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Great Seal of United States of America
[1782 - Great Seal of the United States is adopted by Congress]

Composer Jacques Offenbach    Composer Jacques Offenbach
[1819 - Jacques Offenbach, composer, born in Cologne, France]

Writer Charles Chesnutt    Writer Charles W. Chesnutt
[1858 - Charles Waddell Chesnutt, author, essayist, activist, born in Cleveland, Ohio]

West Virginia Farm - almost heaven
[1863 - West Virginia officially enters the United States of America as the 35th state]

Playwright Lillian Hellman
[1905 - Lillian Hellman, playwright and screenwriter, born in
New Orleans, Louisiana]

Robert Trent Jones, Sr.    Architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr.    Architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
[1906 - Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Golf Hall of Fame course architect, born in Ince-in-Makerfield, England]

Folk Musician Jimmy Driftwood    Folk Musician Jimmy Driftwood    Folk Historian Jimmy Driftwood
[1907 - Jimmy Driftwood (James Corbitt Morris), songwriter, performer, Ozark mountain music historian, born in Timbo, Arkansas]

Actor Errol Flynn    Actor Errol Flynn    Actor Errol Flynn    Actor Errol Flynn    Errol Flynn as Robin Hood
[1909 - Errol (Leslie Thomson) Flynn, actor, born in Hobart, Tasmania]

Actor DeForest Kelly
[1920 - (Jackson) DeForest Kelley - actor,
born in Atlanta Georgia]

Guitarist Chet Atkins Chet Atkins - Mr. Guitar       Chet Atkins Memorial Statue Guitarist Chet Atkins
[1924 - Chet (Chester Burton) Atkins, Grammy Award-winning guitarist, born in Luttrell, Tennessee]

Most Decorated Hero Audie Murphy    Actor Audie Murphy
[1924 - Audie Murphy, WW-II most decorated hero, actor, born near Kingston, Texas]

Army guy battering door Just War

hooded Iraqi POW with 4-year-old son

Let's see, we have had the War On Terror, the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, and, oh yes, the War on Drugs. All of these must be Just Wars of course because my country is or was the protagonist in each one, and my country would not do anything that was unjust. According to the official pronouncements of our government, we are winning or have won all those wars. So, tell william, do you honestly feel safer now than you did a year ago? Five years ago? Ten years ago?

William's Whimsical Words:

Don't worry, all the current conflicts are still just wars; we forgot about (and lost} the War on Poverty a long time ago.

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