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Ben Franklin's bifocals Sunday, September 27, 2009

Patriot & Governor Samuel Adams
[1722 - Samuel Adams, Revolutionary War patriot,
Massachusetts governor, born in Boston]

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast    Thomas Nast - self portrait
[1840 - Thomas H. Nast, political cartoonist, born in Landau, Germany]

Boxing Champ Professor Mike Donovan
[1847 - 'Professor Mike' (Michael) Donovan,
Boxing HoF middleweight Champ, born in Chicago]

Composer Vincent Youmans
[1898 - Vincent Youmans, composer, songwriter,
producer, born in New York City]

TV Pioneer Bill Orr
[1917 - William T. Orr, actor, TV
producer, born in New York City]

Actor William Conrad
[1920 - William Conrad (Cann), actor, born
in Louisville, Kentucky]

Actress Mary McCarty
[1923 - Mary McCarty, actress, born in Winfield, Kansas]

Actress Sada Thompson    Actress Sada Thompson
[1929 - Sada Carolyn Thompson, Tony & Emmy Award-winning actress,
born in Des Moines, Iowa]

Actor Greg Morris
[1933 - Greg Morris, actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio]

Steve Allen on Tonight Show doing letters to the editor sketch
[1954 - Tonight show debuts on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host]

A Chorus Line Company
[1983 - A Chorus Line breaks record for longest-running Broadway musical with 3,389th performance]

Overpriced Security

We all know in our hearts that there is no truly safe place in this universe. Neither is there an instant in the life of any one of us in which great harm may not befall us without warning or apparent cause. Given these realities, isn't Liberty too high a price to pay for Homeland Security?

William's Whimsical Words:

,and isn't the illusion of personal safety too dear if it comes at the cost of human dignity?

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