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 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 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; 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. 16 British jihadists from West Midlands 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 resolution, 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 Hawaii Dem. Sen. Mazie Hirono, 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. 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 Dem. politician Elizabeth Warren announces her candidacy for U.S. pres. in Lawrence, Mass. 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 resoution forcing the Trump admin. to withdraw U.S. trops form Yemen as a rebuke of his support of the Saudi-led coalition. 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. 14 the parliament of Egypt voes 485-111 to extend term limits for pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi until 2034. 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" - Obama and Hillary are the real Russian assets, trying to frame Trump on what they are to stage a real coup? 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. On Feb. 18 Pres. Trump speaks 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. 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. 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. 20 a snownado touches down in Navajo sheep country near Tinian, N.M., becoming the first confirmed tornado in the state in Feb.
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