2019 Chinese Year: Pig (Feb. 5). Time Person of the Year: Greta Thunberg, "Pool of Resolve", "Icon of a Generation". The Oxford Dictionary ceclares the term "climate emergency" the word of the year 2019; the 2018 word of the year was "toxic". All works pub. in 1923 enter the public domain in the U.S., becoming the first since the 1998 U.S. Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. It takes $25 U.S. dollars to purchase what $1 could buy in 1913 when the Federal Reserve was created. 89% of mass shootings since 1998 occurred in gun-free zones. On Jan. 1 since 9/11 there have been a total of 72 jihadist attacks in the U.S., which killed 160 and wounded 502; the state with the most attacks is Tex. (9). On Jan. 1 the 2019 Rose Bowl sees the 12-1 #6 Ohio State Buckeyes defeat the 10-3 #9 Washington Huskies 28-23 after Washington attempts a 4th quarter comeback with 20 points; if #2 Ohio State hadn't got their clock cleaned by unrated Purdue by 49-20 on Oct. 20, causing them to slide to #10, they'd never have had to fight their way back up and miss the 2019 College Football Playoff Nat. Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Jan. 7, which sees the 14-0 Clemson Tigers defeat the 14-0 Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16. On Jan. 1 Sao Paulo-born Social Liberty Party (PSL) leader ("the Trump of Brazil/Tropics") Jair Messias Bolsonaro (1955-) becomes pres. #38 of Brazil (until ?); he appoints pro-market economist Paulo Roberto Nunes Guedes (1949-) as the govt. czar for economic affairs (until ?). On Jan. 1 new U.S. Repub. Utah Sen. Willard Mitt Romney (1947-) gets a fast start and slams fellow Repub. Pres. Trump in an op-ed in The Washington Post, calling him dishonest et al., causing Trump to respond: "He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!"; on Jan. 1 (night) U.S. Repub. Virgin Islands Rep. Jevon O.A. Williams sends a letter to all 167 Repub. Nat. Committee (RNC) members calling Romney's op-ed an act of "calculated political treachery" against Trump, and claiming that Romney might use "loopholes" in the nominating process to challenge his renomination, calling for the Repub. Party to close the loopholes and issue a statement that Trump will be renominated for a 2nd term; meanwhile RNC chmn. Ronna Romney McDaniel slams her uncle Mitt for his op-ed. On Jan. 1 after a standoff with Ontario PM #26 (since June 29, 2018) Douglas Robert "Doug" Ford (1964-), PM Justin Trudeau's Liberal govt. rolls out a "backstop" carbon tax on provinces that don't already have them, pissing-off Conservative Party leader (since May 27, 2017) Andrew James Scheer (1979-), who predicts that Trudeau will raise them next year, but not if he can stop it when the Liberals are thrown out in 2020. On Jan. 1 Kimberly Mutcherson becomes co-dean of Rutgers Law School, becoming the first woman, African-Am., and lesbian. On Jan. 1 after halving it last year, Labatt Brewery ends its free beer allotment for retired employees. On Jan. 2 Pres. Trump invites congressional leaders to the White House for a briefing on border security; Dems. Nancy Pelosi et al. refuse to negotiate on a bordre wall even if it will reopen the federal govt., with Pelosi uttering the soundbyte: "Nothing for the wall. We can go through the back and forth. No. How many more times can we say no?", causing Trump to utter the soundbyte that the partial shutdown will last "as long as it takes" to get the border wall funding, "Could be a long time or could be quickly"; when prodded by reporters, she decides she would go as high as $1. On Jan. 2 Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping declares that Taiwan "must and will" be united with Red China, causing Taiwan pres. Tsai Ing-Wen to reply on Jan. 3 that Taiwan's "misgivings" are well-founded, and that Beijing "will not renounce the use of force or give up the option to use all necessary measures" in order to achieve its One China Principle. On Jan. 3 after 69% of Hispanics, 90% of blacks, and 77% of Asians vote Dem., the 116th U.S. Congress convenes (until Jan. 3, 2021), featuring a record 124 women (105 Dems.), 55 blacks (55 Dems.), 43 Latinos (34 Dems.), and 15 Asians (14 Dems.); Calif. Dem. Rep. (since Jan. 3, 1993) Nancy Loose Pussy, er, Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi (1940-) is elected House Speaker over Repub. rep. Kevin McCarthy by 220-192, becoming the first 2x woman speaker, uttering the soundbyte: "I am particularly proud to be the woman Speaker of the House of this Congress, which marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote, and that we all have the ability and the privilege to serve with over 100 women members of Congress – the largest number in history"; new U.S. reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.), Jim Baird (R-Ind.), and Brian Mast (R-Fla.) are all Purple Heart recipients, with the motto "5 eyes, 5 arms, 4 legs, All-American"; Bronx, N.Y.-born Socialist rep (D-N.Y.) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (1989-) becomes the youngest woman sworn-in to the House (until ?); Mogadishu, Somalia-born hijab-wearing Muslim (D-Minn.) Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (1981-) becomes the first Somali-Am. in Congress, and one of the first two Muslim women along with Rashida Tlaib, who later becoming the first two U.S. reps. to sign a pledge to impeach Trump; after inviting Muslim CAIR (Council for American-Islamic Relations) activists Linda Sasour and Rasha Mubarak as her guests, Detroit, Mich.-born anti-Israel pro-Palestinian Muslim Mich. Dem. rep Rashida Harbi Tlaib (1976-) (first Muslim woman elected to Congress) is sworn-in on an English language Quran donated to the Library of Congress by Pres. Jefferson, er, fake news, it was a regular Arabic Quran, although she claims that Allah is female, later uttering the soundbyte: "We're going to go in and impeach the motherfucker", causing mucho criticism and calls for an apology, which she refuses, doubling down with the assertion that she will "always speak truth to power", and Pres. Trump to reply that Tlaib and other Dems. calling for his impeachment are doing it only because he's had "the most successful first two years" of any U.S. pres., and they can't stop his 2020 reelection; meanwhile Nancy Pelosi utters the soundbyte that she finds the language distasteful but it's no worse than Trump's; Trump used the same word in a speech in spring 2011; new U..S. Sen. (D-Ariz.) Krysten Sinema refuses to take her oath of office on the Bible, substituting a law book; Tlaib later sticks a Post-It note labeled "Palestine" over the Jewish State of Israel on the world map on her office wall; new U.S. rep. (D-Va.) Jennifer Wexton hangs a transgender flag outside her Capitol Hill office; U.S. rep. (D-Tenn.) Steve Cohen introduces a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College; U.S. reps (D-Calif.) Brad Sherman, (D-Tex.) Al Green, and (D-Tenn.) Steve Cohen introduce articles of impeachment against Pres. Trump despite Nancy Pelosi's plea that it's too early until the Mueller report is released. On Jan. 3 U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo utters the soundbyte that the U.S. will ensure that the Turkish army does not slaughter Kurds while it pulls U.S. troops out of Syria. On Jan. 3 the U.S. House by 234-197 approves new 2x House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's pay-as-you-go provision AKA PayGo, requiring any new spending proposal to be balanced out with more taxes or budget cuts before it can be voted on, pissing-off the left wing progressives and Marxists, who know that she has doomed the Marxist-leftist Green New Deal as well as Medicare and free college for all; on Jan. 5 she sponsors a new bill to give $12B in foreign aid to several countries along with money to promote abortions overseas, causing Repubs. to cry that she won't spend a dame for border security for her own people. On Jan. 4 former NFL football star Burgess Owens gives an interview to Fox & Friends about the ratings boost the league got after nat. anthem protests began to fade, uttering the soundbyte: "The biggest takeaway from the last two years, we are in the fight for the heart and soul of our nation. We are fighting for our American, Judeo-Christian values and we're fighting against a very evil force of socialism and Marxism that destroy everything they come close to. The NFL has been changed forever and people don't realize this. But it used to be a place where we come together, no matter what our political persuasion was, and there was unity because we had God, country and family... The Marxists and socialists made that so that we have these young people coming out of these environments. They're anti-American, they're anti-white, they're anti-capitalist, and that is the message that now is going around the world and throughout our communities, that this is a place that's not for black Americans." On Jan. 6 the 76th (2019) Golden Globe Awards are held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg; the debut of the Carol Burnett Award, featuring herself; Bohemian Rhapsody wins for best drama, and Rami Malek wins best drama performance for Freddie Mercury; Glenn Close wins for best drama performance for Joan Castleman in The Wife; Christian Bale wins best actor in a musical or comedy for Dick Cheney in Vice, uttering the soundbyte: "Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role"; Olivia Colman wins best actress in a musical or comedy for Queen Anne in The Favourite; Mahershala Ali wins best supporting actor for Don Shirley in Green Book; Regina King wins best supporting actress for Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk; Alfonso Cuaron wins best dir. for Roma; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wins for best animated feature film; Lady Gaga's "Shallow" from A Star Is Born wins best original song. On Jan. 7 as Yellow Vest protests against climate taxes and mass Muslim immigration continue across France for the 8th week, Italian co-PMs Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio slam French pres. Emmanuel Macron, with Salvini uttering the soundbyte: "I support honest citizens who protest against a governing president against his people." On Jan. 7 a failed coup in Gabon ends with the leader arrested and two commandos killed after storming a public radio station. On Jan. 8 a strike in India sees 150M workers walk off their jobs to protest a new trade union law, becoming the 2nd biggest strike after 2016 (180M). On Jan. 8 Afghan Muslim immigrant Samiulahaq Akbari (1996-) attacks shoppers in the Tesco Extra store in Thornton Heath, South London, England with a kitchen knife, claiming a desire to kill English people; on Aug. 14 he is sentenced to 21 years in prison. On Jan. 9 after handing out candy, Pres. Trump walks out of a meeting in the White House Situation Room after Nancy Pelosi point blank refuses his request for $5.7B for a wall, calling it a "waste of time"; Chuck Schumer accuses him of having a "temper tantrum"; Peligroso, er, Pelosi claims he "stomped out", and tells reporters that security the U.S. border is required by her oath of office as a Congressperson; in the eve. Trump gives a White House speech on the border wall, with the soundbyte: "In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killing", causing Doomer and Parrotosi to accuse Trump of trying to "manufacture a crisis", which is immediately parroted by virtually all Dems., with Pelosi adding the immortal soundbyte: "The plural of anecdote is not data"; meanwhile Trump announces that he has ordered FEMA to halt federal emergency funds to Calif. to fight wildfires and manage forests until its officials can "get their act together". On Jan. 10 a bomb-carrying drone launched by Shiite rebels explodes over a Saudi-led coalition military parade in Al-Anad AFB Sa'ana, Yemen, killing six, violating a peace deal reached in Dec. in Sweden. On Jan. 10 Italian authorities announce the arrest of 15 suspects for alleged membership in an org. that smuggled jihadists into Italy posing as asylum seekers. On Jan. 10 U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo visits the new Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ 30 mi. E of Cairo, Egypt, then visits the Al-Fattah Al-Alim Mosque, praising Egypt's freedom of religion; too bad, on Jan. 11 1K madass Allah-Akbar-shouting Muslims surround another Coptic Christian Church and demand its closure, which the authorities comply with. On Jan. 10 as the partial govt. shutdown continues, Pres. Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border accompanied by border guards, threatening to call a nat. emergency while telling the military to prepare for it; meanwhile 12 Repubs. flop and support House Dems. in a vote to reopoen some govt. agencies and fund financiel services for the IRS, SEC, and other agencies incl. food stamp programs and the Depts. of Transportation and HUD. On Jan. 10 Hungarian PM Viktor Orban holds an internat. press. conference, uttering the soundbyte that Hungary is proud to be the first country to have its "anti-immigration forces" in the majority in every EU institution, proving that mass Muslim migration can be stopped. On Jan. 10 the 2019 Venezuelan Pres. Crisis sees the Venezuelan Nat. Assembly declare the results of the May election invalid, desposing pres. #46 (since Apr. 19, 2013) Nicolas Maduro in favor of its acting pres. Juan Gerardo Guaido Marquez (Guaidó Márquez) (1983-), who on Jan. 23 becomes interim pres. of Venezuela (until ?), causing Maduro to cling to power and sever relations with the U.S., gaining support from Red China, Russia, Turkey et al. On Jan. 12 (Sat.) Yellow Vest protests in France see 84K protest in the streets of Paris, Marseille, Nimes, Chantilly et al. On Jan. 14 the 2019 Los Angeles Teachers Strike in Calif. begins (ends Jan. 22). Truth is the new hate speech? A watershed moment when Western Civilization is considered offensive just to champion? On Jan. 14 after the Nat. Repub. Congressional Committee withdraws funding for his reelection campaign last year, U.S. Rep. (R-Iowa, 2003-) Steven Arnold "Steve" King (1949-) is smeared and railroaded by his own Repub. Party for out-of-context statements taken from an interview in The New York Times, stripping him of his committee assignments, causing him to issue the soundbyte: "In a 56-minute interview, we discussed the changing use of language in political discourse. We discussed the worn out label 'racist' and my observation that other slanderous labels have been increasingly assigned to Conservatives by the Left, who injected into our current political dialog such terms as Nazi, Fascist, White Nationalist, White Supremacist. Western Civilization, how did THAT language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?... just to watch Western Civilization become a derogatory term in political discourse today. Clearly, I was only referencing Western Civilization classes. No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy. When I used the word 'THAT' it was in reference ONLY to Western Civilization and NOT to any previously stated evil ideology, ALL of which I have denounced. My record as a vocal advocate for Western Civilization is nearly as full as my record in defense of Freedom of Speech." On Jan. 15 the British Parliament votes 422-202 (incl. 118 Conservative MPs voting yes) to reject any deal over Brexit, leaving the only option to leave the EU sans deal on Mar. 29; on Jan. 16 PM Theresa May survives a no-confidence vote 306-325; on Jan. 19 a ComRes Poll reveals that 74% of the British people believe that their ruling class is not in touch with the mood of the country. On Jan. 15 (2:30 p.m. local time) 14-y.-o. Antonio Arce is shot in the back and killed in an alley in Tempe, Ariz. by police officer ? Jaen, causing protests. On Jan. 15 a jihadist cell in Catalonia, Spain is broken up after 100+ police raid five locations in Barcelona and Igualada, becoming a V for Operation Alexandra, launched May 2017. On Jan. 15 U.S. Sen. (D-N.Y.) (2009-) Kirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand (nee Rutnik) (1966-) announces her candidacy for U.S. pres. in 2020 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; on Feb. 25 she is interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News, justifying her support for the Green New Deal, comparing it to Pres. Kennedy's 10-year Man on the Moon push with gushing enthusiasm, after which Wallace utters the soundbyte that she never answered the question about how to pay for it. On Jan. 16 British jihadists from West Midlands, England send threatening letters to 15+ churches warning of petrol bomb and stabbing attacks. On Jan. 16 far-left Marxist Socialist Rep. Alexandria Occasional Castro, er, Cortex, er, Cowfart, er, Ocasio-Cortez is assigned to the House Financial Services Committee that oversees banks, insurance, internat. finance, and credit; too bad she issues the soundbyte that she plans to "run train on the progressive agenda", which actually means to gang rape it? On Jan. 16 U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence issues the soundbyte: "The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated"; an hour earlier the U.S.-led coalition confirmed that U.S. troops were killed in an explosion in Manbij, Syria; on Jan. 21 ISIS explodes a car bomb near a U.S.-Syrian "partner" force between Raqqa and Hasakah, with no casualties. On Jan. 17 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin visits Serbia, where he is welcomed as a hero by Serbian pres. Alexander Vucic on behalf of the people. On Jan. 17 after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cancels Pres. Trump's State of the Union speech, claiming that the unpaid Secret Service can't protect him during the govt. shutdown, Trump counterpunches by canceling her military plane to Afghanistan, and cancels his own to trip to Davos; meanwhile First Lady Melania Trump takes a military plane to Mar-a-Lago. On Jan. 17 BuzzFeed announces that Pres. Trump instructed his atty. Michael Cohen to commit perjury to Congress over the Trump Tower in Moscow, causing immediate impeachment cries from Dems., until Robert Muller's office announces: "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the special counsel's office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's congressional testimony are not accuracy", after which Buzzfeed doubles down and stands by its story. On Jan. 18 a truck-bomb explosion near a police academy in Bogota, Colombia kills 28 and injured 68, becoming the worst attack in Bogota in 16 years; Marxist rebels are blamed. On Jan. 18 a report by a group of aid agencies claims that armed jihadists have killed 100+ soldiers in NE Nigeria since Dec. 26, and seized a huge stock of weapons; a govt. spokesman denies it. On Jan. 19 (Sat.) the anti-Trump 3rd Annual Women's March is held in cities across the U.S.; too bad, organizers are accused of anti-Semitism incl. support for the Nation of Islam. On Jan. 19 the March for Life in Washington, D.C. ends with pro-life demonstrators from Roman Catholic +ovington H.S. in Ky. get attacked by left-wing activists at the Lincoln Memorial, causing the sick PC fake news press to manufacture a smear about white student Nick Sandmann harassing Vietnam Vet Native Am. activist Nathan Phillips (1956-) by smirking white privilege in his face; it turns out Phillips never served in Vietnam, and was the one harassing the students and beating a drum in their faces, embarrassing the PC press for fake news against MAGA hat-wearing whites; after Whoopi Goldberg asks her why leftist media and celebs jumped to conclusions, The View co-host Joy Behar utters the soundbyte: "Because we're desperate to get Trump out of office." On Jan. 19 Pres. Trump delivers a Speech on the Border Wall from the White House, outlining a deal to end the partial govt. shutdown, which Dems. call a non-starter. On Jan. 19 Pres. Trump gives an interiew to Steve Hilton on Fox News Channel, with the soundbyte that it's "great" that Dem. rival Peter Buttigieg is in a same-sex marriage, and "absolutely fine" that they're open about it, adding: "I think that's something that perhaps some people will have a problem with. I have no problem with it whatsoever. I think it's good", ignoring his 2016 campaign promise to appoint judges who would overturn the same-sex marriage approval by SCOTUS. On Jan. 20 (9:36 p.m. ET) a Super wolf blood moon. On Jan. 20-21 Israel stages air strikes on Iranian targets in Syria, revealing the new battlefield sans the U.S. On Jan. 21 the FBI arrests Kenyan-born naturalized U.S. citizens Muse Abdikadir Muse, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse, and Mohamed Salat Haji en route to Mogadishu, Somalia after they record videos pledging allegiance to ISIS. On Jan. 21 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) tweets the soundbyte: "Millennials, and Gen z, and all these folks that come after us, are looking up and we're like 'the world will end in 12 years if we don't address climate change, and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?'", which hooted by the conservatives, who didn't get the point that the same day she attended a memorial for MLK Jr., referring to his statement: "We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action"; she also utters the soundbyte: "This is our war - this is our World War II." On Jan. 22 the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland sees U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo deliver a speech defending Pres. Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan, encouraging world leaders to embrace "economic security" and reject the influences of globalist internat. bodies, adding "Nations matter"; Oxfam Internat. pub. a report claiming that the world's billionaires added 12% fo their wealth last year, while the world's poor (3.8B) lost 11% of their wealth, with a new billionaire being created every two days. On Jan. 22 Egypt announces the recent killing of 59 militants in the Sinai Peninsula while losing seven of their own men. On Jan. 22 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg adopts the resolution Sharia, the Cairo Declaration and the European Convention on Human Rights, with the soundbyte that the assembly "is also greatly concerned about the fact that Sharia law – including provisions which are in clear contradiction with the Convention – is applied, either officially or unofficially, in several Council of Europe member States, or parts thereof", complaining about Sharia law in Thrace, the U.K., Chechnya, Albania, Azerbaijan, Turkey et al. On Jan. 23 Interpol secy.-gen. Jurgen Stock utters the soundbyte on BBC Radio 4's Today program that freed jihadis will unleash a global carnage in a new ISIS 2.0: "The threat with regard to international terrorism is complex, and one of the dimensions is that many of the terrorists that have been put in jail a couple of years ago, for instance for support action they have taken in terrorist activity, will be released in the next couple of years in many parts of the world." On Jan. 23 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "BUILD A WALL & CRIME WILL FALL! This is the new theme, for two years until the Wall is finished (under construction now), of the Republican Party. Use it and pray!" On Jan. 23 after Nancy Pelosi writes Pres. Trump asking him to delay his 2019 State of the Union Speech to Jan. 29 because of the govt. shutdown and security concerns, and Trump responds that security is no problem and he'll accept the new date, causing Pelosi to prohibit the speech altogether until he folds and reopens the govt., Trump announces that he'll hold it in alternative location, causing many offers to arrive, only to flop and say he'll wait "because there is no venue that can complete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber." On Jan. 24 Felix (Félix) Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi (1963-0 becomes pres. #5 of the Dem. Repub. of the Congo (until ?), succeeding strongman Joseph Kabila, who has been pres. for 18 years (since Jan. 26, 2001), becoming DRC's first peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, immediately announcing plans for the release of all political prisoners and pledging to rid the country of graft and corruption, with the soundbyte: "We are committed to building a modern, peaceful, democratic and caring state for every citizen, a state that will guarantee the happiness of all." On Jan. 24 the Supreme Court of Japan upholds a law requiring transgenders who want their official documents changed to be sterilized to protect society from "confusion" and "abrupt changes", and to prevent "problems" in parent-child relationships. On Jan. 25 Pres. Trump gives a speech announcing that he's flopping and reopening the federal govt. for three weeks (until Feb. 15) to give Dems. and Repubs. a chance to negotiate, despite Dems. refusing to consider wall funding; on Jan. 28 Pelosi invites him to give him State of the Union Speech in the House, and the date is set as Feb. 5. On Jan. 27 twin bombs explode in a Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Philippines in the proposed Bangsamoro Muslim-majority autonomous region, killing 27 and injuring 102; ISIS claims responsibility; Rulie Rian Zeke and his wife Ulfah Handayani Saleh are identified as the perps, on release after undergoing a govt. deradicalization program. On Jan. 27 U.S. Sen. (D-Calif.) (2017-) Kamala Devi Harris (1964-) announces her candidacy for U.S. pres. in 2020. On Jan. 28 (9:00 a.m.) a Boko Haram attack in Rann, Borno State, NE Nigeria, killing 60+ and burning hundreds of bldgs.; on Jan. 14 they burned 100+ bldgs. On Jan. 28 (9:28 p.m.) Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can't last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!"; on Jan. 29 (8:00 a.m.) NOAA Climate.gov tweets the soundbyte: "Winter storms don't prove that global warming isn't happening" - I beg to differ but you're living in a dumb fog? On Jan. 29 after Pres. Trump attacks the intel community, senior intel briefers Dan Coats (dir. of nat. intel), Gina Haspel (CIA dir.), and Christopher Wray (FBI dir.) testify before the U.S. Senate Intel Committee regarding the new 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment, slamming Trump for allegedly endangering U.S. security by disregarding their wisdom, claiming he is a dim bulb who has to be treated to watered-down briefings filled with visual aids. On Jan. 29 (2:00 a.m.) gay biracial "Jamal Lyon in Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (1982-) claims to be attacked in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Ill. by two white men wearing ski masks who shout racial and homophobic slurs, incl. the soundbyte "This is MAGA country"; after all the usual PC leftist media personalities and politicians incl. Kamala Harris (who tweets that it is "a modern-day lynching") jump to label it a hate crime proving that Pres. Trump's supporters are all violent bigots that he fostered, it turns out that Smollett staged the event to get publicity, causing a backlash against the Never Trumpers that they're the bigots, who jump to judge white males but pretend to reserve judgment as long as possible for black males, women, gays, etc.; on Feb. 20 after the Nigerian-born brothers Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo testify before a grand jury, Feb. 20 Smollett is charged with felony disorderly conduct, which carries up to a 3-year prison sentence and a requirement to recompense the police for the cost of their investigation over his false police report; on Mar. 8 Smollett is indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts. In Jan. the Internat. Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague dismisses all charges against Ivory Coast pres. #4 (2000-11) Laurent Gbagbo (1945-) and his former minister Charles Ble Goude (Charles Blé Goudé) (1972-), but he is prohibited from returning pending a prosecutorial appeal. In Jan. the exec commission of the EU adopts a draft list adding Saudi Arabia, Panama, and 21 small Pacific and Caribbean islands to its 16-state list of states that engage in money-laundering and terrorism financing, incl. Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Syria; too bad, the U.K. tries to block Saudi Arabia and Panama from being added. In Jan. the U.S. unemployment rate is 4.0%, adding 304K jobs. On Feb. 1 huge asteroid 2002 NT7 flies by the Earth. On Feb. 1 N.J. Sen. (D-N.J.) (2013-) Cory Anthony Booker (1969-) announces his candidacy for the 2020 U.S. pres. election; he quits next Jan. 13, and his girlfriend Rosario Dawson comes out as lez on Feb. 18. On Feb. 1 Pres. Trump announces that the U.S. is ending its involvement in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, effective in 6 mo., with the soundbyte: "For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad. The U.S. will suspend INF Treaty obligations starting Saturday and begin withdrawing from the treaty over the course of six months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment"; Russian pres. Vladimir Putin immediately bails out of the treaty to match, and on Feb. 5 Russia announces the development of two new land-based missle launch systems by 2021 to counter. On Feb. 3 (Sun.) Super Bowl LIII (53rd) (2019), held at the new $1.6B Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. sees the 11-5 New England Patriots (AFC) (coach Bill Belichick) defeat the 13-3 Los Angeles Rams (NFC) (coach Sean McVay) 13-3 in the lowest-scoring SB so far (until ?), with no TDs until the 4th quarter; Patriots QB Tom Brady's 6th SB win; MVP is Patriots WR (#11) Julian Francis Edelman (1986-); the halftime show is headed by Adam Levine and Maroon 5, backed by rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott; the smallest SB audience since 2009. On Feb. 3-5 Pope Francis visits Abu Dhabi, UAE, meeting with the grand imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayed for the 2nd time (first in 2017), a lame attempt at aping the 1219 trip of St. Francis of Assisi to Sultan Malik el Kamil in Egypt, becoming the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula, signing a joint statement on Feb. 4 titled "A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together", then celebrating Mass in the Abu Dhabi stadium on Feb. 5 before 150K; Il Folio cultural ed. Giulio Meotti pub. an article criticizing the pope for his silence over the persecution and destruction of Christian communities in the Muslim World. On Feb. 4 Colo. trail runner Travis Kauffman (1987-) is attacked by a lion in Horsetooth Mountain Park W of Fort Collins, Colo., and kills it with his bare hands, making him a hero until it is revealed the lion was only a 3-4-mo.-o. kitten. On Feb. 5 (Tues.) Pres. Trump delivers his 2nd 2019 State of the Union Speech, extolling U.S. historical victories like the Apollo 11 Moon landing and D-Day along with the booming economy, with the soundbytes: "Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country"; "Here in the United States we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country" (applauded by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi); "An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only things that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations" (causing Schumer to call it proof that Trump has something to hide); Dem. women incl. Pelosi wear white outfits in tribute to early 20th cent. suffragists. On Feb. 6 (Internat. Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation) the first conviction is obtained in Britain for violating the 1985 Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act, which was amended into the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act in 2003. On Feb. 7 U.S. Dem. Rep. (R-N.Y) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and U.S. Sen. (D-Mass.) Edward Markey announce their non-binding Green New Deal (GND) resolution (the 21st Cent. Communist Manifesto?), filled with wild impossible demands incl. a "10-year mobilization" on energy, climate, and social issues incl. racism, economic security for those "unwilling to work", net-zero greenhouse emissions "because we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast", and replacement of air travel with high-speed rail, pissing-off U.S. Sen. (D-Hawaii) (2013-) Mazie Keiko Hirono (1947-), who utters the soundbyte: "That would be pretty hard for Hawaii", and Utah Rep. (R-Utah) Rob Bishop, who utters the soundbyte: "I guess I need to start looking at cutting back on my air travel now as well as curtailing other daily activities like eating hamburgers", saying he needs to "Wake up from this twilight zone; Occasional Castro utters the soundbyte: "Today I think is a really big day for our economy, the labor movement, the social-justice movement, indigenous peoples and people all over the United States of America, because today is the day that we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice", causing Repubs. call it a "Trojan horse for Socialism" and a "Socialist wish list", claiming it will cost $2T and eliminate 1M jobs, which doesn't stop 2020 pres. candidates N.J. Sen. Cory Booker, Calif. Sen. Kamala Harris, and Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren from backing it, part of 70 members of Congress and over a dozen senators who sign on as co-sponsors, while Dem. House Speaker Nancy Speaker ho-hums it as "the Green Dream, or whatever they call it", calling it just one of several proposals to combat global warming; no surprise, the leftist Sierra Club and Green Party endorse it, with the Sierra Club calling it a "bold plan to tackle the climate crisis and inequality - two of the defining crises of our time - at the speed and scale that science and justice demand"; on Feb. 27 U.S. Senate minority leader (D-N.Y.) Chuck Schumer gives a speech criticizing Pres. Trump for not mentioning climate change in his State of the Union Address, with the soundbyte: "Every scientist who has studied it knows that in the next 10, 20, 30, or 40 years climate change is going to evoke huge changes in our country and in our world"; on Feb. 25 the Repub.-aligned think tank Am. Action Forum, run by former Congressional Budget Office dir. Douglas Holtz-Eakin announces that the Green New Deal could cost $93T, incl. $8.3T-$12.3T to eliminate carbon emissions; On Feb. 8 Iranian supreme assahola Ali Khameinei utters the soundbyte: "As long as America continues its wickedness, the Iranian nation will not abandon 'Death to America'", but that means death to Pres. Trump and top U.S. leaders only. On Feb. 8 the Va. Blackface Scandal begins when Dem. Va. gov. Ralph Norham admits to wearing blackface in a 1984 medical schomeanwhile on Feb. 10 Dem. Va. atty. gen. Mark Herring admits to wearing blackface to look like a rapper when he was 19-y.-o. at a party at the U. of Va., causing a slew of blackface photos to pop-up incl. one of comedian Joy Behar in the 1970s; after it is realized that the two resignations would give control of Va. back to the Repubs., impeachment talk stalls? On Feb. 9 amid calls to drop out, lily white former self-described Am. Indian 99-44/100-white Dem. politician Elizabeth Warren announces her candidacy for U.S. pres. in Lawrence, Mass. On Feb. 9 Allah-Akbar-shouting Muslims attack and destroy 10 Christian church bldgs. in Halaba, Kulito, S Ethiopia. On Feb. 10 45K right-wingers and others protest in Madrid, Spain against PM Pedro Sanchez, demanding that he step down for his handling of the Catalonia crisis. On Feb. 10 U.S. Sen. (D-Minn.) (2007-) Amy Jean Klobuchar (1960-) announces her candidacy for U.S. pres. in 2020 in Minneapolis, Minn. during a snowstorm; on Feb. 18 (night) she takes part in a CNN town hall, uttering the soundbytes about the Green New Deal: "I think you all know that this last year was the fourth hottest year in American history. And the Green New Deal is so important right now for our country. We may not have agreements on exactly how it will work and when we can get it done... So I will, the first day as president, sign us back into the international climate change agreement. That is on day one. I will also, in the first 100 days, bring back the clean power rules that the Obama administration was ready to put in place, and the Trump administration left on the cutting room floor. I will also bring back the gas mileage standards and then propose sweeping legislation to upgrade our infrastructure"; when asked if AOC's goals are achievable, she replies: "I think that they are aspirations. I think we can get close. I don't think we are going to get rid of entire industries in the U.S.", adding: "Aspirations, to me, means we have been doing nothing about this", calling the Green New Deal "something we need to move towards." On Feb. 11 the 40th anniv. of the Islamic Rev. in Iran features new threats against Israel. On Feb. 11 U.S. Sen. (R-N.C.) Richard Burr utters the soundbyte that after 200+ interviews the U.S. Senate has uncovered "no factual evidence" of a conspiracy between Russia the Trump campaign, although the pattern of contacts is troubling. On Feb. 11 the U.S. Treasury Dept. announces that the gross nat. debt has reached $22T. On Feb. 12 the U.S. Dept. of Defense releases its roadmap for AI, revealing that it's not working on killer robots but on flood and firefighting. On Feb. 13 an attack by the militant Sunni Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) in SE Iran kills 27+ members of the Iranian Rev. Guards and injures 13 more. On Feb. 13 joint U.S.-Libyan forces raid an al-Qaida site in Ubari, Libya. On Feb. 13 the U.S. House passes a resolution forcing the Trump admin. to withdraw U.S. trops form Yemen as a rebuke of his support of the Saudi-led coalition. On Feb. 13, 2019 after new Dem. Calif. gov. #40 (since Jan. 7) Gavin Christopher Newsom (1967-) decides to scale-down Calif.'s costly 2008 $77B LA-to-SF high-speed rail project, Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte that it is a "green disaster", adding "California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars. They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now", causing Newsom to reply: "We're not giving it back." On Feb. 14 40 Indian soldiers are killed and several injured after a suicide jihadist IED explodes near a convoy outside Srinigar, Jammu and Kashmir; Jaish-e-Mohammed claims responsibility; on Feb. 18 a clash in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir with Jaish-e-Mohammad jihadists sees nine killed incl. four Indian soldiers and a policeman; India accuses Pakistan of complicity, which it denies, after which on Feb. 19 Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers to investigate if India provides "actionable" proof, which the Indian govt. calls a "lame excuse"; on Feb. 26 Indian warplanes attack a militant training camp in Pakistan, claiming to kill "a very large number" of fighters, which Pakistan denies. On Feb. 14 the parliament of Egypt voes 485-111 to extend term limits for pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi until 2034. On Feb. 14 former Repub. U.S. atty. gen. #77 (1991-3) William Pelham Barr (1950-) becomes U.S. atty. gen. #85 (until ?). On Feb. 14 after new U.S. rep. fights to chase it out, Amazon.com announces that it's scrapping plans to build a new $2.5B HQ in Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. because of backlash over $3B in tax incentives, causing 25K jobs to go poof. On Feb. 14 U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence addresses a conference of Euro and Middle East leaders on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland, uttering the soundbyte that Iran is plotting a "new Holocuast" that would wipe Israel off the map and "raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground" if the U.S. military attacks, warning EU countries to pull out of the Obama nuclear deal and the new initiative by Britain, France, and Germany that are enabling Iran to evade sanctions; U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo utters the soundbyte that "confronting Iran" is a necessary step to "achieve piece and stability in the Middle East": "The three H's - the Houthis, Hamas, and Hezbollah - these are the real threats... You can't get peace in the Middle East without pushing back against Iran"; U.S. nat. security advisor John Bolton issues a video message to the Assaholah Ali Khamenei, with the soundbyte: For all your boasts, for all your threats to the life of the American president, you are responsible for terrorizing your own people. I don't think you'll have many more anniversaries to enjoy." On Feb. 15 after signing a bipartisan bill to avert another govt. shutdown that gives him $1.375B for his border barrier, Pres. Trump finally declares a nat. emergency of the U.S.-Mexico border, citing the need to stop drugs and crime and announcing a plan to bypass Congress and steer $8B of existing funds to build a border wall, announcing that "hopefully we'll win at the Supreme Court", pissing-off Dems., who vow to stop him as usual and don't want to lose again, after which 16 U.S. states sue to stop him from redirecting federal funds to a border wall. On Feb. 15-17 the 2019 (55th) Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany features the largest U.S. delegation in its history, incl. U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence, acting U.S. defense secy. Patrick Shanahan, U.S. Dem. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Sen. (R-S.C.) Lindsey Graham; Pres. Trump sends special advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; Pence cautions NATO members to meet defense spending goals, with the soundbyte: "Many of our NATO allies still need to do more", and warns them to "stop undermining U.S. sanctions against this murderous revolutionary regime [Iran]"; on Feb. 16 Google announces its efforts to fight "misinformation" in Google Search with their Google News initiative that supports "quality journalism", but only on the liberal side? On Feb. 17 (Sun.) CBS-TV's 60 Minutes interviews fired FBI dir. Andrew McCabe, who says that "it's possible" that Pres. Trump is a Russian asset (traitor spy), and reveals that Rod Rosenstein was "absolutely serious" when he asked him and other senior Trump admin. officials to secretly record their conversations with Pres. Trump and then get cabinet members to vote to remove him under the 25th Amendment, which Trump calls a "deranged" story and a "very illegal act" and "treasonous" and "an illegal coup attempt", causing conservative radio show host Mark Levin to utter the soundbyte: "Nothing like this has ever happened before in the United States of America - Ever" - Obama and Hillary are the real Russian assets, trying to frame Trump on what they are to stage, viz., a real coup? On Feb. 17 after getting in a Twitter debate with transgender cycling champ Rachel McKinnon last Dec., lesbian tennis champ Martina Navratilova pub. an op-ed in the Sunday Times speaking out against allowing transgender (female hormone treatment but still with male anatomy) athletes to compete against women, with the soundbyte: "To put my argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies. It's insane and it's cheating"; meanwhile in Feb. 17 transgender FX Network TV star Indya Moore tweets the soundbyte: "If a women has a penis, her penis is a biologically female penis", drawing laughing criticism. On Feb. 18 France raises regulated min. food prices and limits supermarket bargain sales in order to raise farmers' incomes. On Feb. 18 Pres. Trump delivers a speech at Fla. Internat. U. in Miami, Fla., pleading with Venezuela's military to drop dictator Nicolas Maduro and support opposition leader Juan Guaido, calling the crisis the "twilight hour of Socialism", envisaging "the first free hemisphere in all of human history", with the soundbytes: "You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything... We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open." On Feb. 19 NBC News reports that the Trump admin. led by openly gay U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell will launch a global effort to decriminalize homosexuality in an effort to isolate strict Sharialand Iran; no surprise, after the leftists have gotten into er, bed with Muslims, Out Mag. pub. an article on Feb. 20 claiming that it would be racist and colonialist for Trump to try to pressure Iran into decriminalizing homosexuality, and that Iran is "not that bad" anyway. On Feb. 19 Pres. Trump issues an order directing the U.S. Dept. of Defense to draft legislation for the creation of the U.S. Space Force "as a sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces within the Department of the Air Force", with the soundbyte: "America must be fully equipped to defend our vital interests. Our adversaries are training forces and developing technology to undermine our security in space, and they're working very hard at that." On Feb. 19 Brooklyn, N.Y.-born Socialist U.S. Sen. (I-Vt.) (2007-) Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (1941-) announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. in 2020, raising $5.9M in the first 24 hours. On Feb. 19 Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore tweets the soundbyte about Green New Deal politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC): "@AOC's Green New Deal calls for: '(J) removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.' Technically (scientifically) this would mean removing all H2O vapour and all CO2 which would mean the eradication of all life on Earth"; on Feb. 23 he tweets the soundbyte: "You are delusional if you think fossil fuels will end any time soon, maybe in 500 yrs. AOC's attitude is unjustifiably condescending. She is a neophyte pretending to be wise. Her kind bring ruination if allowed to be 'in charge'. (from the cheap seats)"; on Mar. 2 after admitting she still uses air conditioning and airplanes and trying to defend herself with the soundbyte: "Living in the world as it is isn't an argument against working towards a better future", Moore tweets the soundbyte: "Pompous little twit. You don't have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death"; "The 'world as it is' has the option of taking the subway rather than a taxi. Option of Amtrak rather than plane, option of opening windows rather than A/C. You're just a garden-variety hypocrite like the others. And you have ZERO expertise at any of the things you pretend to know"; "The problem with @AOC is she doesn't know whether or not she knows what she is talking about. Makes it harder to think straight." On Feb. 19 Auburn U. Mormonism historian Adam Jortner pub. the article Trump isn't Hitler. He's Lilburn Boggs in the Salt Lake Tribune, doing Mitt Romney's dirty work by a false comparison between an 1837 state-level order to exterminate Mormons living in Missouri as enemies of the people and a U.S. pres. order to protect U.S. borders from possible enemies from entering sans papers and causing mayhem?; meanwhile Utah hasn't joined the 16 other states suing Trump to stop his national emergency. On Feb. 19 a super snow moon. On Feb. 20 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 9-0 in Timbs v. Ind. that the Eight Amendment's prohibition of excessive fines applies to state and local govts., prohibiting abusive asset forfeiture to raise revenue. On Feb. 20 a snownado touches down in Navajo sheep country near Tinian, N.M., becoming the first confirmed tornado in the state in Feb. On Feb. 21 Taiwan proposes a draft same-sex marriage law, sparking a heated debate. On Feb. 21 (12:30 p.m.) snow falls in Los Angeles, Calif. for the first time in almost 60 years. On Feb. 21 (night) a fire in a historic district of Dhaka, Bangladesh kills 78+. On Feb. 21 Iranian Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajzadeh announces that Iranian intel operatives have infiltrated a U.S. Army Command Center and commandeered control of several U.S. drones flying through Syria and Iraq. On Feb. 21-24 amid grumbling about being too little too late, a child sex abuse conference at the Vatican, attended by 200 is opened by Pope Francis, who says that victims deserve "concrete nd efficient measures" and not mere condemnations, with Bogota Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez uttering the soundbyte: "The first enemies are within us, among us bishops and priests and consecrated persons who have not lived up to our vocation. We have to recognize that the enemy is within." On Feb. 23 protests at the Colombian border in Venezuela over military blocking of humanitarian aid from the U.S. et al. causes dictator Nicolas Maduro to break diplomatic ties with Colombia and dig in; meanwhile he blocks the border with Brazil. On Feb. 23 U.S. District Judge Gray Miller of S Tex. rules that a male-only draft is unconstitutional, stopping short of ordering the govt. to begin making women register. On Feb. 23 U.S. Sen. (D-Calif.) (1992-) Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (nee Dianne Emiel Goldman) (1933-) is confronted in her office by a group of a dozen schoolchildren belonging to the Sunrise Movement who demand that she support the Green New Deal, pointing to AOC's claim that the world will end in 12 years, along with "tons of money going to the military", causing her to reply: "I know what I'm doing. You come in her and you say it has to be my way or the highway. I don't respond to that... I was just elected by almost a million-vote plurality, and I know what I'm doing, so you know, maybe people should listen a little bit"; "There's no way to pay for it. I don't agree with what the resolution says. That's part of it.... That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that back to whoever sent you here and tell them. I've been in the Senate for over a quarter of a century, and I know what can pass and I know what can't pass." On Feb. 24 new U.S. Dem. N.Y. Rep. "Like, you know" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) utters the soundbyte at a Girls Who Code event in Queens, N.Y.: "Like I just introduced the Green New Deal two weeks ago, and it's creating all of this conversation. Why? Because no one else has even tried. Because no one else has even tried. So people are like, 'Oh it's unrealistic. Oh it's vague. Oh it doesn't address this little minute thing. And I'm like, 'You try. You do it. Cuz you're not. Cuz you're not. So, until you do it, I'm the boss.' How about that?'"; on Feb. 24 (night) she pub. a video suggesting that people should consider not bearing any more children due to the "scientific consensus" on climate change, with the soundbyte: "Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don't turn this ship around and so it's basically, like, there's a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question, you know, Is it okay to still have children?" On Feb. 24 (night) the 2019 (91st) Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif., the first since 1989 with no host awards best picture to "Green Book" (causing Spike Lee to walk out), best dir. to Alfonso Cuaron for "Roma", best actor to Rami Malek for "Bohemian Rapsody", best actress to Olivia Colman for "The Favourite", best supporting actor to Mahershala Ali for "Green Book", best supporting actress to Regina King for "If Beale Street Could Talk", best animated feature film to "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse", best foreign language film to "Roma", best original score to "Black Panther", and best original song to Lady Gaga et al. for "Shallow" in "A Star Is Born"; the speeches are limited to 90 sec.; the gowns are mainly frumpy, except Billy Porter's "tuxedo gown"? On Feb. 25 (eve.) the Dems. in the U.S. Senate vote 44-53 (incl. 3 Dems.) to block the U.S. Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require infants born alive via botched abortions to be saved, pissing-off Pres. Trump, who calls it "executing babies after birth", with the soundbyte: "This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress." On Feb. 25 the center-right Am. Action Forum in Washington, D.C. (founded July 23, 2009) pub. the article The Green New Deal: Scope, Scale, and Implications by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Dan Bosch, Ben Gitis, Dan Goldbeck, and Philip Rossetti, estimating the cost of the Green New Deal as at "least $50 trillion and possibly in excess of $90 trillion" by 2029, with the low-carbon electricity grid costing $39K/household, net zero emissions transportation system $9K-$20K/houshold, guaranteed jobs $49K-$322K/houshold, universal health care $260K/household, guaranteed green housing $4K-$12K/household, and food security ($1.5B) only $10/household. On Feb. 25-26 Kew Gardens, London, England reaches 21.2C (70F), becoming the first winter temps over 20C, breaking a 1998 record, causing the climate alarmists to come out chirping about evil CO2; Weldstone, Middlesex reached 75F on Mar. 9, 1948 sans high CO2; Feb. becomes the 15th warmest month in England on record (6.7C avg.), tied with 1702 1750, and 1997, way behind 1779 (7.9C) and 1869 (7.5C); winter 2018/9 in C England has a mean temp. of 5.87C, becoming the 17th warmest on record, way less than the warmest in 1869 (6.77C), but higher than the 1981-2010 avg. of 4.49C; meanwhile downtown Los Angeles, Calif. fails to reach 70F in Feb. for the first time in 132+ years. On Feb. 26 Fiat Chrysler announces the opening of a new auto assembly plant in Detroit, Mich. that will employ 6.5K, becoming the first new auto plant in Detroig in almost 40 years. On Feb. 26 the United Methodist Church (2nd largest Protestant denomination in the U.S.) by 56% votes for the Traditional Plan to strengthen their ban on same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy. On Feb. 26-27 Pres. Trump visits Hanoi, Vietnam (where everybody seems to have smarphones?) to hold the 2019 U.S.-North Korea Summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un; too bad, it collapses after North Korea refuses to commit to eliminating its entire nuclear arsenal in exchange for lifting of sanctions after the agreement is "ready to sign" (Trump), causing Trump to utter the soundbyte: "Sometimes you have to walk"; meanwhile U.S. firms sign deals worth $21B. On Feb. 27 the U.S. House votes 245-182 (unanimous Dem. vote) to block Pres. Trump's nat. emergency order but falls 45 votes short of enough to override a veto. Everybody accuses everybody else of lying, and they're probably all right? On Feb. 27 despite once claiming that he'd take a bullet for him, Pres. Trump's former "fixer" atty. (2006-18) (disbarred on Feb. 26) Michael Dean Cohen (1966-) (known for shady mob connections in his family) publicly testifies before the U.S. House Oversight Committee, throwing away the sacred atty.-client privilege to blast his former boss as a liar, con man, and racist, and offering some documentary evidence, refusing any possible pres. pardon, but uttering the soundbyte: "I saw no evidence of Russian collusion"; the Trump-hating Dems. deliberately stage this media event to upstage Trump's Vietnamese diplomatic mission, intending it to become the start of his impeachment proceedings?; Trump-hating committee chmn.(D-Md.) (1996-2019) Elijah Eugene Cummings (1951-2019) opens the hearing with a speech containing the soundbyte: "The days of this committee protecting the president at all costs are over. They're over"; U.S. Rep. (R-Ohio) (2007-) James Daniel "Jim" Jordan (1964-) delivers an opposition opening statement blasting Cohen as a "fraudster" and "convicted felon" who is a puppet of his atty., Clinton loyalist Lanny Davis, whom he accuses of orchestrating the hearing, also accusing chmn. Elijah Cummings of being a "patsy" for Cohen; Cohen claims that Trump speaks "in code" to make people lie; U.S. Rep. (D-Minn.) Rashida Tlaib has a fiery exchange with U.S. Rep. (R-N.C.) Mark Meadows, accusing him of using black Trump admin. HUD official Lynne Patton as a "prop", calling it a "racist act"; too bad, Cohen has to report to serve a 3-year prison sentence on May 6 for lying to Congress (first Congressional witness allowed to testify after being convicted of lying to them), causing the White House to label him a "disgraced felon" and "convicted liar", esp. for claiming "ongoing threats against his family" on Jan. 23, which he counters by lavishly apologizing and promising to tell the truth this time, causing Repub. reps to repeatedly blast his credibility; - until a Dem. pres. sits in the White House? On Feb. 27 a train derails and crashes into a platform at the Ramses Station in Cairo, Egypt, causing a fuel tank to explode, killing 28+ and injuring 50". On Feb. 28 The Gap, JC Penney, and Victoria's Secret announce 300 store closures; Tesla also announces the closure of "many" of its 378 dealerships in favor of online-only retail stores. On Feb. 28 after a 52-47 Senate vote confirms him, Hamilton, Ohio-born acting dir. (since July 9) Andrew R. Wheeler (1964-) (known for the soundbyte: "I believe that man has an impact on the climate but wht's not completely understood is what the impact is", and for questioning the scientific rigor of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) becomes U.S. EPA dir. #15 (until ?). On Feb. 28 Israeli atty.-gen. Avichai Mandelblit announces that PM Benjamin Netanyahu is being indicted for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, rocking Israel six weeks before gen. elections. On Feb. 28 Rolling stone mag. pub. its Mar. issue, with the cover Women Shaping the Future, showing U.S. Reps. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) ("everything Trump's trying to ban"); in her interview, Omar (known for marrying her brother Elmi to foil immigration authorities, her hatred of Israel, and past support of ISIS) utters the soundbyte: "I believe that impeachment is inevitable", calling Pres. Trump a "dictator" and the notion that Vice-Pres. Pence would succeed him "terrifying". On Feb. 28 St. Thomas-born Lt. Ronaqua Russell beomes the first African-Am. female aviator to receive the Coast Guard Air Medal. In Feb. Md.-born white nationalist U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson (1969-) is arrested for plotting domestic terrorism incl. assassinations of Dem. politicians and media figures using biological weapons. In Feb. Saudi Arabia appoints Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud as their first female ambassador to Washington, D.C. In Feb. the Pacte Finance-Climat is pub., authored by French economist Pierre Larrouturou and French climate scientist Jean Jouzel, calling for 1T Euros to fight global warming, with the European Investment Bank (EIB) lending up to 100B Euros/year to member states and disburse grants in Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean, with a limit of 2% of their GDP; revenue would come from a 5% tax on corporate profits above a threshold; it is backed by 600 Euro politicians from 12 countries incl. Spanish pres. Pedro Sanchez, former French PM Laurent Fabius, former French environmental minister Nicolas Hulot, and Pope Francis. On Mar. 1 the New York Times announces a secret U.S. peace proposal to the Taliban, offering to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan in the next 3-5 years. On Mar. 1 Wash. Dem. gov. #23 (since Jan. 16, 2013) Jay Robert Inslee (1951-) announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. in 2020, focusing on climate change, announcing that he's proud to be the first U.S. gov. to oppose Trump's Muslim ban. On Mar. 2 Pres. Trump gives a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., becoming the longest speech of his presidency (until ?). On Mar. 3 the House Judiciary Committee announces that it will subpoena documents from 60+ people and orgs. to investigate possible obstruction and abuse of power by Pres. Trump, with Trump-hating chmn. Jerrold Nadler uttering the soundbyte: "We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption... and into obstruction of justice. It's our job to protect the rule of law. It's very clear that the president obstructed justice. Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen", causing Pres. Trump to tweet the soundbyte about the Demonrats, er, Democrats: "Presidential Harassment by 'crazed' Democrats at the highest level in the history of our Country. Likewise, the most vicious and corrupt Mainstream Media that any president has ever had to endure - Yet the most successful first two years for any President. We are WINNING big, the envy of the WORLD, but just think what it could be?" On Mar. 4 (a.m.) Muslim Fulani jihadists attack Christian villages in the Mbacohon area of Benue State, Nigeria, killing 23 with gunfire and machetes. On Mar. 4 an EF-4 (170 mph) tornado in Lee County, Ala. leaves a track almost 1 mi. wide and kills 23 incl. three children. On Mar. 4 Pres. Trump signs an executive order allowing sea veterans from the U.S. Coast Guard, USMC, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy to transition into the U.S. Merchant Marine. On Mar. 4 Colo. Dem. gov. John Hickenlooper announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. in 2020, promising to ramp up gun control and climate legislation. On Mar. 5 the New York Times pub. the soundbyte: "The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly doubling what they were a year ago, suggesting that the Trump administration's aggressive policies have not discouraged new migration to the United States. More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high and a s trong sign that stepped-up prosecutions, new controls on asylum and harsher detention policies have not reversed what remains a powerful lure for thousands of families fleeing violence and poverty"; this after claiming that Pres. Trump lied in his State of the Union speech about there being an "urgent national crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border; on Mar. 6 U.S. homeland defense ecy. Kirsjen Nielsen testifies before the House Committee on Homeland Security, uttering the soundbyte: "We are on track for this year for 900,000 apprehensions at the border", adding that the border control system "is clearly breaking". On Mar. 5 Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg announce that they won't be running for U.S. pres. in 2020; Bloomberg announces that he's going to concentrate on "organizing and mobilizing communities to begin moving America as quickly as possible away from oil and gas and toward a 100 percent clean energy economy." On Mar. 6 Dem. House Speaker Nancy Loose Pu, er, Nancy Pelosi gives an interview to The Washington Post, uttering the soundbyte that impeaching Pres. Trump is "just not worth it" unless there's bipartisan support; "I'm not for impeachment... This is news. I haven't said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I've been thinking about this, impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it"; "They wanted me to impeach President Bush for the Iraq War. I didn't believe in it then, I don't believe in it now. It divides the country. Unless there is some conclusive evidence that takes us to that place" - an admission that all the allegations against Trump were shams? On Mar. 7 after pressure by Israel-hating leftists cause them to back down on calling out Dem. Rep. Ilhan Omar for a month of anti-Semitic anti-Israel rhetoric incl. accusing U.S. Jews of dual loyalties, and inviting her to help rewrite it, the Dem.-controlled U.S. House of Reps passes the watered-down 7-page Resolution 183 (unanimous Dem. yes vote, 24 Repubs. abstaining), condemning "every form of bigotry" incl. the fakey term Islamophobia (first Congressional vote on it), trying to elevate it to an equal level with anti-Semitism, causing Pres. Trump to utter the soundbyte: "I thought yesterday's vote by the House was disgraceful because the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They've become an anti-Jewish party, and I thought that vote was a disgrace. And so does everybody else if you get an honest answer. If you get an honest answer from politicians, they thought it was a disgrace." On Mar. 7 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rules that "disparaging religious doctrines" is a criminal offense not protected by freedom of speech, esp. accusing Prophet Muhammad of pedophilia. On Mar. 8 Internat. Women's Day. On Mar. 8 the players of the U.S. women's nat. soccer team file a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination, seeking equal pay with male players. On Mar. 13 Calif. Dem. gov. Gavin Newsom signs an order placing a moratorium on executions, leaving 737 murderers on death row. On Mar. 14 the U.S. Senate votes 59-41 (incl. 12 Repubs.) to block Pres. Trump's nat. emergency declaration. On Mar. 14 (eve.) Palestinian Islamic Jihad fires two rockets from Gaza at Tel Aviv, causing Israel to retaliate with strikes on 100 jihad targets. On Mar. 14 failed Dem. Tex. Sen. candidate Francis "Beto" O'Rourke announces his candidacy for 2020 U.S. pres., backing the Green New Deal and open borders, with the soundbyte that the world faces a "catastrophe" and "hundreds of millions" of climate refugees storming the borders as humanity could go extinct unless we fix the planet in 12 years; he also utters the soundbyte: "If Immigration Is a Problem, It's the Best Possible Problem for This Country to Have." On Mar. 14 the pseudo-Marxist Southern Poverty aw Center fires its 1971 founder Morris Dees for sexual and other misconduct after he builds it o $500M in assets; pres. Richard Cohen and legal dir. Rhonda Brownstein soon resign. On Mar. 15 (noon) Aussie white supremacist "eco-fascist" Brenton Tarrant (1990-), fearful of mass Muslim integration shoots up two mosques (Al Noor, Linwood) in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 and injuring 19 before being captured; Abdul Aziz uses a shotgun to chase off the terrorist, which doesn't stop leftist New Zealand PM Jacina Ardern from vowing tough new gun laws; the Al Noor Mosque has been tied to terrorism in the past; the incident was a staged false flag using CGI? On Mar. 17 a 37-y.-o. Turkish Muslim immigrant Gokman Tanis stages a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands. On Mar. 17-19 the Spring 2019 Alaskan Heat Wave sees temps hit 62F in Sitka and Petersburg on Mar. 18. On Mar. 20 47-y.-o. Senegalese immigrant bus driver Ousseynou Sy (1971-) binds the hands of 50+ children and sets it on fire with gasoline in revenge for African migrants drowned in the Mediterranean en route from Libya to Europe; police rescue all the children unharmed. On Mar. 20 (9:43 p.m. EDT) (first day of spring) the full worm equinox supermoon (perigean full moon) is the last supermoon of 2019. On Mar. 21 Pres. Trump issues an executive order requiring college campuses to protect freedom of speech or lose federal research funds - good luck with that? On Mar. 21 after pressure from environmental activists, the EU holds a heating, er, hearing to investigate ExxonMobil's alleged role in spreading misinfo. about climate change. On Mar. 21 after a 675-day $33M investigation the 300-page Mueller Report on Pres. Trump is delivered to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, confirming Trump's protestations about it being a witch hunt when Mueller doesn't recommend any further indictments?; on Mar. 24 U.S. atty. gen. William Barr writes a 4-page letter to Congress, containing the soundbyte: "The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election... The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities"; instead of folding and profusely apologizing to Trump for their witch hunt, Dems. switch to a slew of obstruction investigations; on Mar. 26 Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blocks a resolution calling for the full report to be released publicly. On Mar. 22 German authorities arrest 10 jihadists in Frankfurt Rhine-Main, Germany on suspicion of plotting an Islamist attack to use cars and guns to kill as many infidels as possible. On Mar. 23 the ISIS caliphate falls as ISIS fighters begin to emerge from tunnels to surrender. On Mar. 23 after the govt. of Mali cracks down on Islamic terror cells, Islamist ethnic Dogon jihadists massacre 160 Fulani herders in Ogossagou and Wellingara, Mali; on Apr. 19, 2019 the govt. of Mali resigns over the Ogossagou massacre of 160 Fulani herders by jihadists four weeks earlier. On Mar. 25 two 20-y.-o. Muslims are arrested in Seine-et-Marne, France and charged with a plot to massacre chidlren in a kindergarden then kill rescuing police officers. On Mar. 26 the U.S. Senate votes 57-0 to reject AOC's Green New Deal, which Dems. call a sham. On Mar. 30 the U.S. cuts off aid to the Central Am. countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala after failing to stop thousands of illegal immigrants from trying to reach the U.S. On Mar. 31 the 2019 Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Bill Protests begin (end ?) against the Hong Kong Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Bill that blurs the lines with mainland China. In Mar. U.S. unemployment is 12,821,000 (vs. 12,827,000 in Feb.), losing 6K manufacturing jobs; the U.S. govt. adds 14K jobs. In Mar. the European Parliament approves a framework calling on member states "to take measures to tackle the structural racism people of African descent face in Europe", incl. the payment of reparations for colonialism. On Apr. 1 Time mag. pub. a cover story praising upstart Marxist U.S. rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) to the skies, calling her a "phenom" who is "the best storyteller in the [Dem.] Party." On Apr. 1 after nine Repubs. on his House Intel Committee pub. a letter calling for him to resign, and Pres. Trump calls him "pencil-neck", chmn. Adam Schiff resigns, with the soundbytes: "I don't think it's OK. I think it's immoral, I think it's unethical, I think it's unpatriotic, and yes, I think it's corrupt, and evidence of collusion. I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do think that's OK, is the day we look back and say that is the day America lost its way. The American people have spoken so I will move aside. I have no further plans to be involved with the government." On Apr. 4 the U.S. House votes to pull the U.S. out of Yemen, confirming the Senate vote, becoming the first time both Houses vote to end U.S. intervention under the War Powers Act; on Apr. 16 Pres. Trump vetoes it, becoming his 2nd veto. On Apr. 4 Albanian Muslim Fabjan Alameti (1997-) is arrested at a gun range in Mont. after talking about joining ISIS and attacking people at random to avenge the recent New Zealand mosque shooting. On Apr. 7 28-y.-o. Md. Muslim Rondell Henry (1989-) is charged with stealing a U-Haul van and plotting to plow through a crowd of pestrians at Nat. Harbor in Md. near Washington, D.C. to mimic the 2016 Nice terrorist attack. On Apr. 8 the U.S. designates the Iranian Rev. Guard as a foreign terrorist org., becoming the first time that it singles-out a part of a foreign govt. On Apr. 9 elections in Israel are a V for incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu. On Apr. 9 a Japanese F-35A fighter jet crashes into the sea off Aomori Prefecture, becoming the first known F-35A crash. On Apr. 11 after large-scale protests starting last Dec., Sudanese dictator-pres. #7 (since June 30, 1989) Omar al-Bashir (1944-) is removed from power by a military coup. On Apr. 11 after accompanying Pres. Trump during a visit to Tex. on Apr. 10, Rep. Tex. lt. gov. Dan Patrick utters the soundbyte that 1,671 bodies have been recovered inside the Tex. border with Mexico since 2011. On Apr. 11 after being arrested on May 1, 2018, Plano, Tex. Muslim Matin Azizi-Yarand pleads guilty to solicitation of capital murder and terrorist threats for plotting an attack at the Stonebriar Centre Mall in Frisco, Tex. during Ramadan, receiving concurrent 20 and 10 year sentences; he told an undercover FBI agent "I swear I want to achieve Allah's pleasure and kill the kuffar." On Apr. 11 Julian Assange is arrested by London Metro police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, making good his promise to dump all Wikileaks files. On Apr. 14 gay Dem. South er, Bend, Ind. mayor (since Jan. 2012) Peter Paul Montgomery "Pete" Butigieg (1982-) (pr. BU-dah-jij) annnounces his candidacy for the 2020 U.S. pres. election, becoming #19, introducing his husband Chasten - jiggle my booty? On Apr. 15 (18:20 CEST) 850-y.-o. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris partially burns down over 15 hours, taking the spire and the roof but leaving the stone foundation standing, along with the N belfry tower of "Hunchback of Notre Dame" fame; shocking France and the Roman Catholic world; the cause is not reported until ?; no mention in the PC press that Muslims have been desecrating churches all over France? On Apr. 16 Yuma, Ariz. mayor Doug Nicholls declares a state of emergency because of the surge of immigrants being released from federal detention centers. On Apr. 17 elections in Indonesia. On Apr. 17 by 12-0 the city council of Los Angeles, Calif. passes an ordinance prohibiting discrimination and bigotry, with stiff $125K fines for violators. On Apr. 18 the long-awaited 448-page Mueller Report is released, becoming a non-event, except for the fact that 10% was redacted? On Apr. 18 jihadist gunmen pull 14 passengers from buses in SW Pakistan and murder the military ones. On Apr. 19 Northern Ireland journalist Lyra Catherine McKee (b. 1990) is assassinated in Creggan, Derry by a masked repub. gunman, causing the Sinn Fein, UUP et al. to condemn it as "an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on the peace and democratic processes", calling it a "pointless and futile act to destroy the progress made over the last 20 years, which has the overwhelming support of people everywhere." On Apr. 21 (Easter Sun.) a series of jihadist suicide blasts in churches and luxury hotels in Colombo and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka by 8+ suicide bombers kill 359 and injure 500+; ISIS claims responsibility; 58+ are arrested; ringleader Zahran Hashim dies during the attack; on Apr. 28 Christian services are suspended, and Christians view services on TV. On Apr. 21 (Easter Sun.) elections in Ukraine are a V for comedian Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky (Zelenskyy) (1978-), who wins 73% of the vote, defeating incumbent Petro Poroshenko and becoming pres. #6 of Ukraine on May 20 (until ?); Russian pres. Vladimir Putin refuses to congratulate him. On Apr. 21-29 145 mph Cyclone Kenneth hits the Seychelles, Comoro Islands, Northern Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Malawi, killing 48. On Apr. 22 Dem. pres. frontrunner Bernie Sanders utters the soundbyte that criminals in prison should be able to vote, incl. the Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, pissing-off pop star Cher, who earlier suggested that Los Angeles, Calif. take care of its own homeless before welcoming asylum seekers. On Apr. 23 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un hold their first-ever summit in Vladivostok. On Apr. 25 former Dem. U.S. vice-pres. #47 (2009-17) Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden Jr. (1942-) quits being sleepy long enough to announce his candidacy for U.S. pres. in 2020 (candidate #20), uttering the soundbyte: "We are in the battle for the soul of this nation", causing Pres. Trump to tweet the soundbyte: "Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty - you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!"; after announcing his campaign, Biden goes straight to a fundraiser co-hosted by a CEO of a major health insurance corp., refusing to sign a pledge to reject money from insurance and pharma cos. while continuing to raise money from them, ending up with a super Pac run by healthcare lobbyists bankrolling his campaign, who hope he will push through their proposal to preserve the health insurance industry's power and leave 10M Americans uninsured? On Apr. 26 Pres. Trump speaks at the annual Nat. Rifle Assoc. (NRA) meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., slamming Dems. like Bernie Sanders for wanting prisoners to vote in elections, and framing the 2020 U.S. pres. race as about freedom vs. Socialism; Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, expressing concern over 2nd Amendment rights, with the soundbyte: "Under my administration we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone, we will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom and that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. trade treaty." On Apr. 26 26-y.-o. Muslim convert U.S. Army Afghanistan vet Mark Steven Domingo (1993-) of Reseda, Calif. is arrested for planning a jihadist terrorist attack on the Santa Monica Pier and a United Patriot Nat. Front white supremacist rally at Long Beach Bluff Park; on Mar. 3 he posted a video containing the soundbyte: "America needs another Vegas event to give them a taste of the terror they gladly spread all over the world." On Apr. 27 (11:30 a.m.) 19-y.-o. ? shoots up Chabad of Poway Synagogue N of San Diego, Calif., shouting "All Jews must die", killing brave 60-y.-o. woman Lori Gilbert-Kaye after she steps in front of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein to protect him, and injuring three before being arrested. On Apr. 28 parliamentary elections in Spain. On Apr. 30 22-y.-o. history major Trystan Andrew Terrell (1997-) kills two and injures four at the campus of the U. of N.C. in Charlotte before being arrested. On Apr. 30 Pres. Trump meets with Dem. leaders, and they agree in principle to spend $2T to renew U.S. infrastructure. On Apr. 30 French interior minister Christophe Castaner announces the foiling of an "extremely violent" Islamist terrorist attack with the arrest of four men after an investigation that began in Feb. In Apr. Saudi king Abdullah issues Royal Decree 44, defining "atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which the country is based" as terrorism. In Apr. the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report almost 700 cases of measles in 22 states, becoming the largest outbreak since 2000, when the disease was declared to be eradicated. In Apr. U.S. unemployment is 3.6% (lowest since Dec. 1969, 3.5%), with 263K new jobs. On May 1 (night) after a visit by teenie activist Greta Thunberg, the David Attenborough documentary "Climate Change: The Facts", and an 11-day protest by the activist group Extinction Rebellion that paralyzed London, a bipartisan Nat. Declaration of an Environmental and Climate Emergency is declared by the British Parliament, becoming the first nat. govt. On May 3-5 Palestinian militants launch 690 rockets into Israel, killing four, causing Israeli air strikes in Gaza Strip that kill 22, incl. two pregnant women and Hamas moneyman Hamed Ahmed Abed Khudari; on May 6 (4:30 a.m.) an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire begins. On May 4 the 100th anniv. of the May 4th Movement in China. On May 5 elections in Panama are a narrow V (33.27%) for center-left politician (former cattle rancher) Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo Cohen (1953-), facing increasing pressure from China over the Panama Canal. On May 5, 2019 Pres. Trump threatens another $200B of tariffs on Chinese goods; Trump's Dem. archenemy Chuck Schumer backs him for once. On May 5 U.S. nat. security adviser ambassador John Bolton announces that the U.S. is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to deter pesky Iran; on May 8 U.S. secy. of state makes a short unannounced visit to Baghdad. On May 5 155 mph Cyclone Fani (formed Apr. 26) hits Bangladesh and E India, causing 1M to be evacuated,killing 57 and causing $8.5M damage before quickly dissipating. On May 5 after an internat. outcry, the govt. of Brunei announces that it won't enforce their new law making gay sex punishable by death. On May 5 Pope Francis visits Bulgaria and North Macedonia to strengthen ties with Orthodox churches. On May 5 the Syrian govt. resumes bombing of rebel-held Idlib Province, killing and injuring dozens. On May 6 a Russian Aeroflot plane makes an emergency landing and bursts into flames after takeoff from Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, killing 41 incl. two children out of 73 passengers and five crew. On May 6 Converse launches an ad campaign for their Pride Collection of shoes for the LGBTQ+ community, featuring 11-y.-o. "drag kid" Desmond Napoles. On May 7 (1:53 p.m.) the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Douglas County, Colo. sees two perps incl. 18-y.-o. Devon Erickson (2000-) and 16-y.-o. transgender boy Maya Elizabeth "Alec" McKinney (2002-) shoot up the school, injuring eight and killing 18-y.-o. senior Kendrick Ray Castillo (b. 2001) as he tried to disarm a gunman. On May 8 Pres. Trump announces new sanctions on Iran hours after it announcing it's relaxing some restrictions on its nuclear program, stopping just short of violating its nuclear deal with world powers; on May 9 Euro countries announce that they reject "ultimatums" from Tehran. On May 8 China gets a seat on the U.N. Forum for Indigenous Peoples, never mind their oppression of pesky Muslim Uighurs. On May 8 The New York Times pub. a report claiming that Pres. Trump's businesses lost almost $1.2B in 1985-94, making him a con artist with a fake real estate empire, causing Pres. Trump to call it "a highly inaccurate fake news hit job". On May 8 elections in South Africa focus on corruption as the top issue. On May 9 North Korea makes its 2nd missile test in one week, two short-range missiles. On May 9 the Syrian govt. captures the strategic rebel-held town of Qalaat al-Madiq in NW Syria, pushing into remaining rebel territory under a massive bombardment. On May 9 voters in Mile City Denver, Colo. narrowly (50.6%) approve Initiative 301 to decriminalize psychedelic "magic" mushrooms (psilocybin); actually possession remains illegal, but police will lower it to their lowest priority; they were only making about 50 busts/year anyway. On May 12 (Sun.) (9:00 a.m.) 30 Islamic jihadists attack a Christian church in Dablo, Burkina Faso, killing six worshipers incl. the priest before burning it to the ground. On May 12-June 30 Anheuser-Busch's Bud Light launches its "first-ever rainbow aluminum bottle to celebrate World Pride" for LGBTs. On May 13 PBS-TV debuts the episode Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone, of the cartoon Arthur, featuring a same-sex marriage, pissing-off religious conservatives, who howl at PBS receiving taxpayer funding. On May 14 U.S. atty.-gen William Barr appoints U.S. atty. John Durham of Conn. to probe the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign. On May 15 special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before Congress, er, doesn't want to. On May 15 after the Ala. House passed it, the Ala. State Senate by 25-6 (all Repubs. voting yes) passes the House Bill 314, Ala. Human Life Protection Act, prohibiting abortion except "in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and up to 99-year prison sentences, becoming the most restrictive abortion bill in the U.S., spawning demonstrations. On May 17 the Dem.-run U.S. House of Reps passes the Equality Act, giving equal rights to gays and transgenders while trampling the rights of religious dissenters; the new law would effectively ban women's sports? On May 18 federal elections in Australia is a V for Scott Morrison's Liberal/Nat. Coalition Party, which gains 1 seat in parliament for a total of 75, vs. Bill Shorten's Labor Party, which loses four seats, for a total of 65, becoming a big D for climate action in Australia. On May 20 Massilon, Ohio-born Dem. Lori Elaine Lightfoot (1962-) becomes Chicago, Ill. mayor #56 (until ?), becoming the second woman, first black woman, and first openly gay mayor of Chicago, along with gay and woman mayor of the largest city in U.S. history (until ?). On May 20 after a rocket lands near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad overnight, Pres. Trump warns Iran not to threaten the U.S. again or it will face its "official end". On May 22 Pres. Trump invites Dem. congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to the White House for negotiations on an infrastructure bill, then abruptly exeunts stage er, left after they grandstand about the 2016 election, his tax returns, and the "I-word" (impeachment), after which Pelosi et al. meet with Dems. calling for an impeachment inquirty, then tells the press: "We do believe it's important to follow the facts. We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States, and we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up." On May 22 a Gallup Poll reveals that the percentage of Americans who believe that gay sex is acceptable has risen from 40% in 2001 to 63%, and the percentage who believe that same-sex marriage should be legal has risen from 27% in 1996 to 63%; same-sex marriage support reached 50% in 2011. On May 23-26 European Parliament elections. On May 25 a nail bomb blast in Lyon, France injures 13 incl. a 10-y.o.; police investigate it as a "terror conspiracy" without mentioning Islam or jihad. On May 25-28 the 2019 Memorial Day Heat Wave in the SE U.S. is combined with the 2019 Memorial Day Thunderstorm-Tornado Wave in the Midwest U.S. On May 26 (Sun.) (2:41 a.m.) an 8.0 earthquake hits a sparsely populated Amazon jungle area of Peru, becoming the country's largest earthquake in 12 years; it was 70 mi. deep, so it didn't do much damage. On May 27, 2019 Rolling Thunder makes its last ride in Washington, D.C. On May 28 Pope Francis gives an interview to Mexican network Televisa, uttering the soundbyte tht the U.S.-Mexico border wall is like the Berlin Wall; "We knew of one, of Berlin [Wall], and the many headaches and suffering it caused us, but it appears that man does what animals don't, right? Man is the only animal that falls twice into the same hole, right? We are returning to the same thing, right? Building walls as if it were a defense, right? Defense is dialogue, growth, acceptance and education, integration, and the healthy but human limit of 'no more than this'", saying that he would say to Pres. Trump: "He who builds walls winds up a prisoner of the walls he builds." ON May 29 after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a majority coalition, Israel's new Knesset votes 74-45 to disband without confirming a govt. for the first time ever. On May 29 as he closes his special prosecutor office after 2.8K subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 300 electronic communication records, and 500 witnesses, Robert Mueller finally gives an 8-min. speech on TV about his investigation, stirring the pot by giving ammo to both sides, claiming that to charge a sitting U.S. pres. with a federal crime was "prohibited" and unconsitutional, while uttering the soundbyte: "If we had had the confidence that the president had not clearly committed a crime, we would have said so", causing Dem. Harvard Law prof. Alan Dershowitz to utter the soundbyte: "Mueller has revealed his partisan bias" in favor of the Dems., and "gave a political gift to Democrats in Congress seeking to institute impeachment proceedings"; no surprise, Mueller refues to answer questions; Pres. Trump replies that Mueller is a "conflicted person" and a "true Never Trumper". On May 31 (4:08 p.m.) disgruntled employee DeWayne Antonio Craddock (b. 1978) shoots up a municipal bldg. in Virginia Beach, Va., killing 12+ incl. 11 employees and injuring five before police kill him,, becoming the deadliest mass shooting since last Nov. On May 31 a Taliban suicide car bomber detonates near a U.S. convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing four and injuring three Afghans along with four U.S. service members. On May 31 U.S. off-duty Muslim Marine Pfc. Ali Al-Kazahg (1997-) of Milford, Neb. is arrested at Offutt USMC base near Honolulu, Hawaii while heavily armed, saying that he wanted to "shoot up the battalion"; no surprise, the PC authorities try to coverup the Muslim jihad angle. On May 31 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!" On June 1 White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announces that Pres. Trump is "deadly serious" about levying a 5% tariff on Mexican goods on June 10 if the Mexican govt. doesn't step up enforcement of illegal immigration to the U.S., causing Mexico to send reps to speak with U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence at the White House on June 5, getting the tariff canceled on June 7 in return for promises to do what Trump says, causing White House press secy. Sarah Sanders to utter the soundbyte: "It's a sad day in America when the Mexican govt. is willing to do more for the United States' illegal immigration problem than Democrats in Congress"; Mexico follows through by deploying 15K troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. On June 1 Colo. Dem. gov. John Hickenlooper gives a speech in San Francisco, Calif. to the Calif. Dem. Party Convention, with the soundbyte: "If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer", drawing loud boos. On June 1 Disney Paris holds its first Magical Pride party celebrating LGBT Pride Month. On June 2 Cartoon Network tweets the soundbyte: "We want to wish everyone a HAPPY PRIDE and encourage all of our LGBTQ+ fans to stand proud all year long!"; the tweet incl. heart, unicorn, and gay-rainbow emojis and #pride, #happypride, #powerpuffyourself, #pridemonth, and #powerpuffgirls. On June 3 Tanzania passes a law fining people $13 for using a platic bag, and $400K and up to two years in jail for manufacturing them, becoming the 3rd East African country after Kenya and Rwanda. On June 3 self-described doctor of political science Hyram F. Suddlfluffel posts on the conservative blog FreeRepublic.com, with the soundbyte that a Dem. attempt to impeach Pres. Trump would backfire as there is zero chance of a Senate conviction, while "The President's attorneys will have the right to subpoena and question anyone they want", allowing them to expose Dem. crimes and misconduct. On June 3-5 Pres. Trump visits Britain, meeting with PM Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II and laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, attending the 75th anniv. ceremonies for D-Day; on June 4 he gives an interview to Piers Morgan on "Good Morning Britain", responding to the question "Do you personally believe in climate change?" with the soundbyte: "I believe that there is a change in weather. And, I think it changes both ways. Don't forget: it used to be called 'global warming' – that wasn't working. Then, it was called 'climate change.' Now, it's actually called 'extreme weather' - because, with 'extreme weather,' you cant miss." On June 4 the Dem.-controlled U.S. House by 237-187 passes the Yes We Can! Path to Citizenship Bill despite Pres. Trump's promise to veto it. On June 4 (Tues.) radical Candi CdeBaca wins a runoff election for city council of Denver, Colo. against council pres. Albus Brooks, immediately promising to impose Communism "by any means necessary". On June 5 the Trump admin. announces its decision to stop federal research using aborted baby parts, causing Dem. House Speaker Nancy Loose Pu, er, Pelosy, er, Pelosi to call it "a grave step backwards for America". On June 5 Pope Francis changes the phrase "lead us not into temptation" into "do not let us fall into temptation" in the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:13). On June 9 the Dem.-controlled Calif. state legislature votes to put illegal immigrants on Medicaid, treating it as a stab at Pres. Trump and claiming that a budget surplus will easily absorb it - rather than give it back to the legal citizens? On June 9 Pres. Trump tweets a warning to er, Twitter: "Twitter should let the banned Conservative Voices back onto their platform, without restriction. It's called Freedom of Speech, remember. You are making a Giant Mistake!" On June 9 (8:50 p.m.) retired prof. baseball player David Ortiz is attacked by paid hitman Rolfi Ferreira Cruz at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, Dominican Repub. On June 9 50 Fulani Muslim jihadists attack a Christian village in Sobame Da, Mali, killing 95, burning women, children and elderly to death. On June 10 Watergate figure John Dean testifies before the Dem.-controlled House Judiciary Committee; on June 9 (night) Pres. Trump calls him a "sleazebag". On June 10 the N.Y. state legislature outlaws cat declawing, ignoring their decision in Jan. to legalize late-term abortions. On June 11 two tankers are attacked in the Gulf of Oman; Iran is suspected. On June 13 White House press secy. (since July 2017) Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces that she's leaving at the end of the month; on June 25 Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham is named as her successor. On June 14 women across Switzerland strike to protest lack of workplace equality and pay. On June 14 Pope Francis speaks at a conference in the Vatican, with the soundbyte that the world has reached a "critical moment" in reacting to the threat of climate change: "Dear friends, time is running out! We cannot afford the luxury of waiting for others to come forward or of prioritizing short-term economic benefits. The climate crisis requires decisive action from us, here and now." On June 14 Sunni Muslim Syrian refugee Mustafa Mousab Alowemer (1998-) is arrested and charged with attempted bombing of the Christian Legacy Internt. Worship Center in Pittsburgh, Penn.; he had applied for a green card. On June 15 ater a string of knife and gun attacks in London kill three, Pres. Trump calls out Muslim London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling him a "disaster" and saying that "London needs a new mayor ASAP." On June 16 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu renames the Golan Heights after Pres. Trump. On June 17 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 7-2 in Gamble v. United States that federal and state sovereignty permits separate federal and state prosecutions for the same crime despite the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment - why doesn't it prohibit double punishments? They forgot about Timbs v. Ind.? On June 18 Pres. Trump kicks off his 2010 U.S. pres. campaign at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. before a crowd of 20K, while the crowd chants "CNN sucks!", causing CNN to cut the feed; Trump utters the soundbyte that the Dem. Party "has become more radical, more dangerous, and more unhinged than at any point in the modern history of our country"; Trump raises $24.8M for his reelection campaign in less than 24 hours. On June 18 U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee reaches a $4.5B deal on Pres. Trump's emergency border request. On June 19 (the Rev. Guards of Iran announce the shooting-down of a U.S. drone over S Iran; the U.S. claims it was flying over internat. waters, becoming the 2nd Iranian attack on a U.S. drone in the last week, causing Pres. Trump to say that he won't "stand for it", and later admit to almost ordering a retaliatory strike before calling off 10 min. before it was due to begin after his gens. told him it would kill 150 people. On June 19 (Juneteenth) the Dem.-controlled U.S. House holds a hearing on reparations for slavery, sponsored by U.S. Rep. (D-Tex.) Sheila Jackson Lee; U.S. Rep. (R-Tex.) Louie Gohmeter brings up the little ole fact that historically the Dem. Party championed segregation and Jim Crow Laws, pissing-off the Dems.; retired NFL Oakland Raiders star Burgess Owens testifies that he quit being a Dem. hen he learned about "the misery that that party brought to my race", but believes in restitution. On June 19 the Penn. Senate passes House Bill 315 (passed by the House on Apr. 9), which makes female genital mutilation (FGM) a first-degree felony. On June 20 Chinese pres. Xi Jinping meets in North Kora with dictator Kim Jong-un on the 70th anniv. of their first diplomatic relations; a ruse to antagonize the U.S.? On June 21 the U.S. Supreme (Robert) Court rules 5-4 in Knick v. Township of Scott, Penn. to reverse their 1985 decision in "Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank of Johnson City, allowing taking-compensation cases to be brought directly to federal court and not have to first exhaust all state-offered venues for mediation. On June 21 Am. Muslim Akram Musleh (1998-) of Brownsburg, Ind. is sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS. On June 21 while preparing to announce her new book "What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal", Am. journalist Elizabeth Jean (E. Jean) "Betty Jean" Carroll (1943-) pub. an article in New York mag. accusing Pres. Trump of sexual assault in fall 1995 or spring 1996 in a Bergdorf Goodman store in New York City; Trump denies ever knowing her; too bad, she sticks her foot in her mouth in an interview with Anderson Cooper, with the soundbyte: "I think most people think of rape as being sexy", and says that she won't bring charges against Trump because "I would find it disrespectful to the women who are down on the border who are being raped around the clock down there without any protection." On June 21 (night) a small skydiving plane crashes near Dillingham Airfield on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, killing nine, becoming the deadliest private plane crash since 2011. On June 23 after the news is leaked by Trump-hating acting DHS secy. Kevin McAleenan, Pres. Trump announces that he's delaying the planned deportation of 2K families in 10 cities for two weeks to give Congress yet more time to play games, er, solve the border crisis. On June 24 Pres. Trump signs an executive order placing "hard-hitting sanctions" on Iran's supreme leader et al., causing the Iranians to respond that diplomacy is over. On June 24 African-Am. Nadine Burke Harris becomes Calif. surgeon gen. #1; she is sworn-in on Feb. 11 (until ?). On June 25 Ill. gov. J.B. Pritzker signs a law legalizing recreational use of marijuana, making it state #11 after Colo. (2012), Wash. (2012), Alaska (2014), Ore. (2014), Calif. (2016), Maine (2016), Mass. (2016), Nev. (2016), Mich. (2018), and Vt. (2018), along with Washington, D.C. (2014). On June 27 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 5-4 in Rucho v. Common Cause that federal courts are powerless to hear challenges to partisan gerrymandering. On June 28-29 the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan sees Pres. Trump and Xi Jinping agree to restart U.S.