Kentucky Fried Politics: A Colonel Sanders Timeline

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Post 81: Chapter 89

Chapter 89: September 2004 – February 2005

“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”

– Stephen King (OTL)


– Goetz’04 primaries logo/slogan, meant to clarify how the candidate himself pronounced him surname (as many were initially pronouncing it as “gets” instead of “guts”), first used c. early-to-mid 2004

Go With Your Goetz: For The Good Of The Country

– Goetz’04 slogan, first used 9/1/2004

…And down in South Africa, that nation’s President-Elect, Mangosuthu Buthelezei, was sworn into office earlier today. Buthelezei, age 75, has been a highly controversial politician in South Africa for decades due to accusations from opponents that Buthelezei supported paramilitary groups and encouraged acts of violence against whites during the Apartheid Era. However, due to his many years of public service improving the quality of life for all South Africans, Buthelezei won enough white South Africans to win the August 25 Presidential election outright. Outgoing President Chris Hani and former Presidents Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela also spoken highly of Buthelezei during the election campaign, allowing the new President to win over challengers Mathinus van Schalkwyk and Peter Marais…

– BBC News, 1/9/2003 broadcast

POLL: “If the election for President was held today, whom would you vote for?”

Jackson: 46%

Goetz: 42%

Undecided/other: 12%

– Gallup, 9/2/2004

“I’m running for a second term in the Senate so I can keep on fighting for the American people from that chamber of corruption, and I encourage everyone who loves freedom, peace and equality to help my good friends Dennis J. Morrisseau and Rosemary Jackowski get more ballot access. Right now, they are on just 21 state ballots, so please, visit their netsite, sign the petitions, and vote Morrisseau into the White House this November.”

– Peter Diamondstone (LU-VT), 9/4/2004

Another controversial aspect of Chik-fil-A’s founder was his political activities. In early September 2004, then-83-year-old S. Truett Cathy endorsed and strongly stumped for then-Republican Presidential nominee Bernhard Goetz, saying that Goetz would “keep the gays at bay” and “bring the heathens of the world closer to God one way or another.” The businessman’s statements caused the franchise to lose several sponsors and busyness partnerships as well as disapproval and condemnation from a host of individuals and groups, from celebrities and culinary bigwigs to politicians and activists.

KFC heads relished their rival’s sudden slip from grace, savored the moment, and then capitalized on it for all it was worth. Chik-fil-A hoped the cretins surrounding the incident would die down and the incident itself would soon be forgotten in the busy news cycle of the election year. KFC made sure this wouldn’t happen; less than a month after the comments were made, KFC was airing three 30-second commercials using archival audio footage of Colonel Sanders, seemingly praising the BLUTAG community as being “brave folks,” then cut to footage of Cathy’s comments.

KFC’s domestic sales were already turning around, but the commercials only helped, while Chik-fil-A’s boycotts from various groups ranging from online petitions to on-the-ground protests kept one of their biggest competitors at bay.

It was only recently that debate arose over the context of the audio used on the commercials, which leaked documents suggested were pulled from footage in which The Colonel was actually describing Civil Rights activists as “brave folks,” and not BLUTAGO-Americans [1]

– Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

…The Jackson campaign invested heavily in door-to-door canvassing, community outreach, and techsite advertising in a strategy that combine old and new voter mobilization techniques. However, the marketing strategies and image tactics from 2000 could not be reused, for Jackson was no longer attacking an incumbent – now he was the incumbent trying to brush off attacks. Instead of calling for a changing of the guard, Jackson now had to resell his candidacy to the American people. “Keep Hope Alive” was essentially replaced with “Keep Me Around For Another Four Years.”

In early September, Jackson revisited his home state of South Carolina, and was joined onstage by US Senator Fritz Hollings. At the political event, Jackson retold his career, about how he worked in Chicago during the 1960s, but was born and raised in South Carolina, as were his children…


…Jackson became National Director of Operation Breadbasket in Chicago in 1967. After Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped down from leading the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1970 over the scandal that indirectly led to the Ms. Arkansas Scandal and thus contributing to the First Arkwave, Jackson’s rival Ralph Abernathy became the new leader of the SCLC. However, when Abernathy died in plane crash in 1971, the organization’s new leader became Unita Blackwell, who moved the national office of Operation Breadbasket to Charleston in 1971, citing Jesse’s success in the Windy City and expressing hope that he could do the same for South Carolina.

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

“Well, people, it looks like the Democrat Rats are really running out of things to criticize about me, because now their friends in the media are complaining about this minor incident from my early years as a hardware store owner. They’re upset about this time back in 1987, when I shot a thief in the leg. The cops found a gun in his jacket pocket. If I hadn’t kneecapped him, I’m certain he would have killed me. Now I defended myself and my store, as any businessman, or any person with a gun behind the counter, would have done in that kind of situation. But now only are the members of the media that are in the pockets of the Democratic establishment taking the hoodlum’s side, but the puppets are also completely ignoring the fact that that punk had several priors, you know, a pretty bad rap sheet, and the fact that he got off easy. Just juvie and community service. He was sixteen, and he was tall. Honestly, they should have tried him as an adult. But I suspect then-Mayor Wellington Webb pulled a few strings, you know? That incident are part of the reason why my feud with that guy kind of started, in fact. He was too oppressive to businesses. But anyway, my point, people, is that I’m not the bad guy there, like how I’m not the bad guy now. You’re all smart enough to realize that. Good for y’all. And I’m not sorry about that incident, either. I am not sorry for it at all. I would, without hesitation, shoot a violent criminal again.” [2]

– Bernie Goetz at a rally, Chesterfield, MO, 9/15/2004

POLL: “If the election for President was held today, whom would you vote for?”

Jackson: 47%

Goetz: 43%

Undecided/other: 10%

– Gallup, 9/18/2004

…John and Paul each claim to have come up with having the reunion special be tied to a charity event, but in 2008, Paul confessed that putting on a benefit concert for SARS survivors was John’s idea.

Ahead on the concert, John told reporters “I think drumming up support for them this way is a better use of my time trying to work with parliament some more,” but was quick to boast about how he had already passed legislation for SARS survivor relief 10 months before leaving office…


[note: please ignore the poor cropping at the bottom there (D'oh!)]

Above: Ringo, John, Paul and George rehearse new material ahead of the September 20 concert, The Beatles Reunion Charity Benefit Special, which was held at the Millennium Dome.

…George would die from cancer ten months later, at the age of 62…

– Pat Sheffield’s Dreams, Reality, and Music: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole Entire World, Tumbleweed Publications, 2020 edition


…Tse is being lauded for volunteering to save dozens of patients at four hospitals in Hong Kong, even after becoming infected with SARS twice, with the double-infection leaving her with permanent breathing problems. Arriving at the ceremony sporting an oxygen tank on her back to assist her SARS-damaged lungs, Tse, 36, accepted the award graciously, and in her prepared speech, encouraged “all who can” to contribute to SARS research and organizations aiding SARS survivors. “More needs to be known. Knowing more will help more people”…

–, 9/21/2004

POLL: “If the election for President was held today, whom would you vote for?”

Jackson: 45%

Goetz: 42%

Undecided/other: 13%

– Gallup, 9/23/2004


Chicago, IL – at a Democratic fundraiser hosted by US Senators Katie Beatrice Hall (D-IN) and Paul Vallas (D-IL), guests were treated to an unexpected surprise… “This election is more important than our differences,” Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. The Big One, told the crowd. Smalls backed Meredith during the Republican primaries, while Tupac (along with Malcolm X and other members of the so-called “revolutionary left”) supported Diamondstone during the Democratic primaries. …The years-long rivalry between these two artists came to a head in the mid-1990s, when the “thug life” depicted in rap was accused of promoting and provoking violence. The assassination of Lee Iacocca, and several rappers being either killed or wounded in shootings, occurring during this period led to the rap industry scaling back their “pro-violence” image. For instance, Biggie’s 1997 “First To Last” album, a noted departure from his previous collections of songs, had noticeably lighter tone than many has expected from The Big One...

– The Los Angeles Times, 9/25/2004


The Wall Street Journal, 9/26/2004

…By the end of their fifth season in early 2004, the ratings were dropping again, and it seemed the cavalcade of controversies would not be renewed after season six. Then along came a certain politician.

The ascendance of Bernie Goetz helped L&S by allowing McFarlane to make Season 6 premier with a politically sharp episode in an attempt to boost the floundering ratings. The episode, “Landslides and Scrapes,” aired on September 27 and centered on thru introduction of the show’s Mayor character, an corrupt and possibly unhinged public official who was a bully in Larry’s old middle school. The plot focused on Larry trying to return a football helmet he stole from the character’s locker in school several years ago, only to unintentionally thwart Mayor Ernie Wimbleweed’s bibles-for-guns racketeering scheme. It’s another episode with plot elements that may be too mature for younger audiences, but they are mainly in the background. Nevertheless, Ernie was clearly a parody of Bernier Goetz, and that led to enough criticism for audience numbers to improve, as new viewers tuned in to this supposedly mature children’s show.

Interestingly, before the election had even occurred, McFarlane had decided that Mayor Wimbleweed was to become a prominent recurring character in the series if Goetz won, and was to be used rarely, in small doses, if Goetz lost...



…L&S’s ratings continued to decline as the years continued on, and the show was ultimately not renewed for an eleventh season. Larry & Steve aired their final episode in 2009, after 10 seasons and roughly 11 years on the air.

The show’s creator has synced branching out into other genres and industries, but most of these projects have been largely hit-&-miss, usually picking up a cult status, especially his more…risqué projects that most audiences saw as falling flat for one reason or another...

– segment of video essay, “The Consistent Inconsistencies of Larry And Steve,” uploaded to on 11/15/2019

“Jackson can’t lose this. I mean that in two ways, one being that the country can’t afford it and that he really shouldn’t lose, given the scope of his support. The President has the backing of religious people, those favoring social services, minorities, college-educated whites, women, and even many veterans. The only voting bloc he’s not winning over, it seems, is the racists. Goetz’s got that vote locked up tight. And, you know, I’ve dealt with racists in the past, like when I used to work for a radio station in Denver. It’s how on got this scar here, and this, uh, this bullet wound over here. Lots more Goetz types out there than you’d think. And their once-rare public rallies for Goetz are only getting bolder as election night nears. The voters need to nip this rise in racism and anti-Semitism in the bud. Even if the polling suggest he’ll win in a landslide, that’s not a guarantee. People have to vote; Jackson needs to win this!”

– radio host and political commentator Alan Berg (1934-2018), 9/30/2004

“GOETZ IS NUTS!” Dozens Declined RM Spot Over Bernie’s Base And Rhetoric

…US Congresswoman Laura Lane Welch was among several Republican politicians approached by the Goetz campaign with the offer of running mate. Like most, she turned down being vetted over a dislike for Goetz’s candidacy. “Mr. Goetz may not personally believe in the certain views that many of his supporters share, but the fact that he embraces those certain supporters instead of disavowing or downing them is enough to keep others away,” the retiring legislator said in a radio interview yesterday evening. “His people must have asked dozens of folks to join his sinking ship of a campaign, only to step back over the vitriol that seems to cling to his candidacy.” According to Welch, even Goetz’s attempts to shift to the right at the start of the primaries failed to rouse support from conservative Republicans such as herself. “Not only does his campaign serve to harbor negativity and bigotry, but his initial backpedaling and flip-flopping on several issues before, during, and after the primaries has turned off so many people, and when party unity and a broad support base are really needed to win in November, too!”

The New York Post, 10/1/2004

“When you plant a garden, you can’t just walk away from after it bursts out through the ground but before the real fruit shows up and ripens. You’ve got to see it through all the way if you want to reap what you sow. Since 2001, income and wealth inequality conditions are improving, but the conditions can be even more fair and even more level if we stay the course. Inequality is eroding away, not just when it comes to the life quality of the lower class. It is eroding away at the American middle class itself, too. And why? Because, unlike my opponent, this administration understands that the entire point of this government is to provide for the people. In this current age, this government, this administration, this presidency aims to help and protect those who cannot help and protect themselves on their own. To look to improve the lives of all people, not to a dog-eat-dog mentality to permeate our industries; to inspire and encourage people to be the best they can be, not to cut down those who think differently or act differently, for they could be the Einsteins and O’Keefes and Hemingways and Jonas Salks of tomorrow; to promote understanding and love, not ignorance, bigotry, and hatred. It is the correct thing to do, it is the moral thing to do.”

– Present Jesse Jackson, campaigning in Clover, rural Virginia, 10/2/2004

“This very well may be the first autumn without a case of SARS since the initial outbreak in late 2001. No new cases of the pandemic strain of SARS, which caused or directly contributed to roughly 983,000 deaths worldwide over the past three years, have been confirmed outside of India in ten weeks, and no new cases have been confirmed inside India in seven weeks. It is apparent that this pandemic has run its course, thanks to the quick thinking and hard work of all people around the world, united in a thankfully brief era of international crisis.”

– Lee Jong-wook, Director-General of the World Health Organization, unofficially declaring the SARS pandemic “over,” 10/3/2004

…The first Presidential debate of the autumn campaign was held on October 5 and focused mainly on foreign policy.

In regards to international commerce and humanitarianism, Jackson reiterated that he preferred direct aid and debt relief to impoverished nations instead of using trade reform as a way of helping them, as he believed that deregulation of trade policies only benefits corporations and exploits foreign labor. Goetz took the reverse stance, proclaiming that regulations interrupt the “natural flow” of the free market system responsible for innovation and technological advancements. When asked “what would you have done differently if you had been President during the pandemic,” Goetz replied “That’s in the past. This debate is about what I’ll do over the next four years, let’s not bring in hypotheticals.” When pressed on the topic, Goetz noted that he would have enforced “less severe and less restrictive” safezoning measures, arguing that those “allowed under Jackson suffocated our economy.” Goetz criticized Jackson’s business regulations as well, and while he generally ignored the markets recovering, the former Senator did note the types of jobs that were not returning. To this, Jackson countered by pointing out that new jobs had replaced old ones as more businesses began to harness the positive aspects of remote work.

When the subject of humanitarian aid came up, Goetz boasted his anti-interventionist stance, but noted that “North Korea-like situations” were the exception. The then added, “Still, we need to beef up the military so we never have to use them except in times of defense. If the military’s beefed up, only fools would dare mess with us.”

Overall, Goetz performed much better than expected, and he saw a slight rise in the polls immediately afterward...

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

POLL: “If the election for President was held today, whom would you vote for?”

Jackson: 47%

Goetz: 42%

Undecided/other: 11%

– Gallup, 10/6/2004


– Chris Rock interviewing President Jesse Jackson, The Chris Rock Show (1997-2005), 10/9/2004 [3]

“Wellstone won this debate hands down. The VP held his ground on foreign policy, and he knew what he was talking about when answering questions on domestic policy. He was passionate, compassionate, and professional. None of that could be said about Bargewell. He was aggressive to the moderator, had this weird scowl-like expression on with his face much of the time, and repeatedly interrupted the VP. Eldon may have gotten a few jabs in about a weak military, and he certainly knew his stuff about the Army, but the problem for him was that army stuff is all he knows. Bargewell failed to answer even basic questions about taxes, commerce, trade, housing, food insecurity, statehood. He even fumbled the question about police precinct reform! How does a military expert fail to talk about militarization?! That guy, though, he just tried to tie and relate every topic to the military. Saying trade is like the Army sharing intel with the other branches of the military, which doesn’t make sense as an analogy. Comparing housing to, quote, ‘comfy barracks,’ unquote, and food drives to rations and whatnot? Is that really going to win anybody over? At this point in the race, the sides have been formed and the job of the running mate is to play to undecideds by propping up the one heading their ticket. Wellstone did that without too much bull, praising Jesse’s handling of SARS and economic recovery, while Bargewell just mentioned Goetz’s name from time to time like he was an afterthought.”

– Hunter S. Thompson, reviewing the 2004 VP debate, Saturday 10/12/2004

BOBBITT THE BEATER: Investigator Blows Lid on Senate Hopeful’s Cover-Up of Lewd Past

Tucson, AZ – An Arizona Republic exposé article by investigative reporter Lorena Gallo has revealed that a GOP nominee for a US Senate seat had been lying about the past 19 years of his life to hide a history of sexual pestering and run-ins with law enforcement.

John Wayne Bobbitt, a single and childless 37-year-old state senator since 2001, may seem like a typical Goetz-backing politician, but Gallo has discovered that Bobbitt was twice arrested for assault and battery, first in Las Vegas in 1985 and again in Manassas Junction, Virginia, in 1990; in each case, he was initially accused of beating his first wife, only for her to decline pressing charges. Now, though, with Gallo’s urging, two of Bobbitt’s three ex-wives have come forward to warn people about his “sick” personality. “This is not slander, this is the truth,” says the first ex-wife, Margaret Thompson of Roanoke, Virginia, “That man had me believing that I was worthless and would be nothing without him.” His second ex-wife has polaroids of some of the many times when Bobbitt would severely beat her. The third wife has documents from a Nevada abortion clinic, and states “I wanted to have children, he didn’t. On the second pregnancy, he literally dragged out of the car, and I kicked and screamed, but he just beat me until I agreed to kill our baby.” Former aides of Bobbitt also back up their stories by recounting his history of sexual pestering. “This kind of behavior should have died out in the first Arkwave if not the second,” writes Gallo in the expose, “maybe it’s time for a third.”

The New York Post, 10/14/2004

The second Presidential debate was held on the nineteenth and focused primarily on domestic issues. Goetz started off the night with a call for reversing the gun restrictions passed in 1995 and 1996. President then quickly reminded Goetz that those laws had been passed because of how President Iacocca was assassinated, leading to Goetz fumble through a rebuttal that did not mention or acknowledge the cause of Iacocca’s premature demise. Then came discussions on energy, with Goetz disagreeing with Jackson on the value of fracking.

Another major topic in the debate on which both candidates disagreed was the proposed admittance of Puerto Rico and DC into the union as the 51st and 52nd states. Despite the rise in interest and possibility that such admissions would occur in the near future, Goetz openly questioned the validity and legitimacy of the movement, suggesting it was “propped up” by Democrats and had “no real, actual support in Puerto Rico itself.” His comments offended and upset many conservative Hispanics in the GOP, who later or immediately criticized him for the comments; several non-Hispanic Republicans privately voiced concern that the reply would “cost [the party] the Hispanic vote for years” if Goetz lost the election over this comment.

Overall, Goetz was seen as doing poorly in this debate. Jackson, on the other better hand, was more prepared than he was for the first one, and thus, this time, the incumbent was viewed as the winner of the debate.

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

POLL: “If the election for President was held today, whom would you vote for?”

Jackson: 52%

Goetz: 39%

Undecided/other: 9%

– Gallup, 10/21/2004

…The true “Autumn Surprise” of the 2004 race finally arrived three days ahead of the third send final Presidential debate, when audio leaked from a private Republican fundraiser held in Washington, D.C. In the audio, one can clearly tell that Goetz has been caught on a hot mic telling a lobbyist that he is “still open” to the idea of privatizing Social Security. Goetz then rants about the “ridiculousness” of gun safety: “You get in big trouble for shooting people. It’s serious business. But I also feel a lot of people probably deserve being shot, and a lot of people deserve being killed.” [2]

The public releasing of the audio sent Goetz’s campaign into a panic before Chief of Staff Nichols took control of the situation, telling his subordinates and the candidate that they would to downplay the comments at the upcoming debate and increase focus on the campaign’s them of “defending our national borders.”…

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

JACKSON: “It truly says something about one’s character when they make comments like that. The successes of my administration shows that you need heart and compassion and understanding for your fellow Americans. That is why we sent out the stimulus checks during the pandemic. That is why we expanded the Voting Rights Act and launched anti-GCD initiatives. Because nobody deserves being deprived of a well-deserved retirement, and nobody deserves to be killed. Mr. Goetz, your comments were despicable and you owe the American people an apology.”

GOETZ: “Look, we’re focusing on the wrong subject here. Leadership of the world’s most powerful country on Earth can’t be placed in the hands of a softie. You need to be able to prove to the enemies of peace that you will not tolerate them. To look at the recreadrug lords, the gun runners, the third-world despots and the countries like China and India that wish to take advantage of America’s good, decent and generous behavior to rip us off when it comes to international trade and outsourcing, stare ’em straight in the eyes, and tell them, ‘Hey – you mess with us, we mess with you.’ But under your administration, the US military budget is at its lowest level since 1980...”

JACKSON: “The economy is stable and is back to pre-SARS conditions, plus we have overseen the creation of more jobs as employers utilize the possibilities of the technet, which everyone saw during the lockdowns can be a valuable tool for remote jobs. This administration, if re-elected, will in the next four years continue the policies of the last four years…”

GOETZ: “I support small government except when a large government is needed to ensure a strong national immigration policy and strong law enforcement at all levels, and to defend the lives of freedom-lovers living in hell-hole countries abroad from Hitler wannabes. With all other cases, I say that, well, if you need help, what would you rather seek help from – the cold, impersonal bureaucracy of a federal government, or the welcoming in of a caring friend, spouse, or family member?”

JACKSON: “Our immediate response to the SARS pandemic and the success of the Manned Mars Mission prove the benefits that come from international collaboration.”

GOETZ: “In the world of geopolitics, you can’t afford not to be cutthroat and serious so that over countries don’t try and walk all over you. It’s foolhardy to believe that all countries will just agree to pay fair when it comes to trade. We need a President who will put the American workers ahead of foreign labor, who understands that outsourcing is never a good thing. I say keep American enterprises in America, and one way to do that is to lower the administration’s suppressive regulations.”

JACKSON: “Greatness is determined not through firepower but by choosing to hold off on using warfare until all avenues for a peaceful resolution have been tried.”

– Snippets from the third general election Presidential debate of 2004, 10/26/2004

POLL: “If the election for President was held today, whom would you vote for?”

Jackson: 59%

Goetz: 35%

Undecided/other: 6%

– Gallup, 10/29/2004

Anchor DAN RATHER: “Now, I’m trying to be fair, unbiased and balanced here, but do truly believe that Goetz is going to win?”

Boulder University President CONDI RICE: “Yes. You cannot trust the polls, people. Dewey trusted the polls in 1948 and look what happened – he lost considerably to Harry Truman. You have to look at the people and what the incumbent has done for this country. The people always publicly join bandwagons and say they’ll vote for whoever they think is the popular candidate. But with the privacy of the ballot comes the truth of their analysis of who should serve over the next four year. In 1948, the people looked at the incumbent and saw Truman had ended World War Two and helped out lovers of freedom with the Berlin Airlift. Now, the people are looking at the incumbent and see an oppressive government that wastes their taxpayer money and forces people to stay indoors or wear masks over something that didn’t even kill a thousand people in this country.”

Lawyer and community organizer Janice Fine: “But that’s just why Jesse will win – because he kept them safe and prevented our numbers from being as bad as India’s or Russia’s or China’s, and ensured financial relief for the monetarily insecure in order to keep the Negative Income Tax Rebate program solvent. How many countries suffered financial issues, went in the red, for saw taxes spike because of SARS? Not the US, and Jesse didn’t even violate the BBA to do so, either!”

Political author HUNTER S. THOMPSON: “Yeah, I agree with Janice, it will be a blowout for Jesse next Tuesday. Condi, there might be a lot of racists lying to pollsters wend saying they’ll vote one way and plan on voting the other way, but it won’t be enough to make up the difference in the polls, or the number of Republicans defecting to Jackson/Wellstone ticket. You know something’s up, that something bails going down inside the GOP, when you go online and see ads everywhere reading ‘Republicans For Jesse Jackson,’ Condi.”

Journalist BOB SCHAEFFER: “Um, but, Condi does have a point. Condi, I agree that many Goetzers are misleading pollsters, but a big voting bloc here is undecided voters. And if anything turns them away from Goetz, it would be his debate performances. His demeanor, inability to answer several questions well, his posturing, the fact that he kept glancing over to the clock on the side on the wall during the second debate. The sweating, the shiftiness, it’s all superficial, but because undecided voters aren’t too ideological motivated, it’s the superficial that often wins them over.”

RATHER: “But at least this Tuesday not be too bad for Senate Republicans, right? Because more Democratic incumbent seats are up for grabs tonight?”

THOMPSON: “And because of how many Republicans are distancing themselves from Goetz. Especially that House GOP minority leader guy, David Emery.”

RICE: “I don’t know, I’m still convinced he’ll pull off a Truman-type upset. Bernie’s spending a lot of focus on Ohio and Florida, you know.”

FINE: “Yes, he’s essentially dismissing the Rockies, the plains, the south, and even Texas in favor of focusing on several historically decisive bellwether states like Missouri and Illinois. The strategy is as outdated as his views.”

– CBS News, round-table discussion, 10/30/2004


Jesse Jackson (SC) / Paul Wellstone (MN) (Democratic) – 78,720,536 (58.2%)
Bernie Goetz (CA) / Eldon A. Bargewell (VA) (Republican) – 54,238,719 (40.1%)
All other votes – 2,299,397 (1.7%)
Total Votes – 135,258,652 (100%)


The remaining 1.7% of the popular vote was by won by several third-party and independent candidates; the Socialist Alliance ticket (Dennis J. Morrisseau (VT) / Rosemary Jackowski (NY)) came in third place with 0.8% of the total national vote (and receiving roughly 5.1% of the vote in Vermont), while the Patriotic Front ticket (Barbara Coe (CA) / Scott Lively (MA)) came in fourth, and the True America ticket, the United Freedom ticket, Pragmatic ticket, and Family ticket came in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth place, respectively...


…Florida was closer than usual for a Republican state, especially since Florida has not voted for a Democratic nominee since 1948 [4], while Ohio confirmed its Republican lean. Kansas went blue due to the work of former Governor Jim Slattery, a Jackson surrogate who worked to “remind” Kansans that it was Jackson’s renewal energy policies responsible for the state’s economic recovery going smooth as wind turbines and sun panels began to add variety and diversity to Kansas’s seemingly-endless fields. …The ten closest states of the night, in order, were Texas (by 0.07%), Louisiana (0.11%), Kansas (0.24%), Montana (0.39%), South Dakota (0.57%), Missouri (0.79%), South Carolina (1.14%), Ohio (1.28%), Florida (1.54%), and Mississippi (1.87%)…

– Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes: Roads to The White House, Sunrise Publications, 2011 edition

“The campaigning has concluded, but our work is far from over. Now is the time for healing. …What unites us as a nation is our differences, for they make us unique, so we should celebrate the strength of our nation and the accomplishment of tonight, the culmination of months of hard work that y’all put into this race.”

– Jesse Jackson, 11/3/2004

November United States Senate election results, 2004

Date: November 2, 2004

Seats: 34 of 100
Seats needed for majority: 51
New Senate majority leader: Robert Byrd (D-WV)
New Senate minority leader: Webb Franklin (R-MS)

Seats before election: 57 (D), 40 (R), 2 (I), 1 (LU)
Seats after election: 62 (D), 36 (R), 2 (I), 0 (LU)
Seat change: D ^ 5, R v 4, I - 0, LU v 1

Full List:
Alabama: Doug Jones (D) over Tim James (R) and Bettye Frink (Rational Republican); incumbent Mary Texas Hurt Garner (D) retired
Alaska: Kevin Danaher (D) over Jerry Sanders (R), Marc Millican (I), and Jim Dore (HIP); incumbent Frank Murkowski (R) retired
Arizona: incumbent Eddie Najeeb Basha Jr. (D) over Garrett Wood (Republican (write-in)) and John Wayne Bobbitt (R)
Arkansas: incumbent F. Winford Boozman III (R) over Winston Bryant (D)
California: incumbent Mike Gravel (D) over Howard Kaloogian (R) and Marsha Feinland (Natural Mind)
Colorado: Mark Udall (D) over Bob Schaffer (R); incumbent Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R) retired
Connecticut: incumbent Chris Dodd (D) over Jack Orchulli (R)
Florida: incumbent Michael Bilirakis (R) over Nan Rich (D)
Georgia: Herman Cain (R) over John W. Carter (D), Denise Majette (Green), and Allen Buckley (Liberty); incumbent Dr. John Skandalakis (D) retired
Hawaii: incumbent Daniel Inouye (D) over Campbell Cavasso (R)
Idaho: Bo Gritz (R) over Lawerence Denney (Rational Republican), Wendy Jaquet (D), and Scott F. McClure (Independent Democrat); incumbent Bethine Clark Church (D) retired
Illinois: incumbent Paul G. Vallas (D) over Steve Rauschenberger (R)
Indiana: incumbent Evan Bayh (D) over Marvin Scott (R)
Iowa: incumbent Patty Jean Poole (D) over Jerry Kohn (R) and Albert Franzen (I)
Kansas: incumbent Bob Dole (R) over Lee Jones (D)
Kentucky: incumbent Patrick “Kelly” Downard (R) over Paul E. Patton (D)
Louisiana: Chris John (D) over incumbent Buddy Roemer (R)
Maryland: incumbent Barbara Mikulski (D) over E. J. Pipkin (R)
Missouri: Wayne Cryts (D) over Mike Steger (R); incumbent Bill Bradley (D) retired
Nevada: Dina Titus (D) over incumbent Patricia Anne “Patty” Cafferata (R)
New Hampshire: incumbent Lou D’Allesandro (D) over Sharon Carson (R)
New York: Allyson Schwartz (D) over Howard Mills III (R); incumbent Mario Biaggi (R) retired
North Carolina: incumbent Nick Galifianakis (D) over John Ross Hendrix (R)
North Dakota: incumbent Kent Conrad (D) over Mike Liffrig (R)
Ohio: incumbent appointee Peter Lawson Jones (D) over Nancy Putnam Hollister (R) and Tony Patrick Hall (Independent Democrat)
Oklahoma: Brad Carson (D) over incumbent Marvin Henry “Mickey” Edwards (R)
Oregon: incumbent Walter Leslie “Les” AuCoin (D) over Al King (R)
Pennsylvania: incumbent Bob Casey Sr. (D) over Betsy Summers (R)
South Carolina: incumbent Fritz Hollings (D) over Jim DeMint (R)
South Dakota: incumbent Teresa McGovern (D) over John Thune (R)
Utah: incumbent Lyle Hillyard (R) over Paul Van Dam (D)
Vermont: William Sorrell (D) over Peter D. Moss (R) and incumbent Peter Diamondstone (Liberty Union)
Washington: incumbent Gary Locke (D) over George Nethercutt (R)
Wisconsin: incumbent Bronson La Follette (D) over Tim Michels (R)


United States House of Representatives results, 2004

Date: November 2, 2004

Seats: All 435
Seats needed for majority: 218
New House majority leader: Barbara B. Kennelly (D-CT)
New House minority leader: H. Dargan McMaster (R-SC)

Last election: 227 (D), 207 (R), 1 (I)
Seats won: 238 (D), 197 (R), 0 (I)
Seat change: D ^ 11, R v 10, I v 1


United States Governor election results, 2004

Date: November 2, 2004

Number of state gubernatorial elections held: 11
Seats before: 33 (D), 16 (R), 1 (I)
Seats after: 35 (D), 14 (R), 1 (I)
Seat change: D ^ 2, R v 2, I - 0

Full list:
Delaware: incumbent Ruth Ann Minner (D) over Bill Lee (R)
Indiana: Jill Long Thompson (D) over David Martin McIntosh (R (official write-in)), Ken Gividen (Liberty) and Jonathon Sharkey (R/WVP); incumbent Steve Goldsmith (R) retired
Missouri: incumbent Cynthia Bowers (D) over John Swenson (R)
Montana: Thomas Lee Judge (D) over Bob Brown (R); incumbent Denny Rehberg (R) retired
New Hampshire: Kelley Ashby (R) over John Lynch (D); incumbent George Condodemetraky (D) retired
North Carolina: incumbent Jim Hunt (D) over Patrick Ballantine (R)
North Dakota: incumbent Tracy Potter (D) over Roland Riemers (R)
Utah: incumbent Enid Greene (R) over Scott Matheson (D)
Vermont: Deborah L. “Deb” Markowitz (D) over Peter Plympton Smith (R); incumbent Howard Dean (D) retired
Washington: incumbent Norm Rice (D) over Michael Patrick Shanks (R) and Ruth Bennett (Liberty)
West Virginia: Bob Wise (D) over Monty Warner (R); incumbent Cecil Underwood (R)



…The unofficial caucus of Greek-American lawmakers saw the retirement of Dr. John Skandalakis (D-GA) this year. However, Chris John (D-LA) and Dina Titus (D-NV) were elected last night, the latter in a majority (thus runoff-free) grab of the vote in his home state. With Mike Bilirakis (R-FL), Nick Galifianakis (D-NC), Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Paul Vallas (D-IL), John and Titus increases the caucus’ number to a total of seven Greek-American Senators. …US Rep. Dina Titus’ victory was much closer than that of John’s, but ultimately received 50% of the vote, versus the 49% won by her opponent, a moderate incumbent... In total, Democrats swept five seats in the Senate, and were poised to win a sixth until the nominee for a Kentucky seat suffered a scandal in October…

The Atlantis, Greek-American newspaper, 11/3/2004


–, 11/3/2004

STATE REFERENDUM PASSES: New Constitutional Amendment Will Establish Lt. Gov. Post

…the new addition to the state constitution, first introduced in state congress in July of this year, will create the office of Lieutenant Governor as a means of resolving a succession controversy plaguing the Garden States for several years now. The new statewide elected position will officially come into existence at the start of 2006, after an inaugural lieutenant governor has been elected in the general elections being held this November. The amendment clarifies that the lieutenant governor candidates will be the running mates of the gubernatorial candidates…

The Star-Ledger, New Jersey newspaper, 11/3/2004


…given the high number of charges made against him, plus a class-action lawsuit led by former female staff members, Bobbitt’s “will be dealing with the legal consequences of his behavior for years. His political career is over,” according to Arizona’s state Attorney General…

The Washington Post, 11/7/2004


…last year’s manned mission to Mars was the magnum opus of his career. Now that it has been achieved, Dale Myers is stepping down… Sources have in recent weeks claimed that Jackson aims to take NASA in “a new direction” come 2005…

The Houston Chronicle, 11/18/2004

THE FALL OF THE G.O.P.?: How Republicans Have Lost Their Way – And How They Might Come Back

…it is chilling that exit polling revealed that the improving economy and Goetz’s statements on Social Security were the top two reasons why people voted for Jackson over Goetz, with the issue of racism playing a much smaller role in the formation of the election results than expected…

Time magazine, late November 2004

…“I won’t sugarcoat it – we got spanked in this cycle,” then-RNC Chair John Andrews told a gathering of supporters in early December 2004. The sheer size of the margins and loss of support among women, minorities, college-educated whites, and other demographics Andrews and others viewed as being “me to the long-term survival of the Republican Party” convinced party leaders to finally, openly, and publicly disavow the Wide-Awakes movement, hoping to push them and the more open racist and misogynistic GOP members and affiliates back to the fringes of the party’s “big tent”…

– Anne Meagher Northup’s Chicken and Politickin’: the Rise of Colonel Sanders and Rational Conservatism in the Republican Party, 2015

…The campaign had had grave concerns that either Huntsman, a soft-spoken moderate, or Meredith, a religious African-American, would chip away enough at the President’s numbers to pull off a victory in a general election. Hoping to see their boss compete against a less executable Republican nominee, Jesse Jackson’s communications team set about an under-the-radar strategy to prolong the primary contest by pushing out – often through third parties – the kind of research that could hurt Huntsman and Meredith. The “Savannah Team” of South Carolina-based researchers was deeply frustrated by the lack of serious campaigning by Huntsman’s rivals: there seemed to be no opposition research and no effort to expose the record of the man who, at the time, was alternating frontrunner status with Meredith in the polls. The solution was to weaken the likely nominee with an extended contest that would push the candidate and his party further to the right, and thus improve of odds of winning re-election. [5] They did not anticipate this strategy’s ultimate level of success…

– Richard Wolffe’s Reselling Hope: The 2004 Election, Hachette Book Group, 2005

“If it wasn’t for the economy doing better in the third quarter I would have won. Maybe doing better in the debates would have helped, too. I’m not sure what’s in store for me next. I might run for public office again, someday, but for right now, I’m okay taking a break from things. I’m going to take a breather, maybe learn to paint or something. Heck, I might just sit around and feed squirrels in some park somewhere. I like squirrels, they’re always happy to see you, especially if you’ve got a bag of nuts with you. Not like pigeons, who just fly around and leave droppings everywhere. They’re nasty little winged rats, that’s what they are. If I ever become a pigeon feeder, shoot me.” [2]

– Bernie Goetz, Herring Network News interview, 12/12/2004

US Senator Kirkwood Fordice (D-MS) he initially planned on resigning upon receiving a leukemia diagnosis in 2001, but concern that then-Governor Unite Blackwell would nominate a “radical” Democrat, he decided to stay in office, and became invested in Mississippi’s 2003 gubernatorial election. When Democrat James Chaney won said election, Fordyce continued to stay in office, and hoped he would be able to retire in early 2008. Instead, he passed away on December 14, 2004, at the age of 70. Governor Chaney appointed moderate Democrat Erik Fleming to his Senate seat.

With the addition of Fleming to the roster, the US Senate now had serving in it a total of 63 Democrats – D. Jones, Danaher, Braun, Basha, Tucker, Gravel, Heath, Udall, Dodd, Frawley, Osterlund, Penelas, Mink, Inouye, Vallas, Hall, Bayh, Poole, Osborne, John, Sarbanes, Mikulski, Kennedy-Roosevelt, Collins, Humphrey, Belton, Fleming, Wheat, Cryts, Mudd, Sorensen, Nevenic, Titus, Hollingworth, D’Allesandro, Jiménez, Mondragon, Kaplan, Schwartz, Blue, Galifianakis, Glassheim, Conrad, Anderson, J. Jones, Carson, AuCoin, Kanjorski, Casey, York, Roberts, Hollings, McGovern, Clement, Leland, Pollina, Sorrell, Scott, Unsoeld, Locke, Byrd, Feingold, and La Follette.

– Gary C. Jacobson’s The Power and the Politics of Congressional Elections, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015

2001-2004 SARS Pandemic Mortality Rates By Country (based on confirmed deaths, not suspected deaths, and based on an aggregation of WHO reports and official national reports (see our totaling model for further details)):


Brazil: 189,700 cases; 23,500 deaths (rate of 12.4%)


Canada: 35,115 cases; 3,559 deaths (rate of 10.1%)


China: 291,000 cases; 25,892 deaths (rate of 8.9%)

Colombia: 48,600 cases; 3,355 deaths (rate of 6.9%)


India: 8,450,000 cases; 1,090,050 deaths (rate of 12.9%)


Japan: 31,243 cases; 2,031 deaths (rate of 6.5%)


Mexico: 14,700 cases; 985 deaths (rate of 6.7%)


Russia: 1,595,000 cases; 180,240 deaths (rate of 11.3%)


United Kingdom: 14,270 cases; 1,168 deaths (rate of 8.2%)

United Korea: 11,233 cases; 847 deaths (rate of 7.5%)

United States: 12,502 cases; 891 deaths (rate of 7.1%)


Global Total: 15,129,012 cases (confirmed); 1,119,546 deaths (confirmed) (rate of 7.4% (average))


THE SCARS OF SARS: Life In A Post-Pandemic World

…The pandemic did not affect countries equally. For example, the United States experienced the pandemic for roughly two years (from February 2002 to late 2003) and experienced three major waves (the first in early 2002, the second in the post-midterm months of 2002, and the third in early-to-mid 2003), while India, arguably the worst-hit country, experienced at least five major waves and experienced the pandemic from January 2002 to early 2004.

…With no less than 15 million confirmed cases, SARS killed at least 1.1 million people globally by the end of the pandemic’s run this year. Compare these numbers to the largest pandemic of the twentieth century, the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic; that one killed roughly 50 million worldwide. SARS was closer, in terms of fatalities, to the 1889-1890 flu pandemic that killed 1 million worldwide, and the 1957-1958 influenza pandemic that killed 1-4 million worldwide, while the common flu kills roughly between 10,000 and 50,000 people in the US each and every year. “The biggest reasons for this pandemic feeling a lot deadlier was technology, access at your fingertips,” explains Charles Sidney Hirsch, pathologist and Chief Medical Examiner of New York City. “Make no mistake that the SARS virus is a once-in-a-century virus that, with its ferocious rate of transmission, virulently high mortality rate, and the extremely severe and harmful effects it has on those who survive it, very easily could have infected millions of more people. It didn’t because of the decisive preemptive measures taken by UN Secretary-General Carol Bellamy, international cooperation between most countries, and civilian compliance with emergency measures overall. But it felt like it was as bad as it easily could have been because of public media, because of the technet and TV reports. There was no 24-7 live news coverage in 1918. Because of technology, people were aware of nearly everything going on, and that made for some very scary viewing, which, in fact, may have helped keep the death tolls as down as they were.”

…Past pandemics also offer clues to how humanity will have to approach the SARS virus in the upcoming years and decades. “The Spanish Flu devolved into an endemic disease that circulated around for roughly four decades as a seasonal virus before finally going away for good. We will most likely see the same occur with SARS, with regional levels of severity varying from country to country,” says head virologist of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, NY…

…While divorces and domestic abuse cases went up, lockdown caused air pollution to drop worldwide dramatically. In July of this year, the amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions from factories, transportation and other sources shut down by quarantine dropped 70% from levels recorded in January 2001. However, NO2 output levels from China have bounced back from that country’s 2002-2003 slump since the nation’s “reopening” early this year. Nevertheless, the positive environmental conditions brought about by people cutting back of fossil fuels gave us a glimpse at how powerful the removal, even a temporary removal, of our carbon footprint can have on planet Earth. “This window into what could be should inspire us all,” says outgoing EPA Director Bob Ross, “Now we have the data to back up the calls for switching to renewable, less harmful forms of energy. We gave Mother Nature a break from us. She enjoyed it. But we owe to her and to ourselves to try to live harmoniously with what is still the only planet we call home.”

…With the virus apparently “beaten,” and citizens around the globe adjusting to the ways of the pre-SARS world surprisingly quickly, millions are voicing optimism for the years ahead. Says former US Secretary of Health and Welfare Jim Ramsted “Good and better times may finally be just around the corner!”

Newsweek, late December 2004

…We can now confirm that a major tsunami has hit the island country of Indonesia, most likely caused by a powerful earthquake off the coast in the Indian Ocean. Seismologists are saying the quake may have been more than 9.0, at the high end of the Richter scale, meaning this quake has in all likelihood destroyed bridges, toppled buildings, and decimated roads. Likely caused by a fault plate rupture, this earthquake is being called an undersea megathrust earthquake by scientists, and according to reports out of Indonesia, massive waves have inundated western Indonesia. Thousands may be dead, and entire communities may have just been wiped out. This is a developing story. We will have more details as they become available to us. Please stay tuned…

– KNN Breaking News Alert, 12/26/2004


The New York Times, 12/30/2004

…The December 2004 fault line rupture, the third-largest ever recorded (after the Great Chilean earthquake of 1960 and the Good Friday earthquake of 1964), and with the released energy of 1,500 Hiroshima bombs detonating at once, resulted in the deaths of over 250,000 people in 12 countries, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. …The advancements of individual recording devices such as cellular phones and other camera equipment allowed for the destruction to be caught as it happened, capturing gigantic waves overturning boats like bath toys, toppling buildings like houses of cards, and sweeping away coastal communities like a broom sweeping away dust; these shocking records soon found their ways onto the technet, and possibly contributed to the immediate responses from civilians around the world...


Above: an aerial view of the record-breaking devastation

…The effects of the quake and subsequent tsunamis prompted worldwide humanitarian responses; with just a few weeks, millions of individuals had donated to international aid organizations and charities alongside multinational pledges…


…Prime Minister of the UK Harriet Harman greenlit “Operation Garron,” a military relief operation, to assist recovery efforts in Indonesia. The Royal Navy and RAF embarked on delivering aid supplies and participating in relief work starting on January 2nd, patrolling areas hit by the 2004 Tsunami in search of survivors, and using helicopters to assist locals in clearing wreckage. However, Indonesia’s government was conflicted over allowing ground troops to land on Indonesian territory due to past confrontations with British-led troops [6]. Indonesian leadership ultimately refused to allow help from land-based foreign military personnel, and instead welcomed in volunteers from charities, non-profit organizations, and other non-military and non-government groups and organizations…


Republican House leadership election, 2005:

Date: January 10, 2005

Seats: All 197 Republican-held seats

Seats needed to win: 99



David Emery (ME) successfully best Robert Smith Walker for Republican House leadership in 1995, and served as Speaker from 1995 to 2001. To the left of the party, his ascension was a backlash to Walker being too far to the right ideologically and declining popularity among American voters and fellow GOP lawmakers. However, after Emery failed to lead the party to victory in three consecutive midterms, his own popularity was down within the party. Worsening the situation for the former speaker was the party becoming increasingly conservative, making his moderate record conflict with the goals of high-ranking conservative Representatives. As a result, Emery was challenged for leadership by Dorgan McMaster (SC), a Congressman since 1991 and House minority whip since 2001. McMaster blamed the loss of the House in 2000, 2002, and 2004, and of the 2004 Presidential election, on Emery being “far too liberal” to lead the GOP and “too polite” to the Jackson administration, and soon gained support. By the time of the election, all other anti-Emery candidates dropped out to rally behind McMaster.


McMaster – 125

Emery – 72

McMaster drew support from Congressional districts in the south and west, where many Republicans (including many Representatives) blamed unenthusiastic moderate Republicans for low voter turnout, essentially claiming their inability to embrace the Goetz campaign was responsible for four more years of President Jesse Jackson. “The majority conservatives in the party used me as a scapegoat,” Emery claimed in a 2020 book.

Following his loss, Emery at first declined to resign from his House seat, but upon McMaster threatening to strip him from party leadership committees and other entitlements, rendering him powerless within the GOP, Emery made the “shocking” decision of filing as an Independent and running for re-election as one in 2006.


…I made it known that I was going to run for Governor long before I made the campaign itself official. There’s no sense in waiting until you reach a gas station to stop and check on a car problem; no sense in waiting until a certain time to announce something big like a run for Governor.

But anyway, I made it official in January 2005. Not too long after that, I first met a fella named Dick Cheney. Like me, he was a former US Congressman from a western state who had eyed a Governor’s seat. He had served in the House from Wyoming in the 1970s and 1980s, but lost re-election in ’86 on account of being guilty by association. Then he lost a bid for Governor in the 1990s. He met up with me at my first fancy fundraiser. It was way out of my comfort zone, what with the black ties and everything, but he was one of the more interesting penguins of the evening. To cut to the chase, he basically told me that I had “promise,” and offered to help me with the early fundraising stages of my campaign. He could see that I had “real potential,” as he put it.

Over the next several months, he donated to my campaign and served as an unofficial advisor to me and my staff. It turned out that he agreed with most of my views, especially when it came to BLUTAGO marriage and foreign intervention.

He was a good egg. It was a real shame when he died. According to his daughters, he had suffered several heart attacks before, but the one he had on February 14, 2006 was too much for him to take, and it turned out to be his last one. And just when I was seriously thinking of asking him to serve as my Chief of Staff when I became Governor. And who knows? Had his old ticker not burned out, we could have worked together on my campaigns for the Presidency…

…Upon learning of his death, I told the media about how he had met up with him a many times. I said, “he was very serious kind of guy, but he was a really good guy, the kind of guy I would have been proud to have serve as my White House Chief of Staff or Secretary of State. I’m gonna miss him.” I still kind of do…

– Harley Brown’s autobiography I’ve Got A Masters Degree In Raising Hell, Sunrise Publishers, 2019


The Guardian, UK newspaper, 15/1/2005

“We are bound together as one united and indivisible nation by our faith in a mighty God and our faith in our fellow Americans. We in this administration will continue to steady our humane, just, peaceful course in ensuring Americans have food, shelter, and purpose.


There will be a great focus over these next four years on protecting families, mom-and-pop shops, and the environment; we in this administration will continue to lift up the downtrodden, the poor, the sufferers of food insecurity, drug addiction, and disease, including helping the WHO stomp out SARS virus strains wherever they remain. We can do this for we had accomplishment such wonderful feats before; scientists eradicated smallpox with an extensive and exhaustive international collaborate effort over 36 years. The next four years will also see the United States of America lead the world in combating GCD, warfare and famine, in order to leave behind for our children a world better off than how it was when we were their age.


Now is the time for redemption, healing, and unity. Life is what you make of it. You can choose to live in darkness, or you can do the brave thing, and choose to work hard to live in an age of enlightenment, jobs, peace, and justice. To shed light onto darkness, to heal wounds, to rekindle the fire of hope that for many felt extinguished during the darkest times of the 2002 pandemic. But we overcame the darkness and we did not do so alone. We could not have done so alone. For we had to come together, listen to one another, and care for one another. That is how we repelled the darkness. With love and care for each other, going beyond the love of friends and family, beyond the love of neighbors and community, to that rare love that is the love for the stranger. The power of love, faith, and hope is limitless and infinite, boundless and forever. A with the power of love, of faith and hope, we have prevailed over crisis and darkness time and again. We will not let this opportunity for another four years of progress slip on by. We will not take the mandate of November’s elections for granted. I agree that there is much more work to be done, America, so let’s get to it!”

– Jesse Jackson’s 1/20/2005 inaugural speech


Vice President: incumbent (since 2001) Paul Wellstone (D-MN)

Secretary of State: incumbent (since 2001) Ann Richards (D-TX)
Secretary of the Treasury: incumbent (since 2001) Timothy Peter Johnson (D-SD)
Secretary of Defense: Lt. Gen. (ret.) Claudia Jean Kennedy (D-VA) (incumbent retired in February 2005)
Attorney General: incumbent (since 2001) Harry Thomas Edwards (D-DC)
Assistant Attorney General: Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Frank Hoover Easterbrook (D-IL) (incumbent retired in January 2005)
Postmaster General: outgoing CD Undersecretary for Suburban Development and former St. Paul Mayor James Scheibel (D-MN) (incumbent retired in January 2005)
Secretary of the Interior: outgoing US Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) (incumbent retired in January 2005)
Secretary of Agriculture: incumbent (since 2001) Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Secretary of Commerce: incumbent (since 2001) Robert Reich (D-IL)
Secretary of Labor: incumbent (since 2001) Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO)
Secretary of Education: incumbent (since 2001) Dudley W. Dudley (D-NH)
Secretary of Health and Welfare (renamed Health and Humane Services in 2003): outgoing CD Undersecretary for Urban Development, former US Rep. and former state rep. Babette Josephs (D-PA) (incumbent retired in December 2004)
Secretary of Transportation: incumbent (since 2001) Toney Anaya (D-NM)
Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs: incumbent (since 2001) Mary Ann Wright (R-AR)
Secretary of Energy and Technology: outgoing Undersecretary of Education, former NASA Communications Director, and former school superintendent Barbara Radding Morgan (I-CA) (incumbent retired in February 2005)
Secretary of Community Development: outgoing CD Undersecretary for Rural Development and former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah (D-AZ)

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): former Governor, counter-terrorism expert, and former Deputy FBI Director John P. O’Neill (D-NJ) (incumbent retired in October 2003)
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): incumbent (since 2001) Raymond Walter Kelly (I-NY)
US Trade Representative: AFL-CIO affiliate, trade union activist and labor leader Arlene Holt Baker (D-TX) (incumbent retired in January 2005)
Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA): former Philadelphia Mayor and former state Attorney General Edward Gene “Ed” Rendell (D-PA) (incumbent retired in December 2003)
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): chemical engineer, physicist, state Commissioner of Environmental Protection and former academic administrator Lisa Perez Jackson (D-NJ) (incumbent retired in December 2004)
Administrator of the Overwhelming Disaster Emergency Response Coordination Agency (ODERCA): Chief Risk Assessor for ODERCA and former Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration Rodney Slater (D-AR) (incumbent retired in January 2005)

White House Chief of Staff: incumbent (since 2001) Ronald Daniels (D-OH)
White House Deputy Chief of Staff: incumbent (since 2001) Morton Halperin (I-DC)
Counselors to The President: incumbents (since 2001) William J. Antholis (I-VA) and Kevin Alexander Gray (D-SC)
Chief Domestic Policy Advisor: National President of the Mexican American Political Association Nativo Lopez (D/LRU-CA) (incumbent retired in December 2004)
Chief Economic Policy Advisor: incumbent (since 2001) Jeffrey P. Weaver (D-VT)
Chief Foreign Policy Advisor: incumbent (since 2001) Randall Caroline Forsberg (I-MA)
Chief National Security Advisor: incumbent (since 2001) Louis Freeh (R-NY)
Director of the Office of Management and Budget: incumbent (since 2001) 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, political strategist Peter Daou, social critic and progressive philosopher Marcus Raskin, and neorealist philosopher/respected political strategist/historian/author/former Advisor to the President John Lewis Gaddis
White House Communications Director: incumbent (since 2001) Betty Magness (I-DC)
White House Appointments Secretary: incumbent (since 2001) Mabel Teng (D-CA)
White House Press Secretary: incumbent (since 2001) Pam Watkins (I-DC)
President Jackson’s personal secretary: incumbent (since 2001) Jehmu Greene (D-TX)

Solicitor General (representative of the Federal Government before the Supreme Court): lawyer, law professor and former Chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Anita Faye Hill (D-OK) (incumbent retired in January 2005)
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: incumbent (since 2001) Henry Doctor Jr. (I-SC)
Secretary of the Army: incumbent (since 2001) Johnnie Corns (I-WV)
Secretary of the Navy: incumbent (since 2001) Norman Mineta (D-CA)
Federal Reserve Chairman: incumbent (since 2001) William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. (D-VA)
NASA Administrator: biochemist, former astronaut, former lead CAPCOM at Mission Control, and Chief Scientist of NASA Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid (I-OK) (incumbent retired in December 2004)

To Argentina: incumbent (since 2001) Jim Folsom Jr. (D-AL)
To Australia: incumbent (since 2001) Eni F. H. Faleomavaega Jr. (D-AS)
To Canada: author and former Governor Nora Dauenhauer (G-AK) (incumbent retired in January 2005)
To China: incumbent (since 2001) Bucky Ray Jarrell (D-KY)
To Colombia: incumbent (since 2001) Joseph Samuel “Joe” Nye Jr. (I-NJ)
To France: former New Orleans Mayor, former Lieutenant Governor, former H&W Secretary and former US Rep. Maurice Edwin “Moon” Landrieu (D-LA)
To Germany: incumbent (since 2001) Paul R. Soglin (D-WI)
To Israel: incumbent (since 2001) Norman Gary Finkelstein, PhD (D-NJ)
To Italy: incumbent (since 2001) Mario Cuomo (D-NY)
To Japan: incumbent (since 2001) Adlai Stevenson III (D-IL)
To Korea: incumbent (since 2001) John Lim (R-OR)
To Mexico: outgoing US Ambassador to Afghanistan and former CIA Director Linda Rose Carotenuto Cleland (I-NJ) (incumbent retired in February 2005)
To New Zealand: outgoing Governor Heinz Sablan Hofschneider (R-NM) (incumbent retired in December 2004)
To Russia: incumbent (since 2001) James Robert “J. R.” Jones (D-OK)
To South Africa: incumbent US Ambassador to France and former Governor Cleo Fields (D-LA) (incumbent retired in December 2004)
To the U.K.: incumbent (since 2001) Harvey Gantt (D-NC)
To the U.N.: President of Refugees International and former spokesman for the US Department of Defense Kenneth Hogate Bacon (I-RI) (incumbent retired in February 2005)


…NASA’s new leader became former astronaut Shannon Lucid. Born in China to missionary parents in 1943 and primarily raised in Oklahoma, Lucid was a biochemist who joined NASA in 1978. While officially independent/apolitical, her support of several fiscally conservative stances was seen as both a bone thrown to the Republicans, as a way of placating fears on the right of Jackson being a “socialist would-be tyrant” like the new House Speaker had once called him, and as a signal of what significance NASA would play in the federal government’s annual budgets of the next four years...

– researcher R. Cargill Hall’s Impact: The History of NASA, Dover Publications, 2018 edition


…As countries jockey to make large donations, Bellamy notes that “competitive compassion is better than no compassion,” but stresses the need to fulfill funding promises made in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that have ravaged much of coastal Indonesia…

The New York Times, 1/28/2005


The Washington Post, 1/30/2005


The Guardian, UK newspaper, 2/2/2005


…law experts are divided over whether or not our lawmakers are actually breaking the law by Democrats ignoring Article 4 of the top law of the land in their latest effort to expand their number of seats on Capitol Hill – by granting a city statehood and condensing Capitol Hill into a tiny strip of land…

–, 2/3/2005 e-article

…The Department of Justice has formed a Statehood Requirements Special Task Force in order to determine what legal hurdles await our representatives trying to grant statehood to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico...

– ABC Morning News, 2/5/2005 broadcast

HOST: …well say what you want to bout Prezy-JJ – just keep it clean since we’re on the air – but you have to admit, urban repair methods are improving. I mean, I think it’s really smart that, um. Did you see this the other day or last night? Some people in the Department of Transportation, I think, they’re studying how the ancient Roman Cobblestone Roads have managed to hold up for so long and their comparing them to our modern road-making ways. So, you know, hopefully, constant roadwork clogging things up on Route 74 will soon be a thing of the past.

GUEST: Naw, naw, you’ve got it all wrong, sir. State and federal transportation departments purposely build roads that fall apart easily and quick, so, that way, they can hire more deadbeats to rebuild them. Keep people employed, and they won’t complain. It’s just the government’s way of keeping the lower classes preoccupied with meaningless work so they don’t get wise to how they are being had and then rise up against it.

HOST: Yeah, now, see, that doesn’t mesh with that report I was talking about. Why would they be studying what works if they don’t want it to work?

GUEST: Because it’s a conspiracy, man!

HOST: Right, I forgot who I was talking to here – Conspiracy Joe, the guy who was too much for even George Noory of Coast to Coast AM to deal with.

GUEST: Hey, you invited me here.

HOST: That’s not an insult!

GUEST: Sounds like an insult.

HOST: Not to you. It is, but it’s not to you, I’m insulting George Noory. And George Noory, if you’re listening, I don’t mean to offend you either. I’m just saying that George Noory can’t tolerate the mastery of Conspiracy Joe’s thought process. It’s…really something.

GUEST: Thank you!

– WAAV (980 AM) news/talk Leland, NC, 2/6/2005 radio broadcast

…Jackson worked with congress to bolster his overhauling of the tax system, hoping to ensure that top marginal income rates remained fair throughout his time in office. He collaborated with progressive, moderate, and even some conservative Democrats to dismantle preferential treatment loopholes found in capital gains tax laws already on the books by essentially re-writing the books.

However, the two biggest acts of legislation of 2005 of which Jesse Jackson was the most proud were the Police Accountability Act and the Voter Roll Act. The former was a large package that aimed to hold police responsible for procedural misconduct; the latter was even larger, striking down voter roll purging, and working to establish new ethics codes and campaign finance regulations ahead of the 2006 midterms…

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

…The abysmal results of the Goetz-Bargewell ticket left a foul taste in the mouths of GOP string-pullers. Head party leaders saw the collapse of support among women and minorities as a sign that the party had to shift further to the center if it wished to remain electable, or at competitive, at the national level; in February 2005, former Chief of Staff John Dinger, a noted moderate, was made the new Chair of the Republican National Committee in a clear rebuke of “Country Conservatives.” The backlash to this was basically ontech rants and ineffective boycotts from strong-c conservative types such as Estus Pirkle and Tommy Tancredo. Behind closed doors, Dinger supported efforts from the likes of Bill Weld and Herman Cain to “lead the south by helping [it] evolve on racial issues,” as Cain supposedly put it, according to a 2013 WSJ article. “Because now is the time for that. Now, when open-faced racism was been unobjectionably and unquestionably rejected by the people, now is the moment for moderates to shine. Now is the time to reject, expunge, and erase the worst members of our party, say to them, ‘listen – we can’t win with your backward ways,’ and lead the party in a better direction away from the past and toward a brighter future”…

– Anne Meagher Northup’s Chicken and Politickin’: the Rise of Colonel Sanders and Rational Conservatism in the Republican Party, 2015


…not long ago, Wellington Webb had an approval rating of over 80% and was the frontrunner for the President. But now, in his third term as Governor of Colorado, the iconic individual is seeing his approval ratings slide below 40% as his state political opponents go after the negative effects of his time in office. The biggest sticking point influencing public opinion is his restructuring of Colorado state law regarding prison and prisoners, essentially making it impossible to run a for-profit prison in the state. His opponents claim this has caused for-profit prison businesses the leave Colorado and votes to other states, causing the state economy to have a slower time recovering after the SARS pandemic shut down the state for 19 months. ...Since Webb gave no official reason for it, we can only assume that Webb today announced that he was not going to run for a third term in 2006 due to his drop in approval ratings…

The Gazette, Colorado Springs newspaper, 2/15/2005


The Washington Post, 2/16/2005

…Efforts to improve legal immigrant rates that were taken in his first term were taken up a few more notches in his second. In the boldest expansion of guest worker programs since President Bellamy’s 1989 expansion of fair pay employment programs for Mexican labors and visa workers, President Jackson worked with congress to abolition caps on H-1B visas, in order to promote “global trade instead of global wars.” Former Presidents Mondale and Kemp, who themselves had passed immigration reform in 1974 and 1988, respectively, supported the move.

Jackson next called for a higher carbon tax in order for the US to better combat the effects of Global Climate Disruption…

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


…Last week, the Jackson White House released a strong jobs report on the fourth quarter of 2004. The report shows that labor force participation (i.e., the share of Americans that are either working or looking for work) is still rising, and that wages are stable.

However, labor force participation and the employment-population ratio, while much better and improving, are doing so at a slower than expected rate. The long-term effects of the SARS pandemic may be to blame. “The months-long SARS lockdown affected the US socially as well as economically, and in the case of motherhood, both,” Babette Josephs, US Secretary of Health and Humane Services, explains. “Staying with their families prompted many mothers to reassess their priorities, leading to some entering college or the job market once the crisis subsided. However, even more mothers opted to stay at home after the crisis was over rather than re-enter the job market.”

Despite this increase in the number of unemployed adults, the national unemployment rate is down due to it not including those who are willingly no longer looking for work. As a result, the Jackson administration is touting this report for showing a 10-month stretch of uninterrupted job growth, from February to December 2004, with the private sector experiencing slightly more growth than the public sector did during the entirety of that period…

The Wall Street Journal, 2/18/2005 [7]


…According to the US Attorney General Harry T. Edwards, the Statehood Requirements Special Task Force set up under the US Department of Justice has determined that admitting Washington, DC as a US state will require the passing of a US Constitutional Amendment… “The District Clause of the Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, describes the Federal District as, quote, ‘not exceeding ten miles square.’ [8] Washington DC is 68 ‘miles square.’ So, if anything, the redrawing of our federal capital to confine the direct control of the federal government would make D.C. more constitutional, not less constitutional,” says White House Deputy Chief of Staff Morton Hampering. The federal government having direct control over the seat of government is needed “for protection in the exercise of their duty” as President James Madison once put it [8]. Essentially, the condition aims to protect federal lawmakers from physical altercations.

However, what makes an Amendment necessary is the need to repeal an earlier D.C.-related Amendment that concerns the Electoral College. The 23rd Amendment was passed in 1961 under President Lyndon Johnson, and it granted 3 electoral votes to “the seat of government,” which is Washington, D.C. SRS Task Force members pondered if the amendment would become null and void if only the federal buildings and no official residences made up D.C. “In order for it to work without an amendment, the new federal district would have to have no official residencies. However, the only people who definitely would be residents of the new shrunken federal district would technically be whoever’s living in the White House, meaning that it is possible that without its repeal, the First Family would get three electoral votes in the Electoral College,” explains the Task Force leader.

The 23rd Amendment’s official wording is “The District constituting the seat of government of the United States shall appoint…a number of which the District would be entitled if it were a state.” The phrase “if it were a state” concerned the lawmakers, who believe that this wording would not render the amendment “null and void” because the electors mentioned are meant for the seat of government, and not for the District of Columbia itself...

On the plus side, it has been determined that Article 4, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution allows for the admittance of Puerto Rico as a state without the need for an Amendment-repealing Amendment…

The Washington Post, 2/22/2005


…Born December 14, 1918, Sawyer served as the District Attorney for Elko County, Nevada from 1950 to 1958 before being elected Governor of Nevada in 1958, and being re-elected in 1962 and 1966.

During his twelve years at the Governor’s seat, Sawyer, a moderate Democrat with some policies later labelled as being “libertarian” in nature, transformed Nevada from “the Mississippi of the West” to a bustling hot-spot for tourists, businesses, new families, and growing fields of agricultural innovation, especially for minorities, and one of Sawyer’s self-declared “greatest accomplishments” was pushing civil rights policies and legislation. Sawyer also developed the state’s Gaming Commission and combating “monopolistic” actions concerning corporate ownership of casinos across Nevada.

An early supporter of Democratic politician Jack Kennedy in 1960 and 1968, Kennedy chose Sawyer to be his running mate upon securing the Democratic nomination for President in 1968. Kennedy considered Sawyer’s impressive record, potential to appeal to western voters supportive of President Colonel Sanders, and effective governing feats as all being beneficial to the ticket. However, the pair lost the race handily due to the Sander’s high popularity.

Four years later, Sawyer himself ran for the Presidential nomination but lost; he later claimed he would have performed better had more western and southern states held primary contests. This experience led to him championing Presidential Primary reform, which ultimately led to all 50 US states perennially holding either primaries or caucuses in Presidential primary races, starting with the 1976 and 1980 election seasons… …According to a spokesperson for his family, Sawyer passed away from complications from a debilitating stroke that he suffered in September 2003, roughly twelve years after recovering from a minor stroke that he had reportedly had in August 1991...

– The Pahrump Valley Times, Nevada newspaper, 2/25/2005

[1] I actually don’t know what The Colonel’s thoughts were on LGBTQ+ community; I couldn’t find any information regarding his thoughts on the subject prior to his OTL death in 1980. I would like to assume that, due to his support of racial integration and opposition to racism, as noted in the documented evidence that I noted in the notes sections of earlier chapters, that this means that he was not homophobic. However, due to the fact that one can be homophobic without being racist (just look at NY state assemblyman Charles Barron, for example), and given The Colonel being responsible for the First Arkwave ITTL due to his OTL actions and comments, I cannot just assume that The Colonel was pro-LGBTQ+ in OTL. Actual evidence is needed for Sanders’ depiction here to be in-character and historically accurate. If anyone knows of any primary or secondary sources concerning The Colonel’s opinions on the subject/topic, please let me know!
[2] Italicized piece is a quote from OTL:
[3] Full OTL interview found here; it's quite a good one:
[4] The success of the Cuban War means no Cuban refugees fleeing communist dictatorship in Cuba over course of several decades; as a result of this lack of an influx of Cubans into the US, most of whom relocated to Florida, the Sunshine State has a significantly smaller liberal Hispanic population, contributing to making the state be a reliable Republican state ITTL.
[5] Passages that are in italics are taken from page 73 of an OTL paper book that I own: Richard Wolffe’s “The Message: The Reselling of President Obama,” Hachette Book Group, 2013 (ISBN: 978-1-4555-8156-6); this was Obama’s strategy in OTL!
[6] OTL according to OTL’s Operation Garron’s wiki article.
[7] Some market/economic terms/phrases were pulled from here:
[8] As described here:
Post 82
Post 82: Chapter 90

Chapter 90: February 2005 – December 2005

“Faith makes all things possible; love makes all things easy.”

– Dwight L. Moody (OTL)


…Because the US Constitution does not lay out how a state can be formed, and due to the historical precedence established by the past admittances of the current 50 states, lawmakers are confident that a constitutional amendment is not required for Puerto Rico. Washington, D.C., however, has been uniquely exempt from this since 1961 due a Constitutional Amendment granting three Electoral Votes to whatever tract of land is kept for the direct control of the federal government. Thus, the US Congress does not need approval from state legislatures to “upgrade” the the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, but it does for the federal district…

The Orlando Sentinel, 2/26/2005


Hollywood, CA – Actor John Belushi has won an Academy Award for Best Performer for his role in the latest drama film by Frank Darabont at the 77th Academy Awards ceremony held tonight. Belushi bested fellow nominees Jamie Foxx, Annette Bening, Robbie Coltrane, Radha Mitchell and Imelda Staunton for the award. …Ever since “Continental Divide” was panned by critics, Belushi, age 56, has repeatedly sought to “prove the critics wrong” and successfully branch out into serious roles. This time, I looks like he has finally climbed his way out of the comedic foil pigeonhole in which he has been more or less stuck for the past 25 years. …Belushi’s performance in “Mr. November’s Whirlpool” is not his first recent “serious” role. Previously, his acting was praised for his supporting role in the 1999 action-drama film The Battle of Point Judith, about the real-life 1945 naval battle between the US and Nazi Germany off the coast of Rhode Island. …Belushi’s achievement at tonight’s awards ceremony a high point in a life of highs and lows; the actor-comedian spent decades trying to overcome drug addiction, taking breaks from acting to enter rehab in 1981, 1983, and 1991. The final rehab entry was the result of Belushi relapsing and almost dying from an overdose in the wake of Dan Akyroyd’s death in a plane crash; Belushi had had a close friendship and artistic partnership with Akyroyd for years, and his death led to Belushi taking a two-year hiatus from Hollywood. As a result, it was not surprising when Belushi praised Akyroyd in his acceptance speech tonight…


Above: Belushi, once best known for his supporting role in “Animal House,” but now known for starring in a wide variety of film genres such as action and drama, graciously accepts his first-ever Academy Award.

–, 2/27/2005 e-article

…The president’s raising of taxes on Capital Gains and the wealthiest 1% produced new revenue to use for social programs that benefited the middle and lower classes. Concurrent with legislation meant to grant statehood to DC and Puerto Rico, the largest revenue-related legislative hurdle of 2005 was Jackson’s push for legislation to end off-shore banking, as billionaire corporations were quick to use such a possibility to avoid paying taxes on their billions of dollars in profit. Several moderate Democrats oppose the notion over vague concerns of “suppressing innovation;” US Congressman Baron Hill (D-IN) noted that the proposed law “Seem[ed] like a noble hill for his administration to die on.” Media mogul Bern Sanders, The President’s “sole billionaire friend” was quick to call them out, claiming boldly on TumbleweedTV that lobbyists and wealthy campaign donors were controlling their decisions. “Not only do we need to limit the possibilities of off-shore banking, but we need to limit lobbyist influence.” The talking points of Sanders were consistently similar to those of the President (as the two progressive men had been close political allies ever since Jackson’s first run for public office back in 1986), leading to many Republican activists such as author and commentator Roger Stone and Baptist Minister Michael Huckabee alleging that either Jackson was “in full control of the media’s narrative…like a dictator” or that Sanders was the “power behind the throne.” These claims were fairly prominent in certain social circles during the late aughts and early-to-mid 2010s…

– researcher Brenda J. Hargis’ Emboldening: The Jesse Jackson Presidency, Sunrise Publications, 2021 edition


…Thurmond had been serving continuously in the US Senate since 1956, making him the longest-serving US Senator in history… Despite moderating his positions on race in the 1970s, Thurmond never fully renounced his earlier positions. Even after a 1997 expose revealed that African-American DC educator Essie Mae Washington-Williams was Thurmond’s illegitimate daughter, Thurmond acknowledged Essie Mae but also defended his pro-segregation efforts of the 1940s and 1950s...

The Greenville News, South Carolina newspaper, 3/1/2005


…the first version of the bill was proposed back in 1995, when several tech companies were merging in order to capitalize on the growing tech industry that accompanied more consumers learning how to utilize the technet…

The Washington Post, 3/2/2005


…Governor Lindsey Graham has announced that he will appoint Strom Thurmond Jr. to the US Senate seat left vacant by the recent passing of Strom Thurmond Sr. …Thurmond Jr., 32, was the US Attorney for the District of South Carolina from late 2000 to January of this year…

The Island Packet, South Carolina newspaper, 3/4/2005

“The focus of my department, and of the President, was to move the nation beyond the debauchery of warfare. Under my supervision, the DVA worked famously with the President to provide medicine, to provide healing of the physical and mental kinds, and to create jobs for our noble veterans returning home from confrontations in Mexico, Colombia, Korea and Central America. With Jackson’s emphasis on social programs, I believe he truly was sincere in trying and aiming to make the United States what he called ‘a post-war nation’.”

– US Army Col (ret) Mary Ann Wright (R-AR), Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs (2001-2009), 11/26/2015 interview

…and in Washington, D.C., the US House of Representatives is taking further action on the proposed admittance of the national capital and Puerto Rico as our next two states. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform is studying the constitutionality of two similar works of legislation – one is a bill for Puerto Rico,, the other is a draft for a Constitutional Amendment – and their specific details concerning in order to ensure that they both indeed comply with the articles found in our nation’s highest laws…

– NBC News, 3/5/2005

“…Link, um, that’s Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and I, uh, worked on the establishing of the process to enable Puerto Rico to be admitted, while Eddie Bernice Johnson, Al Wynn, and several others focused on the DC aspect, which I will admit was a more difficult thing to do. They had to word it correctly, especially after we realized that creating a state from a federal district had to provide that a federal district still exist in some way and reverse that 1961 amendment to prevent the First Family from having three electoral votes all for themselves…”

– US Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), co-sponsor of the Rangel-Gutierrez PR Statehood “51st State”/“Rainbow of Hope” Bill, 2008 interview


…the President’s budget and spending goals have consistently conflicted with the priorities and objectives of the US’s armed forces…

–, 3/7/2005 e-article

…The administration knew not to let the government trifecta go to waste, and used its good fortune to pass even more gun reform measures, with Wellstone leading the charge to lower the impact of or remove entirely the aspects of American life that made for the need for guns in the first place. Disarming, or “demilitarizing” the police; ending the wars on recreadrugs still going on at the state and local levels; and cleaning up neighborhoods to improve home safety were all pushed by Wellstone, the last article even more so than by Jackson himself. A part of that, though, had to do with Jackson working to build up environmental regulations and strengthen federal safety nets. Meanwhile, Wellstone met with conservatives, moderates, landlords, thousands of prominent homeowner’s associations and societies, rent control activists, neighborhood watch groups, and other individuals and groups. He wanted to keep the channels of communication open between local, state, and federal officials, and between opposing groups in order to improve ongoing “safety quality enhancement efforts”...

– Billie Lofi’s The Wellstone Way: The Life of a Passionate Progressive, University of Minnesota Press, first edition, 2017

At the insistence of US Congresspersons José E. Serrano (D-NY) and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Jackson sat down with the leading House members opposed to the DC and PR statehood bills.

“I think bipartisanship and leverage would make for a more effective bill. I think we should hold off on making any overseas territories a US state in exchange for Republican compliance in district court picks, as was the original plan,” caviled Allen Boyd (D-FL).

“But now with the trifecta, we don’t need Republican approval for this!” The President spoken sternly but not aggressively as he successfully held back the anger he felt toward this GOP appeaser. “And we don’t even have to worry about the DC Amendment being slowed to a snails’ pace by the ratification requirement like what almost happened to the ERA. 38 states or state legislatures need to ratify it. There are 35 Democratic governors, 37 state legislatures with a Democrat majority, and several states like New Hampshire where the Republicans in control are liberal, or where polls show a majority of the people there support DC statehood. It’ll be a close cut, but if we pass the amendment before summer ends, we could feasibly get to Number 38 before the end of 2006.”

“I’m glad you brought up late 2006. I’m not the only one who thinks all these progressive moves will result in Republican backlash in the 2006 midterms, Mr. President. What we really should do is go for less bold alternatives. Why can’t we just increase federal aid to the Commonwealth and add symbolic representations of our support for them, like adding more stars to the flag?”

“Because that first idea won’t work because the Treasury is already strained and stretched out as it is without us spreading even more funds around, and that second idea is just so shallow and empty that no voter would view it favorably,” was the President’s answer; later, he noted an aide, “They wouldn’t even buy that kind of bullcr*p in Florida, and they voted for Goetz!”

Another conservative “Blue Dog” Democrat at this White House sit-down was Gary Condit of North Dakota, a former oil rig worker originally from Oklahoma who at the time was serving on the Oversight Committee as second Vice-Chair. Hailing from a typically Republican-leaning district, he confessed, “My constituents will give me the boot next year if I vote for making Puerto Rico a state and as a result allowing foreigners into the country and becomes citizens.”

The President’s brow wrinkled from consternation “Eh – that’s not at all what is going on here!”

“Well, a lot of Americans can’t figure that out. It’s amazing how few Americans realize that Puerto Rico is not an independent country, but is in fact a part of the US, just as a commonwealth, which is like a territory but kind of not,” Condit said, almost to himself but outlook.

Jackson replied, “Then we just ramp up the information campaign, get the message out there that they are in fact fellow Americans.”

Condit shook his head with a smirk.

Boyd nodded along in agreement, grimly. “It won’t be enough.”

“Allen,” the President turned to face Boyd head-on. Pausing for emphasis and dramatic effect, he went through with his offering. “If you go with us on this, I promise you’ll have the support of myself and this administration behind you in ’06. We’ll endorse you, we’ll stump for you, and we’ll even be in ads for you. We’ll have your back if you have all of ours. A common political cliché is a politician not keeping his promises. But there’s more to it than that. For promises given to voters are not the same as promises given to fellow politicians”

“How true that is,” Boyd pondered. Jackson held out his half of a possible handshake. Boyd met the hand and gave it a small congratulatory yank. “Alright, Mr. President, but I’m going to hold you to it.”

“Of course. After all, that’s how this game is played.”

– researcher Brenda J. Hargis’ Emboldening: The Jesse Jackson Presidency, Sunrise Publications, 2021 edition

“Thank you, Speaker Kennelly, for allowing me to speak before you and before this committee today on the benefits of medical marijuana. [snip] …And I would know. I became paraplegic in 1991 at the age of 17. I was played on the high school football team. On the bus ride home from winning an important game, there was a crash. I went through the stages of grieving over the loss of the use of my legs, but I only reached acceptance thanks to my nurse, who helped me through the darkest times. We’re now married and have three adopted children. …I think it is miraculous that I was even born at all, given the fact that my parents were from different Texas towns and that they met each other very serendipitously. I think that very fact means that I’m meant to be here to do something important. That’s why I have invested millions, from my books sold and my radio programs and talking gigs and speeches and tours, into invention proposals for the eliminate paraplegia – exoskeletons, nanobot technology, spinal cell research – but until that time comes, thousands of wheelchair-bound Americans, of WBAs, suffer from a plethora of painful complications. And they live in every state. The humanitarian and patriotic thing to do is to give them relief by granting them access to medical marijuana in all 50 states…”

– Disabled rights activist Alexander E. “Alec” Jones, 3/23/2005

…The end of March 2005 marked the first time that domestic sales for KFC were up more than 5% in an internal quarterly earnings/sales report since February 2001… If the first half of the 2000s decade truly was KFC’s “Dark Ages,” as David Novak once called those years, then it only makes sense that the successful years that followed be dubbed “the KFC Renaissance”…

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


Premiered: March 30, 2005

Genre (s): action/adventure/comedy/superhero



Josh Hartnett as Barry Allen / The Flash

Natalie Portman as Iris West

Larenz Tate as John Stewart / Green Lantern

Robert Carlyle as James Jesse / The Trickster

Hugh Jackman as George Harkness / Captain Boomerang

See Full List Here


Trivia Facts:

Trivia Fact No. 1:

This was the penultimate film in which Hartnett starred as the Flash. After “The Flash 2” (2007), Hartnett retired from acting in film.


POPE JOHN PAUL II DIES AT 84: In 26-Year Reign, Reshaped Church And Papacy

The New York Times, 4/2/2005


…the Governor of California has been accused of making unwanted advances on the accuser during a private meeting in 2002. The accuser, a former staff worker of Burton, claims Burton then grabbed her thigh and groped her breast, then attempted to “make further inappropriate and invasive physical contact” before the accuser “immediately swatted him away and bolted out of the room”…

The Los Angeles Times, 4/4/2005

…The Herring Network was quickly becoming the “go-to” channel for “Country Conservatives,” i.e. populists with thinly-veiled racist overtones, but did not become a major thorn in the side of left-wing individuals and groups until the start of the 2010s. Instead, in its early years of the mid-2000s decade, THN’s programming was considered laughable in the eyes of many. In one example, THN criticized the President for wearing informal attire at the White House. In a manner similar to TMZ, THN cameras outside the WH fence followed Jackson exit the White House and head for the grounds’ basketball court for exercise. According to later reporting, the WH doctor had recently informed him that he was “a bit on the chubby side,” and, not wanting to set a bad example for the impressionable youth of the nation, Jackson decided to follow his physicians’ orders and spend more of his little free time on the court. THN proclaimed the President’s informal wardrobe as “a disservice and a disgraced to the hallowed hallways in which Mr. Jackson resides.”


Above: President Jesse Jackson at the White House, wearing a sports hoodie from Bennett College, c. April 5, 2005

Most media outlets criticized the report as being “shallow,” “weak” and “clearly biased journalism.” As the story spread online, celebrities and comedians commented on the controversial coverage as well. For example, comedian Jon Stewart noted on his TV show, Late Night With Jon Stewart (1992-2007) that the story said more about the kind of quality one could expect from THN than it said about President Jackson. “This is their front line of attack? I’m dumbfounded. And they’re just dumb. This, if anything, actually just shows how great Prezy-JJ is. Because this, apparently, is the worst thing he’s ever done. Not covering up a sex scandal, or invading another country, or inciting racial violence. He’s worse – he wore a hoodie! Oh my god! Move over Jeremiah Denton, Larry Miles Dinger, Buz Lukens and Bernie Goetz – we’ve found someone worse than all of you.”

– Joy Lisi Rankin’s Computers: A People’s History of the Information Machine, Westview Press, 2018

…Education funding was a more serious line of opposition taken by Republican talking heads at the beginning of Jackson’s second term. Baseless accusations of “pork barrel” spending (i.e. funds provided by taxpayers being given to special interest groups) at the Department of Education led by Secretary Dudley W. Dudley included claims that the department’s emphasis on assisting underfunded schools was the same as giving “illegal preferential treatment” to low-income neighborhoods, even though such systems were essentially repealed under the Bellamy administration. With Republicans basically locked out of control thanks to the Democratic Trifecta in congress, the Jackson White House did not struggle to pass education reform, but it did struggle to fight back against the claims of “pork barrel politics” running rampant in both the Executive and Legislative branches – claims that would play a significant role in the 2006 midterms...

