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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]

John Browning    Weapons Inventor John Moses Browning at work
[1855 - John Moses Browning, weapons inventor, born in Ogden, Utah]

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

Actor Randolph Scott    Actor Randolph Scott
[1898 - Randolph Scott (Crane), actor, born in Orange County, Virginia]

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

Animator David Hand
[1900 - David (Dodd) Hand, film animator,
born in Plainfield, New Jersey]

Actor Dan Duryea
[1907 - Dan Duryea, actor, born in White Plains, New York]

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]

Entrepreneur Sol Price
[1916 - Sol Price, big-box store pioneer,
born in the Bronx]

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

Marty Paich
[1925 - Martin Louis 'Marty' Paich, pianist, composer, arranger,
born in Oakland, California]

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. In the good old USA, the special interests (corporate and otherwise) now own all the branches of our government. The President cuts deals with them, the Congress is bought and paid for, and The Supreme Court blithely elevates their imaginary rights over those of individual citizens to a clean government.

William's Whimsical Words:

I think I hear my neighbors sharpening their pitchforks.

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