assets.”

Under Cain, KFC’s advertising department launched “a returning” to what they called “The Colonel’s Call” – making domestic outlets consistent and reliable, a.k.a. trusted by customers, thus creating stronger customer loyalty.

In a private discussion, The Three Elders of the company spoke of how they genuinely thought of Cain. “I like him; he’s got gumption,” said Margaret Sanders, always still cantankerous even in her 90s.

“Yeah, a certain je ne sais quoi,” uttered Mildred Sanders, chairman emeritus, “and a smart head on his shoulders.”

“I don’t know,” admitted the octogenarian Harley Sanders. “I don’t like the record he made at Burger Chef. Too willing, or maybe too eager, to sacrifice outlets to maintain profits.”

Extraneous outlets, Harley,” noted Mildred.

“If it employs people and feeds others,” Harley asked, “How exactly was it extraneous?”

– Marlona Ruggles Ice’s A Kentucky-Fried Phoenix: The Post-Colonel History of Most Famous Birds In The World, Hawkins E-Publications, 2020

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A KFC-Canada commercial for the KFC "Big Crunch" Sandwich, c. 2001; under CEO Herman Cain, the Big Crunch was phased out over a 6-month period

…Everyone in the cabinet knew their roles. The Treasury and Commerce departments would work with congress to strengthen the Federal Jobs Guarantee program and to weigh the merits and specifics of a possible Federal Aid Dividend to “bolster” the effectiveness of the Negative Income Tax Rebate. Their mission what to determine how to pass out such additional funds for the lower classes without causing businesses and landlords to rise prices and rent, which is what many experts believed would happen. Secretaries Johnson and Gephardt explored the past successes and failures of ZEDs, while Reich began considered promoting the “tenancy-in-common” sort of tenant ownership as a way around “the bad kind of landlord.”

Concurrently, President Jackson and company worked with Senators Alan Wheat and Marcy Kaptur on another, stronger Voting Rights Act. “Issues facing Black people today are not as severe as in the past, but are still in need of immediate rectification: police brutality, unfair incarceration rates, income inequality, healthcare disparities and discrepancies, and natural segregation such as white flight and reverse-gentrification, which often lead to poorer funding for majority-black schools.” Freshman US Senator Bobby Scott began working with the more seasoned Senators Bethine Church, Katie Beatrice Hall, and Daniel Inouye on how to implement laws meant to curb systemic racism without inadvertently creating the oppressive red tape and high taxes that their Republican co-workers kept “warning the American people” about; the need to reform at the state and local level were required in the President’s eyes as well, with Hall suggesting that state governments needed coercion from the bottom as well as the top. “People have to make it known to their sheriffs and mayors that they support what the President wants them to do,” she said in a meeting on the hill in February 2001. “Governors also have to work with us to reform ZEDs and pass stronger anti-discrimination laws. We need more transparency so more can see the discrimination that goes on when it comes to police, landlords, and employing practices.”…


…In Mexico, the new reformist President Moctezuma initiated multi-national immigration reform talks with Jesse Jackson. However, Moctezuma was quick to brush off most of the blame for his country’s woes onto those of another. “Drug pushers in America get their supplies from Mexican carriers who bring in the heroin and crack cocaine from Guatemala, and if you follow that trail to where to pot fields are, you find those fields in Colombia. Colombia is the root of this epidemic of a crisis.” War-torn Colombia was also suffering a major refugee crisis as well, as the civil war caused hundreds of thousands to flee elsewhere; many of them traveled to the US, prompting Jesse Jackson to expand America’s refugee allowances via executive order, and to double the funding of immigration offices working on the paperwork to allow immigrants into the country legally, which cut down the amount of backlogged cases and overall waiting periods. Meanwhile, the Jackson administration sought to reverse President Dinger’s pouring of millions of US dollars into Mexican police and local law enforcement, and instead for FBI and CIA agents to “stamp out” cartels by going after their sources of funding. “Follow the money” became the mantra under the new CIA and FBI directors…

– Nancy Skelton and Bob Faw’s Thunder In America: A Chronology of The Jesse Jackson White House, Texas Monthly Press, 2016

By the start of our tenth year John was dealing with complicated taxation debates. Conservatives were complaining about taxes once again despite John implementing a low flat tax rate of 5% in the National Income Tax Act of 1994. John seemed anguished. The tax rate was fair without being oppressive. The whole process of finding a sustainable rate took him back to the Beatles’ 1966 hit “The Taxman”: “If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street. If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat. If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.” [2] John wanted a government that kept its people safe without having to financially oppress them. That messaging had led to victory in 1994, but even then, the UK’s wealthiest snobs grumbled just as they were complaining about it now. In their defense, to combat recession in 1999, John did manage to have the flat tax rate to 10%, but only for one fiscal year. “I also considered price and wage freezes,” he laments from time to time. “I still think I should have, because recovery was rockier without it.” Dealing with that while also trying to keep companies from outsourcing in the midst of economic recovery was tiring. The markets were doing fairly well by 2001, but the biggest rub John got was not from the economy or the opposition party, but from the growing number of MPs at odds with the former Beatle. John was becoming increasingly unpopular among party higher-ups for his informal behavior and due to having difficulty getting along with many moderates in the party. “We all want to fix things, but too many MPs think that only their opinion is the right one. Too few want to actually work together and collaborate on things. Sometimes it’s like I’m back in with Paul again,” he once said to me.

– Lyn Cornell-Lennon’s memoir, Lennon & I: Our Lives: From Liverpool to 10 Downing Street And Back Again, Thames Books, 2017

…In February 2001, Congressman Bill Sorrell introduced legislation to increase “transparency standards” for large companies, trusts, foundations and other enterprises via creating a public registry of who benefits from these places making profits. After much back-and-forth between moderate and progressive Democrats in the chamber, the bill was narrowly approved…

– Nancy Skelton and Bob Faw’s Thunder In America: A Chronology of The Jesse Jackson White House, Texas Monthly Press, 2016

…Domestically, Jackson’s Justice Department went after the KKK and other hate groups, with FBI and local law enforcement and courts being pressured to pursue stronger actions against known members. Designating the Ku Klux Klan a “terrorist organization” was tricky due to there being multiple groups using the term. As a result, all said groups were designated white supremacist organizations. This action led to prominent individuals such as activist Barbara Coe and Utah politician Merrill Cook claiming the President was practicing a “double standard” for not persecuting “Black Power” organizations, but this “counterpart” was not embraced by a vast majority of Americans.

Regardless, the FBI began to monitor suspected members under the new administration; this was a refreshing reversal of the FBI’s relationship with the KKK during the years of J. Edgar Hoover, when the bureau had paid informants in the Klan and were more antagonistic to the X-Men (supporters of Malcolm X). …However, the Jackson administration reluctantly “pumped the brakes” on investigating the GOP-backing “Wide-Awakes” organizations in order to “not bite off too much too soon.” When it came to the Wide-Awakes, there was much concern of fueling partisan antagonism, as several Congresspersons and even four Senators (Helen Chenoweth of Idaho, Bernie Goetz of Colorado, Albert Lee Smith Jr. of Alabama, and D. Kirkwood Fordice of Mississippi, albeit each to varying degrees of enthusiasm for these backers) were proudly affiliated with the populist war-hawk version of the “Wide-Awake” term...

– author A’Lelia Bundles’ Consequential: The Presidency of Jesse Jackson, Random House, 2015


…“I’m not partisan, folks. I will work with whichever party I need to in order to get this here bill passed. I’m introducing this bill because dairy farmers are sufferin’ all over. People don’t drink milk so much no more, there’s federal pricing problems, and the fact is that big dairy companies are stepping on the backs of all the little ones. Small country communities live off the land, off the money made by the dairy farms. And it seems to me that the government keeps saying farmers are important – and to his credit, President Dinger, did help out some – but overall, it seems to me to just be all talk. Something tells me that us dairy farmers being less than 1% of the population means we’re ignored by most. We help feed America but somehow don’t have political clout. I guess swing states don’t have enough dairy farms or something.

My point is, though, is that the current federal programs are wasteful and don’t address the real problems facing dairy farmers. The USDA seems to care more about appeasing the big dairy producers only. The only legislation we need to fix this, though, to remove the unequal treatment of farm sizes and the unfair pricing structure, is this bill right here, that replaces pricing restrictions with tighter regulation of business ethics and actions of dairy companies of the top percent of the industry.”

The Washington Post, 2/25/2001

...Because of the likelihood that the Democrats would gain his seat if he steps down from it, Republican leaders such as Webb Franklin and Kel Downard urged Fred to not retire until 2002. Others in the GOP, though, were supportive of his attention-grabbing stunt; Congressman Gus Bilirakis, for example, explained that “Jackson’s approval ratings are bound to slide the closer we get to the midterms, and typically, the party of a first-term incumbent loses seats in the midterms. The sooner Governor Dean appoints one of his fellow Democrats to Fred’s seat, the better we can tie him to the Jackson administration, and thus bettering our chances of defeating said incumbent in November 2002. Of course, it’d be a liberal Republican – this is Vermont, we’re talking about – but hey, still a Republican.” Either way, Fred’s announcement was polarizing for the GOP, meaning he received more support from Democratic lawmakers than from Republican one on Capitol Hill…

– John O’Brien’s Man With A Plan: The Book Based on The Race Based on The Movie, Wind Ridge Books, 2003

…Jack Black has come a long way from his struggles with cocaine and pigeonholing. After years of playing comical side characters, or characters so serious that they were comical, Black has finally shown his ability to depict a complex character with conviction. Fresh off the surreal TV show “Heat Vision And Jack” (cancelled in 2000 after one season), Black’s dramatic performance in HBO’s made-for-TV movie “Dawn of The Colonel” excellently captures the larger-than-life early years of Colonel Harland, at time when the former world leader and humanitarian struggled to hold down a job and keep his family together. It feels more appropriate than ever before for Americans to see that The Colonel was a real person, as KFC has immortalized their founder with a cartoon version of him that, frankly, while entertaining, does not do The Colonel’s legacy justice. This film, on the other hand, appropriately does…

Variety, TV/film review section, 3/3/2001

…A major talking point for Jackson in 2000 was the inflated resources of the armed forces at the expense of social programs. In 2001, Jackson sought to cut military budget, but faced opposition from those quick to point out continuing operations in Colombia in Mexico. Thus, Jackson immediately called for negotiations. Within his first 100 days, Jackson aimed to establish a temporary ceasefire in the former and sign an agreement with President Moctezuma to lower American responsibilities in the latter.

