Tuesday, August 30, 2016
[1797 - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Godwin), author, born in London]
[1862 - Second Battle of Manassas is fought at Cedar Mountain, Virginia]
[1891 - Claire Straith, plastic surgeon, auto safety pioneer, born in Detroit]
[1896 - Raymond (Hart) Massey, actor, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada]
[1898 - Shirley Booth (Thelma Booth Ford), Oscar, Tony & Emmy Award-winning actress, born in New York City]
[1901 - John Gunther, writer, born in Chicago]
[1901 - Roy Wilkins, civil rights leader, born in St. Louis, Missouri]
[1906 - (Rose) Joan Blondell, actress, born in New York City]
[1908 - Fred (Fredrick Martin) MacMurray, actor, born in Kankakee, Illinois]
[1912 - Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, 'White Mouse', World War II spy,
French Resistance hero, born in Wellington, New Zealand]
[1918 - Ted Williams, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame player, baseball's last .400 hitter, born in San Diego, California]
[1935 - John Phillips, singer, songwriter (The Mamas & The Papas) born in Parris Island, South Carolina]
I Saw a Ship
The Ship of State's a-sailing,
A-sailing on the sea.
Oh, it is debt laden, but,
No pretty things for thee.
There are comforts in the cabin,
And corporate pork in the hold.
The sails are made of silk;
The masts are all of gold.
The four-and-twenty soldiers
That stand between the decks,
Keep prisoners in Guantanamo
With chains about their necks.
Oh, Captain you are accountable,
Don't be another political hack,
"It must have been those Republicans"
Isn't what brought you back.
William's Whimsical Words:
Keep your promise, Mr. President; close that Gitmo hell-hole.
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