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

REQUIEM MASS: Over 4 Million Travel To Vatican City In Mourning To Pay Respects To John Paul II

The Boston Globe, 4/8/2005


The New York Times, 4/12/2005

…All 117 eligible members of the College of Cardinals participated in the selection process, with ecumenical debate concerning the direction of the church being the main theme of the first night on which the papal conclave convened. At 87 and suffering from health issues, Oscar Romero of El Salvador was not seriously considered for the position of pope. Instead, Romero kept track of how his fellow cardinals voted. According to his journals, publishing shortly after his death in 2015, Francis Arinze began at fifth place on the first ballot (7), behind Camillo Ruini (8), Joseph Ratzinger (14), Carlo Martini (18), and Jorge Bergoglio (25) but ahead of Adrianus Simonis (5), Dario Castrillon Hoyos (3), and Peter Turkson (2) (35 votes went to “others”). With Ratzinger and Martini losing support to Arinze on the second ballot (Ruini (14), Arinze (18), Ratzinger (19), Martini (23), and Bergoglio (31); 12 votes went to “others”), both men bowed out of contention in support of Arinze and in opposition to presumed frontrunner Bergoglio. On the third ballot, Arinze shot up from fourth place to second (Ruini (24), Arinze (40), and Bergoglio (42); 11 votes went to “others”), as conservative cardinals rallied behind Arinze in the face of Bergoglio being viewed as being too liberal for the papacy. By the time of the fourth and final ballot, only Bergoglio and Arinze, each representing a different direction for the church, remained in contention.

On April 19, with a margin of 74-to-43, the new and 265th pope was selected...

– Robert Blair Kaiser’s Church In Search of Itself: Pope Patrick And The Battle For The Future, Knopf Books, 2019

…The papal conclave in Vatican City has just announced that they have elected a successor to the late Pope John Paul II. They have announced that the next leader of the Catholic Church is Cardinal Francis Arinze, a principal advisor to Pope John Paul II. Arinze’s selection is one for the history books because Arinze is of African descent, born and raised in Nigeria. Arinze became internationally known back in 1967, when he, as the newly-appointed Archbishop of Onitsha, Nigeria, offered help and guidance to refugees during the Nigerian Civil War [1]. His accomplishments there led to his appointment to the church’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in 1979, which was followed by Arinze serving in various other capacities within the church over the years, making Arinze very well-qualified for the papacy. The selection of Arinze, age 72, will no doubt send shockwaves throughout the religious and geopolitical worlds much like the selection of Pope John Paul II...

– The Overmyer Network, 4/19/2005 broadcast

…The selection of Arinze as the Catholic Church’s first Black Pope was not meant to win over Black people in Africa and parts of the Americas with race, but was actually meant to win over conservatives. The truth is that the pick was as a response, a backlash, to the rise in same-sex marriage legalization across the western world, with national legalization in the US and Spain being the most prominent recent law changes. Pope John Paul II, while sympathetic to the BLUTAG cause, was nevertheless critical of these legal turns of events, and many of the papal electors believed that “a strong moral compass” similar to Pope John Paul II was needed. However, said electors also thought that a “historic” selection would win over younger generations and non-whites as well. And with the Bishop from Nigeria being of fairly conservative mind (opposing homosexuality due to witnessing the horrors of the ISFV Crisis in Africa during the 1980s, opposing members of the cloth marrying, and upholding traditional papal procedures during the conclave), the church’s conservative cardinals had found their candidate in Francis Arinze.

When it came to choosing a pontifical name, Arinze wanted to use one not used before. Names considered included Anthony (after St. Anthony of Padua), Augustine, Seminarian, Sylvester, Thomas (after St. Thomas Aquinas), Ambrose (after St. Ambrose), Raphael, Jude, Lando, Bernard (after St. Bernard of Clairvaux), and Dometius. However, in the end, Arinze chose the name Patrick (after St. Patrick, the patron saint of Nigeria).

Pope Patrick is the first pope to have been born on the continent of Africa since Pope #49, Pope Gelasius I, who ruled from 492 A.D. to 496 A.D.…

– Robert Blair Kaiser’s Church In Search of Itself: Pope Patrick And The Battle For The Future, Knopf Books, 2019


…US Senator Ralph Nader (I-CT), who has played a major role on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, is castigating Democrats who believe the latest “financial fairness improvement” legislation will “negatively impact our high-tax economy by forcing major companies to move their entire operations to other countries,” warns US Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)…

The Washington Post, 4/22/2005


…In the ten years of marriage that Marilyn Monroe and Henry Belafonte have shared, both have maintained semi-retirement status, appearing in only a few films and television programs, plus the occasional charity cause, as the two 78-year-olds make the most out of their twilight years together...

The Hollywood Reporter, 4/23/2005


The New York Times, 4/24/2005

…In a public announcement, California Governor John L. Burton, currently embroiled in a legal and judicial battle over a sexual pestering scandal, has revealed his intention to resign from office effective noon tomorrow, citing recent inability to work with state lawmakers. This will make Lieutenant Govenror Debbie Cook the new Governor of California…

– KNN Breaking News bulletin, 4/26/2005 broadcast


– The Los Angeles Times, 4/28/2005


The Washington Post, 5/5/2005

“I bet the real reason why it’s taking so damn long to grant DC and Puerto Rico statehood has nothing to do with figuring out what the feds get to keep. They’re treating it like it’s some kind of divorce settlement, they’re bickering over how much the feds get. Three electoral votes and the car, or the National Mall and the Senate gets visitation rights. Get out of here with that! Because you know what? I bet it’s because the feds know that nobody can remember the names of all 50 states. Hear me out. 52’s gonna be asking too much from us. At my last family reunion, there were over 50 of us – so, you know, a small turnout – and I didn’t remember even half their names. If they’re family, and I can’t remember their names, how am I supposed to remember the names of 50 states, half of which I don’t even care about? I’m tellin’ you, 52 states is going to be too much. 50’s got a nice ring to it, it’s nice, half-a-hundred. Right? So you know what? I say they merge some states together to keep the states at 50. Yeah. This way, there won’t be so much spending, you know, of the so many millions of dollars that’ll go into making all new 52-star flags. And for states merging, personally, I say we reconnect the Dakotas and give Delaware to whoever wants whatever’s in Delaware. And, you know what, let’s go even farther and simplify the names. Wyoming should be South Montana. Nebraska should be North Kansas. Idaho should be Practically North Alabama. And Alaska should Really Far North Colorado. There. Problem solved.”

– actor/comedian Marlon Lamont Wayans, 5/6/2005


With today being the ten-year anniversary of Lee Iacocca’s assassination and news stories online showering him with praise, and even far-left and far-right sites have something positive to say about him, I can’t help but wonder how much of his memory and Presidency is being looked at through rose-colored glasses and euphoric nostalgia. Personally, I think he was a good president, but not as great as everyone remembers him as being. His foreign policy was schizophrenic and his domestic policy was lackluster. Thoughts?

COMMENT 1: I know he was a good man, but he wasn’t perfect. That’s why his legacy has some negative sides – lots of people hate Asians because of him.

COMMENT 2: No, he hated Japan’s unfair trading practices and China’s treatment of minorities. That’s government, not citizenry. Lee-I was a great man and a great President!

COMMENT 3: Would he have won re-election?

RELPY 1 to COMMENT 3: Hell yes, it would have been a 50-state sweep!

REPLY 2 to COMMENT 3: No, his handling of the economy would have done him in.

REPLY 3 to COMMENT 3: It depends on who’d run against him. Many people forget that the reason why we got 75-year-old John Glenn as the nominee that year was because more formidable possible candidates like Mario Cuomo, Ralph Nader, and Jerry Litton (and even Bob Ross or Carol Bellamy, maybe) knew they’d lose to the successor of a martyr, and so either didn’t run for didn’t launch a serious campaign. Without the assassination, the primaries would have had many more and more serious candidates.

REPLY 4 to COMMENT 3: It would depend on what happens with Korea. If we end up in a stalemate, maybe a Gravelite would have won. If no war breaks out under Lee, maybe he wins re-election and the war happens soon after (though hopefully still before Kim develops WMDs). Lots of variables at play here!

COMMENT 4: I think that, had he lived, he would have handled Korea about the same as Dinger did. Yes, Dinger had more foreign policy experience, but I think Iacocca would have relied more on the suggestions of the generals and it would have ended pretty much the same way.

REPLY 1 to COMMENT 4: I disagree, I think he would have acted too slowly and more people would have died.

COMMENT 5: Iacocca made me proud to be an American! Here was a guy who worked hard to become a success, designing cool cars, keeping Chrysler from going bankrupt, and improving baseball’s reputation and management problems as MLB Commissioner. He did alright as President. I would have voted for him again in ’96!

COMMENT 6: Most people ignore his feud with Japan because of his personality. He was the kind of guy you felt like you could sit down and have a beer with. He’s going to be mourned and missed for years more to come.

COMMENT 7: He was okay, I guess. It sucked how he died, though. But at least we got some gun reform from it, as morbid as it may sound.

REPLY 1 to COMMENT 7: It was a conspiracy – anti-gun people shot him to make guns look bad!

REPLY 1 to REPLY 1 to COMMENT 7 (moderator): You are getting really close to being banned, dude. Cut it out now.

COMMENT 8: Lee Iacocca was the first President I ever voted for. He was a great leader and would have done even more if he had served for two full terms.

COMMENT 9: R.I.P., Lee – we still miss you.

–, thread opened 5/9/2005


…T. Boone Pickens, a business magnate, financier and corporate investor with a net worth of roughly $1.4billion, is calling for an energy policy that he believes will reduce American dependence on foreign energy. Calling it “The Pickens Plan,” the $1trillion-dollar proposal would connect hundreds of new wind turbine farms together into a “supergrid” that would lower our country’s spending on foreign oil down by 80% in ten years. “A national transmission grid will prevent Chinese energy hegemony and promote national energy independence,” says Boone. Documentary filmmaker Albert Gore Jr., who has studies Global Climate Disruption for over 20 years, believes that an electric supergrid could cut down greenhouse gas production and benefit anti-GCD endeavors, saying “with the way the technology is advancing, the amount of land that would be needed for the supergrid’s electricity transmission corridors, is getting smaller, and new designs and concept could minimize the amount of land affected by such a project.”…

–, 5/14/2005 e-article


– The Ottumwa Courier, Iowa newspaper, 5/17/2005

…The Senate requested additional editions and revisions to the Puerto Rico statehood bill over a proposed “exit clause,” which would allow the new state to leave on the grounds “domestic choice,” via statewide referendum. The author of the revision, Senator Helen Chenoweth (R-ID), quietly added it to the first Senate version of the bill via her spot on the review committee, and claimed that without it, “joining the union will be irresponsible, because it is undemocratic to force people to stay in the union.” President Jesse Jackson agreed with Democrats and several Republicans that keeping the clause would “open the floodgates” for separatists and secessionists nationwide, from far-right militia groups out west to former US Senator Peter Diamondstone (LU-VT), who was calling for more Marxist legislation in Vermont state government from his new radio show in Brattleboro. As a result, the proposed proviso was quickly shot down…

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

WHAT’S IN A NAME?: Washington, D.C. Residents Divided Over New Name Proposals

…Some are calling for the retaining of the name “Washington, D.C.” but changing “D.C.” to stand for “Douglass Community” or “Democratic Commonwealth” or something similar, instead of for “District of Columbia”. Other suggestions include Columbia, New Columbia, Potomac, and Douglass…

…we would still have a federal district, just one that only encompasses the capitol building, the supreme court building, the White House, the National Mall, several monuments and parks, and the military installations near downtown WDC…

Time Magazine, mid-May 2005 issue

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was reaching crisis levels. Rich in natural resources but lacking the political stability needed to establish the infrastructure that would improve both extraction and domestic benefits, and plagued by a history of its people being exploited and starved, the DRC had been ruled with an iron fist by Mobutu Sese Seko (who renamed the country “Zaire”) from 1965 until his death in 1997. Near the end of his rule, guns smuggled in from the former North Korea in 1996 through the robust Zairian Black Market aided anti-government forces demanding democratization and a legal economy to improve the country’s standard of living. Hutus and Tutsis, persecuted by the Zairian government for decades, allied with anti-government leaders such as left-wing politician-turned-guerilla leader Etienne Tshisekedi (b. 1932), Lumumbist tactician Adolphe Muzito (b. 1957), Tutsi militant Laurent Nkunda (b. 1967), political theorist Ernie Wamba (b. 1942) and Rwanda-based black market businessman Jean-Pierre Bemba (b. 1962).

Upon Mobutu Sese Seko’s death in office, his 27-year-old son Nzanga Mobutu declared himself President, but failed to win enough political and military support as Etienne Tshisekedi was seen as a more legitimate successor. The subsequent Civil War saw Nzanga overthrown in 1998, only for Tshisekedi to be assassinated by a member of his own ministry over an economics debate in September 2004. His successor, Adolphe Muzito, was killed by a Hutu extremist just five months later. Another power struggle ensued, culminating in Jean-Pierre Bemba besting Ernie Wamba for the top spot.

Unfortunately, Bemba believed his position in power was shaky, and with Tutsi communities in eastern Congo opposing his reign, Bemba launched a program to have prominent Tutsis “disappear,” which soon escalated into ethnic cleansing programs in eastern Congo. By the end of May 2005, the country was in a state of Civil WR once more, with forces loyal to Bemba fighting with anti-government Tutsi-allied militant guerilla, led by Nkunda in the east, Wamba in the north, and Moise Katumbi in the south.

The rising death count estimates being reported by watchdog groups caught the attention of the White House, leading to President Jackson to seriously consider mounting a US-led multinational act of military intervention.

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

…On May 30, 2005, the House voted and narrowly passed the Medical Marijuana Decriminalization Bill – and House planned to vote on decriminalizing recreational marijuana and legalizing medical marijuana before the end of Jackson’s second term. Specifically, the RMD&MML Act, first proposed in 1997, would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and erase certain nonviolent, non-repeat cannabis criminal records, according to a statement made by House Speaker Barbara Kennelly’s office. If passed, the states would still have to vote to legalize recreational marijuana, which already has been done in eleven states. This would be a historic moment for the legalizing marijuana movement, with former Governor Cheech Marin declaring it “the most significant reform in half a century.”

Cannabis had been a schedule I drug, often known as a “recreadrug” to distinguish it from pharmaceutical drugs, ever since the Harmful Substances Act of 1966. The law, which was passed under President Sanders, defines it as having “a high potential for addiction and abuse,” and cited it having “no known medical benefits whatsoever,” despite then-prominent Tim Leary arguing otherwise. This bill would essentially reverse the 1966 bill by making marijuana no longer illegal at the federal level, and devolving laws and regulation-making responsibilities down to the states. Some states may not allow recreational drug sales even if the ban is removed, similar to how “wet” and “dry” counties can still be found in states across the country.

But at the time, recreadrug legalization advocates took the moment to celebrate the MMD bill’s passing, as it passed the Senate 52-to-47 and was signed into law by President Jackson later that year…

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

…Talk of sending our soldiers to fight “someone else’s war” brought about the ire of the isolationist Gravel faction of the Democratic Part, with even Vice President Wellstone suggesting that armed intervention would only worsen the conflict, extending its scope and raising the death tally. Debate on the hill over the merits of intervention ensued, with opponents to such a move being found in large numbers on both sides of the political aisle.

Finally, after weeks of contemplation, Jackson came out in support of the unofficial “Kivu alliance” of anti-government guerrilla, condemning President Bemba and sending “advisory personnel” to the neighboring country of Uganda, which was being used as a base of operations for some guerrillas. However, Jackson did not send in military troops, though he reportedly did discuss the situation with UN Secretary-General Carol Bellamy. His decision appeased nobody, it seems, because Gravelites saw the “glorified gun range instructors” went against non-interventionism while many warhawks, including myself, saw this to be a very weak response, as if he was admitting that his military budget cuts had compromised our armed forces.

Nevertheless, Jackson’s decision, while controversial, polarizing, and highly unpopular, was historic because it marked the first obvious time in which the US government backed a left-wing group over a right-wing group in a foreign conflict...

…Fortunately for him, Jackson would response to the conflict more assertively in early 2006…

– John J. Polonko Jr.’s All’s Fair: What War Makes Necessary, Hachette Book Group USA, 2017 edition

…According to Israeli officials ranging from Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Dr. Yosef “Yossi” Beilin to the US Ambassador to Israel and the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Jesse Jackson was highly critical of the Israeli government, viewing occasional scandal outbreaks and signs of internal corruption. He reportedly told his US Ambassador to Israel in early June 2005 that “if constant warfare ever returns to the Middle East, you know it’ll be Israel’s fault.” In a 2011 interview, former PM Beilin referred to Jackson as being “more against the Israeli government than any other American President in history, even more so than Colonel Sanders, who only reluctantly took our side during the War in 1967.”…

– David Tal’s US Strategic Arms Policy After the Cold War: Globalization & Technological Modernization, Routledge, 2020

…Nebraska has become the latest state to approve of the National Initiative Amendment passed by Congress two years ago, as that state’s unicameral legislature voted “yea” on the NIA subject earlier today…

– ABC Morning News, 6/5/2005


…best known for portraying Vice Principal Woodman on TV’s “Welcome Back, Kotter,” White passed away from natural causes at the age of 85… he became a born-again Christian after surviving a heart attack in Hawaii many years ago…

The Los Angeles Times, obituaries section, 6/8/2005

“A HISTORIC DAY”: SENATE PASSES DC STATEHOOD AMENDMENT, 67-32! Will Be Sent Out Immediately To The States For Ratification

…Republican Senators Bill Weld and Herman Cain joined the 2 Independent and 63 Democrats voting “yea” on this landmark legislation…

The Washington Post, 6/10/2005

…By the summer of 2005, Saudi Arabia’s goal of landing a manned vessel on the moon were being to grow in popularity. The construction of the launch and testing sites created regional jobs and made Israeli tech companies more willing to invest in the supposedly regional endeavor. For example, Stratus Technologies signed a deal to began working with the Saudi Arabian Space Center, or Markaz Alfada Alsaeudii (MAA) in Arabic, on June 11, 2005…

– Madawi al-Rasheed’s The History of Modern Saudi Arabia, Sunrise Books, 2019 edition

…Because said Montana county clerk and self-declared “moral objector” who refused to recognize same-sex marriage upon its nationwide legalization in 2003 was an elected official, she could not be fired, only impeached or voted out of office. With the next election not being until 2006, and the GOP-majority state congress refusing to impeach her, the newly-elected Governor Judge had the law clerk arrested in February for refusing to issue legal licenses, a primary function of her job. After two weeks, she was released, but due to state law, had still been the county clerk and recorder while in prison. Soon after, the ACLU’s lawsuit against the clerk culminated in the case’s judge ruling in favor of the ACLU on June 14.

Nevertheless, the clerk continued to serve, refusing to resign on religious grounds. As a result, Governor Judge called for a changing to state service rules to make anyone serving time in jail to be ineligible for elected office while serving said time. In the meantime, Governor Judge urged all same-sex couples in Montana to obtain marriage licenses from other county clerks in the state.

Meanwhile, in that same month, a new licensing controversy was gaining media attention. In North Platte, Nebraska, a city law clerk was fired for refusing to issue a marriage license to a man and his transgender (MTF) girlfriend, bringing the “T” in “BLUTAGO rights” right to the forefront of the national discussion as the former city official sought to sue the city for religious discrimination…

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


…A day commemorating not the cessation of slavery, as in when the end of slavery was announced via the Emancipation Proclamation of September 22, 1862, but instead when the last slaves were freed, upon news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. President Jesse Jackson is backing a legislative effort to make this day a federal holiday. A joyous day meant to educate and celebrate, the day is often celebrated by African-Americans as “second Independence Day” of sorts; however, the anniversary is nay recognized as a state holiday in seven states – Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina, Minnesota, Chicago, and Florida...

The Washington Post, 6/19/2005


– US President Jesse Jackson meets with former South African President Nelson Mandela during trip to Cape Town, South Africa, 6/22/2005

…I tried to find a more permanent vessel on which I could showcase my thespian diversity, only for each new gig to be temporary and lacking. I think the lowest point on the TV side of things was being on the US version of the UK’s “The Sketch Show.” For movie, the worst job offer was providing the voice of Rothbart on “Barbie of Swan Lake 2: Rothbart’s Return,” a direct-to-MLD [Micro-LaserDisc] abomination of a CRI production and an insult to the legacy and memory of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Still, I gave it my best performance, and not even my six-year-old daughter enjoyed the picture overall. I think that that may have done it for me – the lack of promising projects pouring in from an industry that still saw me as a one Frasier Crane.

The one thing that did it for me was the revolving door of governors in my home state of California, each one seemingly worse than the last in one category or another. I remember one point in the summer of 2005, during a family outing, I was trying to rest at a picnic table with my wife when I heard over the radio – a quick perusal of other channels while she was answering a call – that whoever was governor then has passed yet another tax hike on the upper classes. It was offensive how those big-wig fat cats viewed the rich in such poor light. And so after a long rant about it, My Heart’s Darling said to me, either out of loyalty or frustration (I’d like to think the former, but the latter is more likely), “Why don’t you do something about it, already?!”

And then I did something that so many husbands seldom do – actually follow the lady-of-the-house’s advice…

– Kelsey Grammer’s second autobiography “So Far, So Good,” Dutton Press, 2021


The Washington Post, 6/27/2005

WE NOW HAVE A 51ST STATE! President Jesse Jackson Signs Puerto Rico Statehood Bill Into Law!

The New York Times, 7/4/2005

…America’s newest state governor is Rocky Versace, the former US Secretary of Defense who oversaw military tactics during the Second Korean War, and who has been serving as the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico since 2001. Versace, a moderate Republican, is obligated to appoint two senators to the US Senate, while special elections will determine who will hold the five new seats that have been added to the US House of Representatives. And today, Governor Versace has chosen Puerto Rico’s Attorney General, Luis Fortuno, and state Senator Norma Burgos, both members of the island’s New Progressive Party, which was ideologically closer to the GOP than to the Democratic Party, to join the US Senate…

– NBC News, 7/5/2005

IOC Session No. 117

Date: July 6, 2005

Location: Singapore

Subject 1 of 1: Bidding For Hosting The 8/29/2012-9/9/2012 (or XIV) Summer Olympics

Inspection teams evaluated candidate cities based on accommodations, environmental impact, prior experience, financial impact, legal issues, local public opinion, safety and security standards, transportation feasibility, and the newest high-ranking criteria, sanitation procedures.


Cape Town, S.A. – 26 (Round 1) – 53 (Round 2)

Tehran, Iran – 27 (Round 1) – 29 (Round 2)

N.Y.C., U.S. – 18 (Round 1) – 21 (Round 2)

Seoul, United Korea – 15 (Round 1) (withdrew)

Moscow, Russia – 11 (Round 1) (withdrew)

Barcelona, Spain – 6 (Round 1)

End Result: Cape Town won on the second round

“Alright, alright, let me explain this, let me breakdown this process. When D.C. becomes a state, and the land directly owned by the federal government is going to be carved out from the center – just the federal buildings connected to each other by streets, parks, and the central mall. That’s the Federal Washington DC, the rest is the State of Washington DC, and with Washington State, the US will now have three ‘Washingtons’ to the confusion of millions, unless one of them goes with a new name. I think maybe we should just call the federal district either ‘The Capitol,’ or simply ‘The Federal District.’ It’s cold, but it’s accurate. New special elections for the new House seat and two new Senate seats would be held in this or next November, it depends on how quickly the state legislators will sign off on the amendment. If you look back in history, you will see that ratification can takes just a few months, or a few years. We’re trying to make this case be more like the former kind, if you understand me. Now, despite D.C. clearly favoring Democrats and Puerto Rico leaning Republican, I think Democrats and their affiliates on the island can perform very well in the five Puerto Rican special elections. And, yes, there was, earlier on, debate over a rather tedious demand from some activists that D.C. become the 51st due to the district being a part of the US longer than has Puerto Rico, but the administration’s aim is to get both political entities representation. For that goal, the order that they join the union doesn’t really matter. Finally, I hear D.C. Mayor Jarvis want to make Eleanor Norton and David Schwartzman the State of DC’s first Senators. She has my support on that, for both picks, if true.”

– Bern Sanders, NYC radio discussion, 7/7/2005

VIOLENCE ESCALATING IN CONGO: Should We Intervene Militarily?

…a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in central Africa as a complicated warfront featuring government officials killing civilians and rogue soldiers and guerillas competing for control. The hostility is putting millions of innocent civilians in harm’s way, and it seems that efforts by the U.N. to bring opposing sides to the negotiating table have been unsuccessful…

The Baltimore Sun, Maryland newspaper, 7/11/2005

The 2005 NDRR Presidential Election was held in the National Democratic Republic of Russia (Natsional’no-Demokraticheskaya Republika Rossiya) on July 27, 2005. Incumbent President Nina Lobkovskaya was eligible for a second term, but due to her low approval ratings, criticism of her handling of the 2001-2004 SARS pandemic, and her own declining health, she announced in early 2004 that she would not run for re-election. As a result of this announcement, the election saw a large number of candidates run in party primaries or in the general election as independents.


Candidates (7):

Oleg Malyshkin, b. 1951 (National/Iron Fist) was the Governor of Rostov Oblast since 2000, whose authoritarian measures were credited with keeping SARS cases there far below the national average; the former mining engineer has previously served as the country’s Energy Minister from 1997 to 2000.

Valentina Matviyenko, b. 1949 (Motherland) made a career out of being a diplomat, serving most recently as Russia’s Ambassador to China; after being passed over for the position of Ambassador to the UN, she announced she was running to improve Russia’s standing on the world stage.

B Vladimir Potanin, b. 1961 (independent) is a billionaire entrepreneur who served as First Deputy PM of Russia from 1995 to 1998; he supported deregulating the free markets and improving trade relations with the Middle East, and restructuring the nation’s tax system.

Mikhail Prokhorov, b. 1965 (independent), another billionaire in the race, won his fortune through nickel and palladium mining and smelting companies, and more recently through tungsten extraction for solar panels; he supported an “open markets” trading system and improving relations with the US.

Sergey Shoygu, b. 1955 (Democratic) was Russia’s Minister of Emergency Situations of Russia from 1995 until he was sacked by Nina Lobkovskaya, claiming he had not done enough in response to SARS, and replaced by Ruslan Tsalikov; the firing led to him mounting his first bid for higher officer, and through his candidacy supported using the military to respond to national crises such as distributing vaccines and food during trying times.

Grigory Yavlinsky, b. 1952 (Progressive), a former journalist known for opposing corruption and supportive social support programs, is an economist and former Chair of the National Assembly’s Economic Management Committee; he is a socially liberal, economically center-left, and pro-(Western) European.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, b. 1946 (Strong Arm), a radio commentator and former member of the National Assembly, made headlines in is first Presidential run by spouting populist and nationalist rhetoric reminiscent of the US’s Bernie Goetz; Zhirinovsky pledged to have a “perfect” SARS vaccine by 2007 and to put on trial several politicians he held responsible for Russia’s SARS death toll being “higher than it ever should” have been.



In the July 13 “primary round,” Malyshkin won over enough middle class voters concerned over family safety to come in first place (25.6%), while Potanin, as one of the country’s richest men, won over enough upper class backers, donors, and middle class voters interested in economic recovery to win second place (23.4%), narrowly advancing to the runoff instead of initial frontrunner Yavlinsky, who came in third place (22.9%). Zhirinovsky came in fourth place (12.4%) and Shoygu won fifth place (7.3%), while the lack of name recognition and the loss of backers and donors to Potanin led to Prokhorov coming in sixth place (4.3%). Matviyenko came in last place (2.4%).

Malyshkin and Potanin advancing to the runoff meant that the election would continue the “hairy-bald” pattern regardless of who won because both runoff candidates were bald, and, in fact, had been the only bald men in the race. Ahead of the July 27 “runoff round,” Malyshkin promoting the implantation of a “flat tax rate” system to streamline the tax system, while Potanin expressed interest in cutting taxes on businesses big and small. On the night in question, Malyshkin won 59.7% of the vote to Potanin’s 40.3%…


FIRST LADY JACKSON: “Jesse Louis Jackson Junior, what is the matter with you?”

JESSE JACKSON Jr.: “Nothing, mom.”

FIRST LADY JACKSON: “You’ve been down in the dumps all day today!”

MICHELLE ROBINSON-JACKSON: “He lost his job at the law firm, Jackie.”

JESSE JACKSON Jr.: “Michelle, please…”

MICHELLE ROBINSON-JACKSON: “She’s your mother, Jess. She would have found out, you know.”

FIRST LADY JACKSON: “Jesse! What do you mean they fired you? Answer me.”

“I lashed out at a client and they took their account elsewhere. I don’t know why I did it. Usually, when someone says something that really jabs me the wrong way, I let it go, but today, I-I just couldn’t.”

FIRST LADY JACKSON: “But you’ve done so much for the firm. Surely they didn’t forget that.”

JONATHAN JACKSON: “Surely they didn’t forget who you’re dad is.”

JESSE JACKSON Jr.: “Hey, shut up, Jon! I’m not going to rely on our dad like I'm some bratty young punk rich kid. This was my screw-up, I’ll deal with it.”

MICHELLE ROBINSON-JACKSON: “Honey, relax, you’ll get another job. Who wouldn’t want you working for them?”

JESSE JACKSON Jr.: “I can think of at least three people. Their names are beside mine on all my business cards. Which I now realize I’ll have to get replaced! Damn it!”


JESSE JACKSON Jr.: “Sorry, Ma, sorry. >deep breath< Okay. Okay, I’m better. I’m okay. I’m okay…”

– White House security camera audio recording, c. July 2005


…now that the Aires Project has concluded, President Jesse Jackson has announced a “re-prioritization” of federal funding, saying that “much is needed for the funding of key social services provided by the federal government.” The White House’s press secretary explained this afternoon that “In order to not violate the Balanced Budget Amendment, it was either diminish NASA funding by roughly 30%, or raise taxes. Think about that – the choice was either NASA budget cuts, or tax hikes.”…

The Washington Post, 8/1/2005

SUKARNOPUTRI ELECTED PRESIDENT OF INDONESIA; Will Be That Nation’s First Democratically-Elected Female Head of State

…the election was unique in that it featured the children of the opposing leaders of the Indonesian Civil War of the 1960s competing for the Presidency after incumbent President Sudharmono (b. 1927) retired due to waning popularity. Megawati Sukarnoputri (b. 1947), the former Vice President and the daughter of former President Sukarno, easily won over the incredibly corrupt businessman Tommy Suharto (b. 1962), the son of former President Suharto, in a very generous landslide…

The Los Angeles Times, 8/2/2005


…“The California branch of the Democratic Party is too moderate,” says Governor Debbie Cook, “My views and priorities are more in line with those of the progressive and eco-friendly policies of the Green Party.” The announcement comes after weeks of heated debate in Sacramento over several of Cook’s proposed policies. Cook also announced that she has convinced her Lieutenant Governor, former state assemblyperson Audie Bock, to change her official party registration from Democratic to Green as well…

The New York Times, 8/9/2005

On August 15, 2005, Kirkwood, MO resident Charles Lee Thornton, 49, attempted to assassinate Jesse Jackson at the White House. Thornton held Jackson and his “oppressive commie-red tape” responsible for his latest business venture, a construction company, failing to pass a city code inspection in January 2004 and being shut down in February 2005 the wake of mounting legal fees. Thornton drove a van to the White House front gate and planned to smash through the gate with it, but misjudged the strength of the gate and crashed the van into it instead. The crash rendered Thornton unconscious and police uncovered illegally-acquired hunting rifles, hand grenades and C4 in the van upon immediate inspection. When interrogated by police, Thornton confessed to attempting to assassinate Jackson, as Thornton believed that Wellstone would “look out for his fellow whites.” Thornton did not learn that the Vice President was Jewish, and that the President was meeting with state lawmakers in Baltimore at the time of his attack, until during his trial in 2006. In 2007, he was sentenced to 30 years for attempted murder, illegal firearm purchases, and shoplifting. He is eligible for parole in 2027.



The Washington Post, 8/22/2005

…Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the 29th, giving severe damage to the gulf coast, killing hundreds and leaving behind billions of US dollars in damages…


Above: an aerial image of Katrina

…New Orleans Mayor Mary Landrieu began evacuating the city relatively early, on the morning of the 27th, because most of that city is below sea level and Katrina’s projected storm surges had the potential to possibly send water above levee tops, causing major flooding. President Jackson declared a State of Emergency later that same day, while concurrently, the Coast Guard began prepping rescue aircraft and other procedures and equipment. On Sunday the 28th, President Jackson prayed with several advisors before meeting with the Administrator of ODERCA and teleconferencing with the Governors of Louisiana and Mississippi; all agreed with implementing evacuation measures and other emergency measures.


…Most major roads in and out of New Orleans were damaged, and urban high rises received extensive window damage. The city’s Superdome’s waterproof outer membrane as peeled off and two sections of its roof were compromised, while Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport did not flood; both locations sheltered thousands unable to evacuate the city in time...

…Hurricane Katrina at its peak intensity was a Category 5 Hurricane, with a peak strength of 1800 UTC and maximum sustained winds (for at least 1 minute) of 171mph [2]… Katrina’s surge was the highest and most extensive in the United States’ documented history, destroying coastal communities and inundating multiple counties in Mississippi and parishes in Louisiana. Biloxi and New Orleans were particularly damaged badly, as were most low-lying and coastal communities. …The total number of deaths was between 800 and 1,200 people [3], though exact numbers were difficult to determine. A plurality of the deaths were in Louisiana, and an overwhelming majority were in Louisiana and Mississippi. Over 100 people were reported “missing” or “unaccounted for.”…

…ODERCA was praised for its immediate response and the National Hurricane Center was applauded for its accurate forecasts

“We have to encourage residents to stop the looting that just started breaking out.” The President said as he took a seat near the window. He thought aloud about how, yesterday, he had reluctantly mobilized the National Guard amid reports of violence, theft, and lawlessness. “6,000 troops have been sent to Louisiana. I pray to God to do more good than harm.”

It was August 30, and President Jesse Jackson was veering out of the window as Air Force One flew over the devastated communities on their way in to Louis Armstrong International. Learning of extent of damage while flying down there, the Commander-in-Chief’s heart weighed heavy for those who hadn’t made it through.

“The rainfall and storm surge rose the level of Lake Pontchartrain, flooding its northeastern shore,” Chief of Staff Daniels informed him. “Pretty much all the parishes surrounding the lake have been hit badly. The communities of Slidell and Mandeville were the worse hit. Several bridges have been washed out, and over half a mill are without power.”

“Then we should be getting as many boats on over there as we can. Get some rescue choppers out there, too,” Jackson spoke.

“St. Bernard Parish, though, was saved by the levees nearby just barely holding back the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. It came right up to the edge of the structures built there in 1999.”

“So New Orleans’ flood-control systems still holding up?” The President asked.

“Apart from a small breach on the south side of the city, but they’re throwing everything they got at it, and the flood damage has not been too severe. Mainly just the oversized lake is the trouble.”

“Well, thank goodness for that, at least. So, we’re doing everything we can, right?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Heh,” the President thought out loud, “You’ve got to admit, we’re getting much better at handling these kind of things. First SARS, then the tsunami, now this. If The Big One’s to hit California soon, let it be next year so we can get it over and done with.”

“Mr. President,” Counselor to the President William Antholis turned away from his phone, “Tim Johnson at the Treasury says it’s going to cost at least $70billon to cover repairs and reconstruction efforts. It’s not just homes and displaced people. Off the coast, oil rigs, platforms, refineries, the whole oil supply chain’s been damaged. We’re going to have regional gas shortages for at least a few weeks, and the gulf coast highway infrastructure’s messed up, too.”

The President asked, “Is anything else messed up?”

The cabin suddenly jolted a bit, sending Antholis to the ground and causing Daniels to slide into the seat opposite the President’s. The vessel then lurched again, and once more before stabilizing. The airplane was having a bit of an awkward descent.

“What in blue blazes?” Antholis remarked as he tried to get some mid-air sea legs.

The President could see from the window alone that they were at the runway, less than 40 feet off the ground and coming in hot, just before landing, the plane began swaying a bit, but resumed stability once touching down. Air Force One came to a halt farther down on the tarmac than planned, but was otherwise intact.

Up in the cockpit, the pilot and co-pilot were taking deep breaths when the President burst through the door. He gave a quick look to the man in the captain’s chair. He then turned to the co-pilot and asked, “Who is this man?”

“Captain Joe Hazelwood [4], sir, he’s been flying for over 30 years.”

“What happened to our regular pilot? Where’s Davis?”

“Sick leave, sir.”

“I see. Joe?”

The captain looked nervously at him, “Ye, sir?”

“Did we hit turbulence?”

“No, sir.”

“Then what was that?” The President wrinkled his brow as he breathed furiously through his nostrils.

Before the co-pilot could say something, Joe put his hand up to him and said to Jackson, “Nerves, sir. I got a bit shaky.”

Jackson took a deep breath, said “I see,” and stormed off the plane. Heading to the airport to begin the tour of the damaged city of New Orleans, the President demanded both pilots be tested: “see if that Joe guy was drinking. I don’t think I smelled jet fuel over there.”

Captain Hazelwood was back to flying for Delta Airlines by the end of September for drinking on the job.

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


…the President is enlisting the help of three former Commanders-in-Chief to raise additional voluntary contributions similar to what was asked of said three after the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December of last year...

The Washington Post, 8/31/2005

“In gratitude for the medical relief the United States sent to India during the SARS pandemic, we are now returning favor. In gratitude for their humanitarianism, we are sending tarps, blankets, hygiene kits, and an IDF delegation transporting aid equipment, including 40 tons of food, disposable diapers, beds, blankets, and generators.”

– Indian PM (since February 2005) Sonia Maino Gandhi, 9/1/2005 announcement


…President Jackson is urging a quick amass of federal funds to assist Louisiana survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana Governor Harry Shearer and New Orleans Mayor Mary Landrieu are still collaborating on relief and rescue efforts with Rodney Slater, the head of ODERCA (Overwhelming Disaster Emergency Response Coordination Agency), and with Dr. Norman Christopher Francis, Chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (the state agency in charge of planning the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina swept through the state…

The Washington Post, 9/3/2005

…and in political news, Massachusetts became the eighth state to vote in favor of ratifying the proposed DC statehood amendment passed by congress earlier this year…

– KNN, 9/7/2005 broadcast


…in light of Hurricane Katrina, the Senate raised the House’s proposed amount of funding the bill aims to provide for the improving and maintaining of surface transportation infrastructure. President Jackson has announced that he will sign the bill into law “as soon as possible”…

– The Washington Post, 9/10/2005

…the admission of Puerto Rico had an immediate impact on American pop culture… …In an example of how some TV shows addressed the political development with absurdity and humor, the long-running series Futurama premiered its 2005-2006 season with an episode that opens up on a scene in which the show’s main characters watch a news report on a new planet being added to D.O.O.P. (the Democratic Order of Planets). The character Professor Farnsworth complains “I thought we were done adding planets to the list. Now we have to put another star on the flag,” and then the camera zooms out to show a large flag containing hundreds of stars…



– A screenshot from “Futurama,” Season 11, Episode 1, first aired 9/15/2005


…“If there was ever a time in our nation’s history when the military would try to overthrow the presidency, now would be it. President Jackson’s repeat slashing of military funds year after year could be his undoing. Really, all it’d take is one charismatic high-ranking military official with loyal and very well-organized backers to lead a coup against him at this point.” President Jackson should head this anonymous official’s dire warning and reverse the damage he’s done to our nation’s armed forces…

–, controversial 9/17/2005 e-article


The Chicago Tribune, 9/21/2005

The president navigated out of the Chief of Staff Ron Daniels’ office and began heading toward the Press Briefing Room on the other side of the White House West Wing, with his unofficial entourage of schedulers, aides, advisors and guards surrounding him, nearly orbiting him like a collection of moon encircling a planet. “What’s this for again?” The President asked Daniels.

“The media keeps praising the US Army Corps of Engineers for keeping the New Orleans levees from breaking.”

“Huh! The credit should be going to Cleo Fields. He’s the governor who updated those levees. All the Republican governors before him just neglected them!”

“It’s public opinion, sir. Locals saw the water come to the top but not tip over, and corps members were all over the place right afterward. Every time you turned the TV on to the coverage, there was at least one of them off to the side of the reporter, inspecting damage and whatnot. People tend to draw conclusions, sir. You can’t change the human condition.”

“Heh. I sort of wish I could.”

“Mr. President” said a voice from the door to the Cabinet Room, “I need to talk to you.” It was Ann Richards, looking less boisterous and confident than usual.

“Can it wait for a few minutes, Ann?”

“I’d rather discuss it now. Right now.”

“Alright. Ron, give us a quick second.” The President pulled himself away from his political posse and stood before Richards in the doorway. “What is it, Ann? After this, I’ve got to meet with Tim over at the Treasury. Hurricane Katrina really gutted us. You know it’s the one of the costliest cyclones on record? Nearly $80billion! [5]

“This’ll take more than a second,” Richards replied. “You got a minute?”

Jackson turned his head. “Ron?”

Daniels held up his Dell Stratus, the latest cellular calendar/phone device deemed secure enough for Presidential personnel to use. “Army Corps of Engineers congratulations bit. The people are waiting.”

The President looked at Richards and then back at Daniels. “Two minutes?”

Daniels groaned, “Alright. I’ll introduce you with a summary speech. But be quick, please.”

The Secretary of State and her boss entered the Cabinet Room. The door remained open and the Secret Service detail stood in the doorway while the rest of the entourage went on ahead. Jackson looked again at Richards; she seemed atypically low-energy, and kept looked down or very far away. “What’s wrong?” Jesse asked curiously, “Something tells me this ain’t a diplomatic thing.”

“No, I’m afraid it’s not. I’m very afraid, in fact.” Richards let out a small, almost-bitter chuckle. “You know how Jim McGovern keeps saying that the smoking will end up killing me?”

Jackson’s eyes widened, and he soon found himself shaking his head slightly. “No.”

Richards nodded solemnly. “Esophageal cancer. I just got the diagnosis [6].” Her sigh was shaky. “I really shouldn’t be surprised. Smoking like a chimney and drinking like a fish for half your life will do it to you. To anybody, in fact.”

Jackson ignored the levity. “So what now?”

“I’m going to need to seek some treatment for this. And with China and Russia in disarray and India barely backing away from the brink of oblivion...”

“Ann, if you have to resign, I completely understand.”

Ann blurted out. “I don’t have the time to beat around bushes, Jesse, not anymore, so I’ll just come right out with it. I don’t want to resign, but the doctors say it’d be in my own best interest.”

“I’ll be sad to see you go.”

Ann began, but speak, but just said, “Oh…” and made a polite dismissive hand-wave gesture.

“Really. I know we had some ups and downs during the primaries five years ago, and more at other times since then, but – ”

“Jesse, this is one of those times when you do not need to give a sermon or a lecture or a speech!” Ann exclaimed. She then let out another angry sigh, angry at the diagnosis, angry at her earlier and long-time habits. But then she breathed in deeply, and gave a reconciling sort of addendum. “I know what you want to say, Jesse. And thanks.”

“Ann, I have to say thanks. You helped me out these past five years more so than you’ll ever know.”

She smirked, “Actually, I kind of do, Jesse. I was kind of around here a lot, ya know.”

The President gave his retiring Secretary of State a sincere and sympathetic smile before heading back down the hallway.

“…and without any further delay – I mean adieu – here’s the President,” Daniels left the podium to thank Jackson’s hand. Before pulling away, Jackson noted to his Chief of Staff. “Remember, Ron – the human condition’s more complicated than any TV coverage.”

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


…the logistics of evacuating tens of thousands of residents living in flood zones and most at risk during emergencies (children, the elderly, the disabled, etc.) were not planned out efficiently enough to avoid or at least minimize the deaths and highly congested traffic conditions that accompanied evacuation, critics claim…

The Austin American-Statesman, Texas-based daily newspaper, 9/27/2005


The Washington Post, 9/28/2005


…Incumbent Prime Minister Harriet Harman (Labour) won a term of her own over Ken Clarke (Conservative) and Charles Kennedy (Liberal Democrats), with the United Kingdom Intrepid Progressive Party losing two of its five seats under the leadership of Bernadette Devlin McAlister. Three other minor parties received one seat each, while indeendent candidate Peter Law won a seat in an upset…

The Daily Telegraph, UK newspaper, 30/9/2005


The Washington Post, 10/1/2005

…Scientific studies were still reporting that China was the leading contributor to greenhouse gases, ahead of amounts produced by the US, the EU, Russia and India. As a result of mounting calls from environmentalist groups, US President Jesse Jackson, by the end of his fifth year in office, was joining the international community, if not leading it at times, in multinational condemnation against the Chinese government’s “irresponsible” behavior toward efforts to lessen if not reverse the effects of Global Climate Disruption. While Jackson’s own “go-green” initiatives were not as “bold” (or “authoritarian,” depending on who one asks) as those of UK Prime Ministers John Lennon and Harriet Harman, his calls for more accountability on the world stage was a positive for scientists and activists. On the other hand, the rhetoric only worsened relations between the West and the PRC, which were still shaky ever since the start of the SARS global pandemic in 2002...

– Carl Krosinsky’s Modern China: A Complex Recent History, Borders Books, 2020

On October 7, Xavier Johannsson, a 21-year-old African-American from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with mild behavioral issues, was arrested after trying to climb the White House fence with a knife held between his teeth. Johannsson gave false information about his identity, including his name, age, address, and even race, to the Secret Service during questioning, despite officers finding his ID on his person when he was arrested. A study of his activities on the technet revealed his posts on several discussion forums in which he “condemn[ed]” the President, saying “Jesse betrayed his own skin…he prefers helping Puerto Ricans and Jews over Blacks.” Johannsson was found not guilty on an insanity plea and sentenced to a mental health facility in 2006…

– Mel Ayton’s Hunting The President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts, Barnes & Noble Press, 2020 edition

…Earlier today, Prime Minister Harriet Harman succeeded in working with parliament to deregulate authority for licensing gambling, moving the responsibility for that subject matter from magistrate’s courts to local authorities via the Gambling Act of 2005. However, despite the bill seemingly opposing large government, this is only at glance, for the bill also tightens regulation on online gambling…

– BBC News, 13/10/2005 broadcast


…the court determined that employees can be fired for refusing to perform the “primary function” of their occupation regardless of said employee’s moral reservations. The decision could have major ramification for city employment laws…

– The Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska newspaper, 10/15/2005

…Bo Xilai soon began updating China’s military, commissioning the construction of more warships, and increasing funds for the military’s cyber warfare department and the PRC’s Air Force. …Jackson’s efforts to dismantle the US’s own nuclear stockpiles as well as the supplies found in other countries made Bo consider building up their own in secret, but ultimately backed away from the idea after considering what had happened to the land no longer called North Korea. Instead, Bo permitted the purchasing of old Russian tankers and former NK military weapons, and, additionally, increased China’s weapons trading with African countries such as Somalia, Eritrea, and Botswana...

– Carl Krosinsky’s Modern China: A Complex Recent History, Borders Books, 2020


The Washington Post, 10/22/2005


The Chicago Tribune, 10/26/2005

“It’s very telling how quickly Democratic-majority state legislatures are approving the DC statehood amendment, while I got the National Initiative Amendment through the House and the Senate over two years ago, and it still needs ten more states to be ratified. Even more telling is the fact that only Democratic-controlled states have signed off on the DC amendment, which gives the Democrats even greater partisan power, while of the 28 states that have approved the NIA, which gives more control of the law and government to the people, 15 are Republican-controlled.”

– US Senator Mike Gravel (D-CA), 10/27/2005

“Okay. Let’s make this quick. I’m very busy today. Lots of thing to do, lots of thing, let me tell you, so many, many things.”

“Alight, so I guess I’ll just skip over thanking you for letting me pitch this idea to you?”

“No, you can do that.”

“Thank you, that’s very great of you, ha! You are a great business-making man.”

“I know, I know. You can thank my smarts for my being so talented. I have the best talents, more talents than most.”

“Ha, your smarts are going to love this idea then. It’s so good, it smarts. I have idea for you. Picture this – a movie, or movie trilogy – ”

“So one or three movies”

“ – or two, maybe three – and it’s about you and me as captains of industry, big successful men – ”

“Sounds like non-fiction so far.”

“ – only for us to have to fight off a cult leader with a zombie followers who do attack at our rich places. We’re at it, we fight off them, show off how well we can act. We win. We’re the heroic heroes and we are saving the day.”

“Interesting. How much would it cost to make?”

“Well that’s why you’re in it, because despite my genius opus of The Room, I’m not made of gold, but your buildings are, so I think you could help fund it a bit. I cannot fund it alone. I cannot. I come to you because I heared you are the best.”

“I am the best.”

“And this is a best offer and if you don’t like it I’ll have to offer it to someone else who’s rich.”

“Hmm, this could be a tax write-off thingy.”

“See, that is why you are the businessing man!”

“You’re right about that, and we could film it at some of my properties – it would be free advertising! Yeah!”

“It could go a long way.”

“Is anyone else involved in this?”

“Uh, you mean if other famous people are acting in it?”

“Yeah, I think it.”

“Uh, Skeet Ulrich said no, George Clooney’s agent won’t return my calls, and I couldn’t contact Kathy Ireland. Her house has too big a fence. Very in-inviting. But you know something, Donald? We don’t need them. They’re too expensive to pay anyway.”

“Yeah, you’re right. Besides, if it’s a movie about us, we should be the main focus of it.”

“Very smart.”

“That’s right, I am. You’ve done your research on me for this meeting, I like that.”

“You’re my favorite businessing man. Hi Donald.”

“Alright, contribute to the budget. I’ll have to run it by my tax guys, my, uh, my accountant, agents, and uh, my other money guys, but yeah, I’m definitely on board for this. This could be very good for both of our careers.”

“I think we’re expected to make a lot of money on this.”

“I’m looking forward to hearing that, Tommy.”

“Yes, Donald, and that’s a promise!”

– transcript of audio recording of office meeting at Trump Sunrise Tower, Santa Monica, CA; recorded 10/29/2005 and leaked 12/17/2018

THE DOCTOR IS IN!: Hamburg Beats Catsimatidis In Landslide

…Dr. Margaret Ann “Peg” Hamburg, age 50, was a leading public health figure during the pandemic, as the SARS virus ravaged New York City while Mayor Castimatidis did little to curb it. …In mid-2002, Castimatidis came under intense scrutiny for proclaiming, “I’m not going to force people to do what is necessary for them to do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. People can use common sense and their own judgement to make those kind of decisions for themselves, instead of demanding their politicians treat them like babies and tell them what they can and can’t do.” Tonight, the voters of New York City voiced their disagreement on this policy.

…Hamburg, an award-winning physician, was Bellamy-appointed Health Commissioner for NYC from 1989 to 2001, was the US Undersecretary of Health and Welfare for Planning and Evaluation from 2001 to 2003, and was the Commissioner of the FDA from 2003 until earlier this year, when city Democrats successfully drafted her into running against incumbent Mayor Castimatidis…

The New York Times, 11/8/2005


…Acting Governor Richard J. Codey has been in office since October 2003, when Governor J. P. O’Neill resigned for a position in the Jackson administration. Codey, as the state’s Senate Majority Leader since 1996, previously served as Acting Governor from 1997 to 1998, after Governor Maryanne Trump-Giuliani resigned for a judicial appointment, and again from 1999 to 2002, after Governor Richard Pucci resigned over a scandal. After giving a well-received speech at the 2004 DNC, the state Democratic Party finally convinced Codey to run for a term of his own. …The election tonight saw the selection of the Garden State’s first-ever lieutenant governor: Codey’s running mate, state Secretary of Education and former School Superintendent Joe Louis Clark of Paterson. Codey/Clark won over the Republican ticket (former Jersey City Mayor Bret D. Schundler and his running mate, state assemblyman Paul DiGaetano) by a margin of over ten percent, with the Green party ticket Green (former state assemblyperson Joan Little and her running mate, activist Matthew Thieke), receiving roughly 2.5% of the vote…

The Daily Record, New Jersey newspaper, 11/8/2005


…in one of a small handful of Republican victories tonight, E. W. Jackson (R), an African-American Baptist bishop, bested former national DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe by a margin of roughly 2.5%... Jackson, a longtime critic of Jesse Jackson who initially backed James Meredith in last year’s primaries before stumping for Goetz, and wants to see the US “move closer and return to the embrace of God,” will be the second African-American to serve as Governor of Virginia, with Harrison Wilson Jr. (D), who served from 1982 to 1986, being the first…

The Bristol Herald Courier, Virginia newspaper, 11/8/2005

…We can now call one of tonight’s special congressional elections. In South Carolina, state Attorney General and former state Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond of the Democratic Party has defeated incumbent appointee Strom Thurmond Jr. of the Republican Party. The incumbent appointee campaigned heavily, with his older sister Nancy Moore Thurmond being a crowd favorite on the campaign trail, but ultimately, Strom Junior has lost by a margin of roughly three percent. The victor, Mike Thurmond, a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Law who served in the state’s General Assembly from 1987 to 1999, will become the first African-American Senator from The Palmetto State…

– CBS Evening News, 11/9/2005

…Counter to the generally pro-Democrat results of the night, the GOP won back one Senate seat in a landslide, allowing them to break even in that chamber. The win was in Mississippi’s US Senate special election, where incumbent appointee Erik Fleming lost by a 20% margin to former State Auditor of Mississippi Patrick H. “Pete” Johnson, a former Democrat who is the grandson of former Mississippi Governor Paul B. Johnson Sr.…

– Gary C. Jacobson’s The Power And The Politics of Congressional Elections, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015


The Washington Post, 11/12/2005


…hoping to form a united front against human rights violations intensifying in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Heads of State from Tanzania, Zambia, and Uganda met with Prime Minister Harman during a conference in London for members of the OACPS (Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States) to find “the best [and] most pragmatic” approach to the continuing crisis…

The Daily Telegraph, UK newspaper, 21/11/2005

HARLAND MORRISON ADAMS (11/26/1932-11/29/2005, age 73) [7]

Merritt Island, FL – Harland Morrison Adams of Snowmass, Colorado has passed away at the age of 73. Adams, the son of the late Margaret Sanders and the grandson of former US President Harland “Colonel” Sanders, had played a prominent role in the expansion of KFC locations in the southeastern US during the 1960s and 1970s, and later served as a regional manager at KFC, overseeing 100 franchise outlets across the Rocky Mountains. Adams also co-founded and co-operated Lyftoff, a ski equipment rental business, and served on the board of directors of several companies. He is survived by his wife Donna, his children Rhett and Tiffany, and his siblings Josephine Wurster and Trigg Adams...



– The Louisville Courier, Kentucky newspaper, 12/4/2005


The New York Times, 12/11/2005

…Harold Charles “Hal” Turner, b. 1962, is a former far-right political commentator and convicted felon from New Jersey. He is a supporter and promoter of various conspiracy theories ranging from Holocaust denial to “the Vril.” In 2007, he was tried for and convicted of attempting to hire someone to assassinate President Jesse Jackson. On December 16, 2005, Turner met with an alleged professional hitman and handed him $50,000 in cash, telling him “you’ll get the second half when the job’s done.” Upon getting clarification that he wanted the President “dead,” FBI agents filled the room and the alleged hitman revealed himself to be an undercover FBI agent. In court, Turner first confessed to the planned hit, and that he had forgotten to pat down the hitman to see if he was wearing a wire. However, Turner soon after retracted the statement, claiming that the police had forced him to sign the confession, and that he knew the man was an undercover agent and was “just testing him.” After nearly two years of litigation, Turner began his 20-year prison term for it on December 2007…

– Mel Ayton’s Hunting The President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts, Barnes & Noble Press, 2020 edition

…I had had enough of the multiple several years of atrocious governing practices spewing forth from Sacramento. First under Brown, then Rohrabacher, then Burton, and now Cook. Each raised taxes on the wrong people, inhibited our God-given freedoms with anti-productive rules and made a mockery out of The Golden State, a nickname that seemed to be becoming increasing ironic with each passing year. It didn’t matter who was serving in that Italianate eyesore they call the governor’s mansion, for the results were still the same: high taxes for the successful, restrictions on small-business enterprise, abortion-on-demand, and favoring drugged-out wannabe scriptwriters over our state’s brave police officers.

Naturally, I had fought back against such injustices before, defending our sensible laws and calling out the elitists guarding the unbalanced establishment for bordering on totalitarianism to a level far too close for my taste. I lambasted the state’s leadership’s qualities, castigating the value they seemed to have placed onto certain human lives and onto others. But I felt that I needed to do more than just stand on the sidelines.

When I announced my bid for the Republican nomination for California governor, the media didn’t know what to make of it. Of course, actors such as Ronald Reagan and George Murphy had joined CAGOP and sought public office before, but the news still came as a surprise to some of the media hellhounds who suddenly found me to be quite the interest stalking subject. While some thought it was an “unusual” publicity stunt – perhaps an attempt to garner attention before auditioning for a political drama of some kind – other dismissed it as an attempt to garner attention for the race and its “real” candidates, or even as an attempt to spend enough of my own money to avoid paying more in taxes.

But I was serious. And everyone watching soon learned just how serious I was with my bid…

– Kelsey Grammer’s second autobiography “So Far, So Good,” Dutton Press, 2021

“Hey, uh, Jesse?”


“Did Junior seem… off to you today?”

“How do you mean?”

“I mean he’s really been sulking a lot. He was ranting about having difficulty getting into the groove of the new law firm office culture during his visit earlier today, and it just seemed odd.”

“Um, why? He’s trying to adjust to a new job. We both know what that’s like.”

“But just the other day he was happy as a lark! All smiles, the whole shebang.”

“He was probably just in a good mood. Maybe he landed a big client. I’ll ask him the next time I talk to him.”

“I don’t know, Jesse.”

“Listen. Paul. People are allowed to have off days.”

“But that off?”

“Paul, just come right out and say it, huh?”

“It’s not my place to say. He’s your son, you’d know if he was…okay, you know? I mean, has he been taking medication for something. Because that could be the reason for the ups and downs, maybe.”

“Listen, there’s nothing wrong with my son. I’m his father, I should know.”

“Hey, I said it’s not my place. Don’t mean to pry. Sorry.”

“No problem.”

“But you’ll talk to him?”

“As soon as I personally see something is, ‘off,’ as you put it.”

“Fair enough.”

– White House security camera audio recording, c. December 2005

[1] Which was covered all the way back in TTL’s May 1967 (see Chapter 26 for more details)!
[2] Based on Wikipedia’s stats: The storm is slightly smaller than in OTL (OTL’s Katrina had a max wind speed of 175mph) because of the anti-GCD efforts of TTL’s past two decades (Dinger ratifying that treaty in 1996, no presidents dismissing anti-GCD reports, etc.)!
[3] Most deaths in OTL (between 1,200 and 1,800) occurred due to the levees breaking, which didn’t (exactly) happen here.
[4] Who? This guy!:
[5] The cost is much lower than OTL’s $125billion due to the New Orleans levee system not breaking down as badly here.
[6] She was diagnosed with it in March 2006 in OTL.
[7] Real person BTW

The next chapter’s E.T.A.: November 5 or November 12

Igeo654 said:
1) OK. So another change that'll probably come from Jesse Jackson being President is that the more subtle or ''weird'' ads of the early and previous decade will get a longer shelf life and become more influential. Like that Xbox Mosquito ad.
2) As for the Boondocks, expect more development for Malcolm Freeman. The MLK episode? That ain't happening.
3) I do see one where he meets President Jackson and starts down the road to becoming more optimistic as a result.
4) Plus, without 9/11, Fire Coming out of The Monkey's head by Gorillaz is probably gonna be more about the SARS Epidemic if it's gonna be about anything. I wouldn't mind seeing it replace El Mañana as one of the top singles on the Demon Days album TBH.
5) Speaking of music, did Eminem ever got round to doing a cover of Stan with Freddie Mercury?

6) Also, 52 states? There's a flag for that. ^^


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1) Interesting; I'll look those up
2) I agree.
3) Consider it canon!
4) I'll look them up and I'll cover the music scene of the aughts in either the 2006 chapter or the 2007 chapter
5) Excellent question; I'll discuss that collab in either the next chapter or the one after that
6) Yes, and at the moment, the flag has 51 stars, but not for very long!
Igeo654 said:
Here's another idea. Wouldn't it be interesting if the new state was called Iaccoca in honour of Lee? And I totally support the federal district being simply called ''The Capital.'' Nice sense of minimalism.
I could see it being proposed, but would it gain enough support? Iacocca has little connection to DC or to the statehood movement; I feel like a move to name it after Jesse Jackson or Frederick Douglas would garner more support, at least among locals. I also think that our capital being "The Capital" might not sit well with some. We'll see what happens!
PNWKing said:
Has Dave Ramsey considered entering politics. (OTL, he's a radio show host who lectures on finance.)
I'm not sure. At this point in TTL, he's possibly going to get a gig on the growing The Herring Network. Should he get into politics?
Unknown said:
Never thought I'd see a sane Alex Jones in a TL...
There's a first for everything!
Igeo654 said:
The culture has changed beyond recognition. When we enter the age of Video Sharing and such, nothing will be as we know it. (I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the Y2K Aesthetic movement survived the SARS Pandemic, unlike IOTL post-9/11.) It's inevitable that Jones will be replaced ITTL. By who, I don't know.
I'll look into "the Y2K Aesthetic." And don't worry - so far, without Jones, folks like Rush Limbaugh, Wayne Allen Root, the folks behind THN, and others are filling in that void.
The Congressman said:
What's the supreme Court composition ITTL?
Chief Justice:
Alan Page - Minnesota progressive Democrat - Jackson appointee
Associate Justices:
Sylvia Bacon - left-of-center California Republican often siding with Democrat AJs - Sanders appointee
Miles W. Lord and William Nealon Jr. - liberal Democrats - Mondale appointees
Joseph Tyree Sneed III - hard-c conservative - Denton appointee
Mary Murphy Schroeder - Colorado progressive Democrat - Bellamy appointee
Emilio M. Garza and Larry Dean Thompson - moderate-to-conservative Republicans - Dinger appointees
M. J. Sandel - progressive Democrat - Jackson appointee
Kennedy Forever said:
I have a question how is former President Denton's reputation been considering he had to resign due to a scandal?
Slightly better than Nixon's reputation was, as there was no "it's legal if the president does it" gaffe afterward
Post 83
Post 83: Chapter 91

Chapter 91: January 2006 – October 2006

“There comes a time when the jewels no longer sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, and the throne-room becomes a prison. And the only thing left is a father’s love for his child.”

– King Osric, Conan the Barbarian (1982 film), 57-minute mark (OTL/TTL)

As the aughts came to a close, the continent of Africa was a land of growth and of decline, of stability and of chaos. Nations like Ghana and Senegal were utilizing their national resources while just nearby, nations like Sierra Leone were in shambles. While Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zambia were signing onto the Free And Democratic Federation of Africa (of FADFA), a loose federation of independent countries aiming “synchronize economies” and work as a united “bloc” on the world stage to benefit all within FADFA, D-R-Congolan politician Moise Katumbi of Katanga was evacuating ethnic minorities being targeted by Maj. Gen. Gabriel Amisi Kumba, the blood-hungry Chief of Staff of the DRCongo Army overseeing government-sanctioned human rights violations and mass executions across the central African nation.

“You know, warfare is becoming increasingly automated,” said the Secretary of Defense. Sitting down across from her boss at a White House meeting in early January 2006, she continued “most aerial bombardments in the DRC could be delivered by drone. Remotely-controlled. No chance of our men getting shot down.”

“The future is now, isn’t it?” The President mulled over his options. With each passing week, more UN forces and various sides of the war were seeing casualty after casualty, and the refugee crisis kept threatening to destabilize neighboring nations.

The Secretary of Defense continued, “By 2016, half of all Army and Air Force procedures will be easily replaceable with ‘killdog’ robots and sky drones. Warfare will become far less deadly for our soldiers.”

“And so warfare will become much more acceptable,” countered the Vice President. “It'll become an easy go-to solution, dehumanized, heartless, and merciless to the innocent. And are you going to note that more traditional forms of organized murder will still plague most nations? Because only for first-world armies will have this kind of technology.”

“Paul, I think in this case, we might have to send in ground troops,” the President said.

“What?!” The Vice President was shocked.

“We both agreed to seek out peace before war. But we’ve have negotiators down there. Hell, even you went down to the border to meet with some of the guerilla leaders. And I’ve teleconferenced with them, too!”

“Yes, so why don’t we continue that?”

“Because we’ve been trying to bring them to the negotiation tables for months now and all we’ve got to show for it is spilled blood. We have to face reality, Paul – these people do not want peace! These despots want to see death envelop their own country, to see only more of their own fellow countrymen lie dead in the streets, their homes burned, their women raped and their children either indoctrinated into their child armies or left to starve to death. You and I have negotiated with people before, but these are no longer people – they’re monsters.”

“I haven’t lost faith in the peace process, Jesse.”

The President snapped, “Don’t try to preach to me about faith, Paul. We’ve tried and tried, but faith and faith alone is not saving these people.” He turned to the Secretary of Defense, “The only thing left for us to do is to use the one thing these monsters run amok understand – firepower.”

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

…Alright, we can now confirm that a major development has unfolded in the political world, as the Tennessee legislature has signed off on the proposed DC statehood amendment. The legislature’s official vote of approval makes Tennessee the 38th state to approve DC statehood amendment, thus ratifying it…

– KNN Breaking News, 1/11/2006 broadcast

Mother-Post: D.C. STATEHOOD QUERY: Do We Now Have Three Washingtons?
So, I have a query...we now have three Washingtons, right? Washington the state, Washington DC the state, and Washington DC the capital?

No, DC’s city council’s planning on adopting a new name for the new state, possibly with the word Washington in it somewhere, while the capital going to become known as just “D.C.” Because the DC in Washington DC stands for District of Columbia, which is the official seat of government. When Washington the city/state splits from the district, the name “Washington, District of Columbia” won’t work/make sense anymore. As the seat of the federal government, the federal district will retain the “DC part” while the new state will likely edit or reject the Washington part they get to keep because there’s already a Washington state, and it’d just be too confusing to have two states with the same name.

Yeah, I’m also confused by all of this. Which amendment will this be anyway? In fact, how many do we already have?

>REPLY 1 to REPLY 2:
We have 29, and that count includes ones that have since been repealed. The 23rd Amendment was ratified in 1961, and granted “the seat of the federal government,” a.k.a., D.C., three votes in the Electoral College. The 24th amendment was ratified a year later, and prohibits the revocation of voting rights due to non-payment of a poll tax or any other kind of tax. The 25th amendment was ratified in 1967 and lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. The 26th amendment was ratified during Colonel Sanders’ second term, and it adjusted the Presidential line of succession to place the congress leaders ahead of the cabinet members. The 27th amendment was the ERA, which was ratified in 1975, and the 28th was the BBA, which was ratified in 1990. The 29th Amendment was some small thing that had been on the books for two hundred years; it delays laws effecting congress’s salaries from taking effect until after the next election occurs or something like that, and it was finally ratified in 1992. This means that the DC Statehood Amendment will be the 30th, and Mike Gravel’s NIA will probably become the 31st.

>REPLY 1 to REPLY 1 to REPLY 2:
Maybe for the 32nd amendment we can extend representation to the remaining US territories like Guam, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands by passing another amendment similar to #23. Only it’s a group/collective thing, with 3 electoral votes for all of them, because of their small populations. Or maybe 1 E.V., or 1 representative, each, for each territory?

>REPLY 1 to REPLY 1 to REPLY 1 to REPLY 2:
That could work, Maybe

>REPLY 2 to REPLY 1 to REPLY 1 to REPLY 2:
I’m surprised they didn’t attach the Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico jurisdiction and have both territories join as one state.

>REPLY 3 (mother-post maker):
So…When will it become a state?

>REPLY 1 to REPLY 3:
Probably at the same time the last several states have entered the union in the past – on Independence Day, ironically…

–, thread opened 1/12/2006


…responding assertively to the armed civil conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is being informally dubbed “The Second African World War” due to several countries outside of Africa becoming involved in the conflict in some form or another, Jackson plans to address the international concern at the UN early tomorrow…

The Washington Post, 1/13/2006

“…Earlier today at the United Nations, President Jackson formally requested a multinational military-based alliance, containing the U.S., France, the UK, Canada, and other countries, to defend ethnic Tutsi minorities being ethnically cleansed in eastern provinces of the DRC. Such a collection of countries is being compared to the Alliance of American and South Korean forces that toppled the Kim Dynasty in what once was North Korea, but possibly of a much smaller scale…”

– CBS Evening News, 1/14/2006 broadcast


The New York Times, 1/17/2006

“I do consider myself an internationalist, but that’s different from being an interventionist. I don’t like it when I see the body bags coming back. An air strike is maybe something a little different, to project U.S. military power, and libertarians do believe in a very strong defense, so rattling the saber from time to time is not a bad thing. But U.S. land wars, it’ll be a cold day in July before I could think of a U.S. land war that was worth starting.” [1]

– US Senator William Floyd “Bill” Weld (R-MA), opposing the notion of sending US ground forces to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1/18/2006

“I understand why Jesse’s doing this, but that doesn’t make me any less disappointed in him.”

– US Senator Mike Gravel (D-CA), 1/19/2006

“He couldn’t even go for five full years before turning to warfare! Jesse’s corrupt and in bed with the military-industrial complex like all the rest of them!”

– Former US Senator Peter Diamondstone (LU-VT), 1/20/2006

SENATOR TO D.C.: “Let Them Get Their Own Name!”

…Conservative US Senator Spencer Bachus (R-AL) took to the Senate chamber floor today to publicly announce his opposition to the increasingly-discussed proposal of “Washington, D.C.” going from being the name of the official capital territory to being the name of a new state. “This new state, a special city-state you could call it, should not deprive the federal district of its own label, which is a major part of its two centuries of history. If DC Washingtonians want independence from federal protection and the benefits of its current political situation, they should prove it by choosing a new name for themselves and letting the rest of the US states still have a national capital named ‘Washington, D.C.’”…

The San Francisco Chronicle, 1/21/2006

LET THEM HAVE WASHINGTON: Why We Should Change Our Own State’s Name

…Washington state’s founders originally wanted to name the new state “Columbia” after the Columbia River, only for Congress to deny the proposed name over concerns that too many people would confuse it with the District of Columbia. Their argument was rendered moot, though, with their own name pick of Washington, after President George Washington, which has led to too many people confusing us for “Washington, D.C.”… Personally, I like the idea of creating a sense of transnational unity by us adopting the name “West Washington (State)” and them adopting the name “East Washington (State)”… Other possible new names for ourselves: “Evergreen,” “Nova,” “New Albion,” “Nueva Galicia,” and “Tahoma,” which have all been proposed in the past... A more “hipster” selection would be “Ecotopia,” which is a reference to a 1970s book about an eco-friendly utopia established in the American northwest… However, the name that would catch on more than any other would most likely be “Cascadia.” Already a fairly popular name for describing our corner of the continent, the name already has its own a flag, a tricolor of blue, white and green with a Douglas fir in the middle. …Nothing says “Washington,” and regional independence and identity, like “Ol’ Doug”!

– journalist and political analyst Knute Berger [2], The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1/23/2006 op-ed

…In January 2006, the Mexican stock market saw its biggest expansion in 12 years, signaling a return of economic prosperity. “A glimmer of hope of something thought to be long-since dead in Mexico: genuine economic stability,” as then-President Moctezuma later put it, seemed to be on the horizon…

– Lynnette Sánchez-Foster’s A Brief History of Modern Mexico, Santa Fe Publishing, 2019


...multiple religious groups oppose the granting of federal funding for stem cell research on the grounds of it being sacrilegious and offensive to human dignity. More prominent reasons for the bill passing so narrowly were medical and financial in nature. For example, the US House Financial Chair expressed concern that the economic recovery could not cover the additional funds without turning the US’s current (and slim) national surplus into a national deficit. The risk of experimental therapies being harmful to human subjects, at a time when scientists are still working on a SARS vaccine in similar manners, led to scientific groups either supporting or opposing the bill for similar reasons…

The Washington Post, 1/27/2006


…Jerry Abramson (D), the Mayor of Louisville since 1994, is foregoing re-election in 2007 to instead run for a US Congressional seat being vacated this year. Abramson, who has been commended by Democrats like Governor Galbraith and Republicans like Congressman Massie for improving his city’s standards of living and employment conditions, is running on a diverse platform. The issues his candidacy is focusing on match the accomplishments of his time in office. Abramson credits his four “Rs” (research, risk-taking, regionalism and revitalization) for bringing more high-tech, high-wage jobs to Louisville, especially biomedical and healthcare fields that already make up a large part of the region’s economy and employment base. As Mayor, Abramson has also expanded “regional involvement” by working “with city communities on economic development, transportation, land use and workforce training,” according to his netsite “to build up homegrown businesses and back entrepreneurship”...

The Advocate-Messenger, Kentucky newspaper, 1/29/2006

“Humanitarianism is not a state of mind, but a real and functional part of the American society that is only growing as the years go by. Throughout the history of the United States, there have always been supporters of policies meant to bring stability and prosperity to all Americans instead of just those at the top. To shorten the divide between those at the top and those at the bottom. There was the Free Soilers, the Homestead Acts, Huey Long’s Share The Wealth movement, Jack Kemp’s ZEDs, Bellamycare, and the civil rights and equal rights reforms of the past sixty years. But there is still more that can be done to help all Americans everywhere not just obtain stability and prosperity, but keep that stability and prosperity as well, and to help it grow to give this generation a better standard of living, and to give the next generations of Americans an even brighter future ahead of them. With that in mind, with the three years left of this administration, our goal must be to improve upon these humanitarian movements and actions of the present and of yesteryear.”

– President Jesse Jackson’s State of the Union Address, 1/31/2006

…In international news, Canadian Prime Minister Maureen McTeer was won a second term, carrying the Progressive Liberal Alliance to victory over Belinda Stronach of the anemic Progressive Conservative Party, Pauline Marois of the Quebec Party, and Michaelle Jean of the descending Maple party, in a race that saw the top four parties all be led by women…

– CBS Evening News, 2/2/2006 broadcast

CHAMPIONS! Cleveland Browns Win Super Bowl XL!

The Columbus Dispatch, 2/5/2006


…The new Energy Policy Act of 2006 aims to combat recent renewable energy investment shortcomings by providing tax incentives and federal loan guarantees for energy production of various types. The generous legislation also increases regulation policies for major companies via a “damage possibility” bracket system. Essentially, the bigger the company, the bigger the regulation, especially when it comes to utility companies. …Two Democratic members of the Congressional Budget Office opposed an earlier version of the bill, leading to several aspects of the legislation being scaled back in order to avoid inhibiting “small business innovation”…

The Washington Post, 2/9/2006

…The GOP push for stronger immigration restrictions in response to congress’s massive immigration detail reform bill proposal only gained momentum and support among a plurality of Republican Congresspersons. The movement’s hard-c conservative roots put it at odds with moderate RNC chair John Dinger. C.C.s in the party were angry not only at Dinger for opposing the move, but also at moderate and libertarian GOP legislators who sought to bargain with the Democrats rather than to simply oppose them. However, discussions across the aisle was what led to the simplifying of state-to-state car/transportation insurance transfers, a win for libertarians in the GOP. This support from libertarians in exchange for their bill made for there being enough people (lobbyists, state governments, and lawmakers, mostly) backing the immigration bill for it to receive majority approval in the House before the committee review process had even fully begun…

– Julian E. Zelizer and David F. Emery’s Burning Down The House, Penguin Publishing Group, 2020


…The people of the war-torn African country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo struggle to live as rebel guerillas detonate cam bombs and government-allied militias slaughter ethnic minorities. …American President Jesse Jackson’s Secretary of Defense Claudia Kennedy, who urges “productive, efficient and constructive intervention” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, played a role in convincing Jackson to enter the US into a UN-led peacekeeping force alliance focused on combating the atrocities of the DRC’s ruling regime…

The Guardian, UK newspaper, 13/2/2006

RED, WHITE AND GOLD: Shaun White Victorious As U.S.A. Contest Sweep Continues

…The Winter Olympics in Budapest, Hungary began on the tenth and will conclude on the 26th…

The San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/14/2006

“…Today, in the nation’s capital, the Washington, D.C. City Council has announced two major decisions. After private voting was unanimous on both counts, the council has announced that a citywide referendum [4] will be held this November to determine what the federal district’s new name will be when it becomes a state. Until then, the council has voted on a placeholder name. Between D.C. becoming a state in July and its citizens choosing a name in November, the unique political entity will be known as, quote, ‘The State of Washington, Douglass Community’…”

– TON News, 2/15/2006 broadcast

“I should have talked to someone about how I was feeling. I was feeling hopeless, I was withdrawn and moody to Michelle and to my children, and I felt tired all the time. After the mental health reforms of the mid-1990s, I should have recognized the symptoms. I am to blame for that.

I don’t remember it the way it actually happened. But that’s not surprising, given the circumstances, however known or unknown they were at the time. All I can say with certainty was that I didn’t feel like myself in those days. I was having trouble at work; I was exhausted and hostile. Just a few days before, Yusef had tried to get me out of my “funk,” as he called it. He wanted me to go salmon fishing. I said no. “But you love salmon fishing!” I remember him exclaiming. And this was true; I’ve been fishing for years, and never before had I turned down an opportunity to partake in the pastime without having any good reason for doing so.

And then later that month, on that infamous day, well, I was in even worse shape. It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, for each of us. I was just trying to get back to my car so I could go home and sleep, the time of day be damned. And this paparazzi fellow, this Hollywood Reporter-like employee of some garbage Chicago tabloid, without consideration for other people’s personal space, as if the SARS pandemic had not occurred merely two years ago, descended upon me. Whether or not his flurry of questions were as intense as I remember them being, the fact is that he was bothering me, and I made it known – verbally, at first. I told him “no comment” again and again, but he would not let up, following me to my car with his recorder, jabbing me with queries and inquiries, interrogating me like I was on trial. I know now what he was asking, but at the time I saw as him being invasive; I remember him being negative and hostile.

According to the recording, he never asked me “Why are you such a loser?” He never even said something phonetically similar to it. But in my state of mind I thought he did. And at the comment, I snapped. I had a public meltdown of sorts. With blind rage I turned around and I tackled the man, and before I realized it my fists were going up and down, dancing on his face. I’m a former college football running back and I was weighing in at just over 230 pounds at the time. I’m also a martial arts enthusiast – I’ve practiced karate, tae kwon do and kung fu in the past during my spare time. With those skills combined with the state of my psyche, it’s no wonder I broke so much of his face - two black eyes and broken nose and a dislocated jaw - and cracked a rib bone. But at the time, when the ambulance arrived, I thought it was for me; and when the police arrived, I thought they had come for the paparazzo. But the opposite was true. I had committed assault and battery, and I needed to go to jail.

It did not matter who I was. But apparently, what I shouted as they put me in the back of the car was “Don’t you know who I am? I’m the President’s son.” I don’t remember saying that, but it’s right there on the thankfully-still-not-released-to-the-public body cam footage. Much to my shame.”

– Jesse Jackson Jr., 2016 interview

The President received word of his son’s arrest within the hour, and was positively outraged. Initially believing it to be a “frame-job” or some sort, the Commander-in-Chief phoned the Chicago precinct and was soon in contact with his son.

According to his Vice President, Junior told Senior “don’t worry about me, you have bigger problems on your plate,” or something to this affect. Junior then hung up the phone.

“Junior!” the President bellowed into the dead receiver.

White House Communications Director Betty Magness was the first of the President’s inner circle to speak up. “Alright, damage control time. Nobody leak a word of this to the press until we have enough facts to explain what just went down, got it?”

Press Secretary Pam Watkins nodded, “And I’ll work on what to say when the press catch wind of this on their own.”

“Christ, a f*cking tabloid reporter,” Counselor to the President Kevin Alexander Gray thought aloud.

“Mr. President,” Chief of Staff Ron Daniels poked his head into the room. “The cabinet’s ready and waiting for you, sir.”


Above: President Jackson, deep in thought; photograph undated.

“Mr. President?” Daniels repeated.

Jackson broke his thousand-mile-type stare at the phone and looked over at the door, then around the room. For the first time in years, the President seemed completely irresolute. Confused and at a loss for what to do or even what to say, he looked at his adviser, Kevin Gray.

“Jesse,” Gray asked. “What do you want to do?”

“I…I don’t –”

“Don’t think about what’s best to do, Jesse. Put the PR spin, imaging, everything, put it all aside. Just think about your son.”

“We’ve got a lot of subjects to cover in this cabinet meeting, sir,” Daniels reminded his boss, somewhat interrupting Gray.

“Jesse,” Gray continued. “Just think about your son.” He paused. “What do you want to do?”

The President answered. “I want to see my son. I need to see him.”

“Alright, Mr. President,” said Gray. “Ron, reschedule the cabinet meeting and get Air Force One ready.”


Upon Jesse Junior’s wife Michelle posting bail, Jesse Junior immediately volunteered for a complete physical and mental health checkup. That is how his bipolar disorder was finally diagnosed.

Studies report that some victims of bipolar disorder have expressed concern over memory impairment during mood shifts. Swinging between two emotional poles, depression and mania, bipolar II disorder is much milder than disorder I disorder. The two Jesses sighed in relief at that. But the good news did not outweigh the bad news.

The reporter (later identified as Kevin Parker, b. 1967, who, ironically, had his own history of abrasive behavior and the occasional violent outburst) was suing for a host of damages, ranging from actual to fabricated. Jesse was willing to settle out of court, but the reporter was not. As a result, the litigation began…

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

…American media initially covered the incident with neutral curiosity as the pieces of the story slowly became available. At first, there was condemnation for Junior’s assault putting a reporter in the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries from most outlets. But after the revelation of Junior’s bipolar depression diagnosis, news outlets were split, with many sources being sympathetic to Junior and/or the reporter, while other sources such as The Herring Network promoted a technet-born rumor that the bipolar diagnosis was false; that the White House was perpetrating a cover-up in a way that was illegal…

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

…Is Jesse Jackson Junior using White House funds to keep witnesses of his assault silent? More on this after an interview with the brave news reporter who survived Junior’s onslaught and after a word from our sponsor…

– The Herring Network, 2/25/2006

“If we have to open investigations into the matter to ensure that the White House did not assist Jesse Jackson Junior or his legal team in any way, shape or form, then we will do just that when we reclaim the House this November.”

