Tuesday, May 23, 2017

History: The Year is 2009

I've uploaded year 2009 to the TSP Wiki...

http://tspwiki.com/index.php?title=2009

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 9/12 Project and the Tea Party Movement -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged

* H1N1 Pandemic -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben

* None Dare Call It Terrorism: The Fort Hood Massacre -- 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.





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The 9/12 Project and the Tea Party Movement

Contributed by Alex Shrugged
As Glenn Beck makes his move to Fox News he starts with a series called "We Surround Them". He is a deeply emotional and inspiring man. He reminds his audience that the people have the final say on what government does because ultimately, the power of the government is derived from the individual. The media and the government don't surround us. We surround them. He sets forth 9 principles and asks his audience to email their picture to Fox News if they believe in those same principles. The servers at Fox News collapse... 5 times. As the anniversary of 9-11 approaches, Glenn recalls how it felt the day after, on 9-12. We weren't fighting each other. We were helping each other. So with that idea in mind, he starts the 9-12 Project based on 9 principles and 12 values. He calls on volunteers to start their own local chapter. He wants these groups to educate their fellows in their civic duties, the Constitution and US history. He wants people of different backgrounds to get together, and that is what happens. Then something else happens. The Tea Party emerges as a separate movement and turns political. This is not what Glenn is aiming for, but the people want it. They march on Washington to protest the politicians taking money and power, to protest the multi-billion dollar bailouts of companies "too big to fail", and the proposed healthcare plan that will takeover 7% of the US economy. It is an amazing outpouring of time and energy. We the People have risen up and we have spoken loud and clear. [1] [2] [3] [4]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
And in the end The Tea Party failed. I still keep in touch with some of the local 9-12 Project members. I count that toward the good. I learned a lot, and I hope I taught them something. I also learned that the politicians do not care what The People think. They are not listening no matter how loud we shout. President Trump is yet another effort by The People to change the direction of this country. I'm willing to give the man a chance, but I don't hold out much hope. If everything changes for the better, great. If not, well... we are going to have to take care of ourselves which is why I started listening to The Survival Podcast. We will have to teach ourselves, and educate our fellows... which is what I'm trying to do this very minute. Why? Because I still believe in the original goals of our 9-12 Project chapter... to educate our fellows. I can do that for history. You can handle other subjects, and together we will get through whatever the worthless politicians in Washington D.C. throw at us next. We are The People.

H1N1 Pandemic

Contributed by Southpaw Ben
Starting in Veracruz, Mexico, this outbreak killed an estimated 284,500 people, according to the World Health Organization. H1N1 is the strain of influenza that was behind the 1918 flu pandemic, and has a notable feature that it does not infect adults over 60 disproportionately, which likey helped with it's spreading. It's common name, "Swine flu", came from the fact that genetic testing suggests it was the result of an older flu virus combining with the Eurasian pig flu virus. [5]
My Take by Southpaw Ben
When the Swine Flu outbreak occured, many people erroneously stopped eating pork products, as they believed they could get the virus from that. This shows how many Americans read headlines and make assumptions from them and don't actually research what they see or hear on the news, which can be dangerous, especially when this same mentality is applied to what is seen on social medias, as many articles will have click bait titles that have little or nothing to do with the actual article, but as many people read and quote only the headlines, they'd never realize that.

