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Ben Franklin's bifocals Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Chewing Gum Maker William Wrigley, Jr.
[1861 - William Wrigley, Jr., chewing gum magnate, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Violin Virtuoso David Oistrakh
[1908 - David Fiodorovich Oistrakh, violin virtuoso, born in Odessa, Russia (now Ukraine)]

Actress Deborah Kerr
[1921 - Deborah Jane Kerr (Trimmer), actress, born in Helensburgh, Scotland]

Writer Truman Capote
[1924 - Truman (Streckfus) Capote (Persons), writer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana]

Dodger Lefty Johnny Podres
[1932 - Johnny (John Joseph) Podres, Brooklyn Dodger pitcher, born in Witherbee, New York]

1930 Duesenberg Motor Car (They don't make 'em like this any more)
[1937 - Luxury car maker Duesenberg goes out of business]

USS Nautilus (SSN-571) underway on surface in New York Harbor
[1954 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571), first nuclear-powered ship, is commissioned]

[1962 - Riots occur in Oxford, Mississippi, over desegregation of Ole Miss]

Little Polly Flinders

Little Private Flinders,
Went among Iraqi prisoners,
Thumbing her pretty little nose.

Inspector General came and caught her,
And court martialed his little daughter
For the Iraqis were wearing no clothes.

Iraqi prisoner naked on leash

The Judges gave her three years.
For Lynndie shed you no tears.
Her crimes those pictures disclose.

Secretary Rumsfeld remains blameless.
The Generals and Colonels are still nameless,
And the Emperor too is wearing no clothes.

Defense Secretary Rumsfeld conjuring up a victory   President Bush sucking his thumb

William's Whimsical Words:

How many years do you suppose Unca Donald will get for his malfeasance?

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