T.L. Winslow's 2017 C.E. Historyscope

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2017 - The Year of Trump and his Muslim Travel Ban, or, White Is Right Again, For How Long Nobody Knows They're Marching in the Streets?

Trump Rooster in China, 2017 Make America Great Again Dress, 2017 U.S. Pres. Donald John Trump (1946-) U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (1970-) U.S. Vice-Pres. Mike Pence (1959-) Karen Pence of the U.S. (1958-) Ivanka Trump (1981-) Sally Yates of the U.S. (1960-) Gen. James N. Mattis of the U.S. (1950-) Gen. John Francis Kelly of the U.S. (1950-) Sean Michael Spicer of the U.S. (1971-) Nikki Haley of the U.S. (1972-) Elaine Lan Chao of the U.S. (1953-) Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. (1967-) Ajit Varadaraj Pai of the U.S. (1973-) Mike Pompeo of the U.S. (1963-) Rex Wayne Tillerson of the U.S. (1952-) Ben Carson of the U.S. (1951-) Rick Perry of the U.S. (1950-) Betsy DeVos of the U.S. (1958-) Jeff Sessions of the U.S. (1946-)) Wilbur Ross of the U.S. (1937-) Steve Mnuchin of the U.S. (1962-) Tom Price of the U.S. (1954-) Andy Puzder of the U.S. (1950-) Mick Mulvaney of the U.S. (1967-) U.S. Adm. Robert Harward Jr. of the U.S. U.S. Gen. Herbert Raymond 'H.R.' McMaster (1962-) Scott Pruitt of the U.S. (1968-) Dan Coats of the U.S. (1943-) R. Alexander Acosta of the U.S. (1968-) Devin Nunes of the U.S. (1973-) Madonna (1958-) in Pussyhat, Jan. 21, 2017 John Bercow of Britain (1963-) Gen. Rumen Radev of Bulgaria (1963-) Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia (1962-) Peggy Whitson of the U.S. (1960-) Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the U.S. (1952-2017) Esteban Santiago (1990-) Shiloh Heavenly Quine (1959-) Alexandre Bissonnette (1989-) Khalid Masood, Mar. 22, 2017 Elbphilharmonie, 2017

2017 Chinese Year: Rooster (Jan. 28); late last Dec. Taiyuan, Shanxi, China erects a giant Trump Rooster Statue outside a shopping mall. Doomsday Clock: 2-1/2 min. to midnight. Africa becomes the world's fastest-growing beer market. On Jan. 1 (1:15 a.m.) an Islamist AK-47 attack in a Santa Claus costume at the Reina Nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey during a New Year celebration kills 39 and injures 69, with some jumping into the nearby Bosphorus Strait to escape; on Jan. 2 ISIS claims responsiility, with the soundbyte: "In continuation of the blessed operations that Islamic State is conducting against the protector of the cross, Turkey, a heroic soldier of the caliphate struck one of the most famous nightclubs where the Christians celebrate their apostate holiday." On Jan. 1 the Transgender Mandate, a new federal regulation prohibiting discrimination in health care against transgenders, due to come into effect today is blocked by a federal judge in Tex. On Jan. 1 Finland announces a 2-year Universal Basic Income (UBI) of 560 Euros/month to a randomly selected pop. of 2K. On Jan. 2 the 2017 Rose Bowl sees the 9-3 USC Trojans defeat the 11-2 Penn. State Nittany Lions 52-49. On Jan. 2 after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Lunatic pledges to step-up efforts to test-fire an ICBM this year, Donald Trump tweets the soundbyte: "It won't happen!" On Jan. 2 The New Celebrity Apprentice debuts on NBC-TV, hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, with new U.S. pres. Donald Trump as exec producer. On Jan. 3 Pres. Obama expands the power of the Nat. Security Agency (NSA) to share raw sigint (globally intercepted personal communications) with 16 other intel agencies, making it easier for anti-Trump moles to leak info. after he takes office. On Jan. 5 four Black Lives Matter supporters in Chicago, Ill. kidnap and torture white mentally challenged ? and post it live on Facebook, getting them arrested and charged with kidnapping and hate crime. On Jan. 6 Russian Gen. Valery Gerasimov announces that it is beginning a withdrawal of forces from Syria, starting with the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. On Jan. 6 (12:55 p.m.) after visiting an FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska in Nov. and claiming that voices in his head were telling him to join ISIS, 26-y.-o. Iraq War vet Esteban Santiago (1990-) (who converted to Islam under the name Aashiq Hammad years before joining the U.S. Army) flies to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., gets his checked gun out of the baggage area, and uses it to shoot and kill five and injure eight before running out of ammo and laying down to wait for police to arrest him; he later tells FBI agents that he carried out the attack for ISIS. On Jan. 6 Donald Trump meets with the FBI, NSA, CIA, and DNI chiefs, who claim that Russia engaged in a systematic hacking attempt to help him defeat Hillary; he responds GFY, er, that it is probably a Dem. witch hunt and didn't affect the election outcome; meanwhile Congress certifies Trump's Electoral College V over Hillary by 304-227. On Jan. 6 57-y.-o. convicted murderer Shiloh Heavenly Quine (1959-) in Calif. becomes the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex reassignment surgery. On Jan. 8 (Sun.) a jihadist plows his truck into Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, Israel, killing four and injuring 15; on Jan. 9 the Berlin Senate in Germany has the Brandenburg Gate lit with the colors of the Israeli flag in solidarity for the first time ever. On Jan. 8 the 2nd of two U.S. strikes (Dec. 29) in C Yemen kills three AQAP operatives. On Jan. 8 (eve.) the 2017 (74th) Golden Globes Awards, presented at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif by Jimmy Fallon is a coup for "La La Land", which wins seven; the awards show is full of liberal Hollyweird stars giving speeches dissing Donald Trump, esp. Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award winner Meryl Streep, causing Trump to Tweet that "she's one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood". On Jan. 10 (eve.) Pres. Obama delivers his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., responding to cries of "four more years" with "I can't do that", and issuing a parting shot at Donald Trump with the soundbyte: "For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back." On Jan. 10 Yahoo announces that it will change its name to Altaba after being acquired by $4.8B by Verizon, with Marissa Mayer leaving the board. On Jan. 11 pres.-elect Donald Trump gives a news conference (first in 162 days), continuing his trademark style of never backing down on anything, refusing to put his assets in a blind trust or release his tax returns, and brushing off all attempts to frame him on being Putin's puppet, and telling Jim Acosta that his CNN is "fake news". On Jan. 11 Norway becomes the first country to shut down its FM radio network, despite a Dec. poll that shows that 66% of the pop. oppose it. On Jan. 11 the 15th anniv. of the Gitmo Detention Center; 60 detainees remain, incl. 46 certified as too dangerous to transfer or try. On Jan. 11 Blackwater founder Erik Prince secretly meets in the Seychelles Islands with a Russian close to Russian pres. Vladimir Putin to set up a communications back-link with Pres. Trump? On Jan. 12 the U.S. military moves 3.5K troops to Poland to counter Russian aggression, becoming the largest deployment since the end of the Cold War, pissing-off Russia. On Jan. 12 Pres. Obama awards vice-pres. Joe Biden a pres. medal of freedom, talking up their bromance and calling him a "lion of American history" - setting a precedent? On Jan. 12 after 100K flock to the U.S. since the Dec. 17, 2014 announcement of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations, the Obama admin. announces an end to the 1995 "wet foot, dry