None Dare Call It Terrorism: The Fort Hood Massacre

Contributed by Alex Shrugged
Toward the end of July, Major Nidal Hasan enters a gun shop in Kileen, Texas asking for the most advanced weapon with the largest capacity magazine. They recommend the FN Five-seveN using the 5.7×28mm cartridge. Hasan researches the recommendation, and returns to buy the pistol, ammunition and extra magazines. Then a little over 2 months later, Major Hasan enters the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center where soldiers receive medical treatment prior to deployment. Hassan has visited the Center before. He pulls out his weapon fitted with two Lasermax sights, shouts something in Arabic about Allah, and begins fan-shooting the crowd without aiming. Then he aims to kill. An unarmed Army Reserve captain charges Hasan, but he goes down wounded. An unarmed civilian doctor rushes forward, and is shot dead, but it clear from eye witnesses that he is targeting soldiers. Civilian police Sergeant Kimberly Munley rushes to the scene. She takes the Beretta M9 out of her holster and fires. Hasan fires back, and hits her twice. She is down. Her weapon is jammed. Hasan kicks it away. Civilian police Sergeant Mark Todd turns the corner, and orders Hasan to surrender. Hasan fires once. He's empty. Todd fires 5 shots into Hasan. Hasan drifts into unconsciousness as Todd handcuffs him. Officer Munley will live, and unfortunately, so will Hasan. 13 others are dead. President Obama refuses to call it terrorism. [6] [7] [8]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
The Department of Defense avoided calling it anything, but eventually settled on "workplace violence". Because of that designation, none of the wounded soldiers received Purple Hearts, nor anything recognizing their courage under fire (and several were courageous). Hasan was stripped of his rank, and sentenced to death for the murders. His radical views regarding Islam were well known but ignored by his superiors. It was politically incorrect to point out that a fellow officer MIGHT BE AN ISLAMIC TERRORIST. The question remains why the Obama Administration refused to call it terrorism. I suspect it was because to accept terrorism was to deny the Hope of Obama's Presidency. While Democrats were in power, we were hit by "lone wolves", and radical Islamists "going postal" for no particular reason. Now that a Republican is in office, no doubt terrorists will become terrorists again. FYI, while Hasan awaits the death sentence in Leavenworth, he has asked to join that national service organization known as ISIS. George Orwell was right. They are not going to stop until we love Big Brother... with tears of gratitude streaming down our cheeks. (Was that over the top? I wish!) [9] [10] [11]

Notable Births

None that I can find.--alexshrugged

Notable Deaths

  • Michael Jackson (age 50, death by physician): singer/songwriter. His doctor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering a drug normally used for surgery, but not closely monitoring Jackson. (His doctor was an ass.--alexshrugged) [12] [13]
  • Ted Kennedy (age 77, brain cancer): US Senator. (And things more terrible than that. I'm glad he is dead.--alexshrugged) [12]
  • Jack Kemp (age 73, cancer): Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, and Congressman leading the charge for the Reagan tax cuts. "We must win the war on poverty by enlisting the greatest weapon ever invented: Free Enterprise". [12]
  • Ricardo Montalb├ín (age 88, congestive heart failure): Kahn in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Fantasy Island and more. [12]
  • Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua (age 15, euthanized after a stroke): "¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!" ("I want Taco Bell!") [14]

This Year in Film

  • Avatar: A science fiction visual delight. [15]
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: This is J.K. Rowling's favorite of the Harry Potter movies. [15]
  • Star Trek: The reboot of the Star Trek original series. (Good hand off.--alexshrugged)
  • And...: Twilight: New Moon, Monsters vs. Aliens, and The Blind Side. [15]

This Year in TV

  • President Obama delays implementation of digital TV: Apparently no one realized that analog TV was going away for real. [16]
  • Glenn Beck moves to Fox News: (Inspiring man, but not the leader of a movement.--alexshrugged) [16]
  • Glee: High school students sing their way through life. (I liked it initially.--alexshrugged) [16]
  • The Colony: An unreal survival reality show after the collapse of civilization. (The 1st season had some good ideas, but over all it was too "zombie biker apocalypse" for me.--alexshrugged) [16]

This Year in Music

  • I Told You So: Carrie Underwood. She is sorry she left. (Yeah. I'd take her back.--alexshrugged) [17]
  • Lady Gaga shoots to the top with Just Dance and Poker Face: (Good voice, plain looks that she accessorizes well.--alexshrugged) [17]
  • Michael Jackson outsells everyone else as he passes away: . [17]

This Year in Video Games

  • Angry Birds for iOS: You launch birds into a pig's fortress... for some reason. [18]
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: Called "the best video game of all time." (Time must be short, but OK.--alexshrugged) [18]
  • Stalin vs. Martians: Like a slow motion car crash, you know it is going to be bad, but you just can't look away. [18]

In Other News

  • Microsoft releases Windows 7: Fixes most of the problems with Vista. [19] [20]
  • SNL comedian Al Franken becomes a US Senator: After months of fixing the votes (I mean recounting the votes) the Democrats now have a veto-proof majority. Here comes Obamacare. [20]
  • President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize: (Why? I have no idea , but I lost respect for the Nobel Peace Prize when they gave it to the terrorist Yasser Arafat.--alexshrugged) [21] [20][22]
  • A young boy is missing and presumed trapped in a runaway experimental balloon: The balloon is real, but it's a hoax. The boy is hiding in the garage. The parents have been pitching a TV show to TLC (The Learning Channel). [23][24] [20]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 2009, Wikipedia.

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