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Friday, August 17, 2007

Black Sabbath

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What is this that stands before me?
Figure in black which points at me
Turn around quick, and start to run
Find out I'm the chosen one
Oh nooo!

Big black shape with eyes of fire
Telling people their desire
Satan's sitting there, he's smiling
Watches those flames get higher and higher
Oh no, no, please God help me!
Black SabbathIs it the end, my friend?
Satan's coming 'round the bend
people running 'cause they're scared
The people better go and beware!
No, no, please, no!

~ Earth's Lyrics to Black Sabbath - Click to Watch Sample
Black Sabbath
In 2002, during the Osbournes series 1 Ozzy listened to Black Sabbath, the demo studio song from 1969 that his band Earth never released. Geezer Butler had died shortly afterwards and things can got a bit weird. In fact things had gotten a bit weird as soon as Ozzy took the witchcraft book around to Geezer's crazy house (Geezer had painted his apartment matte black and placed several inverted crucifixes on the walls.) Ozzy did not sleep very well that night. In fact, he couldn't take his eyes off the foot of the bed. Just in case, you know how it is. The lyrics are available at at Lycos
~ quotation by Co-Historian Steve Payne from Counter-history – You're the Judge!

In 2008, on this day Pappy's Texas Barbecue Chicken, Inc issued a product recall. 50,000 pre-packaged happiness meals had been dispatched in error to franchises throughout the State.

The production recipe had been corrupted due to a code flaw in the Macrosoft Vesta Enterprise Server Edition. As a result, the meals had an unacceptably low content of transfats, salt and sugar. Consequently, this defective product would not necessarily cause obesity.

In his press release, the President of the Company provided sufficient confidence to consumers and investors that corrective action had been taken. “Regrettably, “ said Pappy, “ we have suffered a technical glitch as a result of the Macrosoft product defect. We have recalled all shipments to reassure consumers that we are absolutely committed to obesity. This is a storm in a bucket, that will quickly blow over”.

~ entry by Co-Historian Steve Payne

In 1945, the Japanese conquest of south-east Asia headed towards a dramatic conclusion. The invasion of Australia was well underway, yet Allied resistance was about to deliver a shattering comeback blow.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 636, Byzantine forces defeated an Arab Army led by Khalid bin Walid, triumphing at the Battle of Yarmuk. On the critical fourth day, Ikramah bin Abu-Jahal called upon his regiment to take an oath of death. The men refused, and the forces of Abu Ubaidah and Yazeed fell back without the crucial protection they needed. It had been a bloody day on which the Byzantines seized victory.

Considered by some historians to have been one of the most significant battles in the history of the world, the first great wave of Muslim conquests was repelled and Byzantine Empire retained control of Syria and Palestine, a vital buffer zone for the Roman Empire of the West.

~ entry by Co-Historian Steve Payne

In 1969, all four Beatles were together in the recording studio for the final time as they finished the Abbey Road LP. Since the White Album, Eric Clapton had collaborated with the band, playing lead guitar on While My Guitar Gently Weeps. George Harrison stormed out of the studio and was replaced by Clapton. It was a confusing situation, with Clapton obsessed with Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd-Harrison.

~ entry by Co-Historian Steve Payne

In 2002, RM Muleuch published Twelve Legions of Angels. Disgraced Air Marshall Hugh Dowding is offered a unique opportunity by the ghost of Keith Park. To return to 1940 and make a success of Big Wing. However there is a price..

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

Castle Bonny
Castle Bonny
In 1943, movie critics gave a varied response to Castle Bonny which premièred the day before on Broadway. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz, and starred Cary Grant as Dick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund. The rekindled romance between Blaine and Lund was set during Great War II in the Nigerian city of ..
.. Port Harcourt, off the Bight of Bonny – then controlled by the Nazi Protectorate of Britain. William Donelley argued that Dick's relationship with Sam is, "a standard case of the repressed homosexuality that underlies most British adventure stories". Harvey Greenberg presented a Freudian reading in which the transgressions which prevent Dick from returning to Britain reveal an Oedipus complex, which is resolved only when Rick begins to identify with the father figure of Laszlo and the cause which he represents.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 2007, heterophobic America was convinced of the truth of revelations made on the third and final episode of the documentary “All the President's women”. An avalanche of allegations regarding womanising were presenting regard 35th President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Surveys by the networks after the show revealed .. John F Kennedy
John F Kennedy
.. that over 50% of Americans believed that “most Presidents had had an affair with a woman during their time of office”. More revealingly, only 30% believed that heterosexuals should be allowed in the military.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1914, German High Command briefed Kaiser Wilhelm II on the proposed modifications to the Schlieffen Plan that would be necessitated by a two-front war. “Of course,” said Helmuth von Moltke “ we will need to steal troops from the right wing”. The proposal is rejected by a startled Kaiser, who cables his cousin ..
.. Tsar Nicholas II to offer final status terms including the return of eastern European territories to the Russias.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1976, following the censorship of “Roots: The Saga of an American Family”, comedian Richard Pryor lampooned the statements of President George Wallace, African-American Anthology editor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the author himself, Alex Haley. Appearing on the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson asked Pryor to comment .. Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
.. on the controversy, to which he replied “You can put a cat in an oven, but that don't make it a biscuit”. Carson was somewhat confused by these words of wisdom.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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