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Franklin bifocals Sunday, December 4, 2016

General Washington's farewell at Fraunces
[1783 - General Washington bids his farewell to the Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern]

Writer Thomas Carlyle    Historian Thomas Carlyle    Statue of Historian Thomas Carlyle
[1795 - Thomas Carlyle, historian, writer, born in Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland]

Novelist Samuel Butler
[1835 - Samuel E. Butler, novelist, born near
Bingham, Nottingham shire, England]

Actress & Singer Lillian Russell    Actress & Singer Lillian Russell
[1861 - Lillian Russell (Helen Louise Leonard), singer, actress, born in Clinton, Iowa]

USMC Aviator Pappy Boyington    Pappy Boyington with his pilots    COL Pappy Boyington - MoH winner
[1912 - Pappy (Gregory) Boyington, CO USMC WW-II Black Sheep Squadron, Medal of Honor winner, born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho]

Actor Horst Buchholz    Actor Horst Buchholz
[1933 - Horst Werner Buchholz, actor, born in Berlin]

Musician Dennis Wilson    Singer & Musician Dennis Wilson    Singer Dennis Wilson    Surfer Dennis Wilson    Sailor Dennis Wilson
[1944 - Dennis Wilson, musician, singer, Beach Boy, born in Inglewood, California]

United Nations Building, Copyright 2003, 2004 Norman Walsh. Work licensed under Creative Commons License    UN Security Council Chamber
[1945 - The Senate approves a full U.S. participation in the United Nations by a vote of 65 to 7]

New Years Dream

About half century ago, a war weary world got together and created the United Nations. US participation in the UN was overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. Senate on this date. While the UN continues to function, it is clearly not enough. The war drums beat in this country because a number of the ruling elite who profit from wars hire bands with a rhythm section that plays their tune. It is time for this to end.

Lately, William has been having a recurrent dream. He sees Times Square on New Year's Eve 2014 - 2015 with all the assembled revelers happy and excited about the prospects of the new year. As the ball hits the end of its travel and 'Happy New Year' is shouted by the crowd, it is followed by a mic check. The occupation of Times Square is replicated across the nation and around the world, wherever people of goodwill gather to pool their hopes and share their dreams. This must happen soon!

William's Whimsical Words:

Time is running out

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