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Ben Franklin's bifocals Monday, February 17, 2014

[Presidents Day] President George Washington   President Abraham  Lincoln

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]

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

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

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

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

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

Actor Alan Bates    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]

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 rang a bit hollow when one stopped to notice that our army was 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 many 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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