foot" policy of automatic legal residency for Cubans who reach U.S. soil. On Jan. 13 (1:00 p.m.) (Fri. the Thirteenth) Finnair Flight 666 takes off from Copenhagen (CPH) and flies directly to Helsinki (HEL) after a 1:34 flight, landing at 3:41 p.m. local time; the plane is 13 years old. On Jan. 13 the U.S. House of Reps votes 227-198 along party lines (except for nine defecting Repubs.) to begin the process of repealing Obamacare. On Jan. 13 former Dem. Nat. Committee (DNC) chmn. Debbie Wasserman Schultz meets with FBI dir. James Comey, dissing him for not informing her about alleged Russian hacking. On Jan. 13-14 protests in Tunisia on the 6th anniv. of the 2011 Arab Spring. On Jan. 14 Pope Francis meets with Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmoud Abbas in Rome to open the Palestinian embassy to the Vatican. On Jan. 15 (eve.) Donald Trump gives an interview to The Washington Post, in which he utters the soundbyte that he is planning on replacing Obamacare with a plan that will provide "insurance for everybody". On Jan. 15 the 2017 Paris Peace Summit, attended by delegates from 70 nations reaffirms the 2-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem, but chickens out before laying out concrete steps for fear of pro-Israel pres. Trump. On Jan. 16 the Obama admin. releases 10 detainees from Gitmo incl. almost-9/11 hijacker Mohammad Al Ansi; on Jan. 18 he frees Puerto Rican nationalist terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera. On Jan. 17 Pres. Obama commutes the sentences of 209 inmates, incl. the 35-year sentence of WikiLeaker Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, who will leave prison in May. On Jan. 18 (early a.m.) a truck-borne IED explodes in a military camp in Gao, Mali, killing 50+ and injuring many others. On Jan. 18 (night) two precision air strikes are authorized on two ISIS camps near Sirte, Libya. On Jan. 19 (eve.) after Donald Trump and his family land ceremoniously in Washington, D.C., the Deploraball in Washington, D.C. for Trump supporters is crashed by hundreds of black mask-wearing anarchist protesters; performers incl. country star Toby Keith; fake news outlet CNN is disinvited. On Jan. 19 Route 1 to Jerusalem opens to traffic. The don of a new era? On Jan. 20 (12:00 a.m.) (7th min. of the 7th hour on the eve of the Hebrew sabbath) (during a sudden light shower) the 2017 (58th) U.S. Pres. Inauguration sees New York City-born, Queens, N.Y.-raised Wharton School-educated real estate billionaire and TV personality (Presbyterian?) Donald John Trump (1946-) (Hebrew numerical value 424, same as Messiah Ben David AKA King David, who died at age 7, vs. Hillary Rodham Clinton = 255 = Amalek) (Secret Service codename: Mogul) (known for using 8th grade language filled with repetition) become Repub. U.S. pres. #45 (until ? (70 years, 70 mo. and 7 days old - oldest elected U.S. pres.) (married 3x) (five children and eight grandchildren); former gov. #50 of Ind. (2013-17) Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (1959-) (Secret Service codename: Hoosier) becomes U.S. vice-pres. #48 (until ?); the end of a globalized U.S.? the inauguration is watched by 30.6M TV viewers on 12 TV networks, becoming the 2nd highest Nielsen rating since 1981; before the ceremony Trump attends a private religious service at St. John's Episcopal Church, led by Southern Baptist Rev. Robert Jeffries; First Lady is Slovenian-born Melania Trump (Melanija Knavs or Knauss) (1970-) (Secret Service codename: Muse); at the inauguration she wears a baby-blue dress and jacket from Ralph Lauren, stirring comparisons with Jackie Kennedy; Second Lady is Kan.-born Karen Sue Pence (nee Batten) (1958-) (Secret Service codename: Hummingbird); Trump's hotshot daughter (2nd First Lady?) is New York City-born Ivanka Marie Trump (1981-) (Secret Service codename: Marvel), who wears a white Oscar de la Renta dress at the inauguration; the inauguration is boycotted by 67 Dem. congresspersons (most since Abraham Lincoln), but not Hillary and Bill Clinton, who are thanked by Trump at the luncheon in the Capitol; Trump's cabinet picks incl. no Hispanics (first time since 1981); Trump's 2017 Inauguration Speech punches the Washington, D.C. establishment in the mouth while telling the American People that they run it now, repeating the phrase "America First"; on Jan. 20 Pres. Trump's Cabinet starts with retired USMC gen. James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis (1950-), who becomes U.S. secy. of defense #26 (until ?); on Jan. 20 retired USMC gen. John Francis Kelly (1950-) becomes U.S. homeland secy. #5 (until ?); Sean Michael Spicer (1971-) becomes White House press secy. #30 (until ?); within a few hours of taking the oath of office, Trump signs a sweeping executive order to federal agencies to "ease the burden" of Obamacare in preparation for its total abolition. On Jan. 20 Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich issues a tweet that Pres. Trump's cute little 10-y.-o. son Barron Trump "will be this country's first homeschool shooter", pissing-off the PC police and causing her to be fired. On Jan. 20 (eve.) Zeke Miller of Time mag. reports that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval Office of the White House has been removed; he quickly issues a correction and apology; actually, a bust of Winston Churchill that was removed by Pres. Obama was returned and placed in a new spot. On Jan. 21 the anti-Trump 2017 Disrupt J20 Women's March, funded by leftist puppetmaster George Soros sweeps the globe from Australia to the U.S. and U.K.; pop star Madonna wears a pussy hat, designed by Jayna Zweiman (1978-), and mentions dreams of "blowing up the White House"; protesters carry signs reading "Pussy trumps tyranny", "Keep your politics off my pussy", "Stay cunty", and "My neck, my back, my pussy will grab back"; 217 are arrested for rioting, facing up to 10 years in priz and a $250K fine. On Jan. 21 Pres. Trump meets with the CIA, declaring that the U.S. must totally eradicate "radical Islamic terrorism" from the "face of the Earth". On Jan. 22 air force maj. gen. Rumen Georgiev Radev (1963-) of the Bulgarian Socialist Party becomes pres. of Bulgaria (until ?). On Jan. 23 Pres. Trump signs an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he called "a rape of our country"; he is backed by progressive Dems. and labor groups, and opposed by establishment Repubs. and economists; he also signs an executive order to defund Internat. Planned Parenthood, leaving the U.S.-based corporation for Congress, and reinstating the Mexico City Policy of banning foreign adi to nongovt. orgs. (NGOs) that promote or pay for abortion procedures; he also signs an executive order freezing federal hiring, except for the military. On Jan. 23 U.S. Rep. (R-Kan.) (2011-17) Michael Richard "Mike" Pompeo (1963-) becomes U.S. CIA dir. (until ?). On Jan. 23 Indian-Am. Repub. atty. Ajit Varadaraj Pai (1973-), known as a big critic of regulation incl. Net Neutrality becomes U.S. FCC chmn. (until ?) On Jan. 24 Pakistan successfully test-fires its Ababeel multi-target nuclear misslile, with 2.2K km range, capable of hitting many cities in India. On Jan. 24 Pres. Trump signs executive orders reopening the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipline projects, guaranteeing all U.S.-made steel; he also signs executive orders cutting of all new contracts and grants for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and bans its employees from publishing on social media; he also tweets a warning to Obamatown Chicago, Ill., threatening to "send in the Feds" if violence doesn't decrease. On Jan. 25 Pres. Trump signs an executive order to beg planning for a border wall with Mexico, vowing to begin construction within months, and make the Mexican govt. pay for it; he also tweets: "I will be asking for a major investigation into voter fraud", claiming that millions voted illegally even though he won. On Jan. 25 the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. hits 20K for the first time. On Jan. 25 artist Christo cancels his 25-y.