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Run, Rudolph, Run

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

Eric Rudolph is on the run after the FBI issues a warrant for his arrest. He is wanted for the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta where one woman was killed and over 100 were injured. He later used two bombs on an abortion clinic in Sandy Springs, injuring 4. Then he bombed another abortion clinic, killing a police officer and severely injuring a nurse. Finally, he bombed a lesbian nightclub, injuring 4. He is seen making his way into the woods. A manhunt begins. Attorney General Janet Reno declares that, "We are going to keep searching until we find him." That search will take another 5 years. In the meantime, he will be spotted here and there like Elvis. It will become a running joke. Tee shirts will be printed up with, "Run, Rudolph, Run", recalling the Chuck Berry song of the same name, and the "Home Alone" series. It's fun for the spectators, but it is not funny. Eric Rudolph has murdered people for doing what is legally allowed. When he is finally caught, he will apologize for the Olympic Park bombing, but nothing else. He thinks that the gay agenda is wrong, and that abortion is murder. He will get life in prison, and receive many appeals from Christians to turn away from sin. He will appreciate the effort, but say, "I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible." [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
OK. I'm going to talk about abortion and the error in logic when people call it murder, but first I am compelled to admit my bias. I am an Orthodox Jew. In Jewish tradition, early-term abortion is allowed, meaning within 10 weeks of conception. After that, an abortion is allowed only when the life of the mother is at stake, meaning... "I think we better do something quick, or this mother is going to die," or "Golly, after her previous child, she killed her entire family with an axe". (Yeah. Give her an abortion.) I can justify these positions religiously, but I am not here to make a religious argument. I want to make A LOGIC ARGUMENT. Eric Rudolph did the logical thing if someone believed that abortion is murder. He blew up the place where murders were occurring. If I believed that abortion was murder, I might be tempted to do the same thing, but since I do NOT believe that, I am not tempted. Nevertheless, I worry when good people call abortion murder. I do NOT want to spur them into action. I want them to turn down the rhetoric. Call it something else... an abomination... a terrible act... a devious deception, but not murder. It is more honest that way because whatever abortion is, morally speaking, our actions betray what we really believe. [6] [7]

Bill Clinton is impeached!

Contributed by Southpaw Ben

On December 19, 1998 impeachment proceedings began against Bill Clinton on the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. These charges stemmed from Clinton's testimony about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. This testimony was during a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones, a civil servant while Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas. In this lawsuit, she allaged that he had exposed himself to her. At the end of these proceedings, he will become the second president to be impeached, the first being Andrew Johnson, neither of whom received the 2/3 majority in the senate required to remove him from office. As a result, he will be acquitted of charges. This was the exact same result that happened with the Andrew Johnson impeachment. [8][9]

My Take by Southpaw Ben
First of all, so many of Bill's problems wouldn't have came up if he'd just kept his pants on... Both literally, and figuratively. Many people seem to confuse impeachment with removal from office. Impeachment is simply the process through which the president, or other governing officials, are formally charged with a crime. After the impeachment, there is then a trial, and, if needed, removal from office. These next two steps are independent of the act of impeachment itself. With all the calls I've seen for Trump to be impeached, I often wonder what they want to charge him with, or if they simply are misinformed as to what impeachment actually entails, and what the results of a successful impeachment actually are.[10]

What Impeachment? I'm Busy Bombing Iraq!

