The 9/12 Project and the Tea Party Movement
Contributed by Alex Shrugged
As Glenn Beck makes his move to Fox News he starts with a series called "We Surround Them". He is a deeply emotional and inspiring man. He reminds his audience that the people have the final say on what government does because ultimately, the power of the government is derived from the individual. The media and the government don't surround us. We surround them. He sets forth 9 principles and asks his audience to email their picture to Fox News if they believe in those same principles. The servers at Fox News collapse... 5 times. As the anniversary of 9-11 approaches, Glenn recalls how it felt the day after, on 9-12. We weren't fighting each other. We were helping each other. So with that idea in mind, he starts the 9-12 Project based on 9 principles and 12 values. He calls on volunteers to start their own local chapter. He wants these groups to educate their fellows in their civic duties, the Constitution and US history. He wants people of different backgrounds to get together, and that is what happens. Then something else happens. The Tea Party emerges as a separate movement and turns political. This is not what Glenn is aiming for, but the people want it. They march on Washington to protest the politicians taking money and power, to protest the multi-billion dollar bailouts of companies "too big to fail", and the proposed healthcare plan that will takeover 7% of the US economy. It is an amazing outpouring of time and energy. We the People have risen up and we have spoken loud and clear.    
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
Starting in Veracruz, Mexico, this outbreak killed an estimated 284,500 people, according to the World Health Organization. H1N1 is the strain of influenza that was behind the 1918 flu pandemic, and has a notable feature that it does not infect adults over 60 disproportionately, which likey helped with it's spreading. It's common name, "Swine flu", came from the fact that genetic testing suggests it was the result of an older flu virus combining with the Eurasian pig flu virus. 
None Dare Call It Terrorism: The Fort Hood Massacre
Contributed by Alex Shrugged
Toward the end of July, Major Nidal Hasan enters a gun shop in Kileen, Texas asking for the most advanced weapon with the largest capacity magazine. They recommend the FN Five-seveN using the 5.7×28mm cartridge. Hasan researches the recommendation, and returns to buy the pistol, ammunition and extra magazines. Then a little over 2 months later, Major Hasan enters the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center where soldiers receive medical treatment prior to deployment. Hassan has visited the Center before. He pulls out his weapon fitted with two Lasermax sights, shouts something in Arabic about Allah, and begins fan-shooting the crowd without aiming. Then he aims to kill. An unarmed Army Reserve captain charges Hasan, but he goes down wounded. An unarmed civilian doctor rushes forward, and is shot dead, but it clear from eye witnesses that he is targeting soldiers. Civilian police Sergeant Kimberly Munley rushes to the scene. She takes the Beretta M9 out of her holster and fires. Hasan fires back, and hits her twice. She is down. Her weapon is jammed. Hasan kicks it away. Civilian police Sergeant Mark Todd turns the corner, and orders Hasan to surrender. Hasan fires once. He's empty. Todd fires 5 shots into Hasan. Hasan drifts into unconsciousness as Todd handcuffs him. Officer Munley will live, and unfortunately, so will Hasan. 13 others are dead. President Obama refuses to call it terrorism.   
None that I can find.--alexshrugged
- Ted Kennedy (age 77, brain cancer): US Senator. (And things more terrible than that. I'm glad he is dead.--alexshrugged) 
- Jack Kemp (age 73, cancer): Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, and Congressman leading the charge for the Reagan tax cuts. "We must win the war on poverty by enlisting the greatest weapon ever invented: Free Enterprise". 
- Ricardo Montalbán (age 88, congestive heart failure): Kahn in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Fantasy Island and more. 
- Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua (age 15, euthanized after a stroke): "¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!" ("I want Taco Bell!") 
This Year in Film
- Avatar: A science fiction visual delight. 
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: This is J.K. Rowling's favorite of the Harry Potter movies. 
- Star Trek: The reboot of the Star Trek original series. (Good hand off.--alexshrugged)
- And...: Twilight: New Moon, Monsters vs. Aliens, and The Blind Side. 
This Year in TV
- President Obama delays implementation of digital TV: Apparently no one realized that analog TV was going away for real. 
- Glenn Beck moves to Fox News: (Inspiring man, but not the leader of a movement.--alexshrugged) 
- Glee: High school students sing their way through life. (I liked it initially.--alexshrugged) 
- The Colony: An unreal survival reality show after the collapse of civilization. (The 1st season had some good ideas, but over all it was too "zombie biker apocalypse" for me.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Music
- Michael Jackson outsells everyone else as he passes away: . 
This Year in Video Games
- Angry Birds for iOS: You launch birds into a pig's fortress... for some reason. 
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: Called "the best video game of all time." (Time must be short, but OK.--alexshrugged) 
- Stalin vs. Martians: Like a slow motion car crash, you know it is going to be bad, but you just can't look away. 
In Other News
- SNL comedian Al Franken becomes a US Senator: After months of fixing the votes (I mean recounting the votes) the Democrats now have a veto-proof majority. Here comes Obamacare. 
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 2009, Wikipedia.
- Glenn Beck - We Surround Them - YouTube (February 5, 2009). Retrieved on 23 May 2017. “Glenn Beck - We Surround Them. You Are Not Alone. A grassroots effort to wake up our Nation's leaders and let them know what many, if not most, Americans truly believe in and stand for.”
