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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Poet Christopher Marlowe
[1564 - Christopher Marlowe, poet, dramatist, born in Canterbury, England]

Signing of Treaty of Amity and Commerce and Treaty of Alliance with France
[1778 - France and USA sign Treaty of Amity and Commerce and Treaty of Alliance in Paris, France]

Massachusetts Statehouse Massachusetts State Seal
[1788 - Massachusetts is the sixth state to enter the United States of America]

Baseball Great Babe Ruth
[1895 - Babe (George Herman) Ruth, baseball great, born in Baltimore, Maryland]

President Ronald Reagan 40th President Ronald Reagan
[1911 - Ronald W. Reagan, 40th U.S. President, born in Tampico, Illinois]

Francois Truffaut - director
[1932 - Francois Truffaut, film director, born in Paris, France]

Songwriter & Singer Bob Marley Bob Marley in concert
[1945 - Bob Marley, singer, reggae icon, born in Nine Mile, St. Ann, Jamaica]

Wrong Direction

If one were to offer evidence in support of the belief held by me and over seventy percent of my fellow citizens that Our Country is headed in the wrong direction, the following bullet points would be on the short list:

Record numbers of Americans are losing their homes.
The economy is now hemorrhaging jobs instead of creating them.
Violent crime is up.
The federal deficit is at record levels.
Casualties and violence in Iraq are on the rise again.
Oil prices remain near record levels.
More Marines are headed for Afghanistan as the threat increases there.
Teen pregnancies are up.
The numbers of our fellow Americans living in poverty continues to increase.
Our bridges fall down and our highways deteriorate.
The price tag for our military next year is three quarters of a trillion dollars.

Other than that, the Nation seems to be getting by.

William's Whimsical Words:

Look at the bright side; the Super Bowl was great, and Exxon-Mobil just reported annual earnings of over forty billion dollars - a record for a US Corporation.

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