On March 5, Air Force One flew down to Bogotá, Colombia to meet with President Andres Pastrana make contact with Manuel Marulanda, the head of the left-wing militant guerilla movement FARC; the right-wing guerilla movement AUC was excluded from negotiations due to their more terroristic tendencies of late, and deeper connections to the Recreadrug War. Jackson and Patrons hoped to convince FARC to essentially join their forces with the Colombian government in order to defeat the “shared adversary” of the AUC, the third player in the country’s multi-sided conflict. In exchange, FARC would be treated more favorably in peace talks; for example, Pastrana was willing to grant amnesty to as many as “the bottom 90%” of FARC participants, and agree to several government reform proposals, if AUC could be weakened into submission within two years.

Pre-negotiations discussions had a rocky start when Jackson rejected FARC’s representative, Ivan Marquez, over his ties to the trafficking of cocaine and previously-North Korean weapons in and out of Colombia. However, a more suitable representative was found before said planned March visit.

The prospect of negotiations for a temporary ceasefire made US military personnel and US warhawks (especially the Wide-Awakes) uneasy, as it seemed Jackson would use success in Colombia to convince moderate Democrats to sign off on a 2002 fiscal budget (presented to congress in September 2001) that contained massive cuts to the army forces...

– Nancy Skelton and Bob Faw’s Thunder In America: A Chronology of The Jesse Jackson White House, Texas Monthly Press, 2016


The Washington Post, 3/9/2001

…When it came to more domestic fiscal concerns, Jackson aimed to avoid “a restrained budget” by implementing significant entitlement reform and a major tax increase on the top 1%. However, Treasury Secretary Tim Johnson believed a more moderate path would suffice.

“We need a tax code shift. You can’t just raise taxes on the 1% without immediate pushback, Jesse,” Johnson suggested in a mid-March meeting in the Oval Office. “You instead need a larger, a broad tax base. So tax the top 10%, 15%, even 20%, but go after the top 1% especially.”

“Maybe we should go with a federal flat tax, somewhere between 5% and 10%, instead of federal tax brackets,” pondered OMB Director Gerald Austin. “It worked before, when the economy tanked, back in ’78. Mondale passed a 1% emergency recovery tax across the board.”

“Except,” Jackson noted, “We’re talking about overhauling three of the five major forms of federal taxation – income, excise, and corporate.” Consumption and (to a lesser extent) property and payroll were to be the least affected during Jackson’s first year in office…

– Nancy Skelton and Bob Faw’s Thunder In America: A Chronology of The Jesse Jackson White House, Texas Monthly Press, 2016

…A “Flat Tariff” deal was finally signed between Jackson and Moctezuma on March 19, 2001. Which stated that traded goods tariffs would be matched to within a 5% margin of each other in order to promote trade and product selling between the two countries. Both governments hoped that trade and consumer confidence would lower the appeal of being employed by the recreadrug lords, though Jackson also pressured his Mexican counterpart to push a federal jobs program as well…

– researcher Brenda J. Hargis’ Emboldening: The Jesse Jackson Presidency, Sunrise Publications, 2017

…In March 2001, Bellamy used her increasingly pulpit-like post as UN Secretary-General to promote an “international courtesy.” Specifically, the idea of national government agreeing to requiring international businesses and multinational citizens to give country-by-country reporting of their revenues in order to best distribute taxes. International tax law experts supported with proposal, as did the US Treasurer and Commerce Secretaries...

– Thomas Hennen Carter’s Bellamyville: The Rise And Struggles Of An American President, Scribner publishers, 2018


Above: clockwise from top left corner: The final four options. Option 1: The Land Down Under flag created by Friedensreich Hundertwasser; option 2: The 1998 “Canadianesque Roundel” proposal by Ash Nallawalla, Option 3: The Aboriginal-Australian flag used by various Aborigine groups since 1997, and option 4: The Eureka Flag dating back to 1854.

The first round of the flag referendum asked voter “If Australian adopts a new flag, which flag would you prefer?” Using a preferential voting system, Option 4 came in first place in the final results of the last iteration. The results are considered to be an upset, as Option 3 was the leading favorite among a plurality of referendum enthusiasts. ...Prior to voting, opinions varied among voters across ethnic and class groups. …PM de la Hunt appeared apathetic, calling the referendum “the opposition’s latest batch of bread and circuses”…

The Advertiser, Australian newspaper, 3/22/2001

…The heads of state of the United States and Panama today signed a labor agreement to resume work on the Panama Canal’s third lock. Despite the third lock being to be used by wider ships as modern boatbuilding technology allows for the construction of transportation vessels so large they dwarf the Titanic, the third lock idea goes back nearly a century. Construction on a Third Lock project actually began in 1939, was but abandoned in 1942 due to the intensity of WWII. Taking page out of FDR’s book, American President Jesse Jackson is returning workers to the Isthmus of the American Hemisphere for a massive public works project, with Panamanian and American workers employed for it too, in order to lower unemployment, and to boost consumer confident and consumer spending in order to bring back up his nation’s economy. In doing so, the nations that use the Panama Canal may also benefit from this architectural endeavor...

– BBC, 30/3/2001

REPORTER: The film distribution companies of Warner Bros. and United Artist today announced at a joint press conference that several controversial films – the top three biggest being 1962’s The Manchurian Candidate, 1954’s Suddenly, and 1994’s Natural Born Killers – will finally to be released for home-video ownership. All three films gained notoriety upon being released for depicting a Presidential assassin. In fact, the star of Suddenly, Frank Sinatra, tried to buy all copies of Suddenly and have them destroyed after President Lyndon Johnson was shot in 1963. In 1995, rumors that Natural Born Killers inspired Lynwood Drake to assassinate President Iacocca led to it, and the two earlier films, being pulled from circulation, meaning they were no longer available in theaters or on home video, and were not aired on TV. Additionally, the UK refused to allow further cinema or home video releases of the film Natural Born Killers in the wake of investigations into copycat murders allegedly inspired by the film. However, those investigations have since ended, leading to these distribution companies deciding to finally return these movies to the big and small screens. But just how are people reacting to the news?

INTERVIEWED INDIVIDUAL 1: I think they should burn every copy. It doesn’t matter who made them or what they’re intentions were, they inspire people to kill. They glorify it. They’re cursed and they must be erased before more people are hurt by them.

INTERVIEWED INDIVIDUAL 2: Movies can’t hurt people, people hurt people, not movies. I say let people watch whatever they want to watch, and blame them for whatever s#!t they do, not the movies they’ve watched. That’s just dumb.

INTERVIEWED INDIVIDUAL 3: A movie watcher has to know what they’re seeing on the screen isn’t real, right? Cause if they can’t figure that out, well, don’t move to California, they’ll lock you up, cause you’re clearly insane.

INTERVIEWED INDIVIDUAL 4: People should just teach their kids to hate violence. That’s it.

INTERVIEWED INDIVIDUAL 5: I’ve seen some of those movies. They were awesome! Especially the ones that actually show blood! Man, people are idiots for freaking out over the dumbest little things, s#!t...

REPORTER: It seems people are divided on the merits on withdrawing and re-releasing these films...

– ABC Morning News, 4/1/2001 report


…US Senator and former Vice President Mike Gravel sat down in the Oval Office with the President to discuss scheduling for the 2001-2002 congress and the Senator’s National Initiative push…

The Washington Post, 4/8/2001


London, UK – American businessman and former professional baseball player Donald Trump of New York has married the Queen’s niece, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones of Snowdon. The wedding, a lavish, but closed and private ceremony, held at St. Stephen Walbrook church in the City of London, is the culmination of over two years of the cross-continental couple dating. [3] Trump, 54, a real estate developer, and Lady Sarah, 36, a painter by profession, are frequent flyers who plan on living in both The UK and America.

Above: The Happy Newlyweds

…The couple’s relationship has received scrutiny since its confirmation, with many Britons claiming Mr. Trump is only in a relationship with her for the fame and fortune. Both Trump and Lady Sarah have angrily refuted these claims, suggesting that the accusations are indeed false…

The Daily Mirror, UK newspaper, 4/4/2001

“In the 1930s, congress created economic regulations after the Great Depression in order to prevent such a calamity from ever happening again. Under the Presidency of Colonel Sanders conservatives in the White House and in congress deregulated businesses for eight years, leading to the Crash of 1978. And yet everyone then, and even many people now still, blame Mondale for it, instead of Sanders’ approach to business leaders, for letting it happen. And then, Mondale’s 1979-1980 laws regulated the economy again, only for congress to undo those regulations in 1993 and 1994. Congress undid the regulations, and – wouldn’t you know it? – the economy tanked in 1999. Now congress is trying to create better regulations to stop that from happening again. But if people stay valiant, call out wrongdoing, point out machinations, then maybe pro-business profit margins people will fail to once again ruin the economy. So, before another recession can happen, the President is doing everything he can, he is working very hard, with congress to make these regulations as strong and as effective as possible – without them becoming too restrictive to discourage owning businesses, of course.”

– Bern Sanders, founder of Tumbleweed magazine and Tumbleweed TV, Meet the Press interview, 4/11/2001

…Just days ahead of Jackson’s 100-day mark, the Senate agreed to pass the House’s high-but-flat tax of an average 11.5% across the board for income and corporate taxes. However, the redistributing of the tax revenue sources, essentially reversing the pro-rich deregulating of the Dinger administration, was not technically flat, as it instead simply “smoothed out” the differences between the brackets and placed greater responsibility on the top 10%. Hence, the White House’s use of the phrase “average 11.5%.”…

– researcher Brenda J. Hargis’ Emboldening: The Jesse Jackson Presidency, Sunrise Publications, 2017

“This government is supportive of violence groups abroad and of government oppression at home. Government should reward you for hard work, not attack you for it with taxes that make it so the more you make, the more they take.”

