Friday, April 28, 2017

History: The Year is 1994

I've uploaded year 1994 to the TSP Wiki...

As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.

* The Murder of Nicole and the Leftist Support of O. J. Simpson -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged

* Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben

* The Assault Weapons Ban is Now the Law -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged

* Notable Births -- See below.

* This Year in Film -- See below.

* This Year in Music -- See below.

* In Other News -- See below.


The Murder of Nicole and the Leftist Support of O. J. Simpson

Contributed by Alex Shrugged
O.J. Simpson has made a name for himself in commercials, running through the airport for a Hertz rental car. Recently, he has starred as the lovable Nordberg in the comedy movie The Naked Gun, so it comes as a shock when he appears on TV in a low-speed chase on an LA freeway. A Ford Bronco was never designed for speed, so the police must be holding back. On his cell phone he sounds confused and despondent. "All I wanted to do was to love Nichole." Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ron Goldman have been found brutally murdered that morning. O.J. is the suspect, and he has a history of domestic violence. Tammy Bruce is the head of the LA chapter of the National Organization for Women. She is also a leftist radio talk show host. Her focus is on domestic violence against women, and it doesn't get any more violent than this. She is all over O.J. like a cheap suit. Suddenly, her phone stops ringing. The checks stop coming in. Her own organization votes to censure her because she is defending a dead, abused wife (who is white) over a lovable black man. O.J. will go on trial next year. After what seems like incontrovertible proof of his guilt, he goes free. This will be payback for Rodney King. As O.J. leaves the courtroom he will promise to hunt down Nicole's killer. His first stop in the hunt will be the golf course. Later, he will be found guilty in a wrongful death suit, and ordered to pay $33 million. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
O.J. is currently serving time for armed robbery. He is a frightening man. Tammy Bruce resigned her post at N.O.W.. She was sure O.J. was guilty. I thought so too, and I still think it. Tammy realized that the National Organization for Women was not about women. It was about a leftist agenda, and that agenda demanded that a black man be supported over a white woman regardless of the facts. Today, Tammy is known as a conservative radio talk show host although I cannot tell what has changed. She is the same woman, espousing the same things she had before, but now conservatives want to hear what she has to say. Conservatives themselves find this confusing, but she is a woman of principle and conservatives understand that, sure enough. Occasionally, Tammy Bruce will say things that I find ridiculous, but because of her defense of Nicole Brown in the face of an onslaught of criticism from the left, I'm willing to listen. Maybe she has a point. [6] [7]

Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre

Contributed by Southpaw Ben
On February 25, during the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, a man in his IDF reserve officer uniform walked into a room in the Ibrahimi Mosque at the Cave of the Patriarchs, and opened fire. During this massacre, 29 people were killed and 125 were wounded, before the survivors threw a fire extinguisher that hit him in the head, allowing them to disarm him and beat the shooter to death. The man was Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli-American physician, who was extremely anti-Arab, to the point where he refused to Arabs, including fellow members of the IDF. He also believed the Israeli democracy was as bad as Germany during Nazism, and would often be seen wearing a yellow star of David, with the word "Jude" written on it. Most of the Jewish community, including the Israeli Prime Minister at the time, Yitzhak Rabin, denounced the attack and described Goldstein as a "degenerate murder" and " a shame on Zionism and an embarrassment to Judaism". Despite this, some Jewish extremists venerate Goldstein as a martyr to this day, and visited his grave to celebrate his heinous act until 1999, when it was dismantled by the IDF after the passing of Israeli legislation that outlawed any monuments to terrorists. In April, 2 suicide bombings were carried out by Hamas in retaliation for this event, and Hamas' policy changed to allow targeting of civilians as a direct response to this attack. [8][9]
My Take by Southpaw Ben
When I first read about this incident, I immeadiatly thought of the Orlando nightclub shooting, as both consisted of a single shooter going into a confined area, and opening fire on a large crowd. However, when we look at the reactions of the participants, we see 2 completely different responses. In the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre, we see the victims fighting back, and eventually killing the attacker. This sharply contrasts with how the patrons of the Pulse night club cowered and hid in response. While I can't say anything for sure, I feel like any resistance in the face of certain death is better than cowering and accepting one's fate. We can also see this during the 9/11 attacks, when 3 planes were able to hit their targets and cause massive casualties, passengers on Flight 93 were able to prevent this, though it was at the cost of the lives of everyone on that plane.

