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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Gettysburg; Cemetery Ridge, Little Roundtop    Gettysburg - The Slaughter Pen
[1863 - Union troops repel the Rebel assault on Cemetery Ridge during the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg]

George M. Cohan    A young George M. Cohan    George M. Cohan applying makeup    Songwriter George M. Cohan
George M. Cohan in one of his shows    George M. Cohan's Over There    George M. Cohan's Broadway statue

[1878 - George M. Cohan, actor, singer, playwright, songwriter, producer, born in Providence, Rhode Island]

Young Franz Kafka    Writer Franz Kafka    Writer Franz Kafka's Prague statue
[1883 - Franz Kafka, author, born in Prague, now The Czech Republic]

The Idaho Statehouse under renovation
[1890 - Idaho enters the United States of America]

Actor George Sanders    Actor George Sanders    Actor George Sanders    Actor George Sanders
[1906 - George Henry Sanders, Academy Award-winning actor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia]

Columnist Dorothy Kilgallen  Panelist Dorothy Kilgallen
[1913 - Dorothy Kilgallen, reporter, columnist, radio host, TV panelist, born in Chicago]

Actress Susan Peters
[1921 - Susan Peters (Suzanne Carnahan),
actress, born in Spokane, Washington]

Singer Laura Branigan    Singer Laura Branigan    Singer Laura Branigan
[1952 - Laura Branigan, singer, born in Mount Kisco, New York]

9-11 Changed Nothing

World Trade Center - Second Suicide Attack of 9/11

Our political establishment adopted the mantra of, "9-11 Changed Everything" as if it were sufficient justification for an unprecedented invasion of Iraq, a terrible human rights record, impotence in dealing with ongoing genocide in Africa, vast expansion of the federal bureaucracy, and engorgement of prior corporate employers and cronies.

The tragedy of 9-11 changed nothing in reality; only our perceptions were altered. Assassins have always walked among us, or lurked just outside our gates. Our greatest President was taken by one. In william's lifetime another President (who may have ranked among the greatest) was cut down in his prime by a terrorist attack. These were domestic terrorists, just as were those who brought down a federal building in Oklahoma City with great loss of innocent American lives.

Foreign terrorists filled with hate have descended on great civilizations throughout history. Rome was sacked by barbarians with untold loss of civilian life. We ourselves used terrorist weapons of mass destruction to bring Japan to its knees in WW-II. So why do we say 9-11 changed everything? Is it because it has always happened to the other guys before? Is it that we were exposed to the horrifying pictures live in our living rooms, and then over and over again in replay? Or could it be that we were just scared spitless?

Nagasaki A-Bomb     Hiroshima 1945 Devastation       | |        WTC after terrorist attack    9-11 Ground Zero view

William's Whimsical Words:

Mourn the dead of 9-11, and do not dishonor them by seeking indiscriminate revenge, or turning this Great Nation into a hollow mockery of its former self.

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