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Franklin bifocals Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sir Francis Bacon  Sir Francis Bacon - his book
[1561 - Sir Francis Bacon, philosopher, writer, born in London]

George Gordon, Lord Byron
[1788 - George Gordon, Lord Byron, poet, born in Aberdeen, Scotland]

Chief Justice Frederick Vinson
[1890 - Frederick Vinson, Supreme Court Chief Justice, Treasury Secretary, born in Lawrence County, Kentucky]

Balanchine - class  Balanchine with Stravinski
[1904 - George Balanchine(Georgi Balanchivadze), dancer, choreographer, ballet producer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia]

Jazz Musician J.J. Johnson
[1924 - J.J. (James Louis) Johnson, jazz trombonist, composer, bandleader, born in Indianapolis, Indiana]

Singer Sam Cooke
[1931 - Sam Cooke, singer, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi]

CIA patch
[1946 - Central Intelligence Group, CIA precursor, established by President Harry S. Truman]

[1973 - Supreme Court recognizes abortion rights in Roe v. Wade]

Super Bowl XXIII - Joe Montana MVP

Super Bowl XXIII - ring Super Bowl XXIII - Jerry Rice
[1989 - Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16]

A Modest Proposal

Constitution Preamble

There is talk about amending our Constitution every time the judiciary makes an unpopular ruling on a hot button social issue. Fortunately, the Founding Fathers made it difficult for us to tamper with their crowning achievement, so these misguided efforts usually die a well-deserved death. Those same Fathers were acutely aware of the evil that arises from a Tyranny of the Majority, and would roundly condemn the current efforts to weave a particular religious and cultural definition of marriage that is favored by the President and his friends into the most basic law of the land. Indeed, one expects they would counsel us to leave such matters in the hands of individual citizens, or of the States, as they are now.

If you are going to mess with our Constitution at all, here is a proposal worthy of more serious attention than others currently under consideration. It would add the following to Article I :

Section 11. Whenever the Congress shall consider any Declaration of War, or any Act or Resolution that authorizes the commitment of the Armed Forces to combat, or the funding of such activity, only the votes of those Members who have previously served in combat, and those who have children or grandchildren currently on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States of America shall be counted.

A two thirds majority of such votes shall be necessary for the passage of any such measure.

The maximum term of any such Declaration of War, Act, or Resolution that puts the Armed Forces into active combat shall be one year, although such actions of the Congress may be renewed and continued indefinitely after full and careful consideration.

US Capitol Building

William's Whimsical Words:

A rational society makes it easy for individuals to establish long-term caring relationships, and hard for governments to wage war.

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