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Franklin bifocals Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bill of Rights
[1791 - Three-fourths of the states having ratified the ten Articles, the Bill of Rights was adopted, amending the Constitution]

Designer Gustave Eiffel    The Eiffel Tower
[1832 - Gustave Alexandre Eiffel, engineer, designer, born in Dijon, Cote-d'Or, France]

Billionaire J. Paul Getty    Billionaire J. Paul Getty in 1944
[1892 - J. (Jean) Paul Getty, oil magnate, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota]

Producer Kermit Bloomgarden
[1904 - Kermit Bloomgarden, Tony Award-winning producer,
born in Brooklyn]

Band Leader Stan Kenton
[1912 - Stan (Stanley Newcomb) Kenton, orchestra leader, jazz pianist,
born in Wichita, Kansas]

Actor Jeff Chandler
[1918 - Jeff Chandler (Ira Grossel), actor,
born in Brooklyn]

Adolf Eichmann in trial
[1961 - Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death by a Jerusalem court]

To Horace, To Horace!

Poet Horace

The Bush-Cheney administration and its seven years of horribly costly and stupidly prosecuted wars validated the words of the poet Horace, written in 23 B.C.:

Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
Odes, Book III, iv, line 65

Iraq wounded

It remains to be seen if a new President, with better advice and a more reasoned and honest approach, can avoid repetition of this history of bungling.

William's Whimsical Words:

Wisdom requires (at minimum) a sound plan for those conditions which follow the application of force, and a valid exit strategy.

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