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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bunker (Breeds) Hill battle scene
[1775 - Battle of Bunker Hill (Breed's Hill)]

Poet James Weldon Johnson
[1871 - James Weldon Johnson, poet,
songwriter, born in Jacksonville, Florida]

Photographer & Writer Carl Van Vechten
[1880 - Carl Van Vechten, photojournalist,
born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa]

Composer Igor (Fedorovich) Stravinsky
[1882 - Igor (Fedorovich) Stravinsky, composer, born in Oranienbaum, Russia]

Navy Hospital Corps logo
[1898 - Navy Hospital Corps is established]

Composer Sammy Fain
[1902 - Sammy Fain (Samuel Feinberg), Oscar-winning
composer, born in New York City]

Actor Ralph Bellamy
[1904 - Ralph (Rexford) Bellamy, actor,
born in Chicago]

Country Singer Red Foley
[1910 - Red (Clyde Julian) Foley, country
singer, born in Blue Lick, Kentucky]

John Hersey    Pulitzer Prize-winning Author John Hersey
[1914 - John (Richard) Hersey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, born in Tianjin, China]

Singer Terry Gilkyson
[1916 - (Hamilton H.) Terry Gilkyson,
songwriter, singer, born in
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania]

LA Rams Receiver Elroy 'Crazy Legs' Hirsch   HoF Elroy Hirsch
[1923 - Elroy 'Crazy Legs' Hirsch, Pro Football Hall of Famer, born in Wausau, Wisconsin]

Pioneer Aviator Amelia Earhart
[1928 - Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean]

Murder Made More Palatable

Iraqi soldier pleading to be taken prisoner

Wartime comes; there is need of killing.
Governments seek men ready and willing.
How distract the troops from what they do?
How remove from them each dear taboo?
How rid them of civilization's veneers, and
Persuade them to kill without shedding tears?

Each wartime leader faces a challenge.
History will judge him by this evolution.
So seek all answers to the question.
So strives each one for a resolution.
The old ways promise the best solution.

You kill not men but inferior beings;
Creatures unworthy of your feelings.
You slay not any of your fellow man.
You simply execute our God's plan.

As you steel for the life you take.
So you a widow or an orphan make.
Consider not those consequences.
Dull your minds; numb your senses.

As we destroy our first victim.
Remember always this simple dictum.
Killing is right if the cause is just.
It can't be murder if they're not like us.

45 firing

William's Whimsical Words:

It's hard the first time you pull the trigger.
Each time thereafter gets a little bit easier.

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