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Ben Franklin's bifocals Saturday, August 23, 2008

Great Lakes Hero Oliver Hazard Perry
[1785 - Oliver Hazard Perry, Naval Officer, born in Wakefield, Rhode Island]

[1833 - Great Britain abolishes slavery in its colonies]

Poet Edgar Lee Masters
[1869 - Edgar Lee Masters, poet, born in Garnett, Kansas]

Dancer and Actor Gene Kelly
[1912 - Gene Kelly, dancer, actor, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]

Oscar Hammerstein II
[1960 - Oscar Hammerstein II, librettist, dies at age 65]

Actor River Phoenix
[1970 - River (Jude) Phoenix (Bottom), actor, musician, born in Metolius, Oregon]

1989 Funeral for 16YO Yusuf Hawkins Copyright: Eli Reed / Magnum Photos
[1989 Yusuf Hawkins, 16, is shot to death by 30 whites in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn]

Kill or Be Killed

That most men (and a growing number of women) are capable of killing their fellow beings does not surprise me. After all, in the evolution of the race those who were incapable of murder experienced a survival disadvantage. What does depress me is that we have been so successful in justifying the carnage in terms of necessity, revenge, religion, greed, economic circumstance, justice, security, racial or ethnic purity, or what ever happens to be the currently fashionable esoteric explanation.

Yusuf Hawkins' Headstone

William's Whimsical Words:

The list of justifications is not new, but their scope seems to be constantly expanding.

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