-China trade talks, with Trump dropping $300B of planned new tariffs and permitting U.S. cos. to sell to the Chinese tech giant Huawei. On June 29 Pres. Trump makes a surprise visit to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, becoming the first U.S. pres. to step across the DMZ into North Korean territory. On June 29 thousands protest in Madrid, Spain over the suspensions of curbs on polluting cars, becoming the first rollback of an environmental policy by a major Euro city. On July 29 New York judge John Koeltl (a Clinton appointee) dismisses la lawsuit filed by the Dem. Nat. Committee (DNC) against the Trump campaign, Wikileaks, and the Russian govt. over the hacked emails from the 2016 election, ruling that while Russia was behind the theft, the others "did not participate in any wrongdoing in obtaining the materials in the first place" and are protected by the First Amendment, while Russia can't be sued. On June 30 mass protests in Khartoum, Sudan against military rule on the 30th anniv. of Pres. Omar al-Bashir's 1989 seizure of power result in seven killed and 181 injured. On June 30 a Gallup Poll finds that 64% of Americans oppose D.C. statehood. In June 30 U.S. unemployment is 3.7% (vs. 3.6% in May), creating 224K nonfarm jobs incl. 109K for Hispanics, with a record 157,005,000 employed. On July 1 a Taliban truck bomb attack in Kaboom, Afghanistan kills 16 and injures 105 incl. 51 children and five woman. On July 1 Hollyweird star Barbra Streisand utters the soundbyte that Pes. Trump should be the first climate denier removed from office, with the non-sequitur: "Last week it was 114 in Paris and Guadalajara was buried in 3 feet of ice from a hailstorm. Climate change is here now and it is time for voters to remove the climate deniers from office, starting with Trump." On July 1 the school board of San Francisco, Calif. authorizes $600K to destroy a mural depicting George Washington at the George Washington H.S., calling it racist, although it was painted by a Communist on New Deal funding and has a message criticizing him for slavery and oppression of Indians. On July 2 there is a total solar eclipse. On July 3 monsoons begin in Assam, NE India, displacing 5.8M and killing 30 (until ?), forcing people to live on sparse food and dirty water. On July 4 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, becoming their 3rd. On July 4 an al-Shabaab suicide bomber in Mogadishu, Somalia attempts to assassinate U.S. diplomat James Swan at the mayor's office, killing and wounding several but missing him because he already left. On July 4 (11:30 a.m. local time) a 6.4 earthquake 11 mi. from Ridgecrest, Calif. near Death Valley Nat. Park between Bakrsfield, Calif. and Las Vegas, Nev. becomes the strongest in 20 years. On July 4 Pres. Trump holds his Salute to America 4th of July parade in the Nat. Mall in Washington, D.C., complete with tanks like Ike had in 1953 and JFK had in 1961, hamming it up with a speech that pisses-off leftists and Dems., containing the soundbyte: "It is the epic tale of a great nation whose people have risked everything for what they know is right and what they know is true. It is the chronicle of brave citizens who never give up on the dream of a better and brighter future. And it is the saga of 13 separate colonies that united to form the most just and virtuous republic ever conceived. On this day, 243 years ago, our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to declare independence and defend our God-given rights." On July 4 (a.m.) British Royal Marines seize the Iranian supertanker Grace I off Gibraltar for carrying oil to Syria in violation of internat. sanctions, causing Iran to accuse them of piracy. On July 7 secret diplomatic cables from U.K. ambassador to the U.S. (since Jan. 28, 2016) Sir Nigel Kim Darroch (1954-) are leaked to The Mail on Sunday, showing him calling the Trump admin. "inept and insecure", forcing him to resign. On July 9 Dem. Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill allowing illegal aliens under the age of 25 to receive Medicaid benefits. On July 11 Pres. Trump announces an executive order to make an end-around run of the U.S. Supreme Court that won't let him ask citizenship status on the Census forms, directing all federal agencies to provide the Commerce Dept. with all records regarding the number of citizens and noncitizens in the U.S. On July 12 the U.S. Houses passes a $733B defense bill checking Pres. Trump's war powers against Iran. On July 13 (6:55 p.m. ET) a power outage in New York City on the anniv. of the big 1977 blackout caused by a transformer fire causes people in Manhattan to be trapped in elevators and leaves 45K without electricity; on July 22 another blackout causes Mayor DeBlasio to call for govt. takeover of Con-Ed; they did it to themselves by passing a Green New Deal? On July 13 immigration protesters at an ICE facility in Aurora, Colo. pull down the U.S. flag and fly a Mexican flag in its place, then pull down a Blue Lives Matter flag, spray-paint it with "Abolish ICE", and fly it upside-down, pissing-off former U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, who utters the soundbyte: "There are no words for why the Democrats are staying silent on this." On July 14 (a.m.) Pres. Trump generates a tweetstorm dissing the four ultra-leftist "Progressive Democrat Congresswomen" (AKA the Squad) Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, ending with: "Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested plces from which they came... and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough", causing the PC press to howl with cries of racism, when even they probably secretly agree with him?; on July 16 all the House Dems. along with four turncoat Repubs; vote 240-187 to pass a resolution to condemn Trump's "racist comments"; only Omar was born outside the U.S. (Somalia); on July 17 (eve.) Trump holds a rally in Greenville, N.C., making fun of his two-faced critics, with the soundbyte: "I think in some cases they hate our country. They never have anything good to say. That's why I say, 'Hey if you don't like it, let 'em leave, let 'em leave'", causing the crowd to chant: "Send her back!", which Trump later claims he "was not happy" with. On July 15 the Taliban kills 25 Afghan commandos in a firefight in Badghis, Afghanistan while losing 20. On July 16 Libyan PM Fayez el-Sarraj threatens the EU with 800K more migrants incl. "criminals and terrorists... unless the assault on Tripoli by warlord Khalifa Haftar ends soon". On July 16 the city council of Berkeley, Calif. becomes the first to ban natural gas in new bldgs., effective Jan. 20, authorizing a $273,341 yearly salary for a new enforcement dir.; meanwhile it announces changes to the city code to remove all gendered language, e.g., replacing manholes with maintenance holes, and all instances of he/she with they. On July 16-18 the Second Ministerial Advance to Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 1998 U.S. Religious Freedom Act, hosted by the U.S. State Dept. and incl. reps from 106 nations is attended by U.S. vice-pes. Mike Pence. On July 17 after sponsor (D-Tex.) (2005-) Alexander N. "Al" Green (1947-) (who introduced articles of impeachment on May 17 over his firing of FBI dir. James Comey, then withdrew them) reintroduces articles of impeachment against Pres. Trump for his tweetstorm agianst the Squad, and forces the vote by going around Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House votes 332-95-1 (137 Dems. against, four Repubs. for) to kill (postpone) his resolution, causing Trump to tweet the soundbytes: "I just heard that the US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to kill the most ridiculous project I have ever been involved in. The resolution -- how stupid is that -- on impeachment"; "Greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military and much more, is now OVER. This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!"; 95 Dems. vote to impeach him for "causing harm to society", not an alleged high crime or misdemeanor, meaning they should be impeached for not upholding their oath to the U.S. Constitution?; meanwhile federal prosecutors in N.Y. terminate their investigation into the Trump Org. and its alleged hush money payments to women alleging affairs with Pres. Trump despite the FBI assuring the public that they really did happen. On July 17 the U.S. suspends Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet program for accepting parts for its new Russian S-400 missile defense system. On July 17 Pres. Trump announces that a U.S. warship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. On July 18 Taliban suicide bombers attack a police HQ in Kandahar, Afghanistan, killing 12 incl. seven children. On July 18 Pres. Trump meets with U.S. airline execs hoping to take their side in a long-time dispute with Persian Gulf-based airlines, only to end up knocking them for buying jets from Euro supplier Airbus instead of Boeing, and for running their cos. so poorly that the stock prices are declining in a bull market. On July 19 Shinji Aoba (1978-) torches the Kyoto Animation studio in Tokyo, Japan, killing 34 and injuring scores, accusing them of stealing his novels. On July 19 Iranian commandos seize the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for the British seizing their tanker earlier in the month. On July 20 Repub. U. of Mich. student Kathy Zhu has her new Miss Mich. title revoked by the Miss World Am. competition for tweets criticizing the wearing of hijabs. On July 21 Puerto Rican gov. #12 (since Jan. 2, 2017) Ricardo Antonio Rossello (Rosselló) (1979-) resigns amid mucho jubilation, effective Aug. 2 as a result of Telegramgate (Chatgate) (RickyLeaks), the leaking of hundreds of pages of group chat from the messaging app Telegram filled with vulgar, racist, and homophobic slurs and plans to use the media to target political opponents, which caused 500K to protest in Old San Juan demanding his resignation on July 17, followed by a nat. strike of 750K-1M on July 23. On July 23 Repub. U.S. Army secy. #23 (since Nov. 20, 2017) Mark Thomas Esper (1964-) becomes U.S. defense secy. #27 (until Nov. 9, 2020). On July 23 French jihadists attack a church service in Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouvray, France, forcing a priest to his knees and slitting his throat; one jihadists was supposedly under tight govt. surveillance. On July 24 Robert Mueller testifies before the Dem.-run House Judiciary Committee, stinking himself up so bad with his poor knowledge of his own report and his near senility that he dashes Dem. dreams of a killer blow leading to Pres. Trump's impeachment, which doesn't make them give up trying; Trump says Mueller was horrible, that Repubs. "had a good day", and utters the soundbyte: "The Democrats had nothing, and now they have less than nothing." On July 25 U.S. atty. gen. William Barr issues a directive ordering the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to begin allowing capital punishment to resume, starting with five murderers, mostly child-killers. On July 25 Pres. Trump makes a phone call to Ukraine pres. Volodymyr Zelensky, asking for him "to do us a favor" by investigating political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, which is later blown up to a reason for impeachment by the Dems., even after Trump releases a transcript of the call on Sept. 25. On July 26 Pres. Trump announces a "safe third country" deal with Guatemala to restrict asylum claims from Central Am., calling it a "landmark agreement" that "will put the coyotes and smugglers out of business". On July 26 the U.S. House of Reps suspends talk of impeachment of Pres. Trump to go on a 46-day recess until Sept. 9. On July 26 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 6-3 that the Trump admin. can proceed with its plan to use $2.5B in Pentagon funds on the U.S.-Mexico border wall; dissenters incl. Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor; too bad, on Aug. 2 Obama appointee Haywood Gilliam of the 9th Circuit issues a permanent injunction blocking him. On July 27 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte that Baltimore, Md. is a "rat and rodent infested mess", digging into Rep. Elijah Cummings with the soundbyte: "So sad that Elijah Cummings has been able to do so little for the people of Baltimore. Statistically, Baltimore ranks last in almost every major category. Cummings has done nothing but milk Baltimore dry, but the public is getting wise to the bad job that he is doing", pissing him off and starting a flame war; on July 28 Trump tweets that Cummings is "racist", adding that iif he “ould focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess that he has helped to create over many years of incompetent leadership." On July 27 Pres. Trump utters the soundbyte that the black-shirted far-left street thug activist group Antifa is under consideration for being declared a terrorist org., causing leftists in Germany to come out with the social media meme "#IchbinAntifa" (I am Antifa). On July 27-28 Boko Haram jihadists attack a funeral in Nganzai, Nigria, killing 65+. On July 28 (5:40 p.m.) 19-y.-o. Santino William Legan shoots up the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., killing four and injuring 12 before being killed by police. On July 30 Pres. Trump utters the soundbyte that U.S. intel agencies have "run amok" while defending his replacement of Dan Coats by John Ratcliffe as dir. of nat. intel. On July 30 Pres. Trump speaks at an event commemorating the 400th anniv. of Va.'s first legislative assembly, and is interrupted by Palestinian-descent Muslim Dem. legislator Ibraheem Samirah, who shouts "You can't send us back" while flshing a sign reading "deport hate", "reunite my family", and go back to your corrupted home" - self-contradiction? On July 30 Dem. Calif. gov. Gavin Newsom signs a law barring U.S. pres. candidates esp. Donald Trump from the state's primary ballot if they don't release their tax returns - should be birth certificate, retroactive to Obama? On July 30 the Dem. Congressional Campaign Committee purges six staffers for being too white, signaling a new era in outright racial discrimination against whites. On July 31 the Federal Reserve announces an interest rate cut for the first time since 2008, a whopping 0.25%. In July the Am. Psychological Assoc. (APA) establishes a Consensual Non-Monogamy Task Force to promote "polyamory, open relationships... and swinging", pissing-off the Catholic League and the Ruth Inst. In July U.S. unemployment holds at 3.7%, adding 164K jobs; black unemployment for ages 16-19 falls to a record low of 17.7%. On Aug. 1 a burqa ban takes effect in the Netherlands after 14 years of debate. On Aug. 1 Krakow archbishop Marek Jedraszewski delivers a sermon on the 75th anniv. of the Warsaw Uprising, rejoicing that Poland is no longer tormented by the "red plague" of Soviet Communism, but lamenting that is has been replaced by the "rainbow plague" of homosexuality, with the soundbyte: "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved." The white supremacist terror unleashed weekend in the U.S.? On Aug. 3 (10:39 a.m.) 21-y.-o. AK-47-carrying Mexican-hating white supremacist Patrick Crusius (1999-) of Dallas shoots up a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Tex., killing 21 and injuring 2 before being arrested by police at 11:08; he did it to save the environment? On Aug. 4 (Sun.) (1:00 a.m.) black-dressed body armor-wearing AR-15 carrying 24-y.-o. Connor Betts (b. 1995) shoots up the Ned Peppers Bar in the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio, killing nine incl. his sister Megan and injuring 27 before being killed by police 1 min. later; he is an extreme leftist, which doesn't stop the fake news outlets from initially calling him a Trump supporter. On Aug. 4 (midnight) a car bombing in front of the Nat. Cancer Inst. in Cairo, Egypt kills 20 and injures 47; Egyptian pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi labels it a "cowardly terrorist incident". On Aug. 5 (11:00 a.m. EST) Pres. Trump gives a speech on the El Paso and Dayton massacres, condemning "racism, bigotry, and white supremacy" and calling for bipartisan support to fight it, with the soundbyte that hatred "warps the mind, ravages the heart, and destroys the soul", calling for red flag laws; too bad, the Dems. slam him for initially focusing on mental health rather than white supremacy, and use the opporunity to advance his immigration reform agenda. On Aug. 7 ICE conducts raids at food processing plants in Miss., arresting 680, with 200 of them having a criminal record; Pres. Trump says they will serve as a "good deterrent" to illegal immigration. On Aug. 11 British Muslim Mubashar Hussain (1990-) is arrested in Sparkbrook, Birmingham after hijacking a police car and running over a police officer. On Aug. 12 the Trump admin. announces new regulations banning welfare-dependent legal immigrants from permanently resettling in the U.S.; no surprise, 13 states file lawsuits challenging the new rule. On Aug. 12 U.S. Sen Dems. issue a warning to the U.S. Supreme Court in a brief filed in New York City, calling its conservative majority an affliction and threatening to fundamentally restructure it if the justices don't take steps to "heal" themselves. On Aug. 12 the Brazilian state of Amazonas declares an emergency after 1,699 forest fires are detected, causing the climate alarmist agitprop machine to have a field day spreading stories about global warming bringing the end of the world, despite the fires being mainly set by farmers clearing land, no extreme droughts in the region, etc.; meanwhile French pres. Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian pres. Jair Bolsonaro get into a pissing contest, ending with Bolsonary rejecting $22M in aid to fight fires from the G7 while accepting $12M from Britain. On Aug. 13 Muslim convert Mert Ney (1998-) goes on a jihadist stabbing spree in Sydney, Australia, killing a female sex worker and stabbing several others before being subdued by bystanders. On Aug. 14-15 African-Am. radical Wahhabist Muslim Maurice Hill (1993-) gets in a shootout with police in a row house in crime-ridden mainly black North Philadelphia, Penn., wounding six in a 7-hour standoff before being arrested. On Aug. 15 Pres. Trump makes an offer to purchase Greenland, which is refused. On Aug. 16 Pres. Trump receives a surprise endorsement from the conservative LGBTQ Log Cabin Repubs. On Aug. 20 the Trump admin. announces plans to freeze $4B in foreign aid to 100+ countries as part of a "recession package". On Aug. 20 Pres. Truth, er, Trump criticizes Dems. for supporting Dem. anti-Semites Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, with the soundbyte: "I think any Jewish people who would vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty", drawing a Dem. backlash. On Aug. 21 the U.N. establishes Aug. 22 as their Day of Global Recognition of Violence Against People Based on Faith. On Aug. 21 after a lawsuit brought by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Equity Court of South Africa bans the nat. flag of the apartheid era. On Aug. 22 Bernie Sanders announces a $16.3T climate plan building on the Green New Deal, calling for the U.S. to switch to renewable energy across the board by 2050 while declaring climate change a nat. emergency, starting with a "10-year nationwide mobilization centered on equity and humanity" that will supposedly create 20M new jobs, which doesn't sound hard after giving $2.18T in grants to low and middle income families to weatherize and refit their homes and business to reduce residential energy consumption by 30%, and spending $526B to modernize the electrical grid while investing in electric vehicles, high-speed rail, and expanded public transit; no surprise, the real goal comes out when the Green New Deal is described as an "opportunity to uproot historical injustices and inequities to advance social, racial and economic justice". On Aug. 23 Pres. Trump "hereby" orders U.S. cos. to find alternatives to Chinese suppliers in his next phase of their trade war, causing the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. to end down 600+ points (2.4%). On Aug. 23 Queens, N.Y. Muslims Asia Siddiqui and Noelle Velentzas plead guilty to planning a jihadist attack against law enforcement and military targets in the U.S. using bombs. On Aug. 24 (night) Israel stages a late-night attack on Shiite militia targets inside Syria in order to thwart a "very imminent" drone strike. On Aug. 24-26 the45th (2019) G7 Summit in Biarritz, France sees Pres. Trump and French pres. Emmanuel Macron make up and kiss; Trump calls for Russia to be readmitted to help him solve several issues, and suggests Trump Doral in Fla. as the site for the next summit, pissing-off Dems., who claim he's trying to enrich himself, causing him to reply that he won't make any money; Trump drops that idea on Oct. 19; Trump also says that he's willing to meet with Iran's pres., raising the prospect of a new nuclear deal; when asked if he still harbors climate skepticism, Trump utters the soundbyte: "I feel that the United States has tremendous wealth. The wealth is under its feet. I've made that wealth come alive. And I'm not going to lose that wealth. I'm not going to lose it on dreams, on windmills, which frankly aren't working too well. And I'm an environmentalist. A lot of people don't understand. I have done more environmental impact statements probably than anybody that's - I guess I can say definitely, because I've done many, many, many of them. More than anybody that's ever been president, or vice president, or anything even close to president. And I think I know more about the environment than most people. I want clean air, I want clean water, I want a wealthy country, I want a spectacular country with jobs, with pensions, with so many things. And that's what we're getting. So I want to be very careful. At the same time... it's very important to me - very important to me - we have to maintain this incredible - this incredible place that we've all built. We become a much richer country, and that's a good thing, not a bad thing, because that great wealth allows us to take care of people. We can take care of people that we couldn't have taken care of in the past because of the great wealth. We can't let that wealth be taken away. Clean air, clean water. Thank you very much everybody"; after which a reporter shouts: "You didn't answer the question!" On Aug. 28 at the request of British PM Boris Johnson to stop Jeremy Corbyn's plans to block Brexit, Elizabeth II prorogues Parliament weeks before the no-deal Brexit deadline, causing a firestorm of controversy the resignation of Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson. On Aug. 29 U.S. inspector gen. Michael Horowitz releases his report on former FBI dir. James Comey, finding "no evidence" that he "released any classified information" to the press, although he "violated department or FBI policy" through "retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos", finding that Comey "failed to live up to this responsibility. By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees - and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information"; too bad, although Horowitz referred him to the U.S. Justice Dept. for criminal prosecution, they decide not to, causing Comey to gloat, tweeting that he doesn't "need a public apology from those who defamed me, buta quick message with a 'sorry we lied about you' would be nice"; the White House blasts him with the soundbyte: "James Comey is a proven liar and leaker. The Inspector General's report shows Comey violated the most basic obligations of confidentiality that he owed to the United States Government and to the American people, 'in order to achieve a personally desired outcome.' Because Comey shamefully leaked information to the press — in blatant violation of FBI policies - the Nation was forced to endure the baseless politically motivated, two-year witch hunt. Comey disgraced himself and his office to further a personal political agenda, and this report further confirms that fact"; Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General's Report. He should be ashamed of himself!" On Aug. 29 the U.S. Defense Dept. formally establishes the U.S. Space Command as the 11th unified combat command. On Aug. 31 (3:15 p.m.) recently-fired Seth Ator (1983-) is stopped by police on I-20 in Midland, Tex., and begins a rampage, killing seven and injuring 20+ incl. three police officers before being killed by police at the Cinergy Movie Complex in Odessa, Tex. In Aug. the New York Times announces the 1619 Project to reframe U.S. history to make it all about the evils of white supremacy and slavery, like U.S.