– House Minority Leader H. Dargan McMaster (R-SC), 2/26/2006

“I feel for Triple-J, you know. I kind of know what he’s going through. He's suffering right now, and he needs support and understanding. Republicans can go f*ck themselves for being so sick and hostile about it. Talking up the violence, downplaying the reason behind it. The only problems they should have, if any, is on how hush-hush the White House, you know, downplayed the incident at the beginning, you know, at first. But, see, the thing is, though, that very behavior is the result of the highly powerful stigma that mental illness has in this country, and it’s only worsened since Iacocca got shot by an unwellian. Now anyone unwell’s given that look. That stare. People have got to stop that. It doesn’t f*cking help, you know?”

– Kurt Cobain, radio interview, 2/27/2006


Jesse Jr. “is suffering from ‘serious depression – deep, deep depression,” a longtime friend of Jesse Junior told KNN a day after meeting with Jackson at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Jesse is getting the help he needs, and he needs to make that his priority.” The President’s son today began undergoing inpatient treatment for bipolar depression at the famed facility. [5]

Bipolar depression – or in Jesse Junior’s case, bipolar disorder – is a deep, broad, and long-lasting medical condition and a type of mood disorder. According to another source close to the President’s son, exhaustion was initially suspected in Jesse Junior’s case. “He is suffering from a behavioral symptom, and that is depression, which doesn’t allow him to really work to his maximum capacity,” said source explained.

Expecting a long-term recovery and noting that mental illness tends to carry a stigma in the United States, especially due to the assassin of President Iacocca suffering from it to a debatable extent, “it is understandable why Jesse Junior did not initially address the matter in a public forum,” according to a lead doctor at the Mayo Clinic. “In fact, most sufferers of this mental illness don’t want to talk about it, which is unfortunate given that talking significantly helps them get the help and care they need.”

It is currently unclear how Jesse Junior’s stay at the Mayo Clinic will effect courtroom proceedings in Illinois, where the President’s son is expected to stand trial for assault and battery…

The Baltimore Sun, 3/1/2006

…While his Treasury and Commerce Departments worked with other federal and federal-level officials to try and end off-shore banking, Jackson went after the Federal Reserve: “From now on, under this administration, in order to receive financial assistance from the Federal Reserve, large banks must commit to improving their habits when it comes to lending to creditworthy customers, especially those wanting to open a small business or enterprise”...

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


…the far-left-leaning legislation will likely pass in the US Senate after the Fourth of July break…

The Washington Post, 3/5/2006

“…big news coming out of Russia today, as Russian’s space agency has announced that their space probe ‘Curiosity’ has discovered, quote, ‘geysers of a liquid substance,’ unquote, on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, suggesting that water is present there...”

– KNN Breaking News, 3/9/2006 broadcast

JUNIOR: “I remember having to break the news to Michelle and to my siblings. I remember saying to them, ‘Please forget me. I don’t want to be a burden. Let me be.’ I was so humiliated. I wanted no contact from my family during my time at that facility.”

INTERVIEWER: “How did you explain the situation to your children?”

JUNIOR: “I couldn’t; Michelle did. I was too embarrassed. I was ashamed; I was catatonic during that period. I didn’t want to be remembered. I didn’t want to be a burden to my children.[6]

INTERVIEWER: “But your family refused to abandon you.”

MICHELLE: “We could tell that he was in a very dark place, and keeping to yourself only worsens it. You need to talk about what ails you.”

JUNIOR: “I remember the cakes sent over on my birthday. It was March 10, I was turning 41, and this angel here sent me this, like, caravan of cakes for everyone at the facility. Each one had the words ‘You are loved’ written on it in frosting. It was repeated acts of kindness that helped me out at the start. I had wanted to forget them so I could also forget the painful thought of disgracing them. But Michelle and my parents and sibling were certain to remind me of not what I was missing, but of why I wanted to get better, of why I had entered that facility in the first place.”

– Jesse Jackson Jr. and Michelle Robinson Jackson, ABC Morning News, 5/5/2010 broadcast other news, a former co-worker of the reporter that Jesse Jackson Jr. assaulted last month has accused said reporter of sexual pestering…

– CBS Evening News, 3/12/2006

In the ten years that have passed since The Fall of The North, more things had changed for the Korean peninsula than for the members of Kim family. With the people of the Former North no longer believing the Kim family to be living gods, the Kims have very little influence on Korean politics and those who were not put on trial for corruption have maintained low visibility, with nearly all United Koreans wishing to “move on” rather than wonder what they are doing nowadays. So this passage is for those who do wonder.

Kim Yong-ju (b. 1920), the brother of Kim Il-Sung, is living in quiet retirement in Beijing. Kim Jung-Il’s half-brother, Kim Pyong-Il (b. 1954), still lives in Russia, along with Kim Kyong-hui (b. 1946), the only sister of Kim Jung-Il; her husband, former party operative Jang Song-thaek (b. 1946) was inevitably extradited from Moscow back to Korea, where he is a quarter of the way through serving out his sentences for corruption and war crimes. Kim Song-ae (b. 1924), the ex-wife of Kim Il-Sung and the mother of Kim Pyong-Il, reportedly tried to promote her son as the rightful successor to Kim Jung-Il during the final days of the war before fleeing to the Singapore Embassy; in 1999, she was extradited to the Korean peninsula and his halfway through spending ten years in prison for corruption.

Kim Young-sook (b. 1947), the final First Lady of North Korea, was estranged from her husband and had fled to Fiji two weeks before Kim Jung-Il’s demise; she is still there, as the government of United Korea has declined to charge her for corruption in light of merely circumstantial evidence of wrongdoing, her quiet support for reunification, and her denouncing of her ex-husband’s “monstrosity;” instead, she received less serious charges and was instead fined for misuse of funds. Other relatives of the Kim family took up this narrative to avoid prosecution as well. Kim Sol-song (b. 1974), though, was not so fortunate due to her adamant support of the North. As Kim Jung-Il’s daughter and a favorite of her father, Sol-song was overseeing security and scheduling for her father at the start of the war. She was ordered to flee to Beijing to wait and later meet up with her father in Manchuria to continue fighting via a government-in-exile. Instead, shortly after Kim’s death, Sol-song was killed in a friendly fire accident (she was disguised as a Manchurian local and was not initially recognized by fleeing DPRK forces) while she was attempting to re-enter the North in order to proclaim herself the rightful heir. Like the remains of her father and several other DPRK soldiers, she is buried in a mass grave “somewhere near the Chinese border.”

The fallen dictator’s children’s lives had have more interesting developments. Kim Jong-un (b. 1983) continued his education in Switzerland until he was 18, then began living in southern China; he was actually staying at one of the Hainan hotels that were the first hotels to be hit by the SARS pandemic in late 2001. Jong-un recovered, but died from complications from a second infection in 2003, aged 20. Kim Jong-chul (b. 1981) reportedly graduated from an unnamed French university in 2003 with a degree in international law, and aspires to be a legal consultant at the UN. Kim Yo-jong (b. 1987) is still in school, aspiring to become an editor or journalist upon graduating in 2009.

Finally, the former “heir,” Kim Jong-nam (b. 1971) has distanced himself greatly from his father and grandfather, calling for harmony between the Southers and former Northers, but otherwise maintaining a low profile. Jong-nam is currently living with his wife, children, and other family relatives under an alias in an undisclosed location in the PRC. In a 2005 interview, he reported being happy, raising a family while working on his memoirs and serving as a technical supervisor for the PRC’s state-run media; he is also reportedly working on a film franchise that will be “a regional alternative” to Star Wars. His children, including his son Han-sol (b. 1995) are reportedly doing well in school; all they know about their grandfather is that he was “a bad man.”…

– Ken Armstrong’s 1996: The Second Korean War, Simon & Schuster, 2006 edition

…In a major twist in the story of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s mental health crisis, the tabloid reporter that the President’s son assaulted has suddenly announced that he will no longer be pressing charges against Jesse Junior. The move of voluntary nolle prosequi is a surprising turn given the weight of the high-profile potential case…

– KNN Breaking News, 3/18/2006

...According to one story, allegedly told by former Counselor to the President William Antholis to a close confidant of his, the President’s son’s legal team discovered that the reporter had three arrest warrants in Florida for an outstanding contempt of court charge and for unpaid child support payments to two ex-wives. Additionally, they discovered several more of his former co-workers who were willing to testify that he had sexually pestered them and had even raped them. Upon approaching the reporter with this information, a deal was cut – if the reporter withdrew his lawsuit, the President’s son’s legal team would not bring to light the reporter’s own illegal activities.

However, there is no evidence that this meeting ever occurred. In fact, the story only began to spread on technet chat forums in 2014, a few months after the reporter’s Florida arrest warrants became public knowledge and said reporter committed suicide a few weeks later, before he could be brought to trial. Nevertheless, the story is aided by the fact that said reporter’s only public explanation for the lawsuit withdrawal was that he felt that Jesse Junior “is suffering worse than I did,” an explanation that, apparently, remains unsatisfactory to a certain percentage of the on-tech population, given the level of wealth, fortune, fame and notoriety he could have received - and political damage he could have done to the Jackson White House - from the court case…

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

…Prior to the might of the United Kingdom’s military branches entering the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2006, the UK had experienced a lengthy military buildup; under Prime Minister Lennon, the country’s government had not participated militarily in any major war campaigns since 1992 – not even in “popular” wars such as the Second Korean War…

– John J. Polonko Jr.’s All’s Fair: What War Makes Necessary, Hachette Book Group USA, 2017 edition

“I think [PM Harriet] Harman really must approach the Congo situation very carefully, because there are a lot of local feuds. It is not at all like what the US did with North Korea or even like what the UK did during the Falklands. Those areas were fairly or entirely homogenous. The DRC, however, is split into a multitude of ethnic groups, with alliances frequently changing as each guerilla group takes or loses more ground. Bringing stability to the region will require bringing all of them, or at least most of them, to agree to form a united front regardless of their internal divisions. On the end of the conflict, I think people like President Jesse Jackson and our current Home Secretary could help bring about a temporarily alliance among them. I hear Jesse Jackson say that the avenue of the peace process has been exhausted, but that’s only true at the top level, the national level. I think Jackson should follow his own advice and keep the faith alive. In the meantime, the men under my command are going to do our best to fight for peace.”

– UK Royal Navy Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, BBC interview 3/28/2006


…our British friends across the pond will finally be able to purchase and sample KFC’s delicious chicken pot pie, a menu option we Americans take for granted, in January 2007, when it finally becomes a menu option in KFC locations in the United Kingdom…


– A KFC-US chicken pot pie commercial, featuring the Cartoon Colonel, c. summer 1998


The Los Angeles Times, side article, 4/4/2006

…Another example of [House Speaker] Michel’s powerful influence was the deregulation of radio programming that occurred in 1981. The FCC ceased enforcing the Fairness Doctrine, devolving it into a guideline of sorts, allowing one-sided radio stations to form as the years went by. However, the Fairness Doctrine was re-implemented under President Jesse Jackson, sparking political backlash in the 2006 midterms that was much more prominent than what the Denton administration had experienced in the 1982 midterms…

– Paul Kengor and Peter Schweizer’s The Denton Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Actions, Simon & Schuster, 2005

…One change in America’s media industry that did not catch the eye of most Americans at the time was the re-introduction of the Fairness Doctrine, which proved to be another pivotal moment in the history of US media. Expanding from the “equal-time rule” established in 1927 for political candidates which was superseded by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Communications Act of 1934, the Fairness Doctrine was introduced in 1949 and stipulates that holders of broadcast licenses must essentially present both sides of controversial issues [7]. President Jeremiah Denton deregulated the radio industry in 1981 by suspending said doctrine. By the start of the Jesse Jackson administration, most researchers and analysts linked the repealing of the rule with the rise of political extremism and political polarization, and so, in 2006, the Democrats in control of the Senate and House managed to pass law re-establishing the FD and its airing conditions, essentially forcing anti-administration news outlets such as THN to present both sides of political arguments. This rule, however, never applied to netsites, nor did it specify how much time must be spent on opposing viewpoints, merely demanding a “respectable amount.” As a result, political polarization continued on the technet, while biased news outlets and programs on both the far left and far right of the political spectrum either sought to adjust as best they could to the new regulation, or take the matter to court…

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

“…We are pleased to announce that this network is suing the federal government. Their most result legislation is a clear and obvious violation of US constitutional law. It is an attack on the First Amendment that violates our freedom of speech and we will fight them on this all the way up to the Supreme Court of we have to…”

– The Herring Network, 4/13/2006 broadcast

…On former aide to Wellstone recounted another moment that occurred in 2006, shortly after Easter, April 16. A cabinet meeting had concluded and Wellstone stayed behind to inform Jackson on a decision of his.

“With yurt permission, I’m going to travel to Uganda to see if I can’t get the peace process rolling again. I’ve got a hunch I can bring this war to an end.”

“I’m not going to pull out our ground forces over a hunch,” the President informed him.

“I’m not telling you to. But I want to see if I can talk some sense into somebody over there! You know I’m good at persuading people to compromise.”

Jackson replied in a dismissive manner, “Oh, you and your lot are naturally persuasive.”

Wellstone took a deep breath, and continued with a polite smile. “I just need to know for certain that we can’t do more. Some non-military. The crisis over there has me worried for future of that country. Can it even survive a civil war this staggering?”

The President sighed, “You can do whatever you want, short of saying on TV or talking to a reporter and, basically, denounce my decision and try to besmirch the administration.”

“I’d never do that.”

“I know. And I thank you for it. You’re a good friend and ally,” replied Jackson. “But you really shouldn’t stress yourself out so much.” As he patted Wellstone’s shoulder as the President exited the room, Jackson added “You and your kind worry too much, ol’ boy. Peace will come to the Congo. Well, one way or another, that is...” [8]

– Billie Lofi’s The Wellstone Way: The Life of a Passionate Progressive, University of Minnesota Press, first edition, 2017

“Alright, we’ve got the cast, we’ve got those new cameras you wanted. What next?”

“I wrote here filming locations: this place here, Trump Stadium in N.Y.C., and for the second act the Trump Hotel and Casino in Boston.”

“Ah that’s great, I love my Boston outfit. So beautiful. Did you know non-Indian commercial casinos are only allowed in I think a handful of states, and only in some areas?”

“Uh, no I did not know that. I did not.”

“Yeah, and New Jersey residents keep voting down those referendum things to get casinos built there. My sister said she couldn’t do anything about it, because they want them because they have those flat welfare dividend things instead of any tourists. That’s why Jersey folks are so lazy, you know.”

“Good to know.”

“And you know something, after we make these pictures, I was thinking of opening up two more casinos, one in Nevada and another in Louisiana, because those are the only two states in all of the US where casino gambling is legal statewide. One of my lawyers told me that. I can’t remember which one. He has a face, I think. I’ll remember.”

“Riverboat casino, ha! That is sounding fun.”

“Yeah, I think I could be a riverboat captain…”

“You can see how you like it in the sequel then, ha. I’ll write in a scene of it, between the shootout and the third lovemaking scene.”

“Hey, good idea; I’m glad I thought of it!”

– transcript of audio recording of office meeting at Trump Sunrise Tower, Santa Monica, CA; recorded 4/19/2006 and leaked 12/17/2018


…The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Patrick I, said today that “Blue Rainbow Sash wearers disqualify themselves from receiving Holy Communion because they are demonstrating their opposition to church teachings on homosexuality."
The Blue Rainbow Sash, which describes itself as an organization of gay and lesbian Catholics and their families and friends, has criticized the Catholic Church’s recent and past statements on homosexuality, including the church's teaching that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” and that homosexual orientation is “objectively disordered.”
To underline their point, the group's members sometimes attend Mass and receive Communion wearing the sash
of a rainbow of six or seven shades of blue.
Asked about his position by Catholic News Service, the Pope said: “Blue Rainbow Sash wearers are showing their opposition to church teaching on a major issue of natural law and so disqualify themselves from being given holy Communion.” Pope Patrick did not elaborate, and he declined a request for an interview on the subject.
In December, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis spoke with Cardinal Arinze about the Rainbow Sash question. Archbishop Flynn allows members wearing the sash to receive Communion, while some other bishops do not.
In an interview afterward, Archbishop Flynn said that
Pope Patrick did not ask for a change in the archbishop’s archdiocesan policy, but did express concern about the clarity of church teaching on the issue. In a statement issued in January, Archbishop Flynn said that the Pope also indicated that “ideally, all of the bishops who have pastoral care for the members of this movement should seek to adopt a uniform approach.”
The church teaching that homosexual acts are contrary to natural law and that the homosexual inclination is "objectively disordered" is contained in the "Catechism of the Catholic Church," which was revised and corrected in
1991. [9] However, the church also teaches that homosexuals must be accepted with love and respect and that they should not be discriminated against. Some bishops have denied the Eucharist to Blue Rainbow Sash members on the grounds that they were using the Eucharist to manifest opposition to church teaching. Some members of the Blue Rainbow Sash organization have said that they consider their wearing of the sash an act of celebration, not protest. [10]

– The Boston Globe, 4/22/2006


The Washington Post, 4/28/2006

…Fire is raging across an oil field in Wyoming after a freak truck-driving accident set off a huge petroleum gas explosion. Wyoming Governor Mary Mead is meeting with fire department officials as firefighters seek to keep the flames at bay until more water bombers can arrive…

– KNN Breaking News, 5/1/2006

…McTeer’s personality was ferocious on the campaign trail, but behind closed doors, she knew how to be docile in order to reach out and win over supporters on other political parties. McTeer reportedly began a friendship with the much-more-conservative MP Michaelle Jean in early-to-mid 2006, and was on very good terms with Environment Minister Jane Sterk, left-of-center moderate MP Jennifer Granholm, and even Louis Plamandon…

– Richard Johnston’s The Canadian Party System: An Analytic History, UBC Press, 2017

“CLIMATE JUSTICE”: Jackson Signs Car Fuel Emission Standards Bill Into Law

…aggravating small-government advocates and undoubtedly infuriating car manufacturers, the new law raises national requirements for new cars to be deemed “environmentally safe” enough both to be sold and driven in the United States. US Senator Ralph Nadler (I-CT) was visibly ebullient at the signing ceremony, which he attended because he was a co-writer of the Senate version of the bill…

The Washington Post, 5/3/2006


Earlier this week, MGM released “2061: The Year of The Lucifer Sun.” Starring Tom Hanks as astronaut Frank Poole, the film is a 2006 adaptation of the 1987 novel 2061: Odyssey Three. Said novel is a sequel to 2010: Odyssey Two, which is a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey; this movie is a sequel to the film 2010: The Year We Make Contact, and that film is a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Understand?

You don’t have to. Because, while the film is unique in that it closely follows the event of the book, its special effects are impressive, and once again shows why Tom Hanks really deserves an Oscar and honestly should have gotten one by now, the fact remains that audiences are turning away from this critically-acclaimed movie. Why? Because several of these kinds of movies are hitting theaters every few months now!

Astronaut movies are everywhere nowadays. Ever since the Milestone 1 plan was launched, space exploration has returned to the front row of pop culture, almost eclipsing superhero films in popularity during the past several years and dominating films, TV, and merchandise paraphernalia in a way that only a nostalgic 1960s/1970s callback can. Hollywood has gone back into their archives and have greenlit reboots of various old products and projects from “the first space age,” with some, like the Lost in Space reboot, being letdowns, while others, like last year’s Flash Gordon movie, were serviceable. But it has been over two years since the Marstronauts returned with only circumstantial evidence that life likely once slithered around in Mars’ once-flourishing waterways. And it seems that many moviegoers, myself included, are growing tired of the repetitiveness of films featuring astronauts encountering crises in space, often showing the universe filled to the metaphorical brim with diverse alien creatures, while real-life space remains a lifeless void in our telescopes. The clichés – paranoia, alien infiltration, loneliness, perilous spacewalks, crash landings, battles that have sound, humanoid alien species – are so abundant now that they are becoming overwhelming.

Like the works of the waning superhero film subgenre, the constant exposure to space films is beginning to bug some viewers. Films like these should be able to use its setting to develop characters and their arcs, and provide unique and original world building, or at least use a familiar-but-remote setting to reflect a relatable issue. But for every good space film – such as “2061” – there are at least ten tiring retreads of space staples that suck worse than a black hole, and with them may come the end of this latest fad in our popular culture.

Essentially, what I mean to stay is the following: if you still find great joy and inspiration in space films, than “2061” this is one of the better ones for you to view. If not, then heed the following warning – Avoid 2061; Attempt No Viewing Here…

– Variety magazine, TV/film review/editorial section, 5/11/2006 op-ed


…With incumbent President Zianon Pazniak of the Conservative Christian party retiring after roughly ten years in office, the race to succeed him was wide open. With 56% of the vote, nationalist strongman Sergei Gaidukevich, of the Liberal Democratic Party, defeated former Presidential Chief of Staff Aleksandar Milinkievich of the Unity Party, who received 41% of the vote. Gaidukevich criticized Milinkievich’s pro-west views on the campaign trail, claiming that the Liberal Democratic Party’s right-wing populism would better “protect Byelorussian interests from outsider interference.” Gaidukevich won the support of both military leaders and veterans of the Russian-Turkistani War of the early 1980s, while the more charismatic Milinkievich appealed to younger voters…

The Guardian, UK newspaper, side article, 15/5/2006


The Chicago Tribune, 5/18/2006


Washington, D.C. – US Senator Bo Gritz (R-ID) yesterday and today stood at a podium set at the foot of the stairs leading up to the US Capitol Building to deliver a “protest speech” in opposition to US Senators moving to pass a new immigration requirements reform bill. Gritz gave the speech on the Senate floor to protest the fact that the Democratic share of the Senate is filibuster-proof.

During the subsequent 19 hours, 17 minutes and 31 seconds, Gritz described the bill in detail before describing his war experiences in Southeast Asia, his attempts to locate supposedly forgotten POWs in several former conflict zones, and his career in the state senate and US Senate. Gritz is a populist who accuses both major political parted of “not doing enough to support real Americans, gladly bending over backwards to wipe the assed of those who show up hear unable to speak English and expecting handout after handout, while people born and raised inside the states go hungry as they and their rights are ignored.” Gritz finally “yielded the floor” when his voice gave out.

Earlier this month, Gritz had attempted to halt the bill by calling for a Senate Judiciary Review of it, claiming it was unconstitutional and authoritative. When the Senate Judiciary committee, chaired by a Democrat, ruled in favor of the proposed law, Gritz tried additional Senate maneuvers to kill the bill before railing against the law on public radio, claiming it would “make the USA… a borderless state.”…

–, 5/28/2006 e-article


…another landmark work of legislation, President Jackson is expected to sign the bill within the month, while the railway reform bill is expected to be debated on in the fall, after the Senate breaks for the summer…

The Washington Post, 6/2/2006


– The Guardian, UK newspaper, 6/6/2006

KENTUCKY-FRIED CENTURIONS: KFC Aims To Win Over Younger Americans

…hoping to improve upon the more positive aspects of Herman Cain’s legacy at Finger Lickin’ Good, Inc., FLG Inc. CEO Mary Lolita Starnes Hannon is turning to up-and-comers within the corporation’s talent pool to bring in a new generation of KFC customers. With the permission of Peter Herman and the urging of Harley Sanders and Millie Sanders, plus several of The Colonel’s grandchildren involved in the company, KFC aims to launch another media campaign to appeal to Americans focused on getting healthy fast food “on-the-go”...

Business Weekly, early June 2006 issue

…The quality of KFC’s quality control was raised under Hannon, with the money spent on investments in sanitation being made back in rising sales, a reversal of Cain’s method of cutting back on “excessive” expenditures.

To this end, technicians in the KFC R&D department were instructed to work on creating a less expensive pressure fryer design that yielded results “indistinguishable from the chicken we make now,” as KFC CEO David Novak explained Hannon’s decision to the head of R&D, Adrien McNaughton.

“It’ll be expensive,” McNaughton replied.

“Yes it will be,” Novak rebutted, “But it’s an investment. If this company succeeds, we will all have thicker wallets.” In showing of dedication to the company, Novak pulled out his checkbook. “Here,” he tore of the check he’d scribbled a large sum onto.

“Woah. You’re putting some of own money into this?” McNaughton was surprised and perplexed.

“Just to show how much faith I have in you, Adrien. You’re the best in your line of work.”

Indeed, McNaughton was a self-described “expert tinkerer.” Starting out as a mechanic in Ontario, Canada before making it big with a tool he designed to improve transmission repair techniques, the head of R&D found his way into the KFC family quite serendipitously in 1994, by meeting then-CEO leader Jim Collins when both were visiting the Saunders Café in North Corbin, Kentucky, the official birthplace of The Colonel’s signature culinary concoction. “Besides, we’re investing funds in this project in order to make more funds out of it. So don’t disappoint me, Adrien.”

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


– A modern KFC outlet operates across the street from the “birthplace” of KFC, c. 2006

…Unfortunately, the rise in revenue and the improvement of their reputation led to the company higher-ups being confident enough in the company’s earnings and stocks to unveil, release and promote KFC’s R&D department’s latest creation, “KFC Fried Fries” – as in doubled-fried potato strips, similar in shape to Wendy’s thick-cut potato pieces, and then generously covered in the Colonel’s Secret Recipe. The introduction of the product in the summer of 2006 was met with polarizing views, but the differing attitudes led to it garnering the kind of media attention that KFC wanted to have…

– Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

“As we begin recess and members of congress begin returning home to their constituents for the summer, I want to remind my fellow Senators to hear their constituents, listen to what they have to say, and understand their needs for us to work together, even across the aisle when necessary, to give the American people a hand when they need help and independence when they don’t.”

– US Senator Jim Edgar (R-IL), 6/30/2006


Mexico City, MEXICO – With incumbent President Estaban Moctezuma (of the political party PRI) being term-limited, Mexican citizens took to the polls to vote for his successor; in a four-way split of the vote, Senator Marcela Guerra Castillo won a plurality.

Moctezuma’s Presidency has been increasingly popular in recent years as the government’s organized crackdowns on money laundering and embezzlement has helped to lower the extent of recreadrug cartel power and influence, with such drugs becoming legal or decriminalized in some Mexican states contributing to their decline of cartel control over parts of Mexico. As a result, the PRI lead in most polls conducted ahead of the general election.

The new President-elected of Mexico, Marcela Guerra, age 45, is a legislator from Nuevo Leon of the big-tent PRI; in the primary for the ruling party’s nomination, she defeated initial frontrunner Jorge Carpizo McGregor, a former minister chief justice, former Attorney General, diplomat and former UN Ambassador; and Jesus Casillas Romero, a largely unknown legislator from Jalisco.

In tonight’s general election, Guerra won roughly 41.2% of the vote. Her main opponent was Vicente Fox, former Governor of Guanajuato, of PAN, the nation’s largest conservative party, who won roughly 36.5% of the vote. Rosario Robles, the former mayor of Mexico City, of the social democratic/progressive PRD party, came in third place with roughly 14.3% of the vote, while Homero Aridjis, a writer, journalist, teacher, environmentalist and diplomat from Michoacan, an Independent, came in fourth place with roughly 7.9% of the vote...

The Los Angeles Times, 7/2/2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. OFICIALLY BEGINS STATEHOOD! Official Name To Be Chosen In November Referendum [4]

…Temporarily using the “interim” name of “The State of Washington, Douglass Community,” this and several other proposed names are of a total of twenty options listed on the November referendum. “D.C.” is now short for The District of Columbia, which is now the official name of the federal capital district itself, a.k.a. the nation’s capital. Some US Senators such as Bobby Scott (D-VA) are referring to it as “The federal Washington” until the State of Washington, D.C. selects a new name for itself.

The trouble concerning our 52nd state’s name arises from the fact that the District of Columbia is the federal district contained within the city of Washington, D.C., hence why “D.C.” is now the name of the capital, unless congress votes to change it (again) at some point. This makes for two Washingtons that are state, and so the unique political entity formerly known as Washington, DC will be changing its name. The Washington, D.C. City Council, which is now a state legislature, originally was going to keep the name “Washington,” or use “The Former Federal District of Washington” but residents of this newer Washington state opposed these titles. However, a proposed double renaming of Washington state as “West Washington” and the former Washington, DC as “East Washington” made it onto the November ballot [4]

– The New York Times, 7/4/2006


A.: ^ Interim name; a permanent, official name will be chosen via referendum on November 7, 2006. [4]

–, July 2006

…McCain’s views on abortion shifted to closer to the center after his wife suffered a difficult pregnancy in 2006. With three “military brats” born in 1999 and 2001, McCain considered the birth of his third child as “miraculous” given his wife being 44 years old at the time. In an early 2012 speech, he explained “We as a nation, and the soul of our nation, cannot afford to accept the immoral idea of encouraging people to snuff out life if it is a temporarily inconvenient life. If an abortion is medically necessary, because of rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s health, that is understandable and women in those positions must have access to the proper facilities. But if you are not ready to be a driver you do not blow up the new car you got as a gift; you give the car away.” To support his belief that adoption was a better choice than abortion, the McCains adopted three more children during the mid-2010s. “The money that we spend on actively supporting unnecessary abortion should instead be spent on providing the best medicine, technology and techniques possible for all expectant mothers...”


DOC PUTS UP HER DUKES!: City Hall Fights Mayor Hamburg Over Loophole-Closing Efforts

The New York Post, 7/15/2006


…hoping to open up their markets to Italian consumers and improve western relations overall, recent Yugoslavian trade deal talks with Italy have now proven to have been productive after all, despite initial diplomatic fumbles at the start of said talks, with the Yugoslavian approving of the final version of a binational trade deal...

The Guardian, UK newspaper, side article, 18/7/2006

…Take, for instance, the 2006 health scare over toxoplasma gondii that had the nation of France on edge for several tense weeks. One of the most common parasites to be found in first-world countries, T.G. was known for its flu-like symptoms and for its supposed altering of the personalities and behavioral tendencies of its infected human hosts. This neurological side affect was later rumored to have been considered when US President Jesse Jackson’s son, Jesse Jr., was diagnosed earlier in the year with having bipolar disorder.

The scare began in late July after an infected cat transmitted T.G. to its order, an elderly Parisian, who soon passed away. Because cats are the definitive host of T. gondii, and news media outlets covering T.G.’s ability to spread through felines unfortunately did not focus much on other forms of transmission – undercooked meat, soil contaminated by cat feces, fish contaminated by sewage, and several other animals – cat owners quickly began putting their feline pets up for adoption or simply abandoning them. It was only after several weeks passed without any new additonal cases of T.G. being reported that the sense of dread and panic passed over the general public… [11]

– Tim Brookes’ SARS, Governance, And The Globalization of Disease, Borders Books, 2014

NADER: “I’ve always been sort of germ-a-phobic kind of person. That’s why I try not to wear earpieces during interviews, because of the chance of infection, even if they’re wiped down after someone else used them. It’s also why I decline dining in the home of anyone with pets. Which, as you might know now, is a smart move in regards to cats. Did you see this, in the news? Cats carry a parasite called toxoplasma gondii, and it can neurologically damage human brains, and people in France are concerned that they have an epidemic on their hands.”

HOST: “Yeah, I think I heard of that, yeah. But because of what they went through with SARS, the government over there’s shutting everything down preemptively. Pretty smart; you can’t be too careful these days.”

NADER: “Exactly, that’s why I’m supportive of the President’s sanitation policies. And why I’ll continue to fight for consumer protection and citizen safety long after I’m out of office – which, actually, is right around the cover.”

HOST: “Yeah, I’m surprised you’re not seeking a third term, given your high approval ratings. I mean, if you ran, you’d easily win re-election.”

NADER: “I’m retiring from the US Senate because I promised my constituents that I’d only serve two terms, so my time’s up. But to be honest, I’m not too sure what I’ll do next.”

HOST: “Are you considering running for president in 2008?”

NADER: “Um, that option is still viable, it’s, uh, it’s still on the table at this point in time, but at this moment, I honestly don’t know. But I’ll make up my mind after I see what kind of campaign platform the Vice President is going to run on before I make a decision.”

– retiring U.S. Senator Ralph Nader (I-CT) and host, WEDW-FM, 88.5 FM, Connecticut radio interview, 7/28/2006

“A NEW GENERATION OF SINNERS?” The Catholic Church And The Centurions

…recent reports show that church attendance rates among Americans who came of age at the start of the century. Dubbed Centurions, a generation grouping typically defined as those borne between 1983 (the Libyan War) and 1996 (the Second Korean War), many of these young Americans are left-leaning and anti-religious, causing many Catholic leaders to fear that these reports suggest that this generation is turning away from church. If true, they are only harming themselves and the children they raise…

National Review, July 2006 issue


…A possible public-private partnership to provide police or police-like protection services for populated areas in Pennsylvania such as Pittsburgh proceeded proficiently today. However, concerns that the public’s return on investment being lower than returns for private funders remain… …As some cities looking to reform their police precincts are being less successful than others, many communities are turning to alternative forms of maintaining law and order. So far, the President is opposed to “private security guards not being held accountable for their actions,” and instead is continuing to urges police precinct to demilitarize and become more engaged in their communities. “Their ranks should be reflective of the people they are sworn to protect, not harass.” …A police-community “cooperative arrangement” in Pittsburg, for example, is still in development…

The Washington Post, 8/3/2006


Premiered: August 7, 2006



Above: a poster for the film


Trivia Facts:

Trivia Fact No. 1: The Director Wanted To “Modernize” The Classic Murder-Mystery

After the failure of his attempt to make a serious film with “Genevieve’s Pearls,” a romantic drama film that was a bomb upon its 2004 release, director Michael Bay decided to “create a modern retelling of a beloved classic,” but “want[ed] to add more thrills to this murder-mystery thriller.” …Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, the film developing a cult following convinced Bay that the movie was “a success”…



…US Attorney General Harry T. Edwards is supporting several members of the Jackson Cabinet in their calls for the imposing of financial and banking sanctions on nations that provide tax havens of America’s top billionaires. US Secretary of Commerce Robert Reich adds that “billions of American dollars are being kept away in tax havens, away from taxation, and away from the markets that have led to these people having billions to begin with. This elitist form of hoarding undermines the fair markets on which national and international economies depend, thus harming the very capitalist systems that they claims they avidly support. This action is shameful, it is immoral, and it should be illegal. But for now, we’ll work with what we have.”…

The Washington Post, 8/8/2006

…The goal of “placing a Quran on the moon” was a goal both Saudi Arabia and Iran could unite behind. The need for the former’s space agency to use the latter’s superior launch sites led to tentative détente being established, cooling down the decades-long “cold war” between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Prepping for “Moonshot ’08,” Saudi Arabia’s version of NASA worked with the Iranian government on tests and projects in Shahrud and Qom, in the northern half of the country, in order to better ensure success for the mission…

– David Tal’s US Strategic Arms Policy After the Cold War: Globalization & Technological Modernization, Routledge, 2020

…Korea’s development plans for the Wonsan-Kalma Coastal Area in The Former North are expected to create thousands of more jobs for the peninsular nation. Hotels and beachfront cottages are being constructed across a five-mile stretch of a small peninsula in an attempt to being in more tourists as the nation continues to shed away its remaining reminders of warfare and division…

– ABC World News Tonight, 8/11/2006 report

>MOTHER-POST: Question: Why is Spongebob’s Undersea Cuisine Still Around?
When I first learned about this franchise in ’96, I thought it was this kitchy gimmicky thing that spun off into a cartoon show. Ten years later, and its still around and if anything there’s MORE outlets. A new one’s opening up in my hometown. What’s going on?

Dude, it’s supply and demand. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean others won’t.

>REPLY 1 to REPLY 2:
I think he’s asking why it’s so popular. Personally, I think it’s because they keep their standards high regardless of their proximity to the fish. SBUC spots can be found in coastal places and even out west. I went to one in Wichita, Kansas a few months back and I was surprised by how fresh the fish tasted. Apparently, the company’s utilizing the new “supertrain” rail that opened between St. Louis and Chicago to haul in fresh fish from the Great Lakes, but don’t quote me on that.

Both the family-friendly restaurant and the cartoon are still popular because kids like the goofiness and adults are, like, charmed by the main character’s relentless sense of optimism, you know? Both young and old people can laugh at the kind of humor found in both the commercials and in the TV show, which, amazingly, doesn’t feel like a cash-grab even though it kind of is!

It’s more than just a meal and a cartoon, it’s an entire experience. There’s a surprising amount of depth to the characters whenever they’re not promoting the restaurant, practically shoving the cartoon versions of their menu offerings into your face. That depth lures in the young adults.

>REPLY 1 to REPLY 3:
Don’t forget the recent food trend – omega-3 fatty acid or whatever its called. It’s found in fish, so a lot of parents are taking their kids to SBUC to give them a healthier version of fast food.

Personally, I think it’s because of how quickly they adapted to delivery-only during the SARS pandemic. It showed responsibility and care.

>REPLY 1 to REPLY 4:
Eh, I guess, but that’s probably not the main reason. You can be responsible but if your food sucks, people won’t order it. And Krabby Patties definitely don’t suck.

>REPLY 1 to REPLY 1 to REPLY 4:
Yeah, Krabby Patties are awesome! I never liked seafood before trying out SpongeBob’s!

–’s, 8/19/2006 posting thread

…By late summer 2006, more state governors were working with the White House to establish stronger transparency measures in police precincts, and to open larger channels of communication between the police and the communities that they serve. One sticking point for police officers opposed to these new procedures was the rise in hand-held recording technology. Increasingly, cellular phone footage capturing incidents of police brutality and police hostility were being posted ontech, exposing precinct abuse and justifying the reforms.

“It is such a delicious ironic twist that the technology that many people once feared turned out to be one of our best tools for social progress,” notes activist Eric Fidelis Alva, currently a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “After decades of police surveillance being this element of state oppression depicted in dystopian works such as ‘1984,’ the technology that finally made such surveillance possible had become so cheap, that anyone who can afford a cellular phone, so pretty much anyone, can now use that technology to monitor the establishment. So now, both the government and the people keep tabs on one another. Both try to hold the other accountable; it is not at all as lopsided as Orwell feared it would be.”…

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

…On August 29, 2006, the scientific journal The New England Journal of Medicine published a peer-reviewed study that “suggested a correlation, but not necessarily a causation” between the marijuana use during pregnancy and autism in babies [12]. Despite researchers pointing out that the study’s results were based on birth records and not a “controlled study,” the possible link between MJ use and autism nevertheless became “a very prominent scare tactic” for anti-recreadrug politicians ahead of the 2006 midterms. “The publication, however accurate, fueled anti-MJ sentiment in the party,” former House Speaker David Emery explained in a 2020 book. “The possibility that people were harming their unborn children was enough of a PR disaster for MJ advocates for Democrats to take notice and quickly begin to clam up about the study or distance themselves from the legalization movement.” Conservative commentators such as Deroy Murdock went after President Jackson, “comdemn[ing him] for harming a generation of Americans” via the nationwide decriminalization law passed last year.

As the link between recreadrug use and autistic children became a major talking point for anti-MJ Republicans, the ruling party’s approval ratings began to slip, most prominently among suburban women. Democrats braced for the “six-year itch” to cost them an even larger number of seats in the House of Representatives than originally anticipated…

– Gary C. Jacobson’s The Power and the Politics of Congressional Elections, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015

“I am appalled by this administration’s trampling of our national borders and national defenses. The President’s latest law dramatically lowered requirements needed for entering America. We need secure, protected and defended borders, and you can help by voting the Democrats out of power. Please vote Republican this November, and return majority control of the House and the Senate back to the Grand Old Party.”

– US Rep. Tommy Tancredo (R-CO), 9/2/2006

AFRICA’S TUTSI REFUGEE CRISIS: Reactions Vary As Groups, Nations Embrace, Reject Displaced Masses

The Daily Telegraph, UK newspaper, 5/9/2006

MONTANA GOVERNOR TOM JUDGE DIES AT 71; Lt. Gov. Michael Cooney Sworn In

The Washington Post, side article, 9/8/2006


…This mental illness is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environment factors [5]

With stress precipitating the President’s son’s violent public incident, Jesse Jackson Jr. hopes that his “embarrassment” will not discourage people from seeking out mental health help. “See me as a warning of what happens if you keep your problems to yourself.”

…Many of us are hardwired with genetic predispositions, but environmental factors can play a role in how they develop. In patients with mental illness, the environmental factors such as stress may not be as noticeable as others. Left unchecked, the condition can lead to the development or worsening of bipolar disorder and other afflictions…

The Baltimore Sun, 9/10/2006


…a Wyoming court has found that a company that owned an oil rig that exploded in April to have been following state and federal regulations. With no deaths but seven hospitalizations, the ruling seems to confirm that the incident was not the result of corrupt business practices as early reporting of the fire had suggested…

The Denver Post, 9/12/2006


…While other western African countries like Senegal, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau work to build up the region’s economy, there is one spot on the map going ignored. For years now, Sierra Leone has effectively been a stateless hellhole, an anarchist landscape of guerilla warlords and child soldier-slaves running rampant. After decades of internal fighting, coups, assassinations, ethnic genocide and civil wars, the nation’s unstable official government collapsed in the mid-1990s, when western powers were too busy responding to the former North Korea’s attempt to develop nuclear weapons to send help to Sierra Leone. Granted, Jackson sent diplomatic advisors in 2001, but he recalled them after two of them were shot and killed in January 2002, and the government has not taken action on the situation since then. The country is essentially a “dead zone,” a lawless wasteland deemed by nearly all nations as being too unsafe to travel into. Violent recreadrug lords, gun runners, cult leaders, and other mortal devils and their gangs are enslaving or killing whatever locals can’t escape in time. It is a huge refugee crisis, as they pour into the neighboring countries of Liberia and Guinea, and so far, only the President of France has discussed leading the UN in some form of intervention. But if we could topple the Kim regime and have enough faith in our military to intervene in the DRC, then surely the US could and could afford to restore civility to Sierra Leone.

–, 9/15/2006


…the businessman, born March 26 in 1960, was an avid motorcyclist and often participated in extreme sports. …Huntsman served and worked on his father’s successful gubernatorial campaigns in 1988, 1992 and 1996, and on his father’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2004. A diplomat who spoke Mandarin Chinese fluently, Huntsman had also served as the US Ambassador to China from 1999 to 2001. …“The Huntsman family is absolutely devastated by this tragedy,” says one source close to the family. “The world just lost a great man, father, husband, son and respected diplomat and business leader. His father is especially shocked and despondent over this.” …Huntsman Jr. is survived by eight siblings, seven children, his wife and both parents…

The Salt Lake Tribune, 9/18/2006


– The Baltimore Sun, 9/21/2006


The Guardian, side article, 23/9/2006

“I think [NYC] Mayor [Margaret Ann “Peg”] Hamburg is doing a good job. She’s appointed highly-qualified champions of progressive progress to be her deputies, commissioners, and board members. Already, she’s made several accomplishments outside of improving the city’s health and sanitation, such as making it easier for NYC residents to join or form to unions. That is something that I am very glad to see!”

– Bern Sanders, NYC radio discussion, 9/24/2006


…Young, b. July 31, 1921, served as the White House Chief Domestic Policy Advisor from 1965 to 1973, a position that he used to combat employment discrimination. …After several years of poor health that included diabetes, poor blood circulation and several heart issues, Young passed away in sleep from heart failure…

The Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky newspaper, 9/26/2006

…A rise in new railway projects was popular due to federally-regulated safety features preventing any major disasters from casting maglevs and bullet trains in negative light, allowing commuters and blue-collar workers to approve of further rail-line systems being implemented to cut down both commuter time and unemployment levels. With these arguments, Republicans (uneasy about this apparent expansion of the federal government’s control on the railroads) risked lowering their own approval ratings by voting against the 2006 railway bill that expanded and reformed the US rail transportation infrastructure system. With the bill being one of the last bills on which Senator Ralph Nader (I-CT) worked before his retirement, he was visibly proud on the day his fellow Senators passed the bill, 30-to-72…

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


The Washington Post, 10/1/2006

“Hello everyone, and thanks to everyone who helped to put this debate together. People, my name is Harley Davidson Brown and I want to be your next governor. I’m the Mayor of Boise, Idaho, I’m a former US Congressman, and a retired US Marine Commander. I was born in 1954 in Waterbury, Connecticut – a.k.a., Brass City USA – to working class Irish Catholics...”

“During the SARS pandemic, a lot of people lost their jobs and things were bad. I know what it’s like to not be able to find work. In 1972, I graduated from Holy Cross (Roman Catholic) High School in the top 10% of my class. I then attended the University of Connecticut, graduating in May 1974 with a degree in structural (civil) Engineering. But then, for all the summer of 1976, I looked for a job but no one would hire me. It was the most miserable and depressing time of my life. I decided that if I could not land a civil engineering job by September, I would join the military. At least they were hiring.”

I was once stationed at a weapons support center in North Carolina, where I was a public works officer in charge of 450 civilian workers in the transportation, utilities, and shops divisions. The base was 63000 acres, larger than Washington D.C., and we manufactured and sorted 750 thousand tons of conventional ammunition for the Army, Navy, Air force and Marine Corps. So I have the experience needed to become governor, because I know how to organize hundreds of workers so that the work that need to get done gets done.”
“After leaving Civil Service I worked at a number of occupations including President of my Engineering Consulting firm, and I drove 18 wheelers from Sea to Shining Sea. But my favorite jobs were ones where I got to help people exercise their freedoms. That’s why I was such an active congressman – you can look it up, I had a 100% voting attendance record – and that’s why I will be an active governor. I’ve never been some stuffed shirt sitting idly behind a desk. I’m a worker, I’m a doer, and I’m the candidate on this stage that will be the most pragmatic governor this state’s seen in a long time if you elect me.”

“I once worked as both a Taxicab driver and evangelist in Boise, Idaho, where I led approximately 1,000 lost souls to the Lord Jesus Christ: Drunks and Winos, Hookers and Strippers, Bums, and Homeless; Hippies and Rainbow people, Bikers, and Villains, Truckers and Construction workers, Businessmen and Proletarians, psychos and weirdo's, homos and lesbians; even some people who looked normal and smelled nice.”

“As a Congressman, I had an intense burning desire to destroy all the works of those progressive liberal Politicians in Washington D.C. whom I brand as vile domestic enemies to the country and Constitution we’re sworn to defend! I will bring that kind of energy and patriotic loyalty to Boise, and use it to reverse the worst aspects of the past eight years of Governor Larry Echo-Hawk. Thank you.” [13]

– Harley Brown (R-ID) at the sole Harley Brown-Jerry Brady Idaho governor debate, 10/4/2006

POLL: Grammer Considered The Winner Of Last Night’s Gubernatorial Debate

The Los Angeles Times, 10/8/2006

9 October 2006: On this day in history, The Republic of Vevcani, a self-declared independent micro-nation surrounded by Yugoslavia, rescinded its 3 September 1991 declaration of independence, as the publicity stunt was deemed by the Mayor and city council to no longer be necessary as the regional economy had improved significantly since the initial declaration. Since then, the city has held two festivals every year to commemorate its “independence day” and their “repatriation day.”


VP WELLSTONE SECURES PEACE DEAL; Rival Left-Wing Guerilla Leaders Nkunda And Katumbi Sign Truce To Mount United Effort Against Bemba Regime

– The Guardian, UK newspaper, 13/10/2006

“Yeah, I am feeling better.”

“That’s good to hear.”

“And I’m getting better, I really think that. Oh! And congratulations on the, uh, that development over in the Congo.”

“No, that was all Wellstone’s idea. Bringing the internal divisions together to defeat Bemba kind of slipped past my mind.”

“Because of me?”

“No! No, of course not.”

“Because I don’t want you to lose your faith in people, dad. You’re better than that, you’re stronger than me.”

“Don’t talk like that, son. I should have noticed you were having trouble. I’m not strong if I can’t be there for my family.”

“But this wasn’t your fault, Dad. I’m learned a lot about depression here, dad, and, you know something? The disease itself is only as powerful as you let it be. I didn’t watch out and it got the best of me, and I disgraced you, but I’m getting better –”

“You never disgraced me, Jesse.”

“I let you down and I almost took down your entire administration. If that reporter hadn’t done the merciful thing and dropped those charges I don’t know what, I –”

“No, Jesse. Jesse. Jesse, look at me, look at me. Listen. You did not let me down, you hear me? I am proud of you for doing the right thing and getting the help you need instead of keeping it to yourself. When you got arrested, you agreed to a health checkup instead of doubling down and giving in to the disease. You didn’t keep it yourself. You did the right thing. I’m proud of you because of that. And, Jesse, Jesse, you will always have this family to support you. You are not alone in this fight of yours. Understand?”

“Yeah, yeah. Thanks, Dad.”

“I may have lost my faith in the Congo people making peace, but I never lost my faith in you.”

“Then I have faith that you’ll find your faith in the Congo people again.”

– A White House teleconference call, security camera audio recording, c. October 2006; leaked in 2018


– Jesse Jackson Sr. and Jesse Jackson Jr. at the 2004 DNC

“I think it’s amazing how little attention the other news outlets pay to Ireland’s tax schemes. We at Tumbleweed Magazine just published another expose about how that country has unofficially become another tax haven for American investors. After the end of the Troubles, their government sought to make themselves more prosperous through underhand-but-legal practices. It’s not as bad as the Swiss and their anonymous bank accounts, but it is a story worthy of more coverage. But does CBS care? Does Mr. Overmyer or the Teds at KNN cover it? Does NYT even write about it? Of course not! Everyone is so focused right now on THN’s efforts to stay an echo chamber and the media coverage of President Jackson’s son not going to court for assault and conservative backlash to our first Black Presidency, that they are failing to notice the richest of the richest jumping through hoops to protect their fortunes from taxation.”

– Bern Sanders, NYC radio discussion, 10/20/2006

…In the southern states, Congressman Ben Lewis Jones (R-GA) enthusiastically endorsed Dave Ramsey, a radio show host and finance lecturer running for a congressional seat in Tennessee that polling suggesting could go in either direction. Barbara Coe, an anti-immigration activist nominated for California’s most conservative district, joined Jones at a rally in late October as Republicans amped up their attacks on the incumbent administration.

The primary talking points that Republicans launch against the Democrats hinged on digital media, churning out dozens of attack ads. At the congressional level, these ads criticized the specific candidates. Nationwide, though, the focus was on only a handful of topics – primarily, a supposed link between autism and marijuana use, unfounded allegations of corruption concerning the President’s son’s mental health treatments, and claims that the reinstating of the 1949 FCC Fairness Doctrine was actually an unfair action that infringed on the American citizens’ First Amendment Rights via enforcing the censorship of one-sided news sources.

…With the Senate likely to stay blue, the main focus of both parties was almost entirely on the control of the House of Representatives…

– Gary C. Jacobson’s The Power and the Politics of Congressional Elections, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015

[1] OTL quote
[2] Author is from OTL, as are his talking points, which were pulled from his OTL article “D.C. Wants to Steal Our State’s Name. They Can Have It!” (11/7/2016 publication,
[3] Similar to the OTL Act vetoed under GWB in OTL:
[4] Speaking of which: (please vote!)
[5] Italicized parts are pulled from here:
[6] OTL quote found in the YouTube video “Jacqueline and Jesse Jackson Jr. talk ‘Letters to My Son in Prison,’” CBS This Morning, 2/6/2019.
[7] See here for details:
[8] Jackson’s way of speaking here is based on anecdotes found in this article:
[9] Six years earlier than OTL due to the same-sex marriage movement gaining momentum faster in this TL than in OTL.
[10] All italicized passages are from here:
[11] Information on this parasite was pulled from (and more can be found) here:
[12] Real:
[13] All italicized segments are from the man’s ourcampaigns page (which for some reason states his middle name is Delano when every other source I’ve come across shows his middle name is Davidson; odd).

[14] Also, in case you missed it before:
Here’s the poll for determining Washington, D.C.’s new name: “When Washington, D.C. becomes a state, what new name should it adopt?”:
There’s 20 options:
The Capital State
Democracy Central
The Democratic Community
The Douglass Community
East Virginia
East Washington (with the current Washington State becoming “West Washington” either officially or informally)
Lower Maryland
New Maryland
New Virginia
New Washington
Washington State (thus making the current Washington State change their name, too)
The Washington City-State/The City-State of Washington
The Washington-Douglass Community
Washington, The D.C. (with “D.C.” being short for “Democratic City-state”)
Washington, Distinguished Citizenry

Please vote!:

The next update’s E.T.A.: November 19!

Unknown said:
And how are there twelve cast members instead of 10?
Two have smaller roles, most prominently at the start and end of the movie, as detectives piecing together what went down on the island, similar to the book's ending!
Post 84
Post 84: Chapter 92

Chapter 92: November 2006 – March 2007

“I was always a friend of southern rights but an enemy of southern wrongs.”

– US politician Benjamin Butler (R-MA)

November United States Senate election results, 2006
Date: November 7, 2006

Seats: 35 of 104
Seats needed for majority: 53
New Senate majority leader: Gary Locke (D-WI)
New Senate minority leader: Webb Franklin (R-MS)
Seats before election: 65 (D), 37 (R), 2 (I)
Seats after election: 57 (D), 46 (R), 1 (I)
Seat change: D v 8, R ^ 9, I v 1

Full List:

Arizona: incumbent Harry Braun (D) over David F. Nolan (R/Liberty) and Richard Mack (Country)

California: incumbent George Deukmejian (R) over Tony West (D) and Meredith “Murdock” Hunter (Green/Natural Mind)

Connecticut: Warren Mosler (D) over Lowell Palmer Weicker Jr. (I) and Alan Schlesinger (R); incumbent Ralph Nader (I) retired

Delaware: incumbent Daniel S. Frawley (D) over Jan Ting (R)

Florida: incumbent Alexander Penelas (D) over Daniel Webster (R)

Hawaii: Mazie Hirono (D) over Cynthia Thielen (R); incumbent Patsy Mink (D) retired

Indiana: incumbent Katie Hall (D) over John Herman Cox (R)

Maine: incumbent Olympia Snowe (R) over Harlan Baker (D)

Maryland: Michael Steele (R) over Ben Cardin (D) and Kevin Zeese (G); incumbent Paul Sarbanes (D) retired

Massachusetts: incumbent Kathleen Hartington Kennedy-Roosevelt (D) over Kenneth Chase (R)

Michigan: Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski (R) over incumbent Barbara-Rose Collins (D)

Minnesota: incumbent Hubert Horatio “Skip” Humphrey III (D) over Mark Kennedy (R)

Mississippi: incumbent William Webster “Webb” Franklin (R) over Erik Fleming (D)

Missouri: incumbent Alan Wheat (D) over Jim Talent (R)

Montana: Stan Jones (R) over incumbent Jack Mudd (D)

Nebraska: Don Stenberg (R) over Maxine Moul (D); incumbent Ted Sorensen (D) retired

Nevada: Patricia Anne “Patty” Cafferata (R) over incumbent Anna Nevenic (D)

New Jersey: Thomas Kean Jr. (R) over Gina Rose Genovese (D); incumbent Frank X. McDermott (R) retired

New Mexico: Gloria Tristani (D) over Joseph J. Carraro (R); incumbent Pedro Jimenez (D) retired

New York: Tom Suozzi (D) over Edward Ridley Finch Cox (R); incumbent Gabriel “Gabe” Kaplan (D) retired

North Dakota: John Hoeven (R) over incumbent Eliot Glassheim (D)

Ohio: Sherrod Brown (D) over David Smith (R); incumbent Terry A. Anderson (D) retired

Pennsylvania: H. John Heinz III (R) over incumbent Paul Kanjorski (D)

Potomac: incumbent appointee Eleanor Norton (D) over Carol Schwartz (R)

Puerto Rico: incumbent appointee Luis Fortuno (R/New Progressive) over Rafael Hernandez Colon (D/Popular Democratic)

Rhode Island: incumbent Myrth York (D) over Ellerton Pratt “Mark” Whitney III (“Liberty” Republican) and Steve Laffey (Independent Republican)

Tennessee: incumbent Bob Clement Jr. (D) over Van Hilleary (R)

Texas: Kay Granger (R) over incumbent Mickey Leland (D)

Utah: incumbent David D. Marriott (R) over Pete Ashdown (D)

Vermont: incumbent Charles Dean (D) over Greg Parke (R)

Virginia: Ben Lewis Jones (R) over incumbent Bobby Scott (D)

Washington: Norm Rice (D) over Linda Smith (R); incumbent Jolene Unsoeld (D) retired

West Virginia: incumbent Robert C. Byrd (D) over Hiram Lewis (R)

Wisconsin: incumbent Russ Feingold (D) over Robert Lorge (R)

Wyoming: incumbent John S. Wold (R) over Dale Groutage (D)


United States House of Representatives results, 2006
Date: November 7, 2006

Seats: All 441
Seats needed for majority: 221
New House majority leader: H. Dargan McMaster (R-SC)
New House minority leader: Barbara B. Kennelly (D-CT)
Last election: 199 (R), 236 (D)
Seats won: 224 (R), 217 (D)
Seat change: R ^ 22, D v 22


United States Governor election results, 2006
Date: November 7, 2006

Number of state gubernatorial elections held: 37
Seats before: 35 (D), 15 (R), 1 (G), 1 (I)
Seats after: 32 (D), 20 (R), 0 (G), 0 (I)
Seat change: D v 3, R ^ 5, G v 1, I v 1

Full list:

Alabama: Lucy Baxley (D) over Roy Moore (R) and Tony Petelos (Integrity); incumbent Ryan DeGraffenried Jr. (D) was term-limited

Alaska: incumbent Niilo Emil Koponen (Democratic-Green-Union) over Loren Leman (Libertarian-Republican Alliance) and Daniel DeNardo (Independent)

Arizona: Debbie McCune Davis (D) over Brenda Burns (R); incumbent David Fraser Nolan (R) retired

Arkansas: incumbent Winthrop Paul Rockefeller (R) over Mike Ross (D)

California: Kelsey Grammer (R) over incumbent Debbie Cook (G), Laura Wells (D) and Leonard Padilla (Liberty)

Colorado: Jane E. Norton (R) over Gail Schoettler (D) over; incumbent Wellington Webb (D) retired

Connecticut: incumbent Phyllis Busansky (D) over Bill Curry (D) and Roberta Scaglione (I)

Florida: incumbent Antoinette “Toni” Jennings (R) over Bill McBride (D)

Georgia: incumbent Karen Christine Walker (R) over Connie Stokes (D)

Hawaii: Muliufi Francis “Frank” Hannemann (D) over incumbent John Carroll (R)

Idaho: Harley Davidson Brown (R) over Jerry Brady (D); incumbent Larry J. Echo Hawk (D) retired

Illinois: incumbent Corrine J. Wood (R) over Edwin Eisendrath (D)

Iowa: Fred Grandy (R) over Mike Blouin (D); incumbent Sally Pederson (D) retired

Kansas: Lynn Jenkins (R) over incumbent Nancy Boyda (D)

Maine: Peter E. Cianchette (R) over incumbent Matthew Dunlap (D/DSA) and Jonathan Carter (G)

Maryland: John Peter Sarbanes (D) over Bob Ehrlich (R); incumbent Eileen M. Rehrmann (D) retired

Massachusetts: incumbent Michael Dukakis (D) over Christy Mihos (R)

Michigan: incumbent Ronna Romney (R) over David Bonior (D)

Minnesota: incumbent Nancy Elizabeth Lee Johnson (DFL) over Tom Emmer (IRL)

Nebraska: incumbent Lowen Kruse (D) over Dave Nabity (R)

Nevada: Dennis Hof (R) over James B. Gibson (D); incumbent Doug Swanson (R) retired

New Hampshire: incumbent Kelley Ashby (R) over John Lynch (D)

New Mexico: Martin Chavez (D) over John A. Sanchez (R); incumbent Gary Johnson (R/Liberty) was term-limited

New York: incumbent Andrew Cuomo (D/Working Families) over James Bacalles (R)

Ohio: Maureen O’Connor (R) over Michael B. Coleman (D); incumbent Sherrod Brown (D) retired

Oklahoma: incumbent Gary Richardson (R) over Constance Johnson (D)

Oregon: Mary Starrett (R) over Harry Lonsdale (D); incumbent John Elwood “Bud” Clark (I) retired

Pennsylvania: incumbent Lynn Swann (R) over Marjorie Margolies (D)

Potomac: Vincent Bernard Orange Sr. (D) over Michael Kevin Powell (R); incumbent Charlene Drew Jarvis (D) retired

Rhode Island: Lincoln Davenport Chafee (R) over incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse (D)

South Carolina: incumbent Lindsey Graham (R) over Tommy Moore (D)

South Dakota: incumbent George S. Mickelson (R) over Scott Heidepriem (D)

Tennessee: Jim Bryson (R) over Mike McWherter (D) and Carl Two Feathers Whitaker (I; wikiless); incumbent Bart Gordon (D) was term-limited

Texas: Bill Owens (R) over incumbent Kinky Friedman (D), Jim Hightower (Green), Guadalupe Valdez (LRU) and Larry Kilgore (Liberty)

Vermont: incumbent Deborah L. “Deb” Markowitz (D) over Benjamin Clarke (R) and Robert Skold (LU)

Wisconsin: incumbent Kathleen Falk (D) over Mark Green (R)

Wyoming: W. Richard West (D) over incumbent Mary Mead (R)


THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: DC’s New Name Is “Potomac”

…while the official name of US capitol is now “The District of Columbia,” many Potomacites (Potomacans?) and, most noticeably, Republican lawmakers, are still referring to it as “Washington, D.C.,” either in protest or out of habit. …Senator Bachus believes that “Washington D.C.” should return to being the capitol’s official name, given that the nation’s 52nd state is not using the word “Washington” in its name. “It’s also very telling that ‘Lincoln’ was not an option on the referendum. That shows that the Democrats don’t want to remind Black people that it was a Republican who freed the slaves”…

The Washington Post, 11/7/2006 (the WP ultimately decided to not rebrand and instead kept their name)

HOST: “Well, tell us about it the way you experienced it.”

GUEST: “It was on November 7 at O’Hare International. I was flying back to West Virginia after some last-minute, 11th-hour campaigning for Edwin Eisendrath, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois. Our plane was on the runway but was waiting for others to take off before we could. When we were slowly passing by what I later found out was Gate C-17 of O’Hare. I looked out the window, and there’s where I saw. This silvery disc-like thing, hovering completely still over the airport. First I thought it was some odd scratch on the window, like a strip of duct tape, but it wasn’t. It was out there, hovering.”

HOST: “You say it was silvery and saucer-shaped?”

GUEST: “Yes!”

HOST: “Sounds like a UFO to me.”

GUEST: “It was a UFO, and I wasn’t the only one who saw it! The pilots of our plane and the pilots of several other planes nearby all saw it, as did ramp employees and mechanics on the ground! The saucer or whatever it was hovered in place for a few minutes, and then zoomed right up into the clouds. It was the craziest, most sublime, most eye-catching and eye-opening thing I’ve ever seen before.” [1]

– Host George Noory and then-Gov. Bob Wise (D-WV), KDWN’s late night political/paranormal call-in talk radio program Coast to Coast AM, 2/2/2008

…Two more states have approved of the National Initiative Amendment via state referendums earlier tonight, bringing the total number of states to 39 and thus ratifying this landmark piece of legislation it into the United States Constitution…

– TON Nighttime News, 11/8/2006

“Well, it’s about time that got passed! I can consider retiring now. …I said consider retiring now.”

– US Senator Mike Gravel (D-CA), 11/8/2006

…The blowback to the 2006 immigration bill and the health scare over the possibility that MJ causes autism were much more influential on the decisions made by undecided voters than Junior’s mental health crisis. Nevertheless, post-election polling also showed that negative opinions on Jackson himself were more prevalent than negative opinions on his administration. This attitude was reflected in gubernatorial races as well, where Tennessee’s new governor-elect had run on a pledge to block “federal rulings” from “invading” his home state “under the false banner of ‘home state rights.’”…

– Gary C. Jacobson’s The Power and the Politics of Congressional Elections, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015


…Elected from California’s most conservative US Congressional district, activist Barbara Coe has spent most of the past two decades opposing federal and state governments providing federal services to illegal immigrants. Coe, who was born on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota on Dec. 6, 1933, was a crime analyst for the Anaheim Police Department until the early 1990s, when her superiors in the Police Department disapproved of her activism and demoted her, and then fired her in 1995 over her alleged misuse of department equipment. After this, Coe increased her political activism, saying she was motivated to “stope the flow of anarchy” in the wake of Korean immigrants relocating to the US after the fall of North Korea in 1996, and of Mexican citizens seeking refuge in the US at the height of the Cartel Wars (the late 1990s).

After meeting with Congressmen Tommy Tancredo and Sonny Bono in Washington, D.C., Representative-Elect Coe told reporters that as a Congressperosn she will be calling for measures “to ban unauthorized immigrants from public schools and universities and block them from receiving social or welfare services and UHC except for emergency treatments.” Coe argues that these actions would save taxpayers money and discourage illegal immigration. She says Tancredo and the other members of the anti-immigration “S.O.S.,” or “Save Our States” House Caucus will assist her introduce such legislation early next year.

It is my position [sic] that we are on the verge of losing the sovereignty of our nation, and we need to fight that.” [2]

The Houston Chronicle, 11/12/2006



…Labour MPs were divided over the UK intervention still ongoing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (with former PM John Lennon suggesting intervention there “should be South Africa’s job” just over a week ago), and Harman failed to keep the party united in the face of a strong Conservative challenger ready and willing to end – and, as tonight proved, capable of ending – what has been nearly 15 years of Labour rule…

The Guardian, UK newspaper, 11/17/2006

US SENATE PASSES MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION BILL; House Plans To Vote On It Next Month, Ahead Of The New House Session

The Washington Post, 11/21/2006

…We now have confirmation that Alabama’s governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley, has died from a sudden massive stroke… Two people close to the state politician have made the claim that she was showing signs of exhaustion and of being in poor health in recent weeks, possibly due to the stress and strain of running for Governor…

– NBC Breaking News, 11/23/2006 broadcast

…The sociopolitical experiment of a single united Central Asian political entity was tested time and again, by radioactive disaster, droughts, recreadrugs, border skirmishes, and a global pandemic. The greatest threat to the stability of the diverse nation, however, came with the simple and sudden of one man, and the ascension of another.

On December 6, 2006, the third President of United Turkmenistan, Han Ahmedowic Ahmedow of Turkmenistan and of the Unity Party, in office since January 5, 1999, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 70. Elected in 1998 over Avdi Kuliyev of Turkmenistan, and re-elected in 2001 and 2004, each time over lmazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan, his death left a fateful vacancy in the UT government. The UT Constitution stipulated that the Head of the National Gathering was next in line for the Presidency, with the NG Head being the UT equivalent of the US Speaker of the House.

And at the time, the holder of that position was the controversial and polarizing Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan and of the National Party…


Above: Islam Karimov, the fourth President of United Turkestan

– Ke Wang’s Turkestanis Unite!: The Rise And Execution of An Idea, Cambridge University Press, 2013


…Ryan DeGraffenreod, Jr., age 56, has passed away unexpectedly from “undisclosed natural causes,” a representative of his family and city officials jointly announced on December 7th, with the outgoing Governor dead, and the office of Lieutenant Governor vacant since the recent death of Lucy Baxley, who had been elected to succeed DeGraffenreid, president pro tempore of the state senate Lowell Barron will serve as governor for the rest of DeGraffenreid’s term. According to the state’s constitution, “If the governor-elect fail or refuse from any cause to qualify, the lieutenant governor-elect shall qualify and exercise the duties of governor until the governor-elect qualifies.[3] This wording of the constitution, however, does not cover what it to be done is the governor-elect dies and thus cannot qualify. As a result, the runner-up of last month’s governor’s race announcing today that he is suing the state government, challenging the legitimacy of the current Lieutenant-governor-elect, Jim Folsom Jr., of being sworn in to the governorship next month. Moore argues that because it specifies “until the governor-elect can serve,” an impossible situation, than either the second-place finisher of November’s gubernatorial election should become governor-elect by default, or a new gubernatorial election must be held, as there are more than sixty days until the next regularly-scheduled election. …The state supreme court are reportedly looking into the matter in order to determine the validity of Moore’s argument…

The Washington Post, 12/9/2006



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...the term-limited governor is leaving office with high approval ratings and an impressive collection of fiscal accomplishments under his belt…

The Silver City Daily Press and Independent, New Mexico newspaper, 12/10/2006

…With only a few weeks left to go before Republicans gain back majority control of the House, Congress has passed the Mental Health Education bill. The legislation has been described as an ‘addition’ to the mental health laws passed in the wake of the assassination of President Iacocca, and encourages the teaching of the subject of mental health in high school health classes in order to curb social stigma concerning conditions such as but not limited to depression, addiction, senility and bipolar disorders…

– CBS Evening News, 12/11/2006 broadcast


…the Chinese pharmaceutical chemist, who turns 77 on the thirtieth, discovered one of the most effective treatments for malaria in the late 1960s, while she was working on a secret military project for the People’s Republic of China. Her discovery was artemisinin, a drug that was a great improvement on chloroquine solutions of the time that were becoming less effective due to malaria parasites developing resistance to them. Her unsung work helped doctors in China, and then the world, fight malaria and infections caused by roundworm parasites…

–, 10/10/2007 news e-article

…A brain hemorrhage can be like a stroke, when the victim suddenly losses feeling in their face and cannot speak; in other cases, it can be the opposite, with a sudden and severe headache followed by nausea and vomiting. Both ways are painful and tragic. In the case of Tim Johnson, the US Secretary of the Treasury, when his brain began bleeding on December 13, 2006 while he was reviewing the numbers for the next quarterly budget, he suffered a cerebral arteriovenous malformation, which is a congenital defect that creates enlarged and tangled blood vessels in the brain, resulting in pressure from these vessels as they are too close together. Johnson was discovered by his secretary when it was the end of her shift. He was immediately rushed to George Washington University Hospital in critical condition, and underwent surgery at to drain the blood and stop further bleeding. Unfortunately, the extent of the tangled vessels bursting proved too great, and he passed away hours later, on the 14th. Johnson was born with the condition [4], and he died with it.

The President had just signed Senator McGovern’s mental health education bill into law when he heard the news. Naturally, he was shocked and saddened by the sudden departure of the 60-year-old larger-than-life workaholic South Dakota who had been instrumental in the White House’s financial efforts. At the next cabinet meeting, the room reportedly seemed darker and colder…

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



1966: Ruth Briggs of the US – for overseeing successful and attempted peace talks in several countries as the US’s Chief National Security Advisor

1967: Dang Thuy Tram of United Vietnam and the International Council of Nurses – for treating the wounded survivors of the concluded Vietnam War

1968: Rene Cassin of France – for his successes as President of the European Court for Human Rights

1969: The UN International Labour Organization – for its advancing of social and economic justice through the setting of international labour standards

1970: Norman E. Borlaug of the US – for his contributions to food production via his involvement in the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

1971: Willy Brandt of West Germany – for normalizing relations between East Germany and West Germany, as President of the latter

1972: Max Jakobson of Finland – for his contributions to political stabilization efforts worldwide as UN Secretary-General

1973: Francois Mitterrand of France – for his involvement, as France’s President, in ceasefire agreements ending internal hostilities in Algeria and elsewhere

1974: Eisaku Sato of Japan – for his efforts as Japan’s Prime Minister to promote global denuclearization

1975: Andrei Sakharov of the USSR – for his struggle for human rights, nuclear disarmament, and international cooperation

1976: Betty Williams of the UK and Mairead Corrigan of the UK – for co-founding the influential Northern Ireland Peace Movement

1977: Amnesty International – for protecting the human rights of “prisoners of conscience”

1978: Jimmy Carter of the US, Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt, and Menachem Begin of Israel – for the landmark Atlanta Peace Treaty of 1978

1979: Mother Teresa of India – for her anti-poverty work in Calcutta

1980: Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina – for his fight for human rights during Argentina’s military dictatorship

1981: The UN Office of High Commissioner for Refugees – for organizing the aiding of the displaced in places such as Africa and Central America

1982: Alva Myrdal of Sweden and Alfonso Garcia Robles of Mexico – for their work in international disarmament negotiations

1983: Leszek Kolakowski and Jarek Kuron of Poland – for co-founding the non-violent “Solidarity,” a Self-Governing Trade Union in Poland

1984: Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko and P. W. Botha of South Africa – for their work to peacefully end apartheid in South Africa

1985: Alexander Yakovlev of Russia – for his leading role in supporting a peaceful change in government following the collapse of the USSR

1986: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – for raising awareness of the catastrophic consequences of atomic warfare

1987: Oscar Romero of El Salvador – for years of combating poverty and social injustice across Central America as a prelate of the Catholic Church

1988: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of India – for consistently advocating tolerance, peace, and mutual respect over use of violence and/or force

1989: Colonel Sanders of the US, Muhammad Zia-Ul-Haq of Pakistan and V.P. Singh of India – for signing a landmark peace treaty that suspended hostilities between India and Pakistan

1990: The UN Peace-Keeping Forces – for their contributions to the upholding of one of the UN’s most fundamental tenets

1991: Rev. Jerry Brown of the US – for organizing charity efforts and humanitarian services in post-war Nicaragua

1992: Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala – for her defense of the rights of indigenous peoples

1993: Bread for the World of the US – for advocating, as a non-partisan Christian organization, for policy changes to end world hunger

1994: Sir John Lennon of the UK, and Selvarasa Pathmanathan and D. B. Wijetunga of Sri Lanka – for forging a peace deal, ending the Sri Lanka Civil War

1995: The UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda and Romeo Dallaire of Canada – for successfully ending the ethnic-based conflicts in Rwanda and Burundi

1996: Joseph Rotblat of Poland and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs of Canada – for efforts to diminish and eliminate nuclear arms

1997: The UN World Food Programme – for distributing nutritional relief worldwide, especially in the aftermath of the Second Korean War

1998: International Campaign to Ban Landmines of Switzerland – for clearing anti-personnel mines and calling for their ban worldwide

1999: Kim Dae-jung of United Korea – for his promotion, as President of Korea, of peace and reconciliation worldwide and in post-war Korea in particular

2000: Medecins Sans Frontieres of Switzerland – for the organization’s work in pioneering humanitarian efforts

2001: Mike Gravel of the US – for his calls for a global ban on chemical weapons

2002: The UN International Atomic Energy Agency – for their efforts to ensure nuclear energy is used safely and not for military purposes

2003: Carol Bellamy of the US – for her work, as Secretary-General of the UN, coordinating the global response to the 2001-2004 SARS pandemic

2004: Andres Pastrana Arango of Colombia – for leading and brokering the peace deal that ended the decades-long Colombian Civil War

2005: Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya – for contributing to sustainable development projects, and for promoting democracy and peace worldwide

2006: Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank of Bangladesh – advancing economic and social opportunities for the poor, especially women


TIME MAGAZINE’S PERSON OF THE YEAR (called Man of the Year or Woman of the Year until 1989)


1961: Lyndon B. Johnson – US President; pushed for Civil Rights legislation and sent US troops to Cuba

1962: Pope John XXIII – Head of the Roman Catholic Church; symbolized hope to Cuban refugees during the Cuban War; initiated the Second Vatican Council

1963: The Shoutnik – anti-war activist characterized as a new generation of Americans; style born out of the Beatnik Generation and Civil Rights movement

1964: Colonel Sanders – elected US President, after being a well-known chicken salesman just ten years prior in a stunning rise to power

1965: Martin Luther King Jr. – a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and a supporter of the Federal Aid Dividend

1966: The Inheritor – representing a generation of American men and women under the age of 26

1967: Creighton W. Abrams Jr. – the US Army General and the commander of US forces in Vietnam during the Fall of Hanoi

1968: Colonel Sanders (2nd time) – US President; re-elected in a landslide

1969: The Apollo 10 Astronauts – Gus Grissom, first man on the moon; Charles Bassett, second man on the moon; Ted Freeman, Command Module Pilot

1970: Ms. Arkansas – seen as the catalyst for the First Ark Wave, an international movement in which woman spoke out against sexual pestering and abuse

1971: Robert Stanfield – Prime Minister of Canada; sought to improve the national economy and resolve “the Quebec Query”

1972: Walter Mondale – elected US President at the age of 44 in a “generational shift”

1973: Robert Vincent Roosa – US Secretary of the Treasury; credited with leading the US economy through the 1973 Oil Crisis

1974: Alexei Kosygin – head of the USSR; maintained a stable détente with the US and Western Europe

1975: American Women – representing the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment

1976: The American Soldier – representing U.S. forces, especially the “Uganda Rough Riders,” a.k.a. those involved in the UK-led overthrow of Idi Amin

1977: Anwar Sadat – President of Egypt; opened diplomatic channels to Israel in a major geopolitical shakeup

1978: The Peacemakers – representing the groups and individuals who contributed to the Atlanta Peace Treaty that stabilized relations in the Middle East

1979: Ralph Nader – Director of the EPA; lead and coordinated clean-up efforts in the immediate aftermath of the Trojan Tower Nuclear Disaster

1980: Jeremiah Denton – elected US President on the promise of economic recovery

1981: Helmut Kohl – Chancellor of West Germany; improved relations between East Germany and West Germany

1982: The Computer – denoted “machine of the year” to mark the beginning of The Information Age

1983: Shah Reza Pahlavi – the Shah of Iran since 1978; finally defeated Khomeini-led anti-government terrorist forces, ending a years-long conflict

1984: Alexander Nikolaevich Yakovlev – the last head of the USSR; withdrew troops from United Turkestan as the Soviet Union collapsed

1985: The Silence Breakers – representing women who came forward with allegations of sexual pestering and abuse in what became the Second Ark Wave

1986: J. Mark Felt – FBI Director; a central figure in the investigations that led to President Denton’s resignation

1987: Janice R. Fine – 26-year-old activist; a major figure in the Second Ark Wave; legal consul to Anna and Sydney Mason, lawyer, and feminist

1988: The Woman Politician – representing such individuals worldwide in general and in the US in particular, such as President-elect Bellamy, and others

1989: The Endangered Earth – denoted “Planet of the year” to mark the rise in awareness of Global Climate Disruption

1990: Carol Bellamy – US President; pushed Universal Healthcare and other major reforms through congress

1991: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan – Secretary-General of the UN

1992: John Lennon – elected Prime Minister of the UK in an election that saw high voter turnout

1993: Lee Iacocca – US President; engaged in trade wars with several nations, most prominently Japan

1994: Tim Berners-Lee – English computer scientist dubbed the “inventor” of the technet

1995: Jimi Hendrix – musician who legally and officially became a certified Prince, serving as the head of The Sanwi Kingdom until his retirement in 2012

1996: Larry Miles Dinger – US President; won a full term in a landslide after the “success” of the Second Korean War

1997: Dr. David Ho – Taiwanese-American physician who received praise for his pioneering AIDS research

1998: The Good Samaritan – representing those who contributed to anti-poverty and anti-hunger efforts worldwide, especially for “The Former North.”

1999: Carol Bellamy (2nd time) – UN Secretary-General; promoted relief for children in poverty

2000: Jesse Jackson – elected the first African-American US President

2001: Esteban Moctezuma – President of Mexico; praised for his handling of the Cartel Wars/Recreadrug Wars

2002: Healthcare Workers – representing the doctors, nurses and EMTs who worked tirelessly during the SARS Global Pandemic

2003: The Crew of The Milestone And Seeker – the international team of ten “marstronauts” who traveled to Mars and grew crops there for a few weeks

2004: Jesse Jackson (2nd time) – US President; re-elected in a landslide

2005: Pope Patrick I – born Francis Arinze in Nigeria; first Black Pope

2006: Moise Katumbi – Katangan community leader in the D.R.C.; aided fleeing ethnic minorities targeted during the Second African World War

–, c. 2014

“…the Alabama State Supreme court has released its opinions on Alabama’s line of succession controversy, and they have ruled in favor of Lieutenant-Governor-elect Jim Folsom Jr. being sworn into office in January. However, the court also upheld the stipulation that a special election must be held to determine who will serve the remainder to the 2007-to-2011 gubernatorial term…”

– CBS Evening News, 12/28/2006 broadcast



Class 1: Eleanor Holmes Norton (b. 1937, D)

Class 2: David Schwartzman (b. 1954, D)


At-large: Charlene Drew Jarvis (b. 1941, D)



…The state’s New Progressive Party is left-of-center and its members are split almost evenly between Democratic and Republican affiliation at the national level. The state’s Popular Democratic Party is farther centrist and was less enthusiastic about US statehood, with many party members backing the “status quo” option on earlier referendums…


Class 1: Luis Fortuno (b. 1960, R/New Progressive)

Class 2: Norma Burgos (b. 1942, R/New Progressive)


District 1: Antonio J. Colorado (b. 1939, D/Popular Democratic)

District 2: Dr. Miriam J. Ramirez, M.D. (b. 1941, D/New Progressive)

District 3: Jenniffer Gonzalez (b. 1976, R/New Progressive)

District 4: Leonides “Leo” Diaz Urbina (b. 1962, R/New Progressive)

District 5: Baltasar Corrada del Rio (b. 1935, R/New Progressive)


NEW SENATE COMPOSITION (ALL 54 SENATORS; 46 Republicans, 57 Democrats and 1 Independent)

Class 1 (35) – Senators Elected In 1994, 2000, 2006, Etc.:

REPUBLICANS (16): George Deukmejian (CA), Olympia Snowe (ME), Mike Steel (MD), Rocky Raczkowski (MI), Webb Franklin (MS), Stan Jones (MT), Don Stenberg (NE), Patty Cafferata (NV), Thomas Kean Jr. (NJ), John Hoeven (ND), H. J. Heinz III (PA), Luis Fortuno (PR), Kay Granger (TX), David Marriott (UT), Ben Lewis Jones (VA), John Wold (WY)

DEMOCRATS (19): Harry Braun (AZ), Warren Mosler (CT), Daniel S. Frawley (DE), Alexander Penelas (FL), Mazie Hirono (HI), Katie Beatrice Hall (IN), Kathleen Kennedy-Roosevelt (MA), Skip Humphrey (MN), Alan Wheat (MO), Martin Chavez (NM), Tom Suozzi (NY), Sherrod Brown (OH), Eleanor Norton (PO), Myrth York (RI), Bob Clement Jr. (TN), Tony Pollina (VT), Norm Rice (WA), Bob Byrd (WV), Russ Feingold (WI)

Class 2 (35) – Senators Elected In 1990, 1996, 2002, Etc.:

REPUBLICANS (23): Spencer Bachus (AL), Jalmar Kerttula (AS), Bob Barr (GA), Helen Chenoweth (ID), Jim Edgar (IL), Terry Branstad (IA), Carla Stovall (KS), Clyde Holloway (LA), Bill Weld (MA), Jack Lousma (MI), Pete Johnson (MS), Larry R. Williams (MT), Orrin Hatch (NE), Mary Mochary (NJ), Steve Largent (OK), Norma Paulus (OR), Norma Burgos (PR), Larry Pressler (SD), Hillary Rodham-Clinton (TN), Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), George Allen (VA), Jon McBride (WV), Barbara Cubin (WY)

DEMOCRATS (11): Jim Guy Tucker (AR), Josie Heath (CO), Marjorie “Midge” Osterlund (DE), Martha Layne Osborne (KY), Sharon Sayles Belton (MN), Bev Hollingworth (NH), Roberto Mondragon (NM), Dan Blue (NC), David Schwartzman (PO), Liz Roberts (RI), Mike Thurmond (SC)

INDEPENDENT (1): Angus King (ME)

Class 3 (34) – Senators Elected In 1992, 1998, 2004, Etc.:

REPUBLICANS (7): F. Winford Boozman III (AR), Michael Bilirakis (FL), Herman Cain (GA), Bo Gritz (ID), Bob Dole (KS), Patrick Downard (KY), Lyle Hillyard (UT)

DEMOCRATS (27): Doug Jones (AL), Kevin Danaher (AS), Eddie Najeeb Basha Jr. (AZ), Mike Gravel (CA), Mark Udall (CO), Chris Dodd (CT), Dan Inouye (HI), Paul Vallas (IL), Evan Bayh (IN), Patty Jean Poole (IA), Chris John (LA), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Wayne Cryts (MO), Dina Titus (NV), Lou D’Allesandro (NH), Allyson Schwartz (NY), Nick Galifianakis (NC), Kent Conrad (ND), Peter Lawson Jones (OH), Brad Carson (OK), Les AuCoin (OR), Bob Casey Jr. (PA), Fritz Hollings (SC), Teresa McGovern (SD), Bill Sorrell (VT), Gary Locke (WA), Bronson La Follette (WI)


“This conservative agenda that we are putting forth will aim to hold the President and his administration accountable for their reckless fiscal spending.”

