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Franklin bifocals Wednesday, January 23, 2008

President of Continental Congress John Hancock
[1737 - John Hancock, President of Continental Congress, born in Quincy, Massachusetts]

Edouard Manet - self-portrait Edouard Manet - boating
[1832 - Edouard Manet, impressionist painter, born in Paris, France]

Blues Great Huddie Ledbetter
[1888 - Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter), blues singer, songwriter, born in Mooringsport, Louisiana]

Humphrey Bogart as Rick in Casablanca
[1899 - Humphrey Bogart, Academy Award-winning actor, born in New York City]

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
[1910 - Django Reinhardt, Gypsy jazz guitarist, born in Belgium]

Justice Potter Stewart
[1915 - Potter Stewart, Supreme Court Justice, born in Jackson, Michigan]

Comedian Ernie Kovacs
[1919 - Ernie Kovacs, actor, comedian, born in Trenton, New Jersey]

Southern Voters in 1948
[1964 - Poll Tax abolished - 24th Amendment ratified by South Dakota]

Of The People?

US Supreme Court equal justice panel

The only truly legitimate purpose of government is to protect the weak against the tyranny of domination by the strong. To the extent that government substitutes the rule of law for the law of the jungle, it is valid. The further the government strays from this underlying justification, the more suspect it becomes, and the more closely it should be subjected to our intense scrutiny.

Never forget that the alpha males and females on this planet have not changed their spots over the recorded history of the human race. One can search a long time for an example of the individual who rose to power only to voluntarily relinquish it. A free society remains so only if it vigilantly guards itself from the predators within.

William's Whimsical Words:

So much for the welfare state.

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