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

Four days before impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton begin, he authorizes a strike on Iraqi targets to force compliance with the ceasefire agreement signed after the First Gulf War. It is called Operation Desert Fox. Over the next 70 hours, US forces launch 415 cruise missiles at 1.3 million a pop (in 2016 dollars). They also fly 600 sorties dropping munitions on 97 targets. The mission is to degrade Saddam Hussein's ability to produce weapons of mass destruction, a consistent justification used by the US government at this time, and reasonable enough considering that Hussein admitted that he had such weapons available. (Hussein lied. People died.) Normally, the Congress must authorize such force, but the President is using an obscure reference in the Iraq Liberation Act he recently signed to allow it. The purpose of the Act is to provide support to insurgencies that wish to overthrow the current Iraqi regime. One can imagine that blowing up Iraq would help such groups along, but in a wider sense, bombing Iraq was probably not what Congress had in mind. [11] [12] [13] [14]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
If you can believe it, some people thought that Bill Clinton was bombing Iraq just to draw attention away from the impeachment proceedings. That January, Bill pointed right at the camera and said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." I wanted to turn my head to see which woman he was pointing at. Bill lied, but did anyone die? As Monica Lewinsky was testifying before a grand jury, Bill launched an attack on a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan. Although most people laugh it off as an aspirin factory, it provided life-saving medicines. And then there was the rape of Juanita Broaddrick. It makes Hillary's email scandal look like stealing pencils from the office supply closet. So would Bill really bomb Iraq just to coverup his perjury and sex scandals? Oh... I think so. [15] [16] [17] [18] [19]

DISCLAIMER: I have a friend who is close to the Lewinsky family, so I have a tenuous connection with them. The answer is yes. It was embarrassing to the family. Big news.

Notable Births

  • Southpaw Ben: Contributor to TSP Wiki and current college student at Penn State University, majoring in the agroecology option of the plant science major (Jack feel free to critiuqe this choice, as a freshman I'm open to change and not overly committed to anything yet.). (Definitely the most important birth this year. --Southpaw Ben)
  • Elle Fanning: Lily the young love interest in We Bought a Zoo. (She added to the film significantly.--alexshrugged) [20]
  • Jaden Smith: Son of Will Smith and star of 2010 remake of The Karate Kid. (I didn't particularly like the remake.--alexshrugged) [20]

Notable Deaths

  • Phil Hartman (age 49, shot by his wife. She was on cocaine, and committed suicide thereafter.): Saturday Night Live. [21]
  • Sonny Bono (age 62, head injury in skiing accident): Congressman, mayor and pop singer. [22]
  • Frank Sinatra (age 82, heart attack): Singer and actor. [23]
  • Roy Rogers (age 86, congestive heart failure): Singer and cowboy actor. [24]
  • Gene Autry (age 91, lymphoma): Singer and cowboy actor. [25]

This Year in Film

  • Armageddon and Deep Impact: In both movies, a planet killing asteroid threatens the Earth. (Deep Impact is more realistic. Armageddon is more fun.--alexshrugged) [26]
  • Saving Private Ryan: World War 2 film with an intense portrayal of the landing at Omaha Beach. [26]
  • And...: The Truman Show, The Parent Trap, Wag the Dog, and many other popular films, but I had to stop somewhere. [26]

This Year in TV

  • The King of Queens: Sitcom about a couple living in Queens. [27]
  • That '70s Show: Sitcom about teenagers living in the 1970s. [27]
  • Will & Grace: Sitcom featuring a gay lawyer, and a straight interior designer. [27]
  • Sex and the City: An HBO romantic comedy. [27]

This Year in Music

  • You're Still The One: Shania Twain. "You're still the one I run to / The one that I belong to / You're still the one I want for life." [28]
  • George Michael is arrested for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom: He calls it "a subconsciously deliberate act". (He was a bisexual worried that he career might be ruined if the truth was known. He passed away in 2016.--alexshrugged) [28]
  • The Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act adds another 20 years: (I call it the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act" since it protects Disney's profitable creations nearing the end of their copyright protection.--alexshrugged) [28]

This Year in Video Games

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: An immersive experience. (The novel Rainbow Six is worth reading.--alexshrugged). [29]
  • Metal Gear Solid: Tops the charts in rentals for action games. [29] [30]
  • Atari is acquired by Hasbro Interactive: The Dot-Com Bubble has doubled Hasbro's revenues, but it is about to take a nosedive. [29]
  • Pokémon Red and Blue is released in North America: WARNING: On December 16th, 1997, the 38th episode of the Pokémon cartoon spinoff caused over 600 Japanese children to collapse into convulsions or experience blurred vision. Many were hospitalized for 2 weeks. This episode is now banned. (A certain frequency of flashing can cause convulsions even in normal people. It is not necessarily epilepsy, but check with your doctor to be sure. This human vulnerability was used as a plot element in Tom Clancy's Debt of Honor four years earlier.--alexshrugged) [29] [31]