– US House Speaker H. Dargan McMaster (R-SC), 1/5/2007


The Washington Post, 1/6/2007

…from the data we had on file and based on our correspondents literally phoning in their reports, we’re estimating the January 6 cyber-attack hindered internet access – that is, shutting it down, or corrupting netsites, or at least damaging technet services – for at least seven million Americans for over 32 hours on average. According to the US Secretary of Energy and Technology, Barbara Radding Morgan, the cyber-attack came from somewhere in China, but it is currently unknown if it was some kind of government-sanctioned action or a powerful terrorist attack. The Premier of China, Bo Xilai, has denied accusations of cyber espionage…

– KNN, 1/9/2007 broadcast

…Operation Death Lotus [5] went as plans, causing chaos and sending a message to the Americans that Chairman Bo was not one to take criticism lightly. He had agreed with several generals in his inner circle that “a new kind of warfare” was to soon appear upon the horizon, and that it would be best if the People’s Republic readied for it. …Cyber hacking and data-stealing were new frontiers for new departments… Meanwhile, Chairman Bo increased the chaos by claiming the January 2007 cyber-attack was a self-inflicted incident instigated by the US government in order to continue its attacks on the PRC, attacks that Bo stated began with Iacocca and escalated after SARS broke out. These accusations were Bo’s way of trying to rebuild China’s reputation on the world stage and seek out more favorable trade deals with nations other than the US… These incidents, as the year 2007 continued on, raised tensions between the US and China significantly...

– Carl Krosinsky’s Modern China: A Complex Recent History, Borders Books, 2020

…Jesse Jr. left the Mayo Clinic in January; he was not a new man entirely, but he was deemed “safe” and “stable” (terms Jesse had reluctantly gotten used to) enough to leave. Junior still had to take medication, but he had responded very well to the therapies. Most importantly, Junior’s view on things had shifted. He was more thankful than ever of having such a supportive family. Especially his wife Michelle, whose patience and ability to forgive seemed to have no limitations as far as the President’s son hotel.

Junior spent noticeably less time around the White House, though. Believing republicans would use his presence against his father somehow, he opted to VidCall his father more often instead…

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

In a coordinated effort, the now-combined Anti-Bemba forces outflanked and overwhelmed the Loyalists stationed at Lodja, near the center of the country, running them out by the twentieth. Growing Tutsi militant forces led by Laurent Nkunda attacked from the east, while Ernie Wamba led an assault from the north and Katangan Freedom Fighters swooped in from the South. Few Loyalists managed to flee west before the city was surrounded…

– John J. Polonko Jr.’s All’s Fair: What War Makes Necessary, Hachette Book Group USA, 2017 edition


…After Treasury Secretary Tim Johnson’s tragic death in December, the Jackson administration has interviewed dozens of potential replacements… Elouise Pepion “Yellow Bird Woman” Cobell (D-CO), founded the Blackfeet National Bank, and won a MacArthur genius award in 1997 for her work in Native financial literacy. She received national attention that same year for leading a class-action lawsuit against the federal government for years of mismanaged trust funds and filed leasing fees. With a deep and detailed knowledge of budget techniques and a history of advocating for and practicing fiscal responsibility, Cobell, age 61, having been confirmed by the US Senate 81-23, will oversee the maintaining of the US’s recent budget and spending concerns…

The Washington Post, 1/30/2007


…the state law sets strict regulations for how close certain businesses may operate to the proximity of schools, parks, and nature preserves…

The Arizona Republic, 2/2/2007

…To the company’s credit, KFC under Novak did begin to work on improving their selection of food offerings in order to increase their healthier menu items. Additionally, the company sought to try and raise awareness of health issues that existed both in and out of the outlets. For example, in early 2006, the franchise contributed to the charge against heart disease, a leading cause of death in the US, by removing trans fats from their products. Trans fats, or trans fatty acid, is a type of unsaturated far created by the hydrogenation process and is found in margarines and manufactured cooking oils. Trans fatty acids are linked to atherosclerosis, and consumption of them can raise cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, thus raising one’s chances of getting heart disease. Emulating the company’s funder’s noted generosity to various charities, KFC and its parent company ramped up its contributions to the American Heart Association and charities for children hospitals, hosting fundraisers, co-sponsoring events, and calling for an increase in use of antibiotics. Upon seeing their competitor’s sales numbers improve, Chick-fil-A followed suit in late 2006, and even tried to “one up” KFC by having their food items’ nutritional information printed on all product wrappers and other forms of packaging in February 2007. It really says something about American competitiveness when it manages to actually be relatively beneficial to the physical health of consumers...

– Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

The President fumed as he watched the new Speaker address the networks from the floor of the House chamber. “We are opening up these investigations into the over one-thousand, two-hundred American citizens killed by SARS in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 in order to establish who and who exactly is responsible for the demises of these souls. It is also true that we are going to be calling on several cabinet members among other members of the Jackson White House, and request that they appear before several House committees for special hearings on the matter as well. Furthermore – ”

Jackson muted the screen. “1,200 deaths. It was 1,200 cases and less than a thousand deaths, the liar!”

“He’ll just say he misspoke, and that’s if they corner him,” replied political strategist Peter Daou. “If what we’ve gathered of McMaster is true, the sniveling little worm will just sneak away if there’s door nearby. Say he’s busy and just walk away.”

The President ranted, “That little snot. What’s his angle? The congress is split; he can’t get any house bills through the Senate without winning over Democrats. If he grills us like this, why should we even we humor him with talk of ‘cross-aisle compromise’?” He vented to his advisors.

“He doesn’t plan on compromising, Mr. President,” said the Senate’s new majority leader, Gary Locke (D-WA).

“Then nothing’s getting passed,” Jackson answered, “Nothing big anyway.”

“I think that’s the point. Congressional gridlock. A do-nothing congress. One that he’ll pin squarely on us,” Locke agreed.

“That’s ridiculous,” said House Minority Leader and former Speaker Barbara Kennelly (D-CT), “People will see right through that.”

“Will they?” Counselor to the President William Antholis suggested as he leaned forward in his chair. “Bellamy had a split congress after the 1990 midterms. Democrats lost two years later over perceived weak leadership. They think they can use that same playbook to take back the White House next year.”

“Well then,” Kennelly asked with a rather snarky attitude, “How do you suggest we avoid history repeat itself?”

Antholis answered, “Bellamy tried to ignore them. So I say we go at ’em head-on. Call their bluff. They want to scour every medical report, I say let ’em. Let ’em televise their hearings. It’ll be their own undoing.”

“I get it,” nodded White House Communications Director Betty Magness. “The broadcast footage will show us being professionals while Republican House leadership waste time on unimportant things like how many ventilators existed in Vermont in 2001, long before SARS became a major thing, instead of working to get sensible police reform done.”

“If they’re going to bother us with SARs, it’s only a matter of time before they go after Junior,” the President thought out loud.

“There’s nothing to inquire about, though,” Locke asked. He looked around the room at his inner circle that he had only been a part of since January, thanks to Robert C. Byrd retiring. “Right?”

“They’ll inquire anyway,” Jackson grit his teeth as he looked back at the screen, still showing McMaster’s polished and thinly-veiled diatribe of a spiel.

“Then we’ll address it whenever they do,” Antholis answered with a bit of confidence in his tone.

“Uh, maybe we should be a bit more pre-emptive about it?” Suggested Kennelly.

“First things first, Barbara,” Antholis explained. “We’ve first and foremost have got to get the American people to realize that McMaster and his lackeys are not doing their jobs. Instead of representing their constituents like they were elected to do, by doing something sensible like challenging us on the budget and tax distribution, they’re instead criticizing for us not being able to keep the SARS death count at zero.”

The President nodded in agreement.

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


– H. Dargan McMaster (R-SC), c. February 2007

…and in political news, former Senator and 2004 Presidential nominee Bernie Goetz met with prominent Republican donors in Washington, D.C., which has led to some speculation that he may be considering running for President next year…

– NBC, 2/15/2007 broadcast

“Who even is that guy, Tommy? I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in anything.”

“That’s because this is his first movie, too. I found him on the technet. He’s like me, wanting to make movies all his life and now circumstances have given him the chance to try it out.”

“Is he paying for anything?”

“Yes, basically, we’re using his recording equipment.”

“Oh, well, never mind, then.”

“What, Donny?”

“I just mean, you know, his acting. It was…weird. Very wooden. Flat. Not that great.”

“I thought that was on purpose. He’s supposed to be an evil cult leader. You can’t have people scared if you’re waving arms around like Jim Carrey or a chicken. Cheep-cheep-cheep-cheep!”

“Well at least he’s not in charge of editing. Maybe we can fix it in post or whatever.”

“Yeah. I mean, I think it’s fine, but when it’s time to edit, we’ll see what works and what doesn’t.”

“This is going to be a real special movie, Tommy. I can feel it!”

– transcript of audio recording of office meeting at Trump Sunrise Tower, Santa Monica, CA; recorded 2/18/2007 and leaked 12/17/2018

“I don’t know, I might run for President again. I think I lost because of SARS. I will admit, Jackson did handle that pretty well. And there was the whole landing-on-Mars thing. That probably created a rally-around-the-flag affect. The cards were stacked against me. But now people are beginning to see just how corrupt the Jackson administration is. I think next year there could be a lot of buyer’s remorse going on. Maybe now the people will go, ‘Hey, Bernie, you were right, so this time, we’ll vote for you.’ So, yeah, another run could happen, it really could.”

– Former US Senator Bernie Goetz (R-CO), KXKL Radio Denver’s The Ken Hamblin Show, local talk/news program, 2/20/2007 interview


…Jackson’s cabinet is going through some unexpected shake-ups of late, with Secretary of State Ann Richards retiring due to cancer, the Treasury Secretary passing away, and Attorney General Edwards announcing his departure in January due to exhaustion… The selection of Senator Ralph Nader can be viewed as a bipartisan selection due the level of support for the former two-term US Senator that is found among liberal and moderate Republicans. Due to his sign popularity, his lengthy and accomplished career of many years of scandal-free public service, and the Democrats still holding a majority in the US Senate, NADER is expected to be confirmed with ease…

The Washington Post, 2/22/2007

“It is vital for our nation that we manage our lands efficiently. We must take advantage of the space we have out west and even the space we have in the east. I am very proud of movements in places like Baltimore and Chicago, where constructing vertical gardens are being tried out. Even small areas like traffic islands can house solar panels or a wind turbine. Now, I understand the urge that many of my fellow Republicans have, to wean America off foreign energy, but we must honor and protect the land and the surface of the ground, before we go fracking underneath it willy-nilly. We need to open up energy enterprises within the confines of environmental responsibility. That is why I am proud of the people of Arizona, who have recently reached a deal with the Navajo Nation to place solar panels in select locations. That is what I like to see – businesses working with Native Americans to preserve the sacredness of the land, to protect and respect Mother Nature in our pursuit of both fossil fuels and renewable energy.”

– US Secretary of the Interior Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), 2/24/2007



…credit for the quick pace of the legislation’s passing likely goes to its high amount of bipartisan support, as both Republican and Democrats have voiced concern over the possible “fragility” of the technet in light of recent cyber-attacks on US banks. …“Some on The Hill are seeing this as a sign of hope for further bipartisan collaboration, but, personally, I think that this will turn out to be one of few exceptions where Jackson is able to work with the McMaster-led House with ease and without conflict or mudslinging. Call me a pessimist if you want, it’s just my opinion,” says US Senator Paul Vallas (D-IL)…

The New York Times, 2/27/2007

MOTHER-POST: What Has South America’s History Been Like Politically?

I’m studying for a history test and I think the teacher’s going to ask about this but I misplaced my notes! I know a lot of countries down there are former dictatorships and that Jackson pulled us out of Colombia but that’s about it, politics-wise. Help?

How Much history are we talking? Here’s what I know about the past 50 years or so:

Argentina – Juan Peron (the main guy in that “Evita” Musical) served from 1946 to 1955 but then came back in the 1970s. He started losing popularity, so he did a self-coup and stayed in office as a dictator – one of South America’s better dictator, even with that whole bizarre Falklands thing, let’s just admit it already – until his death in 1985 at the age of 90. His second wife (not Eva) took over then, but she wasn’t popular, so when she finally let free and fair elections happen, she lost to Nobel Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel. He led the charge to raise the country’s standard of living. Now, though, the new President is deregulating and fighting labor became he wants to see the country return to its former glory – it used to be one of the richest countries in the world about a century ago.

Bolivia – politically, very stable – until Walter Mondale got scared by a socialist, Juan Jose Torres, winning the Presidency in 1970. Ol’ Jota-Jota got overthrown in 1974, officially because of the 1973 oil shock, and a revolving door of unpopular dictators ruled until Torres returned to power in a coup of his own in 1993, and served until his death two years later from natural causes at the age of 77. Since then, the country’s returned to political stability, and have good relations with all of their neighbors. The rise of the solar panel has been a boon for the country due to Bolivia’s rich deposits of minerals like tin, silver, lithium and copper. We’ve got some pretty impressive mining technology coming out of there in recent years, too, so, I dunno, maybe a tech boom’s happening down there as well!

Brazil – It fell to a military junta in 1964 and the dictatorship quietly and slowly collapsed in the 1970s/1980s. Since then, it’s developed into what some call an “emerging power” and may be a major “superpower” on the world stage someday, if they keep up the pace of economic and social growth, but they still have a ways to go. Recently, its 35th President, Hamilton Mourao, a former peacetime Army General, lost re-election in a landslide over his handling of the SARS pandemic and overall dictator-like administrating. He lost to Heloisa Helena, a former nurse, who seems to be getting them, let’s say “back on track.”

Chile – It’s not very stable, but it was politically “polarized” in the 1960s and 1970s, swinging back and forth between centrist and far-right Presidencies before a popular far-left politician whose name I forget came to power in 1988. He served for 14 years and almost got overthrown at least twice according to a report on what US President Dinger’s CIA Director was doing while the rest of the US was distracted by the war in Korea and the War on Recreadrugs. Their current president is Leonardo Farkas. And he’s, well, he’s really something!

Colombia – they were in a state of Civil War for years. Completely unstable, with guerillas on the far-left and the far-right, assassinations, hostage crises and massacres allowed drug cartels to swoop in and “protect” locals from the carnage. For a price, obviously. But with the Civil War having concluded with a tricameral legislature and shorter Presidential term limits, the cartels are reeling as stability slowly reclaims the interior hinterlands. So, yeah, they’re still struggling to get along with itself in the aftermath of a decades-long civil war, but Colombia is still much better off than they were even just a few years ago.

Ecuador – A peaceful (fourth-lowest homicide rate in the Americas) and very politically stable developing country. Environmentally conscious, it is the protector of the Galapagos and that island chain’s horny sea turtles. Not much else I can say about it, sorry.

French Guiana – Technically a French territory, not a country. Even with it being mainly just rain forest with a low population and poor infrastructure, the cost of living here is somehow higher than that of France proper. However, social unrest over this is expressed through the ruling Guianese Socialist Party often sparring with the Government of France proper instead of, you know, voting for independence and threatening to cut France off from crops and livestock. But, hey, to each his own, you know?

Guyana – After becoming independent from the British in 1966, the US’s CIA kept a close eye on it, keeping the Jagan power couple out of power until the 1990s. Because there’s more Guyanans in the US than in Guyana, the country is very pro-USA, to the point that they seriously wanted to be a US state during the 1990s. As cool as that would have been – and not too implausible, in my opinion, given that NASA supported it because of something to do with rocket propulsion and the proximity of the equator – all that came out of that movement was them adopting the US dollar as their official currency. Anyway, they’re a politically stable land at the moment.

Paraguay – Oh, boy, these guys. How many dictatorships have they had? Too many! Stroessner oversaw the arrest, torture, and assassination of many opponents, including Domingo Laino (1935-1986, never forget), and served from 1954 until his death in a plane crash in 1996. His successor, Andres Rodriguez died less than a year later from old age, and then another dictator took over until he was overthrown in 2001 by a dictatorial due who supported free and free election – which were postponed for two years because of the SARS pandemic. But because of how well he handled that virus, he actually won the 2004 election by a comfortable margin. They’re technically a presidential republic now, but their President is on the border of becoming a dictator again. Nevertheless, the country’s economy is expanding, and human rights abuses are at an all-time low. So, yeah, they’re doing better, but still…

Peru – Possibly worse off than Paraguay; it’s pretty neck-and-neck. Their modern history had been dominated by armed conflicts of territorial disputes, coup after coup, many mass protests, and alternating times of economic disaster and economic inequality. Only occasional have things been truly stable. For instance, President Fernando Belaunde Terry barely survived a coup attempt in the late 1960s by renegotiating some oil deal with New Jersey or something like that, only to get overthrown later on down the line anyway. Then, efter a left-wing populist, then a right-wing populist, and then a center-leftist served as dictator, Guzman scared the crap out of everyone, even Bellamy! To put it bluntly, the 1990s weren’t got to Peru. However, they’ve only been a “Presidential Democracy” since Abimael Guzman got ousted in The Millennium Revolt of 2000, but their President since then, Japanese-Peruvian Jaime Yoshiyama, is already showing some bad signs – he might get impeached for abuse of power. So, yeah, great people, bad political track record.

Suriname – Independent since 1975, the continent’s sole Dutch-speaking nation started out with politics devolving into ethnic-based groups with “tribe mentality” and a coup just three years later. Four years after that, a counter-coup was led by the sly and charismatic Wilfred Hawker. He ultimately held free elections and won two terms before losing a bid for a third to fellow heartthrob Ronnie Brunswijk, and was soon arrested for trying to launch a self-coup. Since then (the mid-1990s), the political landscape has stabilized but ethnic group loyalty is still prominent.

Uruguay – It seems its people learned from their mistakes of the past. They used to live under an iron fist of a right-wing regime that persecuted everything to the left of it, only for it to collapse in the 1980s. Now, the nation is a democratic constitutional republic praised for its press freedom, income equality, low corruption, environmentalism, steady and stable economic growth, and promotion of peace.

Venezuela – With the largest oil reserves in the world, the country has enjoyed political stability for decades, even during the Colombia refugee crisis connected to the Cartel Wars. However, with more and more populations attempting to “go green” and use electric and solar forms of energy across the globe, the government is seeking alternative forms of energy to export. In this endeavor, they are still experimenting with harnessing the energy of lightning storms famously striking of one of their bays or lakes or what have you. The results so far have been rather…explosive.

>REPLY 1 to REPY 1:
Thanks for the help! But, um…Sources?

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Just use the sources linked on clickopedia, duh!

– post, started 2/28/2007


…the nature of the mysterious visit remains undisclosed, but one anonymous source claims that those involved discussed issues concerning jurisdiction and labor. From this, one may assume that KFC is attempting to expand into another oversees locations, quite possibly into some sort of disputed zone or a small nation that is only partially recognized.

“It may in fact be Taiwan,” suggests researcher and businesswoman Evelyn Hartley. “This would be a contentious move given the bad blood.” She explains, “KFC’s founder had to sacrifice US recognition of Taiwan and its mainland land claims in 1968 in order to keep the People’s Republic of China from acting militarily in the wake of US forces taking Hanoi. It was a necessary maneuver that nevertheless soured US-Taiwan relations for years, and made KFC woefully unpopular on the island. Thus, maybe KFC officials were seeking advice from the State Department on how to best enter Taiwan markets for the first time, and without upsetting China.”…

–, 3/1/2007 e-article

While CEO Cain had shied away from major high-risk business endeavors, FLG CEO Mary Lolita Starnes Hannon was enthusiastic for publicity stunts, believing that with the right tooling such investments would boost sales and profits. And in October 2004, Hannon was presented with an idea for what was quite possibly the biggest publicity stunt in the company’s entire history.

That December, The Board of Directors for KFC met at the company headquarters in Florence, Kentucky. There, Hannon discussed the size and scale of the KFC Company. “Kentucky Fried Chicken needs to expand.”

Board member David Novak looked at the map behind Hannon. Taking up most of the boardroom’s side wall, the flattened globe of Earth was sprinkled with little KFC buckets, each representing an outlet. With a smile, Novak observed, “But, with all due respect, Ma’am, KFC is already found, well, everywhere. Where else could be establish the brand?”

Hannon grinned, “I’m glad you asked that.” With a hand gesturing she motioned her assistants to flip to the next Power-Slide filling up the wider wall of the room. “We’ve already sent KFC to space. Our offerings can be found on the I.S.S., and the marstronauts brought KFC to the Red Planet.”

“Exactly,” said Novak, “We’ve already gone where no franchise has ever gone before.”

“Yes,” Hannon replied gently, “But what about…here?” she clicked over to the next slide.

A murmur swept the room as Hannon revealed the proposal, and began to discuss its details.

“Wouldn’t that be illegal?” asked one of the directors.

“No,” answered one of the co-developers of the proposal. “See, the US government signed a conservation act back in 1978 that provides penalties for, and I quote, the discharge or disposal of pollutants, unquote, into the area and its waters.” [6]

“Also,” added the second Power-Slide assistant, “The importation of certain items such as recreadrugs may be monitored or disallowed there as well. And, amazingly, the responsibility of enforcing these laws is shared by four US Cabinet Departments.” [6]

“Well that’s all well and good for fun-fact hoarders but what does that mean for this proposal?” asked another board member.

“It means we will only have to pay a small fine, and pay rent on the outlet, because we will essentially be establishing an outlet within an outlet,” said the Head CEO.

“But Madame Hannon,” asked a third board member, “Why go through all this legal paperwork for just one outlet?”

“Because it is our duty and promise to service every customer, and way over there, our potential customers go without.”

“I feel like we would save more money focusing on already-established costumer communities.”

“We tried the conservative approach under Cain, and look how that turned out.”

“Fair enough,” the third board member conceded. “Perhaps a stunt like may actually work. We’ll certainly make headlines. Whether they’re good or bad headlines is the real question.”

“I don’t know,” said the still-unconvinced Novak, “What about the labor laws in that part of the world?”

“Actually, U.S. law can in fact apply to areas not under the jurisdiction of other nations. That’s why the US has had special deputy US Marshal stationed over there since the Dinger days!” The first Power-Slide assistant happily explained. [7]

Novak would later comment, “I will admit, it was difficult keeping the project under our hands. It could have leaked at any point. When we met with state and international officials throughout 2005, and when we began visiting the sight in 2006. It was unnerving at times, because we knew that people would immediately assume the worst and thing that we were going to somehow destroy the environment, and before we could say anything, we’d have eco-activists protesting outside of [KFC headquarters in] Florence [, Kentucky].”

According to Novak, the legal hurdles were the most challenging aspects, with achieving clearance from legal departments requiring multiple meetings. But the meetings had merit, given the endeavor was the establishing of a historic precedence…

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


– Mary Lolita Starnes Hannon, CEO of Finger Lickin' Good, Inc.; photograph undated


…Professor Deborah Coyne of Ontario beat out Darrell Dexter of Nova Scotia and Mike Schreiner and Martha Hall Findlay of Ontario… On the other side of the political spectrum, conservative political figures such as Cheryl Gallant are also preparing for the next general election…

– The Calgary Sun, Canadian newspaper, 3/5/2007


– The Associated Press, 3/7/2007


– The Connecticut Post, 3/10/2007


…Michael Ignatieff, the popular Prime Minister of Australia, easily won a second term over Alexander Michael Somlyay of the Liberal Alliance and Alasdair Webster of the Christian Democratic Party…

The Australian, daily newspaper, 3/12/2007


…The expose published by The Boston Globe mentions only one member of the International Olympic Committee by name – IOC member Ivan Slavkov, who the expose accuses of accepted the higher number of bribes from SA officials. The President of the IOC earlier today condemned the actions of Slavkov “if true,” and has ordered an investigation bf launched into IOC rules violations. …At the moment it is unclear how far up the chain of command the scandal goes...

The Guardian, UK newspaper, 3/14/2007


…what the Republican Party needs now is a unifying figure who will win over moderate Democrats dissatisfied by the ridiculousness of the Jackson-Wellstone administration. But our own party failed to garner enough enthusiasm for your candidacy in 2004. This is not one of those times when history should repeat itself. We have to move on from 2004 and seek out a candidate to nominate next year who can win next year…

– Former US President Jeremiah Denton (R-AL), The Washington Post, open letter/op-ed, 3/15/2007

“I dunno, I still think I could win it if I got the nomination again.”

– Former US Senator Bernie Goetz (R-CO), 3/16/2007

…Civil rights-related police reform returned to the front of the news cycle yet again when Richard Pennington, the former Chief of Police for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina was a defendant in a lawsuit that alleged that he and other senior officers of said precinct/office engaged in a criminal conspiracy to retaliate against a police officer who had earlier testified on behalf of a defendant in a bond hearing in federal court. This developed into a civil rights lawsuit because the defendant was detained during a police raid (called a “sweep”) of a majority-minority Charlotte neighborhood – an action, the one side claimed, that amounted to an invasion of privacy, and thus a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution. The Herring Network, the most prominent conservative TV news network in the US by this time, avidly supporting Pennington during this news cycles of 2007, as did other conservative groups. However, polls conducted show that a majority of Americans were against Pennington, or at least held a negative view of him, in the subsequent media war/court of public opinion…

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

…When news broke of my father’s company’s legal representatives’ cloak-and-dagger operations in D.C. in early March, the Board of Directors sought the advice of Harley, Pete Harman, and myself, the three remaining company elders. We unanimously agreed that KFC would have to publicly acknowledge the project before it could be leaked. We had to control the narrative in order to ensure that the people had the facts before rumors could overshadow them.

On March 25, 2007, the company revealed the project at a press conference. It went as expected, with it polarizing technetters in ontech discussion forums and with our stock value only increasing. What we did not expect was the high number of important political individuals calling for investigations into the matter. Thankfully, our meetings with state and even international groups and governments shielded is from potential opening delays, as – and I can’t stress this enough – our company made sure that everything was handled legally, carefully, and with respect for the area…

– Mildred Sanders Ruggles’ My Father, The Colonel: A Life of Love, Politics, and KFC, StarGroup International, second edition, 2010


…the small western African country of Guinea-Bissau is garnering some attention for its recent technological innovations, with its fairly stable government constructing bike paths and eco-friendly paved roads across its territory. With their bloody and devastating Civil Wars of the 1980s and early 1990s father behind them with each passing year, the people of Guinea-Bissau are experiencing a tech boom of sorts, capitalizing on trade with Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to produce dashboard interface software for the Kantanka car company…

Time Magazine, late March 2007 issue

REPORT: The Bernie Bros 2.0 Can’t Beat Original

…While some supporters of Bernie Goetz still exude the same level of passion they did in 2004, the fire seems to have dimmed in others. The level of passion, though, looks even smaller in size and significance when one observes numbers. Ontech support for the Goetz campaign is much less impressive than it was in March 2003. …When meeting with supporters of the controversial Coloradoans, there is a sense that many are phoning it in, that the spark of genuine enthusiasm from yesteryear is now gone, long since snuffed out by Goetz’s landslide loss in 2004…

The Washington Post, 3/27/2007

...With the backing of Sanders’ media empire, Mayor Hamburg made college more affordable for NYC residents by putting caps on high interest rates on student loans. This and her forgiving of $2.5million in student loans led to a surge in high school students applying for NYC colleges in the years since. Mayor Hamburg’s answer to revenue concerns was also influenced by Saunders – both figures supported tax reform, with Hamburg laying out a plan to bring about matching grants at the state and federal level in order to cut tuition for public universities by as much as 50%. This change was also an attempt to stop predatory lending in the student loan market...

– Michael O’Connor’s Bern Sanders: The Biography of a Multimillionaire (Democratic) Socialist Maverick, Greenwood Press, 2009

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[2] Italicized parts are from this source on this underused conservative personality:
[3] Italicized wording is from the OTL Alabama state constitution, and found here:
[4] Italicized passages were pulled from here:
[5] This name for this was the idea of @ajm8888
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Post 85: Chapter 93

Chapter 93: April 2007 – August 2007

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved”

– William Jennings Bryan


…the 2004 Republican nominee for President today announced that he will not run for President after all, having spent the past several months expressing interest in doing so. “I talked it over with my wife and kids,” Goetz explained to the press during the announcement, “And we’ve come to the conclusion that it would be best for our family if I kept my focus on my new career,” referring to his positions on several Colorado think tanks and on the board of directors of several business, most notably a vegan dietary supply store chain based in Boulder.

Early polling for the Republican party’s presidential primaries showed Goetz, who served one term in the US Senate from 1997 to 2003, performing fairly well, often hovering within striking distance of other potential frontrunners polling higher in most primary polls. However, polls of hypothetical matchups of the 2008 general election showed Goetz performing poorly, with nearly all pollsters showing Wellstone defeating Goetz by a large margin…

The Denver Post, Colorado newspaper, 4/5/2007


The Denver Post, Colorado newspaper, 4/9/2007

MESA MAYOR RACE: Willie Wong Wins By A Wide Margin

…the city’s mayoral elections are usually held in late March of each Presidential election year, with a runoff, if necessary, being held in early May, and the winner is inaugurated on June 1. However, Mayor Ramsey passed away in early October from injuries he received in an “unexpected hang-gliding incident,” as reported late last year. In accordance with revisions made to Mesa’s city charter in 1985, a special election blanket primary to complete Ramsey’s term was held in late February, with the runoff being held tonight…

– The Arizona Republic, 4/10/2007

Mayors of MESA (Arizona)

1976-1980: 34) Wayne Casto Pomeroy (R, 1923-2019) – former business owner; previously served on the city council from 1966 to 1974 and as vice mayor from 1972 to 1974; retired to successfully run for a US House seat in 1980

1976 (primary): Phyllis Royer (D), L. Alton Riggs Jr. (I) and S. Michael Scigliano (I)
1976 (runoff): Phyllis Royer (D)

1978 (primary): Wayne E. Phelps (I)
1978 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

1980-1984: 35) Donald William “Don” Strauch Jr. (R, 1926-2021) – former business owner; previously served on the city council from 1972 to 1980; lost re-election; later served in the state House from 1989 to 1999 and in the state senate from 1999 to 2017

1980 (primary): Elma Allen Milano (I)
1980 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

1982 (primary): Kirby Allan (I)
1982 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

1984-1988: 36) Cordon Wesley Driggs (R, 1921-2005) – previously served on the city council from 1976 to 1984; revised several aspects of the city charter; lost re-election after clashing to some members of the city council over tax reform, resulting in “gridlock”; later worked for the US Department of the Interior under President Dinger from 1995 to 2001

1984 (primary): Don Strauch (R) and Warren D. Staffey (I)
1984 (runoff): Don Strauch (R)

1986 (primary): Warren D. Staffey (I)
1986 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

1988-1989: 37) Sumner “Al” Brooks (R, 1928-1989) – former businessperson; previously served on the city council from 1978 to 1986; died in office suddenly and unexpectedly from poor health, exact causes not disclosed

1988 (primary): Cordon Driggs (R) and Keno L. Hawker (R)
1988 (runoff): Cordon Driggs (R)

1989-1989: 38) Betty N. Lewis (I) – city’s first female mayor; ascended to office due to being Vice Mayor; previously served on the city council from 1980 to 1989; due to there being more than 6 months left until the end of Brooks term, as special election was held; retired and later served on the city council again from 1989 to 2002

1989-1990: 39) Ross N. Farnsworth (R) – previously served on the city council from 1984 to 1989; retired, officially to uphold campaign promise but also due to being frustrated with several aspects of the occupation

1989 (special) (primary): Dave Guthrie (I), Helen Stortz (I) and Robert A. Shirley (I)
1989 (special) (runoff): Dave Guthrie (I)

1990-2000: 40) Margaret “Peggy” Rubach (R) – city’s first elected female mayor; political strategist; previously served on the city council from 1984 to 1990; retired to unsuccessfully run for a US House seat in 2002; later worked on several Republican campaigns at the statewide and national level

1990 (primary): Joan Newth (I), L. Harold Wright (I), Jerry Boyd (I) and Frank de Rosa (I)
1990 (runoff): Joan Newth (I)

1992 (primary): Kirby Allan (I) and Bob Foltin (I)
1992 (runoff): Kirby Allan (I)

1994 (primary): William “Willie” Wong (I), Dan Hill (I) and Ilias Kostopoulos (I)
1994 (runoff): William “Willie” Wong (I)

1996 (primary): Wayne J. Brown (I, 1936-2013), Dan Hill (I), Jerry Boyd (I) and Dana B. Harper (I)
1996 (runoff): Wayne J. Brown (I)

1998 (primary): Louis Stradling (R) and Dan Hill (I)
1998 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

2000-2002: 41) Kirby Allan (I, 1928-2011) – born Sidney Allen Pittman; worked as a diverse musician starting in the early 1950s; was a perennial candidate and local activist until winning a seat on the city council and serving there from 1996 to 2000; elected in a major upset; known for a highly controversial move to demonstrate how short the filing deadlines were for the city – in his effort to extend said deadlines, he announced he would run for a second term after all, only to bow out at the last minute; returned to being a musician

2000 (primary): T. Farrell Jensen (I) and Jim Stapley (I)
2000 (runoff): T. Farrell Jensen (I)

2002-2006: 42) Ilias Kostopoulos (I, 1930-2009) – city’s first Greek-American mayor; elected mayor in an upset due to a lack of more established candidates in the race; former electronics businessman and political commentator; anti-corruption and socially conservative; served on Mesa’s city council from 1996 to 1998; previously served on Tempe’s city council from 1976 to 1982; also served as a state senator from 1984 to 1988; moved to Mesa in 1989; fought with city council over filing deadline specifics; re-elected in a race so close it required a recount; lost re-election in a landslide, failing to even make it to the runoff

2002 (primary): Lillian Wilkinson (I)
2002 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

2004 (primary): Teresa Brice-Heames (I) and Michael “Mike” Graves (I)
2004 (runoff): Teresa Brice-Heames (I)

2006-2007: 43) David Sherman Ramsey (I) – previously served on the city council from 2002 to 2006; died in office in an accident

2006 (primary): Manuel Cortez (I), Ilias Kostopoulos (I) and H. M. “Pat” Gilbert (I)
2006 (runoff): Manuel Cortez (I)

2007-2007: 44) Dennis Kavanaugh (I) – ascended to office due to being Vice Mayor; previously served on the city council from 1996 to 2007; known for being bipartisan, supporting both Democratic and Republican candidates and policies; retired; served on the city council again from 2008 to 2018

2007-2012: 45) William “Willie” Wong (I, b. 1948) – city’s first Asian-American mayor; former businessperson; previously served as Vice Mayor from 1988 to 1990, and on the city council from 1986 to 1992 and again from 2000 to 2007; retired to successfully run for a US House seat in 2014, and served from 2015 until retiring in 2021

2007 (special) (primary): Scott Smith (R, b. 1956), H. M. “Pat” Gilbert (I), Keno L. Hawker (R) and Ilias Kostopoulos (I)
2007 (special) (runoff): Scott Smith (R)

2008 (primary): Keno L. Hawker (R) and Danny Ray (I)
2008 (runoff): Keno L. Hawker (R)

2010 (primary): Rex Griswold (I)
2010 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

2012-2020: 46) Claudia Walters (R) – previously served on the city council from 2000 to 2012 and as Vice Mayor 2007 to 2012; retired

2012 (primary): Rex Griswold (I) and Danny Ray (I)
2012 (runoff): Rex Griswold (I)

2014 (primary): Alex Finter (R)
2014 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

2016 (primary): John C. Giles (R, b. 1960) and Courtney Guinn (I)
2016 (runoff): John C. Giles (R)

2018 (primary): Jeremy Whittaker (I)
2018 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

2020-present: 47) Verl Fransworth (I) – former construction contractor and businessperson; currently supports improving the city’s downtown area, passing tax cuts to encourage small business growth, and opposing rising calls for the city to implement ranked-choice voting; incumbent

2020 (primary): Alex Finter (R)
2020 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to the primary winner receiving over 50%+1 of the vote

–, c. 7/4/2021

…In the face of mounting evidence of wrongdoing, and with the public trial of Ivan Slavkov only raising calls for it, the IOC has at last announced that they have rescinded Cape Town, South Africa’s right to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. To make up for the selection process being sullied by the South African delegation’s acts of bribery, the I.O.C. has also announced that they will hold a special I.O.C. meeting very soon in order to find a replacement city for hosting the 2012 Olympic Games…

– KNN Breaking News, 4/14/2007 broadcast


“Tommy! There you are, I was about to do the next scene without you.”

“Donald, what is this I hear about you bothering the girls?”

“Girls? Where?! Wait, what are you talking about?”

“I hear you keep walking in on them in the dressing rooms. And that you won’t leave when they ask you to.”

“Yeah, what’s the problem? Don’t like the ladies or something, Tom?”

“Donald, do you want to be the one that starts the Third Ark Wave? Come on! You are tearing me apart, Donald!”

“I didn’t touch any of them, I swear. I only looked. Like window shopping! You can’t be arrested for window shopping, Tommy, not in this country. Maybe in, like, Alaska, but not in the U.S., alright?”

“Just cut it out please. We rescue them in the third act tomorrow. They should look happy to see you. Don’t make their role-job so hard. Especially since we wrap tomorrow.”

“We have a what? I don’t ever go that urban, Wiseau!”

“We finish filming, big finish. Then we edit and we put it out and became even more rich and famous! Ha. Anyway, how’s your sex life?”

“Really good! Thank you for asking!”

“No mention it, don’t problem! So, promise to stay out of the dressing rooms when they ask?”

“Oh, alright, alright. They aren’t 10s anyway. No big loss.”

– transcript of audio recording of office meeting at Trump Sunrise Tower, Santa Monica, CA; recorded 4/18/2007 and leaked 12/17/2018


…NYC Mayor Peg Hamburg has worked with the city council to form a law that will require companies with employees working in NYC to provide them with parental leave, sick leave, and vacation time, and threatens companies that do not comply with heavy fines. The law is a response to recent investigations into the amount worker abuse and wage theft prevalent throughout the city...

– The Staten Island Advance, conservative NYC newspaper, 4/21/2007

WILLIAM WESTMORELAND IS DEAD AT 93; Played Key Roles In Cuba, Indochina, Libya Wars

Charleston, SC – William Childs Westmoreland, the highly-decorated retired US Army General who oversaw U.S. forces during the early years of the Indochina Wars before serving as the Governor of South Carolina and the US Secretary of Defense during the Libya War, died last night in a retirement home in Charleston, South Carolina, his son, James Ripley Westmoreland, announced ontech early today. The General was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease; he had turned 93 less than a month ago.

“Westy,” as he was known during his time as a West Point cadet, was born on March 26, 1914 in Saxon, SC. Throughout his life, Westmoreland was driven and combative. In World War II, he led a fast-moving artillery battalion. In Cuba, Westmoreland, at the rank of Major General at the time, co-led the 1962 “push” into the island’s mountainous hinterland by adhering to a controversial “burn the house to get out the rats” approach that including carpet-bombing and, briefly in 1963, a “moderate scorched-earth” policy. When US Secretary of Defense Homer Litzenberg died in June 1963, Westmoreland was considered to be a possible candidate for the position; instead, he was promoted to Lieutenant General, then finally to General in early 1964, one month prior to turning 50.

In 1965, President Sanders sent Westmoreland to Laos, where he directed “search and destroy” missions meant to decimate the Pathet Lao (the Communist guerillas in the Southeast Asian kingdom of Laos). After assisting with Western Division supply chains and mobilization for the 1967 Invasion of Hanoi, which led to rumors of him possibly running for President in 1968 should President Sanders decline to run for a second term, Westmoreland accepted the diplomatic role of US ambassador to Cambodia, a position in which he served from April 1968 to January 1973. In that capacity, he defended the Laotian monarchy and helped to modernize its military and international relations.

Retiring from the US Army in early 1974 at the age of 59 (after serving in it for 38 years, since 1936), Westmoreland eyed the Governorship of South Carolina and won it in that year’s gubernatorial race. After working to improve education standards in the state, Governor Ronald Reagan tapped him to be his running mate in the 1976 Presidential election. This decision resulted in the “legendary” debate between Westmoreland and then-Vice President Mike Gravel, which saw the two diametrically opposed candidates get into a heated discussion over foreign policy goals.

After leaving office in 1979, Westmoreland launched a bid for the Presidency, in which he won no delegates or primary victories in the 1980 GOP primaries, ultimately bowing out and endorsing Jeremiah Denton. Denton returned the favor by appointing him Secretary of Defense in mid-1981. In this position, Westmoreland promoted military intervention in several countries, most notably in Colombia and Libya.

In his memoirs, the General defended his push to retain American forces in Libya after the Libya War ended by noting that the remaining forces “established a record of remarkable achievements: mammoth logistical security buildups, various tactical expedients and innovations, numerous advisory efforts, and successful civic action programs.” Nevertheless, critics allege that the delayed withdrawal unnecessarily cost the US military the lives of hundreds of soldiers killed in post-war skirmishes. After Denton resigned, Westmoreland followed suit in opposition to Kemp’s allegedly “weak” foreign policy agendas.

Westmoreland’s competitiveness continued into his retirement years, as he occasionally appeared on radio and TV news programs to strongly oppose the foreign policies of Presidents Bellamy and Jackson, saying the day after the latter’s 2000 election victory, “I really wanted to see a South Carolinian become President someday; from now on I’ll be more careful what I wish for.”

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Katherine (Kitsy) Stevens Van Deusen; his two daughters, Margaret Childs and Katherine Stevens; his son James Ripley II; his brother-in-law Col. Frederick Van Deusen; many other relatives; and many friends who will remember him fondly and dearly. Funeral arrangement specifics have yet to be announced.

The Post and Courier, South Carolina, 4/22/2007

…“Nothing ever ends for anyone.” Harley gave one last speech, straight from the heart. “Death is just the ending of one adventure and the beginning of a new one. People live their lives and then they die, and are replaced by new life, new people, who ultimately die themselves, and it just continues on and on. And whatever problems show up along the way – poverty, war famine, disease – they’re worked on until they’re fixed, until they’re gone and gone forever, no matter how many generations it takes, and when that day comes, well, then another problem, a newer problem or an older problem, shows up and becomes the main problem, to be addressed by the lovers, leaders, believers and dickheads of the world. That’s death for you – it’s a part of all our lives, whether we want to accept it or not. Life and death, for everyone here on this planet, in this universe – it just keeps going in a dance-like cycle. Not for each person, but for all people, life itself never dies. And the endless cycle of death and life following one another throughout time, it makes for an eternity of marvelous wonder and sadness and purely utter beauty.”

He turned his head and looked out the window. “Did you notice how beautiful the sky is today?”

I nodded to my brother, “It’s lovely.”

“Heavenly, in fact.”

The clouds outside the hospice’s windows were a cumulous assortment of pinkish billowy piles, going out far, spreading out into the distance, like a canopy.

Or a shroud.

Venus wept.

– Mildred Sanders Ruggles’ final memoir, The Gift of Every Day, Doubleday, 2010


– The New York Times, 4/29/2007



“I’m going to miss ol’ Harley; he was a good man, and so was his father. You know, I actually got to meet both of them long before I entered politics, when I was still in high school, in fact. See, my father, Marion Wellington Webb, was born in 1914 in Alabama – coincidently, where Harley was born just two years earlier – but my dad moved his family to Chicago when I was 9 years old. And my father worked on the train lines for decades, so when Colonel Sanders went campaigning in ’68 on that old train, going across the country like he did, my dad knew where the stops were and so when the President's locomotive rolled into this one station, we were there to greet him. The Colonel shook our hands and thanked us for coming out. It was brief, but it was a magical moment for me. Looking back, I remember seeing Harley there behind his father, on the train, looking at a clipboard and rubbing his cheek with concern. He looked like a man who worked hard, like his father did. My own father became ill with prostate cancer in 1985, but he held on long enough to see my daughter Stephanie graduate from Howard University in Washington, D.C. [1]. Harley played a vital role in American politics in his own way, and I can only hope that his health was not nearly as bad as more own father’s health was when he passed away all those years ago.”

– former Governor Wellington Marion Webb (D-CO), KXKL Radio Denver, local talk/news program, 4/30/2007 broadcast

...Science has proven that an afterlife exists. Science tells us that all forms of energy are constant – energy cannot just pop into existence and it cannot just pop out of it, either. All energy has to go somewhere, and that includes the energy one gives off when alive. …Another sign that there is still far more about human consciousness that we have yet to fully understand can be seen in one medical anomaly that unfolded a few years back, when a scientist suffered a major health crisis. Said scientist was a neurosurgeon who lapsed into a coma during this illness that struck the cortex of their brain and shut it down, thus creating his comatose state, and since the cortex is the part of the brain that supposedly controls thought and consciousness, his thought process was supposed to be on hiatus. In other words, because of his cortex’s condition, he shouldn’t have experienced anything during the time that he was comatose. However, when the virus was treated, when doctors managed to essentially flush it out, he awoke and said that he had experienced a distinct experience – not some crazy, hazy fever trip, but a clear and lucid experience that felt much more real than a simple dream. Because his cortex was shut down, experiencing anything during the coma should not have been scientifically possible, and yet, it happened [2].

In my opinion, the most amazing rebuttal to the assumption that science can confirm a lack of an afterlife is that there is no evidence to show how brain cells or the networks connect them to each other even produce thoughts, mind and consciousness! [3]

Think about that. According to science, we shouldn’t be able to think, because there is no currently-known physical evidence, found inside the human brain, of our ability to think. I think further studying of this is needed, don’t you?


…In fact, people come from “that after-place” all the time! It is called “the Lazarus syndrome,” [4] and scientists are baffled and befuddled by it due these peculiar events defying conventional thoughts on the finality of death. In these cases, the person can be “dead” for hours. In one case not too long ago, a woman came back to this plane of existence after being dead for enough hours for her body to begin stiffening as rigor mortis began to set in, only for those physical conditions to subside upon her “return” [5]. Her mortal husk had begun to rot, only for her to begin living again; in other words, her soul returned – her body’s energy returned! The ability for the human soul to re-enter the body, for a person’s consciousness/life-force to seemingly expire only for it to “come back,” is a scientifically-documented miracle, and we still can’t figure out why or how it happens – from a scientific perspective, that is...


…There is no darkness at the end of this road; anyone who says otherwise is ignoring the scientific evidence, either out of ignorance or due to malicious intent, to sell misery to already-troubled masses. The evidence suggests that, awaiting each and every one of us, there is something rather than nothing; never let anyone ever tell you otherwise. Something awaits us all. Remember it – a great something awaits us all...

– Mildred Sanders Ruggles’ final memoir, The Gift of Every Day, Doubleday, 2010

“WATCH: Former CDC Head Makes A FOOL Out of House Committee Chairman”

Description: former Center of Disease Control Director Jeff Koplan calmly answers dumb questions asked by House Republicans at a “Special Review” Board

– video uploaded to, a video-sharing netsite, on 5/1/2007

“I have to say that I am very disappointed in my fellow Republicans over in the House. Speaker McMaster’s refusal to work with the President to find common ground and compromise is not in good form. His latest counterproductive action, the promoting of the House Judiciary Committee’s efforts to hold up or deny President Jackson’s court appointments, amounts to administrative sabotage. Additionally, while McMaster’s criticism of the President’s handling of the SARS pandemic – handling that has been applauded on the world stage – are unprofessional, his attacks on the President’s son are nothing more than cheap, petty and shallow insults unbecoming of whoever has the privilege of holding the position of Speaker of the House.”

– US Senator William F. “Bill” Weld (R-MA), The Boston Globe, 5/2/2007 op-ed

…Twelve years ago, the sprawling desert metropolis of Blumshtot did not exist. Yiddish for “Flower City,” the artificial urban center is the home of over 20,000 Israelites, all courtesy to several years of concentrated terraformation efforts and land reclamation projects across Israel’s southern desert territory. Located half-way between Mitzpe Ramon and Tskim-Paran, life in Blumshtot is described by the US Ambassador to Israel as “very similar to life in Phoenix, Arizona – air conditioning is worth more than gold.” The community is overall homogenously Jewish, with the primary jobs revolving around the industries of construction, solar power, and water...


…Blumshtot Is one of several Israel communities built in the country’s southern deserts since the early 1990s [6], each experiencing successes and failures in the addressing of the many issues involved in terraforming a desert.

Fortunately, Israel’s stable government incentivizes wealthier farmers across the nation who are using solar pumps (water pumped with solar energy) to sell the excess power back to the national grid, giving farmers more income, the state gaining electricity reserves, and curbing over-irrigation of crops, all while reducing carbon emissions and providing jobs and electricity for the “colonies” of Israel’s southern desert…

– National Geographic, May 2007 issue

…We can now confirm that DRC President Bemba has indeed been overthrown in a stunning assault on the capital by united rebel forces. Bemba’s plane was captured before it could get off of the runway and Bemba is expected to stand trial for ethnic cleansing and other abuses of power…

– Foreign correspondent, KNN Breaking News, 5/7/2007 broadcast

…The biggest problem facing the new leadership, though, was themselves. Each faction wanted majority control, and while the reforms made to the national legislature were progressive for what they were, Nkunda and Wamba each believed themselves to be worthy of the Presidency immediately – that each had fought for it, each deserved it, and that the rebuilding of the nation had to come before they could hold an election to resolve the dispute. As a result, Post-Bemba DRC appeared to be already on shaky ground, emboldening the remaining Loyalists. Fortunately, a temporary compromise leader was ultimately discovered. Moise Katumbi of Katanga had overseen refugee programs and was known more for aiding the displaced in his province thin for engaging in armed conflict with fellow Anti-Bembans. Needing a leader that would be acceptable to all factions, which were already beginning to rattle their sabers against one another, Katumbi agreed to serve as President until the country was stable enough to host free and fair elections….

– John J. Polonko Jr.’s All’s Fair: What War Makes Necessary, Hachette Book Group USA, 2017 edition

“…as you can see by the enthusiastic crowd behind me, people in this part of town are in a very festive mood as they celebrate their preferred candidate’s victory tonight… [snip] …This is also the city’s first election to use ranked-choice voting…”

– KDFW-TV, local news coverage, 5/12/2007 broadcast

Mayors of ARLINGTON (Texas)

1997-2003: Elzie Odom (I, b. 1929) – city’s first African-American mayor; former community activist and former postal worker; previously served on the city council from 1989 to 1997

1997: Tony Vann (I) and Craig Smith (I)

1999: Jerry Pikulinski (I)

2001: Lico Reyes (I), Don Higginbotham (I), Terry L. Harris (I) and Dimitra F. S. “Dee” Turner (I)

2003-2017: Dr. Robert Nance Cluck (R, b. 1939) – former OB-GYN physician and hospital administrator; retired

2003: Sheri Capehart (I)

2005: Jerry Pikulinski (I) and Stephen White (I)

2007: Chris Harris (R, 1948-2015) and Stephen Joe Lagwund White (I)

2009: Aaron Bickle (I), Lane M. Weston (I), Carl Oehler (I) and Carl Scrivner (I)

2011: David Allan Sampson (R, b. 1957)

2013: Jerry Pikulinski (I) and Didmus B. Banda (I)

2015: Corbett “Corby” Davidson (I, b. 1969)

2017-present: Diane Patrick (R, b. 1946) – previously served on the state Board of Education from 1992 to 1996 and in the state House from 2007 to 2015; incumbent

2017: Ruby Faye Woolridge (D), William Wade “Bill” Zedler (R, b. 1943) and Mark McGregor Shelton (R, b. 1956)

2019: Tony Dale Tinderholt (R, b. 1970), Ashton Stauffer (I) and Chris “Dobi” Dobson (I)

2021: Michael Glaspie Sr. (I), Marvin Sutton (R), Jim Ross (R), Dewayne T. Washington (I) and Cirilo “C. J.” Ocampo Jr. (I)

–, c. 7/4/2021


…after defying polling in a stunning political upset in both tonight’s runoff and in the May 1 blanket primary, the African-American moderate will take office on June 1…

– The Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas newspaper, 5/15/2007

Mayors of WICHITA (Kansas)

1960-1961: 65) Levi Budd Rymph (I, 1901-1987) – former businessman; limited to a single, one-year term; the mayoral seat is officially non-partisan; later served in the state senate as a Republican

1961-1962: 66) Herbert Piper Lindsley (I, 1913-1991) – former insurance businessperson, former school board member, and former city commissioner

1962-1963: 67) Carl A. Bell, Jr. (I, 1922-2009) – opposed rising calls for the mayor’s seat to be popularly elected, believing it would lead to a rise in corruption

1963-1964: 68) Frank Russell Jump (I, 1895-2000) – former business owner and former city commissioner; praised for cooling racial tensions that were on the rise when he entered office; previously served as mayor from 1952 to 1953; city’s longest-lived mayor

1964-1965: 69) Vincent L. Bogart (I) – former attorney

1965-1966: 70) William D. Tarrant (I, 1929-1998) – previously served as a city commissioner from 1963 to 1967; later worked as a professor of journalism and as a columnist

1966-1967: 71) John S. Stevens (I) – former city council member

1967-1968: 72) Clarence Eldert Vollmer (I, 1897-1983) – previously worked in construction

1968-1969: 73) William D. Anderson Jr. (I, 1927-2019) – previously worked at a printing company; served on the city commission from 1965 to 1967; supported tax reform but failed to effectively implement long-lasting changes due to short time in office

1969-1970: 74) Donald Kirk “Don” Enoch (I, 1916-2010) – former businessman; previously served as a City Commissioner from 1967 to 1969 and again from 1970 to 1971; co-established the city’s Wichita River Festival, which had evolved from the 1969 waterfront celebrations of Wichita’s centennial

1970-1971: 75) A. Price Woodard Jr. (I, 1919-1986) – city’s first African-American mayor

1971-1972: 76) Jack H. Greene (I) – supported efforts to expand mayoral term limits from one year to either two years or four years

1972-1973: 77) Connie Ames Peters Kennard (I) – city’s first female mayor; previously served on the city commission from 1970 to 1972

1973-1974: 78) Glenn J. "Jack" Shanahan (I, 1923-2015) – previously worked for a law firm; previously served as the Chair of the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority from 1967 to 1971 and on the city commission from 1971 to 1973 and again from 1974 to 1979; took a neutral stance on the 1973 city referendum to amend the power of city mayor and have it be a popularly elected position, which passed

1974-1975: 79) Garry L. Porter (I) – was the city’s last mayor to be elected by the city council (last “partially ceremonial” mayor); oversaw the city’s first mayoral election (two-tier blanket primary system)

1975-1979: 80) David Hamilton Koch (R, 1940-2019) – city’s first popularly elected mayor; wealthy businessman; founded the Wichita office of his brother Charles’ company, Koch Industries; accused by political opponents of having “bought” the election due to using his personal wealth to self-fund the race and outspent to runoff opponent 5-to-1; failed to override and legally challenge a veto-proof city council motion to “cap” spending on all city-wide elections in 1978; cut taxes and repealed victimless crime laws; lost re-election amid a noticeable decline in the quality of the city’s services; became president of Koch Engineering in 1979 and co-owner of Koch Industries in 1983; later spent over $100 million in a failed bid to oppose the re-election of President Jesse Jackson; lost millions in the Unlucky Recession of 2013

1975 (primary): Connie Ames Peters Kennard (I), William D. Anderson Jr. (R) and Antonio F. "Tony" Casado (I)
1975 (runoff): Connie Ames Peters Kennard (I)

1979-1987: 81) Robert G. “Bob” Knight (R, b. 1941) – former investment banker; previously served on the city council from 1975 to 1979; backed populist policies; notably clashed on occasion with US Senator Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole (R-KS) over the extent of federal farm aid despite endorsing Dole’s 1980, 1988, and 1992 Presidential campaigns; term-limited

1979 (primary): Robert C. Brown (I) and Sheldon Kamen (I)
1979 (runoff): Robert C. Brown (I)

1983 (primary): Margalee Wright (I)
1983 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to Knight receiving over 50% in the first round

1987-1995: 82) Elma Broadfoot (R) – previously served on the city council; city’s first popularly-elected female mayor; term-limited

1987 (primary): Antonio F. “Tony” Casado (I) and Sheldon Kamen (I)
1987 (runoff): Tony Casado (I)

1991 (primary): William J. Maley (R), Sheldon Kamen (I) and Frank M. Ojile (I)
1991 (runoff): William J. Maley (R)

1995-2003: 83) Robert G. “Bob” Knight (R, b. 1941) – served on the city council again, from 1987 to 1995; term-limited; unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 2002 and again in 2006

1995 (primary): Jonathan Wells (D, 1928-2012) and Keith W. Koby (R)
1995 (runoff): Jonathan Wells (D)

1999 (primary): Carl Kramer (Liberty, b. 1960)
1999 (runoff): not held; unnecessary due to Knight receiving over 50% in the first round

2003-2007: 84) C. Howard Wilkins Jr. (R, 1938-2016) – former businessman and political fundraiser; managed several Pizza Hut franchises across Appalachia during the 1960s and 1970s before entering politics in the 1980s; served as the US Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1993 to 1997; lost re-election

2003 (primary): Carlos Mayans (R, b. 1948) and Mario Goico (R, b. 1945)
2003 (runoff): Carlos Mayans (R)

2007-2015 M. Lee Pelton (D, b. 1950) – city’s first popularly elected African-American mayor; former academic; previously worked as President of Willamette University from 1998 to 2005; term-limited; unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 2018; President and CEO of the Boston Foundation since 2021

2007 (primary): C. Howard Wilkins Jr. (R), Mario Goico (R), Carl Brewer (D, b. 1957), Jane Knight (I) and Joan Cole (I)
2007 (runoff): C. Howard Wilkins Jr. (R)

2011 (primary): Bob Knight (R), Mark S. Gietzen (R) and Joan Cole (I)
2011 (runoff): Bob Knight (R)

2015-present Sheila Colleen Bair (R, b. 1954) – former head counsel of the staff of US Senator Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole (R-KS); previously served as Chair of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1993 to 1995, as the US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury of Financial Institutions from 1995 to 2001, and in the state senate from 2005 to 2015; received praise for her actions during the Unlucky Recession of 2013; incumbent

2015 (primary): Jennifer Winn (D), Marjorie Hitchcock (I) and Darrel E. Leffew (I) and Paul Rhodes (I)
2015 (runoff): Jennifer Winn (D)

2019 (primary): Amy Lyon (D), Mark S. Gietzen (R) and Samuel M. Williams (R)
2019 (runoff): Amy Lyon (D)

–, c. 7/4/2021


…Dinger dismantled 1,500 nuclear weapons during his five years and eight months in office. The former Commander-in-Chief is urging the President and state legislatures to create and then ratify an international treaty that would prohibit all signatories from possessing nuclear weapons, saying in the radio interview “these weapons are too destructive to serve any purpose in any war. We saw how many innocent women and children were unnecessarily killed in Japan by just two of the earliest versions of them, so we cannot feign ignorance on this.” In the interview, the former Commander-in-Chief also expressed being “disappointed” by the lack of pro-nuclear disarmament rhetoric in the recent GOP Presidential primary debate…

The Chicago Tribune, 5/17/2007

…McCartney’s 2007 album was dubbed “Paul McCartney Goes Too Far!” In John and Paul’s decades-long turbulent relationship, repeatedly alternating between camaraderie and fighting, none of their collaborative albums were quite like this one. Lennon and Paul spent over two years on its content, with Ringo contributing in much smaller doses. Hosting a wide selection of genres, this album had tributes to the Ambient Rock and Razor Rock styles of the 1960s and 1970s as well as the British Boy Band sounds of the 1990s. This album proved to be a financial hit, with the one song from it, “Good To Know,” becoming a particularly popular in the states with its catchy tune and simple lyrics...

– Pat Sheffield’s Dreams, Reality, and Music: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole Entire World, Tumbleweed Publications, 2020 edition

Unfortunately, House Speaker McMaster’s calls for anti-corruption investigations into the Jackson White House received fodder a few months later. On May 18, 2007, the President’s official Chief Domestic Policy Advisor, Nativo Lopez, had to step down over an ethics scandal. Nativo Lopez, the only member of Jackson’s White House to be member of the regional La Rasa Unica party, was immigrant rights advocate, Latin American immigrant community service organizer, and former National President of the Mexican American Political Association. From his post of CDPA, he favored and encouraged the use of bilingual petitions, ballots, street signs, and other materials across the US.

In May 2007, the LAPD charged Lopez with two felonious counts of voter fraud. During the 2004 general election, Lopez was living in Orange County, LA, California, but cast his ballot for president from the polling place near his MAPA regional office headquarters in the neighboring LA County; additionally, Lopez had in late September cast a Presidential ballot via mail while living in New York until moving beck to LA in late October.

It did not matter to McMaster that Lopez claimed he mistakenly voted twice due to exhaustion from the campaign causing him to completely forget that he had already voted before. The scandal had broken out, and McMaster, smelling blood in the water, saw it as the perfect opportunity to misuse the House judiciary committee by launching another in indigestion into the Jackson White House. The scandal seemed to vindicate McMaster’s belief that the White House harbored scandals, and this image was a crisis for Jackson’s image consultants…

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


…written by Bill Lawrence and Garrett Donovan, the dramedy series was about making a TV series. The “show-within-a-show” framing device was complicated, and audience found the pilot episode confusing, resulting in the show’s premise being “cleaned up” in a “second pilot” that suggested that the first pilot was, essentially, “just a dream.” However, Lawrence and Donovan introduced more complicated plot ideas into the second season, again causing viewers, unable to keep track of its plots and characters, to tune out...

–, 5/21/2007


– The Desert News, Utah newspaper, 5/24/2007


After eight seasons of watching President Jolene Davenport and her inner circle tackle a host of dramatic conflicts and at-times comic misadventures with depth and mirth, fans of Aaron Sorkin’s celebrated political series must have felt sadness but satisfaction at the show’s succinct finale yesterday evening. …Passionate about the series since it began airing in September 1999, Sorkin wrote every episode of Seasons 1-through-7. Sorkin left the show upon Davenport leaving office at the end of season seven in April 2006, believing the series had reached its natural conclusion. However, the network decided to renew The West Wing for another season in May 2006, and brought in a new writing and directing team, and a cast shake-up, to take the show “in a new direction for the new administration.” Unfortunately for the more diehard fans of the series, the eighth season just didn’t have that unique style and charm that poured out from Sorkin’s scripts. Not even the exceptional acting of Richard Schiff, portraying the new main character and new US President (Chief-of-Staff–turned–Davenport’s-second-VP, Harold “Harry” R. Goldsmith, clearly modeled off VP Wellstone), could prevent the noticeable drop in ratings over the past year. With the network agreeing to not renew The West Wing for a ninth season, the series finale concluded on the anniversary of the first year of President Goldsmith, with only a hint of more drama being in store for the President and his inner circle...


–, 5/27/2007 e-article


…The latest comic book character to make it onto the big screen has won over moviegoers with its impressive special effects and action-packed fight, chase, and punch sequences, even if the character development is lacking, the plot is simple, and the dialogue, though stuffed with witty Arnold-esque phrases, is relatively rudimentary. “The Hulk,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the hero, has remained strong at the box office since its Memorial Day premier two days ago…

Variety, TV/film review section, 5/29/2007

…Both crew and passengers of “commercial” (privately-owned) aircraft were called “aviators” in early years of air travel. For outer space, people who are willing to pay to travel to space are either called “passengers” or “space tourists,” or, if involved in projects on board in any way, “civilian astronaut.” Part of the allure of commercial space flight, a phenomenon that is beginning to gain the attention of wealthy donors and of very wealthy members of the elite, is being able to call oneself an astronaut, not a passenger. Perhaps these astronomical terms will evolve as humankind shifts from landmark endeavors, like one year in space or a large trip to Mars, to more regular, more common, more readily available/fiscally affordable forms of space travel. A compromise for the names for the time being, however, is currently being suggested: “astronauts” for passengers, and “professional astronauts” for crewmembers…

–, 6/2/2017 e-article

MOTHER-POST by @ProudNewJerseyMan: Anyone Else Spotting Self-Driving Trucks On The Roads?

I commute to work on The Turnpike, so long-haul tractor trailers are a common sight. The other day I was in a traffic jam and noticed this larger transport truck next to me had a guy in the passenger seat looking at his lar phone and nobody behind the wheel! Naturally, I freaked out before thinking that maybe he was in the cabin part in the back, or had simply stepped out, and I couldn’t see him, but then I saw a label on the door saying it was an “auto-auto,” an autonomous vehicle – a self-driving truck!

When did these things show up? How are they street legal? What is going on?!

They’ve been around for only a few years, mostly in California, though. They’re not street legal, not yet anyway. What you probably saw was one being street-tested with some kind of permission, to see how well it performs in congested traffic.

I live near Silicon Valley, and yeah, they’re real, and they are way more commonly found out here. Strange it was on a highway – they’re usually driven around side streets and in parking lots around here.
>REPLY 1 to REPLY 2:
I want to say that robot cars are cool, but the high number of antennas, cameras and sensors sticking out from them look ridiculous! If one of them isn’t called “the porcupine,” like the robot version of a dodge ram, I’ll be very disappointed!
>REPLY 2 to REPLY 2:
Robot trucks? But I’m still waiting on flying cars!
>REPLY 1 to REPLY 2 to REPLY 2:
We already have those – they’re called airplanes!

I’ve heard of these things, but I’ve never actually seen one. Apparently, we’ve reached that level of technology where car companies are beginning to experiment with self-driving, or at least partially-autonomous vehicles. Cool thing to spot on the road, dude!
>REPLY 1 to REPLY 3:
The Future Is Now!

What in the heck is a lar phone?
>REPLY 1 to REPLY 4:
Uh, hello? It’s short for cellular phone – cellular phone, get it? Get with the times, old man!
>REPLY 1 to REPLY 1 to REPLY 4:
I’m 32
>REPLY 1 to REPLY 1 to REPLY 1 to REPLY 4:
And to a highschooler, that’s old!

–, a public pop-culture news-sharing and chat-forum-hosting netsite, 6/4/2007 posting

…The thwarting of political opponents from coalition-building during his national legislative years was one thing, but his crackdowns as President were another matter. In the U.T., the Law on Political Parties ensures the right to hold meetings, distribute publications and hold primary elections and conventions for all registered parties with at least 1 registered member living in each seat district of the National Gathering. One of the first major reform efforts undertaken by Karimov was to have all political parties based entirely or almost entirely on ethnic, religious, military or subversive ideas/ideologies prohibited, essentially cracking down on single-issue political organizations.

Meanwhile, with the assistance of his allies in the N.G., Karimov passed the Campaign Finance Reform Law, a law that did little financial reform and instead buried the lead deeper than a pirate buries treasure – the law made it so that in future elections, unmarked ballots would be automatically voted “yes” votes for the incumbent, and anti-incumbent votes would be considered void if they were not fully filled in or imperfect in other ways. This clear attempt to rig the country’s elections in favor of his incumbent allies was merely a precursor to his administration’s efforts to crack down on individual rights and religious freedoms in a crisis threatened the unity of the country.


Karimov’s influence over the National Tethering was attributed to his years of gathering “dirt and dues” on his fellow national legislators, calling in favors and blackmailing district seat holders in an upending of the National Gathering.

It did not help that Karimov was still quite popular in his home nation-state of Uzbekistan, at least at the start of his Presidency. Because of this, his support was fairly lopsided when compared to how United Turkistan’s population was distributed:

Turkmenistan – pop: 6,031,000 (9.3%) = 94 seats in the National Gathering

Kyrgyzstan – pop: 6,548,000 (10.1%) = 101 seats in the National Gathering

Uzbekistan – pop: 33,456,000 (51.6%) = 516 seats in the National Gathering

Kazakhstan – pop: 18,777,000 (29.0%) = 290 seats in the National Gathering

The country’s total population was 64,812,000, with the National Gathering consisting of 1001 Members. This meant that there was 1 NGMs for every 64,747 citizens. Uzbekistan hosting a majority of the country’s populace was the reason behind the constitution requiring that 2/3rds of all NGM support was needed to pass anything in the NG, practically without exception. This meant that most of the aforementioned NGMs that were intimidated by Karimov into allying with him were from the three other nation-states…


Karimov’s foreign policy was aloof. More “shut in” and “inwardly focused,” Karimov rarely took foreign trips or hosted foreign officials visiting the UT. Karimov only cautiously maintained relations with Russia and Iran in order to maintain oil and gas supply deals; however, he remained wary of Russia due to their “colonialistic past” and of Iran due to that nation being an alleged puppet of the US, and thus a part of “the American agenda,” an intermittent term of Karimov’s that had a very vague definition.

– Ke Wang’s Turkestanis Unite!: The Rise And Execution of An Idea, Cambridge University Press, 2013

SCIENTISTS MAKE BREAKTHROUGH WITH ISFV RESEARCH; Patient Achieving Remission After Stem Cell Transplant Could Be Key To Cure

…researchers may have come one step closer to finding a cure for the Immunity Systems Failure Virus that has haunted the BLUTAGO community since the 1980s. An ISFV-positive patient in Italy has been essentially “cleared” of the virus after years of treatment for both this disease and for lymphoma…

Associated Press, 6/18/2007



…After the lengthy administration of Franklin Wells (who served from 1984 to 1999) and the externally prosperous but internally tumultuous reign of Jeff Katzenberg (who had been serving since 1999), Sid Bass is looking to appeal to both stockholders and Disney Animation Artists by greenlighting projects based on folk stories that are lesser-known in the US but could be highly profitable in both domestic and foreign markets…

–, 6/23/2007 e-article

THE ULTIMATE FROZEN CHICKEN? A Look Into The Inner Workings of The World’s Loneliest Fast Food Outlet

…As I scout on ahead to the only spot of human civilization for 1.9 miles, I finally see the lights emanating from behind a large hill. The beacon’s beams are not steady, for the freezing blasts of icy wind interrupt the flow of light and energy to make ribbons of yellow, gold, red and white dance across the dark azure sky. I crest the hill and smile at the welcoming sight. I’m certain that if it weren’t for the fact that my nose is frozen, I would be smelling in the wafting aroma of a fresh batch of wings.

This is McMurdo Station, a US research station on the shore of McMurdo Sound. It is the largest community on the continent, capable of supporting over 1,100 residents. location of the sole outlet of Kentucky Fried Chicken in all of Antarctica.

In June 2005, KFC’s parent company, Finger Lickin’ Good, Inc., managed to successfully franchise KFC to the scientist cafeteria at this American scientific research base in Antarctica, making KFC the first franchise to open an outlet on every single continent – and, quite possibly, the sole outlet to ever do so, as there is a vague but growing movement to have business ventures banned from Antarctica.

This remote branch of Kentucky Fried Chicken opened two years ago, on June 30, 2007, but it is not open as often as other locations. In fact, due to the local climate conditions and the limited number of possible customers – anyone working at the base – this is the one KFC outlet where they serve Sunday dinner only three days a week most of the year. During the warmest months (January and December), the cafeteria’s outlet is open five days a week, and during the coldest months of the year (June and July), the custom pressure-fryer is only used on Sunday.

I meet Henry Siwiak as he exits the Chapel of the Snows, an interfaith church holding regular services year-round as the second southernmost religious building on this planet. It is a Sunday in July, and the temperature outside is staying steady at negative 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Born in Krakow, Poland in 1955, Siwiak moved to the US at the end of the Cold War, working various jobs to support his family while slowly learning the English language. It is his pursuit of the paycheck to do right by his family that has led to him frying chicken in Antarctica.

“I have had worse jobs,” he shrugs as best he can in his thick layers of clothing. At the moment, though, his main complaint is not the distance between himself and his wife and children, or the freezing cold, but instead the limitations of international preservation law. “I’m a good hunter, but I can’t hunt a thing.”

Indeed, the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 dictates that nothing originating from the continent can be consumed—so no fishing, no hunting for seals or any other wildlife, and no foraging—not that anything can grow in such extreme conditions. This, combined with the fact that shipping to such a remote area can be incredibly challenging, means that McMurdo’s inhabitants, who total about one thousand in summer, and 150 in winter (and who must pass stringent physical, dental, and psychological evaluations), rely fully on deliveries and are limited in what they can eat. Once a year during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer season—usually around the last two weeks in January—a vessel from Port Hueneme, CA, delivers enough food for the entire year, consisting of both dried and frozen food.

“The ships come in. Hundreds of pounds each crate. All food. Hundreds and hundreds of pounds of fool. All frozen. They give the food, they take away trash and broken things. Broken equipment. Junk. Junk and garbage.”

“So how does KFC serve fresh chicken?” I ask Siwiak as we enter the cafeteria and approach the pressure fryer station. Siwiak and five other workers are on KFC’s payroll. Their salaries match those of the company’s workers employed at any food court in the US, dollar to dollar.

“Not always fresh. But always cooked very good. Finger Lickin’ Good, yes?”

KFC-Antarctica can only sell fresh chicken during the warmer months of the year because fresh food is a luxurious commodity in Antarctica. “During the summer, we receive fresh food called ‘freshies’ on planes from Christchurch, New Zealand, with dairy, fresh fruit and vegetables, and eggs. If the weather is good and the planes come on time, we’ll usually receive an order once a week, though sometimes it will be delayed or cancelled. During December and January, we usually don’t get fresh food unless there’s a little extra room on the plane—and of course, in the food budget as well,” explains the General Manager of the outlet. Because the station is always stocked with sufficient food supplies, whether fresh or not, any passengers or needs related to science and research take precedence over food when there’s any extra room on the planes carrying shipments to the station.


Antarctica’s environment is extremely sensitive, so disposal of waste is carefully regulated as well. “There’s a matrix we must follow when disposing of trash, which is vital to keeping everything in check,” the General Manager explains. “Food waste must be double-bagged and can’t be mixed with any other garbage. We have some items that are strictly for landfill—they can’t be recycled and there must not be any food in them. So much importation means that we must monitor if any insects or other outside species arrive in the food that could contaminate the environment as well. If we do find anything, the environmental department is called so they can log this information and appropriately dispose of it.” [7] KFC the company has continuously emphasized this aspect in press release after press release, with the company’s CEO defending the outlet’s existence in interviews and the company even managing to get celebrity actors such as Leo DiCaprio to be in commercials meant to placate eco-activists and end their criticisms.

But with such a small number of customers each fiscal quarter, are the environmentally conscious opponents right – should this franchise remain in operation?

“This job is good for my family,” says Siwiek. “My children are going to college because of KFC. I have a job. I make food money being here. Nobody else wanted this job. You want this job? No. That’s why they pay me a lot. And it good food. I make it great. And everything done right. All clean, everyone careful.” He then asks, in a very wise manner, “So what is the problem?”


Above: me (foreground, bottom left-hand corner) at McMurdo Base

– National Geographic, June 2009 issue

IOC Session No. 119
Date: July 6, 2007
Location: Copenhagen

Subject 1 of 1: Bidding For Hosting The 8/29/2012-9/9/2012 (or XIV) Summer Olympics

A “special” session was held after the South African delegation at the 117th IOC Session was found to have bribed their way into getting Cape Town the 2012 Olympic Games, prompting their hosting duties to be rescinded and the games left without a host country. This session thus found a replacement host country.

Voting Results:
Tehran, Iran – 57 (Round 1) – 67 (Round 2)
N.Y.C., U.S. – 34 (Round 1) – 36 (Round 2)
Sydney, Australia – 10 (Round 1)
Nairobi, Kenya – 2 (Round 1)

End Result: Tehran won on the second round




1960-1963: ((32)) Amintore Fanfani (Christian Democracy) – supported the US side of the Cuba War in spite of continuous youth protests

1963-1963: 37) Giovanni Leone (CD) – the 1963 general election saw Palmiro Togliatti (Communist) and Pietro Nenni (Socialist) perform better than expected

1963-1965: 38) Aldo Moro (CD) – his poor handling of domestic issues, especially the Salad Oil Recession, led to him losing support within the party

1965-1969: (37)) Giovanni Leone (CD) – lost dominant party support

1969-1975: 39) Benigno Zaccagnini (CD) – assassinated by a far-right activist for compromising with the Socialist party on welfare reform legislation

1975-1978: (38)) Aldo Moro (CD) – the party lost control as the country re-entered recession weeks before the 1978 general election

1978-1985: 40) Francesco De Martino (United Socialist) – deficit spending on social welfare programs and public works projects ended two decades of unrest

1985-1987: (38)) Aldo Moro (CD) – lost re-election as several CD party members fell to the Second Ark Wave of sexual pestering scandals

1987-1991: (40)) Francesco De Martino (US) – retired due to declining health

1991-1992: 41) Ottaviano Del Turco (US) – failed to keep the Socialist parties allied

1992-1992: 42) Pierre Carniti (Independent) – essentially, a “caretaker” PM

1992-1999: 43) Arnaldo Forlani (CD) – party lost in the 1999 general election

1999-2004: 44) Gianfranco Fini (Conservative National Alliance) – party lost in the (December) 2004 general election

2004-2005: 45) Gianni De Michelis (New Socialist Alliance, but officially Independent) – served for just six months; party lost in the 2005 general election

2005-present: (44)) Gianfranco Fini (CNA) – the incumbent

–, c. July 2007

FREDDIE MERCURY: A lot of people think I’m this pompous snob because I don’t do interviews that often, but, the thing is, I just don’t like talking to people I don’t really know. [8]

INTERVIEWER: And for that reason, I’m very thankful for this little sit-down.

MERCURY: You’re welcome, then.

INTERVIEWER: Heh, now, um, first off, you both look great.

EMINEM: Thanks, you don’t look too bad yourself.

MERCURY: Don’t be blind, Em, she’s beautiful.

INTERVIEWER: Oh, you. Heh-heh! Um, now, uh, about this album you worked on with Eminem.

EMINEM: Ah, yeah, The Collab – “Problems For Your Answers.” That was a big project, wasn’t it?

MERCURY: I thought she was supposed to ask something like that.

INTERVIEWER: (slight chuckle) Well, actually, I was going to ask about the inspiration behind it.

MERCURY: Well, I don’t like to stay in one place for too long, I like to try new things. I love the challenge of trying out new kinds of music, of new genres [8]. Like “Hot Space” and “Night Flight,” those were new things.

EMINEM: You like to keep it fresh.

MERCURY: Fresh? I guess, but I’m not a bloody fridge.

EMINEM: I mean you keep it real.

MERCURY: Well I can’t ‘keep it fake.’ That’s not even possible when you do what you love. And, dearie, to answer your question, what I love to do is try new things, so when Eminem suggested we try to make a song together I rose to the challenge. Because this man, boy, does he love his lyrics. So many rhymes, it’s very impressive.

INTERVIEWER: But I wasn’t just one song in the end.

EMINEM: No, the original collaboration piece, uh, “Gospel For Ascension In Nevada,” that was a big song, and the first draft of the lyrics, it was this monstrosity, like three Bohemian Rhapsodies, so we sliced it up and expanded those parts into all these other songs. “Tidal Love,” “Briefly God, “Dream of Timing,” those three all came out of “PFYA.”

MERCURY: “Living For My Doorway Nerves” and "Monteverdi's Output" were more of my own at the start of things, though.

EMINEM: Yeah, and “Flamboyant Beef” was, like, I want to say, uh –

MERCURY: 50/50?

EMINEM: Yeah, exactly. But “Fade Your Dark Craft” was my idea at, like, the beginning.

MERCURY: Oh, definitely. That one’s somewhat similar, just a tad, um, to “Sing for the Moment.” One of your best songs, by the way, chap.

EMINEM: I know it is.

INTERVIEWER: Well many have compared “Briefly God” to Queen’s more gospel-influenced songs.

MERCURY: I don’t know, I think it’s more upbeat, a different tempo.

EMINEM: But it is dramatic. It’s kind of got some inspiration clearly pulled from Innuendo and Stan, too.

MERCURY: If you really think so, sure.

INTERVIEWER: And the rest of Queen were not involved in the project because…

MERCURY: Now they seemed curious at first, but when I asked them if they wanted to join in, they said to me, basically, “This is your thing,” mine and his. But a part of me – the part of me that’s usually right – that part of me thinks they just didn’t think they could keep up with us. We were working like mad men, caught up in the moment, which turned out to be most of the summer, in fact.


MERCURY: I’ve gotten very mature from then. I look back at times on my younger self and my younger work and I think, “Good God, how could I have done that?” You know, everyone grows out of their younger self. And you’ll grow out of your current you. You evolve. [8]

EMINEM: Like a Pokémon.