– US Senator Helen Chenoweth (R-ID), 4/26/2001


In Turkey’s desert interior, a team of Greek scientists are testing food production experiments in a project funded by two Turkish and two Greek universities, as well as several Greek and Turkish entrepreneurs, in an effort to address hunger and food insecurity in both nations. “If these genetically augmented crops can successfully grow in these blistering arid conditions, this technology could very well be revolutionary,” says one hopeful member of Project Ambrosia…

The Atlantis, Greek-American newspaper, 4/27/2001

…Negotiators in Bogota, Colombia managed to break an impasse in the latest rounds of peace talks. The left-wing guerillas have finally agreed to temporarily suspend anti-government attacks and other activities in order for negotiations to proceed further. It seems that, for the first time in nearly a decade, there is a real chance for hostilities in Colombia to cease peacefully…

– NBC News, 4/28/2001 broadcast


…With Democrats controlling both chambers of congress, President Jackson has managed to pass several major articles of legislation, such as the Tax Distribution Act, the Small Business Relief Act, the Farm Security And Rural Investment Act, the Jobs Creation Act, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, and the Open Trade With Mexico Act all within his first 100 days in office. A benchmark measuring the early success of a Presidency since FDR’s productive first 100 days in office, Jackson successfully led in passing sweeping tax reform, and worked with governors and their respective county and city departments to promote police reform at local levels. Jackson also “got the ball rolling” on peace talks in Colombia and legislation for a National Initiative Constitutional Amendment, and used executive orders to increase federal funding for stem cell research and to implement new ethics guidelines for the executive branch…

The Washington Post, 4/30/2001

BARN AND RAZED: The Drawn-Out Decline of The Red Barn Franchise

…Red Barn was a fast-food burger chain founded in 1961 and known for its distinct style of having most of its outlet-buildings be shaped like actual barns, with a Maynard roof and large window front. The franchise, which originated in Ohio before expanding into 32 other states (plus three Canadian provinces) offered “Big Barney” and “Barnbuster” burgers, and other menu items centered around grilled beef, fish, and chicken, was the first multi-state food chain to include self-service salad bars. “It’s broad menu makes for a broad appeal,” explains Bill Lapitsky, former Regional Manager for Red Barn’s Ohio-Pennsylvania Division. “We draw in families, teenagers, and city folk who like the illusion of farm-life.”

The franchise reached its peak in the 1970s when it briefly operated three outlets in southern England. Then the chain entered a long and slow period of decline, going from a peak of nearly 800 restaurants in three countries to its current number of 107 outlets scattered around the Midwest, where their appeal had always remained strongest.

Several factors contributed to the decline of Red Barn. For one, the chain went through several owners, alternating between large companies and profit-centric entrepreneurs who passed around the company in a way that led to high turnover rates for low-level employees. Conflicting owners led to intermittent expanding and infrequent advertising, as discouraged investors interested in operations that were noticeable more stable at the executive level. Secondly, the chain entered decline at a time when the burger industry was becoming saturated; “the Burger Wars” of the 1970s and 1980s, between McDonald’s and several challengers such as Whataburger, Burger Chef, and Wendyburger, shaped the pop culture of that decade (which I went over in a previous blog spot (click link here to read it!)). Thirdly, and most controversially – maybe nostalgic customers may fight you on this – many of the menu items may have been too similar to those of other franchises. Red Barn’s fried pies once tasted very much like McDonald’s apple pies. And the franchise’s outlets still fry their chicken with a standard commercial Henny Penny pressure fryer – the exact same kind of pressure fryer that Colonel Sanders purchased and customized in the 1940s, culminating in the creation of his famous concoction.

Whether it was the result of inconsistent ownership, too many competitors, or an overreliance on familiar tastes found elsewhere, the Red Barn’s slow drop in prominence is nevertheless unfortunate. They offer a unique and charming experience that you really should try to experience for yourself – before the franchise declines any further in size.

–, 2019 e-article

McTEER LEADS PT PARTY BACK TO POWER!: Defeats Charest In PM Bid; Voters Approve of Progressive Liberal Alliance

…Maureen McTeer, MP from Carleton-Gloucester, Ottawa, narrowly defeated incumbent PM Jean Charest in tonight’s general elections. McTeer successfully kept together the Progressive Liberal Alliance formed in 2000 in response to the Action Alliance formed in 1998. In PLA consists primarily of the Liberal and Progressive Tomorrow parties, and competed in ridings tonight strategically in order to avoid splitting anti-AA votes. The election victory comes after Charest oversaw a rocky administration. Many defended his lackluster record developed since entering office in late 1999 by stating how well he was doing compared to Hellyer, a defense which many members of the Action Alliance used often – possibly too often, as it may have led to voters remembering very well that the AA is the same political alliance responsible for the government gridlock, poor initial response to economic recession, and two constitutional crises that unfolded throughout the year 1999. Charest, to his credit, distanced himself from his predecessor as best he could without ending the alliance, but ultimately, he failed to successfully implement the changes he had promised. McTeer, a former PC member who switched to PT and served in PM Mitchel’s ministry in the mid-1990s, will enter office in two weeks...

– The Montréal Gazette, French-Canadian newspaper (translated), 5/5/2001


…In the second round of the National Flag Referendum, voters were asked “What is your choice for the Australian flag?” The referendum pitted the existing flag against the “Eureka Flag."

The results:

Alternative flag: 52.1%

Existing flag: 47.9%

Turnout: 63.1%

– The Northern Territory News, Australian newspaper, 5/10/2001


..The de la Hunty government sought to end debate around the Australian flag by putting it to a vote, a vote most expected would see the incumbent national flag remain on the flagpole. Instead, anti-incumbent flag sentiment was higher than anticipated among those voting… The unexpected results may very well mean the loss of political prestige for Prime Minister de la Hunty, who backed the losing flag. National Party leader Ben Carson, similarly, looked weak and indecisive for taking no side in the debate, while Labor Party leader Mike Ignatieff gained political prestige for supporting the flag change, though not as enthusiastically as other prominent Labor MPs. Still, him being on the winning side may likely help him stay on as Liberal party leader ahead of the 2002 general elections...

The Canberra Times, Australian newspaper, 5/11/2001


…Frank Minis Johnson, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, helped change stereotypes about the American South by being a pro-Civil Rights centrist from Alabama. An almost apolitical man of law who upheld the creed of “equal protection under the law” for all Americans, Johnson passed away at his home from pneumonia at the age of 82, following “an extensive period” of declining health, according to a Johnson family spokesperson... Johnson had been a Circuit Judge from his home state of Alabama prior to President Colonel Sanders sending him on his way through US Senate hearings to the top judicial spot in the entire country, in March 1971...

The Washington Post, 5/12/2001

Jackson’s search for the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court began in earnest. With the eight Associate Justices, the nation’s highest court was evenly split between left-leaning and right-leaning bench members. Joseph Tyree Sneed III of California, Herb Fogel of Pennsylvania, Emilio Miller Garza of Texas, and Larry Dean Thompson of Georgia made up the conservative bloc, while Mary Murphy Schroeder of Colorado, Miles W. Lord of Minnesota, and William Nealon Jr. of Pennsylvania formed the liberal-to-progressive bloc; Justice Sylvia Bacon of California was a moderate Republican who found herself increasingly voting more often with the latter group.

Jackson sought out a progressive-minded jurist who could still appeal to moderates, and “someone with experience, not some mediocre country lawyer like Dinger or Colonel Sanders,” as vetting committee member and former US Attorney General Amalya Lyle Kearse described in a highly controversial 2005 interview. One early named floated was Alan Cedric Page, a 55-year-old Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and former professional football player, due to his early support of Jackson in the 2000 primaries. Similarly, 45-year-old Leah Ward Sears of the Georgia Supreme Court was a rumored candidate also, as well as Jackson’s own US Attorney General, the 61-year-old Harry Thomas Edwards. Bellamy-appointed African-American Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams, 51; former US Attorney General Amalya Lyle Kearse, 63; and Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan P. Graber, 52, were all reportedly considered and met with the President more than once. For a brief period, Moderates and Republicans pushed for Gilbert Merritt, a moderate from the sixth district, but opposition from both the Simon Wiesenthal Center and VP Wellstone over Merritt’s handling some prior cases led to Merritt being quickly dropped from consideration. Furthermore, several “outside-the-box’ candidates, such as 64-year-old state Attorney General and former state Supreme Court chief justice Darrell McGraw of West Virginia, 68-year-old Court of Appeals Judge for the Second Circuit Guido Calabrese, and 59-year-old state Attorney General Bill Lockyer of California, all passed on being considered.

By the end of May, President Jackson and his vetting team had narrowed the options down to five options: Harvard Law professor Stephen L. Carter of Connecticut, age 47, African-American; moderate-to-conservative Circuit Judge José Alberto Cabranes of Puerto Rico, age 60; Harvard Law School professor Michael J. Sandel, age 47, Jewish, and strongly pro-free speech/freedom of information online; Appeals Court Judge Martha Craig Kirko “Cissy” Daughtrey of Kentucky, age 58, a strong opponent of BLUTAG marriage bans; and early favorite Alan Cedric Page.

– Linda Greenhouse and Morton J. Horwitz’s Sustaining Liberty: The Supreme Court Under Our Current Chief Justice, Sunrise Publishing, 2020

“…The industries of agriculture, construction, and hotel and restaurant services cannot survive without immigrant labor. Migrant workers and Americans-at-heart are highly valuable and should be highly valued, but are not treated as such. Legal immigrants deserve protection from wage theft and other workplace hazards that should only be found in third-world countries, and never in America. …In the year 2000, legal Immigrants from Asia and Oceania made up roughly 33% of all register immigrants, and roughly 25% came from Mexico alone. Only 15% of them came from Europe and only 14% came from all of Africa. ...the fact that Mexicans are willing to become Mexican-Americans is a sign that we need to pass this bill, which I hold here in my hands, a bill already sponsored by Senators Mondragon and Skandalakis, a bill that will re-adjust America’s immigration policy to make it more inclusive and welcoming to immigrants from these regions of the globe. And it is why I call on the Senate to bill Senators Vallas and Basha’s anti-wage theft bill…”

– US Sen. Gloria Tristani (D-NM), speech on the Senate floor, 5/27/2001


…According a new poll, 75% of Nevadans approve of Governor Swanson, while 18% disapprove; the remaining 7% are undecided. Since entering office in 1995, Governor Swanson has sought to rectify drought issues with huge water pipes system projects stretching across the state. The projects, funded by revenue brought in by mining operations and a sliver of Las Vegas casino earnings, has dropped unemployment in the state considerably…

– The Elko Daily Free Press, Nevada newspaper, 5/30/2001


The Washington Post, 6/1/2001


…The fifth Disneyland theme park began operations today, after months of delays, with parades and fanfare culminating in a huge fireworks presentation…

The Los Angeles Times, 6/2/2001

Political commentator and writer for National Review DEROY MURDOCK (R-NY): “The US does not negotiate with terrorists. The US President should never negotiate with terrorists. And yet, in 1997, Jesse Jackson flew down to Colombia to participate in negotiations for the release of two American tourists kidnapped by left-wing guerrillas. His meeting with them was unsanctioned by the American government. It could have led to disaster and deaths of those tourists. And now, Jesse Jackson is trying to break bread with the same terrorist group. A group that threatened to kill American citizens. This President might need to be impeached for endangering all our lives now.”

Editor and publisher of The Nation KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL (D-CA): “He’s working out a peace process with rebel guerillas, not terrorists. That kidnapping incident was the work of a FARC splinter group that’s already been condemned by FARC leadership. President Jackson is working to save lives and improve Colombia’s situation so their government can finally rid themselves of the drug lords plaguing the US and Mexico and Colombia and every country in between, because the cartels use the Colombia countryside to grow the recreadrugs they sell wherever they can.”

