1994

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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 medical care 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, 2nd 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]

Natural Disasters

  • A 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge California, killing 57: (Many were left homeless, but frankly, after an earthquake like that, most people are so spooked that they would rather camp out in the backyard.--alexshrugged) [20] [24]
  • A record cold snap hits Canada and northern states: New Whiteland, Indiana temperature measures -36 °F (-38 °C). [20]
  • A tornado kills 22 people at the Goshen United Methodist Church in Piedmont, Alabama: (Depending on God is good, but you can help Him out a little by getting into a storm shelter.--alexshrugged) [20] [25]
  • Hurricane Gordon barrels through Central America, the Carribean and Mid-Atlantic states, killing 1,149: . [20]
  • Scalding gas and ash from Mount Merapi, Java, kills at least 27 people: . [20]

Unnatural Disasters

  • China Airlines Flight 140 crashes during landing, killing 264: [20]
  • An Airbus A330 test flight crashes, killing 7 crew members: They were simulating an engine failure. [20]
  • USAir Flight 427 crashes during landing, killing 132: . [20]
  • American Eagle Flight 4184 crashes while circling in icy weather, killing 68: . [20]
  • French police storm a hijacked plane in Marseille resulting in 4 dead terrorists: . [20] [26]

Technology

  • Valeri Polyakov begins his 437.7 day stay in the Mir Space Station: . [20]
  • The Apple Macintosh uses the new PowerPC CPU: This is a major step. (Although the PowerPC is overrated.--alexshrugged) [20]
  • The People's Republic of China gets its first Internet connection: . [27] [20] [28] [20]
  • Microsoft drops support for MS-DOS: That is 4 years of support past the introduction of Windows 3.0. [20]
  • UNC Chapel Hill student radio station provides the 1st webcast: . [20]
  • America Online offers a gateway to the World Wide Web and USENET: This is followed by an aggressive marketing campaign and a flood of free trail discs. (Enough to stabilize every wobbly table in America.--alexshrugged) [20]
  • Netscape Navigator is released: Many web standards will follow what Netscape does. [29] [20]

Russian Federation

  • Aldrich Ames is charged with spying for the Soviet Union: He will get life in prison. His wife will get 5 years. [20]
  • Boris Yeltsin orders troops into Chechnya: . [20]

The Gulf War Aftermath

  • Iraq threatens to stop cooperating with the UN Inspectors: . [20]
  • Iraq amasses troops near its border with Kuwait: .
  • US troops deploy to Kuwait.
  • Iraq withdraws troops from its border with Kuwait: . [20]

USA

  • U.S. F-16s shoot down 4 Serbian J-21s over Bosnia and Herzegovina: They violated the no-fly-zone. [20] [30]
  • U.S. troops are withdrawn from Somalia. [20]
  • Parodies of an original work are now considered fair use: . [20] [31]
  • The Israel–Jordan peace treaty is signed: The two nations had been at war since 1948. [20]
  • President Aristide returns to Haiti: He had been exiled in the US. [20]
  • Former President Ronald Reagan announces that he has Alzheimer's disease: . [20]
  • Congressman Newt Gingrich leads the GOP to take control of the House and Senate: It has been 40 years since the Republicans last secured control of both houses. [20]
  • A Federal court places California's Proposition 187 on hold: The Proposition denies public services to illegal aliens. This will eventually activate Democrats to throw down the Republicans in California. [20]
  • Olympic ice skater, Nancy Kerrigan, is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant: Her rival, Tonya Harding, had her ex-husband do the job. Tonya is fined $100,000 and banned from the sport. [20]
  • Shannon Faulkner is the 1st female cadet to attend The Citadel: She soon drops out. [20]

All Else

  • Rodney King is awarded $3.8 million for violation of his civil rights: . [20]
  • Terrorists bomb a building housing several Jewish organizations in Buenos Aires, killing 85: [32] [20]
  • The Channel Tunnel between England and France is opened It is now a 35 minute drive. [20]
  • Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa's first black president: . [20]
  • A Japanese death cult releases sarin gas in the city of Matsumoto, killing 8: They were trying to intimidate judges who were about to rule against their interests. [33] [20] [34]
  • The Major League Baseball strike begins, ending the season: . [20]
  • President Bill Clinton signs into law the Federal Assault Weapons Ban: The ban is limited to 10 years. It will not be renewed. [20]
  • Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer is beaten to death in prison: . [20]
  • The Mexican peso melts down, affecting the global market: The US provides a $50 billion dollar bailout. (My sense is that the USA triggered the meltdown in the first place, but I'm willing to be corrected.--alexshrugged) [20]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1994, Wikipedia.