-hating Marxist U.S. historian Howard Zinn would have loved. In Aug. Victoria's Secret lingerie maker features its first transgender model, Brazilian actress Valentina Sampaio. In Aug. Waterloo, Iowa-born New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones (1976-) launches the 3-hanky 1619 Project, which claims that the Am. Rev. was fought mainly to preserve slavery, and that all of U.S. history is really about blacks, with the leftist NYT attempting to push it into all schools as their only U.S. history education; no surprise, in May 2020 she is awarded a Pulitzer Prize for pure leftist moose hockey? In Aug. U.S. unemployment is 3.7%, vs. 3.7% in July; U.S. employment reaches a record 157,878,000, an increase of 529,000; black unemployment hits a record low of 5.5%; Hispanic unemployment is 4.2%. On Sept. 1 (early a.m.) Fulani Muslim jihadists in Wum, Nigeria butcher Bible translator Angus Abraham Fung to death and kill six otehrs, severing his wife's arm. On Sept. 1 (Sun.) (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation), Pope Francis writes the soundbyte that this is "a season to reflect on our lifestyles" incl. how we "act like tyrants with regards to creation", calling for "prophetic actions" to save the Earth by adopting "more simple and respectful lifestyles" and "abandon our dependence on fossil fuels" while moving "quickly and decisively towards forms of clean energy and a sustainable and circular economy", concluding: "Melting of glaciers, scarcity of water, neglect of water basins and the considerable presence of plastic and microplastics in the oceans are equally troubling, and testify to the urgent need for interventions that can no longer be postponed. We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own." On Sept. 1 AFL-CIO pres. Richard Trump, er, Richard Trumka appears on Fox News, criticizing Pres. Trump, complaining about his new USMCA trade deal with Canada and Mexico and for taking on China "the wrong way", pissing Trump off and causing him to criticizing him back, tweeting the soundbytes that he "likes what we are doing until the cameras go on" and "The workers will vote for me in 2020 (lowest unemployment, most jobs ever), and should stop paying exorbitant $ Dues. Not worth it!" On Sept. 2 USMC Gen. Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis gives an interview to NPR, blasting ex-U.S. vice-pres. Joe Biden for aiding the rise of ISIS by insisting on the total withdrawl of U.S. troops from Iraq, with the soundbyte: "You may want a war over. You may declare it over. You may even try to walk away from it. But the bottom line is the enemy gets a vote, as we say in the military, and we simply have got to understand that terrorism is going to be an ambient threat." On Sept. 2 U.S. envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad announces on a Kabul TV station that the U.S. has reached a draft deal with the Taliban to pull out 5K U.S. troops within 5 mo.; meanwhile during the interview, the Taliban stages a suicide truck bomb and gunfire attack in Green Village near the Green Zone in Baghdad, killing 16+ and injuring 110+. On Sept. 2 (Labor Day) a 75-ft. boat bursts into flame off Santa Cruz Island, Calif., killing all 34 aboard. On Sept. 5 Pope Francis visits Mozambique, meeting with 24 Jesuits and endorsing a 2017 essay criticizing relations between Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics in the U.S. as an "ecumenism of hate", suggesting that the Protestants "cannot really be defined as Christian." On Sept. 9 the U.S. Dept. of Justice announces a 5-count indictment of Russian Diversity Visa Lottery immigrant Muslim Ruslan Maratovich Asainov (1976-) for conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS. On Sept. 10 after their battles never end, Pres. Trump fires hawkish U.S. nat. security advisor John Bolton after 17 mo. On Sept. 10 coalition and Iraqi forces carry out airstrikes against Quanus Island on the Tigris River S of Mosul, Iraq in Salahuddin Province that is believed to be an ISIS safe haven. On Sept. 11 (18th anniv. of 9/11) the Taliban fires missiles at the U.S. embassy in Kabul and the Bagram AFB. On Sept. 12 Roger Hallam et al. of Extinction Rebellion (XR) are arrested the day before a planned drone attack on Heathrow Airport to push for action on global climate change. On Sept. 12 Tex. Southern U. hosts a Dem. pres. debate; Joe Biden declines to support reparations for slavery, preferring investments in the education system; too bad, he utters the soundbyte: "Social workers help parents deal with how to raise their children. It's not that they don't want to help, they don't know what to play the radio, make sure the television - excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the - make sure that kids hear words, a kid coming from a very poor school - a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time we get there. " On Sept. 14 Shiite Houthi rebels attack the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia, costing it 5M barrels/day of crude production (half the kingdom's total output), causing oil prices to soar; Pres. Trump blames Iran, which denies knowledge; on Sept. 18 U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo calls it an act of war by Iran, after which Pres. Trump sends U.S. troops and aid to Saudi Arabia and UAE, pissing-off Nancy Pelosi, who utters the soundbyte: "Trump's plan to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to Saudi Arabia & UAE, and to deploy additional U.S. forces in the region is the latest outrageous attempt by the Trump Admin to circumvent the bipartisan will of Congress. These unacceptable actions are cause for alarm"; after a 20% intra-day price surge, the crude oil price quickly returns to pre-attack levels, and fears of falling prices and oversupply return. On Sept. 14 West African block leaders announce a pledge of $1B to combat al-Qaida, ISIS and other jihadists in the region. On Sept. 16 Pres. Trump's approval rating tops Pres. Obama's for the same point in their admins., reaching 44.1%, vs. 43.9% for Obama on Sept. 16, 2011. On Sept. 17 (Tues.) after failure to form a govt. caused Netanyahu to dissolve the Knesset in Apr., elections in Israel see Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party go for a 5th term after promising to annex the West Bank admid a corruption scandal, vying with his rival Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Party, while Avigdor Lieberman of the secular anti-Orthodox Yisrael Beitenu Party waits in the wings. On Sept. 19 Morristown, N.J. Muslim Alexei (Hassan) "Rachid" Saab (1977-) is charged with nine counts of providing material support to Hezbollah incl. scouting jihadist attack locations. On Sept. 19, 2019 CNN airs the segment US Navy confirms UFO videos are the real deal, complete with videos. On Sept. 20 New York City mayor Bill de Blasio drops out of the U.S. pres. race. On Sept. 22 police in Chennai, India raid the house of M. Diwan Mujipeer for conspiring to form a jihadist gang called Ansarulla, with the intention of establishing Islamic rule in India. On Sept. 22 (Sun.) Pres. Trump speaks in Houston, Tex. before a crowd of 50K mainly Indian-Ams., welcoming Indian PM Narendra Modi while hundreds of millions in India watch on TV, bringing the audience to its feet with a mention of the threat of "radical Islamic terrorism". On Sept. 23 the 2019 U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City is attemded by 100+ world leaders; Pres. Trump drops by at the start, cutting in front of Greta Thunberg, but doesn't speak, then leaves to attend a meeting on religious freedom, preparing to address the U.N. Gen. Assembly on Sept. 24; Greta Thunberg gives her well-rehearsed, outgoing speech (impossible for an Assburger sufferer, although Trump's upstaging act might have made her speech more anger-filled?), with the big soundbyte: "My message is that we'll be watching you. This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams, my childhood with your empty words, and yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecological systems are collapsing. We're in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and eternal fairy tales of economic growth. How dare you? For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How can you look away and come here saying you're doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are nowhere in sight? You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I really want to believe that, because if you really understood the situation and kept on failing to act, you would be evil, and that I refuse to believe"; French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer utters the soundbyte: "One shouldn't create a generation of people depressed over the subject of climate change"; meanwhile Thunberg and 15 other children file a complaint with the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child against Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey for failing to act against climate change; meanwhile #ShutDownDC sees dozens of climate protesters disrupt traffic in usually-deadlocked Washington, D.C. On Sept. 24 after a scandal involving U.S. vice-pres. Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine emerges, the Dems. try to twist it with an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that an impeachment investigation for Pres. Trump is being started over a July 25 phone call to new (since May 20) Ukrainian pres. #6 Volodymyr Zelensky where he merely asks if he would investigate them, with the double-standard soundbyte "No one is above the law", even when no "quid pro quo" is discovered in the transcripts, which causes a 5,500% spike i lookups for the term in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary; on Sept. 25 Pres. Trump meets with Zelensky at the U.N., and they hold a press conference, where Zelensky confirms that Trump put him under no pressure; meanwhile on Sept. 25 the U.S. Justice Dept. clears Trump for violating campaign finance laws; on Sept. 27 Trump tweets the soundbyte: "If that perfect phone call with the President of Ukraine isn't considered appropriate, then no future President can EVER again speak to another foreign leader!"; too bad, it is revealed that three Dem. Senators asked Ukraine to investigate Trump in May 2008; also it is revealed that the U.S. Senate approves a 1998 treaty with Ukraine allowing the U.S. pres. to ask Ukraine for legal assistance in criminal matters. On Sept. 29 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal", quoting Pastor Robert Jeffress, pissing-off the PC press with its truth? In Sept. the U.S. exports more oil than it imported for the first time in over 70 years, giving Pres. Trump a victory to crow about. In Sept. U.S. unemployment is 3.5% (vs. 3.7% in Aug.), with the economy creating 136K jobs; the lowest unemployment rate since Dec. 1969 (3.5%). On Oct. 1 the Trump admin. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security ends their "catch and release" program for illegal immigrants from Mexico incl. families. On Oct. 3 Repub. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy calls on House speaker Nancy Pelosi to suspend the Dems.' impeachment inquiry into Pres. Trump, calling it "reckless", with the soundbyte: "Unfortunately, you have given no clear indication as to how your impeachment inquiry will proceed - including whether key historical precedents or basic standards of due process will be observed. In addition, the swiftness and recklessness with which you have proceeded has already resulted in committee chairs attempting to limit minority participation in scheduled interviews, calling into question the integrity of such an inquiry." On Oct. 4 jihadists attack a gold mining site in Dolmande, Soum Province, N Burkina Faso, killing 20. On Oct. 6-17 the Vatican Pan-Amazon Synod seeks to secularize the Church and make it more palatable to Amazon natives, causing Cardinal Raymond Burke to call it an "apostasy" that "cannot become the teaching of the Church". On Oct. 7 Pres. Trump defends his Oct. 6 decision to pull U.S. troops out of N Syria after talking to Kurd-hating Turkish pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan even though that opens it up for a Turkish assault on U.S.-backed Kurds, claiming that even though they helped the U.S. defeat ISIS, they were paid "massive amounts of money" for it, and that U.S. troops "are not a police force"; after bipartisan criticism, Trump tweets Turkey to leave the Kurds alone or he will "obliterate" their economy; also, Europe won't help, and the U.S. isn't going to hold thousands of ISIS fighters in Guantanamo Bay; too bad, on Oct. 9 Turkey attacks the Kurds in NE Syria to eliminate a "terrorist corridor", causing the U.N. Security Council to meet to discuss the situation; on Oct. 11 Turkey bombs U.S. forces in Kurd-held Kobani, Syria, calling it a mistake; on Oct. 14 the Syrian Kurds cut a deal with Bashar al-Assad to surrender their dream of autonomy for protection from the Turks. On Oct. 7 (night) Syrian illegal immigrant Mohammed O hijacks a commercial truck and drives it into a line of waiting cars in Limburg (near Frankfurt), Germany, injuring seven. On Oct. 8 Pres. Trump tweets that Hillary Clinton should run against him again in 2020, causing her to reply: "Maybe there does need to be a rematch. I mean, obviously, I can beat him again" - talk about being in denial? On Oct. 9 (Yom Kippur) a neo-Nazi attacks a synagogue in Halla, Germany, killing two while livestreaming his attack. On Oct. 10 Colo. experiences its first snowstorm of the season, with temps dropping 60F (80F to 20F) in one day, but soon warming back up, bringing gorgeous Indian summer; meanwhile in N Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) initiates a power blackout in N Calif. to prevent wildfires after environmentalists make them liable in court even with flimsy evidence, which doesn't stop wildfires in Saddle Ridge, Calif. et al., as the blackouts are extended to S Calif.; by Oct. 11 the 2019 Los Angeles Wildfire grows to 5K acres, causing the evacuation of 100K; the blackouts are really a conspiracy to impeach Trump, and only Repub. neighborhoods had their power cut-off? On Oct. 11 (eve.) Pres. Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Lake Charles, La., uttering the soundbyte: "We've been living through this so-called insurance policy because they know we are putting a stop to their pillaging and their plundering and their hoaxes. The radical Democrats policies are crazy. Their politicians are corrupt. Their candidates are terrible. They know they can't win an election so they are pursuing an illegal, invalid, and unconstitutional bullshit impeachment." On Oct. 13 (Sat.) The New York Post pub. a report on a Fox News poll released earlier in the week that claims that 51% of registered voters want Pres. Trump impeached and removed from office, claiming it misrepresented the facts. On Oct. 14 Pres. Trump announces tariffs on Turkey for attacking the Kurds and destablizing NE Syria, with the soundbyte: "I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Trump's economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path." On Oct. 14 Pres. Trump announces that he hasn't yet watched a video aired last week at his Doral Miami Resort showing him shooting and stabbing anti-Trumpers in the news media, but "strongly condemns" it - with a smile on his face? On Oct. 16 the U.S. House of Reps votes 354-60 to condemn Pres. Trump's troop pullout from NE Syria; House Speaker storms out of a meeting with Pres. Trump after receiving a drumming-down about being in bed with Commies and being a "third-rate politician", pissing-off Repubs. for walking out on a U.S. pres.; Trump tweets a photo of her standing and pointing commandingly at her commander in chief before walking out; she claims he lost it, and he claims she lost it, but she is the one to walk out; meanwhile on Oct. 16 a Economist/YouGov Poll reveals that 57% of Repubs. support Trump's decision. On Oct. 16 U.S. Navy SEALs retake a power plant in Azerbaijan from suspected Armenian loyalists, who turn out to be Iranians, pissing-off the Armenians, who accuse CBS-TV of airing Azeri propaganda. On Oct. 17 amid raging forest fires, protests in Lebanon over planned gasoline, tobacco, and phone taxes. On Oct. 18 Egypt unveils their biggest ancient coffin in over a cent., 30 sealed colored 3K-y.-o. wooden coffins from Luxor in good condition, all of male and female priests and children. On Oct. 21 (Mon.) elections in Canada. On Oct. 22 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin and Turkish pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan reach an agreement to remove Kurdish fighters from NE Syrian border eras and establish joint patrols. On Oct. 22 the British Parliament votes 329-299 to grant preliminary approval to PM Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, but later votes 322-308 to not fast-track it to leave the EU by the Oct. 31 deadline. On Oct. 23 25 U.S. House Repubs. storm the closed basement room where the Trump-hating Dems. led by Adam Schit, er, Schiff are meeting to frame trump on impeachment charges, claiming that they're actually staging an unconstitutional coup d'etat. On Oct. 25 (Sun.) amid massive debt and soaring inflation despite a $56B IMF bailout in 2014, elections in Argentina. Big Daddy bagged dead four days before Halloween? On Oct. 27 (Sun.) (10:00 a.m. EST) after the tweet "Something very big has just happened", Pres. Trump announces the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during an overnight U.S. Army Delta Force and Ranger forces raid in Idlib Province in NW Syria, setting off a suicide bomb after being cornered in a dead-end tunnel, going out "whimpering and crying", saying he "died like a dog and coward", taking his three children with him; his named successor Abu al-Hasan al-Muhajir is killed in an air strike hours after Baghdadi; too bad, on Oct. 27 former U.S. nat. intel dir. James Clapper gives an interview to CNN's "State of the Union", warming that the death could "galvanize" ISIS, and "I don't think we can say at this point that we can stop worrying"; the military operation was named by JCS chmn. Gen. Mark Milley after Kayla Mueller, who was tortured to death in 2015; on Oct. 31 ISIS announces their new leader #2 (until Feb. 3, 2022) Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi (nee Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi) (1976-2022) and vows revenge on the U.S. On Oct. 29 Joe Biden is denied communion at Saint Anthony Roman Catholic Church in Florence, S.C. by the pastor Father Robert Morey because "any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching." On Oct. 31 the extended deadline for Brexit arrives. On Oct. 31 the Dem.-controlled U.S. House votes 232-194 along party lines (1 independent yea, 2 Dems. and 1 Repub. abstain) to authorize an impeachment inquiry for Adam Schiff, er, Pres. Trump; Nancy Pelosi votes yea; Pres. Trump is several moves ahead in the chess game, and is setting them up for the Repubs. to take the House in 2020 while he is reelected, allowing him to railroad a trainload of legislation? In Oct. Pres. Trump utters the soundbyte that becoming U.S. pres. cost him money: "Whether I lost $2 billion, $5 billion, or less, it doesn't make any diference. I'm doing this for the country. I'm doing this for the people", causing the anti-Trump press to call him a liar who'se really enriching himself in office like their people Nancy Pelosi et al.; too bad, on Sept. 9, 2020 Forbes releases its new Forbes 400 List, listing Trump's worth as $2.5B, from a high of $3.7B in 2016 and $3.1B in 2017, dropping 77 spots from 275th richest person in the U.S. to 352, causing leftist Trump-hating CNN to finally admit that he's been losing money as pres. In Oct. U.S. unemployment is 3.6% (vs. 3.5% in Sept.), adding 128K new jobs; black adult and teen unemployment are at historic lows. On Nov. 1 Beto O'Rourke drops out of the U.S. pres. race. On Nov. 1 (noon) Islamic jihadists attack an army post in Indelimane, Menaka, N Mali, killing 53 soldiers and one civlian before retreating toward Niger. On Nov. 1 after getting tired of harassment by Dem. leaders, Pres. Trump announces that he will change his permanent residence from "shithole" New York City to Mar-a-Lago, Fla. after his presidency, with the soundbyte that he loves New York until N.Y. gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC mayor Bill de Blasio ruined it. On Nov. 4 cartel gunmen ambush a Mormon family in Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico, killing three women and six children, and injuring six more children, causing Pres. Trump to tweet the soundbyte: "This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!", causing Mexican pres. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to politely decline, calling war the worst way to deal with the cartels because those who have lived it know it; on Nov. 10 several Mormon families evacuate Sonora. On Nov. 8 Pres. Trump speaks at a rally in Atlanta, Ga. announcing the Black Voices for Trump Coalition in an effort to gain black voters. On Nov. 10 13.5K march in Paris to protest "Islamophobia" three days before the commemoration of the 2015 Paris Massacre of 131. On Nov. 11 (Mon.) Pres. Trump becomes the first U.S. pres. to attend the Veterans Day Parade in New York City, giving a speech praising U.S. Special Forces for bagging dead al-Baghdadi, calling U.S. military personnel "The bravest, toughest, strongest, and most virtuous warriors ever to walk on Earth." On Nov. 13 the U.S. House begins impeachment hearings for Pres. Trump, which he won't even watch, calling it a "sham"; impeachment czar Adam Schiff blows it when U.S. Rep. (R-Tex.) (2015) John Lee Ratcliffe (1965) asks witness William "Bioll" Taylor what crime Trump committed on the July 25 Ukraine call, and he can't answer?; on Nov. 15 Bozo, er, Schiff interviews fired Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and brings up a recent Trump tweet, trying to lead her into claiming that it constitutes witness intimidation not freedom of speech, even though he is the one reading it to her for the first time; anti-Trump journalist Chris Wallace utters the soundbyte that if you weren't moved by her testimony, "you have no pulse". On Nov. 13 Venice, Italy floods, becoming the worst since Nov. 4,1966; Mayor Luigi Brugnaro blames climate change; the Washington Post pub. the soundbyte: "The sea level has been rising even more rapidly in Venice than in other parts of the world. At the same time, the city is sinking, the result of tectonic plates shifting below the Italian coast. Those factors together, along with the more frequent extreme weather events associated with climate change, contribute to floods." On Nov. 14 after becoming triggered by the Dec. 2017 death of his alcoholic father, 16-y.