MERCURY: Now that is a good whatever-it-is. What, a game, a show? That whole experience of it!

INTERVIEWER: Oh! Are you a fan of Pokémon?

MERCURY: I’m poke-curious.


INTERVIEWER: Now, another thing I want to ask: Freddie, I think everyone knows by now that you usually don’t spend much time, uh, hanging out with the other members of Queen.

MERCURY: That’s right, I socialize with them now and again, but our differences outside of music, uh, they’re too different. I like opera, they don’t. [8] Basically, I like them and they like me, but only in small does. They can’t take all of me for too long. Too much of a good thing, I guess.

INTERVIEWER: Yes, but Eminem, have you hung out with Queen outside the recording booth, and with Freddie, too, same thing?

EMINEM: Uh, yes and no. I mean, the rest of Queen and I, we’re not having sleepovers.

MERCURY: (sarcastic) What, not yet?

EMINEM: Eh-heh, but yeah, they’re great and all, and I’ve hung out with them, yeah, from time to time. But with Freddie, not so much. I don’t like opera as much as he does.

MERCURY: And he has some interests I don’t find all that great. But, eh. That’s his bag. [8] To each his own, and, uh, that stuff’s his own, I suppose.


INTERVIEWER: What did you think of The Scene That Celebrates Itself?

EMINEM: That bygone era from the 1990s. It was great for artists trying to make it big, but only if you could get into the scene. Great for those already established, you know, being able to take a break from the rivals and competition and instead focus way more on the music.

MERCURY: I remember reading once about something in American history called The Era of Good Feelings. It was something like that, but for bands, especially UK-based groups. The truth is, dear, that every artist steals from other artists whether they know it or not. Of course, they don’t go around listening to hours of other people’s music, plucking out bits they like, of course not, but similar songs tend to happen naturally. [8] And that era was just everyone allowing each other to rip each other off, and, uh, but it – that, uh, that sort of collaboration was, I think, a very good thing while it lasted.

– Tumbleweed TV, 7/12/2007 interview [9]

…And in multinational news, the International Olympics Committee has awarded the growing city of Erzurum, the coldest city in the nation of Turkey, with the right to host the 2014 Winter Olympics…

– The Overmyer Network, 7/15/2007 broadcast

…A supermajority is needed in both chambers of congress to override a President’s veto on a bill as well. Because the GOP had a majority, but not a supermajority, in the House and was not control of the Senate chamber, House Speaker McMaster and House Committee Chairs responded to the Senate and the President by trying to hold up as much Democrat-led legislation as possible until the other side of the aisle agreed to conservative bill, or negotiated a compromise bill. This tactic did not always work. For example, in July 2007, just before the House summer recess, McMaster’s allies held up a Democrat-authored bill to expand key aspects of the 1990 UHC bill. In exchange for allowing a watered-down version of the bill to pass, Republicans wanted the Senate to hold additional hearings and investigations into the government’s handling of the SARS pandemic. The Democratic party refused, and the bill died in committee...

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


…A team of scientists, researchers and analysts working in four countries – Israel, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau and the UK – have announced the successful testing of a “humidifier pump” the team believes could be “a game-changer in the fight against” water scarcity. Aiming to utilize the latest in water sanitation and humidification technology, the experimental pump has demonstrated the ability to absorb and sanitize water vapor in trials held in southern Egypt. The team hopes to use such pumps to sanitize contaminated bodies of water in the near future...

…As nearly 1 billion people live in areas of water scarcity, solutions span across the subjects of policy, technology, and necessary behavioral changes. Together with UK scientists, developers in Israel and the rising tech hub of Guinea-Bissau also field-tested in Egypt experimental “coffee filter”-like eco-paper that can be used to purify drinking water, reducing 99.9% of bacteria. “Any tools meant to sanitize water need to be affordable and useable in the affected areas,” says one team member... Improving education concerning how to keep water sources sanitary is currently the primary focus of humanitarian organizations worried about water scarcity, as enhancing air humidifiers are thought to currently be impractical for “parched” (low humidity) parts of the world. Others, however, are hopeful that new water well technology will improve the global situation. “The real ironic thing of it,” says one UK researcher, “is that in Sub-Saharan Africa, groundwater is typically 20 meters below the surface. It’s right there! But, because of poor infrastructure and unstable governments, access to it is very limited.”…

–, 7/19/2007 e-news article

…With endorsements ranging from popular celebrities like Donovan Bailey to popular politicians like Deputy Prime Minister Gerard Michael Kennedy, the “stay” vote is currently ahead by 10% in most polls. With just over a month left before the people of Quebec vote on a sovereignty referendum…again.

Despite one being held eight years ago, the closeness of the 1999 Quebec Independence Referendum led to accusations of voter fraud that have only grown in recent years, fueled by the rhetoric of controversial individuals such as former Quebec Parti leader Lucien Bouchard, former PM Paul Hellyer, and many of their supporters. As a result, McTeer reluctantly approved of another vote to be held. However, if the current polls are anything to go by, than this upcoming referendum’s margin of victory for the “stay” vote will be even wider than it was in 1999 (which was 52.7% “no,” 47.3% “yes”)...

The Vancouver Sun, Canadian newspaper, 7/21/2007

KFC BLOWS AWAY EARNINGS EXPECTATIONS FOR 2ND FISCAL QUARTER: Consumers Buy Up Limited-Time-Only Triple-Decker Chicken Sandwiches

– Business Weekly, late July 2007 issue


…Investigations to see if the Jackson administration downplayed the number of Americans killed by SARS at the start of the decade has led to an unexpected backfiring. The “independent” researchers the GOP selected for the investigations today announced their claim that the total number of American lives lost in the pandemic may have erroneously included elderly patients who passed away at the time with SARS-like symptoms but did not actually have the virus. This would mean that the US’s medical personnel and leaders did an even better performance than we thought they had done already…

–, 8/7/2007 news e-article

The Forever War “mega-film” greenlit

…the epic is set to be three hours long and directed by Ridley Scott…

The Hollywood Reporter, 8/8/2007

CORRESPODENT: …Even typically apolitical people are getting involved in this referendum, especially on the “stay” side. Behind me is the Oswego Music Hall in Ontario, where Sir Gordon Lightfoot is currently performing the song “Nous Vivons Ensemble” after having spent years learning French during the 1990s ahead of the 1999 referendum.

[cut to interior of the music hall]

LIGHTFOOT (singing): We’ve got to stay together, we’ve got to find each other now, that is how, we can learn all about the other man’s song [10]

– CBC Television, Canadian TV news network, 8/11/2007 broadcast

8.0 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES PERU; Hundreds Dead, Thousands Injured!

The New York Times, 8/15/2007

…help poured in from the national governments, neighboring and far-way nations (especially the United States), all levels of the Peruvian private and public sectors, international NGOs, UN agencies, and international charities. The Peruvian military distributed aid, cleared debris in search of survivors, evacuated the wounded, and helped establish emergency shelters for those left temporarily homeless. However, the initial response lacked proper coordination and proved to be chaotic until Peru’s President took command of the situation, working with the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team to provide technical assistance and advice to on-the-ground relief workers…


…For instance, when Peru was struck by a powerful earthquake on June 15, the House opposed the amount of relief Jackson initially wanted to send. Leaders of the House Budget Committees pointed to the fact that, during the past 20 months, America’s national surplus had diminished greatly since its high mark in early 2006. As a result, Jackson had to work quickly to shore up support for the earthquake funding, calling on liberal and moderates to pressure McMaster into compromising on a reduced level of funds. The argument lead to the US sending Peru charitable donations until the 21st, when the federal government finally contributed to the relief efforts…

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


…the substantial margin of victory for the “stay” vote is being described as a “crushing blow” for Lucien Bouchard, who was allegedly eyeing becoming the first head-of-state of an independent Quebec…

The Globe And Mail, Canadian newspaper, 8/25/2007

…At the beginning of Harley Brown’s term, many worried that a Governor with ties to biker gangs would lead to an increase in crime. To their surprise and relief, Brown routinely met with both biker leaders and law enforcers to discuss and implement strategies to curb crime rates in rural counties and urban centers. In his first year, Governor Brown managed to reform Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare, albeit only slightly, as reforms were continually opposed by state congress and the department itself. Due to this gridlock, Brown decided against running for President in 2008, despite publicly expressing interest in doing repeatedly since his election in 2006…

– Bill O’Reilly’s Ascension from the Asphalt: The Harley Brown Story, Borders Books, 2011

“A HYPOCRIT OF THE HIGHEST ORDER”: P.R.C. Ex-Pat Claims Bo Xilai Is Corrupt – And He May Have Proof!

The Los Angeles Times, 8/30/2007

GREATLY OBSTINATE PARTY: With “Goetzite” Candidates Leading The Pack, Have Republicans Already Forgotten 2004?

…the landslide defeat of Senator Bernie Goetz has not discouraged several divisive populists from expressing interesting in running for President next year… young supporters of Bo Gritz, a freshman US Senator from Idaho, are eerily similar to Bernie Goetz’s “Bernie Bros,” from their near-identical demographics (low-income, non-college-educated, rural communities) to their negative presence on various netsites. Colonel James “Bo” Gritz, whose last name rhymes with “rights,” is a former Green Beret Commander who is one of several anti-establishment candidates hoping to win over Goetz’s base of supporters.


Above: US Senator Bo Gritz in 1999, burning a flag of the UN while promoting his book “Profiles In Conspiracy: From FDR to Bellamy”

Another one of such candidates is US Congressman Tommy Tancredo of Colorado, who has already been endorsed by white supremacist Don Black, activist and mental health law critic Byron Looper, and distinguished economist and banking millionaire R. Severin Fuld.

However, on the other side of the GOP political spectrum, increasingly away from the Country Conservative types, are the Colonel Conservative, Libertarian, and Moderate factions of the party, with nearly-all declared or potential candidates from said factions calling for a move away from Goetz’s negative lines of attack…

…With such a wide range of opposing thoughts and candidates [11], the Republican Party is in for a tense but interesting pre-primary campaign season in the weeks and months ahead…

Newsweek, late August 2005 issue

[1] The italicized part(s) is/are from his OTL autobiography
[2] Based on a 2008 case from OTL!:
[3] OTL!:
[4] This is an OTL phenomenon!:
[5] Based on an OTL case!:
[6] I mentioned this in the August 1992 chapter, so this is like an update of that.
[7] Italicized segments are pulled from here:
[8] Freddie Mercury really did say something similar to this in a 1994 interview with Lisa Robinson in 1984, found on youtube
[9] Credit is due to @Igeo654 for suggesting this bit
[10] OTL song:

[11] Speaking of which, ahead of the 2008 Republican primaries, I made a preference poll for y’all:
And here’s a quick breakdown of the 20 candidates (both declared and undeclared) found on the poll:

US Sen. Bob Barr of Georgia, age 60 – A supporter of small government, low taxes and individual freedom “within reason,” this libertarian-leaning conservative was a US Congressman from 1995 to 2003 and was elected to the Senate in 2002 despite opposing Jackson’s federal bailout measures that same year. He is one of many candidates who believe that the presumed 2008 Democratic nominee, Paul Wellstone, is vulnerable, after eight straight years of Democratic rule.

Fmr US Sen. Mario Biaggi of New York, age 91 – Some may consider it “sad” that the former frontrunner for the 1972 Democratic Presidential nomination has become a perennial candidate, but Biaggi sees himself in a different light, as the last true “law and order” politician in the US. Opposed to police precinct reform, the former Governor and former US Senator defiantly promises “I will keep on running until I win, dead or alive!” To sweeten the pot and win over voters concerned about his advanced age, he has announced that he wants his running mate to be his “co-president” in the White House. We’ll see if he gets any takers.

Pr. Mike Bickle of Missouri, age 53 – An Evangelical Christian pastor who founded the International House of Prayer in 1999 and has served as its leader ever since then, Bickle believes he can “best Jackson at his own game” and win over religious voters away from the Reverend President. Politically, he is even further to the right on both fiscal and social matter than is Meredith.

US Sen. Herman Cain of Georgia, age 53 – An experienced and accomplished fiscally-conservative businessman who served as the CEO of Finger Lickin’ Good, Inc. from early 2001 to late 2003 before being elected to the US Senate in 2004, Cain’s recent recovery from a severe health crisis would be a major talking point in the pre-primary season. The conservative African-American has stated that “after surviving Stage IV colon cancer, surviving a crowded primary will be easy,” touting his medical recovery in 2006, which was aided by an early diagnosis thanks to the benefits of being an incumbent US Senator. The chemotherapy lead to him developing a low voting attendance record despite remote-voting for Senators being allowed ever since the measure was allowed amid the SARS pandemic of 2002; this could also be a major talking point, along with his potentially-controversial 9-9-9 tax proposal.

US Rep. Billy J. Creech of North Carolina, age 65 – A US Congressman since 2003, a former state representative, and a former businessman, Creech opposes “the nanny state” and believes the federal government should “stay out of the worker-management relationship,” calling for tax breaks for small business owners and for “caps” on immigration. However, he supports raising farmer subsidies. He considers himself to be a “dark horse” candidate in this race who will catch on because "we need a fresh face in this race."

US Sen. Jim Edgar of Illinois, age 62 – A leading technocratic moderate centrist in a party still reeling from the 2004 defeat of a populist nominee, Edgar’s campaign’s central theme is restoring dignity to both the party and the White House. Considered one of the best Governors that the people of Illinois have had in decades, he is focusing less on social issues and more on fiscal issues such as pension funds, adjusting UHC costs to make the system more manageable, banking reform, insurance reform, and the “proper” distribution of taxes.

Fmr Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia, age 59 – Serving in office from 1998 to 2002, Gilmore plans to campaign on his record in office and “fill the Sensible Conservative void” in the party. A standard conservative on fiscal and social issues, he believes that mounting a grassroots campaign and exceeding expectations in the debates will improve his polling and fundraising numbers.

US Sen. James “Bo” Gritz of Idaho, age 70 – The isolationist and populist freshman US Senator is quite known for his attention-grabbing antics, whether it be a mock filibuster speech outside the US Capitol Building or feud with a celebrity on a technet forum. Utilizing public access stations and radio programs not affected by FCC changes to get out his campaign platform planks (which include opposing “the sinister plans of the EU,” calling for “investigations into SARS virus origin alternative theories,” and restarting the War on Recreadrugs, among other policies), Gritz (whose name rhymes with the Bill of Rights), is popular among former Goetz backers. Before entering the Senate, he was a state senator and then a US Congressman, and before that, served in the US Army Special Forces, fighting in wars in Indochina and Africa before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Gov. Antoinette “Toni” Jennings of Florida, age 59 – During her tenure as Governor, she has established term limits, supported NASA, and improved the state’s education quality. She rose to national prominence for her handling of Katrina and other hurricanes. She is running on a moderate, non-offensive business-friendly platform focused on improving education, restructuring tax law to benefit small and “growing” businesses, and continuing Jackson’s GCD policies while reversing his actions of several welfare programs.

Fmr Gov. Gary Earl Johnson of New Mexico, age 60 – The Mayor of Albuquerque from 1993 to 2001 and Governor from 2003 to 2007, Johnson is a former businessman best known legalizing pot at the local and then level, climbing Mount Everest in 2001, earning the nickname “Governor Veto” in his dedication to the philosophy of “minimum government, maximum freedom,” and being a critic of Bernie Goetz. Johnson’s libertarian campaign is focused on school voucher reform to improve education, and replacing the income tax and the IRS with a “FairTax,” a single consumption tax on retail sales.

Fmr US Amb. Alan Lee Keyes of Potomac, age 68 – The former diplomat who served in the past four Republican administrations has been serving as the Dean of The Columbus School of Law, the law school of the private Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C. Potomac, since late 2004. While’s never served an elected position, his wide range of administrative experience, his celebrated debate skills, and his “strong record” of taking conservative religion-based stances on social issues makes him believe that he can win over the GOP in the upcoming debates and primaries.

US Rep. Scott McCallum of Wisconsin, age 68 – A life-long politician and the current House Majority Whip, the moderate McCollum has serving in the House since 1985, and in that time has worked to pass laws defending private prisons, sunsetting outdated laws, adjusting income taxes for inflation, protecting the environment, and, most notable, supplying stimulus packages to disadvantaged Americans during the 2001-2004 global SARS pandemic. Nevertheless, he is mounting a pro-business campaign in support of a strong national defense and deregulation to promote technological entrepreneurship in the United States.

Fmr VP James H. Meredith of Mississippi, age 75 – Running once again, the former VP and former US Senator is running on a platform nearly identical to his 2004 platform, from his defending of the Constitution to his calls for investments into economic development and minority empowerment without raising taxes or infringing upon state and individual rights. This time, though, he’s mounting a more aggressive campaign to compete in a potentially-crowded field.

Gov. George Speaker Mickelson of South Dakota, age 67 – In office since 2003, Mickelson, a former US Congressman and former State Attorney General, has improved his state’s infrastructure and scholarship systems, raised the state’s minimum wage, and resolved South Dakota’s water sanitation issues. He’s running for President over agricultural concerns, promising jobs by improving the FJG program, and defending private prisons and police precincts, albeit “within reason,” stating that police should be well-funded but also should not use such funds to be “this militarized entity that does more harm than good.”

US Sen. Hillary Diane Rodham-Clinton of Tennessee, age 61 – A “Colonel Conservative” and former Governor, her pro-education and pro-stimulus checks record, anti-corruption bona fides and past pro-labor rhetoric all put her on the edge of being labelled a “moderate,” hence her recent pivot to the right via coming to the defense of police but not private prisons. Her candidacy, however, would mean having to give up running for a second Senatorial term in 2008, and with freshman US Congressman Dave Ramsey eyeing her seat, she is currently at a crossroads of sorts.

Gov. Ronna Eileen Romney of Michigan, age 65 – The sister-in-law of former Michigan Senator Mitt Romney, Ronna began her career as a campaign manager serving as Michigan’s Republican Party Chair and then Financial Committee Chair. After hosting a popular radio talk show for several years, she was elected Governor in 2002, and has since had a “mixed” tenure, failing to bring back as many jobs as she promised but succeeding in keeping several businesses from leaving. Despite this, her deep pockets and impressive war chest and political connections could make her a very formidable candidate.

US Sen. Olympia Jean Snowe of Maine, age 61 – The influential and “bipartisan” Greek-American legislator is a moderate centrist who has been attacked more than once by members of her own party for being too much of a “LID,” or “Liberal in Disguise.” Despite these criticisms, she believes that she can be a unifying candidate for the GOP, a party that she says “needs to heed the warning of 2004 and shift to the center and away from the far-right in order to stay competitive at the national level.” Snowe has already been endorsed by Bill Weld, who has opted to run for re-election to the US Senate instead of mounting a second White House bid of his own.

Gov. Lynn Curtis Swann of Pennsylvania, age 56 – The African-American former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and broadcaster, who served as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 1998 to 2001, successfully mounted a gubernatorial bid in 2002. He is running on his record as Governor – addressing mass transit and housing issues, and reforming property tax and environmentalism policies – but is shying away from his earlier support for police procedure reform.

US Rep. Tommy Tancredo of Colorado, age 63 – This life-long politician is giving up his House seat of ten years to mount a populist and constitutionalist campaign that is heavily anti-immigration in theme and tone, touting his decades long opposition to bilingual education, his support for strong national borders, and his being the first member of Congress to call for a complete border shutdown at the start of the SARS pandemic.

Gov. J. C. Watts Jr. of Oklahoma, age 51 – A Baptist minister and former quarterback for the Ottawa Rough Riders, this conservative African-American was inspired by Jesse Jackson to successfully run for Governor in 2002, having already served as a US Congressman from 1995 to 2003. He supports fracking and domestic oil production but has allowed solar and wind power projects in the states; despite being an interventionist and supporting Jackson’s intervention in the DRC, he’s been endorsed by the likes of Ron Paul and Bob Inglis. He is running as a younger, less controversial alternative to James H. Meredith.

Please vote!

The next chapter’s E.T.A.: November 26!

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Noted. Thanks for spotting that spelling error. I just went back and fixed it.
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Post 86: Chapter 94

Chapter 94: September 2007 – February 2008

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall”

– Confucius

“OH, HE DEFINITELY RIPPED US OFF”: Freddie Mercury Grills Vanilla Ice Over Song Similarities

…a low-key feud between the on-again, off-again band Queen and rapper Vanilla Ice seems to have reached a boiling point, as the lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, said in a TON interview Thursday that the rapper “lifted several entire tracks and chords” from “at least two” Queen songs…

–, 9/1/2007 e-article

“They’re not the same. Under Pressure and Ice Ice Baby have totally different riffs, different beats, different rhythms, different everything!”

– Vanilla Ice, 9/2/2007 radio interview

Just as Chairman Bo Xilai was poised to order the launching of another cyber-attack – this time, one that was set to hit at least 5 million servers across the US, Canada and Mexico – the explosive allegations of massive corruption hit the digital and real-life pavement of the West.

Li Zhang Wei had been an assistant to Bo ally Zhou Yongkang for over six years, taking the position after the wave of purges of municipal payrolls that followed the SARS outbreak left it and many other spots wide open. A devoted patriot of the state, he had studied and closely followed the career of both Chairman Bo and Bo’s father, Vice Chairman Bo Yibo, and sought to emulate the elder Bo’s dedication to honesty, even in the face of unpopularity and the threat of dismissal. But as the years of loyal service continued, Li found himself conflicted as he spotted an alarming pattern: businessmen would often meet with Minister Zhou for tete-a-tetes concerning the very kind of quid pro quos the nation’s leader derided as corrupt. In August 2007, Li’s faltering faith in the PRC’s government was broken when he accompanied Zhou to The Imperial City and was ordered to take notes on what could only be described as a money laundering scheme. Chairman Bo was overseeing the embezzling of funds into private accounts for him and several oligarchic members of Red China high society through business contractor projects, the origin of the funds for these projects, which were often their never completed or did not truly exist, often being the black markets – weapons left behind in KW2, drugs, blood diamonds, human trafficking. Li, believing it all had to be some sort of mistake, dug deeper in these affairs by convincing Zhou to let him handle the books tracking these transfers. Inside these files, Li discovered only more evidence that the Chairman and company were not as commendable as Li had once thought [1].

According to the statement Li gave to the American embassy in United Korea, the once-blindly devoted assistant had what he described as a “moral panic attack.” Under the guise of visiting a family member who lived in Manchuria, Li traveled to the Chinese-Korean border, and then fled to Seoul, where he immediately revealed more than just his eyewitness claims – he had also smuggled out copies of the illegal accounts via floppy discs and 8-gb “bit drives” he had hidden on his person and luggage. “The people of the country I love must know the truth about Chairman Bo,” pleaded Li, a man that Schrodinger would probably describe as being both a patriot and a traitor until two tests (time, and the bias of the writers of history) determined which label suited him best.

– Carl Krosinsky’s Modern China: A Complex Recent History, Borders Books, 2020


…the shutdown comes after three days of chat board visitors arguing with each other, with most decrying the Chairman while others defend the nation’s leader, arguing the allegations are false and the evidence doctored…

The New York Times, 9/4/2007

The corruption scandal was incredibly ironic given Bo Xilai’s anti-corruption crusades, purging all that he and his supporters suspected of partaking in illegal or even underhanded activities. Naturally, Bo fought back against the allegations, declaring in a televised speech on September 5 that any who “fell for the lies” was “a fool and a disgrace.” This, however, did nothing to curb the rising number of incidents concerning young Chinese citizens being arrested for protesting outside of government offices. In fact, it seems having police arrest technetters for posting anti-Bo threads prior to the technet shutdown only increased the number of protest incidents and their intensity as the days and weeks continued.

And if that wasn’t enough for the Chairman, on September 6th, a “second batch” of government document leaks began spilling out of Shanghai.

Hackers had broken through the government roadblocks and were leaking out further evidence of wrongdoing, from business palm-greasing to kidnappings to even a dossier on military strategies for hypothetical invasions of Taiwan, Korea, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, and even Russia and (for some reason) Mongolia as well.

The Chairman was now growing increasingly paranoid and livid. He privately asked the military’s cyber warfare department on the effectiveness of redirecting the cyber-attack planned for the US to instead target the city of Shanghai in order to stop the leaker, as the nation’s intelligence agencies could not pinpoint his exact location, only the city from which the leaks were spilling. With technet servers already down, a cyber-attack would only knock out the hacker’s equipment. Bo’s private team of military advisors greenlit the project despite the reservations of several other leaders in the military.

On September 7, the Death Lotus 2 cyber virus was unleashed upon China itself to “flush out” the leaking hacker. The virus, however, worked too well, and broke through firewalls meant to protect the computer systems of Shanghai’s city government and police stations, which were the only systems still being allowed to be used. The frying of the region’s officials’ ability to access the technet and the subsequent ending of additional leaks convinced Bo that it was in fact a police officer or political figure behind the “second batch” of leaks, and so he swore to begin another wave of purges “as soon as this whole thing is resolved.”

Indeed, the second batch of leaking had been nipped – but not before one last dossier was sent to outlets in Korea. This dossier documented in detail how Bo Xilai had been using the government’s Ministry of State Security to wiretap and monitor all members of the National People’s Congress (or NPC), including his strongest supporters, in case any were tricking him with false loyalty. The wiretapping operation proved to be very upsetting to members of the NPC.

“This is proof of Bo’s attempts to revive the People’s Republic of Mao Zedong,” was a whisper from one anonymous member of the nation’s governing body. “If he can’t trust us, how can we trust him?” went another.

Zhang Dejiang, the head of the NPC, was caught on camera publicly remarking that he was “gravely concerned” about the reputation of the country in recent years. Indeed, amid the bungling of North Korea, then SARS, earlier allegations of cyber-attacking the US, and now the Bo scandals, the People’s Republic, while still an economic powerhouse, was being looked down on by most world leaders.

Members of the government’s highest rungs of power began to meet in private.

Unlike in the United States, there is no impeachment process for the Chairman of China. However, according to the National Constitution adopted in 1976, in the immediate aftermath of the Chinese Civil War of 1975, the Chairman controls the party and the military, but also “serves at the pleasure of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the legislature, and is not legally vested to take executive action on his own prerogative” [2]. That wording was vitally important because, as it was viewed as meaning that Bo could not use the office of Chairman for personal benefit, and thus was violating the rules of said office. This was the avenue through which the NPC could replace Bo, but only if they could drum up the courage to do so before Bo dismissed them and replaced them with more loyal lackeys.

By September 9, rumors that Dejiang and others were considering “ousting” Bo reached the ears of the Chairman himself.

“So this is their response to my reforms. Of the centralizing of control of welfare programs and of the markets, of trying to undo the free market-based economy that is a capitalist ploy meant to divide the Chinese people along economic class lines,” Bo allegedly remarked to Wu Na, one of his last remaining assistants.

“The shutdown of the technet services put the country into a panic, I will admit, but it is a necessary panic.”

Wu knew better than to ask “necessary for whom,” but felt perfectly fine thinking it.

– Omar Khan’s Dousing A Fire: The PRC, The Stench of Corruption, And The Need For True Reform, 2015

NO JUSTICE AT ALL? China’s Deeply Corrupt Chairman Could Stay In Office Until 2016

…this apparent impasse highlights the need for a set of checks and balances, as Bo could try and stay in power for nine more years before facing prosecution…

The New York Times, 9/10/2007

The Chairman of the People’s Republic is able of promulgating laws, of selecting and dismissing ministers, of declaring states of emergency, and of issuing mass mobilization orders – but only with the approval or confirmation of the National People’s Congress. [3]

And as the days went by and international pressure mounted for something to be done about the extent of corruption instigated by these businessmen and government officials, including Bo, the NPC was growing tired of trying to cover up the misdeeds of their boss. Bo publicly called for several contractors and mid-tier officials to be arrested, but said nothing about the members of the wealthy elite who were also mentioned in the leaked-out documents.

On September 11, Zhang Dejiang and several other leading members of the party, including former Chairman Zhu Rongji, met with Chairman Bo. At this meeting, Zhu reported broke down in tears, though some reports also claim that he smacked Bo across the face as well, either right before sobbing or soon after beginning to cry.

Dejiang was blunt, but delicate; he offered Bo a deal – retire prematurely in exchange for no prosecution from the PNC. Bo refused to consider it, believing that he could ride out the allegations, the protests, the riots, and keep power for another nine years. “And what about the technet?” Reportedly asked Zhang. “How can we function without it. Its use is vital to the health of the economy.”

“We cannot trust the people with such power. It was a mistake to even try and let them have it,” Bo allegedly stated, “They are destroying this country. Not me, not my alleged associates or affiliates. Themselves!”

Bo left the meeting with the promise “If anyone suggests I step down again, I will dismiss them.”

Zhang nodded, “We will not ask you again.”

After three more days of protests escalating into full-blown riots as the lack of technet access brought the national economy screeching to a halt, the Treasury Minister suggested, to anyone who would heed the warning, that a recession could soon occur unless the country resumed the commerce and market activity previously conducted through the technet. The most important opinion during all of this, however, was the allegiance of the military. Zhang was more respected among the highest members of the PRC Armed Forces than Zhu, as many military leaders disagreed with the former Chairman’s handling of KW2, and so he was the one who met with them in the days after failing to convince Bo to leave office voluntarily. The head of the PNC discovered that, with the situation in the cities devolving in riotous frenzies and purges affecting military leadership as well as political offices, an overwhelming majority of military leadership disagreed with Bo’s use of cyber warfare on China’s own computer systems, with the head of the Army reportedly finding it “irresponsible” and the head of the Air Force “an unnecessary waste of a perfectly good computer virus.”

On September 16, the PNC held an emergency meeting in Beijing. With coercion from Zhang, Zhu, and their allies, 85% of the PNC voted to expel Bo from the Communist party, which, as per the rules set by the 1976 constitution, removed the Chairman from immunity from prosecution for corruption, bribery and abuse of power. Hours later, the Ministry of Justice reminded the National People’s Congress that if found guilty on even one charge, Bo would no longer be eligible for the position of Chairman and would thus immediately lose said office.

Almost immediately, Chairman Bo was arrested at his office in The Imperial City. After a brief physical altercation, Bo declared that he would dismiss all members of the PNC who had voted to strip him of his immunity, only to be reminded that he needed the approval of a majority of the PNC to do so. And at this point, the PNC were no longer willing to go along with Bo’s destructive behavior.

Claims that Bo was arrested before he could flee to Somalia are not substantiated. Even the detail of him ordering his suitcases be packed is most likely rumor that began spreading as soon as the Chairman’s arrest became publicly acknowledged.

– Omar Khan’s Dousing A Fire: The PRC, The Stench of Corruption, And The Need For True Reform, 2015

…Congressional gridlock was making the legislative process inert, as the split congress meant that lawmakers in one chamber were introducing bills that colleagues in the other chamber were simply striking down or letting die in committee. Independent and swing voters disapproved in the polls. Everyone pointed their finger at everyone else for who held culpability for this continuing legislative standstill.

The situation only worsened upon legislators returning from summer recess. Jackson and McMaster disagreed strongly on the funding of federal operations and agencies for the next fiscal quarter, and McMaster’s feet dragging threatened to give the government a “funding gap,” an emergency situation in which non-essential federal personnel would have to be furloughed, a.k.a. “take a mandatory temporary leave of absence.” This potential disruption of the governmental systems’ process was only prevented at the last minute, when Jackson withdrew a proposal for a nationwide free federal breakfast program, after meeting with the Senators who had introduced the idea in the spring. Jackson agreed to hold on the program proposal until the next quarter…

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


– The Cape Angus, South African daily newspaper, 18/9/2007


…nine regional heads of state and dozens of Local Community Leaders paid their respects to The Son of The Colonel for his contributions to ensuring that these international community conferences are held annually in the Middle East long after his father’s death in 1990…

The New York Times, 9/20/2007

...Lars Herseth, a Blue-Dog Democrat, has announces that he will challenge Vice President Wellstone for the Democratic nomination for President in next year’s Democratic primaries. Herseth, age 61, served one term as Governor of South Dakota from 1987 to 1991 and then two terms in congress from 1993 to 1997, losing re-election in the Republican Wave of 1996…

– Real News Service, 9/23/2007 broadcast


…Bo Xilai is still serving as the head of state, but should he be found guilty of any charges, he would be removed from office, per the rules of the country’s 1976 constitution. Bo, age 58, could face the death penalty for the charge of treason, ironically due to Bo himself raising the punishment for treason to death back in late 2004 as part of his tough-on-crime campaign…

The Los Angeles Times, 9/24/2007

..The 2006 death of Treasury Secretary Tim Johnson had led to some financial analysts predicting that the country would enter recession ahead of the 2008 election, as both sides of the political aisle credited Johnson with keeping the Jackson administration from violating the BBA. However, thanks to a strong and growing post-SARS economy, along with high tax revenues, 2005 tax increases on upper-income taxpayers, and a prominent restraint of spending on the military and NASA, coupled with capital gains tax revenue from a strong stock market, the government had enough surplus funds to spend on social services with going “over the line.” Unfortunately for Jackson and his new Treasury Secretary, it was these same conditions that were of grave concern to some fiscal watchdogs on Capitol Hill. “We’re practically breaking even, and that’s bad. One more economic downturn is all it’d take to mess up our current economic model,” warned then-US Congressman Dave Ramsey (R-TN)…

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



The global food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken keeps its prices low by using penguin meat shipped in from their base in Antarctica.



Rumors have swirled for years that the fast-food mega-giant uses penguin meat to keep its prices so affordable. The claim dates back to 2007, when the company set up a single outpost in Antarctica in an expensive – but, as sales reports later showed, effective – publicity stunt. However, supporters of the “Penguin Patty” theory allege that the outlet is more than just a stunt – it is a front, meant to hide an illegal penguin-meat-harvesting operation.

It is understandable that these claims would arise about KFC. A worldwide franchise founded by a man who was then elected President would stir the imagination of any conspiracy theorist. Rumors of the government using KFC to execute social experiments have existed since the 1970s, when the company founder was still in office, and the First Ark Wave led to claims that the chicken was somehow used to hypnotize certain patrons. All of these rumors have been proven wrong, and this most recent one is not an exception.

To those who consider animal-eating to be immoral, this claim highlights the disregard many may have for animal rights and inhumane animal treatment. But the fact is that KFC is not in the agricultural or farming business, they buy their ingredients and food products from suppliers who service other customers, too (though it is true that KFC uses intermediaries to separately collect each of the eleven secret herbs and spices in order to keep their specifics a trade secret). So not only does the KFC company and its parent corporation, FLG Inc., not derive its meat from multi-legged mutant chickens from Oregon or Turkestan, but it does not slaughter Antarctica’s best-known flightless bird for meat, either, because it would be logistically impossible for them to even attempt it.

KFC-Antarctica is not some independent laboratory, but a corner of the cafeteria of McMurdo Base, a US research station used by US and international scientists not on KFC’s payroll. Efforts to violate international law and poach penguins would be noticed. Furthermore, the company’s facilities at the base are not large enough to accommodate some secretive meat-processing operation, especially given the fact that tourists are allowed to tour the base.

Also consider the huge undertaking of supplying all of the company’s outlets from one location, and the shipping and transportation coordinating. Such heavy traffic would raise red flags immediately. Furthermore, KFC sells the equivalent of 780 million chickens annually – now if all of that meat was supplied even partially by penguin colonies, someone at McMurdo Base, a location that is not exactly closed to the general public, would undoubtedly notice the sudden drop in penguin colony sizes.

Bonus fact: The KFC chicken served in Antarctica is shipped tri-annually from chicken farms in Argentina and New Zealand in special freezers to keep the chicken as well-preserved as possible. Accountants at KFC have stated multiple times that the travelling and shipping expenses have gone down significantly since the outlet opened due to matching deliveries with scientist vessels and tourist boat cruises, allowing tourists to eat KFC as well as those serving at McMurdo Base.

–, a rumor/conspiracy theory debunking website, 12/12/2011 e-article

“A NEW DIRECTION”: Gary Johnson Launches White House Bid!

The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico newspaper, 9/27/2007


…the closely-guarded film is being financially backed by Trump’s own fortune in his first-ever attempt to “make it big” in the independent film industry…

The Los Angeles Times, side article, 9/28/2007

…When Wellstone officially announced in late September that he was running for President he made the proposal of establishing tuition-free public universities a plank of his campaign platform. The VP later told one of his aides, “If the GOP oppose it in the House, that’s alright, because we have a new option now thanks to Gravel. I’ll say to the American people that they have to vote it into effect through a national referendum.” Wellstone explained that free public colleges would be paid for via a tax of 25 cents on every $200 worth of stock trades on stock sales, as more than 75% of Americans did not actually own any stock, and roughly 90% did not own a “significant” amount of stock, in 2007...

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


– People Magazine, late September 2007 issue


…the congressman who filibustered against last year’s massive immigration reform bill used a host of derogatory terms in his speech in which he formally launched his White House bid...

The Denver Post, Colorado newspaper, 10/1/2007

2001: The Year Self-Driving Cars Became A Reality

In recent months, self-driving trucks travelling down major highways has become a fairly common sight, with the eye-catching incidents only rising in frequency. To understand what is going on – how automakers, tech companies, and auto parts makers have joined forces with delivery companies to create trucks that need someone in the passenger seat but not the driver’s seat – we have to look at a “eureka” moment that happened back in late 2001.

It was on a secure Air Force Base close to Silicon Valley, and one of the Defense Department projects left untouched by the new President’s military budget cuts was an obstacle course race designed to see if it was not only possible but also practical, safe, and financially appealing to create cars and trucks that required no drivers. For years, the closest that scientists and engineers had gotten to this was robot vehicles designed to explore caves, mountains and seabeds, or mechanical bots that defused bombs in “heat zones” such as Colombia and post-war Korea. However, even with President Sanders and Mondale investing in technology to the benefit of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency established under President Eisenhower, progress had been slow. As a result, in 1993, under President Iacocca, a $2million prize was promise to whoever could design a driverless vehicle that could complete a 200-miles trek through a test highway and a mock city traffic grid, complete with cardboard pedestrians that would slide into the street unexpectedly, laid out in the Mojave Desert. In 2001, a Volkswagen equipped with cameras and motion sensors completed the course. [4]

The success ignited the interest of both industries – car manufacturing and delivery transportation. Corporations raced, no pun intended, to capitalize on the potential to create, at the least, partially automatic trucks and vans that would improve how equipment and deliveries reach their intended destinations. Engineers are now working with major companies in teams such as Altos and Chevrolet, Convergent Technologies and Chrysler, Kaypro and Ford, and, most successfully, Packard-Bell-Stratus and Volkswagen, to use mostly-self-driving trucks on America’s highways and roads for commercial and economic benefit...


Above: self-driving technology being tested at a race track in California

…The rise in this technology has its ups and downs. On one hand, these new trucks may be able ship items to customers faster and more efficiently, but it may come at the cost of drivers made “redundant” being given pink slips…

–, 10/3/2007 e-article

…In October, President Karimov created the contradictory “GONGOs” – Government-Organized Non-Governmental Organizations – to increase the regulation of NGOs. He also intensified his attempts to reform and weaken the UT’s trade unions, which multiple international labor organizations had rated as “strong.” Karimov sought to have them be an instrument of management rather than a means of interest group-based collective bargaining. [5]


…Using the fearmongering tactic of claiming reforms were necessary in order to ward off “religious radicalism,” going so far as to claim that “excessive” religious freedom welcomes radicalism, Karimov increased documentation and permit requirements for the constructing of mosques, synagogues and churches inside of the UT. These policies immediately led to criticism from Human Rights Watch, The CDSJ Group, and other organizations…

– Ke Wang’s Turkestanis Unite!: The Rise And Execution of An Idea, Cambridge University Press, 2013


…Krystal, a Tennessee-based fast-food chain known for its fried chicken sandwiches and for its sliders having steamed-in onions, has announced plans to expand into the states of Georgia and Florida with “at least” five outlets per state opening in the next six months, according to an official announcement posted on the company’s netsite. The first outlet in Atlanta, Georgia is reportedly already under construction and slated to open in the first quarter of 2008; another two are set to open next summer in Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida…

–, 10/5/2007 article


The New York Times, 10/6/2007

...As Rodham-Clinton began to present herself as a potentially unifying candidate, a fellow contender, televangelist Pastor Mike Bickle of Missouri, attacked her from the right with the charge that she was somehow a Liberal-In-Disguise (or “a lid,” for short). His claim and condemnation of her candidacy stemmed from the fact that in 1980, Rodham-Clinton’s husband, composer George Stanley Clinton, had worked on an anti-televangelist film called “PrayTV.” [6]

The very first film on his discography, Mr. Clinton had scored the film’s music because he was in no financial position to be picky with what job offers he received at the time (though he did also work on the soundtrack for the racy cult classic 1980 film “The Apple” around this same time). Additionally, Clinton composed the music while his wife was working in the state legislature and had nothing to do with his work on PrayTV. Since his wife’s election to the US Senate in 1996, George does not compose as often as before, choosing to instead support the careers of his wife and children.

After George S. Clinton noted this context in a radio interview a few days after Bickel began this mudslinging, the Rodham-Clinton campaign chose to ignore it, believing that such ridiculous accusations would be unable to influence the primaries…

– Anne Meagher Northup’s Chicken and Politickin’: the Rise of Colonel Sanders and Rational Conservatism in the Republican Party, 2015


Disgraced Chinese Leader Found Guilty On 1 Charge Of Misuse Of Funds, Acquitted On 5 Other Charges; All Other Charges Dismissed

…In what has been a speedy string of court procedures through Red China’s judicial system, the Supreme People’s Court today announced that Chairman Bo Xilai is guilty on 1 count of misuse of national funds, a crime punishable by a sentence of up to five years in prison. More serious charges that, if Bo had been found guilty of, carried the death penalty, such as treason, were dismissed. However, the crime of misuse of national funds is a designated “high crime” in China, and so, because China’s constitution states that anyone found guilty of a “high crime” cannot serve as Chairman, Bo Xilai has been stripped of the position of head-of-state. Bo has thus been succeeded into that office by the Vice-Chairman of China…

The Chicago Tribune, 10/15/2007

…Yang Gang (b. 1953) was a top regional official in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region when the SARS pandemic reached Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital. Having grown up and lived in the area for most of his life (except for his time fighting in the 1975 Civil War), Yang had developed an extensive network of contacts powerful enough to ensure that when SARS cases began showing up, safezoning measures were immediately implemented in a manner that was swift and orderly. This smooth handling of the pandemic propelled him to the Vice-Chairmanship in 2004. Viewing the extent of Bo’s scandals, Yang took a neutral stance on the dispute over whether or not his boss needed to step down, given that Yang himself had once been accused of graft early in his career, but was cleared of the charges; the incident was a blight on his career he believed would be brought up again if he took a side.

Upon ascending to Chairman, though, Yang pledged to “restore dignity” to China, but through government transparency instead of purges. His first act as Chairman was restoring the technet, ending over five weeks of “digital darkness” that had wreaked havoc on the economy and on Chinese society. His second act was nominating a Vice-Chairman. Wanted to establish a historic chairmanship from the get-go, he selected Guo Jianmei (b. 1960), head of the Ministry of Health, who was a well-known supporter of human rights and gender equality. Guo was a controversial pick, but the PNC approved her, making her the first-ever female Vice-Chairman of the People’s Republic.

The new administration was a breath of fresh air for the nation as Yang and Guo seemed to be pushing to country in a different, better direction. The top two heads of state seemed to almost work as a team of sorts, too, with Yang repairing foreign relations and Guo attempting to seek out solutions to the high levels of pollution, smog, mercury poisoning and other hazards damaging China’s life quality in certain areas of the country…



Above: Chairman Yang Gang

– Carl Krosinsky’s Modern China: A Complex Recent History, Borders Books, 2020


…state senator Steven Scalise (R) defeated fellow candidates Foster Campbell (D), Walter Boasso (D) and Charles Emile “Peppi” Bruneau Jr. (R) in tonight’s race for governor of Louisiana. By securing a slim majority in this open jungle primary, a November runoff is unnecessary, and so, one will not be held. Scalise will take office on January 14…

– The Opelousas Daily World, Louisiana newspaper, 10/20/2007


– Tancredo’08 slogan, first used c. October 2007

JOHSON: “I happen to think that the world kind of looks down on Republicans for their social conservative views which include religion in government. I think that that should not play a role in any of this.” [7]

RODHAM-CLINTON: “We are here to defend and advance the cause of democracy. And there cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the functions and process of this country.” [8]

SWANN: “The Presidency is not a one-person job. It requires the best people from a plethora of backgrounds to keep the White House a productive workplace and not an echo chamber.”

JOHNSON: “Natural gas costs less than coal now, so no new coal plants are going to be built soon given the price of natural gas. That’s wonderful for the planet, but, to be frank, it sucks for coal miners and coal workers other coal-related jobs. The solution to their problems is to retrain them for the new jobs popping up in the growing natural gas industry.”

GRITZ: “By Golly, we’ve got to join and stand together as Americans for a change or we’re going to fall. And we’ll be the very first generation to turn over to our children less of a nation than we received. The Federal Reserve System is a cancer on our body politic, one that Lee Iacocca died trying to have removed. As President, I will complete Iacocca’s plan to dismantle that non-government entity of corruption and evil.” [9]

SNOWE: “Discrimination and bigotry have no place in our society, and I believe Senator Tancredo’s unfortunate remarks about immigrants grossly oversimplify a complicated issue and, most egregiously, undermine Republican principles of inclusion and opportunity.[10]

– Snippets from the GOP Presidential primary debate in Reno, NV, 10/24/2007


…After lengthy consultations with religious leaders, the leader of Saudi Arabia since 1993, has announced clarifications for how Muslim astronauts should pray while in space. The declaration stipulates that Muslim astronauts must pray toward either the Kaaba itself or toward the Earth in general, but while keeping one’s “mental focus” on Mecca. Qibla requirement thus was decreed to focus more on the concentration of the prayer itself, rather than on the exact orientation and positioning of the prayer in relation to the location of Mecca...

– The Al Jazeera Press, Qatari news source, 10/27/2007

…Domestically, Yugoslavian relations were growing more complicated. While Albanians and Kosovans got along famously and Macedonians, Slovenians, and Vojvodinians were peaceful, anti-Serbian Croats were calling for reforms to make the central government even weaker than it already was. The Presidium of Yugoslavia met often with advisors and leaders of the Croatian government to iron out proposals and curb conflicts before they could escalate. Zoran Dindic of Serbia, who served from 2005 to 2007 (completing the 2004-2007 term of the corrupt Presidium Radoman Bozovic of Serbia after the nation’s supreme court ruled in his favor, ending a brief constitutional crisis), was less successful on this front than his successor. Ilir Meta of Albania, Presidium from 2007 to 2010, had gained favor with many political figures in the country when he relinquished in claim to the office during the 2005 succession crisis. As a result, he was able to broker a deal with the leader of Croatia that has since allowed the Yugoslavic nation-states to sign trade agreements and non-military-related treaties with other national governments without requiring the permission of the Presidium.

On the foreign policy front, Presidium Meta executed a major diplomatic shakeup and successfully shifted Yugoslavia’s national policy away from its independent/third-party stance in order to be more favorable to the rest of Europe…

– Frederick B. Chary’s The Modern Balkans: The History of Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Romania and Turkey After The End of the Cold War Era, Greenwood Publishers, 2018 edition

…In an attempt to win over more blue-collar workers, the House GOP introduced a bill that if passed would prohibit American or American-based companies from having less than 50% of their workforce be American citizens, claiming that such a move would “cut the unemployment rate in half” despite it already being at a rate of 3.1%. The proposed bill was opposed on the left for being “clear and obvious” discrimination via sidelining immigrant workers, as Senate Majority Leader Gary Locke (D-WA) put it.

However, the proposed bill backfired on the right side of the aisle as well, as libertarian Republican candidates such as Gary Johnson called it an attempt by the federal government to “boss around” businesses big and small. Congressman Tancredo, who was (still) running for President at the time, swore that he would repeal any such that “when [he won] the Presidency.”…

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

“In today’s world, it is no longer unimaginable to think that business can operate – and even thrive – in an environmentally-friendly manner.” [11]

– Olympia Snowe (R-ME), trying to appeal to business owners while campaigning in Londonderry, NH, 11/1/2007


...He defeated Republican nominee Donna Walker Mancini, a member of the Kentucky Senate, and Independent Democratic candidate Jackson W. Andrews, a political activist, with 51.2% of the vote, compared to Mancini’s 43.5% and Andrews’ 5.2%. …Owens’ campaign capitalized on the popularity of Kentucky’s incumbent Governor, the term-limited Gatewood Galbraith… Darryl Owens (Democrat, Jefferson County), the 69-year-old Lieutenant Governor (in office since 1999), previously served as a D.A. and as a County Commissioner (1983-1991) before election to Kentucky House (where he served from 1991 to 1999)… He will be the sworn in as the 58th Governor of the Commonwealth on December 11th…

The Dallas Morning Herald, side article, 11/6/2007

…And in political news, the voters of Mississippi cast their ballots tonight for governor, and with 96% of the votes counted, Republican nominee Laughlin Hudson Holliday has been declared the winner, winning over the Democratic nominee, Mayor Louis Fondren of Moss Point, by a margin of roughly ten percent. Holliday, age 63, is a retired Major General of the Mississippi Army National Guard, who has been active in local politics for years, but has never before held political office…

– CBS Evening News, 11/6/2007 broadcast

…As congress’s rate of passing bills slowed significantly in the face of heavy Republican backlash that persisted throughout the rest of the year, House Democrat minority leader and former House speaking Kennelly began meeting with House whip Ed Markey to decide how to best present the Democratic Party in 2008...

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

BUTHELEZI PROBE UPDATE: Justice Department Finds “Substantial But Largely Circumstantial” Of Wrongdoing

– The Sowetan, South African daily newspaper, 11/11/2007


…During a TON interview earlier today, retiring Congressman and Presidential candidate Tommy Tancredo refused to distance himself from the Wide-Awakes, a loosely-organized paramilitary movement named after the more organized Wide-Awakes of the 1860s. This new Wide-Awakes movement was unofficially founded in early 1996 that, at its peak in 1998, was supported by 12 congressmen and at least two hundred of political candidates, including Tancredo. Their negative activities ontech lead to an effort to censor technet sites nationwide, adding to the movement’s unpopularity and contributing to its decline in significance by 2002. Tancredo, though, remarked today that “Their actions did not match their intentions, and that was a shame, but I think their main general idea – to maintain a strong and sensible defense of our nation – had merit then, and still has merit now.”…

The Denver Post, 11/12/2007

“Back in the 1960s, we had the Heritage and Independence Party, or H.I.P., for short, the followers of which were dubbed the hippies. They opposed social advancements and essentially wanted to reset the clocks to simpler, more racist times. And now the Goetzites of yesteryear are rallying around the likes of Gritz and Tancredo – the new hippies, or neo-hippies, as I call them.”

– Prof. Janice R. Fine, Tumbleweed Radio, 11/13/2007 broadcast

…Moise Katumbi sought to develop the interior’s infrastructure in order to connect remote villages to larger marketplaces such as the capital of Kinshasa in the west, Lubumbashi in the south, Kisangani in the north and Bakwanga in the center of the country. The biggest obstacle to this though, was the fact that he had to give favors to the factions of the governing coalition to which he owed his ascension to Head-of-State. It was precarious position in which too much power for the lower classes would lead to him being confronted by the remaining wealthy land developers, militants, political radicals and elitists who still had sway over members of the government, while not giving enough to the people ran the risk of yet another civil war. It did not help Katumbi that some nationalist “purists” did not even consider him to be “a true African” due to the ancestry and ethnic makeup of his father (a Greek Sephardic Jew from Rhodes Island).

On the world stage, the former allies were slowing withdrawing support as the dust of warfare settled and the calls for aide went answered no more from other country’s leaders. Even South Africa began stepping away from shaky situation amidst its own problems, while Kofi Annan of the UN offered little more than diplomatic advice. Americans were self-involved; China was reeling from internal corruption of its own; and the Middle Eastern Bloc seemingly cared more about the lifeless body of the Moon than the goings-on of the celestial body on which they existed. It seemed the only people outside of the DRC who still cared was the Yugoslavians still clamoring to keep their country be the face of the arguable obsolete Non-Aligned Movement.

Thus, Katumbi described the post-war Democratic Republic of the Congo as being “much harder to govern than expected,” as the new leader was repeatedly blamed for everything, from poor crop production to too much regulation or not enough regulation, to poor travelling conditions to private mining companies agreeing to pave roads that just so happened to link villages and cities to their mines.

It was all a mess, and while it was not Katumbi’s mess, it was Katumbi’s mess to fix.

– Michelle Diebert’s Between Hope And Despair: A History of The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zed Books Ltd, 2020


–, 11/15/2007 e-article

MOTHER-POST: I’m Moving To Mexico!

The quality of life down there is actually much better than it is here in Chicago. Crime is dropping as their leaders are off their asses and following the money trails of the recreadrug lords. It helps that I’ve checked the place out, and that I work remotely for a tech company. But most importantly for me, I don’t think I’ll be targeted by the cops anymore, not by the cops down there – most of the locals are just a dark as me! So if anyone else thinking of cashing in on the expanding markets down there, I suggest checking out Cabo – it’s not just for drunken teens anymore! Also: Follow me on my plog, link here!

How can you leave the United States? This is the greatest country on Earth!

I visited Mexico City last year. I agree, they’re really cleaning up the place. Not glamorous, but still better that Pittsburgh, at least. How the rent/currency exchange/water quality down there. I remember a lot of things being pricey and bottled…

What’s a plog?

>REPLY 1 to REPLY 3:
Personal Net-Log, like a captain’s log or a journal except others can see it and comment on it. How old are you; they’ve been around for years, dude!

Good luck in Mexico, I hope there isn’t too much of a language barrier.

Breaking news: man seeks refuge in Mexico after escaping the horror of Deep-Dish-Pizza-Land!

–, a public pop-culture news-sharing and chat-forum-hosting netsite, 11/19/2007 posting


…“I run to win, and I’m not going to win this. The party is too divided for a campaign as bold and confrontational as mine.” …The announcement comes after weeks of the former Vice President underperforming in both polling and fundraising, which has been very surprising, given that Meredith was a frontrunner for the nomination just four years ago. “I think the party’s dynamics have changed a lot in that little time. I seems that, unfortunately for him, the window of opportunity for Meredith’s unique brand of conservatism has closed,” suggests political analyst Tim Russert…

The Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi newspaper, 11/21/2007


The Los Angeles Times, 11/23/2007


– US President Jackson takes to a pulpit while speaking at a church service three days after Thanksgiving, Sunday 11/25/2007

…Meanwhile, in the nation of Yugoslavia, Presidium Meta met with the head political leaders of the nation’s provinces to discuss recent linguistic education concerns...

– Real News Service, 11/26/2007 broadcast

…Gritz’s inner circle included many of the same faces found among the Goetz campaign, including Jet Wilders. Born Geert (Dutch for Gerald) Wilders in the Netherlands in 1963, Wilders had immigrated to the US in 1981 to become an actor. However, after only securing bit parts in a few films and TV shows, he switched to politics, joining the Dinger campaign in 1996. A deeply conservative activist-turned-strategist, he joined Gritz’s campaign as press secretary due to his opposition to Tancredo’s anti-immigration rhetoric.

In November 2007, Wilders met with Gritz and the Idahoan’s Chief of Staff, cartoonist-turned-political analyst Benjamin Garrison, to discuss how best to approach the candidacy of Hillary Rodham-Clinton, who was rising in the polls as a establishment-friendly favorite of the “Colonel Conservative” wing of the party.

According to Wilders in a 2010 interview, Gritz was more concerned that he and the likes of other populist candidates, such as Congressman Billy Creech, could end up “cancelling each other out,” only for Garrison to convince him that their struggling campaigns would not cut into Gritz’s margins once the primaries truly began.

“They will spare themselves the embarrassment and drop out before the first April Cluster,” Garrison reportedly said confidently, “We don’t we need to worry about Creech, or Bickle, or Biaggi.”…

– Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes: Roads to The White House, Sunrise Publications, 2011 edition

Oscar Andres Rodríguez Maradiaga
(born December 29, 1942) is a Salesian bishop of the Catholic Church as the former President of Honduras. At an early age, he aspired to become a pilot but “felt an internal” call and planned to join the Salesians in May 1961. However, upon the Cuban War breaking out earlier that year, Maradiaga felt morally compelled to help those fleeing from the warfare. He earned a pilot’s license in early 1962 and began transporting food, aid, and medical supplies into Cuba and flying refugees out. After the war, Maradiaga opened a successful humanitarian non-profit organization that saw the likes of Mother Teresa and Rev. Jerry Brown contribute to food drives. His organization “Open Hands of the World,” was integral to revitalizing communities in the aftermath of the US military intervention in Honduras during the 1980s and 1990s. In 1993, Maradiaga was briefly held hostage by recreadrug dealers, who released him after a ransom was paid, only for a sting operation to retrieve back said ransom. In 2000, Maradiaga was drafted by the Solidarity and Decency Party to run for President; he won in a plurality. Serving during the SARS pandemic, his administration stood among those of neighboring nations by distributing masks, ordering pharmacists to provide medicine for free with the promise of the government financially compensating them for their business losses, and shutting down the nation’s tourist industry. These actions almost lead to a coup were it not for his strong support from several western countries causing the would-be ouster to drop their plan in early 2003. After leaving office in 2004, Maradiaga retired from politics and announced that he was finally joining the Salesians. He officially became Catholic bishop in December 2007.



…the district court pointed to a similar case from 1998 as precedence for the dismissal, and noted that neither side presented enough evidence to merit hearing the dispute…

The Los Angeles Times, 12/5/2007


…Hannon is the CEO of Finger Lickin’ Good, Inc., the parent company of KFC. Hannon has helped turn the KFC franchise around in the last two years, and she made headlines this year for successfully opening up an eco-friendly KFC outlet of sorts in Antarctica…

–, 12/7/2007

…The campaign season turned negative even before the first ballots were cast. In December, the attacks on Rodham-Clinton switched from professional (mainly, her inconsistent voting record) to personal, when the Gritz campaign circulated a photograph of HRC in casual clothes, with a unique hat and shades, on vacation with family members in Florida.


Above: the allegedly “scandalous” photograph of Senator Rodham-Clinton, allegedly flaunting her lavish vaction-filled lifestyle

The Gritz campaign sought to use the image in advertising to highlight Rodham-Clinton’s elitist tendencies, with one ad’s narrator alleging that the Tennessee politician “does not care” about blue-collar issues, claiming she was not taking her position as a Senator serious enough. The media strategy was polarizing, but in the end, a majority of primary voters seems to disapprove of the ad. After three weeks of Gritz’s polling numbers only dropping slightly instead of improving, the ads featuring the photograph were pulled from circulation…

– Jackie Halperin’s Whiplash: The Rise of Snowe, HarperCollins Publishers, 2008


…he will begin his sentence in January…

The Denver Post, 12/12/2007

…In central Asia, the people of United Turkestan are reeling from the unofficial results of their President election held tonight. In a major upset, incumbent President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan and the populist right-wing National Party as apparently won a full term over Kazakhstan Governor Zharmakhan Tuyakbay of the center-left Unity Party…

– BBC, 14/12/2007 broadcast

…Almost immediately, it became apparent that there was something wrong with the election results. After voter tallies outnumbered voter rolls in two districts, the Governor of Kyrgyzstan announced an audit of the ballots cast in the Bishkek precinct. The National government immediately sued the Governor on the accusation of attempted voter fraud via the audit.

As the country’s court system began to be congested with litigation both merited and vexatious, the people of United Turkestan took to the streets. Violent clashes between Tuyakbay supporters and security forces left dozens injured and hundreds in jail for disturbing the peace. Ballots allegedly blighted by government interference pointed to ongoing issues with voter registration and the Karimov administration, with reports of ballots being destroyed in anti-Karimov districts coming out in the hours and days after Karimov declared victory.

Some independent observers described in the days afterwards that they experienced intimidation from police, and could “not in good conscience” consider it “a free and fair contest.” As the weeks went by, anti-Karimov groups gathered further evidence of irregularities between voter rolls and voting tallies, which in turn only raised the calls for either Tuyakbay to be declared the winner, or for Karimov to be removed from office for voter/election fraud…

– Ke Wang’s Turkestanis Unite!: The Rise And Execution of An Idea, Cambridge University Press, 2013


Kommersant (The Businessman), Russian newspaper, 12/16/2007

FOURTH TIME’S THE CHARM: Lee Hoi-chang elected President of United Korea

…the conservative Lee previously ran for President in 1992 (in South Korea), 1997, and 2002…

The New York Post, side article, 12/19/2007


…members of the International Organization for Election Security and Integrity in Asia (IOESIA), who observed election procedures in United Turkestan last week, allege that there was widespread efforts to tamper with the election results. The IOESIA’s monitoring missions have come under fire by UT President Karimov, who has often accused the intergovernmental organization of being “a puppet,” of either “the west” or “Russia,” depending on his nation’s geopolitical relations at the time of the comment claims...

The Guardian, UK newspaper, 21/12/2007

“I’ve been seeing folks on the technet go after Mr. Ice for his music, saying mean things about his creativity, saying that he’s a coward for trying to take the Queens to court and things like that. What hypocrites! Mr. Mercury is doing the same thing. And I heard the rest of Queen don’t even want to drag this thing out! But what I want to say is, the thing is, Mr. Ice deserves some decency. He is a good man, with a good head on his shoulders, and, you know something? Nobody can own a composition of two or three notes in a row. This bickering over tiny details and coincidental similarities is ridiculous.”

– Elvis Presley, 12/22/2007 radio interview


…A mixed-use destination designed by the international Foster + Partners architecture company, the Russian government has approved of plans for Crystal Island to be constructed in Moscow. With English architect Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, calling the huge undertaking of a project “the start a new generation of architecture,” the design plan calls for a multipurpose building so large, its structure is capable of holding hotels, apartments, retail stores, office spaces, and even schools and spaces for exercise and sports. Crystal Island, a miniature indoor city of sorts, will utilize Moscow’s wind conditions to power the structure with a combination of solar panels, wind turbines, and electricity… [12]

The Daily Telegraph, UK newspaper, 27/12/2007

During the Christmas break of 2007, the President and his family retreated to their South Carolina homestead to partake in the festivities. Jesse Sr. kept away from his lar phone, and instructed his Secret Service to only bother him if an emergency arose. That order did not include political emergencies.

Upon returning to D.C., the President was informed that House Speaker H. Dorgan McMaster had spent the holiday season attending private fundraiser dinners to gather donations for the GOP primaries, and had ordered opposition research, complete with inquirers rummaging into Wellstone’s past.

“An old college intern I haven’t spoken to in years showed up out of the blue, telling me that punks are hounding him for a story,” said the VP as Jackson and company traversed away from a small gathering of the press at the West Wing, where Jackson had given standard post-Christmas comments.

Wellstone’s description of inquirers pestering ex-employees was too reminiscent of Junior’s explosive incident last year for the President to keep his cool over. “Dargan, that creepy son-of-a-b*tch!” Jackson blurted aloud in a huff, “I’d like to cut that bastard’s nuts off!”

“Mr. President, careful!” Chief of Staff Daniels said quietly but urgently as he pointed to the side. They were still in the hallway and the press were still within earshot of the congregation of journalists.

“Uh oh,” whispered Wellstone, “you think they heard that?”

“Um, I don’t think so,” the President assumed. Unfortunately, he was wrong – not only had they heard it, but they had caught it on tape as well.

. . . . . . . .

The “Christmas Nuts” incident was certainly not the biggest scandal of the Jackson administration, but it was an embarrassing moment back Jackson hoped would be quickly forgotten. Unfortunately, as it was recorded without complete context, the White House PR team was in disarray. “This is embarrassing,” noted Communications Director Magness. “It’s not disastrous, but weren’t getting a lot of negative press over it.” Without having the reason for the outburst, most technetters were assuming the comment was brought on by standard political maneuverings on the Speaker’s part. Magness suggested Jackson address inquiries into the incident, and explain that the outburst was due to his disapproval of underhanded tactics instigated by the Republican House Speaker.

“It really should, shouldn’t I?’ The President agreed.

“But regardless of what kind of address it is, you do need to apologize for the comment,” added Magness.

“What?” Jackson said bluntly and sharply, almost curtly.

Magness quickly explained, “Otherwise they’ll just stick to the story that you have a nasty temper, which is painting you in, well, a very negative light. It could really hurt our image and impede the rest of your time here.”

“Won’t it just blow over if we wait it out?” Wellstone asked.

“With the primaries only weeks away, I don’t think we could afford that, Paul,” Magness answered.

Jackson nodded in reluctant agreement.

On January 4th, Jackson apologized for the “ugly rhetoric,” only to immediate discuss allegations of House Speaker McMaster of hiring “bulldoggish gumshoes to pester people, looking for any dirt that can possibly get on” the Vice President. “You know you are barking up an empty tree when a candidate is so clean that you end up in the garbage trying to make ’em look dirty!”

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


…the new law, one of congress’s most left-leaning of the past year given the Split Chambers, bolsters legislation passed under President Bellamy and is meant to promote competition in business, as a way of improving the economy, by protecting trade and commerce in the US from trusts, monopolies, and other unfair business practices…

The Washington Post, 1/5/2008


The New York Times, 1/6/2008


…“It’s imperative that the populists in the party unite and avoid the vote splitting that could lead to some L.I.D.,” short for Liberal In Disguise, “like Senator Rodham-Clinton, or some openly liberal person like Senator Snowe, winning the nomination.” Tancredo then proclaimed that “at least Snowe has the integrity to wear her liberalism on her sleeve and own up to it, not like Rodham-Clinton, whose voting record matches whatever was popular at the time. So at least Snowe is consistent.”


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“At least Snowe is consistent” That’s a compliment! Her fan club – are they calling themselves the Olympians or the Olympiacs? Because I swear I’ve seen it written both ways – have to use that in their next ad!

Comment 2:

Tancredo's out? Good riddance to bad rubbish!

–, 1/7/2008 e-article


– common chant heard at Snowe rallies, first used c. January 2008


The New York Times, 1/9/2008


…In an extensive study recently conducted and funded by the US Department of Agriculture, householders reduced their levels of food waste by an average of 70% by following recommended food-saving steps to make better use of leftovers and pantries. The trial saw over 80 families record their food waste nd meal plans. “Many in the trial showed a compulsion to throw out food rather than to place it in a freezer and repurpose it for another meal,” and, on top of negative environmental impact, food waste in the US alone is “a billions-of-dollars vacuum,” says US Secretary of Agriculture Jim McGovern (D-MA), who hoped to tackle food waste in order to solve another issue, food insecurity. “Food should be a fundamental right, and this administration is aiming to encourage more people to waste less so less people go hungry, especially children.” According to recent studies, between a third and a half of all food in the US ends up being thrown out rather than eaten, costing the average family hundreds of dollars a year…

The Chicago Tribune, 1/10/2008

SNOWE: “I represent what I think is a traditional Republican – limited government, fiscal responsibility, strong national defense, individual freedom and liberty.” [13]

GRITZ: “I want everyone listening at home to take notice of all the lies spoken on this stage tonight. Because the truth is that a spider web of ‘patriots for profit,’ operating from the highest positions of special trust and confidence, have successfully circumvented our constitutional system in pursuit of a New World Order. The Jackson/Wellstone Administration is the most corrupt, elitist, and treasonous Presidencies in our country’s entire history, having unleashed insufferable taxes upon the masses.” [14]

SWANN: “This is a televised job interview for president. It requires us to show how we behave, and if the best you can do is to behave in a manner that is undignified, that shows that you don’t have the character needed for this job.”

JOHNSON: “More taxes means you and I have to spend more time at work to get more money to pay for the new taxes. Essentially, more taxes means more work. And with this administration’s reckless spending, taxes have only risen in the past six years and they are going to continue to rise under another Democratic term.”

SNOWE: “What is the purpose of public service? It’s to solve problems for the people you represent and certainly in the United States Senate, thinking about your state and thinking about your country as well.” [13]

SWANN: “I respect police officers and police departments. I understand the difficulties of their job, of protecting law-abiding citizens from criminal activities. The problem is when they apply force in cases when it is inappropriate to do so. Studies show that most of the time, when someone calls the police, it is for a non-dangerous event like an angry customer or a domestic squabble. Arguments that d not need to be broken up with gunfire and people getting shot. The problem is the mentality found among many police officers and even some police offices – not most, but many. On that note, I actually agree with the President’s push for police precinct reform. I just think it can be done with more respect to our brave men in blue.”

SNOWE: “Money in politics is an insidious thing.” [13]

SWANN: “Most minorities have experienced some kind of racial prejudice. I myself experienced it when I was beginning my career in the NFL. My brother and I were harassed by police in San Francisco over a white homicide that happened on the other side of town; the killer was ultimately caught and he confessed, but the fact remains that we were an easy target to be made into scapegoats if people demanded someone be arrested for the crime. It was 1975, and I was in the NFL, but I was not immune from negative stereotypes.”

RODHAM-CLINTON: “I want to serve and give back to the community that helped support my parents in Illinois, and my children to grow up and thrive. It is an honor and privilege to serve in the Senate, but I think I could do even more good for even more people from the White House.”

GRITZ: “America cannot afford a third Jackson term. So remember – vote for ‘Bo Gritz’ to preserve, defend, and protect your rights!”

– Snippets from the GOP Presidential primary debate in Atlanta, GA, 1/11/2008


–, 1/14/2008 e-article

…In his efforts to westernize the country, Presidium Ilir Meta of Albania also sought to modernize the country’s economy by shifting certain citizens to the country’s growing services industry. Trade and financial relations with France, the UK, and Germany increased significantly, and Meta utilized this good fortune to improve his nation’s standard of living, and to bring Yugoslavia “into the twenty-first century”...

– Leslie Benson’s Yugoslavia: A Concise History, Palgrave Publishers, 2001


…Additional reports are being sent out ontech by both professional reporters and average citizens with technet access. All describe, or have hand-held recordings of, scene suggesting that ordinary Muslim practitioners are being targeted and jailed without trial in United Turkestan. “Karimov is sending Secret Police in his attempts to secularize the country,” explains foreign analyst… Inside the troubled central Asian nation, the dictatorial President, Islam Karimov, is seeing his popularity waning as these crackdowns and “disappears” continue on…

The Guardian, UK newspaper, 22/1/2008


–, 1/26/2008 e-article

JOHNSON: “I think, when left to their own devises, Americans are smart enough to not just get by but to thrive as well. I agree with Senator Snowe that everyone needs a source of income. After all, it’s what pays for food, rent, laundry, electricity, your lar phone plan, your technet plan, water bills, heating/cooling, insurance. And the rest goes to savings accounts. That, though, is all you need to understand to keep yourself out of lifelong debt. Personal responsibility, the ability to manage your own finance. I think all, or at least nearly all, Americans have the ability to run their own lives and make tier own choices. But if you for some reason or another simply cannot manage your own money, you should not have to come running over the government. You should man up to the truth and go hire an accountant, or crack open a book, the latest edition of ‘tax law for dummies.’ My point is, let me wrap this up, is that I believe – I have faith in the notion – that if you treat the American people like they can make their own decisions, then they will.”

GRITZ: “We must stop the runaway globalists from enforcing upon our country the sickening schemes of the progressive agendas. The long-nosed promoters of the perversion of God’s will and America’s laws must be stopped dead in their tracks. It is like how it says in the bible – Ephesians 6:12 – ‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places.’”

SWANN: “To be president, you must have the necessary qualities. You must be a man of logic, tolerance, understanding, honesty, and integrity. I do not think that Bo Gritz has demonstrated any of these qualities. Maybe on the battlefield, but not once while serving his country in the US House and the US Senate.”

EDGAR: “Bo Gritz has presented division and bigotry as individuality and order, but they are not the same and cannot be confused for one another.”

RODHAM-CLINTON: “We owe it to ourselves, to our country, and to our families to keep this campaign a place where we can exchange ideas with a level of decency, respectability, protocol, and decorum worthy of the pursuit of the office of President of the United States. To do anything less that this sort of professional behavior is to sully said office.”

– Snippets from the GOP Presidential primary debate in Manchester, NH, 1/28/2008


– The Cape Times, South African daily newspaper, 2/2/2008

“I can neither confirm nor deny any possible rumors that alleged that my client and possibly another client may or may not be working on a collab album.”

– Elvis Presley’s agent, 2/5/2008


– The First Couple of the United States attend a black-tie political fundraiser dinner in Columbia Heights, the capital of the state of Potomac; 2/7/2008

…We can now confirm that Joseph Tyree Sneed III, an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, has died. He was 87 years old. A judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals at the time that President Denton appointed him to the nation’s highest court, Sneed was the most conservative voice among the current justices. According to the Associate Justice’s daughter, former SBA Administrator and former AT&T COO Cara Carleton Sneed, the elder Sneed passed away from natural causes…

– KNN Breaking News, 2/9/2008

[1] An overview of his OTL scandal(s) found here:
[2] The section of this sentence that is in quotes was pulled from here:'s_Republic_of_China
[3] OTL. Ibid.
[4] 2007 was when self-driving born in OTL (so, here in TTL, it happened years earlier):
[5] Italicized bit is pulled from his wikipedia article
[6] OTL, as mentioned in this TL’s Chapter 47!:
[7] An OTL Gary Johnson quote, according to a link found on his wikipedia quote page
[8] The passages that are in italics are OTL quotes:
[9] The italicized parts are OTL quotes:
[10] The parts that are in italics are from an OTL quote:
[11] Ibid.
[12] This really was a proposed project in OTL!:
[13] OTL quote:
[14] Italicized passage is an OTL quote:
Post 87
Post 87: Chapter 95

Chapter 95: February 2008 – June 2008

“Once there was a man who had two sons; one went to sea and the other became Vice President; neither were ever heard from again.”

– Variation of a one-liner most often attributed to either Thomas R. Marshall or Theodore Roosevelt

…The dynamics of Jackson’s search for his third Supreme Court appointment differed greatly from the dynamics of his first. No longer did the President feel the need to pick a “historic” candidate to nominate. Nor did he have to contemplate the court’s composition – in seven years prior, the court was split 4-4, but after the appointments of Page and Sandel, the court favored liberalism, 6-2.

Furthermore, Jackson had his pick of the litter in regards to the large and diverse field of candidates from which to choose. Various news sources mentioned the names of Tom Ambro (age 58), Rubén Castillo (age 53), Denny Chin (age 53), Audrey B. Collins (age 62), Andre M. Davis (age 59), Aida M. Delgado-Colon (age 52), Daniel R. Dominguez (age 62), Julio M. Fuentes (age 61), Roger L. Gregory (age 54), Cynthia Hogan (age 49), Elena Kagan (age 47), Diana Gibbon Motz (age 64), Carlos R. Moreno (age 49), Stephen M. Orlofsky (age 63), Richard Anthony Paez (age 60), Johnnie Blakeney Rawlinson (age 55), Leah Ward Sears (age 52), Martha Alicia Vazquez (age 54), Ann Claire Williams (age 58), and Diane Pamela Wood (age 57) as possible nominees.

However, Jackson’s advisors urged the President to consider the ethnic composition of the court. Emilio Miller Garza of Texas was Mexican-American, Larry Thompson of Georgia and Chief Justice Alan Page of Minnesota were African-American, and Mary Murphy Schroeder of Colorado and M. J. Sandel of Connecticut were Jewish. Five Justices (Schroeder, Sandel, Miles W. Lord of Minnesota, William Nealon Jr. of Pennsylvania, and Sylvia Bacon of California) were white, and only two (Schroeder and Bacon) were women. Due to the fact that roughly 50% of law school graduates were female by this point, several of Jackson’s advisors believed it would be “more than appropriate” for him to select a female to nominate, though others in his inner circle encouraged him to select a Puerto Rican as a political move, hoping such a move would help make the new state lean Democrat.

Eventually, the shortlist of included nine candidates: Mexican-American and Puerto Rican-American Appeals Court Judge Rubén Castillo of Illinois, Hong Kong-born Appeals Court Judge Chin of New York, Puerto Rican-American State Chief Justice Aida M. Delgado-Colon of Puerto Rico, African-American Appeals Court Judge Roger L. Gregory of Virginia, US Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hogan of Ohio, Jewish-American Harvard Law School Professor Elena Kagan of Connecticut, Mexican-American State Chief Justice Moreno of California, African-American female Appeals Court Judge Rawlinson of Nevada, African-American female State Chief Justice Sears of Georgia. Hogan and Kagan were soon dropped from consideration, leaving on the list four men (Castillo, Chin, Gregory, and Moreno) and three women (Delgado-Colon, Rawlinson, and Sears)…

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

“Governor Johnson, the SARS pandemic is the only example I need to example why your philosophy is not sound. The American government needs to be able to defend the American people from all major moments of harm, and that includes deadly viruses. It was a government that provided stimulus checks for millions of Americans during a moment of crisis. The part of your platform that does work, though, is the flourishing of free enterprise, which can happen during times of prosperity, but only after such an aspect of our free market system is defended by the government during the most trying of times.”

“Senator Grits, I really must disagree with you on your criticisms of the UN. It saddens me that a historic event like this is being misconstrued by a small but vocal group of critics trying to spread the notion that the UN gathering is really the work of radicals and atheists bent on destroying our families.” [1]

“Now, on this part, I actually agree with Bo, Mario and Lynn. There isn't any sensible approach except to do what we need to do simultaneously. Secure our border — with technology, personnel, [and] physical barriers if necessary in some places. Furthermore, we need to have tough employer sanctions in order to protect American jobs for American workers.” [1]

– US Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton (R-TN), GOP Presidential primary debate in Concord, NH, 2/12/2008

WHO’S BACKING BIAGGI? The Stunning Success Of A Nonagenarian And The Usability Of The Technet

…The 90-year-old has mounted a surprisingly strong White House bid, and the explanation is complicated. Biaggi, a former Congressman, Governor and Senator who first ran for President 40 years ago, is winning over a diverse crowd of supporters, and for diverse reasons. Biaggi backers seen in public, cheering Biaggi on at debates and during his visits to small New Hampshire towns, are overwhelmingly elderly individuals who remember Biaggi from eras lost since past. “I remember when he was a governor,” says one grandmother in Amherst, New Hampshire. “He did a lot of good for New York. I think he has the smarts and the experience needed to do a lot of good for America.”

His supporters on the ontech, though, seem to be disproportionately young, and are treating his candidacy much less seriously. Some sarcastically back him Biaggi in polls, making him either a “joke candidate” or a “protest candidate,” meant to mock the party or the party’s selection of candidates. “Eh. Why not?” one political chat forum message goes. Another is “If we have to have an anti-police-reform nominee, we might as well get one that’ll likely only serve or four years, maybe less,” goes another.

In short, Biaggi’s supporters range from conservative Democrats to bitter ex-Goetz backers to dissatisfied undecided voters. And the candidate’s use of weblogs to comment on traveling across the early primary states of New Hampshire, Georgia and Nevada may explain it. “His ontech presence is certainly a boost,” says Alessandra Biaggi, the candidate’s granddaughter and his campaign’s chief media strategist. “It’s what’s allowed him to get enough attention to get into the debates, and it could play a major role in how well he does in the weeks ahead.”

–, 2/14/2008 e-article


…M.I.T. scientists have developed a neuro-scanner headband meant to assist the paraplegic. The headband is wirelessly connected to cage-like structure the design team has dubbed “smart trousers,” a double-cylindrical kind of device resembling robot pants. A paraplegic individual wears the device on their legs, like a stiff pair of pants, while wearing the headband. The headband then scans the cerebellum of the brain, allowing the wearer of the trousers and headband to move their legs through the robotic-pants-like apparatus. The device has only been tested in the lab, but the team is confident that once field tests are performed, the results will prove the technology’s applicability and success.

The project hinges on the success of both software and hardware – on the neuro-scanner’s ability to “read” the cerebellum, and on the smart trousers’ ability to support of the wearer’s weight. In the tests performed, the pants showed signs of damage after under an hour of use, as well as the “walking” being slow (with a cerebellum-to-foot time delay of up to 15 seconds sometimes) and “awkward” (the walk often being exaggerated, resembling one of someone walking through footprints in heavy snowfall). Nevertheless, whether the kinks can be worked out or not, the fact remains that this device could give wheelchair-bound individuals the experience of walking, even if it is a Waltham is difficult to navigate and control.

…Another project being worked on at M.I.T. that is similar to this pond is an attempt to design an “Artificial Retina Implant” so the blind can see. …While projects such as these can stir up thoughts of hope and curiosity, the equipment necessary to work on them is incredibly expensive for the institute…

–, 2/15/2008 news e-article

SNOWBALLED!: Olympia Trounces Opponents In Latest Pre-Primary Debate

…Despite still polling middle-tier, Senator Snowe gave a debate performance worthy of frontrunner status. Snowe held her ground and castigated fellow Senators Gritz and Rodham-Clinton for their stances on police precinct reform while she herself walked a thin line between the community and police sides of the subject. She also dug into Gary Johnson’s libertarianism …The Maine Senator described her time on the Senate’s Small Business Committee, and when discussing her plans for a Snowe Administration, criticized the current administration’s handling of SBA loans, and remarked, “President Jackson is too hesitant to encourage small business growth out of fear that it will produce Republican businesspersons. But I intend to go about and ensure that Small Business Administration loans truly go to those who need them, regardless of whatever they may think about my politics. Because never have I ever forgotten that we in this country are fellow Americans first and foremost. And on Capitol Hill, we should remember that we are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second.” [2]

The Bangor Daily News, Maine newspaper, 2/19/2008


…In his most prominent use of the President veto yet, Jackson has struck down a controversial bill that would have established longer residency requirements for Guest Worker immigrants, among other supposedly restrictive changes to the US’s immigration laws and policies. The Republican-majority House of Representatives does not have enough votes to override the bill. The bill was narrowly passed in Senate because it was heavily watered down and was supported by conservative Democrats such as Jim Guy Tucker and Doug Jones. Because of this, neither major party was “enthusiastic as a whole” for the legislation, explains one anonymous Senate aide…

The Washington Post, 2/22/2008

…Despite apathy over a guest worker reform bill being a bipartisan sentiment, the simple fact that Jackson had vetoed it was enough for the GOP and many of its Presidential primary candidates to still try and paint it as an example of Jackson being a bad President. Opportunists, such as Bo Gritz and Ronna Romney, for instance, swore that the bill was this great thing that the Democrats had shot down, either due to incompetence, ignorance or malicious machinations.

