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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Composer Arcangelo Corelli
[1653 - Arcangelo Corelli, violinist,
composer, born in Fusignano, Italy]

Thomas Jefferson    Third President Thomas Jefferson
[1801 - Thomas Jefferson is selected as President (House breaks electoral college tie)]

Businessman Montgomery Ward    Montgomery Ward catalog
[1844 - Aaron Montgomery Ward, mail order tycoon, born in Chatham, New Jersey]

Red Barber sitting in the catbird seat
[1908 - Red (Walter) Barber, sportscaster,
born in Columbus, Mississippi]

Actor Marc Lawrence    Actor Marc Lawrence
[1910 - Marc Lawrence (Max Goldsmith), actor, born in New York City]

Actor Arthur Kennedy
[1914 - (John) Arthur Kennedy, actor, born in
Worcester, Massachusetts]

Actor Raf Vallone
[1916 - Raf (Raffaele) Vallone, actor,
born in Tropea, Calabria, Italy]

Rabbi Chaim Potok - Writer
[1929 - Chaim (Herman Harold) Potok, rabbi,
philosopher, author, born in the Bronx]

Actor Alan Bates    Actor Sir Alan Bates
[1934 - Sir Alan (Arthur) Bates, actor, born in Allestree, Derby, England ]

[1979 - China invades Vietnam and is repulsed]

Method School's Lee Strasberg
[1982 - Lee Strasberg, director, founder method school of drama, dies]

Death Rattles On

US Army officer's saber
Saber rattling, military bullying, and war posturing are of questionable value under the best of circumstances; when one cannot walk the walk after talking the talk, they can be downright counterproductive. Threatening words directed at Iran, North Korea, Syria, and assorted other nations ring a bit hollow when one stops to notice that our army is stressed to the breaking point just trying to cope with the mess in Iraq and the worsening situation in Afghanistan. Having worn a reasonable facsimile of a saber on several formal occasions, william can report that when properly fitted in a scabbard a sword does not rattle at all. The ones carried by modern day military officers do not even have an edge. I cannot imagine a saber rattling, unless it was way too small for its scabbard, or missing part of its blade.

a real saber

William's Whimsical Words:

When it comes to your saber, size matters.

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