- Glenn Beck We Surround Them 1 of 5 - YouTube (March 13, 2009). Retrieved on 23 May 2017.
- Tea Party Rally Sparks Dispute Over Potential Turnout - Fox News (September 11, 2009). Retrieved on 23 May 2017. “'That is what we are trying to accomplish by not giving the media any crowd estimates that they use against us,' Steinhauser wrote. 'We want to surprise them and shock the nation by the massive turnout that we expect on 9-12. I can only ask you to trust our judgment in this, and promise you that we will have a huge turnout.' Advertisement Trending in Politics 1 Manchester terror attack: Trump calls attackers 'evil losers in life'; offers sympathy for victims 2 DeVos: 'School choice' will not be mandated by Washington 3 Trump budget to cut Medicaid, food stamps -- put 'taxpayer first,' officials say 4 Trump gets good reviews overseas, but probe still casts long shadow 5 Sessions says sanctuary cities risk losing DOJ, DHS grants”
- Beck Closely Examines Tea Party Movement. The New American (August 10, 2010). Retrieved on 23 May 2017. “Accusations that the Tea Party movement is split rest primarily on issues between the Tea Party Express and most other Tea Party organizations. Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams attracted a great deal of negative attention from the media with controversial statements like 'Allah is a monkey God.' Likewise, members of the Tea Party Express, including President Amy Kremer, stood in support of Williams until only recently, prompting other Tea Party organizations to reject the Tea Party Express for not aligning itself with the values espoused by the Tea Party movement. With the exception of this rift, the Tea Party groups seem to have formed a united front against the progressive agenda.”
- Army reprimands 9 officers in Fort Hood shooting - USATODAY.com (March 10, 2011). Retrieved on 23 May 2017. “Commenting late Thursday, Republican Sen. Susan Collins said the Defense Department 'failed to act on Hasan's obvious radicalization by either disciplining him or discharging him — actions that could have been taken under existing personnel and extremism policies. Hasan's increasing extremism was well known to his supervisors and colleagues at Walter Reed as was his poor performance.'”
- 2009 Fort Hood shooting - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 23 May 2017. “On November 5, 2009, a mass shooting took place at Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas. Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others. The shooting produced more casualties than any other on an American military base.”
- Civilian police officer acted quickly to help subdue alleged gunman - News - Stars and Stripes (November 8, 2009). Retrieved on 23 May 2017. “He then stood up and reportedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar!' — Arabic for 'God is great!' — before revealing his weapons and beginning to fire, according to Chuck Medley, Fort Hood’s director of emergency services. The first 911 call came at 1:23 p.m. Four minutes later, Hasan was down.”
- Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. Penguin. ISBN 0140009728. “He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”
- Fort Hood victims see similarities to Benghazi - Washington Times (October 18, 2012). Retrieved on 23 May 2017. “The Department of Defense is still refusing to reclassify the attack, citing the need to maintain the integrity of the legal case against Mr. Hasan. A spokesman for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, however, did not rule out reevaluating that decision in the future. When asked how Mr. Panetta plans to respond to the victims’ outcry, his spokesman took a day and a half to respond, but eventually emailed a statement Friday night. 'The Department of Defense is committed to the integrity of the ongoing court martial proceedings of Major Nadal Hassan and for that reason will not further characterize, at this time, the incident that occurred at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009,' Pentagon spokesman George Little said in the statement. 'Major Hassan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder, and 32 counts of attempted murder. As with all pending UCMJ matters, the accused is innocent until proven guilty.'”
- Terror act or workplace violence? Hasan trial raises sensitive issue - National - tucson.com (2013). Retrieved on 23 May 2017. “Victims of the shooting rampage filed a lawsuit last year over the administration's decision to treat the incident as workplace violence. They say that designation has robbed them of benefits and made them ineligible to receive the Purple Heart, awarded to service members wounded in battle. On Monday, the staff of the magazine National Review launched a petition drive directed at Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, arguing that the Army psychiatrist should be tried as an enemy combatant for what they consider 'an Act of Terror.'”
- 2009 Deaths - Wikipedia (2009).
- Michael Jackson - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 22 May 2017. “On June 25, 2009, Jackson stopped breathing while attempting to sleep under the care of Conrad Murray, his personal physician. Murray had reportedly given Jackson an array of medications in an attempt to help him sleep at his rented mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating Jackson were unsuccessful.”
- Taco Bell chihuahua - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 23 May 2017. “Her advertising catchphrase was '¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!' ('I want Taco Bell!'). Her voiceover was provided by Carlos Alazraqui while Perry Herman played the national announcer.”
- 2009 in film - Wikipedia (2009). Retrieved on 27 January 2017.
- 2009 in television - Wikipedia (2009).
- 2009 in music - Wikipedia (2009). Retrieved on 30 January 2017.
- 2009 in video gaming - Wikipedia (2009).
- LeBlanc, Brandon (22 July 2009). Windows 7 Has Been Released to Manufacturing. Microsoft. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved on 3 September 2016.
- 2009 - Wikipedia.
- "Surprise Nobel for Obama Stirs Praise and Doubts", October 9, 2009.
- 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
- Celizic, Mike. "'Balloon boy' dad: It wasn't a stunt", MSNBC, October 16, 2009. Retrieved on 21 October 2009.
- "Colorado balloon incident under federal investigation", CNN, October 20, 2009. Retrieved on 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 21 January 2010.