MODERATOR: “Well, former Ambassador Bush, what do you think about the Jackson’s presidency so far?”

Former US Ambassador to Colombia GEORGE H. W. BUSH (R-TX): “Well, I don’t his decision of doing business with guerillas, left or right, is a sound or sharp policy. It could start a dangerous precedent. And, not to veer off subject, but this Voting Access For All bill in committee in the House, the one they’re calling the next big bill, the, uh, the next Voting Rights Act, well, I’m not too keen on it. Job opportunity, education, and fair play will help alleviate inequities. Sweeping Federal legislation will fail [4]. Negotiations with FARC may be less of a failure, unless he’s careful and listens to the experts, then it could be different.”

– The Overmyer Network, round-table discussion, 6/5/2001 broadcast

…Hostilities between the two countries dropped significantly once Jesse Jackson entered office. In a peace offering of sorts, Jackson traveled to Japan in March to shake hands with incumbent PM Shintaro Ishihara. The meeting was tense due to Ishihara’s anti-American support base, but the American President’s further efforts to warm up relations and return them to the closeness they were in the 1980s and again in 1996 led to support for Ishihara’s isolationist belligerence waning considerably – at least, within the LDP. The situation, plus some nostalgia for the pre-recession days and a growing sense of buyer’s remorse setting in, allowed Ryutaro Hashimoto, PM from 1995 to 1999, to stage a political comeback within the party, rising to lead the “globalist”/“pro-trade”/anti-Ishihara faction by September 2001...

– Walter LaFeber’s The Sun And The Eagle: US-Japanese Relations In The Post-Cold War Era, 2019 edition

“Page is dangerously unqualified – he’s only been practicing law since 1978!”

– US Senator Bernie Goetz (R-CO), amid Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Alan Page, 6/18/2001

…alright, we have for you all on this fine evening some breaking news, straight out of Kensington, where a representative of the royal family has just announced that the Queen’s niece, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones of Snowden, and her husband, American businessman Donald Trump, are expecting. Their first child together is due to arrive sometime in January, according to the announcement…

– BBC News, 21/6/2001


…passed away yesterday, according to an official statement. Drake had been suffering from an unspecified form of cancer since at least 1992, having undergone seven surgeries for “non-life-threatening” cancer in one of his legs by the end of that year. [5] By 1997, though, his health situation was worsened, and in May of this year was relocated to a medical center for treatments…

The New York Times, 6/23/2001

Before the start of the summer recess, Fred’s media-grabbing announcement had led to Senator Ted Sorensen (D-NE) referring to the bill as “emergency funding for farmers in turmoil,” an illusion of crisis which helped gather immediacy and speed things up a bit. …In 1933, FDR passed the Agricultural Adjustment Act, but it had lost its power and influence over the years; the “Tuttle Bill” was looked to as the newest vessel for “saving family dairy farms.” Small farms and farmers were taking a hit from pricing that kept dropping due to international competition and a lack of market demand. This aspect of the problem led to support from the more isolationist and libertarian-leaning lawmakers in congress. What brought it all together in the end, however, was Agriculture Committee Chair Tucker’s inclusion of a “trade-off,” as in one more aspect of further federal regulation – an amendment to the bill that raised the amount of milk and cheese consumed by the National School Lunch Program.

– John O’Brien’s Man With A Plan: The Book Based on The Race Based on The Movie, Wind Ridge Books, 2003

When did Canada legalized same-sex marriage in 1998 via parliamentary vote upholding earlier province-level legalizations, Dinger stayed silent on the matter, deciding not to ruffle any more feathers as the midterms neared. Once out of office, however, the Iowan President began to be more outspoken, defending BLUTAG rights, as well as gun rights and recreadrug rights, by saying in a June 2001 interview “the government has to respect and uphold states’ rights on both sides of the political aisle,” which led to him receiving praise from some on both aisles and criticism from both aisles. Later that same month, the former President sided with ex-rival Jesse Jackson in supporting a state judicial ruling – in Missouri, of all places – on BLUTAG marriage that declared “it is the actions and intentions of a spouse, not the gender, sex or sexual preference or preferences of a spouse, that determines the upholding of the sanctity of marriage.”

– Brandon Teena’s The Rise of BLUTAG Rights: The Story of the Bi-Lesbian-Undefined-Trans-Asexual-Gay Movement, Scholastic, 2019

SENATE CONFIRMS PAGE, 63-35: Former NFL Defense Tackle Set To Become First African-American Chief Justice Of The Supreme Court!

The Washington Post, 6/27/2001

[1] According to this article here:
[2] Song and lyrics from OTL: (it has an interesting backstory, IMO)
[3] As mentioned before in Chapters 78 and 79. Also, the idea of Trump marrying isn’t this family isn’t too far-fetched in my opinion due to the fact that he pursued Diana after her 1992 divorce in OTL.
[4] Italicized bit is GHWB quote from OTL.
[5] According to the last article found here:
Also: I’m not an expert on tax lingo, so if there’s a misused phrase or term here or there, please inform me about it and kindly say how to correct it, thank you.

The next chapter’s E.T.A.: soon!
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Chapter 83: July 2001 – December 2001
Chapter 83: July 2001 – December 2001

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

– John Wayne (OTL)


Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX – In a televised press conference, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration today announced the roster of astronauts selected to travel to Mars and back in 2003.

The winning candidates were chosen out of thousands of applicants from around the world. While President Dinger initially called for an “all-American line-up,” NASA ultimately accepted applicants from other space agencies in 1999. President Jackson aims to make the Mars Mission even more of an international endeavor with international experts working with NASA while the ten astronauts carry out the mission “off-Earth.” After inspecting academic credentials and medical histories, dozens of men and women endured months of rigorous training and studying before the final ten were selected:

Commander Mark Lewis “Roman” Polansky, 45, of Paterson, New Jersey, will lead the mission; an experienced pilot of Jewish and Korean descent, Polansky has already logged 300 hours in space via ISS assignments.

Pilot William C. “Willie” McCool, 40, of Lubbock, Texas, was a commander in the US Navy and has overseen a variety of missions throughout his career; his knowledge of flight systems, calculus and agriculture are highly valued in this mission.

Co-Pilot/Measurements Specialist Leland “Kicker” Melvin, 37, of Lynchburg, Virginia, an African-American; before joining NASA, he was an NFL player for the Detroit Lions before a leg injury ended his career; his job will be to measure temperatures, chemical damage, other readings.

Payload Commander Franklin “Frankie” Chang Diaz, 51, of Hartford, Connecticut, is the oldest member of the mission; an immigrant botanist and chemist of Chinese and Costa Rican descent, Chang Diaz traveled around the moon in 1985 and has overseen several experiments onboard the I.S.S.

Payload Specialist Michael P. “Mike” Anderson, 42, of Spokane, Washington, an African-American scientist; a retired Lieutenant of the US Air Force, Anderson will be in charge of several science experiments to be conducted as part of the mission.

Technical/Communications Specialist Julie “Poutine” Payette, 38, of Montréal, Quebec, is an astronaut in the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) who is skilled in communications systems and other talents.

Calculations Specialist Peter H. “Zorba” Diamandis, 40, of The Bronx, New York, born to Greek immigrants, is a well-educated part of the team; alongside his mathematical prowess, he is also a geneticist, and will additionally serve as an assistant medical specialist and as an assistant engineer specialist.

Biologist/Medical Specialist Patricia Consolatrix Hilliard “Doc” Robertson, 38, of Homer City, Pennsylvania, is an accomplished physician and aviator whose understanding of medicine makes her a vital member of the team.

Engineering Commander Sergei Konstantinovich “Crackle” Krikalev, 43, of Saint Petersburg, Russia, is an experienced rocket scientist and mechanical engineer cosmonaut who flew on the I.S.S. and in the Shuttle-Mir Program; he and Sharman lobbied hard for the inclusion of non-American astronauts in the vetting process for candidates for this mission’s team roster.

Engineering Specialist Helen Patricia “Charmin’” Sharman, 38, of Sheffield, England, will be responsible for several roles relating to biomedical, agricultural, and energy-related experiments both onboard the Milestone and on Mars.

Additionally, NASA announced the names of six additional “backup” astronauts. French astronaut Leopold Eyharts, 44; Czechoslovakian astronaut Ivan Bella, 37; astronaut Muhammed Faris, 49, the first Syrian in space; Jewish astronaut John M. Grunsfeld of Chicago, 45; veteran engineer Ellison Onizuka, 55; and Colombian-American/Polish-American calculations specialist George David Zamka, 39, each have a chance to go to Mars if one of the established crewmembers has to exit the program before the launch.

The Mars Mission was officially dubbed the Concordia Program in 1996, named after the Roman goddess of society, after a NASA committee rejected hundreds of suggested names such Apergy (as in the fictional anti-gravity energy first used in literature in 1880), and the names of other ancient gods (such as Eirene, Nerio and Harmonia).

The Milestone is scheduled to launch in early 2003.

The Miami Herald, 7/1/2001


…several prominent politicians and activists are crying foul over the lineup for the 2003 Mars Mission. “America’s President Jackson says he wants the mission to be more representative of the world instead of just the United States. Islam is a part of the world. Thus, many people, not just from the Middle East, believe that a Muslim ought to be on board,” explains Muktar Aymakhanov, (b. 1967) a Russian cosmonaut of Kazakh ethnicity. While there is no Pacific Islanders or Australian bound for the Red Planet, either, there is a Jewish astronaut (Captain Polansky) and a Buddhist astronaut (Doc Robertson) on board. Additionally, NASA officials have said that they received “hundreds of applicants” from the Middle East. For instance, United Turkestan’s Salizhan Sharipov (b. 1964), a Kyrgyzstani astronaut, applied but was not selected; he nevertheless approves of lineup, saying “these are and women are most qualified for this; if they are successful, they’ll be a Muslim up there the next time around.” When asked, the same sentiment was expressed by Aidyn Akanuly Aimbetov (b. 1972), a Kazakh from the UT. ...Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the sole member of a royal family to fly in space and co-founder of Saudi Arabia’s Space Center, has been oddly silent on this matter...

The Daily Telegraph, UK newspaper, 2/7/2001

HOST: …In political news, the former Assistant Attorney General has been indicted for the misappropriations of funds. An FBI probe of the undersecretary’s finances that began in 1999 may mean jail time for the former Dinger Administration official.

DINGER (in clip): Every and all administration must uphold the principles of law and order. Personally, I somewhat blame myself for this scandal, uh, for not keeping a better eye on the former Assistant Attorney General, because, as President, I should have been aware. If the Denton White House taught us anything, it’s keep an eye on those you trust. Just in case.

