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Ben Franklin's bifocals Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pennsylvania Hospital
[1752 - Pennsylvania Hospital, (first in America), opens
(founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin)]

Abolitionist Writer Lydia Child    Writer Lydia Child
[1802 - Lydia Maria Francis Child, writer, publisher, born in Medford, Massachusetts]

Phonograph Inventor Thomas Edison    Inventor Thomas Edison    Thomas Alva Edison
[1847 - Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, born in Milan, Ohio]

Writer Philip Dunne    Producer, Director Philip Dunne
[1908 - Philip Dunne, producer, director, playwright, born in New York City]

Boxing Champ Max Baer    Boxing Champ Max Baer
[1909 - Max (Maximillian Adalbert) Baer, champion boxer, born in Omaha, Nebraska]

Playwright & Director Joseph Mankiewicz    Playwright & Director Joseph Mankiewicz    Playwright Joseph Mankiewicz    Director Joseph Mankiewicz
[1909 - Joseph Leo Mankiewicz, Academy Award-winning playwright, director, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania]

Folk Singer Josh White    Folk Singer Josh White
[1915 - Josh White, blues & folk singer, guitarist, born in Greenville, South Carolina]

Writer Sidney Sheldon    Writer Sidney Sheldon
[1917 - Sidney Sheldon (Schechtel), film and television screenplay writer, novelist, born in Chicago]

Actress Eva Gabor    Actress Eva Gabor
[1919 - Eva Gabor, actress, born in Budapest, Hungary]

Actress Kim Stanley    Actress Kim Stanley    Actress Kim Stanley
[1925 - Kim Stanley (Patricia Beth Reid), Emmy Award-winning actress, born in Tularosa, New Mexico]

Actor Leslie Nielsen    Actor Leslie Nielsen    Actor Leslie Nielsen
[1926 - Leslie William Nielsen, actor, born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada]

[1971 - U.S. and USSR sign treaty prohibiting deployment of nuclear weapons on ocean floor]

Nelson Mandela behind prison bars
[1990 - Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid leader, is released after 27 years in prison]

Backyard Terrorism

KKK burning cross

The Ku Klux Klan was founded in the post Civil War reconstruction era as a southern anti-black and anti-federal terrorist group. While the Klan was initially suppressed by the federal government, it was resurrected in 1915 in Georgia. This new Klan appealed to hatred of Jews, Catholics, and immigrants, in addition to its original targeting of blacks. Today it might qualify as an equal opportunity hate group. The KKK was politically correct in those days; so much so that when the father of the modern cinema filmed Birth of a Nation, he glorified this group of vigilante cowards as protectors of white womanhood.

KKK in Washington - 1925
What seems most remarkable is that the Klan spread widely across the North in addition to the South by the early 1920s. Some historians believe that membership in the KKK was as high as three million by the mid 1920s, when it reached a high water mark. The modern day terrorists in their [black] hoods are pikers by comparison, but the Bush administration managed to grow their numbers considerably during its two terms of insane foreign policy.

KKK Parade

William's Whimsical Words:

Terrorism, like charity, begins at home.

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