And the primaries had not even truly started by that point…

– Gary C. Jacobson’s The Power and the Politics of Congressional Elections, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015

…In South Africa, the Scheme to Bribe International Olympic Committee officials into selecting South Africa to host the 2012 Olympics has culminated in the impeachment and conviction of South Africa’s President Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Throughout the investigations into his involvement in the scheme, the head of state swore he was innocent, even as evidence came to light that he was told of the plan and approved of it prior to its execution. Because of South Africa’s parliament finding him guilty on one count of conspiracy, he will leave office tomorrow and be succeeded into office by the nation’s Deputy President. Said individual is Keorapetse Kgositsile, a 69-year-old Tswana poet who was an anti-Apartheid activist in the 1970s. Kgositsile previously served in parliament and has been Deputy President since 2004. Because he is a member of the ANC, the main opposing party to Buthelezi’s People’s Party, Buthelezi and his remaining supporters are claiming that his impeachment trial was politically motivated…

– BBC News, 24/2/2008 broadcast

UNITED KOREA’S NEW PRESIDENT SWORN IN TODAY: Promises To Crack Down On Illegal Drugs, Guns Smuggling In Inaugural Speech

The Los Angeles Time, side article, 2/25/2008

KGOSITSILE PARDONS BUTHELEZI! “This National Wound Must Be Healed”

– The City Press, South African daily newspaper, 27/2/2008


…If, the state Chief Justice will be the third female and the second Hispanic Associate Justice serving on the bench…

The Miami Herald, 3/1/2008

– US Senator Olympia Snows (R-ME), campaigning for President in Hooksett, NH, 3/2/2008

IT’S SNOWE-TIME: Maine Moderate Grabs Granite State

…US Senator Olympia Snowe was the favorite to win the first-in-the-nation Presidential primary in New Hampshire due to regional appeal. Meanwhile, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the standard bearer of the libertarian side of the party in this primary season, managed to beat the odds and come in second place with a respectable 28%. Also tonight, Senator Bo Gritz came in third place, Governor Lynn Swann finish in fourth, and Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton came in fifth, followed by Jim Edgar and Ronna Romney in sixth and seventh place, respectively, and with all other votes making up less than 1% when combined. On the Democratic side of the night, Vice President Paul Wellstone coasted to victory in his party’s New Hampshire primary contest…

The New York Post, 3/4/2008

“HERMAN CAIN, YOU’RE NO COLONEL SANDERS”: Candidates Criticize Each Other In GOP Presidential Debate

…In the final debate before our state’s primary election for President, Georgia’s own US Senator Herman Cain tried and failed to fight off a flurry of attacks on his record and proposals. All of his opponents on the debate stage in Atlanta lambasted the Senator, who was the favorite to win this state in September, but has since slipped in polling and fundraising. For example, Governor Ronna Romney of Michigan went after Cain’s tenure at KFC being “rocky and unstable, like what a Cain White House would be.” In another rebuke of Cain’s candidacy, African-American Governor Lynn Swann brought up Cain’s pro-rich activities while Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and while President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, leading to Swann ending his closing statement with “Cain keeps promoting himself as another kind Colonel Saunders or Lee Iacocca, but the truth of the matter is that, well, Herman Cain, you’re no Colonel Sanders.”

Cain also repudiated claims from US Senator Olympia Snowe that his 9-9-9 tax plan would end up raising taxes on the lower classes in the long run, instead swearing the “simplifying the tax code will get people to work, save and invest their money better. 9-9-9 would do more harm no matter how you slice and dice it.”

Attempting to win over conservatives and maybe some libertarians, too, US Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton replied to Cain’s comments with "I just believe that there's got to be a healthy tension [sic] among all of our institutions in society, and that the market is the driving force behind our prosperity, our freedom in so many respects to make our lives our own but that it cannot be permitted just to run roughshod over people's lives as well.[3]

The Macon Telegraph, Georgia newspaper, 3/8/2008

…In tonight’s Republican Presidential primary in Georgia, Hillary Rodham-Clinton has edged out a win over fellow US Senator Bo Grits, with Governor Lynn Swann coming in at a close second. In fourth place was Senator Olympia Snowe, with Senator Herman Cain, after a fairly poor showing in the latest Republican debates, saw his candidacy sink down to fifth place, after being in first place in polls conducted in Georgia in September...

– CBS Evening News, 3/11/2008 broadcast


…the former Chief of Police has been found guilty of conspiracy and of evidence tampering, but has been “exonerated” on related charges of unlawful search and seizure, witness intimidation, and wire fraud. Two other members of the Charlotte Police department were found guilty earlier this month, while two more are still awaiting trial for their alleged connections to a late 2000 incident…

The Louisville Courier, 3/14/2008

…As the primaries began in earnest, even the sentencing of the Richard Pennington Evidence Tampering Case became politicized. Wellstone called the guilty verdict “justice,” while candidates such as Bo Grits argued it was the opposite of that. Other candidates such as Gary Johnson and Olympia Snowe had typical libertarianesque “let the courts work” comments, while Senator Rodham-Clinton remarked the populist notion that “only those who deserve to be locked up and need to be locked up should be locked up.”

Privately, Rodham-Clinton expressed that she enjoyed these sorts of flavor-of-the-month discussions. They were a way of keeping an eye on what voters were paying attention to while allowing herself to stay relevant in the busy news cycle. “To Hillary, it was like a test of sorts,” claims one former HRC’04 campaign member. “Being able to read the room, being able to touch on a sensitive subject without oversimplifying it, and being able to summarize in a small enough statement for it to become a sound bite. It was like a careful dance or a recipe, one that required plenty of experience, and after running for office before, in the 1970s, for Governor 1990, for the Senate in 1996 and 2002, and for the Presidency in 2004, Hillary thought herself to be a masterful sound bite giver.”…

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

…So the Republicans and Democrats just held their respective Presidential primary contests in Nevada, and the results are kind of interesting. On the Democratic side, former Governor Lars Herseth of South Dakota received nearly ten percent, suggesting Wellstone’s road to the nomination may be less of a coronation and more of a competition than previously thought. On the Republican side, Senator Bo Gritz barely won over Ronna Romney, who is doing very well at the moment. Support for her is surging for her right now, for this alleged elitist with large corporation experience heading a Michigan-based radio company before becoming Governor. She’s pushing that business narrative, and this time, it lead to her getting very close to winning a primary…

– Will Cain, WBZ (AM) News, 3/18/2008 radio broadcast

REPORT: Businesses With Under 200 Workers Make Up Over Half of America’s Economy

– The Wall Street Journal, 3/20/2008

…The primaries of Maryland and Vermont were held on March 25. On the Democratic side of things, Wellstone easily scored wins in both states, with challengers Herseth and Diamondstone failing to make an impact – Dismondstone only received 7% of the vote in his home state and only 1% in Maryland, while Herseth received roughly 2% in both contests. In the Republican contest, Snowe narrowly beat Swann for Maryland in a crushing for the Pennsylvania Governor’s campaign. She also won Vermont with ease.

Enthusiasm for Ronna Romney, meanwhile, seems to have been a rather short flavor-of-the-month experience, as she grossly underperformed in both contests, while supporters of small businesses, such as Snowe, Johnson, and Rodham-Clinton, did fairly well…

– Jackie Halperin’s Whiplash: The Rise of Snowe, HarperCollins Publishers, 2008


The Augusta Chronicle, Georgia newspaper, 3/26/2008


…the first female Puerto Rican Associate Justice of the Supreme Court will be sworn in on April 3rd…

The Washington Post, 3/27/2008

…While the rise of America’s Bernie Goetz fueled support for anti-Turkey conservative candidates running for seats in Greece’s legislature, Goetz losing his race in November knocked the wind out of the sails of Greece’s own nationalist movement ahead of the December 2004 elections. Nevertheless, the brief foray into anti-immigrant populism put a temporary strain on Greco-Turkish relations, and after over thirty years of the two nations and their people getting along with each other better than ever before. In March 2008, the general elections saw Greek populists once again try to swell their numbers, only to lose more than half of their seats in The Hellenic Parliament…

– Frederick B. Chary’s The Modern Balkans: The History of Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Romania and Turkey After The End of the Cold War Era, Greenwood Publishers, 2018 edition

...Today may have been April Fools’ Day, but tonight, it’s the April Fools’ Cluster – five states hosting Presidential primaries for the Republican and Democratic parties. Voters in Iowa, Wyoming, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Delaware have all cast their ballots, and already we are being told who has won. …After failing to gather momentum in the early primaries, Gary Johnson’s concentration on western state primaries in this April has led to him winning Wyoming and Iowa. Meanwhile, Gritz has won South Carolina while Snowe has won Minnesota and Biaggi, in a major upset, has won Delaware with a plurality of roughly 37%. ...And so the four-way contest continues with no clear frontrunner for the time being…

– NBC, 4/1/2008 broadcast

…The Second April Cluster was held on April 8, and consisted of ten primary contests for both of the major parties: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Florida, and Maine.

Immediately after the results, Gritz supporters claimed that the inclusion of Biaggi on the Alabama ballot siphoned away populist and conservative votes away from Gritz and allowing Rodham-Clinton to win. The same was alleged against HRC’s victories in Arkansas and Louisiana.

Meanwhile, Snowe won Hawaii, Connecticut, and her home state of Maine, while Gritz won Florida. Gary Johnson’s momentum continued with him scoring victories in Alaska and Arizona. Colorado, however, was the narrowest. After three days of counting, Snowe narrowly prevailed over Johnson, who privately accused Gritz’s appeal in certain parts of the state of “spoiling” the contest by siphoning votes away from the Johnson campaign and thus handing the state to Colorado. Nevertheless, the victory in Colorado proved to political observers that Snowe could be competitive out west…

…Evangelical voters largely rallied around Gritz as Mike Bickel’s accusations made against HRC continued to plague her candidacy’s efforts to reach out to religiously-conservative voters…

– Jackie Halperin’s Whiplash: The Rise of Snowe, HarperCollins Publishers, 2008

SWANN SONG: Penn Gov Suspends White House Bid

…Governor Swann failed to win any contests, with his best performance being his third-place finish in Louisiana in this past Tuesday’s “cluster” of primary contests…

The New York Post, 4/11/2008

…The Motion Picture Association of America introduced the MPAA Film Rating System in order to rate a film’s “suitability” for certain viewers, based on the film’s content. While the system is not a legal requirement for the distribution of a film in the US, most theaters require that a rating of some kind to accompany the film’s exhibition.

The MPAA FRS was established in 1965, as a result of US President Harland “Colonel” Sanders’ efforts to protect young children from “traumatizing material” at movie theaters. Saunders met with CAGOP politicians, with the USIA, and with the MPAA prior to thru FRS’s unveiling, which led to the Motion Picture Production Code (established in 1934) falling even more out of favor and out of use, but not being officially discontinued until 1973, amid claims that thru MPPC was a form of morals-based censorship.


The current three MPAA film ratings are as follows:

AAA – “All Ages Admitted.” Often erroneously thought to be short for “Appropriate for All Ages,” this rating means the film contains nothing unsuitable for children

PGR – “Parental Guidance Recommended.” Often mistakenly believed to be short for “Parental Guidance Required,” this is the broadest of the ratings. The MPAA strongly encourages parents to learn about the film’s content through word-of-mouth, film reviews, and other ways prior to the film’s viewing.

OEO – “Over Eighteen Only.” The most restrictive rating. Children under the age of 18 will not be admitted to watch the film.


The ratings often have accompanying descriptions of the film’s contents in order to provide more specific detail without “spoiling” the film for potential viewers. If the film is exhibited with a rating, most theaters will note so. As of April 2008, 31 state laws require theaters to inform patrols of a film’s rating or lack thereof prior to their admittance…


In an effort to avoid any further potential “spoiler” effects, Gritz’s campaign sued several states to have the names of Biaggi, Tancredo, Bickle, Creech and other minor populist candidates removed from their respective ballots. Tancredo had withdrawn after obtaining ballot access in five upcoming states, but Pastor Mike Bickle and outgoing Congressman B. J. Creech were still running for unclear reasons. Concurrently, Biaggi was still an active candidate who insisted he was a serious contender. None of these suits bore fruit, however, because the time to remake the ballots had passed; the ballots for the April 15 primaries were already printed and ready.

As a result, Gritz’s campaign staff met with representatives of Hillary Rodham-Clinton behind closed doors in the nation’s capital of the District of Columbia. According to the Gritz campaign’s Jet Wilders, “We offered a simple suggestion of trying to coordinate our campaigns, so only we would campaign in states that we were more likely to win, and they would campaign in states that they were more likely to win. Her representatives refused to consider it, believing it to somehow be a scandalous backroom deal of some kind.” With Rodham-Clinton and her inner circle declining interest in the Gritz team’s proposal, “The Gritz Gang” also met with the Bickle, Biaggi and Creech campaigns to promise each of them a position in a Gritz administration should he win, only for all three minor candidates to refuse to bow out. Privately, Creech believed a Rodham-Clinton nomination to be inevitable and that his splitting of the populist “Goetzite” vote would benefit her, and raise his chances of a position in a Rodham-Clinton White House. Bickle and Biaggi, meanwhile, remained in the race until the convention in the hopes on influencing, respectively. the religious and law-and-order aspects and positions of the party’s national platform.

In the Third April Cluster, on April 15, Republicans took to the polls in ten primary contests. Senator “HRC” won her birth state of Illinois, with Jim Edgar of Illinois graciously conceding the contest to his fellow Senator and endorsing her the next day. Massachusetts predictably went to Snowe. In Missouri, the home state of Pastor Mike Bickle, his 5% pull of the vote may have cut into Gritz’s share of the vote, as expected; Snowe won the contest in an upset, by a margin of 1.1%. Johnson won Oklahoma, while Rodham-Clinton won her home state of Tennessee with ease. Utahns voted for Gritz by a plurality. In West Virginia, “HRC” peeked out another victory, though the delegate total was split evenly due to Gritz coming in a very narrow second place. Snowe won all of the final three contests of the night (Kansas, thanks to HRC, Gritz and Johnson trying to win over conservative voters, resulting in Snowe winning with only 31% of the vote; Washington State, predictably; and Potomac, thanks to Lynn Swann’s endorsement).

– Jackie Halperin’s Whiplash: The Rise of Snowe, HarperCollins Publishers, 2008

IT’S SNOWE USE!: Splintered G.O.P. Lets L.I.D. Slip By To Head The Pack

– The New York Post, 4/16/2008


…The Saudi Space Center today launched a crew of five to the moon in the culmination of six years of research and training. This mission very well could, if successful, prove that the region is a major player in the current “space exploration industry”…


Comment 1:

I feel like they chose today of all days for this sort of thing on purpose

Comment 2 (a reply to Comment 1):

The puns, they write themselves!

–, 4/20/2008


– Scientists and engineers, participants of Operation Nanna, watch the successful liftoff of the Mijad-Wahin (Glory-1), Jilib Launch Base, Somalia, 4/20/2008

…Named after the word for the god of the moon in ancient Sumerian mythology, the Nanna project’s initial triumph of exiting the atmosphere was the pinnacle of the international effort to send Muslim astronauts into space and have them successfully land on the moon. Using American and Israeli tech companies, Iranian testing grounds, and the Jilib Launch Base north of Jilib, Somalia, near the equator, with three astronauts from Saudi Arabia, one from Pakistan, and one from Turkey (who was half-Israeli and half-Syrian, and as a result of that and his charm became a regional media favorite), the Saudi Arabian Space Center, or Markaz Alfada Alsaeudii (MAA) in Arabic, led the endeavor, as it was Saudi Arabia’s royal family that primarily sponsored and funded the project.

Both science and geopolitics were behind the project. When Americans landed on the moon in 1969 and the Soviets followed suit soon after, only for the US to abandon the moon in 1985 and the Soviet Union to collapse in 1984, it left a void that the Saudis decided to fill in the hopes of being seen as a serious player on the world stage for it. Additionally, there were still more to understand about the moon; there were still lunar mysteries left unsolved and questions left unanswered, and it was the jobs of the scientists onboard to gather more data and information on them.


[Note: my apologies for the red side being slightly larger than the green side; that's a regrettable cropping error, sorry :( ]

Above: The flag of the Saudi Space Agency features a crescent Moon and the pan-Arab colors of black, white, green and red.

– Madawi al-Rasheed’s The History of Modern Saudi Arabia, Sunrise Books, 2019 edition

America’s response to the success lunar landing was nearly two-faced. While most Americans – especially younger Americans – were congratulatory, and described the moment as being inspiring, most especially for young Arab-Americans, older Americans had a more negative reaction. Bo Gritz summed up the reactionary nationalist sentiment with the polarizing comment “Great – now we’ve got foreigners on our moon!”

The next evening, on April 22, five primary contests were held, in which Bo Gritz exceeded expectations. Whether due to cultural backlash or a genuine renewal of interest in his candidacy, the fact remains that the Idaho populist’s campaign began experiencing a resurgence.

In Wisconsin, Snowed achieved a plurality victory thanks to Congressman Scott McCollum’s crucial last-minute endorsement, with Gritz overperforming and receiving second place. Grits won both Virginia and Mississippi outright, while Snowed won Rhode Island.

Texas, however, was the closest contest of the night. After a recount was held in three narrow counties, Senator Rodham-Clinton was declared the winner of the delegate-rich winner-take-all primary, with Gritz finishing in second place, roughly 50,500 votes shy of victory.

– Jackie Halperin’s Whiplash: The Rise of Snowe, HarperCollins Publishers, 2008

CAN GRITZ WIN THIS? His Path His Narrow, But Not Impossible

–, 4/23/2008 article

Many were reluctant to allow Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud to be one of the six men to go to the moon due to the chance of some accident taking his life. However, not only was the Prince responsible for the MAA being founded in the first place, but he believed that him being on board would boost the Saudi people’s confidence in the monarchy and in their government and country, and would give the crew good fortune.

On April 23, the Glory 1 successfully touched down in the Sea of Tranquility, roughly 15 kilometers away from the nearest American or Soviet landing site. As the Middle East and parts of the rest of the world celebrated the achievement, experiments were carried out to on the lunar surface to see, for instance, why the satellite can ring like a hollow bell. Information was transmitted back to base as the new data was gathered…


…Before leaving, a Koran, flanked on its sides by a Bible and a Torah, were placed on the lunar surface with simple plaque concerning the power of faith and the potential of humanity…


While the EDL technology was sound, the conditions of atmospheric drag put mechanical strew on the Glory 1. Atmospheric conditions impacted the shuttle’s heat shield during high-velocity hyperbolic century, causing the cabin of the shuttle to hear up as well. By the time the Glory 1 had breached through the atmosphere and were descending thanks largely due ot Earth’s gravity well, much of the cabin’s interior control panel was on fire, with the flames spreading rapidly. Based on the cabin black-box recordings and survivor testimony, astronaut Amer Nadeem of Pakistan prevented a burst of flame from hitting Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud by covering him with his arms. The burning shuttle crash-landed off the coast of Sakata.

On the six men on board, only Amery Nadeem died; his wounds were too great, and he succumbed to them before the crew were picked up. The rest of the crew received moderate burns, including the Prince. The captain was in the hospital for six months for skin grafts, infection treatment, and surgery, while the Prince was treated for second-degree burns across his legs.

While officially considered a success because the Glory 1 had landed on the moon, the bungling of the entry portion of the mission left a bittersweet experience in the minds of all who had either witnessed or had been involved in the endeavor. Soon after, Saudi Arabia’s government announced an extensive investigation into the heat shield failure, given that the shield had been produced by a Saudi company. Additionally, SA’s MAA terminated all plans for additional manned missions. It was specified that it was “until further notice,” but as of this book’s publication, no astronauts have been sent up to the moon by any Middle Eastern space agencies big or small ever since.


Above: armyman-turned-astronaut Amer Nadeem of Pakistani, the first Muslim astronaut to die in space (left); Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud (right)

– Madawi al-Rasheed’s The History of Modern Saudi Arabia, Sunrise Books, 2019 edition


–, 4/27/2008 e-article

…And in political news, Senator Olympia Snowe won two of tonight’s three Republican Presidential primary contests. The moderate from Maine won Michigan with another plurality over three major challengers, and she won the Republicans Abroad delegation as well. Governor Gary Johnson won the Virgin Islands caucus, the third contest of the tonight…

– The Overmyer Network Nighttime News, 4/29/2008 broadcast

With The Gritz Gang’s metaphorical blimp quickly deflating, HRC believed that she could now be the alternative to “The Lid,” only for Snowe’s campaign to continue to develop momentum – and delegates – at the start of May. Six contests were held on the sixth, and Snowe won three of them – Puerto Rico, Guam, and New York. Johnson won American Samoa, while Rodham-Clinton, despite her increasing campaign trail activity, only successfully pursued victory in Ohio and the Northern Mariana Islands. The loss in New York narrowed her window for the nomination outright and raised the odds of a contested convention. One member of her inner circle later reported “We had put so much effort and resources into New York and Puerto Rico that the overlooked Northern Mariana Islands almost felt like a consolation prize!”

– Jackie Halperin’s Whiplash: The Rise of Snowe, HarperCollins Publishers, 2008

WATCH: American Radical Bo Gritz Bitterly Concedes Bid For U.S. President And Refuses To Endorse Anyone!

– video uploaded to, a video-sharing netsite, on 5/7/2008

…In early, as the riots, protests, and crackdowns continued on unabated, Karimov opted to take his secular agenda even further. On 10 March, Karimov signed an executive order banning the adhan, the Muslim call to prayer, from being broadcast in the country. The announcement was viewed as an attack on UT TV and radio stations, causing even more members of the media to voice support for the protests and the “positive changes” that for which they called…

– Ke Wang’s Turkestanis Unite!: The Rise And Execution of An Idea, Cambridge University Press, 2013

…In what has effectively become a race between two-and-a-half candidates, with Senators Olympia Snowe and Hillary Rodham-Clinton neck-and-neck and former Governor Gary Johnson repeatedly finishing in third place in recent contests, the odds of the moderate Snowe obtaining the Republican nomination for President have only increased with the results of tonight’s three primary contests. Possibly due to Hoosiers in southern Indiana having roots in southern states such as Kentucky and Tennessee, partially due to job migration patterns dating back to the 1950s, Rodham-Clinton secured Indiana’s winner-take-all delegation slate. Senator Snowe, on the other hand, won the winner-take-all delegation slates for Pennsylvania and North Carolina, with the latter contest being the closest one of the night. Gary Johnson underperformed in all three races…

– CBS Evening News, 5/13/2008 broadcast


The Albuquerque Journal, 5/15/2008


Premiered: May 16, 2008
Genre(s): political bio-drama
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Produced by: JoAnne Seller and Daniel Lupi
Written by: Michael France and Ted Tally


Harrison Ford as William Henry Harrison
Meryl Streep as Anna Semmes Harrison
Graham Greene as Tenskwatawa, “The Prophet”
Nas’Naga as Tecumseh


Trivia Facts:

Trivia Fact No. 1: Harrison Ford purposely exhausted himself for a comic scene.

In one of the film’s more lighthearted scenes based on a real event, a large crowd of office-seekers shove their papers (resumes, petitions, etch.) into the pockets, hats, and arms of the new President when he’s on his way to his first cabinet meeting, causing him to go to the upper floor of White House (the private quarters) to escape the chaos; by this point in his life, Harrison was already thin and malnourished due to ulcer problems. In order to pull off the look of an angry, bitter, and exhausted old man, Ford maintained a very demanding work schedule and ragged lifestyle ahead of filming scenes like this one – he agreed to film two other, smaller roles; he slept for no more than three hours every night for a week; and he went on a “crash diet” that caused him to lose several pounds.

Trivia Fact No. 2: The film won an Oscar for practical makeup effects.

Upon the film winning an Academy Award for the makeup effects used to age Meryl Streep’s character, Harrison Ford allegedly expressed regret at going through “so much trouble” to get into character when he could have just “gone to the f*ckin’ makeup department” instead.



…the “Maine Moderate” swept through Kentucky, Nebraska and Oregon, putting her just two delegates shy of clinching the nomination outright. Senator Rodham-Clinton would need to win all remaining primary contests in order to deadlock the convention...

The New York Times, 5/20/2008

“Everybody has setbacks in their life, and everybody falls short of whatever goals they might set for themselves. That's part of living and coming to terms with who you are as a person.” [4]

– Hillary Rodham-Clinton, withdrawing from the race for the GOP nomination for President, and re-entering the race for the nomination for her US Senate seat (with that primary already scheduled to be held in September), 5/22/2008

…As the presumptive Republican nominee for President, Olympia Snowe won tonight’s two Primaries in South Dakota and Idaho with ease, even in the wake of Senator Gritz calling for primary voters to write in his name in the latter contest…

– CBS Evening News, 5/27/2008 broadcast

MOTHER-POST: Is Colonel Sanders The Chef Overrated?

I write “the Chef” because I’m not talking about “the President,” so please, keep the politics to a minimum, because what I’m asking about here is his reputation as a Chef, whose opinion on food often had a lot of weight to it. But, recently, I’ve been reading food-related articles about The Colonel, and most of the time, his reaction to other people’s cooking is really negative! He seems to have very narrow tastes. I get that he has a right to his opinion, and I know that the man was a perfectionist, but sometimes, in his comments, he comes off as, I want to say, a bit narrow-minded.

Let me give you all an example. Here’s some snippets from a 1976 article by a one Mimi Sheraton [5]. It shows just how picky he was:

“The ex-President expressed some very strong opinions on the meal at the highly esteemed Coach House as he discussed his interest in food.

He ordered black bean soup, which he thought should have been thicker and heavily laced with sherry instead of Madeira; mushrooms with chicken livers that he ordered pink, but which he did not like because they had been sautéed instead of crisply fried; a salad that he did like although he preferred French Roquefort cheese to the feta used, and pecan pie, which he thought was not as good as one he made with lemon juice “to add life to the Karol syrup filling.”

Of the Coach House fried chicken (“Give me the middle wing joint; it’s the best part of the chicken”), his verdict was, “Very good, but it would be better with more salt and my seasoning.”

In other words, he didn’t like a single thing he ordered; he had at least problem with every last item!

His favorite food of the day was the cornbread baked in sticks, of which he ate three and carried six back to his hotel. “That’s the best cornbread I’ve ever had made by a Yankee up North,” he declared to the waiter. “Not too much sugar or flour in with the meal.”

Refusing a glass of wine, The Colonel explained, “Wine tastes like gasoline, and now that I read about all the arsenic in California wines, I’m glad I don’t drink it. I have 14 more years to go to finish the century and I want to take care of myself so I make it.”

He explained that he was on a mon-aging diet that required him to eat a can of sardines every morning.

Having traveled in 44 countries (“I’ll never go to India. I don’t want to see people sleeping in the streets”), The Colonel prefers American food and most especially that of the Southeast. “We season our food more than folks in other parts of the country,” he said. “I’ve never been struck by French food. Only the sauces are good. I never have a chance to eat in Italy any places but in a Hilton Hotel.”

To recap: the man only liked food he was already familiar with. Does that sound like an expert food connoisseur to, well, anyone?


Above: the image of The Colonel that came with the article

So, what do you all think? Should the man who made those world-famous birds be taken seriously when it comes to his thoughts on other people’s food?


I remember reading somewhere that he liked German food because he used to work for a German farmer when he was young, so, yeah, I agree, there is a connection between what food The Colonel praised and what food he ate while growing up. But I don’t think that makes him overrated, food-wise. I mean, have you ever tasted his chicken – it’s amazing!

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Yes, his cooking is not overrated, but I think his thoughts on other people’s cooking should be taken this a grain of salt. No pun intended.

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So this thread should really be entitled “We Shouldn’t Take The Colonel’s Reviews of Other People’s Food Too Seriously”

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Eh. Too long, and not catchy enough.


How dare you insult the glory of the Colonel’s culinary prowess! His word was law! If he decreed your food to be subpar and beneath his high standards, it was the truth!


I agree – his standards were always too high. Even before he became President, there were many anecdotes about him insulting the perfectly serviceable food he’d ordered, going round to the kitchen, and telling the chef off. He’d swear up a storm without consideration for the women and children within earshot, and admitted to doing so. In one instance I remember hearing about, he smashed a plate of eggs right on a chef’s head!

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Citation needed!

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Well, at least he never insulted the servers, because he knew they we never to blame, since they’re not the ones doing the cooking, now are they? Hey – I guess that makes him the Gordon Ramsey of his era!


I’m surprised by the India comment. Woah.

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If I remember it right, the Colonel only visited India in the 1980s because he was coerced into it. He didn’t want to go, but he was convinced he could prevent war from breaking out between India and Pakistan. I was in college when that went down, and, I have to say, I don’t remember anyone discussing the Colonel stopping after the negotiations to try out the local cuisine. Huh.


Maybe, but in his defense, he was 86 when he gave that interview. By the time you’re that old, you really don’t like to try new things. You’re set in your ways for some reason.

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I thought the saying was “you’re never too old try new things”

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Yes, but another saying is “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”

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Good thing people aren’t dogs, then!

–, a public pop-culture news-sharing and chat-forum-hosting netsite, 5/28/2008 posting thread


The Daily Telegraph, UK newspaper, 30/5/2008

…The final round, or “cluster” of primaries were held on June 2, 2008. Of the five contests, Snowe won four (California, North Dakota, Montana, and New Jersey); Gary Johnson’s campaign won his home state of New Mexico posthumously due to his high popularity in The Land of Enchantment. …Of the total 57 contests (52 states, plus 4 territories (Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands), plus the Republicans Abroad delegation), Olympia Snowe won 30…

– Jackie Halperin’s Whiplash: The Rise of Snowe, HarperCollins Publishers, 2008



Olympia Snowe – 6,379,451 (29.14%)
Hillary Rodham-Clinton – 5,256,369 (24.01%)
Gary Johnson – 2,611,765 (11.93%)
Bo Gritz – 2,467,275 (11.27%)
Mario Biaggi – 1,858,667 (8.49%)
Lynn Swann – 1,153,729 (5.27%)
Jim Edgar – 1,112,135 (5.08%)
Herman Cain – 440,038 (2.01%)
Ronna Romney – 214,546 (0.98%)
Scott McCallum – 183,896 (0.84%)
James H. Meredith (note: withdrew before the start of the primaries) – 124,787 (0.57%)
Billy J. Creech – 50,353 (0.23%)
Mike Bickle – 32,839 (0.15%)
All other votes – 6,563 (0.03%)
Total popular votes – 21,892,415 (100.00%)

– [6]

…Today marks the 25th anniversary of the 1983 classic film “WarGames,” which has proven to be as influence as that decade’s bleak anti-nuclear war TV special “The Day After.” According to a former US Secretary of Defense, the success of the film influenced National Security Policy as the Cold War came to a close and computer technology was on the rise. The regulations and initiatives devised for the ARPANET system, and ultimately the modern technet, can also be traced back to this techno-thriller and it being viewed by members of the Denton White House. According to one source, Defense Secretary William Westmoreland disliked the film, believing its anti-war message was “unpatriotic and defeatist,” President Jeremiah Denton enjoyed the film’s “intimidating sublimity.” …The high-speed technet became the norm by the start of this decade, paying for the bandwith bills so video downloaders do not have to. With this huge financial barrier broken, sites such as ourvids blossomed and began to flourish in the 1990s. However, this may not have happens had leaders such as Denton and President Carol Bellamy not called for stronger investments in the possibilities – and possible dangers – of the computer and the technet…

–, 6/3/2008 e-article

“I believe it is of a question of whether or not we support tax cuts… It really is a question of what we can afford to do now in the current economic and fiscal climate.” [7]

– GOP Presidential nominee-in-waiting Olympia Snowe (R-ME), allegedly dodging a question on tax reform, Meet the Press, 6/5/2007 interview

“I think I made a mistake. I think I should have run [for the nomination] again. Looking back on the past several months, I know I would have won it.”

– Bernie Goetz (R-CO), 6/7/2008


…several diplomats have made it known that they and many of their bosses fear that his election would reignite regional conflict over perceived bias favoring Israel. “We know that Wellstone is a professional who would not upend The Delicate Peace and favor the Israeli just because he is Jewish,” says the outgoing Syrian Ambassador to Israel, “But try telling that to a paranoid religious extremist.”…

National Review,, 6/10/2008 e-article

…Jackson’s administration has appealed to southern and Christian voters in a way that Wellstone might not be able to, for several reasons. Jackson is an ordained reverend with a philosophy similar to that of Christian Democracy. He quietly supports a consistent life ethic, promotes faith-based organizations, has stayed publicly mute on his thoughts about school prayer, and has approved of legislation supportive of a “culture of life” more than once. Wellstone, on the other hand, does not have the religious appeal outside of the Jewish community, as evidenced by his poor showing in the south during the 2000 primaries. As a result, unless he has a powerful and influential southern running mate, his autumn campaign strategy may have to be to win as many northern states as possible to offset losses in the south…

The Atlantic, op-ed, June 2008 issue

…In political news, there are rising calls for a third-party conservative ticket if the presumptive Republican nominee for President, Senator Olympia Snowe, does not choose a conservative populist running mate. The movement, which has a notable ontech media presence, wants some prominent politician – such as former Senator Bernie Goetz, Senator Bo Gritz, Congressperson Tommy Tancredo, Barbara Coe, and Jason Buck, and others – to break from the GOP to mount said long-shot bid in response to the Republican ticket and platform that is not satisfactory enough to the conservative populists of the party…

– KNN, 6/25/2008 news report

Usually, the choice of running mate was almost considered to be an afterthought of sorts, meant to compliment the top of the ticket without overshadowing the Presidential nominee. This time, however, the Presidential nominee-to-be had neither the pleasure nor the privilege of selecting a running mate basely sole on how well she got along with them. Instead, as the summer convention neared, the choice of running mate was growing increasingly pivotal to the unity of the GOP.

Olympia Snow was well aware of her precarious position of needing to appeal to populists, libertarians, and conservatives. Her best-case scenario was to find someone with which all three factions could be satisfied, lest the rumors of the populists – the Gritzites/Goetzites (or “neohippies,” as some on the left were beginning to prefer calling them) – walking out at the convention actually bear fruit. It was, in short, a tall order.

Snowe pledged to select a male running mate after initially floating, either jokingly or seriously, the idea of a two-woman ticket. Additionally, several high-profile possibilities publicly removed themselves from consideration in the weeks following her clinching the nomination, most notably Jon Huntsman Sr. of Utah, former Governor Doug Swanson of Nevada, former Governor Denny Rehberg of Montana, and US Senator Bo Gritz of Idaho. On the other side of things, Snowe’s campaign ruled out selecting political neophytes such as Senators and Governors who had only been serving in their current offices since January 2007, thus eliminating the likes of Governors Kelsey Grammar of California, Fred Grandy of Iowa, Bill Owens of Texas, Dennis Hof of Nevada, Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico, and Harley Davidson Brown of Idaho, and Senators Ben Lewis Jones of Virginia, Andrew Raczkowski of Michigan, Michael Steele of Maryland, and Stan Jones of Montana.

Had she won by a larger margin, she may have been able to pick a fellow moderate or moderate-leaning politician such as Jim Edgar, Lynn Swann or Jack Lousma. But the fact remained that Snowe had to settle for picking someone farther to the right of her given the party itself as a whole being to the right of her. Nevertheless, Snowe did not want to select someone who was “too much of an opposite,” referring to the deeply-populist (or “ultra-neohippie”) individuals who had opposed her candidacy vehemently and vulgarly, and were reluctant to accept her as the nominee; she believed that any one of these sorts of individuals would likely be an unhelpful – or worse, an undermining – VP/RM.

Due to all of these factors, Snowe listened to many advisors, including the party leadership, and met with many potential vetted picks in order to try and answer a tough question – who would be the best running mate for her unique situation? [8]

– Anne Meagher Northup’s Chicken and Politickin’: the Rise of Colonel Sanders and Rational Conservatism in the Republican Party, 2015

Wellstone swept the Democratic Presidential Primaries of 2008 with ease. He had only three notable opponents: a moderate former South Dakota Governor named Lars Herseth, who had very little name recognition; former US Senator Peter Diamondstone, a Marxist so radical that he considered Mike Gravel to be a “conservative corporate sellout elitist”; and musician Toby Keith, a conservative Democrat who dropped out after New Hampshire. None of them received more than 7% of the vote in any of the aforementioned contests.

After dropping out, Keith urged Wellstone to pick General James L. Jones Jr. to be his running mate, saying “Jim is a good friend of mine who really should run for President someday, and being V.P. would definitely help with that. It would also keep the party from splitting.” [9] While the comments were overlooked at the time, they nevertheless did touch on a major problem for Wellstone – what to do about the lingering conservatives in the party. Within Wellstone’s inner circle, there was talk over the possibility of “throwing a bone” to that side of the party. True, the faction was shrinking in the wake of the high popularity of Democratic progressivism, but the conservatives in the party still in office still had power and influence. The idea of giving the second slot on the ticket had merit.


For Wellstone, the nomination of Snowe was considered “disastrous.” Her very ability to achieve the nomination of a party notably to the right of herself gave the VP’s campaign machine pause. “If she can perform that well in that kind of environment, she could do even better in November,” fretted Wellstone’s Chief of Staff. Indeed, while her pathway to the nomination had been credited to a “perfect storm” of variables, most prominently inter-party backlash to the “proto-neohippie” vitriol of the Goetz’04 campaign, most in Wellstone’s inner circle concurred that Snowe would be even better at campaigning in the general election.

The President, however, was far more optimistic, expressing confidence in the Rainbow Coalition. “It carried us over the finish line twice before, it can get you my job this time, too. We have a completely copacetic coalition backing you, Paul,” Jackson reportedly sad to his “first mate” in late June 2008.


The political calculations did not end with the studying of demographics that could potentially swing towards Snowe. For there was one other crucial factor for Wellstone and company to consider – who to select to be the VP’s running mate. The Wellstone’08 team had already begun compiling a list months ago, possibly even before Toby Keith made his General Jones suggestion, but now, as the time for the Democratic National Convention neared, the search began in earnest. At the start of the media’s many rumors over who was being considered and who would be vetted, the former Governor of Louisiana, actor-turned-politician-turned-actor Harry Shearer, came right out and refused to be considered. While having obtained “hero” status for his handling of Hurricane Katrina and being well-liked by both moderate and progressives by not sticking to one specific ideology while in office, the experience of Katrina and her aftermath had been exhausting for Shearer. In late June, he publicly refused to be considered for the position, saying “one government gig was enough for me, thanks!”

At Wellstone’08 headquarters in Potomac, the main debate was whether to pick a fellow progressive or someone to the right of the VP. His multiple sclerosis was still fairly mild, with his limp worsening only slightly over the past eight years, and so, while Wellstone himself believed that he would be able to serve for four or eight years without incident, his campaign urged him to take it into consideration, “just in case.” Wellstone’s Chief of Staff reportedly noted “just because we know it’s not too serious of an ailment doesn’t mean that Republicans will talk about it like it is a disqualifying thing. Snowe wouldn’t do that, but you can bet you’re a$$ that other Republicans will.”

Basically, the last hurdle of the primary season that the Democrats faced was a question with many potential answers: who would be the best Running Mate for the 64-year-old progressive Jewish-American VP from Minnesota? [10]

– Billie Lofi’s The Wellstone Way: The Life of a Passionate Progressive, University of Minnesota Press, first edition, 2017

[1] The part in italics is an OTL quote:
[2] This passage’s italics segments are from an OTL quote found here:
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[6] The popular vote distribution is based on the results of the last chapter’s poll, as of 11/22/2020
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[9] Toby Keith said that General Jones should run for President someday in OTL, and Keith really was a conservative Democrat until October 2008 in OTL; both according to his wikipedia article:
[10] YOU can help answer this question!:

[8] Ahead of the 2008 RNC, I made a preference poll concerning who Snowe should pick to be her running mate:
Here’s a quick breakdown of the 12 options on the poll:
US Sen. Spencer T. Bachus III of Alabama, age 61 – This Vietnam veteran has a reputation for being a problem solver on The Hill. A member of the Senate Financial and Judiciary committees, he has criticized the Jackson administration not reacting “strongly enough” to issues in Africa that required military intervention. Bacchus is also to the right of Snowe on regulation, except for certain subjects such as protecting citizens from technet-based identity theft.
US Rep. Salvatore P. “Sonny” Bono of California, age 73 – The addition of an experienced politician (he has been in office since 1995) who is also a noted celebrity, and a Hispanic one at that, may benefit the ticket. His public sparring with his son Chaz over BLUTAGO rights, though, could either help or hurt Snowe’s odds of winning, depending on who that controversy being brought up again wins over, versus who it causes to turn away from ticket.
US Sen. Terry E. Branstad of Iowa – In office since 1992, the half-Jewish Branstad certainly would bring additional legislative experience to the ticket. His spot on several foreign-policy-related Senate Committees doesn’t hurt, either. A supporter of tax reform, education and farming assistance, Branstad could put rural parts of the country into play in November.
Fmr Gov. Jim Bryson of Tennessee – Selecting a political ally of Hillary Rodham-Clinton, despite being noticeably to her right, would be an olive branch to Rodham-Clinton and her supporters during the primary; his executive experience would also compliment Snowe’s twelve years of US Senate experience.
Gov. Lindsey O. Graham of South Carolina – While originally a supporter of Mike Bickle, then Ronna Romney, then HRC, Graham initially had some harsh words to say about Snowed, only for him to have since apologized and bring in donors and endorsements for the presumptive nominee. While Snowe is personally reluctant to pick this supporter of the party establishment, she may be convinced that picking him will keep the party united and lead her to victory in November.
US Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard of Utah, age 68 – This lifelong Mormon politician is known for his compassion, his support for mental health care and research laws, his advocating of religious freedom, and his ability to work across the aisle despite being noticeably to the right of Snowe. His adult son Matt, who suffers from Down syndrome, often visits his father’s place of work, and is known for congratulating every newly-sworn-in Senator with a warm hug.
Fmr Gov. Gary E. Johnson of New Mexico, age 56 – Selecting this pro-marijuana, anti-interventionist, and anti-IRS mountain climber of an ex-Governor would definitely win over libertarians, and possibly enough Gritzites to carry Snows to victory in November. His high approval rating in the pro-Democratic state of New Mexico could also put that state into play.
US House Majority Whip J. Scott McCallum of Wisconsin, age 58 – Serving in public office since he was 26, this Colonel Conservative from a conservative district is very well received by deeply conservative, libertarian, and moderate legislators alike. Snowe is also eyeing him because, as a US Representative since the 1980s, he has a wide range of legislative experience and political connections that could be invaluable for fundraising in the fall. Plus, he was very respectful to her during the pre-primary season, keeping their disagreement on police reform in one debate notably mature and professional.
Gov. George Speaker Mickelson of South Dakota, age 67 – With a high approval rating in his home state (it is currently steady at over 80%), Mickelson could keep the plains and Midwest in the Republican corner. Mickelson’s short-lived 2008 campaign tried to walk a fine line between the populist, conservative, and moderate camps, but failed more due to lack of name recognition than anything else.
Gov. J. C. Watts Jr. of Oklahoma, age 51 – Selecting an African-American “Colonel Conservative” from a deeply-conservative state could win over populists without it costing the party recent gains in minority outreach efforts. Watts may be able to win over former Jesse Jackson voters as well.
US Sen. Larry R. Williams of Montana, age 66 – In office since 1979, this wealthy financier and opponent of the IRS has a consistent pro-business/libertarian-lite voting record on top of having some pretty deep pockets and connections. His selection may also help secure the GOP’s lock on the upper western states.
Gov. Humbert Roque “Rocky” Versace of Puerto Rico, age 71 – With foreign policy issues being largely on the back burner in this election, this former US Secretary of Defense celebrated in the past for his handling of the Second Korean War would still appeal to hawks (and thus may placate former Wide-Awake members who backed Gritz in the primaries). Versace may also possibly improve turnout among Hispanic voters, given his Puerto Rican ancestry.

[10] Ahead of the 2008 DNC, I made a preference poll concerning who Wellstone should pick to be her running mate:
Here’s a quick breakdown of the 20 options on the poll:
Moderate options, for party unity (8):
US Sen. Brad R. Carson of Oklahoma, age 41 – a young and athletic rising star is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation; he largely focuses on military affairs, along with protecting oil workers from unemployment, and protecting Native American rights
Gov. Richard J. Codey of New Jersey, age 62 – a Catholic, “100% Irish” former funeral director serving in public offices since 1974, his strong Northeastern roots could benefit the ticket, given Snowe is possibly putting said region into play thanks to her New England appeal
Fmr Gov. Larry J. Echo-Hawk of Idaho, age 60 – a devoted Mormon with a background in law, Echo-Hawk is a Marine Corps veteran, and an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation who cares about police precinct reform; he would be the first Native American to be VP since Charles Curtis 80 years prior
US Amb. to Egypt William A. “Bill” Gwatney of Arkansas, age 49 – a party loyalist who previously served as a state senator, a US Congressman, and the head of O.D.E.R.C.A.; a political financing operative with foreign policy bona fides, his selection could possibly neutralize claims of a potential Wellstone presidencies being biased in favor of Israel, given Gwatney’s recent success in strengthening US-Egyptian relations
US Sen. Christopher Charles “Chris” John of Louisiana, age 48 – taking office via appointment in March 2006 (after incumbent John Georges resigned for a higher-paying CEO job), John differs from his Senate predecessor by criticizing big business, but nevertheless support oil and gas industries due to his state’s economy still depending on them; he is of Lebanese, French and German descent, and his inclusion on the ticket could put the south into play
US Marine Corps Gen. (ret) James L. Jones Jr. of Missouri, age 65 – initially dismissed by the vetting team, Jones expressing interest in the job gave weight to his candidacy; the former Commandant of the Marine Corps and former Supreme Allied Commander Europe recently worked with Israelis and Palestinians on security issues; he could appeal to undecided voters concerned that low military funding is making the country vulnerable to any threats, real or perceived
US Sen. Kathleen Hartington Kennedy-Roosevelt of Massachusetts, age 57 – a woman’s right advocate from New England with very deep financial pockets and name recognition (she was born into the Kennedy political family and is related to the Roosevelt political family through marriage) could help the ticket
US Sen. Alexander “Alex” Penelas of Florida, age 47 – a Cuban-American former Mayor of Miami-Dade County who in 2003 engaged in a shouting match in the Senate chamber with Senator Diamondstone over the impact and legacy of the Cuba War; he barely won a second US Senate term in 2006 by backpedaling on some issue and has since changed his mind of them again, but nevertheless he could have Hispanic voter appeal
Progressive options, to double down on messaging (8):
US Sen. Eddie Najeeb Basha Jr. of Arizona, age 71 – a Catholic former businessman with western/libertarian appeal who is of Lebanese ancestry and who votes more often with progressives, especially one matters concerning education and assisting the poor
US Sen. Harry William Braun III of Arizona, age 60 – an eco-progressive champion of wave power energy who is still pushing for massive more public works projects concerning irrigation, wave turbines, and producing hydrogen via solar power electrolysis, he is a technocrat with much legislative experience
US Sec. of Agriculture James Patrick “Jim” McGovern of Massachusetts, age 49 – focused on protecting and defending human rights at home and abroad, especially for children, this highly-liberal politician won only won three terms to the House before joining Jackson’s cabinet, but has been praised for his active efforts to curb food waste and nutrition insecurity both in the US and worldwide; he is of no relation to the McGovern political family of South Dakota
US Sen. Teresa “Terri” McGovern of South Dakota, age 63 – the daughter of former US Congressman and former Governor George McGovern of South Dakota, she opposes alcohol and recreadrugs but supports mental health care reform along with improving working conditions and the quality of life in the US, especially for nurses and teachers
US Rep. James Charles “Jim” Slattery of Kansas, age 60 – an early supporter of Bellamy, then, Jackson, and now Wellstone, he helped popularize wind turbines in Kansas; he served as Governor from 1987 to 1995 and has been in congress since 1999; he has foreign policy experience, as he served on several House foreign affairs committees until 2007, and briefly served in Angola during the 1970s
US Sen. Alice Constandina “Dina” Titus of Nevada, age 58 – a Greek-American who could cut into Snowe’s appeal; during her time on The Hill, she has supported sexual pestering counseling programs, education, VA reform, and tax credits for businesses who switch from fossil fuel, among other policies
US Sen. Gloria Tristani of New Mexico, age 55 – the granddaughter of Senator Dennis Chavez has only been in office since January 2007, but has already made a name for herself by actively calling for legislation to shield children from obscenity and violence, as well as improving education overall; she previously served as he head of the FCC; born in Puerto Rico, she is Hispanic, and may win over two demographics that could be crucial factors in November
US Sen. Mark Emery Udall of Colorado, age 58 – the son of former House Speaker Mo Udall, Mark is an avid environmentalist, an expert on domestic security issue, and a defender of renewable energy who could appeal to libertarian-leaning voters; his oratory skills would also be a plus on the campaign trail
Other options (4):
US Sen. Majority Leader Gary Faye Locke of Washington, age 58 – the Chinese-American commerce expert tries, as the leader of the Senate Democrats, to appeal to all within the party and then some; as VP, he would be very influential when needing to work with congress
Fmr Gov. Richard Anthony Cheech” Marin of New Mexico, age 62 – a political activist who advocates recreadrug legalization, he kept taxes “fair” as Governor and supports police reform and international cooperation, as well as promoting Mexican-American culture; his celebrity status may help the ticket
US Att. Gen. Ralph Nader of Connecticut, age 74 – a longtime registered Republican who is currently an independent, his political positions are all over the map but are closer to the left than to the right, and he often caucuses with the Democrats; after decades of public service in multiple positions, he is a highly experienced politician and, as Nader is Lebanese, his selection would neutralize claims that Wellstone’s election would upend relations in the Middle East
Fmr Gov. Robert Norman “Bob” Ross of Alaska, age 66 – the famous art instructor, environmentalist, mental health advocate, cancer survivor, and defender of education and the arts could appeal to progressives, moderates, libertarians, and possibly even some conservatives, given his 20 years of military service

Please vote!

The next chapter’s E.T.A.: November 30th at the earliest, December 3rd at the latest
Post 88
Post 88: Chapter 96

Chapter 96: July 2008 – January 2009

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

– Isaac Asimov (OTL)

…The dictatorial Islam Karimov’s day of reckoning turned out to be July 7. On this day, a middle-aged Uzbekistani Muslim militant finally stopped running. A religious fighter by nature, Tohir Yo‘ldosh, born sometime in the late 1960s, was fought in the nation’s war for independence as a child soldier. He stayed in the UT military and volunteered to serve in North Korea. Returning home to serve in the National Guard, Yo‘Idosh’s first major spot of trouble with the law came in 2001, when he was temporarily demoted for publicly calling for Islamic radicalism. Yo‘Idosh described his fellow Muslims as “the most persecution group of people on Earth” and believed in several anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. When Karimov rose to power, he was one of the first to be arrested for opposing the new President’s increasingly anti-religion policies. In December 2007, Yo‘Idosh escaped prison along with three other inmates, but he himself went into hiding on his own. In June 2008, he returned to the nation’s capital of Shymkent and waited for his moment.

Said chance at retribution came when Karimov took part in a regional celebration of the 1983 Battle of Shymkent – a defense of the city from Soviet forces that Yo‘Idosh had actually fought in as an adolescent. Yo‘Idosh found it ironic that he would end the persecution of his fellow lovers of Allah just as the persecutor was praising him and his fellow veterans of a battle crucial to his nation’s independence.

The militant blended into the crowd cheering on the President. Predator stalked prey as the latter shook hands, inching closer to his fate. Finally, Yo‘Idosh pulled out his weapon – a recently acquired and tested pistol with a handy silencer attachment – and hit his target directly in the heart. Karimov jolted, staggered back, and collapsed to the shock and confusion of the audience.

At first, the news outlets reported his death to be a stroke or heart attack before rumors of assassination were confirmed. Yo‘Idosh was identified by security tapes soon after and a manhunt began. It ended days later with a shootout at a hotel just north of the Chulakkurgan Solar Park in southern Kazakhstan. In a deadly blaze of gunfire, Yo‘Idosh managed to proclaim that he had killed Karimov “for all believers, but for believers of Allah especially” before a policeman’s rifle pierced the spot under his armpit on covered by his bulletproof vest.

As Head of the National Gathering, Imangali Tasmagambetov of Kazakhstan ascended to the Presidency; in his first presidential address, he sought to dampen riotous responses from pro-Karimov citizens by calling for “a special time of healing” and the people of United Turkestan both celebrated and mourned the passing of what had been their nation’s most authoritative leader…

– Ke Wang’s Turkestanis Unite!: The Rise And Execution of An Idea, Cambridge University Press, 2013


…In what could be the birth of a new political party system, José Ramon Balaguer (b. 1932) has led the Progressive Party to its first-ever Presidential election victory, defeating (via a very narrow plurality) the Conservative Party’s nominee who lost by a margin of roughly 3%, and the Stability Party’s nominee, who grossly underperformed with a total vote share of roughly 5.7%. José Ramon Balaguer is a former Communist who served time in prison for backing Fidel Castro during the War of The Sixties, and was a P.O.W. in early 1964; he then became a champion of left-wing causes in the National Assembly, calling for stronger labor union protection laws but opposing industry nationalization. Balaguer, age 75, also served as Cuba’s Minister of Health during the final two years of the Alfredo Abon Lee administration. …The second-place finisher of tonight was Conservative Party nominee Orlando Sánchez. Born in Havana in 1957, Sánchez’s parents fled with him to Venezuela when he was very young, and they briefly lived in Houston, Texas, U.S., before returning to Havana in 1967. Sanchez has lived there ever since, developing a career as an athlete before majoring in political science and serving as that city’s Mayor from 1994 to 2006...

Diario de la Marina, Cuban newspaper, 7/10/2008


…while the selection of an ex-Governor for the position of Vice President is unconventional, it is most likely an effort to win over members of the ascendant libertarian wing of the GOP…

The New York Times, 7/11/2008

A part of the answer came with the early announcement of Snowe’s running mate. With Johnson on the ticket, Wellstone’s inner circle believed the western states, and libertarian-leaning states such as Alaska and New Hampshire, had the potential to party the swinging game. Early polling conducted by the Wellstone campaign suggested as much, with the VP’s favorability dropping 5% in the Granite State, 7% in Nevada, and a whopping 15% in New Mexico. However, these predictions were based on small poll samples. The suggestion to select a nominee from a western state rose nevertheless…

– Billie Lofi’s The Wellstone Way: The Life of a Passionate Progressive, University of Minnesota Press, first edition, 2017


…chat forums and social digital media sites across the technet are seeing spikes in calls for a certain figure beloved by the centurion generation to join the Vice President’s quest for the White House…

–, 7/12/2008 e-article

…Herseth’s poor performance in the primaries suggested the there was, overall, contentment among remaining moderate and conservative members of the Democratic Party, dimming the odds of someone such as General Jones or Governor Codey being chosen, though they were vetted.

The push for Bob Ross, however, was unexpected, and befuddling to Wellstone. “Why him?” he asked his inner circle in mid-July. The vice President was unsure because both men had bad health histories. With Wellstone suffering from a very mild case of MS and Ross still living with lymphoma, Wellstone had wanted to select a fellow progressive who would continue own his policies should he have to step down in the wake of his MS worsening. The biggest benefit to the Ross push was Ross’ progressivism, but, as Wellstone put it, “If both of us go down, there’s no telling what would happen.”

Wellstone’s Chief of Staff was even more resistant to the “Draft Ross for VP” movement, saying “The Republicans to Snowe’s left will mock us for putting forward a ticket of two sick old white men.”

“Plus,” Wellstone noted, “While I really like the man both personally and professionally, the fact is that hasn’t won an election since 1990.”

With a bit of a shrug, Wellstone’s chief speechwriter noted, “Well, young people love him, so he could boost turnout among that demographic.”

The Chief of Staff rolled his eyes at this, undoubtedly thinking back to youth-centric campaign of the past – the landslide loss of Gravel’84, the nailbiter victory of Bellamy’88, and maybe even, quite possibly, the alleged “disaster” of Wellstone’00. “I don’t even think he’d want the job.”

“Only one way to find out,” suggested the speechwriter.

. . .

In his studio, Ross was experiencing déja vu all over again. “I mean, I appreciated being vetted, and I’ll gladly serve under you – ”

“So you’ll take the job?”

“If it’s what you folks need to better America, I guess I’m for it. But I’m still surprised by. The fellas the vetted me did tell you about my cancer, right?”

“It-it’s in remission, isn’t?”

“It’s in a deep hibernation, but it could return at some point. Lymphoma’s a sneaky little devil like that,” Ross said with as much levity as he could muster.

“Then we’ll address that devil if or when it wakes up.”

“I suppose so. Tell Paul I’ll see him in D.C. soon.”


“He’s an art instructor who has worked on several projects, so patrons of the arts will like him,” went one staffer.

“He could shore up some celebrity endorsements,” another agreed.

“Yeah, and he’s always sort of had this subtle Christian bite to him that could really appeal to religious voters. Ending every episode of his show with ‘God Bless,’ and all that. We could play that up in some state and some areas,” noted the deputy communications director.

“But he’s not religious to the point of it being that in-your-face kind. He’s more like a Europe-style Christian Democrat than a fire-and-brimstone Dentonite evangelical. Okay, go for it,” the communications director approved the deputy’s idea.

Another listed additional positives. “Strong record on environmental protection, he implemented successful mental health programs while Governor, he being a cancer survivor could help, and just look at the technet talks.” Turning his monitor around, she continued. “Even members of Republican-leaning netsites are expressing interest in Ross joining the ticket. His strong support for veterans and his time in the Air Force is a big part of that – he even saw some action in the Cuba War, for Pete’s sake! That could appeal to those in the party pushing for us to pick Jones to stop the anti-military claims.”

“Alright, alright, alright,” the Chief of Staff to the Vice President finally yielded. “I’ll meet with Bob one more time.”

. . .

Less than a week before the DNC, after Ross finally won over Wellstone’s close confidant with a meeting in which the former Governor demonstrated the kind of “engaging energy” that the VP’s Chief of Staff was looking for, the selection was finalized. “It may be a repeat of ’72, where the ticket was of a Minnesota/Alaska composition, but, hey, that ticket did win, and the VP won’t be a troublemaker this time, either.”

– Billie Lofi’s The Wellstone Way: The Life of a Passionate Progressive, University of Minnesota Press, first edition, 2017

VP PICKS PAINTER! Bob Ross To Be Wellstone’s Running Mate!


Above: Bob Ross violating safety procedures by holding a snake while serving as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, June 2004

The New York Post, 7/15/2008

“We have to work together to keep our country fair, to continue to seek out success, to better protect our planet, and to better ourselves, our fellow Americans, and our fellow human being everywhere. We can better ourselves and our country by holding our most successful and wealthiest citizens accountable for their impactful actions. We can improve our own lives as well as the lives of our families, friends, neighbors and fellow countrymen, and even better lives in other countries if we continue to fight against inequality, poverty, bigotry and corruption. That is the legacy we want to give to our children, that is the quality of life we want for America. The past eight years have seen vast improvement in America’s standard of living, but there is still more to do, there are still more people to help. So let’s keep helping those who need help and improving America’s standards was we enter the 2010s.”

– Paul Wellstone at the 2008 DNC, 7/20/2008

“All The Way With Wellstone,” “Everyone Matters,” “Actions Matter,” “Wellstone For The Win”

– Wellstone/Ross’08 slogans, first used at the 2008 DNC, 7/18-21/2008

…The biggest amendment to Snowe’s platform, however, was the inclusion of a variation of Gary Johnson’s FairTax proposal. The proposal single tax rate would streamline the tax system in regards to collecting by replacing all federal income taxes with a single consumption tax (the platform plank carefully worded it as replacing “all or nearly-all”). The additional proposed elimination of the IRS was also controversial, even among some Republicans. Snowe herself was not a fan of the FairTax proposal, but understood that, as a key part of Gary Johnson’s campaign, its addition to her own campaign was necessary to win over the party’s growing libertarian base. “It seems that for each and every year the Democrats control the government, we get more and more Republicans calling for us to not even have a government,” Snowe reportedly observed. Nevertheless, the RNC adopted the FairTax as an official position, albeit a watered down version the proposal that Johnson had campaigned on. Most noticeably, the party platform’s FairTax plank only called for an “extensive audit” of the IRS, instead of it being abolished entirely.

Additionally, in order to try and placate populists and social conservatives, stern rhetoric calling for “respect for traditional values” was included in the acceptance speeches of Snowe and Johnson. The effort was not as successful as they had hoped it would be…

– Jackie Halperin’s Whiplash: The Rise of Snowe, HarperCollins Publishers, 2008


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– Former Governor Gary Earl Johnson (R-NM) accepting the GOP nomination for Vice President of the United States at the 2008 Republican National Convention, 7/27/2008

“The American story is about overcoming adversity and celebrating diversity. It cannot be changed by revisionists and it cannot be revisited by those who seek to benefit being so backward… The American spirit is stronger than stone and mortar, tougher than steel and glass, and more enduring than any pain or suffering that can be inflicted on our national conscience. …America is stronger than hatred and violence, it is stronger than resentment and bigotry. The American spirit is strong because the American people are strong, because the American people can overcome problems easier when they work together.” [1]

– Olympia Snowe at the 2008 RNC (7/26-29/2008), 7/28/2008

“Americans are not comfortable with immigrants, and yet they keep showing up! No more immigration would mean higher wages for local-based workers. But did Senator Snowe address this? Nope! She only discussed something about ‘moving forward as a nation and party,’ or something. I think she tried to throw a bone for former backers of Tancredo and Gritz, people like me, by mentioning ‘our national conscience.’ I think the talking heads on TV yammering about how it was a jab at racism are wrong. I think it was a jab at President Jackson’s corruption. But you know what? It’s not enough for me. I honestly cannot get behind this ticket. I like Johnson, but Snowe is too soft on, well, much pretty much everything. I think I might just write-in Gritz or Goetz of Tancredo for President, and maybe Johnson for VP”

– US Rep. Jefferson Bingham Miller (R-FL’s District 1), 7/29/2008

"Neither Beltway party is going drain this swamp, because to them it is not a swamp at all, but a projected wetland and their natural habitat."

– political activist Pat Buchanan, 7/30/2008 [2]


…“Dramatic actions require dramatic reactions. …Snowe and Wellstone are two sides of the same coin. I will be a real choice for real Americans!”…

The New York Times, 7/31/2008


The Guardian, UK newspaper, 1/8/2008

HOST: “With only three months to go until the election, former Senator and 2004 Republican nominee Bernie Goetz’s entry has shaken up the race, with polls already showing that he is siphoning votes away from the Snowe/Johnson ticket.”

GUEST 1: “Yes, and this should be very concerning for both major parties, because, while he very likely will not win any states, he could be a spoiler in many close states. His candidacy appeals to a certain group of voters of certain voter blocs that can be found in both parties. Conservative Democrats, former Gritz supporters, and many populist and populist-leaning people.”

HOST: “How well do you think we will do among religious voters?”

GUEST 2: “He performed very well four years ago, uh, when he drummed up strong support from the evangelical and socially conservative voting blocs. So the real question is, the question really should be, ‘How many within those groups are Republican Party loyalists, and how many will bolt for Goetz?’”

– NBC roundtable discussion, 8/2/2008 broadcast


…Beverly J. “Bev” Kilmer, age 57, ran a chain of hairdresser shops across northern Florida before serving in the state House from 1998 to 2000, and in the US House 2001 to 2007, representing Florida’s Second District. In 2006, she challenged incumbent Republican Toni Jennings for governor by running to her right, but lost with only 40% of the vote in the GOP gubernatorial primary. However, her strong showing and debate skills exceeded expectations, and has since been a frequent guest on conservative radio programs…

The Orlando Sentinel, 8/5/2008


…the 2008 Summer Olympic Games began in Berlin, Germany today with an opening ceremony that centered on the themes of peace and universal brotherhood…

The Guardian, UK newspaper, 8/8/2008


The Washington Post, 8/10/2008


…The former Senator has already missed the ballot deadline in seven states and may not qualify in time to appear on 12 additional state ballots. His best-case scenario at this point is obtaining enough signatures for approval in said 12 states, and successfully appeal to a state court in two additional states that are challenging his ballot presence, in order to appear on the ballot in 45 states. His worst case scenario is failing to appear on any more than the 28 state ballots to which he has been added. Either way, Goetz and his new political party – the Boulder Party, named after the city of Boulder, Colorado, the site of his campaign's headquarters, and “because we’re going to be like a mighty, thunderous boulder aiming right toward the establishment elites,” as Goetz has put it – will have access to a total of no less than 289 electoral votes...

The Denver Post, 8/11/2008

“No, actually, I don’t think any bad things can come from a third option. A binary political system and partisan politics between Republicans and Democrats and the liberal, moderate and conservative factions within are tearin’ this country apart. The people are sick of it. In the words of our first President, General George Washington, ‘The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, is itself a frightful despotism.’ He actually said that, and it’s gotten even worse in the nearly 200 years that have passed since he said that.”

– Businessman and former Governor H. Ross Perot Sr. (I-TX), Bernie Goetz surrogate, KNN interview, 8/13/2008


…In the largest wave of military base closures seen since the end of the Cold War, President Jackson has successfully ordered the closing of forty military bases and installations both domestically and abroad. The process was performed through the Base Realignment and Closure process, a federal government commission meant to improve Defense Department efficiency. Since BARC’s conception in 1990, over 500 military bases and testing grounds have been shut down, at least 1,200 military projects of varying scale and expense have been cancelled, through a series of rounds, with this latest cutting of military waste and redundancy being the seventh (after previous BARC rounds occurred in 1990, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005)...

The Boston Globe, 8/15/2008


…In a rambling endorsement at a Goetz/Kilmer rally in St. Louis, Missouri, Senator Gritz said with his deep, booming voice that “Wellstone has got a nerve-damaging disease inside him. This means that he could have a health crisis at any moment – in the middle of a major crisis, in the middle of some foreign policy snafu of his own creation, or in the middle of another Hurricane Katrina, and we’d end up with Acting President Bob Ross, and then a succession crisis, and then chaos and anarchy.” Goetz continued with offensive and insensitive language, alleging that “If this was the Army, Wellstone’s signing up for the Green Berets, and all he can do is have a desk job, but he wants to lead the charge on the battle field when he just can’t. Because the fact remains that the man will be a cripple with double vision any day now. He is physically unfit to serve as President. He cannot carry out this particular duty.”…


Comments Section:

Comment 1:
Bo, you’re almost 70 and you look like you already had a stroke. Stop being such a hypocrite!

Reply 1 to Comment 1:
Yeah, and since Bo brought up mental health, didn’t Grits try to kill himself back in the 1990s? Hypocrite indeed!

Reply 1 to Reply 1 to Comment 1:
Allegedly. It was after his wife separated from him over his Wide-Awakes activism and he was apparently pretty depressed about it. He went to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the foot. He claimed it was a gun-cleaning accident, but some claim he tried to shoot himself but somehow screwed it up.

Comment 2:
Couldn’t he have just, you know, not referred to MS victims as cripples and instead just say why we should vote for Goetz? This shouldn’t be so difficult.

–, 8/21/2008

GALLUP: Voting Behavior Expected To Be “Atypical” This Fall

…according to Gallup Polling, registered voters recently polled demonstrated a sense of ambivalence in regards to party loyal, especially among registered Republicans polled, who were less willing to say that they would vote for their own party than registered Democrats polled

The New York Times, side article, 8/24/2008


…the Republican nominee is touring key cities in the Sunshine State in the hopes of keeping Florida – a consistently Republican state with a substantial number of votes in the Electoral College – from voting Democrat via a split in the Republican vote. Third-party candidate Bernie Goetz’s running mate is Bev Kilmer, a fairly-popular conservative Congressperson-turned-activist from northern Florida, and polls show that Goetz’s presence in the race in narrowing the gap between Wellstone and Snowe in the Sunshine State…

The New York Post, 8/27/2008


–, 30/8/2008


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– Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States and former Governor Gary Earl Johnson of New Mexico making a face during a TV interview for KNN, 9/1/2008; the image inevitably became a popular “reaction” lafpic for the next year or so


– The Dziennik Zachodni (The Western Daily), Polish newspaper, 9/2/2008

...After another rally, this time in Hope, Arkansas, Goetz met once more with his inner circle and his closest supporters. Congresspersons Craig T. James (R-FL), Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), and Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) all playing a part in drumming up support for Goetz in the Sunshine State. Brown-Waite, a spunky and wild-eyed conservative, was confident that the Boulder Ticket would (somehow) win, explaining to Goetz's campaign manager, Jet Wilders, that she had seen a "message from God" in her scrambled eggs [3] the day before Bernie announced his candidacy, informing her that a "true champion of the people" would emerge victorious in November...

– Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes: Roads to The White House, Sunrise Publications, 2011 edition

GOP PRIMARY RESULTS: Rodham-Clinton Beat Ramsey

…After failing to win the Republican nomination for President, two-term incumbent US Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton launch a late entry into this race, to the detriment of first-term US Congressman Dave Ramsey, who was vying to succeed Rodham-Clinton. However, US Senator “HRC” won the GOP nomination by a margin of only 3%, suggesting that her White House aspirations have damaged her popularity in The Volunteer State…

– The Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/9/2008

“My friend Bo, uh, US Senator Gritz, he may have said a few things that were rough, but definitely not wrong. He was right in pointing out Wellstone’s health. Multiple sclerosis is a disease that goes after and eats away at nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, which messes up your nervous system’s ability to transmit signals to other parts of the body. That can cause mental and even psychiatric issues. Wellstone as president would mean having a potentially mentally unstable head of state. Bo had every right to call him out on running for President while being inflicted with something so horrible and potentially incapacitating.”

– Bernie Goetz (B-CO), 9/12/2008


I heard that, because Olympia can’t bribe the FEC into keeping Goetz out of the debates, she is working with her fellow elitists, the wealthy Kennedy political dynasty, and their connections in KNN, to omit Goetz’s name from polls. The True Voice of America can’t do well enough in the polls to qualify if he isn’t included on the polls at all/in the first place! Does anyone know if this is a legitimate thing I’ve heard? Or is this just some sick elitist rumor I’ve heard?

–, a public news-sharing and chat-forum-hosting netsite, 9/14/2008 posting


– The Dziennik Zachodni (The Western Daily), Polish newspaper, 9/16/2008

“Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today’s political discourse: public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship. …My concept of government’s role in People’s lives is that it is limited but legitimate, and essential when people have nowhere else to turn.” [4]

– Olympia Snowe campaigning with longtime US Congressman Scott McCallum (R-WI) in Kenosha, WI, 9/19/2008


…Taro Aso failed to keep hold of the LDP’s majority in the Diet in tonight’s national general election. …Ichiro Ozawa of the Centrist Coalition has obtained a plurality of the vote and has announced that he will form a coalition government with the Social Democrats, led by Mizuho Fukushima...

The Asahi Shimbun, Japanese newspaper, 9/21/2008

...Support for the perpetually-dominant LDP had been dropping ever since Shintaro Ishihara had split from the party to form the Red Sun coalition in 2003, causing many isolationists, populists, nationalists, and conservatives to slowly bleed away from the party’s ranks. The scandals of the Hashimoto administration complicated matters; while initially commended for issuing a nationwide freeze on wages and prices during the SARS pandemic, Hashimoto was blamed for the slight economic hiccup that came in the aftermath of its removal in 2005. Despite this, Jackson had supported Hashimoto up until his Japanese counterpart left office in early 2008 over declining health... Upon Ozawa’s victory being confirmed, Jackson congratulated him via phone call…

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

…Many Japanese pundits predicted that this would be the start of a new political party system, as the ascendant Centrist Coalition, Red Sun Coalition, and Social Democratic Parties were all much more ideologically consistent than the big-tent LDP. In an interview for Shuman Gendai magazine, former PM Junichiro Koizumi confessed that this was a major issue for the dominant party, saying “The party leaders are in crisis mode at the moment, and I think the problem, the reason why we lost despite the economy improving, is that we are too disorganized, and it shows. It is embarrassing. I think we have lost our roots. We are at this point several parties disguised as one and I think we need to look back to how we were in previous years to see how we can fix the LDP.” The problem with the LDP’s wide range of supporters was on full display back in 2007, when a proposed monthly allowance for families with children failed to pass in the Diet over conservative LDP members objecting the proposed law’s details. Japan’s governing party was indeed in “crisis mode.”

Meanwhile, the yakuza syndicates continued to lay relatively low. The 8/22/1998 Shinjuku Shootout and their mediocre response to the 2002 SARS pandemic during their attempted “comeback” under PM Ishihara had done a real number of their popularity at home, and so most syndicates were focusing primarily on investing in the troves of human misery that could be found oversees in various minor third-world countries, with the power of the technet only easing their scamming operations and market connecting endeavors…

– Alec Dubro and David E. Kaplan’s Yakuza: Japan’s Criminal Underworld, University of California Press, 2013 edition


…Goetz is currently set to appear on the ballot in 41 states, which may be enough to win the election outright hypothetically, but not realistically. What seems more likely to occur in the event that he wins is him winning enough states to deadlock the Electoral College. Needing both candidates to do poorly would account for Goetz attacking Wellstone as well as Snowe, because Goetz winning any states may not matter if the election is a landslide victory for either Wellstone or Snowe. If the election is narrow enough, Goetz could play kingmaker. Acknowledging that it is very unlikely that he would be selected as a “compromise” candidate for President due to his polarizing campaign, Goetz may be trying to deadlock the Electoral College so he can pressure either Snowe or Wellstone into agree to certain populist measures in exchange for Goetz throwing his support to them ahead of a House Contingency election…

…However, Goetz has repeatedly publicly stated that he is running “to win outright.” If this sentiment is sincere, than he may be even less successful. Despite the fact that all the states for which Goetz has failed to qualify are electorally low or highly favorable to Wellstone, the former Senator has repeatedly expressed a belief that he could win enough states to scrape by the 273 threshold. Unfortunately for Goetz, this is a very tall order. His performance in the debates – that is, if he qualifies to participate in them – may supply the boost his candidacy needs to obtain 273. But the odds are still highly against him on this...

–, 9/23/2008 e-article

WHAT TO SAVE, SPEND, AND TAX: An Analysis Of The Snowe, Wellstone And Goetz Budget Proposals

…While Wellston advocates for an overwhelming government bureaucracy and Goetz favors dismantling several safety nets in the name of individual independence, Snowe offers a middle lane between the two extremes, calling for state responsibility while nevertheless approving of seemingly most federal welfare programs…

The Wall Street Journal, 9/24/2008


– President Jesse Jackson Sr. on the campaign trail, stumping for VP Paul Wellstone in Raleigh, North Carolina, 9/29/2008

“This latest round of GOP-led House investigations into SARS has found nothing. If anything, these clearly politically motivated public displays of testimonies are not damaging Wellstone’s election odds, but are instead reminding Americans of how well President Jackson handled the virus. The investigations could very ironically hand the election over to the VP!”

– Professor and political analyst Janice R. Fine, NBC News guest spot, 10/1/2008

…However, there may be merit to Wellstone’s calls to use tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans in order to avoid making a deficit and possibly increasing the national surplus without reducing social programs. In a speech he made at Fayetteville, North Carolina, VP Wellstone continued on, saying “higher corporate taxation rates will create the incentive that big businesses need to spend earnings and expand, creating more jobs and such that can be deductible from their taxable earnings. This in turn would drive wealth reported into a lower tax bracket. In short, with a high tax on the wealthiest Americans, major companies would have to spend their money on their own businesses if they don’t want the government to take most of it.”…

Newsweek, early October 2008 issue


…the populist third-party candidate is currently polling at an average of 13.9%. The FEC set the threshold of 10% for debate participation back in the 1990s, after there was discussions over why independent candidate Glen Bell had been allowed to participate in the 1988 Presidential debates…

The Chicago Tribune, 10/3/2008


…there are partisan splits among several demographics, especially among different age groups, genders, and education levels….

– Gallup polling report, 10/5/2008

WELLSTONE: “I will defend this country. If defending this country military is ever needed, and it is clear that the time for peace and negotiations has passed, I will use the military. But I will use the military wisely. I will look at the situation closely and listen to multiple perspectives and ideas to determine the best course of action.”

GOETZ: “A Commander-in-Chief can’t just sit around listening to advisors while things go to, uh, go to crisis levels elsewhere. A leader has to lead, and the American President has to be able to know immediately, without hesitating, exactly know to do should war ever reach our shores. I served on several military and foreign affairs –related committees during my time in the Senate. So I know how to lead.”

SNOWE: “Bernie, diving headfirst into a pool before checking to see if there’s any water in it is not a sound foreign policy philosophy. You have to analyze the situation before you make that call.”


MODERATOR: “With the rise of technology utilization, especially during and after the SARS pandemic, many employees such as bank tellers and car assembly line workers are being replaced with computers and machinery. What should be done about these newly laid off workers as the country continues its national shift away from traditional occupations?”

WELLSTONE: “I think have to do more for them. No American should go without the essentials needed to not just survive but to live well. These workers cannot be forgotten or ignored. They have to be retrained. The Federal Jobs Guarantee Program needs to be amended for more on-the-job training initiatives, and also, the federal government has to hold businesses who outsource accountable because they also are contributing to the rising employment predicament.”

SNOWE: “As President, I would approach the job issue by working with governors and businesses to set up training programs for all who need them, and thus hold the state governments accountable for statewide job programs.”

Goetz: “Two ways to cut down the unemployment rate in this country is to curb the immigration quotas and to persecute businesses capitalizing on cheap foreign labor or even illegal aliens living here among us. …As President, I would hunt down outsourcing businesses and go after them over things like labor abuse, illegal employees, and wage theft, because if you don’t buy, sell, hire, work or even rent American, then you are un-American.”

– Snippets from the First Wellstone-Snowe-Goetz Presidential Debate in Columbia Heights, PO, 10/7/2008

…According to Snowe’s former field operator, when the Maine Senator learned of Wellstone’s running mate selection, she expressed that her campaign as made their announcement first. “Had we known they were going to pick him, we would have gone with Hillyard.” Indeed, US Senator Lyle W. Hillyard of Utah, who was almost chosen for the position in July, was considered one of the “hearts” of the GOP Senate and would have been able to combat Ross’s ability to comfort and reassure people on the campaign stump. However, Johnson was chosen because he had much more name recognition, his pick was thought to increase the chances of uniting the party, and he had fared better in hypothetical VP-pick polling. A Hillyard-Ross debate would have been a sympathy contest, with each man trying to jerk out more tears and feelings of inspiration. But instead, on October 12, we got the Ross vs. Johnson debate…

– Anne Meagher Northup’s Chicken and Politickin’: the Rise of Colonel Sanders and Rational Conservatism in the Republican Party, 2015

ROSS “While we both share a great deal of passion for Mother Nature and our country’s natural resources, we differ greatly on how to approach protecting them. Now, Gary here wants to take a hands-off approach and hope that all businesses nice play. I wish I could think, that but I can’t. I can’t because I saw firsthand how government deregulation can hurt Mother Nature. In 1986, the Chevron Oil Spill hit southern Alaska. I was one of several hundred people who pitched in to clean up the site. That oil got on more than just the rocks. Birds were caked in black, killed fish washed up onto the shoreline. It was heartbreaking. It was not mistake, or a happy little accident – it was a disaster. And the worst thing of it was that the folks at Chevron refused to take responsibility for any of it. And the Governor at the time believed in small government, and that only worsened the problem. And the thing of it is, though, is that the whole disaster was completely avoidable, if proper procedure had been followed in the first place, and – ”


MODERATOR: “Sorry, Director Ross, that’s your 30 seconds. Governor Johnson, same question – ”

JOHNSON: “Well first I’d like to respond to what Bob said, alright? Bob, I do support environmental protection, but to ask the federal government to be in charge of things won’t help post-disaster cleanups. It would instead weigh the federal system down with excessive bureaucracy and delay the response. For example, we right now have several cabinet posts and cabinet level posts that perform slight variations of the same jobs during and right after a natural disaster like a Hurricane – the EPA, ODERCA, the National Guard, the NWS, the HHS Department, and the Community Development Department. They all descended upon Katrina three years ago, when that Hurricane sit Florida and Louisiana, and while lives were saved, the city of New Orleans is still cleaning itself up because of all the red tape. Every building down there is inspected at least once by at least five different agencies, slowing down progress. Local, county, state and federal offices bickered incessantly over building zones and which agencies were in charge of what. A more innovation-friendly administration would cut back not on necessary intervention but on the red tape that currently comes with it.”


JOHNSON: “The country’s internal divisions are out in the open and as a result, this election has shown that unlike in the regimes we have confronted overseas in past years, everyone in this country has the freedom to state whatever their opinion is, no matter how right or wrong it is!”


ROSS: “Libertarian lite is not friendly enough for most Americans. It is too tribalist, encouraging people to only look out for themselves. That is too negative for America. An economy where everyone is on their own is not going to lead to a prosperous America because it does not encourage the fundamental value of lending a helping hand when you can – a value that I am happy too Americans hold dear for minimalist governing to work. I have met with millions of Americans over the years as a military man, as an instructor, as a governor, and as the EPA Director, and I know for a fact that nobody is alone in this country. We all rely on each other, for food, for shelter, for education, and for joy. We all need each other. And a Wellstone administration will celebrate and encourage that, not with an unsympathetic small government, but with a helping-hand government. A Wellstone administration will help lift people up and give them an education and a chance to work, to prove themselves and do right by their families and their Maker. A Wellstone administration will be an administration of smarts and of love.”

– Snippets from the Ross-Johnson Vice-Presidential Debate in Phoenix, AZ, 10/12/2008

…With the moderator Tim Russert (b. 1950) closely watching time limits and interruptions to keep the second debate both on schedule and polite, Snowe and Wellstone sought to avoid personal attacks, while Goetz tried simply to make the quickest snide remarks he could.

Snowe sought to keep focus on the key issues of her campaign, such as maintaining and strengthening the improving economy, reducing corporate and income tax, and reducing crime. She also called for a curbing of government spending in order to “respect the dollars of the taxpayers.”

Goetz took the opportunity to oppose tariffs, asking “Does free trade have conditions? Yes? Then how is it free trade?” Goetz also proposed a heavy taxation of businesses that performed outsourcing practices for a majority of their payroll, and reiterated how he would “never, never, ever hesitate to defend” the US military.