HOST: The former Assistant Attorney General is being charged on one account of department funds misuse…

– NBC News, 7/5/2001 broadcast

SHIRLEY TO RESIGN!: Citing Drop In Health, de la Hunty Will Step Down As Prime Minister; Deputy PM Goldwater To Become First Yankee PM

…serving since 1989, Shirley de la Hunty of the Liberal party has announced that she will soon resign from the office of Prime Minister. The announcement comes after months of waning popularity and government gridlock were exacerbated by her backing the losing option in the flag referendum two months ago. However, the official reason for retiring prematurely from office is not political but personal. Turning 76 on the 18th, PM de la Hunty states she is stepping down due to declining health; she neither confirmed, nor denied, whether or not this declination had anything to do with a minor mini-stroke she reportedly suffered late last year. …de la Hunty’s preferred successor, Deputy PM and former Treasury Minister Barry Goldwater Jr., is an American immigrant who ran cattle ranges outside of Darwin upon moving to Australia in 1991, and entered Australian politics soon after. De la Hunty says she is planning to resign “before” the end of the month”…

The Canberra Times, Australian newspaper, 7/7/2001

…The Supreme Court initially maintained a deliberate eye on the Jackson Administration’s Justice Department’s efforts to go after Microsoft and other tech and technet-based companies due to how large they were becoming. While not exactly monopolies, their large shares of their markets was of grave concern to prominent anti-monopoly leaders on Capitol Hill such as Senator Ralph Nader, who sought to break up Microsoft in a push for stronger anti-trust laws and stronger corporation penalties. Concurrently, Microsoft and other companies were waging war against California’s 2000 state Supreme Court ruling that had controversially struck down technet anonymity, leading to a showdown ahead of the 2002 midterms…

– Linda Greenhouse and Morton J. Horwitz’s Sustaining Liberty: The Supreme Court Under Our Current Chief Justice, Sunrise Publishing, 2020


The Boston Globe, 7/12/2001

IOC Session No. 112
Date: July 13, 2001
Location: Moscow, Russia

Subject 1 of 1: bidding for hosting the 8/8/2008-8/24/2008 (or XXIX) Summer Olympics
Berlin, Germany – 29 (Round 1) – 30 (Round 2) – 37 (Round 3) – 38 (Round 4) – 64 (Round 5)
Jakarta, Indonesia – 26 (Round 1) – 23 (Round 2) – 25 (Round 3) – 39 (Round 4) – 41 (Round 5)
Paris, France – 22 (Round 1) – 25 (Round 2) – 27 (Round 3) – 28 (Round 4)
Annam, Jordan – 12 (Round 1) – 15 (Round 2) – 16 (Round 3)
Cape Town, South Africa – 11 (Round 1) – 12 (Round 2)
Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine (joint entry) – 5 (Round 1)

End Result: Berlin won on the fifth round


Jackson’s reversal of his predecessor’s “domestic security” policies turned out to be easier than expected thanks to Democratic control of both chambers. Concurrently, the issue same-sex marriage was heating up in intensity as more states and counties produce gay marriage laws as 2001 continued on. Jackson himself, however, was more focused on cracking down on racial injustice. One aspect of this endeavor was the Voting Rights Bill, which by July of that year was still in committee in the House due to Republicans serving on most of the relevant committees insisting on extensive hearings.

As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Democrats ensured the hearings were televised and promoted by friends in the media, and made certain to bring in a plethora of experts and researchers on racial prejudice, discrimination and voting laws, and even survivors of police brutality. Jackson more directly sought to help the bill along with speaking engagements whenever and wherever one could be televised in a major media campaign.

Above: Jesse Jackson giving a speech outside the Congress Building; US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), a co-sponsor of the Voting Rights Bill, stands to his right; 7/16/2001

– researcher Brenda J. Hargis’ Emboldening: The Jesse Jackson Presidency, Sunrise Publications, 2017

Later, in July, funding for KFC’s R&D department was slashed 30%, and in the midst of testing new possible menu options, to boot. “Now’s not the best time for us to have to adjust to a new and smaller budget,” said one researcher at the time. “That money went to surveys and test groups and now we’ve got to scale everything down – and at a time researching ideas for how to improve the company is more important than ever before. How can we know why we’re losing customers at home now?”

The financial conservatism dimmed the chances of several proposed items from seeing the light of day under CEO Cain. Deep-Fried Soup, Fried Mac-n-Cheese Bites, Chicken-Dogs (chicken breasts fried into the shape of a crescent and used as a hot dog bun), and Cluck-Crust Pizza (a.k.a. Chicken-Crust Pizza, or “Chizza”) (chicken breasts flattened into a circle and used for pizza crust (chizza)) were the most noticeable proposals to be suspended indefinitely.

At KFC headquarters, CEO Cain decided to focus more on Asian markets in order to make up for the drop in domestic revenue, leading to the redirecting of advertising funds to more Asia-focused commercials…

– Marlona Ruggles Ice’s A Kentucky-Fried Phoenix: The Post-Colonel History of Most Famous Birds In The World, Hawkins E-Publications, 2020

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– A Vietnam TV commercial for KFC, c. July 2001

“REMEMBRANCES”: McCartney Dedicates His Newest Album To His Deceased Wife

– The Daily Telegraph, 30/7/2001

Change was coming to America, and much of it was helped through political maneuverings, many of which were led by House Speaker Barbara Kennelly and her second-in-command, House Whip Ed Markey. Both leaders has supported the federal capital gains tax rate being doubled from 15% to 30%, the highest rate since 1977, when Mondale, fresh off his vanquishing of Reagan and emboldened by Democratic pickups, passed a 25% rate.

In the executive branch, the push for violence prevention programs came from Secretary Ann Richards, while calls to increase funding for social services, education, and anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs came from Vice President Wellstone. All while the Balanced Budget Amendment floated about in the shadows, seeking to cut down progressive welfare ideas like a fiscally conscious Grim Reaper. The Treasury and budgeting departments worked tirelessly to afford the additional federal services implemented by the new executive branch.

A “New Urbanism Initiative” was proposed in early summer 2001 by Jesse Jackson Jr., an unofficial advisor to the President. A lawyer and political active, Junior had encouraged his father running for President in 1995, and worked on his father’s campaigns in 1996, 1998, and 2000 [1]. Jesse Junior supported calls for higher regulation on financial market speculators, a new Civil Rights Act to bolster the one passed in 1962, and a Carbon Emissions Tax alongside a New Fuel Initiatives based on a similar course of act taken by Lennon in the UK during the 1990s.

– Nancy Skelton and Bob Faw’s Thunder In America: A Chronology of The Jesse Jackson White House, Texas Monthly Press, 2016

Harley personally approached Cain on the latter’s next endeavor to improve the company’s profitably Company.

“You’re furloughing employees?”

“It’s only a temporary measure, just until profits return.”

“But they’re going unpaid!”

“Harley, it’s we’re making sacrifices around here, too. When I signed on to do this job, I cut my own salary in half!”

“I know, you keep saying it.” By this point, Harley and his sisters were practically working pro bono.

“But things should stabilize by the end of next year, Harley, you’ll see.”

“Even so, I still think Maggie’s idea should be greenlit.”

“Which one?”

“The one about returning to NASA’s auctions – they’re still hiring contractors for this and that for the Mars Mission – and you know how we lost out on the bid for some key advertising spot on the main shuttle-ship thing? Well we could still win bid to contribute to the mission’s food supplies.”

“You really think we should spend, what, thousands of dollars to serve ten customers?”

“The publicity could do wonders for us, Mr. Cain! Picture it – Kentucky Fried Chicken – ice-cream-ified, but still delicious – as the first fast food on Mars.”

“I’m not convinced. Big risk for potentially smaller reward. In my opinion, this company is still too financially vulnerable, and can’t afford to try out the old philosophy of ‘you’ve got to spend money to make money.’”
“I’ll cover the cost of the bid. I’ll mortgage my apartment and sell my summer home if I have to.”

Cain raised his eyebrows. “Now that’s commitment. Alright, tell Mags to go for it!”

– Marlona Ruggles Ice’s A Kentucky-Fried Phoenix: The Post-Colonel History of Most Famous Birds In The World, Hawkins E-Publications, 2020


…Alexandera Lugaro, a 20-year-old college student and activist favoring statehood, says “many Americans who come here from the mainland initially think they’re visiting a foreign country. But their numbers are dropping as more mainlanders realize our connection to the states.” …Maria de Lourdes Santiago Negron, a lawyer and Vice President of the Puerto Rican Independence Party since January, says “Referendums have shown time and again that Puerto Ricans want the right to representation. Nowadays, more Puerto Ricans are learning English, more Americans are taught Spanish in schools, and our cultures are no more different than mainlander cultures are from Hawaiian cultures, and yet Hawaii has enjoyed statehood for decades now. The time for change is now; the time for statehood is now!”…

– The Orlando Sentinel, 8/9/2001

DEROY MURDOCK (R-NY): “I’m in favor of bill that expands accessibility to the polls – not a bill that allows for nonviolent criminals to vote. If the Voting Rights bill passes in its current form, with an amendment that allows for non-offense ex-cons no longer on parole to have their voting rights returned to them, it will prove that Jesse Jackson is unashamedly soft on crime.”

Chief Domestic Policy Advisor MARCUS RASKIN (D-WI): “Deroy, that’s ridiculous! The President’s brother was murdered by a criminal, for Pete’s sake! Look it up, the criminal was named Leroy ‘Hambone’ Barber, with whom the President’s half-brother, Noah Robinson Jr., was feuding way back in ’79 [2]. Noah was too deep with shady characters, and his murder is a painful reminder for the President for the need to crack down on corruption. We have to get to the root of these problems so there will be no need for militarized police in the first place. Less crime means less criminals means less non-violent ex-cons in the first place!”

– The Overmyer Network, round-table discussion, 8/12/2001 broadcast

…a group of independent researchers has found that, of the more than $10million spent in former New Mexico Governor Richard P. Chaney’s anti-drug campaigns, under $1million in illicit narcotics were apprehended by state authorities…

– NPR, 8/15/2001 broadcast

…Louisville experienced significant growth after merging its government with that of Jefferson County in 1985 [3], and after several pro-business and anti-crime initiatives were successfully implemented in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By 2001, the city had a population of just over 2 million, and had become a well-known hub for several companies such as Yum Brands, International Harvester, Bridgestone, HCA, and Dollar General, and for Nissan’s North America headquarters… [4]



The Washington Post, 8/22/2001

CHICKEN IN SPACE! KFC Wins Bid To Supply Specialty Food For Mars Mission!

