History. These are the things that happened before Google. If you want The Big Picture shut down your computer and get a copy of Howard Zinn’s A People's History of the United States. I’ll wait. In lieu of reading a big book you can peruse my responses to Recent History. They’re not as good … but they’re mine. Things were pretty abominable and then got a lot worse when The Supreme Court gave the presidency to George W. Bush (and Dick Cheney) in December of 2000. Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House put The Left to sleep for eight years and the Bush/Cheney war criminals walked free. Now Fucko the Clown is taking the country to an unknown territory where it would not surprise me if the law of gravity was repealed. Many of the horrible things that happened during the Bush/Cheney/Obama years now seem almost adorable in retrospect.