-o. student Nathaniel Berhow pulls a semi-automatic pistol from his backpack at Saugus H.S. in Santa Clarita, Calif., killing two students and injuring three before fatally shooting himself; after mistaking him for a victim, police engage in a fruitless manhunt. On Nov. 14 after becoming the winner of a disputed election on Oct. 20 and enduring weeks of protest, Bolivian pres. Evo Morales resigns. On Nov. 15 protests in Iran over high fuel prices cause the govt. to shut off the Internet. On Nov. 18 the Trump admin. announces the reversal of the Carter-Obama policy of declaring Israeli settlement in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) illegal. On Nov. 19 after news that the state's top oil regulators had vested interests in major oil cos., Calif. Dem. Gov. Gavin Nuisance, er, Newsom announces a statewide moratorium on new fracking permits. On Nov. 21 richer-than-Trump New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg switches from the Repub. to the Dem. Party, and launches his campaign for 2020 U.S. pres., disgusting Bernie Sanders. On Nov. 25 Pres. Trump signs the U.S. Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) making cruelty to animals a feveral crime, with a max. sentence of seven years - one dog year? On Nov. 29 (Black Fri.) (2:00 p.m.) an Islamist jihadist stabbing attack at London Bridge in London, England by Pakistani immigrant Usman Khan kills two and injures several before bystanders subdue him with a fire extinguisher and a narwhal task and police shoot the bum after he exposes a fake suicide belt; he had been released from jail 1 year ago and required to wear an electronic tag, and pulled the knife at a rehab event; meanwhile another jihadist stabbing attack at the Grote Marktstraat in The Hague, Netheerlands injures three. In Nov. U.S. unemployment falls to 3.5% (vs. 3.6% in Oct.), lowest in 50 years, adding 266K jobs. On Dec. 3 Dem. Calif. Sen. Kamala Harris drops out of the U.S. pres. race. On Dec. 3-4 the Trans-Atlantic Military Alliance Summit at Buckingham Palace in London. On Dec. 6 (6:51 a.m.) Saudi aviation student Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani goes jihadist at a classroom in Pensacola Naval Air Station in Fla., killing three and injuring eight before being shot and killed by police, because no guns are permitted on military installations; six Saudi nationals are detained for questioning; no surprise, the U.S. govt. attempts a coverup? On Dec. 8 the 2019 (68th) Miss Universe Pageant in Atlanta, Ga. is won by Zozibini Tunzi (1993-) of South Africa, who becomes the first black Miss Universe since 2011; the first year that all four major U.S.-based beauty pageants are won by black women, incl. Miss America 2019 (Nia Franklin), Miss Teen USA 2019 (Kaliegh Garris), and Miss USA 2019 (heslie Kryst). On Dec. 9 (2:11 a.m. local time) steamy White Island Volcano (AKA Whakaari) in New Zealand erupts unexpectedly, killing 6+ and injuring 30+. On Dec. 9 the Washington Post pub. The Afghanistan Papers, an expose in the style of "The Pentagon Papers", revealing that U.S. officials knew all along that the Afghanistan War was unwinnable, along with the pipe dream of turning it into a satellite of Washington, D.C. complete with a statue of George Washington, i.e., a U.S.-style federalist democracy with free market economy, causing all the U.S. presidents from Bush Jr. to Trump to regularly lie to the Am. people about military progress. On Dec. 10 two gunmen shoot up a cemetery and a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, N.J. before dying in an hours-long shootout with police. On Dec. 10 the U.S. House Dem. unveil two articles of impeachment: abuse of power, and obstruction of them, er, Congress; meanwhile Dem. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces an accord with the Trump admin. on the USMCA trade deal with Mexico and Canada, and Pres. Trump signs an executive order targeting college anti-Semitism. On Dec. 10 West African national Bampumim Teixeira (1986-) is convicted of the murder of South Boston, Mass. physicians Richard Field (49) and his fiancee Lina Bolanos (38) on their apt. on May 5, 2017; Teixeira didn't help his case by shouting in the courtroom "You better hope I don't get out of jail" to Field's family. On Dec. 11 both houses in India pass a controversial immigration bill that excludes Muslims, causing protests in New Delhi on Dec. 15, spreading to West Bengal; on Jan. 26 millions form a human chain in Kerala to protest the citizenship law. On Dec. 11 U.S. Inspector-Gen. Michael Horowitz addresses the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, claiming that the FBI did nothing illegal regarding the massive anti-Trump coup, only a few irregularities incl. the use of confidential sources (informants) and undercover employees (secret agents) on three targets in the 2016 Trump U.S. pres. campaign, causing committee chmn., U.S. Repub. Sen. Lindsy Graham to utter the soundbyte: "People at the highest level of our government took the law into their own hands. And when I say defraud the FISA court, I mean it. To your team, you were able to uncover and discover abuse of power I never believed would actually exist in 2019." On Dec. 12 the leftist govt. of Finland under Social Dem. PM Sanna Marin appoints its first woman-majority cabinet, consisting of 12 women and seven men, all but one rosy-cheeked millennials. On Dec. 12 (12-12) (12:12 a.m. Mountain Std. Time) the last full moon of the decade; 12 represents the harmony of yin and yang in Chinese lore. On Dec. 12 after Conservative PM Boris Johnson calls a snap election to decide the fate of Brexit with the hope of winning the mandate to "get Brexit done", the 2019 U.K. Gen. Election sees Johnson win 365 seats (43.6%) vs. 203 (32.2%) for Labour Party head Jeremy Corbyn, 48 (3.9%) for Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish Nat. Party, and 11 (11.6%) for Jo Swinson of the Liberal Dems. On Dec. 12 Danish police arrest 20 in Copenhagen, Denmark for planning an Islamic terror attack. On Dec. 12 Islamist militants attack a military base in W Niger, killing 71+ soldiers and inuring 12. On Dec. 13 (Fri.) in a speedy hearing, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee votes a straight party ticket 24-17 to send the impeachment articles for vote by the full House. On Dec. 13 Saudi U. of N.M. engineering student Hassan Alqahtani (1992-) is arrested after the FBI learns of his list of people he wants to kill before leaving the U.S. On Dec. 16 the U.S. Supreme Court grants Pres. Trump's petition to take jurisdiction over the Dem.-controlled U.S. House's attempt to subpoena his personal financial and tax records, causing Harvard U. law prof. Alan Dershowitz to say that this makes impeachment article 2 null and void, and any attempt to vote on it an abuse of power by the House. On Dec. 16 700+ historians release a Historians' Statement on the Impeachment of Donald Trump, containing the soundbyte: "It is our considered judment that if President Trump's misconduct does not rise to the level of impeachment, then virtually nothing does." On Dec. 16 a Quinnipiac U. Poll reveals a 43% approval rating for Pres. Trump, up 5 points since Oct., with voters more enthusiastic about their personal economic situations than at any time in the last 18 years. On Dec. 17 as the Dem.-controlled U.S. House diddles around about voting for his impeachment without even accusing him of a specific crime, Pres. Trump sends a letter to Dem. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with the soundbyte: "I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by Democrats in the House of Representatives", calling their shenanigans "an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power", adding: "You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!", attacking Pelosi for a "alse display of solemnity" during the partisan process, concluding: "While I have no expectation that you will do so, I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record"; Pelosi calls the letter "ridiculous". On Dec. 17 FISA court judge Rosemary Collyer issues an FISC opinion that the FBI intententially misled the FISA court with incomplete and false info. used to obtain warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. On Dec. 17 two brothers, Khaled khayat and Mahmoud Khayat are sentenced to a total of 76 years in Sydney, Australia for a plot to blow up an Etihad Ariways flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi with a bomb hidden in a meat grinder. On Dec. 18 the U.S. House passes the two articles of impeachment against Pres. Trump, with two Dems. defecting on article 1 (abuse of power) (230-197) and three on article 2 (obstruction of Congress) (229-198); House Speaker preludes the vote by reading the pledge of allegiance in front of a poster of a U.S. flag while wearing black; when announcing the passage of article 1, she makes a mother-like gesture to the Dems. to not cheer; she then refuses to send the articles to the Senate, making all kinds of excuses while everybody knows they're a sham and won't go anywhere?, sending U.S. Sen. Dem. minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to punt for her, calling for the Senate to call yet more witnesses before voting, to which U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responds that in Pres. Clinton's 1999 impeachment trial there was unanimous agreement to follow a set procedure, and he's not going to change it for him; the 3rd U.S. pres. impeachment (1868, 1999). On Dec. 18 Washington Post reporter Rachael Bade "Merry Impeachmas from the WaPo team!", causing a firestorm of controversy that makes her flop and start 'splaining. On Dec. 19 the U.S. House by 385-41 passes the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA); 38 Dems., 2 Repubs., and 1 Independent vote no. On Dec. 19 U.S. Rep. (D-Mi.) Debbie Doorbell, er, Dingell disses Pres. Trump for saying that her dead hubby Rep. John Dingell was "looking up" at him from Hell after she voted for his impeachment. On Dec. 20 the Calif. Dept. of Finance releases a report giving the pop. of calif. at 39.96M, with a net loss of 39.5K, becoming the first time that more people are leaving Calif. than moving in since the 2010 census. On Dec. 21 Algerian military chief lt. Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah dies of a heart attack, leaving the country in turmoil after days of pro-democracy protests calling for a regime change. On Dec. 21 Christianity Today ed. Mark Galli pub. an editorial calling for Pres. Trump's removal for being "morally unfit", pissing-off mag. founder Billy Graham's son Franklin Graham and Trump, who note that Trump won 81% of the evangelical vote in the 2016 U.S. pres. election. On Dec. 22 30 ISWAP jihadists block a major highway near Gasarwa, Maiduguri, NE Nigeria, killing six and abducting 100 after demanding identification. On Dec. 24 a a jihadist attack in Arbinda, N Burkina Faso kills seven soldiers and 35 civilians, mostly women; on Dec. 25 an ambush in Hallale, N Burkina Faso kills 11 soldiers. On Dec. 25 Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris misses its midnight Christmas mass for the first time since the French Rev. in 1789. On Dec. 25 Pope Francis delivers his 2019 Christmas Address, claiming that "rigid" conservative Catholics are creating a "minefield" of "hatred". On Dec. 26 an annular solar eclipse ("ring of fire") is visible from South Asia. On Dec. 28 an al-Shabab truck bomb in Mogadishu, Somalia kills 79. On Dec. 28 a machete attack in a private Jewish Hannukkah celebration at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, N.Y. by Grafton Thomas injures two; after skipping, he is found by police 2 hours later in his car 30 mi. NW of Manhattan, covered with blood; he praised the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. On Dec. 29 a shotgun murderer at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Tex. kills two before pistol-packing hero Jack Wilson shoots and kills him, later uttering the soundbyte: "I feel like I killed evil." On Dec. 30 a Gallup Poll shows Pres. Trump and Pres. Obama tying for most admired man in the U.S. at 18%. On Dec. 31 hundreds of protesters attack the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq to protest U.S. bombing of Hezbollah munitions and weapons depots in Iraq and Syria in response to a rocket attack that killed a U.S. contractor and injured four other Am. service members. In Dec. U.S. unemployment is 3.5% (same as Nov.), adding 145K jobs, with a record 158,803,000 employed, 1.85M more than a year ago. In Dec. the COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019) Epidemic (Pandemic) begins, giving the global Marxists their big opening to grab unprecedented power, which they gleefully hold onto as long as they can until the death rates dropped too low to justify forced lockdowns, firings for refusing vaccination, etc.; too bad, despite massive Big Tech censorship the news begins coming out that the masks didn't work and the vaccines have serious side effects that actually increased the mortality rate. The Union of South Am. Nations (UNASUR (founded May 23, 2008) eliminates tariffs on sensitive products, establishing a single South Am. common market. British troops stationed in Germany since WWII finally leave. The Larsen B Ice Shelf finally collapses. The Fourth Reich, based on Eugenics and long secretly run from America makes its move using the uber-popular Schwarzenegger family - TLW, Schwarzen Auger: Dark Eyes of Evil. Los Angeles is overcrowded and rains all the time - 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. Architecture: On Sept. 25 $63B Beijing Daxing Internat. Airport (AKA Starfish) 29 mi. S of Tiananmen Square on the border of Beijing and Langfang, Hebei Province opens, becoming Beijing's 2nd largest airport, with its 11M sq. ft. terminal becoming the largest single-structure terminal on earth, sitting on 18 sq. mi. of land, making it the world's largest airport (until ?). The $1.23B 1,008m Jeddah Tower in Saudia Arabia (begun Apr. 1, 2013) is completed, becoming the tallest bldg. on Earth (until ?), and the first to reach 1km. Sports: On Jan. 6 the 9-7 Philadelphia Eagles defeat the hot 12-4 Chicago Bears 16-15 after Bears kicker Cody Parkey (#1) misses a 43-yard field goal in the final seconds. On Jan. 20 (Sun.) the 2018-2019 NFC Championship sees the Los Angeles Rams defeat the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in OT after an officiating mistake with 45 sec. left in a 20-20 game sees Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman head-butt Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis at the 7-yard line and not get called, raising outcries from coaches and fans in vain; if they made the call, the Saints could have run the clock down and sent Will Lutz to kick a field goal and won 23-20; the league office didn't want a small-town team to be in the Super Bowl in place of a big-town team? On Feb. 20 star Duke U. basketball player Zion Williamson experiences a blowout of his Paul George 2.5 model Nike shoe less than 1 min. into a game against archrival U. of N.C.; he returns on Mar. 15 in a modified Kyrie Irving 4 model. On Apr. 11-14 the 2019 Masters Tournament sees Tiger Woods win for the 5th time, putting him one back of Jack Nicklaus and one ahead of Arnold Palmer, becoming his first majors win in 11 years and first Masters win in 14 years; he hugs his children after the win, reminding fans of when he hugged his father in 1997. On Apr. 19 the New York Yankees announce that they're ending their tradition of playing Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" during the 7th-inning stretch because of her alleged racism; their own is conveniently ignored? On May 4 the 145th (2019) Kentucky Derby is won by 4-1 favorite Maximum Security, who is disqualified for interfering with War of Will on the final turn in favor of 65-1 longshot Country House, who becomes the 2nd biggest longshot winner since 1913; Maximum Security's owners file suit challenging the decision. On May 18 the 144th (2019) Preakness Stakes is won by 6-1 War of Will, who finished 7th in the Kentucky Derby; Bodexpress throws jockey John R. Velazquez at the starting gate and finishes 13th; Country House was withdrawn on May 7 after his trainer detected a virus; Maximum Security declines to run. On May 26 the 2019 (103rd) Indianapolis 500 is won by Simon Pagenaud (1984-) of France after a duel with 2016 winner Alexander Rossi, becoming the first French driver to win since Gaston Chevrolet in 1920, and first polesitter to win since Helio Castroneves in 2009. On May 26-June 9 the 2019 (123rd) French Open of Tennis at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France features a 5-hour match on June 2 (Sun.) between Swiss player Stanislas "Stan" Wawrinka (1985-) and way younger Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas (1998-), which is won by Wawrinka after Tsitsipas lets his famous 1-handed backhand ("best in the game" - John McEnroe) fly past him, and the referee rules that it hit the line. On May 30-June 13 the 2019 NBA Finals (first with games played outside the U.S.) sees the world turned upside down as the 58-24 Toronto Raptors (coach Nick Nurse) defeat the 57-25 Golden State Warriors (coach Steve Kerr) 4-2, meaning that basketball is no longer America's sole possession?; MVP is Kawhi Leonard of the Raptors. On June 7-July 7 the 2019 (8th) FIFA Women's World Cup of Soccer is won 2-0 by the U.S. over Netherlands, with U.S. stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan each scoring a goal; anti-Trumper lesbian Rapinoe refuses to sing the U.S. nat. anthem before the final game in protest. In Nov. the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal begins when Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drelich pub. a story in The Athletic, about how the Astros used a video camera in center field to steal opposing teams' signs during the 2017 season, during which they won the World Series, causing the MLB to open an investigation in Jan. 2020, finding the Astros $5M and taking away their 1st and 2nd round draft picks for 2020 and 2021, also suspending gen. mgr. Jeff Luhnow and field mgr. A.J. Hinch for the 2020 season, causing the Astros to fire the; Boston Red Sox mgr. Alex Cora is fired for masterminding the scheme while serving as Hinch's bench coath in 2017; Carlos Beltran is fired from the New York Mets for being named in the report; the most severe sanctions issued by the MLB against a member club until ?. Nobel Prizes: Peace: Abiy Ahmed Ali (1976-) (Ethiopia) [ending the 20-year postwar territorial stalemate between Ethiopia and Eritrea]; Lit.: Peter Handke (1942-) (Germany); Physics: Philip James Edwin "Jim" Peebles (1935-) (Canada) and Michel Gustave Edouard Mayor (1942-) (Switzerland) and Didier Patrick Queloz (1966-) (Switzerland) [discovery of exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star]; Chem.: John Bannister Goddenough (1922-) (U.S.), Michael Stanley Whittingham (1941-) (U.S.) and Akira Yoshino (1948-) (Japan) [lithium-ion batteries]; Med.: William G. Kaelin Jr. (1957-) (U.S.) and Sir Peter John Ratcliffe (1954-) (U.K.) and Gregg Leonard Semenza (1956-) (U.S.) [cellular reactions to hypoxia]; Econ.: Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee (1961-) (U.S.) and Esther Duflo (1972-) (U.S.) and Michael Robert Kremer (1964-) (U.S.) [experimental approach to alleviating global poverty]. Inventions: On Jan. 1 the unmanned NASA New Horizons space probe (launched Jan. 19, 2006) makes a close approach to the Kuiper belt object 2014 MU69 AKA Ultima Thule 4B mi. from Earth and 1B mi. beyond Pluto. On Jan. 3 (10:26 a.m. BJT) the Chinese Chang'e-4 spacecraft lands in Van Karman Crater on the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the dark (far) side of the Moon, becoming a first. On Oct. 18 (Fri.) the all-female spacewalk is completed by NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir; Pres. Trump phones them in space. On Oct. 20 Australian airline Qantas completes a test-run of the longest nonstop commercial passenger flight on Earth, from New York to Sydney in a Boeing 787-9 with 49 aboard in 19 hours 16 min. Science On Jan. 3 researchers at the U. of Ill. and USDA pub. an article in Science reporting on a breakthrough that bypasses the wasteful photorespiration process to increase crop growth by 40%, predicting that it will be used in agriculture in 10+ years. On Jan. 8 the Am. Psychological Assoc. (APA) issues guidelines on men and boys, linking the "masculinity ideology" to homophobia and misogyny, with the soundbytes: masculinity ideology is defined as "a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence"; "Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males' psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health." On Jan. 10 after first detecting them in 2016, scientists detect powerful new energy bursts from deep space, giving believers in ET life a boost until the source is traced to two colliding stars. On Jan. 24 David Kring of the Lunar and Planetary Inst., Munir Humayun of Fla. State U. et al. pub. a study in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, announcing the discovery of a 2-cm chip embedded in Moon rocks returned by Apollo astronauts that is actually a 4B-y.-o. fragment of Earth - more proof that the Apollo Moon landings were fake? On Jan. 28 MIT scientists pub. an article in BMC Evolutionary Biology announcing a reliable new way to determine when certain groups of bacteria appear in the evolutionary record. On Feb. 4 Jeroen Raes et al. of the Flanders Inst. of Biotechnology pub. an article in Nature Microbiology announcing that many gut bacteria incl. Coprococcus and Dialister can produce compounds that act on the nervous system, producing depression et al. On Feb. 21 Shuichi Hoshika et al. pub. an article in Science mag. announcing the creation of a DNA-like molecule with eight nucleotide letters suitable for storage and transmission of info. On Mar. 4 Kevin Pichler et al. pub. the paper Random anti-lasing through coherent perfect absorption in a disordered medium, announcing the start of work on building an anti-laser that can perfectly absorb light of a given wavelength. On Mar. 29 Anne McClain and Christina Koch become the first to make an all-woman spacewalk, leaving the ISS to upgrade its batteries for seven hours. On Apr. 10 scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope release the first-ever image of a black hole, in galaxy M87 55M l.-y. from Earth. On May 20 (World Metrology Day) the Gen. Conference on Weights and Measures (GCWM) unanimously adopts a new quantum definition of the kilogram, replacing the old one that stood for 130 years. On June 4 Amy Wagers et al. of Harvard U. pub. an article in Cell Reports> reporting that stem cell genes can be edited in living systems rather than in a dish. On July 2 Arnold Kriegstein of UCSF and Suzana Herculano-Houzel of the Federal U. of Rio de Janeiro pub. an article in Science finally explaining the human brain gyrification, finding that a thick cortex is much harder to convolute - that's why dumb people are thick-headed? On July 9 the Cleveland Clinic of Ohio announces the first successful delivery of a baby from the transplated womb of a dead donor. On July 10 Rajan Sekhon et al. of Clemson U. pub. an article in The Plant Cell reporting a study of senescence in maize, finding 2 genes that determine whether it will stay green via sugar molecules sending senescence signals after they are not moved away from the leaves where they are being made via photosynthesis, narrowing it down to 6-carbon sugars. On July 19 Thomas Russell et al. of the U. of Mass. pub. an article in Science announcing the creation of the first permanent liquid magnets. On Oct. 23 Google unveils its Sycamore quantum computer, which solved a highly contrived problem in 200 seconds that a supercomputer would need 10K years to solve, achieving "quantum supremacy". On Oct. 28 Eva K.F. Chan, Axel Timmermann et al. pub. the paper Human origins in a southern African palaeo-wetland and first migrations in Nature mag., claiming that modern humans originated 200K years ago in wetlands S of the Zambezi River in S Africa. In Dec. the Coronavirus Pandemic begins in Wuhan, China; by Feb. 10 there are 42,850 confirmed cases and 1,015 confirmed deaths; it was created in a laboratory 280 years from the Wuhan market? The European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden begins operation, becoming the world's most powerful pulsed neutron source (until ?). The human brain will be successfully simulated by a supercomputer, according to IBM. The $1.6B Extreme Light Infrastructure Ultra-High Field Facility (ELI) in Europe is finished, delivering 200 petawatts at a target for a trillionth of a sec. in hopes of ripping spacetime apart to prove the existence of virtual particles in the quantum vacuum, unravel extra dimensions, and find the root of dark matter. Art: Jani Leinon, McJesus (sculpture); causes hundreds of Christians to violently protest in front of the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel on Jan. 11. John McNaughton, Crossing the Swamp; a ripoff of "Washington Crossing the Delaware" starring Pres. Trump and members of his admin. Lorenzo Quinn, Building Bridges (monumental sculpture of six pairs of hands joining over the Arsenale in Venice); made for the 58th Venice Biennale. Movies: Sydney Pollack's Amazing Grace (Apr. 5) (Warner Bros.) features Aretha Franklin recording her 1972 live eponymous album; filmed in 1972 and relegated to a vault; does $5.79M box office; a favorite of Pres. Obama. Ric Roman Waugh's Angel Has Fallen (Aug. 23) (Millennium Media) (Lionsgate), #3 in the Fallen series stars Gerard Butler as U.S. Secret Service agent Mike Banning, who is framed on an attempted assassination of Pres. Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), and breaks loose to find the real culprits, discovering a Deep State conspiracy led by Salient Global dir. Danny Huston, his former Army Ranger teammate; Piper Perabo plays Banning's wife Leah; Jada Pinkett Smith plays FBI agent Helen Thompson; does $104.3M box office on a $40M budget. Anthony Russo's and Joe Russo's Avengers: Endgame (Marvel Studios) (Walt Disney Studios) stars Josh Brolin as evil superbeing Thanos from Titan, who uses the six Infinity Stones to kill half of all life in the Universe as a good environmental move, causing the Avengers to have to go back in time to set things right, incl. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, and Brie Larson as Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel); Bradley Cooper plays raccoon bounty hunger Rocket; Gwyneth Paltrow plays Stark's wife Virginia "Pepper" Potts; Tilda Swinton plays the ancient One; does $643.7M box office on a $400M budget. Anna Boden's and Ryan Fleck's Captain Marvel (Mar. 8) (Marvel Studios) (Walt Disney Studios) stars Brie Larson as former USAF fighter pilot Carol Danvers, who fights to save the galaxy; does ? box office on a $152M budget. Tom Hooper's Cats (Dec. 20) (Monumental Pictures) (Universal Pictures) is based on the musical, starring Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Taylor Swift as Bombalurina, Idris Elb as Macavitya, James Corden as Bustopher Jones, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, Ian McKellen as Gus the Theatre Cat, and Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy. Hans Petter Moland's Cold Pursuit (Feb. 8) (Summit Entertainment), a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film "In Order of Disappearance" stars Liam Neeson as mythical ever-snowing Kehoe, Colo. snowplow driver Nels Coxman, who systematically kills the entire gang of drug king Trevor "Viking" Calcote (Tom Bateman), spiced up by dark humor; does $76.3M box office on a $60M budget. Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die (May 14) (Focus Features) is a zombie comedy film about the town of Centreville, which is experiencing strange phenomena culminating with zombies; stars Bill Murray as police chief Cliff Robertson, Adam Driver as officer Ronald "Ronnie" Peterson, Chloe Sevigny as officer Minerva "Mindy" Morrison, Tilda Swinton as Zelda Winston, Steve Buscemi as Farmer Miller, and Danny Glover as Hank Thompson. Michael Engler's Downton Abbey (Sept. 13) (Perfect World Pictures) (Carnival Films) (Focus Features), based on the BBC-TV series set in 1927 sees a lily white cast enthrall a mainly lily white audience with visions of the glory days; stars Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern as the Earl and Countess of Grantham, Simon Jones as George V, and Gerldine James as Queen Mary; does ? box office on a $13M budget. Vince Gilligan's El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Oct. 11) (Sony Pictures), an epilogue to the TV series stars Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, who turns into a Rambo. Adam Robitel's Escape Room (original title: "The Maze") (Jan. 4) (Columbia Pictures) (Original Film) (Sony Pictures) is a psychological horror film starring Taylor Russell as Zoey Davis, Logan Miller as Ben Miller, Jay Ellis as Jayson Walker, Deborah Ann Woll as Amanda Harper, Tyler Labine as Mike Nolan, and Nik Dodani as Danny Khan, who volunteer to be locked into the Minos Escape Room Facility for the chance to win $10K, and end up in a life or death struggle; Yorick van Wageningen plays the Gamemaster; "Saw plus Cube?"; "Everyone is dying to play"; does $24.2M box office on a $9M budget. Waad Al-Kateab's For Sama (Mar. 11) (PBS Frontline) (Channel 4 News) (ITN Productions) documents the journey of the director and her hubby Hamza Al-Kateab, one of the last doctors left in Aleppo as they try to raise their young daughter Sama; does $662K box office; becomes the most-nominated feature documentary of BAFTA (4 categories). M. Night Shyamalan's Glass (Jan. 18) (Buena Vista Internat.) (Blinding Edge Pictures) (Blumhouse Productions) (Universal Pictures) (Walt Disney Studios), a sequel to "Unbreakable" (2000) and "Split" (2016) (#3 in the Unbreakable/Eastrail 177 Trilogy) stars Bruce Willis as David Dunn AKA The Overseer, Samuel L. Jackson as Elija Price AKA Mr. Glass AKA The Mastermind, and ripped James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb AKA The Horde (Collective); does ? box office on a $20M budget. Neil Jordan's Greta (Sept. 6) (Sidney Kimmel Entertainment) (Focus Features) stars Isabelle Huppert as Hungarian piano teacher Greta Hideg, whose handbag is found on the subway by Am. waitress Frances McCullen (Chloe Grace Moretz), who ends up in a box; does $1.6M box office on a ? budget. Martin Scorsese's The Irishman (Sept. 27) (TriBeCa Productions) (Netflix) is a gangster flick starring Robert De Niro as aging Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) assassin Frank Sheeran, who is released from prison and placed in a nursing home, reminiscing about his youth; a flop, it does $8M box office on a $159M budget; a favorite of Pres. Obama. Chad Strahelski's John Wick 3: Parabellum (May 17) (Summit Entertainment) (Thunder Road Pictures) (Lionsgate). Todd Phillips' Joker (Aug. 31) (DC Films) (Village Roadshow Pictures) (Bron Creative) (Warner Bros.) stars Joaquin Phoenix as failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck AKA Joker, becoming Joker film actor #7; Robert De Niro plays talk show host Murray Franklin; does ? box office on a $65M budget. Destin Daniel Cretton's Just Mercy (Sept. 6) (Warner Bros.); based on the NYT bestselling memoir by Bryan Stevenson; stars Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson as civil rights atty., Brie Larson as his legal partner Eva Ansley, and Jamie Foxx as Ala. Death Row inmate Walter "Johnny D." McMillan, who he fights to get released; does $50.4M box office on a $25M budget. Greta Gerwig's Little Women (Dec. 7) (Sony Pictures Releasing) is the 7th film adaptation of the 1868 Louisa May Alcott novel, showing the women chafing at the feminist bit, starring Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy, Eliza Scanlen as Beth, and Laura Dern as Marmee; does $191.3M box office (incl. $105.8M in the U.S. and Canada) on a $40M budget. Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story (Aug. 29) (Heyday Films) (Netflix) stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as married stage director Charlie Barber and actress Nicole Barber going through a coast-to-coast divorce; Laura Dern plays Nicole's atty. Nora Fanshaw; does $2.3M box office on an $18M budget; a favorite of Pres. Obama. F. Gary Gray's Men in Black International (June 11) (Columbia Pitures) (Amblin Entertainment) (Sony Pictures) stars Chris Hemsworth as Agent H, Tessa Thompson as Agent M, and Liam Neeson as MIB U.K. branch head High T; does $253.3M box office on a $110M budget. Roland Emmerich's Midway (Nov. 8) (Centropolis Entertainment) (Entertainment One) (Lionsgate) about the 1942 Battle of Midway, filmed in Hawaii stars Aaron Eckhart as Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, Woody Harrelson as Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, dennis Quaid as vice Adm. William "Bull" Halsey, and David Hewlatt as Adm. Husband E. Kimmel; does $123M box office on a $100M budget. Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (May 21) (Columbia Pictures) (Sony Pictures Releasing), about the days before the Tate-LaBianca murders stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hollyweird actor Rick Dalton, Brad Pitt as his stunt double Cliff Booth, Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Dakota Fanning as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Rafal Zawierucha as Roman Polanski, Austin Butler as Charles "Tex" Watson, and Damon Herriman as Charles Manson; does $373.2M box office on a $96M budget. Bong Joon-ho's Parasite (May 21) (CJ Entertainment) (Neon) is about a poor family who infiltrate a wealthy family and you know what off of them, becoming gory; does $205.4M box office on a $11.4M budget, sweeping the Oscars; a favorite of Pres. Obama. Nicholas McCarthy's The Prodigy (Feb. 8) (Orion Pictures) (Vinson Films) stars Jackson Robert Scott as Miles, who is possessed. Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman (May 16) (New Repub. Pictures) (Marv Films) (Rocket Pictures) (Paramount Pictures) stars Taron Egerton as British gay pop star Elton John AKA Reginald Kenneth "Reggie" Dwight (b. 1947), Jamie Bell as his straight songwriter friend Bernie Taupin; does $25M box office on a $40M budget. Steven Knight's Serenity (Jan. 25) (Global Road Entertainment) (Aviron Pictures) is a sexy neo-noir thriller starring Matthew Mcconaughey as Baker Dill, Anne Hathaway as his ex-wife Karen, Diane Lane as Baker's new babe ?, and Jason Clarke as Karen's husband ?. J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX (Dec. 20) (Lucasfilm Lrd.) (Bad Robot Productions) (Walt Disney Studios) is the 3rd and final installment of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy and the 9th and final installment of the Star Wars film franchise. Ben Falcone's Super Intelligence (New Line Cinema) (Warner Bros.) (Dec. 25) stars Melissa McCarthy as Carol Peters, who fights an AI with attitude. Ahnuld finally kills the Terminator franchise with a self-fulfilling title? Tim Miller's Terminator: Dark Fate (Oct. 23) (Paramount Pictures) (20th Cent. Fox) (Skydance Media) stars Linda Hamilton aging Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), who watches her son John killed by a T-800 in Livingston, Guatemala in 1998, then in 2020 has to fight an advanced female Rev-9 Terminator with the help of cybernetically-enhanced human soldier Grace (Mackenzie Davis) and aging humanized T-800 Carl (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save future Resistance Cmdr. Daniella "Dani" Ramos (Natalia Reyes); too bad, it's totally woke after James Cameron surrendered to Hollyweird feminists?; "Welcome to the day after judgment day"; too bad, it's a box office flop ($202.9M box office on a $196M budget plus $54M promotion), with a dismal $29M opening, causing Christian Toto of Hollywood in Toto to declare old fart Ahnuld box-office poison. Jordan Peele's Us (Mar. 8) (Monkeypaw Productions) (Blumhouse Productions) is a psychological horror film starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as married black couple Adelaide and Gabriel "Gabe" Wilson, who have to deal with strangers in their beachhouse called the Tethered who are their doppelgangers; does ? box office on a $20M budget. Ruben Fleischer's Zombieland: Double Tap (Oct. 18) (Columbia Pictures) (Pariah) (Sony Pictures) stars Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus, Emma Stone as Wichita, and Abigail Breslin as Little Rock, fighting evolved zombies; does ? box office on a ? budget. Adam Shankman's What Men Want (Feb. 8) (Will Pakcer Productions) (BET Films) (Paramount Pictures), a remake of the 2000 film "What Women Want" stars Taraji P. Henderson as sports agent Ali Davis, who gains the ability to hear men's thoughts. Novels: Sarah Blake, Naamah; reimagining of the Noah's Ark story. Robert Harris, The Second Sleep (Aug. 20); it's said to be the year 1468, but it's really the future, after an apocalypse has shrunk Western societies to the horse-and-buggy age. "All civilizations consider themselves invulnerable; history warns us that none is." Neal Stephenson (1959-), Fall; or Dodge in Hell; the Internet is nicknamed the "Miasma", and the haves pay human editors to curate the Web and clean their online info. Plays: Poetry: Giorgio de Chirico, Geometry of Shadows; tr. Stefania Heim. Nonfiction: Debbie Almontaser, Leading While Muslim: The Experiences of American Muslim Principals After 9/11. E. Jean Carroll (1943-), What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal (July 1). Joe Dixon, The Mandarin Effect: The Crisis of Meaning (July 17); by a member of the Pythagorean Illuminati, which claims that everything in the Universe is made of ontological mathematics? Rex J. Fleming, The Rise and Fall of the Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climate Change (June 25); a complete review of the role of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere by an atmospheric scientist, concluding that it has no role in climate change, which is really caused by the Sun and cosmic rays. Mary Grabar, Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America (Aug. 20). Nikki Haley (1972-), With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace (Nov. 12); claims that secy. of state Rex Tillerson and White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly took her aside and tried to get her to undermine Pres. Trump, calling it unconstitutional. Sophie Hannah, How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment?The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life (Jan. 1). Jerome Hudson, 50 Things They Don't Want You to Know (Sept. 17). Dahr Jamail (1968-), The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption (Jan. 15); Am. journalist details his mountaineering travels that encountered melting glaciers, generalizing it into general grief about the inevitable doom of climate change. Ibraham X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist (Aug. 20). Michael T. Klare, All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change (Nov. 12). Christopher Leonard, Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America. Mark Levin (1957-), Unfreedom of the Press (May 21). James N. Mattis (1950-) and Bing West, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead (Sept. 3); spares Trump while lashing Bush and Obama. Andrew McCabe (1968-), The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump (Feb. 19); why he is the good guy for protecting the Am. people from evil dictator Trump and terror, not necessarily in that order. Gretchen McCulloch, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language (July 23). Tatiana McGrath, Woke: A Guide to Social Justice (Mar. 7); the new "Howl"? Bill McKibben, FALTER: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? (Apr. 16). Antonio J. Mendez, The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War (May 21); by the spymaster who inspired the film "Argo". Patrick J. Michaels (1950-0 and Terence Kealey (eds.), Scientocracy: The Tangled Web Of Public Science And Public Policy. Richard Panek, The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet (July 9). Star Parker and Richard Manning, Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Culture War and Why This Is Good for the Future of America (May 7). Michael Rectenwald, Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom (June 15); the threat of a new corporate state power. Susan Rice (1964-), Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For (autobio.) (Oct. 8); a favorite of Pres. Obama. Cardinal Robert Sarah, Evening Draws Near and the Day is Nearly Over; claims that the "West will disappear" due to mass Muslim immigration, that "Islam will invade the world" and "completely change culture, anthropology, and moral vision". Peter Schweizer (1964-) (ed.), The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War (Dec. 4). Lee Smith, The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History (Oct. 29); "Investigative journalist Lee Smith uses his unprecedented access to Congressman Devin Nunes, former head of the House Intelligence Committee, to expose the deep state operation against the president - and the American people." Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games (May 21). Donald Trump Jr. (1977-), Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us (Nov. 5); NYT bestseller. Richard K. Vedder, Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America (May 1); promises to get it out of its hopeless mess. Shoshana Zuboff, THe Age of Surveillance Capitalism. Births: English royal heir #10 Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6 (5:26 BST); son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; first biracial baby in British monarchy history; dual citizen of the U.S. and U.K. Deaths: Jan. 2 is a bad day to be 76? Am. "Captain & Tenille" singer Daryl Dragon (b. 1942) on Jan. 2 in Prescott, Ariz. Am. prof. wrestling announcer Mean Gene Okerlund (b. 1942) on Jan. 2. Am. "Super Dave Osborne" actor Bob Einstein (b. 1942) on Jan. 2 in Indian Wells, Calif. (leukemia). U.S. secy. of defense #14 (1977-81) Harold Brown (b. 1927) on Jan. 4 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (pancreatic cancer). Am. women's rights activist Bernice Sandler (b. 1928) on Jan. 5 in Washington, D.C. Am. architect Florence Knoll (b. 1917) on Jan. 25 in Coral Gables, Fla.: "I am not a decorator. The only place I decorate is my own house." German biophysical chemist Manfred Eigen (b. 1927) in Gottingen; 1967 Nobel Chem. Prize. U.S. Rep. (D-Mich.) (1955-2015) John Dingell (b. 1926) on Feb. 7 in Dearborn, Mich. (prostate cancer); longest-serving Congressperson in U.S. history (until ?). Am. baseball player-mgr. Frank Robinson (b. 1935) on Feb. 7 in Los Angeles, Calif. (bone cancer). Am. actress Verna Bloom (b. 1938) on Jan. 9 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Am. "Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf" actor Jan-Michael Vincent (b. 1944) on Feb. 10 in Asheville, N.C. (cardiac arrest). Puerto Rican prof. wrestler Pedro Morales (b. 1942) on Feb. 12 in Perth Amboy, N.J. (Parkinson's). Am. pollster Patrick Cadell (b. 1950) on Feb. 16 in Charleston, S.C. (stroke). Am. "The Monkees" musician Peter Tork (b. 1942) on Feb. 21 in Mansfield, Conn. (cancer). Am. prof. wrestler King Kong Bundy (b. 1957) on Mar. 4 in Glassboro, N.J. Am. "Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210" actor Luke Perry (b. 1966) on Mar. 4 in Burbank, Calif. (stroke). English-born Kiwi geologist David Kear (b. 1923) on Mar. 5 in Auckland. South African biologist Sydney Brenner (b. 1927) on Apr. 5 in Singapore; 2002 Nobel Med Prize. Am. quiz show scandal celeb Charles Van Doren (b. 1926) on Apr. 9 in Canaan, Conn.; dies the same day that "King" "Jeopardy" James Holzhauer (Germ. "holz" + "hauer" = forest + hewer or lumberjack) (1984-) wins a record $110,994 in a single on Jeopardy!; he goes on to win 32 games and $2,462,216 before losing just $58K shy of Ken Jennings' 2004 record. Northern Ireland journalist Lyra Catherine McKee (b. 1990) on Apr 19 in Creggan, Derry (assassinated by masked repub. gunman); the Sinn Fein, UUP et al. condemn it as "an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on the peace and democratic processes", calling it a "pointless and futile act to destroy the progress made over the last 20 years, which has the overwhelming support of people everywhere." U.S. Sen. (R-Ind.) (1977-2013) Richard Lugar (b. 1932) on Apr. 28 in Falls Church, Va. Am. "Boyz n the Hood" film dir. John Singleton (b. 1968) on Apr. 20 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. "Ensign Parker in McHale's Navy" comedian Tim Conway (b. 1933) on May 14 in Los Angeles, Calif. (hydrocephalus). Chinese-born Am. architect I.M. Pei (b. 1917) on May 16 in New York City. Am. Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen (b. 1944) on June 13 in Denver, Colo. (Alzheimer's). Italian dir. Franco Zeffirelli (b. 1923) on June 15 in Rome. Am. socialite Gloria Vanderbilt (b. 1924) on June 17; leaves her $200 fortune to son Anderson Cooper. Egyptian pres. #5 (2012-13) Mohamed Morsi (b. 1951) on June 17 in Cairo (heart attack) (collapses and dies in court). Dutch "Roy Batty in Blade Runner" actor Rutger Hauer (b. 1944) on June 19 in Beetsterzwaag. Am. baseball pitcher Tyler Skaggs (b. 1991) on July 1 in Southlake, Tex. Am. Chysler Corp. CEO Lee Iacocca (b. 1924) on July 2 in Los Angeles, Calif. English "circus ringmaster Bytes in The Elephant Man" actor Freddie Jones (b. 1927) on July 9 in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Am. billionaire politician H. Ross Perot (b. 1930) on July 9 in Dallas, Tex. (leukemia). Am. "Chief Zed in Men in Black" actor Rip Torn (b. 1931) on July 9 in Lakeville, Conn. Am. "Ball Four" baseball player-writr Jim Bouton (b. 1939) on July 10 (cerebral amyloid angiopathy). Belgian molecular biologist Walter Fiers (b. 1931) on July 28 in Destelbergen. Russian astrophysicist Nikolai Kardashev (b. 1932) on Aug. 3 in Moscow. Am. "Beloved" novelist Toni Morrison (b. 1931) on Aug. 5 in New York City (pneumonia). Am. biochemist Kary Banks Mu9llis (b. 1944) on Aug. 7 in Newport Beach, Calif. (pneumonia); 1993 Nobel Chem. Prize. Am. "The Rainbow Cadenza" novelist J. Neil Schulman (b. 1953) on Aug. 10 in Colo. Springs, Colo. Am. "Easy Rider" actor Peter Fonda (b. 1940) on Aug. 16 in Los Angeles, Calif. (lung cancer). Am. billionaire activist David Koch (b. 1940) on Aug. 23 in Southampton, N.Y. (prostate cancer). Zimbabwe dictator pres. #2 (1987-2017) Robert Mugabe (b. 1924) on Sept. 6 in Singapore. Am. capitalist kingpin T. Boone Pickens (b. 1928) on Sept. 11 in Dallas, Tex. Am. "Two Tickets to Paradise" singer Eddie Money (b. 1949) on Sept. 13 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Esophageal cancer). Am. "The Cars" musician Ric Ocasek (b. 1944) on Sept. 15 in New York City. Am. journalist Cokie Roberts (b. 1943) on Sept. 17 (breast cancer). Am. porno star Jessica Jaymes (b. 1979) on Sept. 17 in North Hills, Calif. Am. "House Hunters" TV host Suzanne Whang (b. 1962) on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles, Calif. (breast cancer). English "Cream" rock drummer Ginger Baker (b. 1939) on Oct. 6 in Canterbury, Kent. Am. "John Cassellis in Medium Cool" actor Robert Forster (b. 1941) on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles, Calif. (brain cancer). Russian Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (b. 1934) on Oct. 11 in Moscow. Am. lit. critic Harold Bloom (b. 1930) on Oct. 14 in New Haven, Conn. U.S. Rep. (D-Md.) (1996-2019) Elijah Cummings (b. 1951) on Oct. 17 in Baltimore, Md. U.S. Rep. (D-Mich.) (1965-2017) John Conyers (b. 1929) on Oct. 27 in Detroit, Mich. Am. "The Young and the Restless", "General Hospital" actor William Wintersole (b. 1931) on Nov. 5 in Los Angeles, Calif. (cancer). Am. fundamentalist Christian writer Texe Marrs (b. 1944) on Nov. 23. Taiwanese-Canadian "Louis Vuitton" actor-model Godfrey Gao (b. 1984) on Nov. 27 in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. English botanist David Bellamy (b. 1933) on Dec. 11. Am. "Sal Frangione in Do the Right Thing" actor Danny Aiello (b. 1933) on Dec. 12 in N.J. Am. actress Pamela Payton-Wright (b. 1941) on Dec. 14. Am. "Peanuts" producer Lee Mendelson (b. 1933) on Dec. 25 in Hillsborough, Calif. (lung cancer). Am. shock jock Don Imus (b. 1940) on Dec. 27 in College Station, Tex.