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The Federal Assault on Waco, Texas

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

The Branch Davidians are a religious splinter group established at the Mount Carmel Center outside of Waco, Texas. After the death of their founders, David Koresh leads the group, but a power struggle ensues and a challenger evicts Koresh at gunpoint, murders another challenger with an axe, and then goes to prison. Koresh returns. Then the parents of a 12-year-old girl give her over to Koresh for marriage. (They had sex when she was 13, and that constitutes statutory rape under Texas law.) With this much hoopla going on, the Feds get a warrant to search the compound for illegal weapons. They proceed to take the compound like they are charging up Bunker Hill. When the smoke clears, 4 ATF agents lay dead next to 6 Branch Davidians. The 51 day Waco Siege has begun. As the weeks pass, the standoff becomes an embarrassment to the Clinton Administration. M728 Combat Engineer Vehicles are brought in. (They look like TANKS!) Attorney General Janet Reno gives the order to take down the compound. What happens next is a tragedy. Tanks break the walls of the compound as teargas canisters fall like rain. A fire breaks out. Children are trapped, and 76 people die a fiery death.... including David Koresh. It is April 19th. It's all over now. Isn't it? [1] [2] [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Not quite. It had been less than a year since the Feds killed a mother and child in their assault on Ruby Ridge. With the Waco assault, the justification was that children were being raped. Well... I don't doubt that it had gone on in the past, but there were only fears driving the Feds... and a CYA justification. I'm sure they didn't expect the whole place to burst into flames, but the buck stops here... or over there. Bill Clinton blamed it all on Janet Reno. As Rush Limbaugh mocked in his best Clinton imitation, "The buck never got here!" There was a Texas Ranger post 9 miles away. They could have picked up Koresh as he came into town for groceries. No mass murdering required. I met one of the surviving Branch Davidians. She was quite insane, but harmless... at least harmless to me. But the free use of Federal agents and tanks to intimidate the public inspired a man to take revenge against the Feds two years later. On that April 19th, Timothy McVeigh brought down the Murrah Federal Building with a truck bomb. True to form, President Clinton passed the buck to someone else. In this case, Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk radio. The government intimidation campaign continues. [4] [5] [6]


Contributed by Southpaw Ben It's the last 2 weeks here at school, so it's crunch time, so I apologize for not being able to contribute daily this week and next week. I will try to contribute at least a few things during this time.

The Near Collapse of IBM

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

IBM announces an annual corporate loss of $8 billion. This is the single largest annual loss in history to date. It looks like IBM is going down. How did it happen? At this time IBM is a mainframe computer company. That means a large central computer with several dumb terminals linked to it. (The IBM PC was just a throwaway idea... a toy. Nothing serious.) Corporate and government sales focus on an enterprise-wide solution and that means only one or two top decision-makers to sell to. Then the IBM PC takes off, and worse, Microsoft comes up with Windows for Workgroups, allowing personal computers to share files and talk to each other, and Windows NT which allows a PC to be turned into a department server. Suddenly decisions for computer purchases are being made at the department level. IBM's core marketing strategy has completely ignored department decision-makers in the past. IBM needs to change, but they are so big that they need an equally big kick in the corporate backside. They get one, and it almost kills them... almost. They switch CEOs, and make the elephant dance. Dance, elephant. Dance. [7]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Around that time, my father, Alex Shrugged Senior, was a humble telephone installer, but he could read the newspapers as well as anyone else, and he had been paying attention to the stock market. He watched IBM sinking into the mud. All the pundits said it was done for, but he didn't agree. He invested his meager savings on a hunch that it would come back strong. It wasn't just a throw of the dice. I watched him. My father had only a high school diploma, but he was no dummy. He was calculating, and his investment paid off. His nest egg grew substantially. He never became a Rockefeller. He was just an average guy, but he made enough money on those investments to help my mother get by after he passed. Good man. I miss him. [8] [9]

Notable Births

  • Tiffany Trump: Daughter of President Trump, and speaker at the RNC convention. [10]
  • Angus T. Jones: The "half" of Two and a Half Men. [10]

This Year in Film

  • Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs walk the Earth... and try to eat you. (The book is better, but the movie is amazing.--alexshrugged) [11]
  • The Fugitive: Harrison Ford is wrongly accused of murdering his wife, so he hunts down the real killer. [11]
  • Schindler's List: A Nazi businessman saves the Jews working at his factory. They are Schindler's Jews. (The story is generally true, though he was not quite as bad initially, as the movie portrays.--alexshrugged) [11]
  • Sleepless in Seattle: After his mother's death, a boy calls a radio shrink seeking a new wife for his father. [11]
  • And...: Demolition Man, Dave, Coneheads, and Groundhog Day. [11]

