2019 Chinese Year: Pig (Feb. 5). Time Person of the Year: 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. 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. 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, 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 83+. 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 exec commission of th 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. 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 after Calif. gov. Gavin Newsom 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 finds 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. Elijah Cummings 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". 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. 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. 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. 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. 15 850-y.-o. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris partially burns down, 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 Zelensky, who wins 73% of the vote, becoming pres. of the Ukraine (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-) announces 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!" 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 Pres. Trump announces 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 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 9 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. 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 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). 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.
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