Today was a bittersweet day for workers at GM's Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant as the last Buick built for the American domestic market rolled off the assembly line.
The car, a black Park Avenue, was signed by assembly workers as it rolled down the assembly line. After completion, the car was driven to the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, where it was put on permanent display.
The last car built for retail sale, a red LeSabre, rolled off the line shortly before the Park Avenue.
While Buick's reputation had been rather lukewarm in its final years, some are still saddened to see the marque go.
FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE HELD AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
New York Times, October 13, 2004
The third and final debate of the 2004 election campaign was held today at Arizona State University in Phoenix.
The debate was notable for including independent candidate Lincoln Chafee.
During the debate, the candidates were asked a variety of questions on domestic and foreign policy. One thing all three candidates agreed on was the need to end the war in Iraq. Edwards argued that the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan should take precedence. Chafee, on the other hand, said only Pakistan truly needed continued American assistance, since it continued to suffer the after-effects of the December 2001 nuclear war with India.
The sale of American military equipment to the shaky Pakistani government in Gilgit has aroused protests from the government of India.
Speaking to the United Nations, Provisional Prime Minister Padmanabhan said that Pakistan should be barred from having a military capable of threatening its neighbors. According to Padmanbhan, keeping Pakistan's military weak was the only way to avoid another disastrous war between it and India.
The 2004 Presidential election has come to an end and Republican Candidate John Kasich has come out on top, carrying 28 states to John Edwards's 18.
Despite predictions to the contrary, independent candidate Lincoln Chafee made a strong showing, carrying the states of Minnesota, Washington, and Oregon along with his native Rhode Island, the strongest results for a third-party candidate since George Wallace's run on the American Independent Party ticket in 1968. Many pundits have credited Chafee with helping Kasich win by acting as a spoiler for the Democrats, dividing the liberal vote while conservatives united behind Kasich and Vice Presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
Tim Ablitt, the man who bombed three British mosques, has been given a sentence of life imprisonment. Because of the seriousness of the crimes, Ablitt was given a whole-life tariff.
As Ablitt was being sentenced, a crowd of far-right activists gathered outside the courthouse to protest his imprisonment, calling him a hero in the fight against Islamism in Britain. The protestors were eventually broken up by riot police.
Six months after taking over Iran, the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution has fallen from power amidst internal strife.
Having held a shaky grip on power since its inception, the junta was ultimately overwhelmed by growing dissent and mounting economic troubles. The American nuclear strike on September 12 served to hasten the junta's collapse.
With the end of the Revolutionary Guards, several rival factions have arisen, each fighting for their own vision for a new Iran.
I, John Richard Kasich do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
John Kasich's inaugural oath, January 20, 2005
My fellow Americans
Never in our nation's history have we faced a crisis like we do today. Our way of life is under attack by fanatics who claim to be following the word of their god. In their drive to impose their twisted order upon the world, they have claimed hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives around the world. America, our beloved homeland, is the foremost target of their wicked campaign. Make no mistake, the soldiers of radical Islam are deeply offended by our freedom and seek to destroy it?
But have we faced this threat effectively? No! Instead, we have let our own differences consume us. The divide between the left and right in America has never been as severe as it is now. On one hand, we have the right demanding ever more foreign adventures and showering hatred on innocents who just happen to be of the same race or religion as the people we are currently at war with, even if they reject the message of their violent brethren. On the other hand, we have the far left, who have routinely acted as apologists for the radical Islamists and vigorously oppose any attempt to fight them effectively.
As president, I will heal our fractured political landscape so that we can more effectively fight against our enemies. I will govern not in a Republican manner, not in a conservative manner, but in an American manner.
Andy Bell, the flamboyant singer for two-man synthpop band Erasure, was shot and killed on stage in Bristol while the duo was touring to promote their newest album Nightbird.
Bell was in the middle of performing the duo's 1992 hit "Always" when a woman in the front row pulled out what witnesses described as a "antique pistol" and shot him once in the chest. The shooter then made her escape through the crowd. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene.
"One less faggot pop star corrupting our children"
IslamicAwakening.com user, on Andy Bell's death
"One less faggot pop star corrupting our children."
MURDERER OF MASS. SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE CAUGHT IN ARLINGTON
New York Times, February 10, 2005
The man responsible for the murder of Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall has been captured in Arlington, according to Arlington authorities.
29-year old Farooque Ahmed, who was living in Arlington under an assumed name, was arrested by authorities after assaulting a lesbian couple. Once in custody, Ahmed admitted to shooting Marshall in cold blood in November 2003 using a Springfield M1A rifle fitted with a homemade silencer.
Arlington police noticed that Ahmed seemed to take pride in murdering Marshall, describing her as a "faggot lover" for her 2003 ruling on gay marriage in Massachusetts.