-o. project "Over the River" to hang a silvery fabric along a 42-mi. stretch of the Arkansas River in SC Colo., ostensibly in protest against Pres. Trump. On Jan. 26 after denouncing his new border security measures, Mexican pres. Enrique Pena Nieto cancels his planned visit to the U.S. to meet with Pres Trump.; the Trump Wall would reduce cash flow to the cartels that financed Nieto's pres. campaign? On Jan. 26 (1:30 p.m.) Pres. Dump Truck, er, Trump visits the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security HQ, and utters the soundbyte: "A nation without borders is not a nation. Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders", then signs the executive order "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States", tightening U.S. immigration policies, indefinitely banning refugees from Syria, and banning refugees from other countries for 120 days, plus 30 days more for Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; refugees to be admitted this year will be cut from 110K to 50K; on Jan. 27 after answering critics with "We can't take chances", Trump tells Christian Broadcasting Network that he will help persecuted Christians; Iraq retaliates by banning U.S. travelers, as does Iran; on Jan. 29 Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announces that they will hire 10K refugees over the next five years, while U.S. Senate minority leader (D-N.Y.) Chuck Schumer calls Trump's order "mean-spirited and un-American... bad for America, bad for our national security", claiming it goes against "what America has always been about", breaking into tears, which Trump calls "fake tears"; too bad, Trump omits dangerous Muslim nations Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, UAE et al., maybe because some are where he has business ties? On Jan. 27 former U.S. Repub. gov. #116 (2011-17) Nimrata "Nikki" Haley (nee Randhawa) (1972-) becomes U.S. ambassador to the U.N. (until ?). On Jan. 27 the anti-abortion 2017 March for Life is heartily supported by Pres. Trump; Mike Pence becomes the first U.S. vice-pres. to give a speech at one, containing the soundbytes: "Life is winning again in America", "We will not rest until we restore a culture of life in America for ourselves and our posterity", and "Next week President Donald Trump will announce a Supreme Court nominee who will uphold the God-given liberty enshrined in our Constitution in the tradition of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia", calling for ending taxpayer-funded abortions. On Jan. 28 Pres. Trump signs an executive order banning former admin. officials from lobbying for five years, along with an order to his generals to give him a plan to defeat ISIS in 30 days, restructuring the Nat. Security Council and Homeland Security Council; meanwhile at 9:00 p.m. U.S. federal judge Ann Donnelly of New York stays Trump's executive orders, preventing the govt. from deporting the 200 citizens from banned countries who already arrived in the U.S. from being deported, but leaving his orders intact. On Jan. 28 a U.S. Special Ops and UAE forces raid against al-Qaida militants in Yemen results in one U.S. Navy SEAL KIA and three injured, and 14 al-Qaida fighters KIA; Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens is KIA, becoming the first U.S. soldier KIA during the Trump admin; Anwar al-Awlaki's 8-y.-o. daughter Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki (b. 2008) is killed. On Jan. 29 (night) a shooting by two masked gunmen at the Grand Mosque of Quebec in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada kills six and injures 28, causing Canadian PM Jusitn Trudeau to call it a "terrorist attack"; after Muslim student Mohamed Belkhadir is arrested and released, non-Muslim Alexandre Bissonnette (1989-) is arrested as a suspect, with his past public support of Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen used to frame him; a govt. coverup? On Jan. 30 Pres. Trump signs an executive order requiring federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new one they introduce. On Jan. 30 after the White House deliberately omits mention of the Jewish Shoah or Nazi anti-Semitism in its recognition of Internat. Holocaust Remembrance Day, the pissed-off Holocaust Museum issues a statement telling them what's what. On Jan. 30 Pres. Trump fires acting U.S. atty.-gen. Sally Caroline Quillian Yates (1960-) after she refuses to enforce his travel restrictions on Muslim countries; she is replaced by Obama appointee Dana James Boente (1954-) of the Eastern District of Va. On Jan. 30 Pres. Trump issues a tweet calling the media "the opposition party". On Jan. 30 Iran tests its new Khorramshahr long-range ballistic missile, pissing-off the U.S., which announces sanctions against 25 Iranian people and cos. On Jan. 30-31 a Reuter/Ipsos Poll finds that 49% of Am. adults agree with Trump's executive order on immigration, vs. 41% who disagree, and 10% who are undecided. On Jan. 31 former labor secy. #24 (2001-9) Elaine Lan Chao (1953-) becomes U.S. transportation secy. #18 (until ?). On Jan. 31 Pres. Trump nominates Denver, Colo.-born federal judge (Roman Catholic-turned-Episcopalian) Neil McGill Gorsuch (1967-) (son of former EPA head Anne Gorsuch) for the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia (1936-2016), causing Dems. to run half-scared at the likelihood of his approval and fiercely fight with a filibuster, causing Repubs. to invoke the nuclear option to confirm him by 54-45 on Apr. 7, the day of the home opener of the Colo. Rockies MLB baseball team in Denver (a 2-1 V over the Dodgers); on Apr. 10 he is sworn-in as U.S. Supreme Court justice #113 (until ?). On Jan. 31 Turing's Law in Britain receives royal assent, pardoning Alan Turing and other gays convicted of homosexuality. In Jan. the Washington Int. for Near East Policy (WINEP) pub. a set of proposals for new U.S. pres. Donald Trump on U.S. foreign policy towards Turkey, calling on him to "guarantee" that the U.S. Congress will not acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, pissing-off the Armenian Nat. Committee of Am. (ANCA), which calls for an explanation. In Jan. the U.S. Bureau of Prison begins banning all pork products from the menus of federal prisons. In Jan. U.S. Army. secy. Eric Fanning issues new regs allowing brigade-level cmdrs. to approve religious garb incl. hijab, beard, and turban. In Jan. Alexandria, La.-born Lutheran-to-Muslim convert Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz (Michael Barnes) is appointed chaplain of the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Div., consisting of 14K mostly Christian soldiers In Jan. U.S. unemployment is 152,081,000 (vs. 152,111,000 in Dec.), gaining 5K manufacturing jobs and losing 10K govt. jobs, vs. 162K govt. jobs added and 46K manufacturing jobs lost in the prior year. On Feb. 1 ExxonMobil CEO (2006-16) Rex Wayne Tillerson (1952-) becomes U.S. secy. of state #69 (until ?). On Feb. 1 new U.S. nat. security adviser Michael Flynn makes his first public statement, and announces that it is "officially putting Iran on notice" after its ballistic missile tests and an Iranian-backed Houthi rebel attack on a Saudi warship. On Feb. 1 (eve.) a building at the U. of Calif. Berkeley (UCB) where gay conservative anti-Islam speaker Milo Yiannopoulos is set to speak is attacked by violent masked student protesters, causing the speech to be cancelled and police to close the campus - the free speech movement started and ended in Berkeley? On Feb. 2 (a.m.) Pres. Trump addresses the Nat. Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., uttering the soundbytes that "religious freedom is under threat", and vowing to "get rid of an totally destroy the Johnson Amendment" that bars pastors from endorsing candidates from the pulpit - unless they're black? On Feb. 2 mass protests begin in Romania over a controversial decree that would decriminalize some corruption offenses; on Feb. 6 PM Sorin Grindeanu announces that it will be repealed on Feb. 12. On Feb. 2 the Boy Scouts of Am. (BSA) announce that they're completely folding to the demands of LGBT activists and admitting everybody incl. transgenders; on Feb. 7 Joe Maldonado becomes the first transgender boy scout in the U.S. On Feb. 3 an Allah Akbar-shouting terrorist attacks a French soldier outside the Louve in Paris before being shot five times. On Feb. 3 Iraqi refugees Mohanad Shareef Hammadi (25) and Waad Ramadan Alway (31) from Bowling Green, Ky. are sentenced to 40 years in federal prison by judge Thomas B. Russell for using IEDs against U.S. soldiers in Iraq and attempting to send money and weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq to kill more. On Feb. 3 federal judge James Robart in Seattle, Wash. orders a nat. halt to enforcement of Pres. Trump's 7-nation travel ban, causing Trump to tweet the soundbyte: "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!" On Feb. 5 Super Bowl LI (51) at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tex. sees the New England Patriots overcome a 28-3 deficit late in the 3rd quarter to defeat the Atlanta Falcons by 34-28 in OT (first SB to go into OT); a record 5th SB title for the Patriots (9th appearance, incl. two in 3 years), all under coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady (7th appearances), who also becomes SB MVP for a record 4th time; the 50th anniv. of Super Bowl I (Jan. 15, 1967); the Falcons are 0-2 in the SB; the halftime show features Lady Gaga, who parachutes in from the open roof and gives a surprisingly patriotic performance that doesn't trash Trump on her big stage; a drone show is a first; too bad, Falcons coach Dan Quinn gave the game away by not running the game clock down on each play, giving New England enough time to score the tying TD and go into OT, then get lucky and win the coin toss, giving them a chance to win with one more TD? On Feb. 6 Israel passes a law legalizing 1K+ Jewish homes in Area C in Judea and Samaria, pissing-off the Palestinians. On Feb. 6 British House of Commons speaker (since June 22, 2009) John Simon Bercow (1963-) stinks himself up by calling for Pres. Trump to be banned from speaking in the House - don't have a cow? On Feb. 7 after a 50-50 tie is broken by U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence (first time ever for a cabinet apointee) (Repubs. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine voted against her), billionaire Repub. Reformed Christian Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos (nee Prince) (1958-) (proponent of de-federalization of schools and archenemy of featherbedded teachers unions) becomes U.S. education secy. #11 (until ?); on Feb. 7 U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) introduces a bill to abolish the U.S. Dept. of Education on Dec. 31, 2018, with the soundbyte: "Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn"; during her confirmation hearings DeVos gave the example of how a rural school in grizzly country in Wyo. might need to keep a gun to deal with grizzlies as an example of why central planning from Washington, D.C. won't work, which the lying PC media twists into a statement that all schools need guns to fight grizzlies to prove she's unqualified. On Feb. 8 Pres. meets with U.S. big city police chiefs and sheriffs, and blasts the so-called judges pretending to deliberate on his suspended travel ban apparently solely on the basis that they are Islamophiles and don't like Trump's campaign statement that he wanted to ban all Muslims, not just ones from terrorist countries like in his executive order, which was a backing down, uttering the soundbyte: "Anyone would understand this. This is for the security of the country.. Because you could be a lawyer, or you don't have to be a lawyer. If you were a good student in high school or a bad student in high school, you could understand this", blasting the oral arguments presented to the super-leftist U.S. 9th Circuit "Circus" Court of Appeals in San Francisco (most overturned in the U.S.) the night before, with the soundbyte: "We're talking about things that had just nothing to do with it"; the real reason a cabal of liberal justices iintervened is to appease the Muslim World, even at the cost of destroying the U.S. Constitution in an attempted power grab and coup; the 3-judge panel incl. Michelle T. Friedland, William C. Canby Jr., and Richard R. Clifton; too bad, they intervened too quickly, before any pres. order banning all Muslims, much less a congressional order, and shot their bolt and gave themselves away so that they can be removed before they get another chance? On Feb. 8 despite an intimidation campaign by al-Shabaab, Tayo Party founder (PM in Nov. 2010-June 2011) Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" (It. for cheese) Mohamed (1962-) is elected pres. of Somalia, becoming pres. #9 on Feb. 16 (until ?), known for his rep of not being corrupt. On Feb. 8 after a desperate attack on him by Dems., who claim he is a white supremacist in disguise, U.S. Sen. (R-Ala.) (1997-) Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions (1946-) becomes U.S. atty. gen. #84 (until ?). On Feb. 8 (eve.) ISIS fires rockets on the Israeli resort of Eilat from Sinai, causing the Israelis to retaliate with an air strike, killing two. On Feb. 9 the super-liberal U.S. 9th Court of Appeals in San Francisco upholds Seattle Judge James Robert's restraining order on Pres. Trump's travel ban from seven Muslim nations in a purely political decision designed to let as many illegals rush in as possible, failing to even state the law involved, 8 U.S. Code 1182, and spitting in Trump's face for his assertion that the court doesn't have any constitutional authority to second-guess his order because the defense of nat. borders is solely the responsibility of Congress and the president, with the soundbyte: "There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy", causing Trump to tweet: "See you in court, the security of our nation is at stake!" On Feb. 9 U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, cmdr. of U.S. forces in Afghanistan tells Senate Armed Services Committee chmn. Sen. John McCain "I believe we're in a stalemate" in Afghanistan. On Feb. 9 senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway issues a free add for Ivanka Trump's clothing line in her official capacity on TV, violating ethics rules and causing the PC police to come out, after which she is given counseling and the matter dropped by the Trump admin., if not the Dems. On Feb. 10 U.S. Rep. (R-Ga.) (2005-) and physician Thomas Edmund "Tom" Price (1954-) becomes U.S. secy. of health and human services #23 (until ?). On Feb. 12 after unusually high water levels cause an emergency spillway to be opened, authorities issue an evacuation order for 200K downstream of the crumbling 770-ft. Lake Oroville Dam in N Calif., tallest in the U.S. On Feb. 12 (eve.) the 2017 (59th) Grammy Awards, presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. and hosted by James Cordon (first time) is a clean sweep for Adele, who gives a speech all-but giving her awards to Beyonce; singer Joy Villa wears a Make America Great Again dress, which immediately becomes a runaway bestseller on Amazon.com; Chance the Rapper wins the first Grammy for a streaming-only album, "Coloring Book" (#8 in the U.S.). On Feb. 13 Pres. Trump meets in the White House with Islamonymphomaniac Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, who announces that "We continue to pursue our policies of openness towards immigration and refugees without compromising security", while Trump continues his hard line on refugees and illegal immigrants. On Feb. 13 Goldman Sachs banker Steven Terner "Steve" Mnuchin (1962-) becomes U.S. treasury secy. #77 (until ?). On Feb. 13 after admitting that he lied to U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence about discussions with Russia over sanctions (a possible violation of the 1799 U.S. Logan Act), U.S. nat. security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn resigns; he already was convicted in 2015 for mishandling classified info; on Feb. 13 Pres. Trump offers the position to retired vice-adm. Robert S. "Bob" Harward Jr., who passes, after which on Feb. 20 Trump nominates U.S. Army lt. gen. Herbert Raymond "H.R." "the Iconoclast" McMaster (1962-), who on ? becomes U.S. nat. security advisor #26 (until ?). On Feb. 13 after criticizing him, King Jong-nam (b. 1971), half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is assassinated by poison in Kuala Lumpur by two female assassins. On Feb. 16 U.S. Rep. (R-S.C.) (2011-) John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (1967-) becomes OMB dir. #? (until ?). On Feb. 16 A Day Without Immigrants is a gen. strike around the U.S. - Trump supporters wish they'd never quit striking? On Feb. 16 after a sudden urge, Pres. Trump gives a long (75 min.) press conference, his first solo press conference, redefining the concept, calling his admin. a "fine-tuned machine" and lambasting the press for bias and hate, claiming that he inherited a "mess" and denying all stories about his campaign being in constant contact with Russia as "fake news", blaming the resignation of Michael T. Flynn on leaks, and uttering the soundbyte: "Tomorrow they will say Donald Trump rants and raves at the press. I'm not ranting and raving, I'm just telling you. You know, you're dishonest people. but, but I'm not ranting and raving. I love this. I'm having a good time doing it." On Feb. 16 Hardee's and Carl's Jr. CEO (since Sept. 2000) Andrew Franklin "Andy" Puzder (1950-) resigns, and on Feb. 16 Pres. Trump nominates R. Alexander Acosta (1968-), who on ? becomes U.S. labor secy. #27 (until ?). On Feb. 16 Parliamentary Motion M-103 passes in Canada, adding "Islamophobia" to Canada's hate crime laws, becoming a de facto enactment of Sharia? On Feb. 16 a male suicide bomber wearing a burqa in the Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan, Sindh Province, Pakistan kills 70+ incl. 20 children and nine women; Pakistani army chief Gen. Qmar Javed Bajwa vows to retaliate, warning that there will be "no more restraint". On Feb. 17 Okla. Repub. atty. gen. #17 (since Jan. 10, 2011) Edward Scott Pruitt (1968-) (activist against the EPA's activist agenda, as well as gay marriage, the Affordable Car Act, and abortion) becomes EPA admin. #14 (until ?). On Feb. 18 9K-y.-o. Kennewick Man AKA the Ancient One is reburied in the high desert of the Columbia Plateau before a crowe of 200+. On Feb. 20 10 U.S. Jewish community centers receive telephone bomb threats, becoming the 4th time this year. On Feb. 23 U.S.-backed Iraqi forces retake the airport in Mosul, Iraq from ISIS. On Feb. 23 U.S. secy. of state Rex Tillerson and homeland security secy. John Kelly meet with Mexican foreign affairs secy. Luis Videgaray in Mexico City, who complains that Mexico "does not have to accept provisions that one government wants unilaterally to impose on another", threating to go to the U.N. to defend human rights of Mexicans, while they respond: "In our meetings, we jointly acknowledged that, in a relationship filled with vibrant colors, two strong sovereign countries from time to time will have differences. We listened closely and carefully to each other as we respectfully and patiently raised our respective concerns." On Feb. 24 the Pentagon announces that it's ditching Pres. Obama's names for it and calling it ISIS. On Feb. 25 Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera announces that the Vatican has hired the law firm of Baker McKenzie to protect its copyright on Pope Francis. On Feb. 26 former U.S. labor secy. (2013-7) Thomas Edward "Tom" Perez (1961-) becomes chmn. of the Dem. Nat. Committee (DNC), defeating Muslim U.S. Rep. (D-Minn.) (2007-) Keith Maurice Ellison (1963-), who becomes deputy chmn. On Feb. 26 the 2017 (89th) Academy Awards, presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. are hosted by Jimmy Kimmel; "Moonlight" wins best picture, as well as best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali (first Muslim to win an Oscar) and best adapted screenplay; Casey Affleck wins best actor for "Manchester by the Sea"; Damien Chazelle wins best dir. for "La La Land", which also wins for best actress (Emma Stone), best score, best song ("City of Stars"), and two others (six total out of 14 nominations); Viola Davis wins best supporting actress for "Fences"; "Zootopia" wins best animated feature film; Kenneth Lonergan wins best original screenplay for "Manchester by the Sea"; Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney win best adapted screenplay for "Moonlight"; the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers hands presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for best picture, instead giving them the one for best actress, causing Dunaway to mistakenly announce "La La Land", resulting in a major snafu. On Feb. 27 "King of Bankruptcy" billionaire investor ($2.9B) Wilbur Louis Ross Jr. (1937-) becomes U.S. commerce secy. #39 (until ?). On Feb. 27 (eve.) the 8-hour LGBT docudrama miniseries When We Rise debuts on ABC-TV (until Mar. 3, 2017), pushing the gay agenda on the viewing audience Hollyweird style; too bad, ratings tank (2.07M viewers). On Feb. 28 ((eve.) Pres. Trump addresses a joint session of Congress, giving a speech that finally makes him look presidential, starting with the soundbyte: "Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms", going on to use the term radical Islamic terrorism" so much hated by Pres. Obama, and announcing a new VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office in the Dept. of Homeland Security, drawing groans from the usually icily quiet Dems., who do stand and clap for veterans, paid family leave, a tribute to U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens et al., and ending with a very presidential call for unity, silencing many critics, with the soundbyte: "Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope. "Our citizens deserve this, and so much more — so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people." In Feb. the exasperated loser Dems. begin making allegations of sinister connections between Pres. Trump and Vladimir Putin, calling for an investigation by the House select committee on intelligence, which chmn. U.S. Rep. (R-Calif.) (2015-) Devin Gerald Nunes (1973-) rejects, saying that it isn't necessary because "there's nothing there", and it would amount to a "witch hunt"; on Mar. 1 after stating under oath on Jan. 17 that he has never been in contact with the Russian govt. about the 2016, election U.S. atty.