This Year in TV

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: (It is an acquired taste.--alexshrugged) [12]
  • The X-Files: Science-fiction mystery. [12]
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: with Chuck Norris. Product placement is prominent. [12]
  • Bill Nye, the Science Guy: "Science Rules!" (Bill Nye is a comedian and mechanical engineer. Not a scientist.--alexshrugged.) [12]
  • And...: Beavis and Butt-Head, Boy Meets World, Frasier, and The Jon Stewart Show. [12]

This Year in Music

(FYI, I am including my favorite country songs because at this time I am into country music.--alexshrugged)

  • Does He Love You?: Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. A wife sings to her husband and his mistress right before they die in a tragic boating accident. (Strange coincidence.--alexshrugged) [13]

This Year in Video Games

  • NBA Jam: It will bring in over 1 BILLION DOLLARS is gross revenues. (Sports games are back, baby!-alexshrugged) [14]
  • The 7th Guest: One of the 1st games released exclusively on CDROM. [14]
  • Doom: A first-person shooter featuring more realistic 3-D graphics (for the time). [14]
  • Atari's Jaguar Console brings 64-bits of screaming power to the home console: Unfortunately, it comes with a gacked memory controller and poor developer support. Fewer games for the system sounds the death knell for Atari's home market. [14]

In Other News

  • NBC's Dateline fakes a gas tank explosion in a GM truck crash: GM sues. NBC settles the next day. [9]
  • The World Trade Center bombing: A van blows up under the North Tower, killing 6. Over 1,000 are injured. The bombers will be caught. [9]
  • Lorena Bobbitt cuts off the penis of her husband John Wayne Bobbitt: Surgeons reattach it. (I've heard that it still works.--alexshrugged)) [9]
  • White House deputy counsel Vince Foster commits suicide in Fort Marcy Park: Conspiracy theories abound. (The White House seems to interfere with the investigation, particularly Hillary Clinton.--alexshrugged) [9]

Natural Disasters

  • Record snowfall across the Northeast in March kills 184. [15] [9]
  • The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers flood large portions of the Midwest: [16]. [9]
  • More than a dozen are dead in the Southwest from a outbreak of the Hantavirus: . [9]
  • A 7.8 earthquake hits Hokkaido. The tsunami kills 202: Hokkaido is one of the Islands of Japan. (I hope I got that right.--alexshrugged) [17] Okushiri, Hokkaido. [9]
  • A 6.2 earthquake hits India, killing 9,748: [18]. [9]
  • Floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal kill over 4,000: . [9]


  • IBM announces corporate losses of $4.97 billion: (It looks like IBM is going down, but my father invests his meager savings on a hunch that it will come back. He wins. My father was always sharp in the stock market.--alexshrugged) [9]
  • North Korea withdraws from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: Thus begins a long struggle with North Korea. [9]
  • South Africa officially abandons its nuclear weapons program: Their warheads were dismantled 4 years ago. [9]
  • NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Observer upon orbit insertion: Later analysis points to a problem with the rocket engine. [9] [19]
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour launches on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope: The mirror has a flaw. [9]
  • Debian Linux is released: (I use Debian Linux.--alexshrugged) [9]

Gulf War Aftermath

  • UN inspection teams leave Iraq. Iraq then agrees to their demands and they return: Back and forth. [9]
  • Iraq begins military operations in the demilitarized zone between Iraq and Kuwait: US forces launch 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Baghdad. Iraq submits. [9]
  • Kuwait uncovers an Iraqi plot to assassinate former President George H. W. Bush: Two Iraqis confess. (Yeah. Your guess is as good as mine.--alexshrugged)[20] [9]

Russian Federation

  • A revolt against President Yeltsin is averted: Disagreements over the Russian constitution results in security forces clearing the Parliament [9] [21]
  • Soviet space program paraphernalia are auctioned off: They rake in $6.8 million (US). The Lunokhod 1 and Luna 17 sell for $68,500. [9]
  • Kazakhstan agrees to dismantle the more than 100 missiles left behind after the dissolution of the USSR: . [9]

The Waco Siege

  • Janet Reno becomes the 1st female Attorney General of the United States: . [9]
  • A fire breaks out at the Branch Davidian compound, killing 76 people including David Koresh: Many children die. Janet Reno takes the blame. (President Truman said "The buck stops here". Apparently, Bill Clinton is saying, "The Buck never got here."--parphrasing Rush Limbaugh's comments) [9]