"So it was a Muslim? Doesn't matter, one less liberal fag-cuddler on this planet."
Free Republic user, on the capture of Farooque Ahmed
In a 59-40 decision, the Knesset has approved the plan to withdraw Israeli forces and settlers from Gaza.
The decision has drawn criticism from the Israeli right, which have been repeated by supporters of Israel in America. American Vice President Rick Santorum, in a speech delievered at a pro-Israel rally in Washington DC, said that "the Israeli government has made a grave mistake in conceding Gaza to the terrorists who call themselves Palestinians." President Kasich, on the other hand, has called the decision "a commendable move in the Israel-Palestine peace process."
COLORADO SENATOR INTRODUCES MARRIAGE PROTECTION AMENDMENT
Wall Street Journal, February 20, 2005
Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) has introduced a constitutional amendment to Congress that would ban same-sex marriage nationwide.
The Federal Marriage Amendment defines marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman and is meant to prevent judicial extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples, overriding state laws on same-sex marriage.
While the bill has the backing of several Republican congressmen and Vice President Santorum, President Kasich has criticized the bill, saying that the states should be allowed to make their own decisions on same-sex marriage instead of having the federal government deciding the issue.
FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT FALTERS IN SENATE
Washington Post, February 27, 2005
The Federal Marriage Amendment, which would bar same-sex couples from being granted the right to marry, has failed to garner the 60 Senate votes needed to obtain cloture and force a direct vote on the amendment.
In the vote, the FMA received 49 "nay" and 48 "yea" votes. Vice President Santorum has expressed disappointment that more Senators did not vote in favor. President Kasich has called it "a victory for federalism."
The withdrawal of US troops from Iraq has begun in accordance with President Kasich's campaign promises. With the end of the American occupation, responsibility for fighting Islamist insurgents will fall to the reconstituted Iraqi armed forces. Some have expressed concern about withdrawing from Iraq while civil war continues to rage in neighboring Iran.
President John Kasich was killed this morning when Air Force One crashed in London on a stopover en route to Kabul.
Kasich was flying to Afghanistan to meet with Afghan president Hamid Karzai. As the Boeing VC-25, tail number 28000, was on final approach to Heathrow Airport in inclement weather, the crew requested a go-around due to low visibility. The plane climbed to a maximum altitude of 3,500 feet before suddenly pitching down and impacting the runway threshold. All 50 passengers and 26 crew were killed, President Kasich among them.
The US Air Force and Britain's Air Accident Investigation Branch have both started investigations. The task is made more difficult by the almost-complete destruction of the airframe.
Vice President Rick Santorum, whose was still in Washington DC, has been sworn in as the 47th President of the United States of America.
My fellow Americans, our nation has never faced such circumstances as it has now. The American way of life is under attack on two fronts. On one hand, we have the adherents of a brutal 7th-century creed that seeks to drag the whole world down to their level. On the other hand, we have the forces of secularism and social liberalism who seek to eliminate all traces of Christianity from the public sphere and impose their worldview on the American people.
I hear many people claim that Al-Qaeda and the like does not represent true Islam. Obviously, those people have never cracked open the Koran. If they did, they would understand that its hateful verses are the magic carpet on which terrorists ride.
The funny thing is, even though Islam stands in opposition that everything liberals believe in, they still coddle Muslims and oppose any attempts to fight Islamic terrorism effectively. You know why? Because they share the Muslims' hatred of Christianity.
Think about it. Our children are not allowed to pray in school. We're not allowed to say "Merry Christmas" lest some atheist who hears it gets offended and files a lawsuit. People who try to get homosexuals to reform and give up their wicked ways are accused of "hate speech" and silenced. School textbooks are filled with the theory of evolution, keeping our children from learning about the true origin of the world.
The most outrageous part is that some American Christians have acquiesced to this, saying things like "Jesus never condemned homosexuality" or "There is nothing in the Bible that contradicts evolution." Make no mistake, if you say something like this, you're part of the problem.
Thankfully, there is a solution. As your president, I will steer this nation back on the path intended by the Founding Fathers. I will do my best to promote Christian values and beat back the dark forces of secularism. After all, only by regaining our way can we deal with the threats that besiege us.
God bless you all.
Rick Santorum's speech upon assuming the presidency, April 29, 2005
In his first act as president, Rick Santorum has fired Kasich's White House Chief of Staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and replaced him with noted conservative pundit Ann Coulter, making her the first woman to be appointed to the position.
futurist: Good luck to you, MN!
Jan 17, 2019 5:10:51 GMT
MinnesotaNationalist: well, that was the most underwhelming jury duty ever. Came in one day, was told to go home, and now I'm told that I'm not needed anymore for this session.
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ieph: In fact, I'm even thinking of reviving my wikibox TL right here.
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