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Ben Franklin's bifocals Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Astronomer Giovanni Cassini
[1625 - Giovanni Domenico Cassini, astronomer,
mathematician, born in Perinaldo,
near Sanremo, then Republic of Genoa]

Composer Robert Schumann
[1810 - Robert Schumann, composer, born in Zwickau, Saxony]

Admiral David Porter, USN
[1813 - David Dixon Porter, Admiral,
USN, born in Chester, Pennsylvania]

Commodore Matthew Perry
Commodore Perry's black ships
[1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry arrives at Uraga, Japan for treaty negotiations]

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright   Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
[1867 - Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, born in Richland Center, Wisconsin]

Scientist Francis Crick   DNA
[1916 - Francis Crick, Nobel Prize-winning scientist, born in
Northampton, England]

Justice Byron White
[1917 - Byron (Whizzer) White, Supreme Court
Justice, born in Fort Collins, Colorado]

Actor Robert Preston   Actor Robert Preston
[1918 - Robert Preston (Meservey), actor, born in Newton, Massachusetts]

Actress Alexis Smith    Actress Alexis Smith
[1921 - Alexis (Gladys) Smith, actress, born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada]

Going to Spend Lives

flag-draped coffins on USAF transport

As I was going to Iraq,
I met some coffins coming back,
For each coffin several wounded;
Each wound was so severe;
Every casualty had some family.
Dead, wounded, son, daughter,
Wives, children, to the slaughter.
Most of them are coming back.
How many are going to Iraq?

As I went out to Afghanistan
I met a most peculiar man.
His uniform said Coalition Forces,
But he was leading two work horses.
How will these kill the enemy?
Our mission's changed, he said to me.
These beasts help the farmers plow.
Tomorrow, I will bring a cow.
While you are helping the downtrodden,
Whatzit got to do with Osama bin Laden?

Osama bin Laden

William's Whimsical Words:

Iraq and Afghanistan are a lot more dangerous than St. Ives.

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