…Kentucky Fried Chicken will collaborate with NASA’s R&D to develop special dehydrated KFC products for “food trays” that will store 14 months worth of a wide and diverse variety of meals for the voyage to the Red Planet…

The Houston Chronicle, 8/25/2001

…in other news, at least seven servicemen have been hospitalized for an unidentified virus of some kind in Haikou, the capitol city of the island province of Hainan in the People’s Republic of China. Hainan has a reputation for being a luxury vacation spot for wealthy mainlanders, and our investigators tell us that all seven men work at high-end hotels…

– Taiwan Television (TTV), 8/27/2001 broadcast

…Chairman Zhu relied on two prominent reformers – Wan Li (b. 1916), and elder statesmen; and Bo Xilai (b. 1949), the pugnacious son of former Vice Chairman Bo Yibo – to stay informed on developments in the tourist industry. Xilai, whose palmgreasing of the military kept conservative opponents of Zhu at bay when the Chairman made his back-room deal with American President Larry Dinger to not intervene in the Second Korean War, was the first of these two to inform him that a “minor outbreak of some germ” was threatening the autumn tourist season in Hainan.

Initially, Zhu was convinced that the virus a typical seasonal “bug” that would go away on its own, and so did nothing other than direct Bo to have the nine infected servicemen isolated until they recovered…

– Shan Li’s China in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge Press, 2003


…the deputy leader of the United Kingdom Intrepid Progressive party, Belinda Lee of Exeter, is calling for another general election to be held within a year instead of in 2005. “The people have had enough of the Prime Minister’s lavish tendencies, inability to get along with many lawmakers, and reluctance to have the super-wealthy people like himself carry more of the weight of the very same welfare state that he endorses.” Lee, 66, was an actor in several films and other productions before becoming politically active in the wake of American forces invading Cuba in 1961, a move Lee believes was illegal and unjustified. Her anti-war activism led to her winning a seat in Parliament through a 1971 by-election. Lee is to the far left of the far left UKIP party, and considers our Prime Minister, whom many (including deputy Conservative Party leader Ken Clarke) call “borderline socialist,” to be a “lightweight moderate”…

The Daily Telegraph, UK newspaper, 1/9/2001


…In an early victory for the Jackson administration’s aim at cutting down on racial bias in police departments nationwide, Mayor Roberta Achtenberg of San Francisco has announced that the SFPD’s crisis intervention department and its budget will be relocated to the city's Department of Youth and Recreational Services, citing a 1997 incident in which an African-American man suffering a seizure was beaten by police officers would mistook him for a drug addict…

The Sacramento Union, 9/3/2001


The Washington Post, 9/5/2001

“I gave the Senate my two weeks’ notice the very next day. My job was done, and I was happy to be out of there. I mean, it wasn’t too bad an experience. I got to meet new people – I met with farmers across the country, from experts to small mom and pop farms, and that was fun. I learned a lot about them, even if not all of it made sense. I’m not sure if a union to lobby for them is a good idea, but now that a lot are trying for that, I guess we’ll see, won’t we? Anyway, my point is that it was an interesting experience, learning all those things, but a lot of those very things weren’t all that interesting. Conferences, meetings, reviews, all that kind of stuff, so much of it was so time-wasting and money-wasting. I mean, it’s all important, I think, but still, um, it’s, uh, it’s not for everyone. Or, at least, it’s not for me.”

– Fred Tuttle, 2003


In September 2001, the German auto manufacturer Opel premiered the Frogster at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A 2-door convertible with a cabriolet body style, front-mounted hybrid engine and a unique storage space design, the Opel Frogster was released to the public in 2003. It became a defining car for the young adult generation of the 2000s decade in a way similar to how the Volkswagon Beetle was an icon of the shoutnik counter-culture of the 1960s.

Above: early model of the Opel Frogster

The appeal of this automobile was its ability to be modified from a convertible to a pickup truck or roadster via a state-of-the-art interface mounted between the two front seats. Additionally, its sticker price was typically much lower than that of its high-end counterpart, the Opel Speedster.

Length: 3715mm (146.3in)
Width: 1680mm (66.1in)
Height: 1530mm (60.2in)
Engine cylinders: 3 straight
Bore/stroke ratio: 0.92


TONIGHT’S EMMY WINNERS: Shock And Surprises Dominate The Night!


…For the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards’ category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries of Movie, Jack Black beat Andy Garcia, Gregory Hines, and others for the award, and was joined on stage by his family, including his brother, Santa-Monica-based public health advocate Howard Black. Black, age 32, nabbed the Emmy Award for his portrayal of a young Colonel Sanders in the made-for-TV movie, HBO’s “Dawn of The Colonel” [5]

The Los Angeles Times, 9/16/2001


…Staples, the gospel/R&B performer/activist known for songs such as “Freedom Highway,” “Unbroken Circle,” and “I’ve Learned To Love Without You,” along other songs such as “I’ll Take You There” and “Christmas Vacation,” has married singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in a closed private ceremony held in Woodstock, Ulster County, upstate New York, spokespersons for both music artists confirmed earlier today. Dylan owns property there, as well as all over the world, but primarily lives near Point Dume, Malibu, California; Staples has been living with Dylan there since at least 2000, according to a source close to Staples. Dylan, 60, and Maples, 62, have tied the knot roughly 40 years after Dylan first proposed to her; Staples turned him down to focus on her career, and due to several other issues/reasons. In the past four decades, each were married and divorced twice, with Dylan having 7 children in total and Staples having two daughters…

The Hollywood Reporter, 9/18/2001

“JESSE MUST GO”?: Freshman Congressman Introduces Impeachment Articles To Protest Slashed Military Budget

…“At the start of this year, this president lowered the budget of our armed forces, for active and offensive weaponry, training, and maneuvers, to dangerously low amounts for the 2002 fiscal year. Our fighting forces need those funds to protect this nation from all possible enemies, which means that this President is committing treason by purposely, willingly and maliciously making this country exposed and vulnerable to enemy attack,” says Republican Harley Davidson Brown of Nampa, a first-term Representative from Idaho’s First District. Brown, a former Marine and war veteran who was commended by President Dinger for his service during the Second Korean War, presented two article of impeachment to the House judicial committee. According to one anonymous committee member, there is very little chance that the articles will ever be actually put to a vote…

The Los Angeles Times, 9/19/2001

“On Thursday, NASA announced that the Hubble Telescope discovered that the extrasolar planet Osiris has a hydrogen atmosphere. Well, it looks like we now finally know where Harry Braun went!”

[shown on screen: caricature depicting Braun eagerly riding a cartoonish rocket-ship off Earth to a circle labelled “Osiris”]

– Jimmy Fallon, “Weekend Update” sketch, SNL, 9/22/2001


…beginning his political career by bucking the seniority-based rules of the US Senate and instead using publicity stunts to garner attention for causes, Mike Gravel, Vice President of the US from 1973 to 1981, is now Deputy President pro tempore of the Senate, and is using that seniority to apply pressure to lawmakers. Gravel, who returned to the Senate in 1999 after resigning from the body in 1973, is encouraging his fellow lawmakers to vote for an amendment proposal that Gravel claims has bipartisan appeal, due to it allowing liberal and conservative proposals to be voted on in a nationwide mandate…

The Houston Chronicle, 9/23/2002

CO-ANCHOR: SpongeBob’s Undersea Cuisine founder Stephen Hillenburg has gotten himself into some hot water for working with marine preservationist groups to elevate marine life awareness in schools in his home state of Ohio. The controversy rises from the fact that Hillenburg profits from consumers eating sea creatures at his international seafood restaurant chain.

BRYAN HILLENBURG (in taped interview): This situation is ridiculous. A few mothers are concerned that we’re promoting our brand, and that’s understandable, but these activities are outside of SBUC’s vision for the 2000s. And the others complaining about recent school visits online are missing Stephen’s point. You can eat fish and still care about the sea. My brother working with environmentalist groups has no ulterior motive other than the promotion of taking care of our oceans, because Global Climate Disruption is not going to solve itself.

CO-ANCHOR: Local and state authorities have declined to investigate alleged school/guest speaker standards violations, citing a lack of evidence of any sort of wrongdoing of any kind…

– ABC Morning News, 9/25/2001 broadcast

…Breaking News out of Washington, DC, where Senator Alex Penelas of Florida has become the first US Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor to a bill that, if passed, would grant statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The reasoning behind the bill was a 1990s referendum in which a majority of Puerto Ricans voted for statehood, and the large number of recent polls showing a rising interest among DC residents in our nation’s capital becoming its own state. It is currently uncertain if more Senators will sign onto the bill, though support for the “double statehood” movement does seem to be gathering momentum on the Capitol Hill…

– KNN, 9/27/2001 broadcast


– The Burlington Free Press, Vermont newspaper, late 9/28/2001

“As Mayor, I ended private prisons, and I learned from that experience how to do the same for the whole state when I became Governor. President Jackson, though, wants to just up and abolish all private prisons, but it’s not that simple. An executive order like that would be challenged by the courts. Even federal prisons have complicated relationships with private companies, ones that provide outsources services such as food, transportation, medicine, phones, security cameras, machine repairs, drug testing, and other utilities. What the President instead has to do is restructure private prison contracts, because banning private involvement in the prison sector could be seen as a form of nationalization, which is too close to socialism for comfort for many on the Hill, even for several Democratic lawmakers.”

– Governor Wellington Webb (D-CO), NPR interview, 9/30/2001

“LIKE A ‘SECOND WIFE’: Wind Energy Gives American Farmers A New Crop To Sell In Tough Times

…In an increasingly precarious time for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, some who live in the nation’s wind belt have a new commodity to sell – access to their wind. Wind turbines leases, generally 30-to-40-years long, provide the landowners with yearly income that, while small, helps make up for economic dips brought by drought, floods, tariffs and the ever-fluctuating price of the crops and livestock they produce. …“Some of the farmers around here refer to the turbines as ‘their second wife.’ That’s because a lot of times farm wives have to work in town to make ends meet,” one farmer of Grand Island, Nebraska explains.

Unpredictable trade wars in the early-to-mid 1990s and fluctuating prices have all contributed to incomes declining for farmers across the breadbasket of America. However, a new harvest, one of the almost constantly-blowing Kansas wind is another way to make a living out of the land. These wind turbines sport enormous blades, each 125 feet long, that sit atop 260-foot towers. From any distance away, they appear silent as the raw winter wind whips by. Standing directly underneath, their susurrations combine the sounds of flags snapping in a strong breeze and the whirr of a rumbling ice cream maker.

Wind energy is on the rise across the US as its technology becomes cheaper and thus more obtainable and profitable for energy companies; wind went from less than 1% of the U.S. electricity mix in 1990 to almost 4% in 2000. And because the Great Plains are very windy, there’s ample ground and little to get in the way of the river of air that flows above the fields.