-gen. Jeff Sessions is accused by the Wall Street Journal of being investigated for ilegal contact with the Russians, which he denies, but adds that he talked with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about Ukraine and terrorism, causing Trump-hating U.S. Sen. (D-S.C.) Lindsey Graham to call for him to recuse himself from any investigations, and Trump-hating U.S. Rep. (D-Calif.) Nancy Pelosi to accuse him of lying under oath and call for his resignation, which is seconded by Trump-hating Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, causing Sessions to recuse himself on Mar. 2; on Mar. 3 Pres. Trump tweets that he has full confidence in Sessions, that Schumer and Pelosi had meetings with the same ambassador, and should be investigated instead; on Mar. 4 (early a.m.) Trump issues more tweets that "sick" Pres. Obama had his "phones tapped in Trump Tower" before the election; on Mar. 13 White House press secy. Sean Spicer explains that "The President used the word wiretapes in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities"; on Apr. 6 despite Speaker Paul Ryan expressing full confidence in him, Nunes temporarily steps down from the U.S. House investigation on Russia's meddling in the U.S. pres. election, calling ethics charges by the Office of Congressional Ethics claiming he made unauthorized disclosures of classified info. "entirely false and politically motivated". In Feb. U.S. unemployment drops to 4.7% (vs. 4.8% in Jan.), adding 238K new jobs. On Mar. 2 retired neurosurgeon Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson Sr. (1951-) becomes U.S. HUD secy. #17 (until ?). On Mar. 2 former Repub. gov. #47 of Tex. (2000-15) James Richard "Rick" Perry (1950-) becomes U.S. energy secy. #14 (until ?). On Mar. 2 Snapchat (SNAP) goes public, with the stock zooming from $17 on Mar. 1 (eve.) to $24.48. On Mar. 3 Pres. Trump visits the new nuclear-powered USS Gerald R. Ford, which he calls "a monument of American might", vowing to pump billions of dollars into new military hardware. On Mar. 6 (Mon.) Pres. Trump signs a revised executive order barring citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from the U.S. for 90 days starting Mar. 16, with Iraq removed; on Mar. 15 his order is blocked by Honolulu, Hawaii federal judge Derrick Kahala Watson, an appointee and Harvard Law School classmate of Pres. Obama, who visited his town 48 hours earlier, and decides to elect himself to the White House in an arrogant abuse of judicial power. On Mar. 7 WikiLeaks releases 8K pages of info. containing the entire hacking capacity of the CIA, dealing them a major blow. On Mar. 8 an ISIS attack on the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital for wounded soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan kills 30+ and injures 50+. On Mar. 8 A Day Without a Woman sees protests by anti-Trump women across the U.S. On Mar. 8 U.S. homeland security secy. John F. Kelly announces that illegal immigration across the SW U.S. border plummeted since Pres. Trump took office, with coyotes hiking their rates from $3.5K to $8K. On Mar. 13 Hasbro announces that an online vote has caused them to replace the boot, wheelbarrow, and thimble from the board game Monopoly, and replace them with the T-Rex, rubber ducky, and penguin. On Mar. 14 the Russian Orthodox Church announces that it is adding 15 W European saints to its Menaion (liturgical calendar), incl. "St. Patrick the Enlightener". On Mar. 15 Donald Trump's tax returns for 2005 are leaked, with Trump-hater Rachel MadCow, er, Maddow of MSNBC stinking herself up by crowing that they prove that Trump is a tax cheat, liar, and parasite, but instead showing that he paid $38M in taxes on a profit of $150M, and not zero like Hillary's people were claiming, at a 25% rate that is higher than Obama's or Bernie Sanders'. On Mar. 16 U.S. Sen. (R-Ind.) (2011-17) Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats (1943-) becomes U.S. nat. intel dir. #5 (until ?). On Mar. 18 39-y.-o. French Islamist Zyed Ben Belgacem (b. 1977) is killed at Orly Airport S of Paris after trying to wrestle away a soldier's weapon. On Mar. 19 a U.S. air strike in Paktika Province, Afghanistan kills al-Qaida leader Qari Yasin. On Mar. 19 popular TV judge Andrew Napolitano claims that Pres. Obama asked British intel officials to wiretap Trump Tower, causing Fox News to fire him. On Mar. 21 the U.S. orders nine airlines from eight countries to ban devices larger than a cellphone or smartphone from passenger cabins. On Mar. 22 World Water Day. On Mar. 22 British-born Islam convert jihadist Khalid Masood tries to attack the Parliament Bldg. in Westminster, London, England, driving his gray 4x4 car into a crowd on Westminster Bridge, killing two and injuring 50 before emerging with an 8-in. knife and stabbing a policeman to death before he is killed, causing Parliament to go into Code Red lockdown; ISIS claims responsibility. On Mar. 22 the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem is reopened after restoration; meanwhile team from the Nat. Technical U. of Athens (NTUA) reveals that the foundations are crumbling, and that a 6-mo. 6M Euro project is needed to save them. On Mar. 22-23 the Anti-ISIS Coalition meets in Washington, D.C. (first since Dec. 2014). On Mar. 22-25 the George Soros-backed Dem. Alliance meets in Washington, D.C. to plan resistance to Pres. Trump. On Mar. 24 after mo. of wrangling between themselves over Pres. Trump's new Am. Health Care Act (AHCA) health care bill to replace Obamacare, which some call Ryancare or Obamacare 2.0, causing Trump to issue various ultimatums and call for a floor vote, speaker Paul Ryan pulls it before the scheduled vote after failing to convince enough Repubs. to vote for it and at Trump's request; no Dems. will vote for it either way; Obamacare remains the law of the land. On Mar. 25 senior ISIS propaganda official Ibrahim al-Ansari is killed in a U.S. air strike in Al-Qa'im Iraq; U.S. official Joe Scrocca utters that he was responsible for "the brainwashing of young children". On Mar. 27 U.S. atty. gen. Jeff Sessions holds a press conference, in which he warns sanctuary cities that they might lose some federal financial assistance, causing Chicago, Ill. mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce a new municipal ID for illegal aliens that help them avoid repatriation. On Mar. 27 after it is revealed that he met on the White House grounds with a source claiiming that communications involving Pres. Trump and/or his associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance, U.S. Rep. (D-Calif.) Adam Schiff, top Dem. on the House Intel Committee calls on U.S. Rep. (R-Calif.) Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the witch hunt investigation into possible ties between Pres. Trump's campaign and Russia. On Mar. 28 the U.S. House by 215-205 (incl. 15 Repubs.) passes a law killing online privacy regs issued by the FCC last Oct., allowing Internet providers Comcast, AT&T, Verizon et al. to keep up with Google and Facebook and sell their customers' browsing habits. On Mar. 28 after slithering out of her rock, Hillary Clinton gives a speech to businesswomen in San Francisco, Calif. dissing Pres. Trump, with the soundbyte: "These are bad policies that will hurt people and take our country in the wrong direction. It's the kinds of things you think about when you take long walks in the woods... Resist, insist, persist, enlist"; she gives the speech dressed up like the Joker? On Mar. 29 Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump is given the special job of asst. to the U.S. pres., with no salary. On Mar. 29 the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan. On Mar. 29 North Carolina promises to repeal its HB2 Bathroom Law in response to threats from the NCAA to pull all postseason events between 2018-2022. On Mar. 30 the U.S. Senate uses the U.S. Congressional Review Act to vote 51-50 to overturn the Obama admin. rule to stop states from defunding Planned Parenthood, with vice-pres. Mike Pence casting the deciding vote; Repubs. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski vote with the Dems. In Mar. IBM ends telecommuting, forcing employees to work in their offices instead of their homes. In Mar. U.S. unemployment is 4.5% (vs. 4.7% in Feb.), with 98K new jobs added; avg. private sector earnings are up 2.7% over the previous year (vs. 2.8% in Feb.); manufacturing jobs reach 12,392,000, highest level in eight years. On Apr. 3 (2:40 p.m.) an explosion of a shrapnel-filled bomb at the Sennaya Ploshchad Metro Station in St. Petersburg, Russia kills 14 and injures 49 while pres. Vladimir Putin is visiting the city (his hometown); another bomb is found and dismantled; Pres. Trump talks on the phone with Vladimir Putin about it; the suspect is Islamist 23-y.-o. ?. On Apr. 3 Pres. Trump meets in the White House with Egyptian pres. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, promising a U.S. military buildup "probably more than ever before", and praising him as doing a "fantastic job", promising "strong support" for battling terrorism. On Apr. 4 a chemical attack in Idlib Province, Syria kills 58 incl. 11 children. On Apr. 6 the U.S. Mint issues a Black Lady Liberty Coin with a $100 face value to commemorate the 225th anniv. of the Mint, becoming the first non-white. On Apr. 6 (8:40 p.m. ET) in response to the gassing attack of children et al., as he sat down to dinner with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Palm Beach, Pres. Trump orders a 59-missile Tomahawk cruise missile ($1.5M apiece) strike by USS Ross and USS Porter on the Shayrat Airfield in Homs Province, where the attack originated "to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons"; Dems. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi endorse the action, while most other Dems. condemn it because he didn't ask Congress for permission first, which isn't required by law. On Apr. 7 (2:50 p.m. local time) an Islamist truck attack in Drottninggatan, the busiest shopping street in Stockholm, Sweden kills 3+. On Apr. 7 New York becomes the first U.S. state to offer four years of public college to residents, with strings attached incl. living and working in the state for four years after graduation. On Apr. 9 (Palm Sun.) two Copic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt are bombed, killing 25 and injuring 60 in St. George's Church in Tanta, and killing 11 and injuring 35 in St. Mark's Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria; ISIS claims responsibility. On Apr. 10 after he refuses to take $800 to get off an overbooked plane voluntarily so that a crew member can take his seat, airport police bloody and drag Chinese physician David Dao off United Airlines Flight 3411 en route from Chicago, Ill. to Louisville, Ky. like a sack of manure, after which CEO Oscar Munoz stinks himself up more by downplaying the man's suffering and only talking about "lessons we can learn from this experience"; the video pisses-off the 340M users of the Chinese Weibo social media platform, many of whom call for a boycott; on Apr. 14 United Airlines announces a policy change to board crews 60 min. before departure to avoid a repeat; meanwhile ? hires lawyers to sue. On Apr. 11 three pipe bombs expode near a bus carrying the German Borussa Dortmund Soccer Team, injuring one player and one police officer; it is later linked to ISIS. On Apr. 11 White House press secy. Sean Spicer makes remarks that Hitler didn't use chemical weapons, bring out the PC police and causing him to apologize; they did, but not on the battlefield like Assad? On Apr. 11 U.S. atty. gen. Jeff Sessions gives two speeches in Ariz., announcing new measures to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, with no mention of the Trump Wall. On Apr. 12 U.S. secy. of state Rex Tillerson meets in Moscow with Russian pres. Vladimir Putin; meanwhile in the White House Pres. Trump utters the soundbytes: "We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia", and "I said it [NATO] was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete", dropping his characterizing of China as a currency manipulator to get them to help him spank Kim Jong-un's hiney et al. On Apr. 12 N.Y. Court of Appeals judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam (b. 1952) (ex-wife of a Muslim, who never converted herself) commits suicide in the Hudson River of New York City after issuing a landmark ruling in Aug. in Brooke S.B. v. Elizabeth A. that a lesbian from a broken partnership has the right to seek visitation rights of their adopted son. On Apr. 13 Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi visits Palestinian authority foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki, issuing the soundbyte: "This year marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' passing of Palestine-Israel Partition Plan. Acording to the resolution at that time, Israel had the right to statehood, Palestine also had the right to statehood. However, after 70 years, what we can see is that Palestinian brothers have yet to establish an independent country with full sovereignty. This is unfair. This kind of historical injustice must be corrected and cannot continue."

The Trump admin. fires the first 21st cent. shot heard around the world, but not quite on Friday the 13th? On Apr. 13 (7:00 p.m. local time) (Thur.) the U.S. drops its 21.6K-lb. GBU-43/B MOAB (Massive Ordinance Air Bomb) (Mother of All Bombs) (largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal) in Nangarhar Province, Achin District, E Afghanistan on an ISIS tunnel and cave complex, becoming the first use in combat, killing 94 ISIS fighters incl. four cmdrs.; the U.S. had already decimated ISIS forces in Afghanistan by 80% to about 600; U.S. Gen. John Nicholson made the decision to drop the big bomb, not Pres. Trump. On Apr. 13 CIA dir. Mike Pompeo gives a speech at the Center for Strategic and Internat. Studies calling WikiLeaks a "non-state hostile intelligence service". On Apr. 15 (Sun Day) North Korea bows to economic pressure from China and military pressure from the U.S. and refrains from holding a promised 6th nuclear test, but on Apr. 16 it blows up a missile on the launching pad to prove what inept stooges they are. On Apr. 15 a bomb on a crowded bus convoy full of Shiite refugees outside Aleppo, Syria kills 112+, bringing condemnation from Pope Francis, who calls it "ignoble". On Apr. 16 (Easter) a referendum in Turkey on granting unlimited dictatorial powers to pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan. On Apr. 17 the U.S. Supreme Court rejects the request of Ark. to lift a stay that would allow it to conduct its first execution 11 years, for Don Davis, as part of a plan to execute eight inmates before the end of Apr. when the lethal injection drug midazolam expires. On Apr. 18 after a smear campaign incl. allegations of blaspheming Islam shrinks his lead, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Christian gov. of Jakarta, Indonesia loses an election to Muslim education minister Anies Baswedan. On Apr. 19 Fox News kicks cable's top news anchor Bill O'Reilly off The O'Reilly Factor amid sexual harassment allegations, changing the name to The Factor - score one for the anti-Trump crowd? On Apr. 23 the 2017 French pres. election; on May 7 runoff election. In Apr. a new mosque opens in Athens, Greece, becoming the first in Greece since the Ottomans were expelled in 1833.

