Welcome Back From The Holidays

November 27, 2006

The state of TIAH

November 27th, 2006

Alternate Historian’s Note: Welcome back from the holidays. If you’re reading this, then you’ve seen the note we managed to put up on the main site about our Blogger problems. We have no idea how long this will take to fix; we have yet to receive a reply from Google about it. Until we do sort it out, we will be posting here. Don’t change your bookmarks yet, but I have to say that WordPress is very nice compared to Blogger, so I am definitely thinking about making this permanent. If you like it, too, email and let us know. In the meantime, be sure to visit out Guest Historian’s, too, when they have a web site they want you to visit. Stephen Payne’s work can be had from Lulu, as well. Thanks for sticking with us!

in 9000 BC, minor climatic changes in the north sea reverse the separation of the British Isles from mainland Europe. The consequence of this geographical event is that territorial integrity is preserved between the French Province Bretagne (also known as Brittany) and the land referred to by Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae (circa 1136) as Britannia major (“Greater Britain”), for Monmouth to distinguish it from Britannia minor (“Lesser Britain” or Brittany). History records that in 1604 King James I of England and James VI Scotland on ascending to the joint crowns chose against the title King of England and Scotland. His advisers in court, who were French speakers, selected Grand Bretagne relying heavily upon Geoffrey of Monmouth’s definition. Today everyone in Grand Bretagne/Great Britain is aware of their kinship with the French province, and no one is under the illusion that the verb great was chosen through arrogance or pride. –entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context – You’re the Judge!

in 1872, on the island of St Mary the Briggs pray for their deliverance at the hands of blessed First Mate Albert Richardson of the Mary Celeste. They pray also for their eldest son Arthur Stanley who remained at home for the voyage. –entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context – You’re the Judge!

in 1941, the series of events culminating in the human tragedy known as World War II proceed with an unstoppable momentum when the French government react aggressively to the pre-emptive strike by the Imperial British Navy on the French Fleet anchored at Mers-el-Kébir and the US seizure of Martinique. In the language of Karl Marx, irreversible historical processes are in operation. President Philippe Pétain addressed a joint session of the Parliament Français, calling “deux six un un [2611] a date which will live in infamy”. The allies prepare for war with the Axis powers of Anglo-America. –entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context – You’re the Judge!

in 1973, Gerald Ford was confirmed as the new Vice President of the United States, assuming the presidency less than six months later. Ford had become a national figure since his appointment to the Warren Commission, sensationally traveling to Dallas with Chief Justice Earl Warren and other commission members for a series of private meetings in Dallas with Jack Ruby during June of 1964. Upon its release in 1964, all files of the Warren Commission were sealed from public view for 75 years by executive order of President Johnson. In 2039, it was finally revealed that Ford, acting on the explosive information provided by Ruby, had strong-armed the CIA into unseating Vice President Spiro Agnew and President Richard Nixon, gaining him the White House. The CIA exacted revenge, scuppering Ford’s re-election attempts by clandestinely backing one of their own, the “Georgia Giant”, James Earl Carter. –entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context – You’re the Judge!

in 1990, the US Department of Defense (DoD) modifies the planned deployment of the Patriot Missile system in friendly countries in the middle east, especially Israel. The DoD has not fully disclosed the nature of the threat from Iraq, now understood to be biological warfare agents based on Extraterrestrial Technology (ET). Like exComm3, DoD are keeping to the vaguely threatening weapons of mass destruction (WMD) line to build up hysteria and anti-Iraqi hostility. –entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context – You’re the Judge!

Before(cont.)
“Are you sure you can’t tell us anything else?”
Jake smiled at his son and said, “No, now, you know there are things we gotta keep secret, and this is one of them. You go on to bed, now.”
George moaned, but hugged his father and trudged. Joan gave her father a kiss on the cheek and said, “Night, dad. Good night, Mr. Bradley.”
“G’night, Joan,” Bradley said.
When the kids were gone, Steph passed them each a pillow and a blanket. She asked Jake, “You sure there’s nothing I need to know?”
“Nothing we can talk about.”
“All right.” She looked at him for a few seconds longer than she meant to, then turned to Kevin. “If y’all are gone by the time we get up, good luck.”
“Thanks,” Kevin said. “We’ll need it.”
“Now, see, I didn’t need to hear that,” Steph said, only half-joking. “Good night.” She turned and went off to her own bedroom, glancing once over at Jake as she turned out the lights and left.
“So, I take it the divorce wasn’t that long ago?”
“9 months,” Jake said, kicking his boots off and laying down on the larger of the two sofas they were commandeering. “Long enough.”
Kevin shrugged. He kicked off his own shoes and lay down on the love seat he was sleeping on. His feet hung over the arm. “Sure I can’t have that one?”
“I told you – hundred grand, you can sleep anywhere in this house you like.”
“You run an expensive hotel.” Kevin flipped the blanket over himself and tried to get comfortable. “That kinda money, I should at least get a mint on my pillow.”
“I’ll see what Steph has.” He closed his eyes and let the day’s tension fade away from him. “Get some sleep. We’re gonna have to leave before they get up.”
“OK.” Kevin set the alarm on his watch for 4:30; another early morning. “You know, I thought my early mornings were done.”
“Life has little surprises for everybody.”
“I think I got ’em all at once, then.”
Jake had a laugh over that one. Before too long, he grew quiet and Kevin let him sleep. In spite of the exhaustion he felt, he stayed up a little longer. He was going over some of the hazmat procedures he had learned earlier, but he also just wanted a few minutes to think about after this was all over.
After. That was going to be a beautiful time. A nice house, maybe some investment in a business or two, or just stocks and bonds – he wasn’t decided on that, yet. Then, travel. He’d see the world, maybe have a girl in every port, maybe he’d find one special someone to share the good times with. It was going to be great.
Unfortunately, he was still stuck in before, so he rolled over, pulled the blanket tightly around himself, and dozed off.

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