The Assault Weapons Ban is Now the Law

Contributed by Alex Shrugged
A few years ago, a man who hated foreigners decided to take matters into his own hands. He bought a Chinese knockoff of the Soviet AK 47, added a 75 round magazine, and sprayed down elementary school children, mostly Asian, in Stockton, California, killing 5 and wounding many others, including a teacher. He then shot himself with a pistol. The public was outraged. Then there was the Luby's Cafeteria shooting where a man drove his pickup truck through the front window and fired his Glock 17, killing 23. Now legislation has come through to fix these problems. President Bill Clinton signs into law the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. It limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds although a "grandfather clause" allows the possession of higher capacity magazines purchased before the ban goes into effect. 650 firearm types and models are banned, and it doesn't stop there. An assault weapon has two or more of the following characteristics: For rifles it has a folding stock, a pistol grip, a Bayonet mount, a threaded barrel for a flash suppressor, or a mount for a grenade launcher. (No grenade launchers! What is America coming to?) For pistols the restrictions are similar except that it should have no barrel shroud that prevents a shooter from getting burned. (That is a safety feature! Are they insane?) Apparently so, but a sunset clause is included. The ban will expire in 10 years. In the meantime, Glock is running 3 shifts producing high capacity magazines to sell before the gun ban goes into effect. Bad, Bad guns are now going at premium rates. Sales are excellent. [10] [11]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
FYI, Texas passed the Concealed Carry law the next year in response to the Luby's massacre. California already had a law preventing nuts from owning firearms. In fact, California had already outlawed so-called assault weapons, so passing a Federal law that did the same thing made no difference at all. Studies taken during the 10 year period of the gun ban showed no appreciable difference in gun related violence. And I don't know what they were thinking in banning so-called high capacity magazines. Legislators seem to think that once a magazine is emptied, the shooter must stop to carefully reload it. It never occurs to them that swapping out the empty for a pre-loaded magazine takes just a few seconds. A determined shooter could carry many of these pre-loaded magazines in his pocket. The legislators would do better to pass a law prohibiting pockets. These feel-good laws offer a false sense of security, and the sense that our political masters are "doing something". In reality, all they do is boost sales and run up the prices. [12]

Notable Births

  • Dakota Fanning: War of the Worlds (2005) and the Volturi vampire Jane in Twilight: New Moon and Eclipse (She certainly scared the crap out of me.--alexshrugged). [13]
  • Jodelle Ferland: Twilight: Eclipse as Bree (spoiler alert...) that memorable newborn vampire who lost her head in the end. [13]
  • Alexander Gould: The voice of Nemo in Finding Nemo. [13]
  • Justin Bieber: Canadian singer and drunken lout. (Best known to me as publicly pissing into a mop bucket while insulting Bill Clinton. Overall a net plus in my book.--alexshrugged) [13] [14]

This Year in Film

  • Disney's The Lion King: The circle of life. [15]
  • True Lies: "Women! Your can't live with 'em. You can't kill 'em". [15]
  • Forrest Gump: A man with limited mental gifts finds himself in the middle of major events. Later, Gary Sinise will use his character as Lt. Dan to raise money for disabled veterans. See "Lt. Dan Band". [15] [16]
  • Star Trek Generations: The pass off from the original Star Trek cast to the Next Generation. [15]
  • For Christmas...: Miracle on 34th Street, and The Santa Clause which is hilarious. [15]
  • And...: The Mask, Speed, Stargate and IQ a sweet romantic comedy about a car mechanic who impersonates a physicist to make time with Albert Einstein's niece. [15]

This Year in TV

  • ER: Michael Crichton wrote the pilot screenplay which turned into this long-running medical drama. [17]
  • Friends: New York roommates are involved in foolish and inexplicable romantic situations... thus making for a very popular series. [17]
  • Touched by an Angel: A newly promoted angel works with people reaching a crossroad in their lives. [17]
  • Madonna erupts into profanity on Late Night with David Letterman: It will be his highest rated show of his career... and the most censored. [17]
  • Martin Lawrence almost halts the SNL season, and all future employment of the cast: He makes sexually explicit jokes about female genitalia. (Always a big laugh-getter... I suppose.--alexshrugged) [17]

This Year in Music

  • I Swear: All-4-One. (This guy makes promises no mere mortal could possibly keep.--alexshrugged)[18]
  • Elvis and Andy: Confederate Railroad. "She ain't a southern belle but it's hard to tell. She's got every quality. She likes Elvis. She likes Andy, so she's fine and dandy with me." [18]
  • Be my Baby Tonight: John Michael Montgomery. (Unless you look like Mr. Montgomery, this is guaranteed to get you a slap in the face.--alexshrugged)[18]
  • Tejano singer Selena wins the Grammy: She will be shot next year by her agent after confronting him with his financial fraud. With her last breath she will name her killer, "Saldávar". She will be 23 forever. [18]

This Year in Video Games

  • Super Metroid for the Super Nientendo: One of the top-rated games of all time. (As rated by game magazine journalists. Say no more.--alexshrugged) [19]
  • Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger: They spent 4 million dollars in development. [19]
  • Mortal Combat II: On "Mortal Friday" more than 2.5 million games are shipped, a world record for this time. [19]
  • The Sony PlayStation (PS) launches in Japan: It will be released in North America next year. [19]

In Other News

  • Vice President Al Gore invents the Internet!: To be fair, up to this point the Internet has been ad-hoc, so he has been working to formalize the system. His work is vital in making the Internet what it is today. (But he didn't invent it. No.--alexshrugged) [20]
  • Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 hits Jupiter: 21 large fragments beat the tar out of the planet which makes people wonder if there is a planet-killer with Earth's name on it. [20]
  • The Rwandan Genocide begins: The Hutu tribe murders 800,000 Tutsi tribal members, moderate Hutus and 30% of the local pygmy tribe all in 100 days. But the Tutsi will fight back, creating over 2 million Hutu refugees. [20] [21] [22] [23]

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