The U.S.’s largest wind belt includes much of the Midwest, an area that is generally conservative; as a result, wind energy is supported by politicians on both sides of the political aisle. US Senator and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), for example, supported tax breaks for farms leasing patches of their property to wind energy companies in 1999. “The many of the objections I hear over these turbines – that they’re noisy or scare animals – come from people who clearly don’t have the first-hand experience. Ask a farmer, and they’ll say ‘I can hear the motor running. But I can also hear the irrigation running from my neighbor’s fields and that’s louder than the turbine.” As for whether the turbines botherlivestock, several farmers interviewed in Nebraska and South Dakota claim they actually love it. “When it’s hot out, they come and line up in the shade from the turbine tower,” says one. The formation is called a “bovine sundial” and multiple ranchers that were interviewed described the same phenomenon on their land. The cattle bunch up in the line of shade, slowly shuffling from west to east as the sun moves across the horizon.

Wind power alone cannot revitalize rural America, but they can help. Especially due to the fact that wind farms do generate taxes or payments to governments, which many counties use for roads and other infrastructure, hospitals and schools…

–, 10/1/2001 [6]


The Washington Post, 10/3/2001


…The Jackson administration seeks to “pressure” the private prison sector into reforming themselves (meaning, to essentially give the industry “a chance” to redeem itself) “before the federal government is forced to intervene”…

The Chicago Tribune, 10/5/2001


The Los Angeles Times, 10/6/2001

RADIOACTIVE BOARS IN THE RISE IN OREGON: A Signal of Unrealized Danger, or An Unlikely Antibodies Source?

Rainier, OR – On August 19, 1979, the Trojan Tower Nuclear Power Plant outside of this small city suffered a catastrophic nuclear meltdown, irradiating several square miles of land as wind currents took a cloud of radioactive fallout material out to sea, sparing the nearby urban centers of Portland and Astoria but ruining the ecologies and economies of coastal towns like Rockaway Beach and Tillamook. In the immediate aftermath of this calamity, locals and visitors were warned against easting any crops growing in northwestern Oregon over contamination concerns, with most of Clatsop State Forest being declared a disaster area by the federal government. Unfortunately, no amount of safety law enforcement – not even the controversial scorched-earth policies instituted in the towns of Elsie, Vernonia, and Timber, which saw the controlled and supervised burning of thousands of acres of farmland – could stop local wildlife from foraging. Over two decades later, the local animals are showing high radioactivity levels in their bodies, likely due to them consuming root crops growing in areas that have retained trace amounts of radiation.

The local and federal EPA and ODERCA offices have released detailed reports showing the number of boar carcasses tested for radiation exposure (iodine and cesium-137 traces) remains higher than the national and state averages by at least 25%. Local hunters are encouraged to have their kills inspected prior to using their meat for this reason. “The flora and fauna are safe, you can go and have a picnic in the grass and swing on a tree branch, but don’t eat wild berries without having a professional inspect them first,” says Oregon’s state Secretary of State. Mushrooms, carrots, other root vegetables, and deep-rooted flowers and other plants that may be “tapping into” radiation that seeped into the ground “deeper than expected,” she adds.

Half-way around the world, scientists in United Turkestan have made similar observations among species living in the Caspian Sea and the deserts of central Asia in the years since the Aktau Nuclear Disaster of 1980.

However, the situation concerning irradiated wild animals may not be as bleak as it may appear to be; while very difficult to capture for analysis, several live wild boars were included in this study – and 55% percent of said live boars demonstrated higher resistance to harmful radiation than non-radioactive boars. The exhaustive six-year study thus concludes with strong evidence that radiation has altered some of the boars’ DNA without truncating the boars’ overall strength and lifespans.

Further testing may be underway to see how their resistance can be harnessed, and to see just how harmful the radioactive live animals are to people living within and around these still-affected areas. “The optimistic long-term goal is to isolate the altered elements in the boar DNA and use them in medical antibodies for those whom ever suffer from radiation exposure!” The assistant director of research at Pacific University’s School of Medical Studies division.

While the viability of radiation-resistant boar DNA is debatable, is one thing that is positive is that the long-term environmental impacts of the Trojan Tower Nuclear Disaster are still being felt today.

Scientific American, monthly popular science news magazine, October 2001 issue [7]

“Equality does not equal equity. Equality means that everyone is getting the same thing. Equity means that everyone has access to the same opportunities. Equality only works if everyone is already starting out at the same level. …President Jackson should not return to the old call for a Federal Aid Dividend because an FAD would promote equality, but not equity. Equity is what is really needed for my fellow Black brothers and babes. I’m talking access to the same kinds of schools and jobs. Access, the ability to get it. Equity, not equality. Know the difference so you can’t be tricked.”

– KXKL Radio Denver’s The Ken Hamblin Show, local talk/news program, 10/10/2001 broadcast


The oldest daughter of Harland David Sanders Sr. passed away on Wednesday, October 10. She passed away from natural causes at the age of 91 while at her winter home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Famous in her own right for her work as a sculptress and philanthropist, she was known for her diverse range of interests and talents, her charming hospitality, and her “spunky” personality. A “firecracker” with “a tendency for wanderlust,” Margaret took after her father in traveling to places around the globe in her pursuit of the unconventional. Her 1997 autobiography “The Colonel’s Secret: Eleven Herbs and a Spicy Daughter,” chronicled her more-than-unusual life, from correspondence with Einstein on his theory of relativity to searching for the lost continent of Atlantis to coming up with Take Home Only KFC Outlets. [8] Margaret also ran a body relaxation treatment business in Kentucky and co-founded an eye bank in NYC, but was best known for serving as a “keystone” member of KFC’s inner circle, working as a scout for outlet locations and planning events, as well as serving an advisory role at KFC headquarters in Florence, Kentucky for many years. Margaret leaves behind her two older siblings, sister Mildred Sanders-Ruggles and brother Harland “Harley” Sanders Jr.; three children, Harland Adams, Josephine Wurster and Trigg Adams; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and countless friends in every corner of the world [8]

The New York Times, 10/12/2001


The Wall Street Journal, 10/13/2001

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES JOIN HUNDREDS MOURNING MARGARET SANDERS: Colonel Sanders’ Daughter’s Public Funeral Ends KFC’s “Spicy Daughter” Era

– The Desert News, Utah newspaper, 10/15/2001

…The Jackson administration’s early endeavors to shift responsibility for the War on Recreadrugs onto Mexico until the conflict ended featured two early victories for the side of law and order. First, in October 2001, the major drug lord Osiel Cardenas Guillen, head of the Gulf Cartel, was captured following a brief shootout at a Mexico City airport between federal agents of Mexico and Cardenas’ entourage of bodyguards. The highly classified months-long operation was backed by the FBI, but otherwise the US had no direct involvement in Mexico for the capture. This boosted the confidence Mexican citizens had in their police and government. Later that same month, Amado Carrillo was taken down, but in a different way. Mexico’s version of the IRS, the Tax Administration Service, successfully pinned Carrillo for tax fraud and laundering charges.

The removal of Cardenas and Carrillo from the cartel operations sent the Gulf Cartel and Juarez Cartels into disarray as rival groups fought each other over territory. “Ah, divide and conquer. Works nearly every time,” Mexican President Moctezuma allegedly said upon reports coming in that the Juarez’s fracturing was severely weakening their influence on locals…

– Roberto Roybal’s South of the Border: US-Mexico Relations During The 1990s, University of Oklahoma Press, 2015

JACKSON SIGNS HIGHER EDUCATION AFFORDABILITY BILL INTO LAW: Senators Call It Necessary Ahead of “An Unprecedented Drop” In Blue-Collar Jobs In The Near Future

…the new law, initially stemming from a bill meant to set caps on the amount of tuition costs that colleges and universities can charge for students admission, will instead provide tax breaks and other benefits to college and universities that do so. Backers of the bill such as US Senator Gape Kaplan (D-NY) predicts “the long-term effect, we hope, will be that colleges will focus more bringing students in based on their actual grades, and extracurricular activities, not their attendance records and, most egregiously, the size of the piggy banks.” US Senator Paul Vallas (D-IL) says, “Vocational education was a major concern under President Iacocca and Dinger because of their Labor Departments’ beliefs that the US can bring back jobs going to China and Indian, where people work more for less wages and benefits. We’re not getting those jobs back, so this bill, in my opinion, is the better, more forward-thinking way to go. It will better prepare our children for a workforce in which automation has led to physical labor-oriented jobs experiencing an unprecedented drop in demand and availability, which will most likely occur by the end of either this or the next decade.” The bill will officially become an act and go into effect on January 1, 2002…

The Washington Post, 10/21/2001


The Daily Telegraph, UK newspaper, 27/10/2001

…2001 was a pivotal year for the show. With an overwhelming majority of High High’s fan base being liberal-minded people under the age of 25, the election of Jesse Jackson in 2000 changed the face of “the establishment” in a face familiar with and friendly to High High fans. Mike Judge responded to this by shifting focus away from national politics and having the political episodes focus more on typical local issues. Now, I know a lot of fans think that this is when the show lost its political bite, that it stopped being relevant and all that, but in my opinion, the series actual benefited from this shift because local issues are more universal and more releasable to more people. The move was not the reason why the show was not cancelled, but many fans still believe it to have been a contributing factor, as the show’s viewership ratings declined significantly during its final two years…

– transcript of video essay “High High: Unintentional Genius or Intentionally Dumb? Part 1,” uploaded to on 7/10/2017

HURRICANE MICHELLE HITS CUBA: Hundreds Of Homes, Crops Destroyed In Single Night Of Terror

The News & Observer, North Carolina newspaper, 11/4/2001


…In a race held between two “outsider” candidates, Republican candidate John P. O’Neill of Atlantic City, the Garden state’s Attorney General and former FBI official, defeated Democratic nominee, millionaire investor and businessman Wilbur Ross of Weehawken, for the governorship of New Jersey earlier tonight. O’Neill, 49, began working for the FBI in 1976 and worked on white-collar and organized crime-related investigations for over 15 years, supervising task forces against money laundering schemes and investigating recreadrug pushers along the Eastern Seaboard, and was Assistant Director in charge of Nation Security by 1993. In 1994, he became state Attorney General in a move to crack down on organized crime in his home state. His political profile was raised by his handling of investigations into former MLB player Donald Trump’s real estate holdings in Atlantic City and West New York during the mid-90s. Incidentally, Wilbur Ross, who made his fortune at Rothschild & Co., had business connections to Trump during this period, a controversy that almost made him lose the nomination to Bayonne Mayor Joseph Doria. …O’Neill defeated Ross by a margin of roughly 9%...

