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Franklin bifocals Monday, October 12, 2009

Colombus landfall
[1492 - Colombus' Pinta sailor sights land in early morning]

Inventor Elmer Sperry
[1860 - Elmer A. (Ambrose) Sperry, inventor, industrialist, born in Cortland, New York]

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
[1872 - Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer, born in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England]

Philosopher & Nun Edith Stein
[1891 - Edith Stein, philosopher, Carmelite nun, martyr, saint, born in Breslau, Prussia]

Opera Great Luciano Pavarotti
[1935 - Luciano Pavarotti, tenor, born in Modena, Italy]

Premier Khruschev's UN tantrum in 1960
[1960 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev throws tantrum at United Nations]

USS Cole under tow following attack
[2000 - USS Cole attacked by terrorists while refueling in Aden, Yemen; 17 sailors die]

USS Cole - close up of damage

No Child's Behind

nun slapping a ruler

A reactionary group is seeking to restore corporal punishment to our schools in a desperate attempt to save our failed system of public education. The members of this organization propose to empower teachers to once again spank unruly students in the elementary school grades in order to instill in them a fear and respect for authority that is so sadly lacking in our current society. The group reportedly has adopted the slogan, "No Child's Behind Left Behind."

teacher with class

William's Whimsical Words:

It is a better idea than an unfunded, federally mandated testing program with Draconian consequences for schools that can't measure up; but than just about anything is.

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