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On May 21 after a show at the Nassau County Coliseum in N.J., the Ringling Brothers Circus closes after 146 years; they had planned to phase out elephants from their Greatest Show on Earth in 2018. On Aug. 21 there is a total solar eclipse, visible in the U.S. (Ore. to S.C.) for the first time since Feb. 28, 1979 (before that June 8, 1918); next in Apr. 2024 (Tex. to Maine), followed by Aug. 2045 (Calif. to Fla.). On Oct. 31 the 500th anniv. of the nailing of the 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church by Martin Luther. The Technion Cornell Inst. of Innovation (TCII) (AKA School of Genius) on Roosevelt Island in New York City opens. Ebooks overtake print and audiobooks? Simon & Schuster launches their Salaam imprint for Muslim books. Architecture: On Jan. 11 the 789M Euro Elbphilarmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) AKA Elphi in Hamburg, Germany is inaugurated, becoming one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls on Earth. On June 2 the $1.4B Mercedes-Benz Stadium (begun May 19, 2014) in Atlanta, Ga. opens, replacing the Georgia Dome as home of the NFL Atlanta Falcons. 2.8M sq. ft. Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, Calif. opens. The $136M Museum of the Future in Dubai opens. The $3.5B 45-story 10K-bedroom 70-restaurant Abraj Kudai Hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia opens, becoming the world's largest hotel (until ?) - until the Meccan 9/11? Challakere secret nuclear city in Karnataka, India is completed. Sports: On Jan. 9 the 2017 College Football Nat. Championship in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. sees the Clemson Tigers come from behind to defeat the favorite Alabama Crimon Tide 35-31 with 1 sec. remaining, avenging their 45-40 loss in 2016 and becoming their first nat. championship since 1981. Inventions: On Jan. 14 (9:54 a.m.) SpaceX avenges its Sept. 2016 launchpad explosion with the successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB. On Jan. 15 Japan unsuccesfully launches the 9.65m x 0.52m 2.6-ton SS-520 rocket from Uchinoura Space Center on Kyushu, carrying a 3kg cubsat, which would have become the smallest rocket to deliver a payload into orbit. The Airbus CityAirbus flying taxi makes its test flight, eventually ferrying passengers with a robot pilot. On Mar. 14 DMOZ: The Open Directory Project (opened June 1998) closes. Science: On Jan. 11 an article is pub. in Science Advances announcing that analysis of samples brought back by the 1971 Apollo 14 mission indicate that the Moon is at least 4.51B year old, 40M-140M older than previously thought. On Jan. 13 after the Chinese Lunar Rover produces no evidence of Apollo Moon landings, 200 officials of the Chinese Space Program pub. a petition in the Beijing Daily Express asking NASA for an explanation. On Jan. 23 Floyd Romesberg et al. of the Scripps Research Inst. pub. an article in Proceedings of the Nat. Academy of Sciences announcing the first stable semi-synthetic organism, which adds synthetic bases X and Y to the usual A, T, C, and G. On Feb. 22 astronomers announce four additional planets around TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star about the size of Jupiter 39.5 l.yh. from the Sun in the constellation quarius, giving a record of seven temperate terrestrial planets. On Mar. 30 Am. astronaut Peggy Annette Whitson (1960-) goes on a spacewalk outside the ISS, setting the record for most spacewalks (8) and most cumulative time by a woman (53 hours 22 min.), also becoming the first woman astronaut to command the ISS 2x. In Aug. NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is launched to survey the brightest stars near Earth for transiting exoplanets over a 2-year period. NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in history makes its test flight. Nonfiction: Nir Baram, A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Leo Hohmann, Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad (Jan. 24). David Horowitz (1939-), Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America (Jan. 17). Richard Saul, ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (Feb.). Movies: Elliott Lester's Aftermath (Apr. 7) (Lionsgate) stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Viktor, who loses his wife and child in a plane crash, and blames it on the air traffic controller; based on the real life Uberlingen mid-air collision and the murder by architect Vitaly Kaloyev of Swiss air traffic controller Peter Nielsen. Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant (May 19) (20th Cent. Fox), a sequel to the 2012 film "Prometheus" stars Michael Fassbender as Walter and David, Katherine Waterston as Daniels, and Billy Crudup as the Capt. Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 (Oct. 6) (Warner Bros.) stars Ryan Gosling as Blade Runner Officer K, who tries to locate missing Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) to save the world. David Leitch's The Coldest City (July 28) (Denver and Delilah Productions) (Focus Features), based on the 2012 graphic novel by Antony Johnston stars Charlize Theron as MI6 spy Lorraine Broughton, who is sent to take down a ruthless espionage ring as the Berlin Wall is falling. Nikolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower (July 28) (Columbia Pictures), based on the Stephen King series stars Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick, the man in black; does ? box office on a $60M budget. Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (July 21) (Warner Bros.) is about the Dunkirk evacuation of May 26-June 4, 1940. Rupert Sanders' Ghost in the Shell (Mar. 31) (Paramount Pictures), based on the Japanese manga by Masamune Shirow stars Scarlett Johansson as cybort counter-terrorist cmdr. The Major of Section 9. Andres Muschietti's It (Sept. 8) (Lin Pictures) (New Line Cinema), based on the 1986 Stephen King novel stars Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island (Mar. 10) (Warner Bros.) stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson in a reboot of the worn-out film; does ? box office on a $190M budget. Chris McKay's The Lego Batman Movie (Jan. 29) is a 3-D computer-animated superhero comedy film starring the voices of Will Arnett as Batman, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth. Daniel Espinosa's Life (Mar. 18) (Columbia Pictures) stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds as David Jordan, Miranda North, and Rory "Roy" Adams, crewmmembers of the Internat. Space Station (ISS), who discover the first evidence of life on Mars, only to watch it grow into a monster named Calvin; does $51M box office on a $58M budget. James Mangold's Logan (Mar. 3) (20th Cent. Fox), based on the Marvel Comics X-Men series stars Hugh Jackman as Logan Howlett AKA Wolverine; does ? box office on a $127M budget. Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7) (Columbia Pictures) stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker alias Spider-Man. Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23) (Paramount Pictures), #6 in the series stars Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, and Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, who go back to the days of King Arthur (Liam Garrigan); does ? box office on a $260M budget. D.J. Caruso's xXx: Return of Xander Cage (Jan. t) (Revolution Studios) (Paramount Pictures) stars Vin Diesel; does $155M box office on a $85M budget. Art: Plays: Poems: Births: Deaths: Iranian pres. #4 (1989-97) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (b. 1934) on Jan. 8 in Tehran (heart attack). Am. "The Exorcist" novelist William Peter Blatty (b. 1928) on Jan. 12 in New York City. English photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1st earl of Snowdon (b. 1930) on Jan. 13 in Kensington, London. Am. "The Lady Is a Trump", er, "The Lady Is a Tramp" jazz musician Buddy Greco (b. 1926) on Jan. 10 in Las Vegas, Nev.; sold 1M+ records. Am. astronaut Gene Cernan (b. 1934) on Jan. 16 in Houston, Tex. Am. actress Mary Tyler Moore (b. 1936) on Jan. 25 in Greenwich, Conn. (pneumonia). British Black Sabbath musician Geoff Nicholls (b. 1948) on Jan. 28 (lung cancer). Egyptian Muslim terrorist leader "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel-Rahman (b. 1938) on Feb. 18 in Butner Federal Prison, Granville County, N.C. Am. celeb plaintoff Jane Roe (Norma Leah McCorvey) (b. 1947) on Feb. 18 in Katy, Tex. Am. radio-TV journalist Alan Colmes (b. 1950) on Feb. 23 in Manhattan, N.Y. (lymphoma). Am. actor Bill Paxton on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles, Calif. (complications from heart surgery). Am. "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven" hall-of-fame rocker Chuck Berry (b. 1926) on Mar. 18 in St. Charles, Mo. Am. comedian Don Rickles (b. 1926) on Apr. 6 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (kidney failure). Am. judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam (b. 1952) on Apr 12 in New York City (suicide). Am. football player Aaron Hernandez (b. 1989) on Apr. 19 in Leominster, Mass. (suicide).



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