  • The Great Brinks Robbery: $7.4 million is stolen from an armored car depot: It is the 5th largest robbery in U.S. history. [9]
  • The Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas is raided: A 51-day standoff begins. [9]
  • President Clinton orders the US Air Force to allow women to fly war planes: . [9]
  • President Bill Clinton announces his 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy for gays in the military: (It seems reasonable enough.--alexshrugged). [9]
  • PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin sign a peace accord: (Don't break out the champagne just yet.--alexshrugged) [9]
  • Blackhawk Down! In the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, 2 US Army Blackhawks are shot down. A lot of people will die today. [9]
  • US warships enforce the UN trade sanctions against Haiti: Currently, Haiti has a military dictatorship. [9]
  • A federal judge sentences LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months: Apparently they violated Rodney King's civil rights. [9]

All Else

  • The World Health Organization declares tuberculosis a Global Emergency: (It is.--alexshrugged) [9]
  • The discovery of the Tel Dan Stele is the 1st archaeological confirmation of King David: (There is an explanation for why it was difficult to establish King David's existence, but too long to include here.--alexshrugged) [9]
  • Stephen Hawking publishes his book, A Brief History of Time: It is a bestseller. (For a man who doesn't believe in God, he sure talks a lot about God in his book.--alexshrugged) [9]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1993, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. Waco siege - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 27 April 2017. “Much dispute remains as to the actual events of the siege. A particular controversy ensued over the origin of the fire; an internal Justice Department investigation concluded in 2000 that sect members themselves had started the fire. The events near Waco, and the siege at Ruby Ridge less than 12 months earlier were both cited as the primary motivations behind the Oklahoma City bombing that took place exactly two years later.”
  2. David Koresh - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 27 April 2017. “The 1993 U.S. Department of Justice report cites allegations of child sexual and physical abuse. Legal scholars point out that the ATF had no legal jurisdiction in the matter of child protection and it appears that these accounts were inserted by the ATF to inflame the case against Koresh.”
  3. Alex Shrugged: I know I'm leaving a lot of stuff out, but I'm trying to keep it short.
  4. Unearthed 1994 Audio Sheds Light on the Clintons' Obsession with This Show - The Rush Limbaugh Show (1994). Retrieved on 27 April 2017. “'You got Rush Limbaugh coming up here when you guys finish! He’ll come up at noon and he’s gonna have three hours — Three hours! — and there’s nobody to do anything about what he says! He has three hours to say whatever he wants and nobody’s gonna say anything otherwise! There’s no truth detector.'”
  5. Howie Kurtz Admits Bill Clinton Blamed the Oklahoma City Bombing on Me - The Rush Limbaugh Show (June 17, 2016). Retrieved on 27 April 2017. “I can remember when Bill Clinton pointed the finger at Rush Limbaugh, saying he created — or helped create — a climate of intolerance before the Oklahoma City bombing.”
  6. The Clinton Administration Blames Rush for the Oklahoma City Bombing - The Rush Limbaugh Show (May 12, 1995). Retrieved on 27 April 2017.
  7. IBM - Archives - History of IBM - 1990 - United States (2017). Retrieved on 27 April 2017. “By 1993, the company's annual net losses reached a record $8 billion. Cost management and streamlining became a chief concern. And IBM considered splitting its divisions into separate independent businesses.”
  8. "I.B.M. Posts $5.46 Billion Loss for 4th Quarter - 1992's Deficit Is Biggest in U.S. Business - NYTimes.com", January 20, 1993. Retrieved on 27 April 2017. “More than the overall results, analysts focused on the continuing decline in sales not only of I.B.M.'s big mainframe computers but also of its middle-range machines, so-called minicomputers, which are also sold to corporate customers. The fourth-quarter fall in hardware sales, down 20 percent, reflects not only the technological shift to small but powerful computers, but also the weakness of economies like Europe and Japan, where demand for I.B.M.'s large machines has traditionally been strong.” 
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  15. 1993 Storm of the Century
  16. American Midwest
  17. 1993 Hokkaido earthquake
  18. Latur earthquake
  19. Mars Observer - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 27 April 2017. “It is believed that hypergolic fuel may have leaked past valves in the system during the cruise to Mars, allowing the fuel and oxidizer to combine prematurely before reaching the combustion chamber.”
  20. Archived copy. Archived from the original on October 14, 2002. Retrieved on 2016-02-07.
  21. 1993 Russian constitutional crisis

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