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Things are the way they were in 1996. Well, almost.

Now that Jon Bennet Ramsey, who was murdered in December 1996, is back in the news ten years later as if the interveneing years never happened, maybe the media circus will bring back the memories of that time. Here's what Wikipedia tells us happened in late 1996 and 1997.

  • April 10 - U. S. President Bill Clinton vetoes a bill that would have banned partial-birth abortion.

  • May 20 -  The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of homosexuals.

  • June 12 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a panel of federal judges blocks a law against indecency on the internet.

  • November 25 - The U.S. stock markets, especially the Dow Jones Industrial Average, gains at an incredibly fast pace following the 1996 Presidential elections. It gains 10 days in a row during the month.

  • General Motors EV1 launched. The EV1 is the first electric car to go into mass production.

  • January 19 - Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years, and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.

  • January 20 - Bill Clinton starts his second term as President of the United States.

  • February 4 - After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.

  • May 1 - The UK's Labour Party ends 18 years of Conservative rule in the 1997 UK general election. Tony Blair is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

  • May 12 - The Russian-Chechen Peace Treaty signed.

  • May 16 - US President Bill Clinton issues a formal apology to the surviving victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and their families, 25 years after the 40 year "study" was exposed by reporter Jean Heller.

  • June 30 - The first book in the award winning Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling is published.

  • July 16 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 63.17 to close at 8,038.88. It is the Dow's first close above 8,000. The Dow has doubled its value in 30 months.

  • November 10 - A jury in Fairfax, Virginia finds Mir Aimal Kasi guilty of the murder of two CIA employees in 1993.

  • November 12 - Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

  • December ?? The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger

  • The Toyota Prius comes to showrooms, only in Japan. The Prius was the first hybrid vehicle to go into full production. The Prius would come to US showrooms in 2000.

A few years later Onion (which started its online presence in 1996) noted:
"For years, I tirelessly preached the message that Clinton must be stopped," conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said. "And yet, in 1996, the American public failed to heed my urgent warnings, re-electing Clinton despite the fact that the nation was prosperous and at peace under his regime. But now, thank God, that's all done with. Once again, we will enjoy mounting debt, jingoism, nuclear paranoia, mass deficit, and a massive military build-up."

Originally posted to KPlayer on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 07:21 PM PDT.


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  •  Gimme a heart attack why dontcha! (3+ / 0-)
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    Kascade Kat, KPlayer, Ky DEM

    I saw earlier today that Gerald Ford was admitted to the hospital and I thought he had died. Whew.

    I believe that Pres. Ford is a great American and I admire him a lot. My first vote for President was in 1976 and I said at the time that probably never again in my life would I have the choice of two such honorable men. I voted for Carter, of course.

    I was struck by that line in Ford's swearing-in speech then and it stuck with me: "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over--our constitution works." It was not until several years ago that I heard his speechwriter recount how Ford had wanted to cut that line and he told him that if he did, he would have to quit. Fortunately, he kept it in.

    Here's to a speedy recovery, President Ford.

    •  I am looking forward to January 2009 swearing-in (0+ / 0-)

      If we make it that far and if the Constitution still works. Some colorful language will be needed.

    •  As decent as a guy Carter was (0+ / 0-)

      in retrospect, I wish Ford had won.  The problems of the 1970s would have been blamed on Ford and the Rethugs, a Democrat would have been elected in 1980, and Reagan and the right-wing might well have remained a minority

      •  Nah. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't think it would have slowed them down. The guys that started building the big right-wing machine started after Goldwater was defeated and were really roused to action after Nixon was hounded from office resigned.

        Electing Ford wouldn't have stopped the corporatization of the media, the advent of the right-wing think tanks, talk radio, the rethug farm system for candidates, or any of the rest of it. IMHO.

        •  I dunno (0+ / 0-)

          1980 would have had a nasty Rethug primaty between Dole and Reagan, one that Reagan may win.  And with Reagan's views still being far out there at the time (it didn't seem far out there when Carter had seemed so incompetent) but him being a Rethug who is in the same part as Ford, Reagan(or Dole) could be looking at a decent sized loss to the Democrat in 1980.  That would have certainly slowed it down if not forced a moderation of the Rethug Party.

          It could take one landslide loss, but if Reagan also suffered a big loss in 1980, which was likely in this scenario, the right-wing would have been discretited.

          Not to mention also that the New Right was seriously considering a third party instead of the Rethugs in the late 70s.  A Ford win, and the inevitable moderation of Ford (with a 2-1 Democratic Congress) might well push them in that election.

          1976, like 1928, was an election that you win long term by losing.

  •  'Cubs Win World Series' (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, there are still FEMINISTS at Daily Kos! Join us in the Supervixens diary every Thursday.

    by hrh on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 07:27:50 PM PDT

  •  Who is better off today than 10 years ago? (2+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, Balam

    Seriously. In matters that involve national policy. what group--besides Bush's have-mores--are better off?

    Students?  More debt, tougher job market.

    Seniors?  Higher out-of-pocket health care costs?

    The middle class? Let's not even open that Pandora's box.

  •  I can't get over... (4+ / 0-)
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    KPlayer, blueyedace2, Simplify, Ky DEM prescient the Onion was then and the time they satirized Bush with the quote in your title, "Our long national nightmare is over."

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 07:35:51 PM PDT

    •  Yep, uncanny (1+ / 0-)
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      For example,

      During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

  •  And the Macarena was everywhere! (0+ / 0-)

    and Beanie Babies and Tamagachis dominated when I was in 4th and 5th grade. My perspective on that period is generally positive, even if I did vote for Bob Dole in my school's mock election, but the only reason why I did that was because I felt that Presidents shouldn't have more than four years in office. I only based that opinion in asking my mom who was President going back to Reagan...but otherwise I was apolitical and didn't care. I barely even knew what political parties were!

  •  Two glases of wine aren't NEARLY (1+ / 0-)
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    enough alcohol toi think about the state of this country. I amnot certain a  large bottle of 20 year old single malt Irishw ould be.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 07:49:26 PM PDT

  •  I Was Screaming at My TV 10 Years Ago (0+ / 0-)

    about the deep doo-doo we were in.

    I insisted that the tech boom was in large part the construction of the mechanisms for outsourcing the knowledge jobs of the future.

    "Oh no" said all my fellow techs. "It's the blue collar laborers who have to adapt, not us. We're America's future."

    We spent the 1990's constructing some of the essential building blocks in government, economy and culture for what's happening today. Given Reagan and the 90's, it was inevitable that we'd be in today's predicaments later even without Bush.

    You gotta take me back far past Clinton before I find an America with a fair shot at a different future than what we've got.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 08:05:21 PM PDT

  •  This Diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Really depressed me.  I guess I'm better off.  I got a house now.  But criminey it feels like the world is falling apart, and I'd forgotten--I guess this is your point--just how recently there seemed to be coherence.  

    It's hard to believe things could change so quickly.  Not just events, either, but the whole tone of our nation.

    Thanks for this diary.  I'm going to put on "Barney," now . . . or take a nap . . . or eat some cookies.  

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