Monday, May 1, 2017
[1764 - Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect,
born in Yorkshire, England]
[1825 - George Inness, artist, born near Newburgh, New York]
[1830 - Mary Harris 'Mother' Jones, labor leader, womens rights activist, born in Cork, Ireland]
[1852 - Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary), frontierswoman, born in Princeton, Missouri]
[1898 - Battle of Manila Bay, Admiral Dewey defeats Spanish in Philippines]
[1913 - Louis Nye (Neistat), comedian, actor, born in Hartford, Connecticut]
[1916 - Glenn Ford (Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford), actor, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada]
[1918 - Jack Paar, Tonight Show host, comedian, born in Canton, Ohio]
[1923 - Joseph Heller, writer, born in Brooklyn, New York]
[1931 - The Empire State Building is opened to the public by President Hoover]
[1934 - Shirley Horn, jazz pianist, singer, born in Washington, D.C.]
[2003 - President Bush stages a photo-op
in USS Abraham Lincoln]
(Please See Below)
(With Apologies to Dorothy Parker)
Upon my honor, he shocked like Madonna,
When he landed on the Abraham Lincoln.
A flight suit wore Bush to cover his tush.
Honest Abe's eyes are still blinking.
The sign told a lie as he fell from the sky
To tell the press that combat was over.
The troops who since died are so satisfied
To hear this as they push up the clover.
No one could see Saddam's WMD,
When they searched all over Iraq.
The government lied; war is unjustified.
Some brave troops are not coming back.
In vain sought he grace and tried to save face.
As he sent more troops to their death.
A Surge will he make, to compound his mistake.
While someone else's kids draw a last breath.
Now we are back meddling around in Iraq.
Trying to prop up a regime that cannot unite
A state cobbled together made of warring tribes.
Can't be saved by spending more American lives.
William's Whimsical Words:
Please don't tell me the war was worth it; tell it to the loved ones of the troops who died in Iraq, (or Afghanistan, or Syria).
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