On This Day...
Johann Gutenberg began the first print run of the Bible using moveable type in the year of our Lord, 1455. This in effect put thousands of monks out of work and ends hundreds of years of manipulating the text of the Bible to make it say whatever the hell they wanted it to say.
In 1836, the siege at the Alamo began. It must be noted that this battle was actually fought because Santa Anna implemented a new constitution in Mexico that reduced the power of many provincial governments and increased the power of the Presidency. Sound familiar? Where do you think our modern day Alamo will happen, or, has it already happened?
In 1903, Gitmo is born, setting the stage for the future Bush administration to have a place to torture a few hundred Muslims. Zoom in for a closeup, just look for the orange jump suits. In a bonus follow-up year we also acquired the Panama Canal in 1904. Teddy sure had some great ideas back then. He built canals and we have to settle with "human-animal hybrids."
In 1927, the Federal Radio Commission is born (later renamed the Federal Communications Commission). Born in a year where women rarely wore pants little did it know it would be smacked by a boob years down the road!
In 1945, Old Glory was raised and history was made. One photo made six men famous but not for any of the right reasons. This fame eventually destroyed Ira Hayes, one of only three flag raisers to make it off Iwo Jima alive. Remember the last time the Army tried using this method of promoting wars?
In 1991 the ground war in the first Gulf War began. Surprisingly Dick "I shot my friend in the face" Cheney had this to say about invading and occupying Iraq,
"I would guess if we had gone in there, I would still have forces in Baghdad today. We'd be running the country. We would not have been able to get everybody out and bring everybody home. And the final point that I think needs to be made is this question of casualties. I don't think you could have done all of that without significant additional U.S. casualties. And while everybody was tremendously impressed with the low cost of the (1991) conflict, for the 146 Americans who were killed in action and for their families, it wasn't a cheap war. And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam (Hussein) worth? And the answer is not that damned many. So, I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we'd achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq." [emphasis mine]
In 1998, Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States by issuing this fatwa. Makes you wonder if 2,500+ dead civilians were worth us not advancing on Baghdad in the 1991 Gulf War. Gee Dick "I shot my friend in the face" Cheney, boat loads of Americans seem to die every time you make a bad decision.
Yippee! In 1998, mozilla.org is born. Firefox rocks! Internet Explorer can blow it out my ass!
Last year George W. Bush visited Slovakia to kick off the Slovakia 2005 Summit. At this summit Bush promised Slovakia a "road map" for Slovakia (and probably also the neighbouring Central European countries) aiming at abolishing the need of US entrance visa for the citizens of Slovakia and those countries. That "road map" is such a kiss of death from the Bush administration. Slovakia should just pack it in now because they are doomed. We see how well Bush's "road maps" work out around the world. One last note, Slovakia is also part of the Coalition of the Willing. It has a whopping 88 troops in Iraq. Don't forget Poland, too!