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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, August 23, 2013

Great Lakes Hero Oliver Hazard Perry    Naval Battle for Lake Eerie
[1785 - Oliver Hazard Perry, Naval Officer, born near Wakefield, Rhode Island]

[1833 - Great Britain abolishes slavery in its colonies]

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

Dancer and Actor Gene Kelly    Dancer and Actor Gene Kelly    Dancer Gene Kelly    Actor Gene Kelly
[1912 - Gene (Eugene Curran) Kelly, dancer, actor, choreographer, director, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]

Director Robert Mulligan    Director Robert Mulligan    Director Robert Mulligan    Director Robert Mulligan
[1925 - Robert Patrick Mulligan, director, born in The Bronx, New York]

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

Actor River Phoenix    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 as a species 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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