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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, August 22, 2008

Aviation Pioneer Samuel Langley
[1834 - Samuel P. Langley, aviation pioneer, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts]

Composer Claude Debussy
[1862 - Claude Debussy, composer, born in St. Germain-en-Laye, France]

Writer, Critic, and Poet Dorothy Parker
[1893 - Dorothy Parker, writer, born in Long Branch, New Jersey]

Bluesman & Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Lee Hooker
[1917 - John Lee Hooker, musician, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi]

Film Star Sylvia Koscina
[1933 - Sylvia Koscina, actress, born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia]

Picture Pornography

Would someone please explain why explicit photos of consenting adults engaging in sexual acts are considered pornographic while explicit photos of war scenes with human beings being torn apart, killed, and maimed are just news. Sexual acts are frequently motivated by love or affection, generally do no harm, and often result in pleasure. Warlike acts are usually motivated by hatred and revenge, result in death and disfigurement, and always result in harm. Come on, CNN, Fox News, et al.; enlighten us.

William's Whimsical Words:

Is it helpful that one US Supreme Court Justice reassured us that he knew pornography when he saw it?

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