In Other News

  • Viagra is approved for erectile dysfunction in the USA: . [33]
  • Osama bin Laden bombs US embassies in Tanzania, and Kenya, killing 224: . [33][34]
  • James Byrd is dragged to death in Jasper, Texas: Two white supremisists are convicted of murder. One is still waiting on death row. The other is no longer waiting. [33][35]
  • Matthew Shepard is beaten to death Laramie, Wyoming: Presumably, he was beaten for being a homosexual, but it was more likely a robbery. In any case, the perpetrators are serving life sentences. [33]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1998, Wikipedia.

See Also

References

  1. Chuck Berry Run Rudolph Run - YouTube. Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “Run Rudolph Run”
  2. #477: 10-14-98 ERIC RUDOLPH CHARGED IN CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK BOMBING. Department of Justice (OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT SITE) (2017). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “In a criminal complaint filed today in Atlanta, together with a sealed affidavit, the Justice Department charged that the 32 year old resident of Murphy, North Carolina, was responsible for the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta on July 27, 1996, the double bombing at the Sandy Springs Professional Building in north Atlanta on January 16, 1997, and the double bombing at The Otherside Lounge in Atlanta on February 21, 1997. An arrest warrant was issued today for his arrest on these charges.”
  3. CNN.com - Rudolph agrees to plea agreement - Apr 8, 2005 (April 12, 2005). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “Rudolph, 38, will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in exchange for guilty pleas to all charges against him.”
  4. CNN.com - Rudolph's mother: Son not a 'monster' - Aug 22, 2005 (August 22, 2005). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “In April, Rudolph revealed his motives for the first time, blaming his attacks on the legalization of abortion and 'aberrant sexual behavior.'”
  5. CNN.com - Rudolph apologizes for Olympic bombing - Aug 22, 2005 (August 22, 2005). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “He did not apologize for any of his other attacks, including the bombing of a family planning clinic.”
  6. Abortion in Jewish Law. Aish HaTorah. Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “As a general rule, abortion in Judaism is permitted only if there is a direct threat to the life of the mother by carrying the fetus to term or through the act of childbirth. In such a circumstance, the baby is considered tantamount to a rodef, a pursuer after the mother with the intent to kill her.”
  7. Alex Shrugged notes: The ending is softer than I wanted, but I decided that I am not here to bully people into facing the facts. I am presenting the facts, and letting them come to their own conclusions. So I softened the ending. I just hope it is not too soft.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_of_Bill_Clinton
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Jones#Jones_v._Clinton
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_in_the_United_States
  11. Tomahawk (missile) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “In 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense purchased 149 Tomahawk Block IV missiles for $202.3 million.”
  12. Factsheets : Operation Desert Fox (August 23,2011). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “The primary mission of DESERT FOX was to strike military targets in Iraq that contributed to its ability to produce, store, maintain, and deliver weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The U.S. government expected to achieve several goals with the operation. First, it would degrade Iraq's ability to create and employ WMD. Second, the attacks would diminish Iraq's capability to wage war against its neighbors. Third, the operation would impress upon Saddam Hussein the consequences of violating international agreements, including allowing United Nations inspectors unfettered access to Iraqi sites.”
  13. William J. Clinton: Statement on Signing the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress that the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi opposition that advocate a very different future for Iraq than the bitter reality of internal repression and external aggression that the current regime in Baghdad now offers.”
  14. What Happened to Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction? - Arms Control Association (2017). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “After all, top Pentagon officials were sure that Baghdad held tons of weaponized chemical and biological weapons and had not only proscribed SCUD missiles but also a clandestine, active program to obtain a nuclear weapons capability. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld summed up this attitude in a March 30 interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC television, stating bluntly that, when it came to weapons of mass destruction, 'We know where they are.'”