Wellstone urged that “we need to focus on the middle and lower classes. Since the 1970s, the middle class has shrunk significantly due to Republican tax laws passed under President Jeremiah Denton.” While he and Snowe discussed the details of fiscal responsibility, Goetz appealed to social conservatives and members of “the social fringe” with dubious claims that Wellstone would raise taxes on “whites and gentiles only,” a comment that led to even the moderator suggested he should “behave” himself. Russert also added, “If you do not agree with the Vice President’s tax proposal, then tell us yours.”

“He, uh, his proposal would be terrible,” Goetz stated.

“Alright, so what would you propose?” Russert repeated the question.

Goetz stumbled, “I wouldn’t propose what Wellstone is proposing.”


Wellstone expressed a strong support for education, explaining that “brainpower does not discriminate by color, gender, faith or background.” The VP also voiced support for the National Initiative Amendment after Goetz directly asked him, “If you win the Presidency but Republicans gain control of congress, would you rely on bipartisanship and compromise to get things done, or use executive orders and the NIA to push your agenda through?”

Wellstone replied with “I’d try all avenues if it is what the people want. I don’t see what you have against the NIA, though. The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power [5] in this country, and the NIA helps that idea along. I have faith and trust in the American people. They are smart enough to make their own decisions. Do you not agree with that assessment?”


Wellstone was considered the winner of the debate by Republicans, Democrats and even many Goetzites, who saw their candidate take a significant hit in the polls in the aftermath of the “gentiles only” gaffe – though not a blow big enough to disqualify him from the third and final debate…

– Billie Lofi’s The Wellstone Way: The Life of a Passionate Progressive, University of Minnesota Press, first edition, 2017

“Bob Ross’s afro gets bigger every year, it’s like the oppose of Jesse Jackson’s afro. ...But seriously, I'm backing Wellstone in this election because for eight years that man served under a Black man, and never once did he try to undermine him or play into stereotypes about him. That's loyalty. But Wellstone's also shown he's got what it takes to run the show now. ...I'm voting for Wellstone and I want everyone here to go out and vote in this election. Don't just say you're gonna vote, go and actually vote.”

– Chris Rock, 10/19/2008

WELLSTONE: “There are three vital aspects of our society that must be protected and maintained – education, healthcare and employment. We can reduce poverty, stabilize the shrinking middle class, lower crime, and increase the people’s participation in the democratic process if we focus on those three things.”

GOETZ: “Right now, America’s business tax is the third-highest in the world at 55%. Ireland, on the other hand, makes businesses in Ireland pay just 10%. Any business capable of moving overseas does so in order to afford larger staff sizes, improve their cash flow and make more investments. I want to cut the business tax in order to keep American businesses here in America, and let management and workers come to an understanding that does not involve the feds pressing their hand down on the other side of the scale to make things difficult for everyone who is not a member of the coastal elite.”

WELLSTONE: “Bernie, that makes no sense. The tax rate in the US in 1960 was 91%. If anything, the rate needs to be brought up to a higher rate.”


WELLSTONE: “Too many loopholes were introduced under Presidents Dinger and Iacocca, as so President Jackson had to close those loopholes so billionaires would pay their fair share, the same billionaires who are backing your campaign, Bernie. You would cut the taxes and reinstate the loopholes so we go back to the lowest rates, back to when our economic class differences were even greater.”


SNOWE: “…And, finally, to answer the question, yes, as President, I would cut down on wasteful spending.”

WELLSTONE: “Uh, may I say something?”

MODERATOR: “Thirty seconds.”

WELLSTONE: “While I agree in addressing wasteful spending, I want to get it clarified, you believe that social welfare programs are anything but wasteful, right, Olympia?”

SNOWE: “Yes, but we still have to be responsible stewards of the surplus.” [1]


SNOWE: “We recognized in 2002 that, with progress in the field of genetics accelerating at a breathtaking pace, we need to ensure that advances in treatment and prevention of disease do not constitute a new basis or discrimination... People will have trouble keeping a job, or even getting a job if their genetic information gets to an insurer, a potential employer or even an employer.” [1]

– Snippets from the Third Wellstone-Snowe-Goetz Presidential Debate in Raleigh, NC, 10/22/2008


…in light of multiple comments, survey and polls found on the most popular technet chat sites, it is safe to say that a majority of Americans believe that Senator Snowe did better than Vice President Wellstone last night, in 2008’s third and final Presidential debate, albeit slightly better overall…

–, 10/27/2008 e-article

…Aggregate polling still shows that the race is still very close. And with less than a week to go, all three major candidates are in the home stretch, and are crisscrossing the country trying to get votes. We now take you live to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which is the site of the Vice President’s latest campaign stop…

– CBS Evening News, 10/30/2008


[a] appeared as the “Strength” Party on three state ballots


Paul Wellstone (MN) / Bob Ross (AS) (Democratic) – 66,991,423 (43.71%)
Olympia Snowe (ME) / Gary Johnson (NM) (Republican) – 67,865,024 (44.28%)
Bernie Goetz (CA) / Beverly J. Kilmer (VA) (Boulder) – 17,211,477 (11.23%)
Terry Bouricius (VT) / Nancy Barnett (NY) (Liberty Union) – 689,685 (0.45%)
Jello Biafra (CA) / Harley Mikkelson (MI) (Natural Mind) – 199,242 (0.13%)
Katherine “Kat” Swift (TX) / Jared Ball (MD) (Green) – 122,611 (0.08%)
Roger Lee Wrights (TX) / Carl E. Person (NY) (Liberty) – 107,284 (0.07%)
All other votes – 76,632 (0.05%)
Total Votes – 153,263,378 (100%)


Goetz did very well for a third-party candidate, reaching double digits nationally, coming in second place in West Virginia, Alabama and Florida, and winning the states of Idaho and Montana, possibly due to him being endorsed by populist politicians from those states such as Governor Denny Rehberg (R-MT), US Senator Bo Gritz (R-ID), Governor Harley Davidson Brown (R-ID) and US Senator Helen Chenoweth (R-ID).

Another fairly prominent third-party ticket, in regards to media attention, was the Liberty Union ticket of political consultant Terry Bouricius (the former 2000 and 2004 Presidential campaign manager of US Senator Peter I. Diamondstone (LU-VT)) of Vermont and former party chairperson Nancy Barnett of New York. However, the ticket only received ballot access in states worth a total of 278 Electoral Votes and ultimately received less than 0.5% of the popular vote.


The election was unique in that several states were won by less than a 5% margin, and roughly half of the states were won by a plurality. For example, the consistently Democratic-voting state of Vermont was much closer than typical due to the Liberty Union ticket siphoning 7% of the state’s total popular vote away from the Wellstone campaign. In fact, support for the Democratic party deflated in most of New England, where won Snowe won Connecticut, New Hampshire, and her home state of Maine. ...While Goetz's candidacy pulled conservative, religious, and populist voters (but not libertarian votes) away from Snowe, Snowe's centrist candidacy pulled certain voters (high-income white collar workers, white voters, college-educated voters, suburban women, etc.) away from Wellstone's progressive candidacy, resulting in a rare case of the winner of the Electoral College not being the winner of the popular vote...


Wellstone had succeeded where incumbent Vice Presidents John C. Breckinridge, Richard Nixon, and William Scranton had all failed – he became the first sitting Vice President to become President through election instead of ascension since Martin Van Buren was elected President 172 years prior, in 1836...


November United States Senate election results, 2008
Date: November 4, 2008

Seats: 35 of 104
Seats needed for majority: 53

New Senate majority leader: Gary Locke (D-WA)
New Senate minority leader: Webb Franklin (R-MS)

Seats before election: 57 (D), 46 (R), 1 (I)
Seats after election: 56 (D), 47 (R), 1 (I)
Seat change: D v 1, R ^ 1, I - 0

Full List:

Alabama: Spencer Bachus III (R) over Vivian D. Figures (D); incumbent Albert Lee Smith Jr. (R) retired

Alaska: Kevin Meyer (R) over Ray Metcalfe (D); incumbent Jalmar “Jay” Kerttula (R) retired

Arkansas: incumbent Jim Guy Tucker (D) over Rebekah Kennedy (Green)

Colorado: Langhorne “Lang” Sias (R) over incumbent Josie Heath (D) and Donna Primavera (Green)

Delaware: incumbent Marjorie “Midge” Osterlund (D) over Christine O’Donnell (R)

Georgia: incumbent Bob Barr (R) over Vernon Jones (D)

Idaho: incumbent Helen Chenoweth (R) over Dave Sneddon (D)

Illinois: Kwame Raoul (D) over Anthony R. “Andy” Martin-Trigona (R); incumbent Jim Edgar (R) retired

Iowa: incumbent Terry Branstad (R) over Daryl Beall (D)

Kansas: incumbent Carla J. Stovall (R) over Nancy Boyda (D)

Kentucky: incumbent Martha Layne Osborne (D) over Daniel Essek (R)

Louisiana: incumbent Clyde Cecil Holloway (R) over Richard Phillip Ieyoub Sr. (D)

Maine: incumbent Angus King (I) over Tom Ledue (D) and Tom Connolly (R)

Massachusetts: incumbent Bill Weld (R) over Edward O’Reilly (D)

Michigan: incumbent Jack R. Lousma (R) over Bart Stupak (D)

Minnesota: Sharon Sayles Belton (D) over Jack Shepard (R)

Mississippi: incumbent Grady F. “Gray” Tollison (R) over Bootie Hunt (D)

Montana: incumbent Larry Williams (R) over Robert Kelleher (D)

Nebraska: incumbent Orrin Hatch (R) over Scott Kleeb (D)

New Hampshire: Kelley Ashby (R) over incumbent Beverly Hollingworth (D)

New Jersey: incumbent Mary V. Mochary (R) over Donald Cresitello (D) and Gregory “Greg” Pason (Socialist)

New Mexico: incumbent Roberto Mondragon (D) over Heather Wilson (R)

North Carolina: Margaret A. “Meg” Ryan (R) over incumbent Daniel Terry Blue Jr. (D)

Oklahoma: incumbent Steve Largent (R) over Jim Rogers (D)

Oregon: Jefferson Smith (D) over Gordon Smith (R); incumbent Norma Paulus (R) retired

Potomac: incumbent David Schwartzman (D) over Carol Schwartz (R)

Puerto Rico: incumbent Norma Burgos (R) over Jorge Santini (D)

Rhode Island: incumbent Elizabeth H. Roberts (D) over Robert Tingle (R)

South Carolina: incumbent Mark Sanford (R) over Michael Cone (D)

South Dakota: SuAnne Big Crow (R) over Scott Heidepriem (D); incumbent Larry Pressler (R) retired

Tennessee: incumbent Hillary Rodham-Clinton (R) over Bob Tuke (D)

Texas: Mac Thornberry (R) over Ahmad Hassan (D), Sylvia Garcia (LRU), and Tina Villanueva (I); incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)

Virginia: incumbent George Allen (R) over Tim Kaine (D)

West Virginia: Nick Rahall (R) over Sheirl Fletcher (D); incumbent Jon McBride (R) retired

Wyoming: incumbent Barbara Cubin (R) over Chris Rothfuss (D)


United States House of Representatives results, 2008

Date: November 4, 2008

Seats: All 441
Seats needed for majority: 221

New House majority leader: Barbara B. Kennelly (D-CT)
New House minority leader: H. Dargan McMaster (R-SC)

Last election: 217 (D), 224 (R)
Seats won: 226 (D), 215 (R)
Seat change: D ^ 9, R v 9


United States Governor election results, 2008
Date: November 4, 2008

Number of state gubernatorial elections held: 11

Seats before: 32 (D), 20 (R)
Seats after: 30 (D), 22 (R)
Seat change: D v 1, R ^ 1

Full list:

Delaware: John C. Carney Jr. (D) over William Swain Lee (R) and Robert Venables Sr. (Independent Democrat); incumbent Ruth Ann Minner (D) retired

Indiana: Rupert Boneham (R) over incumbent Jill Long Thompson (D)

Missouri: Perry B. Clark (D) over Kenny Hulshof (R); incumbent Cynthia Bowers (D) retired

Montana: incumbent Michael R. Cooney (D) over Rick Hill (R) and Benjamin Garrison (Boulder)

New Hampshire: Sherman Packard (R) over Mark Fernald (D); incumbent Kelley Ashby (R) retired

North Carolina: Fern Shubert (D) over Fred Smith (R); incumbent Jim Hunt (D) was term-limited

North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp (D) over Tim Mathem (R); incumbent Tracy Potter (D) was term-limited

Puerto Rico: Hector Luis Acevedo (D/PD) over Kenneth McClintock-Hernández (D/NP); incumbent Rocky Versace (R/NP) was term-limited

Utah: Karl Rove (R) over Bob Springmeyer (D); incumbent Enid Greene (R) retired

Vermont: incumbent Deborah L. “Deb” Markowitz (D) over Brian Dubie (R) and Ben Mitchell (Liberty Union)

Washington: incumbent Lisa J. Simpson (D) [6] over Michael George Nelson (R)

West Virginia: David McKinley (R) over Lloyd M. Jackson II (D); incumbent Bob Wise (D) retired


ANN COULTER: “This was like reliving the 1988 election for me. For the second time in my life, the Republicans nominated a woman and for the second time, that nominee lost.”

JAN CRAWFORD: “It certainly gives merit to the claim that the Republican Party can’t win on the national level with a liberal nominee.”

ROLLAND SMITH: “But 2004 showed they can’t win with a neo-hippie nominee, either.”

MICHELE MARSH: “Yes, but how many people will remember that in 2012?”

JAN CRAWFORD: “That’s exactly right. The party needs to find a middle lane candidate in four years’ time, someone like the ‘Colonel Conservatives’ of yesteryear.”

ROLLAND SMITH: “I disagree. Olympia won the popular vote; that shows a stronger moderate is needed for 2012 because it’s what Americans and Republicans want.”

– CBS round-table discussion, 11/5/2008 broadcast


...while all three major Presidential candidates are reportedly flummoxed in different ways by the election results, Snowe supporters are expressing more aggressive reactions, with many calling for the end of the US's current Presidential election process...

–, 11/6/2008 e-article

…And in political news, ontech calls for the Electoral College to be abolished via the use of the “National Initiative Amendment” have skyrocketed in the past several days, after Vice President Wellstone was elected President despite coming in second place. This has also led to a rise in technetter referring to the President-Elect as “Runner-Up Wellstone”…

– NBC News, 11/9/2008 broadcast

“I think it’s very clear that Snowe lost because her milquetoast brand of crony East Coast LID-elitism could not dupe Republican voters, or undecided voters, or honest, decent, hard-working America-loving Americans.”

– US Senator Bo Gritz (R-ID), 11/11/2008

MALCOLM X: “A certain part of the American population will always support hatred, and embrace darkness instead of letting in light, either due to ignorance, because they mistake change for threat, due to character, because they willingly choose to hate, to conspire, to suspect, to blame others for their own stupidity and misery.”

BERN SANDERS: “I am not so pessimistic, Malcolm. I believe that anyone can change, anyone can be won over. It’s just that it is a very difficult task, one that can’t be solved with a one-size-fits-all solution. Each neo-hippie got to that point in their life for a reason, and we on the progressive side of things have to approach their views with understanding in order to get them to understand our point of view. It’s difficult, very difficult, but not impossible. Especially for those – many of them, in fact, if not most of them – who turned to the neo-hippie brand of populist rhetoric because of their poor economic situations. When you’re hungry, you get angry, and you look for someone to blame it on. If you feed people, they won’t be miserable enough to turn on one another.”

MALCOLM X: “And the ones who are racist because they are just awful people? What about them?”

BERN SANDERS: “Just try to reach them. Just try. Even an attempt to do good is still better than doing nothing.”

– TON roundtable discussion between Bern Sanders, Malcolm X, and moderators, 11/15/2008 broadcast

…And in international news, Russian President Oleg Malyshkin and Polish President Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz today signed a new bilateral trade treaty resolving issues concerning oil and natural gas pipelines…

– BBC1, 22/11/2008 broadcast


…the immediate negative backlash to the ruling to could lead to a left-wing/pro-labor party’s victory in the next Taoiseach election...

–, 1/12/2008 e-article

TRUMP: “When our movie came out on December 4th, 2008, it was on all those screens, screens across the country, so many screens, I honestly thought it was one of the greatest works of cinema I’d ever seen.”

WISEAU: “I don’t understand why most couldn’t see that.”

TRUMP: “It was the critics, I tell you. All of them are in bed with Big Cinema, a part of a big movie-industrial complex meant to keep the real, genuine makers of movie magic from inspiring the masses. That’s why we launched a counterattack, starting looking at the demographics that loved our movie.”

WISEAU: “A lot of male college students thought our movie was rad, so we cancelled further theater screens in some places and moved in to set up in theaters near colleges. We also looked into showing the movie on the air with the airing it on cable.”

TRUMP: “That went better than expected. There was a real, uh, what was the word for it – ”

WISEAU: “Polarizing.”

TRUMP: “Yeah, a polar icing of the reviews, with the critics nitpicking it and audiences loving it. We even got a congratulatory phone call from Michael Bay. It was good, so good. So great.”

WISEAU: “I still can’t believe we won a Razzie for Worst Film of 2008.”

TRUMP: “I can’t believe you actually went down to that awards ceremony and accepted it.”

WISEAU: “But it worked. It raised awareness about the movie, didn’t it?”

TRUMP: “Yeah, that is true. It may have been why we were able to break even after a few more months in circulation.”

WISEAU: “Sure, but what really helped was selling the movie to distributors in China. The Chinese ate the movie up!”

TRUMP: “It’s got what they’re calling a huge cult following over there! Huge!”

INTERVIEWER: “What is your favorite scene?”

TRUMP: “I’ve got to tell ya, the part where I personally kill a would-be Presidential assassin was a kind of mini passion project for me. Kind of based on kind-of-real events, too.”

WISEAU: “Mine was the big romance scene in the second act.”

TRUMP: “Oh yeah, I remember. How’d your bit in that part go again?”

WISEAU: (clears throat) “I put my heart on a table and it turned out to be a chopping block! I gave you everything, even when I couldn’t afford it and you didn’t deserve it and I still gave it to you. You betrayed me. Bullshit!”

TRUMP: “Great speech, Tommy. The Best, just about The Best, hands down.”

INTERVIEWER: “So what about the planned sequels? Are they still going to be made?”

WISEAU: “We’re working on them.”

TRUMP: “We’ll put out an update when we put out an update.”

– Donald Trump and Tommy Wiseau interview, the Hollywood Reporter, 9/9/2009


– A poster for a film considered by many critics to be one of the worst films ever made


…one of the world’s most ambitious building projects, Crystal Island will be a vast mega-structure with a total floor area of just under 2.5million square metres. At 450m, it will be one of the tallest single-building structures on the planet when construction is completed, which should be within the next ten years... This highly anticipated project is located on the Nagatino Peninsula in the Moscow River, 7.5km from the Kremlin. Possibly inspired by Walt Disney’s original vision for Epcot, the architecture company behind Crystal Island has revealed that the residents who work in the structure can also live within the building. …Regional weather conditions have been calculated into the structure, which partially explains its spiraling-mountain design bringing to mind the circus-top-shaped mountain and hill peaks of many a Dr. Seuss book such as Oh The Places You’ll Go… The architecture firm is calling the building’s complex inner design the start of “a new generation of architecture” meant to “inspire” people to think about the future of markets and residential housing design…

The Financial Times, 12/12/2008


…Barack “Rocky” McCain, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Meredith, is making national headlines with his strong defense of military bases that are being closed, decommissioned and/or even dismantled across the United States, including an Air Force installation constructed north of Missoula just ten years ago. McCain, a centrist Republican currently in his first term representing a part of southeastern Montana, believes that such bases “are important economic structures [because] they provide education, training, opportunity and employment for local communities. If the President wanted to make room in the federal budget for social programs, he should have stripped away more funding from NASA. We already got to the moon and to Mars; how about we focus on the problems found here on Earth for a change?”…

– The Billings Gazette, Montana newspaper, 12/17/2008


…the popular First Lady graciously welcomed visitors and guests in the final hosting of Christmas at White House, wishing all to “have a merry holiday”…

–, 12/21/2008 e-article


…Paul Wellstone has not even been sworn into the Presidency yet, and there are already thread discussions on certain conservative-friendly netsites claiming that America’s next First Lady, Sheila Wellstone, will not host any Christmas celebrations at the White House next year. Mrs. Wellstone, who, with her husband, will be the first Jewish First Couple of the United States, has already stated that she will “retain time-honored traditions” (NYT, 10/10/2008) as well as add new ones that will represent other cultural traditions from this time of year (11/11/2008)…

–, a rumor/conspiracy theory debunking website, 12/23/2008 e-article

Top Five Best and Worst Aspects of The Jesse Jackson Administration

Best Aspects

1 Handling of SARS – reacted swiftly to a deadly virus, minimizing the US’s death toll/mortality rate

2 Major Tax Reforms – reversed the Dinger tax laws and established new system to better help the poor at the expense of the rich

3 Restrained Foreign Policy – pulled troops out of Colombia in 2001, sent aid to India in 2004, and joined the UN in intervening in the DRC in 2006

4 Police Reform – His first A.G. addressed police militarization at the municipal level by working with local and regional leaders

5 Handling of Hurricanes – responded effectively to Katrina, Rita and other hurricanes

Worst Aspects

1 “Heavy” Social Programs – the Balanced Budget Amendment was put to the test with expensive programs that “weighed down” the Treasury and minimized the national surplus, making the US essentially break even; most credit the work of Treasury Secretary Tim Johnson for keeping the federal budget out of the red

2 GOP opposition – obstruction led by House Speaker H. Dargan McMaster minimized the number of bills passed during Jackson’s last two years in office

3 Lukewarm race relations improvements – a rise in racist activity after Jackson’s election fueled the Bernie Goetz campaigns of 2004 and 2008

4 The Jesse Junior Incident – the President’s oldest son was jailed for assaulting a report in a nervous breakdown that returned mental health to the national spotlight

5 Reluctance to Intervene in “failed states” – Sierra Leone, Myanmar and Mauritania continued to slide into hopelessness as they were overrun with drug lords, sweatshops, slavery, famine, death, disease, and corruption

– The American Presidential National Historic Society netsite, c. 2025

“…President Jackson, on behalf of America, thank you for your leadership during these past eight years. …The next four years will focus on the basic point of politics – to improve people’s lives; to advance the causes of peace and justice, both in America and throughout the world. …We will invest in the well-being, the talent, and the education of our children by improving education, protecting America’s universal healthcare system, and bolstering the Federal Jobs Guarantee program. …The future belongs to those who help the future along, not to those who criticize other people’s idea but offer no alternative solutions. No, the future belongs to those who make the future, to those who get up from the sidelines and pitch in, in any way that they can, big or small. …The future is always beginning now, you just have to believe in the beauty of things to shape how it turns out. You have to have faith in yourself and in those around you, and work with them to turn dreams and talk into real plans and action. That is how dreams turn from ideas into reality...”

– snippets from Paul Wellstone’s 1/20/2009 inaugural speech


Paul David Wellstone, the 44th President of the United States of America

[1] Italicized part is an OTL quote:
[2] This is an OTL quote (and from 1999, too!):
[3] Based on a much more gruesome incident that is mentioned on Brown-Waite's wikipedia article
[4] This is also an OTL quote:
[5] This is an OTL Wellstone quote!
[6] Lisa J. Brown (D-WA; b. 1956) ( ), ITTL, married fellow politician Arnold Simpson (D-KY; b. 1952) ( ) in 1979, after he had moved to Washington State in 1970 to go to college.
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Chapter 97: January 2009 – June 2009

“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

– Sir Richard Branson


Vice President: former EPA Administrator Bob Ross (D-AS)


Secretary of State: outgoing US Ambassador to the UN, former US Ambassador to the UK, and former Governor Harvey Gantt (D-NC)

Secretary of the Treasury: former Assistant Treasury Secretary and former UAW VP David Alan Curson (D-MI)

Commissioner of Internal Revenue (the IRS): state auditor and former state representative Gregory Gray (D-MN)

Secretary of Defense: US Marine Corps Gen. (ret) James Logan Jones Jr. (D-MO)

Attorney General: incumbent Attorney General Ralph Nader (I-CT)

Deputy Attorney General: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California Joyce L. Kennard (R-CA)

Postmaster General: US Rep. Harry Britt (D-CA)

Secretary of the Interior: former Governor Larry J. Echo-Hawk (D-ID)

Secretary of Agriculture: United Farm Workers co-founder, labor leader, and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta (D-CA)

Secretary of Commerce: US Senator, former FCC division leader, attorney, and consumer rights advocate Gloria Tristani (D-NM)

Secretary of Labor: United Auto Workers Ronald A. “Ron” Gettelfinger (D-MI)

Secretary of Education: outgoing Governor Jim Hunt (D-NC)

Secretary of Health and Humane Services: incumbent HHS Undersecretary and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mary Mathews Burwell (D-WV)

Secretary of Transportation: Governor Richard J. Codey (D-NJ)

Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs: Governor Corrine Wood (R-IL)

Secretary of Energy, Innovation and Technology: biotechnology pioneer and Human Longevity, Inc. co-founder John Craig Venter (I-UT)

Secretary of Community Development: US Rep., former state senator, and ordained Pentecostal minister Rubén Diaz Sr. (D-NY)


Director of Central Intelligence (the CIA): incumbent CIA Deputy Director for Science and Technology, former NYC Police Chief, former police officer, and former EMT Kathy Boudin (G-NY)

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the FBI): former FBI Associate Deputy Director, attorney and criminal justice reform activist Joanne Deborah Byron (I-NC)

US Trade Representative: former Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Anibal Acevedo Vila (PR-PD/D)

Administrator of the Small Business Administration (the SBA): US Rep. Dierdre Kathryn “Dede” Scozzafava (R-NY)

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA): incumbent EPA Administrator Lisa Perez Jackson (D-NJ)

Administrator of the Overwhelming Disaster Emergency Response Coordination Agency (ODERCA): US Rep. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)


White House Chief of Staff: outgoing Chief Economic Policy Advisor, former St. Albans Mayor, and former City Ward Alderman Jeffrey P. Weaver (D-VT)

Chief Domestic Policy Advisor: Queens Borough President, former NYC City Councilperson, former state assemblyperson, attorney and “Basic Rights” advocate Helen M. Marshall (D-NY)

Chief Economic Policy Advisor: author and pediatrician Margaret Flowers (Green-MO)

Chief Foreign Policy Advisor: former US Rep. Raul Grijalva (LRU-AZ)

Chief National Security Advisor: former US Rep. Ralph Bradley Miller (D-NC)

Director of the Office of Management and Budget: academic and former Chair of the US Presidential Council of Economic Advisers Robert Z. Lawrence (I-PO)

White House Communications Director: senior advisor Stephanie Cutter (D-MA)

White House Appointments Secretary: media consultant Tammy Lee (I-MN)

White House Press Secretary: outgoing White House appointments secretary Mabel Teng (D-CA)

Administrator of the Small Business Administration: US Rep. and former business owner Jerry R. Janezich (D-MN)

Other Counselors and Advisors: outgoing US Secretary of Commerce Robert Reich; political analyst Bob Beckel; economist Paul Krugman; 2000 and 2008 campaign staff members William McLaughlin, Tm Lapic, and Mary McEvoy; and public policy analyst Joe Stiglitz


Solicitor General (representative of the Federal Government before the Supreme Court): Jerome A. Holmes (I-TX)

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: outgoing Secretary of the Army Johnnie Corns (I-WV)

Secretary of the Army: former US Senator and former Governor Bill Bradley (D-MO)

Secretary of the Navy: former US Senator John Georges (D-LA)

Federal Reserve Chairman: outgoing Commerce Undersecretary Thomas Rukavina (DFL-MN)

NASA Administrator: incumbent NASA Administrator Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid (I-OK)


To Australia: US Ambassador to New Zealand and former Deputy White House Counsel Cassandra Quin Butts (D-NY)

To Brazil: Mayor of Chicago, Illinois Richard M. Daley (D-IL)

To Canada: musician, former Governor, and former Justice of the Peace for Kerrville, Texas Kinky Friedman (D-TX)

To China: former Mayor of Detroit, Michigan George Cushingberry Jr. (D-MI)

To France: former Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana and former US Rep. Mary Loretta Landrieu (D-LA)

To Germany: former US Senator Pat Schroeder (D-CO)

To Italy: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY)

To Japan: former Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts Melvin H. “Mel” King (D-MA)

To Mexico: human rights activist, former US Rep., and former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Margo St. James (R-CA)

To Russia: former state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher (D-MN)

To South Africa: businesswoman and retired US Air Force Major Jenean Michelle Hampton (R-MI)

To the U.K.: former US Senator US Senator Paul Vallas (D-IL)

To the U.N.: outgoing US Ambassador to Egypt and former ODERCA Administrator Bill Gwatney (D-AR)


…The main avenues used to implement the new administration’s agenda were executive orders, court rulings, and, the most common procedure, supporting members of congress tasked with introducing legislation key to the President’s goals. Before January was over, first major order of business was backing omnibus legislation introduced by Congresspersons Amy Stephens (D-CO) and Preston Love Jr. (D-NE). The Stephens-Love omnibus bill, officially the “Spending For A Better Today And Tomorrow” Bill but informally called the “Wellstone Public Works Package” by most media outlets, aimed to implement a collection of public works programs meant to both maintain the steady economy, keep unemployment low, and combat Global Climate Disruption by laying down communication and transportation infrastructure that ran on renewable energy. This included 1) financial incentives for auto companies to produce more electric vehicles 2) financial coverage for some communities so they could afford to install more charging stations for said vehicles, and 3) modernizing infrastructure and energy consumption via government contracts to domestic companies, albeit only ones approved of by the US Labor Department and relevant labor organizations.

The bill also aimed to provide funding for more affordable housing units, with the President re-iterating that “government contracts will not be awarded to any companies that do not make their products within the US.” Labor Secretary Ron Gettelfinger contributed to the endorsements for the Stephens-Love bill, telling reporters “I’m not some idealist isolationist, but the fact remains that there is a corporate global chase for the lowest wage which creates a race to the bottom that no workers, in any country, can win.” [1] With this in mind, Gettelfinger and Wellstone sought to support unions lobbying for fairer trade agreements, such as ones that included provisions for worker rights, and workplace environment provisions.

Meanwhile, US Attorney General Ralph Nader continued to defend labor unions from attacks hurdled upon them by Big Business via working with the Justice Department and state-level AGs and Labor departments to remove obstacles to workers forming unions at state and federal levels, similar to President Jesse Jackson’s efforts to demilitarize police precincts...

– Roberta Gillespie’s Watershed: An Assessment of The Wellstone White House, Princeton University Press, 2016


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– President Wellstone, in front of the US Capitol Building in D.C., pushing for the passing of the Stephens-Love Omnibus Bill, 1/29/2009


…the group of American citizens hoping to dismantle the Electoral College before the 2016 election is held oppose the body’s use on the grounds of elitism, with Limbaugh claiming “the institution is a bastion that defends the haves from the have-nots.” He continued, “It was established two hundred years ago by rich snobs who believed that the average American was too stupid to make informed decisions, that Americans who had just fought for freedom were too dumb to make their own decisions. And now we are still letting them push the little guy around. Now it’s a blockade to protect the interests of the super-wealthy, a means through which they can make sure that their preferred candidate wins every time.” Limbaugh concluded with “It is an affront to the very concepts of America and democracy, and it must be abolished immediately!”…

–, 1/30/2009 e-article


The Wall Street Journal, 2/2/2009

When it came to outer space, Wellstone was reluctant to approve of some of NASA’s bold proposals. The President did not see why America needed to build a Moon base, but did like the sound of Solar Energy satellites.

“How exactly would that work?” Wellstone asked NASA Director Shannon Lucid.

“A solar collector – a giant satellite rigged with powerful solar absorption panels – would convert sunlight into microwaves. On Earth, roughly 60% of these microwaves are lost on their way through the atmosphere due to reflection and other variables, but would be fully absorbed by a satellite outside of the atmosphere.” The head of NASA explained the proposal with much enthusiasm, but admitted, “The most difficult aspect of such an endeavor is the first start of it – the launch itself would be very expensive.”

Secretary Venter noted “We took a gamble on the Marstronaut Mission, why not again here?”

“Because we could sell the idea to the public. Mankind on Mars was inspiring. A big ball of sunlight soakers is not,” Treasury Secretary David Curson answered curtly.

Wellstone nodded and replied to Lucid’s glance of uncertain with more uncertainty: “I like the idea, but we might have to hold off on it until we find more revenue for it. In the meantime, try to see how much of the price tag can be skimmed away, and if there are other fundraising ideas NASA hasn’t exercised yet to back this idea.”

Lucid agreed, “We can try a PR campaign, use social media, the technet to get the word out that, um, sunlight shakers, as Dave called them, is NASA’s next big proposed project.”

– Roberta Gillespie’s Watershed: An Assessment of The Wellstone White House, Princeton University Press, 2016


…the raising of the federal minimum wage to $8.00 an hour [2] will effectively raise the minimum wage in a majority of states, most especially in eleven states where there is no state-level minimum wage. Concurrently, the fifteen states where the wage rate is already above $8.00 will be largely unaffected by the rate change. Early proposals of the bill included a temporary wage freeze in order to allow workers to adjust to the new wage rate before businesses and landlords in the aforementioned eleven states respond by raising prices and rent. This proposal was dismissed for being hypothetically too disruptive and ultimately unnecessary. “The President and his economic expert advisors are confident that enlarging worker wages will stimulate consumer spending, which will help businesses, and sill improve worker productivity and reduce employee absenteeism and turnover rates,” explains White House Press Secretary Mabel Teng…

The New York Times, 2/5/2009

…While the bill that raised the minimum wage was an early success for the White House, it was a relatively minor bill when compared to others still in committee at the time. These larger works of legislation, if ultimately turned into law, would, in theory, strengthen America’s unemployment and underemployment insurance systems, invest more federal funds into early childhood education, expand special needs necessities, provide funding for higher-quality trade schools, and – in one of the President’s most ambitious endeavors – establish free public university education nationwide.

Additionally, the fact that Democrats had been in the White House since 2001 gave certain members of Wellstone’s inner circle much agitation over the 2010 midterms. With the specter of “voter fatigue” dancing in the background of their minds, Wellstone and company sought to pass as many laws and defend as many institutions as possible during the next two years, pulling out all the stops and taking no breaks unless medically advised...

– Roberta Gillespie’s Watershed: An Assessment of The Wellstone White House, Princeton University Press, 2016

“The top 200 corporations of the world produce 86% of carbon emissions. It is high time that the US come together with other countries, and together with the UN and other organizations, to form a united front against tax law loopholes that allow this kind of thing to happen in the first place.”

– US Secretary of Energy, Innovation and Technology John Venter (I-UT), 2/14/2009


…some companies support Wellstone’s progressive actions while others fear his tax-and-spend proposals will lead to economic backsliding and damage the health of the stock market…

– The Wall Street Journal, 2/17/2009

“The 2000s decade concluded with the confirmation that the two-and-a-half-sided Cold War had indeed been replaced by the multifaceted Trade Wars, with low-intensity rivalries being noticeable between the tech-based Japan and the ‘Middle Eastern Bloc,’ between the services-based India and the increasingly services-based US, and the minerals-based economic powerhouses of China and Russia.”

– Paul Krugman, 2013

…The next large piece of legislation introduced as the Earned Income Tax Credit Bill. The proposed EITC was a refundable tax credit for low income and moderate-income working individuals and couples, particularly those with children, with the amount of the benefit depending on income and their number of children, with relationship status, residency, and child ages also being factored in as well. The credit would apply to US tax forms, and feature a slow phase-in, a plateau of benefit phases, then a slow phase-out for qualified participating families. The downside to this proposal was that it was much more complicated than the current, long-standing and long-popular Negative Income Tax Rebate, and so it was not just conservatives who opposed it. Center-leaning Democrats such as Rep. Bill Nelson (D-FL) called the bill’s proposed program “frivolous, expensive and wholly unnecessary! As a result of this, progress on the bill stalled. Not even suggesting that the EITC program to amended so it would technically fall under Medicaid was enough for it to ultimately die in committee, suffocated by all the laws that made up the US’s public safety net, a patchwork of various legislative efforts to protect the less fortunate and promote consumer spending that had been built up over the past many decades…

– Roberta Gillespie’s Watershed: An Assessment of The Wellstone White House, Princeton University Press, 2016



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…a wide-ranging network of electrical transmissions, dubbed a “supergrid,” could potentially support global energy transition by smoothing out local fluctuations of wind energy and solar energy – and progressive millionaires of the electricity industry are planning to capitalize on such a proposal should D.C.’s energy omnibus bill passes through congress. As a result, US Senator Les AuCoin has met with corporate lobbyists on the matter of government contracts for such a federal project, with the Senator, a noted environmentalist, later saying “If I can be convinced that it can create jobs without harming Mother Nature, then I’ll vote for the omnibus bill that would see this thing get built.”

The idea of centralizing electricity clusters is nothing new. General Electric has been intermittently collaborating with the US government on public energy projects since the 1960s, with the Johnson administration also working with Sweden’s ASEA to try utilizing high-voltage direct current technology for public works projects. Recent years, however, have seen renewed interest in supergrid proposals due to their potential to combat major issues with wind and solar energy, such as windless and cloudy days.

While the urban clusters of the Eastern Seaboard and the Great Lakes “megalopolis region” of Chicago-Detroit-Toronto have been discussed as the choice locations for establishing a regional supergrid, another, more ambitious plan suggested by US Senator Myrth York (D-RI) is one that is coast-to-coast, stretching from New York City, across Appalachia and the Great Plains to Denver, Phoenix and southern California. Her proposal is based on the UK’s nationwide British Grid/the Grid Code, but on an obviously much more grand scale. However, the US EIT Secretary warns that “a supergrid should be tried out in a large megalopolis region such as the northeastern corridor before it is tried out coast-to-coast,” in order to “work out the bugs.”

While this all sounds very impressive, it must still be remembered that the capacity to transmit large amount (or “volumes”) of electricity is limited because of congestion and control issues, meaning that that is the first major hurdle that needs to be overcome. Practicality, day-to-day operations and maintenance, the integrity of local elements, and other aspects will also have to be considered and addressed as well. On this end, former UK Prime Minister John Lennon may have already established precedence with the collaborative North Sea Offshore Grid established by several members of the E.U. during Lennon’s time in office [3]

– The Corvallis Gazette-Times, Oregon newspaper, 2/22/2009


The New York Times, 2/24/2009


…the former Commander-in-Chief announced his unspecified diagnosis last year but has since then kept his cancer battle a private affair, refusing to discuss the situation to reporters or in interviews…

– The Los Angeles Times, 2/27/2009


…one would think from the premature greying and wrinkling of once-vibrant heads like those of several Commanders-in-Chief and Academy Award winners that the stress of success shortens these famous individuals’ lifespan. However, several recent studies – the most recent one being an extensive study published by “The Journal of The American Medical Association” – have shown that this assumption is false. An analysis of all past presidents who died of natural causes shows that the average lifespan for these men should have been 68 years, if they’d aged twice as fast during their years in office as the popular wisdom suggests they do.

Instead, the study found, these presidents lived an average 73 years. And indeed, 23 of the 34 presidents who died of natural causes lived longer than expected, compared with other men their age during their lifetimes.

For our earliest presidents, the longevity effect was especially pronounced. The first eight leaders of the U.S. lived on average 79.8 years, yet life expectancy at birth for men in the 18th and early 19th centuries was under 40
. [4] Additionally, some Presidents have survived an exceptionally long time: John Adams and Herbert Hoover each lived to be 90 years old, age Colonel Saunders lived to be 100.

One very possible explanation for this phenomenon is these individuals having access to wealth, education, and top-of-the-line health care, but research suggests that other factors are at play here as well. “We know that stress has a Goldilocks effect on most people, where both too little and too much are not preferred because either can actually weaken your heart and be detrimental to your health. Perhaps Presidents and actors find the right balance and have the right level of stress in their occupations,” says one analyst who worked on the most recent of these studies. “The stress ages them faster, but in exchange for extending their lifespans. Sounds like a sweet deal to me, to be honest.”…

Time Magazine, late February 2009 issue

ANCHOR 1: “…Well I for one think it’s very smart of President Wellstone to capitalizing on the Democratic Party’s 2008 electoral successes and push for these massive tax overhaul and economic restructuring to reverse the trend of recent decades, of the middle class shrinking as the poor and rich sections increase.”

ANCHOR 2: “Yes, but already he’s receiving some pushback from the remaining moderates in the party. That’s not to say he hasn’t made any inroads so far, because he is getting stuff done, but it’s not at the very fast, very huge, um, scale, scope and, uh, pace that he proposed on the campaign trail last year.”

ANCHOR 1: “Well I think that says more about the complexity of the office more so than the work ethic of its occupant.”

ANCHOR 2: “But the thing is, though, the fact is that Wellstone was Vice President for eight years, so, what I’m saying is during that time, uh, he should have gotten a good idea of this job’s, uh, ropes, you know?”

ANCHOR 1: “He did get a good view of the job during those years – that’s how he’s already gotten so much done. For instance, just last week, he extended the coverage of the 2001 Dairy Farm bill and met with Pentagon leaders to discuss banning hypersonic missile production in the US…”

– ABC News, roundtable discussion, 3/1/2009

Senate Finally Passes Stephens-Love Omnibus Bill, 54-49-1; Wellstone to Sign It Into Law “Immediately”

The Washington Post, 3/3/2009


–, 3/9/2009

More recently, an additional “health-conscious” KFC menu item that has popped up is the corporation’s potato wedges, which they claim are a healthier alternative to fries. This, however, is clever on KFC’s part – the global chain has never sold fries, meaning these wedges are not replacing any fries… Similarly, but more honestly KFC now offer small apple turnovers as a less-calories alternative to KFC’s classic apple pie offering.


…The hot and spicy popcorn chicken, phased out under CEO Herman Cain, was finally reintroduced in American outlets nationwide in March 2009…



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Above: a KFC Family Meal Deal, c. 2009

– Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

MEXICO’S JOBS REPORT IS “HEALTHIER” THAN EXPECTED; Country’s Treasury Department Credits US, Mexican Government Investments For Aiding Growth

–, 3/12/2009


…despite their stark political differences, sources close to the meeting say that discussions went smoothly. “The conversation was amicable, which likely is what allowed it to be so successful and productive,” notes one anonymous source. Indeed, both leaders seem ready and willing to finalize a trading agreement that would see an improvement in the natural gas production in the Western Provinces of Canada in exchange for no tariffs on certain Canadian goods entering the U.K….

The Daily Telegraph, 3/15/2009

…The first government contract for the Northeastern Supergrid Project has been announced. The federal government and several state governments will be working with General Electric to establish a strong electrical transmission network ranging from D.C. to Boston, which will allow high volumes of electric trading across the states of Potomac, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In other political news, President Wellstone met with the Department of Education to discuss student loans and teacher wages…

– KNN, 3/19/2009 broadcast

…With the conflict over Polish natural gas pipelines being considered a draw in Russia, President Oleg Malyshkin turned his attention to his country’s borders. Privately, he discussed with his military ministers to discuss how to ensure him re-election. Among the discussions, the possibility of becoming “more aggressive” was raised, with it being suggested that Russia proper become more antagonistic toward one of the more independent-minded nearly-autonomous oblasts such as Kalmykia, Tuva, or Bashkortostan, under the guise of alleged breakaway endeavors, or that Russia proper try to absorb the partially recognized and fairly stable nation of Alania (formerly North and South Ossetia) under the guise of needing to maintain order. At these meetings, Malyshkin also reportedly expressed frustration and disappointment at the conflict in United Turkestan reaching a peaceful conclusion. Malyshkin allegedly had wanted to use the chaos in Uzbekistan as an excuse to invade and possibly bring the Turkestani Nations back into the fold, but had chosen to instead argue with the Polish government over energy pipeline ownership instead over more pressing economic concerns.

After these discussions, Malyshkin began publicly expressing interest in warming relations between Russia and Turkey, saying that “the protectors of the entrance of the Black Sea” would benefit from trade with the NDRR…

– Alexander Korzhakov’s After The Pact: Post-Cold War Russia And The Twenty-First Century, St. Petersburg Press, 2020

…I will admit that I also contributed to the black market activities of places like Botswana in Africa and Myanmar in Asia. But not because I enjoy sticking around sticky, sweaty, disease-infested hellholes. This was largely due to profits in South America drying up faster than a mouth full of cinnamon powder. And because several leads in central Asia didn’t pan out, which was more than just a little disappointing. I would have made a killing in United Turkestan! They were so close to the edge, but Karimov’s successors were just too laser-focused on national unity, as ridiculous as that is, always was and always will be, for the UT in my opinion. But I digress…

– Tommy Gun Thompson’s With Cold, Dead Eyes: A Gun Runner’s Confessions, Borders Books, 2015

The Herring Network Has Just Absorbed Newsmax Media

...the press release also states that THN will use both names separately, which is odd to me. My guess is it has something to do with branding, using the one label for more raunchy stories and the other for a wider and more general audience. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Any thought, anyone?

–, a public pop-culture news-sharing and chat-forum-hosting netsite, 3/23/2009 posting



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…Last month, actors John Cleese, Prunella Scales, and Andrew Sachs reprised their famous roles of Basil Fawlty, Sibyl Fawlty and Manuel of the celebrated “Fawlty Towers” comedy series for a small promo spot for ITV’s “Kitchen Chaos with Gordon Ramsay.” With a running time of only 2 minutes and 35 seconds, the extended advertisement marks the first time that all three thespians have worked together on a project since 1979.

The TV commercial opens with old footage of an establishing shot of the original Fawlty Towers hotel before cutting to a recreated interior of its kitchen and dining room. There we see Chef Ramsay insulting the management and the cooking. Basil, defensive, says "Well we used to have another person on staff here for these sort of things, but ever since she launched a successful artistry career she's hasn't shown up for work," a reference to the character Polly Sherman, the maid in the classic series, and how the actress who portrayed her, Connie Booth, refused to participate in the promo spot.

Then, in a reference to the “Waldorf Salad” episode of Fawlty Towers, Ramsay discovers that Basil is running the kitchen with Manuel because, as Basil puts it, “our regular chef hasn’t shown up for work in 29 years. We’re thinking of firing him.” Upon Ramsay exploring the storage bids, he exclaims, shocked, "You have so much rotten food here!" Basil counters with "Yes, well, some of our regulars like rotten food. Matches their personalities and all that sort of thing."

Basil next complains about Ramsay in a “mockumentary confession” cut, saying “Just who the bloody hell does this 'Ramsley' fellow think he is, the bloody Earl of Sandwich?” The short then sees Ramsay praise Manuel’s years of dedication to his job ("How have you put up with it for so long?" is how Ramsay ends his brief monologue. "Que?" is Manuel's reply.), condemn Basil for his poor management and decision-making skills, and convince Sibyl to hire “an actual chef.”

Ramsay also convinces Sibyl to redesign the kitchen and dining room to give it a more modern and more inviting look despite Basil’s protests, which Sibyl sharply dismiss. We then cut to the finished remodeling which Sibyl and Manuel love, while Basil grumbles about Ramsey disrupting a “perfectly passable hotel.”

Cleese and company had been under pressure to create more episodes of Fawlty Towers for decades, but to no avail. With Connie Booth (Polly) having retired from acting for years, and Scales and Sachs moving on to other acting projects, the prospect of more episodes seemed dim. In a 2004 BBC interview, Cleese explained that “everyone would be excited if we did [bring it back] but…the bar has moved so high that a remake would be good but not very good.” [5] Cleese expressed belief that “you can’t top the best. There’s just too much anticipation. The audience’s expectations are too high now, that even if we spent months on the script and made it with great and wonderful performance, it’d still be disappointing to some, because you just can’t top the top.” Not even former Prime Minister John Lennon, who reportedly loved the classic 1970s TV series (“I love Fawlty Towers. I'd like to be in that. [It's] the greatest show I've seen in years... what a masterpiece, a beautiful thing” [6]) and offered to appear in the revival as a “typical offbeat guest,” could not get Cleese to agree to any one of the thousands of spec scripts reportedly sent the latter's way over the decades.

Except for this one. According to John Cleese in an interview with the BBC, held in the same week that this promo aired, the script for this ad was different in that it was a brief promo with a few lines, and was only an extended commercial and not an actual renewal of the series. Cleese explains that the producers of the reality series “Kitchen Chaos” reached out to Cleese, Scales, Booth and Sachs about the proposed ad, and with Cleese considering their script both “funny [and] respectful of the original,” Sibyl and Manuel agreed to revive their roles for it. While Booth, who is Cleese’s ex-wife, declined to step out of retirement for the spot, she, according to Cleese, has “no regrets about” not appearing in this special promo spot…

–, 28/3/2009

Still, I’ll tell him to get some salad cream. I mean, you never know when Colonel Sanders is going to drop in, do you?

– Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), Fawlty Towers, Gourmet Night (Season 1, Episode 5; first aired 17 October 1975) [7]

“The American people are smart. They understand that government, the corporations, and the media are against them, but the military and police are not. They cannot be fooled and they will not be fooled by the nanny-state red-tape of this Third Jackson Term.”

– US Senator Stan Jones (R-MT), 3/29/2009

…As the Baby Boomer population began to enter retirement, an older generation of computer users were appearing on and seemingly dominating the technet. Online shopping, a long-struggling niche aspect of the technet up until it exploded in popularity during the SARS pandemic, became increasingly used by the aging, and boomer-centric sites swiftly rose in prominence by the start of the 2010s...

– Joy Lisi Rankin’s Computers: A People’s History of the Information Machine, Westview Press, 2018

…for the first time ever, the DOW Jones Industrial Average has closed above the 10,000 mark, at 10,009.34, a clear sign of a healthy economy…

– ABC Morning News, 4/4/2009 broadcast


...The fast food mega-giant is joining other companies who are expanding into the bustling economy south of the border. Experiencing a miniature boom of sorts in recent years, the improvement of the standard of living in Mexico is drawing in foreign investments…

The Los Angeles Times, 4/7/2009

…In a major boon for the Wellstone administration, the US Supreme Court has ruled 7-to-2 that North Carolina’s ban on stem-cell research is unconstitutional, a ruling that will in all likelihood allow doctors in North Carolina to use the controversial practice in experiments meant to study stem cells and determine how effective they are, in an effort to generate healthy cells to replace diseased cells and damaged tissues in patients…

– KNN Breaking News, 4/11/2009 broadcast


…having recently spoken at a church service at the First Baptist Church in his new home town of Charleston, South Carolina, the former President sat down with us for his first post-Presidency interview… While working on his memoirs, Jackson is also accepting speaking engagements for charity events. He plans to remain involved in multiple efforts to “preserve African-American rights” and to ensure that “all Americans have equal opportunity.” In this effort, Jackson is currently involved in “Our National Community,” a NPO program Jackson has co-founded that aims to improve the quality of life nationwide. Most recently, for example, the ONC is aiding low-income Chicago residents. Jackson is also involved in a NPO promoting Mental Wellness program founded by Jesse Jackson Jr. earlier this year. …While no longer in D.C., Jackson is still involved to national politics, reportedly serving as an unofficial advisor to President Wellstone, vidcalling the Commander-in-Chief “from time to time” and visiting the White House at least twice since moving out in January... Jackson expressed regret at not passing slavery reparations when he had the chance, saying “2005 was the year for that, and Katrina could have been key to it, but our focus at the time was building up and protecting the accomplishment made during the first term.” Jackson also expressed disappointment in his fellow Democrats for not being more supportive of reparations, and for failing to get free community college passed. However, the former President is “happy to see” Wellstone making “great strides” to get the free college proposal implemented…


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Pictured: former President Jackson attended church services on Easter Sunday, April 12

The Atlantic, April 2009 issue


…the decades-old Moores Station Quarry in Hopewell Township will become a public park. According to the Mercer County Parks Commission, the endeavor is part of a series of major public works projects that were approved of and signed into effect via state bill by Governor Richard J. Codey (D) shortly before resigning to become the US Secretary of Transportation earlier this year…

The Daily Record, New Jersey newspaper, 4/18/2009


Syndicated Television Series

Premiered: September 8, 2006
Concluded: June 8, 2012 (six seasons total)
Genre (s): action/sci-fi/space-western/adventure/drama
Directors (main): Damon Lindelof
Writers (main): Tracy Tormé, Roberto Orca, Alex Kurtzman, Robert K. Weiss
Produced by: Cayuga Productions, Square Dog Productions, CBS Television Distribution, CBS Productions



Steve Buschemi as Jack Hershey
Sharice Davids as Owaissa Stryker
Scott Kleeb as Ryan Ouhtlowd
Rachel Joy Scott as Genevieve Throckton
Djimon Hounsou as Artemis “Tempo” Decatur
George Tootoosis as Shaw Yellowfire (season 1 only)
Giancarlo Esposito as Kostas Nyersos
Craig Bierko as Avlayon Malkin
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Spies in space – rival space republics employ agents of espionage to pursue each other in cat-and-mouse games that veteran spy Jack has grown tired of until his action-hungry new partner Owaissa shows up to improve the agency’s productivity, only to find out that she may have bitten off more than she can chew.


Trivia Facts:

Trivia Fact No. 1: It Made Headlines In 2009 Over A Censoring Error

The series received infamy when the Season Three episode “The Babylonian Computer” aired on April 23, 2009; halfway through it, the character Malkan bellows “Oh f*ck Ryan Ouhtlowd,” and because the line sounded phonetically identical to the saying “Oh for cryin’ out loud,” the comment slipped past the censors, who didn’t notice the main character Ryan’s last name was Ouhtlowd; due to the fact that the series was rated PGR, the writer of the episode was forced to take a month-long leave of absence, but this was not enough to avoid ontech criticisms, which continued for several weeks before dissipating.



…US Senator Barbara Vucanovich (R-NV) has introduced on the senate floor a bill that would abolish the Electoral College and establish a “direct election” voting process in its stead. Public reaction to the disparity between the winner of the electoral vote and the winner of the popular vote in last year’s presidential election has led to a rise in calls for the Electoral College to be either amended or abolished outright. Vucanovich’s bill would perform the latter, via a new Constitutional Amendment, which would require approval from both chambers of congress and 39 states to become law.

Vucanovich’s bill is similar to one put forward by US Representative, and member of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Inglis (R-SC). Last month, Inglis introduced a House Joint Resolution calling for a new Constitutional Amendment that would add a two-round system to US Presidential Elections, where a runoff election would be held if the first-place finisher receives less than 40% of the popular vote.

While informal polling has suggested that an overwhelming majority of Republican voters back E.C. Abolition, only a majority of Republican lawmakers in D.C. have supported the notion. One notable member, US Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton (R-TN), has recently expressed having some reservations on removing the Electoral College, telling the Post last week “We shouldn’t be so hasty to remove a 220-year-old institution just because it hasn’t work the way one side of congress wanted it to once or twice out of over fifty uses,” claiming “partisan divide usually leads to decisions and legislation that are one-sided and reap even more national division.”

Apart from US Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) and some Democrats holding conservative US Congressional seats who agree with nearly all Republicans, nearly all Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are either staying silent on the matter or are defending the Electoral College…

The Washington Post, 4/26/2009

“It’s funny watching these Republicans refuse to play by the rules. Wellstone won the election. Deal with it.”

– Actress and activist Alyssa Milano, 4/27/2009

GALLUP: Wellstone Ending His First 100 Days With 59% Approval Rating

–, 4/29/2009 e-article


…The President is taking full advantage of his party having majority control of the both chambers of congress. Even if conservative Democrats have opposed his agenda’s most progressive aspects such as protecting worker cooperatives, the President has abled to get congress and his allies on Capitol Hill to pass major legislative works such as the Stephens-Love omnibus bill, the EITC bill, and the “Supergrid” bill…

– The Boston Globe, 4/30/2009


…After losing his bid for a second six-year term yesterday evening, Iraqi President Saleh Muhammed al-Mutlaq, a member of the “moderate” faction of the ASU and former Ba’ath Party member, has finally announced that he accepts the election results and will not contest them, marking the first time that an Iraqi head-of-state has lost power peacefully. Al-Mutlaq lost support from conservatives in the country for his support of moderate justice reform measures that were raising pressure on local authorities to crack down on domestic abuse. This policy position led to yesterday’s Iraqi Presidential election pitting the embittered incumbent against Nouri al-Maliki of the conservative “People of Iraq” party, whose candidacy was rife with controversy over past anti-Zionist comments of his despite his current political stances. As a result of this and his nationalist rhetoric, it is feared by some analysts that the Presidency of Al-Maliki may very well result in Iraq-Israel relations being at their worst in over 40 years.

Al-Maliki won the election with a margin of roughly 8%, but with a plurality of roughly 47% of the vote; he received a narrow majority of the Electoral Vote in Iraq’s Electoral College. Interestingly, two other candidates in the election may have played spoiler against al-Mutlaq. According to several published polls, and given their similar ideologies, Ayad Allawi of the “Pro-West” faction of the ASU and Rafi Hiyad al-Issawi of the National Glory party seem to have pulled more voters away from al-Mutlaq than from al-Maliki. …Al-Maliki will be sworn in on May 8th…

The Boston Globe, 5/2/2009


…her inauguration on the 23rd will mark the first time in Poland that a female President succeeds through election another female President, as the incumbent and outgoing President of Poland is Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz of the Civility Party.

Gronkiewicz-Waltz’s endorsement of Bochenck have may played a key role in tonight’s election, as the term-limited incumbent is highly popular at the moment. Her administration successfully blamed Russian oil and gas companies for last year’s Russo-Polish energy crisis, while Gronkiewicz-Waltz herself has been praised for negotiating a trade deal with Russia that ended the situation.

…Marshal of the Polish Senate Krystyna Bochenck, age 55, of the Civility Party, is a centrist supportive of “responsible” healthcare expansion. She won the election over Prime Minister Donald F. Tusk, age 52, of the Christian Democratic Party; Tusk, who supports free-market policies, most likely came in second place due to his claims that “government interference on both sides” was responsible for the 2008 energy crisis, proclaiming “the people are innocent, but their representatives and leaders never are.” Senator Piotr Duda, age 46, of the Solidarity Party, ran to the left of Bochenck and came in third place…

The Chicago Tribune, 5/2/2009


The New York Times, 5/6/2009

NET TRAFFIC REPORT: Calls For Abolishing The E.C. Are Prominent On Pro-GOP Netsites, Less So On Pro-Democratic Netsites

–, 5/9/2009


…Associate Justice Miles W. Lord has announced his decision to retire from the US Supreme Court “as soon as a replacement has been confirmed.” Lord cited his decline in health and his wish to spend more time with his family, especially since his son suffered nearly fatal heart attack at the age of 59 last year… One of the oldest men to ever serve on the Supreme Court, Lord, age 89, has been on the bench for 36 years, longer than any other male justice currently serving; only incumbent Justice Sylvia Bacon has served longer. …Lord, a Mondale appointee, is considered to be an “activist judge,” known for supporting environmental protection and consumer protection efforts, and opposing corporations in multiple court cases; in 1974, he famously declared “this court cannot honor profit over human life.” [8] …This will be President Wellstone’s first Supreme Court appointment…

The Washington Post, 5/12/2009

…With the Democrats holding 56 of 104 Senate seats, Wellstone ignored Republican calls for a centrist appointee and instead focused on finding a progressive justice or judge that moderates within his own party would approve of when the time came for their confirmation. Additionally, the diverse composition of the Supreme Court – three women; two Hispanic, two African-Americans; two Jewish; each hailing from a different state, all of which were spread across the map (Puerto Rico, Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Potomac) – allowed Wellstone to study the ideologies of vetted candidates instead studying their ethnicities as well.

The Wellstone Administration’s “long list” of candidates contained a host of progressive judges and justices: Appeals Court Judges Marianne O. Battani of Michigan (b. 1944), Rubén Castillo of Illinois (b. 1954), Michael A. Chagares of New Jersey (b. 1962), Robert Charles Chambers of West Virginia (b. 1952), Denny Chin of New York (b. 1954), Frank Hoover Easterbrook of Illinois (b. 1948), Roger L. Gregory of Virginia (b. 1953), Denise Page Hood of Michigan (b. 1952), David M. Lawson of Michigan (b. 1951), Algenon L. Marbley of Ohio (b. 1954), Michael Joseph Reagan of Illinois (b. 1954), Victoria A. Roberts of Michigan (b. 1951), Edmund Albert Sargus Jr. of Ohio (b. 1953), and Diane Pamela Wood of Texas (b. 1950) were all considered to be highly qualified for the job. Also considered were Penn U Law School Professor of Law and Criminology Stephanos Bibas (b. 1969), former US Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick (b. 1950), former US EEOC Chair and incumbent US Solicitor General Anita Faye Hill of Oklahoma (b. 1956), Harvard Law School Professor Elena Kagan (b. 1960), US Senator (D-DE) Midge Osterlund (b. 1947), and Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears (b. 1955)…

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


The New York Times, 5/17/2009

ANCHOR: “…and in California, Governor Grammer is poised to sign a housing projects regulation reform bill into state law. The new law would end city-level provisions, exclusions and loopholes that reportedly benefit wealthy land developers to the detriment of homeowners.”

GRAMMER (in footage): “You can’t just say you’re the best state in the union. You have to prove it!”

– NBC News, 5/20/2009 broadcast


…incumbent Mayor of Los Angeles Xavier Becerra (D) has lost re-election after months of controversy surrounding Becerra’s apparent inaction taken about a taxpayer fraud scandal concerning the city’s Employment Development Department and a consortium of local banks. Becerra’s-challenger–turned–Mayor-Elect James Hahn (D) capitalized on the EDD Scandal by running on the subjectively catchy slogan “Vote For Hahn, Not The Con.” …After winning what has turned out to be his sole term over Joel Wachs (D) in 2005, Becerra opposed President Jackson’s police reform efforts in order to appeal to white working-class Angelenos [9. However, this and other moderate stances have led to Becerra losing support among progressive over the past four years...

The Los Angeles Times, 5/21/2009


Premiered: May 23, 2009
Genres: psychological thriller/drama/tragedy/biopic/political thriller
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Written by: Mark Heyman, Anthony McCarten and Terri Tatchell
Produced by: Stephen Gyllenhaal and Lisa Bruce



Joel Kinnaman as Marion Zioncheck
Michelle Williams as Rubye Nix Zioncheck


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Above: left-to-right: Kinnaman, Marion, Rubye, Williams.

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Trivia Facts:

Trivia Fact No. 1:

The movie is based on the 2005 Phil Campbell book “Zioncheck for President: A True Story of Idealism and Madness in American Politics” (Nation Books; ISBN 1-56025-750-4). The option to make Campbell's book into a feature film was purchased in 2007 by producer/director Stephen Gyllenhaal. [10]



The Chicago Tribune, 5/25/2009


…the proposed bill would expand upon the centralized school funding system established under President Bellamy and reinstated under President Jackson, but questions remain over how such programs would be paid for…

The Washington Post, 5/28/2009


…the media company behind Tumbleweed Magazine, Tumbleweed Studios and Tumbleweed TV – publisher Bern Sanders’ Tumbleweed Media – has greenlit a wide array of works over the years, ranging from wholesome (“Hosea, Aaron & Ralph,” released through Tumbleweed Home Entertainment) to gritty (“I’m Blowing Off Your Head Part Six,” available for ontech viewing on to political (the 1995 film “Debs: The People’s Warrior”) to whatever the heck was Trey Parker’s “Time Warped,” which aired on TumbleweedTV. Now, the media giant is in the process of acquiring what could be its most risqué series to date – a technet-based animated series covering topics ranging from prostitution and suicide, but also contains Bengal worship and immortal rodents.

Starting out as a net-comic in 2001 before becoming a nettoon series on the Canadian video-hosting site, “Neurotically Yours” follows a young woman named Germaine as she struggles to make a living, find her place and her purpose, and also find herself, while also dealing with her opinionated hyperactive pet squirrel, Foamy. The series is known for its dark humor and social commentary. If Neurotically Yours is indeed picked up for a season, it would very likely see a change in its animation style, which is currently rudimentary.

Take, for instance, the following clip from the classic “Demon Toaster” episode, which also highlights the sense of humor found throughout the shorts:

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…This level of animation quality found throughout the series due to it being independently made by its creator, a one Jonathan Ian Mathers, a man whose origins and background are even more unknown than Tommy Wiseau’s. Mothers, who is currently in talks with TumbleweedTV producers, has stated on his blog that he is “very hopeful” that negotiations will see his controversial series, which currently has a small but strong cult following, go from being an obscure technet-based cartoon shorts series to being cartoon series with full-length episodes…

–, 5/30/2009

…Furthermore, Ross actually put his money where his mouth was; in July 2009, for instance, he pledged to donate half of yearly salary to fighting homelessness despite Ross being one of the least wealthy person to serve as Vice President since J. J. Polonko Jr. moved out of No. 1 Observatory Circle in 1989... [snip] …Believing that “getting out of D.C. would be the best use of my time here in D.C.,” and convincing Wellstone of the same thing, Ross announced on July 2 that, starting on Independence Day, he would embark on a 52-state “eco-trek” across the country. Traveling solely by electric modes of transport such as new bullet train lines and a 2008 Volkswagen e-bus, Ross began the informal listening tour in February in order to raise awareness of “green energy,” garner pro-administration media attention, and gather information that could help improve America’s addiction rehab clinics and medical centers (i.e., “wellness centers”), soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in every US state…

– R. Lynn Rivenbark’s With the Stroke of a Brush or Pen: The Life of Bob Ross, Brookings Institution Press, 2012

The Sweathogs (film)
is a dramedy film developed by Peter Meyerson and produced by ABC Productions. The film, which was given a limited theatrical release before being aired on ABC, was made as a precursor to a television revival of the TV series “Welcome Back, Kotter,” which aired on ABC from 1976 to 1981. The film centers on a group of former James Buchanan High School students known as “The Sweathogs” who renew their friendships at their high school reunion.


After their mentor, Mr. Kotter (now retired, but still living in New York City) has a non-fatal heart attack, the former students of the fictional James Buchanan High opt to stay in the city until he recovers, leading to the group helping each other out with their own problems at home and at work, returning to their roots and rekindling old aspirations in the process.



John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino – a “teen heartthrob” character in the original series, Barbarino is now a doctor being sued for malpractice while also trying to learn how to own up to his responsibilities to his growing family.

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Freddie “Boom-Boom” Washington – the suave smooth-talker of the Sweathogs, Washington is “milking the product endorsement cow for all its worth” after a knee injury ended his basketball career after just two NBA Seasons.

Ron Palillo as Arnold Horshack – the class clown of the Sweathogs has become a sales manager who initially has lost touch with his “real” old self, but after spending time with his old friends, quits his job to pursue an acting career. To save money on rent, he moves in with the Kotters, much to Gabe’s chagrin.

Bobby Hegyes as Juan Epstein – the thug-turned-cop from the original series who has become like Kotter, teaching at the old High School, which at the end of the film is renamed Woodman High to honor Vice Principle-turned-Principle Woodman, who died years ago saving eleven kids, including four Sweathogs, from a chemistry class fire (as the actor who portrayed Woodman, John Sylvester White, passed away in 2005 at the age of 86).

Marcia Strassman as Julie Kotter – the wife and closest friend of Gabe Kotter, her “world famous tuna casserole” unexpectedly plays a key role in the film’s climax

Guest Stars:

Jamie Farr as Eugene Curtis, the formal, no-nonsense teacher from the original series who now serves as the school’s elderly Superintendent

Gabe Kaplan as Gabel Mother, the witty titular character from the first series who unwillingly becomes a mentor and advisor to the Sweathogs


After finishing a second term in the US Senate, Gabe Kaplan was convinced by years of fan letters (and Hollywood executives wishing to cash in on the 2000s nostalgia for the 1970s) to write a script for a Welcome Back movie, eventually partnering with other comedic writers from the original series and others to hand in a first draft in 2007. However, Kaplan would only agree to appear in a diminished capacity in the film, and as a recurring guest star should ABC pick up a TV series, which they did in 2008. The film was scheduled to premier months ahead of the TV series of the same name. Reuniting the original cast was relatively easy, save for Padillo, Hilton-Jacobs and Travolta. Padillo, having won an Oscar for his dramatic role as main character in the 1993 ISF drama film “Philadelphia,” was busy with several projects, but found space in his schedule “at the last minute.” Similarly, Hilton-Jacobs had to turn down a supporting role in the 2009 biopic “In The Zone” in order to appear in this film. Travolta, meanwhile, had to be given permission by his probation officer to cross state borders to film his scenes (Travolta was serving a five-year probation sentence (2005-2010) for a sexual pestering incident that had occurred on the set of the 2001 film “Grease 3” in 1999). While initial ontech backlash to Travolta’s character not being recast cast doubt on the film’s potential for success, Travolta’s controversial presence in the film increased interest in the film and in the original series.


The film premiered on ABC Movies on July 6 and was given a small theatrical release in select cities. Critics praised the film for effectively merging comedy with serious subjects, thus “balancing humor and heart.” Travolta’s “surprising stellar” performance was especially singled out in reviews and overshadowed activist attempts to boycott the film. Audiences were even more approving of the film, believing it struck the proper balance between nostalgia for the original series and introducing new material to expand on in a revival series. A financial success, the planned revival TV series aired on scheduled.




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Above: the McDonald’s outlet in Mosul, Iraq. This latest location of McDonald’s’ Middle East Division is the source of contention from conservative locals who believe the increase in Western influence is detrimental to national culture and domestic businesses.

…“The rise in consumerism is destroying the integrity of the Cradle of Civilization, corrupting the priorities of our nation’s youth,” says one local businessman who claims he had to close his restaurant because “the Devil Arches stole away my customers”…

– The Financial Times, side article, 6/9/2009

…The first legislative fumble of the Wellstone administration actually occurred before the midterms, when US Senator Bill Sorrell (D-VT) failed to get a worker co-op bill out of committee. A worker cooperative is, essentially, an association that is organized, or “self-managed,” by a business’s workers; every “worker-owner” participates in the decision-making within with co-op, in a democratic fashion. In some cases, a business is run by this co-op, and management is elected by the worker-owners, each of whom have one vote. Worker cooperatives are known in the U.K. as producer cooperatives, and have been much more prominent across the pond since the 1970s.

Sorrell sought to implement a federal law protecting worker cooperatives from state-level anti-union laws throughout the first half of 2009, but failed to see his bill even get out of committee due to heavy opposition from more conservative Democrats such as Labor Committee members Warren Mosler (D-CT) and Alex Penelas (D-FL). Penelas and several members of the House led this opposition by publicly stating that they believed that the situation was best handled on a state-to-state basis, as most worker cooperatives used traditional consumer cooperative laws that varied from state to state. Sorrell countered that these differences in state law were part of the problem, but this failed to revive his bill in committee. However, the progressive Vermonter was not without hope, for he soon stated in an interview “We didn’t get the bill past this time around, but you know what they say, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, legislate again.’”…

– Gary C. Jacobson’s The Power and the Politics of Congressional Elections, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015

…By early June, Wellstone’s list had shortened from twenty to ten: Rubén Castillo, Michael Chagares, Robert Chambers, Denny Chin, Denise Page Hood, Algenon Marbley, Stephanos Bibas, Anita Faye Hill, and Leah Ward Sears. On June 11, Gorelick publicly declined the position, with Hood following suit on the 14th, as both candidates disagreed with the President on how far the First Amendment can protect slanderous literature. Additional vetting led to Wellstone deciding against selecting Chambers due to previous conservative-leaning court rulings, and deciding against Bibas for past lectures praising various moderate Republican talking points with which Wellstone disagreed.

These eliminations left behind just Castillo, Chagares, Chin, Algenon Marbley, Anita Faye Hill, and Leah Ward Sears – a shortlist that, upon the White House Press Secretary releasing it on the fifteenth, saw much discussion not just among professionals, but among technetters as well.

“It seems these judicial appointments are becoming an increasingly public process,” noted Secretary of State Harvey Gantt. Indeed, each year saw more citizens offer up their own two cents on judicial appointments, and the big events – such as this and the past three Supreme Court appointments – were no exception. Marbley, the only African-American male candidate left in contention, and Sears and Hill, the final two African-American female candidates left in contention, were popular among political junkies, as was the tech-savvy Chin, though the Hispanic-American Castillo and the Greek-American Chagares were not without their fans, either.

However, the selection would not hinge on ontech polls and betting sites, or whichever won some “flavor-of-the-month” competition, but instead would depend on how confident Wellstone was that they would stick to progressive ideals, and how long they would get along with other members of the bench. The days and interviews continued until Chagares withdrew despite being possibly the frontrunner, citing family privacy concerns. Soon after, Castillo and Marbley were privately crossed off the list as the President’s inner circle closed in their selection...

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


…Bevan-Baker is the first leader of the United Kingdom Intrepid Progressive party from a Scotland seat. Bevan-Baker, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1962, began his political career as a member of the minor Green party…

The Daily Telegraph, UK newspaper, side article, 18/6/2009

FEDS GRANT TWO MORE CONTRACTS FOR SUPERGRID PROJECT; Companies Expected To Hire 200,000 Workers For Layout, Installation, Maintenance

–, 6/20/2009


The Boston Globe, 6/22/2009


…Chin, born Check Kong Chin in Hong Kong in 1954 before moving with his family to New York in 1956, has been a Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since 2005, and was a Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1994 to 2005. …According to a source close to the selection process, Chief Justice Alan Page joined all eight Associate Justices (Delgado-Colon, Garza, Thompson, Schroeder, Sandel, Nealon, Bacon, and the retiring Lord) in supporting the nomination after a series of interview with Chin, Hill, and Sears, the final three candidates for the nomination. “It seems Hill and Sears cancelled each other out and both rubbed Bacon, Thompson and Garza the wrong way,” says the source, “but Wellstone may nominate each one of them if Chin is approved by the Senate.” However, given that the Democrats hold a majority of Senate seats, Chin will likely be confirmed, which would make him the US’s first Asian-American US Supreme Court Justice…

The New York Times, 6/23/2009


Approve: 57%
Disapprove: 33%
Uncertain: 10%

Approval Among Democrats: 94%
Approval Among Republicans: 35%

– Gallup, aggregate polling, 6/26/2009


…KNN report Carlton Lemon has today announced that in an informal interview he had with the former President, Jackson used “harmful rhetoric” that “could hurt Middle Eastern relations.” Lemon, in his KNN special news report, claims he was “shocked [that he] would something like that from him.”...

–, 6/28/2009 e-article


“He’s not like most Jews, bucking to go to back to fighting with the Arabs so they can line their already-stuffed pockets with the spoils of war profiteering. Nah, Paul’s one of the good ones. Heh. The best of the good ones, in fact!” [11] These are the words that former President allegedly said to reporter Carlton Lemon in an interview conducted two weeks ago… The former President has yet to make an official and formal statement on these alleged comments…

The New York City, 6/30/2009


[1] Italicized parts are an OTL quote, found via wikipedia.

[2] It was adjusted to $7.25 an hour at around this time in OTL:

[3] OTL electric grid, proposed on schedule here but actually built much earlier here than in OTL.

[4] Italicized passage pulled from this interesting OTL article found here:

[5] Italicized parts are from here:

[6] This is an OTL quote according to this source here:

[7] The italics is from the OTL episode; the un-italicized words have replaced “Henry Kissinger,” a reference that would make no sense ITTL given that Kissinger never rose in prominence in here; he was briefly a Deputy Secretary of State at that’s it.

[8] OTL quote, found on his wikipedia page

[9] TIL that “Angelenos” is the term for Los Angeles residents ( Huh.

[10] Italicized part here is from OTL:

[11] Unfortunately based on OTL: (Jackson’s way of speaking here is also based on anecdotes found in this article).

Rivercat893 said:
@gap80, I've got two questions about the details of the specific things we saw in Kentucky Fried Politics:

* Regarding Star Wars, the Prequel Trilogy came out much sooner in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s. From the few details we know what it's like in the timeline, it does bear a resemblance to its OTL counterpart, albeit with some notable changes like Maggie Cheung playing Darth Maul (likely a Dathomirian Nightsister), Palpatine as Anakin's father (which means Darth Plagueis still exists) and Han Solo being raised by Wookies on Kashyyyk (which completely contradicts his EU backstory of being a former Imperial pilot assuming if it's still there in TTL) aside from the titles themselves for the first and third films. Since The Knights Arise is about the backstory of the Clone Wars, this means the cast might not be the same: Hayden Christiansen is too young to play the teenage/adult Anakin Skywalker, Ewan McGregor is still pretty unknown to American audiences and is unlikely to be Obi-Wan Kenobi, which means a big-name actor like Kenneth Branagh or Kurt Russell nabbed the role and Natalie Portman hasn't even reached puberty yet nor started her Hollywood career which means that another actress was Padme Amidala instead like say Christina Ricci since she won hearts of millions as Wednesday Adams in The Addams Family (assuming if that franchise still exists). Of course, that's if historical butterflies don't result in their acting careers being substantially different such as starring their careers early in another big movie. As for Samuel L. Jackson, it's possible he could have still played Mace Windu since he was already in the movie business with roles in Do the Right Thing, GoodFellas, Jurassic Park, Menace II Society, and True Romance. Ian McDiarmid and Christopher Lee are pretty much a lock to play Palpatine and Dooku in the trilogy, same with Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn with Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett and Daniel Logan as Boba Fett presumably for the second movie. Spin-off media like the Dark Horse Comics series and TCW (or it's equivalent series) are going to be very different like who knows if Ahsoka Tano even exists and whether the non-film material would be even recognizable. The CGI and special effects will look less advanced since the movies were released at a time when they hadn't been perfected yet. Also, does Jar Jar Binks, the Gungans, and Naboo even exist in this timeline, or does Alderaan and another Gungan-like species replace them in their roles. And what is the title of the second movie?
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As mentioned in previous chapters, Colonel Sanders investing in technology helped Bill Gates early in his career and, overall/more broadly, contirbuted to several computer-centric breakthroughs and developments occurring earlier than in OTL. That’s how The Colonel was able to surf the web shortly before his death in 1990. Thus, the CGI (which is called Computer-Rendered Imaging (CRI) ITTL) used for the prequel’s special effects would not be too different from OTL’s.
According to the seventh link found on Jar Jar's wikipedia article, Lucas claims Disney's Goofy was the inspiration behind said character, so some sort of comic relief character would be in the prequels. Maybe Lucas is convinced to use prosthetics instead of solely CRI for the character; I'm thinking maybe Chris Tucker could play him, but that might be replacing a couch on fire with a chair on fire - you still have a problem on your hands. So maybe some more mature comedian like Robin Williams or Dave Chappelle! As for his design, I think his early look was even worse; given that it looks like they were going for this, I want to say, "dragon"-like head shape, very reptilian, maybe they could work on it more and come up with something more humanoid, and use the original design for a "background" swamp creature that briefly bothers or attacks the main characters in one scene. Either that, or maybe they keep the OTL Gungan design and have the comic relief be of a different species that lives on Naboo, if they even decide to call it that in this TL.
Maybe one creature they can have in the background somewhere is the dik-dik, a real-life creature that would actually kind of look more "natural" on an alien planet!
The title of the second movie is The Resistance Endures

Rivercat893 said:
@gap80, I've got two questions about the details of the specific things we saw in Kentucky Fried Politics:

* The timeline's version of the United States is a lot more progressive and left-wing: We've already had a woman on the Moon that inspired Jerrie Parsec from this version of Toy Story (Jerrie Cobb), a black governor of Virginia (Harrison Wilson), a female President of the United States (Carol Bellamy), a black Vice President (James Meredith), a black Supreme Court Justice (Alan Page) and the last two American Presidents are African-American and Jewish respectively (Jesse Jackson and Paul Wellstone) not to mention that LGBT/BLUTAGO marriage has already been legalized and the District of Columbia/Potomac and Puerto Rico were granted full statehood. There was also an excerpt in one of the chapters focusing on Bellamy's Presidency that mentions riots and looting alongside hurricanes, which means that the Rodney King incident might have happened or at least an ATL equivalent. For BLM, even if they still exist in KFP, the group won't be the same here since U.S. politics are so different from OTL.
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Yes, but don't forget about the HIP, the neo-hippies, the Bernie Bros, conservative populists like Goetz, Gritz, Limbaugh, and politically active evangelicals. The Colonel was a very religious man, including during his Presidency and especially in the 1970s and 1980s, so religious conservatism is very much a thing ITTL. It's just that that particular brand of politician hasn't been able to climb up to the Presidency since Jeremiah Denton, though the impact Goetz had on the 2008 election shows that they are a still a powerful/influence force in American politics.

Rivercat893 said:
@gap80, I've got two questions about the details of the specific things we saw in Kentucky Fried Politics:

* What about the status of the MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL in this universe. Since the Colonel built a sports stadium in Kentucky and there was a reference to a baseball team known as the Louisville Colonels, I'm guessing that the city received big-league football, basketball, and hockey teams. And whatever happened to the NASL, are they still active or did they fold which opened the door for the MLS to emerge as North America's premier soccer/association football league.
Yes, there's an MLB team called the Louisville Colonels and a basketball team called the Kentucky Colonels. ITTL, Louisville is the biggest city in Appalachia and Kentucky, so it's much larger in population size than in OTL. I've mentioned MLB World Series winners in the late 2003 and 1993 chapters, but outside of that and TTL's list of MLB Commissioners (which I'll include in a later chapter), I don't have much info/knowledge on how professional baseball would be different ITTL. Maybe @DTF955Baseballfan has more thoughts on this (he certainly did during pages 22-26)?
I'm not really a follower of the NFL or the NHL, sorry, but I believe I did mention the Dallas Cowboys winning the Superbowl in January 2003. So I'll cover them in the late 2009 or 2010 chapter! Thanks!

Also: My apologies for taking so long to write this one. I blame writer’s block, being upset over tanking a job interview over the phone, and, to a lesser extent, some family drama concerning the holidays. I also am uncertain over the quality of this chapter. If anything looks off or wrong, let me know how you think I should fix it so I can address it. Thanks, y’all!

The next Chapter's E.T.A.: December 23rd at the very latest!

Rivercat893 said:
You haven't properly answered the title of the second prequel movie either so my guess is that it definitely isn't Attack of the Clones.
Edited it, sorry about that oversight: It's The Resistance Endures.

