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May 19, 2009


From the Daily Bleed

1932 -- Congressman Claude Fuller introduces a resolution requiring all Civil Service employees to "sing, write or recite the words to the 'Star-Spangled Banner'" by memory.

1952 -- Lillian Hellman advises the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) that she refuses to testify against friends & associates: "I cannot & will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions."

1986 -- Columnist Nicholas von Hoffman expresses skepticism about Nancy Reagan's anti-drug campaign: "Can you think of a well known American with less chance to influence the green-haired, angel-dusted, coke-sniffing teen-agers prancing through the school corridors than this prissy inanimate lady?"


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