The Trentonian, New Jersey newspaper, 11/6/2001


…in arguably the biggest Republican victory of the night, New Yorkers have voted for wealthy businessman John A. Catsimatidis to be their next mayor in a rejection of Rev. Al Sharpton for a less populist politician. While New Jersey residents rejected gubernatorial candidate Wilbur Ross last night, New Yorkers seem have concurrently accepted if not embraced Catsimatidis, who is also known as “Johnny Cats” to some of his supporters. Born in Greece but raised in West Harlem by a lighthouse keeper-turned-busboy father and homemaker mother, Catsimatidis went to West Point in 1966, graduated from NYU in 1971, and opened the first of many Red Apple grocery stores in the 1970s before expanding into oil refinery in the 1980s. A billionaire, and a major donor to Democrats and Republicans in previous elections, Catsimatidis’ main November opponent, Democratic nominee Rev. Al Sharpton, derided him as a “deluded elitist” while others lauded Johnny Cats’ “rags-to-riches” life story, with many even comparing it to that of President Colonel Sanders. Catsimatidis won roughly 49% of the vote, while the more controversial and gaffe-prone Sharpton won 45%, despite President Jackson strongly endorsing his fledgling campaign in October; the remaining 6% of the vote was scattered among 7 minor candidates who were also on the ballot…

The New York Post, 11/7/2001

…We can now confirm that Democratic Virginia Beah Mayor Meyera Oberndorf has narrowly edged out Republican state senator J. K. Katzen for the governorship of Virginia. Oberndorf’s unofficial running mate, Democratic state rep Jerrauld Jones, has also won the race for Lieutenant Governor, defeating Republican state rep Clinton Miller by a comparatively wider margin. Oberndorf will be Virginia’s first female Governor, while Jones will be the commonwealth’s first African-American Lieutenant Governor...

– KNN News, 11/7/2001

…Ahead of Election Day 2001 (November 16), incumbent PM Ishihara faced repeat criticisms over his alleged ties to the yakuza. As the voting results came in and it was clear that he had lost to opposition leader Junichiro Koizumi, claims of voter intimidation in anti-Ishihara provinces began to be report by both the media and by online techsites. The extent of the attempt to suppress the vote was larger than usual as it was essentially an anti-yakuza vote. Despite his promises, Ishihara’s conservative “closed door” had failed to bring the country of the effects of The Long Recession. If anything, he – and the yakuza – had only made things worse…

– Alec Dubro and David E. Kaplan’s Yakuza: Japan’s Criminal Underworld, University of California Press, 2003


…Yoko Ono Chong, together with her husband Tommy Chong, are iconic throwbacks to the bygone Beatnik/Shoutnik era. Ono Chong’s newest exhibition – a conceptual form of fluxus anti-art – takes up an entire room at this art museum. A splash of colors and purposely-warped floorboards are meant to give the visitor a sense of uneasiness, which is meant to symbolize the confusion immigrants face when learning a new language in a new land. A fictional alphabet co-created by Tommy Chong is purposely indecipherable at times, with words visible through telescopes on one end of the room being purposely blurred or overlapping. The experience may appeal to young college students, people who remember the Ono-Chong art-and-music scene of the 1960s, and people just getting into high-concept art...

–, 11/18/2001 review


…in Yavapai County, central Arizona, lies the experimental town of Arcosanti, a place where just under 1,000 people work on completing golden-shaded domed buildings in an attempt to “reconnect to nature without sacrificing civilization,” as one “resident” of the town/project puts it. Begun in 1970 by Italian architect Paolo Soleri, the open, semi-exposed buildings constructed among small hills and flat plains in this stretch of the American southwest in meant to showcase ideas for how humanity can best “minimize the destructive impact of urban conditions on the Earth,” the now-82-years-old Soleri explains as he welcomes us over to his table in a large “dome” building. Purposely missing two walls to allow for natural air flow and lighting, we feel like we are sitting underneath an arched bridge, one with a most elaborate underside, as local artists contribute to the building with murals on the walls and ceiling. Soleri called this alternative form of urban design “Arcology,” the combination of architecture and ecology. …“Construction has been much slower than anticipated,” the master planner tells us. Indeed, the initial plan was for Arcosanti to maintain a consistent population of 5,000 by 1990. Eleven years later, and only 70% of the buildings have been completed. Nevertheless, Soleri is confident that interest in the planned city will pick up “any day now.” He explains, “more people care nowadays than ever before about how we are harming Mother Earth. Volunteers are welcomed, but I think more and more people, people sick of the destructive ways of modernity’s materialism, are itching to go off-grid, and to do more to help show the world how we can sustain life on this planet without eating away at it. When they finally scratch that itch, and they look around for a place to go to, they will find Arcosanti, yes they will. Any day now.”

– National Geographic, November 2001 issue


The Washington Post, 12/1/2001

“Freddie Mercury, he pulled me back from the brink in ’04, you know that whole thing, but I first met him, like real sat down and talked with him, shoot the shot, you know, was three years before then. At first, Freddie didn’t like me that much. We met up after a concert band thing, and it wasn’t long before he brought up some of my earlier material. A song or two with some lyrics insulting blutagos. I told him, I grew up around that kind of talk, with those kind of words. People I grew up around threw those words around so much, it was like they didn’t mean anything! So I didn’t see them as being attacks of blutagos because everyone used them on everyone else.
You know what Freddie said? He said ‘Your parents are old, you’re not. Don’t hide behind your upbringing or say you can’t change because of it.’

And, I didn’t want to admit to it to him right then and there, but, you know, I already got it, you know? I got it, society was changing, people were acting more mature and using their words more carefully. I changed with the times. I wanted to. I don’t have hate any part of the BLUTG community, I just misused words because I didn’t really understand how they could hurt.

And Freddie made it clear to me, you know, that I should do something about it. So I apologized for the songs, and I explained then what I, uh, what I just explained right now, but focused more on the apology. I hung out with him later, and we got tighter, you know? He was cool with me after that clear-up.”

– Marshall Bruce Mathers III, a.k.a. Eminem, 2013 interview

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…Sandi Lee Stevens, a lawyer, political consultant, and former Press Secretary for Mickey Leland prior to his election to the US Senate last year, was arrested by Washington DC police officers. The arrest was made in connection to a DOJ investigation, an FEC inquiry, and a US Senate oversight review discovering monetary discrepancies in Leland’s 2000 campaign, for which Stevens served as Treasurer. According to a trusted anonymous source close to the police investigation, Stevens planned on running for public office in her home state of Ohio. Based on past cases, it is very likely that Stevens will face charges of filing false tax returns in connection to the misused campaign funds, which Stevens allegedly pocketed into a second checking account in December 2000…

The Washington Post, 12/11/2001

…In the final full Presidential Cabinet meeting of 2001, the Jackson administration perused over the general plan for the next year’s agenda. The President felt almost like a waiter taking orders from hungry and impatient customers: government transparency for Congressman Sorrell; violence prevention programs for Senators McGovern and Clinton; anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs for VP Wellstone; the National Initiative Amendment for Gravel. Having just signed into law a bill making higher regulation on financial market speculators, the next major piece of legislation on the metaphorical table was a new Voting Rights Act to bolster the one passed in the 1960s, plus a Carbon Emissions Tax alongside a New Fuel Initiatives based on similar course of act taken by Lennon in the UK during the 1990s...

– Nancy Skelton and Bob Faw’s Thunder In America: A Chronology of The Jesse Jackson White House, Texas Monthly Press, 2016


The New York Times, 12/14/2001

First Lady Jacqueline was the shy type, much like her predecessor, First Lady Paula Dinger. However, that was mainly around large crowds. Behind closed doors, Jacqueline made her wants and needs known; one must do so when they are the mother of five children. In these efforts, she was helped by Mother Helen, Jacqueline’s mother-in-law who, at 77, visited the White House often and with pride. On her own, though, Jacqueline sought to be persuasive when lobbying for legislation, initiating support for pet causes such as feminist causes and advocating for other issues at level of political involvement higher than that given by the aloof Paula. The biggest of these causes was child-raising. “Every mother has high expectations for their children. We don’t aim to give birth to trash,” she once said. In doing this, she ended up supporting penal code reform and, more centrally, “preventing the start of the criminal cycle,” as in the tendency of repeat offenders, by promoting after-school programs and more parental involvement in their children’s lives. “Talk to them, do family activities together, and make them remember the difference between right and wrong.”

…In 2001, the Jacksons’ youngest, Jackie, was 26, and their oldest, professional singer Santita, was 38. The three middle children – the three sons – Junior, Jonathan and Yusef – were the most media-savvy.

When asked in 1995 if he felt intimidated by his father’s success, Junior replied, “I’m not living in a shadow. If anything, my father’s success casts sunlight on me, not shadow.” Indeed, Jesse Jackson Jr. was notable in his own right. True, he had trouble in academia – being paddled more than once while attending a Military School for insubordination, being labeled hyperactive, having to repeat the ninth grade, and being twice suspended – but he successfully passed the bar exam in 1994, and had proven himself to be a successful lawyer and trial attorney since then.

Instead, the academic Jackson was Jonathan, who by 2001 was a college professor and social justice advocate who often appeared on Meet the Press and other media outlets to drum up support for his father’s administration. The third son, though, was not at all interested in politics: Yusef Jackson, a linebacker for the Virginia Cavaliers, was playing for the Carolina Panthers by the end of 2001...

– researcher Brenda J. Hargis’ Emboldening: The Jesse Jackson Presidency, Sunrise Publications, 2017


…the group of Chinese citizens had just returned from staying at a resort in Hainan, China…

Associated Press, 12/27/2001

[1] Jesse Junior didn’t run for a US Congressional seat in a 1995 special election ITTL because the OTL guy who resigned for such a race to be scheduled resigned eight years earlier ITTL, in 1987, during the Second Ark Wave; that, and the fact that here his dad didn’t run for the Presidency in 1984 and 1988 like in OTL, and thus his father’s career trajectory/prominence was on until later on than it was in OTL, if you see what I mean.
[2] IOTL, Jackson’s half-brother was convicted of trying to have this guy murdered (see?: ), but here, Barber got the drop on him before the attempt could even happen.
[3] Previously mentioned in the 1985 year of this TL
[4] Developments suggested by @Brky2020
[5] This movie gets produced first because it is considered less controversial than the OTL 2001 winner, “Conspiracy;” “Conspiracy” comes out a year later, and thus Kenneth Branagh wins the award in 2002, instead.
[6] All italicized bits found here were pulled from this:
[7] Somewhat based on OTL:
[8] From her OTL obituary:

The next chapter’s E.T.A.: October 8!
Love it! Go President Jesse Jackson! Was not expecting Trump to marry into the Royal family. Wonder how the rest of the Royals will deall with him hahaha. Also great to see the Australian flag hopefully change!


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