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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Frigate Bonhomme Richard vs. Frigate Serapis
[1779 - Captain John Paul Jones in Bonhomme Richard captures HMS Serapis]

Educator William McGuffey   The McGuffey Reader
[1800 - William Holmes McGuffy, educator, author, born in Washington County, Pennsylvania]

Johann Gottfried Galle    Planet Neptune
[1846 - Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune]

Inventor Robert Bosch
[1861 - Robert Bosch, engineer, inventor,
born in Albeck, Germany]

Activist Mary Church Terrell
[1863 - Mary Church Terrell, educator, political
activist, first president of National Association of
Colored Women, born in Memphis, Tennessee]

Journalist Walter Lippmann
[1889 - Walter Lippmann, journalist,
political commentator, born in New York City]

Actor Walter Pidgeon
[1897 - Walter Pidgeon, actor, born in
East St. John, New Brunswick, Canada]

Keystone Kops are on the case
[1912 - Mack Sennett opens his Keystone Studio]

Jazz Great John Coltrane
[1926 - John (William) Coltrane, composer, musician, born in Hamlet, North Carolina]

Hall of Fame Musician Ray Charles
[1930 - Ray Charles (Robinson), Grammy-winning singer, born in Albany, Georgia]

Actress Romy Schneider
[1938 - Romy Schneider (Rosemarie Magdelena Albach),
actress, born in Vienna, Austria]

[1949 - President Truman announces Soviets have exploded a nuclear device]

Free Range

I suppose we should all cheer the 700 mile fence that Congress is building along our southern border with billions of our taxpayer dollars. After all, it might help keep the 12 million undocumented Mexican-Americans from leaving this country in disgust. I don't know about you, but I have no desire to take up the slack in the hard work of this country that would be left by their departure. Perhaps we should attempt to treat these good people like human beings. That used to be the American way.

William's Whimsical Words:

Building a wall around America makes as much sense as installing a sprinkler system to put out a flood.

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