See Also

References

  1. O. J. Simpson - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “armed robbery and kidnapping.”
  2. O.J. Simpson Commercial For Hertz Rent-A-Car 70's - YouTube (2017). Retrieved on 28 April 2017.
  3. OJ on the Run: The Bronco Chase - YouTube (June 17, 1994). Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “Football and film star O.J. Simpson led police on a low-speed chase along the Los Angeles freeways shortly before his arrest for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. This video, aired on CNN, features the sound from OJ's phone conversation with Homicide Detective Tom Lange. Listen as the accused killer tells Lange that he is the one who 'deserves' to be hurt.”
  4. OJ Simpson Chase Live 6/17/94 - YouTube (June 17, 1994). Retrieved on 28 April 2017.
  5. Tammy Bruce: On Being Ostracized - YouTube. Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “A short clip in which author Tammy Bruce speaks of being ostracized by NOW and the feminist establishment because she focused on OJ Simpson as man who beat and killed a woman, and was not sympathetic to the racial politics that became attached to the murder trial.”
  6. KFI-AM Apologizes to Cosbys - latimes. articles.latimes.com (August 21, 1998). Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “Bruce, who has been with KFI since 1994, got into trouble with controversial comments she made following an essay by Camille Cosby that was published in USA Today on July 8. Printed the day after Mikail Markhasev was found guilty of the 27-year old doctoral student's murder on Jan. 16, 1997, Mrs. Cosby began: 'I believe America taught our son's killer to hate African Americans,' and cited a racist remark made by Markhasev.”
  7. "The O.J. Simpson case - LA Times". Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “In 1997, he was ordered to pay more than $33 million for their wrongful deaths. He is now serving a prison sentence in Nevada for kidnapping, robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges for trying to obtain memorabilia he claims belonged to him.” 
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baruch_Goldstein
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_of_the_Patriarchs_massacre
  10. Luby's shooting - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “Early in the investigation of the massacre the Killeen police chief said that he 'had an evident problem with women for some reason.'”
  11. Police May Never Learn What Motivated Gunman : Massacre: Hennard was seen as reclusive, belligerent. Officials are looking into possibility he hated women. - latimes. articles.latimes.com. Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “At the same time, a clearer picture began to emerge of George Jo Hennard, 35, a reclusive, belligerent man with an explosive temper who was drummed out of the Merchant Marine because of drug use. He was also painted by neighbors as a man who once stalked two young women who lived nearby, while police said they were also looking into the possibility that he hated women in general.”
  12. First Reports Evaluating the Effectiveness of Strategies for Preventing Violence: Early Childhood Home Visitation and Firearms Laws (PDF) (2003). Retrieved on 28 April 2017.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 1994 Births - Wikipedia (1994).
  14. Justin Bieber apologizes to Bill Clinton - CBS News (July 12, 2013). Retrieved on 27 April 2017. “The video, posted by TMZ, captures Bieber urinating in a mop bucket as he exits a nightclub through a restaurant kitchen. The clip then shows the 19-year-old performer using what looks like cleaning liquid to spray a poster of Clinton as the Canadian singer shouts the expletive about the former president.”
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 1994 in film - Wikipedia (1994). Retrieved on 27 January 2017.
  16. Lt. Dan Band - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 27 April 2017. “The Lt. Dan Band is a cover band founded by Gary Sinise and Kimo Williams to perform at USO shows, entertain troops, and raise money for disabled veterans. The band is named after the character Lieutenant Dan Taylor, whom Sinise portrayed in the film Forrest Gump. Sinise has said in interviews that many people know him by sight as 'Lieutenant Dan' rather than by his real name, hence the band's name.”
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 1994 in television - Wikipedia (1994).
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 1994 in music - Wikipedia (1994). Retrieved on 30 January 2017.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 1994 in music - Wikipedia (1994).
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  21. Rwandan genocide - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “The Tutsi Genocide , was a mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. It is estimated that more than 800,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994,[1] constituting as many as 70% to 80% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2 million Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.”
  22. UN decides it is officially 'genocide against Tutsi’ - News. theeastafrican.co.ke (February 1 2014). Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “'It’s worth noting that this resolution is the very first since 1994 to recognise 'genocide against the Tutsi,’ away from the 'Rwandan genocide.’ It is unbelievable that 20 years after, we had to argue with world powers about the group that was the victim of the genocide,' he tweeted after the session.”
  23. Rwanda: How the genocide happened - BBC News (17 May 2011). Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994. A French judge has blamed current Rwandan President, Paul Kagame - at the time the leader of a Tutsi rebel group - and some of his close associates for carrying out the rocket attack. Mr Kagame vehemently denies this and says it was the work of Hutu extremists, in order to provide a pretext to carry out their well-laid plans to exterminate the Tutsi community.”
  24. 1994 Northridge earthquake
  25. 1994 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak
  26. Air France Flight 8969
  27. China celebrates 10 years of being connected to the Internet - PC World Australia (2004-05-17). Retrieved on 2016-06-30.
  28. Evolution of Internet in China. Retrieved on 2016-06-30.
  29. Christopher Null (April 2007). 50 Best Tech Products of All Time. PC World.
  30. Banja Luka incident
  31. Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.
  32. 1994 AMIA bombing
  33. Matsumoto incident
  34. Aum Shinrikyo - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “On the night of 27 June 1994, the cult carried out a chemical weapons attack against civilians when they released sarin in the central Japanese city of Matsumoto, Nagano. With the help of a converted refrigerator truck, members of the cult released a cloud of sarin which floated near the homes of judges who were overseeing a lawsuit concerning a real-estate dispute which was predicted to go against the cult.”

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