Kennedy Forever said:
Another great update! Btw just wondering how was TTL's Doctor Who?
I'll include a list of actors portraying the character in the next chapter or so.
Post 90
Post 90: Chapter 98

Chapter 98: July 2009 – December 2009

“Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement”

– Dr. Kerr L. White (but also attributed to Mark Twain and several others)

“Jesse,” the President sighed disappointingly, “what were you thinking?”

“I erroneously had assumed the references would not be printed because of my racial bond with [1] him,” Jackson answered. The two’s pic-phone e-chat the previous day had been inconclusive, so Jackson visited the Wellstone family home in Minneapolis. KNN’s D. Carlton Lemon’s shocking exposé needed to be addressed with kid gloves, lest Republicans use it as fodder for their calls to reverse the past nine years of work.

“Jesse, I think it’d be a good idea for everyone if you…went on vacation for a while.”

“Banishment, huh?”

“No, no, you’ll just be shying away from the limelight for a little while, just until things blow over.”

“I’m not running away from this like some coward.”

“You’d be putting your pride on hold for a few days,” Wellstone said more aggressively, “If you don’t you can kiss the Rainbow Coalition goodbye, and neither you nor me want that!”

The President rubbed the back of his neck and leaned back in his chair in frustration. “Jesse, did you know that when your comments came out, I didn’t even ask if it was some kind of scam? Because I knew it wasn’t. Even if the comments came from a less reputable source like that Teresa Strasser tabloid report, I still wouldn’t have asked. Because I know it’s true. You say those kind of things all the time. It’s only now finally caught up to you.”

“If you’re trying to make me feel better about this, please just stop now.”

“Jesse, Bill Dedman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and investigative reporter for Newsday, wants to follow up on the allegations. Jim Paratore, that media tech wiz guy, he’s offering reward money for any audio or visual archive footage of you saying other things like that. If you don’t admit to this, Colonel Sanders style, and then lay low until the next news story come about, this media circus will only get uglier.”

“And what about you?” Asked the former President.

“What about me?”

“What will you be doing while I’m off in self-exile.”

“I’ll be reaching out to the Jewish community. I’ll do my best to convince them to continue to support me?”

“Why would you have to do that?”

“Because many Jewish leaders are calling me an ‘Uncle Tom,’ a ‘self-hating Jew,’ and a ‘meshugenah,’ even, just for staying in your corner during all this. You have got to help me out here, and apologize.”

“Alright, alright.” The President sighed, “You’re right. I’ve burned a really big bridge here. How can I help?”

– Roberta Gillespie’s Watershed: An Assessment of The Wellstone White House, Princeton University Press, 2016

Jackson’s hurtful comments strained race relations, and led to many political analysts questioning the viability of the ‘Black-Jewish entente’ that had been a prominent part of the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections. The decades-long trend of Black Antisemitism became a subject of much public debate, while many aspects of Jackson’s administration came under scrutiny, with Republicans and even Jewish Democrats questioning if any of his actions in office purposely favored African-Americans over Jewish-Americans.

Interestingly, certain members of the Republican populist right, such as the controversial (and allegedly anti-Semitic) THN pundit, journalist, former National Review columnist, and two-time Goetz endorser Joseph Sobran, actually came to the former President’s defense. In the wake of such neo-hippie-like individuals praising him for “speaking the truth,” Jesse Jackson Sr. allegedly remarked, “Dear God, those aren’t the people I want having my back. Sweet Jesus, what have I done?”

– Billie Lofi’s The Wellstone Way: The Life of a Passionate Progressive, University of Minnesota Press, first edition, 2017

...While the controversy over the former President’s comments dominated the news cycle, on Capitol Hill, the Senate Judiciary Committee continued on with the planned Supreme Court hearings unimpeded. However, even here, some Republicans did not hold back on their criticism of Jackson’s alleged comments.

For example, US Senator Stan Jones (R-MT), a member of the upper chamber’s Judiciary Committee, asked Denny Chin “In your judgment, and in your experience, do you consider controversial, inciting, or polarizing comments, like the former President’s recent comments, to be enough disqualify someone from serving or running for public office?”

The comment backfired, as Chin replied with “No, but if I did, you wouldn’t have anything to worry about, Mr. Jones – you aren’t up for re-election until 2012, so you’d have plenty of time to think up something.”

Both Jones and Chin were reprimanded for the exchange, though more Senators admonished the former for the “out of line” query, as US Senator Orrin Hatch (R-NE) put it...

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


…The Reverend and former President Jesse Jackson acknowledged tonight that he had used “hurtful” language in a private conversation. Appearing at a synagogue here in New York City, Jackson sought to put to rest a controversy that has dogged him for several days now.

“It was not done in the spirit of meanness,” he told an overflow crowd in the synagogue, Temple Adath Yershurum. “However innocent and unintended, it was wrong.” [2]

The New York Times, 7/12/2009

FINE: “Wellstone and Jackson want to move on but can’t. The damage has been done, the can of worms has been opened. Relations between Blacks and Jews have been historically contentious, and now it is out in the open.

WILLIAMS: “I wouldn’t say they were damaged now by Jackson’s comments. They were always strained behind closed doors under his Presidency.”

FINE: “So it was an open secret of sorts.”

WILLIAMS: “Yes, but now the President and former President will have to work very hard to repair the long-standing damage. I think that will be the only way that the Democrats will have a fighting chance in the midterms next year.”

– CBS News, round-table discussion, 7/13/2009

...In Poland, much like with the rest of Europe overall, first-trimester abortion is legal, though there are some restrictions – albeit, restrictions that are much less severe than those found in Vatican City, Andorra, Monaco and Bulgaria. When it comes to late-term abortions, however, Europe has varying degrees of restrictions. Countries strongly observant of the Catholic religion are the most stringent.

Because of this religious connection, conservative Catholics voiced outrage when conscientious objection to abortion by doctors was made illegal in no longer allowed in Germany on July 10, 2009. Pope Patrick I lead the criticism with a speech given on July 14, in which the church leader condemned the German government’s “assault on the sanctity” of human life. However, Patrick also criticized a wider range of topics in the speech as well. “In many parts of the world, the family is under siege," Pope Patrick I said. “It is opposed by an anti-life mentality as is seen in contraception, abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. It is scorned and banalised by pornography, desecrated by fornication and adultery, mocked by homosexuality, sabotaged by irregular unions and cut in two by divorce[3]

The Pope’s comments sparked controversy of its own, with religious figures and leaders worldwide either commending or criticizing his stance. For instance, the Archbishop of Warsaw noted that, “even in places like Germany and Poland, abortion is legal, but access is still limited and is not at all a guarantee. …I think Pope Patrick needs to study the real-world dynamics a little better.”…

[snip] …Abortion was made legal in Italy in 1990, but the current national law still allows health professionals to refuse to perform an abortion as “conscientious objectors,” which has the practical effect of restricting abortion access…

– Mathias Le Bossé and Robert C. Ostergren’s The Europeans: A Geography of People, Culture, and Environment, Guilford Press, 2011

ONTECH POLL: 65% of Americans Approve of Supreme Court Nominee Denny Chin

– Gallup, 7/15/2009

THE DONGTAN DAYS OF SUMMER: The Story Behind China’s Eco-City Vision Being Delayed

…China has pushed back the opening date of its planned eco-city mega-project “Dongtan” to 2015, after months of construction delays related to funding and political realities. Pitched as a showcase ultra-green city to be ready and functioning in time for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Dongtan was an ambitious joint project involving multinational engineering firm Arup and Chinese developers. Engineering firms began being contracted for the city’s development in 2005, in response to the increase in Shanghai’s population over the years. Approved by then-Premier Bo Xilai, the idea for the planned city was treated as if it could very well be a futuristic model for low-rise suburbs to accommodate spillover from supercities and house China’s emerging middle class. The project touted ‘zero emissions’ as one of its main selling points, and recycled waste was included in the myriad renewable energy systems planned for Dongtan.

Four years later and the spectacle of the groundbreaking has subsided, and the bustling construction sites have quieted down. China’s longest bridge and tunnel now connects the wetlands building site and its looming wind turbines to Pudong, in outer Shanghai, but the trucks and machinery do not use them are often as they used to. [4]

According to reports, the engineers and architects behind the incomplete buildings blame China’s new Premier for their financial shortfalls pausing construction. Last year, Premier Yang decided to redirect funds from Dongtan to anti-poverty programs in his effort to distance himself from Bo. The former Premier’s stunning and sudden fall from grace two years ago also frightened away many sponsors, worsening payment problems. Meanwhile, China’s top-down government system means that there is little that Shanghai and provincial politicians can do to move construction along.

For now, Dongtan, a promised eco-city on the island of Chongming in Shanghai, China, standing only half-built, will remain so until the PRC’s government allots the city more funds to cover construction costs, material transportation costs, and laborer wages...

Time Magazine, July 2009 issue

“Mr. Chin has a good head on his shoulders, and his while his ideology and interpretation of the Constitution is too extreme for me to vote yea on his confirmation, I acknowledge his credentials, I respect his character, and I wish him the best of luck in the final vote count.”

– US Senator Don Stenberg (R-NE), 7/19/2009


…X became involved in Middle Eastern affairs in the 1960s. In the 1980s, X praised Colonel Sanders for his long-lasting work in the area, after being initially skeptical that the annual Chicken Dinner Summits would improve regional relations. “The accolades were pretty ironic given that X would criticize the Colonel for pretty much anything back in the 1960s and early 1970s,” says The Colonel’s grandson, businessman Harland Sanders III. …The praise was not limited to one Republican leader, though, as X later lauded President Dinger’s efforts, in the immediate aftermath of the Second Korean War, to minimize discrimination against Former Northerners in the new nation of United Korea, and to confront anti-Asian attacks back home in the US.

…X increased his involvement in community organizing in the Middle East in the 1990s, starting with serving as an unofficial advisor to regional leaders outside of the CDSiJs before working up to national leaders of Muslim countries – most notably Jordan, along with Lebanon and Oman to lesser extents – by the end of the decade. X sought to encourage the monarchs of Jordan and Oman not only to continued participation in the summits, but to also commit to more effective social justice measures to improve civil liberties in their respective countries…

…In his old age, X is seemingly embracing The Colonel’s notion to “always be more for things than against things”…

The New York Times, 7/20/2009

…Disney’s Newt was released on July 21, 2009. While not as popular as the two films it found itself sandwiched between in the Disney lineup of theatrically released films, it still gave us some good acting from William Shatner, Merryl Streep, Jason Patrick, Sarah Silverman, Carl Weathers, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenburg, and Jim Cummings. Not that very well-remembered today, this quaint story about a pair of newts – a guy and a girl who can’t stand one another – trying to find others like them in order to save their species. With underlying themes of destiny and fate, the film argues that, with perseverance and support from those around you, one can break free from the kind of life others want them to have. Directed by Gary Rydstrom, written by Rydstrom and Leslie Caveny, and produced by Richard Hollander, the film was considered by Disney to be a “modest” box office success and received generally favorable reviews from critics and audiences. In short the film wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as great as other recent films like The Lion King and Treasure Planet…

– film review video “Rick Reviews: Newt,” uploaded to, 2/2/2021

…On July 23, the US Senate confirmed Denny Chin for the Supreme Court seat by a vote of 61-43, with the sole Independent (Angus King of Maine) and four Republicans (Bill Weld of Massachusetts, Olympia Snowe of Maine, Thomas Kean Jr. of New Jersey and Lyle Hillyard of Utah) siding with the Democrats, and with one Republican (David Marriott of Utah) abstaining. He was sworn in a week later…

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


Chief Justice (since July 2, 2001): Alan Cedric Page (D-MN, liberal) – succeeded Frank M. Johnson – appointee: J. Jackson

Associate Justice Seat 1 (since March 10, 1999): Larry Dean Thompson (R-GA, conservative) – succeeded Leon Higginbotham – appointee: Dinger

Associate Justice Seat 2 (since May 14, 2000): Emilio Miller Garza (R-TX, conservative) – succeeded Edward H. Levi – appointee: Dinger

Associate Justice Seat 3 (since April 3, 2008): Aida M. Delgado-Colon (D-PR, liberal) – succeeded Joseph Tyree Sneed III – appointee: J. Jackson

Associate Justice Seat 4 (since June 23, 1974): William Joseph Nealon Jr. (D-PA, liberal) – succeeded William O. Douglas – appointee: Mondale

Associate Justice Seat 5 (since November 16, 1971): Sylvia Bacon (R-PO, centrist) – succeeded John M. Harlan II – appointee: Sanders

Associate Justice Seat 6 (since May 10, 2002): Michael Joseph Sandel (D-CT, liberal) – succeeded Herb Fogel – appointee: J. Jackson

Associate Justice Seat 7 (since July 28, 2009): Check Kong “Denny” Chin (D-CA, liberal) – succeeded Miles W. Lord – appointee: Wellstone

Associate Justice Seat 8 (since October 1990): Mary Murphy Schroeder (D-CO, liberal) – succeeded William Brennan – appointee: Bellamy


They met up again, quite serendipitously, at the Idlewild Airport in New York City.

“Where are you heading?” asked Donald but adding “I’ve got to get to a shooting location in Florida.”

His ex-wife quickly replied, “I just interviewed a retiring NFL player.”


“Some guy named Pat Tillman.”

“Never heard of him. Must be retiring because he’s a loser.”

Rolling her eyes, she noted “His fractured his leg, badly.”


“Better way to leave the field than how you did.”

Donald scowled at the reminder of his career-ending altercation with the Houston Astros pitcher still serving as the Commissioner of Baseball. “Easy there, at least I didn’t break my frickin’ leg.”

She groaned aloud and began walking away, “Don’t forget next week is your week with our youngest – you remember Richie, don’t you, the angsty 16-year-old?”

Not catching the snarky sarcasm, he replied, “Sure, sure. But hey,” he began to walk with her, “You didn’t hear about the movie I’m making.”

“I’ll watch the making-of feature on its Micro-LD.”

“Oh, come on, don’t be like that. I’m trying to be nice here.”

“You’re doing as well as you did in the MLB,” she continued on into the food court.

“Oh, you know what? I was going to ask you if you wanted to be in the movie, but now I might take the offer off the table.”

Curious, his ex-wife slowed her walk, allowing Donald to finally catch up. “Curious. You seemed to run a lot better in that movie of yours.”

“Camera tricks are amazing. I can show you on the set, you know.”

“Why would you want me in it. Oh wait, is this because of my new job? You know, two of the main news co-anchors at THN?”

“It’s more than that,” he took a step back. “It’s just, I’ve got to tell ya, after all these years, you’ve held up pretty good.”

“Was that supposed to be a compliment?” She restarted her pace, walking past the row of diminutive fast-food outlets flanking the one side of the food court.

“You’re still hot, that’s all I’m saying!”

“You’ve said plenty.”

“Come on,” Donald then spotted a pizza shop to their left, “Listen, can’t we talk about this over a slice?” He then quickly added “I’m buyin’!”

The ex-wife stopped a turned around to face him. “Really? You’re going to try to get me to strut around in front of a camera in exchange for pizza? You really think that would work?”

“Maybe. Would it kill you or me to try?”

Rolling her eyes again, she agreed to the free meal. Both ordered plain cheese, with Donald saying, “They use topping to cover up cheese patches, that’s how they get you.”

“I remember, you told me on our first date.”

“I did? I mean, oh yeah, I did, didn’t I?”

“Yes, you were charming back then.”

“I’m still charming,” Donald whined.

“Subjectively,” she added.

They then collected their order, and as they both grabbed some utensils, and Donald caught her blush and smile slightly. “Heh, I see you picked up at least one good habit from me. You’re going to eat your slices with a fork and knife, too, huh?’

“Well,” she conceded, “after SARS, your germaphobia stopped looking so crazy to me. You were almost prophetic on that front.”

“See? It wasn’t all bad.”

“It wasn’t mostly good, either.”

Then they collected their drinks. As they sat down into a booth, Donald sat beside her instead of across from her; she inched away, but otherwise did not address another classic example of his awkward ways of interacting with people.

Donald continued, “Every couple goes through rough patches, hon. It all depends on how they handle them.”

“I suppose. But you did f*ck up. Royally.”

Deflecting the comment, he said “speaking of royalty – ”

“Please, don’t mention your ex-wife!”

“Which one? The one before you? The one after you – the royal one? Ericka Cruz? Or Oksana Fedorova?”

“Who were those last two again?”

“Beats me. I was married to them for such a short time I hardly got to know them – I think three months in ’02 with Cruz, and about a year, ’05 or ’06, with Oksana.”

“You’ve been busy.”

“And lonely.”

“Lonely, huh?”

“Lonelier than an ethnic dude in Wyoming.”

To this, she actually let out a bit of a snicker, to which Donald smiled and began to chuckle.

“Hehe! After all this time, I can still make you laugh! I miss your laugh. Do you miss me?”

She conceded, “only on occasion.”

He smiled, “I can work with that.”


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Above: Donald and Sarah spotted eating pizza together at Idlewild Airport, NYC, c. August 5, 2009

– Kate Bohner’s The Art of The Don: The Unofficial Biography of Donald Trump, Times Books, 2017 edition


…the decades-long pro-life progressive who was an early supporter of UHC and disability rights legislation was surrounded by friends and family during her final days… The firebrand feminist served in the US Senate from 1962 to 2001 and ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 1988, after declining to run in 1972, 1980 and 1984…

The Washington Post, 8/11/2009

“…former FBI Director Robert F. Kennedy spoke at the invitation-only Requiem Mass held for his older sister here at the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Hyannis. Sources close to the invitees have told us that the former Director delivered a stirring eulogy, one fitting for the beloved champion of feminist causes and defender of the disabled and the unborn. …Eunice Kennedy-Shriver’s other surviving brother, her younger brother and media mogul Ted Kennedy, was in attendance despite his own ailing health. In the past year, Mr. Ted Kennedy has had several grueling operations to combat a brain tumor and has been afflicted with seizures as well…”

– WNEV-TV News 7, independent TV station licensed to Boston, Massachusetts, US; 8/14/2009 broadcast


…Bacon was a former leading figure in the humanitarian organization Refugees International, and also had previously worked, in advisory and unofficial diplomatic functions, for the Presidencies of Jack Kemp, Carol Bellamy, and Lee Iacocca. Despite spending years of his career working as a columnist and journalist, often being critical of “wasteful military spending,” Bacon served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, a position considered to unofficially be the “public face” of said department, from 1991 to 1993...

The New York Times, 8/15/2009

The New New York Files
, often shortened to The NNY Files or TNNYF, and aired and marketed in Canada as Tales from New New York, is a spinoff of the long-running American TV series Futurama. TNNYF is an anthology series, with each episode focusing on minor side characters, creatures, planets, and other locations found in the Futurama series, but expanded upon in order to “flesh them out,” as put by series creator Matt Groening. The series also depicts the early lives of the major characters of Futurama prior to the start of the series, as well as presenting a collection of non-sequitor shorts in some episodes that the writers “failed to expand into full episodes,” as Groening put it. The series began airing on August 16, 2009, almost exactly 15 after Futurama began airing; Groening explained in a 2009 interview that “the delay” in TNNYF’s developed was because “it’s only now that we the manpower to pull it off.” With a less frequent release schedule than Futurama’s, TNNYF has received praised by audiences and given decent reviews by critics.

–, c. 2011


…Animals-only highway overpasses have proven over the years to reduce traffic accidents caused by wandering animals. These sprawled-out structures that blend into the area’s natural elements help animals migrate above and over busy roads without interacting with the human activity on the pavement below. This is the largest one in the US, passing over the four lanes of US Route 26 that pass through Wyoming. The “nature overpass” is sprinkled with elements such as rocks, bushes, logs, shrubbery and small boulders to extend the local animals’ natural habitat across the bridge and increase the speed at which wildlife adjusts to using the bridge instead of taking their chances on the road. Typically, members of the wildlife may take up to two or even five years for the shift to fully occur, but recent trends suggest that the more common they are found, the sooner animals adjust to them. In the past five years, the average length of time between overpass opening and complete local wildlife acceptance has shortened by as much as 30%, according to the Environmental Protection Agency…

–, 8/18/2009

…and in political news, President Wellstone continued to meet with Jewish-American community leaders to amend relations between Jewish and African-American communities…

– CBS Evening News, 8/19/2009

…According to sources close to both musicians, rapper Vanilla Ice and rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley plan release a collaboration album next month. …The two singer-songwriters began work on the album after lead singer Freddie Mercury of Queen publicly accused Ice of being “an unoriginal bore” for allegedly “ripping off” the music of Queen and other performers…

–, 8/21/2009

As Governor, Grammer also sought out an answer for what to do with the Salton Sea. Grammer visited the region in 2008 and found it to be a tragic site. With the backdrop of a breathtaking mountain range, he was shocked by the extent of dead animals and abandoned communities covered the artificial lake’s receding shoreline.

Accidently brought into existence in 1905 in a Colorado River water inflow effort gone awry, the large artificial sea in southern California was a popular place for the US military to conduct parachute training and testing after World War Two until the 1970s. The 1950s saw resort towns pop up along its shores, the most famous one being the Bombay Beach resort town. However, the mishandling of water apportionment over the decades had led to the sea’s waters slowly receding in a minor reflection of United Turkestan’s Aral Sea, creating an environmental disaster. Years of pollution from agricultural runoff had raised the Salton Sean’s salinity. In what has become a common and iconic image of the area, dead fish began washing up on beaches, creating noxious olfactory experiences that drove away the tourists and killed the local economy deader than the stinky fish. Worse, as the receding waters left the sea bed exposed to wind, toxic dust increased the risk of asthma and respiratory complications for the locals, brought on by particulate matter swept up into the air from the former shores of the Salton Sea and unintentionally breathed in by the people of Imperial County.

“As more of the sea dries, tens of thousands of silty shoreline is exposed,” explained Wendy Russell, the state’s inaugural Interior Secretary and the former Mayor of Palm Springs, a resort town less than thirty miles northwest of the dying lake, during Grammer’s first visit to the area. “And with it, the exposure of long-dormant, now-banned pesticides like DDT and other contaminants, that then get blown off to population centers by the wind.”

“Dear God, can’t anything be done about this?” the Governor asked.

“Poor air quality, habitat losses, human health risks, choking dust, and dying birds and fish do not appeal to prospective homeowners,” Russell shook her head. “It is problematic, but restoration would likely be our best course of action.”

“Then restoration efforts must be taken.”

Russell nodded, “We can’t let it be retaken by Mother Nature because the level of kicked-up toxic soil would be disastrous for living beings all across this whole region. And because the sea has no natural outlet, we have to prevent it from being used for waste storage.”

“So we’ll work with Nevada’s Governor to move this toxic soil out of our state and into theirs.” The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository is a radioactive waste storage facility in Nevada, set up in 1981, in the aftermath of the Trojan Tower Disaster of 1979, so that the federal government finally had a place to dispose of toxic waste.

“A small wetland project on the Torrez Martinez Tribal Land at the north of the valley may work. If it does, it may serve as a starting point or a springboard for more restoration projects,” opined Russell.

Grammer visited the Salton Sea again in early 2009, and lamented his administration’s failure to better address the growing crisis. He reportedly told his aides, “I think more movies could be made here. We could restore this place, renew its recreation opportunities, and foster economic development. It’s a beautiful place and it’s worth saving. Especially since it’ll be a huge public health disaster if we don’t.” Grammer soon formed a special Land Restoration Commission to discuss long-term, medium-range, and immediate goals. Grammer himself was more interested in the more immediate measures, figuring that local residents would not have the patience to wait for the fruits of a ten-year project. “I know I wouldn’t,” he reportedly told Secretary Russell.

The commission suggested establishing greenways and parks to rebuild the coast, town renewal efforts on the north end and “clean” lithium mining and geothermal energy projects on the south end. These medium-range goals would capitalize on both the scenic vistas and the deposits of minerals that are key ingredients in the production of lar phones and other modern electronic devices.

“We could bring back speedboat racing to the area and set up some solar panel farms maybe,” the Governor opined.

During one meeting with Governor Grammer in 2009, one commissioner questioned if redevelopment even be worth it in regards to it being economically sustainable, in the wake of health concerns. Grammer answered with “We’ll clear the waste away, then we’ll open the mineral mines, and then we’ll allow more people to begin moving in.” Grammer envisioned the re-establishing of working town in the area, of a working-class community for the geothermal production nearby, but a working-class community with a higher-class scenic view. And of improvements to the region becoming noticeable within the next five years. Grammer admitted, “Too idealistic? Maybe. But if we aim for an ‘A’ we could get a ‘B,’ and that’s a lot better than the ‘F’ we’ve got now.”

“There’s just one major problem with this,” Russell noted about the governor’s proposed five-year remove-redevelop-reopen plan.

“What’s that,” Governor Grammer asked.

“Geothermal energy extraction has been linked to earthquakes.”

Grammer thought for a moment, and politely attempted to brush off the concern by noting the size of the region’s proposed production and mining operation. “And, well, besides, we’re already on the San Andreas Fault. Earthquakes are already an expected part of the California experience. So the trick is to build houses that stand up to the ground-rattling. So…let’s not let anyone build any high-rises near the Salton Sea, shall we?”


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Pictured: An aerial view of the Salton Sea

The earthquakes and the Salton Sea, however, were only part of a bigger problem concerning California’s environmental and fiscal conditions. Red Tide along the coast and forest fires in the north had made for a state government that needed bigger rainy-day fund, but Grammar had lowered taxes with the promise to not raise them again. Instead of using the Treasury Department’s already-depleted funds to pay for the toxic soil removal, Grammer turned to the private sector, offering tax breaks to contractors who were willing to work for low salaries and commission to cart away the soil and invest in energy production. A similar scheme had played out successfully for Grammer’s efforts to improve the state’s maglev and subway train transportation systems, allowing businesses to invest in maintenance and advertising to make up for the cost of repairs, updates and renovations...

– Miriam Pawel’s The Golden State Under Governor Grammar, Doubleday, 2021

…And earlier tonight in South Africa, incumbent President Keorapetse Kgositsile of the ANC won election to a full term over challenger Narend Singh of the Inkatha Freedom Party. Singh was an early favorite to win due to President Kgositsile receiving criticism for pardoning former President Buthelezi, but managed to assemble what has proven to be a winning coalition of anti-IFP voters…

– BBC News, 25/8/2009 broadcast

Performers Who Have Portrayed Doctor Who:

In Television

1963-1966: 1) William Hartnell

1966-1969: 2) Patrick Troughton

1969-1974: 3) Jon Pertwee

1974-1981: 4) Richard Keith Johnson

1981-1988: 5) Sir Michael John Gambon

1988-1989: 6) Sir Sean Connery

1989-1999: 7) Pierce Brosnan

1999-2002: 8) Hugh Grant

2002-2012: 9) James Edward Fleet

2012-2015: 10) Richard Ellef Ayoade

2015-2020: 11) Sir Rowan Atkinson

2020-present: 12) Hayley Atwell

In Film

1965: Peter Cushing

1966: Peter Cushing

1987: Sir Michael John Gambon and Sir Sean Connery

2020: Sir Rowan Atkinson and Hayley Atwell



The Des Moines Register, 8/29/2009


…the festivities were held later than usual due to a necessary postponement. The venue’s grounds required repairs after a major thunderstorm that Camrose experienced this summer significantly damaged grandstands and stages. Attention to these renovations many have contributed to this year’s crowd size, as more people learned of the annual fundraising event through news coverage of the repairs…

–, 1/9/2009 e-article

The Sweathogs (TV series)
is an ABC TV series that serves as a sequel to the 1976-1981 TV series “Welcome Back, Kotter” and to the 2009 film of the same name. It aired on September 3, 2009 and concluded on June 3, 2012.


Immediately following the events of the 2009 movie, the four main characters – Juan Epstein, Freddie Washington, Vinnie Barbarino and Arnold Horshack, a.k.a. “The Sweathogs” – decide to permanently move to New York City. Washington begins teaching Gym at a local college, Horshack becomes the remedial class teacher after Epstein is promoted to VP, and Vinnie settles for working as the school nurse and janitor, though he does fill in for Washington from time to time. A visual gag in the pilot hints that Woodman is rolling over in his grave upon it becoming official that “Sweathogs now control the school,” and throughout the series horror movie clichés played for laughs suggest that his spirit intermittently haunts the school in malevolent and benevolent ways. As the series progresses, Vinnie’s perverted undertones are exaggerated to make the character a humorous critique of jock stereotypes [S1].

Along with improving the learning experience for the students of the school, the Sweathogs also help their families adjust to life in NYC. Washington, through his struggles to balance the responsibilities of teacher, father and husband, becomes the new levelheaded character, with new characters in the form of Washington’s wife Vernajean Williams (played by Vernee Watson-Johnson, who portrayed the same character in the film and original series), Horschack’s wife Mary, and Epstein’s longtime girlfriend all doing their best to keep the Sweathogs out of trouble.


The actors portraying Washington, Epstein, Horshack and Barbarian all reprised their roles and were part of the regular cast. New characters included Debralee Scott as Rosalee “Hotsi” Totsi; Helaine Lembeck as Judy Hingswiggle; Stephen Shortridge as Beau De LaBarre (her first film role in roughly twenty years); Susan Lanier (b. 1947) as Bambi, Vinnie Barbarino’s wife; Charles Fleischer as Carvelli, a former student of James Buchanan High School who is now an ex-convict and the shop teacher at the school, and serves mainly as a developed rival on the show; Melonie Haller as Angie Grabowski; Aquarius Bates as Maybelline Swanson, Epstein’s Teacher Assistant; and Angel Demapan as Yasmina Washington, Freddie Washington’s daughter, a high school senior in the first season and a college student afterward.

Actors Jamie Farr and Gabe Kaplan agreed to play recurring roles, though the latter appears in only 20% of the episodes, while the former appears in 60% of the episodes.


A wide variety of writers worked on the series, with at least one episode being written or co-written by Fran Drescher (comedienne), Bud York in (co-writer for The John Amos Show), Susan Harris (creator of Soap, Benson, and The Golden Girls), Seth MacFarlane (create of Larry and Steve), Gabe Kaplan, and several other recurring writers.

The show has been praised for its self-aware humor, clever fourth-wall breaks, and successful running gags. After ratings dropped during the third season as the main stars began looking to other projects, the show was wrapped up and ended in season 3 with a two-part finale. The finale included a scene where a large number of Mr. Kotter’s infamous anecdotal relatives finally show up to prove that at least some of them were, in fact, real the whole time.


[S1] note: think Old Man Herbert from Family Guy, but younger, more ego-driven, more pathetic and much dumber

“…And in political news, businessman and former U.S. Congressman Dave Ramsey today announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Tennessee…”

– WCLE (1570 AM) Tennessee radio, 9/7/2009 broadcast


Performers: Elvis Presley with Vanilla Ice
Producer: Rick Hall
Record label: FAME Studios and Sony Music
Released: September 19, 2009
Genre: soft rock, country rock, rap rock, hip hop, doo-wop

REVIEW AVERAGE: 4.8-out-of-5


I think the review average is inflated by the hype. I mean, this is Elvis – he could release the audio of his next colonoscopy as an album and it would be a hit single. 2-out-of-5.

This was… decent. Certainly buoyed by Elvis, but serviceable. Though honestly, sometimes, the music styling of the two singers don’t mix that well IMO. 3-out-of-5.

IT’s been interesting watching these two musicians mature and change over the years. Ice spending time with Elvis has made the King kind of rub off on him. V.I.’s music is getting more conservative in regards to subject matter. For American flags waving in the background of his music videos, lyrics with more religious reference; an overall more gospel kind of sound. This has got to be Ice’s cleanest album. 5-out-of-5.
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Clean is putting it lightly – he sounds almost neutered. I miss his more aggressive works.

I’m surprised by how well these two perform together. Their voices really compliment each other. The result is this heavy lean into “Christian rap” on Vanilla’s side, and a lean to more hip hop styles on Elvis’s side. 5-out-of-5.
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I’m still surprised that Christian Rap is even a thing! I think this collab will make it more mainstream. I’m not sure how to feel about that.

–, a public music review site, 2009 post

…with China’s work on Dongtan being put on hold indefinitely, the Shimizu Corporation saw an opportunity to beat the PRC at its own game. As one of the largest general contracting firm for various architectural and civil engineering projects in Japan, Shimizu was able to propose several “megaprojects” to citywide and national officials during the late 2000s decade. These proposals included a sustainable city on the edge of Tokyo Bay, an artificial botanical island built with redistributed matter from the seabed, and a second and larger underwater/underground tunnel across Tokyo Bay to compliment Japan’s Aqua-Line.

City officials in Tokyo signed off on the latter two megaprojects, as they were less ambitious and, in the city government’s view, less likely to fall to the same variables that had stalled construction on Dongtan. Construction began on Green Spiral Island, the botanical island project, in September 2009. Tokyo residents hoped the projects would lower unemployment, environmentalists hoped it would come to serve as an inspiration for future humanity-biosphere co-existence endeavors, and wealthier investors predicted that these and other urban redevelopment projects would raise Japan’s chances of being selected to host the Summer or Winter Olympic Games in the near future. All the while, many (but not all) political officials sought to keep an eye out for yakuza syndicates trying to make themselves involved in the construction and labor aspects of these projects…

– Alec Dubro and David E. Kaplan’s Yakuza: Japan’s Criminal Underworld, University of California Press, 2021 edition


…Anthony “Tino” De Angelis, the former commodities trader often described as the man who single-handedly crashed the US’s national economy in 1963, passed away today at the age of 94. De Angelis dealt in vegetable oil futures worldwide during the early 1960s, and ultimately swindled 51 banks out of more than $180million, or roughly $1.5billion in today’s money, in an ultimately-unsuccessful effort to corner the soybean oil market. The bombshell expose covering the investigation of the fraud, De Angelis’ arrest, and the revelations over it results in stocks crashing, and pulled the nation into a minor recession that many say contributed to President Lyndon Johnson losing re-election less than a year later.

The “Salad Oil Slicker” was sentenced to 25 years in prison in June 1964, but was released on bail in 1977, after serving for 12 years and seven months. During that time, De Angelis lost weight to improve his physical health and wrote an autobiography that was published in 1974. De Angelis was initially very popular among the prisoners, as the media had described him as “one of the greatest tricksters in American history,” as the Times reported in 1964. However, he had to be relocated to another prison in 1971, after his fellow prisoners discovered that he had been serving as a snitch for the warden for over six months, resulting in an attempt on his life. In the next prison, De Angelis reportedly kept a low profile.

After being released from prison, De Angelis attempted to return to commodities and stock trading, but could only find work in managing livestock transportation, “kept in charge but kept away from the till” as he later put it; when the economy entered recession in 1978, De Angelis famously told a Times reporter “I swear, I didn’t do it this time!”

In his later years, De Angelis served as a supervisor on several episodes of true-crime TV shows, with his name being credited on three episodes of Law and Order and five episodes of NCIS: New Jersey, but was not consulted for the 1979 Steve McQueen movie about “his recession,” or for the 2001 remake, leading to him criticizing both films and the way he was depicted in both

According to his nephew Joey, “Uncle Tino” died peacefully in his sleep from natural causes at his home in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is survived by several relatives, including two ex-wives, three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The New York Times, 9/26/2009

…On September 29, another issue arose out from the pacific in the form of an 8.1 earthquake, which triggered a massive tsunami that hit Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga with waves measuring as tall as 46 feet. American Samoa’s freshwater systems and electrical power generators were damaged. Applying what he had learned watching President Jackson handle Hurricane Katrina in 2005, President Wellstone declared a major disaster for thru dependent territory, allotting emergency federal funds to be used for rescue and clean-up efforts, and public health operations such as sending new generators and medical equipment to American Samoan hospitals. Samoa and Tongo gratefully accepted WELLSTONE’S offers to loan them assistance as well. The Overwhelming Disaster Emergency Response Coordination Agency (ODERCA) logistics teams oversaw basic needs being sent out with the assistance of the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US National Guard.

In a rare moment of praising “the tax-and-spend Democrats,” as he often put it, Governor Harley Davidson Brown (R-ID) praised Wellstone’s use of the USACE on September 30. However, any possible attempts to win over other conservative Republicans were impeded on October 3rd, when the President took the opportunity to compliment his predecessor, saying that Jackson’s handling of Katrina helped prepare himself for these kind of emergency situations. The comment was meant to try and improve Jackson’s popularity, as the “one of the good ones” scandal was still fresh in the public’s minds; it instead was viewed as “pandering” by individuals such as Allan Dershowitz, a prominent lawyer and a friend of former Speaker McMaster. Dershowitz created some controversy of his own on October 4th, when he called Wellstone a “traitor to our people” over the President’s refusal to more harshly denounce the former President...

– Roberta Gillespie’s Watershed: An Assessment of The Wellstone White House, Princeton University Press, 2016

…The 1970s, 1908s, and 1990s were also dominated by the NHL’s rivalry with the World Hockey Association (WHA). Initially struggling to compete against the larger NHL, the WHA benefited from successfully recruiting athletes fleeing from communist countries during the late 1970s, allowing the WHA to survive the financial shortfalls of the US economy entering recession in 1978, a development that financial hurt the NHL. When the Iron Curtain fell in the 1980s, culminating in the Soviet Union collapsing in 1984, ex-pats from Russia and Eastern Europe preferred the WHA due to its pro-immigrant player reputation in recent years, making the WHA the most successful NHL challenger ever.

The tide began to turn in the NHL’s favor at the dawn of the 1990s, however, with many “America First”-minded businessmen and individuals such as President Lee Iacocca strongly supporting the NHL’s various financial development and recruitment improvement efforts. After years of declining popularity and mounting financial problems, combined with the loss of many star players to the NHL and contract arguments between players and managers, the WHA’s fate was sealed in 2002, when the global SARS pandemic financial impacted the WHA worse than the NHL. The WHA ceased operations in 2004…

…By the time of the 2009-2010 NHL season, which began on October 1, 2009 and ended on June 9, 2010, the NHL was close to eclipsing the NFL to become the fourth-wealthiest professional sports league in the world by revenue. They ultimately failed to do so, but they did come close to it nevertheless…

– forward/introduction section of John Chi-Kit Wong’s Lords of The Rinks, University of Toronto Press, 2005

List of Stanley Cup champions


1975: Montreal Canadiens

1976: Philadelphia Flyers

1977: Montreal Canadiens

1978: Montreal Canadiens

1979: Montreal Canadiens

1980: Philadelphia Flyers

1981: New York Islanders

1982: New York Islanders

1983: New York Islanders

1984: New York Islanders

1985: New York Islanders

1986: Calgary Flames

1987: Montreal Canadiens

1988: Edmonton Oilers

1989: Edmonton Oilers

1990: Edmonton Oilers

1991: Boston Bruins

1992: Pittsburgh Penguins

1993: Minnesota North Stars

1994: Pittsburgh Penguins

1995: Pittsburgh Penguins

1996: Chicago Blackhawks

1997: Montreal Canadiens

1998: New Jersey Devils

1999: Detroit Red Wings

2000: Colorado Avalanches

2001: Anaheim Mighty Ducks

2002: Edmonton Oilers

2003: New Jersey Devils

2004: New Jersey Devils

2005: Edmonton Oilers

2006: Montreal Canadiens

2007: Seattle Seals

2008: Boston Snowflakes

2009: Detroit Red Wings


IOC Session No. 121

Date: October 2, 2009

Location: Turin, Italy

Subject 1 of 1: Bidding For Hosting The 8/5/2016-8/21/2016 (or XXXI) Summer Olympics

Inspection teams evaluated candidate cities based on accommodations, environmental impact, past hosting experiences, financing capabilities, legal issues, local public opinion, safety and security standards, transportation feasibility, infrastructure, and the newest high-ranking criteria, sanitation procedures. New Delhi, India withdrew the day before the session, as their prospects remained dim over the city’s negative reputation still being connected to its poor handling of the 2002-2004 SARS pandemic and more recent corruption scandals. Rio de Janiero, the initial frontrunner, experienced similar concerns, along with its location and other inhibiting factors. Ahead of the fifth round, Baku withdrew; its votes, and Rio de Janiero’s votes, were split almost evenly between Prague and New York City.


New York City, United States – 21 (Round 1) – 25 (Round 2) – 28 (Round 3) – 28 (Round 4) – 52 (Round 5)

Prague, Czechoslovakia – 20 (Round 1) – 24 (Round 2) – 26 (Round 3) – 26 (Round 4) – 51 (Round 5)

Rio de Janiero, Brazil – 22 (Round 1) – 23 (Round 2) – 24 (Round 3) – 24 (Round 4)

Baku, Azerbaijan – 12 (Round 1) – 13 (Round 2) – 20 (Round 3) – 25 (Round 4) (withdrew ahead of Round 5)

Tokyo, Japan – 17 (Round 1) – 11 (Round 2) – 5 (Round 3)

Madrid, Spain – 6 (Round 1) – 7 (Round 2)

Nairobi, Kenya – 5 (Round 1)

End Result: New York City won on the fifth round


“Why are we going to spend all this money on some elitist sports show nobody watches instead of spending that money where it’s needed? Do you not know how high the rent is in this city?!”

– politician Jimmy McMillan of New York City, 10/4/2009

…On October 7, 2009, the US Deputy Trade Representative and Mexico’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism signed the US-Mexico Trade Promotion Agreement, slashing tariffs even further in order to encourage domestic consumption and employment in Mexico. The agreement also served as a prelude to further US investment into Mexico’s electronics commerce and telecommunications industries. While privately critical of labor in Mexico, Wellstone believed strengthening US-Mexico relations would have a positive effect of Mexico’s workforce and encourage stronger labor rights south of the border.

Meanwhile, in D.C., the Democrats in congress passed the Federal Buildings And Grounds Improvement Act, which established additional public-sector “civilian” federal employee occupations in regards to landscaping, maintenance, security, and other aspects of maintaining locations belong…

– Billie Lofi’s The Wellstone Way: The Life of a Passionate Progressive, University of Minnesota Press, first edition, 2017


…the calls for a landmark bill to assist and protect Disabled Americans have risen in recent weeks, arguably sparked by the death of disability rights advocate and former US Senator Eunice Kennedy-Shriver, an aunt of Kennedy-Roosevelt…

– The Washington Post, 10/11/2009

JONES: So now let’s finish this up with your latest project, The Krusty The Clown Show, a live-action spinoff of Life In Heck And Other Fun Places.

GROENING: Yeah, it’s been a long time coming, this one.

JONES: Indeed! L.I.H. went off the air over 15 years ago.

GROENING: But it still has a strong cult following.

JONES: So is this, like, a cash grab or something?

GROENING: All shows are cash grabs. It’s just that the good ones don’t feel like cash grabs. We’re hoping The Krusty The Clown Show be will a real good one.

JONES: Well, Life In Heck didn’t feel like a cash grab either. Does that mean the rumors ontech are true, that a L.I.H. reboot is in the works?

GROENING: We’ll see how things go with Krusty first.

JONES: Well, personally I have a high amount of confidence in you, but what about audiences more familiar with Futurama than with L.I.H.? Will many even remember the cynical, chain-smoking, inappropriate, womanizing children’s entertainer Krusty the Clown from a TV show from the early 1990s?

GROENING: I will admit, it does seem like a gamble. Especially since that side character was a cartoon, and this is going to be live-action. Voice actor Dan Castellaneta’s also going to be doing his first major on-screen TV role, but, you know, I think that work in our favor. Because having it focus on cult favorite in a new format can re-introduce the character to a whole new generation in a brand new way. He’ll still be the same Krusty, but people are going to see more depth, more of who he is.

JONES: Yes, and you can use more technology and referential humor in it too, because, uh, if I recall accurately, the show takes place in the present, and years after the events of L.I.H. ended.

GROENING: That’s correct, Krusty has moved to L.A. to host his own talk show for a more adult audience, but he will keeps resorting to the same old childish antics and publicity stunts that made his old show so successful. Lots of meta jokes, too. Krusty will be looking for love, and struggling to break from his addictions in the more serious episodes, but mostly, he’ll be trying to win over viewers with comical schemes. Most of the time. We also plan to have lots of celebrity cameos, as he’ll be trying to, like, persuade or downright kidnap guest stars for his show. Sort of a major running gag.

JONES: Fascinating; and when will it premier again?

GROENING: Sometime next year.

JONES: I can’t wait!

–, 10/16/2009 interview


…In accordance with the California Mental Health Protection Act signed into law by Governor Brown in 1996 [5], a one Edward P. Phillips, 63, formerly of Corydon, Indiana [6], has been “retained” for involuntarily mental health examination with permission from at least one family member. The retention occurred less than 48 hours after Phillips made violent threats in front of several witnesses at a public diner, whose owner described Phillips’ behavior as being “concerning and unnerving…he didn’t seem right.”…

The Sacramento Union, 10/21/2009

…Even as the House Minority Leader, former Speaker McMaster could still confer regularly with GOP Senate leaders and do his best to try and win over conservative Democrats to break from their party line. Congressional Republicans also did their part to oppose the Wellstone administration, scrutinizing opposition legislation, calling for deregulation of multiple aspects of the government, questing circuit court decisions influenced by justices appointed by Wellstone and Jackson, and strongly lambasting executive orders…


…Furthermore, calls for the deceptively-entitled Middle Class Tax Relief Act and the Nation Defense Reform Act became rallying points for the GOP as 2009 wound down, but without the votes, both proposed laws were ultimately struck down by the majority Democrats before the end of October. However, this may in fact had been what McMaster wanted, as their rejections created fodder for the Republican party’s 2010 strategy…

– Roberta Gillespie’s Watershed: An Assessment of The Wellstone White House, Princeton University Press, 2016

RABBI OF AMERICA’S LARGEST SYNAGOGUE “FORGIVES” JESSE JACKSON; Accepts July Apology, Re-Endorses The Rainbow Coalition

The Chicago Tribune, 10/25/2009

FEEDING THE FUTURE: Why Automated Farming Is On The Rise


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We have come a long way from automatic sprinklers. With a world population of roughly 7 billion people and rising, more analysts and businessmen are coming to agree with the notion that agricultural modernization is a must. Providing sustenance means improving farming systems, and this need, combined with technological developments, is the impetus behind farming becoming increasingly automated in recent years. Major food producers such as Perdue and Tyson are adopting computer automation and robotics to increase food production and availability, with smaller producers and farms following suit, and Kansas, a state at the forefront of “agritech” innovation, is at the center of it...


…For more urban areas, indoor farming and vertical farming is on the rise as well. For example, Chicago’s Mayor Larry Wintersmith has recently greenlit plans for a high-rise in the south side of the city that will feature a 30-story façade of various vegetable running up and down the south side of the building exterior, in a project meant to demonstrate how crowded population centers can still contribute to growing their own foodstuffs.

There is also something to be said about the rise in “Concierge” jobs. Essentially, these are jobs in which robots do the physical work while human beings are the “faces” of it. A sort of go-between between robot-cautious customers and the new machinery. These occupations, along with farming mechanization overall, exploded under President Jesse Jackson’s Agriculture Secretary, the progressive Jim McGovern…

National Geographic, October 2009 issue

“…In the Garden state, incumbent New Jersey Governor Joe Louis Clark, a Democrat, successfully ran for a full term. Running against controversial right-wing Republican challenger Steve Lonegan, Clark, the state’s first African-American Governor, won by a margin of roughly 14%. Clark’s running mate was state senator Peter Benson Carlisle. …Governor Joe Louis Clark ascended from the Lieutenant Governorship in January of this year after New Jersey Governor Richard Codey resigned from office to join the Wellstone administration. Prior to entering elective politics, Joe Louis Clark was an educator, serving as the Principal of Eastside High in the 1980s and as a Superintendent in the 1990s…”

– CBS Evening News, 11/3/2009 broadcast


…Les Steckel (D) defeated Virgil Goode Jr. (R) with a plurality, winning by a margin of roughly 1.5%, and with the conservative independent candidate Harry Russell “Russ” Potts Jr. underperforming, but still pulling in roughly 3.7% of the vote... Steckel will be sworn in on January 16, 2010…

The Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/3/2009


…incumbent Meg Hamberg (the nominee of the Democratic, Liberal, and Working Families parties) has defeated Richard Parsons (the nominee of the Republican, Conservative, and Liberty parties) and Robert “Naked Cowboy” Burck (the nominee of the Independence party) by a whopping 40% margin. Mayor Hamberg received 67.1% of the vote, while Parsons received 26.4% and Burck received 5.6%, with the remaining .9% going to the several remaining independent and third-party candidates on the ballot. The most likely cause for the election blowout was the city winning the 2016 Summer Olympics earlier this year, and for the Mayor’s improving of subway sanitation quality, along with Parsons performing poorly in the penultimate pre-election debate. …Due to a 2006 city law establishing a limit of two terms per mayor, this will be Hamberg’s last term…

The New York Times, 11/3/2009


…progressive firebrand Dr. Alice Green won a third term over her Republican opponent with over 80% of the vote…

–, 11/3/2009

Mayors of ALBANY (New York)

1942-1983: 72) Erastus Corning 2nd (D, 1909-1983) – former insurance salesperson; previously served in the state assembly and state senate; born into wealthy family with many political connections; Frank Salisbury Harris served as acting mayor during his military service (1944-1945) during WWII; unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1946; city’s longest-serving mayor, having served for over 41 years; oversaw political patronage machine; died in office from poor health at the age of 73

1941: Benjamin R. Hoff (R) and Morris Zuckerman (American Labor)

1945: Harold J. Murphy (R)

1949: Charles E. Walsh (R), Beryl Beach (Liberal) and Morris Zuckerman (Unity)

1953: Thomas E. Mulligan Jr. (R) and Scott K. Gray Jr. (American Labor)

1957: Edward J. Ray (R)

1961: Robert K. Hudnut (R)

1965: Jacob Olshansky (R)

1969: Albert S. Hartheimer (R), Joseph L. Kennedy (Conservative) and Edward Carhart (Liberal)

1973: Carl E. Touhey (R) and Vincent D. Bytner (Citizens)

1977: Howard C. Nolan (Liberal, b. 1932), E. Michael Ruberti (R), Kevin E. Kellogg (Workers’) and Christopher Lewis (Labor)

1981: Carl E. Touhey (R) and Fred Dusenbury (Citizens)

1983-2001: 73) Thomas Michael “Tom” Whalen III (D, 1934-2019) – ascended due to being Common Council President; focused on financial reform and improving the city’s image and bond rating; resigned to take a seat on a federal circuit court

1985: Louis M. Russo (R)

1989: Senley E. Jack (R)

1993: Gerald David "Jerry" Jennings (Liberal, b. 1948) and Phil Spiro (R)

1997: John J. McEneny (Liberal, b. 1943), Elizabeth J. Pearson (Green) and Joseph P. Sullivan (R, 1937-2019)

2001-2002: 74) Harold L. Joyce (D) – ascended due to being Common Council President; lost primary race six weeks after entering office in a stunning upset

2002-2014: 75) Dr. Alice Green (D, b. circa mid-1940s) – city’s first female mayor and city’s first African-American mayor; former social worker, political activist, city council member, and vice-chair of the NY chapter of the Jackson’00 campaign; backed prison reform, criminal justice, and social justice reform; endorsed by the Green party due to her pro-environment policies; established term limits; term-limited; later unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House in 2014; currently works in academia and as a public speaker

2001: Harold L. Joyce (D (write-in)) and Joseph P. Sullivan (R)

2005: Archie L. Goodbee Jr. (Liberal) and Paul Latimer (R)

2009: Nathan Lebron (R)

2014-present: 76) Patricia Fahy (D) – city’s second female mayor; former President of the city School Board and former common council member; previously served as an Associate Commissioner for the state Department of Labor; incumbent

2013: Theodore J. Danz Jr. (R, b. 1947) and Theresa Portelli (Green)

2017: Carolyn McLaughlin (Liberal), Frank Commisso Jr. (R) and Bryan J. Jimenez (Green)

–, 7/4/2021

BUFFALO MAYOR ELECTION RESULTS: Mickey Kearns (D) Defeats Two Challengers With Ease

The New York Times, side article, 11/3/2009

Mayors of BUFFALO (New York)

1/1/1958-12/31/1965: 56) Frank Albert Sedita (D, 1907-1975) – former attorney; previously served as a city court judge; promoted urban development projects; won re-election in 1961 due to the initial popularity of the Cuba War; lost re-election

1957: Chester A. Kowal (R) and Elmer Lux (I)

1961: Bernard Kurtz (R), Victor Manz (Liberal) and Peter Carr (People’s)

1/1/1966-9/28/1966: 57) Chester A. Kowal (R, 1904-1966) – previously served as city comptroller from 1951 to 1957; aggressively supported efforts to reign in wasteful spending; died in his sleep at the age of 62 from undisclosed causes

1965: Frank Albert Sedita (D), Jimmy Griffin (Conservative) and F. James Kane (Liberal)

9/28/1966-12/31/1969: 58) Stanley M. “Stan” Makowski (D, 1923-1977) – son of Polish immigrants; previously served on the common council; selected by the common council to complete Kowal’s term; lost bid for a full term and returned to serving on the common council

1/1/1970-5/2/1975: 59) Frank Albert Sedita (D, 1907-1975) – almost considered not running for a second term due to waning energy; supporters convinced him to complete his term and then retire amid declining health in late 1973 and again in 1974; died in office at the age of 67 from undisclosed causes

1969: Roland Benzow (R), John A. Westra (Conservative) and Ambrose I. Lane (Liberal)

1973: Alfreda Slominski (R, b. 1929), Stewart M. Levy (Conservative) and Chester Gorski (Liberal, 1906-1975)

5/2/1975-3/3/1977: 60) Stanley M. “Stan” Makowski (D, 1923-1977) – selected by the common council to complete Sedita’s term; died in office at the age of 53 from pneumonia a few weeks after the Great Blizzard of 1977 swept harsh winds and several feet of snow onto the city, during and after which he participated in emergency relief efforts

3/3/1977-12/31/1977: 61) Wilbur P. Trammell (D) – former city court judge; selected by the common council to complete Sedita’s term; lost last-minute bid for the Democratic nomination for a full term and retired

1/1/1978-12/31/1997: 62) Arthur O. Eve (D, b. 1933) – city’s first African-American mayor; previously served in the state assembly from 1967 to 1977; progressive; supported education reform; city’s longest-serving mayor; retired to successfully run for a U.S. House seat in 1998

1977: John J. Phelan (R), Patrick W. Giagnacova (Liberal) and Ira Liebowitz (Labor)

1981: Jimmy Griffin (R) and Joseph G. Giambra (Liberal) and Khushro Ghandi (Labor)

1985: Donald L. Tuchiarelli (R) and Alfred T. “Al” Coppola (Liberal)

1989: Carol Siwek (R) and William B. “Bill” Hoyt Jr. (Liberal, 1937-1992)

1993: Richard A. Grimm III (R), Eugene M. Fahey (Conservative, b. 1951) and Nicholas C. Constantino (Liberal)

1/1/1998-12/31/2001: James Donald “Jimmy” Griffin (R, 1929-2008) – previously served on the common council from 1962 to 1965, in the state senate from 1967 to 1997; ran for mayor in 1965, 1977, 1981, and 1989; campaigned as a moderate but supported conservative policies during his tenure; vocally opposed abortion; lost re-election in a landslide; city’s most recent GOP mayor

1997: George K. Arthur (D, 1934-2020), Dennis T. Gorski (Liberal, 1944-2021) and Sharon Caetano (Conservative)

1/1/2002-12/31/2009: William B. “Sam” Hoyt III (D, b. 1962) – previously served in the state assembly from 1992 to 2001; was known for being an ardent fighter for education, especially remote learning during the SARS pandemic; term-limited after the common council established term limits in 1999; unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 2014; currently served in the state senate

2001: Jimmy Griffin (R), Kevin P. Gaughan (Conservative, b. 1954), Anthony M. Masiello (Liberal, b. 1947) and Judith Einach (Green)

2005: Kevin J. Helfer (R), Beverley A. Gray (Liberal) and James Pitts (Independent)

1/1/2010-12/31/2017: Michael P. “Mickey” Kearns (D, b. 1969/1970) – served on the common council from 2006 to 2009; moderate; term-limited

2009: Bernie Tolbert (R) and Steve Calvaneso (Liberal)

2013: Sergio R. Rodriguez (R, b. 1981)

1/1/2018-present: Betty Jean Grant (D, b. circa 1970/1971) – city’s first female Mayor and city’s second African-American mayor; previously served on the city council from 1997 to 2005, in the state assembly from 2005 to 2011, and in the state senate from 2011 to 2017; currently focused on improving education and business development; incumbent

2017: Anita L. Howard (R) and Terrence A. Robinson (Green)

–, c. 7/4/2021


… Jane Ellen Beaulieu, considered by some to be a “rising star” in the Democratic Party, will succeed incumbent Mayor Gatsas, who retired to run for the US Senate next year…

– The New Hampshire Union Leader, 11/3/2009

List of Mayors of MANCHESTER (New Hampshire)

1962-1964: 42) John C. Mongan (R, 1925-2013) – won in an upset with 51.2% of the vote, despite it being a year favorable to Democrats in general and the city being overwhelmingly Democratic-leaning, due to voter fatigue (Mongan’s predecessor, Josephat T. Benoit (D, 1900-1976) had been the city’s Democratic mayor for 16 years); lost re-election by a margin of 1%

1961: Roger Brassard (D)

1964-1966: 43) Roland S. Vallee (D, 1929-1997) – former city alderperson, businessperson, and building owner; known as “the singing mayor” due to being a former nightclub signer known for having a baritone voice; strongly supported President Lyndon Johnson; lost re-election amid allegations that he had manipulated lower tax assessments on his own personally-owned buildings

1963: John C. Morgan (R)

1966-1972: 44) Paul M. Martel (R) – former city alderperson; strongly supported President Harland Sanders; re-elected in 1967 and 1969 by comfortable margins, but waffled on responding to the Ms. Arkansas Scandal and subsequent “Ark Wave” in 1970; lost re-election

1965: Roland S. Vallee (D)

1967: William McCarthy (D)

1969: George Morrissette (D)

1972-1978: 45) Sylvio Dupuis (D) – former optometrist; strongly supported President Walter Mondale; retired to successfully run for a US House seat in 1978

1971: Paul M. Martel (R) and Angela Lafond (Liberal)

1973: Gerald Carmen (R)

1975: Frank Wageman (R), Norman Gauthier (Conservative) and Lloyd Basinow (Moderate)

1978-1982: 46) George Lacourse (R) – former city alderperson; won election and re-election by narrow margins each time due to the city’s growing Democratic-leaning population; often clashed with the Democratic-majority “Board of Aldermen”; lost re-nomination in an upset over his handling of the 1978 economic downturn

1977: Alphonse Bledeau (D)

1979: Robert F. Shaw (D) and Henry Naro (Conservative)

1982-1984: 47) Emile Dorilas Beaulieu Jr. (D, 1931-2016) – Catholic; moderate former business owner; previously served in the state House from 1973 to 1974 and as the city’s welfare commissioner from 1974 to 1981; was criticized for his spending record; lost re-election in an upset

1981: Richard Jacobs (R)

1984-1986: 48) Robert F. Shaw (R, 1934-2020) – former gas station owner; lost re-election by a narrow margin

1983: Emile Beaulieu (D)

1986-1988: 49) Emile Beaulieu (D) – former mayor; was strongly anti-abortion; lost re-election after raising property taxes to pay for redeveloping the city’s downtown business district

1985: Robert F. Shaw (R)

1988-2000: 50) Raymond Joseph Wieczorek (R, b. 1928) – US military veteran of the Korean War; former insurance agent/salesman and United Way chairman; former director and president of the Manchester Scholarship Foundation from 1973 to 1976 and previously served on the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority from 1984 to 1988; previously served as the chairperson of the city’s Republican Party chapter from 1980 to 1982; developed the city’s airport, mill yard, and civic center; increased the size of the city’s police force and increased police protection for areas dealing with crime; converted the city budget from a calendar year to a fiscal year; was so popular in 1997 that no Democrat ran against him; retired due to exhaustion

1987: Emile Beaulieu (D) and Peter Poirier (Liberal)

1989: Sylvio L. Dupuis (D, b. 1934) and Fernand “Fern” Gelinas (Liberal)

1991: John J. McDonough (D) and Leona Dykstra (Liberal)

1993: Robert H. Dennis (D)

1995: Robert A. Baines (D, b. 1946)

1997: Robert A. Howe (Libertarian), Thomas Colantuono (Conservative) and Richard H. Girard (I)

2000-2006: 51) Robert F. Shaw (D) – former mayor; switched parties in 1997, and his 1999 political opponent, who was also a former mayor, switched parties in 1991; supported public safety and education reform; improved the city’s waste disposal process by upgrading sewer and water systems, but was better known for clashing with many of the Jesse Jackson administration’s progressive policies; lost re-nomination in an upset and, after failing to file to run as in Independent ahead of filing deadlines, subsequently retired from public life

1999: Emile Dorilas Beaulieu Jr. (R) and Joseph Kelly Levassuer (Conservative)

2001: Carlos Gonzalez (R)

2003: Frank C. Guinta (R, b. 1970) and Jeff Kassel (I)

2006-2010: 52) Theodore “Ted” Gatsas (R, b. 1950) – city’s first Greek-American mayor; previously served as a state alderman from 2000 to 2005; best known for cutting taxes, supporting school vouchers and vocational schooling, and hosting a call-in radio/podcast program to interact directly and regularly with city residents; retired amid high approval ratings to successfully run for a US Senate seat

2005: Bobby Stephen (D) and Caitlin Curran (I)

2007: Mark E. Roy (D), Thomas “Tom” Donovan (I) and Richard N. Komi (Working Families)

2010-2020: 53) Jane Ellen Beaulieu (D, b. 1954) – city’s first female mayor; former businessperson and political organizer; previously served as a Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from the “Hillsborough 17” district from 2004 to 2010; Catholic; moderate; daughter of a former mayor; supported bipartisan efforts to improve transportation, social programs, and incentives for local business development; won the 2017 after two recount; retired to successfully run for a state senate seat in 2020 after unsuccessfully running for a US House seat in 2018

2009: Frank Christopher Guinta (R, b. 1970)

2011: Glenn “R. J.” Ouellette (R) and Christopher J. “Chris” Herbert (Working Families)

2013: Ketherine Gatsas (R)

2015: Thomas H. DeBlois (R, b. 1945) and Patrick J. Arnold (Working Families)

2017: Jim Rubens (R), Joshua D. Dallaire (Working Families) and Alibaba Shaikh (I)

2020-present: 54) Victoria Sullivan (R) – city’s second female mayor; former moderate Democrat; former business owner; previously served as a city alderperson from 2014 to 2020; 2019 victory credited to voter fatigue and backlash to slowly rising tax rates; incumbent

2019: Joyce Craig (D/Working Families) and Tammy Simmons (Conservative)

–, c. 7/4/2021

CHAMPS: Phillies Return To Glory With 27th World Series Title

…their first World Series win since 1981…

The Star-Ledger, New Jersey newspaper, 11/4/2009

Commissioners of Baseball:

1920-1944: 1) Kenesaw Mountain Landis

1945-1951: 2) Happy Chandler

1951-1965: 3) Ford Frick

1965-1968: 4) Eugene M. Zuckert

1969-1987: 5) Bowie Kuhn

1987-1992: 6) Lee Iacocca

1992-1994: 7) Yogi Berra

1994-present: 8) George W. Bush

–, c. 2009


…Written and phonetically pronounced in a variety of ways, the past ten years have an identity crisis of sorts. The decade sandwiched between the 1990s and the 2010s is referred to by an assortment of terms that often differ from place to place. For example, the 2000s decade is most commonly referred to as the “double ohs” or as the “oh-ohs” in Canada. In Britain, the “2000s” are called the “Noughties,” the “Aughties,” the “Oughties,” or the “Aughts.” …A contributing factor to this linguistic shortcoming is the fact that there is no universal census on decade-related terminology. …Even this decade’s spelling was not uniform, as it was written as “the 2000s,” “the ’00s,” or, to distinguish it from the 21st century, “the 2000s decade,” which was spoken as “the two-thousands decade”…

–, 11/11/2009

MCCARTNEY: “I Still Ask John Lennon For Help Writing Songs” [7]

…the former Beatles band member admits that he maintains contact with the ex-bandmate/former Prime Minister John Lennon and ex-bandmate Ringo Starr, saying in a BBC2 interview “I talk to him about a bit I’m struggling with, and sometimes we’ll break the whole thing down and start it all up again from scratch.” McCartney continued, “I’ll VidCall him at wherever he is, but, uh, it can be harder to play bits out with him on some days than on others. He likes to travel around a lot nowadays, you know. At least twice I’ve called him up in the morning at one place, and just a few hours later, he’ll have travelled a continent or half-continent away and is too busy dancing with [John Lennon’s wife] Lyn or whatever to really focus on what I’m playing so I’ll just call back later. He’s got a lot of energy for a 69-year-old. I mean, I’m no spring chicken myself, but I know when to take it down a notch. John doesn’t. I’m not sure if that’s a bad or good thing. Guess it depends on the time of day, I guess.”

The Daily Express, UK newspaper, 16/11/2009


…Ever since the country was hit by months-long waves of emergency shutdowns and quarantines in 2002 and early 2003, centurions and Gen-X-ers have been moving out of the crowded cities and taking up residence in “the American countryside,” bringing new neighboring to the people of rural, suburban-rural and suburban communities across the United States.

Most of these movers, especially those who are endeavoring to start families of their own, see home-buying as being overall better than renting. “It costs more up front, but it’s worth the investment in the long run,” says one former Bostonian who has bought her own Cape Cod-style house in suburban-rural Barrington, New Hampshire. “I think the shutdowns made a lot of people reprioritize what kind of homes they want to live in. I mean, if something like that were to happen again,” the young woman and her fiancé furiously knocks on wood, “We’d rather have some elbow room, maybe even a decent-sized backyard to exercise in, than be stuck in some cramped flat.”

The ability of these Americans to just up and relocate is due to the advance of communication technology, which has allowed people to e-commute to work, or remote-work. Through VidCalls and doc-sharing tools employees can maintain contact with employers, customers and clients and interact with them in real-time from the comfort of their own homes – a technological ability that boomed during the SARS Pandemic. According to the US Department of Labor, the total number of e-commuters, or remote workers, at the height of the pandemic shutdowns (December 2002) was 3.5 million. While that number has since dropped considerably, it has not dropped below 2.1 million, which is still above the under 1.0 million remote workers reported prior to the pandemic. Thus, remote work has become an aspect of the American employment landscape. “One that is most likely to stick around for a good long while” says another Barrington Resident, who works remotely as a Content Writer and Editor for a marketing company headquartered in his former hometown of New York City.

Since 2002, many homebuilders have become more focused on single-family plots in a movement that has picked up the moniker “eco-sprawling,” an environmentally-conscious form of developing suburban communities near business centers without disrupting the area’s natural beauty.

One such housing development close to Albany, New York is New Schenectady, a “planned community” project funded by several wealthy environmentally-conscious New Yorkers and endorsed by Vice President Bob Ross. “I sometimes feel like I live in The Shire,” comments one new homeowner. Indeed, the homes almost seem to blend in to the landscape with the use of round design and “eco-centric” architecture.

The exodus of younger generations from urban centers was also experienced in places such as France, Italy and the UK, with hundreds of urban residents fleeing from dense apartments and condominiums for more open areas – and lower costs of living – found nearby. For example, according to the US Postal Service, roughly 150,000 New Yorkers made change of address requests between February 2002 and February 2004, with many of these people relocating to New Jersey and Connecticut during and after the SARS pandemic (though, according to a recent inquiry, roughly 30% of those residents ended up moving back to NYC by the end of 2008)...

Business Monthly magazine, November 2009 issue


…the Prime Minister led her party to a narrow majority victory over Opposition Leader Jim Prentice of the Progressive Conservative Party, which gained 21 seats. The Maple Party lost seats, partially to due controversies concerning its national leader, Andre Boisclair. All three prominent minor parties that hold seats in parliament – the Quebec Party, led by Louise Harel; the Organized Grassroots Party, led by Maude Barlow; and the Green Party, led by Frank de Jong – lost seats as well…

The Vancouver Sun, Canadian newspaper, 11/23/2009

…Ahead on the 2009 UN GCD Conference in Brussels, Belgium, Niger became the last country of undisputed independent status ratify the UN’s Convention on The Rights of the Child, an international treaty often referred to as the CRC or the UN CRC for short. [8] First signed in 1989, with the Convention defining a child as being any human being under the age of 18, the international human rights treaty aimed to clarify the specifics of child rights, such age the “age of majority,” and the civil, social, economic/political, health and cultural rights of children. The treaty also included protocols addressing children in military conflicts, and attacking the production and distribution of children, child prostitution and child pornography; the implementation of these latter protocols was heavily encouraged by UN Secretary-General Carol Bellamy (1996-2006) and her successor, Kofi Annan… [snip] …The US ratified the CRC in 1992 under President Bellamy... with the ratification by Niger, every country on Earth except for unrecognized nations not have signed onto it, even rival major rival nations of debated independence status such as both China and Taiwan. [9]


…The 2009 Conference also discussed the progress being made on the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Global Climate Disruption (or UNFCGCD, for short) and on the Kiev protocol of 1995-1996. Task Forces and GCD experts reported progress had slowed, with many industrialized nations – China and Russia in particular – falling behind scheduled “emission weaning” dates. The economic report blamed the recent sluggishness on the “upper echelons of the social classes,” noting that, typically, one millionaire’s private jet produced more emissions than one hundred layman gas-powered pickup trucks. Subsequent criticisms ontech toward wealthy lavishness led to ontech petitions and boycotts. Hoping to improve their customers’ reputations and their won business model in the process, private jet manufacturers Dassault and Cessna announced by the year of 2009 that they would begin designing more “economically conscious” modes of high-end transportation…

– Ramesh Thakur’s The United Nations, Peace And Security, Cambridge University Press, 2020 edition



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Pictured: President Wellstone, giving his endorsement to the proposed Kennedy-Roosevelt–Kerrey Bill, points out to “the people here and the people out there” who would benefit from the bill’s passage.

The Washington Post, 12/1/2009

HOUSE VOTES DOWN “40% GOALPOST” BILL on almost partisan lines, the bill was struck down 236-to-205. The bill called for a Constitutional Amendment that would establish a second election, or “runoff election,” between the top two vote receivers of a Presidential election if no candidates received more than 40% of the vote…

The New York Times, 12/5/2009


After months of delay, the Supreme Court decided to hand down opinions on a major ruling concerning sports betting. In a 6-3 majority decision (with Justices Thompson, Bacon and Garza dissenting), Justice Nealon today struck down a 1982 federal law that tightly regulated sports betting at the state level over its apparent confliction with the 10th Amendment, which allows for states’ rights. In the Wilson v. NCAA case, a federal appeals court said that Colorado could not legalize sports betting due to it affecting residents of states other than Colorado. The court has ruled against the appeals court in this decades-old case on the grounds of the initial law requiring states to request federal permission to legalize sports betting violated the Constitution’s provisions that limit federal government’s ability to regulate such activities at the state level.

Supporters of legalizing sports betting are voicing support for the decision, calling it “a preservation of the freedom of expression” despite the decision not focusing on that aspect of the controversy of legalizing sports betting. Opponents of the ruling are voicing concerning that the allure of betting will lead to “a horrid and harmful impact on communities and families, weakened by a vice that the federal government should have the right to protect the people from,” as one prominent technetter put in ontech. Other dissenting voices have expressed fear that the decision will “open up the floodgates, and lead to legalized sports betting being legal in all 50 states in less than that many years,” or that it will “destroy the very moral fiber of our country” [10]. More libertarian Republicans, however, are celebrating the decision, ignoring the fact that three Republican-appointed Associate Justices voted against the majority ruling. Prominent members of the “hedgehog” wing of the GOP are dismissing , such as Congressman Doug Wead (R-AZ), lauded the Supreme Court in general and noted that “Americans are a strong people who are capable of self-control.”


…Despite President Wellstone shying away from the court case, some ontech conspiracy theories claim that the court purposely delayed their opinions and ruling announcement in order to minimize its impact on the elections held in November…

– The Washington Post, 12/10/2009


Sacramento, CA – Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy Sr., who with Ted Turner co-founded Turner-Kennedy Broadcasting, Inc. and the TV news juggernaut KNN, passed away earlier today after a nearly-two-years-long battle with declining health relating to a brain tumor. Kennedy, a relative of the Massachusetts-based Kennedy political family, was surrounded by his wife and children during his final moments. Ted Turner, a business partner and close friend of Ted Kennedy, said that the passing “marks the end of a great chapter in American television and the end of a great man”…

– The Boston Globe, 12/14/2009

The conspiracy theories peddled out by anti-Wellstone activists on radio and ontech were as expected. Despite Christmas being openly celebrated at the Wellstone White House, with America’s first Jewish President even explicitly wishing “Merry Christmas” in a “Seasons’ Greetings” video downloaded to the official White House netsite and shared on the popular video-sharing site (despite it being a Canada-based netsite, many Americans visit it due to globalization trends making for uniform netsite compatibility across borders), false claims persisted.

Lou Dobbs of The Herring Network, for instance, stated on December 15, “Teddy Roosevelt once banned Christmas trees in the White House because of alleged ‘environmental concerns.’ [11] It is highly possible that Wellstone will use this precedence to ban all the Christmas decorations and replace them with Jewish decorations.” This line of attack was nonsensical, given that Wellstone had already participated in Jewish traditions in the days prior, as Hanukkah 2009 had lasted from December 11 to December 19, culminating with the annual White House Hanukkah Party [12]. (Sidebar: in a goodwill gesture meant to aid peace efforts overseas, Walter Mondale became the first US President to officially recognize Hanukkah in December 1977, by participating in a menorah-lighting ceremony in Lafayette Park. Kemp became the first President to host a menorah-lighting ceremony inside of the White House itself, doing so in December 1987; the first official White House Hanukkah Party was held four years later, in December 1991, under President Bellamy [13].)

On December 16, Rush Limbaugh chastised Wellstone on his radio show for often using the term “Judeo-Christian heritage,” even though that very terminology was first used by Lee Iacocca in December 1993. A President lionized by all factions of the Republican party, most media outlets were quick to condemn Limbaugh for the hypocrisy.

Fortunately for the festivities, First Lady Wellstone ignored the furor of the fringe and went forward with letting in reporters to document the Christmas preparations. Keeping with tradition established under Ladybird Johnson [14], the crystal chandelier of the Blue Room was removed to make room for the 19-foot-tall tree donated by the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) [15] and decorated with traditional tinsel and ornaments like it is every year [14]. The President, meanwhile, filled the grounds with dozens of trees that were meticulously cared for and replanted afterward. Wellstone did not “break with tradition by opening up” the White House, as every modern US President had done so. Wellstone’s first seasonal celebrations as President aimed to show that Christmas “is not just for Christian, because the idea of this holiday season is to be good to each other and to call for peace on Earth and goodwill towards all people everywhere,” as the President put it.

Wellstone also said, in a private meeting with the White House staff, that the modern message of the holiday season was to find “commonalities, shared goals, dreams, aspirations and forms of love with people across the religious spectrum. To understand and double down on the importance of family, of sharing the joy and the feeling of this special time of the year, when hope runs high and, in the dark of winter, the future can look brighter than ever before, because we reach out to those we know and love. We seek out hope, we seek out joy, and we hold onto that sense of hope and joy for as long as we can because hope and joy are stronger than despair and sadness. They are stronger that what ails the human condition. And when we have that feeling, that feeling of wellness, of family, of joy, we, as naturally social creatures, want to spread and share the laughter and the mirth. That’s what matters during this time of year, more so than the decorations or by the name or names of our respective faiths. My friends, a toast – not to labels, but to love and to life.”

– Roberta Gillespie’s Watershed: An Assessment of The Wellstone White House, Princeton University Press, 2016

…The culture of the 2000s went from several phases. The decade began with the Y2K Aesthetic Movement that had developed as the 1990s had come to a close. Originating in the U.K. before spreading out to the rest of the Western world, “YAM,” also known as the “bubble” aesthetic influenced architecture and the music scene until being eclipsed in 2002 by the rise in mask-punk, an offshoot of heavy metal and razor rock that “made the best of a bad situation” (the global SARS pandemic of the early Aughties) by making masks a fashion statement. Some fans of mask-punk credit this music scene with contributing to the global effort truncate SARS infection rates.

Throughout the decade, the country music scene experience a trend of collaborative works somewhat reminiscent of “The Scene That Celebrates Itself,” which was a prominent phenomenon during the early-to-mid 1990s. As technology allowed more musicians and artists to personally connect, communicate, and collaborate through the wonders of the technet, bands and individuals worked on several projects together, with arguably the most notable of these endeavors being the 2009 album jointly made by Elvis Presley and Vanilla Ice.

The entertainment industry responded to the SARS pandemic, national efforts at police precinct reform and the Marstronaut Mission in two ways – with optimism and with pessimism. Many films, songs, and TV shows were either uplifting and optimistic efforts to keep spirits high during the pandemic, or were bleak works that fed into the fear of the unknown and explored the effects of isolation on the mind, influencing horror movies in the latter half of the decade. Several films won awards for examining racial relations under America’s first Black President, and for exploring the uncomfortable world of police brutality. Most prominently, however, was the international response to humanity landing on the planet Mars in 2003. By 2006, franchises dealing with outer space dominated popular culture, leading to three Star Wars TV shows, renewed interest in Star Trek and Dr. Who, and a film adaptation of John Carter of Mars and other materials…


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Above: a collage of some of the many aspects of the decade’s cultural eras, from the Y2K “bubble” aesthetics (from 2000 to 2002, and again, but to a lesser extent, from 2004 to 2010), to the “mask-punk” era of 2002-2005, to the rise in tech-centric cultural aspects in the post-SARS half of the decade.


…International diplomatic cooperation was at a historic high in the early half of the decade, as heads of state and distinguished virologists from around the world worked to combat the SARS pandemic…


1967 (I): Green Bay Packers (NFL)

1968 (II): Green Bay Packers (NFL)

1969 (III): New York Jets (AFL)

1970 (IV): Kansas City Chiefs (AFL)

1971 (V): Dallas Cowboys (NFC)

1972 (VI): Dallas Cowboys (NFC)

1973 (VII): Miami Dolphins (AFC)

1974 (VIII): Oakland Raiders (AFC)

1975 (IX): Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)

1976 (X): Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)

1977 (XI): Minnesota Vikings (NFC)

1978 (XII): Dallas Cowboys (NFC)

1979 (XIII): Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)

1980 (XIV): Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)

1981 (XV): Houston Oilers (AFC)

1982 (XVI): San Francisco 49ers (NFC)

1983 (XVII): Washington Redskins (NFC)

1984 (XVIII): Cincinnati Bengals (AFC)

1985 (XIX): Philadelphia Eagles (NFC)

1986 (XX): Chicago Bears (NFC)

1987 (XXI): New England Patriots (AFC)

1988 (XXII): New York Giants (NFC)

1989 (XXIII): Minnesota Vikings (NFC)

1990 (XXIV): Denver Broncos (AFC)

1991 (XXV): Buffalo Bills (AFC)

1992 (XXVI): New York Giants (NFC)

1993 (XXVII): New York Giants (NFC)

1994 (XXVIII): New York Giants (NFC)

1995 (XXIX): San Diego Chargers (AFC)

1996 (XXX): Minnesota Vikings (NFC)

1997 (XXXI): Denver Broncos (AFC)

1998 (XXXII): Carolina Panthers (NFC)

1999 (XXXIII): Seattle Seahawks (NFC)

2000 (XXXIV): Minnesota Vikings (NFC)

2001 (XXXV): Baltimore Ravens (AFC)

2002 (XXXVI): Atlanta Falcons (NFC)

2003 (XXXVII): Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AFC)

2004 (XXXVIII): Denver Broncos (AFC)

2005 (XXXIX): Louisville Stallions (AFC)

2006 (XL): Tennessee Titans (AFC)

2007 (XLI): Washington Warriors (NFC)

2008 (XLII): Louisville Stallions (AFC)

2009 (XLIII): Detroit Lions (NFC)

– [16]


[1] Italicized line pulled from here:

[2] The italicized parts were pulled from here:

[3] The bits in italics here are from this OTL article:

[4] Italicized bits were pulled from this OTL article here:

[5] As mentioned in chapter 74

[6] Real person, mentioned in this article: : “STUDIO SHOOTING BLAMED ON BUSINESS DEAL…The man who burst through a Lorimar Studios gate and emptied a shotgun into a sound stage before taking his own life had gone to the Culver City lot to confront “Dallas” television star Ken Kercheval, his foil in a bitter dispute over a popcorn business, police said Wednesday. Edward P. Phillips, 43, formerly of Corydon, Ind., apparently blamed Kercheval, who acquired full ownership of the popcorn company last year, for cheating him out of the business and causing his marriage to fail, investigators and associates said. Hoping to confront Kercheval, Phillips came to Los Angeles on Monday and drove to the Culver City lot in a rented truck Tuesday evening, police said. Unable to talk his way past a guard, he rammed through the gate, set fire to the truck and opened fire on the sound stage where ‘Dallas’ is filmed. When police closed in, Phillips turned the gun on himself. He died from a single blast to the chest. The sound stage was empty and no other injuries were reported.” (I meant to, but then forgot to, include this in the 1989 chapter. I could edit it back in, but I do like this actor, so I decided not to bump him off ITTL)

[7] OTL headline! (really!): (11/13/2020)

[8] OTL thing:

[9] In OTL, China and Taiwan both ratified it, but the US has not!

[10] Passage closely based on description found here:

[11] Story found here!:

[12] A real thing!:

[13] In OTL, Carter recognized Hanukkah in 1979, Clinton hosted the first menorah-lighting ceremony to be performed at the White House in 1993, and Bush held the first official White House Hanukkah Party in 2001; Ibid.

[14] With a First Lady Jackie Kennedy, the OTL tradition of giving the main tree a specific motif is never established!

[15] This is an OTL thing!

[16] The 1982, 1983, 2004 and 2006 winners were previously mentioned in the chapters covering those years. Louisville, Kentucky grew large enough to acquire the St. Louis team in 1992.

The next chapter’s E.T.A.: New Year’s Eve, at the very latest.

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From my family to all of yours… Merry Holidays, Everybody!
(Don’t ask about our tree, just…don’t ask… :) )​
Tannenberg said:
Nice update. I wonder how Argentina looks in this timeline. I think it was briefly adressed with the Falklands War.
Argentina was last mentioned back in Chapter 92 (February 2007), so I'll mention that country again in an update in the next chapter (early 2010). Thanks for asking!