Good morning guys an ladies. What am I doing here you ask. (Well maybe not.) Our wonderful host Gabriel is getting some well deserved R&R. His common sense and passion will be vital over the next couple of years, and sometimes you just have to step away from the keyboard. In his brief respite, I will try to keep from fumbling the ball.
Most of you know me as the one liner who is relentless in camping on and separating the most hard core liberal idiots from the flock. They are so easy to spot. Unwavering loyalty to a historically failed agenda, incessant use of dnc/far left talking points and lies, crawl back under their rock once exposed, attempts to ridicule sane and sensible solutions, etc. Not to mention (But I will.) many of these bots/zombies quickly embrace the latest fads as the greatest thing since sliced bread. (Body piercings, cacophonous ear splitting roars drowning out casual conversation and beautiful music, pants worn at mid thigh or lower, lack of respect, etc.) Need I go on? Yep, we all know who they are. Yeeehhh, gives me the heebie jeebies.
Yep, we took a giant first step last November in returning a small level of common sense to our federal and state governments, but there is such a long way to go. The Conservative common sense voices of Gabriel and each and every one of us must remain focused and resolute now and well into the future. This is not to say we should rubber stamp the Republican Party or TEA party ideals, but we have to continue to be part of the solution. Any less is simply NOT an option. An informed voter is the libs worst nightmare.
That all being said, I wanted to find out about some of you. Events that affect us throughout our lives also shape as as human beings. Let’s give it a go……..
As a kid and teenager, I always looked forward to the end of the calendar year. This is when LOOK, LIFE, and POST came out with all their lists. In these editions I would find out the most notable important people who had passed away during that year or decade. These editions would also list the most significant Historical events that had occurred, and the most notable events in sports, music, and entertainment. OK, so my life was a bit boring, but we did not have computers, or video games. It was usually too cold to spend much time outside, so I did a lot of reading. These publications piqued my imagination. Most of those magazines have since ceased to exist, but they made a resurgence as we entered Y2K. Now instead of the previous calendar year or decade, the lists were for the prior century. I often imagined just who was the keeper of these lists, and were other events even considered, or did they start with a list of 1000, and then a committee voted on the “Top 50″ or “Top 10″. Who had the final say as to which event was the single most significant event to occur during the prior year. I finally realized that these lists were always subject to debate, and events that made the list might not have been included on some one else’s list. However, most of the events were always included in different publications. In many instances, the single most significant event was also the same. I thought it would be fun to compile my “The List” of the most important or most significant Historical events for the past 61 years. (My lifetime) This is all subject to debate, and my list may not include events that were important to others. If anyone happens upon this Blog, I would like to hear about items that I may have missed.
My “Top 50”, 1949 – Present
Making these lists was fun so I tried to imagine the “Top 50” events that took place during my lifetime. Keep in mind that this time period covers 2 millenniums, 2 centuries, 8 decades, (just barely) and over 61 years. We will just have to see how well this endures over the next few years.
I realize that I am opening myself up to ridicule and scorn: How could he have left off all the medical, technological, and space breakthroughs that occurred? What about all the world wide Economic and Political events and scandals? (Yes Blago, you are still on the radar.) I know that significant events important to all of us are not included on this list, but the following events and periods in our History were what I considered the most important events for America and me personally. Very significant events such as the proliferation of illegal drugs, Richard M. Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech, the O. J. Simpson verdict (Both of them), William J. Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations” response, Guantanamo Bay, Walmart, microwave ovens, and today’s Sub-Prime mortgage crisis came close, but fell barely short. They would however make my “Top 100” list. They very well might make the cut in the next 10 to 20 years. If you do not agree with this list, that’s fine. Make your own list, and let me know. Other than the 10 Commandments, I don’t consider anything “Set in Stone”.
OK, My “Top 50”:
1) September 11, 2001
2) The fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent break-up of the Soviet Union.
3) The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
4) America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
5) The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968.
6) Neil Armstrong taking the first steps on the moon on July 21, 1969.
7) The Cold War and continued Nuclear Proliferation.
8) Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat on the bus on December 1, 1955.
9) Our current Economic collapse & ultimate bailout (September 2008)
10) Watergate, Woodward & Bernstein, and the ultimate resignation of President Nixon.
11) Roe Versus Wade
12) The OPEC oil embargo, gas lines, and $1.00 @ gallon gasoline.
13) The United Nations sponsored police action (War) in Korea.
14) The Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing on April 19, 1995.
15) The Cuban Missile crisis from October 22 – 28, 1962
16) The Iran Hostage crisis – November 1979 thru January, 1981
17) Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans on August 29, 2005.
18) The 2000 Presidential election fiasco and “Hanging Chads”.
19) Desert Storm in 1991.
20) The current “Global War on Terror”
21) The landmark Supreme Court ruling on Brown Versus The Board of Education in 1954.
22) The Interstate Highway System.
23) The 1968 riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
24) Court ordered busing to achieve racial balance.
25) John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural speech “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country” on January 20, 1961.
26) The Gulf Oil Spill of 2010.
27) The World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993.
28) Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28, 1963.
29) The failed Iran hostage rescue attempt on April 24-25, 1980.
30) The Sexual Revolution during the 1960’s
31) The Columbine massacre on April 20, 1999.
32) The Jonestown Massacre in Guyana on November, 18 1978.
33) Hurricane Andrew strikes Florida on August 24, 1992.
34) The San Francisco Earthquake on October 17, 1989.
35) The Branch Davidian fiasco near Waco, Texas on April 19, 1993.
36) The Racial murder of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner near Philadelphia, Mississippi on June 21, 1964.
37) The United States House of Representatives Impeachment of President William J. Clinton on December 19, 1998.
38) The armed Military escort of “The Little Rock 9” in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 4, 1957.
39) The eruption of Mt St. Helen’s volcano on May 18, 1980.
40) Microsoft Corporation founded on April 4, 1975.
41) The Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983.
42) The Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska on March 24, 1989.
43) McDonald’s Corporation founded on April 15, 1955.
44) The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964.
45) The seizure of the USS Pueblo off the coast of Korea on January 23, 1968.
46) The Soviet Union shoots down Korean Airline Flight 007 on September 5, 1983.
47) President Lyndon B. Johnson’s address to the nation “I shall not seek, nor will I accept my party’s nomination for President” on March 31, 1968.
48) The first televised Presidential debates in 1960.
49) Inflation of 15% and Interest Rates well over 20% in the late 1970’s.
50) Kent State massacre by Ohio National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970