  15. A Chronology: Key Moments In The Clinton-Lewinsky Saga. Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “Word emerges that Independent Counsel Ken Starr has served President Clinton with a subpoena that calls for his testimony before the Lewinsky grand jury next week. Negotiations are underway on the scope, timing and format of Clinton's testimony.”
  16. Exclusive FAV Interview w Builder of Sudanese Factory. Free Arab Voice (September 2, 1998). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “The Shifa factory is actually made up of three different plants. The first is the general plant, because it produces general medicinal products according to GMP requirements (for Good Manufacture Practice). Some of this plant's products for example are Paracetamol, and treatments for blood pressure, diabetes, and ulcers. The general plant is made up of two lines: 1) the tablets line, and 2) the syrups line. The second plant is for penicillins. It has two lines also: 1) capsules, and 2) dry suspensions (powders). The third plant is for veterinarian products. It is made up of four lines, one syrups line, two dry suspension lines, and one poulas line. These were the three separate plants of al-Shifa factory and they had different workers, machines, and ventilation systems.”
  17. To Bomb Sudan Plant, or Not: A Year Later, Debates Rankle. web.archive.org (October 27, 1999). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “In the aftermath, some senior officials moved to suppress internal dissent, officials said. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and a senior deputy, they said, encouraged State Department intelligence analysts to kill a report being drafted that said the bombing was not justified.”
  18. "Washingtonpost.com Special Report: Clinton Accused", February 20, 1999. Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “As she tells the story, they spent only a few minutes chatting by the window -- Clinton pointed to an old jail he wanted to renovate if he became governor -- before he began kissing her. She resisted his advances, she said, but soon he pulled her back onto the bed and forcibly had sex with her. She said she did not scream because everything happened so quickly. Her upper lip was bruised and swollen after the encounter because, she said, he had grabbed onto it with his mouth. 'The last thing he said to me was, 'You better get some ice for that.' And he put on his sunglasses and walked out the door,' she recalled.” 
  19. Response to the Lewinsky Allegations (January 26, 1998) - Miller Center of Public Affairs (2017). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “At the end of a speech about education policy proposals (6:18), President Clinton responds to the allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, saying: 'I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.'”
  20. 20.0 20.1 1998 Births - Wikipedia (1998).
  21. Phil Hartman - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 May 2017. “Brynn”
  22. Sonny Bono - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 May 2017. “62”
  23. Frank Sinatra - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 May 2017.
  24. Roy Rogers - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 May 2017.
  25. Gene Autry - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 May 2017.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 1998 in film - Wikipedia (1998). Retrieved on 27 January 2017.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 1998 in television - Wikipedia (1998).
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 1998 in music - Wikipedia (1998). Retrieved on 30 January 2017.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 1998 in music - Wikipedia (1998).
  30. Metal Gear Breaks Into Rentals - IGN (19 November 1998). Retrieved on 4 May 2017.
  31. Pokémon episodes removed from rotation - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 May 2017. “20 minutes into the episode, there is a scene in which Pikachu stops some vaccine missiles with its Thunderbolt attack, resulting in a huge explosion that rapidly flashes red and blue lights. Although there were similar parts in the episode with red and blue flashes, an anime technique called 'paka paka' made this scene extremely intense, for these flashes were extremely bright strobe lights, with blinks at a rate of about 12 Hz for about 5 seconds in almost fullscreen, and then for 2 seconds outright fullscreen. At this point, viewers started to complain of blurred vision, headaches, dizziness and nausea. A few people even had seizures, blindness, convulsions, and lost consciousness.”
  32. "The History Of Google – Searching The World" (notes), Matt Jacks, 10 January 2005, webpage: WAH-HGoogle.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 1998 - Wikipedia.
  34. 1998 U.S. embassy bombings
  35. Murder of James Byrd, Jr.

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